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SWEET POTATO CHOCOLATE PROTEIN CAKE

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 5oz Sweet Potato
  • 2 Scoops Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 2 TBSP Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 TBSP Stevia
  • 1/4 Cup water 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350*F
  • Chop then boil sweet potato until soft
  • Add ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth
  • Line pan with coconut oil or cooking spray to stop the cake from sticking. (recommend 8” round pan – but can use muffin tins as well or a square pan)
  • Bake for 25 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool 

TOPPINGS:

Here is where I LOVE to have fun with this one. In the cake imaged above, I have topped it with fresh berries and some shaved coconut – super simple but perfect amount of tartness to balance the chocolate. I have also made chocolate ganache toppings by melting down some dark chocolate and icing the top with that, then adding fresh berries. Depends on the mood you are in and if you need to be careful with your macros or not!

MACROS (whole cake):

  • 525 Calories
  • 55g Carbs
  • 10g Fat
  • 60g Protein

DARK CHOCOLATE COCONUT ENERGY BITES

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Looking for a way to spice up your protein intake?

Do you have an insatiable chocolate craving but don’t want to ruin your diet?

These two recipes will satisfy both needs!

Enjoy these treats throughout the day or surprise your family and friends with a low sugar, low carb, flavorful dessert option at your next gathering!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 2 TBSP Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 1 TBSP Cocoa Powder

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together
  • Hand-mold about 10 balls out of the mixture
  • Refrigerate for an hour and enjoy!

MACROS (Whole Recipe):

  • 404 Calories
  • 26g Carbs
  • 22g Fat
  • 28g Protein

Cardiovascular Training – Raising your heart rate to a healthier life!

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Whenever you step onto a piece of cardio equipment you find yourself with a plethora of options and information. There’s a nice little chart with your age correlated with the heart rate you should be at for “fat burning” and “cardio training”, next you’ll notice buttons labeled with what kind of workout you want, cardio, hill training, intervals, fat burning, heart rate programs etc. I can see how this can be so confusing and potentially misleading for one to follow. This will briefly explain what you should be paying attention to.

The desired heart rate is 220-your age, multiplied by the capacity at which you work (60%-80% is on cardio equipment). This age-old formula is an easy solution to the question on how hard you should be working. 60% would be the “fat burning zone” and 80% would be your “cardio zone”. The American Heart Association and Health Canada want all individuals who are looking to maintain their heart health to complete 150 minutes per week of moderate to intense cardiovascular work, in other words between 60%-80% of your max heart rate.
But wait, what does the fat burning heart rate mean? If I go over that heart rate am I no longer burning fat? This is a myth. There is no magic formula to be purely burning fat tissue in our body, in order to reduce fat we need to have a negative caloric balance. Less calories in, more calories out. In fact, the lower your heart rate is the less calories you are burning. Therefore you can workout at a lower heart rate for a longer period of time to burn more calories, or you can workout at a higher heart rate for a shorter amount of time to derive the same results.

This brings us to the type of cardiovascular work you can do which seems to be the most contradictory area of working out these days. The two that contradict each other right now are HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and steady state cardio. HIIT targets specific muscle groups, works your anaerobic system and your aerobic system, makes you sweat and also gets your heart rate up. It sounds great in theory, but may not be the only option to follow, especially for individuals with injuries, heart conditions or anything else that could be made worse with vigorous activity. Using this as your sole cardiovascular training method could be setting yourself up for burn out and potential injury when used too frequently. As for steady state, again you are working a specific set of muscles, increasing your heart rate but working only aerobically. Typically you wont push yourself too hard, but you are spending a lot of time in repetitive motion, typically with impact, which can lead to imbalances or injury. That being said, the best way to incorporate cardio into your regime is to blend both HIIT and Steady State while adhering to the heart rate guidelines. For more information on implementing cardiovascular work into your routine or more about target heart rates and how it applies to you, feel free to get in touch and I’d be more then willing to help you get on track with your cardiovascular goals.

Yours in Good Health,
Jolene Kohne
General Manager – Gold’s Gym West Broadway

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