THE FIRST BLOG POST! SO KICKING IT OFF WITH A BIT OF NUTRITION AND A RECIPE WITH A BIT OF SPICE

So having NEVER done a blog post before, I thought it was about time I included some content on my website. So heres my first mini post talking about the power of grains and my sheer love for turkey breast as the protein source to my plate. I want to keep my blog posts short and informative so that you don’t get bored half way through and give up reading what is hopefully useful information. So here goes…

      Grains: what are they and why are they good for me?

Grains are an excellent source of fibre and a key source of nutrients such as riboflavin, niacin, magnesium and iron. What does that mean? Well, fibre is essential for regulating bowel function and supports your body in feeling full without the additional calories (result!). B-Vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin help the body release energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates and play a key role in regulating a healthy metabolism. So how about Iron? Iron is used to carry oxygen in the blood. For Vegetarians out there, it can be difficult to achieve the RDI (recommended daily intake) of iron, and therefore the addition of grains to the diet helps you hit that intake! Grains have been suggested to support weight management and reduce the risk of constipation, so get ’em down you!

SO how about that Turkey Breast? 

Turkey?…Chicken? Whats the difference? Like Chicken, Turkey is a great source of protein which we all know supports muscle repair (great post-workout!). White meat is lower in fat than red meat, and Turkey just so happens to consist of 70% white and 30% red meat! Great for the muscles, but what else? Well Turkey breast also contains the amino acid tryptophan, the producer of Serotonin which supports a strong immune system. So actually, eating Turkey in the winter is not only festive, but also helps your body fight off the winter cold and flu. All in all, the difference between Turkey and Chicken is marginal – however Turkey does boast a higher amino acid profile, higher % protein and lower fat. It can also be purchased in its minced form, which makes it perfect for Turkey Chilli’s or turkey meatballs.

So finally, how about a recipe?

Mexican Turkey and Grains

1 x Lime (squeezed)

150g Turkey Breast

Chilli Flakes

A squeeze of Tomato Puree

and Garlic Puree

Pepper

1/2 teaspoon Chilli Powder

Mix it all together and cook in coconut oil in a pan

Add 125g (half a bag) of Merchant Gourmet Spanish Style Grains

Top with coriander

Cooking time: 15 minutes