I love love love the new Women' s Best Protein Chips. I've tried all the flavours and honestly love them all. The macros on them are great and they are so flavoursome and delicious!
One of my favourite snacks is chips + dip, ain't nothing better. This is a recipe I stole off my aunty and I've been bringing this dip to parties and impressing everybody. It's so simple to make and is the best snack. Tastes even better with some salt 'n vinegar chips.
Okay, this is making me hungry just writing about it, here's what you gotta do:
YOU GUAC MY WORLD DIP
1 block Philadelphia cream cheese
salt and pepper to taste
4 packs Women's Best Salt & Vinegar Protein Chips
Blend the cream cheese in a bowl. I use an electric hand blender, but did use a Vitamix once and omg, amazing. Add in the avocado. If the avo is slightly hard, chop it up first before blending. Once blended squeeze half a lemon in. Blend. Add salt and pepper to taste. I like mine really tangy so I usually add in a whole lemon, but it's up to you. Just keep tasting!
I recently did the abdominal strength test and I did really, really poorly. I always thought I could do a sit-up, but turns out, I can't. I've busted out hundreds of sit-ups in the past year, but they've all been wrong, because I've always used momentum to sit-up. Try the Ab strength test below. You can't cheat and have someone stand on your feet! I got level 2 guys. So my core is in need of some serious work!
I've recently started designing exercise programs for clients and it's gotten me thinking: what's more important, exercise or diet? I've been thinking about my clients, as I want them to reach their goals. I don't want them to contact me in 4 weeks time and say, "Maddy, I look the same, why haven't I lost weight?" I know nutrition is really important, but I didn't stop to consider just HOW important it is.
I've been starting my day with Women's Best whey protein since last June, so in celebration of my 1 year anniversary I'll be providing my 3 favourite protein powder recipes. Before then, I was drinking these shakes specifically designed to help you lose weight, and was not receiving any of the benefits of consuming protein in the morning. When I was doing high intensity cardio I would have my shake post-workout, but now that I predominantly lift weights I have it pre-workout. I think it's much better this way as it gives me the energy to get through my workout. I just used to hate having a full stomach when I was busting out burpees! Or maybe I just hated the burpees?..
It seems simple but it’s actually super duper important for your body to rest. If you’re not giving your body significant time to rest, then your muscle growth will actually plateau or decrease and you won’t experience growth. In fact, research has found that your muscles can actually diminish if you are not giving them enough rest. According to research conducted by Stijn van Willigen, “train too frequently, and the muscle will actually decrease in functional size over time, because you constantly stimulate before the muscle has completed recovery and adaptation.”
I get heaps of messages from girls who are just looking to grow their booties, but they don’t want to grow their legs. Although this blog post is about growing your glutes over your quads and hamstrings, you can’t have 0% growth in your legs and 100% growth in your glutes. It will just look a bit weird.
Are you guys sick of hearing about my butt yet? Well too bad, I've become obsessed with all things glutes. Your glutes seem to be the most misunderstood part of all weight training. I'm going to attribute this to the fact that until recently weight training was left for the men, and not many men were too concerned with the state of their glutes. I think because of this, the glutes were severely overlooked in training programs and studies. Now that booty is all the rage, the glutes are finally getting the attention they deserve!
6 Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Ganache Brownies
I actually baked guys! I found this recipe on maker-of-all-things-gooey-and-delicious-looking @sarahlynnfitness's Instagram page. So freaking yummo! Here's what you'll need:
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Slash the sweet potatoes with a knife and pop in the microwave for 10 minutes. Cut both open down the middle and microwave for a further 5 minutes. Take them out once the insides are nice and soft. Scoop out the insides and mash the sweet potatoes in a bowl. Add to the blender. Add the yogurt and the coconut oil. Blend. Add the whey protein powder. Blend. Add the cocoa powder. Blend.
Pour half the blended batter into a greased 8x8 pan. Pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool then refrigerate overnight. This will be the brownies. Pour the remaining batter into another tray and refrigerate overnight as well. This will be the chocolate ganache.
The next morning, take out the pre-bake brownies and slice into 9 squares. Add the chocolate ganache in between each layer of brownie and make a 3 tier stack, adding a sprinkling of white choc drops. Heat up some peanut butter in the microwave for a yummy topping!
Love Maddy x