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VEGAN FAJITAS
1 portobello mushroom (sliced)
1 bell pepper (sliced)
½ onion (sliced)
1 Lime
2 tsp taco seasoning
1 tbsp olive oil
Ezekiel tortillas

TOP WITH:
Green onion
Avocado 🥑
Tomato 🍅
Vegan “Sour Cream”

Begin by heating olive oil in sauté pan over medium heat. Lightly toss lime juice, mushroom, bell pepper, and onion together. Sprinkle on taco seasoning. Transfer mixture to hot pan and lightly sauté for about 5 minutes. Serve on a warm tortilla topped with avocado, tomato, green onion, vegan “sour cream” or anything else you would like.


VEGAN SOUR CREAM
¼ cup unsweetened plain coconut milk yogurt
1 tsp lemon
1 tsp lime
1 tsp minced green onion

My progress at the moment! If you want to stay fit by gaining or loosing weight..do it now! Now would be the best because if you wait and wait days and weeks,youll feel like you dont want to do it anymore. Ever since i started doing exercises on areas that i wanted to work on,i felt great day after day and my stress level became lower because i never gave up! START NOW BECAUSE IF YOU WAIT…YOULL NEVER START! ( ig: rosegold_ny)

SWEET POTATO PANCAKES 🥞
100 ml almond milk (a little less than ½ cup)
100g sweet potato (a little less than ½ cup)
¼ cup gluten free oat flour
1 tbsp quinoa flour
1 tbsp almond flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp chia flour
1 tsp baking powder

In a high speed blender, blend all the ingredients into a thick batter. Over low heat, pour a small thin amount of batter onto a lightly oiled pan. Let cook on one side for about ten minutes, turn and then let cook on the other side for another ten minutes.

•Because these pancakes don’t contain the basic building blocks of baking (eggs, milk, butter, gluten containing flour etc.) they aren’t going to cook like a traditional pancake. Cooking on a low temperature and making the pancakes thin will also help to prevent from cooking the outside too fast while leaving the inside raw.

•A super easy way to make these flours without having to buy them is to just use your nutribullet to mill the whole ingredient (quinoa, almonds etc.) into flour.

A little re-introduction…

Hey guys, so I’ve had this healthy eating/fitness blog for over four years now but I feel like I am probably still just a url on your dash. In 2017 I really want to connect with you guys and be an active blogger! 

I started this blog when I was only 15 with the url live-life-eat-healthy, and here I am now, 19 and at uni studying Human Nutrition. I’ve wanted to study this because it has always been a topic that I am passionate about. My mum eats cleaner than anyone I know, and she has been doing it since the 80′s, well before healthy food became trendy.  

Thought I’d get the ball rolling with 5 things about me, the girl behind @balanceyourplate 

1. I was born in Auckland, New Zealand 

2. I currently live in Dunedin, where I study at the University of Otago

3. After I finish my undergrad (BSc, majoring in human nutrition), I want to do a postgrad Masters in Dietetics

4. I was a competitive cheerleader for 5 years and have been to Hawaii, Florida and Australia to compete 

5. My favourite food is probably sushi but fruit comes a close second 

That’s all for now, message me if you have anything to ask, and I hope I can get to know you guys a lil better in the months to come. Let’s be real, isn’t it amazing that we have this network where likeminded people can encourage each other to lead healthier, happier lives? 

Kathy xx

Debunking Fitness Myths

As a Personal Trainer and a fitness blogger I can see a lot of pressure in the industry to look and act a certain way which can be rather stressful and damaging for some people. 

The world of perfect abs, long legs and sweat-free faces on Instagram portrays an image of fitness that is fun, easy and full of happiness. It can be all of these things but it can also be tiring, tough, demoralising and grump-inducing when you’re getting up and it’s still dark outside. Plus, no one actually looks perfect if they’re working out properly! 

Here are some of the top misconceptions of the fitness industry:

1) Selfies show the truth 

Even I have been guilty of only posting the most flattering selfies but don’t trust what you see. There are various things you can do to create the perfect selfie:

All I did in the 3 minutes between the two photos was to turn off the overhead light, put on underwear that fit better, twist my body slightly to the side to show off my best angle, flex and, of course, add a filter. So don’t pay much attention to those ‘before and after’ shots!

2) To be healthy and fit you have to have a six-pack

Having a six-pack just means that your body fat percentage is low enough to be able to see your abs. Also, the shape of your abs is totally dependent on your genetics, some people can get a six-pack, some can’t. For the majority of people the lifestyle you have to live to achieve and maintain them would stop them living a normal life free from counting every single calorie. Also, ladies, having such a low body fat percentage might stop your periods. Surely that can’t be good for you…

I prefer a bit of definition and that’s about it for me!

3) Personal Trainers & fitness bloggers live like saints

Anyone who knows me will know that this just isn’t true. I love to eat anything and everything. Pizza is probably my favourite food and although I don’t really have a sweet tooth I can eat sweet n’ salt popcorn or ice cream for days. I may not drink that much but that’s because I don’t like the taste of most alcohol! However give me a margarita (or 3) and I’m a happy girl… It’s all about living a balanced lifestyle. Indulge when you want to but get to know your body and understand what it wants and when. 

4) Exercise is easy

Exercise is not easy. And if it is easy then you’re not pushing yourself. And if you’re not pushing yourself then you won’t make any progress and reach your goals. Even if your goal is just to clear your head you need to put in a bit of effort to achieve that. The real side of fitness is early mornings, freezing hands and ears in winter, ridiculous sports bra tans in summer, stinging sweat in your eyes, not bothering to wash your hair because you’re only going to get sweaty again tomorrow, permanent hand callouses, blistered feet and stiff muscles. But all of this adds up to feeling alive, proud and on top of the world.

5) You have to able to run really fast

Nope. Have you seen me run? It’s not pretty, it’s not fast but I get the job done. If you run you are a runner, if you lift you are a lifter, if you spin you are a spinner, it doesn’t matter how fast, how heavy or how much you do it. Just get out there and give it a go, you’ll amaze yourself.