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Healthy Gluten Free Banana Bread

Healthy Gluten Free Banana Bread

Angela: Traditional banana bread is high in sugar, vegetable oils and gluten. My kids love nothing better than a slice of warm banana bread with butter. It doesn’t have to be full of crap… Try this easy healthy banana bread recipe. Over to Nicole with her awesome recipe:

Nicole: Thought I’d share this recipe as it is SO easy and delish. It saved me this arvo when all the kids wanted was warm banana bread. It won hands down! Sooooo I’m just going to blow my own trumpet here for a second but I MADE MY OWN banana bread… from scratch… If you knew me well, you would know how EPIC this is… as I am NO cook. However Jaysie has been bugging me for weeks to buy her some banana bread from the local bakery. We used to get it all the time and even before I knew grains were bad for us I hated it. You could just taste the sugar and the texture was awful, but she loved it. So today I decided to make my own and unbelievable as it sounds, it actually worked and it’s actually delicious!!!

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops coconut 180 superfood
  • 3 large scoops (using the 180 scooper) almond meal
  • 3 eggs
  • 40g coconut melted oil
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 5g cinnamon
  • 5g nutmeg
  • 3 small apples grated
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1/4 cup dark choc bits

Method

  • Add the dry ingredients together and stir.
  • Whisk the eggs and melted coconut oil then add to the dry.
  • Pour into a loaf tin and bake @160 for about an hr.
  • Check it often with a skewer. I took mine out and cut it.
  • The ends were cooked by the towards the middle of the loaf the inside wasn’t quite cooked so I popped it back in for another 15mins and it was much better

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Apple Pie Breakfast Smoothie

Healthy-green-smoothie

Angela: I love starting my day with a breakfast smoothie and so do my kids as it makes a quick and nutritious option. I include a 100% natural protein powder, lots of good fats and vegetables where possible (I still haven’t managed to get the kids to eat veggies in their smoothies yet, but it’s a work in progress). They love this breakfast smoothie recipe and so do I as it’s full of protein and good fats and low in sugar. This recipe is enough for them both and if I was making it just for me I’d throw in some avocado.

Enjoy… let me know what you think :)

Ingredients

Method

Add ingredients to blender and blend until desired consistency. Enjoy!

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11 Time Saving Healthy Eating Hacks For A Busy Schedule

Eating Healthy For the Time Poor

Guy: After doing many Clean Eating Workshops, one of the biggest challenges we hear is “I simply don’t have enough time to eat healthy”. I’m sure it’s something all of us can relate too.

But with a small commitment to yourself that you’re willing to try something new and a few sneaky health tactics up your sleeve, you’ll be amazed what’s possible when it comes to improving your daily eating habits when time poor. This is a fantastic post written by nutritionist Bronwyn Walker on how you can implement some great time saving healthy eating hacks into your week. Over to Bronwyn…

Bronwyn: Life is busy! Jobs, family, friends, training, kids, so many things to cram into a day and sometimes clean eating or eating well can fall to the bottom of the priority list!

The key to staying on track with clean eating is preparation and planning. A little food preparation can go a long way and a few hints/tips can find you fuelling your body with wholesome, nutritious foods and not reaching for poor food choices.

Cook Once, Eat Twice

At the end of a busy day, none of us want to go home and then think up an amazing and healthy meal to cook. Sunday is the day for rest and also a great day for food preparation. A couple of hours spent in the kitchen on a Sunday can make for an easy, stress-free and clean eating week, with your evening meal taking 5 minutes to prepare rather than an hour. The food prep done on the Sunday might not last you the whole week but at least it will get through to Wednesday or Thursday. When the food does run out, as you have started the week eating clean, you are more likely to make better choices later in the week.

Below are 11 tips for the time poor:

Adapt for your own taste and appetite.

  1. Cook up large meal in a slow cooker – easy to prepare and full of nutrients. Make a stew, curry or casserole full of great quality grass fed meat, vegetables, herbs and spices. It then can be reheated again for dinner or taken for lunches for a couple of days in the week.
  2. Your freezer is your ‘time poor’ friend – make large portions of your meals and freeze some in individual containers for the end of the week when food is running low or you are running late.
  3. Along with some delicious slow cooked curries and stews, make a large batch of soup that can be put into individual containers for lunch or dinner or frozen for a quick dinner snack.
  4. Make a batch of savoury muffins to have with the soup. Use almond meal/flour for a gluten free option and add your favourite ingredients – herbs, feta, grated zucchini, grated carrot, bacon etc. Make a big batch and freeze some. Pull one out of your freezer in the morning and it will be defrosted by the time you are looking for a snack on the go. Delicious heated up with lots of organic grass-fed butter.
  5. Roast a whole free range chicken – cut up or shred for salads or soups or snacks. (Guy: I use a slow cooker for this
  6. Boil a big batch of eggs – boil about 6-8 eggs for quick snacks or breakfast if you are in rush.
  7. Roast a rainbow of vegetables – they are great for snacks or a meal on the go.
  8. Chia seed pudding – simple and easy, full of omega 3, antioxidants and fibre; make in big batches; add 180 Protein Superfood for extra protein, some berries and coconut water, soak overnight and use for a quick and easy breakfast.
  9. Smoothie bags – chopped banana and berries. Put them in freezer bags for quick breakfast smoothies. Here’s a fantastic breakfast smoothie recipe that takes two minutes to make and will keep you going all morning.
  10. Keep frozen vegetables in your freezer as a backup plan.
  11. Make a list when you go shopping – this will help you get in and out of the shop much quicker.
    11a. (Guy: I’ve also used FEED ME, which are paleo friendly meals delivered to your door)

Conclusion

Stocking up on the right food and clearing the kitchen of temptations will help you to stay on track and make the right food choices. It’s all about baby steps with food preparation, start each week by making something that will get you a few meals and enjoy a stress-free, clean eating week of delicious food.

Happy and Healthy eating. Bronwyn :)

Ps. Do you have any time saving healthy food tactics? We’d love to hear them in the comments below…

bronwyn walker nutritionistBronwyn Walker from Balcony Bloomer is a qualified nutritionist with 7 years in the industry of complementary health.

A personal lifestyle change and learning to heal herself through food and exercise, Bronwyn made the decision to study nutrition and has found her passion to help people.

Bronwyn’s philosophy of nutrition is using food as a base to build better health and wellness and that a few small changes can have profound effect on avoiding chronic illness. Bronwyn specialises in weight loss, sleep issues and nutrition for training athletes. Bronwyn loves to live by the quote of the great Hippocrates, ‘ let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’. Learn more about Bronwyn HERE.

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Healthy Baked Blueberry Cheesecake

Baked Organic Blueberry Cheesecake

Angela:  A healthy version of the classic cheesecake. Gluten free, plenty of good fats, protein, antioxidants and fibre. Do yourself a favour and give it a go!

Angeline: I love watching food shows, it’s definitely one of my guilty pleasures and I find a lot of inspiration from watching them. But what I get a kick out if doing is making naughty treats and desserts not so naughty and making them healthy and guilt free!

A typical cheesecake contains digestive biscuits for the base which contain a lot of sugar, vegetable oil and wheat which we know is bad news for our tummies and general health so instead I use 180 Nutrition coconut protein powder which is sugar free, a great source of fibre and has a lovely coconut flavour. For the main cheesecake component I made my own organic cream cheese which is simply made from hanging 1kg of organic yogurt wrapped in a muslin cloth for 12-24 hours and your left with an amazing little ball of homemade cream cheese that is made from organic milk so no nasty hormones or antibiotics in sight!

You are saving yourself at least a 1000 calories by making my version of a cheesecake and you are definitely not losing out on flavour as this dessert is a winner!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup 180 Nutrition coconut protein powder
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 100g butter, melted or coconut oil
  • 300g cream cheese, at room temperature (I made my own)
  • 1/2 cup granulated stevia/ Norbu sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 100g frozen blueberries, slightly thawed.

Method

  • Place the almond meal, desiccated coconut and protein powder in a bowl. Add butter and combine.
  • Press biscuit like mixture over base of a 24cm round cake pan with a removable base. Refrigerate until required.
  • Preheat oven 180C.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add stevia and vanilla extract, then beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time and beating between additions, until fully combined. Pour mixture over biscuit base. Add frozen blueberries, then swirl to combine.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until just set with a slight wobble in the centre. Cool in oven with the door ajar, then refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Cut cheesecake into slices and divide among serving plates.

You can find more awesome recipes here and you can follow Angeline here.

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180 Superfood & WOD Bars

natural protein bars

REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF CHEMICALS YOU EAT TODAY

Let’s face it – the majority of snack/sports bars available today suffer from the same problems as their powdered counterparts – low grade ingredients, artificial additives, preservatives and a list of chemicals that you need a PhD to understand – Guy

What are the benefits of our natural protein bars:

  • Quickly and effectively refuel ‘on-the-fly‘ after a workout
  • Avoid bad food choices when the mid-afternoon craving hits
  • Enjoy 100% natural and gluten free ingredients
  • Boost your energy with real food
  • Enjoy a snack that isn’t packed with chemicals

180 nutrition protein bars

Our natural protein bars use the same amazing ingredients below and come in two sizes - 60g WOD Bars (best for exercise) and 45g Superfood Bars (best for snacks):

  • Cocoa

    Grass Fed Whey Protein Isolate

    The body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply. Protein helps prevent muscle tissue break down after exercise and aids growth and repair. Learn more about our whey protein isolate here.

  • Flaxseed

    Flaxseed

    180 contains a perfectly balanced quantity of Flaxseed in it’s formula. Flaxseeds are a great source of fibre, lignans, protein, omega 3, vitamins, and minerals. The importance of these nutrients to exercise & body building is paramount.

  • Almonds

    Almond Meal

    The delicately flavoured and versatile almond is a great source of good fats, high in protein, antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E and B. Helps sugar metabolism, energy production, nervous system function, skin health.

  • Sunflower Kernels

    Sunflower Kernels

    Are rich in Omega 6 fatty acids. Health benefits include anti-inflammatory properties and aid cardiovascular health from its vitamin E content. Also contains magnesium and selenium, a trace mineral that is of fundamental importance to human health.

  • Shredded Coconut

    Coconut Flour

    Made from certified organic coconut flesh. It is very high in natural fibre, and has a delicious sweet taste. High in protein, gluten free and zero cholesterol. Making it the perfect ingredient for flavouring.

  • Cocoa beans

    Cocoa (Chocolate flavour only)

    Not only does Cocoa taste rich and delicious, evidence points to the use of raw cocoa in a medicinal capacity for over two thousand years, including treatment of fatigue, fever, heart pain, shortness of breath, kidney & bowel complaints.

  • Chia Seeds

    Were originally farmed by the Aztecs over 3500 years ago. They have been ‘rediscovered’ and modern medicine has acknowledged Chia seeds as an excellent source of protein and that is jam-packed with amino-acids, Omega-3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants.

  • Pepita

    Pepita (Pumpkin seeds)

    Pepitas are an excellent source of minerals, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, protein, monounsaturated fat, and zinc. They are a celebrated food of the Native American Indians who treasured them both for their dietary and medicinal properties.

  • Sesame Seeds

    Sesame Seeds

    Sesame Seeds are packed full of nutrients, antioxidants, vitamin B1 & vitamin E. They contain high levels of phytochemical antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, which have been implicated in development of cancer.

  • Psyllium Husk

    Psyllium Husks

    Rich in fibre, Psyllium Seeds and their husks have long been enlisted for great digestive function, which aids regular bowel movement.

  • inactive brewers yeast

    Inactive Brewers Yeast

    Not to be confused with Bakers Yeast, Inactive Brewers Yeast is extremely rich in B-complex vitamins which support your body’s metabolism and energy production. The Amino Acids in inactive brewer’s yeast are essential to support the building and repair of tissues, bones, muscles and cartilage.

  • stevia

    Stevia

    This natural herb from South America is used as a sweetener, with the added benefit that it has zero calories, negligible effect on blood sugar and none of the nasty side effects of the artificial sweeteners used in some of the leading nutritional supplements.

  • Almonds

    Almond Paste

    Long been declared as a ‘Super Food’, almonds are an incredible source vitamin B6, riboflavin, dietary fibre, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and zinc.

  • Sesame Seeds

    Tahini Paste

    Made from ground sesame seeds and contains virtually zero measurable trans-fat or cholesterol, tahini is a great high source of vitamin A, magnesium, folate and calcium, and is especially abundant in phosphorus and potassium.

  • Organic Rice Malt

    Organic Rice Malt

    A natural binding ingredient where the low GI carbohydrate from the brown rice releases energy over a longer period of time. Contains no fat or cholesterol of any type and is 100% fructose free.

natural protein bar options

Our bars come in options for everyone:

  • Starter packs (2 x 45g bars, one of each flavour)
  • Box of 12 x 45g Superfood Bars
  • Box of 10 x 60g WOD Bars

A few words from a Naturopath

tania flack naturopath“Helping patients balance their protein to carbohydrate intake makes a big difference in their health as does the extra boost in nutrients, essentials fatty acids and natural fibre that 180 Nutrition provides. I would recommend 180 Nutrition to anyone who is interested in maintaining a balanced diet and achieving optimal health.”
Tania Flack – Naturopath, Sydney

 

Nutritional Information – WOD Bars

Servings size: 60g
Servings per pack: 10
Average qty per serve Average qty per 100gm
Energy kj 1008 1681
Dietary Fibre gm 4.2 7.0
Protein gm 14.5 24.2
Fat, Total gm 9.4 15.8
Saturated gm 1.5 2.5
Carbohydrate gm 25.2 42
Sugars gm 12.2 20.4
Sodium mg 26.8 44.8

 

Nutritional Information – Superfood Bars

Servings size: 45g
Servings per pack: 12
Average qty per serve Average qty per 100gm
Energy kj 756 1261
Dietary Fibre gm 3.2 5.3
Protein gm 10.9 18.2
Fat, Total gm 7.1 11.9
Saturated gm 1.1 1.9
Carbohydrate gm 18.9 31.5
Sugars gm 9.2 15.3
Sodium mg 20.1 33.6

 

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We believe so strongly in our products that we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee. If you are not 100% satisfied for any reason with your purchase of 180 Natural Protein Superfood, contact us and we will arrange for a 100% refund.

 

Why I Do Not Eat Wheat

Why I Don't Eat Wheat

By Angela Greely

Angela: Wheat… it’s a delicate topic, and a topic we feel well worth looking into. The aroma of toast & vegemite wafting under your nostrils in the morning is enough to make anyone’s heart sink when you’re avoiding wheat. But hey, we’ve come to the conclusion that we are better off without it, & we wanted to share with you why.

Resounding feedback from health and wellness circles worldwide is that wheat makes you sick and fat! I have never heard anyone say they have taken wheat out their diet and felt like crap. I always hear things like: I lost 5 kilos; I don’t have brain fog anymore; my skin is glowing; my asthma or joint pain has gone…

Modern day wheat isn’t the same as wheat from the 60’s. It’s so far removed from it, after years of geneticist’s hybridisations to increase yield (make it easier and cheaper to grow). Wheat gluten proteins experience considerable structural changes with hybridisation. “Modern day wheat contains higher quantities of genes for gluten proteins that are associated with celiac disease” 1. Could this be the cause of increased cases of celiac disease and gluten sensitivities?

 

Regain Health Eliminate Wheat

If you’re interested in finding out more from an expert in the field then we recommend the book “Wheat Belly” by Cardiologist Dr William Davis, MD. He treats his cardiac patients with diet alone and the message he voices is quite clear: “don’t eat wheat and reverse heart disease”.

His story is compelling as he followed a low fat diet including lots of healthy whole-grains while running 3 – 5 miles everyday and ended up with diabetes! He also treated his patients with a similar ‘recommended government’ diet and watched their health decline. Dr Davis had a light bulb moment and eliminated wheat from his patients diets and saw miracles happen. These changes included patients with extreme joint pain go from hobbling to running among a long list of radical improvements.

Eat good quality natural fats, eliminate wheat!!!

 

Bad Building Blocks of Wheat

  • White and wholemeal breads have been shown to increase blood sugar levels just as much as some chocolate bars. Repetitive increases in blood sugar levels can cause insulin resistance that shows up as visceral fat. This can contribute to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
  • Amylopectin A (a carbohydrate found in wheat) increases blood sugar levels more efficiently than about any other carbohydrate, including table sugar. It’s a super starch that is highly fattening.
  • Glycation (bonding of sugar molecules to proteins or lipids) of cartilage – the more wheat products we eat the higher and more frequent we increase our blood sugar levels. Cartilages in joints are long-living cells and are incapable of reproducing. They are heavily affected by glycation. The more we raise our blood sugar levels the more damage we are causing our joints. This is irreversible.
  • Gliadin (protein found in wheat) is an appetite stimulant and has been compared to cocaine in terms of its addictive nature.
  • Wheat contains the wheat germ agglutinin, which blocks leptin receptors (the ‘satiety hormone’, a hormone, which regulates the amount of fat stored in the body. This makes it impossible to lose weight. Dr William Davis goes as far as saying this is one of the possible causes of worldwide obesity.

Common Benefits of Eliminating Wheat

  • Natural weight loss
  • Enhanced mood
  • Better quality of sleep
  • Increased clarity of thinking
  • Gastrointestinal relief
  • Relief from joint pains
  • Improved asthma symptoms
90% of health problems in most people improve!

 

If you are one of the very few that do not notice any major changes to your health when eliminating wheat then rest assured, as there will be metabolic changes occurring. Blood sugar levels will drop, inflammation and blood pressure will reduce and you’ll benefit from improvements in nutrients absorption.

Conclusion

Here’s a challenge – try and eliminate wheat from your diet for 30 days and see how you feel. It’s easier than you think and you’ll soon gravitate to a myriad of alternatives that are readily available. Breads, pastas and baked goods are the best place to start and can be replaced with whole foods like meat, fish, vegetables and fruits.

Check out the food diaries below for a wide range of ideas to get you started:

You can also try making wheat-free alternatives using almond meal and coconut flour instead of conventional flour. We have some awesome recipes here to get you started on your new health journey :)

References:

1. Van den Broeck HC, de Jong HC, Salentijn EM et al. Presence of celiac disease epitopes in modern and old hexaploid wheat varieties: wheat breeding may have contributed to increased prevalence of celiac disease. Theor Appl Genet 2010 Jul 28.

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Why Most Gluten Free Foods are NOT Healthy

are gluten free foods healthy

By Angela Greely

Guy: With a steady rise of celiac cases and gluten intolerance, it’s not surprising to see gluten free food products jumping out at you everywhere you go. As far as I’m concerned, you can have an organic, gluten free, raw sugar cup cake blessed by a tibetan monk, it still doesn’t mean it’s healthy. It’s simply a marketers dream and the very thing you ‘think’ is healthy could well be adding to your health woes and piling on the kilos!

Yes I know it sucks with all the confusion out there, but this fantastic post from nutritionist Angela Greely is here to help you understand what to look for when buying your next gluten free product. Over to Angela… More

Protein Powder for Women

low carb diet shakeIf you’re a woman on the go, you need food to support your busy lifestyle. It’s difficult for a busy woman to eat a meal with all the nutrients necessary for health in the limited time available for lunch.

Perhaps you have tried protein powders as a meal replacement during hectic lunches. The majority of protein powders on the market today are loaded with chemicals. These chemicals are difficult to pronounce as well as trust. The 180 Natural Protein Superfood is the perfect quick lunch you have been looking for. The simple snack mix will refuel you as a quick snack between errands. Helping you avoid reaching for less healthful choices, the powder is a nutritious meal replacement.

Invented by fitness trainer Guy Lawrence, the 180 Natural Protein Superfood is the best choice for before and after workout snacks. Filled with simple ingredients like flaxseed, almond meal, sunflower kernels, whey protein and more, the powder replaces a full healthy meal.

Although anyone can benefit from the 180 Natural Protein Superfood, it is especially good for busy women who have limited time for a good meal. The powder increases the metabolism while eliminating toxicity. This increases much needed energy for busy moms and career women. Taken before or after a workout, the 180 Natural Protein Superfood helps build muscle, stamina and energy.

The 180 Natural Protein Superfood is a perfect meal replacement. If you want to lose weight, simply replace a meal with the powder. You could do this even if you’re at your optimal weight for improved health and nutrition. If you’ve been eating prunes and fiber cereals, try eating a bar every day instead. It will improve your digestive health with its fiber rich combination. The powder is good for everybody. It won’t harm those with diabetes, cancer or other illnesses. It is safe. It doesn’t alter blood sugar, making it the safe, ideal protein powder for pregnant women as well those with diabetes. Used as a meal replacement or snack, the powder adds extra protein, fatty acids, fiber, and minerals to your diet.

Everyone can benefit from the 180 Natural Protein Superfood. Made with your needs in mind, this superfood may not turn you into superwoman overnight, but your health and energy will be on the right track!

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Natural Protein Shakes

natural protein shakeUsing 180 Natural Protein Superfood to make natural protein shakes is one of the best ways to give your body the nutrition it needs.

These natural protein shakes are ideal meal replacements and are much healthier than other brands on the market. Incorporating these yummy shakes into your diet is easy.

Key Health Benefits

Protein shakes made with 180 Natural Protein Superfood offer numerous health benefits. The extra dose of protein these shakes provide can assist with lean muscle development. These shakes are also able to help you control your weight and are a great diet supplement. A gluten-free formula used in 180 Natural Protein Superfood assists in better digestion. You will also notice an increase in energy levels after drinking one of these shakes.

Active Ingredients

Protein shakes made with 180 Natural Protein Superfood contain some of the healthiest ingredients grown in Australia. A potent dose of grass fed whey protein isolate is included to give you an adequate amount of protein. Almond meal is used to provide your body with healthy fats. Sunflower kernels rich in omega 6 acids help to combat inflammation and also aid in cardiovascular functions. The coconut flour used comes from certified organic coconut flesh and offers a taste of sweetness along with a healthy dose of natural fibre. Stevia, a natural sweetener from South Africa containing zero calories, is used to further enhance the flavour.

Best Time to Drink

These healthy and delicious natural protein shakes are ideal to drink during any point of the day as an alternative to unhealthy meals and snacks. It is also beneficial to drink one-half to a full serving of a shake an hour before a workout and 30 minutes following fitness activities.

Protein shakes made with 180 Natural Protein Superfood are just what you need to live a healthier lifestyle. There has never been an easier way to incorporate a nutritious and delicious beverage into your diet.

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Just like homemade protein bars

By 180 Nutrition

We are very proud of our fantastic resource which is our blog. There are many videos that show you how to make super healthy recipes including homemade protein bars and balls and some homemade paleo cookies to name just a few.

We also understand that with todays hectic lifestyle, being well prepared at all times can prove to be challenging. So after the success of our all natural protein powder, we were very keen to produce an all natural, gluten free protein bar. And yes, we are completely transparent with our ingredients with no nasty surprises. More