Recipe – Thai Pesto

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Have you ever bought those little pesto or dip tubs from the supermarket? I have 2 huge issues with them –

  1. Price! They are pretty darn expensive for such a tiny amount of produce.
  2. Most of them contain preservative 202 which is pretty nasty

Try this Thai pesto I’ve created, it will make a much larger portion, it’s totally fresh, you can alter the ingredients to agree to your tastebuds and it’s got no nasty additives!

You’ll need –

Food processer, knife, small grater and chopping board

Ingredients –

  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • 2 kefir lime leaves
  • 1 ½ cups raw and unsalted cashew nuts (you could try substituting with walnuts for a slightly different flavour)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • chili (I use 1 seeded haberno chili. If you are not a chili fan, you could add a small amount of sweet chili sauce)
  • 2cm grated ginger
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt to taste

Add all ingredients to food processor and give it a whiz until combined.

Difference between Mat & Equipment Pilates

Q.What are the major differences of doing the same exercises on mat and on other equipment designed for Pilates? Does it mean practicing on the mat is not as good?

The major difference between doing Pilates exercises on the Mat vs. on the Reformer, Cadillac or Split-Pedal Stability Chair™ lies in the resistance. When you are working out on a mat alone, the source of resistance is your own body weight which is provided by gravity. By changing your position on the mat, you can focus on the necessary muscles that must work against gravity. Therefore, when you lift your leg, the muscles being used will differ depending on if you are lying on your back, stomach or side, but in every case, you must work against the force of gravity.

The three large pieces of Pilates equipment listed above all rely on springs to provide the resistance. Each exercise is designed to work specific muscles depending on the direction of pull from the springs. In this way, the position of each exercise relates to the angle of the resistance from the springs rather than from gravity. Another major difference is that the resistance from the springs on the equipment can be altered to make it either lighter or heavier, whereas the resistance from gravity always remains constant.

There are no set rules to progress from one piece to another. As an instructor you must look at the needs of the client (strengths, weaknesses, posture, etc.), and decide which apparatus is going to be the best choice based on the essence of the exercise. Being certified in both Matwork and equipment-based courses is ideal in order to service a variety of clients’ needs.

5 Energy Boosting Snacks

If you’re fighting the urge to take a nap in the afternoon, maybe you should stay away from the coffee and do this instead: Get up have a short walk around the office, or get outside for a few minutes and then try one of these healthy snacks! But remember, just like normal meals watch your portion size!

Sliced banana (or a small apple) with peanut butter

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Midday snacks should contain about 100 calories or 15 grams of carbohydrates. The natural sweetness in fruit takes longer to metabolize than the processed sugars you’ll find in candy. And the protein in peanut butter provides a long-lasting form of energy.

Whole-grain crackers spread with hummus

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Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and beans are some of the best energy boosters out there, and can fill you up without making you sluggish. Hummus, a spread made from garbanzo beans, contributes fiber and a little olive oil, both of which help satiate hunger pangs.

Dried fruits and nuts

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Thanks to their mix of good fat and protein, nuts are a slow-burning food and provide sustained energy. Dried fruit provides a touch of sweetness, but with the added benefits of fiber. Just a small handful is best, though: Too many carbs can cause low blood sugar, resulting in mid-afternoon sleepiness.

Plain nonfat yogurt mixed with granola

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Granola’s mix of grains, nuts, and dried fruit is the perfect crunchy complement to creamy, protein-packed yogurt. If you like your yogurt a little sweeter, stir in a dab of honey and sliced fresh berries.

A whole grain, high-protein bar

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Pre-packaged cereal bars aren’t just for breakfast, and they’re the perfect snack at work or on-the-go. Choose bars with at least 5 grams of fiber and protein, but with less than 15 grams of sugar. Watch out for meal-replacement bars that are overloaded with calories—though you can always cut them into halves or quarters to create 100-calorie portions.