Diet. One of the most important aspects of fitness. So important in fact, that even though you might run, spin, lift, and train like a maniac you wont get the results you desire unless your diet is locked in.
I speak from personal experience. I used to cycle like crazy; five to six times a week, doing one hour spinning sessions at a time. Sometimes I would even throw in a couple of extra miles in the treadmill for good measure. That’s a whole lot of cardio and a lot of hours spent at the gym.
I was truly in love with spinning. I even got certified, so that I could do it on my own and whenever it was convenient for me. I was a pro…had a crazy pace, great resistance, and always came up with fun little twists to not get bored. Music helped; it always pumped me up and gave me a ton of energy. I only lifted here and there, mainly sticking to cardio and abs.
With all this cardio I was one hungry woman. Since I did so much at the gym, I felt entitled to eat pretty much anything my little heart desired. I never got fat or anything, but I never really could develop that “fitness model physique” I would see in magazines. No matter how hard I cycled and how many abs I did (I did insane amounts of abs circuits!), I could never see my body shape up the way I wanted it to.
Little did I now, I actually didn’t need kill myself with all that cardio to achieve my goal. I only came to know this when I started following a trainer program. I was introduced to heavy lifting (combined with moderate cardio), to a wholesome diet, and to clean supplements. Boom. That was the secret.
Now, don’t get discouraged here. This wholesome diet I speak of does not have to be boring or tasteless. In fact, it can be even more delicious than what you are used to. You just have to get creative with the ingredient list you have to work with.
To prove it to you, I’ve come up with the most amazing Sweet Potato Waffles you’ll ever taste….and guess what the main ingredient is? Sweet POTATO! Get busy in the kitchen; you won’t want to miss this.
Tools you’ll need:
- Waffle maker
- Food processor
- Mixing Bowls
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 ½ cups of almond flour
- 3 tablespoons of RAW honey
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 eggs (with yolks)
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash, dry and poke holes around your sweet potato. Place it in the oven and bake it until its soft inside, about 30 minutes. [If you prefer to microwave it (still wash and poke holes around it), place potato on microwave-safe dish and microwave for 3 minutes; turning over potato halfway through cooking.]
2. Plug in your waffle maker. – Once potato is done baking and it’s cooled off, cut in slices and place in food processor. Process until sweet potato becomes paste-like.
3. Add in eggs, vanilla extract and RAW honey, and process until well combined.
4. On a separate mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients (almond flour, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon) and mix well.
5. Add your wet ingredients (sweet potato/egg/vanilla extract paste/RAW honey) to your dry ingredient mixture. Use a spatula to incorporate all ingredients together.
6. Once waffle maker is hot and ready, pour your mixture into waffle maker (should make 6 waffles, so make sure you distribute mixture evenly)
7. Let it cook for about 4 minutes (or if you have a waffle maker that beeps when ready, then even better, it’ll let you know when they are done!)
8. Eat one per day (like I do) with any nut butter and your choice and fresh fruit.