|Andrew before and after in competition shape.|
At the time, I was very experienced with cooking good food, but had little understanding of how to eat clean and keep the food tasting great. This is when I found Tosca Reno’s The Eat-Clean Diet. I found this book made such a huge impact on my eating habits and ability to begin cooking healthy, without sacrificing enjoyment of the meals. Some of the dishes I truly enjoyed right away were the Egg White and Turkey Scramble, Eat-Clean Chicken and Rice and for my sweet tooth, Summer Rice Pudding (reminded me of my mom’s homemade rice pudding growing up).
After beginning this journey to wellness, it inspired me to seek the assistance of a personal trainer, to further improve upon my healthy living. I quickly went from the worst condition of my life, to ultimately my best physical health and conditioning. This even led to me competing in Men’s Physique fitness competitions, making it all the way to Nationals in my first year of competing. Thank you Tosca for your help in helping get me started on my journey.
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And don't miss my tasty recipe... Zucchini Protein Pancakes
2 large zucchini
2 medium onions
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery
1 cup Quick Oats
1 cup spelt flour (you may skip and use 2 cups of oats or oat flour)
1/3 cup Hemp Hearts (Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds from Costco or may use ground fibre powder)
1 box (500 ml) liquid egg whites
4 large Eeggs
1 Tbsp pepper
1 Tbsp prganic No-Salt Seasoning (Costco) or your favourite Mrs. Dash
1. Shred zucchini, celery and onions.
2. Add minced garlic and the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
3. Use 1/3 cup measure to scoop mixture and fry using olive-oil spray.
4. Serve with Greek yogurt, homemade tomato sauce or hummus. DELISH!!!
For a little variety, I have added chopped jalapenos to a separate batch for a spicy twist. I chopped 3 jalapenos with seeds and all and mixed in. A little hot but so good!
Yields: 24 pancakes
Nutritional Value per Pancake: