Eat your heart out Annabel Karmel

I have made no secret of the fact I have used Annabel Karmel’s baby cookbook to prepare Snoops baby meals.

I have since taken a few dishes that I love and made them Snoop friendly

Here are his favourite………..

Sweet Potato and Tuna Mash

This is really easy and quick.

Just boil a potato and open a tin of tuna. I mix a tablespoon of tuna in with the potato and add a teaspoon of creme fresh. Finally I finely chop some chives or dill depending what I have in the fridge and mix, then serve.

I haven’t tried freezing this and don’t think I would. It’s a great dish you can eat along side your baby, so why freeze the excess?

Babies are great copiers so if you find they are refusing food after being a good eater try joining them at meal times.

Baby Keralan Curry

Ok so a real Karalen curry has chilli powder and green chilli’s in, that would be a bit too much just yet so I just didn’t add them.

Ingredients

Curry leaves, ginger, mustard seeds, onions, chicken, coconut milk, chopped tomatoes.

First add the curry leaves and mustard leaves to a pan. When the seeds pop add the onions, garlic and ginger.

After 2-3 minutes I add the chicken and let that brown and part cook before adding the chopped tomatoes and a few tablespoons of coconut milk (if your baby likes a lot of sauce then add a few more tbs)

I finish cooking this for another 12-15 minutes till the chicken is cooked through and then blitz till the chunks are baby sized.

This can be frozen. I mashed this with some white potato but would use cous cous or rice.

If you want to make this a bit more grown up add a green chili with the ginger, onion and garlic. After the chicken has cooked for 6-8 minutes mix up a paste of turmeric and chilli powder (1tsp turmeric 1tbp chilli). You add this to the pan before the tomatoes and coconut milk. You prob want to use half a can or more)

Paleo Pancakes

This recipe I took from a friend Tom Henry at Crossfit London. I follow paleo 80-20 but with Snoop I think its important he tries different things so he has had bread ect. I do try to limit it though and try to give him the best quality foods I can find.

He woofed these down in minutes, Thanks Tom.

Take a large banana and mash.

Add a teaspoon of almond butter and mix.

Beat an egg in a cup and add to the batter.

Then I use a drop of coconut oil in a non-stick pan and lightly fry. Simple

Lovely Paleo Pancakes
Lovely Paleo Pancakes

I have tried these myself, I can vouch for Snoop they are delicious.

 

Sally Dixey is a Crossfit London coach in Bethnal Green

 

 

31st July -New Member of the Team

I have been waiting 4 weeks to meet Chris’ “baby” and finally today after his last injections he was allowed into the gym.

Meet Basil Howard, Chris’ beloved terrier puppy.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

He is proper cute…..but not as cute as my boy (don’t tell Chris I said that..lol)

We did get some work done.

Here’s how it went………….

Back Squats

After spending 30 minutes with Steven Shrago talking about back squat form according to Mark Rippetoe I decided to give it a try.

The stance is slightly wider with a 30 degree toe out and when  back squatting a low bar position is preferred. Keep tension on the hamstrings by coming as deep as parallel, which allows for greater posterior chain engagement. A verbal cue of driving from the coccyx and knees out.

The final difference is head position, which is compared to having a tennis ball between chin and chest.

This is how I loaded up……..

1 set of 5 @ 55%

1 set of 5 @ 62.5%

3 sets of 10 @ 67.5%

The percentages are all taken from 90% of a working max.

I have to admit I felt pretty solid working with Mark’s style of back squat. I find because of my olympic lifting I sit very up right in a squat so getting a bit more assistance with my hams and glutes was much appreciated during a strength session.

Next up was my Bench Press. Not my favourite but hey you can’t like everything.

I used exactly the same percentages and rep ranges as above.

(P.s. If you have a crazy big back squat or bench press you may need to do a few more warm up sets rather the whack 55% on straight away)

To finish the topic was Pull Ups.

As most of you know it is my goal to build up my volume of pull ups.

For a strength workout today I did this on top of the odd chin ups at home on my power bar.

5 sets of 3-7 Chin ups using the lightest band support possible.

I did my first set with no band and then used the very thinnest red band to make 5 sets in total of 3 reps.

I certainly feel like I am making progress….watch this space.

 

Sally Dixey is a Personal Trainer with Crossfit London @ Bethnal Green

 

 

I found this awesome article……..

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/relieving-baby-constipation-naturally/

Probably the most in depth write up on baby constipation I have found.

One method I have used is freshly squeezed orange juice mixed with water.

1 part Orange Juice and 2 parts water.

This worked a dream with Snoop but some may need a bit more digestive encouragement! I hope this helps.

 

Sally Dixey is a Crossfit London Personal Trainer @ Bethnal Green

Reaching out for some assistance please!!

Hey Gang I am calling out to pregnant ladies and exercising women alike.

I would like you to inspire me with your stories and questions regarding exercise and pregnancy, in order to build up an inclusive content for my workshop.

What I would like are stories and accounts of training from ladies who trained through pregnancy, how accessible you found information and advice out there, were there any bad experiences.

I don’t just want to hear from pregnant ladies but also from well trained ladies who at some point in their life would like to enjoy a healthy and active pregnancy.

How do you feel toward training and pregnancy? Do you have any burning questions?

Maybe you’re a guy reading this and have your own reservations about your lady training while carrying your baby.

Any question, stories and comments are most appropriated

Please either make a comment or email me directly @ sally@crossfitlondonuk.com

 

Sally Dixey is a Crossfit London Personal Trainer @ Bethnal Green