In the past few months I have seen increasing amounts of posts on Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram about Joe Wicks- The Body Coach. Both his work outs and 15 minute meals seem to be a huge hit with many and so I thought I would try some meals to see what I thought.
Over all this book really surprised me as it isn’t just part of a fad – but simply really nice recipes that are healthy and easy to make.
Here is a run down of the nutrition:
Protein – Each recipe has a large amount of protein in it (much more than I would usually recommend). This is probably due to the book being for people doing the Body Coach workouts. If you are working out and trying to gain muscle – you need more protein. If you aren’t then you may find the portion a little big and too high in calories. So cut down to around 120g of meat per meal.
Carbohydrates- There is no added sugar in any of these recipes which is great! Also, all carbs used are low GI which means that you will keep full for longer (esp perfect for PCOS & diabetes). However, there was one recipe (‘My Big Juicy Meatballs And Pasta’) where the portion of pasta seemed huge and I struggled to even finish this alongside the generous meat portion. This may be great if you have just done a big work out though. The other thing that I didn’t particularly like was the ‘low carbohydrate meals’ as I am a massive believer of having carbs at each meal – just the right amount and type to help keep you full for longer.
Fat – The recipes use a variety of fats – olive oil, sesame seed oil and coconut oil. The portion sizes are just right and it gave much more variety in flavour, but my only reservation was the amount of coconut oil used. I know there are many health claims about this fat but there really is little science behind this and it is full of bad saturated fat. It does, however, give a beautiful flavour to stir fries so perhaps use in moderation.
Ease- Although not one of these meals was made in 15 minutes (no surprises there). They really didn’t take more than 20 minutes (30 minutes when the boyfriend made it). This is a huge relief in such a hectic lifestyle and a damn site quicker than waiting for a takeaway.
Cost of meals- no more than your average weekly shop. If you also consider having 1 meat free night and a home made curry instead of a shop bought one then you may even be up a few quid. As I am always looking at ways to make meals even cheaper here are a few tips;
- Use olive oil instead – so much cheaper and healthier anyway
- Use any mushroom instead of shiitake (a little cheaper)
- Cook your own rice/pasta instead of ready made- (takes longer but you ain’t going to do this in 15 minutes anyway)
- Any vegetables you have left over- make a big veggie soup and you then have lunch for next week!
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