TAO NUTRITION HALL OF INSPIRATION – ASH

Mooloolaba, Queensland. Age: 23

Ash is a health and wellness superstar. A qualified Physical Education Teacher,  a first year Nutrition and Dietetics Student, Amazing Athlete and Awesome Blogger. She is a Women of Tao. She shares her story with us.

About: I am a qualified Physical Education teacher and first year Nutrition and Dietetics Student. I am a passionate health and nutrition enthusiast who believes there is nothing more important than looking after our bodies. After tearing my anterior Cruciate ligament twice I was driven into the sport of triathlon. I love getting active in the mornings while the sun rises and in the evenings everyday, mostly swimming, riding, running, doing cross fit classes, surfing, bush walking, snowboarding and anything adventurous! I love reading all things health and nutrition and blogging about my findings on my page SixAteTea.wordpress.com!

What makes me happy: Seeing the sunrise, educating people on the importance of good food, learning about the human physiology, training with amazing people, seeing my family and puppy dog.

A typical mid-week and weekend day in the life of me is:

5am: Get up for training and have a glass of hot water with lemon

7.30am: Come home to make my own nourishing breakfast (usually includes Tao)

8.30am: Go to work at a triathlon store, attend Uni or teach at school

5pm: Attend second training session

7pm: Cook up a mean dinner

8pm:  Hang out and laugh with my amazing room mate, write on my blog and catch up on social media

9pm: Burn my amazing mimco candle for a few minutes then bed time!

Weekend Day:

6am: Wake up and have some tea then set off for longer training session

9-10am: Breakfast at my favourite cafe on Mooloolaba esplanade, Ground Organic!

11am: Visit local markets to get some amazing local produce and do some shopping

12pm: Head out for a surf

3pm: Read one of my nutrition books, blog or catch up with friends

Night time: Can consist of catching up with friends or movie night in with my roomie!

The best advice I have ever been given is: My dad has always told before every sporting competition ‘you make your own luck’. I now apply this quote to every challenge in my life!

My top 3 health and wellness tips are: 

1. Eat from what nature gives us

2. Take time everyday to do things that make you happy

3. Be grateful for everything you have in your life.

My favourite way to be active is, and I do this how many times a week: This is a hard one! I have favourites depending on how I’m feeling at the time or the climate. If I had to choose I would have to say swimming. I swim about 4 times per week. I love the emotional and spiritual benefits of the sun on my back, being weightless without the effect of gravity, having time to just be with my thoughts and the feeling of moving through the water.

My most memorable achievement to date is: Probably coming 5th at age group nationals in Auckland 2012!

Why I started to use Tao Nutrition: Tao was established around the same time that I became totally obsessed with nutrition trying to find a diet that truly suited me and accommodated for all my daily needs ( I am always searching for new ways to improve my diet and health). I had just read a book called Thrive by Brendan Brazier who talked about all the benefits of super foods and foods from nature! Tao Nutrition was packed with everything I wanted so instead of buying all the separate ingredients Tao was the ultimate fuel source all packed into one. As soon as I tried it I was hooked!

Why Tao Nutrition works for me: I love Tao because it’s so versatile. You can use it simply with coconut water as an electrolyte drink after training, in smoothies, sprinkled over porridge, pancakes, coconut yoghurt or in any snack recipe. It’s an amazing way to add flavour, nutrients and energy to all food, you can take it when you travel and it keeps me nourished and feeling great.

My go-to meals and snacks when I am super busy are: 

Breakfast: Homemade coconut milk with Tao powder

Snack: Coconut fermented yoghurt with Tao, tahini and walnut sauce!

Dinner: Steamed vegetables with avocado and dukkah

 

Ash’s Coconut fermented yoghurt with Tao, Tahini and Walnut sauce!

This recipe is so easy to whip together, it takes literally 2 minutes, packed with nutritional properties such as good gut bacteria, protein, antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, multiple vitamins and keeps me full for hours. Here’s how to make it, enjoy :)
Scoop 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and melt it in a pan, add 1 tablespoon of tahini paste to the oil and stir through. Poor liquid into a bowl and add 3/4 Tao scoop and combine into a beautiful chocolate syrup!
Add 2 scoops of Burncultured coconut milk yoghurt to the bowl and top with activated walnuts! Try not to eat it too fast!
Tao pancakes recipe and many more Tao recipes on my blog www.sixatetea.wordpress.com

 

 

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SUPER SECRETS OF A PLANT BASED ATHLETE – JESS

This article has been written by Personal Trainer and Tao Nutrition Ambasador, Jess. If you don’t yet know about this superwomen- click here

As a Personal Trainer that has been training myself and clients for 11 years I have tried and tested a lot of different methods of training.

I truly believe that not only should we look amazing but feel and perform just as good!!

So many women, men and young adults these days are all too caught up in the aesthetics of fitness and this makes for a very unhealthy fitness society!

Obviously if you are training for a specific sporting event you are going to condition your body purely to perform the best it can for that particular sport, but 85% of people in a gym environment are training for weight loss, weight management, muscle gain or to feel and look good.


They do these mundane gym routines which will build muscle but won’t create any functional strength for their health or well-being.

I believe that I have a great method for training that will bring functional strength, Cardiovascular Fitness and endurance and also the aesthetics 99% of our society crave.


So what is this method?

It is a combination of Metobolical, Isolation and Strength Training.

 

What does that mean?

Well metobolical training is completing structural and compound exercises with little rest in between exercises in an effort to maximize calorie burn and increase metabolic rate during and after the workout. FYI, your metabolism (aka metabolic rate) is how many calories your body burns at rest.

Isolation training – Take the biceps curl for example. While we think that this most basic isolation movement only works the biceps, many muscles in your hands, forearms, shoulders, core and back also play a role. With that being said, isolation movements, more than compound exercises, place an emphasis on a single muscle.

Strength training is a type of physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles.

Put them all together and what a great combination and think of the benefits that is going to bring your new found gym program.

Thanks for this great article Jess- we will continue to hear more from Jess- so check back here

Bianca xx

OSCAR FORMAN – ILLAWARRRA HAWKES NBL PROFILE

Get the inside scoop on your favourite NBL Illawarra Hawkes player – this week its Oscar Foreman who dominates forward position.

 

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RHYS MARTIN – ILLAWARRRA HAWKES NBL PROFILE

Get the inside scoop on your favourite NBL Illawarra Hawkes player – this week its Oscar Foreman who dominates forward position.

 

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ANKE’S AMAZING TAO NUTRITION LUMBERJACK CAKE

To celebrate our first birthday, we made this stunning cake. The recipe was given to us by our dear friend Anke, and we think it’s the best cake on the planet! If you have a special occasion coming up we highly recommend this divine creation! It’s Tao-taastic!

There are 4 steps:
First, combine the following ingredients then leave to cool:
  • 180g chopped dates
  • 2 diced apples
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb. of soda
  • 1 cup boiling water
Then, combine the following in a food processor:
  • 125g coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 2 scoops Tao Nutrition
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups flour of your choice
Combine both mixes. (You can also add chopped pecan nuts to this stage, but we make the nut free version as I (it’s Bianca here) have a mild nut allergy). Bake at 180deg for 50 minutes. Then spread over topping which is:
  • 60g melted copha (we used coconut oil instead)
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar (we used coconut sugar here too)
  • 2 tablespoons of soy milk
Lastly, bake for another 20 minutes until golden.

Enjoy!!

TRAINING – NUTRITION – MOTHERING

As a mother of 4 children, business owner and woman I have found the aid of balanced nutrition, training & mothering super important in day to day life!

Before motherhood we are young and energized with a full night’s sleep and an array of social and perhaps active lifestyles. Then everything changes. We become more responsible, sleep deprived and time poor, which creates more stresses on our mind and body. Know the feeling?

Training and good nutrition is so very vital to help us combat these things.

Training because of a few reasons. We need to keep our own identities and

“after becoming a mother as much as we love the role it tends become 85% of who we are, the other 15% is the role a wife and then leaving us very little of being our own person.”

Going to the gym, walking, swimming, sport or any other form of fitness is going to be a great outlet for stress, its going to help us to stay fit & physical activities are proven to release endorphins which our a great feel-good chemical.

Nutrition on the other hand is just as, if not more important as we need to maintain energy levels, good immunity and weight control. A lot of new mums or even mums in general tend to do the whole ‘grab what you can’ diet due to lack of time.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of our meals being balanced with good carbs, fats and high quality protein but that doesn’t mean it has to be hard!!! The great thing about learning something is that once learned it cant be unlearned. Which means once you get it its so easy.

When you have this balance you will feel great, have energy for yourself and family, rarely get sick and maintain a healthy weight.

Jess :)

PROTEIN COFFEE BOMBS – YUM!

After a busy day and a nice long run, I treated myself to some experimental healthy cooking (in my pink slippers :)

 

“I am excited because I am learning to prepare brand new healthy treats with our brand new product line of healthy coffee”

Suddenly old recipes are new again with the simple addition of delicious Organo Gold coffee :

(To learn more while our delicious coffee is actually good for you click here)

 

This is the first recipe from that evening of fun. Here are yummy protein balls with a coffee twist.

Enjoy! Bianca xx

 

 

 “Protein Coffee Bombs – Yum!”

Ingredients

  • Dates (look for medjool in the chilled section of the supermarket as these are the best type. They are sweet and juicy! Don’t forget to discard the seeds)
  • Organic dried shredded coconut (I simply prefer the taste of organic coconut, but up to you!)
  • 1-2 scoops of Tao Nutrition
  • 1 tablespoon cacao
  • 2 shots of organo gold coffee (two coffee bags mixed in 30 ml of boiling water- you can add even more if you want a bigger coffee experience)
  • Agave
  • Coconut oil

 

How To:

Feed all ingredients (with the exception of the last three) into a food processor. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and continue to process. The mixture will most likely be a bit dry, so begin to pour in the coffee to reach your ideal consistency. You are looking for a mixture that holds together when you squeeze it. Now add agave to taste.

(You can also add in a few drips of water, more coffee or more agave after all, taste is a personal thing)

Once you have reached your ideal consistency, take small amounts out and roll into balls using the palms of your hands.

HINT: IF YOU FIND THE MIXTURE STICKS TO YOUR HANDS A BIT TO MUCH- RUB A SMALL AMOUNT OF COCONUT OIL ON YOUR PALMS, AND THEN CONTINUE TO ROLL 

PS- I haven’t given measurements – as it really depends on the batch you want to make and personal taste. But for a small batch why not start out with 300g of dates, a small handful of shredded coconut, 1 scoop of Tao, 1 tablespoon cacao. Then add your agave and coconut oil as it is needed. If it is too wet, add more Tao. If it is too dry just add more liquid. It’s an easy recipe to adapt which is why I love it so much!

BIANCA’S AMAZING PROTEIN CARAMEL SLICE

I made a very special treatit was so good I had to muscle my way in to get a photo of the finished product before my loved ones gobbled the whole caramel slice up!

 

“It is divine! You won’t believe it’s actually good for you!”

 

– No Dairy         – Gluten Free     – Vegan Friendly

 

Bianca’s A M A Z I N G Protein Caramel Slice

(A quick note- I never measure- but with these ingredients you really can’t go wrong! The amounts given below are my best guess of what I used in the kitchen this day.)

 

“You can always vary the amounts of individual ingredients for your preferred taste”

 

 So here goes:

Base

 

Ingredients
  • Sultanas (1 heaped cup)
  • Medjool dates (2 with the seeds removed)
  • Pumpkin seeds (1 heaped cup)
  • Coconut oil (Coconut oil is very important as it holds it all together!) (1/2 cup)
  • Rice malt syrup (2 table spoons)
  • Tao Nutrition (1 scoop)

 

How To
  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix until well combined. If you need more liquid- simply melt and pour in more coconut oil.
  • Press the mixture flat into a tray lined with baking paper.
  • Place in the fridge or freezer to set hard.

 

Middle
Ingredients
  • Medjool Dates (10 juicy big dates with the seeds removed)
  • Rice malt syrup (2 table spoons)
  • Vanilla (Amount depending on the quality and your taste buds preference)
  • Melted coconut Oil (1/2 cup or prob a touch more)

 

How To
  • I like to place all ingredients with the exception of the coconut oil into the food processor and mix. While it is mixing away I pour in the coconut oil.  If you need more liquid- simply melt and pour in more coconut oil.
  • Press the mixture flat on top of the firmly set base layer.

 

Return to the fridge or freezer to set hard.

 

Top

I cheated by melting good quality dark chocolate. You could make your own chocolate top- but I was in a hurry with our guests due to arrive any moment :)

Ingredients:
1 block of organic 90% Cacao Dark Chocolate
How To:

Melt the chocolate slowly and carefully in a saucepan. Continue stirring while you heat, so the choc doesn’t burn. Once melted pour over the second layer. (You can lick the spoon now! :) )

 

Return to the fridge to set.

 

Wait patiently (this is the hard part!!!!), and when the slice is set, lift the paper so the slice comes out of the pan. Place on a wooden chopping board and cut with a big knife.

 

If you leave the slice out for a little while, the middle layer will soften and will become lovely and goey :)

Return unused portion to the fridge or freezer.

 

Enjoy this healthy vegan friendly caramel slice with your very most favorite people.

 

Bianca xx

CHOC MINT GREEN SMOOOOOTHIE!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (frozen if you have them)
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 handful fresh mint
  • 1 scoop Tao Nutrition
  • 2 medjool pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh mint or 1 capful of peppermint essence
  • 1 capful vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond/soy/rice milk
  • 1/2 cup ice

How To:

Blend. Enjoy!

 

A special thanks to Plant Based Munchies for this recipe.

Two Quick Reasons Why This Is So Good:

1) Tao Nutrition – With 23g of Premium Protein per serve and the only product to include Nutrient Rich Superfoods like chia, kale and maca for an ideal source of Anti-oxidants, Micronutrients and Trace Minerals. Tao Nutrition is a High Quality, Pure, Natural Protein and Nutrient Dense Superfood. If red-bull gives you wings (until the artificial sugar high dies off anyway), this stuff gives you a leer jet of sustained goodness.

2) Baby Spinach – Baby spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants. It is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium and iron. Vitamin K is essential for normal blood clotting and, in addition, is important for maintaining bone health. Vitamin A is needed for healthy eyesight as well as proper growth and development and, along with vitamin C, helps protect the body’s cells and supports immune system function.

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CHOCOLATE GREEN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

When you’re craving something sweet but want to stay healthy!

This beautiful chocolate green protein smoothie creation was shared by Sarah_Louise of insta. It is the perfect sweet treat for the healthy eater…

Ingredients:

1 tbs raw cacao
1/4 tsp coconut nectar
1 frozen banana
3 cuffed of puréed spinach (I freeze mine for ease of use!)
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup of coconut milk
Small pinch of pink Himalayan salt
1 scoop of Tao Nutrition vanilla protein powder

How to:

Blend, drink and enjoy :)


Full credit and thanks to Sarah_Louise for this beautiful chocolate green protein smoothie recipe and pic. We love what you do x

Be sure to check out our insta page for other delish creations @tao_nutrition1