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It’s Recipe Time Again – The “Cakiest” Protein Cake EVER!


It’s been a while since I posted a recipe for you, so I’m here this week with what I am calling the “cakiest” protein cake you’ve probably ever had!

The cake, “Almond Protein Cake”, is based on one of the recipes in Easy Tasty Clean, with a few ingredients switched in or out. When I made this version of the cake I wanted to make something a low in carbs, high in protein and tasty off the scale. I knew my Cherry Bakewell recipe was a winner, but it contains fruit, which is high in fructose, a natural sugar, and I know some of you are very careful on how much sugar you put into your bodies. So what if I took the fruit away, added some extra fibre and some more healthy fats, and made it in a loaf tin instead of a shallow cake tin? Would that work? The answer was YES, so here is the finished recipe! I dare you not to try it.

Easy Tasty Clean’s Almond Protein Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 small pot (170g / 6oz) 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • ½ cup ground almonds
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (if you don’t have protein powder you can use 60g / 2 oz oats, oat flour, brown rice flour or wholemeal flour with 1 tsp. vanilla essence but this will lower the protein content and increase the carbohydrates)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. stevia
  • 1 tbsp. flaked almonds to decorate

Directions:

Mix all the wet ingredients in a blender, add the dry ingredients (apart from flaked almonds) and blend on high speed for half a minute or so, until combined.

Pour mixture into a pre-greased loaf tin, sprinkle over the flaked almonds, and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C / 350F / gas 4 for 25-30 minutes, turning half way through cooking time. Slide a butter knife into the cake to test if fully cooked, if it comes out clean it’s done.

Cut into 6 generous slices, serve warm or cold.

This cake contains no sugars to preserve it so please keep it in the fridge and use within 3-4 days.

Nutritional breakdown: 174 calories, 17g protein, 6g carbohydrates, 10g fat (2g of which is saturated but this is from the coconut oil, which is actually a healthy fat too!)

And here’s the finished product! Moist, cakey, dee-licious!!!

Almond Protein Cake. Easy Tasty Clean style.

Easy Tasty Clean Almond Protein Cake

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!

Until next time, keep it clean and healthy…

Janice.

A Successful Book Launch!


Is it really only one week since I flicked that cyber switch and release my e-Book Easy Tasty Clean to the world? It feels like a lot longer to be honest!

This first week began with a lovely flurry of buyers, eager to get their hands on the book, which had been much anticipated by Nancy Reinhardt’s coaching clients, my own fitness friends and many clean living fans too. The rest of the week didn’t disappoint either, with a steady flow of would-be clean-eaters ready to improve their eating habits and widen their repertoire of go-to recipes. So I thank everyone who has got themselves a copy of the book up to now, I appreciate you all!

I’ve had a great response from people reading the book too, comments such as these:-

“I love this book – thank you so much!! Already prepping for a grocery run so I can make several recipes the week.”

“I love it already! Had a quick peruse, beautifully presented, the recipes look amazing. There isn’t one I don’t want to try which impresses me sooo much. All are affordable too which makes clean eating so much easier and I love that you provide nutritional breakdown too.”

“I have just downloaded the book and the only thing that I can say is “WOW”!!!!  I expected it to be a very nice and useful book, but you have blown my expectations out of the water!  Nice job and congratulations on putting out such a fantastic book.”

So, I was very pleased to hear this type of reaction. And I should just add that none of the above were from family or friends 😉

The true test, however, is of course in the cooking. How would the recipes be received when they were actually made and eaten? Again I’ve had several great comments, these two both came in last night:-

“Made the Vanilla Protein Pancakes with Greek Yogurt & Fruit from the cookbook this morning, they were great! Even my girls liked them!! :)”

“I made the turkey meatloaf, but put it all in muffin tins….. It was awesome!!! Should have made the big meatloaf as its all gone!!”

The testimonial that I’m most proud of this week came from Sarah Laurie, who is an amazing girl who has transformed herself into a fitness goddess, she certainly knows all there is to know about clean eating and hitting the gym! I’ve put her full review at the bottom of the home page of the website so please go and have a look what she had to say, I still read it and smile. Thanks Sarah!

Easy Tasty Clean on Facebook

Join Easy Tasty Clean on Facebook

Last night I had a great message from Leigh, who says she has just planned out a whole week of meals based on the recipes in the book, and that she would be feeding her whole family of 7 the same! I told her I was honoured that she was using the book to fulfil the dietary requirements of herself and her family, and I am. This is exactly how I wanted to help people to cook delicious food that is also clean and very healthy. Go Leigh!

The last thing that I have done this week is get the Easy Tasty Clean Facebook ‘Like’ page up and running. On there I will share clean eating tips & recipe ideas, so please click on the big ‘f’ to the left there and click ‘Like’ on the page if you would like to keep up to date with me that way.

I wish you all a great up-coming week, keep it clean!

Janice.

Launch Day Is Finally Here!


Easy Tasty Clean has finally been launched!!! I almost can’t believe it!  Almost 3 months ago I cooked my first dish for the book, which I had no idea would turn out as big as it has. 162 pages, 60 recipes, thousands of words and not 1 but 2 e-Books (for the price of one)!!! I think I should be proud of myself. Ok, I am. www.easytastyclean.com is live!!

Strangely, when I flicked the switch to make the ‘Buy Now’ buttons live this morning, I felt like I wanted to do it quietly, so no one noticed, just let it slip out into the ether of the worldwide web when no one was watching. Maybe it’s the knowledge that actual real living people with opinions and sometimes harsh words may get their copy and I’d be open to public opinion. I know I shouldn’t worry because I’ve had my little team of testers making the recipes, my close friends reviewing the words in the introductory chapters for me, and I know I’ve cooked and photographed every single one of the recipes myself, so I should have confidence that all is well.

Since you last saw the book, the cover has been enhanced slightly to include Nancy Reinhardt, who has kindly written a great foreword for the book and also shares her clean eating tips in the book too. Nancy is featuring the book on her own website too as she believes passionately that there is a need for a book like this, for people who want to create truly clean meals and who are working towards a goal of a fitter and leaner body. This is the new cover anyway, what do you think?

Lately I’ve also been investigating the possibility of getting the book printed as a full-colour book, just an idea at the moment but who knows, I could be sending out signed copies of those soon! Hee hee.

So, what’s next for the Easy Tasty Clean inventor? I don’t want to say too much but what I will say is that I couldn’t resist buying a couple of nice-looking dishes the other day, and they don’t feature in this book. That’s all.

Personally, I have received my September workout Challenge pack from Nancy Reinhardt this morning, so I will be giving it some welly in the gym later. And maybe now I have all this spare time on my hands, maybe I’ll have time for a little fun!!!

This is not the end of the blog now the book is out there on sale, I will be keeping you updated on how it’s going, so please stay with me if you can!

Janice.

Nearing the book-publishing finish line!


As the title suggests, I’m getting to the last stages of my quest to publish my recipe book for healthy living, Easy Tasty Clean. It’s been a very long weekend here in the UK with a Bank Holiday and an extra day off work last Friday, and through all of it I’ve pushed and pushed to get the last few things on my list done and dusted. And I’m pleased to say… we’re on schedule for the release of the book this coming Saturday, September 1st!!!

So since the last post, I’ve been working on numerous parts of the project – firstly, I now have all the recipes in the book, cooked, photographed, written up, laid out and proof-read at least twice each. Secondly, I have created the bonus document to go with the book, which is a black & white, text-only version of the book called ‘Easy Tasty Clean – Just the Recipes‘, which will enable you to print out the various recipes and take them to the kitchen to make from, all the time saving your valuable colour printer ink. Both the e-Book and the bonus e-Book are in PDF format so you can view them on any computer or can transfer them onto your iPad (they’ll be visible through the iBooks app). With its backlighting, the iPad really does make the photographs in the book come to life and make things look even more delicious and mouth-watering too!

The last thing I managed to pretty much finish in this crazy-busy 4 day weekend was the website. So, if you click www.easytastyclean.com you can have a look around and see what you’ll actually be getting in the Easy Tasty Clean eBook. There’s even a full list of recipes on there so you will know exactly what types of dishes you could be making this time next week. Exciting hey! The ‘buy now’ buttons won’t be available until Saturday though 😉 so please be patient!!!

So, I guess I should get my countdown timer going, not long until launch now… less than 4 days and counting!!!!! Wow! Thanks for joining me for the ride… we’re almost there!!

Janice.

When to Stop / Book Up For Grabs


Good day everyone, the start of another working week for most, and life without the Olympics – what will we do now that’s over? I guess we must move on and find something else to keep our interest going!

I haven’t watched too much of the games but I’ve caught all the important moments, many of them involving Team GB winning gold medals, which is amazing. So well done them. Shame Usain Bolt didn’t break the 100m or 200m world records but we all know he could if he tried 😉 It was fun to watch anyway.

So the finish line has passed for the Olympians, mine is still somewhere in the distance in terms of getting my Easy Tasty Clean book out there for general consumption. The question is… when to stop? Without counting, I’m guessing I have about 50 recipes in the book now, breakfasts, main meals, savoury snacks & sweet snacks, they’re all there in glorious technicolour. Originally I was aiming for 40 recipes, and when I discovered I’d already got to 45 I thought, well, 50 sounds like a good number. When I’m flicking through the pages I find myself thinking, wow, how on earth have I got to this point, it’s a LOT of stuff! So I feel proud of what I’ve achieved in a relatively short space of time, but how do I know when to stop?

I think that now my targetted release date is getting closer I’m starting to think more about what you people who will (hopefully!) download it will think of it. Are there enough recipes? Is there enough variety? What if people don’t like the taste? Have I catered for Vegetarians enough? As you can see, in my head the panic has slightly set in! I know I can’t please absolutely everyone all of the time but public opinion does matter to me, after all it’s your comments that will either spur other people on to get the book for themselves, or you could totally put people off from one bad comment. That’s not to say I want false praise, that’s almost as bad, but I just want it to be well received and liked by many. I have these little moments of panic every now and again but I know it will pass. Once I go over the pages of the book again I will feel more secure in the knowledge that I have cooked, photographed, tasted and written every single recipe in the book, and nothing is photoshopped to make it look better than it will when you make it, it’s all real.

BUT in the spirit of wanting things to be perfect, I am looking for 8-10 volunteers to try out some recipes for me, so if you’re up for it send an email to janice@easytastyclean.com and let me know whether you’d like to try a breakfast, savoury snack, sweet snack or main meal out for me. The first 6 will get their pick of dish to make and I will expect you to make it and send me back a little review within 7 days (no pressure!). I’m not looking for literary genius, just an honest opinion. Tell me if there’s any ingredients you can’t have. Obviously the information I send is completely confidential so I don’t expect it to be shared around freely thank you very much!! Oh, and one of the lucky ‘reviewers’, randomly picked out of a virtual hat, will get a free copy of the book the day it’s released. Sound good? Email me!

Speaking of sharing around… after speaking with another friend who is releasing her eBook very soon, I realise I need to get mine copyrighted, to prevent the contents being ‘borrowed’ by others, so this will be done the moment the final word is added to the book. It won’t affect the release date though.

In other news, I have taken on (yet another) challenge – starting September 1st I will be following Nancy Reinhardt’s month-long Challenge! I have taken my ‘before’ pictures so there’s no going back now, hee hee. The challenge involves a free weights program with some cardio and will hopefully get me back into better shape. After doing this book pretty much full time for the past couple of months I’ve let my exercise program slip, so I need to get back into it. Does anyone want to join me in the challenge? You only have 2 more days to sign up and the program will be sent out to you on September 1st. ‘After’ pictures have to be submitted by October 3rd. Of course, seeing as I look after Nancy’s website I can’t really win it, that wouldn’t be ethical, but I’m still very much up for committing to the challenge. See Nancy’s download page for more details.

So, who wants to be a guinea pig tester for me?

Janice.

So What’s It All About?


I hope you’ve all had a great weekend, I certainly have. I’ve made great progress into getting some more of my recipes cooked, photographed and laid out in my book, so I am pleased with that. I also had time for a little shopping, always a good thing, and I also checked out the film “Julie & Julia”, recommended to me by a friend. If you haven’t seen the film and are at all interesting in either cooking or blogging, you should DEFINITELY give it a go.

Before I get into the main content of the post today I want to welcome all of you new followers and thank you for signing up for updates, I really appreciate your interest! I know most of you came through a link that Nancy Reinhardt posted on her Facebook page so I thank her for that too.

A few people have no doubt read the blog and thought, “but what’s it all about?” (the recipe book, not the blog – I hope that much is obvious!). So I thought I’d try to explain where I’m coming from in creating this brand new cook book.

When I came new to the world of so-called ‘eating clean’ I fairly quickly understood the principles of it – eat fresh foods that you can either grow or kill, cut out processed foods, added sugar and added salt, and drink plenty of water. Ok, there might be some other parts to the definition that I’ve left out but I’m sure you all get the idea. So with this new list of ‘allowable’ foods in my hand, I had a go at making them into meals. To start with this was fine, I had plain chicken with broccoli, tuna with a sweet potato, oats with eggs, and so on, but this soon became boring for me as I LOVE FOOD and I wasn’t getting my usual fix of the variety of flavours that I knew were out there. So, like many, I scoured various sources for new recipes so I could make my diet more interesting again, whilst still maintaining the principles of eating clean. Some recipes I tried were very dry, others a bit bland, and others were just eggs, eggs, eggs… ENOUGH EGGS!!!

Most people new to eating clean will own one or more of Tosca Reno’s cookbooks, I do. In fact I have 4 of them including the Workout manual. Tosca is great, she provides a ton of recipes, all made of fresh, clean ingredients…. BUT… I was personally put off a lot of her recipes as they contain ingredients that I either had never heard of, or that I wouldn’t know where to get them from, or (most importantly for me) I didn’t know how the finished recipe would taste. Not all Tosca’s recipes have a picture either, which to me is a no-no because I always flick past those pages. I am a busy person and I don’t want to spend time understanding a recipe, I want to SEE what it will look like before I even consider looking at the ingredients.

So, a year later, much learning under my belt, lots of experimenting with flavours, tailoring recipes to put my own spin on things, inventing some dishes of my own that I don’t even know if they exist anywhere else (don’t worry, they all taste great!!!), I am creating my own recipe book, with what I believe is a fantastic selection of EASY to create dishes, that are TASTY and also fit the CLEAN bill. And “Easy Tasty Clean” was born.

Here is why I think my book is unique:

  • In my book, I use simple language to describe the process of creating the dishes.
  • In my book, EVERY recipe has at LEAST one picture. 90% have FULL PAGE pictures PLUS incidentals to show different stages of cooking or an alternative view of the food.
  • In my book, I ensure that ALL recipes have a good amount of protein content, a low level of saturated fat and balanced carbohydrates, to fulfil the needs of the person who exercises regularly who wants to maintain muscle mass and energy levels.
  • In my book, I include EXTRAS, such as my ‘How To’ section and my ‘Ingredients’ section, which explain cooking and preparation techniques, as well as describing some of the important ingredients used in the book, with the aim of taking the mystery out of these ingredients and enabling the reader to UNDERSTAND WHY and HOW to use them.
  • In the making of my book, I am personally COOKING and  PHOTOGRAPHING every single recipe, and also DESIGNING ALL the pages in the book. I’m not looking for brownie points, I’m just saying, it’s ALL MINE and I believe in it 100%!!!
  • My qualification in Nutrition that I am current studying for means that I feel able to give nutritional advice and can guarantee that all the recipes are HEALTHY.

 

So hopefully this will give you an understanding of the shape and direction the book is taking, and hopefully you’ll agree there is a place in the market for this type of book.

Next time I will share a sample recipe and show you how I am laying out the pages of the book, by putting a picture of a double page spread up for you to see – I’m sure you will let me know what you think!

Looking forward to your feedback on what I’ve shared today, thanks for reading!

Janice.