November 2018

Tara Hammett - Chicken meatball bake

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‘You are what you eat’

Chicken meatball bake

tara recipeIngredients:


4 x Chicken breasts (diced)
1 x Onion (diced)
2 x Eggs
50g Oats
1 Tablespoon Fresh basil puree
Salt and pepper to taste


2 x Tins tomatoes (chopped)
10-12 Mushrooms (chopped)
1 x Red pepper (chopped)
Salt and pepper


How To:

Meatballs: Add the chicken to a food processor and mince it. Add to a big bowl with the other meatball ingredients. Split into 12 equal portions, and form into meatballs.

Sauce: Add all the sauce ingredients to the slow cooker. Then add the meatballs, carefully covering them with the sauce.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Enjoy with your fave veggies. This makes 4-5 servings.


‘Feel the fear - but do it anyway’

What’s your biggest struggle?

Weight loss, getting fitter, feeling more ‘positive and in control’ is hard.

We can all struggle to get motivated, to know what to do, or to keep going.

In the 6-week body plan support group I have been giving some guidance and motivation to the girls on what they need help with.

Here are a few comments and tips I wanted to share with you.

1) Chocolate

I love it too! It's ok to have chocolate as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The moment you tell yourself you can't have it, is the moment you want it even more, so my best bit of advice is to allow it and plan it in your week.

Having some chocolate with lunch or after dinner a few times a week is fine. You can still lose weight doing this. The chocolate is not the problem, it's the habits and choices around it.

Let’s say you completely restricted yourself from having chocolate. Then obsessed over it every day until you crack and have a complete blowout binge.

Instead of having say 100kcals of chocolate, three time a week, you lose control and demolish 1000kcals of chocolate over a weekend.

Easily done. Instead, allow yourself some chocolate and alongside other great food choices which you enjoy eating and enjoy the results too!

2) Making healthy meals when you're already busy.

This is an excuse.

There are plenty of time-saving things you can do to make sure you eat healthily.

  • As soon as your food shopping is done, boil the kettle and make some hard boiled eggs.
  • Turn the oven on and batch cook a load of chicken, salmon etc.
  • Steam whole bags of frozen veg and put into a container in the fridge.
  • And my BEST bit of advice? Use a slow cooker.

Not just buy one and own one. Use it.

I now have two slow cookers. And I couldn't be happier that I have them both. Even more time-saving for making and batch-cooking stews, curries, ratatouille, meatball bakes, etc.

I'm making a lasagne in there for the first time this week - wish me luck!

3) Motivation

We can all struggle with this at times.

Don't expect too much from yourself.

  • Set realistic targets: like 1/2lb a week (and don't be disappointed if/when it's not more).
  • Focus on one thing at a time: whether it's drink more water, move more, or getting to bed earlier. Focus on one healthy habit until it becomes easier, then move on to the next.
  • Set realistic workout goals: you CAN find 12 minutes to do a home workout three times per week.
  • Make a plan: Write it down, do a food shop to support it and be organised with your meals.
  • Get Support: IT. IS. HARDER. ON. YOUR. OWN.

We all have moments when we want to throw in the towel. But what is the alternative?

Watch this video for some motivation and help. For more information on my programmes, please visit:


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