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    Tried & Tested: New Running Shoes From Asics, PUMA & Salomon & Under Armour

    Are you on the hunt for a comfy pair of new running shoes? Or maybe you’re after your very first pair and don’t know where to start? Perhaps you’re overwhelmed with the sheer volume of new takkies dropping seemingly weekly. Wherever you are in your running journey, we’re here to help you.

    There are so many factors to consider when looking for a pair of running shoes. Think: price, cushioning, pronation, heel drop, distances and of course, the look and feel. So we put the newest running shoes to the test, racking up kms to find four that are worth your hard-earned rands. Here’s what we thought about the latest offerings from PUMA, Under Armour, Asics and Salomon. Happy running!

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    PUMA Velocity Nitro 3

    Heel drop: 8mm | Cushion: Medium | Pronation: Neutral | Price: R2 599


    ✅ Versatile and comfortable 

    ✅ Affordable price


    ❌ Those with wider feet might find it a bit snug


    PUMA may not have been the first brand that came to mind when you went to your local Sportsman’s Warehouse a few years ago, but they sure should be now. They’ve put considerable research and tech into their new fleet of running shoes to bring you launches that will get you where you want to go (and fast)!

    Last year, their ForeverRUN NITRO was one of the pairs I wore the most and I loved it. Now, the Velocity Nitro 3 is overtaking that shoe as one of my favourites. PUMA has taken comfort seriously meaning you don’t have to worry about any niggles or discomfort. You can thank the NITROFOAM™ which makes the shoe well-cushioned yet responsive. 

    If you do a lot of your runs on the treadmill at your local gym or if you’re just starting out and find yourself doing a combination of running and walking these will be your go-to trainer. But they aren’t just for the treadmill, they hold up well as a daily trainer on the road too. The PUMAGrip on the outsole gives you great traction so you can focus on smashing goals rather than whether you’re going to slip.  PUMA has done it again and you’ll definitely be seeing the bright flash of green zoom past you in months to come.

    READ MORE: These Strength And Cross-Training Workouts Will Improve Your Running

    ASICS Gel Nimbus 26

    Heel drop: 8mm | Cushion: Maximum | Pronation: Neutral | Price: R3 799


    ✅ Plush and comfortable

    ✅ Improved grip


    ❌ Not the best for speedy runners


    You can’t go wrong with a Gel Nimbus, it’s one of Asics’ best-selling and longest running shoe models. In fact, their Gel Nimbus 25 (released last year) is actually the shoe that made me fall in love with running. It took me from struggling to run a 5km to smashing a 21km in weeks (I couldn’t believe it either!) The Gel Nimbus 26 is everything I loved in the 25 (maximum cushioning and a comfortable upper) with some minor tweaks that make a major difference and ultimately give you a smoother ride.

    The knitted upper has been reengineered so that it’s wider in the forefoot and toe-box. And the eyelets have also changed and give improved lockdown so your foot is secure without being strangled. So overall you have a softer yet more supportive midfoot hold.

    The most impressive improvement is thanks to the addition of ASICSGRIP™ technology and AHARPLUS™ outsole rubber. The outsole uses new hybrid grip technology to give you more traction on wet surfaces (a real winner during winter) and advanced durability.

    The Gel Nimbus 26 also feels a tad firmer than the previous iteration so while it’s become a favourite for my longer, slower runs or even recovery runs, it now will definitely be able to handle those pacier runs, too.

    READ MORE: Long-Distance Trail Running: Here’s Exactly How To Prep And Push Through

    Salomon Genesis

    Heel drop: 8mm | Cushion: Maximum | Pronation: Neutral | Price: R3 599


    ✅ Gives you confidence on technical runs

    ✅ Suits newbies and more experienced runners


    ❌ Runs quite small so consider sizing up


    As the temperatures begin to drop, now is the perfect time to get into trail running… or break in a new pair before signing up for a trail running race. First, every time I wear these, I get compliments on how gorgeous they are and while that has no impact on running ability, it sure is a plus.

    But beyond the beautiful colour way, these trail shoes pack some serious tech that will serve beginners and more advanced trail runners well. Many trail shoes prioritise stability and technical support at the cost of comfort and cushioning, but the Genesis does the exact opposite. It has a highly supportive Active Chassis and unique two-part lug pattern (All-Terrain Contagrip® compound) and raised tread so your grip is secure no matter the terrain. And the Energy Foam and weaved Matryx® upper give you a comfortable and cushioned ride.

    When wearing the Genesis, I feel very confident and stable on the trails. This is something super important to me for two reasons. One, trail running is something I only do once or twice a week so I’m definitely an amateur and lack confidence. And because I’m a treadmill/road/gym frequenter, I’m not used to having to concentrate as much and tend to slip or almost lose my footing often on my trail runs. It really is a great trail shoe, I would just recommend sizing up.

    READ MORE: Maximise Your Runs With These Tips From The Pros

    Under Armour Infinite Elite

    Heel drop: 8mm | Cushion: Maximum | Pronation: Neutral | Price: R3 799


    ✅  Revolutionary foam

    ✅ Great for long and everyday runs


    ❌ Might be too stacked for some


    Now, this is a LOT of shoe. Your first thought about the Infinite Elite will definitely be about the height of it. It certainly was mine. And when you put them on you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re using stilts. But somehow the Infinite Elite doesn’t feel heavy at all.

    If it’s cushioning you want? It’s cushioning you’ll get with the Infinite Elites. Except the cushioning is unlike anything you’ve ever felt before. Under Armour has used new HOVR+ foam which they say gives the shoe superior energy return and a bouncier ride. And springy she is. This full-length one-piece bead foam midsole gives you a super plush experience that is perfect for your long run days and your everyday kilometres too.

    And if it’s your knees and joints you’re worried about, Under Armour has gone the extra step by using a bevel heel design that helps lessen heel impact and allows you to land smoothly and increase overall stability. I reach for these for my longer Saturday runs and really love how you can quite literally feel them help you bounce off the road.

    Plus if you’re looking for some kit to support you on your runs, the Infinity 2.0 High Sports Bras is one of the most supportive (and flattering) bras I’ve worn in a long time. And the straps can be adjusted to ensure you’ve got the perfect fit, every run

    Kelleigh is the Managing Editor of Women’s Health. When she’s not convincing her colleagues to try the latest TikTok trends, you can find her planning a holiday that never leaves the group chat, binge-reading or eating her way through Cape Town. More

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    The 15 Minute Bodyweight Home Workout You Can Do On Your Couch

    Forget raising the bar – put your feet up, woman! Seriously, we mean it when we say put.your.feet.up. “Lifting them onto a step or bench is the simplest way to build strength faster,” says strength and conditioning specialist Don Bahneman. Yup, you *can* sculpt a better body without lifting a dumbbell. All you need: this bodyweight home workout.

    READ MORE: 18 Feel-Good Workouts That’ll Boost Your Mood, Stat

    How Does Putting Your Feet Up Build Muscle?

    It boils down to basic physics: for upper-body exercises, this tweak changes the angle of the exercise and forces your muscles to work harder to support your body weight.

    For lower-body moves, raising your feet increases how far you have to move with every rep (aka your range of motion), which calls more muscle fibres into action. And for all moves, your core has to work harder to keep you stable and locked into position.

    The 15 Minute Bodyweight Home Workout

    Instructions: Complete the exercises in this bodyweight home workout in order. Move from one to the next without resting. Rest 45 to 60 seconds at the end of the circuit, then repeat for up to five rounds.

    Make it harder: Feeling extra fired up for your bodyweight home workout? Increase the cardio challenge by adding 30 seconds of star jumps or running in place between each move. Get the best out of your chill with this couch workout.

    READ MORE: A 4-Week Home Workout Plan To Get Fit And Strong AF

    1. Bulgarian Split Squat

    Stand about 60 centimetres in front of your couch and extend your left leg behind you, placing the top of your foot on the seat (A). Keeping your chest upright and core tight, bend both knees to lower your hips as much as you can (B). Push through your right heel to return to start. That’s one rep. Do eight to 12, then repeat on the other side.

    READ MORE: Try This 30-Minute HIIT Workout At Home For A Total-Body Burn

    2. Travelling Plank With Leg Raise

    Get into push-up position with your toes on the couch (A). Raise your right arm and rotate your torso to the right until your feet are stacked and your body forms a T. Without dropping your hips, lift your right leg (B). Hold for 20 seconds. Reverse the movement to return to start and hold for 20 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

    READ MORE: 9 Bodyweight Exercises That Will Improve Your Mobility

    3. Single-Leg Hip Thrust

    Lie on your back on the floor in front of your couch with your left heel on the edge, knee bent about 90 degrees and your right leg straight up, arms at your sides (A). Press through your left heel and raise your hips as high as possible, keeping your right foot in the air (B). Slowly lower your hips back down. That’s one rep. Do eight to 12, then repeat on the other side.

    READ MORE: 10 Best Kettlebell Core Exercises For Strong, Sculpted Abs, From A Trainer

    4. Reverse Inch Worm

    Get into push-up position with your toes on the couch (A). Bracing your core and glutes, slowly walk your hands towards the couch, lifting your hips into the air and keeping your legs as straight as possible (B). Pause, then walk your hands back out to start. Make it harder by adding a push-up here. That’s one rep. Do four to eight.

    Excerpted from the Women’s Health Little Book of 15-Minute Workouts. More

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    Braaied Cowboy Steak With Green Salad Is The Easy, Flavoursome Recipe You’ve Been Looking For

    As the temperature decreases, your craving for comforting, heart meals seems to only increase. And sometimes you just feel like a juicy steak. This cowboy steak recipe with satisfy all your cravings and makes a great meal prep lunch option if you’re just cooking for one.

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    What Is A Cowboy Steak?

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    Côte de Bœuf, Cowboy Steak, Rib steak, Ribeye or Wingrib cut… There are many names for this delicious cut of meat. According to The Fat Butcher, Côte de Bœuf translates to “cut of beef” or “cut of the cow”. It is also arguably one of the most flavoursome cuts you can get.

    “It boasts intense marbling and is also the closest muscle to the heart of the cow. This means that it enjoys a consistent supply of oxygenated blood, allowing for rich flavour at the right maturation. The Ribeye is cut from the rib section of the cow, located between the front quarters and the midriff of the animal,” says The Fat Butcher.

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    Braaied Cowboy Steak Recipe With Green Salad

    “A grass-fed côte de boeuf (rib steak with bone attached, also called a “cowboy steak”) has the perfect ratio of fat to meat, which makes it ideal for braaiing,” says Jackie Cameron, chef and owner of Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine.

    Braaied Cowboy Steak With Green Salad

    Jackie Cameron

    A grass-fed côte de boeuf (rib steak with bone attached, also called a “cowboy steak”) has the perfect ratio of fat to meat, which makes it ideal for braaiing. This recipe will be a firm load shedding favourite. Per 402g serving: 2 633kJ, 37g fat (17g sat), 2g carbs, 370mg sodium, 1g fibre, 67g protein

    Prep Time 10 minutes minsCook Time 20 minutes mins

    Course Main Course, SaladCuisine French, South African

    Servings 4 peopleCalories 630 kcal

    2x 650 gram Côte de boeufSalt and pepper50 grams Salted butter1-2 Tbsp Lemon juice, freshly squeezed1 cup Canola oil20 Sage leaves1 Tbsp 1 tbsp capers4 handfuls Salad leaves
    Braai steaks for about 10 minutes, turning every two minutes, until medium-rare. Remove steaks, season and allow to rest for seven minutes while you make the salad.Add the butter to a cold pan and bring it up to medium heat. Cook until the colour is slightly brown and it starts to give off salty, nutty aromas. Add lemon juice immediately, then move the pan off the heat. Season and allow butter to cool, without getting cold.Heat oil in a pot over medium heat and add the sage leaves. When the leaves are a vibrant bright green and have stopped sizzling they are ready to be removed. Drain on paper towel.Fry the capers in the sage oil over a medium-low heat until there are no more little bubbles forming around them − this means all the moisture has been released and they will stay crisp. Blot on paper towel.Place the salad leaves in a bowl and toss with the lemon-butter dressing; sprinkle over the sage leaves and capers. Slice the steak and divide among four plates, with the salad and serve.

    Keyword beef, braai, comfort food, dinner, Easy Meals, Healthy Recipes, high-protein, low-carb, Steak More

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    Hunch Over Your Desk? These Moves Will Sort Out Your Shoulders STAT

    Picture someone hunching over their keyboard for the majority of the day, shoulders creeping up towards their ears. Does that hypothetical person sound a lot like you? We’re all guilty of being that person at some point or another. And while we should be more vigilant about sitting up straight, it’s easy to forget when you’re rushing towards that 3pm deadline. That’s why we found four simple shoulder strength exercises that will help you get better posture in very little time.

    READ MORE: The 3 Stretches You Should Be Doing Daily

    Why You Should Strengthen Your Shoulders For Better Posture

    Building up your shoulder strength and mobility will help counteract that urge to hunch, even when you didn’t even realise you were doing it.

    “The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, which means there are a lot of things that can go wrong with it,” says physiotherapist Mike Riccardi. “If your shoulders hurt, it’s probably from a combination of a few things, because the shoulder joint is complex. But the one overarching cause is poor posture.” (Did we just see you straighten up?)

    The key to beating the hunch is to increase shoulder mobility and build shoulder strength. But you don’t just want to target your traps and anterior deltoids (the showy muscles that you obviously think of as ‘shoulders’). Remember how the shoulder is a complex joint? It also has a whole lot of muscles round back that help stabilise the joint and pull your shoulders back and down away from your ears.

    The Workout: 4 Shoulder Strength Exercises For Better Posture

    These four simple exercises from coach Lushwill Rossouw will help you get there.

    You need: Barbell, two medium to heavy dumbbells and a PVC pipe (don’t have one? A broom or mop will do too, as long as they’re not heavy).

    READ MORE: Try This Shy Girl Upper Body Workout If You Lack Confidence At Gym

    1. PVC Pipe Complex

    Good for: Mobility Do: 3 sets of 5 reps of each move

    This is a great warm-up to do before any upper-body workout that’s going to be using your shoulders because it targets different muscles around the joint. The first part hits the traps and anterior deltoids in the front and on top of your shoulders, while the next two hit the muscles at the back.

    2. PVC Pipe Shoulder Rotations

    Good for: Mobility Do: 10

    Another good warm-up, this move takes the joint through its full range of motion. The wider apart your hands, the easier it will feel. Your goal is to warm up, not become a contortionist!

    READ MORE: 18 Feel-Good Workouts That’ll Boost Your Mood ASAP

    3/ Push Press

    Good for: Strength Do: 3 sets of 6-8

    Lifting any weight above your head is an easy way to strengthen your shoulders. They difference here is that your stabiliser muscles have to work to control the clumsy barbell. Using your legs for a little boost helps you lift a heavier weight than you would with shoulder strength alone. The real work is controlling that barbell at the top and on the way down and that’s where those rear stabilisers come into their own. Bonus: It’ll also do wonders for your core and triceps.

    READ MORE: The Best Back Stretches To Tackle Upper And Lower Back Pain

    4/ Dumbbell Press With Isometric Hold

    Good for: Strength Do: 3 sets of 5

    Pushing the weights overhead will sculpt those showy muscles at the front and on top of your shoulders, making them look seriously toned and sexy. But here’s the catch: Once they’re overhead, hold them up there, with straight arms, for a count of three. This brings your stabilisers into play to keep the joint, well, stable. Bye-bye hunch, hello toned upper back! More

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    18 Feel-Good Workouts That’ll Boost Your Mood, Stat

    When it comes to exercise, one rule is paramount: you’ve got to enjoy what you do, whether that’s hitting balls playing padel, swimming or dancing. Whatever your movement, study after study confirms that the more you enjoy exercising, the more likely you are to continue. These six trainers champion feel-good workouts and will inspire you to move more in a way you truly enjoy.

    Kirsten Johnson

    Everything about Kirsten Johnson’s workouts screams joy. Her dance-inspired workouts are all about rejoicing in the way your body can move.

    An ex-dancer and founder of the Find Balance Kindly workout app, a series of dance-inspired functional workouts, she muses: “Growing up in the harsh dance industry, I was very aware of how words, comments or corrections could either encourage or deflate me as an artist. The classes on my app are all real-time, follow-along workouts so that I can encourage and motivate through positive affirmation.”

    Why Does Kirsten Love Feel-Good Workouts?

    “I believe that movement is medicine,” says Johnson. “Being able to move your body every day is such a huge blessing and showing up for yourself, even on the hard days, is an act of self-love and gratitude, which is something I think we should practise daily.”

    Try Kirsten’s Workouts

    READ MORE: 20 Fitness Apps To Kickstart Your Wellness Journey

    Teal Hogg

    Teal Hogg’s workouts are all centred around lifting heavy while treating your body kindly. That also means tailoring your workouts around your menstrual cycle to accommodate your body’s ups and downs. Find her workouts on her Hustle Fit app. How’s that for feeling good?

    “Learning to understand and work with, and not against, the natural hormonal fluctuations as a woman has been the most empowering thing I’ve ever done for myself – and for other women as well. Instead of shying away from the stigma of periods, we’re starting to honour the beauty of the female body.”

    Why Does Teal Love Feel-Good Workouts?

    “Not only is it nice to feel good from working out but it’s actually essential for women to train according to how they feel, because of our continuous hormonal fluctuations,” says Hogg.

    Try Teal’s Workout

    READ MORE: Tone Up The Fun Way With This Strength And Cardio Dance Workout

    Nomvula Khuzwayo

    Nomvula exploded on our Insta feeds some time ago with her always-happy dance moves. She also champions tough-as-nails workouts, while doing it with a smile. Who doesn’t love a challenge?

    “I dance – a lot! I don’t have to preach anything to my followers, they can see from the joy I exude in my videos that the lifestyle I live has a positive impact on my life. They love that and they too want to have that kind of energy.”

    Why Feel-Good Workouts Work For Nomvula

    “The more people feel good, the more motivated they are to live, work and be present members of society,” says Khuzwayo. “Most of the workouts I post are full body, which allows those with busy lives to get a workout in without having to focus on one muscle group at a time.”

    Try Nomvula’s Workouts

    READ MORE: The Best Back Stretches To Tackle Upper And Lower Back Pain, From A Yoga Instructor

    The Movement Lab

    Pilates is having a hot moment. But Pilates with upbeat music? Now that’s even hotter. The Movement Lab, with trainer Jessica Mandel at the helm, offers this in buckets: fun, feel-good Pilates set to thumping good tunes. We’re sold – and we’ve been for a while!

    “Feel good movement is at the heart of each of our classes. Our repertoires are designed around functional movement patterns – ensuring we can move through life confidently, pain-free and efficiently. We want people to find joy and fun in their workouts,” she explains.

    Why Jess Loves Feel-Good Workouts

    “For years, I didn’t consider myself sporty or fit because I hadn’t found an exercise routine that I loved,” reflects Mandel. “It wasn’t until I did my Pilates Instructor Training that I fell in love with movement. I leave every class feeling better than when I walked in and I look forward to moving my body.”

    A Peek At The Movement Lab’s Classes

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    Cover star Takkies stole our hearts when she entered the WH Next Fitness Star competition back in 2016. Years on, her dance classes, centred on self-love and body positivity, continue encouraging women to love their bodies in all shapes and forms.

    Find her workouts at a Rockingnheels studio in Joburg, with a team holding down the fort while she runs the London classes. “I create a safe space where women can come, let go and just be. There’s so much power in being in a space where you feel comfortable enough to be yourself, accept yourself or even to be able to find out things you love about yourself,” she says.

    Why Does Takkies Love Feel-Good Workouts?

    “I feel that you have a more positive approach to life, people and all that you do when you feel good,” says Takkies. How you feel contributes so much to what you pour out into the world. I also believe that we can tackle anything that life throws at us a little better when we feel good.”

    Try Takkies’ Workouts

    READ MORE: Here’s How To Make Weight Loss Goals That Will Actually Stick in 2024

    Lisa Raleigh

    Lisa Raleigh literally bounces for joy. Her workouts, called bounti, which take place on the rebounder, will have you feeling like a kid again – while working all the major muscle groups on one tiny feel-good tramp.

    Find her classes in Joburg.“bounti rebounding takes you right from the absolute basics of, not just rebounding, but fitness as a whole. Rebounding is a low-impact, totally enjoyable way of becoming fitter, stronger and happier! We’re literally guiding our clients towards jumping for joy,” she enthuses.

    Why Lisa Loves Feel-Good Workouts

    “Movement that heals, not harms is our business mantra when it comes to downloadable workouts, programmes and classes,” Raleigh explains. “The goal is restorative exercise that gives you an effective workout, while also being kind to your body. Who said no pain means no gain?”

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    “How I Went From Being A Party Girl To A Fitness Fanatic – And Lost 31kg”

    When it comes to a weight loss journey, breaking bad habits is not easy. But sometimes, having a bit of grit and loads of consistency can yield amazing results. This is how Liz Dumagude found her freedom and lost over 30kg.

    Liz’s Weight Loss Journey:

    What Led To Liz’s Weight Gain

    Elizabeth Dumagude, a “reformed party girl, ” loved eating and drinking. “I would go out every weekend and drink excessively, which led to me eating any and everything in sight,” she explains. “I would have a Steers Wacky Wednesday meal every Wednesday, multiple McDonald’s meals or pizza from Friday through Sunday, whilst mindlessly snacking on chips, chocolates and so on.”

    Eventually, her lifestyle caught up with her when she spotted a holiday picture of herself. She weighed 85kg and was unhappy. “I could hardly recognise the person I was looking at,” she notes.

    Things had come to a head: she felt uncomfortable in her body and was exhausted. “My clothes had tripled in size, and I kept eating my feelings,” she says. “I joined a gym the very next day.” 

    READ MORE: Here’s How Better With Balance Influencer Michaela Mallett Healed Her Relationship With Food

    How Liz Changed Her Life And Lost 31kg

    She’d found a small gym in Sunninghill and started attending their group fitness classes three times a week. “I would rotate between 45-minute high-intensity cardio classes, spinning and boxing,” she says. The biggest change? Elizabeth had stopped going out partying as much – which meant far fewer junk food excursions. 

    After some time, she decided to hire a personal trainer to really fine-tune her new nutrition. She’d also set herself a new goal: to venture into the weights section at the gym. (If this is your goal too, check out our beginner’s guide to weightlifting here).

    For breakfast, Elizabeth opted for oats, snacked on rice cakes and swapped out the burgers for stir-fried veg with rice. Her lifestyle had done a complete 180, too. “I swapped out all my sodas for sugar-free options, added sugar-free jelly, puddings and, sweets for my sweet tooth and opted for red wine or a gin and sugar-free tonic when I went out with friends,” she explains.

    READ MORE: How To *Actually* Lose Belly Fat With Diet And Exercise

    How Liz’s Transformation Changed Her Life

    Six years on, Liz has not only lost the weight (she now weighs 54kg), but has carved out muscle that enabled her to compete in fitness competitions. This year, she placed first as the 2023 IFBB SA Regional, National & Overall Wellness Champion.

    Mostly, she just feels so much better for it. “I am so much stronger and fitter; taking the stairs doesn’t feel like a chore anymore,” she says.

    “Now, I focus on how I look and feel, how my clothes fit and how I am progressing in the gym.”

    READ MORE: TikTok’s Viral 30-30-30 Challenge: Does It Work For Weight Loss?

    Liz’s Weight Loss Tips For Someone Starting Their Weight Loss Journey

    1. Be Patient

    “This is a weight-loss JOURNEY, you will make mistakes along the way, but keep going!”

    2. Eat In Moderation

    “You do not need to cut out any food groups to reach your goals.”

    3. Get Moving!

    “Find an activity that you love. You don’t need to be in the gym if that is not what you enjoy.” More

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    3 Low-Calorie Raw Dinner Recipes For When Load Shedding Catches You By Surprise

    In need of some low calorie load shedding recipes for dinner or lunch? Then you need to try these raw dishes that you can prep even when the lights are out.

    And if you thought raw food was limited to green, vegan salads, then it’s time for an education. Here are some delicious dishes that are low in calories and will impress not only yourself but anyone you serve them to!

    READ MORE: 3 No-Cook Recipes You Can Make During Load Shedding

    3 Load Shedding Recipes To Add To Save For When You Need Them

    1. Angelfish Ceviche

    Looking for an easy, high-protein meal that you don’t need to cook? This Angelfish ceviche is perfectly balanced, amazingly tangy and makes the perfect easy dinner (especially if there is load shedding).

    Angelfish Ceviche

    Amy Hopkins

    Looking for an easy, high-protein meal that you don’t need to cook? This Angelfish ceviche is perfectly balanced, amazingly tangy and makes the perfect easy dinner (especially if there is load shedding).16g fat (2.5g sat fat), 17g carbs, 75mg sodium, 5g fibre, 20g protein

    Prep Time 15 minutes minsTotal Time 1 hour hr 15 minutes mins

    Course Main CourseCuisine Peruvian

    Servings 6 peopleCalories 280 kcal

    800 grams Angelfish filletsSea saltJuice of 5 limes1 handful Fresh mint1 handful Fresh coriander2 Avocados½ SpanspekFor the dressing¼ cup Extra-virgin olive oilJuice of 1 orangeJuice of 1 limeRaw honey (or coconut blossom nectar)1 clove Garlic, finely chopped1 Red chilli, finely chopped½ Red onion, finely choppedSea saltFreshly ground black pepper
    Slice the fish fillets into five- to seven-millimetre cubes, then place into an airtight container with a pinch of sea salt and lime juice. Mix the juice into the fish gently and place in the fridge for one hour to cure.Mix together all the dressing ingredients and set aside. Season to taste.Pick the leaves off the herbs, discard the stalks and set aside.Chop the avocado and spanspek into cubes the same size as the fish and set aside in separate bowls.Remove the fish from the fridge; it should be opaque in colour. Drain the juices and discard. Mix in the avocado, spanspek and dressing. Toss gently to combine.Portion fish mixture into eight bowls. Divide herbs among the bowls and serve immediately.

    Keyword fish, Healthy Recipes, high-protein, Loadshedding-Friendly, No-Cook Recipes

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    2. Ostrich Steak Tartare

    Everyone’s favourite healthy protein has gotten a makeover! This ostrich steak tartare is the perfect post-gym, high-protein load shedding recipe.

    Ostrich Steak Tartare

    Amy Hopkins

    Everyone’s favourite healthy protein has gotten a makeover! This ostrich steak tartare is the perfect post-gym, high-protein load shedding recipe.32g fat (5g sat fat), 6g carbs, 1240mg sodium, 2g fibre, 26g protein

    Prep Time 15 minutes mins

    Course Main CourseCuisine French

    Servings 1 personCalories 330 kcal

    100 grams Ostrich fillet1 Tbsp Lemon juice, freshly squeezed1 Tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil1 Tbsp Red onion, finely chopped1 Tbsp Chives, chopped 1 tsp Mustard seeds5 Capers, chopped½ Gherkin, finely sliced1 large Free-range egg yolkFlat-leaf parsley, for garnishing
    Remove any sinew from the meat, rinse under water and pat dry. Slice into thin strips, then crosswise into tiny cubes. Place in a glass bowl.Pour lemon juice over the meat immediately, so that it cures slightly. Mix in olive oil and set aside while you chop the rest of the ingredients.Mix the red onion, chives, mustard seeds, capers and gherkin into the ostrich. Spoon onto a plate, gently making a well in the centre. Place the yolk into the well and serve with parsley.

    Keyword high-protein, Loadshedding-Friendly, No-Cook Recipes, Ostrich

    READ MORE: 11 Avo Toast Recipes That’ll Fill You Up For Less Than 350 Calories

    3. Rainbow Phad Thai

    Been struggling to get in your 5-a-day? Not anymore thanks to this veggie-packed meal! Best part? There is no cooking involved and the sauce can be used to elevate any dish.

    Rainbow Phad Thai

    Amy Hopkins

    Been struggling to get in your 5-a-day? Not anymore thanks to this veggie-packed meal! Best part? There is no cooking involved and the sauce can be used to elevate any dish.4g fat (1g sat fat), 25g carbs, 300mg sodium, 5g fibre, 5g protein

    Prep Time 15 minutes mins

    Course SaladCuisine Thai

    Servings 6 peopleCalories 140 kcal

    6 Baby marrows, julienned or spiralised1 large Red pepper, thinly sliced2 large Carrots, grated or julienned½ Red or purple cabbage (about 350g), sliced6 Spring onions, white and pale-green parts finely chopped1 handful Fresh coriander, roughly chopped2 handfuls Bean sprouts1 Tbsp Sesame seedsFor the dressing3 Tbsp Freshly squeezed lime juice, plus extra limes to serve3 Tbsp Low-sodium soy sauce3 Tbsp Honey2 Tbsp Sugar-free peanut butter3 Tbsp Grated ginger2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped1 Red chilli, finely choppedSaltFreshly ground black pepper
    Place all vegetables in a large bowl. Garnish with coriander, sprouts and sesame seeds.Whisk together all dressing ingredients, taste to check flavours (add water to thin, if necessary), then toss with vegetables. Serve with extra lime wedges.

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    Does The ‘Watermelon Diet’ Work For Weight Loss? How It Works And If It’s Safe, According To Experts

    When you’re on a weight loss journey, it’s understandable to want to eat healthy foods that help you achieve your goals. If you want results fast, trends like the watermelon diet may sound particularly appealing. Watermelon has many health benefits, like possibly boosting your heart health and immunity, per a recent study. But what is the watermelon diet, exactly?

    It appears that the diet started trending after cheerleader Gabi Butler spoke about it on season two of the Netflix docu-series Cheer. On the show, she claimed that she ate only watermelon for three days and that it helped her “flush out anything sitting in [her] stomach.” After the three-day “cleanse,” she resumed her normal routine.

    Whether you heard about the watermelon diet on the show or perhaps saw it trending elsewhere online, you probably have questions. What does the fad diet involve? Does it work for weight loss? And more importantly, is it safe?

    Ahead, nutrition experts share the benefits and risks of the watermelon diet and whether or not it’s recommended for weight loss.

    Meet the experts: Keri Gans, RD, is a New York-based registered dietician and author of The Small Change Diet, a book about incorporating small changes and healthy habits to ensure a lifetime of good health. Samantha Cassetty, RD, is a New York-based registered dietician and co-author of Sugar Shock, a guidebook to reduce sugar intake and live a healthier life.

    What is the watermelon diet, exactly?

    The watermelon diet is a phenomenon that seemed to gain popularity in 2022 on social media and is not an official diet plan, says Samantha Cassetty, RD, a dietician and co-author of Sugar Shock. The origins of the diet are somewhat unknown and it appears there is no official “plan” to follow.

    However, it is often framed as a cleanse or “detox” in which users eat only watermelon for a set amount of time. Duration varies—some TikTokers eat watermelon consecutively for three days in a row, while others claim to have followed the routine for 30 days or more.

    Based on social media, it seems there are many ways to approach the watermelon diet. One TikTok user blended watermelon with lemon and fresh mint and consumed six bottles a day for seven days. Another user drank watermelon as juice for three days before returning to their regular diet and said they lost 1 kilogram in the process (they also called out how the diet gave them leg cramps, supposedly due to lack of nutrients).

    People are drawn to the watermelon diet’s detox-like effect, however, the idea that it cleanses your system, so to speak, isn’t necessarily accurate.

    “The idea is to clear toxins and kickstart weight loss without feeling too hungry, [but] you don’t need to consume a type of food to detox the body,” says Cassetty. “Your body is designed to eliminate toxins on [its] own—that’s what your kidney and liver do for you every day naturally,” she points out.

    Benefits Of The Watermelon Diet

    There is no scientific evidence to support a watermelon cleanse. That said, watermelon itself is a nutritious food packed with vitamins and antioxidants, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It contains vitamin A, which can help your vision and immune system, per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine—along with vitamin C and vitamin B6, which have similar immune-boosting benefits. Watermelon also contains lycopene, which has been linked to decreases in heart disease and certain cancers, per the USDA. Additionally, the amino acids in watermelon may help reduce blood pressure and support exercise performance, according to a recent study.

    Watermelon is a low-calorie fruit that’s made of approximately 90 percent water, per the USDA—so if you’re trying to stay hydrated and achieve a calorie deficit, it might be a helpful snack for weight loss. Daily watermelon consumption may help reduce body weight and body mass index (BMI), per a study published in Nutrients, and eating it regularly may help you lose weight due to its low sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol, according to a recent study.

    Risks Of The Watermelon Diet

    Despite its benefits, the fruit-forward fad diet can come with harmful side effects. “Drastically reducing calorie intake may make you feel dizzy, lightheaded and nauseous,” Cassetty says. Eating tons of fruit can also overwhelm your GI system and potentially lead to gas, bloating and diarrhoea, she adds.

    “[The watermelon diet] is not suitable if you are pregnant, nursing, or if you have a health condition, eating disorder, or history of disordered eating,” Cassetty says. It’s also not recommended if you work out a lot since watermelon doesn’t contain enough fuel for activity and recovery, she adds. The diet also negatively impacts your ability to respond to hunger cues, enjoy nourishing meals and can hinder your ability to learn what a well-balanced meal actually is, Cassetty says.

    Ultimately, this is an extreme diet that experts recommend you avoid. “Any diet that aims to restrict sets the user up for ultimate failure,” says Keri Gans. The watermelon cleanse focuses on a “quick fix” rather than introducing sustainable healthy habits to kickstart weight loss, which in itself is problematic, she says.

    Does the watermelon diet work for weight loss?

    By only eating watermelon (which, again, is mostly water), you’ll likely see weight changes within a few days. However, the watermelon diet is a short-term solution and is not a sustainable weight loss practice. “You will [likely] lose water weight, but once you start eating other foods, all your weight will come back,” Gans says.

    The trend can seem appealing for folks on a weight loss journey since it feels attainable and lasts a short time compared to other diet plans, says Cassetty. “[It] seems more approachable than other fasting protocols because it is very clear cut,” she says. “When eating feels overwhelming, having a clear plan feels doable.” But by eliminating other foods and only focusing on one, you aren’t learning anything about healthy eating habits, Gans adds.

    The bottom line? Watermelon may work temporarily, but it shouldn’t be the only thing you’re consuming for weight loss. “Even though watermelon is a healthy food, it is not healthy to exist on watermelon alone—and that would be the same for any single food, whether it’s cake or kale,” Cassetty says. By only focusing on one item, you’re eliminating vital proteins and healthy fats, which are essential nutrients for the body, she says.

    How To Jumpstart A Weight Loss Journey Instead

    If weight loss is your main goal, there are healthier options out there than the watermelon diet, says Gans. Experts recommend shifting your mindset away from restricting foods and instead focusing on what you should include. “You can start by adding a fruit to your breakfast, then adding a vegetable to your lunch and dinner,” says Cassetty. This is especially helpful since most people don’t get enough fruits and veggies in general, she says.

    Although Cassetty and Gans do not recommend the watermelon diet, eating the popular fruit could help accelerate weight loss if combined with other balanced food groups. For example, eating watermelon as a snack may help you eliminate cravings in between meals or function as a dessert substitute to help you cut back on sugar, they say. Ultimately, integrating watermelon into your diet can help with weight loss, but shouldn’t be viewed as the end-all, be-all solution.

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