Freakishly AMAZING Sage Snacks with Beth!

Beth has recently joined our super squad and has worked her way into our ‘food for fitness’ heart by becoming our third #SageSnacks student ambassador for 2016.

This week we caught up with Beth – known in the Insta world as @freakishlyhealthy to discover her snack secrets and much MORE!

You’re obviously a ‘food for fitness’ fanatic. We’d love to know your TOP tips for a healthy eating routine?

Thanks! I like to think of myself as a healthy fitness fanatic. Although there’s a lot I need to improve on, I tend to eat very healthily. A few tips I have are:

  • Ensure you’re eating snacks throughout the day. If I don’t eat snacks throughout the day I tend to eat a lot more at night and this when my cravings for sweet food hits! As I’m vegan, I tend to snack on fruit, carrot and celery sticks and also nuts (my fav are almonds – also great for protein.)
  • MAKE SURE YOU EAT BREAKFAST. This is something I can’t say enough! Eating breakfast in the morning really makes me have longer lasting energy throughout the day. I always start the day with a big smoothie or porridge. Smoothies are so great especially if you don’t have a lot of time as you can drink them on the go. I don’t ever get sick of them because I’m constantly changing recipes. When making a smoothie as a meal you have to make sure you are adding enough to it to keep you going. I tend to add protein powder or chia seeds, and sometimes even natural peanut butter (as it’s low GI).
  • I also suggest meal prepping. This is where you make your lunch and snacks the night before (and sometimes even dinners). It means that when I wake up the next morning, I’m organised and I’ve set myself up for a day of healthy eating. This way I won’t cave in to buying unhealthy food during the day.

How did you discover your talent for fitness baking and Insta creating?

Well it all started when I was in high school. I used to be quite unhealthy and overweight. I decided one day that I would do a trek in Vietnam with my school. I didn’t realise that I would have to train in order to do it! So I slowly started to get into fitness and seeing the amazing effects it had on me.

I started eating healthy food and then I decided to become vegan. As I come from a massive meat eating family it was very hard to make the transition. I had to cook my own meals, thus I became more creative with my cooking. I then starting cooking my recipes for my friends and they loved them so much I decided to create my Instagram account to share my recipes with everyone!

We all know that passion + purpose = success. What’s the ‘dream job’ you’re hoping to pursue after studying with us at Sage Fitness?

I chose to do this course not only to help others but also to be the best version of myself I can be. I’m aiming to be a lot fitter and gain more knowledge by the end of the course and once I have finished my diploma, I’m not only hoping to become a fitness coach but also someone people can look up to. I want to not only help others with their fitness goals but also with their food and general wellbeing.

I aspire to be an inspiration and to guide other people in achieving their goals.

As a newbie to #SageSnacks, from the recipes you’ve shared with us so far, which is your favourite and how do you incorporate them into your daily food routine?

Out of the recipes I’ve shared with you, my favourite would have to be my choc-protein nice cream. It is the perfect post workout snack. It tastes like real ice cream yet it’s raw and dairy and sugar free. Sometimes I add coffee to it to give it an extra flavour and kick.

Since studying with us and embarking your very own ‘Sage Journey’, what would you say has made the most impact on your life?

This course has made me realise how important fitness is to everyone’s life. I have learnt so much already that I didn’t know before; not only about myself but also various exercises, different functional movements and so much more.

I am looking forward to learning and gaining more knowledge throughout the year. My trainer, Theo, always makes the classes fun and entertaining and it makes me enjoy coming to class. The knowledge he has about fitness makes us really look up to him. I am becoming a fitter and healthier person every day and doing this fitness course gives me the motivation and the support to achieve my goals.

What are your fav recipes that you’re whizzing up in the kitchen at the moment?

My two favourite recipes at the moment are my delish coconut ice and my chickpea and roasted veg salad.

Coconut Ice

Coconut ice recipe - Sage Institute of Fitness

Layer 1:
2 cups of shredded coconut
3 tablespoons of rice malt syrup
1 tablespoon of almond milk
1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Layer 2:
2 cups shredded coconut
3 tablespoons of rice malt syrup
1/4 cup of strawberries
1 tablespoon of almond milk
1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Layer 1: Blend shredded coconut, rice malt syrup, almond milk & coconut oil together. MAKE SURE YOU DONT OVER-BLEND THE MIXTURE. (You want it to be just combined). Once blended, place mixture in shallow tray and place in the freezer.

Layer 2: Blend all ingredients together. Remove first layer from freezer and spread the second layer on top. Put back in freezer for at least 1 hour. Cut up the coconut ice into squares, and then enjoy!

Chickpea and roasted sweet potato vegetable salad

Chickpea and roast veggie salad recipe - Sage Institute of Fitness

Half a small butternut pumpkin (or any type of pumpkin really)
1 large sweet potato
1 cup of canned chickpeas
Mixed Mediterranean spices
Chilli flakes
Smoked paprika
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Lemon infused olive oil

Sprinkle the chickpeas with smoked paprika and garlic and then roast in the oven for 180°C and cook for 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

Peel and chop the pumpkin and sweet potato into 1-2 cm cubes. Toss with oil, spices and chilli flakes then roast at 200°C for 30 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 2 hours (best to cook the night before).

Mix together for delicious salad. To complete you can add spinach, lettuce, capsicum, cucumber and cherry tomatoes. Yum!

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Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan is the Academic Director at Sage Institute of Education. She oversees learning processes, teaching outcomes, resources and course development. A passionate advocate for bettering standards of training in Australia, she is currently writing her PhD thesis on defining quality training in the Australian vocational education sector.
Vicki Tuchtan

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