2 x bananas
3 x eggs
2 x scoops Vanilla Clean Lean Protein
[Makes around 12 pancakes]
Beat the eggs in a bowl and add mashed bananas
Blend in Clean Lean Protein
Oil a skillet with coconut oil
Cook on a medium heat until the batter bubbles then flip and cook until golden.
[P - 4g, F - 2g, C - 4g]
By Cliff Harvey ND
I'm a better person when I drink smoothies...
I admit it, it may sound crazy but that's the way it is.
I was recently re-listening to one of my favourite audiobooks (by one of my favourite spiritual teachers) 'Wild at Heart' by Tessa Bielecki. In it she mentions that she is a better person when she flosses. No, not just a person with better dental health, and no, not just someone whose breath smells slightly better than usual, but a better person [fullstop].
In this audiobook Bieliecki explains how flossing sets in motion a whole cascade of things that are in line with the life that she wants to be living, and the person she most wants to be. When she flosses Bielecki prays more, eats better, exercises more and just generally takes care of herself and the world around her in a better fashion.
I consider these types of actions to be 'lynchpin behaviours'. We all have certain things that become part of the ritual of us living our best life and in our best state of health and performance. For Bielecki it's flossing, for you it may be putting your running shoes by the door and for me...it's making smoothies.
The simple reason that smoothies are a lynchpin behaviour for me is that in just a minute or so I can create a nutrient dense meal for breakfast and additional portions to take with me during the day. Lunches and dinners are never an issue for me (as I prepare too much at night so that I have a lunch ready for the following day) but the meals that can occasionally be less than optimal are breakfast and if needed any between meal snacks later in the day. If I have made a smoothie in the morning, with enough to pack away in a thermos for later these meals become complete no-brainers.
And not only does this mean I have a full set of complete, nutrient dense, balanced meals for the day, but this also flows into more desire to train, to sleep well, to wake up early and meditate and more. It's amazing how simple, tiny changes to routines can have a massive flow-on effect to greater health and performance.
What are your lynchpin behaviours?
Cliff's 'Go-To' Smoothie:
2 tsp. Good Green Stuff
2 scoops Clean Lean Protein
100ml coconut cream
2 Tbsp. almond butter
1 cup kale
1/2 cup blueberries
2 Tbsp. olive or hempseed oil
1 tsp. orange flavoured fish oil
Note: Tessa Bielecki is a discalced Carmelite Abbess who has lived the monastic life as a spiritual teacher in the tradition or St John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila for over 40 years.
It’s fair to say that most of you reading this article won’t be starving...
Well you may be starving right now if you are reading this during the dreaded 3pm slump, but my guess is that it’s only a few short steps to the fridge or the local store where calories abound!
In a sense though many people nowadays are starving, but they are starving on a full stomach.
While we have plenty of food, and plenty of ‘calories’ (fuel) we are often deficient in all the little players of nutrition—the vitamins, minerals and other secondary nutrients that provide the keys to our body’s proper function.
1. It teaches concepts you won't learn about at most college courses!
One of the areas that HPN™ founder Cliff Harvey has been formative in is that of 'metabolic adaptation'. Metabolic adaptation is a fancy way of saying 'how the body uses different fuel types'. Very few courses available teach advanced nutrition concepts like ketogenesis and 'fat-adaptation'. These however are extenisvely covered in the HPN™ course.