Sunday, 10 June 2012

FEATURE PRODUCT: 180 Protein Superfood

I recently received a starter pack from the lovely folk at 180 Nutrition. The company has a range of both whey and vegan protein supplements. Their vegan protein was recommended to me by a friend so I was very keen to try it and subsequently not disappointed. Here is the low-down.

What's different about 180's supplement compared to regular protein powders?

- It's 100% raw, natural and gluten free
- Its free from added sugars and sweeteners
- It can be used as a convenient meal replacement
- It increases metabolism due to its high fibre content
- All its nutrients are derived from raw natural ingredients (Australian made)
- It's free from all artificial flavouring/preservatives, bulking agents/thickeners & binders

How does it taste? 

I tried the chocolate and coconut flavours. Throwing it in the blender with my soy milk and some banana and frozen berries, they were very pleasant tasting with a subtle coconutty or chocolatty flavour. I like that you can see what some of the ingredients are in the powder such as the whole chia and sesame seeds. As its free from artificial bulking agents and thickeners, it feels light to drink and doesn't give you a gluggy feeling like you just ate a thick shake. Of course, if you wanted to make it thicker, you could just go right ahead and add more chia seeds or linseeds yourself but the good folk at 180 have left that up to the individual.

Ordering 180 Protein Superfood

Firstly, you can check out their website at for a more detailed description of the company and their products but I think a good place to start is the 'starter pack' which comes with free postage. 180 nutrition also has a crazy 110% money back gaurantee if you're not satisfied with their product!

180 Nutrition are very passionate about what they do and have created a pure, protein and health supplement for the sporty, the healthy, the food sensitive and whole family alike. Thumbs up!


Tuesday, 29 May 2012



Here's some pics from my fight last week, 18th June at Brute Force 19 against Kay Hodgson. I won by a unanimous points decision.
Thanks to Candace Pereira for taking the photos, she's always ringside getting the good shots!

My corner (left to right): Trainer Pedg, me, Luke and Benson. Thanks guys!

Sunday, 27 May 2012


My fight this weekend (Sat 2nd June) has been cancelled. The whole show has been postponed until Sat 27th October due to urgent electrical maintenance to the venue. I will update my blog closer to the date so stay tuned. In other news, I won my fight on Fri 18th May (K1 rules), by unanimous points decision.  Thanks to everyone who came to see me, much love. EMILY

Tuesday, 15 May 2012


I'm a late addition to this card but this is Friday night...

I've also got this fight coming up on Sat 2 June

Friday, 27 April 2012


Okay, not the city, well maybe one day if I ever get there but for those of you who know me, you know I'm a big fan of the amazing Isa Chandra Moscowitz. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Isa is a very accomplished, award-winning vegan chef and author of several best-selling cookbooks and I am a HUGE fan. In fact, I'm sitting here writing this article over a bowl of her cauliflower and pesto soup right now.
I've had the idea for this piece for a while and finally got the motivation to do it the other day when flipping through one of her most popular books, 'Veganomicon'. Her potato latkes recipe - a traditional Jewish fried pancake - inspired me to try making them with Jerusalem Artichokes - not because of the Jewish city in Israel but because I had a whole bag full and nothing to do with them. So anyway, back to hailing Moscowitz.

Isa has been equally good to me when I feel like baking indulgent, sweet, naughty stuff like cupcakes; salty and satisfying stuff like vegan BBQ ribs and; light, healthy snacks like quinoa and black bean salad - heck, she has a recipe for every mood but I want to keep this relevant to the topic of my blog so I'll talk about her nifty book released in 2011 called 'Appetite for Reduction'.

I'd like to spruik this book in particular because - as the title suggests - it's focus is on fast and filling, low-fat recipes. It contains 125 delicious recipes that satisfy any craving from lasagne to tacos, curries and stews and all meals contain between 200-400 calories per serving. Its extra good not just because the recipes rule but because the vegetarian diet (while typically high in fiber and low in saturated fats) can go heavy on the carbohydrates, making some vego recipes quite calorie dense - especially the really indulgent and tasty ones. But not here. Isa focuses on creating low-fat, low-sugar, high fiber and satisfying meals using real food (no artificial this or that) PLUS many of the recipes are are both gluten and soy free.

Some favourites of mine include Buffalo Tempeh with Cool Slaw (left) and Quinoa, White Bean and Kale Stew (right). I also cant go past anything with eggplant in it so I loved the Eggplant-Chickpea Curry with Cranberry-Cashew Biryani and I'm yet to try the OMG Oven-Baked Onion Rings but I will have to soon cos they sound and look amazing. Yes, that's correct, OMG is even in the name of the dish, getting hungry? Move over master chef, Isa is a genius.

Oh yeah, I should add that sometimes (well a lot actually) when I'm cooking out of Isa Chandra Moscowitz's cookbooks I find myself singing her name to the tune of the classic song, 'Moskau' by Dschinghis Khan. Yes, thats embarrassing.   

So vegans, vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, if you enjoy tasty food but don't want to stack on the extra pounds AND you want to do it in a healthy and humane way, I cant recommend this book enough. The recipes are so easy to make and yummy that she'll have you eating vegan every night of the week...and you'll look and feel a million dollars for it too!

The woman, the legend

Also, its in the 'links' part of my blog, but check out her website at:

Saturday, 17 March 2012


Sunwarrior Protein: Chocolate

Its only fitting that I review a vegan protein powder called Sunwarrior on my vegan sports blog that shares almost exactly the same name, right? Well, just for the record, I did not rip the name for this blog from a packet of protein. That being said, it is a cool name. To set the record straight, the title of my blog - The Warrior Sun - was inspired by the mythology of the Aztec Sun God. There were many sun gods in Aztec mythology because they represented the ages but my favourite is the Hummingbird. The god of war, the sun god and the god of death, the story says Huitzilopochtli was born full-grown and came out fighting. He would fight the darkness every night to bring the sun for the next day and while I'm not religious, I was extremely impressed by ancient Mesoamerican stories when I visited the ruins of their civilisations.

Sunwarrior protein is great. It has a smooth texture that blends well and the taste is really good. I had the chocolate one and it even passed the test of having it alone with water - a test other vegan proteins have failed for me. Its 80% protein (apparently the highest non-soy vegan protein on the market) and ticks all the usual suspect boxes like gluten free, non-GMO, soy-free and of course, lactose free and vegan. In fact, its made from sprouting and fermenting whole grain brown rice and its raw which means its made with low temperatures and without chemicals. Wow.

Hats off to these folks because they've nailed a really healthy, all natural product in a super tasty format. The packet says "Sunwarrior: Transforming the planet one warrior at a time". I am definitely one converted warrior.

Check out their website at to read more about their products and give them a try!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Gig this weekend

My band, Bloody Hammer are playing this weekend with Depression (30 year anniversary), Counter Attack and Hailgun. Starts at 8pm at The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood.