These are the nicest (and most delicious) hotspots in Los Angeles!

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen some posts pop up of my time in Los Angeles three weeks go! Together with my friend Emilie Sobels from Hashtag Workspace, I attended the Girl Boss Rally, an incredibly inspiring and amazing event where you get presented with all kinds of tips, tricks, presentations, motivation and meet & greets for a whole week. During my trip to L.A., I made a good attempt to visit 100 hotspots within a week. From the most Instagram-worthy settings to the tastiest lunchrooms, I wanted to see it all. Unfortunately, I did not get to see those 100 places within a week, but what I have seen I will gladly share with you! Below is a list of my favorite hotspots in Los Angeles so far. 

Flying with WOW Air

Yes, I’m starting off the list with an airline company rather than a hotspot. But, I wanted to share this great flying experience with you as well!  Do you want fly across the ocean in a cheap and comfortable way? Then I can definitely recommend Wow Air. This Icelandic airline flies from several European cities (such as Amsterdam and Brussels) to a lot of big cities in North America! Including Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, as well as Montreal and Toronto. With only one short stopover in Reykjavik, you are on the other side of the ocean within a couple of hours. You can choose how fancy you want your flight to be with different tickets, but with a standard ticket you’re in Los Angeles for only €169.99. It’s great!

hotspots in Los Angeles

hotspots in Los Angeles

hotspots in Los Angeles

Pali hotel

Normally I’m not a huge fan of hotels when it comes to food hotspots, as it is often a bit disappointing. Lucky for us, in L.A. this is not the case as Pali Hotel surprised us enormously! During the conference in Downtown L.A. this is the hotel we stayed at. After the Girl Boss Rally we were so exhausted (hi jetlag!) that we had no energy left to look for a hotspot to eat dinner at. We decided to go to the cute restaurant on the ground floor. And this was not a bad choice because we were presented with delicious kale salad, crispy chicken and the tastiest shrimp with rice. The hotel can truly call itself a food hotspot, because just like all the food in L.A., these dishes were delicious!

Pali Hotel, 7950 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles

hotspots in Los Angeles

hotspots in Los Angeles

Alfred Tea Room

I had come across the mugs of Alfred Tea Room in many Instagram profiles, so as true tea lover I had to stop by and see what the place was really like. The café was to the finest details consistent of branding, something you see quite a lot across L.A. The tea was truly delicious and I could not resist to buy a ‘tea yes, you maybe’ mug. I was even planning to stay at the café for lunch, but unfortunately they had nothing more than banana bread. They did advise us to go to Croft, which was a nice place down the alley.

Alfred Tea Room, 705 N Alfred St, Los Angeles

hotspots in Los Angeles

Croft Alley

At L.A.’s famous Melrose Place, you can find this tiny restaurant that is perfect for lunch. It takes a little while to find it, but it’s definitely worth it! The lunch was delicious, but the dessert especially was amazing. I don’t know what they had done with those bananas, but they were really tasty!

Croft Alley, 8428 Melrose Place, Los Angeles 

hotspots in Los Angeles

hotspots in Los Angeles

The Butcher’s Daughter

Confession: I could have visited more hotspots if I hadn’t been to The Butcher’s Daughter three times. But, I saw so many delicious foods on the menu that one visit simply wasn’t enough. You cannot miss out on this restaurant if you go to Los Angeles! The place is Instagram-heaven, because literally everything – from the napkins to the toilet – is Instagram-worthy. It’s a must to visit.

The Butcher’s Daughter, 1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice

hotspots in Los Angeles

hotspots in Los Angeles

Malibu Farm

If you’ve rented a car (recommended!), you can easily travel from Venice to one of the beaches that L.A. has to offer. A shop assistent advised us to go to Malibu Farm. She promised us the best lunch on a pier by the sea. When we arrived, it sadly turned out that the pier was being remodeled, but we were able go to the bar area by the coast. And the shop assistent was right, we had eaten some delicious meals! The menu of Malibu Farm makes the heart of a Fit Girl skip a beat. Just image: delicious salads, zucchini pizzas and desserts that are such guilty pleasures that you would never save them in your MyFitnessPal app. Also, the view is just mesmerizing – as you can see in my vlog, you can see some pretty special people walking over the pier.

Malibu Farm, 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu

hotspots in Los Angeles

hotspots in Los Angeles

Hotel Erwin

Another hotel on the hotspot list! Do you want to see a lot of Venice while still relaxing in the sun? Then, at the end of the day, go out for a drink at Hotel Erwin. The roof terrace gives you a beautiful outlook on the coast. We watched the sunset by snuggling up under a blanket with a glass of wine and a plate full of mini burgers. Hotel Erwin is highly recommended!

Hotel Erwin, 1697 Pacific Ave, Venice

hotspots in Los Angeles

Erewhon

If there is one thing I like to do when I’m abroad, it’s going to the supermarket. You come across many locals and can often buy brands and products that you have never heard of or seen before. Erewhon is the place to go to! Everything in the supermarket is so perfectly styled and it simply meets Los Angeles expectations. If you’re struggling with types of OCD then you will love the beautifully placed piles of fruits and vegetables 😉

Erewhon, 7660 Beverly Blvd A, Los Angeles

Do you want to see more of my adventures in L.A., such as attending the Girl Boss Rally? Then take a look at my vlog below!

Pimp your rice cakes: 6 delicious toppings

Let’s be honest: by themselves, unflavored rice cakes aren’t that exciting. However, they have some great qualities:

  • They are gluten-free
  • They are vegan
  • There are only 25 calories in a rice cake
  • The plain varieties contain no saturated or trans fats
  • They are easy to go
  • They are relatively cheap

I’m a big fan of rice cakes as they are an easy and healthy alternative for bread. However, I know a couple of people who don’t like rice cakes and think they taste like cardboard; you may be one of these people. Try and put some of the following healthy yet delicious toppings on your rice cakes that will transform them into pure yumminess.

1. Rice cake pizza

The great thing about this topping is that as the tomato sauce soaks into the rice cake, it will get more of a “bready” texture. Put the rice cake in the oven until the cheese is melted. Add any other pizza toppings you like.

2. Tatziki and sliced chicken breast

This combination always gets me in a summer mood. That’s just whats tzatziki does, even on sad, rainy winter days 🙂

3. Avocado 

This is my all-time favorite! If you like, you can also add slices of chicken breast on top of the avocado. In my opinion, this is the best combo in the world! If you think plain avocado is too boring, try and make avocado hummus and add it to your rice cake!

 4.Mozzarella, pesto, tomato & basil

This Italian combination goes well on top of everything, hence, also on a rice cake! Go spoil your taste buds and try it out!

5. Peanut or almond butter with banana or strawberries

Had a bad day? Fortunately, there is nothing peanut butter and a spoon can’t fix! Add some banana or strawberries and you are in for a sweet treat. You can also add some chia seeds to the toping! Hmm, delicious.

6. Cottage cheese with salmon and avocado

People either love or hate the creamy, lumpy texture of cottage cheese. If you’re a fan, good news: cottage cheese is bona fide health food! Try out this combination with smoked salmon and avocado, it’s delicious.

Do you have some of your own toppings you would like to share with us? Do so in the comments! These delicious snacks can be topped with anything and we would love to hear all your ideas!

Honey facial masks for every skin type

Recently, we posted about how honey, and other natural (food) products, are great for your hair. But, honey can also do wonders to your skin! Actually, many daily skin-care products contain honey and here are just some of the reasons why:

  • Honey is a great anti-aging agent since it is full of antioxidants and it protects your skin from harmful UV, which is perfect for the summer season!
  • Honey absorbs skin impurities, making it an ideal cleansing agent.
  • Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention.

Pretty great benefits so far! I also love that I don’t necessarily need to rely on expensive skin-care products to take care of my skin. Here are four different mask for various skin types. Let’s give it a try!

Honey facial mask for oily acne-prone skin

  •  3 teaspoons of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon

Mix these two ingredients together and apply while letting it sit for 15-30 minutes. Cinnamon has antibacterial properties which is also great against acne. However be careful if your skin is very sensitive, cinnamon can sometimes irritate your skin, so you might want to try a patch test on the back of your hand first.

Honey facial mask for sensitive skin

  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel

Mix both ingredients together and apply it on your face for 10-20 minutes. Aloe vera gel will help with inflammations and calm your skin. I usually apply these masks when I am studying or working on my computer before going to sleep, the next morning my skin feels great!

Honey facial mask for dry skin

  • 1 teaspoon mashed avocado
  • 1 teaspoon plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

For this mask mix all ingredients in a bowl until it becomes a smooth cream. Spread the mixture and leave the mask on your face for 20-30 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. This mask left my skin feeling silky, supple and soft!

Honey facial mask for scars and dark spots 

  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

Mix both ingredient together and apply the mixture to your face for 20-30 minutes.  The lemon juice works as an astringent juice, it exfoliates your skin, it cleans out impurities by drying out excess of sebum and it brightens dark sport on your skin. You can apply this honey mask twice a week and soon you will start seeing nice results!

Honey, are you ready for some flawless skin? Have a try with these masks and let us know what you think! 

Sugar free Gingerbread ♥

Those who say you can’t eat sweet when you’re eating clean must be crazy! We have laid down some delicious sugar free recipes for you to try, like this clean brownie recipe or this over the moon banana bread recipe! You can trust us to provide you with even more delicious stuff, like this sugar free gingerbread recipe from Lisa at Inlovewithhealth.nl. This gingerbread is sugar free, lactose free and absolutely delicious!

A little about Inlovewithhealth.nl

Lisa started this delicious foodblog which is filled with the tastiest & healthiest recipes. Everything is home made and she doesn’t use sugar or artificial ingredients, just what we like! Lisa is also a food nutritionist, so she definitely knows what she’s talking about.

Sugar Free Gingerbread

Recipe for 1 cake, 6 portions (1 slice 165 calories)

  • 2 cups rye flour (you can also use buckwheat or spelt flour)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 egg
  • 4 fresh dates
  • 2 tbsp of gingerbread spices
  • 2 tsp of baking powder or baking soda

What’s next:

– Preheat the oven at 325 °F
– Leave the dates in boiled water for 10 minutes
– Mix the egg, water and honey in a bowl
– Squash the dates with a fork and add it to your mixture
– Add the gingerbread spices and rye flour and mix it well for about a minute
– Finally, throw in the baking powder and mix it briefly
– Put your mixture in the cake tin and bake it for 50 minutes

Let us know how your gingerbread turned out! Do you have any delicious recipes for us? 

Changing your lifestyle gradually

When you look at Fitgirlcode, I can imagine that you will think that we are all incredibly fit & healthy girls who have been like this for ages 😉 I’ll be honest with you, I am not that fit. I do not have visible abs (yet 😉 ), I am not going for a long run at 6am (yet?), and I will never reject a piece of chocolate cake (no, really, never). I am, however, getting healthier and on my journey to becoming as fit as I want to be. Changing your lifestyle does not have to happen overnight.

Before Aranka, the founder of Fitgirlcode, came on my path a couple of years ago, I practiced Taekwondo once a week and ate average-ish. Breakfast always consisted of two slices of bread with butter and chocolate sprinkles – don’t judge me, it’s a Dutch thing. I always ate bread at lunch and tried to eat a healthy dinner at night, while snacking (unhealthily) in between all these meals. Sometimes I tried to change my habits by eating more fruit or drinking more water, but nothing really ever stuck with me, which I personally didn’t mind that much because to be honest: I was not, and am not, overweight.

It was only gradually, from the moment I started contributing to Fitgirlcode, that small changes were made in my lifestyle. For example, I quit drinking sugary juices and committed myself to water. Then I switched my chocolate sprinkles to eating oatmeal in the morning. Eventually I signed myself up for the Ladiesrun in Rotterdam and I started running every weekend with one of my best friends. If you would have told me before joining Fitgirlcode that I would be working out at least 3 times a week and lifting weights, I would have probably peed my pants laughing.

My point is: everyone can do it. Excuses like “I don’t have time to work out” or “I really don’t like sports” are bullshit. With all the things I have going on in my life, I would love to have an 8th day in the week to get everything done, but I somehow still manage to squeeze in 2-3 serious work outs (which I like!) per week. You don’t have to radically change your lifestyle and transform every habit you have – you can start making small changes and eventually you will find yourself feeling healthier and more energetic than ever.

I promise you here and now that you will not regret it. I used to struggle with some problems with my digestive system for years, but since I have been living healthier and working out, they have vanished completely. Often during the day I had a big afternoon dip and I got really sleepy – guess what, that’s not a problem anymore. There are so many benefits to exercising and eating healthier.

Now if you will excuse me, I am going to release all this new-found energy into my 4th work out this week! 😉 You should go and do the same! 

8 reasons why you should drink more water

A while back I talked about how I started drinking water instead of juice, and I noticed that my sugar cravings really dropped. So, it got me thinking. There must be more benefits to drinking water than just my sugar cravings dropping. I did some research and found the main benefits of drinking more water which I think you should know about. Here is my personal top 8.

8. Water cleanses you on the inside. It washes down waste through urination, which in turn reduces the risk of kidney stones and infections in the area. Basically it gets rid of the toxins in your body. That’s pretty nice.

7. Not only does it prevent kidney stones, drinking more water boosts your entire immune system and fights against the flu, cancer and other diseases. It even decreases the likeliness of having a heart attack in comparison with drinking milk, coffee, tea or other beverages.

6. Another effect of drinking more water is that it improves your digestive system. Constipation can be a real pain in the ass and water can work wonders in this case.

5. Often when you have a headache, water can be the remedy. It turns out that most headaches are due to dehydration. So, bottoms up!

4. Now we’re coming to the even better half of this list. Drinking water saves you money! Which is quite logical: water costs you way less than any other beverage. Less expenses and more benefits – water keeps getting more attractive, doesn’t it?

3. This wonderful fluid also makes your skin look brighter and fights the aging process. Throw your aging creams out and go for the natural solution. Water makes your skin more elastic, resulting in less wrinkles. More space by your mirror + less expenses!

If these six awesome benefits didn’t convince you yet, the next two most likely will. For me they are definitely the two best advantages.

2. Water promotes weight loss! Even if that is not your main goal, who wouldn’t like this side effect? Water does not only fill your tummy and reduces your hunger, it also raises your metabolism and contains zero calories. What’s not to like?

1. Drinking water increases your brain activity, alertness and enables you to focus. Water carries oxygen which your brain needs in order to function properly. So if you often feel fatigued, drinking more water can help eliminate this feeling.

I don’t know about you, but if I wasn’t into water already, I would be now. Who would have thought that such a natural and inexpensive product would be beneficial in so many ways? 

Do you know any more benefits of drinking water? Let us know! 

5 common fitness mistakes

I’m sure that us Fit Girls know the basic tips and tricks when it comes to the gym and how to exercise, however, there are still common fitness mistakes that many of us tend to make. Did you know about any of these mistakes or have you made them yourself? It’s time to finally avoid them and get the maximum out of our workouts.

1. By doing abdominal exercises you get abs

Unfortunately, it is not as easy as that. Through abdominal exercises you strengthen your core, but, you do not all of a sudden get the abs that you hoped for. Doing abdominal exercises is still very important, however, in order to create those washboard abs you’re dreaming off it is necessary to reduce the fat on your belly. If you’d like a six pack, you would need shed this body fat. The best way to do this is by eating less than the amount you burn during exercise.

2. You should go running to get a toned body

I wish it was this easy. If you want to get stronger muscles and a more toned body, you would need to do strength-building exercises. Strength training is very important when you are running because it strengthens your muscles and prevents injuries from happening. Cardio exercises such as running unfortunately have two sides to them. If you only do cardio exercises, you burn fat, however, you also tend to lose muscles and strengths, which is probably something you do not want.

3. Following the same training schedule for weeks

Your body will know when you are repeating exercises constantly and will simply get used to it. This may sound good, but it isn’t. If you are used to something, you tend to put less effort in it, and this is the same for your body. Once you follow the same training schedule for a couple of weeks, less progress will be made in terms of weight loss and strengthening your muscles. Your body knows exactly what to expect and does not stimulate or motivate you enough. Varying the ratio of sets or the exercises you are performing, your body will constantly be re-stimulated and provide you with better result.

4. Doing too many things too quickly

You set yourself a goal and you want to reach it as soon as you can. This is a common thought for many of us, but you have to be careful! Doing too many exercises too quickly increases the chances of injuries and this is probably the last thing you want to happen. Don’t do more than you can handle. Listen to your body and don’t overwork yourself. When it all gets a little too much, take a step back and slow it down a bit.

5. Not training hard enough

Yes, I know what I just said. I told you not to overwork yourself, and I still stand by this claim. However, sometimes the body can also handle much more than some people may think. Some individuals limit themselves due to being afraid of injuries and don’t challenge their body in any way. Through this mindset you will not develop any muscle strength and no progress will be seen. Are you unsure about what weights you should be working with? Take a look at this article.

So, how have you been doing so far? Have you made any of these fitness mistakes? Luckily, you won’t make these mistakes again now that you know them and you can confidently get back to the gym! 

Natural products for your hair

Many of us spend quite a bit of money when it comes to beauty products, such as face creams, body lotions and more. But, not many of us stand to think about our hair and the shampoos we use. The majority of shampoo products contain chemicals that are damaging to your hair. This is where we turn to nature! Here is a list of 6 natural hair products that you could use to make your hair look as good as new. 

natural hair products

Lemon: Itchy scalp

Do you have an itchy scalp which has been annoying you for ages? Try out a self-made lemon mask! Mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of olive oil as well as water. Gently massage the mixture into your scalp and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse it in the shower and wash your hair with your regular shampoo.

Honey: Dry hair

Been spending too much time in the sun or have you almost killed your hair with that flat iron? Honey is a great way to capture moisture in your hair. Take approximately a cup of honey and apply it to your hair. Make sure you’re hair is damp so the honey can spread easier. If the honey is still too thick, you’re free to add a tablespoon or two of olive or melted coconut oil. For the desperate ones out there, you can even add a yolk of an egg to the mixture to restore the keratin in your hair.

Avocado: Frizzy hair

Oh god. You get out of the shower and before you know it your hair is a big and messy fluff ball. What do you do? You get yourself an avocado and mash it into a paste. To the paste you add an egg yolk or a bit of mayonnaise to make it smoother and easier to apply. This mask can be applied every 2 weeks. Bye-bye frizzy hair ?

Bananas: Shiny hair

This sh*t is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S (sing it like Gwen). Bananas are a great way to make your hair look silky and make it shine. Mush one banana and mix it together with 1/4 cup of olive oil and an egg. Let the mixture sit in your hair for 20 minutes and wash it out with shampoo.

Coconut oil: Conditioning

Being rich in vitamin E, vitamin K and iron, coconut oil is a great way to deep-condition your hair every once in a while. Take roughly 1/4 of a tablespoon, or 1/2 for really long hair, and let it soften in your palms. Apply the oil to your hair and scalp and let it sit for 1-2 hours or leave it in overnight. Wash your hair with shampoo after the treatment to get the oil out. Did you know that coconut may even help to reduce dandruff? Well, now you do 😉

Eggs: Oily & dry hair (yes, both!)

Eggs are a great product for all hair types out there. For the ones with oily hair, separate the egg whites from the yolk and apply about 1/2 a cup of the whites to clean, damp hair. If there is not enough mixture for your long hair, you’re free to use more of it as long as it covers all the hair. Leave the egg in for 20 minutes and rinse it out with cold water. Afterwards, shampoo your hair as normal. You may also only use the yolk of the egg to moisturize dry hair. For normal hair, the entire egg can be used as a conditioner!

These are common, everyday products that the majority of us have in the house. Go to the kitchen and take a pick! 😉 

Take a look at these inspirational sources for more natural hair products and their uses: Live Strong and Woman’s Day.

How exercise can improve your sex life

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The positive effects of exercise are endless. There are about a million, such as better sleep, stress management, radiant skin and an overall healthy body. We have done a little research to what exercise can mean to the wilder activities you perform in your bedroom: your sex life.

Lights on clothes off!
Why do we make progress pictures? Because the real progress is visual and so are men. There is no scale that will tell you how great you look. A man can tell you how beautiful you are if he can see it. So show him, it will beat all the instagram likes in the world.

Boosts testosterone
No, you will not grow a beard. Yes, we checked. Research has shown that your testosterone levels are higher after lifting weights. And it can last up to 48 hours!

Gets you in the mood
Like we mentioned in our previous posts exercises like yoga are great for your state of mind. It will teach you how to cut out all the distractions of daily life like doing groceries and that deadline you have at work.

Do it together
No not that, you dirty mind. Exercising together is a great way to combine your daily exercise and quality time with your boo. And admit it, his exercise face is… his sex face 😉

I can bend like a pretzel
Stretching and exercise like yoga make you very flexible. And we all know what that means, time to show off some new skills and positions in the bedroom.

In the end all the perks of hitting the gym add up to one most important thing: a more healthy, radiant and gorgeous you!

Inspired by Experience Life

Abfairy: 6 tips to burn fat

A friend of mine, lets call her Christy, hated going to the gym. Christy, like many of my other girlfriends, inspired to work out mainly due to social media. All the #healthy Instagram posts motivated her to work out herself, starting by purchasing some nice activewear. After working out for a few weeks she noticed her leg muscles were showing. When I pointed this out to her she reacted: no way, I wanted abs! I responded by telling her that she should make a note, put it under her pillow and wait for the abfairy to fulfil her wish.

My point with this story is that you can’t just pick a zone on your body, train that zone and expect to see results. You don’t need to do 1000x sit ups to get abs, it just doesn’t work like that. It’s more complicated than you may think. What you can do is loose fat, which is mostly what bothers all of us when looking at our stomachs. So, how do you burn fat? Here are some tips.

Tip #1: Pick your consumption style

You either eat 5-6 meals a day at regular intervals that are no farther apart than 2 hours. Or you eat three meals a day with all the micronutrients you need. The key is to pick one and then stick with it. Your body needs to be able to rely on your consumption habits, so that it can adapt accordingly.

Tip #2: 
Cut the crap
Stay away from processed, packaged and preserved goods. Stick with food that’s truly natural, nutritious and avoid supermarket crap.

Tip #3: Quality over Quantity
High Intensity + Lower Volume. Less is more when it comes to weight training. Work with repetitions and the weight you can handle. Make sure you do the workout in a proper form and don’t overwork yourself.

Tip #4:
 Gooooood morning!
Okay, this is some advice which I will probably be taking when pigs are able to fly and play the flute at the same time. But, for the real die-hards out there, here it goes; do morning cardio sessions! Wake up and work out at least 4 days a week on an empty stomach. However, remember to directly afterwards consume a balanced breakfast.

Tip #5: 
Drink water.
I really don’t need to say much more than that. Your body needs water as much as protein. So, drink it!

Tip #6:
 Sleep!
Sleep 20% more than the rest. Sleep is so underrated, make sure to get enough of it. Check out this article on how you can sleep like a pro.

Let’s start burning that stubborn fat now!

3 healthy movie snacks

There was a time that I started avoiding going to the movies. Not because of the annoying giggling girls that are texting about the latest gossip in front of me so that I have to watch their screens instead of the big one. Not because of the man next to me that had worked all day and took off his shoes for his comfort, but not for mine. Or some bully kid that is kicking you in the back of your seat.

Nahhhh, I could all handle that! I’d tell the girls that there are inspectors walking around that kick everyone out who are using their phones during the movie. Loudly mention there is something smelly around here and give an innocent but clear look to the gentlemen without shoes (first to his face, then a look to his feet, back to the face, look away and say nothing) and finally ask mommy kindly if her dear and sweet kid can stop kicking you in the back.

The reason why I avoided the movies was also a reason why I went to the movies. You know what I mean, the smell of fresh made popcorn, XXL cups of soda with huge chunks of ice, M&M’s yellow, blue and brown, taco’s with salsa dip and of course the candy corner where you can gather your favorite sweets. To sit in the movies, with a whole group of people and watch a movie is sooo cozy. Especially when you’re watching a 3D one with the nerdy glasses. Going to the movies included all these cheat-foods I just mentioned. Wanting to become fit and healthy ruined the enjoyment of having a snack, especially at the movies. I was so depressed when people would sit next to me with their huge bucket of popcorn. It wasn’t fun and I could not enjoy the movies anymore. To me, snacking is a part of the deal.

I want to go to the movies and I want to snack!!! So I came up with solutions. Just chose healthier ones that I can eat without being concerned about fats, sugars or carbs and have the same snacking experience. These are my top 3 favorite (new) movie snacks.

1. Seaweed chips

When you think about seaweed, don’t think about the gooey, slimey, green algae. Think more of the dry seaweed used for sushi called nori. This healthy, rich in protein snack is used in many Asian dishes and some genius made chips out of it. I buy the Thai Tao Kae Noi! It’s one of the most popular snacks in Thailand and they come in different flavors: Original, Hot&Spicy, Seafood, Japanese sauce, Wasabi and many more! My all time favorite is the wasabi flavor.

2. Sunflower seeds

To eat them is a hell of a job! You need to practice to get the kernel out the shell but it keeps you busy! This super healthy seed is very rich in magnesium (which calms your nerves, muscles and blood vessels). I love these because I can keep eating them throughout the whole movie. It’s impossible to eat too much of them during the movie because of the work you get with the removal of the shell. You can get them salted or unsalted. It is healthier to pick the unsalted ones but the salted ones are so tasty! BEFORE EATING, make sure you take a small trash bag/cup with you to throw the shells in. You don’t know how to eat them? Ask for a YouTube tutorial and I’ll show you 😉

3. Raw Veggies

Last but not least (and actually the healthiest), are raw veggies. I snack my way through the film with some crunchy, tasty and raw veggies. My favorite veggie snacks are: carrots, cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and iceberg lettuce. They are all crunchy, tasty and I could snack them all day long. You might as well call me a rabbit. Most of my friends even ask me if they can have some! Some people will find the iceberg lettuce a strange snack, but I love to eat a whole bag with some herbs and maybe a pinch of salt.

So Fit Girls, which movie are we going to see? 

5 reasons why you should stretch

Stretching. We all know that we should do it before and after a work out, but do we really do it every time? Nah, we don’t. However, we keep hearing over and over again that we really should do it. So, I did a little digging and found five good reasons for you to start stretching again! 

1. Stretching makes your muscles loose and supple, meaning you will become more flexible and get a wider range of motion. So, this will finally stop happening…

2. If you stretch properly before and after a work out, you will notice that your muscles will be less sore the day after. No more waking up feeling incredibly sore.

3. Stretching has a calming effect on you. By being less stressed and more zen you’ll be more apt to deal with other people’s sh*t.

4. By stretching, you encourage better flow of blood to your muscles, thereby warming up your body. When the blood flows to your muscles, they are being provided with enough oxygen and nutrients to endure a work out.

5. A good stretching session will help you gain more balance. The extensive pressure that is being exerted on your muscles while working out will cause them to tighten up. When you stretch these muscles, you will alleviate muscle tightness and become more balanced.

Are these reasons enough for you to start stretching? I sure hope so, let us know how you feel the day after! 😉 

Gym-free workouts

“The gym”. This word has been haunting me for years. As part of the Fit Girl team, the gym is a place I should feel comfortable in and should love to go to. Well, let me tell you a secret; I’m not a huge fan of the gym. Seeing all the machines and the sweaty people that I don’t know surrounding me and having them stare at you if you do something wrong. No thank you. However, I still love to feel healthy and fit and therefore I have listed 8 gym-free workouts for those Fit Girls who are anything like me! 

1. Walking

As simple as it may sound, walking can get you a long way! By walking just ten minutes a day, you improve your life expectancy, burn 2000 extra calories a week and improve the blood flow to your heart. Just ten minutes? Yes, just ten! But, us Fit Girls can do better than that! By walking half an hour every day we can burn 6000 calories a week. It’s time to take a stroll down to the supermarket instead of driving or simply taking the stairs rather than the elevator! This is also a great reason to get that dog you always wanted, time for a daily walking buddy 😉

2. Dancing

Dancing is one of my favourite ways to burn calories, stay fit and feel confident about myself. Did you know that you burn up to 700 calories by taking part in just one dance class? Dancing has made me stronger, less stressed and it is just fun! Salsa, Hip-Hop, Zumba, take your pick and go to any dancing class you like. It’s time to get that booty shaking and channel your inner Beyoncé.

3. Biking

Growing up in the Netherlands there is one thing that you just can’t avoid, and that is biking. Apart from being cheap and great for the environment, biking helps strengthen your thigh, hip and butt muscles, burn calories and is an activity that can be performed by anyone of any age. Take a look here for even more benefits that biking can offer!

4. Hiking

Think walking is too easy for you? Well, lets take it a step further and go on a hike! Hiking has much more benefits than you may imagine, including lowering your risks of cardiovascular disease, increasing your bone density, reducing risks of cancer, providing you with your daily dose of vitamin D, reducing stress levels and most importantly is elevates your mood and makes you happy! Hiking simply improves your overall health. Here are some tips and tricks for when you decide to go on a hike.

5. Swimming

Swimming is a type of exercise that is quite underestimated by many. An easy swim of about an hour can burn around 500 calories, while putting some more effort into it can make this number jump to 700 calories! In addition to burning calories, swimming is stress relieving, good for your lungs and improves your balance.

6. Yoga

Yoga has an abundance of benefits for your body as well as your mind. To start off, it is a great way to release stress. It improves your breathing, which in turn boosts your immunity and circulation. Depending on what type of yoga you do, it may also encourage weight loss. It is a perfect way to develop strength, tone your muscles and become more flexible in the process.

7. Pole fitness

One of my friends has recently started pole fitness classes, and believe me, it’s a must-try! Pole fitness is much harder than you may expect it to be, however, it brings lots of benefits with it! Pole fitness is a great way to burn calories, become more flexible and develop greater balance. It helps you gain more strength and improves your self-confidence (at least once you get the hang of it). For all those Fit Girls who wanted to try out something new for a while, here you go 😉

8. Home workout

Are you not into any of the activities above? Then doing exercises in the comfort of your own home might be something for you. Some dedication and 30 minutes of your time is all you need! There is no one-specific way to do a home workout as everybody focuses on something that is specific to them. Click here and here for some inspiration and take a look at our Fitgirlcode guide to give you some guidance with your home workout.

As you can see, there are many fun and simple alternatives to the gym. No more excuses! 😉

5 healthy lasagna recipes

Lasagna is one of my favorite meals of all time. I prefer to make a super-cheat-meal version of lasagna, including three kinds of cheese. This, sadly, does not fit every day in my macronutrients. Nevertheless, I still love to put a large dish of lasagna on the table on a cold evening, enjoying it’s delicious taste. Lasagna is an easy dish to prepare, it is warm, filling and always tasty with a salad. So, I went on a quest to find five healthy lasagna recipes that could be eaten any day. Enjoy!

healthy lasagna

Source: Kirbie Cravings

Lasagna with ‘cauliflower-pasta sheets’

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups cauliflower rice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onions
  • 1 Ib low fat ground beef
  • 13 oz diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Have you ever tried to make lasagna sheets from cauliflower before? Me neither! The recipe to try it out can be found here.

healthy lasagna

Source: Recipe Runner

Zucchini lasagna rolls

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces part skim ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces low fat cottage cheese
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 large zucchini cut lengthwise into 8 (1/4 inch thick) slices
  • 1 mild Italian turkey sausage, cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese

Want to try these lasagna rolls for yourself? Lake a look at the recipe here.

healthy lasagna

Source: Donna Hay

Lasagna with sweet potato, eggplant and cauliflower

Ingredients: 

  • 35 ounces eggplant
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 25 ounces silverbeet (swiss chard)
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • ¾ cup grated mozzarella

For the cauliflower-bechamel saus 

  • 70 ounces cauliflower florets
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 brown onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • ½ cup finely grated parmesan

Here is the recipe for this veggie-stuffed lasagna.

healthy lasagna

Source: White on rice couple

Zucchini Lasagna

  • 18 ounces tomato saus
  • 4 pounds zucchini
  • 1 ½ cups ricotta
  • 1 cup shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley leaves
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces grated mozzarella
  • 4 ounces grated smoked gouda, cheddar, jack or any good melting cheese

Due to all the cheese it may be a little less healthy than the rest, but still worth a try! This is how the delicious dish is made.

healthy lasagna

Source: a sweet pea chef

Lasagna with Sweet Potato

Ingredients: 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1½ lbs. lean ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 2½ cups tomato sauce
  • 8 cremini mushrooms
  • ½ yellow onions
  • 2 clove garlic
  • ⅓ cup chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 oz. mozzarella

Here you can find the steps to how this delicious lasagna is made.

Will you try one of these healthy lasagna recipes or do you already have a recipe of your own? 

Diet tip! Here are 7 healthy meals with 500 calories or less for you to try!