7 tips to drink enough water every day

Drinking more water sounds really easy, but drinking enough water can be a challenge. There are many benefits to drinking enough water. If your water intake is not equal to what you lose in water, you can become dehydrated. There are several (health-related) reasons why drinking enough water is important. I have listed a few for you! 

 

β™₯ Water helps to keep the balance of body fluids
β™₯ Water helps to keep the muscles flexible.
β™₯ Water helps to keep skin beautiful and to give you that special glow.
β™₯ Water helps you kidneys.

We probably all know that drinking water is good for us. But let’s be honest, do you really drink more than 2 liters of water every day? Well, not me. Here are some tips to make sure you drink that extra bottle of water.

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1. ADD A TASTE

Water is quite boring, so you can add almost any taste to it! For example, fruit (berries, orange, lemon, pomegranate or watermelon), vegetables (cucumber or celery), or spices (mint, lavender, cinnamon, vanilla). It gives that little bit extra to your regular water. There are also special water bottles for sale with a part where you can put fruit, vegetables or herbs. These are called infusion bottles. Google it πŸ˜‰

2. TRY AN APP

There are several apps that will help you manage your water intake. For example ”Water your body” or “Waterlogged”. If you don’t want to use an app, you can aslo put some alarms for yourself on your phone reminding you to drink a glass of water. Or two glasses. ?

3. CARRY IT AROUND

If you always have a water bottle within reach, it gets easier to drink more. You keep reminded to drink water everytime. Be prepared! Wherever you go, always make sure you have a bottle of water.

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5. DIY REMINDER

Buy a clear bottle that you can write on. Mark with lines the amount you want to have drunk at a certain time and add this time. This way you literally keep your goals in sight all day.

6. USE A STRAW

You probably drink more and faster with a straw. Let’s see what happens when you use a two ;). Drinking with a straw is also better for your teeth. The liquid does not get through your teeth through a straw, so this is less harmful. Just try it out!

7. EAT FOOD WITH LOTS OF WATER IN IT

This doesn’t really count as drinking but it does hydrate you. Foods such as cucumber, lettuce leaves, grapefruit and watermelon are known for their high moisture content. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from food, so let’s eat some water!

8. USE SPARKLING WATER

Mix fruit juice with sparkling water and you will have a nice and fresh drink all day. It’s just like soda!

So for all Fit Girls: keep your water bottles ready and drink! If you are looking for a nice bottle to take your water with, check out our #FITGIRLCODE water bottle. This ensures that you drink enough water because 1 liter fits in and it looks great!  

Why you should try out these outdoor sports!

Sometimes you want to do a totally different workout and not just exercise in a gym. You can effectively exercise outdoors. When you are on vacation, you do not always have a gym nearby. Outdoor sports can be great fun, but what are fun sports that you can do outdoors? I have listed a number of challenging workouts.

HIKEN

You have probably heard of ‘hiking‘. There are many Fit Girls who do this workout and I can tell you it’s great fun! Of course it depends on where you live, but otherwise look for a place where you can hike. Especially on vacation, this is a very nice workout that you can do almost anywhere. For example, go with sunrise or sunset, then you can immediately take beautiful Instagram photos. Two birds with one stone! πŸ™‚

INTERVAL RUNS

This can certainly be a good challenge for yourself! You can make it as fun as you want, go to a beautiful and peaceful environment. Gently start building the run and then take on the challenge. First warming up with leisurely walking, then fast walking and running and again fast walking and running again. That way you really challenge yourself!

STAIRS

We all know walking the stairs and we do it regularly. You have a special device for this in the gym, but you can of course also do this outside. This workout is super good for your legs, buttocks and core. So let’s do this! You can also do it together with your workout buddy, that’s even more fun!


JUMPING ROPE

Jumping rope is typically something you used to do as a child. But who says you can no longer use it in your workout. Go outside and jump rope! On the internet you can also find various exercises with a jump rope. So make it a challenge, that’s how it stays fun!


Do you prefer to exercise indoors or outdoors? Let us know! We are very curious about what kind of workout you prefer to do. πŸ™‚ 

How to make a healthy meal in no time!

Nowadays, almost everyone is incredibly busy. Working, studying, traveling, appointments, visiting family, meeting with friends, playing sports ans so on, our busy schedules ensure that we have almost no time to do nothing. Unfortunately, these busy schedules also ensure that we do not have hours to prepare the most healthy and delicious meals in the kitchen, but we prefer to cook a somewhat unhealthier meal that we can make faster. That is really a shame and absolutely unnecessary, because with the right preparation you can also simply put a quick, healthy meal on the table! Curious how? I share the best tips for a quick healthy meal with you!

MAKE A WEEKLY MENU

Yes, you’re right: make a weekly menu for yourself every week. For example, think about what you want to eat for the rest of the week at the weekend and make sure you know exactly what ingredients you need per day. Then try to get all the groceries in one go! A big advantage of this is that you get exactly what you need, and leave the unhealthy snacks in the supermarket. If you sit on the couch one day and feel that there is a snack attack coming, you cannot take unhealthy things! In addition, it also saves a lot of time if you only have to go shopping once a week, and time is exactly what we all sometimes lack, isn’t it?

THINK FAST

As the name suggests, a fast healthy meal is especially nice because you can prepare it quickly. Stay realistic, because a recipe that normally lasts 3 hours isn’t suddenly ready within 15 minutes. For example, choose to put a tasty soup on the table once or twice a week. In addition, our website is full of recipes that are all delicious and healthy and also quite fast and easy to make, so you can get enough inspiration from this!

PREP IT!

Many Fit Girls are already using this method and we are a huge fan: meal preps! Choose a day when you really have time to cook different dishes that you can eat during this week. In this way you can already cook pasta, cut certain vegetables or bake chicken. In this way, you do not have to be in the kitchen for so long. Winning!

USE YOUR FOOD SCRAPS

Have you cooked a little too much by accident and have you really not been able to eat all those goodies? Don’t throw it away! You can use this as a lunch for the next day. In addition, you can also save all the ingredients that you have left during cooking and turn them into a delicious dish at the end of the week. That way, you don’t throw anything away, you still have the healthy things at home and it is all pre-baked or pre-cut. Ideal, right?!

FREEZE IT

The freezer is your best friend! You can store almost everything in the freezer and this is the ideal solution if you don’t have time to cook! Make sure there are a few dishes in your freezer that you can easily defrost. Ideal! So are you planning to eat a nice cup of soup this week? Then immediately make 5 cups! You can keep this perfectly in the freezer and that saves you a lote of work in the kitchen if you are in a hurry!

Hopefully these tips will help you to put a quick, healthy meal on the table more often. If it doesn’t work out for once, this is of course absolutely no problem! Balace is key and it is especially important that you can really enjoy your meals. How do you ensure that you put healthy meals on the table when you are busy? Let me know by responding below this article!

Why you should do a cooling down

Before I start exercising I often start with a good warm up. Just 10 minutes on the treadmill or good stretching and I can take it. But when I finish my workout, I often can’t wait to go home. I forget something very important: a cooling down! Recognizable? I will explain to you today why a cooling down is important and I will give you tips on how to perform it as well as possible. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR COOLING DOWN

Did you know that  a cooling down does more than just prevent muscle pain? There are a number of other important benefits attached to it. The biggest reason to do a cooling down is to prevent dizziness, this is caused by a change in the blood circulation. When you suddenly switch to rest mode from a good workout, that change is very sudden and you can get a bit dizzy. In addition, a cooling down is very important for your muscle recovery. A cooling down reduces the lactic acid in your body. The lactic acid accumulates in your muscles during exercise and causes a slower recovery. When you do your cooling down, the lactic acid is removed more easily and your body recovers better.

TIPS FOR YOUR COOLING DOWN

  1. Plan your cooling down

When you know you have an hour to do your workout, plan 50 minutes for your warm up and workout and keep the last 10 minutes for your cool down. This way you will be ready in time for the next thing on your schedule.

  1. Make it a routine

Do you exercise according to a certain schedule? Plan your cooling down into your schedule. If you repeat this scheme for a while, you automatically get used to it and it becomes a routine. So you never have to think about whether or not to do your cooling down.

  1. Keep it simple

A cooling down does not have to be complicated or take a long time. Keep it simple by walking for 2 minutes and then doing some stretches. Or do a yoga routine of 5 minutes for example, easy does it!

I will never skip my cooling down again! Do you always do a cool down after working out? Or do you, just like me, skip it too often? I like to read what you think! πŸ™‚

Recipe alert! Salad with zucchini, pear and blue cheese

Now the weather is getting a bit warmer again, our food choices are changing as well. That’s why we thought it was time for another salad! This one is super easy to make and super tasty! Let’s read on… 

If you want to eat this salad for dinner, you can add some quinoa, for the carbs. Or warm a nice baguette with it. The choice is endless!

INGREDIENTS

The nice thing about the salad is that you only need a few ingredients. And that while the flavors are perfect! πŸ˜‰

What you need for two persons:

  • 200 grams of arugula mix
  • 2 pears
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 avocado
  • handful of walnuts
  • 100 grams of blue cheese
  • olive oil
  • (fig)balsamic

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HOW YOU MAKE THE SALAD

  1. Peel and slice the pear. Seed the avocado and cut into cubes.
  2. Wash the zucchini well and cut into thin slices. You can use a cheese slicer for extra thin slices.
  3. Heat a large pan with a small dash of olive oil and fry the zucchini and pear for about 8-10 minutes. Then remove the pan from the heat and let it cool off. Do you have a grill pan? Then it is also very nice to grill the zucchini.
  4. Meanwhile chop the walnuts and crumble the blue cheese.
  5. Mix the arugula mix, avocado, zucchini and pear.
  6. Top with walnuts, blue cheese and a little olive oil and (fig) balsamic vinegar.

Let’s eat! 

I’d love to hear what you thought of the salad and whether you might have a good variation on it! Will you let me know below if you made it? I would like to know! πŸ™‚

What mindfulness can do for your fit journey

A fit journey is always accompanied by a good workout and healthy eating. But you may not have thought about applying mindfulness to your daily life. But you can pay more attention to it, and it can bring you alot! This way you can improve your sports performance and you can learn to eat mindful. Curious about what mindfulness can bring you? Read on!

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS

To find out what mindfulness can mean for you, you must know what it means. In short, mindfulness means that you consciously pay attention to your experiences. You do this with an open and involved attitude. You live in the moment. In today’s world everything has to go faster and faster and we less often think about what we are doing at that moment. During our lunch we already think what we should eat tonight and during dinner we are busy with 10 other things. If you live mindful you can get much more satisfaction from your daily activities. You can enjoy the little things more and be more positive. Your body is removed from the automatic pilot, which can provide many new insights.

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MINDFUL EATING

Then there is such a thing as mindful food. As I explained above, during dinner we are often busy with 10 other things at the same time. We check social media, watch TV or make a to-do list in our head. This all sounds super useful, but it ensures that you get much less satisfaction from your food. Mindful eating means that you only focus on what you are eating; you try to taste the flavors that come with every bite. You are therefore much more consciously eating your meal and you will soon notice that you feel satisfied.

3 tips for eating mindful:

1. Eat like a scientist:

Try to analyze every bite carefully as if you were writing a report about it. How does it smell, what happens when you put it in your mouth. Which flavors do you taste? And so on. Really try to describe it.

2. Put down your cutlery after every bite

Teach yourself to put down your cutlery after one or two bites, this way your attention will remain with the bite that you have in your mouth at that moment. Many people are already busy with the next while taking a bite. But because of this you hardly taste what you are eating now. Your brain will only give you a signal after 20 minutes that you are saturated. So the slower you eat, the better you know if you have really eaten enough.

3. Be a snob when you eat 

Be extremely picky when choosing what to eat. Only put something in your mouth if you really like it and don’t eat to eat. Leave mediocre snacks and spend your hunger on food that you really like.

MINDFULNESS AND WORKING OUT

Since mindfulness teaches you to focus on 1 thing, you can also use this very well during exercise. Your ability to concentrate has improved, which means that you can complete your exercises in the gym or your daily run with much more concentration. You focus purely on what you are doing at the time and therefore have more endurance. After all, your body doesn’t have to worry about other things. In short, mindfulness can help you to increase your motivation and concentration during exercise, to tolerate pain and fatigue better and to reduce tension.

We are very curious whether you will apply mindfulness or perhaps that you will do this after this article. We believe that it can take you a lot further. Leave your opinion in the comments! 

Get killer abs with these exercises

Let’s be honest: secretly we all want abs of steel. πŸ˜‰ And no matter how boring those crunches are, training your abs is a very important part of your workout routine. It’s time to bring some variation into your abworkout! With these simple exercises you can train your abs just as hard. 

DEAD BUG

The name of this workout is a bit silly (but let’s be honest, we can’t think of a better description ourselves), but that certainly doesn’t make it any less effective and in our opinion a lot nicer than crunches. This is how you do it:

 

  1. Lie down on your back and extend your arms. Raise your legs and bend your knees.
  2. Now extend your right arm backwards and at the same time move your left leg forward.
  3. Go back to the starting position and repeat with the other side.

V-UPS

With this exercise you can train your obliques, and we need them too! It’s a very effective workout, but it’s also super easy and quick to do. Sounds good, right? This is how to do it:

  1. Lie on your right side with your right arm extended and your left hand behind your ear. Lift your feet off the floor.
  2. Now move your knee and your elbow towards each other, while your right forearm remains flat on the floor.

HIP DIPS

Another fun name! This exercise is again very effective for killer abs and you can do it everywhere you want. You don’t have to move to do it, that’s what makes it a very easy exercise. Ready for some killer abs? Here you go:

  1. Take a plank position and make sure your back is straight and your elbows and hands lie flat on the floor.
  2. Lean with your hip to the left, while your spine remains straight. Then move to the right.
  3. Repeat this in a smooth motion to perform the exercise as well as possible.

WOOD CHOPPER

You need a dumbbell for this exercise, but you can also use a big bottle filled with water. Be creative with what you have! Also with this exercise you train your oblique abs again. The more repetitions you can do in a minute, the more effective it is. This is how to do it:

  1. Grab a dumbbell and stand with your feet shoulder width.
  2. Slightly lower your knees and keep the dumbbell at knee height.
  3. Now lift the dumbbell above your head in a smooth motion and move it back to your knee in the same way.

 

With these exercises it can be more fun training your abs. So don’t listen to those excuses! What is your favorite ab workout? Let us know in the comments! πŸ™‚ 

4 different salads with avocado

We love to eat avocado at noon. Because of the fats, you are full for a long time and that’s perfect, because you have more energy for the afternoon. But avocado toast can get a little boring. That’s why we searched for the best salads with avocado, that are filling enough. Want to know more? Read more! 

Zo maak je avocado salade met couscous

Source: @storiesbysuus

COUSCOUS AVOCADO SALAD

Ingredients

  • 60 grams of couscous
  • 1 tomato
  • 80 grams of tofu
  • 1/2 paprika
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 100 ml of soy sauce

Method of preparation

  1. Cut the tofu in cubes and let them marinate in the soy sauce. The longer you let it marinate, the more taste it absorbs.
  2. Put the couscous in a bowl and pour over 50 ml of boiling water. Cover the dish and let it stand for 3 minutes.
  3. Fry the tofu in a frying pan.
  4. In the meantime, cut the avocado, paprika and tomato to the desired size.
  5. Stir all sliced ingredients into the couscous and divide the sunflower seeds over it.
  6. Season the salad with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Hoe maak ik een quinoa avocado salade ?

Source: @storiesbysuus

QUINOA AVOCADO SALAD

Ingredients

  • 60 grams of quinoa
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 70 grams of sugarsnaps
  • 50 grams of cucumber
  • 50 grams of mixed salad
  • 20 grams of dairy spread
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 teaspoon of dill
  • salt and pepper

Method of preparation

  1. Prepare the quinoa as indicated on the package.
  2. Cook the sugarsnaps for 3-5 minutes in a pan with boiling water and cut the cucumber, spring onion and avocado to the desired size.
  3. Mix the quinoa, sugarsnaps, sliced vegetables, mixed salad and dairy spread.
  4. Finish the salad with the dill and some pepper and salt.

Wat is het recept van een avocado rijst salade?

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TASTY RICE SALAD WITH AVOCADO

Ingredients

  • 65 grams of brown rice
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1/2 paprika
  • 20 grams of arugula
  • 50 grams of lentils
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 30 grams of Hummus

Method of preparation

  1. Prepare the rice and lentils as indicated on the package.
  2. Cut the spring onion, paprika and avocado to the desired size.
  3. Mix the rice, lentils, spring onion, paprika, arugula and avocado.
  4. Finish the salad by stirring the hummus through the salad.

Ben je op zoek naar een salade met avocado en zalm?

SALMON AVOCADO QUINOA SALAD

Ingredients

  • 60 grams of quinoa
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 salmon fillet
  • 50 grams of sugarsnaps
  • 25 grams of cucumber
  • 60 grams of mixed salad
  • 1 teaspoon of dill
  • 20 grams of dairy spread light
  • 20 grams of spring onion
  • salt and pepper

Method of preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. Prepare the quinoa as indicated on the package.
  3. Meanwhile, put the salmon in a baking dish and sprinkle with some pepper and salt. Then put the dish in the oven for 20 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, cook the sugar snaps in 3-5 minutes in a pan of boiling water and cut the cucumber, iceberg lettuce, avocado and spring onion to the desired size.
  5. Mix the quinoa, sugarsnaps and sliced vegetables.
  6. Finally, stir in the dairy spread and dill and place the salmon fillet on top.

 

Hopefully we have given you some inspiration to make a new recipe with avocado! Which one are you going to try? Let us know what you think about this blog in the comments!

The best arm workouts for fit girls

It’s time for a new workout! We often hear that women don’t like training their arms as much as the rest of the body. Maybe it’s because the exercises can be quite intensive, but did you know that your shoulders and upper back contain the least fat of your entire body? So if you do the right arm exercises, you can give this area a makeover in no time!

 

THE THREE BEST ARM WORKOUTS

The normal push-up

The great thing about the push-up is that you can do it anytime and anywhere. These exercises not only provide training for your arm and chest muscles, but also make your core stronger.

Instructions:

  • Lie flat on the floor with your face to the ground. Keep your feet together. Your weight must rest on your chest.
  • Put your hands down with your palms flat on the floor, slightly wider than your shoulders and with your elbows facing your toes.
  • Now raise yourself by using your arms. At this point your weight must be carried by your hands and the ball of your feet.
  • Make sure you are in a straight line from your head to your feet. You call this position a ”plank” and you can also use it for various other exercises.
  • This is the start and end position of a push-up.

On your knees:

If you are still unable to do a regular push-up, try to do it on your knees. You can also start with normal push-ups and then move to your knees if it gets too heavy. Follow the instructions for the normal push-up, but keep both knees on the floor. Make sure you use your chest, shoulders, and triceps to raise yourself. Don’t use your hips or back!

 

Kettlebell lifts 

You probably see people waving more and more in the gym with a weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. Those weird things are called ”kettlebells”, and they have used for centuries by Russian powerhouses to become ”strong as a bull”. If you don’t have a kettlebell yet, you can buy one, use a dumbbell or even a bottle filled with water.

Instructions:

  • Sit on your knees and put the kettlebell (dumbbell/waterbottle) in front of you.
  • Grab it with both hands, hold your elbows along your body and lift the kettlebell to the height of your chest and put it back.
  • Make sure you keep your back straight and push your pelvis forward as you lift the weight.

 

Reverse push-up

This reverse push-up is the complete opposite of the normal push-up. Your hands and feet are still on the floor, but you are in an inverted position.

Instructions:

  • Lie down with your back on the floor, with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
  • Place your hands on the floor with your ears flat and palms facing your feet. Your elbows should then face the ceiling.
  • Raise your hips towards the ceiling and at the same time push your shoulders off the ground by actively using your arms.
  • Fully extend your arms, bend your back and lift your heels off the ground.
  • Slowly lower yourself again until you lie down and repeat the exercise.
  • If your body is raised, you should form a nice arch and your head should hang straight down.

 

So, now you know what to do! Try to do what you can, but don’t go too far. You may challenge yourself, but do it with your mind and listen carefully to your body. Reaching your goal can also take a little longer than a month. It doesn’t matter! The most important thing is that you take steps towards your goal. This is how you will ultimately get there! Good luck girls! 

How can you really enjoy working out?

I think that there are two types of people: the ones who enjoy working out and the ones who work out, but only do it to get a fit body. But I also think that everyone can become person one. Want to know how to become that person who really enjoys working out? Then read on!

CHANGE YOUR GOALS

Working out to lose weight is a good motivation, but I don’t think you can maintain that mindset for a long time. Just try to think of the other benefits that working out gives you. Exercising can clear your head for a while, and that can be really relaxing! You can shift your focus from body to mind, so you can never feel disappointed again, if you take it easy at the gym. Try to change your goals into something you can achieve in a shorter time.

TRY DIFFERENT SPORTS

When you decide to start a healthy life, many people think immediately of going to the gym. But if you immerse yourself in different sports, you will soon find that you really don’t have to do fitness to lose weight. You can start boxing, football and many more sports! There will definitely be a sport that suits you.

UPDATE YOUR PLAYLIST

I can’t train without my music playlist, so I always make sure that I update it once in a while. Try to vary with different music styles.  That way, you can find out the music style that gives you the most energy to train! One playlist simply works better for you than another.

NICE OUTFIT

No more black leggings and sportbras, but cheerful prints and bright colors! Treat yourself and find the most amazing sportoutfit to rock your next work out! Or treat yourself everytime you reach a goal with a new item. So you always have something to look forward to!

You too can get pleasure in sports, you just have to think a bit different! It’s not too bad, right? What do you do to make working out more fun? Let us know in the comments!

3x snacks for the vegans out there!

The weekend is the perfect time to make some snacks for the upcoming week! You benefit from it all week. Today we share three delicious vegan snacks, that are also healthy! You get a snack, you get a snack, everyone gets a snack!

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VEGAN CHOCOLATE COOKIES

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 60 grams of oat flakes
  • 25 grams of dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Method of preparation 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mash the banana and chop the dark chocolate in pieces.
  3. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix it together. You can now make the cookies and place them on a baking sheet with baking paper.
  4. Slide the baking sheet into the oven for 25 minutes.  Turn the cookies after 25 minutes and then leave them in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Now add everything together and let it cool. You can keep them in a preserving jar or other airtight box. YUMMIE!

VEGAN PEACH DATE CAKE

Ingredients

For the bottom:

  • 8 soft medjool dates
  • 25 grams of buckwheat groats
  • 50 grams of oatmeal
  • 50 grams of coconut chips
  • 1 tbsp of rice syrup
  • 3 ripe peaches

For the caramel:

  • 225 ml of water
  • 10 soft medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp of chia seed
  • 1 tbsp of agave syrup

Method of preparation

  1. Put all the ingredients for the soil in your food processor and mix until everything sticks together. If the ”dough” is not sticky yet, add some water and 2 more dates.
  2. Then spoon the mixture into a round shape and press it well. Then place the mold in your refrigerator while you make the caramel layer.
  3. The same applies here (for the caramel). Put all the ingredients together in your food processor and let it run until a soft caramel remains.
  4. Spread this over the bottom and put the cake in the freezer for an hour so the caramel becomes hard.
  5. Decorate the cake with slices of peach and enjoy!

 

vegan snacks

SPRINGROLLS WITH AVOCADO AND MANGO

Ingredients

  • 8 rice sheets
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 mango
  • 40 grams of cashew nuts
  • pepper and salt

Method of preparation

  1. Cut all the ingredients in stripes and roughly chop the cashew nuts.
  2. Soak a rice sheet for 30 seconds in lukewarm water so that it becomes soft.
  3. Place the sheet on a cutting board and fill it by placing the strips in the middle. Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle cashew nuts over it.
  4. First fold the outside inwards and then carefully roll it up.

Well, now we can enjoy our delicious snacks! Which one are you going to make first? And do you want to see more recipes like these? Let us know in the comments!

Why you should eat less meat

Have you ever considered eating less meat? But do you have no idea how or why to do it? This article can help you think twice about eating less meat and fish. I have been a vegetarian for 2 years now. From one day to the next I stopped eating fish and meat. Up to the present day I have not regretted my choice and I haven’t had a day that I missed eating it. Let me tell you a bit more about it! 

It can be a bit hard for people to change their lifestyle. Especially for people who don’t understand why you would turn into a vegan or vegetarian. If you want to try being a vegan or vegetarian, than you must fully support it. Why do you do this? Does it make a difference? Google is your friend here, try to search for sites that will tell you a bit more about what it will do to your body. Or what it will do to the world ;). Another tip is to watch the amazing documentary What the health on Netflix. It shows what eating meat does to your health, a must-see!

BETTER FOR YOUR BODY

Think about what animal products do to your body. More and more studies show that eating more vegetables will reduce the risk of heart diseases, obesity and diabetes. But it’s important to eat varied, so you get all your nutrients. You need to keep your iron-level up by swallowing iron. By the way, did you know that there is a lot of antibiotics, stress and hormones in meat? Another reason to eat less meat πŸ˜‰

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Did you know, that when you would stop eating meat for 1 week, you save 130 liters of water? This amount of water was used differently for the production of animal feed, livestock farms and the production of your portion meat. Besides that, you will save 76 kilometers of driving a car, it was used differently for making the package and for the preparation of your meat.

MY EXPERIENCE

It’s been over two years ago since I ate meat. I have never struggled with what I should eat or what I could eat. If I wasn’t sure if a meal contained meat, I wouldn’t eat it. And for the people who think it is hard to stop with eating meat and fish; it really isn’t! Nowadays there are so much meat substitutes and it tastes the exact same way. You should try it sometimes, just to test it!

 

Now that you know what the impact is to eating less meat, you could try it! Ask your friends or family to join you with this challenge, try to cook as a vegetarian for a week or (even better) for a month. It’s the only way to find out if you think it’s easy or not. πŸ˜‰ 

 

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5 tips to stay fit!

Eating healthy and exercising seems very easy, but sometimes you don’t have any motivation to keep it up. But we can work on that! That’s why today is the day that you can tackle it differently. I present you the best tips to get fit again.

1. DON’T FOLLOW A DIET

A lot of people go on a diet when they want to lose weight, but the trick is to keep it up. A diet is temporary and often hard to maintain. When you focus on a healthy lifestyle, you don’t have to forbid yourself anything. A healthy lifestyle is for the rest of your life. And the rest of your life living without chocolate is going to be hard, if you know what I mean. You probably have to be patient for the results, but when you see them, it will get easier to keep up the lifestyle.

2. EMPTY YOUR PANTRY

If your pantry is full of unhealthy food, you are inclined to eat it. But when you have chosen to start now, it’s better to give the food to your friends or family. No more excuses! It will give you more peace of mind.

3. EXERCISE 30 MINUTES A DAY

It’s very important to keep moving, every day. Exercising ensures a good blood circulation and it helps against stress and other aches and pains. 30 minutes may seem like a lot, when your constantly on the road. But take a walk in your lunchbreak and you’re done for the day! Your concentration will get a boost too, that’s how you can prevent your dip after the lunch.

4. DO SOMETHING FUN

Undertaking activities with friends or family gives a lot of energy. So make sure you have something fun to do every week! Something you can look forward to. You can also do this on your own. Sign up for a trial lesson of kickboxing, to boost your cardio. Or explore a new city in the weekend. There are so much things you can do!

5. FIND A WORKOUT BUDDY

Better together! Find a friend you can go on a fit journey with. Go to the beach together to have a run or exercise once a week together. It’s nice to have someone closeto you, who you can share your struggles with. Changing your way of living isn’t easy. You can help each other when it becomes difficult!

 

How do you stay fit? And what do you think about these tips? Let us know in the comments! Good luck with your Fit journey πŸ™‚