Anna reviews the Fitgirlcode Happy Healthy Guide

The older Fit Girls may remember me, I used to be one of the Fit Girls at Fitgirlcode. Two years ago I replaced my gym shoes and sneakers with wedding dresses and veils and left the Fitgirlcode nest. Am I still a Fit Girl today? I still have my doubts every now and then. It is and it will always be a bumpy ride for me. Luckily, the awesome girls at the Fitgirlcode HQ didn’t sit still, and launched a new guide with tasty & healthy recipes following the success of the Fitgirlcode Guide. I followed the new Happy Healthy Guide and will share my experience with it right now!

Reason: jeans don’t lie

When I started my new job at ThePerfectWedding.nl, some changes didn’t go unnoticed. I wasn’t surrounded by those die-hard Fit Girls everyday anymore, so I l naturally let myself go a little bit. I had to get adjusted to my new job, which I combined with freelance assignments, and it was also summer… The latter is always accompanied by more wine than in the winter. In addition, I stopped going to Crossfit as I wanted to do more of ‘my own thing’ at the  gym. In summary: I exercised less fanatic and I ate less healthy. And what happens then? Yup, your jeans all of a sudden aren’t able to close anymore.

In the summer I could still fool myself a bit, because well, a flowy summer dress usually has no zipper or buttons. But as soon as the leaves started to fall off the trees and I needed to wear a pair of jeans again, I knew what time it was. Woops. I had no idea how much weight I gained exactly because I had thrown my scale out of the window a while ago, but it was definitely a kilo or 5. Maybe even 7… Ouch. It was a real slap in the face. I was angry too, because I had the idea that I had everything under control. Boy, was I wrong. I found it so confrontational that all the Fit Girls I followed on Instagram (and where I started my own Fit Journey) were showing progress, but I on the other hand was experiencing set backs. How did I let it get so far? I guess my priorities simply shifted. It was time to get back in the game! Right at that time, Fitgirlcode launched a new guide: the Happy Healthy GuideThe timing could not have been more right.

No discussion

Maybe you’re thinking: pff, I’m already a super advanced Fit Girl. I don’t need that guide at all. I thought so too! But why did those jeans miraculously not fit anymore? Sometimes, it doesn’t matter what level you’re at, you can always use something new and refreshing. I know that you can’t get a tight butt if you’re eating fries, and that you should generally go for non-processed foods in your diet. I’m also familiar with the whole macro-concept and I know what to eat in order to get enough carbohydrates, fats and proteins. But the devil is in the details. If you eat very clean, it’s easy to see what should and what shouldn’t be on your plate, but if you want to enjoy life a little and strive for ‘balance’, then the dividing line between what is and what isn’t good gets a bit more blurred. The Happy Healthy Guide makes sure you don’t have any endless discussions with yourself about what to eat or not. Can I have some cheese in my salad or eat an extra rice waffle with peanut butter? Is it in the guide? No? Then the answer is clear. Everything that you eat during that day is perfectly balanced, so if you eat what’s in the guide, you won’t be short on anything. You don’t have to think about anything either, just eat what’s on the menu that day. It’s as simple as that!

New and improved

I’ve experienced the launch of the first Fitgirlcode Guide. It was a lot of work but oh were we proud! The new Happy Healthy Guide is, in my opinion, really the new & improved version of the first guide. Girls you have outdone yourself! This guide is really chill to use. You see at just a glance what you have to eat that entire day, with accompanying recipes. So, you don’t have to endlessly look for breakfast recipes and what to eat. In addition, you still have a separate weekly overview so you know what to expect in the coming week. Also, before you start your week, you get to know what healthy snack you have to prepare. I found that very convenient, because on Sundays, you usually have more time to prep. If you get back on Tuesday night and figure out that you have to bake a banana bread for the next day, it can be a bit overwhelming on busy days. Now, of course, at the beginning of the week you can see what to expect so you’re not overwhelmed or surprised by a random banana bread. It’s clear that the Fit Girls have been thinking along. Nice!

Point of improvement

I must of course stay critical, otherwise it’ll seems like I was hired to write this review? If there is another new guide in the making, I would like to see some more beans in the recipes. There’s a whole lot of chicken in th guide! I love chicken, don’t get me wrong, but I would like if the protein sources are a little more varied. Throwing in a meat substitute like tofu into the mix also isn’t wrong, for example. It doesn’t have to be a complete Vega Guide, but some more variety in the protein department would be great!

So far, I have followed the first 6 weeks of the Happy Healthy Guide. I’m not ready to go to part 2 just yet because I want to drop my fat percentage a bit more first. That’s why I’m going to do part 1 again. FYI: part 2 is similar to part 1, but you eat more.

Awareness

The guide made me find my focus again. I know how to eat healthy, but by following the nutrition plans in the guide, I became more aware of the quantities that I was eating. You underestimate how many calories you eat unconsciously throughout a day, mainly when you’re busy snacking. At the beginning I often thought: really, 6 walnuts? Are you kidding me? But those walnuts were not the only thing my salad consisted of. There was also chicken, feta, olive oil, etc. When it comes to food, you have to make choices. You can’t expect to eat what you want and then to easily slide back into your jeans again. Would you rather eat 12 walnuts, fine, but then you shouldn’t eat the feta cheese for example. The guide makes you aware of these kind of choices. I feel like my system has been rebooted by following it.

In control

In addition, the food prepping and thinking ahead of the groceries gave me the feeling that I had my shit together. That control is nice! You have to be a real tough guy if you want to seduce me with a KinderBueno one day when there are 4 nicely-packed meals in my bag. F*ck off with that trash, I got my own food! ?Many people around me doubt that they are going to start with the guide because they are afraid that they will give up when prepping the food in advance. But people, you have to cook anyways, right? Whether you do this the evening before or in the afternoon when it’s lunchtime. You have to do it anyway! This way, you can look forward to that delicious cauliflower curry with coconut in the morning. I rest my case.

 

Use the code “CELEBRATE20” and get 20% off your very own e-guide until the 31st of March. That way, you’ll have all the tools you need to kickstart that healthy life of yours. Good luck and let me know how it goes for you! 🙂

Banana Bread Baby!

A few weeks ago my sport buddy gave me a very delicious and healthy recipe for banana bread. It was exactly what I was looking for! Sometimes an apple or unsalted nuts will do, but at some point you just need something to ease you sugar cravings. It`s called a banana bread, but it looks and tastes more like a cake. This is a way better snack alternative than the muesli bars you buy in the grocery store. These so-called healthy candy bars contain way more sugar than you think.

I made this banana bread in the weekend so that I’d have a healthy snack throughout the whole week. I think it’s the best invention since… well forever! And what I love the most about this cake/bread is that you can vary it as much as you want!

What you need:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda or 3 teaspoons baking powder

To sweeten the bread you can add seedless dates, but I prefer blueberries and/or raspberries. The last time I also added 75 gram of crushed walnuts (highly recommended), but if you are a real chocoholic you can add 50 gram of 80% dark chocolate and 30 gram of grated coconut instead of fruit. If you like to give the cake more body, add a bit of oatmeal (50 grams) to the almond flour.

Prepare:

  • Preheat your oven at 347°F.
  • Mash the bananas with a hand mixer or blender until smooth (if you use dates add these before you start mixing)
  • Wisk the eggs in a bowl and add a pinch of salt
  • Mix the banana mixture with the eggs
  • Add the almond flour and whatever fruits or nuts you may like en stir the mixture
  • Pour the mixture into the cake mold

Now, put it in the oven for 45 minutes and wait quietly until the bread is ready. Enjoy!

Crispy wrap with beet hummus and fried egg

Wraps are a tasty, easy and welcomed alternative to bread, salads and more. And if you fill them with hummus you are in for a tiny, but awesome lunch party. This might sound a bit over the top to you, but for a hummus addict like myself, a day without hummus is a day wasted. Okay, I’m over exaggerating a little bit. I could do 1 day without hummus, but that’s the max 😉 

Crispy wrap with beet hummus and fried egg

So it won’t come as a surprise that I am a huge fan of this crispy wrap with beet hummus and fried egg. Doesn’t it look like heaven on a plate? If you aren’t having a good day, then after this delicious wrap you will hopefully cheer up a bit!

This is what you need:

  • Whole wheat wraps
  • (Beet) hummus *
  • Herbs such as cilantro, parsley, chives, basil
  • Alfalfa or other sprouts
  • Spring onion
  • Eggs
  • Salt and pepper

*I used 1 cup of chickpeas (cooked),1 small roasted beetroot, 1 tsp cumin powder, 4 tbsp lime juice, 3 tbsp tahini, 2 cloves of garlic and a dash of olive oil. Put it all into a blender and voilà: pretty pink hummus to die for!

This is how to make your wrap:

Put the wrap in a dry frying pan and let it brown on both sides until it’s lightly crispy. Meanwhile, fry an egg. Spread the beet hummus onto the wrap and top it off with a generous amount of sprouts. Sprinkle some herbs and spring onions on top of it. Place the egg on top of the sprouts and season with salt and pepper.

Bon appetit!

Looking for more delicious lunch recipes? Check out this delicious quinoa salad with avocado, crab stick and mango.

A special thanks to: Lepeltje Liefde

What to do when having a fit dip?

Since I started my fit journey, I have been working out 4 times a week and paying real good attention to what I eat. But, I noticed lately that I am going through a bit of a fit dip. I really have to push myself to go and work out and my energy level seems kinda low. Besides, I keep fantasying about all my favorite foods and slack way more than I should. This stuff instantly has a negative effect on my self-image. I start to get the idea that I don’t make any progress anymore, and at some point, I even try to avoid the mirror. Deep down inside, I know that the image I see in the mirror is only formed by shitty and destructive thoughts, but I feel sad and uncomfortable looking at myself anyway. It’s not the first time that I have been at this point, so nowadays I recognize my behavior better.

I came up with some tips & tricks to get myself through these ‘fit dips’. If you have a fit dip from time to time as well, these tips might help you:

Talk to someone (trainer, BFFF, partner) about your fit dip.

If you share your problems with someone else you will not only get a new perspective on things, you also admit to yourself that you’re going through a rough patch. Once you say what’s on your mind you are more likely to start solving your problems.

Acknowledge the goals you have already achieved.

I never thought I would have come this far, and sometimes I forget that. At those moments I only think about the fact that I’m not nearly where I wanna be. I noticed that a lot of people who post a before-and-after picture on Instagram share my thoughts, they say something like: “Check out the progress I made although it’s not nearly where I wanna be”. So on one hand they are proud of themselves (because they are sharing this photo for a reason) but on the other hand they sound a bit disappointed. So look back on your fit journey and try to be proud of all the progress you’ve already made, instead of beating yourself up about the results you didn’t achieve YET.

 

Try to change your work out routine.

Unfortunately when you do things often they become a bit boring after a while. So challenge your mind and body with new exercises (like the 30day ab challenge), a new running route or join a new group training at your gym.

Reward yourself.

Whenever I spoil myself with new sports apparel or other goodies, I instantly get motivated again. I just can’t wait to try out my new sports leggings or bake those healthy protein pancakes.

 

Try out new recipes.

Eating healthy day in, day out can be pretty difficult. Sometimes you just really crave that unhealthy crap and you don’t have any inspiration to treat yourself with healthy alternatives. Go on the search for some new, healthy and delicious recipes and filling up with junkfood will no longer seem like a good idea. Select some yummy recipes at the beginning of the week and try out a new one every day. I love to wander around on Foodness.nl and A Couple Cooks. The attractive food photography on this website always motivates me to try and make it myself.

 

Get inspired by other fit girls and boys.

Although you should never compare yourself to others, it could be helpful to see how other fit people try to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. Get inspired by their tips, tricks, recipes and progress. There are loads of very inspirational Instagram accounts you can follow for your everyday dose of fitspiration. My personal favorites are: fitdutchies, foodie-ness, healthyfans, Lynn Hoefer, minimalist baker and one of our own bloggers, Anne.

Do you have any tips to overcome your fit dip? Please share them with us!

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!

13 Inside facts about the #FITGIRLCODE headquarters

Every office has their special little quirks. #FITGIRLCODE is no exception. I kinda get the idea that we seem more normal on here than we actually are, so I want to change that up a bit. So, I hereby present you: 13 inside facts over the #FITGIRLCODE Headquarters. 

1. Peanut butter junkies

We go through at least two jars of peanut butter each week. I find it a miracle that we all can fit through the door. It may have something to do with the fact that we have to climb all the way up to the 3rd floor everyday (yes, 60 steps.) Fit Girls or not, everyone arrives in the mornings out of breath with some sweat above their lips, and a bit of a limp.

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2. Boob expert

Breasts are complicated. They come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s not rare that the left one can be a different size from the right. That’s something you should know! Especially if you are running the customer care for Jogha and #FITGIRLCODE. Luckily, Diana has developed into a true boob expert. She has a knack like no one else to know exactly which sports bra is suitable for you. So men, if you’re looking to buy a gift for your Fit Girl and you have a nagging boob related question: then Diana is your girl. For boob questions and more. FYI: if you swipe long enough on Tinder, you’ll find her yourself. 😉

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3. Chilling with your harem

There is exactly 1 man working at #FITGIRLCODE and sometimes we forget that he is here. Now, it’s not that we see through him, but more so that he is a man. With feelings. Because no one even considers going to the bathroom to change into our Jogha outfits; we do it right in the middle of the office. If that’s not enough, we also give him style advice and Tinder strategies. But if he puts in his earphones, then we know we took it too far and back off.

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4. A life supply of protein-rich kruidnoten

Shelley has a drawer with an endless supply of food. There must be a double bottom in there though, because it’s been a while since Sinterklaas has been away, and she still bothers us with those protein-rich kruidnoten. But we obediently gnaw away at those tough kruidnoten, because if the world were to end, it’s better to be in Shelley’s good graces. If there’s anyone prepared for the Apocalypse, it’s her!

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5. iPhone extremists

At #FITGIRLCODE HQ, there are two camps: Team Samsung and Team iPhone. Team Samsung gets seriously looked down at by Team iPhone. An iPhone 3 actually ranks higher than a Samsung S6 Edge. Aranka actually let it slip yesterday that you can’t get ‘in’ unless you have an iPhone. You can be perfectly qualified, but without an iPhone, you can say bye bye to a job at #FITGIRLCODE. I’m just super happy that I got my Samsung under the old rules.

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6. Tremendous Thursday

We have quite the habit of arriving to the office in our sports clothes. Because we can, that’s why. And also because it’s convenient to head straight to the gym without having to change. We are urban nomads and this way, we save space in our backpack. Because we end up looking like Mel C most of the week, we came up with Tremendous Thursday. The idea is that, every Thursday, we pay a bit more attention to our appearance. In reality, everyone forgets about it, and the only thing possible is to put on some red lipstick. Dorien always has 5 different shades on her, so if you look like a slob on Thursday, you can’t get out of it.

7. Designers are always on call

Anneloes is our visual designer. And visual designers are always on call. It is indeed, an art. Thinking of a nice sentence goes well – what I do as a copywriter – but as soon as something needs to be done that’s more complicated than Paint or Picasa, I get into a blind panic. Getting a visual to a specific size or removing a black spot from the background: Anneloes, HELP! As if the poor child has nothing better to do.

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8. Sistah from another mistah

For those who don’t know, Jogha is the sister of #FITGIRLCODE. Both are together in the office in Rotterdam. Kim is the fashion designer of Jogha, so she decides how you’ll be looking at the gym next season. So you’d better be in her good graces. We’ve lately put on a ‘child’s lock’ on Kim’s browser, because when searching for fashion inspiration, she often finds herself in the dark side of the internet. The things she has seen cannot be unseen.

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9. Anna’s 4 o’clock Dirty Dance

I have ADHD and so, I have the attention span of an Easter egg. I fight hard against it, but at 4 o’clock sharp, my internal clock goes off and I have to move. I turn the music up a bit louder and do a dirty dance in the middle of the office. Nobody ever joins me. They all look at me sheepishly with a  look on their face that says: “what is Anna up to now” It doesn’t seem that way, but I really don’t care at all. My dance moves are truly awesome after a few glasses of wine, but I don’t know if that actually improves my attention span. Maybe I need to try that out one time, since Aranka has no problem with drinking during office hours as long as the targets are met. A bit Wolf of Wallstreet style in that way. 😉

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10. Danique’s danceable ringtones

Who has a song as their ringtone in 2006? Well, Danique a.k.a Daneequa does. Danique cannot stand techno, but she goes wild over nice R&B and hiphop beats. When she gets called, the whole office has to a little dance behind their computers. For a long while, we were jamming to Gyptian’s Hold Ya, but at the moment, it has moved to Hotline Bling from Drake. So now you know why it takes so long for her to pick up when you call.

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11.  Girlboss with special powers

Aranka is the mastermind behind #FITGIRLCODE. No one will deny that. But she also has a very cool trick. When you’re pitching an idea to her, and you’re momentarily searching for words, she’ll end up finishing up your sentence for you. Freak! What are you doing inside of my brain? In short: she steals your ideas and makes them better. It’s probably a girlboss thing.

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12. Welcoming selfie-policy

Taking a selfie in public, is still a bit taboo. But in our office, it’s hugely welcomed and encouraged. No one will even pay attention if you purse your lips while trying out 30 different poses in front of our famous selfie mirror. In fact, if you want to take a selfie there, you’re given priority and there are punishments for photobombing.

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13. Weird cat ladies

Shelley and Laura have a thing for cats and kittens. And it goes pretty far. Shelly regularly gets called to Laura’s table in a serious tone (so we don’t catch on) to see the ‘cutest/funniest cat video in the world’. Actually, we always figure it out, because it is apparently so cute that they can’t hide their maternal “awwwwwww”-s. Them weird cat ladies.

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 It’s better not to bother Laura if you don’t have a cool cat video to show. 

That’s it for today, folks! I hope that you still like us or even that you like us a bit more after reading this. 😉

Kisses ? Team #FITGIRLCODE

Vegetarian stir fry with an insane amount of veggies

I always find it really odd when people say that they find it difficult to cook. I mean, it’s not like it’s rocket science or anything? Of course there are different levels to how ‘culinary’ or fancy a dish is, but everyone should still be able to put together an easy supper for themselves. I’m not exactly a kitchen princess, but usually I just throw everything together that I like. Sometimes the combination ends up being  magical, other times I would not even feed it to my cat. Anyway, recently I once again had a magical combination, which I wanna share with you. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

The recipe for this vegetarian stir fry is for six people, but if you make it with someone else (partner or BFFF), you’ll both also have two prepped dinners for upcoming days.

Ingredients

  • 75 grams quinoa
  • 75 grams brown rice
  • 200 grams pumpkin cubes (I recommend frozen pumpkin cubes)
  • 160 grams lentils (can)
  • 160 grams corn (can)
  • 150 grams cherry tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 bag of stir fried vegetables with mushrooms
  • 360 grams spicy seasoned tofu (cubes)
  • 100 grams feta cheese
  • fresh spinach leaves (amount to taste)
  • hand full of pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • pepper, salt, garlic (2 cloves), pepper powder

Instructions

  1. Cut all ingredients in small chunks / pieces so that they are easy to stir-fry
  2. Cook the quinoa as directed on the package and add a vegetable stock cube for flavor.
  3. Fry the diced zucchini along with the cloves of garlic. After about two minutes, add the stir fry vegetables with mushrooms.
  4. Add the (frozen) pumpkin cubes to the ingredients above, as soon as these have shrunken a bit in the wok.
  5. Add the lentils and corn to the vegetables once the pumpkin is a little softer. Season with pepper, salt and paprika.
  6. Bake the tofu in a separate pan and add the rice / quinoa once it’s cooked.
  7. Add the halved cherry tomatoes to the vegetables in the wok.
  8. Now take a big salad bowl and add the vegetables, rice with tofu and stir everything together well.
  9. Cut the feta into small pieces and mix it together with the fresh spinach into the rice and vegetables.
  10. Garnish with sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

If this isn’t a royal meal, I don’t know what is! At least you don’t have to think about food prepping the next two days. Plus, your body will probably get a vitamin overdose because of all the veggies in this meal. If you have a magical combination that exceeds the one above, please share it in the comments below. I’m not afraid of a little healthy competition;)

FYI: If you feel like soup this week, this creamy carrot pumpkin soup is highly recommended! 

Creamy mango curry with chicken

Our Fitgirlcode Guide Girls can’t get enough of this: creamy mango curry with chicken. It is one of the favorite recipes in the guide. So, we’re sharing this recipe for the girls who are still wondering: “do I start the guide or not?”. Believe me, once you taste this, you’ll be dying for more! Luckily, that’s possible if you follow the nutrition plan in our guide, since you’ll never be hungry! Everyday you’ll be eating somewhere between 1800 and 1900 calories that you divide over 3 meals and 3 snacks. So you’ll be eating well throughout the whole day. Above all, these are easy peasy recipes. You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen cooking and you can get all the ingredients at any supermarket. No fancy natural shops or super rare ingredients necessary. 

Ingredients (1 person)

  • 75 grams of brown rice
  • 100g cut chicken breast
  • 75 grams of yellow pepper
  • 35 g onion
  • 30 grams of dairy spread light
  • 1/2 mango
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • pepper and salt

Directions

  1. Cook the rice as directed by the packaging
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a pan and chop the chicken breast. Cook the chicken with the curry powder
  3. Add the pepper and onion
  4. Finally, add the vegetables, mango and light cream cheese to the pan
  5. Leave the pan to stand until the cream cheese begins to melt.

If you prefer to have a curry sauce, you can add some water or coconut milk until it reaches your desired thickness.

kcal 392 | koolhydraten 50 | vetten 8 | eiwitten 39

I follow the Fitgirlcode Guide myself, so if you have any questions or if you’re wondering if this is something for you, then shoot me a message on Instagram at annageertje_fitgirlcode. You still have the chance to get the guide with the early bird price of $19.95, so don’t wait till it’s too late!

Photo credits: Susan van Esch (one of our awesome Fitgirlcode Guide girls)

Super sexy foods for a great sex drive

Super sexy foods for a great sex drive

When was the last time you really felt like having sex? I don’t mean to be rude, but if you have to think too long about this question, your libido might be in hibernation. Obviously you are not always ready to rumble, but did you know that eating specific kinds of food can boost your sex drive? Add these super sexy foods to your shopping list, and you’ll feel sexier than ever.

These are foods for a great sex drive

  • Salmon and mackerel

The omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish is your best friend when it comes to your blood circulation. This is essential for the supply of blood to your genitals (and thus increases the excitement down there). They can also increase (feelgood) dopamine levels in your brain – that enhance your lust.

  • Steak

Did you ever hear about Steak & Blowjobday (the Valentine’s Day for men)?  The link between steak and blow jobs? Probably because steak is a rich source of zinc, the same nutrient which oysters owe their reputation to. Namely zinc boosts testosterone and reduces the production of prolactin, a hormone that has a negative effect between the sheets.

  • Eggs

Breakfast in bed? Choose an omelet. The proteins in eggs will boost your energy- and focus level – two things that always come in handy. Plus eggs are a good source of vitamin B6, which helps balance your hormone levels and thus regulate your libido.

  • Unsweetened cranberry juice

It not only helps to prevent cystitis, but cranberry juice is a natural diuretic, which is very effective if you suffer from a bloated stomach. Put a few tablespoons unsweetened cranberry juice in a glass of water and drink up!

  • Chocolate

Everybody knows, that chocolate is the answer, no matter what the question is.  And this example proves it once again: chocolate is a proven aphrodisiac and contains a lot of magnesium, which makes you more relaxed. And you probably already knew that de-stressing is crucial to get in the mood. But dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) also contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which releases the same hormones as hot and steamy love making.

  • Oatmeal

A while ago we shared some delicious oatmeal recipes with you. These recipes are also a big reason to start eating oatmeal for breakfast. But I’ll give you another reason to swap your cheese sandwich for a bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Oats contain L-arginine, a substance that is sometimes used to treat erection problems. AND it stimulates the blood supply to the clitoris. Pretty fucking awesome, right?

  • Peach and nectarine

These fruits are full of vitamin C, which several studies have shown that those increase the female libido. It’s also good for the blood flow and thus for your sex drive.

Enjoy your sexy time!

source: Woman’s Health Magazine

Mirror schizophrenia

* It’s not my intention to stigmatize or offend anyone with any mental illness. This article is purely written out of my own experience. I don’t state any facts. I solely describe my personal situation and the feelings I’m experiencing. 

I’ve got a weird relationship with mirrors. And mirrors with me as well, I believe. All of them show me another Anna. And that’s confusing to me. I just want to know how I really look, and therefore I’ll need a mirror. It’s the only way to get a clear vision of what I look like. It may sound vain, and it probably is, but I check myself in every mirror I see. And when I’m around others, I do this very discreetly. I take a quick glance and continue with what I was doing. If I’m alone, I really take time to look at myself. And every time I feel like I have some sort of mirror schizophrenia.

There’s a mirror in my gym and every time I take a look at myself in that mirror I think: “Girl, what are you doing here? You don’t need to be here, you’re a badass ripped fit chick.” In that mirror I look so lean. But in that same gym is another mirror, in the dressing room. If I look at myself in that mirror, things are way different. Then I think to myself: “Thank God you’re here, ‘cause you’ve got a long way to go. You really gotta lay off the booze, run a few extra miles on the treadmill and go to the hairdresser , ‘cause you look terrible.” I also experience such a perception shift when I go to work in the morning, wearing a killer outfit. As soon as I arrive at the office and I check myself in the mirror I think:  “Where did it all go wrong? This outfit really needs to be on the outfit-blacklist because I  definitely got it wrong here.” Because of such experiences I developed a very specific mirror preference. There are some mirrors which I deliberately avoid, because they don’t show me a very pretty image of myself. I don’t even glance at them, those jerks. But some mirrors, wow, if I see myself in those I would almost do myself. You probably think that the next thing I’m about to say is a lie, but you can find such a mirror at Aldi supermarkets. Not the most sexy setting, I know, but the mirrors they’ve got there! Other mirrors should follow their example. Plus, taking a small walk through the Aldi supermarket will enhance your confidence anyway. Try it! You’ll walk out of there as if you’ve just received the news that next year you’ll be one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels. Instead of Doutzen Kroes.

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The sweater

To reinforce this story, I made one mirror-selfie every day for one week, in the same sweater. And yes, that means I wore the same sweater seven days in a row. If you shower every morning and use loads of deodourant, it is doable. Let’s just say it was for a good cause! After looking at the pictures below, you can judge for yourself whether I’m crazy or whether there is some truth in this story. Anyway, during this project I noticed that taking mirror-selfies is much harder than it seems. Although everyone on this planet is taking selfies, there still is such a huge taboo about it as there is with masturbation. Without any shame we post one selfie after another, but we all make sure no one sees how this selfie was made. There’s nothing more embarrassing than getting caught while taking one, seducing your phone screen with a duckface. Luckily, no one saw me taking any of these mirror-selfies, but that took a whole lot of planning beforehand. Look left, look right, left again. Coast is clear: click! But then there’s another thing I noticed: my selfie-pose is in need of some adjustments. On every picture I look like I slept under an open window, my neck kinked to the right (for you left). But that is something I’ll work on! I’d like to end this analysis with a positive note, which is that this Colorful Rebel Cactus sweater is equally sexy on every picture. Definitely not an item for the outfit-blacklist.

Just curious, am I the only one who’s experiencing this kind of mirror schizophrenia?

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Jogha Sportswear, because real fit girls come in all shapes and sizes

Even if you’re only a little active on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the new Fearless Collection from Jogha in your newsfeed. If you search for #jogha or #joghacom you see one Fit Girl after another looking totally fab in Jogha sportswear; real Fit Girls in all shapes and sizes. Awesome! It’s Jogha’s mission is to make sportswear in which every woman feels her best. In order to complete that mission your input is awfully important. Ultimately, you are the one wearing the clothing. With your help Jogha wants to lift every collection to a higher level.

Wanna know more about the story behind the Fearless Collection. Check out the video below. 

Sushi Salad

I know very little people who don’t like sushi. Whenever you say ‘sushi’ everyone around you instantly drops what they’re doing and starts staring at you with puppy eyes. Yep, sushi is definitely one of the most popular kids in foodland. Unfortunately one sushi roll is already 110 calories, and that’s only the one with cucumber 😉 I’m not saying you should never eat sushi again (that would be a disaster) but there are healthier ways for you to eat sushi. Say whut?!

Last weekend me and Fit Girl Roos made this super delicious and easy Sushi Salad. It’s only 500 calories so it makes a perfect lunch as well.

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This is what you need for two servings:

  • 100 gram brown rice
  • 100 gram quinoa
  • 125 seawead salad
  • a few nori leaves (this is normally wrapped around maki sushi)
  • 150 gram surimi sticks
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • seasame seed
  • soy sauce

Directions:

  • Mix some quinoa and brown rice and cook for approx. 8 minutes. In the meanwhile cut all the other ingredients into little pieces and mix them in a bowl.
  • Let the quinoa and rice cool down and add it to the other ingredients in the bowl. Sprinkle the seasme seeds and pieces nouri over the salad, add some soy sauce and you’re ready to go!

Do you wanna go for ‘All You Can Eat Sushi’ anytime soon? Be sure to check out Aranka’s Guilt Free Sushi Guide.

Letter to the scale

Yo Scale,

I’m just gonna get straight to the point: I think you’re a terrible asshole. A manipulative bastard, you are! My whole life you’ve been screwing with me. You can either make or break my days. What gives you the right to decide whether I am beautiful or ugly? You make me doubt myself. Sometimes I honestly think I’m going crazy. You’re like a second voice in my head. A while ago I agreed with myself that I didn’t wanna see you anymore. I wanted to do without you and trust my own eyes. You used to be my compass but once I became a fan of strength training, you just started blabbing out nonsense. Hello?… Muscle weighs more than fat! But you don’t tell me that. With that unvarnished opinion of yours. Even though I saw my body change for the better when I looked in the mirror, you always had to have the last word. A slap in my face. On days that I felt like a sexy superstar I dared to look you right in the eye. I felt beautifully slim but you had to ruin that, didn’t you? I should have known better. Always the same, denigrating shit: “You’re not as slim as you think Anna. You’re fooling yourself because you want it so badly. So here it is, the undeniable truth: you didn’t loose weight. You’ve become even heavier. Muscle weighs more than fat? In your dreams! So eventually you’ll weigh 100 kilos and wear a size 36? Do you even believe that yourself?” When you took that tone with me, I had to show you the door. I don’t need someone in my life who gives me such a bad feeling. And so you know, my life has improved a lot since you’ve been gathering dust in the corner of the bathroom. Yeah, I was experiencing a fit dip the other day, but don’t start gloating because it had nothing to do with you. I just lost my mojo, but I found it again. All by myself. That surprises you? Well, I set new goals for myself and found a new gym. In no time I was back in the right flow. It even felt like this different way of training was already paying off. I was like a rocket! Until I had to adjust my ADHD medication. Then there you were again, lurking in the corner. I couldn’t ignore you any longer. I had to deal with you. I wished I didn’t need to. And you just can’t help yourself, the nasty piece of shit that you are.  “You see Anna! You’re not doing as good as you thought, huh? Was it really such a good idea to change the gym? Apparently those workouts you do by yourself don’t do much for you. You have chosen the easiest path again. You’ll be back to your old weight before you even know it. You only see what you want to see, but I advise you to get off your pink cloud and accept the facts: you’re fat! No progress! You call yourself a Fit Girl? If only people knew what you weigh…” And there, my mojo left the building. But dude, I out smarted you. I know the truth now. I know about all those other women. You’ve been messing with them too. You won’t get away with it any longer. We know what kind of sick games you play! Together we are much stronger than you. We do strength training. Did you forget about that? So if you harass any of us again, we’ll throw you right out the window. “Gosh, what happened to the scales?” No idea! I guess nobody gave a shit about that thing anymore!

TTYN,

ANNA

Pretty Pink Pancakes

We are always searching the world wide web to find the prettiest and yummiest recipes. This time we stumbled upon these stunning Pink Pancakes, made by @lilylaines. We asked her if she wanted to share her secret recipe with us and she agreed! So here it is!

unnamedA lot of us Fit Girls work out at least 3 or 4 times a week which means your body is in need of good nutrition. You probably already know that you need protein, fibres and good fats for your body to remain healthy and recover after a massive workout. However other important nutrition’s that are often forgotten are magnesium, calcium and natrium. These help us to stay strong and become even stronger (yay!).

Fit Girl or not, we all need good and healthy foods to fuel our bodies. So what is better than a healthy, simple and delicious meal? I know! A PINK, healthy, simple and delicious meal. It might not be your favourite colour but even for the not-so-girly-girls it’s a quite pleasant to look at. Girls, let me introduce you to my Pretty Pink Pancakes.

Just in case there are any boys reading this: This makes a perfect breakfast-in-bed for a Sunday-kinda-morning! Believe me she’ll love it (girls digg this stuff).. There you go, free dating advise as well 🙂 you’re welcome.

How to make these cuties? Easy, they only contain 3 ingredients!

For 1 serving you’ll need:

♥ 2 eggs (for a skinnier version you can use the egg whites only)

♥ 1 banana

♥ 1⁄2 beetroot

Just mix these ingredients and bake them in a little bit of coconut oil!

XO Wisleny

 

Join the innocent #PinkChallenge

In everyday life, us Fit Girls hold on to certain eating habits and workout routines. Just because it’s easy or it might seem a bit scary to try out new things. That’s why #FITGIRLCODE and innocent drinks challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and join the #PinkChallenge.

The Challenge

Pink? Say whut? Yeah, you heard it correct. From the 1st August onwards, we provide you with a entire month of recipes and workouts. No worries if you haven’t start the challenge yet, you can still hop on the pink train. The aim of this challenge is to live healthy and active and try out new things together. So not to create a sixpack within 31 days!

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PINK

Why pink? Life is just more fun if you look through rose-tinted glasses. When we think pink, we often think of candy, which is not particular good for your health. You might not believe it at first, but pink stuff can also be really healthy. The newest, super tasty smoothie of innocent, the ‘Perfectly Pink’, is a great example: 100% natural and no added sugars. Just fruit and veggies! A combination of beetroot juice with apples and pears. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Since the pink makes everything look (and taste) pretty, this month’s challenge is completely covered by this fantastic colour! Therefore the motto is: think pink, do pink and drink pink.

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EASY PEASY

To make it as easy as possible we made you an entire food schedule. You don’t need to live by this schedule. We made it to inspire you! As for the schedules, these are written in Dutch. Sorry for the non-Dutch Fit Girls!

Besides giving you guidelines on what to eat, we’ll provide you with a different workout video each week. We did not just focus on strength training, but also on yoga and stretching.

Do you want to join the #PinkChallenge? Download your food schedule here. You can print it and stick it on your fridge so you’ll know what to eat every day. It’s as easy as that! Make sure to check out www.fitgirlcode.nl each Saturday to get a new workout video and update for that week!

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Win Limited Edition #FITGIRLCODE top and Jogha Racerback Bra

Show us just how pink you really are and tag your photos with #PinkChallenge. The 4 pinkest pictures win a Limited Edition #FITGIRLCODE top and Jogha Racerback bra. What are you waiting for?!

Lose stress naturally

School, work, friends, working out. Life can ben hectic and everybody stresses sometimes. The most common stress relievers you probably already know include exercising, talking to friends or just going outside. But what if you can’t make it to your friends or gym? Time to tell you how you can calm down in six simple different ways.

1. Lavender in your home
This herb lowers your heart rate and blood pressure (didn’t know this either). You can put dried lavender in a vase next to your bed or buy a moisturizer with lavender in it. This way you can relax and fall asleep easily.

2. Chocolate covered strawberry
When us girls get stressed, we are tempted to grab every sweet treat in the house. But food with a lot of sugar in it can make you feel even more stressed. Try strawberries dipped in dark chocolate. The strawberries have vitamin C that fight body-damaging and the dark chocolate helps to reduce the stress hormone Cortisol.

3. Take a bath (if you have a bath)
Experts say that taking a bath connect us to our time in the womb. Use lavender bath oil to get more relaxed.

4. Get your hair shampooed like in the salon
The feeling when someone massages your head, is priceless. Massage your own head with your fingertips. The great thing about head massages is that your scalp releases natural conditioning oils, that make your hair look even more beautiful.

5. Drink chamomile tea
Research shows that one of the compounds in this herb binds to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium. So that is why this tea is a mild innocent tranquilizer.

6. Rub your feet
Rubbing your feet (also known as reflexologie) is an alternative medicine therapy. By applying pressure on different parts of your feet, it helps to ease stress and it even helps migraines. Do it yourself by rubbing under the base of your toes to calm your head. Massage the ball of your foot to relax the chest. Rubbing your big toes releases soothing endorphins, which can help you relax.

What do you do to release stress? Share your tips with us!

Source: Health.com

White Bean Salad with Peas and Mint

Do you have a busy week coming up? This is the perfect recipe: very easy to make and supertasty! And you can find all the ingredients in every supermarket.

White Bean Salad with Peas and Mint

I like this salad best served alongside grilled chicken breast. But if you wanna go veggie, just leave the meat out. The peas and beans are fullfilling enough. This dish makes a great lunch or light main course on hot summer days.  Prepare it the night before, take it to work/school and hurry to the beach/park to catch the last sunrays.

Say NO to unhealthy prepackaged fast food; this salad is perfect for a healthy picnic!

4 servings

  • 300 gram or 1 ½  cup white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 300 gram or 1 ½  cup peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • zest and juice from half a lemon
  • 50 gram or 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • grilled chicken breast (optional)

How to:

Combine everything in a bowl. Add a splash of olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. If you are making this ahead combine everything except the mint, as fresh mint tends to turn black once cut it. Add the fresh mint leaves just before serving.

Special thanks to: http://notwithoutsalt.com

Quick Summer Breakfast

You don’t always feel like making a heavy breakfast in the morning that takes you a long time to prepare. I for instance, have never enough time in the morning to make breakfast (I like my bed a lot). Therefore I now start every morning with a breakfast of fruit and nuts. It is healthy, delicious and quick to make. 

Quick Spring Breakfast

I’m going to share one of my favorite breakfast recipes I found on Veganchallenge.nl: the Kiwi-apple salad. This one is also a very good for hot summer days.

Ingredients

  • 6 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 3 apples, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons of walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of agave syrup
  • 50 g walnuts (roughly chopped)

Remove the core from the apples and cut into thin slices. Put the kiwi and apple in a bowl. Mix the oil with the juice and agave syrup and sprinkle it over the fruit. Add some walnuts. Tip: if you don’t like walnuts, you can also take almond flakes and roast. You can always add some more nuts if you want.

The great thing about this breakfast is that you can make so many different varieties. All you have to do is be creative. So try it, and let me know what you think of this recipe. And if you guys have more ideas: share it! Would love to hear your feedback! 

Source: http://veganchallenge.nl/kiwi-appelsalade-2/

Breaker High Protein: one month free bootcamp training

A few weeks back Judith Akele won a spot in the Breaker Bootcamp! She is really kicking ass and becoming the fittest version of herself. It goes without saying that we are super proud of her 🙂 Soon we’ll update you about Judith’s progress.

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Challenge yourself

Do you feel like kicking it up a notch yourself? Go get them Breakers while they’re cold, because until the 9th of August you receive a whole month of free bootcamp training at the The Bootcamp Club.

The only thing you have to do is buy one Breaker High Protein No Sugar Added ‘Blueberry Banana’ or ‘Coconut’. On each package you’ll find a green sticker with a code. Just go to www.breaker.nl and fill in your code. It’s as easy as that! Are you already joining the bootcamp, tag your photos with #breakerbootcamp so we can see how you guys are doing.

If you want to get an impression of the badass bootcamp training you’ll be doing, check out the video below.

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Try it to believe it: get your own Libresse Multistyle trial package

A while ago I shared my personal experience about Libresse Multistyle Panty liners. I was never a big fan of panty liners. I found them sticky and they’d always wrinkle up like a wad of paper in my underwear. Up until I received a trial pack of Libresse’s new Multistyle panty liners. These DO fit in every type of underwear. Thanks to the flexible sides you can fold, the thing stays exactly where it’s supposed to be. Thongs, hipsters, boxer shorts; it all fits perfectly. The panty liner absorbs as much as a normal panty liner and provides good protection and a fresh feeling.

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We received a few trial packages at the office, so I convinced my fellow Fit Girls to try them too. This is what they thought of it:

Shelley: “Normally I really do not like panty liners, you feel them all the time and working out with them is just not even possible. I’m glad someone found a solution for this! Now I can feel way safer when I’m doing a diehard workout when it’s that time of the month.”

Laura: “What I really liked about the panty liners is that they fit really nicely in every kind of underwear. No need to adjust them, which I normally always have to do with other panty liners.”

Laura M:“When I work out I don’t want to be worrying that the person behind me can see my underwear, or more and these panty liners go unnoticed even in my work out leggings. There were no visible lines because they are super discreet and fit any style of underwear which is great because there should be no excuse not to squat low!”

If you want to try it yourself to believe it, we have a little surprise for you: we can give away 20 trial packages to you Fit Girls! Please let me know why you’d like to try Libresse Multistyle in the comments below. The first 20 responses will receive a package. Yay!