Apple pie, o my

Here we are again with another finger licking, ass kicking, going nuts about it, YUMM-O recipe! This week we tried this apple pie recipe from one of our favorites girls on Facebook,  Studentenvoer

What will you need?

  • 2,5 cups of almond flour (any other whole wheat four will do)
  • 2 apples
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda or baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp gingerbread spices
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/5 cup honey or agave syrup

What’s next?

  • Preheat the oven at 180° C
  • Cover the bake tin with baking paper and grease the sides with the coconut oil
  • Peel the apples. Cut 5,6 thin slices of the apple and cut the rest into small pieces
  • Melt the coconut oil with the honey in a microwave or on the stove
  • Mix the flour, baking soda, salt en gingerbread spikes in a bowl with a spoon
  • Mix in a another bowl the eggs, vanilla, and the melted coconut oil with the honey till a fluffy batter
  • Now mix both mixes together till it’s smooth
  • Add the chopped apple with a spoon en stir
  • Pour the batter in the bake tin and put the slices of apple on top
  • Bake the cake for 3o minutes in the oven

We would love to see your recipes, so we can try them!

Operation C.C.C.C. – Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

When visiting the Body&Fit something caught my eye – coconut flour. I added it to my basket and patiently waited for my package to arrive the next day.  This thing smells SO GOOD. 
Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies!
The ‘recipe’ looks kind of like this:
Mix everything in a bowl and preheat the oven to 180C in the meantime.  Make little cookie shapes with your hands, this dough will make about 20 pieces. Place baking paper on a cooking tray and the cookies on top. Put them in the oven and leave them there for about 15 minutes or until golden. Your kitchen will smell like coconut  heaven and your taste buds will be enchanted by the crunchy crust and smooth filling of these cookies. Mine looked like this:

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Don’t worry if you don’t have all the ingredients, you can always replace some, add nuts, other seeds, dates, raisins, lemon zest, blueberries – you have endless possibilities here!
*Coconut flour has a lot of fiber (37,6 gr.) and protein (17,4 gr.) for every 100 grams of product, which makes it a very good substitute for traditional flour.
What are you waiting for? GO make some COOKIES! GO! GO!

What is clean eating?

We talk a lot about clean eating. But what exactly is clean eating? I have seen so many nice recipes, but as I am a person who doesn’t know anything about how to eat healthy and trends in the eating business, I just didn’t have any clue what it meant. Therefore, I have collected some information in the wonderful world called internet to help you and myself understand what clean eating is.

At first, I got kind of confused since there was no clear definition of clean eating. But as I dug deeper and deeper, I finally found out the basic understanding of it. Turns out, it’s not so difficult after all.

Alright, so what is it?
Clean eating is eating food in its most natural state. It is all about simplicity and keeping it natural. This means that clean eating doesn’t involve food that is processed (a lot of E numbers), food with a lot of bad fats, food with preservatives (keeps the food from rotting), food with added sugar, or food that you changed a lot from its natural state while preparing your meal (for example, cooking your carrots while melting cheese on top of it while at the same time pouring gravy upon it. Of course this is a really gross example, but just to make things more clear ;)). Instead, the whole philosophy behind clean eating is that you eat your products in the most simple, fresh and natural state as possible. This also means that making healthy cooking choices are part of the deal, because you want to keep the food as original as possible.

According to some researchers, many health benefits are connected to clean eating. Sleeping better, having more energy and experiencing a better mood are some of the benefits that are paired with clean eating. That sounds quite positive.

I honestly have to say that after this information, I would like to try some clean eating myself. It doesn’t  sound that difficult. Aaaaaaandd I will start by trying this recipe at home. I LOVE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES!

If you want to try clean eating, check our articles on Fitgirlcode.com and learn how to make a chocolate mug cake, a strawberry coconut milkshake,  french fries, cauliflower pizza, or many other stuff. And to help you even more, here are 6 healthy tips on how to start eating clean.

What about you? Do you want to try it sometime?

 

Fit Strawberry Muffins

So, it was my birthday last week and after sinfully indulging in lustful, delicious and creamy chocolate cake ♥ I decided to get back on track and bake something healthy, nutritious and equally delicious! Fit Strawberry  Muffins, because it’s the season. The main ‘weapons’ of choice were strawberries, some mixing bowls and a muffin pan. This recipe is really easy and will be ready in no time! 

 

Fit Strawberry Muffins

Ingredients 

– 10 strawberries (sliced or diced)

– 2 bananas (mashed)

– 3 tbsp honey

– 3 tbsp light agave syrup

– 1 large egg

– 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

– 1 tsp baking soda

– 1 tsp baking powder

– 2 tsp chia seeds

– 1/2 tsp salt

– 1 tsp vanilla extract

– 180 gr. greek yoghurt

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Now that you have the ingredient list, here’s how to throw everything together and bake until your muffins get a lovely golden crust:
Instructions 

a. Take a large mixing bowl and swirl together the honey, the agave nectar, the egg,  vanilla essence and mashed bananas until fully combined.  Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and yoghurt and beat together until it blends well. Lastly fold in the strawberries and chia seeds.

b. Get your muffin tray, place little paper cups inside and spray them with PAM cooking spray (because the batter has no oil, it might stick to the paper quite badly unless you spray it).

c. Bake at 180 degrees for about 18 – 20 minutes.

Pretty easy huh?

 

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This batter makes about 14 muffins. Make sure you let them cool down before indulging! I didn’t …ouch!

In case you’re feeling creative, you can swap the chia seeds for hazelnuts or walnuts or add coconut flakes or cocoa nibs, you know whatever you have stashed up! This is a great summer recipe and a delicious treat for breakfast, or an in between snack …or both…

 

Are you tempted to try out the fit muffins? If you are (and I hope you are), please share all your photos with the fit girls! We’d love to see your own twists to the recipe!

 

 

 

Bloggers inspiration: Runninglau.com

There are so many awesome fit bloggers out there that we’re constantly inspired, and we  ♥ that! One of our favorite girls is Laura from Runninglau.com.

Bloggers inspiration: Runninglau.com

This lovely Dutchie is a running fanatic that loves to blog about, yes you guessed it, running. But that’s not all, she also posts delicious healthy recipes and blogs about the fun things in life. She writes awesome reviews about running gear so you should definitely need to check her blog!

Maca powder
So we saw his delicious oatmeal recipe on her blog with maca powder. You must have heard a lot about maca powder, but what is it? Maca is really a root that will grow in the Andes mountains of Peru.This root has been used like a food source for hundreds of years, and many Peruvians use it for its medicinal purposes. The root is packed with nutritionally rich substances which make it an incredible instrument for contributing good balance to your daily diet.

What does maca powder do?

  • Energizes the human body to make hormones. This stimulation will cause very good human hormones to be released in to the blood stream, which may subsequently help regulate issues within just those hormones
  • Improves libido. The plant has a exclusive sense of balance of proteins, carbs, anti-oxidants, plant sterols, minerals and vitamins. These interact to maintain the entire body at optimum condition.
  • Maca offers energy, given it account balances the endocrine system, such as the adrenals, pancreatic, pituitary and thyroid gland.
  • It reportedly will help people retrieve their endurance along with their mental balance.

Important: Start with 1/2 tspn of maca powder a day, after a week you can use 1 tspn. Do you want to try maca powder? Click now to order.

And now for the recipe…

 

 

So for the recipe, what do you need?

 

Instructions

  • Bring the oatmeal together with the milk and the chiaseeds to a boil
  • Cut the banana into small squares in the mean time
  • As soon as the substance is boiling, add the cinnamon to taste and some Maca
  • Let the oatmeal boil for another 2 minutes while stirring occasionally and add some coconut sprinkles
  • Now add the oatmeal to a bowl and top it with with the banana, flaxseeds, chiaseeds, coconut sprinkles and peanut butter. Enjoy!

Do you use maca powder? And what do you think of it?

 

Banana ice cream

Summer is coming! So, of course some refreshment is more than welcome. And what is better than having some ice cream? Well, ice cream made of bananas!

Why bananas are awesome
Bananas are my favorite fruit; they’re rich in potassium and magnesium (which is great for your muscles), give loads of energy (another reason why they’re a great sport-snack!), and they can even make you happy because they stimulate the production of serotonin! They’re not just really good for you; they’re also really yummy. And they make awesome ice cream!

How to make banana ice cream?

  • Make sure that your bananas are ripe and spotty; if they’re not, you could experience some uncomfortable bloating after eating them!
  • Chop them up and put them in the freezer.
  • Next day, put them in your food processor or blender.
  • If you have a strong food processor or blender, add no liquid for best results. Otherwise, use some almond or coconut milk or water, to make it more ‘blendable’. You could also take the bananas out of the freezer 10 minutes before making your ice cream.
  • That’s it! If your ice cream has become too liquid, you can put it in the freezer for a little while.

 

This makes some serious superduperyummy banana ice cream. But, sometimes I like to give it that little extra something…

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For example…

Mix it up with other fruit flavours;

  • Make mango ice cream by adding frozen mango!
  • Add frozen mixed berries or frozen raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, cherries, or blueberries to make delicious berry ice cream.
  • This list can go on and on; for example, what about pineapple, persimmon, peach or papaya ice cream? 

 

Add some crunch;

  • Try some dried fruits like figs, apricots, raisins, gojiberries or mulberries. Chewy date chunks are my personal favourite.
  • Stirr in some nuts, like walnuts, pecans or pistachios. Or seeds like pumpkinseeds and sunflowerseeds.
  • Or what about some homemade granola?

 

Mix in a tablespoon of superfoods;

  • Raw cacao powder will make chocolate ice cream! Yes, I know, a healthy 2-ingredient chocolate ice cream!
  • Maca will give you great energy and a nice tangy flavour.
  • Matcha will make your ice cream slightly less sweet and gives it a subtle green tea flavour.
  • Don’t like the taste of spirulina, chlorella or wheatgrass, but do want to get the health benefits? Add a teaspoon to your banana ice cream and disguise the taste of those green superfoods.
  • A tablespoon of açai will give your banana ice cream a gorgeous colour and a fresh, slightly tropical taste.

 

Or even add some veggies and greens!

  • Beetroot will give your ice cream a gorgeous pink colour and a nice earthy flavour.
  • Some handful of fresh mint leaves and a drop of mint oil for awesome mint ice cream (great with raw cacao nibs).

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Have fun making your healthy banana ice creams!! What is your favourite? Don’t forget to show all your beautiful creations by using the hashtag #fitgirlcode ! And check out my Instagram account for more delicious recipes! 

Filled bell pepper recipe

Studentenvoer has another amazing recipe for you! This time a super delicious filled bell pepper recipe. You could make it for lunch, but also for dinner – it’s completely up to you. Why don’t you try it?

Sometimes it can be hard to come up with new ideas for your lunch or dinner. Personally I’m often following routines in what I eat and find it hard to come up with creative recipes by myself. Thank god there are people on this earth who do know how to make amazing food combinations and Michelle from Studentenvoer is one of them. But let’s cut to the chase – you want to know how to make this, don’t you?

Ingredients (for 4 people)

  • 4 bell peppers
  • 1 bag of (garlic) shrimps
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic (so don’t eat this before a date 😉 )
  • boursin or any cheese you prefer
  • pepper & salt

When you have gathered these ingredients, you are all ready and set for cooking this delicious recipe.

Let’s do this!

  1. Put a pan on the stove, containing 2 cups of water for the quinoa.
  2. In the meantime, you can cut off the top of the bell peppers and cut the other veggies up in small pieces.
  3. As soon as the water is boiling, add the quinoa.
  4. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees (Celcius).
  5. Cook the shrimp, garlic and onion in some (coconut) oil. When the shrimps are almost ready, you add the tomatoes to the party.
  6. When the quinoa is done, get rid of the water that’s left in the pan and add the quinoa to the shrimps.
  7. I know you already want to eat this, but behave yourself.
  8. Scoop everything into the bell peppers and put the boursin or cheese on top.
  9. Put the bell peppers in the oven for about 30 minutes.

NOW you can unleash your inner beast and throw yourself upon the food feast that you have created. Enjoy your masterpiece!

 

Lunch Fitgirlcode style

 Growing up in The Netherlands where lunch just comes down to a sandwich, I sometimes have a hard time making a lunch that does not consist of only 2 slices of bread with toppings. I bet there are more fit girls out there that love breakfast and look forward to dinners, but lack easy and nourishing lunch recipes.

Time for some lunch inspiration!

Veggie bowls. Perfect for lunches at home when you have time to prepare some veggies. I love to combine some kind of vegetable with lentils, beans or chickpeas and guacamole. Celeriac fries are awesome to go with this kind of lunch as well.

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Celeriac fries

 Salads with a twist. I really love simple salads but they don’t always fill me up properly. By adding beans, a boiled egg, fish, or meat you can include some extra protein which will keep you going longer. Nuts and avocados are awesome for some extra nourishment as well. My favourite dressing is a mixture of 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tspn hummus, 1 tspn apple cider vinegar (balsamic will work too), and some salt.

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Avocado salad

Leftover dinners. At first I thought eating pasta at 1pm was weird but I actually really like it. It keeps me going all afternoon and this way I don’t have to throw away any leftover food. Other recipes that work really well as a (to-go) lunch are quinoa and rice dishes and tabbouleh. Tastes at least as good cold as it did hot.

Tabouleh
Tabouleh

Avocado on top. A simple lunch I love is rice cakes, toast, or rye bread with 1/2 an avocado with some chili flakes, a bit of salt and some lime juice. Never lets me down.

Hope this helps! Still lacking inspiration? Check out more delicious and healthy lunch recipes! 

 

(Images: www.yummysalad.com  + www.thehappymango.wordpress.com)

 

Easy Homemade Flax Crackers

Easy Homemade Flax Crackers

This is hands down the easiest recipe I know! These crackers are super crispy, tasty, and nutritious. It’s the perfect addition to any snack platter (with hummus and guacamole, yum!). Crumbled, the crackers work really well as healthy croutons in salads too. 

The basic recipe for Flax Crackers is just flax seeds and water. Flax seeds are full of fiber and omega-3. Fiber helps with a proper digestion and omega-3 can help prevent cardiovascular disease, but that is kind of a complicated story. In the end, these crispy crackers just taste really good. Go try and make them! 

Ingredients:
– 2 cups of flax meal
– 1/2 cup of water

For a cheesy version add:
– 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast (for a cheesy flavour)
– 1 tsp of rosemary
– 1 tsp of thyme
– pinch of salt

For a spicy version add:
– 1 tsp of garlic powder
– 1 tsp of chili flakes
– ½ tsp of cayenne pepper
– pinch of salt

Method:
Start by preheating your oven to 200ºC. Then make your own flax meal by blending 2 cups of whole flax seeds in your food processor until a flower forms. Add water, and all the herbs and/or spices that go with the version you like. Spread the mixture thinly on parchment paper and use a knife to already form them into crackers. Place the mixture in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. After you have taken the crackers out of the oven and they have cooled down slightly (the crackers get more crispy when they cool down) they are ready for that yummy snack platter. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Zucchini spaghetti

From now on I will post every Wednesday a healthy version of all my personal guilty pleasures. Would you like to see the healthy version of your personal guilty pleasure? Please leave a moment below and maybe I will pick yours and post it on the website! 

I have an absolute delicious dish for you to introduce this new weekly post: zucchini-spaghetti! Before I changed my entire lifestyle I could eat plates full of spaghetti. As a result, I ate way too many calories and ended up feeling bloated. I’m still hooked on Italian food and only thinking about it makes my mouth water…Unfortunately it’s not really clean, obviously. That’s why I came up with this great healthy alternative so you can enjoy without feeling guilty! These green strings are in fact super healthy and are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. In addition, it contains way fewer calories, which is a good thing!

p.s. for my beloved man I used whole wheat spaghetti instead of the zucchini-spaghetti. Obviously still very healthy because of all the fresh ingredients.

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Quinoa salad with avocado, crab stick and mango

Why is quinoa the new health food superstar? While no single food can supply all the essential life sustaining nutrients, quinoa comes as close as any other in the plant or animal kingdom (Huffingtonpost). If that`s no reason to start eating quinoa, I don`t know what is!

With quinoa you can vary as much as you want, but my all time favorite is this recipe with avocado, crab sticks and mango. (Inspired by Iowagirleats)

Ingredients (2 servings)

2 cups quinoa, rinsed very well
200 gram crab sticks
1 mango, chopped,
1 avocado, chopped
1 spring onion, chopped
2 table spoons grated old cheese

For the lemon-honey vinaigrette

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1- ½ lemons)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 minced garlic clove
1 tablespoon honey
Salt & pepper

Instructions

  • First, rinse the quinoa well under cold running water. Bring water to a boil in a pan,  add a dash of salt and the rinsed quinoa. Place a lid on top then turn heat down to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Keep a close eye on it, because if you overcook, it gets sticky. When the quinoa is finished, fluff with a fork then transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • In a large bowl combine cooked quinoa, crab, mango, avocado, grated cheese and green onion then season with salt.
  • Add the ingredients for lemon-honey vinaigrette into a small bowl and stir. Then add the vinaigrette to the rest of the salad.

I promise, you`re in for a real treat!

 

Healthy fries recipe

Clean eating healthy fries recipe

Who loves fries? We love fries! My guilty pleasure is without a doubt French fries. Luckily there are a lot of clean and healthy options, like these celeriac fries for a guilt free treat from one of our favorite recipe websites foodness.nl.

What you need:

  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1tsp paprika powder
  • 1 whole celeriac

Preheat the oven at 22 degrees. Wash the celeriac, peel them and cut into nice and even long pieces. Mix the paprika, curry and olive oil in a bowl and add the celeriac. Make sure they are evenly spread with a layer of the oil mixture by using your hands and flipping them in the bowl.

Bake them on a tray with baking paper for 25 minutes. Don’t forget to flip them over at 12 minutes.

Doesn’t this healthy recipe sound easy enough? Bon appetit!

(Source: Foodness.nl)

Clean eating: quinoa, goat cheese, pumpkin recipe

I love goat cheese, I love quinoa, I love pumpkin and we all love clean eating recipes. So I came up with this clean and somewhat paleo friendly recipe to combine the three! One night it was all I had in my fridge plus some plain yoghurt and I thought I would give it a try.

What you need to prepare this clean eating quinoa recipe from scratch:

  • Biological pumpkin
  • Quinoa
  • Honey
  • Goat cheese (I used chevre)
  • Plain or greek yoghurt
  • Sea salt, pepper and olive oil

First pre-heat the oven at 200 degrees. Wash the pumpkin and cut into small parts. Add some fresh salt and peper and a drizzle of olive oil. Then place in the oven for 15 minutes. Now prepare the quinoa like the package describes.

Open the oven and add the goat cheese and a drizzle of honey on the pumpkins, leave for another 5 minutes in the oven to make the goat cheese nice and soft.

Serve the quinoa with some plain yoghurt and topped with the pumpkin, goat cheese and some extra honey for the sweet tooth.