Healthy Morning Routine Tips to Kick Off Your Day

Leave Your Phone Alone

Most people, as soon as their eyes open, go to check their phone to see any new messages and alerts. However, doing this doesn’t give your brain enough time to register itself. Seeing messages and being immersed in something that has nothing to do with focusing on waking up will immediately put stress onto yourself. Try waking up and focusing your mind on the little things, such as what the weather is like, and what you fancy for breakfast.

 

Cold Shower

Having a cold shower first thing in the morning has been proven to help the body and mind massively. It not only strengthens your immune system, but it makes you feel a huge sense of achievement. However, standing in a freezing cold shower is not an enjoyable experience, and the feeling of being comfortable and warm to then making yourself uncomfortable on purpose takes so much willpower. To ease yourself into this process, try subjecting yourself to cold water for a short amount of time at the end of your shower then start to build it up from there.

 

Fresh Air

It sounds so simple, yet it is so effective. Fresh morning air contains more oxygen because the sun has only just risen, helping your lungs to fully open and providing you with a break from the circulated air indoors. Taking a few seconds to sit with your window open or sit outside for a few minutes without a phone or any other distractions can help clear your mind, organize your thoughts and feel a sense of calmness.

 

Morning Coffee

A relaxing habit that many people live by is having a coffee while sat breathing in the crisp morning air and taking in the beautiful views. By treating yourself to a warm, decadent, invigorating cup of coffee outside, it feels like a treat with every sip. For Nespresso owners that also want to look after the environment, you can find compatible capsules that are eco-friendly from sites like Gourmesso. They are compostable, containing absolutely no plastic or aluminum. Choosing from their large range of intensities and roast levels, they can cater to your specific coffee requirements.

 

Exercise

Exercise at any time of day is extremely beneficial, but exercising in the morning has been shown to improve your performance for the rest of the day. It is a chance to fully switch your brain on and get your blood pumping! Exercising in the morning can massively improve your sleep at night, by waking up early and getting rid of excess energy that would otherwise be keeping you up at the end of the day. Exercising your brain releases more endorphins, which is good for tackling anxiety and depression.

 

Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. After not eating for hours on end while being asleep, your body craves nutrients to start it back up again. When eating breakfast and setting yourself up for the day, you’re less likely to eat more throughout the day. This can then result in less unhealthy weight gain and more energy in the mornings.

Although some of these tips may sound obvious, many people overlook them because it is easy to be sucked into having a fast-paced lifestyle. Do your mind and body a favor, and look after yourself. Ease into the day and start as you mean to go on.

Start the day with these easy breakfasts!

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TOAST WITH AVOCADO AND SALMON

Ingredients;

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 2 slices of brown bread
  • pinch of cayennepepper
  • 75 grams of smoked salmon
  • handful of watercress
  • 1 sprig of dill
  • Optional: 1/4 onion

Method of preperation

  1. Put the bread in the toaster until it is nice and crispy.
  2. Cut the avocado and mix it with the lemon and cayenne pepper.
  3. Spread the avocado on the sandwich and place the salmon and onion on top.
  4. Finish with the watercress and dill

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PURPLE SMOOTHIEBOWL

Ingredients

For the smoothiebowl

  • 100 grams of red fruits (from the freezer)
  • 50 grams of blueberries
  • 1 banana (save some for the topping)
  • 25 grams of oat meal
  • dash of almond milk

Toppings

  • hand of granola
  • slices of banana
  • coconut grater
  • almonds
  • Optional: pieces of dark chocolate

Method of preperation

  1. Put all ingredients (except the toppings) in a blender and mix it until it’s smooth.
  2. If it’s not good yet, you can add some almondmilk.
  3. Finish the smoothiebowl with your favorite toppings.

What do you think about these meals? Are you going to try one for tomorrow morning? You can never go wrong with avocado ;). Let us know what you think in the comments!

3 delicious pasta salads!

Hoe maak ik een lekkere pastasalade?

From the Vegetarian Fitgirlcode Guide

ZUCCHINI PASTASALAD

Ingredients

  • 70 grams of whole-weat pasta
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 150 grams of zucchini
  • 40 grams of arugula
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 30 grams of dairy spread
  • 15 grams of pine nuts
  • pepper and salt

Method of preperation

  1. Cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Cut the avocado, zucchini, tomato and garlic to the desired size.
  3. Heat some baking spray in a pan and fry the zucchini and garlic in it. When the zucchini starts to cook, the tomato may also be added. Also add the pepper and salt and possibly some other herbs.
  4. Heat the pine nuts in another pan, without baking spray or coconut oil.
  5. When the pasta is ready, it can be added to the pan with zucchini, garlic and tomato, together with the dairy spread and avocado.
  6. Wait until the dairy spread has melted and make sure everything is well mixed.
  7. Put the contents of the pan on a plate and divide the arugula and pine nuts over it!

Wat is het recept van een avocado pastasalade?

From the Vegetarian Fitgirlcode Guide

CREAMY AVOCADO PASTA SALAD

Ingredients

  • 60 grams of whole-weat pasta
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 onion
  • 100 grams of broccoli
  • 30 grams of dairy spread
  • 70 grams of avocado
  • 2 tsp paprika powder
  • pepper and salt
  • optional: pine nuts

Method of preperation 

  1. Cook the pasta in 8-10 minutes.
  2. Cut the tomato, onion and avocado in desired size.
  3. Heat some baking spray in a pan. Bake the onion, when the pasta and broccoli are as good as done.
  4. Add the tomato, avocado and paprika powder a little later. Wait until these are warm and then put all the other ingredients in the pan, including the pasta and broccoli. Leave the pan on a low heat for a short while.

Zo maak je een pastasalade

From the Vegetarian Fitgirlcode Guide

GREEK PASTA SALAD

Ingredients 

  • 120 grams of whole-weat pasta
  • 100 grams of feta
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 120 grams of olives
  • 1 paprika
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 tsp green pesto
  • 60 grams of dairy spread
  • pepper and salt
  • parsley

Method of preperation

  1. Cook the pasta in 8 – 10 minutes.
  2. Cut the feta, tomato, olives, paprika and spring onion in desired size.
  3. When the pasta is ready, let it cool off a little and then mix it with all the ingredients.
  4. Put half of the pasta salad in a container after it has cooled. Keep it in the fridge (for your lunch tomorrow).
  5. You put the other half on a plate.

 

Which one are you going to try? These pasta salads are super healthy and very easy to make! Enjoy your pasta girls! 

All the photos are made by @storiesbysuus.

Try out these proteine snacks after your workout!

When I cycle back home after my workout, my stomach often starts to growl. I played hard so my body needs a refill! In order to prevent me from lying down on the couch with a pack of cookies, I make sure that I always have a number of healthy protein snacks ready. You make these snacks in no time, but they are super tasty and healthy! Win-win, right? 🙂

CARAMEL FRAPPÉ

Ingredients:

  • 140 grams of crushed ice
  • 240 milliliters of milk (for example almond milk)
  • 1 scoop of coffee caramel whey protein
  • ½ banana

The method of preperation: 

The preperation is easy peasy, put all the ingredients in the blender and mix it until it’s smooth. Straw in it and your protein frappé is ready!

proteïne rijke snacks

BANANA PROTEIN BALLS

Ingredients

  • 180 grams of oat meal
  • 50 grams of whey protein
  • 120 grams of a banana
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 20 milliliters of honey
  • 60 grams of peanut butter
  • 30 grams of dark chocolate

Method of preperation 

  1. Crush the oat flakes.
  2. Put the oat flakes in a bowl with the protein powder, sea salt and cinnamon.
  3. Mash the banana and add it to the bowl.
  4. Put the honey and peanut butter in a bowl and put them in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds to soften.
  5. Add these to the other ingredients.
  6. Knead the whole into a mixture.
  7. Finely chop the chocolate and add it to the mixture.
  8. Make 12 equal balls, put them on a plate and let them set in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

Tip: do you want to keep them for a longer period? Put them in the freezer! 

What do you eat after a good workout? I’m curious! I’m definitely going to make one of these snacks for my workout tomorrow. Let us know what you think about the recipes in the comments! 

Recipe alert! Healthy chicken pesto pasta

Who doesn’t like pasta! We eat here at the Fitgirlcode HQ so many variations; with meat, fish or vegetarian. Hot or cold, it doesn’t matter to us. Today we share one of our favorite recipes: the healthy chicken pesto pasta. Buon appetito! 🙂 

INGREDIENTS:

  • Whole grain penne ( I love penne, but you can use any other type of pasta that you like)
  • Chicken fillet or smoked chicken fillet (it’s just what your prefer)
  • Jar of pesto, or make your own pesto
  • Mozzarella
  • Cherry tomatoes or dried tomatoes (I usually alternate)
  • Pine nuts
  • Basil

METHOD OF PREPARATION

  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions.
  2. Cut the chicken fillet into small pieces / cubes and fry it in (coconut) oil until done.
  3. Sift the pasta and stir in the pesto to taste (I really like pesto so I usually add 2,5 tablespoons).
  4. Cut the mozzarella and tomatoes into small pieces and add it to the pasta.
  5. Roast the pine nuts briefly on high heat and add a small hand of nuts.
  6. Finish the dish with some basil leaves and enjoy!

 

Are you looking for more food inspiration? We have a #FITGIRLCODE Guide, with more recipes and workoutschedules! Start your Fit journey with one of our Guides! Let us know what you think of this recipe in the comments 🙂

4x what does caffeine do to your body

‘But first, coffee.’ ‘Don’t talk to me before my morning coffee.’ ‘Coffee: the most important meal of the day.’ You probably know them, all those spells about coffee. For many of us, this kind of morning is well integrated into the daily rhythm. But do you know what the caffeine from your hot drink does to you? (Except waking up). All the facts in a row. 

First an update where the substance caffeine can be found. The best known is, of course, just coffee, but did you know that tea is also known as theine? In addition, caffeine is also in cola, iced tea, energy drinks and even in chocolate. The amount of the substance in each product varies considerably, but the biggest sources of caffeine are espresso and energy shots.

YOU BECOME ALERT

As soon as caffeine is absorbed into your blood, it enters your brain. There it blocks certain receptors, so you will get an increased state of alertness. The release of adrenaline is also stimulated, which only reinforces that. Result: you can handle the world, but it could also be that you feel a bit hunted.

YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE RISES

Because of the adrenaline and cortisol released after drinking a cup of coffee, your blood vessels narrows. This causes your blood pressure to rise, which in turn causes your heart rate to drop. With a large intake, this can even lead to arrhythmias, but no worries, you really have to drink a lot of coffee.

YOU HAVE TO PEE MORE

Caffeine stimulates your kidneys, so you have to urinate more. You probably recognize this: right after your cup of coffee or tea you immediately feel the pressure on your bladder. This is not because, contrary to what people often say, caffeine dehydrates, so you have to pee more. It is still the same amount, you just have to go to the bathroom faster. If you sit there for a number two it is not so strange, because coffee also stimulates the stomach and intestines. But whether that is because of the caffeine, or whether another substance is responsible for this, is not (yet) known.

YOU HAVE MORE ENERGY

In addition to all the effects, you also get more energy from coffee and it takes away your tiredness. This can be great during exercise, because this way you can keep your spicy workout up! Exactly the reason why caffeine is often added to pre workouts shakes. However, it can also be a disadvantage that caffeine makes you so alert, energetic and motivated. For example, if you suddenly become completely hypedbent after a cup of coffee after dinner, while you actually wanted to go to bed early. You lie there and stare at the ceiling. A good tip to get to sleep better is also to avoid these drinks!

 

In short: that daily cup of coffee does quite a lot with your body. And to be honest, at Fitgirlcode HW we can no longer do without. Also so fond of this hot drink? Will you let us know in the comments what your favorite coffee is?