Most of us lead busy lives juggling work, family, friends and hobbies, not to mention trying to fit in some exercise. So it is no wonder that protein bars and shakes are so appealing to us. We reach out for them when we have no time for proper meals, as a snack or after exercise. The adverts tell us everything that we want to hear: the bars are low carbohydrates, they are all natural, with 20g of protein they will keep you full for long, some are even organic. What’s more they come in flavors that are hard to refuse. But is this all too good to be true? Could the bars be actually harming our health? Continue reading
January is the month for making resolutions and losing weight is often top of the list. Dieting and exercising go hand in hand but if taken to extremes can often backfire. If you want to lose weight in healthy way and keep it off, you need to be smart about what you eat and what exercise you do. Here are a few weight loss hacks that have really worked for me. Continue reading
The start of any new year goes hand in hand with making new resolutions. If there is one resolution that you make this year, pledge to eat a healthier diet. Not for me, but for your own health. You will be able to better fight diseases, see your own energy rise, have fewer cravings, you will be in better mood, it will be easier to control your weight and you will even have less wrinkles. Making a switch to eating healthy does not have to be difficult, just pick one of my ideas and incorporate it into your everyday life. It is that simple.
Here are my healthy eating ideas for 2014: Continue reading
Candy, cakes and chocolates are very popular during the holiday time. The shops and homes are full of them and even the strictest parents relax their rules. I want my kids to eat healthy but I don’t want them to miss out on the joys of holidays and the sweet taste that comes with it. Licking a cauliflower floret is not the same as licking a lollypop and the Christmas tree would not be the same without gingerbread men or peppermint sticks hanging from it. Continue reading
Here are some more ideas for you:
1) Williams-sonoma smart tools for iPad set
Holiday time is almost here so here are some healthy gift ideas for you:
Why is it on the list?
This is my favorite item and one that is definitely on my Santa list. Vitamix is a fast blender that can help you prepare anything from dips, smoothies, purees, nut butters, milks, soups and much more. It comes with a high price tag but it is worth the money as it really speeds up food preparation. Various nut butters are a must have in our household and I am really excited that we will finally be able to make our own.
Where can I buy it?
We have all been there. Family or friends come over for dinner and suddenly the everyday meals need a little extra lift. This happened to me a few nights ago when I was making roast salmon. I remembered to buy the salmon but I completely forgot to think about the sides. Luckily we had some broccoli in our fridge. Serving plain steamed broccoli seemed a little dull so I jazzed it up with raw sugar snap peas, chopped parsley, lime juice and some roasted hazelnuts. It took 10 minutes to make, looked impressive on the table and was a big hit with everyone. I have made this side a few times now and I have found that adding lime juice is really important as it adds freshness and reduces the strong taste of broccoli. So even those of us who are not huge fans of broccoli can enjoy this side. Continue reading