White Chocolate And Pea Greenie

A surprisingly fresh, sweet treat.

The series of desserts with veggies is not finished yet. To summ it up, we already had two pumpkin pies, a root veggie cake, pumpkin poppy crumble and eggplant brownies. These are all earthy, warm, rich flavours which make you feel good in the colder months. But what about sweet, green peas and a bit of white chocolate? Maybe served cold with a spoon of ice cream on the side? I can definitely see this extravagant blondie version as a dessert for a dinner in summer and the colour is simply stunning.

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Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble

Sweet. Sour. Butter. Love.

Last year during Halloween we posted a quite unusual crumble version, namely the Pumpkin Poppy Crumble. We promised to come back with even more crumble recipes and, finally, here we are. There is nothing more seasonal now in late spring than delicious sweet strawberries and a pretty sour pink rhubarb. Add some elderflower scent and crunchy oats to it and I am in heaven.

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Eggplant Brownies

Dark chocolate meets veggies.

If you are a long-time reader of the Beary Strong blog you know that I love baking and always try to find a way to make some desserts a bit less heavy on the calorie account. I would not define them as “healthy” as I do not like do divide food in good or bad. Norb do I think they will subsitute a proper meal: sweets should always be an enjoyable treat but not the major component of your diet. I am also always searching for new interesting flavour pairings and since our experiment with the root veggie cake I was intrigued to build even more unconventional vegetable-based sweets. This is how the eggplant brownies were born.

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Pan De Mej

Corn bread the Italian way

Currently Milan is under quarantine: the SARS-CoV-2 has paralyzsed the city and I do not think I will see my home town for a long time. Fortunately my parents are here in Austria and my mother has baked one of the most traditional but less known sweets from Milan: pan de mej, a hybrid between corn bread and corn cookies. I can not visit her and therefore she gave me the recipe to bring a little bit of our city to Vienna. The recipe is a winner: it is incredibly easy and it turned out delicious. Soft, not too sweet and an incredible corn flavour. Give these cookies a try, I am sure you will like them!

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The Waning Power Of Genetics

A deeper insight on the role of genetics and the new trend of genetic testing.

In the evidence-based natural bodybuilding scene it is currently very popular to make genetics responsible for all the good results (mostly of someone else) or blame genetics for not achieving goals (mostly the own ones). Compared to the 90’s and the early 2000’s, genetics is very tangible as genetic tests are sold as a solution to fix diet and training. Long-time readers of the blog know my opinion on it, but I’ll repeat it again: you should rather invest your money in healthy food and a good coach than on expensive DNA testing, since their validity is still very questionable. Nevertheless, genes do play a huge role, especially in elite sports, but a lot of us do focus a bit too much on it and limit themselves by blaming genetics and resigning too soon.

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Apricot And Root Veggies Cake With Honey Curd Frosting

A delicious cake with unusual ingredients.

One of my favourite childhood desserts was “Ruebli Torte” which is Schwitzerdütsch (=Swiss German) for carrot cake. My mum was born in a small city near Zürich -Aarau- which is famous for its yellow and orange carrots. And as everyone in my family loves cake but not veggies, she smuggled them into this nutty and juicy very traditional cake. Sometimes we had a zucchini cake or pumpkin pie too, therefore the veggie and sweet pairing was never new to me. Years ago I’ve also baked a beetroot chocolate cake which even my very sceptical brother loved and since I first ate a parsnip cake at London Borough Market I wanted to reproduce this taste. As I discovered a mixed root veggies cake in an old Jamie Oliver paper magazine, I decided to make this as a dessert for a Magic The Gathering evening with our friend Alexa.

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Intermittent Fasting

The new magic pill for health and performance?

The 2016 Nobel Prize on autophagy has increased the attention on intermittent fasting with regards to health, fat loss and muscle growth. If you have been in the fitness game for quite a long time, this is nothing new. Many people have succesfully lost weight with this strategy, but is intermittent fasting the ultimate panacea for health, fat loss and/or muscle growth?

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Happy Holidays!

Dear BearyStrong-Blog Reader,

we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the days with your beloved ones. The Bearystrong team (Stefan & Chantal) is taking some days off, therefore the next post will be on Thursday, 2nd of January 2020. In the meantime:

We at Bearystrong wish you a Happy New Year and a lot of gains for 2020! Special thanks to all the friends and clients who supported our business this year. You rock!

Chantal & Stefan

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Mailänderli

Three generations of Christmas cookie-baking.

Our regular readers know that we are alternating a recipe and a fitness-related article every week but for Christmas we decided to give you one more recipe to have one more batch fresh cookies before Christmas. It is also a perfect match to the last week’s Hazelnut Kisses as you need only the yolks for this very traditonal Swiss recipe.

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