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Happy Pancake Day!

Two Pancake Recipes

Pancake day is a very Anglo-Saxon/American tradition, which corresponds to our “mardi-gras” (martedΓ­ grasso, Faschingsdienstag). It’s the last day before the Lenten season (quaresima, Fastenzeit) starts and as a good Christian you should eat everything up in your pantry that you are not allowed to eat during that time, like sweets and meat. We are rather good strength trainees than good Christians and to be honest, I do not think you should wait until Pancake Day to have pancakes. Nevertheless, it’s a good excuse to post a bonus blog post with two pancake recipes: a very cut friendly one and the “real stuff”. Continue reading “Happy Pancake Day!”

Chicken Tray Bake

So, I heard you don’t have much time for cooking. No problem, I’ve got you covered! There aren’t a lot of recipes that allow you to prepare a mountain of protein while at the same time cooking up a healthy side dish (only stews are nearly as efficient). We combine chicken thighs with tasty veggies, bold spices and refreshing citrus fruits. The reward is crispy chicken skin, tender meat and delicious veggies for days. Continue reading “Chicken Tray Bake”

Protein: Myths and Reality

Whenever I get a new client and they are a few days “in”, eating a healthy diet and experiencing what it feels like having a significant dose of protein with every meal, sooner or later I will get this question: “But isn’t eating so much protein bad?” I’m not sure where this fear stems from, but I blame the crappy fitness and health industry. No, it isn’t bad for you, quite the opposite is the case, it is healthy! Let me explain why. Continue reading “Protein: Myths and Reality”

Cauliflower Roast

As much as I like cauliflower rice, making it is a chore. Shredding the cauliflower into rice results in tiny white pieces jumping around in my kitchen. I simply hate it. Therefore I am really glad that I found this recipe. It celebrates the cauliflower. We don’t turn it into faux-something. We honor it by treating it just like a sunday roast. And we get a lot in return: tender white flesh and a spicy bark. Try this one and thank me later, it will change your relationship to cauliflower forever. Continue reading “Cauliflower Roast”

Setting Up Your Diet

Bearystrong (that’s Chantal and me) just has started a new certification, probably the best strength training certification on the planet, and one part of the exam is to go through a bodybuilding competition prep, also known as “the diet”. Therefore I want to share with you the preparation before we start our diet. Because let’s face it, dieting isn’t much fun, but being prepared helps a lot and allows a smooth transition into a new lifestyle. So grab your chicken breast and broccoli and let’s get started. Continue reading “Setting Up Your Diet”

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

A stew shows the soul of a cook. Even when two people have the same recipe, the result won’t be the same as everybody makes slight changes. Still delicious but different. I find it even difficult to replicate the exact taste. And that is the beauty of a stew. This time we will use sweet potatoes, as I didn’t eat them for a long time. I combine them with beef and mediterrean flavours just because it feels right and I have a glass of olives that needs to get used up. The result is a hearthy stew, rich, dense, mellow and slightly sweet. Enjoy! Continue reading “Beef and Sweet Potato Stew”

Strength Training For Women – Part II

Practical applications.

Welcome back to my Strength Training For Women series. This time we will take a closer look on how to apply the gender differences I discussed in Part I of this series. I am happy you came back to learn how to build muscles. It’s a great decision to get stronger, build up, improve and stop the mindset of “becoming less”: eating less, exercising in a less “manly” way, exhausting yourself less. Now it’s time to grow! Continue reading “Strength Training For Women – Part II”