Let your five a days be great again.
Vegetables are healthy, colorfoul and delicious but even a lot of people embrancing the fitness/bodybuilding lifestyle do not eat enough of them. Sadly most people think veggies are boring or even do not like them at all. If you are one of them, I am sorry to tell you that you just can’t cook. Vegetables are rich in micro nutrients, fiber and low in calories. They can taste incredibly good and bring your main dishes to the next level. What they lack are some culinary key elements and a little love and creativity when preparing them. Read on to learn more!
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From Vienna to Pantelleria in one dish.
Every summer it is the same: no one wants to turn on the oven and cook big batches of roast (but we did a summer version though) or stew for a long time as the kitchen is already too hot. My mum used to make so called “insalata di pasta” (=pasta salad) in Milan, where the kitchen periodically hit over 38°C starting with the mid of June. It is a cold version of a pasta with mainly cold ingredients for the sauce, like cherry tomatoes, olives, roasted aubergine in the jar, mozzarella and so on. No need to say that the original version had nearly zero gram protein, besides the protein content of the pasta, and some spare cheese. That’s why we think the idea by Jamie Oliver of adding tuna to the pasta is genious and we did our own version.
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Eating more food to stay happy while losing fat.
The laws of thermodynamics are unforgiving. To lose body fat, we have to force our body to burn our own reserves to fuel our energy demands. This quickly devolves into “eating less of …” spiraling down to ridiculous serving sizes as you try to maintain weight loss. Hunger creeps up. Frustration levels rise. Adherence plummets. But we can counteract this by eating more! Eating more of the right stuff. How is this possisble? Read on!
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Incredibly refreshing and almost calorie free.
Zingy lemon and fragrant basil work wonderfully together, creating a refreshing harmony that, at least for a short time, brings relief from the summer heat. But I think it is equally capable to bring back a trace of summer to cold, dull winters day. Luckily it is easily done “a la minute” whenever you are in the mood for it. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!
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Train safe and enjoy the process.
After a long time off the gym, returning to training has its own little risks. You are deconditioned and often overly motivated to make up for lost time, which isn’t the safest combination for returning to your old training plan again. To keep yourself injury free and maximising fun, let’s take a look at what you should and should rather not do.
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With all the fancy trimmings.
It all started with a wonderful, oppulent piece of boar shoulder and the question “what are we going to do with it?” Chantal wanted something with dried plums and I had more of an Asian approach in mind. Luckily both fit nicely together, as plum sauce is a staple of Chinese cooking. We freestyled this recipe, tuned it up with some nice sides and toppings and can proudly attest: gorgeous! Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
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There is a new trend in the supplement and fitness industry: collagen. The name has a greek rooth: kólla means “glue” and the suffix -gen denotes “producing” as it was used in the past to produce glue out of skin and tendons of slaughtered animals. Now, it is either sold as a powder, hydrolyzed or undenatured, or as one of the components of bone broth and it should help against joint pain, autoimmunity, skin aging, gut issues and more. Even if a big part of the claims are exagerated as usual, there is a bit of truth behind. Let’s have a closer look at it.
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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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My personal do’s and don’ts of treating back pain.
I’ve struggled with back pain for years and spent a lot of time researching for ways to relieve my misery. Name a form of treatment and I’ve done it. In this article I want to give my personal experience with what helped me with my back pain and what did not seem to make a difference, so maybe you have an easier time navigating through the treatment jungle.
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Juicy salmon, crispy skin, spicy carrots and no stress.
We should eat more fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, but many people are afraid of cooking it. Like steak, fish is (rightfully) expensive and rather easily ruined by overcooking. Fear no more, I have a super simple and tasty way to juicy, flaky fish, crispy skin and a great side dish all in one! Give it a try and thank me later.
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