It’s Summer! How do I stay fit?

It’s Summer! How do I stay fit?

Summer is really difficult for dieting for several reasons:


  1. a) It’s hot so you feel less hunger and end up having longer breaks between your meals. But then once you eat you have a huge portion and you end up gaining more weight as a result (no food for ages -> stomach thinks it’s basically war time -> starts storing everything you have later as fat).


  1. b) You travel and want to try all the delicious, traditional food wherever you are.
  2. c) Hotels offer tempting buffets with billions of choices and it’s hard to resist having a bit of everything…
  3. d) It’s summer! Who wants control?!

And yea, obviously – don’t go crazy about keeping fit. Summer holidays are supposed to be relaxing and trying new food while traveling is our favourite things ! But if you’re worried about staying the same size, yet don’t want to go to any extremes – here are some simple, useful summer tips:

  • Walk a lot – especially if you’re visiting some nice city. You can compensate for all the new food you want to try by having long walks instead of e.g. using public transportation (as much as you can, anyway). You can also rent some bikes and explore the area this way!


  • Smaller plates – If hotel buffets are your weakness: always take a smaller plate because this encourages smaller portions. Also, try to eat slowly: this will help you to stop eating when you’re physically not hungry anymore.



  • Remember to eat! As I just said, not eating in the summer can mean a few extra pounds. You don’t have to have a full-on meal every 2 hours, but try to eat 4-5 times a day. If you don’t feel like eating because of the heat, at least have a smoothie or a yogurt. If you’re off for a long day-trip, always take some snacks with you to avoid stopping at quick fast foods on the way (e.g a sandwich, a banana, muesli bars, yogurts…).


  • Take the stairs! Obvious, simple and VERY useful! Think of all the calories you can burn just by choosing the stairs over the elevator everywhere you go.



  • Watch out for cocktails… If you’re worried about extra calories, then always try to go for cocktails that don’t contain grenadine, sugar syrups or sweet (and often artificial, sugar-loaded) purees. But, well, you can always dance these calories off :)!



Meatless food

Meatless food

During the holidays, many people overindulge in calories and underperform in activity. The result, other than the guilt, is a vow to do better in the new year. Confirmed couch potatoes vow to get moving and confirmed carnivores vow to go vegetarian. If you're thinking of cutting back on meat sources, you still need to consume protein for good health. We're here with information to help you keep the protein up using non-meat sources.


3 Benefits of Meatless Proteins

Many plant proteins contain components that can help protect against chronic conditions such as heart disease, while also providing the energy and nutrients a body needs. Legumes, soy beans and nuts are three plant sources of protein that possess such health-affirming properties.

  1. Lower cholesterol . Soybeans are often connected with lower cholesterol since they contain no cholesterol and very little saturated fat. Soy protein can be found in edamame, tofu, and soy milk.
  2. Heart disease protection . Nuts are a great way to ingest protein and gain some protection against heart disease. Good nuts to eat include almonds, walnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, pecans, cashews, and hazelnuts. Nuts are rich in fiber, minerals and other bioactive compounds and have high concentrations of important minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
  3. Lower cholesterol . Soybeans are often connected with lower cholesterol since they contain no cholesterol and very little saturated fat. Soy protein can be found in edamame, tofu, and soy milk.

Meatless Protein Sources

Whether you're going whole-hog with meatless protection, or half-hog (continuing to eat fish and fowl), you can easily find many sources of protein that come from plants sources.

Adults generally need 10-35% of their total daily calories to come from protein. So, if you are on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, you should have 50-175 grams a day. For example, you could have 1 and 1/3 cups of black beans in a black bean and rice dish and get the same protein as in a 3-ounce piece of chicken.

Here are the top 20 meatless proteins, starting with the best:

Seitan (wheat gluten) – 75g per 100g. When wheat gluten dough is steamed, baked or boiled, it becomes chewy with a very meat-like texture.

Lentils – 26g per 100g. Lentils are great in soup, chili or added to cooked veggies.

Peanut Butter – 25g per 100g. Yay!

Hemp Seeds – 23g per 100g. Buy them online (not illegal to consume and no psychogenic effects) and add them to soups, salads, smoothies, or any other dish of your choosing.

Black Beans – 21g per 100g. Use in any meatless entree or in a side dish. Bean dip is an easy option.

Almonds – 21g per 100g. Eat them raw or roasted or as a food topping.

Sunflower Seeds – 21g per 100g. Great on a salad or as a snack.

Tempeh – 19g per 100g. Made from soy, you can buy it at many grocery stores and use as a direct meat substitute for any recipe that calls for meat.

Quinoa – 14g per 100g. This seed is gluten-free and is a complete protein. Use it as a substitute for rice or pasta.

Eggs – 13g per 100g. Not “plant-based” but a great substitute for eating its poultry parent.

Cottage Cheese – 11g per 100g. Choose the low-fat variety. When paired with fresh fruit it provides a balanced meal of protein and carbohydrates.

Edamame – 11g per 100g. Edamame is green soybeans that have been picked prematurely and then boiled or steamed. It's a bit tough to make edamame into a main dish, so use it as an appetizer or snack before or between meals.

Greek Yogurt – 10g per 100g. Eat as a snack or to replace sour cream in a recipe.

Tofu – 8g per 100g. Tofu is easily the most often substituted item for meat. You can use it in just about any meat dish, or add to soups and stews.

Hummus – 8g per 100g. Hummus is made from chickpeas. It is a great dip for just about any vegetable or can be used instead of salad dressing.

Kale – 4.3g per 100g. Kale is high in fiber and is a cruciferous vegetable. Bake up leaves of kale into kale chips or mix kale into your lasagna recipe as a spinach substitute.

Milk and Soy Milk – 3.3g per 100g. Strict vegetarians use soy milk.

Spinach – 2.9g per 100g. Popeye would approve.

Broccoli – 2.8g per 100g. Eat it every day either cooked or raw in salads. Eat it in salads, soups, casseroles, or chili.

Avocado – 2g per 100g. Yay!

Meatless Monday is a great way to start substituting plant sources of protein for beef, pork, poultry, fish, or seafood.


Chocolate Mint & avocado fudge

Chocolate Mint & Avocado Fudge Recipe

  • Total time: 15m
  • Yield: 16 servings
  • Calories: 160 cal


  • 2 large Avocados
  • 1 can Coconut Cream*
  • 5 heaped tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • 5 heaped tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp Peppermint extract 
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 3 tbsp chopped Pecans


This chocolate avocado fudge is free of dairy and full of heart healthy fats from avocados and coconut. Suitable for vegan, plant-based, oil free, paleo and general healthy diets:


  1. Using a chilled can of coconut milk cream off the solid coconut cream.
  2. Warm your coconut cream so it is liquid and runny.
  3. Place everything in the food processor apart from the pecans.
  4. Blend for 2-3 mins until it is all combined.
  5. Pour into a dish lined with greaseproof paper and sprinkle with the pecan nuts.
  6. Chill in the fridge overnight or 3-5 hours in the freezer then cut up.
  7. Store in the fridge and enjoy within 3 days.


This is suitable for people that have tree nut allergies if you omit the chopped pecans. To make this caffeine and cocoa free then substitute the cocoa with carob powder. I used peppermint extract but peppermint oil designed for culinary purposes works well instead. I would recommend using 2 tsp of peppermint extract and 1 tsp of peppermint oil, but do adjust for your tastes.

After blending it’s a good idea to check the taste of the fudge – you might want to add some more coconut sugar/peppermint/cacao for your taste. If you don’t have coconut sugar then dried fruit such as dates will work quite well but may need a bit more blending.