Skinny Sprinkles

August 9th, 2012 § 4 comments § permalink

Get Fit August is off to a wonderful start! In the last 9 days, I’ve biked 92 km {!!}, changed my diet drastically, and lost 2 kg. I’ve been trying to eat only wholesome foods – focusing on vegetables, fruit and proteins. I’ve been greatly reducing my portions as well – trying to remind myself to stop eating when I’m full {something easier said than done I think}.

To help me with portion control, I’ve relied on an amazing little product: Skinny Sprinkles! I simply dissolve the strawberry powder into water before meals, and it makes me feel full much faster.

Jane, the brilliant mind behind Skinny Sprinkles, explained this process to me: “When you have a drink you don’t feel full afterwards, but if you have a meal you do. The reason why is down to what is called ‘gastric emptying’. When you have consumed a meal your stomach knows you have eaten and the ‘trap door’ between the stomach and intestine closes so that the stomach can digest the food. When you consume a drink the stomach does not need to digest the drink so the trap door does not close. That is why drinking water for example does not make you feel full. Because Skinny Sprinkles thickens into a gel like consistency in your stomach, the stomach responds to it like it would to food and delays gastric emptying – giving a feeling of fullness.”

If you are trying to lose weight – or maintain your current weight – I truly recommend Skinny Sprinkles. They have given me more energy and helped me to control my portions – two critical factors in my uphill climb towards being fit!!  Ohhhh – and they come in the cutest packaging ever. That’s just a bonus!

xxx loves

*I was sent a complimentary package of Skinny Sprinkles to review on She is Red, but all views expressed above are my own. Thank you to Jane for letting me try this wonderful product during my Get Fit journey!! 

Elderflower & Blueberry Popsicles

August 6th, 2012 § 3 comments § permalink

Is it warm where you are? Truly, summertime warm?

Here in Denmark the weather is very up and down. Summer one moment, rain clouds the next. But not even the worst thunderstorm can quench my longing for popsicles. I love popsicles.

I also love elderflower juice. Have you ever had this delicious concoction? I discovered it when I first came to Denmark six years ago. Game changer: for sure.

Turns out, it’s even more delicious frozen.  And with the addition of a few fresh blueberries to the mix, I suddenly had the makings of the perfect popsicle.

As I type this post, I’m taking icy bites of refreshing, sparkling elderflower and creamy blueberries. Are you jealous? That’s understandable.  You should probably make your own popsicles with your favorite juice and favorite fruit. Two ingredients and a freezer. Now that is an easy recipe.

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Get Fit August is off to a pretty great start! I’ve biked 50km over the last six days {25 of them all at once!} and I’ve kept my treat cravings at bay with low-calorie, fat-free options like these popsicles.  I feel great overall – despite my aching muscles and fatigue, which tell me my body is adjusting slowly to this new routine.  More than anything, it feels so good to move again.  I’ve been taking the train and working so much each day that now introducing more action into my routine feels amazing.

I sure hope my muscles can learn to agree!

xxx loves

{Grilled} Nectarines

July 30th, 2012 § 11 comments § permalink

Summer cooking should be easy. Fresh ingredients, with ripe, natural flavor bursting from brightly hued packages. Minimal work involved.

If actual cooking must be done – let it be on a grill!  And after the last drops of BBQ sauce have been licked from your fingers…

Throw some nectarines on over the flames!  The fresh stone fruits will begin to caramelize over the open fire, and with the addition of a little vanilla sugar, they will spread the most incredible scents throughout the air.

Top the warm fruit with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, and voila! Summer has a new flavor.

What do you think loves? Worth a try or what?…

xxxx

Garden Red Crumble

July 25th, 2012 § 7 comments § permalink

K’s father has an incredible garden. It’s enormous, with enough space for both a soft manicured lawn (that’s perfect for stretching out on with a good book), and a large wild area filled with hidden treasures.

K planted potatoes here this year, and as the sun grows warmer, they have been popping out of the earth. Hastily, we cover them again, wanting them to emerge only when the time is just right.

But many other things in the garden are ready for harvest – namely the tall stalks of darkening rhubarb and the ripe, red currants and raspberries.

My first thought for these sour fruits was a pie or tart, but after a long day at work I lacked the energy for building a crust. So instead I created a crumble (modeled after this recipe) – with a tart, sweet fruit compote finished with crumble topping and a dash of cream.

The result was simple, fast and delicious – with each fresh ingredient straight from our backyard. Needless to say, I’ll surely be harvesting every last berry this summer.

It’s the simple things in life… you know?

xxxx

A Summer Favorite

July 18th, 2012 § 3 comments § permalink

The Danish summer is nothing to write home about these days. It’s just plain lousy.

But the lovely thing is: no one is especially disheartened. At the first sign of sunlight, everyone rushes outdoors to soak in every minute of it – and the joy is nearly tangible.

One of my favorite things about the Danish seasons is the coming and going of traditional favorite meals on the dining table. I’ll introduce you to all my favorites over the next year – but I’ll start with the summer treat ‘koldskål’.

A simple mix of tart buttermilk, fresh eggs and aromatic vanilla and lemon, this dish is served cold on hot summer evenings when cooking is the last thing on your mind. It’s traditionally accompanied with small cookies called ‘kammerjunker’ and is, in a word, incredible.

You can find it pre-made in every Danish grocery store, but Sunday night I put together a small batch at home. It was so fresh and wonderful – I can’t imagine ever returning to the store brand. (**Actually, they now sell it in single serving cups, so I’ll be sure to indulge in those from time to time).  I used this koldskål recipe with pasteurized eggs and all fresh ingredients, and I cannot recommend it enough.

Bring a little Danish into your home this summer by trying this recipe – and please let me know what you think! I hope you’ll love it as I do.

xxx loves

PS – this is totally Dukan Diet friendly if you skip the kammerjunker and use sweetener instead of sugar. Bombdotcom for sure!

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