July 2016

The Ultimate Guide To A Delicious And Healthy Smoothie

Prepared correctly, smoothies can provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals. Done wrong, they can make you gain weight. We provide you with 6 easy ways to make your smoothie healthier.

The world has gone absolutely crazy over smoothies. You cannot ignore them, in the media, in cafes – smoothies are all around us and for a good reason. Depending on their ingredients, smoothies can be an easy way to nourish your body with essential vitamins, nutrients, minerals, protein and fibre. I have also joined in the craze and smoothies quickly became part of my morning ritual. I admit, they are great but it is very easy to overdo it.

Many people start out the day with a smoothie, throwing all kinds of ingredients in it and wonder why they are gaining weight drinking their “healthy”, fruit-packed, kale shake. The sad reality is that most smoothies are ridiculously high in sugar—in fact, some can pack as many grams of sugar as there is in a  can of Coke. Yes, your smoothie is made from natural sugar only. Naturally occurring sugar is definitely preferable to the added kind.  However, even though natural, it will still send your blood-sugar levels sky-high. This is not an ideal way to start your morning or end a great workout. Therefore you should have a general idea of how much sugar you are taking in each time you gulp down a smoothie.

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Monday Myths – Why Eating “Clean” Is Not The Key To Weight Loss

 

“Clean eating” is being thought of as a vital part of developing a lean, muscular body. It shouldn’t be though, and here’s why.

From diet books to your Instagram feed, this culinary cult seems to be everywhere lately. There are more that 32 million images on Instagram alone tagged #eatclean, enticing followers with black bean fudge cakes and spiralizers. The trend extends to supermarkets, where gluten-free food is soaring and sales of avocados, once a rare treat, have quadrupled since year 2000.

WHAT IS CLEAN EATING, REALLY?

There are many definitions of clean eating. Put simply, “clean eating” is about eating whole foods, or “real” foods — those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible. Among Clean Eating recipes you’ll find a lot of whole grains, fruits & vegetables, lean protein and a low amount of fat & oils.

To be clear, the eating-clean lifestyle has many good points. No doubt, any diet that encourages you to eat real, unprocessed food is a step in the right direction. As I write this I’m sitting here sipping on a banana-mango smoothie I made in my beloved blender. While I’m a big advocate of eating nutritious food, solely eating “clean” will not guarantee weight loss.

 

Clean Eating

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Get Fit With Pokémon Go – A Workout Routine That Will Get You Fit While You Play

Pokémon Go is already getting people to move more, but we compiled a workout routine to help you get your game to the next level. Are you up for a challenge?

Millions of people worldwide are wondering around the streets like zombies, with their eyes glued to their phones at all hours of the day. All because of Pokémon Go.

Within a week of its release, Pokémon Go became a global craze, with daily usage surpassing Tinder and Twitter. You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard of it. In case you haven’t, Pokémon Go is a new augmented reality game, whereby people capture, train and battle the Pokémon that appears on their mobile phone screens.

 

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Healthy pasta dish with avocado & figs

Healthy, delicious and easy pasta recipe, especially for the ones that smile when they see fresh figs at the store

Summer is one of the best seasons to use fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs in dishes where their flavours can really shine. This simple yet original pasta dish does just that. Loaded with sweet figs and creamy avocado, it is both healthy and satisfying.

Some of you may be like, “Figs? With pesto? Ewww!”. I never thought to put figs in my pasta until I started working on this dish. I’m very glad I did. It quickly became one of my favourite summer meals and I think you will like it too.

Wonderfully ripe figs are such rarity. When I do spot some at the store, I have to resist all urges not to sink my teeth into them on the spot. Figs are great. They are loaded with fibre and rich in potassium, calcium, copper and manganese. They are so lusciously sweet that I could not stop myself from eating a few whilst preparing this dish. And how beautiful they look when you slice them open!

Their sweet flesh combine beautifully with the soft, creamy avocado. This powerful “superfood” regularly sits on my dinner plate. Some people avoid avocados due to their high fat content. However this is good fat which helps to boost your metabolism. More, they are loaded with antioxidants and pack plenty of health-boosting nutrients.

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Why We Built ShapeScale

 

The story of ShapeScale started in 2014 in Hong Kong, where the founders Alexandre Wayenberg (CEO) and Martin Kessler (COO) met and worked at for many years. In 2015, Martin and Alex packed up their things and moved to Silicon Valley to bring ShapeScale to market. 

The idea of ShapeScale and the founding team’s motivation for building it started much earlier than that, however. Read Martin’s story on the making of ShapeScale down below.

It was a sunny day in Hong Kong in the year of 2013, when Alex, who is the CEO of Shape, explained the idea of ShapeScale to me. I was flabbergasted. Was it possible to create a scale that could finally work for everyone?

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