Month: November 2016

Yoga pants – not just for yoga anymore!

I love a nice pair of ripped designer denim or chic pair of slacks, but you can’t match the comfort of a great pair of leggings! People always ask me how I transition my activewear from the gym to the office or even to date night, and the answer is: pair your leggings with some great classic pieces!

Here I take my favorite pair of leggings from Avocado Activewear and pair it with some favorite pieces from my closet to create four completely different looks! The key I’ve found is to choose leggings in neutral colors that can go with anything and are also nice quality and not transparent (no see-through leggings please)! Let me know what you think of these looks in the comments below!

Leggings in all 4 photos: Avocado Activewear

Sporty Look: Avocado Activewear Shield Jacket

Office Chic Look: Vintage Blazer from my closet – BCBG, Dress – Forever 21 ruched dress

Casual Boots Look: Betabrand Morning Mess Jacket, Betabrand Cowl Neck Grey Chevron Tunic, Boots – Vintage Joan and David Riding Boots

Athleisure Look: Leather jacket – Bebe, Avocado Modern Hoodie, Button Down Shirt – Zara

Chia Chocolate Pudding

The thing I love the most about the BBG community is the warmth, kindness, and sense of belonging that everyone extends to one another. The second BBG sister that I met  a year and a half ago was a beautiful girl named Almut from Germany, who was traveling the world and tasting the world (her IG handle fittingly is @tastingtheworld)! Getting to know her and spend a few hours together, although brief, was wonderful, and we’ve been long-distance friends ever since!

She has the most beautiful food on her IG feed, so naturally I thought it fitting to ask her if she would be kind enough to share one of her amazing recipes on my blog! She decided to share her delicious chia chocolate pudding!

If you love this recipe or try it out, leave a comment below!


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A couple of days ago I was asked by Shannon if I could share a one of my recipes. “Sure, I would love to!!” I answered. However, I did not know how difficult it was to finally make up my mind and to write the measurements down. I am this kind of person in the kitchen who creates dishes by sense of proportion and intuition, so please let me know if this recipe does work for you.

The chia chocolate pudding is one of my favorites when it comes to satisfy my sweet tooth, but the healthy way. Why? Well, chia seeds are loaded with important nutrients and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. They are also rich in antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium. So, whenever you decide to treat yourself, why not making this simple pudding? I always have a jar of soaked chia seeds in the fridge, to be able to make this beautiful and simple dish within minutes.

Please note: table spoon = the big spoon you eat with (I don´t have any kitchen tools from the US, but I believe it does work either way)

Ingredients:

  • 3 table spoons of chia seeds
  • Triple as much water or any plant milk
  • 2-3 table spoons of a sweetener of your choice (maple sirup, honey, dates etc.)
  • 3 table spoons of raw chocolate powder
  • 1 full table spoon of white almond butter (or cashew butter. Optional: coconut fat from a top of a can)
  • a pinch of maca and lucuma powder
  • a little vanilla bean powder
  • a little lemon juice
  • a pinch of salt
  • a probiotic capsule (optional, but makes it even healthier)

Please note: table spoon = the big spoon you eat with (I don´t have any kitchen tools from the US, but I believe it does work either way)

 Directions:

  1. Mix chia seeds and water/plant milk and set aside for about 30 min. Stir from time to time to avoid clusters. Soaking not only improves digestibility but creates the “gel” we want to get the right texture.
  2. Put all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until very smooth. Be sure to taste the pudding as you go and feel free to add more sweetener or less cacao…
  3. Pour the pudding into two to three serving dishes and add some toppings of your choice.

The chocolate pudding goes well with banana, strawberries or raspberries. I like to add something crunchy as well, just to have all kind off different textures on one spoon 🙂


About Almut:

I grew up on a small organic farm in Germany. Homegrown fruit and veggies, raw milk, fermented products – that’s what we lived on. Going fully plant based and gluten free a couple of years ago was only a logical step. Ever since, I love creating healthy and tasty dishes which are simple and easy to prepare.

The other part of me loves traveling, yoga, working out, spirituality and mindfulness. Follow your heart and you will find peace and love.

Sweating Almost Every Day of the Week and Staying Clean too!

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It’s taken me forever to get down a schedule of workout consistency, and it’s a question I get asked about a lot too. It’s mainly because if you’re following the BBG program, you know that there is a workout every other day, and  you’re supposed to do LISS (see definition below) on the off-days in between. So that doesn’t leave a lot of time to do any other workouts if you’re following the program to a T! However, I always crave variety in my life, so I’ve created my own plan which incorporates several other types of workouts in addition to BBG. Here’s a recap of my current schedule, where I can fit in all in without having to be crazy and work out 3x/day!

Since I’ve done both BBG 1 & 2 already, I’m going through all of the BBG 2 workouts a second time, slowly (2 workouts a week) and doing my own workouts the other days! Here’s my current schedule. I even made a video recap for you guys!

  • Sunday – BBG 2. Yesterday, was  week 18 arms. I still struggle with decline push-ups but I’m getting stronger every day, one push-up at a time!
  • Monday – I love making up my own challenges, and most of the videos you see are filmed on a Monday. Some of the things I LOVE are wall mountain climbers, swingset pikes at the park, a swiss ball, or creating variations!
  •  Tuesday – LISS. LISS = Low Intensity Steady State. i.e. slow jogging or walking. On nice days, I get outside. When it’s raining, I walk/jog inside on a treadmill.
  •  Wednesday – I try to incorporate yoga into my fitness routine. It’s helping me to manage stress, improve flexibility, and take it easy from the high intensity of Sunday, Monday and Thursday.
  • Thursday – BBG 2 workout. This Thursday I’ll be doing BBG week 18 abs! I love going through these workouts a second time, because I get a chance to perfect my form and see how I’ve gotten stronger!
  •  FridayLagree megaformer! I love it because the movements are controlled with an emphasis on proper form (and as you know, I’m really into form)!
  •  Saturday – Rest day! It’s my chance to recover, spend time with my fiancee, and catch up on laundry. I mentioned that I was trying out @persilproclean after my favorite fitness bloggers said it was rated #1 for smelly workout clothes by a leading consumer testing publication. I tried it, and it smelled good AND got my clothes super clean! (I got it at target online, where shipping is always free with a redcard. If you want to use the same $2 off coupon that I used, click here – spreading the love!) One tip for washing sports bras is to put them in a mesh lingerie bag to keep them from getting misshapen. Gotta keep my gym clothes looking nice because I hardly own any other clothes! lol

So there you have it, my week! Hope you guys get a chance to slay your workouts, try something new, get outside, or just have fun!

PS – Persil ProClean sponsored this post, but the advice, opinions, and honesty here are 100% my own!