August 23, 2017
We’re strong believers that the key to success is everything in moderation. This definitely applies to food and today we are taking a golden oldie and putting a healthy spin on it. There are so many yummy foods that you don’t have to throw out of your repertoire if you’re trying to healthy things up, it’s just a matter of changing the approach. And with that, we bring you delicious Fish & Chips! Yeasss.
Ingredients (serves 4):
- 750g (1 1/2lb) sweet potatoes
- 2 tbsp light olive oil
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 4 white fish fillets, such as cod or haddock, approx 150g (5oz) each
- 75g (3oz) breadcrumbs
- 1 lemon, zested
- 25g (1oz) Parmesan, finely grated
- 2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
- peas, to serve
- lemon wedges, to serve
The preparation will take about an hour, but it’s so worth it.
Preheat the oven to 200°C (400 F). Cut the sweet potato into thick wedges and place in a shallow roasting tray. Use half of the olive oil and pour it over the wedges, season well and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, turning halfway through.
Meanwhile, season the fish fillets and place them on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Put breadcrumbs in a large shallow plate, then add the lemon zest, parmesan, parsley and the remaining oil. Season well and mix together. Divide the crumbs evenly between the fish fillets, pressing onto the top of each one.
Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 10-12 minutes. You can do this in the final minutes of the sweet potato bake time, so everything is finished together. Bake until the crumbs are golden, the fish is opaque, and the potatoes are golden and crisp. Serve with peas and lemon wedges.
August 16, 2017
You want to move but don’t have the time? You don’t like gyms or fancy workout equipment? We’ve got you covered! There are ways to hit your cardio goals that don’t involve running miles and a lot of money. Bodyweight training is all you need!
Easy to do from home
Performing the exercises in the comforts of your own home lets you adjust the intensity by doing them at your own pace and using your own range of motion. By doing bodyweight exercises you can engage more muscle fibers and extend your range of motion by simply changing the position of your feet or hands, depending on the exercise. Because there is no additional external weight involved, the pressure on your ankles and wrists is minimized.
Try this no equipment, do-anywhere cardio circuit that will spike your heart rate and help you burn some calories.
Psst – we’ve borrowed the workout from our new body and mind app Airi which can be downloaded here.
There are no excuses to shake your body from head to toe and wake up you ‘happiness hormones’. The only thing you need is a little space, comfortable clothes, a water bottle and your will. Soon, you’ll be addicted – it’s easy and fun for your body & mind.
Just be consistent and enjoy every move you make! Bodyweight exercises are essential and your body is all the equipment you need!
August 16, 2017
Every month the same story…Aunt Flo comes knocking on our door and she usually comes with menstrual cramps to physically remind us that she is here.
Some women are lucky enough to have her visit without the actual pain, but most of us still experience some kind of discomfort.
Menstruation is natural, beautiful and powerful. Still, we must admit that the pain that comes with our period is pretty annoying and during our lives, we pretty much try everything there is to help ease that pain.
“Periods are tough, but so are you.”
What can we do relieve the menstrual cramps and have a pain-free period.
1. Have a cup of tea
Pour yourself a nice cup of tea. Warm water can alleviate abdominal pain and natural herbs can help you ease the pain.
2. Try heating pads
Snuggle up in your bed and put a heating pad on your belly. If you can, try falling asleep and give your body some rest.
3. Warm shower
Take a few minutes to nourish your body with a warm shower. Warm water will help you ease the pain and you will feel fresher.
Try one of the meditation exercises from your Leaf app to help relieve the tension from your body.
There’s nothing a good old fashioned massage won’t cure. Treat yourself to a nice massage with essential oils to let go of all that stress in your body caused by menstrual cramps.
Is there anything else we forgot but helps you a lot when it comes to relieving menstrual pain? Share your wisdom and experiences with us and help other women reading this put an end to a menstrual pain.
August 9, 2017
This week we wanted to share with you some of our favorite pieces of arm candy and let the photos do the talking. Check out some combinations we absolutely adore.
Find one you love? Just click on your pick and shop the look.
Leaf Nature Silver + Sand Bracelet
Leaf Nature Rose Gold + Nude Bracelet
Leaf Urban Silver + Impulse Clip + Sweet Berry Active Bracelet
Leaf Urban Rose Gold + Inspire Bracelet
Leaf Nature Silver + Mint Active Bracelet
Leaf Urban Rose Gold + Valentine Bracelet
July 26, 2017
How often do you wear your Leaf? What purposes do you wear it for? Here are four amazing benefits and reasons why you should wear it all the time, and not just while exercising.
1. Gives you insight
How many hours do you sleep at night? How active do you think you are? When is your period due next? You might be surprised to learn that most people perceive very different values than what they are in reality. Arguably, the single greatest value of wearing the Leaf health tracker is that it gives you the insight you didn’t realize you were missing. How can we improve things if we don’t know what needs improving? By learning about your body, you empower yourself to make changes that are long lasting and beneficial to your well-being.
2. Motivates you
Nothing motivates us more than progress. The value of those ’before vs after’ pics go beyond keeping a record. They let us visually see what the mind sometimes forgets and keeps us going when in doubt. It works the same way with your step tracking and active minutes. Seeing your daily progress in the Leaf app gives you that push to go a little further and the motivational messages are a great little pep talk. Who doesn’t love the occasional pat on the back?
3. Sets the bar
Walking 10.000 steps a day can seem impossible with the obligations of daily life. But did you know, more often than not, getting in some active minutes is easier than it might initially seem. Many people report surprise at learning how many steps they have actually made and how easily it came to them. Sometimes we just don’t realize our own strength. Tracking your activity with Leaf sets your very own bench mark and taking it up the extra notch starts to look like a piece of cake. Mmmm cake. Watch your personal goals increase in no time.
4. Helps with the math
Many women report getting a health tracker to help them with weight loss. You may have heard of the simple breakdown “weight loss = calories consumed < calories spent.” It’s a little more complex than that (as not all calories are the same), but by keeping a food journal and tracking your activity with Leaf, you can get a simple overview of your daily caloric expenditure. Armed with that information you can make smarter food choice and progress to a more balanced lifestyle. Healthy is happy.