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3 Reasons Why You Should Read Food Ingredient Lists

Oh, lovely food. We’re blessed to be alive in the 21st century, living in developed countries where supermarket shelves are packed with an extremely wide variety of products. We’re lucky to be able to choose between different brands and types of food. So how do we choose which item to purchase? I’d highly recommend that we read ingredient lists and make conscious, wise choices. And – hopefully, in the future – force brands to increase their standards. Reading ingredient lists can help you save money, stay healthier and avoid disappointments. Here’s why.

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Kopytka - quark cheese dumplings - on a plate with strawberries and chocolate

“Kopytka” – Quark Cheese Dumplings

Today, I’m coming with another specialty of Polish cuisine. I’m not sure how to properly describe it in English keeping the word count down to a title-acceptable amount. I guess the best match would be something between dumplings and gnocchi (which are also a type of dumplings actually, aren’t they?). “Kopytka”, in Polish, translate to hooves. That’s because traditionally, you’d shape the dough into a roll, flatten it slightly, and cut diagonally into parallelograms (getting mathematical here, sorry!). These shapes resemble the shape of horse hooves (if you look at horse feet from the side – not that you’d ever have a reason to look at horse hooves from the side, but just saying). Mine don’t look like hooves, for just one simple reason – I’m too lazy to roll and cut the dough. Instead, I just shaped the dough into balls.

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Healthy Yoghurt Parfait in a glass

Healthy Yoghurt Parfait (Three Tasty Layers)

Three layers. Five ingredients. Tons of flavour and vitamins! Yes, we all love desserts full of chocolate, caramel, sugar and heavy cream… But who said that desserts have to be unhealthy to taste great? The recipe I’m coming with today is sweet and delicious… but it won’t ruin your diet (are New Year’s resolutions still a thing? or has everyone given up?) – no, you can eat this every day, even on a healthy eating plan!

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Zapiekanki - oven baked baguette on a plate

“Zapiekanki” – Oven Baked Baguettes

“Zapiekanki” – or, in English, oven baked baguettes, are among the most popular types of Polish street food. I never thought it could be just a Polish thing. The concept is so simple and uses ingredients known and used worldwide – it just had to be present everywhere, right? So when three girls from three different countries (years ago!) came to my secondary school to have classes with us for a week, it truly shocked me when they unanimously declared that “zapiekanki” were their favourite thing in my country. Here’s a recipe for upgraded, high-quality home-made version of, I suppose, a typically Polish dish?

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Benefits Of Strength Training (Girls, It Applies To You Too!)

January is the time when most of us do our best to stick to New Year’s resolutions. And what’s the most popular of them? According to this study, top three resolutions made for 2019 were to diet, exercise and lose weight. Today, I would like to take a look at a dark horse of exercise niche, usually overlooked by those getting into fitness routine in order to improve physical condition and/or lose weight – strength training. Contrary to popular belief, strength training isn’t only about lifting extremely heavy weights by huge, muscular guys. It’s a kind of training that should be part of everyone’s fitness routine, as it brings serious benefits! And no, dear girls, you won’t look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his best years after exercising with a set of dumbbells twice a week – whether you like it or not.

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Green peas millet patties on a plate, with broccoli, sourdough bread and garlic sauce

Green Peas, Chickpeas And Millet Groats Patties

Hmm… when was the last time I posted a savoury recipe? It’s been a while! December was filled with an abundance of chocolate and icing, so I believe it’s time for something different. Here they are – delicious, healthy patties with green peas, chickpeas and millet groats. Soft, fresh and delicate… And super simple to make!

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A close up on baked sweet potato crisps in a bowl

Sweet Potato Oven Baked Crisps

We’re now 3 days into 2019. I’m sure a lot of you have started the year with long lists of resolutions. And I’m sure some of those resolutions were to get back on track with healthy eating and repair the damage done by overeating during Christmas season. If you happen to be looking for a healthy snack, an alternative to store-bought potato crisps, then making vegetable crisps at home can be a great idea. They’re much, much healthier, super easy to make, and you can use many different vegetables instead of regular, boring potatoes. Here’s a recipe for home-made, healthy, oven-baked sweet potato crisps. So, so delicious and crispy! A great idea for a party snack too – just increase the ingredients accordingly.

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5 Most Useful Fitness Accessories

Welcome back after the short Christmas break! I hope you had a lovely time with your nearest and dearest!

I’m sure most of us still have some scrumptious leftovers from Christmas feasts. But at the same time, we’re now fast approaching the season of making New Year’s Resolutions. I probably won’t be wrong if I say that at least half of those who make resolutions will include – in one way of another – being physically active, improving their fitness level, hitting the gym, or just generally trying to spend less time on the sofa, in front of the TV.

Last year, I was among those who decided to work out in the New Year. I decided to do it every day and, to my surprise, I actually managed to stick to that plan for about 10 months. Let’s have a quick look at how it went! I will also include a list of most useful fitness accessories which helped me stick to the plan.

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