Philips HR1871 Review

Hi guys!

I got a new juicer (Philips HR1871) for my birthday in September and I’m so happy with it! I’ve been wanting one for ages.

The pros:

  • Looks good and is quite compact.
  • All parts are dishwasher safe, making it very quick in the morning before work.
  • Comes with a little “book” of recipes!
  • Comes with a jug and two spouts (one spout for the jug shown in the photo above, the other pointing downwards if you want to press your juice directly into a glass).
  • Has two levels, one for harder fruits and veggies and the other for oranges etc
  • You can put the entire fruit in with the pips such as apples and pears (note anything with a “stone” in you have to take out first)
  • It works!

The cons:

  • You can’t juice soft fruits and vegs like avocado, banana, papaya etc as it blocks the sieve – however as I have a hand blender I don’t find this so bad as you can blend it in your juice afterwards.
  • It’s quite pricey at around 160 euros, and there is actually a model that’s basically the same with a tiny bit less power which is a bit cheaper (HR1869).

As you can see the pros outweigh the cons in my opinion, and I would totally recommend buying one 🙂

Here are also a few tips:

  • If you don’t like that particular fruit/veg in a solid form… then you won’t like it as a liquid either! (I almost threw up drinking a celery juice as I absolutely hate celery haha)
  • If you’re not drinking it straight away, add a lemon to it so it keeps it’s colour! Otherwise it will go brown.
  • If you keep your juice in the fridge for more than a day or two it loses it’s vitamins.

Thanks for reading!

Larissaingermany x

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To Do List

Since my exams I’ve haven’t been eating that healthily, so it’s time to get back on track! Here’s my to do list, maybe it will motivate you too?

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1. Eat more fruit and veg!

During my exams I literally ate all the cookies in the world and comfort food like mac and cheese. Time to get back on track! I’m going to drink my veggie juice everyday again as I’ve been IMG_20150906_095749neglecting my juicer and get some inspiration for healthier vegetarian meals, if anyone has some meal ideas let me know 🙂

2. Drink more water and buy a new water bottle!

I wrote a post a while ago where I drank at least 1.5 litres of water a day. I was in Italy last week and because you can’t drink the tap water there my water consumption decreased (not to mention the hotel only had lukewarm water for tea! 😦 ). I now drink green tea every morning and I’m planning on buying a new water bottle that I can re use that has no plastic toxins.

3. Plan Christmas Presents!

I know I know, Halloween hasn’t been yet, but I’m so excited for Christmas this year. I think it’s because here in Munich it’s getting so cold and so it already feels like Winter. I’m flying back to England on Christmas Eve which means all presents have to be bought here and taken with me, so it’s better to get organised now whilst I have the time 🙂

4. Plan some new workouts

Last week I did absolutely no exercise (apart from running around Venice) and I really hate the feeling of being a couch potato. It’s time to plan more workouts for this blog and also for the classes I teach! I’ll be teaching a Christmas dance aerobics class in December so if anyone lives around Munich more details of when and where will be coming up soon.

5. Find Amelie a new partner

My rabbit Amelie has been alone for a few months now after her brother Hector died. As rabbits love company I’ll be adopting a rabbit IMG_20151018_152721from the animal rescue centre so she has someone to play with again! Let’s just hope Amelie will actually find a rabbit she likes – sometimes it can be hard to bond rabbits and Amelie is especially picky.

That’s all for this month! I love writing to do lists; it makes me feel organised and it seems a lot easier tackling it in smaller chunks.

Larissaingermany x

Benefits and Tips on Drinking Water

A few months ago I decided to up my water levels to see if I could feel the benefits of drinking 1.5 – 2 litres of water a day.

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What are the benefits?

  • You feel more awake – not drinking enough means dehydration, leading to fatigue. Drink more water and you could feel more awake during the day!
  • It speeds up your metabolism – your body is made up of 60% water; when you drink enough you get rid of toxins and studies show it speeds up your metabolism. This means drinking enough water and having a healthy lifestyle could help you lose a few pounds.
  • It gives you a better complexion – this is the same reason as above: your body is 60% water and when you drink water studies claim it will “plump” up your skin. Water also flushes out toxins and therefore can give you clearer skin.
  • Headaches and migraines disappear – sometimes the cause of a headache/migraine is simply because you don’t drink enough water! If you have this problem try drinking 1.5 – 2 litres every day and see if it helps.
  • Stops dehydration and pointless eating – it is very common that when we get dehydrated our body tells us we need food. If you’ve eaten enough during the day but start to feel hungry, try drinking a glass or two of water. If you still feel hungry afterwards then you know it’s real hunger!

Tips on how to fit 1.5 – 2 litres of water in your day:

If you aren’t used to drinking water then it can be tiring to try and force yourself to drink it. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Carry a one litre bottle of water with you

This is a good way to measure how much you’re drinking. If you always use a glass you might lose count of how many glasses you’ve had and this way you will always have a bottle with you on the go! I found a clever 1 litre bottle that’s short but wide and small enough to fit into my bag.

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  • Herbal tea counts as your water intake

So long as you don’t add anything to it (sugar, honey, sweetener) then it counts as your water intake! There are also great benefits from drinking herbal tea such as green tea to boost your metabolism, peppermint to refresh/detox your system and ginger or chamomile tea to reduce headaches. My favourite brand is pukka tea, they have lots of different teas that taste amazing! If you have English breakfast tea with milk and sugar, replace it with herbal tea – you will have drunken your 1.5 litres in no time!

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  • Always keep water with you

I know this problem – you’re thirsty but you just can’t be bothered to move! I keep a bottle of water with me all the time wherever I go. My boyfriend once asked where my bottle was as he was surprised he couldn’t see it (it was hiding behind a pillow). He then announced that the bottle was like my child, as it never leaves my side!

  • Swap your water for fizzy drinks

I’ve never been such a fan of fizzy drinks, but there are some people who drink them on a regular basis. If you’re one of those people try swapping them purely for water for a week and see what happens. I suggest you also add some fruit to your day to avoid getting low blood sugar (as your body misses the sugar from the fizzy drinks).

The Results:

After a week of drinking a minimum of 1.5 litres a day I was surprised to find that when I woke up in the morning I was very awake. I’m usually someone who has to be dragged out of bed in the morning! I most certainly felt a difference with my energy levels and on weekends I rarely carry on sleeping after 9:30am. Drinking more water has turned me into a morning person!

The disadvantage was I had to go on the toilet a lot. This is however competely logical and temporary. You are drinking a lot more water than your bladder is used to! After a week or two my bladder got used to the change and I no longer have to go on the toilet every hour.

Other than the energy levels I didn’t notice anything else. I rarely get headaches anyway and my complexion didn’t improve as far as I could see. I started drinking more water in May (2015) and I’m happy to say I’m still drinking a minimum of 1.5 litres a day. Although I only noticed a change in my energy it was definitely worth it as it was such a significant difference. If any of you try upping your water levels let me know if you felt a difference!

Larissaingermany x

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An exciting month

Hi guys!

I’m working on a little workout to share with you, but in the meantime I’ll give you a quick update on my day to day life as a fitness trainer.

First up I now teach cheerleading to 8 year olds. I did some cheerleading back in England (nothing amazing like the cool american cheerleaders!) and I’ve been wanting to teach dance for ages but I’ve never found anything/I was too busy to really look for jobs, so I’m so excited to start teaching it next week. I’ve dug out some old photos of when I was a cheerleader at the Windsor Royal Tattoo, a show to celebrate the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy in front of the Royal Family!

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If anyone has any cheer music suggestions that are suitable for 8 year olds then please share them in the comment box below! I’ve already found some songs but it’s crazy how many songs are inappropriate for children.

I’ve also been offered a job from September onwards teaching ballet for four year olds and I’m currently rehearsing for a German crime series, in which I’ll be dancing in! We’re filming the end of May so once it’s out I’ll be able to share more info about it with you 🙂

Other than that I’m teaching four days a week as normal and in school we’ve started learning our dances for exam time that starts in September! How’s your month going?

Larissaingermany x

Super Quick Takeaway Lunch

Hi readers!

Today I’m going to share with you one of my favourite breakfast/lunches that I always take with me. It’s super quick to make in the morning, and if you really have no time mornings you can make it in the evening and leave it in the fridge over night!IMG_20150423_092856What you need:

  • Yoghurt – I usually use natural yoghurt as it’s the healthiest but you can use any you want
  • Muesli or oats
  • Frozen berries/fresh fruit such as apple, strawberry, pear, kiwi… anything you want!
  • shredded coconut
  • honey (this isn’t really needed if you use flavoured yoghurt, but if you do use natural yoghurt then manuka honey is a favourite of mine and has lots of health benefits!)
  • A glass jar/waterproof tupperware – I use yoghurt jars but you can use anything that doesn’t leak

What you have to do:

Layer your glass jar/tupperware with your ingredients.

First spoon in the yoghurt, followed by muesli/oats, fruit, honey (if you need it) and sprinkle with shredded coconut.

Close the lid and ta daaa! It’s already done. Told you it was quick!

If you make it in the evening and leave it in the fridge, you’re basically making “overnight oats” so  the oats have absorbed some liquid from the yoghurt and fruit overnight. If you make it in the morning it just means the oats are a bit more crunchy – both versions are yummy!

I haven’t put the amount of each ingredient, just because you can decide yourself – if you love yoghurt then fill the jar half way up. If you like it dryer then add more oats etc.

Hope you enjoy it!!

Larissaingermany x

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Natural yoghurt, muesli, chopped apples with honey and shredded coconut
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Natural yoghurt, frozen berries muesli and honey in tupperware
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Natural yoghurt, muesli, strawberries, honey and shredded coconut