Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ... Yull Shoes GIVEAWAY Reminder

Today is the last day of Yull Shoes GIVEAWAY! You can enter directly here. Hurry, you only have until midnight CET today (Wednesday Dec, 17).

Just wanted to make it clear that you can win any shoes of your choice, not just the pink ones in the original post :)



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Paleo Cookbook for Life (Book Review)

My longterm but still only online friend Jitka Egressy just published her first cookbook - Paleo Cookbook for Life. I already read it cover to cover :) You can read my review bellow, now go and click on the link and get it to your Kindle, because it is absolutely FREE until Wednesday December 18!!!

Review:
Don't expect over complicated fancy recipes that will take you hours. Expect simple yummy meals, sometimes with a non-Paleo ingredient treat version, but always with a Paleo version as well. If you don't want to spend all your money on complicated kitchen gadgets and all your free time cooking, go for this book.

As the author is not a native speaker, the language is sometimes little off, but nothing disturbing and there is nice warm and friendly caring tone throughout the whole book.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Xmas Gift Ideas For Runners

This is gonna be more pictures & links than words :)

Don't forget to enter the Yull Shoes Giveaway!!!

Royal Bay compression sleeves & knee highs, plus the new neon socks - www.royalbay.eu





Matcha Tea Shaker & Bottle - www.matcha-tea.cz


Nutrition
Anything your beloved person likes and uses on regular basis, or anything you think they might be interested in (but be careful to know them well for this option!). What would be on my wish list:

Quest Bar - www.ontherun.cz
The ultimate protein low carb bar ... they simply are super delicious and do not containt that much crazy ingredients as many others.


Generation UCAN - www.ontherun.cz
Super starch smart nutrition for endurance athletes and anybody who needs sustained energy.


Nike gift voucher - www.nike.com
Well a gift woucher to any running store or favorite brand store ... for me it woudl be Nike. I am afraid that as I am trying to go more minimalist, this store is out of my will power. I could spend any amout of money given there :D


Salomon hydration gloves & backpack - www.salomon.cz



Garmin vívofit - www.evito.cz/vivofit
Wristband that tracks daily activity, now comes with super cute colors of replacement bands and the battery lasts for whole year!!!

eVito set Nutrition - www.evito.cz/eshop
Great combo for anyone looking to maintain healthy weight and activity level or wanting to loose some weight. The set contains step counter of your choice (can be also vívofit), intelligent body weight scale and 1 year of eVito Active account to monitor your energy intake (eating) and output (sports & activities), goals and much more.


Garmin 920 XT - www.garmin.cz
Best multisport watch out there right now! Quite pricy, but superb functionality. Also very hot news on the sportwatch market!


Garmin Swim - www.garmin.cz
For anybody that "only" runs and swims and already has the favorite running gps watch. Simple, measures number of laps you swim, number of strokes, what kind of stroke you use .... you can also enter manual mode when you swim some drills. Battery lasts at least a year!


Valid for Czech Republic only ... new project of Petr Koukal to prevent testicular cancer! Ladies, we shall take care of the men in our lives, be it boyfriend, brother or father.


Experience Gift Vouchers
.. are great way to spoil your beloved ones. You can go from massage over nice meals to weekend getaways with relax.

Chateau Liblice - www.zamek-liblice.cz




Chateau Mcely - www.chateaumcely.com



Ambiente Restaurants - www.ambi.cz
Because brunch at Café Savoy is simply the best :D Than meat at Čestr and so many more delicious places to eat in Prague (and NYC)!

Cosmetics - www.mcelybouquet.com
Mcely Bouquet is beautiful 100 % natural cosmetic line that I simply love! Created by Inéz Cusumano herself, available online, at Chateau Mcely and in the temporary pop-up store in Prague.

Gym equipment - www.insportline.cz (one example)
Here is what is on my wish list this year:

Agility gym / outdoors ladder

Sprinting "schute"
Weighted vest

Trigger Foam Roller - www.tptherapy.cz


Amazon books - www.amazon.com
You can never go wrong with Amazon gift certifiacte :D


DISCLAIMER: Those are my personal selections, the links are not affiliate links, but some of the companies are supporting me through offering me their products for my training. Alll of the products I suggest are the ones I strongly believe in.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fashion Post ... Yull Shoes Giveaway

Notice: this is mainly girly post and also fashion not that much running :) But all the men are welcome to enter and win beautiful shoes for their girls / women, I am sure it would be highly appreciated!


It's a shoe thing

Well, as almost any girl out there, I love shoes. I truly love high heels, but since I started running more, I inevitably wear high heels less. It is a very sad fact, but I don't think there is a way to work around this. I still do wear them, but usually only for an evening event or so. I still love elegant shoes and it is tricky to find interesting shoes without heels. Obviously when I saw this pink pair of Yull shoes, I was in love!

Made in the UK

The brand was established in 2011 and it is one of the only independent shoe brands manufacturing high heels in the UK! When I browsed through their website, I was amazed about the huge press coverage they had as I originally thought it was some tiny little brand, how foolish of me!

Since Yull has free shipping worldwide, it did not take that long for me to order them. And guess what? I got email from Sarah Watkinson-Yull, the designer herself, that this is the first pair they are shipping to the Czech Republic! Very exciting, girl loves to wear a unique fashion piece not something she can spot on many other girls. On the other hand, I was sorry that nobody here discovered those cute shoes. I still think that high quality beautiful shoes are super overpriced and extremely difficult to find in CZ.

Giveaway

I jumped up on the opportunity and teamed up with Sarah who is so kind that she is offering a pair of Yull shoes of your own choice!!! You can find the giveaway form at the bottom of this page bellow all the photos ... I went little overboard, but I love all the photos :)

The giveaway opens at 9:00 am CET on Friday December 12 and closes on Wednesday December 17 at midnight, so with little luck, you could still have your shoes shipped before Christmas!


















Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cracking The Ultimate Nut Butter Recipe Secret

First, there was the nut cracking :) I am usually super lazy and buy the nuts already peeled, but it is the Christmas time tradition to have the whole nuts around the house. And I got some from the St. Nicolas on December 5th, so I decided it was logical to peel them rather to have them lying around. Since I don't really like eating hazelnuts as whole nuts, but I love them in nut butters, I knew what to do...


And I made the home made nut butter of them ... all the recipes are super simple. Nuts + powerful blender / food processor + patience = delicious nut butter. I kind of never got the perfect structure, usually cheated by adding little coconut or walnut oil to get the right consistency. I was enjoying the Secret of Raw Cookbook ("Tajemství syrové stravy") and read the tip that I should keep blending / mixing for up to 20 minutes, so the nuts really release the oils. So I decided to persist and I succeeded! The ultimate secret ingredient for succeeding home made nut butter truly is your own patience :)

Mixed nut butter (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts)
 with touch of cocoa powder and salt :)

Ingredients:
  • Nuts of your choice
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
  • Pinch of salt (optional)


Instructions:

Put the nuts in your blender / food processor and start processing them, you will probably need to scrape off the nuts from the sides of the dish. Keep on going until you get the right consistency. It will be surprisingly creamy! As you can see on the photo above.

TIPS:

To make the nut butter taste more "nutella" like,  you can add cocoa powder and I also add pinch of salt, that makes truly huge difference in giving a little punch to the natural flavours of the nuts. Another option is adding cinnamon and pinch of salt.

Voila, you have one of the best paleo / low carb friendly snacks ... the only trouble is, you need to hide it away, because it's so yummy, you could eat the whole jar at once :D

PS: I don't have food processor yet, I only have Catler blender, but it is really cool and powerful one, only trouble is scraping off the tiny remainings from the bottom when you empty the dish...