Polar A360 Review

Choosing the best fitness watch can be a mission. There are so many amazing brands out there these days. Fitbit, Apple Watch, TomTom, Garmin, the list goes on. So the big question is, which one do I choose? I bought my Polar A360 about a year ago. So, I know how you feel. I was reading EVERY review on ALL the watches, making my brain go crazy!

Those of you that follow my Instagram, know that I try to keep things real and honest, so I thought I’d be brutally honest with you guys about what I think about my Polar A360.

Why I chose the Polar A360:

I wanted a heart rate monitor that was not only accurate and small but doesn’t need the body strap. To me at the time, I was already uncomfortable in my own body, why would I add a strap that would maybe make me feel more uncomfortable and bother me when I am busy working out?

I also wanted a waterproof watch. Having the job that I have, my watch sometimes gets dirty and I need to wash it. I don’t feel bad at all taking my watch off and soaking it in the water to really get it clean.

I am not sure if this should be listed under cons, but if you are inactive for an hour, the watch notifies you. No need to feel guilty you get when you’re chilling on the couch, scrolling through Instagram for only “5 mins” and your watch notifies you that you have actually been sitting for an hour! This ensures that you no longer procrastinate.

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Unfortunately, not everything can be perfect:

Of course, the watch also has a few flaws. For me, the pros outweigh the cons. The wrist clasp seems to sometimes just open randomly, but there is an extra clamp that ensures the watch won’t fall off.

Also, the watch doesn’t have a GPS, so it’s not ideal for outdoor runners. I am not that much of an outdoor runner so it was okay for me.

Overall pros and cons:


  • Not too bulky
  • Easy to use the watch
  • User-friendly app
  • Long battery life (about a week)
  • Automatic sleep monitoring
  • Waterproof to up to 30m
  • No need for a chest strap
  • Inactivity alerts


  • Clasp sometimes randomly opening
  • No GPS
  • Difficult to set up watch at first – but thanks Google for helping me!

As you can see, the pros outweigh the cons. I am actually not too sure how accurate the watch is regarding the number of calories burnt. More research may have to be done regarding that. Overall, I am super impressed with my watch. I have never had a problem with it and I feel that the heart rate monitor is quite accurate.

The awesome Kirsti (from itsmekirsti) owns the Polar A370, she wrote a review about it here. Go check it out!



Quick Christmas Roasted Veg

I am currently on the road with my family. I have received a request for some yummy roasted veg, just in time for Christmas. Because I’m on the road, no fancy pictures, sorry guys!

This is my favorite quick recipe! I would have roasted veg for breakfast, lunch and dinner!


Any veg


Place veg like butternut, pumpkin, beetroot and sweet potato in the microwave for about 5 minutes, until almost cooked through.

Slice all the veg (zucchini, onion, tomato, mushrooms and the ones you microwaved) into cubes.

Line an oven safe pan with foil. Add all the veg into the pan. Add salt and pepper to the veg. To the butternut and sweet potato, add cinnamon and cumin. To the rest of the veg add some mixed herbs.

Bake in the oven (180 C) for about 30 minutes. If you are a bit in a rush, just increase the temperature of the oven.

Have an amazing Christmas! Remember, this is all about balance. Enjoy the time with your family and don’t overthink things. Go for walks, eat lots of fruit, veg, lean protein and healthy fats. Then you know you deserve that dessert!

The A to Z of Protein Powder

Recently, there has been a big hype about protein powder. A few years ago, you would just see a big bulky guy walking out of the fitness shop with a huge jar under his arm. Little did I know that this short girl will do the same someday.

So, a question on many people’s minds – do I need to use protein powder? Quick answer: nope! You can get enough protein from your regular diet. Too much protein actually puts a strain on your kidneys. According to Webmd, the average adult needs about 0,8g of protein per kg of weight per day. Athletes need about 1,1g – 2g of protein per kg of body weight per day.

Why have extra protein powder then? 

Protein is needed to build new cells. These cells include muscles, skin, hair, bone and connective tissue. If you do the calculations and see you need some extra protein, a protein powder is a great way of supplementing protein. It is especially important for vegetarians and vegans to ensure that they consume enough protein in a day since plant proteins are not made up of all the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein).

I’m using myself as an example here – if I do the above calculation,  I need about 90g of protein per day. Yes, I can reach that easy with my diet, but let’s be honest here. Having a busy schedule sometimes makes it difficult for us to sometimes even eat during the day. A protein shake or smoothie will just help in having one less thing to worry about.

Which protein powder to choose?

  1. Whey Protein

Whey protein, the most popular one around, is derived from cow’s milk. It is a complete protein, which means it contains all essential amino acids that your body cannot produce on its own. Whey protein is digested quickly, which means it assists in recovery of muscles as it starts to build very shortly after being ingested. Unfortunately, those that are sensitive to lactose, might have a reaction towards this.

     2. Casein Protein

Casein protein is also derived from cow’s milk (so watch out if you are lactose intolerant), but it is digested and absorbed very slowly. This results in a gradual and steady exposure of the muscles to the amino acids, which leads to the reduction of the rate of muscle protein breakdown. Due to the slow absorption, casein will leave you fuller for longer, which is good for meal-replacement smoothies as well as an addition to your breakfast.

3. Soy Protein

Soy protein digests at a moderate rate. It contains a big amount of the amino acids glutamine and arginine. These amino acids support the immune function, digestive health as well as brain function. It is a complete protein and considered one of the most effective plant-derived sources for building or maintaining muscle. Soy protein is great for vegans, but many people are also intolerant to soy protein.

4. Pea Protein

Derived from the yellow pea, is the most digestible of the plant proteins. So it is perfect for someone with a sensitive stomach. It is not a complete protein though, so it might be good to pair it with another plant-based protein such as hemp protein in order to make it a complete protein. Pea protein is absorbed slower than whey protein, but faster than casein protein. Pea protein may also reduce blood pressure, but more research is still needed.

5. Hemp Protein

Hemp does not have a high protein content per serving when compared to the other proteins, but it is high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp protein is very easily digested. Pair this with pea protein in order to make it a complete protein.

Very important to remember when choosing a protein powder

  • Ensure that the type of protein is first on the ingredients list. (e.g. if you buy whey protein, ensure whey is the first thing that comes up on the ingredient list)
  • Watch out for any artificial sweeteners or sugar.
  • The shorter the ingredient list, the better.
  • When buying whey protein, try going for grass-fed protein.

So what if I don’t want to buy a protein powder?

As mentioned above, your diet can provide you with enough protein to fuel your muscles. Try the following:

  • 100g chicken = 21g protein
  • 185g cooked quinoa = 8g protein
  • 2 large eggs = 13g protein
  • 100g tofu = 8g protein
  • 100g salmon = 20g protein


Please note I am not a doctor or a dietician. Only providing information from references below in order to assist with making healthy choices.





Healthy Raw Vegan Chocolate Recipe

It has been a long week! Now, it’s finally Friday and all you want to do is relax. I don’t know about you guys, but Friday usually consists of an early dinner and a movie on Netflix. They say “Netflix and Chill”, but for us, it is usually “Netflix and Sleep”. Most nights hubby and I are passed out on the couch before 9pm already.

Before all this “Netflix and Sleep” happens, after dinner – I am craving some dessert! I am always the strong one when it comes to buying chocolate. I convince myself with “you have enough treats” or “you don’t actually have money for this”. Most times this tactic works.

So, along comes last Friday. We are ready to “Netflix and Sleep” and I am craving chocolate. I decided to create my own Healthy Chocolate Recipe. I have cocoa in the house, throw in some coconut oil and milk and there you go. Include some protein powder, and you have a healthy snack as well! It’s a win-win situation. The original recipe I created tasted a little bit oily, so I reduced the amount of coconut oil and added some extra milk to make it extra creamy.

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The benefits of the recipe:

  • Coconut oil – prevents high blood pressure, protects the liver, reduces inflammation, improves energy and digestion.
  • Cocoa powder – has antidepressant effects, contains antioxidants and lowers LDL cholesterol.
  • Almond Milk – contains healthy fats, helps build strong teeth and bones, very low in calories.


  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (I used the Dis-Chem brand)
  • 6 Tablespoons Milk of Choice (I used Almond Breeze)
  • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder (I used Soaring Free Superfoods)
  • 1 Serving Protein Powder (I used Herbalife Protein Drink Mix) – you can use any protein, to make it vegan use a vegan protein.
  • Sweetener (optional – I didn’t add any)
  • Add in whatever else you want. I added some extra fruit and nut mix


  • Melt Coconut Oil in the microwave.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. If you want it a bit more creamy you can add more milk or water.
  • Place in freezer for about an hour.
  • Store either in fridge or freezer, depending on which consistency you like best.

I cut the chocolate up into small pieces because I have zero portion control, but you can decide how you want it.

Macros for the recipe (if you divide it into 6 large pieces):

  • 68 calories
  • 2,6g carbs
  • 3,1g protein
  • 5,8g fat