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Creamy BERTRAND ice cream milkshake

Sometimes, BERTRAND is more than just a shake that contains all of the important nutrients you need. With a little creativity, it can be used as an ingredient as well. Today we have a recipe for a little sinful ice cream delight based on an idea from one of our customers. You're allowed to be a little less healthy every now and then.

Creamy BERTRAND ice cream milkshake

BERTRAND in your favorite flavor
about 150 ml of milk (or a plant-based alternative)
1-2 scoops of ice cream (chocolate, vanilla, fruit, nut,…)
If desired: toppings like chocolate shavings, coconut flakes, nuts


First, blend your BERTRAND. Then, add it into a shaker with the two scoops of ice of your choosing and mix it thoroughly. Top it with whatever you like and you're done.

More information:
Ice cream isn't the healthiest thing you can eat, that much we know. But more than anything it's good for the soul to enjoy some nice ice cream every once in a while. If you want to make your ice cream healthier, just take a few frozen fruits, such as bananas or berries. This will give you some flavorful nice cream.

Trekking – What is it?

The next few weeks at BERTRAND will be dedicated to trekking, i.e. long distance hiking. Every week there will be small articles on our blog, which should make you feel like this beautiful sport.

But what is trekking really? Hiking and trekking are often used interchangeably. Yet, when you go trekking, what’s really meant is a multiday hike. It often means a good place to stay and infrastructure – so no streets or paths. Hiking is used to describe day-long walks on set hiking trails. When we talk about trekking, we’re really referring to long-distance hiking. The word itself means a difficult march.

One of the main reasons for going trekking is to enjoy nature. A desire and a curiosity to return to nature and to discover the natural world as well as ancient or different cultures. Depending on the country and the weather, you’re completely at the mercy of nature, and very much surrounded by it.

However, in some countries, wild camping, that is camping anywhere you want, is illegal. So it’s important for the enthusiastic trekker to stick to these rules and to learn about them. One of the most important rules for every trekker is to respect and to protect its beauty. As the saying goes: & quot; leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but memories. & Quot;

Trekking provides more challenges than regular hiking. Off the beaten track, you’ll need endurance, stamina, and so mental strength. Because they are remote, you’ll need to make sure your food is light, but also provides you with adequate nutrients. Your body will burn a lot of calories that you’ll need to replenish. But each of your meals should not weigh you down so much that you’re left feeling weak and exhausted.

BERTRAND has the advantage of being very light and fitting in any backpack. It’s quick to make and provides your body with the nutrients it wants for your next trek. [/ Ut_alert]

In our next post, we’ll share some tips for beginners, who are hoping to get into trekking, and maybe even take it for a ride on their next trek.

Self-optimization – is it still healthy?

Miracle Morning, yoga and meditation, productivity curves, superfood, perfectly timed sleep, the ideal diet. All current terms that mean one thing especially in modern times: to optimize and extract the maximum out of yourself. A trend of our time? An outright compulsion? Is it really necessary to achieve the absolute best performance in every area, whether physically or personally?

What is the self-optimization craze?
It seems a little threatening, all that your colleague gets done. Up at 5 in the morning, a session of jogging before breakfast, motivated to work and to stay productive throughout the day while we ourselves sit by wondering: how do you do that? How can I do that?

What we should ask ourselves instead: how does the body deal with that in ten years? Wouldn't this stress, which could lead to burnout, much more likely have negative consequences for me, my well-being and my health? Do we always have to function optimally these days? Time every minute perfectly just so we aren't counted as idle when we sit on the couch for five minutes? A consequence of this mania for optimization in every life situation is often a feeling of overburdening. What is supposed to make us happy causes the opposite instead.

But what, then, is the solution to it all? Bertrand gives some suggestions on how to develop yourself without losing yourself in perfectionism:

  • Finding moderation

    This much is clear: With all our fondness for perfectionism we should remember one thing: to sometimes let it all be in order to care for our friends and above all ourselves. A lazy evening on the couch is not at all a bad thing. Morning exercise doesn't work out as expected? You should also calmly accept that. The perfect meal with optimal nutrition doesn't land on your table one time? These are all things that make us human and that we should learn to forgive. Perfectionism is not always everything and a healthy moderation carries you forward much sooner. Why not enjoy BERTRAND, which offers both time-saving and optimal nutritional value, and spend the time gained on your favorite book or in front of the TV.

    Finding moderation
  • Find what makes you happy and listen to your body

    The yoga class in the morning fulfills you, but you can't get started with meditation? Then that's fine. Calmly try the variety of trackers, healthy smoothies and optimized morning routines, but do only what feels good to you and your body and what makes you happy.

    Find what makes you happy and listen to your body
  • Self-love

    At the same time, we should also think about the optimization of our self. The word self-love arises very often in this connection. It enhances self-esteem, makes us strong. Do try to develop yourself steadily, but don't pressure yourself, forgive small mistakes instead. It's OK to be lazy sometimes.

    Self-love
  • Finding moderation

    This much is clear: With all our fondness for perfectionism we should remember one thing: to sometimes let it all be in order to care for our friends and above all ourselves. A lazy evening on the couch is not at all a bad thing. Morning exercise doesn't work out as expected? You should also calmly accept that. The perfect meal with optimal nutrition doesn't land on your table one time? These are all things that make us human and that we should learn to forgive. Perfectionism is not always everything and a healthy moderation carries you forward much sooner. Why not enjoy BERTRAND, which offers both time-saving and optimal nutritional value, and spend the time gained on your favorite book or in front of the TV.

    Finding moderation
  • Find what makes you happy and listen to your body

    The yoga class in the morning fulfills you, but you can't get started with meditation? Then that's fine. Calmly try the variety of trackers, healthy smoothies and optimized morning routines, but do only what feels good to you and your body and what makes you happy.

    Find what makes you happy and listen to your body
  • Self-love

    At the same time, we should also think about the optimization of our self. The word self-love arises very often in this connection. It enhances self-esteem, makes us strong. Do try to develop yourself steadily, but don't pressure yourself, forgive small mistakes instead. It's OK to be lazy sometimes.

    Self-love

Recipe: BERTRAND Raspberry Shake

Recipe: BERTRAND Raspberry Shake

Sometimes, BERTRAND is more than just a shake that contains all of the important nutrients you need. With a little creativity, it can be used as an ingredient as well. Today we have a recipe for a berry shake that will conjure up spring for you.

Recipe: BERTRAND Raspberry Shake

1 tsp honey or agave syrup
A handful of raspberries
about 150 ml raspberry juice
about 150 ml milk (or a herbal alternative)


Blend the raspberries and honey with the milk and raspberry juice. Then pour Bertrand into the shaker and fill up with the liquid. Shake vigorously until the powder has dissolved and allow to rest for a moment. Enjoy!

Information about the raspberry:
Raspberries are small superberries, because they are full of important vital substances like vitamins A, B and C. But the small berry also contains biotin or minerals such as calcium and magnesium. They are also said to protect our cells, since they contain many antioxidants and thus protect us from oxidative stress.

With BERTRAND in festival season

In current Social media, you hardly encounter the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, also known as Coachella. Many guests come to California every year to attend the music festival. The festival season has officially kicked off, and over the course of this summer, people around the world will dance and have fun listening to their favorite open-air music for a weekend.

But what are the best things to bring to such a festival? BERTRAND gives you four tips on how to survive on the festival site:

Everything is more fun when you can enjoy it with friends. Find your favorite companions before you set out on your trip, and start the festival together with them. And maybe you'll also meet some new friends.
Both on the campground and in front of the stages, the crowds and the weather can make it very warm. So you do not dehydrate, you should always have some fresh water handy. This cools you down and your circulation stays stable.
Whether a practical, small rain poncho, a warm sweater or waterproof footwear: It is not uncommon that many a festival has been surprised by rain showers. Or the temperatures have fallen sharply at night. Be prepared and pay some attention to the right clothes.
BERTRAND is a good, light alternative to typical canned ravioli. It not only leaves you space in your backpack, but also provides you with the nutrients you need to dance to your favorite tunes. All you need is a bag of BERTRAND per day, your shaker, and fresh drinking water. It also saves you a lot of time, which you can spend much better celebrating.

Interview with Guido Hartmann at the Easter Run 2019 in Paderborn (Germany)

Guido Hartmann is a firefighter and also a big fan of running. But not in practical running clothes: in full firefighting gear. The purpose of this initiative is to raise money for seriously ill children, and to draw attention to the condition called Duchenne muscular dystrophy (muscle weakness). BERTRAND thinks this is very worthy of support: He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us at this year’s Easter Run in Paderborn.

Question 1: What is the motivation behind your running in full work gear?

Sick children! My job unfortunately brings me into contact with many sick children. Some years ago, I got to know Mathias Schmidt, and he takes part in running in order to raise awareness about muscular dystrophy. And ever since I got to know him, I have been so convinced of this worthy cause, that I have also been drawing attention to this illness by wearing my full work gear. I have personally been a member of an association that helps children with cancer and other serious conditions, and this lets me combine both ideas really well. This lets me raise funds, and at the same time draw attention to the Duchenne type of muscular dystrophy (DMD for short). Why do we run in our working gear? It’s a message that we want to send out. The run is going to be especially difficult in today’s temperatures. It’s going to be warm, and we are definitely going to suffer a bit. But that’s what it’s all about: Children who have DMD have a hard time in their short life. At first, the illness doesn’t have any symptoms, until the muscles start to weaken. When this happens, a Duchenne type muscular dystrophy diagnosis is made. Most children have to use a wheelchair by the age of 10, because they don’t have the strength to walk any more. At some point, the muscles used by the lungs and the heart start to weaken. Most of these children die before the age of 20.

Question 2: Do you run just for this organization, or for others as well?

When I run, the money that I raise is shared: One half goes to the organization called Benni und Co., which is a German Duchenne charity, and the other half goes to the Hilfe für das krebs- und schwerstkranke Kind e. V., which is the children’s cancer and serious illness charity. Both organizations have been around for about 25 years, and they do fantastic work. In education, and in research. They offer support to the children, and also for the parents of these children. I think that is very worthy of support.

Question 3: Is healthy nutrition important to you personally?

Oh yes. That’s really important for my job, and if at all possible, I try to eat organic quality food, or even Demeter products. I look for fair trade arrangements and good pay rates for the various producers. And I think it is worth it, to pay a bit more. But it is not always easy when you have a family.

Question 4: Have you ever tried BERTRAND?

Yes, I have tried it, and I think it tastes exceptionally good. I have a nut allergy and have to make some adjustments because of it, and I still have to try them all out to find out which type I can tolerate best, but the baked apple and cinnamon one was very good for me.

Question 6: Which is your favorite?

I like the taste of the blueberry one, but I also think the baked apple and cinnamon one tastes great, and I can tolerate it very well, but I really don’t know yet what my favorite flavor is.

Question 6: What other things do you like about BERTRAND, apart from the ingredients and the taste?

I appreciate the philosophy that lies behind it. That everything is organic, and also the family structure in the company. I am very happy to support that.

Question 7: What is your goal for this Easter Run?

To cope with the weather and try to keep hydrated, because it is very warm. Just to keep going: my goal is 1 hour and 10 minutes (Note: Guido Hartmann finished in 01:17:50).

Question 8: What advice would you give to other firefighters who are just starting to take up running?

Training. Just training, and it takes time to get used to it. There are countries where it’s hot all the time. For example in Greece, where they have forest fires. Or in Spain. People have a hard time there. And my firefighter colleagues still do an excellent job in spite of that. In Germany, we are very lucky with the temperatures, although last summer was quite a challenge in that respect, and the only way to deal with that is through physical fitness. So that you have a healthy cardiovascular system. Training and more training: that’s what I would recommend.

Question 9: Which event will you be running in next?

The next event is the Firefighters’ Run in Höxter. A lot of my colleagues are participating in that run wearing work gear or fancy dress costumes. That’s one of the most important events in my running calendar. That run is organized by Matthias Schmidt, and it is specifically for the Duchenne muscular dystrophy illness. It was very warm last year, and I hope we’ll have better luck this year.

Question 10: Last question: if you could choose a particular place to run in, where would that be?

I would love to run in Iceland one day!

BERTRAND thanks Guido Hartmann for this informative interview and wishes him well with his running in future events. In the links below you can see more information about the organizations that were mentioned, and the Firefighters’ Run in Höxter.

https://www.aktionbenniundco.de/
https://firefighter-owl.de/wp/

Our Green Bottle

Whoever has subscribed to the newsletter will already have seen it: our Green Bottles are finally available in all flavors. But what does this Green Bottle actually consist of? It actually looks like a normal plastic bottle…

However, our Green Bottles are different from conventional, petroleum-based plastic bottles. They are biodegradable. Both our label and our bottle are combustible or even compostable without emitting harmful substances:

  • Our Bottle

    The bottle consists of the polymers produced from sugar cane and sugar beet. It is therefore made of a renewable raw material, unlike plastic, which is made of mineral oil. Since the base consists of natural substances, it only emits the CO2 during combustion or decomposition, which it has previously absorbed as a plant. In addition, thermal recycling in waste incineration plants releases a high calorific value that can be used for the generation of electricity or heat. Composting of the bottle would also be possible.
    In addition, the material is both BPA and antimony free. Therefore, the bioplastic from which our Green Bottle is made offers a good alternative to conventional plastics.

    Our Bottle
  • Our label

    Our label, which was used for the Green Bottles, is made of grass paper, which is also a fast-growing, renewable raw material. The production of grass paper is more environmentally friendly than the production of paper from wood pulp, as grass paper requires significantly less water for production and saves a considerable amount of energy. In addition, 4.8 tons of CO2 are reduced during production. The elimination of processing chemicals, which are used for wood pulp production, also leads to a reduction of chemicals. Furthermore, the grass paper is recyclable and compostable.

    Our label
  • Our Bottle

    The bottle consists of the polymers produced from sugar cane and sugar beet. It is therefore made of a renewable raw material, unlike plastic, which is made of mineral oil. Since the base consists of natural substances, it only emits the CO2 during combustion or decomposition, which it has previously absorbed as a plant. In addition, thermal recycling in waste incineration plants releases a high calorific value that can be used for the generation of electricity or heat. Composting of the bottle would also be possible.
    In addition, the material is both BPA and antimony free. Therefore, the bioplastic from which our Green Bottle is made offers a good alternative to conventional plastics.

    Our Bottle
  • Our label

    Our label, which was used for the Green Bottles, is made of grass paper, which is also a fast-growing, renewable raw material. The production of grass paper is more environmentally friendly than the production of paper from wood pulp, as grass paper requires significantly less water for production and saves a considerable amount of energy. In addition, 4.8 tons of CO2 are reduced during production. The elimination of processing chemicals, which are used for wood pulp production, also leads to a reduction of chemicals. Furthermore, the grass paper is recyclable and compostable.

    Our label

Recipe: Betrand orange and turmeric shake

BERTRAND ist manchmal mehr als nur ein Shake, der alle wichtigen Nährstoffe enthält, die du brauchst. Mit einer Portion Kreativität lässt es sich individuell auch als Zutat verwenden. Heute haben wir ein Rezept für einen schnellen Booster für das Immunsystem, der durch seine knallige Farbe gute Laune verbreitet:

BERTRAND Orangen-Shake mit Kurkuma

Betrand in the variant of your choice
A pinch of turmeric
A pinch of black pepper
A pinch of ground ginger
Juice from 2 to 4 oranges
Water
(A teaspoon of agave syrup, if necessary)


Das BERTRAND-Pulver mit dem Pfeffer, dem Ingwer und dem Kurkuma in die Green Bottle füllen. Die Orangen auspressen und den Saft in die Flasche geben. Mit Wasser auffüllen und gut schütteln. Einen Augenblick ruhen lassen und dann genießen.


Infos zu den Zutaten:

Dieser Shake ist ein kleiner Immunbooster. In Orangensaft ist viel Vitamin C enthalten, dass das Immunsystem stärkt und die Eisenaufnahme im Körper fördert. Kurkuma wirkt in Kombination mit schwarzem Pfeffer antientzündlich und ist gut für den Darm. Der enthaltene Ingwer sorgt nicht nur für einen exotischen und frischen Geschmack, sondern hat auch noch eine virusstatische Wirkung, hemmt also die Vermehrung von Viren und kann somit Erkältungen vorbeugen.

5 tips for a successful study period

February and March – two inconspicuous months for some, but for most students, it's test and exam season. That means hours in the library, ages spent sitting at your desk, not much sleep and even less time for decent nutrition. Pizza and instant noodles are quick to make, but don't offer the nutrients you need to keep you focused on your notes.
Your brain is doing a lot of work during that time and it needs to be taken care of. So we've collected 5 tips to help you get through the exam period:

5 tips to you survive this time

  • Drink enough!

    To maintain your concentration, the main thing to remember is to stay hydrated! You should ideally be drinking two liters of water, tea or diluted juice. If you don't stay hydrated throughout the day you'll often feel weak or be prone to headaches. You're best off putting a big bottle of water within reach of your work station right away each morning. If you often forget to drink, it's helpful to use an app to give you regular reminders.

    Drink enough!
  • balanced nutrition

    Balanced Diet – A balanced diet is important, not just for your physical body, but also for your mind. Good fats and nutrients help your brain process information. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the exchange of nerve information, which makes it easier for you to learn and remember things. Vitamins A, B and C protect your brain. So instead of reaching into the freezer for a quick meal, grab BERTRAND instead. It has everything your brain needs and it's just as quick to make.

    balanced nutrition
  • Make a plan

    Make a plan! Does a study plan sound tedious and boring? That might be the case, but having a plan means you'll get started on time and have a better idea of what you need to get done. And that way you can split things up more easily and see when you have time for other things.

    Make a plan
  • Sleep

    Sleep – We process the things we've learned much better in our sleep. That's why it's important to get enough of it. You shouldn't make the mistake of staying up studying well into the morning hours every day. Instead, you should give your body a well-earned break and make sure you're sleeping often and enough.

    Sleep
  • Short breaks

    And on the topic of breaks: Short breaks are important, even while you're studying. Step away from your desk and go outside and get some fresh air, for example. Get your fill of oxygen and enjoy the first signs of spring. Or enjoy a bath or an episode of your favorite TV show. It's good for the soul. But be careful not to spend too long relaxing or to turn your breaks into excuses. Ideally, use a timer and head back to your desk when it goes off.

    Short breaks
  • Drink enough!

    To maintain your concentration, the main thing to remember is to stay hydrated! You should ideally be drinking two liters of water, tea or diluted juice. If you don't stay hydrated throughout the day you'll often feel weak or be prone to headaches. You're best off putting a big bottle of water within reach of your work station right away each morning. If you often forget to drink, it's helpful to use an app to give you regular reminders.

    Drink enough!
  • balanced nutrition

    Balanced Diet – A balanced diet is important, not just for your physical body, but also for your mind. Good fats and nutrients help your brain process information. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the exchange of nerve information, which makes it easier for you to learn and remember things. Vitamins A, B and C protect your brain. So instead of reaching into the freezer for a quick meal, grab BERTRAND instead. It has everything your brain needs and it's just as quick to make.

    balanced nutrition
  • Make a plan

    Make a plan! Does a study plan sound tedious and boring? That might be the case, but having a plan means you'll get started on time and have a better idea of what you need to get done. And that way you can split things up more easily and see when you have time for other things.

    Make a plan
  • Sleep

    Sleep – We process the things we've learned much better in our sleep. That's why it's important to get enough of it. You shouldn't make the mistake of staying up studying well into the morning hours every day. Instead, you should give your body a well-earned break and make sure you're sleeping often and enough.

    Sleep
  • Short breaks

    And on the topic of breaks: Short breaks are important, even while you're studying. Step away from your desk and go outside and get some fresh air, for example. Get your fill of oxygen and enjoy the first signs of spring. Or enjoy a bath or an episode of your favorite TV show. It's good for the soul. But be careful not to spend too long relaxing or to turn your breaks into excuses. Ideally, use a timer and head back to your desk when it goes off.

    Short breaks

Those were a few tips to help get you through this time. What tips do you have for the study period? What helps you get formulas, vocab or laws to stick?

Stick to your resolutions with BERTRAND

The first month of the year has already passed by and asking about those New Year’s resolutions feels redundant. Your trainers are already gathering dust again, there’s frozen pizza waiting in the freezer for tonight and, even though you wanted to avoid the stress, you’re already back to working overtime.

It’s not too late however to change that and to shape your life the way you want it. According to statistics, eating healthily, playing more sport and having more time for yourself and friends are also the most common resolutions for 2019. Based on experience, this requires a good plan, but flexibility is also helpful for sticking to resolutions and overcoming inner temptation.

BERTRAND supports every aspect of this process: Its simple preparation alone saves you time that can be used for yourself or friends and family. At the same time, you eat in a considered and above all balanced way. Thanks to the active version containing double the amount of protein, it’s also suitable as a meal after a visit to the gym or an extensive jogging session as it provides the body with the necessary nutrients as well as healthy minerals and vitamins.

Annika | Customer Care

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Annika | Customer Careannika@bertrand.bio

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