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.

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

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?

Featured: Organic flaxseed

Fabulous flowers and nondescript seeds that pack a punch: Flaxseeds are the food of choice when it comes to unsaturated fatty acids or vitamins. Its little seeds come from the beautiful blue flowers of the flax plant, which is native to Europe and has more to offer than many other plants. To be precise, flaxseeds have the highest content of the polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha-linolenic acid. The harvested seeds are sold in three variants: whole, broken, and milled.

 

Flaxseeds have a slightly nutty flavor and contain about 40% fat (flaxseed oil). Whole seeds are less beneficial to the body than broken flaxseeds because they usually pass through your gastrointestinal tract unchanged. They need to be broken in order to unlock their full potential in terms of unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins (vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E). The seed coat of flaxseeds contains mucilage, which swell up when combined with enough water and do a good job of regulating the gastrointestinal tract. Flaxseed oil also contributes to a healthy heart and actively protects your cells. This is due to the lignans, which are secondary plant compounds rich in antioxidants. In addition, flaxseeds are said to have anti-inflammatory effects.
Why organic:
The selenium contained in flaxseeds already exhibits its property of binding heavy metals within the plant. That’s why it’s important to eat flaxseed products from certified organic cultivation and less from conventional cultivation in order to avoid plants that absorb potentially harmful substances from the soil along with the selenium contained in it.

How do they end up in the product?
We import our flaxseeds from Kazakhstan, where they are cultivated in certified organic conditions. Usually, manufacturing companies use so-called cold-pressed flaxseed oil cakes, which are a by-product of flaxseed oil production. Our flaxseeds, however, come to us as whole seeds and are broken just before we mix and fill our product. In this way, we protect the valuable fatty acids from oxidation, thus preventing the little seeds from becoming rancid quickly. By grinding the little flaxseeds in BERTRAND, we ensure that its valuable nutrients can then be absorbed optimally by the body.

Recipe: BERTRAND Vanilla Banana Muesli

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 quick breakfast:

Vanilla Banana Muesli

Vanilla Flavored Bertrand
2 drops of vanilla extract
1 ripe banana
approx. 250 ml oat milk (cow's milk or other plant milk)
Toppings like nuts, cacao nibs, etc, as desired


Cut the banana into small pieces. Put the Bertrand powder into a bowl and pour the milk and vanilla extract over it, stir thoroughly with a small whisk until the powder has dissolved. Let it rest for a moment, then add the banana and other toppings and enjoy!

Information about bananas:
Bananas could be considered a miracle food, because not only are they cheap, they're also good for you. They're full of B vitamins, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C. The combination of the slow-burning fiber, like in muesli, and the simple carbs in a banana will also make sure you stay feeling full.


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