Protein, protein, protein!

‘Protein’ is probably a PT’s favourite word (apart from Burpees 😂). But just why do we place so much emphasis on eating protein? As Personal Trainers, our top request is to help clients lose body fat and gain lean muscle, and whilst in exercise terms, a combination of resistance training and cardio are essential to achieve…

Simple Butternut Squash Soup

This is such an easy recipe for a healthy and delicious butternut squash soup – guaranteed to warm up your winter lunchtimes! Takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and makes around 3 largish bowls Ingredients: Around 500g of butternut squash, peeled and chopped into cubes (I let Tesco do the hard work and used…

Staying on Track

Recently I’ve noticed that I’ve put on a few pounds, nothing major, but clothes that are usually comfortable have become less so! Like many people, over the summer holidays I relaxed my eating (and drinking) – a couple of biscuits here; a chocolate bar there; the odd glass of wine mid-week. Doesn’t sound too bad…

What will you achieve in 2015?

So, February is upon us – a whole month of 2015 already gone. How has your ‘new year’ been so far? Did you make any resolutions? Are you sticking to them?? We’re not really ‘New Years’ Resolution’ girls at JDV. That’s not to say that we haven’t set ourselves some goals for the year ahead…

‘Fit in Forty’ for Lent

Tomorrow sees the start of Lent, when it is tradition for observers to give up one of their vices or bad habits such as eating chocolate or perhaps drinking alcohol. This Lent, by all means give up sweets and chocolate for 40 days, but how about making a healthy food swap like eating more fruit…

Pancake Heaven!

Pancake day is here again – the perfect excuse for us to create a heavenly breakfast, post-workout snack or after dinner treat. But you don’t have to settle for the traditional sugary sweet offering – why not try our delicious healthy versions. We guarantee you’ll love them! Carrot Cake Pancakes Ingredients: 35g Oats 1 scoop…

Swaptober – halfway point!

How are you all doing with our Swaptober Challenge? Hopefully you’re not finding it too difficult to make some healthy nutrition swaps in place of those little sweet treats and fatty snacks that creep into our daily routine and become regular habits before we know it!  Maybe you’re swapping sweets for fruit (fresh or dried),…

Swaptober

With “Stoptober” and “Sober for October” hitting the headlines, Joie de Vivre thought we would come up with our own challenge to help you to make small steps to a fitter, healthier and happier lifestyle. So, why not join us for “SWAPTOBER”! We’re challenging you to make a healthy swap to your nutrition to help…