Shake It Up

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Cardio can be one of the most boring and tedious parts of a fitness routine if you make it that way. Follow these tips to trade in your boring routine for something that will keep you going and wondering where the time went.

 
Mix it Up
Four 60 minute sessions weekly on the elliptical aren’t going to inspire anyone to head to the gym. Try not repeating the same session in a week. It will keep things interesting and maybe you might start to look forward it.
Try a Class 
Participating in a class will keep you motivated through the entire workout. Try zumba, kickboxing, or cycle for some mega calorie burning. Or if you feel shy or uncomfortable taking a class, try watching workout videos at home like the Zumba® Weight Loss Program DVD. You’ll [...]

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Roasted Cauliflower Hummus – Bean Free and Tahini Free

When I hear the word “hummus” I automatically think of mashed garbanzo beans. Sure, this is the true way hummus was and is made, but, there are tons of other ways to make hummus. Don’t get me wrong, I love garbanzo beans and all beans for that matter, I just think its great to have options and to experiment a little in the kitchen. What if you’re on Paleo diet or the 17 Day Diet (cycle 1) and can’t have garbanzo bean hummus – but you really love hummus and feel a snack attack coming on!? Well, good news! There are many options for you to help with your craving. By the way, its so much healthier for you to make your own hummus, not to mention cheaper!! All you need is an oven & a Food Processor [...]

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Saving the Planet one Diet at a Time

“You eat. Willingly or not, you participate in the environment of food choice. The choices you makes about food are as much about the kind of world you want to live in as they are about what to have for dinner. Food choices are about your future and that of your children.”
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Follow these steps to create a more environmentally friendly diet. 
Eat Less Meat
Eating more plants and less meat is possibly the single best thing you can do for the environment. Livestock accounts for 20% of greenhouse gases according to the United Nations. That is more then all the cars, SUVS, trailers, planes, ocean freighters, and any other transport activity combined.
Eat Real Food (minimally  processed foods)
The less processing a food undergoes the less energy and resources are required to manufacture, package, and ship the item.
Read more on how to eat foods that are best for the planet here [...]

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Tank Top Arms

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Summer is officially here. Well, almost. But, if you live in my neck of the woods, summer arrived two months ago. I had to break out the tank tops and shorts earlier then planned. This workout focuses on your triceps, biceps, and shoulders as those muscles are the most revealed in a tank.
 

 

 

 

 

 

          

A Dumbbell Set or a Resistance Exercise Band is required and the above are recommended.
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15 pushups 
12 Shoulder [...]

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Post-Workout Fuel

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During exercise, our muscles and carbohydrate stores break down. The muscle tissue rips and prepares itself to be rebuilt. However, without the proper nutrition, your body can’t rebuild and will never reach its full potential.
What do I eat post workout?
After a workout, you want to fuel your body with carbohydrates and protein, which are essential to the rebuilding process. Fat is not necessary and it may even derail your progress as it slows digestion. If you calculate your needs, you will need .8 grams of carbs per kilogram and .4 grams of protein per kilogram. Keep in mind that it is also best to consume your post workout meal ASAP for the biggest benefits. Check out these ten quick meals to fuel your body after training.
Ten Quick Post Workout Mini Meals

Protein Creamcicle: Blend 1 scoop Vanilla protein powderRead more

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Greek Yogurt Cakes

With the temperature heating up and living through days that reach 104, I needed a nightly treat to cool me down. These Greek yogurt cakes are the perfect sweet, crunchy, and cool that I was looking for. Plus they are only 120 calories.
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Ingredients:

1 cupKashi GOLEAN Crunch Cereal(low fat granola will work too)
1/2 cup almond flour
1 egg
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup nonfat milk
3 teaspoons sugar free vanilla pudding mix
2 cups vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt (or any flavor you like)
1/2 cup fat free Cool Whip, thawed
Caramel Sauce  or chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

For the crust, place Kashi cereal, almond flour, egg, and olive oil in a food processor and pulse until well blended. 
Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners.
Place a tablespoon of the crust mixture into the lined muffin tin and press flat.
Bake in a [...]

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A Lighter Side of Chicken Parmesan

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We are all familiar with the cheesy, yummy goodness that is chicken parmesan. As one of my favorite dishes, I set out to create a lighter, diet-friendly version of this Italian classic. 17 Day Diet Cycle 3 Compliant recipe.
 

 

Ingredients:

3 slices whole wheat bread 
4 teaspoons Italian spice blend
1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 egg whites
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup flour
4 chicken breast
Olive oil spray
3 1/2 cups marinara sauce
3/4 cup shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:
Pound chicken until 1/2 inch thick.

Place flour into the first shallow baking dish.

Whisk egg whites and milk together in the second shallow dish.

Place bread into toaster and toast until golden brown. Remove from toaster and place in a food processor with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian spice blend. Pulse until crumbs are created and pour into the third shallow dish.

Line up ingredients on a counter and [...]

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Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese spring rolls recipe These are absolutely one of my favorite foods to eat! So fresh and tasty! And so versatile. You can seriously add anything you want in them. Make them vegan/vegetarian or add some meat if you’d like. You could even go fruity with them if you wanted! I’ve made them a couple times for family functions and people flock to these. People of all ages love them, kiddo’s do too – probably because they are fun little rolled up treats! Might be a good way to get your kids to eat their veggies!

fresh Vietnamese spring rollsFirst you’re going to want to decide what you want to fill these beauties up with. Veggies are great! Any kind really: sprouts, spinach, shredded carrots, shredded cucumber, avocado, mushrooms, cilantro, bell pepper, lettuce, fresh basil, [...]

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Protein “Ice Cream”

Splurge on this simple, not-so-guilty “Ice Cream” made with all clean ingredients.
Recipe:

3 Frozen Bananas, Sliced
2 Scoops of Protein Powder (chocolate or vanilla)
2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
¼ – ½ Cup Almond Milk

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1) Sliced the bananas and freeze overnight.
2)Place frozen bananas in a Cuisinart Food Processor – I recommend this one highly if you don’t have one.
Pulse until creamy.
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3) Add protein powder and peanut butter to bananas and pulse until creamy.
4) If the mixture is chunky or gritty add the almond milk until creamy.
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5) Enjoy or place in the freezer for when that sweet tooth comes calling.
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Clean Drinking (Starbucks)

Enjoy your favorite Starbucks guilt-free. 

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Whether you enjoy the green siren daily, weekly, or monthly, it can be devastating to your waistline. And now that Starbucks lists calories on their menu boards you can feel the guilt as you order. As a former Barista, I have just the tips to ordering the drinks you love that will keep your mouth happy and your diet consistent.
Clean Eating Starbucks tips:

Drip Coffee, Americano, & Tea: These are the most obvious calorie conscious drinks with ten calories or less. You can spice these up by adding sugar-free syrups or steamed non-fat milk with a little bit of foam.
Latte: A tall nonfat latte contains only 90 calories. It is basically a glass of steamed milk with espresso: packed with protein and calcium. Make it a skinny latte with sugar-free vanilla for a real treat.
Frappuccino: Yes, I said it. [...]

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