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Chores and a Homemade Acai Bowl

As I begin writing this, it’s not even noon and I feel like I’ve had a full day already. Since we have two cats and two dogs, the fur in our house accumulates rapidly. It took me about an hour to vacuum.  LOL.

Since the weather has been so nice this weekend, I decided to take my cardio outdoors for a  40 minute run.  It was a nice change, considering I NEVER do that. While I was running I began to mentally salivate over the idea of having an acai bowl when I finished. So – I had to do it.

Confession – I always think about food when I’m working out #notsorry

Acai Bowl
My first acai bowl.

Drooling yet?

Here’s the breakdown:

Mixture

2 packets of Unsweetened Sambazon Acai

1 half banana

1 scoop of Bulk Supplements paleo egg white protein powder

A sprinkle of maca powder

1/4 cup of water or whatever liquid base you want to use

Toppings

Frozen Blueberries

Unsweetened coconut

Unsweetened organic creamy peanut butter (or you can use almond butter)

Kind Gluten Free Granola – banana nut flavor

A hint of amber agave on top

 

What’s great about these is that you can put whatever you want in it and on top of it. The possibilities are endless. Just be aware of how much sugar you add to this because it is easy to make this a high calorie meal/snack. These are great to have before or after a workout!

Enjoy! x

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Eating through the summer heat.

It was over 100 degrees in Raleigh this weekend and the last thing I want to do is eat a heavy meal while in a constant state of sweat. I personally love the heat, but I’m sure not everyone shares the same opinion.

We decided to cook light. 

Stove-top salmon with Himalayan salt, pepper, lemon juice in coconut oil over

  • mixed greens 
  • walnuts
  • strawberries
  • cucumber
  • sprouts
  • balsamic vinegar and olive oil

It was just enough to feel full and refreshed. 

Salmon is loaded with protein and potassium. The fat that is in fish is beneficial to your heart and aids in keeping you full and satisfied. This piece has approximately 29 grams of protein and 542 mg of potassium. (1/3 pound of salmon)

Balsamic vinegar/olive oil is a great substitute for your typical salad dressing that is loaded with sodium, fat and SUGAR.

If you need some carbohydrates, cold quinoa could be a great element to add to a salad like this!


Stay cool out there and enjoy! x

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The Importance of BCAA’s

 

Short for Branch Chain Amino Acids, these amino’s join forces to give us the best workout recovery tool money can buy. They come in different forms, but powder might just be the most popular because they can come in various flavors. These amino’s are found naturally in foods but especially if you are vegetarian and vegan, you will want to supplement these.

So why take BCAA’S:

  1. MUSCLE RECOVERY
  2. MAINTAIN WORKOUT INTENSITY
  3. AID IN THE BUILDING OF MUSCLE

That soreness that you feel after a workout is totally normal but COMPLETELY uncomfortable. BCAA’s have been linked to easing the the soreness, helping the body push out the build up of lactic acid in the muscles and maintaining the immune system in the process.

I like to refer to myself as a “pure-ist,” meaning I don’t like to use flavored BCAA’s. They are typically sugar free and use artificial sweeteners which have been linked to many health issues (I can speak from experience). I recently started ordering from BulkSupplements and I couldn’t be happier with the product AND the price.

Here is what I recommend – the impact on my training and workouts have been AMAZING. They work with any lifestyle – vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free.

BCAA 2:1:1 (Branch Chain Amino Acids) Powder (my favorite, can be mixed in water or smoothies!)

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) Capsules

Like I said, the prices and customer service are amazing. Go out and try it. x

Information source: Livestrong.com

 

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Healthy Food of the Day – Cinnamon

Cinnamon Sticks and Powder on Wooden Table

The snicker doodle, cinnamon buns, pumpkin pie, apple pie….what do all of these delicious and sinful desserts have in common? Cinnamon.

I bet that wasn’t your first guess, was it? That’s okay. It’s hard to not be distracted by how delicious those dishes taste. (by the way they may be delicious but…..)

Cinnamon is an extremely popular spice that can be added to most anything. You should really be eating cinnamon, not only because of how great it compliments other flavors, but also because of the amazing health benefits. Cinnamon contains something called “cinnamaldehyde” which is great for the metabolism, providing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to its affect on the metabolism, it also provides an excellent inhibitor to bacterial and fungal infections.

It increases the sensitivity to insulin so that the body reacts properly to insulin being released into the blood stream. It also aids in the lowering of blood sugar and slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates. (Authority Nutrition)

While cinnamon tastes good and has great benefits, I wouldn’t’ recommend eating it by the spoonful!!!

Ways to use cinnamon throughout the day:

If I ever do a soy or oat milk latte, I spring cinnamon on top.

Plain oats, 1 tsp of cinnamon, agave (if you need sweetener), 1 tbs of chia seeds

Add some in a smoothie or hot tea!

Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

Source:

Authority Nutrition

 

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Pre-workout Meal – SO GOOD.

If you love to be active and workout, then you know how important healthy carbs can be. YOU NEED them for energy!

Sunday was leg day. My  breakfast consisted of 2 egg whites, 1 full egg and the oatmeal mixture pictured below. Quite colorful, isn’t it?

1 cup of gluten free plain oats

4 medium sized strawberries

1 tbs of black chia seeds

1 tbs of cacoa nibs

The natural sugar from the strawberries added a nice sweetness. I used the microwave to soften the oats. The frozen strawberries and chia seeds were mixed in. I added the cacao nibs post microwave. You can also use the stove top.

No added sugar, gluten and a dairy free.

Let’s just say that I killed leg day.

 

Enjoy! x

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Healthy Food of the Day – Coconut Oil

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At 240 calories per ounce, organic coconut oil is still considered one of the most healthy types of oil to be used in cooking as well as other holistic remedies. Coconut oil is great for the hair and skin and is a great replacement for dairy products in cooking and baking. While coconut oil is high in fat, it’s not necessarily a “bad fat.” It is also high in Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Iron. Coconut oil contains antimicrobial and anti fungal properties to help fight and prevent infection.

According to Organic Facts.net, It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.  Fortunately, coconut oil can also help with weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolic rate.

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Interested in cooking with coconut oil? Check out this blog about the uses of coconut oil at the Whole Foods Market website.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Sources for this article: Self.com Organic Facts.net

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#IheartMatcha

I recently discovered matcha tea and I am in love. Lately, I have been consuming way too much coffee. Life has gotten crazy. I was doing a shoot in downtown Raleigh last month and stopped in at my favorite spot, Raleigh Raw. I decided to get a Matcha Tea Latte just to give myself a little boost. It was just what I needed. I ordered a matcha tea latte with almond mylk, organic maple syrup, cacao nibs, and mint. It tasted like a marvelous mint chocolate chip latte. matcha-green-tea-latte12-660x440

Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for the best latte. Sadly, it’s not offered at many spots here in Raleigh. I decided to pay Whole Foods a visit and found a great brand.


What is Matcha Tea?
Matcha powdered green tea is:
a mood-enhancing, antioxidant powerhouse a natural weight loss aid, pH balancer and detox agent a sugar-free coffee alternative without the jitters

It is a great source of balanced caffeine.

It contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to relax the mind.

It is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll.

What positive experiences have you had with Matcha Tea? x

Source: Matchasource.com