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Take a look around this site for ideas on how to eat right & feel awesome! We believe when you treat yo'self well you will be the healthiest & happiest person you know!
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Let’s give lunch the makeover it deserves!
Sandwiches & wraps are mid-day staples, but they aren’t doing us any favors. No wonder we are so tired in the afternoon…refined bread/wraps, processed deli-meat & just a dusting of vegetables does not a meal of champions make.
Meet your NEW lunch go-to: LUNCH BOWLS! When done right they are energizing, filling & waistline-friendly. Added bonus: You’ll look classy eating a lunch bowl w/ a fork versus manhandling a sandwich or wrap.
Our new infographic breaks down the basic anatomy of a healthy bowl & includes 5 ideas to get you started:
- Mediterranean Hummus Bowl
- Asian Edamame Peanut Bowl
- Mexican Black Bean Burrito Bowl
- American BBQ Ranch Bowl
- Italian Parmesan-Marinara Bowl
Best of all, these bowls can be made in advance and travel well.
Let the full Lunch Bowl Infographic inspire you! Click HERE.
Guilty. I used to love a good suntan – I was no stranger to tanning booths or baby oil. Now I’m older & wiser so I understand that too much sun can lead to age spots, wrinkles & skin cancer. No thank you.
But is there anything more attractive than a sun-kissed glow? Heck YES there is!
In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that eating fruits and vegetables makes your skin color MORE attractive than a suntan. All compliments of yellow pigments in produce called carotenoids. These pigments actually tint your skin a golden, healthy hue. Aim for >3 cups of produce daily for at least 6 weeks for the best effect.
Boost your attractiveness by eating more orange produce & leafy greens:
Almost everything requires a password. To make it “strong”, we come up with something so unique that it feels like mental gymnastics trying to remember it! [Example: pet name + birth date + $]
WOW Challenge: Change your passwords to motivating health mantras.
Think about it. You gotta type passwords into your gadgets all day long. This is the perfect opportunity to get a regular dose of healthy inspiration. Get creative using numbers and symbols for stronger security.
Here are a few to get you started:
- Eat>Greens (eat more greens)
- DrinkT@PM (drink tea in the afternoon)
- LungesB4Bed (lunges before bed)
Check out the image to the left for more ideas.
Even hardcore healthnuts get snacky cravings for junk! No biggie. There are plenty of superfoods that can satisfy cravings, while doing your body good. Read on, my healthnut friends…
Six simple swaptastic snacks:
1) Pretzels –> Raw nuts
(same crunch w/ protein, fiber & healthy fat)
2) Starburst –> Dried mango (no added sugar)
(same chewy sweetness w/ 20 extra vitamins & minerals)
3) Chocolate candy bar –> Cocoa nibs & unsweetened coconut flakes
(same chocolaty goodness w/ fiber, minerals & zero sugar.)
4) Soda –> Sparkling water w/ shot of 100% juice
(same carbonation w/ powerful antioxidants)
5) Ice cream –> Frozen banana slices w/ unsweetened cocoa powder
(same cool creaminess w/ all the healthfulness of fresh fruit)
6) Chips –> Roasted flavored garbanzo beans
(same crunch w/ a dose of plant-protein & fiber)
Are you stuck in an oatmeal & yogurt rut? Change it up with….Cha-cha-cha-chia!
Chia seeds soaked in almond milk turn into a pudding-like delight for a quick breakfast on the go. This powerhouse pudding is fully loaded with fiber (3x more than oatmeal), protein (as much as in an egg), mood-boosting omega-3′s and skin-smoothing vitamin E.
You can shake up 1/4 cup chia + 3/4 cup milk in a glass container (like a small mason jar), add toppings & run out the door. It will be ready to eat in 20 min. Or you can make a bigger batch & keep covered in the fridge for the week.
Check out the Chia Pudding recipe (plus tasty topping ideas) HERE.
“…I’m gonna have just a little more dessert tonight because I did exercise this morning.”
“…You know, I normally wouldn’t eat that chocolate candy, but I did exercise today so I’ll have a little.”
Does that sound familiar? Exercisers often give themselves food rewards for their efforts… which in the end can add up & sabotage weight loss efforts.
Good news – You can outsmart this scenario!
Research found that when people viewed their workout as “FUN” instead of “EXERCISE” they didn’t seek out extra goodies.
Lesson: When you reframe healthy behaviors as “FUN” they won’t seem like hard work. So, how can you flip one of your inner scripts to turn healthy into more fun this week?