Oodles of Zoodles

We made it, we are half way through the week! Hopefully its going well for you, so far so good over here! I have been trying to stick with my meal planning program and keeping healthy choices all around. #thestruggleisreal
I love pasta, and in my opinion, not much can replace it. Right?! Doughy, addictive, saucy, and cheesy pasta! I mean, I LOVE spaghetti squash and other alternatives, but lets be real…nothing can necessarily totally replace pasta. However, we can have a lot of fun trying!
For awhile now, I have been wanting to try ZOODLES! “Noodles” made from zucchini! A pretty cool alternative and significantly lower in calories. I have been seeing it all over blogs, websites, and magazines. I finally caved in and ordered a SPIRALIFE from Amazon.

Well last night, I finally made the zoodles! and ladies and gentlemen….they were a total hit!!!!

zoodlesIt took two zucchini and about 68 seconds to do this. I had loads of zoodles. I then sauteed them in a little olive oil, salt, and garlic….top with some grilled chicken sausage and pasta sauce! Voila! Healthy, low carb meal that was surprisingly very satisfying! Very low in Weight Watcher points too! I loved it and it was very tasty, more so than the other squash! I already can’t wait to try it again, a few different variations! I’m thinking sweet potatoes…stay tuned!

So are you ready for the Super Bowl!?! I love all the talk about the commercials.  I have seen lots of appetizer recipes floating around.  Lots of dips, spreads, and finger foods! Allllllllll my favorites! I love a good app spread, again #thestruggleisreal . And lets be honest, enjoy yourself, everything in moderation!   Here is one of my favorite appetizer recipes, super easy, and everyone always wants the recipe! I have never made the recipe exact, I always make it into my own, but here is the original! Its Easy Feta dip from The Girl Who Ate Everything

e741496ae25de7ffb3c587ded7bab402

Have you ever tried Zoodles?

Whats your favorite super bowl snack? 

The Idea of Yoga

How was everyone’s Monday?! Yesterday, was great! Jumped right back into the swing of things. It was a day of catching up on lots of emails/calls/and work. It was definitely a long Monday! I even ended my day with a little body pump!IMG_3020

 

Oh and can we talk about The Bachelor?! Can you say #drama My goodness! Lots of crazies and fun! Who do you like so far?! I still think it’s too soon to tell, but I did like Brit! I can wait to see what this season hold, my total Monday night guilty pleasure!

Today, I am trying a yoga class. I don’t really “like” yoga but I think I love the idea of yoga. I personally feel It’s too slow, leaves me with my thoughts, thinking of everything else I could be doing, makes me feel anxious… Not sure why?! You may be thinking… Then why are you going to a yoga class? #weirdo
Because my friends, I feel need it. I need the movement, I need the calmness, stillness, and to learn how to center my thoughts. I’m not even sure I know what the means. But the “idea” of centering my thoughts sounds like what I need. I constantly crave the feeling that yoga gives…Or maybe it’s the idea of yoga I crave. That “let it be” motto, go with flow attitude, calm ora that I’m striving for in 205. Is that real life? I mean, come on?! Any yogis out there, can you justify!
One of my “intentions” for the new year is to be more mindful. More mindful in all I do! To be present in all moments. And that folks, is hard for me! I think it’s hard for most, right?! I can’t be alone in thinking that! That’s why yoga and meditative practices are so challenging for me. I mean, #TheStruggleIsReal.
I came across this article tonight and wanted to share and thought you guys would like it… 12 ways yoga changed my life.
Do you take yoga? How do you practice mindfulness?

 

Back to Basics

First of all…Happy 2015! WOW! I am really coming off from a long, amazing, fun/food-filled holiday bender! Are you?! I am SO ready to get back in the swing of things around here after all the fun.  I spend ALL weekend organizing, cleaning, cooking, and figuring out how to make this year better than the last. I think I have some good ideas! 😉  and thanks to Heather from FitNCookies , my blog will stay more organized! (More on that later in the week!)

Today, I want to chat about going back to the basics.  This month, I want to focus on cleaning up my diet a bit! After a season of holiday festivities, it could use it! More fruits, more veggies, more water! All about the healthy eating in this house.

Yesterday, while figuring out how to keep my health goals attainable, I started to think about what I always tell my clients.  I actually took my own advice, I “walked the walk”.   It may sound silly, but these easy tips will help you stay on top of your healthy eating goals for 2015.  None of these tips are new, rocket science, or state of the art…however, they work!

Back to basics fridge organization

Taking it old school…

  1.  Plan Ahead. I can’t stress this enough! What will you eat? Do you have enough food to last you until you head back to the store? Healthy options to grab and go? We all know what happens when you’re not prepared.  Think, plan, shop, prep!
  2. Meal Prep. Yesterday, I prepped all my veggies, salads, and snacks.  As you can see above in my fridge! I have carrots, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, and red pepper! I made a bunch of hard-boiled eggs too! I created a quinoa salad with loads of veggies.  I didn’t add any seasoning or dressing, so we can switch it up through the week.  It’s so much less stressful to make a salad with 90% of the work is already done for you.
  3. Stick to your list. I think this was the first time in a LONG time that I made a grocery list and stuck to it 95% of the time.  I was proud of myself.  I was also realistic about what to add to our grocery list.  Snacks and treats were on the list too, I know its important to indulge!! But I planned them into the week!
  4. It’s all about the placement.  I switched around my whole fridge around yesterday.  All my fruit, veggies, and healthy grab and go snacks are all placed conveniently on top.  All in clear containers so I can see whats inside. I am much more likely to grab carrots and celery if they are placed in my face and already cut up!! Again, it’s all about the placement!
  5. Keep track. When I am “cleaning” up my diet and trying to lose a few pounds, it’s essential for me to track.  I know, it’s not for everyone, but that is what works best for me. I either write it all done, or on my phone!  It really helps me to look at what I am eating and how I can improve.  I will be tracking with Weight Watchers, simply because I love it, and it works really well for me!

That’s it folks! Five basic tips to help keep you on your A game!

What is your favorite basic tip to stay on track? 

Are you cleaning up your diet this January?! 

9 Foods You Should Eat Everyday!

Hi Yall! Happy Friday! This week as been so strange…I feel like it flew by but then again was super long! All I know is TGIF!!!

My favorite “food” quote of all time is ….
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”~ Hippocrates
And I truly believe this for many reasons. Check out the list below on why you should add these nine foods to your daily diet! 
 
Here are NINE foods that you should eat everyday for your health and well-being! 
  1. Garlic–This food has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral benefits.  Garlic is full of antioxidants! 
  2. Grapefruit–Boosts your liver function! It is packed with properties that aid the body in detoxifying!
  3. Avocado–Research shows that this “fruit” may lower our cholesterol.
  4. Tomatoes–Rich in vitamin C.  Also, has Lycopene, a carotenoid that offers antioxidant protection again several types of cancers.
  5. Hemp Seeds–Packed with loads of essential fatty acids and full of protein!
  6. Kale–It’s a super food! High in iron and again, packed with antioxidant powers!
  7. Cucumbers–Known for their hydrating qualities but also their cleansing abilities inside the body.
  8. Peppers–Rich in color, loaded with rich antioxidants such as Lycopene, Lutein (great for eye health), and Chlorophyll which aids in elimination free radicals in the body!
  9. Spinach–Anti-inflammatory.  Research is telling us the inflammation in the body is the start to A LOT of diseases and cancers!

Here is a great picture I found from Food INC. to showcase these nine foods! nine foods to eat How do you add these foods to your daily diet? 

How to Create a Home Gym!

I have tried to create a home gym atmosphere over that last couple of weeks in our spare room. Since I  am a personal trainer and do a lot of “in home” sessions, I have to get creative with my clients! Even though I love going to the gym, sometimes its hard to get there! Below you will find a few essentials that are great to have on hand for indoors or outdoors for a workout at anytime!
how to

 

  1.  Weights! You can buy a few different sized weights just about anywhere nowadays! I recommend having light, medium, and heavy-set of each! Check out your local TJ MAXX, Target, or even Five Below!
  2. Bosu Ball.  There are a TON of exercises that you can use your Bosu Ball for balance work, strengthening your core, squats, stability work…the list goes on!
  3. Exercise ball.  Again, a great all-purpose piece of equipment that you can buy anywhere! You can squat, lift, sit, strengthen, balance, and lots more! My favorite…stretching on the ball!
  4. Kettle Bell.  A kettle bell is a great all-purpose weight that you can use to tone the body and get your heart rate up!
  5. Jump Rope.  Cardio anytime, any place! And did I mention cheap?
  6. Yoga Mat.  Use this to stretch and to do your floor work! A towel works just as well!
  7. iPhone/iPad.  Music, music, music! I need music when I work out! I have a ton of playlists on my phone depending on the mood I am in that day! Also, I have lots of Apps on my iPhone/iPad that are awesome workouts! It’s important to switch it up!
  8. Workout DVD’s.  I recently bought a bunch of new workout DVD’s.  I love doing routines, always have! I like to keep it fresh, get new ideas, and sometimes, I just like to be told what to do than thinking of what I have to do! I will be doing a review of my favorite DVD’s soon!

So there you have it! A few essentials to your home gym!

Do you have a home gym? What piece of equipment is a must for you?!