Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips, Snacks

My VERY Honest Opinion On 6 Common Protein Bars

A few months ago I shared my thoughts about some of the most popular nutrition bars on the market and it quickly became one of my most popular blog posts to date.

The bars I included in that post were all healthy options and I never even thought to talk about the bad options until my friend Ashley suggested it. 

Ashley confessed she was confused by all the protein/nutrition bars found at conventional grocery stores, drug stores, airports, gas stations, Target…etc and wanted to know which were good options and which to stay away from.

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Fitness, My Weekly Workouts

Hot Chocolate 15k Training + Weekend Recap

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend!

I sure did despite the weather being CRAZY here in San Diego.

Last Friday one of the strongest storms in years hit California just in time for my beach camping trip. My family and I debated all week if it would be worth it to drive up to Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu and test our luck with the weather or just stay home.

At the last minute we decided to go and figured if the storm got really bad we could always just pack up and leave.

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Breakfast, Food

Spinach & Feta Egg Muffins

spinach & feta egg muffins

A few weeks ago my friend Kelsey texted me and told me that she was about to start a 2 week boot-camp at Corepower Yoga and desperately needed some healthy food ideas since participants were highly encouraged to keep a food journal and follow a healthy meal plan to maximize their results.

One of the first things I ask people when they ask for healthy food ideas is what they’re eating for breakfast. I’ve said it 4857948 times on this blog but I truly believe breakfast is the most important meal and sets the tone for your entire day of eating. So when Kelsey (calling you out sorry) told me she’d been eating a frozen Special K Breakfast Sandwich for breakfast for the past like 6 months I almost died. 

I immediately went online to check out the ingredients (because I’m psycho) in these breakfast sandwiches and please just listen to the ingredients in the “egg” portion of the sandwich: Scrambled egg patty (whole eggs, whey, egg whites, nonfat milk, soybean oil, modified food starch, dicalcium phosphate, salt, sodium bicarbonate, xanthan gum, guar gum, citric acid [to promote color retention], pepper, soy lecithin). SAY WHAT?!?!?!?!?

An egg patty should have 1 ingredient: egg!

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Fitness, Fitness Tips, My Weekly Workouts, Quick Tips

Hot Chocolate 15k Training: Week 4 + Weekly Workouts

Guess who just finished their first double digit run of 2017?!?!?

ME!!! (and Bryce and my mom)

So quick story…I came straight home after trail running this morning and was so excited and proud of our mini running group I totally forgot to properly stretch and instead ate 5 oranges and some steak then headed out to the pool to enjoy this very unusual 80 degree weather we’re having in San Diego. 

Fastforward 2 hours…I can hardly walk. Rookie mistake..ALWAYS properly stretch after long distance running. Especially when you are working up to distances you haven’t ran in errrrr 6 months? I should seriously know this by now haha!

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Fitness, Fitness Tips, Healthy Living, Workouts

What To Expect Your First Time At Orangetheory Fitness

orangetheory fitness

Last Saturday I finally worked up the courage to try an Orangetheory Fitness class!

I know it sounds silly but trying new fitness classes is very intimidating for me. I still have never taken a barre class, never tried crossfit, never taken spin…yet am 100% comfortable taking yoga in a 110 degree room haha.

BUT with my yoga instructor out of town I figured it was the perfect time to take advantage of the free class Orangetheory Fitness offers to try the workout. To help ease your nerves if you’ve been thinking about trying Orangetheory Fitness too I wanted to breakdown how it works, what to bring, give both Bryce and I’s experiences and more.

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Dinner, Food, Healthy Living, Lunch, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

6 Ingredient Asian-Style Meatballs

21 day sugar detox

It’s been a few weeks since I completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox.

In those few weeks I celebrated a friends birthday, went skiing up in Mammoth and had Superbowl Sunday. There was a lot of drinking, a lot of snacking and a lot of sugar…oops! BUT I still feel great and don’t feel like I’ve lost any progress since I’ve been modifying the 21-Day Sugar Detox during the week. Gotta love that 80/20 lifestyle. 

Normally by February all good intentions I had going into the new year would be starting to fade away but I just can’t stress enough how much this short 21-Day plan changed my entire outlook on eating. Even with a few weekends going completely off the rails with eating/drinking I feel confident going back to what I learned on the program to reset my body. If you are struggling seeing progress at the gym or with dieting I highly recommend checking out the 21-Day Sugar Detox!

And if you don’t want to spend money on another book just start trying to eat more real food instead of processed junk. It really is that easy!

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Fitness, My Weekly Workouts

Hot Chocolate 15k Training Week 3 + Weekly Workouts

Real talk… this post is a little bit late because of the Super Bowl yesterday. #sorrynotsorry

Can we please just talk about the game real quick WOW! I was rooting for the Patriots so during the first half I was in shock and all I could do is chug champagne to numb the pain of a 21-3 score going into halftime. Lady Gaga was whatever. I was hoping she’d bring out some guests but it was kind of fun hearing songs from like 6 years ago that I’d jam out to in college haha! During the 3rd quarter I was seriously falling asleep thinking how on earth could a Super Bowl be this boring but then the comeback started.

Football fan or not I think every single person who stuck with the game until the 4th quarter can appreciate how incredible the football was in those final 15 minutes and overtime. Fun fact…this was the first Super Bowl EVER to go into overtime and the Patriots made the largest comeback ever. 

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Food, Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips

What’s In Season: Winter Produce

We’ve discussed the benefits of eating seasonally but just to highlight a couple KEY reasons why it’s the best way to eat:

  • Fresh seasonal produce is CHEAPER…so don’t give me that B.S. excuse that “eating healthy is too expensive”
  • Food that is in season is actually more nutritious and simply tastes better

So with that being said I decided to do another “What’s In Season” post but this time for Winter Produce!

Winter is a very underrated season for fresh produce but did you know oranges, pears, grapefruit, brussel sprouts, kale, sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, pomegranates, avocado…etc are all in season for Winter?

Ummm heck yes some of my all time favorite fruits and veggies!

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Fitness, My Weekly Workouts

Running Update + Hot Chocolate Run Training

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve talked about running on my blog and I’m so excited to fill you all in on some GREAT news.

After my marathon (7 months ago) my body kind of went into shock. I had terrible drops in blood sugar that were causing major panic attacks throughout the day, I felt weak in my workouts, I was always dizzy, my joints ached, I wasn’t having a monthly period and overall just knew something was VERY wrong in my body.

After countless amounts of doctors visits, blood draws, ultrasounds…etc we finally came to the conclusion that I was overall pretty healthy (THANK GOD) but my body needed rest, I was severely lacking healthy fats in my diet and my hormones were thrown off. 

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Food, Snacks

Wasabi Deviled Eggs + I Love Trader Joe’s Party Cookbook Giveaway + 20 Other Super Bowl Snack Ideas!

superbowl

I look forward to the Superbowl almost as much as Christmas.

Every year I know my San Diego Los Angeles Chargers (RIP) won’t be in the Superbowl but I still just love the whole idea of getting together with friends/ family to eat, drink and watch an epic game. This year should not disappoint with Tom Brady (love me some Brady) and the Patriots playing the Falcons…GO PATS!

Anyway…

Last year I did a post on Super Easy Superbowl Snacks and it got such good feedback I knew I had to do something similar for 2017. Well you guys I decided to really go big this year. Not only am I sharing a recipe for Wasabi Deviled Eggs but I’m also including 20 other healthy snackr ideas AND a giveaway for one of my favorite cookbooks the I Love Trader Joe’s Party Cookbook.

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