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Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash Stacks with melted mozzarella cheese!

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What can I say, I’ve created the PERFECT appetizer!

This slightly spicy, low-cal dish is great for parties, lunches or just a quick snack on a summer day. I had a bunch of squashes and zucchini left over from our “southern party” last weekend, so I threw them together and created Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash Stacks!

To put a fun little spin on it, I sauteed the veggies in Balsamic Vinaigrette instead of oil and it came out GREAT.

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Enjoy this fabulous low-cal snack!

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Get out of your comfort zone- Disney Fitspiration!

I was watching Mulan this morning while making my morning fruit smoothies, and I totally got inspired by this scene!

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If Mulan can climb a pole with two huge penny looking weights, we can DEFINITELY push ourselves out of our comfort zones on the next few reps of push ups!

Getting out of your comfort zone is how you’ll start seeing changes in your body. Pushing yourself beyond what your body is used to, is how the tone and definition will begin to appear. If you never try anything new, and always stick to your same routines, chances are- your body will stay the same too.

Want to see change? Work for it.

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Breathtaking flower fruit spinach salad!

This delicious mouthful of healthy Fitspiration will absolutely take your breath away. I brought this baby to a party this weekend and all my friends LOVED it!

It’s easy, healthy and BEAUTIFUL (if I do say so myself… and I do!)

Did I mention it was cheap too? My fridge is almost always filled with fruit (since I make fruit smoothies every morning), so I used all the left-over fruits I had in there, and created this flowerful beauty!

My boyfriend brought in some lovely flowers from my front garden, so I threw those in for some extra color too.

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I really love that this is such an impressive looking salad that took such little effort to throw together for a party. Keep it in mind for your next hang out!

P.s Oh my gosh you guys, aren’t my food-ography pictures getting so much better??!? I’ve been practicing with different lightning techniques with my camera and it’s been making SUCH a big difference.

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Classy Cornbread

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I’m calling this beauty “classy cornbread” because of the adorable pink flowers I tossed in. My boyfriend Bryan picked them for me, I just couldn’t resist 🙂

Plus, I’m really into food-ography lately so it was perfect!

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Seriously, so delicious! Bryan and I made cornbread for my best friend and I’s “Southern Style Hangout” yesterday. It was a big hit, and an awesome snack.

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I’m so head-over-heels excited- my best friend Allie and I are throwing a “Southern Style Party”. 

What is that you ask? Well, we made it up so we’re kind of throwing ideas together as we go along. Let me tell you, we’re having a blast along the way! A few of our close friends are getting together, and it’s going to be pretty fabulous.

My boyfriend Bryan is a true southern boy from North Carolina, so he’s giving us Cali girls some ideas too 🙂

So far, our southern food list includes:

  • Steaks marinated in Allie’s Grandma’s Whisky Marinade (for the non-vegetarians of course)
  • Scalloped potatoes
  • SWEET TEA in mason jars if I can find some (holla if you watch Duck Dynasty!)
  • Corn Bread (duh, that’s a must)
  • A delicious salad (I don’t think that’s southern… but I have to eat at this thing too… you know me, got to throw some health in there somewhere! There aren’t very many southern vegetarian foods which I learned the hard way when he flew me out to North Carolina to visit his family- they kept wanting to feed me bacon and steak. SO if Bryan touches my salad, I’m making that count as a Southern salad.)
  • Grilled Corn (still in the husks)

Not sure what else we’ll come up with, but let me tell you I’ve got my cowgirl boots and country music ready!

Pictures to come after the party tonight 🙂

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How To Make a Green Smoothie! Vegetarians, this is especially for you :)

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I really need to start making more green smoothies!

I’ve got the morning fruit smoothie routine down to a science, but I’m having a hard time getting some green veggies in there. Definitely going to use this on this morning’s smoothie. Being a life-long vegetarian, I need all the green veggies I can get.

Not to mention, I just got some AWESOME green tea lemonade from a health food store by my house that I can’t WAIT to try. It’ll be a perfect addition to a green smoothie.

I’ll post the recipe that I come up with later today 🙂

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AfterParty

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I worked a promotion today for a new “rehydration” beverage with my promotional company today called AfterParty!

It’s a 0 Calorie drink that’s meant to rehydrate your body after drinking, or after a workout (an awesome healthy alternative to an energy drink.) It’s filled with various vitamins that replenish your body.

Vitamins in AfterParty:

  • Vitamin C
  • Thiamin
  • Niacin
  • B 6
  • B 12
  • Also, packed with electrolytes!

It’s naturally sweetened so it doesn’t have that artificial after flavor. All my customers really liked it, so I thought I’d share it with you guys too 🙂

AfterParty is pretty cheap ($1.99 at Bevmo) and has no High-fructose Corn Syrup (which is awesome, because my boyfriend and I gave it up together 6 months ago.)

I definitely recommend tasting some after your next workout!