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Brittany and Locket time!!

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It’s another beautiful day in Sunny San Diego and I just spent 2 hours of it with my wittle yorkie Locket!

I must have burnt like 938377383 calories running around with her my back yard.

We both agree the lake is looking extra pretty today.
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Locket and I are going to finish off this beautiful day with the second half of this smoothie from this morning, and some all-natural doggie treats 🙂

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High Energy Breakfast Ideas- Your questions answered!

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Hi!! Awe thanks for taking the time to come visit me, nice to meet you 🙂

Great question!

Breakfast for me is BY FAR the most important meal of the day. I start every morning WITHOUT fail with a delicious fruit smoothie (click here for my fruit smoothie page)

Fruit and veggies in a delicious smoothie is a FABULOUS way to kick start your energy level for the day.

Other high energy breakfast foods:

EGGS
Why:Rich in protein, eggs help prevent food cravings.

OATMEAL
Why:The complex carbohydrates in oatmeal provide vitamins and minerals that give us energy. (Simple carbohydrates, like those in white bread, carry the risk of being converted to fat and stored.) Go for old-fashioned or steel-cut oats. They’re high in protein and soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol and makes you feel fuller longer.


NUT BUTTER

Why: Butter made from nuts like almonds, cashews, and peanuts are filled with vitamin E, protein, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Concerned about fat? Nut butter contains monounsaturated fats—also found in olive oil—which are the good fats that lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.

WHOLE GRAIN BREAD
Why: “Muffins, bagels, and low fiber cereals all give a temporary energy boost and then you’ll crash,” says New York Food Trainers’ dietician Lauren Slayton. Instead, choose whole grains to help stabilize blood sugar levels and fill you up until your next meal.

LEAFY GREENS
Why: Spinach, kale, chard, and other leafy greens are nutrition powerhouses. Try to work in other veggies, too—the recommended daily serving is 2 to 3 cups. You’ll fill your body with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

FRUIT
Why: In general, fruits are filled with fiber (pears, apples, berries, and kiwis), vitamin C (papaya, oranges), disease-fighting antioxidants (strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries), and cell- and muscle-building potassium (bananas).

SEEDS
Why: A handful of nuts and seeds such as flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds add great flavor and texture, but they also contribute protein, vitamin E, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3’s.

YOGURT
Why: A good no-cook breakfast option, yogurt is also an excellent source of calcium and protein.

If you balance every day with a great hearty meal in the morning, I guarantee you that it’ll be FULL of energy.

 

Remember to snack on healthy foods regularly too. That keeps your blood sugar up, and prevents you from getting sleepy!

Xox Brittany

(Thanks bonappetit.com)

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If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.

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“Eating ONE hamburger every day can increase the death rate by 1/3” – Graham Hill

Throughout my many awesome years of health blogging, not to mention my entire 24 years of lifelong vegetarianism; one of the most common questions I get asked is, “Brittany, why would you possibly bother being vegetarian?”

Here are my 3 answers to that question-

Animal Cruelty

Did you know we raise 10 BILLION animals each year for meat? Out of those 10 billion- a majority of them are raised in factory farm conditions that we wouldn’t even consider for our own cats, dogs etc. If you’d like to learn more about this- Google these 3 words: “animal factory cruelty”. Spend ONE minute on Google images, and I guarantee you’ll give vegetarianism another thought.

Environmental

Meat causes more emissions than all transportation combined. Cars, trains, planes, boats- you name it.

Beef production uses 100 times more water then most vegetables do.

Increase in Meat Consumption

We as a society are eating TWICE as much meat as we did in the 50’s. What used to be a small side dish, is now the main course.
With the traditional Western diet, the average American consumes about double the protein her or his body needs.

Additionally, the main source of protein comes from animal products which are high in fat and saturated fat.

 

Stand against animal cruelty, help the environment, allow your body to be healthier, and live a longer life; being vegetarian is AWESOME.

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You won’t eat what you don’t see- Leave you junk food at the grocery store

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This is a very simple Fitspirational concept- if you’re used to unhealthy eathing habits, then when faced with choosing between chips and an apple; chances are you’re going to go for the chips.

But what if you eliminate the unhealthy options? Then your choice becomes an apple vs a cup of fresh strawberries. Either way, you’ll end up munching on something nutricious!

Check out this awesome shopping cart full of food. My boyfriend is a Marine and he eats really healthy EVEN THOUGH he lives in the barraks on base.

College students listen up- if he can eat healthy on base; you can eat healthy in your dorms. NO EXCUSES.

Needless to say, from the looks of this shooping cart- it’ll be a Fitspirational week!

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10 cute and creative cooking utensils- domestically fashionable!

Now that I’ve become really into cooking, I’ve become just as fascinated in the utensils that I cook with!

From Bunny Ear salad tossers, to a watermelon shaped carving knife- these are a mix of my very favorite cooking utensils that make my time in the kitchen SO much more fun 🙂

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The Avocado cutter is on my to-buy list for sure! We all know I eat enough of them 🙂

 

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Choose a healthy dessert

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I chose to snack on some homemade blue raspberry jello tonight with my dad, instead of a bowl of icecream or a bunch of cookies!

Less sugar, less calories and just as satisfying.

I added fresh blueberries and raspberries while preparing the jello mixture this morning, unfortunately I got hungry and ate them before I took this picture. They were a fresh and fruity Fitspirational spin to this classic dessert.

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Learning how to sautĂ©: caramelized honey-mushrooms

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As I take more and more steps towards learning to cook, I’m discovering new ways to prepare food! Last month, my wonderful Boyfriend Bryan introduced me to the world of mushrooms and I fell in love.

Sautéing and caramelizing the Portabella mushrooms is by far my favorite way to eat them.

These caramelized baby “Bellas” are perfect to add to any sandwich, pizza or pasta dish!

How to:

  1. Slice up your mushrooms into relatively even slices. Make sure not to slice them too thick (because they take much longer to sauté.)
  2. Add a teaspoon of olive oil (or any oil of choice, I like olive oil because it’s healthier and more flavorful in the mushrooms.) TIP** Start out with less oil then you think you need. A little oil goes a long way, you can always add more. You’ll look pretty silly soaking up extra oil with a napkin, trying to prevent your mushrooms from getting too soggy. (I did that on my first attempt, and I’ll make a post soon about the do’s and don’ts of sautĂ©ing veggies.)
  3. Add the mushrooms to the warm oil, and flip in about 3-5 mins (when they look golden brown.)
  4. Drizzle some organic honey over your mushrooms on the last few minutes and let them get sweet and caramelized.
  5. Set them on a paper towel! I like to get as much oil out of those babies as I can before I eat them.

Put them on a pizza, add them to a summer salad, or even add them to a Fettuccini pasta or your favorite panini sandwich. You can get creative with this too, and add some of your favorite spices to the mushrooms before you take them off the heat. I add a bit of pepper.

YUM!