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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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Calorie count for Fruits and Veggies- what are you eating?

Besides being low in calories, fruits and vegetables are rich in different types of vitamins, fibre and antioxidants.

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Instead of filling yourself with over-processed foods that only makes your body THINK it’s full, fill yourself with low-calorie fruits and vegetables. You can eat WAY more, and they will keep your body full much longer.

Think before you eat!

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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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RED WHITE and BLUEberry Salad!

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This patriotic masterpiece is by far one of my 4th of July favorites.
Grab your American flags, this colorful fruit salad, and a fork; and come celebrate how great America is (the healthy way!)

Ingredients:
Crunchy wontons
Manderine oranges
Strawberries
AVOCADOS!!
Candied Walnuts
Blueberries
Mixed spring salad
Spinach
Cranberry Walnut Vinegarette Dressing

Bring this salad to ANY 4th of July party, and you will absolutely be the favorite of the day!

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Body Revolution- My progress so far! (week 3)

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Goal: to go from that “skinny blonde girl” to that “healthy toned/fit girl!”

Today I finally reached week 3 of Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution, and I’m so excited with my hard earned progress!

I didn’t realize just how much more toned I’ve become, until I put week 1 and week 3’s pictures back-to-back! I’ve come pretty far in 2 weeks, however, I’m still not anywhere near where I want to be. At the end of this 90 day challenge from Jillian Michaels, I plan on being one blonde-toned-fit-machine!

Looking at this back-to-back photo, it is incredible what the combination of eating healthy and working out can do.

My Eating Habits:

In the last two weeks, i’ve been sticking to my 80/20 diet: 80% healthy food, 20% freedom (what ever I want to eat.) I begin EVERY morning with a fruit smoothie & eat CONSTANTLY throughout the day (making sure to have purse snacks on me at all times.)

Breakfast- Eat like a Queen (or a King) *Two glasses of water*

Healthy Snack

Lunch- Eat like a Princess (or a Prince) *1-2 glasses of water

Healthy Snack

Dinner- Eat like a pauper *1-2 glasses of water

(sometimes a snack, depending on what time I’ve eaten dinner. I also like to get in an extra glass of water if it’s early enough before bed.)

Blogging won’t magically get you fit- EARN IT:

Let me make this clear guys, health blogging is great… but I didn’t begin to form these muscles by sitting on my computer reblogging pictures of fruit and toned butts… If you want to see positive changes, you have to sat goals, and take steps to complete them. You have to break bad habits and make positive changes in your daily life.

If I can do it, so can you.

Progress:

15 days down, 75 more to go!

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Protein Heart Berry Waffles!

Summer Challenge

This is my second recipe for the week, and it was DELICIOUS!

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I started out with an Organic 6 grain mix that I got from Costco, and added protein powder to it. Instead of milk, I used soy milk which added a great source of protein to the waffles as well.

Of course, I had to make them heart shaped because after all I am Brittany haha.

I finished them off with some raspberries and blueberries, as well as some all natural 100% maple syrup. None of that high- fructose corn syrup for this girl!

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Hope every one is doing great on both of their recipes for this week!

Don’t forget to message me every time you’ve made any one of your weekly recipes, so I can post it on the official Summer Challenge: 2 Recipes a Week page!

Xox Brittany

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How To Stay Healthy While Traveling!

Everyone LOVES to travel, and it’s a great way to reset your mind and get out of your usual day-to-day routine. HOWEVER, if you’re doing great with your healthy eating habits and want to make sure you don’t lose all your hard work on your next vacation, make sure you apply some of these wonderful tips on your trip!

  1. Pack your own meal on the airplane flight or mode of transportation of your choice. This provides you with an alternative to eating the expensive and typically unhealthy prepared meals offered through the airline. Bring protein- and nutrient-dense dry food that won’t easily leak or get smashed in your bag. Examples include nuts, protein bars and firm fruit, like apples.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids during your trip. If you can, choose water over other beverages while you’re in transit. Milk and juices are adequate, but avoid soda and an excess amount of alcoholic beverages. Avoiding the latter is especially important for minimizing travel-related health conditions, such as jet lag.
  3. Stock your hotel room with bottled water, fresh fruit and healthy snacks like granola bars or fiber cookies. Doing so helps remove the temptation to raid the room’s mini bar, and can be indispensable for staving off hunger between business meetings or tourist activities.
  4. Avoid fast-food outlets. Though they may be a comforting choice when you’re in a new city, these kind of meal options are often high in fat and calories, and more importantly, they may cheat you out of experiencing the local culture. Wherever you decide to eat, focus on meals that incorporate healthy components, like fresh vegetables and lean proteins.
  5. Don’t forget to eat breakfast. This is usually easier said than done in the whirlwind of a vacation. However, breakfast helps prime your system and prepares you for a full day of activities or business meetings. If your hotel offers a complimentary breakfast, choose a high fiber and protein meal, such as whole grain toast with peanut butter, to give you instant energy and fill you up until lunch. This way you may reduce the temptation to snack in a few hours’ time.

Don’t give up, you can still have fun with a healthy spin on your trip 🙂

(Thanks to traveltips.usa.com)

 

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Micronutrient food VS Macronutrient food

I just found out all foods can be divided into two catagories:

Micronutrient food- Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, and Seeds

Macronutrient food- Everything else.

 

Now, think ahead to when you’re 80 years old. What would YOU rather build your foundation on?

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Brand New Kitchen Table!!

Last night, the two men in my life (my dad and my boyfriend Bryan) decided to adventure into the infinite abyss of IKEA in search of a new kitchen table. After about 30 minutes in that HUGE maze of a store, we finally found this big dark wood beautiful table!!

I am so in love with it, if I could sit there staring at the lake in my back yard and blog all day I totally would.

First Meal on new table

We just had dinner on it and I’m proud to say it was incredibly healthy. A great way to kick off a new table and the beginning of summer in a Fitspirational way 🙂

  • FRESH Corn (steamed with a bit of pepper)
  • FRESH Brussel Sprouts (steamed with a bit of honey and pepper)
  • Home made grape juice in classy wine glasses.

This is going to be such a great summer, I can already feel it.