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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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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!

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5 Minute Vegetarian Panini! A Fitspirational Classic

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In a hurry? Need some thing quick but still want to stay healthy?

This 5 minute vegetarian panini is GREAT because you can pre-prepare 3 different kinds at the beginning of the week, and after a few minutes on a panini maker; they’re ready to eat!

If you pre-prepare all the ingredients you want on your panini, and keep them individually ready-to-eat in your fridge- it makes for a quick and healthy meal on the go.

I made this panini last night in less then 5 minutes and it took me 2 minutes to heat it up today on my pink panini maker. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think sandwiches get any faster then that.

 

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Fast, easy, and delicious; a perfect combination for anyone with a busy schedule!

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Artichoke Adventures

Did you know that Artichokes are one of the WORLD’S most healthiest foods? 

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YES! But Why?

  • REALLY high in anti-oxidants
  • Cancer fighting properties
  • Really good for the liver *Also known for as a hangover treatment for you drinkers out there!*
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Really high in Fiber (which helps with digestion)

If you had asked me a year ago to eat this weird flowery looking cactus shaped vegetable… I would have looked at you like you were crazy.

Now that my taste buds are developing, I tried them for the first time about a year ago and I AM IN LOVE WITH THEM!

If you’ve never tried an artichoke before, I highly recommend it!

MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS BEFORE YOU TRY AND EAT ONE! They’re complicated to eat, but totally worth the extra effort.

How to eat an artichoke:

After you’ve steamed or boiled it for 25-35 minutes begin to eat.

  1. Pull off outer petals, one at a time
  2. Dip white fleshy end in melted butter or sauce. Tightly grip the other end of the petal. Place in mouth, dip side down, and pull through teeth to remove soft, pulpy, delicious portion of the petal. Discard remaining petal.
  3. With a knife or spoon, scrape out and discard the inedible fuzzy part (called the “choke”) covering the artichoke heart. The remaining bottom of the artichoke is the heart. Cut into pieces and dip into sauce to eat.
  4. I dip mine in a home made garlic sauce that I make myself with FRESH garlic. This not only adds to the flavors of the artichoke, it adds another entire health benefit from the fresh garlic!

Get out of your comfort zone, it’s no fun in there! 

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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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Pear White Balsamic-Vinegarette

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This delicious Pear White Balsamic Vinegarette was recommended to me by my friend Melissa! She made a kick-butt summer pear salad for our church potluck.

My mouth is still watering just thinking about it! It was so delicious, that everyone ate it before I could get my phone out to snap a picture!

Anyway, Melissa found this fruity-gem at Sprouts (which is a local San Diego food store.)
I definitely recommend picking some up!

Thanks Melissa!

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7 ways to make a boring salad more fun and healthy :)

Now that you’ve made the decision to put a fitspirational “spin” on your healthy lifestyle, prepare to discover the delicious world of salads! Salads are great because not only do they give your body a good cleansing- they can be incredibly filling, and are customizable to your personal need. Take this post as an opportunity to add more salads to your life, and break out of the boring world of iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing.

 

Healthy Salad Tip

1.) Add fruits and veggies- Fruits and Vegetables are a fabulous way to spice up a boring salad. If pared with the right dressings, it can make an average side salad into an entire meal!

2.) Go nuts- There’s nothing like adding some protein to the mix. Candy-up some walnuts, or toss some sliced almonds in with your salad creation. Pine nuts, pistachios and caramelized cashews are some of my personal nutty favorites.

3.) AVOCADO!- I know I already made a veggie section… but I had to make a special number just for avocado. I’m not even kidding, I pretty much add avocado to every salad if I can get my hands on them. (If you’ve been following me for a while, you’re probably already aware of my avocado obsession.) AND PROUD OF IT! Pack in the protein again with these delicious slices of heaven!

4.) Chill it- Popping the salad in the freezer for 3-5 minutes right before you eat it makes the leaves much crispier and leaves you with that freshly satisfying salad taste.

5.) Dark leafy greens– Adding some spinach and dark greens into your salad not only makes it healthier, it gives it a spectacularly colorful look too. There’s nothing more fun then seeing 90830974290847 colors jumping out at you in your salad. I especially love adding red lettuce as well.

6.) Let’s get cheesy- Top 3 favorite cheeses to add to salads: Feta, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Goat Cheese. Ok guys, when I say add cheese to your salad… I’m NOT saying add salad to your cheese. In other words, don’t go crazy with your cheesy obsession. Use cheese as a flavorful compliment, not the foundation of your salad.

7.) Have fun with it- One of the ways I absolutely fell in love with the spectacular world of salads was having a blast creating them in my kitchen! The prettier I could possibly make them look, the healthier they became and the more excited I was to eat them up. Put on your favorite music (I like listening to country music when I’m cooking) and dance around in your kitchen!

8.) Get Creative- Unless your fridge looks like it just got eaten out in a zombie apocalypse, there’s a pretty great chance you have plenty of salad ingredients sitting on the shelves already. Release your inner Julia Childs (minus the 10 sticks of butter) and have fun with the wonderful things you find lying around in your fridge. My summer salad recipe was created by having fun with existing fridge ingredients.