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I’m a blonde wrapper! Artichoke and Sun-Dried tomato style :)

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Wraps are a fabulous low-cal substitute for sandwiches!

A significant amount of calories are cut because a tortilla is substituted for two slices of bread. If you’re careful with the ingredients, you can cut 1/2 the calories out of a regular lunch.

So fast, so easy, and tastes good cold! This is a great lunch idea to bring with you to college or work 🙂

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A Spicy Flatbread Frenzy! Sauteed Sun-Dried Tomato, Red Peppers, Cayenne and Oregano masterpiece.

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Lately I’ve gotten myself into a fabulous flatbread frenzy! After tasting my first flatbread a few weeks ago, I just can’t seem to get enough of them. I LOVE letting my healthy creative mind wonder. Coming up with flatbread toppings is almost as fun as eating the flatbread… almost.

I decided to experiment with spices this week. Oregano, black pepper, Cayenne Pepper and garlic powder seemed like a delicious place to start.

Those spices balanced out with grilled Sun-dried tomatoes, Red peppers, Zucchini slices, garlic coves and Mozzarella cheese ended up being the absolute perfect masterpiece.

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Make sure your front door is locked. I guarantee you that your neighbors will smell your delicious flatbread from miles away and come running!

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Summer fruit salad

 

Ingredients:

  • Fresh sliced red grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Feta Cheese
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Spinach Leaves
  • Red Cabbage
  • Black Pepper
  • Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing

I’ve got to admit this is one of my favorite salads yet!

Perfect for a hot day, light and refreshing

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Decoding Nutrition!

Decoding Nutrition!

This is an AWESOME little chart I found on Miramountlifestyle.com.
If you do nothing else productive today, take a good long look at this chart.
GET EDUCATED ON WHAT GOES IN YOUR BODY!

Those nutrition labels aren’t there to look pretty.

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Food Binging- Your Questions Answered!

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Hey girly,

food binging is common among people beginning their Fitspirational Journeys. 

A lot of people try to change their diets all at once, and go from eating chips, soda and suge- to full on fruits and vegetables in one day.

A few days of a 360 change in diet will most likely cause mental meltdowns and a sudden craving for your old eating habits.

Here’s some awesome ideas of what to do if you do find yourself food binging:

  1. Don’t starve yourself. Eat. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but fasting after a binge will only make you severely hungry, which can easily lead to another binge, decimating your self-esteem. When you’re hungry again, eat. If you binged at night, start fresh by giving yourself a healthy breakfast. Stick to clean, whole foods (sugar free if you can) and drink lots of water. Lots of veggies and lean protein works best for me. You can’t change the past, but you can prepare for your present and future by feeding yourself whole, healthy foods to prevent a future binge.
  2. Forgive yourself. Trying to starve yourself the next day is a sneaky way to try and get away with bingeing, to “make up” for your slip – “I’m going to make up for yesterday by not eating today.” Instead, admit you made a mistake. Forgive yourself. Be very, very kind to yourself:  Beating yourself up or criticizing yourself won’t make you change.
  3. Get back on track as soon as you can. When you slip up with a sugar binge, you usually have terrible sugar cravings for the next 3 or 4 days. If you are trying to get back on track, do what you need to do to support yourself through the sugar cravings. 
  4. When you’re ready, examine what happened. Binges are fabulous learning opportunities. Try and examine what was going on:  how were you feeling beforehand? What thoughts were running through your head? What expectations or shoulds ran the show? Write about the event and see if you can make sense of it. This can help you prepare for the next time. Think of how you can support yourself next time so that you can act differently.
  5. Drink Water! Drinking water is a great way to flush toxins out of your body. Up your water intake and it will also curve your cravings 🙂

I hope this helps, I wish you the very best. Remember, it’s NOT that big of a deal, and tomorrow is a brand new day 🙂

Xox Brittany ❤

(Thanks firstourselves.org) 

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Baby-Gourmet Grilled Cheese Panini’s

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These baby gourmet grilled cheese panini’s will take your breath away. Using your pink panini maker (or which ever color panini maker you own, even though pink is the best color of course) eliminates the time it would normally take to bake them in the oven.

Also, using a panini maker eliminates the need to fry them in a pan. This makes these cute little babies much healthier too.

This took a total of 10 minutes, and was worth every second!

Ingredients:
Sauted Portabella Mushrooms
Pesto
Mozerella Cheese
Mini-Chibatta Slices
Caramelized Onions
Oregeno Spices
Avocado Feta Spread

How to:
Caramalize your onions
Saute the portabella mushrooms in all natural honey (which is a sweet delicous substitute for oil)
Spread the bottom half of the chibatta bread with pesto, and the top half with avocado feta spread. You can use what ever spread or dip you like, i just happened to find the Avocado-pesto spread at the farmers market and fell in love with it.
Layer your cheese, sauted portabella mushrooms and caramalized onlions on the chibatta slices
Toss them in your panini maker, and vuala- you have delicious baby gourmet grilled cheese paninis that will impress all your guests!

I paired my mini panini’s with my 2 minute side italian salad, and a home-made fruit smoothie.

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Ps, you can get the recipe for this sensational pineapple strawberry carrot smoothie in the smoothie section of TheFitspirationalBlonde.com 🙂 I guarantee you it will take your tastebuds to wonderland!

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I found the cutest salad tossers in the universe!

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I’m at my best friend Allie’s house, and she’s making me Ceazer salad as I write this post (I’m a lucky BFF.)
I discovered these two precious gems in her kitchen, and I’M SO OBSESSED WITH THEM!
Unfortunately, my satchel is too small to sneak them home with me; so I’ll have to keep them at her house.
Clever salad tossers are becoming my favorite new obsession. I’ll post my cute pink bunny ear shaped tossers when I get home 🙂

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Calculate Your Body Fat Percentage

Let’s get real here… calculating your body’s fat percentage is no piece of cake (or fork full of salad, we’re trying to keep things healthy here haha.)

Don’t worry, if you’re following my blog- you’re obviously smart, funny AND good looking so I’m sure you won’t have any trouble.

What is Body Fat Percentage

To put things simply, body fat percentage is the amount of fat on your body- compared to everything else. Everything else including muscles, tissue, water weight etc.

Set a goal, what would you like your Fat-Body percentage to be?

Nerdfitness.com breaks it down pretty well-

  • “If you are trying to look like Ryan Reynolds or Jessica Beil in Blade III, good luck! Aim for a body fat percentage of 6-8% (men) or 13-15% (women).  Note: your athletic/strength gaining performance will most likely suffer at this percentage, and might not be worth it. Your call.
  • If you are interested in getting that coveted six pack, drop your body fat down to the 8-11% range for dudes and 15-17% range for women.
  • If you are an athlete and interested in optimal athletic performance, aim for a body fat percentage around 15% (men) or 20% (women).  NF team memberStaci trains much better at 20% body fat than at 15% body fat.
  • If you are just interested in looking pretty good and feeling pretty good, anything less than 18% for men and anywhere in the 20-23% range for women should get you the “hey, lookin pretty good!” response from your friends :)
  • For the ladies!  If you are concerned about menstruation or fertility, it has been said not to drop below 15% body fat.  Although I can’t find any studies that definitively refutes or proves this, I’ve read it all over the place, so just something to be aware of.  Your results may vary!”

What do these different percentages look like?

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How to calculate my own body fat percentage? 

There a BUNCH of different ways! These are the top 3 that I recommend-

  1. Military method- My boyfriend Bryan is in the U.S Marines; and in the military, you have to stay below a certain BFP (body fat percentage) according to your height. In the military, they:
  2. Online Calculator- One of the easiest ways is to use an online calculator that does all the math for you. For you lazy bums out there (who refuses to do math on Saturday) this will be your best bet. Click here for one of the many online BFP calculators
  3. Look in the mirror- honestly, this is my very favorite way. Use those pictures I’ve provided above, and compare them to your body in the mirror. BFP doesn’t have to be 100% accurate unless you’re training for a marathon or a specific event. I can tell if my BFP is getting high if my jeans start to feel tight. If you’re beginning to have to unbutton your pants at every meal, it’s probably time to set some new health goals.

If you’re not where you want to be, then pick a BFP you want to be at, and work your butt off to EARN your way there! You’re definitely on the right health blog to kick start your fitspirational journey.

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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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Jillian Michaels’ advice

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Jillian Michaels is by far one of my biggest fitness inspirations.

Her workout videos are incredible, we share the same dieting ideas (to eat healthy, NOT starve yourself) and to EARN your body though hard work and nutrition.

Jillian is fierce, fabulous, and can terrify you right though the TV. I really feel like she is going to jump through my screen and chew my ear off if I don’t push through one more rep of bicycle crunches!

I’m about to begin week 3 of her 90 day workout video series “Body Revolution”. It’s absolutely incredible.

These tips alove are excellent, I’m honored to post them on my health blog. Take notes everyone!