Friday, November 8, 2013

Fit Friday

This month I've really been trying to stick to my health & fitness goals....
Getting back into running, building muscle, and eating a balanced diet with protein-rich foods.  Since it's been getting a little colder outside, I've been running in my apartment gym (FREE!).  I started out running on the elliptical about 30 minutes, then I've been working my way up to 45 minutes and increasing my resistance.  Soon I'll add in lifting!

One thing that really helps me get motivated is picking out cute workout clothes! So, I thought I'd share with you my favorites.  My absolute favorite store to shop from is Forever 21. {These pics are from Forever 21 & will link you to their clothes!}

These next ones are from Pinterest! These aren't my pics, but I love their bright colors!


If you can't tell, I love bright colors & loose tops! Some great places to shop for workout clothes are Marshall's, Ross, TJ Maxx, or even Kohls.  They have name brand clothes (like Nike!) for a discount.  So this weekend get motivated, buy some cute workout clothes, and feel confident about whatever body you're rockin!

Oh AND don't forget to check out the No Shave November Special I'm offering for anyone who wants to try out AdvoCare! It's a great deal! Contact me if you have questions.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

AdvoCare: Herbal Cleanse

It's "Try Me Thursday" again & I'm showing you another one of my favorite AdvoCare products!

A lot of people have been asking what the best products are that AdvoCare offers and this is of my favorites.... The Herbal Cleanse. When I say "cleanse," I just know you're picturing gulping gallons of water for weeks and only eating handfuls of spinach.

No, that is not the way this cleanse works.


The Herbal Cleanse lasts 10 days & includes a fiber drink, herbal tablets, and natural probiotics.  The cleanse provides internal cleansing and helps your body rid itself of toxins.  It also helps your immune system and many people lose weight. 

It has 3 parts:
  1. Fiber Drink- has 10 grams of fiber to cleanse your system
  2. Herbal Tablets- uses natural herbs to detox your entire body
  3. Probiotics-  replenishes the body with good bacteria

 Back to the whole "no eating" idea.... With this cleanse, you'll get a pamphlet teaching you how to eat clean. Yep, eat your fruits & veggies, stay away from alcohol & processed foods, etc. That's what I love most about the cleanse! It helps you figure how to make a lifestyle out of healthy eating.  It's a great way to get back on track!

When purchasing your Herbal Cleanse through me you'll get a coach, someone to help you figure out how to navigate healthy eating, and I'll be here to support you!

{Tips} Peaches & Cream is the best flavor. If you let the fiber drink set too long, it will get thick and gross. No one wants that.

Note: These photos are not mine.  They belong to She did the 10 day cleanse & these are her results & her boyfriends.  How incredible!

Share your results or start your cleanse now!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

They're Heeeeere!!!
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Oh my goodness. I love Christmas and all that comes with it.... the decorations, the smell of fresh Christmas trees, the snow fall, the cold, and of course the desserts & delicious Christmas flavors.  So, this morning I snagged some gingerbread nutrition bars and orange cream meal replacement shakes.  These are great for on-the-go meals or snacking when I'm running out the door in the morning.  I'll just grab one of these & enjoy!

{Get Yours Here}  They're only here for a limited time!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls

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Almost all of my recipes so far have involved peanut butter or PB2.  YES, I love peanut butter.  I also really love this recipe.  These taste like cookies. Sometimes I'm thinking, "Can these really be good for me?" So I did the math.

This recipe makes 25 bites for me, so each protein ball is approximately
70 cals, 4 g pro, 5.6 g carbs, 3.4 g fat

TIPS: If you want this recipe to be lower in calories, find a low fat peanut butter--I might try PB2 next time. Yall know I love it!  This is a very protein-rich, fiber-filled snack.  It may look heavy in cals, but it's packed with nutrition. For example, oatmeal has fiber, which is beneficial in lowering cholesterol.  Flaxseed is full of omega 3's-- great for lowering triglycerides & blood pressure.  This is a great, sustainable snack for anytime you need a pick-me-up.  It's also a much better alternative to what you could be eating.

Convinced? This recipe can be made so many different ways.  My mom is the one who introduced them to me {packed them as a snack for a road trip I was taking}.  I have been addicted ever since! We make them differently every time, but it's something I almost always have in my refrigerator. 

Here's what you'll need:
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup ground flaxseed {you can also use whole flaxseed, but I like ground best}
1/3 cup agave
1 tsp vanilla extract

Simply stir all your ingredients together in a large bowl. Chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours. Roll into balls.  Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag & keep in the refrigerator. Enjoy! Feel free to be creative & add other ingredients, like chocolate chips, nuts, more protein, or Stevia instead of agave.  Adapted from Smashed Peas & Carrots.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Kristin's Overnight Oats

I may be a little behind the times here, but I'm just now discovering how truly amazing overnight oats are.  I already have a fetish for oatmeal.  Did you know that they can lower your cholesterol? I won't go into the science of how, but yes, they can.  So check out this recipe & eat up!  This recipe is lactose-free & protein-rich {I'm vegetarian}.  Enjoy! 

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Here's what you'll need:

1 1/2 cups oats (quick cooking works fine, but old-fashioned is better)
1 scoop vanilla protein power (yes, I add this to everything!)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp agave
1/2 cup blueberries

First, mix dry ingredients {oats,  protein powder, and cinnamon} in a medium size bowl.  Add in almond milk, vanilla, and agave.  Mix & place in the refrigerator for about an hour to allow milk to soak into oats.  Then, split into 2 containers {or more if you like a smaller breakfast}.  Top each container with 1/4 cup blueberries {or strawberries or peaches-- YUM!}.  My recommendation is to use blueberries, because they're a great source of antioxidants.  You've probably seen that Mason jars work really well.  They have magical sealing properties that make food stay good for a million years {kidding, but what's with those things?? Food stays great forever!}  I just used a regular plastic container, but the Mason jars are way cuter.  In the picture, I also topped my oatmeal with cinnamon-- so so delicious.  Enjoy!!

Motivation Monday

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Share! What are your nutrition or fitness goals this month? To lose 5 lbs or 10 lbs? To run 1 mile? To train for a 5k? To get up and walk every day? Is your goal to eat one new vegetable this month? If you don't have weight to lose, are you looking to gain muscle?  Looking for energy? It can be simple or elaborate, but I want your goal to be something you stick with! Share it here.  My main goal this month is to gain more muscle.  I'll be eating protein-rich foods, like the recipes I post here, and exercising to reach my goal!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Since I'm vegetarian, I have to think of alternatives to eating meat that will still provide protein and substantial nutrition.  This is one of my favorite ways.  I can make a batch of black bean burgers, freeze them, and even take them to a BBQ or party if I want.  They are much heartier than the kind you'll find at the store.

Here's what you'll need:
 1/2 cup dry quinoa
1 Tbsp olive/vegetable oil
1 red onion, chopped {I usually use sweet onions!}
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1 15 oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 egg
1 cup frozen corn
1/3 bunch of cilantro
1 cup spinach finely chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp oregano
3/4 cup dry oats

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Step 1: Add quinoa and 1 cup water in a pot over medium heat until boiling.  Once it boils, turn heat to low, cover pan & cook 15 minutes.  All water should be absorbed now.  Remove from heat.

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Step 2: Heat oil in saucepan.  Cut onions, garlic, salt. Saute on medium heat.
Step 3:  Remove from heat.  Add to a separate bowl with black beans.  Mash.  {I used a potato masher}.
Step 4: Stir in tomato paste, egg, corn, cilantro, spinach, cumin, oregano, quinoa, dry oatmeal.
Step 5: Shape into patties. Freeze or cook at 400 F for 15 mins on each side.

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