Saturday, September 13

MAKE | Frozen Pumpkin Spice Cocoa


Have any of you been to Seredipity 3 in New York City? They have something there called "Frozen Hot Chocolate" and yes, it's exactly as amazing as it sounds. With the fall season upon us and the holidays coming up quick I'm in the spirit to add spice to EVERYTHING! (PUMKIN ALL THE THINGS!) Remember I made pumpkin chili the other day. I can't help it! Are you doing the same thing too?

The other day I tried my hand at my own version of frozen hot cocoa but I pumpkin spiced it! Except instead of being loaded with artificial flavors and preservatives and sugar and fat, mine is full of nutrients and superfoods. You're welcome. ;) Oh my gosh you guys! It's so good. I knew I would have to share the recipe with you! Try it and let me know how you like it!

INGREDIENTS:
➳ 1 packet (or scoop) Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
➳ 1/4 c. organic pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
➳ a few good shakes of Pumpkin Pie Spice
➳ 1 c. vanilla almond milk
➳ 1/2 c. water
➳ 1/2 banana
➳ 9 ice cubes

METHOD
Combine everything in a high power blender till smooth and creamy! Add more ice if you want it thicker (or omit the water) Enjoy right away before it melts!

Thursday, September 11

PIYO + 21 DAY FIX HYBRID CALENDAR

Two of my favorite programs together in one amazing hybrid! I've been working on putting these two programs for a while now. I played around with the schedules of workouts till something just felt right! Now, let me preface this by saying that both of these programs are amazing on their own! There is no need to combine them to get results. BUT... if you've already done them and you're just looking to mix it up, then this is a really fun month long hybrid. I suggest you follow the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan with the colored containers for portion control because it's just flipping genius!

(It also happens to be on sale this month! Woop. Get it here and make me your coach and you're instantly registered to join my next challenge group!)

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So what I love so much about these two programs is that they are short and sweet and they make you feel AMAZING! Piyo is the only workout program I've been able to stick to doing in the morning every day (I'm NOT an early bird!) because it's so low impact and just FEELS good. All the strength and stretches really energize you and make your body feel alive and ready for the day!

The 21 Day Fix's workouts are structured in a way that I fell like they go by the quickest. You work in little sets doing moves then repeating them. The workouts fly by and if you're like me, that's a huge bonus because we're busy and we don't have hours a day to spend working out.

Below is a photo of a bunch of us doing Piyo (that's me in all black in the front) at a recent fit club and all those food photos are examples of the amazingness you can eat using the mix and match colored containers that come with the 21 Day Fix.

If you want both programs, shoot me an email and let me know and I'll get you hooked up with a 25% discount from here on out so you can make these tools part of your fit lifestyle!

Friends don't let friends pay retail, right? ;)



Wednesday, September 10

MAKE | Autumnal Paleo Pumpkin Chili

PALEOPUMPKINCHILI1 paleopumpkinchili2 For me fall conjures up all kinds of nostalgia. As soon as the air gets crisper I seem to get perkier. I love the spice and the season and the start to a lineup of holidays that make me more happy than I'm sure is a normal reaction. Getting to wear long sleeves and leather boots and sip on things that steam while you sit outside with friends in the crisp air! I adore it. And even though the heat index here in Florida is still breaking 100 every day (WTF Florida? It's September.) I'm bringing fall inside with spicy candles and recipes like this chili. I found the original recipe online and then tweaked it to make it paleo and to add some warmth in with lots of yummy spices.

INGREDIENTS
➳ 1.5 lbs. grass fed ground beef (the best quality you can find)
➳ 1 medium yellow onion, diced
➳ 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
➳ 3 cloves of garlic, freshly minced
➳ 14.5 oz. can organic Muir fire roasted diced tomatoes
➳ 1 15 oz. can organic pumpkin puree (start with 1/2 can and add more for taste/texture)
➳ 1 8 oz. can tomato paste
➳ organic chicken broth
➳ 3 Tbs chili powder
➳ 1 Tbs cumin
➳ 1 Tbs black pepper
2 Tbs garam marsala
➳ 1 tsp cinnamon
➳ 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot!)
➳ salt to taste

METHOD
1. Brown the ground beef over medium heat. Add a little salt and pepper. 
2. Ddd the onion and bell pepper and cook till tender
3. In a separate large pot add the diced tomatoes, pumpkin puree, tomato paste and chicken broth (using the empty tomato can to fill twice with chicken broth and add that in as well. If you like your chili thicker, use less broth. If you like it more soupy, use more. It's up to you!) Mix everything up over low heat till it is warm. 
4. Remove the liquid from the pot and put it into a blender. Pulse a few times till the tomatoes and pumkin turn into a thick and velvetty texture. Pour the mixture back in the pot. 
5. Raise the heat to medium high and add in the browned beef and veggies from the other pan. Season with all the spices and tweak to your own tastes! Bring it up to a rolling simmer and then turn down the heat to a low simmer and let it go for about 15 minutes to let all the flavors meld and the chili thicken up!
6. To stay paleo, serve it and enjoy it as is. If you aren't paleo or your family members aren't they can dish this up over rice with cheese and sour cream. 

*Hover your mouse over the photos in this post to see a "PIN IT" button so you can save this recipe on your own Pinterest to try this fall! 

Tuesday, September 9

Five Reasons Why You Should Drink Coconut Water


By now if you hang around healthy lifestyle blogs or websites you've probably seen people raving about coconut water. It's skyrocketed in popularity in the last few years for some good reasons...

Coconut water is low in calories, has more potassium than four bananas, and is super hydrating because it's loaded with electrolytes.

I'll be honest, I was NOT A FAN for a long time. I don't love how coconut water tastes. It's slightly sweet and a teensy bit nutty. And, not to be confused with coconut milk, it's actually a clear water-like drink. It looks like water and smells like water but it tastes like.... well... coconut water. Ha!

It wasn't until I had it mixed with pineapple juice that I was HOOKED! Now I drink it probably every day, especially if I'm out in the sun (read: paddleboarding) or as fuel for an intense workout. Since I don't like to drink it plain I sneak it into other drinks like the iced coffee pictured above. (Just brew espresso or really strong black coffee, then water it down with coconut water, add in your favorite sweetener if you like and you're done!) I love it mixed with a generous splash of pineapple and served icy cold too.

But it's not just mocktails and feeling like one of the cool kids that make drinking coconut water fun, here's five killer benefits associated with coconut water:

1. COCONUT WATER IS A NATURAL SPORTS DRINK: Coconut water has waaaayyyy less sugar and calories than your favorite sports drink and is still loaded with potassium and electrolytes for quick energy. It's also a great option instead of sugary juices for little ones.

2. IMMUNITY BOOSTING: Because it is rich in nutrients and vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, thiamin and pyridoxine, and folates, coconut water has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that can help increase your body's immune system and fight viral infections like flu.

3. FEND OF MUSCLE CRAMPS: One of the biggest benefits of coconut water is that it prevents muscle cramps. Coconut water is high in potassium, whose deficiency can lead to muscle cramps.

4. A HAPPY HEART: Coconut water is rich in magnesium and potassium and is helpful for people who suffer from low blood pressure. Coconut water also helps to increase good cholesterol which makes it a wonderful treatment for maintaining good cardiovascular health.

5. TURN BACK THE CLOCK: Coconut water contains cytokines and lauric acid, the two important elements which are used in the process of cell growth and their regulation. It has significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic properties which helps to minimize skin aging, balances PH levels and keeps the connective tissue hydrated and strong.

What do you think? Have you tried coconut water before? Did you dig it? Would you try it? What's your favorite way to drink it?

Monday, September 8

The 5 Best Food Documentaries Streaming on Netflix

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For those of you looking for something good to watch, I submit my 5 favorite food documentaries that are streaming on Netflix right now! These are so good and each has really interesting insights and perspectives into the food industry, why the obesity crisis is happening, how we can help stop it for future generations, the food industry's not-to-hot motivations, and inspiring stories of people who changed their lives with nutrition! I ranked them in order of my favorites for you!

1. Hungry For Change - This documentary should be required watching for everyone wanting to make a healthy change! It is basically comprised of mini interviews with some super brilliant and inspiring people. So many nuggets of wisdom into why we eat poorly and how we can change that!

2. Food Matters - This one examines how the foods we eat can help or hurt our health. Interviews with experts pepper through and you're sure to pick up a bunch of great nuggets that will make you go, "Oh I never thought of it that way before! But that makes perfect sense!"

3. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead - I actually got to meet this guy and hear him speak and his story is just incredible. He went an extreme route (living on just fresh pressed organic juices for a while) but watching his transformation is inspiring and it shows you how amazing the human body can really be when you give it the right fuel!

4. Chew On This Ted Talks - Watch the Jamie Oliver one called "Teach Every Child About Food". Jamie Oliver is on a crusade to educate the school systems and American parents about how poorly we are feeding our youth and the ramifications of those choices. I'm super passionate about feeding kids well and teaching them how to eat well so I especially love his insights!

5. Food Inc. - A look into the business of our food. Not so shiny. But it really helps you to see that these big companies are not necessarily looking to keep us healthy, but rather, to turn a profit for their own shareholders. Watching this one will surely make you double check your labels and look into your local farmers and co-ops.... in the best of ways!
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