Thirsty Thursday- My Favorite Green Smoothie

The classic Green Smoothie is my favorite.  Just your basic fruit, coconut water, green vegetables, and maybe one or two other ingredients to fancy it up a bit.  The berries make the color of the smoothie not so green, but they add a lot of natural sweetness and antioxidants!  Use this recipe if you’re just getting into making smoothies or if you’re just looking for something refreshing and nutritious!

Classic Green Smoothie

1 cup coconut water

1 banana

1 c berries* (this is what makes it NOT green!)

1-2 handfuls of kale*

1-2 handfuls of spinach*

You can stop here, but sometimes I add these ingredients too for extra nutrients:

1 TBSP flaxseed or chia seeds

1/4 c greek yogurt

*I use frozen berries, kale and spinach.  Kale and spinach tend to go bad quickly in my fridge so I always buy them fresh and then freeze them which makes them perfect for smoothies!

 

Beauty Tip Tuesday- The BEST Dry Shampoo

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Just because you workout everyday, doesn’t mean you have to wear your hair in a ponytail or hide it under a hat everyday…Dry shampoo is here for the rescue!

I’ve tried dozens of dry shampoos, from $5/can to $50/can and the BEST dry shampoo I’ve found is the Volumizing Dry Shampoo by Big Sexy Hair.  It’s about $20 depending on where you buy it so it’s not super cheap, but it’s not super expensive either.  But it will be probably the best thing you can get for $20 to make your hair look great!

This stuff is simply amazing.  I use it on Day 1 of washing my hair to give it texture and volume,  and then every day or two I touch up my hair with this stuff in the morning and it just eats up any grease my hair is even thinking about showing off!  The picture above is Day 4 of not washing my hair.  I sweat at least once a day, and sometimes I wear a hat when I workout too.  I’m telling you, no matter how nasty your hair gets in between washing, this stuff will redeem it! I love it!

Motivation Monday- Weekly Challenge!

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Take this week’s challenge and wake up just 30 minutes earlier and do some sort of exercise!  Go on a walk, do some yoga, go for a swim, or bike ride.  Make it anything that you enjoy doing!  The feeling when you’re done is so much better than an extra 30 minutes of sleep.  This is one sacrifice that’s worth it!

Friday’s Fashion Obsession- Bright Accessories for Summer

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This summer, invest in bright accessories that stand out!

I’ve been on the hunt for a great summer bag and was instantly inspired by this bright yellow tote on one of my favorite blogs, Hello Fashion.

Yellow and pink are my favorites for this summer trend, because they can easily act as a ‘neutral’ that goes with so many outfits. But even just a bright wallet, phone accessory, or touch of neon on any accessory will definitely brighten your summer!

Here are some other picks you might like…

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  1. Vince Camuto ‘Alex’ Tote
  2. Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Take Me’ Tote
  3. Betsey Johnson Scuba Gal Perforated Tote
  4. Michael Kors ‘Signature’ Faux Patent Zip Around Wallet
And if bright yellow isn’t the color for you, don’t worry! Pink will definitely do the trick!
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  1. Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Take Me’ Tote
  2. T Tahari Mixed Media Hobo
  3. Ralf Lauren Newbury Pocket Tote
  4. Michael Kors iPhone 5 Case – Embossed
Let me know which bright accessory you choose by commenting below!

Thirsty Thursday- Chia Seeds and a Smoothie Recipe!

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Which is a better addition to your smoothie, chia seeds or flaxseed?

Obviously, both are great! They both provide healthy, plant-based omega-3 fatty acids which help lower inflammation, boost mood, and are overall just awesome for your health! But ounce for ounce chia seeds have more fiber and more calcium than flaxseed. And this is my favorite part- although with flaxseed you have to worry about whether you should grind your own flaxseed or buy it pre-ground, with chia seeds you don’t have to do a thing to them! Except sprinkle them in your smoothie! So easy!

Never tried chia seeds and worried you might not like the taste? Don’t! They actually don’t provide any taste, just a fun little seedy texture to your smoothie!  Currently, I don’t live near any store that sells these awesome seeds so I purchase them from nuts.com.  A one pound bag has lasted me almost three months and I’ve still got some left, so they’re definitely worth it!

For an 8-12 ounce smoothie, I’d suggest 1/2-1 TBSP of chia seeds.  One tablespoon of chia seeds is 60 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.

The image posted above is from a food blog I occasionally follow, A Cozy Kitchen, and I’m thinking this Mango Banana Coconut Smoothie with Chia Seeds is going to hit the spot this summer!

Weightloss Wednesday- Cooking & Chewing

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Here are a couple of tips that will not only help you lose weight, but keep it off!

1) Learn how to cook. Homemade versions of your favorite foods will always be more healthy than the store-bought version because you can control what goes into it.  You get to control the amount of salt, the portion size, and the quality of ingredients that goes into each meal.  Most of us would NEVER use the amount of salt, and serve our family members those huge portions like they do at restaurants!  So if you want to lose weight, cook more and eat out less.

A few years ago I didn’t even know how to scramble eggs.  I had no cooking knowledge whatsoever.  But someone suggested to me that I start watching the Food Network on my down time.  I fell in love with Giada De Laurentiis, Ina Garten, and Anne Burell, among many others. Though you wouldn’t want to make some of their recipes for yourself if you’re trying to lose weight, they do definitely teach you the basics of cooking that you need to know, like how to roast vegetables, cook brown rice, and cook chicken properly!

2) Chew your food more.  The biggest thing with chewing your food more is that you’ll be more satisfied at the end of the meal if you’ve taken the time to chew and enjoy your food.  And then you’re a lot less likely to need to snack in between meals.  Thus, you’re eating less food.  But chewing also releases enzymes in our saliva that help breakdown food.  Chewing makes digestion easier on our stomach and intestines, therefore we’re able to absorb more nutrients from the food.