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!

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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.

Beauty Tip Tuesday- Jaclyn Hill & Skincare

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I have recently become a HUGE fan of the oh so talented makeup artist, Jaclyn Hill. I’ve also been on the hunt for a new skin care regimen since, 1) I don’t really have one, I’ve just been kind of doing whatever! 2) My skin recently broke out probably the worst it’s ever broken out in my life! 3) I really want to start using good quality products on my skin that are as natural as possible!

So I watched Jaclyn Hill’s skincare regimen and was sold! I had to share the link.

I then looked up every single exact item she talks about (including that exact brand of Cod Liver Oil!), and since I have all the links up already, I thought I’d just copy and paste them at the bottom of this post to make your life a little easier!

I’m going to start following her skincare regimen, practically to a T for the next few weeks (maybe a month) to see the progress, and then I’ll be updating about that here! So stay tuned.

In the meantime, check out all of Jaclyn’s makeup tutorials, they’re awesome! You won’t be disappointed!

Again here are links to all the products she used.  I tried to find the best prices for each product so you can get the best bang for you buck!

1. Carlson Norwegian Cod Liver Oil

2. Raw Honey

3. Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Sugar

4. Enzyme Cleansing Gel

5. Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

6. Cucumber Cleansing Gel

7. Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15

8. Hydrating Moisture with Biocare & Hyaluronic Acid

9. Josie Maran Argan Oil

10. Herbal Hydrating Serum

11. Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

Motivation Monday

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  1. Polka Dot Sports Bra
  2. Black Tank Top
  3. Pink Capris
  4. Running Shoes
  5. Subscribe to Runner’s World Magazine
  6. Green Smoothie Recipe
  7. Post-Run Yoga Sequence

A special note about those Saucony Cohesion 6 Running Shoes featured above: The right running shoes are so, so, so important for training.  But you already knew that! What you might not know is that this pair is only $55 on footlocker.com (link above), which is like half the price of most running shoes! So I got two pair! I’ll switch them out every other day, that way it gives the cushion time to revive after a good hard run.  Make sure you go to a specialty running store to be fitted for the right running shoe if you’re serious about training for a race or running on a frequent basis!