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Health Hacks

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. Improving your health isn’t about big changes or huge shifts, it’s about making small updates to your daily routine and developing a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

While watching a documentary or reading a new book that excites you enough to want to make changes is wonderful, you can’t fix everything in a day. The more dramatic your changes, the more likely you are to fall off the wagon and go back to your old, unhealthy ways.

So, with that in mind, here are some small, easy, do-able little health hacks that you can work on tackling. Maybe you start with one a week. Then try to incorporate one a day.

Little changes. Big difference.

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  1. Swap out soda, sugary coffee drinks聽& juice. You want to get your calories from nutrient-dense foods rather than drinks. Sodas, coffee concoctions, and juice are empty calories that spike your insulin levels and can ruin your whole day by making you want salty, fatty foods and actually make you more tired in the long run. Starting out small, try swapping out one of these drinks a week. Water is the best alternative, but you could try a sparkling water with a dash of juice instead. You’ll get some flavor and bubbles, without the sugar rush. For my coffee-lovers, try it black with some almond milk or even bulletproof coffee if you want a kick.
  2. Add some green tea. Instead of one of your cups of coffee or black tea, have a mug of green tea. Not only is it packed with antioxidants, it also has the amino acid L-theanine, anti-inflammatories, and anti-carcinogenic compounds.
  3. Switch to raw nuts. Nuts and seeds are a great nutrient-dense source of healthy fats and have a place in any healthy diet. However, you don’t want to rely on sugary or salty varieties like honey roasted. Try to switch to raw or activated varieties so that you can reap all the benefits. And pay attention to portion size so you don’t over indulge.
  4. Increase water consumption. Water is good for you. Drink lots of it. It’s that simple. 馃檪 If you’re having trouble increasing your daily consumption, try adding lemon wedges and mint leaves for a fun infused water. Can’t seem to remember to drink it? Keep a bottle with you at all times or try setting reminders throughout the day.
  5. Move it move it. Improving your diet is always a good thing, but combining that with movement is even better. Start with a weekly walk. Then increase the frequency. Then maybe try out a home bodyweight workouts or join a gym. Slowly work towards daily movement to keep your body healthy.
  6. Add natural anti-inflammatories. Researchers and doctors have gathered increasing data in recent years that appears to link inflammation with Western diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and various cancers. You can reduce your body’s levels of inflammation by eating natural anti-inflammatories like turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, blueberries, green tea, red peppers, beets, broccoli, olive oil, tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and others.

And my #1 health hack? Don’t give up!! There will be setbacks. Lots of them. But don’t give up after a “bad” meal or an indulgent vacation. Falling off the wagon isn’t the big risk, it’s never getting back up again.

What’s YOUR favorite health hack? What started YOU on your healthy living journey and helped you hold on to your lifestyle?

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Healthy Road Trip Snacks

The first thing that I pack when I’m planning a road trip is my bag of healthy snacks. If I don’t have good snacks on hand, I’ll end up eating chips and honey roasted nuts from a gas station.

Lots of them.

I love loading up on my cupboard essentials from Thrive Market every couple of months so this last time, I decided to add some snacks to my order. {Thrive Market is an awesome website, if you haven’t check them out, you should!}

And I’m pleased to say that this latest road trip was definitely a success in the healthy snacking department!

Here are a few of my favorite snack finds lately that are perfect for stashing in your purse, cupboard,聽or desk, or for taking on your next road trip.

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Crispy Green Dried Fruit – This is my current snacking obsession. If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen these bags pop up. I love dried fruit but it can have added sugar or sulfur dioxide, and they can go a bit gooey after a while. Crispy Green fruit is freeze-dried with ZERO additives, and lasts for ages in your cupboard, car, or purse. I keep these packets everywhere. My favorite is pineapple!

Go Raw Zesty Pizza Sprouted Flax Snax – I’m a long time lover of Go Raw seeds and nuts so when I saw these I knew I had to give them a try. Do they taste like pizza? Not exactly… But they are a聽satisfying snack when you’re craving something savory. I ordered mine from Thrive Market when I got some cupboard essentials recently.

Bare Snacks – The only downside to all of the Bare Snacks is that I can’t seem to keep them in my cupboard. Someone keeps eating them all!! My favorites, so far, are the Organic Apple Chips, Banana Chips, and the Coconut Chips. I have to warn you though, especially about the coconut chips, that you’ll get addicted very quickly. Once you open the bag you’ll definitely finish it in one sitting!

Go Raw Zesty Lemon Bars – I like trying new bars {check out some of my favorite Vegan Protein Bars here} and these were a tasty surprise. I love lemon and these are a hearty, delicious choice, and 12 grams of protein is a good amount.

What do YOU pack on a road trip?

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What I Eat in a Day | High Protein Vegetarian

I’ve done What I Eat in a Day posts in the past, but since my eating habits continually shift, I thought I’d check back in and share an update. After playing with counting macros last year and trying the Tone It Up Challenge earlier this year, I’ve settled into a high protein, plant-based diet in recent months.

My diet and lifestyle have shifted dramatically over the last ten or so years since I first started getting interested in health and nutrition. There were periods where I didn’t workout, whereas now I workout once or twice a day. There were periods where I was fully vegan, fully raw, and fully paleo.

What I’ve learned with all of my trials, and a few errors, is that every body needs something different to fuel it. And, what your body needs may shift from day-to-day. With such a high level of activity these days, plus a super sensitive digestive system, I’ve settled on a diet that definitely can’t be described in one word. Or even a complete sentence.

I’d call my diet – Wait for it – Plant-based, high protein, gluten-free, and lactose-free with an emphasis on whole foods. I try to limit my processed food intake and focus on fresh produce and plant-based protein.

So, without further ado, here’s my high protein vegetarian variation on What I Eat in a Day!

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What’s YOUR favorite meal? Do you have something you look forward to eating all day?

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June Favorites: Healthy Recipes

June was a hectic month with lots of weekends away and that always means getting creative in the kitchen in order to make quick, healthy recipes. I hate not getting enough kitchen time and start to feel frustrated if I don’t have time for my weekly meal prep. I’ve found that the key is to find simple, quick recipes that are healthy but satisfying.

Here were a few favorites for June {you can also find them on Instragram & Snapchat!}

Veggie Stir Fry:

I keep bags of mixed veggies in the freezer at all times – They’re a LIFESAVER on busy days since you can get a dinner ready in under 10 minutes with no preparation. Add spices or a bottled sauce like Soyaki, plus聽tofu or chicken,聽and you’re done聽– Easy peasy.

Protein Pancakes:

3 ingredients, easy substitutions, and a quick turn around all make these babies a聽go-to for crazy weeks. I like to make them during Sunday meal prep and eat them after my midday workout. But I’ve also been known to eat them for dinner.

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Tomato & Bean Salad:

This is my go-to Summer salad. Light, delicious, and – Bonus – It聽lasts a few days in the fridge! This is another easy-to-substitute recipe. You can add whatever veggies or beans you happen to have when you start cooking. Check out the recipe here.

Peanut Butter Muffins:

Another of my favorite delicious, sweet, healthy聽recipes, that I love to make on a weekly basis. Theses muffins are the perfect pre/post-workout snack or dessert. You could also make a more decadent version simply by adding chocolate chips or raw cacao powder to the batter.

Avocado Green Goddess Salad:

I am OBSESSED with avocados right now. I’ve been making the salad dressing from this taco salad at least twice a week. It’s delicious and filled with healthy fats and nutrients. Plus it’s really filling and is delicious on any kind of salad!

 

Missed out on some of my previous favorites posts?

Check out my January Favorites, February Favorites, March Favorites: Healthy Junk Food, April Favorites: Workout Gear聽& May Favorites: New Skin Care Products.

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Eat This Not That | Breakfast Edition

After sharing my top five favorite healthy food swaps in the first edition of Eat This Not That, I’m back to share a special list of breakfast-related suggestions.

Have a favorite go-to breakfast that you want to amp up? Not sure if you’re making the best choice for your聽body first thing in the morning?聽I’m here for you!

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Eat This Not That Tips – Healthy Breakfast Swaps

  1. Eat your {high fiber} cereal with no/low-sugar Greek yogurt instead of milk. It’ll keep you full longer and offers a serious dose of healthy fats.
  2. Do you have a granola habit? You could be giving yourself too much sugar first thing in the am. Try swapping your granola for oatmeal made with whole oats. Add berries and chia seeds for bonus points! {Need some ideas to spice up your oatmeal? I’ve got you covered – Heart Breakfast Oatmeal & Coconut Chia Overnight Oats}
  3. If you’re a bread lover and usually reach for a bagel to break your fast聽– Either trade it in for two slices of Ezekiel bread or try hollowing out your bagel. Yep, you read that right. You can scoop the bready centers out of the bagel and fill with sliced hardboiled eggs and avocado for a delicious, healthy, filling breakfast.
  4. Are you聽regularly having an orange, apple, or pineapple juice in the morning? You can swap it out for a whole piece of聽fruit, which I talked about in the first Eat This Not That post. OR you can whip up a water bottle or pitcher filled with infused water. Add chunks of fruit, mint, ginger, or whatever you’re craving to your mixture for a tasty, hydrating start to the day.
  5. Would you consider yourself a sugar junkie? Are you not fully awake or ready to tackle the day until you have a pastry or sugar-filled coffee drink in the morning? You can cut waaaay back on the sugar and make yourself a tasty banana-based pancake instead. Banana, protein power, and either eggs or egg whites. Don’t eat eggs? Swap them out for聽a flax or chia seed egg as a binding agent. Et voila.

Do YOU have a favorite breakfast? How would you make it healthier?

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