Ready for a change?

How about trying a pre-workout smoothie or a new post-workout snack?

I will be posting new recipes for healthy/clean eating snacks and smoothies that are easy to make but that also taste great! I know I need to change and what better time to start than NOW?

So, here is a new recipe for you to try today ..

Strawberry Creamsicle Smoothie

  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Cup Cultured Coconut Milk (found by the kefir in the refrigerated section)
  • 1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 scoop Epic Protein Vanilla Lucuma
  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 1 Tbsp ground Flax Seeds

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Let me know what you think 🙂

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26.2

It has been some time since I last had a post on fitness or healthy eating. There is no excuse for the lack of updates, but I am back with some exciting news you will enjoy. I have completed my first marathon! I ran 26.2 miles through the most magical place, a place I’m sure many of you have been to before, Walt Disney world.
The first time I heard someone speak of running a marathon I immediately thought to myself there is no way I’m interested, nor could I physically cross a finish line after 26.2 miles. I have run three half marathons and several 10k as well as 5k races, but never did I think I would run 26.2 miles until the day after the marathon bombing in Boston. Marathon Monday in Boston is a significant day to not only the thousands of runners from all over the world, but also to the many spectators watching athletes crossing the finish line on Boylston Street. As a Bostonian viewing the marathon for the first time I was beyond excited to experience a gorgeous spring day in the city with friends, until the unthinkable occurred. Marathon Monday will now have a similar impact on people the way September 11th did.
As I sat as my desk the day after the marathon feeling hopeless and afraid I knew I could challenge myself in a way that would allow me to break out of my comfort zone. I have always wanted to run the Boston marathon and I knew if I could train for a marathon I could mentally overcome all doubt.
So, on January 12th I crossed the finish line after running 26.2 amazing miles in Disney. I ran for all those runners that fought for their lives and for those who face obstacles everyday because of the bombing in Boston. The day will come when I cross the finish line in Boston and I will never stop running strong.

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Are you on a budget?

Most of us are constantly complaining about spending countless amounts of money at grocery stores or local markets, but that is what we have to do to eat healthy, right? NO! According to Food Babe – we can still eat healthy on a budget. Check out her post and let me know what you think!

Check it out!

Food Babe shares some great posts that we can all learn from.

Easy Gluten-Free Pizza Dough from Living Without

Living without gluten in a society that loves carbs, salt, fried foods that are high in fat and many other delicious products can be challenging when that is not part of your diet. Becoming comfortable with a diet that is high in fat and unhealthy is something many Americans are used to. The obesity rate in New England since 1991 has doubled and will continue to grow. The number of children diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is reaching statistics higher than 80&.

They say you are what you eat, and ultimately I believe in that! Children and adolescents need to be taught from the start that incorporating healthier options into their diets are extremely important. As a child I constantly remember avoiding “green foods” on my plate. Today, I know that in order to feel lighter and healthier your diet needs to involve mostly green foods. Living without gluten is also a step I have taken to feel lighter and free of stomach pain (most of the time). Am I eating salads and broccoli everyday? GOD NO! In fact I am including a recipe for gluten-free PIZZA below from a great magazine, “Living Without”.

I have been searching for recipes that are fun and tasty without wheat for over a year now. Leave it to my mother to find a great magazine with everything we have been looking for and more! Check out the recipe and website for additional details on a gluten-free lifestyle.

1 recipe Easy Gluten-Free Pizza Dough
2-4 teaspoons good quality olive oil, divided
4 tablespoons good quality pizza sauce, divided
8 medium tomatoes (red, yellow and orange), thickly sliced
2 handfuls small, pitted, cured black olives, such as Nicoise
½ cup cubed Manchego or dairy-free cheese, optional, divided
-Freshly grated Parmesan cheese or dairy-free Parmesan cheese
-Fresh rosemary, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 450° F. If using a pizza stone, place it on the lowest rack and preheat the oven. Do this 30 to 60 minutes ahead so the stone is very hot. If you’re not using a stone, it’s not necessary to preheat the oven for an extended period of time.

2. Scoop half the dough onto a lightly oiled sheet of parchment paper. Cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Use fingertips and palm to lightly press the dough into a 12-inch circle. Use fingertips to create a rim of dough around the edge.

3. Drizzle half the olive oil over the surface. Top with 2 tablespoons pizza sauce.

4. Scatter half the tomato slices, olives and cheese over the sauce. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan.

5. Repeat with remaining dough and ingredients.

6. Slide each pizza (with parchment paper) onto pizza paddle and transfer to a preheated stone, sliding pizza and the parchment off the paddle and onto the stone. If using a baking sheet, slide each pizza and parchment onto a baking sheet and set it on the lowest rack of preheated oven. Bake 20 to 24 minutes, depending on the thickness. The bottom of crust will be brown.

7. When done, slide the pizza paddle under the parchment and slide pizzas out of the oven. (Don’t worry if the paper tears a little.) Sprinkle pizzas with fresh rosemary and serve.

Each slice contains 110 calories, 4g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 4mg cholesterol, 183mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 15g protein.

http://www.livingwithout.com/recipes/gourmet_pizza-3291-1.html

A “Good Belly” Probiotic Drink

For all of my experimental friends out there who may have stomach issues/digestive complications, have you every heard of this juice called “Good Belly”? I was shopping around Whole Foods as I normally do when I came across this juice that had the words “good, belly, probiotic, dairy-free, soy free and healthy”. My immediate reaction was that I’ve never heard of this, but it sounds amazing! Now I am usually one to see strong labels and begin to ask myself if this is something I might need or not, and in this case I felt I did.

For anyone unaware of probiotic, they aid to the digestive tract which makes up almost 70% of your body. I tried a probiotic before and I was unsuccessful with them. I understand the dosage on the probiotic I used may not have been the best or the kind may not be as successful, but one of the GI doctors I first saw had suggested them.

The “Good Belly” drink seemed the perfect combination of a healthy balance. After buying Good Belly and loving it I am still not totally sure it is right for me, but I think I will give it another try! You can never take in TOO many probiotics or TOO many healthy things to build your body and immune system.

http://12day.goodbelly.com/