Mar 31, 2015

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups


This too good to be true recipe is brought to you by Saige of The Twenty Somethings. A triathlete in college, Saige is quite possibly one of the fittest girls I know. When I saw this amazing concoction she posted on her Instagram page, I couldn't resist stealing it and sharing with you.

Made with my favorite Lily's Dark Chocolate and Almond Butter, these guilt-free bites are gluten-free, dairy free and (mostly) sugar free. Saige used Buff Bake Snickerdoodle Almond Butter, but I have a feeling any one of your favorite nut butters would work.

Ingredients: 
Lily's Dark Chocolate Baking Chips 
Buff Bake Snickerdoodle Almond Butter

To Make: 
Melt chocolate chips in double boiler over gently simmering water (not boiling) and stir constantly. Scoop Tbsp melted chocolate in mini cupcake tin. Scoop tsp almond butter on top of melted chocolate (put almond butter in freezer for about 4 minutes before scooping). Scoop another Tbsp melted chocolate on top of almond butter. Repeat until all are done. Sprinkle sea salt on top and place in freezer for about 30-45 minutes. Enjoy!   

Follow @the_twenty_somethings on Instagram and check out all of Saige's amazing fit tips and recipes. 

Mar 25, 2015

Spring Workout Playlist

Hi Babes! There's nothing like some new hot tunes to pump up your workout. Here's my new spring workout playlist...


 And in case you were wondering, here's a little taste ...



Mar 23, 2015

Beach Babe Favorites


1. Quest Nutrition - Quest Bar: my go-to pre-workout fuel or snack between meals... the very best protein bars!

2. Greens First: this fruit and vegetable powder alkalizes the body's PH and is a tasty treat in a shake or glass of water.

3. Unipro Perfect Protein : the best quality and best tasting protein powder ever.

5. Metagenics Ultraflora Balance Probiotic : I take this first thing every morning and last thing before bed to maintain a healthy gut.

6. Metagenics Pregnancy Wellness Essentials : I've taken these throughout my pregnancy and while nursing so that I don't deplete my body of necessary vitamins.

7. Larabar Gluten Free Fruit & Nut Food Bar: a tasty snack made of just fruits and nuts...yum.

Mar 12, 2015

The REAL breakfast of champions


Many of you know that I made a new years resolution to start the day with a green drink. I'm no stranger to the wonderful world of juiced greens... kale, romaine, parsley, spinach, broccoli. You name it, the greener the better. If you've divulged into juicing, you know how addicting all those tasty greens can be. It's no wonder juice shops have been popping up on every other corner. However, those drinks were making a pretty hefty dent in my pocket book.

Alas, I gave up my $7+ daily green juice and swapped my normal eggs and turkey bacon breakfast for a delicious green smoothie (aka the real breakfast of champions).  I can't recommend a more nutritious breakfast. It's loaded with raw vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants and healthy fats. A real treat to your fasting body. Here's how I make mine (I gotta say it's amaze)...

Ingredients:* 

Ginger: Boosts immunity, aids in digestion, anti-inflammatory

Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory, keeps intestines healthy and functioning properly, relieves arthritis and cystic fibrosis, prevents cancer, helps liver function, lowers cholesterol... the list goes on. 

Dandelion: Digestive aid, kidney, liver & gallbladder support, anti-oxidant, fights cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure

Nut Milk: Low in calories, contains healthy fats including omega fatty acids, good source of calcium & vitamin E

Kale: Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and loaded with necessary raw vitamins and minerals

Fit for Life Raw Meal (or your favorite protein powder):  provides energy and satisfies hunger, raw and organic plant based protein, contains live probiotics and enzymes for healthy digestion

Optional:
Lemon
Almond Butter
Coconut
Either a Banana or Avocado
Frozen Fruit or Half an Apple

To Make:
In the blender, I start with nut milk (cashew has become my new fave) and a little water. Then I add in two whole kale leaves and three dandelion leaves. I'll do half an inch piece of both ginger and turmeric and one scoop of raw meal. I then choose two or three items from the "optional" list. I always add in some frozen fruit (like berries or a green fig) or half an apple. The banana or avocado makes it extra creamy and almond butter or coconut add some healthy fats. I constantly switch it up so I don't get bored.

 I make this with my Blendtec (Whole Juice button) because it makes it super smooth with no pulp or stringy bits. 

 I'll also throw in any extra veggies I have on hand such as parsley, spinach, broccoli or beets. Anything goes here. I love that I never let any fruits or veggies go to waste and it always tastes different. A good trick is to put any fruits or vegetables into the freezer before they go bad. 

Cheers to the real breakfast of champions!

PS. Always use organic (duh!)

Mar 6, 2015

Nutty For Cashewmilk



Hi Babes! It’s not often that I’m this passionate about a product, but this company is just so on par with what I believe.

If you read my post Goat Milk vs Cow Milk, then you know I’m not a fan of cow milk. So, what’s creamier than skim milk, with fewer calories and no saturated fats? Well babes, I am super excited to introduce you to Silk Cashewmilk.

Silk Cashewmilk is just as yummy as you might guess (ever tried a cashew? Um, yum). It’s rich, irresistibly creamy and absolutely perfect to add to coffee, a protein shake or any recipe requiring milk. I’ve been using it every morning in my daily green drink and it’s really upped my green game.


Not only is Silk Cashewmilk just so delicious but, it’s only 25 calories per serving (1/3 the calories in skim milk) with no saturated fat .... a-ok by me.

Possibly my absolute favorite thing about Silk Cashewmilk is the brand mission statement:

“Changing the world, one sip (or spoonful) at a time. Since the beginning, Silk® has been out to make the world a healthier place. Not just for those who use our products, but for everyone.”

Silk is committed to non-GMO project verified products, which meets my numero uno criteria when consuming food and drink.  They are even big supporters of Just Label It, “a national initiative encouraging the clear and accurate labeling of foods containing GMOs.” Yes, please!

I love finding brands I know I can trust.  Cheers to Silk® for providing us with wholesome (and delicious) Silk Cashewmilk!

*Silk Original Cashewmilk: 60 cal/serv; skim dairy milk: 80 cal/serv. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 27. Data consistent with typical skim dairy milk.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Silk through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about Silk, all opinions are my own.
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