April 19, 2015
April 10, 2015
Happy Friday loves!
April 2, 2015
A healthy habit that involves eating? Sign me up.
For real, y'all.
For Day 2 of The Food Babe Way, Vani's instructions are simple: whip up a smoothie or juice made primarily of greens, with a little fruit and protein thrown in for fun. (By "fun" I mean "so it doesn't taste like you're downing straight kale".)
Since a juicer isn't in my budget, I chose the smoothie route. I tend to be good about making these during the months when fresh fruit abounds, but tend to get bored by the end of the season. Food Babe helped remind me why they're so important: besides giving you a mega dose of antioxidants and other nutrients, they also help to detox the body, regulate body weight, and make the skin glow.
Again, I get this from eating? Holla.
Around the time I was starting this habit, vegan protein company Sunwarrior sent me a few of their products to review. Among them were the Classic Protein Powders in Chocolate and Vanilla, Warrior Blend Protein in Chocolate and Vanilla, and Ormus Super Greens.
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My daily smoothie has been similar to the one above, with only slight changes in the fruit based on what's on sale that week (ka-ching!). The basics are this: vegan protein, a handful of organic kale or spinach, frozen berries, a banana, a splash of almond milk, and go.
As someone who's tried a fair share of vegan protein powders, I can honestly say Sunwarrior's compete for top placement. Not too sweet, no chalky texture, no weird aftertaste. And it kept me full past lunchtime. Check, check, double check. Patrick loved it as well and even stole a few packets for his morning protein shakes. (Rude.)
Note: this smoothie was not made with chocolate milk and/or protein powder. That would have made it purple. Vanilla all the way here.
I've found that these smoothies keep me satiated through the morning, and are great to enjoy whether I'm kicking back or on the go. Win win, people.
For more information about the benefits of green smoothies and juices, check out The Food Babe Way !
21 Days of Food Babe Checklist
I drank my morning green drink
April 1, 2015
Reading The Food Babe Way has significantly changed many of my eating and lifestyle habits in a short period of time. By the end of winter, we all probably feel bloated, sluggish, and generally icky and I was no different. I figured I had nothing to lose by adopting a few of the habits she recommends, and boy was I right. (I love that feeling.)
They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so here we are. Day 1, Step 1: Cleanse each morning with lemon water.
I've posted previously about this lemon-cayenne concoction, but this is the first time I've stuck with the habit for more than a week or so. The basics are this: I wake up each morning, cut up an organic lemon, juice it in that pretty little stainless steel juicer you see in the picture, then pour it into a glass of filtered water. Then goes two shakes of cayenne, and a stir with a reusable straw and I'm good to go.
Besides being simply refreshing, lemon water is touting for its ability to alkalinize the body, give the body a hefty dose of vitamin C, and improve digestion. I grew up drinking water with a squeeze of lemon for the flavor, so it also just tastes great. Food Babe also claims that it begins a super detox of your liver, which I obviously after mucho margarita consumption. Since being a teacher doesn't exactly lend itself to drinking water (aka you never sit down or go to the bathroom), I've really appreciated how this has started off my day with a little hydration. On the days I workout in the mornings, I mix this up in my Klean Kanteen and sip it on my drive to the studio. I figure lemon water + barre/yoga is just like a liver detox party, right?
Let's recap: Drink this every morning, enjoy it, feel great.
Would you make it a habit to drink lemon water every morning?
21 Days of Food Babe Checklist:
I drank my morning lemon water
March 27, 2015
March 26, 2015
I celebrate my twenty-ninth birthday on Monday, with smashing success. My kiddos at school had been begging for a pajama day (literally just a day when you wear your pjs to school) since Christmas break, but I wasn't about to let them do something like that before any sort of major holiday. Special events + breaks in routine = my sweet angels morphing into wild beasts intent to destroy me.
#done. Since one of my 2015 Resolutions was to get outside, I asked for (and got!) an annual pass to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, which means I'll be spending my summer paddleboarding, hiking, zip lining, and white water rafting. Holla.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Cheers to 29!
You think I'm kidding.
But on a random Monday in March? Why the heck not. Plus, waking up on Monday and asking yourself which sweatpants you're going to wear is pretty sweet. Birthday-level sweet, in my opinion. (Also sweet? When a lovely third grader brings you pink vegan cupcakes she made…from one of your Pinterest boards. Real life.)
|my pint-sized coworkers|
Being the smart man that he is, Patrick made me a great dinner, then gifted me with a Lilly gift card, which I literally spent the next day:
|captiva tunic in get spotted|
|pink + lions = phi mu heaven|
Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Cheers to 29!
March 18, 2015
I wish I could tell you that my travel bag was impossibly glamorous and full of things like Evian water "for hydrating" my skin, but let's be real. Ain't nobody got time for that. After years of being a complete idiot when it comes to traveling, I may be getting the hang of this whole airport thing. Rather than shell out a ton of cash for things I could easily bring myself, I've figured out a system that will get me to my destination hydrated, full, and with happy feet. Below are the five things I was smart enough to bring on my recent trip to Watercolor that helped me arrive "stunning and impossibly fresh-looking", a la Carrie Bradshaw.
|almond butter // klean kanteen
nakd bars // layla sneaker
Those little packets of pretzels flight attendants hand out may feed a supermodel for the day, but they sure ain't gonna tide me over. Since few restaurant options (if there are any) offer vegan protein sources, I toss an apple and a pack of almond butter into my backpack for insurance. While I'm not the biggest fan of just squeezing almond butter into my mouth, desperate times call for desperate measures (unless you want to try to get a knife through TSA, which could significantly slow your progress).
Seriously the best purchase I've ever made. On my recent trip to Watercolor, I poured my morning smoothie into it to sip on the way to the airport. Once there, I rinsed it out in a restroom sink, carried it empty through TSA, then filled it at these handy dandy water bottle refill stations that are everywhere in the Charlotte and Atlanta airports. I've never been so hydrated on a trip, and I could definitely tell an improvement in my energy when I go off the plane in Florida. Added bonus: no plastic water bottles heading towards landfills. #winning.
I tossed a few of these nakd bars in my
Louis Vuitton backpack in case my stomach started grumbling at 30,000 feet. Since I'm also trying to cut down on junk food consumption, I skipped the chips and pretzels from fast food places and had these as a nice after-meal treat instead.
Leopard print + comfort. What more could I ask for? Since scoring these at Target a few weeks ago I've worn them to work everyday (literally), and they easily slipped on and off for TSA screenings. They were also super cushy as I walked all over the Atlanta airport trying to find vegan options for lunch. And since airplanes always seem to blast icy air right on my feet, they kept me warm and cozy en route. Catch them while they're still on sale for $13.49!
I was also able to scope out a rather healthy airport restaurant in the Atlanta airport:
They had veggie wraps with hummus on the menu, and were super nice when I asked for no cheese.
What are your travel essentials?