fitapproach

Friday 5 Fave Workouts 1.27.17

I hope you guys are loving these Friday 5 Fave HIIT Workouts as much as I am! 

ALTERNATIVES TO (7).png

This week, take it up a notch! If you haven't been using any type of resistance, grab a dumbbell, or if you want to try out the water resistance like you get with the Hedstrom Kamagon Ball, then grab an empty milk jug mostly full of water, and use that! Then let me know what you think! 

Also, only 2 days left to take advantage of this 25% OFF on Hedstrom Fitness Kamagon Balls or Surge! Order yours HERE! And use code: SPH25 (ends tomorrow, 1/28/17)

**I want to see how much you are enjoying getting fit with these workouts, so remember to share photos/videos of your workouts and tag me! @BrittanySuell #WorkoutwithBrittany #SimplyFit

This weeks workout moves include: 

  • 15 shoulder raises
  • 15 deadlifts
  • 10 side lunges with overhead extension (on each leg)
  • 10 one legged hamstring extension with overhead press
  • 30 bicycle crunches

*For HIIT, go through this entire set as quickly as you can. Not resting until you complete the bicycles. Take a 1-2 minute break and do it again. Repeat 2-5 times! 

 

Lastly, I've got a special treat for you guys this week! I know it's girl scout season...which means the temptations of girl scout cookies! But, have you read this article about the TRUTH of the ingredients in Girl Scout Cookies?!?! That's why I created a special, SUGAR FREE SAMOA COOKIE RECIPE for you! Get it FREE below! And, if you have a favorite cookie, let me know which is, and maybe I will try creating a healthy, sugar free recipe for that one! 

Happy Sweating! 

Brittany

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Hedstrom Fitness as part of my partnership with Fitapproach through the Sweatpink Ambassador program. All opinions are my own.

Friday 5 Fave Workouts 01.13.17

Here's what happens on the weekend. Things get either busy, or lazy. We are enjoying time with family, going out with friends, or maybe traveling, and usually all our healthy eating and working out efforts are out the window! 

That's why for the next several weeks I'm going to be sharing Friday 5 Fave Workouts with you! Things that you can do with just a little weight at home, at someone else's house, or in a hotel! You don't have to go to the gym, or take a ton of your time to do it! Just do these simple moves to keep you moving, and hopefully having worked out will encourage you to continue making smart choices when it comes to filling your plate! 

So to start it off, here's the moves for this weekend! We will be utilizing the Kamagon Ball from Hedstrom Fitness for these workouts. The Kamagon ball is a pretty amazing piece of equipment because it's filled with water, (and you can choose which weight you would like it to be at). For these exercises I'm using it at 10lbs. This use of water in equipment is called Hydro-Inertia. "The efficiency of Hydro-intertia resistance mimics real life situations far more than do static weights such as dumbbells. This is not only important for athletes in their functional training programs, but also helps every day functionality like picking up children."

Here's the written workout. Watch the video below for how each movement is done! 

Make it a HIIT workout by doing the moves back to back with only a 1 minute break between. 

  • 15 Squats with overhead press
  • 10 Reverse lunge with oblique twists (on each side)
  • 15 V-ups
  • 15 Bent over rows
  • 15 Bicep Curls

Rest & Repeat up to 5 times

Join me January 16-20 in a #IAmEmpowered Instagram Challenge with Hedstrom Fitness & Fit Approach! Have fun, get inspired, and win prizes! Follow Me

xoxo

Brittany

 

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Hedstrom Fitness as part of my partnership with Fitapproach through the Sweatpink Ambassador program. All opinions are my own.

How To Make Working Out Something You Enjoy!

Here's the problem...people don't workout because they don't enjoy it. 

Last night I looked in the mirror as I was getting ready for bed. My muscles super fatigued from my recent leg workout, and I thought..."You know, I REALLY ENJOY working out." 

I'm not sure when this concept switched for me. When working out became fun and something I desire/crave versus something I have to or need to do to lose weight or stay fit. But I'm so thankful it did. I looked forward to working out and getting active. I look forward to sweating, moving, and stretching! 

How can you get to that place of ENJOYMENT?

Here's 3 Tips to Make Working Out Something You Enjoy:

1) Make it something you can do!

-If working out is not something you do often, don't make the hardest class at the gym the one you go to to try and get back into the swing of things. When you try something too hard, where you feel like you aren't getting any of the moves or able to make progress, it will more than likely discourage you from continuing. 

Find something that challenges you, but doesn't make you feel like a total failure! Little victories spike your enjoyment and create a desire to keep trying and keep getting better. 

2) Make sure the workout you choose isn't too long, but fits your time schedule

-If you only have 30minutes, don't try to fit in an hour workout. If it's longer than you have time for, you won't stick to it. Other things will take priority. Decide how long each day you have to commit to working out, and find a workout that fits that amount of time! THEN GET IT DONE!

3) Make it something FUN!

-So as you all know I am 2.5 months postpartum. I've recently done two things to make working out something that is fun and desirable for me. Because even though I enjoy it, when you are just getting back into it, it can most definitely still be difficult to be motivated. First, I have started doing a workout with my husband! This is so fun to me! I love to workout with him and us be challenged together! So it makes me more motivated to do and stick to the workout! Secondly, for a little cardio, this week I started the new Beachbody Country Heat Workout! It's amazing! It's country dancing. Great music, fun moves, plus lots of sweat! I've loved it and the fun of it has definitely kept me coming back each day! Let me know if you want to try out this workout! 

And if none of those ideas are working for you! Here's a BONUS idea!

BONUS: INVOLVE CUTE WORKOUT CLOTHES! 

1) Either buy cute workout clothes that you allow yourself ONLY to wear when you workout! 

2) Or Set a goal for yourself and when you achieve it....go buy a new workout outfit! 


Here's a super easy way to get started! 

Get involved with the Prana & Organic Valley #WeirdWorkout Challenge! 

Post a photo of the new fun workout that you've chosen to do, and tag Prana & Organic Valley using the hashtags in the photo, and you could WIN some amazing workout clothes from Prana! (one of my favorite brands!)

It makes it so fun that getting weird is the base of the partnership between Organic Valley and prAna for their Weird Workout contest! It is running from August 15 – 31, 2016! Ten awesome winners will get $300 in credit to use on prAna.com, a two-month supply of Organic Fuel and free swag! You have 6 chances to win! ENTER HERE!

That's an amazing chance to not only find something fun and weird to do as a workout, but also to hit up my bonus tip and get you some new workout clothes by winning $300 to Prana! 

If you just can't wait to see if you are a winner or not, go ahead and go shopping at Prana and use this 15% OFF code: PFS16BSBS

Then get your #WeirdWorkout on and start making sweating something you can ENJOY!

XOXO

Brittany

5 Tips to Make Living a Healthy Life SIMPLE!

Let's talk about why living a healthy and fit life matters! 

When you make time to exercise, and eat right, you are not only working on your appearance, you are working on your whole self, which impacts more people than just you! 

I believe that when we are healthy and fit, we are living our happiest life. We are more energized, confident, and overall healthy, which enables us to go after our dreams, and live our best life! God created us to live life to the fullest, and we are only able to do that when we are taking care of ourselves, as well as achieving our calling as women!

I also realize that life gets overwhelming, and as women we have so many duties and responsibilities, and usually, we let ourselves slip to the back burner. So I'm here to simplify the process! 

MY TOP 5 TIPS TO MAKE LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE SIMPLE!

1) Get a Workout Partner

We all do things better when we have other people cheering us on! When you first start a workout schedule, you may be fired up and excited....but life happens! You need people that are going to be there to encourage you and push you to keep it up, even when things get hard and life gets busy!

Plus it makes it more fun to celebrate your victories when you have someone their to celebrate with! 

2) Make Working Out Fun

Working out can't just be a duty! You have to make it something you enjoy! Find something that is fun for you! Whether it's a specific class, being able to chat with your favorite friends while sweating, or going on bike rides with the family. Choose something that brings you inner peace, and "rest" while you are burning those calories, that way it will be easier to stick with it! 

3) Find Easy At Home Workouts

This is something I have been working to help create for you via my Instagram. Each week I share 2-3 at-home workouts that you can do with minimal equipment. Sometimes, even when you have a plan to be at the gym, or meet your workout partner, it seems like the entire universe is against you. It's these days that you need to have a backup plan that you can easily do at home once the kids are in bed! 

Or better yet, include the kids in it! I recently did a 5 Day #BabyStrongChallenge using the Baby Strong Workout cards!  These things are a must have for momma's with babies or toddlers! They are an amazing resource that are spill/slobber proof, and can hook to your purse, diaper bag, or just stay at home with you. You can organize and create workouts that involve all of the major muscle groups, and adding the weight of your baby to a workout is no joke. The five days that I worked out with my 28lb son in hand definitely made a difference. Plus the kiddos love it, and it's more time you get to spend with them! 

This month you can grab these cards at a discounted rate. They make the perfect gift for any mom, or mommy-to-be! 

Discount Good until February 29, 2016

Discount Good until February 29, 2016

4) Always Be Prepared

Now, getting more on the health side of things, I learned a valuable lesson recently when reading a book. It's something that I have already begun implementing and it is amazing! 

Create an EMERGENCY SNACK KIT!

What's that you ask? It can be as simple as a zip-lock bag with your favorite healthy snack in it, tucked in your purse, glove box, or office drawer. Whatever you decide to include in your emergency kit, make it a healthy, filling snack, that will hold you over when you find yourself getting the most hungry, and the most tempted to grab fast food! 

Some of my favorite options: 

  • Mixed Nuts
  • Apple
  • Nut Butter Packs

5) Meal Prep

Over the past 7 months, I have really jumped on the meal prep wagon! And it has completely changed my life! When I'm doing really well, I take time to prep healthy snacks like protein bites, sugar free muffins, etc. 

But on a normal basis, I am spending several hours a month prepping Freezer Meals for my family and me! It has done so much for us! Just by spending a few hours prepping, I have meals in my freezer ready to be cooked in the crock pot. So on our busy evenings, dinner is ready. Or on days when I'm just not feeling it, I don't have to spend hours in the kitchen meal prepping! I get more time with my family, and still get to eat HEALTHY food! It's seriously genius! 

You can find out more about my On-the-Go Freezer Meal Kits HERE, and learn how I can help you create healthy meals for your family as well! 

 

I hope this helps! Implement a few, or all of these, and see how much simpler it gets to live a healthy life! 

-Brittany

 

Disclosure: Due to my ambassador standing with Fit Approach, I was given the Baby Strong Workout Cards in exchange for this review. I fully participated in the challenge, and all opinions are my own.

5 Reasons Why Stretching is so Good for You! #7DayStretch with Prana

11950975_417080301818342_419633547_n.jpg

Wow, I just finished up my 5AM Yoga Class on this lovely Friday morning, and I'm feeling good. Now getting up a 4AM isn't always my favorite, but once I'm up and on my Yoga mat, my day is off to a great start!  So in an attempt to CONVINCE YOU to DO YOGA!!! I'm going to share with you 5 Reasons Why Stretching is so Good for You! 

1. Fewer Aches and Pains

Let's face it, we are all getting older, and as our bodies age, we get a little creakier. So in order to decrease the aches and pains that you feel as you may age, stretching helps to keep the body flexible, muscles long and lose, and decrease the aches and paints that your body feels! 

2. Better Posture

Why does posture matter. Because as we age, we gradually tend to slump forward. When we are stretching and strengthening the muscles in our core, shoulders, and back; we are able to maintain a nice posture which allows for better health, and back to #1, fewer aches and pains.

Life Hacker shares this statement about stretching and it's impact on posture: "Assists in correct posture by lengthening tight muscles that pull areas of the body away from their intended position (because of so much time at our computers, many of us have tight chest muscles which pulls the shoulders and head forward, leaving us with a hunched shoulder look)."

3. Creates Easier Movement of Natural, Everyday Activities

We reach, we bend, we twist. In everyday activities we do all of these things, and stretching, helps ensure that we can do these things long term. Especially stretching our spine is important! It makes sure that our back is healthy, which reduces pains, and enables us to easily move through natural everyday activities on our own. 

This is said about a tight spine, from Shape Magazine: “When the thoracic spine becomes tight, it can create many problems up and down the chain of the body,” she says. “I have seen my clients’ necks, shoulders and chest tighten up or become unstable and weak with a tight thoracic spine.”

4. Lengthen Your Muscles

You might be wondering..."What does this even mean!?!?" Well during a lot of everyday activities, carrying heavy loads, or even working out and lifting weights, your muscle length shortens, which is partly why you can feel tight and sore after a workout. When you stretch, your muscles are literally stretching, lengthening, getting less tight, distressing, and being able to move with more flexibility. This not only makes recovery from a workout easier, but it also helps your athletic performance. 

5. Stress Reliever

Of course, one more shameless plug for Yoga, but stretching, especially in a class style format can bring about so much stress relief. Even just taking a short amount of time to stretch can calm the mind, provide a mental break, and give your body a chance to recharge. 

Next time you are feeling stressed, turn everything off, put your phone away, and take 5 minutes to stretch, relax your mind, and just breathe! Then see how you feel! 

5 Reasons why stretching is good for you with Brittany Suell

[bctt tweet="5 Reasons Why Stretching is good for you and you need to do it! from @brittanysuell #7daystretch @prana @fitapproach #sweatpink"]

USE CODE: LIVEINPRANA15 to get 15% off and get these awesome leggings for yourself! 

I recently completed the #7DayStretch Challenge with Prana and Fitapproach! And let me just say, it was amazing! 7 Days to stretch it out, and being encouraged virtually to make it a consistent part of your lifestyle! It felt good, and there was definitely a stress relief from taking time to stretch and relax each day! 

So in honor of the #7DayStretch, I've been challenged from Jill Conyers to share 7 things about myself to y'all! So here it is! 

  • I am [wildly/strangely/obviously] obsessed with: coffee! I love the atmosphere that coffee sets! Early mornings, hot drink in hand, nice music on! Oh I am such an atmosphere person! Maybe my weird obsession should be for atmospheres vs. coffee! :-) 
  • I have a collection of: coffee mugs---my husband is constantly trying to get rid of them...probably because they are falling out of our cabinet! 
  • I secretly (not so secretly): want to hire a house cleaner! Being a work from home mom, it just seems like I can't get it all done! 
  • When I was 7, I wanted to be: Paleontologist---I LOVED dinosaurs, rocks, all things outdoors! I was a HUGE tomboy! 
  • If I could do one thing today, it would be: go on vacation....OH WAIT, I AM!! 
  • I’ve always dreamt of: taking several weeks vacation to travel around the U.S. to awesome, must-see places with my hubs! 
  • My favorite way to travel is: spontaneously....with no real agenda! Oh, and with coffee in hand! 

I'm tagging Lora Hogan & Jodi Tivey!! Check out their blogs!

[bctt tweet="7 Things you might not know about me! #7daystretch @fitapproach @prana @joditivey @lora_hogan your turn! #challenge"]

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

 

#LeaveYourLegacy

I'm linking up to Jill Conyers Fitness Friday, and the #FridayFive party with Mar on the Run

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by prAna, but all opinions are my own. Shop now with the code LiveInprAnaF15 to get 15% off! 

Let's Get Stretchy with Prana #7DayStretch

Wahoo! It's Monday, and it's time to get Stretchy! I'm joining Prana again this week for a #7DayStretch Challenge!  It's the perfect time, many of you have kids starting school this week, plus this time of year just seems like a transition for all of us, even if you have nothing to do with school starting! So let's take a week to focus a little time on us! Stretching those muscles out and showing off in the challenge. And duh, who doesn't want to WIN some amazing Prana products! You don't have to be a blogger, or own ANY Prana gear. (Actually, this is your chance to get your hands on some FREE Prana gear)

I recently showed off my Prana wishlist from their new Fall line on my Instagram account, and guess what, I GOT IT ALL! Plus another pair of pants! 

Let's get stretchy with Prana #7DayStretch new fall line!

 

From left: Ergo Leggings, the Cece Dress, the Ginger Top

So far I'm loving it all!!!

Let me tell you how you can WIN some of these awesome pieces from the new line! 

To participate, all you have to do is answer the daily prompts on Instagram, Twitter, or your blog – share them on social media wherever you’d like. Be sure to tag @FitApproach & @prAna and use the hashtags  #7daystretch #liveinprana & #sweatpink. The most active and engaged participants will have the chance to win amazing prizes from FitApproach & prAna!

 

If you just can't wait to start shopping, prAna is offering a special 15% discount on their awesome fall collection until September 30th**! So don’t miss out!  

Use discount code LiveInprAnaF15 at checkout on www.prana.com.

**Not valid for influencers, on gift certificates or with any other offer.**

On to today’s prompt: We’re PUMPED to be starting off with some leg stretches! What are your go-to way(s) to stretch your lower body? Show us your favorite quad and/or hamstring stretch(es)!  #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

[bctt tweet="SHOW us your favorite hamstring and quad stretches for the @prana #7DayStretch @BRITTANYSUELL @fitapproach #sweatpink"]

Here are my Top 3 Favorite Hamstring and Quad stretches! 

(I'm wearing the Ergo leggings and the Nixie top)

  1. Get your need as close to the wall as possible, with your shin against the wall, then lean back towards your foot. This is an incredibly deep QUAD stretch! 

Let's get stretchy with Prana #7DayStretch new fall line!

2. I love this stretch especially in my Yoga classes. Get in a low lunge with the back knee down, then sink the hips back towards your heel and extend the front leg. It's an amazing HAMSTRING stretch! 

Let's get stretchy with Prana #7DayStretch new fall line!

3. Another super deep QUAD stretch is this one! Get in a low lunge sinking forward very deep, and bend the back leg. See if you can twist around and grab the top of the foot. Be careful and take it slow. Don't try to push your body into this pose. Practice until your quads become to loosen up.

Let's get stretchy with Prana #7DayStretch new fall line!

 

[bctt tweet="Let's get stretchy! Try these 3 quad & hamstring stretches from @brittanysuell #7DayStretch @prana @fitapproach #sweatpink #liveinprana "]

Monday Bonus: Get extra points by showing off a jumping picture! We want to see you JUMP it out. Give us your BEST #jumpjoymonday! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

 

#LeaveYourLegacy

Disclosure: this post was sponsored by prAna. All opinions are our own. We so appreciate you supporting the brands that support Fit Approach and the Sweat Pink community!

Fueling Fun for the #1MillionMinutes Challenge

Today I'm checking in after I shared with y'all about the #1MillionMinutes Summer Challenge with Fit Approach! Who is participating in it? 

Is it motivating you to move more? 

I have definitely been moving a lot! Between running, yoga, Stroller Strides and a few at home workouts I'm clocking some minutes! And next week I will be at a Yoga Training in Dallas, TX. for 3 days straight! So lots of moving there!!! I can't wait to be surrounded by people who love Yoga, get some new training to bring into my practice, and take an ungodly amount of Yoga classes in just 4 days! 

Today thought, I thought I would share a Sweat Pink mad lib and share about Fueling Fun for the #1MillionMinutes Challenge! 

[bctt tweet="Get fueling with @PuritansPride for the #1MillionMinutes Challenge with @FitApproach and @BrittanySuell #LeaveYourLegacy #Sweatpink"]

Fueling Fun with the #1MillionMinutes Challenge

I’m so ECSTATIC to fuel my #1MillionMinutes goals with Puritan’s Pride! All summer I plan to yoga pose my way to a healthier, fitter me, and I’ll need help staying hydrated and fueled during all my on the mat adventures!

 
I will make sure I stay on track and will rely on  tasty smoothies to keep me well fueled before, during and after workouts, and my coffee cup (?that's okay right?) to keep me hydrated!

 

I’m most excited to try Whey Protein powder in vanilla  and IFlora for Women from Puritan’s Pride because they look like they will help strengthen my body with probiotics and protein, which will help fuel me for stronger, more intense workouts.

 

One supplement I’ve never tried but am curious about is Double Chocolate Chunk Quest Bar. I think it might make me extra strong throughout my long runs.

Bring it, #1MillionMinutes! I’m ready to go!

Even if you aren't participating in the #1MillionMinutes Challenge, LEAVE A COMMENT and tell me what you have been doing this summer to get moving! 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

Roses are red, Violets are blue, let's do some Yoga for Two!

Yep you guessed it! I talked my wonderful husband into filming a professional, fun and not professional at all Partner Yoga Video to share with y'all for the big Valentines Day!!  What better way to spend Valentines Day than to sweat, stretch, try something new, and laugh quite a bit with your favorite person!? 

I even made you this super cute Valentine that you can print out and give your that special someone inviting them to join you for some Partner Yoga! (Seriously you don't have to do anything but print, press play, and have fun!)

A full length partner yoga video for your and your lover on Valentines Day! From @brittanysuell

OH, and did I mention that ANYONE can do these moves!?! As you may notice I am coaching (in a non-bossy way I assure you) my husband throughout the entire video. And sadly, he is not a Yogi, he even questioned which pose Downward Dog was....yes this makes me very sad! But one day I'll get him into Yoga more. My point being though, you don't have to know a lot of be flexible to do this yoga! Just make it your own and have fun together! 

So check out the video, and I would love for you to SHARE it with your friends! PIN it, TWEET it, or SHARE it on Facebook! Thanks! 

[bctt tweet="Roses are red, Violets are blue, Grab your lover and do Yoga for Two! #partneryoga #yoga @brittanysuell"]

And it just so happens that Warrior 2 is the pose of the day for the Prana #taketheleap Challenge!! So check out how to do it with a partner, and post it on your social media site! Remember, you could WIN $500 to Prana for you and a friend, just for participating!

Plus, you can use my code for 15% off Prana gear, right now! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to yourself!

Check out @Prana new Spring line of clothes, and use code: PSPS15BS for 15% OFF! From @brittanysuell

So other than this we have no V-day plans, so please, Comment and tell me, What are your plans for celebrating Valentines Day!??

**My February Podcast will be airing after Valentines Day! Be sure you have SUBSCRIBED so that you know when it goes live!**Click HERE to subscribe! 

www.brittanysuell.com 

#LeaveYourLegacy

I'm linking up to Fitness Friday with Jill Conyers, & #FridayFive with Mar on the Run! Check it out for more LOVE posts! 

Everything You Need to Know to #TakeTheLeap

The 30 Day Yoga Challenge, #TaketheLeap, hosted by @prana & @fitapproach www.brittanysuell.com If you follow me on Instagram, then you know by now that I am a challenge leader for the 30 Day Yoga Challenge, Take the Leap! Hosted by Prana & Fitapproach

If you haven't heard, then no worries, I am here to answer all the questions that you may, or may not have about the Yoga Challenge.  And....if you are thinking Yoga is not for you, then hold your horses....because you are going to want to be part of this challenge.  There are great perks, the moves can be done by beginners or advanced yogis, and taking a little time to stretch, and breathe more could do your body good! 

[bctt tweet="Here's everything you need to know to #TaketheLeap with @brittanysuell @prana @fitapproach #leaveyourlegacy #sweatpink"]


 What is it? 

-It's a Yoga Challenge hosted by Prana & Fitapproach.  Basically, as Prana launches their Spring line, they want to motivate people to DO YOGA every day for 30 days!! So they have challenge leaders, (uh-hum) that's me! Who will post Yoga poses on their social media sites every day for everyone to do.  

How long does it last? 

-The challenge goes from February 2-March8th, 30 days total.

Who is it for? 

-ANYONE!! Wahoo! and Everyone! Basically, if you have never done a Yoga pose in your life, this challenge is for you. AND....if you are an advanced Yogi, this challenge is for you! 

But, I never do Yoga, can I even do these poses? 

-Yes! As one of your challenge leaders, I plan to show basic poses, and advanced options so that everyone can participate.  And if this is your first time, take the basic moves and enjoy them! It's part of Yoga to be happy where you are in a pose, and to grow as you practice.  Who knows, some of the poses might even be easy enough that you want to try the advanced poses! No pressure though, just do what your body is capable of! 

How do I participate? 

-Great question! So, FOLLOW ME! I will mostly be posting on Instagram, so you definitely want to follow me there. I will also post photos of the poses on my Facebook Page as well, but I can't always get videos on there, so INSTAGRAM is definitely where you want to be following! 

  • Each day I will post a video and/or a photo with the pose of the day on it, with some instruction for you. 
  • I encourage you to practice the pose for 3-5minutes a day. 
  • Then post a photo and/or video on your own social media site
  • Be sure to tag @Fitapproach @Prana @Brittanysuell #TaketheLeap #LeaveYourLegacy
  • You can also join the Facebook Group for the challenge.  Lot's of awesome people will be there cheering each other on, and posting their daily posts there!

What's in it for me? 

  1. There's an awesome community out there that you can get involved with by being a part of the challenge.  Click on the #TaketheLeap hashtag and follow others in the challenge. Interact on the Facebook group. And tell me what you think of the poses and how practicing Yoga for 30 days is helping you. You will get motivation and encouragement all over the place! 
  2. You could WIN $500 for YOU AND A FRIEND from Prana!! Yep you heard me right!  

How do I win? 

-Post every day and use the tags and hashtags I mentioned above! *If you forget to post one day, don't worry, just catch up the next day! 

What else do I need to know? 

-I want to follow you throughout the challenge as well, so comment on my Instagram and let me know you are participating so that I can follow you! And tag me in your daily posts, @brittanysuell #LeaveYourLegacy so that I can cheer you on! 

What kind of poses will we be doing? 

I have decided to post my poses as a Yoga progression.  Basically this means that I will start slow, and build up, so that each day you can stack the poses on top of each other, to create an entire Yoga practice over the 30 days! 

WEEK 1: Warm-Up Poses

WEEK 2: Working Poses (Warrior Poses)

WEEK 3: Balancing Poses/Advanced Poses

WEEK 4: Cool Down Poses


 So get ready for an awesome 30 days full of great Yoga poses! Take time out of your day to spend alone to practice Yoga. Breathe deep, and breath full, and let this Yoga practice reenergize you and relieve stress, and create a sense of peace in your life!! 

So I want to know, are you going to #TaketheLeap with me!?!? Let me know in the comments! 

The 30 Day Yoga Challenge, #TaketheLeap, hosted by @prana & @fitapproach www.brittanysuell.com

 www.brittanysuell.com

 

#LeaveYourLegacy 

Strawberry-Banana Nice Cream

nice-cream.jpg

If you are following me on Instagram, you saw that I'm in Florida visiting my sister!! Which means lots of running outside! The weather is incredible here, way better than the frozen roads that I left in Texas. So I will be busy outside, enjoying the weather, the beach, and hanging with my niece and nephew! So, today I have a fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador whose going to share an awesome recipe with us! It might be winter time, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying a frozen treat every now and again... plus I'm in Florida, so I'll definitely be making these! I've already got my bananas in the freezer, getting ready to make this yummy Nice Cream!! Check out this great alternative to store bought, sugar infused ice cream, and try it as a treat for the kids, or as a healthy dessert for yourself.

Strawberry Nice Cream! A great alternative to ice cream!! Perfect snack for the kids, or dessert for yourself, without all the added sugar!

 

 

Strawberry-Banana Nice Cream from Pretty in Pink Fitness

I know it’s winter time but I still enjoy my “nice” cream this time of year! It might seem like a weird combination but I love to have nice cream with a cup of hot coffee.  Does that sound good to anyone?? You can add whatever fruits you like to this recipe.  The ones that I added in this recipe are my favorite types of fruit.

Ingredients

  • 3 Bananas
  • Almond milk
  • Walnuts
  • Fruits of your choice (I used strawberries, blueberries and pomegranates)

 

Directions

  • Freeze bananas in fridge until completely frozen(I cut bananas in pieces before placing in fridge, and peel them)
  • Take frozen banana pieces out and put in a high speed blender with about 1/3 cup of almond milk and 2 strawberries
  • If it is not blending smoothly keep adding a few drops of milk at a time and keep blending.
  • If mixture becomes watery put in freezer for awhile to harden.
  • Before eating, add toppings of your choice, I used strawberries

[Tweet ""Strawberry-Banana Nice Cream" Perfect alternative to ice cream! From @NFSisters #sweatpink @Fitapproach"]

Enjoy!

photoUpala Kumar is a Texas girl who loves to exercise and eat healthy on a daily basis.  She is an online fitness and nutrition coach who has helped many people achieve their fitness goals. Along with loving to exercise, she enjoys creating healthy recipes for her family, like this great Nice Cream Recipe! Her greatest joy is helping people realize and reach their greatest potential in their fitness journey.  You can also find her spending time with her sweet and energetic 9 month old daughter and husband of eight years. 

Follow her on Instagram and check out her blog at Pretty in Pink Fitness  

 

 

Also, as a reminder, on January 15th the look of the blog will be changing to BrittanySuell.com, and my social media accounts will be changing to @BrittanySuell as well! Don't worry though, you will still be visiting the same blog with the same awesome content, and if you are currently following me on social media, then you will still be, my name will be different.  If you aren't following me yet, look >>>>>on the sidebar and follow me on my social media sites! I would love to get to know you more!

announcement fbook22

 

 

Don't Get Caught Being the Stinky One.....

Today we are getting real and talking about one of those awkward, embarrassing moments that seems to happen at the worst possible time.1

Know what I'm talking about yet!?!?

Well let me give you a play-by-play.

It's 7PM on a Monday night, and I'm at the gym preparing to teach my evening Yoga class.  I've run several miles in the morning, and done a 1hour Stroller Strides workout.  I have been around town running errands, had a coffee date with a friend, and cleaned the house. My Yoga class begins, and when I begin reaching my arms up (which you tend to do a lot in Yoga), I start to get a whiff of something.....you know something not so pleasant. It could be someone in my class, but as the instructor, I'm more isolated, not standing close to anyone. The smell is really beginning to annoy me, so at a moment when we are holding our arms up for a moment, I take a quick sniff at my arm pit...YEP IT'S ME! I AM RANK! .....but what's even worse. I look up to see one of my students obviously noticing that I am sniffing my own arm pit! 

NOW THAT IS EMBARRASSING!

And what is even worse, is if I have been smelling like this all day while running errands and chatting with friends over coffee! Why didn't someone tell me? Why didn't I notice or think to put on deodorant to at least cover it up? Why didn't I take a shower after I worked out!?

We've all been there I'm sure! But taking a shower every time we work out just isn't always doable. I mean most of the time we are doing good to be able to make time to run to the gym and get in a quick sweat sesh before our next appointment or responsibility. Maybe you workout in the morning before work, or over your lunch break, or maybe you go for a run after work, before you get the kids from soccer practice.  Either way, I commend you for finding time to work out in your busy life. Now, if we could just fix this B.O. problem without having to take a shower every time we break a sweat.

Let me introduce to you.....The Shower Pill!

What is ShowerPill?

Shower Pill is an antibacterial wipe for your body.

2

One wipe comes in it's own individual package and easily fits anywhere you can think to store it! I keep mine in the places that are most convenient for me to use after a workout: my car, Yoga bag, and stroller.

Now, when you think of Shower Pill, don't imagine a flimsy baby wipe. No Way! The Shower Pill is a high quality disposable wipe. It's thick, and soft. It's super moist, and like you are wiping down with soap and water, without leaving any sticky residue or weird film on your skin. Seriously, after using it I feel bad to throw it away because it is such a nice "towelette." And when I am done, my body feels fully cleansed and refreshed even.

3

4

5

6

7

Another great thing about the Shower Pill, is that all you need is one cloth to clean the entire body.

Here's a few more great things about Shower Pill:

-Kills 99.99% of germs including Staph

-Aloe Vera & Vitamin E

-Quick dry solution, no sticky residue

-Light fresh scent

-Hypoallergenic & Gentle on Sensitive Skin

-Paraben & Alcohol FREE

Something else that's awesome about the Shower Pill....it fits PERFECTLY inside a Stocking!

stocking

There's still time to fill those stockings!! Order your Shower Pill, Athletic Body Wipes today and stuff your families stockings! Because seriously, you don't want anyone to have to go through that embarrassing moment of being the stinky one...or getting caught smelling themselves!

These are good for everyone: the athlete, the mom, the dad, the kids, anyone who sweats...oh wait, that's everyone! Like I said, STOCKING STUFFERS FOR EVERYONE! 

Order HERE

And use code HOLIDAY20 for 20% OFF when you order two boxes of Shower Pill! (offer good through January 1, 2015! So ORDER NOW!)

[bctt tweet="Perfect Stocking Stuffer! Get a 20% OFF code for @Showerpill when you order two boxes! via @NFSisters  #sweatpink #noexcuses"]

Processed with Moldiv

I'm linking up with the awesome #FitFam over at The Fit Dish Link-Up with Jill Conyers & The Fit Switch! Check them out for more embarrassing fitness stories!

little-signautres

DISCLAIMER: I was provided Shower Pill product to try via the Sweat Pink Ambassador program by Fit Approach.  All opinions are my own.

10 Days of Christmas Giveaway #10! Take Your Workout With You!

It's the day we have all been waiting for! Day #10!! The secret GIVEAWAY for my 10 Days of Christmas Giveaway! 

Any Guesses of what it might be!?!?

10 days of Christmas

 

Let me just say, that with Christmas right around the corner, and all the traveling that most people will probably be doing over the next several weeks, this giveaway is perfect for taking your workout with you!

1982309_600596443358075_1194022300_n

So, what's better than a 24/7 gym....a 24/7 workout that you can do anywhere, anytime!

GigaBody.com offers challenging and fun online workout videos for busy folks! 

And I bet just about everyone reading this could say that they are in the category of "busy folks!" We live in a world that is on the go, but it's important to still take time to take care of ourselves. Gigabody.com makes that possible from your home, a hotel, your backyard, or anywhere else where you can get Wifi!

Many times over the holidays, we take a "break" from working out.  I guess for some reason, in our self-deserving minds, we tend to see working out as something we have to do, rather than something we get to do, or even enjoy doing.  So when vacation time rolls around, it seems right to also "vacation" from our sweat fests as well.  This holiday, lets change that! Why not take your workouts with you this Christmas?

I was actually traveling this weekend, and with a baby, and being in a different town and not at my own house, working out was definitely not the easiest thing. Having a Gigabody membership though made it super easy.  While the little one took his morning nap, I stayed in the living room and did a yoga workout.

Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 10.18.30 PM

Yes I was in my pajamas....but hey that's the beauty of doing my workout at home. I don't have to dress-to-impress anybody!

Having Gigabody.com available is also so helpful for me at home because having a baby, I am not able to get out and go to the Yoga Studio or gym classes as much as I would like.  This makes it so much easier to still get my sweat on and take yoga classes from various instructors.

SPEAKING OF THE INSTRUCTORS.....

Gigabody.com has awesome instructors.  Each class I have taken, has had nothing but professional instructors, but it's also great because they have a wide variety of instructors, so you can take classes with various styles.  Obviously, I love the Yoga classes, since I am a Yogi at heart, so I appreciate different styles and techniques that Yoga Instructors carry, and I enjoy learning from them.  Don't worry though, if you aren't a Yogi....Gigabody.com has way more to offer than just Yoga!

WHAT DOES GIGABODY.COM HAVE TO OFFER? 

No matter what kind of workout you are looking to get, they've got it, and they are adding to it often.  They have cardio classes, strength, classes that use weights, classes that have specific muscle focal points. Plus, whether you have 20 minutes or over an hour to spend working out, I have seen classes that offer it all.

10383550_845068058879101_8418351368229036005_n

On Monday night, I put my baby to sleep, and my husband was working in the garage, and I felt like I needed a little me time before getting to work on our at-home business orders. So, I found a 20 minute Yoga workout! It was just what I needed at that time.  Just enough to get my heart going, and a small sweat on, but still left enough time to get some work done! Plus, I did it in my bedroom, I didn't even have to leave my house!

Want to know the BEST PART ABOUT GIGABODY.COM!?!?

It's cheaper than any gym membership you could get.  For full access to their workouts, it's only $8.99/Month!

So, you pay less than $10 a month, never have to leave your home, or get dressed for that matter! You can take various class types, and try out different instructors with various types of teaching styles.

Plus.....you can take your workout with you, no matter where you go!

christmas

[bctt tweet="WIN a 1 Month @Gigabody Subscription and take your workout with you on Christmas Vacation! From @NFSisters #Sweatpink @Fitapproach #giveaway"]

So, let's make the decision together, this Christmas, to not leave our workouts or healthy eating behind.  Let's take our workouts with us, and stay on track, even while enjoying all the festivities of the holidays! Whether you are able to get your family to join you for a workout, or you do it alone in a hotel.  Make working out something you love to do, and look forward to, even on vacation.  Let it be a stress reliever before you join all the chaos that can come with traveling and being surrounded by lots of people.  Let it be a time for YOU, and make it important, a priority, so that you will for sure do it!

Today, one lucky reader will get a FREE One Month Subscription to Gigabody.com! If you don't win though, no worries, Gigabody let's you try out their workouts for free for 14 days before deciding if you want to stick with it...(but you will, because it's awesome!)

So tell me, What workout would you choose to do on Gigabody.com? 

Day 10

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out more tips on staying fit while vacationing:

Healthy Foods on Vacation

Workouts on Vacation

little-signautres

I was given the opportunity to review a subscription to Gigabody.com by Fit Approach.  All opinions are my own. 

10 Days of Christmas Giveaway Day 6 #SweatPink

Welcome to Day #6 of the 10 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

10 days of Christmas

I am lucky to have been a part of an awesome Ambassador program and online fitness community for the past several years.....

SWEAT PINK! by FitApproach

NEW-SPA-badge-2

You can find this badge sitting proudly on my blog sidebar!

Being a Sweat Pink Ambassador has some great perks, and enables me to try new products, so that I can share them with you all, and sometimes give things away! (And we all love Giveaways right!), but more than that....being a Sweat Pink Ambassador has opened me up to a whole world of an online fitness community that so many people don't even know exists!

I have made some awesome friendships with women around the world!

I have learned so much about blogging from other awesome bloggers!

I have been encouraged to run half marathons, and try new workouts from them!

I am inspired daily to be a better me and go after my dreams because of all that they do and achieve!

I am a part of some awesome challenges like the #HolidaySweat Challenge where I get to interact with them and am motivated to be a better me and make awesome changes in my life!

Basically, it's pretty FREAKING AWESOME to be a Sweat Pink Ambassador!

And I want to share the love with you!

One way we let people know we are Ambassadors, and one way we spread the kick-butt attitude is by wearing #SweatPinkLaces! That's right, men and women around the world have been encouraged by these laces, and wear them proudly, reminding them to give their all, and push through the pain.  To take chances, believe in themselves, and achieve big things!

laces_1024x1024

So today, one lucky WINNER is going to get to "Join the Sweat Pink movement, and go farther, faster, in these pink shoelaces." PLUS, I am going to give you an extra pair of laces so that you can give them to someone else you know that needs encouragement and a daily reminder to KICK-BUTT at all they do!

Day 6

a Rafflecopter giveaway


 

Be sure to go check out Day #5 and enter to WIN a Flip Belt!!! 

flip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

little-signautres

10 Days of Christmas Giveaway #3!

It's Sunday....be sure to take time today to rest. Enjoy your family! Get outside and do something fun.

Breath a Little Deeper!

Laugh a Little Longer!

Hug a Little Tighter!

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 12.07.08 AM

Day 3!!!! of the 10 Days of Christmas Giveaway! 

[bctt tweet="Celebrate Christmas in style! WIN a #SweatPink Tank from @NFSisters!!! @Fitapproach"]

Day 3

a Rafflecopter giveaway

10 days of Christmas

Be sure to go sign up to WIN yesterday's GIVEAWAY!

Day #2- A Mileage Decal

Check out the list of what all I'm giving away HERElittle-signautres

10 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

10 days of Christmas  

Since this is a holiday week in America, I wanted to go ahead and give you a little preview of what's to come! 

10 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY! 

Starting on December 5th, I will host a GIVEAWAY every day through December 15th!

Each giveaway will run 48 hrs! And the prizes will be shipped out on the 18th, just in time to get to you before Christmas!

Here's a few of the items I'll be giving away!

Day1: Pink Water Bottle with Runner Decal

Day2: Mileage Decal

Day3: Sweat Pink Tank

Day4: FlipBelt

Day5: Bondi Band

Day6: Dog Lease with Pouch

Day7: Sweat Pink, pink laces

Day8: Running Gels (mixture)

Day9: Water Bottle with Pouch

Day10: SURPRISE!

So get excited, and come back on December 5th to enter to WIN!! 

AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

[bctt tweet="10 Days of Christmas GIVEAWAYS with @NFSisters !Dec. 5-15th! #giveaway #winalltheprizes"]

Now go celebrate and be thankful, and have a ton of fun with your family! Oh, and GET MOVING with your family!

little-signautres

Smoothie Series WEEK 4-Great Smoothie Recipes from Fitness Bloggers

Welcome to WEEK 4 of the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series!! I've got some awesome Smoothie Recipes from other Fitness Bloggers to share with you! If you read WEEK 2 of the series, you saw my TOP 2 FAVORITE SMOOTHIE RECIPES, but now I am some awesome, original recipes from other bloggers, and these are way fancier than mine! 

So get your pallets ready and take a look at these great recipes!

smoothie week 4

 

Here's some of my favorite recipes from some amazing fellow Fitness Bloggers: 

GINGER GREEN SMOOTHIE from Love Life Surf

Ginger-Green-Smoothie

Ginger is such a great ingredient that can be used in many ways and offers a number of benefits including:

  • Aids in digestion and combats stomach aches and discomfort
  • Alleviates symptoms of motion sickness and nausea
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves your immune system and helps fight colds and sickness

Ginger Green Smoothie Recipe

  • 12 oz. coconut water
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger – sliced or crushed
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice (I use GNC’s vanilla egg protein.)

CRANBERRY CHIA SMOOTHIE from Getting' My Healthy On Cranberry-Chia-Smoothie

Cranberry Chia Smoothie is a fruity and super healthy smoothie recipe, using Greek yogurt, fruit, spinach, and chia seeds

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • handful spinach
  • 1/2 c Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 c cranberries
  • 1/3 c blueberries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • optional: 3/4 c liquid of choice (water, juice, milk, etc)

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.

PEACHY GREEN SMOOTHIE by Kate Moving Forward

Peachy-Green-Smoothie_thumb

Ingredients:

1 1/2 peaches (Mine were canned so I also added about 2 Tablespoons of the peach juice.)

1 banana

1-2 cups baby spinach

1 teaspoon flaxseed

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Designer Whey)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)

6-8 ice cubes

Directions:

Layer all ingredients except for ice in blender. Blend on medium speed until well combined and smooth. Add ice cubes and blend again until thick and creamy. Slurp up!

SPOOKY SMOOTHIE: MACA CHOCOLATE + PUMPKIN ORANGE by Lauren Live Healthy

pumpkin-smoothie_front

Chocolate layer
  1. 1 maca chocolate bar (Vega)
  2. 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  3. 1 small banana
  4. 1/2 tbsp black chia seeds
Orange layer
  1. 2 pitted dates
  2. 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  3. 1 medium orange, peeled
  4. 1/4 c yogurt (try almond or coconut yogurt for a fun twist!)
  5. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  6. 2-3 dashes pumpkin spice
  7. Splash of vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Make the chocolate layer. In a blender, pulse the chocolate bar until it's in fine pieces. Add in the almond milk, banana and chia seeds. Blend until smooth.
  2. Make the pumpkin layer. Soak the dates in warm water for 2-3 minutes to soften up a bit. Blend with the pumpkin puree, orange, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and vanilla.
  3. Pour the chocolate layer into a cup before the pumpkin layer. Stir together and enjoy!

CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN SPICE SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE by The Fit Foodie Mama

Chocolate-Pumpkin-Spice-Superfood-Smoothie-3-266x300

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  2. 1 handful of ice
  3. 2 heaping tbsp pumpkin puree
  4. 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I used Puritan's Pride Vegan Chocolate with Quinoa & Oats)
  5. 2 tbsp cacao powder
  6. 1 scoop Superior Greens
  7. 1 bag pumpkin spice tea (bag ripped open, use leaves only)
  8. 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds for topping
  9. 1 tbsp cacao nibs for topping
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together except seeds and nibs.
  2. Pour into large glass and top with pumpkin seeds and cacao nibs.
  3. Enjoy! :)

Here's some other recipes for you to check out!

CHOCOLATE ORANGE GREEN SMOOTHIE by Kate Moving Forward

OATMEAL COOKIE DOUGH IN A GLASS by Sprint to the Table

CARROT CAKE BATTER SHAKE by Sprint to the Table

FRUIT-FREE LOW CARB SMOOTHIE by The Happy Health Freak

APPLE CRISP SMOOTHIE by Fitaspire

SENSATIONAL SWEET POTATO SMOOTHIE by A Lady Goes West

APPLE PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE by Healthy Helper

BANANA SPLIT SMOOTHIE by Running with SD Mom

MINT CHOCOLATE PROTEIN SMOOTHIE by Slim Sanity

 

Be sure to check out the posts from earlier in the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series! 

Week 1: How a Smoothie Drinks Shops & Stocks Their Kitchen 

WEEK 2: Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes

WEEK 3: Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

WEEK 4: More Smoothie Recipes from Fellow Fitness Bloggers

little-signautres

**COME BACK TOMORROW FOR AN AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!**

Smoothie Series WEEK 3-Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

Welcome to Week 3 of our Naturally Fit Smoothie Series, which is all about the nutritious additives you can put in your smoothie!

smoothie week 3

[Tweet "Does your smoothie leave you hungry within the hr!? Try these nutritious additives from @NFSisters"]

You are probably wondering, what can be more nutritious that a cup full of fruit!?!? Well today I'm going to tell you my TOP 5 NUTRITIOUS ADDITIVES when it comes to making smoothies!

Now if you are just joining in on the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series, START HERE:

smoothie week 1

smoothie week 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protein Powder:

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.50.36 PM

 There are so many brands of protein powders out there.  When finding one, I would suggest finding a natural, or plant based powder, here are two suggestions from previous reviews we have done: Skoop & Manitoba Harvest Both are plant based, and have great flavors.

I personally use protein powder in my smoothies because I use smoothies as meal replacements, and sometimes, post workout nutrition.  When it is as a meal replacement, it's important for me so that I am able to stay full longer.  When I am using a smoothie as a post workout drink, the protein aids in muscle recovery.  (more about that HERE)

Green Veggies:

My two favorite green veggies to add to my smoothies are: 

KALE

Kale is high in beta cartene and vitamins K and C.  It also contains sulforaphane, and indole-3-carbinol. Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.39.39 PM

SPINACH

Spinach is full of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, K, B2, and B6, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium, and omega-3-fatty-acids. Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.39.59 PM

So basically, adding greens to your smoothie is AWESOME FOR YOU!!! So DO IT!!

And don't be afraid of them! Just a handful of greens and you won't even taste them, your smoothie just might have a hint of green color to it! I love adding a handful to mine just because that means a little more vegetable intake for that day, and a whole lot more of GOOD NUTRITIONAL VALUE in my smoothie!

Chia Seeds:

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.36.02 PM

Same seeds used to create a CHIA PET! You know those little grass heads sold on TV Info-mercials in the 90's! These seeds are FILLED with Omega-3-fatty-acid and are also dietary fibers.

Some people even let these sit for a while, because as they sit in liquid, they become little jelly capsules, so they thicken up your smoothie! Yum! Or add them to a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal!

Flax Seeds:

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.31.32 PMFlax seeds are high in dietary fiber, micronutrients, and omega-3 fatty acids, and have about 800 times the amount of antioxidant lignans of any other plant.

I have used the ground version or whole seeds in my smoothies, but usually the whole seeds get grounded some by the blender anyways.

Peanut Butter

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 11.22.44 PM

A balanced source of energy, and supplies all three macronutrients. About 13% carbohydrates, 15% protein, and 72% fats. Great to add in for an extra boost of protein, but also be careful not to add too much, and go overboard with it.

Be sure to get natural peanut butter though.  Many regular peanut butter brands actually have sugars added to them....why did they ever do that? I don't know, in my opinion, a natural peanut butter has plenty of sweetness to it! So GO NATURAL!

These are my TOP 5 most used Nutritious Additives in my Smoothies, but I asked fellow Health & Fitness Bloggers, and here's some others they often times add.

Others: 

-Almond Butter -Full of nutrients and vitamins, and has different nutritional values than peanut butter.

-PB2-a low calorie powder form of peanut butter

-Bee Pollen -claimed to be nearly 40% protein and contain all nutrients required by humans

-Maca Powder - a Peruvian root powder that contains many vitamins, aids in energy, and more.

-Cacao Nibs -crumbles from whole Cacao beans, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers, and adds a natural chocolate flavor!

-Coconut Oil -claims to be easy to digest, and to help boost metabolism.

So in your adventure to become a Pro-Smoothie Drinker, I hope this helps!!!

Pick a couple of these on the list that interest you or seem like they would benefit your body and diet the most and go with it! You don't have to do them all!

So.....

What's your favorite Nutrient Rich Additive to put in your smoothie?

[Tweet "Get all the details on how to make your Smoothie more Nutritious from @NFSisters #smoothies"]

If this was helpful for you, I would love for you to take a minute to SHARE this post, on Twitter ^^^^ or by hovering over a photo and Pinning it!

happy smoothie making

& be sure to come back next week for more awesome smoothie recipes to finish off the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series! little-signautres

If you missed the first two weeks of the series, check them out! 

Week 1: How a Smoothie Drinks Shops & Stocks Their Kitchen 

WEEK 2: Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes

WEEK 3: Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

WEEK 4: More Smoothie Recipes from Fellow Fitness Bloggers...COMING NEXT WEEK!

Well-Living Wednesday & My Fave Way to Eat Sweet Potatoes

It's Well-Living Wednesday, and today I'm sharing with you my favorite way to eat sweet potatoes....by making Sweet Potato Chips!

Last week in my post "I want to be just like you," I wrote about how we need to be examples to our children, and those around us by choosing a healthy lifestyle, rather than going along with the fast paced life of processed snacks and fast food meals!

It's easy to use the excuse of not knowing what healthy snack alternatives to choose, so I'm going to make it easy by giving you some ideas! Recently in my house we have started making Sweet Potato Chips on a weekly basis! They are such a yummy way to eat sweet potatoes, and a great alternative to a bag of process chips! 10733374_305937026266004_989273959_n

Sweet Potato Chips

-Peel the sweet potatoes, then use the slicer side of the cheese grater to cut the sweet potatoes into chip style strips.  Toss the strips in a bowl with olive oil, then lay them out on a pan. (Using a pizza pan with holes in it cooks them the best) Lightly sprinkle with salt.  Cook at 200 degrees for 2 hours. (or you can put them in a dehydrator.)

Like my Kale Chip Recipe, these never seem to make it further than the pan.  Every time we make them, we stand over the finished product and eat them all up, even when I am trying to save some for later! They are that good!

So make the choice this week to switch out the bags of processed potato chips in your pantry for some homemade Sweet Potato Chips! & if you like those, then be sure to check out my recipe for Kale Chips and add those to your weekly snack rotation as well!

There are so many great options, and I'm sure the entire family will love them!

Here are my Weightloss stats for the week:

Week 13: -1.1lbs

Week 14: -.2lbs 

Week 15: -1.3 lbs (152lbs) Total: -8.6lbs

I would love to hear if you try one of my chip recipes, and comment below with your favorite healthy snack!

What is your favorite healthy snack!??

little-signautres

 

How to Balance Your Grocery Cart & WLW 12

How do you go to the grocery store?? 

Do you go with a plan? 

Do you have a list? 

Do you have 5 different lists? 

Do you have a menu made for the week, or for the month?

Do you have a budget on how much you will spend? 

Do you go when you are hungry? (bad idea!)

Do you have set foods that you buy each time you go to the store? 

Today we are discussing HOW TO BALANCE YOUR GROCERY CART! So whether you go with a menu in mind, a specific plan, or a budget, or you just randomly decide to go pick up groceries for the week without a plan of what you are getting, this BALANCE will help you map your way through the store, and if you stick with it will result in healthier choices for your grocery shopping!

image1

So here's the plan!

In order for you to pick the healthiest, and closest to their natural form foods, you need to look at your shopping cart with an 80-20 ratio!

image1-1

On the 80% side, you are looking at whole foods. 

Things like your:

-Fruits

-Vegetables

-Meats

-Cheeses

-Eggs

-Dairy

The 20% would consist of your more processed foods: (in my cart this would be...)

-Granola

-Canned black beans and corn

-Salsa

-Pizza Sauce

-Blue Corn chips

-Cereal

You get the idea! 

But here's the SECRET! Think about your grocery store this way, and the way you shop could change drastically!

The 80% of your shopping should come from the outer edges of your grocery store! Stay on the perimeter for 80% of what you buy, and your cart will be full of those things mentioned above.  The fruits, veggies, meat, dairy, etc.  Picture the store that you buy groceries at in your mind, and imagine the items on the 80% list. Those are the things that you will find in the perimeter of every grocery store! SO! Stay along the perimeter of the store and you will be getting better foods, that are most likely at their most natural state.

Then, for the 20% of your cart you can snag things from the inner aisles, but keep those at minimal.  Buy your veggies fresh, not canned or even in steam able bags! I know it is much easier to pop open a can or toss a bag in the microwave, believe me, I do it too! But lately I have been trying to buy more of my veggies, my dinner sides at their raw, natural state.  Even if it take me a little longer to cook it.

I really focussed on this rule today while shopping, and this was my cart just from the produce section....it was already full!

image2

Then I kept all my items from the perimeter in the big part of my cart, and the top basket I used for the 20% of my shopping, the inner aisles.  I came home feeling so good about myself and my grocery store visit!

image1-2

So try it next time you go shopping, see if it won't change your perspective when it comes to filling your basket with foods! Just remember 80% of your foods should be picked up from the perimeter of the store, 20% can be picked up from the inner aisles! 

wlw2

Here's my weigh in for Weightloss Wednesday! 

Although I am still at the same weight, I am happy with it! I know once my knee heals and I am able to incorporate more cardio into my workout again, then I will begin to see changes again! I'm excited to continue challenging myself to make healthy choices when it comes to eating though!! 

WLW Stats: Week 1: -0 lbs Week 2: -1.4lbs Week 3: -0 lbs Week 4: -0lbs Week 5: -.4lbs Week 6: -1lb Week 7: -1lb (157.8lbs) Week 8: -0lbs Week 9: -0lbs

Week 10:-2.10lbs

Week 11: -.2lbs

Week 12: -0lbs Total: -6lbs

 

Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter, FITNotes!! >>>>>>>>> Just enter your email in the box in the top of the sidebar!

October FITNotes will be going out at the end of the week, it will include: 

-Morning Yoga sesh video -Major snacking recipes!! "How to snack on vegetables in a whole new way, and LOVE IT!"  -Smoothie series! All during October---sharing smoothie recipes and important smoothie additives to increase nutrition!

So SIGN UP!!!

little-signautres

 

#ActiveNationDay with Lorna Jane

logo

Active Nation Day is here!!

What do you have planned for today? How do you plan to get out there, get moving, and get active!!?!

It doesn't matter what you do or how you do it, but getting ACTIVE on this day is so powerful, because you are joining in with thousands of other women around the globe!

Check it out, on the other side of the world, the party has already started!! 

http://instagram.com/p/teIm21oShP/?modal=true

We are making a statement...choosing an active future for ourselves and our families!

So have some fun with it!! Why do you think they created the #LJMOVE! It's all for fun! And being active is fun! So get moving, and enjoy it!

 

Here's my #LJMove video!

 

http://instagram.com/p/tbkZ5Xv5mF/?modal=true

Even if you being active seems so foreign to you....it's never too late to start! And why not start on Lorna Jane's big holiday along with thousands of other awesome women!?!?

17855f41ea01e0eb0f8bc16456188e79

Don't hold back! 

Be Bold!

Be Brave!

Believe in yourself!

And don't care about whose watching! 

Enjoy Life!

and Smile while doing it! 

No Regrets! 

Live Adventurously!

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 12.54.47 AM

#ActiveNationDay #LJMove #LornaJane #MoveNourishBelieve #SweatPink 

little signautres