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Is Your Breastmilk As Good As You Think?

I am a mom of 2, and my youngest, just turned a year old! My son is 3, my daughter is 1, and I absolutely love my role of being able to love on them, teach them, inspire and impact them! It was actually in 2014 after becoming a mom that I decided to give up sugar. I share my entire story in my cookbook, but basically, after hearing about and reading about the major affects of sugar, I realized I wanted something more for my children! 

I have always had a desire, as most of us do, to give my kids the best opportunity at an amazing life! Even when it comes to food! I want them to have a good relationship with food, to choose foods that fuel their bodies, and to know what eating real, whole foods look like! 

It is the drive and passion behind what I do! I want to help other women do the same, and impact generations beyond themselves due to the choices they make about health and fitness! 

I am thankful for my little balls of inspiration! 

My family floating the river the day after we ran the Tough Mudder '17!

My family floating the river the day after we ran the Tough Mudder '17!

It was quite a surprise to me when I learned that some of the foods I am eating, although healthy, may not be doing as much for my baby as I thought it was!  And, as I sit hear nursing child number two, I can't believe that hospitals, doctors, etc. don't educate new mother's on the potential of their breastmilk not being up to par for their children. 

So I have to ask you....IS YOUR BREASTMILK AS GOOD AS YOU THINK?

Have you ever heard of DHA in Breastmilk? 

DHA is a vital Omega 3 Fatty Acid for a baby's health as they grow during their first 2 years. DHA is crucial in a child's early development, in particular for their visual acuity and cognitive development. 

It's estimated that over 75% of American's are defficient in DHA! Can you believe this!? That means that mom's all over the place aren't realizing the power of what they eat, how it affects their breastmilk, and how ultimately it is affecting their children! I mean, as a mom breastfeeding my second child, this is the first time anyone has ever really spoken to the fact that my nutrition is having an affect on my baby...other than the cup of coffee I had keeping her awake at night! (hello decaf!)

It makes sense though right. 

We've always heard the quote..."YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT."

Well how true is that!? And in this case. "You AND YOUR BABY are what YOU eat!"

I think knowing this powerful component to breastmilk would be a great opportunity for postpartum nutrition counseling. It would be a great opportunity to teach women about what kind of foods fuel their body, and how to eat well! Then maybe in the long run, this could also be passed down to their children, and maybe, just maybe begin to make changes to our nation's lack of good nutrition! 

So...wondering how to get your Breastmilk DHA results? 

It's so so so simple...and NO getting blood drawn. Actually, YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE! 

Everlywell Well provides convenient at-home health testing! So....grab you a DHA Testing Kit, it's shipped to your house, you use a little breast milk to put on a tab (about 3-4 drops), send it back, and within a few days you get an email sharing your results in a way that is easy for ANYONE to understand! Simple as it gets! 

GET YOUR OWN DHA BREASTMILK TEST FOR 15% OFF with code: SUELL15

TWEET ABOUT IT! 

So ready to hear about my results....even with eating mostly well, I still ranked LOW on my DHA level! Now, before we all start FREAKING OUT! One great thing, is according to Everly Well, "Even if your breast milk DHA levels are below recommended, because breast milk offers so many benefits most providers and research do not suggest stopping breastfeeding. Instead, you can try optimizing your DHA levels, ideally through diet."

So on that note...here are a few things I'm going to be implementing to start upping the DHA in my breastmilk because I plan to breastfeed my now 1 year old daughter until at least 24 months. (yep, I'm one of those "weird" moms....I like to use the term GRANOLA...it's nicer!) 

  • Eat fatty fish such as salmon or tuna (I never eat fish, so I need to start!)
  • Taking Beef Liver
  • Eggs
  • More Flax Seed
  • Eat more Yogurt or add it to smoothies
  • Take a DHA Supplement (this would be my last resort, ideally I would like to get more DHA in my foods)2w

I am so thankful to know what I do now about DHA and breastmilk. Not only for the sake of my baby now, but because I know I will be having more kids, and I want to provide the best milk possible for the growth and development of my babies! 

GET YOUR OWN DHA TESTING KIT FROM EVERYLY WELL HERE, AND USE CODE: SUELL15 FOR 15% OFF! 

CLICK HERE TO SHARE THE CODE WITH YOUR FRIENDS

Please, let me know if this was helpful for you! Or, if you have any questions! 

xoxo

Brittany aka that "Granola" momma

 

Disclaimer: Through my partnership with Fit Approach, I was given the DHA Testing Kit from Everyly Well for my honest feedback. All opinions are geniune and truly how I feel. 

Feeling STRONG After Baby...

9 months! My baby is almost 9 months old! How is that even possible! 

On that note though....as we are heading into Spring, and I'm enjoying the transformation of my body after baby...baby #2 I might remind you. There is a struggle in this postpartum journey though. A struggle to feel fully confident in my body, while also feeling as strong as I actually am when in reality, the mirror doesn't always reflect what physically looks like strength! 

Mama's, can I get an Amen? It's definitely hard to feel and believe that we are strong after baby, when so much has changed! 

A few things I've learned in this postpartum journey....(read on if you are a mama needing a little encouragement!)

We really are stronger than we think! 

As a mom, mentally, emotionally, and physically, you are so strong! You get less sleep than most people, take care of everyone in your home, not to mention everything. And even after birthing a baby, you are still able to do all these things. Plus whatever job situation you have going on just adds to the responsibilities that you are rocking! So if  you are a postpartum mom.....be encouraged...you are STRONG, and doing AMAZING! 

That being said, although we are strong in so many ways, many times we are so hard on ourselves! We may be wearing a baby, carrying a toddler, and juggling several bags of groceries, and yet, we don't FEEL STRONG! Actually many times, we are so hard on ourselves we believe just the opposite! 

Let me encourage you though, you are beautiful! Your birthing a baby body is beautiful! Every single part of it! The journey to get physically strong after baby can be trying, and feel long! Especially if post baby injuries occur (like my back issue I've been having). BUT, know that your body is amazing, and for you to change your mentality about your body just the way it is will be a huge factor in having confidence, and love for yourself, which in turn will make you even stronger! 

So take a moment today, look in the mirror, and do these things: 

  • First SMILE at yourself! 
  • Then say this: 
I am beautiful! Every part of my body, marks, skin, it is all beautiful and needed! I am enough! I am the exact person made to raise my children well, and love my husband the best! I am needed. The blessings just my presence brings to my family and those around me is on purpose and fully needed! I am strong! I am capable of more than I can imagine! I love myself, and love the journey that I am on! I will put myself first, take time to rest, push myself to grow, and be the best version of myself for those I love!

The last thing I have learned on this journey, is having a super cute outfit that makes you feel fit and sexy goes a long way! That is why on my journey to get stronger post baby, I am loving the Prana Spring line! Prana is one of my favorite brands! 

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I love how spunky and sexy I feel in my Prana leggings! I seriously can't get enough! They fit like a glove, the prints are amazing, and the quality of the pants hold everything in, in all the right places! You can tell that Prana cares about the value of their fabrics by the way they feel, but not only that, everything is made with sustainbility in mind when it comes to Prana! 

And this Spring and into Summer, women's tops will continue to be all about the straps...that's why I love this Mika Strappy Top in Moorock! If you are wondering...as a mom, you have my permission to ROCK THE STRAPS! 

Plus as a Yoga instructor I love that it has cute detail and exposure on the back, but the front comes up high enough for me to do bent over poses in front of my classes without showing them all the goods! 

*This top is not sufficient for women with more front side blessings though if you know what I mean. Even for me, it wouldn't be enough support for running, this is definitely a low impact kind of shirt! 

So if you are feeling strong and ready to TREAT YO SELF, use code: S4P17BSK to get 15% OFF from Prana! 

Plus feel good about ordering from Prana because not only is it cute, fits amazing (even for your new mom bod), but they are a company that cares about the environment, and uses recycled materials to create their clothes! Even the leggings above are made from hemp! No wonder they feel so amazing! Check out this amazing video on WHY HEMP MATTERS! then go get your shopping on! YOU DESERVE IT! 

xoxo

Brittany

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by prAna, although all opinions are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community.

 

Friday 5 Fave Workouts 2.04.17

It's the last Friday 5 Fave Workouts!!! I hope you have been taking advantage of these workouts and utilizing the HIIT format to maximize your results in less time! 

Remember, push yourself to the max! And utilize the workouts from the past several weeks that I've shared! Switch them out, and you've got some great workouts to get you started! 

I hear it a lot from women that they go to the gym and don't know what to do..."I feel lost" they say. So they end up back on the treadmill, which can only do so much! Add resistance, add weights, add energy bursts like what you find in these HIIT movements, and you will see results! 

Here's this week's workout, and remember, snag a Kamagon Ball from Hedstrom Fitness for 25% OFF with code: SPHF25 it's good until the last day of February! 

HIIT Workout do these movements over and over for 12 minutes! 

Do these moves with the maximum amount of energy! It's a short workout, but when done the right way (ending fully out of breath, not being able to form a sentence), you will see results and your body burning fat for up to 24 hours after the workout! 

  • Standing Oblique Twists (20 each side)
  • Sumo Squats with overhead press 15
  • Sit ups (30) 
  • Lunge with a press (15 each side)
  • Skater Lunges (15 each side)

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 1.27.17

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

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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 1.20.17

It's Friday again! It's the weekend, and it's time to move! And how about a little resistance with our moving! 

Try out this Friday's 5 Fave Workouts as a HIIT Training again! You may be gasping for air at the end, but you won't regret it when you see the results! 

I'll be using the Hedstrom Fitness Kamagon Ball again. Use any type of weight you can find, or grab your own Kamagon Ball for the full water resistance effect! 

Use code: SPHF25 for 25% OFF, this week only! 

This week's workout includes: 

  • 15 Jump squats
  • 10 Side Lunges (on each side)
  • 15 Tricep extensions
  • 30 Russian Twists (total) 
  • 30 second Side Planks (on each side)g       

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 Five Faves for the Fall!

Who doesn't love the Fall season! There are so many things to love! 

It starts in October, it's gorgeous outside and feels amazing, there's lot of yummy hot drinks, and pumpkin everything, oh, and it's my birthday month...so lot's of things to be loving this time of year! 

1) Wireless Headphones-

I recently shared how much my wireless headphones have changed my life. Seriously I am a multi-task master because of these things! Plus, working out with them is great too! Simply put, they make my life easier, and better! Plus the company, Aftershokz is giving back part of the commission of each pink set of headphones that are sold to support Breast Cancer Awareness! Join in the fun and raise awareness on Instagram this month with the #AwareWithPink #BCA campaign! 

2) Prana-

I LIVE in my PRANA clothes! Whether it's my cute new #FallPranaStyle pants and sweater, or the most colorful and fun leggings possible, I pretty much stay in some type of Prana gear! It's fun, comfortable, and made with incredible quality! 

My husband and I at a COMBAT BREAST CANCER class wearing my  Prana  leggings!

My husband and I at a COMBAT BREAST CANCER class wearing my Prana leggings!

This month only use code: PFS16BSBS at checkout to get 15% off at Prana! 

3) BCAA's

I love to include BCAA's in my workouts. BCAA's are Branch-Chain Amino Acids and make up 35% of the muscle mass, and carry oxygen through the body and help with muscle growth, development and repair after workout! 

I love using the MomSanity BCAA's, and this month they are $5OFF with code: 5OFFBCAA

4) Cookbook

Because DUH! As many of you know, I have been working HARD on my cookbook, and this week was the presale LAUNCH! The launch went amazing as I celebrated my 29th birthday! But don't worry, if you haven't gotten yours yet, you can still grab it + get the bundle with the t-shirt/tank for the BEST PRICE! 

It makes the best Christmas present, plus let's get this book in as many kitchens as possible, and help more people start their Sugar Free Lifestyle! 

And, did I mention it is not only a Cookbook, but will also include my story, and some of my favorite lifestyle tips! GET YOUR ORDERED

5) Helping People! 

Helping and inspiring others to be the best version of themselves! My goal in life is to help others realize their potential, to dream big, and to take risks to make those dreams a reality! That is one of the big things that inspired the shirt I have launched with my cookbook. 

It says, "YOU WERE MADE FOR MORE!" and I truly believe that. 

As we round out the end of 2016, I want to walk into every experience and every new decision with the goal of inspiring others to BE MORE! Let's do this together! Feel empowered and know that no matter where you are in life, there are others around you that are inspired by what you do! You have the opportunity to make a difference in others, so let's do it together!

PRE-ORDER YOUR SHIRT TODAY!

What are some of your favorite things about Fall? 

XOXO 

Brittany

FALL in love with Prana

Well it's officially Fall...I mean even in Texas we've had a couple of days that felt like Fall...at least for a few hours. For me, that means we pull out all the classic, Fall faves! 

So...last year I shared how I went on Summer Vacay in nothing but PRANA! Now let me tell you how I plan to live my entire Fall & Winter in my Prana gear! 

Everything I love about Fall can be done in Prana Clothes: 

But seriously you guys, I love Prana clothing! From Yoga, to the pool, to everyday wear, to an incredibly warm and cute sweater, they've got me covered, quite literally! 

Plus, can I just say, they make the most amazing pants in the world! LIKE EVER! 

So, I'll be let my Prana take me through all of my Fall faves! 

LOTS OF COFFEE...

GETTING COZY WITH ALL MY FAVORITE LITTLE PEOPLE WHILE THE WEATHER IS COOL OUTSIDE...

AND YOGA, DUH...

Get 15% off your PRANA GEAR for this season with code: PFS16BSBS

*This sweater is incredibly warm! 

XOXO

Brittany

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review of my opinion via my partnership with Fit Approach and the Sweat Pink Ambassadors. All opinions are my own! 

Amazing Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

You heard right! I have created an AMAZING Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe that is perfect for this summer. What's better, is that it's full of nutrients! 

I live in Texas...which means summer time is hot! So I'm always looking for fun, tasty recipes to help cool us off after being outside or after killing a great workout! And I love when I can add extra nutrients into the cold treat, so that when I enjoy it post workout, I'm fueling and hydrating my body as well. 

That's exactly what this tasty recipe does! 

It's made with two amazing ingredients....coconut cream, and Amazing Grass Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Superfoods (plant based). 

To start...did you know that coconut cream which comes from cold coconut milk is full of goodness. 

It's made with the good fatty-acids, which means they are the fat burning kind...which obviously we want! Plus it helps boost our immunity, and hydrates our body. Which post workout, hydration is great! It has a good amount of sodium and potassium, which are key ingredients in electrolyte drinks! 

 

Then there's the tasty Amazing Grass Chocolate-Peanut Butter Protein Superfoods added to it! This adds tons of flavor and even more nutritious ingredients! One serving is 20 grams of protein, and two-full servings of fruits and veggies! So hello....that's awesome! Especially when the kiddos want some! 

Get 40% OFF your order at Amazing Grass with code: 40SWEATPINK2

So how do you make this delicious summer treat? Get the details below...OH, and head over to my INSTAGRAM and come ENTER TO WIN your own Amazing Grass Protein Superfoods. (winner will choose between original, vanilla, of chocolate peanut butter flavor)

Get 40% OFF your order at  Amazing Grass  with code:  40SWEATPINK2

Get 40% OFF your order at Amazing Grass with code: 40SWEATPINK2

REMEMBER to head over to my Instagram for your chance to WIN your own Amazing Grass Protein Superfoods!

XOXO

Brittany

*Disclaimer: I received this product and compensation in exchange for this review and giveaway via my partnership with Fit Approach as a Sweatpink Ambassador. 

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.

BRINNER.....all day everyday! + A GIVEAWAY from Fit Body Bakery

I told y'all last week that Breakfast has been on my mind, and I'm serious!  Around my house, we love BRINNER! 

BRINNER=BREAKFAST for DINNER

I could probably make Brinner every day, especially when it's easy to make, plus packed with goodness, sugar free, and healthy for you. But seriously...what kind of breakfast is that!?!? (Other than eggs and meat). 

Well I will tell you my newest found secret! It's incredible and tasty! And it's from Fit Body Bakery

That company name just screams goodness right!! 

Brinner + a Fit Body Bakery Giveaway

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We had friends over for dinner recently and decided on breakfast! Well with my first trimester kicking me in the tale, I didn't feel like cooking at all! I was so thankful to have these POWER UP PANCAKES on hand! They are Gluten Free, Sugar Free (sweetened with Stevia), a full of protein and goodness. So not only were they easy to make, they were good for you. 

Then to top it off, they were so delicious, everyone loved them! They had a huge amount of flavor to them! I was timid to see if the men would think they tasted weird since they were "healthy" pancakes, but they had only great things to say about them! 

Brinner + a Fit Body Bakery Giveaway

Even my son was grubbing on these! And I don't ever give him regular pancakes, just the ones I've made with protein powder and or bananas. I try not to fill him up with carbs. But with these having so much nutritional value in them, I gave him one and he loved it! I think he ate the leftovers the following days too! 

So here's the great thing about me being pregnant right now and LOVING FOOD!... Is that I like to GIVEAWAY FOOD! So who wants to WIN a mix from Fit Body Bakery!?!? 

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Plus, they don't just have pancakes, but also some yummy muffin mix too. (I added blueberries to mine!) Plus some cookie and brownie mixes that I have heard from other Sweat Pink Ambassadors that they are to die for! So if you win, you get to choose which you want! 

Brinner + a Fit Body Bakery Giveaway

Here's a little something you need to know about Fit Bakery

Fit Body Bakery® is dedicated to helping people meet their health and fitness goals in delicious ways. Our mixes are packed with 6g+ protein per serving to satisfy hunger and keep you going all day long. With about half the sugar as conventional baking mixes and recipes, our treats still satisfy your sweet tooth with unrefined coconut sugar and stevia. Made with 100% gluten free whole grains our mixes have no preservatives or artificial ingredients.

ENTER TO WIN BELOW!

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Disclaimer: This products reviewed in this post were given to me by Fit Body Bakery & Fit Approach through my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship. All opinions are my own! 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

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Breakfast On My Mind! + A GIVEAWAY

Well one thing I just can't get enough of during these first week's of pregnancy......BREAKFAST!  That's right, I've got Breakfast on my mind! 

It doesn't matter what it is, biscuits, crepes, pig in the blankets, eggs, cereal, or waffles. I love it all! So this week I'm going to be featuring two great breakfast tips/recipes, plus I've got a little GIVEAWAY for you!! 

Add Might Nut Powdered Peanut Butter to any recipe! Enter to WIN @GoMightyNut! #EatMighty @fitapproach #sweatpink mightynut.com

I'm still a sucker for any breakfast food with blueberries in it! Like my yummy Sugar Free Blueberry Waffles!!! Get the original recipe here! Now these have been a go-to favorite for my family since I went fully sugar free in January, but this past week I decided to add something different to the recipe to make it even better! 

Through being a Sweat Pink Ambassador with Fit Approach, I was sent two bottles of yummy Mighty Nut powdered peanut butter! In the past I've mostly enjoyed using powdered peanut butter in my smoothies, but sadly since becoming pregnant I have not had a smoothie. (I usually have at least one a day as a meal replacement). 

So I had to get creative! First I enjoyed some of my Flax & Chia Flavored Might Nut sprinkled over cereal. You see since I don't eat sugar, the cereal I eat is super bland. Usually I sprinkle cinnamon over it which adds a natural sweetness and good flavor. But I loved the change and getting a little peanut butter taste to it as well! 

But, the thing I am really loving, is adding a couple of tablespoons of the Might Nut Peanut Butter (any flavor would be amazing) to my sugar free waffle recipe batter! It adds so much extra flavor to the waffles. Plus you are getting 5-6 extra grams of protein added to your meal!! 

Add Might Nut Powdered Peanut Butter to any recipe! Enter to WIN @GoMightyNut! #EatMighty @fitapproach #sweatpink mightynut.com

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So who is ready to WIN a bottle of their choice of Mighty Nut!?!? It comes in these great flavors, and the winner gets to choose which they want! 

  • Original
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Flax & Chia

What recipe would you add your Mighty Nut to? 

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@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post from Mighty Nut & Fit Approach. I am thankful for all brands that partner with me as a Sweat Pink Ambassador, but all opinions are my own.

The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout

It's Monday! That means it's time to sweat and get our heart rate going!!!! What better way to start off your week!  So today I'm sharing The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout!

It's a butt kicking, sweat dripping, heart beating kind of workout! One that will make you feel good, and worn out at the end of it! 

Which I have realized that mainly every single workout that I do with the BOSU leaves me feeling that way! The BOSU really takes your workouts up a notch, and makes them even more intense than they were before! I am so glad I have one and am able to use it to workout at home. 

You can get your own Bosu Balance Trainer, and when you do, enter the code “BOSUSWEATPINK15” to get the BOSU Total Body Basics & BOSU Core Basics DVDs free.

Here's how it works! You can do the moves with or without a Bosu, but let me just say, if you have a Bosu, it adds so much more intensity! 

The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

[bctt tweet="Get #BOSUStrong with this Countdown from 100 Workout with @BrittanySuell @BOSUFitness @FitApproach #sweatpink #LeaveYourLegacy"]

So we start at 100 and count down by 10's! Doing the first workout 100 times, then the next workout 90 times, and so forth until you get to 10! It's hard, it's fast, but it's oh so good!

100 Crunches

90 Plank Jacks for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

90 Lateral Shuffles on Bosu or Jumping Jacks

90 Lateral shuffles on the Bosu or Jumping Jacks for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

80 Plank Jacks

plank jacks

70 Lunges on Each Leg

70 Lunges on Each Leg for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

60 Second Plank

60 second plank for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

50 Squats with Lateral Leg Lift

(Even if you don't have a Bosu, it adds so much to elevate the grounded leg)

50 Squats with Lateral Leg Lift for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

40 Mountain Climbers

 40 Mountain Climbers for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

30 High Knees

30 High Knees for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

20 Push Ups

20 pushups for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

10 Burpees

10 Burpeess for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

JOIN THE CHALLENGE!

Don't forget, you could WIN your very own BOSU from Fit Approach just for participating in the challenge! Here's this weeks prompts, join the #FitFam Fun! 

  • Monday, 9/21: Happy Monday sweaties, this week we’re all about that balance. Let’s see you stand on one leg - ready, set, GO! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

    Tuesday, 9/22: We want to see you #dropitlikeasquat...on your BOSU or perhaps one leg? #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: It’s time for #treetuesday! Show us your best tree pose. @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

    Wednesday, 9/23: Let’s lunge it out sweaties! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Thursday, 9/24: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body balance  move! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: Give us a #tbt of a time when you really challenged your balance (feel free to get creative!) #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

     Friday, 9/25: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your cardio on! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: Happy #forearmfriday. Let’s forearm plank it out y’all! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

This post is sponsored by Bosu, but all opinions are my own. I am thankful for all of the amazing companies that support Fit Approach and the Sweat Pink Ambassador community. 

How I #LiveInPrana Even on Vacation!

Yep, I made it back from vacation! We had a blast! Let me just say it's super fun to stay kind of local (about 4 hours from our home) and explore the state/area that you live in for all it's worth! We stayed about 50minutes from two major cities, Austin & San Antonio, Texas, and we got to enjoy those, plus so many more throughout our week.  One things for sure, my Prana clothes got me through the entire week! 

[bctt tweet="That's right, even on vacation I was able to #LiveInPrana @prana @fitapproach #sweatpink #leaveyourlegacy"]

How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

We started our vacation by spending a night in Waco, Texas. We got to see the Fixer Upper's store (from HGTV), plus explore some fun around the city. And let me just say these Meme pants are my absolute favorite! I'll be honest, when I first got these I wasn't sure about the Cargo pockets on the side, but they are my fave! They add a uniqueness to the skinny jean! The fabric that these pants are made out of are incredible, and they are flexible and easy to move in! I can easily go from dressed up, to cute and casual, to all out hiking or handstanding all in the same pants!

[bctt tweet="Dress up, go casual, or handstand all in the same pants! The #Meme @prana pants are my fav way to #liveinprana #sweatpink @fitapproach"]

How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

Once we got to Austin, I had to take advantage of the FREE YOGA DAY! So I grabbed my husband for a Vinyasa Flow Class that ended up being the HOTTEST Hot Yoga Class I have ever taken, at Black Swan Yoga Westlake. Which was a great studio with awesome instructors! I enjoyed the class a ton. I also got lots of laughs seeing my husband slip and slide, and be drenched in sweat. (He's not a Yogi, so this was a true challenge for him). I on the other hand was decked out in Prana gear, and ready to sweat!

I wore my favorite outfit from their Spring collection!

  • The Ambrosia Tank, which was perfect for hot Yoga. It has super cute cutouts in it, which made it totally breathable. Plus the also band around the waste keeps it in place while also allowing for a flowy top. 
  • The Roxanne Capri in the orange pixel print. These are seriously some of my favorite leggings! I get so many compliments on them, and they are super flexible for all sorts of workouts.
  • I also used my Prana Yoga Mat which was a great companion for the sweat fest class we attended! Although myself and my mat were both drenched in sweat, I had no fear of slipping and hurting myself as I held poses.
  • You may also notice my Yoga Mat Rap, it's Prana too!   
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

We also took some adventures while we were in the area, and found 2 amazing natural springs that are including in the Top 10 [Natural] Swimming Holes in Texas. The one pictured above is Jacob's Well! It's not only a natural spring that you can hike around and swim in, but there's also a 30 ft. whole in the spring that you can jump into! My amazing Prana swimsuit was incredible for this sort of adventure! Not only did I feel super cute, but the Tobago Bottoms which claim to be "a secure fit [that] will withstand heavy waves" measured up! While climbing up rocks to the top, and even jumping in the water I felt secure and these things stayed put! The same went for the Taala Top, when I jumped in I definitely expected to have to readjust my top before submerging from the water, but nope, to my surprise my top stayed in place! 

[bctt tweet="It's not too late to grab a @Prana swimsuit! Cute, plus Functional for all your adventures! #LiveinPrana @fitapproach #sweatpink"]

How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

Then....one of my favorite moments of my week happened! I got to take an Aerial Silks Class at 4 Elements Austin. Wow was this a rush! Seriously such an invigorating experience. The challenge that you get when you do a Silks class is so fun! And felt so good to be able to achieve and hold some of these moves. And once again, my all time favorite Prana leggings got me through it! These are the Gabi Leggings are amazing. The seems create a flattering look, plus the Chakara Performance Fabric is different. It's more of a cotton feel vs. a spandex. I love them! They are so comfortable and super cute on! They are most definitely my go-to's! I really need to get them in the other color! 

[bctt tweet="This is how I #LiveInPrana ! I hang in an Aerial Silks Class! @prana #sweatpink @fitapproach"]

We also played Top Golf, enjoyed a morning on the Tennis Court, and spent an entire day wine tasting at some amazing Texas Hill Country Wineries! We were so impressed by how much Texas had to offer! 

How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

Then I finished the week by joining my mom for some early morning Yoga and a mid-morning run. Plus we got to enjoy some amazingly cool weather. The first that I have felt in Texas, but we could definitely tell that Fall is on the way, so I pulled out my Ergo Leggings which are super stylish, majorly athletic and a great fit legging from the new Prana Fall line. And I had to throw on my  Ginger Top to stay comfortable in the cool weather! 

Prana is easily my favorite brand for all things in Life! They have it all...Comfort, Cuteness, and performance! That's How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation!

What's your favorite Prana piece, whether you own any or not? 

[bctt tweet="Get 15% off @prana LiveinprAnaF15 #sweatpink #liveinprana @fitapproach #leaveyourlegacy via @brittanysuell"]

This post is sponsored by Prana. All opinions are my own. I am thankful for all of the amazing companies that support Fit Approach and their ambassadors! 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!
@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

#BOSUStrong Challenge

This week starts an amazing 4-week challenge!  Have fun, get fit, and show your strength with the #BOSUStrong Challenge! Put on by Bosu and Fit Approach! And you do not have to own a Bosu to participate in the #BOSUStrong Challenge! You can however WIN your very own Bosu just by participating! Each week 1 lucky winner will get their own BOSU! So join the fun and participate! 

[bctt tweet="Get #BOSUStrong and join the challenge to win your own BOSU! @brittanysuell @bosufitness @fitapproach #sweatpink #leaveyourlegacy"]

All you have to do is post your #BOSUStrong pictures via your social media, tag @BOSU_Fitness & @FitApproach and use #BOSUStrong when you answer the daily prompts! 

Starting off TODAY! It's #MOUNTAINCLIMBMONDAY! Post a picture or video showing off your best Mountain Climber! And do it a little extra to add some strength!! You can even get creative, and show your best way to climb! Whether that's hiking, rock climbing, planking, the sky is the limit! Have fun with it and get STRONG! 

#BOSUStrong Challenge

Here's prompts for the rest of the week too! 

  • Tuesday, 9/15: #tempotuesday we want to see how you’re getting your heart rate up today. Tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Bonus: Show us your favorite tricep workout and tag #triceptuesday and #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Wednesday, 9/16: Drop down and give us some #BURPEES! Even better if you can make them #BOSUBurpees! Tag  #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Thursday, 9/17: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body cardio move! Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Give us a #tbt of the most brutal cardio workout you’ve ever done! Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Friday, 9/18: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your cardio on! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Put those forearms to work. Show us your BEST cardio move for #forearmfriday. Forearm plank mountain climbers, dolphin push-ups, forearm plank toe taps…something else? Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

When you buy a Bosu Balance Trainer enter the code “BOSUSWEATPINK15” to get the BOSU Total Body Basics & BOSU Core Basics DVDs free.

Comment and let me know: 

HAVE YOU EVER WORKED OUT WITH A BOSU? ARE YOU JOINING THE CHALLENGE? 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community.

3 Must-Haves for a Happy & Healthy Vacation

So there's this theory out there that hasn't really been solved. People, even experts have their opinions, but no one has said which is the end all be all when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. The theory....MODERATION!  When it comes to living healthy, eating healthy, does the common term, "Do everything in moderation" really apply. I have read that yes, you should have a cheat day or meal. Then I have read that ABSOLUTELY NOT! 

Being that I am sugar free, and know that sugar is addictive, when it comes to healthy eating, I lean more towards the strict healthy lifestyle, no cheat days, and moderation is not good. 

Now I will say that I do eat sweets, but they are healthy and sugar free! To me that is learning to live a healthy lifestyle. Feeding the sweet tooth with healthy foods rather than sugary, fattening foods! I have an entire list of SUGAR-FREE HEALTHY, Sweet Recipes here! Try them out! They will feed that sweet tooth, but you aren't "cheating." 

I have a similar theory when it comes to vacationing! I LOVE traveling and taking vacations! But since really jumping in to a healthy and active lifestyle, just as much as travel is one of my personal and family values, so is being active. So even on vacation, I find sugar free treats to enjoy, I eat well, and I workout and/or do active things. It's not as a chore either, it's because I LOVE IT and it's become my lifestyle. In the past I shared ways to making working out on vacation fun, HERE, and ways to make eating healthy on vacation easier, HERE

Today, I'm sharing 3 Must-Haves for a Happy & Healthy Vacation! 

Since my husband and I are headed out on our first post-baby (he's 16months old) vacation together next week, this is at the forefront of my mind!

These are personal things that I think will make your vacation more fun, while also staying healthy! 3 Must-Haves for a Happy & Healthy Vacation with Brittany Suell

[bctt tweet="Make your next vacation HAPPY and HEALTHY with these three Must-Haves from @brittanysuell #sweatpink @fitapproach"]

1. Healthy Snacks! 

This tip is not only good for your body, but for your budget! Vacationing, and buying ALL of your food there can get expensive! Save your wallet and take care of yourself by planning healthy snacks! 

3 Must-Haves for a Happy & Healthy Vacation with Brittany Suell

 

Next week I will be traveling with these yummy Hemp Heart Bites from Manitoba Harvest! These things are packed full of goodness! 10grams of protein and 10grams of Omega-3 & 6 in each serving! Plus they taste amazing and are easy to travel with. They don't melt while out in the Texas heat which is a great thing when vacationing in Texas! Even my son loves them! He has actually been hogging them most of the time! 

3 Must-Haves for a Happy & Healthy Vacation with Brittany Suell

[bctt tweet="The perfect adult and kid snack! Get 15% OFF from @brittanysuell and @manitobaharvest #hhbites #sweatpink @fitapproach #leaveyourlegacy"]

Snag some hemp hearts for you and your family and get 15% off when you order! These are great to send to school with the kids either for a snack or in their lunchbox! 

2. A Good Pair of Pants

Now we all know that leggings are the go-to choice of pants these days, but what's even better, an amazing pair of pants made of flexible, breathable, water resistance material! That has several pockets, comes in great colors, and can go for cuteness, or comfort! 

3 Must-Haves for a Happy & Healthy Vacation with Brittany Suell

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I absolutely love the color and fit of these Prana Meme pants from their Fall Zion Collection. You can also take advantage of a discount from Prana by using code: LiveInPrana15 for 15% off through September 30th! 

These pants are going to be awesome for days when we are flying by the seat of our pants. Going out on adventures! They will be comfy for walking around town, or hanging at a coffee shop, while also working perfect if we decide to go for a hike or bike ride!  Since all of our activities are surprises being planned by my husband, I want to be prepared and these pants are sure to help me do that! 

3. Workout Plans

The best thing about vacations. (well maybe not the best, but as far as fitness and working out) You can try new workouts that might not be offered in your town. You can take classes from different instructors. You can try out various gyms, etc. Or even if you don't want to go to a specific class, why not look up fun, active things to do on your vacation! Where you will be having SO MUCH FUN you will forget you are actually working out! 

I love to take Yoga classes in new towns, and get different instructors perspectives. I love working out or running in new outdoor areas, and with my husband. I love going paddle boarding, or maybe taking a Barre class, which aren't things that are offered in my city. So plan those things! Make them a fun activity you do on vacation! 

I know we will for sure go paddle boarding, hiking, and maybe rent bikes! These are all easy and fun things that will make your vacation healthy & fun! 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO ON VACATION OR MUST-HAVE ITEMS TO MAKE YOUR VACAY HAPPY & HEALTHY?? 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

Disclaimer: Hemp Hearts and Prana products were provided to me by Manitoba Harvest & Prana through my partnership with Fit Approach as a Sweat Pink Ambassador, in exchange for an honest review of their products. 

I'm linking up with Jill Conyers and the Fit Switch for the Fit Dish Party! 

Bulu Box Review

Let's be honest, nutrition products are needed. They can help enhance our workouts, help with pain, help us take care of ourselves, and increase our overall health all together. But while we are being honest, can we all admit that the nutrition industry is making a KILLING off of us.  Nutrition products aren't cheap, so when you buy them, it's usually with a good chunk of change, and there is always some risk involved. Sometimes the risk comes from you not getting the results you want from a product. While other times, it could just be that you can't stand the taste of the product. I have had several nutrition products that are so potent that I just can't handle drinking or taking them due to the taste. 

Then there you have it. You have this entire container of an expensive product that you won't even be using. And you are left trying to decide if you want to find another product to buy, risking that the same thing could happen again. 

WELL....no more of that! 

Bulu Box has fixed the problem for us! 

Rather than buying full size products with our fingers crossed and hoping it works out for us, Bulu Box has created a monthly subscription box where they will send you full size samples of health and nutrition products to try out.

Bulu Box Review

[bctt tweet="Stop wasting your money! TRY IT before you BUY IT with @BuluBox @brittanysuell #sweatpink @fitapproach #lovebulu"]

What's even better, is that if you LOVE the product, it's easy to go right to their website and order more of it! 

Seriously isn't that such a great idea! Imagine how much money you will save by being able try things before you commit and buy them! 

"Bulu Box is the best way to discover the health, nutrition and weight loss products that are right for YOU!"

Order a 3-month subscription of BuluBox and get it for 50% OFF with code: 

SWEATPINK

I got a BuluBox this week, with some great products in it! Some I would never even think to look for at the store, but I realize would be very helpful for me. Here's what I got! 

Bulu Box Review

  1. Yerba Prima-is a fiber powder, which I love to add to my smoothies but haven't had any to do that with in a long time. This specific one is full of goodness that promotes healthy bacteria in the gut. This is actually such a big deal, because with so much of the food in our world today, many of us are walking around with bad guts, which can cause a lot of inflammation in our body! I am definitely going to be trying this and reading up on it. 
  2. The T-Brush-a different way to brush your teeth. This was a bonus for this box, but I am so intrigued, and have enjoyed the different shaped toothbrush so far. 
  3. Island Boost-is supposed to be an automatic shot of energy without caffeine. I am running 8 miles tonight, so I plan to try this out and I'll let you know how it goes! 
  4. RUNA Tea-I was so excited to see this. They sale this tea at a local Natural Grocers, and my friend just bought some and was telling me how amazing it was. PLUS, it's Sugar Free! She bought already made, bottled tea, but this is a tea bag. I'm excited to make some hot tea with it! Plus I love cinnamon.
  5. Movit Energy Gummies-Okay, I tried these on my 5miler last night, and it was my best run in a while. I felt INCREDIBLE!! Plus these things tasted great! 

So take advantage of the 50% OFF Code from Fitappraoch, and who knows, you could find some amazing health and fitness products that could really help enhance your workouts and make you feel better! Even if some products you don't love, at least you didn't waste money on full sizes of them! 

Comment below telling me....

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED BULU BOX? DO YOU SUBSCRIBE TO ANY MONTHLY BOXES? 

 @brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

 

#LeaveYourLegacy

I was provided this Bulu Box for free through my Sweatpink Ambassadorship with Fit Approach. All opinions of the Bulu Box Review are all my own. 

I'm linking up to Jill Conyer's Fitness Friday party & the Friday 5 Link up! 

Farewell, I'm off to Yoga Training with some Paleo Snacks & a GIVEAWAY!

Wow I am so excited for the next several days! I am heading out to my Level 4 Yoga Training, which is four days packed of Yoga Knowledge! I will learn a ton, plus get to take Master Classes from some incredible instructors. Plus I also packed in a mini course one evening that is all about using essential oils in Yoga! (Yes I'm an essential oil believer! I use them on my son all the time!) Then, on Monday, July 20th I will go take my ACE Group Fitness Certification Exam which puts me one step closer to becoming a Fit4Mom Stroller Strides Instructor! (Pray for me!)

So, an exciting several days ahead of me. But from my mommy heart I'm a little timid since I will be leaving my son for 4 days....the longest I have left him yet! (Pray for me double time)

I can't believe it though, it was about 3 years ago, to the date, that I made the decision to start my Yoga Training. Here's the picture I posted on Facebook, July 29, 2013!

Yoga Training plus Paleo Snacks and a Giveaway!

So as I step away for a few days, keep up with my training on social media by following me on Instagram & you can even find me on Periscope by searching for "Brittany Suell." There you will get to spend time with me via live video feeds! (It's almost like we are together!!) Seriously though, I am loving this new app! 

While I'm away and sitting in class though, I have planned to pack healthy lunches including some of my favorite, easy go-to meals: fruit, pico and blue corn chips, and sandwiches. I also have some super amazing, healthy, Paleo snacks lined up for the week! 

Yoga Training and yummy Paleo Snacks plus a Giveaway from Steve's Paleo Goods!

 

You may remember this post from Instagram a few weeks ago! Look at all of these yummy Paleo Snacks! They are all from Steve's Paleo Goods. And they are SUGAR FREE! Which if you didn't know, I gave up sugar in January, and have been sugar free for 7 months now! So I was so excited to hear that!!

Some other awesome things about Steve's Paleo Goods: 

They give 15% of their profit to the Steve's Club National Program that brings fitness, nutrition guidance and mentorship to at-risk youth. (That's awesome!) You can read more about that here

"Steves's PaleoGoods is committed to supporting healthier ways to eat - and live. Our journey is within ourselves, in our communities, and for people like you who are on similar journeys. We've been part of the CrossFit Community for many years, providing clean, healthy fuel for athletes, and also as athletes ourselves."

Plus their products are clean, sugar free, and Paleo! That means: 

  • No Gluten
  • No Dairy
  • No Soy
  • No Artificial Preservatives! 

I was so excited to get my Paleo Sampler Pack in the mail!  Which by the way they have some incredible sampler packs! Some that are all different things like the one I got, but some are various jerky's if you just want jerky, or different dried fruits, so there are some great options for the Sampler Packs

Yoga Training and yummy Paleo Snacks plus a Giveaway from Steve's Paleo Goods!

[bctt tweet="Good Luck @BrittanySuell on your @YogaFit Level 4 Training! And I hope I WIN the #Paleo Snack Kit from @stevespaleo #fitfluential"]

So what I'm loving most about my pack: 

1) The dried fruit! I got dried strawberries, which taste like gummy snacks! Even at our local natural food store, the strawberries, (and most fruits) are sweetened with sugar....which I just don't get, and it annoys me so much! I was relieved to see that these are just strawberries! My son and I both love them! 

2) Which brings me to the second awesome thing. My son loves it all! He's only one, but I feel comfortable feeding him all of this! Oh, and on that note, my husband loves it too. He sat down and ate an entire pack of beef jerky...which I gave him a hard time about. But being sugar free, my husband still eats some sugar, despite me not wanting him too. It's hard for us to find him good fulfilling snacks though, so getting Paleo Snacks from Steve's makes that easier! 

3) The GRANOLA! OMG I love it! If you look at most store bought granolas, they are packed with sugar. The one that we used to eat on a regular basis even has so much sugar in it. And I still haven't found a homemade recipe that I love. This one is so good and is cinnamon flavored, and I love cinnamon. 

4) And lastly.....they have Paleo, Sugar Free KETCHUP!!! Which this may not seem like a big deal to you. But since giving up sugar in January, I have had no ketchup. Well I take that back, I made my own once, but it wasn't incredible, and I only made it once. And they have tons of sauces. Which if you didn't know, lots of sugar hides in the sauces and dressings that you eat, so for me this is a relief! 

So to celebrate me getting Level 4 Yoga Certified, and to celebrate finding amazing, Sugar Free Paleo Snacks, I have two amazing offers for you! 

First, you can go to Steve's Paleo Goods right now and get you an entire bundle of yummy snacks and get 10% off my using code LEGACY! The code is only good through the 22nd though, so get your order in this week! 

Yoga Training and yummy Paleo Snacks plus a Giveaway from Steve's Paleo Goods!

But before you go, ENTER TO WIN a Paleo Sampler Pack like the one I got in the mail!!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

Backyard Body Burner + a Casio Watch Giveaway

Man, my past few weeks have been so crazy! First I was sick, then I had my niece and nephew for a week, traveled for 5 days to visit family, got sick again, and now I am finally home and back into my normal routine. Needless to say, that throughout those 2-3 weeks, things were crazy and my weekly workout routine was off some. I went probably a week without doing much due to being sick, so now that I am back and feeling great, I have been ready to workout!  So this weekend I decided that my husband and I should do a backyard workout together, and let me just tell you, this thing got it's name honestly, because it is definitely a BODY BURNER! 

Once my husband agreed to workout with me, I was so excited. So I wrote down five workouts for us to do, and added some time intervals, and it made for a quick and intense workout. One that we both enjoyed, and left us both sweating, shaking, and muscles sore the following day! 

The Backyard Body Burner Workout + the CASIO Watch Giveaway from @Kohls

[bctt tweet="This will make you SWEAT! Try the Backyard Body Burner via @BrittanySuell using the @TRXTraining #LeaveYourLegacy #1MillionMinutes #fitfluential"]

So to complete this workout you will need a few items: The TRX Suspension Band, a Kettle Bell or Dumbbell, and a timer or awesome watch! 

So for this workout, since we did timed intervals of each, I used my awesome CASIO Sport Watch from Kohl's.

The Backyard Body Burner Workout + the CASIO Watch Giveaway from @Kohls

This watch was super helpful for creating and doing an interval workout! The timer functionality of it is super easy to use, which I love. I know a lot of people who use timers and/or timer apps while they workout. Which will beep every 30sec or so to tell them to switch sets, well I love that this watch does that as well. Makes it easier to do interval training, without the added timer or having your phone on you. 

Plus, it's awesome because it is solar powered! I absolutely love that feature, and think that every watch or fitness tracker should be solar powered! 

And, did you know that Kohl's has an entire selection of sport watches? And they have a nice, large selection of workout clothes! I was able to get some summer running gear, plus a super cute Gaiam Yoga Shirt there.

Workout gear from @Kohl's!

So the best part about this, is if you want to try my Backyard Body Burner workout, you could possibly be doing it with your own CASIO Sports Watch! That's right, thanks to Kohl's, one of you will WIN your own watch!!! 

The Backyard Body Burner Workout + the CASIO Watch Giveaway from @Kohls

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So who is ready to get their body burning workout on with me this week!?!? I will be sharing my backyard workouts, which there will be many more of via the new app Periscope! It's basically a live feed app, so you can watch my workouts in real time, and interact with me! So download the app, and follow me @brittanysuell! And be sure if you try out the Backyard Body Burner Workout that you tag me and use hashtag #LeaveYourLegacy so I can cheer you on! 

The Backyard Body Burner Workout + the CASIO Watch Giveaway from @Kohls

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Disclosure: As part of my partnership with Kohl’s, I was provided a watch and a Kohl’s gift card in exchange for this post. However, all opinions and reviews are 100% my own! I only share products that I enjoy and feel are beneficial. 

I'll be linking up to the Fit Dish Linkup with Jill Conyers & The Fit Switch!  

Update on My Sugar-Free Journey, an Acai Bowl Recipe with Manitoba Harvest + a Giveaway

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My No-Sugar Journey Update! by @brittanysuell  

Well, I've officially been a month and a half with pretty much NO SUGAR

WHAT?? Is that even real life? 

It has honestly been a fun journey for me. I have enjoyed learning. Even when I "fail." AKA start eating some peanut butter and realize after several bites that it has sugar. 

I'm definitely not beating myself up over a few bites of sugar-infested peanut butter. I did however put the jar up, and will start buying any nut butters naturally. (got to keep an eye on those nutrition labels...even in the "healthy" stuff)

The Sugar Detox

Here's a few things that got me through the weeks of what they call the "Sugar Detox."

Sugar Detox-the first several weeks of giving up sugar. When your body is telling your mind..."I NEED SUGAR." Even though you don't, you are just so used to it, and maybe even addicted to it that you think you need it! 

So, a few ways I tricked my mind into soothing it's sugar cravings, is by indulging in natural sugars! 

I was leaning heavily on fruits and their natural sugars during those weeks. Having about 4 servings a day. (now I've gone to about 2 servings a day). 

I also ate almond butter (the non-sugar infested one), with an apple literally every day! It was my go-to dessert! Or afternoon sweet snack! Soooo good! 

Just because an item contains sugar doesn't mean it's bad! 

One thing I have really learned more about is reading food labels! 

To start, I first look at how many grams of sugar the item contains. Then, once I see the amount of sugar, I look to the list of ingredients! 

Just because it has sugar in it doesn't mean it's bad and I can't have it. I have to find out where that sugar is coming from! 

If the list of ingredients says SUGAR...then that straight up means it's a no go. 

There are some items that will show sugar in the nutritional facts though, and not actually contain sugar. It will just be the counting sugar from the natural sugars or fructose that is in the product. A good example of this is the World Market Sweet Potato Chips. The label shows that it has a certain amount of sugars, but the ingredient list reads sweet potatoes, oil, and salt. There you have it. It's as natural as some baked sweet potatoes at home. All that sugar is just the natural sugar in sweet potatoes, which are SO YUMMY, and a great thing to eat all the time by the way! (and that don't need added brown sugar or marshmallows! FYI! because they are so sweet naturally, why do we think we need to add more stuff to them!?!? I don't get it!)

Do I still crave sugar? 

Well yes I do at times. BUT this has been the fun part of the journey! Learning to cook and bake various treats for my family that have ZERO SUGAR!! and they are still sweet! 

Say hello to my Blueberry Muffin Recipe! Yep that's real life! Blueberry Muffins with NO SUGAR! and so yummy! 

Banana Pancakes! Yep, I can still have pancakes! and I either eat them with a nut butter on top, or pure maple syrup!

*pure maple syrup is one of the tricky ones. It may say it contains lots of sugar, but if the ingredient list says "maple syrup" then you are good to go. Just have it in moderation.

Homemade Larabar Recipe! Such a yummy treat, and super nutritious! Plus this was the first time I cooked with dates. That has been a fun learning experience. 

Strawberry-Banana Nice Cream....a great snack for you or the kids! 

I also have a sugar free cake I've been playing with the recipe for. Trying to get it right for my son's first birthday in April. I'll be sharing that in the next month or so! 

HONEY is my new best friend! 

Dates & Honey are my go-to natural sweeteners! 

But honey, honey is my new best friend! 

I use honey to sweeten mostly everything! Even my coffee! It is so good in coffee! Even if you aren't even remotely interested in going to a SUGAR FREE life, I would still encourage you to try honey in your coffee! I even order my coffee at coffee shops, Starbucks included to be sweetened with honey. Just try it. Tomorrow morning, forgo your normal regime of coffee, and try it with a spoonful of honey and maybe some milk if you prefer! It's tasty! 

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 So there you have it, a little about my journey, and how it's been. Honestly, sometimes I feel like I'm cheating the No Sugar lifestyle by still getting to enjoy some of these yummy things. But then I have to remember, just because I'm doing no sugar doesn't mean that I don't get to eat good, or even sweet foods. Obviously I have to be careful not to over indulge, and still eat healthy, not just take the no sugar factor as all the weight of what I'm eating. But, it's nice to still be able to have something sweet sometimes. 

Check out my Leave Your Legacy Podcast and follow my NO SUGAR JOURNEY in 2015! I've gotten the Jan. and Feb. episode up so far, and I would love for you to get to know me a little more via my podcast and hearing first hand how my journey is going! 

How Bout a Sugar Free Recipe! 

How to make a yummy Acai Bowl! Full of nutrition, and topped with natural coconut and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts! From @brittanysuell

 

An Acai Bowl is a super easy and yummy snack to make for an afternoon snack, (especially when it starts to warm up), or as a late night snack or dessert. It has an ice cream like texture, but is fruity, and full of nutrition. Plus when you top this with all-natural Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest, you're adding more protein and omegas to this already power packed snack! 

How to make a yummy Acai Bowl topped with Hemp Hearts!

First you will need some Acai. 

How to make a yummy Acai Bowl! Full of nutrition, and topped with natural coconut and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts! From @brittanysuell 

They come in packs of 4 like this. You can find them in the frozen section!

Second, you will need Hemp Hearts! 

How to make a yummy Acai Bowl! Full of nutrition, and topped with natural coconut and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts! From @brittanysuell 

You can get some of this nutritious goodness from Manitoba Harvest, or ENTER TO WIN SOME BELOW! 

Third, you will need a high powered blender and some milk of your choice.

1-Toss the frozen Acai Smoothie pack into your blender (I used one pack for one bowl). Add a little bit of milk. (I like to use coconut or almond). Blend on high. Add only a little milk at a time, and continue adding some when needed. You want the Acai to stay pretty thick, like ice cream.

2-You can add some frozen berries in with the Acai, or a frozen banana if you want a little extra flavor and more fruity goodness. 

3-Use an ice cream scoop to put it in a bowl. and top it with your HEMP HEARTS from Manitoba Harvest

4-ENJOY! 

*The Acai is a little tart, so you can always add a little honey to make it a tad sweeter.

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What you get from an Acai Bowl:

Acai-one serving contains only 60 calories, 3 g of fiber, 6% iron, 15% vitamin A, 4.58mg of Omega Fatty Acids, 0g of sugar, or caffeine. It also contains other various minerals, vitamin C, and some Calcium. 

Hemp Hearts-10 grams of plant based protein, and 10 grams of Omegas! 

Now for the GIVEAWAY!

WIN yourself a bag of these Yummy Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest by entering below! 

If you didn't know, Hemp Hearts are yummy just to snack on. They have a slight nutty taste, and go great in smoothies, yogurt, or on salads! 

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ActivMotion Bar Review + My Top 5 Indoor Workouts

HAPPY FRIDAY Everyone! Now I know, in some parts of the U.S., it has been incredibly cold, but let me just say that in my part of Texas this week, the weather has been incredible! It has been anywhere from the 50's, to close to 80degrees out! It has definitely felt like Spring and I have loved it! This week we I had several great runs in the amazing weather, got to do my Stroller Strides workouts outside, plus I even took blankets to the park and relaxed with friends and our babies! Can you say HELLO SPRING....just kidding. Texas weather is crazy, so next week there could be ice on the ground, and I won't be as lucky to get all these great workouts done outside. So, what do you do when you are snowed in, or just aren't very keen on working out in the cold??  Today I'm sharing my TOP 5 Indoor Workouts with you, and I'll be linking up with the Friday Five linkup party! Go check it out for more awesome workout inspiration. 

Let me just start by saying that you will NOT find running on a treadmill in my top 5! I recently did that and realized I dislike it a LOT, but that's always an option if you have access. 

My TOP 5 INDOOR WORKOUTS!

5) My No Excuses Workout! 

-This workout is great indoors or outdoors, and covers various muscle groups!

The #NoExcuses Workout by brittanysuell.com 

4) My Easy Resistance Band Workout!

-Another great workout that can be done inside! It focuses on upper body strength, with a few lower body options as well! 

Resistance Bands Workout by www.brittanysuell.com

3) Pinterest Inspired Workouts

-Inside and looking for something different, Pinterest has a huge variety of workouts to choose from! I'm sharing my "Workouts" Pinterest Board with you to get some ideas! I would love for you to FOLLOW ME!

Workouts Pinterest Board from @brittanysuell 

2) Yoga

-Come on, you knew it was coming, I'm a Yoga instructor for goodness sake! You can try my Morning Yoga Flow from Youtube! Yoga is an awesome way to work your core, flexibility, and strength! 

Morning Yoga Flow with @brittanysuell

1) ActivMotion Bar + Yoga Warrior Workout! 

Here's where it gets fun! I am so excited to share this great product and workout with you! I recently received my own 10lb ActivMotion Bar through Sweat Pink, and was able to try out some of the awesome workouts that they offer! Which are seriously great! Such great core workouts, but I decided to mix my favorite indoor workout....Yoga, with the ActivMotion Bar and see what I could come up with. Let me just tell you, this workout is no joke! Think holding Yoga Warrior Poses on their own are hard...try doing it with the added core focus of the ActivMotion Bar, and you get a butt-kicking core and strength workout! 

ActivMotion Bar + Yoga Warrior Series Workout by www.brittanysuell.com

Okay, so what makes the ActivMotion Bar so special!?!? 

ActiveMotion Bar is a workout bar filled with rolling steal weights. That means that from the moment you pick up the bar, they are moving, and forcing you to find balance with the bar.  While working out with the bar, as they move from side-to-side, it creates a resistance for you, and causes you to find balance by using your core strength.  So throughout the Yoga workout I created, you are not only using strength for the various curls and rows that I have incorporated, but throughout the entire sequence, your core is majorly activated to hold the ActivMotion Bar in place, and move with it while holding your balance! 

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Here's a video of my Yoga sequence, and what I thought about the workout! 

So, whether you are snowed in, not wanting to get cold by going outside, or maybe you are just looking for something different, try one of these great indoor workouts, and let me know what you think! 

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