5 Tips To Stay Fit This Summer

Summer is officially here!!! You should not be worrying too much about how you look butttt you still want to feel confident, proud, and happy in your beautiful self. So, let’s go through my top five tips to stay healthy & fit this summer. tumblr_n5nkg9O8Ei1r0na0so1_500

  1. THE SUN IS OUT! yay! The sun boosts your mood and gives you a beautiful glow…but be smart about it. I do not care if you are only running errands or if it is a bit foggy outside or if your foundation has SPF 15. The statistics for people in the US that have skin cancer are shocking. It’s better to be safe then sorry. Stalk up on a face and body sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
  2. Right as you wake up in the morning is the best time to set the tone for the rest of the day (also make sure you got a good amount of pillow-time the night before). I recommend a morning reflection/mediation. Yes, I get it, you are in a hurry. This could be 10 minutes some days, and others a mere 30 seconds. Just sit your booty down, breathe, and think about the energy you want to accept and bring forth throughout the day ahead.
  3. Stay active whenever you can! Do squats while brushing your teeth, take the stairs, do calf-raises while waiting for the bus, carry your groceries to your car, bike instead of drive. If you are on vacation, use nature to your advantage: go on a run, climb trees, swim. You CAN stay toned with your own body weight!
  4. Amp up the H2O. Your body literally RUNS on water, your cells would die without it! Aim for 2-5 liters in a day. Drink a liter when you wake up, another at lunch, half a liter in the afternoon, and another liter at dinner. BAM! 3.5 liters down and in the system. It really is that easy. Respect the Earth and carry your liquid in a reusable bottle or mason jar. If you are not a water-fan, i suggest you befriend H2O, and quickly. Or drop in some citrus fruit to add flavor.
  5. Eat the sun…and the stars. My best suggestion for a clean diet is first, the main portion of what you eat should be the cleanest foods out there, fruit and veg. Then go from there; meat, fish, grains, spices, eggs, seeds, and nuts. If you’re craving some stuff that isn’t the best for your body, I like to create fun recipes with ingredients that replace the bad stuff and are A LOT better for the body.

Hope these tips helped you and remember to have a fun summer!

Until next time,

Claire

Green Goddess Smoothie

Hello beautiful people! Lately I have been loving this refreshing green, tropical smoothie and I think you would too.

Recipe:

  • Blend spinach/kale with spirulina powder and water until blended. This helps so there is no leafy chunks in your smoothie and it is all smooth & creamyyyy. yum.
  •  Next, add frozen banana and fresh or frozen pineapple. That’s it! Now go and enjoy your tropical green treat that is amazing for your bod!

Until next time,

Claire

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Starting A Healthy Lifestyle: The Basics

This post is for people who are just getting into health and fitness. I will be doing a post soon for people who are already living a healthy lifestyle and want to amp it up. tumblr_mn5p6xftlS1s8kq4zo1_400

  1. Change you mindset. This is not a “diet”, it’s a lifestyle. When you choose to live a healthy lifestyle it is all about balance. Don’t dread eating a healthy meal, make every single meal you eat flavor packed and delicious. You can have the things you like, such as brownies and burgers, but in moderation. One bad meal will not make you unhealthy just like one good meal will not make you healthy.
  2. Water. The best advice I have for this is: CHUG! If you think you’re drinking enough water, drink more. Your body is 60% water. YOU.NEED.WATER!! Water helps with literally everything in your life. When you go out to eat, get water. When you’re at home, drink water. When you’re at work or school, bring water. Always be drinking water. To help with this, get at least a 32 oz reusable water bottle to bring and fill up wherever you are. tumblr_mon7n7LG111rltj0eo1_500
  3. Eat clean, lean, and green. This is a good rule of thumb with healthy eating. Eat lean protein like fish, chicken, eggs, nuts, and yogurt. Eat clean and green foods that fuel your body like vegetables, fruits, and good-for-you grains like quinoa. Strive to eat the least amount of processed foods as possible. Swap out a regular salad dressing(s) for olive oil and lime. If you stick to this moto of “clean, lean and green”, you will be on the road to success.
  4. Sleep. Now a days a lot of people consider sleep a luxury, not a priority. You need to make sleep a priority. This does not mean getting 6 hours of sleep on the weekdays and sleeping until three on the weekends (i am guilty of this). Get everything done earlier, stop eating and turn off electronics a couple hours before bed, drink something soothing like tea and read a book to help you relax. If you have trouble settling your mind before bed, there are these relaxing chewable tablets called “Tranquil Sleep” that really help. You can buy them here: http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Factors-Stress-Relax-Tranquil-Chewable/dp/B000OBY4MU
  5. Stay Active. We were born with limbs, and bones, and muscles…our body’s want to move! So get up and move that body of yours. Walk, run, box, jump rope, dance, swim, lift, hike, stretch, bike…just go out into the world, sweat, and move your wonderful body. tumblr_m965q7tyAa1rnhmhjo1_500

I hope my advice helps you, and remember: this is a lifestyle not a diet. 

Until next time,

Claire

Healthy Pancakes…say what?

Yes! The rumor is true! You CAN have yummy, delicious pancakes that are healthy. Mind boggling, right?! Even better news, I will be posting a recipe of these rumored healthy pancakes so you can try them yourself. Now that you’re totes excited, let’s make some pancakes! tumblr_muljx65Nax1qkpc62o1_500

Recipe

  1. in a bowl, mash up one banana with a fork
  2. crack in two eggs
  3. add in 1/4 cup of oat flour (you can also grind your own oats with a food processor)
  4. lastly, a few dashes of cinnamon
  5. cook these babies up in a pan with a bit of coconut oil
  6. add some fresh fruit and 100% maple syrup, and always treat them with love <3

Enjoy!

Until next time,

Claire

 

 

 

Superfood’s of: Fats

Remember when I started this series a while ago? You can read the last post here: https://clairetyblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/superfoods-of-starches/ A superfood is a food that fuels your body and has nutritious benefits. Sounds awesome right? Well it is! So, let’s get started and EAT UP!

Avocado 8e241e5adb366dd38bea90cb3919c746

  • One avocado provides your body with vitamins A, C, E, K and B6
  • Avocados are anti-aging, can improve eye health, and help to regulate blood sugar
  • Avocados are a complete protein. But unlike a meat like steak, the avocado protein is easy for your body to absorb.

Salmon

  • Salmon contains vital ingredients for a healthy diet:  protein, essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants (vitamins D, E, B-carotene, minerals zinc, iron, copper, manganese and selenium) vitamin A, a range of B vitamins, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium
  • A natural source of Omega-3 which has been shown to help in preventing coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and depression.
  • Omega-3s are essential because they cannot be produced naturally by the human body.
  • Not to mention, salmon is low carb and high protein. 46534e4cabfef56652ac2bf7d001b7bd

Egg

  • Eggs will keep you fuller longer while slimming your waistline. So try an omelet next time you’re grabbing for that bagel.
  • One egg is only about 72 calories, packing in healthy fat, protein (6 grams per egg!) and vitamins.
  • Eggs are one of the few foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D. r-EGG-YOLK-HEALTH-large570

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Avocado- http://www.fullcircle.com/goodfoodlife/2012/06/21/5-health-benefits-of-avocados/

Salmon- http://www.tassal.com.au/why-is-salmon-a-superfood.html

Egg- http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/benefits-of-eggs

How to Shop Healthy at the Market

vegggShopping in markets can be tough when you are trying to be healthy because of the temptation to get unhealthy foods and simply confusing if you don’t know how to shop right. Many people think that healthy shopping can be expensive, and I’m not going to lie, it can be. But if you shop smart than it will end up being cheaper then shopping unhealthy.g cart

Here are my tips:

  • make sure to not shop on a hungry stomach, you will be drawn to everything
  • plan ahead if you are wanting to not goes crazy with spending. set yourself a certain amount of money and/or write a grocery list and stick to it. 
  • make sure to include fruits, vegetables dairy, lean meats, fish, beans, and nuts
  • to keep it interesting, try a new fruit/veg/nut/yogurt each week
  • spend the most time in the produce and choose a rainbow of options
  • for breads, pastas, and cereals get the least processed, most natural, and lowest ingredient choice there is. Kashi and 365 are good brands to try
  • strawberries, bell peppers, apples, and all meats must be organic.market
  • try nut milks instead of dairy milk and try to find yogurt with the least processes,most natural, and words that you can pronounce. Chobani, Fage, and Siggi are all good brands.
  • buy your fruits and vegetables fresh, not canned
  • choose “real” foods, such as 100% fruit juice or 100% whole-grain items with as little processing and as few additives as possible. If you want more salt or sugar, add it yourself.
  • avoid foods that contain artificial ingredients or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
  • if possible; try to go to farmers markets to get fresh items and to support your local farmers

Vegetable and Quinoa Stir-Fry

Tonight I whipped up this vegan vegetable and quinoa stir-fry. It doesn’t take very long to make and is loaded with protein. I will post the vegetables I used but you can use any vegetables that you have laying around.

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Recipe:

  1. Measure 1/4 cup  of quinoa with 3/4 water and put into a small pot
  2. Let quinoa cook on low heat for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is fluffy and absorbed all the water
  3. If the quinoa soaked up all the water but is not fluffy, add more water. Add water in little quantities
  4. Cut two stalks of celery, one large carrot, preferred amount of red onion, and one head of broccoli
  5. Now, get a pan that can be used for a stir-fry, put 1tbs of olive oil in it, and add all the vegetables
  6. While the quinoa and vegetables are cooking, measure out 1/2 cup of frozen edamame in a bowl and hot water to de-thaw. Fresh edamame is totally fine as well
  7. Once everything is done cooking, put in in a big bowl and eat with optional cracked pepper and balsamic vinegar.

This is a vegan meal but some chopped organic chicken can be added in addition

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