Friday Faves: All Things Pumpkin Spice

 Friday is here!  Fall is here!  The pumpkin spice latte is back!  Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I love that pumpkin makes a reappearance into my meals.  I do love a pumpkin spice latte once or twice during the season, however I recommend that you ask for half the flavoring to cut down on the sugar content.  Go ahead try it!  It tastes just as good.  

Now on to my Friday Faves!  This edition focuses on all my current pumpkin obsessions.  I thought I would share them all with you.  

RX Bar Pumpkin Spice Flavor

RXBARYou guys know I love RX bars and this one is a special seasonal edition.  It is so good!  This bar has 4 ingredients and still has 12 G of protein.  I love it!

 

Pumpkin Spice Mini Wheat’s

I don’t typically eat a lot of cereal but I do have a little obsession with frosted mini wheat’s.  I really like the original version a lot, but this one is super tasty as well.  The great thing about this cereal is that it is a great source of Iron.  I usually have a handful of these on the way to the gym or throw them together with some nuts and dried cranberries as a trail mix snack.  

Pumpkin Spiced Overnight Protein Oats

This is one of my tried and true recipes.  I love to add pumpkin into my oatmeal or smoothies.  So good!  

Pumpkin Muffins 

These muffins are yummy.  I like to add a bit of mini dark chocolate chips to the batter as well.  You can easily freeze these and take them out for a quick breakfast addition or snack.  If they last that long.  Here is the recipe give them a try.  

Pumpkin Muffins

I have so many other pumpkin things I love, but I thought I would share my top 4 that keep making an appearance.  Give them a try.  

If you want a laugh watch this video.  This couple cracks me up.  

What are your pumpkin favorites for fall?  Let me know in the comments.  Have a great weekend!  

 

 

Monday Meal Prep: Buddha Bowls

Hey guys! I hope you had a great weekend.  Last week I was in Portland and I checked out my favorite juice bar Kure. They had these amazing looking bowls. They were a bit pricey.  Each bowl was around $10 each.  That is a bit steep for me.  So I was on a mission to recreate these at home.  These bowls are a great weeknight meal that can be customized to each person if you wanted.  I am not at all a chef but these were super yummy and easy to put together.  First I started off with a base of greens.  I had a mix of tender greens including spinach, kale and chard.  Then you will want to add your grains.  I prepped both rice and quinoa so my kiddos could choose what they wanted since they are not big fans of quinoa.  Next you will want to include some good carbs like sweet potato, chickpeas, black beans, or corn.  Then add in your veggies that you like and your protein of choice.  We added in some roasted veggies and chicken.  You can also add in additional toppings of choice like fresh herbs, hemp seeds, sauces, avocado or chopped nuts and seeds.  Roasted Veggies What I really loved was that each person could build their own bowl and customize it to what they like.  It was also really nice to see my girls add in their own veggies.  Even better I had enough left over to throw it all together with my homemade balsamic dressing and have it as a salad for lunch the next day.  Give it a try!

Buddha Bowl For another bowl idea try these burrito bowls.  This is one of my families favorite weeknight meals. 

Have a great week!

Birthday Bootcamp Workout

Hi Guys I hope you are having an awesome week.  It has been a fun week around here.  We went on a hike, saw The Hunchback of Notre Dame (highly recommend seeing it)  at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and did a bedroom makeover.  It has been quite busy.  

My Birthday is next week and I have been celebrating early.  It’s the big 4-0!  My class members at the gym brought me gifts and this giant chocolate chip cookie.  Which tasted amazing with my coffee.  I even dug into it on the way home it smelled so good!   I am so spoiled.

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I have an awesome workout brought to you by my hubby!  It was his Birthday gift to me.  I am still sore!  I thought I would share it with you so you can give it a try.  You can do this workout easily at home, the gym or at the park.  I would recommend doing it outside to change up your equipment, terrain and the atmosphere.  You do not need any equipment, however if you don’t have soft surface like grass I would recommend bringing a towel or mat for the abs.  You can even get your kids involved too! 

Bootcamp Workout

You will need to mark out a 40 yard distance for this workout.

Workout Format:  In honor of the Birthday (July 25, age 40), we did 7 combo exercises 25 reps or a distance of 40 yards. Repeat each combo twice.  

Warm Up (do each exercise down and back 40 yard distance)

  • High Knee Pulls
  • Single Leg Touches
  • High Skips
  • High Knees
  • Grapevine
  • Butt Kicks
  • Inch Worm
  • Sprint

Combo 1

  • Inverted Row (we used swings and playground equipment
  • 25 Jumping Jacks

Combo 2

  • 25 Push Ups
  • Low Grapevine 40 Yards (this is like a moving curtsey lunge)

Combo 3

  • 25 Prisoner Squat with Alternating Knee to Elbow (start with right knee for first round, left knee second round)
  • Crab Walks 40 Yards

Combo 4

  • 25 Hip Ups (right side for first round, left for second round)
  • Walking Lunges 40 Yards

Combo 5

  • 25 Bicycle Crunches
  • Moving Burpees 40 Yards

Combo 6

  • 25 Sumo Squat Jumps
  • Bear Crawls 40 Yards

Combo 7

  • Plank Spider (in plank position bring your right foot to the outside of your right hand then alternate sides)
  • 40 Yard Sprint

Cool Down

  • 1 Mile Jog or Walk (optional)
  • Stretch:  Be sure to stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, calves and upper body. 

Give it a try and let me know how it goes so I can report back to the hubby.  Have an amazing weekend.  

Tips For Eating Out of Boredom

Hi guys I hope you all had an awesome weekend.  I was able to workout on Saturday with a bunch of great people and even better my hubby put the workout together so I just showed up and he kicked my butt.  Stay tuned for the workout this week.  It was great.  I also got to run with my girls which is always one of the best parts of my weekend.  Running with friends just recharges me.  

Since school has been out and I am not on my normal crazy schedule I find myself bored eating.  Do any of you struggle with this issue? Many of us may mistake boredom for hunger and then reach for a bag of chips or a few handfuls of cereal and before you know it the box or bag is half empty.  I find I do this most of the time in the evening when I am catching up on The Bachelorette (yes I watch it)!   I was trying to find ways to combat this problem last week and I thought I would share a few that work for me.  

Bored Eating Tips

Be Aware

Recognize the pattern of eating. Do you mindless eat while watching TV?  If so be aware of that and recognize if you are really hungry or just bored.  Listen to your body.  

Drink Water or Tea

I like to sip on tea after dinner especially in the winter.  In the summer I tend to reach for flavored or sparkling water.  It helps me feel full and keeps me occupied while watching TV or reading.  As a bonus it will help with your hydration.  

Do Something Else

If you find yourself bored turn your attention to something else.  While watching TV you can paint your nails, do a puzzle, color, or something else that will keep you busy and not heading for that snack.  

Exercise

Take an after dinner walk or even better do a commercial break workout.  Pick an exercise like push ups and do them during commercials.  We could all benefit from stretching so why not stretch during your favorite TV show.  If you need some inspiration try this Bachelorette TV show workout game.  So fun!  

Sit At The Table

If you decide you want to eat something sit down at the table.  Don’t park yourself in front of the TV with that bag of pretzels.  If you sit down at the table you are less likely to consume the entire bag. 

For me summer can be difficult since I am not super busy but using these tips really has helped. 

Do you have any other tips to share?  If so comment below I would love to hear them.

Have a great week! 

Strawberry Mango Cauliflower Smoothie Recipe

Happy Monday!  We just got back from a trip to Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons and I have to say those parks are so beautiful.  We had a lot of fun sightseeing, hiking, battling some crazy storms and of course s’mores!  I cannot wait to go back.  You definitely need to allow a lot of time in each of these park to fully enjoy all they have to offer. 

This week I am getting back to my regular routine but I have noticed I am slacking in my veggie eating again.  I am not a big fan of raw vegetables and in the summer I don’t seem to cook as many.  I really want to focus this week on incorporating veggies into every meal and snack.  I also want to try to get my daughters to eat more veggies as well.  This is a difficult task.  They are not big veggie fans.  I did a little experiment today in my daily smoothie.  I added in some frozen cauliflower instead of my usual spinach or kale.  It was awesome!  I even added it to my daughters and she had no clue it was in there.  This is a big win!  Cauliflower has such a mild flavor you can add it into your smoothies or oatmeal (check out this recipe) and not even taste it.  This is the new favorite smoothie concoction for summer.  You have to give it a try!

Strawberry Mango Cauliflower Smoothie
Serves 1
A healthy and delicious smoothie recipe
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Prep Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Frozen Mango
  2. 1/2 Cup Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  3. 1/2-1 Cup Frozen Cauliflower
  4. 1 Cup Milk of Choice
  5. 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (optional)
  6. Ice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to high powered blender. Blend and enjoy immediately.
Notes
  1. You can use frozen riced cauliflower as well. I just used the regular frozen cauliflower and it worked great.
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Experiment with different blends and let me know if you have any good recipes in the comments below.  Have a great Holiday week! 

 

Friday I’m In Love:  Friday Faves Drink Edition

This week my Friday faves focuses on my favorite drinks.  I don’t know about you but it is tough to drink straight water all day long.  I thought I would share a few of my go to drinks when I am wanting something different than water or to change up my usual morning coffee.  So here goes:  

Matcha Green Tea

If you don’t know what matcha is, it is a green tea that comes in a powdered form and it contains the whole leaf.  Matcha has many benefits which include improving mood, enhancing weight loss, increased energy,  mental focus and is rich in antioxidants.  I have been using this powder from Jade Leaf Organics and it is amazing.  

I have mostly been drinking it iced, added to smoothies, or as an iced green tea latte.  So good!!!!!  Here is my latest smoothie obsession:

Mango Matcha Green Smoothie
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Healthy green smoothie with matcha
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Ingredients
  1. 1 small container of coconut water (approx. 11 oz)
  2. ½ Frozen Banana
  3. 1 Cup Mango Frozen
  4. 1 small handful of kale or spinach
  5. 1 scoop vegan vanilla Shakeology or vanilla protein powder
  6. 1 tsp Match Green Tea Powder
  7. Ice (if desired)
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth and serve immediately.
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Lucky Jack Cold Brew Coffee (or any cold brew coffee) iced coffee  When the weather gets warmer outside sometimes I like to sip an iced coffee.  I purchased a case of this cold brew on a whim while at Costco.   It is awesome.  I pour it over ice, add a splash of coconut milk or almond milk and a bit of agave nectar and I have myself a coffee shop iced latte without the added cost.  

Kombucha

I am still a big fan of kombucha.  My preferred brand is Humm Kombucha because I can fill up growlers with this stuff at our local grocery store.  My whole family is addicted to Kombucha!  My daughters seem to drink it all.  One of these days I would love to try making my own.  Kombucha has some great health benefits too! 

Flavor Infused Water I love to infuse my plain water with fruit and herbs. For some reason I drink a lot more water this way.  Some of my favorite things to ad are mint, lemon, ginger, frozen berries or fresh strawberries.  It’s fun to experiment with new flavor infusions.  The longer you let your water infuse the better it will taste.  

Just remember when the weather gets hot outside hydration is so important.  If you are like me and don’t like just plain water all the time give these a try.  If you are working out in the heat don’t forget your electrolytes.  If you need an alternative to store bought  sports drinks give my homemade sports drink a try.  It is so good!  

What are your favorite drinks?  I would love to hear them.  Comment below!  Have an amazing weekend!  

*this is not a sponsored post, just things I am into lately. 

Triple Sweat Team Boot Camp Workout

Team Boot Camp Workout

I hope you guys enjoyed the long weekend.  It was beautiful here.  We were able to get out and have tons of fun in the sun.   One of those fun activities was this awesome outdoor boot camp workout.  I like to take my workouts outdoors whenever possible.  I got this boot camp idea based off of a PE activity my hubby used to do with his classes when he taught PE he called it “love your neighbor” but I like Triple Sweat much better.  

For this workout you will be in teams of 3.  This workout focuses on teamwork and supporting each other in a fun and challenging way.  Have team member 1 line up at one end of your area and team member 2 line up at the other end (a basketball court works great using the baselines) and the 3rd team member will start next to team member 1.  Team members 1 and 2 will be performing a static exercise while team member 3 is doing the dynamic exercise.  As soon as Team member 3 reaches team member 2, then they switch exercises. Team member 2 does the dynamic exercise back to team member 1. This repeats for a set time. You can do this workout anywhere, but outdoors is best.  Pick a large open area so you have room to sprint.  This workout can be done with weights or using bodyweight only.  

Warm Up

  • Jog 50 Yards
  • High Skips
  • Grapevines
  • Bodyweight Squats
  • Toe Touches

The Workout 

Each team will complete each round for as many reps as possible for 5 minutes.  Rest 2 Minutes between rounds.  

Round 1 (AMRAP for 5 Minutes in your teams)

  • Team Member 1:  Body Weight Squats
  • Team Member 2:  Squat Press
  • Team Member 3:  Walking Lunges

Round 2

  • Team Member 1:  Push Ups
  • Team Member 2:  Tricep Dips or Overhead Tricep Extensions
  • Team Member 3:  Sprints

Round 3

  • Team Member 1:  Mt. Climbers
  • Team Member 2:  Squat Jumps
  • Team Member 3:  Sprints

Round 4

  • Team Member 1:  Plank Hold
  • Team Member 2:  Sumo Squats
  • Team Member 3:  Moving Burpees

Round 5

  • Team Member 1: Standing Bicycle Crunches
  • Team Member 2:  Sit Ups or Crunches
  • Team Member 3:  Bear Crawl

Cool Down and Stretch

If you have questions on this workout feel free to comment or email me.  Have a great week!

Friday I’m In Love! Things I’m Into Lately

Happy Friday!  I hope you all have awesome plans for the weekend.  This week went super fast!  Which is great.  I thought I would share another things I am into lately post.  Don’t forget to let me know what you are loving lately in the comments below. 

 Trace Minerals 4,000 Volts Electrolyte Drops

Trace MineralsWhile I was browsing the co-op store a while back looking for an electrolyte drink one of the salespeople saw me looking very confused and asked me if I had tried the Trace Minerals  4,000 Volts.He proceeded to tell me how much he loved it.  He is a triathlete and runner and he had been using them for a while.  This product is awesome!  This electrolyte concentrate can turn any beverage into an electrolyte drink just by adding 1 teaspoon.  You can add it to juice or plain water.  I have been using it in plain water and coconut water but I plan to add it into my homemade sports drink as well.  It does has a slight salt taste in plain water but it doesn’t bother me.  You can get it locally at the co-op for my Boise/Meridian readers or you can order online.  Check their website for more information.

Sourdough Bread

You guys it is so easy to make sourdough bread!  I am not a baker, but I actually produced several loaves of homemade sourdough bread using this recipe and tips from one of my favorite bloggers.  My daughters and hubby are major bread junkies and I want to provide them with a good clean option.  I don’t eat a lot of bread and when I do it has to be the good stuff!  And this is super yummy! I don’t have a picture because we tend to devour it before I can get one!  I have been eating it as avocado toast.  Such a great breakfast option.  

mary-kay-nourishine-plus-lip--gloss-cafe-au-laitThis Lip Gloss

I found a new favorite lip gloss, well I actually borrowed it from my younger daughter and I keep using it.  It is a light color that looks so natural and pretty.  It is by Mary Kay and it is called Cafe Au Lait.  It is also very moisturizing and lasting.  I am not a Mary Kay representative, but my mom is.  You can order any products from her.  Just email me for her information.  I hear they are coming out with a charcoal mask and my daughter and I are dying to try it.  

Thai Coconut Curry Hope Hummus

If you like hummus but get tired of the boring regular stuff you have to tryHope Hummus this Thai Coconut Curry Hummus.  It is so good as a dip with veggies or crackers or mixed in with some tuna and topped on a bed of salad.  I have also had their spicy avocado hummus as well and it is delish.  I am addicted!  

I would love to hear what you are currently into so comment below.  I love to try new things!  Don’t forget to subscribe to get updates right to your inbox.  

I hope you guys have a great Holiday weekend!  

This is not a sponsored post I am just sharing the things I love! 

ABSOLUTELY Awesome Ab Workout

Hey guys I hope you are having a great week.  I thought I would share this core workout I did last week.  You guys I was sore all week!  I love that.  This workout is core focused however there is a little bit of cardio and upper body toning as well.  For this workout you will need a set of light to medium weights and a mat.  The first part of the workout is all standing, the second section is planks, and the last section is mat work.  I hope you enjoy.  Let me know if you were as sore as I was.  

Ab Workout

If  you need guides for each exercise this is a great resource:  https://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises.  If you have additional questions you can comment below or email me. I am hoping this summer to film some of my workouts to share with you guys!  

Have a great week!

Tips To Beat Sugar Addiction

Sugar Addiction Tips Are you one of those people who crave sugar? I used to be a total sugar junkie!  I would always reach for something sweet in the late afternoon as a pick me up or after dinner as my dessert. It was starting to get a bit out of control!  So I decided to limit my sugar intake to see how I felt.  I did not realize how much better I felt when I didn’t have as much sugar in my diet.   Don’t get me wrong I still love dessert and dark chocolate (72% or higher), but now I am able to control those cravings and manage them better.  Having dessert or a sweet treat is fine in moderation, however I find that if I eat too much sugar my body starts to crave it and then I just keep wanting more.

Did you know that women should only consume 25 grams of added sugar a day and men no more than 38 grams.  That is a low number.  Only 6 teaspoons a day!  

A lot of my friends, family and gym goers ask me about controlling sugar cravings. I thought I would share a few ways to ditch the sugar addiction to feel and look your best.  

Eat Real Food

Cut out the processed foods.  Most of them have added sugar which is not needed.  Be aware of hidden sugar in yogurt, sauces, salad dressings and some breads.  

 Find A Swap

I love RX bars!  They are my current favorite bar.  These taste like dessert to me.  Or try banana “ice cream.”  Simply freeze a frozen banana in chunks throw it into the food processor or high powered blender add a splash of milk and process.  I like to add a little PB2, natural peanut butter or some chocolate protein powder  as well.  

Get the sugar out of the house!

If I have the stuff in my house I am more tempted to eat it, my hubby will eat it and so will my kiddos.  I cannot keep the stuff around.  It is too tempting.  Keep the temptation away. 

Ditch the artificial sweeteners

Consuming large amounts of artificial sweeteners (including stevia) can make your crave sugar.  There have also been studies showing increased weight gain with artificial sweeteners a well.  If you can’t totally get rid of them choose stevia or monk fruit and limit the amounts you consume.  

 Add more healthy fats and protein

Not only are these healthy they will also help you feel more satisfied.  I always have almonds on hand for my afternoon cravings.  Sometimes I pair them with an orange or an apple and it always leaves me satisfied.  

Drink tea after dinner

 I like to drink tea in the evening while watching TV or when I feel that craving kick in.  I like to drink Tulsi Tea (it helps for sleep), Licorice tea, or any tea that I have on hand.  I stick to decaf in the evening.  

Brush your teeth

If you crave sweets after dinner and want to try to avoid reaching into that candy dish.  Brush your teeth or chew gum.  For me this always works because I don’t want to brush my teeth again and the sweets won’t taste the same after toothpaste.  

Fresh Fruit  

Choose fresh fruit instead of candy.  Not only will it curb those sugar cravings it is full of vitamins, minerals, water and fiber too.  

Try Magnesium

If you crave chocolate (like I do) it could mean you are deficient in Magnesium Benefitsmagnesium.  Try to add magnesium rich foods like leafy greens, beans and nuts into your diet.  Or consult with your doctor about a magnesium supplement.  I take magnesium every night and it helps me sleep!  Check out these additional benefits of magnesium in this post

 

I hope these simple tips help you conquer that sweet tooth.  I have to remind myself how I feel after eating too much sugar and how hard it is to get off the stuff.  When I am not eating sugar I feel more energized, sleep much better, my skin looks so much better and I just feel better in general.  Believe me it is tough to kick it at first, but sooooo worth it!  I hope  you all have an amazing week!