I semi agree with this quote.
However, I’d prefer to “skid in sideways, in a well preserved body (hopefully still attractive), with chocolate in one hand and wine in the other”.
And who says I can’t?
When it comes to our health and living a fulfilling, decadent life, we CAN have the best of both worlds.
Take for example, my dessert last night.
That would be a bowl of Frozen Berry Bites.
A serendipitous snack that left me completely satisfied before heading off to bed.
that sounded dirty. get your mind’s out of the gutter.
Frozen Berry Bites
*add an all natural sweetener if you omit the protein powder (Truvia, Stevia, NuNaturals)
mix ingredients in a bowl until smooth, and pour over 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, creating a hard chocolate shell.
For those of us who want a quick treat that we can feel good about eating, here are some of my other favorite snacks that I enjoy moderately throughout the week.
Some pictures are from Pinterest, since I don’t always photograph my meals.
Frozen banana smoothie (or any frozen fruit you like!)
Blend until smooth
Berry Almond Smoothie:
Blend until smooth and creamy.
Yogurt Dipped Strawberries
Dip strawberries (fresh or frozen) in vanilla Greek yogurt, or Greek yogurt mixed with cocoa powder. Put strawberries on a pan lined with parchment or wax paper, and freeze.
Let strawberries defrost for 10 minutes before eating.
1 small or 1/2 medium banana topped with plain Greek yogurt, 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon, 2 sliced strawberries and 1Tbsp dark chocolate chips.
Almond butter mousse:
Add ingredients to blender or whisk together by hand and place in freezer for 5 minutes. Top with berries, granola or more cinnamon.
Microwave Popcorn sprinkled with cocoa powder and cinnamon.
Graham crackers topped with all natural peanut butter, nutella, or lite/low fat cheese, and fruit
Chocolate Peanut butter Banana Protein Ice cream.
Blend ingredients until smooth.
Spray a whole wheat pita with nonstick cooking spray or brush with butter, and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Place in oven at 400 degrees and bake for about 8 minutes (or until golden brown).
Let cool, and top with Greek yogurt, nut butter, and sliced fruit of choice.
No Salt Added Cottage Cheese, served with nuts, fresh berries, and cocoa powder or cinnamon.
Almond butter stuffed Dates
1 Medjool Date, cut in half and pitted. Spoon almond butter into date and top with cinnamon
See! There are so many different ways to make a satisfying snack that won’t undo your whole day.
Play around with different ingredients and create something delicious!
And remember, you can never go wrong with Greek yogurt, fruit and almonds…and some dark chocolate..but of course!
I am a huge advocate for creating fitness motivation.
Whether it be hanging a bikini in your bedroom, going to a spin class with a friend, or keeping a diary that tracks your journey towards health, motivation is a MUST in regards to reaching your ultimate goal.
We cannot rely on other people to get us where we need to be, nor blame them if our goal is not attained. Sure that extra push is always a good thing, but in the end, all that hard work and commitment is up to YOU and only YOU.
Let that extra push, whatever it may be, just add to your already ferocious and committed approach towards finally reaching your fitness goals.
Be your own motivator, cheerleader, trainer and friend.
Your inner voice is all you need to battle through till the end.
After training this morning, my client and I headed upstairs and set up a visual motivator on her kitchen counter.
As her pounds begin to shed, we will move the pebbles into the opposite jar until the “Pounds To Lose” is at zero. It’s a fun and interactive way to track her progress, while keeping her motivated at the same time.
It’s sort of like receiving a gold star in class.
Remember how exciting it was when you stuck one of these on the bulletin board next to your name? Such a proud moment! Something that you wanted to share and show off.
These jars serve the same purpose.
It all comes down to motivating yourself to do better, ignoring those negative voices in your head, and keep pushing forward through every struggle, hump and “I don’t wanna!” moment.
It’s up to you to make it happen.
YOU can do it!
I was VERY impressed with The Hunger Games.
From the perfectly chosen characters, to the design of the Arena and terrifying Hall of Justice, to the sounds of the mockingbirds singing in the trees, everything was just how I imagined it while reading the books.
I can’t wait for the sequel!
Matt wasn’t as captivated by the film as I was since he hadn’t read the books, but he still thought it was “pretty good”. (eye roll)
I informed him that there is so much more to the story, which he will get to see when he takes me to see the others .
Before venturing off to the cinema, Matt and I stopped at the store to pick up some snacks. We had just finished Sunday Dinner at my parents, so we wanted something light to nibble on during the movie.
Matt grabbed a box of Goobers and Gummie Bears, while I chose a bag of dark chocolate and peanut butter flavored mixed nuts.
I didn’t favor the glazed peanuts and pecans, but I loved every bite of the cocoa covered almonds. Next time, I’ll just get a bag of those.
In regards to movie theater snacks, the concession stand can be a calorie DANGER ZONE.
On average, a large movie theater popcorn can have up 1,500 calories, 100 grams of fat and an obscene amount of sodium. Even a small bag of popcorn holds around 500 calories and way too much fat that you should be eating in one sitting.
You wouldn’t eat this at home while watching a movie, so why would you choose it at the theater? Plus, who wants to spend $30 on a drink, a tub of buttery popcorn, and a box of milk duds?
I’d rather buy a shirt.
Save both you wallet and waist line by packing your own snacks to enjoy at the movies.
After all, did you come to eat or watch a film?
Here are some of my favorite healthy(er) snacks to bring to the movies!
Snack smart, especially when you’ll be sitting in one spot for up to three hoursThen go buy yourself a shirt with all that money you saved
I’m obsessed with today.
First iced coffee of the year!
cottage cheese, chia seeds, kashi, berries, banana, cinnamon
Sun protection for my run. Coppertone lotion, the official scent of summer
Running fuel. My favorite flavor
Reading in the sun at the lake
sweet potato, almond butter, Greek yogurt and cinnamon
Take time today to focus on yourself.
Do whatever it is that you love to do, and live in the moment.
Find a second to relax.
Oh my delicious coffee…
The sweet taste of French toast, with a smooth aroma of buttery maple syrup.
Add some cinnamon and you’ve got yourself a cup of your favorite breakfast..minus the calories.
Breakfast this morning was a container of Banana Cocoa Protein Oatmeal
Nothing better than starting the day off with chocolate
I took myself on a relaxing walk around the lake this afternoon, then completed an AB routine that left my muscles screaming!
I love it.
300 Rep AB Routine
go down the list, break 1 minute, and repeat 2 more times.
Make sure to breathe out as you contract, and don’t rush through the movements.
I ended with 3 sets of walking planks:
break 30 seconds and repeat.
A bowl of cottage cheese was waiting for me in the fridge before I got started on dinner
I’d hate to turn the oven on since it’s so nice out, but I need to roast my veggies for the week.
This is when a grill would come in handy.
Adjust time accordingly, based on what you are roasting.
It takes about 30 minutes for most, unless you are making root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and parsnips. These can take about 45 minutes to an hour.
Use the 30 minute mark as your halfway point to check the progress.
Day one of this week..Done!
Check out my newly added “V.I.P List” page for recipes, workouts, and helpful posts!
Fitness Magazine has always been a consistent purchase of mine, and every month I look forward to a new issue full of workouts, interviews, healthy meals, and trendy exercise gear.
So imagine my excitement when I received a congratulatory email, stating that my blog has been nominated for Fitness Magazine’s First-Ever Blogger Awards, under the category of “Best Personal Trainer Blog”.
A Fit Girl’s Martini
Jenna is a certified personal trainer from Boston who blogs about how a healthy lifestyle is anything but boring. She features workouts, meals, and more.
I .Am. Speechless!
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I’m constantly asked by clients, friends and family about different ways to prepare a healthy, yet satisfying salad.
spinach with roasted veggies, sweet potato and low salt tuna
The problem is that most people associate a salad as “boring diet food” that lacks flavor, substance and excitment.
But it doesn’t have to be that way!
By combining crunchy greens, sweet vegetables, filling proteins and energizing fats & complex carbs, you can create the ultimate cheap and healthy meal that leaves both your belly and wallet, full!
So, here is my step by step prep on how I build the perfect mountain of nutrients and flavor
Step 1. Pick my base
Step 2. LOAD it up with vegetables. All types. Cooked in many forms.
Step 3. Add Protein.
Step 4. Fats
Step 5. Complex carb
Step 5. Dressing
The BEST salad dressing
And there you have it!
Healthy. Simple. Satisfying
Combine an abundance of flavors and textures to make a truly delicious meal.
Spinach salad with savory blueberry egg white oats.
Steamed veggies with shredded chicken and chopped sweet potato
Quinoa chicken with sautéed veggies and shredded cabbage
Garden salad with grilled shrimp
The possibilities are endless!
The salad bowl is your canvas. Create your own amazing dish.