Highlights

My day can best be summarized by many wonderful highlights.  It’s always the little things, isn’t it?  I started my day at 6 am with my favorite TurboFire workout and that got me pumped and ready to go!

But first, an update on my raw journey.  I’m not focusing on “oh I’m eating raw so I can’t eat that” or “I’m not eating raw because I feel like something cooked.”  I’m just taking things as they come and seeing what I feel like making.  Shakeology is my breakfast every single day without fail.  For lunch I decided to make myself a raw kale salad with avocado, nutritional yeast, sprouts, cherry tomatoes, and pumpkin seeds.  Snack was a cherry pie LÄRABAR and since I had to rush off to the chiropractor shortly after getting home, dinner was another Shakeology.

So what exactly were the highlights of my day?  Coming home to find this waiting for me:

I’ve heard so many people now talking about The Hunger Games that I had to order it.  Can’t wait to start reading!  I of course was completely obsessed with Harry Potter and Twilight, so I’m sure the same will happen to me with this series.

Chloe’s Kitchen is by chef Chloe Coscarelli.  She was the first vegan cupcake baker to win Cupcake Wars and now I’m so excited to have her book!  I flipped through it quickly and the recipes look amazing.  Even though it’s not gluten-free, I can easily modify the recipes to make them so.

That wasn’t the only thing waiting for me though.  There was also all of this:

I now have Tropical Shakeology samples to give to people, yay!  I’m also loving my new t-shirt and can’t wait to use my water bottle.  The lanyard is of course going around my neck since I’m a teacher and we have to wear our badge at all times.

That’s not all though!  When I got home from the chiropractor, yet another box was waiting for me!

So now I have chocolate samples of Shakeology to give away too!  If anybody’s seriously interested in trying out this amazing product, message me and I’d be more than happy to send you some to try!  Now you have to believe that I wouldn’t invest this much money in Beachbody products if I didn’t believe in the company.  🙂

I’m now sipping on some green tea kombucha that I found at the health store the other day. It tastes like green tea, but is slightly bubbly like kombucha, I love it!  Have a great night!!!

p.s. I’m sorry for the poor lack of quality on the pictures.  I’ve been relying on my iPhone a little too much lately instead of my camera!

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Delicious Vegan Treats

I’m so thankful it’s finally the weekend!  My body is badly craving sleep and as soon as I’m done with this blog post, I’m going to bed.  zzzzzz 🙂

Today was a great day for trying out new vegan treats.  Along with the flaxmilk that Whole Foods gave me to try, I was also given a Bananas Foster LÄRABAR über Bar to try and to review.  I actually tried it about a month ago and posted a picture here, but never commented on what I thought about it.

I definitely loved the flavors in this bar.  It’s a perfect delicious sweet treat with all natural ingredients, especially if you’re looking for a delicious dessert but don’t want to indulge in all those extra calories.  I know that these new salty/sweet bars are available in other flavors, but this is my favorite that I’ve tried so far.  The salty and the sweet flavors perfectly complement each other.  Check them out if you get the chance!

Before going off to do my yoga work study, I had this delicious bar, stopped at Starbucks for a soy chai tea latte, and also bought a Two Moms in the Raw Gojiberry Granola Bar.

The texture of the bar kind of surprised me after eating the LÄRABAR über Bar, which was super soft.  The Two Moms in the Raw granola bar was actually relatively hard, but when I actually started chewing, I was surprised by how great the flavor tasted.  I definitely would buy these bars again to have on hand as a quick, healthy snack.  Absolutely loved it and can see these becoming my new favorite treat, especially since I’m looking to go raw and all their products are 100% raw.  YAY!  In fact, I’m looking on their website to see what other delicious treats they have available!

After work study, I was driving to grab some dinner when I remembered that someone had told me about a healthy food market in Vienna.  Sure enough when I looked, there it was, which of course made me super excited.

If you’re from Northern Virginia, it reminded me of a cross between Wegmans and Whole Foods.  I discovered some more delicious goodies there too, including almond coconut plant based milk (I didn’t know that existed either and of course that also got me extremely excited!) and some cranberry nut trail mix.  I’ll definitely be stopping by there more often (sorry Whole Foods – I still love you!)

What’s your favorite vegan treat?  Any awesome new stuff you’ve discovered lately?

Breakfast for Lunch

The weekend’s finally here!  I’m so ready to relax, sleep, take it easy, and plan some amazing meals!

Breakfast today was the green smoothie I made last night with my brand new Vitamix.  Since I wasn’t in the mood to cook and some days I just don’t feel like eating “real food,” I had breakfast for lunch.

Oats soaked overnight with soy milk (though you could also use hemp, almond, rice – whatever works for you), raisins, goji berries, and cinnamon.  I would’ve added dates too if I hadn’t gobbled up the entire bag earlier this week.

Seriously, do NOT waste your calories on a blueberry muffin, which is full of saturated fat and ingredients that are less than stellar for your health.  Buy a Blueberry Pure Bar instead. The second I bite into one of these, I feel like I’m biting straight into a blueberry muffin.  Save yourself the calories and unhealthy factor for this instead!

WILD BLUEBERRY PURE BAR INGREDIENTSOrganic dates, organic wild blueberries (organic wild blueberries, organic apple juice concentrate, organic sunflower oil), organic cashews, organic agave nectar, organic walnuts, organic brown rice Protein, organic almonds, organic unsweetened lemon juice concentrate.

I rest my case.  🙂

When I came home after getting my nails done, I was so excited to see that my latest shipment of Shakeology had arrived!  I was out of this for nearly a week and was going through serious withdrawal symptoms.  If you want to know more about it, contact me, I’d be happy to share!  I will say that I felt like I was losing inches like crazy while I was on it and wasn’t working out that much.  Now that I’m working out a lot to TurboFire AND using this, I’m sure the results will be nothing less than amazing!

I knew I was going to be too lazy to cook, so I followed the advice of a friend and headed to my favorite place to grab a quick meal, Chipotle, for my dinner.

Enjoy the weekend!

Beachbody and Goji Berries Rule

Today was a great day.  I was up at 6 am to do my TurboFire workout, and despite wishing that I could’ve stayed in bed sleeping for another hour, it was nice knowing that my workout was complete by 7 am.  It also made me feel great and I can still feel the lasting effects of that extra energy that working out gives you.

I tried the apple pie LÄRABAR, which tasted just like apple pie:

Managed to make dinner before going to yoga at 6 pm with 2 of my great friends, Monica and Diana:

My mom brought me home my favorite Vietnamese fried rice, thanks to the owner of our favorite Vietnamese restaurant (thanks Lisa!)

Checked the mail and there was a letter waiting for me from the CEO of Beachbody, Carl Daikeler, telling me that I was officially an Active Beachbody Coach (and I got this cute little pin too):

And I’m ending my day by enjoying a homemade chai tea latte.  Tip for the day: don’t use sweeteners in your tea!  If you really must add something in order to give it a sweet flavor, try Goji Berries.  They’re one of nature’s amazing superfoods and give the tea the perfect amount of sweetness!

I can’t wait to get up tomorrow and see what sort of workout Chalene Johnson’s got waiting for me.  TurboFire rocks!

No Excuses

Tuesdays are my busiest days.  I work all day as a teacher, teach an afterschool club, and then come home for a quick second before I have to rush off again to Whole Foods for the 28 Day Healthy Eating Challenge.  I didn’t sleep well last night and I didn’t make time for exercise.  Yet to me, there are no excuses when it comes to healthy eating.

I often hear people say that they are too busy to eat healthily.  To me, if you claim that you don’t have time to be healthy, then you’re saying that you have time to be sick.  As Hippocrates once said:

It takes no time at all to make some oatmeal, throw some raw veggies or raw fruit in a bag, whip up a smoothie, or sauté some vegetables and make a quick stir-fry.  See how easy and simple it can be?!  🙂

Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology

Morning Snack

Can you tell I love this salad?!  🙂

Lunch

PM Snack

Dinner, which I picked up at Whole Foods right before the Challenge started.

I ate a lot today, but my appetite’s been a little crazy the past few days, so I’m just going with it.

Even though I had basically no time for anything today, I still stuck with my eating plan, no matter what.  I can immediately feel a shift in my body if I don’t eat right or something’s out of sync.  Next time you’re caught in a bind, ask yourself what you can do to stay on track.  Your body will thank you for it.

Soup and Salad Day

My day started in the best way possible.  I was up early, ready to work out to TurboFire.  I haven’t done TurboFire in a few days and was ready to get back into the swing of it.  When I saw that the DVD I had to do today lasted nearly an hour though, I was wishing it would go by fast, if only because I wasn’t sure I was THAT pumped to do a workout.

 

I’m so glad that it went better than I could’ve anticipated!  Chalene Johnson keeps you pumped as you exercise and halfway through the sequence, I was more energized than ever. The hour went by extremely fast and I was feeling so good at the end of it, envisioning what my body will look like if I keep this up along with regular yoga workouts.  The choreography isn’t too complicated and Chalene uses positive language to keep you motivated towards your goals.  I also usually hate working out, so the fact that Chalene can get me so pumped about this workout is saying something.  I’d usually much rather be doing yoga than any other workout, especially since I don’t see yoga as a workout, but I’m so excited to do the entire TurboFire program and reap its benefits.

Breakfast:

Being a BeachBody Coach, I want to try the products out for myself so that I’m able to tell people how amazing they are.  Shakeology is a great drink to have either for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack.  It’s super delicious and filled with amazing superfoods!

Lunch:

Blueberry Kale Spinach Salad with a Black Bean Burger

Snack (this tasted exactly like carrot cake – I was pleasantly surprised):

I went out grocery shopping for some things I needed and got some great stuff, including Kombucha…

which inevitably always reminds me of this video and my friend Diana:

You’ll see why about 3 seconds into the video 😉

I also couldn’t resist buying this great little Whole Foods bag.  When the guy told me it was only $0.99, I had to get it!

Dinner was more soup and salad.  I didn’t even intentionally mean to eat soup and salad for both lunch and dinner, but it’s what I ended up making, and it came out great.

Kale salad.  I “wilted” the kale with half an avocado.  Thank you Whole Foods for the amazing recipe!

Carrot Red Pepper Soup

And finally, I had a little dessert.  Usually I try not to eat dessert, but I was flipping through my copy of The Beauty Detox Solution earlier today and noticed an amazing recipe for Chia Seed Delight.  Kimberly Snyder was a very positive influence for me at the beginning of my vegan journey and I love that she’s so knowledgeable about so many plant-based superfoods.

I accidentally put a little bit too many chia seeds in there and ate maybe 1/6th of the bowl, so I saved the rest to eat for another day.

My goal is to go to yoga at least twice this week and work out to TurboFire the rest of the time.  I’m off to relax before going to bed!