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Wellness Wednesday: Dandelion Root Tea

How is it already halfway through the week? Summer days seem to go by so quickly, no? I’m excited about today’s post because I feel like it’s not only in reference to wellness but is also a fit tip. Who doesn’t want a skinny hack every now and then? I found dandelion root tea first out of curiosity and then again in a recipe for a detox tea. When I was in college a friend of mine who was French was always referring to how they grew up on dandelion greens and how they were full of nutrition. I thought this was a little out there at the time because the only exposure I had to dandelion anything was the weeds that my dad had me pulling out of our garden and lawn. Then I tried them in a salad and, if you’ve ever had them you will understand, I was very put off by their bitter flavor. Now my taste has become a little more accustomed to them and I try to incorporate them …

Fit Friday: Treat-Yo-Self Superfood Cups

Happy Friday friends! Although I’m trying to get back into the healthy swing of things after our vacation, I still want to make sure I leave room for some decadence and have a treat when I have the craving. Instead of throwing it all out the window and giving into just any sweet treat I see, I make it a point to include a little nutrition so I’m not totally blowing it. In preparation for times like these, I like to make treats ahead that I can just grab when the urge strikes. I was looking through my refrigerator for some protein to include in my treat and came across pepitas (also known as pumpkin seeds). I bought these to throw on top of salads and oatmeal because they are filled with good for you protein, zinc, antioxidants and magnesium. I’m always on the lookout for magnesium because if you work out regularly your stores are most likely low and stress hormones increased (making it harder to recover and relax). So it’s very important to …

Wellness Wednesday: DIY Simply Natural Makeup Brush Cleanser

Happy hump day everyone! I feel like I’ve been in straight cleaning mode since I’ve gotten back from our trip. And I don’t mean laundry and vacuuming, I mean cleaning the tile grout, organizing closets, and dusting light fixtures. If you can clean it, I’m getting in there 😉 While I was running around cleaning everything I made sure to go through all the toiletries from traveling and I came across my makeup brushes. It seems like I am constantly cleaning them ever since a facialist turned me on to how much bacteria & nasty germs can grow (EWWW). She explained how the dirtiest things we house can be those things we come in contact with the most (i.e. cell phones, remotes, door knobs, and yes makeup brushes). Just think of what a perfect breeding ground they can be, swiping them over the oils on our face, coming into contact with the minerals of the makeup we use and never being cleaned? Nope, not in this house. I began religiously cleaning them once a week …

Fit Friday: 4 Simple Rules for a Successful Detox

Happy Friday friends! I took a day off (you may have noticed the absence of a Wellness Wednesday this week) and I feel like I’ve been gone forever. I’ve missed you all! I hope you had a fantastic Fourth of July full of fun and festivities. If you’ve been following along on Instagram or picking up on my subtle sign-off’s on here you know I’ve been doing a bit of traveling. I was fortunate enough to go back East to see my family and then take a family trip to Greece. I plan on doing a full recap here so stay tuned! After traveling one of the first things I do (besides laundry) is get a plan in place for a little detoxing. I don’t mean signing up for an extreme juice cleanse or scampering around for things to undo the “damage” I did while I was away. Instead I look at it as a way to get back on track and feel better. I’m not sure if I’m alone in this, but there are …

Fit Friday: Red, White and Blue Hummus

The strawberry and blueberry cake at Fourth of July BBQs has been played. If you’re looking for something to bring to your next festive gathering and want to boast your patriotic pride, I have an interesting spin on the classic trio. Hummus. Not many people dislike hummus and for good reason. It is filled with protein so keeps you full and satiated, has a creamy and pleasant texture, and is extremely versatile. What’s not to love? I thought it would be fun to include some simple recipes that would spice up your next gathering or impress the hostess with your creativity for their red white and blue themed party. Red, white, and blue hummus. I chose these varieties not only for their hue but for their impressive health benefits, why not take care of your fellow party goers with a snack filled with vitamins, protein and fiber? MSF Red Pepper Hummus Ingredients 1 ½ medium red bell peppers, sliced into quarters seeds removed 15 oz can organic chick peas, drained & rinsed (I used Trader …

Wellness Wednesday: Bountiful Berries

Happy hump day friends! How has your week been going? I hope you’re having a productive week and getting ready for the holiday coming up. Fourth of July is my FAVORITE holiday, it has always been a favorite (I mean fireworks, BBQs, and we all know I love a good theme). However it has progressed to being my absolute favorite because not only was it our ‘dating anniversary’ but three years ago this July 4th Tyler and I got married <3 Anywho, I apologize in advance for all the Americana and independence-inspired posts from now until the 4th 😉 When I think of red white and blue I first think of my favorite snack, berries. I love all kinds of berries and especially blueberries and raspberries. I know from past research that berries are always suggested to be included in your diet because of their high antioxidant content, but I wanted to investigate a little further on some top favorites that may be included at your outside BBQs this time of year. Strawberries-antioxidants are just one …

Fit Friday: Pilates On the Road (A Review Of Pilates Anytime)

One thing I don’t like to do while traveling is miss out on my workouts. While I try to not drive myself crazy with trying to fit one in every moment, I like having the option to do something when I have some down time. My cardio of choice when I’m on the road is jogging and walking. Going for a jog around a new city I’m visiting is always a great way to explore and catch my bearings. When I’m looking to stretch out, especially after a long flight I turn to some yoga poses and stretching. My favorite way to stay toned (especially before I hit the beach) is to do a Pilates routine. While I have a plethora of moves in my rolodex, it is nice to have some help when I’m lost for inspiration or would like to just turn it off and follow along. A great resource (that for me has been a worthwhile investment) is a subscription to Pilates Anytime. This post is not sponsored, I just truly enjoy …