All posts tagged: homemade

Wellness Wednesday: Egg-tastic Natural Dyes

Spring is in the air and to get in the festive spirit I’ve been thinking of ways to brighten up the house, changing the décor to cheerful and lighter colors/fabrics and of course preparing fun recipes for the upcoming holiday I’ll be celebrating with the fam. When I think of Spring I think of bunnies, flowers and of course coloring eggs. However, using toxic dye to color these eggs brings the light springtime music in my head to an abrupt- screeching halt. I started thinking of ways to naturally dye eggs and got the idea from my toothbrush one morning. I usually follow my turmeric-apple cider vinegar water with brushing so the bristles on my brush have turned a bright yellow from the natural dye in turmeric. Hence the idea was born to try and find things I had on hand that would tint the shell of my eggs fun colors. Below I included a simple recipe for the three colors I found that worked really well. Have fun with it and you could even try …

Fit Friday: Raise A Glass to 2016!

It’s actually here, the last few days of 2016 are upon us and a New year is on the horizon. I am a big fan of New Years. This could be due to the fact there is a high volume of sparkly things and corks of bubbly popping everywhere or because I love an excuse to reflect and reset. Either way I love it and look forward to it. Instead of mourning the loss of this past year and commenting on how fast it flew by, I like to relish in all that has happened and look forward to an even better year ahead. Don’t we do better once we pick up a few tricks along the way, learn from our mistakes and find what we really enjoy? I think it is common to be cautious of change and to fear the unknown- but if you look at change as exciting and a chance to make things even better, do more of what you like and make the changes you wish to make—I think change could …

Fit Friday: Festive Pomegranate Bark

Holiday season is in full swing and I could not be more in the spirit! I am indulging in the festiveness this time of year brings in a BIG way. I found myself indulging a little too much this week with all the treats and gifts coming through our home and at work. To ensure I don’t go too far off the deep end, I am keeping up with my regular workouts and making a plan to meal prep and prepare some things that satisfy my cravings that I know are nutritious too. The most important thing to remember around the holidays is to not make such a big deal or beat yourself up over the foods you don’t always have. Giving these foods power over you by labeling them “bad” or off limits will only make you want them more and indulge later. Pick up the brownie, enjoy every bite and move on. With that said. It is always a good idea to set yourself up for success by bringing healthy options to your gathering …

Motivation Monday: Easy Peasy Smoothie Bowls

Besides meal prep, I think the most important thing to keep you motivated to eat clean and choose foods that are more nutritious and beneficial for your body is variety and taste. While I have been successful the times I stuck to a standard oatmeal, green juice, protein and veggies type of meal plan, it is not something I could sustain everyday for the rest of my life, and quite honestly not one I would want to! To get the most nutrient punch in my diet, I love a good smoothie or smoothie bowl which packs the most good-for-you foods and boosts and literally feels like a cheat meal (if you make it right). However, beware that it CAN be just like a cheat meal if you make them incorrectly. The types of smoothies and smoothie bowls that are in mainstream food places are loaded with sugar, dairy, and who knows what. I am very careful about ordering them anywhere unless I can choose exactly what I would like in it or I know they are …

Wellness Wednesday: One Side Not To Pass On This Thanksgiving

Pass on the stuffing, pass on the gravy, but please don’t pass on those cranberries. Find out why these pint-sized berries may be the one thing you can’t pass up on this Thanksgiving. I was inspired to look at the traditional Thanksgiving meal and find out if there is anything truly beneficial to our health. Althought this isn’t the holiday known for keeping us on track health-wise, there may be some hidden gems on the table we can feel good about. Cranberries, in my opinion, are an over-looked powerhouse of pure wellness. I’ve included my top 5 benefits of consuming cranberries as well as a My Simply Fit recipe to incorporate them into your turkey day spread. Top 5 Benefits of Cranberries Cancer fighter: due to the potent antioxidant-polyphenols found in cranberries there has been research that supports they protect against cancer (particularly breast cancer) Fights Inflammation: cranberries contain 20% of the daily recommended fiber which maintains a flushed out system Urinary Tract health: cranberries have high levels of proanthocyanidins which make it difficult for certain …

Fit Friday: Healthy Halloween Candy Swaps

There is nothing I enjoy more than a good decadent treat. I have a sweet tooth and is something I have had since I can remember (just ask my brothers about my infamous candy-induced belly aches & treat hoarding-so embarrassing!). There is no reason you can’t be healthy and still enjoy the treats you enjoy. All you need is a little bit of tweaking and preparation. With Halloween around the corner, I know I’m looking forward to a comforting fall meal, a scary movie to curl up on the couch with and of course CANDY. There are very few chocolate component candies or treats that I don’t like, but my ultimate weakness is a good ol’ Twix bar. Nothing can really compete with the crunch of the shortbread cookie, chewy caramel layer and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate coating. However, the scariest part of Halloween may not be the ghoulish masks and haunted houses instead the list of ingredients found in most of the commonly passed out candy. Corn syrup, soy lecithin, artificial flavors, cottonseed oil (?!), TBHQ, …

Eat It, Drink It, Wear It: 3 Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin This Season

I don’t know about you but the minute there is a slight chill in the air (post summer) I get fall-fever. Being in Southern California you really have to search hard for those signs of season change, but it doesn’t make the joy of the seasons changing any less. Fall means light sweaters, cute boots, delicate scarves and PUMPKIN. Being the first day of fall, I thought it was fitting to do a post on all things pumpkin! Like most things, food was the main inspiration for this festive post but health and beauty began to play a factor the more I researched. I enjoy the many flavors of fall (and I know I’m not alone) which often include spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and sage as well as seasonal produce including the hearty squash, pumpkin. You can incorporate pumpkin into many things to get a healthy boost from the beauty products you use on your face to the pureed version you use in a recipe. I always knew it was healthy because, lets face it, it’s …