#FitnessFriday – Healthy Snacks Roundup

#FitnessFriday Weekly Workout Recap

This past week has been a running theme – HEALTHY SNACKS!  I have been taste testing and trying out several snack boxes and so it only made sense I host the world’s best healthy snacks roundup.  My blogger friends came through for me again and allowed me to share some of their favorite healthy and fit snack recipes that will blow your socks off.

I was not much of a snacker but these recipes right here have converted me into one.  If you aren’t very skilled around the kitchen (even though these snack recipes are super easy) then check out the end of this post because I feature some of the premier healthy snack boxes that will satisfy your cravings without adding on extra pounds and filling your body up with high fructose corn syrup, added sugar and additives.  Check it out!

The World's Best Healthy Snacks Roundup

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Fairy Burger – Apple Nachos

Nutrifit Mama – Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Dates

Strength and Sunshine – Raw Coffee Quinoa Bars

Confessions of a Mother Runner – Mezze Trio of Dips

 

 

Apple Nachos

Fairy Burger | Apple Nachos

Live Do Grow – Healthy Travel Snacks

Fitful Focus – Zesty Iced Tea Energy Bites

Kate Moving Forward – Protein Banana Bread

My Pretty Brown Blog – Baked Parsnip Chips

Simple Holistic Girl – Brown Rice Crisp Treats

 

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Food Faith Fitness | Almond Joy Cheesecake

Just A Mom Giving It A Tri – Chocolate Candy Protein Balls

Got 2 Run 4 Me – Healthy Trail Mix

Nutrition Starring You – Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Food Faith Fitness – Almond Joy Cheesecake

 

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My Pretty Brown Blog | Baked Parsnip Chips

Chicago Jogger – Phat Balls

Jenna Braddock Hidden Honey Bars

Happy Fit Mama – 3 Ingredient Cookie Bites

Slim Sanity – Vanilla Peanut Butter Energy Bites

 

 

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This Mama Runs For Cupcakes | Nut Energy Balls

This Mama Runs For Cupcakes – Nut Energy Balls 

Renaissance Runner Girl – Birthday Confetti Fairy Cakes

Me and My Pink Mixer – Skinny Moose Munch

Healthy Helper – No-Bake Banana Nut Vegan Protein Bars

I’m so happy about this latest roundup of healthy snack recipes and BIG shout out to each and every fitness foodie blogger who generously contributed a recipe for this post – I appreciate you and my readers do too!  Now what are you waiting on?  There’s more than enough healthy snacks to keep you munching for days.

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These are some of the premier fitness and healthy snack subscription boxes around.  If you just don’t have the knack for making your own snacks, these boxes deliver healthy snack options and variety straight to your door.  ENJOY!

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I am linking up with the lovely ladies of the #FitnessFriday Link Up (Britt from The Pinnacle Project, Danielle from Ok Dani, and KLP from SavingOurStrands) so check them out over at their blogs and pop in and join us and share your awesome workout week recaps.

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This post is also linked up to Fit and Fashionable Friday by Nicole of Fitful Focus – hop on over to check out her blog and awesome linkup.
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In The Gym with Serena of the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders

Serena of the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders

Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Hello ladies! Thank you so much for taking time to read a little bit about me. My name is Serena, and I am from Bel Air, Maryland. Most of my days are spent working as a Dental Hygienist and spending time with my family and friends.

How long have you been a Ravens Cheerleader?

I have been a Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader for the past 6 years.

Why did you want to be a part of the team?

I originally went to tryouts seven years ago to accompany a friend of mine from high school without even knowing what I was getting into! It really is true that everything happens for a reason, because this organization has become a second family to me. I couldn’t imagine not having the opportunity to do what I do!

How many other ladies were you competing against and how did you prepare for your audition?

Each year the number of tryout applicants is a little different, but on average I would say that a few hundred ladies come to tryout. I had always had a dance background and I truly believe that is what prepared me the most for my audition.

What does it take to be a cheerleader?

Not only does it take a lot of dedication to be a cheerleader, but it also requires endurance and motivation. We are constantly learning new material and rehearsing until it gets into our muscle memory. I would also say that a good amount of patience is critical- especially when we are working as a team. It is an incredible opportunity to perform in front of over 70,000 fans on game day, but it is important to us that we are precise and entertaining to watch.

What typical meals do you eat throughout the day (i.e. breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, etc.)?

Frequent meals help me keep an active metabolism. I try to get a good variety of vegetables and lean protein throughout the day, this way I am able to have the stamina from whatever my day entails.

What is the typical training plan you follow with the Ravens cheerleaders?

Our team meets twice a week for about three and a half hours of practice. We typically begin or end with at least thirty minutes of cardio. An eight minute timed mile is also part of the requirement for the females of the squad. Outside of practice, we usually rehearse on our own and partake in various workouts– anything from yoga to interval training.

What do you say to anyone who thinks cheerleaders are not athletes?

I always am proud to have those people who think that cheerleaders are not athletes watch one of our routines… I think that our athleticism speaks for itself!

What advice do you have for anyone interested in trying out for the squad?

Anyone interested in tryout out for the squad would greatly benefit from attending one of our prep clinics that we hold in February. They can also prepare for tryouts by taking dance lessons and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. I would highly recommend that those interested in becoming a member of the squad also practice time management. Being a member of this team requires a lot of balance.

Serena of the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders on the field

What has been your biggest accomplishment to date as a Ravens cheerleader?

My biggest accomplishment to date as a Ravens Cheerleader has been traveling to multiple countries visiting military bases and supporting our troops. Singapore, Bahrain, Djibouti, and Diego Garcia are just a few of the places that I have been fortunate enough to visit.

How can readers learn more about the Ravens Cheerleaders?

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about our program! For those readers who would like to learn more about the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders, head to www.BaltimoreRavens.com/Cheerleaders, or follow us on our Facebook fan pages (which can be found on the website listed).

How can my readers follow you on social media?

My Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Serena-B/242277199130628

Baltimore Ravens Website:  http://www.baltimoreravens.com/ravenstown/cheerleaders/index.html

 

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Workout Wednesday Link Up #72

Focus on how far you've come not how far you have to go

This fitness journey really has no destination – you get to a certain point and then find a new journey to embark upon.  But either way, everyone started with ONE step so don’t get distracted with how far the goal is because if you simply focus on one day at a time, you will look up and realize you have come FAR and overcome several hurdles.  You GO!!!

Have an amazing Humpday Wednesday.  You deserve it – NOW on to the Link Up.


 

Workout Wednesday Link Up

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How Your Mattress Could Be Affecting Your Training

How Your Mattress Could Be Affecting Your Training

When you train there are three main things you should pay attention to: eating, workouts and sleeping. The most underestimated of these is sleeping. To ensure your body a healthy and deep sleep, you should have a mattress made of high quality materials. It is one of the most important pieces of furniture in every home because we spend a lot of our time in sleeping to give our bodies the necessary rest from the daily activities. Here you will learn how your mattress could be affecting your training and what you can do about it. Sleeping on uncomfortable mattress can create a lot of back pains and make you feel tired all day long. If you train some sport or make exercises regularly your body needs a rest more than ever. Read the following article to understand the importance of the mattress for your sleep, body condition and training.

If your mattress isn’t comfortable and suitable for your body, it will not only cause you back pains but also make you turn in bed during the whole night. As a result in the morning you will wake up feeling tired and exhausted and the last thing you would like to do is train. Depending on the position in which you sleep, you should choose the proper type of mattress and pillow appropriate for you. If you sleep on one side the most suitable material for your mattress is plush memory foam. Your mattress needs to be softer and align with the contour of your body. If you like to sleep on your back the best options for you are mattresses of medium-firm memory foam or latex. If you sleep on your stomach, which is not recommended by doctors, you need firm latex mattress or such with internal springs. If you change your body positions many times during the night you need medium-firm mattress made of memory foam. Memory foam is perfect for people who move frequently while they sleep because it prevents the mattress from moving.

There are many signs, which can show you that you need to change your mattress with another. Some of them are:

  • Waking up feeling pain during the night which is almost relieved in the day
  • Waking up feeling pins and needles
  • Feeling tired after getting the necessary hours of sleep
  • Your mattress shows visible signs of wear and tear
  • Your mattress is seven to ten years old

You should find the most suitable mattress type for yourself. Otherwise you will turn repeatedly in the night, may experience daytime incidents, morning sleepiness and pains in the back, shoulders and muscles. Sleeping on improperly chosen mattress can cause you the described pains and inconveniences which eventually will make you decide to stop training.

Worn mattress

You need to provide thorough cleaning of your mattress to keep it in a hygienic condition. Domestic Cleaning Greenwich says that regular mattress cleaning will keep your health in a good condition and extend the mattress’ lifespan. Take care of the necessary cleaning of your pillows and mattresses at least once a year to protect your health from dust mites and bacteria.

Improperly chosen mattress can cause your back pains, affect your shoulders and hips badly and make you feel tired after sleep, instead of full of energy. As a result you won’t have any desire and physical ability to train any sport or make exercises. It is recommended before you buy your mattress to lay down on it and try it for ten to fifteen minutes to check how you feel. After understanding how your mattress could be affecting your training, be responsible about your health and take the needed time to buy the proper type of mattress. Replace too old or inappropriate mattresses with new ones which should be chosen by the way you sleep. It will help you effectively continue your training.

Guest post by Edna Thomson.


Product Review: Adidas miCoach Fit Smart

Adidas miCoach Fit Smart

I am so happy to finally bring you an open and honest review of the Adidas miCoach Fit Smart.  Let me get the disclaimers out of the way.

Disclaimer:  I was provided a free Adidas miCoach Fit Smart to present in my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide segment on my local news station.  All opinions expressed in this review are my very own in all its realness.  This post contains affiliate links.

What can I say about this fitness tracker – I LOVED IT.  I know did that ruin it for y’all?  The fact that I expressed my utter delight and satisfaction with this wearable so early in the review?  Well I’m sorry, not sorry that I ruined it for you but you must know I really really really like this fitness tracker.

Before I get into all the reasons why I like it let me share that I first wore it to my workout with my fitness group at the gym with my personal trainer.  I was sent the white Adidas miCoach Fit Smart.  They come in only 2 colors (white and black) as of this date.  The first time I wore it to our session I received several compliments from the ladies telling me they really liked the way it looked.

The strap is made of silicon and is very soft and comfortable on the wrist.  One of the BEST things about this fitness tracker is the fact you do NOT need to wear a chest strap to capture your heart rate.  It has a MIO wrist-based continuous heart rate technology where it reads your heart rate from your pulse in your wrist..  I absolutely love this feature.  So much so I find it extremely difficult to go back to my regular heart rate monitor which requires a chest strap.

Adidas miCoach back

When I decided to try out this fitness tracker (this is NOT an activity tracker) set up was extremely easy.  Here are the steps to set it up:

  • Download the FREE miCoach train & run app onto your phone (available in the Apple Store and Google Play)
  • Turn on your Fit Smart
  • Activate Bluetooth on your phone and select Fit Smart from “Devices” in the miCoach train & run app

Voila you are all set to GO!!!  You can also access their app via desktop HERE to help set up your profile including heart rate levels if you do not want to go with the defaults.

It comes with only 3 buttons.  The side buttons are for navigation and the center button either confirms a selection or takes you back to the main menu.  Very very easy to navigate.Adidas miCoach front

Once you set up your profile and color-coded heart rate levels you are ready to work out with your Adidas miCoach Fit Smart.  There are 2 basic workout settings (Free Workout or Coached Workout).

A free workout means you are not utilizing the built-in coaching technology available to help you develop a particular skill or strength.  A coached workout means you are using one of the built-in workouts available in the coaching component of this fitness tracker.  For the purposes of this review, I only used the Free Workout setting because I would run outdoors or lift weights in the gym with it.  I do want to try the built-in coaching capabilities but just haven’t made time to do it just yet.

There are plenty to choose from depending on the sport you are working to build skill in such as basketball, running, football, tennis, rugby, soccer, and badminton just to name a few (actually it’s quite a nice range of sports).

Adidas miCoach Fit Smart Open Box

Here are some of the other keen features of this fitness tracker direct from their website:

  • Sensors: accelerometer, Mio continuous optical heart rate
  • Data memory: up to 10 hours of workout data
  • Wireless sync up
  • Provides visual guidance of heart rate zone intensity

Let’s talk some more about the visual guidance piece – to me this is the piece de resistance.  As you work out the colors on the side of the watch tells you at which intensity level you are working besides simply looking down and viewing your actual heart rate.  There are 3 sets of zones you can set up and color code including:

  • Pace
  • Heart Rate
  • Speed

I left Pace and Speed at the default settings and updated the Heart Rate Zones to display these colors when I hit that zone:

  • Red:  173-181 bpm
  • Yellow:  165-173 bpm
  • Green:  145-164 bpm
  • Blue:  127-144 bpm
  • White:  Rest

Here’s how it looks on the actual watch.  Now I know what you may say – according to my settings My green zone should be blue and my blue zone should be green (while I was in the middle of conducting this review my husband reset some things on the watch which skewed my predefined heart rate zones).  Lesson learned – hide the fitness trackers until I am done reviewing them.  :-)

Adidas miCoach Fit Smart green heart rate zone

As you can see here, the face of the watch shows your heart rate number and the color on the side tells me which zone I am working in.

Adidas miCoach Fit Smart blue heart rate zone

 

This is NOT an Activity Tracker

As you saw earlier, I made a point of making sure you did not confuse this fitness wearable with the daily activity trackers that are out on the market.  That is not what this does.  It will not track your sleep patterns, show you who is calling you on your wrist and is not meant to be worn all day.  It is meant to be worn during your workout and when it is done, synched up and taken off until your next workout.

Price Point:

The Adidas miCoach Fit Smart retails for $149.99.

Where To Buy:

You can purchase an Adidas miCoach Fit Smart at Best Buy or Amazon.com.

Customer Service:

Let me give a nice big SHOUT OUT to the Adidas miCoach Customer Service.  When I realized my husband was using the Fit Smart and my zones were skewed I went online to their forum to find out how I could get things back on track.  I also started having trouble synching the last free workout to the app on my mobile phone, AGAIN because my husband was using it and resetting everything to his profile.  I asked my question on the forum and within an hour I had a thorough response to my question with a workable solution and even 5 days afterwards, customer service reached out again to make sure I was totally satisfied.  Now THAT’S customer service.  Doesn’t matter if something goes wrong because something always will, it’s how the organization deals with it and helps you recover which is the important part.  They get a BIG KUDOS from me.

Rating:

I give the Adidas miCoach Fit Smart a 10 out of 10 stars (as if you didn’t know after reading the first few sentences of this post).  Here are the primary reasons why:

  • Attractive-looking watch
  • Has a traditional watch face with nice big numbers so you can see the information easily
  • Has color coding visually showing you which zone you are in
  • Easy to wear
  • Accurate – with certain workouts I know where my heart rate is/should be and when I looked down the Adidas miCoach Fit Smart was capturing it accurately
  • No chest strap – this by far is a VERY big plus to me.  Only 1 piece of equipment to worry about, the watch
  • Easy and simple navigation.  If in doubt keep pushing buttons – you are bound to figure how to get to where you want to go.  LOL!

There’s a lot more I could share about this amazing watch so just because you don’t read about a specific feature here doesn’t necessarily mean the Fit Smart can’t do it, I just didn’t want this post to go on and on so I will stop here.  Feel free to leave a question if you want more specific information.

Which tracker do you prefer to wear when you workout?

 


Celebrate 20 Years with Icebreaker Merino + Contest

Icebreakers T-Shirt Contest Celebrating 20th Anniversary

 

Not many things last for twenty years but Icebreaker Merino is not one of them.  This New Zealand apparel company is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary and wants all of us to join them in the celebration.  A celebration requires the right outfit so Icebreaker Merino is hosting a contest until March 31st and is inviting us to vote on one of their past T-Shirt designs.

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Icebreaker Merino and while I have been compensated all thoughts, ideas and writing are my very own.  

The top two shirts that receive the most votes will be on the 20th Anniversary Heritage T-Shirt and available for purchase.  How cool is that?  All you need to do is click HERE to enter the contest.  What is a contest without PRIZES?  Not much of a contest I would say so Icebreaker Merino is also giving away $500 worth of apparel to a new winner each week and 2 winners will be selected for the grand prize which is $1,500 worth of Icebreaker Merino apparel.

The more you enter the better your chances of winning so if I were you I would go there after reading this, bookmark their site and set a task in your calendar reminder so you remember to vote daily.  Good luck and Happy Anniversary to Icebreaker Merino!

20th Anniversary Icebreaker Merino Heritage Collection Contest


Product Review: March Love With Food Snack Box

March Love With Food Snack Box Curated By Megan Roosevelt Open Box

Disclaimer:  I was compensated through my affiliation with Sverve to write an honest review of the March Love With Food Snack Subscription Box.  As always, all opinions, thoughts, suggestions, and recommendations are my very own.  In other words, you are going to get an honest review, regardless of compensation.  :-)

To all of my friends who are in “Love With Food” (pun intended) and  love to snack, have I got a great find for you.  If you have been reading this blog over the past year you know that I have grown to truly enjoy subscription boxes and I have also tried to find more healthy snacks to eat that will fuel my body without overloading it with calories.  I was sent the March Love With Food Snack Box and I am very impressed.

Before I get into my review here is a brief description about Love With Food and how it works.

Love With Food is a curated box chock full of hard-t0-find, organic and/or all-natural products delivered directly to your door monthly.  Each box may have a seasonal theme and for every box sold, they donate a meal to several food banks including “Feeding America Network” and “Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry”.  In my honest opinion I find that truly awesome and amazing and give extra brownie points (no pun intended) for any organization that gives back to the community.

Love With Food offers 3 types of boxes you can order:

  • The Tasting Box for as low as $10/month
  • Deluxe Box for as low as $17/month
  • Gluten Free Box for as low as $24.50/month

Depending on the box ordered, you can expect to receive anywhere between 8-12 snacks in The Tasting and Gluten Free Box and  16-20 snacks in the Deluxe Box.

Once you order, Love With Food will donate 1 to 2 meals to feed hungry children in America. The other best part of this subscription snack box is all of the healthy, all-natural, organic or gluten free snack-a-licious goodies you are surprised with each month.

I received the March Love With Food Tasting Box and was blown away by the amount of goodies inside.  I opened the box and pulled out the pamphlet and read that it was curated by Megan Roosevelt, Founder of Healthy Grocery Girl and Registered Dietitian.

March Love With Food pamphlet with Megan Roosevelt

Sounds good to me!  I then went to town pulling out the snacks.  By the way, this month’s meals will be donated to the Oregon Food Bank.  Here’s what was inside in no particular order.

March Love With Food Box Opening

  • Annie’s Chocolate Bunny Grahams – Who didn’t love graham crackers as a child?  These are made with organic whole wheat flower and contain 8 grams of whole grain in every serving.

Annie's Chocolate Bunny Grahams

Turbana Plantain Chips

  • Hemp Hearts by Manitoba Harvest – I have tried these hemp hearts in the past and they are fabulous and very versatile.  You can sprinkle these on salads, in smoothies or yogurt and get a nice boost of plant-based protein.

Hemp Hearts by Manitoba Harvest

  • Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt by The Good Bean – I have tried these roasted chickpeas in the past and trust me when I say, if you want a nice crunch without a bunch of calories, this snack is calling your name.  One serving of these chickpeas contains 4 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.  While I’m typing this let me continue munching on these.  :-)

The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt

  • Almond Butter Cacao Truffle by Two Moms in The Raw – I am excited to try these because I have heard great things about cacao and I eat raw almond butter just on general principle (it’s DELICIOUS especially on raw apple slices).  This decadent truffle contains everything organic.

Almond Butter Cacao Truffle by Two Moms in the Raw

  • Nutty Rice Bites with CRanberries by 180 Snacks – As a child I was never a rice crispies fan unless there was a ton of sugar in it because I found the rice – PLAIN tasting and bland.  The cranberries in these takes it a few levels above bland but if you eat rice cakes then you may enjoy these little bites.

Nutty Rice Bites with Cranberries by 180 Snacks

  • Choco Chews by Trujoy Sweets – When I first pulled these out of the box they reminded me of Tootsie Rolls!  I got extremely excited because happy thoughts from my childhood filled my head.  The best part about these – they are vegan, gluten-free and organic.  *Happy Dance*

Choco Chews by Trujoy Sweets

  • Moringa Organic Tea by Miracle Tree – Now this tea right here IS hard to find.  I have gone into several of my local health food and grocery stores and can NOT find this tea on the shelf.  I am so glad that Love With Food sent it directly to my home in this box because the search is now over.  This tea is USDA Organic.

Moringa Tea by Miracle Tree

  • Sea Salt Bops by Good Boy Organics – Can you believe there is such a thing as delicious, traditional-tasting potato chips that are organic and gluten-free?  Not only do these taste like some of my favorites where I can’t only eat just one, they are non-GMO.

Sea Salt Bops by Good Boy Organics

  • Urban Remedy $10 Gift Card – I know this isn’t an edible snack per se but I had to mention it because it came in the box and you can use it to purchase snacks made by Urban Remedy directly.  This gift card is a BIG BONUS in my book.

Urban Remedy $10 Gift Card

This box came full with 8 snacks plus gift card and coupons which I think is a great value.  This box is $10/month and the March Box came with a $10 gift card alone so the box already paid for itself.

March Love With Food Box coupons

Pros:

  • Boxes are specially curated and delivered to your door for convenience
  • Each box contains a variety of healthy, organic or gluten-free snacks to improve your noshing
  • For each box purchased, Love With Food will donate a meal to feed hungry children
  • Is filled with products with value that far outweigh the cost of the box

Cons:

  • Their boxes may contain hard-to-find items which can get frustrating if you have a taste for something but can’t just run out to the store and buy it

Rating:

I give this box a 10 stars out of 10 stars.  Several of the snacks I tried I can vouch for are GOOD.  The variety of food in the box is very nice and being socially conscious is a MUST and plus and shows me that not only do they care about what goes into their box and our bodies, they want to make a significant difference in the world.

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The good stuff doesn’t stop here with me sharing this amazing snack box without offering you a chance to get it for yourself.  Love With Food is offering all of YOU a FREE BOX just by clicking HERE.  All you pay is $2 shipping and handling.

Which of these snacks would you want to try first?

March Love With Food Snack Box Bottom


#FitnessFriday – Salad Roundup

#FitnessFriday Weekly Workout Recap

Today my friends we are going DEEP and bringing you a world full of delicious SALADS!  The weather is finally going to start getting warmer with the first day of Spring today but even if your neck of the woods is experiencing snow and Winter-like weather just bliss in the fact that Spring and Summer IS coming and that is when it seems salads are the best.

Not only are they typically packed with nutrient dense ingredients, they tend to be crisp, cool, easy and quick to prepare and awesomely delicious.  That’s why I am so very happy to share with you a salad roundup that my generous blogger friends said I could share with you all.

Let’s get the salad jam started!

 

Salad Roundup

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Kathryn Thayer of From Dancing to Running  –   Grilled Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Elle Erixon  of We Can Begin to Feed – Farro Bean Salad

Katie Scott  of  Kate Moving Forward – Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

 

Mason Jar Salad

Myra Ann | The Happy Health Freak |Mason Jar Salad

Deborah Schreiber Brooks of Confessions of a Mother Runner - Warm Rainbow Salad 

Morgan Shuker of Wildly Fit Tuna Pasta Salad

Maureen McCann of  Organically Mo –  Loaded Quinoa Salad and CreamyAvocado Dressing

Jessica Hughes of Happily Hughes Clementine Salad 

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Debbie Hendrix | Country Girl Gourmet |Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Myra Ann of The Happy Health Freak – Mason Jar Salad

Ashley of  Coffee Cake and Cardio Mason Jar Greek Salad

Lara Lynn of The Healthy Fit Foodie –  Kale and Quinoa Salad 

Vanessa Jay of Plaid and Paleo – Strawberry Cobb Salad

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Vanessa Jay | Plaid and Paleo | Strawberry Cobb Salad

Debbie Hendrix of Country Girl Gourmet – Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Rebecca Pytell of Strength & Sunshine   – Warm Balsamic Sprouted Lentil Salad

Kelli Shallal of Healthy Hobby – Broccoli Slaw

Lisa Welch McClellan of Run Wiki – Green Apple and Carrot Slaw

Winter Beet and Kale Salad

Rebecca Clyde | Be Truly Nourished | Winter Beet and Kale Salad

Charlie Watson of The Runner Beans - Thai Beef Salad

Jessica Dang of Hello To Fit Kale Salad with Parmesan Dressing

Deanna Dorman of The Live Fit Girls – Tropical Shrimp Salad

Kasey Bandy Shuler of Veva – Cinco De Mayo Quinoa Salad

I’m so happy about this latest roundup of salad recipes.  BIG shout out to each and every fitness foodie blogger who generously contributed a recipe for this post – I appreciate you and my readers do too!  Now what are you waiting on?  There’s more than enough salad recipes here to keep you busily eating healthy  for a few months.

Bon Appetit

I am linking up with the lovely ladies of the #FitnessFriday Link Up (Britt from The Pinnacle Project, Danielle from Ok Dani, and KLP from SavingOurStrands) so check them out over at their blogs and pop in and join us and share your awesome workout week recaps.

Fitness Friday
This post is also linked up to Fit and Fashionable Friday by Nicole of Fitful Focus – hop on over to check out her blog and awesome linkup.
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In The Gym with Leigh Hickombottom

In The Gym with Leigh Hickombottom

FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Hey FFFC! My name is Leigh Hickombottom. I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 8 years in print.  I’ve been in such mags a s Oxygen, Musclefitness Hers Muscle Mag and a few more. I’ve written 4 book to date. @ of which are fitness related to help you reach your fitness goal the way I did after each Pregnancy. I have 4 girls and accept no excuses as to why you are not living the healthiest lifestyle possible.

FFFC:  How did you get interested in fitness?

I was raised In texas and parents who kept myself and my twin active in all kinds of sports and creative activities. So it was natural that I stay on that healthy track that my parents guided me to live.

On top of that I had my eldest daughter early in age and I heard of women saying I would not get my body back.. so that was a huge motivation, to show them what is actually possible. I became in even better shape after each pregnancies. Proving what hard work, determination, will to succeed and visionary thoughts were cable of bringing me better results than desired each time.

FFFC:  How did you break into fitness modeling?

I met with a supplement company and started off as one of their spokesmodel for their fat burners. Because of this I was seen in ads in woman’s mags and came across my mentor and publications owner Bob Kennedy. It was more exposure from there.

FFFC:  Any advice for other women aspiring to be a fitness model?

Believe in yourself. Believe and accept your uniqueness. It’s the differences and authentic originality that sets one model apart from another. Everyone will not like your look but it just takes one right person to believe and see the art of the total package of you. Lastly self-Love. Love yourself first because how you feel is radiated through a camera lens to those who are professionals. If you Love and believe in yourself, others naturally have no choice but to admire and see that.

FFFC:  What prompted you to make this your career?

My love of fitness, inspiring others  and my desire to have my children’s role model be me other than an outsider prompted this making it my career. I truly love and am honored to be able to inspire others to be the greatest form of themselves.

FFFC:  What do you like most about what you do?

I like that I am able to touch someone and get them to see that they are beautiful and mold themselves according to their own beauty guidelines. The fact that I am able to help someone heal on a deeper level than just weight loss or sculpting is so very rewarding.

FFFC:  What is your favorite exercise routine?

Today I love training legs and my fave routine would be my silly workouts using my own body weight found in videos on my Instagram page.

FFFC:  What do you consider the most useful workout equipment?

For me the treadmill and the stairmaster both I would say.

FFFC:  What do you think is the biggest misconception about this field and what you do?

From women, the 2 biggest misconceptions are “ I will look like a boy if I lift weights”. And “I will sweat my weave out.” Both are so false. The bulking look does not happen by using light weights to tone and I can attest that weaves will not sweat out in 2 weeks of working out.

FFFC:  What are some fitness fads you wish would go away?

The Yo- Yo diets seem to live strong. Like 10 lbs in 2 days and other ridiculous fads. Those usually drop water weight not fat first. Quick fixes bring on quick weight gains after those fad diets are done. Not to mention are very rough on the heart. I am about healthy longevity and lifestyle. So much more rewarding with lifelong results.

FFFC:  I see you authored the book “Logistics of Leanness” – what inspired you to write it?

There it is. Yes “LOL” and “LOL Defined” were inspired because I wanted to give women and men my personal proven secrets that helped me get my body back after 54-60 lbs weight gains from total opposite eating habits than my better choices. I wanted readers to see that weight loss, weight gain and maintaining were all possible. Most people assumed I ate health during my pregnancies. I did not choose those health options that I would normally during pre-Pregnancy state. I do not recommend eating unhealthy pregnant or not. But this was done in order to prove a point to naysayers and excuse holders..

FFFC:  What general tips do you have for the average woman balancing family, career with health and fitness?

Because I have 4 kids I know what is possible. You are your limit, so no excuses.

1. Drink plenty of water

2. Exercise at home or at the gym 3 days a week. If you have kids involve them in your workout. They love it.

3. Make time just for you even if it’s for an hour a day.

4. Visualize the end result of what you wish your body to look like ( not from another person’s body you admire. Genetics are different person to person.)

5. Gratitude for the body you have goes a very long way.

6. Self Love. Love all of you and know that you are already beautiful and Loved.

FFFC:  What new or special projects do you have coming up?

I am writing another book, busy with my baby project(shesique Magazine), and possible going to do a little radio fitness segment soon.

FFFC:  Who is your fitness inspiration?

It has always been my father. He was in amazing shape, dedicated and went about healthy ways of maintaining his body. Not to mention he had a vibrant positive personality.

FFFC:  How can our readers find you on the web or inquire about your services?

Readers can check out my social media:

www.facebook.com/lhickombottom

www.instagram/leighhickombottom

www.twitter.com/lhickombottom

My website is www.leighhickombottom.com and there is a contact page there. Thank you for the interview.

LightLove,

L Hickombottom

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Workout Wednesday Link Up #71

Progress Requires Discipline

I wanted to share a few words of encouragement for those who may be feeling a big discouraged along their fitness journey.  Progress doesn’t magically happen.  It requires focus, discipline, commitment and dedication (not in any particular order).  You must make up your mind that you want progress bad enough that you are willing to do whatever it takes!  There’s an old saying “The chicken is involved but the pig is committed”.  You won’t reach your fitness goals just being involved.  You must COMMIT to this and follow the blueprint.  We know what to do – eat right, get proper rest, and train intensely.

Now get your mind on board and the rest will follow.  Have an amazing Humpday Wednesday.  You deserve it – NOW on to the Link Up.


 

Workout Wednesday Link Up

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This week we have in the spotlight Gina of “Mirror Watching“.   Gina shares a lot about herself and her weight loss journey so head on over and read all that she’s sharing.

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