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Here’s this week’s meun (each menu is also a juicing recipe):
Dancing with Swiss Chard
The Big Beet Theory
Madam Sweet Potato
Sweet Potato (L), Bartlett Pear, Lemon, Ginger, Celery, Carrot
I have been getting asked about the equipment I use while juicing. Below are affiliate links of the supplies used for juicing.
Which of these juicing recipes would you like to try most?
In the month of September the Femme Fitales and me are following a NO SUGAR Challenge. Let me just say the struggle is REAL REAL REAL!!!! For many of us sugar is a key part of our diet. But sugar also feeds obesity, diabetes, cancer and other chronic illnesses. Because like us, disease likes to feed on sugar to.
So I asked several of my fellow fitness blogger friends to help me compile a list of recipes where we swap out the sugar for healthier options like fresh fruit or leave it out all together. This was a lot of fun to pull together and these recipes look really delicious so try one, try them all.
Just swap out the sugar for something that is healthier for you. Your body will thank you for it.
Here the video I made with the introduction to the “No Sugar” challenge and how I was doing with it.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day so you do not want to eat too much sugar first thing else you crash and burn soon after. Rebecca of Strength & Sunshine shares her power breakfast muffins.
Are you in the mood for good ol’ American apple pie for breakfast? Then Fitness Cheerleader has something special for you. A special “Sugar Free Apple Pie Breakfast Quinoa” recipe you are sure to die for.
If that is a bit too rich for you then why not try Lauren Lives Healthy’s “Acai Bowl”?
Remember that childhood favorite POP TARTS? Gigi Eats Celebrities takes it to the next level by making this healthy version.
If you have been following this blog for a while then you know we LOVE smoothies around here!!!! Gigi Eats Celebrities shares a few of her faves with Manitoba Hemp Protein.
If you like pizza, this butternut squash version will tease your tastebuds. YUM! Lauren Lives Healthy shares another one of her faves!
Who doesn’t like rolls or toast with jelly? You can easily swap out tons of loaded jelly and jam with this delicious swap of “Chia Jam” by Emily of Our Knight Life.
And if jelly and jam isn’t enough then these raw and vegan lemon coconutty’s just may satisfy that sweet tooth by Jesseny Rojas of The Empowered Momma
Who doesn’t love ICE CREAM????!!!! That is my ultimate favorite and sometimes my downfall when it comes to falling off the wagon with a healthy nutritious diet. This recipe shares a healthy version of this creamy dream. They made it even better with peanut butter and chocolate.
Gigi also shares her awesome version of orange popsicles. Remember running out to the ice cream truck to meet the ice cream man to buy these? Welp here she shares a healthier version that you are sure to find satisfying.
Fudgcicles always made me smile as a child and Gigi Eats Celebrities does not disappoint with her version which brings back memories but doesn’t pack on the sugar and pounds.
And last but not least, the piece de resistance….BIRTHDAY CAKE but made in a healthy way so you don’t feel like you are cheating ’cause you aren’t!!!!
Now you have no excuse for avoiding the sugar. Don’t say you don’t have any options to sugar-ladened food…here is a list of delicious options for every meal type throughout the day. So don’t wait, get to clicking and preparing your sugar-free meals for the weeks to come! Good luck on the NO SUGAR challenge!
How do you manage your sugar cravings?
Lola Granola Bars Giveaway Sponsored by Lola Granola Bar
Hosted by Pea of Sweetness
Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness
Lola Granola Bars are delicious gluten-free snack bars, packed with natural proteins and omega 3’s, but low in sodium and contains no GMOs. Most of their ingredients are sourced in the USA, and some come from there in the North East like Massachusetts Cranberries, Jersey Blueberries, New York Honey and Gluten Free Oats. Emilee at Pea of Sweetness had a chance to try these delicious gluten-free granola bars.
One winner will receive an assortment of Lola Granola Bars. This giveaway begins on 9/18 at and ends on 10/2 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to Continental US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
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FFFC: Please introduce yourself to our readers.
JC: I am Jamila Crawford; a daughter, mother, sister and creative; mastermind of EARTHCANDY* Food.Fashion.Flyness, a lifestyle brand.
FFFC: How did you learn to cook?
JC: I learned via osmosis! Lol! Seriously, I watched my mother and grandmother cook and decided to make things for myself. I started at 9 years old with omelettes and oatmeal raisin cookies.
FFFC: What kinds of foods do you eat?
JC: I eat fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Nothing with eyes and ears (except potatoes and corn :))
FFFC: Who helped you develop your skill as vegan chef?
JC: Again, I was self-taught. There were many meals I enjoyed dining on back in the day that I’ve missed since becoming a vegan over 20 years ago. I took it upon myself to ‘veganize’ some of my favorites, with the help of some plant-based products on the market.
FFFC: Who are your typical clients?
JC: Everyday people to celebrated entertainers… I don’t discriminate; everybody has to eat, and I make sure that as many as I can, eat WELL!
FFFC: What is your favorite dish to prepare?
FFFC: Any advice to busy women as to how they can prepare nutritious meals for themselves and their families with such busy schedules?
JC: My advice is to MAKE time to prepare. Take a couple hours of one day out of the week to chop, slice, package, label and refrigerate. Be your own sous chef so when the time comes to cook, you’ve already completed half of the work!
FFFC: What do you see as the biggest advantage to adopting a vegan lifestyle?
JC: You’re guaranteed better health, plus it’s more animal friendly and environmentally responsible than the amount of resources it takes to sustain more conventional eating habits.
FFFC: Is your family vegan? Were they always?
JC: I have two daughters who were raised vegan and as they become young adults, decided to continue their plant-based eating habits which makes me proud!
FFFC: Who are some of your chef idols (Male or female we don’t discriminate)?
JC: I really don’t have any specific chef idols, but I do enjoy perusing through Southeast Asian cookbooks!
FFFC: What clean eating tips can you offer our readers?
JC: Make sure your plate features all colors of the rainbow- if your meal is colorful, you’re on the right path to eating healthy.
FFFC: Do you have any upcoming events in the next few weeks you want to share?
JC: My upcoming projects are somewhat under wraps, so I’ll keep my lips zipped until the time is right.
FFFC: What is your favorite food?
JC: Anything Southeast Asian! So Indian, Thai, Malay, and Chinese are my favorite foods to eat! The flavor combinations of sweet, salty, spicy and sour are mind-blowing!
FFFC: How can our readers learn more about you and your clean eating treats? (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)
JC: Website: www.earthcandyarts.com
IG & Twitter: @earthcandyarts
Thank you, Diatta!
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FFFC: Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).
DB: Currently stay at home mom,, Moms Run This Town Chapter Leader, Girls on The Run Coach, Ambassador of Rock (Rock n Roll Marathon/Half Washington, DC)
FFFC: How did you get started with your fitness lifestyle?
DB: I became interested in health & fitness while in college. I went on to pursue a Masters in Social Work with w specialization in Eating Disorders. Worked in the field of eating disorders for a number of years as a psychotherapist encouraging adolescents & young adults to manage their lives in a healthy way.
FFFC: What made you continue in this lifestyle?
DB: This led me to develop a passion for fitness and wellness which has stayed with me throughout my life. Later, I obtained my group exercise and spinning certifications and taught classes for a number of years.
FFFC: What are some of your established healthy eating habits?
DB: I’ve been a vegetarian since my teen years and have always been interested in healthy cooking and developing my own recipes.
FFFC: What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner?
DB: Typical meals: -breakfast is often an egg white omelet with veggies and Ezekiel bread, lunch- some sort of salad with grains and/or beans or a veggie burger, dinner- stir fry with tofu and veggies, or a bean and rice dish.
FFFC: What is your favorite fitness activity?
DB: Favorite activities are running, kick boxing, weight training and cycling
FFFC: What do you do now to maintain your physique?
DB: Activities I do now- run 3x per week, weight train and cardio 3x week, boxing 1x week. Cycling or yoga 1x a week and 1 day off.
FFFC: How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?
DB: I don’t like to think of things as “bad stuff”. Certain things I just eat in moderation. I allow myself a small amount of chocolate everyday otherwise I crave it. I feel better and have more energy when I eat well and exercise. It has become a way of life for me and is now part of my routine.
FFFC: What advice do you have for someone who wants to start their own fitness lifestyle but unsure of how to begin?
DB: Advice for someone else: Find an activity you love and do it. You don’t have to be good at it just do it. Set small realistic goals. Don’t set yourself up to fail. Baby steps one at a time.
FFFC: What do you think is the biggest misconception about this lifestyle?
DB: Biggest misconception: You don’t have to make big sweeping changes to see positive results. Changing 1 thing can have a big impact.
FFFC: Who are some of your fitness inspirations?
DB: My inspirations are not famous people but moms in my MRTT group. I’ve seen so many of them come so far in such a short amount of time. They motivate and inspire me everyday. I also really like to set a good example for my kids and teach them to work hard to achieve their goals big and small. Sports are a great way to teach them that life isn’t always fair and you can’t always win but you can always work hard to try to achieve your goals. If you fail, go out the next day and try again.
FFFC: How can readers learn more about you and your fit life? (i.e. Blog, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)?
DB: Thanks for asking me to participate. If there is anything else you need let me know. Thanks! Deborah
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Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary box of Energems for review purposes as well as a giveaway. All opinions are honest and my own.
Do you get into your workout and wonder how you are going to have the energy to push through the rest of it? Are your workouts high energy? What do you do to prepare yourself? There are many pre-workout supplements you can take to fuel you for your workouts and with my rigorous boot camp sessions with Sanders Optimum Fitness I am constantly looking for something to help me last.
If you have been reading this blog for a minute then you know we are constantly moving in those sessions from sprints, push up pyramids, jumping jacks and thousands of abs – we get our work in every hour session. Since I am not much of an eater pre-workout due to stitch cramps, I still desired energy to keep up in class.
Along comes Energems with this review opportunity. I gladly agreed to review their products given my challenges with energy.
Where to purchase: This product is available at several local retail outlets including Seven Eleven and Special K. You can locate a store near you on their website: http://energems.net/store-locator/
From the Energems site: What are Energems? Energems supplements are bite-sized, hard-coated gems made with delicious milk chocolate. They contain caffeine, B vitamins and our unique energy blend.
Each candy has 15 calories, contain milk chocolate and comes in 3 flavors: Mint, Chocolate and Peanut Butter. Three candies are the typical serving size which contains 75 mgs of caffeine.
I tried all 3 flavors and consumed 3 or 4 little “gems” about 20 minutes before my boot camp session.
My Review: I thought these candies reminded me of M&Ms but slightly bigger. The first flavor I tried was chocolate. I ate 3 of these. Initially it taste just like an M&M but then there is a very noticeable bitter after taste that pursued. I was not happy with that taste. I went to boot camp and had energy for DAYS! Even though the workout was tough, I held my own and maintained my energy level.
Next flavor I tried 3 Mint Energems which the rep said was her personal favorite. Upon initial taste, it taste like a Peppermint Patty and then that bitter aftertaste returned. UGH! I went to boot camp and BOOM POW….I was a powerhouse full of energy. I was impressed with my own energy level. I didn’t have jitters either. Last flavor I tried were 3 Peanut Butter Energems. Same result, great initial taste, and bitter aftertaste but by this time I expected it and ignored it. Went to a new boot camp session and was a ball of energy.
Rating: I definitely give this product 8 out of 10 stars. While it doesn’t contain too much sugar per serving it is definitely full of caffeine (which is what helps with the energy burst so I don’t see it as a bad thing) but I had to take away points due to the bitter aftertaste. It doesn’t linger but it is evident. Even my husband tried a few before his weight session at the gym and commented on it.
If you want to try this product then the kind folks at Energems gave me a second complimentary 6-pack box which contains 6 boxes (2 of each flavor) with 9 Energems in each box to giveaway. How cool is that? To enter simply submit entries through the giveaway tool below. This giveaway is good for US residents only, 18+. Giveaway closes on Monday, September 29, 2014. One winner will be randomly chosen.