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Friday, July 31, 2015

4 Homemade Healthy Frozen Treats

I did receive products to try out for free. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

It is getting really hot this summer! Who loves to cool off with a nice icy treat?

Put away the artificial Popsicles and unhealthy ice cream treats in favor of your own homemade icy treats! I have four ideas that you and your kids will love - and they are all healthy, no guilt treats too!

Have you heard of Acai? It has become a very popular berry, loaded with powerful antioxidants and healthy omegas. I love to use Sambazon Smoothie Packs, because they make smoothies and icy treats so easy to make! You can also just eat them straight out of the package for a refreshing treat! We love to simmer them with fresh rhubarb and refreeze for a fantastic healthy treat! They are available in Acai Berry + Guarana or Unsweetened Pure Acai Berry, and they are all USDA Organic, Non GMO Project Verified, Ecocert Fair Trade, vegan, and gluten free.

If you want to make a new kind of frozen pop, you have got to try beet juice! Beets are full of antioxidants, low in fat, and an excellent source of folic acid, and they are all the rage right now. It is easy to see why, since they have been shown to help reduce blood pressure, increase stamina, and can help fight the progression of Dementia. Don’t have time to peel and steam beets? Beet juice from Biotta Juice is what I have been using. I just pour some in my awesome BPA free molds, by itself or with a bit of another juice, and freeze. A frozen veggie treat that you will enjoy!

If you are in the mood for something a bit more creamy, try freezing kefir for a healthy kick! I love to use
Lifeway Foods organic kefir. Yes, that is right, organic! I did not even know they offered organic versions, but they do! Hurray!! Grass-fed and organic, full of probiotics, gluten-free, 99 percent lactose-free, and a great source of calcium and protein. And now you can try it frozen in a pop! They come in several flavors, but I personally like to use the plain and just add my own berries.

One more awesome recipe for you - the one ingredient homemade "ice cream"? Check out this gluten free, dairy free, Paleo version of "ice cream"! It is delicious, and you can make it so many ways! Be creative!

How do you like to cool down and stay healthy this summer?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Workouts To Get You a Stronger Core Now!

Have you heard? A shapely booty is the new It thing. Lucky for me, I have no problem attaining that one. But, after having four kids, I am trying to regain my core strength.

One of my favorite workouts that hits both of these areas is Butt and Abs on Fire - an awesome 20 minutes workout that will have you sweaty and feeling awesome by the end! I also love this Core Challenge - another 20 minutes workout that will have your core stronger in no time!
I was just sent a new DVD from Patricia Friberg: The Bottom Line & A Core Defined will also help you achieve both of these things: a strong core and a strong booty!

This program will help you learn to activate the core including the glute and ab muscles. Then the workout advances to provide the necessary challenges for a strong core and shapely booty. Getting your core strong is so important because the core is the powerhouse of the body! This program will help improve your posture and overall athletic performance.
The DVD is broken down into sections that include:
  • Explanation on how to use the program; An explanation from Physical Therapist, Rebecca Gunn, who gives an expert perspective on core work and why it’s important.
  • A section on alignment set up and proper position to get the most from the workout.
  • Bottom Activation 1 ~ Exercises for building endurance in the backside.
  • Bottom Activation 2
  • A Core Defined ~ Patricia demonstrates the entire workout as Adam and Trudy show variations with and without a band.
As a certified personal trainer, I have so many clients with complaints of back pain and weak core muscles. If you can relate, you will love this DVD. It is very gentle and easy to use, so anyone can feel comfortable following along. I personally like to supplement some of my regular workouts with this DVD.

What are your favorite exercises to tone and tighten your core and glutes?

My favorite core exercise and one that you HAVE to do as part of your program is...


Start the plank on knees and hands and move up to your feet and hands as you get stronger. Pull in your belly button towards your spine as you exhale, zipping up your entire abdominal area. Hold this pose until fatigued or mix it up by bringing the plank down onto your forearms, or lifting one foot or one hand at a time.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Have You Tried SlickyNotes?

I was provided with product to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

I love sticky notes. I need tons of lists to keep my head straight.

Little did I know that now there is something even better out there - SlickyNotes! EcoStatic has come out with these cool slick notes that you can use anywhere!

I received the EcoStatic Inc. Beginner Kit Glue Free WhiteBoard Sheets and SlickyNote Note Pad, which are the big version. I also received the smaller EcoStatic Inc. Recycled Glue Free SlickyNotes Note Pad.

I love how these SlickyNotes solve a lot of problems. They are similar to sticky notes or magnetic whiteboards. They are reusable, rewritable, and 100% recyclable. You can use the SlickyWhiteboard with Slickynotes for brainstorming, writing down creative ideas, collaboration, coaching, planning and presentation. I like to use this for my homeschooling. Each set included 10 Slickyboard sheets, one large slickynote pad, and one slickynote pad.

I love the smaller SlickyNotes note pad for writing my husband little love notes. I can put them anywhere - from my computer to the bathroom mirror to the refrigerator and more. They can be used on both sides - the white side with a dry erase marker that you can reuse over again, and the other colorful side with any writing tool. They are a bit bigger than your typical sticky note, so you can write that much more!

You can see that I even stuck this note to my hubby on my computer screen. 

I will say that these are not perfect. They do slip off every now and again, and they are not sticky like glue. They are more staticky, if that is a word. However, they would be a great addition to your office supplies and helpful for brainstorming or leaving short notes at work or home.

You can shop Shoplet for lots of things you need including: cleaning supplies, medical supplies or even office furniture.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Paleo Cardiologist Review and Giveaway

I received this book to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Although trillions of dollars are spent treating U.S. patients, the U.S. is one of worst in life expectancy in developed countries. What are we doing wrong?

It all starts with what we are putting in, on, and around our bodies. Our world is full of toxins, and we are overwhelming our bodies with them!

I just finished a fabulous book by Dr. Jack Wolfson, The Paleo Cardiologist. Now, if you remember, I have read other books talking about the paleo diet and clean eating, such as Optimum Health the Paleo Way, Paleo Fitness and It All Starts With Food where I even took you along with me on my Whole30 Journey.

So, what makes this one different? Well, first of all, it is a great reminder of how and why I choose to eat the way I do. While I am no paleo perfectionist, I do try to eat a mostly paleo diet. Secondly, this book is about so much more. Dr. Wolfson talks about managing heart disease and diabetes better without prescription drugs, the top 20 supplements NECESSARY specifically for hearth health and which supplements are crucial for the body, how heavy metals and toxins can lead to heart disease, dementia, diabetes, stroke, cancer and autoimmune disease, depression, how Big Pharma has failed us, heavy metal dangers, sleep, exercise and so much more!!

If you are unfamiliar with paleo, it is a way of eating that recommends pastured, organic meat, lots of veggies, fish, eggs, avocado, coconut, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, good fats and some fruit. Why would anyone want to eliminate grains, legumes, sugar, artificial anything, and dairy? Well, how about because you can completely change your health around!

I love what Dr. Wolfson says about your health, “The path to health is not easy and most of the world is against you. It is a major effort to stay healthy. You must dedicate time for yourself. You must make time to shop, prepare, and eat quality food. You must schedule exercise into your day. You must sleep well. If you are not healthy, your career will mean nothing. If you are not healthy, your relationships will suffer. The only person who can keep you healthy is YOU.”

In The Paleo Cardiologist, Dr. Wolfson contends that poor nutrition and sugar addiction are the true culprits in heart disease with too many people believing that doctor prescribed statins, aspirin and procedures will cure their heart problems – when in fact, they can be deadly. Dr. Wolfson’s new book contains critical information and flies in the face of conventional cardiology recommendations. According to Wolfson, who has a thriving practice Phoenix, AZ, the keys to good health is Paleo nutrition and a chemical-free lifestyle. This involves cutting out gluten, toxins, sugar, and stress, while increasing healthy fat, organic veggies, physical activity, and evidence-based supplements.
This is not just one doctor’s opinion about health. His method is backed by extensive clinical research, a thorough analysis of the nutritional connections to heart health and an in-depth review of cultures with little or no heart problems to unearth their nutritional/eating habits.

Like I said before, the book is fantastic! While I do not agree with the evolution part of paleo thinking, I do agree with the nutrition of it. The book is well-written, very thorough with research throughout and it is nicely broken down into easily understandable chunks within each chapter. It really energized me to continue to keep my diet clean, and although I do not eat completely paleo all the time, I do try to eat that way 90% of the time. It feels great!

Have you tried the paleo way of eating? What were your results?

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Post Workout Protein Treats

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You worked hard. You pushed yourself out of your comfort zone in your workout. Don't you deserve a treat? Well, yes you do. No, I am not talking about a McDonald's Big Mac. That is not real food.

But, you certainly deserve and in fact, you NEED a treat after your workout. Your muscles need a certain amount of readily available carbs and complete protein. Check out my post What To Eat After a Workout to learn more about this.

I have a few more ideas on what you can indulge in after your workout. If you just pushed yourself really hard, I have good news for you. You are burning more calories in your after-burn, so if you are going to indulge a bit, now is the time to do so! The two products below are not only delicious treats, but they are also full of good carbs and protein - perfect for helping your muscles recover!

Halo Top Creamery  is a favorite of mine because of it's 100% natural, preservative-free, lite ice cream. All of their flavors are delicious - Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Lemon Cake, plus their new flavors of Mint Chip, Chocolate Mocha Chip and Birthday Cake.

Only 60-80 calories per serving, each flavor is made completely free of artificial sweeteners, synthetic growth hormones and cheap corn syrup. They also contain 7 grams of protein (hello, protein shakes) and 4 grams of fiber, sugar and net carbs! HaloTop is also completely free of GMO’s, gluten, and trans fat.

Here is the best part: if you want to eat the whole pint, you can!! Guess what? The whole pint is anywhere from only 240-280 calories. Yay! My favorites are the Lemon Cake, Mint Chip and Birthday Cake. Seriously the cake ones taste like actual cake batter, and the mint chip is so refreshing. You will be licking your spoon to get every last drop!

If you want a post-workout treat with a boost of healthy probiotics, look no further than Lifeway Protein Kefir. It is my new favorite Lifeway product! With 20 grams of protein and 20 grams of carbs per serving, the new Lifeway Protein Kefir is a tasty, probiotic way to promote muscle recovery after your sweat sessions!

I love that the probiotic-plus-protein-plus-kefir carbs punch gives you all that you need to get stronger AND extra immune boosting benefits from the 12 live and active probiotic cultures. You just cannot hardly go wrong with these!

Each bottle is worth two servings, and they are super easy to grab and drink within 30-45 minutes of your workout. Now, if these were certified organic and from grass-fed cow milk, I would be drinking them every day!

Check out more ideas on what to eat before or after a workout. Get out and work those muscles!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Peekaboo Nursing Shirt and Coupon Code

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Having nursed four children, (currently nursing my fourth) I understand how it can be a bit of a challenge to do so discreetly when you are a mom on the go. As your baby grows, they wiggle around, lift up your shirt more than you may want, kick off a nursing cover, you get the point...

I have tried a LOT of nursing covers and shirts, and I have found one I really like for more than just the obvious reason. Peek-a-boo nursing and maternity clothes sent me their Cap Sleeve Top in Concrete, and I am wearing it everywhere.

You can see in the pictures above, that it is not only super cute, but it also doesn't appear to be any different than your favorite cap sleeved top, at least not until you very simply lift the top layer and pull down on the bottom layer a bit. Peek-a-boo! There you have it - a discreet nursing top! Hooray!

On top of that, you can also wear this when you are pregnant as a maternity top, and it is flattering after baby. I wish I had a whole closet of these tops!

It is great to wear this top when you are out and about this summer. I wore it while on vacation with my family, sightseeing at Homestead National Monument.

Head over to Peek-a-boo, check out all their styles and experience their great customer service. Do not fret about buying online either. They have risk free shopping because you can always return/exchange the items you buy in case they do not fit right. Make sure to use the code natural20 to receive 20% off, valid until 10-13-2016.

Check out their Facebook Page, find them on Pinterest, and see how Peek-a-boo works on YouTube.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Paleo Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Stop! Before you grab that bottle of barbecue sauce full of sugar, salt, and unknown chemicals, check out my delicious Paleo Barbecue Recipe that I am sharing today.

This weekend is the perfect weekend for a barbecue, but that does not mean it has to be a weekend of constant splurging and cheat days. With a few switch-outs, you can have a weekend full of delicious and healthy food!

Here are a few ideas:

Paleo and Whole30 approved Chicken Salad - perfect for lunch!

Swimming Fish Tacos - a favorite with kids and adults!

My award-winning Chocolate Melt-In-Your-Mouth No Bake Cookies - healthy and to die for!!

 Paleo and Whole30 approved Crock Pot Italian Meatballs - perfect for an easy family meal

When you get that grill fired up, do not forget to use this delicious Paleo Barbecue Sauce Recipe! Yumm!!!

Paleo Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 Cup Organic Ketchup or homemade
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Aminos (you can also use soy sauce, if you eat soy)
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Paprika or Smoked Paprika
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper
 Mix these all together and cook on medium over the stove until desired consistency. Or you can throw it all in your Crock Pot and cook for a couple hours. You can also throw in some meatballs or chicken for a tasty meal!