This month, I was fortunate enough to try a some yoga- inspired products- after all it is #NationalYogaMonth.

Before I share these goodies with you, I want to explain to you why I LOVE yoga. I suffer from anxiety and have for years. I have tried everything from medication to breathing exercises. Sure, some of these help- but Yoga has always been consistent for me. I love the idea of going to a class and being with people or having the option of practicing yoga on my own. I feel stronger every time I do yoga. It’s an amazing thing to see what my body can do. I highly suggest starting yoga. Even if it’s as simple as practicing downward dog. Start it. You’ll love it.

Rant over.

I received some goodies from a Babbleboxx – all yoga themed.

So let’s chat about boxx details! 

Ascent Protein Powder

I normally don’t used protein powder- i’m more of a nuts and seeds type of gal. HOWEVER, the ingredients in Ascent powder are so clean and the flavors are RIGHT.  This brand actually cares about their ingredients they buy the milk from trusted dairy farmers.  This is a TASTY powder.  If you would like to try this powder click this link & use discount code “YOGA” for 10% off.  Also, comment on my IG page and let me know if you like it! 

Check out this video Ascent put together:

 

Love Warrior

This was SUCH a beautiful beach read.  Written by Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times Bestseller.  This book made me REFLECT a lot. I don’t want to give too many details, but it was very powerful. It really highlights the importance of building a relationship with yourself. 

Kevita Kombucha 

I fricken love kombucha. It cures all. Kombucha is a fermented tea that is packets with probiotics. It helps with everything from upset stomachs to hang overs to even UTI’s.  The blueberry basil that was in my box was AMAZ. Kombucha is great on it’s own but you can also make cocktails and mocktails. It goes great with champagne.  Kombucha tends to have an oddly addicting vinegary flavor- but with Kevita it’s subtle.  Check out this mock-tail I made with lychees and orange slices. YUM.

In The Raw

They did it!! In The Raw finally added Stevia to their fam!  Stevia is great because it’s all NATURAL but still zero calories. Oh, not to mention it’s organic, vegan and non-GMO.

Summers Eve

So you guys heard me mention UTI’s in the kombucha post, right? I am unfortunately so prone to them (sorry mom,  dad and all past ex boyfriends if you’re reading).  But yeah- after working out…these little wipes are EVERYTHING. They wipe away bacterias and gynecologist tested and approved. Seriously, I can’t wait to tell my Gyno all about them – she’s going to LOVE me. 

B.O.S.S Bar

Bars are perfect to throw into my yoga bag or work bag. BUT I am very very careful about the bars I choose. Sometimes, you’re better off eating a candy bar. Seriously. When choosing bars look carefully at the ingredients  and added sugar.  These raw bars are filled with superfood ingredients and are so YUM.  You can order them on Amazon Prime. And because we love you, you can get free shipping on any five pack or care when you order on the website through 10/15 using code “BABBLEBOSS” 

 

As always comment below. Let me know what products you love and if you have any questions.

 

Namaste BABES! 

 

This Post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com –

As always I would never sponsor something that I personally would not myself love & use. 

After graduating for college and starting a day job, lunch has always been the most challenging meal for me.  Why? Because in grade school I would always bring a packed lunch, easy. In college, I had a salad bar at my finger tips with my cafeteria’s meal plan.  Once actual real life hit- figuring out what the F to do for lunch was a huge challenge.

Scratch that.

It wasn’t even a challenge at first, because you know why? I was buying lunch daily. I would stop at Whole Foods at pick up Sushi, or grab one of those protein boxes at Starbucks.  Sure- none of them were unhealthy but they were costly and frankly, moderate. So, after spending over 75$ weekly (that’s $300 a month) on just grab and go lunches- I reevaluated the situation. 

This is not a sponsored post. This is just pure love for my Bento Box.

This box is awesome because you can practice portion control and it makes packing lunch so much more enjoyable than your basic brown bag.   This past week, I bought all of my ingredients I needed from Whole Foods and spent 22$ on five days of lunches. You know how? Because I prepped. To be a bento-box super star you must do an itty bitty amount of prepping first. And i’m talking ITTY. Literally chop some vegetables, pick your protein, prep you carb.  This week, I didn’t want to cook a protein so I picked up little packs of hummus. Easy. Read below to see how I pack my box.

 

Bento 1: Baguette, olives from the olive bar, chopped tomatoes, cooked zucchini, a few pieces of cheese and salami. The only “cooking” involved in this box was the ten minutes it took me to roast zucchini. 

Bento 2: Kiwi, chopped vegetables, roasted potatoes, hard boiled egg, salami and pickles.  Cooking time: 15 minutes to roast the potatoes and hard boil the eggs. 

Bento 3: Actual picture from today’s lunch. Hummus, pita, vegetables, and chicken nuggets that I got at Whole Food’s packed  food section. Zero cooking for the lunch. The chicken was 6$ for a pack but I was able to make it last 4 lunches, not bad..right?

Bento #4: Roasted purple potatoes, hard boiled egg, fruit, my favorite olives and avocado! Squeeze a lime on the avocado and it will stay green until lunch time. 

 

Today his 70 degrees in February- Holy moly! As the heat starts trickling in (finalllllyy) I start thinking about health. One of the topics that I always think of is hydration.  Why? Because my lips are chapped, my skin isn’t glowing and it’s only going to get warmer.  So this is my time.  I want to make a commitment to myself to be hydrated and stay hydrated by the time SPRING actually comes.  

So let me tell you all about these pods called GoPure that I discovered.  The PuriBloc technology found in the pod has encouraged me to hydrate in the most effective way!  Go pure is a purifying pod that you can take with you on the go! So why am I so obsessed with this?  Because it’s so small and portable that you can bring it anywhere!  You can reuse it as many times as you want (up to six months) – so unlike the water bottles with filters, you can bring this guy anywhere!   Also, Go Pure re-mineralizes and balances the pH of water which is pretty awesome.

A little weirdness about me: I am a huge freak and normally hate drinking water anywhere but from a water bottle.  Yes, this means at restaurants i’m hesitant to sip tap water. So honestly, for me, this little pod is everything. It has encouraged me to hydrate anywhere, to refill a water bottle from a water fountain and this pop this guy in.

Hydration is SUPER important.  I ask you all to make a goal this winter (before spring comes) to drink at least 10 cups of water a day.  Keep water by your bedside, in a reusable water, use tools like to Go Pure, whatever it is. Stay VERY hydrated. 

To learn more about GoPure check out their website here and follow them on Insta: @thegopurepod

Xo.

Toast Tuesdays, a popular trending hashtag in the Instagram community- especially among wellness and heath bloggers and I am SO on board.  Bread always get a bad rep, and as a nutritionist (soon to be RD) I would like to put this statement out in the universe, or at least the internet —  Bread is EVERYTHING.  Bread is not making you fat.  Eating too much bread and other shit is.  Ugh- buying a fresh loaf of bread at Whole Foods or the local bakery, nothing better.  If your body can tolerate it – there is totally nothing wrong with enjoying a slice or two..

Bread rant over. On last thing: Carbs- I love you.  

So back to #ToastTuesday I’m obsessed with it because I get to enjoy my favorite thing in the world (bread- duh) with an infinite about of toppings. There are three major building nutrients that our body needs- AKA macronutritents. Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat. We have the carbohydrate already so now we can build our toast by adding a fat and a protein.  For me, starting my day off with the balance of carbs, protein and fat keeps my brain working right away and I do not get hungry until lunch. BAM.

The best thing about toast is that you can KEEP adding to it just to make it more nutrient dense.  

 

One Slice, Endless Possibilities

One Slice, Endless Possibilities

Ingredients

  • 1 Slice of white bread
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/4 cup cucumbers
  • 2 tbsp corn
  • 12 Pistachios, shelled
  • Sirracha
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Toast one slice of bread until crispy
  2. Top with avocado and cucumber
  3. Sprinkle on Pistachios and Hemp seeds
  4. Top with your favorite hot sauce
  5. Enjoy!
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Proteins I like to use as a toast topper: Almond butter, Peanut butter, Egg (hard boiled or over easy), shredded chicken, nuts and seeds.

Fats I use are avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds

Additionals: I like to had fresh herbs or dried spices to my bread.  Sometimes, if it’s a sweeter bread, as pictured below, I will add a drizzle of raw honey.  

If you are a blogger or a toast fan- share your favorite way you enjoy toast tuesday below! Also, feel free to tag me @sweatandglow in your next toasty post !

Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving.  I have a real treat for you today: roasted butternut squash pancakes.  Like all things I do here, they are super simple to make {because I cheat using pancake mix}. 

I never have been much of a pancake gal- however, once in awhile, I want something decedent. Yeah, this one-in-a-while happened to be the day after Thanksgiving, but whatevs.  I mean, they’re whole wheat and have squash in them for god sake. Can’t be too bad, right?

Butternut squash can be intimidating to cook and fucking hard as a rock.  My hack for you- is MICROWAVE IT! Yes, jab a few wholes into it and wrap the squash with a wet paper towel.  While you’re doing this preheat the oven.  Not, microwave your squash for 4-6 minutes depending on the size. Now, it should be super easy to cut and peel.  Still roast it after to get the desired texture.

Roasted Butternut Squash Pancakes

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Roasted Butternut Squash Pancaskes
Serves 4
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
1454 calories
266 g
7 g
36 g
20 g
5 g
408 g
2428 g
14 g
0 g
29 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
408g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1454
Calories from Fat 314
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g
55%
Saturated Fat 5g
27%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 7mg
2%
Sodium 2428mg
101%
Total Carbohydrates 266g
89%
Dietary Fiber 8g
30%
Sugars 14g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A
149%
Vitamin C
26%
Calcium
64%
Iron
26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Pancake mix, I use whole wheat Kodiak cakes mix.
  2. 2 cups butternut squash
  3. 1 tbsp Grade B Maple Syrup
  4. 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  5. 3 tbsp pepita seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Microwave squash for 5 minutes and section it in quarters.
  3. In a bowl, mix pancake mix and water as it says on the instructions. Add in 3/4 of the microwaved butternut squash and a dash of cinnamon.
  4. Meanwhile, take the last 1/4 butternut squash and dice it. Toss with maple syrup and cinnamon and place in the over for 15 minutes.
  5. Toast pepita seeds in the over for the last five minutes of the squash cooking.
  6. Blend pancake mix with squash well and get cooking and stacking those pancakes.
  7. Stack the pancakes and top them with squash and pepitas seeds.
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Enjoy!

I remember making my first bowl of chia pudding.  I was in college, home on break at my parents house. I mixed coconut milk with chia seeds and raw cocoa powder and it turned out horrendous. I added way too much liquid and it was goopy and icky. It was a let down, but after practice- I perfected chia pudding and it’s SO SIMPLE! 

Mix two tbsp of chia seeds with 1/2 cup liquid (I normally use plain milk or coconut milk). Leave in the refrigerator overnight.  The chia seeds will soak in all of the goodness and turn into a plump, tapioca-like texture.  

I’m normally spot on with forecasting what is a trend.  When I started making chia pudding, and gloated over it’s health benefits – I predicted this trend would not last, I also predicted I would get pretty sick of the pudding as I did with green juice, almond milk and just about any other healthy trendy food. 

BUT I was wrong.  It’s fricken delicious and I have yet to get sick of it — literally can have chia pudding for dayzzz.

Als0, these little seeds are nutrient powerhouses. Chia seeds are PACKED with protein, fiber and omega-3’s.  They are so filling.  The best part, they hardly taste like anything. So you can pack on whatever you want.

If I were to give one weight loss suggestion that suitable for most people – it would be to add more chia seeds to your diet. Seriously- these babes are great for improving satiety. 

Below I added fresh fruit, peanut butter and my favorite protein bar because I get HUNGRY in the morning. But you can simply just top the pudding with fresh fruit and it will be delish.

You can also mix flavors into the actual batter prior to refrigerating so the chia seeds can gelatinize with the flavor.  Examples: cocoa, matcha, fresh juice.

Comment below your favorite Chia Pudding Recipe — I can add it to this post ! xo

PS: Check out some of my favorite bloggers Chia Pudding recipes… 

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{1} Rachl Mansfield: Peanut Butter Jelly Chia Seed Pudding 

{2} Physical Kitchness: Chocolate Chia Pecan Pie Parfaits 

{3} Apollo and Luna: Pumpkin Cinnamon Chia Pudding Parfait 

{4} Love Me Feed Me: Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Pudding 

 

 

Also check out: 

Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen: Matcha Chia Pudding 

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K H Nutrition: Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding 

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A Traveling Wife:  Pumpkin Chia Pudding

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Hungry By Nature: Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

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If you know me or have read my blog – you may know the easier the meal – the better. I still like to prepare some tasty meals -however I would just prefer to do so in the easiest way possible.

Sure, I dream to one day whip up an elaborate dinner every night- but I don’t have time or energy.

So when HelloFresh contacted me asking if I wanted to try their meals – I did not hesitate when I replied YES.  A little about Hello Fresh:  They deliver farm-fresh ingredients straight to your doorstep.   Each meal is packaged in a box with directions on how to cool it.  And guess what guys- it did not disappoint.  The food was extremely fresh, veggie centric and so delicious.  They have a classic plan, a vegetarian plan and a family plan. They work with a team of dietitians and chefs!

 Another thing- it’s actually affordable.  Why?  Because you aren’t grocery shopping buying excess ingredients that you will never use again or toss away.

It’s a really fun idea.  I made the first set of meals with my boyfriend and we had such a good time drinking wine and cooking in the kitchen.  The next meal, I made by myself and I totally felt like a full blown chef.Sweat and Glow x Hello Fresh

What I made:

Night 1: Shrimp and Rice salad

Night 2: Coffee Rubbed Beef Tacos

Night 3: Thai Spaghetti and Pork Meatballs (unfortunately not pictured!)

Because I partnered with Hello Fresh to try these meals- they wanted to give YOU all a discount for reading my blog & showing your support.  Type in code SWEATGLOW35 and receive $35 off your first box. Yes that’s 3 meals for 2 people for $34 and that includes shipping and handling.

This breakfast bowl is the shittt. And my favorite part- if you partake in meal prep during the week- this breakfast will literally take you 3 minutes to make. Meal Prep Tip:  Batch cook grains and starches in the beginning of the week – So once you have your precooked sweet potatoes all you have to do is build the bowl.

 A little note about sweet potatoes: these tots are super rich in vitamin A and C and are also a great source of fiber and potassium.  They are also very filling and help regulate blood sugar- which is why I think they make the most perfect breakfast starch. You won’t feel that sugar sugar spike & crash like you may in other grains & starchy foods. 

Check out the recipe below – I told y’all – it only takes 5 minutes to make TOPS.

Enjoy–♥

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Warm Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl
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243 g
121 g
17 g
0 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
243g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 308
Calories from Fat 87
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
15%
Saturated Fat 4g
18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 5mg
2%
Sodium 121mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 48g
16%
Dietary Fiber 10g
38%
Sugars 17g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
371%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
18%
Iron
13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 small sweet potato
  2. 1/4 cup milk
  3. 2 tbsp granola
  4. 1 tbsp chopped fresh coconut
  5. 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  6. 1 tbsp chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Heat up pre-cooked sweet potato with milk in a microwave safe dish for 1 minute.
  2. Top with granola, and fresh fruit
  3. Sprinkle chia seeds on it.
Notes
  1. Batch cook your sweet potatoes ahead of time for a convenient breakfast.
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As it gets cold we start craving hearty dishes.  Now, these can be healthy, but we often find ourselves grabbing for comfort food.  This salad gives you a hearty, warming feeling while still being extremely  healthy.  Like vegan, gluten free, extra clean ingredients healthy.

The superstars of this dish: Pomegranate and hemp seeds give this dish (and any other salad) the perfect crunchy, sweet yet nutty flavor. 

Health Heroes: Think deep colors when choosing produce because of their antioxidants.  All of the fruits and vegetables in this salad are packed with anti-inflammatory, anti-carniogeneic properties.  Also, hemp seeds-they are filled with heart healthy fats.  

Enjoy! 

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Warm Kale & Brussel Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette
Serves 4
This sweet, crunchy and nutty salad is full of antioxidants and still so warm and comfy.
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5 g
2 g
167 g
149 g
11 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
167g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258
Calories from Fat 138
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
24%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 149mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 7g
28%
Sugars 11g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
21%
Calcium
5%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound of brussels spouts, halved
  2. 1/2 pound of mini purple potatoes, sliced thinly
  3. 1 bunch of kale, chopped
  4. 3 tbsp olive oil
  5. 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  6. 1 whole pomegranate
  7. 1/4 cup raw hemp seeds, (purchase shelled)
  8. 2 tbsp champagne vinegar
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl toss halved brussels with 1 tbsp mustard and 1 tbsp olive oil- place on a baking rack and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
  2. Add sliced potatoes to the brussels mixture after ten minutes so they can briefly cook for five minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, add chopped kale.
  4. Toss in cooked brussels and potatoes
  5. In a small mixing bowl, whisk with a fork: champagne vinegar, olive oil and remaining mustard. Toss into salad and mix well.
  6. Top salad with pomegranate seeds and hemp seeds.
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Good morning pretty readers.  From now on Every Tuesday I am going to share with you some of my favorite tips.  Think anything nutrition, health or blog related. Feel free to comment below if you have any suggestions for next weeks TIPS! Xo. 

{Weight Loss Tip}: Never skip a meal INCLUDING breakfast. I honestly believe you’re better off eating an unhealthy breakfast or meal then no meal at all.  Keep that metabolism going.  The smaller and more frequent the meals, the better. 

{General Health Tip} Focus on eating clean, whole foods. Think lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, starches like rice and potatoes or whole grains. 

{Beauty Tip} Drink a shit ton of water.  

{Social Media Tip} Engage and interact with your followers. 

{Relationship Tip} Don’t chase friendships or relationships.  You are amazing.  If someone is not interested in you, move on and find a new friend or partner.

{Stress Tip} Find something you love to do and use it as your outlet. Whether it’s art, running, blogging – make time to do these things every day.