Yoga Cross Teens

Hi everyone! To further help you in your journey to a healthier body and mind I have started a YouTube channel called YogaCrossTeens!

It is a three day a week channel, on Mondays, Wedesdays, and Fridays!

Monday- A guided yoga practice with me to help lengthen, and tone your body! Plus, it has great relaxation aspects as well.

Wedesday- I will be guiding you through a type of cardio workout like pilates, interval training,etc.

Friday- On this day I will be showing you some of my favorite recipes, how to shop, what to do when dining out and everything else you need to know about how to eat and stay healthy!

I am so excited to start this journey with you guys! Please tell your friends and get them working to be healthy too! Tune into today at this URL and start getting even healthier!

(Don’t worry I will still be blogging regularly  to help keep you healthy as well)

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Flat Belly Snacks

Summer is coming up and we all want to have those flat abs to go along with our bikinis! Here are some great snack recipes that will help you get those flat abs! (Make sure you are doing exercise like pilates and cardio to help sculpt a great tummy)

Out At Starbucks

If you are out at starbucks with friends get a Petite Vanilla bean scone and a grande Iced Caffe Americano. It is semi- healthy and won’t add fat to your tummy!

At Home Orange Julius

Blend one peeled orange, 1 cup ice, 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a dash of cinnamon in blender. Pour in medium glass and enjoy!

Summer Kabobs

Put a skewer in a cube of watermelon, a pice of feta cheese, and a slice of cucumber. Repeat 5 times and enjoy!

(Recipes found here)

Curb Late Night Cravings

Sometimes we can get cravings really late at night, so what do we usually do? Eat a cookie. But, eating late at night is not good for our bodies! We go to sleep right afterwards and then instead of burning that cookie off, it gets stored. So the next time you have a late night craving try this trick:

1 cup vanilla almond milk

1 tablespoon honey

Warm in pan and pour into cup, drink, and enjoy! This trick will fill you up, and is sweet enough to curb your cravings! Plus it is a much healthier option that cookies, cakes, etc.

Banana “Ice Cream”

 

 

 

 

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It’s getting warmer and do you know what that means? ICE CREAM SEASON! Ice cream is probably the best treat during the summer, but sometimes I still find myself getting guilty after I eat it. So, I decided to try out something crazy:

BANANA ICE CREAM INGREDIENTS

1 peeled and chopped banana

1 tablespoon shredded almonds

1 tablespoon shredded coconut

 

PROCEDURE

  1. Freeze banana pieces
  2. Puree banana pieces in food processor
  3. Place in bowl and top with almonds and coconut

It’s that easy! The pureed banana actually looks and tastes like ice cream, but its just banana! This treat is healthy, easy to make, raw, and dairy free!

Grab n Go Healthy Breakfasts

Mornings before school can be pretty hectic. You are gathering your bags, sports gear, instruments, and can often forget to eat any breakfast. I know personally, that when I don’t eat breakfast I can’t focus throughout the morning and end up eating to big of a lunch. If you are in a hurry here are some fast and healthy options:

Banana Smoothie

Blend 1 banana, 1 cup vanilla almond milk, and 1/2 cup ice in blender. Pour in a cup and go!

Get Going Parfait

1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt, 5 strawberries, blueberries, granola, and honey mixed in a bowl.

Kick In The Pants Oatmeal

1/2 cup oatmeal, shredded almonds, razzberries, and cinnamon mixed in a bowl.

Energy Toast

1 piece of Ezeckeal bread or gluten free toast, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1/2 sliced banana. Place peanut butter and banana on toast, grab and go!

 

The next time you are in a hurry try one of those quick breakfasts and get your day started right!

Portion Control

 

 

 

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Many times at parties and events, the snacks and food are finger food and are laid out on big plates. Because of this, people are more likely to eat more because they have no visual record of how much they have put in their mouth. That leads to overeating, and if done frequently, weight gain. There is, however, a way to avoid this!:

PORTION CONTROL

I have found that the easiest way to control your portions is grabbing a small plate and putting food on there. That way, you know exactly how much you have eaten and you can consciously choose how much is going into your mouth!

If there are no plates, there are most likely napkins and that works just as good.

By controlling your portions it is less likely that you will overeat and gain weight, but you can still enjoy yourself!

POP Pilates

 

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Lately, I have been wanting to focus on sculpting longer and leaner muscles. I do yoga a lot, but it just wasn’t making as big of a difference as I wanted. So, I started researching what exercises help do that best. Pilates kept showing up so I started looking on youtube for the best, and free, pilates videos:

POP Pilates is absolutely amazing! It is free, challenging, and has videos focusing on different areas of the body. It has already started to change my body,  and I highly recommend you use it mixed with some cardio of your choice.

Click here to try out one of the videos

Skinny Doesn’t Mean Healthy

A lot of times, when people think about being healthy, they automatically think about being skinny. Well, being skinny doesn’t mean you are healthy. 

The people who can eat cookies, ice cream, doritos, and stay slim are not healthy. Their fat is going inwards, around their intestines, and can cause serious health damages. Healthy people are the ones who limit junk food, eat healthy, exercise regularly, and may not have a perfectly flat stomach.

Your goal should be to be a healthy person, not a skinny person, and if you lose weight it means that your body needed it, if you don’t you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

Love your body, treat it right, and it will treat you right.

Healthy Cherry Garcia

Personally, my favorite flavor of ice cream is cherry garcia! I came up with this recipe to make it healthy, easy, and delicious to eat!

Ingredients

  • Vanilla greek yogurt
  • Canned Cherries
  • Dark Chocolate pieces
  • Honey

Directions

  1. Measure 1/2 cup greek yogurt and place in bowl
  2. Open up canned cherries and spoon out 4 or 5 whole cherries, place in yogurt
  3. Sprinkle chocolate pieces over cherry yogurt mixture
  4. Pour 1 tablespoon honey on top
  5. Mix, eat, and enjoy!

It tastes just like cherry garcia ice cream, but is much healthier and easy to make at home!

Another Butter

Butter is very fattening, and isn’t the best thing to cook with on a regular basis. So, instead of using butter use… Coconut Oil!

Coconut oil is a very natural, and beautiful substance. You can apply it to your skin, and cook with it! Here is an example of cooking with coconut oil:

Egg White Omelet

2 egg whites

1/2 cup spinach

Diced tomato

Mushrooms

 

Place 1/2 tabelspoon coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Pour egg whites into pan. Allow to cook and add spinach, tomato, and mushrooms. Flip over to create omelet, allow to cook a little more. Put on plate and enjoy!