Go Get Em’ Smoothie

Today I felt like I was in a lull. I had a really hard time waking up and getting out of bed, and, I felt like I was going to fall asleep standing up all day! My natural instinct was to go and get the biggest cup of coffee I could find! But, I knew this would just end up making me crash in the matter of a few hours. Instead, I whipped up an awesome green smoothie recipe to get me going. It worked amazing! Try this out the next time you feel like you need a pick me up!

What you need:

  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • tsp cocoa powder
  • tsp chia seeds

Blend everything up and drink!

Much Love!

Sierra

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The Treat/Cheat Dilemma

 

 

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I’m not going to lie, one of the hardest parts about eating healthy is saying no to some of those foods that are SO GOOD! I am a sucker for carbs-pizza, pancakes, the works. So when I am offered them and have to say no, it’s very difficult. Actually, I don’t have to say no, I choose to say no because I know that I don’t feel as good after I have eaten them. Anyway, all I am saying is I know your pain.

But, we also can’t go through our entire life not allowing ourselves to enjoy the foods that we love. This is where the treat/cheat dilemma comes in. Do we treat ourselves and have our favorite foods? Or are we cheating ourselves when we have them? Here is my answer, or rather, my opinion:

You can call eating your favorite not so healthy meals anything you want. Treat, cheat, it really doesn’t matter because you are eating it either way. The main thing you want to focus on is enjoying the meal when you have it, and to make sure you aren’t eating these meals to often or in to big of portions.

There are many different way’s you can incorporate these meals into your life. Here is my personal plan that works for ME:

  • 1 treat per week, small, like a piece of chocolate or a small portion of sushi/asian food
  • 1 big treat per month like pancakes, pizza, etc.
  • 3 days a year I allow myself a *cheat DAY- Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday

I put a * by cheat DAY because I need to explain exactly what I mean by that. There is a huge difference between a cheat meal and a cheat day.  A cheat meal is when you allow yourself a portion of one of your favorite foods  a few times a month. A cheat day is when you allow yourself whatever you want to eat in one day. You SHOULDN’T have a cheat day every week. It is unhealthy and will eventually cause weight gain and bad habits, trust me I have been there too.

Now remember, this is all my own opinion so make sure that you are taking my advice and using what works for YOU.

Whats your guy’s favorite cheat meal?!

 

 

Sporty Snacks

Making sure you have enough energy to get through your day is important. It is also important to make sure that you have even MORE energy to get through sports/ your workouts. There is nothing worse than being in a middle of a workout and completely shutting down. So, this post is all about the best foods to have if you are hungry an hour or so before your workout to get the best nutrients and energy boost.

  1. Bananas
  2. Celery with peanut butter
  3. Apple with handful of almonds
  4. Kind bar
  5. Hard boiled egg and walnuts
  6. Honey Sticks
  7. Green juice
  8. Pear with string cheese
  9. Sliced turkey with avocado
  10. Small yogurt with honey and choice of nut

All of the items listed above have the energy content (calories), protein, and carbs to kick up your energy and get you through those workouts. You just need to make sure that you give your body enough time to digest them so that you don’t feel sick during your workouts. And, only eat if you NEED the energy. Just because you are about to work out doesn’t mean you need to go against your natural hunger and eat because you think you need to. 

Personally, I rarely get hungry before my workout time because it is either in the morning or at around 4:30. It’s not a bad thing, I just try to listen to my body and do what I think I need.

Eat up and get moving!

Go With The Flow

In life, there are so many rules that we are “supposed” to follow. Don’t put your elbows on the table, stand in line, do your homework, don’t talk over others. And when it comes the being “healthy” and losing “weight” there are a whole other set of rules that we are supposed to follow. But the even more confusing part of that is that everyone pretty much has their own version of the rules that we are supposed to follow.

Be a vegetarian. Be a vegan. Don’t eat meat. Only eat meat. No dairy. Raw milk diet. No carbs. No fat all carbs.

My gosh even thinking about it makes me want to scream! What the heck are we supposed to do? It has taken me 4 years to figure it out. And the secret that I have found is simple:

Eat healthy. Yep thats it. 

Now what is healthy? Foods found in the ground, homemade wholesome ingredients, lean meats, some grains. A balanced diet. No deprivation, no suffering. It’s soooo much easier too. No stress, and no mess.

Do you guys struggle with knowing how to eat? Let me know!

Thinking Of Summer and Chocolate Almonds

I know that summer seems a million years away, but in all actuality it is right around the corner. And of course summer is the time for sun, swimming, and swimsuits. That can be really scary for some people, especially because a lot of us right now are hiding ourselves under the comfort of our big lumpy winter sweaters. 

Well, those won’t really be an option when the sun comes back out, not to mention that feeling good and confident with ourselves is the best feeling in the world.

So, it is time to start thinking of summer, and the goals that you want to accomplish by that time. Whether its losing weight, toning up, or just generally feeling comfortable with yourself. Set any goal that you want and write the date that you want to achieve it on a Calendar. Then you have something that you can really work towards.

I have an assignment for you as well: Move around every day for at least an hour. Dance in your room, go for a walk, ride your bike to the mall, anything thats going to get you moving. It will jumpstart your goals and make you feel A LOT better about yourself.

Email me your goals at sierragoldstein@gmail.com and we can support each other!

I have a surprise coming for you guys in a month too…. be patient:D

Now for the finale of the blog… A Recipe for Chocolate Almonds!

Chocolate almonds are loaded with calcium and magnesium, which are great for energy, fat burning, and PMS symptoms! Plus they are loaded with the Vitamin E, good for your hair and nail growth and shine. Plus the chocolate, who doesn’t love chocolate? Chocolate, in moderation, is actually really good for you. Especially dark chocolate and raw cocoa, and this recipe contains both!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup almonds
  2. 1/4 cup raw cocoa
  3. 3 tablespoons Stevia
  4. 1/4 cup melted dark chocolate

Procedure:

  1. Melt dark chocolate on stovetop (in pan of course)
  2. Dip almonds in dark chocolate, place on plate in fridge and allow doc oil.
  3. Place almonds in bag with stevia and cocoa and shake
  4. Take on the go!

It so so so sooooo yummy!

 

Talk to you guys soon!