Saturday Snack Spotlight – Clean Trail Mix

So snacks… that can withstand Florida heat but still nourish me and keep me stable. I opted to make my own trail mix and bring it, so I don’t have to worry about what’s in it, and it’s a good balance of things!

Here’s whats in it (this is portioned out into several bags)

  1. 1 cup sliced almonds.
  2. 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds.
  3. 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (I buy them in chunks and slice them)
  4. 1/2 cup raw walnut pieces.
  5. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds.
  6. 1/2 cup raisins.
  7. 1/2 cup dried cranberries.
  8. Peanuts
  9. Cashews
 Do you make your own trail mix? What do you put in it?

Thursday Thoughts – Entrepreneurs

Everybody has something that brings them joy, that fuels them. Something they feel passionately about, and so doing anything related to it doesn’t at all feel like work.

Entrepreneurs are simply people who have discovered what their passion is and have said “I need to keep doing this. I need to pursue this. It doesn’t matter if I make a red cent doing so, this is what makes my heart tick, my soul shine, my spirit smile”.
These are some of the people I change lives with, and I couldn’t love or appreciate them more!

Success Tip Saturday – Get In The Game

Point blank: you can’t win if you aren’t even in the game! It may seem a bit harsh but it’s true. If the fear of failure is what’s holding you back, the sooner you realize that failure is what leads to success, the better.

No, failing isn’t fun, but the road to success isn’t always fun. You will not achieve success without failing a few times! You are worthy of success and so you can rise above failure. Can’t you?

Let your failures fuel you — they are powerful motivators in that if you are failing, it at least means you are trying; you are in the game. And unless you are in the game, you can’t win!

cant succeed if you arent in the game

 

Whole Foods Wednesday – Garbanzo Beans

You may know these as garbanzo beans, and you may know them as chickpeas, but either way, you cannot have Hummus without them!

These little buddies boast fabulous fiber content, and are a clean source of protein! They have a delicious nut-like taste and a buttery, yet starchy, pasty texture.

Both the outer layer and main inner portion of garbanzo beans contain a wealth of phytonutrients. The outer seed coat can be concentrated in flavonoids, including quercetin, kaempferol and myricetin. The interior of the beans is typically rich in ferulic acid, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid and vanillic acid. All of these phytonutrients function as antioxidants, and many also function as anti-inflammatory nutrients. Garbanzo beans are an excellent source of molybdenum and manganese, and a very good source of folate and copper as well as a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, protein, iron and zinc.

Tiny but mighty — are you a fan?

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Food Swap Friday – Eggs

Eggs… I love them. They are a good source of protein, filling, and versatile. But did you know that by hard boiling eggs instead of frying them, not only do you eliminate the grease, but it makes them ready to grab, too?

Hard boiled eggs are easy and will keep for a few days, making them convenient to grab as you run out the door, instead of slaving over a stove and having eggs with a side of grease!

For those of you who meal prep, this is a great, but simple step you can take to set yourself up for success!

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Meal Planning Monday

An effective meal planning tip is to prep what you can as soon as you get home from the store! Wash and dry your lettuce, chop onions, roast vegetables. Chop veggies and fruits for easy access. Stack up glass containers of prepped ingredients in the refrigerator and then bask in the awesomeness of having nutritious stuff ready to grab! You are awesome! 🙂

It’s best to get it all done while your motivation is there (and before the ingredients get pushed back from your sight!), and having it done really will help you feel good!

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Food Swap Friday – Spices for Salt

Any salt lovers out there? I like salt in moderation… my husband is a master at seasoning and never overdoes it, thankfully. But I don’t like overly salty  things except for the odd salt and vinegar chip craving, really. Almost everything else I can take or leave it. Of course, a little salt activates the flavor… but thats a LITTLE.

A lot is a bad thing… puts you at risk for tons of health issues, bloats you, can dull your taste buds… so what can we better season our food with? SPICES!

There is no shortage of spices you can use to create a wide, and I do mean WIDE variety of flavors. And it’s a lot healthier, too.

Do you have a favorite spice to cook with?

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Superfood Saturday – Spirulina

Today’s superfood is found in my beloved Shakeology!

Spirulina is really gaining traction in the health community, because its loaded with benefits and sustainable. It’s a safe detox, energy booster, and can also help lower your blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.

Providing carotenoids, and antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage, Spirulina also contains essential amino acids.

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Transformation Tuesday – My Dog Roxy

This Transformation Tuesday is a wee bit different than others but it is one of the nearest and dearest to my heart – my dog Roxy!

When she arrived at the shelter from Arkansas with her Mom (Mom was BARELY not a puppy – super young), this is what she looked like…. her ribs and tailbone were super visible to the eye, and evident to the touch. Despite being a black lab, she had basically no fur – just little spots here and there.

When my friends fostered her a few months after her arrival, she was much healthier but still needed to put on some pounds, and her fur was much better, but still a work in progress. You could still feel her tailbone, but much better.

When we first met her, we fell in love with her. We adopted her soon after, and we have worked so hard to give her a stable, loving, safe home with regular feedings and bathroom breaks, tons of toys to play with, as many cuddles and snuggles as she would like, and baths to keep her clean.

Her eyes are now so bright. Her coat is thick and shiny, and you can only barely feel her tailbone. The vet said she’s at a perfect weight, and is a healthy, happy young lady (10 months on the 25th), and we couldn’t be happier or love her more.

She’s changed so much, despite her rough start to life, she has so much love and vibrancy to her. She loves people, loves kids, loves other dogs, loves to play… she is so full of life and happy in her furever home.

I am sharing this because I know there are still tons of animals that need furever homes, and I would caution people not to judge a book by it’s cover, or a dog by it’s appearance – she looks so rough in her before pic, which is why it’s even more important that she found a furever home with owners who can give her everything she needs and deserves. The other animals deserve the same! I don’t know if anyone passed her by based on her appearance, but if they did, their loss is for sure the gain of my husband and I, and I could NOT be more grateful for that.

She is such a love bug, she can’t speak but she shows her gratitude and her appreciation every single day. She’s one of the best things thats ever happened to my husband and I, and we honestly could not love her more.

So here is to you, sweet Roxy, for your amazing transformation and for all the people who had a hand in helping you get to a healthy, happy existence.

Go forth and prosper ❤

roxy-before-after