The Best You Never Had

I would insert the appropriate Beyonce clip here buuutttt she’s pretty much half-naked in it the whole time so um no thanks.

But this stuff seriously might be the best thing you’ve never had… (well besides homemade Kombucha this is)

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Yogi teas are delicious! I just got my Swanson Vitamins order and that Caramel Apple Spice Snack Tea was waiting for me in the box… Mmm Mmm! I put a little liquid vanilla stevia in it and it’s seriously a wonderful afternoon snack! You might be able to sneak a little ACV in there too for some probiotic power ūüôā

The Mayan Cocoa Spice tea is hands down THE BEST after dinner “dessert” tea I’ve ever tasted. I sweeten it with a little liquid chocolate stevia and it’s a party in your mouth!

I also got a few birthday presents from Swanson… sharing the Yogi Tea and PB2 love!

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I also realized today I haven’t posted anything about my Cossfit endeavors yet (I’ve been at it for two weeks now…loving it).¬†Plank a Day in May is still going strong though. So, in an effort to Stop Instagramming My “Perfect Life”¬†here’s my latest Challenge Loop post: after 2, 90sec medicine ball planks…mmm sweaty and sans makeup

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Have any items you always tell people…”You gotta try this!”?¬†

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Plank a Day in May!

So, I mentioned yesterday to look out for info on my Plank a Day in May challenge via Challenge Loop! I totally meant to post this last night, but I got a free ticket to hear Isabel Allende (she wrote a stellar novel version of Zorro) and I couldn’t pass that up!

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It’s pretty easy to sign up for Plank A Day in May and all you need to complete the challenge is yourself and the floor!

What’s the challenge? One plank a day held until failure or for a set amount of time. For example, I did 2 planks for 1.5 min each yesterday morning with my feet elevated on an exercise ball. I chose to do two sets of knees to chest (still with my feet on the exercise ball in plank position), but you definitely don’t have to do any extras as part of the challenge.

Post the kind of plank you did (check out the challenge page for ideas on different types) and/or have a friend take a photo of you rocking out your plank.

What’s a plank?¬†Good question! There are lots of different types of planks. The most basic looks like a push up that starts on your elbows…

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My friend Joyce rocking out her plank!

More advanced planks include extending your arms…

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Then there are lots of variations in each position: like lifting one leg…

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There’s also…lifting one arm, lifting one arm AND one leg together, elevating your legs, elevating your upper body, or even kicking it out in front of you and eventually trying to grab your big toe (whaaa! I know… a little nuts!)

Why planks? They are one of the easiest (no equip necessary) core strengthening exercises you can do! Plus, they not only work your abdominals, but also your shoulders, back, arms, quads, and calfs. Variations on the original can also focus on other parts of your core (i.e. side planks work your obliques, and elevated leg planks work your shoulders more).

Why a challenge? So the question should be…why not! You’ve literally got nothing to lose (except maybe your love handles) AND ¬†you’ve got a free accountability partner right here to cheer you on! Plus, I’m working on a sweet prize for the winner (picked randomly).

Go, go, go! Plank plank plank! 

#KitchenLoveAffair (AKA creating Cannellini Ranch Dressing) & #plankadayinMay Challenge

First off…watch tomorrow¬†for some info about #plankadayinMay a challenge to do a plank, any kind each day in May! Sign up through Challenge Loop¬†HERE! I’m working on getting some super sweet prizes for the winners ūüėČ

Second… Happy Monday! Here’s some late afternoon #motivationmonday love…

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This quote really holds a dear place in my heart because even though I know I have special skills, I’ve never thought about myself as inherently talented in the sense that I’m not a great athlete or musician…I have no outstanding external talents that make people go ohhhhh ahhhhhh (that’s not a cry for pity… keep reading)

It’s taken me a long time to appreciate all the internal and amazing talents that I DO possess, that everyone possesses! The question is do we use them to benefit the world? Aristotle posits that that’s where we find our vocation (our purpose) and I would argue where we find true, passionate joy. Part of my joy comes from my #kitchenloveaffair

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This past Saturday I spent about 2 hours in my beloved Minnie Mouse apron prepping for the week to come with pretty awesome results! I’ll share the most absurd and highly creative of the recipes now, but I roasted some veggies, made quinoa burgers, pecan sandies cookies,¬†oat bars, kiwi dressing, and…

brocc soupSuper Easy Broccoli Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 head broccoli (cut into florets)
  • Cheyenne pepper
  • Black pepper
  • lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Water to boil broccoli
  • Chicken/veggie broth

Place the broc in a large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Allow to boil until you can stick a fork through the stems. Remove brocc placing it in a blender with the spices, a few cups of the water you used boil it, and a squeeze of lemon juice. NOTE: you could use broth to blend the soup for added flavor but either way, it tastes super fresh!

In the pic above I stirred some pre-cooked quinoa into the soup to make it a #powerbowl combo of veggies and protein.

I also made the most absurd sounding and amazing recipe I’ve ever created entirely on my own!

                                                                              Cannellini Ranch Dressing

ranchIngredients:

  • 1 can (15oz) cannellini beans, drained and throughly rinsed
  • 1tsp dried parsley
  • 1tsp black pepper (more if you want a peppercorn ranch flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4C almond milk (or use regular milk if you’re not #dairyfree)
  • drizzle of EVOO

Put all ingredients in food processor and pulse a few times. Then start to drizzle EVOO into the top of food processor until you have the consistency you desire. It’s not¬†exactly like ranch, but it is a darn good substitute for dressing that actually adds protein and healthy carbohydrates to your meal! You’re welcome!

What the craziest thing you’ve ever created in the kitchen?¬†

And p.s…I also may have spent the vast majority of my Sunday trying to complete this…

#dontjudge

#dontjudge