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Current Fitness Wishlist

Sometimes all you need is a little bit of new workout gear to get your motivation in tip-top shape. I always find myself much more excited to get my butt to the gym when I have something new, whether it be something as small as a new water bottle or sports bra, or something bigger like new leggings or sneakers.¬†Today, I wanted to share some stuff that’s on my current fitness wishlist (and a few things that I recently purchased).

I hope that this gives your motivation a little boost and inspires you to create your own fitness wishlist… It’s nice to reward yourself for your hard work and get you excited for your workout all in one ūüôā A little retail therapy never hurt anybody, right? Let’s get to it:

marble sports bra / gray leggings
nike joggers / water bottle / strappy sports bra
white + blue nikes / black + gray hoodie

As you can probably tell, I mostly gravitate towards fun leggings, sports bras, and accessories. For some reason, purchasing workout tops is always a chore to me… More often than not I just wear a funky sports bra with a sweatshirt of some kind. (Or a college t-shirt or something along those lines).

My favorite thing about my picks from above is how you can mix and match any of them to create a cute look that can take you from the gym to errands or whatever else in-between. I would most definitely wear all of these pieces for a casual look during the day, even if I wasn’t headed to the gym.

The Nike joggers are probably my favorite thing up there, along with the marble sports bra and aqua-colored water bottle. I love them all, and think they make the perfect look for upper body workouts. Pair the moto leggings, black sports bra, and hoodie together for lower body, and just take off the hoodie for a cardio or yoga.

 

And there you have it ‚ÄĒ the perfect combo for almost any workout ūüôā¬†What is on your current fitness wishlist? xx

Need some more inspiration or motivation for the new year? Find more health and fitness posts here.

 

Post-Holiday Detox

A week into the new year, and it’s safe to say the holiday season is officially behind us. For me, that means it’s time to reset and get back on track in terms of a healthy lifestyle. While I never fully fall off the bandwagon, I definitely get a bit more lenient and relaxed with what I consume during the holidays (who can resist vegan Christmas cookies and hot chocolate?). So, once the holiday season ends I like to take a few days as somewhat of a “detox period” to reset my system and whip it back into shape.

With that said, if you haven’t figured it out already, today I will be sharing my post-holiday detox tips with you guys. Whether you over-indulged this holiday and are getting back on track, or you’re are just getting started with a healthy lifestyle and want to start the new year off strong, these tips are sure to get you on the right foot. Here is my quick guide to a post-holiday detox, so you can start 2018 feeling refreshed and restored.

  1. Eliminate all the bad stuff. Whenever I need to reboot my system, the first thing I do is cut out all of the bad stuff that had slipped into my diet. From a few cookies here and there to some cocktails at holiday parties with friends, over the holiday season you’re bound to indulge a little more than normal. Now is the time to cut all of that out, and get back to a strict whole foods, plant-based diet.
  2. Drink up. One word: water. We hear time and time again how important staying hydrated is, and that’s because it is true. Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day, and I promise you will feel a difference from the inside out. It’s crazy how big of a difference some good old h20 will do for your body. It’s easy to do once you get into a routine; just keep a filled water bottle with you all day, and you’ll find yourself sipping it more often than not.
  3. Hit the gym. If you’re looking to kick-start your workout routine, try some new workouts. I love switching up my routine to get reinspired, so if you typically run on a treadmill for cardio, try a circuit routine filled with burpees and mountain climbers instead. If you’re used to doing weight workouts with the machines at the gym, give the free weight section a try. There’s just something so motivating about trying out some new exercises when you’re feeling like you’ve plateaued or need a little kick-start.
  4. Yoga, yoga, yoga. Whether you’ve never done one downward dog in your life or you can do headstands like it’s nobody’s business, practice yoga a few times a week. It’s beneficial for your mind, body, and spirit, meaning while you get a workout you also get to find your inner zen. It’s therapeutic, so it’s perfect to detox from the inside out.
  5. Book a spa treatment. This may or may not just be an excuse to go to a spa, but I really do feel as though some good old TLC is just what the body needs when you want a little detox. Whether you choose a massage (which can have some serious healing properties!), a facial, or something else, you will feel as good as new. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, and ready to tackle your healthy lifestyle with ease.

So, while these tips may seem just like common knowledge to living a healthy lifestyle, I think that’s kind of the point. A little post-holiday detox is all about getting back to the basics in order to reset your system. Thoughts?

Do you have your own post-holiday detox plan? I’d love to hear your ideas. xx

Rainbow Buddha Bowl Recipe

It is no secret that I love Buddha Bowls (see my first two recipes here and here!), and if you’re not sure what I’m talking about, let me explain really quickly: a Buddha Bowl is basically a giant bowl of plant-based deliciousness. You start with a healthy grain (brown rice, quinoa, etc.), then add¬†all sorts of toppings, ranging from veggies to fruits and garnishes.

So, I am always making different combinations with whatever ingredients I have on hand (because I make some sort of variation just about every week). This week I wanted to take my recipe to the next level and include all colors of the rainbow, and this is what I came up with. Not only does it look delicious, but it tasted just as great. So, without further ado, here is my rainbow Buddha Bowl recipe…

o1. Brown rice
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Red pepper
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Orange pepper
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Acorn squash
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Broccoli 
06.
Brussels sprouts
07. Spinach
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Asparagus 
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Blueberries
10. Purple potatoes
11. Beets (sadly, I completely forgot to put these into my bowl and didn’t realize until I finished eating it! 😣)
12. Sprouts
13. Hummus
14. Goddess dressing

o1. Cook brown rice, following directions on package.
02.
Roast the peppers, squash, broccoli, brussels sprouts, asparagus, and potatoes. I heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for about half an hour, rotating halfway through. (I personally like to use olive oil to coat the veggies and sprinkle on a little garlic salt.)
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Now it’s time to assemble the bowl: place brown rice in bottom of your bowl, then add all toppings. I added a small bed of spinach above the rice, and placed all other toppings above that,¬†with the hummus in the middle.¬†
04.
Drizzle goddess dressing on top, or leave aside to dip veggies in. Enjoy!

 

What is your favorite Buddha Bowl recipe?

01. Buddha Bowl Recipe
02. Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl Recipe
03. Açai Bowl Recipe
04. Peppermint Patty Recipe

 

Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl Recipe

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You guys already know how much I love Buddha Bowls. If you’re not familiar with what they are, it’s basically a big bowl of plant-based deliciousness.¬†They usually consist of some sort of grain (I always use brown rice), and then all different veggies, beans, etc. on top.¬† The idea is that it’s such a big bowl that the top has a rounded look to it, like Buddha’s belly. I mean… Who wouldn’t love that, right?

Today’s Buddha Bowl is a recipe that my mom made while I was home last weekend, and I couldn’t NOT share it ‚ÄĒ I loved it so much. This is a fall-version of my classic Buddha Bowl recipe, which I wrote about last year here. So, without further ado, here is my fall harvest Buddha Bowl…

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WhatYouNeed_201. Cooked brown rice
02. Broccoli, chopped
03. Chickpeas, rinsed and dried
04. Sweet potatoes, cubed
05. Kale, stems removed
06. Red onion, sliced in small wedges
07. Goddess dressing (or tahini, whichever you prefer!)
08. Salt and pepper to taste
09. 1 teaspoon cumin
10. 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
11. 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
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1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
13. Extra virgin olive oil

 

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01. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
02. Spread sweet potatoes and onions out on baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil on top, making sure sweet potatoes are well-coated, then flipping them face down.
03. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove baking sheet from oven.
04. Flip sweet potatoes and add broccoli to baking sheet, drizzling olive oil and adding salt and pepper to the broccoli.
05.¬†Bake for 8‚Äď10 minutes, then remove from oven.
06. Add kale, then drizzle olive oil and add salt and pepper to it.
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Bake for 4‚Äď5 minutes, then remove from oven and set aside.
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Add chickpeas to a mixing bowl and toss with seasonings.
09. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 tablespoon oil and chickpeas. Stir frequently. 
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Once browned, remove from heat and set aside. (1o minutes over medium heat was perfect for me.)
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Place brown rice in bowl, add in veggies and chickpeas over top, then drizzle dressing on top. Enjoy!

 

Have you ever tried a Buddha Bowl? What is your favorite kind? Let me know how you like this fall Buddha Bowl if you try it out!

xoxo


check-these-out-too01. Buddha Bowl Recipe
02. Fit & Fresh Fall Salad
03. Favorite Healthy Fall Breakfast

Adirondack Air

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Living in Upstate New York sure does have its perks ‚ÄĒ mainly that there are so many beautiful locations right in our backyard, with one of my favorite destinations being¬†the Adirondacks. My¬†favorite town in the ADK is Old Forge, where my family and I traveled to during almost every summer when I was a kid. We would rent a cabin on the lake and camp¬†for a week or so (it was more like glamping than camping, to be honest).

It was always so much fun boating, kayaking, hiking, having s’mores by the fire each¬†night, and scouting out black bears (Old Forge is notorious for them!).¬†So, I always try to make it back to the quaint town at least once a year ‚ÄĒ it always brings back so many great memories. (One of my favorite times to visit is¬†during the fall¬†‚ÄĒ it is too beautiful for words!)

Yesterday¬†I took a day trip just to do a hike with Charlie (our pup!) and go into town for lunch, so today I wanted to share a few photos and show you what kind of outfit I wear for an outdoorsy day like this…

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ShopthePost_2t-shirt // leggings // flannel (old, similar here) // nikes (old, similar here)


My go-to outfit for a hike ‚ÄĒ or really anything else outdoorsy ‚ÄĒ is a combo of an oversized t-shirt, leggings, and a flannel to layer on top if I get chilly. I also bring some¬†sunglasses to put on once we get to the top and the sun shines down, along with a comfy¬†pair of sneakers.

The flannel that I’m wearing in these photos is my absolute favorite, but I bought it a few years ago from Urban Outfitters. They have tons of plaid shirts that are just as nice and soft (which is what I love about this one), so whenever I’m looking for a new one, I always check there¬†first… This one is a great option! It’s always this time of year ‚ÄĒ when fall is right around the corner ‚ÄĒ that I start wanting to stock up on a few new ones. I pretty much live in them from mid-September to mid-November!

Okay, and let’s just talk about these Nikes real quick ‚ÄĒ the pair I have on here is an older color, but they have newer colors in the same style and I am in love with them! I love the knitted look, and it’s funny because people always think they’re Yeezys! I love the plain grey ones¬†that they have now¬†‚ÄĒ I kind of want to order them! If you do get these, I would definitely recommend going down at least half a size; I find that they run big.

 

What are your favorite summer day trip locations?

xoxo


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ONE // Sunflower Season
TWO // Night on the Town
THREE¬†//¬†Ros√© S’il Vous Pla√ģt

Beauty Bites

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I’ve always had such a major sweet tooth, so I’m always searching high and low for fun sweet recipes to make for¬†the weekend ‚ÄĒ whether they be little snacks or desserts. There are so many vegan treat recipes that I find, and I have definitely tried¬†my fair share of hits and misses.

I recently tried an amazing dessert at a raw vegan restaurant in Fairfield, Connecticut, and it inspired me to search harder and find more recipes to try. After coming across one in particular that I wanted to try, I adapted the recipe a little for my liking and ended up with this delicious recipe that I’m sharing today. So without further ado, here are my beauty bites: vegan donut holes with a sweet glaze on top…

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For the donut holes:

ONE // 1 cup rolled oats
TWO // 1 cup walnuts (hazelnuts or macadamia nuts would be great, too!)
THREE // 1 cup dates
FOUR // heaping 1/4 cup cacao powder
FIVE // 2 tablespoons coconut oil
SIX // 1 pinch sea salt

For the icing:

ONE // 3 tablespoons coconut oil
TWO // 2 tablespoons agave (I used maple flavored agave, but you could use plain agave or even pure maple syrup, too)
THREE // 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

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For the donut holes:

ONE // Put all ingredients in a food processor and grind until a thick, moist dough forms.
TWO // Roll into ball shape and put in freezer for about 20 minutes, or until firm.

For the glaze:

ONE // Melt coconut oil over stove top on low heat.
TWO // Once melted, whisk in agave and vanilla extract.
THREE // Once it turns into a caramel-like consistency, dip donut holes into glaze, covering completely.
FOUR // Place into freezer until glaze hardens, then repeat until all of the glaze is used ‚ÄĒ I did this process twice.

You can store the donut holes in the freezer for up to one week. Enjoy!

 

Do you have any favorite treats that I can vegan-ize?
xoxo


check-these-out-too

ONE // What I Eat in a Day | Vegan (video!)
TWO // Açai Bowl Recipe
THREE // Detox Ice Cubes
FOUR //Buddha Bowl Recipe

Detox Ice Cubes

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When I think “August,” I think of hot and humid summer days. On these long scorching¬†days, staying hydrated is of the¬†utmost importance, so I love to make a few trays of detox ice cubes to throw into my water. Not only is this a fun way to keep up on your water intake, but it also packs in nutrients and antioxidants into your water, which¬†helps to keep your skin clear, energy levels up, etc.

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I either take a few and put them in my glass/water bottle, or if I have guests over, I like to take a giant pitcher to fill with water and pile in a whole bunch of these bad boys. They flavor your water subtly and¬†the different tastes blend together perfectly. Possibly my favorite part is that as the ice cubes melt, you’re left with pitcher reminiscent of my favorite sangria (minus the wine, sadly).

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ONE // Ice cube trays
TWO //¬†Assorted fruits ‚ÄĒ I used a mix of berries and a bit of lemon, lime, and cucumber
THREE //¬†Various garnishes ‚ÄĒ I used mint (lavender, basil, and sage would all be a great options, too!)

WhatYouDo_2ONE // Fill ice cube trays with garnishes.
TWO // Top off trays with water.
THREE // Sit in freezer for a few hours until frozen. Enjoy!

 

So, what do you think? Are you going to try making detox ice cubes? What ingredients would you use to make your perfect concoction?

xoxo


check-these-out-too

ONE // Lemonade Bar
TWO // Açai Bowl Recipe
THREE // Hydration is Key
FOUR // Chocolate Dipped Spoons

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