Monday, January 19, 2015

Headband Problems Solved (Giveaway)

Today was a long day and I've decided to unwind tonight by experimenting in the kitchen with a few new truffle recipes. Since I'm doing the Whole 30 I've been researching paleo recipes and so far they all look pretty good. I will be sure to share with you all the delicious concoction I come up with!

I also thought I would start off the week with a fun little giveaway from my Etsy shop! I may be a little biased but these headbands are fantastic and I want you all to have the chance to try one for yourself.

Whether you are a triathlete, yogi, runner, or CrossFitter, these headbands are for you. They are all lined with a special ribbon that won't slip on even the sweatiest or finest hair! There are also so many colors and patterns to choose from, you are sure to find something you will love!

Check out these links below to read the reviews by other fitness bloggers:

Review by Dulce Vie

Review by Healthy in Detroit

Review by The Running Besties

Now that you've read what others are saying, it's your chance to test them for yourself! I am going to pick two different winners who will each be able to pick out their own headband from the shop! All you have to do is complete the rafflecopter below to enter! A winner will be announced on Monday 1/26! (Don't forget that you can tweet EVERY day and earn more chances to win! Just come back to this post to do so!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

What the Whole 30 Challenge is Teaching Me

I feel like during the Whole 30 each blog post begins with "I can't believe I'm already on day ___!" But it's true, I can't believe it! Doing this challenge makes me realize a few different things.

First, how quickly time actually flies by. Jon left for Florida 12 days ago and it seems like it will be forever until I get to go visit him but in reality I will be down there in less than 30 days. As I am sitting here writing this, 30 days seems like a long time but when the day actually comes it will have all gone by so fast. It makes me want to sit back and enjoy each and every day a little bit more.

Second, this challenge has made me become more in tune with my body and what it is saying. My stomach is growling because I'm hungry and that's my body's way of telling me that it needs fuel. Before this challenge I ate because I was supposed to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And I even threw in a few snacks here and there and of course, dessert! Not because I was hungry though. I did it because that's what we think we are supposed to do. Eat three, four, even five times a day.

Another thing that I have noticed these past two weeks is how much better I sleep. I used to wake up a few times during the night and now I sleep like a baby. I also wake up with so much energy that I'm not sure how it lasts all day long.

Lastly, I have learned that you don't need to be a millionaire to complete this challenge successfully and you really don't need a lot of time. Being a college student, I eat on a college student's budget but that doesn't mean I have to eat Ramen noodles and cereal every day (I'm working on a post about this). So many people think that they can't eat healthy because it costs so much. Which it's true that it does cost more but if you're smart about it and want to do it, you can. And time, which I don't have a lot of, shouldn't make or break your challenge. If you have an hour on the weekend to prep a few staples and wake up an extra 10 minutes earlier during the week to throw something in the crockpot you will be prepared and can knock this challenge out of the park! For example, the photo above is from the dinner I had one night earlier this week. The day before I put three chicken breasts in the crockpot and dumped a bunch of hot sauce over them. The next night, I had a complete meal ready for me in under 3 minutes. All I had to do was heat up the chicken and grab some food out of the fridge and I was set.

Now I want to know what the Whole 30 challenge has done for you and your body! Comment below and let me know so we can chat.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

During the Whole 30 I am always trying to think of easy and delicious sides for meals. While I find it rather easy thinking of the main course, sometimes I am stuck in a rut when it comes to what to eat with it. 

For example, today for lunch I knew that I was going to eat the last of the Crockpot Salsa Chicken I made last week but had no idea what to pair it with. The avocados that I have aren't ripe enough yet (most depressing thing ever!) and I wasn't really feeling raw veggies so I relied on my go-to side... sweet potato fries! They're super healthy, delicious, and easy to make! 

You can also change up the seasonings and make them sweet rather than spicy or just add plain ol' sea salt to them! The possibilities are endless.

1 sweet potato 
Spicy Sweet Potato Fries Seasoning (about half)
Olive Oil

* This recipe makes 1-2 servings, depending on the size of the sweet potato

1. Heat the oven to 400'
2. Cut up 1 large sweet potato into wedge-like fries and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. Drizzle olive oil on the fries so they are coated on all sides.
4. Add your seasonings and make sure fries are well coated (Spicy Seasoning recipe is below)
5. Bake for 25 minutes and enjoy!

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries Seasoning
1. Mix the following seasonings into a small bowl and store in an airtight container.
1 tsp of each:
garlic powder
chili powder
crushed red pepper flakes
cayenne pepper



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