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My Fav Baby & Momma Products

Alright, if you’re pregnant or a new mom, and anything like me, you’ve probably looked at a million “registry list” articles for ideas on all the must have baby items. These lists are super helpful, especially going into a world where you have no idea what you’ll need or what it’s going to be like. Stepping into new territory can be terrifying but oh so exciting all at the same time.

I wanted to add my 2 cents with my favorite products I’ve discovered in my almost 8 weeks of motherhood. From peeing and pooping, to feeding and sleeping, these have made a big difference in my new little world. Some of these products are solely for me, some for baby, and some benefit the both of us (aka: a twofer :)

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Friday Favorites: How to get in your Veggies!

If you've worked with me, done my programs, or have been following me for some time now, you know that I'm always preaching to get your veggies in at every meal! Well today for my Friday Favorites post I wanted to share with you my 5 favorite ways to sneak in those veggies, especially the green ones! Click the links to download my recipe PDF's and if you want more of these amazing recipes along side an awesome, kick butt workout program, sculpting your body in 8 weeks, click HERE to get my Sculpted for Summer program! Available no until the end of April, soooo don't miss it! 

Ok so here we go, my 5 favorite ways to get in your veggies!

1) Replace those Grains with Veggies! It's a simple step but can make a huge difference. You can make veggies the base to any meal! Some of my favorites are Cauliflower rice, Spiralized Zoodles, Shredded Carrots, and of course just a bed of leafy greens with all the delicious toppings (spinach, arugula, kale, etc.) (Check out one of my favorite veggie based recipes HERE)

2) Frozen in my smoothies. Did you know that you can freeze veggies? I've heard the concern of not wanting to buy too much produce for the fear it will go bad before you get the chance to eat it. Weeeell Fear no more! Just before that tipping point of going bad, take those green leafy vegetables and put them in a zip-lock and stick them in the freezer! You can also do this with Cucumbers and zucchini. Peel, cut in half, and freeze. These greens will be perfect to throw into your morning smoothie, adding good texture and bulk without sugar or a lot of calories.  (Check out some of my favorite Green Smoothie Recipes HERE)

3) Shredded in my Oats. This one may sound a little crazy. Why would you every put vegetables in your oatmeal? But trust me, it adds bulk without the sugar, and you can't even taste it! You can still have a sweeter breakfast with veggies included, best of both worlds. Some of my favorite ways to do this are shredded up Zucchini, or those frozen greens I was talking about. Stir them up in your oats, add in your other flavoring & liquids and heat them up in the microwave or stove top. (Here's a recipe for some Zucchini Oats to try out - plus some more of my favorite oaties.

4) Shredded in baked goods. I love to bake, and I also love to eat what I've baked :) So lets make this a win win and sneak some veggies into those baked goods! If you have little kids who don't like eating veggies this is a great way to get around that. You can put shredded or blended veggies into pancake batter, quick bread, muffins, waffles, etc. Some favs are zucchini and carrots. Here's one of my favorite carrot muffin recipes.

5) And of course, the easy way out, Super green powders! If you just need something quick, extremely easy, and feel like you're not getting enough veggies in your meals, or you rather drink your greens than create a meal with vegetables, you may want to try a green powder. The trick is picking the right one. I'm not an expert on this stuff, because I love cooking and eating whole veggies, but I've recruited some back up. Check out this article from Barbend.com that ranks the best super green powders out there! Lots of good information so make sure to check it out. 

Well thanks for following along and reading. I'd love to hear what your favorite ways are to sneak in some extra veggies, comment below! 

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FRIDAY FAVORITES: Altra Escalante Product Review

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FRIDAY FAVORITES: Altra Escalante Product Review

If you’ve been following along for a descent amount of time you know that I love my Altra’s! If you’ve met me in person, I was probably wearing them. Some may call it a slight addiction, but I say when you’ve found a great thing, stick with it! I love their story. If you aren’t familiar with it, here’s a little excerpt from the founder, Golden Harper:

“For decades, virtually every running shoe has featured pointy toe boxes and heels that were twice as thick and heavy as the forefoot. While shoe companies claimed this design would protect your body from running injuries, the scientific research did not agree.

After unsuccessfully lobbying shoe companies for years to change their design, I decided to modify shoes into something that could encourage low impact running technique and prevent injury.

Using the research as my guide, I went to work with my trusty toaster oven to try and solve my customers’ injury problems. I melted outsoles off of traditional running shoes and removed the excess heel elevation. It was ugly, but it worked! I coined the term "Zero Drop™" to describe how the level cushioning no longer dropped from the heel down to the forefoot. We enlisted our local shoe cobbler to modify our customers’ current running shoes to Zero Drop™. This worked so well at reducing injuries that we had nearly 1,000 customers buy and modify their shoes that first year!” You can read the rest of the companies story here.

My love for Altra’s started about 3 years ago. It was pretty much love at first run. What’s there to love about them? Well if you’re asking this question you most likely have never tried them on, so I’ll fill you in with the inside scoop, then go get your feet in some and discover for yourself! 

The amazing thing with Altra’s is their signature design. The foot shaped toe box and the zero drop platform. What does this mean? Well first of all, the foot shaped toe box allows your toes to splay into a natural position, allowing your big toe to give your arch more support and releasing pressure from bunions and other foot issues. Seems like all shoes should be made in the shape of your feet right? duh! Second of all, the term “ZERO DROP™” was coined to describe the level cushioning and perfect weight balance from heel to forefoot. This natural balance aligns the feet, back, and body posture for less impact. It also strengthens the Achilles and lower calf muscles that have been weakened over a lifetime of running on elevated heels. If you’re coming from a traditional shoe with a heel to toe drop, you will want to transition into the Zero Drop. I will say I experienced some lower calf soreness for a couple months while transitioning into Altra’s, but it does go away, and its worth the process in the long run. Read what Altra suggests here for transitioning.

You get this natural fit, barefoot feel, but with the benefits of cushion! What I love about altra’s line up is there’s something for everyone and all terrain. When I saw the new Escalante coming out I knew I had to get my hands on them. I’ll admit, Altra’s design & look hasn’t been the best in years past, but with this shoe I feel like they’ve come a LONG WAY. I’ve already had so many compliments on them, and I’ve only had them for about a week (we all know we want our shoes to look good as well right!) So after a couple of runs in them and a workout in the gym, here are my thoughts. THEY’RE AMAZING! And I’m not just saying that. 

  • First of all I love the look. I have the black and grey ones and I love the neutral colors. I don’t have any Altra’s this color and I love the change from the pinks and bright blues. They go with everything. 
  • I love the feel. They have a sock like fit. The upper material is stretchy and moldable, and the sole is soft, but not too soft, super light weight, flexible, and just the right amount of cushion. 
  • I love the run. These shoes are equipped with Altra’s latest and greatest EGO midsole. Altra EGO offers the holy grail of running shoe cushioning, comfortable and soft, yet lively and resilient. With increased responsiveness and thinner cushioning, Altra EGO combines a closer to ground feel with the comfort of a plush ride. 

So there you have it, a little more about Altra, the brand, and why I love them! If you haven’t tried them, now is a great time to jump on the wagon with this brand new shoe, the Escalante. If you don't have a retailer close to you, no worries. When you order from their website you get free shipping both ways! That means if you don't like them or have the wrong size, or whatever the issue might be, you can return them within 30 days of purchase, full refund, and they even send you a shipping label to send them back! Pretty cool. Here’s a direct link to check them out

Let me know how it goes and if you have any other questions about the product! 

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Another great week has gone by with some great finds to share with you!  Here are the products I've been lovin this week and excited to spread the goods, so here ya go!  

1)   First off, these super food veggie patties from costco have saved me in a few hangry moments this week.  These little patties of deliciousness have 160  cal packed with 5g of protein, 4g fiber, and only 1g sugar.  The company who makes these, Don Lee Family Farms, have factories that are all organic certified and operate under the highest possible third-party ratings from top food safety auditors.  The ingredients are all organic and consist of quinoa, carrots, kale, almonds, onions, soybean oil, garlic, and other spices.  After a long day I heated one of these bad boys up, through on a bowl of spinach, drizzled some cilantro balsamic dressing, and ta da!  Dinner was served and delicious.  

2)   Olay Fresh Effects {Bright on Schedule} Eye serum.  This Eye awakening creme is perfect when that 5 am wake up call feels real early.  Just roll this stuff on under your eyes and you'll feel fresh as a daisy, bright eyed and bushy tailed!  Well not quite haha but its a step in the right direction!

3)   This Aubergine and Co. Dream salad, yes, it is a dream.  My husband can verify that I enjoyed every bite, and let him know :)  This salad has such a unique combination of goodness.  Here's the build up: Romaine, spinach, antibiotic-free chicken, red onions, apples, walnuts, parmesan cheese, basil, grape tomatoes, red & green peppers and all chopped together with there cilantro/jalapeno dressing.  Trust me, you will know how it gets its name after you try it.

4)   And last but not least, my favorite socks, Feetures!  These are seriously the comfiest socks to workout in.  They hold their shape, they're breathable, they have a nice tab on the back of the ankle so your shoes don't rub, and they come in cute colors (cause everyones worries about the colors of your socks right?)

Well there you have it! Hope you find this stuff as enjoyable as I do!  

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Friday's Favorites

Happy Weekend Everyone!  I'm going to be starting a weekly series of sharing some of my favorite product finds throughout the week every Friday!  So lets cut right to the chase, here's my four favorites from this week:

 

1)  Vive Juicery in Sugarhouse (1597 S 1100 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105)

If you're looking for a refreshing little pick me up I highly recommend Vive Juicery.  Its the cutest little juice shop and each one comes in an awesome little glass bottle.  I went for the "Stella" which has Kale, Spinach, celery, cucumber, green apple, lemon, and lime.  It was the most refreshing cleansing flavor!  Fair warning, they are pricey.... But if you've every tried juicing yourself you know how much produce it takes to fill a small bottle.  They have a menu of fruit juices, vegetable juices, almond milks, and detox packages.  Its a must if your in the area!

2)  Easy Dinners from Costco, like this amazing Kale and Red Chard Stir Fry Kit. 

I've been working crazy hours this week and last thing I've wanted to do is slave away in the kitchen all night.  This was a life saver this week.  I added asparagus, zucchini, and mushrooms to the mix, steamed it all in a big pan with the lid on, poured over the sauce, and bam, I had a veggie filled delicious dinner.  

3This new Protein Powder from Gnarly, which also doubles as an appetite and weight management supplement with fat burning benefits, triple whammy!  Lots of you ask what protein powder I use and I've recently found one that I love.  Gnarly makes a very clean product using Whey protein from New Zealand grass fed Cattle, sweetened with stevia, plant-based digestive enzymes, pro and prebiotics to help with your digestive and protein absorption, no artificial coloring or sweeteners, GMO free, fat burning slimming blend, Gluten free, and a low glycemic index to keep your blood sugar from spiking.  This is one of the best profiles I've seen in a protein powder and not too mention both the Chocolate and Vanilla taste amazing!

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Per Scoop: 80 calories; 10g Protein; 3g fiber; 3g total impact carbs

4) Ghee as a replacement for Butter

What is Ghee you may ask? Ghee is a form of butter made from grass-fed cows, and cooked longer and in a certain way that removes the harmful components that can cause inflammation, sensitivities and intolerances to some people with other dairy products.  Ghee has a healthier make up of vitamin K2, beta carotene (which is why its so vibrant yellow), vitamin A and a better Omega-3 fatty acid ratio than other butter options.  Stay tuned for a couple for recipes utilizing this fabulous ingredient.

And there you have it!  Four fabulous favorites I've discovered this week and wanted to share.    Enjoy!  I'll be back with more next week!

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