Fruit & Veggies are Super Foods with Powerful Juice + Juicer Giveaway

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This post and giveaway sponsored by Hamilton Beach. However, all opinions, ideas, recipes and enthusiasm remain my own.

So, it was National Drink Fresh Squeezed Juice Day yesterday and I missed it. But, really ANY day is a great day to add a small glass or shooter of fresh fruit or veggie juice to your diet. Especially this time of year, flu and cold season, when the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in certain juices, alone or in drink recipes, can help boost your immunity and overall well-being. And, oh YAY, I have a juicer giveaway for you.Jars of Fresh Juice -- Hamilton Beach Juice Extractor Giveaway

Read on to get recipes (including Hot Grapefruit Ginger Green Tea) and learn about the Premium Big Mouth®  2-speed Juice Extractor from Hamilton Beach. I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY for one of these bad boys.  Continue reading

A Dozen Days of Soup for Everyone!

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January is National Soup Month and, of course, I’ve been celebrating my favorite course (either as a meal starter or main dish) with in all the ways that I see fit! And that means, ladling up lots of wholesome, hearty and holistically nourishing goodness into bowls, mugs and thermoses. I love ALL the soup and I have A Dozen Days of Soup for for Everyone! You get soup, and you, and YOU get soup (Oprah style).A Dozen Days of Soup - including all sorts of dietary options including paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegan, vegetarian and more.

As I rifled through my soup recipes (there are so many more than I’m sharing today, just search “soup” in the upper right bar), I noticed themes – meal prep suitable, medicinal spices like turmeric and ginger, gluten-free noodle and grain options like rice vermicelli or quinoa, and unique interpretations on traditional favorites. Some of the soups are vegan, some are loaded with meat – just like I love ALL the soups, I love ALL the foods. Read on to get the recipes for a dozen days of soup! Continue reading

How To Achieve Long Term Health & Fitness Goals

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Achieving short term health and fitness goals, like finishing your first 5k or getting down to your goal weight, can provide significant sense of accomplishment . . . and I’m not here to knock that high. However, the feel-good can be just as fleeting as the achievement, especially if you’re not committed to long term health and fitness goals. Those changes that brought you across the proverbial finish line today need to be part of your day-in, day-out life . . . forever. How to Achieve Long Term Health and Fitness Goals

I’m sure you’ve seen a barrage of statistics about failure when it comes to achieving long term health and fitness goals. How quickly weight is gained back, how soon after joining people stop going to the gym, how many New Year’s Resolutions are broken before February — some say as many as 80%! Read on to find out how to your turn your main focus from immediate changes driven by guilt or obligation into a lifetime of health and fitness fueled by lasting behavioral changes and an acceptance of the peaks and valleys in the journey.  Eating well (and enough protein) is part of the process and I also talk about a protein snack that fuels my hustle. Don’t miss it! Continue reading

Juicing Ginger Root and How to Use it in Recipes

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Let me get right to the root (errr, rhizome) of the matter -you need to be juicing ginger. Just a small amount of ginger can create a big flavor and nutrient boost in any food or drink recipe and it also can be used as a natural “medicine” to help optimize wellness. It’s said to clear sinuses, improves digestion, quells nausea is a natural analgesic is ant-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Ginger juice

I’ve written about the benefits of ginger in the past and shared ginger recipes using it in ground, dried “spice” form and also minced or grated. But juicing ginger is my favorite way to use this pungent little powerhouse. Read on to learn about ginger juicing, why you should drink ginger juice and suggestions on how to use it. Continue reading

How to Make a Morning Workout Work Out!

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Are you going to bed at night with the best-ever intentions to wake early for a run or workout, yet when the alarm goes off, hitting the snooze button, cursing, and throwing a pillow over your head? Or, do you get in a vertical position, but just stumble around and never make it out the door? It can definitely be a challenge to make a morning workout work out, especially if you haven’t taken steps the night before to streamline the process. (Hint, Alert Gum is involved)How to Make a Morning Workout Workout

But, morning workouts are ideal in so many ways from the fact that important hormones are working to your benefit and there are fewer work interferences, family obligations and recreational distractions in the early hours. Read on to find learn 8 strategies that make it easier to rise and grind and get your butt moving for a morning workout. Continue reading

Christmas Workout Ideas to Sleigh the Day

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Gifts have been exchanged, stockings unstuffed, and an epic holiday brunch as come and gone. For many, the remainder of Christmas day is spent slumped on the couch in a sugar coma or, worse yet, stuck in a car or plane traveling. A quick Christmas workout (with no need of a gym) can help lessen any cabin fever, sluggishness or seasonal anxiety that has come on. Christmas Workouts that Sleigh the day

Check out this collection of Christmas Workout ideas that help you stick to your fitness routine at home, hotel or going through the hills to Grandmother’s house. Continue reading

10 Healthy Homemade Food Gifts that Fill Hearts & Bellies

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In search of fast, fit and frugal edible gifts to share with loved ones this holiday season? I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite Healthy Homemade Food Gifts that make it easy to share your good taste with family, friends and other favorite people. Read on to get the ideas which are perfect for Christmas or even just stocking your own pantry.Healthy Homemade Food Gifts - Easy DIY mixes, goodies and gourmet treats so yummy and suitable for giving at Christmas, for hostess gifts and other occasions.

Making a homemade gif is a sure way to maximize your thoughtful intentions while minimizing the negative impact on your wallet. Most people I know would SO prefer one of my five or ten-dollar healthy homemade food gifts made especially for them over a “whatever” last-minute department store grab at any expense. Plus, edible gifts are really the perfect solution for the person who seemingly has everything, you can never go wrong with food! Continue reading

15-Minute Couch Workout – Turn Downtime into Found Fitness Time

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It boggles my mind and makes me feel cooped up when I hear that the average American watches 5 hours and 4 minutes of TV per day (That’s why we need the couch workout that I’m sharing below)! I watch a tiny, tiny fraction of that, unless I’m binging on some of my recent favorite shows like Silicone Valley, Stranger Things or The Crown. And even then, it’s just a couple episodes at a time, and I can fast-forward through the commercials – if there even ARE any. 15 Minute Couch Workout

However, it’s even more revealing to learn that 4 ½ of these hours are spent watching live television (not necessarily “live” but traditionally broadcast where you get stuck with the commercials) and only 30 minutes of DVR shows. Think of all the time wasted sitting on your butt being influenced by messages from the sponsor?! Another study says that in an hour time slot of television, nearly one-fourth is filled with ads! Turn this down time with into “found” time for fitness with my 15-minute Couch Workout. Read on the get all the details. Continue reading