10.19.2016

Post Vacation Detox Meal Plan

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I know I’ve mentioned it several times before, but our past few vacations (or weeks…) have been utterly indulgent. A few examples: ahi nachos (I don’t even eat dairy….), Reese’s  Pieces cheesecake (again…. I don’t eat dairy), sweet potato tempura (I tried to justify that one with the fact that it was a sweet potato….), potato pizza (there’s that dairy again…)… and let’s not even touch on the libations that were consumed. It’s not something I do often, so I decided to just enjoy myself and get back on track when we returned home. Towards the end of the trip though, it started to not taste so good, and I was definitely craving some vegetables and fruit.

So, when we returned home, that’s just what I did. I made a big ol’ trip to Whole Foods + Trader Joes’ and followed my normal grocery list pretty closely. It felt so good to get back on track… but it also felt equally as good to throw caution to the wind for a little while. I guess that’s what this blog is all about… finding ways to create balance and to fully live, and enjoy, all of life.

Monday:

Breakfast: 2 organic eggs (I like mine runny), on top of a bed of arugula + spinach, with half of an avocado. I topped it with a little himalayan sea salt, pepper, + red pepper flakes.
Snack: Kombucha (trilogy flavor has been my favorite lately, over ice), 1 small apple
Lunch: Chicken breast with roasted carrots + brocollini
Snack: Smoothie
Dinner: Grilled Salmon (used sea salt, pepper, + dill with a little lemon to season), asparagus, cauliflower rice with herbs.
Dessert: 3 cups of popcorn

Workout: Pure Barre Mommy-Baby Class

Tuesday: 

Breakfast: My favorite steel cut oats (from Trader Joe’s). I bring 1 1/4 cup of water to a boil, with collagen peptides in the water, and then add 3/4 cup oats. Once cooked I top with cinnamon, 1/2 banana, 1/4 perfect bar
Snack: Kombucha, some granola
Lunch: 2 organic chicken sausages on top of spaghetti squash (I mixed the squash with some himalayan sea salt, pepper, + a little olive oil) with 1 cup spinach and sliced mini heirloom tomatoes (pictured above).
Snack: 1 cup of carrots + a bunch of red grapes
Dinner: Mexican Night (my favorite night!!): sautéed shrimp with bell peppers + onions. I make a Mexican cauliflower rice (you can mix a can of diced tomatoes + diced chili verde peppers to season the rice) + top with guacamole + salsa verde.
Dessert: We got Pressed Freeze (I just can’t resist)

Workout: Spin Bike + Weights

Wednesday:

Breakfast: I made overnight oats for TJ + I. I put 1/2 cup steel cut oats in a mason jar. I then added 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla cashew milk, cinnamon, and roasted butternut squash. I then shook it all together and placed it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning I topped it with 1/2 a banana and added some of my favorite perfect bar pieces.
Snack: Kombucha, remainder of my perfect bar
Lunch: 3 organic eggs (I was haaangry…), 1 small sweet potato, cut into cubes + roasted with shaved brussel sprouts. Once finished roasting, I placed eggs on top of roasted veggies. So. Good.
Snack: apple with peanut butter
Dinner: Crockpot shredded chicken: 1 can salsa verde with chopped bell peppers + onions. Place 4lbs chicken in the crockpot, and then place all veggies + salsa on top. I also added pink himalayan sea salt, pepper, garlic, and chili powder. I placed on low for 4 hours. Served with the Mexican cauliflower rice + guacamole.
Dessert: Popcorn

Workout: 45 minute walk

Thursday:

Breakfast: Chia Seed Pudding (my recipe)
Snack: Kombucha, some granola
Lunch: Roasted brussel sprouts + sweet potato with organic turkey slices.
Snack: Smoothie: 1 frozen banana, 1/4 avocado, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 scoop vital proteins chocolate, 3/4 cup almond milk, cinnamon. Blend. So. Good.
Dinner: Chinese Food Night: I used a spaghetti squash and cooked it, scraped out the squash, and then sautéed it in a frying pan with a little sesame oil + garlic. Then I tossed in a cole slaw mix (for the cabbage + carrot mixture) and some water chestnuts. I then threw in tamari sauce (GF soy sauce) to my liking. In a separate pan I sautéed the shrimp. When both were finished I tossed together. It was a first time trying this and it was a hit.
Dessert: 1 Justin’s Peanut Butter Mini Cup

Workout: Slept through my alarm, so had to cut it short. 30 minute run. After Harper had been fed, I picked up some of the weights I had at home and did some lunges and squats.

Friday:

Breakfast: Same as Tuesday… my steel cut oats
Snack: Kombucha, and the rest of my perfect bar.
Lunch: Ate out with my mom… went to my favorite vegan spot Freesoul Cafe (clearly, I am not vegan…) and had butternut squash soup with a side salad packed with veggies.
Snack: Smoothie from Thursday
Dinner: Poke Bowls. I opted for 1 small scoop of rice and the rest salad…. edamame, green onions, double seaweed salad, + avocado.
Dessert: Big ol’ bowl of popcorn + wine

Workout: Favorite Yoga Video 

Sometimes I find that the easiest way to motivated myself to get up and out after a little break is with some new gear. I am currently loving this zip up jacket and this pullover, as they both have the perfect neckline to keep you warm. This oversized jersey tee is a great option to toss on after your workout if you plan on running errands, or heading out to breakfast/lunch (a healthy one, right??!). The cutout details on this top make it great as a multi-functional piece. I also think this long sleeve pull over is great for any workout, and I wear these high waisted mesh insert leggings all the time.

09.28.2016

Wellness Wednesday: Pumpkin Energy Bites For Me + Pumpkin Pureé For Little Miss

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I’ve always been a lover of a good old energy bar…. I looked forward to them as my afternoon snack. Yet, as I began to become more aware of ingredients in products, I started to back off of those tasty morsels and opt for whole ingredient snacks (some carrots and hummus….grapes…. banana + peanut butter…) instead. Lately though, a part of me has started to miss them. So, when I started making this pumpkin bar recipe this season, I got to thinking. I figured that with a few swaps, I could modify the recipe to make it more snack friendly (while still keeping it gluten free/dairy free). Something I could nibble on to get me through the afternoon until dinner (I get hungry during this hour…. anyone else??).

On Monday, I got to experimenting… and tasting (one of my favorite parts of baking…). Harper was getting a little fussy, so I picked her up and gave her a little spoonful of the creamy mixture I had concocted. She loved it…the smile on her face and the open mouth begging for more said it all. I had read about the benefits of collagen for little tikes too (i.e. sealing the gut, bone healthy, better sleep) so I figured this mixture was probably pretty darn good for her… and I had been wanting to introduce nut butters to her as well…

Before I had Harper, I promised myself that I would make all of her food. It was one of those things that, as a non-mom, I couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t. Yet, as life got busy and she moved to more complex pureés, I started to realize that I wasn’t going to be able to do that all the time. Which is exactly why I love this recipe. While I’m whipping up a batch for TJ and me, I can simply leave out a few ingredients, set a bowlful aside, and I have a few meals for little miss as well. Although…. little miss certainly had sticky hands for the solid version…. which she was able to gum and swallow easily (I made sure to give her a piece with out the whole nuts). Overall, it’s a win-win… kill-two-birds-with-one-stone… situation… the kind I can easily be down with. Oh, and she loves this blend so much, I’m for sure bringing it on the airplane with us next week…. any little treat to keep the screams at bay.

Pumpkin Energy Bites:

1 cup steel cut oats (I prefer Trader Joe’s)
3/4 cup creamy almond butter
2 tbsp agave nectar (although I tried it without and it was just as good so I will likely leave out of the next batch)
1/2 cup pumpkin pureé (not pumpkin pie mixture)
1 smashed overly ripe banana
1 scoop chocolate collagen protein (benefits here)
1 tbsp cinnamon
dash of salt
pumpkin seeds to your liking

Pre-heat oven to 325. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and use a small ice cream scooper to form small balls with the mixture. I got about 12 bites when I was finished. Toss in oven and bake between 15-20 minutes.

Baby Pumpkin Pureé: 

1/2 smashed ripe banana
1 spoonful pumpkin purée (see above)
1 spoonful almond butter (see above)
dash of cinnamon
1/2 spoonful collagen protein (see above)

Mix all the ingredients together and it’s ready to go

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{Post Details || Tank | Harper’s Bib | Bowl | Spoon}

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energy bites + superfood baby eats, itsy bitsy indulgences

energy bites, itsy bitsy indulgences

energy bites, itsy bitsy indulgences

energy bites, itsy bitsy indulgences

energy bites, itsy bitsy indulgences

08.31.2016

Wellness Wednesday: The Benefits Of Collagen + How To Incorporate It Daily (i.e. yummy recipes!)

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I’ve been pretty open about my hair loss over the past several months (post delivery of Harper). It was something I really struggled with. My hair was always something I put a lot of effort into… if I had the choice between applying some make-up or doing my hair, I would hands down choose my hair. Always. So, when it started to fall out in clumps (and I am not exaggerating here) I started to panic. It was one of the harder post-pregnancy oddities that I had to deal with. I felt as if I had minimal control over the shedding, and thought I was going to go bald… or at least have a receding hairline. I was pretty much desperate, so I had booked an appointment with my doctor…

Then, I was introduced to Vital Proteins Marine Collagen (and their entire line of collagen). I hadn’t done much research on collagen, but as I was introduced to the product, I started to see articles pop up all over the internet on the topic. In a nutshell, I discovered that collagen can aid in skin + hair health (right up my ally), bone + joint health, assist in balancing hormones (yes for this post pregnancy body!), and aid in digestion. I decided to start incorporating the marine collagen (which is tasteless) into my morning oatmeal. After about 2 weeks, I started to notice that my hair wasn’t falling out nearly as much, and that little baby hairs were starting to sprout around my hairline (AMEN!!). When I went in for a blow-out, after 7 days of not washing my hair, the stylist told me that there wasn’t much that had fallen out. I was seriously so happy…. and now, I swear by it. I make sure to get a daily dose of it, and have gotten a little creative with how I have been incorporating it lately. Of course, all of these recipes are delicious without the collagen (I mean, it is tasteless), but if you’re looking to start incorporating collagen into your routine, these options are pretty tasty!

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Cashew Milk Chia Seed Pudding:

2 cups unsweetened vanilla cashew milk (or any nut milk)
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
6 tablespoons chia seeds
1 scoop collagen peptide

For the pudding, prepare 8 hours prior to eating.

In a bowl, quickly stir together all ingredients, except the chia seeds. In a blender, pour in the combined ingredients, and begin to blend on low. Slowly add in the chia seeds, a tablespoon at a time, being sure the chia seeds don’t end up on the sides of the blender. Once all chia seeds are combined, blend on low for 2-3 minutes. I simply poured the ingredients into a large bowl, covered, and placed in the refrigerator. After about an hour, I stirred the ingredients again, and then placed the lid on, and left in the refrigerator over night. I top mine with Purely Elizabeth granola, sliced strawberries, + 1/4 square bar.

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Vanilla Overnight Oats (with all the fixings): 

1/2 cup steel cut oats (I love the Trader Joe’s version)
1 cup nut based milk (I used unsweetened vanilla cashew)
Cinnamon (to your liking)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 scoop collagen peptide

Place oats in a bowl, pour in milk and then mix in collagen, vanilla, + cinnamon. Place in a jar that you can cover with a lid. Place in refrigerator over night (or at least 2 hours). When you’re ready to eat, you can enjoy them cold or heat up in the microwave. I top with 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/2 sliced banana, 2 tbsp Purely Elizabeth granola, + 1 tsp Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter.

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Pumpkin Bars:

I posted the recipe for these a few days ago, and you can find it here (this is not my own recipe). To incorporate the collagen, simply add 1 scoop to the mixture. I made a bath of these on Monday and they’re almost gone!!

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You also know how much I love some great athleisure, and I thought I’d share a few favorites, and pieces that I have been eyeing lately. I have been wearing this wrap hoodie non-stop… it’s super cozy and comes in multiple color options (I have the grey, but thinking about the black too). I also love the knot front options that are out there, especially this tank and this long sleeve  version. These color block leggings are so cute, and I’ve recently pulled out my black slip-ons and am loving them all over again.

08.24.2016

Wellness Wednesday: What I Ate For 5 Days Based On Last Week’s Grocery List

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As a new mom, planning  meals isn’t always easy. The list of obligations is long, and for me, sometimes the thought of preparing meals is yet another thing to add to the list. Yet, like I shared last week, I’ve found that if I purchase the items I know I love, I can typically come up with a few good lunches + dinners that are sure to leave me (and TJ) satisfied.  In last week’s post,  I shared how I meal plan and the groceries I buy on a weekly basis… so, today, I decided to show how that list comes together to provide us with a nutritious and delicious meal. I typically try to incorporate some fruits and vegetables at every meal, and pick a protein based on what my body is craving. I’m a sweet potato lover, so you’ll see a lot of them… probably almost daily… as I think they are an excellent, natural, and tasty supplier of carbohydrates… and the cooking options with them are limitless. I always have some kind of treat at the end of the day… and I typically find myself having tastes here and there, throughout the day, of my favorite protein bar, granola, or fruits. I’m always trying to add items to my grocery list and change up the meals, so I may be sharing another one of these in a few weeks.

And… since I’ve pretty much been living in activewear on Saturdays, I decided to share with you some new favorites. After a long run on Saturday mornings, we typically head out for a tasty breakfast and an afternoon of exploring. So, I typically freshen up a little (using these) + toss on my favorite leisure outfit, and head out the door. These leggings are a new favorite… I love the side pocket and the detailing makes them unique…. and this tank…. well, it’s perfectly stretchy and comfy… all which makes the combo a perfect Saturday getup (all outfit details after meal plan)

meal plan, itsy bitsy indulgences {Lunch on Day 1}

Monday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal + 1/2 banana, 1/4 chopped perfect bar, a dash of cinnamon (in the boiling water, I add 1 scoop of vital proteins collagen)
Snack: Kombucha (Strawberry Serenity flavor)
Lunch: 1/2 spaghetti squash (seasoned with a little olive oil, pepper, sea salt, dill), sautéed spinach + tomatoes, 3 slices of organic turkey with carrots (pictured above)
Snack: 1 small sweet potato, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1 tsp peanut butter (I mash the peanut butter with the sweet potato and it’s absolutely delicious)
Dinner: Zucchini noodles sautéed with tomatoes + baked salmon filet (seasoned with lemon juice, sea salt, pepper, + dill)
Dessert: Pressed Juicery

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Same as Monday (it’s really my favorite!)
Snack: Kombucha + some granola
Lunch: 1 can of tuna, diced tomatoes, shredded carrots, chopped cucumber, massaged kale (olive oil + lemon) all tossed in a bowl with a side of carrots
Snack: Smoothie
Dinner: Cauliflower fried rice (sautéed with edamame, shredded carrots, bell peppers, cashews, soy sauce <I used low sodium, GF option>) with 2 runny eggs on top
Dessert: Popcorn

Wednesday:

Breakfast: 2 runny eggs + Asparagus + side of fruit (strawberries, raspberries, watermelon)
Snack: Kombucha
Lunch: 1 medium sweet potato (topped with hummus), massaged kale (in olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, + pepper), sautéed squash
Snack: Banana, spinach, fig smoothie (with vital proteins collagen)
Dinner: Cauliflower rice (mexican style with this mixture), shrimp, beans, sautéed bell peppers + onion w/ some guacamole (homemade)
Dessert: Pressed Juicery Freeze

meal plan, itsy bitsy indulgences {Wednesday’s Dinner}

Thursday:

Breakfast: Back to oatmeal (I can’t stay away too long)
Snack: Kombucha
Lunch: Shredded chicken (boiled, then shredded) tossed with spinach + bell peppers (used salsa verde as a dressing)
Snack: bowl of berries with some granola
Dinner: Ground Turkey, sweet potato noodles (sautéed in chicken broth, sea salt, pepper, + garlic), black beans, avocado
Dessert: Popcorn

Friday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal… again (It’s typically what I crave when I wake up)
Snack: Kombucha
Lunch: Sautéed zuchinni noodles, spinach, + heirloom tomatoes with organic turkey slices with a side of fruit.
Snack: Sweet potato snack (seen on Monday)
Dinner: Take-out (we always do take-out on Friday): Ahi Poké bowl with extra seaweed salad (it’s my fav!)
Dessert: Pressed Juicery + 2 glasses of rosé

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{Outfit Details || Leggings (come in 3 colors, I’m wearing an XS) | Tank (4 color options, so comfortable) | Jacket | Sandals | Bag | Sunglasses}

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athlete activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

athlete activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

athlete activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

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athlete activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

athleta activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

08.17.2016

Wellness Wednesday: Meal Planning + My Weekly Grocery List

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I remember when I was in college, what I was going to eat really wasn’t an issue. Cheese quesadilla? Sure. Chicken and pasta? Why not. Midnight pizza run after a night out? I was right there with my girlfriends. When I graduated, some things changed, but it wasn’t until TJ and I got married, and I started a job that was 45 minutes away from home, that I really began to assemble something that looked like a grocery list and planned out dinners for the week. I would typically head to the grocery store Sunday afternoon, buy all the food we needed with a meal plan for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and be set for the week….

Yet, all that sort of fell apart when I became pregnant. What sounded good on Sunday was more than 90% not going to sound appealing on Wednesday. Knowing that it was going to take more effort, I decided that I would drop the meal planning and just listen to my body’s cravings for the day. As I started to do this, a few things happened. I felt more satisfied with what I was eating, and I stopped wasting as much food…. we would often purchase too much food, thinking that’s what we wanted, and when plans changed (i.e. a work lunch we didn’t think we had, a change in evening plans, etc…), the food went to waste. Something I wasn’t happy about. At all.

So, when little miss arrived, I went back and forth with what to do. Go back to the old method, or continue this new, maybe more mindful way? Well, the later won… and I’ve been doing it for the past 7 months. I know that meal planning works for so many different people. The act of planning out each snack, lunch, and dinner for all days of the week can keep people on a healthy regime. Yet, for me personally, I find that I provide my body with a variety of nutrients when I don’t plan each meal out at the beginning of the week (that’s for me personally). All that being said, what I do on a weekly basis, is purchase a bunch of fruit, vegetables, organic and grass-fed meats, and healthy snacks…. then decide each day what we will have. I’ve found that by the end of the week, we’ve gone through all of the food, and I’ve provided my body with all different types of meals… all filling, nutritious, and what my body was craving (I usually purchase for Monday-Friday… we eat out frequently on the weekends and decide on dinner the day of).

So, today, I decided I would share what I purchase in a week. Once I have all of these items, I am able to come up with a tasty meal based on what TJ and I are wanting… and more often than not there is the mid-day text exchange to decide what sounds good for dinner… anyone else?

Shopping List For A Week Of Groceries 

Fruits:

Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Apples
Bananas
Pears
Lately, we’ve been buying peaches, watermelons, + figs since they are currently in season
Avocado
Tomatoes 

Vegetables:

Brussel Sprouts (Trader Joes + Whole Foods have options that have already been halved which helps to cut down on preparation time)
Spinach (Salads, Smoothies)
Kale (Salads, Smoothies)
Asparagus
Green Beans
Zucchini, Yellow Squash (I love to spiralize these and make noodle based dishes. I toss in a little olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder… and they’re pretty tasty)
Bell Peppers (Such a great snack option, also love them for fajitas)
Carrots (I’ve been loving the tri-colored kind… excellent roasted. I also love baby carrots for snacking)
Riced Cauliflower (I love the Trader Joes’ packets… super simple quick meal. I created a “fried rice” and  a Spanish rice mixture. Last night I even had it with a ton of good spices and herbs.)
Sweet Potatoes (I get the true white sweet potatoes, as they don’t get as mushy as yams… I love them whole, or roasted… sometimes I put them in a kale salad, and often times with dinner instead of rice.)
Spaghetti Squash 

Protein:

Organic Chicken
Organic Turkey Slices
Black Beans (and Amy’s Vegetarian Refried Beans… so.good.)
Salmon
Shrimp (love shrimp tacos)
Edamame
Typically have grass fed red meat on the weekends

Grains and Carbs: (I buy these if I am out of them, so not every week)

Rolled Oats (I love Trader Joes’)
Muesli (Trader Joes has a great option)
Sourdough or Whole Wheat Bread (Trader Joes’ Sourdough)

Snacks + Drinks:

Peanut Butter Perfect Bar
Square Bars
Kite Hill Dairy Free Yogurt
Purely Elizabeth Granola
Kombucha
Boom Chicka Popcorn
Banana Snacks
Hummus (Trader Joes’ Mediterranean option, or Hope Hummus has tons of great flavors)
Veggie Burger

* Spices, condiments, + cooking oils are purchased on an as needed basis (as in, “Oh Crap,” we ran out of them!).

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{Outfit Details || Leggings (possibly one of my favorite pairs…incredibly soft!) | Sports Bra | Sweater | Shoes | Gym Bag | Sunglasses}

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beyond yoga, itsy bitsy indulgences

beyond yoga, itsy bitsy indulgences

beyond yoga, itsy bitsy indulgences

beyond yoga, itsy bitsy indulgences

beyond yoga, itsy bitsy indulgences

08.03.2016

Wellness Wednesday: Watermelon Popsicle Mimosa

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I guess it’s really no surprise that I love me a good cocktail…. and when it’s a healthified (I don’t think that’s really a word, but I kinda like it) version, I love it even more. And this one won’t disappoint. I promise. It’s refreshing, crisp, flavorful, and super easy to make. I’d typically reserve a mimosa for a brunch fête, but this one is too good to reserve for one occasion. I say an evening bbq, a day lounging by the pool, or a fun shower…. okay, it’s pretty much appropriate for any occasion that floats your boat.

Before I get to the good stuff… like how to actually make the drink, I thought I’d take a moment to pay homage to watermelon’s health benefits (to really hammer home why this juice, and thus cocktail, is good for you). So, here it goes. Watermelon has anti-inflammatory benefits. tons of vitamins and minerals, lycopene for heart, skin, + cancer prevention, and helps with blood flow. Sold?

So, here’s how to whip up this little concoction:

Watermelon Mimosa:

Pressed Juicery Watermelon Juice (1 bottle gives you 3-4 popsicles)
Champagne
Popsicle Sticks
Dixi Cups
Tin Foil
Cupcake Baking Tray

Pour juice in the dixi cup about 3/4 full. Cut a strip of tin foil and place over the cup. Place a slit in the middle and stick in the popsicle stick so that it stays straight up. Place in freezer until frozen. When completely frozen, peel off the dixi cup and place the popsicle in a wine goblet (my favorites) and top with champagne. Then sip, converse, and have some fun!

Simple enough, huh?

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{Post Details || Top (this season) | Wine Glasses (my favorite) | Cocktail Napkins}

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watermelon popsicle mimosas, itsy bitsy indulgences

watermelon popsicle mimosas, itsy bitsy indulgences

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watermelon popsicle mimosas, itsy bitsy indulgences

watermelon popsicle mimosa, itsy bitsy indulgences

watermelon popsicle mimosas, itsy bitsy indulgences

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watermelon popsicle mimosa, itsy bitsy indulgences

watermelon popsicle mimosa, itsy bitsy indulgences

07.13.2016

Wellness Wednesday: Summatime Juice Cocktails

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Two of my favorite indulgences: Champagne + Mexican food. The two things I missed most when I was pregnant: champagne + a refreshing margarita. Go figure.

Last summer, having been pregnant with little miss, I wasn’t able to indulge in a refreshing summer cocktail… so, this summer, I’m naturally making up for lost time…. yet, trying to be as “healthy” about it as possible. When Pressed Juicery’s seasonal juice, Pineapple Ginger Lemonade, was released, I had to try to incorporate it into some of my favorite cocktails. I always love getting TJ involved in these experiments, as it was always something we loved doing together… so this one was no exception. After a couple failed attempts at mixing just the right ingredients, we finally settled on the perfect combination… you know, that crisp and refreshing “ahhh” moment you take your first sip of a goooood margarita. Annnnnd because I could’t leave out my other favorite…. champagne, we added a fun little twist to a brunch-time mimosa.

Happy sipping all!

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{Post Details || Top: Free People (similar) | Shorts: One Teaspoon | Napkins: Anthropologie | Cocktail Glass: Anthropologie}

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juice margarita, itsy bitsy indulgences

juice margarita, itsy bitsy indulgences

juice margarita, itsy bitsy indulgences

juice margarita, itsy bitsy indulgences

The “Ahhhh Yes” Margarita
(because, that’s how we should all feel when we sip a margarita!)

1.5 oz Don Julio Tequila
.5 oz Agave Nectar
3 oz Pressed Pineapple Ginger Lemonade
.25 to .5 oz (to taste) Rose’s Lime Juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake shake shake, then pour it over a glass filled with ice.

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pressed juicery mimosa, itsy bitsy indulgences

pressed juicery mimosa, itsy bitsy indulgences

Muddle-Me-Mosa

Sliced Strawberries
Pressed Pineapple Ginger Lemonade
1 Bottle of Champagne

Muddle strawberries in a cocktail shaker, add some juice, and start shaking. Then fill a flute halfway with  champagne and top it off with the juice mixture. Cheers + sip!

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06.22.2016

Wellness Wednesday: Delicious, Nutritious, + Hydrating Popsicles

healthy popsicles, itsy bitsy indulgences

Two events decided to collide this week. The start of summer and the first heat wave of the season. The latter had me craving anything cold and had me remembering times growing up, when Otterpops and runs to Rite Aid for an ice cream being weekly routines (anyone else?). After an afternoon spent splashing in the pool, they were the perfect treat to end the warm summer day. Fast forward to the present, and as much as I’d love to indulge in a Rite Aid ice cream cone on a daily basis in this summer heat, my waistline and gut probably wouldn’t agree. So, I decided to get a little creative in the kitchen and whip up these healthy popsicles.

I’ve also been intrigued as to the affects food has on the body (both good and bad) and recently picked up a few books to further my research. What has become blaringly apparent is that, more than fat, sugar is pretty much the root of many ailments (I am simplifying it greatly here). Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not swearing off sugar. I don’t think I could. I just try to monitor the intake. So, I decided that I would make these pops with no added sugar… other than the sugar that is naturally present in the ingredients I used (with the exception a tiny bit of vanilla extract). What you’ll find below are three delicious, nutritious (yes, they actually have nutritional value!!), and hydrating popsicles… that, dare I add, can be consumed on the regular. You can check out these other popsicle options here and here (equally delicious summertime flavors).

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healthy popsicles, itsy bitsy indulgences

vanilla almond popsicle, itsy bitsy indulgences

Vanilla Delight 

1 Vanilla Almond Juice from Pressed Juicery
Cacao Nibs (I opt for these as opposed to chocolate chips because they have loads of health benefits that regular chocolate chips lack…. they have antioxidants, flavonoids, fiber, magnesium…. you get the point)

Follow the basic instructions from the manual (with regards to utilizing the maker). Pour in a layer of the vanilla almond juice, followed by a layer of cacao nibs. Repeat this so that you have 3 layers of the cacao nibs.

strawberry lemonade popsicle, itsy bitsy indulgences

Strawberry Lemonade:

1 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 tbsp stevia (I prefer stevia as a sugar replacement as it is from a plant)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
strawberry slices

Combine all the above ingredients (except strawberries) and mix together. Once the lemonade is mixed, push the strawberries to the sides of the popsicle maker. I used 4 strawberries per popsicle. Then simply pour the lemonade mixture into the popsicle maker.

raspberry lime and chia seed popsicle, itsy bitsy indulgences

The Hydrator:

1/3 cup watermelon juice (I placed watermelon chunks into a food processor, then strained it)
1 tbsp lime juice
chia seeds (these little seeds pack a huge nutritional punch)

Pour a layer of the watermelon juice into the popsicle maker. Then pour in about 1/2 tsp of chia seeds. Next add another layer of watermelon, followed by another layer of chia seeds. Finish with a layer of watermelon juice.

Hope you enjoy!!

06.08.2016

Wellness Wednesday: The Beauty Smoothie

beauty smoothie, itsy bitsy indulgences

I’ve always known the benefits of incorporating fruits and vegetables into my diet… cancer fighters, cholesterol busters, vitamin providers, etc… you get the point. Yet, what I’ve recently begun to research, are the affects they have on beauty. Which I’ve found to be pretty robust.

It’s funny. I spend a lot of time and money investing in the right beauty products for me, yet, when I get down to the research, a lot of the benefits can be found in the food items I have on my counter and refrigerator. So, when I returned home from Hawaii, I felt inspired to try my hand at an avocado smoothie. I had heard of the benefits of an avocado face and hair mask, as well as their abilities to make a pretty darn creamy chocolate cake (maybe the most important fact here…)… so I decided to give it a whirl in a smoothie. I used the base recipe of one of my all time favorite smoothies, and simply added a little bit of avocado, protein powder, and honey. The result was a creamy, delicious, beauty boosting, mid-afternoon snack… which kept me plenty satisfied until dinner.

Here’s why I choose the fruits and veggies I did:

Spinach: The vitamins found in spinach can assist in skin repair, anti-aging benefits, reduce under eye circles (yes, please for this momma!), and help give you that rosy glow we pay lots of money for in a compact of blush!

Avocados: This healthy monounsaturated fat will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles (making your skin more supple and plump), provide a glowing complexion by reinvigorating dull skin, and can assist in digestion (which, based on what I have read, ultimately has a direct impact on facial complexion).

Banana: The benefits here are pretty robust. Due to all the vitamins jam packed in those little yellow things, they help to hydrate the skin, increase elastcity (pretty much keeps the skin strong… read: reduce wrinkles), can reduce puffy eyes (again, yes please!), and fight off dryness.

I opted for a vanilla protein powder I found at Trader Joe’s (it had biotin in it, which I figured could help with my most recent hair loss…), yet realized it had dairy products in it (I try to minimize dairy in my diet). Next time I am going to be using this protein powder.

I hope you enjoy the creamy goodness… I’m sure your skin and hair will (if you try, let me know if you like it or made any substitutes!). Recipe below + I also shared a few favorite workout pieces that recently went on sale at the end of the post.

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{Outfit Details || Tank (can’t stop wearing it!) | Leggings | Sweater | Blender}

beauty smoothie, itsy bitsy indulgences

The Beauty Smoothie:

1/3 Avocado
1/2 Banana (I recommend that it be chilled)
1 cup of spinach
1/4 cup of cashew milk (any nut/coconut milk will work, just be sure it is unsweetened)
1 scoop of protein powder
A little bit of honey (I really only used a little)
6-8 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in the blender, in the order above, and blend on highest speed until ingredients are combined well. I poured mine into a glass with a few cubes of ice, since I prefer all my juice beverages very chilled.

beauty smoothie, itsy bitsy indulgences

beauty smoothie, itsy bitsy indulgences

Beauty Smoothie, itsy bitsy indulgences

Beauty Smoothie, itsy bitsy indulgences

Beauty Smoothie, itsy bitsy indulgences

beauty smoothie, itsy bitsy indulgences

beauty smoothie, itsy bitsy indulgences

beauty smoothie, itsy bitsy indulgences

beauty smoothie, itsy bitsy indulgences

I love this mesh crop top and this open back tank (which I literally wear all the time that I own 2). I own this pullover in pink and toss it on after a morning workout. I love this grey tank, stripe sports bra, and color block legging combo… and these pants look perfect for a yoga session or simply eating popcorn on the couch.

05.18.2016

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Day Meal Plan + Favorite Athleta-leisure Pieces

athletaleisure, itsy bitsy indulgences {Outfit Details || Leggings: Zella | Top: Allo | Shoes: c/o DC shoes (so comfortable) | Bag: Tory Burch | Sunglasses: Karen Walker}

 I was going to start this post by talking about my love of food. Yet, I scratched that and decided to share a few thoughts about where I am with some post-pregnancy things. Last week was a hard week. One I wasn’t really expecting. I was washing my hair and clumps started to fall out. Not just the few strands here and there. Like, “Oh, there is a knot in my hair… oh wait, that’s a whole chunk that came out.” Not pretty. A major shock. Then, I went bathing suit shopping for Hawaii. First mistake. I never shop for bathing suits in the store. Ever. So, why I did this time (after having a baby 4 months ago) is completely beyond me. #DumbChoice. I grew frustrated with the fact that I was eating so clean, waking up so early to work out, and didn’t feel like I was seeing results. Then I had to take a step back and remind myself what the goal of “food” and “working out” was. It’s to feel good. To feel strong. To nourish my body and challenge my mind. I know I’m not alone in this. I’ve recently received several e-mails about it all, so I decided I would simply be transparent about it, and share my own personal struggle as of late.

All that being said, I really do love food (as in when I go to bed at night I can’t wait to wake up and make breakfast). Always have and always will. I am just trying to be conscious about the choices I make and ensure that they are in line with my ultimate goal: to feel good and energized. I try to eat as many fruits, vegetables, lean meats (that are organic and hormone/antibiotic free), and healthy carbs as possible. I find that when this is my ultimate goal, I end up feeling good! So, below you will find just that… and on the weekends I enjoy my “itsy bitsy indulgences” and don’t worry too much! Oh, and if anyone has suggestions for the whole hair situation I would love to hear them!!

Monday: 

Breakfast: Oatmeal + some chopped perfect bar + honey + cinnamon + 1/2 sliced banana
Snack: Apple
Lunch: Super Spinach Salad (Trader Joe’s), sub dressing with 1 tbsp Annie’s Organic Lite Goddess Dressing, 1 can of tuna + side of carrots
Snack: Elemental Superfood Bar
Dinner: Cauliflower fried rice (Trader Joe’s has bags that have already been shredded!), 1 egg, shrimp, edamame, peas, carrots + tamari sauce
Dessert: 1 Justin’s mini peanut butter cup

Tuesday:
Breakfast: Same as Monday
Snack: 1 hard boiled egg
Lunch: Lite tuna spinach salad (ate out at Ivy’s)
Snack: Bowl of berries, 1/2 cup DF kite hill yogurt, 1/4 cup purely elizabeth granola
Dinner: Left over veggie pizza (3 slices)
Snack: Peanut butter cup

Wednesday:
Breakfast: Same as Monday
Snack: 1 medium apple sliced + topped with 1 tbsp Justin’s Peanut Butter
Lunch: Out with friend at Haute Cakes– salmon salad + veggies, dressing on side
Snack: DF Kite hill yogurt, raspberries, honey, sprinkle of granola
Dinner: Loaded Sweet Potato: 4oz ground turkey, 1/2 cup black beans, 1 tbsp guacamole, sautéed bell peppers, salsa
Dessert: Peanut Butter Cup

Thursday:
Breakfast: same as Monday
Snack: Same as Wednesday
Lunch: Veggie Burger, topped with 1/4 avocado, 1 egg and a handful of carrots + One hummus on side
Snack: 1 medium sweet potato + 1 tsp Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter + 1/4 cup blackberries (this has quickly become my new obsession)
Dinner: Spiralized zucchini noodles with homemade white wine sauce, topped with 2 Trader Joe’s Chicken Basil Sausages + side of asparagus
Snack: 3 cups popcorn

Friday:
Breakfast: Paleo Bread (2 slices and toasted) + 2 tbsp Justin’s Peanut Butter + 1/2 banana thinly sliced
Snack: 1 apple
Lunch: Out to lunch at Freesoul (vegan restaurant)- cup of potato leek soup + FSC salad
Snack: Green smoothie (link)
Dinner: Take-out: Poki Bowl with extra seaweed
Dessert: 3 cups of popcorn + 2 glasses of white wine

Weekend Indulgences:

Lunch: Chips + Guacamole with 3 Tacos (lobster, potato +black bean, cauliflower tacos)
Dinner: Hamburgers with all the fixings (ground bison meet, which is very lean) + sweet potato fries
Dessert: A big ol’ bowl of popcorn + wine (always!)

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I also thought I would share with you a few of my favorite transitional work-out pieces. Sometimes, life is just easier when you rock the leggings and sweater you just worked out in (as long as it’s not sopping wet with sweat please… as in, you could literally wring water out of it…) so I like my pieces to be very transitional. This top is the perfect throw-on-and-go, and the mesh detailing makes it perfectly appropriate for coffee or a quick bite to eat with friends…. and the leggings… I’m such a sucker for an amazing pair that hugs in all the right places. These do just that for me… especially when finished off with kicks that make you feel like you’re walking on air (and come in fun color options too!).

athleta-leisure, itsy bitsy indulgences

athleta-leisure, itsy bitsy indulgences

mesh top, itsy bitsy indulgences

mesh top, itsy bitsy indulgences

athelta-leisure, itsy bitsy indulgences

dc shoe company, itsy bitsy indulgences

tory burch bag, itsy bitsy indulgences