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Smoothie 101 from the Smoothie How-To Guide

Hey, fellow smoothie-lovers! I’ve got a special treat for you today.

I’m thrilled to share that Radiant Health Magazine has released the first article, “Smoothie 101″, of my four-part series, “Smoothie How-To Guide”.

Made to Glow Smoothie-How-To Guide, Smoothie 101

Photo credit: Ryon:Lockhart Photography

In this Smoothie How-to Guide, I walk you through:
  • the basics of blending;
  • the health benefits;
  • the differences between juicing and blending;
  • why and how to make green smoothies;
  • my favorite ingredients and add-ins;
  • which blenders I like best;
  • how to make blending part of your routine;
  • how to get your family and kids involved; and
  • much, much more.
Oh, and I share several refreshing smoothie recipes…
 
Smoothie 101, Part 1 of a Made to Glow Smoothie How-To Guide
 

Here’s the first article:

“Smoothie 101″ - head on over to see it! And, keep your eyes out for the next three articles.
 
And, don’t forget to check out my smoothie and juice recipes here on MTG.
 

Coming soon… Rx Bars giveaway, spring-cleaning your eating habits, making the switch to non-toxic bathroom products, my favorite chocolate avocado pudding, and more!

 

5 Tips to Motivate You to Move More

Ever been in a workout rut? Maybe you’re dealing with some health issues, you don’t feel like exercising, or your work schedule is crazy and you’re not able to get to the gym. 

5 Tips to Motivate You to Move More

I’ve been there. Recently, my workouts have been dwindling because my energy levels have taken a hit and I’ve been sitting during the day more than ever. Some of you may have seen my recent post on Facebook and Instagram about making a change and increasing movement in my life. 
 
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Change is hard. We get set in our routines, we get busy, we get tired. 
 

But, it’s literally about moving your body. In a way that feels good to you. Every day.

 
So, whether you’re a cyclist or more of a yogini-type of gal, here are some tips to motivate you to get moving:
 

1. Small steps every day.

It’s not about hours and hours of exercise, it’s about simply moving your body more and sitting less. 
 
Get a standing desk, do laps around your office while on conference calls, take the stairs, stretch throughout the day, and just generally move more. It all adds up.
 
Even a ten-minute walk around the block has been shown to lower stress levels and increase energy. As the weather gets nicer and it stays later, how about a daily walk outside after dinner? Make it a routine and you’re much more likely to stick to it.
 
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I saw this on the stairs while walking the strand in Manhattan Beach, CA. Perfect inspiration!

2. Focus on how good you’ll feel…

And how great a workout is for your mind, body, and soul. 
 
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Or, put your goal (whether it’s to get stronger, more fit, or lose weight, etc.) at the forefront of your mind, your calendar, and your to-do list.
 
Or, think summer… yes, it’s still cold where I am (come on, spring!) but think about how it will be warm and sunny soon and you’ll want to proudly show off your strong, slender body. One of my Body Pump continuously yells out “think summer, think summer” during our hardest track when we’re ready to quit. Hey, whatever works! 
 
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3. Do what you love…

if you love dancing, find a dance class, if you like to pump iron, get your bum in the weight room! If you enjoy it, you’ll be much more likely to actually do it. 
 

and also try new workouts!

I recently tried a new ‘Body Combat’ class – kind of like kickboxing and martial arts, and I loved it! Now, it’s part of my workout routine and I look forward to going (and to how I feel during (endorphins kick in) and afterwards (strong and capable of anything!).
 
My friends and I also love to try a new class each time we get together — most recently we tried antigravity yoga! Such a fun tradition.
 
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4. Accountability!

Knowing that you’re going to meet your girlfriend/mom/sister – whoever – keeps you more accountable and less likely to bail. My pup Kaya is my workout buddy — I love going on long hikes with her.
 
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5. Make it a routine.

This is your time to honor your body. Schedule it in. Carve it out. Get a trainer if you need to. Treat yourself. 
 
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are.
worth.
it.
 
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Believe in what you’re made of.

Here are some more fitness-inspired posts to motivate you!

 

Friday Favorites: What I’m Loving from the Past Week

Happy Friday, y’all.

Hope you had a great week. Spring is almost here in New Jersey, and I can’t wait! Looking forward to some fresh produce, warm sunshine, and blue skies.

A Few of my Favorite MTG Spring Recipes:

 
Blueberry Coconut Mini Muffins with Lemon Frosting
 

From around the interwebs:

1. Thought-provoking articles on self-love and body image:
  • Mother of 3 Redefines Beauty from Mind Body Green – Love this. goose bump city.
  • The Perils of Fat Talk from the NY Times: A snippet from the article –“We can’t control a lot of things in this world. We can’t stop advertisers from Photoshopping images. We can’t stop the fashion industry from preferring skinny models. But we can control the words that are coming out of our own mouths. And when women question whether their bodies are good enough, they may well be causing other women to do the same.”
Amen.
 
2. Free meditation resources! Awesome stuff here…
 
Photo source: Ryon:Lockhart Photography

MTG sunset meditations… Photo source: Ryon:Lockhart Photography

 
3. Tips to avoid products with toxic bisphenols from the Washington Post (and what you can use – ceramic, glass, stainless steel, etc)
 
4. How to make changes that last from FemFusion Fitness. Brianne breaks it down. What do you need to sustain your new behaviors? I also talked about some changes I’ve been making recently in this post. I’m not perfect, no one is! And change is hard, but we empower ourselves by going for what we need to glow.
 
AND, I also am SO excited for Brianne to release her upcoming book, Lady Bits: Understand Your Body, Build a Healthy Lifestyle You Love, and Reclaim Your Spark in the Bedroom and Beyond. It’s all about her intention to start conversations among women; to teach them about their unique female bodies, to empower them with information, and to help them live their healthiest, happiest lives.
 
Go hot mama, go! Click here for more info on Brianne’s book. 
 
5. The Low-down on ‘Bars’ from The Real Life RD… totally on board with her stance – bars are awesome for their portability and convenience, but I recommend sticking to ones with only a few, real food (not processed, fake stuff) ingredients. Lara bars are a staple for me!
 
I also was recently sent samples for Rx Bars – made of figs, dates, other dried fruit, egg whites, and almonds. They’re also a great choice, and I can’t wait to share my review and provide a winner with a huge box of ‘em!
 

Looking for more real food inspiration? 

Check out the MTG Instagram feed where I post tips, treats, and tricks to getting your glow on – 
 
Recent Eats - Real Food, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Delicious!

Recent Eats – Real Food, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Delicious!

 

Did you see? The latest posts from MTG:

 
 
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Coming soon… Rx Bars giveaway, spring resets, new recipes, and more!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

 

Super Simple Stuffed Dessert Dates – A Gluten-free, Dairy-free Anytime Treat!

Super Simple Stuffed Dessert Dates - Gluten-free and Dairy-free

You’ve probably seen pictures of these beautiful babies on my Instagram through out the past year as they’re one of my favorite melt-in-your-mouth #realfood treats. And they take two seconds to put together, which is also a prerequisite for ‘favorite desserts’.
 
So, I decided I had to share my flavor combo repertoire with you guys asap.
 
My ‘recipe’ (really just a list of my fave toppings and stuffings) was posted on Red and Honey a few weeks ago, but then I spent a week drinking lots o’ wine and eating my heart out in California (see my recap here), so I’m a little late on spreading the stuffed date love with you guys. Here you go! Enjoy and let me know your favorite stuffed date flavor combos…
 
Super Simple Stuffed Dessert Dates - A Gluten-free, Dairy-free #RealFood Anytime Treat!
 
These stuffed medjool dates are one of my go-to desserts. When I went gluten-free and dairy-free back in 2006 due to health issues (read my story), I knew I had to think of some quick and easy options that would satisfy my sweet tooth at any time. Stuffed dates are the perfect, speedy, no-bake, one-bite treats!
 
So when I don’t have my favorite blueberry muffins or cocoa caramel bars on hand, or just want something quick, I take out a date, pull it apart, and stuff it with scrumptious spreads and toppings…
 

Click here to read the full post and get the recipe over on Red and Honey!

California Dreamin’ – Highlights from Spring Break

Hey, friends! It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. My hubby and I just came back from a week-long vacation in California, and let me tell you, it was absolute heaven! 

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Why, oh why, did we move back to the east coast, again? ;-) 
 
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So, this little blog is growing bigger and bigger, slowly but steadily, and I’m incredibly grateful for your support, interest, and enthusiasm. I love, love, love connecting with you guys and although I’m sometimes hesitant to post about my personal life, I think it’s important to share! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see a lot of pics from my daily life. 
 
MTG isn’t just a healthy living brand, it’s about all of the things that make your and my soul shine.
 

And California makes my soul glow

 
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We lived in Los Angeles from 2011 – 2013 when I was getting my MPH from UCLA. I absolutely loved living near the ocean, the fresh, seasonal, year-round produce and multitude of farm markets, the great restaurants (so many that are sensitive to dietary restrictions), the amazing hikes, and the abundant sunshine. But, a new job in Princeton, NJ came up, right down the street from my husband’s family, so we took the leap and moved back to the east coast. 
 
I still miss living in LA. I really do think it’s where I’m meant to be, where my soul shines, if you will. For now though, visits will have to do!
 
So, we took a week away from real life and ate, drank, and walked our way through San Francisco, wine country, and southern California. 
 
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First stop: San Francisco. Hikes to beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, lots of yummy food at the Off the Grid festival in the Presidio, walking around the Ferry building, and awesome restaurants.
 
 

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Next we were off to explore little vineyards outside of Sonoma and Napa. Lots of amazing food and wine. and food and wine. and more wine were had in Healdsburg, St. Helena, and Yountville. Highly recommend Bella Winery (super laid-back with tasting in caves!), Truett-Hurst (gorgeous garden and patio on the river), and Ferrari-Carano (the views… see the tulip picture below).
 
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Then it was off to LA. You know I had to pack my travel snacks. I always pack snacks (see more healthy travel ideas here and here).
 
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After a harsh winter, the sunshine felt incredible! We spent almost the whole time outside, soaking it all in while we went back to some of our favorite places in Manhattan Beach, Venice, and Santa Monica. 
 
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Although we were sad to leave, it was pretty amazing to come home to our little pup, Kaya
 
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Coming next week: Super Simple Medjool Stuffed Dates, a new giveaway, and more!

 

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