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Guest Post: Weight Training for Women from Deirdra Martinez, The Uplift Movement

Do you lift weights? If not, what’s stopping you? Weight training is a terrific self-care tool. Find a trainer to help (especially if you have health issues), join a weights class (i.e. Body Pump, which is my favorite), or do it in your own living room, and see how quickly you feel stronger and more vibrant.

I’m thrilled to introduce you guys to Deirdra Martinez, a very special person and huge inspiration to me. I found Deirdra’s cardio fitness classes when I moved to Los Angeles, and was immediately hooked. Then before I got married a couple of years ago, Deirdra worked with me in the weight room to tone up, and we quickly became friends. Her business, The Uplift Movement, has taken off and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to have the opportunity to work with this terrific trainer, teacher, and coach! 

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Guest Post: Weight Training for Women from Deirdra Martinez, The Uplift Movement

By Deirdra Martinez: 

A weight loss “magic pill” may actually exist. Dumbbells are heavier than a pill, but the benefits exceed the expectations of just dropping a few pounds.

Weight training can help you lose weight, improve strength, improve posture, improve stability, and add definition and shape to your body.

Guest Post: Weight Training for Women from Deirdra Martinez, The Uplift Movement

Try weight training to help you feel strong!

Due to misconceptions, women tend to fear weight training because they do not want to get bulky, so they stick to doing hours of cardio. However, muscle is what helps our bodies burn fat in the long run. Cardio alone can help you lose weight but only temporarily.

Strength training will help you lose weight and keep it off! Women do not have the hormones to get bulky like men.

Guest Post: Weight Training for Women from Deirdra Martinez, The Uplift Movement

The left picture is with only cardio, and the right picture is after incorporating weight training to tone up.

How do you get started? Talk to a fitness professional about starting a weight training program in a gym. This site: http://www.ideafit.com/find-personal-trainer helps you find trainers with a variety of specialties (pre/post natal, injury prevention, post-surgery, etc), so you can get the help you need. You can gain significant health benefits from strength training 2-3 times per week.

Do you prefer fun at home workouts? Check out Uplift Movement, a fitness program I created that fuses high intensity dance intervals with weight training. Download your workout at www.deirdramartinez.com. For more information on the benefits of weight training visit: http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/weight-training-for-women

Guest Post: Weight Training for Women from Deirdra Martinez, The Uplift Movement

About Deirdra:

Deirdra Martinez, MPH is a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Bikini Fitness Competitor in Los Angeles, California. She is also the creator of The Uplift Movement, value driven programs that educates and inspires women to create a fitness lifestyle.

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3-Ingredient Orange Sherbet (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, No Sugar Added)

Hi friends, I’m really excited to post this recipe today because:

  • it’s a quick and easy summer treat that’s refreshing and yummy, and also good for you
  • you can make it in a food processor or blender, so NO ice cream maker needed
  • my friend Brianne from FemFusion Fitness couldn’t wait to share it with you – It’s a Weekend Reboot (her 2-day real food healthy eating program) approved treat as well AND the Weekend Reboot is on sale until July 27th!  

3-Ingredient Orange Sherbet (Paleo, Vegan)

3-Ingredient Orange Sherbet (Vegan, Paleo)

You can eat it as soft-serve, or freeze it to be a able to form into scoops with an ice cream scooper (as seen here). I like to garnish with shredded coconut!

How good does that look? The banana and orange give it a subtle sweetness that goes perfectly with the creaminess from the coconut milk. Not to mention that this treat has healthy fat and fiber, too. It’s also naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan, and has no added sugar. 

All you do is stick the frozen fruit in your food processor or blender and voila. Enjoy!

3-Ingredient Orange Sherbet (Vegan, Paleo)

Here I kept it soft-serve consistency then drizzled coconut butter and shredded coconut on top.

Orange Sherbet (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, No Sugar Added)
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Oranges
  • ¼ to ½ Cup of Coconut Milk
  • Orange Zest (optional)
Instructions
  1. Peel and slice oranges and banana.
  2. Freeze in a single layer.
  3. Add all ingredients to a food processor or high-speed blender.
  4. Process on high until the consistency of soft-serve.
Notes
*Add the zest of one or both of the oranges if you'd like!

*Look for the heaviest oranges when buying, as they usually have more juice.

*Native Forest Organic Canned Coconut Milk is BPA-free - you can find it on Amazon or at the bottom of this post.

*If you'd like a harder consistency (more like ice-cream than soft-serve), simply put the processed soft-serve in the freezer to let it harden then scoop into bowls.

*I like to garnish the soft-serve with shredded coconut and chopped nuts. Yum!

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What is the Weekend Reboot? It’s a short and sweet real food guide full of recipes, tips, and a shopping list. It’s NOT a weird, strict starvation-based plan that uses chemicals or artificial ingredients. This 2-day meal guide that provides only recipes that use whole foods — nothing fake, processed, or nasty.

I like to do it after traveling, after I’ve overindulged, when I’m in a food rut, or if I feel totally out of control with eating (hey, it happens to everyone sometimes). Brianne does it once a month, which I think is a great idea. It’s a nice, gentle way to create or re-establish healthy eating patterns with simple, yummy recipes.

See what I made last time I did it (Click here for the full post)

3-Ingredient Orange Sherbet (Paleo, Vegan) from the Weekend Reboot Plan

A few of the light, fresh meals that I made on the Weekend Reboot 2-Day Detox. 

Here’s my review, and check out Made to Glow reader, Rachel’s, pictures and review, too!

So, if you’re feeling bloated or blah and wishing to get some inspiration for a short reset, try it (while it’s on sale until July 27th). If you have any questions, let me know. 

If you’re looking for some BPA-Free coconut milk, try this one: Native Forest BPA-Free Organic Coconut Milk

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Friday Favorites: My Lake Vacation, Summer Treats, and a Made to Glow Reader Review

Hi, friends. It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post because I was on vacation! I’ll share more about it below. I’m also loving these summery recipes, cool new health findings, and helpful tips for feeling your best. Take a look and let me know what you think. Happy Friday!

Friday Favorites from Made to Glow

After a 12-hour drive, it felt amazing to get on the lake!

My husband and I drove down to South Carolina with our puppy, Kaya, for the 4th of July. We met my family at Lake Keowee for a week of fun in the sun. It was absolute heaven! Sleeping late, long walks, tennis, manicures, sunset boat rides, and laying in the sun. Being with my family + relaxing in the sun = 2 of my favorite things! I wish we had gotten more family pics, but here are some highlights from the week. Click on the picture to see a description.

 

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Recipe Love:

The Ultimate Dairy-free Banana Split from Peachy Palate - Oh my word. Just go make it.

Garlicky Kale Salad from Eating Bird Food – If you’re a fan of the Garlic Kale salad at the Whole Foods Market salad bar, you’ve got to try this one!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Fudge Bars from Chocolate Covered Katie – Yes, please!

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Detoxinista - A healthy twist on a classic. I used to do a similar recipe – I’ll need to share it with you guys soon!

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie and Carrot Cake Smoothie from FemFusion Fitness – Two awesome, good-for-you smoothies. ‘nuf said.

How-to: Acai Bowls from Healthy.Happy.Life – Curious about Acai? Check out Kathy’s tips for the best acai bowls.

Frozen Pudding Pops from A Minneapolis Homestead – My sister-in-law, Lauren, told me about these and look de-lish. Now I’m on the hunt for some eco-friendly popsicle molds. Checking my local Marshall’s asap!

 

Tips and Tricks to Get Your Glow On:

Ugh, this is a tough one if you work in an office… see what I did to try to keep from sitting the entire day. The Center for Mind-Body Medicine recently shared this one on their Facebook page – check it out: ‘Why not even exercise will undo the harm of sitting all day – and what you can do about it‘ by Hannah Newman.  

It may seem ‘woo-woo’, but it works. Hugs for the win! How to Boost Your Mood in 20 Seconds or Less by Gabrielle Bernstein.

This is the best, down-to-earth, real-talk guide to getting enough iron that I’ve seen recently. Check out this handy chart from Kris Carr. 

Doing some home improvement? Check out these tips from Healthy Child Healthy World for keeping your family safe while giving your home a makeover. 

 

A Made to Glow Reader Review:

After a vacation full of happily indulging on delicious food and drink last week, I’m inspired by MTG reader, Rachel, to get back on track. Love that she sent me her review and pics of her Weekend Reboot 2-Day real food reset. Here’s what she had to say:

“Thanks to you Rachel’s Reboot was a success! For three days I ate only homemade meals that were gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free and it was all still delicious! It was also fun to make. Thank you so much for your inspiration and being an inspiration!!!”

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Rachel’s meals look awesome – full of gorgeous, vibrant real food to make you glow. Thank YOU for inspiring us, Rachel! Click here to do your own short and sweet reboot. It’s a super simple, real food plan that’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free with vegan and pale options. 2 days to help you reset and reboot. See how my first Weekend Reboot went!

 

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Lastly, here’s a Made to Eat tip from the week. Have you ever seen Sandra Lee’s “Semi-Homemade” cooking show where she makes quick meals by using prepared foods as a base of her meal? Well, that woman is onto something. 

Here’s a fast summer meal made in five minutes by combining mixed greens with Tessemae’s Lemonette dressing, adding a pre-made bean salad (I love Trader Joe’s or Asmar’s Mediterranean Chickpea Salads), and topping with goat chèvre (omit if needed) and chopped herbs. Add some guacamole, crackers, and fruit on the side for an easy, light gluten-free meal for when you don’t feel like cooking.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Strawberry Watermelon Basil Summer Side Dish

Strawberry Watermelon Basil Summer Salad (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

I traveled to Portland, OR recently on a work trip, and had a chance to stop in the Whole Foods downtown. I love to explore grocery stores and farmers markets where I travel, as I always find something new. Whole Foods Pearl District in Portland was great – it was full of fantastic local fare, and the prepared section/salad bar was pretty awesome. I found this fresh strawberry watermelon salad that had basil and ground pepper, and knew I had to make it at home. I couldn’t get over the basil combined with the sweet fruits, and the spicy hit of ground pepper. So good.

And, it couldn’t be easier to make. Simply chop up the fruit, combine with chopped (or a chiffonade of basil), and some freshly ground pepper. It’s super easy and quick, and perfect for summer meals. With just a few ingredients, it’s a nice way to let summer produce shine.

Strawberry Watermelon Basil Summer Salad (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Do you ever have those experiences eating out where you’re like, “I definitely need to try making this myself!”

So, it’s a ‘make at home’/’copycat’ recipe that I’m stealing from the Whole Foods Pearl District in Portland because I had to share. It’s a tasty, pretty side dish for all of your summer gatherings. If you can tolerate dairy, I would imagine it would be lovely with feta or goat crumbles. If you eat meat, try it with a white fish or a piece of grilled chicken. 

Strawberry Watermelon Basil Summer Salad (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Strawberry Watermelon Basil Side Salad
Serves 2
This simple, light combination of fruit and herbs makes a delicious summer side salad. Serve on its own, or use it to top fish or chicken.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 Cups of cubed watermelon
  2. 1.5 Cups of cubed strawberries
  3. 6 basil leaves, chopped or chiffonade*
  4. Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine cubed strawberry and watermelon in a bowl.
  2. Grind black pepper to taste and add 1/2 of the basil
  3. Stir, then add the rest of the basil and another grind of pepper.
  4. Cover and stick in the frige to let the flavors come together for a few hours. Serve promptly.
Notes
  1. The longer you let it sit the better it tastes, however the fruit will start to wilt a bit; so I like to leave it in the fridge a few hours to let the flavors come together, then serve.
  2. It’s also delicious the next day, it just doesn’t look as pretty as the berries and watermelon have gotten more liquidy. Simply give a good stir, add a bit of fresh basil and more ground pepper to bring it back to life.
  3. *To cut a chiffonade of basil, roll the six leaves together lengthwise into a cigar shape, and slice across into fine shreds. This site has more information: http://goo.gl/m1MXR0
Adapted from Whole Foods Pearl District Portland
Adapted from Whole Foods Pearl District Portland
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Strawberry Watermelon Basil Summer Salad (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Strawberry Watermelon Basil Summer Salad (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

 

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Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free)

Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Grain-free)
 
These pancakes are made with cashew meal! They’re delicious, easy to make, and free of gluten, dairy, sugar, and grains. 
 
Trader Joe’s just started carrying cashew meal, and I couldn’t wait to experiment with it. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can order it on Amazon (although it’s much cheaper in person) Trader Joe’s Just Cashew Meal(1 lb) or you could try to make your own. 
 
Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Grain-free)
 
So, if you’ve seen my other pancake recipes, which are some of the most popular on this site, or are following Made to Glow on Instagram or Facebook, you probably know that I love to load up my pancakes with toppings. I like to get creative with fresh or frozen berries, nut butters, the Made to Glow Healthy Chocolate Frosting, coconut shreds, dried fruit, and seeds. 
 
Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Grain-free)
 
I use nut or seed butters, coconut butter (or manna), or chia pudding to top my pancakes instead of maple syrup, honey, or coconut nectar – this helps me avoid a sugar rush while also adding a serving of protein and fiber to make these pancakes last longer in my stomach. However, top these pancakes with whatever your heart desires – my hubby likes them simple, with just maple syrup, so do what feels good to you.
 
In the collage above, I used various berries, nut butters, chia/flax/hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and coconut shreds to top these deliciously nutty pancakes. In the top and below pictures, I layered the MTG Healthy Chocolate Frosting, drizzled the whole stack with peanut butter, topped with chopped fresh cherries, and garnished with cacao nibs. It tastes like dessert, but it’s a breakfast that will fill you up with nutrition and energy. 
 
Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Grain-free)
 
Cashew meal is more coarse than other nut flours, so these pancakes do not have your normal smooth texture – it’s a bit crunchier. My hubby and I loved the crunchy texture – it reminded us of banana nut bread. If you’d rather have a smoother texture, simply combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and you have a super smooth batter. Note: when I made these in a food processor, I found the pancakes did not rise as high, but they were still very tasty!
 
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Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Grain-free)
 
Banana Nut Pancakes
Serves 2
Delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, sugar-free pancakes made of cashew meal.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Dry
  1. 1.5 cups cashew meal
  2. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  3. 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
  4. A sprinkle of (2 grinds) of pink salt
Wet
  1. 1 very spotted banana - Mash it against the side of the bowl with a spoon until smooth
  2. 1 Tb vanilla
  3. 2 eggs (it's best if they're room temperature)
  4. 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla coconut milk from a carton, not can)
Instructions
  1. Preheat a griddle pan on medium low heat. While the pan is heating up, prepare the batter.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together the wet ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth. Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Whisk until well-combined.
  3. You have to wait until the griddle is HOT to cook your batter. Oil your pan - I use Trader Joe's coconut oil spray or a dab of olive oil.
  4. Pour your batter onto the pan in small 4-in ovals. It's easier if you use a 1/4 cup measurer to scoop up the batter and pour onto the pan.
  5. Let the pancakes cook until you see bubbles. Don't flip them until they're bubbling or they'll fall apart! Once you see bubbles, carefully slide your spatula under each edge then flip. Cook on the other side for just another minute or two.
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This recipe makes ten 4-inch pancakes. I often double the recipe and freeze the pancakes that I don’t eat to save them for breakfasts during the week. For inspiration, check out this post

Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Grain-free)

 

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