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Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway

Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway

The awesome folks at Bai contacted me before the holidays and asked about partnering for some recipe creation and giveaways. Not only did they send a bottle of each Bai5 flavor, but also sent this cute tank top, which has quickly become one of my faves. 

Blueberry Burst Smoothie and Bai5 Giveaway

Win this tank top and an entire case of Bai5 Samples!

I am thrilled to share this delicious Blueberry Burst Smoothie AND send one of you the fun box of goodies above!
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‘Believe in what you’re made of’ Tank - Win it in the Giveaway

Since they sent the case of Bai5, I’ve been enjoying the different flavors in everything – from using to flavoring my water to making smoothies and chia puddings. 
 
Panama Peach Bai5 Chia Pudding (Click here for the recipe):
 

Peach Bai5 Chia Pudding

Molokai Coconut Bai5 Green Smoothie (Click here for the recipe):
 
Molokai Coconut Green Smoothie
 
Congo Pear Bai5 Green Smoothie (spinach, cilantro, parsley, cucumber, frozen banana, frozen green figs, frozen mango, Congo Pear Bai5, unsweetened coconut milk):
 
Congo Pear Bai5 Green Smoothie
 
What’s neat about Bai5 is that it’s made of coffee fruit and white tea extract, which provide antioxidants and some caffeine (like a cup of green tea) – perfect for a pick-me-up. It’s sweetened with organic stevia and erythritol, and each bottle is only 5 calories each. Bai5 is also gluten-free and vegan, and the bottle is BPA-free. 
 
Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway
 
Most of the flavors are pretty sweet, and since I’ve been avoiding added sugar for awhile my taste buds are probably overly sensitive to sweeter flavors. I love to mix Bai5 with tap and sparkling water - perfect for those who don’t like to drink plain water but know they need to drink more. Bai5 is also great for using as the liquid in oatmeal, chia pudding, and smoothies, as it lends such a variety of fun flavors as well as sweetness. 
 
Like this Bai5 Bluberry Burst Green Smoothie!
 
It’s kind of like a trifecta of antioxidants (hello, wild blueberries, kale, and Bai5 Brasilia Blueberry), protein (hemp hearts pack a serious protein punch), and caffeine from the white tea extract in the Bai5. Exactly what you need to power through your day. And, it’s full of baby kale so you can get your green on in a tasty way. 
 
Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway
 

It’s Giveaway Time. 

The folks over at Bai5 are giving one lucky MTG reader an entire case of Bai5 and a “Believe in what you’re made of” tank top (picture above)! To enter, just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter box below (it may take a minute or two to load).

After logging in using your email address or Facebook account, follow @Made to Glow and @DrinkBai on Instagram, which is mandatory to enter the giveaway. To gain additional entries, follow the prompts.

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This giveaway is open to everyone in the continental United States and ends 12:00 am ET, February 2, 2015. The winner will be emailed and listed on this post on February 2. Good luck!

Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway
 

Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway
 
A green smoothie bursting with blueberry goodness! Makes 1 liter, or 2 large servings.
Author:
Ingredients
  • ½ cucumber, chopped
  • 1.5 cups frozen blueberries
  • 9 frozen strawberries
  • 2 handfuls of baby kale
  • ½ frozen banana, chopped
  • 2 TB hemp hearts
  • 1.5 cup Blueberry Brasilia Bai5
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut mik
Instructions
  1. Blend all of the ingredients together in a high-speed blender until well-combined.
  2. Garnish with cacao nibs and shredded coconut to take it over the top!
  3. Store in glass jars in the fridge for up to 48 hours. When ready to drink, simply shake up and sip!
Notes
Try to get frozen wild, organic blueberries for extra antioxidants.
Not a fan of kale? Try spinach or a 'power greens' mix.

 Blueberry Burst Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway

Disclosure: This giveaway is provided to you by Bai. The views and opinions expressed on Made to Glow are purely my own and based upon my personal experiences with Bai products. I was given the products free of charge; however, I was not monetarily compensated for this review or giveaway.

Happy 2015! Healthy Habits for A New Year from MTG

Happy 2015! Hope your new year is off to a glowing start. 
 
Before I share a revamped, real food 7-layer dip (droooool… you’re going to want to make this one for the Superbowl), a decadent chocolate mousse (I eat this almost every week), and a nutrient-packed blueberry burst smoothie, I had to highlight some of my best ‘basics’ (i.e. fundamental healthy living tips).
 
Whether you’re doing a Whole30, starting a new exercise or meditation regime, or just have a desire to live healthier this year, good for you!
 

Setting the intention is the first step to change. 

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I’m here to help! I know many of you are have resolutions, goals, or new habits to keep, so I wanted to highlight some posts that may be helpful for you. 
 
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Healthy Fundamentals – Best of the Basics posts:

 
2015: the year of more mindfulness.

2015: the year of more mindfulness.

 I’ve heard that many of you are ready to reset after the holidays. The Weekend Reboot 2-Day Detox is my favorite ‘get back to basics’ program (don’t let the word ‘detox’ scare you). It’s a terrific, 27-page ebook of recipes, shopping lists, and menu plans for you to customize for the two days (obviously you can do it again and again, not just two days). I like to do it after I travel – here’s a record of one of my Weekend Reboots
 
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I also know you guys are really into smoothies and juices.

Smoothies are made on the daily in my household (my husband has also turned into a smoothie-lover), so you can always find lots of recipes on Instagram, my Smoothies/Juices Pinterest board, or on my Smoothies and Juices recipe page
 
I also love the Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook. It has 55+ smoothie and juice recipes, or if cleanses are your thing, it’s got you covered with 7-, 9-, and 11-day cleanse programs. I love the smoothie recipes (freebie recipes here and here). 
 
Creamy Orange Mango Green Smoothie
 

In need of healthy recipes? Check out the top recipes of 2014: 

 
Flourless Pumpkin Pancakes

Flourless Pumpkin Pancakes

 
Also, did you know ALL of my recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free (or have an option) and most of my recipes are or can be modified to be paleo, Whole30, or sugar detox-compliant? Basically, I focus on using whole, unprocessed foods. #plantpower 
 
Made to Glow Recipe Page

 

I’ve been pretty quiet around here (due to several exciting MTG 2015 projects – more on these soon!), so I hope you’re keeping up with me on social media. I post my eats, new recipes, healthy living tips, and snapshots of my personal life on Instagram everyday. 
 
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Follow me on Instagram!

 

Unfortunately, Facebook has been hiding my posts from you.

Literally, 2% of you are seeing my Facebook posts due to Facebook’s new algorithm, so here’s what you can do if you’d like to make sure you’re seeing them:
 
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  1. “Like” the MTG Facebook page
  2. Use a desktop computer to select “Following”
  3. Click “Get Notifications”
  4. Comment, share, and like the MTG Facebook posts – the more you actively engage with the MTG page, the more Facebook will show my posts in your feeds.   
I’ll be back soon with an updated Chocolate Mousse recipe, a couple of fun giveaways, an awesome new cookbook review, and a mouth-watering 7-Layer Dip (that you can feel good about eating!). 
 
Can’t wait. Cheers!

Holiday cheer, bonus discounts on your favorite products, and a whole lotta gratitude

Hey, friends! A quick post to wrap up the year, alert you to some awesome discounts that end on 12/31, share some of my recent favorite finds, and express how thankful I am for all of you. 

First, thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your support this year! You guys are pretty amazing and inspire me to keep pushing, learning, and sharing. To all of my readers, clients, partners, fans, and friends, you all rock. I am so looking forward to sharing some exciting projects coming in 2015.

So much love and gratitude for you… 

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Now, I’m off to rest, relax, and recharge. Keep up with me on Facebook or Instagram as I celebrate the holidays with friends, experiment in the kitchen, work on 2015 MTG projects, and vacation with family. 

Before I leave, I wanted to share a few more fun things with you!

Don’t miss:

These discounts on my favorite products. They end 12/31/14, so if you’ve been dragging your feet, take advantage of these sweet deals! Note: some of these links are affiliate programs, which means if you purchase a product through the link, you will support MTG (at no extra cost to you). Thank you!

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Baking this week? Or need to bring a dessert to a NYE party? Check out this amazing ebook, Christmas Dessert Freedom, full of delish holiday dessert recipes 25% OFF until 12/31/14. Use the discount code HOLIDAY when checking out.

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These Cocoa Caramel Bars are one of the tasty recipes from the Christmas Dessert Freedom ebook… want the recipe or to see my review of the ebook? Click here

Weekend Reboot 2-Day Detox

I’ve already heard from many of you that you’re ready to reset and reboot your meals. I highly recommend the Weekend Reboot – it’s 2 days so it’s short and sweet… but it’s also realistic. Lots of options for light, healthy meals using whole foods, and includes helpful resources, grocery lists, and prepping tips to make it easier. Want to go longer than 2 days, great! I love that it’s not about deprivation, and provides guidance and support while leaving it up to you to do what is right for your body. Get 25% OFF – Enter FRESHSTART at the check out here. For my reviews, click here, and here to see my favorite parts of the plan!

Seedsters & Flackers Variety Pack for the Made to Glow Review and Giveaway

Are you a fan of Flackers Crackers or Seedsters? If you missed the giveaway I did last fall, you can still take advantage of the MTG 20% discount until 12/31/14. Grab the code here

Holiday Gifts that Glow - A Made to Glow Gift Guide for the eco-friendly, beauty-lovin' foodie

Need last minute gifts? 

Check out my fun collection of health-inspired gifts for the eco-friendly, beauty-lovin’ foodie in your life. Something for everyone, at every price point!

Thinking about new years resolutions?

How about thinking of them more as mindful intentions, or goals that are sustainable in your life (key word: sustainable), and you’re much more likely to keep them. Hint: if you feel good about it, you’re more likely to do it. Forcing yourself to wake up at 5am for a morning run if you’re not a morning person… likely to not happen. Be realistic with yourself about what you want, what you need to do to get there, and how you can make small, realistic changes to get your glow on in 2015. Read my post from January 1, 2014 for more of my thoughts and tips

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Stuck inside because of the weather? You can still MOVE your body - 

I’ve been loving this high intensity interval training workout from the Tone it Up girls. Looks like Kaya does, too ;)

While you’re thinking about your body…

Check out this fabulous post on Learning to Listen to Your Body’s Wisdom. I am a huge believer in listening to your body, and asking your inner self/soul/spirit, what you need (check out this post I did). What do you need to feel healthy today?

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season, and a glowing new year.

 

Note: some of the above products are affiliate links where I will earn a small commission if you purchase through MTG – at no extra cost to you of course! I’d be grateful for your support. Thank you.* 

Warm and Comforting Acorn Squash Breakfast Porridge on Red and Honey

Hi, friends, check out my latest article on Red and Honey — a perfect 2-ingredient (plus delicious toppings, of course) warm, winter breakfast. Enjoy!

Warm and Comforting Acorn Squash Porridge

How about switching up your usual oats for a warm and comforting porridge made out of subtly sweet and nutty acorn squash?

This is also quick – no need to worry about spending time roasting during rushed weekday mornings – roast ahead, save in the fridge, and voila, simply heat and eat.

For those that are paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, or vegan, this naturally fits the bill! With only two ingredients, plus a handful of tasty toppings, it’s a terrific real-food choice for a filling, healthy breakfast.

I am a HUGE breakfast person. And, my go-to are pancakes that I make ahead, freeze, then quickly reheat in the mornings before work. However, sometimes you have to switch it up (like this 5-Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake), and this warm, comforting bowl of porridge hits the spot.

Click here to view the full article on Red and Honey!

 Warm and Comforting Acorn Squash Porridge

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And, don’t forget to check out this holiday dessert recipe e-book – on sale now for 25% off!

Use the code “HOLIDAY” to snag your sweet deal. Click the pictures for more info and to buy your copy.

 Check out my review for more information!

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Holiday Gifts that Glow: A Made to Glow Gift Guide

Wondering what gifts to get your family and friends this holiday season? Check out this list of health-inspired, non-toxic, eco-friendly gift ideas:

Holiday Gifts that Glow - A Made to Glow Gift Guide for the eco-friendly, beauty-lovin' foodie

1. My mom just got me hooked on these non-toxic lip shines. Obsessed. 

2. I use this everyday and love that it has none of the nasty chemicals in it. Even my husband uses it! How about combining with some eco-friendly bath salts and a candle for a bath & body gift.

3. These long-lasting, toxin-free polish colors make me craaaaaave a warm getaway. And a Pina Colada. Gift them with this acetone-free nail polish remover and you’re set! (and yes, that nail polish remover rocks! I was doubtful, but it proved me wrong.)

4. Got a sensitive-sniffer in your household? How about this gift set of mini-roller ball fragrance made with no harsh chemicals. My faves = vanilla coconut, vanilla lemon,  and vanilla grapefruit. I use them everyday!

5. I love this cookbook, I’ve read it cover-to-cover multiple times and have gifted copies of it over and over. I can’t wait for her newest to be released in February (you can pre-order it now). 

6. After falling in love with Danielle Walker’s recipes, I don’t know if I can decide between this one or this one

7. For the holiday baker, gift the Christmas Dessert Freedom cookbook. Or, for those wanting a ‘fresh’ start in the new year, how about the Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook or the Weekend Reboot 2-Day Detox? I’ve used and reviewed all of these on my site – they’re full of delicious allergy-friendly, and just as important – easy – recipes. 

8. I’m pretty sure chocolate is on everyone’s list. And, Justin’s chocolate hazelnut squeeze packs or Love Bean fudge squeeze packs would make pretty amazing stocking stuffers.

9. With varieties such as the spiced cinnamon and clove, ‘Celebrate‘, the vanilla and peppermint-infused, ‘Peace‘, and the spruce, fir, and pine-infused ‘Noel‘, these festive candles smell amazing. Made out of 100% pure beeswax and essential oils, this is a great non-toxic, eco-friendly candle choice. My favorites! 

10. For the holidays last year, my whole family decided to get one of these, and have used it for accountability and motivation. The family that exercises together stays together.

11. How about some deep breathing with warm heat wrapped around your shoulders… yes, please. 

12. My go-to zester/grater. Not just any zester, but a microplane – the best! Another stocking stuffer for the foodie in your family.

13. We use ours every single day. Worth the splurge…’nuf said.

14. Jazz up your iced tea, cocktails, and smoothies. See my review here

15. Make Zucchini noodles up the wazoo!

Need more ideas? Check out the Made to Glow Amazon shop!

*Note: some of the above products are affiliate links where I will earn a small commission if you purchase through MTG – at no extra cost to you of course! I’d be grateful for your support. Thank you.* 

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