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Coconut-Banana-Berry Breakfast Powerbowl

Before fall starts, I thought I’d sneak in this refreshing breakfast powerbowl. 

Coconut-Banana-Berry Breakfast Powerbowl - Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Coconut, strawberry, and banana are the stars in this one and they shine! What a yummy late-summer combo, and a perfect way to enjoy the last of the season’s strawberries. 

It’s also super quick and easy — it was my go-to breakfast when we were moving a few weeks ago and our kitchen was packed up. 

This dish is full of real-food nutrition. Clean eating at it’s finest – using only whole foods, unless you’d like to make it even quicker and use store-bought yogurt. Up to you!

Coconut-Banana-Berry Breakfast Powerbowl - Gluten-free, Dairy-free

And, just like all of my other recipes, this recipe is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free (also paleo, vegan, and vegetarian so it’s pretty perfect for everyone!) and I encourage you to customize it to include whatever works best for you.

Read the whole post and get the recipe over on Red and Honey where I’m guest-posting!

Want more scrumptious breakfast ideas? Check out my pancakes, powerbowls, mug cakes, smoothies and more on my Recipes page


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MTG Smoothie How-To Guide – Part 3: Ingredients, Extra Add-ins, and Blenders

Made to Glow's Smoothie How-To Guide: Part 3 - My favorite ingredients and blenders

Hi, friends – I’m back with my latest installment of the MTG Smoothie How-To Guide. This one’s all about my favorite smoothie ingredients (superfoods, protein powders, and more!) and how to get creative with what you have on hand. I also answer several of your top questions:

  • Do I have to use a high-speed blender?
  • What kind of blender is best?
  • Can I make a ‘juice’ in my blender? 
Check out the full article in Radiant Health Magazine here. I’m thrilled to be featured there!
Did you miss Part 1, “Smoothie 101″, or Part 2, “Where do I start”? Click here to view Part 1 and Part 2. Also check out my favorite smoothie and juice recipes or browse my Smoothies & Juices Pinterest board. 
 Made to Glow's Smoothie How-To Guide: Part 3 - My favorite ingredients and blenders
Lastly, are you looking for healthy bbq recipes for this weekend? Check out some of my favorites (all gluten-free, dairy-free):

Have a great one!


My New Favorite Mantra: Be a Warrior, Not a Worrier

“Be a warrior, not a worrier.” 

I came across that quote while on a 5-hour plane delay en route to facilitate and present at a high-pressure business meeting. I was already very nervous, overworked, and exhausted from long weeks of preparation. I’m not a huge fan of public speaking and the travel issues weren’t helping.

My mind was buzzing with worry and I could feel my muscles tensing, my jaw clenching, my stomach rumbling, and a headache coming on.

I decided I had to get a grip and made myself start my go-to stress relief practices. I took a deep breath and started to flip through a magazine when my eyes caught on a quote – be a warrior, not a worrier. Something about that saying, “be a warrior,” resonated with me.

Be a warrior, not a worrier

What a great opportunity to change my thinking and reframe the worrying.

To actually stop the fretting in its tracks. 

Being a warrior, and not a worrier puts the confidence and power back in YOU. Whatever happens, you will be able to deal with it. Super empowering!

Read more about why this has become my favorite new mantra… Click here to see the full post over on Red and Honey. 

A Review & Giveaway of “Lady Bits: Understand Your Body, Elevate Your Health, and Reclaim Your Spark Naturally”

“…Radiant health isn’t a particular weight or size, or a certain look or style; rather, it’s an attitude and a way of living…

…the more you get to know your body and the better you take care of yourself, the more comfortable and secure you’ll be as a lover, mother, partner, and friend.” – page xv from Lady Bits

#Preach! Love it.

Dr. Brianne Grogan has it right, y’all. Her new book, Lady Bits, is a comprehensive resource full of down-to-earth information around women’s health, nutrition, fitness, spirituality, and so much more. She even includes a 14-day action guide to better sex.

I am honored and thrilled to share this empowering new book from my friend, Brianne. You’ve seen her name around here before as I love her work (she created FemFusion Fitness). When she reached out to me about reviewing her book, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to read her latest and greatest. 

Brianne Grogan's Lady Bits Book - An Empowering Resource for Women

Source: FemFusion Fitness

Despite the book’s fun name, it’s not just about sex! I particularly like the sections about womb power, the menstrual cycle, hormone imbalance and adrenal fatigue, what to expect as you age, body image bootcamp, living in the moment, pelvic floor information, and clean eating and bioindividuality. 

All of these topics are super important for us to feel our best, yet they’re not always talked about it openly. Brianne is changing all of that – she’s created a book that celebrates our uniqueness and illustrates what we need to shine.

Here’s what else I love about the book: she includes short relaxation, meditation, core work, and stretching exercises that you can begin using right away, she writes about her own personal experiences and stories from her many years of helping clients, and she educates in a way that’s engaging, friendly, and empowering… like she’s your sister or good friend. 

It’s the perfect resource to have for yourself or gift to other women in your life. 


And lucky for you guys, Brianne is gifting one winner a copy! See below to enter the giveaway. 

Need more info about the book or want to order your copy? Here’s the site

Have questions or want to see some Q&A about the book? Click here

Want a sneak peek of the book?

Get on Brianne’s mailing list to get the first two chapters free.

Bonus Gift:

Even if you don’t win the giveaway, you can still get a freebie! From now through September, when you purchase Lady Bits through any retailer, in digital or print, you can sign up to receive an amazing bonus to amplify your health: the “Shine” Reset! The Reset includes 7 days of clean-eating recipes, a snack guide, a shopping guide, and participation in a private Facebook group in September where you’ll go through the Reset TOGETHER, as a community, with Brianne. 

If you purchase the book and are ready to sign up for the bonus, just go to this page and follow the instructions under the heading “ORDER TODAY AND GET THESE FREE GIFTS.”

Now, it’s Giveaway Time:

Brianne is gifting one Made to Glow reader a copy of Lady Bits! 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 the prompts to gain entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to everyone in the continental United States and ends 12:00 am ET, August 17, 2015. The winner will be emailed and listed on this post on August 17. Good luck!

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

Recent Happenings + Friday Favorites & Link Love

Happy Friday, y’all! Can you believe it’s the end of July? This month flew by – from an amazing week of r&r with my family on Lake Keowee in South Carolina, to celebrating my 31st birthday with friends in NYC, to Chicago for a non-stop week of presentations and meetings for work… it’s been a whirlwind.

Oh, and we bought a house.
My hubby and I are buying our first house! We close on it today (Friday), so as you read this, I’m hoping all goes smoothly and we’re owners of a new home. Pictures coming soon.
In all the hubbub, I haven’t had a chance to publish new posts (although I do post on Instagram every day, so keep up with me there in the meantime!). It’s been a struggle to devote the time as my full-time work in health policy has been increasingly demanding — when I’m not on the clock, I’m trying to recover from the grueling pace with lots of rest, walks with my pup, and warm sunny rays.
#Realtalk: This year has been all about healing from SIBO and adrenal/hormonal issues, so I’ve really tried to prioritize rest and recovery… it’s been a looooong process full of ups and downs. It’s been super frustrating when all I want to do is connect with you guys and share the glow! Seriously, everyday I love hearing from you, getting inspired by you, and feeling the energy and love. Sending lots of gratitude to you all for staying with me even through the slower periods. 
I can’t wait to share some exciting posts coming up — part 3 of the smoothie how-to post (everything you need to know about smoothies — did you see part 1 and part 2?), how to make the switch to an ecofriendly beauty routine, my new favorite mantra, a giveaway for an empowering new book, Lady Bits, and… 
An updated website! Keep your eyes out for a fresh, new look for MTG coming early this fall. 
Alright enough rambling, now on to the awesome tips and articles in this week’s Friday Favorites and link love:
Beauty Counter Ecofriendly Makeup
  • BeautyCounter cosmetics – have you tried them? My husband gifted me some for my birthday and I can’t wait to try more!
  • 9 Tips for Constipation Relief – I know, I know, not the most pleasant subject, but everybody poops. Seriously. It’s a HUGE part of our overall wellness that can get ignored as it’s not the most appealing topic to discuss, but it’s super important. I like Magnesium Citrate and a Squatty Potty to help move things along – and now my clients are hooked!
  • This real food 2-day reset is helping me get back on track after a crazy month. The Carrot Cake Smoothie and Skinny Reuben Salad are my fave. 

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Avocado Chocolate Mousse

  • Lady Bits by Dr. Brianne Grogran, DPT. I love this book – it’s stuffed to the brim with valuable info about women’s health… from aging to understanding our cycles to nutrition and yoga. Keep your eyes out for a giveaway coming soon or buy a copy now

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, friends! 


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