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Every Day Health | 5 Tricks To Stay On Track

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Every Day Health: Tricks To Stay On Track

I think we too often focus on staying healthy in broad terms such as eating healthy or working out and this can cause actually attaining our health goals a little more daunting. I personally like to focus on the little things that help me stay healthy everyday. I find by doing this I am able to reach my bigger goals more easily without all the stress.

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- Drink Water. I know that I have said this in a number of posts but seriously if there is one thing that the majority of us (myself included) should be doing more of it is drinking water. Drinking water keeps us hydrated, flushes out all of the toxins from our body, helps to keep us going throughout the day and basically it’s overall just something great to do for you body. Side tip: If you find drinking water a challenge add a little bit of fresh fruit or a drop of essential oil (I like wild orange) to your water.

- Eat The Rainbow (and I’m not talking about those sugary, food dyed things). I’m talking about eating a variety of fruits and vegetables everyday. Different colored fruits and vegetables have different nutrients that are important to our body. I like to make big salads filled with different veggies or big grain and veggie bowls or when I’m feeling lazy I just throw a bunch of fruits and veggies in the blender for a smoothie. If you’d like to see a more detailed “eat the rainbow” post let me know in the comments.

-Move. Just do it. Move for a little bit everyday. I don’t care what it is that you do but find time to move that body and try to do it for a minimum of 30 minutes (in a row) per day. I like to get out for a 30 minute run, HITT or at home yoga session when I am crunched for time. If you have more than 30 minutes then by all means keep moving!

- Prepare yourself. Instead of making excuses as to why you can’t do something make sure that you prepared. Spend a little time on the weekend cutting up veggies and doing a little meal prep for the week. Make sure your workout clothes are clean and ready to go for the week and if you are forgetful like me, keep a second pair of shoes and a stash of socks at work so you never forget your sneakers (does anyone else call them that?). Other things you might want to consider if you are a lady is preparing for that time of the month and keeping something on hand just in case; for me that would be Stayfree Ultra Thin Liners.

Now I’m not perfect and I have my days where I don’t drink nearly enough water, I eat too many beige foods, my only means of exercise are chasing two kids and I find myself without any clean workout clothes, but every day is a chance to practice implementing the healthy tips and so that’s what I do.

lindsay yoga What are your tips and tricks to stay on track with your health and wellness goals?

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Game Day Sweets with Blue Diamond Almonds

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While I tend to not be too interested in the game, I am all about the party and the snacks that go along with it. However, I feel like whenever I go to these types of gatherings there are tons of savory snacks but not too many sweets. And, certainly no salty sweets. I decided to change all of that this year and came up with this AMAZING (toot, toot) smokehouse caramel cup.

If I’m being completely honest, this recipe came from a failed attempt at making smokehouse almond brittle. I don’t know if it was the temperature, the use of coconut sugar or my fear of setting the stove on fire again (er… yeah It’s happened before while making brittle) but my sugar didn’t get to the right temperature so instead I made it into a yummy caramel instead. Since I recorded exactly what I was doing, I figured I’d try to rescue my failed brittle. I threw the caramel nuts into a blender, whizzed it together until it was smooth and then tasted. OMG. Amazing. Keep reading to see how to make these for yourself.
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Smokehouse Almond Caramel Cups
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups coconut sugar
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 6oz Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds
  4. coconut oil or coconut oil spray
  5. 2 cups of chocolate chips
  6. 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  7. mini cupcake liners
Instructions
  1. Grease all sides of heavy bottom bottom pot with coconut oil or coconut oil spray. Place coconut sugar and water in the pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes stirring occasionally - you must stay with this so it doesn't boil over. reduce heat to medium for 2 more minutes and then stir in the nuts and allow to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes. Once cooled place in a food processor or high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. To make the cups: Lay out 9-12 cup cake liners. Heat 1.5 cups of chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave until melted. Quickly stir in the coconut oil and the remaining chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Add a large spoonful to the bottom of each of the cups. Spoon in a heaping teaspoon of the smokehouse almond caramel and then top with another layer of chocolate. Place in the fridge to set.
  3. You'll likely have extra caramel and I suggest eating it with pretzels, celery, apples or simply by the spoonful.
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What are your favorite game day snacks?

@Foodie | 12 Healthy Quick Meals

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Foodie. All opinions are my own.

Happy Wednesday Friends! I haven’t done a Foodie round up post in a few months so I thought why not? I know that many of you, like myself, are trying to clean up our diets and have set out to eat healthier in 2015. While we all have good intentions sometimes life gets in the way or frankly we usually just get in our own way. To help make eating healthier a little bit easier I have rounded up 12 of my favorite recipes for quick and healthy breakfast, lunch and dinners. Check them out below.

Check out 12 Healthy Quick Meals

by Lindsay at Foodie.com

  • Breakfast Cookies: Obviously you want to make these because cookies, duh. These things are so good (I have made them) and they are packed full of nutrients. These are a favorite of mine and Edith’s, my toddler. 
  • Yotam Ottolenghi: Have you checked out any of his cookbooks yet? Seriously amazing and my library is hating me right now because it’s (way) past due. Anyways if you haven’t here is your chance this butternut squash recipe is to die for. 
  • Cannelini Bean Stew: If you don’t know by now I’ll tell you that I a. LOVE Deliciously Ella and b. love cannelini beans. This recipe is so quick and so easy you’ll be making it all the time. 

What are you favorite quick, easy and healthy recipes? 

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