My Ideal Day of Food + Giveaway Winner

I want to congratulate Nicole at Fruit N’ Fitness for winning the Natural Vitality giveaway! Nicole, shoot me an e-mail at [email protected] so we can get you hooked up with your gift card Smile

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Today I want to do something a little bit out of the ordinary. I don’t want to talk about my favorite foods that I would indulge in every day if I had the chance. I don’t want to talk about what I feel like I “should” eat to lose weight or whatever,  blah blah blah. Today I want to tell you my perfect day of food for me to feel my best. These are foods I eat on a regular basis, and if I were working from home, you can bet this is what every single day would look like.

Breakfast, 9:00 am:

  • Starbucks “Blonde” roast coffee (black)

  • Chobani pear yogurt with strawberries, blueberries, banana, and Michigan locally grown granola

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  • Vitamins (L-Carnitine, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and sometimes a few gummy vitamins if I’m feeling frisky)

Lunch, 1:00 pm:

  • Whole-wheat flax wrap with roasted red pepper hummus, spinach, and tabbouleh with tomato and cucumber

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  • Parmesan garlic pop-chips

Snack, 4:00 pm:

  • Honeycrisp apple with almond butter

Dinner, 6:30 pm:

  • Steamed, seasoned broccoli

  • Garden veggie burger on a bagel thin with lettuce and ketchup
  • Fruit salad

Dessert, 8:00 pm:

  • Cabernet

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  • Dark chocolate peanut butter cup

You better believe that when I move out on my own this is going to be just about what you see day after day, so get used to it friends. My schedule is just so all over the place that I don’t have the ability to meal-plan like some of you can and do. I need some consistency back in my life; everything runs smoother when I don’t need to check my calendar 3+ times a day just to see where I need to go next!

I also just wanted to share this quote really quickly from Strala Yoga, which my love Tara Stiles is the owner of:

“Part of liking yourself is acting to change the things that aren’t good for you & believing that you can. Change your mind to change your life.”

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Do you work better on a schedule or just by going with the flow?

Get Your Stretch & Organize On.

Not at the same time though. Smile with tongue out

I am constantly sore. I’m one of those people that is limping around like an old man, clutching my shoulder, and cracking my hips multiple times a day. I have a problem. So you know what I do? I stretch, a lot. Here’s a simple routine I put together that is great to do first thing in the morning and last thing before you go to bed at night to get all the kinks out. Obviously complete each stretch on both sides.

10 minute anytime stretch:

  • Arm cross-overs (hold 30 sec. each side)

  • Wide legged reach down (hold 1 min.); grasp elbows and hang if it’s more comfortable for you

  • Standing side stretch (hold 30 sec. each side); keep shoulders down and reach OVER, not up

  • Warrior 2 (hold 30 sec. each side); keep knee over heel, not toe

  • Child’s post (hold 1 min.)

  • Downward dog (hold 1 min.)

  • Sitting side stretch (hold 30 sec. each side); keep your chest open

  • Sitting middle stretch (hold 1 min.); keep your back flat

  • Back-bend (hold 1 min.)

  • Cat/cow (move through poses for 1 min.)

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Now, I want to talk about Melissa’s challenge for a minute. Check out the post for the full details, but I’m choosing to organize 8 little areas of my life. Here’s what I’m planning on doing:

  1. Go through every single item of clothing you have. Get rid of stuff that you really don’t need/want.
  2. Clean out your car.
  3. Organize your Pinterest boards better and delete dead/unused pins.
  4. Go through your blog reader. Add/delete accordingly.
  5. Create a password/username document to keep track of all your online logins.
  6. Complete or start a project you’ve been neglecting (apartment shopping).
  7. Create something that will help you stay organized (new app).
  8. Create a functional recipe binder or box to locate frequently used recipes easier.

I can’t wait to get started on this! Thanks for coming up with the awesome idea Melissa Smile

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Sorry my posts have been a bit random and sporadic lately. I’ve had a lot going on and a lot on my mind and have really been trying to focus on my in-person relationships. Things should go back to normal after my LA trip next week!

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Last but not least, make sure you check out my post from yesterday to enter the Natural Vitality giveaway!

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What’s your favorite stretch? What is the area in your life you most need to organize? My favorite stretch is pyramid pose and I definitely most need to organize my mind.

Natural Vitality Review & Giveaway! (Closed)

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a company called Natural Vitality. Natural Vitality is working to increase the nutrient content of the American diet. Their supplements are aimed to create lasting health and work in conjunction with a sustainable environment and food system. You can learn a ton more and see a full-product list on their website!

Here’s a list of the products I was sent:

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  • Natural Kids Calm Multi: In my 10 year-old sister’s words, “It smells like macaroni and tastes like a smoothie!” I loved it. So did she. And so did my 85 year-old grandma. My samples came in easy to use packets where all you have to do is shake, rip, and mix with water or juice. We mixed it with apple juice, which had a really unique, fruity flavor.

Natural Kids Calm Multi

  • Natural Calm – Anti Stress Drink: I got the raspberry-lemon flavor bottle and a sampler pack of original, raspberry lemon, sweet lemon, orange, and cherry flavors: all organic! These ones are SO yummy tasting. You do have to break the powder down with hot water first in order to get the benefits from the product, but it seemed to really work for me. The combination of magnesium and calcium is vital for good health, and this product really makes sure you get your daily magnesium needs!

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  • Energy28: These packets are awesome. I simply used it in my water bottle in the morning, but I can only imagine how good it is in a smoothie. It uses Golden Chlorella Omega and naturally occurring vitamins and minerals to create a green, organic superfood that provides you with sustained energy for a boost during the day. This is my favorite product! Who doesn’t want some additional energy?

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  • Organic Life Vitamins: Okay, seriously, this product uses organic plant-sourced energy to keep you really freaking healthy. That’s all I have to say. It’s basically an adult version of the first product I described. Looks and tastes the same, and provides you with a HUGE source of your daily vitamin/mineral needs. Just take a look at the nutrition label and see for yourself!

Organic Life Vitamins supplement facts

  • Plant-Sourced Minerals: Along with many of their other products, this is vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO, which I absolutely love. This tastes like tangy apple juice and is easily mixed into a small glass of water in the morning or enjoyed as-is in “shot-like” form. I may or may not have taken shots at 6 a.m. of this…I felt pretty awesome. I love that this product needs to be refrigerated after opening and actually expires. That means that it’s real food, unlike the processed crap a lot of companies try to pass off as whole foods.

Plant Sourced Minerals

  • Vitality B and C Complex: These supplements are “organically grown in soil.” Vitamin B helps increase mental and physical energy and helps stress responders. We all know I need a little (a lot) of that in my life. A portion of profits goes to the Bionutrient Food Association, along with profits from their other products. Amazing!

VITALITY B Complex and VITALITY C Complex

I am totally looking forward to trying out more recipes with my Natural Vitality products and will absolutely be posting them on my blog as I go along! I was able to come up with my own recipe using the Organic Life Vitamins though! Are you surprised that I made it a cocktail? No? Me either.

Natural Vitality Coco-Hawaiian Cocktail

  • 4 oz. pineapple coconut water
  • 1 packet (1 oz.) Natural Vitality organic life vitamins
  • 1.5 oz. Malibu rum (optional)
  • 1 splash blue Hawaiian mix

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In a tumbler, combine ice, water, vitamins, rum, and mix. If you’re under 21 or just simply don’t want it, just omit the rum. Still delicious. Shake vigorously and pour over ice in glass of your choice! Top with any tropical fruit if you wish Smile

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I made two version: one without the blue Hawaiian mix and one with it. I cannot decide which one I like better. The mix definitely makes it sweeter, so I would recommend that if you’re a sugar lover! I like more bitter drinks, so I think I would stick with the first option. But honestly, why not get your vitamins and minerals in at the bar? Seems like a win-win in my opinion.

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Want to know the coolest part? Natural Vitality wants to do a giveaway to one of you guys for a $50.00 e-gift card to their website! All you gotta do is “like” their Facebook page and leave a comment saying you did so. Then, leave another comment saying which product you want to try most and why! Remember, there are other options on their website, too Smile I will pick a winner on Thursday, April 4, so make sure you get your entries in by Wednesday night. Good luck!

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Last thing. As ya’ll know, I will be in Los Angeles next week. Anyone interested in guest blogging for me?? Shoot me an e-mail at [email protected] if so. I would really appreciate it <3