Three Things I’m Into & Food Log Friday


Hey guys!! How are you?

It’s good to be back on the blog! My husband and I snuck off for an amazing vacation while I was away. I’ll tell you lots more about in a travel post next week.

Let’s start with 3 things I’m into that I think you will be too.

ONE: Tone It Up Bikini Series 2017

I love writing my own workouts and going to Bodyflow but I’m always up for trying something new. My sister introduced me to Tone It Up right before their Bikini Series 2017 kicked off. When I looked at the website I recognized the trainers/bosses Karena and Katrina from their brief stint on the Bravo reality show Toned Up. Probably a sign I watch too much Bravo…

The Bikini Series is an 8-week program that includes a new and different workout each day. Most of the series is free but there are 8 workouts used throughout the series that come in a bundle for $34. This is the first week of the series and so far there have been bodyweight workouts, resistance workouts with weights, HIIT and yoga. The workouts are way more challenging than I expected and fun! After one week my entire body is sore.

In addition to the Bikini Series 2017, they offer lots of free workouts under the fitness tab on their site. Check them out for some fun, new workouts!

TWO: Kevita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks

img_2953The Kevita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks are a water kefir drink as opposed to a kombucha drink. They contain probiotics and provide all the digestive and health benefits without the distinct kombuch flavor. I really like the coconut, strawberry acai coconut and the mojita lime mint coconut. Here’s a tasty mocktail recipe with the mojita lime mint coconut.

THREE: In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell



I read this book while on vacation and could barely put it down. It’s an easy read and a great story with lots of twists and turns and suspense.



Food Log Friday

I started off the morning with a green drink. It’s water with 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood Detox & Digest but it looks like swamp sludge. Tastes better than swamp sludge though.


Then I made two over easy eggs in a little grass-fed butter. I ate the eggs with asparagus, cherry tomatoes and some cilantro & oregano pesto. I also had a little coffee with 1/2 and 1/2 and coconut sugar. While I sipped on my coffee I looked at the Publix add to see if there was anything on sale that would be good for next weeks meal plan and prep.

After my Tone It Up Bikini Series Day 4 workout I made a quick and delicious protein shake with ice, water, 1/2 a frozen banana, a handful of frozen figs and 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein. I like this kind. The figs are really good straight out of the freezer. They remind me of eating fig newtons as a kid.


For lunch I was really craving a sandwich. I ended up making a chicken sandwich with gluten-free bread, avocado-oil mayo, mustard, a slice of provolone cheese, a baked chicken breast, lettuce and pickles. A sandwich is not complete without pickles.


In the late afternoon I made some strawberry lemonade. I combined the juice of 1 lemon, water, 1/2 a dropper of stevia, a sprinkle of sea salt and 2 sliced strawberries and poured the mixture over crushed ice. I also made some deviled eggs and snacked on two.

Dinner was a kitchen sink bowl of what was left in the fridge. Sautéed cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, peas, roasted sweet potatoes and tomatoes all mixed up with some of the cilantro & oregano pesto. I also had two more deviled eggs.



Have a happy & healthy weekend!



I am not affiliated with the companies of any of the products I recommend or link to. They are simply high-quality products that I choose to use.

I am not a Registered Dietician or licensed medical doctor. I do not diagnose or treat disease, but instead make healthy lifestyle recommendations for balancing the body and promoting optimal wellness. No recommendation or comment made by me should be construed as being medical advice or diagnosis.

Lower Body Blast Workout & Food Log Friday

Hey ya’ll!

I am a little behind on posts this week so I thought I would combine an awesome workout with Food Log Friday.

I’ll be honest with you. I am a little behind because I had way too much fun at a local food and wine festival last Sunday. There were hundreds, freakin’ hundreds, of wines and champagnes to taste as well as beer and bourbon. I really went for it and probably tried 99 wines/champagnes and some bourbon for good measure. It was an epic Sunday Funday followed by an epic three day hangover.

Lesson 1: alcohol is tasty and fun but at the end of the day it is indeed a poison.

Lesson 2: I am no longer in my 20s and need to act accordingly.

Lesson 3: I am much more productive and energetic when I keep alcohol to a minimum.

Keep this in mind over the weekend especially if you find yourself surround by 100s of tempting alcoholic beverages.

Sweat Sesh: Lower Body Blast

This workout is a circuit. Complete all 10 exercises with minimal rest in between exercises. Rest 2-5 minutes/until you catch your breath and then start the next round. This workout can be done at home or at the gym. All you need is a set of dumbbells and a jump rope. If you do not have a jump rope you you can substitute squat jumps for the single/double unders.

Warm-up: 5 min jump rope, walk, jog

Rest 2-5 minutes or until you feel recovered enough to start the next round. Complete 2-3 rounds.

Please listen to your body and modify as necessary. Enjoy!

Food Log Friday

I planned to meet a friend at the gym for a plyo workout within an hour of waking up so I didn’t want a big breakfast. In the Magic Bullet I blended, 1 cup hot water, 2 tablespoons Dandy Blend, 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 2 scoops Vital Proteins collagen. It’s rich and frothy and provided the protein and fat I needed for my workout without making feel too full to jump around.


After my workout, I had a more substantial breakfast. I made 2 over easy eggs, heated up some baked sweet potato fries, mixed some spring mix greens with Tessemae’s Honey Balsamic dressing and washed a few blackberries. I also had a little iced, decaf green tea to drink.


After I ate, Tyson was being his normal crazy self and stealing mail off the dining room table so I took him for a walk. I was a little hungry again after the walk so I ate 1/2 of an Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quest Bar. This is the first time I have tried this flavor and it was really good!


A few hours later, I pulled together lunch from whatever I could find. I ended up with cauli-broccoli rice, sautéed onions, bell peppers and mushrooms and a can of wild-caught tuna. It’s a weird combo but it filled me up.

Late afternoon I drank a green juice. I like this one because of the low sugar content but they are a little expensive. I only buy them when they are BOGO at Publix which they are right now so go getcha some.

Dinner was crispy chicken thighs (one of the best things ever!), collards sautéed in bone broth and baked sweet potato fries. After dinner, I had a few chunks of frozen pineapple.


Have a great weekend! Get in a workout and not too many drinks 😉

Food Log Friday & A Step-by-Step Guide to Super Nutrient-Dense Smoothies

Now that the weather is getting warmer, I find myself craving smoothies. Smoothies are considered a “health” food but with the wrong ingredients your smoothie may be as healthy as a Butterfinger Blizzard.

There is a vast nutritional difference between a smoothie made with sugar-filled ingredients like fruit juices, yogurts and agave and a smoothie made with frozen berries, spinach, collagen, avocado and water.

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Food Log Friday

Happy Friday!

What are you up to this weekend? You know what you should do?

Go see Beaty & the Beast 3-D! I went last night with a friend who was seeing it for the second time. It’s that good!

For those of you, like me, who saw the animated version one million times as a child, prepare to be amazed. It blows plain old animation out of the water. The 3-D element is amazing and Emma Watson is a perfect Belle! Josh Gad plays Gaston’s sidekick LeFou. He his hilarious as always but it’s so hard not picture him as Olaf the whole time. My point is – go see it for yourself!

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Why You Should Be Like Biggie and Eat Sardines for Dinner

In his song Juicy, Notorious B.I.G reminisces about when he used to eat sardines for dinner. He’s pretty much saying that now that he’s a super famous rapper he doesn’t have to eat cheap, simple fish from a tin anymore. Well Mr. B.I.G., you don’t know how you good you had it with those inexpensive, super nutrient-dense little fishies.

Sardines are little nutrition powerhouses that everyone, kids and adults, should be eating. You eat them whole so you are getting nutrients from the skin, bones, and muscles. Don’t be a weeny and get grossed out. First let’s talk about their benefits; then we’ll talk about how to eat them.

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Apples are apples and cows are cows…right? A guide to food quality.

Apples are apples and cows are cows…right? Well…

You’ve heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” This is 100% true. The vitamins, minerals and nutrients from the foods you eat end up making up your body, cell by cell.

This saying is accurate and well known but is really in need of an addendum – you are what you eat AND you are what your food eats.

Back to the apples and cows.

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Food Log Friday & Cilantro Pesto Recipe

Oh cilantro! It seems like people either love it or hate it. Interestingly, this may be due to a genetic trait.

I’ll admit it. I’m a cilantro lover. You other cilantro lovers out there probably adore it for it’s fresh, citrusy flavor but there are lots of other reasons to heart cilantro.


  • is a great source of antioxidants (2)
  • is rich in vitamins A, K & C as well as potassium and manganese (2)
  • helps cleanse the liver thanks to the compound linalool (1)
  • helps cleanse the body of toxic metals (2)
  • supports the digestive system (2)
  • promotes a calm feeling (2)
  • can improve sleep quality (3)
  • helps balance blood sugar (3)
  • has natural anti-histamine properties that calm skin irritations (3)

Cilantro pesto is a tasty way to add more cilantro to your diet. It’s versatile and super easy to make. It boosts the flavor of chicken, beef, white fish, shrimp, eggs, roasted veggies, steamed veggies, and makes for a delicious salad dressing. My recipe is barely a recipe; just a few ingredients blended together in a food processor.

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