Is Restricting Calories The Best Choice?

I'm bringing back an old post that I believe is perfect for what is going on in my life right now. I've been giving advice to various people about proper weight-loss solutions that won't sacrifice their long-term health. With new research coming out about various weight-loss programs/diets (some of which I will share in a later post), I'm going to begin a new weight-loss series. If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this information helps as you enter your wei

Monday Munchies - Travel Fitness Diaries

When you are on vacation, it can be difficult to eat healthy or on the cheap. Thankfully, if you have a kitchen, there are ways to circumvent spending money on restaurant meals by making them in your room. Whenever we stay in Florida, we always stop by Whole Foods for some groceries to fill in the extra days. At Whole Foods, or certain grocery stores, you can find healthy, frozen meals. Our favorites are Amy's Macaroni and Cheese, Amy's Burritos, Saffron Road Chicken Tikka Ma

Monday Munchies - Best Banana Bread

I wanted to make a quick breakfast that would last a couple of mornings and came across the Betty Crocker recipe for banana bread. I had forgotten how much I loved it! Today, I would like to share the recipe along with a few changes that I made to make it gluten-free. The flour I used was Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour. Enjoy! Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread Ingredients: 1 cup turbinado sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 2 eggs 3 ripe bananas, mashed 1

Monday Munchies - French Omelet

I am not a huge fan of eggs. I don't know why, I just don't particularly love them. However, this is one recipe that I absolutely love for breakfast. It is probably the only omelet I will ever willingly eat from now on. Ever since I bought my copy of Julia Child's recipe book, I've been experimenting with all sorts of different French meals. Today, I am going to share this really easy breakfast (or lunch...or dinner) recipe with you. If you like omelets, you will definitely l

Did Someone Say Giveaway?!

We've talked a lot about how to take care of your skin from both the inside and outside. On Monday, I shared some of the best foods to eat to help clear up your skin and maintain decreased levels of inflammation and Wednesday I shared some of my favorite skin care products and recipes. I look forward to sharing even more with you in the coming week. For now, though, I wanted to offer you a chance to win a couple of things that will help you in your quest for healthy, clear sk

Monday Munchies - Food For Your Skin

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen that I am starting a series all about natural care products and at-home "spa" items. I've decided to try out a couple of different facial care brands as well as some easy recipes. To start off this series, we're going to discuss some great foods that will help you achieve healthy, strong skin and hair. Food is the main way to keep your body healthy and happy. Sticking to healthy foods that are high in antioxidants, minerals, a

Monday Munchies - On-The-Go Meals

Good afternoon everyone! I want to apologize for the absence of posts last week, but we're back on track this week. Today I'm sharing some great on-the-go meals that you can take to the beach, work, or on a road trip. These meals can be packed up weekly or the day before and grabbed and packed up in a cooler. They are healthy, protein-packed, and delicious! Breakfasts Oatmeal On-The-Go Bars (recipe from Weelicious) Ingredients: 2 cups old fashioned oats 1 cup whole wheat flou

Monday Munchies - Best Healthy Cookies Ever!

My family loves these cookies! They are such a huge hit that I can't believe I actually got a picture of them before they were devoured. What I love about these cookies is that they are healthier for you but they also are great for a quick snack or breakfast. They are loaded with seeds, oats, dried fruit, and of course, chocolate. Below you will find two different recipes (both of which are delicious), one is gluten-free and the other uses apple sauce. If you would like to se

Monday Munchies - Metabolism-Boosting Snack Options

These snack options are great for both pre and post-workout fueling. You can combine any of your favorites from this list to get the necessary protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber that your body needs to maintain a healthy metabolism. To make things easier on yourself, you can even package some of these in your fridge for on-the-go options. Enjoy! Until next time, Amanda #Athletics #Sports #Dancers #Dance #Health #Spring #Exercise #Book #Food #Blogging

Baked Chicken Tenders & Avocado Dip

You know I can't go a full week without sharing at least one recipe. I always post something food related when I'm hungry, and I'm pretty hungry right now. The recipe I'm sharing with you today is probably one of my very favorites. I love chicken tenders! Especially when they're homemade. I also love avocados! We are going to combine both of my loves in one simple, yet amazingly tasty recipe from Kim's Healthy Eats. Bon appetit! Baked Chicken Tenders & Avocado Dipping Sauce I

Monday Munchies - Radish Cucumber Salad

With all the candy that I ate yesterday for Easter, my body is craving some delicious vegetables and "real" food. This recipe is one of my absolute favorites! I could eat this salad every single day and it wouldn't get old. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Radish Cucumber Salad Ingredients: 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced 2 bunches radishes, thinly sliced 1 bunch scallions, chopped 3/4 cup sour cream 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste Directions: In a medium salad bowl, com

Why is Iron so Important?

Why is iron so important for our bodies? Iron is an important mineral that aids in the formation of oxygen-carrying materials, including hemoglobin and myoglobin (found in the red blood cells and tissues). When iron levels are low, the oxygen available to the red blood cells and tissues is insufficient for proper function. This can cause anemia. There are two types of iron that your body needs, non-heme iron and heme iron. Non-heme iron is found in plant-based foods and appro

Monday Munchies - Cinnamon Crunch Banana Bread

I am the breakfast gal in my family, which means that I get to experiment with many different recipes. One of my favorite things to do for breakfast is bake. I love baking muffins, quick-breads, donuts, etc. Banana bread is a family favorite here so I would like to share a delicious recipe that tastes amazing! Thanks to Savory Nothings for the recipe. Cinnamon Crunch Banana Bread Ingredients: 2 eggs 1 cup mashed banana 3/4 cup sugar (coconut sugar for a healthier substitute)

Healthy Weight-Loss Snacks 4

The best way to lose weight is to increase your metabolism. When your metabolism is normal, you are able to burn fat quickly and efficiently as well as build muscle. Metabolism is the conversion of food into fuel in order for cellular processes to perform properly. It also aids in eliminating waste from the body. Today I am going to share two recipes that will boost metabolism, lower inflammation, and increase circulation. Hot peppers such as jalapenos, chiles, and habaneros

Healthy Weight-Loss Snacks 3

I love having snacks in the house because I feel like I'm always hungry. When you start to build up your metabolism in order to lose weight, you will start to burn calories a lot faster. To keep the weight at bay, I recommend trying these healthy make-at-home snacks that you can pack up and bring with you anywhere. Trail Mix I recommend choosing nuts like Brazil, almonds, pecans, walnuts, and cashews and combining them with seeds like sunflower, pumpkin, chia, and apricot. Th

Monday Munchies - Turmeric Coconut Flour Muffins

The trend here in my house is turmeric. Because of its great anti-inflammatory properties, we've been experimenting, trying to find new ways to use it in baked goods and hide the not-so-pleasant taste. On Saturday, we took a trip to D.C. and I tried a turmeric, ginger latte at Pete's Coffee. It was pleasantly surprising! I actually loved it and can't wait to try and duplicate it at home. The latte had the perfect amount of both ginger and turmeric so that it wasn't overpoweri

Healthy Weight-Loss Snacks 2

Now that you have a basic understanding of what it takes to lose weight, I'm going to share some great companies that sell the best nutrition bars that will help you along your weight-loss journey. They are lower in sugar, higher in protein, and contain fewer ingredients - which means that you are getting the best of the best - than the common nutrition bars you will find in stores. KIND Bars They are very popular and contain great ingredients such as nuts for protein, dark c

Monday Munchies - Healthy Chocolate Pudding

I was in a chocolatey mood today so I decided to share a delicious, healthy chocolate pudding recipe. The reason this pudding is healthy is because you are using raw, unprocessed cocoa as well as coconut sugar. The cocoa is rich in antioxidants and minerals and the coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index so you will not experience as strong of a spike in blood sugar levels. Healthy Chocolate Pudding Ingredients: 1 egg 2 1/4 cup whole milk, divided 2/3 cup coconut sugar 1

Monday Munchies - Avocado Breakfast Flatbread

Every time I write one of these posts, I am always hungry and drooling over the recipes I share with you. :) Today I am sharing a delicious breakfast recipe that is full of good fats, protein, and delicious flavor! I don't like flatbread normally, but this one is definitely a keeper. Enjoy! Avocado Breakfast Flatbread Ingredients: 4 flatbreads (or pita) 2 ripe avocados 2 teaspoons butter Green onions, sliced 4 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 squeezed lime 2 slices roma tomatoes 4 egg

Let's Talk Weight-Loss Snacks - Part 5

This will be the last installment of our series. As it comes to a close, I want to encourage you once again to be positive about your weight-loss journey. If you are looking for new ways to lose weight through diet, I will be starting another series next Friday on healthy, beneficial weight-loss foods. I believe that it is important to be as informed as you can be about what you put into your body and I hope that through these series' I have helped you learn and discover the