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 - 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

Monday Motivation

I feel like the majority of this blog is food related so I wanted to mix things up a little. Instead of doing Monday Munchies every Monday, I thought it would be fun to do it every other Monday with a little Monday Motivation in between (have I said Monday enough?). Everyone could use a little motivation every once in a while, including myself. In fact, what motivates me to get up off the couch and exercise every day is my family. I've found that exercising with others helps

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

Spring Sale

This spring, I will be offering $10 off the Amazon price of A Dancer's Diary! If you order before June 1st, you will get A Dancer's Diary for only $25. Just click "order your copy of A Dancer's Diary" in the upper left corner of this page and fill out the information. A Dancer's Diary offers great information specific to dancers and athletes (and those in between) who wish to maintain health and strength throughout their careers. You will learn how to properly maintain streng

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

Fun Full-Body Workout

I love working out and so I'm always looking for new videos that I can use for quick burst workouts. Blogilates is great for quick and easy workouts that can be combined to create the right workout for your mood and personal taste. As a personal trainer, I'm also looking for new ways to exercise and watching these videos helps me learn and grow. Here are three great videos that I recommend you trying for a great full-body workout today. Enjoy! Until next time, Amanda #Winter

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

Healthy Weight-Loss Snacks

For the last month or so, I have been posting about all of the dangerous and unhealthy ways to lose weight. Now, it's time to post a little more positivity and help you out with healthy weight-loss solutions. This is going to be a new series that will hopefully last until the end of March. I hope you're as excited as I am to embark on this weight-loss journey together! Please let me know if you have any questions about what I write or any other weight-loss issues you are deal

Inspiring You To Keep Working!

I have a bit of a back injury and am not able to exercise, however, you are able to exercise so I am going to share a little inspiration with you to keep working out. Keep up the good work guys! I made a huge amount of progress last week building muscle and increasing metabolism (I am eating so much!) that it's a bummer that I can't continue. Be positive and push through to achieve your goals. Don't push too hard to the point of injury (like me, ugh!) but some pain and burnin

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

Happy Valentine's Day!

So today is the day. The day where love can be found all around you. My brother and I are here spending this holiday together, as we are both single and hermits. It's been a pretty fun holiday so far, however! Our parents sent us a package of assorted, chocolate-covered cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries, and tulips. We've also been watching a lot of TV and I finally got to see the figure skating last night on the Olympics. Last night, we ate our strawberries and made ho

Monday Munchies - Coffee Date Shake

I know that coffee is the number 1 drink that people go for in the morning for a boost. Though I don't always encourage you to rely on something like coffee for a boost, sometimes it just can't be helped. Here is a great option for those of you who would like a healthy alternative to a sweet latte. I recommend using organic coffee as it contains less chemicals that can cause addiction and headaches. You can purchase it here. Coffee Date Shake Ingredients: 6 dates - stones rem

Valentine's Day Plans

If you are alone on Valentine's day, like me this year, here are some fun ideas for you to use to still have fun on a romantic holiday. Online Shopping You will probably find me online browsing through the sales on Anthropologie or Charlotte Russe. I find it very relaxing and enjoyable to buy myself something pretty. Binging Rom-Coms My favorite! I will be on the couch (shopping) and watching all of my favorite romantic comedies. My favorites (currently on Netflix) are probab

Cold Weather Fitness

I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to exercise in cold weather. I'm usually to cold to move, let alone dressing in fitness clothes and exercising. Yes, you get warm pretty quickly, and maybe this makes me lazy, but I don't like cold! If you're like me, I would like to share some great ways to still get your exercise while still remaining warm. If you are sitting on the couch or at your desk, it is easy to do a quick warm-up that will get your blood flowing and wa

Monday Munchies - Energy Creamsicle

Instead of sharing a recipe for a meal or dessert today, I thought it would be a neat twist to share a drink instead. This energy drink is great for people with adrenal fatigue or lower functioning adrenals (this can cause fatigue and foggy thinking) as it naturally provides a pick-me-up for your body. The orange juice provides an excellent source of vitamin C to boost the immune system and sea salt for essential minerals. It tastes like a creamsicle and you can even add some

Surviving the Flu Season

So many people have been getting the flu lately so I thought it perfectly providential that I post about how to survive the flu season. My family hardly ever gets the flu. The reason for this is because we make sure to boost our immune systems constantly and eat healthy in order to avoid getting sick. Here are the best ways to prepare your body for flu season and/or get over the flu easier. 1. Airborne Anytime you feel a cold or flu coming on, immediately start taking vitamin

Monday Munchies - Muesli Cookies

This morning we had some delicious muesli cookies for breakfast. I would have taken some pictures, but they were eaten so quickly that I didn't have a chance :). Not to worry though, they looked exactly like the picture below. Every time I make these cookies, they are instantly eaten up because they are so incredibly good! Muesli is great because it has whole oats, seeds for protein, dried fruit, and crispy rice for crunch. It feels like you're cheating for breakfast, but it'