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Immune Boosting Chicken Soup

  • Posted on: 25 September 2014
  • By: jessica
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Cold and flu season is already here and I intend to bid it farewell immediately! After researching endlessly for immune boosting foods I have put together a fantastic tasting chicken soup. This soup is loaded with a lot of good things to boost your immunity. The turmeric is a quick acting anti-inflammatory. The garlic and lemon are both natural antibiotics. The veggies are loaded with vitamins. The chicken stock is full of amino acids that will speed recovery time, and the list goes on and on. Basically, if you are feeling a cold coming on, or right in the middle of the dreadful thing, this...

Aerobic Base Training

  • Posted on: 10 September 2014
  • By: jessica
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For those of you who work out with me at I nspire Fitness or see me interval training at Railroad Park , you may be wondering why I'm not working out as hard as I usually do? I'm barely working up a sweat most days! You may be thinking it looks easy and I'm just leisurely enjoying myself. WRONG! I'm going crazy to start lifting some weights again and push myself hard at Spinning® class! I love the rush of really pushing myself and working up a good sweat. So why have I slowed things down? I'm excited to tell you about it. Drumroll, please....I am training myself to strengthen my aerobic base...

Eat The Rainbow: Incorporate as many diverse fruits and vegetables into your diet as possible

  • Posted on: 21 August 2014
  • By: jessica
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We all know we should eat our vegetables. I remember, as a child being made to stay at the table until my microwaved, mushy, canned carrots were all gone off my plate. Little did my parents know that most of the nutrients had been zapped out during processing and microwaving, which explains why I never liked the bland orange atrocities. I'm so glad that I've learned ways to enjoy fresh, local carrots now! This is Gerson Therapy Carrot Apple Juice. Read more about the juice here . I have grown to truly love organic, local carrots. They are a delightfully, sweet treat. Now, I'd like to share a...

#100fitDays

  • Posted on: 18 August 2014
  • By: jessica
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After attending an incredible class on Saturday towards getting my certification to become a Spinning® instructor, I have decided to take the Spinning® challenge "#100fitDays"! I am hoping to enlist several friends to take this challenge with me. <Hint, Hint> On the Spinning® website , they challenge you to spend the next 100 days eating right, being active, and living a fit lifestyle. They go on to say, " Even if you can't go to the gym, yoga mat, or your favorite Spinning® class every day, we challenge you to make at least one healthy choice a day". We can do that, guys! Here is a...

Mother Nature Knows Best: Choose Food that is Minimally Processed

  • Posted on: 14 August 2014
  • By: jessica
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Hi everyone! Welcome back to my series on Clean Eating. I hope you are having a beautiful day! Today we will be discussing processed foods and the potential harm they can impose on your health. Let me start by saying that food processing is a massive subject. There is no way that I will be able to cover everything in one blog post. I hope to simply shed some light on the subject. I have noticed there is not a lot of basic, easy to understand information out there. I hope this blog post will change that. All food that we eat is processed, in some way. Chopping, cooking, mixing: all forms of...

Five tips on clean eating while traveling!

  • Posted on: 1 August 2014
  • By: jessica
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One of the hardest times to eat clean, unprocessed foods is on road trips. Those cheap drive thrus with colorful signs of clowns, cows, and tacos are so tempting! So today I would like to share five quick tips to being a mean, clean, traveling machine. 1. Make a menu Yes, I said a menu. I don't mean a fancy five course meal. I mean figuring out what foods your family likes. Choose family favorites to avoid falling prey to those tempting fast food joints. 2. Choose food that travels well While you want to choose favorites of your family, your husband'a favorite seafood stuffed potato may not...

Free the Chicks

  • Posted on: 30 July 2014
  • By: jessica
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Welcome back to Spiffy Eats! Today we will be continuing our series on clean eating, "Free the Chicks: Choose free-range chicken, pasture-raised eggs, and organic when possible." We will be hearing from one of the most brilliant women I know and one of my dearest friends, Amber Vargas. Amber Vargas is a full-time wife and mother of two beautiful children from Greenville, South Carolina. She is passionate about clean eating and sustainable living. When I asked Amber why she got into clean eating she said it was because of her children. "I wanted my children to be as healthy as possible. I...

Do Not Fear Fat

  • Posted on: 24 July 2014
  • By: jessica
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Hi All! Thank you for stopping by Spiffy Eats today! I have been sharing simple, clean eating recipes with you for a few months. However, I have yet to share any basic concepts on clean eating. So over the next few weeks, that is precisely what I will be doing! Today we will cover the first point: Do not fear fat: Our bodies need fat. Choose grass-fed butter and organic coconut oil for cooking. Let me share some information with you. Recent research is now showing that the formerly thought connection between heart disease, cholesterol and saturated fat may not be accurate. In actuality,...

Wednesday Workouts: Spinning at Inspire Fitness

  • Posted on: 23 July 2014
  • By: jessica
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I had an absolute blast at Spin Class at Inspire Fitness tonight! We went on a grand adventure through Stage 16 of Tour de France . It was the most challening ride I've ever done on a Spin bike or road bike. We did sprints, slow steady uphills, and pushed ourselves hard! If you haven't tried it before, I hope you will consider it. Spinning is a low impact way to get optimum cardiovascular benefits. I cannot tell you how amazing these classes are. After one class with an amazing instructor named Sarah , I was online figuring out how I can become an instructor! I am proud to say that this will...

Clean Eating Frozen Hot Chocolate

  • Posted on: 21 July 2014
  • By: jessica
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Hi all! Welcome back to Monday Munchies where I share with you a simple recipe that you can make using ingredients you most likely already have on hand. As I stepped outside this afternoon it hit me: I need a frozen drink, and I need it now! This Alabama heat takes a toll on a gal. Then I thought, why not chocolate? Cocoa is mood boosting and delicious. So here is what I did. Yum! I had this entire thing drank before I ever sat down to start sharing the recipe with you! So delicious. Take 8 oz of whole grass-fed milk and add it to your blender. Then add 1 1/2 tablespoons of organic dark cocoa...

DIY Butter

  • Posted on: 14 July 2014
  • By: jessica
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Thank you for stopping by for Monday Munchies , where I share with you a simple recipe using ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen! I hope to invite you into my journey of learning to eat clean and show you that it is possible to make small changes in your life, one recipe at a time! Today I am sharing with you a recipe that I have been wanting to make since I was a child. This was such a fun and simple recipe! 1. Start by choosing an organic heavy whipping cream. I choose Working Cow of Alabama due to their Low Temperature Pasteurization process. "You see there are...

Clean Eating Cucumber Salad

  • Posted on: 16 June 2014
  • By: jessica
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Hi, Friends! Welcome back to Monday Munchies where I share a simple recipe with you that uses basic ingredients found in your kitchen. On Saturday I went to Pepper Place Market and found these gems! I love tomatoes! What better to highlight each flavor than make a tangy cucumber salad? I grabbed a cucumber, lemon, and 2 types of basil from my garden (one of which is a spicy greek basil. Yum). Then I roughly chopped everhthing, added 1 1/2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and squeezed the juice from one lemon on top. Have fun eating this tangy Cucumber Salad!

DIY Trellis

  • Posted on: 15 June 2014
  • By: jessica
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Hello! I wanted to share with you a simple DIY I did today in about a half hour. I had some Cardinal Climbers that I needed to go in the ground and needed a trellis. So why not use a few things I had on hand to make one! I had two pieces of wood that I knew I would use one day. So I grabbed them along with 4 wire hangers, a can of spray paint, and a staple gun. Then I lined them up and stapled the hangers to the wood. Stapling them this way will make the trellis the most symetrical. Then I grabbed my good friend spray paint and put a quick coat on the wood. Then I dug a couple inches and put...

Two Ingredient Clean Eating Popsicles

  • Posted on: 9 June 2014
  • By: jessica
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Welcome back to Monday Munchies , where I share with you an easy to make recipe that you can create using ingredients you most likely already have on hand. Today I will be sharing with you one of the easiest, most delicious snacks I have ever made. Using two ingredients: ripe cantelope and whole milk vanilla yogurt. This weather has been absolutely divine. I am loving the longer days of sunshine, the wildflowers in bloom, the Barons baseball games , and all of the fun cookouts and barbeques. I love my city! So what better way to enjoy this summer heat than to make popsicles! First take 10-12...

Simple Oven Dried Fruit

  • Posted on: 19 May 2014
  • By: jessica
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Thank you for joining me for Monday Munchies where I share with you an easy recipe you can make using ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen. Today I will be sharing with you a simple way to dry fruit using just your oven. The flavor reminds me of fruit roll-ups! So, I guess this is a clean eating alternative! Enjoy. First preheat your oven to 200 degrees F. Then slice your fruit to the thickness you prefer. Remember it will shrink up when you bake it, so go a little thicker than I did here. This first time was a learning experience for me. Then take a teaspoon of Coconut...

Wednesday Workouts: Walk/Run

  • Posted on: 7 May 2014
  • By: jessica
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Thank you for joining me for Wednesday Workouts where every Wednesday I share with you a simple way that I chose to stay active. Today I returned to my favorite spot, Crestwood Park for some interval training. What is interval training? Interval Training is a sinch! It is defined by Mayo Clinic as "simply alternating bursts of intense activity with intervals of lighter activity." Go hard, go light, go hard, go light. I chose to follow the advice of an awesome running coach Danny Harrelson of Run University and do 4 minutes of jogging followed by 1 minute of walking for 1 mile. And with this...

Thirsty Thursdays: Skinny Mojito

  • Posted on: 1 May 2014
  • By: jessica
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I am back to the world of the living!!! April was a sick month in my house, but I am back and ready to bring you a wonderful drink for Thirsty Thursdays ! Today I will be making a Skinny Mojito using fresh mint from my garden, Perrier, stevia, fresh squeezed limes, and rum. Spring is here! I've made a simple recipe that will have your taste buds delighted without the guilt of tons of sugar! 1. Roughly chop your mint leaves. 2. Slice Your Limes 3. Add your mint leaves to the bottom of your glass and sqeeze your lime juice into the glass. 4. Add your Stevia packet. 5. Add your rum. 6. Take a...

Wednesday Workouts: A walk in the park

  • Posted on: 9 April 2014
  • By: jessica
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Thanks for coming by for today's Wednesday Workout! Every Wednesday I share with you a SIMPLE way I chose to stay active. I want you all to see that an active lifestyle is attainable for anyone. GET OUT, GET MOVING AND HAVE FUN! Today I chose to take a stroll in Crestwood Park. "The advantages of walking include its convenience, paracticality, and naturelness. It is the most popular physical activity for adults." ( Fitness Professional's Handbook ) Walking will not only elevate your heart rate and expand your lung capacity, but also put you in a better mood! Everyone enjoys the vitamin D from...

Clean Eating Yogurt Parfait

  • Posted on: 7 April 2014
  • By: jessica
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Welcome back to Monday Munchies ! I hope you have had a great weekend and are ready to tackle this week with a positive attitude and happy outlook on life. As you know, every Monday I will be sharing a simple recipe with you that you can make using ingredients you most likely already have on hand. I want to encourage you that clean eating is possible and easy for everyone. Today I decided to make a Clean Eating Yogurt Parfait using items on sale at my local grocer. Banana, blackberries, cantelope, and vanilla greek yogurt come together for this light and fresh fruit parfait. First, I cut two...

Coffee Shop Hop

  • Posted on: 6 April 2014
  • By: jessica
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You've heard of the typical "bar hop" where you go from bar to bar meeting people, tasting different drinks, and getting to know a new city. But, have you heard of a "coffee shop hop"? This Saturday morning my boyfriend, Tony and I decided to go try a cup of coffee at three different coffee shops. I went to places I'd never been and had a blast seeing new parts of Birmingham. Church Street Coffee and Books Located at 81 Church St, Mountain Brook, AL 35213, Church Street Coffee and Books is one of the most adorable places I've seen in Birmingham. This is a fantastic place to see new books and...

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