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Wednesday Workouts: Spinning at Inspire Fitness

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Wednesday Workouts: A Clean Spring Porch

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Last week I did my first post in the series Wednesday Workouts . Every Wednesday I will be sharing a simple way to GET OUT and GET MOVING! I hope to inspire you to live a more active lifestyle. Anyone can be an active, healthy person! Today I decided what better way to get my exercise on that to clean my front porch. Trust me, I it doesn't look like much. It still needs a deep clean and a whole renovation. But check out some before pics. Ok, enough of that!!!! I am pretty embarrassed of how messy I let it get. No excuses! Moving on. I decided to move out all of the junk and really get my...

Fresh Fruit Salad

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Welcome back to Monday Munchies, where every Monday I will be sharing a simple, clean eating recipe that you can make using ingredients from your pantry. If you enjoy this recipe, make sure to pin it! I would love to follow your Pinterest boards! Last week for Thirsty Thursdays I did recipes for 5 girly drinks! I ended up with lots of leftover fruit. So I figured, why not make a fresh fruit salad with my leftovers! I chopped up a few strawberries and a couple slices of apple and squeezed some fresh lemon juice on top to keep the apples from browning. Then I chopped up a couple slices of...

Thirsty Thursdays: 5 Girly Drinks!

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Welcome to my new series Thirsty Thursdays! Every month I will be sharing a simple adult beverage with you that can be made with ingredients you have at home. I'm not going to lie to you and say that alcohol is healthy for you. I believe and strive to practice moderation in every area of my life. My grandmother once told me, "Life is about balance. Everything in moderation." It is absolutely possible to enjoy a social drink occasionally and still live a healthy lifestyle! Now, for today's recipe I will be sharing with you 5 ways to dress up champagne using fresh ingredients! Using these...

Wednesday Workouts: A walk to lunch

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Hi! Today I'm starting my new series Wednesday Workouts! Mid-week can be a difficult time for us. Maybe you were too tired after working late on Monday to go for your usual walk. Maybe you skipped the gym Tuesday because your gym buddy bailed. So I am going to help SIMPLIFY this whole exercise thing for you. Every Wednesday I will share a simple way that I chose to be active. I hope to inspire you all to GET OUT AND GET MOVING every single week. Staying healthy is completely attainable for everyone! Today I chose to get out and get moving by taking a walk on my lunch break with two friends...

Clean Eating Fruit Dip

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Hi all! Today is my first post in my weekly series called Monday Munchies! Every Monday I will be sharing a simple, clean eating snack idea. My goal is to help you start off your week the right way by sharing easy recipes using items you already have in your pantry! Strawberries are on sale!!! I love Spring. Have I mentioned that before? This dip is delighfully delicious and delightfully easy. Perfect for a rushed morning or as an after school snack. My boyfriend, Tony, decided he wanted to help cut the strawberries. He's such a jokester! But he did the hardest part of this recipe for me! I...

Coconut Vegan Latte

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Spring is in the air! As the weather gets warmer, I still crave a warm cup of coffee in the morning. Right now we're brewing a local grind from Red Bike Coffee . It is devine! I recently became interested (maybe obsessed because of all the amazing health benefeits) with using pure, unrefined, organic coconut oil in everything! I found that it adds a very creamy flavor to my coffee without the use of any dairy products. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy locally vat processed, organic milk pretty often (Thank you Working Cow of Alabama ), but a dairy free option is always a nice change of pace. I...

Simple Summer Salad

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Summer is a fun, active time of year for me. There are days when I want to spend as much time as possible outdoors jogging, cycling, or going to the river with my friends. It can be very easy to make less than healthy choices on days like this. Opting for a quick drive thru or munching on snack food from the convenience store. I have found that making simple salads in the evening opens up the next day for more healthy and CLEAN EATING options. This recipe is a base. I use these staple veggies and add all kinds of variations throughout the Summer. I hope this helps you make good choices for...

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