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Starting my Monday off with a jumpstart by getting all the vitamins my body needs from Vitafive. Haven’t heard of Vitafive yet? Well listen….it is a great company that provides you with a subscription vitamin service that makes sure you get all the nutrients that your body needs. Not only do you get all that healthy goodness, but the vitamins taste like candy (this is an added bonus if you have a sweet tooth like me). They are gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan, #score for all my foodies and health conscience people. Watch my YouTube video here or below where I detail my favorites about these awesome gummies. Oh also use code: 25aa for 25% on any vitamins from Vitafive. Happy Monday!

XoXo
Alli

Vitamins c/o Vitafive

Healthy Snacks

I usually try to be on a health kick, but sometimes it is hard with working full-time, blogging and everyday life. This is why I have to plan ahead in order to have healthy snacks and not be reaching for the easy convenient ones that have less nutrients and more calories. Below I am sharing some of my favorite and easy healthy snacks that you can take with you on the go.

One of my favorite snack on the go is trail mix, but I like to make my own. That way I know what and how much I am putting in my body. In my trail mix I like to add nuts. I am a fan of all kinds but almonds are usually some of the healthiest. I throw in some dried fruit. My new favorite thing to add is goji berries. Did you know goji berries is a super fruit and that they are a good source of vitamin C, A, and iron? I finish it off with a little bit of chocolate. Everything taste better with chocolate right?

Trail Mix Recipe

1 1/2 cups of nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans)
1/2 cup of dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc.)
1/2 cup of goji berries 
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips 
Another healthy snack is green juice. I make this the night before and put it in a sealed container to drink periodically through out the next day. Fresh green juice will usually last up to 2 days at most. This is the simplest was to get in your fruits and vegetables. On the go I typically pour some in a mason jar and use a stainless steel straw. I really like theses straws because they are ego-friendly, reusable, and very durable. They make your drinks seem cold even if they are not. My favorite ones are these Alistart straws because they come in a pack of 6 with 2 cleaning brushes. If you know anything about stainless steel straws they are hard to clean, so the brushes make a big difference. They are also affordable and will not break the bank. Check out my green juice recipe below.
Green Juice Recipe ( 1 serving) 
1 cup of Spinach or Kale 
1 small Apple  
1 medium sized carrot 
1 lemon slice 
Ginger (as much as you like I usually don’t measure this)
What are you favorite quick snacks on the go? I am always look to add more to my list. Shop some of my favorite accessories to make snacking easier on the go.
Stainless Steel Straws c/o Alistart

Using Scales in the Kitchen

Many of us have the same resolution in the New Year. Basically to lose weight and get healthy. We go on diets start amping up our exercise till one day we just quit and we are right back where we started. I plan on trying a new approach this year. I have introduced a kitchen scale into my diet.

Portion sizes are one of the main reasons for weight gain. Many of us eat way more than our portion size when it comes to meals. A kitchen scale will help keep me on track and make me accountable for what I put in my body. This why I do not have to deprive myself of things I crave. It just allows me to be smarter about how much of it I eat and to cut back on my intake of unnecessary calories.

Below I have listed the recommend serving sizes for each Food Group:
Food Type1,600 Calories2,000 CaloriesExamples of One Serving
Grains

At least half of your servings should be whole-grain.

6 servings per day 6-8 servings per day
  • 1 slice bread
  • 1 oz dry cereal (check nutrition label for cup measurements of different products)
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice, pasta, or cereal (about the size of a baseball)
Vegetables
Eat a variety of colors and types
3-4 servings per day 4-5 servings per day
  • 1 cup raw leafy vegetables (about the size of a small fist)
  • 1/2 cup cut-up raw or cooked vegetables
  • 1/2 cup vegetable juice
Fruits
Eat a variety of colors and types
4 servings per day 4-5 servings per day
  • 1 medium fruit (about the size of a baseball)
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup fresh, frozen, or canned fruit
  • 1/2 cup fruit juice
Fat-free or low-fat dairy Products2-3 servings per day 2-3 servings per day 
  • 1 cup fat-free or low-fat milk
  • 1 cup fat-free or low-fat yogurt
  • 1 and 1/2 oz fat-free or low-fat cheese (about the size of 6 stacked dice)
Lean meats, poultry, and seafood3-6 oz (cooked) per day Less than 6 oz per day 
  • 3 oz cooked meat (about the size of a computer mouse)
  • 3 oz grilled fish (about the size of a checkbook)
Fats and oils
Use liquid vegetable oils and soft margarine most often
2 servings per day 2-3 servings per day
  • 1 tsp soft margarine
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp regular or 2 Tbsp low-fat salad dressing (fat-free dressing does not count as a serving)
Nuts, seeds, and legumes3-4 servings per week 4-5 servings per week
  • 1/3 cup or 1 and 1/2 oz nuts
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp or 1/2 oz seeds
  • 1/2 cup dry beans or peas
Sweets and added sugars0 servings per week 5 or fewer servings per week
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp jelly or jam
  • 1/2 cup sorbet and ices
  • 1 cup lemonade
I use a kitchen scale it help me stay within these guidelines and to maintain a healthy weight. The scale I use is the Pyür Digital Kitchen Scale, which can be found here. This scale is great and I would definitely recommend it. This scale can weigh up to 5kg/11lbs in graduation of 0.05 oz (1 gram), it calculates the net weight of the ingredients, and converts from ounces to grams and pounds to kilograms. It is very easy to use, clean, and store. The Pyür Digital Kitchen Scale’s large LCD light is easy to read. This scale is great for professional cooks and the average person. It also has a 1-Year satisfaction guarantee. 
Below I have linked many kitchen scales all under $30. Who is joining me and taking back their life by making sure they do not over eat?

Matcha Green Tea Powder

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I am always looking for things that help me get through longs days and give me the energy to last all day. Coffee works well but only for so long. A healthier option that I have found is 100% Pure Organic Match Green Tea, which can be found here.

It can be used in many forms such as baking (breads, desserts, etc.), or put in smoothies and coffee to drink. You can add it to any baking mix for a boost to you recipe. I like to put mine in a smoothie in the morning (recipe below). Matcha gives you great energy that last for an extending period of time because it has an amino acid called L-Theanine. It also improves memory and heath with an Antioxidants called EGCg, which is known to have cancer fighting properties. One thing I love about Matcha is that it is a metabolism booster. Which many us will love after the holidays. You can get the specific Matcha power I use here. Try it out and let me know how you like it. I have also link many products below that have Matcha in them. Take a look. Hope you enjoy!

XoXo
Alli
1 Tablespoon of Matcha Powder
5.3 oz Cup of Yogurt (any flavor you like)
1 scoop of Protein Powder (any flavor or brand you like)
1 Tablespoon of Almond Butter
1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Medium Banana
Put all in a bender and blend into smooth  
Matcha powder c/o Matcha Organics 

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Healthy Mediterranean Gourmet

Mediterranean food is one of my favorite types of food but sometimes it can be labeled as costly, unhealthy and time consuming to make. Well not anymore.

The ebook Healthy Mediterranean Gourmet: Mediterranean Recipes For Everyday: Eat Healthy Gourmet Food (which can be found here) has come up with quick, easy and affordable recipes that you can make at home.  This book gives suggestions on how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle, providing basic education on what to add in your diet as well as what to limit from your diet. It offers numerous recipes from salads to entrees and desserts, so you will be sure to find many that you like. All ingredients can be found at your local grocery or farmer’s market which make it easy and cost effective to prepare.  One of my favorite recipes from the book is the Tomato and Red Onion Salad. This is so simple to make and you probably have most of the ingredients in your refrigerator already. It literally takes 15 minutes and is great for lunch or to take to a dinner party. Not to mention that it taste awesome. Check out the recipe below. Hope you enjoy!

XoXo 
Alli

E-book c/o Ebookpro