Motivation

Happy Summer! It is beyond hot here in the bluegrass state, almost unbearable. How are you holding up where you are? I started this post as a fitness motivation post for myself and then quick realized I that I  honestly just needed to ask for motivation from you all. Truth is I find it hard to go to work, go to the gym and come home to work on my other businesses (blog, plant nite, wedding stuff), as well as do household things (cook, clean, laundry). How do you all do it all? How do  you keep it straight? With the wedding being less then 100 days away I guess I am asking for suggestions. What works for you?

Suggestions on:
1.Quick and easy workout routines (30 mins or so)
 2. Daily schedules on household chores (day you do each task and for how long)
3. Business ladies: How do you work a full-time job and run your other businesses?
4. Brides: When you are 100 days out from your wedding what task do you suggest to make sure everything is organized and ready?
I honestly think this post could help many who are in need motivation or ideas. If you have any suggestions bring them on! Also I am speaking my workout into existence with this cute athleisure outfit, shop similar ones below. 
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Alli 

             
                                                             Photography by Erin Trimble

Vitafive

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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

Vitafive

Let’s face it, the food that we eat is not givings us the nutrients that our body needs in order to live and sustain a healthy lifestyle. So the next best way to get all the goodness your body desires is to take supplements. 


The supplements that I have been using lately is Vitafive. This company makes custom vitamin packs to fit your health needs. For around $1 a day Vitafive makes personalized gummy vitamin packs that are sent to your doorstep every 4 weeks. They are prepackaged in the amount you need for each day. Used code aa30 for 30% off.

Vitafive has eight different gummies to choose from,Vitamin  D3, Biotin, Vitamin C, CoQ10, Multivitamin, Calcium & D3, Omega 3, and Melatotonin. You can put anywhere from 1-4 vitamins in a pack. They also have pre-made packs, such as, immune, sleep, beauty, active,  essential, brain, and heart. Check out the pre-made packs here

I like Vitafive because they are easy to travel with. Just take the number of packs you need on a trip and their is no extra hassle. It’s easy to order and you get all the extra nutrients that you need. Vitafive offers free shipping and they have a registered dietitian on staff to help you if you need. And since they are gummies, they taste great and you do not have to worry about hard to swallow horse pills. 

                         
Any bloggers looking for a good affiliate to to collaborate with let me suggest Vitafive. Click the link here for more information. If you try them out come back and let me know how you like them.
XoXo
Alli  
                             

Vitamins c/o Vitafive

Benefits of Acaí

Acaí is a superfood that is packed with antioxidants and a whole lot of goodness. So why wouldn’t you take advantage of this awesome fruit? My favorite way to enjoy it is in an Acaí bowl, which is great for breakfast or lunch, and even a dessert. Check out the the benefits of acaí and a recipe for how to make an acaí bowl below.

Benefits of Acaí
1. Heart Health: high in the antioxidant anchocyanins, which lowers cholesterol in the blood stream
2. Helps fight harmful organisms in the body 
3. Aids in weight loss. 
4. Promotes skin health 
5. Helps digestion 
6. Reduces irritation associated with respiratory distress
7. Improves cellular health 
8. Immune booster 
9. Anti-Aging effects 
10. Energy boost 
11. Boost sex drive in (especially for men)
12. Improves mental health function 
Source: here
Acaí Bowl 
         
Ingredients
1 packet of frozen acaí berry
2-3 Fresh or frozen cut strawberries 
2-3 Fresh or Frozen chucks of pineapples 
1 banana (slices)
1 Tbsp of goji berry 
2 Tbsp of granola 
1/2 Tbsp of honey 
In a blender add acaí, strawberries, pineapples, 1/2 banana. Blend till smooth. May need to add a few tablespoons of liquid (oj, almond milk, etc) to help blend easier. After blending place contents in a bowl. Dress the top with the goji berries, granola, 1/2 of the banana, and honey. I also like to add almond butter to mine to get that extra protein in my diet. I add about 1 Tbsp to the blender. Enjoy!
Make sure you have a good blender in order to blend to a smooth consistency and not have chunks of fruit. Some really good blenders are this one here, this one, and I like this one too. I have link many of the top blenders below at different price points below. Also If you have some acaí recipes please share.
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Alli

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!

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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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Coconut Oil Supplements

                                        
                        
Coconut oil has been very popular lately. You see it on the shelves of any health store, usually your local grocery store or online. It can be found in a pill form or in a oil base. Coconut has many benefits in any form.


Some benefits are improved thyroid function, promotes heart health, and balancing out cholesterol. Coconut oil as helps with weight control by speeding up your metabolism. I have used both  supplements and oil based coconut oil but I really like supplements for everyday use. One that I like that is budget friendly is Good Health FX Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil Supplement, which can be found here. I have been using these for the past 2 weeks and I can definitely tell that it has helped with my dry skin and hair. Coconut oil helps improve acne and eczema. I take them in the morning when I get up and have noticed that it gives me a boost of energy as well. I would recommend the Good Health FX Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil Supplement because it provides you with vitamins that you need each day, such as vitamin E and helps combat many dryness problems you are having with your skin and hair.

Below I have link some products that have coconut oil in them. You can find the exact supplements I use here.
Hope you enjoy!
XoXo
Alli 

Chronos Pharma Mood Enhancers

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As we go into the winter months there will be many cold and gray days. Most like a couple days of snow and cold but when it becomes repeatedly it tends to take a toll on your mood. There is such a thing called seasonal depression or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), basically meaning your onset of depression starts in the fall and last through the winter. This sort of depression drains your energy and kills your mood. One way I combat this is by taking supplements that enhance my mood.

The Chrono Pharma Super Premium 5 HTP supplement, (which can be found here ) is one I have been trying out. 5-HTP is a chemical by-product of the protein building block L-typtophan. 5-HTP is used to help in many different things such as depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, headaches. You can find its many different uses here. 5-HTP works within the brain and nervous system by increasing serotonin, which can affect sleep, appetite, pain, and many other things. This supplement has consistently elevated my mood, helped me sleep, and lessened the my neck pain due to tension headaches. If you have seasonal depression or any of the other things I have mention you should definitely try 5-HTP supplement.

Chrono Pharma wants to give one of my readers a free bottle to try. So enter the giveaway on my Instagram account.  Use code:7PE64YHX for 30% off your purchase. 
The 5-HTP  supplement is c/o Chrono Pharma. Thank you for sponsoring this post.
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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