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5 Yoga Poses & Moves to Strengthen Hip Mobility + One Tribe Apparel Giveaway!

Hi friends!

Today’s post is a fun one. First up, we’re talking about moves to strengthen & lengthen our hips, then it’s time for a giveaway!

Sometimes people think of strong hip mobility as something that only yogis and gymnasts should focus on. But the truth is, every single person can benefit from having better range of motion in their hips – from runners and weight lifters that don’t own a yoga mat, to people that don’t workout at all. Everything in our bodies is connected, and poor hip mobility can often lead to pain in other places in our bodies, like the lower back.

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite yoga poses & moves that stretch & strengthen the hips. I do these moves pretty much every day – whether during a yoga practice, at the beginning of a strength or cardio workout, or even sometimes when I’m just watching TV.

1.) Figure Four Pose. Start standing, then lift one foot off of the mat, placing the ankle on top of the other thigh. Draw your weight into your standing leg, and sink into the pose, hands in prayer. You can do Figure Four sitting or standing, but I like the shown standing variation because it also challenges your balance.


2.) Pigeon Pose. This pose is done in most yoga classes because it’s great for the hip flexors. One way to get into Pigeon is by starting on all fours, bringing one knee forward and placing it on the floor just behind your hand, with your heel pointing toward the frontal hipbone of your other leg. You can sink deeper into the pose by bringing your elbows to the ground, and you kick it up another notch by rotating behind you to grab the straight leg with your hand and bringing your foot up to hand, bending the leg.

3.) Hip Swings. I do this move nearly every day because I think it feels awesome! Start by standing on both legs, then bringing one leg off the ground, keeping it straight and bringing the foot slightly diagonal in front of you. Swing the leg out to the same side, aiming to get the leg up to hip level, then bring it back down in a controlled motion. Try to do 20 of these without your foot touching the ground, then switch sides.

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Superfood Chocolate PB Chia Smoothie + Amazing Grass Giveaway!

We all know that eating a healthy diet tends to most often be associated with looking good, but there’s more to eating well than the physical results of those smart choices. Fueling with high-quality foods that nourish my body help me to not just survive, but to thrive. With every task and moment of my day, from completing a writing assignment to finishing a challenging workout, consuming a high-quality diet enables my body and mind to perform at its best.

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The concept is simple: If you constantly eat crap, your body is going to (eventually) respond to your low-quality diet by feeling tired, lethargic and gaining weight, among other things. If you consistently fuel your body right with high-quality food, your body should respond by feeling amazing. The millions of cells that make up our bodies are constantly regenerating, and just what our newest cells are made of is dependent on the food we’ve been fueling it with.

One major way that I make sure to fuel properly is by following my #1 diet trick of eating fruits and/or veggies at every single meal. I eat a ton of whole foods, and since I lead a very active, busy lifestyle, I also consume a smoothie almost daily that’s supplemented with a high-quality protein. Lately I’ve been using the Protein Superfood from Amazing Grass, and today I’m teaming up with them to bring you a superfood smoothie recipe & giveaway!

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Amazing Grass has been growing, harvesting, and dehydrating organic greens at its family farm in Kansas for over 50 years. All of their products are plant-based, non-GMO, and sustainably farmed, and the new Protein Superfood line is a complete plant-based protein made with greens, fruits & veggies.

Their organic Protein Superfood powders contain hemp, chia, quinoa, and pea protein, along with 7 alkalizing greens and 9 nutrient-dense fruits & veggies (including wheat, barley, & alfalfa grass, acai & goji, pineapple, sweet potato & more!). They’re also gluten free and contain no added sugars. THIS is the kind of high-quality fuel that I’m talking about!

Amazing Grass Choc PB protein

The Protein Superfood line includes vanilla, original, and chocolate peanut butter flavors, and being the chocolate & nut butter lover that I am, I naturally chose the chocolate PB to try out.

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This smoothie features my favorite blender fruit, the potassium-rich banana, along with omega-3 and fiber-rich chia seeds. Many people are deficient in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, and chia seeds are a great way to sneak both into your diet! The smoothie also includes two of my favorite ingredients that add in flavor without calories, cinnamon + vanilla extract.

This superfood recipe has been fueling my healthy on-the-go lifestyle, and I hope that you try it out too!

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Chocolate PB Chia Superfood Smoothie
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ scoop Amazing Grass Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Superfood powder
  • 1 TBSP peanut butter OR 2 TBSP powdered peanut butter
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 TBSP cocoa powder
  • ½ TSP cinnamon
  • ½ TSP vanilla extract
  • ½ TBSP maple syrup, optional add-in for sweetness
  • A few handfuls of ice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

 

And now it’s giveaway time!

One lucky reader will win a full-sized (15 oz) Amazing Grass Protein Superfood powder, and can choose their flavor preference: vanilla, original or chocolate peanut butter.

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Enter by using any or all of the Rafflecopter giveaway methods below! The giveaway is open until next Wednesday, May 4th, when a winner will randomly be selected. Open to U.S. residents only.

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Boost Your Immunity This Holiday Season with Green Juice + Daily Greens Giveaway!

Happy December everyone!

Can you believe that it’s the start of the holiday season? I was happy to get a lot of Christmas shopping done online in the past week. I love shopping without leaving the comfort of my cozy couch!

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Any who, December seems to be the time when many of us fall prey to sniffles and sore throats. With most of us coming across more germs than usual between holiday parties, family get togethers, traveling, and being out and about shopping, plus the colder weather that many are faced with this time of the season, people are bound to get under the weather.

I’ve gotten an upper respiratory thing more than a few times over the holidays. It’s usually the only time that I ever get sick, and while a cold is just a cold, I find it very annoying. It bogs me down and makes me tired, headachy and lethargic. I dread it, which is why I’ve been serious the last couple of years about implementing a couple of proven strategies into my life this time of the year – one of which is getting in plenty of green juice.

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Oh, green juice. You jam so many vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals into just one glass or container. All of that goodness helps to build your immune system and combat whatever germs are coming your way!

I like to drink one most mornings to start my day off nice and healthy. I love knowing that by 8 am, I’ve already had a good 4-6 servings of veggies & fruits. Here are a few of my favorite at-home juicing recipes:

And because I can get lazy with my juicer – that thing is the worst to clean, plus I’m usually super busy in the morning getting my day started – sometimes I nab some fresh juices from the store for an easy grab-and-go option.

Daily Greens

Recently Daily Greens contacted me and offered to send me some of their new Probiotic Half Pint Smoothies to try. I love trying new types of juices, and I was even more intrigued by their juices’ added probiotics cultures, which help to support the immune system as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

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Apple Cherry Walnut Pancakes (& Fit Body Bakery Giveaway!)

Pancakes are forever and always my favorite kind of breakfast.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to pancake ideas. In the summer I’m all about incorporating berries into my pancakes, and now that it’s autumn, I’m into seasonal pancakes that focus on foods like pumpkin and apple. autumn pancakes-1

Recently Fit Body Bakery sent me a few of their gluten-free, protein rich baking mixes to get creative with, including their Power Up Pancake mix. The Fit Body Bakery line was created to support strong, healthy, active bodies, so naturally, I was excited to experiment with their mixes. Designed to help customers to bake fresh AND healthy, their mixes contain:

  •  6g+ protein per serving
  • About half the sugar as conventional baking mixes and recipes
  • Unrefined coconut sugar and stevia for sweeteners
  • 100% gluten free whole grains
  • No preservatives or artificial ingredients

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With baked apple, dried cherries, chopped walnuts, cinnamon & maple syrup, today’s pancake recipe is all about those delicious autumn flavor favorites.

Fit Body Bakery Pancakes

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Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Muffins {+ Mighty Nut Powdered PB Giveaway!}

Nut butter, oh how I love you so. 

At any given time, there are probably 10 jars of nut butter in my pantry. I most often spread it on fruit or throw it in my smoothies for some extra creaminess and flavor. I also am a fan of incorporating peanut/cashew/almond butter into my baked goods, like today’s muffin recipe.

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One brand of nut butter that you’ll always find in my kitchen is Peanut Butter & Co. I especially love their Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter! While I love smooth nut butter, powdered peanut butter is also a staple in my kitchen. So, you could imagine my excitement when I got involved in a Fit Approach collaboration with Peanut Butter & Co. to experiment in the kitchen with their new powdered peanut butter line, Mighty Nut.

banana pb muffins-5Created from quality USA grown peanuts, Mighty Nut is a non-GMO powdered peanut butter line made by roasting and pressing the peanuts. What remains is the protein, fiber and delicious peanut buttery taste – but much less fat and calories. Mighty Nut is now available in 4 varieties:

  • Original
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Flax & Chia

I decided to come up with a muffin recipe that gives you lots of chocolatey and peanut buttery goodness, while also being low in fat and calories. These wholesome, gluten free babies were the result:

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Let’s discuss…

For the base of the muffins we’ve got some oats and Mighty Nut chocolate powdered peanut butter.

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Aurorae Yoga Mat Towel Review & Giveaway!

Hi there!

Today I’ve got a fun giveaway for you guys! Recently the folks at Aurorae sent me a yoga product of theirs, called the Synergy Mat Towel, to try out. I was intrigued by the mat because of its built-in non-slip microfiber towel.

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I had never seen a yoga mat with a built-in towel before, and it sounded like a brilliant idea to me. I had owned a few yoga mats already, but wasn’t in love with them because of how I seemed to find myself slipping around on the mat once I started sweating and getting into my workout. I was interested to see if Aurorae’s mat would eliminate this annoyance.  Aurorae Mat Giveaway

Aurorae is a yoga, fitness & aromatherapy e-retailer that has recently expanded into a number of new divisions, including apparel and outdoor accessories such as beach towels. They’re a small family business who keeps customer service and satisfaction as their main priority as they operate in the spirit of yoga.

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ShiftCon Recap: GMO Talk + Giveaway of Goodies!

“Every time you buy, you’re voting for the world you want or the world you don’t want.”  – Gary Hirshberg, Chairman of Stonyfield and Founder of Just Label It & Only Organic

I found this to be the most powerful sentence I heard at last week’s ShiftCon event. It’s such a simple and somewhat obvious statement, but it brings to light the fact that when you purchase something, you’re supporting a product – and not only the product itself, but also how it was made.

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The view from the Marriott in Manhattan Beach, where ShiftCon took place

ShiftCon took place last week in the pretty town of Manhattan Beach, and was an event geared towards health, wellness and green living. You can check out this YouTube video to get a better idea of what the conference is all about.  I randomly won a ticket to the event through my ambassadorship with FitFluential, and was excited to check out what the event had to offer. My cousin lives in the neighboring town of Long Beach, which was great because I got to crash at her place for a few days and spend some time with her.

The conference had an exhibit hall full of brands that I love, including Barbara’s

Puffins at ShiftCon

(Can’t wait to try their new pumpkin cereal! Sadly they didn’t have any actually at the show.)

Annie’s was there with their yummy snacks and pastas…

Annies ShiftCon

…and organic yogurt company Stonyfield had a big presence there. Their gingered pear Oh My Yog! was delicious.  Stonyfield Oh My Yog!

ShiftCon also had sponsored lounges, including one with Naturepedic that allowed you to zen out on their comfy organic mattresses while charging your iPhone.

Naturepedic lounge

(This was me entering their giveaway for a new mattress by tweeting a picture. I didn’t win, but winning a ticket to ShiftCon AND a mattress would have been just too crazy!)

During a conference focused on food and the environment, it was no surprise that THE major topic of the event was GMOs. With states bringing labeling laws to elections and the House recently passing what its opponents refer to as the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know), which if passed, would preempt states from requiring labeling of GMO food, we are a really pivotal time when it comes to GMOs. I’m disheartened to know that many Americans don’t have any idea what GMOs even are, and since I learned a lot of facts at ShiftCon about them, I thought I’d share some GMO stats with you all today:

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Big food companies like General Mills are pouring millions of dollars into getting the DARK Act passed

  • So exactly what are GMOs? They are organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.
  • What crops are GMO? They’re primarily in soy, corn, cotton, sugar beets and canola oil. This may not sound like many foods, but it translates to GMOs in 75% of conventional food in the U.S.!
  • With the increase of GMO crops, herbicide applications have also dramatically increased. The primary ingredient in Monsanto’s popular Roundup herbicide, glyphosate, was just deemed to be a probable carcinogen, meaning cancer causing, in the state of California.

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ProYo Giveaway + My Favorite Summer Things {Weekend Recap}

Hi friends!

First thing’s first: I have a giveaway for you lovely people! Remember when I posted a review last week about ProYo’s high protein frozen yogurt (Check it out here if you missed it!)? Well, the lovely folks at ProYo offered to give away a box of each of their flavors to one lucky reader!

(7/1 UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.)

ProYo Giveaway

Anyone in the Continental U.S. can enter to win a box of Dutch chocolate, banana vanilla, vanilla bean, and blueberry pomegranate ProYo treats (4 boxes total) by doing any of the following:

  • Leave a comment below telling me which ProYo flavor you most want to try
  • Repost my Instagram photo announcing this giveaway
  • Retweet any tweets I shoot out regarding this giveaway
  • Follow @ProYoTreats on Instagram OR Twitter (Do both for 2 entries!)
  • Follow @foodiemtfitness on Twitter
  • Follow @foodielovesfitness on Instagram

Be sure to leave a comment below to let me know each way that you enter. I’ll randomly select a winner next Wednesday, July 1st. 

Next up: a recap of my very summery weekend! We’re 4 days into summer, and I hope that your season is off to a great start. I’m a few days late in doing a recap of my last weekend, but it was such a fun weekend full of summery activities and the weather was gorgeous, so I can’t help myself from sharing the highlights.

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{HIKING} On Friday evening I took my pup for a hike at Elfin Forest, and all of a sudden, it felt like summer had began. It was a sunny, 75 degree day at my house, but 30 minutes away at Elfin, it was in the low 90s and hot. This is the start of me having to check how hot it is inland before going for hikes, because Harley does not do that well hiking in the heat.

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Being Gym-less + Gigabody Online Fitness Class Subscription Giveaway

Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve belonged to a regular gym…. that is, until last year, when I moved and left my beloved, cozy gym full of friendly people and didn’t begin a membership somewhere new.

Hitting the trails with my hiking partner

Hitting the trails with my hiking partner

Since then I’ve tried out a few regular gyms, but haven’t found one that I’ve loved enough to join as a member. While I’ll probably join a gym sometime in the near future to switch things up, I certainly haven’t been bored during these months.

Between hiking around Southern Cali and other outdoor workouts, trying out a couple of new workouts with Groupon, doing a few fitness collaborations for the blog, including trying out ClassPass and working out at Fitwall, taking challenging classes instructed by my newly Lagree method certified friend (Core40 review here!), and working it out with at-home workouts, I’ve found my workout routine to be anything but a boring old routine.

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Pineapple Mint Belly Soother Smoothie {Puritan’s Pride Giveaway!}

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride. As always, all opinions expressed are genuinely my own.

Hi friends!

You may or may not remember that last month I introduced a three-part seasonal smoothie series that I’ve teamed up with Puritan’s Pride for. Last month’s recipe theme was pumpkin (check out my chocolate chip pumpkin smoothie here!), and this month we’re focusing on cleansing, belly soother smoothies. With the holidays right around the corner (read: lots of dessert, booze, decadent food, and running around like a crazy person) I think that just about all of us could also use some cleansing recipes in our lives, am I right?!

Being that it’s mid-November and all, I know that many of you are living in places that are feeling pretty chilly (BRRR!), so today I’m going to provide you with a recipe that’s reminiscent of a warm and tropical place…. It’ll take your mind maybe to Mexico, or remind you of that week you spent lounging around in Maui, or perhaps it’ll make you daydream about a destination high up on your bucket list (for me that’s a place like Costa Rica).

Mint Pineapple Smoothie

Frozen pineapple offers a nice dose of Vitamin C and manganese and aids in digestion, plus it makes the smoothie creamy without needing the addition of ice…ya know, since it’s autumn and all and there’s no need to be shivering after a meal. Mint is an herb that adds what I find to be such a refreshing taste while also soothing your digestive system. Chia seeds are one of best sources of dietary fiber around, and then there’s psyllium husk seed

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