Showing posts with label healthy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label healthy. Show all posts

Monday, July 7, 2014

Target® C9 Activewear

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Bikini season is in full effect, which means it's time to lay off the cupcakes and get moving! I often receive questions about weight-loss and how I manage to stay fit after having a baby. The simplest way of putting it is that I work out to feel good (and for nobody else but myself). I also like to incorporate daily activities into my routine so the process of staying fit doesn't seem so strenuous or overbearing.

After seeing multiple fitness photos on my Instagram, it's probably pretty clear that I love to work out and stay fit. Of course, a girl has to wear cute workout clothes too. I don't know about you guys, but it motivates me when my workout clothes look good and feel great. Therefore, I'm teaming up with Target® to show you how I stay fit over the Summer.  The Target® C9 activewear collection is full of cute and dependable workout clothes, the snake-print Sporty Layered Run Tank and Shorts being a few of my favorite pieces. I love the layered tank because it merges a sports bra and tank top into one piece, eliminating the discomfort of bunching or sliding off while I work out. The Target® C9 Run Short has a knit waistband, which is really comfortable even when I'm doing everyday errands or running around with my son.

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What I'm rocking:


Some of my favorite ways to workout include:

Rowing – After a Summer stint to New York City, my son and I enjoy canoe rides as a way of enjoying the beautiful weather and views!

P90X3 – 30 minutes of toning, MMX, strength-training, and it's a different workout each day

Walking – Cranking up a good playlist on the iPod and walking over the Venetian bridge allows for a clear head and adds miles of cardio into the day

Yoga or Pilates – When my muscles are aching or I just need a break from exercise, I love to do yoga or Pilates for a peaceful workout

Class FitSugar Target®: Shoulders Exercise – A great shoulder sculpting routine that helps get those “Michelle Obama” arms that every woman dreams of (see video below)



Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.




Thursday, January 2, 2014

Healthy Habits: How to do a 3-Day Juice Cleanse




A great way to kick off the New Year is by detoxifying the body of excess junk that builds up over time and cleansing.  Right before New Year's Eve, I did an at-home 3-day juice cleanse and posted my results on my Facebook and Instagram channels.  Despite the typical iPhone/mirror photography, I received plenty of feedback from viewers and friends who were interested in cleansing and asked questions such as:

What is a juice cleanse?
How long do you cleanse for?
What recipes do you use to cleanse?
What can I expect from a cleanse?
What should I do before I begin cleansing?
Will it help me lose weight?

Therefore, I put together this video encompassing my 3-day juice cleanse experience and how I went about performing one in-home.  Feel free to ask any questions and let me know if you decide to try it out!  Tweet or instagram me your before/after photos with the hashtag #HealthyHabitsWithLynsee




Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fab to Fit Series: Episode 3: What I Eat

Happy Halloween!  In continuation with my "Fab to Fit Series," it only felt right that I share Episode 3 with you on a day where we are all tempted by sweet treats.  Although everything is perfectly fine in moderation, maintaining a clean diet is something that I have personally found to be beneficial for my body.  Therefore, limiting the amount of gluten or dairy is a large part of what helped me develop a balance that made me feel good on the inside and outside.

Drinking a gallon of water per day has helped me learn when my body is craving fluid rather than food by drinking a full glass of water before and after each meal.  Another tip that helps me stay consistent is the MyFitnessPal app which allows you to upload your daily food, water and exercise intake.  It's available for the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, and Windows.

I am often asked what my diet consists of or what types of healthy foods I have eaten to help maintain a healthy body, so I put this episode together to give an idea of what a typical day in the life my diet consists of (even though no day is ever the same).




Friday, December 7, 2012

New Video! My Weight Loss Story: How I Lost 55 Lbs in Two Months

For those of you who don't know, I lost 55 lbs once I had my baby about a year ago and I wanted to share my story with you because I've gotten a lot of requests from people regarding my weight loss regimen and tips on losing weight.  Therefore, I'm sharing my story with you  :)

Although the video is lengthy, it includes my entire story so I didn't really sum it up nor leave out any specific details.  Let me know if you'd like to see more weight loss videos, etc.




Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Treats: My Favorite Dessert

My addiction to French macarons began when I first tried them at the Lincoln Road farmer's market and I started buying a dozen of them every Sunday ever since then.  They seemed easy enough to make so I decided to make my own and they were delicious!  I love how you can create different variations of these miniature pieces of heaven.  French macarons are primarily made of egg whites (yay, less calories) and confectioners' sugar.  I found that they tasted even better the day after I made them so I suggest eating them the day after; however, it's hard to wait that long. 

They are the perfect cure to a sweet tooth - crispy on the outside and chewy once you bite into one of these babies.  I chose to make lemon, blueberry and chocolate hazelnut macarons but of course you can personalize them to your taste.

How to make French Macarons:

3 egg whites (day old)
3/4 cup almond flour (or you can make your own by processing almond slivers)
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of cream of tartar

Filling:

I just bought jars of lemon curd, blueberry jam and chocolate hazelnut butter but you can always make your own

1. Sift together the almond flour and confectioners' sugar twice.

2. Whisk egg whites on a medium speed and add cream of tartar until soft peaks form.  Reduce speed to low and add granulated sugar.  Increase speed until stiff peaks form. 

3. Sift flour mixture over egg whites and fold with a spatula until smooth.  I sectioned my batter into three separate bowls, added food coloring to each, and then poured them into separate piping bags (ziploc bags with the tip cut off). 

4. Pipe 3/4-inch rounds about an inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.  Take your baking sheet and hold it about a foot above your table and drop it (this removes any excess air).  Let stand for 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake at 325 degrees for about 8-10 minutes.  After each batch, set the oven to 375 and reduce again when you're ready to put another tray in.

5.  Let them cool and add your filling to each.  Assemble your mini macarons and enjoy!  :)








Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Favorites: Healthy Habits - Comfort Food Swaps

Happy Friday guys and dolls.  Although eating healthy is not always the most exciting for some, it doesn't have to be dreadful.  There are a number of substitutions that you can utilize when you have a special craving for comfort food, whether it is sweet or savory.  Next time your stomach is screaming for something comforting, keep these in mind.  Enjoy ;)


1) French Fries
The thought of fried potatoes sounds delicious in your head, but it doesn't always agree with your body.  Therefore, a quick and easy swap for this common comfort food is to exchange it for sweet potatoes that have been soaked in cold water and baked at 375 degrees until crispy and golden.  


2) Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese has been instilled in the minds of everyone ever since they were children.  No?  Maybe that's just me.  The trick to swapping this one is to opt for whole wheat pasta (penne or shells) and incorporate butternut squash mixed with a little fat free half-and-half and Laughing Cow low-fat cheese.  Butternut squash has a rich flavor and consistency that gives that added touch.

  
3) Ice Cream
Ice cream is a girl's go-to breakup dessert or the end all to flat abs.  Ben & Jerry's came out with a delicious swap for the fat packed original version, which is low fat frozen GREEK yogurt.  It has over half the calories and it still tastes delicious.



4) Spaghetti and Meatballs
Rather than adding all of the oil and carbohydrate packed pasta in your typical spaghetti and meatballs, a great swap is to make meatballs with ground turkey breast and mix it with whole wheat spaghetti and your favorite marinara sauce.  I tend to make my own sauce, rather than the store bought kind.


5) Pizza
Pizza is my all time favorite comfort food...or food, ever.  A few things to keep in mind when consuming pizza is to make sure the crust is whole wheat or gluten free and very thin.  You can make it at home using a whole wheat tortilla, some marinara sauce, low fat mozzarella cheese and your favorite vegetable toppings (or turkey pepperoni). 


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Healthy Habits: Video Tour of my Kitchen and Food Tips

Hi everyone!  For today's post, I'd like to bring you into my kitchen to show you what I stock my pantry and refrigerator with.  Since I get so many questions about my fitness and/or meal plans, I thought this would be the best way for me to answer those questions.  What better way than to bring you into my kitchen with me??  Enjoy ;)

Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section!

Check out the video here:



Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Recap

Since this year was my first Mother's Day, I celebrated with brunch at Newport Beachside Hotel in North Miami Beach.  It was such an exciting day for me since it was my first celebratory Mother's Day with my little man.  Each day that I spend with him is special, but today was even more special for me.  Some of my friends joined me for a ladies brunch where we enjoyed endless mimosas and the most delicious spread of fresh seafood, a specialty chef egg station, fresh ceviche, smoked salmon, cheeses, fruit, muffins, bagels, croissants, pastries, rack of lamb, prime rib, and a large array of desserts as well.  I loved every bit of my first Mother's Day!

What I'm wearing:
ZARA top
Target tank top
F21 necklace
ZARA shorts
ALDO handbag
My DIY heels (see how I created them here)

What my son is wearing:
Gifted shirt
ZARA BABY shorts/suspenders
Dockers socks
H&M shoes










Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Healthy Habits: The Best Salad You Will Ever Consume

Lately, I've become quite the fan of arugula.  I love the spicy bite that it carries, along with its nutritional benefits as well.  Arugula contains eight times the calcium, fives times vitamin A, C and K, and four times the amount of iron as an equivalent amount of iceberg lettuce.  Furthermore, it contains beta carotene and plays a role in preventing cancer through its cruciferous properties.

There are various ways to consume arugula, but I enjoy it as an alternative to your average lettuce in salads.  Therefore, I whipped up this beauty late last night.  For some reason, I tend to eat late due to my hectic schedule.  When I do eat late, however, I prefer lighter options for my meals.  Needless to say, this salad is by far the most delicious salad I have consumed.  Try it out and let me know what you think!

Side note: I don't really like to measure items out, but rather prepare proper proportions.

What you need:
Arugula
1 square slice of watermelon
English cucumber
Bell pepper (I chose to use yellow)
Red onion
Cherry tomatoes
Cooked shrimp marinated in garlic, lemon juice and olive oil
Fat free feta cheese crumbles
Slivered almonds
Extra virgin olive oil
Dijon mustard
Lemon juice
Pepper to taste

1) To begin, gather all of your ingredients that you will be using to build this wondrous salad.

1) Also, gather your ingredients to mix up your vinaigrette.  I like to make my own because I know exactly what I'm putting in it.

2) Mix together about 1 Tablespoon of dijon mustard, 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, the juice of half of a lemon, and pepper to taste.

3) Now, it's time for the fun part: Building your salad.  Place a square block of watermelon on a plate.

4) Add a layer of arugula on top of the watermelon.

5) Place thinly sliced English cucumbers on top of the arugula.  I prefer to use English cucumbers because they have the seeds removed.






















6) Add your julienne chopped yellow bell peppers (or any bell pepper that you prefer).

7) Cut up some red onion and place it on top of your pile of goodness.  Place 5-6 cherry tomatoes around the square piece of watermelon.

8) Sprinkle the salad with a small palm full of fat-free feta cheese and some slivered almonds.  Add the marinated shrimp on top of it, and dinner is served! 



Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Favorites: Healthy Snack Choices

Although my diet is rather healthy, that doesn't mean that I don't have the urge to snack sometimes.  What I found about working out is that I actually become hungrier the more active I am.  Instead of grabbing something filled with fat and calories, reach for a snack that is equally crunchy or sweet.  Another tip that helps curb my cravings is to eat small meals throughout the day versus eating two or three large meals.  What are some of your favorite snacks?

Here are some of my favorite healthy snack choices:

1) Hummus and Carrots | Carrots are nutrient-rich and delicious with a side of hummus.  I like this roasted red pepper hummus from Whole Foods.  Next time you're craving something crunchy, grab some of these.

2) Sauteed Spinach and Shiitake Mushrooms | When I'm craving something savory, I like to whip up this quick dish.  Simply sautee some garlic in a pan, add the mushrooms with a few handfuls of spinach and a drizzle of low-sodium soy sauce and you have a yummy dish that is good for you!

3) Raw Almonds and Dried Cranberries | This is the best of both worlds because I get something crunchy and sweet at the same time.  When I'm on-the-go, I grab a handful of these and I instantly have a boost of energy.

4) Mediterranean Crunch Salad | This is light and packed with crunchy vegetables that are good for you - garbanzo beans, fennel, cucumber, parsley, kalamata olives (very few), onions, red pepper, kale, cherry tomatoes, mint, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.  It's perfect for a late afternoon snack.



Monday, February 13, 2012

Healthy Habits: A Twist on Chicken Soup

When I'm cooking, I typically like to put a twist on the usual dish by adding something unique that makes it my own.  Since it's been a little chilly lately, I decided to feature today's "Healthy Habits" post with this hot and delicious chicken soup I whipped up.  It's healthy, full of vitamins and whole grains, and it will keep you satisfied.  For those of you who are vegetarian, feel free to simply omit the chicken that I've added and opt for vegetable stock rather than chicken stock.

Another healthy tip that has helped me lose and keep off my baby weight is by incorporating organic foods into my diet.  I've used organic chicken and vegetables, along with whole wheat pasta for this particular recipe.  Check it out after the jump!

1) Chop up all of your favorite vegetables.  I'm using onions, mushrooms, carrots, fresh green beans, and sweet potatoes (1/4 cup of onion and 1 cup of the other vegetables).  Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene and Vitamin C.

2) Gather all of the ingredients needed for your dish; Any whole grain pasta (I'm using rotini), your fresh vegetables, spinach, roasted red peppers, and cooking spray.

3) Spray a stock pot with cooking spray and toss your vegetables in to saute for about 5 minutes or until translucent.

4) Gather together your seasonings.  I don't cook with salt very often, but I use plenty of various spices to intensify the flavor of my dishes.  For this soup, I'm using: 1 bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of sage, 1/2 teaspoon of thyme, and 1/2 teaspoon of cumin.  Add about 1 gallon of chicken stock.  Don't worry about adding too much liquid because it will condense as the soup cooks through.  Add your bay leaf and seasonings.


5) Add half of a chopped up roasted red pepper.  You can roast your own, but I just buy mine at the market. I also added a splash of white wine to intensify the flavor.

6) Let the soup combine and cook through for 30-45 minutes.  Season to taste.  Add 1 cooked and diced chicken breast.  I seasoned mine with garlic powder, black pepper and lemon juice.  Top it off with 1 cup of fresh spinach.  Remove the bay leaf from your stock pot once the soup has finished cooking.

7) Enjoy your delicious and HEALTHY chicken noodle soup!