Since we’re coming up on “bikini weather” real fast, I figured I’d put together an inspiration post with a few of my favorite healthy instagram feeds, to help y’all to be your best you, both inside and out! These ladies have been a pleasure to follow along with, because not only do they live a physically healthy lifestyle, I’ve found that they really work on embodying a healthier mentality as well. When someone can really be that whole package, I find that they seem to just glow as a person, and push others around them to shine as well.

So, check out these chicas, give ’em a follow, and share your current faves with me below!

@shutthekaleup

This rad mama not only shares some of the tastiest looking food, but has such real personality that you can’t help but wanna follow her. Seriously, go watch Jeanette’s instagram stories right now; I dare ya to not wanna be her friend, or wanna have your little play with her’s. Whenever I find myself looking for ideas for healthy food with something a little extra, I scroll on through her insta. View Post

You know when you find that one recipe and fall so in love with it that you cook the same thing a dozen times in one week? Well, this has been that recipe for me. If you follow me on instagram, I’m sure you saw when I shared them here, and know that they’ve been all up in my instastories. Honestly, I just cooked a version with coconut added while putting this post together, ha!

I actually found this recipe by accident when my mom shared this video on facebook, and was surprised to find I had all the ingredients needed on hand to recreate it. After modifying the original recipe to be gluten free, then added my usual go to ingredients (hellooo cinnamon and flax seeds!), I’ve found that what I’m sharing below is my favorite combo.

I’m legit obsessed with how quickly I can make these (seriously, 30 minutes max), that there’s no fuss ingredients, and that I won’t feel guilty when I inevitably devour everything. It’s also just kind of fun to make little additions, like peanut butter, shredded coconut, or crushed walnuts. Give the recipe a try, and let me know what you come up with!

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Matcha power smoothie, created to get you going and keep you going. Click through for recipe >>
Matcha power smoothie, created to get you going and keep you going. Click through for recipe >>

matcha power smoothie
Lately I’ve been on a full on caffeine bender. Every once in a while I find myself going overboard, and that’s usually when I need to double check what’s going on in my life (hello, why am I trading sleep for double shots of espresso?!?) and re-evaluate. I just told you all in my post on being productive that you need to treat yourself better, so I decided to start doing just that! Step one: find something to replace my coffee with.

I talked about how great matcha is a while back, but totally forgot all about it until I started digging through my kitchen cabinets. It’s a straight up wonder ingredient, so I decided to combine it with some of my other favorite ingredients to make a well rounded power smoothie. This is something that should definitely get you going first thing in the morning, but I could see it being a great afternoon pick-me-up as well.

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seasonal depression

I think it’s about time someone wrote a winter blues anthem in the same vein as Lana’s summertime sadness. The shorter daylight hours, crappy cold weather, and just overall feeling of gloom really do a number on a person. I know we’re on the better side of winter solstice (it was December 21) so the days are slooowly getting longer, but until we get to that point, S.A.D is gonna be hanging around.

Well, what exactly is S.A.D.?

This stands for seasonal affective disorder, which is basically depression brought on by the season change. It tends to linger from late fall until the start of spring, and results in symptoms like the following:

• low motivation
• insomnia
• fatigue
• apathy
• weight gain
• moodiness
• appetite change
• trouble concentrating

Basically, life just feels really dang hard, okay? To help us all survive until sunnier days (literally and figuratively), I decided to put together a list of tips to cope with the winter blues. I hope that if you’re struggling some of these lend themselves to be useful to you. ♥ View Post

healthy egg sald

healthy egg salad

Okay I can’t even lie, before I’d made this I’d never eaten egg salad before. I’ve always associated egg salad with a gross mayo-filled gas station sandwich and there was just never any appeal. Last month when I was in the Toronto airport coming back from Paris I saw those sandwiches at every little side-kiosk, and texted my sister asking if I was wrong about my assumption, and if they actually tasted like deviled eggs on a sandwich. Now that was something I could get behind.

I basically became obsessed with trying egg salad, but because I really just don’t mess with mayo (seriously, just look at it guys), I decided to take it a healthier route. After a little trial and error I came up with this recipe, sans mayo, just for you. Let me know what you think!

Healthy Avocado Egg Salad

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6 natural sources

I am a caffeine fiend. I mean full on energy drink guzzling, skull-splitting, withdrawal headache suffering, caffeine fiend. And I need to stop. The deeper I try to dive into living a healthier lifestyle the more I’ve been trying to rid myself of things (as you would) that just really don’t benefit me positively, mentally or physically, and caffeine is definitely on the list to go. It’s one of the most socially acceptable “drugs” and while fine in moderation, there’s no reason I need to rely on it as heavily or as often as I do! I’ve made it my mission lately to try to find alternative sources of energy for when I need that extra push during the day (hello 2 pm), especially while I try to wean myself off energy drinks.

While caffeine affects the person consuming it on a surface, mental level, these provide energy on a cellular level, which means they’ll last longer and won’t give you that jittery high and quick low coffee or energy drinks have! Here are my favorites:

6 natural sources

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sun salutations
Two weeks ago I got lucky enough to team up with my friend, yoga instructor Vanessa Jackson, to work on Sun Salutations, or Surya Namaskar, at Bombay Yoga Company. The studio was really open and inviting with a lot of light, and I urge anyone in the Philadelphia area to take a visit.

So why Sun Salutations? 

  • they express gratitude for the sun, without which life wouldn’t be possible
  • they awaken the energy center, your own inner sun, which can warm the body physically & mentally
  • speed up the blood flow while putting the mind at ease, which leads to meditation
  • help to link the mind and body through breathing, as a moving meditation; putting focus on our breathing can help bring us to the present
  • stretch and flex the body, which is good as both a warm up and a stand-alone workout
  • standing poses ground you and help you find your center
  • are done in the morning after waking, as a way to start the day with intention

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Easy overnight recipe for healthy chia seed pudding.

Easy overnight recipe for healthy chia seed pudding.

So I’ve been looking for some easy breakfast recipes lately because I’m awful at actually eating breakfast, and came upon this! Chia pudding is probably the simplest recipe because you basically set it up and just leave it to do its thing. If you’re one of those people that has texture issues, this might not be for you (like, if you avoid rice pudding or tapioca for example).

Chia seeds have been proven to be beneficial to your health, as they’re packed with nutrients. They’re super high in:

  • antioxidants
  • protein
  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • fiber
  • healthy fats
  • and can help to reduce inflammation

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