You're So Vanilla...
Why do these words mean something negative. In my opinion, vanilla is the most amazing flavor out there. Better than chocolate, mint or fruit...vanilla has a unique warm, spicy yet unique palate pleasing flavor that until now has been hampered by less than healthful ingredients.
We all want the best for our bodies, our family and want flavor too, so why give yourselves vanilla flavored products that the FDA allows to have been produced with GMO's (Genentically Modified Organisms), propolyne-glycol and silicon dioxide? Yuck...but there is good news! My favorite meal replacement, Shakeology, is now availible in vanilla flavor. It wasn't easy. They had to travel the world and go through years of testing as nothing added up to healthy and delish.
Until now. That's why I'm wearing this super happy face:
Shakeology is a meal replacement shake that I drink daily for breakfast. It features over 70 super ingredients, many, many of them are superfoods. I can't eat this many vegetables in one day if I tried.
Click the link below to check out a short video on where the best vanilla in the world comes from:) I found it super interesting to see how even in a large company like Beachbody, they still strive to make farming their materials sustainable and wholesome.
Vanilla Shakeology is Finally Here!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Fresh Baby Kale from my local Farmers Market
I have a wonderful farmers market here in my town of Alpena, Michigan that goes above and beyond to bring good food to our area, even having a musician playing acoustic guitar last week. Unfortunately so many of the people I talk to don't go. I asked around and here's some common reasons: it’s an extra stop, they don’t accept Visa, they don't know what the foods featured are…
Sure, there are lots of reasons not to go, but so many more support why you should make the trip. Let’s break it down into three reasons:
1. Stall Diversity, Much Like Stock Diversity
Make sure that these local farmers can continue operations...and add a little more cash flow into their businesses. This will allow them to diversify their vegetables and add more options to the food stalls. Win. Win.
2. It's Fun
It's really fun to meet the person that grows your food. This concept is foreign to so many Americans, especially those in an urban environment, but it can change. Farmers markets are setting up in Urban environments more and more frequently and its impact on children is profound. Watching a TED Talk by Ron Finley recently, who plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA--in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along curbs. Why: For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where, "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys." Ron says in his talk. See it here: http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la.html
3. Pad your Pockets
The final reason? Save your money! The cost of farmers market food is typically less than your local grocery store. You don't have to pay the costs of markup after the farmer sells their produce at wholesale prices to a wholesaler who then sells it to a grocer who then sells it to you. Cut out two steps, two potential prices increases and just buy it from your farmer.
Monday, June 17, 2013
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This video is for my friends that might need a little pick me up, a little inspiration, two minutes to wake up your brain and feel life smack you in the face. I loved it and would challenge you to visit the Upworthy folks who have a whole section of inspirational content.
In a world that is filled with negative commercials, programming based on the predilections of serial killers and drug dealers...we need more positive content. Period.
Smile and feel the love spreading one person, one positive thought, one action of faith in humanity.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
John C. Maxwell is an industry expert in leadership personal development. I have started to read his, Put your Dream to the Test. It's not a light read, but rather a way for you to focus 100% on what your personal dream(s) are. Don't have a dream? Why not? The most successful people, whether in terms of money or living the life they should be living, have dreams and further more, they write them down.
So I challenge you, what is your dream? I'll share mine with you and I'd love to hear more about yours.
Here we go...I dream to:
1. To be married for life with growing love
2. Live without worry or anxiety
3. To increase my income by 2x
4. Retire with enough money to support the lifestyle I want to live.
Email me about yours and I'll be your dream buddy and keep you on track. Kelly@BayAthleticClub.com or lets connect on Facebook: www.facebook.com/everyday.entertaining
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
|Seeds for Change|
Last week, I went on a shopping spree, but instead of shoes and purses, I came home with 4 kinds of seeds all available in our rural grocery store: sunflower, chia, pumpkin and sesame. I recently read an article from a Certified Nurse Practitioner that the one thing she would change in a person's diet would be to incorporate more seeds. They are a wonderful compliment to almost any meal. Sprinkle chia seeds into your shake for breakfast, snack on a handful of sunflower seeds, toss pumpkin seeds into your salad for crunch and dress your fish with toasted sesame. There are so many ways to add this healthy addition into your existing diet, but you may be wondering why you should.
Seeds are high in fiber, vitamin E and monounsaturated fats that can help keep our heart healthy and our body disease free.
Healthy seeds are also great sources of protein, minerals, zinc and other life-enhancing nutrients. Numerous studies have shown that different types of seeds and nuts can actually prevent weight gain, the development of heart disease and the accumulation of LDL cholesterol. All that healthy and they still taste sweet, nutty and crunchy! I'm sold, are you? Well, give them a try in my new recipe!
Seeds for Change Crumble
Try this mixture a top grilled veggies, cold Asian noodle dishes, rice, fish or yogurt.
-1/2 cup sunflower seeds, raw, unsalted
-1/8 cup chia seeds
-1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds, shelled (pepitas)
-1/8 cup brown sesame seeds
-2 TBSP local honey
-1/4 TSP sea salt
-1/4 ground cayenne pepper (optional)
In a dry skillet, add the sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds to the pan over medium heat. Swirl the pan frequently to avoid burned seeds. Continue to heat until the sunflower seeds are slightly toasted and honey colored. Add chia seeds, salt, cayenne pepper and drizzle with honey. Mix well and cook until clump form. Turn out onto a non-stick surface and let cool. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Serving size is 1 TBSP per person.
I'd love to hear your feedback!
Email me at Kelly@BayAthleticClub.com.