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WIAW #26 and Hooping It

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Happy What I Ate Wednesday! Tuesday’s eats were quick, easy and simple.

  • Breakfast – Spinach, banana and cherry smoothie.
  • AM Snack – Spicy hummus and crackers.
  • Lunch – Romaine, spinach and kale salad.
  • PM Snack – Coffee and greek yogurt.
  • Dinner – Tomato, vegan mozzarella and basil panini with salad.

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Monday I told you about the hula hoop competition at our weekend gathering. Well, my 10 year-old nephew has become obsessed with the hula hoop, he hoops while reading his homework, he’s that good and determined to get 6-pack abs. He’s in a trending group, hula hoop workouts are becoming more popular around the country. You can burn quite a few calories working out with hoops, however, the hoops used in workouts are weighted and rotate a bit slower around the body making it a little easier than a hoop you get from the toy store. I must admit it has been a long, long time since I have hooped and I am not good at it, I certianly can’t do it as long as these two.

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Hoopnotica is one of many companies that offer weighted hoops with DVD workouts and you can also search for certified instructor in your area. They were recently featured on Good Morning America.

I think I’ll start with the $5.00 toy store hoop before upgrading to the weighted hoop, the weighted hoops range from $32.99 to $149.99, have to learn how to use one again before investing that much.

Hooping is a great core workout and a good way to turn your workouts into fun playtime or make some extra money if you become a certified hoop instructor.

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Below is a hoop workout you can find on You Tube. Click to see workout.

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Don’t forget to visit Jenn our WIAW host and all the others at Peas and Crayons.

Click here to enter the Eclipse Giveaway.

Question of the day.

Do you hula hoop?

What are some activites you do for workouts?

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MIMM Weekend Snapshot and Eclipse Earring Giveaway

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone is having a Marvelous Memorial Day.  Here are some snapshots of my Marvelous weekend.

Browsing in Williams-Sonoma.

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Lunch at Panera Bread. Forgot to snap a photo, sorry.

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Stopped by Whole Foods to pick-up some fresh fruits and veggies.

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Recipe testing and Oh My Gosh it was good.  Sweet potato fries topped with kale, garlic and carrot saute, drizzled with a spicy tahini dressing. I’ll test again before giving the complete recipe.

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Papaya and pineapple smoothie, made by me before heading off across town to see friends and family.

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Some backyard hula hoop competition fun between my nephew, Zachary and my daughter, Taylor.

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I love these earrings and they were hand crafted by Kimberly Irvin of Tomboy Pretty Jewelry Company.  I am happy to announce one of you can win your own pair. For a change to win enter below.  Check out Tomboy Pretty web site and leave a comment about the jewelry piece you like the most and if you are the winner, where will you wear your beautiful earrings.

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Be Marvelous In Your Monday and check out other MIMM’s at Healthy Diva Eats. Thanks Katie.

Questions of the day.

When was the last time you used a hula hoop?

When was the last time you or someone else purchased a really nice piece of jewelry?

Do It Yourself Natural Hydration

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We all know how important it is to hydrate and replenish during and after hard workouts, but did you know you can make your own sports drink and say goodbye to dyes, sugar syrups and artificial flavorings.

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The three components needed to make a sports drink effective are water, electrolytes, (salt), and sugar.  You can easily make your own to save time and money.

  • For the water you can use plain filtered water, unsweetened green tea, fruit tea or unsweetened coconut water.
  • Electrolytes use natural sea salts.
  • Carbohydrate, use a drizzle of honey or agave nectar or splash of natural fruit juice.

Recipe 1 –  Unsweetened coconut water base, my favorite.  The level of electrolytic balance in coconut water is the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood, which makes it the perfect workout or post-workout drink.  Be sure to purchase coconut water processed thru cold sterilization, it allows the water to maintain its flavor and nutritional value.

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2 1/2 to 3 cups unsweetened coconut water

1/2 cup fresh orange and papaya juice

dash of himalayan sea salt

1/2 teaspoon agave nectar

Adjust the amount of water and fresh juice to suit your taste.

Store in an airtight container in fridge.

Recipe 2 – Filtered water base.

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Juice from one large grapefruit

Juice from one lime

2 1/2 to 3 cups of filtered water

dash of himalayan sea salt

1/2 teaspoon agave nectar or honey

Again you may have to adjust to suit your taste.

Store in an airtight container in fridge.

Be creative and have fun designing your own sports drink.

Have a Happy Safe Fun Memorial Day weekend!!


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What I At Wednesday #25

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Happy WIAW!  The meals I am sharing today are from Tuesday, since Monday I was still eating red lentil soup recommended by my hair stylist as a cure-all for tummy aches, it worked for me.  I was really hungry for more, but didn’t want to mess up my good feeling tummy.

Tuesday was my Monday because it was my first day at work for the week. I wanted it to go well so I choose foods that were pretty simple and relatively easy for my body to digest, I stuck with fruits and veggies.   Breakfast was a simple juice mix of cherry, lemon, lime and aloe vera and plenty of water.

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Lunch was a romaine, mango and strawberry salad sprinkled with chia seeds. I blended a small amount of strawberries and mangos to make a dressing.

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I ended my day with roasted veggie tacos served with black bean soup and strawberry mango salsa. I was feeling much better, so a little more daring with my food choices and added a bit more protein in the mix.

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Make it a great WIAW and don’t forget to stop by Peas and Crayons for more WIAW.  Thanks again Jenn for hosting.

Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day weekend with your family and friends.

Questions of the day.

Do you have special plans for your Memorial Day weekend?

Are you running in any Memorial Day races?

MIMM#10 and Food Remedies

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I took Friday off and got my weekend started early. I got my hair done by Senekia in suite 33 at Salons by JC.  I was referred to this stylist by one of the parents at my school and I really enjoyed talking with her.  Senekia talked about her experiences as a vegan and raw foodie with a small child. Her child is a little older now and she allows her to make her own food choices, but her choices are relatively healthy.

 Marvelous was my 6:30am Saturday run and lunch was a Marvelous tomato, avocado, spinach, kale and dandelion greens sandwich on Genesis sprouted bread. Oh so Yummy.

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After a trip to Crate & Barrel I had some Marvelous goodies.  My absolute favorite is the cherry/olive pitter. With cherry season in full swing I am lovin this gadget.

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 During my hair appointment Friday Senekia shared with me some foods she uses for healing because she doesn’t like taking drugs.  Red lentils was one she told me she uses whenever she or her daughter aren’t feeling well. I had a chance to give it a try Sunday, I felt terrible with an upset stomach and weak from not being able to keep any food down.  She told me to simmer red lentils, bay leaf, thyme, green bell pepper, red onion, garlic powder and sea salt  until lentils are soft. I didn’t have the green peppers, I used red peppers instead.  This is a tasty dish and I felt better after having a small bowl and that was Marvelous.  Another food remedy Senekia shared was for removing excess mucus form the body by eating warm grapefruit sections.  I will be giving this one a try and I will let you know how it works.

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Be Marvelous in Your Monday!  Check out the other MIMM at Healthy Diva Eats.

Questions of the day.

Did you do anything interesting this weekend?

Are there any food remedies you use?

WIAW #24 and Running After Work

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Happy WIAW!  I hope your week is going well.

I started my day off Monday with a delicious green smoothie, I served it up in a nice big mug/bowl and added some Ezekiel 4:9 cereal and blackberries. It was thick, creamy and good!

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Lunch was a big bowl of salad goodness.  Romaine, spinach, grape tomatoes, red onions, dried cranberries, raw almonds, crispy fried onions sprinkled on top and dressed in a light honey mustard dressing.  Yum, Yum!

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For an afternoon snack I grabbed a mango from my desk fruit bowl.

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I took my workout clothes to work with me and changed before my drive home. My thinking was that it would save me the time of changing once I got home and I would be more motivated to workout if I were already dressed for my workout.  It worked, I went for a 4 mile run, I struggled the first half mile or so, but once my body warmed up I was feeling good.  It’s amazing how running even after a long day at work can give you an energy boost. I felt so good after my run, but I think running in the early mornings is my favorite time to run, it gives me energy to face the day.  After my run I took leftover veggie pasta, mixed in meatless italian sausage sautéed with onions, tossed with alfredo sauce and sprinkled on some nutritional yeast for the smokey flavor.

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After dinner I did some blog reading and had a very good nights rest.

Check out the other WIAW’s at Peas and Crayons.

Question of the day.

What time of day do you like to run?


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MIMM # 9 A Marvelous Mother’s Day

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Another MIMM hook-up at Healthy Diva Eats hosted by Katie, thank you Katie for being a wonderful host.  I had a Super Marvelous Mother’s Day weekend.  My cousin Rosa, who I hadn’t seen for a very, very long time was in town with her daughter and best friend Doris. Rosa is amazing, she hasn’t always eaten as healthy as she does now, she has lost an amazing amount of weight and is currently working on her PhD.   Pictured below Doris, Gina and Rosa.

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We got together at my brother’s house for a  dinner of salads, veggie salad, pasta salad and I supplied the kale avocado salad and a blackberry, mango and strawberry fruit salad, my brother also gilled some chicken breast and asparagus. I loaded my plate with every thing except the chicken, because I don’t eat  meat. I am so sorry I forgot to take a picture of the food, but trust me it looked good and it was good.

Sunday was a Mother/Daughter day, I got in an early evening run and found some rather tasty eats at Whole Foods.  Why have I not had this before? I found the world’s best popcorn.  Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Applewood Smoked White Cheddar popcorn. It’s light and airy and has no artificial preservatives or favors and the best part is that it’s only $1.99.

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There were lots of tasting stations at Whole Foods this weekend, one that stood out for me was Nate’s Raw Harvest, they were very tasty and good for you raw pre-soaked organic nut and seed mixes.

Nathan Jackson is a personal trainer and holistic lifestyle enthusiast in Dallas, TX. His passion for high-quality nutrition led him to the decision to create Nate’s Raw Harvest and bring the benefits of sprouted, organic, raw foods to the public. Nathan, 31, was born and raised in Ft.Worth and spends his free time with his five-year-old son. He has a degree in exercise science from UT Arlington and has been certified with ACSM, NASM, and the CHEK Institute.

Nate can be contacted at nate@natesrawharvest.com.  You have to check out his web site www.natesrawharvest.com.

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I think that eating raw can be very beneficial to our health, (check out this prior post).  I am familiar with Ezekiel 4:9 bread, but this weekend I found the Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted cereal, I picked up a box of the Almond variety. I’ll let you know what I think.

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Make your Monday Marvelous!  Get in a workout, go for a walk, drink more water, and don’t forget to check out all of the other MIMM post at Healthy Diva Eats.  Just be Marvelous In Your Monday!!

Questions of the day.

How was your weekend?

What’s your favorite snack?