To be quite honest, the rise of social media has made me a bit confused on what the health industry is really about anymore. I like to think that my lifestyle and teaching yoga fall under the “wellness” category rather than “fitness” or “health” because I personally teach and practice yoga for the mind, body and soul connection. As much as I like to educate students on different yoga postures, there are poses that don’t work well with everyone’s bodies (especially if someone’s had previous injuries). That’s why there are modifications. The same thing goes with food.
I’ve spent the past few weeks looking at different websites for “healthy” recipes and majority of them led me back to Instagram and personal blogs (which I so appreciate because I love a good recipe recommendation). However, it gets to be a little tricky when there are influencers out there telling you something is “healthy” and then other accounts are telling you to leave that food out of your diet.
It can be confusing, frustrating and just plain misleading. Something that is “healthy” for one person to consume might not be “healthy” for another. If you too are feeling overwhelmed by all of the different information out there, I invite you to take a step back and think about what healthy means to you and your body. It looks different for us all.
Take every recipe, food/product recommendation, blog, workout video, Instagram account, Pinterest post, etc. with a grain of salt and try to modify with things that you know are right for your body. Food bloggers and cookbooks are great resources for meal inspiration but it’s important to keep in mind that the recipes they’re posting are what’s good for their bodies since they’re the ones consuming it.
Before you purchase supplements from someone promoting them to you on Instagram, look at the ingredients list and make sure your body can tolerate them. Do some research. Do a self evaluation before trying a workout video someone posted. Think of ways you can modify if your body needs.
Anyone else a big snacker? I love a good meal but I also love to snack throughout the day. I tend to crave salty and sweet, which gets me in trouble when I have cookies or chips around 😉. I’ve put together a few of my favorite delicious and easy snacks. I hope you enjoy!
Rice Cakes + Tea: Quaker Oat’s Gluten Free rice cake topped with Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter, banana slices and sprinkled with Safe + Fair’s Chocolate Granola. I paired this with Adagio’s Peach Oolong and added in a splash of lemon ginger juice that I get from my local yoga studio.
Coco Whip + Berries: So Delicious’ Dairy Free coconut whipped topping paired with fresh berries is a great snack and dessert!
Banana Logs: I’m sure you’ve heard of the kid snack known as ants on a log (which is still delicious to eat as an adult in case you were wondering). I’ve made my own twist on the snack and call them ‘Banana Logs’. I thinly slice a banana and spread Justin’s Peanut Butter. Top with whatever you’re in the mood for: chia seeds, granola, chocolate, fruit, etc.
What are your favorite snack recipes? Share with me in the comments below!
Safe + Fair is changing up the food game and I’m here for it. They create allergy-friendly foods at affordable prices (thank goodness) AND they donate 3% of sales to Stanford’s Allergy & Asthma research center.
Why I love them: Their snacks are delicious and affordable, they give back (always a huge win in my book) and have a variety of products (I need options people). Safe + Fair’s snacks are non-GMO and use real ingredients (yes, you can actually understand the ingredients on the label).
What exactly does Allergy-Friendly snacks mean? All of their products are nut-free. Each of their products are clearly labeled with a “free from” ingredients list so you know exactly what you’re consuming. Another thing to note: everything is made in a facility free from the allergens (I know nut free is a big one for people).
Do they actually taste good? YES! The snacks are delicious and I’ve been following the allergy-friendly recipes for the brownies. If you would like, you can use the regular recipe with eggs, milk, etc.
Sounds great, can I get a discount? YES! Safe + Fair is giving my readers 20% off with promo code GEENI20 AND right now they’re offering free shipping! Check out their goodies here.
We all known Himalayan salt is a huge trend right now (salt lamps, caves, seasonings, etc.). My sister recently gifted me a Himalayan Salt Block used for cooking and I am already in love.
If you’re a foodie or love to cook, you should definitely consider investing in one of these babies! You can purchase one at a specialty cooking store or online here. You can cook with your salt block on the grill or over a gas stove. If you want to serve cold dishes on the block you can chill it in the refrigerator.
There are so many benefits to cooking with a Himalayan salt block:
•Adds healthy minerals to foods (Himalayan salt is better for you than table salt)
•Enhances flavors of foods (no need to add a ton of seasoning to food- just a little EVOO)
•Holds heat longer (this is great if you are using your salt block to serve food on at a party)
Breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult (and if you’re like me you enjoy it for dinner or a snack). One of my favorite things to make is a breakfast quesadilla. It’s quick and easy to make and you can customize it based off of your liking (or what you have in the house)! You will need flour or corn tortillas, eggs (I either do scrambled or a fried egg), vegetables and arugula.
Try it out for yourself and don’t forget to tag me in your photos on Instagram @geenicolette
I interviewed fitness coach/online trainer, owner of Body By Bay and dear friend of mine, BayLeigh Bingham. We are talking all things health and fitness!
BayLeigh thank you for taking the time to answer some of my questions. Gina: What made you want to get into fitness coaching? BayLeigh: I have always enjoyed nutrition and fitness since I can remember. The best part about my job is helping people and seeing them become so happy by their transformations with my programs. I truly feel so grateful everyday for this path. Gina: What types of services does Body By Bay offer? BayLeigh: Body By Bay offers a lot of different services. I offer meal planning, meal tracking (via an app) as well as custom meal plans catered to each individual client. All of this is either online or in person. I offer both. All workouts can be done AT HOME. That is the BEST part! No gym membership needed. Gina: Since you are based out of LA but have clients located all over, what do your coaching sessions look like? BayLeigh: So if I have people wanting to work with me but they don’t live in Cali that is NOT an issue. Most of my clients are all over at the moment. From Chicago, Phoenix, Wisconsin to Missouri, etc. My clients really enjoy online coaching. They get custom workouts sent to them weekly, meal plans and have someone constantly tracking what they are eating and helping them to stay accountable. Most of my clients have said they love the meal tracking because they feel I am always watching and don’t want to disappoint me (Ha! I didn’t know I was so tough) Gina: How often do you communicate with your clients? BayLeigh: I am in contact with my clients everyday and Skyping with them at least once a week. I think that is so important to keep close contact so I can always get an idea of how they are feeling or if something isn’t working for them, we can change it immediately for the upcoming weeks. Gina: Meal prepping has become increasingly popular. I myself get a little overwhelmed with having to prepare meals for the week. Can you share any tips? BayLeigh: So my clients who have me meal prep for them say its a DREAM. Lol to have somebody literally plan out your whole week of meals and all you have to do is get your groceries (or I can order the groceries for you if you are not wanting to do that part either) is quite a treat! For my clients who I don’t meal prep for I always say if grocery shopping is stressful, then they are doing it wrong. During the week my clients all try to eat a very balanced diet and to do that it should mostly be pretty simple. A good meat, a vegetable and a carb. There are lots of ways to switch this up to keep it fun during the week. Gina: What does your typical fitness routine look like? BayLeigh: I workout 3-5 times a week and on the other days I am going hiking or taking my dog to the dog park, getting a good run in, something active. But never putting too much stress on it or that is when people get burnt out quickly. Thank you again for taking the time to share, Bay! Wow, I love that she mentioned not to put too much stress on working out. How often do we all beat ourselves up about trying to get a workout in and somehow life gets in the way? I know I do! I find it easier to get a workout in when I don’t put too much pressure and stress on myself. I have to say, BayLeigh has motivated me to get up off my computer and get a workout in from the comfort of my home! If you are interested in fitness coaching or learning more about the services BayLeigh offers, visit bodybybay.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you into the smoothie bowl craze as much as I am? Smoothie bowls are my FAVE, yet I don’t always want to go out to eat them. There are so many places that sell them, which is great when you’re on the go, but what happens when you wake up before those shops open or you’re craving a smoothie bowl when they close? I turned to my favorite store, Trader Joe’s to search for some ingredients to make my own smoothie bowl at home (and I was pleasantly surprised with what I found).
I had every intention of making my own base for the smoothie bowl until I found these Açaí Purée Packets. These packets make the whole smoothie bowl making process pretty seamless. You can defrost the packet and use it by itself, or you can mix it in a blender with fruits, yogurt, kefir, or whatever your preferred smoothie ingredients are.
I love chocolate anything, so adding cacao powder to smoothie bowls is a must for me. Check out the Fair Trade Cacao Powder from Trader Joe’s or you can find cacao powder at most other grocery stores.
The Toasted Coconut Granola is my new favorite find from Trader Joe’s and I put it on everything, including my smoothie bowls. This stuff is well worth the money (I even add it on top of the dairy-free Chocolate Coconut Milk ice cream)!
Top your smoothie bowl with your favorite fruits and voilà, it’s that easy!