A Healthy Outside Starts on the Inside!

Have you ever worked out and realized that you weren’t losing the weight you wanted to?  Or that the weight loss wasn’t happening as quickly as you would have liked?  This is because healthy eating is such an important part of weight loss!

When I first started working out, I craved healthier foods but I wasn’t eating as good as I could have been.  I still had pizza and unhealthy snacks throughout the day.  I thought that working out and the occasional “eating clean” would be enough to get to the size I wanted to be at.  I was totally wrong!!

Weight loss has 80% to do with nutrition and 20% to do with working out and exercising!  When I first saw that it blew my mind.  I mean it makes sense… nutrition is the key ingredient to feeling better.  This means that if you are spending 2 hours at the gym, but then turning around and eating a large pizza with a big can of soda you aren’t doing as much as you think you are!  You are pretty much wasting more of your time at the gym.

Nutrition and working out have to align together.  This is how you get fit and stay fit!  I am not talking about NEVER having a piece or two of pizza, but I am saying that 80% of your eating habits should be whole foods!  There still is room for things that are known to be unhealthy, but it cannot be the norm!

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I wanted to provide some healthy snacks that would be great to start incorporating into your diet!  These are my go to snacks when I need something crunchy or sweet:

1. Cucumbers- You can eat these plain or add some humus! I personally like them plain, but I know this might not be the preference for most people!

2. Cherries- These are a sweet treat when you want something more “candy like,” but they are filled with antioxidants and fiber!

3. Carrots- Again, you can add humus as well!

4. Grapes- These are another sweet treat to have when those sugar cravings start knocking at the door!

5. Bananas- I like to add a little bit of peanut butter to give it some extra flavor!

There are so many more that you could use, but these are just some of my favorites!  If “eating clean” or “healthy eating” is difficult for you, remember to stay as close to whole foods as possible.  What I mean by whole foods is that it came from the earth and hasn’t been processed much at all.  Stick to this diet, and you will be surprised at how quickly your weight loss will begin!

If you would like more information on what specifically to eat check out my blog post about The Best Way To Lose Weight- No Diet Plan Included!

This will help you understand a little bit more about eating clean and whole foods.

What other ways help you to eat healthy foods?

Reeni~

Vegetable Scrambled Eggs Recipe

I absolutely love breakfast foods!  I don’t know why, but ever since I was little I have loved eating it.  That is why I wanted to put together a healthy and easy to make breakfast recipe.  The thing I love about this recipe is that you can have it for lunch or even “brinner” which means breakfast for dinner.  Not only is this recipe healthy, but it is always good to try and get some vegetables in at the beginning of the day.  In this recipe that is what you will be doing!

I make mine in my cast iron skillet.  Any skillet will work, but I love cooking in cast iron.

Total Time: 15 minutes

What you need:

1/2 Zucchini

1/2 Yellow Squash

5 Cherry Tomatoes

2 Eggs

1 Tbsp Coconut oil

Salt and Pepper

1. Add some coconut oil to your skillet.

2. Wash all your vegetables, and then cut up your zucchini and yellow squash into halves or quarters (whatever you prefer).

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3. Cut up your cherry tomatoes into halves.

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4. Add all the cut up vegetables into your skillet with the coconut oil in it.  Put it on medium heat and stir the vegetables around as needed in order for them to cook through.

5. Once they are cooked, I like to add them to whatever dish I will be using.

6. Then, I scramble the eggs in the same cast iron skillet.  You can add more coconut oil before you start, but try not adding too much.

7. I add the scrambled eggs to the dish with the vegetables and mix them around.  You can add salt and pepper to taste.

8. Enjoy!

This is one of my go to recipes if I want a quick, but healthy meal.  It keeps you feeling full for long since it has so much protein:)

What are some of your favorite breakfast recipes?

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5 Benefits of Tea!

On my quest for better health, I came across tea.  I never had it before and was kind of skeptical of it.  A lot of people said that it had a good taste and was nutritious, but I didn’t believe them.  It took me a little bit to get acclimated to the new taste, but I have to say I really enjoy drinking it!  I now make sure I have some tea at least once a day.

One of my favorite beverages now is tea.  Not only is it good, but it is also very healthy for you.  There are a lot of benefits that to enjoy when drinking tea.  I am going to tell you my top 5 favorites!

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Benefits of Drinking Tea:

1.  The antioxidants in tea help protect your cells from damage which helps protect you against many diseases and cancers.

2. Green tea helps fight aging.

3. Tea helps people with diabetes stabilize their blood sugar.

4. Tea helps speed up your metabolism which contributes to helping you lose weight!

5. Drinking tea helps you to hydrate your body.

These are all great reasons to start drinking tea if you never have before.  It might taste different at first, but it will be well worth it to continue to drink it:)  Remember… health is a journey not a destination.  There will be many fun things you will learn on your way towards achieving better health and fitness!  Drinking tea is just one stop on your journey!

What type of tea do you like the best?

Reeni~

 

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Reeni’s Green Juice

I was recently at a restaurant with a friend, and I ordered a green juice recipe off of the menu.  I was surprised in the fact that she had never tried one before!  She liked it, but it got me thinking about how much I take for granted.  There are some really good green juice recipes out there that are not only tasty, but they are very nutritious.

That is why I decided to share one of my favorite green juice recipes that I use as much as I can!  I urge you to, at the very least, try it!  Like I said, it is very healthy for you and pairs great with any healthy lifestyle!

Reeni’s Green Juice {Yum!}

Ingredients:

1 Green Granny Smith Apple

3 Cups of Kale

1/4 Lemon

1 Cucumber

This recipe is so easy because all you do is juice all the items listed!  Make sure you peel off the lemon peel before you juice 1/4 of it.  Other than that it is easy to make.  If you don’t have a juicer, I recommend getting one!  Here is some more information regarding juicing and why it is something great you can do for your health.  

Let me know what you think!

Reeni~