Healthy Starbucks Drinks & Food

Healthy Starbucks Drinks & Food

Most of us will admit to how much we love Starbucks. Even if it’s not our favorite coffee shop, it’s still a dependable substitute. Some of us get a Starbucks fix every morning, and for others, it’s a once-in-a-while treat. Healthy Starbucks Drinks Unfortunately, most of the specialty drinks and treats are full of sugar and fat. There are definitely some healthy Starbucks options, but in reality they aren’t even that great for you or your waistline. So let’s take a look at a few drinks that won’t break your calorie bank. Plain Coffee or Tea The best drink you can get at Starbucks is plain brewed coffee or tea. They essentially have no calories, if you don’t add a ton of cream and sugar that is. If you like strong coffee, order an americano which is espresso and water. Cafe Misto Less well known than it’s latte counterpart, a cafe misto might as well be a latte. It’s half coffee or americano and half steamed milk, racking up at around 60 calories. If you want some flavoring, ask for a sugar-free syrup. Latte The next healthiest drink you can get is a nonfat latte for 100 calories. If you want flavoring, make sure it’s a sugar-free syrup unless you want to add another 50-ish calories of sugar. You can also asked for an iced skinny latte which brings it down to 70 calories. Skinny Frappucino If you want something blended, your only healthy Starbucks option is a tall skinny frappucino which ranges from 100-150 calories depending on the skinny flavor of your choosing. Even so, a tall will get...
Things You Need for Your Affordable Home Gym

Things You Need for Your Affordable Home Gym

Header photo via Modernize A drive to the gym after a long day can seem too inconvenient to be worth it. Sometimes you just don’t feel like waiting for machines or dodging small talk when you’re simply trying to break a sweat. If you enjoy working out but find yourself groaning about going to the gym a few times a week, you may be better off investing in your own personal gym. It could pay off both physically and financially in the long run–you’ll avoid perpetually spending money on a gym membership, and it’ll be plenty easy to get off the couch knowing a tough workout is just a few steps away. If you have an extra room in your house (or even if you don’t), here are a few ways to turn an average space like a garage or guest bedroom into a home gym. Install Rubber Flooring Via Flickr The first step toward creating your perfect home gym is installing rubber flooring. Interlocking rubber tiles are cheap, durable, comfortable, and elastic. Rubber flooring also does wonders aesthetically, swiftly transforming a bedroom, den, or garage into something that feels like a true workout center. Carpet will take wear and tear from hard workouts, and any other surface is too slippery to be safe. You won’t regret installing rubber flooring, but you may regret an injury sustained from trying to cut it on another surface. Keep it Small & Simple If you’re used to working out in a club, you’re accustomed to having access to big machines and lots of space. You may think you need to invest thousands...
How to Make Your Kitchen Healthier

How to Make Your Kitchen Healthier

We all know how easy it is to succumb to poor food choices when they surround us. If there is one among us who can honestly say that they’ve never had a piece of leftover pizza for breakfast, well, let’s consider that person superhuman. For the rest of us an occasional poor choice may creep up when the opportunity presents itself. After all, an oatmeal cookie does have oatmeal in it, right? The trick to healthy living is to minimize these sorts of interactions. The best way to do that is to have and maintain a healthy kitchen. So how do you go about putting together a kitchen that leads you and your family towards beneficial and successful eating habits? Try out a few of these suggestions and you’ll be well on your way to creating healthy habits in your kitchen. Toss the Junk Food Having high-fat, high-calorie options in your home is a temptation. Give yourself a break from having to resist the goodies by not even bringing them into the house. You know the phrase, “out of sight, out of mind?” This is a perfect example of how that phrase works in real life. Prepackage Healthy Snacks As you toss out your junk food, begin to stock up on snacks that are aligned with your healthy eating plan. Prepackage servings of each food in plastic baggies or reusable storage containers to make it easier for grabbing on the go. Fruits and veggies are a great choice, as well as snacks high in protein, as they keep you fuller longer. Consider these: Travel-ready fruits like bananas or oranges...
How to Be More Productive Before Noon

How to Be More Productive Before Noon

Rise and shine! Are you ready to kick your sluggish mornings to the curb? We have some great tips to keep you focused and organized so you can slash through that To-Do-List before the day is over…and still leave time for fun! 1. Rise with the sun We’ve all heard it before- “the early bird gets the worm.” No matter how much we want to roll our eyes as the cliche and hit that snooze button one more time, that little birdy has the right idea! There are only so many hours in a day, so what better way to be productive than to utilize every hour you can? Set your alarm for the a.m. and make sure to get to bed at a decent hour the night before! 2. Make a plan The day before, map out a plan of attack. Write down everything you need to get done. Throw in some things that aren’t a huge priority so you can tackle them if you find yourself with extra time. Rearrange your tasks by location so you can conquer multiple tasks in the same area of town. Keep in mind, even the most detailed plans can fizzle. If you get all the way to the dry cleaner’s and they’ve decided to be closed for repairs today – don’t sweat it! The plan is there to keep you organized and give your day a simple structure. 3. Fuel up No one wants their stomach rumbling while they’re trying to conquer the day! Make sure to start your day with a healthy and filling breakfast, such as a piece of...
Pump Up Playlist

Pump Up Playlist

Do you find yourself bored of the same music ringing through your ears during a workout? Well we’ve got you covered! We have a playlist that will amp you up for your workout and keep you going strong ‘til the end! We’ve hand-selected songs with lyrics that will not only motivate you but also with beats that will energize your body! Here’s a peek at the line-up! How can you not be ready to kill a sweat sesh with these lyrics?! Bring it on, ring the alarm Don’t stop now, just be the champion Work it hard, like it’s your profession (Work B*tch)   How you’re gonna upgrade me What’s higher than number one you know I used to beat that block Now I be’s the block (Upgrade U) These songs take girl power to a whole new level. Whether you’re getting ready for that cute bikini in your dresser or going for a PR – pump these tunes through your headphones and show everyone…Who run the world? Girls!   Click here to listen to your free Pump Up playlist in your browser!   Angie is a Business-Marketing student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California and a fitness enthusiast. Apart from teaching Zumba, Angie loves weight lifting and hiking the beautiful trails around SLO and her home-state of...
Why Vaccines Rock – as told by awesome infographic

Why Vaccines Rock – as told by awesome infographic

Now that Geoff and I are getting closer to having kids, decisions like this come up. I’ve always known that we’d vaccinate our children, but I appreciate learning why it’s necessary. Here’s an awesome resource about vaccines, how they work, and answers to any questions the vaccine nazi’s try to...
Why Eating MORE is the Secret to Fat Loss

Why Eating MORE is the Secret to Fat Loss

Today, I received an awesome email that explained everything about fat loss that I’ve ever wanted to say perfect. It came from Adam Bornstein, owner of BornFitness. If you’ve never heard of him or read his stuff, I highly recommend you subscribe to his email list. He has a very honest and straightforward writing style that covers a multitude of subjects. I’ve probably spent hours on his site since I’ve discovered him. Although he sucks at Twitter (You’re supposed 80% other people’s articles that you like and 20% of your own. Obviously he thinks he’s awesome because he only shares his own.) But that’s beside the point. I couldn’t find this article on his site, so I’ll summarize it for you and talk to each of his points. First of all, calories count. There’s no doubt that any diet that works inherently uses some sort of calorie manipulation, but calories aren’t the entire story. Other things that impact how you gain or lose are: diet composition, amount of body fat, hormone issues like insulin resistance, nutrition, food quality and exercise. This shows, and Bornstein put it perfectly, “So calories are important and essential, but they don’t occur in a vacuum.” He goes on to say that we need to examine our eating patterns and change how we eat. That many of us fail in our diets for the wrong reasons, none of which people really think about. Reason 1: Willpower You need to plan for the least amount of willpower. Plan everything not to rely on it. We have less control over behavior than we’d like to think, and are often...
The Comedown

The Comedown

I realize that it’s the name of a song, but how do you follow up the campaign with a blog post about daily life? Umm….there’s no way. After getting on the Huffington Post, I’ve been contemplating what to do next. Another campaign? That was pretty fun and well received, though I think I’d want to orchestrate a large collaboration next time. Perhaps get some prizes to give away? Life since the campaign has been a little slow. I tried to buy this couch. It was on clearance and Presidents Day sale for $800! Then I received a call that my order was canceled. Huge bummer because it was a great deal for a semi-aniline top grain leather couch! I don’t have Pottery Barn or West Elm funds but I want something classic that I’ll have forever. Anyone have ideas where I can get a high quality leather sofa that isn’t a bajillion dollars? And yes, I’m totally crowdsourcing options. Craigslist has yet to deliver a great deal and I’ve been watching it for over 6 months. I love House*Tweaking’s style and am going for something similar to her living room below. Although I don’t think I’ll do the shag rug. Not thinking little kid spills and dirty dog paws would be so good for it. In other fun news, Geoff and I finally went out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. We’re not much of a crowd type, so we had our own little dinner at home and went out on Tuesday to Foremost Wine Company in SLO. It’s a hipster/trendy place, and the menu didn’t have much on it that...
You’re all #whatslovely

You’re all #whatslovely

Hello you lovely ladies! The #whatslovely campaign has truly been a wonderful experience. I never expected so many wonderful people to join in and participate, much less have the infographic be featured on the Huffington Post! But I can’t take all the credit for myself. My interns, Amber and Angie, did a wonderful job working hard on things they’ve NEVER done before with little direction. Both of them jumped in and produced deliverables that were better than I asked for. And my guest posters provided incredible content that seemed to resonate with a lot of you. I hope you’ve all been encouraged and uplifted this week. Valentine’s Day can bring about lot’s of nasty feelings that simply aren’t true. Disappointment, falling short, feeling unloved, unwanted… the list goes on. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, this holiday isn’t kind to everyone. The goal was to remind you of everything that was good, wonderful, and lovely about your life. And of course, it doesn’t have to stop here. Feel free to use the #whatslovely hashtag and reflect on what’s lovely about your life. Please feel free to email me with your stories or feedback about this campaign. I’m all ears to what you have to say! Here’s a summary of what we covered: #whatslovely YOU – Susie from Suzlyfe #whatslovely FRIENDSHIP – Paige from Healthy Hits the Spot #whatslovely EXERCISE – Jenna from Little Green Running Shoes #whatslovely FOOD – Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean #whatslovely STRENGTH – Ashley from Coffee Cake and Cardio and Angelena from Happy, Healthy, Balanced #whatslovely LOVE If you haven’t taken a look at these ladies posts...
#whatslovely LOVE

#whatslovely LOVE

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you lovely ladies! You’ve reached the final day of #whatslovely and we hope you’ve had an amazing week thinking about all of the lovely things in your life. For today’s challenge, we want you to spend some quality time with someone you love. This can be your significant other, best friend, family…anyone who you care about! We want to encourage all types of love on Valentine’s and not just love specific to couples. So grab that special someone and go get coffee, catch a movie, go hiking, or go out to lunch! Whatever you do, remember to make it quality time. Don’t get distracted by the small problems in your life or your cell phone. Quality time is where that person has your undivided attention. Nowadays, it seems like we are always glued to our phones. We’re either constantly checking social media and emails or waiting for a notification. Let today be the day to step back from it all. Be present with that lovely person in your life and enjoy the moment. How to make today lovely… Go for a hike! Have a do-it-yourself spa day! Spend all day at a coffee shop catching up with a friend! Go try a new fitness class with a family member! Try a new lunch spot! Gather up your closest gal pals for a chick-flick marathon! Cook a new dinner recipe with your significant other! Go wine-tasting! Now go find #whatslovely about your loved ones! Share your experiences with us on social media and enjoy your day! Check back in on Monday to see highlights...

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