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December 7, 2016

Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Your Fitness Friend

Need a gift idea for your favorite fitnessista? I’ve got you covered with all these healthy finds.

Fitbit Flex 2 – Get motivated with a Fitbit. It tracks so much!

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Zella Live In Reversbile Leggings – Move over, Lulu. These leggings are the real deal. And real comfortable. I want to wear mine significantly more than any other pair I own.

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Zella Athletic Socks – Again, comfortable.zella-socks

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo – I’ve gone through 2 cans of this and can attest that it gets rid of any hair greasiness like a charm. Great for after workouts or on those days you slept through your alarm clock. Whoops!living-proof-perfect-hair-day-dry-shampoo

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes – These are, by far, my favorite face wipes. They’re lightly scented and are really great at removing all your makeup. But I also love them for when I need a refresher after the gym.

S’well Water Bottle – There’s a reason why you see girls holding these all the time. They’re super sleek, come in a ton of beautiful colors & patterns, and really do keep your water cold (or hot) for so long. I carry mine everywhere.

Ban.do After This We’re Getting Pizza bag – How great is this!?

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What’s on your fitness wish list?

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December 5, 2016

For A Better Tomorrow, Plan Your Goals Today

How many times have you told yourself “Oh man, if only I knew what I know now…” How often do you wish you could give advice to your younger self? Well what about the future? Do you ever think about giving advice to the future you?

Whether it be mental, spiritual, emotional, social, or physical, your efforts will pay off later. Taking the steps today will help you achieve your healthy goals tomorrow. Did you know that you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down? Posting them on social media also helps your friends and family keep you accountable too! Today’s post is a little different for me, but I’m excited to share with you my #DearFutureMe letter.

Dear Christina,

Take these steps to work towards a healthier, happier future you:

  1. Engage in physical exercise at least 3x per week.
  2. Take your vitamins!
  3. Maintain a healthy diet, focusing on whole foods that nourish you
  4. Focus on the positive in life. Change the negative.
  5. Express gratitude to those around you. Show your loved ones how much they mean to you.
  6. Do things that bring you joy!
  7. Read more. Spend your free time learning something new.
  8. Turn your passions into ways you can help others. You love cooking. Feed those in need.
  9. Go to church on a regular basis. Pray. Strengthen your relationship with Jesus and ask how you can help others.

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I’m participating in this campaign with Nature’s Bounty, one of the most trusted vitamins and supplement brands. Nature’s Bounty wants each of you to live a better, healthier, and happier lifestyle by making your own goals. In an effort to encourage us to create goals for our future, they’re giving away a Better Off Healthy prize pack that includes:

  • one year’s supply of assorted Nature’s Bounty vitamins and supplements (customized for your needs)
  • one Fitbit Surge™ Fitness Superwatch
  • a one-year gym membership
  • and a Mary Lou Retton signed Sports Illustrated cover

Want in? Take a photo of a #DearFutureMe letter or upload a photo with a caption that captures their personal commitment to a healthier future. Participants should  You can enter the sweepstakes here  post an entry on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #DearFutureMe AND #Sweepstakes. Make sure to enter by 12/10/16 at 11:59 PM EST! Good luck! Thank you for the partnership, Nature’s Bounty!

What would YOU tell your future self? Let me know in the comments below!

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December 2, 2016

5 Fun Things 12.2.16

It’s DECEMBER. What the hey!

1. I don’t give you enough reasons to visit me in Boston. (Ignore any thoughts of this weather for a minute.) Here’s a BIG ONE. We just got an Eataly. Yes. An Eataly. Book your flight now. Come hungry.

2. You guys know how much I love libraries. And books. And reading anything I can get my hands on. So here’s a good list I found: 10 Books That Can Change Your Life in One Long Weekend. I started reading Outliers last night. How have I not read this before? Have you?

3. Can we talk about this for a second? I saw this. In real life. (Ignore the instagram text.) What is this world coming to? So many thoughts here. Discuss.lunchbox wax burlington massachusetts

4. Need to fix your face this weekend? Try this. It’s fabulous. This is too and it smells amazing. They both sell out often, so act quick!

5. Make this soup this weekend. You won’t regret it. mexican-meatball-soup611

Thanks for being you. Have a great Friday my friends.

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December 1, 2016

Mexican Meatball Soup with Butternut Squash and Cilantro

Mexican Meatball Soup with Butternut Squash

When it feels like fall, it feels like soup weather. Warm soups, stews, and chilis are part of what makes the cold bearable. And this Mexican Meatball Soup with Butternut Squash and Cilantro is both healthy and filling, but most of all, delicious. It only takes about 30 minutes to make and guess what. It tastes even better the next day.
Mexican Meatball Soup Butternut Squash Cilantro
Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 pound cabbage
  • 1 pound peeled, chopped butternut squash
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 pasture-raised organic egg
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Prep the vegetables. Peel the onion and cut it into ½-inch pieces. Cut carrots in half lengthwise, then crosswise into ¼-inch-thick half-moons. Cut the lime into wedges. Cut the cabbage into thin strips. Finely chop the cilantro.
  2. Start the soup. In a pot over medium-high heat, warm 2 tablespoons oil until hot. Add the onion, carrot, and squash. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, chicken stock, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and cook 2-3 minutes. While the soup cooks, start the meatballs.
  3. In a bowl, beat the egg with the spices and half the cilantro. Add the beef season with salt and pepper. Mix until combined, then form the mixture into 2-inch balls.
  4. Add the meatballs to the soup. Return to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the soup to individual bowls and top with the cabbage and remaining cilantro. Serve with the lime wedges.

Mexican Meatball Soup Butternut Squash Cilantro

Mexican Meatball Soup Butternut Squash Cilantro

What’s your favorite fall soup?