What they don’t tell you about being hydrated…

Attention! Muy importante! If you’re currently living in a house (which I assume most of you are), I suggest keeping tabs on your water bill.

No, not because you’re chugging gallons/day (hopefully filtered & not directly from the tap), but because you’re staying adequately hydrated & end up taking a trip to the pee shack every 20 mins. John & I rent a cute little beach cottage on the intercostal here in Florida & our landlady came knocking on our door the other day to disclose to us that her water bill has never been this high since she has been renting out the space (many years).  🙄

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It’s been a while…

Hello all my fit friends! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything! To be completely honest…I’ve lacked some inspiration lately. I don’t know about you, but I do so much reading, learning, reviewing & critiquing of various health, fitness & wellness articles that I become completely bogged down & don’t want to write anything! I feel like I read SO much of the same stuff, I think to myself…no one wants to read ANOTHER blurb on XYZ, or recipe that does not taste as good as claimed. Haha…you feel me?

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Vacation Mode

Summer time is right around the corner. Warm weather, sun shining, endless outdoor activities! Who doesn’t love this time of year?! (now that I live in Florida I’m not super keen on the season–think 100º days with 100% humidity)—nothing some water sports can’t cure right?!

Anyway, with summer comes vacation time for a lot of families. #vacationmode  I love exploring new cities, whether it’s nearby home or thousands of miles away. Each city offers it’s own unique spin on restaurants, arts/culture & activities they have to offer. Notice my first point—restaurants. Peeping out the food scene in any city is definitely one of my favorite things to do. Some people look for best happy hour, best live music…I personally look for best FOOD.

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Spaghetti Squash, bacon, spinach & goat cheese

Howdy friends! This recipe is SO easy & has a good amount of protein (&fats), the carbs are coming from vegetable sources making this a quick & healthier dinner option. You can even rotate or throw in some extra vegetables to boost the vitamin & mineral content.

My only advice is cooking the spaghetti squash in advance—that is the most time consuming part of the process. I cut mine in half lengthwise & lay it flat on a sprayed baking sheet at 400° for nearly an hour (depending on the size). I’ve seen people cut it the other way; into rings & scoop out the middle. Either way they are a pain in the booty to cut if you ask me–but definitely worth the effort for the added nutrition & a lower calorie meal.

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Smoked Gouda Turkey Meatloaf

MOM! Meatloaf!

Sorry, I  couldn’t resist. Hopefully that’s not aging me too much..?

Growing up I never really LOVED meatloaf, I scrapped off the ketchup topping & forced down the meaty part. As I got older, I like it, but its never something I crave or order when we’re out to eat. So the other day when John & I stopped at Mazzaros Italian Market (a MUST if you’re ever in St. Petersburg), it caught me by surprise that I opted to order the sandwich of the day—you guessed it, a meatloaf sandwich.

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TFL

No, that’s not another hip new acronym the kids are using nowadays.

Your TFL is used to describe the small muscle in your hips; Tensor Fasciae Latae. It’s located in front of your hip joint & connects to the very long tendon known as the Iliotibial band, or IT band. Your TFL aids in flexion of your hips (i.e. crunches or running); abduction of the thigh & also helps to control & keep hips level while walking/standing & may even aid in stabilization of knee.

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Healthy Brownies

How is 2017 going for you? Are you sticking with your goals? I’ve been consistent with my workouts & really focusing on tuning into my hunger cues, instead of eating because I have macros left.

With that being said, I still love my sweets & will continue to make room in my diet for a treat—I love me some rich chocolate brownies. This particular brownie recipe is loaded with fiber, the B vitamins; folate & B6 which all help against heart disease. Potassium, calcium & magnesium are the other powerhouses that make these brownies chock full of nutrients. Can you guess the secret ingredient that makes these brownies so much healthier?

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