One of my New Year Resolutions is to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. I picked this number because the American Heart association says you should walk 10,000 steps a day in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. At school I easily walk 11,000 steps a day just walking to and from my classes, and I almost always reach 15,000 steps on weekends. It’s really hard to reach my goal while I am on break and home from school because it isn’t necessary for me to walk everywhere here.
While I am home, I am constantly trying to think of ways to reach my step goal. It’s so much more challenging since our roads are not easily walkable and very narrow. My favorite way to get my steps in is to walk my dog one or two times a day.
I received a Fitbit Flex as a High School graduation gift and it is one of the most useful gifts I have ever received. This is one of the more inexpensive products in the Fitbit product line. There’s a tracker for every budget, too. The trackers range from around $60- $250. There are even Fitbits designed by designers like Tory Burch so they actually look like a bracelet!
My favorite part about my Fitbit is actually the app that comes along with it. It tells me a variety of things like my steps, miles, calories burned, and active minutes. It even tracks my sleep and will tell me about my quality of sleep. The best part about the app, though, is that you can compete with your friends and see who can get the most amount of steps in a week. Competing with my friends has motivated me to be active on days when I would rather be a couch potato all day.
*this post is not affiliated in any way this Fitbit, I just really love the product :)*
What fitness trackers do you like?
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We are all guilty of grabbing a pack of cookies on our way out the door because it is convenient and fast. It is very hard to eat healthy with all the tempting fast foods. And its even harder when you are in college or working to have the time to prepare healthy meals. Here are five of my favorite fast and simple healthy snacks for busy days ( or any day really). They all take under five minute to prepare!
I love Avocado because it has such great health benefits. What could be better than sliced avocado on warm toast with smoked chipotle pepper.
PB & J
I revamped the PB & J to be a guilt free sandwich. I used whole wheat toast, almond butter, and fresh strawberries.
Pita & Hummus
I toasted pita bread to go with fresh hummus and garnished with rosemary.
This bite sized snack packs in protein and fiber into a perfect quick snack. I sliced a ripe banana and topped it with peanut butter and either dark chocolate chips or cocoa nibs.
Blueberry Yogurt Dots
Dip blueberries in vanilla yogurt and freeze them. A refreshing (and healthy) treat. Bonus: the blueberries will help you power through late night studying. They give your brain a boost and help retain memory.
I love all of these snacks. Which are your favorite and what would you change? What are your favorite healthy, on-the-go snacks? Please let me know if you try any of these!
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This morning I browsed Pinterest in hopes of finding a fun and easy breakfast recipe to switch up my every day routine. I always find mouthwatering recipes on Pinterest and today was no different. I found a chocolate hazelnut smoothie bowl recipe but didn’t have all the same ingredients so I altered the recipe to what I had in my fridge and pantry. I do this a lot with recipes and they normally turn out pretty well surprisingly! It only took me about 8 mins to make!
I would recommend this recipe more as a dessert or snack rather than breakfast. It is a little too sweet for breakfast in my opinion because I put Nutella in it but none the less was still a fantastic meal.
Again, this is all just food I had in my house at the time. I substituted what was un the recipe for similar things I had on hand. I would encourage you to get creative and use the foods you have at hand! ex. bananas, nuts, any kind of fruit, cinnamon
If you try this recipe let me know what you think! Do you have any smoothie bowl recipes you love? I am always looking for new recipes to try.