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This 6 Ingredient Blended Mocha Smoothie Will Be Your New Obsession

I literally have a smoothie every. single. day. in the summer. I can’t get enough! They’re sooo dang good- they just hit the spot, ya know? I have 5 smoothie recipes listed in my E-Book, The Healthy Lifestyle Project & (The Healthy Lifestyle Project & Home!), so I won’t spoil them all. BUT this is a smoothie recipe I have to share with the world ASAP because it combines two of my favorite things ever- coffee and chocolate. HI! Yes. It also has a little bit of maca powder for natural energy, hormone balancing, and a super delicious toffee flavor. Amazing. Also smoothies are the best because I literally just throw all the ingredients in a blender and keep it in my fridge overnight. Then I can just grab my smoothie & run out the door in the morning! To learn more about how I live a healthy lifestyle with a 9-5 job, listen to this podcast episode where I dive into that topic and check out this blog post for 4 work week meal …

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4 Meal Prepping Tips & Tricks for Your Crazy Busy 9-5 Life

“Meal Prepping” is one of those health and fitness phrases I try to completely avoid. I feel like it’s associated with making a crap ton of boring ingredients on a Sunday, keeping them in containers in the fridge all week, and being thoroughly grossed out by your slimy chicken and veggies by the time your lunch break on Wednesday rolls around. So if you can’t tell by that sentence…. I don’t “meal prep” in the traditional sense. It takes the fun out of healthy eating for me! BUT I also know that when you’re crazy busy working a full time job, the last thing you want to do is spend hours shopping, cooking and worrying about your meals each week. So here are all of my tips and tricks for grocery shopping and preparing healthy meals in a quick, easy, and less expensive way: Never Come to Work Empty Handed The easiest way to prevent yourself from diving into the donuts your coworker brought in for breakfast or choosing that last minute unhealthy lunch option …

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What I Eat To Stay Lean & Healthy- Weekday Edition

Hello all you beautiful people. If you’re new here my name is Abbey and I. love. food. Like so much!!! Before I knew anything about health and fitness, I thought there was only one way to eat “healthy.” Vegetables, chicken, maybe some rice, and that’s about it. I spent one summer in college living off of that every single day for dinner. Sure, I lost weight, but I wasn’t enjoying my food. I think it’s SO important to eat foods that you genuinely love in order to sustain healthy eating for the long haul. If you’re forcing yourself to choke down beets and you hate beets… you’re going to crack quickly. I also think it’s very important to think about your goals when planning out your daily meals. The meals of people who are trying to lose weight vs. improve the composition of their body vs. gain weight and muscle are going to look different! It’s always good to keep that in mind, as well as thinking about your specific body type, the level of …

Is BulletProof Coffee the Key Weight Loss Trick You’ve Been Missing?

If you haven’t heard of bulletproof coffee by now… where tf have you been girl? Let me give you the quick low down: True “bulletproof coffee” is coffee that’s loaded up with grass-fed butter (1-2 tbsp) and MCT Oil (1 tbsp). So I’m sure you can see why this fad diet has blown up in the Keto community… it’s essentially just black coffee with fats added to it! As with every fad diet, there are tons of claimed benefits to bulletproof coffee. Here’s some of the benefits I’ve seen floating around: Enhances Weight Loss Increases Metabolism Improves Mental Clarity & Productivity Increases Energy Levels Controls Appetite Fixes Ur Whole Life Okay obviously kidding on the last one, but I’m sure you feel me on that. So many of these fad diets have a laundry list of apparent benefits that make you feel like you’re crazy to not be doing it. As with everything health & fitness related, I always like to take what I find with a grain of salt and try it out for …

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3 Delicious Healthy Smoothie Recipes to Make for Breakfast This Summer

Smoothies are my favorite thing to have for breakfast in the spring and summer. They’re so easy to make and they taste SO good. My favorite thing to do is to prep them quickly the night before work & leave them in the fridge overnight. Then I can just walk straight out the door in the AM with smoothie in hand! If you need some more tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle with a 9-5 job, you can listen to this episode of my podcast where I chat all about it HERE! Here’s 3 recipes that I absolutely love: (P.S. if you want to add a protein powder to any of these, go for it! I have made them both ways, but I haven’t used protein powder in a while.) 1. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie 3/4 cup Frozen Strawberries 1/3 cup Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt 1 tbsp Cacao Powder 2 Ice Cubes Optional: 2 tbsp Plain Greek Yogurt (I do this for added protein to keep me full) Fill the rest of the blender …

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2 Obvious Signs That Show You’re Not Consuming Enough Protein to Transform Your Body

Is protein really that important? Here’s the short answer: Yes. But is it also over hyped sometimes? Yes again! There are tons of benefits to getting adequate protein in our diet. Protein blunts hunger, prevents weight gain, helps prevent extreme swings in energy levels & mood, improves body composition (when paired with weight lifting), and more! I won’t explain all of the benefits in depth (because we’ll be here forever & start to get bored), but I will explain 2 benefits that I think are super important. If you’re a newbie to macros or just want to learn some healthy macronutrient recommendations from me, listen to the podcast episode where I chat all about that HERE! My Experience With Low Protein Last spring/summer I significantly decreased my protein intake while I was testing out a plant based diet. This took a serious toll on my body. I really wanted it to work for me but unfortunately it just didn’t. (I can do a post dedicated to plant based protein vs. animal based protein if anyone …

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These 14 Unhealthy Ingredients Are Hiding In Your Nutrition Labels

I’ve chatted a lot on my podcast about the different approaches to “living a healthy lifestyle” I’ve tested out. There are so many different diets and mindsets I’ve felt like I needed to adopt in order to truly be healthy! (which is bogus btw, there is no one way). Listen to the podcast where I explain my experience with counting calories & tracking macros HERE, or the podcast where I chat through what happened to me when I tried intermittent fasting HERE! The most recent fad I got sucked into was “clean eating.” I’ll own it, I was a total label snob for a hot sec. If the label on a package of food had 1g of an ingredient that I didn’t consider “clean” I’d cringe and put it back on the shelf. In my defense, I was trying to do everything I could to fix my skin (see my hormonal acne podcast episode HERE). BUT, also not in my defense, I took it way too overboard & became too obsessed with it. This is …

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A Quick Beginner’s Guide to Macronutrients (Carbs, Fats & Protein)

I recently posted a podcast where I discussed all things macro nutrients: what carbs, fats, and protein even are, why they’re important, how much of each macronutrient you should be eating, my experience with counting calories and tracking macros, and more! If you haven’t listened to that yet- catch up quickly HERE! For those of you who have already listened to it, I thought it would be helpful to list out some more examples of macros & give you guys a visual of calculating macros so you can always refer back to it if you forget. First, let’s start by listing out some healthy examples of each macro (I have an extended list in the food guide of The Healthy Lifestyle Project): Carbohydrates: Fruits- Berries, Apples, Oranges, Grapefruit, Bananas Vegetables- Asparagus, Broccoli, Kale, Leafy Greens, Green Beans, Zucchini, Squash Grains- Brown Rice, Quinoa, Farro, Chickpea Pasta, Ezekiel Bread, Oats Fats: Avocado Nuts & Seeds- Almonds, Walnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds Oils & Spreads- Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Nut Butters, Hummus Proteins: Organic, Cage-Free …