All posts tagged: diet

The Amazing Green Smoothie

A common misconception about green smoothies is that they have to taste awful in order to be healthy. Well that’s just flat out wrong! Though I do agree that some green juices and smoothies have a much more bitter taste (thank you kale and arugula), this smoothie is the perfect transition. I recommend using baby spinach as your choice of greens, especially if you aren’t used to the taste of kale. Plus, I personally think spinach blends better (AND looks prettier). This Amazing Green Smoothie is pleasantly sweet, thanks to the natural sugars found in banana, pineapple, and mango. These fruits also give it a slightly tropical flavor (which makes it the perfect breakfast in the summertime). For this smoothie, you will need: 2 cups of baby spinach 1 frozen banana, cut into slices 1/2 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen) 1/2 cup mango (fresh or frozen) 1-2 cups almond milk (NOTE – more milk will be needed if using all frozen fruit, otherwise the smoothie will be too thick) Now, it does matter what order you add your …

Why We Should Stop Worrying About Weight

“The only way to solve the weight problem is to stop making weight a problem—to stop judging ourselves and others by our size. Weight is not an effective measure of attractiveness, moral character, or health. The real enemy is weight stigma, for it is the stigmatization and fear of fat that causes the damage and deflects attention from true threats to our health and well-being.” – Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size I remember the first time I weighed myself on my Wii Fit balance board. I was 11 years old, and I weighed 92 pounds. That was a healthy weight, according to the video game, because I had a BMI (Body Mass Index) that fell within the “normal” range. I didn’t really care much about this new information, because, well, I was a kid. I wasn’t supposed to care about my weight. It had been a few months since I had last played the game, so when I turned it on, I received a message telling me I was due to weigh myself again. So I, now at 12 years old, stepped …

How I Cured My Acne

I’ll warn you now – this post is a long one. But, if you’re like me and you’ve suffered from acne for years without seeing any improvement, this will be worth the read. Acne vulgaris is the most common skin condition in the United States, especially for adolescents. If your pores become clogged with dead skin and excess sebum (an oil produced by your sebaceous glands designed to protect your skin), it manifests into a pimple. Although everybody experiences acne from time to time, some people are more prone to breakouts than others. Acne can also worsen over time: some people don’t experience acne until their 30s, or even their 40s. I started experiencing acne when I was in high school. I would get a pimple here and there, but in time they usually went away. When I started college, the added stress of my rigorous coursework and the change in my diet caused me to experience more severe and frequent breakouts. I tried new skin products, but nothing seemed to work. I ended up taking matters into my own hands (literally), and I would end …

Sweet Smoothies Made Simple

I’m sure most of you, like me, made New Year’s Resolutions. And I’m willing to bet that most of you, like me, are struggling sticking to them. I decided that, for the new year, I would try to give up (ok, more like seriously cut back on) refined sugar. This has been pretty difficult to stick to, because I have always had a sweet tooth. The most difficult part has been finding something that I can whip up when I have cravings for something sweet that I can still consume and not feel guilty about later. That’s why this smoothie recipe is AMAZING. Plus, it’s so simple, and you only need a few ingredients to make it. Instead of using ice in your smoothies, use frozen bananas instead. Slice up a bunch of bananas, put them in a baggie and stick the baggie in the freezer. The bananas will provide a lot of natural sweetness, so there will be no need to sweeten your smoothie. Fill your blender with 1/3 frozen bananas, 1/3 fruit of your …

A Beginner’s Guide to Meal Prep 

It can be extremely overwhelming if you’re trying to switch your diet to all clean, wholesome foods. It’s even more difficult when you already have to plan meals on a tight budget. What may seem much easier, ordering takeout food or living off of frozen microwave dinners and ramen noodles, can actually wreak havoc on your entire body. Prepackaged frozen dinners and ramen noodle flavor packs contain high levels of sodium, which holds onto water and makes you bloat. Although takeout food may seem like a cheaper and quicker option than cooking, those dollars add up quickly, and you can end up blowing through your budget. I’m here to tell you how eating healthy on a budget is super easy, it just requires a little bit of planning. If you follow any health & fitness inspiration (or “fitspo”) accounts on Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest, I’m sure you are familiar with the concept of meal preparation. Meal prep consists of cooking a large batch of food at the beginning of the week that you then divide up into servings, store in Tupperware containers, and then have access to easy, healthy …