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So, How Are Those New Year’s Resolutions Going?

We’ve made it to March.  Has anything changed since you made some healthy promises to yourself back at the beginning of the year?

Yes? Awesome, good for you.  NOW is usually the time that our motivation starts to dwindle, our progress may seem to plateau, and we sort of get a “whatever” attitude and slip back into old bad habits.

No?  Still struggling with drinking more water, less booze, more greens, less processed junk, moving more, sitting less aka the usual?  I hear ya.  Me too!

 

It is a constant work in progress.  And don’t you feel like there is always “something”?  Like an excuse? An event? An occasion?  To splurge and overindulge?  That’s what it always seems like for me.

And that’s ok!

 

Only one things matters as we try to get back to whatever we were aiming to improve a few months ago. BALANCE.

The point of this post isn’t to make you (us) feel worse about maybe not reaching certain goals just yet or “dropping the ball”, it’s to try and keep us all motivated, accountable.

Throw in an extra salad today, eat an avocado, stop by Millie’s for a dragon bowl, go for a walk at lunch time, soak up some Vitamin D when you can.  You deserve to put yourself first, to make your health a priority, and to feel and LOOK like the best version of you…ever.

 

 

Ok, enough with the feels!

Have a fabulous day, friends.

xo,

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PROTEIN Packed White Bean Spread/Dip

I recently had the good fortune of traveling with my darling friend Jen.  She’s the best because we love so many of the same things.  Food, sauvignon blanc, our dogs, food, skinny margaritas, cooking, champagne, restaurants, our husbands (who also happen to be best friends), food and wine.  We were sunning by the pool one day talking about hummus and she blew my mind with this idea for white bean dip.  It’s like hummus with a twist!

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PROTEIN Packed White Bean Spread/Dip
 
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  • 2 cans of cannellini beans, drained
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • ¼ cup of water (add less if you want a thicker dip)
  • 1T EVOO
  • S&P to taste (I like a lot of both, try to use pink himalayan sea salt)
Instructions
  1. Throw everything into your vitamix or powerful blender. Done!

 

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Spread it on ezekiel bread in place of mayo, use as a dip for crudite & roasted veggies, or dip right in with toasted pita!  I topped mine with some extra EVOO and parsley.  It took about 5 minutes from start to finish and is super versatile.  Add some hot sauce, garlic, cumin, and paprika if you like.  Maybe some olives to give it a salty, lush flavor?  Go crazy.  Thanks Jen for this awesome protein packed snack!

 

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xx,

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#Blondeseatclean28 final challenge + shopping list

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#Blondeseatclean28: Week 4!
 
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  • Epson Salt for bath
  • Himalayan Pink Salk
  • Frozen Banana
  • Organic Spinach
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Medjool Date
  • Peanut butter with 1 or 2 ingredients *PEANUTS or another nutbutter
  • Cinnamon
  • Pomegranate
  • Chia Seeds
  • Organic Kale
  • EVOO or Avocado Oil
  • Ingredients for day 28
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  1. CONGRATULATIONS!

We are so proud for everyone of you. We look forward to highlighting our favorite posts and participant stories. Please submit your favorite stories and positive changes to info@blondeseatclean.com.

Week 4: Killing IT

22-Take a bath with epson salts<<Like Dr. Teals which you can find at Walgreens>> Click here to learn about the benefits. + A 15 minute POWER walk and 10 minute Cardio with Jessica Smith

23-Do not eat bread, pasta, potatoes, or rice after 3 pm. We use this method with clients who are having trouble dropping weight.. Gather ideas from last week’s snack challenge and think salads with protein at dinner. +  A 5 minute warm up walk and 20 Minute Killer Core

24- Replace dinner with the game changing green smoothie! <<this makes me feel great in the morning.. and actually hungry>> + Blast some of your favorite music and follow along for a 28 minute Butt and Abs Cardio Workout

25- Replace your table salt with Himalayan Sea Salt and use it on your Kale Chips you are making tonight. <<caution:addicting>> *tip:you can use olive oil +  10 Minute Bikini Arms Workout with Tone it UP+  + 10 Minute Love your arms workout with Tone it Up

26-Kick your sweet craving at night with a pomegranate! Learn how to open one without the mess here. + Ouch!! This one is tough! Find your favorite music (you will need it!) and try and get through this 20 minute fat burner. You need a 5-20 pound weight, matt or towel, and a chair.

27-Get creative! Make a recipe with chia seeds and tag us. +  9 minute legs and butt work out + 3 Miles of power walking or a run!

28-Have a friend over for a BEC approved meal. You have all weekend to do this. Revisit the past 28 days and repost your favorite challenge. We are so proud of you :)   + Get a friend to do a work out with you! Pick your favorite from the past 27 days and GO FOR IT!

Thanksgiving Tips // BEC Hangover Remedy

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Here we go again! The Holiday Season is here- BRING IT. We have listed a few tips to get you through this Thanksgiving Holiday…   it’s all about the sweat, party, and Friday cure- BEC has your back.    Watch our Video HERE

1) MOVE.  Wake up and do something. Whether it is going for a run, heading to your favorite yoga class, or check out our babes at Tone it Up for a quick video. Our little BEC’s in training love to do work out videos with adults. Make this move thing a family (or friends) event. Check the TIU girls below. I love these ideas… Warning **  they are on a beach.   Don’t be mad. ok, I’m mad.

 

 

2) No one freak. HAVE FUN. Seriously, if you know any of the girls at BEC then you know we like to have a little (LOT) of fun. Did someone say party? EAT, DRINK, AND HAVE FUN. If you are heading to a feast  and are afraid of what they may be serving you, bring your own dish! I love to bring a salad or green that I know I will fill my plate with and “side” all of the other choices. I do this because certain food gives me an equally painful hangover as drinking my kombucha-vodkas.<– (kombucha with a splash of vodka on ice)

BEC ideas from our favorite sites + favorite bloggers:

Dessert // No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie // OMG

Appetizer // Salad // Arugula, Fennel, Apple, Orange, and Pomegranate Salad // great uninvited dish. Can’t be mad at fall in a bowl. Who else will make this? NO ONE. = Hero    Great example of what I would fill my plate with and side it with the butterball.

Main Steeze // Gluten-free Stuffing // Quinoa stuffing looks AH-mazing.    I usually make a corn bread stuffing with apples, and local sausage. I use a family recipe and clean it up with whole, organic ingredients.

See something you like above but don’t want to go to the store? Let me help you out here… A great idea to distress the holiday preparation in our area (in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Richmond and Northern VA area) is RELAYFOODS.  Who the heck has time to run to the grocery with empty shelves to find nothing? You can order all of your ingredients and premade food on Relay until midnight on Tuesday and pick up in the Lynchburg area on Wednesday. They offer local and organic ingredients and also have local turkeys STILL available.  True that.

3) FRIDAY MORNING ELIXER < AND //  OR>  CLEANSING SMOOTHIE< Ok, as I said, we get food AND drink hangovers. Here is what BEC recommends to save your mind, body, and soul the morning after!  I usually suffer on Saturday morning due to the immense party sessions on Friday night with family and friends in town so use these tips through out the weekend (LIFE).

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our people! Have the best of time and stay tuned for our leftover ideas :)

 

xoxo,

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