JavaBabe: Fact or Fiction?

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We know there is no magical pill that results in a healthier, fitter, slimmer, better version of you. It takes hard work, good diet, determination, and a whole lot of time and energy. However, when we first read about this 100% all natural “fat burning” coffee that doesn’t promote fat blaster instant fix pills — we couldn’t help but check it out.

Java Babe is not an instant fix when it comes to weight issues. HOWEVER, Java Babe does get your body into a fat burning state the all natural way.

What’s cool about this stuff? Java Babe has a mixture of blended coffee and tea, although the coffee flavor is really all you can taste. The L-Theanine in the Matcha will assist the caffeine and give you a good clean energy burn that helps your body get into a thermogenic state. This is just a sexy way of saying that Java Babe gets your body into a fat burning state all day long. Check out the full list of ingredients (that I swear you can’t taste) here!

Fact or fiction? I can’t feel an inherent difference between my venti black americano from Starbucks and this stuff, but I definitely feel energized, motivated, and LOVE that I am packing 6 super ingredients into my morning routine. What’s not to love about that?

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The cute packaging that encourages confidence doesn’t hurt either. Sip away, Boston!

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Cashew Milk: If You Haven’t Tried It You Haven’t Lived

I’ve fallen in love. Ever since I discovered the iced coffee with cashew milk at our local gym’s juice bar (Nourish Your Soul), I can’t stop thinking about it. At $5+ for 16oz, I ventured to make it myself. Not a fan of milk? Neither am I! I promise you – this is different.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 4 cups water (divided)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey or agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Dash sea salt
  • Pinch cinnamon
Instructions

1. Soak the cashews in water at least 4 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator. Drain and rinse until the water runs clear.

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2. Add the cashews and two cups water to a blender. Start on a low setting and increase the speed until the cashews are totally pulverized. This could take 2+ minutes.

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3. Blend in 2 cups more water, your sweetener of choice, vanilla extract, sea salt and cinnamon. If your blender can’t totally break down the cashews, strain the milk through a fine mesh strainer.

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4. Store the milk in a covered container in the refrigerator. It should keep for 3 to 4 days.

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Notes
  • Yields about 5 cups cashew milk.
  • For thicker cashew milk, use less water!

p.s. Cashew milk is full of redeeming nutrients, like magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium and zinc. The fat in cashews is mostly unsaturated and they are a good source of protein.

How Not To Eat Crap When You’re Busy

It’s a struggle in the summer (and always) to plan ahead enough so that you aren’t scrambling at 7:45 on a Monday to find something healthy to bring for breakfast and lunch. It’s hard enough to squeeze in a workout, emails, friendships, relationships, and sleep. I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted, but I have recently begun to build a healthy routine that makes me feel better overall.

Here are some tips to eating healthy and clean when you can’t even seem to catch your breath:

Breakfast

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1. Green smoothie: On days I am in a rush, I throw together some spinach, coconut water, a banana, some frozen fruit, and a few chia seeds. Check out my recipe here.

2. Avocado toast. I know, I know, this seems to be all the rage these days. But to be fair, it is a healthy, protein-packed way to start your day. Bring in a loaf of bread to the office, freeze it, then toast and top with avocado and sliced hard boiled egg on days you’re in the mood.

3. Microwaveable steel cut oats. My winter go-to. This is so easy to pop in the microwave, top with banana, berries, and 1T of almond butter. Plus, it keeps you full until lunch!

Lunch

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Oh lunch, how I look forward to you! Some days I am extra prepared and have my lunches pre-packed from Sunday night. Some days I’m not. Here are a few of my go-to’s and tricks for the times you are super organized, or not.

1. Keep olive oil, salt, pepper, hot sauce (whatever makes your salads sing) at your desk. It makes it easy to dress a boring salad right before lunch time so it isn’t wilted when that meeting runs late. Pack greens, cucumbers, and throw on some shredded chicken (homemade or from the Whole Food’s salad bar – nobody’s judging).

2. Make leftovers. Some people hate leftovers. But day’s I am making something like roasted chicken and veggies, or a big batch of chicken soup, I make sure I have some leftover that are easy to throw in my bag and bring to work.

Snacks

I’m not sure about you, but my office is stacked with chocolate, cheez-its, and snacks that I know I should not be reaching for come 2pm. I try to stock my drawers with a few healthy go-to’s:

1. Almond butter. Sometimes 1T of this stuff can get me through to dinner and keep me from grabbing that  bag of Cape Cod Chips.

2. Nuts. A handful of nuts is packed with protein and keeps you full until your next meal.

Dinner

Dinner can be tough! After working a long day, working out, and occasionally trying not to be a bad friend, getting around to making a well-rounded dinner can be difficult. Here are a few easy strategies to make sure you are reaching for the good stuff:

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1. Spiralizer. I have never met a spiralized veggie I didn’t like. Not only are veggies inexpensive, but it takes 2 minutes to make them into these noodles, and another few to throw into a pan with garlic, olive oil, S+P and some pre-cooked shredded chicken. Dinner is done. (This blog has enough recipes to last you a lifetime).

2. One-pan wonders. Days where the errands and tasks feel endless, I throw some salmon into a pan with some cubed carrots, zucchini or sweet potato, drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a few herbs and throw it in the oven for 30 minutes. What comes out? A fully balanced, delicious meal I can be proud of.

Instacart – There Is No Longer Any Excuse Not To Have Healthy Food

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We get it, summer weekends are filled with BBQ’s and outings, beach trips, weddings, and family gatherings. My highly organized Sunday night ritual of grocery shopping, meal planning and prepping has totally gone out the window (cue Sunday Scaries). Welcome Instacart into your life. This new app provides the opportunity to pick your favorite groceries from local stores, have them delivered at a convenient time, AND maintains a low shipping rate (free for your first order, $3.99 after that).

You can browse healthy recipes, add the items to your cart, and even share carts with friends and family. I have to say I am a devoted fan – it even saves me money by letting me choose from less expensive grocery store options I would have otherwise not been able to frequent. Give it a try – free shipping and $10 off your first order so no excuses!

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Lively Up Yourself Breakfast Bowl

Breakfast can sometimes be my favorite meal – especially after a morning workout. I struggle with new options aside from smoothies and oatmeal that are filling and keep me satisfied until lunch. On a recent trip, I had this bowl and was blown away by how much I enjoyed it – it is super easy to make, not to mention vegan, gluten AND dairy free. Extra points for being pretty – Enjoy!

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Lively Up Yourself Bowl: sprouted buckwheat granola, homemade vegan coconut yogurt, banana, local honey, cinnamon, and papaya.