Happy Girls Are The Prettiest: Live A Happy, Healthy Life

Happy girls are the prettiest. Being happy is part of my daily mission. I refuse to live anything but a happy and healthy life. We all deserve that. We’ve heard this before and I for one believe this to be true. I take my own experience and know when I am happy, it seems to shoot out of me like sunshine.  Happy people attract other happy people,  so there you go.

Earlier this afternoon I found myself conversing with a happy baby at an event.   I would smile, she smiled back. I laugh, she laughed back. Contagious behavior between us two and even at the young age of 1, she knows that happy is good!

Most days it is automatic and second nature to be happy, but other days takes effort. Sometimes I believe that to be happy is a choice. It is those moments that bring some of the greatest times of self reflection. You begin to wonder and internalize. Why am I not happy? Can I change it? Will I change it? Making a shift in where I spend attention and energy is key during these moments. Reading a motivational quote, listening to a favorite song, or exercising are greats ways to make your own happiness shift.

We all define a happiness differently. One way I define it is by the type of people I have relationships with. Seeking out positive mentors, family members, and friends is  a sure fire way to create a happy, healthy world. You know those people you call when you’re having a bad day? Are they people you can count on to lift you up? Do they offer words of encouragement ? Words of strength? Take a moment and think about that. I have a core group of people I talk to on a daily basis. We celebrate each other’s successes and show strength when one of us needs it. Bible verses, quotes, happy songs, and exercises are a few things we share with each other often. We count on each other for strength and positivity. In my mind, those people make me the happiest when I am around them, which makes them the most attractive choice for me to spend time with.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite happiness quotes and my new favorite summer hit as a workout track download must have! Make a happiness shift when needed. Surround yourself with other happy people and you are one step closer to living the happy and healthy life you deserve.

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Creamy Citrus Herb Dressing : Not As Bad As You think

I was sent the new Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise squeeze bottle to try out. The thought of mayo on a burger sounded pretty good after a long day of training.  But keeping with my healthy eating habits, I began brainstorming and came up with something I really like! A fresh creamy, citrus herb dressing that was so easy and quick to make. I made enough to store in a mason jar in the fridge to toss on turkey burgers, veggies, or salads. The best part is, I created the dressing out of things I already had in the house. My philosophy of maintaing a healthy lifestyle is moderation and balance. This recipe allowed me to keep the cut some calories and keep the flavor!

Creamy Citrus Herb Dressing

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Ingredients: 

1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise (the new bottle made for perfect portion control)

1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed citrus (I used orange)

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1 teaspoon of vinegar

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Combine all ingredients into a mason jar, twist the lid on, shake and serve!

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Cucumber Cocktail Recipe

Who says Friday at home have to be boring?  Friday’s are usually grocery day for my house. Today’s grocery trip took me to my local Fresh Market. Many great items were competitively priced to my liking.

Mangos $1

Greek yogurt  $1

A large container of fresh salsa for $2.99

A piece of sashimi grade tuna for $5.99

Split chicken breast buy one get one free

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Seaweed salad from the bar, Sashimi from the case, and Mango Chunks

Earlier that day, I spent time researching and practicing for an internet story regarding alcohol and the calories consumed. As I wandered down the beverage inner isle I grabbed a couple new items to get my fridge and pantry ready for some petite cocktails.I’ve been cutting the alcohol waaayyyyy back some new “mixers” I had eyed on the shelf had me intrigued.

LaCroix Sparkling Water

Mr. Q Cumber Soda 

I decided to experiment with the Mr. Q Cumber Soda. After a little math in My Fitness Pal, it turns out my mixing paid off for a lower calorie option for toasting. 110 calories to be exact! Holla!!!!

Cucumber Cocktail Recipe

1/2 a bottle Mr Q Cumber

1 ounce vodka

1 slice of lime, squeezed

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Just like that a new petite cocktail was born!

The new sipper paired well with the salsa I had purchased and Ak-Mak crackers from my pantry. It was the perfect light weight, take the edge of, toastable treat.

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5 Things You Need To Know About A Boardwalk 5k

Today I am talking about one of my favorite things to do in one of my favorite places to do it! This destination is not only popular this time of year with tourists, but with runners as well. The scenic and easy route is always changing and a great place to start or end your day. This spot is a desirable location for many Virginia Beach 5k’s as well. It is easy to get to, no streets to close off, and it already attracts a fit minded crowd. Before participating in your next boardwalk 5k, get prepared with these 5 tips.

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1. FLAT AND FAST  Most boardwalk 5k courses are out and back. This simply means you run half of the race in one direction…then usually turn around and run the opposite direction back. This makes this an ideal spot for personal bests and fast times by many runners.

2. WIND There will be wind. Being along the coast, we take the brunt of many weather patterns. Winds are almost guaranteed for any oceanfront race. The good and bad of this is that for 1/2 of the race the race will be pushing you along…the other 1/2 it will be fighting against you. Pray that the race day route works in your favor providing a tailwind in the last leg.

3. PARKING can be  problematic during summer months. Biking is a great way to transport yourself to your boardwalk 5k. The boardwalk can serve as a warmup and you will not have to deal with the hassle of oceanfront parking spots or time limits.Check your tires and grab your bike lock before leaving home.

4. CHANGE OF CLOTHES Just as you would after any sweaty workout, you should bring a change of clothes. Beach weather can change on a dime. Be prepared with a few items for after the race. A dry shirt, sunglasses, and flip flops are must haves for me when I hit 5k season.

5. NO GEAR CHECK Most of the smaller 5k races on the boardwalk do not offer dry bag or gear check. Make sure you have a place to stash your goods while you run. Leave your valuables at home and don’t expect to be able to store your stash in a secure area.

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Are Kind Bars Bad

I for one am not surprised that a gasp rang out across America as it was revealed that the beloved Kind Bars are loosing their healthy title. If you are not familiar with these bars, just check out the counter at your local Starbucks or ask any women on the go what snacks are in her bag. Chances are you will find one there. With flavors like Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan and Honey Smoked BBQ, it has always seemed like common sense to me that these bars were more of an occassional treat, rather than a daily part of meal planning. I enjoy a Kind bar as good as anyone….in moderation that is. Bars are a slippery slope for many. With most of us having busier lives than ever, bars can be a convenient way to get in a snack. Using the term “healthy” on their packaging is what Kind in trouble with the FDA. Here is a little label knowledge for you.

To use the term healthy on a food label you must meet certain FDA guidelines. One being that you have  1 gram or less of saturated fat and no more than 15 percent of the calories are from saturated fat. Some Kind flavors claiming healthy actually contain 2.5 grams or more. The FDA challenges the use of the + symbol on Kind packaging as well. According to The Huffington Post, the use of the symbol “+” means that the food contains at least 10 percent more of the daily recommended intake for vitamins and minerals as compared to an appropriate reference food, or that the food is fortified with vitamins and nutrients in accordance with certain FDA guidelines. The FDA asserts Kind does neither.

We trust the government, the FDA, to look out for consumers and mandate labeling as most of us do not know how to do it for ourselves. However, it is our responsibility to be aware of what we fuel our bodies with. Keep within your own standards of daily eating that work for you. Be aware of real verses processed foods and monitor your fat and caloric intake. Use common sense and if something seems too good to be true…it probably is.

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