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Bulu Box in your Mailbox

Calling all fitness lovers!!   Do you love to try new products but hate to spend a ton of money on something that you might not like?  Well if you are like me then that answer is a yes!!   That is what makes the Bulu Box so awesome!!  For a low monthly cost you can have a box shipped right to your mailbox filled with fun, new, exciting, unique, goodies!!   $10 a month for 4-5 premium nutritional samples for men and women.  You can get one box or do a subscription and get them monthly without worrying about having to reorder.  Wanna see what was in my Bulu Box?   Check out my video ~

 

 

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It Works – Shakes, Wraps, Vitamins and More

It Works Global is an amazing company with a full line of products… that WORK!!  (hence the name) :)

If you are online at all these days I am sure you have seen tons of people promoting the It Works products.  Seems like they are popping up all over the place.  Now, ask yourself.. why?   Well that is because the company offers a great product for customer, and a great business opp for business minded folk.

I myself have used the It Works wraps for about 3 years now.  No, I don’t have a ton of weight to lose, but like to use them a couple times a month to firm up my mid section.

Recently I was sent a bag of their new ProFit Chocolate.  It also comes in Vanilla.  Here is some info on ProFit ~

***Whether your goal is weight loss, athletic performance, or a simple way to eat healthy, Ultimate ProFIT Superfood Nutrition Mix offers a superior blend of proteins, mood-elevating “superfoods,” and fiber that is proven to produce ultimate results*. Use it in shakes or smoothies, bake with it, or even mix it with your food!

  • Experience quicker post-workout recovery
  • Build lean muscle mass with fewer calories
  • Maintain healthy cholesterol levels
  • Get feel-good, mood-elevating energy with maca and cacao powder
  • Promote healthy digestion with seven different soluble and insoluble fibers

Ultimate ProFIT is powered by:

  • Sustain-It™, a smarter protein blend for maximum bioavailability in every gram
  • FITzyme™, a cutting-edge blend of enzymes, helps maximize your body’s ability to absorb Sustain-It™.
  • FITboost™, an antioxidant blend of mood-elevating “superfoods” for immune system health.*
  • Non-hormonal and non-GMO whey and soy proteins
  • Natural, whole-food ingredients with only 100 calories per serving!

Directions: Add one level scoop to an 8 oz. glass of water, milk, juice, or blend in favorite foods. When mixing, add liquid first, then blend, stirring briskly until completely dissolved.***

I prefer to mix mine with Almond Milk as it gives it a creamier texture.  The taste was good, and it seemed to do as it said so all in all I have to say another great product from It Works.  And, when you use milk or milk substitute and add in fruit you have a well rounded meal with the right calorie content so it can be considered a meal replacement.

All the products you will find at It Works are well worth checking out.   Angela is always available to help you no matter what question you might have.  So, are you ready to get your Skinny Back ?

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Rich Chcolate Ultimate ProFIT Brownies

 

Rich Chocolate Ultimate ProFIT Brownies!

Ingredients:
-1 (16 ounce) jar creamy raosted almond butter
  -2 eggs
-1 ¼ cups agave nectar
-1 tbsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp sea salt
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 cup dark chocolate chips
-4 scoops (8 tbsp) Rich Chocolate Ultimate ProFIT

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325°
2. In a large bowl, blend almond butter until smooth with a hand blender
3. Blend in eggs, then blend in agave and vanilla
4. Blend in Ultimate ProFIT, salt and baking soda
5. Fold in chocolate chips
6. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and pour batter into dish
7. Bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes

Serves 24 brownies

Get Your Daily Fruits and Veggies

Get Your Daily Fruits and Veggies

It is no big secret that we all need to fuel our bodies to keep things running smoothly.  But, most of us just don’t give our bodies what they need for many reasons.  Life is busy, and things just get put by the wayside.. like our health.

We also learned in school how important getting fruits and veggies daily is. Remember, the Eat 5 a Day rule?   Well as adults and as parents we not only have to keep that in mind for our own health but also for our kids health.

Here are some great ways to incorporate the Eat 5 a Day rule.

Keep apples, oranges, pears and bananas nearby for easy snacking.

Add bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, or mushrooms to your eggs. (scrambeled or omelets).

Mix fresh fruit with your yogurt along with granola.

Top a piece of toast (whole grain) with peanut butter and sliced bananas.

Add blueberries or raspberries into your muffins or pancake batter.  Or add them on top of pancakes or french toast.

Pizza lovers ~ try a veggie pizza instead.

Fruit wraps are yummy!  Make one using a whole grain wrap, low fat cream cheese and fruit of choice.

Add veggies like green beans, corn, broccoli, or peas into your casserole or pasta dish.  Try to eat more veggies than pasta, and use whole grain pasta.

Make a veggies soup.

Load up your salad with cherry tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers.

I love to keep a bowl of washed berries in my fridge for snacking.   I am more opt to grab a handful of berries when I open my fridge and see them first, than grabbing something I know I don’t need.

What are your tips?  We want to hear them.

Here’s to Your Health!

How to Lower Your Cholesterol at Home

High Cholesterol?  Here are some ways to lower it at home.

Your cholesterol levels play a role in whether or not you’ll get heart disease or have a heart attack.  If your cholesterol levels need some improvement then this is a perfect read for you.  Here are some ideas.

Eat more soluble fiber like fruits, veggies, whole-grain cereals, and dried beans.  Research shows that adding 5-10 grams a day of soluble fiber such as psyllium to your diet can reduce your LDL by 5%.

Get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5-7 days a week.  This can help lower your triglyceride level.

Eat as little trans fat as possible.  Things like stick margarine, baked goods, and fried foods (especially those fried in hydrogenated shortening) all have trans fats.

Limit saturated fat, which is shown to raises your cholesterol more than anything else you can eat or drink.  Found in fatty meats, poultry with skin, and whole milk dairy products like cheese and ice cream.

Limit the amount of cholesterol you eat and drink like cutting out things like organ meats, egg yolks and whole milk dairy products.  Consume no more than 200 milligrams of cholesterol a day.

Watch your weight.  Keeping an eye on your weight will help lower your low density lipoprotein (LDL or Bad) cholesterol triglyceride and total cholesterol levels.  It is shown that losing just 10% of your body weight can lower your LDL.

Consider adding plant sterols or stanols into your diet.  Just 2 grams a day can lower your LDL.  It blocks cholesterol from being absorbed into your intestines. Taken around mealtime will help your body not absorb cholesterol from foods.

Here’s to your health!!

Curb Your Cravings

Curb Your Cravings

Yeah, it is easier said than done but with a little knowledge we can all do it.

When we have food cravings it generally isn’t for food that is good for us.  When is the last time you craved broccoli or plain fat free yogurt?  The foods you crave are usually full of sugar, fat, salt, carbs ~ like pizza, chips, cake, cookies, chocolate, ice cream, etc.
These kind of cravings can make staying on track with weight loss goals hard.

 

Try these tips to help curb your cravings.

1.)  Eat something healthy first ~ if you are not as hungry or filled up on other things you won’t eat as much of the bad food when you have a craving.

2.)  Distract yourself ~ by doing something like taking a walk, talking on the phone, playing with kids or pets, your cravings will usually pass after 20 minutes.

3.) Keep the food you crave out of your house ~ that way when you crave something if it isn’t there you can’t eat it and will replace it with something healthy that you do have in your house.

4.) Chew Gum ~ chewing sugarless gum reduces hunger and cravings for sweet and salty snacks.  Plus, if you are chewing gum you tend to not want to eat as your mouth is already busy.

5.) Portion Control ~ Don’t give up your treats, just be aware of portion control.  Don’t eat the whole candy bar, but allow yourself one square.   Sometimes taking something completely out of your diet or not allowing yourself a treat will make you over eat or lose control when you do have those foods around.

6.) Imagine something ~ Like how good you look in those new jeans or swim suit instead of how much you think you need that bad for you snack.

7.) Get Sleep and Exercise ~ this helps lower the hormone called ghrelin that stimulates appetite.  Lack of sleep can lead to food cravings and overeating.

These are just a few great ways to help you Curb your Cravings.

Keep Your Skeleton in Tip Top Shape

We all know that we need to feed our body the right supplements to stay healthy, but what a lot of us don’t know is what those supplements are, how much to take and what each one is good for. I wanted to shed some light on some supplements to help you keep your skeleton in tip top shape. Your skeletal system is very important as it provides the shape to your body, protects your body and allows it to move. As we get older we start to realize how we need to take care of our skeleton. Here are some great supplements to help you out.

Fish Oil ~ Filled with omega 3 fatty acid which helps reduce inflammation to keep joints supple. Recommended dose ~ 500 mg of EPA and 500 mg of DHA (no less than this)

Avocado-Soybean ~ Helps to slow down the breakdown of cartilage and help it’s repair. Recommended dose ~ 300 milligrams

Vitamin D ~ Helps to increases absorption of calcium which helps prevent osteoporosis. Recommended dose ~ 1000 to 5000 Units

Calcium ~ Helps build strong bones. Recommended dose ~ 1000 mg in pill form. Over 50, 1200 mg.

Glucosamine and Chrondroitin ~ Used together they help joints. Recommended dose ~ 1500 mg.

Vitamin C ~ Contains collagen, which is the most abundant protein in your body, supports and connects the bones in your skeletal system. Recommended dose ~ 75 mg for women, 90 mg for men.

Phosphorus ~ As essential as calcium for bone health. Recommended dose ~ 700 mg.

Stock up on your vitamins today.

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Along with taking supplements that will help your skeleton you also want to remember to exercise daily. Taking walks, swimming, aerobics, dancing, stretching, strength training, etc. Move ~ It does a body good.

Keeping Fruit Fresh

5 Tips For Keeping Fruits And Veggies Fresh

Having a nice stock of fruits and vegetables at all times is so nice to have, but don’t you hate to have to throw out those nutritious foods when they go bad before you can gobble them up? Don’t throw away those yummy foods (and your money!), learn how to store them properly and you will have a better chance to eat them while they’re still crisp and delicious.

Keep Your Produce Out Of Direct Sunlight

Keeping tomatoes in the sun will strip them of their flavor and texture. The higher temperature will also cause most fruits and vegetables to rot faster. Potatoes will start to sprout if not kept out of the sunlight.

Watch Out For Ethylene

All fruits and vegetables produce a gas called ethylene. This gas helps fruits and vegetables ripen faster. When stored in an airtight bag, the gas produces quicker which causes ripening even faster. To avoid this, store your fruits and vegetables in separate crispers to avoid them cross-contaminating each other with excess ethylene. Also, try poking holes in the bags you store any fruits or veggies, or choose containers like plastic clam shells that let the food breathe.

You Can Always Freeze Your Fruits And Vegetables

You don’t have to go to the store to buy bags of frozen broccoli or strawberries. You can cut up and freeze fresh produce for long-term storage as well. Be sure to wash the produce before freezing it to kill any existing bacteria.

Know How Long Your Produce Will Last For

There are many handy charts available online that will show the ripening cycle for a given fruit or vegetable. You should be able to get this information at the grocery store as well. Knowing that bananas will usually last for seven days if you buy them green and usually for only five days when purchased yellow will help you keep track of your fruits and veggies so you can eat them when they are perfect.

Produce Bags And Water Are Your Friend

Storing asparagus and other herbs in water will keep them fresh longer. Putting them in specialized produce bags will keep all vegetables out of the sunlight and stay at room temperature. These green or black bags can be purchased online or at the grocery store.

It’s not hard to keep your fruits and veggies fresh, you just have to know what to do! Keep them at room temperature or lower, freeze what you don’t plan on using and learn how long a particular food item will last. All of these tricks will save you money while allowing you to enjoy your favorite produce whenever you want it.

About the Author

Carly Lance thinks of herself as a personal finance junkie and loves to blog about saving money, frugal living and getting out of debt whenever she can. She believes a happy life = happy finances. Carly is also employed by Personal Bankruptcy Canada, a company of experts in the bankruptcy and insolvency act.