Weekly Superfood– Blueberries

Every season a new “superfood” arrives on the market with a lot of hurrah on the health benefits. It’s not a newly discovered superfood but foods have been around for centuries, only science is just getting around to proving the benefits of common and uncommon fruits and vegetables from around the world.  All fresh fruits and vegetables have some if not numerous health benefits. Fresh fruits and vegetables nourish, replenish, and heal our body in the best possible way. Each week I’ll be presenting a new “superfood” from common grocery store staples.

Blueberries

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Packs the most antioxidants out of any fruit or vegetable. The high amount of antioxidants work to protect the body against aging, disease and age related memory loss. Think of antioxidants as warriors who protect and destroy any harmful radicals in the body. These same warriors reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Manganese- Mineral is essential in developing and maintaing good bone health

Vitamin C- Vitamin to build immune function, protein metabolism, and collagen production. Works to protect against colds, prevent wrinkles, promote wound healing, and provide a boost of energy.

1 Cup of Blueberries = 80 Calories

Ideas to include blueberries in your diet:

1) Pop them raw for breakfast, as a snack, or as part of a meal.
2) Blueberry Almond Super Antioxidant Drink- 1 cup of Almond milk, 1/2 cup blueberries, and 1 tsp flax seed oil
3) Homemade Blueberry Yogurt Cup
4) Blueberry & Almond Parfait Cups
5) Blueberry Oatmeal — Try adding in some banana, silvered almonds, and a little spice like cinnamon. One of all of these in your oatmeal adds flavor and a healthy boost to your morning meal.
6) Fresh blueberry muffin or oatmeal cookies

10 Random Tidbits

The 10 Random Facts post has been circulating around the blogger world and I’ve caught the bug from Her Campus Network. I was tagged by Sammi from College Beauty Buff, she covers everything beauty and fashion on a budget.

1) I work nights, i’m talking 3rd shift or also known as the grave diggers shift. This has hands down murdered and buried my already struggling social life.

2) I am a only child. Its not as wonderful as people think,  there is no one else to pin the blame on.

3) I love Disney movies. I can watch them again and again.

4) I am total and utter book worm. Once I start a book there is no putting it down, sleep and food be damned.

5) I homeschooled my self my freshmen year of high school.

6) I got my nose pierced when I was 14. It was a graduation present from my mom after two years of begging. It took my dad three days to notice.

7) My middle name is my dads name, supposedly a family tradition. I just use the initial.

8) I’ve had maybe 5 cups of coffee of my whole life, all during my senior year of college.

9) My roommates use to steer clear of me for at least one hour after I woke up, I’m not a pleasant person after waking up. Its almost like I wake up with a hang-over every morning.

10) I wear Hello Kitty glasses.

Since I’m so late in churning out this post if anyone would like to be tagged to do the post, let me know!

Back to School Essentials Giveaway

It’s Back to School Time! I’ve paired with five other bloggers from Her Campus Blogger Network to bring all our readers a huge giveaway. We’ve got you covered for all back to school aspects — School, Fitness, Fashion & Beauty

Prizes to be won: 

1) Shot of Green– Fitness Giveaway : Kyodan slip-less hairband, pedometer, Blum organic facial qipes, travel size Secret deodorant & two 100 calorie pack Emerald cocoa almonds

2) The SLS Blog – Fashion Giveaway- (1) $25 Forever 21 Giftcard 

3) Emma Elise – Beauty Giveaway- Marc Jacobs rollerball trio set 

4) Fashion Geek Tv – School Essentials-  Pink stylish tumbler, iHome earbuds, inspirational journal, “Keep Calm” notebook, and set of three cosmetic pouches

5) Styles I Like – Fashion Giveaway- $15 J-Crew Gift Card – Dress to impress 

6) Sound of Charm – Beauty Giveaway – Bag of beauty essentials 

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For my portion of the giveaway on Shot of Green, I’m hosting the Fitness aspect of our Back to School Giveaway. Even if you’re not in school I’ve put together items that are essentials for any gym bag.

  • Pedometer- Did you know the average person takes about 10,000 steps a day. How do you measure up?
  • Kyodan No-Slip Headband- Workout out without having to worry about your hair or hairband
  • Blum Natural Facial Wipes Organic Cucumber + Aloe Vera – Prevent clogged pores by removing any makeup pre-workout, and wiping away sweat and grime post-workout.
  • Travel Size Secret Deodorant – No one wants to deal with body odor, so it’s always helpful to have one handy
  • 2 Emerald 100 Calorie Cocoa Almonds-  Feeling the post workout munchies? Satisfy them with a healthy snack.

Pictured are some of the prices to be won. There will be one winner per blog.

The giveaway can be entered by clicking on the link. Good luck everyone!

** UPDATE!! We had a technical issue with our giveaway, entries went through two different rafflecopters. If you entered the Back To School Group Giveaway, please double check that your entry was completed through the correct widget! We will be emailing those who need to re-enter. If you shared the giveaway with your followers on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, etc. PLEASE delete it and reshare a link to the post on my blog! Thank you so much everyone, sorry for the inconvenience, and good luck! **

 

Celebrating Transformations & Getting Back on Track

I’ve been overjoyed because I’ve managed to reach my goal weight by eating healthy over the last two years. Its been a long journey but it doesn’t end here. It’s a lifestyle. I don’t plan to go back to eating fast food or anything  and everything that catches my fancy.

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My before picture from 2010 is one of my heaviest weights at 150. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but I barely hit 5’1, and I struggled up one flight of stairs. I was in the worst state of my life physically and mentally. Today I weigh in at 105 lbs but have the same energy I did when I was in middle school. All due to clean eating, a simple gym routine, and a whole lot of motivation.

I might have reached my goal weight but I realized that it’s not about the numbers on the scale. The last few months I’ve been wanting to tone my body. Nothing drastic like being able to bench 100 something pounds. I just want add definition to my body. Heres the thing though, I’ve been pretty bad about hitting the gym recently. By recently I mean I haven’t been to the gym in a month. Insert cringe face. I don’t want to start spewing out excuses BUT I have a mostly legit excuse. I switched to working night shifts at the hospital. I work one full time job, 1 part-time job, and volunteer. Finding the time in my schedule to work-out seems nearly impossible. Its seems impossible but all I really need to do it find a way to schedule it in. So I’m going to start penciling in my fitness days. I’ve started the process of working out at home again I just need to make my way to the gym soon. Baby steps right?

On a brighter note I celebrated my success and partly out of necessity bought quite a few things for my wardrobe. Below is the haul from Express for which I’m finding ways to wear out! I also made good use of Poshmark to build up my wardrobe on a budget. What can I say, I just need a excuse to shop.

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