The Weekend Was Too Short: Tennis, Coffee Shops & Travel

My weekends are always action-packed for one reason or another. This weekend, I spent a lot of time catching up with friends and family, and preparing for travel. After a long grueling work week, I was happy to wake up late on Saturday morning and head off to tennis courts to meet up with friends. It was a beautiful breezy day out and I even got a chance to break in my new shoes!

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Later in the day, I got a chance to hang out with my cousin and me try this very hipster looking café in the Berkeley area. I had something called a hibiscus cooler and it was basically simple syrup, hibiscus juice, sparkling water, strawberries and mint leaves. It was delicious!

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As I suspected would happen, I ran out of time at the end of the day trying to pack and clean for my trip. I got a decent amount of sleep and headed out really early to catch my flight. It was this weekend I found out the American airlines terminal not only has a Pinkberry, but it also has a small yoga studio! What an amazing idea.

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Inside there is the relaxing dim lighting as well as wood floors, yoga mats, pillows, and water. Had I more time, I would have used it! Instead, I opted for a quick breakfast before my flight which consisted of wheat toast, scrambled egg whites and tofu with spinach and mushrooms, potatoes and tomatillo salsa.

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Now that I’ve settled into my destination, I will be in Kentucky all week for training for work. I hope you all have a wonderful week! Maybe by the end of this week I will be saying “y’all” instead. ;-)

Xoxo,
Fifi

New Workout Shoes from Puma

Though I’m an advocate for fitness, when it’s time to shop for athletic shoes I always struggle. My absolute favorite style of shoe is and likely always will be pumps. For yoga, walking, weight training and more, I am fairly certain pumps are not the safest choice! I really just do not like athletic shoes, and I’m not yet ready to drop $180 on a pair, so shopping for a new pair of shoes takes FOREVER.

 

One thing I knew– I wanted a bright colored pair. The logic? Choosing a bright colored pair which matches with nothing, happens to also match with everything! I chose the Faas 100 R Glow Women’s Running Shoes.

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I find these to be super light and comfortable, but I haven’t worked out in them yet. My last workout was outdoors and I didn’t really want to get them dirty. These will be gym shoes :-)

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I think these are just in time for spring! What is your favorite brand of athletic shoes?

Simple AM Detox Drink

You may have heard me say this before…ABC: always be cleansing.

Sometimes we have a day or two of poor eating habits, not enough sleep, or are very much affected by the environment. There are so many reasons we can benefit from detoxing. I like to keep it simple.

Before breakfast, try this. 12oz hot filter water, 1 tbsp lime juice, 2 pinches of cayenne pepper. Add a few lime slices if you like. Lime is acidic, but it is actually alkaline forming in our bodies. Cayenne can soothe a sore throat, calm an upset stomach, and help allergies to name a few!

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Greek Yogurt with Fresh Raspberries and Granola

Yesterday I enjoyed an outdoor event with family and friends. It was a large gathering of food trucks, music, drinks and I think I may have gone a little overboard on sampling the food!

I find that when my week is most stressful, the end of the week is most difficult to eat healthy. By the end of the week I’m tired and have given up on meal prepping or any forethought for nutrition had home out the window.

I know better than this, because I usually know my week will be busy at the very beginning. It’s very important that I stock my fridge with easy-to-grab fresh fruits and vegetables as well as making sure my pantry is stocked with oats and other whole grains that will keep me full and give me the nutrients I need.

This Saturday morning I enjoyed a very simple breakfast of plain Greek yogurt, granola, fresh strawberries, and a drizzle of honey.

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With the portions I had of 2/3 cup of Greek yogurt and only 1/4 cup of granola – the entire meal was only 257 cal, but 19 g of protein. I purposely made the meal small so that I will be hungry in the next 2 to 3 hours and can really rev up my metabolism.

I hope your weekend is going well – I’m in for another busy day! Talk to you soon, healthy bunnies!

XOXO,
Fifi

Biking in Wine Country

This weekend I had the most amazing time in Wine Country. I enjoyed a joint birthday celebration with a friend, and there were 9 people all together.

First we gathered for a picnic in the park around 11:00 am where we had vegetable pasta salad, hummus, fresh fruit and veggies, and donut muffins. 20140331-075839.jpg

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Around noon, the whole group met at a local bike shop and picked up bikes, helmets, and maps. Our first stop was 2 or 3 miles away. The place was a winery set on a beautiful sprawling background of a great variety of wines. Some tasted wine, some nibbled on small bites, but everyone enjoyed good conversation. 20140331-080222.jpg

The next stop was another winery, but more than 4 miles away and a little more hidden, since it is nestled off a windy, hilly road. I’ve never bikes more than 6 mikes before, and it dawned on me that we would have to do more than twice that by the end of the ride! 20140331-080813.jpg20140331-080843.jpg

With the rest breaks, the biking was very doable. Wine County is the perfect area to bike this time of year, since the temperature is in the low 60s and it quite breezy.
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We returned the bikes and stopped in the downtown area for delicious Mexican food. This place had kombucha from the tap and it was honestly the best I’ve ever had! 20140331-081405.jpg

We shared guacamole and chips before our meal, and my main course was tempeh tacos which were served with picked cabbage. So delicious!

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The Benefits of Water

This past Thursday I treated myself to a massage as a birthday gift to me. :-)

I felt great after the massage except one thing – I forgot massages can be severely dehydrating and I was in a rush after that and really did not do a good job of drinking enough water.

You may know from previous posts of mine that once you are dehydrated it can take a couple of days for the body to recover. Since I’m going through this current discomfort, wanted to share with you all of the benefits of water. The video is less than one minute and you may find some new benefits to drinking water which will encourage you to get your minimum of 8 cups in!

Cheers!

Foods to Eat for Healthy Hair

The last video of the healthy hair series is by far the most important. What you put in your body as fuel is more significant than any number of shampoos or techniques to grow longer, healthier hair. Here is a video with my top nutrients for healthier and stronger hair as well as a delicious salad!

Salad Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 tangelo (or orange), sectioned and peeled
  • 2-3 cups shredded leafy greens
  • 1 bell pepper, julienned
  • 5-6 basil leaves, cut into ribbons
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup pecan halves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced

Dressing

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

Toss all salad ingredients except avocado. Whisk together salad dressing and then toss salad. Add avocado slices. Garnish with basil or cilantro and serve chilled or room temperature.