Happy Tuesday my peeps!! I have a wonderful Fitspo Feature for you today, allow me to introduce @LanaBananaFitness!
This girl is OH-SO-inspiring and I just KNOW you're going to fall in love with her! I've been following her on Instagram for a few months now and she is BY FAR one of my #1 favorite fitness gals around, bar none! I wanted you to get to know her a little better so I interviewed her! Enjoy this wonderful discovery of a beautiful & inspiring fit gal!
Lunch is probably the second hardest meal for me to plan for. Dinner is definitely THE HARDEST, but lunch is a runner up. I've been getting stomach aches from eating bad meat in my lunches lately... like bad deli meat in my sandwiches or I didn't cook my meat long enough so it ends up making me sick.
I got so tired of this problem that I decided to make a completely different kind of lunch for myself. I wanted to eat more fresh veggies, and choose a more nutritious, light weight and delicous option. Then I remembered this wonderful mango quinoa salad I had at the Whole Foods Market in Salt Lake City once. So I looked up the recipe and was SO surprised by how incredibly EASY it was to make!
I made this for my lunch this week and oh-my-goodness it was PERFECT! Light weight, tasty, full of nutrients and veggies and oh-so-delicious!!!
It's SO EASY to make - all you do is boil the quinoa and toss in the rest of the ingredients!
Here's the recipe straight from the Whole Foods Market blog:
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
- 2 ears corn, kernels removed ( or frozen corn or 1 can of corn)
- 1 cucumber diced
- 1 mango, peeled and diced (or frozen mango chunks)
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear, drain and transfer to a medium pot. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork.
Add remaining ingredients and toss until combined.
Quinoa is a very healthy grain and is considered a "super food" because of how uniquely AWESOME it is.
Here are my 5 favorite reasons why Quinoa rocks:
1. Quinoa contains twice the fiber of other grains
2. Quinoa is the only grain that has ridiculous protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids (whut?!)
3. Quinoa has antioxidants
4. Quinoa has small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids (great for brain health)
5. Quinoa contains healthy minerals like manganese and magnesium, which work to help our cells fuction optimally
I hope you try it and enjoy!!! Leave me a comment and tell me if you have a newly discovered favorite salad!
NAMASTE MONDAY!!! I'm super excited to share with you a brand that I have fallen in LOVE WITH!! OM----magoodness. I normally don't do two review posts in a row, but Synergy Organic Clothing is a newly aquired YOGAEATRUN sponsor and I'm so proud to flaunt their stuff!!
They go beyong yoga clothing and create cute and unique dresses, skirts, pants, tanks. I'm wearing their Buddah Eye Tank and their OM Roll Waist Pant. You can wear the tank eyes in front or eyes in back, either way it's completely versatile.
I feel so peaceful wearing Synergy Organic Clothing knowing they are completely in harmony with our environment and natural world. They use 100% organic cotton (which is super soft and stretchy!) and low impact dyes which do not contain toxic chemicals or mordants, require less rinsing and have a high absorption rate in the fabric (~70%). High absorption rates and a decreased use of rinse water create less waste-water and thus have a lower impact on our earth and its water supply. All their clothes are HAND made in Nepal, India and in accordance with fair trade practices.
Here's the outfit I'm wearing and also a few other favorites of mine:
So cute and comfy soft!! Don't you love the styles?
If you like what you see here check them out and go like them on Facebook and tell them YogaEatRun sent you!!
New balance just came out with a gorgeous new yoga line called Anue. They sent me a few items to try out for myself and I am in love with my outfit!! I'm wearing the Sutra Tank and Mantra Pant and Well2Go 115 ballet flats.
I love this gorgeous open back!
The Mantra Pant is super stretchy, and shapes my hiney end very nicely. ;-D
These are the Well2Go 115 ballet flats! They are SOOOO comfy! They've got a cushiony reversable insert too. They're meant to be worn TO and FROM yoga class :)
This morning I went on an beautiful hike in Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy, Utah and I decided to wear my pink Anue Sutra Tank along the way.
My good friend Lindsey (the talented girl who designed my blog!) took me on this hike, and we've decided we're going to start hiking on a regular basis during the week, every day for 1 hour before work! We'll try to do 40 mins uphill and 20 mins downhill.
We followed this river all the way up the trail...
Until we reached the waterfall!!!
I can tell this summer is going to be full of beautiful hikes with wonderful people. I'm so excited it's summer!! Have a happy Saturday!
Right now I'm at 22% body fat.
I have exactly 3 weeks before I'm going to be shooting a professional workout video series with an upcoming & super exciting company called Dream Body Workouts. I'm so incredibly excited for this opportunity, and I'm glad that even before this opportunity came along, I've already been slimming down.
For the next THREE weeks I'm going to be on a very strict diet & exercise routine to try and get down to 18-19% bodyfat. I will be really happy and pleasantly surprised if I can make it that low that fast.
I'm not doing anything unhealthy by any means, I am eating 6x a day and consuming somewhere around 1300 calories, along with working out 6 days a week 2x a day. I'm in TURBO CHARGE mode!! The last time I felt this focused, was during my NTC 3,000 minute challenge to myself. It leads me to ask myself, how am I so motivated NOW, when before it was such a struggle to get myself to stick with any diet? Because we all know it's the diet that's hard, not the exercise.
I asked my trainer Matt what motivates him. He told me that what motivates him is doing HARD things. In fact Matt prefers to do things the hard way whenever he can, especially when it comes to diet & exercise. He says that when he chooses to do HARD in the gym & kitchen, that it makes the rest of life's strugges so much easier to face & conquer. That when bad things spontaneously end up happening in life, he's so much more mentally prepared to conquer it, since he holds himself to a high standard in his normal day-to-day life anyways. And when things aren't going so bad in life, then it makes the day-to-day that much more easy and enjoyable.
I really loved his perspective and I hope that I can someday have the same motivations & reasons for doing things. I want to be just as disciplined, just as dedicated and motivated.
I'm loving this journey so far, and I can't wait to see how far I can take it. I love living every single day with purpose, direction and discipline. It feels dang good, and feels so much better than just always WISHING for the things I want instead of living in a way that brings me closer to my goals.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend! I'm so excited to have an extra day off work!
Exercising with Andrew, my hubby, is one of my favorite things to do. Lately we've been going hiking on Saturdays when the weather is nice.
I'm IN LOVE with the Utah mountains and I'm so proud to live in the Provo/Orem area. There's so much to do to stay active here. There are biking, running and hiking trails galore and I can't get enough of them! Not to mention just a few hours away we have access to SOUTHERN UTAH which is home to soooo many red rock and desert wonders.
I'm always trying to get my other family members to move out here to Utah because of how awesome it is, but sadly I don't think it will happen for any of them. But oh well, that only makes me more excited to have kids someday and build my own family here.
This is Mount Timpanogos, a mountain that sits right in front of my house and is less than a 2 minute drive to its hiking trails:
Here we are hiking up the front side of the Timpanogos mountain. (BTW, that's not the mountain, that's just the rock formation he's pointing to!)
MMmmmm!! Trail mix to keep us strong and energized!
Yah, he wasn't ready for this pic when I snapped it, obviously!!!
I will be giving away a $25 Target gift card to one lucky person who TWEETS & shares how your family lives a fit and healthy lifestyle. Hashtag it #YogaEatRun and#C9atTarget to enter to win!
(This has been a sponsored post brought to you by Target! Keep an eye out for more giveaways soon!)