garlic roasted sweet potatoes in a bowl

I am obsessed with sweet potatoes. I’ll admit it. It’s starting to get out of control. I’m finding ways to sneak them into my meal prep each week because I love them so much. But sometimes, I just like to keep them simple. So I thought I would share with you my favorite way to make them. It’s super easy and just 3 main ingredients! Start out by preheating your oven to 425 degrees. Then grab a baking sheet and cover it with tin foil and spray it with a non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. Then grab your sweet potatoes and wash and peel them.Read More →

The supplement world is booming. There are hundreds of supplements out there claiming to do everything from burn fat all the way to increase muscle mass. Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are one of the most widely used supplements in the fitness industry. So before you go spending lots of money on BCAAs, let’s look at the research to see if it’s even worth the effort. What are BCAAs Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are nine essential amino acids, meaning that they are crucial to our survival, and without them we would die. Out of these nine essential amino acids, threeRead More →

sweet potato turkey chili with beans

**this recipe has since been updated HERE** When you have an extra sweet potato laying around, and you already thawed some ground turkey for your meal prep this week, you find a way to put them together! When it’s freezing outside I always crave warm meals. So soup and chili and two of my go-to meals during the winter! I was craving a warm, hearty chili, so I started doing some searching and found this amazing recipe for sweet potato turkey chili here. I searched through my cabinets to see what I had on hand (I really did not want to go to the grocery store), and make a fewRead More →

Fasted cardio has become extremely popular lately. It’s all over social media with different “fitness icons” claiming that it’s the secret to their success. But is fasted cardio really that great? I decided to do some research to find out! What is fasted cardio? First lets start with the basics. What is fasted cardio? Fasted cardio is simply just exercising in the morning after fasting overnight (i.e. not eating breakfast before you workout). The idea behind it is that if you exercise on an empty stomach, you will accelerate the fat burning process. When you are in a fasted state, your body has low levels ofRead More →

green stuffed peppers with cheese

For some reason, making stuffed green peppers has always been something that I wanted to do. I’ve always thought about making them, but never actually put it into action. And now that I have made them, I have no idea why I waited so long. They are super easy to make! I started by looking up a few recipes online and then just took bits and pieces from each and threw in some of my own ideas. And the result was delicious! If you’re looking for something with less carbs, try  my updated low carb stuffed pepper recipe HERE! These peppers were so good! Cheesy andRead More →

A variety of fresh bread on a wooden table

I’m sure at some point in your life you heard somebody say that you should go on a low carb diet if you want to lose weight. You might have even had a friend who tried it themselves and lost weight! But let me tell you a little secret. Your friend might have lost weight, but they really didn’t lose much body fat, if any at all. The weight that you lose is really just water weight. The human body holds 2.4 grams of water for every 1 gram of carbohydrate consumed. So naturally when you decrease your carbohydrate intake, you end up holding lessRead More →

Polar A360 watch

When Fitbits first became popular, I jumped on the band wagon so fast. I’m all about health and fitness, so why not track it on my wrist? I loved my Fitbit. I was obsessed with getting 10,000 steps every single day. I tracked my workouts daily, and always looked at my sleeping patterns. I didn’t think it could get much better than that. But then all of a sudden I started having issues with my Fitbit. My workouts wouldn’t sync to the app. The estimated calories burned seemed extremely low. And it literally starting falling apart by the screen. Customer service was great and sentRead More →

Do you feel tired all the time? Are you prone to muscle cramps and headaches? Do you constantly feel bloated? Believe it or not, but these are all signs that you aren’t drinking enough water! I bet it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that water is super important for you health. The human body is about 70% water, so why not give it what it wants?? I get it…water might not be the most appealing drink of choice. However, it’s important to get into the habit of making it your most consumed beverage. There are so many different studies and websites out there allRead More →

  I always hear people say that they wish they were a runner, but that they can’t run far without getting tired. Now I’m not saying that running is easy, because I personally used to hate it. When I was in middle school I played on a field hockey team and I dreaded running. I was always the slowest one, so I was always embarrassed when we had to run perimeters around the school. But then the next year I asked for a treadmill for my birthday, and I slowly started to enjoy running. Running on my treadmill allowed me to build up my endurance inRead More →

How to workout at home

Gym memberships are a great thing, and I highly recommend joining a gym close to home. However, I realize that sometimes it’s just not convenient to leave the house to workout. Maybe you have your young kids at home, or maybe you only have 45 minutes to spare and you don’t want to waste any time driving. I get it. I’m human. I work at a gym, yet there are still some days that it’s just much easier for me to workout at home. Even without access to a lot of equipment, I still make sure to get in a fantastic workout. How do I do it?Read More →