In This Interview... check out my go-to healthy snacks & workout techniques that will get you leaner and happier!
NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority?
AC: I actually had a really unique fitness upbringing that I feel very fortunate for. My parents were fitness center owners and my dad was an avid runner, so before I was even three years old he put me in my first road race! So, needless to say, I grew up in the gym lifting weights and training very hard-core as an elite athlete. It wasn't until I got much older that I realized how abnormal my intensely athletic childhood was, but I wouldn't change a thing – it allowed me to travel, meet amazing people, learn about grit, determination and pushing yourself to achieve dreams and goals. I was able to run cross country and track on scholarship for the University of Alabama, so I truly feel blessed to have had parents who instilled in me that fitness, health and wellness are a part of everyday life!
NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?
AC: Great question! I am a juicing/smoothie-making queen! My morning ritual is
I AM OBSESSED. I'm completely obsessed with my new smoothie creation!! In fact, I'm starting to wonder if I'm going to have so much of it now that I won't be able to drink one for years due to overkill, but I just can't stop.
It tastes AMAAAZING, it ends up turning the most beautful shade of
My most recent smoothie creation, Berry Good Kisses. Yumtastic as always. Here she is:
My latest yumtastic recipe to share with you!
This juice will give you energy, radiant skin, boosted immune, a detoxified system and so much more!
It's definitely worth juicing for!
You all know by now how much I just lu-lu-love to try cleanses, shakes, juices, fitness regimes, etc... etc... to keep my body working in healthy and happy ways and an expert friend of mine sent along her list of "101 Easy Detox Tips for 2013" and I wanted to share the magical info with YOU <3
Here are seven of my FAVS...
Me and my smoothie = quality time together :)
I've been into concocting and drinking smoothies for years, taking it back to my days running for the University of Alabama and then being a personal trainer and college coach. Smoothies are a delicious, fun, easy way to JAM pack a wide-variety of nutrients into a small serving!! I'm sure I'll be posting about some of my other fav smoothie recipes, but for today, I'll share with you my Magical Chia Pet Rainbow Smoothie...
Magical Chia Pet because it has chia seeds in it and chia seeds are AWEsome! FULL of nutrients, omega 3's, fiber, etc.. and the ancient Aztecs prized these little seeds more than gold! And Rainbow because it changes colors - it begins a beautiful golden hue and ends in a berry delightful one :)
Having a good quality blender is very important and really does make a difference when it comes to texture and taste of your smoothies. You especially need a great one if you do green smoothies that incorporate a lot of leafy greens and veggies - a poorly blended green smoothie will make you gag, think it's impossible for it to taste good and will probably turn you off forever. Green smoothies can taste amazing, I promise! I use the Vitamix Blender because I know it will get a lot of use and to me, it was simply worth the investment for my health!
Coconut Oil! I LOVE Coconut Oil because it can be used for hundreds of reasons and the health benefits are never-ending as well! It's so AWEsome it's out of control!
Here are just a few ways to use this oil ::
And here are just a few of the health benefits ::
Coconut Oil is most definitely an In AWE with ALY FAV and I highly recommend you grab a jar and give it a try for at least one of the reasons listed above!!
The whole premise for Dr. Frank Lipman's Be Well line is "Healthy Living Made Simple For Busy People" and it works so fabulously for me on many levels.
You all know that I'm also a BIG fan of making my own green smoothies but sometimes I just don't have the time to grab all my fav smoothie ingredients and whip it up and that's where the Be Well Greens packets come in super handy!
There are five different types of Be Well packets :
Here's what the Be Well Greens are all about:
High-octane dose of phytonutrient dense organic fruit, vegetables and red and blue berries. Bursting with cleansing, regenerative and alkalizing grass juices, a wide variety of antioxidants, two kinds of micro-algae and plant-based digestive enzymes, this proprietary blend is engineered to give you a boost.
Greens helps nourish every system in your body: it enhances your immune system, provides good bacteria for your gut, aids in digestion, sustains energy and promotes mental clarity and overall well-being.
How I do it:
I pour one Be Well Greens packet into my Be Well Blender Bottle - mix greens with 1.5 scoops vanilla whey protein powder and about 12 ounces of water and a few ice cubes. Shake that baby up and you've got an AWEsome breakfast or an added boost to the middle of your day!
What an AWEsome and easy way to get your greens!!
Secret 4 Today - Kimberly Snyder CN and her book "The Beauty Detox Solution." I make her Glowing Green Smoothies errrrrday and it has enhanced my life in so many ways! No more eczema, bye bye dark under eye circles and HELLO MORE ENERGY. You. Will. LOVE. Promise. ♥