july goals + habit tracker | healthy tips for your fourth of july celebrations

july goals + habit tracker  |  healthy tips for your fourth of july celebrations

I’m so sorry that I completely spaced on June’s tracker – if I’m being honest I was very frustrated with myself and the lack of sticking to my goals, so I was nervous to followup. but, in my defense I injured my hip back in the beginning of may which made it hard to workout anything other than arms + core (which got so boring after a while). my hips are finally good enough to implement leg day again, but running is still very much so out of the question. but that to say, I’m back and ready to take control of my health again.

overall, june was a great month. it was my birthday month, and I feel very blessed by my friends and am full of hope and great expectations about what’s to come. but it’s finally hitting me that hard work really does make the dream work, so I’m using July to propel me to where I want to be – when you know, you know, right?

and we have a fun holiday coming up! I love the fourth of july so much, but if you’re trying to be/eat healthier, it can pose some temptations. today I’m talking about a few of the tips + tricks I’ve implemented myself to keep myself on track with my cleaner eating while still getting to indulge and celebrate independence day.

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how I’m working more fruits + veggies into my diet

how I’m working more fruits + veggies into my diet

studies health + exercise science in college, sucks at eating fruits + veggies. not because I don’t like them, but they feel kind of easy to forget, or maybe I’m just not eating as healthy as I should be in the first place lol. I know a lot of times I mean well and will buy ingredients to make salads and what not, but then I either forget about it until the produce goes bad or I feel too lazy to take the time to wash + chop veggies. I choose to think it happens to the best of us.

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6 Gut Friendly Foods for Your Kitchen

6 Gut Friendly Foods for Your Kitchen

Improving gut health doesn’t have to be a difficult feat if you keep gut healthy foods in your kitchen. We all know that gut health is important, but many of us don’t realize just how much of an impact the foods we eat play a role in how we feel, think and behave. Before you plan your next shopping list, read more about the foods that can improve your life in more ways than one.

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Collagen Holiday Loaf Recipe

Collagen Holiday Loaf Recipe

The holidays are such a fun time to bake and eat tons of goodies. And if you haven’t tried Vital Proteins’ new delicious Collagen Creamers, you need to. These diverse creamers can be incorporated into any recipe your heart desires, so naturally a holiday loaf needed to be created.

Gingerbread cookies and loaves are a time-honored tradition for many cultures, including here in America, where the soft-baked loaves are more popular than the stiff variety used to make gingerbread houses. Ginger root was considered by many ancient civilizations as a valuable commodity, as it helped disguise the flavor of preserved food. It has been used in different forms and various tonics to help support digestion and the immune system.

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5 Guilt-Free, Healthy Thanksgiving Sides

5 Guilt-Free, Healthy Thanksgiving Sides

ONE WEEK!!!! One week until we get to put on our stretchy pants and eat all day long. This is that time of year moderation kind of goes out the window. So if portion control goes, make sure your favorite Thanksgiving sides are as healthy as they can be! Here’s a compilation of some great healthy, clean twists on classic Thanksgiving sides! Hopefully this is just in time for any Friendsgivings or any other pre-Thanksgiving festivities you might have!

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The Pros + Cons of Meal Prepping

The Pros + Cons of Meal Prepping

Meal prepping has become quite a popular trend. I personally started getting more into it at the beginning of this year, the start of my last semester of college. I was working two jobs and taking 12 hours of classes – my days started at 6:00 AM and didn’t end until 10:00PM Monday through Thursday. I would go to my internship with OU sports nutrition, go to class, go home for an hour or two, and then go to my tutoring job. My schedule was exhausting and did not leave much room for cooking healthful, complete meals.

So, if any of you have been on the fence about meal prepping – as in if it’s for you, if it’s worth it, what’s in it for you versus cooking every day – here are some of my most noteworthy pros and cons to the meal prepping fad.

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Health Benefits of Pumpkin + 3 Easy, Healthy Pumpkin Recipes to Make this Fall

Health Benefits of Pumpkin + 3 Easy, Healthy Pumpkin Recipes to Make this Fall

Fall obviously means pumpkin everything. My inner basic white girl (which really isn’t quite so inward) loves a good PSL from Starbucks, despite how unhealthy it may be. But there are some healthy ways to enjoy pumpkin, as well (even if they’re not quite as fun as pumpkin flavored coffee). Pumpkins have tons of health benefits, so make the most of your fall snacks by making them festive and healthy!

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