3 Tips for a Happy, Healthy Holiday

  
|| H O L I D A Y S || Tis the season to keep getting in my Pilates workouts! (Photo courtesy Balance, Your Pilates and Yoga Studio)

Maintaining my usual fitness routine while traveling and spending time with family is a challenge. I literally have to sneak out of the house to get my workouts in while my family wants to feed me all day!

Having a similar dilemma? Here are 3 Tips for maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle during the holiday season!

1 — Go to the grocery store and purchase healthy eats to keep in the house during your stay.

Thankfully my dad has a nutribullet and always keeps fresh and frozen fruits, veggies, oats, and almond milk in stock. Although I go out to eat a lot when visiting home, I still am able to make my green smoothies in the morning for breakfast and have healthy snacks between meals.

2 — Find local gyms and fitness studios to go to for workouts.

When I travel, I always take time to do some research on studios nearby the location I will be staying. It can be fun to find new places to workout and I also get to meet new people in different cities and countries. I will often take an hour long pilates, yoga, or other type of group exercise class where I will still be close to family and friends.

  

3 — Encourage friends and family members to exercise and eat nutritious foods.

Going for walks, bike rides, taking group fitness classes, and exercising at home is a great way to be active and spend time with your family. Share fitness tips and some of your favorite healthy recipes with your loved ones. I enjoy showing my dad smoothie recipes and learning some of his as well. I also love teaching my little cousins pilates and yoga (pictured above).

 
Wishing you a Happy & Healthy Holiday Season!!! Angilique xo

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Healthy Eats: Avocado Egg Bake

  
Breakfast is the most important and just so happens to be my favorite meal of the day. When I have to leave home for early morning clients, I typically make a green smoothie to-go. On the days when I have the morning off or have a later start, I enjoy taking the time to make a sit-down breakfast like this delicious Avocado Egg Bake!

Avocados and eggs are the perfect combination for a morning meal as they are packed with protein and fiber, that will keep you satisfied until your next meal. Try this easy recipe and feel free to use your favorite toppings like tomatoes, basil, cheese, and bacon.

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Prep Time: 5min

Cook Time: 15-20min

Serves: 1-2ppl

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Ingredients:

– 1 medium size avocado, halved and pitted

– 2 eggs

– salt and pepper to taste 

– red pepper flakes (optional)

– 1tbs feta cheese (optional)

– 1 tsp chives (optional)

Procedures:

1 — Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2 — Scoop out a small portion of the center of each half of the avocado with a spoon.

3 —  Crack 1 egg open into each half of the avocado, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

4 — Bake 15-20min, then top with red pepper flakes, chives, and feta cheese (or your favorite toppings) and serve.

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Tips: Make sure your avocado is a big enough size to be able to hold the eggs. Also, be sure to use a baking pan that can support your avocado to prevent the eggs from spilling off the side. I tried to use a tray at first and my egg was spilling so I opted for a cupcake baking pan and placed foil inside to keep the avocado halves in place.

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Healthy Eats: Skinny Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  
|| PUMPKIN || Pumpkin pie for breakfast?! Yes!!! With Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, Fall is pumpkin season! Though a traditional pumpkin pie is high in calories and sugar, I made a healthier low calorie version of pumpkin pie as a smoothie. 

Pumpkin is rich in nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin A which promotes eye health, and fiber which contributes to weightloss. The Greek yogurt in this recipe also adds calcium, potassium, protein, and a creamy texture which makes this smoothie taste like you are having desert for breakfast!

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Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup organic pumpkin

– 1 frozen banana

– 1 cup vanilla almond milk

– 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt

– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

– 2 cubes of ice 

Directions:

1 — Blend all ingredients together in a blender and enjoy! (I use my Nutribullet)

Note: For a sweeter flavor, feel free to add a touch of honey or maple syrup. For more protein, add 1-2 scoops of your favorite protein powder. For more spice, you can increase the amount of pumpkin spice and cinnamon, and you can also add nutmeg.

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Healthy Eats: Almond Butter Smoothie

  
|| BREAKFAST || On the go in NYC, I often pack my delicious almond butter smoothie that is loaded with protein and fiber which gives me energy at the start of the day! Fiber also keeps you feeling fuller longer which can contribute to weightloss.

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– 1/2 frozen banana

– 1 tbs almond butter

– 1 tbs maca powder

– 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend

– 1 cup almond milk

– 2 cubes of ice

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Healthy Eats: Overnight Oats

  
|| OVERNIGHT OATS || Loaded with fiber that keeps you feeling fuller longer and antioxidants that give you energy, overnight oats are perfect for breakfast. Take just a few minutes at night to prepare the mixture and let it sit overnight for 4-6hrs. Follow my simple and tasty recipe and modify it by adding some of your favorite fruits and toppings.

Prep Time: 2min (refrigerate 4-6hrs)

Serves: 1

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Ingredients:

– 1 handful of blueberries

– 1 tbs Trader Joe’s Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1/4 cup of oats

– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

– 1/2 tsp honey

– 1 cup of almond milk

– 1/2 banana slices (topping)

– 1 tsp hemp seeds (topping)

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Procedures:

1 — Stir all ingredients together in a mason jar or any other glass container. Refrigerate overnight or 4-6hrs.

2 — Add toppings or additional liquid if desired. I topped my oats with bananas and hemp seeds.

Delicious, Enjoy!!

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Healthy Eats: Baked Asian Style Salmon & Broccoli w/Sprouted California Rice

  
|| Healthy Eats || I modified and added to a recipe I found on bbc Good Food that is simple and delicious! The prep and cook time is short and easy and the result is so good!

Prep Time: 5min

Cook Time: 25-30min

Serves: 2-4

Ingredients:

– 2-4 salmon fillets

– 1 16oz bag frozen broccoli florets

– 1tbs olive oil

– 2 tbs soy sauce

– juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 lemon quartered

– salt, pepper, garlic, dill to taste

– 1 cup Trader Joe’s Organic Sprouted California Rice

– 2 cups of water

Procedures:

1 — Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in medium saucepan and add rice. Simmer 25-30min.

2 — Place salmon fillets on baking tray and arrange broccoli florets around it. Season with salt, pepper, garlic, dill, olive oil, squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon over everything, then place quartered lemons on top. Bake on 365 degrees for 15min.

3 — Remove tray from oven and drizzle with soy sauce. Return to oven for 5min.

4 — Serve salmon and broccoli bake over rice and enjoy!

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Healthy Eats: Blueberry Matcha Green Smoothie

  
|| BLUEBERRY MATCHA || For breakfast I love making this delicious Blueberry Matcha Green Smoothie! Blueberries and matcha are rich in antioxidants that give the body energy, protects it from illnesses, and boosts metabolism which can encourage weight loss. I also add oats which contains fiber that keeps you feeling fuller longer. Enjoy!

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– 1/2 frozen banana

– 2 handfuls of blueberries

– 1 handful of spinach

– 1 tbs matcha powder

– 1/4 cup oats

– 1 cup of almond milk

– 2 cubes of ice

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