Archive for the ‘Smoothies’ Category

“Balanced and Fit……. a fitness journey”

fitness-quotes1I can’t believe I am approaching the three-month mark since I started my fitness journey. The only other time I have completed something similar in duration was when I entered a fitness competition through Muscle Hers fitness magazine a few years back. I completed 9 weeks, so to be at 3 months seems incredible and I can’t help but be proud of myself. I love the quote pic this week “It never gets easier, you just get stronger!”. The initial stages were tough as my body was adjusting to  getting back into a routine of hitting the gym. But as time goes on it is still challenging and so it should be. You should never get to a point where you workout and don’t feel the burn or hit a plateau. You should always look for ways to push your body and shock your muscles. The one thing that does get easier is how your body recovers as you get stronger. By staying committed and making fitness a part of your lifestyle, you will gain strength like you never knew you had.

The one thing that has impressed myself as the weeks have gone on is how I’m able to lift heavier weights and do intervals. Last week my trainer Hanan had added in an additional day for my legs where I do back to back exercises with no break in between. I have to admit, I got my butt kicked (which was her mission). After my first set I was feeling like I had done three, but I knew I had to stay focus and that it was just mind over matter. Too often in the past I would have done one set and quit, not this time. I finished all three sets and then proceeded to do cardio. I can tell you that I definitely felt it the next day and I am starting to see my rear end firm up. My stomach has a nice little 4.5 pack.

At the end of my sets  I also had another inspiration~ while at the gym I had a gentleman who was in a wheelchair come into the room and workout beside me. It made me stop for a moment and realize how much I have to be grateful for and that there are no excuses. I was so motivated by his determination and focus that it helped push me harder and inspired me. I normally do not work out in that room at Steve Nash Fitness and I am so glad I did that day. There are many people out there that have difficult circumstances that could make them throw their hands up and give up, instead they don’t let it hold them back and persevere. I also wanted to share a video I saw recently that truly inspired me ~ Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur’s Inspirational Transformation!
photo-6

As for my diet, I have been pretty disciplined with staying on track. There have been long working days where it’s tempting to grab junk food or make poor food choices. Not any more! On the go I continue to opt for fruit, nuts, veggie smoothies and protein shakes. My obsession with Kale continues, I have been eating tons of salads with fresh raw kale (seen in picture here). I take some butter lettuce and mix kale, red peppers, cucumbers, celery and hearts of palm (which are so tasty and remind me of artichoke hearts~not to mention have many health benefits). For the dressing I use a little apple cider vinegar mixed with a few drops of honey and some olive oil. If you want a bit more of the good fats, I suggest slicing some avocado and adding it to your salad.

This next week will be fun as I am doing a HUGE photo shoot with an amazing team. With this said I am making sure to workout extra hard, stay super hydrated and eat clean. I will be experimenting with fruit and veggie shakes and make sure to post some pictures and recipes next week.

Well Week 12, let’s do this!

Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program &Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

Remember  to say that you heard it first from BeautyBuzz411!

I look forward to hearing from all of you, email at beautybuzz411@gmail.com or simply leave a comment here

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

Advertisements

“Balanced and Fit…….a fitness journey”

mind-2-body-pilates-gym-inspiring-fitness-quotes-sayings-take-care-of-your-body-exercise-motivational-statements-famous-quotes

Ten weeks have passed and the lessons keep coming. This past week I experienced food poisoning and it left me out of commission for more days than I wished to experience. This was tough as I had already been fighting the flu for a few weeks. Unfortunately I had to cut my gym time short and limit the amount of exercise. At times like this when you get a wrench thrown into things, you have to take care of yourself. I could have pushed myself and completed my workouts, but I feel in my gut that it would have done more harm than good. This picture quote is perfect, you only have one body, you might as well take care of it. When your body is fighting off something, sometimes the only thing to do is get some rest. So that is what I did and I am feeling a lot better. My diet this week lacked as I was not able to eat much. With this said, when I did have an appetite I made sure to get in as much protein as I could and stay on top of my leafy greens. I consumed many shakes~ Kale and me are becoming bff’s.

In my last check-in with Hanan, I sent the pictures wearing a bikni so she could see better what was going on in my overall body. She really wants to target my booty so she has added an additional lower body workout. I am excited for my workouts this week and look forward to the continued changes to come.

I am ready to jump back into my routine and hit the gym and nutrition hard this week. I love odd numbers so week 11….. I’m ready for you!

Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program &Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

Remember  to say that you heard it first from BeautyBuzz411!

I look forward to hearing from all of you, email at beautybuzz411@gmail.com or simply leave a comment here

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

 

“Balanced and Fit………a fitness journey”

These past 9 weeks have been such a learning experience for myself. I can’t believe how fast time has gone by! Over these past 2 weeks I have struggled with being a little under the weather, but that hasn’t stopped me from allowing my body to rest a few days and then getting right back into the swing of things. My upper body and back continue to lean out and show definition. My lower half  (meaning my legs) are definitely building muscle but not leaning out as quick as I would like. I know that I have to be patient and your lower body and stomach (especially) take longer, these are the trouble/stubborn areas for woman. With this said though my core stability and strength is developing and I continue to chisel away at my ultimate goal! 6 pack abs!

This week I have 2 inspiration pictures, the first has no quote, it’s simply one of my favourite pictures lately of No doubts lead singer Gwen Stefani. She has always had amazing abs, but this picture inspires me in so many ways. I love how Gwen has been a top fashion icon for years and she continues to Rock It. I love the whole outfit, her blond hair in a bun (my old go to do which I’m aiming for again) and beautiful healthy abs. Once I have achieved my fitness goal and have rock hard abs, I will remake this shoot. So in my eyes this picture represents a 1000 words and inspiration.


This week with being on the go and still feeling under the weather, I did not have a huge appetite and found it hard to eat as much as I have been. I made sure to eat as much protein as I could handle and small meals more often. One thing I could stomach was my oatmeal in the mornings. I added berries and nuts to make sure I loaded up on my nutrients and antioxidants. I decided to add juicing this week to make sure I was getting my veggies in my system. My favourite came from an inspiration from Jugo Juice~ kale, spinach, berries and beets, it’s called “Can’t Beet This”. One thing when you are feeling run down or sick is to make sure to stay hydrated, this is even more important when your not feeling well.

I love my second picture quote, I now realize how to incorporate fitness into my every day and there really is no more excuses.There is no such thing as quitting anymore and I plan to finish what I started. All anyone really has to do is get over the mental struggle we all go through and check self doubt at the door. Anyone can accomplish anything the set their mind to. On this past weeks check-in with my trainer Hanan, she asked me to send my pictures wearing a bikini (which was a scary thought). Well I have to say that I bought this bikini that was a few sizes too small a few years back and it’s finally starting to fit. It was so encouraging and exciting to think of bikini shopping for the summer. Alright week 10, I’m ready for you~ BRING IT ON!

Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program &Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

Remember  to say that you heard it first from BeautyBuzz411!

I look forward to hearing from all of you, email at beautybuzz411@gmail.com or simply leave a comment here

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

Summer Strawberries

If I was told that I could only choose to eat one fruit for the rest of my life, it would have to be strawberries (though blueberries are a close second). Growing up I spent countless hours wandering around in my grandmothers garden, surrounded by delicious fruits. From blueberries, rhubarb, raspberries and more, strawberries are the top contender. My grandmother would take fresh sliced strawberries, pour some cream on top and sprinkle a hint of sugar, it was a perfect treat on a sunny day. I also loved angel food cake with fresh strawberries and whip cream~YUM!

Not only does this little, juicy fruit taste good, it has many health and beauty benefits. For starters, they are considered a Superfood which are nutrient-rich and packed with full of antioxidants. One cup of strawberries will give you your daily dose of vitamin C. Other health benefits include boosting immunity,  promoting good eye health, cancer prevention, fighting bad cholesterol, reducing inflammation, regulating blood pressure, boosting fibre, aiding in weight management and promoting pre-natal health (high in folate).

A member of the rose family, strawberries contain salicylic acid, which rids the skin of dead cells, allowing it to absorb moisture more efficiently. Strawberries are great for fighting blemishes, preventing wrinkles and healing a sunburn. I thought I would list a few favorite ways I like to add strawberries to my life. Whether it be home-made skin care or smoothies, you’ll be getting your vitamin C.

Body Scrub~ You’ll need 8-10 ripe or over-ripe strawberries, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp coarse salt (or sugar). Smash strawberries up with a fork in a bowl, add olive oil and salt/sugar until it forms a paste. Apply all over to your body, including your hands and feet. I usually like to do this in an empty tub, then after I have had it on for a few minutes I fill the tub and continue to soak it off.

Strawberry Mask~ This is a perfect all over body mask, including using it on your face. I first started using this after I developed a slight sunburn, it’s a great alternative to Aloe Vera. I take fresh strawberries from the fridge (colder the better), mix together with thick, plain greek yogurt and add a few tablespoons of honey. This mask works wonders and your sunburn will be on the road to recover before you know it. The strawberries reduce the redness and swelling, while the lactic acid in the yogurt provides moisture and promotes healing. The added honey also has great healing, soothing properties. Check out the recent segment on how to prep your skin for Summer~here!

Strawberry Smoothie~ I have played with ways to make the strawberry milkshake healthier. I combine and blend 6 large strawberries, 1/2 cup of your favorite yogurt (I use coconut~Greek) and 1/2 cup of plain or vanilla almond milk. If you do not eat dairy you can sub the yogurt for juice, but you may not get the thick milkshake consistency. In that case you can add some hemp or pea protein powder and I always throw in a few ice cubes.

I love beauty products that smell like Strawberries. Recently I was in Sephora and saw that Cake Beauty  was celebrating Strawberry Shortcake’s sweet 30 years by launching a decadent lip butter in “Berry Creamy”. I remember when I was little, my Strawberry Shortcake & friends figurines were my favorite, they smelled so good. This lip balm reminds me of them and brings back so many memories.

What is your favorite Strawberry beauty product, home-made skin care or recipe?

Remember to say that you heard it first from Beauty Buzz 411!

Email at beautybuzz411@gmail.com or simply leave a comment here.

Look forward to hearing from all of you

Much love, Beauty Buzz 411

Avocado

Avocados are one of my favorite things I love to eat, I put them on/in everything. From salads to smoothies, this little green pear-shaped fruit is one of my top picks for ” Feed Your Skin Friday’s”. Avocados have so many health benefits, they are rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. They are good for your heart, regulate blood pressure and most of all they are high in Essential Fatty Acids (the good fats).

I thought I would include a few tips and remedies for you to enjoy~ a great snack,  a few at-home beauty treatments and a wonderful smoothie.

Avocado Hummus~ I take the following and puree in a food processor until smooth. It goes well with raw vegetables, lentil or sweet potato chips, or even as a spread on a sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 1 can chick peas, rinsed
  • 1 medium to large avocado (peeled & pitted)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed puree)
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested
  • 2 cloves mashed garlic (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • jalapeno ~to taste (optional)
  • Cilantro ~to taste  (optional)
  • I medium tomato (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut milk (optional)
  • Pinch of salt ( teaspoon if desired)
  • A few cracks of black pepper

Hair/Face Mask~ mix together half an avocado, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply. Leave on for 30 minutes to an hour and wash off/out. You can also just use avocado on its own and mash it up and apply.

Face Moisturizer~ Take the inside of the avocado peel and with upward strokes, lightly massage your face. The oil from the peel contains a humectant, which is great for adding moisture to the skin. Leave the oil on your skin for about 15 minutes. You can live it on overnight or wash it off and pat dry. Remember to apply a SPF if going out.

Under-eye Treatment~ Peel half an avocado, remove the pit, and slice into quarter-inch pieces. Lie down and place one piece under each eye and rest for 15-30 minutes. This is great for reducing under-eye puffiness. I love putting the avocados in the fridge before hand for a few minutes to chill , feels refreshing after a long day!

Hand & Feet Exfoliating Scrub~ Mix half an avocado, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of oatmeal and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl and apply to your hands and feet in a circular motion to slough off dead skin. Leave for 10-15 minutes and wash off. I apply coconut oil after and put on socks. This is a great scrub that will give you baby soft hands.

Smoothie~ Take the following ingredients and blend in a mixer. This smoothie is amazing for glowing, radiant, ultra moisturized skin!

  • 1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted
  • 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoons honey or Agave
  • 1/2 chopped frozen banana (tastes better)
  • ½ Apple
  • Handful blueberries or berry of your choice (optional)

I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to hearing any tips or recipes you may have for this beautiful little fruit.

Remember to say that you heard it first from Beauty Buzz 411!

Follow us on Twitter @beautybuzz411

Become a fan on Facebook, Email at beautybuzz411@gmail.com or simply leave a comment here.

Look forward to hearing from all of you

Much love, Beauty Buzz 411

Glowing from the inside out

I was lucky enough to have a parent that was into healthy eating and at a very young age I developed a love for Smoothies. This obsession carried into my teen and adult years in various forms with many different combinations. Recently I was watching Steven and Chris~ (an  afternoon Talk Show http://www.cbc.ca/stevenandchris/) and they had Nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos (http://www.bevibrant.ca/about.html) as a guest on the show. Not only did she have great tips, she had great energy too. In this episode she showed how to make this amazing little smoothie that is supposed to lean you out, rev your metabolism and give your skin that radiant glow.

Lately I have found that my skin was on the drier side and lacking that luster that I was so used to. So I thought why not give it a shot and try it out. I decided to make the smoothie every day for 15 days and see if it really did the job. Now the demo they made on the show used a large amount of the ingredients, so I decided to modify it for one person’s consumption

I faithfully made this Smoothie every morning and within the first few days I was feeling great, had more energy and my skin seemed more radiant. Day after day I was feeling great and by the end of the 15 days my skin was supple and glowing. I can honestly say that this Smoothie packs all the punch and delivers the results ( see below for the breakdown Peggy gave for the ingredients)

Here is the breakdown of the ingredients and the modifications I made for a single serving:

~1 stalk of celery, 1/4 cucumber, 1/2 apple, inch cube of fresh peeled ginger, 1 cup of coconut water or coconut juice (the juice has more sugar), fresh mint leaves (if you’re a mint fan like me I add 4-5), half of a lemon squeezed ( I use a hand-held juicer to get most of the pulp), Pinch of Cayenne Pepper!

Directions (from the show)

Add apples, cucumber, celery, ginger, mint, water (coconut water) and lemon juice to blender. Blend well, adjusting water as necessary. Pour into glass and sprinkle with cayenne. Garnish with fresh mint, berries or celery stalk!

Peggy mentioned that each ingredient has benefits and Here’s why:

  • The cucumber and celery are cleansing, natural diuretics that will eliminate excess water weight
  • Apples contain beta-glucans that help pull excess estrogen
  • Ginger and mint help to banish the stomach bloat
  • The lemon helps to cleanse the liver, stimulating the metabolism
  • Cayenne pepper is a thermogenic, helping to rev up the metabolism and speed up fat-burning

Whether you are wanting to start the morning off right, add a little more green to your diet or have that radiant glow this smoothie is a wonderful addition to your day. The only warning I can give is it is a little tart so definitely drink it before you brush you teeth!

Make sure to tell everyone you heard it from Beauty Buzz 411

Follow now on Twitter and Become a fan on Facebook

Please send any questions to beautybuzz411@gmail.com

Much Love, xo

Beauty Buzz 411