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5 Ways SmartGirls Maintain Weight During The Holidays November 16, 2016 14:44

By SmartGirl Bags

 

  1. SOUP.  Yes, we said soup. There are plenty of healthy soup recipes (see our blog on finding healthy recipes). Create 2-3 soups on Sunday night. Eat a decent high protein breakfast every day and have a big bowl of soup for lunch and a cup before dinner with a side salad. Eat dinner as usual. If hungry in between meals, have a cup of soup. If heading to a holiday party, have a cup beforehand to help resist fattening appetizers. Soup helps to fill you up thus, you will consume less calories as a whole without dieting.
  2. Shake up your workout routine with HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Ditch your same old workout during November and December. Try a new routine with a Video of an HIIT workout or join a local boot-camp class. Even a workout of 20 minutes will burn fat for hours afterward and might be a great time to cut loose and rid yourself of holiday stress. Don’t forget SmartGirl Bags make great workout gym bags!
  3. Convert high sugar high calorie dessert recipes – take the holiday dessert recipes you love and find ways to make them lighter in fat and calories. Often substituting a half sugar half Stevia mix helps to reduce the sugar content. Pinterest is an excellent place to find recipes that are already converted.

  4. Low calories “adult drinks.” Many holiday parties and gatherings involve alcohol. While everything in moderation, consuming alcohol can be very fattening and lead to “loose decision making’ with subsequent food choices.  Two good options to consider drinking are Prosecco and Champagne. Both are lower in calories than wine or mixed drinks. Another option is club soda, stevia, lime and vodka or tequila.

  5. Breathe. Take time to relax and have some down time during this busy season. Often it’s the stress that adds the extra pounds not just extra calories. Set aside 10 mins each morning to do deep breathing exercises and mediate and/or pray. Write in a journal for a few minutes a day listing all your thankful for. Call a friend and have virtual “coffee” time together. smartgirl bags, breathe, yoga

10 Blogs To Find Healthy Recipes November 04, 2016 12:37

It’s 5 PM and your stomach is telling you its about time to make dinner. The littles in your house are starting to ask for food. You want to feed your family a good, healthy meal. So what do you do? Go to Pinterest of course! Save this pin for those nights when you need a good resource for dinner ideas or menu planning. 

 Here are 10 GREAT blogs to find some Healthy recipes that are great for the whole family brought to you by SmartGirl Bags.

 

  1. triedandtasty.com - Contains fabulous family friendly recipes as well as diet information and weight loss inspiration.
  2. melskitchencafe.com - One of my favorite recipes from this site is Grilled Island Chicken (http://www.melskitchencafe.com/grilled-island-chicken-2/) Her focus is on helping you get more comfortable in the kitchen.

  3. Life-in-the-lofthouse.com - Great recipes the kids will love too! (http://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/pf-changs-chicken-lettuce-wraps/ )
  4. makingthymeforhealth.com -This blog has some great vegetarian recipes.
    (http://www.makingthymeforhealth.com/chili-stuffed-spaghetti-squash-bowls/)
  5. cookingclassy.com - Classic recipes that your family will want to make over and over.

  6. thelemonbowl.com - This blog has a focus on seasonal ingredients and whole foods.

  7. therecipecritic.com - Tried and true recipes that will bring your family to the dinner table.

  8. joyfulhealthyeats.com - This blog has some great healthy recipes including gluten free, kid friendly and vegetarian recipes.

  9. chelseasmessyapron.com - Contains some great original recipes that are healthy and easy. (http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/skillet-chicken-butternut-squash/ 
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  10. eat-yourself-skinny.com - The focus of this blog is to encourage healthy living but enjoy those treats now and again. (http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/butternut-squash-sage-spaghetti-with-zucchini-noodles/)


5 Healthy Instagram accounts to follow May 18, 2015 19:01

As shared to SmartGirl Bags by a partner, Bulu Box.

Here is our list of top healthy eating Instagrams that you should be following this week. 

@FitMenCook

These foodstagrams look truly delicious! No cheat meals needed with these mouth-watering recipes that are hearty and healthy. Kevin Curry of FitMenCook now has his own recipe app and has even put his cooking skills up against Food Network Star Robert Irvine. 

@MyNewRoots

Sarah, the creator of MyNewRoots.com, has been blogging her edible inspirations since 2007. Her plant-based recipes are simple and delicious. Pick up a new recipe or just motivate yourself to eat a few more greens in your diet with these fruit and vegetable based meals and desserts.

@RDAmber

Amber is a Registered Dietician and founder of Stirlist.com, a blog focused on healthy eating and overall wellness. Amber is a Nutrition Communications Consultant and takes you behind the scenes of  her life while mixing in some truly delicious (and healthy!) recipes.

@nomnompaleo

This self-proclaimed paleo food nerd is the mastermind behind the Saveur Award-winning food blog, NomNomPaleo, and Webby Award-winning cooking app! These delectable paleo recipes have us drooling on our phones as we scroll. 

@GlutenFreeGoddessKarina

Karina runs her blog, Gluten Free Goddess, in hopes of promoting healthy and delicious gluten-free recipes to help those like her with Celiac Disease. She's been showing off her delicious recipes since 2005 and continues to put out amazing meals and desserts (they look SO good!) through her blog and Instagram. 

 


Starch-Based Diets May 12, 2015 14:58

Recently I was asked to take a challenge: Try a starch-based diet for two weeks. The premise was I would feel better, lose weight and see improvements in my recently diagnosed high blood pressure. Starch-based diet guru, Dr. Charles McDougall, claims that eating a diet based around out of the ground grown starches such as potatoes, rice, and corn, will help our bodies to heal and to stay healthy and slim.  The idea is that the cultures who are starch-based such as the Asian countries, tend to be slim,  healthy, and live longer. Being a huge meat and cheese lover, I hesitated for about a week before accepting this challenge. My usual day involves eggs for breakfast, turkey and cheese for lunch, protein for an afternoon snack, and huge helping of meat at dinner with a small portion of starch and veggies. I wondered how I would be able to stick to starches only without passing out. I decided to try it for two weeks. I opted for a plant-based protein shake to start my days along with a big bowl of oatmeal with almond milk, walnuts, and cinnamon. Not too shabby - filling, healthy, tastes good.  I made a big pot of lentil soup with veggies to eat for lunch and beans and a corn tostado with tomato for dinner (I did miss the cheese). I found myself full and never running out of ideas for snacks. I didn't miss the meat or eggs until about day 4. Oatmeal again? Hmmmmm.  Eating out has been beans at Taco Bell - not sure that falls under the healthy category. Being a woman on the go, it's definitely a diet that requires cooking and planning.

It's been one week - I've added shrimp to a few meals - not sure Dr. Charles would approve. I have lost 3 lbs and feel rather good! I am pressing forward to finish out the month with this plan. Because I'm actually enjoying looking to healthy foods to satisfy me, at the end of May, I will keep the plan but modify it be adding in fish,seafood, and eggs. Not sure about evil cheese.

The key to life is moderation - Eating healthy 80-90% of the time and some occasional splurges.

Starch-based? Why not - it's not for everyone but don't knock it till you've tried it.

Here's the website for more information:

https://www.drmcdougall.com/


Why SmartGirl Bags Were Created April 06, 2015 12:54

We created the SmartGirl Bag out of sheer necessity. After years of going to the gym carrying big ugly duffel bags or pretty but useless "tote" bags, there was a need for something more. The last straw was when not finding what was needed for a workout turned into a skipped workout for the last time.

Always in a hurry, a bag was needed that had "quick easy access" to the important gym essentials in order to get in and out of the gym without a lot of fuss. Bags on today’s market are either huge black holes where everything gets dumped into but is hard to sort through and find what you need or they’re pretty but lacking any organization at all. There are sporty plain bags and sure they’re cool but one can only do “Sporty” for so many years. After all, we have nothing to prove. Sporty doesn’t mean I work harder in the gym than pretty does it?  What ever happened to pretty in the gym? Sassy? Chic? The SmartGirl Bag redefines the gym bag experience.

Regarding organization, there are a few bags out there with "advanced organization" but in researching these options, they required one to fold and neatly fit your items into certain shelf-like compartments in order to take advantage of the organizational features. Fold my stuff?? Not on your life. A separate zippered compartment for shoes? This means taking the time to put shoes into it! Time is what we're all short on!  Most of us have a short window of opportunity for getting our workout in during the day. We want quick easy access. We want to walk into the gym and throw our keys, sunglasses and phone in one pocket, grab our headphones, arm band and padlock out of the others and jump on the treadmill.

So SmartGirl Bags took the concept of a purse-like sassy chic pretty “look” and married the look with tons of pockets both inside and out. We tested the first prototypes for over 2 years with real women at the gym who go on a regular basis. With final modifications made in 2014 and sassy fabrics and colors chosen, we launched our Spring 2015 line. We added an optional Power pack (SmartPack) so that the woman on the go can stay powered up with her phone and essentials.

We also have feedback from customers that they love our bags for non-gym purposes. Many ladies say they use theirs for crafts, for traveling (a tablet fits nicely in the long outer pocket), day bags, and even for a camera bag. In fact, one customer uses hers as a purse!

For whatever you use your SmartGirl Bag for, we hope you enjoy your SmartGirl Bag. We truly believe they make going to the gym tons more fun!


Are your workouts a chore? April 02, 2015 15:25

When working out is a lifestyle, it means a lot of workouts each year. If you workout three times per week, that's 156 workouts each calendar year; four times a year = 208. If you're like most of us, not every workout is a slam dunk. When fitness is a lifestyle, there are days one is just pure bored. An important component for not losing motivation is to add variety to spice things up, especially when the going gets tough. Sometimes it's hard to see the choices that you might have. There's always the choice of "what do I do today?, Do I choose treadmill? Elliptical? Cycling? Do I do weights on my own? or a Weight lifting class? But that's usually where our choice menu ends.

Some ideas for new choices include to research day passes for other gyms in your area besides your own. Some gyms have unique fitness classes with a daily drop in rate of $5-$15. How about a dance fitness studio where you can take a few dance aerobic classes?  Often just going some place new will get you motivated again. How about joining a bootcamp for a month? Or how about checking out the programs at community centers or the YMCA? Often the fitness programs are low cost and the variety is worth the extra charge. Often Groupon or Living Social have fitness class specials or bootcamps at a reduced rate. These are also good alternatives to shake it up.

I recommend making a chart of all of the classes your gym and your gym's branches (other locations) offer based on Monday-Saturday during hours you are most likely to go. Then add to it the other offerings as mentioned above as "backup"  or alternative to take when bored. So when going to run 3 miles on a treadmill sounds dreadful, you can see what's available at the timeslot elsewhere. This keeps things fresh and often just knowing there's an alternative helps you achieve your goal.

Happy Fitness LIFESTYLE.


The Good Days + The Bad Days = The Lifestyle February 24, 2015 10:12

One thing is for certain, working out should be a lifestyle not a fad. A lot of women grow up thinking working out is synomous with dieting. The mentality is "if I blow my diet, I might as well stop working out too." The cycle of thinking like this can continue from generation to generation and it breeds obesity. Working out should be a lifestyle. It is about balancing the good days and the bad days and not beating yourself up. There will be days you don't do it. But do it tomorrow. There will be days you eat that cheeseburger and fries (and dare I say a chocolate milkshake?), but don't skip your workout that day. There will be days you can run forever and days you can barely make 15 minutes. Embrace the day for what it is and don't let guilt or expectations make you react with self-disgust or worse self-sabotage. Working out is a lifestyle. Embrace the good day and make the most of it - run longer. Embrace the bad day, and say "tomorrow will be better" but just keep doing it.