#FitChicks: 4 Recipes You Have To Try This Summer

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So, it’s June. For those of us who live in warm (read: ridiculously hot) cites two things are imperative from June - August; easy to make foods that require little to no interaction with an oven and options that are both refreshing (because, again, HOT) and healthy. Chan and I both live in Dallas which seems to have it’s very own heat index so, we’re always interested in finding options that will work for us as we battle 100+ degree temps and Saturday BBQ’s.

As we dive into the thick of summer, we thought we’d compile a few fresh and time-friendly options that you can utilize for a quick meal or to shine at the company picnic. We tapped two of our favorite food bloggers, Dixya Bhattarai of FoodPleasureandHealth.com and Bobbi Burleson of bobbiskozykitchen.com to grace us with 4 recipes that we absolutely have to try this summer. While you won’t find any burgers in this bunch, you will find options that will fill you up, are vegetarian-friendly, and even one that will cool AND satisfy your sweet tooth. Wins all around. Are you ready for some fresh eats? Let’s grub!

 

Chopped Kale and Chickpea Salad

Created by: Dixya Bhattarai

Created by: Dixya Bhattarai

It’s a pretty sturdy salad that will hold up well for a couple of days, great for lunch/picnic, and you can easily customize it based on what you have in the fridge. Chopped Kale and Chickpea Salad with Tamarind Vinaigrette is naturally gluten-free/vegan/allergy-friendly but most importantly it is nutritious, delicious, and easy to assemble.
— Dixya

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups chopped kale, ribs removed (I used curly kind but lacinto will work too)

  • 1.5 cups garbanzo beans, cooked (you can use the canned variety)

  • 12-15 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

  • ¼ onion, thinly sliced

  • For the tamarind vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup tamarind water (see notes)

  • 1 tablespoon sweetener (honey or maple syrup to keep it vegan)

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • salt, pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, add chopped kale, chickpeas, tomatoes, and onion and give it a nice stir.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, tamarind water, sweetener, garlic cloves, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

  3. Generously pour it over the kale mix and massage it well. Let it sit in the refrigerator for half an hour or so right before serving. This allows kale to soften a little bit.

NOTES

-For tamarind water: I used generous 2 tablespoon of tamarind pulp + ¼ cup warm water and let it soak for 15 minutes. Then strained the tamarind pulp and only used the tangy tamarind water.

- Depending upon what type of tamarind you use, you may have to adjust accordingly.

Sheet Pan Salmon and Asparagus

  Created by: Bobbi Burleson

 

Created by: Bobbi Burleson

When I am putting together my meal plans there are 3 things that a recipe needs to have. #1 is flavor, who wants to eat it if it doesn’t taste good right? #2 is that it is heathy(ish), hey we all have our pasta days but keeping things in balance is the way to go, and #3 is that it is easy to make. Nobody wants to slave away in the kitchen for an hour (or more) when you have a million other things on your to-do list. That is when recipes like this come into play.
— Bobbbi

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested

  • 1½ tablespoons plain Greek yogurt

  • 1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped plus more for garnish

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 2-pound salmon filet

  • 1 pound thin stalk asparagus, ends trimmed

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. Spread the lemon slices out on the pan.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice and zest, Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard together. Season with salt and pepper and 1 the fresh dill.

  4. Place the salmon on the sheet pan and season with salt and pepper. Spread sauce on evenly.

  5. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus and garlic with the olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Scatter the on the baking sheet. Season with more salt and pepper if desired.

  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until desired doneness, checking the cook time at the 10-12 minute mark.

  7. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh dill and more lemon if you like.

Are you feeling these easy summer recipes? Anything you’d recommend?  Be sure to let us know! You can find more amazing eats by heading to both Bobbi’s and Dixya’s respective websites via the links above.

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: Get Bossy with Susie Gonzales

All Images via MommyAndMozi on Instagram

All Images via MommyAndMozi on Instagram

FIERCE means, being bold and knowing that even though you may not have life, parenting or your relationship all figured out, it’s okay. To be honest, we are all figuring it out. Be FIERCE in own your uncertainty but don’t allow yourself to dwell. Connect with new people, challenge yourself to be more understanding, and walk into a situation and show everyone that YOU got THIS; because you do!
— Susie Gonzales

 

It was in the moment we read this quote that we knew that we had encountered something special, something that could not be kept to ourselves, and something that needed to be shared.  That something or, shall we say, someone is Susie Gonzales.

Susie is an Instagram fashionista that slays the gram with her fashionable mini mosaic. As a self-proclaimed creator she uses her voice, images, and her new blog to let us into her world.

 So, sit back and get ready to get inspired as we shed a light on why Mrs. Gonzales inspires us in the bossiest way possible.

 

She’s New To The Game, But Not To The Hustle

Susie recently launched her blog Mommy and Mozi and even though the title suggests that you would get an overdose of all things parenting related, it is deeper than that. Through her storytelling you are able to connect with her despite of where you are in life and pull valuable lessons that you can either apply now or put in your pocket for later.

 

Her Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words…Literally

We are definitely fans of people that make you think. Instagram has easily become a place that people turn to to get that boost of confidence for a day of “Let me drop that picture and see how many likes I can get” behavior. No judgement because we’ve all been there. But, how many times do you upload that image and genuinely hope to change a life, change a perspective, or encourage someone to genuinely love themselves? Welp, that’s a regular thing over on MommyandMozi’s Instagram. Don’t enter if you are not truly ready to grow.

 

Her Closet Is GOALS!

If there is one thing that we could change about Susie’s platform it would definitely be the addition of a LikeToKnow.It option because we would literally be screenshotting everything! This fashionista is always dressed to the T. Not only that but her looks are versatile, which makes her that more fierce! It doesn't stop there because little Mosaic will make you want to shout, “get it girl” at your phone!

 

The great thing about this series is that you never really know what or who you are going to get but know that Chan and I are constantly scouring these e-streets to bring you the gems that you may have accidentally let slide right past you. The ladies that we pick for Boss Chicks are from different walks of life and embody a boss mentality in everything they do and that’s why we rock with them!

Connect with Susie

Instagram

Website

 

What’s your definition of a boss?

 

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: 4 Fit Moms We Are Crushing On

We absolutely love celebrating women! There isn’t a day that goes by that we are not instantly motivated by someone that we encounter via life, social media, or through a good read via our favorite blogs, magazines, and books. That, for us, is pretty amazing when you think about it. For a lot of people, though, celebrating others isn’t as easy. In a world that constantly tells us to compete, as women we can easily allow jealousy, comparison, and a list of other things to get in the way of actually showing love to those people that are inspiring and motivating us.


Not over here, though.  We stay clapping.

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So this week we want to tip our hats to 6 amazing fit moms that we are crushing on. Being a woman is difficult, being a mom on top of that is just something NOTHING can ever prepare you for. Add creating balance and maintaining your health (mind, body, and soul) too?! You deserve a standing ovation.


Leah Egwuatu ( @fitfoodiele)

She is a faith filled woman, with three little ones, a husband and business partner ( they both run 6 Pack USA), wellness consultant, computer engineer….the list goes on and on. When I first started my blog she was definitely someone that motivated me from afar. Her realistic approach to health and fitness, not emphasizing the whole, “snap back” craze that is going on in our society. That is something worth clapping for.

Wah (@Wahderful)

Spend quality time with my love. Wearing @womensbest #womensbest #womensbestsportswear Music: mercy (Duffy)

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Certified yoga instructor and mommy of one, Wah teaches people at all levels how to incorporate yoga into their lifestyle via her easy to follow video she posts on her instagram account. Even while carrying a freakin tiny human she amazes us with her dedication and her strength. It’s even cuter now seeing her rock her poses with her mini in tow.

These are just a few of our favorite moms that rock! Who are some of your favorite fit moms? Also, what do you guys think about this whole “snap back” craze? We are more so advocates of women having a healthy pregnancy and feeling their best post partum by using nutrition and a safe approach to fitness after giving their bodies the time to heal.

XOXO,

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#FitChicks: 10 Gym Bags You Can Use For Everything

We count on our gym bags to do quite a bit. We want them to be lightweight, but we also expect them to hold everything. We love it when they're water-resistant and weather-proof, but they’ve got to look decent too. Once we determine which features are our priority, then comes the matter of wading through the countless options on the market. If you’re already overwhelmed, take a breath: we've gone ahead and done the hard work for you. Gym bag - not the actual workout. That’s your job.

Below, we've rounded up some of our favorite gym bags that range from totally functional to super fashionable. No matter your style or your preferred workout, there's something here for you. Scroll on to find the right gym bag for you.

Battenwear Wet-Dry Bag

Whether you're hitting the beach or logging a few laps at the pool, this wet-dry bag has you (and all your items) covered. Since summer is upon us, I’ll definitely need something to keep water off of our stuff when my mini hits the pool. This may just be an option.


Herschel Supply Metallic Packable Duffle

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If you’re anything like us, you need something that’s going to take up very little room while doing everything you need it to. This duffle isn't just lightweight (because, arm day is a killer) and reflective at night (for those of you who swear by those late night workouts) — it's packable like a mug which means there’s no reason to miss your workout on that vacay. Simply fold it up into its internal pocket and throw it in your carry-on.

Dagne Dover Landon CarryAll

Whether you’re off toan intense crossfit session or headed on a girl's weekend trip, the large Landon Carryall has you covered. This bag is super lightweight bag isand can pretty much adapt to any journey. Our favorite feature handsdown is that it unsnaps at the sides to create more room for any unexpected finds you can’t leave behind. Because, who doesn't shop too much when you are on a trip or who doesn't want to pack up some major layers for your sweat session because we never know what the day may bring post workout.


Puma Alexia Tote Bag

Throw everything you need for the gym AND work into this tote. With a large compartment for a full outfit change, plus an internal laptop sleeve, this Puma bag can handle it all. PLUS, it’s on sale now for $30.00.

Lululemon Essential Mat Carrier

So, what about when you just need something to keep everything together for your yoga class or a pilates party in the park? When carrying a WHOLE bag is way too much, this essential mat carrier will be your BESTIE. While the bag’s strap can accommodate a whole yoga mat, the mini pouch is a perfect way to carry all of your essentials (keys, lip gloss, cards, and ID) without the unecessary hassle of a full duffle.

 

We've got 5 more bags that can take you from the gym to your next weekend getaway here.

What are some of your favorite ways to hit the gym (or that post-workout brunch) in style? Let us know in the comments below!

XOXO,

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#FitChicks: Get Bossy With Lauren Bealore

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Can you believe we’re already halfway through May!? HALF WAY!  After bringing you athleisure goodies last week, it’s time to properly ring in a new month by introducing you to our newest Boss Chick.

While our lane typically rests in the sneaker/fitness lifestyle lane (Fit Chicks, duh), there are so many women outside of this niche that we’re excited to introduce you to. One such woman is Lauren Bealore.  The Michigan native is a business and political powerhouse who is both an appointed and elected official with the National League of Conservative Voters and as a City Commissioner.  

Pull up a seat and get the goods on this groundbreaking young lady as we bring you three reason why Lauren inspires us in the bossiest way possible.

#FitChicks: 4 Athleisure Trends That Can Help You Transition Your Summer Look

The cool thing about athleisure is that in the past two years it has been deemed totally acceptable to rock your look all day long even if you have not or have no intention of working out. For girls like us who are not about that heel life and thrive on things that are both easily transitionable and functional, we can only hope and pray that this trend stays around for awhile.

The coolest part being that so many brands are creating lines that are making it easy for even the business professional to sneak into work mode and transition into happy hour (or a post work sweat session) with the simple removal of a staple outerwear piece. With summer and warmer weather fastly approaching, it is essential to be proactive in updating your wardrobe by simply following these four athleisure trends. You can thank us by dropping a comment below and giving us your input! Ok?

Accessorize Your Look

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“It only takes one piece to take your athleisure look from gym to street,” says Los Angeles­­–based stylist Rob Zangardi, in his interview with Vogue. “A pair of mirrored sunglasses, a structured leather jacket, a shirt tied around the waist . . . the key is that the piece has a sleek, sporty feel itself. Don’t add a vintage fringed jacket to your Lululemon Wunder Unders or cat-eye sunnies to your zip-up Nike jacket.”

We would also add in the simple addition of a baseball cap or our favorite, denim shirts, can create an entire new look.

Invest In Joggers

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We both love a great comfy pair of sweats but the heavy material will not fare well in this Texas heat. Why not try out joggers as bottoms when you are not feeling shorts or skirts? They tend to be a lighter weight than the traditional sweats and the elastic in the ankle area allows you to add a little more emphasis to whatever kicks you are rocking, whether they be heels or your favorite sneakers. Focusing on primary colors allows you to be able to mix and match these with a variety of tops that can create a different look depending on your destination. We suggest crops, tanks, and the simple tee. You can either go with solid colors or pairing these joggers with a busy print can add a little bit of spice to your look.

Hopefully, you are a little less overwhelmed about how to use what you already have in your closets to create an athleisure looks that will carry you through the summer season. Do you have any summer faves that you just can’t live without? Let us know below!

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: 5 Ways To Beast Your Income Tax Return

Tax season, for us, is usually one big moment when we pull together every piece of paper, e-receipt, expense sheet (read: anything with numbers scribbled on it) and wonder what in the world we did before Turbo Tax.  Whether you prepared your taxes yourself (whoo hoo!), pawned that duty off on an accountant (equally smart, by the way), or convinced your father to take one for the team, here’s something we can all agree on: that return is a gift. Amen? Amen.

In years past, both Chan and I have blown our refunds on ridiculous things, but now, we’re older, wiser, and have experienced that perils of being broke phi broke. But, let’s be honest: We’re just like you. We want to live our best lives.  Not classified by material items, but lives filled with amazing travel opportunities, fleeky 401Ks, paid off credit cards, more financial freedom, and *gasp* a savings account we can hang our sneakers on.  

While there are no super easy answers as to how to make your money grow, with just a little bit of knowledge, planning, and intention, you can make your tax return work for you and your future. So, in an effort to help you (and help ourselves) be accountable for making better adulting decisions, here are 5 ways we’re planning on beasting our tax return.  


Invest In Your Future

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Wanna maximize your tax refund? Invest in human capital. That is, invest in yourself.

You are your biggest income-producing asset. Your expertise, talent, experience, work ethic and your side hustle all offer potential. And, unlike stock market returns and interest rates, you can influence your own rate of return by improving your value either in training or by making the necessary investments to turn that side-hustle into income generation.

Whether you use your tax refund to pay for online training, tuition, an informational conference, membership in a professional organization or business start up costs, it’s an investment that can pay off for years to come.

 

Play The Market

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Investing is REALLY important.  While both of us are a little intimidated by sticking our money in volatile stocks, we both know that as we get older it’s imperative that we diversify our assets in order to live that life we dream about.  Basically, we’re trying to make sure our 50-year old self is sitting pretty.  According to financial adviser and SoFi’s president of wealth, John Foley, start with the free money - bka: your 401(k).  

“If your company has a 401(k) plan, one thing that is a no-brainer is if they have a matching program. Many companies will match your contribution for a 401(k), sometimes dollar for dollar. If they do match your contributions, that’s basically a guaranteed return. You really should take advantage of that. You can’t just take your tax return and put it in, but make your 401(k) contributions by reducing your paycheck, so if you make a deduction and that will eat into money that you need to live, set your tax return aside to cover those expenses.”

Next up, an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) will be your best bud when it comes time to live your best life.

“If you put $5,500 in an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) starting when you’re 25, and when you get the typical rate of return—about 7%—and continue putting money in for 30 years, you’re going to have over $1 million. If you start when you’re 35, you’re going to have to put more in or you’re going to end up with a lot less. Put a lump sum like a tax return in first just to get started, and then be disciplined and put a little bit in every month after that—then you’re in a great place.”


What are some ways you used your refund (or are planning to use your refund) to better yourself? Let us know in the comments below!

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: Get Bossy with Chelsea Williams of That's Chelsea

All Images via Chelsea of That's Chelsea

All Images via Chelsea of That's Chelsea

Oh April! What a pleasure it is to see you again! Lucky for you, a new month means a new lady we are crushing on that inspires us in the bossiest way possible.

When it comes to inspiration, we are always taking to social media and connecting with women that we would probably not have the pleasure to experience if not for the world wide web and this month is no different! With Veg Week upon us, it was only right to introduce you guys to one of our favorite plant-based foodies (and all around wellness blogger), Chelsea of That’s Chelsea.

Get cozy and stay for awhile as we bring you three reasons why you absolutely need a little bit of Chelsea in your world!


She Not Only Talks The Talk, She Also Walks The Walk

Because of the growing popularity in being a vegetarian or vegan there are so many that are, in all actuality, more in line with the term “veganish.” But not Chelsea! She’s committed. After battling Graves Disease, and more recently hypothyroidism, Chelsea has learned that committing to a plant-based diet not only leaves her feeling better but, also helps her to be her own advocate as it relates to managing her conditions. That is what drives her passion to share her journey and the tips she has acquired along the way with the masses. Not only does she talk food but, you can also get help in becoming more knowledgeable about natural hair, becoming more of a minimalist, and enhancing your own spiritual journey.

She Gives It To You Straight - No Chaser

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I personally came across Chelsea and her blog when she published a post titled, “ Why I Stopped Drinking.” Without giving too much of it away (you definitely need to take the time to read it for yourself) her reasons were not only based on facts but, most importantly, they were grounded in things that we can all probably relate to. While I have yet to take the plunge and swear off alcohol entirely, I can honestly say that it wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Definitely a post that I re-read after a weekend where I had a little bit too much freedom and am reflecting on how I got myself in you fill in the blank situation...again. It’s hard to find a balance between educating people but also remaining human and this Boss Chick definitely accomplishes that on a level that pretty darn dope!

She Isn’t Afraid To Cheer For Others

In a society that seems to be fueled on “self,” we absolutely love when we spot ladies that are not afraid to show love to one another. Whether it comes in the form of sharing a business owner’s products with your audience or giving someone kudos via insta stories, it is just a breath of fresh air when we see women supporting women. Chelsea does this in a way that comes across as organic and makes you want to pass the good feeling along to someone else! That we love!


Get connected with Chelsea via her platforms below and join in on taking the pledge to go veg by giving up meat from April 17-23, 2017!

*Website*Instagram*Twitter*

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: Are You Wearing The Right Sports Bra?

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What’s the most used piece of fitness gear you own? Your sports bra! Chances are that while you’ve changed your sneakers or your workout attire your sports bra is something that stays in the rotation frequently. Research (which you can find here) reveals that your breasts, no matter the size, can move as much as eight inches - up and down, side to side, and forward and backward - through the duration of your workout. That’s A LOT of stress on your tatas, ladies.

All that movement can make workouts uncomfortable and even for some, downright painful. That’s why the right support is crucial, not only for your daily fitness goals but, for your overall breast health. Luckily, a ton of fitness brands have been paying attention to the science behind our fun bags. With various advances in technology, fit, style and support, there’s a bra that can be ideal for every cup size and activity. In order to ban the bounce and enhance the comfort you feel during a great sweat session, we decided to break down a few of our favorite options by size AND by workout preference. Let’s get into it!

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A Cup

According to Women’s Health Magazine , straps that stretch or adjust will stay on your shoulders better when you bend, stretch, or lengthen. A clasp-free back will nix pinching and keep you comfortable.

This particular bra features Duo Dry+ technology which reduces moisture and dries fast. The seamless fabric ensures a smooth undershirt fit and the removeable cups coupled with adjustable straps helps you adjust accordingly. Plus, it’s a steal for as little as $5.94 to $16.00 USD.

Do you fall in the B, C, D+ category? Keep reading! There’s more for you too!

How satisfied are you with your current sports bra?  Do you have any brand recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!

XOXO,

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#FitChicks: 6 Ways To Celebrate National Nutrition Month All Year Long

We love the idea of National Nutrition Month because it gives a platform for people to step up their nutrition game and focus on making changes in the way that they view food. It also gives those with a platform the opportunity to voice the importance of creating a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their household. Providing their audiences with the motivation and tools needed so that they can realize just how easy it really is to Live YOUR Fit. Emphasis on the YOUR because their is no one size fits all approach when it comes to nutrition and fitness. The fact still remains that you have to make changes at your pace. Of course, we are here to give you tips that will make celebrating National Nutrition month turn into your best year yet as it relates to your nutritional goals. Our only requirement is that you are open to the possibility. You ready?


Cut Out As Many Processed Foods As Possible

This is going to hurt and we apologize in advance but it is time to take a serious look at your pantry and just clear out all of your artificial and just overall unhealthy foods out. Now, on the other hand, we aren’t over here advocating wasting food either so “clear out” could mean finish what you have and vow not to bring anymore of that overly processed stuff into your household. One rule to go by is 7 ingredients or less AND all of the ingredients should be something that you can pronounce and can be classified as real food. If you are all in you can focus on the fact that, “REAL FOOD doesn’t have an ingredient list because, real food is the ingredient.” Simmer on that for a second.


Change The Way You Look At BreakFast

What you do in the first couple hours of the day sets the tone for your day, so why not start it off with a bang?! Sometimes cereal is just convenient so we allow it to be the move for the morning but a proper breakfast should be rich in protein, healthy fats, veggies, and low in carbs. So, as much as we want to just grab that donut, the sugar rush that you get after consuming it will most likely result in a crash that will have you craving sugar all over again versus stocking up on protein that will help keep you fuller longer. Hear us when we say, BREAKFAST DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BORING!

Shop The Perimeter

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In most grocery stores you will find the whole foods located around the perimeter of the store. It’s when you go into the core that you find chips, dips, and all of the things that may tempt you. We are moving towards becoming a society that thrives on convenience and I totally understand why, but focus on the food that will spoil. Maybe that can motivate you to consume it because, who likes wasting money?!

We are slowly entering into the next quarter of 2017 and we have one question for you. Where are you on those healthy lifestyle goals you set for yourself in January?

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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