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Healthy Snacks to Stash at Your Desk (seriously obsessed)

It seems sacrilegious to be posting this considering pumpkin spice is not involved but I’ll get over it as I eat my Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treat.

Who’s into snacks? Anyone? Anyone? For those of you that know me you know that I eat like a bird. I graze here and there and rarely am a clean plater – so sue me? I love snacks. Healthy snacks. Snacks that I don’t have to feel guilty about afterward. I bring a plethora of snacks with me to work because the last thing I want to do is devour a can of Pringles out of utter starvation. If you’re looking for a healthy snack alternative (other than raw veggies and an apple), here are some great options that you will become addicted to.

THE JOY NUT CO. CINNAMON ALMONDS
My go-to snack is nuts nuts and more nuts! Did I mention I love nuts? Except walnuts (I’m allergic). I make my own trail mix consisting of raw almonds, raw sunflower seeds, pecans, unsweetened dried cranberries and dried coconut. Sometimes that gets booooorrrrring so I gotta step up my nut game. What better way to do that than to pick up a package melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon almonds from The Joy Nut Co.?!


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Seriously you guys. When I say melt-in-your-mouth, I actually mean it. These almonds are everything. I was at the South Pearl Street Farmer’s Market in Denver and noticed these guys right away because I am a true regular and had never seem them before. TJN Co. is based in Arvada, CO (love to support my local bizzies, and as you can see, so does Sawyer the Labrador).

If you love cinnamon almonds, these are the best you’ll ever taste. That’s why they’re our top seller.

(Totes true. These are the best, and I’m a tough crowd.)

For those of you who aren’t Denver locals, you can buy these babies online. They offer a flat shipping rate of $5.95 for up to 6 bags… score! They have five other flavors including cocoa mint (really good to have after eating a smelly meal), cocoa roast, honey roast, roasted/salted, and raw. Get ’em while they’re hot!

KETTLEHEAD POPCORN KETTLE CORN
Another one of my semi-recent obsessions is Kettlehead Popcorn. When I say obsessed, this may be an understatement. People probably think I’m a little (or a lot) weird with how often I talk about this particular popcorn. My friends are talking about getting engaged, married, and having babies… and here I am talking about kettle corn.


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Kettlehead has become my #1 most frequent farmer’s market purchase. Not only do I buy it for myself, but I’ve been buying it for friends and family alike because I genuinely want them to experience the magic that goes on in your mouth when you consume this delectable treat. F that movie theater popcorn, this is totally worth sneaking in. It’s organic, made with local Colorado ingredients, and gluten free. If you get some at any of their farmer’s markets, you’ll get a bag that’s cooked hot and fresh. My personal favorite is the KETTLE CORN. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and salty and they use mushroom kernals which is what creates such large, round popcorn pieces. Their other popcorn flavors include Buffalo Blue Cheese, Jalapeno Cheddar, Spicy Southwest, Toasted Cinnamon, Wasabi Pop, Honey BBQ, Denver Cheddar, and Colorado Pop. The owner’s name is Dylan, he’s such a delight. I think it’s safe to say that Dylan has improved the quality of life of so many people because of his popcorn.


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^ My face when someone asks me for some of my kettlecorn.

Kettlehead ships nationwide! Buy a bag (or 6) here. Follow these guys on Insta for mouth-watering snaps!

Whether you’re at work, school, camping, hiking, or brewery-ing with friends, these snacks are a must. And if you’re down and out, these are much cheaper than therapy. And much healthier than Ben & Jerry’s.

Happy Hump Day babies!

X Lindsey

STOP Doing Crunches and Start Doing This



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First and foremost, abs / flat tummies are made in the kitchen. Not in the gym. To get a flat/toned tummy, you HAVE to eat clean. If you consistently eat well and perform effective core exercises, I promise you’ll be in good hands.

I can’t tell you how many times I see people at the gym doing crunches. When I say crunches, I’m talking the typical laying-on-your-back-hands-behind-the-head kind. Seeing this drives me up a wall. It’s almost as annoying as guys that wear their sunglasses (Oakley-style) behind their head – like come on, it’s not doing anything for you >>> Just like crunches/sit ups!

To all you crunchaholics, crunches are useless. I’m sorry, but it’s true. I’m telling you this for your own good. If you’re dedicating time and energy into fitness, you deserve to actually see results. Take it from me, I used to be a cruncher back in the day, but luckily I’ve moved onto greener pastures thanks to my man Trey (certified strength and conditioning specialist/future physical therapist/and total stud) and my own personal experience, observation, and research.


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^Yes, that’s me in my bathroom – don’t judge. Kidding, totally OK if you do!

Point blank: Crunches do more harm than good.
+ You know how they say to bend at the knees, not at the back when you’re lifting something heavy? When you’re doing a crunch, you’re repeatedly bending at the back (Doiiiii, ouch!)
+ They’re bad for your spine, wears out your discs
+ They promote poor posture (especially bad for those that work at a computer all day!)
+ They focus on only surface muscles, not the deep ones
+ They do not involve the whole body
+ They do not train your body to move better. Daily life activities require your muscles to work together, not in isolation

There are SO many better approaches for core training, people.

+ SWISS BALL EXERCISES
1. Stir the Pot / Roll Out <<< my go-to! 2. Walk Out
3. Jack Knife
4. Pike / Roll-Out <<< TOUGH! 5. Plank
+ RENEGADE ROWS
+ PLANK VARIATIONS
1. Front Plank
2. Side Plank
3. Elevated Arm Plank
4. Elevated Leg Plank
+ TRX EXERCISES
(I bought my own TRX Suspension Trainer about a year ago and am obsessed. Expensive but pays for itself in a rock hard stomach! Worth it. Plus free shipping!)
+ WINDSHIELD WIPERS
+ RUSSIAN TWISTS
1. Challenge yourself by standing on a Bosu Ball
+ WOODCHOPPERS
+ DRAGON FLAGS
+ BIRD DOG VARIATIONS
1. Extended Bird Dogs are my fav
+ KETTLEBELL EXERCISES
1. Windmills
2. Swings

Always remember to stabilize with your core by drawing your belly button to your spine. When practicing this, you’re activating your transverse abdominus, the “tire” wrapped around your core.


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Skinny Dip Society Challenge

A very good friend of mine named Selena recently told me she’s on a cleanse. Anytime someone tells me they’re on a cleanse I immediately harp on them for details because in my humble opinion, most cleanses are BS. Not necessarily because they’re bad for you (but YES, some of them are) but because they’re almost impossible to stick with, it’s like you’re being set up to fail. I’m more into the philosophy of ALWAYS eating a clean and healthy diet and when you crave something bad for you, eat it – IN MODERATION.

But after hearing Selena out I was intrigued. Selena wasn’t starving herself. She wasn’t on a juice diet, and she was eating full, square meals, plus snacks! <<< who doesn't like a good snack? Selena introduced me to Skinny Dip Society. SDS is run by Katie Den Ouden, a health coach (she prefers to call herself health HOST) who she’s doing the cleanse through. SDS has a 21-Day Challenge that I signed up for (best part, it’s free!). This challenge is about feeding both your stomach AND your soul. She gives you a daily challenge that uncovers what your body and your soul is missing. Her mission is to help women find happiness and joy within themselves and once you’re “there,” the weight will naturally come off. This of course is only possible with eating the right foods and nourishing your body with the nutrients it needs, which she teaches too.

Overall it’s a mind and body challenge that intrigues me because I will be the first to admit that I do analyze what I eat and I go in spurts of counting calories. I dig what she’s burying here – filling your stomach and your soul with yummy goodness! Check it out here for yourself and see what she’s all about. I did and I certainly have no regrets.

Today marks Day 5 in the challenge, and the first day I posted it to social media – ‘grammed it up! Today’s challenge was “Eat Something Green” – which is never a challenge for me, but enjoyable nonetheless! Pictured is my breakfast this morning. Scrambled eggs with spinach, jalapeno, zucchini, bell pepper, onion and garlic, with celery sticks and half a PINK grapefruit! YUMMY!


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