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GREEN CLEANSE DAY#9: APPLE MANGO

SASSY GALS!

It is a lovely Friday morning and the second to last day of our wonderful green smoothie cleanse! A Sex & The City marathon is on, I’ve just finished an AMAZING Pilates workout, and now I am currently slurping down on today’s  Apple Mango smoothie.

We are now wrapping up on our detox so I wanted to discuss body image and self esteem. These two factors are the driving force behind us going to the gym every single day or starting a new diet. Our motivation could be positive or negative and most of the time can be blurred by society’s standards on beauty and health.

Why do we allow ourselves to be body shamed endlessly by the media and society? Why is there a patriarchal influence on women’s bodies and why must we “appease” men? Striving for bigger breasts, a tiny waist, and bigger lips are not at all positive goals to have for your overall health. Worst of all, if you are not doing this for you then you cannot be truly investing yourself into your own well-being.

As you reach the ninth day of the cleanse, ask yourself what were your intentions when starting to eat a cleaner diet. Were you trying to establish a better lifestyle, or just looking for a short cut to losing ten pounds in a few days? I know it is absolutely difficult to maintain a positive body  image in this world that demands photoshopped perfection. Honestly though, who are these hidden panel of judges dictating what is considered perfect in the first place? Do not ever give them the power to say that you are not a beautiful human being, because YOU ARE!

Work towards a healthier you by doing it in a positive and progressive way. No one can ever make you feel inferior without your consent, so never give them the license to. Stay beautiful inside and out my gals, and enjoy your next smoothie!

For the APPLE MANGO smoothie you will need:

3 handfuls of spinach
2 cups of water
1 apple (cored and quartered)
1 1/2 cups of mangoes
2 cups of frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons of grounded flaxseed
( optional 1 scoop of protein powder)

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GREEN CLEANSE DAY#8: SPINACH KALE BERRY

Sassy Green-Gals!

It is day eight of the cleanse and the finish line to a healthier lifestyle is imminent. Take today to reflect on all the good that you have done for your body:
Do you feel more energized to take on the day? Do you feel more awake mentally, physically, and emotionally? Do you feel more in control of your body?
After these eight days I have gained a better understanding on how my body works specifically. I realized what makes my body crave, what makes me desire to binge, and how to control those urges, differs from others.
Food and eating is not only crucial to our survival but to our happiness. Long has the media painted to our female audience that eating is a pleasure we must evade at all costs. However, it is imperative, as women, that we realize that it is not the enemy. Therefore, eat! Mangia! Enjoy your meals, but never settle on something that will make you feel terrible after.
Remember, the determination you have accumulated to stick with your eating goals and to finish every exercise with total investment should prove to you that you can take on anything that you aspire to!

For the SPINACH KALE BERRY smoothie, you will need:

2 handfuls of kale
2 handfuls of spinach
2 cups of water
1 apple, cored, quartered
1 banana, peeled
1 1/2 cups of frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
(optional 1 scoop of protein powder)

For the whole cleanse I have been maintaining two smoothies a day followed by a healthy meal. Sometimes I would have a full breakfast such as eggs with fruits and veggies then one smoothie for lunch and dinner. Other days I would do opposite of that and have one smoothie each for breakfast and lunch and a meal for dinner. Neither change my energy during my workouts or how I feel throughout the day!
Do not forget to add unsalted almonds between meals! Keep the protein up my gals!

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GREEN CLEANSE DAY#7: PINEAPPLE BERRY

Good morning my Sassy Gals!

Happy day seven of the green smoothie cleanse! I just came back from a morning run, though I have been extremely congested by all this pollen that is inconveniently blocking my airways (got to love Spring time). Yet, I still ran with some great fervor and determination! While I was doing my regular self-brooding over the agonizing lactic acid build-up, I realized I had never discussed with you gals about why I chose to do this particular cleanse.

This detox focuses on the levels of toxicity in the body, as most do. Everyday we are subjected to an unhealthy environment that is detrimental to our bodies and overall wellbeing. We naturally have the ability to eliminate these toxins, but when there is an overwhelming amount they are then stored into our problem areas (butt, thighs, waist, etc.). The green smoothie provides an organic and nutrient-rich way to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle, whether you desire to lose weight or curb your taste for processed foods. The fiber and pulp from the veggies are beneficial for digestion, the skin becomes clearer because of the constant hydration ( I have not had a break out since starting), and fatigue subsides substantially.

Whatever your reasoning is to do this detox, keep in mind that this is a lifestyle you must maintain even after the cleanse is done. You have the will power to keep to your goals. Do not diminish all of your progress over a craving. It will be difficult, but you can accomplish anything with a positive mentality!

For PINEAPPLE BERRY you will need:

2 handfuls of spring mix greens
2 handfuls of spinach
1 banana (peeled)
1 1/2 cups of pineapple chunks
1 1/2 cups of frozen mango chunks
1 cup of frozen mixed berries
2 cups of water
2 tablespoons of grounded flaxseed
(optional 1 scoop of protein powder)

This smoothie is so yummy! Enjoy my gals!

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GREEN CLEANSE DAY#6: PINEAPPLE SPINACH

Sassy Gals!

Happy Monday and Memorial Day!

We are on day six of the ten day cleanse series! Today you will most likely be surrounded by people double fisting burgers and hot dogs, but do not fret! You are on the right track and in control of what you eat, healthy or deep-fried.

I am always prepared if I am hankering for some sweets at a family party. I’ve decided to make my own dessert dish that stays true to my health goals! My favorite summertime treat is the fruit parfait, but of course as with everything we overzealously love without moderation, it is bad for us. Not only is there a ton of sugar in most fruit parfait recipes, the angel food cake would wreak havoc for anyone with a  gluten sensitivity. Oh but it tastes so good! Well in addition to your daily green smoothie, I will provide a DELICIOUS parfait recipe that is low in cals, gluten free, and that will ooze summer right onto your tastebuds.

For the RED WHITE AND BLUE PARFAIT you will need:

4 oz of Mascarpone (softened to room temperature
4 oz of sugar free whipped topping of your choice
1 tbsp of white chocolate chips
2 dozen fresh strawberries (hulled and diced)
1 cup of fresh blueberries

  1. To make the cream, microwave 1 tablespoon of white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl for about 15 seconds. Stir until melted and add in 4 ounces of Mascarpone cheese. Stir until smooth and then fold in 4 ounces of sugar free whipped topping. Stir gently to combine.
  2. To assemble your parfaits divide the ingredients equally among 4 serving glasses by adding a tablespoon or two of diced strawberries first and top with a dollop of whipped topping mixture. Add a layer of blueberries and top with a dollop of whipped topping. Add another layer of strawberries and top that with a few blueberries. Garnish with a strawberry dipped in the whipped topping mixture. Continue with remaining ingredients and serving glasses. Serve and enjoy! If you make these up ahead of time, you can just cover them and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Layer fruit between mascarpone and white chocolate chips mix, and voila! You have a healthy but satisfying parfait dessert! It is just 180 cals and serves four. You can find more gluten and sugar free desserts like this one, on www.yummly.com.

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For the PINEAPPLE SPINACH smoothie you will need:

2 cups of fresh spinach
1 cup of pineapple chunks
2 cups of frozen peaches
2 bananas peeled
2 cups of water
2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
(optional 1 scoop of protein powder)

Blend and enjoy your holiday my Gals!

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GREEN CLEANSE DAY#5: PEACH BERRY SPINACH

Sassy Cleanse Gals!

Today is the fifth day of the detox! We are halfway there to the finish line, but don’t give up on it just yet! There is so much more progress that can be accomplished in just five days!

For me, this cleanse has been quite the struggle, especially with graduation parties, bridal showers, and other summertime events that usually consists of me drinking wine-coolers and eating cheesecake. Yes, It has been difficult, but perseverance has taken me a long way.

Planning and preparing has been crucial to help me stay true to my goals. For example, I would figure out what was being served at a party (praying that there would be a veggie platter), and prepare a low-cal dish with mixed nuts or a fat free yogurt. If the party was at night, I would usually work my cleanse schedule so I would have a smoothie for breakfast and lunch, then bring my own healthy dish. I have even brought the green smoothie to parties, which was definitely an interesting conversation starter! I worked diligently to make sure I wouldn’t cheat, and it was tedious, I am not going to lie. However, it is so worth it when you go home from a party and not feel guilty about eating.

For the PEACH BERRY SPINACH smoothie you will need:

3 handfuls of spinach
2 cups of water
1 cup of frozen peaches
1 handful of fresh/ frozen seedless grapes
1 1/2 cups of blueberries
2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
(1 scoop of protein powder is optional)

Place spinach and water into blender and blend until mixture is a green juice-like consistency. Stop blender and add remaining ingredients. Blend until creamy and delicious!

ENJOY GALS! 

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GREEN CLEANSE DAY#4: BERRY PEACHY

Sassy Green Gals!

It is Tuesday and day number four of the green cleanse!

Usually by the fourth day you establish a routine that fits working out and clean-eating harmoniously into your daily schedule. Your cravings are hopefully subsiding by now, but if not, keeping yourself busy throughout the day could help ease your need to indulge.
Remember, 30-60 minutes of hard, physical exercise is all you need daily to help reach your goal! Stay invested in what makes you sweat, whether it is running, pilates, lifting, or any other rigorous activity. I have adjusted my workout schedule so as soon as I am done  exercising I can have my next smoothie. Never ignore your stomach, especially after a workout. The body is begging to be replenished, so have your smoothie with plenty of protein, such as almonds.

Only six more days left! Keep your eyes on the prize to a healthier and better you!

For the BERRY PEACHY smoothie you will need:

2 handfuls of kale
1 handful of spinach
2 cups of water
2 apples, cored and quartered (I usually use granny smith apples)
1 1/2 cups of frozen peaches
1 1/2 cups of frozen mixed berries
2 tablespoons of grounded flaxseed
(optional 1 scoop of protein powder)

I hope you are loving the smoothies as much as I am! I have been drinking one for breakfast and one for lunch, then eating a healthy dinner such as a garden salad with chicken and low fat dressing. I usually fit a yogurt in between if I am feeling unsatisfied.

Use this cleanse to kickstart your summer and maintain a healthier lifestyle!

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2015 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS: BEST DRESSED

Sassy Fashionistas!

YES! YES! YES!

That is all I can verbally utter since last night’s Billboard Music Awards show. Not only did Taylor Swift finally debut her highly anticipated and star-studded Bad Blood music video (I will post and relish over later), but the fashion was so on point with this summer’s trends, all you will be saying is “très chic oui oui oui!”

The true star of the night was Balmain, who took over the music event and was the “it” haute couture fashion house. Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn, and Lily Aldridge were among the celebrities donning the latest Balmain garb . Designer, Olivier Rousteing of Balmain is collaborating with H&M (the collection will be launched in November). The red carpet was edgy but still glamorous with his metallic beaded pieces to bold colors to even some minimalistic ensembles. My favorite Balmain outfit, without bias (maybe a little), has to be T-Swift’s white jumpsuit. It encompasses the atmosphere of summer in the most fashionably simplistic way, and now I want to buy one!

Rousteing seems to be promising a very versatile, chic yet cheap collection for this fall. I can  not wait!

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GREEN CLEANSE DAY#3: APPLE BERRY

Sassy Detox Gals!

Happy Monday! It is once again time for another yummy, delicious, green smoothie!

First, how was your weekend on the cleanse? Did you stick with your healthy-eating goals? Did some chocolate-temptation strike? If you did stray on the path, do not worry! It happens to everyone, even the most dedicated health nuts! Learn from your mistakes and be more conscientious next time you are in a not so pro-healthy eating environment. I usually like to think to myself, “Am I being fair to my goals, and what I want?”, “Is it worth diminishing my progress?”. Remember you are in control, not your taste buds. Also, make sure your goals are realistic for yourself and not harmful to your body.

Friends are always a great support system; let them know what you are doing and tell them that it is important for you to maintain a cleaner eating lifestyle. Not only will they help guide you in the right direction (especially during parties where cheesy puffs are abundant) but maybe they will even want to join you for some further encouragement.

Overall, my Gals, eradicate the toxicity from your life, whether it is food, people, even your negative thoughts. Surrounding yourself with some positivity this summer can make you accessible to new and beneficial changes into your life!

For the APPLE BERRY smoothie you will need:

1 handful of spring mix greens
2 handfuls of spinach
2 cups of water
1 1/2 cups of frozen blueberries
1 banana, peeled
1 apple, cored and quartered
2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
(optional 1 scoop of protein powder)

Blend thoroughly until creamy, and enjoy the fruity, green smoothie!

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GREEN CLEANSE DAY #2: APPLE STRAWBERRY

Sassy Cleanse-Gals!

How is the cleanse going? Do you feel more energetic and alive? Or have you been salivating at every Burger King commercial on t.v. like me? Just kidding. 

I was actually so overwhelmed with motivation this morning, I went for a 6 AM jog. Seriously! Believe me gals, this is quite the feat; nothing could ever sever the serene bond of me and my bed. However, I feel as if this cleanse is putting me on the right track. Inevitably, doing one positive thing leads to another.

Now it is Friday, which has always been my ‘cheat day, and thus, I know my appetite will be put to the test. Chocolate and wine are the ultimate tempests, but for the sake of the cleanse, I will prevail!

My advice for everyone who is trying to beat their weekly cheat night is to keep busy. Go do something fun, like a hobby (other than binge-eating), reorganize your room, exercise, go dancing, or anything that will take you away from the couch. I know that when I am sitting at home alone, I am always baking or just looking for something sweet to over-indulge in.

If your friends want to go out for drinks, volunteer as the designated-driver. Since you will not be drinking, you wouldn’t have to worry about the empty calories. If you are not the DD and have a slight hankering for some spirits, opt out the desertinis for a dry red wine. It is full of antioxidants and is only about 75 calories per glass. A gin and tonic is also a popular low-cal drink, at about 95 calories. Obviously, you should only have one glass, so drink nice and slow!

For the second cleanse APPLE STRAWBERRY smoothie, you will need:

3 handfuls of spring mix greens
2 cups of water
1 banana (peeled)
2 apples, cored and quartered
1 1/2 cups of frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
(1 scoop of protein powder is optional)

Make sure you are adding at least 30 minutes of exercise to your daily routine! Do not forget to eat almonds and/or yogurt if you do not feel satisfied! Go out tonight and have some fun!

Blend and enjoy my Gals!

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GREEN CLEANSE DAY #1 : BERRY GREEN

Sassy Green-Gals!

As promised, here is the first smoothie recipe of the 10 day cleanse!

Before you take a trip to the store, take inventory! Make sure you have a blender, measuring cups, a portable container for the smoothie (if you are on-the-go!) and, of course, your fruits and veggies! The smoothie should fill up your blender at least 32 oz, and then you should divide it into two drinks for the day. Make a combination of breakfast, lunch, or dinner when you decide to drink the smoothies. Also, make sure you have one meal that is protein-rich and nutritious. NEVER IGNORE YOUR HUNGER! If you do not feel satisfied, un-salted almonds provide a lot of protein and are a great in-between snack. I even have yogurt with flaxseed to satisfy my hunger! Remember to always drink water, and enjoy your first smoothie!

The Berry Green Smoothie:

3 handfuls of spinach
2 cups of water
1 apple (cored and quartered)
1 cup of frozen mangos
1 cup of frozen strawberries
1 handful of frozen seedless grapes
2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
(1 scoop of protein powder is optional)

This smoothie is pretty fruity for being “green,” but it tastes like summer in a Mason Jar: absolutely delicious. I started yesterday with one shake in the morning, and one for lunch. Then for dinner I had a chicken almond salad. I had almonds in between, drank water constantly and had a 30 minute cardio session. I do feel amazing today and less fatigued! I think I will start smoothie #2 for lunch and dinner and see if it will make an difference in my energy. I’ll post my results tomorrow!

Happy cleansing Gals!