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Single, Fit? Boca Raton is the place for you!

Those of us that live here, in Boca Raton, have known it forever! Between the beaches, the warm weather, and the money to spend – Boca Raton affords a lifestyle and location for the single and fit that can’t be beat. Now the rest of the world knows it as well! Check out this great article by my good friend, Steve Dorfman, reporter at The Palm Beach Post.

If you live in Boca, you’ll totally agree. And if you don’t, you’ll be looking for a way to move here ASAP.

Palm Beach Post: Single, Healthy, Looking for Love?

Good news for health-conscious singles who are ready to mingle — and live in southern Palm Beach County.

In a study released earlier this month of its multimillion-member database, the matchmaking website Chemistry.com (a subsidiary of Match.com) ranked Boca Raton No. 3 in the nation for cities whose single residents pursue a fit, healthful lifestyle, and highly value similar traits in a potential mate.

According to Chemistry.com Chief Scientific Advisor Dr. Helen Fisher, “The site tallied profile information on factors such as active hobbies, commitment to exercise, alcohol-intake patterns and smoking habits. Boca Raton ranked among the top across the board.”

Doesn’t surprise me a bit.

(Although Boca Raton ranking behind some place called “Shawnee Mission, Kansas” — a sleepy little suburb of Kansas City — was not something I would’ve expected.)

I don’t reside in Boca, but live close enough that I’m quite familiar with how high a priority its populace — both single and married — place on recreational sports, health and nutrition. To wit:

  • The scores of runners, cyclists and power walkers inhabiting the city’s ubiquitous residential fitness pathways every morning
  • The numerous, immaculately maintained — and perpetually crowded — golf courses and tennis centers (both private and public)
  • Gyms and health clubs of seemingly every size and ilk (including a half-dozen Cross-Fit “boxes”) permeating the primary thoroughfares, from State Road A1A west to U.S. 441.

Read the full article here.

 

Healthy, Delicious Smoothies!

I just purchased a Vitamix blender from Costco and I am super excited to get my juicing going! I started this morning with the following for brunch: Whey protein power, almond milk, half a banana, carrot and orange juice, flax seeds, Chia seeds and kale leaves! I was in luck because I spent the day yesterday shopping with a good friend at Whole Foods, Publix and Costco. Needless to say, my fridge is packed with good, healthy stuff!

In honor of my new Vitamix, I am including a post I recently read with some great recipes. (I will include more directly from the recipe book that accompanied my new high-tech blender!) Thanks Nicole McDermott from Greatist.com.

54 Healthy Smoothies for Any Occasion
By: Nicole McDermott 

It’s darn near impossible to screw up a smoothie (fine, avoid the anchovies). Throw any combination of milk, fruit, nuts, and other goodies into a blender and presto, you’ve got a handy-dandy drinkable snack. The beauty of these five-minute recipes is that there’s free reign with ingredient amounts. And if the fridge or pantry isn’t fully stocked with each, it’s easy to pull together a winning combination by popping just a few things in the blender. We’ve rounded up 54 of our favorite smoothie recipes to sip pre-and-post workout, plus dairy-free varieties, ones loaded with greens, and others perfect for breakfast and dessert.

But first, we have some pro tips to get your smoothie-making off to an award-winning start:

  • Make sure to pour in liquids first (it’s easier on the blender).
  • Start from the lowest speed and work up to higher speeds once the mixture smoothes out. Add ice last, and use as much or as little as you’d like. We suggest three cubes for each smoothie, but it’s perfectly okay to add more and make it a little slushier to achieve a creamier texture.
  • Some of our smoothies use cow’s milk, or dairy free subs like almond, soy, hemp, and rice. Pick your favorite, or make a mixture of your own!
  • If you’ve got leftover smoothie hanging in the blender, divvy it up into an ice cube tray for easy blending the next time.
  • Top smoothies with fresh fruit, seeds, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut for a texture change.
  • Freeze fruit for a thicker consistency. Chop it up for easier blending.
  • If you’d rather not sip it, try your smoothie from a bowl, with a spoon.

Now it’s time to get blending!

*All recipes serve one.

With Greens

Whoever said it’s not easy being green never met a green smoothie. The hue of these blends may be startling at first, but popping some spinach, kale, or chard makes these smoothies extra good for us.

1. Black and Blue
Though this smoothie has a misleading name (it’s because of the berries!), it’s got a hearty dose ofspinach which can actually help speed healing (because it’s a great source of vitamin K).

2-3 cups organic spinach
1 cup milk (or juice) of choice
1 banana
¼ cup blueberries, frozen
¼ cup blackberries, frozen
3 ice cubes

2. Thin Mint
Sure, this one sounds like it should be in the dessert section, but sneaky, sneaky it’s got spinach hiding inside. Just a cup of spinach contains over 300 percent of our daily-recommended amount of vitamin A. Plus, peppermint adds a refreshing zing.

1 cup spinach, frozen (or 2 cups fresh)
1 cup almond milk
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
¼ cup rolled oats
 teaspoon peppermint extract

3. PKB (Pumpkin, Kale, Banana)
Mmmmm, pumpkin. The delicious fall favorite has nearly no fat, but adds a creamy thick consistency anything it’s added to. It’s also loaded with antioxidants, like alpha- and beta-carotene, which convert into vitamin A in the body. This harvest drink also uses cinnamon, which can help fight inflammation.

3 leaves kale
½ cup vanilla soymilk
1 tablespoon flax seed
1 banana, frozen
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup pumpkin
3 ice cubes

4. Spinach Flax
So we know spinach is great for us, but this smoothie has the benefits of flax, too. The high fiber seed has a heavy concentration of omega-3s, which are good for the heart because they may help lower blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. Tip: Slice the banana before freezing for easier blending.

½ cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
2 cups spinach
1 banana, frozen
3 strawberries
1 teaspoon flaxseed

5. Dark Chocolate Blueberry
While the color of this tasty potion isn’t exactly desirable, the taste and health benefits certainly make up for it. The spinach provides a good dose of iron and fiber, and the blueberries and cocoapowder throw antioxidants into the mix.

2 cups spinach
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
½ cup unsweetened almond milk

6. Killer Kale
Kale can definitely be a bit bitter, so this mixture will taste best with a very ripe banana. The leafy green is a great low-cal source of fiber, calcium, and iron. Hemp is one of the highest plant-based sources of complete protein.

1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
1 ½ tablespoons almond butter
1 banana, frozen
2 cups kale
1 tablespoon hemp seeds

7. Carrot-Berry
Not only does this guy have some greens, it’s got all sorts of other colors too. (Warning: It may not look as pretty as it tastes.) For a thicker smoothie, let the chia seeds soak in the water for ten minutes before blending (they absorb up to ten times their weight in water!).

½ cup almond milk
½ cup water
1 carrot
2 cups spinach
½ cup frozen berries
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon hemp protein
½ teaspoon stevia

8. Minty Swiss
We’re not talking swiss miss for this smoothie — we mean swiss chard, a great source of calcium and potassium.

1 bunch swiss chard
½ cup raspberries, frozen
½ cup pineapple, frozen
½ cup peaches, frozen
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup orange juice
3 ice cubes

9. Coconut Kale
This list of ingredients produces the prettiest, brightest green smoothie ever. The coconut extract is a must, and the coconut milk makes it super creamy. Feel free to nix the honey if you’d like to take the sweetness down a notch, since a little goes a long way.

1 cup chopped kale
1 banana
1 ½ cups coconut milk
1 tablespoon flaxseed
1 tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon coconut extract
3 ice cubes

For all 54 great smoothie recipes — pre-workout , post-workout, dairy-free, breakfast and dessert options — go to Greatist.com.

AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge

As mentioned in the Diet and Health section, I decided two weeks ago to get my eating schedule under better control, clean up my food (less oils, fats, sugars) in and effort to improve my skin/reduce acne breakouts, and improve my energy levels with less coffee and more vitamins! I started the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge after it was recommended by numerous friends and business colleagues and promised I’d share updates on how the program was treating me. Well here is my first update – on day 11 of the program and right after the first 10-day cleanse:

  • The first ten days went by very quickly and I felt satisfied. I did not have any coffee (for those of you that know me – this is a huge win in itself!); stocked up my fridge with organic vegetables, fruits and meats (chicken, eggs and salmon): and felt pretty comfortable following it all. After a few days – you get used to the schedule of when to have foods, vitamins, supplements, etc. and it becomes the norm.
  • My exercise routine remained the same as it was prior to the start of the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge. (I will add that I ran a comfortable 65 quarter on the track half-way through the 10-days but I can’t really attribute that to the diet!)
  • I lost a total of 5 lbs; 5 inches on my belly; and a quarter inch on my hips. I was in pretty good shape before so didn’t have a lot to lose but I can 100% see my abs better – which is always a trouble spot for me. I need to get my body fat percentage measured again so that I can report that accurately.

And here is the proof! (Please ignore the awful tan lines from running!)

Let me know if you want to also try out the 24-Day Program as I’m a new distributor! Or visit my AdvoCare website here.