Canyon Zip Lining!
There is seriously beauty surrounding you everywhere you go, you just have to search for it…step out of your comfort zone!

Canyon Zip Lining!

There is seriously beauty surrounding you everywhere you go, you just have to search for it…step out of your comfort zone!

Zip Line Preparations!

Zip Line Preparations!

Hard hat, gloves and a harness…all set for Canyon Zip Lining to end the weekend of Road Tripping! What an amazing experience! Beautiful day, beautiful life :)

Hard hat, gloves and a harness…all set for Canyon Zip Lining to end the weekend of Road Tripping! What an amazing experience! Beautiful day, beautiful life :)

I just started looking through this book, Skinny Bitch (excuse my lanuguage..but that’s the title! Haha) by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. Regardless of the title, the book actually has some great points! It’s basically a blunt wake up call to the horrors of the food industry and it encourages you to eat right! I’ll post more about it once I read through it! :)  Oh and I’m snacking on some strawberries too! …delish :)

I just started looking through this book, Skinny Bitch (excuse my lanuguage..but that’s the title! Haha) by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. Regardless of the title, the book actually has some great points! It’s basically a blunt wake up call to the horrors of the food industry and it encourages you to eat right!
I’ll post more about it once I read through it! :)

Oh and I’m snacking on some strawberries too! …delish :)

1 Week 1 Goal: Food Preparation
Most of us tend to live pretty busy lifestyles! So sometimes, eating right gets pushed behind things like school, work, and social life. However, it doesn’t have to! By just setting aside time the night before or at the beginning of the week, you can easily have delicious, healthy meals…ready to eat the next day!
With this challenge, you agree that for 1 week you will try your best to prepare your meals in advance! Some ideas of what to make and prepare include:
Vegan Waffles/Pancakes! Make these in advance and keep them in the fridge! That way, the next morning all you have to do is throw them on a plate and add a little maple syrup…and enjoy! (See my recipe here!)
Slice Up Veggies! I love doing this because it makes throwing together a salad, sandwich, stir fry, anything…so much faster! There’s no more preparing, washing, slicing, nothing at all! (See my post about this here!)
Slice Up Fruit! Who doesn’t enjoy a sweet fruit salad? With it all sliced and ready, there’s no excuse for grabbing candy because fruit is nature’s candy! :)
Make Trail Mix! Throw together some nuts, seeds, dried fruits, or raisins and you have an easy, healthy trail mix! No preservatives or added salt! 
Prepare Some Meals! Ever realize how leftovers are the best because you can easily eat them without any hassle? Well if you make your own meals in advance…it can be just as easy! So have a couple containers of pre made meals stored in your fridge…ready to eat!
Keep Snacks In Your Purse! I personally always do this because if I’m out all day it’s tempting to stop in the nearest store and grab a snack! But if you keep some snacks in your bag as a habit…this will never be a problem! (Click here to see my post about this!)
So try it out! For just 1 week, spend time to prepare your meals in advance! It will give you more time throughout the day and it will make it easier to eat healthy! I promise you that you’ll feel more relaxed because the stress of deciding what to eat will be gone!
Also, take the extra time you have to do something for yourself! Leftover time before school because you didn’t have to cook? Do some yoga! Spare time before bed? Stretch and foam roll those sore achy muscles! Any time that you have leftover can be spent doing things that will benefit not only your mind…but your body too!
So make the pact! For just 1 week! …and then make it a habit! :)
And don’t forget to tag your posts #1week1goal if you decide to participate! :)
Good luck!
♥ Riia
See last weeks challenge here!

1 Week 1 Goal: Food Preparation

Most of us tend to live pretty busy lifestyles! So sometimes, eating right gets pushed behind things like school, work, and social life. However, it doesn’t have to! By just setting aside time the night before or at the beginning of the week, you can easily have delicious, healthy meals…ready to eat the next day!

With this challenge, you agree that for 1 week you will try your best to prepare your meals in advance! Some ideas of what to make and prepare include:

  • Vegan Waffles/Pancakes! Make these in advance and keep them in the fridge! That way, the next morning all you have to do is throw them on a plate and add a little maple syrup…and enjoy! (See my recipe here!)
  • Slice Up Veggies! I love doing this because it makes throwing together a salad, sandwich, stir fry, anything…so much faster! There’s no more preparing, washing, slicing, nothing at all! (See my post about this here!)
  • Slice Up Fruit! Who doesn’t enjoy a sweet fruit salad? With it all sliced and ready, there’s no excuse for grabbing candy because fruit is nature’s candy! :)
  • Make Trail Mix! Throw together some nuts, seeds, dried fruits, or raisins and you have an easy, healthy trail mix! No preservatives or added salt! 
  • Prepare Some Meals! Ever realize how leftovers are the best because you can easily eat them without any hassle? Well if you make your own meals in advance…it can be just as easy! So have a couple containers of pre made meals stored in your fridge…ready to eat!
  • Keep Snacks In Your Purse! I personally always do this because if I’m out all day it’s tempting to stop in the nearest store and grab a snack! But if you keep some snacks in your bag as a habit…this will never be a problem! (Click here to see my post about this!)

So try it out! For just 1 week, spend time to prepare your meals in advance! It will give you more time throughout the day and it will make it easier to eat healthy! I promise you that you’ll feel more relaxed because the stress of deciding what to eat will be gone!

Also, take the extra time you have to do something for yourself! Leftover time before school because you didn’t have to cook? Do some yoga! Spare time before bed? Stretch and foam roll those sore achy muscles! Any time that you have leftover can be spent doing things that will benefit not only your mind…but your body too!

So make the pact! For just 1 week! …and then make it a habit! :)

And don’t forget to tag your posts #1week1goal if you decide to participate! :)

Good luck!

♥ Riia

See last weeks challenge here!

Sipping on this bad boy all day long! :)
Stay hydrated everyone!

Sipping on this bad boy all day long! :)
Stay hydrated everyone!

Off to go dorm shopping!

I’ll be going off to college in early June, so I have got to start buying dorm goodies!
So far all I bought is…
2 adorable pillows
Mini fridge
Cutting boards (for slicing up vegan yummies!)
Mattress Pad

So basically…nothing! I still need to get all new dorm decor, kitchen supplies, and clothes…duh haha :)

So I’m off! Shopping and running errands with my momma :)

Mmmm My Vegan Quinoa Protein Packed Salad :)
There’s basically a little bit of everything in there!

Mmmm My Vegan Quinoa Protein Packed Salad :)

There’s basically a little bit of everything in there!

Originally from The Greatist
"I can’t eat healthy…it’s too expensive!" Think again! Those excuses won’t pass after you see this amazing list from The Greatist! 44 Healthy Foods…that are cheap?! That’s right! The list contains everything from fruits and veggies to nuts, seeds and grains! Keep reading to see delicious foods you can eat on a budget!
1. Oats, $0.13 per serving, about $1 per pound (in bulk) Take a tip from Mr. Ed. Oats are high in fiber, low in fat, and may even help lower cholesterol. What’s not to love? Enjoy a bowl of oatmeal, substitute for flour in cookies, or even use as breadcrumbs.
2. Cantaloupe, $0.50 per ½ cup serving, about $3 per small melonC is for cantaloupe and vitamin C. Filled with antioxidants, cantaloupe is cheap and makes a perfect spring or summer treat! Feeling creative? Freeze chunks of this sweet fruit for an extra-special warm weather snack.
3. Almonds, $0.60 for a 1oz serving (20-25 nuts), about $5 per 8oz bagRich in monounsaturated fat and fiber, these super-nuts could reduce the risk of diabetes and decrease body weight. (Sorry, Almond Joys don’t count.) Munch on em during the day, or add to a bowl of cereal or oatmeal for extra healthy fats and protein.
4. Kale, $0.50 per cup (raw, chopped), about $2 per bunchPopeye was missing out. Kale is the antioxidant king among all fruits and veggies, and contains vitamins A, C, and K, fiber, calcium, iron, and potassium (phew!). Need another reason to eat them? Kale chips.
5. Garbanzo beans, $0.30 per ½ cup serving, about $1 per canThese little beans pack a serious amount of fiber. Add to a salad, roast them with curry powder, make your own hummus (recipe here) or Vegan “Tuna” Salad! (recipe here!)
6. Lentils, $0.12 per ½ cup serving, about $1 per pound (dry, in bulk)With more protein per pound than beef, lentils are a filling food rich with antioxidants (and quite tasty, too). Here are seven ways to make lentil soup, along with a killer recipe for vegetarian lentil tacos!
7. Black beans, $0.30 cents per ½ cup serving, about $1 per canThese unassuming beans pack a ton of fiber and have a solid amount of calcium, fiber, potassium, and folic acid. Pro-tip: Buy the dry beans for an even better nutritious and money deal — boiling beans at home may preserve more of their cancer-fighting antioxidants. Cook up some black bean soup, or make a healthy black-bean dip.
8. Beets, $0.35 each, about $1 per poundThese purple gems are filled with betalains, which may help prevent cancer and other degenerative diseases. They are also packed with folate, fiber, and vitamins galore, making them one of the best health bargains around. Chop em, roast em, or add to a berry smoothie!
9. Quinoa, $0.60 per ¼ cup serving, about $4 per boxIt may be hard to pronounce (that’s keen-wah), but it’s easy to prepare and packs a nutritious punch. Filled with protein and fiber, this superfood also contains nine essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce on their own.
10. Pumpkin Seeds, $0.50 per 1oz serving, about $5 per pound.Move over birds, these seeds are for us humans (and not just on Halloween)! Filled with essential vitamins and minerals, along with protein and iron, sprinkle these in a salad or roast with spices for a healthy, crunchy treat.
Read the rest at The Greatist!

Originally from The Greatist

"I can’t eat healthy…it’s too expensive!" Think again! Those excuses won’t pass after you see this amazing list from The Greatist! 44 Healthy Foods…that are cheap?! That’s right! The list contains everything from fruits and veggies to nuts, seeds and grains! Keep reading to see delicious foods you can eat on a budget!

1. Oats, $0.13 per serving, about $1 per pound (in bulk)
Take a tip from Mr. Ed. Oats are high in fiber, low in fat, and may even help lower cholesterol. What’s not to love? Enjoy a bowl of oatmeal, substitute for flour in cookies, or even use as breadcrumbs.

2. Cantaloupe, $0.50 per ½ cup serving, about $3 per small melon
C is for cantaloupe and vitamin C. Filled with antioxidants, cantaloupe is cheap and makes a perfect spring or summer treat! Feeling creative? Freeze chunks of this sweet fruit for an extra-special warm weather snack.

3. Almonds$0.60 for a 1oz serving (20-25 nuts), about $5 per 8oz bag
Rich in monounsaturated fat and fiber, these super-nuts could reduce the risk of diabetes and decrease body weight. (Sorry, Almond Joys don’t count.) Munch on em during the day, or add to a bowl of cereal or oatmeal for extra healthy fats and protein.

4. Kale$0.50 per cup (raw, chopped), about $2 per bunch
Popeye was missing out. Kale is the antioxidant king among all fruits and veggies, and contains vitamins A, C, and K, fiber, calcium, iron, and potassium (phew!). Need another reason to eat them? Kale chips.

5. Garbanzo beans$0.30 per ½ cup serving, about $1 per can
These little beans pack a serious amount of fiber. Add to a salad, roast them with curry powder, make your own hummus (recipe here) or Vegan “Tuna” Salad! (recipe here!)

6. Lentils$0.12 per ½ cup serving, about $1 per pound (dry, in bulk)
With more protein per pound than beef, lentils are a filling food rich with antioxidants (and quite tasty, too). Here are seven ways to make lentil soup, along with a killer recipe for vegetarian lentil tacos!

7. Black beans$0.30 cents per ½ cup serving, about $1 per can
These unassuming beans pack a ton of fiber and have a solid amount of calcium, fiber, potassium, and folic acid. Pro-tip: Buy the dry beans for an even better nutritious and money deal — boiling beans at home may preserve more of their cancer-fighting antioxidants. Cook up some black bean soup, or make a healthy black-bean dip.

8. Beets$0.35 each, about $1 per pound
These purple gems are filled with betalains, which may help prevent cancer and other degenerative diseases. They are also packed with folate, fiber, and vitamins galore, making them one of the best health bargains around. Chop em, roast em, or add to a berry smoothie!

9. Quinoa, $0.60 per ¼ cup serving, about $4 per box
It may be hard to pronounce (that’s keen-wah), but it’s easy to prepare and packs a nutritious punch. Filled with protein and fiber, this superfood also contains nine essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce on their own.

10. Pumpkin Seeds$0.50 per 1oz serving, about $5 per pound.
Move over birds, these seeds are for us humans (and not just on Halloween)! Filled with essential vitamins and minerals, along with protein and iron, sprinkle these in a salad or roast with spices for a healthy, crunchy treat.

Read the rest at The Greatist!

1 Week 1 Goal: No Processed Foods Challenge Participant

Read what Ariana from Run for Summer said about how she’s feeling with the challenge:
”Love being able to say I haven’t eaten anything processed for 3 days! Ate over 2,000 calories today, which I normally do, but I feel really full because it was all clean foods.”

Click here to see the challenge!

My afternoon was perfect!
I’m not sure if it was the…Vegan “Tuna” Salad Sandwhich or the fruit?
Or maybe the swim?
Noo maybe it was finishing the book Something Blue by Emily Griffin!
I bet it was the sunshine…

Wait…maybe it was everything put together!? Yup, that must be it :)

…no, I still think that Vegan “Tuna” Salad Sandwich might’ve been itClick here for the recipe! :)

My afternoon was perfect!
I’m not sure if it was the…Vegan “Tuna” Salad Sandwhich or the fruit?
Or maybe the swim?
Noo maybe it was finishing the book Something Blue by Emily Griffin!
I bet it was the sunshine…

Wait…maybe it was everything put together!? Yup, that must be it :)

no, I still think that Vegan “Tuna” Salad Sandwich might’ve been it
Click here for the recipe! :)

 
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