Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia!

No, not the silly childhood toy that was commonly advertised on TV, chia pets, but chia seeds!
Chia seeds are very versatile and provide a number of benefits if added to your daily diet!
Chia seeds come from a flowering plant that is native to Mexico and Guatemala. In ancient times, the Aztecs, Incans and Mayans used it for medicinal purposes, mostly as a major source of energy!
They provide two times more protein than most grains and five times more calcium than milk. The calcium and phosphorous in chia helps to maintain strong teeth and bones. It also has high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, soluble fiber, potassium and antioxidants. A one-ounce serving of chia has nearly 11 grams of fiber, which is about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults and important for digestive health.
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Black Soybean Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Last night for dinner, I had a bunch of veggies to use up so what better to make than a stir-fry?

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I decided to cut up zucchini, carrots and onions along with black soybean tofu. I am a huge fan of tofu because one of the healthiest foods!
Tofu, a staple in many Asian dishes, originated in China and is made from soya. It is made in a very similar way to traditional dairy cheese in that soya milk is curdled; the remaining liquid (which is whey) is pressed then cooled into tofu!
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You Spin Me Right Round

One of my favorite workouts was at Flywheel (Charlotte) and wow! It was so much fun…
For those of you that have never heard about Flywheel, and other similar spinning classes like SoulCycle, it is quite the experience. In a dark room, spinning bikes are arranged in stadium seating, all facing an instructor in the front with a spotlight and microphone.
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Guiltless Banana Ice Cream

I have the biggest sweet tooth sometimes, especially for anything chocolate. But I have found a yummy alternative to everyone’s favorite, ice cream! Frozen bananas provide an extremely easy, cheap and healthy alternative to any of your favorite flavors of ice cream.
 You can add any flavors or toppings to satisfy your sweet tooth!
 Guiltless Banana Ice Cream
Serves: 1

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Goal Setting

“The problem with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” –Bill Copeland
Goal setting is a very important aspect to not only developing a fitness or nutrition plan, but to improving your everyday life. Regardless of how big or small your goal may be, goal setting and sufficient scheduling and planning is very important. First and foremost, goals help to ensure that a fitness or nutrition plan is moving in the right direction. They give you focus by providing a mental target.
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My Story

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From a young age, my mom always made an effort to feed me and my sisters food that was as natural as possible, with as few artificially added colors and flavors, preservatives and ingredients. I always felt like I was missing out from the fun and colorful snacks that my friends were eating.
My parents also pushed me to participate in a number of different sports, ranging from basketball (which I was not very good at…) to soccer, and eventually tennis. As a result, today I am a division one athlete, playing tennis at the highest level while obtaining a great education. I am extremely health conscious and frequently look to my mom for advice and new recipes that I can count on being extremely healthy. As I get older and tennis becomes more demanding, I can better understand the importance of a balanced diet. I have also developed a love for yoga. I have found that yoga benefits my life in many ways and helps me to be more patient and relaxed in my everyday life.
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