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How To: Weekly Protein Shake Prep

7 Oct

Hey there!

Every week on my meal prep days (usually between Saturday and Sunday), I also prepare my weekly protein shakes. Even if you aren’t into working out much, choosing a protein powder to indulge in during the middle of the day, could help boost your mental focus, while keeping you full, avoiding any mid-day binges. I like to pack these shakes with me, and have them towards late afternoon to keep me going strong.

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To get enough protein in your day, you want to first choose a good protein powder. My preference is Purely Inspired Organic Protein, which is perfect for anyone that leads a vegan lifestyle as well. I personally am not vegan, but since this protein is plant based, I’m able to receive all of the nutrients I wouldn’t have on a daily basis. If you’d like a full review on this protein powder, visit my past post on it.

You’ll also want to invest in at least 5-7 travel-friendly shaker bottles. I’ve invested in a few more blender bottles myself, and they make all the difference. You want to be able to place them inside your lunchbox, and not worry if they spill all over the place. A secure lid is always a must when you decide to shake up your mixture before you drink it as well. So make sure you have enough blender bottles for the week, and then you’ll be ready to create your blend!

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Next, you’ll want to choose some fruits or veggies to blend inside of a blender, and measure them to last throughout the week. In this picture, I chose to cut up a dragon fruit along with a banana in order to get some “meat” in my shakes. I portioned them into five groups, so I could place them in my 5 shakes for the week. The next step is optional, but I’ve been doing it since I realized it makes my shakes taste so yummy!

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I then like to put some fruits that I know produce an abundant of juice, inside my juicer. Sometimes I switch it up between mangos, tangerines, apples, and even adding some greens such as spinach into the mix. I also divide the juice up from a cup, into those 5 shaker bottles.

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The rest of the liquid is pure water, which dilutes any harsh sugary tastes. This not only provides you with extra nutrients, but you’ll also have a delicious tasting protein shake in the end. Not all protein powders taste great, and this is a good way of masking that taste.

After you’ve mixed your blended fruits, juice, and protein powder together, you’re all set to pack your shakes and get ready for your week ahead! I hope you’ve found this helpful, and are able to incorporate more healthy snacks like these into your routine. Your body will be happy!

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Skin & Hair Care on Everyone’s Budget

4 Apr

Hey guys,

I’m so excited to bring you a guest blog post by none other than the talented Peter Minkoff from HighStyleLife magazine. I hope you enjoy today’s read!


 

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Taking into consideration the fact that skin and hair care products can be pretty expensive, more and more people nowadays are opting for some brands that offer good quality, but at much lower prices. None of us would mind saving a few dollars, that’s for sure, which is exactly why I came up with a list of such products that are appropriate for everyone’s budget. Check it out and find something just for yourself.

  1. Organic Scrub

Since exfoliation should be an important part of everyone’s skincare routine, it is crucial to pick high-quality scrub that won’t hurt the surface of your skin. Organic one will certainly do wonders, because it will gently remove dead skin cells that make your skin look lifeless and dull. This step will uncover new cells that will provide and ultimate glowing look. Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company produces amazing organic scrubs with butters and nourishing oils, which will unclog your pores and enhance cell growth. Besides that, these are great even for people with sensitive skin because of their organic ingredients.

  1. Gentle Cleanser

Choosing a perfect cleanser for your skin type may be quite tricky because some ordinary products that you use for this purpose, such as soap, are simply inappropriate. They alter the Ph of your skin and make it dried out and flaky, which is exactly why a gentle cleanser is an absolute must-have. Lush Ultrabland cleanser may be the right one for you, even though it is very thick – it provides thorough yet gentle cleanse. Besides that, your skin will be extremely soft afterwards, thanks to honey, rosewater and almond oil.

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  1. Good Moisturiser

I cannot emphasise enough the importance of good moisturiser, especially now when winter is far behind us. Your skin needs to replenish all the moisture it lost during cold days, so it is crucial to choose the one with lightweight formula, in order for your skin not to feel sticky all day long. Dermatologica skincare products are absolutely fantastic, and I personally love their Intensive Moisture Balance. It provides ultra-nourishment for my dry skin, and the fact that is firms it just takes the whole routine to the next level.

  1. Sunscreen Is a Must

Needless to say, sunscreen is obligatory when it comes to skin care during summer. Sun rays can be very harmful if your skin is not protected, so make sure that you have a wide assortment of sun protection in your home. Products with SPF 30 or higher are essential, because these will keep your skin away from both UVA and UVB rays, while preventing premature aging, degradation of skin texture, and wrinkles. There are so many brands nowadays, and some of the most affordable ones are Banana Boat and Ocean Potion, which are great if you have limited budget.

  1. Dry Shampoo Saves the Day

Dry shampoo is today more than just a shampoo – it is a perfect tool for adding some volume and texture to your hair, as well as gorgeous matte finish we need when there is no time for washing hair regularly. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo is one of the greatest options, since it has very pleasant smell and leaves your hair smooth, plus the fact that it won’t cause itch on your scalp, which is very important.

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As you can see, you can get high-quality products and save some dollars. Does it get better than that? We don’t think so! Quality should always be your top priority when it comes to both skin care and hair care, and these products have it all. Don’t wait any longer and get them, your body will definitely be grateful.


About the Author

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Peter is a beauty and fashion editor for HighStyleLife magazine living in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a beauty and style assistant for few fashion events in Brisbane. Beside fashion and beauty, he loves reading, making DIY cosmetics and traveling around tropical destinations. He plans to create a fashion and beauty business for event advising.

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My Favorite Afternoon Pick-Me-Ups

26 Jun

Hey guys!

I love the weekends and my days off because I get to indulge in my little energy boost routine that I’m about to share with you today. Not off during the weekends? No worries! You can always implement this routine at the office, and you’ll be happy you did. I like to consume fresh organic green tea, a Greek yogurt, and a home made juice.

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First and foremost, I usually do this little pick-me-up routine after lunch in the late afternoon. I’m just naturally always hungry, and I get moody if I don’t consume something every two hours at the most. I put a pot of water on high in order for it to come to a boil, and add a pack of Bigelow’s Organic Green Tea. Make sure you turn it off once you see it boiling, and let it sit for a few minutes. I like my green tea concentrated, so I just rip the packets open and let it fall loosely in the pot while it steeps.

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For loose leaf teas, I suggest using a strainer. Teas are just so much more potent to me when they aren’t in an absorbable packet that you have to squeeze in water. I use my favorite Teavana strainer, excuse the stains on it as I bought it a few years back. Now if you’re at work, by all means use a packet. I always resort to one, because let’s face it, carrying a nice big cup strainer around will have you looking a bit like a crazy tea lady.

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I am always on the search for ways to get my vitamins in without so much hassle, and I do this by storing my juices for a whole week. My slogan should be “No fruits or veggies left behind” because I will literally use up a weeks worth of fruits and veggies in one day when prepping my juices. So if you think you’re buying too much kale or spinach, trust me, the more the merrier. The best part of prepping your weekly juices is that you can just grab and go when you’re going to be at work.

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I like to use my Nutribullet cups along with the resealable lids for storage. These can be a bit pricey, so feel free to use water bottles for a cheaper alternative. To get some ideas, !

I simply cannot get enough of Dannon’s Light & Fit Greek Yogurts. You can find these babies at your local supermarkets. Here’s a tip: Walmart has more flavor varieties than Publix does. Granted, Walmart doesn’t have all of the ones at Publix either. I suggest going to both to pick up a wider range of flavors to last you for the whole week or so.

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My favorite Light & Fit flavors are key lime, citrus, limited edition salted caramel, and the yummy caramel macchiato. People might argue that these aren’t all that healthy and all that jazz, but out of all of the Greek yogurts out there on the market, I find these the best out of all of them. With 12 grams of protein and a wide selection of flavors, Light & Fit has earned its spot in my life forever.

The next time you’re thinking about making yourself another cup of coffee in the middle of the afternoon and suffer the consequences of major tossing and turning at night, consider this energy boosting routine. I feel upbeat and in a better mood after I eat my pick me up afternoon foods, and hope you can enjoy some of these as well.

Have any energy boosting tips? Let me know!

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