Easy Acai Bowls

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We’re not 100% sure how to pronounce acai, but we’re 100% sure we love the taste of it.  The benefits of acai berry are booming, and trust us when we say there’s a reason people call it a “super food”.   We love eating our acai in bowl form, cause it’s easy, delicious, and tastes like a tropical getaway in our mouths. Below is our favorite acai bowl recipe, but here’s the great thing about acai bowls, exact measurements are not required! Add a little more or less of any of the below and your bowl will still taste delicious.


Ingredients in blender:

-7 ounce Acai frozen packets (these can be ordered off the internet or found in the frozen section at most grocery stores)

-1 cup orange juice/apple juice/soy milk/coconut milk

– 2 banana (frozen or fresh)

-2 cup frozen strawberries (or any combination of frozen fruit)


Top with:

-Shredded coconut

-Granola (our favorite is all natural Nova granola, which can be purchased here)


-Drizzle of honey

-Sliced banana or strawberry or both


*Calories will vary on how you prepare your bowl, but there’s an average of about 100 calories in the above mentioned acai serving size


Running Recovery Smoothie

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After working out you gotta show your body some TLC, it worked hard for you so treat it right. This blueberry smoothie is perfect for post workout of any kind. And at an average of 280 calories it’s completely guilt free.


 Blueberry Smoothie

3 Ounces Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (we like vanilla flavor best)

1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries (frozen blueberries are best for texture, but if using fresh blueberries, throw in some ice cubes)

1 Tablespoon Almond Butter

1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple

1 Cup Kale

3/4 Cup Water

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Skinny Pumpkin Frappuccino

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The frappuccino has been uniting people since Zoolander, and the best time to sip on this cool beverage is when they add a little pumpkin to the frothy mix. Our love for this fall pastime is only hindered by the way it drains our bank accounts and increases our waistlines. One of these babies from Starbucks can add an extra 630 calories to your day, but the alternative we made below is a guilt free treat at 68 calories! So Pumpkin Spices, follow the recipe below to save your cash and alleviate the guilt about drinking your calories.



-12 oz (1 1/2 C.) COLD coffee

-10 oz (1 1/4 C.) unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any other milk, but it will change the calorie count)

-1/4 C. pumpkin puree

-3 Tablespoons pure maple sugar (may also use honey or agave)

-1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

-fat free whipped cream (optional)


Brew the coffee and refrigerate overnight. THE COFFEE MUST BE COLD!

Whisk together milk, pumpkin, maple sugar, and pumpkin pie spice together. Pour mixture into ice cubes and freeze.


Once the pumpkin ice cubes are frozen and the coffee is cooled, add both elements into a blender and blend on high until smooth and icy.



If the mixture isn’t blending well, add more milk or add extra spices if you want more of a kick and continue to blend. Pour into cup, top with whip cream if desired, and serve immediately.  Kiss your Starbucks goodbye, because this frappuccino is your new best friend.



Make It Healthy

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Making healthier food choices can sometimes sound overwhelming or boring (or both!), but a better diet is key to weight loss, to fueling your best workouts and to making permanent healthy lifestyle changes for you and your family.

So where do you start?  There are plenty of healthy recipes to try but we’ve listed our favorite basic updates you can make to your kitchen and existing cooking routines that will help get you on the right path.

For instance, switching from cows milk to almond milk in cooking and baking doesn’t require any change in measurements but saves you calories.

Coconut oil is a good source of saturated fat and stays solid at room temperature so it’s an easy replacement for butter.

If you bake a spaghetti squash for about an hour, the inside can be scraped out and used as noodles; an excellent way to add vegetables and lighten up pasta dishes that can feel heavy.

What healthy food choices have you started making?  Leave a comment below and we’ll feature our favorites!

Top 10 Double D’s

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Obviously when the phrase “Double D” comes up in conversation all you think about is “Dirty Dash”, but we put together a list of  a few other of our favorite Double D’s.

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1. Dustin Diamond 

Ah, our favorite of all Renaissance Men, Dustin Diamond. He stole our hearts in Saved By The Bell and then promptly lost them with his leap into adult filmdom, so he’s evened out and still one of our favorite Double D’s to gab about.

2. Deep Dish 

It’s hard to take a perfect food item and make it better, but adding a deep bottom crust for that spicy sauce, and melty cheese does just that. The deep dish is a pizza miracle given to us from the Italian Gods above.

3. Dunkin’ Donuts 

A lot of people want to call Dunkin’ Donut lovers “basic” or “boring”, but words can never hurt our love for this Double D mainstay. From the tops of their sprinkle tops to the bottom of their cushy crust these donuts are all we’ll be dunkin’.

4. Dungeons and Dragons 

Sure we hid our love for Dungeons and Dragons all through Jr. High, but it’s the biggest regret we have next to cheating on that Algebra test. A role playing game love this true and pure should never be hid from the world.

5. David Duchovny

When you first hear this Double D the thing that probably comes to mind is X-Files, for us it is “drop dead dreamboat”.  No man has kept us company through our dream land like David D has.

6. Daredevil 

Daredevil is seemingly a terrible movie starring Ben Affleck, but to us it’s Americas truest love story that of how the Affleck-Garners came to be. And if you have dreams of grandeur about Affleck’s Batman, they all start here.

7. Duran Duran 

How’d Duran Duran make it to our top 10 Double D list? 4 words: Hungry Like A Wolf.

8. Demolition derby 

Nothing says America like The Dirty Dash and nothing says ‘Merica like a Demolition Derby.

9. Dumb and Dumber 

This movie is the stuff our teenage dreams were made of, it’s a Double D that we won’t ever stop quoting. We’ll always have Aspen.

10. Dippin’ Dots 

Ladies and Gentlemen we introduce you to the future. This Double D has been on our lips and in our stomach since ’98, we don’t expect to stop talking about this novelty dessert anytime soon.

We’re gearing up for 2015 and we’re pulling out all the stops to stay on top of your favorite Double D list.

Blueberry Bangarang Muffins

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Sometimes mornings can be hard, which is why we love making these healthy muffins on the weekend and grab on each morning to get us through the work day!

Blueberry Bangarang Muffins -Makes 24 muffins


2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 cup oats–quick or regular oats

2/3 cup turbinado sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

12 ounces greek yogurt (plain or honey adds a little sweeter kick)

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup fresh blueberries

1/4 cup chia seeds


Pre-heat oven to 350°

Line your muffin tin with liners

Combine flour, sugar, oats, chia seeds, salt, baking powder, baking soda in a bowl

Combine yogurt, eggs, coconut oil and vanilla in a second bowl

Fold yogurt mixture into dry mixture; stir to combine completely

Gently fold in blueberries and spoon into muffin tin, filling each cup about halfway full

Bake until top is golden and springs back when you gently touch it, 20-25 minutes

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Healthy Snacks For Anytime

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Snacking is a great and efficient way to add some extra nutrients into your day and prevent you from overeating at meal time.  Healthy snacking will also help to keep your blood sugars steady. “The Journal of Nutrition” reported that approximately 97 percent of Americans snack, getting an average of 24 percent of their calories from snacks. With snacking providing this much of the day’s calories, choosing healthy options is crucial. We’ve made this chart so you can pick up easy, healthy snacks.

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3 Ways to be Awesome

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*Look for More Reasons to High Five

There’s little else in this life more satisfying than the crisp slap of two hands meeting. It’s a non-verbal agreement that something has in fact just been awesome. So quit withholding your fives and start giving them out for any small-life victory. Filled your froyo punch card? Yeah that deserves a five.  Avoided a grocery store run by finding that last stick of butter? High five, you deserve it. You always deserve it!

*Embrace the Body You Have, Not the Body You Want

Weather it’s the junk in your trunk or extra muffin on your top, quit fighting things and start loving them.  You’ll never be the center of a dance circle without the confidence of Beyonce, and we are 100% sure she embraces all her body.

*Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes

Making mistakes is a part of life, so quit letting the threat of them stop you from being as awesome as possible.  Without mistakes we wouldn’t have chocolate chip cookies, sticky notes, or Coca Cola!  Get out there and make some mistakes and live a lot of life. Now come show the world just how awesome you can be by getting DIRTY in public!

Burn 100 Calories Quick

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Bet you didn’t even realize you were burning that many calories while doing these every day activities.

Getting frisky: 60 minutes

Mowing the lawn: 20 minutes

Cleaning, moderate effort: 26 minutes

Cardio dance class: 15 minutes

Cooking: 34 minutes

Doing dishes: 40 minutes

Dancing around living room: 20 minutes

Mopping the floor: 20 minutes

Walking stairs: 11 minutes

Playing with children: 23 minutes

Grocery Shop: 37 minutes

Rearranging furniture: 14 minutes

Shopping: 38 minutes

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Easy, Daily Workout

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We felt like our workout had really plateaued and we wanted a way to push our body to that next level. We printed off this chart, stuck it on our fridge, and worked on it every day. It takes us less that 15 mins to complete, and we after pushing our furniture aside, it was easy to do in the front room.  Below we have every illustrated every move on the chart, so we don’t want to hear any excuses.

Jumping Jack 

Remember in Jr. High when your teacher made you do jumping jacks for 1 min? Well do that, but just do 100 of them.Jumping_jack-627x826


They’re like sit ups, but instead of lifting your entire back off the floor, you only life the upper part of your back off the floor. For best form, keep your chin facing upwards toward the ceiling



Squats are crazy effective, they work your entire body in one movement. Make sure you are keeping your weight off your toes and your feet should be hip-width apart with your toes pointing slightly outward. For great air squat tips, check out this video by 12 minute athlete.


Push Ups 

There’s a reason the push up is an old stand by in the fitness world, they work! And push ups do wonders for strength training. When doing push ups, there is no shame in starting on your knees and working up to a on your toes push up.

Do keep tension when practicing a push up, many people relax their body as they lower to the floor making it difficult to power back up and having their elbows flair out.  Make sure you squeeze the shoulder blades when doing push ups, once you have the tension kept this will become easier too. As you come up from the floor, keep your shoulder blades squeezed together and it will help those elbows stay next to you.

Knee push ups:


On the toes push up:


Bench Dips 

You start bench dipping by sitting up straight on the edge of a chair/bench, keep your legs slightly extended, and feet flat on the ground. Place your hands on both sides on the chair/bench, just outside your hips. Without moving your legs, bring your glutes forward off the bench. Steadily lower yourself, when your elbows reach a 90 degree angle push yourself back up to a starting position.


Head Lifts 

To do a head lift; lie on your back, knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Inhale then exhale to push your abs toward your spine. At that time, tuck your chin and raise your head off the floor and count to two. Then return to the starting position and start again.



It’s hard to believe the plank could provide such a good workout, until you try it. To plank: get in pushup position, then bend your elbows to 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms. Your elbows should be directly beneath your shoulders, and your body should form a straight line from your head to your feet. Hold this position for 30 seconds.


Wall Sit 

A wall sit is exactly like it sounds. You’re going to press your back against a wall and bend your legs into a 90 degree sitting position.  Now stay sitting for 30 full seconds.


Back Stretch 

The back stretch mid daily challenge is a welcomed break and will rejuvenate you to finish the workout set. To stretch out properly; lie flat on your stomach, bend your elbows, place your palms at your armpit. Gently push up your chest and upper body until your chest is a few feet off the floor and hold for 30 seconds.


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