Thirsty Thursday: Slimming Sips

 

 

Happy Thursday!

I’ll be posting another flat abs segment today, but I wanted to give you a couple of simple recipes that help keep bloat at bay and flatten the midsection.

Keep in mind that if you have ulcers or intestinal issues of any kind, you should ALWAYS consult your doc before embarking upon a change in diet. :)

Slimming Cranberry Sip:

I keep this on hand all day long.

In a large water jug (mine is 24 ounces) add pure water, splash of no sugar added cranberry juice and a splash of apple cider vinegar. The splashes are approximately 2 tablespoons. The drink should still taste like water with barely a hint of the other 2. Sip this throughout the day (you can refill and drink up to 4 jugs) to help increase kidney and liver function, which aids in fat utilization.

Morning Boost:

Every morning this is my routine: Place 6 oz hot water in cup with juice of 1/2 to 1 whole lemon and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar. This cleanses the liver and helps with toxin elimination.

The Natural Smoothie:

No fancy powders or concoctions here. Just all natural foods to nourish the body. In a blender add:

6 ounces unsweetened almond or coconut milk

6 ounces water

4 ounces low-fat, plain Greek yogurt

1 small handful of strawberries

1 large handful of spinach

1/2 frozen banana

Blend until smooth, adding ice for a thicker smoothie

 

Enjoy these slimming sips on a daily basis to help bring your body into balance and flatten out those abs. Be on the lookout for another installment in the Foods for Flat Abs segment on YouTube today!

Michelle

Athleta Houston Trip, Cute Workout Clothes, Athleta Training Review, AND the Latest on Bob Harper’s Website

Wow! A lot to pack in to the post today, but you’ll enjoy every second :)

Athleta Shopping Haul.

Aside from the fabulous modeling above (hahahahaha!), Athleta is a company worth looking into. So, when they asked me to look into things, I did just that. It was my extreme pleasure. First off, I visited the newest Athleta Store in Houston, located at 600 West Sam Houston Parkway North, and I was very pleased with the experience. The employees were helpful without being overbearing. There was a wait for the fitting rooms (which are spacious!), but it was a pleasant wait. They even had Luna bars placed in baskets and seats for your co-shoppers (for me, my husband and kids). I ended up with a nice haul from the store, complete with an everyday dress and what are now my absolute favorite pants ever.

Athleta Training Guides.

Aside from making very high quality athletic and lounge wear, Athleta is fully committed to female athletes. Just take a look at the swim wear line. The tops and bottoms stay put, no matter the sport :) . Athleta also has a comprehensive training guide available for athletes as well as those of us who just wish we were athletes! This guide is available for download on their Chi site HERE. This training guide is one of the best I have seen and is compact enough to put in your bag and read at work (you know you do!). This guide has training for 5K, 10K, Half Marathons, Sprint and Intermediate Distance Triathlons. As an added bonus, you get nutrition guidelines to prepare you for your race and to take you all the way through race day and recovery. Athleta doesn’t stop there. They also give you packing lists for both running and triathlons. It’s a small packet full of information to get you to your health and fitness goals. I encourage you to check it out and get started! Yeah, you can get it now. Like I said before, Athleta is committed to female athletes.

Athleta MVP’s

To wrap a beautiful bow on all that Athleta is offering, they have selected some of their most valuable performers for both form and function within your fitness wardrobe. These consist of six pieces of athletic wear that can withstand the most rigorous of activities and still look great while keeping you intact. These styles can be found in Athleta’s 2012 Summer Look Book on Athleta.com. I tried on the running shorts yesterday and decided on the spot that those are a must have for my next trip. They easily beat out Nike and Under Armour for fit, feel and function. Big words, I know, but they do deliver!

Mytrainerbob.com

We all know that Bob Harper has become one of the most loved “tough love” trainers out there. AND, if you read my DVD reviews, then you know his videos are among my most favorites (even for yoga, which is a hard category!). Now, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty with the newest section to his site HERE. Bobharper.com is the newest addition to Bob’s fight against fat and it offers challenging classes to help you reach your hotness goals. Not only do you get classes lead by Bob, but you also get personal training from Bob’s trainer as you follow Bob through a workout. These are not for the faint of heart. Beginners beware, some of these courses are a bit more advanced, but modifications are just about always offered. In conjunction with the classes, you also get food and nutrition advice from the Quaker Oatmeal Advocate himself. All of this is $9.95 per month and worth at least looking into.

 

The world of health and fitness is constantly changing. I try to keep you as up to date as I am and will continue to do so :) If you are not already signed up for the newsletter, head over to the side and get your name on my list! No selling, just information to get you to your healthiest self.

Until next time, keep living the Fit Life!

Michelle

POWER TO THE SHE

 

**Please note: though the word “swag” was used to describe the above items, all were purchased and not gifted.