It’s that time again: Workout Wednesday! This week’s video comes to you as a little reminder that bikini season is around the corner. Now, I’m not one of those people who’s like “omg bikini season let’s not eat anything and go to the gym twice a day and live off of energy drinks and celery” — why? Because that’s stupid. However, I am a realist and I know that there will be events in the future that call for a bathing suit, and I know that there are things you can do to look and feel great about those moments. For me, toning my tush is one of them.
I tend to carry more weight in my butt and thighs; there’s not much I can do about that. However, what I can do is make sure that those areas are tight and toned to prevent saddlebags, cellulite, etc. Enter this video. It’s a booty worker. Keaira LaShae knows her stuff. Every single move targets your butt, thighs, and glutes to build a better booty while toning and lifting in the process. Your legs will be shaking. Your butt might cramp. And you’re definitely going to be sore. But let’s be honest — whether you’re going to be walking around in a bathing suit or not (this goes for you too, gentlemen), one truth remains: everyone appreciates a good butt.
My younger sister just turned 21 – I am so excited! To celebrate this momentous occasion (and since I’m always on birthday cake duty) I decided to make her a cake. But being the indecisive little third child she is, she told me to “get creative and do whatever” each time I asked her what kind of cake she wanted…
So I did. And it was glorious.
She loves bananas and banana cake, so I decided to combine that with another favorite: Samoas. Yes, like the Girl Scout Cookie. The result is tender, moist banana cake layered with creamy banana coconut filling and flooded with ooey gooey caramel sauce and chocolate ganache. Needless to say, it was a hit.
This week’s Food Feature Friday was inspired by something I’ve been getting a lot of in my CSA lately: lettuce! I’m not the biggest salad person, but there’s something to be said for perfectly fresh in-season lettuce. It’s crispy, crunchy, has a ton of flavor and is super hydrating!
But did you know that lettuce is also really healthy? Now yes, I know, it’s not like you’d really ever think of lettuce as unhealthy but it’s actually quite the powerhouse, packed with beneficial vitamins and nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin A, and folate. In addition, it’s a good source of fiber, potassium, and manganese. Who knew, right?
Needless to say, with all this lettuce coming around I’ve needed to find something to do with it. A girl can only eat so many salads (and lettuce wraps…) Though they were a bit tough to find, below are a few recipes I’ll be trying soon:
Happy Wednesday! This week’s workout is actually a new one for me; I did it over the weekend and I loved it. It’s very effective and super easy to do at home. The BeFit Go: 20 Min Total Body Toning Workout video combines cardio, strength training, and body weight exercises for a quick yet complete full-body workout. Plus it’s only 20 minutes AND it managed to make my inner thighs sore, which is quite a feat!
The video calls for weights and a kettlebell, but if you don’t have a kettlebell you can just use one of the dumbbells instead. They give you a couple rests between sets, but I jogged in place during that time to keep my heart rate up instead. This is by no means necessary — do whatever works for you! There are quite a few deep squats (probably why my thighs were so sore), so be sure to use proper form to avoid injury: keep your back straight, butt tucked, abs tight, and make sure your knees don’t go over your toes. I find it’s helpful to do this in front of the mirror a few times to create some muscle memory before you start.
Confession: I love eggplant. Can’t get enough. It’s always been one of my mom’s favorite vegetables, and though I never ate it much as a kid, apparently that preference still got passed down to me somehow — but I’m not complaining!
I was craving some sort of Italian something, so I decided to take what was in my fridge and throw it together to make what ended up being a gorgeous layered eggplant “lasagna” — no gluten, no dairy, no nuts, seeds, or grains. Just vegetables and a little bit of homemade meat sauce, but you can omit the meat for a vegan/vegetarian option. Serious perfection.