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Pepper-minty: Haute + Spicy Ways to Catch Up On Your Body Goals


“Summer bodies are made in the winter”... It’s a saying that I learned quickly when I first began training to compete in NPC Bikini competitions. Although that chapter of my life is closed, I still carry the essence of the saying with me. I am cognizant of the lesson it teaches about delaying instant gratification and creating habits now that will pay off in the future. Fitness isn’t instant. It’s discipline and harmony. Butttttttt if you’re late to the body goals party and need a plan B you may be wondering or even hearing on social media about all the spicy ways you can catch up. Let’s address them.  1. Speed Dieting (hmm...)   A post shared by Lift Heavy | Live Healthy (@30daysofdope) on Jun 18, 2018 at 8:31pm PDT Diets are marketing tools for quick weight loss. Simple as that. They’re intended to get you seeing results quicker so that you feel better about yourself and (hopefully) stay committed. Spoiler alert: we all fall off of a diet plan sooner or later.... MORE

Something Light


 Shantelle Gary, herbalist, chef and food blogger at LetsBeVegan.com, is back with another quick and tasty recipe!  This week... Asian Eggplant Stir Fry!        The Ingredients 1 zucchini sliced 1/2 an eggplant peeled and sliced into small strips 1 tsp of minced garlic1/2 green pepper sliced1/2 red pepper sliced2 tbs of extra virgin olive oil1-1/2 tsp of fresh cilantro sliced 1/2 tsp of roasted sesame seed oil 2 tsps of fresh ginger slicedSea salt & pepper to taste    Preparation Start by placing a medium sized pan over medium heat and add in the extra virgin olive oil. Carefully add in the eggplant and cook for 7-8 minutes or until it starts to become tender and soft. Next, add in the remaining vegetables, garlic and ginger. Cook for an additional 7-8 minutes while stirring occasionally. Now add in the sesame oil and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste and cilantro. And there you have it!  Be sure to give this recipe a try and tell us what you think in the comments... MORE

Spice Up Your Wednesday


    Kale Butternut Squash Quesadillas By Shantelle Gary   I swear I never knew a love like this before……. Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale & Onions grilled in a spelt flour tortilla! I have no shame at all when I tell you that I ate all except one of them which is a testament to just how much I love my sister Tia who came over for lunch today. Lol. So, if you are looking for a new delicious healthy quesadilla recipe, look no further……. it has arrived.   Cook time: about 25-30 minutes Makes about 4 quesadillas     The Ingredients ½ a large butternut squash diced into ¼ inch pieces 1 cup of red onion sliced 1 bunch of kale cleaned and chopped 1 tbs of garlic powder Extra virgin olive oil for cooking Sriracha sauce Flour tortillas (I used spelt flour tortillas) Sea salt to taste 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (optional) - If you’re new to veganism let me just give you the scoop on nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is a non-active yeast that is typi... MORE

Hiking with @NikkiGrowFit


Be Light. Take a hike. See the beauty of how nature works, then close your eyes. See that same light in yourself.     Just for a moment...allow me to take you on a journey. It's a peak into my world, my mind, my heart and my spirit.     See here...where the hiking path begins. I get to play with the elements of nature- earth, air, water, wind and of course I bring the FIYAH!  Sometimes I'll catch myself wondering, "How did I get here?” Then I remember,  the beginning of all things I pursue in life usually dictates the end. Today, where the hiking path starts to unravel, I set a very clear intention.  The mantra is...Trust. Before fear can seep into my mind,  I already hear my feet crunching the gravel, quads striking up a burn as I climb the hill and the deep rise and fall of my chest with every breath. The adventure is on!    If you ever doubt whether you should go on, know that your feet will not fail you. Move forward even when what lies ahead is not clear. Begin to pursue ... MORE