Monday, February 27, 2012

Chocolate Covered Bananas - Recipe


I recently tried a new dessert recipe and it was so amazing I had to share it with everyone!

Like most of my recipes, this one is easy to make and so simple using only four ingredients.


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INGREDIENTS

4 oz Dark Chocolate, 70% Cocoa


2 Tbsp Nuts, Chopped
(I used pecans.)


1 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil, Coconut Oil or Coconut Butter


4 Bananas




RECIPE

- Peel and cut bananas in half.
- Insert wooden skewers or whatever you have on hand into one end of the bananas. Place on wax paper and freeze for a few hours.
- Melt chocolate and oil together in a pot over medium heat.
- Pour melted chocolate into a bowl and stir in nuts.
- Pour chocolate consistency into a glass and dip bananas.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!





Lots of love!

xx
Liz

Friday, February 24, 2012

Mother Daughter Tag!


I was thinking about which beauty video I could post this Friday and the idea occurred to me to film a video with my Mom again. My trip is slowly coming to an end (so sad!) so I really want to enjoy every moment that I have left with my Mom. I was searching on YouTube and found the ‘Mother Daughter Tag’ and thought it looked fun even though it doesn’t seem to be a very popular tag. Although this is not a specific beauty video, there are a few questions that revolve around beauty. I think you guys will really like this one! We did! (:



Isn't she beautiful? I'm truly blessed to have her as my Mother!
(Don't mind the guns, aha ha! We were at a restaurant and I really don't know why we picked this as the background!)


TAG QUESTIONS

1.) What was i like as a child?
2.) What do you think of me making youtube videos?
3.) What's something funny I did when I was younger?

4.) Have you learned anything about makeup/beauty from me?

5.) What's a weird habit of mine?
6.) If you had to rename me, what would you name me?

7.) When we go out to eat, what do I order?

8.) What is one thing you wish I would do?

9.) What's something I do that annoys you?

10.) What's something I obsess over?
11.) Where would you like to see me in 10 years?
12.) When were you most proud of me?
13.) What's the worst thing I've ever done?
14.) What's your favorite moment of us together?
15.) How was I in school?
16.) What would you change if you could raise ?



Click here to watch the tag video and see what answers my Mom gave!




As promised in my video, here are some pictures of me when I was a baby and growing up!


Shortly after being born, about to go home for the first time!


*This picture goes along with the answer my Mom gave to question #3.*


One Easter, hunting for eggs.


See, I've always loved heels! Aha ha! (;


Christmas morning with my new car!


My brother's first day of school!


Around the age of 10 at an honor chorus with my music teacher.


Dressed up for Halloween!



Lots of love!
xx
Liz

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Plank - My Favorite Abdominal Exercise


Hi everyone!

If you're ready to get some killer abs and obliques, I can't recommend the plank exercise enough! I've been doing this move consistently for the past few months and it has strengthened and toned my core so much! Of course, to get the optimal results you want, you need to make sure that you are also eating a healthy diet and doing cardio consistently.



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THE PLANK


- Get into push up position and then slowly lower your arms to be on your forearms.
- Lower your body to form a straight line and hold plank for as long as possible.
- If you are a beginner, 15-20 seconds is a great goal. Slowly work your way up to 30-95 seconds.





You can also do the side plank where you work your obliques.

- Lie on your side with your feet stacked.
- Slowly lift your body up, weight of your body stabilized by your forearm and form a straight line.
- Hold for 15-95 seconds depending on your level of fitness.



Hope you enjoyed this exercise!




Lots of love!
xx
Liz

Monday, February 20, 2012

My Yummy Breakfast - Recipe


Lately I've been loving oatmeal and egg whites for breakfast! It gives me great energy throughout the entire morning and completely satisfies me until my next snack or meal.

It's also super simple to make!

Here's how I made my oatmeal this morning...


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INGREDIENTS

 1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Oats


 
 1/4 Cup Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
Scant Handful Raw Pecans, Chopped
1/2 Ripe Banana, Sliced


Dash Ground Cinnamon
Tbsp Wheat Germ
Tbsp Flax Seed



RECIPE

- Place 1/2 cup oats in a bowl.
- Bring 1 cup water to a boil and pour over oats.
-Cover oats and water with a small plate and leave to 'cook' for 10 minutes.


 -After 10 minutes, stir in cinnamon, wheat germ, flax seed, banana, yogurt and pecans.
-Serve with three eggs whites, scrambled or boiled.


Enjoy!

Lots of love!
xx
Liz

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tone Your Core at Home!


Here are a few amazing moves that will definitely help you get the tight core you desire! For best results, make sure you are also eating a healthy diet and doing cardio consistently.

I'm currently staying at my Moms' house in the states and have zero exercise equipment in the house but I am still able to do these moves. No excuses! (:


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PLANK WITH CROSS BODY KNEE DRIVE

TARGET MUSCLES: Rectus Abdominis, Transverse Abdominis, Erector Spinae

Bring your body into push up or plank position with your hands under your shoulders.
[A]

[A]



Bring your knee across your body towards your opposite elbow and hold for three seconds. Repeat on opposite side to complete one rep. Aim for two to three sets of 10 reps.
[B]

[B]



SIT-UPS WITH ROTATION

TARGET MUSCLES: Rectus Abdominis, Obliques, Hip Flexors

Lie on your back with your hands behind your head or ears, knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
[A]

[A]



Sit up and flex your torso.
[B]

[B]



Twist one elbow towards your opposite knee and reverse move. Aim for three sets of 10 to 12 reps.
[C]

[C]



CRUNCH WITH LEG EXTENSION

TARGET MUSCLES: Rectus Abdominis, Transverse Abdominis, Hip Flexors

Lie on your back with your hands behind your head or ears and with your knees bent and calves parallel to the ground.
[A]

[A]



Slowly lift your back from the ground.
[B]

[B]



Extend your legs to 45 degrees then reverse. Aim for two to three sets of 10 to 12 reps.
[C]

[C]




Happy Training!



Lots of love!
xx
Liz

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Exercise Recovery Shake Recipe


Since I've been back in the states, I've been working out at my old gym that I would go to when I lived here. I literally was in there day in and out and knew everyone. It's been so great connecting with everyone again! 

Before moving to Spain, I had an awesome workout routine that involved cardio and a lot of weight training. I've been enjoying doing weight training again and making recovery shakes with an old time favorite protein powder by BSN called Dessert. These powders are the best tasting ones I've tried and they come in a lot of yummy flavors.


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INGREDIENTS

 1 1/2 Cups Frozen [fresh] Berries


Tbsp Ground Flax Seed
(No, I don't live in Greensboro!)
(; 


1 Scoop Protein Powder
(BSN Dessert - Chocolate Fudge Pudding) 


1/2 Cup Brewed Coffee
*Feel free to add skim, almond, oat, soy, coconut milk or water.* 



RECIPE

- Blend all ingredients together until you reach your desired consistency.




My Mom gave me this beautiful wine glass to drink my shake out of - aha ha!! There's always a first for everything!


What kind or exercise recovery shake do you enjoy?

Lots of love!
xx
Liz

Friday, February 10, 2012

Beauty Interview w/ my Mom!


I'm so happy to bring you this beauty interview featuring my gorgoues Mother, Delores! (:

As most of you know, I am now in the states visiting my family and friends. I'm having SUCH an amazing time! I feel like time is already going by too fast but I'm trying my best to stay in the moment and enjoy each and every moment!

I was thinking about what beauty post to do this Friday and I thought that it would be fun to feature my Mom and ask her what has made her feel and look beautiful throughout the years.


Just love her!
She has such a sweet and humble spirit.
<3



Click here to watch this video  live.



A few points that we hit on our interview were...


PUTTING EFFORT INTO YOUR APPEARANCE
- On most days, my Mom does her hair and makeup and puts together a cute outfit.
- This gives her a "boost" and makes her feel more confident when out and about.
- She also notes that she has days "off" when she's gardening and  gives her skin and hair a break.


EATING HEALTHY
- My Mom eats a lot of fresh produce daily. She loves all fruit and vegetables and eats what's in season.
- She tends to eat smaller, more frequent meals than three large meals a day.
- She also doesn't ever stuff herself and eats very slowly, enjoying each bite.
- My Mom also believes it's important to treat yourself every once in a while. She values balance in all areas of life.
- Her favorite treat... chocolate!!
(Thanks for reuining all the healthy eating advice I've been doing, Mom!!! Aha ha!!)


SKINCARE
- My Mom makes an effort to drink a good amount of water, especially in the warmer months when she is outdoors a lot.
- She has fair skin so, throughout her life, she has not been in the sun very much. She does enjoy getting small doses of sun daily for vitamin D but has never been someone to "lay out".
- She also values using a good skincare system that is moisturizing. She notes that it doesn't have to be anything expensive but something that you use consistently.
- Taking off her makeup nightly is something that has also made her skin look beautiful as the years have gone by.
(Although she just admitted to me that she fell asleep with hers on last night! Aha ha!!)



STAYING ACTIVE
- My Mom is not a person to go to the gym or to go for a run but she is always moving around! Thinking back, I rarely remember my Mom sitting on the couch unless we were watching a family movie or it was around bedtime and she was falling asleep on the couch!
- She loves to garden and can easily spend the entire day outside. This and walking are her favorite forms of exercise.
- Even if my Mom is inside of her house most of the day, she is always moving around doing things.


SLEEP
- Sleep is crucial for her. Her and I both HAVE to get our sleep or we are like different people... in a bad way! Aha ha!
- She has always made getting a good night's rest a priority.


FAMILY AND FRIENDS
- My Mom notes that it's important to feel like you are part of a community.
- She has many great family and friends that she often relies on and that often help her out and she loves to have fun with.



Thank you so much for reading!


Lots of love!
xx
Liz

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Get Sexy Shoulders in Two Moves!

Want sexy shoulders? I think we all do! Try these moves to get your shoulders shape up!


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*3 sets of 10-12 reps for each move*
Exercise 1: Dumbbell Pull and Press
 
Stand with your feet wider than shoulder width apart, holding a dumbbell in one hand with your arm extended toward the floor.


Bend your knees to squat, as your rise, pull the dumbbell up toward your shoulder then press the weight overhead.
Slowly reverse the move to return to the starting position.
When your set is through, switch arms.



Exercise 2: Lateral Raise to Front Pull
Stand with your feet hip width apart. Holding a dumbbell in one hand. Raise the dumbbell out to the side until your arm is in line with your shoulder.
  Move your arm to your mid line, until your arm is in front of you.


Next bend your arm to draw the weight back to your shoulder.
Extend your arm and return to the start.
Complete your set then repeat on the opposite side.



Happy Training!

Lots of love!
xx
Liz

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Homemade Energy Bars Recipe!


As a lot of you know, I've been training to run a half marathon this coming February and have had to run quite a few long runs. A lot of times when exercising for long periods of time, it's smart to have some sort of food with you to keep your glycogen storage full otherwise you could possible "hit the wall" which means you run completely out of energy, become disoriented and basically have to stop whatever you're doing - not fun!

This leads me to this recipe. I created these energy bars because I wanted to have something healthy with me during my 10 mile runs. These energy bars are so easy to make and taste AMAZING! When I was running my 10 mile run this past weekend, I was pumping myself up mentally by telling myself that in "15 more minutes I'll get to take another bite" - aha aha!! (:

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INGREDIENTS

 1/4 Cup Hazelnuts
(Use whatever nuts you like)


 8 Deglet Nour Dates
(If you're using Medjool dates, use 5-6)


 1 Tsp Natural Peanut Butter


 1 Tbsp Honey



RECIPE


Blend all ingredients together in food processor until well combined.

 


Divide mixture and press flat into plastic wrap. Freeze until ready to eat.



Lots of love!
xx
Liz