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26 February 2018

How I'm taking control of my health

A friend and health expert recently told me to expect several metabolism shifts over the next few years. He said the first probably happened around 30. The second will happen around 35, and the third around 40. Obviously, there will be/has been several other shifts, but he said these would be the recent history doozies. Even though I'm only 33, I can already see that second shift coming into play.

As you know, over the past few months, I've been toying with healthier choices. I've found some great go-to recipes, I make it a point to eat breakfast and limit alcohol, and I've started a stricter workout routine, too. The reality is that in the past, these changes would have provided me almost immediate noticeable results. Now? Not so much. 

In an effort to learn more about my body and how to effectively meet its needs, I recently submitted a Custom Weight Analysis with Home DNA. For transparency sake, I was sent the kit for free, but I jumped at the opportunity to give it a try. The analysis breaks down your DNA to determine scientifically-based information about foods to eat, effective exercises, and supplements to consider. I can only imagine that I'll have fewer frustrations if I know those things before implementing even more lifestyle changes. 

While I haven't received my results yet, I did receive a sample of what to expect, and my mind was blown. There was so much detail included, and I cannot wait to learn more about my own body and what might work for me. 

Submitting the kit is super simple especially with the step-by-step instructions. Once you register your kit, you simply swab 4 provided cotton swabs on the inside of your cheek, fill out your information, and pop it in the mail. It's as easy as that!

If you're curious about your own Custom Weight Analysis, use the code HW50 to get $50 off of your order. This code will also get you free shipping until 4/30/18! I'll be sure to share more about my own results once I get them back, so stay tuned. 


26 January 2018

Healthy Apple "Doughnuts" for Valentine's Day Snacking

As I've mentioned, my house has been on somewhat of a health kick. Or at least our version of a health kick. We haven't been indulging in things like donuts, cupcakes, and cookies in an effort to embrace a healthier January. The plan is to carry it right on into February, too!

However, as we all know, the hard part of February is all of the fun things that happen during that month. We basically kick it off with "the big game" which is followed by Mardi Gras which is promptly followed by Valentine's Day. In an effort not to totally go off the bandwagon, I've been thinking creatively about chocolate-ridden holidays like Valentine's Day, and today, I've got a fun alternative perfect for little kids and kids at heart: healthy apple doughnuts. 

Apples are a staple around here. I keep them for on the go snacking, easy baking, and fun recipes like this one. I love this concept because it's perfect for even the smallest kiddos to get involved. I can see my friends with kids taking these for classroom snacks - you can even skip the added sugar by just cutting the apples into fun shapes.

I used Autumn Glory apples for this recipe because frankly, they're my favorite. These apples have the absolute best flavors with hints of cinnamon and caramel which perfectly compliment the chocolate and white chocolate. They're crisp, sweet, and never mealy. They're especially handy for healthy apple donuts because they're firm enough to hold the shape and the weight of the chocolate and candies. I just love them! 

Want to make healthy apple doughnnuts of your own just in time for Valentine's Day? Here's how you do it:

Healthy Apple "Doughnuts"

You will need:
- 1 Autumn Glory apple
- melting chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet and white) 

To prepare:

Begin by slicing your apple into 1/4 thick slices. I got about 6 slices out of my apple, but only used the largest 4. 

Next, take an appropriately sized cookie cutter and press it into one of your slices. Find the smallest heart-shaped cookie cutter in the set, and use it to cut the core. 

Pat dry. 

Melt your chocolate in the microwave being careful not to burn it. I like to melt mine in 30 second intervals, stirring vigorously each time. 

Drizzle your chocolate over your heart shapes and sprinkle with festive candles and sprinkles.

Place in the freezer for 5 minutes. 

Allow to sit at room temperature for a minute or two.


This post was sponsored by Autumn Glory Apples. All opinions are my own!

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