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When You Need That Workout Energy Boost – Yay’s & Nay’s

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Do you need a boost of energy when it comes to working out? I personally try not to take any supplements for energy because I don’t want my body relying on supplements. For the most part I have wonderful workout sessions on my own, but every once in a while I do take pre-workout drinks for energy (2-3 times a month). Occasionally during evening sessions is when I may turn to pre-workouts. I usually carry one main jar in my gym-bag, but lately I tried a few different brands to see if there is something better. I am sharing my thoughts about the popular brands that I tried below:

‘C4 PRE-WORKOUT’ by Cellucor  (Icy Blue Razz flavor – $30/can)

Energy level – Moderate to Strong boost

‘C4 Pre-Workout’ is my regular preference in energy boosters and comes in a powder form. One jar will usually last you 1-2 months depending on how much you consume. I usually mix one scoop with 8 ounces of water right when I get to the gym (before changing). By the time I am ready to start working out it kicks in. I love this pre-workout because it literally makes you want to do every single hard exercise that you normally don’t look forward too. The boost lasts about an hour or so and hasn’t given me any weird after effects yet.

‘C4 PRE-WORKOUT’ by Cellucor ( Icy Blue Razz flavor)
‘C4 PRE-WORKOUT’ by Cellucor ( Icy Blue Razz flavor)

‘BOLT Organic Energy Chews’ – PROBAR   (Berry Blast flavor -$3/pack)

Energy level – Light boost

These chewables are actually kind of delightful and fun. Although that’s not what their intended for. HAHA! Tried these guys twice already and I ate them as soon as I got to the gym, right before I changed into my workout clothes.  They tend to give you a little bit of a boost. They are not going to make you jump across the bars but  definitely a little better than not taking anything.  What I love about them is that unlike a big bottle/can of liquid pre-workout drink, you will have a flatter tummy after consuming these.

PROBAR - BOLT Organic Energy Chews (Berry Blast Flavor)
PROBAR – BOLT Organic Energy Chews (Berry Blast

‘CELSIUS’ – (Green Tea -Raspberry Acai flavor -$4/can)

Energy level – Light boost

I’ve had this drink many times before and it’s one that gives a nice, light boost in energy. CELSIUS claims to be clinically proven to accelerate metabolism and burn calories/body fat, while providing a healthy boost of energy. While I can’t validate any of the body fat/calorie burning part of this drink, I can validate that it tastes great, and gives you a nice boost in energy.  It doesn’t have that weird energy drink feeling at all. It kicks in withing about 20 minutes and the “Green Teat” flavor tastes very fresh.


‘SPEED-SHOT’ by A.B.B (Watermelon flavor – $6/bottle)

Energy level – Very Strong boost

Thinking this is smaller in size (thinking it would keep my tummy flatter) than other canned energy drinks, I drank a bottle of this right before my workout right around 7pm.  The ‘watermelon’ flavor tasted amazing because it was light in flavor, sour, and cold. Within a very short amount of minutes this totally kicked in, and I don’t mean that in a great energetic way. It totally got my hands super itchy and overall made me very jittery.  It actually got worst later that night when I was unable to sleep all night.  I can’t believe it kept me up all night, so saying Bye-bye to this one.

SPEED-SHOT by A.B.B (Watermelon flavor)
SPEED-SHOT by A.B.B (Watermelon flavor)

Alright guys! Again, I am not rooting for any sort of an energy booster as I feel that they can become addictive, and cause other internal damage. However; if you are going to turn to one every once in a while at least you will know which kind to avoid.  The prices I specified are if you pick it up straight from the gym counter, but I am sure you can buy them less expensive in bulk elsewhere. Oh, and never take other caffeinated drinks after consuming any of these drinks. Please comment your thoughts or let me know if you know any I should try.

5 Quick & Healthy Lunch-Dishes Under $10

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Hey guys! What’s for lunch today? Who else hates figuring out what to eat for lunch? How about when you’re on the run but also try to eat healthy… Oh, and not wanting to spend a fortune for a quick-lunch that you’re going to grab and run?  Of course, we don’t mind spending money on sit-in lunch dates with friends, but not so much when comes to grab-and-go right?

On the other hand, if you’re also trying to maintain a healthy diet than you know fast food is a “No Go”. Choosing to eat healthy & fast isn’t really easy, so I decided to share my top 5 healthy choices on the go. I am highlighting the particular choices I order that are also fresh, healthy, fast, and wont break your bank.  Here they go:

Habit Burger Grill

Can’t say enough about how much I love the food at Habit. One of the reasons they’re on top of my list is because they have so much variety with their menu options. They make food fresh as you order, and their food is delicious. Another advantage with Habit is that you can call/go online and order food ahead of time, so you just pick up as you arrive. Some of my favorites with them are their Chicken BBQ Salad, or Grilled Chicken Salad (450 calories without dressing and 690 w/dressing). Both these salads are super tasty, yet fresh and filling. Their sandwiches are also great. Try their Chicken Sandwich with BBQ sauce on wheat bun (680 calories w/sauce).

BBQ Chicken salad - Habit
BBQ Chicken Salad – Habit Burger Grill
Grilled Chicken Salad - Habit
Grilled Chicken Salad – Habit Burger Grill

Nordstrom’s Ebar

Ebars inside of Nordstrom stores are my next choice for quick-lunch because you can easily grab-and-go after some quick shopping.  Given that most major malls carry a Nordstrom, you’re sure to come across one while shopping.  They have some wonderful salads, and other dishes that are prepared daily with fresh ingredients. One choice in particular that I recommend is their BBQ Chicken Salad with the ‘Champagne Vinaigrette‘ dressing. Ask for the dressing at checkout. This salad is very fulfilling; don’t let its small size fool you. It’s served cold, and has only 480 calories without the dressing.

BBQ Chickes Salad – Ebar at Nordstrom
BBQ Chickes Salad - Ebar at Nordstrom
BBQ Chickes Salad – Ebar at Nordstrom

Starbucks

Yes, you read that right! Starbucks has a few food menu options that are healthy, and there is one in particular that I have to point out. It’s called “Zesty Chicken & Black Bean Salad”, and it’s usually seating in their cold bar so you don’t need to wait to have it prepared. This salad may also look small, but it’s actually very fulfilling. It’s got ingredients like quinoa, grilled chicken meat, roasted corn, black beans, feta and with only 360 calories (without dressing) who can say No?

Zesty Chicken & Black Bean Salad Bowl – Starbucks
Zesty Chicken & Black Bean Salad Bowl – Starbucks

You should probably grab this with your morning coffee as it runs out fast.

Baja Fresh

When I visit Baja Fresh, their ‘Grilled Shrimp Chile Lime‘ salad is one of my favorites. There is a good amount shrimp in this salad, along with kale, pico, onion, bell pepper, jicama, tortilla strips, and avocado. Tastes as good as it looks, and only had 365 calories (without dressing). You can also pre-order this dish online (during work) so you don’t waste half your lunch break waiting around. I also love their fish/shrimp tacos that are kinda light, yet fulfilling.

Grilled Shrimp Chile Lime Salad- Baja Fresh
Grilled Shrimp Chile Lime Salad- Baja Fresh

Oh, and they also offer beer for those who crave one for lunch on a hot summer day.

Earthbar

Earthbar is definitely on my favorite stops at any time of the day. I think they probably have the most healthiest food of all the locations I already named. “Acai Bowl” is the menu option I will highlight with them.  I know it doesn’t come off very lunch-ish, but trust me when I say this bowl will get you full. It comes in a huge bowl full of fruit, granola, protein (flavor of choice), peanut/almond-butter, milk (of choice) and some other goodies. I usually get this right after a quick workout and it’s definitely considered my lunch for the day since it will keep me full until dinner. This option has 580 calories but you can always put in a request have it split it into two cups so you only consume half 🙂

Acai Bowl at Earth Bar
Acai Bowl at Earth Bar
 Acai Bowl at Earth Bar
Acai Bowl at Earth Bar

OK! If you read this far I think it’s safe to assume that I am not a huge ‘red meat’ kinda gal. However; most of these food-stops also offer “steak” instead of chicken. Remember, if you are trying to go extra healthy than you may want to skip the dressings as prepackaged dressings are loaded with salt and saturated fat.  They do more damage than you think! Hope you found these suggestions helpful, and if so please comment below. I am also curious to know if there are other dishes I should know about! 🙂

Mother’s Day <3

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Le Petit Paris - DTLA

It was she, who was there all long. Wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to my lovely mother, and to all other mom’s around the world!

Le Petit Paris - Los Angeles
Le Petit Paris – Los Angeles

Quick Traveling Tip For Your Nails!

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"OPI" Hello KItty Collection - "Let's Be Friends"

Hey ladies! I am back to pastel colors for Spring since I loved the milky, washed-out shades so much. This new color is by ‘OPI’ called “Let’s Be Friends” from their Hello Kitty edition. Perfect combo of white and light lavender. Gives my nails such a fresh appearance.

And a quick traveling tip before everyone spreads off to their Spring/Summer vacations this year.

When you get your mani/pedi done right before an upcoming vacation ask your nail-salon if they can sell you the same color they just applied on your nails. They usually have a new one in their cabinets, or sometimes they’ll sell you the used one if they don’t have a new one. This way you take the polish with you and easily touch up while you’re away. Trust me… this is especially useful on tropical vacations when your toes are soaked in water all day long. Plus, you’re nails always look on point!

Happy Traveling everyone!

Back From Being MIA

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Hey everyone. Happy Spring!

I’ve been MIA for a moment there but just letting you know that I have been working on lots of posts, and will be updating my site within the next week or so. Been working on some side projects which has left me zero time to blog, but I have been preparing some articles during this time and in the middle of finalizing them. I will be posting soon… Stay tuned. XOXO

What Goes Inside A Fit Person’s Gym Bag

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Spring is here and I know some of your summer goals include hitting the gym now.  If you’re new to working out, or just returning after hibernating all winter long then I would recommend you prepare a gym bag of essentials that you’ll need. You can always leave this bag in your car so you can easily hit the gym after work without having to go home first.  You need to figure out what to wear right? And also what goes inside your gym bag as you start your exciting journey. Below are some essentials for every fit person:

Headphones for your music is an Absolute MUST.  I can NOT work out if I ever forget my headphones as it makes a world of difference while exercising. It helps block people out and also helps you become unapproachable for all those who love to chat more than they work out. I would recommend a blue-tooth wireless headphone so the wire doesn’t get in the way of everything.  I’ve been using ‘Solo3 On-Ear Headphones’ by Beats for about 4 months now and have no complaints (On-Ear Headphones to workout… Why Not?). Although ‘Powerbeats² In‑Ear Headphones’ by Beats are  more intended for working out.

Solo3 On-Ear Headphones' by Beats
Solo3 On-Ear Headphones’ by Beats
Make sure you carry a bottle of pre-workout to help boost your energy when you go at late hour or when you’re tired. I don’t like to rely on anything artificial for energy, but sometimes it really helps give me a great boost. Just mix one scoop in water and drink it 10 minutes before working out. I promise you it will make you do all the hard exercises that you were going to avoid.  I like ‘C4 PRE-WORKOUT’ by Cellucor in ‘Icy Blue Razz’ flavor.

'C4 PRE-WORKOUT' by Cellucor in 'Icy Blue Razz'
‘C4 PRE-WORKOUT’ by Cellucor
Gloves are great for preventing calluses inside your hands when you use weights or machines to pull/lift. If you don’t use gloves you can develop ugly calluses inside your hands over time. Gloves also help ensure the machine/weights don’t sleep out of your hands. I personally love the last one I bought (see image below – I think the brand is called PRPS) . It’s super easy to slip on and take off.

Gloves are great for preventing calluses inside your hands
Workout Gloves
And Ladies… if your man lifts without gloves, definitely get him a pair of gloves for men. Their hands will become much softer. I promise… LOL! (Check out a great one specifically for man I blogged about a while back (Men’s Training Grip Gloves -Nike)

Attire… It’s impossible to have all your gym clothes in one bag but as long as you have enough for one week, than you’re good to go. Include a 2-3 pairs of long/cropped pants, and 1-2 pairs of shorts. At least two different sport-bra’s.  Always include 3-5 pairs of socks because during summer you’re probably not wearing any before you get there. One  long sleeved sweater/jacket to keep you warm in the evenings and  3-5 tops of preference. I would include two different sneakers as well. This should last you 3-5 days of working out if you keep switching them.

Every gym bag should also carry one pair of clean undergarments and rubber flip flops for those days you decide to shower at the gym unexceptionably.

Some other extra’s to consider include a lock, jump-rope, your own resistance -band for squats, post work-out formula, shaker for your drinks , a hair comb, and bands for tying your hair.  Only take thesee extras if you actively use them otherwise they take over all the real estate inside your gym bag.

My last tip is this. Consider carrying one small-sized bag within your gym bag. I use a basic “Lululemon” shopping bag which is super light. Once I arrive to the gym I put everything I need for that day in that small bag and carry it inside instead of my gym bag. This way you quickly decide what you’ll wear and it’s also easy to carry. But if you’re indecisive and don’t know what you’ll use than take the whole gym bag.

Of course, towards the end of your week just take your gym bag home and wash everything to get it ready for next week. Now go prep you gym bag so you’ll have no excuses not to exercise before/after work or being out.  Please comment below if you found these tips helpful of if you want to add anything additional.

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