The SO important thing I’ve been doing SO wrong!

Here are two weird bathroom stories that I would like to grace yall with. (and if you didn’t think we were close enough for that- we just got close enough)

I moved to the United States officially when I was like 7-ish. So, this is the second grade, just for context so you get a picture of how strange this was for me.

Because, in second grade, you aren’t like new to the whole school thing, but you’re new enough.

Anyway, for like weeks I had listened to my peers ask to go to the Restroom, and each time they were permitted to do so – like “ya no problem!” All whilst little Suzy is left to wonder what in the world a Rest-room was doing in this educational setting…

I’m not going to pretend like I EVER did well on a spelling test, but c’mon guys… our curriculum is by no means rigorous enough to need a REST-ROOM. (Hopefully, you can see my confusion)

So, one day I mustered up my courage and asked permission to go to the prestigious restroom –

I’m sure you can guess where this is going…

If you guessed soul-crushing disappointment you are right, my friend. Little Suzy was expecting a lounge chair, a couch, a Poole table, refreshments… and she was let down. HARD.

Oh and just a side note- no, I did not spend my first few weeks of second grade not using the bathroom, I’m just a normal person and I call it a Bathroom.

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Now for the relevant story

I’ve always considered myself pretty healthy as far as diet and habits go. Of course, just like everyone else I, too, have fallen off the wagon a time or two.

Then the other day I realized I’ve been doing, like, the ONE most important thing completely wrong…

It actually kills me to admit this, but I have been seriously depriving myself of water!

Omg, that’s like nails on a chalkboard to me!! Like, how was I doing that to myself???

I came to this realization after being a total creep and noticing that EVERYONE in my office building went to the bathroom like 3X the amount I had to go.

*Cue obsessive research on how much water a person should drink a day*

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So, How much water should you have?

Some sites said 1 – 1/2 ounce per pound body weight and some said your typical 8 glasses a day. I think both of these are probably good rules to go by, but having a water goal, in general, to meet by the end of the day is really what has helped me the most!

Figure out how much water you should drink a day and get to work!! & if you want to be a psycho like me, get yourself a Hydroflask and set alarms for the times you should be due for a refill!

JUST BE AWARE GUYS! Because seriously I feel so much better than I ever have!

It’s so easy to get lost in your day and all the “important” things you’re doing, but in the end, what’s really important is taking care of yourself!!

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The 411 on Chocolate Cravings!

The 411 on your chocolate cravings

There are actually a few reasons you could be craving a big hunk of chocolate beside the fact that it is DELICIOUS!

The first and most obvious of course being that sugar is addicting.

Like actually, I’m not kidding.

Sugar triggers the same pleasure centers in the brain that are also affected by many drugs.

This is the same reason that putting yourself on that new sugar-free diet is often accompanied by a few days of sugar withdraw; headaches, lethargy etc.

But what if I told you that craving chocolate could not only be your body trying to tell you something but also be good for you?!

 

Dark chocolate- the superfood!

Dark chocolate, 60% and higher that is, has some badass qualities! I’m sure you’ve heard that it’s full of antioxidants and honestly, that’s reason enough for ya girl over here to not think twice about giving in to my cravings! Yet, there are even more reasons that, on your quest to remove sugar from your diet, you might oughta just let dark chocolate stay!

For starters, a chocolate craving might be your body telling you that you are running low on magnesium! Magnesium is needed for a whole boatload of body processes and dark chocolate is a good source of it. Low levels of this micronutrient can lead to low energy, sleep problems, anxiety or depression and hormone problems.

But it doesn’t stop there! Dark chocolate is also a good source of, Manganese (anti-inflammatory), Copper (immune and nerve health), and Zinc (growth and development)!

Dark chocolate and your skin!

Let’s talk Flavanols! Flava- what?? This must obviously be some fancy reason why chocolate is so damn good, right?

Wrong!

Flavanol is the particular type of antioxidant that is found in high quantities in dark chocolate. Because of their free radical fighting properties antioxidants and the foods that contain them are good for your cell health! Protection, regeneration, etc. All the good stuff! Eating Flavanol-rich cocoa can lead to smoother more hydrated skin due to the antioxidant’s ability to protect cells from harmful UV rays.7_0003_mailbox

Chocoholic Disclaimer!

Okay, Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have written this post at all… because let’s be real, another excuse to eat chocolate is the last thing any of us need… However, a reason to swap sugary, processed milk chocolate for dark chocolate is something your body will thank you for!

Just to be clear, though, milk chocolate does not have all these awesome benefits and will do nothing for you but fuel your sugar addiction! (ouch, maybe that was too harsh?)

And, of course, remember all in moderation! Dark chocolate still has its fair share of sugar, so don’t get carried away!

P.S. Justin’s Hazelnut butter is not technically dark chocolate over 60% but its seriously the best and with considerably less sugar than the other guys, I have to make room to rave about it! Bark thins are actually to die for, and Theo is possibly the love of my life? Pretty sure the feeling is mutual.

What are your favorite ways to satisfy your chocolate cravings?? Tell me in the comments below!

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P.S. The Valentines Artwork is by the super talented Ulia Choo!  – find her on creative market!!

 

 

 

 

 


Oh So Good for You Matcha Latte!

Wait… a latte that’s good for you?? Uh, count me in!

So I’m not going to lie, I’ve been overdoing it a bit with the coffee lately. I mean who can blame me though what is college even if not just a 4 four year coffee overload?

I usually drink the stuff that glues your eyes open. I’m talkin’ Americano- easy on the water and go ahead and add an extra shot! Then, send a decadent frothy latte my way after I’m good and awake!

But if we are being real with each other here, one coffee addict to another, while it’s not the Worst thing for your body it certainly isn’t the best either!

Coffee is pretty acidic and all that acid definitely can take a toll on your stomach if you overdo it!

I think most of the time I crave the creamy warm-ness more than the coffee itself so this Matcha latte is literally the perfect change of pace!

Matcha has a caffeine content comparable to coffee and in my search to report an actual number for you guys I came across some pretty bad ass reasons that Matcha trumps coffee!

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Matcha VS Coffee – The ultimate caffeine showdown!

  • BETTER energy! The “power up” (for lack of a better description lol) brought by matcha is much smoother and doesn’t come with a crash like with coffee.
  • Antioxidants, which are always a huge plus!
  • Better breath! Let’s not lie, guys, the coffee breath is real. On top of that Matcha is actually good for your teeth while coffee stains those pearly whites!
  • CLEARER SKIN! So this is where my loyalty to coffee has met its match… Matcha has antibacterial properties and can help resolve acne!

DONE.       SOLD.

Are you as ready for this recipe as I am to brew myself a Matcha latte??

Matcha Latte Recipe!

So, originally I found this recipe on Pinterest and I fell in love at first sip, but I was determined to make it FROTHIER! Obviously, I need all the fluff. Heres my

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final product, enjoy!

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp Matcha powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • cinnamon (optional to add a lil holiday spice)
  • coconut sugar (substitute honey or maple depending on what you prefer!)

First mix the hot water and Matcha powder, think of this as your espresso shot! Add your sweetener of choice and cinnamon now too.

 

Frothing the milk is the most important step! You want to start with milk that is cold. I used canned coconut milk. Don’t be scared of the layers that the coconut milk separates into when in the can, use it all! Use a hand mixer or blender bottle to froth the milk and then pop it in the microwave for about 30 – 45 seconds. (make sure you’ve left extra space because the milk will expand even more in the microwave!)

Pour your creamy, frothy milk into your Matcha shot and voila!

Enjoy!

XOXO Sus

 


5 Grocery Store Tricks to Keep the pounds OFF!

1. Don’t go grocery shopping while you’re hungry!

This one is like well duh! But seriously, don’t! More often than I’d like to admit I’ve let myself go to the store hungry and came out with a LOAD of crap that I know better than to buy.

Everything that I want to eat like right now goes straight into my cart, next thing I know I’m on Pinterest pulling up every recipe for any dessert I’ve ever wanted. All ingredients, boom. In the cart. All snacks, boom. In the cart! It’s pretty much a disaster.

We’ve all been there, but that’s no need to let it keep happening! If it’s not in your kitchen at home, it’s also not around to tempt you! And if you don’t go to the grocery store hungry then you will be SO much less tempted to put it in your cart in the first place!

2. Stay out of the middle isles!

This one is definitely more of a guideline! There are lots of things I get in the middle aisles that are perfectly fine. For example; beans, bread, coconut oil, peanut butter, oats, BANZA chic pea pasta, chia seeds, nuts, Angie’s BOOM CHIKA POP the list goes on and on… but KNOWING exactly what you are venturing into the abyss for makes all the difference in the world! Have a list and stick to it, don’t let yourself succumb to all the sugary processed temptress foods that lay within!

If you don’t trust yourself at first, you can always stick to ordering your non-perishables on Amazon pantry. (I’ve included some links to my fav things!)

3. Know your labels!

Are you ready for a horror story?? Last week I was perusing the sauce isle for the best pasta sauce choice and naturally, I picked up the one advertised as “healthy!”. However, upon inspecting the label and comparing it to a pasta sauce by the SAME BRAND that lacked the “healthy” claim, I was horrified to find the fat, calorie, carb, and, sugar content was HIGHER in the “healthy” version! In fact, its only better feature was a slightly lower sodium content. Now, this isn’t to say that all companies lack the know-how on classifying their foods, but your body will certainly be glad you took the extra couple of seconds to inspect your foods labels!

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4. Don’t be afraid of fat!

Those labels that claim to be your best weight loss friend do not have your best interest at heart! While they aren’t lying about being lower in fat, they are completely taking advantage of the fact that there is a HUGE misunderstanding of the role fat plays in our bodies.

Why you want whole fat!

You wouldn’t buy a reduced fat avocado, would you? Real is always better than fake!

  • Some vitamins are fat soluble and cannot be used by your body unless they are eaten alongside fat!
  • To make a food low fat the fats that are still present are changed chemically and your body will have a way harder time using them.
  • We use fat for damn near everything! No, seriously you need it. Like, a lot! Our cells use fat like its going out of style.. but now that it has gone out of style…. well it’s becoming an issue.

P.S. Fried food still hates your goals. Sorry.

5. Have a list of meals!

How many of you have been grocery shopping, bought a TON of stuff, gotten home and realized you have the ingredients for a whole two meals! The stress is real am I right?? I am unfortunately queen of letting my yummy veggies go bad just because I’m not prepared and don’t have all the ingredients I need to make a meal out of them! So here’s my ultimate solution, write your grocery list based on MEALS! so simple right? but it really does make a world of difference.

Plan your dinners for the week and have an idea of what your breakfasts and lunches will consist of, make your list based on this and of course give yourself a little wiggle room!

Planning meals for your week this way will also help you stay on track eating healthy instead of giving in to what is easiest that night!

Happy shopping!

XOX, Sus


Healthy 2 Ingredient Chocolate Pudding!

Attention chocolate lovers!!

This is a MUST know recipe!! TWO ingredients yall, and it is seriously delicious!

Two Ingredient Chocolate Pudding Recipe

  • 2 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1 Cup of Ripple Chocolate pea milk

That’s it! Easy {pea}sy! I usually make mine the day before and leave it in the fridge overnight, but the chia seeds will absorb enough of the chocolate milk to have a pudding consistency within a couple hours! Then top with whatever your little heart desires and enjoy! 🙂

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Nutrition facts!

The simplicity of this recipe is not even close to the only thing that makes it healthy! Chia seeds are pretty badass for a few reasons on their own, here are a few that I thought worth mentioning-

  • TOTALED UP.pngThey are loaded with antioxidants so they are anti-inflammatory and promote healthy skin! Antioxidants help your body get rid of damaged cells- this means new healthy glowing skin for you!( Can I get a hell yeah for that one??)
  • Getting rid of damaged cells also means reduced signs of aging!
  • They are also jam-packed with vitamins and minerals
  • Promote a healthy heart and digestive system
  • Can aid in weight loss! Because they are high in fiber, and protein, chia seeds will keep you full! you’ll be surprised how filling a small serving can be!

Ripple Pea milk is impressive as well, it’s high in protein and calcium and completely plant-based! The refined sugar content of this chocolate pudding is also low considering the only sugar is coming from the pea milk!

Check out this link to Dr. Axe if you want to know more about chia seed benefits! Chia seeds should be pretty easy to find at your local grocery store, but just in case, I also included a link above!

I hope you enjoy!! Let me know what you think!!

XOXO Sus


Choconut Post workout Smoothie!

Okay, before I dive into the recipe for this dreamy post work out smoothie, let me just take a sec to rave about my new obsession with Ripple Pea Milk! And yes you heard me right!

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I love trying different dairy-free milk and so naturally I was stoked to see that a new option had made an appearance on my grocery store shelves out here in good ol’ west Texas. My usual favorites are coconut and cashew milk, and while nothing will ever replace these two in my heart, they do have their shortcomings. Coconut milk is my go-to creamer for coffee and tea and I sure do love it in my cereal but it doesn’t make a good smoothie base because it tends to get pretty thick if it’s allowed to sit. Cashew milk, on the other hand, is usually my go-to smoothie base but, like most other dairy-free milk has a pretty low protein content.

Pea milk is high in protein and makes a perfect smoothie base! It also tastes SO good! In fact the chocolate milk version (the one I used for this smoothie) is literally to die for! I usually try to force feed my “weird” food (his words not mine!) to my boyfriend (he’s pretty much that small child that you hate babysitting because he refuses to eat anything but mac and cheese and pieces of hot dog) but this milk is something I will not be sharing!

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Choconut post workout smoothie!

Let’s get to the good stuff!

  • 1 cup chocolate Ripple pea milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 frozen banana (I always add some type of frozen fruit to my smoothies vs ice for that cold creamy texture, more frozen banana = a thicker smoothie)
  • a handful of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (yes the weird kind where the oil separates)

BLEND AND ENJOY!

XOXO Sus

 


How to Steal Back the Vitamins You Didn’t Even Know You Were Missing Out On!

Did you know that when you boil or steam vegetables anywhere from 20-50% of their water soluble vitamins can leech into the water they are being prepared in? This means those vitamins get poured straight down the drain or simply evaporate into the air!

Of course that still leaves 50-80% for you to eat and thats still awesome! (especially considering that frozen pizza contributes close to none!) But I just couldn’t make myself settle for those numbers!

What in the Heck are Water Soluble Vitamins?

You’ve heard of water soluble vitamins before, maybe just not by that name. These vitamins are pretty common and very important! For example, vitamin C and all the B vitamins (thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, biotin, folic acid etc) They are named water soluble because they dissolve in water and are thus absorbed very quickly by your body! However, they cannot be stored and therefore must be consumed often!

One of my all time favorite bloggers, Ashley Diana, posted a blog not too long ago explaining how she makes green tea ice cubes to add antioxidants to her smoothies! What a great idea!!

IMG_0218.JPGI used the same idea to make Veggie Vitamin Ice cubes from the water my vitamins had leeched into during cooking! Just pour the water that you used to boil your veggies into a ice cube tray and pop it into the freezer, DONE! Frozen vitamins, ready to go for smoothies the next morning!

One side note, these ice cubes do retain some of the taste of whatever veggie they came from so if you like a lot of ice in your smoothies, do half regular ice (Or half green tea ice cubes!) and half veggie ice!

XOXO Sus

 

 

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