Chia Chia Chia!!

Do you keep hearing about chia seeds?

They are PERFECT for busy brides!

Chia seeds are teeny tiny black seeds with a huge amount of nutritional value. These small but mighty seeds contain, protein, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium & fiber. Talk about getting bang for your buck!

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If you’ve never tried them, you should! They don’t have much of a taste, but add a delicious crunchy texture to your foods. They are great when added to smoothies, mixed with granola, mixed into beverages (have you tried Chia Kombucha?) or sprinkled over yogurt.

When in contact with a liquid, chia seeds create a gel that forms around the seed. This gel works wonders for hydrating the body! Not only is chia hydrating and delicious, but due to its high fiber content the seeds are tremendously filling as well.

Brides, try adding this awesome superfood into your lifestyle for a totally natural energy boost and let me know what you think!

 

What is in your pantry??

One of the first things steps towards staying on track with a healthy diet and lifestyle is a pantry makeover.

What the heck is a pantry makeover?

Let’s take a trip to your kitchen, specifically your pantry and fridge, and remove all junk processed foods. Get rid of anything artificial, all trans fats, all fake sweeteners, all nutritionally “empty” foods, and the oh-so-frightening high fructose corn syrups. Let’s put it this way, if you don’t know what an ingredient is, the chances are your body won’t either.

A huge part of resisting naughty food temptations is making them unavailable. If those irresistible Oreos aren’t sitting there on your shelf staring out you, the less likely you are to eat them. Instead, put all of the healthy foods in the front of your display, making them the first thing you see when you open your cabinet for a snack. :)

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A few things to remember:

~ Keep all fruits and veggies at eye level in your kitchen ~

~Always have healthy snacks prepped and ready to grab and go~

~Always have lean protein ready to eat: sliced chicken or turkey, hard boiled eggs or a bag of nuts~

~Have a water bottle with you at all times! (Add citrus or berries if you get bored with plain water)~

~Eat several small meals throughout the day~

~Wherever you go, bring snacks with you just in case!!!~

New Total Body Tuesday Circuit!

Hi Ladies! Ready for your total body circuit?!

Complete this circuit 3 times this week to burn extra calories, boost your metabolism and to strengthen and tone your major muscle groups.

Equipment: 6-12 lb dumbbells

Circuit: complete 40 seconds of each exercise, with 15 second rests in between exercises. Complete the circuit 3-4 times through.

1.) Inchworm

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2.) Rotational Lunge to Press

3.) 4 Square Box Hops

4.) Box Jump

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5.) Side Plank Row

6.) The Rump Bump

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7.) Sit Up Weight Transfer

1 minute rest if needed and REPEAT 3x!!!!

We’re sweating for your wedding!!

 

Do You Eat Pomegranates?

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Do you eat pomegranates?

If not, you might want to try incorporating this amazing fruit into your diet. They’re filled with many essential nutrients including Vitamins C & K, antioxidants, minerals, potassium and fiber!

Vitamins C & K make this fruit a remarkable immune booster and a natural skin toner. Traditionally, the pomegranate was used in Ayurvedic Medicine for several natural remedies. Some of which included heart health, skin toning, muscle recovery and as a throat soother.

Try adding pomegranate seeds to salads, granola, yogurt or just by themselves as a snack for a crazy nutrient kick and radiant skin. :)

Total Body Wedding Workout of the Week!

Hi Ladies!

This workout will get your heart pumping, burn calories and help strengthen and tone your major muscle groups!

Equipment: Set of 6-12 lb dumbbells, medicine ball, swiss ball & jump rope.

Circuit: Complete 15 reps of each exercise, and do the circuit 3 or 4 times through. Try and only take about 10-15 seconds rest between exercises!!

1.) Plank Kickback

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2.) Wood Chops

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3.) Dead Lifts

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4.) Burpies

5.) Ball Cobra

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6.) Wall sit with curl to press – 40 seconds!!

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7.) Jump rope – 40 seconds!

Rest for 1 minute and REPEAT!!! Remember, we’re sweating for your wedding! Change is uncomfortable, but if it’s not uncomfortable than you’re not challenging yourself and changing your body. Stick with it!

Challenge yourself and complete this workout 3 times this week.

5 Wedding Weight Loss Tips

1.) Stay hydrated

Hunger is often confused for thirst. Try drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. For example, a 130lb woman should be drinking 65 ounces of water daily.

2.) Avoid refined sugar, fried & processed foods

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3.) Plan ahead

Set yourself up for success. Plan your weekly workouts and nutrition in advance! You will be 10 times more likely to stick with it if it’s planned out.

4.) HIIT workouts

High Intensity Interval Training!!! They are fat burning, efficient workouts that get you burning calories for up to 24 hours after you’re done. Wouldn’t you rather do 30 minutes of intensive intervals and get faster results than if you were to spend a boring hour on the treadmill?!

5.) Get more sleep

A good nights sleep is more beneficial than you would think. Getting in a solid 8 hours a night will help your concentration, mood swings, food cravings, athletic performance, metabolism and stress levels.

 

Garlic & Lemon Roasted Broccoli

Yum, yum, yum! Here at Bridal Babe Fitness we encourage eating lots and lots of veggies! We love broccoli so much, it’s delicious and filled with nutrients. This is a great recipe to have with grilled chicken and brown rice. Enjoy!

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Garlic & Lemon Roasted Broccoli

2 broccoli crowns, separated into florets

1 teaspoon coconut oil

2 cloves of garlic, minced

sea salt & pepper to taste

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the broccoli, coconut oil, sea salt and pepper in bowl. Then, spread out on pan and cook for 20 minutes or until tender. When done, squeeze lemon juice over the cooked broccoli and serve!

Friday Cardio

Hi Ladies! Who fit in their Friday cardio to kick start the weekend?

Try to get in an hour today and keep sweating for your wedding!! If possible, try to avoid the monotonous treadmill and make it fun! Head outside for a hike with your bridesmaids, a bike ride, swim or try something new like a kickboxing class.

me and loWhen you feel good about yourself, everything changes! Cardio exercise reduces your stress levels and boosts your energy.

Get moving!!!

 

 

Attending a wedding this year? Let’s talk etiquette.

Are you a bride? Bridesmaid? Or attending a wedding this year?

Weddings are a great place to catch up with friends, spend time with family or meet that special someone. Whether you are the bride to be, a bridesmaid or a guest, a wedding a is an event where you want to dress to impress and look your absolute best.

Whether the wedding is 3 months away or not until the end of the year, the sooner you start eating right, working out and taking care of yourself, the better you will look and feel.

Basic Wedding Etiquette

1.) Unless you’re the bride, DO NOT wear white.

Although many traditions are being thrown out the window with modern weddings, this is not one of them.

2.) Dress to impress, NOT to compete.

It’s important to dress how the invitation suggests. No skimpy clothing. There are plenty of elegant, classic styles to show off your new beach-ready bod!

3.) RSVP in a timely manner.

If you’re going, let them know so they can plan accordingly. If not, kindly decline and send a thoughtful gift.

4.) Be on time!!

Weddings do NOT all start late. Show up on time, be respectful of the ceremony and everyone involved.

5.) Be present, don’t hide behind your phone!

The couple invited you to spend time with you and enjoy your company. Do yourself a favor and put your phone away for the evening, be present and enjoy yourself.

Total Body Tuesday!

Hi Ladies! Are you ready for your Total Body Tuesday circuit?

Equipment: 6 – 12 lb dumbbells

Circuit: complete 15 reps of each exercise, and repeat the circuit 3 to 4 times through

1. Side Walking Lunges

2. Floor Bridge Bench Press

3. Plank Dumbbell Rows

4. Knee Curl to Press

5. Alternating Jump Lunges

6. Oblique Side Touches

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7. Leg Raises

1 minute break

REPEAT!!! We’re sweating for your wedding!!

Try and only take about 10-15 seconds rest between exercises. This circuit is meant to get your heart rate up, burn lots of calories and full body tone!