Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

April 23, 2016 in Lifestyle

coconut oil scrub


A little less than a month ago, I was having the most amazing vacation ever in Puerto Rico. After a freezing winter, it was incredible to soak up some caribbean sun. I also got majorly sunburned for the first time – ever. I wore SPF 40+ every day, but since we were doing so many water activities, it wasn’t enough. I was burnt to a crisp. Literally, it hurt to do anything – and it was everywhere, my face, my arms, my back, even the tops of my feet! After the burn stopped hurting so bad, my skin was so dry and peeling all over (cute, I know). Anyways, when I got back to Boston, I was in desperate need of a really great exfoliating moisturizer. And…reason number 9545453 why I love coconut oil was born.

This is the best natural exfoliator, ever. It’s only 2 ingredients and you likely already have the ingredients in your kitchen – unless you were so inspired by this post about why you should ban added sugar from your diet, that you threw it out immediately. 🙂

I also bought these cute little containers off of amazon to store my coconut oil exfoliator. It came in a package of 4 for $9.99, so I also filled one up with just coconut oil and keep it in my bathroom to use as a moisturizer for when I get out of the shower.

Coconut Oil Scrub Jars


Mix 1/4 cup of coconut oil (do not melt) with 1/2 cup sugar. Store in air tight jar – and exfoliate away! Warning: coconut oil can be pretty slippery so be careful when using in the shower!


Let me know how you like it!

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

March 6, 2016 in Clean Eating / Recipes


I’ve made ice cream with bananas before, but I’ve never been that wild about it. I had a serious sweet tooth today, but didn’t want to stray too far from my clean eating streak. And to be honest, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Ben & Jerry’s dairy free ice cream since it was announced. Instead of heading to the store to buy some, I decided to get a little creative and was pleasantly surprised by this no-sugar-added, vegan, deliciousness that tastes like gelato but only has 5 simple ingredients that was created.

Vegan Chocolate Peanutbutter Ice Cream
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  1. 1 Sliced Frozen Banana
  2. 1 Tablespoon Coco Powder
  3. 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
  4. 1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  5. 1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt
  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender (I used a Nutribullet) and enjoy!
  1. You could also top with shredded coconut or cocoa nibs! Note: If you are using a blender, you may want to add a dash of almond milk to make blending easier.
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Cilantro Lime Avocado Shrimp Salad – 7 Day Slim Down

February 29, 2016 in Clean Eating / Lifestyle / Tone It Up

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Hey there! Remember me? I have been a total delinquent blogger. But, I’m back! I had big blogging goals for 2016. I made a goal to right 2 posts a week – and I failed miserably in February. (I was feeling blah and a little overwhelmed with trying to balance work / life / personal goals but another post on that soon!) The good news is, I’m feeling like March is going to be a great month. I’m excited that starting tomorrow, I will be going back to my Tone It Up roots (where this little blog all started) and will be doing the 7 Day Slim Down with the rest of the Tone It Up Community.

I’ve never done the 7 Day Slim Down before, but in about two and half weeks, I’ll be going on vacation to Puerto Rico so when I heard the Tone It Up community was doing it next week, I figured it was perfect timing. I’ll do a recap post next week – essentially, it’s a week long cleanse along with double work outs daily. It’s not a juice cleanse, but it is restricted on calories so you really shouldn’t follow it longer than one week.

Lunch on the slim down is protein and veggies, so I prepped a recipe I’ve been dying to try for lunch all week. Mason jar salads are one of my favorite lunches (more on that here). So of course, I whipped up one salad for dinner tonight and stored the rest in mason jars for easy and delicious lunches all week.

I’ll add that this shrimp is incredibly easy to make. You could do so many things with it. I stumbled upon this recipe on Skinnytase a few months ago, and have been wanting to try it. It would be great on tacos, mixed with rice, or as a scampi served over zuccini noodles. I’ll also add, that as much as I want to, I can’t take credit for the shrimp part of the recipe I was completely inspired by this recipe from  Skinnytaste.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Avo


Cilantro Lime Shrimp
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For Salad
  1. 4 roma tomatoes
  2. 1 english cucumber
  3. 1/2 red onion
  4. 1 avocado
  5. tbs olive oil
  6. squeeze of lemon
  7. 2 tbs chopped cilantro
For Shrimp
  1. 1 1b peeled jumbo shrimp
  2. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  3. salt and pepper to taste
  4. 3 cloves crushed garlic
  5. 1 tsp olive oil
  6. 2 tbs chopped cilantro
  7. juice of 1 lime
  1. Chop tomatoes, onion, avocado, and cucumber
  2. Add chopped vegetables to a large bowl (keep avocado on side if you plan to make separate portions for the week)
  3. Mix in 2 tbs of cilantro
  4. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a large skillet
  5. Add shrimp
  6. Cook shrimp for 2 minutes on one side
  7. Turn over shrimp; add in garlic and cilantro
  8. Cook shrimp for 2 more minutes
  9. Add lime juice and remove shrimp from heat
  10. Add shrimp to salad
  11. Enjoy!
  1. Serving Suggestion: If you plan to make individual lunches for the week, add salad (without avocado) to mason jars and top with 5 shrimp each. Add in avocado before eating and drizzle with olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
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Clean Buffalo Chicken Tenders

January 24, 2016 in Clean Eating / Recipes



I’ve been into every buffalo lately. Really anything smothered in Frank’s Hot Sauce. One of my favorite things to smother is hot sauce is chicken tenders. I LOVE buffalo chicken tenders. But, I’m also really trying to eat a lot cleaner (remember my 2016 goal, read about that here) I love a good challenge and I really do think just about any recipe can be cleaned up without sacrificing taste (um, have you tried these chickpea brownies?!) I did some searching for grain-free buffalo tenders and ultimately made a few modifications to this recipe from a Healthy Life For Me. These are amazing! Even my Dad, who typically turns his nose at my “healthier” versions of recipes was addicted.



1 pound boneless chicken tenders

3/4 cup almond flour

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons melted coconut oil

1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Slice chicken into 2 inch “nuggets”
  3. Combine almond flour and spices in large plastic bag
  4. Combine buffalo sauce and melted coconut oil in a medium bowl
  5. Toss chicken in almond flour mixture in bag
  6. Dip coated chicken in buffalo sauce mixture
  7. Place on greased sheet (I grease the sheet with coconut oil)
  8. Bake for 20 minutes; broil for 2 minutes
  9. Enjoy!

Meal Prep Tips – My Weekly Staples

January 17, 2016 in 21 Day Fix / Clean Eating / Lifestyle



My biggest tip for anyone who wants to clean up their diet is MEAL PREP. I’m obsessed with meal prep. It sounds corny, but it’s really become a part of my weekly routine. Usually, it’s a couple hours on a Sunday. If something happens, and I miss my weekly meal prep session, it feels like my universe is turned upside down. For real. So, I try not to let that happen. Going into the week with a plan, makes me feel awesome and I think it will make you feel awesome too.

Meal prep does not need to be hard. Here are some of my essentials:

Invest in meal prep staples: For me that means mason jars (about $1 each) and meal prep containers for transporting my lunches to work ($9.77 on Amazon for a pack of 7) and some pretty basic Tupperware for everything else. This investment will make your life easier. I promise.

Have A Plan: As they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. The only time I’ve been successful with sticking to clean eating is when I create a weekly meal plan. I do this before I go to the grocery store. I plan all my meals for Monday to Friday, and allow some flexibility for the weekend. I eat 5 times a day, which usually breaks out like this:

7AM: Breakfast after my workout (almost always a smoothie)

10AM: Second Breakfast (rotate between overnight oats, plain Greek yogurt with berries, or scrambled eggs)

1PM: Lunch (depends on the week but usually a salad or soup or dinner leftovers)

4PM: Snack (rotates between sliced peppers and hummus, nuts, or Kind Bar)

7PM: Dinner (my go-tos are Chili, Stir Fry, and Turkey Meatballs and Zoodles but I am always trying new recipes!)

Keep it simple. Letting meal prep stress you out defeats the purpose.It’s supposed to make you feel prepared. If the thought of prepping every meal for the entire week is overwhelming, start small. Reflect on a typical day and think about what meal you could benefit most from prepping. For example, if you’re always running out the door in the morning and by the time you get to the office the morning you’re starving so you grab a croissant from the cafeteria at work, start by just prepping your breakfasts. Once you get used to it, continue to prep more meals!

Here’s what a typical Sunday of meal prep looks like for me:

Cut and freeze bananas; wash and store berries: I love having berries on hand for my yogurt or overnight oats and I ALWAYS use a half of a frozen banana in my smoothie.

Greek Yogurt Parfait – a typical meal-prepped breakfast for me

meal prep breakfast

Wash and chop veggies: I chop all the veggies I’ll need for my lunch salads, dinner stir-frys, and afternoon snacks on Sunday night. After chopping, I’ll add my salad veggies to mason jars (and top with other yummy prepped foods), store the stir fry veggies in a Tupperware for easy access when I’m ready to use later in week for making a quick dinner, and portion out sliced peppers in zip lock bags so I can throw them in my workbag on the way out the door in the morning.

Mason Jar Greek Salad

Meal Prep Salads

Prep Proteins and Salad Add-Ins: I cook chicken and hard-boiled eggs for my salads and add those to my mason jar salads. I aIways add at least one more ingredient to my salads to make them more exciting and filling – either quinoa (cooked with vegetable broth instead of water), beans, or chopped nuts.

Make Dinner Recipe: Dinner is where I try to be more creative. I have a running list of all the healthy recipes I want to try (cauliflower fried rice and fixate chicken tortilla soup to name a couple) as well as my go-tos (turkey and zoodles, fixate chili, crockpot carnitas). On a typical Sunday, I’ll make at least one of the recipes from my list which usually makes enough for 2 or 3 dinners. The other nights, I’ll make something a little simpler (but still delicious) which usually ends up being a stir fry (with the veggies I prepped on Sunday) or roasted veggies with chicken or another protein!)

Fixate Turkey Chili – One of my go-to dinner recipes!

meal prep chili


It’s really that simple! Do you meal prep?

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