Get Personal With Your Kale

Did you know that you should massage your kale before you serve it? I just learned this too. Massaging your kale helps soften it. For a simple kale salad that I enjoy, here are some ingredients and instructions:

What you need:
-Kale (washed)
-Pumplin seeds
-Hemp seeds
-Grape seed oil (you can also use avocado oil, olive oil or walnut oil)
-Freshly grated parmesean cheese (grate from a block of parm. cheese)
-salt & pepper


Place washed kale in a salad bowl. Drizzle oil over the kale and add enough salt and pepper for your liking. Roll up your sleeves, wash your hands and massage the kale, coating the kale evenly with oil and salt and pepper. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds. Next, grate the fresh parmesean over the salad. Serve and enjoy!

Squeeze Some Exercise Into Your Vacation

I just returned from a trip back to the East Coast, thus explaining the delay in new blog posts.  My boyfriend’s family rented a beach house in New Jersey, an annual tradition, so I spent the week out on the beautiful shore of Long Beach Island.  In the past, it would have been unlike me to even attempt exercising on vacation.  This trip, however, I’d be in a bikini all week and, if I knew my boyfriend’s family, then we would be drinking and eating lots.  I wanted to look and feel good, especially since I’d really gotten into my fitness routine before our trip, so I decided to commit more to exercise this trip.

I am going to share with you some tips that helped me in hopes that you too can find your motivation while traveling.

Here is my most important tip: Pack your Sneakers!

Bringing a pair of sneakers with you makes the possibility of exercising on vacation that much more plausible.  If the opportunity to exercise should arise, or if you should have the desire to work out, then you’ll be prepared with comfortable shoes.


Another obstacle I often encounter on vacation is figuring out what exactly to do for exercise.  On this trip back east, I ran one day with my boyfriend’s sister and brother-in-law, swam in the ocean for hours, and played soccer on the beach, which is a killer workout, by the way!  Depending on where you are you may have access to a gym or pool or you might be doing some fun activities, but sometimes you’re left to your own devices to sqeeze a workout in.  If this might be the case, here is an idea of a routine you can do in your room that’ll get your heart rate up quickly:

50 Jumping Jacks

Mountain Climbers (45 Seconds)

Plank (1 Min)

10 Push Ups

20 Squats (Weighted if possible)

10 Tricep Dips

Wall Sit (1 Min)

Plank (1 Min)

30 Sit Ups

Side Plank (1 Min/Side)

Yoga is another great thing to practice and is something I highly recommend doing both on vacation and at home.  Being able to include yoga in your day really rejuvinates you and relieves any stress if you’re feeling stressed.  Here are some poses to make you feel amazing:

Remember, the choice is up to you whether to make time for exercise.  If you do decide to make time, it will feel super rewarding and your whole day you will be better.