March 24, 2017

WHAT I TYPICALLY EAT IN A DAY

DENIM: Articles of Society (only $59) // TOP: Shein c/o (only $21) // SNEAKERS: Converse // BAG: Shein (identical designer dupe for only $30) c/o // SUNGLASSES: Henri Bendel // RING: Nordstrom (on sale for $19)

T. G. I. F. everybody! Lately on Instagram I’ve been sharing my healthy meals, snacks, and favorite smoothies, and have been getting some questions on what I eat on a typical day. So today I decided to dedicate an entire post to my balanced and and healthy lifestyle and answer your questions while sharing what I typically eat in a day…

First things first: I’m not a dietician or a nutritionist and I don’t follow any particular diet. I do however, eat a healthy, clean, and balanced diet, but I will also eat desserts! Pizza one day and a green juice the next? Sure! A stack of pancakes for breakfast and a salad for dinner? Of course!!!

BREAKFAST:

I have to eat breakfast first thing in the morning! I’m always hungry in the morning and I know that starting your day off with breakfast will speed up your metabolism and give you an energy boost! I also make a cup or two off coffee (tip: add cinnamon into the grounds, it’s delicious) and add a Dairy Free Almond Milk (by Silk) creamer. It’s extremely low in calories and sugar! This gets my brain functioning, as I usually sip on it while I get ready. Some of my go-to breakfasts that take less than 10 minutes to cook and eat (even on school days) are these:

  • Quick Pancakes: Blend 2 eggs, 1 banana, cinnamon, chia seeds and top with almond butter (similar recipe here)
  • Egg + Turkey Bacon Sandwich:  1 egg + 1 egg white, 3 pieces of turkey bacon on one piece of toasted Ezekiel bread
  • Oatmeal: I like the gluten free oats from Trader Joe’s cooked in the microwave and I add a spoonful of PBFit, a banana, and some Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Egg Muffin Cups: I make these at the beginning of the week so I have them to grab an go and love this recipe 
  • On the weekends I will splurge big time if we go to brunch and order a stack of pancakes, my favorite 😉

SNACK:

I always always always have a snack between breakfast and lunch. Being a teacher, I obviously get a morning recess which falls about 3 hours after I eat my breakfast, so by then, I’m definitely starving. I always have the same snack on hand (and even eat it on the weekends):

  • Greek Yogurt + Berries: I always have a greek yogurt cup with strawberries and blueberries. Make sure your yogurt has minimal sugar- just because it’s greek yogurt doesn’t mean it’s sugar free. My favorite brand is Fage or Oikos Triple Zero
  • Hard-Boiled Egg: Sometimes this will be my snack if I have them on hand

LUNCH:

My lunch varies a lot, but I always keep it healthy which is easy for me because I pack them Mon-Fri so I can plan ahead and am only able to eat what I bring. Here are some examples of my typical lunch:

  • Pre-Packaged Salads: My favorites are from Trader Joe’s or the regular grocery store like Vons. I sometimes bring my own chicken to add if there is no protein in a salad, and I will also use the Bolthouse Yogurt dressings (you must try!) because some of the regular dressings are packed with sugar and fats.
  • Leftovers: I know this sounds boring, but my leftovers usually consist of chicken or fish and a ton of veggies. It’s easy and healthy so I can’t complain!
  • Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps: This recipe is absolutely delicious and so easy! I made it this week and it lasted me the entire week Mon-Fri. Plus, it’s all healthy foods!

AFTERNOON SNACK:

Yes…I have another snack in the afternoon! Teaching is an exhausting job 😉 plus, I need to boost my energy at this point in the day (around 3pm) so I can get in a good workout! This snack is always on the go as I’m driving to the gym, so it’s always a protein bar. You have to be careful with protein bars, as a lot of them contain HUGE amounts of sugar. These are my favorite (and trust me, they’re sooo good):

  • FitJoy Bars
  • OhYeah! One Bars
  • rX Bars
  • Green Smoothie: On the weekends I will typically treat myself 😉 to a green smoothie packed with spinach, kale, avocado, strawberries, banana, protein powder, etc. Don’t be afraid of protein powder, I promise it won’t make you large, but will tone you out!
  • Carrots + Hummus: I also love this snack on the weekends when I’m not on the go. Any veggie is better than pita chips with hummus!

DINNER:

This depends of course on if I’m eating at home, or I go out to dinner! Most of the time I do eat home cooked meals though! Some of my favorite nutrition packed dinners that are also easy are:

  • Protein (Chicken, Tilapia, Shrimp, Chicken Sausage, or Salmon) + Roasted Veggies: I usually make a huge pan or two of roasted veggies at the beginning of the week so I have them on hand. All I do is add a little olive oil, a little salt + pepper, and cook on 400 for 20 minutes!
  • Spaghetti Squash or Zoodles + Protein: I love making spaghetti squash and have yet to try Zoodles, but have only heard amazing things about them!
  • Mexican Bowl: I use chicken, brown rice, black beans, corn salsa, red salsa, guacamole, and hot sauce. I typically dip a few chips into that mixture and it’s delish!!

DESSERT: 

I absolutely LOVE anything that involves the word dessert in it. I’m a huge fan of sugar, but since the New Year have vowed to wane off of it (and it’s absolutely working!). I no longer crave it like I used to which is so good for my body. However, don’t get me wrong, when I get the chance to eat a large bowl of ice cream or homemade cookies from my Mom, I sure as heck indulge! Some healthier dessert ideas that I love in the meantime are:

  • Halo Top Ice Cream: This ice cream literally has protein in it. It’s so good and I claim it’s good for you (in moderation of course) 😉
  • Protein Balls: I created a recipe here that you must try! They’re also a good snack to have on hand throughout the day or week!

Like I said before, I’m no expert in a specific diet, but I do know that eating clean, fresh, whole ingredients and avoiding processed foods is a whole lot better for your body and mind! Also remember, it’s all about balance 😉 If you want to splurge for one meal, do it, just be mindful the rest of the day. The best advice I can give is to keep healthy snacks on hand (such as a protein bar)AND listen to your body.

I’d love to hear if you have any favorite healthy recipes! Send them my way!

 

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March 22, 2017

WALK WITH EASE INTO SPRING IN THESE

ESPADRILLES: Tory Burch (+ free shipping) // DENIM: Topshop  (only $70) // CHAMBRAY: J. Crew (30% off right now!) // TEE: BP. (only $17) // SUNGLASSES: Quay (only $55) // BAG: Old, identical here // BRACELETS: Alex and Ani, Alex and Ani // RING: BP.

I welcomed Spring on Torey’s Treasures Monday with this gorgeous floral maxi dress (and 10 other dresses for Easter under $100)! But today I’m walking into Spring with ease in an everyday casual look that I’ve already been wearing on repeat.

First things first: if you haven’t bought yourself a pair of espadrilles for Spring and Summer, do yourself a favor, and buy a pair. This colorblock pair I’m wearing is an effortless slip-on and the most comfortable shoe that will give you a pulled together look with either cut off denim shorts, leggings, distressed denimmini skirts, you name it. Below are some of my favorite espadrilles of the season (most UNDER $50):

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March 20, 2017

FIRST DAY OF SPRING IN THE PERFECT FLORAL EASTER DRESS

DRESS: Windsor c/o // SHOES: Marc Fisher, LOVE this pair ($59 dupe here) // BAG: GiGi New York // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker (50% off right now!) // NECKLACE: Bauble Bar // RING: BP.  

 

Happy official first day of Spring! I can’t even believe it…I feel like I was just writing my Hello 2017 post on Torey’s Treasures and now here we are welcoming sunshine, flowers, and flowy dresses!  One good thing about the time flying by is the new seasons and exciting trends that come along with them 🙂 I love that warmer weather is ahead, and I’ll get a ton of opportunities to wear these comfortable (and oh so flattering) wedges that were just restocked! Also, how perfect is this $54 dress for upcoming Easter!?

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite floral and flowy dresses for Spring ALL UNDER $100 right here (just scroll + click the picture to shop):

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March 15, 2017

MY FAVORITE 2017 SPRING TREND THAT YOU NEED TO START WEARING NOW

DRESS: Windsor (only $38) c/o // WEDGES: Marc Fisher, LOVE these ($59 dupe here) // BAG: Tory Burch (similar here) // NECKLACE: Bauble Bar // RING: BP. // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker (currently 50% off!!!) // WATCH: Daniel Wellington c/o // BRACELET: J.Crew Factory

Although you may not be pulling out your swimsuits and cutoff shorts just yet, Spring is quickly approaching and this outfit is the epitome of the hot (and my FAVORITE) Spring trends: blue and white stripes, off the shoulder, and ruffles! Seriously, how much better can one piece of clothing get? This dress has it all 😉

If you’ve been following me on Instagram lately, you know I’ve been loving anything with light blue + white stripes lately…especially this top and this dress! And do you remember these “it” shoes for Spring from this post?! Well, hurry because they’re selling out quick everywhere and they’re a MUST HAVE for the warmer months ahead! Start shopping and wearing the off the shoulder, ruffles, and stripes trend now before flowers start blooming, and you’ll have a major leg up in the fashion game by the time warm weather arrives 😉

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March 10, 2017

WHY + HOW TO MIX UP YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINE TO MAXIMIZE RESULTS

LEGGINGS: Alo (come in tons of other colors here) // TANK: Gap Fit (under $15, 40% off now + comes in 5 colors) // SPORTS BRA: Lululemon // WATER BOTTLE: Swell // YOGA MAT: Lululemon // SANDALS: Havaiana

If you workout consistently and frequently you deserve a high five (and maybe even a cookie to reward yourself) in my book!  However, the more you workout, the more important it is to switch up your workout routine. It’s especially important to switch things up at the gym if you are starting to get bored or you’re beginning to consider working out a chore!

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that fitness and health is a top priority in my life. I understand that everyone’s lifestyle, routines, athletic abilities, and priorities may be different, so this is just what works for me. The key to success for you, is finding what works.

With that being said, I’ve built working out into my routine, and to be honest, don’t know what I would do without it! So as contradictory as this might sound, the more you stay consistent, the more you need to switch things up. For example, my weekly work outs typically look something like this:

  • Monday: Spin Class + Abs
  • Tuesday: Body Pump (strength training) + Abs
  • Wednesday: HIIT Class (strength training + cardio)
  • Thursday: Hot Yoga Sculpt (hot yoga + weights)
  • Friday: Spin Class + Abs
  • Saturday: HIIT Class (strength training + cardio)
  • Sunday: Hot Yoga Sculpt (hot yoga + weights)

As you can see from my weekly workout schedule, I switch it up every day. This allows me to maximize the results that I want to see and also keeps working out engaging and fun! I’ve recently been adding in some BBG workouts which I’ve been loving 🙂 If you’re stuck in a rut or are looking for some new ideas, there’s so many fun ways to get in shape and stay in shape:

  • Groupon: Look under the fitness tab and you can try different gyms and classes for a fraction of the normal price. This is an awesome way to try out a variety of workouts in your area and then stick with what works!
  • Youtube: If you’re looking to get in shape, but don’t want to pay the price, there are some awesome workout videos you can do from the comfort of your home (I love looking at Love Sweat Fitness videos!) Just “search” for the specific workout you want: ex. ab workout. Keep in mind, this takes a lot of self discipline to make yourself workout at home!
  • BBG (Kayla Itsines) workout and Tone It Up (Karena and Katrina): These women are amazing motivators, and inspiration in the health and fitness world! They’ve both built an incredible community of strong like-minded women who want to live a healthy lifestyle. I highly recommend checking them out on Instagram too!

What is your favorite way to workout!? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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