Category Archives: Fitness

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!

DRINKS:

  • Like I said in the “breakfast” section, I typically have two cups of coffee to start my day. By 10am, I’m typically drinking water and then with lunch I always have a La Croix (my sparkling water obsession that you need to try). Then I drink a ton of water in the afternoon/evening! I’d say I drink close to 80-100 ounces of water a day. The more the better!

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 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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February 24, 2017

MESH ACTIVEWEAR + PUMP UP PLAYLIST

SHOES: Nike (on MAJOR sale, $59, 8 colors) // PANTS: Koral // TOP: Koral // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker // EARPHONES: Panasonic 

Happy FriYAY everybody! I’m coming at you today with some workout motivation. Personally, if I don’t stick to my regular workout routine, getting motivated to get to the gym can be harder than the workout class itself.

My two favorite incentives to kick my butt into gear and get active is new workout clothes (like these affordable/cute pants and top), and a fresh new pump up playlist. I threw in some oldies but goodies and some newer tracks to mix it up a little bit. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself humming along during your next workout you accomplish 😉 FYI: you can download this Pump Up playlist and save it to your free Spotify account by clicking below, or listen directly from your computer!!! 

I’d love to hear if you’d like to see more fitness related posts on Torey’s Treasures, so please don’t hesitate to comment or email me (torey@toreystreasures.com). Can’t wait to chat! Have an amazing weekend!

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January 24, 2017

COFFEE DATE (healthy + easy)

Every morning, about 5:30am, I roll out of bed and immediately B-line to the coffee maker. Besides the burst of caffeine, a warm cup of coffee in my hands is soothing and starts off my day on the right foot. I usually drink healthy coffee by just mixing cinnamon into the coffee grounds, and then pour a little “Silk Almond Milk Creamer” while I get ready for school. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with some delicious, easy, and healthy coffee alternatives that I really wanted to share with you! What I love about these recipes is the fact that they don’t have the $5 Starbucks price tag, they don’t have all the extra calories and sugar, and in my opinion, taste better than anything at a coffee shop! They both take less than 3 minutes to make, which is perfect for someone like me who’s always on-the-go…give them a try and enjoy in this super cute coffee mug or use this coffee thermal on your way out the door!

Cinnamon Vanilla Latte // via Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. freshly brewed dark roast coffee
  • 6 oz. full-fat canned coconut milk, warmed
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of vanilla bean powder

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a high-powered blender such as a NutriBullet (I bought this personal blender for only $34 and LOVE it) for 20 seconds.Serves two. Pour into mugs and that’s it! Easy peasy.

Vanilla Latte // via Tone It Up

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 shots espresso
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions: In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until well combined. Then, heat coffee in the microwave. You can also whip this up in advance and simply reheat it on your stovetop or in the microwave. Easy peasy!

 

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January 23, 2017

2 RULES TO FOLLOW WHEN WEARING ATHLEISURE

JOGGERS: Topshop (only $48, also come in black) // SWEATER: Make + Model // SNEAKERS: Nike (on MAJOR SALE for only $59) // DENIM JACKET: Gap // WATER BOTTLE: Swell // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker

If you have yet to notice, now you know: athleisure, which combines athletic clothing and leisure clothing, is the hottest trend to take over the fashion scene right now, and I am all for it! As someone who is obsessed with fitness, any opportunity that’s socially acceptable to go from the gym to brunch, and then out to run errands while still in my same gear is a trend I can fully support! Basically, athletic wear is no longer just limited to the gym…people (like me) are wearing yoga pants and sneakers to grab drinks and even to the office. Since I’m all too familiar with this trend, I’ve formulate my top 3 rules to follow when sporting the athleisure trend:

  1. Choose appropriate footwear: Crisp and clean sneakers are the way to go! I’m not saying you need to continuously buy new shoes, but take good care of the ones you have. (I frequently wash mine on cold and let them air dry).
  2. Invest in quality clothing that mix fashion and function: Keep it practical by investing in clothes that are made of good quality (moisture-wicking, quick drying, and form fitting), and that are neutrals (similar color palette).This will ensure that you can easily mix and match your sporty basics, like these joggers and sweatshirt, with your everyday casual go-to items, like this denim jacket. All it takes is one item to pull the whole sporty look together to be street appropriate.

So, what are you waiting for!? In my opinion, there’s nothing better than wearing a comfortable, low-maintenance outfit that is seamlessly fashionable!

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