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Detox Bath

Happy Sunday! This is the first installment of a new series I will be doing weekly called Self Care Sunday. Life tends to get in the way with work, mom life, schedules and everything in between, leaving little time for ourselves. That little bit of “me time” is so important to combat stress. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite ways to fit in it! I would love to hear yours, as well!

Last week the topic of overindulging came up during two separate occasions with my girlfriends. We sometimes get caught up in treating ourselves a little too much, and the end result usually has us feeling less than stellar. One had an event coming up, and the other was looking to feel more comfortable in her jeans again, so I suggested trying a detox bath.

It isn’t a cure-all or permanent solution, but it yields a lot of great benefits, including eliminating toxins, strengthening your immune system, and promoting stress relief. It’s a great way to get your body back on track, and able to absorb nutrients better.

How I Take a Detox Bath:

Add the following ingredients to very warm water as you fill up your tub

  • 2 Cups Epsom Salts (I love this kind!)
  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Oil (optional)
  • 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Light a candle, grab a book and relax, as you soak for 20-30 minutes

Tips:

  • Drink plenty of water during & after your bath
  • Rinse off with cool water after your bath
  • A detox bath opens up your pores, so I don’t use any soaps, shampoos, or lotions, during or after my bath
  • Everyone’s body is different, a detox bath may not be right for you, so it’s always best to check with your doctor first
  • I give Hudson his own detox bath fit for his weight at the first signs of a runny nose to shorten the duration of a cold, with 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts, 1/4 Cup Baking Soda, 4 drops lavender or wild orange oil and let him soak for 15-20 minutes, while he drinks out of a sippy

My Favorite Essential Oils to Add:

  • Lavender or Serenity are my favorite to promote a good night’s sleep
  • Thieves or On Guard I use to really boost my immune system, or when I’m not feeling well
  • Peppermint I use to help fight fatigue
  • Grapefruit is uplifting, and a great mood booster

Have you ever taken a detox bath? I’d love to hear your variations!

Mediterranean Salad Pockets

I’m all about sticking to the 80/20 rule when it comes to nutrition. I actually crave healthy, clean foods, most of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t pass up vegan pizza, donuts, or Mexican food at any given chance, (ha!) but I like to spice things up with quick, easy lunches so I don’t resort to snacking throughout the day.

These salad pita pockets are filled with yummy veggies and full of flavor!

Mediterranean Salad Pita Pockets

  • Cucumbers, sliced
  • Grape Tomatoes, sliced
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Tabouli
  • Hummus (I use Black Garlic flavor!)
  • Vegan Mozzarella (goat/feta can be used!)
  • Protein Options: Chickpeas, Lentils or Grilled Chicken
  • Cholula (optional)

Enjoy!

Morning Wellness Latte

My morning go-to over the years have ranged from apple cider vinegar recipes to warm lemon water because they both have so many health benefits. Recently, I thought, why not combine them, with the addition of a few other superfoods?

The combination of ingredients really makes it beneficial to overall health from digestion to healthy skin, all while strengthening the immune system, perfect for flu season!

Health Benefits

Lemon Water – increases the metabolism, detoxifies, clears skin, improves digestion

Apple Cider Vinegar – reduces sugar cravings, strengthens the immune system, aids in digestion

Turmeric – helps joint & muscle health, strengths the immune system, promotes glowing skin

Ginger – relieves heartburn, fights infections, clears skin

Cayenne – boots metabolism, detoxifies,

great source of Vitamin E (anti-aging!)

Don’t get me wrong, this drink definitely has an acquired taste, especially if you aren’t used to using any of the ingredients. You can adjust the spices according to your liking, or start out slowly adding ingredients. I look forward to it for a little morning relaxation to start the day!

Morning Wellness Latte

  • 10 oz boiling water
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 TBSP ACV
  • 1 dash Turmeric
  • 1 shake Cayenne
  • 3 shakes Ginger

I’d love to hear your morning go-to drink, or if you’ve tried something similar to this one!

Xo Brittany

Red White & Blue Breakfast


I’ve always loved fruit & oatmeal for breakfast, but recently I have been adding a new spin, which is full of protein and tastes amazing! It’s super easy to meal prep too! I make a batch on Sunday and prep 4 bowls for the week. 

Makes 1 Serving

  •  1/2 Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Water
  • Cinnamon 
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1/2 cup Plain Unsweetened Yogurt (I use dairy-free Kite Hill)
  • 1 cup Berries
  • Stevia 

To make the oatmeal, add oatmeal, water, cinnamon, and salt to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. 

Once cooled, add to a bowl, and layer on yogurt and fresh berries. Enjoy! 

**i multiple the recipe by 4 for meal prepping 🙂 

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

I always look forward to my go-to breakfast, a tofu scramble loaded with veggies, cashew cheese, a drizzle of hot sauce and a slice of toast, but there’s something about Sunday mornings that makes me crave sweet indulgences. This weekend, I decided to try to whip up strawberry chia seed jam. I can’t believe I haven’t tried it in the past, it was so quick and easy and tastes absolutely delicious! It was amazing on sprouted grain toast with Earth Balance butter, but I can’t wait to try out thumbprint cookies for Christmas using the fresh jam! The fact that it’s guilt-free makes is an added bonus! 

  • 1 Bag Organic Strawberries, frozen 
  • Agave Nectar (I use Organic Agave Five, only 5 calories!) 
  • Chia Seeds

Place a bag of frozen organic strawberries into a pot and mash with a potato masher as they begin to cook. Once cooked through and mashed, add agave nectar to taste. Next add a generous amount of chia seeds until a thick consistency is reached. Transfer to a glass jar or bowl and let cool. Once cooled, seal the chia seed jam and place in the fridge to let flavors marry, for best taste! 

Vegan Cobb Salad

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I couldn’t be more excited for Spring weather and more fresh veggies available. I like to switch up my salads frequently with a variety of proteins, veggies, healthy fats and omega-3s. I swap out everything from vegan chicken, to sunflower seeds, to beets to keep it from getting boring. Prepping veggies early in the week, make this simple, yet nutrient packed salad easy to throw together for lunch or dinner.

Start out with a base. I love fresh romaine, and I wash and cut it up early in the week so salads are easily accessible. I deseed veggies like cucumbers and tomatoes, and cut up red onion. Healthy fats like fresh avocado, walnuts and sunflower seeds keep it filling. I always add a couple protein options like garbanzo beans, tofu, tempeh or veggie chicken strips. My favorite vinaigrette is equal parts Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Organic Red Wine Vinegar, mixed with Pink Himalayan Salt, Fresh Ground Black Pepper, Granulated Garlic and Oregano.

What are your favorite salad combos?

Morning Links

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Ankle boots have been my closet staple for the past 6 or more years. I have a seriously weakness for this cutout style. The right shoe can update your entire look

I can’t wait to try this healthier version of Fettuccini Alfredo that’s vegan & can also be gluten free

Smart Beauty Hacks with products you probably already have on hand

I’ve been obsessed with the simplicity of this app, that pays you for scanning your grocery, beauty, and apparel receipts. Cash accumulates quickly, and you can transfer it into your Paypal account at any time. (Get a $10 bonus for signing up with this link or using this referral code: ethxieu when signing up with the app)

Shakeology has been apart of my daily morning routine for the last year. Vegan Chocolate is my go-t0, but Monday launched the newest flavor, Cafe Latte. If you’re a coffee lover it’s a must try, all the benefits sans the caffeine! (Cafe Latte is not vegan)

Eggplant Bun Burgers

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I can’t even tell you how excited I am for you to try this recipe! We are constantly grilling in the Summer, so this dish couldn’t be more perfect (or more simple!) Inspired by Fixate, it’s a healthier alternative to starches, and is heartier than my usual lunch swap, a lettuce wrap.

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I used Amy’s Sonoma Burgers (vegan/gluten free), and my hubby and I made homemade Turkey Burgers from the Fixate Cookbook.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 Large Eggplant, sliced thick

1 Small Tomato, sliced

1/4 Onion, sliced

1 Avocado, sliced

Lettuce

4 Burger Patties of choice

Olive Oil

Seasonings: Rosemary, Parsley, Pink Himalayan Salt, Fresh Ground Pepper

Condiments: Vegan Mayo, Organic Ketchup & Organic Mustard

Cheese, optional

Directions:

Mix olive oil with seasonings in a small bowl.

Brush eggplant and sliced onion with oil mixture, lightly.

Grill eggplant and onion until crispy.

Place burgers on the grill until cooked.

Layer on the toppings & condiments.

I served mine with my Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries. Yum!

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Health & Fitness Tips

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Health & Fitness have always been a huge part of my adult life, but since I started coaching, it has become my life. These are tips I live by, and share with my challengers daily to stay on track and stay motivated.

1. Drink warm lemon water upon waking up every morning. This helps with firing up your metabolism and detoxing your system, losing fat and improving digestion.

2. Stick to a portion controlled meal plan. Once you learn how much food and the portion of it you should be eating daily, you can learn to fit in your favorite foods and meals without overindulging. (The programs I use have been a lifestyle change for me, you can find the 21 Day Fix & 21 Day Fix Extreme here)

3. Make a weekly menu & stick to buying only what you need for it. This helps you stay on track, without snacking on bad foods, and also helps not to overspend at the grocery store.

4. Prep your food. Wash & cut up fresh fruits & veggies, and make them easily accessible for snacking or to grab & go. Make a big serving of homemade hummus or guac for the week, or brown rice or quinoa to add to your dinners.

5. Drink a protein packed, vitamin filled, superfood shake for breakfast daily. Vegan Chocolate Shakeology keeps me full, nixes any junk food cravings (it tastes just like dessert!) and gives me all of my vitamins, and nutrients for the day.

6. Complete one 30 minute workout per day, from toning, to pilates to yoga. I used to spend two hours at the gym doing cardio, and it never transformed my body like these 30 minute at home workouts have, with minimal cardio.

7. Stay hydrated throughout the day. This is crucial to weight loss and staying healthy. Shoot for drinking half your weight in ounces for the day.

8. Dry brushing before showering. This helps detoxify the body, improves circulation, tightens skin, exfoliates, and reduces the appearance of cellulite.

9. If you get hungry after dinner, drink a cup of decaffeinated tea. Cinnamon, peppermint, rooibos, pick your fave.

10. Never underestimate the power of weights, to tone your body and transform it (not bulk you up.) I’ve had much quicker results with my body becoming smaller and more fit and toned, than with any type of cardio.

11. Throw away the scale. Setting a goal to lose “x” pounds, can be discouraging, because sometimes your body is reaching non-scale victories much quicker. You may be losing inches, or pants sizes and not realize it because you are too stuck on the number on the scale.

12. Take before pictures. This isn’t for sharing, but sometimes you rely on seeing little differences, and you don’t see the big picture until you compare yourself to a picture of when you started. A photo can show a lot more than the scale can.

13. With each food & fitness choice, ask yourself, “Will this choice bring me closer to my goal?” This has been life changing. Results don’t come immediately. Take everything step by step. By making decisions based on your goals, each choice will be one step closer to getting you there.

14. Check in to keep yourself accountable. I encourage my challengers to check in with their workout & meal plan for the day at the end of the day in our online challenge group to keep themselves accountable. If you know you have to share your food and fitness choices with others at the end of the day, it may help you make healthier choices.

If you’re interested in making a change for a healthier lifestyle, and want to learn more about the programs, shakeology or my fitness groups, feel free to contact me fashionmeetsfit@gmail.com or visit my coach site.

Fixate Cookbook

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I can’t express how much the 21 Day Fix & 21 Day Fix Extreme meal plans have been a game changer. They aren’t a “diet,” they’re a guide to living a healthy, portion-controlled lifestyle, with room for indulgences.

Autumn Calabrese came out with 101 recipes from breakfast, lunch, dinner, soups, salads, dressings, side dishes, snacks, desserts and cocktails. They include Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian recipes. Each recipe labels the amount of containers, so it makes your life even easier. I love that she included a ton of kid-friendly recipes also, perfect for busy moms!

Here’s a sneak peek of four Fixate recipes here!

Fixate is available today on the shop section of my coach website! If you don’t have containers, you can purchase it with containers also.

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