Food, Lifestyle, Recipes

On-The-Go Hearty Breakfasts

Our fast-paced lives can get the best of us, but it’s crucial to reserve time for breakfast each day (if we are to protect anything). You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! When you jumpstart your day on a positive note with a hearty breakfast, you’ll not only be getting the nutrients and energy you need to fuel your activity, but you’ll also simply be happier! With that said—here are three perfectly satisfying, filling, and healthy breakfasts to bring with you on-the-go.

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Yogurt Parfaits

via The Chic

Greek yogurt / Berries / Pomegranate seeds / Granola / Sliced almonds / Plastic storage containers

 

Baked Oatmeal Muffins

via The Wholesome Dish

Eggs / Canola oil / Brown sugar / Applesauce / Milk / Vanilla extract / Ground cinnamon / Rolled oats / Baking powder

Optional: your favorite toppings (fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.)

 

Apple Sandwiches

via The Kitchn

Rolled oatsGround cinnamon / Peanut butter / Honey / Raisins / Apple

 

There you have it—easy, filling, and packable lunches to bring with you when you’re on the go. For an even more carefree morning, prep these the night before. While you’re at it, pack a lunch, too!

What’s your favorite on-the-go breakfast? Tell us in the comments below!

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Food, Lifestyle, Sport

Post-Workout Snacks to Refuel and Replenish

Grabbing a bite to eat after a strenuous workout is a must, as proper nutrients are essential to replenishing your body! We know, we know, you’re dying to start your “cheat meal a few days early, but you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health. We talked to Brooke Alpert, a NYC-based nutritionist and founder of B Nutritious, who knows exactly what your body needs to stay fit and healthy long after the workout is over. She dished to us a list of delicious snacks to treat yourself post-workout.

Apple with peanut butter

Apple with peanut butter

“This is an easy and very portable snack option, especially if you use the individual packets from Wild Friends Foods.”

Quick anti-inflammatory smoothie

Anti-inflammatory

“I love adding whey protein from Reserveage (they have a great unsweetened one!) to a smoothie for a great recovery. Throw in some coconut water and ½ cup pineapple, and you get all the recovery you could need from that HIIT workout!

Perfect Bar

Perfect Bar

“I love these bars! They are loaded with tons of nutrients, and they are delicious. My personal pick is the peanut butter flavor, and the smaller size is the perfect post-workout snack!”

Temple Turmeric Drinks

Temple Tumeric

“The new dark cherry flavor is a great way to help your muscles recover. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and a great relief to your muscles after a tough workout with weights.”

Quinn Popcorn

Quinn Popcorn

“This popcorn is delicious and GMO-free. It’s a great snack any time of day, but also great for a post-workout to help replenish your glycogen stores.”

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Beauty, Beauty Hacks, Food, Health, Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks

4 Suprising Uses For Oats

You’re probably familiar with some uses for oats, such as oatmeal granola and cookies. But did you know that oats have plenty of uses besides feeding your appetite?

The versatile grain is handy for a number of non-dietary purposes, from creating soothing beauty products to making natural clay for your kids.

Oats as a beauty regimen:

When it comes to beauty and skincare products, oats and oatmeal have been a long time favorite ingredient. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, oats are an effective home remedy for relieving itchy skin. Oats are also a popular option for natural face masks or scrubs, wether bought in a store or created at home. Mix oats wit a tiny bit of salt and water for a DIY scrub.

More ways to use oats:

Some other surprising ways to tap into the power of the versatile grain:

  • Put an open bowl of oats in your fridge to help eliminate stinky smells.
  • Mix rolled oats with flour and add a bit of water and food coloring to create molding clay for your kids to play with.
  • Add oats to ground beef to get more bang for your buck when making meatloaf or meatballs.

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Food, Science, Tips & Tricks

The Benefits Of Chocolate, According To Science

Almost everyone likes to eat chocolate and no one would complain if you told them it was actually good for you. But that may very well be true.

I recently read on article about it, it said that chocolate isn’t all sugar and calories. Scientific research suggests that there are beneficial properties in dark chocolate. Personally, I prefer milk chocolate but what can you do.

Dark chocolate containts antioxidants, which terminate the chain reactions that create harmful free radicals. Flavonols are present in cocoa, which, acording to recent research, may enhance brain blood flow and improve cognitive health.

Many people (including me) would tell you that eating chocolate has the ability to just make them feel better and there’s science to explain it! Eating chocolate releases serotonin in your brain, which is a ‘feel-good’ chemical and mood stabilizer.

So, why is chocolate so good for you?

  1. The amount of sugar, flavoring and dairy of a piece of chocolate can be identified by the remainder of the precentage cacao it has.
  2. The impact the flavor of chocolate in the processing, you can under- or overroast the bean, keep it raw, ferment differently and more.
  3. Your brain releases the feel-good chemical serotonin when you eat chocolate.

What are you waiting for? Go get yourself a piece of chocolate and enjoy it guilt-free! Follow my blog for more amazing posts like this one!

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Food, Health, Sport, Tips & Tricks

Post-Workout Snacks to Refuel and Replenish

Grabbing a bite to eat after a strenuous workout is a must, as proper nutrients are essential to replenishing your body! We know, we know, you’re dying to start your “cheat meal a few days early, but you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health. We talked to Brooke Alpert, a NYC-based nutritionist and founder of B Nutritious, who knows exactly what your body needs to stay fit and healthy long after the workout is over. She dished to us a list of delicious snacks to treat yourself post-workout.

Apple with peanut butter

Apple with peanut butter

“This is an easy and very portable snack option, especially if you use the individual packets from Wild Friends Foods.”

Quick anti-inflammatory smoothie

Anti-inflammatory

“I love adding whey protein from Reserveage (they have a great unsweetened one!) to a smoothie for a great recovery. Throw in some coconut water and ½ cup pineapple, and you get all the recovery you could need from that HIIT workout!

Perfect Bar

Perfect Bar

“I love these bars! They are loaded with tons of nutrients, and they are delicious. My personal pick is the peanut butter flavor, and the smaller size is the perfect post-workout snack!”

Temple Turmeric Drinks

Temple Tumeric

“The new dark cherry flavor is a great way to help your muscles recover. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and a great relief to your muscles after a tough workout with weights.”

Quinn Popcorn

Quinn Popcorn

“This popcorn is delicious and GMO-free. It’s a great snack any time of day, but also great for a post-workout to help replenish your glycogen stores.”

What’s in your post-workout routine? Have you tried any of these products? Tell us in the comments below! Head to the Influenster website for more! Follow my blog for more amazing posts at least 2 day!

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Food, Health, Recipes, Tips & Tricks

On-The-Go Hearty Breakfasts

Our fast-paced lives can get the best of us, but it’s crucial to reserve time for breakfast each day (if we are to protect anything). You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! When you jumpstart your day on a positive note with a hearty breakfast, you’ll not only be getting the nutrients and energy you need to fuel your activity, but you’ll also simply be happier! With that said—here are three perfectly satisfying, filling, and healthy breakfasts to bring with you on-the-go.

 

Yogurt Parfaits

via The Chic

Greek yogurt / Berries / Pomegranate seeds / Granola / Sliced almonds / Plastic storage containers

 

Baked Oatmeal Muffins

via The Wholesome Dish

Eggs / Canola oil / Brown sugar / Applesauce / Milk / Vanilla extract / Ground cinnamon / Rolled oats / Baking powder

Optional: your favorite toppings (fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.)

 

Apple Sandwiches

via The Kitchn

Rolled oatsGround cinnamon / Peanut butter / Honey / Raisins / Apple

 

There you have it—easy, filling, and packable lunches to bring with you when you’re on the go. For an even more carefree morning, prep these the night before. While you’re at it, pack a lunch, too!

What’s your favorite on-the-go breakfast? Tell us in the comments below! Head to the Influenster website for more! Follow my blog for more amazing posts at least 2 day!

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Beauty Hacks, Food, Product Reviews, skin, Tips & Tricks

Ingredient Breakdown: Eggs

By now, most skincare fanatics know that miracle, fix-it-all ingredients don’t really exist. In fact, science shows that a beauty routine that incorporates several high-powered ingredients is the best way to combat signs of aging, skin damage, and all those other fun things we deal with on a daily basis. But, how do you know which ingredients are worth the hype? We’re making it easy! In this series, we’ll give you the must-know info on both trending and mainstay ingredients. Today we’re spotlighting a kitchen staple—eggs.

Eggs are like mini powerhouses. Each one packs a punch with a combination of nourishing vitamins and minerals. This potent product is notoriously difficult to package and distribute but (no surprise here) innovative Korean brands have recently been able to bottle up eggs into products you can use daily to fight wrinkles, promote brightness, and minimize the appearance of pores.

The Ingredient: Eggs

Also known as: your favorite breakfast food

Quick take: tightens pores, battles puffiness, nourishes skin with fatty acids and vitamins

Claims to fame: You already know that eggs are packed with body-loving protein and vitamins and those benefits translate easily to your skin. Eggs contain copper, manganese, choline, and vitamins B6, A, and E, all of which promote collagen production, nourish skin, and help to minimize pores and de-puff. Egg whites are also highly effective cleansers.

Where to find it:

1. Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Soap Facial Cleanser, $20, at Sephora

 

2. Too Cool For School Egg Cream Sheet Mask, $6 at Sephora

3. PHYTO Secret de Nuit Hydrating Regenerating Night Treatment, $40, at Sephora

 

Which egg-based products do you love? Have you ever tried egg products in your skincare routine? Tell us in the comments below! Head to the Influenster website for more! Follow my blog for more amazing posts at least 2 day!

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Food, InstaTrend, Product Reviews, Reviews

Instagram Food Trends You’ll Want to Try

Every once in a while, a totally Instagrammable food item is created and we can’t get enough. These trends have changed the way we enjoy some of our favorite treats. Whether you’re looking for an over-the-top dessert or a new take on a favorite meal, these creations are sure to catch your eye. Here are some of the coolest food trends from this year. Read on to learn where you can try these trends:

Rainbow Bagels

These bagels are the creation of Brooklyn Bagel Artist, Scot Rossillo. His store, The Bagel Store, has gone viral with the colorful carb. Instagrammers around the world have traveled to get one of these cotton candy and funfetti-filled bagels. They’re so popular, many other stores around the country have begun to copy these eye-catching breakfast finds.

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Sushi Donuts

Instagrammer So Beautifully Raw created this mouthwatering take on sushi and has foodies wanting to try it for themselves! These aesthetically pleasing sushi bites are as beautiful as they are tasty.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGVTMSfFURD/embed/?v=7

 

Over-the-Top Milkshakes

Last summer, the Australian cafe Pâtissez made news with their decadent, artisanal milkshakes. Stateside, New York City burger joint Black Tap has created their massive milkshakes that have customers lining up to give them a try.

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Sushirrito

There’s finally a solution for when you can’t decide if you want sushi or a burrito for dinner. The sushirrito wraps up all the goodness of your favorite sushi in the form of a burrito. This trend started at San Francisco restaurant Sushirrito and has since been added the menu of restaurants across the country.

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Luxury Doughnuts

These are not your standard glazed or cream-filled doughnuts. Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, Oregon has been getting attention for their incredible doughnut creations. With an extensive menu that includes maple-bacon, Arnold Palmer-flavored, and Captain Crunch-topped doughnuts, you’ll be planning your trip to Portland ASAP!

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Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches

These ice cream sandwiches have been spreading like wildfire throughout New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. In this tasty treat, two fried churro cakes cradle ice cream for a dessert that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Los Angeles-based Churro Borough is credited with creating the first sandwich and has since had visitors from across the country flock to the restaurant.

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Beauty, Fashion, Food, Lifestyle, Reviews, Tips & Tricks

We’re Getting Paid to Shop Online, Are You?

Need an excuse to justify your shopping habits? We’ve partnered with Ebates—an online shopping tool that pays you to shop—to take their savings strategy for a spin and it might just be the easiest way to shop and save that we’ve ever tried.

According to the Ebates website, “You get Cash Back at over 2,000 stores every time you start your shopping trip at Ebates. There are no points to redeem, no forms to mail in, and no fees. Stores pay Ebates a commission for sending you their way, and Ebates shares the commission with you as cash back.”

Here’s how to get started:

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How to get the most out of Ebates (aka get more cash back!):

The Ebates Cash Back Button: The Ebates Cash Back Button sits in the corner of your browser. The button will alert you when cash back is available on any website you land on so you never miss a chance to get cash back. The Cash Back button is available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

Bonus points: You can earn referral bonuses when your friends sign up and make their first purchase of $25 or more. Occasionally, Ebates will also run Refer-a-Friend giveaways where you’ll get an entry into the contest for every friend you refer.

The Ebates App: The Ebates app makes shopping on Ebates easier than ever. Plus, you’ll get a notification every time cash is added to your account so you can watch the money pile up! Plus, Ebates hosts Cash Back days where members can score extra cash back in the app.

Daily Deals: Ebates gives you access to the best coupon, promo codes, and special offers on the Internet. That means no more searching for hours to find deals. Simply log on to Ebates and check out the daily deals, then start shopping!
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Recipes, Tips & Tricks

Boozy Twists On A Classic Vanilla Shake

What’s better than a rich and creamy milkshake to beat the summer heat? Try a boozy, rich and creamy milkshake! If you tuned into our Facebook Live yesterday for National Vanilla Milkshake Day, you know how simple it is to whip up a shake —or three. Missed the fun? Don’t worry, you can always go to our Facebook Page and re-watch the video. Either way, we’re sharing some delicious milkshake recipes below so you can try them out yourself! (Note: some recipes contain alcohol, and you must be 21 year olds to enjoy. Drink responsibly!)

The Classic Milkshake

via Good Housekeeping

What’s in it: 5 scoops of vanilla ice cream / 1 cup of milk / 1 tsp. of vanilla extract

How do I make it: In a blender, combine ice cream, milk, and vanilla. Blend until the mixture is smooth and frothy, then pour into two tall glasses. Simple as that!

For our readers over 21, here’s how to add a little twist on the classic vanilla shake. Reminder: keep the same base ingredients of ice cream, milk, and vanilla!

The White Russian

via Who Needs A Cape

What’s in it: Kahlua / Vodka

How do I make it: Add alcohol according to your preference; for a boozier shake, add more!

If you’re more of a chocolate lover, these two ingredients will turn this White Russian into your kind of shake.

The Kahlua Mocha

via Neighbor Food

What’s in it: Chocolate syrup / Mocha iced coffee

How do I make it: Just like the White Russian, add both (or just one) ingredient according to your preference of flavor and thickness. Don’t forget, you can always add more ice cream, too. (Note: for the pretty design, drip some chocolate syrup along the inside edge of the cup.)

And there you have it! Three different vanilla-based milkshakes perfect for any summer day because after all, shouldn’t every day be National Vanilla Milkshake Day?

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