8 Healthy & Delicious Smoothie Recipes!

Breakfast is considered one of the most important meals of the day. It provides your body the essential nutrients to keep your energy level up throughout the day. Nutrients are the substances in foods that are required to support body function and maintain health. Such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein. Try adding at least 1 cup of fruit to your diet daily.

Here are 8 Healthy & Delicious Smoothie Recipes: 

Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie

 

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Alaska Select Seafood SLC Launch Event

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Disclosure: Nina Talks has received a free product for this review. All opinions are my own.

Doing 21 credit hours this semester has been interesting to say the least… Last week I took a little break from studying and went on a “Seafood food coma” With the help of the fisherman from Alaska Select Seafood. I learned a few interesting facts that I thought I would share with you today. As you know, I’m a full time student working on her Nutrition Degree. When it comes to eating healthy, checking labels, and learning facts about food, count me in!

Did you know that the salmon you buy at your local store is not actually “fresh” and it is usually twice frozen? It was a crazy to hear that from the fisherman at Alaska Select Food. Something else I learned is that there aren’t a lot of places that offer “wild caught” seafood contrary to what that labels on your grocery stores packaging says.

Nick Lee (fisherman/owner of Alaska Select Seafood) message is : KNOW YOUR SOURCE. Where does your seafood actually come from? Are the labels correct?

I was lucky to be able to participate in their Alaska Select Seafood SLC Launch Event and make the food below:

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I was excited to find out that they actually have pick ups at locations around the country, twice a year. The Utah order deadline is coming up soon. The order deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 24. Pickup is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Salt Lake City Liberty Park 4:30-6:30 OR Draper Wheadon Park 7:30-9pm.

Use NINATALKS code at www.alaskaselectseafood.com to take 10% off (up to 3 quantity total): Smoked Salmon (5 lb box), Sockeye Salmon Portions (10 lb box), Snow Crab (3 kg/6.6 lb box).

If you watch my YouTube video below, it explains the percentages and things the FDA doesn’t want you to know.

The folks at the Alaska Select Seafood gifted me with sockeye salmon & black cod. I created the two recipes below:

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Sockeye Smoked Salmon with Avocado Smear Salad:
-Bake in the oven (315 degrees) with a little bit of coconut oil for about 20-25 minutes.
-Create a dry rub with: 1tsp of cumin, 1tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of black pepper, and 2 pinches of sea salt.
-Avocado Smear: 1 avocado, ½ lime, 1 tsp of cilantro. Chop the avocado in small cubes and add in lime & cilantro.
After baking it top it with lettuce, carrots, and cucumber. Smear avocado on top.

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Salmon Tacos with Peach salsa:
-Bake in the oven (315 degrees) with a little bit of coconut oil for about 20-25 minutes.
-Create a dry rub with: 1tsp of cumin, 1tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of black pepper, and 2 pinches of sea salt.
-Peach Salsa: ½ cup of chopped onions, ½ cup of chopped tomatoes, 1 chopped peach, ½ cup of chopped green bell peppers. Mix everything together.
-Use soft tortillas for the tacos.
– Add Salmon to a tortilla, top it with shredded lettuces and peach salsa.

Enjoy!

Nina

 

Harry Potter 5K Muggles battle Cancer with Dragons!

Today I’m Calling all Harry Potter Lovers!!! If you live in Utah there is such a fun even coming your way. Daniel and I wouldn’t miss this magical event so we will see you there! 

The event is at the Riverwoods on July 29 from 6:00-10:30PM.

The event is open to all and the 5k is $25. The 5k will start at 6:30.

There will be booths with games, face-painting, wand-making, s’mores, magical creatures, Horcrux Hunt, Costume contest, Quidditch ring toss, and a silent auction.

Mountain America Credit Union will be there with their “money machine” and Get Away Today will be there with their Sorting Hat.

There will be a magic show at 7:00PM. The silent auction will end at 8:00PM and the movie will start shortly thereafter (as soon as it’s dark).

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To register for the 5K go here:  http://www.active.com/provo-ut/running/distance-running-races/harry-potter-5k-muggles-battle-cancer-with-dragons-2017?int= 

What are you waiting for? Let all have an epic time in the best Harry Potter Way!

PS: We are totally dressing up!

See you there my lovely Muggles 😉

xoxo,

Nina

Disclosure: Nina Talks has received goods in exchange for this post. All opinions and LOVE for Harry Potter are her own. 

Superhero Workout – Powered by BodyArmor

{This post is sponsored by BODYARMOR all opinions are my own}

What if I told you that just like me, you could too be a superhero?

I bet  that you would look at me with a couple of different reactions… You would first think that I’m little crazy, then you would quietly list the qualities of a superhero in your head to see if you would fit any of them, finally you would have this inner voice agree with me and tell you how awesome you are and that you could too be a superhero!

Superhero: A benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers, such as Superman.

Although I consider myself a “Kick Butt Superhero” now, I’m here to tell you that it wasn’t always this way… Fitness has always been a huge part of my life. I grew up playing sports, dancing, and just stayed active most days. Life was great, then I went through hard times for a few years, and taking care of myself was the last thing on my list. At this point I had 2 kiddos that loved me dearly that needed my attention. My fitness Journey was put on hold. I would look in the mirror and just not like the person I was seeing.

Then on a warm summer day, while at the park with my kiddos, I looked at myself and realized that I wasn’t really taking good care of myself. I felt like a was a zombie. Just going day by day, and not really living. That’s when I decided to make the necessaries changes. Starting with self-love. Falling in love with yourself is a hard task to achieve. You have to truly believe in it. You have to make the necessary changes to achieve it, but I did it! Next came my fitness journey.

I had to start from square one. There were a lot of times that I wanted to quit and just go back to being that “mom zombie” I was before. NOT this time! I would take about 30-45 minutes to myself for a workout session, and my inner Wonder Woman would just come out. It was an amazing feeling I tell you! Hydration was also very important. I wanted to make sure that I was taking drinks that were beneficial to me.

If you read part one of Daniel’s and I love story, then you know that this Wonder Woman found her Superman! 

Finding someone that is there for you in very aspect of your life is great, but having someone that has the same exact passions is just… Just AMAZING!

During/After our workout we like to stay hydrated. It’s usually so hard to find a drink that we both enjoy and agree on. We count our Macro-nutrients, so finding drinks that aren’t full of sugar is a plus!

When we heard about BODYARMOR new LYTE Super drink we had to give it a try! The LYTE drinks that are not only refreshing, but have the best after taste. At 20/cal per serving. Naturally Sweetened. Contains coconut water, electrolytes and vitamins. This is a now a staple in our gym bag along with these items below:

  1. BODYARMOR 
  2. Peanut Butter Jar
  3. Gummy Fruit Snacks
  4. Protein
  5. Water 

Our workouts change weekly, but today I wanted to give you a glimpse at our Superhero Workout:

  • Warm up run – 5 minutes
  • Squats – 4 Sets of 15 reps
  • Push-Ups  30 total
  • Partner Sit-Ups 15 (or you can do regular sit ups on the floor 30).
  • Pull-Ups 10 (You can do it assisted by having your partner hold your legs)

You can add Dumbbells or whatever equipment you might have on hand to make this a bit more challenging. It all depends on your level of fitness. Watch the video below to get a small glimpse of what our workout looked like:

I hope that we have both inspired you to be your own version of a Superhero. Remember, not all superheros wear capes!

Thank you to BODYARMOR for powering our workout! You can find them at your local grocery stores. I have found them at the following locations in UTAH:

A Fresh Market : 1825 4700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84118

Smith’s Marketplace: 845 E 4500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Harmon’s: 5454 S Redwood Rd, Taylorsville, UT 84123

Stay in touch with them: FACEBOOKINSTAGRAMWEBSITE

 

THE HAPPIEST 5K ON EARTH!

*This post is an original from one of my old blogs, bear with me as I transition everything over to Nina Talks.
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The Color Run was founded in March 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”. We are the original paint race and have created a completely new genre of running events that continues to grow exponentially. I remember running my first ever The Color Run a few years back, I went in not knowing what to expect. After the first color station I was hooked! Something about running, and then getting chalk thrown at you makes me excited about running. As some of you know, I loathe cardio… This race is different, makes me like cardio a little bit, and will always be on my Summer Bucket List!

Another thing that I loved about this day was being able to run it with my best friend Sarah & the best blogging friend I’ve ever had Stacie from over at Stacie’s Place. They made it for an amazing experience!

They also work with local organizations in various cities they host events in. The Color Run’s number one goal, as it relates to local charities, is to increase cause awareness. We want to help shine a light on important issues. We hope our Color Runners will spend time on the website of our partner charities, join mailing lists, attend other events hosted by the charity and become an advocate for these causes. We give our charity partners a microphone to speak to thousands of good hearted people.

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What made this years race different was having my son being part of it! Seeing his face light up with excitement once he realized what was going, was just priceless! He has the sweetest soul that brightens up any room! Sharing this special moment with him was amazing. I will always look back at that day and cherish it! I’m thinking that this is going to be a Mommy and son yearly tradition for him and I :)!

There you have it, a little bit more about one of my favorite races, you should check out their site to see if there is one coming to your town soon! http://thecolorrun.com/events/

Editors note: To this day, Logan talks about the Color Run! He has the best memories from it and every time he wears his shirt he tells everyone about that one time he had chalk all over his face!

5 DIFFERENT PUSH UPS VARIATIONS

 

Back when I only did intense cardio as my workouts, the word push-ups was not in my vocabulary. I was very afraid of either hurting myself. Or be made fun of for not knowing what I was doing. Girl push-ups were the only thing I could do.When I started to get serious about fitness, and shifted my focus to weight lifting, push-ups were just the thing to do. Months after months of training. I perfected the man version of push-ups. There are days that I do about 45-50 push-ups at once. It’s now one of my favorite things to do. Often while at work, I will drop down and do 25 push-ups! Sometimes some of my coworkers do it with me. That makes my day!Here are 5 versions of push-ups that you should try:
1. “BOSU push-ups”  Turn a Bosu ball over, so that the halfball portion is on floor. Assume a push-up position and place your hands on the sides of the Bosu’s platform. Brace your core and glutes.  You can also alternate between legs:
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2. “Single leg push-ups” Begin at the top of the Push-up position with one hand out farther in front than the other. Lift the leg on your opposite side, keeping that knee straight and core tight.Keep your back straight and lower the torso under control. When you reach the floor, fire up your pecs and shoulders, and extend at the elbows to return to the starting position. Perform as many reps as yo need reps on one side, then repeat with your other hand forward and leg raised.
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3. ” Push Up to Side Plank” (or T Push-up) Begin at the bottom of the Push-up with your elbows bent and torso straight. Extend at the elbows to reach the high Push-up position.At the top of the movement, turn at the shoulders and reach one hand as high as possible toward the ceiling.Then reverse the motion and return under control back to the starting position.Switch between lifting your left and right arm on each rep.
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4. “Regular Push Ups” Start off by lying face down on the floor or on a mat with your feet together and arms shoulder width apart.Slowly draw your abs in, inhale and raise your body off of the floor until your arms are straight, keeping your head and neck level with your body as this will be your starting position.As you lower yourself down towards the ground, exhale until your chest almost touches the ground and you feel a stretch in your chest muscles. Hold for a count at the bottom position and then return back up to the starting position.
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5. “Incline Push Ups” Place your hands on a box, bench, or step instead of the floor.Low your body until your chest nearly touches the bench. Pause at the bottom, and then push yourself back to the starting position as quickly as possible. I have used a tire as well to do these push ups.
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There you have it! Now, go out and try a new variation for your next Push ups!
XO, Nina

Chia Seed Pudding

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Unless you’re living under a rock, you have heard of Chia Seeds by now. It’s one of my favorite seeds to use for healthy meals. It is so full of nutrients too! Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Here is a delicious chia seed pudding recipe that will have you asking for more:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut milk or milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup, honey or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 peach

Instructions

  1.  In a bowl, add milk, chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk together. Cover and refrigerate over night.
    Divide the chia pudding between four bowls and layer with chopped peaches.
    The chia pudding will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Calories per 2/3 cups: 143, Fat: 10, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 75, Potassium: 10, Carbs: 5, Fiber: 9, Sugar: 3, Protein: 5

Have a happy day!

Karina