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Thanksgiving Snack Ideas Under 300 Calories

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Eating anything under 300 calories during Thanksgiving, that isn’t plain lettuce, seems impossible. Especially at holiday gatherings where taste, not health, seems to win the day. That’s why I’ve put together two healthy snacks under 300 calories that are perfect to bring to parties. They are meatless, affordable, healthy, and easy to make. Between these two dishes, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Gym Essentials

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Staying motivated to go to the gym anytime past March of a new year is one of the most common struggles amongst those of us on a fitness journey. Trust me, there are many times when I don’t feel like getting out of bed and I have to force myself to get moving or I’ll simply fall back asleep.

Keeping this in mind, I began to reflect on the simple things I do that keep me motivated and in the game so that I can see results as quickly as possible. Besides watching tons of motivational fitness videos on YouTube or scrolling through Instagram, there are a few tools I use that keep my head in the game.

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How To Dress Athletic Body Types

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A NOTE TO ALL OF MY READERS

For a very long time I’ve felt ashamed of my athletic body type. I build muscle very easily, have always had bigger arms, shoulders, and calves than any of my female friends. I struggled finding my personal style in a sea of photos with beautiful petite and curvier women. Fitness pages give me inspiration, but I see a void in how to style that body type beyond workout clothing. This post is for all of you ladies who feel the same way and want a little inspiration. I’m consistently working on my fitness goals and don’t have the body I aspire to yet, but I’ve learned to appreciate what I have and feel proud of my muscles along the way. Thank you for recognizing my differences and appreciating them anyway.

MORE ABOUT MY BODY TYPE

My body type is athletic. I build muscle easily (when I commit to my workouts), I have a little bit of hip, and not much curvature in my torso. My somatotype is mostly mesomorph with traits of an endomorph (meso-endomorph). Mesomorph body types build muscles easily and tend to gain and lose weight easily. Here’s a great article, a quiz, a guide , and another article that explains somatic body typing in case you’d like to know yours.

SHOPPING DOS AND DONTS BY BODY PART

If you have an athletic body type and are looking to shop for new clothes, here are my personal tips that can help you find clothing that compliments your body. As you go through these, sound off in the comments and let us know if I forgot something or you’ve tried any of these and found success.

NOTE:  These tips are geared toward creating a more hourglass appearance.

ARMS

DO: Buy quarter length sleeves to make your arm appear slender. Go sleeveless to show off your defined arms, or get a sleeve that cuts right above biceps.

DON’T: Buy bat wing tops or tops that don’t fit well around the armpit. They don’t offer much shape and can make your muscular arms appear larger and less defined.

SHOULDERS

DO:  Racerback and Halter Top Cuts. They mimic the cut of a sports bra and show off defined shoulders and arms.

DO:  V-neck and scoop neck shirts. This cut draws the eye down vertically and give the illusion of more length.

DON’T: Buy short sleeves that cut horizontally across your deltoids. It accentuates large shoulders and may make your body look disproportionate. Caveat: If you love your shoulders (like I do) and want to make them stand out, there’s nothing wrong with that!

HIPS

DO: Cinch waist with a belt. This give the illusion of a waist with more curvature on the sides. This helps make your figure appear closer to an hourglass shape.

DO: Wear shirts tied around waist. This accentuates narrower hips.

DO: Midi length skirts with an a-line cut. Just make sure the skirt cut above the knee. If you have extremely narrow hips, wear a belt for added shape. I happen to have small hips, so I love wearing high waisted pencil skirts with a belt. The belt cinches my waist and the tight skirt shows off my bum.

DO: Peplum tops and dresses. As long as the frills fall lower at the the hip, it will give a beautiful hourglass affect. Some peplum sits too high on the waist, so be sure to avoid cuts with peplum that’s too short.

FAKE A SMALLER WAIST

DO: Wear high-waisted or mid-rise jeans.  It will lengthen the look of stocky muscular legs and hug the smallest part of your waist.

DO: Pair crop tops with high waisted pants and skirts. The bit of skin the shows is usually at the smallest part of your waist and will make you look even more fit.

DONT: Wear tops that are too wide or have boxy shapes. It will hide the curves you work hard to build and at times make you look bulky and less put together.

DONT: Wear high waisted jeans if you truly have no hips. This will accentuate that fact. Mid-rise is best, especially if you can find a pair with a light wash specifically across the hip area. The light parts on the jeans make those areas look fuller.

SHOES

DO: Wear thin ankle straps or no straps at all. Wearing styles that are opposite of your physique can help tremendously in the shoe category. If you have wider angles and calves, opt for shoes that balance the look.

DONT: Wear a shoe that’s too chunky around the ankle or too bulky. This one you can take with a grain of salt because I’m all for comfort. However, generally speaking, slender silouettes and pointy toe shoes give legs a more slender dainty appearance. For practicality I’ve included shoes that have the best of both worlds. They offer some more girth in the heel to support stockier muscles, but have a feminine silouette.

RULES DON'T MEAN ANYTHING!

The most important thing is confidence. Acceptance is Queen and if you accept what you have, it will shine brighter than any “trick” you can pull off. Have fun, give these tips a try and share your own tips in the comments below. We all are here to help each other!

Green Protein Smoothie

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GREEN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

Okay, I’m going to be honest with you. When you are just beginning or getting back in your groove, workouts SUCK. But beyond working out, keeping track of what I consume sucks even more. I know the benefits and I always feel better, but refusing that delicious piece of cheesecake hurts almost every time.

Okay, I got off track. Before or after my “glorious” workouts, I drink protein smoothies. Why? Long story short, they fill you up fast and help build muscle. Sexy.

INGREDIENTS
2 cups spinach
1 banana
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup of lite vanilla greek yogurt
2 cups frozen berry mix (strawberry, raspberry, blueberry)
2 tablespoons almond butter

First, put the coconut milk and spinach in the blender. Blend. Blending greens first helps blend them smoother getting rid of any gritty texture.  Next, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Add Ice if your berries aren’t frozen.

ANOTHER EASY PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

TRY THEM

If you try any of these or have any other smoothie ideas, please comment down below and share. I’m also always game for more eating habits tips.