My Favorite At-home Workout {Full Body}

Hey yall!

Since the start of 2018, I have been extremely motivated to workout and take care of my body, so I wanted to write a blog post about my favorite workout to do when I can’t get to the gym. It only takes about 10-15 minutes if you do it on its own, or you can turn it into a circuit and do this entire workout a few times in a row for a real burn. 

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Growing up as a dancer, I never really had to worry about getting my exercise in. I would work out at home when I wasn’t at the studio, but it was never a worry as to whether or not I was active that day. After graduating high school and starting college, I realized that I was spending more time at a desk and less time at the barre. Because of this, I’ve discovered a new love for the gym, and I’m so happy to now incorporate weight training as well as cardio into my gym routine!

I know some people would much rather workout from the comfort of their own home (this workout is for you!), but I find something so motivating about being at the gym! It’s become such a stress relief for me. Although I love the gym, sometimes it just doesn’t happen in a day. Studying, spending time with my family, and getting everything prepped for the week ahead are all things that can make it hard to drive the loooooooong 15 minutes to the gym for a workout. I mean, I can do this entire workout in the time that it takes for me to even get to the gym!

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My Favorite At-home Workout {Full Body}

  • Warm up with 2 minutes of jumping jacks 
  • Continue with 3 minute run in place
  • 2-minute of ab crunches
  • 1-minute of mountain climbers
  • 1-minute break… breathe, breathe, breathe!
  • 30 seconds of push-ups
  • 3-minute of squats
  • 1-minute plank
  • 1.5-minute squat jumps
  • Cool down with 5-10 minutes of yoga or stretching

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Working out can definitely be difficult. Starting to get into a routine with working out is even more so. Just enjoy the process and take the first step. Don’t walk into the gym your first day and expect to walk out with a six-pack. Just walk into the gym the first day. Do a few crunches or push-ups when you get up in the morning.  The best thing about working out is that it is about iterative and gradual steps of improvement. Just take the first one!

Much love,

Chloe

All of the opinions of the products in this blog posts are my own. This post is in no way affiliated with Gap, Under Armour, Nike, or Fitbit. 

 

4 Easy Breakfasts (Gluten-free + vegetarian!)

Hey y’all!

In this weekend’s blog post, I wanted to share with you my top 5 healthy breakfast recipes. All of these recipes are so quick and easy, and so good for you too! Also, they’re all gluten-free & vegetarian, so there are options for every diet. Hope you enjoy! 

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AVOCADO TOAST

Avocado toast is so easy and is such a good way your start your day! It’s so full of healthy fats and antioxidants to get your brain going. I like to use gluten-free bread or a rice cake!

  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice 
  • A pinch Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Sliced bread or a rice cake

Mash avocado, mix with lemon & salt. Spread on a piece of toast or a rice cake, top with tomato (and some Sriratcha 🙂 ) and you’re good to go!

APPLE CINNAMON OVERNIGHT OATS

These Apple Cinnamon overnight oats are SO yummy!  I don’t think there’s an easier, healthier, more delicious breakfast out there. Throw everything in a jar, shake it up, and it’s ready in the morning for an easy grab-n-go breakfast! Linked here is another overnight oat recipe that I hope you’ll love too.

  • 1/2 cup Vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/4 cup Plain or Vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Applesauce or freshly grated apple (my fav)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Add all ingredients to a container with an airtight lid ( I like to use a jar) and shake well to combine. refrigerate overnight, top with chia seeds, more cinnamon, or whatever you’d like! 

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SMOOTHIE BOWL

If you watch my Instagram stories ( @simplejoyofbeing ), you have probably seen this smoothie bowl a MILLION times. I decided to include the recipe here, because y’all, I’m obsessed. This is definitely my all-time favorite smoothie. It reminds me of a fruit sorbet that I had at the beach once, but full of good-for-you yumminess! Linked here is another one of my favorite smoothie recipes that I hope you love as much as I do!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped + frozen fruit (I like mango, strawberry, pineapple, & peach!!!)
  • 1 cup fresh spinach or kale, whichever you prefer (I like both!)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (vanilla or unsweetened)
  • 1/2 scoop vegan protein powder
  • 5 ice cubes

Toppings:

  •  Goji berries
  • Chia seeds
  • Fresh fruit
  • Granola (see next recipe) 

Blend all ingredients in a blender & pour into a bowl. Top with the toppings I have listed here, or use your own!

“COOKIE DOUGH” GREEK YOGURT

Y’all, this yogurt tastes EXACTLY like cookie dough, but it’s so good for you ( and acceptable to eat for breakfast:) ). It also only takes a minute to whip up, and definitely gives your everyday greek yogurt an upgrade. It’s packed with protein and has chocolate, so whats not to love?  

  • 1 serving container vanilla or plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • A few chocolate chips to top it off 🙂

Mix all ingredients and top with a few chocolate chips. Enjoy your cookie dough for breakfast… you’re welcome 🙂

I hope you all enjoy these super easy breakfasts as much as I do! 

Much love, 

Chloe♥

“Let all that you do be done in love” 1 Corinthians 16:14

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Coconut Overnight Oats

Hey y’all! 

This semester, my goal is to make more healthy breakfasts and to not just settle for cereal and almond milk. Not only do overnight oats have WAY more nutrients than most cereal, they are packed with protein to keep you full all day (perfect for a long day of classes)! Here I’ll be giving yall one of my  favorite overnight oat recipes These overnight oats are rich, creamy, and filled with fresh fruit. It’s truly like eating dessert for breakfast! And, better yet, there’s no prep time! Just mix them up the night before (this takes 5 minutes) and store them in easy grab-n-go airtight containers for easy breakfasts throughout the week. You can eat these cold & straight from the jar, or heat them up for a nice warm breakfast. Enjoy!

Blueberry Coconut Overnight Oats

Serves 1
  • 1/2 cuprolled oats
  • 1/4 cupcoconut milk
  • 1/4 cupalmond milk
  • tablespoonmaple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1teaspoonvanilla extract
  • pinchof salt
  • 1/2cupfresh blueberries
Additional Toppings (optional)
  • fresh blueberries
  • chia seeds
  • shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Combine oats, milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract, salt and maple syrup in a large bowl. Stir together until well combined.
  2. Fold in fresh blueberries.
  3. Transfer to two 8 ounce mason jars, cover, and the refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready, top with desired toppings and enjoy!

Kale & Broccoli Salad

Hey yall!

This kale & broccoli salad is so easy to make! Only a few ingredients, a couple of minutes and you can have a huge bowl all to yourself. It’s packed with superfoods, nuts, seeds, and dried berries, and is so delicious. This salad pairs perfectly with my Maple Vinaigrette, which you can find here. It’s sweet, tangy, and goes great with the slight bitterness of the kale. 

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I made this recipe for Christmas, and it was so nice to have a healthy-but-yummy dish to have alongside the abundance of casseroles and cheesy ravioli (which we make ourselves! I’ll post the ravioli recipe soon!).  

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Kale & Broccoli Salad 

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch broccoli, chopped 
  • 4 cups of kale
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbs unsalted sunflower seeds

Directions

Remove stems and roughly chop kale and broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Chop pecans if not pre-chopped (or use them whole). Toss kale, broccoli, pecans, and dried cranberries. top with sunflower seeds and maple vinaigrette. Note: I like tossing with the vinaigrette about 15 minutes before I serve it because the kale will soften in the vinaigrette. Serve & enjoy!

5 Tips On How To Stay In Shape With A Busy Schedule

Hey y’all! With a busy schedule like mine, I sometimes find it hard to stay in shape. Between classes, work, sleep, studying, and other day-to-day things, it gets a little tough to find time to squeeze in a workout. In this post, I’m going to give y’all some tips on what to do to stay in shape when you have a busy schedule. Let’s get started!

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ONE.

Do a 3-minute workout before you get in the shower or when you get in or out of bed. For example, every time you get out of bed in the morning do 100 ab crunches, 10 push-ups, 20 squats, and 30 calf raises. It’s fast, easy, and wakes you up and gives you endorphins to start your day on a good note. As Elle Woods from Legally Blonde says, “exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people don’t kill their husbands. they just don’t.”

TWO. 

Take the stairs to class instead of the elevator. And let me tell you, that elevator looks really lovely at 8:00 am when your course is on the 3rd floor. But taking the stairs adds a little workout to your day, and just think: even if you didn’t do anything else today, you walked up a few flights of stairs. Be proud. 

THREE.

Take a pure barre class or other fitness class that’s in your area. Lots of places offer cycling classes, barre classes, yoga classes, or pilates classes where you can just show up and pay for a class. These classes are usually only an hour-long and really work all of your muscles.  Also, a lot of gyms have classes like these every day, so if you have a gym membership, you can usually go to these classes at your gym for free. 

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Go for a walk. Yeah, I know, a lot of people don’t have time. But on weekends, or after dinner when your usually scrolling through Instagram (and hopefully following @simplejoyofbeing), take 15/30 minutes and go outside if it’s a beautiful day. I love being outside, and sometimes that’s all you need. 

FIVE. 

Simply find the time. I know, easier said than done. But this last semester I blocked off an hour and a half on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays that I would go to the gym. Mondays & Wednesdays, I would go right after I got out of class & finished homework at 3pm. Fridays, I went in the mornings before grocery shopping. After a few weeks, I got into a habit of going and HAD to go, or I felt like I didn’t accomplish my day. Next semester, I’m going to figure out a different time to go, but I’m going to block off the time and go to the gym never the less. Once you figure out a day and a time to go to the gym or do a home workout, you get into the habit, and it really makes a big difference. 

I hope you found this helpful! Now go workout instead of being on my blog 🙂

Much Love,

Chloe

I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

Hey yall! It’s national hot cocoa day, so I decided to share a healthy(-ish) alternative to the traditional hot chocolate. This is my favorite hot chocolate recipe, because it uses almond milk but is still super tasty. This recipe makes about 5 servings! I also included a single-serving recipe for those days you just want a little something sweet. 

Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups Almond milk (1 qt.) (I like the sweetened vanilla kind, but you can also use original)
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Dash  Himalayan pink salt & nutmeg or cinnamon (you can use regular salt, this stuff is just better in my opinion)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in medium saucepan & stir in water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk & stir until hot.  Remove from heat & add vanilla. Beat with a whisk until foamy, pour into mugs and enjoy!

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-Almond Milk Hot Chocolate for One-

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup almond milk 
  • Dash Himalayan pink salt & nutmeg or cinnamon

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in large mug. Heat almond milk in a microwave for 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Gradually add hot almond milk to cocoa mixture in mug, stirring until well blended. Stir in vanilla. DONE!

Hope you enjoy!

Chloe

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7