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Date Truffles 4 Ways

Date Truffles by Taylor Walker Fit

My sweet tooth has been off the charts lately! I want caramel brûlée lattes from Starbucks and even found myself buying ice cream sandwiches from Whole Foods the other day! Sugar cravings usually aren’t my jam, but for some reason the season gets me in the mood for total indulgence. Do you feel the same way? I can usually have a bite or two of something sweet before I am satisfied and ready to move on. I decided to create these date truffles because I wanted something that was sweet enough to feel decadent, but healthy enough to check the guilt at the door.

I was first introduced to dates while spending the new year in Paris. The hotel we were staying at placed fresh dates at the entrance of the fitness center. They are a great pre workout because their natural sugar provides the perfect burst of energy i.e. carbs in the form of simple sugars to power you through your workout. Dates are chock full of important vitamins like B1, 2, and 5 as well as vitamin a1 and c. Important minerals like manganese, selenium, copper and magnesium help keep our bones strong. The fiber in dates keep our digestive tracts on the up and up. Dates have tons of health benefits and work extremely well in sweet and savory dishes. I love using them in chicken dishes with curry, stuffing them with goat cheese or making these truffles! This dessert would be the perfect addition to any holiday table big or small! Enjoy!

Date Truffles 4 Ways

Date Truffles 4 Ways

Ingredients

  • Truffles:
  • 12 Soft Dates (If they are dry and not soft soak dates in warm water for 20-30 minutes. Rinse and squeeze out excess water)
  • 1/2 Nuts of Any Kind (I used 1/4 Cashew and 1/4 Pecans)
  • 2 Tbs Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Water
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • Optional:
  • 2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 C Coconut Flakes
  • Coating:
  • Chopped nuts
  • Cinnamon
  • Raw Cacao Powder
  • Coconut

Instructions

  1. Add nuts to food processor and process to chunky not smooth.
  2. Add dates, vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt and coconut oil. Process until smooth. Mixture should we well combined and the mixture should be sticky. If it is not add a little bit of water and process until paste can be easily rolled into balls.
  3. Refrigerate for 15 minutes and prepare toppings.
  4. Remove from refrigerator and roll into one inch balls.
  5. Roll dates in toppings of your choice.
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These truffles should stay well in the refrigerator up to one week. You can really make them your own by adding different flavors and toppings of your choice. If you have made date truffles before I would love to hear how you enjoy them. These would pair perfect with a glass of champagne or a cup of herbal tea. For more holiday recipes try this kale salad or these almond cherry chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy!

Holiday Maple Kale Pecan Salad

Holiday Maple Kale Pecan Salad

Kale me crazy, but I just love Kale. All kinds of it. curly kale, baby kale. I like kale that is chopped, torn or whole. I put it in everything from smoothies to soups. Kale is great source of fiber and chock full of vitamins, minerals like folate and magnesium. Although I love kale, I also love other greens that are less bitter like spinach and arugula! I created this salad when I was staying with my sister in law and brother after they gave birth to their beautiful baby girl. October is when the leaves start changing and crisp cool air comes through and I love these flavors together. To me they scream comfort….well…as much as a salad can scream comfort. You know what I mean.

Maple Kale Pecan Salad

Yield: 5

Maple Kale Pecan Salad

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Real Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • Pepper to Taste
  • Salad:
  • 6 C of Lacinato or "Tuscan" Kale De-Stemmed & Torn Into Pieces
  • 1 Thinly Sliced Fuji Apple
  • 1/2 Thinly Sliced Fennel Bulb
  • 1/2 C Pecans
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Optional:
  • 1/2 C Cooked Quinoa
  • Lean Protein: Apple Chicken Sausage, Salmon, Shrimp or Grilled Chicken
  • Organic Cheddar

Instructions

  1. Dressing:
  2. Combine vinegar, mustard, maple syrup salt and pepper to taste. Whisk in olive oil until dressing is combined. Set aside. Feel free to double, triple or quadruple this recipe. It will stay good in the refrigerator up to a week.
  3. Salad: Melt oil in a pan over medium heat. When warm add the pecans and coat with oil. Turn heat to medium low. Let warm through. After nuts are warm turn heat up a bit and add maple syrup and honey. Mix and set aside.
  4. Wash, de-stem and tear the kale into bite size pieces. Pour a light drizzle of dressing over the kale and massage for two minutes to break down the kale fibers. This "massage" will make the kale easier to digest. Top with fennel, apple and pecans and optional drizzle or organic cheddar shavings.
  5. To turn this salad from a side dish to dinner add 1/2 C of cooked quinoa and top with lean protein of your choice.
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Kale is a winter staple in my household because it is a hearty and filling green that can go in just about anything. If you find the large leaves are too tough simply chop them up as fine as you like. This salad will be ready in no time, but will wow your dinner guests! Your hubbies will love it too.

Almond Flour Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Almond Flour Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

20 days left before family and presents galore! That is if you celebrate Christmas. December is a magical time for everyone regardless of what you practice. Here in Florida we live in an endless summer, but temps have definitely dropped this week and the cool breeze feels like heaven. On Instagram, I did a poll and asked what you, my readers wanted over the course of the next few weeks and the majority of you said recipes! So, today I have for you a a simple cherry chocolate chip cookie full of heart healthy nuts and antioxidant rich dark chocolate. These do not use butter or sugar so they won’t replace your grandmas favorite recipe, but they will help ward off that sweet tooth or stop you from devouring all of the kids cookies they made for Santa.

Almond Flour Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond Flour Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Almond Flour Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

                                        Almond Flour Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Seat Salt
  • 1/4 C Coconut Oil
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1/2 C Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 C Dark Chocolate Chips + 1/2 C for glaze
  • 1/2 C Chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 C Chopped Dried Cherries
  • 2 Tbsp. non dairy milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder and sea salt until combined. In a separate bowl which together syrup and coconut oil until blended and creamy. Add whole egg, egg white and vanilla and whisk until everything is combined. Add cinnamon and fold in additional dry ingredients a little bit at a time. Fold in 1 C chocolate chips, cherries and nuts.
  2. Place rounded tablespoons of cookie mixture onto a baking sheet and flatten slightly. Should yield about 15 cookies. Once baked and slightly cooled melt 1/2 chocolate with milk and whisk to smooth. Dip each cookie in mixture and sprinkle with a bit of sea salt or Celtic salt.
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Serve these on the your holiday dessert table or make them as a quick fix for the lingering sweet tooth of the holiday season. They would give anyone a great boost of energy and would be the perfect pair with a yummy hot chocolate. Also, I would love if you would join me on Instagram for the #25DaysofGratitude challenge! Posting one photo per day to show your gratitude for anything in your life big or small. It could even be these yummy chocolate chip cookies. This time of year tends to be overrun with gifts and sales galore! So it is just a simple and fun way to be grateful for the gifts you have been given.

If you do make these Almond Flour Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies make sure to tag me on Instagram using the hashtag #ConvenientlyHealthyxTWF.

Holiday Health Benefits of Meditation

Holiday Health Benefits of Meditation

Happy Holidays! I feel like with every passing year I see Christmas Trees going up and holiday commercials airing earlier and earlier! Thanksgiving is often tainted by thoughts of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday and anxious family members scoot from tables to brave the hustle and bustle of stressful outlet malls and electronic boutiques. This holiday season I am really trying to stay centered and focused on what truly matters in my life: family, friends, health and obviously all of you!  What makes me happiest is to try and eliminate stress as much as I can.  After three years of constantly being on-the-go I took time this fall to travel abroad with my mother and hubby!  I used this time to focus on my health and wellness and made as much room for self-care as I could.

Self-care is a term that is often thrown around on the inter webs and it is a practice that every daughter, son, sister, brother, mother, father and HUMAN should indulge in. Self-care means taking care of numero uno…Y-O-U.  Taking a bit of time out of your week to check in with yourself and doing something exclusively for you. The stress of the holidays are the perfect time to implement a self care practice like meditation. This article from Baptist Health South Florida along with the American Heart Association suggest, incorporating a meditation practice into your daily routine can significantly can lower several risk factors of heart disease, including blood pressure, stress, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.


(Video: The Baptist Health News Team hears from Beth Ruhmann, certified therapeutic recreation specialist, about the health benefits of meditation. Video by George Carvalho)

The positives of meditation is that it is something that everyone can do. You can use your tablet, computer or phone to practice. I suggest starting your day with a bit of meditation and see how building a healthy positive habit can enhance your day. This article also states that: meditation done while sitting – may also be associated with decreased levels of anxiety and depression, and improved sleep and overall well-being, the AHA guidelines note. During the holidays we can all get overwhelmed with stress and anxiety and let go of what it is truly all about. I encourage you to try this quick video every morning this week and see how you feel. Set the stress of the holidays aside and take some deep breaths and a few minutes of your day to clear your mind.

If you enjoy practicing you may consider download the headspace app and practice any time anywhere! Learn how to breathe deep. Inhale all of the good this holiday season and exhale the bad. For more on the health benefits of meditation from Baptist Health South Florida make sure to read the full article here.

Gluten Free Vegetable Stuffing

Gluten Free Cauliflower Stuffing

***This recipe was created by Baptist Health South Florida. As always all opinions are my own.

Gluten Free cauliflower stuffing you say? Yes I do say and it is delicious! Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday you guys. Family and friends getting together for a great meal and to make memories that will last a lifetime. I had a conversation a few weeks ago with a girlfriend about Thanksgiving.  Her thanksgiving meals were a time to create fall recipes that were chock full of nutritious color, texture and the beautiful flavors of fall. For me, a traditional Thanksgiving meal is not complete without turkey, gravy, stuffing, stuffed mushrooms and of course green bean casserole. I am also famous on both sides of the family for my leftover “Thanksgiving Sammy”. Basically all the food you eat at 2 P.M. dumped on a sandwich at 8 P.M. that you dip in gravy and immediately crawl into bed.

As I get older I still love all of the flavors of a traditional holiday meal, but I also love to incorporate new and lighter dishes that everyone in the family will love like a torn kale salad with roasted pecans, cranberries and organic cheddar shavings with tangy apple cider vinegar dressing. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! You may have even seen a couple of months ago when I attended the plant based chefs training with chefs from Baptist Health South Florida. We made chickpea water whipped cream that rivaled even the most sumptuous fresh cream around and it was such an eye opening experience.

Gluten Free Vegetable Stuffing

Healthy plant-based food does not have to sacrifice flavor at all! It can be both healthy and delicious. So as you are preparing your thanksgiving meals I  want to encourage you to add a few more non-starchy veggies to your table. Use spices like sage and rosemary and reinvent your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving feast.

Give this Gluten Free Cauliflower Stuffing a try or roast off some yummy brussels sprouts or re-think your green bean casserole. With a little creativity and a whole lot of fun you can create lightened up versions of your favorite meal or serve them on the side. I do love my “sammy” and I only eat it once a year and this year will be no different! So you do you boo! This post is not to discourage you from eating your favorite foods, but to encourage you to have some fun with food in a nutritious way this holiday season. Enjoy every bite.

If you want to try this Cauliflower stuffing then watch the full video below or get the full recipe here.

Midi Skirts and Sneakers: A Fit Fashion Story

Midi Skirts and Sneakers by Taylor Walker FIt

Midi Skirts and Sneakers by Taylor Walker FIt

Midi Skirts and Sneakers by Taylor Walker FIt

Midi Skirts and Sneakers by Taylor Walker FIt

Skirt (I wear a size 6 at H and M)// Scorpio Top (Sold Out) //Sneakers

 After a the past few weeks of travel I had the opportunity to kick my fitness clothes to the curb for days spent exploring new cities and cultures. Honestly, it felt good to dress up and feel like an actual 33 year old woman! I wore blazers and booties and chic sweaters. I also dove into the midi skirt trend in a big way. I felt so ladylike and proper and sexy without revealing much more than my calves. I love a midi skirts because they can easily be dressed up or down and paired with everything from a chunky knit sweater to a bodysuit, t-shirt or classic white button down.

For a while midi skirts were considered unflattering and for a different generation. Today, the midi skirt is something that a woman of any age can wear. They come in so many cuts, colors and fabrics and I am so happy that I did not shy away from the trend like I have from so many others before. This green skirt is very fun and eccentric, but I absolutely love this one from H and M for everyday wear.

Midi Skirts and Sneakers: A Fit Fashion Story

Photo by Judy Walker Photography on the streets of Italia.

I have been pairing mine with sneakers for day to give them an athleisure vibe, but you can easily pair a midi skirt with booties or a sassy heel to transition seamlessly from day to night. If you are going to wear sneakers with a midi skirt make sure to keep the design sleek and not too fitness forward. I believe this trend will be with us for years to come. So if you have been thinking about purchasing one, but have not whipped out your credit card yet then I suggest you ordering one right now. The holidays would be the perfect time to rock this trend!

Can you believe it is still 80 degrees here in sunny Florida? If you are looking for more winter vibes make sure to check out how my girl and athleisure goddess NYC Pretty styles the same green skirt! She is totally amaze and makes me want to take on the cold streets of NYC ASAP!

Everyday Midi Skirts (Most Under $100)

Perfect For Holiday (Most Under $100)

 

Also, I know this Scorpio T is sold out, but J Crew has this adorable horoscope t-shirt and also has Aries, Pices, Libra, Capricorn, Sagittarius, Cancer and Aquarius t-shirts on sale for $16.99 or less.


 

Chinese Health Foods You Should Start Eating Today #TWFxTravels

Chinese Health Foods You Should Start Eating Today #TWFxTravels


Happy Monday or Sunday or Monday…This time change is truly wild! When Cory and I took our first vacation out of the country we felt so disconnected to the outside world and depended solely on our Garmin to get us through. There was limited access to wifi in South America and even though Facebook was a thing, Instagram, Snapchat and Insta-Stories were not a part of our daily lives like they are today. I have been having so much fun sharing my travels with you and I am even more ecstatic to have such a strong wifi connection in order to do so. As we are about to head into the last part of our adventure I wanted to share a little more about our travels to the other side of the world.

Obviously, healthy food is one of the biggest parts of living life ala TWF. Cory and I are total foodies and live a balanced lifestyle the best we can which means pizza, steak and wine are truly a part of our “diet”; however, I/we try to eat intuitively. I try my best to eat when I am truly hungry, give in to cravings here and there and eat foods that are rich in the nutrients my body craves. If I am feeling tired that usually means I am lacking iron and I up my daily amount of greens or have a serving of grass fed beef. If I am bloated I add more fermented foods that are rich in probiotics like sauerkraut or kefir. Eating intuitive means checking in with yourself and eating foods that make you feel good. Even if that means you consume something to satisfy your soul every now and again!

Chinese Health Foods You Should Start Eating Today #TWFxTravels

Here in China I had a conversation with one of Cory’s classmates about how she feels when coming to the states. In China she never deals with bloating as most of their diet consists of gut-healing broths, fresh vegetables, fish and steamed dumplings. When she attends class in the states it is the exact opposite.  After being here for over a week I have yet to leave a meal feeling nothing more than full, satisfied and nothing a brisk walk couldn’t autocorrect. The lunches and dinners are overwhelmingly large and satisfying yet not paralyzing. What I learned is that food was rationed here until the 80’s and the Chinese are now living in a time of abundance and they dive in with open arms. I mean imagine oysters, draws the size of your head, pizza, fresh fruiting endless champagne served at a club! Yes…that happened. Warm tea is also served at every meal along with steamed vegetables and minimal dessert. All of this has helped keep my digestion balanced and calm. Also, this added probiotic powder has helped tremendously.

I have learned a bit about some of the food practices here and wanted to share a few new health foods and practices that were introduced to me in hopes that you incorporate some of them into your daily life. As you may know, I am an avid eastern medicine supporter. I do acupuncture regularly and use herbs as medication and I have never felt better. Most of the foods I will share in today’s post will add much needed nutrients to your diet and aid in cleansing and creating a balanced gut environment. That is the Chinese way. You know, the Ying, the Yang…and all that jazz!

My New Favorite Chinese Health Foods

Sea Vegetables: If I am being honest I am not a huge fan of anything that tastes pungently like the ocean; however, a good seaweed salad is something I enjoy and a little sprinkle of nori on my pho adds a depth of flavor that delights my palate. Sea vegetables are considered one of the worlds healthiest foods. They are full of iron which means they are great for anyone suffering from a thyroid disorder, but as a health food they are a healthy living powerhouse chock full of vitamin C, manganese, copper, zinc, B6 and PROTEIN! Yes! Sea vegetables are one of the best protein sources around which make them great for vegans and vegetarians. I may just have to create a kelp noodle stir fry for you guys! In fact..I plan on it! Grab some nori (seaweed) or kelp noodles next time you head to whole foods and pair them with spices and vegetables until your hearts content.

Green Caviar or Sea Grapes: I know we just spoke about sea vegetables, but “Green Caviar” otherwise known as Sea Grapes (Shown on top of the salad above)  is something so new, exotic and delicious that I believe they deserve a category of their own. When we first were presented with this gorgeous salad I assumed the tiny green clusters were fish eggs. Upon tasting them they were had a mild flavor and freshness I haven’t seen anywhere else. They literally pop in your mouth. The only website I found for them is this one. If anyone knows where I can get them please share!

Pho: We know Pho very well in America, but did you know it is a staple in China to eat it for breakfast. Cory and I had it almost every morning and the greens, rice noodles and subtle broth were the perfect start to our mornings. In America Pho can be very high in sodium so I would suggest making your own chicken or beef broth or amplifying sodium free store bought brother with spices like garlic, ginger and red pepper. You can create a pho based on flavors you love and add lean protein like chicken or tofu for an added kick.

Congee: Congee is essentially a healing breakfast porridge made from a ration of 1:10 or 1:6 rice to water. I have experienced congee with dried fruit and nuts in the morning to congee with crab, lobster and green onion. You can make this dish with only rice or with beans, rice and herbs. When you consume congee in the morning you will feel you energy sustained throughout the day and improvement in digestive function which makes it a fantastic pre-workout. The added digestive benefits are very important while traveling. You can prepare congee in a crockpot or on the stovetop and save for daily use as a main or side dish.

Chinese Health Food

Chinese Greens: There are many greens we have access to in the states, and there about ten here in Shanghai that are as common as kale and arugula are in the states. Next time you are at the grocery story adding Napa Cabbage, Baby Bok Choy, Pea Shoots or Chinese Broccoli known as Gai Lan.

Chinese Health Foods You Should Start Eating Today #TWFxTravels

Herbal Tea: Herbal tea is an art form here in China and you will undoubtably find it at every meal. Not just as a dessert accompaniment. When you look around you will never see ice in water here in china and even cold water is a more “western thing” and our body has to use more energy to warm the water before it can be used in the body. Warm herbal tea can aid in the digestive process and many teas can be used to treat everything from fertility to acne to weight loss. I love using tea for relaxation rituals and I now thoroughly enjoy sipping it with every meal.

Chinese Healthy Foods

Lifestyle Tips

Eat Family Style With Small Plates and Bowls:  It seems like a simple thought process and I tell you what…it works. Small soup bowls are placed beside small appetizer bowls and eating off those at a slower pace allowed you to consume less yet still become full and satisfied. American portions are so much bigger than anywhere in the world. One night we had an extra large “lazy susan” on our table which made sharing even easier.

Think of vegetables as the main dish and protein as the side dish: Vegetables here are the main event. Many nights you will see 3 plus vegetable dishes on the table with 1-2 meat dishes and 1-2 fish dishes. Usually in America protein takes center stage.  Here…vegetables shine bright like a diamond!

Cook foods in terms if the Yin and Yang:  Chefs here work towards balance in the Yin and Yang. Yin being your cold foods. Think foods that are more green, grow in water, bitter or sour. The Yang foods are your hot foods. Red foods, foods that grow in soil and require ample sunlight to grow. Combined they achieve balance and also offer you key nutrients that may be missing in less balanced dishes.


 

Jet Lag: How to Make it to the Other Side of the World and Not Miss a Beat

 

Beat the Jet Lag Shanghai by Taylor Walker Fit

Ni Hao! Hello from Shanghai, China! I feel like the past two weeks I could not have been thrust into two completely different worlds. Italy was a whirlwind of love, history, pasta and a sense of home that I will talk about as soon as I am back in the states. After returning from Italy I spent 48 hours in New York before I met the hubs at the airport to embark on our 15+ hour journey to the far east. Upon arrival we found ourselves on the other side of the world in the midst of skyline taken right out of the future. We are staying on “The Bund” and have one of the best views of the Shanghai financial district with one sky scraper taller and more outrageous than the next. Upon landing around 5 AM Cory and I were able to check into our hotel, take a much needed power nap and actually booked a massage to help with the jet lag. During this trip I will definitely be sharing some fun things about travel, health and wellness that I pick up along the way. Today my thoughts are all about helping you battle the dreaded time change/jet lag during your next trip for business or pleasure.

The Bund Shanghai

Over the past five years of travel here, there and everywhere I have created my list of requirements that help me to kick jet lag to the curb ASAP! 

Shanghai Peace Hotel

Welcome to the Shanghai Peace Hotel

So here goes:

  • Take a minimal nap or no nap at all: When we first started traveling abroad a nap was inevitable, but taking only a 1-2 hour nap or forcing yourself to stay up late enough that you can sleep through your first night for 8+ hours will set you up for a successful trip and hopefully kickstart a decent sleep schedule for the remainder of your travels. Although you may have disrupted sleep here and there I find that it truly does help get you get into a rhythm in your new time zone.

 

  • Hydrate: Airplane food can be jam packed with sodium. Take it easy on the alcohol and increase the H2O. After a flight, dehydration can make you feel even more exhausted, headache prone and leave you feeling achy all over. I suggest you downing as much H20 as you can take in every day, but over the course of the flight and the first day of your trip it is absolutely crucial that you increase your intake! Your body and digestive system will thank you.
  •  Eat a balance breakfast/meal: Upon reaching your final destination, have a healthy, fresh and balanced meal to help fuel you through the rest of your day. Stay away from crash-inducing heavy processed carbs and too much coffee or caffeinated tea. Opt for fresh fruits, vegetables, minimal whole grains and lean protein. I know it is vacation, and indulging is a MUST; however, the first meal of the trip will make or break your energy on your first day.
  • Check in, take a shower and unpack before you head out: Unless you have any urgent appointments, I suggest you take the time to unpack and shower ASAP.  Even if we are only staying in one place for a couple of days a hotel room is to be enjoyed and made your “home away from home”. So take advantage!
  • Sweat and Pamper Yourself: Getting a quick half hour workout in to get your joints lubricated, muscles warm and your heart pumping can help give you the boost of energy you need to kick the nap to the curb. Cory and I like to stroll our new neighborhood for a little while to get the lay of the land and get our bodies moving. If you have time, sit in the sauna to kill any lingering germs from your flight and/or get a massage to work out the kinks after sitting couped up on those planes, trains and automobiles.
  • Always Set an Alarm: Cory and I made the mistake of not setting our alarm and basically wasted 1/4 of our time in Vienna by sleeping late into the night on the first day. As hubby always says: “Suck it up buttercup”. Seeing the world does not happen every day! Get on out there and “Carpe that diem!
  • Start a daily probiotic stat! Hopefully you take a probiotic supplement regularly, but if you don’t be sure to take one on vacation! Start a supplement about a week or two before you leave. Your gut can be affected by everything from the airplane and time change to water and cuisine. Your gut is the powerhouse of the body and keeping your digestive juices flowing and immune system in tact will make the trip that much more enjoyable!

Tips to Beat Jet Lag by Taylor Walker Fit

FYI..I will never ever complain again about the three hour time difference when I go to Las Vegas or California for work EVER AGAIN! Cory has been working on his MBA and is here for school and we decided it would be a great opportunity for me to tag along. Thankfully, a friend from his cohort actually lives here in Shanghai and speaks the language and has been our saving grace. As you may have seen on yesterdays insta-story we had quite a bit of trouble getting from point A to Point B…even with access to our cell phones. In Europe you can really squeak by using a few small phrases. In China….that is a whole different story.

I am having fun learning more about the culture, customs and cuisine and look forward to sharing it all with you! If I missed any awesome jet-lag tips feel free to share them below. Happy Humpday everyone!

Taco Tuesday With Rubio’s Coastal Grill

***This post has been sponsored Rubio’s Coastal Grill. Your one stop shop next Taco Tuesday.

Rubio's Coastal Grill

It’s almost Taco Tuesday, kind of my favorite day of the week after Fri-YAY! Give me a tortilla, some protein and fresh avocado and I am one happy girl. When I moved to Florida, fish tacos became a staple in my diet. They are usually on the healthier side yet still satisfying enough to keep you sublimely full and happy. I have my go-to Miami taco spots and often make my own taco bowls, burritos and casseroles in the TWF kitchen. When I go to Pilates in North Miami Beach I often find myself at Rubio’s Coastal Grill. I absolutely love their healthy, protein packed 550 calorie and under menu.

Langoustine Lobster

Rubio’s seafood is sourced from responsibly managed fisheries that maintain healthy fish populations and eco-systems. Their responsible food mission is completely in line with mine. Rubio’s believes that when food is prepared with delicious, quality ingredients, great experiences happen! Fresh produce arrives weekly, they make their salsas fresh in-house daily and all of their food is free of artificial flavors, sweeteners, added MSG, high fructose corn syrup, added food coloring and partially hydrogenated oils.

Rubio's Coastal Grill

Rubio’s original fish taco is Wild Alaskan Pollock sourced from the icy ocean waters of Alaska. 100% of genuine Wild Alaska Pollock is certified as a responsibly managed in accordance with the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification. Even though they use the highest quality ingredients, you average lunch or dinner will only run about $10.00.

Lobster Taco

I love all kinds of tacos and toppings, but after trying Rubio’s Langostino Lobster with warm basil butter tacos I wanted to enjoy the whole meal again. The lobster is sweet and melts in your mouth and hey! I put butter in my coffee so lobster is a no brainer! I kind of wanted to cry/eat twelve more because they are only available in store for a limited time.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill is satisfying all year round and since I have been trying to incorporate more fish in my diet it is a win-win! With locations all over Florida and one in Colorado, Rubio’s is the perfect restaurant a quick and healthy on-the-go lunch or dinner! Make sure to click here for your free taco coupon today! I am #oFISHallyobsessed.

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Truly Have Health Benefits?


Apple Cider Vinegar Detox

Apple Cider Vinegar has been touted as a miracle tonic everywhere from Instagram to Good Morning America! I actually drink it every morning to help me detox and hydrate my cells and truly feel “off” when I miss my morning drink. After chugging the mixture shown above my belly settles and I feel ready to take on the day. I also use it to make a simple salad dressing of ACV, honey, mustard and olive oil. It is tangy, slightly sweet and goes with just about any greens you like. I have seen it used as a toner, hair clarifier, a weightless product and like most vinegars ACV has strong anti bacterial properties and can be used to clean wounds or make a homemade cleaning solution.

Like coconut oil, the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar seem to be shouted from the rooftops. The benefits seem endless, but there is honestly not a ton of real hard SCIENCE to back up all of the hype. If I am being honest I love using apple cider vinegar, but learned my lesson the hard way by taking a shot of it which in turn made me immediately bring up my breakfast. I have yet to try it as a toner, but like I said before, I literally have a health tonic of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper every morning and it makes me feel like a new human!  I travel with a mixture of it to add to water on my travels, and It is the one thing that works to truly kickstart my day. It will be a mainstay for years to come. The lemon helps to detox and the cayenne pepper revs the metabolism. Most days, I focus on making my gut feel as relaxed and happy as possible and this tonic is my go-to every. single. day.

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

I wanted to share a little bit of the science behind Apple Cider Vinegar from my friends from Baptist Health South Florida. The article states that the science has proven: “Apple cider vinegar’s effect on the digestion of starch may prove beneficial to diabetes patients and explain the weight loss that has been credited to ACV.” According to a study completed by the University of Arizona, apple cider vinegar has positive effects on those individuals deemed pre-diabetic and those with type 2 diabetes. The study found that a chemical compound found in ACV and other vinegars known as acetic acid helps to decrease the amount of insulin released when consuming starchy vegetables.

When connecting ACV to weight loss the article also states: “this effect of vinegar on insulin production could also prove beneficial to people without insulin sensitivity. “The acetic acid in vinegar limits the absorption of carbohydrates by our bodies,” she said. “That means fewer calories are being consumed and some weight loss may occur.” If you are on medication for diabetes and taking apple cider vinegar make sure to check with your doctor as you may need to lessen your dose of insulin. For more on benefits and other ways to use apple cider vinegar check out this post from Baptist Health South Florida.

Join me in Taking the 21 Day Apple Cider Vinegar Challenge!

If you want to kick-start your day on a healthy note, hydrate your cells and rev your metabolism then I would LOVE for you to take the 21-Day challenge! It takes that long to build a habit and if you focus on doing something healthy for your body first thing in the morning you will continue to put your health first throughout your day!

***This has been a sponsored conversation brought to you by Baptist Health South Florida.