Feed Your Spirit by Spreading Love

There’s no denying that our world is hurting, people are in pain and hate is all too common. The news and social media are draining and can quickly zap any positive energy. Since I have control of what I put into my head, I make a conscience effort to do what I can to keep […]

Key Lime Tart

These are a super refreshing treat and a perfect no-bake dessert for hot summer days. My boys loved them and had no idea avocado was their key ingredient. Almond Crust 1 C. almond flour 5 pitted Medjool dates 2 T. unsweetened shredded coconut pinch of coarse salt Avocado Lime Filling 1 small avocado, pitted and […]

Benefits of Strength Training

It may surprise some people to know that strength training is essential for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM):2 “A gradual loss in muscle cross-sectional area is consistently found with advancing age; by age 50, about ten percent of muscle area is gone. After 50 […]

Coconut Mini’s | Bobo’s Bar Recipe Copycat

I love Bobo’s Bars, but they’re kind of expensive and a bit high in calories, if you eat an entire bar, so after reading the ingredients I was pretty sure I could make a similar treat at home. After 5 attempts I finally have what I think is the perfect coconut mini! These are a […]

Summer Fitness Tips

Summer is in full force, with weather well into the 100’s this week in Portland, and staying motivated when it’s so hot can be trying. Read on for tips to beat the heat and stay on track with your fitness goals. Workout in the morning. A morning workout routine will ramp your body full of […]

Grilled Salmon with Lemon and Thyme

Sticking with our salmon theme, I decided to share our favorite recipe. I won’t lie, it’s hard for me to prepare fish, with the skin and making sure it’s deboned properly, but it’s so worth it. It’s quick to grill, is rich and filling and my boys approve. Growing up, my mom always prepared salmon […]

Guest Post: What to Expect at Bootcamp

It’s a given that we love bootcamp and all things related to fitness, so we decided to reach out and get another perspective. Suzanne Little was kind enough to submit this guest blog and we’re thrilled that we aren’t the only ones excited about bootcamp. So you’ve been thinking about doing a bootcamp class but […]

Summer Salmon

Salmon is a favorite in our house, especially in the hot summer months. We love it smoked, grilled, baked and rolled into sushi. Today we’re sharing one of our favorite summer salmon recipes. Enjoy!   Ingredients: 2 tbsp red curry paste 1/3 cup reduced fat coconut cream 1 1/2 tsp fish sauce 2 tbsp lime […]

Why I Work Out

Most people would probably guess that I work out just because I love it and, while I do love it, that’s not always the case. Let’s get real, it’s not that fun sucking wind, sweating profusely and pushing your body. It’s uncomfortable, it hurts at times and it’s definitely not glamorous. At the same time, […]

Simple Spinach Salad with Mulberry-Mustard Dressing

I’m still working my way through the Superfood Kitchen and haven’t found a recipe that I don’t like yet. This salad is simple and beautiful. The pickled onions are an added step, but well worth it. While I’ve enjoyed this salad in the heat of summer, it would be a perfect addition to meals year-round […]

Week of Full Body Workouts

With several of our ladies from boot camp away on vacation, we decided to create a full week of body weight workouts you can do while on vacation, no fitness equipment necessary. I love body weight exercises! They’re fast, effective and can be done anywhere. Vacation is a great time to rest, relax and try […]

Weekend Workout SUP

When you’re a newborn photographer, you see a pretty basket and think, ‘I could fit a baby in that!’ And when you’re a fitness trainer and you try a fun new item like a stand up paddle board, you think, ‘I could create a workout for that!’ Several years ago when I first tried SUP […]

Black Bean Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette and Jicama Sticks

I was invited to a summer soirée and asked to bring something healthy and homemade, so this salad served with Jicama Sticks was the first thing that came to mind. I hadn’t ever made it, but love all the ingredients, so I knew it would be yummy! I loved that the crunchy jicama sticks would […]

Your Perfect Body Will Never Come So Appreciate What You’ve Got

I recently saw that meme on Facebook and it really got me thinking. We all want to look our best for swimsuit season and I definitely use it to motivate clients to eat clean and stick with training, but that simple meme helped me decide to tweak my presentation. In the summer, I usually remind […]