Easy Ways To Drink More Water

Let the games begin. For the next 9 months until the wedding I am challenging myself to make healthier choices. There are some beauty and nutritional challenges I have always wanted to try, and I thought that the months leading up the wedding would be the perfect time to try them out. The first month of this challenge will probably be the “easiest”, but it is something I definitely have to work on… Month 1 I will…

Drink More Water!

Here are some easy ways to make drinking water easier throughout the day, and make it become more of a habit.

Carry a water bottle. 

Just by carrying around a water bottle you will drink more water. It’s really that simple. Pick out something you want to carry around and drink out of all day and fill it up, then keep filling it up. boom. done.

Make it (naturally) tastier! 

Detox Water Recipe

I like to add different fruits and vegetables to my water to make it more interesting. It does get boring to drink plain water all day long week after week.

The common go-tos are  cucumbers, lemon, lime. Try adding herbs like basil, lemon-balm, spearmint, ginger or stevia.

I really want to try to make my own naturally fruit-flavored sparkling waters when we have an open keg from the cider operation. I want to add raspberries or strawberries to filtered water then carbonate it ourselves.

Challenge yourself.

Add lines on the water, fill it up a certain number of times a day, or aim for 64 ounces.

Here are more ideas from Buzzfeed: 13 Ways to Drink More Water...but don’t use a straw, they’re terrible for the environment and the ocean. Unless it’s a reusable straw!

Cinnamon Oatmeal with Quinoa

Happy Friday!! It doesn’t feel like Friday to me because I will be working all weekend again, but at least I have tonight off! Here’s a great breakfast idea to make this weekend!

I have been trying to make some healthier and more protein-packed breakfasts to keep me full throughout my crazy days. I love the s’more overnight oats and eggs in the morning, but this recipe is great for when I have very little time in the morning. I have also  been quite the food experimenter lately, but luckily my recipes have turned out edible! This one was actually much more than edible, it was down right delicious!

This is a great recipe if you have some leftover plain quinoa. I find that I never really know what to do with it. It’s great to add to breakfast! First, I combined some quick oats and water, almond milk or regular milk would probably taste even better.

Cinnamon-Oatmeal

I heated that up in the microwave for a couple of minutes, then mixed in a cinnamon laughing cow wedge, a mini handful of chocolate chips, and an extra dash of cinnamon. DELISH. It’s a sweet, chocolatey breakfast that is actually healthy for you.

Cinnamon-Quinoa-Oatmeal

Cinnamon Oatmeal with Quinoa

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Quaker Steel Cut Oats

1 cup water/vanilla almond milk/milk of choice

1/4 Cup Cooked Quinoa

1 Wedge Laughing Cow- Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread

Mini handful chocolate chips

Dash of Cinnamon

Directions: Mix the oats and milk in a bowl and microwave for 2-4 minutes depending on the type of oats you are using. Add in the cooked quinoa and stir until combined. Moosh and mix in the laughing cow wedge, cinnamon, and chocolate chips. Everything melts together into a delicious ooey-gooey oatmeal mess. It’s amazing. The nuttiness of the quinoa gives oatmeal a more exciting flavor!

What was your best food experiment?!

Road Trip-Part 2!

A couple of days ago I shared a part 1 of the road trip my best friend and I took from Montana to New York. Part one included leaving Montana, Yellowstone National Park, and Mount Rushmore. Now it’s time for Road Trip-Part 2!

  • Badlands
  • Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Chicago
  • Cleveland
  • Home!

After we got lost leaving Mt. Rushmore we drove through South Dakota to the Badlands, which were my favorite part of the road trip!Badlands National Park

It was such an eerie and beautiful place. I highly recommend detouring your road trip to at least drive through Badlands National Park if you get the chance. There are 244,000 acres and places to camp if you want to stay longer and explore!

Handstand-In-the-Badlands

Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. They are usually steep and lack vegetation. These formations underwent a 47-million year period of deposition which spanned three major geologic periods resulting in clear, distinct layers of sediment. I can’t imagine the first people that discovered this place. It must have been so crazy to see such a foreign and exotic looking place in the middle of shrub land. It looks like a different planet.

Badlands

We saw prairie dogs, a few bison, and this little guy!

Mountain-Goat

A mountain goat!

Next up was the Corn Palace. This might be a place I wouldn’t fully recommend stopping at. Maybe it’s just because we didn’t have the best experience…and it was under construction.

Corn-Palace

Quick story. We got to the corn palace and pulled into a sketchy parking lot. There were people wandering around, but other than that the town felt closed down. All of the shops were closed and it just felt eerie and Aud felt like it would be best if she didn’t leave her purse in the car so we brought it with us.

Then, of course, we had to take a picture with the giant corn at the front of the palace. I guess Aud didn’t want her purse in the picture so she placed it behind the giant corn. Then we took some pictures and left to go explore the giant “corn palace”. We were looking around inside of the building (which was mostly just covered in corn, not actually built of corn). All of a sudden Aud says, OH MY GOD WHERE’S MY PURSE?!?! And we went sprinting out of the building back to the giant corn and parking lot. We were both running and yelling and scurrying about searching for her purse.

We realized it was gone at the same time. It was terrible. Then just when we had given up all hope this young girl came out of one of the closed shops and asked…is this your purse!? And Aud and I both cried and creepily hugged her and probably scared the crap out of her, but we were just so happy.

We didn’t go back in the corn palace and drove straight to Minnesota….the weird thing is I don’t even have any of those pictures of us next to the corn…hmm maybe they were on her phone. How funny. In Minnesota, we stayed with one of my friends I had met while studying abroad!Chicago

From Minnesota we drove to Chicago and spent a few days exploring the city. It was a lot of fun, we just parked the car at a park-and-ride and rode a train in. We were such typical tourists-the deep dish pizza was amazing! We went up in the skydeck, it was awesome to see the city from up there, but it was a bit cloudy.

Tourists-In-Chicago

Then it was to Cleveland and home. We left Chicago late in the afternoon- almost missed out train out of the city, and made it it to another friend’s house in Ohio in the wee hours of the morning!

Then it was free-sailing all the way home, and I didn’t want to get back in a car for a while! It was so much fun to have a chance to drive across the country with my best friend!

Thanks to everyone that we crashed with!

Push-Up Pyramid Workout

Yesterday was the best Monday! We spent the evening with friends at their place grilling out and opening their pool! It was quite early, but Adam felt the need to jump in and try it out.

Spring Day!

So many strange things going on in this picture…

I made some black bean burgers and we all enjoyed some Sponge Candy Stout (omg amazing) and some delicious home brews! It was such a great spur of the moment day. I loved it! And the warm weather was just the icing on the cake!

Anyway, to the workout!

I kind of have a thing for push ups these days, usually I hate them, but ever since I started my five-minutes-a-day workout I don’t hate them quite as much.

Here is a little push-up pyramid workout that can help you build up your workouts up and improve your push-ups. It keeps things interesting by switching up the types of push-ups.

Push-Up-WorkoutDumbbell Push-Ups: Place dumbbells in your hands and… well, that’s about it! Make sure you keep your wrists straight up and down and have a strong base!

Pike Push-Ups: Stick your butt up in the air and push up straight up and down touching the top of your head (not your forehead) to the floor in-between your hands.

Triangle Push-Ups: Place hands in a triangle underneath you. Bring your chest down to the floor with your elbows out to the side.

Straight Push-Ups: Regular push-ups lowering your body down and up at the same time. Do not drop your hips or stick your butt up in the air on this one.

Each of these push-ups targets slightly different small and large arm muscle groups.

You can cut the reps in half until you work up to it and get the hang of it.

Do you love or hate push-ups?!

 

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