Healthy Dessert Smoothies

in , , by FroBunni, Wednesday, August 31, 2016
FroBunni | Healthy Dessert Smoothies

I love desserts, but I don't like to keep them in my apartment (I may binge on them). But it's no fun to want a sweet treat and not have any options, which is why I make dessert smoothies!

A healthy, sweet treat, dessert smoothies are also great meal replacements with whole grains, protein, and fruits or vegetables. I often make them for breakfast, or have them for dinner if I'm not in the mood to cook. 

They're easy to make; just chop up the fruit or vegetable, add all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Apple Pie: 1/2 cup of oats, 1 cup of milk, 1 apple, 1 tsp of cinnamon
Cherry Tart: 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour, 1 cup of almond milk, 1/2 cup of cherries, 1 tsp of vanilla extract
Chocolate Fudge: 1/4 cup of ground flaxseed, 3/4 cup of yogurt, 1/2 cup of dates, 1/8 cup of cacao powder
Peanut Butter Lovers: 1/2 cup of whole grain cereal, 2 tbsp of peanut butter, 1 banana, 1/2 tsp of almond oil
Pumpkin Spice: 2 tbsp of chia seeds, 1 cup of silken tofu, 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin, 2 tsp of pumpkin spice

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Four Ways to Eat More Vegetables

in , by FroBunni, Monday, August 29, 2016
FroBunni | Four Tips for Eating More Vegetables

As hard as I work to eat well, I always have a difficult time getting vegetables in my diet. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try and "fix" this by making a vegetable you can imagine just from the phrase "vegetable smoothie," it was disgusting. Celery, kale, carrots, and cucumbers should not be liquefied and consumed at one time.

Since the vegetable smoothie didn't work out, I've been thinking of little tricks I can incorporate into my diet to make eating vegetables easier. Here are four ideas that have been working with various amounts of success.

Blend It: One that I'm already doing, I make green smoothies quite regularly. But with only one vegetable - kale or spinach - it's not enough to get the recommended three servings of vegetables a day. So instead of adding one leafy vegetable, I add two. Might be kale and romaine, or spinach and swiss chard. Or maybe even a beet or cucumber. Just something extra that doesn't compromise the taste of the smoothie, while at the same time getting an extra vegetable.

Drink It: I don't have a juicer (and I honestly won't be getting one soon), but I have been considering getting vegetable juices like V05. What makes this a bit different than the vegetable smoothie is that it is smooth, while my smoothie was gritty and grainy because my blender couldn't liquefy all of the vegetables. While I find V05 palatable, I do miss getting the fiber that smoothies and eating whole vegetables provide. But it still has valuable nutrients.

Roast It: Roasting vegetables is always hit or miss. Roasted Brussels sprouts are good, but I don't really enjoy roasted carrots. Roasted potatoes are delicious, but no to roasted cauliflower. The reason this can get complicated is because I tend to buy whatever is cheaper at the grocery store, which means that it's normally whatever is in season. So this may be great for fall and winter when there's an abundance of pumpkins and butternut squash, which I like, but bad for spring and summer when there's an abundance of nasty zucchini.

Keep it Out: This has actually been pretty successful. I just leave vegetables like carrots, sweet peppers, and cucumbers out on my desk at work and snack on them throughout the day. I can't really resist food when it's in front of me, especially when I enjoy it. I also have a habit of sitting down at my desk and working until 3pm without having had lunch (I openly acknowledge that this is a bad habit), so this allows me to work without going too long without having something to eat.

In combination with each other, I actually have been getting and even exceeding my recommended intake of vegetables, which is great. Now, if only I can kick my sugar habit (this probably won't happen, but I've made peace with it).

How do you get vegetables in your diet?

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The DC Yoga Expo | Review

in , , , by FroBunni, Friday, August 26, 2016
Frobunni | Yoga Expo

It’s been a solid week since the DC Yoga Expo, and I am still sore. But I guess that’s what two vinyasa flows, yin yoga, and arm and handstand balance classes will to do a girl. But that’s ok, because it was all worth it!

I knew my day would be jam packed, so I got to the Yoga Expo 30 minutes before the first class even started. I checked the schedule and waited for my friend (hey Kylie!), then we headed off to our first class.

My very first class was “Arm Balances and Handstands” with Malena Bell from Honest Soul Yoga in Alexandria, VA. If you follow me on Instagram, or read some of my previous yoga blog posts, you know that handstands have eluded me for so long. But she was able to really break down the mechanics to help me feel more stable, stronger, and balanced. I was really sore right after her class, but with a day of yoga, that couldn’t be the first and only one I took.

Next, "Vinyasa Flow" with Mario Austin who teaches at VIDA. If I was sore before starting his class, I was exhausted after I finished. There were so many chaturangas and downward dogs, my arms turned into jelly. His vinyasa flow felt more like an ashtanga class. Even though I was sore, I enjoyed his class so much, I took it again as my last class of the day.

The next two classes were “Meditation: Tools to Calm the Mind” and yin yoga taught by Gopi Kinnicutt and Braja Kishori, respectively, from Bhakti Yoga DC. I use meditation as a way to help manage my anxiety so I really didn’t want to miss Gopi’s class, and I’m glad I didn’t. She did an excellent job at breaking down a lot meditation techniques such as mantras and recitations, and I really felt calm and centered after her class. I’m actually thinking about doing to her meditations once a week since the studio isn’t too far from my job.

Braja’s yin yoga class was also excellent. I’ve been doing a lot of yin yoga because I want to be able to teach it when I complete yoga teacher training. I use YouTube for my yin yoga classes, so I never knew that yin yoga has slightly difference poses than vinyasa or ashtanga. She explained the differences, as well as the reason for the difference, which has made, even in this short week, a huge difference in my yin yoga practice.

Throughout the day, I would go upstairs to check out the vendors. I got this gorgeous yoga mat from Shide a Words. Within the sun and moon, there are words such as peace and calm. I’ve tried this mat out a few times, and it’s great. Makes my yoga mat a lot softer, and if I’m doing an intense yoga session, it keeps my mat dry by absorbing any sweat.

FroBunni | Shide A Words Yoga Mat

I really enjoyed the Yoga Expo, if there was a perfect day, this would be a top contender. Some of DC’s best yoga instructors came out really made this a day to remember. And even though I’m still sore (my poor biceps), I would do it again every weekend.

Check out Yoga Expo to see what city they will be at next.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Warby Parker | The Limited-Edition Field Series Collection

in , by FroBunni, Monday, August 22, 2016

I know summer is almost over, but don't put the sunglasses away just yet! Better yet, pick up a pair of Warby Parker’s newest limited-edition collection, the Field Series.

These stand out sunglasses feature a brand-new multilayered construction; there are three distinct builds in two colors each meaning there’s a pair that everyone will love. And the best part, they’re gorgeous!

Warby Parker Field Series Sunglasses Bonnie in Walnut Tortoise

I seriously love these glasses. They’re both unique and classic, and can be worn with virtually anything. Wearing a LBD for an elegant happy hour, the Bonnie is your go-to. Just like a LBD, the sleek edges are timeless and polished. I would rock the Grapefruit Soda with Riesling, but if you’re a little more adventurous, the Walnut Tortoise with Polished Gold will be perfect.

Warby Parker Field Series Sunglasses Grady in Crystal Aqua

Or maybe you’re enjoying a day on the town. A little sightseeing, trying a new restaurant, and who knows, maybe even a love connection. You’ll want to be seen in the Grady, or better yet, you will be seen in the Grady. The cut out details on these bold frames demand attention, so keep your look simple. A plain white tee and some jeans are always in and will highlight the Grady effortlessly.

Warby Parker Field Series Sunglasses Reed in Jet Black

And finally, the Reed. As someone who has to dress to impress when I work out, these are the perfect sunglasses for a jog or hike, and even a rooftop yoga class (trust me, you need sunglasses for rooftop yoga). The Reed is sporty but streamlined. Go monochromatic with a black lens and frame, or try something a little funky with a green lens and frame. Personally, I think the Reed is the best of both worlds when it comes to the Field Series; a little bit of Bonnie and Grady rolled in one. So if you’re not sure which one to get, go with Reed.

If you want the new Field Series sunglasses, or any Warby Parker glasses, you can go to a store, or if there’s not one near you, buy online.

I actually didn’t realize there were two Warby Parkers in DC (even though I’ve walked by them countless times), but I got to try some of their glasses through the Home Try-On Program. OMG! I’ve tried online glasses before, and they’ve been less than stellar. I generally compromise on quality and often the lenses are very good, but Warby Parker has some amazingly gorgeous and great quality frames. I’ll have a blog post later this week on my experience with the Home Try-On Program, but seriously, you will not go wrong with these glasses. They are amazing!

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