Quick, 10-Minutes, Post-Workout Veggie Bowl

This morning, I received a handful of questions about the veggie bowl that I posted on my Instagram story. Being a woman of the people, I thought it’d be a good idea to write a quick blog detailing the recipe for my meal so that you could try it out sometime this weekend. Now, for all of you who don’t follow me on social media … Continue reading Quick, 10-Minutes, Post-Workout Veggie Bowl

zucchini salad with onions, peppers, mushroom, turkey and garlic.

Cooking Recipe for A Turkey Meat Veggie Bowl!

As I’ve come to realize that old-school recipes have seized to exist, I took the liberty of creating one of my own. Feel free to print it out, follow it through and ENJOY! If you choose to try it out, let me know how it goes!!! Always, Manuela *For more cooking recipes, workouts and advice, don’t forget to subscribe!* If you liked this article, you … Continue reading Cooking Recipe for A Turkey Meat Veggie Bowl!

Whey protein powdered and five quest protein bars of different flavors.

Are Meal Replacements Good For You?

Once upon a time, meal replacements were exclusively made for athletes in need of replenishment. Today, however, they’ve made their way into mainstream markets targeting every-day consumers pursuing either a healthier lifestyle or a weight-loss aid. In fact, supermarkets devote an entire section to meal replacement alternatives, such as whey protein shakes, snack bars, protein cookies and so on. As a generation that’s known for … Continue reading Are Meal Replacements Good For You?

Blonde woman lifting weights at the gym

Six Reasons Why You Should Lift Weights

The other day, I was speaking to a colleague of mine about her workout routine. She told me that she had lost 11 pounds since the last time we saw each other. Intrigued by her results, I asked her how long it had taken her to lose the weight and which method of exercise she used to do so. “Usually, I run an hour on … Continue reading Six Reasons Why You Should Lift Weights

Spinach salad with cranberries, cheese and onions.

Being Busy Doesn’t Give You the Right to Be Unhealthy

How wonderful would it be for our day to turn out exactly the way we planned? I mean, wouldn’t it be great if we could get out of work at four, get to the gym at five, and be home for dinner around seven every single day? Yes, it would be… but it’s rarely ever going to happen. Life is unpredictable, which means that we … Continue reading Being Busy Doesn’t Give You the Right to Be Unhealthy

The ‘Waist-Training’ Controversy: Unleashing the Truth

The female mind is a force to reckon with. It’s stubborn, yet influenced by countless trends and individuals. The need to belong coupled with the desire to be beautiful is what makes women every business’ dream. Companies are aware of the challenges and insecurities women face as they compete with each other, which is why they’re experts at launching products that feed on self-doubt. Today, … Continue reading The ‘Waist-Training’ Controversy: Unleashing the Truth

New Recipes For Your Favorite Dishes

What’s for lunch? Chicken and broccoli… again. Have you ever been on a diet for so long that you’ve found yourself eating the same food every single day? It’s like you’re trapped inside a strict health bubble that you can’t bust out of. There’s no variety whatsoever! Salmon. Chicken. Repeat. Booooring. Honestly, it’s time for you to spice things up. Eating healthy doesn’t have to … Continue reading New Recipes For Your Favorite Dishes

The Truth About Product Labels

Three hours… that’s how long it takes to grocery shop nowadays. As the health movement has gathered momentum, skepticism surrounding the food that we buy has increased. Customer loyalty is being tested as people are starting to evaluate product alternatives according to factors such as calories, ingredients and quality. Never before have companies been pressured to change their product formula like they are now. As … Continue reading The Truth About Product Labels

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Two Categories of Vegetables That Can Help You Lose Weight

Vegetables are an acquired taste.

If you’re not used to eating them, you’ll find them tasteless and rather unappealing. Let’s be honest, if you had to choose between a side of french fries and broccoli, you’d probably go with the french fries. In terms of taste, the french fries seem like a much better choice. However, if your goal is to lose weight, you shouldn’t concern yourself with taste but rather with effectiveness.

Don’t get me wrong, vegetables are delicious. Personally, I’ve come to appreciate their taste, and they’re a staple food in every single one of my meals. What I mean by ‘effectiveness’ is that certain vegetables are low-calorie and high-fiber foods that keep your hunger at bay for a long period of time. Due to their nutritional value, they’re a great way to add volume to your meals without worrying about the additional calories.

The term ‘vegetable’ is quite broad, and it incorporates several foods that aren’t necessarily the best for your weight-loss journey. As a result, I wanted to list some of my favorite veggies that are extremely useful when  I’m trying to shed a few extra pounds.

The vegetables that I’m going to mention belong to two categories:

  1. Leafy greens
  2. Cruciferous veggies

*Please note that some vegetables that I’m going to mention may belong to both categories*

Leafy greens

When I talk about leafy greens, I’m referring to the plant leaves that are usually eaten as a salad. That being said, leafy greens serve your weight-loss purpose best when you avoid pouring sauce and seasoning that counteracts their benefits.

Leafy greens are great because they are….

  • Low in calories
  • Low in carbohydrates
  • Loaded with fiber
  • Filled with nutrients & vitamins

In my case, the best thing about them is that you can eat a whole bunch of them without worrying too much about your caloric intake.

Some of my favorites are:

  1. Kale
  2. Spinach
  3. Cabbage
  4. Arugula

Kale and spinach salad

Cruciferous vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables are simply vegetables of the family Brassicaceae, which include foods like brussels sprouts and bok choy.

They’re an amazing food to eat because they are…

  • high in fiber
  • possess a decent amount of protein
  • loaded with nutrients
  • fulling

Some of the ones that I definitely recommend are:

  1. Broccoli
  2. Cauliflower
  3. Arugula

broccoli in a bowl for a salad


Through personal experience, I’ve discovered that leafy greens and cruciferous veggies are wonderful at keeping me fed and happy. I can eat a lot of them without worrying about eating more than I should. Most importantly, I feel full for HOURS!

Honestly, next time you’re at the supermarket just go straight to the veggie section and fill up your cart. Try eating one or two servings of those veggies every meal and then share your experience with me.

How do you feel?

Are you hungry?

Have you lost some weight?

Always,

Manuela

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Are You Addicted To… Sugar?

Addiction: Compulsive need for and use of habit-forming substance characterized by tolerance and well-defined psychological symptoms upon withdrawal You’ve probably heard about people being addicted to hard-core drugs, like cocaine and heroine, or alcohol. Rarely, however, do you hear about people being addicted to sugar. After all, we all need a certain amount of sugar to survive, unlike other drugs. Furthermore, sugar comes from the … Continue reading Are You Addicted To… Sugar?