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6 Ultimate Self-Love Workout Quotes
Don't hate your body for how it looks – love it for what it can do! Get inspired with these 6 awesome quotes combining fitness inspiration and self-love. Acknowledge your body's capabilities. Exercise at any level help you appreciate all the amazing things your body can do. Marvel at the beautiful, complex machine of your muscles, your breath, your mind. Breathe in. Breathe out. You are stronger than you know. The power to direct your course and your life is in your hands. You are capable – believe in the power you have to change your world. This quote is absolutely true – you are beautiful! Tell your reflection. Believe it, because it's true. Every challenge you've faced only makes you stronger and more beautiful. Strive for the right goals – it's not about what you look like. It's about being healthy, whatever that may look like. You are absolutely gorgeous just the way you are. Stop letting life kick you around – take your future into your own hands! You are smart, and capable, and determined. You have the power to make positive changes in your life, both mentally and physically. Eradicate defeatist attitudes; abandon self-doubt and self-judgment. Embrace positivity – you can do it! Practice radical self-love by putting yourself first. You are a precious being with so much to offer the world; take care of that person. In your pursuit of physical health, don't neglect your mental and emotional health. Being healthy is multifaceted, and each one of those parts is necessary to the whole. Do your best to love your self every day. When you get knocked down, get up and try again. Finally, I'll leave you with an emphasis on small victories. No matter how silly or slow you think you look, remember – you're a champion because you got out there. You didn't let excuses or fear hold you back; you've already conquered them. So celebrate that victory, and let it be the first step on your triumphant health & fitness journey! Show your friends how much you love them, and share this card with the ones who could use a self-love boost this week. It's always nice to start off the day with some inspiration :) I hope you guys found these quotes inspiring and helpful! Do you ever struggle with self-love, especially when it comes to body image or working out? I know that feel. Let's talk about it :)
Skinny Mac n' Cheese
Enjoy your favorite comfort food without the guilt! No heavy cream, no artificial flavors – just the delicious cheesy goodness you love. This makes the perfect easy dinner for a chilly fall night. And get this – it's even got a few sneaky vegetables added in for extra healthiness! They're so sneaky, though, that even veggie-haters won't be able to tell the difference. Whip up a batch of delicious homemade mac n' cheese, and enjoy! Skinny Mac n' Cheese Prep Time: 5 min. Cook Time: 30 min. Difficulty: Easy Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum / Photos by Pinch of Yum Makes 4 servings What You'll Need 2 cups elbow macaroni 1 tablespoon butter 1 small yellow onion 1 small butternut squash (4-5 cups cubed) 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth ¾ cup milk 1 teaspoon salt ⅔ cup shredded cheese (Gruyère is a great choice, but any kind will work!) parsley, for garnish salt and pepper to taste What To Do 1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside for later. 2. Meanwhile, heat butter over medium low heat in a skillet. Cut onion into thin strips, then sauté over low heat until golden and caramelized, around 20 minutes. Keep heat low to avoid burning. 3. While onion is caramelizing, bring broth to a boil in another saucepan. Remove skin and seeds from squash, cut into small cubes, then boil in the broth for 5-7 minutes, or until fork tender. 4. Drain, setting aside ½ cup broth, then place squash in blender. Add the onions, milk, salt, and broth, then puree until smooth, creamy, and lump-free. You should have about 4 cups of sauce. 5. Pour the pureed sauce over the cooked macaroni and add the shredded cheese. Stir to melt the cheese; add salt and pepper to taste. If you need to adjust the consistency, add a little water or milk as needed. Garnish with parsley, then serve warm and enjoy! :)
Homemade Pop-Tarts? Oh Hells Yeah!
I never want to eat a store bought Pop-Tart again. Not after looking at this recipe, which uses real, flaky butter pastry (instead of crumbly cardboard dough) and your favorite fruit preserves (instead of sugar mixed with red dye 40). The homemade frosting and cheerful rainbow sprinkles are the icing on the cake! Photo and recipe credit go to Jaclyn over at Cooking Classy, an awesome cooking and baking blog that you need to check out! For now, here's the recipe for your new favorite breakfast (or anytime) treat. Homemade Pop-Tarts Prep Time: 20 mins. Chill Time: 3 hours. Cook Time: 30 mins. Difficulty: Medium Makes 8 pop-tarts What You'll Need For the pastry: 2 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling 1 tsp salt 1 tsp granulated sugar 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced into 1/2-inch cubes 4 - 5 Tbsp ice water 3/4 cup strawberry preserves, divided (or other preserve of choice) For the icing: 1 cup powdered sugar 2 Tbsp half and half, plus more as needed 1/4 tsp vanilla extract What To Do 1. Make the pastry dough: Pulse together flour, salt and granulated sugar in a food processor. Add butter and continue to pulse until the butter is broken up, and the mixture has a mealy texture. Add 4 tablespoons of water and pulse a few times until it comes together into dough; if it fails to come together, add another tablespoon of water and pulse again. 2. On a clean surface, divide dough into two portions. Shape each into a 5-inch dish, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Meanwhile, line two rimmed cookie sheets with parchment paper. 3. Remove one disk from the fridge; leave the other one to chill. Roll out the dough disk into a rectangle measuring approximately 13 inches by 11 inches. If edges crack, just stick them back together and keep rolling. Trim edges just so, so you have a 12"x10" perfect rectangle. Cut this into 8 5"x3" rectangles. 4. Arrange 4 rectangles evenly spaced on the parchment-lined cookie sheet; spread 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of jam evenly down the center of each rectangle. Seal edges with fingertips, then reseal with a fork. Use a tooth pick to poke the top of each tart 4 times. Let chill in the freezer for at least 2 hours, or up to one week. 5. Repeat process with second disk of dough. 6. Preheat oven to 375°F. With one rack in the upper third of the oven and one in the bottom third, bake frozen tarts until golden, rotating racks halfway through baking. It will take about 25-30 minutes in all. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for several minutes, then transfer to wire rack. 7. Make the icing: Whisk together all ingredients, then add additional half and half a 1/2 teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Spread over cooled pop-tarts, then dust with rainbow sprinkles. Allow to set at room temperature. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy! A little bit of a process, but totally worth it, don't you think? I can't wait to try these sweet treats in my own kitchen! :D