(Pumpkin) Blond(ies) Have More Fun

Oct 16, 2019

You know what they say, blondes have more fun!

Any doubters of that may experience a change of heart after trying these gut friendly blondies. For this week's Friday Fuel we bring you one of our favorite recipes, inspired by a few of our favorite chefs!

 

 

Maca Pumpkin Blondies

Ingredients:

1 can white beans
1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup gluten free quick oats
1/4 cup almond butter
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (add a dash of cinnamon, too!)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp maca root powder
1/2 cup dark chocolate, chocolate chips

Directions:

Line an 8-inch pan with parchment or grease well. Preheat oven to 350 F. Drain and rinse the beans very well. Process all ingredients except chocolate chips in a high-quality food processor until completely smooth. Stir in the chocolate 

chips. Spread the batter into the prepared pan, press a few chocolate chips into the top if desired, and bake on the...

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How this 30-Something Broke Free of Fad Diets & Exercise

Aug 25, 2019

Count this. Eat that. Don't eat this.
Sugar free, fat free, guilt free, gluten free.... macros, carbs, protein...
the list goes on and it's freaking exhausting.

This 30-something-year-old was SURROUNDED by it.
And EXHAUSTED by it.

She was scared as hell, unsure of it would work and said one thing changed her life, forever.

Choosing to make the scary investment in herself and make a MOVE.

In her words: 

"One month into the program I realized I was starting to gain the tools to fuel myself- not starve myself. I wasn't making my choices based on calories- but ingredients. By the second month I threw away my scale (good riddance)...... I realized I was working out for pleasure- not to burn something off. Most importantly I was finally getting to know myself- what I really enjoyed and valued. How I could push myself in healthy ways. I was having better conversations- better relationships with others and myself. 

MOVE. Is a part of me now. The community, the tools it has given...

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Dueling Dessert Recipes - Chocolate or Fruity?

Jun 21, 2019

We have been so curious to know, what type of gut-friendly recipes do you want to see the most of... and you all answered! 

Desserts! 

Since we are pretty torn on chocolate sweets or fruity sweets, we figured why use the word "or" when we can use the word "and". Cue: mindset hack. 

Scope out two of our favorite gut-friendly recipes- gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free, wheat free, egg free. Flavor-FULL.

 

Black Bean Brownies

What you’ll need:
1 1/2 cups black beans (drained and rinsed well)
2-3 tbsp cocoa powder  
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup pure natural maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup to 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
optional: almond butter and maple syrup drizzle

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Fold in chocolate chips then add to a bake safe dish or tin. Bake for 15-18 minutes, then let cool at...

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She Finally Stopped Fearing Her Bikini.

Jun 18, 2019

A DECADE, of dreading being in a bathing suit and just WEEKS in our program this MOVE.r was in completely different shape.

 
“This is the first time in my life I’ve been on a beach and I am not wasting every single second of my day freaking out…… I’ll thank you both again and again until the end of the world.

 Fad diets don’t work. They just don’t.

 

They DO serve a purpose- they generally have people making healthier choices and thinking about what they put into their bodies. BUT they don’t work, long term.

Digestion, nutrients in food, food combining… none of these are fads.

 

We see time and time again, similar results to this case….. Decade long struggles with counting all the things, trying to “burn off” food, manipulate the body or restrict intake.

 
In just weeks of our program, MOVE.rs are making life-long changes they didn’t even imagine could be possible… cue:...

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MOVE. Away from the Sunday Scaries

May 19, 2019

Sunday Scaries, Anyone?

We are so over them.

 

They are kind of a mix of buyer’s remorse from #weekending (it’s a thing) combined with angst of returning to work, routine and maybe it’s all topped with the pressure of getting “back on track.” Meaning eating all the salads, doing all the workouts and vowing to never eat Chinese food at 2am, again.

 

No wonder you are scared.
Reality Check: We’re human. We are social beings. Chinese food is delicious.

 

When you restrict your body of certain things and build your mentality around “on and off track” you set yourself up for binging… it’s like once you start you feel like you “ruined everything” so mine as well keep on going on this path of ruin.

 

 Not only does this mess with your body, it messes with your belly, damages your gut and certainly your mind.

 

Our MOVE. Method teaches how to abandon the track through mind, body and belly...

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MOVE. Approved (or not)

May 17, 2019

Have you seen our #FridayFuel posts on Instagram?

You all know we loveeeeee ourselves some IG!

Well, if you haven't, each week we search for all sorts of meals and snacks proclaiming to be healthy (some specifically claim to be gut health... sigh) and we give it the "yay" or "nay" on the #moveapproved stamp.

Not surprisingly, they generate a TON of questions. So we figured we would share some of the guidelines that go into making the cut.

  • Fat-free, sugar-free, highly processed (cue: gut damaging foods) are a no.
  • No counting, measuring or weighing our food. We are adults.
  • Proper food combining for optimal digestion, major yes.
  • Healing foods are a yes.
  • Prioritizing the nutrition and actual  benefits of food over the wrapper, yup.
  • Fitting 5 different food groups into a cafeteria tray or tupperware…. Heck no.

 

We’ll be honest, we both struggled with the counting, the pressures, the fat-free (cheese, ice-cream, butter, bread, pretzels and everything else). We...

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Protein Muffin MOVE.s

May 08, 2019

We confess- we don't do a whole lot of baking because measuring and attention to detail isn't our zone of genius. At all. But we will certainly make an exception for these... anytime. 

 
We adapted these muffins from a couple of different recipes- one was a dessert we really liked from Chocolate Covered Katie (follow her if you don't!) and the other an energy muffin from Shalene Flanagan (again, follow if you don't!). The goal was to have a performance based muffin that is light enough to have before a workout yet nourishing enough to get through the workout. 
 
We sampled them in the kitchen all last week. Over and over... just to be safe, for all of you. Then we really put them to the test when Mel headed to Salem, MA for a 20-mile road race. One muffin pre-run and she was good to go! 
 
 
These fuse together protein and anti-oxidants from almonds, with the electrolytes, potassium and natural sweetness of bananas, combined...
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5 MOVE.s To Grow Your Online Business

May 07, 2019

Wait? We aren't talkin' matcha?
(Gasp)

We've been getting a lot of questions on how to take passions and transform them from a hobby to a business. As we entered our own Q2 with new goals and new MOVE.s ahead, we wanted to share 5 MOVE.s To Bring You Growth.


1- Figure Out where your skillset, passion and ability to serve merge. Don’t force it, don’t fake it and don’t only focus on you. Show up to serve.

 2- Test The Waters. Get a small group to give you feedback. Thought to action to reflection (we see you, Ayurveda). Continue this cycle. There is no finish line to growth.

 3- Invest In yourself. You can’t expect anyone to invest in you if you aren’t invested in yourself. The more value you have to offer, the more you can authentically give. The more you can authentically give, the more you can serve.

 4- Take Messy Action. Perfection Paralysis is real. There will never be a perfect time. No one cares if your webpage colors...

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6 Reasons Your Gut, Has Got, Your Next PR

Feb 04, 2019

Gut health is all the talk right now and there’s one major reason I believe that this “trend” is here to stay; it works…..  at the end of the day, we were DESIGNED to digest our food. We were literally made to create humans, we can handle eating. We just need to stop complicating things and then spending our time, money and energy trying to figure out how to uncomplicate it.

 

Digestion is a huge energy source; what we eat is supposed to give us energy but eating (and digesting) requires energy. Think about it like a bank account, fueling should be a deposit but for many, it acts as a withdrawal. They don’t understand why they are tired, bloated, foggy or not getting results that they are working for.

 

I have a weird relationship with gut-health as I lost my daughter to a sick gut, at the time not even knowing it was a “thing.” In my healing I began running, honoring a promise I made to her and finding my way on the Boston...

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