Healthy Eats: Skinny Pumpkin Pie Smoothie


|| PUMPKIN || Pumpkin pie for breakfast?! Yes!!! With Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, Fall is pumpkin season! Though a traditional pumpkin pie is high in calories and sugar, I made a healthier low calorie version of pumpkin pie as a smoothie.

Pumpkin is rich in nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin A which promotes eye health, and fiber which contributes to weightloss. The Greek yogurt in this recipe also adds calcium, potassium, protein, and a creamy texture which makes this smoothie taste like you are having desert for breakfast!



– 1/2 cup organic pumpkin

– 1 frozen banana

– 1 cup vanilla almond milk

– 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt

– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

– 2 cubes of ice


1 — Blend all ingredients together in a blender and enjoy! (I use my Nutribullet)

Note: For a sweeter flavor, feel free to add a touch of honey or maple syrup. For more protein, add 1-2 scoops of your favorite protein powder. For more spice, you can increase the amount of pumpkin spice and cinnamon, and you can also add nutmeg.


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Healthy Eats: Avocado Egg Bake

Breakfast is the most important, and just so happens to be my favorite, meal of the day. When I have to leave home for early morning clients, I typically make a green smoothie to-go. On the days when I have the morning off or have a later start, I enjoy taking the time to make a sit-down breakfast like this delicious Avocado Egg Bake!

Avocados and eggs are the perfect combination for a morning meal as they are packed with protein and fiber, that will keep you satisfied until your next meal. Try this easy recipe and feel free to use your favorite toppings like tomatoes, basil, cheese, and bacon.



Prep Time: 5min

Cook Time: 15-20min

Serves: 1-2ppl



– 1 medium size avocado, halved and pitted

– 2 eggs

– salt and pepper to taste

– red pepper flakes (optional)

– 1tbs feta cheese (optional)

– 1 tsp chives (optional)


1 — Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2 — Scoop out a small portion of the center of each half of the avocado with a spoon.

3 —  Crack 1 egg open into each half of the avocado, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

4 — Bake 15-20min, then top with red pepper flakes, chives, and feta cheese (or your favorite toppings) and serve.


Tips: Make sure your avocado is a big enough size to be able to hold the eggs. Also, be sure to use a baking pan that can support your avocado to prevent the eggs from spilling off the side. I tried to use a tray at first and my egg was spilling so I opted for a cupcake baking pan and placed foil inside to keep the avocado halves in place.

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Hot Body HIIT Workout

“Discipline is choosing between what we want now and what we want MOST.”

So many people believe that what’s keeping them from their dreams and goals is lack of motivation – I used to think that too.

But from my intense fascination with exercise, fitness and the psychology behind that, I realized this is not quite the case (in my opinion).

You see, I think motivation is the easier part. Motivation is what it takes you to START something. It’s discipline commitment that keeps you going, keeps you pushing forward when it gets hard. It’s what not only gets you out of bed or started but what makes you power through, and then get up and do it again and again and again.

This workout is the ULTIMATE test of discipline and perseverance! It is only 3 exercises, but they are intense and you are aiming for 5 rounds!

I don’t expect you to do all 5 rounds the first time, but to work up to that. It’s hard, it will take perseverance and commitment. Doing this routine one or two times is great; but to see results, to break through mental and physical limits, you have to KEEP coming back to it!

Just starting? Try one round this week and add round every time you do this!

Ready to test train to have a fitter, strong sexier mind and body?

Let’s GO!!

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Move of the Day: Tricep Dips


|| DIP || The Tricep Dip is my move of the day. If you feel like the back of your arms jiggle and need to be toned then this should be your go-to move! This exercise can be done using a bench, chair, sofa, or a step.

Benefits: Strengthens the back of the arms, shoulders, and chest.


1 — Start by placing hands on a bench shoulder width apart, fingers pointing forward, and legs either bent or extended in front of you.

2 — Bend your elbows lowering the tailbone down towards the floor then push back up.

3 — Perform 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps.

Tips: Keep the elbows pointing straight up and keep the back close to the bench. Be sure to leave a slight bend in the elbows as you straighten the arms rather than locking them.


Photo by Sherry Dubash at KZP

Top by Splits59

Note: Long Back Stretch is the exercise pictured on the Pilates reformer and tricep dips can be added as a variation.

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To Sock or Not to Sock

Open up almost any fitness magazine and you will see an ad for socks – dri-fit, compression, no-show, non-slip, etc. It seems there is a sock for almost every sport! In fact, more and more studios are beginning to require clients to wear non-slip socks during classes. What is this new sock trend all about? Here is the scoop on non-slip socks:

First, wearing non-slip socks is for safety. Studios do not want clients to slip and fall during a Pilates or a Barre class. Once you start to sweat, your feet can slip on the floor or on the equipment.

This could lead to big injuries. Traditional athletic socks can be very slippery on wood floors, gym floors, and Pilates equipment.

Non-slip socks provide more grip and traction on slippery surfaces.

Another reason for wearing those non-slip socks is hygiene. Let’s face it, our feet sweat. When you are in the middle of an intense barre, yoga, or Pilates class, you are sweating… that means your feet are sweating too! Think of how many places and things your feet have come in contact with during any given day! Less germs spread around means healthier – and happier- students!

So, embrace the sock revolution! With so many varieties out there, you can choose one that fits you perfectly. Some styles feature a sock-like fit, others cover each toe like a glove, some cover the foot but leave the toes open (think of the 80’s fingerless gloves – but for your feet), and others even have a padding on the bottom of your foot for extra comfort during barre and dance classes. Pick out the style and the color you love best, put on your favorite Splits59 outfit, head out to class with a smile on your face, and put your best foot – or sock – forward!