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FitPro Obsession: Mason Jars

Mason Jars are sturdy glass containers used to store food and are one of my favorite items that I use to stay in shape. Maintaining my long, lean physique is a result of both exercising consistently and making healthy food choices. Since I am always on-the-go in NYC running from clients to classes to meetings and social activities, the best way to keep my eating on track is to pack my food each day, often in a mason jar.

Every week I use my Mason Jars to carry salads, smoothies, water, and other on-the-go snacks. Here are a few examples of what I pack: masonjargreensmoothie

Green Smoothie
* 1/2 banana
* 1/3 mango
* 1 handful of spinach and kale
* 1/4 cup of oats
* 1/2 cup of almond milk
* 2 cubes of ice

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Fruit Infused Water
* 5 raspberries
* 1 clementine orange
* 2 slices of lemon
* 2 cups water (plain or sparkling)

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Yogurt Parfait
* 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (Fage is my fav)
* 1/4 cup of oats
* 1/4 cup of granola (I love Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Loaded Fruit & Nut Granola)
* 1 handful of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries

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Tuna Quinoa Salad
(Layers from bottom to top)
* Cilantro dressing (Trader Joe’s)
* Tomatoes
* Persian Cucumbers
* Chickpeas
* Black beans
* Edamame
* Feta Cheese
* Dried Cranberries
* Tuna
* Quinoa
* Organic Tuscan Kale

One of the best aspects of using Mason Jars is that they keep your food fresh for the whole week. You can carry both hot and cold foods and jars can also be used to freezing and even baking. For salads, be sure to always put the dressing at the bottom and leafy greens on top so that the salad will not be soggy. Enjoy!

FitPro Obsession: Yonanas Healthy Dessert Maker

I love rewarding myself with a little something sweet at the end of the day. My guilty pleasure is gelato, but I’m not a fan of all the added sugar, and sugar-free just isn’t the same. I’ve tried so many “healthier” frozen treats, but nothing satisfied me, until I discovered Yonanas Ice Cream Maker! In just 2 simple steps you have a fabulous, guilt-free dessert!

Step 1: Peel and freeze ripe bananas.

Step 2: Feed frozen bananas through the Yonanas machine and viola, a delicious and nutritious frozen delight packed with potassium!

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I was amazed at how decadent my creation tasted, how creamy, how smooth. I dressed it up by mixing in powdered peanut butter and sprinkling a few cacao chips on top. It’s a heavenly combo. You can mix up all sorts of concoctions. Toasted pecans and a drizzle of maple syrup, coconut flakes and fresh pineapple, the possibilities are endless. For $49.99, Yonanas has been an excellent investment. I used to pay $6 for a carton of gelato every other week. That’s nearly $150 a year! The best part, Yonanas doesn’t just save me cash, it’s saved countless calories! I would highly recommend this nifty, thrifty gadget to anyone looking for a fitness friendly frozen treat, so good you can even have it for breakfast!

Enjoy!

FitPro Obsession: doTERRA Essential Oils

I’m just getting into using doTERRA essential oils to enhance my workouts, protect my health and elevate the environment at my Pilates studio. I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of all that there is to learn about using essential oils but I’m super excited about the things I’m starting to incorporate!
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Each morning before my workout, I fill up my glass water bottle with fresh icy cold water and add a couple drops of essential oil – it’s important to use a glass bottle as opposed to a plastic one, since certain essential oils can leach BPA from plastic.  Depending on my mood I may select peppermint if I need a little pick-me-up or if I’m feeling a little headachy. Sometimes I choose lemon, lime, or wild orange which all taste amazing and just make me happy! All of the oils have no calories or sugar and are therapeutic grade so they are safe and healthy to take internally. If I’m feeling at all under the weather or just want a little extra immunity protection, I’ll add a drop or two of their OnGuard blend which adds an additional layer of protection against environmental and seasonal threats. If I’m planning an especially intense workout, I’ll add a little extra peppermint to my water to help open up my airways while I work out and cool my body naturally.

While we’re working out in the studio, I like to diffuse essential oils in the air to create a more balanced atmosphere and to help people breathe more deeply. My favorites are the Balance blend and Citrus Bliss.

It’s amazing what a difference essential oils can make on my strength and focus as I go into my workout. When I find myself lagging or when things get especially intense, taking a drink of my infused water reinvigorates me. The addition of the essential oil makes a tremendous difference. These products are my newest workout obsession and are finding their way past my workouts into lots of areas of my life.

Fitness Obsession: GripSling

I am always excited when I discover a new fitness product that is fun to use but also helps me achieve my fitness goals!

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Recently I discovered GripSling, which is a workout strap made from 100% natural cotton. The use for these straps is truly endless. They are so light and easy to roll up that lately I have been bringing them along on my daily jogs to the beach and using them to work deeper in my yoga practice and for strength training. One of my favorite yoga poses to practice using the GripSling is King Pigeon. I always had a tough time stretching my back deep enough to get into the pose the proper way. With the GripSling I am able to loop one of the holes around my foot and pull my foot from the strap giving me an incredible deep stretch and I am able to hold the pose for much longer. I also love that you can hook them anywhere! When going for a run the other day, I was able to hook my GripSling’s to a tree branch and perform suspended weight training using my own body weight.

On top of being an awesome product GripSling is an incredible company that I am proud to purchase from. All of their straps are manufactured in the United States and they are recognized as a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Overall GripSling’s are an incredible addition to my gym bag and I am excited to keep exploring with them to find my edge!

Xo MelisFit

FitPro Obsession: Jaybird Bluebuds X

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I am pumped to share my favorite fitness product right now with you!! I am in love with my Jaybird Bluebuds X. They are chord-free bluetooth ear buds designed with exercise in mind. No more wires getting in the way of your moves. They are low profile and stay in your ear. The sound is amazing and the Bluetooth works better than any others I’ve tried. I am a member at Equinox and their gyms are pretty large. I can leave my phone on the opposite side of the room (approx 60 feet) and the sound is as clear as ever. Extra plus… the battery lasts me a few days!

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I don’t feel like I am getting a great workout unless I’m sweating like crazy. I’ve worn other headphones that lose their sound quality or just flat out quit working when I sweat with them on. Not the Jaybirds, they survive! They have a trusted life time warranty against sweat… so if anything did happen, they will fix it! Enjoy!