Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl

Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl

I am feeling refreshed and fulfilled after an amazing vacation in Maui. We hiked waterfalls, layed by the pool, drank champagne, enjoyed local fish and coconut ice cream, went snorkeling, and munched on island fruit. It's always an adjustment to transition from vacay mode back to adulting. Since arriving back to Monterey, I've started my new position at the gym (more to come on this later if you guys are interested), received my official Precision Nutrition Certification in the mail (yup, I offer Nutrition Coaching now!), and redecorated my bedroom, all while struggling from some major jet lag. It's always an adjustment to transition from vacay mode back to adulting. Rather than mourn the end of my trip, I decided to

Low Carb, Paleo, Gluten Free Chicken n' Waffles featured

Paleo, Gluten-Free, Low Carb Chicken n’ Waffles!

No your eyes have not deceived you. I have deviously come up with a recipe for Chicken n' Waffles that is low carb, high protein, paleo, gluten-free, and super yummy! One of the best things about chicken n' waffles? It's salty meets sweet, breakfast meets dinner, crispy meets soft, the list goes on. It satisfies a plethora of cravings. However, this high-sugar, high-fat, high-calorie dish falls short in the health category. I was inspired to make a healthier version after my week-long trip in Pinehearst and Charlotte, North Carolina where the options for fried chicken and sweets are endless. Needless to say, I took full advantage of being on vacay and ate to my hearts desire. Sometimes that meant ordering a

Cherry Pie Protein Bars

Healthy Cherry Pie Protein Bars

Hi guys! I'm in the process of moving and the majority of my time has been spend building beds, moving boxes, and organizing our stuff. I didn't realize how much of it we have! How my boyfriend and I managed to fit all of our stuff in a one bedroom apartment with one main closet and one coat closet is beyond me. Now, I'm in North Carolina! So, this week I thought I'd mix it up and feature another awesome fitness and healthy living blogger who knows how to make a mean energy bar! I love her plant-based take on cooking and her recipes are seriously yummy! Another #girlboss and #gymrat who has had an amazing fitness transformation... Bri! Hi

Protein Bars- The Good, The Bad, and the Tasty

Protein Bars – The Good, The Bad, & The Tasty

I remember biting into my first protein bar. It was chocolaty, sugary, and... What's that?? "Healthy?!" I was hooked. Okay, so maybe I don't remember the exact first time, but I do remember having a major teenage addiction to the convenience of grabbing a sweet Balance or Clif bar when hunger stroke. What I didn't realize was, although it was healthier than reaching for a candy bar, it was by no means a viable meal replacement. Okay, so here's the scoop. There is a time and place for protein or energy bars and there's also certain criteria for finding one beneficial for your goals. I'm breaking down the good, the bad, and the tasty for picking the best protein bars.

Best Blog Posts of 2015

Best of 2015!

I know we're all thinking it, where in the world did this past year go?! Looking back at 2015, I feel really good about the things I accomplished and I'm hopeful that 2016 will top it! I created Life in Spandex about a year and a half ago when I quit my full-time marketing job to become a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. However, it wasn't until July 2015 that I decided to really go for this whole blogging thing. I started posting more regularly, worked on outreach and networking, gave the website a whole new look and feel, updated my imagery with professional photo and video shoots, got branded, started a YouTube channel, got on the Pinterest train,