LEGIT craving crushers.

LEGIT craving crushers.

BS-free ways to eat what we should. Advice like “get more sleep” and “build willpower”, are great nuggets of wisdom but we dare you to tell us these things when we’re craving a salty, chocolatey treat. Here are our top ways to give a craving the finger: Brush your teeth. If you’re like us, you crave something sweet seconds after a meal. We asked ourselves WHY and wondered….could this just be a desire to cleanse the palate?  We’ve found that brushing teeth works in about 75% of post-meal chocolate cravings….that’s big! Lemon Water.  Similar to the above theory…we tried having a glass of H20 with a squeeze of fresh lemon after a meal or during that afternoon slump. The lemon cleanses the palate, the water hydrates…coffee or treat craving averted most of the time! Splurge Prep.  Because we know we have a sweet tooth and a salt obsession, we try to set ourselves up for success by using our Sunday night to prep one treat that covers both categories, so we have a healthier options all week long. There’s nothing wrong with a super-clean occasional treat, and it’s a hell of a lot better than diving for junk food. Clean splurge recipes all over this blog! Beat the Booze Factor.  Drinking can sabotage our results by messing with our blood sugar, interrupting sleep, reducing clarity and the list goes on. We’re not saying don’t indulge, but remember a drink is a splurge. If you know you’re having cocktails, stock the fridge with hydration and healthy options and commit to not having a milkshake and bacon cheeseburger for breakfast. Savour it.  We love to try treats...
Raw Crunch Salad

Raw Crunch Salad

Raw Crunch Salad Recipe from Lavinia Todor Ingredients: 1 broccoli, chopped into small florets 2-3 carrots, shredded (use a julienne peeler, mandolin or grater) 2-3 kale leaves, thinly chopped ½ cauliflower, chopped into small florets ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped ¼ cup almonds, chopped (or raw walnuts)(optional) 1tbsp poppy seeds 3-4 tbsp cranberries (naturally dried, unsweetened or fresh pomegranate seeds) Salad dressing (or use your own fave) 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated (optional) ½ tbsp oregano,dried (or 1 tbsp fresh leaves) 1-2 lemons (3 tbsp juice and ½ tsp zest) 2 tbsp olive oil 1-2 tsp honey ¼ tsp salt Pepper MAKE IT HAPPEN: In a bowl whisk olive oil, lemon juice, salt, honey, oregano, ginger and black pepper. * for best taste refrigerate for 1-2 hours so that the dressing blends in well. In a large bowl add all the chopped and shredded veggies. Top with almonds (if using), poppy seeds, and all of the dressing. Toss well until everything is coated in the dressing. Transfer to plates and serve....
Chocolate Mousse Splurge

Chocolate Mousse Splurge

Chocolate Mousse Splurge! Recipe from Lavinia Todor Ingredients: 1 large ripe avocado 1 ripe banana 3 tbsp cocoa powder 4 tbsp date syrup (or other liquid sweetener of choice) 1 tsp vanilla extract Almond milk MAKE IT HAPPEN: Easy! Blend until smooth. Add a little almond or coconut milk to thin if necessary. Option to add granola or crunchy peanut butter at the bottom of the serving cups....
Warm Zucchini Salad

Warm Zucchini Salad

Zucchini salad Recipe from Lavinia Todor Ingredients: 1 medium zucchini, spiralized or julienned 1 small carrot, thinly shredded (optional) 1 c cherry tomatoes, cut in half Dressing:  1 ripe avocado 1 cup fresh basil leaves 3 cloves garlic ¼ cup pine nuts or walnuts 2 Tbsp lemon juice 3 Tbsp olive oil Salt & Pepper, to taste MAKE IT HAPPEN: Spiralize or julienne your zucchini and set aside on paper towels so that any excess water is soaked up. In a food processor, add avocado, basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts (or walnuts), lemon juice, and sea salt and pulse until finely chopped. Add olive oil in a slow stream until creamy. Drizzle olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, add zucchini noodles and carrot slices, cooking for about 1 to 2 minutes until tender. Add to a large bowl and toss with avocado pesto and cherry tomatoes. Season with pepper and a little Parmesan (or feta). Option to also add some thinly sliced kale or top with grilled chicken or beef and make it a whole meal....
REBELLION: The Zone

REBELLION: The Zone

Eye on the prize. In Week Two we got real about this Rebel truth: The road to great success is paved with HARD WORK…for life. As we tackle Week Three, our goal is to get into the unstoppable goal-crushing mode we call The Zone. Why? Because this is another guaranteed fact: Those who succeed develop the ability to focus and drown out the doubts. Hopefully in Week Two we got right into the mindset of The Grind.  Bring it on! Nothing can stop us.  Except for some of these…any sound familiar? Work is getting pretty busy, I’ll have to press The Reset next week. I’m just not feeling the results I want, it’s easier to just be “realistic” and tone down my efforts. My friends tell me I’m obsessed with my workouts, maybe I should ease off. I’m exhausted. Life is just too busy for all this. Maybe I’m not such a Rebel after all. Step One: Climb the hurdles. We get into The Zone by pushing past our doubts and choosing to become the person who achieves our goals. We think we’re the only one with a perpetual reel of discouraging dialogue going through our minds, but guess what?  It’s there for everyone.  From Oprah to Gretzky, we’re pretty sure we won’t find anyone who doesn’t battle that doubting voice inside. Busy? This is what last week’s GRIND SWITCH is for!  The reality is we have to TRY harder to make space for ourselves. Discouraged?  We all feel it from time to time.  Listen to the Bandits! Revkor instructors are there to motivate you.  Results come in due time - you will meet...