healthy double dipped chocolate yogurt covered strawberries

Healthy Valentine’s Day Double Dipped Dark Chocolate & Yogurt Covered Strawberries

There's nothing quite as satisfying as biting into a chocolate covered strawberry. It starts with the crunch of the creamy, rich chocolate and ends with a big juicy bite of a perfectly ripe strawberry. Chocolate has to be my favorite part about Valentine's Day. Okay, so I love getting flowers and extra attention too. Oh, and jewelry is an easy way to make me giddy. Robby, are you taking notes?? haha! But Valentine's Day just isn't the same without a sweet treat to help spread the love. Whether you're sharing Valentine's Day with your significant other, best girlfriend, mom, or your dog, you deserve to treat yourself without feeling guilty about it! This is your day, lady! Valentine's Day is not

Fluffy, Creamy, and Oh So Healthy Whoopie Pies

SUGAR!!! The food group we all love to hate. We crave it, dream about it, all while trying to avoid it. I will admit it's my weakness. I have a major sweet tooth. During the holidays I let my sweet tooth have all the fun. However, over the past week as I've tried to get back into my normal healthy habits, my heightened desire to eat chocolate has lingered. Day after day I've told myself, "Today I am going to just say no. Just one day to break the habit." Sound familiar? I talk a lot about balance here at Life in Spandex. I urge you to give in to your cravings regularly in a responsible way. And I mean it!

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,

My Vegan Thanksgiving

My Vegan Thanksgiving

I can't believe Thanksgiving has already come and gone. I guess when you're cooking all day, time flies! This year I spent Thanksgiving at my Dad's with my (not so) little brother and his girlfriend. It was small, quaint, perfect, and.... completely vegan! Yup, we had a plant-based, meat and dairy-free Thanksgiving dinner. And, it was delicious! My brother decided to go vegan a couple of months ago after watching Cowspiracy and realizing the harmful affects our agricultural system has on the environment. He's so passionate about it he managed to convert his girlfriend and even my meat-loving dad into vegetarians! Some of you may know that I followed a strict Pescatarian (fish-only) diet for about 4 years after reading Michael

Birthday Cake Protein Pancakes

Birthday Cake Protein Pancakes – Grain, Sugar, & Gluten-Free

Yup, yesterday was my birthday! I love my birthday. It feels so good to receive so much love from friends and family on a day that celebrates my life. Thank you all so much for making me feel adored! You guys are the best :D. My birthday is also like a refresh button. I use it as a reminder to reflect on the past year, the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly. I learn from what worked and what didn't, and then I wipe the slate clean. For some, a birthday can also be a trigger for comparison. Instead of celebrating the gifts life has already given us, we dwell. We nitpick the missing pieces of the life we planned to