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

Protein Donut Recipe

I Made the Impossible Possible – Healthy Donut Recipe!

Who doesn't love donuts?! Nothing baked can really replace a gooey, soft Old Fashioned glaze. However, chowing down on fried dough on a regular basis doesn't usually mesh well with our health and fitness goals. I created a delicious alternative that's almost like the real thing for those moments where you don't want to resist but also want to stay on track! Oh snap! Don't hug me quite yet. You haven't even heard the best part! These donuts aren't just a better alternative to a Dunkin' Donut run. They're made with ingredients to aid your fitness progress! Stacked with protein, healthy fats, low in carbs, and sugar-free, you could literally eat these donuts for breakfast every day. Okay, you can hug me

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,