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.

healthy sea salt and vinegar zucchini chips

Super Bowl Snack Attack! Sea Salt & Vinegar Zucchini Chip Recipe

I am the WORST football fan. Let's just be real. I'm not much of a sport TV watcher in general. The situation becomes more bleak when the game lasts more than two hours. I just can't concentrate or sit still that long! Now sport outings or parties... count me in! My favorite games to celebrate are of course my Alma Mater's games. Fight On Trojans! However, the Super Bowl definitely comes in a close second. I love any excuse to be a little rowdy, eat delicious food, enjoy a few cold beverages, and pretend like I have a clue what's going on on the field. I know what you're thinking. Does she really eat all that game-day food?? Well, yes, and no. Whether

do diets work

Do Diets Work?

Raise your hand if you've ever been on a diet. Most of you at one point of your life, whether it be for 2 days or 2 years, have tried out a hyped up diet plan. Am I right? Most likely, it didn't last. As a former dancer and actress, I have definitely had my experience in dieting. Did I lose weight? Yup. But only temporarily. Did it work? Nope. As soon as I "fell off the wagon" and went back to my normal eating habits, I went through mental turmoil caused from bloating, water weight, and putting pounds back on. These little "experiments," though they made my stomach flat, left me miserable and usually in tears when I felt like

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