Link-ables + 10 Minute Plank Workout

Happy Thursday!!

How’s the week going? Sticking with your workouts and healthy eating, I hope so!

I’ve been doing well with my new diet goals. Sometimes the sweet tooth hits in the evenings, but my quencher is 2-3 dried apricots and a cup of tea. And smart snacking is all about being prepared! Every weekend I make an arsenal of healthy snacks that are ready to grab when hunger strikes.

This last weekend I made a double batch of these, and froze half for next week.

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And also a new version of my PB Protein Balls.

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Seems like you all loved the links last week, so here’s a few of my favorites from this week! What have you been reading? Pass it on!!

LINK-ABLES

BEAUTYApple Cider Vinegar…has many uses you probably never knew about

ON A BUDGETI seriously want to get into this. Better for health +better for the wallet= Awesome

GET FIT – Did the Sweaty Bodyweight workout the other day…it was as sweaty as I remembered

CLEAN EATING – the term is thrown here and there, but what does Clean Eating really mean?

PICNIC FARE – wanting to try your hand at Homemade Baked Beans? These look amazing!

FLAVOR5 herbs that pack a nutritional punch

SMART SNACKINGCurry & Almonds = Party in my mouth

SMOOTH SLURP – I wanted to put basil in our smoothie the other day…I was out voted. But, now I know I’m not crazy. :)

HEALTHY HABITS – Love the idea of soaking nuts for nutrients…and overnight, totally doable.

WORK IT! – looking to tighten your tummy and strengthen your core?
Try this core burner!

Plank it Out - Core Burner

Add this Plank Core Burner to your exercise routine 3xs per week after a cardio or strength workout and watch your core tighten up!

**Note: This is a tough workout, so don’t feel like a wimp if you need to rest a few seconds at anytime during the workout. But, do just that, rest a few seconds and get moving again. Be constantly aware of your form, keep your back straight and your core tight throughout the movements.
Also, if you are just starting out with your exercise routine, or coming back after an injury, please check with your doctor before adding anything new or intense. Use common sense, and listen to your body. 

Explanation:

Low plank toe tap – In an elbow plank position swing your right leg out to the side and tap your toe on the ground, coming back into plank swing your left leg out to the left side and tap your toe on the ground, come back to plank. Keep alternating for the time duration.

Side plank hip lift - In a side plank position slowly lower your hip to just above the ground. Using your core muscles lift your hip towards the ceiling, then slowly lower and repeat.

Plank pike jump – In a straight arm plank position jump both of your feet in towards your hands so your body bends in a pike position. Immediately jump your feet back out to plank. Continue jumping in and out for the duration.

Reptile plank – 

Low plank w/ alternating hip tilt – In an elbow plank position keeping your core tight and back straight, slowly tilt your left hip until it lightly touches the ground. Come back to the start and tilt to the right. Keep alternating sides for the duration of time.

If you try the workout let me know if you liked it and if you’d like to see more workouts like this one!

What is your favorite go to snack? Why?
If we have them, my favorite snack is celery sticks and hummus. But, I also love a good bowl of yogurt with fruit and cinnamon, a homemade protein snack like muffins, protein balls, or bars, or an 1/2 an apple with raw almond butter. Yum!

Have a great day!

Liesl

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