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Udi’s Gluten Free Muffin Review

   

I received a complimentary product to facilitate my Udi’s Gluten Free Muffin review, but all opinions are my own.

       

Udi's Gluten Free Muffin

Udi’s make a wide assortment of gluten free baked goods.  When Influenster supplied a coupon so I could try any Udi’s product of my choosing for free I jumped at the opportunity.

Udi’s Gluten Free Muffin Review

Taste

Delicious and surprising were the first words that came to mind when tasting the Udi’s Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins.   The crunchy sugared top provided great texture without being overly sweet.  Even my husband enjoyed the muffin.  He reported that while he thought it was a bit dense at first he really liked the flavor and was surprised that something gluten free could be so “normal”.

Overall Experience with Udi’s Gluten Free Muffin

The Good

  • The flavor is absolutely tasty.  Just the slightest hint of lemon compliments the blueberries perfectly.
  • The texture is on point.  While gluten free baked goods don’t always match up to their gluten filled counterparts, Udi’s has mastered the texture of gluten free muffins.
  • The serving size is good.  These muffins are on the larger side and are the perfect size for breakfast.

The not so Good

  • Pretty pricey.  While I didn’t pay for my sample they rang up at $5.69 + tax at Target.  For four muffins it’s less than a bakery or coffee shop, but still fairly pricey.

Overall, I think Udi’s Gluten Free Muffins  are are delicious way to enjoy a sweet treat or breakfast without gluten.  While they are pricey, they are definitely delicious and I would absolutely buy them for a special treat or when I was serving gluten free guests.

Full disclosure: I was provided with a free sample of Udi’s for review by Influenster. The opinions and views presented here are solely my own.

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Fitness and the Future: Looking Forward to 2017

   

Fitness and the FutureWith the end of 2016 fast approaching I’ve been thinking a lot about my fitness and the future.  This year has been a busy one for me and in the midst of all the “stuff” my fitness took a total nose-dive.  With lots of recovery time needed from two surgeries I don’t feel bad about giving myself a break though.  The real challenge is deciding what to do and where to go from this place.

       

I sort of hate new year’s resolutions.  I used to think of them as empowering or a great way to get back on track, but I just don’t feel that way anymore.  Most resolutions are overly grand, overly hopeful and not based in the reality of what is actually possible.  That’s not to say that goals in general are like this, it just seems like new year-related resolutions are often overly grandiose.  I’m not making any resolutions, but I am making some changes.

So what will 2017 have in store?   January 1 will be the start of my 7th Whole30.  I am repeating round 7 because I bailed on my previous attempt in November (the holidays proved a huge challenge to completing the round).  Whole30 is my favorite way to stop eating so much junk and get back to eating what makes me feel best.  It’s overly rigid and the rules can be pretty annoying, but you know what?  It works for me and that’s what’s important.

I’ve set another goal in RunKeeper for 500 walking miles.  I didn’t make it in 2016, but that’s okay, shit happens.  I hope to make it in 2017 and chances are much better this time with no surgery forecasted.

I’m going to expand my gardening even more to help me and my hubby eat better and get outside more.  I love how rewarding manual labor in the garden can be and the prize is tasty, healthy food – total win!

The most major thing I have learned and come to accept about diet and fitness is that there is no one right way.  If you thrive doing Whole30 good for you.  If you think Whole30 is stupid good for you too.  If you think new year’s resolutions are awesome I hope you make them and they help you reach your goals.  If you are like me and don’t find them useful that’s okay too.  What worked last time or last year or whenever may not work this time either.  I truly believe the only way someone will have long-term success with diet and fitness is to find their own groove.

You absolutely cannot put people in boxes or use a template-type approach and expect everyone will succeed.  This can be a hard pill to swallow as a fitness professional.  Your training basically teaches you if you do X, Y, and Z with your clients then everyone should have good results.  If they eat less, work more, do progressive exercises, etc., etc. everything should move in the right direction.  This isn’t always the case and it’s something you learn as you go.  This lesson has been something I’ve applied to myself too.  What works for me may not work for someone else and vice versa.  I think the key is to keep trying and when something doesn’t work you change your approach and keep going.

In 2017 I hope to continue learning and sharing what I’ve learned, sharing my own diet and fitness journey and inspiring other’s to find their own groove.  Here’s to fitness and the future! 

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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The 12 Days of Fitness

   

12 days of fitness
The holidays are here again and it’s time for another 12 Days of Fitness workout routine.

       

This routine is the perfect quick and easy exercise plan to help you include a little activity each day, even if you’re pressed for time. This workout gradually increases in activity and reps each day, but even day 12 can be completed in less than 15 minutes.

On each day you’ll do a corresponding number of the given activity along with all of the days that came before it.  For example: on day 3 you’ll do 3 burpees, 2 push ups and 1 mountain climber.  On day 8 you’ll do 8 floor cobras, 7 lunges, 6 wall angels, 5 jumping jacks, 4 donkey kicks, 3 burpees, 2 push up and 1 mountain climber and so on.

12 Days of Fitness Workout

12 days of fitness

This 12 Days of Fitness workout can be adapted to fit many skill levels. Exercises can be substituted, progressed or regressed as needed. Rest periods can be added as needed too. Make this workout work for you.

And remember, you should check with your doctor before beginning this or any exercise program to ensure you are safely able to participate.  This routine may not be suitable for everyone and you assume any an all risk if you choose to participate.

If you want to participate in more fun holiday workouts give these a try:
12 Days of Fitness Exercise Routine 2015
12 Days of Fitness Exercise Routine 2014
12 Days of Fitness Exercise Routine 2013

 

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Fitness Gifts for Christmas

   

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fitness gifts for christmas

Are you looking for fitness gifts for Christmas?  Whether it’s a gift for that special someone or a little something for yourself you’re sure to find a gift or two here that will be a great addition to someone’s fitness gear.   Fitness gifts are great because they can fit into many budgets.  Small items like towels and jump ropes are great for stocking stuffers and the bigger items are perfect under the tree.  I

Fitness Gifts for Christmas Under $50

This stylish Natural Fitness Yoga Hand Towel made of micro fiber is perfect for taking to yoga or carrying with you in the gym.
This C9 Champion Adjustable Speed Jump Rope is great for cardio whether your at home or on the road. Jumping rope is good exercise for a variety of ability levels so this jump rope makes a versatile gift.
You can use this Gaiam Classic Blue Backless Balance Ball Chair at home or at the office for sitting.  Dismount the ball and you’ve also got a fully functional stability/balance ball to use during a workout.
You can use the Stamina AeroPilates Magic Circle with Workout DVD for improving muscle strength throughout the body, especially in problem areas like the inner and outer thighs, upper arms and chest.  The padded grips help with better control and grip while exercising.
The GoFit Pro Gym-in-a-Bag is perfect for doing strength building exercises without the nuisance of dealing with bulky weights.  With three levels of resistance bands, handles, ankle straps, a door anchor, instructional DVD and carrying bag you’ll be ready to workout anywhere.
This Everlast Wireless Fitness Tracker Watch is a great way to keep track of your heart rate throughout the day and during exercise.
The GoFit Power Loops Set provides three levels of tension in a portable and easy to use format.  Great for leg and arm workouts, this set also includes handy fitness cards with usage suggestions.
Marcy High Impact Mats are a great option for creating a home gym space. They can be use under equipment or used to create cushioned floor space for your workouts.
Whether you’re actively into fitness or not this GoFit Foot & Hand Massage Roller would be a welcome gift for anyone who could use a little foot and hand TLC.
Rejuvenation Hand Invigoration Putty is a great tool for at home or on the go.  Target your hand muscles to help improve strength and dexterity while squishing away your stress.
Use  the GoFit 9′ Stretch Rope to help improve your flexibility.  An included manual will guide you through exercises to improve your range of motion.
The Gaiam Yoga for Beginners Kit includes a mat, foam block, strap and instructional DVD, perfect for anyone looking to start practicing yoga.
This Gaiam Restore Deep Tissue Roller can be used to soothe sore muscles after working out or a hard day of work.
This Gaiam Total Body Balance Ball Kit is a great way to start incorporating a balance ball in your workouts.  The instructional DVD features Tanja Djelevic.

Fitness Gifts for Christmas Under $100

This Ignite by Spri Fitness Bench is a versatile piece of gym equipment that will provide a solid surface for sitting and reclining activities in your home gym.
The Misfit Shine 2 Activity + Sleep Tracker is a great little tool for tracking your steps, calories, sleep and more.  It even includes a gentle vibrating reminder to get moving.
With gloves, an inflatable punching bag and a 20 minute DVD workout included in this Everlast Everflex Cardio Strike Bag Kit you’ll be ready to start boxing your way to fitness.
The Sunny Health and Fitness Twisting Stair Stepper with Bands is the perfect little fitness tool for adding extra activity to your day.  It’s small footprint allows you to move it around and store it easily.
The Body Solid Tools Package includes a stability ball and three sets of hand weights.  The varying weights will allow you to do different exercises and make strength gains without having to rush out and buy new equipment.
This Body Solid Tools Core Essentials Package contains almost anything you would want to start a small home gym for doing body weight type workouts.  With a mat, bands, weights, parallettes and more all included in this kit you’ll have all the basics covered.

When searching for fitness gifts for Christmas make sure you take the recipient’s ability level and needs into consideration.  You may also want to ensure the recipient actually wants a fitness-related gift.  Despite your best intentions fitness gifts to those that aren’t expecting them can sometimes be met with a lack of enthusiasm or even with hostility.  It’s best to save this type of personal gift for someone you are certain would enjoy it.

Please note: The items listed are sold by a third party retailer and I have no control over the item, price, quality, third party item description, item changes, updates or incorrect information provided by the retailer.  Please contact retailer should you have any issues or questions regarding the items shown in this post.

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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50+ Healthier Thanksgiving Recipes

   

Are you searching for healthier Thanksgiving recipes?  Look no further because I’ve compiled a huge list of recipes from side dishes to desserts that are healthier than your standard Thanksgiving fare.

       
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My quest for healthier Thanksgiving recipes started because I’m currently doing a Whole30.  Even though my 30 days are up before Turkey Day I wanted to see if I could come up with healthier alternatives to my usual recipes.  No matter what diet you follow it never hurts to see if there are tasty and healthier alternatives to what you usually eat.  I feel like it’s a bonus to serve your family healthier recipes too, no matter how they normally eat.

The recipes below may not be specifically geared for the holidays, but I felt like they were in the spirit of traditional Thanksgiving food.  Whether it’s less butter, less sugar, less grains, more veggies or whatever else, small changes can make a big difference without impacting the deliciousness of your Thanksgiving meal.

50 Healthier Thanksgiving Recipes

Turkey

Best Ever Brined Turkey and Gluten-Free Gravy from Gutsy by Nature

Perfect Roasted Turkey from Our Paleo Life

Rosemary Roasted Turkey from Primal Palate

Simple Roast Turkey Breast from Cook Eat Paleo

Ultimate Roasted Turkey from Cooking Light via My Recipes

Gravy

Healthy Mushroom Gravy from Perry Santanachote/Daily Burn

Low-fat Turkey Gravy from the Mayo Clinic

Easy Paleo Herb Gravy from Nom Nom Paleo

Turkey Gravy (Paleo/Whole30) from Simple Life by Kels

Low Calorie Everyday Gravy from Going Cavewoman

Stuffing/Dressing

New Brunswick-Style Potato Stuffing from The Domestic Man

Gluten-free Quinoa Stuffing from Carolyn Stalnaker/SheKnows

Healthy Harvest Stuffing from Martha Stewart

Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing from PaleOMG

Grain-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing from Against All Grain

Out-of-this-World Healthy Stuffing from Bethenny

HG’s Save the Day Stuffing from Hungry Girl

Best Ever Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing from Paleo Foundation

Paleo Sausage, Apple and Chestnut Stuffing from Perchance to Cook

Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes

Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries from Little Bits Of

Low-Cal, Low-Fat Mashed Potatoes from Fitness Magazine

Healthy Garlic Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes from Apple of my Eye

Healthy Mashed Potatoes from Ahead of Thyme

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole from Ellie Krieger via POPSUGAR

Healthy Mashed Potatoes from Pillsbury

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole from Cook the Story

Cranberry Sauce/Relish

Cranberry Relish from Elise Bauer/Simply Recipes

Sugarless Cranberry Sauce from Wellness Mama

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce from Cookie and Kate

Cranberry Relish from Eating Well

Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce from Busy but Healthy

Gingered Cranberry-Orange Relish from Eating Well

Veggie Side Dishes

Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Shallots from Ellie Krieger/Food Network

Healthy Green Bean Casserole from Wellness Mama

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad from Chowhound

Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Paleo Grubs

Brussels Sprouts With Balsamic and Cranberries from Paleo Leap

Rustic Leek Gratin from A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Roasted Carrots with Vinaigrette from the Pioneer Woman

Maple-Glazed Root Vegetables from Paleo Grubs

Celery Root Mash from Stupid Easy Paleo

Blistered Green Beans with Crushed Almonds from Heartbeet Kitchen

Dessert/Sweets

Pumpkin Pie Bites from Paleo Leap

Paleo Pumpkin Pie from Cook Eat Paleo

Healthy Pumpkin Pie from Chocolate Covered Katy

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake from Gluten Free on a Shoestring

Paleo Pecan Pie from the Healthy Foodie

Healthy 4-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse from the Roasted Root

Almond Flour Zucchini Bread from Against All Grain

Healthy Flourless Pumpkin Breakfast Cake from Big Man’s World

Pumpkin Bake from Former Fitness Flunky

Paleo and Vegan Apple Crisp from Detoxinista

Hope you found some delicious inspiration from these healthier Thanksgiving recipes.  A big thank you to all of the amazing chefs and cooks who take the time to develop and share their amazing recipes.  If you have a great recipe to share feel free to leave your link in the comments!

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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