10 Minute Ab Workout

10 Minute Ab Workout

Hi friends!

Confession:  I have been majorly slacking on my ab workouts lately.  I guess it’s because they are boring to me.  Or because I always plan to do them last in my workout, and at the end of my workout, I’m always too tired so I skip out on it.

I know I need to be more diligent about it again, so I came up with this quick and effective 10 minute ab workout.  I can roll right through it, and be done in ten minutes, give or take a few.

10 Minute Ab WorkoutSince this requires no equipment, you can also do it at home.   If I really am too tired at the end of my workout for even this 10 minute circuit, I can just go home and do it later in the day.

Quick explanations of some of the exercises

I’m only going to go over the less obvious exercises here!  If you have any questions on anything else please feel free to leave a comment or contact me!

Knees to Elbows in Plank:  In a plank on your hands, bring one knee across your body to the opposite elbow, and repeat on other side.

Double Crunches: Have legs straight out hovering above the ground, and hands lightly resting behind head with elbows out.  At the same time, bring knees into chest, and crunch up and hold for 1 second.

Side Plank Dips: In a side plank (on your forearms or on your hands), lower your bottom hip so it’s just about to touch the ground and raise it back to a regular side plank.

Try it, and let me know how you like it!

I’m linking up with JillConyers.com and TheFitSwitch.org for The Fit Dish.

By the way I am getting my wisdom teeth out today.  Wish me luck!!  And stay tuned for a post on staying healthy post-oral surgery! Lol, but seriously, it might happen.

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Goji Cashew Date Balls

Hey there!  Hope your weekend was great!  We had beautiful weather here in PA, so I tried to take full advantage and spend as much time outside as possible!

I had breakfasts outside…

Goji Cashew Date Balls

Relaxed with my pups outside…

Goji Cashew Date Balls

I went to a local farmer’s market.

Goji Cashew Date Balls

Goji Cashew Date Balls

Goji Cashew Date Balls

Goji Cashew Date Balls

I came home with some healthy granola that was, believe it or not, not loaded with sugar for once! Hooray for a healthy find!  I also returned home with some giant fresh peaches, some collard leaves, and some lacinato kale.

I am obsessed with Farmer’s Markets lately!  It doesn’t hurt that the weather on the weekends has been great for it either.

So going back to Friday, I made these amazing (if I do say so myself) Goji Cashew Date Balls.  You should probably make them..uh, yesterday.

Goji Cashew Date Balls

Ingredients include raw cashews, dates, goji berries, vanilla extract, himalayan sea salt, and shredded coconut.

Goji Cashew Date BallsAll ingredients get blended in a food processor before being rolled into balls.

Goji Cashew Date Balls

I chose to roll mine in shredded coconut, but that is totally optional!  I’m sure they’d taste great as is!

Goji Cashew Date BallsThey are freakin’ delicious!  They are great for pre or post-workout.  Over the weekend, I’ve been mostly enjoying them when I come home from being out, and I’m starving, and I need food in my stomach ASAP.  They are great to just pop in your mouth and provide your body with some energy.

Goji Cashew Date Balls

Goji Cashew Date Balls

Goji Cashew Date Balls

Ingredients

  • 30 Pitted Medjool Dates
  • 1 1/4 C. Raw Cashews
  • 1/3 C. Raw Goji Berries
  • 1 t. Vanilla Extract
  • 3 T. Shredded Unsweetened Coconut (Optional)
  • 1/8 t. Himalayan Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Combine dates and cashews in food processor.
  2. Add water 1 tsp at a time and process until it becomes like a paste.
  3. Add in the goji berries, sea salt, and vanilla extract and process until the mixture starts to clump like dough.
  4. Make 16 smaller balls out of the mixture.
  5. Roll balls in shredded coconut to coat. (Optional)
  6. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before enjoying.
  7. Keep storee in refrigerator.
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Please let me know if you try these, and if you like them!  I’m already starting to think up some other flavor combos for the future, so stay tuned for more deliciousness in ball form!

P.S. When my 56 year-old mom found out I was making these, she couldn’t stop making “balls” jokes.  Go Mom!

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Summer 2015 Workout Playlist

It has been far too long since I’ve shared some of my favorite tunes to listen to while working out. The songs in this playlist are upbeat to keep you going and keep you pumped throughout your entire workout.  They make me want to get out of my comfort zone to get that rush of endorphins!

Most of the songs in this Summer 2015 Workout Playlist are brand new and a few are throwbacks.  Hope you like the list and it pushes you thru your next hard workout!

Summer 2015 Workout Playlist

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