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The BEST Workout Leggings & Where To Find Them

There are few things worse than clothing malfunctions when you are working out. It takes away from the ability to work hard. If you’re too busy worrying about if your pants are see through, or how you are going to keep them up with one hand whist trying to squat…the workout is going to start to suffer. SO, what’s a hard working girl to do? Well, start by ditching the crappy leggings, & find something that works for you! Here are some of my favorite suggestions, & why I love them…The list goes from left to right in this photo, and I’ve linked the details for ya! 

  • Lululemon speed tights Price point: $108 – I love these because they fit like a dream. Lulu’s prices are always on the higher end, BUT it’s with good reason. Their quality is awesome. They have a 5 year warranty, & awesome customer service. These have side pockets if you like to keep your phone on you while you are running/lifting/hiking. They change up the prints all the time, and usually have some fun patterns to choose from.
  • Athleta Electra Sonar 7/8 Tight Price point: $89 – My sister gave me these darling tights for my B-day & I LOVE them. They rise a little higher in the waist, and they STAY IN PLACE. This print isn’t available anymore, but I linked the closest possible option. While Athleta’s prices are also a little higher, their quality is great. Their fabric washes well, & is flattering.
  • Old Navy Go Dry High Rise Compression Tights Price Point:$15-30 These are an awesome option for a much lower price. The quality isn’t as high with these leggings as far as wash & wear over time. However, I am super impressed with them. You can’t beat the price, & I LOVE the way they fit. The high rise waistline is awesome. I also have THESE mid rise compression leggings, & I LOVE them.
  • Zella Live in Leggings Price Point: $52 These leggings are my JAM. I actually don’t wear them to workout in all the time. I’ll wear them to hike in occasionally. But, the reason for that is because I like to wear them every other second of the day. These are my go-to black, standard, wear every second of the day, awesome quality leggings. They are from Nordstrom. I can’t say enough good things about them. They wash well. They wear well. They are the best amount of thickness. They are flattering. They are THE best. If you don’t have them. You need them. They always go on sale during the anniversary sale, FYI!
  • Nike Power Epic Lux Price Point: $108 full price (This is full price on Nike.com, BUT they go on sale!) These tights are AWESOME. They are a good amount of thickness, and I LOVE the waistband on these pants. They come in high rise as well. Nike also has another similar pant that has an elastic waistband that I DO NOT like. I feel like it cuts you off, right where you don’t want it…or me at least. These tights stay in place, and if you check a Nike outlet, or any other sporting goods store that carries Nike products, you will likely find them on sale!
  • GapFit Blackout Technology gFast Space Dye high rise leggings Price Point:$30-65 I LOVE these leggings so much. Apparently Oprah does too. Turns out they were on her favorite things list. They are so comfortable. The quality is great. The high rise waist fits comfortably, and if you can’t get them on sale…you should wait for a hot second. Gap almost always is offering some sort of 30-40% off deal, which makes them a steal. They are thick enough to where they aren’t see through, but not so thick that they are suffocating. Plus the pattern is so unique. I Love them!
  • Lululemon All The Right Places Tights Price Point: $128 Another pricer pant, BUT they are named adequately. They are flattering on EVERYONE. Not only that, they are specifically lined and vented for those who workout. What does that mean? Well, the seat of the pant is lined with a thicker material so you won’t be seeing through them when you are squatting/burpeeing/bending…etc. Other parts are vented to keep you cooler while sweating. GENIUS. If you are wanting to invest in a GOOD, high quality pair to wear all the time. These are your guys right here. They also have side pockets…which obviously…we all love.
  • Lululemon High Rise Wunder Under Crop Full on Luon 21″ Price Point: $88 – I realize the length of these might be different on everyone, but I love the length! They are longer than a capri, but not all the way down to the ankle. The high rise is fantastic, & they are super flattering. Lulu frequently comes out with a variety of colors & prints in these which a lot of time will eventually go on sale if you can catch your size. Just check the “we made too much,” section. They also make these in a full pant, which is awesome.
  • Athleta Chaturunga Tight Price Point: $29-89 These are one of Athleta’s basic tights. They come in high rise, mid rise, capris, full tights, w/pockets…and in a ton of different prints. They are fantastic. I LOVE the striped capris. They are darling on every body type. They are high quality, they wash well, & they stay in place. All things that matter big time to me!

There are SO many different types of tights out there I know it can be a little overwhelming, trying to find something that works for your body type, but hopefully this can point you in the right direction!

Muncher Cruncher Fitness Favorite Must Haves

It’s Christmas shopping time…which it always SO fun, but can also be a bit stressful. Whether you are looking for things for the people you love, or to put on your own list…here is a list of some of my fitness favorites.

  1. Socks. As you know I’m a HUGE fan of socks these days. There are so many different fun  patterns/styles that can keep your feet warm while you are just kicking around or spice up your workout outfit a bit. My favorites these days are Stance socks, Bombas socks, & Nike elites. Side note: I also love the Nike Roshes pictures below. 🙂 thumb_7FA0E7D8-D4D5-4A36-884F-82A01AA1FDF7_1024
  2. Hydroflask water bottle. My sister gave me one of these for my birthday this year, and I am absolutely in love with it. thumb_IMG_5520_1024
  3. Lulu Lemon Speed Shorts. I LOVE these shorts. The Speed Short 4-way stretch is my favorite. However, they have a ton of different varieties if you don’t love the way those ones fit on you. thumb_IMG_3815_1024
  4. G fast Leggings from Gap Fit.  These are so comfortable. I love the 23″ style because they are the perfect length. I have them in both black & gray & I wear them ALL the time!
  5. Fitness tracker/heart rate monitor. I have tried a LOT of different types of activity trackers & heart rate monitors. My favorite activity tracker is the Jawbone.  My favorite heart rate monitor is the Polar FT4.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset
  6. Lululemon Whatsup Hat. I am a hat lover these days. Probably because I hate doing my hair…My favorite being the Whatsup & Baller styles from Lulu. thumb_IMG_2755_1024
  7. Nike Internationalists. I don’t wear these to work out in, but they are my absolute favorite kick around shoes. I have worn them to Disneyland, on trips where i’m walking all day, and just for everyday life. They are seriously so comfortable, and so cute. They are also great for jumping in front of unicorns. Obviously. thumb_IMG_0735_1024
  8. Joggers. I wear joggers like 10 times per week. They are the perfect mix between comfortable, stylish, & not completely scroungy…or at least that is what I tell myself. Some of my favorites? HERE. HERE. and HERE.
  9. Healthy Snacks: Questbars/Larabars/G2G Bars/Skinny Pop/Nearly Naked Popcornopolis/Boom Chicka Pop/Krave Jerky/nuts/gum/etc.
  10. Patagonia Nano Puff Hooded Jacket. I LOVE this coat. It’s the perfect weight to throw on as a layer because it is so lightweight, but it’s super warm. I wear it ALL. THE. TIME.
  11. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 – These shoes have become some of my favorites. They are so comfy, and so cute. They have some new floral styles that are absolutely to die for. You can find them HEREmunchercrunchergiftlist_pegasus
  12. Giftcards to your favorite healthy restaurant. You just can’t go wrong with gift cards. You can’t. I love to eat. I love to eat out. I especially love to eat out when it’s free. I think everyone feels pretty much the same on that. thumb_IMG_5891_1024 
  13. Zella Live In Leggings. These basic black leggings are perfection. I wear them all the time. If you don’t have some. Get some. You will not regret it.
  14. Subscriptions to Spotify/Netflix/Itunes. It is always easier to work out when you have great music, or some shows to watch. Subscriptions to make this possible make for an awesome gift.
  15. Gap Fit Breathe Heathered Hoodie.  The material on these hoodies is so soft. They are perfect to throw on to run to the gym, or just to be comfortable. They also have some that don’t have the hood that are equally as awesome.
  16. Muscle Tanks. I have been loving working out in muscle tanks these days. Some of my favorites are HERE and HEREmunchercrunchergift_tank
  17. Fitness Equipment: Kettlebell, hand weights, jump rope, Bosu Ball Medicine ball. This is an endless category really. I feel like there are always a million things I want. The above mentioned items are some great basic pieces to enable some great at home workouts. thumb_IMG_9001_1024
  18. Gym Membership/personal training sessions/a session of Fit Camp 🙂 …  This is a simple way to give the gift of health!
  19. Headphones. I love THESE Skull Candy headphones and THESE Dre Beats.
  20. Backpack or Gym Bag. I think a gym bag is an AWESOME gift because it is something that people use all the time , but don’t necessarily think to buy one for themselves. THIS is one of my favorites. I also love this Fjallraven Kanken backpack for hiking. It’s super lightweight, & can actually hold quite a bit.   FullSizeRender 3

Happy Shopping!! xoxoxo Megs

My Most Pinned Recipes: The Favorites Edition

You know I love food. Obviously, I talk about it all the time. 🙂 These are some of the most pinned recipes from my blog: Bon Apetit! Click HERE to see all the recipes that have been pinned from my website on Pinterest and HERE to see my own healthy recipe board. pizza1Cauliflower Pizza Crustzucchinicookies Healthy Zucchini CookiesIMG_5448Healthy Peanut Butter BarsIMG_5158Greek Chopped Chicken SaladquinoapepperQuinoa Stuffed PeppersIMG_7099Chicken Marinara Spaghetti Squash BoatsIMG_5162 Paleo Lemon Pie Barsaug14132 Cottage Cheese Tomato and Avocado SaladguacchickenAvocado Chicken SaladProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 presetTaco Chicken & Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice munchercruncherpepperMini Tomatillo and Avocado Chicken Pepper Poppers

Very Pinteresting

I love Pinterest. Who doesn’t these days, right? It is such an awesome way to find new ideas for healthy recipes. I quite frequently will browse through my pins to try and shake up what I am eating. You can follow my Healthy Recipes board and my Paleo-rific  board to see what delicious ideas I’ve been pinning. Here are a few of the recipes I found today that I’m dying to try!

Screen shot 2013-08-11 at 5.23.00 PMSouthwestern Grilled Sweet Potato SaladScreen shot 2013-08-11 at 5.24.05 PM Avocado Egg SaladScreen shot 2013-08-11 at 5.26.19 PM Yummy Grilled Zucchini Screen shot 2013-08-11 at 5.26.37 PMMini Pepper Chicken Nachos Screen shot 2013-08-11 at 5.27.05 PMChicken with Garlic Balsalmic Tomatoes Screen shot 2013-08-11 at 5.27.44 PMand Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Coconut Butter Frosting

Resetting your Habits to Help You Lose Weight Episode #1

Weight loss can be difficult. There is no question about that. When helping my clients try to get into the weight loss mode, one thing that helps the most is to change up some of the routines they have. The truth of the matter is that nothing changes if nothing changes, so unless you change poor health habits to positive ones, you might not see the success you are looking for. I’m going to offer a bunch of different tips that can help you in resetting your habits to help you lose weight. I’ll give you a few at a time…here goes round one. 🙂

  1. Walk the perimeter. You may have heard people say that all the foods you need are around the perimeter of the grocery store. Well, this is the truth. Most of the food you will find in the center isles of the grocery store are processed foods. By choosing to eat clean, whole foods, you will eliminate excess calories and increase the nutrients you are getting in your diet.
  2. Keep your shelves stocked with the goods. Poor food choices tend to be made when there is a lack of healthy food and an overabundance of unhealthy foods. If you keep more fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods on hand, you will be far less likely to reach for the junk. If the junk isn’t there in the first place, you will be less likely to reach for it at all.
  3. Eat a good breakfast. Too many people skip breakfast, and a lot of people who do eat breakfast reach for the wrong foods. By eating a breakfast high in protein and fiber, and low in sugar, you will get your metabolism going and you will stay full.
  4. Serve your family “restaurant” style. Instead of bringing all your food to the table, have your family members fill up their plates with their food while it’s on the counter. If food is served this way, individuals will be less likely to overeat. If individuals want to get up and get more food they can do so, but they will be less likely to sit and eat if they aren’t hungry anymore.
  5. Turn off your TV. Individuals who sit and eat in front of the TV tend to eat mindlessly. It is in these scenarios that overeating is far more likely to occur.
  6. Measure your meals. Instead of just reaching for handfuls of the foods you are eating, measure out correct portions so you know exactly what it is you are intaking. You may be surprised at how off you are with what you thought was a portion.
  7. Eat the foods that will make you full. Instead of eating quick carbs that will go right through you, eat meals that are comprised of protein, fiber, and good fats. These are the foods that will keep you sustained, and will help you to avoid reaching for those foods that are not so good for you.
  8. Watch your sugar intake. I have mentioned it time and time again, but sugar is a total buzz kill when it comes to weight loss. Not only is it empty calories, but it can be addictive, it can lead to excess fat storage, and it won’t help you to reach your goals. Ditch it. Promise.
  9. Plan your meals out. Those who do meal prep at home will be armed with with the power of preparation.  If you have a plan, you won’t stray off into scary unhealthy food land. Preparing can save you time, calories, and extra poundage.
  10. Fill in the cracks with veggies. Instead of snacking on junk food, snack on veggies. Add veggies to all of your meals. Greens are GREAT. They are low in calories and high in nutrients and fiber. By adding veggies to all of your meals you will stay full longer, you will increase the nutrition in your meals, and you will be FAR more likely to lose weight.

Sunday Pinteresting…

Let me start by saying that I think Pinterest is the best. I love the constant influx of new ideas and recipes. It is a great source mixing up your healthy recipes. You can check out my Pinterest boards HERE.

These are the newest finds I have my eye on to try out as of late…Screen shot 2013-03-03 at 5.35.23 PMWarm Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Salad from The Creekside Cook.Screen shot 2013-03-03 at 5.39.36 PMQuinoa Pizza Bites from Fit for Success.Screen shot 2013-03-03 at 5.42.40 PM                                                Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos from Kalyn’s Kitchenpaprika_chicken_lime_v2                            Spicy Paprika and Lime Chicken from Eat Drink Paleo.Screen shot 2013-03-03 at 5.53.00 PM  Homemade Chocolate Coconut Larabars from Joeycake.

I could go on and on…bless you Pinterest. Do you love it as much as I do?

I love these links…and you might too

One of my favorite things to do is find new recipes online. I love to find ones that are healthy already, and I enjoy finding ones that aren’t and dreaming up new ways to make them healthy. Sometimes I like to just experiment with new recipes and find delicious things that seem to go well together. It seems like I always end up with something using salsa or peanut butter…hmmm…both favorites I guess. I decided I should share some of my favorite places to look for great healthy food ideas.

I love the Cooking Light website. They also have a great little segment on lighter 4th of July fare if you’re still looking to create your menu.

Another site I’ve come across is Gina’s Skinny Recipes. There are always GREAT options on her site, and she includes the nutrition facts and WW points. I love nutrition facts. I really do.

Janetha at Meals and Moves is another great inspiration when it comes to good food. Not only is she darling, but she eats very similarly to the way I do…so, I’m always itching to try her eats.

 One of my favorites that has come from her site is the Ranch Cottage Cheese and Chick Peas combo I’m obsessed with. Bless you for that one Janetha dear…bless you.

Lindsey over at The Cotter Crunch has some AWESOME eating ideas and is gluten free too…Plus, I feel like I know her. Is that weird?

Trainer Momma is a great recipe source as well as a good mix of great information. If you haven’t checked out her site, you most definitely should.

Some other great sources are…
My Nutritious Dish
Great Blog Food Made Better
Runs With Spatulas
Lil Veggie Patch
Love Veggies and Yoga
and
Oh She Glows
to name a few…sheesh…I feel like this list could go on FOREVER.

What are your favorite healthy recipe blogs or websites? I know there are a million…share with me people. Do you have a favorite recipe that you’ve found off of someone else’s blog? Again. I could name a TON. What is yours?