My favorite places to sweat in Oakland

Working out daily helps me maintain endurance and strength that allows me to partake in my favorite outdoor activities. Going to fun classes or finding new workouts helps me keep my daily routine anything but stagnant.

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Here are my favorite places to sweat and burn in Oakland :

Hipline – Want to get your groove on? Than this is the place for you! You don’t have to be good to dance here, and you will instantly feel comfortable. Also, the more you go to the same instructors the more you will get to know their routines and feel comfortable!

Ride Oakland – Soul Cycle who?! I love Ride Oakland! You really feel a sense of community among the riders and the music is always on point. They even have a real DJ sometimes… talk about fun!

Burn Oakland – I like Burn because you can really make the workout as hard or as easy as you want to. Although, I don’t know that the leg springs ever get easier!

Truve – At Truve they have basically any class you could want. Suspension, Barre, Spin, HIIT. They have great amenities and you can book a message, organic spray tan etc.

Sweat Strength + Cycling  – Your class will either combine pure HIIT or a combo of HIIT and cycling. You will be dripping sweat and sore for days.

While you may only be able to find these studios in the Bay, use this as inspiration to find classes, you tube videos or a trainer that can help inspire you.

Get after it and be the best you can be!

Links I love : Healthy stuff

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A few healthy snack ideas for traveling. Snacks are a must at all times!

There are few things better in life than working up a sweat and then having a nice brunch

If you are a lucky individual who has ample space on their cell phone these cool health apps seem like the perfect way to use more space up!

A drink that brings you health – I am all about that, but I might have to wait for the price to cool down.

I love seeing what ‘healthy’ people eat on an average day! Also really lovin’ the spiralized veggies lately.

Hope you have a healthy week!

Links I Love

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

As the nights get longer and colder I am dreaming of making these chili recipes.

Family lives in Caravan and the results are positive.

Another family ( of six )  in a renovated bus!

Small towns that are affordable… interesting, but they are probably affordable for a reason.

This list of healthiest companies to work for in the US, pretty cool to take a look at what companies are doing.

Enjoy these healthy and delicious muffins this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a special holiday regardless of if you are single or taken.  While the origins of how Valentines Day came to be are shrouded in mystery or at least a little unknown, most tales involve saving people, sending a letter or standing up for others. On this holiday I think its especially nice to give a little love in the form of a baked good or a special card.

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Here is a recipe for a sweet treat to share or keep to yourself this Valentine’s Day!

( Bonus: they are healthy too)

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Strawberry Banana Whole Wheat Muffins

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Strawberry Banana Whole Wheat Muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large ripe bananas (2 cups mashed)
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
1 large egg OR equivalent flax seed
1/2 cup plain Applesauce
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup chopped strawberries

Process:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, peel the bananas and mash with a fork. Add the brown sugar, coconut oil, egg/flaxseed replacement, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Gently fold in the chopped strawberries.

4. Fill muffin liners. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

P.S. my batter was pretty thick not normal muffin consistency which worried me but they turned out great! I shared mine and people loved them even though they were whole wheat.

P.P.S. Look at those cute strawberry cupcake liners for my strawberry muffins!

I hope you enjoy. XOXO

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