The adjective most used to describe Jenna is "firecracker”! Jenna has always had a passion for health/fitness/nutrition and sees it as a personal goal to not only push herself to be healthy & eat right, but to encourage and build others up to their highest potential. She is currently in development of her own health/wellness TV show (theJENNAfiles), and can be seen kicking people’s butts at the Hollywood Location of popular fitness method, POP PHYSIQUE. Jenna resides in LA w/ her hubby & 2 Boston’s, Fender & Rocket.
Website URL: http://www.jennacoker.com
I did not think it could possibly happen. I am unbelievably rough on my hands. I will literally exit the nail salon and immediately knick my newly polished hands. I always say I will be more gentle… but alas… never fails… they break/chip/knick. I have tried silkwraps, acrylics, nail hardeners, quickdrys… everything: most ended up leaving my natural nails brittle or didn't work at all.
Enter GELish Nails. I cannot believe that these things actually work. I am on my second round. The first one lasted over 3 weeks without a chip and remained super shiny.
Being the extremely transluscent, freck-ly Scottish girl that I am… sun protectant is ALWAYS a big deal for me. I want to have beautiful skin till I am 80 years old. However, I recently made a discovery the hard way… and ended up getting burned; in more ways than one.
Once the spring hits and the sun is shining I begin the morning ritual of bathing myself in sunscreen…. 50+ for the face & 30 for the body… Reapplying every 2-3 hours just to make sure. I was gonna be spending the majority of the day outside, so I brought out my good ol trusty sunscreen from last season, and was ready to rock…
Being the super obsessed fitness & nutrition girlie that I am, I recently discovered an amazing FREE tool. Yes, FREE, ladies, one that really helps me stay on track with calories/fitness goals.
MyfitnessPal.com lets you enter brand name foods, restaurant, or homemade foods into the system and it calculates your calories/carbs/protein/sodium… the whole nine yards… which REALLY lets you know what you are putting in your body. People don’t realize that nutrition is really more about balance than anything else. Eating balanced---not just sticking to counting calories---and also realizing what things you eat that are empty calories and not nutritious is what it's all about.
After a TON of research & constantly being on the go, I have FINALLY found the store-bought snackies that are actually healthy, low glycemic & absolutely delicious.
DISCLAIMER: Eat in moderation. Just cause these are on the healthier side doesn’t mean you should eat 3-4. These are snacks when you are out and about and don’t have time to stop.
Think Thin Protein
They have a ton of options in the Think Thin line…. But the best for you is the Protein line. Sporting between 15-20g of Protein, not too many netcarbs, 0g of sugar and tasting pretty freaking sweet.
FAVES: Chunky Peanut Butter, Brownie, & Lemon Cream Pie.
With peaches kicking into prime season right now, I cannot get enough of this easy dessert! It’s healthy… you are getting tons of amazing nutrients from the fruit, the calcium, protein & probiotics from the yogurt and you will feel like you are indulging.
Grilled Peach Deliciousness
Serving Size: 2 peach halves
2 serving recipe
- 2 medium ripe peaches, cut in half (pit removed)
- 1/4 cup fat-free PLAIN Greek yogurt
- honey (to drizzle)
- 2-4 walnuts or almonds, chopped
- cinnamon (to taste)
- Place peaches cut side down on grill until soft. Anywhere between 2-4 minutes. (Have the temperature on low or just put in indirect heat) **If you don’t have a grill, you could use a George Foreman OR just soften in pan on stovetop.
- Combine yogurt & cinnamon.
- Pour 1 tbsp yogurt over each peach half.
- Drizzle lightly with honey.
- Sprinkle with nuts, and
- EAT UP!
Photo: Mike McCune via Flickr
Yes… I am a health conscious crazy girl. I don’t drink soda & I really try to steer away from artificial sweeteners and processed caffeine. Normally, I have a ton of energy, BUT----- somedays… you just need a quick pep up. And there is only so much green tea I can stomach. When I just want “a treat” that’s like a soda, but without the junk. LOVE IT!
It’s a blistering city morning, you walk into Starbucks---- 7:30 am… you get your normal drinkie order, but need more of a boost this particular AM. There is a giant poster for their “healthy” perfect steel-cut oatmeal with delicious and delectable toppings that sound absolutely perfect for this chilly day. They say it is low in calorie, and haven’t you always heard that oatmeal is the perfect way to start a day?
You receive your piping hot oatmeal (by itself, the nutritional value and good stuff really stack up!) But then… you receive a bag of “healthy goodies” to pour on top… Brown sugar, nut mix, dried fruit… Without looking at the packages you quickly pour all of the toppings right on the oatmeal and gobble it down. Each topping mini-bag adds an EXTRA 50-100 calories to your “healthy breakfast”. BUT wait…. There’s more. The worst part about it is, that they aren’t just a nut mix or dried fruit. You get delicious sulfites, preservatives, more salt & ADDED SUGAR.
Dried fruit of ANY kind does not need any sweetener. Fruit IS sweet. Naturally. The ingredients for a dried fruit mix should be: Raisins, Cherries, Cranberries. NOTHING ELSE.
Good nut mixes also are just that… a Nut mix. Ingredients should be: Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts. NOTHING ELSE.
Steer clear of adding the sugar yourself as well. Skip the brown sugar. I always carry around little Stevia packets with me in my purse, which is a healthy NATURAL sugar alternative. If you don’t like Stevia, I am also OBSESSED with Raw Coconut Sugar as well (it’s low –glycemic, which means we process it quicker, easier, and without the big up and down crash of normal sugar) I also might carry around a tiny bag of raw almonds/raisins too. You may think that I am a freak… but I am supercharging & fueling my body with GOOD food instead of weighing it down with all the junk.
Don’t be fooled, it just takes a little planning & know-how…and of course, NEVER skip reading the labels or nutrition facts of ANYTHING.
And PS: Real food tastes better.
I am always on the Sweet/Salt rollercoaster… AND—finding something to satisfy the craving that is actually HEALTHY is one of my missions… as opposed to the main staples of the “standard American diet”, which is filled with processed food and things that are not good for your body.
On this particular day, I wanted CRUNCHY & SALTY! On my quest to find chip-like crunchy deliciousness that I can dip into my homemade hummus or just have on its own… I FOUND IT! It is super easy AND super healthy. Oh—and low-carb.
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