We all know it’s tough to stay on track when trying to eat healthy and workout on a daily basis. Many turn to New Year’s resolutions declaring things like “This year, I want to get toned and fit,” or turning to diets and cleanses that are not necessarily bad for you, but don’t last more than a week or two. Where do I go for inspiration? None other than my beautiful, yogi of a best friend @alexikyle_. It’s always nice to have one girlfriend who just gets your mentality when it comes to health and wellness. Sure, there are days when we both want to indulge in everything around us, but we’re human and it’s unhealthy to guilt trip yourself every time you eat chips and queso, or the occasional burger and fries. I’m lucky enough to share recipes and workouts with Lexi, so I couldn’t help but share her amazing salad recipe and weekly fitness regimen that might inspire some ladies out there.
Rainbow Chakra Salad: This salad satisfies all 6 Ayurvedic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent, therefore you will feel full and you won’t have cravings for more.
60 % Greens, add a variety
- Finely chopped kale (favorite is purple kale)
- Rainbow chard (the crispier the greens the better)
40 % Veggies
- Rainbow carrots
- Or any of your fav veggies 🙂
- Cooked veggies also taste great when mixed in (sauteed dark greens, carrots, peppers etc.)
Seeds or nuts (raw)
- Shaved almonds
- Sunflower seeds
- Grilled chicken
- 1 Tbsp organic dijon mustard
- 3 Tbsp or to taste of braggs liquid amino acids
- 1 1/2 Tbsp your choice of hummus (brand with no preservatives; look for one that you have to eat within 7 days of opening)
- 1 Minced garlic clove
- Your favorite spices to taste:
- Garlic powder
- Cayenne pepper
- Red pepper flakes
- Hot mustard powder
- Fresh herbs are best, but work with what you got!
Weekly Workout Routine
Sunday: Day off — yin/restorative yoga or walk
Monday: Speed set workout with each set containing one upper body, lower body and core exercise. Option to sub in a yoga sculpt or toning circuit class instead of lift.
Tuesday: Endurance and circuit training — whether that be a cycling class, fast paced 2-3 mile run outside, a hike — and then light or no weight circuit for booty and belly.
Wednesday: Speed day — sprints in the park and lightweight all body lift circuit (you should do 10 minutes of core everyday!). Add in a yoga sculpt or toning/restorative yoga.
Thursday: Endurance and light circuit — hip hop class, light run, cycling and then light weight booty and belly toning circuit.
Friday: Get creative and listen to your body! Depending on how you feel, do a hike, yoga, dance, circuit, whatever your little heart desires!
Saturday: Get outside again. Hike, yoga in the park, swimming … you get the idea 😉
Are you getting inspired? Reach out to @alexikyle_ with more health and fitness questions in the comments’ section and see your answers on VIRTVE.