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The Power Bowl from Quench Juicery in Warren 

Feel like spooning your smoothie?  Get an acai bowl!  You can mix in all kinds of healthy ingredients, but the acai is what gives the bowl it’s signature name.  What the heck is acai?  It’s a South American berry that’s loaded with nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, and unsaturated fats.

Recently, I tried The Power Bowl from Quench Juicery in Warren, RI-basically I had dessert for breakfast!  Usually I opt for one of their protein smoothies, but I was in the mood to mix things up.  The bowl was bursting with flavor: bananas, coconut, nutty granola, almond butter, and honey.  In the future, I would go lighter on the coconut and honey, to reduce the amount of sugar.  I like the variety that acai bowls bring to the table and the berry itself tastes like a mix between a grape and a blueberry.  Want a DIY version?  They sell frozen acai berries at Whole Foods.  And you can find pureed berry packets at Trader Joes.

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Pacemaker

As we all know music makes the workout!  Research confirms that upbeat music can influence your workout performance, by having you literally pick up the pace!  Pacemaker is an app that helps you mix your favorite workout songs into a beat matched playlist.  Not only can you mix your own playlists, but you can follow other users with similar music tastes and save their playlists as well.  It’s opened up a whole new world of music for me, and exposed me to a wider variety of genres and songs.  The Pacemaker app only works with a Spotify Premium account.  Want to give your playlists a DJ upgrade?  Download The Pacemaker App HERE

Pacemaker

Go2Socks

Compression socks and leggings are a new part of my workout routine.  They help ease aching legs by promoting circulation, and reducing lactic acid buildup that can accumulate after an intense workout. But most of all, I just like the way they hug the fatigue out of my calves and feet!

Want a cute holiday themed pair to help your post workout recovery?  Click this Amazon link and receive 25% off until Thanksgiving when you enter the promo code go2joy4u.

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Move of the Month

How’s your balance and joint stability? Need more of it? Add in unilateral (one sided) exercises! This week I’m working on firing up the muscles around my knees and ankles with single leg squats.

This exercise is one of the best ways to help even out your lower body muscle imbalances and turn on your Glutes! So often, when we exercise the focus is spent on the front body muscles, especially our quads. Choosing one sided exercises and balancing our front bodies with glute and hamstring activation can help improve joint instability; saving our knees, hips and lower backs.

This week try doing 3 sets of 12 reps of single leg squats on each leg. Focus on engaging your glute and evenly placing your weight evenly throughout your foot bed. Maintaining an even diagonal spine will help with core recruitment as well.

Instant Pot

Officially sold on the magic of the Instant Pot! I broke in this new kitchen tool with a Chicken Corn Chowder recipe.  for dinner that tasted like it had been simmering for hours. The entire dish from prep to plate took less then one hour. Total game changer in the kitchen!

The Instant Pot is like an electric pressure cooker and certain models offer a slow cooker and rice cooker function, cutting down on kitchen clutter and clean up. It’s like turbo speed cooking, without sacrificing any taste. It even sautés and sears meat! 😱

Click HERE for the delicious recipe I pinned from Simple Happy Foodie. I substituted light cream and you could omit the bacon (but why would you do that?)

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