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Why Your Metabolism is Slow...AND What to do About It

by Jordan Taffet March 07, 2016


Why Your Metabolism is Slow...AND What to do About It

We all know those people who can eat anything, i mean ANYTHING, and not gain weight. But I am not one of them...and I'm guessing you're not either. If you are like us and LOVE your BikiniBOD Ultimate Beauty Body Formula but also want to make healthier choices throughout the day that your metabolism will thank you for- this is for you. The good news is: there are some things we can all do on a daily basis to give our metabolism an extra kick in the right direction. 

Know When to Add the Whey

Protein is given too much breath in the health and fitness industry and you've probably found yourself wondering if you're consuming too much or not enough. We've found that as long as you are consuming your protein sources within a well-balanced diet, you're probably okay. That being said, throwing an extra scoop of peanut butter or vanilla flavored whey protein into smoothies, baked goods, oatmeal, etc. is a tasty and easy way to rev up that metabolism. Proteins help to keep you fuller longer and require more caloric energy to break down. So there's really no excuse- toss it in!

Go Organic 

This is a controversial topic that can sometimes be confusing. What do I need to buy organic? Does it really make a difference? The answer is: buying organic definitely makes a difference when it comes to produce. When you are choosing your fruits and veggies, ALWAYS opt for the organic choices. The toxins that are often in non-organic produce tend to hinder our metabolisms and work against us.

Snack on Some Dairy

Dairy often gets a bad rep for being fattening and/or full of sugar. But dairy is actually a great snack, as it contains HEALTHY fats, protein, and carbohydrates. One snack that we recommend is greek yogurt with berries and nuts. Talk about a well-rounded mini-meal! The Calcium that dairy provides will also help your body to metabolize fat more efficiently- something we could all use!

Iron.

As women, we all have that 'time of the month' that inevitably leads to iron loss. While consuming iron consistently is beneficial for the diet, it is especially important during this time, as a loss of iron can be significantly detrimental to the metabolism. If your iron levels are low, your muscles are depleting in oxygen, thus making you weaker and more tired, negatively affecting your energy-burning capabilities. Some great sources of iron are: red meat, beans, leafy vegetables like spinach, iron fortified grains, and pumpkin seeds. 

Put Away the Distractions

Meal times are a great opportunity for discussion, bonding, and family/friends that may often be limited by busy lifestyles. Use meal times effectively by turning off those distractions: put your phone on silent, shut down the TV, focus on the meal and the people whom you're sharing it with. This will allow you to be a more mindful eater, staying in tune with your hunger signals. 

LAUGH

This is our favorite recommendation out of them all. Take some time out of your work day to watch or listen to something funny. Laughing is an easy way to increase energy expenditure without even thinking about it. Share this one with a coworker or friend and enjoy the benefits of laughter together!

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Mind Matters: Think Your Way to a Better Body

by Christie Cash January 15, 2016


Mind Matters: Think Your Way to a Better Body

How often do you catch yourself daydreaming about strolling the beach in a teeny bikini, purely confident in the way you look? You’re no longer stressing about a jiggle here or a pooch there—you finally feel fabulous in your body. What a fantasy, eh? Let’s be real, simply imagining your way to a BikiniBOD won’t necessarily make it happen. Or will it?

Just as our muscles get stronger and more defined when we train in the gym, the part of the brain associated with focus, happiness and feelings of well-being become stronger and more manageable when we train the mind through meditation and intentional thought. Combining the two practices can help you engage the mind and body to more effectively meet your fitness goals. Teaching your brain to zero in on specific techniques and triggers can ultimately allow you to complete control your physique, cravings, metabolism, and much more. Train your body and your mind equally with the following tips that will help you to achieve ultimate Bikini Beauty status.

Listen To What Your Body is Telling You

Mindfulness helps us recognize our true feelings towards a subject, whether it be feeling tired before your body is truly ready to be done with a run, or believing that executing five more jump squats is absolutely impossible. More often than not, our thoughts don’t necessarily reflect the reality of a situation, and being able to dig deep and move past a temporary mental block allows you to achieve what you’re really capable of. Self-doubt has no place in your workout, so be present in the moment to focus on your form in a slow and precise manner, ultimately improving your overall results.

Be More Attentive to Everyday Actions as Exercise

The hour of concentrated activity you dedicate yourself to every day is obviously exercise, but what about the other stuff? While you may not consider carrying grocery bags up your stairs, vacuuming your living room, or rearranging your closet to be heart-pumping activity, perceiving any and all kinds of movement as a kind of workout can actually have a real effect on your overall weight loss. When you give more attention to an everyday action, you engage more muscles and exert more effort than usual, resulting in a series of mini exercises throughout the day.

Eat Attentively Because You Can't Out-Run a Bad Diet

Healthy eating habits determine nearly 80% of your weight loss success. Luckily, you know that a nutritious diet doesn’t mean zero flavor, and focusing on the way you experience a meal in its entirety can help further your fitness goals. Over-indulging can happen, but instead of writing it off as a simple cheat, remember why you felt compelled to stray from your good food plan if it actually satiated you, and how you felt both during and afterward. A cinnamon bun might seem harmless at the moment, but comparing the way it made you feel sluggish to the way your roasted chicken and apple salad gave you energy while hitting your sweet spot could inspire better decisions later on. Keep those good feelings going!

Thoughts Affecting Actions Can Lead to a Faster Metabolism

On the flip side of the previous point, imagining that everything you consume is a treat can actually help boost your metabolism, burning calories incurred by the actual nutritious foods at a faster rate. Research suggests that when we eat something that we believe to be low in calories, our metabolism slows down because we don’t consider it to be a threat to our diet. When we believe we’re indulging, our metabolism speeds up. Therefore, convincing yourself that your protein smoothie is actually a decadent milkshake will help your body utilize the calories in the smoothie much more quickly. The tricky side of slimming down!

Verbalize Positive Affirmations to Improve Your Health Journey

Talking to yourself in public can potentially elicit stares, confused looks, and mothers ushering their children in the opposite direction. However, if it means losing those extra few inches and tightening up your figure, we don’t think you’ll have a problem being a little “unique.” Verbalizing positive affirmations (for the record, you can keep them silent if you like) can significantly improve your endurance, total effort put forth, and willingness to exceed goals, meaning telling yourself, “You can do it!” will actually yield a noticeable result. Ignoring perceived struggles and instead encouraging yourself to give it all you’ve got can make all the difference, and can help overcome an exercise obstacle or progress plateau. Maybe that unachievable personal record is all in your head, and maybe your ability to triumph over it is all in there, too.

The physical effort you put into your body is going to provide you with the confidence you strive for, but ignoring your mind’s powerful role in the process will complicate your journey to that point. Determining how you want your workout to go, what you are capable of achieving during the workout, and how you eat to keep the look-good-feel-great cycle going are all controlled by your focus on those subjects. Choosing to believe that you can do something will translate into actually doing it, and doing it pretty darn well. Harness your ability to think your way to a better body, and watch those fantasies become a reality.

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BikiniBOD Food: Skinny Vanilla Pumpkin Smoothie

by Christie Cash January 15, 2016


BikiniBOD Food: Skinny Vanilla Pumpkin Smoothie

We love following our healthy eating plan for weight loss. We also really, really love pumpkin pie. Do you see the dilemma here? Staying on track around this time of year can be tough, as so many warm-you-up treats are deliciously overloaded with calories. How does a Bikini Beauty keep her beach body year round while still enjoying the flavors of the season?

This Vanilla Pumpkin Smoothie hits the spot. It packs all of the decadence of fall without making you pack on the pounds, with only 2 grams of fat and 7 grams of protein per serving. Enjoy as a thick and creamy breakfast or sweet midday treat that can even provide the energy you need to power through leg day.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (more or less to taste)
  • 6-8 ice cubes

Directions:

  • Combine everything in a blender until smooth. Sprinkle a bit of extra pumpkin pie spice on top for flair.
  • Makes two servings.

Nutritional Estimates Per Serving: 175 calories, 2.2 g fat, 31.7 g carbs, 3.8 g fiber, 7.3 g protein

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Last Minute Quick and Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

by Christie Cash January 14, 2016


Last Minute Quick and Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

You were all set to have the only thing you needed to show off at Thanksgiving dinner be your slammin’ new bod, then out of nowhere; the “So let me know what you’re bringing!” text comes through. You have to flaunt your culinary skills, too? And on such short notice? No need to panic, Beauties, we’ve rounded up some delicious recipes that span the taste and dietary spectrum, following the traditions of the holiday while also sticking to your healthy eating plan. Bonus: many of these tasty dishes can be prepared faster than it takes to bust out your Thursday Workout, which you were still totally planning to do, right?

Garlic Green Beans -

Give the table a savory dose of vitamins B12, C, and K, as well as fiber and folate.



Ingredients

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1 ¼ lbs green beans
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Directions

  • In small skillet, toast garlic cloves in olive oil with a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Add green beans, season with salt and sugar and cook 2 minutes
  • Add 1/4 cup water, cover and cook 6 minutes
  • Uncover and boil until the water evaporates
  • Season with salt and pepper and toss with chopped pecans
Pear & Bleu Cheese Salad

What better way to celebrate the freshest flavors of Fall than combining in-season pears with sharp and tangy bleu cheese? Pears are a fantastic source of fiber, as well as potassium and copper, and bleu cheese is an excellent digestive aide.



Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup nuts (walnuts, almonds, or cashews)
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 1 bunch arugula
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Belgian endive
  • 2 ripe pears
  • 2 oz mild blue cheese (about 1/2 cup loosely packed crumbles)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF
  • Spread the nuts on a sheet pan in a single layer
  • Bake 7-10 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally until the nuts are toasted and fragrant. Let the nuts cool, and then coarsely chop
  • Trim the stems of the watercress and arugula. Wash and dry the leaves
  • Whisk the vinegar and mustard together in a large salad bowl. Season with salt and pepper
  • Gradually whisk in the olive oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a steady stream, to make a smooth, slightly thick dressing
  • Halve the endive lengthwise, cut out core, then thinly slice crosswise and add all the lettuces to the bowl
  • Quarter and core the unpeeled pears and thinly slice; add to the bowl
  • Sprinkle the cheese and nuts over the salad, and season once more with salt and pepper
  • Toss the salad gently to evenly dress all the greens
"Cornbread" and Sausage Stuffing -

This dish can be modified to reflect the delicious savory flavors in all their glory or can be easily turned grain-free and paleo-friendly. Gotta love a dish with options!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pork sausage
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 10 sage leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 recipe grain-free cornbread (found here), cut into cubes and left uncovered overnight to dry
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 large eggs

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF and adjust rack to middle position
  • Cook pork over medium heat in a large skillet, using back of a wooden spoon to break the meat into small pieces. Drain grease and spoon the pork into a large bowl
  • Melt butter in the skillet. Add onion and celery, then cook, stirring, frequently until onions are just turning translucent (about 5 minutes)
  • Stir in sage, parsley, salt, and pepper. Pour mixture into the bowl with the pork. Add dried and cubed cornbread to onion and pork mixture
  • Whisk chicken stock and eggs in a medium bowl. Pour over cornbread mixture and gently toss until all ingredients are wet
  • Pour into an 11 x 7 - inch baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is golden brown
Quinoa and Mushroom-Stuffed Butternut Squash -

This impressive-yet-simple dish not only looks gorgeous on the plate, but provides yummy helpings of protein, antioxidants, selenium, and fiber.



Ingredients

  • 4 lbs butternut squash (approximately 2 regular-sized squashes)
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 cup chanterelle mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup white onion, chopped
  • ½ cup parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450º F
  • Cut squashes in half, removing the seeds, and place cut side up in two 11×7 baking dishes. Season with salt, pepper and olive oil (one tablespoon per squash), and add 1/4 inch of water to baking dishes
  • Cover baking dishes with foil and bake for around 40 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from oven, and then reduce temperature to 375º F
  • In a small pot, bring 4 cups water to a boil and add quinoa. Reduce to a simmer and let cook for 15-20 minutes, or until quinoa has absorbed all water. Remove from heat
  • In a pan, heat remaining olive oil and sauté mushrooms and onions on medium heat. Add in the garlic, and cook until fragrant and onions are translucent
  • After squash has cooled, scoop out the insides, leaving about a ¼ inch of flesh
  • In a large bowl, combine quinoa, butternut squash, mushrooms, onions and garlic, and parmesan cheese. Mix well and season with salt and pepper
  • Spoon mixture back into the hollow butternut squash shells and return them to the oven for another 20-25 minutes, or until top is golden brown
Parmesan Garlic Roasted Mushrooms -

Parmesan’s sharp, nutty flavor along with its calcium-rich qualities make it the perfect addition to this mouthwateringly aromatic side.



Ingredients

  • 1 pound mushrooms, cleaned and diced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped olives or capers
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup fresh parmesan cheese, shredded

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450ºF and lightly spray a shallow casserole dish with nonstick spray
  • In the bowl, toss mushrooms, garlic, oil, olives or capers, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper
  • Dot the butter evenly over the top of the mushrooms and roast for 20 minutes, stirring half way through Remove from the oven, turn on the broiler and place the oven rack on the highest level
  • Sprinkle the Parmesan over the mushrooms, return to the oven on the top rack and broil until the cheese melts and begins to brown, about 3 minutes
Vegan Mashed Potatoes -

Vegan, gluten-free, and every bit as creamy and wonderful as the original? We think this is the perfect update to your classic Thanksgiving spread.

Ingredients

  • 6-8 medium yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5-6 cloves roasted garlic
  • 3-4 tablespoons vegan butter, melted/softened
  • ¼ cup fresh chives

Directions

  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan or pot and cover with water. Bring to a light boil over medium-high heat, add 1 tsp of sea salt, cover and cook for 25-30 minutes or until very tender
  • While the potatoes cook, chop up the chives and soften the butter
  • Once tender, drain the potatoes and place them back in the hot pot off the heat for 1 minute to evaporate any additional water. Transfer to a large mixing bowl
  • Mash the potatoes using either a potato masher or a hand mixer until fluffy. Note: Be careful using a hand mixer as you can overmix the potatoes and they can become gluey. Light and fluffy is the way to go!
  • Add in butter, garlic, remaining salt, black pepper and stir to combine
  • Top with chives, stir and serve
  • Tip: Delicious when topped with mushroom gravy!
Buckeye Brownies -

Because there’s always room for extra dessert. This chewy, fudgy, gluten-free treat gets topped by a creamy peanut butter layer, then glazed with a smooth blanket of dark chocolate.

Ingredients

Brownies:

  • ⅓ cup Dutch-processed cocoa
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (omit if your flour blend already has xanthan or guar gum)
  • ¾ teaspoon table salt
  • Peanut Butter Layer:
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons half & half or whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze:
  • 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF
  • Make a foil sling for your pan: Cut 18″ length foil and fold lengthwise to 8″ width. Fit foil into length of 13×9″ metal baking pan, pushing into corners and up the sides of pan; allow excess to overhang pan edges. Cut 14″ length foil and fit into width of the pan in the same manner, perpendicular to the first sheet. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray

For the Brownies

  • In a large, microwave-safe bowl, whisk cocoa and boiling water together until smooth
  • Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until the chocolate is melted. If necessary, place the bowl in the microwave in 30-second increments to help melt the chocolate
  • Whisk in the melted butter and oil. Add eggs, yolks, and vanilla extract, and continue to whisk until smooth. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour blend, xanthan gum (if needed), and salt. Stir the flour mixture into wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes, or until the toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Transfer pan to a wire rack and cool 1 hour

For the Peanut Butter Layer

  • Beat together peanut butter, butter and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes
  • Reduce the speed to low and alternate adding the powdered sugar and the half & half or milk, mixing to combine after each addition
  • Add the vanilla extract, beat to combine, then increase the speed to medium-high and beat until completely smooth, creamy, and spreadable
  • Using a spatula, spread the peanut butter mixture in an even layer over the top of the brownies. The mixture will be a bit sticky, but do your best to spread as evenly as you can

For the Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze

  • Melt together chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds until completely smooth and melted
  • Pour the mixture over the peanut butter layer and spread into an even layer with a spatula. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until set.
  • When set, cut and serve

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Frozen Yogurt Berries For Health

by Christie Cash January 14, 2016


Frozen Yogurt Berries For Health

Having a small snack between lunch and dinner will keep your metabolism powered up while avoiding any crash that can sometimes come after eating a full meal. It may be tempting to grab the prepackaged chips or granola bar, but the ingredients in some of those snacks can trump the limited healthy benefits they tout. Plus, at almost $2.00 a pop, it can add up to an expensive daily quick bite.

In as little as an hour, you can create a deliciously wholesome treat that offers fiber, Vitamin C, protein, and antioxidants, with a little sweetness to tide you over. Greek yogurt covered berries are super easy, super tasty, and super helpful in maintaining your reign as Bikini Babe. Any berries will work (try a mix!), but the Raspberry Ketones in raspberries are especially beneficial to weight loss. One of the remarkable all-natural components found in BikiniBOD, this ingredient, can play a role in the breakdown of fat within the body by regulating adiponectin, the hormone that controls fat. Making a daily ritual of taking BikiniBOD and enjoying this healthy midday snack will help reveal incredible changes in how gorgeous you look and feel. Make room in the freezer, everyone!

Ingredients

1 (6oz) container fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries

1 (6oz) container nonfat Greek yogurt (use plain, honey, vanilla, blueberry, any flavor you wish!)

Directions

  1. Thoroughly rinse your berries and set aside
  2. Line a small baking sheet with parchment or wax paper
  3. Using a toothpick, dip each berry into the Greek yogurt and swirl until it is thoroughly coated with yogurt
  4. Place on baking sheet. Repeat until all berries are covered, spacing berries about half an inch apart
  5. Place baking sheet into freezer, and let freeze for at least an hour or overnight
  6. Once frozen, your yogurt covered berries can be placed in individual Ziploc bags and stored in the freezer until you’re ready to snack

Enjoy!

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The True Beauty Behind the Before & After: BikiniBOD Brand Ambassador Morgan Mymon

by Christie Cash September 08, 2015


The True Beauty Behind the Before & After: BikiniBOD Brand Ambassador Morgan Mymon

It's the BikiniBOD before and after that has inspired women throughout the community.

The real life transformation that helped grad student Morgan Mymon feel like herself again after stress took a dramatic toll on her body. Like many others in college with a busy schedule, the bubbly and intelligent grad student was juggling studying for finals, attending weekly sorority meetings and trying to work all within a crammed semester. After gaining weight, she could barely recognize the person she saw in the mirror. Morgan was happy to tell us about how BikiniBOD helped in her weight loss journey and explain how being a Brand Ambassador really means flaunting what you got and loving yourself.

Tell the BikiniBOD community a little bit about yourself.

I am a graduate student working on my doctorate in physical therapy, a group fitness instructor, and a trainer. My friends say I am the energizer bunny and I am always full of life. I love helping others, being active and am addicted to spicy food and frozen yogurt (not together).

Frozen yogurt is definitely a guilty pleasure for a lot of us. What has the weight loss journey been like for you?

When I started grad school, all the stress took a toll on me, especially my weight. I gained over 25lbs and went from abs to not even recognizing the person in the mirror. I felt like I was stuck in a fat suit. So I promised myself from that day forward I would be working my butt off (literally) to get back in shape.

That's amazing and now you’re a group fitness instructor, how did you start becoming involved in fitness?

I have been active almost all of my life. I was always into sports and loved the feeling I got after I would work out. I would get bored at the gym if I just did the same thing every day; I like to say I have exercise A.D.D. so I would go to group fitness classes a lot to change up my workout. I started seeing what I liked and what I didn't and thought hey I can do this. I mean who doesn't want to get paid to work out, so I got certified and the rest is history.

What have been the most notable differences about your body since your lifestyle change?

I have much more muscle now and way more toned than I used to be. I love pushing myself every day to see what I am capable of achieving. I have also gained even more energy so I can keep up my workouts.

Describe how taking BikiniBOD as affected your group workouts and beauty routine?

I have more energy, can push myself further, and give my clients the best work out of their lives. I don't even use the mic anymore because I have enough stamina to scream it out and jump around without dropping to the floor.

I understand you were pre-cautious about taking supplements, what made BikiniBOD different from other appetite suppressing pills?

The fact that it is all natural and there weren't any ingredients that could harm my body.

Since BikiniBOD is made For Women. By Women, what has being involved in a sorority taught you about female empowerment and the importance of sisterhood?

It is all about girl power! Only other women know what we go through on a daily basis, our struggles/strengths. It is important to note that there are not a "one-size fits all" approach and our bodies all react differently. Having a support system of other women not only gives you a sense of belonging and sisterhood, but you have others that you can actually relate to.

We love the sense of community that comes from a female empowered group! What is your favorite part about being a BikiniBOD Brand Ambassador?

Helping to inspire others to achieve their personal fitness goals to be the best they can be. Giving other women the chance to see real women rather than airbrushed and photoshopped models inspires hope. We all have our flaws and our strengths it’s important to flaunt what you got. Love yourself for who you are now.

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The Secret to Skinny: A Dietitian Reviews BikiniBOD

by Christie Cash August 03, 2015


The Secret to Skinny: A Dietitian Reviews BikiniBOD

BikiniBOD gets it.

When it comes to trying new things we like to do as much research as possible, especially if it involves a magic pill promising weight loss and beauty benefits. Therefore we decided to reach out to a dietitian and allow her to give an honest review of what's in a BikiniBOD. Autumn Lewis, RD. was given all the ingredients to our formula and was kind enough to answer a few questions to allow better insight to our customers.

Tell us the importance of a maintaining a balanced diet while trying to shed a few extra pounds?

Ultimately, your body is a machine. You wouldn’t try and win the Indy 500 by using fumes to fuel your car. The same can be said for the body. The body needs high quality, nutrient packed foods to burn through fat effectively and utilize food for energy.

Going on a low calorie diet doesn’t guarantee weight loss. It takes energy and fuel to burn unwanted fat, starving your body of calorie and nutrients will not allow your body to burn fat, in fact it tell your body to hold onto the fat. Maintaining a balanced diet will give you fuel, energy, and focus day in and day out to keep your eyes on your weight loss goal and to achieve the body you visualize having.

How can supplements aid in losing weight?

Anyone who said losing weight is easy must be crazy. We live in an obese-agenic environment; basically we live in an environment that promotes obesity. From food variety, to sedentary lives, to stressful work and home life responsibilities, it’s hard to maintain a regimen that allows your body to be at a healthy weight.

By taking a supplement that allows your body to convert existing fat to energy effectively and keep your metabolism revving all day long, you give yourself a hand up on achieving and maintaining your weight goal.

What do muscles use for energy during exercise?

Your muscles main source of energy during a workout is carbohydrate that has been turned into glucose that is stored in the muscle tissue. When you are doing a high intensity workout the muscles utilized that stored glucose to perform high intensity moves and to power through your workout. After a work out your muscles need a combination of protein (to repair and build muscles), carbohydrates (to replenish the used glucose in the muscles and fuel the muscle repair), and fat (to use as energy for the rest of your body so all the carbohydrates and protein can repair, replenish, and build muscles).

From a Nutritionists perspective, tell us what dietary steps a person would need to take in order to burn off extra stored body fat?

As a nutritionist, I notice a severe lack in vegetables and protein in people’s diets. Every meal (yes, this includes breakfast) needs a source of protein and vegetables.

  1. Slowly start to replace the simple and refine carbohydrates of bread, pasta, and baked goods with complex carbohydrates of lettuce wraps, veggie noodles, and baked sweet potatoes.
  2. Start fueling your body with high quality fats such as avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, heavy cream, butter, and nut butters. If your oat meal and fruit in the morning is leaving you starving an hour later switch over to a couple scrambled eggs and some avocado to keep your body fueled for hours.
  3. Lastly, make sure you’re having enough protein to maintain lean muscle mass and increase your metabolism. A veggie filled omelets for breakfast, tuna & avocado lettuce wraps for lunch, and salmon with veggies for dinner are simple ways to make switches to your diet and watch the fat melt off your body.

How would you rate the ingredients in BikiniBOD?

Reviewing these ingredients I give them an A+. There are few companies out there that take into consideration the health and well-being of their customers. This company shows care, attention, and knowledge of what ingredients will work effectively for fat loss and promote better health.

How important is drinking water and staying hydrated when a person is trying to lose weight?

Extremely important! Water is present in every single area of your body, which means every single cell of your body needs water. Without water your body will not be able to utilize nutrients and carry them where they are supposed to go in the body. Without water your body will feel fatigued, bloated, heavy, and run poorly.

Drinking enough water will help keep you satiated between meals, help you burn fat, and carry nutrients to your cells, and carry waste and toxins from your cells and out of your body.

Caffeine consumption can give someone that extra boost but what would you recommend if one’s body becomes jittery from the caffeine intake?

I am a caffeine sensitive person and I know that feeling of being overly caffeinated. To help me cope when I over do myself, I drink plenty of water and go on a walk if possible. If you know you are a caffeine sensitive person, lower the dose of caffeine if possible, eat within an hour of consuming caffeine, drink plenty of water, and incorporate activities into your day.

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5 Fancy Fit Meals: A Recipe Guide for the Healthy Girl

by Christie Cash July 18, 2015


5 Fancy Fit Meals: A Recipe Guide for the Healthy Girl

Eating healthy is all about celery, green tea, celery, and the occasional celery treat, right? Girl, please. Impressive, flavorful meals can be just as abs-friendly, and the added variety to your diet and excitement on your taste buds will ensure that you’re in this healthy-eating thing for the long haul.

Don’t think you have the time to create a well-balanced dinner or lunch on-the-go? These five fancy recipes allow you to have some fun in the kitchen while still being mindful of your goals, and without spending three hours simmering, stirring, or scrambling. If that’s not the epitome of having your cake and eating it too (side note: yes, there is a dessert recipe. You’re welcome) then we don’t know what is!

Summer Peach & Balsamic Pizza

Sweet, rich, cheesy, tart, syrupy…sounds like a cheat meal waiting to happen, doesn’t it? I’m sure all you needed to see was “pizza” to think the same thing. However, the healthy doses of whole grains, healthy fats, and Vitamin C make it a light, easy recipe that only feels mischievous.

Ingredients
  • 1 batch whole wheat pizza dough (can also use gluten-free)
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced or grated
  • 2 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • 4 peaches, pitted and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped basil
  • Corn meal
Directions (makes 2-3 servings)
  1. To prepare the balsamic reduction, pour balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vinegar has reduced to 1/4 cup, about 20 minutes. Set aside to let cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. If you have a pizza stone, preheat the stone in the oven for at least 30 minutes to allow it to get thoroughly hot. (Note: please be careful handling the stone after it comes out of the oven. The only thing a BikiniBOD girl should burn is calories!)
  3. Divide dough into three tennis-ball sized pieces. Now get ready for an impromptu arm workout: Take one piece of dough and punch it down on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough out into a circle approximately 1/4-inch thin.
  4. Place the dough on a pan that has been generously coated with corn meal. Lightly brush the top with olive oil. Top with mozzarella, goat cheese, and peach slices. Drizzle the pizza with balsamic reduction. Repeat for remaining two pizzas.
  5. Place the pizza in the oven, directly on the pizza stone or on the oven rack. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until pizza crust is golden and cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with basil and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Cut into slices and serve.
Nutrition Facts

Per serving: 363 calories, 15g fat (6g sat. fat, 1g polyunsaturated fat, 5g monounsaturated fat), 45g carbs, 2g fiber, 21g sugar, 17g protein

Steak au Poivre

Need to impress someone with something that they’ll only pretend to know how to pronounce, and for under 300 calories? This peppery steak recipe with a creamy sauce comes together in just 30 minutes, giving you plenty of time to set the table and check yourself out before that special someone arrives.

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 4 beef tenderloin steaks
  • 2 tablespoons light butter
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup 1% milk
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Directions (makes 4 servings)
  1. Using your fingers, press the pepper onto both sides of each steak.
  2. In a large skillet, cook steaks in hot butter over medium heat to desired doneness, turning once. (Allow 10-13 minutes for medium rare (145 degrees F) to medium (160 degrees F)).
  3. Transfer steaks to a serving platter, reserving the drippings in the skillet. Keep warm. Remove skillet from burner and allow to stand 1 minute.
  4. For sauce, carefully stir vegetable broth into drippings in skillet, scraping up crusty browned bits.
  5. Combine 1% milk and cornstarch, then stir in to broth and drippings mixture.
  6. Stir in mustard.
  7. Bring to boil, and let it go uncovered, over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup, stirring occasionally.
  8. Spoon sauce over steaks to serve.
Nutrition Facts (based on 2000 calorie diet)

Per serving: 242 calories, 13g fat (5g sat. fat, 1g polyunsaturated fat, 5g monounsaturated fat), 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 27g protein

Sea Bass Ceviche

Even if the most chef-inspired you’ve ever been was whenever you last played with an Easy-Bake Oven, this tangy dish, served cold, is perfect for hot summer nights where turning on any kind of oven is a no-go.

Ingredients for the Aji Amarillo base
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 1 ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup honey, slightly warmed
  • 1 tablespoon white soy sauce
  • 2 ½ tablespoons aji amarillo paste (found in many specialty food markets)
  • ½ tablespoon yuzu (found in Asian grocery stores)
  • Ingredients for the Garnish
  • ¼ red onion, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons thinly-sliced shiso leaves (found in Asian grocery stores)
  • ½ cup cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup green apple, diced
Ingredients for the Sea Bass
  • ½ pound sea bass, cubed 1/4 inch
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Sea Salt
Directions to make the Base
  1. Whisk the rest of the ingredients together, adding in the warmed honey as you go.
Directions (makes 2 servings)
  1. Season sea bass with salt and cover with lime juice.
  2. Allow to marinate for 10-12 minutes, then strain.
  3. Combine sea bass with base and garnish, and serve.
Nutrition facts

Per serving: 361 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 65g carbs, 2g fiber, 58g sugar, 24g protein

Spinach & Feta Gnocchi

If you really want to be an overachiever, feel free to make your gnocchi from scratch. For the rest of us who are just proud of the fact that we resisted to urge to resort to a protein bar for dinner (again), frozen will do just fine. Both spinach and feta are high in calcium, so when you raise a pinky to this dressed-up version of mac and cheese (made in just one pot!), you can do so with a strong hand.

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bag (8 to 10 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup cubed white cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ½ cups gnocchi
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Parsley for garnish
Directions (makes 4 servings)
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and pinch of salt; cook for 2 to 3 minutes until onions are transparent.
  • Stir in garlic and continue to cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Add tomatoes, spinach, cheeses, gnocchi, vegetable broth, milk, and seasonings.
  • Mix to combine and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • Lower heat to a medium-low, cover with lid and continue to cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until gnocchi is cooked. Stir frequently, about every 3 minutes, to prevent sticking.
  • Remove from heat and stir.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts

Per [1 cup] serving: 422 calories, 20g fat (9g sat. fat), 30g carbs, 5g fiber, 5g sugar, 18g protein

 

Cocoa-Hazelnut Macaroons

If you immediately scrolled to this part of the post, we don’t blame you. While they’re a little more involved than dropping balls of premade dough on a cookie sheet (or eating directly from the bowl with a spoon…), these macaroons are full of chocolate-y flavor with a nutty, gourmet hint.

Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup finely ground hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup chocolate-hazelnut spread
Directions (makes 20-24 sandwich cookies)
  1. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together powdered sugar, hazelnuts, and cocoa powder.
  3. In a large bowl, combine egg whites, vanilla, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until frothy. Gradually add granulated sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed just until soft peaks form. Stir in nut mixture.
  4. Spoon mixture into a large decorating bag fitted with a large (about 1/2-inch) round tip, or a large resealable plastic bag with a 1/2-inch hole snipped in one corner.
  5. Pipe 1-1/2-inch circles 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Let stand for 30 minutes before baking.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets on wire racks.
  7. Carefully peel cookies off parchment paper and spread chocolate-hazelnut spread onto bottoms of half of the cookies. Top with the remaining cookies, bottom sides down.
Nutrition Facts

Per serving: 133 calories, 7g fat (1 g polyunsaturated fat, 3g monounsaturated fat), 17g carbs, 1g fiber, 10g sugar, 2g protein

Well look at you, Miss Fancy Down-A-Size Pants! Five new, quick recipes added to your cookbook, and none of them cost you an afternoon in the kitchen or four hours in the gym. Creating delicious, healthy meals with an extravagant flair doesn’t need to be intimidating, and the pride you feel from knowing you cooked a true meal with a little more to it than simple grilled chicken will inspire you to push through any dietary ruts or sluggishness in your workouts. You should never settle for mediocrity—with yourself, your friends, or your dinner options!

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The BikiniBOD Brand Expansion! More Available Now, Get Paid to Share

by Christie Cash June 30, 2015


The BikiniBOD Brand Expansion! More Available Now, Get Paid to Share

Hi Babes,

It’s the BikiniBOD Team here. Now normally this platform is for keeping you updated on the latest fitness, beauty, and health trends going on in the world. Heck, it’s five days away from the fourth of July! We’re sure you are searching for some flirty red, white and blue outfit ideas or holiday recipes that will keep you on track with your diet; alas, we couldn’t hold in our excitement any longer.

Multiple emails, Facebook messages and Instagram requests have flooded our inboxes for specific items that some of our Brand Ambassadors wear throughout their day. After a lot of consideration and A LOT more demand we are happy to finally announce the launch of our BikinBOD Lifestyle and Ultimate Packages!

The Lifestyle Package: Your Everyday Essentials

You’ve done the research, read the reviews and you’re now committed to reaching your fullest potential with the help of BikiniBOD. The Lifestyle Package is a combination of our most requested accessories and super cute apparel put together for your everyday accessibility. Our team here has gone through every detail and designed only the best items for you to use. The Lifestyle Package includes:

  • 1 Bottle of BikiniBOD
  • BPA-Free Eco Conscious Water Bottle
  • 95% Cotton Stretch Tank Top
  • Nourishing SPF 15 Lip Balm in Vanilla
  • Discreet Pillholder Keychain
  • 28 Day Vanity Workout
  • FREE FAST SHIPPING!

The Ultimate Package: For The Committed Type

Say you’ve already purchased your BikiniBOD and now it’s time to refill your order. Results are slowly starting to show and you feel more motivated than ever! In another scenario your friend has been taking BikiniBOD and you can see how amazing her results have been; you’re convinced BikiniBOD is the right supplement for you. The Ultimate Package is similar to the Lifestyle package except it includes two BikiniBOD bottles and a breathable, structured sports bra to show off with your workout outfit.

  • 2 Bottles of BikiniBOD
  • BPA-Free Eco Conscious Water Bottle
  • 95% Cotton Stretch Tank Top
  • Breathable Structured Sports Bra
  • Nourishing SPF 15 Lip Balm in Vanilla
  • Discreet Pillholder Keychain
  • 28 Day Vanity Workout
  • FREE FAST SHIPPING!

Price Points: Ensuring Quality Meets Value

Now along with several emails requesting these specific items, we have also received a few emails about price points. How do we make sure these packages are really worth investing in? During one of our meetings we sat down to discuss what the term “value” means to our customers.

One point of view can be seen through our pricing. Each item has been marked down in order combine quality and affordability. The six items in the Lifestyle Package would originally cost over $100 ($103.00 to be exact) but on the website it retails for only $74.99. The Ultimate Package would originally cost almost $200 ($163.00) but retails for only $124.00. Both packages include the supplement, 28 day BikiniBOD Blue print, and water bottle. Each item is regularly used during a workout. If you’re going to end up buying these items anyways you might as well save money in the process!

Another point of view can be seen through building a stronger community. Each one of our team members has a fitness story to tell and we believe you do too. Because we want you to understand that we aren’t just a supplement company, we are a BikiniBOD community. Connecting with each other should never be separated by tax brackets. Affordability meets accessibility and now when you are going to your kickboxing class and see another person holding a BikiniBOD water bottle you know you are not alone in your journey!

Referrals: What’s in it For You?

That’s the magic question, what's in it for you BikiniBOD babes? Well besides looking completely chic during your workout and having the cute guy at the gym finally ask you on a date (hey! It will happen) we decided to give you some FREE money. The BikiniBOD team has been touched by the fitness stories you’ve shared with us and we want you to share your BikiniBOD journeys with other people.

After you make a purchase on our website there is going to be a popup that allows you to easily share a referral link on your social media. For each person that clicks on the link and purchases their own BikiniBOD YOU get $5. That’s it - so easy! You’re taking the time out to share your BikiniBOD story and we want to make sure you are getting compensated for that effort.

So BikiniBOD Babes, what do you think? Ask questions, share incites, and more in our comments below.

We love reading feedback and can’t wait to respond to you!

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