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Make This Delicious Black Bean Salsa for Your Next Game Day Party

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Aside from the summer and holiday seasons, game days are our favorite times to make great dishes and spend time with the people we really care about. So when our friends over at ALOHA asked us to share a favorite “dish to pass,” we said “of course!”

If you’re not already familiar with ALOHA, take a quick moment to check out their site and browse all of their delicious healthy recipes like healthy homemade twix bars, cashew lime dip and more! ALOHA takes a new approach to encourage a life of health and happiness.

One of our favorite game day recipes that ends up devoured every time is this easy-to-make black bean salsa with avocado. The use of fresh, organic ingredients makes us feel good about what we’re serving and what we’re eating! Within ten minutes, you can have a delicious appetizer ready to put on the table!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

2 cans organic black beans
2 cans organic corn
1 large haas avocado
4 organic plum (roma) tomatoes
1 small bunch of organic green onions
1 medium organic red onion
Juice of 2 limes
Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy immediately!

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How to make this even better: Use fresh corn on the cob, cut the kernels off and roast in oven for a few minutes. Also, a few fresh jalapenos make add a great kick! Check out more of our game day recipes that won’t defeat your diet!

 

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Lauren is the co-founder of Black Fitness Today, the digital magazine dedicated to empowering the black community – mind, body, soul, culture and money. She lives in Tucson, AZ, where she also manages the healthy food blog The Remix with Lauren, her husband and his brain that never stops churning, and their completely lit one-year-old daughter. You can reach her at lauren.bell@blackfitnesstoday.com

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Your Guide To Shopping For Produce

Find out what produce you should definitely buy organic, and what is okay to buy conventionally

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It seems to be getting harder and harder to know what is being sold to us at the grocery store. We know that the beautiful, shiny produce is the most affordable but probably contains the highest amounts of wax, pesticides and other chemicals. However, organic can be a bit pricey and possibly unavailable, depending on where you have access to shop.

Did you know that the USDA found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples it analyzed? The pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.

See what happens when you pour hot water on conventional apples. The chemicals literally melt! It’s important that we buy organic and if we cannot, at least wash our produce prior to consuming (Video: Laurline Eldemire Lawrence via Facebook):

Check out the most recent list of produce that you should preferably buy organic, known as the ‘Dirty Dozen,’ and which produce is safe to purchase conventionally, known as the ‘Clean Fifteen.’ While you may not find every produce item you like to eat on these lists, this is a great start!

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Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen. Credit: EWG

Read the full report here:

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Drink Your Way to Fat Loss

Let’s start with water and its importance to fat loss……notice I say “Fat Loss” because I view it differently than “weight loss”. Eliminate carbohydrates, fast, go on a juice diet, detox, cleanse or drink some sort of weight loss shake and inevitably you will lose weight. However, you generally will gain it back…and if you are super unlucky…plus some!

On average, I would say that prior to my lifestyle change, I was lucky to finish a bottle of water a day. I didn’t think about drinking and I consumed most of my liquids in the form of tea or coffee during the day as I was never a soda drinker.

If you want to lose FAT, here are a few reasons water is so important to your success.

1. Appetite Control – Water is an appetite suppressant which means that drinking enough of it ensures that when you do feel hungry you really need something to eat. Drinking a lot of water helps to keep hunger at bay!

2. Toxins – Water clears toxins and helps fats pass through your system before they can be stored. Water helps any substance your body doesn’t need exit safely and aids in transporting the necessary nutrients throughout your body.

3. Kidney function – The kidneys require water to carry out their duty of processing waste products efficiently. When the kidneys don’t have enough water, the liver comes to aid. Part of the liver’s responsibilities is to take your stored fat and turn it into energy you can use. Therefore, by not drinking enough water you are slowing down the speed at which the liver can do it’s work. Drink more water and let the liver turn your FAT into ENERGY!

FIT TIP-Drink 8 oz or 1 glass of water every hour at work. One 8 hour shift meets the average daily requirement of 8 glasses (64 oz) a day.

4. Hormones – As you start to cut the amount of food you are taking in as most people do when they are trying to lose weight the body senses this lack of calories. From an evolutionary perspective, whenever there was a lack of food there was also a lack of water. By consuming enough water, you tell the body there is “No Emergency” and that it is safe to let go of the fat rather than hoard it.

5. Hydrated Muscles – Muscles that are hydrated are stronger which leads to better workouts, more muscle growth and ultimately increases your metabolism. Muscles burn more calories just by their mere existence!

DRINK UP!

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@iamnayfit – 5 Tips to Make Your #BodyGoals A Reality and Getting Results In 28-Day Challenge

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What is the #Ri28 challenge?

The 28 day challenge was made when we put together all of the elements needed to lower your body fat percentage quickly and efficiently.  The combination of reducing carb intake and increase activity on a daily basis is key to fat loss.

What can people expect over 28 days?

Clients can look forward to a no stress program. No gym membership is needed , no gym equipment is required. All you need is $39 and a device to watch the workout on.

Who is the #Ri28 challenge for?

This challenge is for anyone who wants to tighten and tone. This a great way to spice up your normal cardio routine with high intensity interval training.

Why should people join the challenge?Anyone wanting for feel better and look their best should join the #Ri28 family. 2017 is coming to an end and it’s time for bring in the new year feeling and looking  like the best version of YOU!

What are your Five Tips to Make #BodyGoals A Reality?

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