• PRODUCT REVIEW

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    We have teamed up with lovely ladies from all over the Instagram world to bring you product reviews of our new Fall Line! Because although we know it's fabulous (we're a lil bias), we know that it always helps to get an outside perspective! :) 

    First we bring you @joelizzzzzzyoga who talks all about the print, the fabric, and the fit on her blog. How thick is the fabric? What's the waist band like? How's the print vibrancy? Too tight or just right? 

    Read on, and learn more! CLICK HERE

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  • MONTHLY HEALTHY RECIPE :: SEPTEMBER

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    Hi ladies, Brianna here! Every month through December I will be rolling out healthy recipes that use in-season produce to aid your health + your wallet!

    If you are looking to partake in the pumpkin craze, then try out this delicious and tasty treat for a sweet taste of fall! 

     

    Pumpkin Oat Protein Bars

    1. 1 can of pumpkin puree
    2. 6 heaping tbsp of coconut flour
    3. ½ tbsp of sea salt
    4. 3 drops of liquid stevia 
    5. 2 scoops of Vanilla protein powder
    6. 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
    7. 3 whole eggs
    8. 3 drops of vanilla crème sweet drops flavoring
    9. 1 tbsp of  baking powder
    10. 1 cup of oats
    11. 4 dashes of nutmeg
    12. 4 dashes of cinnamon
    13. 3 heaping tbsp of powdered peanut butter
    14. 2 tbsp of cocoa nibs (optional)
    15. ¼ cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
    • Preheat oven to 385 degrees
    • Spray a baking pan with olive oil spray
    • Bake for 35 minutes
    • Remove from oven and let cool
    • Cut into squares and enjoy!

    Much love, Brianna @briannadiorio 

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  • EATING WITH THE SEASONS - FALL

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    Hi all! Brianna here, as promised I am bringing you some healthy eating tips for the season! Now the changing of the seasons allows us to enjoy not only the crisp weather and beautiful fall foliage, but also autumn’s flavorful harvest. Seasonal eating can bring a variety of delicious produce, from pumpkin and apples to chestnuts and sweet potatoes. As we transition into cooler weather with the fall season, our innate pull towards warmer and denser foods is as natural as the shedding of the leaves after a long winter. Grasses and flowers transition from bright shades of green to cooler hues of brown, peddles fall from flowers and plants start to prepare for the drop in temperature. The sweeter more cooling foods we are fond of during the summer months become less appealing, and we find ourselves gravitating towards hardy meals, hot soups, and warm beverages. To make the most of fall’s offerings, take advantage of eating seasonally, and enjoy some favorite fall foods that are available only during the autumn months!

    Benefits to Eating Seasonally

    Eating foods that are in season can bring benefits to your health and wallet. Freshness and flavor, as well as being more affordable and providing additional nutritional value, are some of the benefits that you can expect from eating locally grown, seasonal produce.

    Seasonal food is also often local, which means that the miles between your food and your plate are shortened, delivering fresher food faster! Since in-season produce is less likely to be shipped from across the country, that brings you produce that is at its peak in regards to freshness and flavor. Furthermore, picked at its ripest peak, fresher produced can retain more nutrients, allowing you to be exposed to additional antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

    When you eat seasonally and locally, you can find yourself saving some money as well. When you are buying and eating what’s in season, you are buying food that is at its height of supply and availability. This costs the farmers less to harvest and distributors less to ship, which means it can cost you less to buy once it reaches your grocery store.

    Finally, eating the same food year round can get boring and bland; when you eat with the seasons you can bring variety in to your diet. Try eating what is in season to get excited about experimenting and cooking with new foods!

     

    Fall Foods

    Welcome the natural changes of the season with the following fall favorites, providing the perfect combination of festive flavors and freshness!

    Pumpkin – The season of pumpkin flavored everything is upon us, and with good reason. Rich in antioxidants, carotenoids and fiber, this super fruit also is a source of Vitamins A, E and C. The vitamin A found in pumpkins can support skin and eye health. Don’t forget the seeds! Pumpkin seeds provide a source of iron, zinc, and selenium, important minerals that can support immune and cell health.

    • Try roasting a handful of pumpkin seeds sprinkled with some sea salt in the oven for a flavorful fall snack! You can also throw a few tablespoons of raw pumpkin seeds right into your morning smoothie or yogurt.

    Pears- One of the highest fiber fruits, pears are a great addition to your fruit basket this fall. Pears are packed with vitamins, including B, K, and C, as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. The potassium found in pears can support muscle, nerve, and cardiovascular health.

    • For a cool spin on this fall favorite, drizzle some balsamic vinegar, honey, and goat cheese on top of a sliced pear and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes!

    Sweet potatoes- Baked, roasted, mashed, however you chose to eat them, sweet potatoes are a power- house when it comes to flavor and nutrition. Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, which is important for eye, skin, and immune health. Sweet potatoes also contain Vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and carotenoids, which can squelch free radical damage.

    • For a sweet spin simply bake your sweet potato as you normally would and top them with a dollop of Greek yogurt , a drizzle of pure maple syrup and sprinkle with some cinnamon for a surprisingly delicious sweet treat!

    Apples- Apple picking, bopping for apples, of course this is considered a fall all-star! Apples are a great source of vitamins and antioxidants, including Vitamins C, B, and E, as well as a dietary fiber. Apples also contain phytonutrients or plant chemicals that can support immune, cell, and cardiovascular health.

    • Make candy apples right at home! Simply slice up your favorite apple, melt some dark chocolate or even use almond butter to coat the apple and roll them in some crushed nuts or coconut flakes!

    Parsnips- A member of the carrot, parsley, and celery family, parsnips are a root vegetable with a slightly sweet taste. Parsnips contain Vitamin C, folate, and fiber, as well as minerals such as potassium, iron, manganese, and copper. Folate is required for making healthy DNA cells as well as red blood cells.

    • Try slicing parsnips very thin and drizzling them with some olive oil and sea salt. Roast in the oven on low heat for about 45 minutes to make parsnip chips, a crispy fall treat for the whole family!

    Butternut squash- This versatile vegetable, one referred to as “the apple of God,” originated in Mexico, and is a member of the melon family. Popular in many fall soups, this sweet and nutty veggie is loaded with Vitamin A, as well as fiber and important minerals such as potassium and magnesium. The Vitamin A found in butternut squash also acts like an antioxidant, providing protection against free radical damage and supporting immune and cardiovascular health.

    • Cut up one butternut squash and combine in a bowl with olive oil, garlic, and pepper. Pour the butternut squash cubes onto a baking sheet and roast in the oven until tender and lightly browned-roughly 25 minutes- for a hardy, low calorie side dish!

    Beets- High in vitamins C, A, K, and B, specifically folate, as well as essential minerals such as potassium and manganese, beets are a tasty and nutritious power food this fall! The vitamins and minerals found in beets are required for healthy nerve and muscle function, as well as DNA and red blood cell production. Beets provide a natural source of betaine, which is a naturally occurring amino acid like compound that plays a role in liver detoxification and neurotransmitter synthesis.

    • No need to turn on the oven, simply juice some beets for an immune boosting nutrient packed drink! Try and beet this delicious and easy recipe: juice 1 beet with 1 apple and a small parsnip. Pour over ice and enjoy your beet beverage!

    Much love, Brianna @briannadiorio 

     

     

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  • NEW MONTHLY HEALTH SERIES!

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    FALL INTO HEALTH

    BY: BRIANNA DIORIO 

    Hello JIVA world! My name is Brianna, and I will be bringing you a new monthly health series, along with an extra special monthly recipe series called, Eating With the Seasons, here on the JIVA blog from September-December!

    Let me introduce myself briefly so you know who you're getting this info from :)

    I am health enthusiast and outdoor aficionado first and foremost—my career and lifestyle align seamlessly, with health and wellness always at the forefront of my brain.

    My penchant for health and wellness, combined with my passion for learning has allowed me to pursue several forms of education. I am a Holistic Lifestyle Coach from the C.H.E.K institute, and a graduate from the University of Bridgeport, where I received my Masters of Science in Human Nutrition, and a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN). On the training spectrum of my career, I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Crossfit Level 1 Trainer.

    Tips for a Fit Fall 

    As our summer tan lines fade, and the cool autumn weather sets in, swapping your boogie board for a chalk board and your sundress for a sweater can leave us feeling a bit underwhelmed. People make an extra effort with the change of seasons to develop some new healthy habits, whether it’s cutting out sugar, hitting the gym four times a week, drinking more water, saying they will meditate…whatever it is, most people start out strong in the beginning of the fall and quickly peter out. Follow these fit tips to help you “fall” back into your routine with ease and enjoyment!

    1. Make a routine- With the summer coming to an end, all of us are scrambling to get our schedules back on track and are looking for a solid game plan for making a daily routine. Ease yourself back into your routine, and possibly starting the last two weeks of summer you can re-introduce an earlier bedtime to make the transition more feasible. Getting back into a set routine a few weeks before you actually go back to school (or your regular fall schedule) can help reset your internal clock and make getting to bed and rising early a bit more manageable Making a routine and setting a schedule can go beyond the bedroom too. This is a fantastic time to get your workout and nutrition routine in check by simply planning out what your ideal week would look like. Take time to think about when you are going to make meals for the week, when you are going to go grocery shopping, when you will hit the gym, even plan when you are going to pack up your lunchbox. Every minute counts when it comes to saving time, so plan ahead of time to keep you and yourself prepared for whatever the universe might throw at you
    2. Eat seasonally- There is something about the fall weather that makes us want to eat warm, rich and hearty foods, so don’t fight that innate feeling, go with it and eat with the season! Eating seasonally is Mother Nature’s natural way of helping us choose the best foods for that time of year. Take for example pumpkin seeds. This fall favorite food provides us with zinc, vitamin E, and magnesium, as well as antioxidants, which can support overall health and immunity. Chestnuts are another great fall food that contain vitamins C and A, as well as potassium and protein, making it a great snack to bring on all of your fit fall activities. Don’t forget about apple picking seasons, this popular fall festivity can double as an opportunity to stock up on another fall food. Apples are rich in flavonoids, fiber and antioxidants, making it a delicious and nutritious snack for everyone health aficionado alike! 
    3. Start fresh- There is something about the changing of the seasons that helps cleanse the mind, body, and soul. It is cliché, but used in good form the idea of turning over a new leaf with the ending of the summer can be a great time for setting personal goals. Use this transitional time to self reflect on the peaks and pits of your summer and set some positive intentions of things you wish to change moving forward. Whether that be to sign up for your first 5K, enroll in a new online class or simply work in some more “you” time into your day, let the end of the summer wash away any mental manacles that have been weighing heavy on your heart and embrace the onset of a new season.
    4. Upgrade your lunchbox- Even though keeping your summer body in tiptop shape might not be at the apex of your priority list, keeping your health on track should be. The cool fall weather, although it favors big sweaters and less scantily clad attire, should not be used as an excuse to lose sight of keeping up with your nutrition and wellness goals. While aesthetics might not be a goal at this point, staying healthy and keeping your immune system in prime condition should be. Whether it be for school, work, or a weekend getaway, try and leverage your lunchbox by choosing nutrient dense whole real foods. Keep your lunch delicious and nutritious, without having to sacrifice flavor and fun by making healthy swaps such as choosing dark chocolate over milk chocolate, packing leftovers instead of store-bought deli meat, and treating yourself to some homemade treats instead of those 100 calorie snack packs.
    5. Get involved- Take full advantage of turning over a new leaf and get involved in new clubs, meet up groups and intramural sports. With a new season comes a fresh start, making it a great time to meet and mingle with new people, try new activities and get involved with different organizations. Try something that you normally wouldn’t or maybe have been putting off all summer long, try joining a hiking group, take a yoga class or sign up for a local beach cleanup. This is an excellent opportunity to take an active role in becoming a more well rounded version of yourself and help you discover some of your passions outside of the norm.
    6. Get a calendar- From the moment our sun tans fade, the reality of the many upcoming fall festivities quickly sets in, filling up our calendars and agendas. Even the most organized type-A personality could feel a bit overwhelmed with the influx of autumn activities, while trying to balance falling back into a general routine. Getting a calendar and getting organized from day one is a great way to stay one step ahead of the busy months to come. You can coordinate car weekend outings, travel time, and even schedule in designated times for gym sessions and food shopping. Take advantage of technology and use your smart phone to track work deadlines, running club dates and times, and your favorite football teams’ game schedule. If are tech savvy enough, you can sync your smart phones and computer calendars together as a way to keep everything in one organized place.

    My Contact

    Website: http://www.briannadiorio.com

    Email: briannadiorio@gmail.com 

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  • SEPTEMBER INSPIRATION BOARD

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    Hello Sweet September

    With the ninth month of the year upon us, BIG things are happening around here, and we can't even begin to describe how grateful we are for them!

    Enjoy a sneak peak of the new Fall Collection set to launch online September 16th! It's our biggest line yet, and we have put a hell of a lot of sweat equity into making this collection top notch for all you sexy, soulful, fit babes out there who want to look and feel AMAZING.

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