My Latest Workout Obsessions

It seems like every couple years a new type of workout craze takes over and we all want to see what the fuss is about. Fitness isn’t something that has ever been totally easy for me – every time I head to the gym I really push myself. By being open to new types of exercises (remember my spinning obsession?) I’m able to explore what works for me – and leave behind what doesn’t. This has worked wonders for my health, strength and happiness! It has even meant going back to some tried-and-true methods like my current favorite workouts below:

Tamera Mowry Workout Obsessions

Zumba. If you’ve ever walked by the private classrooms at your gym and seen a big group of people that look like they’re dancing to super loud, upbeat music – you may have come across Zumba! It made waves in the US several years ago and there’s a reason it’s still taught at gyms nationwide today – it really works, and it’s tons of fun. With Zumba, you follow your instructor’s mix of high and low intensity dance and aerobic exercises. This way, you actually get a really well-rounded workout without realizing it. With Zumba, there are tons of different exercises and separate dance moves incorporated to one in a fast paced session that’s not as tough to lock down as you’d think! This type of workout is my go-to when I want to burn calories, fast. It’s also a great choice if you’re dreading exercise. When you’re focused on the instructor, music and moves you will absolutely lose track of time.

Pilates. Another classic that I swear by is Pilates, which is a type of exercise dedicated to your body’s core. This is a perfect workout for those who have had injuries in the past or fear they’ll get one by other workouts (it was actually invented to help with injuries). Similarly to yoga, it’s based off of an expansive series of moves that require you to breathe, focus and control your body’s movements. Because of this, you’ll not only be strengthening your body, but improving your posture and flexibility. When you go to a class, you might use a Reformer to complete your exercises, but there are a lot of Pilates moves you can do at home too. Pilates is hard work, but it’s made me so much stronger and has really helped me tone my muscles.

Yoga. When I injured my back, yoga was something I had to incorporate out of necessity. I needed to take time to slow down, stretch and pay attention to every muscle. I love yoga because you can do every level of intensity from simple stretches to incredibly advanced moves that challenge your whole body. One of the biggest benefits I’ve found with yoga is stress relief. That alone makes it worth giving a try but there’s so much else it does too. A lot of people think all yoga does is increase your flexibility (and it does) but it also can strengthen and tone, assist your body in healing itself, increase your mindfulness and even aid in weight loss.

The best thing about each of these practices is that everyone can do them – no matter your strength or expertise. If you’re new to them, sign up for a beginner’s class (even if you plan to do them from home sometimes) so you can learn safe practices and proper form, or ask your doctor if they think it’s right for you. Once you take the time to explore different workouts, you’ll be so much more confident when gym day rolls around!

What’s your favorite workout at the moment?

Xx,
Tamera

6 Easy Ways To Make Breakfast Healthier

If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories, you might’ve seen some of the ways Adam and I have been whipping up easy meals. Adam is definitely the breakfast pro of the house – I wish we had time to sit down to a long, homecooked meal every single morning! But with two demanding jobs and even more demanding little ones, and the desire to be as healthy as we can be, we don’t opt for the classic American breakfast every day. These 6 swaps check all the boxes – cheap, healthy, easy and best of all, satisfying!

Swaps for a Healthier Breakfast - Tamera Mowry

Breakfast 1) Instead of dressing up your morning toast with regular ol’ butter, use almond butter or avocado. Both do a great job of keeping you fuller longer with healthy fats and protein, so you’re getting a few added benefits. There’s some evidence to suggest that almond butter is healthier than classic peanut butter, but PB is much more wallet friendly if you’re on a budget. Plus, if you go the nut butter route, you can make this morning snack even healthier by slicing up an apple to use as a base, rather than toast.

Breakfast 2) Cereal is a go-to for many, but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Greek yogurt (which is much more protein packed than regular) and granola is a healthier swap, and just as quick. Be sure to check the nutritional contents of store-bought granolas though, as some brands can be just as loaded with sugar and additives as cereal. If you have the time, try a homemade granola recipe you can make the night before. And if you’re craving something sweet, top with whole fruits rather than pair with store-bought juice.

Breakfast 3) In a major rush? Skip processed health food bars and opt for homemade energy bites instead. My recipe has 3-4 simple ingredients, and the best part? It’s NO bake! Pair with an apple for a more well-rounded meal.

Breakfast 4) Whip up a breakfast smoothie. If you’re not used to making your smoothies at home, you’d never believe that they were just as easy and way healthier than downing that OJ in the morning. You can use Greek yogurt as a base to reap the benefits listed above, and add whatever fruits you’re craving in all at once. If you’re not a spinach lover but want to get your daily greens, you can even add a small handful to most fruit smoothies without altering the taste much at all.

Breakfast 5) Eggs and veggies. Bacon and egg scrambles can take time in the morning, but sunny side or fried eggs are much faster and taste great with quick cooking veggies like zucchini, yellow squash and onions. Simply chop ‘em up, throw in a pan with coconut oil, and top with one freshly made egg for a yummy, easy breakfast bowl.

Breakfast 6) Breakfast muffins. Here’s a great trick for when you want to plan ahead for a busy week. I’ve seen a recipes for egg muffins all over Pinterest (try these 50 calorie muffins or these 3-ingredient Paleo egg nests) and they’re usually super quick to whip up in a muffin tin and can provide days of healthy breakfast or mid day snacks. When made with whole food ingredients, they’ll keep you energized without the crash that sugary store bought muffins and pastries often come with.

Will you be giving any of these healthy breakfast ideas a try? Let me know if you do!

Xx,
Tamera

Try These Grocery Shopping Hacks to Eat Healthier This Year

When it comes to eating healthy, there are many ways to go about it. You could cut processed foods out of your diet, create a workout regimen, cook more meals at home – or more likely, some combination of changes. These are great habits to adopt, but if you want to make changes that you’ll stick to, you’ve got to do your homework! Budget is huge when making a lifestyle change – one of the biggest reasons people give up on those food-related New Years resolutions is that it’s tough to make it happen on a strict budget. But tough doesn’t mean impossible, and there are actually a lot of easy ways to achieve those goals.  These grocery shopping tips will make sure you stay on track without breaking the bank or losing your mind.

Grocery Shopping Hacks

1. Get in the right mindset. Before you hit the grocery store, make sure your mind is in the right place. Long ago, I wrote a post about changing the way you think about food, and it’s worth a read before making a meal plan. Adopting a more open mind when it comes to shopping can lead to new recipes and healthier habits.

2. Know when to buy in bulk. Buying in bulk can not only be a huge money saver, it can ensure you always have what you need. Things like must-have spices and household items can be great to buy in bulk, for example. But make sure you don’t buy perishable items that you don’t use or store properly, because you may waste food and money in the end. And, make sure you’re not buying something just because it’s at a great price.

3. Learn how to save when shopping. Just like buying in bulk, there are a lot of other tricks for eating healthy on a budget. Read my post here to learn how freezing items and shopping in season can be good for you and your wallet.

4. Only use coupons on things you actually buy. Meaning, don’t add items to the grocery list just because you saw an amazing deal. Coupon clipping can be a great way to save, but don’t be tempted by BOGO and free items if they don’t actually serve you and the meals you plan to cook. Not only could it mean unnecessary purchases, but a cluttered pantry – AKA more work for you.

5. Weigh your options – literally. When deciding between sizes of packaged foods, make sure you aren’t being fooled by the label. Like I mentioned in the healthy eating post I refer to above, unit prices are helpful to check in these cases that sales can be confusing.

6. Know your organic musts. I love to eat organic but know how spendy it can get. If you go to the grocery store knowing exactly which items you require to be organic and which it’s OK skimp on (this guide should come in handy), the produce aisle becomes a lot less overwhelming.

7. Get to know your farmers market. It may seem like just another stop in your quest for groceries, but I actually find that shopping local farmers markets is a fun way to cut down on time spent in the store. It’s not only a way to support your community, but you can often find fruits, veggies and artisan breads that are higher quality and just as affordable, or sometimes more, than the chain stores (depending on what’s in season). It can also be a great place to teach your little ones about healthy eating (the ones near us have lots of family-friendly activities too) in an interactive space. Plus, you can’t beat gorgeous fresh flowers and yummy honeys and jams!

Do you have any grocery shopping tips for healthier and more affordable eating? Share with me below!

Xx,
Tamera

 

 

 

 

Festive Drink Idea: Infused Water Recipes for Fall

I know how much many of you love infused water as a healthy alternative to juices and soda – it can be amazing. But are you still drinking enough of it when cooler temps roll around? The fruity, refreshing taste of infused water is ideal for summer, meaning you probably reach for that glass a whole lot more. But we need water year-round, every single day, which is why I wanted to create some recipes that you could easily find yourself enjoying while cozying up on the couch or hosting a holiday party. Gotta have that water!

Here are two tasty combinations to get you started:

Infused Water Recipes for Fall - Tamera Mowry

Fall Infused Water Recipes

Apples + Cinnamon – You might think of this as the recipe for a great hot beverage, but you can infuse it into your 8 glasses a day too. If you’re making a whole pitcher, make sure you put enough apples in – at least two whole apples, thinly sliced. Add in 2+ cinnamon sticks, depending on how cinnamon-y you like it, and chill. This is one of your longer waters to infuse – it’s helpful to prep and throw in the fridge before bed so you can enjoy the full apple cinnamon taste the next day.

Orange + Pomegranate – Pomegranates are in tons of infused water recipes because they’re great detoxifiers thanks to their fiber, antioxidants and ability to reduce inflammation. They’re also super sweet, so it pairing it with orange makes for a refreshing burst of flavor that still looks beautiful on a fall table. For this combo, slice up a whole orange and add it to your pitcher. Add about ½ cup of pomegranate seeds and mix before storing. Let chill for at least a few hours before serving, and add more seeds if you’d like to up the intensity.

Infused Water Recipes for Fall - Tamera Mowry

My tip? Single servings look cute in mason jars. Garnish with fresh ingredients when ready to drink.

If you have trouble reaching your recommended daily intake of water, infused is the way to go. See more infused water recipes here.

Xx,
Tamera

Zucchini and Squash Bake Recipe

I’ve shared a lot of main dishes here on my site, such as slow cooker pork tenderloin and steak fajitas… And even a few cozy drink recipes like my hot apple cider. I’d say it’s about time to serve up a side dish to pair with all your fall comfort foods. It’s easy to load up on buttery biscuits and mashed potatoes this time of year, but if you’re trying to opt for something healthier, those might not be your go-to. This zucchini bake is quick and easy (only a few ingredients) and it doesn’t feel like a health food, it’s actually yummy and satisfying.

This recipe feeds two, so double or bake two for a family of four.

Zucchini and Squash Bake - Easy Zucchini Recipes - Tamera Mowry

First, preheat the oven to 425 F.

Zucchini and Squash Bake - Easy Zucchini Recipes - Tamera Mowry

Using a peeler, peel one zucchini and one Gold Rush squash lengthwise. Then place those slivers in a large bowl and toss with salt and pepper and 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.

Zucchini and Squash Bake - Easy Zucchini Recipes - Tamera Mowry

Next, line a nonstick baking pan (the dimensions of this dish are 5×7”) with alternate layers of zucchini and then squash until all slices are in dish. Bake for 20 minutes.

Zucchini and Squash Bake - Easy Zucchini Recipes - Tamera Mowry

When the twenty minutes are almost up, shred 1/2 cup of gruyere cheese. Remove pan and sprinkle on top. Then, sprinkle 1/3 cup of panko crumbs on top of that; bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Once done, let cool and serve! Seriously the best healthy side dish ever.

What would you serve this dish with?

Xx,
Tamera

Homemade Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Are you ready for a season of hot drinks and comfort foods? Can’t wait to bring you as many recipes as I possibly can for you to share with friends and fam. That’s why I’m kicking things off with a classic hot apple cider recipe. This one is for all you that want to try your hand at homemade treats—it’s super easy! And for you more advanced hostesses, it’s easy to dress up gorgeously for serving to a crowd.

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Tamera Mowry

Homemade Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon

The title says it all, here’s what you need…

Ingredients
4 cups apple juice or cider
1 tablespoon honey (more or less depending on whether juice is already sweetened)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (can warm up with a cinnamon stick if you don’t like the powder)
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions
Add juice/cider to a small pot over medium heat. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. Serve warm.

Serve garnished with a cinnamon stick and apple slice, if you’d like!

What’s your go-to fall drink?

Xx,
Tamera