Going into the new year I’m sure you have lots of amazing goals that have something to do with health and fitness! As you may know, that diet is the most important part of any weight loss goal, but some habits are hard to break.
I personally love to snack all day long but that can add up to a lot of unwanted calories. The best way to succeed with your goals is to identify your habits and see if you can find a healthy substitution.
Today I’m sharing with you an amazing high protein snack that will keep you on track this year! Saffron Road chickpeas are packed with 6 grams of protein, vegan and come in lots of different flavors so you won’t get bored.
These Saffron Roads chickpeas can be eaten on their own as a snack or you can add a little extra protein to your salads or hummus. I personally love just eating them on their own and I love the wasabi flavor! The wasabi flavor is very spicy, I personally love that spice but if you don’t then go for the classic sea salt flavor. This snack has really helped me be able to snack throughout the day without satisfying my goals. I feel good about eating them since there are 6 grams of protein per serving and very filling. You can buy the bag or they also have individual packages that are great lunches.
Here is a list of all their flavors they sell on Amazon! As you can see these chickpeas are very healthy and a great addition to your meal plan. Plus you have to try their new flavor salted caramel, these are so tasty. There is a little less protein for the salted caramel but it’s great if you want something sweet. I also suggest measuring out the salted cameral ones so you are eating the correct serving size.
You can find Saffron Road products on Amazon, Safeway and a few other grocery stores depending on where you live, I suggest using the store locator on their website. Overall I can’t recommend these chickpeas enough!
If you are looking for a fun family activity this holiday season that isn’t just going to another dinner, then get out to an Arizona Coyotes hockey game. So I must confess before I met my Canadian husband I didn’t know much about hockey or how much fun the games are.
These games are filled with loads of fun. You can arrive a little early to the game and watch both teams warm up or get dinner at one of the many restaurants at Westgate! Don’t worry though, there is lots of food and drinks at the arena. We enjoyed the game with beer, chicken fingers and watched the fun, fast-paced game.
The Arizona Coyotes make this a very family-friendly and fun experience for everyone! During the breaks, they play fun games on the ice, do t-shirt giveaways and host a live hashtag feed on the big screen. Remember to dress warmly for the games since it does get cold. Overall, there is something for everyone at these games. We watched the Arizona Coyotes play against Colorado Avalanche and the Coyotes won 6 to 4!
The next Arizona Coyotes game is December 30th at 6pm. Grab your tickets today and bring your whole family to enjoy an Arizona Coyotes game!
I put together some of my favorite fitness products that would a great gift to your friends and family members. All these products can also be found on Amazon which makes shopping super easy. These are all products I already use and love so I know you will love them too!
Athleema Resistance Bands– These bands are amazing if you watch my YouTube videos you see me use these bands all the time! I have had them for over 3 years and they have not broken once! Resistance bands can provide a killer workout and they are great to travel with!
Wake Up Waffles– Wake Up Waffles is a great way to start your day off right with 23 grams of protein per serving, gluten-free, and all you have to do is just add water! Also, they have 8 different flavors to choose from plus they have a keto and vegan mix.
Athleema Jump Rope– This jump rope is great because it’s adjustable for all heights, lightweight and a great way to keep your heart rate up during all your workouts.
90 Degree By Reflex High Waisted Leggings– I love 90 Degree by Reflex clothes! They are great quality and affordable. They offer lots of different styles and colored leggings but my favorite is the high waisted tummy control leggings!
Basic Workout Tanks– You can’t go wrong with a couple of solid color workout tanks. The material is very soft and great to workout in. I personally have blue and white tanks. If you get the white tank I would suggest sizing up so that it isn’t too sheer.
Walden Farms Syrup– I definitely would suggest getting Walden Farms 0 zero calories if you want some delicious syrup for your waffles! I also will mix in Walden Farms into my oatmeal! You can also find Walden Farms at Sprouts or Fry’s.
Saffron Road Organic Crunchy Chickpea’s– This is a great healthy and delicious snack to gift someone. These chickpeas come in 6 different flavors, are packed with 6 grams of protein per serving and have no artificial flavors or colors!
The Good Chocolate– This chocolate has zero sugar, vegan and very low carb! This is a great healthy treat that will help anyone stay on track with their fitness goals. There are six flavors to choose but mint is my favorite!
While the holidays are a magical time of the year, it can also be filled with lots of stress. I asked on Instagram what stresses folks out during the holidays and I got an overwhelming response. So here are my 3 best tips to avoid that holiday stress!
1. Gifts- The number one response I got from people was gift giving! While gift giving should be a fun part of the holiday season it often comes with a lot of expectations. Expectations that you find the perfect gift or spend lots of money on a gift. My personal view is to just get people what they want and try not to stress about going above and beyond to get the perfect unique gift. Personally, for me, I want to avoid all gift giving stress so I am going to give gift cards this year.
2. Events- This time of year is crazy busy between holiday parties, family get-togethers, and work parties. A good rule of thumb is don’t do 3 events in a row. So example, Monday night you have a board meeting, Tuesday you have a work holiday lunch party then on Wednesday should be a rest day. Build in a rest day/night to decompress, have a nice meal, or just do nothing.
3. Toxic people- Don’t feel obligated to see or spend time with toxic friends or even family members. I know this is probably the hardest tip to follow because “it’s the holidays” and your supposed to spend time with family etc. But you should not have to sacrifice your mental health just to see family or friends. If someone doesn’t make you feel good or comfortable, then don’t have them in your life or at least do your best to limit your time with them.
Comment below about how you manage your stress during the holidays!
Only 23 days till Thanksgiving! Truth be told I celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving since my husband is Canadian, and we already did our big holiday dinner on October 8th. There is no difference between American and Canadian Thanksgiving except for the date. We still eat way too much, spend time with family and walk away with lots of leftovers. I hope one of these five outfits will give you some inspiration for what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner.
This time of year is why I live in Arizona and truly love it. Even with our super hot and long summers, it is all worth it when it cools down. I’m not the only one with this idea, that’s why Arizona will get so many snowbirds October through March.
This is a great time of year to be able to do a staycation at local resorts. Arizona’s weather is phenomenal, you can relax by the pool but also the evenings are cool enough to go for walks. If you are looking for some outfit inspiration to look like an amazing jetsetter at your next resort, I have you covered. The key is to finding lightweight materials for during the day when the sun is out but also will keep you warm enough in the evening. That’s why I love this flowy dresses because the long sleeves still keep you warm when the sun goes down. You can wear this dress is also awesome because it can go from day to night effortlessly.
It is finally starting to feel like fall in Arizona! No joke two weeks ago it was 104 degrees and now it is 75! Arizona weather has a mind of its own but I’m okay with it. I’m just glad it’s finally time to wear fall clothes. Suede skirts are very in this season and come in lots of fun fall colors. Mini skirts are always a great option because you can dress them up and down for all occasions.
A rapidly growing trend is athleisure style and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. The amazing thing about athleisure wear is that there is almost no wrong way to wear it because it’s all about comfort. Love this idea of style and comfort but not sure how to pull it off? Check out these easy style tips.
Find your base item– This can be a simple black pair of leggings that you build upon by adding in a fun pop of color or playful prints. By having a base item this will make it easier to build an entire outfit.
Mix and match with regular clothes– Don’t be afraid to mix and match regular clothes with your athleisure pieces. Throw on a jean jacket or a ball cap to pull the look together. If you are using your gym clothes to workout than run errands, then be sure to grab some regular clothes to pull your look into a trendy chic (instead of a sweaty gym rat).
Accessorize– Beyond just leggings and tanks try to think how you can pull the whole look off. Easy go-to accessories are sunglasses, chunky purse or sporty watch will always do the trick.
Go for style– It’s important to remember while athleisure is all about comfort you still want to put a little bit of time into planning your outfit. Don’t just throw old sweatpants and an old t-shirt. The goal is to still look put together but in a comfy way.
Get some cool kicks– You want your outfit to look trendy from head to toe, so you can’t forget about shoes. Having some fun bright colored sneakers can really make your outfit pop or bring the whole outfit together. You will want to take care of your shoes and from time to time clean them off so they don’t look too worn in.
When people say New York City is the city that never sleeps….it’s so true! I had an amazing first time trip to New York City and look forward to go back again. There is still SO much I didn’t get to see. Also, the shopping and fashion in New York are unbelievable.
I found this fabulous velvet emerald green dress that is perfect for the holiday season. I’m currently obsessed with velvet for a few reasons. The biggest reason I love it is because wearing velvet is insanely comfortable. Many people are all about sequin dresses during the holidays, but most of those dresses are uncomfortable especially if the dress doesn’t have sleeves. You know what I’m talking about…those sequins rub against your inner arms all night long! In addition, I have yet to find a sequin dress that doesn’t lose some of the sequins after a night out. And finally, I love the look of velvet because it is elegant, classy, and always pops in photos. Comment below and let me know if you are team velvet or team sequin!
As temperatures in the valley are finally under triple-digits, I know many of you are looking for a relaxing place to spend your weekends. And I have the perfect spot for you! Last weekend I visited the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa which is located on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, conveniently located 8 miles north of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This award-winning resort is a hidden gem in the area. As soon as you step onto the property you can immediately feel the zen vibes through the lush, green landscaping and the private atmosphere.
We started the day with lunch at the Elements restaurant where you can indulge in the farm-fresh American Cuisine and impeccable service. No matter where you sit in the restaurant, you will have a beautiful view of the resort which overlooks the mountainous terrain. The restaurant is stunning and the food is outstanding! Our server Cassandra was very knowledgeable about the menu and provided great recommendations. We started with the old bay poached shrimp and roasted eggplant hummus. As you can see, the shrimp were huge and delicious!
old bay poached shrimp
roasted eggplant hummus
Then for lunch, I had the turkey burger with a side salad. The turkey burger came on a warm pretzel bun. All the food was delicious and so fresh. Even with all these food, we had to get dessert especially after our server Casandra told us about he pb bombe! The pb bombe is very rich chocolate and creamy peanut butter. I suggest sharing this dish with others as it is very rich in flavor. If you are not much of a chocolate person I would go with the key lime tart. The key lime tart has a flaky crust, topped with coconut sorbet. This dessert is a light refreshing option.
key lime tart
After lunch, we enjoyed the afternoon by the pool. A pool day was so needed after all my traveling this month. The resort pool is breathtaking. You get to enjoy the gorgeous views of the mountains over the crystal blue infinity pool. One thing I love about this whole resort is that it’s so quiet! You can truly relax and enjoy the moment.
Learn more about the Sanctuary Camelback Resort & Spa and available luxury accommodations here.
Make your reservations at the Elements restaurant here.
The Sanctuary Camelback Resort & Spa graciously hosted us, but as always, opinions expressed on Hibbs Life & Style are independent and comprehensive. Bella Hibbs is the founder and CEO of Hibbs Life & Style and holds a degree in Hospitality and Tourism with a specialization in hotel management.