#FITNESSFRIDAY: STYLE BLOGGER ADVICE

Have you made it through the first month of the year with your resolutions intact? In case you could use a motivational bump, we’ve got hot new EXP Core Performance wear looks and smart ideas for healthy living from two of our favorite style bloggers.

Julia Engel - Gal Meets GlamTrees and mountains, girl hiking in Express EXP Core

Gal Meets Glam blogger Julia Engel took a hike in San Fran’s gorgeous Muir Woods wearing a workout tank, jacket and leggings with elements of sheerness in each. She not only looks super-stylish, she makes exercise look like a treat. That’s part of Julia’s plan. “Instead of setting fitness goals this year, I’ve decided to just focus on physical activities that I enjoy and doing more of them,” Julia says. If it’s something you like to do, it feels a lot less like something you have to do.
Emily Jackson - Ivory Lane

Berries and girl with her dog in Express EXP Core

In the past, Emily Jackson of Ivory Lane had a hard time holding to resolutions because she’s made so many of them. “So this year I chose ONE thing to focus on… be healthier!” says the Utah-based blogger. She went for even more sheerness with her hot EXP Core leggings for whipping up a snack heavy on the whole fruit, seeds and grains. We know, sometimes a girl’s got to have a donut, but for the most part be like Emily and make ingredients like these a bigger part of your life.

What have you been up to in EXP Core Performance wear? Share on Instagram with #ExpressLife.

MEN’S JEANS: FIND YOUR STRETCH LEVEL

We know you’ve got a lot going on, so we’ve designed our line of stretch jeans to keep up. With two levels of stretch fabrication and a wide range of different fits and washes, our stretch jeans can cover just about any moves you make and whatever look you want to rock.

But which stretch denim is right for your day?

Here’s a handy guide that lays down the differences. (Actual activities may vary by interest and ability.)

Once you’re in the pair that works for you, show us what you’re up to with an Insta-selfie – tag it with @ExpressRunway and #ExpressMen to make sure we see it.


Man in Express Flex Stretch Jeans Man in Express Performance Stretch Jeans Flex Stretch Vs. Performance Stretch

#FITNESSFRIDAY: HEALTHY RECIPES

Guest blogger and professional trainer Katie has tips on more than the best ways to stay fit on the go. Below, she shares her basic rules for a life of healthy eating, plus recipes for yummy sweet and savory snacks.

Healthy berries

The Secret to Eating Healthy? There’s No Secret. Since becoming a fitness instructor for barre3, I’ve picked up a few tidbits on healthy eating. I know that my body works better when I’m eating minimally processed, whole foods. I avoid artificial sweeteners, artificial colors and trans fats. I’ve gone from drinking skim milk to enjoying whole milk from a local farm. I eat more fruits and vegetables. I have more energy than ever.

Bowl of fruitOur nutrition philosophy at barre3 is that each meal should have a blend of protein, fiber and healthy fats. Protein is amazing for building muscle mass and keeping the metabolism up and running. Fiber aids in slowing digestion so you feel fuller for longer. Healthy fats help the body absorb nutrients, and they’re the key to mind and body health. It’s a blend that’s full of nutrients to give all-day energy. It’s also easy to digest and doesn’t cause blood sugar to spike.

The secret to eating healthy? There's no secret.

This blend is included in each of the snack recipes below, and will guarantee a slow burning fuel – no spikes or crashes. They’re nutritious, easy to make and actually taste good.
Roasted ChickpeasBowl of roasted chickpeas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 14.5 oz cans chickpeas
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Rinse and drain chickpeas, and lay them on a dishtowel until they’re dry
  • In a bowl, combine the chickpeas, olive oil, salt and cumin thoroughly
  • Spread the chickpeas on a cookie sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes, until crunchy (be careful not to burn)

Store them in the refrigerator and they’ll keep for a few days. Makes 8 servings.
Barre3 Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup roasted hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder, plus extra for rolling
  • 2 tbs. almond butter
  • 1 tbs. coconut butter (or coconut oil)
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbs. finely shredded unsweetened coconut

DIRECTIONS:

  • Soak the dates in a bowl of hot water until soft, about 20 minutes, and drain
  • In a food processor, combine the dates, hazelnuts, cacao powder, almond butter, coconut butter, almond extract, salt, and coconut
  • Process for 2 minutes, or until the mixture is finely ground and holds together when pressed (you may need to add a little water)
  • Scoop out rounded spoonfuls of dough with a mini ice-cream scoop (about 2 tablespoons each) and roll them in your palms to make balls
  • Roll each ball in the extra cacao powder
  • Place the finished balls on a plate or baking sheet, or in a glass storage container

Refrigerate for an hour or so before eating. Store in the freezer or fridge. Makes 20 servings.

(Disclaimer: I don’t count calories. If that’s important to you, work with your doctor or a dietician to create a healthy eating plan that’s the best fit for you.) 

Blog Contributor - Katie

A communications professional as well as studio manager/instructor at barre3 Studio in Powell, Ohio, Katie works hard to strive for whole body health. She believes balance is the key to a happy and healthy lifestyle, and she and her husband will continue to seek it when they welcome a baby boy in March.