Ah, the spa lifestyle. Waking up and playing a low-stress tennis match, sneaking off for a massage and wrapping up the day with a nutritious meal. It's vacation for most, but for spa director Kristina, these are events that she thinks about daily, and she tries to infuse these ideals into her own lifestyle. It's a treat to follow along on her blog, Spa Bettie, as Kristina lives according to her personal philosophy: "Clean eating and fun movement balanced with the right amount of indulgence."
So what is Kristina's favorite way to start her day and how does she make eating clean feel indulgent (besides with these irresistible chocolate peanut butter pancakes)? Read on to find out.
My favorite way to work out: It’s an unappreciated workout—I love my treadmill! I know the value of a good weight workout and I also love tennis and rollerskating!
Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: “Brandy” by Looking Glass. Yep, I like the oldies. An upbeat song I can sing to gives me energy and that's all I need. It's also my favorite karaoke song...
My fitness mantra: “I never regret a workout.” When I am running, I am chasing that runner’s high. When I am playing tennis, it's to get that perfect shot. Skiing down a hill, to have fun and go fast! Fitness to me is about motivation. It's fun and goal-oriented.
I’m happiest when I’m… Able to be creative. I generally begin my day with a smoothie and a workout, where I get some time alone with my thoughts, ideas and plans. That gives me the energy to take those ideas and create anything from a new recipe in the kitchen to a unique decorating idea for the house!
My favorite fit snack: One of my protein bites! Here’s the recipe:
Tahini Almond Date Bites
Makes 20-22 1-inch bites
- 12 to 14 large dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/3 cup tahini
- Pinch sea salt
- 1 to 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds to coat
- In a food processor, pulse almonds until crumbly, partly smooth. Add dates, tahini and salt, continue to process. Texture will still be slightly crumbly.
- Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and dough should quickly form.
- Form into 1-inch rounds, roll in sesame seeds to coat and roll in hands to flatten sesame seeds into ball. Cool in refrigerator to firm.
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