Vegetable Mac and Cheese



1/2 large eggplant, diced
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 can coconut milk
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
10 ounces macaroni noodles



1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add eggplant, carrot and onion and sauté until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add coconut milk, garlic powder, mustard and cornstarch and stir until combined. Let simmer for 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and the sauce has thickened.

2. Cook the macaroni noodles according to box instructions. While noodles are cooking, make topping. Combine bread, almond flour, nutritional yeast, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in the bowl of a food processor or blender and pulse until mixture turns into a powder. Transfer to a small bowl and clean out the food processor.

3. Pour coconut milk mixture into the bowl of the clean food processor or blender and top with nutritional yeast. Blend until smooth, thick and creamy.

4. Combine sauce and cooked noodles in a saucepan and stir until combined. Serve immediately.


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How to Take Control of Your Life


1. Stay optimistic
2. Remember, there will always be people who like you and people who don’t. Don’t waste your time worrying about those who don't.
3. Recognize and acknowledge your own worth and give yourself credit when deserved!
4. Figure out what you need, compared to what you want.
5. Clear negative people from your life.
6. Work on strengthening your weaknesses.
7. Do your very best!
8. Enjoy each day to the fullest.

Benefits of Fitness Gadgets and Wearables


1. Hands-Free Experience

Fitness gadgets and wearables are hands-free. Meaning you can track your fitness and sleep experience without the hassle of annoying cords, or holding something throughout your workout. Being hands-free improves your overall experience

2. Self-Awareness

Unless you know exactly how many steps you take in a day, how many calories you burn, or how many hours of sleep you get each night, it’s difficult to keep track of how you are doing! Fitness gadgets and wearables provide awareness to all of these things, allowing for a better understanding of how your body is functioning, and what you need more or less of.

3. Motivation

No one is better competition than yourself! Keeping up with the number of steps you take, calories you burn, or how often you get to the gym is a great way to stay motivated! A little self-competition doesn't hurt every now and then.

4. Improved Sleep

One of the best features of fitness gadgets and wearables is allowing you to monitor what kind of sleep you get, and how much! This is very eye-opening at first, but when your sleep starts to improved you will be forever thankful!

The Truth about Pre-Workout and Supplements


The fitness industry is always coming out with new ways to make the most of your workout, pre-workout and supplements included. But what does pre-workout and workout supplements contain and how do they really work?

Pre-workout supplements may not make you faster, bigger, or stronger, but they’ll make you feel like you are. Many of the active ingredients in these supplements increase blood flow, heart rate, and focus!

Pre-workouts normally contain caffeine, amino acids, vitamin B3, as well as unhealthy artificial ingredients.

Having small amounts of caffeine before a workout has been shown to have positive effects, such as being able to lift more weight, maintain better focus, and in some cases even run faster. However, too much caffeine can be bad. Many pre-workout supplements contain high levels of caffeine so monitor your caffeine intake if using pre-workout or other supplements.

The amino acids found in pre-workout differ, but normally are healthy when taken in the correct dosage. Vitamin B3, found in some pre-workouts, have been shown to help treat high cholesterol levels, help clogged arteries, and benefit heart health. However, if consumed in large amounts it can cause liver problems and increase blood sugar.

The artificial sweeteners and additives found in pre-workout can cause a variety of symptoms from upset stomach, abdominal pain, and can even be precursors to diabetes.

Rule of thumb: If you enjoy taking pre-workout, make sure to read the ingredients and never take more than the recommended dose.

Squeeze in a Lunch-Time Workout


If getting out of your cozy bed in the mornings is impossible and your schedule is jammed-packed with commitments most evenings, a lunch-time workout may be for you! Not only does a lunch-time workout split up your day, allowing you get up and move around, but it also leaves you feeling refreshed and focused. Lunch-time workouts can be hard to fit into your schedule, but we have a couple tips to help you make it happen.
Think Quick and Effective
When you have a short amount of time to get your workout in you will want to make it quick and effective. Shorten your normal warm up and cool down, and try a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout or something similar! Your Snap Fitness may also offer lunch-time bootcamps that you could attend.
Post Workout-Primp
Save some time to refresh a bit before going back to work. If your Snap Fitness has showers, rinse off quickly, otherwise pack a bag with cleansing wipes, deodorant, dry shampoo, and touch-up makeup!
What About Lunch?
Working out over lunch means you’ll need to pack your lunches ahead of time, or meal-prep, so you’re able to eat at your desk! Another great option? Protein shakes or smoothies! Both are easy and will keep you feeling energized after an awesome workout.
Keep your workout short and effective and prepare ahead of time and you will find that squeezing in a lunch-time workout is easier than you thought!

6 Ways to Fight Through a Fitness Slump


The dreaded fitness slump. We’ve all been there. You make it to the gym. You’re staring at the treadmill. You’re normally fired up to begin. But this time you’re not. You’re just not.


It happens to everyone. So take heart, and realize there are ways to ride out your slump and get your mojo back again. Here are some tips we use.


1. Shorten Your Workout

Take things down a notch. Maybe run 20 minutes instead of 40. Do fewer reps on the weight machine. Beg out of class a little early. Keep with what’s been working for you, but do it in a shorter amount of time.


2. Try Something New

Maybe today is the day you wander over to the elliptical machines and see if you like it. Or perhaps that kick-boxing bag is calling to you? Deviating from your typical workout can be a good way to keep the body fresh and work new muscles.


3. Don’t Stress

We can’t emphasize this enough. Occasional lack of motivation really does happen to everyone. Remember that fitness should be fun and relaxing. Try some deep breathing. Stretch. Observe others. Not every day is going to be epic. That’s OK.


4. Let the Music Move You

Sometimes a little Green Day is all you need to turn your workout into a great day. The right playlist can improve your efficiency, boost your motivation and just be a ton of fun. Don’t be afraid to rock out.


5. Talk to a Snap Trainer

Sometimes another voice can make all the difference. Our trainers have seen athletes in every kind of emotional and physical state. You won’t share anything they haven’t heard before. They will be able to suggest ways to get the most out of your fitness day, even when you’re not totally feeling it.


6. Shut It Down

Sometimes the body just needs to rest. Nothing wrong with that. Listen to your body. There’s always tomorrow. We’ll be here for you.