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Tropical Sunrise Smoothie


It's that time of year again! Summer flavors are back, and we are excited to share fun and healthy ways to incorporate seasonal ingredients into our recipes. Finding recipes that please your taste buds AND your nutrition plan can be tough, but we are here to help! Below is a refreshing smoothie recipe, packed with sweet and tangy fruits. Wake up on the right side of the bed with this Tropical Sunrise Smoothie!



1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1 cup skim or unsweetened nut milk

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tbsp chia seeds



Add ingredients to blender and mix on high until smooth. Pour into glass and enjoy!


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Are You in a Relationship with the Gym?


There’s nothing wrong with being a dedicated gym-goer. In fact, you are probably happier and more energized than non gym-goers. Who doesn’t want that? Keep track of how many of the bullets below apply to you. Then see your relationship status with your gym at the end!


  • You frequently turn down plans with friends that intercept with your workout schedule.
  • You could draw a map of your gym from memory.
  • Many of your stories begin with, “This one time at the gym,” or “The other day at the gym.”
  • You think a piece of equipment or spot in the gym is yours and cringe when others invade it.
  • Most of the others at the gym know who you are and vice versa.
  • You have worked out on a Friday or Saturday night at least twice in the past month.
  • Going to the gym is usually the highlight of your day.
  • You put more thought into what you will wear to the gym than what you will wear to work.
  • Your entire schedule revolves around your workout schedule.
  • Occasionally, you recruit friends to go to the gym with you so they can experience how great it is too.
  • You’ve had the gym to yourself before and it felt like when you were a kid and your parents were gone.
  • You’ve worked out at the gym when it was crowded and felt like there were too many people in your house.
  • You have at least two strangers’ workout routines memorized.
  • Sometimes you pick up after other people, not because you need the equipment, but because you are protective of your gym.
  • You put your belongings in the same cubby every time, but if it happens to be occupied, a small part of you dies inside.
  • Sometimes you worry that other people at your gym think you have no life because you are always there.


Calculate your results:

0 – 4: Single

5 – 9: It’s complicated

10 - 16: In a relationship!


What it means:

Single: You head to the gym here and there, but definitely don’t consider yourself a regular. You aren’t quite ready to commit yet, but you’ll get there someday!

It’s complicated: Your gym visits are very inconsistent. Some weeks you’re there crushing your workouts almost everyday, but other weeks you hardly make it there more than once. This on and off pattern makes it difficult for you to define your relationship with the gym!

In a relationship: Gym is bae. Do we really need to explain?


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Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwiches


Seeking a satisfying swap for meat in your next sandwich? Try chickpeas!

We’re fans of laying “smashed” chickpeas with crisp and flavorful vegetables for the ultimate lunch. Plus, chickpeas are protein-packed and budget friendly. Build this sandwich up or down to your liking — ready, set, assemble!


Serves: 3

Calories Per Serving: 121

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 11.6g carbs, 6.8g fat, 3.4g protein


Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwiches 

chickpea salad sandwich



1 — 15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed & drained

2 — (10-12 inch) stalks of celery, finely chopped

1/4 cup carrots, finely chopped

1/4 cup purple onion, finely chopped

2 Tbs vegan mayo

2 Tbs Dijon Mustard

1 clove garlic minced

Salt & pepper to taste

Whole grain bread


Sandwich topping options:


Butter lettuce





Purple onion




1.     With a fork, mash chickpeas in a medium bowl.

2.     Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3.     Scoop about 1/3 of the mixture onto a slice of whole grain bread, top with which ever toppings you prefer, cover with another slice of bread and enjoy 




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Grounded by faith, family and flavorful food, Brittany is a self-proclaimed flavor genius passionate about inspiring others to live purposefully, mindfully and wholeheartedly.

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Success Spotlight: Joey from Medina, NY


Say hello to Joey, one of the members at the Medina, NY Snap Fitness location! He’s been with us for over a year now. Read about his transformation below!

"I spent most of my life being the big kid in the room and I would just tell myself it would always be that way so why bother trying to change it. At my heaviest, I weighed about 280 pounds and hated it. 

So at the beginning of 2015, I decided to join Snap Fitness in my hometown with some of my friends. I did not plan on making it a huge part of my life, but just as something I could go and do with my friends. As the year went on, I made more and more changes to my lifestyle as a whole. I was committed to going to the gym at least five times a week and began to pay closer attention to my diet. None of these things were big changes, just subtle things here and there like remembering to do cardio or even just staying hydrated. 

It’s now April 2016. I weigh 196 pounds and am even signed up to do two tough mudders in the coming year.

When I started this journey, I didn’t think I would ever get to this point but I did and I couldn’t be happier with myself. If I could give whoever is reading this one piece of advice, it would be to find yourself a group of friends who help you along the way. Thanks to all my friends who have been with me from the start and continue to push me to make myself better!"

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Lemon-Roasted Chicken Thighs & Potatoes


Zest up your chicken dinner for the summer! All signs point to lemon as the seasonal flavor. This recipe packs serious protein and tastes great. Paired with golden potatoes, we’ve got your next dinner covered. Enjoy!



4 chicken thighs (can be boneless or bone-in, skin-on)
1 ½ pounds golden potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 leek, finely chopped
¼ cup olive oil
2 lemons (1 zested and juiced) and 1 thinly sliced
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 400° F. In a small bowl, combine oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic and salt and pepper.

2. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the potatoes, leeks and chicken with oil mixture. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper, then top each chicken thigh with a slice of lemon.

3. Roast, turning potatoes once, until potatoes are golden-brown and tender and chicken is cooked through, about 40-50 minutes.




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This For That: 9 Healthy Food Swaps


It’s time to make the swap! Instead of cutting foods out, try replacing them with healthier alternatives for your diet. Boost the nutritional value of your favorite recipes without sacrificing flavor by swapping some of your usual ingredients for these superfoods.


Instead of Sour Cream, Try Greek Yogurt

For dips, dressings, or desserts, you can substitute plain Greek yogurt in the place of sour cream. It’s a great way to lighten a dish. If you miss the tang from your sour cream, you can add 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar and mix thoroughly before adding.


Instead of White Rice, Try Quinoa

Avoid the carb overload and exchanging white rice with quinoa. Quinoa is high in fiber and protein and will stabilize blood sugar to keep you fuller longer.


Instead of Mayo, Try Avocado

Did you know nearly 100 percent of this spread's total calories come from fat? Try substituting mashed or thinly-sliced avocado for this classic spread. It's just as creamy, but the fat in avocados is healthy fat.


Instead of Pizza Dough Crust, Try Cauliflower Crust

Regular pizza dough crust is packed with carbs. Try this tasty grain-free Cauliflower Crust Pizza for a healthy alternative.


Instead of Breadcrumbs, Try Oatmeal

Regular breadcrumbs are loaded with salt and don’t have very many nutritional benefits. Replacing breadcrumbs for oatmeal will give your dish a dose of cholesterol-lowering fiber. We recommend whole rolled oats in the food processor.


Instead of Cow’s Milk, Try Almond Milk

Looking for a dairy-free milk substitute? Almond milk is a great option! One cup of almond milk contains only 60 calories, as opposed to 146 calories in whole milk. It makes for a great substitute that will help you lose or maintain your current weight.


Instead of Tortilla Wraps, Try Lettuce Leaves

If you are making a wrap try using lettuce instead of a tortilla, it cuts down the calories and carbs. Try this Crunchy Chicken Lettuce Wrap if you need more convincing.  


Instead of Coffee Creamer, Try Coconut Oil

Add an extra kick of natural energy on top of your caffeinated energy by replacing your coffee creamer with coconut oil. You’ll want to blend the coconut oil in instead of simply stirring; this will prevent the oil from rising to the top.


Instead of Spaghetti Noodles, Try Spaghetti Squash

If you’re trying to watch your carb intake or have a gluten allergy, replacing regular spaghetti noodles with spaghetti squash is a great solution.



What other food swaps do you use to make your meals healthier? Tell us on our Facebook or Twitter!




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