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Zucchini Shrimp Scampi


Need a quick and easy dish for dinner tonight? This Zucchini Shrimp Scampi is light and loaded with flavor!



  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • Freshly grated parmesan



  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add shrimp, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are pink and tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat. Stir in vegetable broth and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer.
  5. With a vegetable spiralizer, spiralize zucchini into a large bowl, set aside.
  6. Drain shrimp and liquid slightly, leaving about 2-3 tablespoons of the broth, pour over zucchini noodles.
  7. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan, toss and serve immediately.


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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: Chelsea from Barrington, New Zealand


“I joined Snap Fitness a few years ago when I realized that the lifestyle I was living was very toxic and something needed to change. I became a member at Snap Fitness Barrington in April 2013, and I've never looked back.

The staff welcomed me with open arms and gave me an excellent workout plan - a definite challenge, but fun at the same time! Because of this, I managed to lose 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) in the first four weeks.

Snap Fitness is not like every other gym. It's always tidy, refreshing, and above all, welcoming. It can be intimidating joining a gym for the first time, but I've never felt insecure or judged by the other members or staff. Snap Fitness has helped me transform into a happier and healthier version of my former self. It has given me a reason to put time and effort into making myself a better person. Who wouldn't love that?!”


We are so proud of Chelsea for her dedication and perserverence. After joining Snap Fitness, she completely transformed her health and fitness routine.


Be an inspiration to others in Snap Nation and share your story with us here!



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Every type of nut has nutritional qualities that can be a healthy part of your diet. Just remember, eat your nuts roasted, not salted, and keep in mind that a serving size is 1 ounce. This is broken down into how many nuts that equates to below. Grab a handful of nuts and enjoy the many health benefits they bring!



  • 23 almonds per ounce/163 calories
  • Most nutritionally-dense nut
  • Good source of calcium, iron, fiber, vitamin E, riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese


Brazil Nuts

  • 7 Brazil Nuts per ounce/205 calories
  • Fiber keeps digestive system performing smoothly and keeps the heart healthy
  • Good source of selenium, vitamin E, fiber, magnesium, thiamin, copper, phosphorus



  • 18 Cashews per ounce/163 calories
  • Iron maintains healthy hair, nails, and skin
  • Good source of magnesium, phosphorus, copper, iron, protein



  • 20 Hazelnuts per ounce/178 calories
  • Helps produce healthy white and red blood cells
  • Good source of magnesium, copper, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin E, selenium, fiber


Macadamia Nuts

  • 11 Macadamia nuts per ounce/204 calories
  • Monounsaturated fats help lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk
  • Good source of magnesium, thiamin, potassium, manganese



  • 28 peanuts per ounce/166 calories
  • Help maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails
  • Protein, niacin, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper



  • 19 pecan halves per ounce/199 calories
  • Help guard against infection and may help protect against cancer
  • Good source of fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, manganese


Pine Nuts

  • 160 per ounce/188 calories
  • Helps sharpen vision and boost immune system
  • Good source of vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese



  • 49 pistachios per ounce/161 calories
  • Monounsaturated fats help keep heart healthy
  • Good source of fiber, vitamin B6, phosphorus, copper, manganese



  • 14 walnut halves per ounce/173 calories
  • High in omega-3 fatty acids which can help prevent arthritis and depression
  • Good source of protein, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, selenium


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Relax and Treat Yo' Self


In honor of National Relaxation Day, we challenge you to take a few moments to yourself and focus on relaxing! Here are 30 quick and easy ideas to help you escape the busyness of everyday life. Read on and relax! Comment below and let us know some of your favorite ways to treat yo’ self.


  1. Take a bubble bath
  2. Go for a walk/run
  3. Read a book or magazine
  4. Go to the park and enjoy nature
  5. Indulge in your favorite treat
  6. Get a massage
  7. Curl up with a hot cup of something
  8. Put on your favorite playlist and dance around
  9. Stretch
  10. Cook/bake a new dish
  11. Watch a good movie
  12. Meet a friend for coffee
  13. Journal
  14. Spend time with pets
  15. Clean your environment
  16. Do something artistic
  17. Get a manicure or pedicure
  18. Buy yourself some flowers
  19. Write down what you are thankful for
  20. Pamper yourself with a face mask
  21. Watch your favorite Olympic event
  22. Lay in a hammock with a good book or just watch the sky
  23. Find a relaxing scent
  24. Watch the clouds/stars
  25. Go to a body of water
  26. Light a candle
  27. Cheer on your favorite sports team
  28. Buy new workout clothes/shoes
  29. Meditate
  30. Take a well-deserved nap
  31. Drive somewhere new
  32. Change into your comfiest sweats and t-shirt
  33. Take a break from technology for a couple hours 
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Grain - Free Lemon Bars


These lemon bars are sure to delight! The perfect mixture of sweet and tart, this will be your new favorite summertime sweet!



For the crust:
7 tablespoons butter, melted

1 ¾ cup almond flour

½ cup coconut flour

2 tablespoons raw honey


For the filling:
3 eggs

½ cup honey

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 teaspoon lime zest

1 tablespoon coconut flour

¼ cup lemon juice

¼ cup lime juice



1)    Preheat oven to 350° F.

2)    Combine crust ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined.

3)    Press dough into an 8x8 pan and bake for 12-14 minutes until golden brown.

4)    Remove crust from oven and set aside. Lower oven to 325°.

5)    Combine filling ingredients and pour over crust.

6)    Bake for 20 minutes and let cool.

7)    Enjoy!





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Life's Simple {Fitness} Pleasures


Here are a few of the little fitness things that brighten our days. Share some of yours with us in the comments below!

  1. Walking in and having the whole gym to yourself.
  2. When the TV in front of your regular machine is already set to your favorite show/station.
  3. Having the perfect tempo song come on for your exercise pace.
  4. When the weight you need is already set on the machine.
  5. The feeling after a great workout.
  6. Comparing pictures of yourself from a few months prior and seeing how far you’ve come.
  7. Opening the fridge to see your pre-planned nutritious meal ready to go.
  8. The first breath of cold air leaving the gym in the winter.
  9. Seeing the same people each time you go and having a sense of community at your gym.
  10. Post-workout stretches.
  11. Getting the parking spot right out front.
  12. The first sip of a delicious protein shake.
  13. Receiving a compliment on your new body or hearing “You look great!”
  14. Getting new gym clothes and shoes.
  15. Being able to move the pin down to a heavier weight and recognizing your body getting stronger.
  16. Looking down at the treadmill and seeing that you’ve gone a lot farther/longer than you thought.
  17. The knowledge that with each workout, you are improving your health and happiness. 
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