With Spring right around the corner, I figured there was no better time to let you all in on some tips and tricks to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Staying healthy and fit does not have to be difficult, and I know I feel my best when I am taking care of myself right. When you’re nourishing your body right and fueling your brain, you will have more energy and chances are be a happier person all around. Follow these tips to keep yourself healthy all the way through bikini season this year!

In addition to eating healthy, staying active and working out does wonders for your overall well being. Here is a list of my favorite foods to choose when being health conscious:

Breakfast – steel cut oatmeal, blueberries, strawberries (I love berries!), scrambled eggs or egg whites (sometimes I add in spinach or tomatoes to get in an extra serving of veggies!) and pair with whole grain toast.

 eggs steel cut oats

Lunch and Dinner – I typically fill half of my plate with veggies (I love spinach, broccoli, green beans, kale, and asparagus), and then always a serving of protein (about 4 oz.) and a grain for all the brain power! I love grilled chicken, fish and shrimp. Grains could be anything from brown rice to a slice of wheat bread to quinoa! I love being creative in the kitchen.

grilled chicken rosemary salad and veggies

When dining out, I like to split the main entrée with a friend (restaurant portion sizes are typically double what you should be eating) and then get a side salad full of lots of veggies. Snacks are great, too! You never want to go too long without eating. Eating every 2-3 hours even if it’s something small will keep that metabolism going strong! Some of my favorite snacks are: veggies and hummus, almonds, low fat yogurt (my favorite are the 90 calorie Dannon light!)

If I am every looking to lose a little weight in a short amount of time I will cut out all bread and increase my cardio during workouts. Some of my favorite workouts are listed below, these keep me looking and feeling my best! I love core training as my main form of exercise, I love using kettle balls and bocce balls, as well as alternating planks. I typically do cardio on my core training off days, about 1-2 miles on the treadmill is great for me!

Ramona’s workout:

3 sets of 20 reps

  • Reverse lunge and press with 10 pound kettle ball weight
  • Triceps push downs with 30 lbs
  • Use a 20 lb kettle bell swinging 20 times each arm (do 20 reps)
  • V’s with arms and legs on a mat with 15-30 lb bar weight
  • Planking on bosu ball with feet on the ball so they are raised off the floor for one minute

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[Written in collaboration with nutritionist Hillary Macias]