ICYMI: Being heart healthy is chic!

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The link to this morning’s appearance on ABC 33/40’s Talk of Alabama is up; you can view it by clicking HERE.

Would you like to try one of the products I featured from Vinia, Carrington Farms or Medifast this morning? Let me know in the comments section!

As always, thank you for supporting Same Chic Different Day!

XO, Alexis

Check out these trends for 2015!

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Thank you so much to ABC 33/40 and the fabulous Ebony Hall for having me on Talk of Alabama this morning! Click HERE to view the video!

I enjoyed sharing these new products, which are great options for reaching or maintaining health goals! (And honestly, they all taste great!)

Fruttata Crisps

  • Fruttata freeze dried fruit provides everyone with a healthy and delicious snack option.
  • Each 1 oz. bag of Fruttata provides a satisfying nutrition that is equivalent to 285 grams of fresh fruit.
  • Fruttata is all natural, gluten free, with no additional sugar added (the only ingredients are fruit!).
  • Available at local Costcos and Amazon.com (prices range from $1.79 -$9.99).

VINIA

  • VINIA red grape powder is a new product and the very first of its kind. It’s a biofood – a new category of superfoods – made from real grapes, chock-full of antioxidants, and actually gives you the benefits that you’d get from drinking red wine, but has no sugars calories or alcohol. In order to consume the same amount of Resveratrol in just 1 packet of VINIA, you’d have to drink an entire bottle of red wine (or 1,000 red grapes)! Sprinkle 1 packet of VINIA into your glass of water, and save yourself from the calories, and headache you get from wine.
  • VINIA is available for purchase at www.BioHarvest.com.

Carrington Farms Flax/Hemp Paks

  • Packed in ready-to-eat, portable and convenient single serve packets with a pre-measured daily dosage
  • Flavorful combination of Organic Milled Flax Seeds and Organic Hulled Hemp Seeds
  • This product is organic-certified, Non-GMO and Gluten-Free and is rich in Omega 3’s and protein.
  • They provide energy and vitality, strengthen the immune system, support cardiovascular health and contribute to an overall healthy metabolism
  • Find them at ShopRite and online at www.CarringtonFarms.com.

Thrive by Medifast products

  • Medifast’s new program, The Healthy Living Program, is designed to help maintain your weight loss goals.
  • With this program you can choose three Thrive by Medifast products per day which includes various bars, shakes and smoothies.
  • All products are free of artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners.
  • For more information about The Healthy Living Program and Thrive by Medifast products, visit www.medifast1.com

Coldeeze

  • NEW for this season is Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Multi-Symptom Relief Cold & Flu Quick Melts! Quick Melts are clinically proven to reduce the cold by nearly half.
  • They contain elderberry, licorice and peppermint that also helps relieve Cold and Flu symptoms
  • Quick Melts wilt dissolve in your mouth and can be taken without water. They can be taken by anyone 12 and up.

ICYMI: In the Studio 10 Kitchen with Alexis!

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I had an absolute blast today at WALA Fox 10’s Studio 10 today! I grilled a batch of Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa’s Cinnamon Spice Grilled Pineapple, and shared a few smart summer grilling tips from leading meal delivery service BistroMD! In case you missed it, watch the video by clicking HERE.

A very special thanks to Linh Ha, Mr. Marcus, Cherish Lombard, Chasity Byrd and Joe Emer for their hospitality, to my mother for being my sous chef and set helper today, to my father for enduring my impromptu rehearsal at 11:00 last night…and to everyone who tuned in via television and the live stream!

Bistro MD’s Summer Grilling Tips:
Grill Tip #1
Use spices and herbs for seasonings instead of pre-made marinades/sauces which enables the cook to control sugar and sodium.

Grill Tip #2
Season freshly chopped veggies with seasonings of your choice and toss in a bit of olive oil. Then wrap the veggies into a foil pouch. Place pouch on top grill rack while meat is grilling and flip occasionally. This times your meat and your veggies to complete at the same time.

Grill Tip #3
Use leftover grilled veggies the next day on a salad or as a homemade pizza topper, or use them with your leftover grilled chicken or steak for fajitas.

Grill Tip #4
Grill your favorite summer fruit! I tried pineapple, but you could also use peaches, figs, or pears. Check out the video for a how-to!

And for the recipe:
Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa’s Cinnamon Spice Grilled Pineapple
Ingredients

• 1 pineapple peeled and sliced in 1/2 inch thick pieces
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground
• 1 teaspoon nutmeg ground
• 1/4 cup apple juice concentrate
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• Balsamic vinegar, to taste
Instructions

1. In a bowl combine all ingredients except pineapple and balsamic vinegar
2. Marinate pineapple slices in mixture for 15 minutes
3. Grill pineapple on each side for 2 minutes
4. Remove from heat and cool
5. Serve hot or cold, drizzled with balsamic vinegar

Bon appetit!

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