Fitness Instagrammers I’m Loving Right Now

I posted this over on my ProCakes blog, but I wanted to share it here too, as I love sharing inspiring peeps that are doing good things on the “internets”.

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If you’re not on Instagram yet, then you’re missing out on the Facebook experience of about 5 years ago, before it got all spammy and weird.

I love Instagram, both as a mindless escape and also as a great way to follow influencers and tastemakers and really get a visual feeling of who they are. For ProCakes, Instagram is a great way to post recipe ideas, fun quotes and behind-the-scenes images of the not-so-glamorous life of running a food biz.

It’s also great for fitness inspiration. When I see people I can relate to getting their sweat on at the gym or heading out for a run – it makes me want to do the same. I’m not talking about the glute and bicep selfies in the gym mirror pictures (I’m kinda over those), but the ones that make me say to myself – time to get my sweat on too.

So here’s a short list of who does that for me.  Who are you following?  I’m always looking for new people to follow, so feel free to share your handle in the comments and I’ll look you up!

My top 9 Instagrammers for Fitness Motivation

Shonda1020 

With over 1.2 million viewers, she’s not exactly a best kept secret, but she’s got some great workout videos, fit food inspiration and I love that she’s a mom in her upper 30’s.

Lindsay Cotter

She has a way of making fitness look fun and doable. Hmm….maybe is all those pictures of wine sprinkled throughout all those healthy food shots :) If she loves wine,  I love her.

Nicole Wilkins

Not only is she a 4 time Figure Olympian athlete, she’s also incredibly humble and giving. Nicole is an inspiration because of her dedication to her sport, and her fans. A true #girlhero if I’ve ever seen one.

Neghar Fonooni

If you long for beach and waves, then look no further. Neghar’s profile fuses fitness with sand and sun. She also has the cutest Bulldog and the most elaborate collection of awesome yoga crops I’ve ever seen. Very jealy.

Bee Inspired Yoga

Hands down she’s got the coolest yoga moves (and again an enviable collection of yoga tights).

Skinny Runner

Long gone are the days when this gem used to blog. Her dry sense of humor and crazy marathon habit made her a cut above the fray. Now we only get to see her on Instagram and Facebook, but she’s still well worth the follow. We miss her blog terribly tho :(

Stephanie Keenan

A Nuclear engineer turned fitness guru. There’s a story there for sure. She’s got a great smile, a healthy attitude towards fitness, and the cutest lab retriever. WARNING: She’ll make you want to take up paddle boarding!

Jill Fit

Fitness meets mindset right here. Jill knows her reps and sets, but she’s more focused on how mindset and behaviors impact our ability to stay lean and active. Follower her for sound advice on how to get your mind right about being healthy.

Tuna Melts My Heart

Okay, not exactly a fitness inspired account, but Tuna is good for for the heart in a different way. Follow this handsome peanut just because he’s adorable. That is all.

Who do you love to follow on Instagram?  Share your favorites below and also your own Instagram handle if you have one!  I’m always looking for new peeps to follow!

Sugar Free Pumpkin Butter Recipe

sugar free pumpkin butter, paleo, vegan

Okay, it’s pumpkin season, I give.

In the midst of everyone else in the blogesphere doing all things pumpkin, I’m a little reluctant to join. Typically I prefer to zig while ya’ll are zagging, but I had to make pumpkin ProCakes for a photo shoot and it was a really big can of pumpkin puree that I opened, so I had to do something.

Actually, other than my protein pancakes, I have no idea what you would eat with pumpkin butter. Would you put it on toast? Besides the fact that I don’t actually eat toast anymore, I think it would just make the bread soggy.

And yet, everyone makes it.

Can someone enlighten me on how to consume this stuff outside of pancakes or just straight up with a spoon?

Anyway, regardless of it’s limited accompaniments, it’s actually really good. Very dessert like without the guilt.

In Other Big News….

I thought you might like to know that the lovely Diatta over at Femme Fitale Fit Club is hosting a wee giveaway staring ProCakes! There’s a few more days to enter, so giddy up – especially if you’re going to make this pumpkin butter.  They belong together.

Sugar Free Pumpkin Butter Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (not the pumpkin pie mix!!)
  • 2 teaspoons of stevia
  • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)

Instructions

  1. Let simmer on the stove for several hours or until pumpkin firms up to desired texture. Then pop a spoon in the pot and have at it!
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I’m linking up to a new recipe par-tay today.  Check out Tasty Tuesday for more nom nomables.

Cheesy Kale Nacho Salad Recipe

Cheesy nacho kale salad, healthy, paleo, veganCheesy Nacho Kale Salad

You will LOVE this. It really does taste like your eating a gooey plate of nachos minus the amazing crunchy texture which I’ll be honest, is not replicable in a salad (sorry guys).

But you’ll love it nonetheless and it’s super easy.

I can’t take full credit for this clever idea. Lori Harder was the first to bring the cheesy nacho flavor into my world, but she did so with a kale chip. Feel free to take that route if it floats your boat. I never seem to get them right, so I’m just sticking with what I know I can’t screw up.

Do what works for you.

Cheesy Nacho Kale Salad

Ingredients

  • Head of kale - cut up however you see fit
  • 1/4 c raw cashews (pre-soaked if you have time)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 c of roasted red peppers (I get mine from Trader Joes)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Simply put all the ingredients in a blender or food process and blend it up until super smooth. Then toss it up with your kale and store the rest in the fridge for up to 10 days (14 if you like to live dangerously).
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