Showing posts with label Sara Afshar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sara Afshar. Show all posts

Sunday, August 13, 2017

DIY Health: Vagina Detox

The other day I decided to try what is referred to as a vagina detox. As my period concluded for the month, I wanted to try something new. What is a vagina detox? Well, it is basically vaginal steaming using an array of herbs or to put it accurately an herbal steam facial for your vagina.

This type of treatment for your vagina has been used in ancient medicine. Although the results vary, they have been known to heal an array of issues such as anxiety, depression, irregular periods, bladder infections, yeast infections, infertility, vaginal cysts, hemorrhoids, and even scarring from childbirth. You can read about it here.

What was my motivation for trying a vagina detox? Just curiosity. I don't suffer from any problematic health issues at the present. I just wanted to see what this latest craze was all about.

So, what do you do exactly? You choose your herbs that you want to include in your detox. It is critically key to choose wisely, as if you make a bad decision, the result will be a consequence of your poor choice. You want to make sure that you use herbs that are most suitable for your individual health needs.

Basil, as well as rosemary are very common when doing this type of detox because they possess antimicrobial properties. I didn't really do research before I tried this, so I decided to go with: cardamom, saffron, dandelion, ginger, and black tea along with rosehip oil.

After you choose the herbs you want to use, you want to prepare your water. I am well aware not every woman owns a facial sauna or facial spa, so in case you do not; just use a pan. The water must be filtered, as this is what works best. Never use tap water and refrain from using any "hard water" or any water infused with minerals.

Once you have added your water, it is important to add your herbs. I also decided to add (as I stated previously up above) an essential oil into the mix, simply because they work as a natural serum for sensitive areas. When you look at your steaming medium, the water should be boiling, depending on what kind of medium you are using to do a vagina detox. If you use a facial spa or sauna, you only have to wait 5 minutes and if you use a pan, you may wait 15 minutes.

You want to squat over what you are using, so that your vagina makes contact with the steam. You will want to do this for 15-20 minutes, depending on your tolerance. For your first time, I wouldn't recommend going over 30 minutes. If you don't feel like your vagina is receiving any treatment, you can maximize your experience by wrapping a towel around your waist, covering your entire bottom area. This will create what is referred to as a "tent" so that no moisture will get out and will prevent any air from getting in.
After the time has lapsed, you will notice some cramping. Cramping is simply normal after doing a vagina detox because it is basically the uterus getting rid of the toxins or any stagnant blood. Very interesting to know. After the cramping went away, I endured a rather soothing sensation which was quite stimulating.


I really believe a vagina detox is very crucial to our health. As women, it is key to never neglect our important parts of who we are. The benefits are astounding and I am looking forward to trying my next steaming treatment very soon.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Oral Rinse by Supersmile


Supersmile products including the
Oral Rinse.
Supersmile is an internationally known oral care brand created by the wife of Dr. Irwin Smigel, world renowned "father of aesthetic dentistry." Supersmile is known for pioneering teeth whitening, as well as: creating some of the best dental care products in the world today. Everything I have tried so far has been modestly good. Recently, I had the opportunity to try Supersmile's Oral Rinse. So, what did I think?


PROS


Out of every mouthwash I have used in the past 5 years alone, I have to say this one deep cleans the best. The Cetyl Pyridinium Chloride in this product also provides you with long-lasting protection which I personally love.

The Tetra Potassium Pyrophosphate truly delivers real protection, which I love. Mouthwash should always be effective, without being harsh and this one exemplifies that concept.

After using Supersmile's Oral Rinse I noticed that my breath was incredibly fresh. It was as if I ate a fresh mint leaf after brushing. The Sodium Bicarbonate really does work as a long-lasting germicidal fighter.

This incredible Supersmile addition is free of silica, as it is free of sulfates and parabens. It is also both gluten and sugar free. It does not possess any harsh chemicals, let alone questionable frenemies.

When it comes to the flavor and taste of this mouthwash, I have to admit I was modestly skeptical because I am picky when it comes to mint flavors. Needless to say, this one has an amazing mint flavor that isn't too sweet or faux.


CONS


Aside from the ingredients, if you are allergic evidently you would want to avoid this product. To be honest, there is absolutely nothing I can say negative about this product. As much as I searched for something wrong with this mouthwash, I just can't find anything.

You can purchase Supersmile's Oral Rinse at Supersmile.com or your nearest Supersmile retailer for $16. Would I recommend this product to a family member or a friend? Most definitely. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. And although I want to believe there is something better out there, this mouthwash is as good as it gets.

For more information about this product, please visit www.supersmile.com today.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Supersmile Professional Activating Rods


Supersmile products including the
Professional Activating Rods.
Supersmile is an oral care company that was founded in 1987 by Mrs. Lucia Smigel. I recently discovered the Professional Activating Rods by Supersmile. The recommended usage is once per week or whenever you need an extra whitening boost. I decided to try this product last week for the first time with Supersmile's Whitening System, in an effort to whiten my teeth. Did it work? What did I think?

PROS


At first, I found myself a little confused about how to use these activating rods, until I discovered the simplicity of them. All you have to do is snap open the capsule, place the swab inside and as you push up, apply it to your teeth.

What I love about this outstanding Supersmile addition is the fact that it is safe. Believe it or not, it conditions your tooth enamel. Not only is this safe, but works to accelerate the whitening process. It isn't harsh, which is why I love it so much.

The Sodium Bicarbonate in this product works to deep clean the surface, which makes this product not only useful in a whitening sense, but in a clarifying sense too.

When it comes to the level of whitening, I noticed a huge difference. The results are incredibly astonishing for just one use. As effective as they are now, I definitely believe they are going to be even greater in the future.

CONS


The Supersmile Activating Rods use Hydrogen Peroxide to prepare the tooth enamel. Although Hydrogen Peroxide has proved to be a safe medium in whitening teeth effectively, if you are someone who isn't a fan of Peroxide or believes differently, you may not be fond of this product.

If you are a budget or looking to spend under $10, you are not going to be interested in this product.

This product is beneficial in so many ways, however; if you don't intend to purchase the Supersmile Whitening System, it isn't as effective.

You can purchase Supersmile's Activating Rods at Supersmile.com or at your nearest Supersmile retailer for $36. Would I recommend this product to a friend or family member? Absolutely, but only if they are interested in whitening their teeth. Would I use this product again? Most definitely. In fact, I just used it 10 minutes ago.
For more information about this product, please visit Supersmile today.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Remembering Morgan

Today, I am lighting a candle
to remember Morgan Ingram and her life.
Time cannot erase, the memory of your face. Love, it's all we want. Where is it, is it lost? I wrote a song recently called "I'm Calling For You" which depicts a story about love and remembrance. Today is a day that we celebrate the memory of a beautiful bright light, the life of Morgan Ingram.

 
I can sit here and type a dissertation that consists of a thousand words, but this will not bring Morgan back. They say a broken heart is equivalent to a million tears, as is the laughter that occurred throughout the years. Is it?

 
Morgan spent many years and many days with her mother Toni and her father Steve. They shared a lot of happiness and joy. Although Toni and Steve cannot properly grieve, as there is no closure for the death of their daughter, they can remember those amazing moments and memory breeding experiences they spent with her and lock those safely in their hearts for the rest of their life.

 
A beautiful life may be gone, but it is never lost. Morgan Ingram is that beautiful life. Although she is not here in the physical world, as an entity, she is still around in spirit. We just can't see her. Well, at least most of us. Her soul will forever remain in our hearts. As we remember her life, we can reflect on what she contributes to this world.

 
Morgan Ingram is now the face and the force of stalking and for change. May her spirit light up on this special day, as we celebrate her memory and her birthday. Morgan may be gone, but her love, her light, and her spirit lives on and lasts forever.

 
Today, I chose to light a candle to acknowledge and commemorate the life and the death of Morgan Ingram. Although justice hasn't happened, I will continue to keep hope alive and pray everyday until it does.

 
Morgan with her parents, Toni and Steve Ingram.
 
Morgan Jennifer Ingram
August 16, 1991-December 2, 2011

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Wikipedia, Celebrating 14 Years

With millions upon millions of articles and other content submitted daily, Wikipedia remains to be one of the most popular websites in the world today. Today is Wikipedia's 14th birthday. Since they became a strong reference site in 2001, they have worked really hard to be where they are today. I am looking forward to Wikipedia remaining strong for many years to come because what they have done thus far proves that you can accomplish anything if you work hard at it. Happy Birthday Wikipedia!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

First Person: How I Lost 10 Pounds In 1 Week

Everyone stresses shedding those extra pounds, no matter what time of year it is. Whether it is after the holidays or in early spring, it is a huge goal for most people who are looking to not only look better, but feel better too.

With all of the endless diet crazes that range from incorporating healthy eating into an active lifestyle or fasting until the next binge, it's hard to tell which diets actually work and shed off the extra inches.

As a 34 year old woman, I recently found myself losing weight and although I could not believe that my method worked, I was not shocked. The reality is, our body needs certain things in order to speed up the process, but how did I lose 10 pounds in 1 week?

For my diet - I stuck with a vegan diet that consisted of cabbage soup, kale chips, kosher dill pickles, and tofu. I used no butter or margarine and relied heavily on olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper. I also substituted butter for Earth Balance butter, as it is vegan. Instead of having three huge meals, I would also have 8 meals that ranged from medium to small.

The key to really losing weight is to drinking nothing, but water. I would drink at least ten, 16 oz. water bottles a day. The amount increased as I worked out. Some days I would have a gallon. It is so important to keep hydrated. Avoid anything such as diet sodas or anything with artificial sugars. Every other day, I would drink a can of Zevia soda and would have a glass of Silk's Coconut/Almond Blend.

Often times I find myself snacking on something after 5 pm, however; with this diet I did not eat anything after 5 pm. Instead, I would substitute any cravings with one kosher pickle and more water. If I were hungry, I would eat something vegan with no carbs, as well as, no calories.

For my exercise - I would go to the gym for at least 1 hour, every day. Sometimes I would go twice. There are no days off. I would do at least 20-30 minutes of cardio followed by muscle confusion strength training, working almost every area of the body at once. Each day, I would change course and speed.

On some of the days, I would stay longer at the gym and often times, train full contact boxing and Muay Thai. I would also shadow box and do a lot of cardio/cross training workouts outside of the gym such as cycling, running/jogging, and even swimming. In fact, instead of driving or riding a bus or even catching a carpool, I would substitute that form of transportation by riding my bicycle or walking. Every single time I would drink a lot and made sure that I kept myself hydrated.

For my supplements - What people don't realize is the combination of drinking a lot of water and working out is great, however; what makes the weight loss amazing and practically instantaneous is taking supplements to support it.

Although everyone is different, for this particular diet I took Raspberry Ketone, Sibu Beauty's Sea Buckthorn supplement, Mexican Wild Yam, and believe it or not, NeoCell's Collagen supplement. If I felt like I needed more energy, I would take a caffeine pill and/or have a glass of Click's Espresso Protein which I would use Silk's Coconut/Almond Blend as the source. Although the protein is whey and non-vegan, taking just one glass a week shocked my body in fat burning mode.

After a week, I was 10 pounds lighter. Not only did I drop the pounds, I lost inches and of course, clothing sizes. It is the best feeling in the world, when you start feeling the loss and seeing the results that follow. They don't call it a diet (die-it) for no reason. Stick with this plan and you will start seeing results in due time. Just please do not go crazy and consult your doctor before doing it.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vegetarian Thanksgiving: How To Prepare A Tofurky Roast

Well, it is official, the holidays are here. As we grasp the realization that in a few days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and before you know it, Christmas and the New Year, it has become a tradition to prepare a Tofurky Roast. In fact, one of my favorite things to make during the holidays is definitely this amazing Tofurky addition. So, how do you prepare a Tofurky Roast?

First and foremost, it is very important that you remove the roast from the plastic casing before cooking. I also recommend thawing it out, as it makes it a lot easier to work with. Also, before cooking the Tofurky Roast it is important to preheat the oven for 350 degrees F. I love to just drizzle the entire roast with olive oil, as well as, salt & pepper. 


It is key to thaw the Tofurky Gravy, however, if it is mushy, just apply it all over the Tofurky Roast before baking it. Almost like a plaster of paris for food. Why? Because this will create a very flavorful yet natural crust. 

Before placing the Tofurky Roast inside of an aluminium foil or in glass casserole dish, you are going to want to add your vegetables, along with any type of homemade baste you want to create. To create the baste, all you really need are - carrots, onion, olive oil, fresh sage, and salt & pepper. You can also add various vegetables such as chopped carrots and onions to increase the flavor.

Cover the Tofurky Roast with aluminium foil or a dish cover. Cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check sporadically. Then cook for an additional 10-15 minutes uncovered. 

There is stuffing inside of the roast, however, you can make your own stuffing (or dressing) to compliment your dish using bread, butter (I love Earth Balance's vegan butter best), onion, celery, rosemary, parsley, thyme, and salt & pepper.

If you want, you can actually prepare the stuffing while the Tofurky Roast is cooking, so than you can cook it with the Tofurky Roast. Even though there is stuffing (or dressing) inside of this amazing Tofurky addition, the homemade stuffing compliments the dish incredibly. 


If you are cooking it with other dishes, it is key to cook at least an hour to two hours prior to the last dish cooking, so it's ready in time. If you are eating with "meat-eaters" (this usually happens with me because my mother, stepfather, soon-to-be mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, etc. all eat meat) place the Tofurky Roast in the oven an hour before the actual main entree is done.

When you serve the Tofurky Roast, it is very important to make sure it is cooked inside. Although this is made from tofu, it is important that it is cooked all of the way through. As it sets, you can begin to serve when you start your meal. Happy Holidays!

Quorn Chik'n Cutlets with Cranberry & Goat Cheese


Well, it is official, Fall is here and this Thursday, Thanksgiving will magically appear. If you are uncertain what to serve to the vegetarian guests this year, you may want to consider Quorn's Chik'n Cutlets with Cranberry & Goat Cheese. 


I am not a fan of goat cheese all that much. In fact, if I had to choose my least favorite cheese, goat cheese would definitely be at the top. I have to admit though that I do enjoy it when paired with sweeter elements such vanilla, figs, apricots, pineapple, and cranberries. Yes, cranberries. In fact, when I first tried this amazing Quorn addition, I guess you could say that I found myself grabbing quite a few after I discovered how incredibly flavorful it actually was.


The flavors in this entree simply work. You can cook this in the oven and/or microwave. Personally, I love the oven for this fantastic entree simply because the food is crunchier and still has that robust, acquired flavor which is great. If you are searching for a good vegetarian meal to enjoy or to serve this holiday season, you simply cannot go wrong with this one. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills, CA


 
If you haven't had the opportunity to enjoy a Sprinkles Cupcake, you truly need to. They use natural ingredients, which I absolutely love. With an array of flavors to choose from, with the option to order online, it is one of the greatest places to enjoy a cupcake.
 
With locations in 8 states alone, this cupcake business is growing tremendously. Sprinkles offers vegan, gluten-free, and even sugar free. They also offer a doggie treat cupcake too along with various ice cream and cookie options. The Sprinkle Sandwich includes a single scoop of ice cream in between two cupcake tops.
 
 Cupcakes are only $3.75 each (mini cupcakes are $2) and a dozen is $42. The doggie cupcake is only $2.50. The Sprinkles Sandwich is $6.50. Plus, you get a free cupcake just for signing up for the birthday club.
 
The next time you are in a Sprinkles, don't even think about not going in because you are going to want to.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Food Talk: Exclusive Interview with Gardein

When it comes to enjoying amazing vegetarian food, gardein is definitely one of the best there is. In fact, it is a personal favorite of mine. Recently, I had the chance to speak with the CEO and founder of Gardein, Yves Potvin about the brand. Here is what he had to say...

(Q) Tell me a little more about the gardein brand...
gardein (garden + protein) is a sustainable protein brand that creates deliciously meaty foods made from plants. We offer mouthwatering products that are good for you and good for the planet. Our product line-up includes 23 different products, ranging from beefless tips, golden fishless filets, as well as, awarding winning favorites such as seven grain crispy tenders and crispy chick’n sliders, and a selection of limited edition holiday items (Turk’y Holiday Roast stuffed with Wild Rice and Cranberries with traditional gravy). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are covered for anyone who wants to incorporate great tasting, plant-based protein into their diet.

(Q) Behind every great product lies a major source of influence. What inspired you to create this plant-protein brand?
I was inspired to create healthier, sustainable versions of foods people love to eat that offer real meat-like taste and texture I’ve always believed that plant protein should be at the center of every plate. It shouldn’t have to feel like a sacrifice to swap meatless options into your diet. We launched gardein in 2009 and have since become the fastest growing brand in the category. My goal is to continue developing new convenient and versatile plant-based proteins to feed the rising demand for healthier meat options. I feel it has never been easier to make the change in your diet for better health and a better environment.

(Q) It is evident that Gardein is made from plants, but is gardein free of genetically modified organisms (or GMOs)?
Yes, the soy protein and wheat in all our products are non-GMO We are currently enrolled with the Non-GMO Project and hope to be 100% non-gmo in the near future.

(Q) I absolutely love the 'Beefless Tips' however; everything I have tried by gardein has been fantastic. What are your current best sellers?
We love hearing that you love gardein! Of course we make delicious beefless items, but we’re so much more. We currently offer 23 products and to date, some of our most popular items are: the gardein golden fishless filet, which is our newest product, but already a fan favorite. It’s a cholesterol free, great-tasting protein that is rich in flavor and texture and provides 32 mg of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids. The gardein seven grain crispy tenders which provide a good source of protein with 8g per serving, no trans-fat and are ready in only 10 minutes! The gardein mandarin orange crispy chick’n is another favorite and a good source of protein with 17g per serving. It also comes with a sweet and tangy sauce. The gardein crispy chick’n sliders are perfect as a snack or meal, each meat-free slider comes with a bun and delivers 11g of protein and only 190 calories per serving. In addition this Item won Better Homes & Gardens Magazine Best New Product of 2014 as voted by consumers. The gardein ultimate beefless burger is ready in as little as 8 minutes and this beefless burger is made with 65% less fat than a beef burger.

(Q) Talking about the health benefits, what are the benefits of eating Gardein?
Eating meatless, even just one day a week, is the simplest way to improve your overall health. gardein has less fat than traditional proteins and no cholesterol, which can reduce the risk of obesity, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. gardein also provides a good source of protein and fiber.

(Q) How do you flavor your products? I have to ask, the yeast extract that you use in your products, is it MSG or non-MSG?
While we won’t give away the secret to how we create such tasty treats, we can say confidently that there is no MSG in our product and we use non-MSG yeast extract to enhance gardein’s flavor. I was trained as a traditional French chef and understand that flavor is everything. Over the past 30 years, I have dedicated my career specifically to perfecting the taste and texture of plant-based foods.

(Q) Is it true that if you eat one less meat burger, it's like taking your car off the road for 320 miles? And if an entire family of 4 stops eating red meat for a week, it's like taking the car off the road for 3 months? Tell me a little more about these statistical facts...
Yes! gardein is making the world a better place, one meatless meal at a time. Many people don’t know that cutting back on meat just one day of the week, while beneficial to your health, has a drastic impact on the environment. One of the biggest environmental impacts of a meat-eating diet is the depletion of natural resources, specifically the consumption of large amounts of water for livestock production. Today, with more than 17 billion livestock in the world, that’s about triple the number of people, raising these animals requires huge amounts of water! Most of the water is used to irrigate the grains and hay to feed these animals – it can take up to 15 times as much water to raise animals compared to farming plants for food supply. Also, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recently published a report stating that the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions than transportation.

(Q) What is your stance on animal cruelty?
We believe all animals deserve to be treated in a humane and compassionate manner. We support and applaud the efforts of the multitude of organizations bringing awareness and affecting policy change including PETA, HSUS, Mercy for Animals and Sea Shepherd.

(Q) I think a lot of your fans (like myself) want to know what products you are going to be coming out with next. The question remains, what is next for Gardein?
You’ll have to wait and see! We are always developing new protein innovations, new flavors and new categories to meet consumer’s culinary preferences. I can’t tell you what will be next, but I can tell you they will be tasty!

(Q) For those people considering the vegetarian or vegan eating lifestyle, what advice do you have for them?
Today, eating better for you protein is easier than ever. We suggest incorporating meat options, such as plant-based proteins, like gardein, into your diet slowly. Try eliminating meat once a week for Meatless Monday. Another great way to cut back on meat is to swap out the meat from your favorite meal with a plant-based options. Our website offers great meatless recipes that deliver tasty and filling meals.
For more information about gardein, please visit www.gardein.com today.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Music Talk: Exclusive Interview with Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy performing in
São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil.
(Photo by Naira Teixeira Dias)
Arch Enemy is melodic death metal band located in the heart of Sweden. Established in the mid 90s, they are one of the greatest rock acts ever. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Michael Amott, the guitarist and one of the main founders of the band. Here is what he had to say...

(Q) What inspired you to create Arch Enemy? Tell me a little more about the inspiration behind the band...
Well, I had come out of a death metal phase and while I was still into heaviness and speed, I also had a newfound passion for catchy songwriting and melody. I was looking for a new project where I could fuse both the extreme sounds and heaviness with quality guitar songwriting and structure. The term "melodic death metal" was not a thing yet so I was just acting on pure instinct.

(Q) I remember when I was first heard Black Earth. I was about 15 years old at the time. I remember hearing "Bury Me An Angel" and thinking how amazingly great you were. You are truly melodic death metal at its finest.
Thanks, that’s great to hear! 15 years old is a great time to be exposed to something like that, haha! Yeah, the first album got us some initial underground recognition and also got us our first shows in Europe and Japan. It was the beginning of what we still do to this day.

(Q) Let's talk about the new album. You have a new album called War Eternal, which I am very excited about. Tell me a little more about this album...
It’s the accumulation of the work we put into the song writing process that started after our last album (2011’s ‘Khaos Legions’). I’m very proud of the album, I have a feeling that maybe we've made something quite special this time. I pushed myself harder as a songwriter, with the help of some great collaborations along the way. In a similar way to how ‘Wages Of Sin’ (2001) was a new horizon for Arch Enemy. That is the sort of emotion I feel when I hear these new songs, fresh and exciting.

(Q) How is War Eternal different from your previous albums?
We have a new lineup obviously and we also had a whole year to put this together which helped us make it something very detailed and sonically deep sounding. Now the album is finally out, everyone can judge for themselves.

(Q) Alissa White-Gluz is new to the band. In fact, she joined this year. She's very talented. She was also recommended by Angela, which I think is amazing. What has it been like working with Alissa?
It’s been really good, of course different and new, but good! It’s true that Angela recommended Alissa and after rehearsing with her and doing some demos of new material we all agreed she was in fact perfect for the job.

(Q) Let's talk events. What are your upcoming events? Will there be a tour following the album?
Oh yeah, we’re on the road now in Europe. We’re about 15 shows in and it’s going very, very well! We’ll be in the US this fall with Kreator and Huntress as special guests. We’re looking forward to that.

(Q) Do you think you will ever make it to Pittsburgh, PA?
We haven’t played Pittsburgh, PA in many years. I have no idea why not, from what remember it was good.

(Q) For all of those Arch Enemy fans reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for the band?
Thanks for the interview! Our fans can expect a lot more shows through this and next year as we continue touring the world. See you out there!

For more information about Arch Enemy, please visit www.archenemy.net today.
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hot In Food: 10 Amazing Iced Tea Recipes To Enjoy All Year Round

What happens when you take an aromatic beverage, add a fusion of your favorite fruits and/or spices, and incorporate a couple of ice cubes? I don't think there is anyone in this world who doesn't love iced tea. So here are some refreshing iced tea recipes to enjoy during the summer.

1. Chai Iced Tea. One of my favorite iced tea drinks is definitely this one. All it takes is black tea, vanilla almond milk, agave syrup, cardamom, allspice, black peppercorn, cloves, star anise, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, and ice cubes. Combine the ingredients, bring to a simmer, remove from heat, place into a chilled glass, and serve on ice.

2. Persian Iced Tea. What happens when you combine water, rose water, black tea, agave nectar, cardamom, mint, and a few ice cubes? This amazing Persian tea. Believe it or not, the ice cubes are made from rosewater. Add the rosewater to the ice cube tray and place it into the freezer overnight. Combine your water and black tea. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Combine the agave and cardamom syrup, add it to the tea and stir generously. Add the tea to a chilled glass along with the rosewater ice cubes.

3. Peach and Mint Iced Tea. Some of the best tasting iced teas ever are those that are as simple as the recipe. So, how do you make this iced tea? All you need to do is boil water and add tea (any tea is fine, I used black tea). Remove from heat. Add some sugar and refrigerate. As you continue, add some fresh peaches and some minute. Finally, serve in a chilled glass with ice.

4. Thai Iced Tea with Boba. I had the chance to enjoy some amazing Thai Iced Tea with Boba when I visited my good friends from Thailand. In order to create this amazing iced tea rendition, all you need is water, Thai tea, Boba, sugar, evaporated milk, sweet condensed milk, and some ice cubes. Combine all of the ingredients except for the tea, the milk, and Boba. Bring water to a boil and add the tea once you turn the heat down. Add the sugar. Mix your tea with sugar and place the tea into the fridge. Cook your Boba, add the milk, and then add everything into your already prepared tea.

5. Sweet Green Tea. If you love the oriental fusion of a southern classic, this twist is destined to fix that sweet tea craving you have. All you need is green tea, water, sugar, and ice. After you bring your green tea and water to a boil, remove from heat. Let it set for about 2 minutes, then add your sugar. After you have stirred your tea, place it into a chilled glass and serve on ice.

6. Iced Masala Chai. What happens when you combine almond milk, water, Irish breakfast tea, chai masala blend, cinnamon sticks, sugar, and add a few ice cubes? This happens. Combine all of the ingredients, bring to a simmer, remove from heat, place into a chilled glass, and serve on ice.


7. Southern Sweet Tea. Nothing beats this sweet, Southern classic. So, what does this tea require? Aside from the tea, all you need is water, baking soda, and a ton of sugar. You also need some ice cubes too. Boil your water, pour them over the tea bags, and steep for about 15 minutes. Pour the tea into a pitcher and add sugar. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add some cold water to kind of shock your tea and place it into the fridge to chill for a few. Finally, add the ice cubes and you are basically good to go.

8. Cherry Pistachio Iced Tea. In my quest to experiment with individual flavor pairings, I discovered that cherry and pistachio go together incredibly. All you need is 2 cups of water to get you started. Once at a boil, add tea bags. As everything comes together, blend a combination of raw cherries and maraschino cherries in a blender. Add the contents into a bowl followed by 2 teaspoons of vanilla and 1 tablespoon of pistachio extract. Remove tea bags and add the bowl followed by 1 cup of sugar. Remove from heat. Add some Vanilla Almond Milk and some iced cubes.

9. Spiced Apricot Tea. Courtesy of Taste of Home, all you need are 2 cinnamon sticks, 10 whole cloves, 3 cups of water, 2 tea bags, 3 cups of apricot nectar, 2/3 cup of sugar, and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Combine your water and tea bags, along with your cinnamon sticks and cloves in a pan. Bring to a boil. Then, remove heat and add the nectar and sugar.

10. Pumpkin Spiced Iced Tea. What do you get when you combine 3 cups of pumpkin puree, 2 cups of hot water, one cinnamon stick, 5 whole cloves, 1.5 cups of sugar, and 6 cups of cold water? This is what you get. Courtesy of The Pumpkin Project, this iced tea is one of the best you can enjoy all year round.
 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Soda Talk: Exclusive Interview with Zevia

Zevia is a naturally sweetened soda that has no sugar, no calories, and no artificial sweeteners. It is vegan, kosher, and gluten-free. Zevia is not only one of the greatest additions to ever grace the shelves of our local supermarket, it is one of my favorite sodas ever. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Paddy Spence, the CEO of Zevia. Here is what he had to say...

(Q) Hello Paddy. How are you? Great to speak with you. You are the brains behind this amazing brand.
Hey Sarah. I am doing great, thank you. I am so excited to be able to get on the phone today. How long have you been familiar with Zevia?

(Q) I first discovered Zevia when I was searching for the perfect soda alternative that was not only love in calories, but low in carbohydrates. I wanted something that was not sweetened with artificial ingredients such as Aspartame or Splenda. I noticed that when I would drink anything that was labeled diet, I would feel awkward, as if there were side effects to the sugar alternatives. Then, one day I took a stroll to my local supermarket to discover Zevia and ever since, I have been a big fan of the brand. The first flavor I tried was the Ginger Root Beer, which is one of my personal favorites right now. I was thinking to myself "this is so amazing, I have to contact the individual who created this soda."
That is so awesome.

(Q) There is so much that I find amazing about this soda. It's very low in carbohydrates, but there is still enough carbs to give you energy, as well, but the fact that it doesn't have the Aspartame or any of the sugar alternatives in it, is a huge plus for me. As much as I don't believe in brand or product belittling, I think it's evident that am not a fan of Aspartame.
I think, like you, that a lot of Americans are finding out that they are uncomfortable with Aspartame. We don't even know how much we are taking in because there are so many foods and beverages with Aspartame in them. In fact, a lot more than we can expect. That is one of the big benefits of having Zevia. From a no-sugar stand point, Zevia does not include Aspartame.

(Q) Stevia vs. Aspartame, the sweet dirty truth. It's evident that Stevia is natural and Aspartame is lab created. I wanted to ask you Paddy, what are the benefits and concerns of consuming both of these?
I think when it comes to Aspartame, it's less about having that one can of diet coke. Is that one can going to impact you? It's more about the quantity that one person is consuming. When you think about it, if you were to drink four cans of diet coke a day, over the course of one year, you are getting something like a kilo of Aspartame. So, huge quantities and I think that is where people really get concerned. The various health impacts that you see, whether it is concern over weight gain, etc. Recently, there was a big study that the University of Iowa conducted on menopausal women and they found that for folks who are consuming two cans or more of diet soda a day, there is an increase in cardiac arrest and stroke. So, things like that are important because this study consisted of thousands of people. So, pretty reliable data and I think that is where people are really getting concerned.

(Q) Wow, very interesting. There are a lot of problematic health issues when consuming this ingredient. I just want to say that I love the fact that you don't use this ingredient in your soda.
Well, thank you. I really appreciate that.

(Q) I have to ask, I notice that you use monk fruit in Zevia. Can you tell me a little more about this fruit?
Monk fruit is a fruit that is cultivated in parts of Asia and specifically parts of China and Thailand and like Stevia, it is a plant-based source of a sweetening ingredient that is 200 times as sweet as sugar with no calories. It is a really fantastic natural sweetener. It's a great compliment or accompliment to Stevia, so we use Stevia which is our primary sweetening ingredient which provides about 80% of our sweetening power and about 12% comes from the Monk Fruit and about 3% of Erythritol which is a sugar alcohol. So, it's really the unique blend of those three sweeteners that allows us to get a really nice, sweet product without the after taste.

(Q) That is amazing. And you know, there is no after taste which I was going to tell you, I absolutely love. When you drink other brands (and I won't mention any names) that do include Aspartame. You can definitely taste "it" and it isn't pleasant or something you want to taste.
Absolutely.

(Q) Now I have a question, Zevia is a gluten-free which I absolutely love. I also love the fact that it is kosher, however; is it vegan-friendly? Is it free of genetically modified organisms (or GMOs)?
It is vegan and it is also non-GMO. Actually, if you look on our can, we have the vegan logo, the gluten-free logo, and the kosher logo. We are currently going through the non-GMO verfication process, so we are excited about that. We have been at it for a while, as there is a lot of documentation, etc. We are making great progress so we can use the logo and put on the can that we are non-GMO verified.

(Q) That is amazing. You know, I definitely wish you luck in that journey. It is definitely hard to brand a product like this, however; once everyone discovers what it is all about, it is definitely going to get recognized for what it is. It's already out there on the shelves. I mean, I discovered it and I am sure there are millions upon millions of people discovering this amazing soda as we talk about it. I must confess, I am a huge fan and I drink it religiously. It's like my favorite soda. Now, I have to ask you, what are your most popular flavors right now? Tell me a little more about your best sellers...
Well, the Cola is still our biggest seller, but we are really a variety in the brand. We currently have 15 flavors. Ginger Ale, Cream Soda, and Ginger Root Beer would be the next three, most popular. What is interesting is our fruit flavors are also extremely popular. There are some regional aspects to soda, as well. Dr. Zevia is very popular in Texas. With Dr. Pepper being born in Texas, Dr. Zevia is popular there. If you go into a retail store in Texas, there is a soda section and then there is a Dr. Pepper section. It's incredibly popular. Mountain Dew was born in the Southeast, so there are a lot of Mountain Dew drinkers in the Carolinas and in Tenessee, so that is an area where our Mountain Zevia sells really well. So, it's really neat to see regional pockets of preference. In the Northeast, it is a huge Ginger Ale market. People in New England particularly love Ginger Ale, so we sell a ton of that there. In addition to Ginger Root Beer and Cola, Ginger Ale and Cream Soda are our top sellers right now.

(Q) That is amazing. I have tried every single one of them and they are so amazing. You know, I really love the fruit sodas too. And they actually taste better than any diet fruit soda out there.
Excellent!

(Q) For all of those health enthusiasts and soda lovers that will read this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for Zevia?
That is a great question. Well, one of the things that is next for us is getting out there into all of the locations where people buy soda. Today, you can find Zevia hidden in your natural products retail store and then in the supermarket and depending where you live, you may find us in Target or Costco, but there are a lot of places that sell soda where we traditionally haven't sold our product. Particularly places like convenience stores, restaurants, stadiums, etc. Starting this year, we became the first independent soda to sponsor a major league baseball team, so we are the zero-calorie soda sponsor for the Oakland A's. It's been pretty exciting. I have been to a few games this year and you can go into the stadium and buy a 16 oz. can of Zevia. That kind of thing is incredibly exciting and you are probably similar. Our fans go places outside of the home and they want Zevia. They go to the movies, they don't want a diet pepsi, they want a Zevia Cola. Some folks keep it in their purse and others request it at the movie theatre, so I think you are going to see our product in a lot more places. Single cans being sold in convenience stores and other places like that.
For more information about Zevia, please visit www.zevia.com today.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Hot In Music: Top 100 Songs To Workout To

Music is more than just sound, it is a language that connects with you. When you hear the right music, dopamine produces. When you combine the right music with working out, the endorphin releasing combination makes everything a lot better. Every single time I head to the gym, I make sure that I have my iPod ready. What are the best songs to workout to?

100. Cuz I Can by Pink. Some of the greatest workout songs are those that you rarely hear on the radio. Out of the many hits by Pink, this jam wasn't on the radio and still remains to be one of the best songs to workout to.

99. Where's Your Head At by Basement Jaxx. When I first heard this song it was in the movie Tomb Raider. Ever since then, it's been an amazing addition to my workout playlist.

98. Be Yourself by Enrique Iglesias. Although this uptempo tune contains an unique beat, if you listen to the lyrics, they tell a story about how Enrique was belittled. What is more motivating to workout than that?

97. Hot N Cold by Katy Perry. There is something special about a song that manages to motivate people. You could be walking into the gym and when this song starts playing, you cannot help but hit the bag.

96. Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. I remember when I first heard this song and ever since, I have been a fan. The combination of synth and trance in this tune makes this song totally workout worthy.

95. Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins. Do you remember that movie Top Gun? As one of the main songs to support the album, this 80s classic proves why it is a great song to exercise to.

94. Heart Of A Champion by Nelly. When you workout, you feel passionately motivated in a sense that you are wanting more and more. This song is definitely the song that will increase that motivation.

93. Stronger by Kanye West. The gym is your sanctuary and a place that will not only make you stronger, but keep you strong. I think the lyrics speak for themselves and the individual beats compliment this tune in more ways than one.

92. Warriors Of The World by Manowar. When you go to the gym, do you feel like you are a warrior? Do you feel like you could take on the world? This song sends a message which is accomodated by strong beats. Die for metal!

91. Crazy by Andy Bell. This song demonstrates why synth pop is one of the best genres to workout to. I love the beats in this tune and they make me wanna go crazy at the gym.

90. Symphony Of Destruction by Megadeth. Metal music is always great when you are strength training. At least it is for me. One of the best tunes to lift to is definitely this Megadeth gem.

89. Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand. When you workout, what do you like to listen to? I don't know about you, but I love listening to this song. Especially when I am sparring.

88. Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N'Roses. Are you ready to get wild? The gym is the jungle, your strength is the predator, and your weakness is your prey.

87. Uprising by Muse. The first time I worked out to this song, I was hooked. It was then that I decided to give it a permanent spot on my workout playlist.

86. Dynamite by Taio Cruz. You can't walk into a gym and expect to be dynamite right away. Long term goals take time and a lot of motivation. I find this song extremely catchy in a sense that at the end of the day, it gives me more hope towards my goals.

85. T.N.T. by AC/DC. Every single time I hit the bag, I always find a lot of motivation in this AC/DC classic. Are you dynamite? Are you gonna win that fight?

84. Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin. What stands out most about this classic rock song goes beyond the message, but the beats that make the lyrical delivery stronger. It's a great song to hit the bag to.

83. You Are Alive by Fragma. When you head to the gym, do you feel alive? As one of the greatest songs to do Yoga to, this song should be in your iPod.

82. Unbelievable by EMF. Every single time this song comes on, I find myself doing the stairmaster. I am not sure if it is just coinscidence or if I am meant to listen to this song.

81. Magic Dance by David Bowie. Have you ever watched the movie Labrinyth? I was just a child when I first heard this song. Guess what? I loved it then and I love it now.

80. Jump by Van Halen. Exercising releases endorphins and as a result, you become happy. As you continue you started to love who you are. And every time after becomes a stepping stone to where you want to be.

79. Fighter by Christina Aguilera. Does this song make you that much stronger? Does this song make you want to work a little harder? If so, you are a fighter baby.

78. Mony Mony by Tommy James and the Shondells. The gym is a place that allows you to be yourself. It allows you to improve yourself using your own strengths. Is this a wakeup call? Possibly, but it's more so a place to love.

77. What Time Is Love by KLF. When is the last time you got your heart pumping? When is the last time you started sweating? If you can't remember, you need to go to the gym. Just do me a favor, please listen to this song while you are there.

76. Space Shanty by Leftfield. Music is a language that inspires us. We choose whether or not we love it. Then, we choose whether or not we want to workout to it.

75. I'm Persian by DJ Bounce. Are you ready to get your heart pumping? Are you ready to bounce? Once you go Persian, there is no other version.

74. Psychedelic Mind by Clayface. Look in the mirror and ask yourself, what makes your life exciting? And after you answer this question, ask yourself have you been to the gym today?

73. Crowd Control by Excision & Downlink. Is your heart racing yet? I guarantee after hearing this song, it will. Just make sure to play this the next time you do any cross training and/or cardio workout.

72. Monster by Skillet. When it comes to hitting the speed bag, what motivates you? What motivates you to squat heavier weight? What motivates you to squat more reps? I'll tell you right now, this song will.

70. Seven Days And One Week by BBE. How exciting is my life? I am busy, yes. One thing is certain, you can find me at the nearest gym seven days a week.

69. Remember The Name by Fort Minor. The last time you went for a job, what did you listen to? If you can remember the name, you can remember the time, and you can remember everything.

68. It's A Dream by DJ Dean. Being lazy will get you no where. Being busy will get you somewhere. Sure it may be a dream, but make those dreams a reality.

67. Come Out And Play by Offspring. Every time I walk into a gym, it is all business. When I hear a song that tells me to come out and play, it makes my time at the gym a much more fun one.

66. Primal Scream by Motley Crue. Being physically strong is one thing, but being mentally and emotionally strong, well it keeps everything together. We may have to endure struggles for progress, but in the end, it is worth it.

65. Berzerk by Eminem. One of my favorite songs to workout to as of late is definitely this gem by Eminem. Don't make your treadmill your dreadmill.

64. Supermassive Destruction by Epic Score. Some of the greatest songs I have ever heard are those gems that are never played on the radio. I often wonder why. Thankfully I can listen to this song at any time of day.

63. Figure09 by Linkin Park. Are you ready to sweat? Music really does project a supreme influence when it comes to achieving a goal. Symphonic pop rock never sounded so hot.

62. The Pure And The Tainted by Blue Stahli. I don't know about you, but I love a good, strong beat that gets me more motivated to get my heart pumping. Can't decide what song to workout to? Try this one.

61. Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65. The gym is a place to break free and let loose. There are no losers at the gym, as there are only winners. And as a result of winning, there is no need to be blue. This is just a good song.

60. Lay Me Down by Avicii featuring Adam Lambert. When it comes to modern music, I find myself intrigued by these two artists. When I heard they were collaborating, the excitement increased. Needless to say, I am proud to say that this song has been recently added to my workout playlist.

59. Get It On (Bang A Gong) by The Power Station. Some of the greatest songs ever possess a strong beat and epic vocal delivery. This is one of those songs. RIP Robert Palmer.

58. Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia. If you are strong, no one can ever knock you down. This song sends that message and is the perfect pick-me-up for that added motivation.

57. Extreme Ways by Moby. When you choose songs to workout to, how do you choose them? The composition in this song makes it not only memorable, but one of the greatest to do Yoga to.

56. Southern Sun by Paul Oakenfold. Life is as precious as we make it. If we hit the gym, we find ourselves becoming more happy. In fact, we embrace the conception of loving oneself. This will allow us to rely less on others to do so.

55. Breath by The Prodigy. The gym is one of the greatest places in the world. Whether you are engaging in a cross training or strength training regime, music really increases your entire perception of fitness and overall workout.

54. Life by Haddaway. When I think of this band, I am reminded of 'What Is Love' in many ways, however; ever since I heard this song, it's become one of my favorites to ride my bike to.

53. Club Can't Handle Me by Flo Rida featuring David Guetta. When you workout, are you reminded that it gets better the more you do it? Although I love dancing to this song, I love working out to it just as much.

52. Enter Sandman by Metallica. You can head bang to this song all you want, but it's an even better gem to workout to. As classic as it is, 90s rock never sounded so haute.

51. More Human Than Human by White Zombie. Industrial rock is one of the best genres to cross train and strength train to. I think this song is proof.

50. No More Tears by Ozzy Osbourne. Some of the greatest songs to hit the bag to are definitely those classic hard rock 90s hits. This is one of them.

49. Hey Man, Nice Shot by Filter. I remember hearing this tune when I was very young and thinking about how good it was. Now it remains to be a permanent addition to my workout playlist.

48. Saltwater by Chicane. When you hit the lat pulldown, what music do you listen to? Does it change? Whether you are strength training or cross training, this song needs to be in your Mp3 Player.

47. Let Me Clear My Throat by DJ Kool. Although I love dancing to this jam, I love to workout to it even more. Is this on your playlist?

46. Hey Boy Hey Girl by The Chemical Brothers. When it comes to getting your heart pumping, do you feel that music gives you more motivation to do that? Looking for a good song to workout to? Try this one.

45. Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J. Some of the greatest songs I have ever heard come from a generation where I was too little to remember. Every single time I hit the bag, shadow box, or spar; I am always playing this song.

44. I Want To Break Free by Queen. When it comes to inspiring songs, Queen has a lot of them. However; this song is on my playlist right now. Are you ready to break free?

42. The Final Countdown by Europe. I remember when I first heard this classic 80s hit. It was in the movie Rocky and ever since then, I have incorporated this tune into my workout playlist.

43. Gangnam Style by PSY. One of the best songs to run to is definitely this hit. You don't have to understand Korean to love this song.

42. I Can Lift You Up by Capital Cities. Have you ever heard a song so strong yet so elite that you can't stop doing what you are doing because it just motivates you? This is one of those songs.

41. One Night In Bangkok by The Vinyl Shakerz. As one of the greatest covers of the 80s classic, this tune is literally one of my favorites to workout to. If this isn't on your playlist, it should be.

40. No Limit by 2 Unlimited. When it comes to using the leg press, is there really a limit? When I first started at the gym, I did 90 pounds. Not even a year later, I was doing 600 pounds and now I can do a 1,000.

39. Fight Song by Methods of Mayhem. I love kicking the bag to this song. Then, when I get the mood, I'll shadow box before striking the bag. Who wants to fight?

38. Sandstorm by Darude. Every time I do any sort of cross training or cardio, this song always seems to start playing. I am not sure if my iPhone or iPod is trying to send me a message or not.

37. I Want You by Savage Garden. When you workout, what do you like listening to? I don't know about you, but me, I love this song.

36. Can't Get You Outta My Head by Kylie Minogue. Back in 2002, I heard this song on the radio and every since then, it's been on my playlist. In fact, I love running to this.

35. Ecstacy by ATB. Nine chances out of ten, you have never heard this song. I guarantee that when you do, you will add this to your workout playlist.

34. Magic Waters by Ace Da Brain. When I think of the gym, I think of a happy place that works wonders to improve both my physical and mental state of mind, as well as, well being. This song is something special.

33. Walk by Pantera. You can run or you can walk. This Pantera song is one of the best songs to deadlift to. I think I have actually lifted heavier than usual every single time this song comes on. Does this make sense to you?

32. Escape Velocity by The Chemical Brothers. Every single time I do the elliptical, I find myself listening to this tune for some guidance. What else is there to say? It's one of the best.

31. You Spin Me Round by Dope. As one of the greatest covers in the history of music, this song is not only one of my favorite songs ever, but one of the best to workout to.

30. Justified & Ancient by KLF featuring Tammy Wynette. The last time I ran the treadmill, I found myself increasing the intensity and going hardcore as soon as this song started playing.

29. Undead by Hollywood Undead. Going to the gym is about being alive, not being dead. What more is there to say? I think the title explains everything perfectly.

28. Gouryella by Gouryella. Have you ever heard a song so powerful, you could not help but include it in your daily fitness routine? This is one of those songs.

27. Till I Collapse by Eminem featuring Nate Dogg. Whenever I train any sort of martial art, I cannot help but play this song. It's motivating in a sense that it just grabs you and makes you perform greater.

26. 2 Legit 2 Quit by Hammer. If you can visit the gym, make it legit that you will become a member. Then as you become motivated, never quite. It's that simple.

25. Funky Cold Medina by Tone Loc. The innuendos in this song are funny, however; the beats are so incredibly evident, it just makes this jam one of the best songs to kick the bag to.

24. Naz Nakon (Remix) featuring Kamy R. Whenever you train MMA, what do you listen to? I will tell you, this song is one of the many that I listen to. I just love it.

23. Better Off Alone by Alice DJ. This song is dance music at it's finest. The trance in this song is softer than most, but still gives you the strong instrumentals to make it part of a workout playlist.

22. Nurega by Organic Audio. The first time I heard this song was on Fast & Furious and ever since, I have been quite a fan. Let's just say it's been on my workout playlist ever since.

21. Starships Over Alice by Arctic Moon. Today when I hit the cable pulls, this song came on. To be honest, I think it intensified my workout. Does that make sense to you?

20. Morphine by Michael Jackson. One of the best songs ever by the King of Pop and yet, I cannot understand why it never received any airplay. Sure the lyrics tell a very sad story, but the beats make this song exciting.

19. Children by Robert Miles. The combination tells a story that sends a message through the music. There are no lyrics, just strong beats and epic instrumentals.

18. Heaven by DJ Sammy. As one of the greatest covers I have ever heard, this dance song proves to be one of the greatest songs to workout to. Do you have this on your workout playlist?

17. Sea Tides by Andy Blueman. The last time I went downhill skiing, I found myself playing this tune on repeat. I cannot explain it, it's just that amazing.

16. Calling Your Name by Anomaly. When I am training Escrima, I love listening to this song. It's exciting and it is mysterious. What more is there to say?

15. Thug N U Thug N Me (Remix) by Tupac featuring K-Ci & JoJo. As one of the greatest jams of all time, I must confess that this song is one of the best to sweat to. The next time you decide to pick up the weights, make sure this jam is playing.

14. Black Cat by Janet Jackson. When it comes to do any kind of cross training, this tune always starts playing. We only have one life, so you better watch your step or you are going to die.

13. Galaxy Bounce by The Chemical Brothers. This uptempo remains to be one of my favorite songs ever and one of the best songs to sweat to.

12. Everytime We Touch by Cascada. I feel like singing this song to my very faithful and loving mountain bike that ride virtually everyday. This song always gets my heart racing.

11. Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic. When I first heard this song, I was a child. And every single time I hear it, I find myself being more motivated to not only push myself harder, but garner the strength to become stronger.

10. Turkish March by Mozart. Is there anyone on earth that doesn't love Mozart? This classical number is one of the greatest songs you will want to add to your fitness playlist.

9. Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor. Nothing is more fierce and wild than this 80s classic. Played in various action movies, this song is so inspiring and is a great song to do stomach crunches to.

8. Satisfaction by Benny Bennassi. Not only is this one of the most successful covers I have ever heard, it's one of the best songs you will ever want to workout to. If you get satisfaction hitting the speed back, just make sure this song is playing while you do it.

7. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C&C Music Factory. Are you ready to sweat? Exercising releases in endorphins and as a result, you sweat. The next time you decide to do an interval workout, make sure this 90s classic is playing. RIP David Cole.

6. Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex. My favorite songs to sweat to are those that have the strongest beats. Where did you go? Where did you go, Cotton Eye Joe?

5. Little Bird by Annie Lennox. The first time I heard this song, I could not help but get into my fitness routine. What else is there to say? It's haute.

4. Da Funk by The Daft Punk. It's a well known fact that Daft Punk is really talented, however; I believe without this song, they wouldn't be world-class superstars. Did I mention that I love working out to this song?

3. Tribal Dance by 2 Unlimited. When I first heard this song, I was a young girl. Now as a young woman, I still love working out to this song and it never gets old.

2. P Control by Prince. The best way to explain this jam is dirty hip hop pop at it's finest. Sure the lyrics possess some sexual innuendo, but the beats make up for it. It's a great song to workout to. You just have to love Prince.

1. Techno Syndrome by The Immortals. The best songs to workout to are those that are so exciting, every single time you hear it played; it's as if you are hearing it for the first time. If you have ever watched The Mortal Kombat, you will understand why this song is the best song to workout to.