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The Healthy Bride: A Real Bride's Journey to "I Do" Part II

Lauren Gleisberg shares her go-to cardio workout and a yummy protein muffin recipe!

Lauren Gleisberg is a recently engaged health and fitness enthusiast, with several years experience in the industry. She's well-known for her motivating and achievable tips and programs, which can be found on her website. We'll be following her monthly with her plans for a healthy body and mind leading up to her wedding day.

Engaged…what next?? That’s a question I began asking myself after the post-engagement high wore off. While still very excited, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with where to start planning and getting myself wedding dress ready.

First off, it’s important to set specific goals then create a plan of attack. For me, many brides-to-be and anyone attending a wedding, it’s important to us that we not only look good, but also feel great! With that as my goal, I reverse engineered a plan, making simple, yet effective tweaks to focus on building a healthy body from the inside out.

This month, I’m going to be incorporating more cardiovascular workouts and healthier snacks into my routine. Cardio workouts are beneficial for the body and mind. Any bride-to-be knows the importance of keeping stress to a minimum and enjoying her engagement and wedding planning. Engaging in cardio workouts two to three times per week can help clear the mind as well as burn serious calories to begin sweating for the wedding!

The type of cardio I suggest implementing is HIIT also known as high intensity interval training. The benefits of HIIT workouts are that they can deliver the same benefits of a long, moderately paced workout in nearly half the time. HIIT consists of intervals of high intensity followed by periods of rest to allow the heart rate to recover. An additional benefit of HIIT is what is known as the afterburn that is generated, which allows your body to burn calories for up to 24 hours following the workout!

Below is a great HIIT cardio workout that can be performed in the gym or right at home!


While workouts help achieve a strong and fit body, nutrition acts to reveal those results by aiding in fat loss. The key to cleaning up unhealthy food habits is to make simple substitutions. This month, I’m focusing on swapping indulgences for healthier snack options, which I suggest as a starting point. For instance, instead of that calorie-dense piece of cake, try out my Single Serving Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates! It’s a perfect snack or even quick breakfast option, and it won’t disappoint on the taste!


Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe


1 mashed banana

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 egg

1/4 c almond flour, coconut flour, oat flour (blended oats), oatmeal, or crushed rice cakes

Prep: Mash banana in mug -Add in all other ingredients, stirring in the chocolate chips last Microwave for 1.5-2 minutes

Turn over mug, flipping out the muffin *NOTE: if the center of the muffin in a bit mushy, microwave in additional 15-second increments


For frequent healthy living tips and inspiration visit Lauren's website or follow her on Instagram: @laurengleisberg

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