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Have an Awesome Halloween Costume?

I’m looking for someone to be the Healthy Babe of the Day in costume for the October 31st HBOTD post!

So all of you gorgeous people who haven’t yet submitted and have an awesome costume, think about it please!

Also, if you guys want to submit pictures of yourselves in your costumes, I will be glad to post it on the blog. I’m so curious to see what people come up with.


A big part of being healthy, for me, is eating food that is fresh, organic, and/or local. Eating fruits and vegetables not only tastes great, but makes you look and feel great too; excellent for your skin, hair, and heart.

Apples, carrots, grapes, pumpkins, pears, and brussel sprouts are all in peak season in my area. We go to a local farmer’s market on the weekend and grab all of our produce there (along with some yummy cider!). I’m a huge believer in farm to table.

To find out what’s in season in your area, you can use Epicurious’ Peak Season Map.

Healthy Babe of the Day!


Name/Tumblr: My name is Nyree and my tumblr url is

Height/Size: 5’2 size 20-24 (mostly 22/24)

TFF: How did you discover HAES? 

N: I wasn’t aware of this term until tumblr, but before then I had heard of intuitive eating which is somewhat similar.

TFF: What does living a healthy life entail for you? 

N: For me it entails making myself happy and feel good, mentally and physically. I try to eat foods that make me happy (even if they aren’t deemed “healthy”). Lately I’ve been trying to buy more natural, organic, and fiber rich foods. I just want to find a better alternative to the things I eat, that are healthy and taste good. I also try to keep my stress levels down and incorporate physical activity when I can. In addition, I’m also trying to use/make as many natural products as I can. 

TFF: What are some of your favorite foods?

N: Some of my favorite food are those good home cooked meals and almost anything with white chocolate and cream cheese lol. But for healthier foods I love vegetables like spinach and broccoli, fruits like black grapes and bananas,  oatmeal and cous cous.

TFF: What are your favorite ways to be active? 

N: I love badminton. Im currently not in shape enough to play but one day I’d like to be again. Other than that, I like the treadmill or walks in interesting places like the park.

TFF: What makes you feel strong?

N: Accomplishing my goals. Whether it be getting an hour in on the treadmill or doing all of my homework for the night.

TFF: Emotional health matters too! What do you do to center/care for yourself emotionally? 

N: Besides keeping negative situations and people at a distance, blogging about my feelings on tumblr helps a lot. I don’t have many people to talk to so I try to rely on myself. Introspection and feed back from people on tumblr helps, as well as mental health days. Those are very important.

TFF: Describe a moment when you felt less than great about your body:

N: This past summer was a really hard time for me and my body. I didn’t have a full length mirror to help me see that I wasn’t bad looking and living with my mom, who doesn’t understand body acceptance, challenged me emotionally. I’m really glad not to be in that place anymore.

TFF: What about a moment when you felt particularly empowered/body positive?

N: Everyday on tumblr I do. I see so many beautiful women like you, marfmellow, pocketsandbows, and buttahlove and they inspire me to love and appreciate myself. Just because I’m fat doesn’t mean I’m not worthy of anything. They make me feel good to be me, but more importantly they helped me to find the strength and courage to be me and to not care what other people say or think.

TFF: Any advice?

N: Challenge all negative thinking because it will get to you and remember that self love is the best love. No matter what you look like, you’re beautiful and worth it.

TFF: Thanks, Nyree! I’m a huge fan of badminton as well, it’s a fun way to workout.

Submit Your Story!

News & Notes

Good morning lovely people!

I get a lot of asks saying that they’d like to submit, but they don’t feel they are “healthy enough” yet. There is no such thing! If you do anything to contribute to what you see is a healthy lifestyle, you’re exactly who I’m looking for.

  • I’m also looking for more submissions from guys and babes of a smaller frame
  • A huge thank you to the almost 10 babes I’ve posted/will post

I’m testing out my recipe for the first ever Sweet Tooth Sunday! It’s yummy. I’m not vegetarian, or vegan, so the recipes that I post from foods I make most likely won’t be. 

I’ll do my best to post vegan/vegetarian recipes, but I know a good amount of you guys are, so I’d appreciate it if you submit some recipes/photos.

  • Music Monday is coming, so be sure to let me know what songs you’re shakin’ that ass to :)

Have a wonderful day!


On Self Care

In light of my less than stellar emotional health today, I thought I’d take a little time to write on self care. I’m no expert, but this is what I know, and how I understand it. 

Self care is simply the steps you take to maintain your health; physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual. The little things you do to keep yourself refreshed, happy, and to help you grow.

In the last few months I have realized that self care is so vital to the quality of life I live. Due to the busy nature of our lives with school, work, children, mourning, celebration, and everything in between and beyond, we sometimes let the things that are important to our well-being and happiness slip through the cracks.

So whatever it is that makes you feel great, promise yourself to do it; at least one or two things for yourself every day. Whether its taking a walk, eating some fruit, reading a book, taking a bubble bath, meditating, or saying a prayer, take a little bit of time to be good to yourself, because you deserve it.

You deserve to be happy.

Here are a couple of articles, just in case:

Also, I’m curious, how do you like to self care?

News & Notes

Good morning lovely people! I hope you all had a good night’s rest; it’s one of the best things you can do for your health.

I want to start off by thanking you guys for your continued support, yesterday saw a 30% increase in followers! And you guys are responding to what I post, so I know I’m not screwing it up just yet, haha. A few things: 

  • I have Healthy Babes of the Day submissions to last me until next Friday, 10/28. 
  • However, the life of this blog will surpass that date (I hope!) so I want you guys to submit your strong, gorgeous selves!
  • If you guys have any recipe requests, I’ll be glad to experiment! Whether it’s a specific type of cuisine, or a type of diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan). Whatever you’re craving, I promise to find a recipe, and maybe even make it and post results!

I also want to introduce a couple of features to the blog:

  • A weekly workout playlist comprised of songs you guys can put in my ask box and compile them all into a downloadable list for a Music Monday. What kind of music are you moving to?
  • Sweet Tooth Sundays: this blog is called Cupcakes & Calisthenics after all! I will post a yummy (and nutritious) sweet treat recipe or two, and as usual you guys are welcome to submit recipes and pictures of your faves!

Let me know what you think, and about any ideas you may have in the ask box. Have a great day, and stay hydrated darlings!


What I had for dinner: marinara sauce with turkey and spinach meatballs over penne pasta, salad on the side.

It was really quick and easy to make.

(serves 8)

Turkey Meatballs

  • 1lb lean ground turkey meat
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped spinach leaves
  • 2tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Combine ingredients. If mixture is too wet to roll into a ball, add more breadcrumbs. Roll rounded tablespoons of the mixture, and brown them well in a skillet with the olive oil. Set aside

Boil 1 box of whole wheat penne pasta, reserve 1/2 cup starchy pasta water.

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 small tomatoes boiled, skinned, and diced OR 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup pasta water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 sprig or 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Sautè onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and basil in olive oil over medium-high heat until onions are tender and semi-translucent. Stir in diced tomatoes and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Then add tomato sauce, pasta water, and rosemary, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add browned meatballs and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until flavors are combined.


Low-Impact Exercise

Yesterday, I was sent a question by a lovely lady who asked if I knew what exercises were good for her to start back working out. She is a plus size lady who in the past had an ankle injury, and thus wanted something low impact to start with.

I think walking is so effective, but most people dismiss it as not “intense” enough. Whether it be on a treadmill, or outdoors (which I personally love) find a pace that is comfortable for you and warm up at that pace. After a good five, ten minutes pick up the pace a bit and challenge yourself. Walk places you need to be! Making exercise practical is the perfect way to fit it into your day. 

Dancing is also so underrated as a means of getting fit. Making a playlist that’s, let’s say, 20 minutes long and committing to jamming out to it burns calories and builds endurance! Plus you’re having fun. For me, dancing is not only a way to move, but a way to get in touch with my body, and learn to love it more.

When I first started working out, I loved racquetball. It was fun, and intense, but I set my own pace, so it wasn’t overwhelming. Swimming and biking are also great cardio workouts.

If you have a membership to a gym, I would try the elliptical at a low resistance; it is very low impact which is good for that ankle of yours. And some simple weight lifting; bicep curls, tricep extensions, etc. with a small weight, perhaps 5lbs, in each hand.

What are your favorite exercises? Let me know, add to the list!

There’s little simpler and more delicious than a poached egg on toast. So that’s exactly what I had for breakfast!

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 slice wheat bread
  • 1 thin slice red onion
  • 1/2 small tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 avocado, thinly sliced
  • salt & pepper to taste

I poached the eggs for three minutes in water with a squirt of lemon juice (the lemon juice helps the whites stick together) while I toasted the wheat bread. I just arranged the veggies on the toast, spreading the avocado a bit on the hot toast, and topped with the eggs, salt, and pepper. Voila! 

It’s filling, easy, and yummy. Change it up by frying the egg with a small spray of olive oil and crumbling your favorite cheese on top, or adding peppers, etc.