Shontta’s Top 30: Part Four of Four | Fitness Books, Snacks, and Drinks

You all are the best! Hearing from readers is always great for us here at Covenantblessing. It’s encouraging to know that we are encouraging you! Recently, you’ve responded to my personal weight loss testimony. And since this is another area in which I minister, I always want to share things that God showed me on my journey. Working in the fitness industry has been a tremendous blessing. I’m continuously learning and tweaking my own eating habits and exercise routine; I want to share that with you as well.

I've put together five categories with my personal top five items. These lists are not limited to all that I believe, eat and participate in, but they are the ones I like best and do most often. Included are links to sites that I believe will assist you in gaining knowledge about your weight loss/maintenance efforts. I believe in you, and more importantly so does God! He promised to bless everything you do, and you can do all things through Christ who give you strength (Ps. 1:3; Phil 4:13). Here goes:

List Four—Five fitness books:

All of these books are easy reads. They offer ideas that are practical and non-constricting. None of them are ‘diet’ books, I don’t believe in those. None of us totally agrees with any author, but these books have given me some superior knowledge that I have put into practice and gotten positive results. Promotion of overall happiness in life I believe is their ultimate goal.

  1. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. Yes, this book changed every part of my life and is one of my all-time favorites.

  2. Power Foods: Good Food, Good Health with Phytochemicals, Nature's Own Energy Boosters by Stephanie Beling. If for any reason you are disgusted with traditional diets, this book will liberate you! Enjoy food and eating again!

  3. The Power of 5: Hundreds of 5-Second to 5-Minute Scientific Shortcuts to Ignite Your Energy, Burn Fat, Stop Aging and Revitalize Your Love Life by Harold H. Bloomfield and Robert K. Cooper. OK, this book is a keeper you will refer to again and again! It’s more than diet and exercise it deals with everything from anxiety to aging with research references.

  4. Frame Work by Dr. Nicholas A. DiNubile MD and William Patrick. This book is about balancing your body, maximizing its healing ability and maintaining an active life through proper exercise. The author does a great job of communicating the benefits of tailoring your workout to your body’s frame.

  5. Super Foods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life by Steven G. Pratt and Kathy Matthews. Again, people who present healthy living as something to be enjoyed, not as some rigid, sugar-free, bland, fat-free low-carb existence. They speak of maximizing the benefits of things God put in the earth for us to enjoy.
List Five—Five favorite snacks:

Now for the fun part—eating! With all the parties, holidays and multi-tasking, we have to be creative as we choose snacks. Most of these can be bought or homemade. I eat them all guilt-free!

  1. Berries. Pretty much any kind will do. My favorite ones are blackberries and raspberries. Check out the benefits at http://nutrition.about.com/od/healthyfood1/a/berries.htm.

  2. Mangos. Yum! Mix these in with your bowl of watermelon and cantaloupe for a super sweet snack. Resource: http://www.thefoodpaper.com/features/health/mango.html

  3. Fruit and Nut Trail Mix. Yes, the ones with chocolate are fine. However since I prefer to have my chocolate in the form of some ultra rich cake, I skip having it in my trail mix. My favorites are PLANTERS® fruit and nut trail mix and Craisins® Trail Mix - Cranberry, Fruit & Nuts. Super Target also carries a large variety of mixes. Resources: (http://www.planters.com/varieties/trailmix.aspx and http://www.oceanspray.com/products/craisins_trail_mix_cranberry_fruit_nuts.aspx

  4. Granola. Pretty close to trail mix, but it has the oats in it. I’ve actually found this priced for a dollar at my local drugstore! Talk about a great alternative to a greasy bag of chips. Resource: http://img.walgreens.com/store/catalog/Meal-Planning/Select-Cranberry-Almond-Granola/ID=prod3489575-product

  5. Yogurt. Nowadays pretty much everyone knows about the benefits of yogurt. So pick your favorite brand and flavor, throw it in your bag with a plastic spoon and enjoy soccer practice. Resource: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-yogurt
List Six—Five favorite drinks:

One of the last things I did to aide my weight loss efforts, was cut soda from my diet. Please don’t be alarmed if you are a sodaholic. I’m not advising you to do so, but remember what I said about learning some things for yourself. I’ll put it this way: I immediately saw a change in my weight. Besides water, here are the things I drink most.
  1. Raspberry Tea. Tea is healthy and so are raspberries. You can make your own, buy it or use one of those nifty drink mixes in your water. Resource: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/tea-types-and-their-health-benefits

  2. Almond milk. Delicious. Goes great on your favorite cereal—not Fruity Pebbles! Read more at http://www.silkpurealmond.com/?gclid=CNa08IDrj6ICFQfxDAod9CGWaQ#a=3;r=1.

  3. Soy milk. I don’t use this so much on cereal as I do to get the benefits of the soy. Resource: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/joy-soy.

  4. One hundred percent fruit juices. Who doesn’t love this stuff! Pick your brand.

  5. Potbelly’s dreamsickle smoothie. My one true guilty pleasure. Yummeee! Resource: http://www.potbelly.com/Food/Menu.aspx
And, to further prove that I’m not some robot health person, sometimes I actually do the following things: stay indoors all day watching football and managing my fantasy team (www.espn.com/fantasy), eat Kruncher’s Mesquite Bar-b-que chips (http://snydersofhanover.stores.yahoo.net/krkecopoch.html), Ultimate Loaded Queso from On The Border (www.ontheborder.com) and tour The Cheesecake Factory (www.thecheesecakefactory.com). That’s actually five guilty pleasures—might as well stick with the theme!

I’ve totally enjoyed this and pray you benefit from the information and resources here. Remember, we are blessed to be a blessing. The things God has done in us, He wants to do through us. So we would all be remiss if we didn’t share our testimonies and blessings with others—it’s our calling!

Please write me with your praise reports, feedback or questions.

Be blessed friends and have the perfect day everyday

Psalm 138:8

--Shon Stevens is a writer and professional fitness instructor. Shon lives in Texas with her husband and two children.

You all are the best! Hearing from readers is always great for us here at Covenantblessing. It’s encouraging to know that we are encouraging you! Recently, you’ve responded to my personal weight loss testimony. And since this is another area in which I minister, I always want to share things that God showed me on my journey. Working in the fitness industry has been a tremendous blessing. I’m continuously learning and tweaking my own eating habits and exercise routine; I want to share that with you as well.


I’ve put together five categories with my personal top five items. These lists are not limited to all that I believe, eat and participate in, but they are the ones I like best and do most often. Included are links to sites that I believe will assist you in gaining knowledge about your weight loss/maintenance efforts. I believe in you, and more importantly so does God! He promised to bless everything you do, and you can do all things through Christ who give you strength (Ps. 1:3; Phil 4:13). Here goes:


List Four—Five fitness books:

All of these books are easy reads. They offer ideas that are practical and non-constricting. None of them are ‘diet’ books, I don’t believe in those. None of us totally agrees with any author, but these books have given me some superior knowledge that I have put into practice and gotten positive results. Promotion of overall happiness in life I believe is their ultimate goal.



  1. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. Yes, this book changed every part of my life and is one of my all-time favorites.

  2. Power Foods: Good Food, Good Health with Phytochemicals, Nature's Own Energy Boosters by Stephanie Beling. If for any reason you are disgusted with traditional diets, this book will liberate you! Enjoy food and eating again!

  3. The Power of 5: Hundreds of 5-Second to 5-Minute Scientific Shortcuts to Ignite Your Energy, Burn Fat, Stop Aging and Revitalize Your Love Life by Harold H. Bloomfield and Robert K. Cooper. OK, this book is a keeper you will refer to again and again! It’s more than diet and exercise it deals with everything from anxiety to aging with research references.

  4. Frame Work by Dr. Nicholas A. DiNubile MD and William Patrick. This book is about balancing your body, maximizing its healing ability and maintaining an active life through proper exercise. The author does a great job of communicating the benefits of tailoring your workout to your body’s frame.

  5. Super Foods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life by Steven G. Pratt and Kathy Matthews. Again, people who present healthy living as something to be enjoyed, not as some rigid, sugar-free, bland, fat-free low-carb existence. They speak of maximizing the benefits of things God put in the earth for us to enjoy.


List Five—Five favorite snacks:

Now for the fun part—eating! With all the parties, holidays and multi-tasking, we have to be creative as we choose snacks. Most of these can be bought or homemade. I eat them all guilt-free!



  1. Berries. Pretty much any kind will do. My favorite ones are blackberries and raspberries. Check out the benefits at http://nutrition.about.com/od/healthyfood1/a/berries.htm.

  2. Mangos. Yum! Mix these in with your bowl of watermelon and cantaloupe for a super sweet snack. Resource: http://www.thefoodpaper.com/features/health/mango.html

  3. Fruit and Nut Trail Mix. Yes, the ones with chocolate are fine. However since I prefer to have my chocolate in the form of some ultra rich cake, I skip having it in my trail mix. My favorites are PLANTERS® fruit and nut trail mix and Craisins® Trail Mix - Cranberry, Fruit & Nuts. Super Target also carries a large variety of mixes. Resources: (http://www.planters.com/varieties/trailmix.aspx and http://www.oceanspray.com/products/craisins_trail_mix_cranberry_fruit_nuts.aspx

  4. Granola. Pretty close to trail mix, but it has the oats in it. I’ve actually found this priced for a dollar at my local drugstore! Talk about a great alternative to a greasy bag of chips. Resource: http://img.walgreens.com/store/catalog/Meal-Planning/Select-Cranberry-Almond-Granola/ID=prod3489575-product

  5. Yogurt. Nowadays pretty much everyone knows about the benefits of yogurt. So pick your favorite brand and flavor, throw it in your bag with a plastic spoon and enjoy soccer practice. Resource: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-yogurt


List Six—Five favorite drinks:

One of the last things I did to aide my weight loss efforts, was cut soda from my diet. Please don’t be alarmed if you are a sodaholic. I’m not advising you to do so, but remember what I said about learning some things for yourself. I’ll put it this way: I immediately saw a change in my weight. Besides water, here are the things I drink most.



  1. Raspberry Tea. Tea is healthy and so are raspberries. You can make your own, buy it or use one of those nifty drink mixes in your water. Resource: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/tea-types-and-their-health-benefits

  2. Almond milk. Delicious. Goes great on your favorite cereal—not Fruity Pebbles! Read more at http://www.silkpurealmond.com/?gclid=CNa08IDrj6ICFQfxDAod9CGWaQ#a=3;r=1.

  3. Soy milk. I don’t use this so much on cereal as I do to get the benefits of the soy. Resource: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/joy-soy.

  4. One hundred percent fruit juices. Who doesn’t love this stuff! Pick your brand.

  5. Potbelly’s dreamsickle smoothie. My one true guilty pleasure. Yummeee! Resource: http://www.potbelly.com/Food/Menu.aspx


And, to further prove that I’m not some robot health person, sometimes I actually do the following things: stay indoors all day watching football and managing my fantasy team (www.espn.com/fantasy), eat Kruncher’s Mesquite Bar-b-que chips (http://snydersofhanover.stores.yahoo.net/krkecopoch.html), Ultimate Loaded Queso from On The Border (www.ontheborder.com) and tour The Cheesecake Factory (www.thecheesecakefactory.com). That’s actually five guilty pleasures—might as well stick with the theme!


I’ve totally enjoyed this and pray you benefit from the information and resources here. Remember, we are blessed to be a blessing. The things God has done in us, He wants to do through us. So we would all be remiss if we didn’t share our testimonies and blessings with others—it’s our calling!


Please write me with your praise reports, feedback or questions.


Be blessed friends and have the perfect day everyday

Psalm 138:8

Shontta



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