Health & Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

In the 2 years I’ve been working at the community college, I’ve never gotten stuck in traffic like I did today. Total standstill! And I thought today was Thursday…bummer :-P

Here are some links for you to catch up on today!

Featured: Tangy Crockpot Turkey Meatballs (SlimSanity)

 How good do those look? I love any kind of meatballs, and the fact that you can make it in the crockpot is even better. I’ve been meaning to use my crockpot more but just haven’t found more recipes to try (I’m sick of the ones I make over and over again), so I’ll definitely have to try this one out! Yes, I’ve been trying to eat more meatless, but about 1-2 times a week I do eat some sort of meat. I’ll make an exception for this one ;)

  • Game Day Veggie Burgers (Her Heartland Soul) – I used to think veggie burgers would taste gross, but I really enjoy them now. My favorite are the chickpea burgers from Morning Star. This recipe looks delicious!
  • 5 Healthy Sandwich Swaps (Mom to Mom Nutrition) – Sandwiches are my favorite lunch, and these are all great ideas. Recently I’ve started swapping out turkey for more veggies, like chickpea salad. Though my favorite will always be melted cheese on turkey and toasted bread.
  • 10 Healthy Food Swaps (Fitful Focus) – Love mayo? Use avocados instead. Or use blended frozen bananas for that ice cream craving (still need to try this myself actually).
  • Breakfast Burrito Bowl with Sweet Potato Noodles (Food Faith & Fitness) – I use my Veggetti to make zucchini noodles and haven’t tried sweet potato noodles yet. I love sweet potatoes!
  • 10 Ways To Drink More Water (Jill Conyers) – This is your hydration reminder!

Have you made spiralized recipes? Share your favorite one in the comments so I can try it!


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Health & Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Well, talk about an overhyped storm! For the past few days the media had been talking about this HISTORIC blizzard of 2015…we were going to get 25-30 inches! I think we ended up getting a total of 6ish haha. I don’t think it’s the meteorologists fault. Many are complaining about them and how they overhyped it, but I think it’s the media. The media was all over this storm and telling people to prepare, get their gas cans ready if needed, etc. etc. You’d think it was the apocalypse bu how they reported it. But whatever…I was just happy to get 2 snow days out of it ;)

Okay so let’s get into this week’s links! Some of the businesses I work with through my business are health & wellness related, so it’s fun perusing blogs and websites each day to curate content. Found a lot of great stuff over the past few days!

Featured: Vanilla Overnight Oats (24 Carrot Life)

I’ve actually never made overnight oats but keep meaning to. I am all about easy, on-the-go breakfasts. My usual is 2 hard boiled eggs that I eat in my car because I give myself just enough time in the morning to get ready and get out. Sleep > sit down breakfast :) Will definitely be trying this one soon!

I’ve been trying a lot of new recipes lately, experimenting with meatless ones. So if you have any favorite meatless recipes, please leave a link in the comments – I’d love to try it!

Do you already have races planned for 2015? Which ones? I haven’t made a race calendar yet.


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Health & Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Feeling so tired today. Ever have those weeks where you just need like 1 day to sleep in and catch up? That’s how I’m feeling this week. Oh well…gotta keep trucking along! At least it’s already Wednesday :)

I have some great info for you all today, so when you have some downtime, take a look!

Featured: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Balls (Nutritious Eats)


These look so good! I have made similar “protein balls” in the past, and I can attest to the fact that they taste like a cookie or sweet treat, when in reality they are much healthier. Doesn’t take long to make at all!

  • Ultra Fluffy Vanilla Pumpkin Chickpea Pancakes (Strength & Sunshine) – I’m currently all about pumpkin so I need to make these. I’ve never actually had pumpkin in anything other than coffee :-P
  • 18 Spiralized Recipes (Side of Sneakers) – I have been loving spiralized zucchini lately. I use my Veggetti which works well and is small so it’s easy to store. Except yesterday I accidentally sliced my finger in it =(
  • Killer Legs & Glutes (Fighting For Wellness) – This looks like a great lower body workout. I love swiss ball leg curls.
  • Better Than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice (Eat Pray Run DC) – I actually haven’t had takeout in forever, which now has me craving takeout. Perhaps I’ll have to make this for dinner this week!

Have you used a spiralizer? What are your favorite veggies to use?


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Health & Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

It’s September yet it’s in the 90s and super humid this week…sweet. Not gonna lie, I’m not a fan of summer, so I’m ready for it to be over. Yeah, yeah, yeah we will all be complaining once it’s snowing out but for me, I’d rather be freezing than sweating :)

Anyway, here are some great links for you to read today!

Featured: Healthier Homemade Crunch Bars (Slimsanity)


I used to LOVE CRUNCH bars as a kid. I definitely want to try making these because I have a major sweet tooth and this would be the perfect little treat.

  • How To Make A Protein Smoothie Without Protein Powder (Oh My Veggies) – When you think protein shake you always think about adding protein powder. This is a great guide showing other foods you can use.
  • 5 Keys To A Successful Google+ Marketing Strategy (Kamila Gornia) – So many people overlook Google+ in their social strategy but I actually really love it. I’ve gotten many new readers from Google+!
  • 5 Ways To Improve Grip Strength (Fit Knit Chick) – I’ve definitely been held back due to grip strength in the past. I could do heavier deadlifts but my forearms would be burning and I couldn’t hold on to the bar any longer. Great tips!
  • Healthy After School Snacks (You Signed Up For What?!) – Whether you’re going back to school or not, these are snacks you can easily make (at any age) :)

Have you ever had issues with grip strength/felt your forearms burning/can’t hold on any longer? This is why I struggle with farmer’s walks!


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20 Strawberry Recipes

Summer is the perfect time to serve up recipes that include strawberries. I love strawberries in salads, smoothies, yogurt, or just by themselves. If you or your kids used to love Fruit Roll-Ups, then you’ll certainly enjoy the homemade roll-up recipe. Or if you’re looking for a healthy dinner option, the strawberry balsamic pizza with chicken and bacon is sure to be a hit.

This list of strawberry recipes includes both savory and sweet options, and a few drink recipes as well. I really want to try the Strawberry Smash Cocktail ;) Enjoy!

Strawberry Recipes


Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Strawberry Mango Fruit Roll-Ups

Strawberry Pretzel Parfaits

Strawberry Basil Sorbet

Strawberry Nutella Poptarts

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

Skinny Strawberry Banana Milkshakes


Strawberry Salad with Seared Ahi Tuna and Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Almond Strawberry Salad

Strawberry Asparagus Salad with Bacon and Almonds

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

Strawberry Balsamic Pizza With Chicken And Bacon

Roasted Strawberry and Asparagus Salad with Strawberry-Tahini Dressing

Salmon with Strawberry Salsa


Strawberry Mojito

Strawberry Sweet Iced Tea

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Smash Cocktail

Which of these do you want to try? 


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10 Coffee Recipes For Coffee Lovers

By now, you probably know I’m a coffee addict. I mainly enjoy hot coffee, but now that it’s summer I have been drinking more iced coffee lately. I want to try to make my own iced coffee, which was the inspiration behind this post.

I gathered up 10 coffee recipes, both hot and iced, for you to try. I definitely want to try the mocha coconut iced coffee…how good does that look??

If you have a coffee recipe on your blog, please leave it in the comments so I can see it!



Perfect Iced Coffee (The Pioneer Woman)
Homemade Mocha Coconut Iced Coffees (How Sweet Eats)

Photo Source: How Sweet Eats

Cappuccino-Chip Frappe (The Kitchn)
Vietnamese Wild Blueberry Iced Coffee (Cooking With Books)
Cold Brewed Iced Coffee (Smitten Kitchen)
Vanilla Cinnamon Iced Coffee (The Novice Chef)


Fancy Vanilla Latte (A Cozy Kitchen)
Vanilla Honey Chai Tea Latte (Back To Her Roots)
Homemade Pumpkin Spiced Latte (Farmgirl Gourmet)

 Photo Source: Farmgirl Gourmet
Do you prefer hot or iced coffee? What’s your favorite flavor?


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Strawberry Avocado Salad

This week I’m all about trying new recipes! Today for lunch I had some leftover veggie stew from last night (cooked in my crock pot!) and a strawberry avocado salad. I got the idea from Flourishing Foodie. I have wanted to add fruit to my salads for the longest time but never did because I usually have either tuna or chicken in them, and the thought of fruit with that creeped me out. I’m lame, I know.

So when I made my salads in jars this weekend, I made sure to include this one. Here’s the recipe, with my modifications in bold:

makes 4 salads

4 cups baby spinach
1 avocado, diced
2 cups strawberries, halved
2 – 3 shallots, sliced (didn’t have these)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice (didn’t have this, but I used balsamic vinegar to mix with the olive oil)
1 tbsp sugar (didn’t add this)
2 tbsp Dijon mustard (I used honey dijon…yummm)
1/2 tsp salt
cracked pepper
1/4 cup sliced almonds

In a large serving bowl, add the spinach and top with avocado, strawberries, and shallots.
In a small jar with a lid, combine the olive oil, lime juice, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Cover and shake.
Drizzle the dressing over the salad, and sprinkle on the almonds.

It was delicious! I’m not a huge avocado fan but I’m going to try adding it into my salads.

I know this week has been a lot of food and recipes, so I will try to film a new workout video this weekend!

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Easy Recipe – Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf!

I originally found this recipe via PaleOMG and thought I need to try this. I love meatloaf, I love chicken, and I love things with easy prep time.

I will put her recipe below, and list what my modifications were in bold. I didn’t have some ingredients, but it still turned out delicious and was a hit with my family! The only main thing missing was onions and celery, so I guess when I throw those in it will be even better!

Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf (source: PaleOMG)
Prep time:  5 mins *prep time really did only take 5 minutes. Perfect.
Cook time:  30 mins
Total time:  35 mins
Serves: 2-4 *I doubled everything because I needed it to serve 5, and wanted leftovers for lunch
  • 1lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour or ½ cup almond flour/meal *I didn’t have almond flour, so I used about 3-4 tablespoons of rolled oats instead for binding purposes
  • 3-4 tablespoons hot sauce (I used Red Hot)
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced *I didn’t have this but will add next time
  • ¼ small yellow onion, diced *I didn’t have this but my mom isn’t a huge fan of onions anyway
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder *I used 1.5 teaspoons of diced garlic instead of powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper *I didn’t have this so I used basil for seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place all ingredients in a bowl and use your hands to mix thoroughly.
  3. Plop mixture into two mini loaf pans OR one large loaf pan. You make the call my friend.
  4. Bake for 25-35 or until chicken is completely cooked through.
  5. I used the poke technique. Poke the meat, if it sinks in, like it’s uncooked, it probably is.
  6. Let cool.
  7. Eat.

As she says, it really is SO easy. Therefore, it’s also easy to make extra for leftovers. Which is what I am eating for lunch as I type this :)

I have never had meatloaf made out of ground chicken before, but I already know this will be a staple in my household.

Let me know if you decide to try this, and what you think!

Final Product =)


Have you ever tried a green smoothie?

I love green smoothies. What a great way to get your veggies in. I’m not a big fan of vegetables so if I can drink them that’s perfect.

I was drinking green smoothies regularly over the summer but then fell off. I am trying to get back into it now, and have been having one for breakfast (along with some eggs or something for protein). This is what I made this morning:

Yes, I know it doesn’t look like the most appetizing thing in the world…but I promise you, you don’t really taste the veggies at all!

This smoothie was:

  • a handful of frozen kale
  • a handful of baby carrots
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup water

I could only taste the banana. Think about all of the nutrients packed into this 1 smoothie! I would highly recommend it as something for breakfast, or a midday snack. Here are other smoothie recipes I have made in the past:

Green Machine

  • handful of frozen kale (you can also use spinach)
  • 3-4 pieces of celery that comes already cut up (the pieces are the size of your finger)
  • 1 banana

Lots of Veggies!

  • handful of frozen kale (or spinach)
  • 3-4 pieces of celery
  • handful of baby carrots
  • 1 banana

Simple Smoothie

  • 1 apple
  • handful of baby carrots

More Fruit!

  • handful of frozen kale (or spinach)
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/2 an apple
  • your choice of celery or carrots

Lean and Green

  • 1/4 cup egg whites (for protein)
  • handful of frozen kale (or spinach)
  • your choice of celery or carrots
  • 1 banana or 1 whole apple

Very Berry

  • handful of kale (or spinach)
  • 3-4 pieces of celery
  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 1/2 a banana

*I use 1 cup water for all my smoothies.

These are just some of my ideas…there are many more combos of veggies and fruit you can try! Also, you can try using almond milk instead of water if you want it to be more filling and frothy. If you want protein, you can add egg whites (you can’t really taste them either, but it does have somewhat of an after taste), or protein powder. I have never tried adding protein powder, so I’m not sure what that will taste like.

Do you drink green smoothies? Which recipe will you try?


Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Hope your week is going by fast! Mine certainly is. My sister comes home tomorrow for the weekend which will be fun and exciting! We have a family wedding on Friday night, so I’m really looking forward to that.

This week I actually discovered a few new blogs. I found some awesome recipes and other links I’ll share in the coming weeks.

Anyways, here are your links!

Poll: Do you use a crock pot? How do you like it? I’m thinking of getting one so I can come home and have dinner ready. I usually get home, my mom and I go to the gym, come back around 7ish, and then start cooking. Hmmm…