Posts tagged with "healthy"

Weekend Recap - Celebrating (a little too much) not having to do a long half-marathon training run

Posted May 13, 2014 in Sweet Success, weekend, food and 5 more

Yesterday was so crazy with the launch of my redesigned blog (!) and the launch of the May Plank Challenge, that I didn't post my usual weekend recap. I wanted to share some things from the weekend because the BF and I celebrated not having to do a long half-marathon training run with an amazing lunch (and a biking adventure).

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Kombucha Round 2

Posted May 15, 2014 in Sweet Success, drink, kombucha and 4 more

Over a year ago, I tried kombucha for the first time. You can read about that fiasco here.

I really didn't like it very much, and didn't give it much thought after that first try. But a lot of the healthy bloggers that I follow drink kombucha (and I like to be part of the cool crowd), and the new Hy-Vee here has a ginormous selection of kombucha (and I feel like I want to buy everything there). So I decided to give it another shot.

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Week of Workouts {May 10-16}

Posted May 17, 2014 in workouts, fitness, exercise and 5 more

My workout motivation was lacking this week. I think it was the gloomy, cold weather. It's the middle of May, I'm ready for sunny, warm days! 

I was also feeling pretty bummed this week. I'm looking for a house or apartment to rent (the BF and I are moving in together!), but I can't find anything! This is such an exciting time, and we're making such a big change, yet it's totally frustrating and disappointing to have so few options. 

Having stress like that totally impacts my motivation to workout and eat healthy! Despite my stress level, I had decent workouts this week. I didn't get in any runs, but I did lots of at home workouts and I'm still sticking to my Namaste in May Challenge. I also stuck to the Sweet Success Plank Challenge! Are you still doing your planks?

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How to make delicious flavored water

Posted May 20, 2014 in water, hydration, fruit and 6 more

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I don't mind drinking plain old water, but I love water that has been infused with fresh fruit, herbs or vegetables.

If you find it difficult to drink enough water throughout the day, I highly recommend trying infused water. It adds a hint of delicious flavor.

You also get an added nutrition boost because the minerals, antioxidants and nutrients from the produce you use, gets infused into the water!

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Weekend Recap {June 6-8}

Posted June 9, 2014 in weekend, health, healthy and 9 more

How is it Monday already? I think we should all sign a petition for three-day weekends during the summer. 

I had a surprisingly busy weekend. I went into the weekend without tons of plans, but I was on the go constantly.

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Weekend Recap {July 18-20} - Triple Breakfast + Moving

Posted July 21, 2014 in weekend, healthy, Weekend Recap and 11 more

Sorry my posts have been a bit unpredictable lately! Since the BF and I just moved into our new house last weekend, we don't have our internet hooked up yet! Yes, a whole week without internet. It's torture. Charter was supposed to hook it up Monday, but they didn't show up.

The weekend was filled with more moving! Last weekend, the BF and I started the process of moving in together! Neither of us have to be out of our old houses by any particular date, so we have been slowly moving our stuff into our new house.

But I managed to fit in some workouts, a bit of fun (and A LOT of breakfast) into our busy moving schedule...

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Chocolate Coconut Banana Trail Mix

Posted July 31, 2014 in snack, coconut, dark chocolate and 9 more

I LOVE trail mix. It's such a satisfying and delicious snack that provides you with lots of energy. 

But when I buy a bag of trail mix or make a large batch at home, it's hard to stick to just one serving size. A serving of trail mix is usually just 1/4 of a cup or so.

That's why I like to make a single serving of trail mix for a quick afternoon snack, to eat before a workout or to satisfy my sweet tooth.

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Strawberry Champagne Cocktail

Posted August 8, 2014 in summer, cocktail, drink and 6 more

I love champagne. It's light, sweet and bubbly. It's the perfect base for a summer (or fall or winter or spring) cocktail.

I've posted a few of my fave champagne cocktails here before. My go-to mix is usually champs over ice, a shot of vodka and a splash of juice. In the fall and winter, I usually go for cranberry or pomegranate juice. In the spring and summer, I like grapefruit juice. I've even made a champagne cocktail with fresh watermelon juice! Mmmmmm.

But I decided to change it up a bit and get a little fancy.

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Week of Workouts {Aug. 2-8}

Posted August 9, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 6 more

I've been working to incorporate more of my own workouts into my routine since I've been teaching so many fitness classes lately (6 classes this week!).

The BF and I are doing the FitFluential August Fresh Air Fitness Challenge, which has been motivating me to get outside everyday. I've loved it so far. Most days, I've only been able to get in a walk since my classes take a lot out of me. But I've enjoyed the time to be outside, get some sunshine and clear my mind. 

Also, my steps have been amazing this week! My best day was Thursday - 16,060 steps! I use my FitBit to track my steps everyday. I absolutely love it. You can get Free shipping with orders over $50 at Fitbit.com! .

I still need to do better at adding in more of my own strength workouts. I seriously need to figure out how to get out of bed earlier. 

Here are my workouts this week...

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The easiest fruity cocktails you'll ever make

Posted August 29, 2014 in smoothie, cocktails, drinks and 5 more

*My local Hy-Vee provided me with Fruchi Real Fruit Smoothies, but all opinions are my own.

I don't know about you, but I'm not quite ready to let go of summer. People are already going nuts over the Pumpkin Spice Latte! It's still in the 80s with crazy high humidity!

I'm going to hold onto summer for just a bit longer. I still have maxi dresses that need to be worn! 

One of my fave ways to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine is with a fruity cocktail.

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Eat, Drink & Be Healthy Dinner Party

Posted September 23, 2014 in dinner party, healthy, friends and 8 more

A few weeks ago, I had this random idea to host a dinner party that featured healthy foods and people that I don't know super well. Sounds fun, right? Well, it was!!

I emailed a few girls I know from different aspects of my life - fitness classes I used to take, my old job, etc. I picked girls that I don't hang out with regularly, girls that I know are interested in healthy living and girls that I wanted to get to know better. Luckily, they all responded positively about my dinner party idea.

I wanted to do a potluck party, because it would give us all a chance to try new dishes, share recipes and get new meal ideas. Beyond that, I didn't really have any expectations!

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4 Things To Do Today To Be Healthier and Happier

Posted October 1, 2014 in healthy living, oil pulling, grounding and 6 more

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Today I'm sharing some of my health secrets! These are things I do almost daily to stay healthy and happy. 

These habits keep me healthy on the inside but also make me look better on the outside, which makes me feel confident and happy.

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Healthy Halloween Tips + a Spooky Workout Playlist

Posted October 30, 2014 in Halloween, healthy, holidays and 6 more

Happy Halloween!

I hope you have plans for a fun and memorable holiday. I absolutely love Halloween. I love coming up with a great costume idea, creating the costume and getting dressed up.

My absolute favorite costume I've worn as an adult is definitely my cupcake costume that I wore in 2011!

My dad helped me create my cupcake out of a circle laundry basket, poster board, quilt batting and sparkly card stock. We made suspenders that were attached to the inside using sheer white ribbon. I also made a cherry headband out of a styrofoam ball, red paint, a stick and a headband. It was a major project, but it turned out amazing! The BF dressed up as a baker. It was adorbs!

*Note: I couldn't sit down in this costume and going to the ladies room was nearly impossible. The entire cupcake had to be taken off. But it was totally worth it!

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The Best Black Friday Deals

Posted November 26, 2014 in Black Friday, Thanksgiving, shopping and 12 more

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love this holiday because it's a great reminder to slow down and think about things we are grateful for. I have so much to be thankful for this year! The BF and I moved in together, my family is happy and healthy, my blog is better than ever, I'm halfway through my Institute for Integrative Nutrition classes, I feel healthy and happy and so much more!

The BF and I will be in Hastings at his grandma's house enjoying dinner with his family. While I'm not in love with most of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes (green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, etc.), I absolutely love the BF's family's sweet potato casserole. It's whipped sweet potatoes with a brown sugar nutty topping. Mmmm. That's what I'll be indulging in!

To prepare ourselves for the big food day, the BF and I plan to run the YMCA's Turkey Trot. Note the word "plan". Last year it was absolutely freezing, so we'll see if we get out there to brave the cold again this year.

Need some tips on staying healthy during this holiday?

Check out my 9 Tips To Help You Have a Healthy Thanksgiving, which was featured on Her View From Home.

OK, let's talk about shopping! I've always loved shopping on Black Friday! 

Years ago, my mom, aunt, cousins and I would spend the evening of Thanksgiving pouring over the ads looking at all the deals. We would get up at 4 a.m. Friday to start our shopping expedition. We had so much fun laughing at the craziness of the day and getting energized with cups and cups of coffee.

The photo above was taken in 2010 after an epic Black Friday shopping trip with my mom, cousin Kristi and aunt Adel.

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Pesto Caesar Kale Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

Posted December 11, 2014 in dinner, salad, kale and 6 more

A few weeks ago, the BF and I went out for a little date night at Sozo, a local modern American restaurant. I ordered a kale salad, and pretty much freaked out over how amazingly delicious it was.

I realized that it was something I could easily make at home (for a fraction of the price)! The restaurant version was topped with crab cakes, but the version I made at home was more of a side dish. You could totally add some kind of protein and make this a whole meal. You could also add some crumbled bacon (or turkey bacon) for a little saltiness - the restaurant version had little bacon crumbles.

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A Healthy Holiday Cocktail Party

Posted December 18, 2014 in holidays, cocktail party, healthy and 7 more

Happy Holidays!

I absolutely love this time of year. Spending extra time with friends and family, shopping for the perfect gifts, sending Christmas cards, decorating the house, wrapping gifts, baking holiday cookies, watching Christmas movies. I love every single thing.

I also love throwing parties, which is why I decided to plan a healthy holiday cocktail party!

A few months ago, I started throwing healthy dinner parties. I invited women that I didn't know particularly well, but I knew they were interested in health and fitness. Each guest brought healthy dishes to the parties, and we just chatted about working out, eating healthy, running, etc.

I wanted December's party to be extra special, so I asked local businesses to donate items that would help my guests have the healthiest holiday season possible. Everyone that I asked was so generous! All of my guests went home with amazing goodie bags, and we even had some giveaways!

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Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Dip

Posted February 5, 2015 in Valentine's Day, chocolate, fruit and 5 more

Valentine's Day is around the corner, so all I'm thinking about is chocolate!!

This may be hard to believe (it is to me), but I haven't had a single bite of chocolate in nearly a month!! What?!?!

I eliminated sugar during my elimination diet, and I haven't reintroduced it yet. The crazy thing is that I haven't been having nearly as many sweet cravings as I did before. It was seriously magical giving up sugar!!

When I do reintroduce sugar, I'm going to stick to natural forms or healthier dark chocolate.

This dark chocolate almond butter dip is one of my favorite easy and healthy ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. I'm sure I've mentioned this little concoction on the blog before, but I had to share it again. That's how much I love it!!

And this is the perfect recipe for Self-Love February! It is full of protein and antioxidants, and if you have it with fruit you'll be adding tons of extra nutrients!

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

Posted February 10, 2015 in chocolate, self-love, Self-Love February and 6 more


Chia pudding is one of my fave sweet treats! It's super easy to whip together, it's delicious and it's full of nutrients.

Chia seeds are full of fiber, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. What's better than satisfying your sweet tooth and nourishing your body?

I usually just throw together some almond milk, chia seeds and a natural sweetener, but I decided to make a chocolate version to satisfy my chocolate cravings.

It was delicious!

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Pre-Workout Energy Balls

Posted February 27, 2015 in workout, recipe, healthy eating and 6 more


Earlier this week, I made these delicious energy balls for my essential oils get together. They were a hit!

A perfect little healthy party snack, but an even better pre-workout energy booster. They're perfect to eat before a workout because of the carb/protein combo. (I also like to eat them to satisfy my sweet tooth)

I got the recipe from my office neighbor, Lee. She brings these energy balls to work every few months, and they always go fast! Lee was kind enough to allow me to share her recipe!

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Self-Love February Recap

Posted February 28, 2015 in Self-Love February, self love, self-care and 11 more

Today is the last day of Self-Love February. I hope you go into March feeling a little more love for yourself!

Creating content based on this theme was really important to me because there are so many women (and men) who spend too much time criticizing themselves, which leads to self-hate, which leads to not treating your body with care.

Each week this month, I challenged you to do something every day that would help you love yourself a little more. If you didn't participate or missed a week, do it in March (or April or May). Finding self-love is a journey and takes work!

Here's a recap of Self-Love February...

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Grocery Haul {March 3, 2015} + Meal Plan

Posted March 6, 2015 in grocery haul, meal planning, meal prep and 7 more

Happy Friday! I'm sooooo ready for the weekend. The BF and I don't have anything major planned. I, of course, have a long to do list full of lots of blogging and health coaching things.

Today I'm sharing our recent grocery haul, our meal plan this week and our February grocery spending! I hope my meal plans give you a little meal inspiration as you're planning your meals for next week. Sometimes it's a struggle to come up with new recipes!

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Vitacost Haul {March 2015}

Posted March 11, 2015 in Vitacost, healthy, healthy living and 6 more

If you've never shopped on Vitacost, you are missing out! They have everything from healthy food to supplements to natural beauty products. And everything is really affordable. (This isn't a sponsored post, I just really love Vitacost).

I recently placed an order of totally random stuff. Some of the products are things I've used before and some are new to me.

I thought I would share my recent haul with you!

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Sweet and Salty Chocolate Almond Candy

Posted March 12, 2015 in sweets, sweet tooth, dessert and 9 more

*My local HyVee provided me with Blue Diamond Nut-Thins. All opinions are my own

I've been buying Blue Diamond Nut-Thins for awhile, so when HyVee gave me a box of the Almond Nut-Thins in Hint of Sea Salt and a box of Artisan Nut-Thins in Asiago Cheese I was super excited. But when they suggested I try a recipe using the crackers, I was intrigued.

I've never thought of using crackers in a recipe, especially a sweet treat.

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100 Days Until Summer!

Posted March 13, 2015 in summer, weight loss, healthy living and 5 more


There are exactly 100 days until summer!!

You're probably thinking that I'm getting ahead of myself. There are just seven days until spring. While I fully intend to enjoy every bit of spring, I'm keeping summer on my mind.

Why?

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Trader Joe's & Whole Foods Haul {April 2015}

Posted April 14, 2015 in Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, healthy eating and 8 more

Over the weekend, I was in Lincoln so I made my usual trip to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods!

I've mentioned this before, but I live in a small city and the nearest TJ's and WF are about two hours away. Every time the BF and I go to Lincoln or Omaha we stop to stock up on our fave items.

My goal for this shopping trip was to pick up some gluten-free items for the BF (he eliminated gluten temporarily to see if it makes him feel better and I'm joining him to be supportive) and to get some running fuel. I also picked up some of our staples (21 Seasoning Salute, apple cider vinegar, coconut products, etc.) and a few treats that I impulse purchased.

Here's what I bought...

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How to meal prep for a healthy week

Posted May 19, 2015 in meal prep, healthy eating, healthy and 6 more


Most Sundays, I whip up a few recipes that will make eating healthy throughout the week more convenient. I've found that this is the best way to stick to healthy eating!

Why? Because eating healthy takes more work than eating junk. When you get home from work after a long day, cooking a healthy meal from scratch can seem like a lot of work. But taking a bit of time on Sunday to prep those meals is a huge time saver!

I generally prep more snacks and veggies than actual meals. But I'll occasionally roast a whole chicken or make shredded chicken breasts in the crockpot to use for chicken fajitas, pesto chicken or buffalo chicken pizza.

Here are more prep ideas....

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Post-Workout Chocolate Smoothie

Posted June 10, 2015 in smoothie, recipe, healthy and 7 more

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I've been pretty obsessed with turmeric lately. I've mostly been putting it in my morning immunity boosting concoction - orange juice, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and honey (I'm getting ready to travel so I'm getting myself as healthy as possible!).

But after a run recently, I had a random idea to throw some turmeric in my chocolate smoothie. Sounds weird, I know. Especially since turmeric is a savory spice used in curry. But turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds (source), so I thought it would be the perfect smoothie add-in after a workout. Because inflammation occurs in muscles after workouts, I try to eat anti-inflammatory foods to prevent soreness.

I also think turmeric is a magical healing spice. Seriously!

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Yellowstone Half-Marathon Recap

Posted June 23, 2015 in half-marathon, Yellowstone, travel and 7 more


The Yellowstone Half-Marathon…where do I begin???

When I signed up for the race in February, I was in the midst of training for May's Lincoln Half-Marathon. I thought registering for a half-marathon a month and a half after Lincoln would keep me motivated to continue running. Sometimes after Lincoln I take an extended break from running and lose my running fitness.

The BF and I were also already planning a trip to Yellowstone. We were planning on leaving June 13, the day of the race. We decided to register for the race, and head to Yellowstone a day early.

However, after the Lincoln Half-Marathon I developed plantar fasciitis and had to put training for Yellowstone on hold. I only did one long run and a handful of shorter runs between Lincoln and Yellowstone. I also never practiced trail running like I had planned.

I was super anxious about Yellowstone because I wasn't in the shape I wanted to be in for a half-marathon and I was worried about my foot. But I was already registered and driving over 800 miles to get to Yellowstone, so I felt like I had to run the race.

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The benefits of yoga for children + Community Building Block Party

Posted June 30, 2015 in yoga, family, kids yoga and 10 more


On Sunday, I got to be a part of the Community Building Block Party, which is organized by Buffalo County Community Partners.

It was a cute family event at Harmon Park. Kids went around to different stations, completed activities and got coloring pages after completing the activity. Some of the activities were Kids CrossFit with Kearney CrossFit, backyard hockey with the Tri-City Storm, tug of war with the Kearney Family YMCA and a bike blender with Activate Buffalo County. At the end, the kids could put their coloring pages together to form a book, and they got prizes.

When Buffalo County Community Partners asked me if I would like to have a station, I immediately said yes. Then I realized that I didn't have a great kids activity (Kids CrossFit was going to be there, so a workout was out). So I asked Trudi Flaherty of Just Breathe Yoga to partner with me and lead kids yoga. Luckily, she said yes!

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Frappé

Posted September 24, 2015 in Fall, Pumpkin, healthy and 5 more


It's pumpkin spice everything season!!

I am not ashamed to say that I am totally into the pumpkin spice trend. I love pumpkin!

However, it can be easy to get sucked into all the pumpkin spice marketing out there and buy all kinds of unhealthy snacks and treats. Check out my post, How to Survive the Pumpkin Spice Craze, to find out how to choose the heatlhiest pumpkin spiced products.

I love creating my own pumpkin spice recipes at home. They're so much healthier! I'm sure you've heard of a little thing called the PSL. Well, this is a cold, frothy, protein-packed version of the PSL.

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Pear Gorgonzola Walnut Salad

Posted September 29, 2015 in recipe, salad, Fall and 8 more


To be honest, I don’t love eating salads in the fall and winter.

During the summer, salads are my fave. I could eat one every day. But when the weather starts to cool off, I start to crave comfort food - warm, cheesy, carby comfort food.

But I feel better when I eat lots of produce. So to make sure I eat enough fresh produce during the fall and winter, I try to get more creative with my salads.

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