Posts tagged with "holidays"

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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Super Healthy Cranberry Sauce + Ideas for Leftovers

Posted November 11, 2014 in Thanksgiving, cranberry sauce, holidays and 5 more

Growing up, I never ate the canned cranberry sauce that was served at our family Thanksgiving dinners. I always thought it was kind of weird. It wasn't until I was well into adulthood that I tasted actual homemade cranberry sauce, and the game was changed!

I love homemade cranberry sauce! But most recipes call for a whole cup of sugar for just 12-ounces of cranberries!! And I actually think most homemade cranberry sauces are way too sweet (shocking coming from me, I know). I just prefer to keep some of the tartness of the cranberries.

So I created a super healthy version! But why is it SUPER healthy? 

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Join me for the Holiday Sweat Challenge!

Posted November 13, 2014 in FitApproach, SweatPink, Run to the Finish and 8 more

Staying active and healthy during the holidays can be tough! There is a constant flow of food, your schedule gets packed with parties and family gatherings and lounging on the couch in flannel pajamas watching holiday movies just sounds so much more inviting than going out in the cold to workout!

But there's nothing worse than starting a new year with the goal of losing a bunch of weight you gained during the holidays or having to get in shape all over again because you skipped out on workouts for a couple of months.

For the past few years, I've created a holiday weight management program on Sweet Success. It's been a great way (for me!) to to stay on track during the holidays. But it's not happening this year. I don't have time to get it together.

Luckily, there's another great way for us to stay in shape this holiday season! The Holiday Sweat Challenge.

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Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Posted November 18, 2014 in healthy eating, Pumpkin, holidays and 6 more

Want to enjoy some pumpkin pie without ALL the calories and with lots of good-for-you ingredients?

So do I! Which is why I created a super simple pumpkin pie pudding that tastes just like pumpkin pie. Seriously! This pudding is sooooo good.

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted November 19, 2014 in Hy-Vee, cookies, powdered peanut butter and 5 more


*My local Hy-Vee provided me with Hy-Vee brand Powdered Peanut Butter, but all opinions are my own.

Chocolate and peanut butter is probably my favorite sweet combination. My favorite candy of all time is Reece's Peanut Butter Cups! So I'm always looking for ways to enjoy my fave sweet combo without all the icky ingredients and crazy amounts of sugar that is in packaged candy. 

When Hy-Vee gave me their Powdered Peanut Butter in Chocolate, I knew I wanted to create some kind of cookie using a natural sweetener. 

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Healthy Holiday Party Cook-Off + Quick Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted November 25, 2014 in healthy cooking, healthy eating, cooking challenge and 4 more

I don't really think of myself as a competitive person. 

But when I received an email at work about the Healthy Holiday Party Cook-Off Challenge organized by the Kinesiology and Sports Sciences Department, the Employee Health and Wellness Program and the Physical Activity and Wellness Lab (at the University of Nebraska at Kearney), I was intrigued. Then before I knew it, my office neighbors were forming a team, and I was on 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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Weekend Recap {Dec. 12-14}

Posted December 15, 2014 in Weekend Recap, weekend, party and 8 more

Is it really Monday already? The weekend flew by!

My weekend was very Christmasy! I threw a holiday party, I looked at Christmas lights, I wrapped gifts, I watched Christmas movies, I wrote my Christmas cards, I bought some seasonal tea and I did some Christmas shopping. I love this time of year!

Here's what I did this weekend...

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Gingerbread Pancakes {gluten-free}

Posted December 17, 2014 in breakfast, pancakes, Christmas and 8 more

*My local HyVee provided me with a package of their HealthMarket Natural Blanched Almond Flour. All opinions are my own.

One of my favorite holiday food memories is the French toast casserole my mom used to make on Christmas morning. 

My brother and I would open the gifts that were in our stockings (from Santa), and then we would eat the delicious breakfast casserole. Gift opening would then resume after eating. Just to clarify, this is a memory from my early to mid-20's, not my childhood. Yes, Santa still delivers gifts to my brother and I at our parent's house.

But I loved having a special breakfast to enjoy on Christmas morning. 

When HyVee gave me their almond flour, I knew I wanted to make something sweet and delicious that could be enjoyed on Christmas morning or around the holidays. I've also been a bit obsessed with anything gingerbread, so I knew that was the direction I needed to go.

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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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Weekend Recap {Jan. 2-4}

Posted January 5, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, recipes and 6 more

I'm back at work today after nearly two weeks off! My holiday break flew by and, to be honest, I'm not ready to be back at work.

I had a long list of things I wanted to accomplish during my break, and I got through just a handful of them - watching as many Christmas movies as possible, relaxing, launching my new health coaching business (!!), creating a Sweet Success newsletter (sign up here), teaching extra fitness classes, spending tons of time with my family, organizing my home office and taking time to myself.

There were some things I didn't get to, but I feel like my break was a good mix of spending time with people I care about, relaxing and being productive. Full disclosure, I was either wearing workout clothes or pajamas during my entire break. It was the best.

I'm actually feeling a bit under the weather today. This happened to me last year also. As soon as my holiday break was over and I had to go back to work, I got sick. Maybe my immunity gets weak because I drink wine and winter beers nearly every evening during my vacation!

Anyway, here's how I spent the last few days of my wonderful break...

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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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How to Treat Yo Self this Valentine's Day

Posted February 11, 2015 in Treat Yo Self, Valentine's Day, holidays and 5 more

Valentine's Day is just days away! Whether you're coupled up or single this year, I highly recommend using this day of love to love yourself!

With busy schedules, focus on work and family and taking care of everyone else, we don't always take the time to take care of ourselves. So why not use Valentine's Day as an excuse to give yourself a little love and care?

Or as Tom Haverford would say, "Treat Yo Self."

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Sexy Chocolate Recipes for Valentine's Day

Posted February 12, 2015 in chocolate, Valentine's Day, sweets and 5 more

I've mentioned before that I don't think you need to be in a relationship to enjoy Valentine's Day. I've had too many sad single V Days, so I want you to embrace the day and make it fabulous!! (Here are 7 ways to Treat Yo Self on Valentine's Day and some fitness gifts you can get for yourself!

Whether you're planning a sexy date with your man or lady, planning a fun girl's night or hanging solo on Valentine's Day, I highly recommend enjoying some delicious (and sexy) chocolate.

Why is chocolate so sexy, you ask? Flavanols in cocoa beans have antioxidants that reduce cell damage, help lower blood pressure and improve vascular function. (source) Stick to dark chocolate and you'll get more of the benefits!

Before we get into these amazing recipes, check out this video about How to Manage Your Valentine's Day Expectations from Gabby Bernstein. I love this. We get way too caught up in what we think the day should be. Just resolve to have fun no matter what.

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Healthy Easter baskets for kids, runners and health nuts

Posted April 2, 2015 in Easter, holidays, healthy living and 4 more

I hope you have fun Easter plans with your family and/or friends! The BF and I will be going to his grandma's house for Easter dinner.

I already bought the Easter candy I plan to indulge in! I got a Cadbury Egg and a Russel Stover Wedding Cake Egg. The BF and I will be running 10 miles on Saturday, so I'll have my candy as a little post-run treat. I don't eat candy all that often, but I don't mind indulging during the holidays.

Do you still make Easter baskets? I think it's fun to put together cute little baskets for my niece and for the BF. But all the Easter candy can be too much! (Especially since my niece will more than likely get an Easter basket from the Easter bunny, my parents, her other grandparents and me!). So I came up with a list of healthier options!

Since the BF already bought his own Easter candy, and we're training for a half-marathon, my Easter basket ideas for runners are perfect for him!

I also came up with a list of random gift ideas for your super healthy friends and family members!

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Fourth of July Watermelon Champagne Cocktail

Posted July 1, 2015 in Fourth of July, July 4th, holidays and 7 more

I've expressed my love for champagne cocktails many times here on Sweet Success, so it's probably no surprise that I concocted a summery watermelon champs cocktail for the Fourth of July.

If you haven't jumped on the champagne cocktail wagon yet, you need to ASAP! They are so easy and delicious. And an added bonus is champagne is pretty low in calories (about 90 calories per serving). When you add a splash of 100% juice, you just add a few extra calories, and you're getting the health benefits of the juice you use!

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Stitch Fix Review #4

Posted October 8, 2015 in Stitch Fix, review, fashion and 4 more

I received my fourth Stitch Fix package! I was really excited about this one because I asked for holiday dresses and fall tops.

A little review:

With Stitch Fix {<--- referral link}, you fill out a pretty extensive style survey, then a stylist handpicks some pieces of clothing based on your preferences. You can receive a 'fix' every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month or every three months. You can even create a Pinterest board to give your stylist a better idea of what you're looking for. Check out my Style board on Pinterest. Your stylist really looks at your Pinterest board too!

When you receive your box, you try everything on, send back the items you don't want and purchase the items you want to keep. You pay a $20 styling fee for each box, but that $20 is applied to anything you want to keep from that shipment.

What I received this time around was...interesting. I only ended up keeping one thing this time. But I still thought it was worth it because what I kept was perfection.

Here's what I received...

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My Halloween Costumes Over the Years

Posted October 27, 2015 in Halloween, Halloween costume, theme party and 5 more

I love dressing up for Halloween.

I love the process of coming up with a unique costume, finding all of the pieces and transforming into someone else. I love dressing up so much, I will use any excuse to put on a costume.

  • I threw my mom a surprise 50th birthday party with a Studio 54 theme (a PG version). We all dressed in 1970's costumes.
  • My girlfriend Rachel and I made Lady Gaga costumes when we saw her in concert in Portland, Ore. in 2010.
  • In 2011, I had a Royal Wedding themed birthday party. It was the year William and Kate got married, so everything was British-themed.
  • From 2008 to 2013, I threw Ugly Christmas Sweater parties.
  • For my 32nd birthday, I had a Sweet 16 x 2 party. I wore a princessy pink dress, and we listened to 90's music and played 90's trivia. (I turned 16 in 1999)
  • I through a Big Lebowski themed party for the BF's 40th birthday! It was at a bowling alley, I made white Russian cupcakes, and everyone dressed up!
  • I've planned or helped plan a duck-themed baby shower, a cookies and milk-themed baby shower, a rain shower themed baby shower, a Candyland-themed kids birthday party and more I can't think of at the moment.

I love a theme, a costume and planning a party.

Since Halloween is coming up I thought I would take a break from my usual food and fitness posts, and share something fun. This is a look back at my costumes over the past few years...

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Healthy Halloween Goodie Bags for your Girlfriends

Posted October 28, 2015 in Halloween, healthy eating, healthy halloween treats and 10 more

Halloween is just a few days away, so I decided to create some healthy goodie bags for the ladies in my morning bootcamp.

We've been working out together at the outdoor fitness pad twice a week since July! It's finally getting too cold for our 6 a.m. workouts, so this morning was our last workout. It was freezing this morning!

Back in July, I had this idea to start a morning workout group, and I thought it would last through the summer. But we just kept going. I'm actually a little sad that our group won't be meeting anymore. We all got to know each other over these last four months, and I looked forward to our conversations each morning as much as the workouts.

I'm also really proud of the women that stuck with the early morning workouts even when summer ended and the mornings were no longer warm and the sun was no longer rising during our workouts. It takes dedication to get up at 5:30 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday and drive to a park to workout in the dark!

The group also inspired me. It's so hard for me to get up early to workout! But everyone was so dedicated and enthusiastic, it made getting out of bed easy most mornings.

So I thought my morning workout crew deserved some treats for their hard work over the past four months!

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Farro Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts

Posted November 24, 2015 in Thanksgiving, healthy eating, Farro Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts and 7 more

Thanksgiving is just days away! Whether you are preparing a huge feast for your family and friends or you are just showing up somewhere to eat, you must make this salad.

I first had this salad at the Ancient Grains class that I took at my local HyVee. This was my favorite dish! The BF and I loved it so much, I made it at home.

It's also on my Thanksgiving menu! The flavors in this salad are perfect for Thanksgiving. Sweet potato, cranberries, pumpkin seeds…perfection.

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Nutty Cranberry Oatmeal

Posted December 4, 2015 in breakfast, oatmeal, Thanksgiving leftovers and 6 more

I made my Super Healthy Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving just so I could eat the leftovers in my oatmeal. This is my favorite!

You could use any cranberry sauce, but I prefer my recipe because it's made without refined sugar. I used honey and coconut sugar to sweeten it. I also added chia seeds to give it a little nutrition boost.

Oatmeal is my favorite breakfast. I usually crave something sweet in the morning, and oatmeal satisfies my craving while giving me long lasting energy. I always add nut butter or nuts (or both) to add some protein. 

You could also add an egg to the oatmeal while it's cooking and stir frequently to cook the egg through to add more protein. 

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Weekend Recap {Dec. 4-6, 2015}

Posted December 7, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, holidays and 9 more

Happy Monday!

I started my day with a strength training class and a delicious breakfast - an egg scramble with spinach, kale, mushrooms and smoked gouda, sprouted grain toast, warm water with lemon and orange juice with apple cider vinegar.

I needed a nourishing breakfast and some movement after feeling blah most of the day Sunday. I'm not sure what was going on, but I had low energy, I was moody and I had no appetite. 

But I'm ready to have a positive, productive and fun week! 

Here's a quick recap of the rest of my weekend...

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12 Days of Self-Care Challenge

Posted December 8, 2015 in self-care, holidays, healthy living and 3 more

While there are so many things that make this time of year wonderful - holiday parties, twinkling lights, wrapping gifts, baking goodies - the holidays can also be a bit stressful.

Our calendars are full of shopping dates, holiday events and so much more. 

I'm definitely feeling a bit stressed this year as I'm already working on big projects for the new year. I know you'll all have big goals for 2016, and I'm working on some exciting things in my health coaching business! 

But that stress can make it challenging to enjoy all the little things that happen during the holidays. This is one of my biggest struggles…being present. I'm a list maker, a dreamer, a goal setter and a doer, so I'm constantly thinking about what's to come. However, I know I'm sometimes missing out on the now.

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Week of Workouts {Dec. 7-13, 2015}

Posted December 14, 2015 in workout, fitness, fitness instructor and 6 more

Happy Monday!

Today I'm sharing my workouts from last week. I'm teaching a lot of fitness classes right now because a bunch of instructors are taking time off for the holidays. So I'm trying to find a balance between teaching and doing my own workouts. 

The Holiday Sweat Challenge hosted by Sweat Pink and Run to the Finish is still going strong. I haven't been great at logging my workout minutes online. But I've still been working at reaching my activity minute goal each week. Last week, I got in 390 minutes of activity. My goal has been to hit 450 minutes, so I'll keep working towards that!

I've also been slacking on participating in their Instagram challenges each week. I'm going to hop back on this week though! This week's theme is "Nourish Yourself," and I'm all about that! You can follow me here.

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Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cups {just 3 ingredients}

Posted December 15, 2015 in chocolate, pomegranate seeds, holidays and 9 more

I'm getting so excited for Christmas baking. I love spending a day in the kitchen with my KitchenAid mixer making delicious sweet treats. 

Baking during the holidays always brings back great memories of baking Christmas cookies with my mom and dad, brother, aunt and cousins. Some of my favorite holiday cookies from my childhood include peanut butter blossoms, peanut butter balls (for some reason my family calls them zit crunchies), cherry mash and homemade Mounds. When my grandfather was alive, he would make homemade fudge and chess pies. So delicious!

Although I have lots of great memories from the baking process and from enjoying my family's treats, I also remember overindulging in sweets and feeling sick, lethargic, bloated and gross. So a few years ago, I started making some of my own healthier sweet treats using less sugar or natural sweeteners. I found that I didn't indulge in as many cookies, but I still felt like I was getting a special holiday treat. 

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12 Days of Self-Care {Halfway Recap}

Posted December 18, 2015 in self-care, 12 Days of Self-Care, healthy living and 3 more

We're already halfway through 12 Days of Self-Care! I hope you have been taking some time each day to practice a little self-care.

I have realized that I really needed this challenge this year! Last week, I wrote about my feelings of overwhelm and how my stress is impacting my health. Then this week, I crammed my schedule with way too many things. The stress manifested into a two-day headache and feeling incredibly run down. I will learn, I swear!

But this challenge has forced me to do at least one thing for myself each day that requires me to slow down and listen to my body, mind and spirit. I've been sharing my daily self-care practice on Facebook, so make sure you're following me there!

Here's how I've been caring for myself during the challenge...

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Weekend Recap {Dec. 18-20, 2015}

Posted December 21, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, Christmas and 9 more

I can't believe it was the last weekend before Christmas!!

This time of year always feels like it flies by. I spent most of the weekend doing things to get into the holiday spirit. I watched Christmas movies, I Christmas shopped, I did Christmas crafts and I baked Christmas cookies. 

It was exactly what I needed to create all those good holiday feels.

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At-Home Lower Body Workout

Posted December 22, 2015 in workout, fitness, booty workout and 9 more

I'm going to be real...after I did this workout, I was sore for DAYS!!!

I did this workout in a strength training class that I taught last week. After class, I could barely walk up the stairs to leave the gym. My quads and glutes were sore for two days after this workout.

I used an 18-pound bar during the squats and lunges to make it a bit more challenging. You could also hold dumbbells at your sides to add some extra weight.

This is a perfect workout to do at-home, especially during the holidays when the gym is closed and you're indulging a bit more. 

Make sure you warm up before the workout and cool down and stretch after. As always, consult your doctor before beginning a new workout routine, and listen to your body as you are working out. Do what you can!

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Healthier Fish and Chips

Posted March 17, 2016 in St. Patrick's Day, fish and chips, healthy recipes and 4 more

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

A little tidbit about me - I'm Irish! Well, my last name is Irish so I'm probably a little bit Irish.

The BF and I don't go too crazy with St. Patrick's Day celebrations. He always makes corned beef and cabbage and he drinks some Irish whiskey or Guinness. 

I don't eat beef, so I sometimes attempt to make some other healthified Irish-inspired recipe. A few years ago, I made a cheddar-ale soup and I've also made fish and chips. Shepard's pie made with ground turkey is another one of my favorites. Many years ago, I made Guinness chocolate cupcakes that were incredibly amazing…and very indulgent. 

I haven't even made any plans to cook anything special today, so I need to get on it!

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Simple 4-Step Sugar Detox

Posted October 31, 2016 in sugar detox, hydration, greens and 8 more


*This post contains links to nutrition products that I use daily. I've partnered with the company because I love and believe in the products!

If you're feeling bloated and tired from overindulging in sugary treats, it's time to detox!

Although I don't detox regularly, I do think it can be beneficial if you've been eating too much sugar and you find yourself having uncontrollable sugar cravings.

Detoxing can be especially helpful after a treat-filled holiday. If you don't ditch the sugar immediately after your holiday sugar binge, you'll find yourself craving sugar and indulging in more sugar for days, weeks or even months. Then it will be even harder to ditch the sweets!

So get started today with my simple sugar detox!

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Cranberry Pear Bellinis

Posted November 17, 2016 in healthy holidays, Cranberry Pear Bellini, cranberry pear champagne cocktail and 5 more


One of my favorite things about the holidays is enjoying festive cocktails!

Yes, you can totally enjoy cocktails without sabotaging your diet during the holiday season. 

I love using really simple ingredients that add some nutrition to my cocktails. I also avoid sugary mixers and keep the rich and creamy cocktails to a minimum. 

I'll be sharing specific strategies for enjoying cocktails during the holidays and how to avoid weight gain during my Happy Healthy Holidays Program! Join here:

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How to eat mindfully during the holidays

Posted November 22, 2016 in healthy eating, mindful eating, mindfullness and 5 more


Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention to the present, according to Psychology Today. Being mindful means you observe your thoughts, feelings and body without judgment. 

When it comes to food, we often eat mindlessly, not thinking about how our body feels, what our emotions are or even what our food tastes like. We rehash the past, beating ourselves up over eating "bad" foods. Or we focus on the future and what we can and can't eat. 

Eating mindfully allows us to tune into what we're experiencing in the present moment. It allows us to savor the food we eat, notice how our body feels before, during and after we eat, and release the judgment we have about ourselves when it comes to food choices. 

Practicing mindful eating can be especially helpful during the holidays, a time that can bring up feelings of shame about food and our bodies. 

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Gift Guide for Yogis

Posted November 29, 2016 in Holiday Gift Guide, yoga, Holiday Gift Guide for Yogis and 4 more


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The holidays are officially here, and it's time to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. 

I love holiday shopping. I love searching for the perfect gifts for the people I care about. One of my love languages is gift giving, so that explains why I'm a fan of shopping during the holidays. 

I know not everyone loves holiday shopping, so I'm sharing some holiday gift guides that feature the perfect gifts for healthy living. 

Today it's all about the yogi in your life. Here are your go-to gifts...

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The Ultimate Self-Care Holiday Gift Guide

Posted December 6, 2016 in self-care, the Ultimate Self-Care Holiday Gift Guide, Holiday Gift Guide and 5 more


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Most of us don't take the time to care for ourselves. We rush from one thing to the next, and self-care becomes the last thing on our list of priorities. But when we're not taking care of ourselves, we can't give to others fully. 

Encourage your mom, grandma, sisters, aunts, cousins, girlfriends, co-workers, neighbors and others to create a self-care practice with these cozy and relaxing gifts. 

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What I'm reading, wearing, watching, eating and listening to

Posted December 15, 2016 in green smoothie, plant protein, Cuddl Duds and 10 more

I wrote a post like this in January and fully intended to make it a monthly thing because I thought it was so fun. 

Ummmm, that didn't happen. It's now December and I'm finally writing the second post in this series.

But I'm bringing it back this week because I need something fun and light amidst my annoyingly long to do list. So here we go!

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Peppermint Mocha {with protein}

Posted December 15, 2016 in Peppermint Mocha, coffee, chocolate and 5 more


It has been so cold lately that all I want to do is cuddle up under a blanket and drink something warm. 

I don't normally go for sweet coffee drinks, but I was craving something warm and sweet one cold afternoon and this peppermint mocha happened.

Most coffee shop versions are high in calories, and are full of sugar and syrups made with artificial ingredients. But my recipe is full of good-for-you nutrition and doesn't contain any sugar. 

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