Monthly Archives: February 2015

Foodie Friday: Mix-up

Hello friends and happy Friday!  Let’s just say that I am so very happy it is Friday!  It has been a bit of a crazy week on this end and I am ready for the weekend!

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Today I am linking up once again with my Favorite Foodie Friday ladies, Farrah from Fairyburger, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Cassandra from Powered by BLING! Today our theme is a Berry Breakfast!
However, if you saw my post from last week you probably saw the lovely banana blueberry pancakes that I made.  If not you can check them out here!
So in order to play catch up, I am posting my ‘Eat the Rainbow’ recipe!

Rainbow Egg Mash
Ingredients
1 TBS coconut oil
1/2 cup roasted red pepper
1/2 cup roasted butternut squash
1-2 cups spinach (I picked up mixed greens by mistake, but they worked too!)
2-3 eggs
1/2 avocado

Directions
1. Saute the peppers and squash in coconut oil.
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2. Add the spinach or mixed greens, heat till wilted.
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3. Add in 2-3 whole eggs.  Cook on one side them flip.  You can also scramble them if you desire.
4. Slice the avocado
5. Place rainbow eggs on a plate and add avocado on top
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6. Enjoy!
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Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their wonderful Berry Breakfast recipes!!

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Tune in next week for recipes of 5 Ingredients or Less!

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Foodie Friday: Gluten Free Berry Banana Pancakes!

EDIT: Oops, this post was for next week…so I will be doing this weeks topic (eat the rainbow) next week.

Hello friends and happy Friday!  Let’s just say that I am berry happy it is Friday!  Tough week on this end and I am ready for the weekend!

Today I am linking up once again with my Favorite Foodie Friday ladies, Farrah from Fairyburger, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Cassandra from Powered by BLING! Today our theme is a Berry Breakfast!

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Growing up one of my favorite breakfast food were chocolate chip pancakes from a local place up in PA!  I can still remember what they look, taste and smell like now, 20+ years later!  As the years have gone by I have found some other pancakes that I like to eat!  The new recipe that I am using is a wee bit healthier than the chocolate chippers I used to love!

Blueberry & Banana {gluten free} Pancakes
Ingredients
1  cup gluten free all purpose rice flour
2 tsp baking poweder
1 pinch salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1-1 1/4 almond milk
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp coconut oil, melted (plus a few extra TBS for using on the pan or griddle)
1 mashed banana
1 c fresh blueberries
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Directions
1. Mix all dry ingredients together
2. Add the milk, oil and vanilla to the dry ingredients.  Mix gently.
3. Add the mashed banana & egg, mix well.
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4. Add the blueberries and gently fold into the mix.
5. Lightly grease a hot pan/griddle.  Pour 1/3-1/4 cup mix for each pancake.  Cook for 2-3 min then flip.
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6. Enjoy!!!
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Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their wonderful Berry Breakfast recipes!!

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Motivation Monday! Jessica’s story!

Hello friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
It was pretty low key for the most part.  Both the Hubs and I worked a bit on Saturday, so we did not even see each other till late Saturday night.  Needless to say we celebrated with a little lunch out on Sunday.  We went to a new (to us) Mexican place.  Opened some gifts and then at home we both took a nap!  Then I did a boatload of laundry and made grilled eggplant for dinner!  So romantic 😉

Anyways, today is Monday, so I have a great motivational story to share with you!
Jessica and I met this past winter through the Elf 4 Health challenge!  She has become a lovely friend, and her story inspires me!!

I struggled with my weight most of my life. I broke my hip at the age of 17 and developed bursitis in my hip and the more weight I gained, the more it hurt. It was a catch 22 because it wouldn’t hurt if I could lose weight, but I couldn’t lose weight because when I exercised, it would hurt. I’d overheard of a coworker doing a triathlon. My dad had done tris when I was a kid and so I decided I should follow in his footsteps. I’d tried to do some training, but got discouraged and quit. Then my gym membership expired.

After some time went on, I decided it was time to get serious about this goal, so I walked into 24 Hour Fitness to become a member. As they were taking me on the tour and telling me about their personal training promotion, I thought “oh why not?” and signed up. On my 3rd session I felt like crying, but I bought 10 more sessions… and worked with her for 8 months. (I only quit there because she moved). I lost about 40 pounds, actually learned to LIKE the gym, and eventually did do that tri.

Things are a little different now that I’m going through depression. But that’s a different story I suppose.
Here is a video I did for 24 Hour Fitness a few years back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Srf1okNwgrA

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Thank you Jessica for sharing your story!  You are a true inspiration!!!

If you have a motivational story to share, please let me know.  You can email me at chocolaterunnergirl (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Frozen Inspired #whitetobright Zensah Compression Sleeves

It is no surprise that I enjoy running!  When I was asked to be a part of the Zensah #WhiteToBright campaign, I was thrilled!  Finding a compression sleeve that fits my more muscular calf muscles is not always easy, so when I do find a pair that fits them along with helping me with recovery from running, I am ALL IN!
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With the Zensah #WhiteToBright campaign we were asked to create a pair of sleeves for a costume!  I am not a big artist, but I did try my best to recreate a fun theme!  IMG_7579
A few days ago I participated in a fun virtual run with a snowball theme!  It has been much warmer here in Texas than most of the country, so a snowball themed run was more a mental picture than a realization!  So to empathize with my friends up north, here are my Frozen Zensah running sleeves!

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As a bonus, Zensah is kindly giving away a pair of compression sleeves to one of YOU!
Comment with a theme for your dream costume and a winner will be selected!  Enter by Saturday, February 14 at 11:59pm CST!

Have you tried compression sleeves?  Have you decorated any?  Fill me in!

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Foodie Friday: Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!  I love when a holiday, no matter what it is, is on a Saturday!! It makes the entire weekend seem special!
Foodie Friday AND a holiday together make it even more special!
When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of chocolate! I mean, what else would I think of as the Chocolate Runner girl?!? Ha!! I especially think of Reeses peanut butter cups!  Something about peanut butter and chocolate together just make me happy!  And the pretty little wrappers made me happy too 🙂
As I have worked on eating less food that is processed, I have tried to use different whole foods to satisfy my sweet tooth!
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Today I am linking up once again with my Favorite Foodie Friday ladies, Farrah from Fairyburger, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Cassandra from Powered by BLING! Today our theme is a Valentine’s Treat!

Almond Chocolate Cup
Ingredients
1. I cup of my homemade almond butter (minus the chocolate, but I am sure it would be great with the chocolate too!) You can also use a store bought almond butter, but make sure it is super smooth.
2. 3/4 cup chocolate chips, melted with 1TBS coconut oil.
3. Mini wrappers

Directions
1. Make almond butter, or smooth out store bought variety.
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2. Place mini wrappers in mini muffin tin.
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3. Pour about 1/2 TBS of almond mixture into each wrapper.
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4. Pour about 1/2 TBS of melted chocolate chips on top of the almond mixture.
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5. Place tin in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes, or until treats are hardened.
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6. Enjoy 🙂

Tip: Store them in the freezer in an airtight container.

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Motivation Monday: Kaseedee’s story!

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  The weather here in TX was absolutely gorgeous!  And I spent my weekend with a dear friend and her precious son! (More about the weekend soon).

It is time for another Motivational Monday story!  This time Kaseedee is sharing her story!

How I Gained It: Growing up I felt I was an “average” size. I was active, played sports, never worried about what I ate. Then I got pregnant, and it all went downhill quickly! I was eating for two and didn’t really watch what I ate. I felt because I was pregnant I could eat whatever I wanted. I later learned what a huge mistake that was, when I weighed 273 pounds after I had my son!
Breaking Point: I realized about a month after my son was born that something had to change. I had no energy, and I was depressed and irritable beyond what I felt was normal. I wanted to be able to carry my son, take him for walks, play with him. I wanted to be there and be healthy for him.
How I Lost It: My journey has had it ups and downs. With encouragement from my husband, I joined the local gym. I had no idea what to do, and my first day there I broke down in tears on the gym floor! I found the gym scary and intimidating, but I found a trainer who helped me get started and has motivated me ever since. I have also enlisted help with my eating habits and found that I needed workout buddies to keep me going. Motivation is tough if you are on your own! I have been working for 10 years to lose the weight and keep it off. I have had setbacks, I have worked through injuries, but all in all I just keep pushing forward!
I have learned that I would rather be a strong woman than fit any “mold” out there. I have learned that skinny is not necessarily healthy, and you have to strive to be your healthiest, not a number on the scale. I am always looking for a challenge, and mix up my workouts day to day.
Now, I am doing things I never dreamed possible! I run endurance races with my son, I’m running marathons, I lift weights. I never in a million years thought I would complete obstacle races, but I have. I am just loving life more! I have energy, I am genuinely happy! We focus on clean farm-to-table eating with my son. Setting an example for him is my main goal. I don’t want him to go through the experiences I went through. I have also devoted my career to motivating others reach their goals: I now work full time in health and fitness! I feel I have found my purpose.
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Thank you so much Kaseedee for sharing your story!  Congrats on working hard to achieve your dreams!

You can find Kaseedee here:

Twitter: @kaseedeej
Instagram: https://instagram.com/kaseedeej
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Kaseedee-J/142141549148604
Email: coachkaseedeej@gmail.com

If you have a motivational story to share, please let me know.  You can email me at chocolaterunnergirl (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Foodie Friday: Pear Applesauce

Happy Friday, and welcome once again to Foodie Friday!! I am once again am linking up once again with my Favorite Foodie Friday ladies, Farrah from Fairyburger, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Cassandra from Powered by BLING! Today our theme is Pinterest Interest!
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If you are like me, you pin things off of Pinterest and then don’t always come back to them!
I have seen on and off many recipes that I like and have pinned, but never actually made!
This week the kiddos were not 100% well, so we did LOTS of cuddling on the couch and read so many books!  One book in particular kept making it to the top of the pile!
applesapplesapplesAfter reading it about 100 times the kids said they wanted to make some applesauce!  Thankfully all the ingredients needed were available, so applesauce we made!

There are of course a ton of recipes on Pinterest, and this one caught my eye!
I have changed a few things, but it made me realize that I can make homemade applesauce.  I have honestly never made it before, and I was a bit nervous about it!
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Ingredients
1. 3-4 large apples, peeled and cored
2. 3-4 large pears, peeled and cored
3. 1/2-3/4 c brown sugar
4. 1 1/2 c water
5. 1 TBS lemon juice
6. Cinnamon
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Directions
1. Place apples and pears into a large saucepan.|
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2. Add in all other ingredients and mix well.
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3. Bring to a boil and simmer for 25-30 min, or until fruit is soft.
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4. If you want chunky sauce, place the fruit in a bowl and mash with a potato masher.
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If you want more of a puree, then place in a food processor or blender and mix well!
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5. Chill and enjoy 🙂
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