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Cauliflower: The not so green veggie

Happy Friday Y’all!
Man, another week has flown by!  It has been filled with workouts, fun with an awesome blog hop I am participating in, and some fun in the kitchen!
The weather has been AMAZING this week and I am so thankful after all the rain we received from hurricane Patricia!  It actually dropped below 70 degrees a few mornings and I was even able to wear my Uggs! Hehefoodiefriday

Anywhoo, this week I am linking up once again with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit!! Our theme this week is cauliflower!
I have this random side story: So when I was growing up Cabbage Patch dolls were all the rage.  I really wanted one but it was not in the budget for my parents with 4 little kids and my dad going to school.  I really don’t know where it came from, but that Christmas I got a Cauliflower Kid!  It came in a big green plastic leafy container.  I remember using the container to store my other doll clothes.  Maybe that sparked in me a love for cauliflower!  I still have my doll but it is in storage, but I was able to find a pic online!


Source- In the 80s

I feel like cauliflower gets a bit of a bad rep.  It isn’t really super pretty, and it for sure has no color (other than the leaves). Several weeks ago I was talking to a friend about how much I love cauliflower (I was that weird kid at birthday parties who actually ate the raw veggies…Ha) and all the awesome stuff you can do with it.  I did a little more research and found out some cool stuff about cauliflower!

  • Fights against cancer
  • Helps heart health
  • It is anti-inflammatory
  • Has many vitamins and minerals
  • Helps brain health
  • Great source of fiber
  • Full of antioxidants and phytonutrients

You can read more details about all of those fun facts here!
So as you can see, I have no problem devouring cauliflower when I can!  I have made it into pizza crust, used it like rice, had it raw, and my 2 favorite ways I am going to share with you today!

IMG_1508Roasted & Mashed Cauliflower


  • Whole cauliflower, cored and chopped into bite size pieces
  • about 1/2 cup olive or coconut oil
  • Pepper, paprika, garlic, Himalayan salt, garlic
  • 1/2 TBS butter
  • 1/8 cup chicken broth



  1. Preheat oven to 425* F
  2. Cover the bottom of a cookie sheet with olive oil.
  3. Place chopped cauliflower on the pan.
  4. Lightly sprinkle on spices
  5. Even mix the oil and spices on the cauliflower with your hands.
  6. Roast for 20-25 min.

If you so desired, turn roasted cauliflower into mashed cauliflower (a mashed potato substitute)

  1. Let roasted cauliflower cool slightly.
  2. Add cauliflower to a food processor.
  3. Pulse till cauliflower is mashed well.
  4. Add butter and chicken broth for taste and thickness.

It might not look so inviting, but it was AWESOME tasting! You could hardly tell the difference!

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my Mighty Nut giveaway that ends on Sunday! 


The Food Dare- Book Review

Happy Thursday y’all!  It certainly has been a busy week here on the blog and in my day to day life!  I am loving the weather this week after dealing with several days of rain from hurricane Patricia at the tail end of last week and over the weekend!
As the end of the month approaches I want to share with you all a fabulous resource I was able to use over the last 30 days (plus a few when I missed a few days) that reinforced healthy habits.
Thanks to my partnership with FitFluential I was given the chance to review a book by a fellow ambassador.  The Food Dare is a book by Lindsey Banks of Fit Life Pursuits.

*As always, I am thankful for the opportunity to review items and receive compensation for my work.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own!*

So what is The Food Dare? Well, it is a 30 day challenge that can work for anyone who is desiring to life a healthier life style.  The dare is broken down into 3 phases, and each phase is broken down into small daily tasks that promote health and well living!  Each day explains the healthy step, why it is important for your body and questions to reflect on how the task went.
Before you begin the dare you have the opportunity to make take measurements and take record of how you feel about certain areas of your life.  It is great to see the starting point compared to the ending point!

Phase 1- all about water! I personally loved this phase, and for me, it wasn’t much of a challenge.  The Hubs joined me on some of the challenge days and he enjoyed the water days too!  He has  went to drinking all water over the past few months and he has seen how it has increased his health and energy!  If you struggle with water this phase would be a great beginning point for you!

Phase 2- Color- adding more nutritious fruits and veggies to our lifestyle. I have always enjoyed eating fruits and veggies.  This phase reinforced that in me and also reminded me to step out of my comfort zone and try new things and new ways to prepare and eat them (especially the veggies).
Eating the right number of servings, and ensuring what you are eating counts as a serving were great points that I don’t always think about! And a wonderful way to get in more veggies is in a smoothie!  In the book Lindsey adds some smoothie recipes that are delicious!

Phase 3- Clean- Focusing on where food comes from that we put in our body!  This phase seemed to go perfectly after phase 2.  Once you get a handle on adding in more fruits and veggies, the other food you eat can be evaluated and removed if it doesn’t add nutritional value to your life! Always an eye opener (good or bad) to record a food log and see all that you are consuming.
Along with eating and drinking for your health, managing stress and sleep are also vital! My biggest challenge during this challenge was getting enough sleep! My goal for the month of November is to really crack down on that and get better sleep!

The Food Dare
I give this book 2 thumbs up, and a high five to Lindsey.  She broke down healthy habits into small tasks that just about anyone would be able to finish!  Weather you are starting out on a health journey, have been on the journey for a while.  It is super easy to read and who doesn’t like checking off a fun calendar when tasks are complete!

Not only does Lindsey have this awesome book, but she also has support groups that you can join if you feel like you need a little extra boost to get yourself going!

The Food Dare is different because it focuses on creating a lifestyle transformation.
There are no gimmicks, no quick-fix schemes that won’t last, no diet pills or powders.
Unlike other programs or diets where you feel hungry and deprived of the foods you love, The Food Dare will teach you how to choose real food that is satisfying, delicious, and nutritious.
Get ready to stock your fridge!

What are you waiting for!  Nov 1 is just around the corner and a perfect time to start the dare as we head into the holiday season. It is always the right time to make steps to a healthier and happier you!

I hope you join the Food Dare and make changes for your healthiest self yet!


Side note- All images used in this post were given to my by Lindsay with permission to use them.

Another Wild Workout Wednesday!

Hello once again!  I know, 2 posts in 1 days, that isn’t something that I get to do much these days.
It is Wednesday and time for a workout report.  I realized late last night that I never did made an official plan for this last week, but it ended up working out ok.
Since my hip has been giving me issues I have been trying to focus on stretching more and using my lovely foam roller.  The other night I was done and the Hubs came to see what I was doing.  The foam roller had turned into a pillow and I was just laying on the floor.  He asked me what in the world I was doing. “Oh, just foam rolling!” Ha, he knew better and encouraged me to get back at it!

Last week we lost another family member, so things got a little off track.  Add in the hurricane, a LONG dr appt and visiting a friend in the hospital, and I am glad I actually got in a few workouts!
Speaking of the dr appt, overall it was ok.  He asked a lot of questions and took a LOT of blood! So hopefully I will get some answers soon!  I am sure there are still issues with my thyroid, and not that I want there to be any other issues, but there needs to be something else going on as to why I can not lose weight!  It has become really frustrating! Who am I kidding, it has been a frustration for a LONG time.  I am proud of myself for keeping on the right path and working out and eating healthy meals.  Even years into recovery it is tempting to shut down and not eat.  But I KNOW that is not the right thing to do, nor will it do anything to change myself for the better!

What I have been up to!
Thursday- Walk & foam roll
Friday- Walk and stretches
Saturday- Body pump, walk and stretches.  And a free Shower! Haha


Sunday- More walk and stretches
Monday- Body pump and stretches
Tuesday- 4.5 miles on the elliptical, .5 mile walk to/from the park with the kids, an hour of zumba and some stretches.  No wonder my legs are tired and sore today!
Wednesday- Zumba tonight and 20-30 min elliptical

What I am planning for this next week!
Thursday- Try to walk/jog 3-4 miles
Friday- Piyo and 2 miles
Saturday- Body Pump or rest & LOTS of stretching and foam rolling!
Sunday- Race- was supposed to do the 10 miles, but I am sticking with the 5 for now.  If some miracle happens and I am up for it, I will do the 10. Plus LOTS of stretching and foam rolling!
Monday- Body Pump and volleyball
Tuesday- Zumba

I am joining Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness and  Nicole from Fitful Focus for Wild Workout Wednesday!

What do you do when you are sore?  Have you signed up for a longer race but then weren’t ready? What did you do?

See you again soon for another Workout Wednesday!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!


MightyNut Review and Giveaway!

It is Wednesday!  Yay! That means it is almost the weekend! Lately my weekends have been pretty busy, so I have been doing a bit of food prep during the week.  My experiments in the kitchen lately have been turning out pretty delicious!
One of my favorite peanut butter brands, Peanut Butter & Co just launched a new item, powdered peanut butter! Thanks to my awesome partnership with FIt Approach & Sweat Pink, I was sent some MightyNut to review!
As always, I am thankful for the opportunity to review items and receive compensation for my work.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own!
I am sure you have seen other powdered peanut butters out on the market.  I have seen and used different ones so I knew I was already a fan of them.  Getting to try Mighty Nut was a really great experience.  Not only was the flavor great in the 2 choices I tried, but it forced me out of my comfort zone to get creative with the product!

Mighty nut comes in 4 awesome flavors!

I chose to try the original and the flax & chia flavors!  I love that it came with a little scoop!
Coming up with a recipe was my next challenge!  I made a super simple one for a quick on the go drink or post-workout drink.

Mighty Nut peanut butter & vanilla shake

  • 1 scoop of the chia & flax Mighty Nut
  • 1 scoop your choice vanilla protein poweder (I used Young living vanilla spice)
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk.

I added the ingredients and shook it in my blender cup and 1 min later I had one of the best shakes I have ever made!  Wow! I did not want to be finished drinking it!

I also wanted to experiment with the original Mighty Nut! Oh it was fun!  The Hubs was really happy to be my test taster over the last 2 weeks!  He especially enjoyed the peanut butter cakes that I made with a recipe from A Whisk and Two Wands!
This recipe was inspired by my love for Thai food but wanting to make my own meals at home vs always getting take out!

Thai Peanut Chicken Wraps!


  • 1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup tamari (can use soy sauce too)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 lbs chicken, cut into cubes
  • 1 TBS sesame oil for cooking
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 head of red leaf lettuce (or another lettuce of your choice)

Peanut sauce (you might need to play around with the ingredients till you find the right taste for you.  This ended up with the peanut taste and a little tangy and sweet at the same time)

  • 3-3 1/2 TBS powdered peanut butter
  • 4 TBS sesame oil
  • 4 TBS tamari
  • 2 TBS brown sugar



  1. Mix the marinade ingredients together.
  2. Place the chicken in the marinade for at least 30 min in the fridge.
  3. Mix the peanut sauce together while the chicken marinades.
  4. Add sesame oil to frying pan and add in the chicken
  5. Cook the chicken for about 10-12 min till it is no longer pink on the inside (I take the largest chunk and cut it in half to test)
  6. Once chicken is fully cooked, place it in a food processor or blender.  Pulse it until the chicken is shredded.
  7. Cook the red pepper in 1 tsp of the finished peanut sauce.
  8. Add all ingredients to a lettuce wrap, garnish with sesame seeds if desired.


I also took the leftovers and made a salad! SO good either way!
And now an even more fun part, YOU can win a jar of Mighty Nut along with the adorable scooper!!  Click below to enter!!! Contest will end on Sunday, November 1 at midnight EST!

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Good luck!
Have a healthy and happy day!


What makes up Chocolate Runner Girl

Hey y’all!
Today’s post is taking a different direction.  I am participating in a fabulous Bog Hop this week and next so I am taking a little time out side of my normal blog schedule to share a bit about myself with some awesome new readers and fellow bloggers! Even if you are a regular reader, you might learn something about me today!  If you are new, WELCOME!  I am so thrilled to have you here 🙂

A BIG thank you again to Kristy at Runaway Bridal Planner for organizing such a great event!

I recently turned 34(!!). So here are 34 facts about me that have helped to grow and shape me into the person I am today

  1. I have been married to the Hubs for almost 4.5 years!
  2. I am a child of God
  3. I have lived in 14 states! It helped me develop a love for geography.
  4. I have worked with kids (teaching, nannying, tutoring, babysitting, church) for the past 25 years!
  5. I love to travel! My favorite places on earth (so far) are Costa Rica and Ethiopia!
  6. Fall is my favorite season (although fall in the south is a tad different than it was up north).
  7. My original life goals were to be a pediatrician and/or a professional volleyball player. 
  8. I have my Master’s degree in teaching.
  9. My favorite color is purple!
  10. My high school was bigger than my college!  I also was blessed to attend high school and college with my friend who I have known for almost my whole life!
  11. In 2014 I ran 33.5 races.
  12. I love to cook (ahem, experiment) in the kitchen.
  13. I love cupcakes!
  14. I love music.  I had my first singing solo in church when I was six.  I also played the trumpet from 4th-12th grade.
  15. I love to clean and organize.
  16. I was interviewed on Anderson Cooper’s day time show.
  17. I love tea!  I only drink coffee once in a while, but it has to be certain brands from Costa Rica or Ethiopia.
  18.  I have a slight obsession with Very Bradley products!
  19. I love to read!
  20. I am a visual person.  I have to have write everything down in my planner…or it just might not happen!
  21. I love learning more about and making my own natural cleaning and household products!
  22. My favorite number is 21.
  23. I love to work out! One of my favorite things is to lift weights! And lots of them! ( I write more about my workouts and training on Wednesdays)
  24. I love the beach!  I can always find peace there!
  25. I really like pillows!  And sleep (when I can get it)
  26. Sunrises, sunsets and flowers add joy to my days!
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  27. I am a HUGE fan of Christmas!
  28. Elephants & zebras are my fav animal, but zebra print is easier to find than elephant print 😉
  29. I love to paint and do cute art projects!
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  30. I overcame a 20+ year battle with an eating disorder! Thankful to God daily for new life!
  31. My theme for this year!
  32. I love to bargain shop! Big deals give me a rush!  This is my best bargain to date! I paid $27 out of pocket for this gem! And it’s purple of course 🙂
  33. I love animals, especially dogs!
  34. And of course, I love chocolate!

And there you have it!  Well, a few facts about me 🙂  I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about who is behind the blog here at Chocolate Runner girl!  I look forward to getting to know y’all better too!

Have a healthy and joyful day!

Fall fun, DIY pumpkin sugar scrub!

Hello all!  I know I don’t often post on a Saturday, but considering Houston is under flood warnings due to tropical storm Patricia.  

 Plus I am actually not working today (yay!!), so I have some free time.  To avoid cleaning my office I worked more on my sugar scrub that I started the other night.


  • 16 oz organic refined coconut oil
  • 4-5 cups pure cane sugar
  • 1 TBS vitamin E oil
  • 2 TBS pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 TBS cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Whip coconut oil (I used my kitchen aid stand mixer)
  2. Add in sugar, 1 cup at a time, fully whip.  (If you don’t like the consistency you can add more sugar or more oil- For a more gritty scrub, add more sugar. If you like a softer scrub use less sugar or more oil).
  3. Add in spices and vanilla
  4. Make sure all the ingredients are fully mixed together.
  5. Store in a glass or BPA free plastic container.  I am a huge fan of Mason jars!

This is perfect for hands, face and really all over the body.  And don’t worry if you eat it because it is all natural!
It makes great gifts, especially with the holidays coming up!


Let me know if you make it and what you think!  Be warned, you will smell delicious! 😉

Have a happy and healthy weekend!

Foodie Friday: Gluten Free Crustless Quiches

Happy Friday y’all!  Is it just me, or is this month FLYING BY!  I can not believe it is almost November!  I have a feeling that the rest of the year is going to FLY by!
This weeks theme of kitchen cleanse came at a great time!  As I have been working more on getting better with food prepping it was time to clean out the fridge!
Today I am linking up once again with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit!!
foodiefridayGluten Free Crustless Quiche

  • 3 cups veggies (I used pre-roasted eggplant, squash, peppers, zucchini and spinach)
  • Salt, pepper, garlic, paprika to taste
  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheese



  1. Pre-heat oven to 350* F
  2. Mix all the veggies together in a large bowl with the spices
  3. Divide and coop veggies into a well greased muffin tin (should loosely fill each cup)
  4. Sprinkle a pinch of cheese onto each veggie cup
  5. pour 1/4-1/3 of egg into each cup, covering the veggies
  6. Bake for 20-25 min
  7. Enjoy

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂

Make sure you join us next week for some cauliflower recipes!