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Roast Away

Hi friends!
Happy Friday!
Opps, I just realized I never filled you in on my fun Sweat Pink sister time last weekend and some of the other good things happening.  Last weekends shenanigans will have to wait just a bit, but here are a few fun things that went on this week!

My attempt at getting pics of the super moon!

Enjoyed a little Thanksgiving feast at the kiddos school 🙂
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Made some homemade bird feeders for the back yard! Kids had a blast and ate more peanut butter than we used for the feeders! Haha
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Speaking of fruit, it is national vegan month.  Despite so much focus being on turkey recipes, I have seen a lot of yummy vegan recipes from some of my fellow blogger friends!  (Will post a few soon)
For my meat loving friends, this recipe really was filling, flavorful, and added lots of color to the plate!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our Vegan themed week!

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Roasted butternut Squash with Red Pepper and Apple

Ingredients

  • 1 Med butternut squash, peeled, chopped into cubes
  • 1 Red pepper, cored and chopped
  • 1 Apple, cored and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Avocado oil
  • Spices- Thyme and rosemary for taste

Dirctions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425* F.
  2. Spread oil on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper or baking mat.
  3. Place chopped squash, pepper & apple on baking sheet.
  4. Add spices and mix to ensure even coating.
  5. Bake for 25-30 min or until all food is tender.
  6. Enjoy on a salad, with quinoa or just by itself!

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Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering 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 AnnmarieFarrah, 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! :)

Thanks again for stopping by! Join us again next week for some free for all themed recipes!

May you be filled with joy and health!
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Foodie Friday…sort of…

Hello friends!  I am back from LA, BlogFest and the Idea World convention!  It was a FANTASTIC experience, and I will be posting a recap very soon.
Since I arrived home we have had no electricity in 1/2 of the house, which has made things a little interesting.  Mostly lack of light and internet.  Haha. Hopefully that will get taken care of today!  My kitchen is also still not fully functional! The kit/dining room currently are in a state of disaster.  That should also change this weekend when I have time to unpack more and get things in order!
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I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our Pinterest interest themed week!

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So this week I don’t really have a new recipe to share with y’all, but do not despair! I do have something amazing to share with you guys!  When I was in LA I had the privilege of meeting one of my Sweat Pink sisters, Laura!  She was kind enough to give me an early release copy of her new book, Sweets in the Raw.

I took one look at the book and new I needed to share it will you all!  I mean, the pictures made me drool just a little 😉

I mean, am I right?? These look amazing right? I can not wait to try each recipe in this book!!

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Awesome info from Laura’s website about the kind of ingredients used for the recipes!

You can pre-order your copy NOW and you will get it when it comes out in September!
(This is not an affiliate link.  I am just sharing an amazing book that I was gifted!)

You can also follow Laura on all her social media accounts!
blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | YouTube |

Do yourself a favor and go order the book! And then let me know what recipes you try and fall in love with!

 

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering 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! :)
  • Join us next week for some Kitchen Cleanse themed recipes!

Be filled with health and joy!

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Pool Side Snacks

Hello friends!
Summertime is here! Even though we have not actually passed the summer solstice, it is def summer break from school and summer activities are in full swing!
I actually saw some Sun-In at the store last night!!  I didn’t know they even made that stuff anymore!  I can still vividly remember the smell of it in my hair as I attempted to go from a brunette to the beach blonde on the bottle!  Haha, oh the memories.
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I don’t know what your summer activities may include, but my life pretty much revolves around the pool during the summer!  My little community has 14 different pools plus several different splash pads that the kids love!

Since we spend so much time at the pool, we are in constant need of snacks!  This isn’t really a recipe today as much as it is some snack ideas for those of us who are on the go!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our on-the-go themed week!

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  • Raw veggies & hummus
  • PB & J mini sandwiches
  • Raw fruit
  • Popcorn
  • Almonds and other nuts
  • Cheese sticks
  • Frozen yogurt sticks

Simple yet delish! And healthy ways to keep the kiddos and myself fueled up for our fun summer days!

Ps, you can find the little bento style lunch boxes here (non-affiliate)

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering 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! :)
  • Join us next week for some Food Blogger Love themed recipes!

Be filled with health and joy!

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Green Gazpacho 

Happy Friday friends! It has been another crazy week. In the middle of cleaning and packing up our house! In order to minimize my time in the kitchen and maximize my time cleaning and packing we have been eating lots of salads and fruits! Whipping up some gazpacho worked really well this week! I even thought ahead and kept out some of the kitchen tools I needed!
I have to say that I have never really made gazpacho before, but as soon as I saw the theme for this week I had an idea in mind.

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our Gazpacho themed week!

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Green Gazpacho
Ingredients

  • 1 large seedless cucumber, washed and chopped into large chunks
  • 1-2 avocados (2 of you want is super creamy)
  • 1 lime juiced
  • Spices to taste (salt, pepper, garlic)

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Directions

  1. Keep all ingredients cold till ready to make gazpacho
  2. Place cucumber in a blender and blend till very smooth.
  3. Add in avocado and blend again.
  4. Add in lime juice and spices.
  5. Place blended ingredients in a bowl and chill until ready to eat.

 

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering 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! :)
  • Join us next week for some Farmer’s Market themed recipes!

Be filled with health and joy!

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UP4 Probiotic Review

Hello all!  Get ready, there will be a few posts coming your way today!  First I want to share with you about an awesome product I have been using the past few weeks.

{Disclaimer:  I was given Up4 Probiotics in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.  All thoughts, opinions and humor are my own.  I am always thankful for any and all support I receive for Chocolate Runner Girl!}

Soon after I posted my Bulu Box Review last month I was contacted by UAS Life Sciences to try even more of their probiotics out!  I was all about that!  I love me some good probiotics!
Let me rewind.  Since my high school days I have struggled on and off with tummy issues.  I was never diagnosed with anything specific, so I did some experimenting on my own with different foods to try and find relief.  When I was in college it was finally discovered that I had some food allergies!  Knowing what I was allergic to was huge!  It took some time but I was able to reduce my stomach issues by staying away from the foods I was allergic to! I mean, no-brainer right?  Even with all the changes I was still having issues on and off.  It was a bit frustrating.  It is no secret that life with stress, traveling, not always stellar eating habits cause issues with our digestive systems. After a few years of trying even more products/cleanses/detoxes/etc, I stumbled upon probiotics.  They were a HUGE help with all my internal digestive issues!

What is a probiotic?  Great question.  It bacteria.  Not just any bacteria, but happy bacteria that helps to keep your insides happy! If you suffer or struggle with digestive issues then a probiotic just might be what you need to find some relief!
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Over the past few years I used different brands here and there.  When I am consistent with them, I do see changes in my digestive system, but it always felt like something was still a little off!
When I was given the chance to try out UP4 I was excited! I had tried a small sample that was in my Bulu Box and just using them for a few days I could tell a huge difference in my tummy! Such a relief!
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What is it that sets UP4 apart than other probiotics I have tried?

  • UAS Life Sciences has been making probiotics, and only probiotics since 1979! They are experts!
  • They come in a handy little cube that you can just gobble up!  I HATE swallowing pills, and pills usually make me nauseous, so these are so much better for me.  I don’t dread taking them!
  • The flavor is pretty mild!  Just don’t eat it right after brushing your teeth! (Not that I have any experience with that…haha)
  • UP4 brand doesn’t have to be stored in the fridge! (However, they do recommend storing them in temps that are less than 70* F).
  • They are very potent, so a small cube gets you what you need each day!
  • Sugar free, gluten free, low calorie, non-gmo, non-dairy and vegan.
  • Loaded with CFU- colony forming units! A container of yogurt has about 1 billion CFUs.  An adult cube has the recommended 3 billion CFUs!
  • A wide variety of formulas to meet every person’s needs (kids, adults, seniors, athletes, heart health, etc). You can see here for all the option

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As you can see, you can’t really go wrong with taking UP4 Probiotics!!
And because y’all are so awesome, UAS Life Sciences has provided a way for you to receive a free sample!!!  Just click here!  Then you can be as cool as I am 😉
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Let me know if you try it and what you think!!!

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Foodie Friday: Smoothie Bowls!

Another week has flown by! I had some sort of activity or event each night this week which made me pretty darn tired.  The twins I nanny also started school so I was suddenly left with a bit of free time!  A perfect time to enjoy a smoothie bowl!  Since I have been continuing to work on some recipes for the #LoveFreekeh campaign I am participating in with Fit Approach and Freekeh, I decided to make a smoothie bowl with Freekeh as one of the toppings!
I’m linking up again today with my girls Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama!!!

Fiber Packed Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 serving of my chocolate avocado smoothie
  • 1/2-1 sliced banana
  • 1/4 cup cooked and cooled original freekeh
  • 1 TBS chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup raspberries

Directions

  1. Make smoothie
  2. Add toppings
  3. Enjoy

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Tune in next week for some savory breakfast recipes!!

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Ps, check out my Bulu Box review and see a code for %50 off a 3 month subscription (thanks $5/box)!!!

Foodie Friday: Spicy Roasted Veggies

It has been another crazy week here. Filled with lots and lots of rain! I’m about ready to build an ark in case it rains more! Oh wait, it’s raining yet again!!

With all this rain I have been craving roasted foods!! Roasted chicken and veggies have been a staple the last few days for sure! I don’t know why I haven’t been roasting more veggies before this week. I have done it on and off, but not much more than butternut squash. I think my attempts at making kale chips threw me for a loop. They never seemed to workout right so I didn’t even try other veggies.
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After this week I may never eat veggies any other way again! For our theme this week of Spicing it Up, I experimented with different spices to add a kick to the veggies.
I’m linking up again with my favorite Foodie Friday ladies to share some amazing recipes with y’all!  Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, Cassandra from Powered by BLING, and Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats!

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Spicy Roasted Veggies
Ingredients
Any raw veggies chopped into bite size pieces.
I used butternut squash, broccoli, cauliflower, red peppers, brussels sprouts.
Coconut oil- enough to lightly cover all veggies
Spices- red pepper flakes, pepper, garlic, thyme, rosemary, Himalayan salt, paprika. (Any other spicy spices that you enjoy)
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Directions
1. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
2. Place all veggies on sheet and coat with oil.
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3. Sprinkle spices on veggies and mix. (I mixed with my hands for an even coat).
4. Bake for 18-20 min on 475*
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5. Feel free to turn them halfway through to have them crispy all over 🙂
6. Enjoy
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Tune in next week for some recipes using Bananas!!
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