Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites

Hello and happy Friday friends! The last Friday of August! It has been another month that has flown by! I can hardly believe it!
School is back in full swing and around here that means I have some hungry kiddos after school! Anyone else feel like kids just need lots of snacks after school?  They seem to need more fuel these days after a long day of school! I was trying to come up with some snacks that are not so time consuming so they actually get a chance to rest after school before any activities or chores! It has not been an easy task! An old recipe of mine popped into my head while I was at the store the other day and I knew I needed to try it out for the kids.  I whipped up a batch of energy balls while they were at school and they were a HUGE hit!  I love that you can pretty much change around some of the ingredients to make it work for your family and different preferences that kids have!  One kid loves chocolate and the other is not a fan, so I can easily customize them! These bites are even great for adults!  I am a fan of them pre or post workout, while I am running around doing errands, if I need a little pick-me-up while I make dinner of just need a little something in between meals.
I also got a little tool this week that has helped make them so much easier, and a little less messy! I am not sure why I never had one before, but it has been a fantastic tool (and not just for the energy bites).  I picked this one up at Target the other day, but also have seen them at other stores for around $12-18. (not affiliate, just what I bought)

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I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for kitchen cleanse recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats ( I have used rolled oats and steel cut, they both work well)
  • 1 3/4 cups sunbutter (any nut butter also works)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup collagen peptides
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips ( I prefer to use Enjoy Life chips)

Directions

  1. Place all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the mixture out of the bowl.  Form mixture into balls.
  3. Place in a storage container with a lid.
  4. Store them in the refrigerator.

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Sweet and savory waffle

Happy Friday friends!

It has been another busy week in the books, but a fun one. It was my birthday week which added another element to the week with a few small celebrations with friends and a lovely 2 hour massage (that was seriously the BEST and so what I needed!)
I also added a little fun to my life with a new pop of color in my hair!

I really focused on enjoying my time with friends and the hubs so I didn’t spend much time in the kitchen this week, but I did finalize on one of the recipes!

Before I share the recipe, I wanted to share a funny story about my early waffle making experience.  When we were first married I really wanted to make blueberry waffles.  I was not a huge waffle maker at that point, and had to actually go buy a waffle iron.  I made the batter and put the first scoop into the iron.  I closed it and flipped it over.  I was washing a few dishes while I waited a few minutes for it to cook.  All of a sudden I heard this popping noise and within seconds blueberry juice was spewing literally ALL over my kitchen!  I started yelling and didn’t know what to do! I was also laughing so hard at the same time!
So needless to say, I have not made blueberry waffles since! LOL

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for waffle recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp organic cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp powdered peanut butter
  • 2 cups gluten free flour
  • 2 tsp pink salt
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 Tbsp Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips
  • 4 slices Canadian bacon, chopped

Directions

  1. Sift together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. In a med bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla and oil.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just blended.
  4. Gently fold in the chocolate chips and chopped Canadian bacon.
  5. Heat a waffle iron and add small amount of oil to prevent sticking.
  6. Scoop about 1 cup into the waffle iron, close and cook until just done.
  7. Makes about 4 large waffles.
  8. Enjoy!

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San Diego part 5: Eats & a giveaway

Hello friends! Happy Monday! It is my last Monday as a 36 year old what better way to start off a week with a giveaway of one of my new favorite snacks!

But before we get there, I wanted to share with you another edition of my San Diego trip, one of the most important parts, the eats!  All my adventures at the zooworkouts, Blogfest, and Les Mills live had to be fueled somehow and they were fueled well!

Thankfully one of the great things about Blogfest are the sponsors we have and the wonderful food and snacks they provide!  We were provided food by The Almond Board of California (hello all the almonds), General Mills (always a fun breakfast), The National Dairy Council (lovely lunch), LaCroix (amazing happy hour), as well as several companies who added goodies to our swag bag (Great Lakes Gelatin, Jimmy Bar and Be Better).  (not all products are pictured at this time)

I also had a few meals outside the conference with different groups of my fab friends!  Each place we went to was great with the exception of one. The restaurant had a cool vibe, but sadly I was allergic to most of the items on the menu, and they could only alter 3 items total to accommodate my allergies.  So for dinner one night I ended up forking over $32 for a bowl of veggies and quinoa!  Other than that experience, I had delicious food, and even more needed, conversation with my fab friends!

There were many fantastic meals but my mind keeps going back to some of the snacks we were provided, specifically from Be Better!  To be honest, a lot of bars out there these days don’t taste great to me or sit well with my tummy. I was a little nervous to try yet another bar, but these were so delicious, and no tummy issues at all! If you have any dietary restrictions, they have options that have no dairy, no gluten, no soy and no artificial preservatives!  They are full of protein (from 10-16 grams of protein per bar).

They had a booth set up in the back of the room and a beautiful layout of their products and LOTS of chances to try out their snacks! My fav flavor is the caramel & almond in dark chocolate, but I also really did enjoy all the flavors I was able to try! They really helped me to fuel my workouts and recover after some of the intense days of activity I had.

If you want to try them out, you can always purchase from their site, or you can hop over to my Instagram and enter the giveaway I am holding that will close Thursday August 23 at 11:59pm CST.


Tell me, what will you do this week to be better?

My goal is to enjoy my birthday no matter what is going on in my life right now!

I am linking up with Wendy and Holly for their weekly wrap!

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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Chocolate chip peanut butter protein ice cream

Happy Friday my friends!

Summer vacation has officially come to an end this week. School is back in session. We had to celebrate the last week with a new ice cream recipe! Cool, creamy chocolate with a hint of peanut butter and a sprinkle of chocolate chips and a hidden bonus of collagen peptides for some protein! I have been making batches of ice cream all summer, but this one really takes the cake! Haha  But really, my husband is my taste tester and he is ALL over this flavor! He thinks I could sell it! I would love to do that but that would require a much larger ice cream churner! 😉  It is also the start of my birthday week so I just might have to whip up another batch for this weekend!

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for pinterest curiosity recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2/3 cup White sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup collagen peptides
  • 2 3/4 cups organic heavy cream
  • 2 cups organic whole milk
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup enjoy life chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Place an ice cream churner in the freezer at least 12 hours before making the ice cream.
  2. In a large bowl add in the sugar.  Sift in the cocoa powder, powdered peanut butter and collagen peptides.  Whisk together well.
  3. Add the milk and stir until dry ingredients have dissolved.
  4. Slowly add in the cream and the vanilla, mix well.
  5. Pour the mixture into the frozen churner and churn for about 25-30 minutes or until the mixture is the consistency of a frosty.
  6. Put the ice cream into an air tight freezer container and put in the freezer.
  7. After 15-20 min remove the ice cream and stir in the chocolate chips.
  8. Return to freezer for at least 2 hours.
  9. Let thaw for several minutes before serving, sprinkle on some additional chocolate chips and enjoying!

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Campfire Nachos

Happy Friday friends! It is the last day of summer vacation for us down here! School begins next week! It has been a very adventurous summer here for us all! I LOVE summertime and the warm days, but I have to say that my heart is ready for some fall weather and fall food!
Last year I built a firepit in our backyard and we have not gotten much use out of it this summer!  I know with the fall and some cooler evenings we will be using it a lot!
Bring on a combo of summer foods + fall feelings = campfire nachos!

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for campfire recipes!

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I love the smell of campfires and how the food just tastes a little better with that smoky flavor! I love how versatile food can be when cooking over a campfire! Add in a cast iron skillet and you can make pretty much anything that you would make on a stove top! Yes please!


Ingredients

  • Small can of green chilies
  • Ground turkey, precooked with chilies (optional if a non-meat eater)
  • Cheese of your choice
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Any other veggies you want
  • Chips

Directions

  1. Place chips in the bottom of the skillet, covering it completely.
  2. Sprinkle on cheese of choice
  3. Add on any toppings you desire (veggies and or meat)
  4. Sprinkle on more cheese on top
  5. Cook over a med size fire until the cheese melts
  6. Enjoy with salsa or other nacho toppings

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San Diego part 4: Les Mills Live

Hello friends! Happy Wednesday! I am bringing you another part of my San Diego recap.  This one is all about Les Mills Live!  Since I became a certified Les Mills instructor last year I have wanted to attend a Live event! When they announced that Live would be happening the same weekend as Idea World, I was STOKED and of course all in!  I signed up pretty much as soon as I solidified that I would be officially attending BlogFest and Idea World!  In the instructor FB groups there was a lot of chatter about the event and my excitement grew and grew!

After a few amazing days at BlogFest it was time to workout with some of the best people on the planet! I started out on Saturday morning doing a Combat workout on the USS Midway! The ship has a really cool history, and has been turned into a museum that sits in the harbor.  It was an AMAZING experience! I ended up standing in line with some people from the Houston area and we worked out together! It was so fun!!! After Combat I ended up running into some of my 24 hour team which was so great!

After combat I headed back to the hotel and then got my bag and headed to the convention center for the rest of my workouts! I knew it was going to be a crazy day so I took one of the rent a bikes to save my legs a bit. Haha

Body pump with several hundred people was so awesome! The room was a bit tight, but I manged to snag a spot with a little extra room and it worked out well!

Next up was Barre! I do not have ANY dance training, and the few barre classes I have done we way different then Les Mills Barre! It was really out of my comfort zone!  I was standing near an older guy who was rocking it and we just looked at each other and said, we can do this! Overall it was fun and I will def have to try it more soon!

After Barre it was CXworks.  That is a 30 min core class! It was a nice change up to the first few super active classes of the day!
My next class was Body Attack.  My knee was starting to bother me so I decided to skip it and go get rolled out at the Trigger Point area at the expo.  It helped a little but it was still bothering me a bit.  I walked around the expo a bit and then headed back for my last classes.

The next one up was Sh’bam.  It is a dance class! Normally I am down and try my best even though I am usually 5 beats behind! Haha.  But with my knee still starting to bother me so I decided to take it easy.  I mostly watched and enjoyed seeing the Les Mills team dancers!

Last but not least was Flow! It was what I really needed after the last few days. It was a really beautiful routine and everyone was just enjoying the class.  At the end we were all laying down in meditation and as we came back to reality the whole team was out on the stage.  It was really emotional and just such an incredible experience!

 

I was also honored to get a chance to meet 2 of the people who have encouraged and helped my journey!

I took a bike back to the hotel, showered, ate an amazing dinner and collapsed into bed!

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I am linking up with AnnMarie and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday!

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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San Diego part 3: BlogFest Speakers

Hello and happy Monday! I’m coming at you today with part 3 of 5 of my Blogfest recap. (Links to parts 1 and 2 if you missed them). Today I’m focusing on the message that seemed to be coming at me from all sides!

The past 2 years I have attended BlogFest we had wonderful and inspiring speakers. They always left me feeling ready to conquer the world as I listened to their stories! One thing I also have noticed is there always seems to be a theme between the speakers even though it is not always planned that way! This year was no exception.

A little word that used to haunt me daily was perfection! I have done a lot of work over the years to release that off my life and to embrace my flaws and live in the imperfect.  I still have days when it comes back in full force, but I am really proud of the work I have done and how far I have come!

The speakers this year really touched on that subject again and it was a great refresher course for me with many reminders and encouragement that I am still on the right track.  Our first speaker was Petra Kolber.  She actually has a book that just came out called Perfection Detox! Could that name be any better? I really enjoyed her talk.  She talked about her own struggles with perfectionism and anxiety and I was able to relate so much to what she said.  A few points that really stuck out to me:

  • Difference of excellence vs perfection
  • The “er” (better, thinner, smarter, blogger, etc) problem
  • Know that I am ENOUGH today!
  • Give people permission to be imperfect
  • What would I do if I knew I didn’t have to be perfect (*some new things coming soon*)

Her story mixed with these truths and some humor really drew me in.  She also had some really great slides that hit the nail on the head for me as I am a visual learner!

Our next speaker was from the almond board of California giving us some great facts about almonds! I LOVE almonds and I use them in my daily intake all the time from just snacking to making my own almond milk and almond butter!  They did a little game show and it was really fun!

 

Next up was Sadie Nardini.  She was really funny, creative and overall easy to listen to.  She spoke on how to make money while sleeping.  The best way to do that is to make an online e-course.  She broke it down and really helped me see that this is something I may want to do in the future.

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Our next speaker was Kristine Betty.  She gave a really informative chat about google analytics.  No, truth be told, I do not do a lot with GA, so I wrote down a lot of notes, and will be doing more with them later.  I really did appreciate her approach to explaining GA and I will be reaching out to Kristine if I am in need of assistance later! I know it is not the most exciting topic, but necessary for blogging!

Next up was Gigi Ashworth from Gigi Eats. She and I have interacted online for a few years so it was really fun to meet her in person.  Her personality in her videos is exactly how she is in real life!  She spoke about how to make really great videos.  Some of it seemed like common sense, but some of it def needed to be pointed out! Lol

Then we had our keynote speaker, Heidi Powell! I have followed and her husband, Chris, for many years, so it was really fun to see her in person.  When we chatted at the end she just turned to me and said, ‘Oh, you are SO beautiful!’ Made my day 🙂
She was pretty funny and down to earth.  She brought back the idea of getting rid of the idea of perfection and being authentic! A few key points that I really liked:

  • Zig when others zag
  • Never be too big for your people
  • Be grateful, always (come join my grateful August challenge!)
  • Be a lifelong learner!
  • The best opportunities are sometimes saying NO!
  • Give back
  • Always remember who you are!

 

After Heidi we had a talk by the National Dairy Counsel.  I have to say that I felt uncomfortable by their talk.  They were def pushing their agenda and saying that to have a healthy diet you have to include dairy!  I can’t have a lot of dairy, and when I do, I make sure it is actually something that won’t hurt my body.  But moving on! Haha

Last up was Natalie Jill! She gave us a background on her story and how she started sharing her own meals and workouts for accountability and it has grown into a huge business for her! She was so sweet and also lead us through a kick butt workout with trigger point!

Overall I really enjoyed the speakers and of course all the wonderful interactions I had with everyone!  I am still processing through some of the information I received and how I am going to put some of it to play in my blog and life!  Thank you again Fit Approach for putting together a great lineup of speakers! Love my Sweat Pink ladies!

Thanks for joining along on this journey of our BlogFest speakers!

Do you enjoy conference speakers?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap.

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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