Mocha Chip Protein Shake

Hello friends! Happy Friday!

Summer has been busy! Between travels, pet sitting and more traveling I have been on the go all summer.  I am ready for some rest and relaxation! As the hottest days of summer have been showing up here in Houston, I have been enjoying some cool treats here and there.  I have always been a fan of milkshakes! Those cool, thick and creamy shakes with a wide straw just give me the happy warm feelings of delightful summer evenings in PA.
When I was in Vegas 2 weeks ago my girls and I had the chance to taste these awesome shakes! – More on my Vegas eats coming soon 🙂
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Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our summer cool down themed week!

Recently I hit up a sale of some Halo top! It was fun to try some new flavors as well as enjoy 2 of my favorites! I normally just eat some in a bowl or out of the container, however, I think all these hot days hit me and I was craving a milkshake! So I decided to experiment a little with Halo Top to see if I could make a yummy treat!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pint Chocolate Mocha Chip Halo Top
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2 scoops unflavored vital proteins
  • 1 Tbsp Enjoy life mini chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Place Halo top and milk in a high speed blender (my ninja cups work amazing), blend well.
  2. Add in the vital proteins and blend again.
  3. Sprinkle the chips on top and enjoy with a fun straw!

Note- you can use any flavor you like if mocha chip is not your thing 🙂

 

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

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A little Q & A

Hello friends! Happy Wednesday!

Happy August! How is it already August 2nd???  I have been working on a little Q & A post for y’all! I’ve been wanting to do one for a while and have been gathering questions for a few weeks! Thank you all who submitted questions! If you still have a question to ask, just let me know 🙂

Where did the name behind your blog come from?

This is actually my 4th blog I have written since 2004. My blog name/content has shifted over time as my life has changed. When I began this blog in 2014 I was an avid runner. I have always been a lover of chocolate since a kid! I’m now an occasional runner (as I recover from injuries) but still love chocolate…just healthier versions now 🙂

What’s your favorite snack?

Hmm, that’s a great question!
I switch things up one and off, but I always come back to gala apples and nut butter!

What are your favorite chocolate treats?

I’m pretty partial to my cherry chocolate smoothie, gluten free chocolate cupcakes and the rare treat of my homemade death by chocolate!

What has been your worst injury?

Hmmm, when I broke my foot and my brain injury.

Biggest pet peeve?

Ha, where do I begin? Lol
People who don’t use their turn signal, when people don’t put away their shopping carts, people who are rude & self serving.

What is your favorite thing to cook?

I love to experiment with different recipes.  I am a huge fan of roasting just about any veggie! 🙂

Where is your favorite place to travel?

Hands down, Costa Rica- I’ve been 10 times and I still have many places to explore! You can read about my last trip here, here, here & here

How long have you been married? What has been the best/worst thing you have experience while married?

We celebrated 6 years in June!
The best has been the different trips we have been on together, the worst was when my husband had to undergo emergency heart surgery and the healing process!

Drive or fly?

If it is more than a few hours, I will fly.  I am not much of a fan of long road trips!

Do you sing while you drive?

I love busting out some tunes while I drive.  Sometimes I even bust out some Italian arias from my classical singing days 🙂

What is your go-to drink?

Any kind of sparkling water- mostly LaCroix!

Burpees- yay or nay?

Well, I’m not a huge fan of them, but I will do them since I know they are good for me! Haha

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Dog, all dog!

Your claim to fame?

Being interviewed by Anderson Cooper on his talk show.

What is your favorite movie?

August Rush

Where is the best place you have eaten chocolate?

Ethiopia! When we were there I had a amazing chocolate cupcake!

Besides chocolate and running, what is something you love?

I love all things fitness and teaching others about living a healthy lifestyle!
I also love traveling, working with kids and DIY projects!

How often do you write blog posts?

Well, I actually write a lot more than I post! I have over 50 posts in my draft flies that I need to publish.  I get a lot of ideas about posts and then life happens and I don’t always get back to them! Oops!

If you could change anything about your life right now, what would you change?

I wish my family lived closer to me!

What is your favorite animal?

Elephants!  I was able to ride one when I was 3 and my obsession began! I have lost count as to how many I have now!

Any weird human tricks?

Hahaha, pretty much my only human trick is I can touch the end of my nose with my tongue.
Thanks for playing along! This was fun! Gets me out of my normal post 🙂

May you be filled with joy and health!

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Chocolate avocado pudding

Hello friends!
A big happy birthday shout out to my momma today!
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Well I am on the road again today! It has certainly been the summer of travel and house sitting! I think I have only slept in my own bed for 4-5 days all summer!   I am still working through all the amazing information and fun I had a blog fest & Idea world convention last week, and there will be a few posts about all that coming at you next week 🙂

While I have been traveling so much, I have not been cooking that much in my own kitchen.  One thing that has not changed though is my consumption of avocados!  I eat one (or more sometimes) just about every day!  Simply in the last week I went through 2 bags! I should probably invest in some avocado stock! Haha

But really, I do love me some avocado!  On salads, in smoothies, on toast, as guac, on eggs, and even just all by itself!  I mean, what is not to love? Unless you are allergic, then by all means, do not eat them!  Avocados are chalk full of vitamin E, fiber & omega-3 fatty acids.  The benefits of avocados are pretty awesome! A few include lowering cholesterol, reduce inflammation, help eye health, help keep blood pressure in the right range.
Waaaaay back when I was in college, my bff and I were craving dessert one night and she had found a recipe for chocolate avocado mousse! I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but it ended up being so good!  Sadly I we never made it again.  As I was thinking about what to crate this week I looked at my stash of avocados and that memory came up and I wanted to see if I could make something equally as good! So this creamy, dreamy treat was even better than when we made it back in college!  Maybe cause I changed a few things up (hello dates) and Enjoy life was not even a company back then! Hehe

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our new ingredient themed week!

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Ingredients

  • 2 large avocados, pitted and skin removed
  • 6 dates, pitted
  • 1 c organic almond milk- unsweetened vanilla
  • 4 Tbsp Cacao powder
  • 4 Tbsp Sunbutter
  • 1/4 c + some to garnish -Enjoy life mini chips

Directions

  1. Add dates and milk to blender, pulse till it forms a smooth paste.
  2. Add in cacao powder and sun butter, blend till smooth.
  3. Add in chocolate chips, pulse till chips are blended- only about 5-10 seconds.
  4. Scoop into bowls and garnish with more chips if desired.
  5. Store remaining pudding in a air tight container in the fridge

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 )

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  • Join us next week for some summer cool down recipes.

May you be filled with joy and health!

 

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Get your snack on

Happy Friday friends!
Spending a Friday in town and in my own house/bed for the first time in almost 2 months! Thanks to traveling, house sitting and dog sitting things have been a little nutty! In the midst of everything that has been working on sticking to my eating plan and training schedule! It has not gone 100% according to plan, but that is ok! 🙂
Since I was a kid I have always been a fan of snacks! Some of my favorite snacks are popcorn, apples and almond butter, berries, green smoothies and pretty much anything with a little chocolate 😉
As I have gotten older I have turned to more adult-like snacks and I try to make my snacks have a bit more nutritional punch to them.  Making snacks that taste great and also fuel my body has become really fun! I love knowing that I am able to enjoy what I am eating and that it is also good for my body and soul!

I am linking up today with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our snack themed week!

Banana choc chia bites

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/8 c dark enjoy life chocolate chips
  • 1/8 c mini enjoy life chocolate chips
  • 1/2 Tbsp sunbutter
  • 1/4 tsp coconut oil
  • Chia seeds- to garnish

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Directions

  1. Place a piece of freezer paper on a baking sheet.
  2. Slice banana into 1/8-1/4in pieces and place on the freezer paper.
  3. Melt chocolate over a double broiler.  Add in the coconut oil and sunbutter, mix well.
  4. Drizzle over the banana pieces.
  5. Sprinkle the chia seeds over the chocolate mixture.
  6. Place baking sheet in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.
  7. Enjoy.
  8. Store remaining bites in a air tight container in the freezer.

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 )

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  • Join us next week for some healthy junk food recipes.

May you be filled with joy and health!

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Welcome to the Hive #ad

Hello friends! I hope you had a lovely 4th of July!  I spent my time with some dear friends and also thinking about so many in our history who made the celebration of freedom possible!

Speaking of celebrating, I am super excited to share with you all about a new company I am partnering with!  With the day and age we live it, technology has become a pretty vital part of every day life.  Over time technology has help us stay connected with our families, friends, jobs, and even our homes.

Endorsement disclosure: I received these products and services from Hive free of charge, however, all opinions are my own.

Have you ever been away from your home and wished that you could know for sure if you shut off that curling iron or coffee pot? Have you ever wanted to change the temperature of your home while you were out and about or on the way home from a trip? Have you ever walked up to your house in the dark and wished the lights were on?

I have had all these things happen to me and wondered for hours about the condition of my home at certain times.  Thanks to my new partnership with Hive Home, I will be able to monitor and control these aspects of my home from a simple app. The Hive Home system comes with a variety of options to make your home customized to be exactly how you want it to be.

Over the next few weeks and months I will be sharing how I am going to be using the products in my home and how they provide peace of mind as well as make my home the best home for us to live in!

A few things that drew me to Hive products were the simplicity of how everything works together, the variety of plans that can work for many different needs, and how you can adjust several different aspects of your home all at once.

Hive sent me a selection of products that all work together in different ways.
The Hive Hub is like the brain that helps everything to work together.  All the different products connect to this hub and the hub connects to the app.   Then when you are on the go, the app can control lights, temperature and appliances in your home!
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Once the Hub and app are both set up, you can use it to connect to the different products to make your home just the way you want it.  This door/window alert is perfect for several reasons.  You can find out when a door is opened in your home and even have a light turn on when a door opens up.
img_7790Speaking of the light, you can have the lights on a timer and set the warmth and brightness when you are in a room or returning home.

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The Hive plug is fantastic for when you want to operate anything you plug in- coffee maker, hair tools, other appliances!
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One of the products I am most excited about is the Hive thermostat!  I have often wanted to change the temperature of my home before I got there (i.e. turning the a/c back on after vacation) and have never had the products to do so!

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I am so thrilled to be trying out these amazing products in my home and sharing more with you all about how they have helped make my life even better.  If you have any questions about any of them please let me know or you can check out more information on the Hive website. I can not wait to share more with you about how I am using the Hive Home system in my own house!

May you be filled with joy and health!

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Honey Balsamic Grilled Chicken

Happy Friday friends!
It has been another busy week of summer! The hubs and I had a nightmare of a time coming home from our vacation, and I have been spending the week with some friends and helping out with their kiddos 🙂

As I have recovered from all the drama of last weekend and grieving the loss of a sweet friend I have spent a lot of time outside enjoying the sunshine and peace in this beautiful paradise.
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There is something about sunshine that is really therapeutic for me.  Cooking outside is also really therapeutic for me.  It worked really well for me this week to celebrate national cookout week.  But really, I love to grill all year round.
I am linking up today with Annmarie (who has a birthday tomorrow!!) from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our cookout themed week!
I love to grill but I also really like simple recipes!  This recipe was SO easy and took no time at all! It was then devoured by myself and several kiddos (and the dog even snuck a piece too).

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Ingredients

  • 2 lb organic boneless/skinless chicken breast sliced into chicken tenders
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 4 Tbsp avocado oil

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Directions

  1. Wisk together the vinegar, honey and oil
  2. Place the chicken strips in a large zip-closed bag or a large bowl
  3. Add the liquid mixture to the chicken and let marinate at least 30 min
  4. Pre-heat grill to med heat
  5. Place marinated chicken on the grill and cook 3-5 min both sides or until the inside is no longer pink
  6. Enjoy outside on a beautiful summer night

Side note- Leftovers can be made into an awesome chicken salad the next day 🙂

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 )

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  • Join us next week for some dairy-free recipes.

 

May you be filled with joy and health!

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Summer Treats- Food Blogger Love Style

Happy Friday friends! Greetings from Minnesota!

It has been a beautiful week full of wonderful activities, time with family and friends and some much needed rest.  Recap on our activities coming soon 🙂  You can see a few pics on Instagram, but I will leave you with this big change that happened this week!

Since I have been traveling all week I have not been cooking or recipe creating.  Although it has been nice to have a little break, I miss making my own food.

Since we are celebrating food blogger love today and this week was the summer solstice, I gathered some awesome summer treat recipes to share with you all!

One of my favorite treats is my blueberry lemon pop!
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I also made my watermelon, strawberry & lime smoothie into popsicles, and they did NOT disappoint! {Sadly I don’t have a pic of them yet}

My blogger friends do not disappoint either! This collection will keep you full of delicious cool treats all summer long!

Neapolitan Nice Cream Sandwiches by Christina
3 Ingredient Strawberry Mint Nice Cream by Julie
Pineapple Coconut Popsicles by Farrah
Berry Mint Ice Cubes by Kelly

Vegan Banoffee Pie Popsicles by Abby
3 Ingredient HCLF Vegan Fudgsicle Bites by Kaila
Healthy Creamsicle by Summer
2 Ingredient Healthy Mango Sorbet by Julie

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 )

  • 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 cookout recipes.

May you be filled with joy and health!

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