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Triple chocolate zucchini muffins {gluten free}

Happy Friday friends!
I am so thankful it is Friday! It has been a bit of a busy week in every area of my life! There are some things brewing that I can not wait to share with you all, and I hope I can share within the next week or so 🙂

Last week began with a fun and crazy event at my gym.  The fitness instructors put on a showcase of many of the Les Mills classes and the members who participated were able to vote to see what new classes they will bring to the gym! It was so much fun to try new classes and get out of my comfort zone!  I was a bit wiped out from that, but it didn’t stop me from picking up the bed for our guest room! It is coming along and I hope it will be all finished soon! Amazing how this last room in the house is taking SO long! Hah
img_4631I joined a CSA last week, and I received my first batch of fruits and veggies! They are so delicious and fresh! I love how different they taste and how I know I am supporting a local organic farmer!
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With all the veggies I received plus a few things I had gotten at Costco I had 2 items that were overtaking my kitchen! It worked out perfect to use many of them up for our Foodie Friday theme today!

Today I am linking up today with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for kitchen cleanse themed week!

I LOVE zucchini, and I have been making zucchini recipes all week but I still had some left.  I love adding them to so many dishes to add an extra dose of veggies! They go so well with so many recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 5 extra ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2-1 cup coconut sugar depending on the level of sweetness you enjoy
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 large zucchini, shredded and chopped into small peices
  • 1/2 cup enjoy life chocolate chips
  • 1/2 enjoy life dark chocolate chips

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Line 2 muffin pans with silicon cups (you can also use paper wrappers)
  2. Peel bananas and place in a large mixing bowl (I used my kitchen aid, but you can also mix these by hand). Mash bananas fully.
  3. Add in the coconut oil, mix well.
  4. Add in the coconut sugar, mix well.
  5. Add in the sprinkle of salt, baking soda, cacao powder & cinnamon, mix well.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs together and blend in the vanilla.  Add those to the banana mixture, mix well.
  7. Add in the flour until just incorporated.
  8. Gently fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips
  9. Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full
  10. Bake for 20 min or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. You may have leftover batter, and if so, make additional muffins or you can use a small bread pan and make a loaf, bake about 20 min also.
  12. Enjoy

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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Golden Chili 

Happy Friday dear friends!!!!

What a week it has been! Spring has def sprung here in Texas. The weather was gorgeous this week with lots of sunshine and breezes!

If you missed it yesterday, I posted a bit of a long overdue health update. There will hopefully be some answers in the next week or so!!

Despite it being the first day of spring this past week, I got an inkling for chili as I saw so many pics of snow from my friends and family who still live up north!

Today for Foodie Friday I am linking up today with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a Food Blogger Love themed week! So I want to share with you a few chili recipes from some of my awesome blogger friends!

Chili Powder Free Slow Cooker Turkey Chili (Gluten Free, Bean Free) from Susie at Suzylyfe
Best Chili Recipe Ever from Kalee at Sorey Fitness
Jackfruit Chili Recipe from Debbie at Coach Debbie Runs
Fall Chili and Cornbread from Samantha at Simply Samantha
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili from Erika at MCM Mama Runs
Hot Mama’s White Bean Chicken Chili from Farrah at Fairyburger
Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili from Dixya at Food Pleasure and Health
Smoky Bean Chili from Jill at Jill Conyers
Hearty Vegetable Lentil Chili from Jessica at Nutritioulicious
Crock Pot Award Winning Vegetarian Chili from Julie at Running in a Skirt

Take some time to browse and save these awesome recipes!!

As I have learned more about spices and their health properties, I have come to love turmeric! I have begun to add it to my soups, smoothies, salads, and even when I make some desserts!  Even the Hubs has noticed some of the benefits of turmeric in his own life!

Golden Chili

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb organic ground turkey, cooked to crumbles
  • 2 large cans organic crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can rotel
  • 3 cans organic tri-blend beans (or 1 of each- black, kidney &a pinto beans), drained and rinsed.
  • Spices to taste (1-2 tsp) Himalayan salt, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, cumin
  • 3 TBS + extra for toppings turmeric

Directions

  1. In a large Dutch oven or slow cooker, add all the ingredients. Still well.
  2. Cook for 8-12 hours on low heat.
  3. Enjoy with a sprinkle of turmeric on top 🙂

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

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May you be filled with joy and health!
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Spotlight Blog Hop Day- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Bar

Happy Friday friends!
Welcome to the last weekend in October! Time sure is a-flying!

If you are here for the first from the awesome blog hop, welcome! I’m so glad you decided to stop by!  This is my third blog hop, and I have loved getting to read new blogs and get to know some new bloggers! You can read a little more about me in my previous hop posts here and here, or on my about me page!  Thank you again Kristy at Runaway Bridal Planner for organizing such a great event!

I am heading to the pumpkin patch this morning now the the weather has cooled down a bit.  And by that I mean, the high has only been in the mid 80s vs 90-100+ degrees!
Speaking of pumpkin, I have an abundance of it right now! I apparently had several cans of it in my pantry from a few weeks ago that I forgot about and grabbed a few more on sale last week. With so much pumpkin it gave me a great opportunity to work on my pumpkin protein brownie bar recipe.  I’m not really sure if I would call them a brownie exactly, they are almost a mix between cake and a pie. So I settled on brownie 🙂
This week I had plenty of extra pumpkin to work with for our Foodie Friday theme!
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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 kitchen cleanse themed week!

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Bar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 scoops unflavored collagen peptides
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 1 can Organic pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup Enjoy life dark chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil for greasing baking dish or parchment paper

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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375*
  2. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish with coconut oil, or line with parchment paper.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl, set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, pumpkin and vanilla till fully blended.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently mix until just blended.
  6. Add in most of the chocolate chips, gently fold into the batter.
  7. Scoop batter into greased pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top.
  8. Bake for 20-25 min or until toothpick comes out clean from the center of the brownie bar
  9. Enjoy

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.)

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Thanks again for stopping by! Join us again next week for some Healthifying A Favorite Sweet themed recipes!

May you be filled with joy and health!
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Veggies, veggies, veggies! 

Happy Friday friends. Oh I’m so glad it is Friday. It was a bit of a rough week (more about all that soon) but made it through!

Something you may not know about me is that I was a vegetarian for several years.  I have never been much of a meat eater to begin with, and one summer during jr high my sister and I decided to try it out.  I ended up enjoying the lifestyle and stuck with it for a few years after that.  I am not strictly a vegetarian any longer, but I do enjoy my veggies.  I prefer them over meat most days.  I married a huge meat eater, but he does let me cook vegetarian meals here and there 😉
October is vegetarian awareness month!  Did you know there are different types of vegetarians?

  • Ovo-vegetarian: Eats eggs but no dairy
  • Lacto-vegetarian: Eats dairy but no eggs
  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: Eats both dairy and eggs
  • Pesco-vegetarian: Eats fish and seafood

This month we have been trying a few more vegetarian dishes than we normally have.  I saw some other fun ideas on Dietitians on Demand. 

  • Visit your farmers’ market and buy local fruits and vegetables. This is a great way to give back to your community and also learn about the produce grown in your area seasonally.
  • Go meat-free for the month of October. Give it a try! Meatless meals do not have to be taste-free! Research some new recipes online and even try some vegetables you’ve never heard of.
  • Participate in Meatless Mondays. This is a better option for those not ready to fully commit to being meat-free. Try and spend only one full day a week without meat! Learn more here.
  • Host a vegetarian potluck at work. Join us at Dietitians on Demand and host your own meat-free potluck! Our employees will each be bringing in an item containing at least one vegetable or fruit to share. Creativity is encouraged.

To celebrate this month we are kicking off this month of Foodie Friday with vegetarian recipes.

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

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Butternut Squash Veggie Hash

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 butternut squash, peeled
  • 1 red pepper, washed, cored and chopped into cubes
  • 3 cups kale, washed and chopped into smaller pieces
  • 1/2-1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 TBS avocado oil
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • Spices to taste- salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika, cumin

Directions

  1. Spiralize the butternut squash (if you don’t have a spiralizer, just slice & chop into cubes) (the link is not affiliate, just the one I have and enjoy using)
  2. Heat oil in a large pan and add the garlic.
  3. Once garlic browns, add the butternut squash and half of the broth.
  4. Cook squash for 5-7 min or until it begins to soften.
  5. Add in the red peppers and continue to cook.
  6. Add spices to taste more broth if needed to help the squash cook faster.
  7. Once the squash is fully softened, add the kale to wilt in.
  8. Once kale has wilted, serve and enjoy.

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

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  • Please only link up recipe posts! :)
  • Join us next week for some Choctober themed recipes! It is gonna be amazing!!!

Be filled with joy and health!
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Peppermint Protein Hot Chocolate 

Happy Friday friends!
Been a little quiet this week over here. It was a pretty busy week and I have focusing on some other areas of life. Had a girls night, went to my Bible study group, worked on finding curtains for our master bath (and was successful!) as well as spending quality time with the hubs, some evening kick butt workouts and cooking a LOT!

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Yay for new curtains!

Plus getting ready for another weekend away so yep, it’s been a busy week!

Fall weather decided to grace us with its presence a few mornings this week and even yesterday afternoon! The humidity has dropped to around 50% and it has been feeling glorious! Makes me miss the cool northern fall weather and I even put on our little firepace (minus the heat element for now…hehe)
SO of course this weeks recipe theme was perfect with the change of weather!

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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 hot & festive drink themed week!

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Peppermint Protein Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup carob chips plus a few to sprinkle on top
  • 1/2 TBSP raw cacao powder
  • 2 scoop unflavored Collagen Peptides
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 oz homemade whipped cream

Directions 

  1. Boil water in a med saucepan then remove from heat
  2. Add in carob chips and whisk till melted/blended.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients (minus the whipped cream) and whisk well together.
  4. Pour into 2 mugs (I love using the mugs we made on our anniversary date last year!)
  5. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of carob chips on top

 

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! :)
  • Join us next week for some vegetarian awareness themed recipes!

Be filled with joy and health!
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16 in 16 & a training update

Hello friends!  If you are here from the blog hop and/or her for the first time, welcome!  I am so glad to have you!  I am honored to once again be a part of the blog hop that Kristy from Runaway Bridal Planner put together.  Three cheers for Kristy! Hip, Hip, Hooray!
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If you missed my post from the last hop, you can check it out and learn a few more facts about me.

I have really enjoyed getting to meet new bloggers and see some familiar faces on this hop!

It has been a crazy few weeks in my real life.  If you missed some of the news, you can see it here & here.

We are only in month 2 of 2016, but I feel I have already learned a lot.  My goal the rest of the year is to take what I have learned and make changes, accept the facts, and continue to be the best me I can be.

So 16 things I have learned (or rediscovered) in 2016 (so far)…

  1. My need for things to be organized.  I have always been more of a neat person, but when life happens, my organization seems to be put on the back burner.  I was invited by some friends to participate in a 30 day cleaning/organizing challenge.  Even though I have not been able to participate each day, I have made some major headway on several areas of my life/home!  My heart feels happy when things are clean and organized! Plus I discovered a bunch of clothes I forgot about 😉
  2. I feel I am reminded of this each year…but really hits home during challenging times, who my true friends are. Friends who don’t care what I look like, but who care about and for my heart!  I am forever grateful for these friends, and it is my goal to be this kind of friend too!
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  3. A greater appreciation for my husband and how he loves & cares for me.
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  4. I left part of my heart in Costa Rica. {This is not a new discovery, but just a reminder to myself that I can be 2 places at once…at least in my heart}
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  5. I am learning to love yoga…and to not be so scared to try new moves!  {But I am still trying to find a REALLY good mat that won’t fall apart after a few weeks and also won’t cost a ton! Any tips appreciated!!}
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  6.  Pinterest hair designs for little kiddos…I really don’t know why I am late to the party on this one, but I have been having fun with all the little girl hair designs I get to do!
  7. After struggling with insomnia for YEARS, I finally found something that works for me!  A friend suggested this recipe to me! I was missing one ingredient, and I added one of my own, but this little gem is AMAZING!  I literally can be asleep in 5 min after putting this on! img_7684
  8. I have really been enjoying eating some all fruit/veggie meals lately, especially when it is go-go-go!
  9.  I might have put all the Christmas decorations away on Dec 26th in 2015 (to make room for a new couch), but this message just has to stay up year round! {And props to my hubby who thought I made it…I wish.}
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  10. I have never been a fan of plastic bags at the grocery store.  My sweet friend Candace introduced me to THESE, and they are a lifesaver! Plus they look really cute 😉
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  11. Trying new recipes from other awesome bloggers after I pin them…It has been turning out rather deliciously!
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  12. My elephant collection keeps growing…thanks to my husband!
  13.  I still am not that great with grief.  I am working on facing that better this year as I remember several sweet friends I lost in 2015.
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  14. Lifting weights and working on my form has caused me to get stronger {logical, yet I was missing the beat before}
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  15. As this is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I feel it is my opportunity to share!  I am a survivor! I have been in solid recovery for the past 8 years(!!) after battling for more than 20! If you have any concerns or are struggling, or know someone who struggles, please reach out. You are WORTH fighting for, and for getting any help needed! NEDA has a great website with tools, and although I am not an expert, I am willing to share with you what I have learned from my experience!
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  16. One wonderful point that I have rediscovered yet again is the amazing blogging community!  I am so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful group of people! You all make my heart smile and I love reading about your life adventures!  Thank you for including me on your journeys!

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Just a bit of a training update real quick as I join up for the Wild Workout Wednesday link-up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus for another workout recap!  Feel free to add to the link up and join in the fun!
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My next race is in 10 days!  Eek! I officially changed from the half marathon to the 5k.  I know that pushing myself would have only done harm to my hip and now foot, and it would not have been the PR I am seeking this year! So even though I am still somewhat disappointed, I am thankful that I can still race! And my dr is happy with my choice, so I guess there is that 😉
I had a REALLY great workout week last week! I would say it was probably the best week of workouts I have had in a long time.
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Monday- Piyo and Zumba
Tuesday- Zumba and 6 mile bike recovery
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga
Thursday- Body pump
Friday- Piyo
Saturday- Full REST! I even got a 2 hour nap!
Sunday- 3.5 elliptical recovery miles

I have been able to do Body Pump 2-3 times a week as well as a yoga class 2-3 times a week and I have been able to see a difference in my strength, confidence and stamina!

Thank you for taking time to read so much today!  Can’t wait to see you all on Friday for Foodie Friday!  It is national pancake week so stay tuned for some awesome pancakes!

QOTD: What is something that 2016 has taught you?

Be filled with joy and health!
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April Showers Bring May Flowers…

This week brought a lot of showers in my life.  It has not been easy, but I am thankful for all those around me who have been so supportive with love, hugs, and prayers.
With all the showers in life, there are always rainbows and flowers too.

This week I also received some really great news!
I am now officially an ambassador for Girls Gone Sporty and Energy Bits!!  I am really excited about these wonderful opportunities and grateful these companies see that I would be an asset to their brand!!! So THANK YOU Girls Gone Sporty and Energy Bits!!!!
There will be more to come about these fabulous opportunities soon 🙂

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May Goals!
I have been slacking on my goals the last few weeks, so I decided to put them out here to get some accountability and encouragement!

One of my goals for running has to hit 100 miles in a month.  This month I am going to run a 5k (or more depending on my training schedule) a day!  I am really excited about this and I really hope I am able to reach this goal
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I also am going to join the plank-a-day challenge!  I do planks in some of my workout classes, but it is an area I seek improvement in.  I will be posting my daily times on instagram.

To run 3 more races.  I am up to 13 races in my quest to run 33 in 2014!

TO GET MORE SLEEP!  This has certainly been the most challenging part of my healthy lifestyle lately.  Insomnia has gotten the best of me and I really need to refocus on getting proper sleep and not just letting the insomnia.
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To blog more.  I have so many ideas about posts yet most of them stay in my mind.  So here is to blogging at least 15 times in May!

What goals do you have for May?
What helps you stick to your goals?

-Chocolate Runner Girl-