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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!!

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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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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: Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

It was a super crazy week involving tornados, no power, the hubs car getting broken into, our anniversary and kiddos with hand, foot, mouth. Needless to say I needed some extra energy. When those kind of days and weeks happen I love to make smoothies to keep me going! 
I love using our key ingredient of the week: peanut butter!! 

  
I ’m linking up again with my favorite Foodie Friday ladies to share 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! 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie

Ingredients

1- banana 

1-2 cups almond milk

1/2 avocado

1 scoop chocolate protein powder (Vega is my fav)

1-2 TBS peanut butter

  

Directions

1. Place banana and 1 cup milk in blender. Mix well. 

2. Add avocado and blend well. 

3. Add 1 TBS peanut butter and protein powder. Blend. 

4. Add more milk or peanut butter for desired taste and consistency.

5. Enjoy! 

  
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Tune in next week for some recipes with the key ingredient of beans!!

  

Foodie Friday: Fizzy Nectarine

Happy Friday!!  I just realized that I have not posted in a week!  Talk about things being a little crazy!  Between my very full schedule, sick nanny babies and getting a little sick myself, I have been very off all week.
Despite everything, I made an awesome drink that I want to share with y’all!  It is SO simple!! I am so into easy peasy recipes these days!
It is summertime.  Well, for the most part.  I know it is technically still the spring in terms of seasons, but it has been getting HOT here already!  Thankfully we have dried out a bit after all the rain we had.  The pools are open and we have been taking advantage of that (when everyone is feeling well).
The other day I picked up a large pallet of nectarines at Trader Joes!  They have been devoured with almost each meal this week!  So fresh and plump and full of juice!  It got me thinking about how to make them into a drink to match our theme this week of chilled drinks!
I have been craving sparkling water lately, but the plain ones are too plain, and some of the flavored ones have things in them that give me headaches.  Soooo, I decided to make my own flavor!
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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!

Fizzy Nectarine
Ingredients
2-4 nectarines
Bottle of sparkling water


Directions
1. Puree nectarines (without the pit)


2. Pour about 1/4 cup into a large glass.


3. Add sparkling water.


4. Gently stir
5. Enjoy


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Tune in next week for some frozen treat recipes!!

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Foodie Friday: 2 ingredient raspberry ‘sorbet’

Hello all!  Welcome to another Friday!  Thank you for all the kind words, thoughts and prayers for Houston this past week as we dealt with all the flooding.  Keep them coming!  It was thankfully a really beautiful week and a lot of the water has gone down, but many people are mourning the loss of loved ones, there are still several people missing, homes have been damaged and repairs need to be made.

On a happy note, school is out!  Many kids had their last day yesterday, and some today!  The sun has been out strong and it has been a tad bit hotter this week!  Cue kids saying they want ice cream or another cool treat!  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some ice cream, but I also can’t have too much of it or it makes me a little sick.  So this week I wanted to create a cool summer treat that fit our non-dairy theme!
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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!

I bring you, Raspberry Sorbet!  IT is SO simple and easy! And pretty quick to make!

Ingredients
3-4 frozen bananas
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1 small container of raspberries, washed and dried

Directions
1. Place bananas in a food processor (or blender) and blend till they are creamy! (This alone makes a tasty dessert)
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2. Add raspberries and pulse till blended in.
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3. Pour mixture into a glass or metal bowl.  Freeze for about 45-60 min.
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4. Enjoy!

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Tune in next week for some chilled drink recipes!!

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