Link Love #15

Holy cow, life is busy right now! I promise I’m not deserting you and I’ll be popping in from time to time 🙂

Health

Why I quit going nuts for nuts - My Healthy Happy Home

Why I quit going nuts for nuts – My Healthy Happy Home

Why I quit going nuts for nuts – My Healthy Happy Home
Why Every Athlete Needs to EMBRACE an Off Season. – Cotter Crunch
Progress – Snack Therapy
The Power of Carbs – Breaking Muscle
10 Ways to Worry Less – Huffington Post

Fitness

8 Steps For Creating A Fit, Fun & Fab Fitness Plan From Scratch - Lifting Revolution

8 Steps For Creating A Fit, Fun & Fab Fitness Plan From Scratch – Lifting Revolution

8 Steps For Creating A Fit, Fun & Fab Fitness Plan From Scratch – Lifting Revolution
5 Things to Consider When Using a Personal Trainer – Blonde Ponytail
Glycogen Depletion Training – Mommy Run Fast
Ab Circuit – Bess Be Fit
Move It Monday: Work Those Abs! – Tina Reale

Food

Raw Carrot Cake Bites The Sweet Life

Raw Carrot Cake Bites – The Sweet Life

Raw Carrot Cake Bites – The Sweet Life
Cranberry, Butternut and Brussels Sprout Brie Skillet Nachos – Half Baked Harvest
Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw with Pink Grapefruit and Maple Cider Vinaigrette – Flourishing Foodie
Pumpkin Pie Rugelach – She Knows
Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad – Two Peas and Their Pod

Food for Thought

What was your favorite post from the past week?

What I Ate Wednesday #18 – FitBloggin’ Eats!

This past weekend was spent at FitBloggin’ and it was a weekend full of fun workouts and delicious food. So delicious that I was often going back for seconds. But that’s ok because of all of the workouts, right? Right!

And you bet I tasted everything on the menu!

Weight Watchers Quinoa Strawberry Muesli Fruit Chicken Bean Salad Turkey Sandwich Pear Celery Root Puree PopChips Oatmeal Granola Salmon FitBloggin 2012 Baltimore Maryland MD

[Breakfast]

Friday – Sponsored by Weight Watchers Cheese

  • Hot breakfast quinoa
  • Cheese-stuffed turkey breakfast sausage
  • Cheesy quinoa frittata
  • Strawberry whipped cream cheese muesli [big time fave! I’ll be creating this one at home!]
  • Fresh fruit
  • Coffee

Saturday

  • Oatmeal and quinoa bar with fruit fixins
  • Hardboiled Egglands Best eggs
  • Coffee

[Lunch]

Friday

  • Puree of Celery Root Soup With Apple Mascarpone and Chive Oil
  • Mixed Green Salad With Sliced Almonds, Cranberries and Pears in a Lemon-Champagne Dressing
  • Five-Bean Salad With Chickpeas, Soybeans, Kidney Beans, Black Beans and Crisp Green Beans With Red Onion and Tomato in a Sherry Vinegar Dressing
  • 15-Spice Slow-Roasted Chicken
  • Prairie Grain Baguette with Roasted Turkey, Gouda, Butter Lettuce and Dill Aoli

Saturday

  • Mushroom Tea Soup
  • Local Greens With Shaved Fennel, Radish, Tomato Confit and Basil Dressing
  • Quinoa Salad With Cucumber, Bell Pepper, Red Onion and Cilantro
  • Broiled Salmon With Wilted Greens
  • Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables on Focaccia With Hummus and Sprouts

[Snacks]

There were so many snacks in between sessions and after workouts that I couldn’t keep track. But they were all delicious and included some of the following:

  • Hardboiled Egglands Best eggs
  • Bagel thins with The Laughing Cow cream cheeses [Cinnamon cream cheese people! I need to find it!]
  • SoyJoy bars
  • Popchips! Soooo many popchips!

[Dinner]

We were on our own for dinner, so Friday night I met up with Nathan and we headed over to our favorite bar, Max’s, for German Beer Fest (so FitBloggin’-appropriate, right?!) I essentially had a liter of beer for dinner because I didn’t like the way the food menu looked. NBD.

Maxs Taphouse Broadway Baltimore Maryland MD

P.S. Nathan did get another liter after his baby beer 😉

Saturday I went with a bunch of the lovely bloggers over to Blue Agave, a local restaurant with a Mexican-inspired flare, and had a house salad and a skinny girl margarita. Or 3. That gathering was followed by the FitBloggin’ reception, sponsored by Unilever. They passed some delicious bites, but my favorite was the orange-glazed turkey meatballs. They will definitely be making an appearance in my kitchen soon!

FitBloggin Baltimore Maryland MD Blue Agave Blogger Dinner Gathering

[Goals]
While my past few weeks goals have been fitness-oriented in pushing myself for a better time in future 5K races, this week I want to concentrate on food. I’ve definitely found myself falling off the healthy-eating wagon over the weekends (see the liter of beer for dinner above!), so I want to challenge everyone to a healthy weekend ahead! That’s not to say I won’t have a few drinks over the course of the weekend, but like the Tone It Up girls say, weekends make up almost half of the month. That’s a lot to fall off of the wagon! So let’s do this 🙂

Speak Up!

What are your goals this week? Do you have trouble staying on track over the weekends?

“KIND” Bar Crumbles

Before every vacation I scour the internet looking for fun, healthy snacks that are easy to take with us and with our upcoming Cali trip, I was on the prowl! Bars are always the way to go, so why wouldn’t I attempt to make one of our favorites? KIND Bars are the real deal.

I found this recipe from Peas and Thank You for homemade KIND bars and decided to take that and run!

“KIND” Bar Crumbles

Recipe adapted from Peas and Thank You

Ingredients
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tbsp flax seed
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup agave
1 tsp salt
1 cup almonds, roasted & chopped
1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 cup rice cereal <– Loved the added crispiness from this!
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup raisins

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix ground flax seed, flax seed, honey, agave, and salt. Mix everything until well combined. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix until everything is evenly coated.

Spread everything onto a parchment covered baking sheet in ~1/2″ layer. Make sure to really smash it all together so it really sticks!

Bake about 20 minutes, turning half way through, until the bars have become slightly crispy.

Let cool completely before breaking into pieces. And try not to eat too much of it while packaging it up! 😉

Speak Up!

When you go on vacation, do you pack snacks? What’s your favorite travel snack?