Yum Yum Yum, #CandyCaneHacks

Well folks, as I told you yesterday, I’m not “clean” yet, so here’s a delicious treat for you.

As a Yum Squad participant, I was asked to put together a holiday treat with any PeanutButter & Co. pb, well, YES, I did!

I’m a pb LOVER & I got to play around with White Chocolate Wonderful & candy canes.  I was in from the get go…  This a quick & easy 4 ingredient treat anyone will enjoy!

Here’s my tasty & “mostly” healthy #CandyCaneHacks candy cane White Chocolate Dreams PB protein Ball.

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Yum Yum Yum, #CandyCaneHacks
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: #candycanehacks White Chocolate Dreams PB Protein Balls
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ½ C White Chocolate Dreams PB&Company PB
  • 2 candy canes
  • 1 T cacoa powder
  • 2 T protein powder
Instructions
  1. Blend together in food processor.
  2. When completely mixed together form into balls.
  3. Store in refrigerator or freezer & Enjoy!

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*You can also use PB&Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams for an extra chocolaty treat!

This is a super quick super tasty super easy treat!

I hope you enjoy.

Peanut Butter & Co. is also offering all of my readers a special holiday treat – 25% off our online store for the month of December!  Simply use the code YUMSQUADLOVE at checkout for your discount!

Peanut Butter & Co. is giving away 2 jars of their delicious pb so enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!!

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Guess What?  Well, I’m in for my 4th 30 Clean & I can hardly wait!

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The next one starts January 5, 2015!!!  I know it’s about a month away, but it’s a good time to start thinking about getting clean.  When I’m not part of the Clean, I really don’t do well.  I’ve told you so many times how I love the accountability it offers.  Well friends, I NEED the accountability.  I can’t even tell you how many cookies, candy, JUST PLAIN GARBAGE/POISON, I’ve been embibing in of late!  I don’t have my usual energy, my skin doesn’t look good.  I need to be clean.  Since I’ve done 3 “Cleans”, I know how I feel when I eat clean & when I don’t .  I really don’t like how I feel when I’m not clean & It’s simply not worth it for me. However, I do seem to require the extra support  I get from the daily emails of encouragement & the Facebook group as well.

They’re even trying to have an entire vegetarian clean board in January, which is something they’ve never done before!  I sure hope there are enough 30 V Cleaners for that group!  Don’t worry, there’ll be the regular “carnivore” boards as well!

So, will you join me?  I feel as though this was a PSA, but honestly, I do love it!  Want to try?

 Join me this time!

If you sign up by Friday, you can save 10% with the code below:

Promo for standard challenge: 30INSIDER
Promo for elite challenge: 30ELITEINSIDER

 

I seriously know you’ll love it & will crave clean eating! REALLY!  I’ll help you through it.  JOIN ME!  Give yourself a gift of health.

Please let me know if you sign up!

Tomorrow I’ve got a fun recipe & giveaway.  I haven’t had a giveaway in a long time & this will be a fun one (hint, it’s a nut butter).

 

My amazing Alter-G experience!

Jess contacted me way back in August to see if I was interested in trying out the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill.  I was so intrigued, as I had read a few reviews about it that of course I wanted to try it out for myself!!  After a couple secheduling conflicts, I finally made it yesterday to Athletico to try it out for myself!  I met with Brian, the Athletico Facility Manager who was so kind & gave me a tutorial about the Alter G.  So you know, going into this, I was curious, but really had no idea what to expect.  After all, I’m not an astronaut and have no idea what anti gravity really feels like when your running.  My curiosity was really peaked the more Brian talked.  He told me that people use it for a variety of reasons; mainly recovery or training.  “The Alter G gives you the opportunity to rehab from surgery, or train through injury, without the pain.  Alter G’s unique unweighting technology reduces the impact of walkin or running, while your body goes through the normal healing process.

After Brian gave me a little description of how the Alter G works, it was time to get “geared up”.  He gave me a pair of  “biker type shorts with a zipper around the top”.  I put those on over my capri’s.  It was a little awkward putting on shorts & tugging & pulling up, as they fit snuggly.  I felt like I was getting dressed in front of him into a pair of pants that were too small for me, as they were hard to pull up over my capri’s.  Anyway….  Got them on with a little sweat & then it was time to step into the monster machine!  You carefully step in, pull up the enclosure & then zip into the air chamber that surrounds your lower body.  Basically zip your biker shorts into the machine!  WACKY feeling!

Oh, by the way,  I had my phone & had all intentions of taking pictures, but was so excited & enamored with the entire experience, I forgot about pictures until I was finished running & unzipped!

I was off.  I played around with the air chamber/pressure so I could understand how it works.  What happens is that the machine weighs you when you step on it & prior to running/walking.  Then you manually adjust it between 20-100% of your body weight while running/walking.  I fluctuated between 80-50.  I have to say that I giggled every time I got less than 60, as I felt as though I was George Jetson running on air.  It was bizzarre.  However, at one point I was running at 7:35 pace & my body weight was at 50%.  It was so interesting.  I still am having shin splint issues  & I didn’t have any issues running on the Alter G.  It was really a neat experience & felt so great!

Brian told me that a guy used to use it for therapy along with traditional p.t. & then when he was better & didn’t require p.t. anymore, still continued to use the Alter G.

I would definitely like to use it periodically to switch things up when training.  The only down side I see is that it’s a bit pricy to use if not for therapy:  $15 for 15 minutes, $25 for 30 minutes, $35 for 45 minutes & $45 for 60 minutes.  I will tell you that it’s definitely worth going in there to try it out & see what the “buzz” is all about!

Brian did say that they can incorporate the Alter G into some types of therapy & that could be covered by insurance!  Ding Ding Ding!!!  I could have used that in the fall when I was going to p.t. for my foot/ankle “thing”.  Believe me, I’m keeping that in mind for the future!

Here are some pictures of the Alter G (minus me)

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It does look a bit like a space machine!  I can’t imagine what it looked like with me in it & all blown up with air below my waist.

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Can you see the white zipper inside the blue bars?  That’s what you zip the “biker shorts” to before you run.

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Here’s a little more information from the Alter G brochure that I found to be quite interesting:

AlterG’s patented differential air pressure technology, developed at NASA applies a comfortable and uniform lifting force to your body.  Integrated into a high-tech treadmill, AlterG’s technology offers precise body weight reduction and an easy to use set of controls.  And because the AlterG DAP technology uses air pressure as the lifting force, it feels comfortable and allows you to run or walk normally, with full range of motion.

I feel so fortunate that I was able to try this amazing piece of machinery & hope I will be using it agian (when I’m healthy).

Thanks Jess & Brian for the opportunity & education.

 

** Brian so kindly gave me a coupon for a free 10 minute run on the AlterG.  If you’re interested, I’d be happy to share it with you.  Simply send me an email & I’ll get it to you.  1st person to request, gets it.  If you want to experience something unique to anything else, you should give it a try!

 

Healthy Eating

I didn’t share anything about Thanksgiving with you over the weekend.  We went on a road trip to visit our family in Kansas.  We’ve been doing this for the past 9 years & always have a wonderful time visiting.  It’s fun to see how the kids have grown & get caught up with everyone!  We do a lot of spending time together & not much else.  Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?

Well, it’s certainly not about healthy eating when you’re with college aged boys & people who aren’t vegie lovers.  I make adjustments to wherever I am & always find something to eat.  Well, let me tell you that I certainly had loads of salad & fresh cut veggies daily!  I didn’t over indulge in anything that I normally wouldn’t have eaten even with the temptations all around.  However, I was certainly missing my “normal” eats.  IT also made me realize that I don’t really eat like others.  When “my norm” includes nutritional yeast, chia seeds, soaked beans, and the like, I realize that this isn’t the norm for most.  There were 3 people during our Thanksgiving dinner who asked what brussels sprouts were, as they had never had them before.  Can you imagine?  I told them I ate them raw, roasted, shredded, sliced.  They were not impressed.  I however, finished all of them, as they were delicious!

 

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So, I LOVE Thankgiving, family & all that comes with it.  However, I do love going back to my home & getting back to my norm.  My fridge is now filled with brussels sprouts, kale slaw, spinach, sweet potatoes, organic eggs & I’m happy to get cooking.

What do you do when you’re taken out of your element?

Cyber Monday is here & I’ve got a Cocogo deal for you!

As a Cocogo Ambassador, I have to share this great deal with you today!

Cocogo – the perfect stocking stuffer for your fitness minded family and friends. Cyber Monday One Day Sale – 20% off everything. Bundle discounts and coupons still apply.  If you use code: HEALTHYRUNNINGMOM, you get an additional 10% off.

Fill the Season Full of Flavor.  Below are a few recipes for tasty drinks:

Cocogo’s Mistletoe Punch

1 stick pack – Lemon Lime – Cocogo

1 cup – Pomegranate juice

½ cup – Water or vodka

1 Lime – Fresh squeezed lime

12 oz – Ginger ale

Lime Slices

In a large pitcher, combine first 3 ingredients. Stir until powder is dissolved. Just before serving, add the juice of 1 squeezed lime and add the ginger ale. Quick stir and pour over ice in highball glasses. Garnish with thin slice of lime.

Serves 4

Calories: 110 per serving (non-alcoholic)

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Cocogo’s Cranberry Cocktail

Festive & Refreshing

1 stick pack – Lemon Lime – Cocogo

1 stick pack – Grape – Cocogo

2 cups – Cranberry juice cocktail

1 cup – Grapefruit juice

1 cup – Water or vodka

In a large pitcher, combine. Stir until powder is dissolved. Pour over ice in cocktail or champagne glasses. As an option, you may top with champagne and garnish with thin slice of lime.

Serves 6

Calories: 66 per serving (non-alcoholic)

Traditional with a Twist

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Cocogo’s Hot Wassail topped with Salted Carmel

3 stick packs – Lemon Lime – Cocogo

3 stick packs – Raspberry Passion Fruit - Cocogo

1/8 tsp – Ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp – Ground cloves

1/8 tsp – Ground allspice

2 ½ cups – Water

½ cup – Water or rum

4 sticks – Cinnamon stick

8 Tbsp – Whipped cream

4 tsp – Salted caramel topping

Combine dry ingredients in a medium saucepan and add water. Stir. On medium heat bring to simmer. Add additional water or rum and stir. Serve in mugs. Garnish each mug with a cinnamon stick. Top with whipped cream and drizzle salted caramel topping over the whipped cream.

Serves: 4.

Calories: 89 per mug

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Happy Thanksgiving

I may be a day late, but it’s still Thanksgiving weekend & family time!  Hoping you’re enjoying time with your loved ones, relaxing & enjoying!

Here are some great words that I wanted to share with  you today.

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A friend of mine posted this on Facebook.  I read it several times & ALL of it resonates with me.  Hope it does with you as well!

Wishing you all Happiness today, tomorrow & always.

Meatless Monday

It feels like I start the week off strong with my posts & then by the end of the week, something seems to happen.  Oh, yes, my kids have been getting sick.  The past few weeks have been so insane around here.  Truman was ill with the flu & a high fever.  We were home for 5 days together.  Then, we were back to our regular routine for a few days until Stone came home from school on Thursday with a fever.  YEESH.  At least Stone’s fever wasn’t newly as high as Truman’s & he simply has a virus.  Phew.  It was such a relief that he didn’t have the flu!

I hate to jinx anything, but I’m hoping that we have the darn “bugs” out of the house & we’re healthy for a while.

Since I was home on Friday, I had time to play around in the kitchen when Stone was napping.  It may sound funny, but I made the most delicious salad/dressing!

It was NOT my recipe, but was Oh She Glows.  I’m sure it’s in my cookbook, but I got it from my Pinterest page.

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I made it the same way except for omitting the cranberries & I used almonds instead of pecans (simply b/c I didn’t have pecans).  You guys have to make it!  It’s amazing & the dressing would be fantastic on EVERYTHING!  I can’t wait to play with it again & put it atop fish, other vegies.  Ugg, it’s delish!

I also made roasted butternut squash withe coconut oil & cinnamon.  It’s that easy!  No pictures here – whoops!

I simply peeled, de-seeded, and sliced the squash into 1″ rings.  Melt 1 T coconut oil in pan.  When melted, put 2 T cinnamon & 1 t salt & pepper in pan.  Put in squash & coat with oil mixture on both sides.  Roast in 350 oven for 40 minutes.

It’s simple & tasty.  I had both together & it was a great meal!

My favorite squash are butternut & kombucha.  What’s your favorite?

A challenge for YOU & me.

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I don’t usually post on Sunday, but I just decided to do this challenge & it starts TOMORROW!!!!  If you’re interested in joining me along with others, I wanted to give you the opportunity just in case you haven’t heard about Holiday Sweat Challenge yet!

I joined this a couple of years ago, but took off last year & have been comtimplating  joining again this year.  Well, I decided to join because…..

It’s fun & also great motivation.  I may also be a little competive in some areas of my life.  I like the push I get from this challenge.  I always like to be held accountable.  When I have goals, I tend to be much more successful.  Well, since marathon training has ended, I’ve been flailing a bit & trying to get myself back on track.  I feel like I’m in a good place & am enjoying having Shaun T (Insanity) kick my butt many mornings, but I also thought a little extra push would be great for me!  So, I joined.

This 6 week health & fitness challenge is meant to help you get a jump start on feeling great for the New Year or stay on track with fitness/clean eating goals. We want to strut in to 2015 like a girl on fire, not slink in with yet another resolution about weight loss!!

It’s a friendly competition to exercise, eat healthy and even do a little soul work. There are different fitness levels, so everybody can compete with a multitude of ways to earn points. {Trust me those little points have a crazy impact on making you work!!}

When: Nov 24 – Jan 5
Cost: $16

For less than the cost of a gym membership:

3 emails a week: Clean eating tips/recipes/guides + Motivation + Workouts
Content created JUST for you from registered dieticians, world class running coaches, personal trainers and physical therapists {nothing repeated from previous years}
Facebook support group – This group is like no other! Everyone checks in daily and provides a true support system
Over $3,000 in prizes {Lorna Jane, Vega, Milestone Jewelry and more to be announced}
Take a Nicotine Dependency Quiz Today.

The basics of how it works:

Earn points for being active
Earn points for eating your veggies
Compete against people at the same level as you
Enjoy an awesome support network
Have questions answered by experts
Meet other like minded folks to help you stay on track
Win Prizes!!
Clean Eating Holiday Menu ideas
Click here to register!

It starts TOMORROW folks.  Who’s going to be joining me???

Exercise update

Well,  Shawn T is seriously kicking my butt!  OMG- it’s so hard to believe that I once was able to get through these dvd’s.  I can’t say that I ever did it with ease, but geeze, I’m simply not strong to complete all the sequences of any of the dvd’s right now.  I’ve got quite the work ahead of me!

 Exercise update

A new goal of mine is getting in 10,000 steps daily.  It wasn’t an issue from spring until now because I was running, but since I’m only running a couple of times/week & working on cross training, I’m frequently having difficulty.  I don’t like to walk my dog because it’s so dark & cold in the morning & the afternoon as well.  I’m going to have to figure out a way to get them in because I simply don’t like being so sedentary!  Do you find a way to get in 10,000 steps in the winter?  Please share if you have a trick….

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I’ve also been enjoying Bodeefit daily exercises sent to my inbox.  They’re great!  When I enrolled, I completed a survey & from there I receive exercises daily.  They’re quick, not so easy, but definitely effective.  There’s also an app you can upload if you want it on your phone.  It’d be great for traveling with limited exercise choices.  I really do like them & feel challenged with most of them.  They give you a little demo if needed & tips each day.

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Between Bodeefit, Insanity & Plyo Pilates with Laura Tarbell, I’ve got my work cut out for me this winter.

I still think about swimming, but to be honest there’s no way I’m swimming when it’s cold outside.  Think I’ll have to save the swimming for the warm weather!

Does your exercise routine change with the seasons?

Meatless Monday

I made this recipe for the first time last week & I can’t wait to make it again.  It is seriously tasty & not very time consuming to prepare!  It’s also CLEAN!  What more could anyone ask for in a recipe?

Without furthur adieu…..

coconut milk almond butter spaghetti squash 

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Meatless Monday
Author: 
Recipe type: vegetarian
Cuisine: Coconut Milk Almond Butter Spaghetti Squash
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 garlic clove, mince
  • 1 can (14 ounces) coconut milk
  • ⅔ cup natural, almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons liquid aminos
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Half the squash and scoop out the seeds
  3. Place spaghetti squash cut side down on a baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes.
  4. Place the remaining ingredients (except the parsley) in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Then turn down to low and simmer for 5 minutes while stirring almost constantly.
  5. Take off heat to cool sauce.
  6. When spaghetti squash is done roasting, take it out from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Then, using a fork, scrape out the spaghetti squash strands.
  7. Mix the parsley into the sauce.
  8. Put the spaghetti squash into a large bowl & top with the sauce.
  9. Enjoy!
  10. * You can add a dash of cayenne if you like a little heat.

( I realize it’s not the best picture, but believe me, it’s tasty!)

Here are the steps to make your own:

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