Are my American readers excited for Thanksgiving? I have some fun plans lined up and am very much looking forward to them! And a 4-day weekend?! Weeeee! I have a few things on my to-do list, including studying for and taking my final exam for my nutrition school and painting my backyard fence with my hubby, and I’m definitely happy that I don’t have to cram things into 2 days. Instead I have 4 glorious days to both relax & enjoy life and be productive!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving and acknowledging the things big and small that we’re grateful for, today I’m doing a post about stuff I’m currently loving. Let’s get to it:
Pumpkin Pancakes – Naturally I’m starting off with food! Autumn is the time for all things pumpkin, and lately I’ve been into pumpkin pancakes – mostly with chocolate chips. Pumpkin & chocolate is such a heavenly combo.
Sirius Pop 2K - When I got my new car last month, it came with free Sirius XM radio for awhile, and I am obsessed with this one station called Pop 2K. They continuously play all of the top hits from 2000-2010, and in my opinion it’s nothing short of amazing. The music goes from Jay-Z and Ludacris to old school Christina Aguilera and Fall Out Boy. I jam out every time I’m in the car, and whenever my hubby is with me, I’m pretty sure he wants to kill me for knowing every.single.word to every rap song made in that decade. It’s a hidden talent of mine really!
TJ’s Candy Cane Tea – In a word, this tea is awesome. It’s perfect for when you’re craving a little something sweet but aren’t actually hungry at all.
Many of you know this since I talk about it all the time, but I love varying my workouts and switching my fitness routine up often. It keeps things interesting for both my body and mind, and makes me look forward to my workouts instead of feeling bored. I’d love to be a regular at a bunch of different studios, but each specialty gym usually costs a pretty penny for membership. That’s why I was excited when I heard that ClassPass was starting up in San Diego!
Before I dive into today’s recipe, first thing’s first: I’ve always wanted to write a book. I’ve been a writer my whole life, and perhaps I’ll be in the right place someday to write a cookbook, healthy living book, or something unrelated… BUT, this week marks my first contribution to a book: an e-cookbook called Simply Savvy Healthythat came out earlier this week! It features tons of nutritious & delicious plant-based recipes (including one from me!), and you can check it out on Amazon here. The price is just $2.99 until November 25th, and then it’ll go up a few bucks.
American readers, can you believe that next week is Thanksgiving? I feel like November is just flying by! Whether hosting a gathering yourself, spending the holiday at a family party, or without any fancy plans yet, I’m sure that some of you already have your Thanksgiving dishes already picked out, but for those of you who are more last minute (like mwah), I have a side dish idea worth making as part of your holiday celebration.
Actually, this recipe is really just autumn and winter-tastic in general.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride. As always, all opinions expressed are genuinely my own.
You may or may not remember that last month I introduced a three-part seasonal smoothie series that I’ve teamed up with Puritan’s Pride for. Last month’s recipe theme was pumpkin (check out my chocolate chip pumpkin smoothie here!), and this month we’re focusing on cleansing, belly soother smoothies. With the holidays right around the corner (read: lots of dessert, booze, decadent food, and running around like a crazy person) I think that just about all of us could also use some cleansing recipes in our lives, am I right?!
Being that it’s mid-November and all, I know that many of you are living in places that are feeling pretty chilly (BRRR!), so today I’m going to provide you with a recipe that’s reminiscent of a warm and tropical place…. It’ll take your mind maybe to Mexico, or remind you of that week you spent lounging around in Maui, or perhaps it’ll make you daydream about a destination high up on your bucket list (for me that’s a place like Costa Rica).
Frozen pineapple offers a nice dose of Vitamin C and manganese and aids in digestion, plus it makes the smoothie creamy without needing the addition of ice…ya know, since it’s autumn and all and there’s no need to be shivering after a meal. Mint is an herb that adds what I find to be such a refreshing taste while also soothing your digestive system. Chia seeds are one of best sources of dietary fiber around, and then there’s psyllium husk seed…
It’s pretty easy to tell that I loving living an active lifestyle. On a daily basis I take my dog on a long walk or hike, and do strength training, yoga, kickboxing, barre, cycling, rowing, or any and every crazy workout that comes my way.
I can’t say that I’m a fan. However, last weekend I had to make an exception and go for a run, but not just a regular old run: San Diego’s Fit Foodie 5K race to be exact.
When I heard about the event, I knew that it was right up my alley. Put on by Cooking Light and Health, the Fit Foodie 5K race weekend is jam-packed with happenings that seem quite obviously fitting for a girl with a blog called Foodie Loves Fitness, including celebrity dinner and brunch events, a cocktail night, sunrise yoga session and bootcamp class, and a 5K with treats afterwards.
Hi there, and Happy Friday! I hope that you all have some awesome plans for the weekend. I have some fun fitness related plans that I’m looking forward to (more on that later)!
So guess what? I only have a few more lessons and an exam left at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and then I’ll be a certified health and wellness coach! I can’t believe how fast this whole year of school has gone. Last weekend IIN had live sessions in NYC, and while I couldn’t be there in person (hopefully one day I can make it to a weekend of live lectures!), I was able to live stream some of the weekend’s lectures. All I have to say is that this school is full of amazing, inspirational students and teachers. I have just been soaking it all in, and I’ve truly enjoyed my experience at IIN.
In case you haven’t heard, I’ve opened up my health coaching services to the public, and I offer free consultations! Please check out my health coaching page for more information, and feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So I’ve been seeing a lot of ‘A Day in the Life’ posts around the blogging world, and it has inspired me to do one myself. I enjoy these posts because it gives me a further glimpse into the blogger’s life and lets me get to know them a little better. I love reality TV like the murder show Snapped and the addiction series Intervention because I’m just really interested in the psychology behind people and why they do what they do. Okay okay, I also like trashy reality shows like The Real Housewives too. My theory is that if you like reality TV, you enjoy ‘A Day in the Life’ posts. Do you agree?
My schedule varies day-to-day, largely because I have a flexible work schedule (which I am so thankful for!). Sometimes I’ll grab lunch or have a smoothie date with a friend; some days my workout is just a long hike with my pup in the early evening; some days I go food shopping and run errands all afternoon, and then will be working at 10 pm. Sometimes I have more work to do, sometimes I have less. It all depends, and I like to switch it up! But here was my day one day last week:
7:30 - I wake up, say hi to my little family and check my email and social media.
7:45 – 8:00 - Time to get up! I throw some workout clothes on, get ready for the day, feed the pup, and drink a big glass of water while deciding what type of quickie workout I’m going to do.
There are certain foods that people immersed in the healthy living world tend to be obsessed with… things that the average person isn’t even aware of.
Take nut butter for example. Every healthy foodie not only knows about nut butter, but probably has a dozen jars of it in their pantry at any given time. But use the term “nut butter” with a random person and ask them what their favorite is, and prepare for them to look at you like you have three heads.
The nut butters currently in my pantry
That’s because they probably know about peanut butter, but that’s all about it when it comes to nuts being processed into a smooth, creamy and dreamy spread.
Foods like hemp and chia seeds are another example. If you normally have these in your kitchen, you’re probably a health nut foodie. During a stint visiting my family earlier this year, my mom was all, “What are these crazy seeds and things that you’re buying and cooking with?”
“You have some under eye circles, so you need a hydrating concealer to help with that,” the Macy’s makeup employee at the Benefit counter said. I feign a smile while staring at the pound of makeup caked on this girl’s face.
A moment later she follows it up with, “I think you should go with shade #2, because you’re supposed to go with your forehead color. Your forehead is darker than the rest of your face, but that should work.”
I look in the mirror in the overly bright department store I’m standing in, then give my husband, who I dragged with me to the makeup counter before a movie, a, “What the hell is this chick talking about?” face.
I walk away muttering that I suppose this girl was just doing her job, although it was totally unsolicited advice, as I was just stopping in to pick up two makeup things I routinely buy. I forget about it for the time being, but throughout the week as I’m getting ready standing in the mirror, I think to myself, “Do I really have bad under eye circles?”
Sure, there are faint rings there as with most of the people on this planet, but this wasn’t something I was self-conscious about before. This isn’t the first time that someone has made me aware of some “flaw” I have that I didn’t mind before that moment. While I take constructive criticism well, I’ll admit that I’m a sensitive soul that sometimes takes unnecessary negative comments to heart. I would be a horrible celebrity for this reason.
From time to time, people I know will bring up my blog and say things like, “All of your recipes look great, but I think they’re too complicated for me.” While the word “complicated” when referring to cooking is very subjective, and I feel like most of my recipes are not all that difficult or time consuming, I do understand that some people don’t enjoy preparing a meal or care to be savvy in the kitchen, and simply want to be able to eat something they can feel good about that took 15 minutes or less to make.
Guess what? Healthy eating does not have to be time consuming. Sure, it may take more work than, say, pulling through a drive-thru, but it doesn’t need to be a huge, intricate task to make a nutritious dinner. In fact, a lot of my dinners are thrown together really easily. I have a rotation of meals that are on my go-to list when I’m lacking creativity and feel my belly grumbling with hunger, which is how I feel half the time after I workout in the evening. One meal heavily in rotation in my household these days is this salad….
I thought of making the black bean burger and ranch dressing from scratch when I shared this with you guys, but then I thought, let’s just keep it simple. Since I’ve been using a frozen black bean burger and store-bought dressing, I’m keeping it real and sharing exactly how I’ve been throwing this salad together with you today. If you’re looking for a healthy, delicious dinner that can be ready fast – 10 minutes tops - this is a meal idea for you.