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Food, Holiday

Red, White & Blue Fruit Salad

red, white & blue fruit salad

Hi from Minnesota…again!

Yep, I’m back out in the Mid West for work and am completely exhausted from this time change so this is going to be a short, quick and to the point blog post.

Anyway…

Just in case you all forget…the 4th of July is TUESDAY!

I have no idea how this holiday snuck up so fast but what I do know is that I have an absolutely delicious (and festive) fruit salad recipe to share!

Not a fruit salad person? Check out some more healthy, fun, patriotic recipes here & here and this one about healthy hot dog options for your 4th of July BBQ!

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Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

What I Learned From Going Gluten Free For 1 Month

Remember when I announced that for the entire month of May I would be eating a gluten free diet? Well, it may not have been perfect but I actually did it!

Going gluten free for a month taught me so much about my body, how to deal with cravings and really opened my eyes to the quality of foods I was eating.

So, as a recap I wanted to share with you all everything I learned from going gluten free for 1 month!

Let’s jump right into it!

 

1.) I had no idea I was eating so many carbs and so little protein/ healthy fat

I don’t count calories, macros, sugars…etc. So, going gluten free forced me to pay a little more attention to the different types of foods I was eating.

Prior to going gluten free I’d have an egg on some bread for breakfast, some kind of fruity smoothie for a snack, a sandwich/wrap for lunch, a protein bar for a snack then pasta/an open faced sandwich/rice/quinoa for dinner.

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Food, Holiday, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

3 Healthier Hot Dog Options For Your 4th of July BBQ

healthier hot dog

I truly can’t believe that the 4th of July is in less than 2 weeks.

Where the heck has this year gone?

Normally, I don’t do much for the 4th since it’s kind of amateur hour here in San Diego with a bunch of drunk tourists getting arrested at the beach. But, this year I have plans. My family has a house on Lake Michigan and it’s been years since we’ve all made the effort to get out there. Last week we pulled the trigger and officially booked tickets!

Buying these tickets got me thinking of all the 4th of July foods and just how terrible most of the meats, appetizers and sides are for you. So, I started brainstorming some healthier options to share on my blog.

I made a healthy, festive, delicious side dish recipe I’m sharing on the blog next week but today I wanted to talk about my favorite 4th of July food…HOT DOGS!

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Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Snacks

Beet Hummus

beets

I am currently OBSESSED with beets.

I’ve been sipping on beet Health-Ade Kombucha, snacking on Trader Joe’s beet chips, throwing beets into salads, smoothies and even now hummus! They just have this delicious earthy flavor I can’t get enough of PLUS they’re so healthy (more on this later). 

Let’s back up here…my love affair with beets all started when I stopped running a few weeks ago to let my body start healing from shin splints and a very tight right calf. During my time off from running I really wanted to make a point to eat as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible and through some research googling I found out that beets are one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods out there.

In addition to their anti-inflammatory properties eating beets can also help boost your metabolism, detoxify your body, lower blood pressure, decrease risk for heart disease/ cancer plus so much more.

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Breakfast, Food, Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips, Snacks

Hydrating Coconut Water Smoothie

coconut water

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Food, Restaurant, Reviews, Travel

Eating My Way Through Portland

Hey, hey, hey!

I just got home from a work trip to Portland and am already craving an almond milk latte from Barista and drunken wings from Bang Bang mmmmmmmm.

Before this trip to Portland I had only been to the city once and was really only there for 24 hours so this was my first full on Portland foodie experience and you guys…it didn’t disappoint.

But since I’m honestly falling asleep trying to watch this NBA playoff game and catch up on emails I just wanted to give you all a quick little recap of all the awesome places I ate this weekend.

Enjoy and be warned there’s some serious food porn in this post.

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Dinner, Food, Lunch, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

10 Minute Chicken Lettuce Wraps

chicken lettuce wraps

BUSY. CRAZY. HECTIC.

Yep, pretty much the words to describe my life right now.

I know everyone is busy but you guys I just feel like right now there are simply not enough hours in the day.

Last week I officially accepted a new position at work as the San Diego Senior Brand Ambassador for Perfect Bar WOO HOO! Transitioning out of my current role into this one has been crazy to say the least. Oh and it doesn’t stop there…I’m flying out to Portland for work on Friday then flying to Boise for a wedding then BAM its Memorial Day Weekend with CrossFit regionals and then Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego ahhhhh! It never ends.

Honestly just writing this post is giving me anxiety thinking about all the things I have coming up but am just trying to take it day by day and do the best I can to maintain a healthy balance in my life.

Usually with a busy schedule eating healthy is one of the first things to go (I’m 100% guilty of this). BUT with my running being so limited eating like crap simply isn’t an option. I’ve really been relying on quick, easy, convenient meals these past couple weeks and wanted to share these awesome Chicken Lettuce Wraps with you all today.

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Food, Friday Favorites

Products I’m Loving From Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe's

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone!

I remember back in the good old college days when celebrating Cinco De Mayo was a HUGE deal. We’d all skip class, dress up in our finest sombreros and drink disgusting amounts of cheap Mexican beer and tequila. 

Good times.

Well this year to celebrate I’m taking the day off work and will be running 9 miles, doing laundry and visiting my parents…boyyy how things change haha!

So since it’s Friday and a holiday I figured why not do a fun little Friday Favorites post talking all about things I’m loving from Trader Joe’s. I swear they come out with some awesome new product every day…my stomach is certainly happy but my wallet…not so much!

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Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, What I Ate Wednesday

Why I’m Going Gluten Free For 1 Month!

gluten free

I love learning about new diets, health trends, superfoods…etc. 

Just last week I posted about the Keto Diet and earlier this year I actually completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox and shared my entire experience here on my blog.

The other day I was listening to a podcast while planning blog posts for this coming month and the topic of eating a gluten free diet came up. I’ve never really cared if food was gluten free or not but this podcast really got me thinking.

I immediately came home that day and downloaded the book Wheat Belly to read more about gluten and why it’s so bad for us.

YOU GUYS…mind blown!

Within the first few pages of this book I was convinced that gluten was causing a lot of the digestive issues I’ve been experiencing lately.

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Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips

What Is The Keto Diet?

keto diet

I keep hearing more and more people talking about being on a Ketogenic Diet or “Keto Diet” and wanted to discuss it here.

Honestly, the only reason I have any idea what the Keto Diet is all about is because I use to work at a weight loss company called Medifast where we put clients on a very low carb diet to get their bodies into ketosis (fat burning state). Once my clients were in ketosis their bodies could burn fat more efficiently helping them to lose weight quickly. 

I was 100% supportive of this because #1 they were doing it with scientifically designed foods that offered all necessary nutrients, #2 had someone monitoring their diets/body composition and #3 these were people with pretty significant amounts of weight to lose.

So I was kind of shocked to hear that fellow runners, CrossFit athletes and just regular people were doing a Keto Diet and immediately started doing some research to share with you all.

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