Dark chocolate // sea salt // trail mix bark

This.

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This right here? Game changer.

That’s really all I have to say.

This recipe is not only super delicious, but it was proooobably the easiest thing I have ever made! I used trail mix in this recipe, but you could add anything you want. Cookies, nuts, candy, sprinkes, whatever! I am going to make this recipe for coworkers christmas presents!

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  • 8 oz. dark chocolate chips
  • trail mix (i used a planter peanuts mix)
  • sea salt

Melt chocolate in microwave at 15 second increments until fully melted. Pour in pan lined with parchment paper. Top with trail mix & sea salt. Place in the freezer for 90 mins.

Enjoy! 🙂

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I really love…

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Since its sunday, I thought today would be the perfect time to talk about a few things I love from my last week 🙂

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• Chocolate Mint Coconut Milk. Ho-ly.Mo-ly. This stuff is the best.

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• Reading in bed.

• Almond butter & banana toast.

• late night snacks

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• Beautiful snow (enjoyed from the warm indoors).

• November.

• This cute little park I drive passed on my way to the gym.

• Target

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• These adorable stockings (that were on sale, weee!)

• Christmas decorations (and decorating early).

• Real Simple magazine

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• The Mindy Project + Red wine. The best combination.

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• Yogurt bowls to go! (Okay, so I wasn’t actually eating it as I drove, but while I was parked & waiting for a store to open.)

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• This Saturday night. Hunger Games. Christmas Ale. Candles.

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• These wintery candles!

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• Saturday afternoons watching football games at World of Beer with friends.

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• Kind Bars

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• Scrambled “green” eggs. With veggies on veggies.

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• Cereal topped yogurt. The perfect snack!

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• This beer mac & cheese. Recipe here. I made this for our work Thanksgiving potluck! Sooo yum!

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• Snacky dinners like this one.

Banana Oat {20 calorie} cookies

Need a Monday pick-me-up?

Boy, do I have a {healthy} treat for you! Yesterday I was bumming around and suddenly had the urge to bake. (This happens far too often…) Not having exact ingredients for a lot of elaborate baking recipes, I decided to rummage through my pantry and make due with what I had. And well, that didn’t take long. I pulled out all of FIVE things. Yep. That’s it. AND, I guarantee that you all have them in your kitchen at this VERY moment.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Dark Chocolate Chips (to taste. I only had about 1 tbsp left in my bag)

Plus whatever else you’d like to add! Next time I think I’ll add raisings, white chocolate chips, and maybe some dried cranberries. These are so versatile, easy, and HEALTHY.

Each cookie is ONLY 20 CALORIES.

Low calorie, full of nutrients, and super simple to make. What more could you want? 🙂

Things I’m Loving Lately

Sundays are the best.

Can we just all take a minute and agree on that? For me, Sundays are all about relaxing, reflecting, and catching up on the things I don’t have time for during the busy work week. I just love them!

Things I’m diggin’ lately:

1. Starbucks Red Cups.  10_28_13_starbucks_holiday_2013_1My addiction to Christmas can get a litttttttle out of hand, and I think every year it starts earlier and earlier. I apologize if you’re one of those people who thinks stores being decked out in Christmas decor directly after Halloween is absurd, because I kinda sorta really love it 🙂 But anyway, Im addicted to Skinny Peppermint Mochas! And I mean, the cup alone makes the entire experience worthwhile. (I miiiiiiight be sipping one of these as we speak…) Here is a link to one of my favorite package design websites explaining the entire design process behind the beloved red cups. (Yes, Im a design nerd. Yes, I could look at this website all day long. Yes, sometimes I do.) But I promise it’s really interesting!!

2.  Heidi Klum New Balance Moto Pullover.wrt3385kfyc_nb_60_i

I just saw a photo of this pullover on Julie’s blog and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since! It just looks so comfy, and perfect for outdoor winter running. I also didn’t realize Heidi Klum had her own line for New Balance…She does it all! definitely something worth exploring.

3. These Blogs: These ladies are great! They are so motivational, and post lots of great advice, workouts, recipes, etc. My daily reads! I would highly advise checking them out 🙂

4. Breaking Bad. Breaking-Bad

I know I’m late to hop on the Breaking Bad Fan Train, but better late than never. I am so obsessed. Seriously addicted. If you havent watched this show yet, stop whatever you’re doing and start watching. So. Addicted.

5. Overnight Oats.

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know I’ve chatted your ears off about these before, (here, actually) but I just have to let you know how much I truly adore them. Its the most perfect, easiest breakfast in the world. Prepare the night before, enjoy in the morning! To me, because they’re cold and sweet and creamy, it truly is like eating ice cream for breakfast. AND oh my gosh, if you make them in a nearly empty peanut butter jar, holy cow. They’re even MORE fantastic!

6. Society Social Bar Carts.Bar 

Holy beautiful. These are gorgeous. I want one. Or five. Bad. This website has tons of gorgeous gems. 

I could go one for days with things I adore, but I’ll stop there for this week 🙂

Enjoy your Sunday!

Coconut Peanut Butter Vanilla Protein Bites

Happy Hummmmp day! 

I’m a huge fan of on-the-go snacks. I always look for something to grab on my way to the gym, or when I get home from work. And, well. I found the perfect snack. Protein balls! Not only are they super healthy, they absolutely delicious! I grab one on my way to the gym, and I freeze some and eat them as desserts! They’re fantastic, and satisfy even the most severe sweet tooths (not that I would know 😉 ) 

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• 1 cup oats

• 1/2 cup peanut butter 

• 3 tbsp honey

• 1/4 cup applesauce

• 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

• 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

• 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

 

 

A breakfast kind of day

So, last night my friend Keith made us the most incredible dinner ever….

mushroom filled potato ravioli…

FROM SCRATCH!

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He comes from a long line of italians who looove to cook, and has grown up on homemade pasta. So, as this didn’t seem like a huge deal to him, my jaw was practically dropped to the floor the entire time I watched his beautiful pasta making in progress. It was as delicious as it looks! And definitely makes me want to attempt my own at some point. Image

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Deeeelish!

Training Day 2: when I hopped on the treadmill this morning I did not think there was ANY way I’d be able to run 3 miles… I was feeling tired and unmotivated, but once I started going I quickly got into a grove and kept going with it. Although I was a little bit slower today than yesterday, Im still just proud I kept going!

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I followed my run with 15 minutes on the elliptical and a 7 minute circuit found on a new app I just downloaded called 7-minute workout! It’s a great one! It runs you through a series of 12 exercises, 30 seconds each. Its nice because you aren’t stuck doing the same thing for too long. Which if you’re anything like me, is very important. I get so bored so easily! So this workout was fabulous.

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I headed off to work, coming back home around 12:30 to eat lunch. Yes, this photo is of my lunch, not breakfast. Do you ever have days where you just crave certain things? Well, lately it has been cinnamon life. I am a huge cereal lover, and sometimes you just gotta listen to your body. So, breakfast for lunch it was!

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When I got home from work I was starving. I wanted something fast, easy and healthy…sooo…what do you know?! Breakfast again! I love brinner. So much. I scrambled up some egg whites & spinach, with a side of some carrots, celery & hummus. For a sweet treat I concocted together a sweet greek yogurt dip and dipped apple slices & strawberries in it. Yum!! Then obviously I mayyy have just had to have half a slice of the banana bread I made this weekend 🙂 It all hit the spot.

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Greek Yogurt dip:

  • vanilla greek yogurt
  • cinnamon
  • peanut butter
  • vanilla
  • honey
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Let the training begin…

Happy Monday! Hope that extra hour of sleep has you feeling energized & ready to go! 

My monday started off freeeeezing. I forgot that I turned my heat off last night, so when I woke up the temperature in my apartment made it THAT much harder to get out of bed. Despite barely being able to move, I geared up and headed to the gym!

Over the weekend I signed up for my VERY FIRST 5K! I’ve never been much of a runner. In fact, I really never ran distances until last January, after making running my New Years Resolution. I started slow, 1 mile, 1.5 miles, 2, etc., and now I feel like I am ready to tackle my first 5k! I love how free running makes me feel, and I’m hoping that this run will start my love for races! 

I am doing the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in December, and I am SO excited! Image

This morning I began my training on the treadmill. I ran 3 miles starting at 6.5 and making my way up to 7.0. I walked the other .1 mile! 

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Following my run was 15 minutes on the elliptical for a cool-down, and then my own circuit which included:

• crunches

• mountain climbers

• burpees

• exercise ball crunches

• pushups

• planks

• russian twists

 

Breakfast

lately has been Cinnamon Life. I used to eat this cereal EVERY day in high school, but really havent had it much since…so I just knew I had to buy it when I saw it at the store the other day. Its been hittin’ the spot! Topped with 1/2 a banana. Nom Nom Nom. Favorite breakfast… also mayyy have been my dinner last night… 🙂  No shame! 

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Lunch 

is a snacky one. Carrots, celery, 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, 2 tbsp hummus, and an apple. 

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I’ve been tracking my calorie intake and workouts on “My Fitness Pal app.” I love it! It helps keep me organized and on track. If you’re trying to watch your caloric intake, or just like to keep track of your workouts,  I definitely advise this app! 

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