Friday Favorites v. 76

*Sorry for the blog problems this morning! This post published only half finished? So odd! I think everything is back to normal now.

WE ARE LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY FROM THANKSGIVING. Can you tell I am excited?

Before the craziness of next weeks starts, let’s talk Friday Favorites.

1. Every Wednesday I eat supper at Panera before I teach my night class. This week I branched out from my usual order and tried their new turkey and cranberry flatbread. OMG it was SO good. Definitely a new favorite. And you can never go wrong with their broccoli and cheese soup.
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2. These festive earrings are to die for! They would be so perfect for New Year’s Eve!

3. My Turkey 5 miler is tomorrow! I’m not really worried about time, but it will be fun to race again. Are any of your racing this weekend? I know a lot of turkey trots wait until Thanksgiving day, but we like to have ours a little early 🙂

4. This song came on the radio earlier this week and I forgot that this used to be my jam back in the day.

5. Ryan and I have been addicted to playing Words with Friends 2. It’s been so fun racking my brain for crazy words. Even though I’ve lost almost every game, it’s still so fun to play.

6. Gear to make winter running just a bit better.

7. If you’re still needing a dish to take to a Thanksgiving gathering, FAnnetastic Food had a great roundup of healthy Thanksgiving recipes on her blog yesterday.

8. I love this snuggly pup.

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Blog Roll

Hi guys! I wanted to pop in today with something a little different — my blog roll.
A photo by William Iven. unsplash.com/photos/GANqCr1BRTU

I started reading running and healthy living blogs in the summer of 2011. I was a new intern who didn’t always have work to do, so I decided to Google myself (this is going somewhere, I promise.)

I found a Meghann Anderson who lived in Florida and spelt her name just like mine! I also saw she was a runner! Like what are the odds?!

Meghann’s blog Meals and Miles was the first blog I started to read regularly. From there I started reading Daily Garnish and a few others (that no longer exist/update)

I loved that I found these normal people who went through the same emotions I did with running. From there my list of blogs I check regularly has changed some over the years.

I thought I would share my blog roll with you. These ladies are badass, way smarter (and faster!) than me, but I love reading their content. They give me ideas and inspiration for my every day life. From new recipes to motivation to make it though a race, I think there is something for everyone who like healthy living blogs.

And while I’m not a mom yet, a lot of these women are and their stories about balancing work, fitness and being a mom are inspiring! I’m taking notes for the future 😉

RUNNING/HEALTHY LIVING
Meals and Miles
Daily Garnish
PBFingers
Carrots N Cake
FAnnetastic Food
Hungry Runner Girl
Preppy Runner
My Healthy, Happier Life

LIFESTYLE
Emily Ley
Lara Casey
A Beautiful Mess
Pizzazzerie

What are some of your favorite blogs to read? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday Favorites v. 68

This has been my first full work week in almost a month and whew! I could definitely feel it. But this weekend is supposed to be glorious and there are lots of local events going on, so I plan on spending all of Saturday and Sunday outside.

But first I have to get through this work and picking up groceries after work. Thank the Lord for Clicklist.

So lets jump into Friday Favorites.

1. An oldie, but a goodie. Total body indoor workout.

2. So I know frozen meals have a ton of sodium, but this one isn’t too terrible (in retrospect) and it tastes great. I try not to eat this brand too often, but since Aldi is closed and I can’t get my usual meals, this worked as a substitute. Plus, sometimes I just DO NOT feel like cooking. This was the case Tuesday night. Frozen meal for the win. Remember guys, it’s all about balance.

3. 15 health living podcasts. I haven’t listened to all of these, but this looks like a pretty solid roundup.

4. This is hilarious. Definitely watch this if you need a laugh.

5. Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms. I love saving food and outfit ideas from other people! This breakfast toast roundup looked delicious, so took a screenshot and saved it for inspiration throughout the week. 

6. Four dogs freak out when they realize they are going to the park. This is adorable! Murphy always knows when we are heading to my parent’s house or the park, and he always gets super excited. He also knows when we are heading to the vet and whines and hides in the back seat.

7. A feel good story from this week.

8. Murphy cuddling with his pal. Murphy might be a handful, but I love these sweet moments when he cuddles with us on the couch.

Saturday eats

Happy Saturday! Popping in for just a quick post on what I ate today.  It’s fun documenting what all I eat in a day and I always love reading these posts. Enjoy!

Breakfast:

Before lunch I was cleaning out my fridge and ended up eating a few bites of cookie dough. If kale tasted like cookie dough, I’m sure I would be a heck of a lot healthier.
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Lunch: Blueberry and spinach bowl. I have been on a huge smoothie bowl kick lately and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.

Snack: pineapple popsicle!
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Supper: Since today has been kind of crazy, I’m looking forward to something simple, fast and easy for supper tonight. These frozen meals from Aldi are the perfect thing! They are made healthy ingredients and don’t have all the extra sodium that most frozen meals have. img_1710

I hope you all have a great long weekend!

5 Easy BBQ Recipes

With summer winding down, I thought now would be the perfect time to post some easy bbq recipes. For me, one of the best parts of summer is getting to grill out. Since KY is known for our barbecue, I thought I would share some of my favorites with you all.

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BBQ Shrimp Skewers. <– Perfect for your favorite bbq sauce!
Spicy BBQ Chicken Thighs.
Shredded Grilled Tilapia Tacos.
Neely’s Wet BBQ Ribs. STL-style ribs.

And last, but certainly not least, a recipe from my hometown. Owensboro Barbecued Mutton.

So grab your friends and family, a couple beers and a lot of food and fire up the grill. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer. I know I will!

Friday Favorites v.64

For some reason this week, Friday Favorites is mainly about food! Not that I am complaining, at least most of its healthy!

So lets get this party started….

1. This is such a neat little post on perspective. I also love when my home is “party-ready.” It makes me feel proud of the space my little family shares with others.

2. I am in love with these bowls from Aldi! Sadly our Aldi is being renovated for the next month, so until then I am day dreaming of this lunchtime deliciousness.

3. This 45 minute treadmill interval workout is a killer! Give it a try. You’ll definitely work up a sweat.

4. I have been on a huge sandwich/wrap kick lately and Anne’s post from last Friday made my mouth water at my desk! Not only are her pictures gorgeous, but all of her ideas are great! Can’t wait to mix up my lunches this week.

5. Since Aldi is closed, I am having to get all my groceries at Kroger. I picked up this bread since I was looking for something healthier than regular bread and I think I found a winner! *Kroger Clicklist is still going strong as well.*

6. I taught my first college class Wednesday night and it was a success. I am so proud of myself for advancing in my career and branching out to try new things. Here’s a fun semester of teaching AND learning.

7. It is sorta/kinda starting to feel like fall. The early mornings are when I notice it the most. No more humidity before 8 a.m.! I love it. I can’t wait for the upcoming months!

8. Earlier this week I bought Murphy a bandana from PetSmart that said Fantasy Football Legend. It’s so cute! Since we are about to start Fantasy Football season (my husband and I are very competitive) I thought this would be perfect for Murph.
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Health Benefits of Oranges

We all know the saying “an apple a day keep the doctor away,” but an orange a day could be just as helpful.

There are a ton of reasons why eating an orange a day is a good idea — not only are they low in calories and full of nutrients, they promote clear, healthy skin and can help to lower our risk for many diseases. Plus they are delicious!

Benefits of Oranges

A healthy dose of vitamin C—in which oranges are concentrated—provides antioxidant protection and immune support.

Can reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Good source of fiber.

One orange provides a range of vitamins and minerals and a staggering 130 percent of your vitamin C needs for the day.

Helps reduce your chance of stomach ulcers.

While all fruits and vegetables provide their own greatness, I love eating oranges in the summertime after a long run. Something about the sweet and tartness of an orange gets me every time. They are truly one of my favorites fruits.

I am not a registered dietician. This is all advice and facts I have learned through the years through my interest of food and nutrition.