Latest grocery finds

I love getting ideas on new foods and drinks to try from other bloggers, so today I though I’d share some of my favorite recent grocery finds.

I saw these drinkable vinegars at Kroger this weekend and knew I had to give them a try! I have been trying to be more aware of my gut health, and since I already love Suja juices, I thought these would be perfect to add into my daily routine. I bought four flavors, but I’ve only tried the peach-ginger so far. But it’s a winner in my book!

This was a random find at Aldi. I swear every week their products change! But I love love love pineapple salsa, so I knew I had to give this one a try! I ate half the jar in one sitting (oops), so I give it two thumbs up!

A couple weeks ago I posted about the benefits of honey. Since I don’t have honey from Ryan’s dad at the moment, I bought some local honey to add to my breakfast bowls, smoothie and to keep around for a energy-boosting snack.

This was another random find at Aldi, but now I’m hooked on these wraps. They have less carbs and calories than bread, and it’s easy way to sneak in some veggies. My favorite wraps lately have been pepper jack cheese, turkey, spinach and radishes. I also like to drizzle them with Italian dressing. Such an easy, nutritious and delicious lunch!

What are some of your recent grocery finds? Let me know in the comments below!

Random 25 question survey

Happy Monday. Since Mondays can be dreadful and boring, I thought I would today with a fun survey. Choose a few questions and leave me your answers in the comments below!

1. Do you make your bed? Nope. I leave for work before Ryan is even out of bed.

2. The first car that was officially yours? A 2006 Silver Ford Taurus. It was so long, but I loved that car. So many memories from my first car. It sadly got totaled a few years ago when someone ran a red light and hit me 😦

3. Three grocery items you don’t run out of? Milk, bread and cheese.

4. When did you start doing your own laundry? When I was like 8-9 years old. I started helping my mom with household chores at a pretty young age.

5. If you could, would you go to high school again? Eh, probably not. It was fun and all, but I love where I am right now 🙂

6. What are three of your favorite foods? Pizza, turkey and cheese sandwich and ice cream!

7. First job? McDonalds! I actually ended up staying there for five years and became a manager. It helped pay for a lot of my college!

8. Do you think aliens are real? Nope.

9. What is your favorite sport to watch? This is a hard one! I love going to MLB games and college basketball games, but I also love watching basketball and running on tv.

10. Guilty TV pleasure? Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team

11 . Would you rather be too hot or too cold? Too hot.

12. If the world ends do you want to be one of the survivors? Not really. I’ve seen The Walking Dead. Just make me a zombie. Haha!

13. Sweet or salty? Sweet. I have a major sweet tooth.
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14. Do you enjoy soaking in a nice bath? Yes!

15. Do you consider yourself strong? Yes, both mentally and physically.

16. Something people do, physically, that drives you crazy? Litter. WHY!?!

17. Favorite song on the radio right now? Strip That Down – Liam Payne

18. Who was the last person you text? My husband.

19. Favorite childhood game? Monopoly, Twister, Mario Kart

20. Do you talk to yourself? YES. I talk to myself, to Murphy, to my computer, the list goes on and on.

21. Do you like doing jig-saw puzzles? Sure do! Ryan and I completed a 1,000 piece puzzle last winter to frame and give to his grandma as a Christmas present.
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22. Would you go on a reality show? I would love to be on something crazy and fun like The Amazing Race or Survivor.

23. Tea or coffee? Sweet tea, no lemon!

24. First thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up? Either a rockstar or a marine biologist – I loved dolphins!

25. No matter how much money you have or don’t have, what are you an absolute snob about? Sports bras – there’s nothing worse than a bad one!

10 simple summer snacks

Since it has been SO HOT lately, I thought I would share a quick roundup of some simple summer snacks. None of these recipes require the oven, some are healthy and some involve ice cream 🙂

Enjoy!

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1. Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
INGREDIENTS
• 4 cups frozen strawberries
• 3 tablespoons honey
• ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
• 1 tablespoon lime juice

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. I use and LOVE my NutriBullet.

2. Fruit & Cheese Kabobs
3. Celery & Peanut Butter
4. Honey Vanilla Ice Cream
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6. Frozen grapes and cottage cheese (I stole this idea from Hungry Runner Girl)
7. Smoothies!
8. Fresh fruit
9. Sliced cucumber sandwiches
10. Caprese salad

Benefits of honey

Happy Monday! This weekend was a whirlwind (aren’t they always?!) but I am excited and ready to start the work week. I have lots of career and personal goals brewing, so I determined to make this week count AND make it a good one!

So for today’s post, I am talking about the benefits of honey! The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. Since one of Ryan’s dad’s hobbies is bee keeping, we are lucky enough to get free, raw honey basically year-round. It’s pretty neat to see whole the process behind-the-scenes. It takes a lot more work than you think!

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Honey is a great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies. Sometimes before a long run, I will eat a spoonful of raw honey for an extra burst of energy. Lots of natural sugars = good for runners. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy.

Honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes.

Natural honey is also good for allergies! This was something I learned from Ryan’s dad. After moving to Tennessee, I had the WORST allergies. He gave me some natural honey (which was from TN) and after eating it for about a week, I noticed my allergies were a little better!

The bees go from flower to flower collecting pollen that causes you to suffer, but when a you consume local raw honey, you also consume that same offending local pollen. After some time, an allergy sufferer may become less sensitive to this pollen that previously caused problems and experience less seasonal allergy symptoms.

I’ve heard honey can help with sore throats, but I’m not entirely sure if that is true. Anyone out there know if this is a fact? Feel free to send some info!

Any other runners out there eat a spoonful of honey before a long run/race?

Friday Favorites v.57

Happy Friday! Before I get into all of the fun things I liked from this week, I want to say something serious.

I have had two friends lose their husband/fiancee this week and they were both 24. Y’all. Hug your loved ones tight. Always say I love you. Make sure you give love every day. Things could change in an instant. My heart breaks for these two young women who thought they had forever with their guys. I cannot imagine the pain they are going through. If you don’t know Jesus, I encourage you to start a relationship with Christ. I know this earth is not my home. I’ve loved my people hard this week. I want to remember the little things. I want to my tribe to know they were loved. I want to take in love from my family and friends. I want to be present. Likes on Instagram and name brand clothes don’t matter. Loving each other matters. 

Okay! I know that was a lot, but I really felt the need to get that off my chest.

Now lets talk favorites.

1. While this was slated as a Fourth of July pie, it could definitely be served all summer long. & I 100% agree with Julie — I love pie, all kinds of pie.

2. While I didn’t attend any actual fireworks celebrations on Tuesday, we saw lots of fireworks driving home from St. Louis. We actually crossed into Kentucky right as Owensboro’s firework show started, so we got to see a lot of the show while driving through downtown. So fun!

3. These KIND breakfast bars are my new favorite on-the-go breakfast. All natural ingredients and only 230 calories. Super filling for a fast breakfast or easy afternoon snack.
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4. I’ve been running better! Isn’t it strange how we can have bad weeks of runs and workouts and then suddenly it’s like a switch flipped and all of sudden we are superstars?! That’s literally how I felt this week. Thanks to trust treadmill to sticking with me during all these hot afternoon runs in the garage. Here’s to hoping I make it through the summer and to a fall half marathon.

5. Five on-the-go snacks when you need immediate fuel.

6. Round two of my rock climbing adventures was a success! Ryan joined me and my dad this time around and it was so much. Also, I’m not as sore today as I was last Friday, so that’s a win in my book.
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7. Our Fourth of July trip to STL was definitely a favorite this week! So much fun and I can’t wait to go back in September.

8. Murph giving me the side-eye. Someone was not happy posing for pictures.
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Adventures in rock climbing

Happy Monday everyone! If you’re like me, I have to work today, but I am off again tomorrow for Independence Day! So while I don’t have a lot of updates from the weekend, I do have a fun post about my adventures in rock climbing from last week.

On Thursday, my dad invited me to go an indoor rock climbing facility. While I haven’t been climbing in ages, I was so excited to go!

We drove an hour from Owensboro to Evansville to climb at Vertical eXcape

The facility features more than 12,000 square feet of textured climbing surface with heights up to 32 feet, over 40 climbing stations and a huge bouldering area.


After refreshing my memory on some of the basics, my dad and I were off and climbing! We split our time between the auto belay and buddy belay and it was so much. We climbed for about 2.5 hours and it was such a workout.

I felt like I improved the more I climbed and even made it all the way to the top of one of the harder walls. I almost cried because I was so worn out, but it was SO rewarding to make it to the top.



I am actually planning on going back this week with my husband and my dad. So we’ll see how round two goes!

If you have any tips or pointers for someone who is just getting started in rock climbing, let me know!

Friday Favorites v.56

It’s Friday! & Alllllmost a three day weekend. At least for me, I get the weekend, back to work on Monday and then I’m off on Tuesday for Independence Day!

My plans for the weekend include hitting some yard sales with my mom, mowing the yard (it never ends.) and hanging out with my husband and pup. A nice mix of fun, work and relaxation.
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What are your weekend plans?

Before the weekend begins, let’s start today off with my usual Friday Favorites post.

1. YES. Such a good post on how to become the eater you want to be.
“I don’t eat to live. My life is about SO MUCH MORE than eating healthy food. Food does not have one purpose and one purpose only. It’s so much more than functional and medicinal. When I think of food as medicine, I think of it helping to heal. And it does! Apples and kale and lentils are the physical aspect of that. The fiber and phytonutrients help prevent and delay disease. But salted chocolate chip cookies with my best friend and pizza with my boyfriend feeds my soul and satisfies me in a way that kale simply cannot.”

2. Blueberry smoothies. On Tuesday, I woke up late and feeling terrible, so I decided to make a healthy smoothie with lots of nutrients to kick my butt in gear. Also, this cute cup doesn’t hurt anything.

3. A great story out of my alma mater. Go Racers!

4. I went rock climbing on Thursday. I can wait to write the recap post. It was so much fun!

5. Going through old family pictures with my mom. These are some gems. 

6. I’ve been looking for a new doormat and these custom ones from Etsy are so cute. Plus, if I can include Murphy — I’m all about it.

7. Such a neat story from Trail Runner Magazine about believing in yourself and perseverance. Good job, Cat!

Also. Has any of you all ever completed a trail race before? Definitely a bucket list item for me.

8. Pup kisses are the best. 😘

Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie

Recipe from 100 Days of Real Food.

The Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie is a great beginner friendly green smoothie. It’s full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore— AND tastes like a tropical treat from all the island fruit.

Green Smoothie

INGREDIENTS
1 cup spinach fresh
1 cup water
half cup pineapple
half cup mango
1 banana peeled

INSTRUCTIONS
Place spinach and water in blender (I use a  Nutribullet). Puree until smooth.
Add fruit and blend again.

RECIPE NOTES
*Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.
NOT A FAN OF BANANAS? Feel free to substitute with another fruit, like extra mangos. You can even freeze the bananas first to reduce the flavor and also add some extra chill to your smoothie.

Drink up!

Healthy eating should not be a diet plan

Welcome to back the work week, friends! I hope you all had a great Father’s Day weekend. I got to spend time with both my dad and my father-in-law, so I am one happy girl today!

Now. Onto more serious matters.

I hate when I’m out to eat with people and they think because I’m getting “just a salad” that it means I am dieting. No! I don’t want the foods I eat to be considered a diet! I want to become a way of life. I want to eat healthy and nourishing foods that sustain my daily activities!

Eat good to feel good, right? I want to feel good. I want to feel great. Lots of processed foods and fake sugars are not going to get me there.

Cucumbers and tuna fish (my latest lunch obsession) is healthy, but you know what, it also tastes good! And I don’t feel bloated and nasty after eating it like I would if I ate a burger and fries from McDonald’s. Eating healthy should not be a diet plan.


I want to learn to live a balanced life. To me, eating well is a way I can respect my body AND help it live out its full potential. I like to run. Therefore, I need foods that can fuel my body so I can be my best self and perform well. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate chip cookies and pizza is one of my top three favorite foods, but I think a life filled with moderation is a good thing.


Below, I’ve linked some of my favorite recipes that are delicious and good for you!

BREAKFAST
Hard boiled egg and cheddar muffin.
Cherry Banana Smoothie.
My new favorite smoothie.
Avocado toast FIVE ways.

LUNCH
Sweet & spicy summertime guac.
White bean and mozzarella sandwich.

SUPPER
Easy baked ginger chicken.
Skinny beef and broccoli noodles.
BBQ salmon. (While I don’t get to cook fish at home due my husband’s, but I love to eat it! I haven’t tried this recipe, but it looks delish!)

EXTRAS
Chocolate chip banana bread cookies.
Summer fruit salad.