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Core Foods review!

22 Feb

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Each pack is one full bowl of raw oatmeal-to go. That’s it.

Ah yes. Another review. Just for me. From Core Foods. I admit I had not heard of this until I was presented with the review opportunity. I was very excited to try once I learned what they were all about.

CORE Meals are a fresh, full bowl of raw oatmeal to go. Eat like a bar, drink water, and you’ll be satisfied for hours! Made from 7 whole, raw, 100% organic, tested GF ingredients, the whole foods in CORE Meals provide powerful, stable energy. With a controlled, fully balanced ratio of calories, complex carbs, lean proteins, and healthy fats, CORE Meals are loved by athletes for pre/post workout meals and depended upon by busy moms and adventurers. Learn more from our Frequently Asked Questions, explore our ingredients, and enjoy! 🙂

Laraine at Core Foods sent me 3 meals.

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I couldn’t wait to scarf these down. You know I’m an oatmeal girl. Well these little beauties made my life so much easier. No dishes to wash! It’s almost impossible to find something this quick and easy and be this healthy at the same time. Trust me. I loved every single meal. They were great after a good workout. And they kept my tummy nice and full. Love that feeling. Know what I love more? The ingredient’s list. Check it out:

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And the directions are “Lindsay Friendly.”

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You want one don’t ya?

Don’t forget to Like them on

Best Ever Vegetarian Chili

27 Nov

This is by far THE best chili I have ever made. I used ingredients that I had in my kitchen. No trip to the grocery store required, which makes it even better.

I gathered up everything that I wanted:
Meatless veggie crumbles
Jar of salsa (I used the salsa I made a couple of months ago)
Frozen corn
Black beans
Vegetable broth
Tomato soup

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I decided to cook up some rice while I was chopping my green and red pepper, onion, and garlic. I use long grain brown rice.

Saute veggies with crumbles. Do you like my reindeer spatula? Jealous?

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Once the veggies are just about cooked, add a cup or two of broth. I didn’t measure anything. Just eyeball it. You want to cover the veggies so they cook all the way through. Once they are cooked add the beans, tomato soup, corn, and salsa.

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Don’t forget about the rice!

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Spice it up to your liking. I let mine simmer for two hours. I also threw a sweet potato in the oven. Love this combo!

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Chili time!

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Thank God for leftovers. Enjoy!

We got the beets.

15 Nov

Why did I wake up craving pickled beets today? I didn’t have them for breakfast, but I did incorporate them in my lunch and dinner. My mom gives me jars of her pickled beets thankfully, so I didn’t have to shop or do any work.

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I was already thinking last night that today was going to be a rest day. It was on the shedule, but I don’t take them if I don’t want or need to. I am glad I did. Lifting is getting more intense with Les Mills and I greatly appreciated the extra sleepy time. In fact. I am looking forward to doing it again very soon.

I woke up , started my work computer, got ready, and had my shake for breakfast. Second breakfast (a couple hours later) was peanut butter oatmeal. Snack was greek yogurt. Then it was time for lunch. I had a giant baby green salad. Toppings: pecans, tomato, red onion, and avocado.

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I snacked on some popcorn with Maddox this afternoon and had a green apple. I am either always eating or washing dishes. Why am I telling you everything I ate today? I have no idea. Maybe you need snack or meal ideas. There.

I wasn’t that hungry for supper, but I knew I wanted a sweet potato….and beets. Can you guess what I made? I chopped up a sweet potato and mixed a tablespoon of coconut oil, salt, and pepper with it. 400 degree oven for 40 minutes. House smelled super deliciously amazing.

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Doesn’t this look good? This would be a great side for any meal. Or, how about Thanksgiving? Oooo. So, I wasn’t too creative tonight, but this is what I wanted. It made a pretty plate. And it was so freaking good. The sweetness of the potato and the pickled beets mixed wonderfully. Another hit in my books.

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Oh yeah, did you see Engaged and Running’s post? A little Q&A with me. Go, read, and love it.

Night night.

How colorful was your plate?

8 Nov

What’s your favorite day of the week? Mine is Thursday. So, today was a pretty fine day. Once again I had a billion packages at the post office. A billion=three in my world. One was for Maddox and the other two were for me. I have been playing the exchange game with Victoria’s Secret for a while now. I finally got the right leggings, so now I decided to send my bras back. I am turning into my grandma. She does the exact same thing. I think it’s her way of having to go shopping. So, I filled out my return slip and bagged it up. Opened up Maddox’s package and they sent the wrong stuff. Will I have to send this back too? Good grief. Wait! It gets better! The last package was my new winter coat. I had bought a new one last year and now I am swimming in it. Not a bad thing, just wasn’t expecting it. So now I ordered a Hydraulic coat from Burlington Coat Factory. I like it, but I don’t. It flares out at the waist and I look like a cupcake. Not the look I’m going for. Might have to send that back. I will see what Tyrell thinks when he gets home.

Let’s get to the good stuff. Food! It’s Vegan night at my house and I told you every Thursday I will post what I ate for dinner. So here we go!

I wanted to use up some beets so I decided to do a roasted root medley. I chopped up beets, a sweet potato, an onion, and a carrot. I then drizzled some olive oil and sprinkled some salt and pepper and mixed until the seasonings were distributed evenly.

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These had to cook for about a half hour in a 450 degree oven. Tip: line your cookie sheet with tinfoil to save dishes. You know your veggies are done when you can poke through them nicely with a fork.

While these were roasting I steamed some green beans. I was planning on making green beans with garlic and diced tomatoes. Sounds interesting huh? I gave them a quick steam then I rinsed them in cold water to keep their bright green color and set aside.

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Then I sauteed some onion in some olive oil. The recipe said to add three cloves of garlic, which means 6 to me. Then it was time to add my diced tomatoes. You can use canned, I did. I strained some of the juice out. I spiced this up to my liking (a ton of pepper), added the beans, heated up everything together, and done!

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Doesn’t this look amazing and so colorful! I was a little nervous to try the green beans when I sat down to eat.
After my first bite I walked back to the kitchen, scooped up the rest that were left in the pot, and put them on my plate.
Then I mixed up everything. Are you a mixer upper? An enormous plate of colorful goodness was in front of me.What more could your body ask for?

Found some strange things…

2 Nov

Glad it’s Friday? Me too. It doesn’t feel like it though. I am liking this mini winter storm we had. I like staying in where it’s warm and cozy.

I accomplished alot after work today. I was off at 2 and I went straight up to my fun office (not my big girl JOB office) and gutted it, dusted it, and reorganized. Four hours later, I was finished. I love my fun office when it’s clean and organized. It’s the small things in life right?

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You sure find stupid things when you’re cleaning though. I found a box that contained the wrapping paper used by my first boyfriend to wrap my Christmas present, my fifth grade diary ( oh the drama! ), and my emergency tornado kit when I was little. When it would storm bad enough, my mom and dad would make me and my brother go sit in the fruit room. I figured that I should bring a kit, you know, you never know what could happen. My kit was an old tin box that belonged to my great grandpa Jake. Inside was a necklace from my Grandma and Grandpa, address labels with my Grandpa Krein’s address, and a match. You. Just. Never. Know.

Blogging has been extra fun this week because I started posting mini interviews (every Monday and Wednesday) with Sweat Pink Ambassadors. What is a Sweat Pink Ambassador? Go here and find out. I believe applications are being accepted again! If you love fitness, fun, and sisterhood all mixed together then this is for you! I am so happy I found this group. Love to all of my SPA sisters ❤ ! Check these two ladies out: Brianna and Carmel.

Workouts this week got off to a slow start. I still was up at 5, but I felt cruddy. I kept it low key with ab workouts and yoga. After transferring my illness to my husband, I feel great, and him…not so much. Sorry man.

Don’t forget to check out my Vegan recipe from last night! So freaking good!

Talk to me! What’s your favorite Vegan recipe? I would love to feature it on here if you would like to share!

Vegan Planet Recipe #2 Not-So-Dirty-Rice

1 Nov

It’s Thursday! That means it’s time to eat something new! I found a recipe last night that I just had to try. We grew up eating dirty rice. White rice with green peppers and onions and ground beef. Usually mom would make a cream lettuce salad to go with it. I loved this! My taste buds have now changed and I have no idea when I last had white rice and cream! I love you mom 🙂

This recipe is very simple. I started out cooking my long grain brown rice. While this was cooking, I chopped some green pepper and yellow onion.

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Incase you were wondering what chopped green peppers and onions looked like…

I threw these into a pan with a little bit of olive oil. Once the veggies were cooked I added some vegetarian burger crumbles. After this was heated through I added the cooked rice to the veggies and crumbles. Stir to combine and it's ready!

Instead of a creamy salad, I cut up half of an avocado and put that beside my rice along with some cherry tomatoes. Nom! I just had to cut up some green onion and sprinkle on top. This made it!

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I loved this meal! This will be a staple meal in our house from now on. The flavors are great and I loved grabbing a bit of avocado and tomato with my rice. I wish I had more to eat! You must try it!

Weekly Recap!

26 Oct

Weekly recap!

If you missed it, Guidewell posted my story of how I lost over 80 pounds the right way. Check it out!

I also did a blog swap with a Sweat Pink Ambassador sister. You can read about her journey into running here and here’s a sneak peak of mine:

A book of excuses. Could you write one? Let’s narrow it down a little. A book of excuses to not workout and take care of yourself. I bet if we got a few of us together we could come up with a big one. Here are a few that have come across my mind…

Want to see more? Well, then you have to visit her page and read the rest!

Week one is almost finished for my Early Bird Challenge. What is this? You ask. This challenge was created for people who have trouble or want to start waking up early and fitting their workout in before anything else. We are doing very well. I’ve been up at 5 every morning this week. The accountability is working! Take a look at my workout log. It’s not too late to join. Just contact me on Facebook.

Wondering what to make for supper? Check this out. It was very yummy! Time to chat! What was the highlight of your week? Are you dressing up for Halloween this weekend?

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Vegan Planet Recipe #1 Grilled Veggie Wrap

25 Oct

Every Thursday I will be cooking from the cookbook Vegan Planet. I do not eat strictly Vegan. I don’t eat meat, but I do enjoy eating eggs, yogurt, etc. I thought it would be a fun project and it’s always nice to get some new ideas for meal time. I took alot of pictures for this with my new camera.  Let me just say my new camera is a piece of crap! I think that my son’s toy camera could take better pictures. So, I apologize. I thought I could get by with a cheapo. Doesn’t look like it!

 

OK, so the first recipe is a Grilled Veggie Wrap. How can you go wrong with that? We actually make these all of the time and I thought I would start out with something familiar.

Gather the ingredients:

Zucchini

Red onion

Red pepper

Mushrooms

Wrap of your choice

Chop ‘em up!
I know it says grilled, but it was super windy today, and I’m not going to make my husband go out and grill for me. Cause I sure as heck won’t! I sautéed the veggies in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil.

When the veggies were done I had Tyrell make up the wraps because I pretty much stink at doing it. I always end up ripping them. I heated the wraps up for a minute in the oven to make them a little more flexible.

I also steamed some asparagus to add a little crunch to my meal.  And I put a couple of tablespoons of my homemade salsa in my wrap too.

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What is that? Ketchup? NO! It’s sriracha!

This was a very lovely little meal. I felt good after eating it. When you got out to eat and order a wrap it’s full of cheese, ranch or sour cream, deep fried meat, and a side of fries. And how do you feel after that? Cruddy? Hmm. Maybe it is true. You are what you eat!

No cheese please pizza.

26 Aug

We have no food. You would think that would mean going grocery shopping, but no. I was starving today after my run. I had some veggies left in the fridge so I decided to make a no-cheese pizza. (I’m going off dairy for a few weeks to test something. I’ll report back.) The ideal situation and healthier option would have been to make my own crust, but I didn’t have the time, nor the ingredients. So, I used a store bought crust. I sat Maddox up on the counter and started. He likes to sit up where the action is. He pretty much just stirs everything I’ve chopped and dumps it out. He’s very helpful. I used what I had:

  • Zucchini
  • Red onion
  • Garlic
  • Diced tomatoes

I crushed the garlic and mixed it in with the diced tomatoes. I added various spices until I loved the taste:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Basil
  • Garlic salt

Then we dumped the sauce on the crust and placed all the veggies on top. The pizza looked so pretty. Almost too pretty to eat.

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I think I had to wait 3 hours before it was done. Well, not really. But it sure felt like it. I wish I could send you the smell. I put a lot of garlic on this. Oh, it smelled amazing. But I’ve been chewing a lot of gum since.

 

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Oh this was sooo good. I can’t wait until I actually have more groceries and I can play around with this a bit more. Who needs cheese? Not this girl!

Door prize! Door Prize!

26 Jul

It’s door prize time! Go to my Facebook page, LIKE the page, and then LIKE the door prize picture. Drawing will be held tomorrow morning.

You could win these fabulous prizes: Vegan Tropical Strawberry packet of Shakeology, Vegan Chocolate Shakeology, and a shaker cup.

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