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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Zucchini Muffins

I originally shared the recipe for these yummy Zucchini Muffins over on the Girls on the Run blog (original post here), but decided to re-share the recipe here!  

After becoming a mom I realized I was always looking for fun/yummy ways to sneak veggies into my sons diet!  And these delicious muffins definitely help me do just that!  I love these muffins because they are made with simple ingredients, and packed with a healthy dose of veggies, plus they are delicious!  And I know Theodore thinks they are tasty because he will gobble them right up! 

I usually make a batch Sunday/Monday night and we enjoy them throughout the week!  We love having these Zucchini Muffins for breakfast (with a side of yogurt and fruit) or as an afternoon snack/sweet treat!  Sometimes I will even serve them post dinner as "Dessert!"

I usually make half of the batch into mini muffins which make them the perfect size for Theodore’s little hands!   Mix up a batch today and enjoy! 

Zucchini Muffins 
Makes 12 Regular Size Muffins or  24 Mini Muffins 

Dry - 
1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour 
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar 
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon 
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Ginger 
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 

Wet - 
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil Melted - Note I have also used Melted Butter, Canola Oil and Olive Oil all work well!
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Almond Milk or Milk of choice 
2 Large Egg Whites 
1/3 Cup Honey/Maple Syrup - I use Maple Syrup now with Theodore 
1/3 Cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce 
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract 
1/12 Cup Grated Zucchini (About 1 1/2 Medium Zucchini) Skin On 

Other - 
12 Paper Cupcake Liners (or Cooking Spray if not using cupcake liners) 

Optional Mix Ins -
1/3 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips 
1/3 Cup Raisins 
1/3 Cup Shredded Coconut 

1- In a large bowl combine dry ingredients and whisk together until well combined. Set aside. 
2- In a medium bowl whisk together melted coconut oil, almond milk/milk of choice, egg whites, honey/maple syrup, apple sauce, vanilla and zucchini until well combined.  
3- Grab your dry ingredients and slowly pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  If using mix ins stir them in at this point.
4- Fill 12 muffin cups/24 mini muffin cups (that are lined or sprayed with cooking spray) 3/4 of the way full.  
5- Bake muffins in a 350 degree oven for 20-22 minutes (12-15 min for mini muffins) or until muffin tops are golden brown and when a tooth pick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

My Skin Care Journey Part 1

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As I have gotten older I have started to become more conscious about the types of products I use.    As someone who lives an active lifestyle I was already pretty conscious of what I was putting in my body food wise, but wasn’t putting as much thought or care into what I was putting on my body!   I was the type of person that never had a true skincare routine, and kinda just bought products with little to no research hoping I would see the results I wanted.

Fast forward to turning 30 (and later becoming a mom) and something switched in me.  I finally decided enough was enough and started the search for a more natural skincare routine, a routine I could stick with year after year.  Eventually all of this searching led me to a little natural soap shop in my little MN River town and Beautycounter. 

Today I want to share with you my morning skincare routine because it differs greatly from my nighttime routine.  I want to share with you the products I am loving, and that might work for you!  

My morning routine is simple, because hello mom life!  These 4 products are how I prep my skin for make up and the day ahead!  I have found a few good quality products can elevate even the simplest morning routine!  

So let’s get it started!  

Cleanser -

I am a shower in the AM girl, so while in the shower I use Modern Roots (local all natural soap shop) Milk Kefir Face Wash.  I love this face wash for many reasons.  It’s all natural and smells great, but what I love most is the way it makes my face feel.  This face wash has a sort of cooling effect that instantly helps wake me up in the morning.  The Milk Kefir helps fight break outs and the bamboo extract helps exfoliate a bit.  My skin always feels smooth and refreshed after using this face wash!

Moisturizer – 

Post shower these are the products I lean on in the AM.  I apply all three prior to putting on my make-up.         

This is my go to all over moisturizer and I love it!  This moisturizer is light weight but super hydrating, and not greasy at all!  Along with providing 24-hours of hydration, but the hydration  levels actually adjust throughout the day to give your skin exactly what it needs. 

Before Beautycounter I thought a facial oil would make me oily, and was scared to try them.  But I was so wrong!  I use a few drops of Beautycounter No. 1 Brightening oil in my Beautycounter Adaptive Moisturizer.  I love the extra boost of moister this oil provides but also love that the Vitamin C helps brighten my dull tired skin and also helps erase dark spots and discoloration.  Plus this oil smells amazing!

I remember my mom giving me my first pot of eye cream at 25, and even though I didn’t have a firm skin care routine, I always made sure to use an eye cream.   This eye cream has been a game changer for me.  I love it because a little bit goes a long way, and because it has seriously helped with the tiny fine lines I am starting to see pop up now that I am 30!

I hope you enjoyed this post, stay tuned for my nightly skincare routine coming soon!  And as always if you have any questions feel free to reach out! 

Friday, March 1, 2019

My Relationship with Running

Sharing a little different post with you today, a post I have been thinking about writing for a while now.   It just took me longer then anticipated to get my thoughts out on “paper.” 

If you have followed the blog for any length of time, or even my Instagram account you will know that I used to be an obsessed runner!  I was never the fastest runner, and I never won any races but I was obsessed.  Obsessed with logging miles, pushing my body, and reaching new PR times. I was constantly thinking or talking about runningto the point where running sort of became my only identity. Don’t get me wrong, identifying as a runner is not a bad thing, but running consumed every part of me to the point where running felt like a chore most days and was turning into more of a stresser in my life than a stress reliever. 

I share this background with you because having Theo has changed my relationship and outlook on running and working out in general.  When I was pregnant with Theo I viewed running and working out as a way of keeping myself healthy to endure the 9 months of carrying a baby.  Working out pregnant helped me clear my head and feel like my pre-pregnancy self.  I will admit once I delivered Theo I was anxious to get back to my pre-baby self, and counted down the weeks until I was cleared to workout.  But what happened once I was cleared to workout again amazed me.

I found myself running when I had time, or when my body truly felt up to it.  I learned what it meant to truly take a rest day and listen to my body.  I found I had more fun pushing Theo in the running stroller for short runs than on solo runs.  And I felt like my love for running was coming back.  I was enjoying moving my body, and not stressing about the next training run our if I would PR in a half (or other race distance).    

I share all this with you because sometimes we get so sucked into one aspect of our life that it can consume us.  Having Theo was a good way for me to reexamine my life and priorities.  Having a healthy body and lifestyle is still a priority but being a wife, mom and Christian are also major priorities that come before running or working out. I also share this with you because it is ok to examine your life and shift your priorities.  You have to do what is best for your current life and not try to fit societies standard for yourself!  

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Chicken and Spinach Meatballs

When I was pregnant, Derek and I would have countless conversations about our future as a family of three.  And one of the things I found myself talking about a lot was feeding our little one.  I had this vision of raising a little foodie!  But let me tell you the reality doesn't exactly look like my picture perfect vision! 

Family dinners these days are loud and messy.  They are challenging and fun, and most nights more food ends up on the floor then in Theo's mouth!  But this is the season of life we are in and I am embracing it, mess and all.  

Don't get me wrong Theo is a good little eater, but we still have our less than stellar days (cue he doesn't like what I made, or he isn't in the mood to eat).  It's the less than stellar days that remind me to go with the flow, and enjoy the process of teaching him how to eat and enjoy food.   

I have found that simple meals work best for this season of life which is why I am excited to share the recipe for these Chicken and Spinach Meatballs with you!  Theo gobbled these meatballs right up which made for one happy mama!  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!   And P.S I plan on sharing another post on our approach to solids with Theo at a later date, more to come! 

Chicken and Spinach Meatballs 
Makes about 24 Meatballs 

1 Lb Ground Chicken 
1 Cup Fresh Spinach Roughly Chopped
2 Eggs 
1/3 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs 
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning 
1 Teaspoon Garlic 
Dash of Salt and Pepper 

1- In a medium bowl combine the ground chicken, spinach, egg, bread crumbs and seasoning. 
2- Mix everything by hand until combined. 
3- Roll chicken mixture into medium size balls and place in a casserole dish that has been greased. 
4- Bake for 20-25 min in 350 degree oven until cooked through. 

Serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping, a simple green salad or your favorite roasted/steamed vegetable (Broccoli is a fav in our house)! 


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hey...It's been a while!

Hi All!
It has been a while since I have hit publish on a blog post, but I am dusting off the cob webs and giving this blogging thing another shot!  I will say I have missed sharing recipes and little glimpses of my life on here!

Life these days looks a little different then it did almost two years ago!  Derek and I are no longer newlyweds,  and we are now the proud parents of an energetic 10 month old, Theodore!  See, I told you things were a little, OK maybe a lot different these days! Theodore has truly been one of our greatest blessings.  He brings so much fun and excitement into our day to day lives.  Don't get me wrong, having a 10 month old brings about new challenges but I am totally embracing this season of life we are in.

 (Photo Credit - Midwest Lifeshots)

So join me as I share family friendly recipes, our experience as first time parents and so much more!  I can't wait to share this new season of life with you all!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

{Review of the New Mizuno Wave Sky}

I want to thank both Mizuno and Fitfluential for making this post possible.  I received the Mizuno Wave Sky at no cost in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A few weeks ago I was sent a pair of Mizuno’s new running shoe the Wave Sky to test out.   The Wave Sky is their new high cushion neutral shoe that is replacing the Enigma.  
I was excited to take the Wave Sky out for a test run especially since I typically train in a lighter neutral shoe (think Brooks Launch, Nike Pegasus 33) with less cushioning.   Prior to Brooks and Nike I owned several pairs of the Mizuno Wave Rider (also a lighter neutral shoe), so testing out the new Wave Sky was not my first rodeo with the brand.  

My initial thoughts when I opened the  Wave Sky box was woah I love the color, and man that’s seems like a lot of shoe.  Now let me explain –

o   Color  - As a runner I am always a sucker for fun, bright colored running shoes.  I typically go for the brightest shoe the store has!  The vibrant teal color of the Wave Sky is right up my alley, and the lime green accents and fun detailing on the shoe laces were an added bonus. 
o   Lot of Shoe – As I mentioned above I typically run in a lighter neutral shoe.  So when I first saw how thick the sole was on the Wave Sky I was concerned that the shoe would feel clunky as I ran or be to heavy.  

Upon trying on the Wave Sky I was pleased with how comfortable and supportive they were.  The plush cushioning hugged my feet and I felt as though I was walking on pillows.  The cushioning also provided a nice spring when I walked.  I initially tested the shoes out on a shorter treadmill run, since I didn't know what to expect.  Much like when I walked around in the Wave Sky the thick plush cushioning provided a little spring to my landing, which my tired legs welcomed.   My initial concern with the shoe being to much or to heavy quickly vanished as I began running in the Wave Sky.  While the Wave Sky is more shoe then I am used to, I did not notice the shoe being overly heavy as I ran.   

I have now done several runs in the new Wave Sky and here are my final thoughts.  Overall I like the new Mizuno Wave Sky.  The added spring the cushioning gave me was nice on days were my legs felt tired.  I can see myself using the Wave Sky for slower recovery miles and sticking to my lighter neutral shoes for days when I do speed work.  The only concern I had with the Wave Sky was that my feet went numb/got tingly during my first few runs in the shoe.  About a mile or so in I would notice the balls of my feet start to burn.  Now I don't know if this is due to the extra cushioning that my feet were not used to or if it was something else.  I did notice the numb/tingly feeling go away the more I broke in the Wave Sky

Shoe Specs - 
Category: Neutral
Weight:  9.3 oz. (Women’s)
Sizes: 6-11 (Women’s)
Drop: 10 mm (Men and Women)
Suggested MSRP: $150

Thank you again Mizuno and FitFluental for the opportunity! 

Monday, March 27, 2017

{Gluten and Dairy Free Chicken and Vegetable Strata on Minneapolis Running}

I'm back!

Head on over to Minneapolis Running today and snag my delicious Chicken and Vegetable Strata recipe!  It is Gluten Free and Dairy Free, and darn delicious!  Click Here for the details!