Summer Sangria

I believe that it’s always a good time for sangria, so please feel free to replace “summer” in the name of this sangria recipe with a season of your choice 😉 It’s a fantastic party beverage, especially if you can make it at home and let it sit in the fridge overnight. I made last…

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Slow cooker shredded Mexican chicken

A glass of wine and jammies = pretty much the best way to cap off a Monday night. Or any night, really. When are you too old to wear the PINK collection? Actually, don’t answer that. Some other highlights from the day: –The Schweaty May workout   Mom came over in the afternoon to hang…

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Sparkling Lemonade Iced Tea

Sparkling lemonade iced tea is a refreshing drink to cool off with as we head into these warmer months. It’s sweetened with Stevia, so you can enjoy a sweet drink without the sugar rush.  I had an amazing weekend with amazing people, and I’m also wicked sore from teaching on Saturday. My biceps are killing me!…

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Stuffed chicken

Thank you so much for your sweet comments about the Fitness Magazine win and to those of you who entered the cookbook giveaway! I was cracking up reading your kitchen disaster stories. It made me feel better because I have them fairly often 😉 Congratulations to the lucky winner: Please send me your info (fitnessista…

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Banana Almond Muffins

When was the last time you had a muffin? For me, it was when we had breakfast at Ventana. They have gluten-free breads and pastries – when I saw they had apple-cinnamon muffins, I was scary excited. I love muffins and always seem to forget about them when I’m at the store. When I’m baking,…

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Dijon chicken with sundried tomatoes and quinoa

Ahhhh, Sunday <3 It feels so nice to take it easy after a long day of teaching, and my favorite night owl decided to sleep in with me. We woke up to see our favorite woodpecker, snacking out of the hummingbird feeder.   Breakfast: (oats with Sun Warrior, defrosted cherries and almond butter + tea)…

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New Ballz and Snack Links

It’s about time I expanded my amazeball horizons. I’ve been brainstorming snack ideas that I can have in the fridge, grab and eat, and couldn’t believe how long it had been since I had an amazeball. They’re a great dose of healthy fat and protein- 2 usually does the trick for me. Instead of making…

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Banana Split Protein Shake

This is the reason why I never make oats in the microwave: OATSPLOSION! No matter what I do, how long I cook it for, how much water I add… it always ends up being time to clean the microwave. I was willing to make the sacrifice and try out these new-to-me oats: the half that…

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Red and green quinoa lentil salad

I’m going to go ahead and blame my tiredness on the weather.   46* and raining all day. That’s gotta be it. Almost every day this week, around 6 pm, I’ve hit a wall. I’ve done a pretty good job fighting through it, but as far as cooking/dinner goes, it’s been a little rough. Lots…

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Trader Joe’s copycat cookie butter (gluten-free)

Dear Trader Joe’s, I’m already addicted to your nut butters. I take a daily almond butter dip no matter what, and I don’t understand why you needed to come out with all of the crazy combos that I have to try. And I guess you came out with a chocolate almond butter, too? Well, that…

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The best kale chips

Mystery #1: Our lime/orange/grapefruit tree. When we first moved in, I was convinced that they were limes. Then they turned orange and are now splitting open. A fruit mystery, fo sho. Mystery #2: Our dehydrator is broken. You see, things go in… but they never come out. They just disappear. The most recent disappearing act:…

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Pumpkin Cheesecake for 1

It was a “dessert first” kind of night. It was a long and awesome day of teaching, capped off by team-taught Zumba class and a tubing class, and all I wanted when I got home was some sweatpants.. and pumpkin cheesecake. I’ve been scheming of this recipe for a couple of days, because I wanted…

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