#MoveHappy 4: Fudgy Plantain Protein Muffins

I’m high on my #MoveHappy this week!


I’m in Colorado… what were you thinking?

This week I get to do my #MoveHappy challenge with Heather in Colorado!  In case you missed it, Heather and I are co-hosting a challenge to have FUN with fitness in July.  You can read the details here.  We have a lots of prizes and 5 chances to win some of our favorite fitness-related items.  Last week’s prize was announced on Heather’s blog, and this week I have the goods again!

First let’s talk about how awesome is is to be here for Heather’s 2nd bikini competition!  She decided to start competing almost a year ago this week when we were on vacation in Napa.  I told her if she did, I’d come to Colorado and do a competition with her… this time she’s competing in a different organization and I’m taking a year off, so I came to spectate.  Doesn’t she look great? 

We celebrated a great show with lot of tasty food at Session Kitchen.  The server was amazing – she even brought out a special dessert for Heather!  Chocolate Chip Blondie S’mores with streusel sucre and White Russian gelato.

2014 WBFF Denver… 

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#MoveHappy: My Favorite Fitness Things

The only thing I love more than working out is getting new workout-related stuff.


And food.  Obviously.

To start this 3rd week of the #MoveHappy movement out right, I thought I’d share with you some of the marvelous new fitness-related items I’ve been loving lately.

Fitness Favorites… 

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BBQ Mustard Chicken + WIAW

I view food as a source of entertainment.


What do you expect from a person who goes to Whole Foods when she’s bored?

Sometimes food prep gets a bit mundane.  When you’re packing up 3-4 meals a day to take to work, there are only so many options.  I wonder if we could get an oven in the office…

This past Sunday marked 6 years since my dad died.  As per tradition, my sister and I spent the day with mom at the house we grew up in.  We grilled out and had a great time eating (my mom has a similar Whole Foods problem – soooo much delicious food!).  It was fun to reminisce and enjoy the gorgeous pool day.  And I got to cook with my mom, which I love!

Grilling with mamma


It was also a good opportunity to food prep in a different way.  I stopped by the farmer’s market on the way to the house and loaded up on chicken, fish, and veggies.  I live in a condo, which means we can’t have grills.  Mom, on the other hand, has a gas grill AND a Big Green Egg.  It’s been the perfect way to add more variety to my prep!

This week I’ve been especially loving the BBQ chicken I made.  It was a really quick marinade, and it packed a punch!  I used smoked paprika and my healthy homemade BBQ sauce (I keep a batch on hand all summer) to heat it up.  They were a great compliment to the tangy mustard.

BBQ Mustard Chicken


You could use your favorite store brought BBQ sauce if you don’t have any homemade.  If you’re grill-less like I usually am, this would be fine on a grill pan or baked in the oven.


This WIAW I wanted to eat each meal consecutively.  Between leg day and the excitement of grilled food I was entertained alllll day!


Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Bread, Breakfast, & Jackson Pollack

Weekends are for wandering.


But don’t get lost.

I did lose a car key… but I had a spare!  I have no idea where it is.  This is not at all relevant to this wandering post.. My weekend started out strong with an attempt at homemade bread on Friday morning.  I had bookmarked Sarena’s gluten-free bread recipe when she shared it on Lindsay’s blog weeks ago.  I have a fear of making yeast bread, but I’d had bread made by Sarena before and couldn’t wait to try it for myself.

The flavor was great, but I think the chef was to blame for the too-dense texture.  Sarena’s recipe says to use a mixer.  I used my hands.  Next time I’ll try whipping the eggs first to get some air in!  Or I may crash my mom’s house to use her mixer. ;)

Gluten-Free Bread


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Fridge Meditation + WIAW

My intentions are good.


Most of the time anyway.

I start off strong with an epic trip to the farmer’s market, intending to do a fantastic food prep that evening.  Then I opt to go out for Mexican and margaritas, telling myself it can wait one day.  The next day I did do a great food prep… but still ate a smoothie for dinner after a particularly hot workout.

There is also the problem of breakfast.  First thing every morning and last thing every evening, I spend a solid 5 minutes meditating.  By meditating, I mean staring into fridge.

5 min fridge

And I wonder why I can’t leave the house on time…


This WIAW is was a valiant attempt and following my prep plan.  Except for breakfast.  And dinner.  And dessert.  But I killed it at work, which – let’s be real – is the whole reason I bother prepping.


Read on for my normal (for me) eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Enjoying a Routine + WIAW

I crave a routine.


This is shocking news, even to me..

It’s not that I mind change.  I’m actually quite flexible!  #TWSS

What I like is some calm after a storm, however that rockin’ boat may have been.  I’m back in the office this week after more travels, back in my “home” gym, and back on a *gasp* meal plan.  It feels good.

Other things that feel good include a really nice vendor.  My boss has been working with these people for a while, but they sent me a little gift for joining the team.  How sweet is this?!

Starbucks gift

Other awesome things: boss-man told me yesterday “I’m glad you’re here.”  *grin*


This WIAW is back to normal.  For real this time.  No more travels ’til this girl’s show mid-July!


Read on for my normal (for me) eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Growing Blend-ships

What happens at Blend doesn’t stay at Blend.


Well, maybe SOME things do… shhhh…

What I love the most about Blend is the staying-power of the relationships we form and/or solidify in just 3 short days.  I’ve read many of the attendees’ blogs before, but meeting these women in person makes the connection that much stronger.  Life long Blend-ships!  Maybe Corny Cotter is rubbing off on me?!

Same goes for the brands we’re introduced to.  For example.  I love Silk Pure Almond, but meeting the reps and learning more about the company and type of people they employ make me want to support them that much more.  It’s just one more reason I was so excited to get to represent Growing Naturals again this year.  I’m so passionate about this company, their products, and the people that work there… it makes me want to share it with everyone!


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Blend Your [Growing Naturals] Protein

My Blends are Strange.


But oh-so-good.

Today I am in Utah for the annual Blend Retreat!  I look forward to this retreat all year… and I feel especially lucky because I get to represent Growing Naturals again this year.  I wish I could share them with everyone (but scroll on down for a sweet freebie offer).  You should all come to Blend next year!  If you can’t be there this year, be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram for the live action.

Last year they were a huge hit with the other bloggin’ ladies, but here are a few reasons I personally love them:

Reasons I love Growing Naturals:

  1. Not chalky
  2. Great flavor (not fake-tasting)
  3. Super-clean (vegan, soy-free, and gluten-free!)
  4. Low in sodium, sugar, and carbs
  5. Their staff rocks – they are passionate about their product and committed to health!


Growing Naturals truly is my favorite protein to use. I love to use it in all the things!  It’s fantastic raw in smoothies like my favorite Mocha Beet Frapp and Carrot Cake Batter Shake, or baked into Plantain Ginger Bread.

Plantain Ginger Protein Bread


Rather than one of my own #strangebutgood creations this week, I wanted to feature some favorites from my Blends who use Growing Naturals!

My “original” Blend, Sarah, is the first blogger I met in real life.  We will miss her this year, but will celebrate her strangeness today with her Strawberry Pineapple Cilantro Smoothie:

Strawberry Pineapple Cilantro Smoothie


Strange creation #2 comes from a Blend who I basically invited myself to visit… having never met her… in Switzerland!

Lucie is one amazing woman.  I wish she could make it to Blend, but I guess coming from Europe would be a little pricey.  Instead, we should all make her Green Protein Pancakes in her honor! ;)

Green Protein Pancakes


Last (but certainly not least) is a Blend I will get to see tonight!  My brother from another mother, Lindsay!
This lady knows more about fueling with food and gut health than anyone I know.  I’m so glad she’s agree to share 3 strange but healthy recipes today!

Grain-Free Superfruit Bread

Superfruit Bread

Orange Dream Machine Smoothie

Orange Dream Machine Smoothie


Mexican Chocolate & Walnut Healthy Balls… errr… Bites

I have made these, only I subbed sunflower seeds for the walnuts.  They rocked my balls off.

Mexican Chocolate & Walnut Healthy Bites


How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

If you’re not a blogger, you can still share your recipes on Instagram with the #strangebutgood hashtag.

Sprint 2 the Table



Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)


Want to try Growing Naturals for yourself?  Sign up to be a Growing Groupie and enter discount code sprint2thetable at checkout for a free bottle of Simply Soapberry (their natural laundry detergent) and a free 1lb container of protein powder. Offer expires 09/06/2014.

What is your favorite protein powder recipe?  

What was the last recipe you tried from a Blend?  (Blend = Blogger + Friend)


Current Obsessions + WIAW

I pride myself in not being a TV watcher.


Admittedly, I’ve even been guilty of judging.

I bought my condo 3.5 years ago and never bothered to get cable.  I’m never home and most TV shows seem silly anyway.  Who needs TV when you’re out living it up in real-time?

And then I was held captive on a long plane ride from Europe.

House of Cards

House of Cards.  The first 6 episodes were available in-flight.  I was hooked.  I landed and begged someone to share a Netfix account with me so I could finish Season 1… then I happily realized there is a Season 2!  Now I only have 2 episodes to go, and I’m hoarding them like a crack head.  I don’t want to run out!

It’s so out there, yet so very reflective of our society.  I’m at once shocked, appalled, riveted, and understanding.  This show is a total mind f*ck.  How will I survive until Season 3?!


This WIAW is back to normal.  I’m trying to get back on track with the results from my Alcat test.  I have no regrets from my Swiss vacation gluttony, but my gut took a toll!


Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Change Is Good + WIAW

Change is inevitable.


Except from vending machines.

One of my favorite policies it to change something that isn’t working.  If you aren’t happy, make a change.  Don’t sit around in a puddle of mud complaining about how dirty you are.  That knight in shining armor isn’t going to show up on a unicorn and rescue you.

unicorn mirror

Incidentally, my unicorn name is Helleborine Cheeky Rump.

I realized my job wasn’t the right one for me… so I’m making a change!  More on that to come.  In the meantime, I’m taking a little break.  The best kind of break – I’ll be traveling to Switzerland next week!  The wonderful Lucie has offered to be my guide.  I am SO EXCITED to meet her in person and have some adventures.  She’s already living up to her blog name (Fit Swiss Chick) - we’re booked for hiking, running, and cross fit!

Naturally, I needed to make some purchases for my travels.  DSW and TJ Maxx are full of deals right now… I probably spent too much but think of how much I saved!  LOL!


This WIAW is week 3 working through my intolerances per my Alcat test.  I’ve been pretty good about it and still happy with the results… but I’m not going to Switzerland without eating cheese.  #sorryimnotsorry


Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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