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Recent Adventures in Eating & Announcements!

Hello, friends!

Even though I’m sad the holidays are over, it’s been nice getting back into a routine and cooking again, too. On Sunday, Matt made us a big veggie scramble – my favorite.

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This was basically all the veggies in the world (sautéed until tender) + scrambled eggs + avocado, put in at the end. So good!

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On the side, a latte, obviously. In a cute new mug Matt got me for Christmas! :)

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Matt ended up making a ton, so I enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day, Ezekiel wrap-style.

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I love the Ezekiel wraps because they have a nice chewy texture and are really nutritious (sprouted grains/legumes so higher in protein, and no weird additives), but they tend to fall apart, so I wrapped it in foil before eating it. Problem solved!

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On Sunday afternoon, I was inspired to do a little more cooking/food prep for the week. First, I threw together another batch of Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites – I love these as snacks, and Matt likes them for breakfast.

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Next, I busted out our crockpot to make an easy dinner for that night.

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My friend Jessica has been raving about this recipe for Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken, so I decided to give that a shot, but left out the dried onion, since we didn’t have any. I also used this awesome super garlicky olive oil instead of plain olive oil + minced garlic. Matt and I picked this up in the Mosaic district over the weekend at Ah Love Oil & Vinegar – love that shop! We were there seeing the movie “Her”, which was really good, by the way! Made you think.

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I threw some sliced sweet potatoes (I scrubbed the outside clean, cut off the ends, and then left the skin on, since it was easier) into the crock pot, too.

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4 hours on high later, and dinner was served.

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Man, I love crockpots. It may not be pretty, but it was really good! Balsamic chicken + sweet potatoes:

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Plus a side salad with baby kale and spinach, chopped pepper and celery, and some kidney beans I randomly had in the fridge. And balsamic vinaigrette FTW!

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All together now.

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I’ve been enjoying the leftovers this week with the leftover roasted asparagus I made on Monday night to go with our fish topped with Roasted Almond & Kale Pesto!

And now, speaking of food, I have an exciting announcement: mark your calendars for January 27, which is the start date of a fun “Winter Shape Up” challenge I’m co-hosting with my blog buddy Gina!

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Gina, who is a personal trainer, has been hosting this Winter Shape Up on her blog for a couple years now, and reached out to me this year about partnering to share the nutrition portion of the challenge. I was happy to come on board! The Winter Shape Up is NOT supposed to be a strict diet or extreme weight loss plan or anything like that; it’s just aimed to inspire you guys to kick off the new year by taking care of yourselves and focusing on healthy living and staying active. Here’s what you guys can expect for the 4 weeks of the challenge:

  • A private Facebook group for participants to motivate/encourage each other
  • Weekly meal plans and grocery shopping lists (from me) and day-by-day workout plans (from Gina, including videos)
  • Great giveaways
  • Lots of fun!

And the best part is that it will be 100% free for all of you, thank you to some awesome sponsors that we’re getting on board to support the challenge (and to provide the giveaways). We’re both working hard right now to get our weekly content ready to go for all of you, and so excited to be kicking things off in a couple weeks! Who’s in? :)

Have a great day, everyone!

Comments

  1. 1
    Kaitlyn W. says:

    I would love to participate! This looks like a great opportunity to stay healthy and energized through the winter.

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    Can’t wait for the shape up!!!!!

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    Totally in for this!

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    This sounds awesome!! I’m in. :) How do we sign up?

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      We’ll share more details about joining the facebook group closer to the launch date! There won’t be any official sign up besides joining the group – all the info will be posted on our blogs! :)

  5. 6

    Wow this sounds great!! I can’t wait to participate :)

  6. 7

    You can’t beat free!! That would be awesome!

  7. 8

    I’m so in!!! Sounds like fun

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    Christine says:

    Oh I can’t wait for the shape up!! I’ve been fighting a bad check cold but still hitting the gym everyday…

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    Sign me up!!

  10. 11

    Lots of yummy looking eats! Thanks for the foil idea…. I’ve had that problem too.

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    I’m in! Need some extra motivation after all that holiday indulging..

  12. 13

    I’m in! and can’t wait.

  13. 14

    Yum! The veggie scrambled looks amazing! Actually everything does!

    Looking forward to joining the shape up challenge. Sounds like just what I need!

  14. 15

    Ohhh I want to- but I think I will be in Uganda for work for about 3 weeks of it :( boo

  15. 16

    Sounds awesome! I would be interested! :)

  16. 17

    Sounds awesome! Can’t wait to join!

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    I follow Gina’s blog (love her), and am sooooooo excited about this year’s Winter Shape Up. Talk about DOUBLE DUTY, now that I’ll have fitness AND nutrition inspiration paired together.

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    Count me in! This challenge sounds perfect, and a great way to try out new recipes!

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    I am totally in for the challenge and would love the extra motivation of everyone helping and encouraging each other!

  20. 21

    I would love to participate!

  21. 22

    The winter shape up sounds great! It sounds like the perfect way to just get everything back on track. I’m loving getting back into a routine after the holidays too. A little slow coming since we had a few days off this week because of the weather.

  22. 23

    I definitely want to participate in this!

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    Thanks for the link to the crock pot recipe! I’m a huge slow cooker fan, too, and always on the lookout for new recipes. Here’s a favorite site that features nothing but crock pot recipes. A few of these are definitely on my “to make” list. Enjoy!

    http://www.slowcookerfromscratch.com/2013/12/top-twenty-slow-cooker-dinners.html#more

  24. 26

    Winter shape up looks cool! I love the logo as well :)

  25. 27

    That sounds great! Can’t wait to hear more about it.

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    Me, me! :) I love that you’re combining nutrition AND fitness for this challenge! Most of the one’s I’ve seen aim for either/or…which is too bad, because I see the best results when I am intentional about both. Thanks to you and your sponsors for offering this content to us for free! That’s so awesome!

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    Two of my favorite bloggers unite! I am in!

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    I love having eggs for dinner! So yummy and super easy to make. Love your coffee mug too!
    Congrats on the announcement! Sounds like an exciting challenge :)

  29. 32

    I love your huge scramble! The scrambles are one of my favorite dishes for any meal! The challenge seems really cool and I can’t wait to participate!

  30. 33

    I will be looking forward to the shape up.
    My 2 fav. Bloggers together— what could be better?
    Thank-you both in advance.

  31. 35

    Looking forward to this challenge. And now you have inspired me to dig out my crock pot and make a meal : )

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    I just got a crock pot for Christmas (not sure how I didn’t have one before) and am loving it! I will have to try out this recipe, because it looks super easy and I love easy recipes! The Winter Challenge sounds fun!

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    Alexis @ funrunning4life says:

    The challenge looks great! As does all of your delicious food. Can’t wait to see more details!

  34. 38

    Wowowowow!!! This is GREAT news! Gina’s Shape Ups always give me motivation, and I looooove your recipes. This is the PERFECT combination!

  35. 39

    What a great idea! I’m definitely in. My hardest thing about staying healthy is meal planning. Glad you’re joining!

  36. 40

    What a fun challenge! I am def having a tough time sticking with my workouts in this cold so maybe I will join for some extra motivation ;)

  37. 41

    I am very interested. How do I sign up and get involved???

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    In!!

  39. 43

    I’m in for the Winter Shape Up! I always see Gina’s shape up programs every year, but never have participated before. I am looking forward to the Facebook group (to keep me motivated)!

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