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Why You Need to Take a Lunch Break

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If you’re looking for one simple thing that you can do every day to improve your health, it’s this: take a lunch break. I know what you’re thinking: “I’m way too busy for that.” Here’s the thing: giving yourself a real break, even if it’s a quick one, will not negatively impact your productivity – and in fact it will actually help it. Here are Continue Reading …

Smith Mountain Lake Weekend

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Hello my friends! Matt and I got back to DC yesterday after spending the weekend at one of our old favorite spots: Smith Mountain Lake near the Virginia/NC border. Long time readers will remember that we’ve been to Smith Mountain Lake twice before with our friends Tim and Lindsey, who we met while living in Chapel Hill when I was in grad Continue Reading …

Long Run Recap + Food Fun

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Hello my friends and happy Friday! I’m pumped because this morning I knocked out my weekly marathon training long run. 14 miles, done – and now I can relax all weekend! Lucky for me, my track buddy Diane needed to get her long run in early as well so I had company! We met up early out in Falls Church to do the long run on the W&OD trail. Continue Reading …

Marathon Training Fitness Week in Review

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Hey guys! I’m so glad many of you liked the look of my revamped Lemon Avocado Hummus Recipe. :) Let me know if you try it! Also, yesterday was National Watermelon Day! Did any of you celebrate? If not (or even if you did) – continue the celebration by making my easy Salmon with Watermelon Salsa for dinner this week! So – let’s do a little Continue Reading …

Lemon Avocado Hummus Recipe

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This Lemon Avocado Hummus Recipe is the love child of hummus and guacamole. It makes a great sandwich spread and a yummy appetizer for social gatherings – or enjoy it as an afternoon snack with crackers and veggies! I first posted this lemon avocado hummus recipe back in 2010, before I understood the wonders of SEO (search engine Continue Reading …

Weekend: Matt’s Birthday + Marathon Training 14 Miler

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This weekend was all about celebrating Matt’s birthday, which was on Saturday! Per our tradition, when it’s your birthday in our household you get breakfast in bed. :) Matt never wants anything too big first thing so I kept it low key with some festive toast and one of his famous maple cinnamon lattes! Matt requested we start his birthday with a Continue Reading …

Friday Randomness

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Happy Friday from our nation’s capital! The sunsets here have been really pretty lately thanks to lots of storm clouds around – check out this gorgeous view I saw when I emerged from happy hour in Dupont Circle earlier this week! I have all sorts of other randomness to share with you guys today too. Here we go! 1) This is the final week of the Continue Reading …

Running in Heat vs. Humidity: which is worse?

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The humidity continues! More crazy hot, sweaty runs this week – oof! The first one was a fun run date on Tuesday morning with my high school BFF Jenny. She’s in town visiting and Tuesday was her birthday – fun way to start the day. :) I didn’t want to make her get up too early on her birthday so we started a little after 8 a.m. The extra sleep Continue Reading …

Healthy Portable Snack Ideas

Healthy and easy portable snack ideas

Summer time - yesss! You guys know I'm all about travel, hiking, and all things outdoors - which is why I'm also all about healthy portable snack ideas! I rounded up a bunch of easy, real food portable snack favorites from fellow Registered Dietitians and healthy food bloggers to help fuel up your summer fun, both near and far. Enjoy Continue Reading …

Weekend Food + Fitness

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Hey guys! Boy, is it hot here. I took an Uber ride 1 mile this morning instead of walking – no shame. Can’t wait til it cools down and walking is actually enjoyable again! We stuck around DC this weekend and got in some fun adventures despite the heat. On Friday night, Matt had to work late so I had a cozy solo night – I made a shrimp pasta Blue Continue Reading …