Recent Food + Fitness

Hi guys! Matt, Riese, and I are back from our vacay in Florida. We had a great time and are already missing these views!

I’ll be back tomorrow to share a full recap of the vacation (for now, see some preview pics on Instagram). In the meantime, though, here is some recent food + fitness fun from last weekend (before we left), and this weekend (we got back on Saturday).

First up – soup! Putting together my 10 Easy & Healthy Soup + Chili Recipes post inspired me to make a big pot of chili/soup on Friday night last weekend to eat on before we left. I made enough to freeze some for later, too, which is always a win. This was a variation of my Butternut Squash + Turkey Chili recipe. Yum!

Have you tried any of the soup + chili recipes I rounded up last week? I’d love to hear how it went!

Other food highlights lately have been lots of big salads – this one had kale, cabbage, arugula, radishes, roasted butternut squash, and pulled pork. I was trying to use up all the leftovers in the fridge before we left for Florida!

Matt and I ordered sushi for dinner the night we got home from Florida, and I ate the leftovers for lunch the next day along with a big salad.

As for fitness, I didn’t get in a run this past weekend because it was rainy on Sunday (my usual running day) and I wasn’t feeling it and decided to go to yoga instead, but I did get in a run last weekend with my friend Diane before we left! It was really cold out (in the 20s) but refreshing.

I love cold weather running!

It’s pretty nice out this morning and I don’t have any client meetings until the afternoon, so I’m going to take an early lunch break shortly and take Freyja (the dog) for a quick jog before getting back to work. I’m looking forward to it!

Have a great day guys and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for a vacation recap. :)

What’s your favorite running temperature? I love 40’s or 50’s and sunny!


  1. 1

    OMG! That “leftovers” salad with the pulled pork and squash looks amazing! I think some of my best salad concoctions have come out of a situation where I was using up some random things!

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    My favorite running temperature is 60s or low 70s (shorts weather) and sunny! I much prefer warmer temperatures :)

  3. 5

    That soup looks positively awesome!
    Looking forward to the post on the vacation!

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    Anne-Marie Taylor says

    We just returned from Florida with our 15 month old. We did a Disney cruise. The chance to spend time as a family of three was incredible. The real world could not break through and interrupt our time together. I am so glad you all were able to find the time and place to enjoy each other.

    Did you give your daughter any kind of swim training? I am terrified of our daughter being in the water. Even if we have hold of her the whole time.

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      I’m so glad you had a nice trip, too! <3 Riese and I have been doing a baby swim class for the past couple months, but you don't really do much in the class besides hold them and walk around in the water... nothing super advanced. It's definitely scary to have them in the water because they are so slippery and squirmy... have to make sure you have a really good grip!

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    I made the Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili. It was delicious — which is a good thing, because that recipe makes a lot of chili. I added a little Bufalo Chipotle Hot Sauce, and I’m glad to have plenty of leftovers in the freezer.

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    I made the Chicken and White Bean Chili and it was awesome! I’m getting ready to make the Creamy Mexican Chicken Chili. I will say as a non-cook, I wasn’t sure on some of the directions (on the chilies, for instance, I didn’t know if I should drain them first or dump the whole thing in). I’ve also made the Banana Egg Pancake twice now. The first time was a learning experience. We have an electric stovetop and putting the pancake on low for 10 min didn’t work (it ended up cooking for 20 min, and was still runny). The 2nd time I put it on medium and it was about 12 minutes – much closer to the time you recommended. I also added 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract to the 2nd pancake to change the taste a bit. Thanks for providing all these recipes. I also need something quick and fast with a one-year-old.

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      Glad you’re enjoying my recipes, Heather! Yeah, the pancake is tough – you have to learn what works best for your stove! Glad you have it down now :)

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