Weekend In The Dells

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!

My dad’s birthday was on Saturday so we decided to spend the weekend at the Wisconsin Dells. It was a fun and non traditional Easter weekend.

My mom, dad, Scott and I headed to the Dells at about noon on Friday. We had to make a pit stop at Super Target in Eau Claire, Wi! Mom needed some Target wine :) Bummer of MN…. Target can’t sell alcohol. So we stocked up for the weekend in Eau Claire.

Our resort that we stayed at was the Christmas Mountain Village. It isn’t like your normal Wisconsin Dells resort…. no waterpark or crazy attraction. It is set up as a bunch of little cottages. Each cottage is split in half. The nice thing is we had a full kitchen so we could cook meals at home.

When we arrived Scott informed me that he had NO wearable jeans. Apparently the pair that I packed him was missing a button, whoops :) And the pair he was wearing was his work jeans so the knees were huge holes. So…. our first adventure was hitting up the outlet mall. Once he got his jeans we headed to Moose Jaws for some pizza and beer.

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I tried the Raspberry Beer and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Slightly sweet!!

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We started our meal with onion rings!!!! My mom’s weakness :)

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And ordered Taco Pizza! I had never had a taco pizza with dorritos on it. Not going to lie I would have liked it better without the chips but it was still amazing!

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bahaha we got a kick out of their delivery cars!

After dinner mom and I poured ourselves a glass of wine and headed out for a quick walk.

When we got back we played one of my favorite card games….. Phase 10.

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If you’ve never played you need to! It is very fun…. especially if you are playing with someone super competitive like my dad!

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This cake was HUGE and since mom, dad and I were starting our Advocare 24 Day Challenge on Monday we had to finish the cake over the weekend! We enjoyed our first piece Friday night and it was AMAZING! I can’t wait to share this recipe with you guys later this week.

Saturday we started our morning with a nice long walk. That ended with drinks.

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For our afternoon activity we went go carting!!!!

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There are tons of go cart places to choose from in the Dells.

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The cars weren’t super fast but we still had fun! It had been a long time since I’ve gone go carting.

After our adventure mom and I headed to the hot tub and dad and Scott went golfing. We finally had some nice spring weather so we enjoyed being outside and enjoyed the warmth. It was sunny enough that we actually got a little tan :)

Saturday night we had lasagna for my dad’s birthday!!! I have an amazing lasagna recipe, which I will share later this week! It is so easy to make and everyone loves it!

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Pre-baked photo!

Sunday it rained so we decided to go bowling to pass some of the afternoon. Our Sunday dinner was one of our best meals! You know you are going to get good food when the waitress brings out a meat cart to explain eat of the cuts!

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Our meal started with a garbage salad! It had romaine, croutons, black olives, bacon, banana peppers, bacon, shrimp, tomatoes, blue cheese and a parmesan dressing! So yummy!!

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Mom and I split the butter chicken entree and we ordered asparagus with hollandaise sauce and loaded mashed potatoes as the sides. You orders sides for the table to share!!

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The potato side was HUGE!!!!! An entire entree plate filled with potatoes, cheese, thick cut bacon, sour cream and scallions! The picture above only shows half the potatoes, we ate the other half before I took the picture!

I highly recommend going to Kaminski Bros Chop House if you are ever in the Dells!

It was a weekend full of yummy eats and family fun. Now we are on our Advocare 24 Day Challenge and eating clean healthy food! The challenge was much needed after this weekend of eats.

I promise I’ll share recipes this week!

How was your weekend?

Did you do anything special for Easter?

I’m linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday! The entire weekend was a treat :) #treatyoselftuesday

Treat Yourself Tuesday 9

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If you are interested in hearing about how #treatyourselftuesday began check it out here. Becky is a firm supporter of treating ourselves even in the smallest ways. It can be with shopping, working out, sweet treats…. anything that is for you!

I can’t believe it is already tuesday! This weekend was filled with moving and cleaning out old apartment!

Advocare

Pink Lemonade Spark

Honestly it wouldn’t be a treat yourself tuesday without some Advocare love!! I tried this new to me flavor of spark and I am OBSESSED!!!!! If you like lemonade you would LOVE this!!! It tastes identical to regular old lemonade! NOM NOM #advocareobsession

I immediately ordered an canister for the pink lemonade flavor for myself and got my friend, Mellissa to order some also!!!! I can’t wait…. it is supposed to be delivered today!!

Boxing

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I treated myself with two intense workouts! The first was boxing. You all know my obsession LOVE for boxing! Al was our instructor last Thursday night and he was on a mission to make us sweat! Thank goodness…. my goal for that class was to burn more then 800 calories!

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Lulu Lemon Warehouse Sale

Back at the end of March I went to the Lulu Lemon Warehouse sale at the Minneapolis Convention center! OMG what a fun experience. They had great prices and for this first time lulu buyer I was in heaven! I now see what so many people spend the money for lulu…. their clothing quality is amazing! I got 3 pairs of capris, 1 long sleeve shirt, 1 short sleeve shirt, 2 tanks and a hoodie! I saved like 60% and it was amazing!!!

Yoga Sculpt

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Who says you don’t burn calories in yoga?? I have always LOVED Core Power Yoga but I really love Sculpt with Lee! She does an amazing job at pushing you to do your best and I love her music selections!! If you haven’t checked out her blog yet you really need to! She posts the most amazing recipes ever! And her food photography is amazing! I hope to be as good as her someday :)

Post Workout Wrap

Post Workout Wrap

After sculpt yesterday I was starving and wanted to throw something quick and easy together for lunch! I found tomato basil tortillas, turkey, cheese, pesto, greek yogurt french onion dip, jalapeños, banana peppers, artichokes, olives and kale! Put it all in the wrap and roll it up and it equals amazingness!!!! I love wraps and I’m always looking for new fun things to roll up!

Walk with a Friend!

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We finally had some warm weather last week so that meant a walk date with my blend Amanda!! It was so amazing to be outside enjoying the warmth! After my walk with Amanda I ended up going with my mom and the dogs zoey and maisy for another walk!

New Purse

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Oh how I LOVE target!!!! I went to target yesterday for a couple pillows and walked out with pillows and a new purse! I love the mint green obsession this spring! It is a great and happy color!

How did you treat yourself this past week?

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Don’t forget to take a moment today to remember what happened a year ago! #bostonstrong

Friday Favorites Oatmeal Edition!

Disclaimer: I received the product via Fit Approach. All thoughts and opinions about My Oatmeal are my own!

This week for my friday favorites post I thought I would share about my new love for Custom Oatmeal via My Oatmeal!

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I really love oatmeal so I jumped at the chance to make a couple custom blends of oatmeal!

Banana Cream Pie Oatmeal Blend

I made Banana Cream Pie Oatmeal for Scott! He is obsessed with banana cream pie, every year for his birthday I make him one!

I tested out the Banana Cream Pie Oatmeal in a smoothie…. it was my first time putting oatmeal into a smoothie and it was so delicious!

Banana Cream Smoothie via alexrunsforfood

Banana Cream Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 Frozen Banana

1/4 c Banana Cream Oatmeal Mixture

1/2 c greek yogurt

6 oz Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions:

Simply blend together and ENJOY!!

For my Banana Cream Oatmeal blend I chose 5 grain rolled oats and flax, banana cream pie flavor and for the sweetener I chose brown cane sugar. This blend tastes just like banana cream pie and it is super delicious! I highly recommend it!

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For myself I made a Snickerdoodle blend! I used this blend to make some yummy oatmeal cookies!

Snickerdoodle Oatmeal Cookies via alexrunsforfood

For this recipe I used a classic oatmeal cookie recipe. I replaced the old fashioned oats with my snicker doodle blend and I replaced the butter with apple sauce. The cookies turned out delicious.

For my snickerdoodle oatmeal blend I mixed 5 grain rolled oats and flax, snickerdoodle flavor, hemp seeds and monk fruit (0 cal sweetener).

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I also opted to get a bag of the mystery blend oatmeal! They offer the mystery blend at a reduced price so I couldn’t turn down a good deal :)

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I was not disappointed with my purchase at My Oatmeal!!! I highly recommend that everyone tries their oatmeal!

I’m linking up with Katie for Friday Favorites!

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Whats your favorite way to eat oatmeal? 

What would you put into your custom oats?

Black Bean and Corn Burger

As you all know I am a home care nurse. One of my patients lives about an hour from where I live, luckily my Aunt and Uncle live only 20 minutes from my patient so when I work with this little lady I stay at my aunt and uncles! So for the past 5 days I’ve been hanging out with my aunt, uncle and cousin!

Since I convinced my aunt to try out the Advocare 24 Day Challenge I’ve been giving her lots of inspiration for healthy meals. The other night we made the most delicious burgers!!

Black Bean and Corn Burger

Black Bean and Corn Burger

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef or turkey

1 16oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 c corn (canned or frozen)

1/2 c red onion, chopped

1 egg

1/4 c bread crumbs

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp granulated garlic

Salt & Pepper

Directions:

Simply mix everything together, form patties and grill or fry in a pan! Enjoy!

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I enjoyed my burger with pepper jack cheese, a tomato slice, lettuce as the bun and some BBQ sauce!!! It was so good and SOOO filling! I will definitely be making these again! The best part…. they are advocare friendly!

I hope you guys try these and enjoy them!

Whats your favorite things to add to burgers?

FYI: I moved up my start date for my advocare 24 day challenge! I decided to start on Monday April 21st. My aunt will be starting her challenge this monday and my mom, dad and I will be starting on the 21st. If anyone is interested in trying it with us please let me know! alexrunsforfood (at) gmail (dot) com

Balanced Bites Podcast with Jen Sinkler

Kim over at Fittin Pretty recently wrote a post about a podcast that she listened to. I’ve never listened to a podcast before but her summary of what was said was very interesting so I had to check it out myself!

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The Balanced Bites podcast featured Jen Sinkler.

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Honestly I’d never heard of Jen before listening to this but I am in love now :)

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Jen Sinkler is from my home state! She is a former Rugby player (incase you didn’t know, I used to play rugby in high school!!)! She is now a fitness writer, personal trainer and the founder of Lift Weights Faster.

If you have 70 minutes to spare I highly recommend listening to the podcast, it was very interesting and very informative. If not…. here is a little summary!

One of the questions was what strength move should every woman be doing. She mentioned squats but said that dead lifts are even more important! The dead lift involves using the posterior chain and every muscle in the body.

She also talked about stress. Did you know that your body can’t tell the difference between stress from work/life and stress from a workout. So, if you have an extremely stressful day at work you probably shouldn’t go have a super high intense hour long workout! It is better to balance the stresses.

I also learned that you need to do 3-4 strength workouts a week to build muscle. Once you are at the level you want women only need to so a high intense strength workout once every 10 days to maintain our muscle! I clearly need to increase my strength training!

Now a little bit about her Lift Weights Faster program:

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Seems to be a well balanced collection of strength workouts! I don’t know about you guys but when I do to the gym I usually go just to do fitness classes or to go on the elliptical. I know how to use the equipment in the weights area but I have a hard time pushing myself if I just walk over there and start using machines. I also tend to get bored very quickly. I need something to follow that tells me what to do, like a personal trainer :) But honestly, this girl can’t afford to pay for 3-4 personal training sessions a week! I have not tried the Lift Weights Faster program but I am considering trying it!

I really think that the Lift Weights Faster program would be a great addition to my running and boxing. Honestly I wish I had a million hours a week to workout! I really love ALL types of workouts and I wish I had to swim, run, bike, attend all the les mills classes, go to boxing, go to skyrobics and core power yoga! UGH!!! If only time could slow down so I had time to do everything :) Anyone else feel this way?

I’m so thankful that Kim wrote her post about Jen! I have learned so much from the podcast and cyber stalking Jen :)

What is your favorite type of exercise?

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones?

*Just a reminder…. I’m starting another Advocare 24 Day Challenge on May 1st. I’d love to get a bunch of people to join me! If you have any questions please email me alexrunsforfood (at) gmail (dot) com!

Advocare Products I LOVE

Hello all! It’s been a while :) Oh the joys of working, school and packing!!! I wanted to pop in today to tell you about my love for advocare!! I’ve been taking these products since February and I am in love.

Spark

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Spark is an amazing energy drink that doesn’t make you crash! It is so amazing! It helps me stay awake when I’m working night shifts, it helps me have energy for a workout and it helps me stay away from pop!!!! Even my husband loves it and if that means less gross chemical filled energy drinks for him then YAY!!! This is one of the MUST TRY products from advocare.

Catalyst

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Catalyst is an amazing amino acid supplement that helps you build muscle! My fellow advocare lovers call it liposuction in a pill :) So great!!

Nighttime Recovery

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I’ve tried three products from the Performance Elite line and so far I love all three of them!! The first is the Nighttime Recovery! It helps prevent muscle soreness (AND WORKS AMAZING!!!!!) and it also helps you build muscle while you are sleeping :)

O2 Gold

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I take my O2 Gold 30-60 minutes before a cardio workout! It helps increase oxygenation to cells and helps increase energy and build muscle. I have noticed a huge difference in my workouts since taking this product! I feel like I can workout longer. It has helped with my workouts when I do the elliptical and go to boxing!

Arginine Extreme

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I also take this 30-60 minutes prior to a workout! I mix 1 scoop Arginine Extreme, 1/2 scoop grape spark and 12 oz water! This in combo with the O2 Gold and Spark works great to energize me through my workouts! This stuff isn’t just great for energy during a workout it also helps both the reproductive system and immune system. It also helps maintain an already healthy blood pressure!

MNS Max 3

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This is essentially the Max Phase of the 24 Day Challenge. It is the only part of the challenge that you don’t have to take a break from. I LOVE my MNS! It gives me TONS of energy and helps curb my appetite! It has helped me continue to lose weight after my first 24 day challenge.

These are the main supplements that I take almost DAILY! I love them all and I’ve had great results so far.

For anyone who is interested I am doing another 24 Day Challenge starting May 1st! Please join me in the fun! So far my mom, dad and aunt are all doing it with me! We are going to have such great results. Also, once you order your bundle I can add you to our amazing Facebook group. You can see everyones amazing results!!! It really is great to see everyone success.

If you have any questions about any of the products please leave a comment or email me!!!! alexrunsforfood (at) gmail (dot) com I look forward to hearing from you.

Summer Races 2014

Oh how I love when we just start to get a taste of warmer weather in Minnesota. I don’t know about everyone else but once it starts getting a bit warmer outside I get very motivated to run outside again!

My motivation led me to sign up for a BUNCH of summer runs! I’ve mentioned already that I signed up for runs but I had a lot of interest in what exactly I signed up for so I thought I would share in one post!

My first run that I am signed up for is the Minneapolis Marathon RELAY on June 1st. I am running with my parents and one other person, a team of 4 people.

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My next race is the Color Run 5K on July 13. If anyone would like to join me for this run I have a team started: Anytime Anywhere Any Crazy Race, our start time is 8:30am. You can enter promo code color5off for $5 off! Any and all are welcome! I did this run last year with my friend Steph and we had a BLAST!!

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Yea, We’re special :)

I’m also signed up for the Bacon Chase 5K July 19th. I haven’t done this one before but honestly how could it not be awesome! Bacon!! haha Anyways if anyone is interested please sign up and spend the morning running and eating bacon with me :)

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Next is RAGNAR!!!!!! August 15-16th. I love love love Ragnar and I am so excited for this relay run! Incase you have no idea what Ragnar is about you can check out my blog posts from last years Ragnar: 1, 2, 3 & 4. What an amazing relay this is…. this will be my second year running but my third year participating.

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My final race that I am signed up for is the Women Rock Half Marathon on August 30th! I ran this half last summer and I am very excited and nervous to do it again! I was not prepared last summer for this race so I hope to be more prepared this summer. I also hope to be a lot lighter this time around :) If anyone wants to tackle a half marathon this summer I’d love a running buddy!!!

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There really is no time like the present to get running!!

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Please let me know if you sign up for any races this summer!!!!! I’m looking to sign up for maybe 1 or 2 more!!

What runs are you signed up for so far?

Weekend Happenings 3.24.14

I had another fun filled weekend!

Friday overnight I worked, which is always fun. Watched some Dexter, American Hustle and Breaking Bad. Scott saw American Hustle in theaters and liked it but it wasn’t my favorite movie. It wasn’t terrible but I wouldn’t buy it or watch it again. The joy of night shift is I get to watch a lot of TV. I started watching Breaking Bad because everyone raved about it. It is an okay show…. not my favorite but not terrible. BUT, I love Dexter! I’m so happy theres 8 seasons on netflix!

Anyways…. Saturday after sleeping Scott and I headed to our friends Mark and Sarah’s place. We went out to eat at The Valley Tap House.

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Love my Hard Cider :)

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I had the Thai Dragon sandwich which had pork, sweet chili sauce, cilantro, onion, bacon and peanut sauce!!! Oh my gosh this was amazing!!!! Spicy and delicious!! And their fries were so yummy. You honestly can tell when a french fry is fresh cut versus frozen! Nom Nom! We will for sure be going back to The Valley Tap House soon.

After eating we headed back to Mark and Sarah’s place to hang out and watch Frozen. Honestly I thought I wasn’t going to like it but I LOVED it!

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Rado was really loving on me :)

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Boys being Boys!

Sunday I slept in as late as possible and then Scott and I headed to rent a storage unit. We are moving out of our apartment this month and we are going to live at my parents house for a few months so we can save to buy a house. Scott dream is finally coming true…. moving in with the in-laws ;)

Anyways now we have TONS of packing to do!

Sunday overnight I worked. I didn’t start until 11pm so everyone was sleeping by the time I showed up :( Not as fun as getting there at 7pm. Oh well…. I just watched netflix for the majority of the night.

I came home to a silly puppy…

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I think she likes when I work overnight…. she likes to steal my pillow!

Today I worked out…. starting to get myself back in shape for running. I did the Elliptical for 33 minutes, went 2.66 miles! Then I headed to boxing for a VERY intense class! I’m finally feeling like I’m getting more in shape and boxing class is getting easier…. even though it was a tough class!

After class I made an AMAZING turkey burger!!!

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Spicy Black and Blue Turkey Burger

Ingredients:

1 lb Ground Turkey

1 egg

1/4 c chopped pickled jalapeño (or 1 fresh)

1/8 c bread crumbs

pinch of salt & pepper

Blue Cheese

Directions:

Mix everything together except the blue cheese. Form patties and cook to your desire. I don’t have a grill so I made mine in a sauté pan with olive oil. Grilling them would be the more desirable way to cook them! Melt the blue cheese on top! I served mine with garlic mayo. SO so good!

How was your weekend?

Whats your favorite burger?

 

Friday Favorites VII

I was looking back and I can’t believe it has been so long since my last Friday Favorites! This week I have lots a great favorites to share!

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According to Katie Friday Favorites is all about the little things that made you smile over the past week. And anything goes! Because we all know that it’s the little things in life that make it count, right?

 Summer Races

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So far I am signed up for 5 races this summer! They range from 5k to half marathon to relay run! I’m so excited for all of them.

Spring

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Although it doesn’t quite look like spring outside yet here in MN it is slowly getting there. It has been warm enough that I can just wear a sweatshirt so that is a start! Now can it please stop snowing!! I want to see the green grass and flowers!

Silly Maisy

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She is trying to send a message to daddy! He’s kind of ignoring her :)

Homemade Pizza

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I was at my Aunt and Uncles yesterday so we I decided to make Homemade Pizza!! I truly love Trader Joes whole wheat pizza dough and sauce! SO good!! It is a MUST try.

Bright Nails

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Since I was at my Aunt and Uncles yesterday I took advantage and had my Aunt paint my Toenails and Fingernails!! Love bright pink polish!!! I’m truly ready for spring!!

EnergyBits

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I know it has been a while since I’ve talked about EnergyBits on here! I still take these all the time and love them! They help me stay awake during my night shifts! They also give me tons of energy during workouts! Also since they are food and they are clean they are Advocare friendly which is a mega plus! Check them out and if you want to order enter the promo code alexrunsforfood for a 30% off discount!

Boxing

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I know I talk about boxing A LOT but I really do love it!!!!! Title is such an amazing full body workout!!!!! I’ve gone to a couple of Krystal’s classes this past week and she is INTENSE!!!! She is so funny. The other day she started class out by saying “Get your game face on, I mean business.” She wasn’t joking either!

Funny Quotes!

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bahahahaha SO true :)

First Time Guest Posting

I am so excited to announce that today is my first time guest posting!!!! Head over to Amanda’s blog to see my guest post on balanced eating. It includes 1 indulgent recipe and 1 healthy, clean recipe! Both recipes are my two best recipes that I get the MOST compliments on! Amanda’s Blog: Diary of a Semi-Health Nut! Check her out, she is a fellow Minnesotan!

What are some of your favorites from the past week or so?

Sweet Potato Nachos & A Treat

I really love sweet potatoes so I am always looking for a delicious way to eat them! I decided to try combining sweet potatoes with nachos and was pleasantly surprised!!

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Making these nachos was SOO easy! I simply peeled a thinly sliced a sweet potato. I lightly coated the slices with olive oil and chili powder. Then lay out on a baking sheet and bake at 400 for about 10 minutes. Watch them very closely because they will burn. Once they are done top with your favorite nacho toppings :) I used left over fajita steak, chicken and veggies. I also made a cilantro sour cream by combining sour cream, lime juice and cilantro. The sweet potatoes made a great chip replacement! Also if you are doing the Advocare 24 day challenge you can easily modify this recipe to fit your needs.

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My meal was a bit spicy so I wanted something chocolate! Luckily I had some of Lee’s Healthy Peanut Butter Cups in my freezer!!

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You can find the recipe here! They are so easy to make and so good for a healthy alternative!!

I hope you enjoy these yummy recipes!!!

What are your favorite toppings for nachos?