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!

IMG_2175

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!

IMG_2177

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).

IMG_2178

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 🙂

IMG_2200

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!

Fri_Favs_thumb1

Whats your favorite way to eat oatmeal? 

What would you put into your custom oats?

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!

Fri_Favs_thumb1

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

IMG_2104

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

IMG_2108

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

IMG_2101

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

Homemade Pizza

IMG_2105

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

IMG_2112

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

IMG_2096

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

IMG_2099

IMG_2100

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!

IMG_2111

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?

Friday Favorites VI

It’s friday so why not stick with tradition and link up to Katie’s Friday Favorites!

Fri_Favs_thumb1

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?

Making New Friends

IMG_1854

As you all know I went to a bootcamp and brunch last Saturday. It was so much fun and so great to meet such amazing people who share similar interests as I do! Thanks again Lee, Amanda and Mellissa for a fun morning!

A Killer Workout

WOD1

I love trying new workouts and this is the one that Lee had us do for our bootcamp. I really enjoyed the workout. It kept my attention and I was never bored. I’m definitely going to be doing this workout on my cruise! Hopefully I can remember all the moves 🙂

Chia Seed Yogurt

IMG_1858

Mellissa’s Chia seed yogurt is so good!! I topped mine with some of Scott’s grandma’s homemade peach jam, blueberries and Muesli. It was so good! I need quick and simple breakfast items otherwise I won’t eat breakfast. I know…. I’m bad! But if I prep quick already made things then I eat breakfast!!

Quality Study Time With Maisy

IMG_1865

Maisy Loves Helping 🙂

IMG_1868

So So Helpful!

Chocolate for Breakfast

IMG_1872

This morning I had oatmeal and decided to top it with chocolate chips and walnuts! So GOOD!!! Might not be totally healthy but it fueled me through my morning of studying!

Snuggling with Maisy

IMG_1870

She has full control over me and she knows it…. this will not end good for me 🙂

Pei Wei for Lunch

IMG_1874

Did I ever mention that in High School I used to work at Pei Wei. Oh man if you haven’t tried Pei Wei you NEED to!!! My favorite is the Pei Wei Spicy with Fried Rice and of course I LOVE the wontons and spring rolls!!!!! Not at all healthy (although you can get healthier options there!!) but so so good. It was the perfect fuel to power me through an afternoon of studying.

IMG_1873

I was Reunited with Yoga Sculpt

424_118_core_power_large

I took my first sculpt class back in October. I really loved it but my month of yoga was up. On Tuesday I headed back to Core Power Yoga for my second sculpt class. I am SO happy I went! It was such a good workout! I missed yoga 🙂

What are some of your favorites from the week?

Friday Favorites V

It is time for another Friday Favorites courtesy of Katie!!

Fri_Favs_thumb1

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?

Two of My Friends Got Married!!!

IMG_1782

Congrats Luke & Steph! They got married in Jamaica so Scott & I weren’t able to make it but I got to see tons of pictures!!! I will be doing a post next week dedicated to Steph’s bachelorette party and their wedding 🙂

IMG_1779

Aren’t they adorable!!!

No More Coumadin

On Monday I met with my doctor to talk about when I could stop taking coumadin. Since all of my labs have come back normal I got the OKAY to stop taking my medicine!! WooHoo!!! Now in a week I go back to the doctor to have more blood drawn and as long as all of those tests come back negative I’m good to go to stay off coumadin!

I Have an Interview

I have an interview on Monday for a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Nursing job!!! I’m so excited. The NICU is my passion and ever since I was old enough to know what a nurse was I wanted to work in the NICU as a nurse! I’m so excited to have an interview and really hope I get the job!

Advocare 24 Day Challenge

99050

After reading about Becky’s amazing results with the Advocare 24 Day Challenge I decided to order it and try it for myself. I am planning on starting it once Scott and I get back from our vacation. I will keep you guys posted on my progress!

Vacation In TWO Weeks

mbahama

Courtesy of my parents (best graduation present ever!!!) Scott and I are going on a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas! We are heading to Miami, FL Sunday Feb 2nd. We will stay overnight in a hotel Sunday night and then we board the ship Monday. We go to 2 places in the Bahamas and Key West. I am so excited for a vacation. I will keep you guys posted!! Also if anyone wants to guest post on here the week that I am gone I would love that!!! Email me alexrunsforfood (at) gmail (dot) com

bahamas

BodyPump New Release

I REALLY love the new body pump release! It is so intense. I was able to go twice this week and I was aching everywhere during and after!!!

What are your favorites from the week?

Also head over to Katie’s page and check out her Friday Favorites!!!

Friday Favorites IV Christmas/New Years Eve 2013

Hello All!!!! I have missed you. I am back just in time for another Friday Favorites hosted by the lovely Katie over at Running4Cupcakes!

Fri_Favs_thumb1

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?

Since I have been MIA for a couple weeks this Friday Favorites is a Christmas and New Years edition!

Christmas Eve Dinner @ Lynne’s

IMG_1684

Prime Rib

IMG_1685

Roasted Veggies

IMG_1686

Cheesy Potatoes

IMG_1678

Chocolate Cake with Cherry Frosting and Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Our meal was so amazing!!! This was my first time having prime rib at home and I am hooked! I hope we have it every year for Christmas!

Doggy Presents

IMG_1687

Lucy got super tired after all of the present fun!

IMG_1690

Maisy got a new chicken thing 🙂 not sure exactly what it is. Lynne calls it a baby. Whatever it is Maisy LOVES it!

Christmas Family Photos @ My Parents

IMG_2249

My Parents

IMG_2250

Family Photo

IMG_2252

We should have separated the boys 😉

IMG_2260

Grandma, Jerry & The Grandkids

IMG_2264

Vicki, Bill, Samantha and Andrew

Starting out Presents with a Story

IMG_2245 IMG_2246

We always start out Christmas Eve presents with Twas the Night before Christmas. Since Samantha is the youngest we make her read the book 🙂

Funny Presents

IMG_2265

IMG_2266

Maisy gave Grandma and Grandpa a new stuffed animal toy in a prank box 🙂 Mom was so confused! hehe

Cute Maisy Photos

IMG_2242

IMG_2247

Custom Shoes

IMG_1757

I asked my parents for a custom pair of Reebok Nanos 3.0 for Christmas and I love them!!!!

New Years Eve

Unknown

IMG_1753 IMG_1754

Beer Pong 🙂

1535479_10202602993493420_1833897256_n

Trying to get a 2014 photo of the girls

We also had quite the spread of food! It of course all went un photographed…. I brought ribs from a local meat market and they were amazing! We had jalapeño poppers that were super delicious! And an olive topenade, cream cheese and walnut spread that was addicting!!! There was lots more!

What are your friday favorites about Christmas and New Years?

Anything fun planned for the weekend?

Friday Favorites III Holiday Edition

It is that time of the week again for Friday Favorites!! Friday Favorites is a link up run by Katie and 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?

Fri_Favs_thumb1

This week for Friday Favorites it is the holiday edition!!

Favorite Holiday Cookie

I don’t really have a favorite cookie…. I love almost all of them 🙂 I love sugar cookies, thumbprint cookies and any cookie involving the combo of peanut butter and chocolate 🙂 YUMMY!

Favorite Holiday Song

My favorite holiday song is All I Want For Christmas is You by Mariah Carey. I also love Silent Night.

Favorite Holiday Movie

My favorite holiday movie is The Santa Clause movies.

MV5BNDY4MjgyNTk3Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTg1NTUxMQ@@._V1_

Favorite Holiday Tradition

My favorite holiday tradition happens on Christmas Morning. Every year “Santa” (My Grandma) buys everyone an ornament. I have gotten tons of cute ornaments from my grandma. Scott gets the newest John Deere ornament every year.

Favorite Holiday Meal

We used to make a traditional Swedish dinner… that was ALWAYS amazing! Now we do appetizers at my parents house Christmas Eve.

Favorite Holiday Breakfast

We make Christmas Quiche. It has eggs, cream of mushroom soup, milk, croutons, sausage and onion in it! SOOOO GOOD!!!!

Favorite Person to Shop For

I love shopping for my mom. She is so easy to buy for because her and I like the same things! I always have tons of ideas for her 🙂

IMG_0573

We always give my parents a funny gift and that year we gave them our ugly sweaters 🙂

Favorite Way to Open Presents

Every year at my parents house we open presents one at a time. Scott and I like to give lots of funny presents so I love watching people open them. We also like to wrap presents in funny ways!

Favorite Tree Topper

IMG_1667

Currently I have a sparkly star on top of my tree. I love the glitter and sparkle.

Favorite Ornament

IMG_1668

I love all of the ornaments that I get from my grandma 🙂

IMG_1669

I got this nurse ornament after graduation from one of my Aunts friends! Love it!!

Tree- Real or Fake

Currently we have a fake tree only because we live in an apartment complex that doesn’t allow real trees. If I had a choice I would get a real tree!! I love the smell and look of real trees.

Favorite Holiday Shopping

My favorite holiday shopping is done on black friday 🙂 I really love craziness of black friday. We have a tradition that my mom, aunt and I all go together! We always have a blast.

And now for my addition to Katie’s holiday favorites…

Favorite Holiday Workout

IMG_1666 IMG_1670

Today in Core N More we did pushups for M&Ms. Staci gave us all a plate with M&Ms on it and made us do pushups. If we wanted to each time we did a pushup we could eat an M&M. We did a total of 72 pushups within a few minutes. I saved my M&Ms and ate them after class.

What are some of your Friday Favorites?

Friday Favorites II

It is that day of the week again…. time for Katie’s Friday Favorites link up!

Fri_Favs_thumb1

Heres what Friday Favorites means to Katie: “I know there are a couple of version of Friday Favorites around the blog world, but here on R4C, it’s 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?”

Sorry in advance…. a lot of my favorites of this week and food related 🙂 You might be hungry by the end of this post!

IMG_1593

Homemade Pizza

If you have a Trader Joes near by you have to head there and pick up their pre made pizza dough and pizza sauce! So amazing!! I used the whole wheat dough this time and I didn’t hear any complaints from Scott! I loaded my pizza with sausage, green & black olives, artichokes, red pepper, onion and red pepper flakes. AMAZING

IMG_1598

Butternut Squash Ravioli

I cooked premade frozen butternut squash ravioli (Got it from the farmers market), chopped pistachios, parmesan and balsamic glaze (bought at Target). So good. My dad was lucky to eat the leftovers and he loved it also.

IMG_1600

EnergyBits Ambassador

This week I became an EnergyBits ambassador and I am so excited about it! I really love EnergyBits and I want to share my love with all of you! Visit my EnergyBits page to learn more 🙂 and for a 30% discount code!!

IMG_1608 IMG_1607

GIANT DESSERTS!!!

IMG_2222

Pinning Ceremony for Graduation!

IMG_1596 IMG_1613

Working Out

My favorite workouts from this week were BodyPump and Spin Class!!!!

IMG_1611

Movie Night with the Hubby

Two awesome movies came out this week so Scott and I had a movie marathon night and watched both of them! They were both really good.

IMG_1616

Flowers

I absolutely love flowers!!!! They are one of my favorite things ever!!!!!!!!! Unfortunately I married someone who doesn’t believe in buying flowers. He thinks they are a waste of money 😦 Thankfully I have an amazing friend who sends me flowers! Thank you so much Cara!! I love ya more then you will ever know!!!

IMG_2240

Amazing Salad

This is my go to salad. It never gets old and I love it so much. Romaine lettuce, shredded brussel sprouts, diced apple, red pepper, craisins, almonds, turkey and Poppyseed dressing!!! SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!

What are some of your Friday Favorites?

Friday Favorites

Today is the start of a new link up! Katie over at Running4Cupcakes started this link up and I am very excited to participate.

Fri_Favs_thumb1

Heres what Friday Favorites means to Katie: “I know there are a couple of version of Friday Favorites around the blog world, but here on R4C, it’s 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?”

I have lots of favorites from this week!

New Workout Bag:

IMG_1575

This is the Everything Fits Bag from Gaiam. My bag came yesterday and I got to use it today and so far I am loving it! Everything really does fit.

Snow:

IMG_1561

I don’t really love the cold but I do love the snow. And my furry friend really loves the snow!

The End of Nursing School:

Thursday night I took my final nursing test of my Associate Program! This girl is officially graduating with a RN degree.

Celebrating Thursday Night:

IMG_1576

Gotta love the glowing eyes from being in a dark bar 🙂

IMG_1565

Love my Hard Cider 🙂

IMG_1566

I really was blessed this semester to have an amazing clinical group. We all got along so well and I think we will all stay friends for a long time.

Operation Beautiful:

Todays challenge for #elf4health was Operation Beautiful. I honestly hadn’t heard of operation beautiful before this challenge. Their goal is to spread to teenage girls that they are beautiful just the way they are. It really is the little things, like a note on the mirror or randomly placed at Target, that make a difference.

IMG_1573

My note that I left at the gym.

1467411_10202157888366767_1804670903_n

1404828_10100240623555746_702080180_o

And a couple other notes that other elves left!

Spin Class:

I truly love the Road Rage spin class at Xperience Fitness. The instructor, Stacey, is so amazing! She is so inspirational and really pushes us. During the class she always has us take a moment to be thankful for our healthy bodies. She sometimes has us dedicate our ride to someone who can’t be there. I love every minute of her class.

IMG_1463

Now it’s your turn… What are your favorites from this week?