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  • Healthier Holiday Travel Snacking with Orchard Valley Harvest {Giveaway}


    This post is sponsored by Orchard Valley Harvest. I don't know about you guys but traveling (especially long car trips!) brings out my snacking side. I blame it on boredom and monotony but I can rationalize eating all kinds of snacks when I'm traveling that I would never eat in a typical day. I have [...]

  • 5 Favorite Fall Recipes


    I am always a little sad to bid farewell to long summer days and all of the amazing fresh summer produce but this year I found myself eagerly welcoming fall. I am loving everything from the cooler days to the stunning foliage to warm and hearty meals. It seems like fall is the season that [...]

  • Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with a Poached Egg


    Hold on to your hats because I'm about to write something that's going to make you wonder if you're reading the right blog. This fall I am testing out some changes to my diet. I'm swapping smoothies for oatmeal and salads for soup and warm veggies. I know, I know. Totally goes against everything you've [...]

  • Ocean Spray PACt Cranberry Extract Water {Review + Giveaway!}


    This post is brought to you by Ocean Spray and includes an Amazon gift card giveaway at the end! This may come as a surprise but one of the things that I struggle with most when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle is hydration. In my mind I can think of a million reasons [...]

  • Learning to Cook Like a Pro with Salted


    For the last 5+ years one of the items on my bucket list has been to take classes at our local culinary school. Not the one-off "Date Night Learn to Cook Italian" kind of special event but a real class where I learned about new techniques, skills, cooking methods, cuisines, etc. Alas, my schedule has [...]

  • Food Lion Frugal Cookoff {Giveaway!}


    On August 29 I was invited to participate in the Food Lion Frugal Cookoff at the Southern Women's Show. The Southern Women's Show is an annual event here in Charlotte showcasing everything from beauty to fashion to food and much, much more! Over 25,000 women attend this three-day event held at the Charlotte Convention Center. [...]

  • Recent Eats with the Recent Whole Foods Haul


    Last week I wrote a post about what I bought at Whole Foods for $137. Grocery store haul posts are always so interesting to me because everyone has such a different perspective on food shopping and food budgeting. One thing I notice is that the area where you live seems to make a big impact [...]

  • What I Bought at Whole Foods for $137


    Hi everyone! Time for another "what I bought at the grocery" round-up. This week was unique because it was Whole Foods only with no farmers market supplementation. I didn't get to go on Saturday because of the cooking competition so I made one big trip on Sunday. We were scraping the bottom of the barrel [...]

  • In My Cart: What I Bought At Trader Joe’s This Week


    Hello. Today was operation "put on your big girl panties, stop procrastinating and get it done." I tackled everything from finances to bills to taxes to thank you notes. Some of the things had been waking me up at night and looming over my head...it was time to do something about them! And why is [...]

  • My Yoga Dogs + What I Bought at Whole Foods


    The girls and I had a little photo shoot today. They were feeling super playful and sharing toys in the living room this afternoon. I was cracking up over their open hips. Check them both out in frog pose here! :) I definitely have little yoga dogs on my hands! Can you believe how big [...]

  • Lumi Lunch + National Puppy Day + What I Bought at Whole Foods


    Good morning! Thanks for two things. First, all of your interest in the KIND bar giveaway. Second, your amazing responses. I know I ask y'all to tell me what you're grateful for regularly when it comes to giveaways but it's only because I think it's such a good "stop, pause, think" activity + I ADORE [...]

  • Figuring Out Fitness & Nutrition: Embracing “You Do You”


    Hi everyone. Today I am going to talk about a topic that I feel passionate about. I recently received the following email from a reader that both saddened me and motivated me to make this a public discussion. I am almost 18 and have been interested in health and fitness for a few years now. About [...]

  • An Impressive $85 ALDI Haul


    I have been regularly shopping at ALDI for almost a year now and I remain amazed by the savings there are to be had by shopping there. Last weekend I went to Whole Foods for my weekly grocery shopping and my bill was $185. This week I went to ALDI and my bill was $85. [...]

  • Let’s Talk Bananas + Weekly Workouts


    I came across a super interesting article today about the best time to eat a banana in its ripening process. I was kind of bummed to learn that the riper they are, the better they are for you and the easier they are to digest. If I am eating a banana straight up or sliced [...]

  • Loving Lately + Luxe Box Winner


    Happy Friday! Making good on my intention for 2015 to slow down and connect more, my Friday is full of friends! I am all about planning QT with my friends and scheduling meetings make new connections right now. This morning I met a friend for a (KILLER!) workout followed by a coffee date. I met another [...]

  • How to Make Homemade Plain Yogurt


    Today is a pretty epic day for PBR. It's my dad's first recipe post! I can't even begin to tell you how happy it makes me that he's going to be regularly contributing around here. Let me back up and tell you the story of me + my dad + my love for cooking. My [...]

  • Must Try Smoothie and Salad Combinations


    Hey, hey! I hope you've all had a great week. I wanted to pop in quickly to share a new smoothie and salad combo that I'm loving this week. The star ingredients of the smoothie are pumpkin, almond butter and chocolate coconut granola. The team at Cascadian Farm sent me two different flavors of their [...]

  • Recent Eats: Half Marathon Hunger


    My half marathon training plan is officially kicking my ass a little! I'm on week 6 of 11 and this is the halfway rest week in my training plan. After five weeks of increasing intensity, I finally get to take a step back. No speed work or long runs this week. Just lots of easy [...]

  • Reducing Food Waste + Recent Eats


    This is the time of year where I want to buy ALL of the food at the farmers market. I get so sad about the end of summer produce that I buy too much of it. This was the state of my fridge last week. A little much for one, huh!? I'm happy to report that [...]

  • How My Diet Has Evolved: Protein, Gluten & More


    Before I started working at Metro in early 2012 I really didn't know a lot about gluten and its effects on the body. All of that quickly changed as I started to get involved in CrossFit and completed my CrossFit Endurance training just a few months after starting the job. At my CrossFit Endurance seminar [...]

  • Silk Almond Coconut Blend: The Perfect Non-Dairy Milk Option


    When I was in college I ate one of two things for breakfast, a bagel with cream cheese or jelly or Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal with vanilla soy milk. While times have certainly changed in regards to my breakfast preferences, one thing that hasn't changed is my love for milk substitutes like soy, almond [...]

  • Farm Fresh to Your Door from Bella Bean Organics


    Several weeks ago I received an email from North Carolina company Bella Bean Organics. They are a farmer grown and farmer owned GMO-free, organic food delivery service based out of Hillsborough. They work with farms around NC to deliver produce, meats and artisan goods to consumers in NC, SC, VA, DC and Maryland. They've also [...]

  • Recent Eats: So Much Good + Too Much Kale


    I'm so excited to share this recent eats post with you. I have several new, creative and fun meals to share with you...but also a word of advice (read on for more!). I have been having a great time in the kitchen playing around with summer produce. I feel like I waited so long for [...]

  • Major Trader Joe’s Restock


    I thought that the week of July 4th would slow down but I was so wrong. It's nuts! I originally planned to spend the week in Florida with my family but thank god I decided to postpone that until later this summer because I am booked solid this week with clients and classes. I have [...]

  • Creating a Healthy & Relaxing Evening Routine: vitafusion Review & Giveaway


    Before I started my full-time fitness, yoga and writing career, I spent six years working a traditional 9-5 in marketing and advertising. When I had a desk job, my routine was pretty set Monday-Friday. Get up, workout, work, lunch break, work, evening activities, dinner, relax, repeat. My schedule rarely varied and things kind of ran [...]

  • Making It Worth It


    I tell my clients, students, friends and family all the time that all the hard work that is put into healthy eating and exercise isn't worth it if you can't live a little and splurge here and there. I put this into practice all the time. Take yesterday for example... My day started with pancakes. [...]

  • Simple & Clean Cooking & Eating Lately


    Hi and happy Wednesday. So I just posted a "Throwback Thursday" photo on Instagram...and then someone pointed out that it's actually Wednesday. Delete. I blame it on 5:30 a.m. clients three days in a row. Thank god for Starbucks reward drinks. Yesterday I treated myself to a venti soy latte. The barista asked me if [...]

  • Recent Eats + My New Favorite Salad Combo


    Welcome to recent eats: the salad and smoothie edition. I think that our immediate launch into summer here in Charlotte put me in the mood for cold and light food. I'm NOT COMPLAINING though. I will take 90 degree days over 40 degree days ANYTIME. I am a summer girl through and through. Bring on [...]

  • My Six Favorite Hot Teas


    I love hot tea and typically drink at least two cups each day and some days it's upwards of 4. I credit my mom for this as she was always making tea and offering me a cup when I was growing up. I should have taken a picture of her tea stash when I went [...]

  • 8 Tips for Green Smoothies that Look Pretty and Taste Great


    It's day 30 of the April Green Smoothie Challenge. We made it! I'll be posting a recap of the last week with an overview of the challenge later this week but for today's post I wanted to give you my tips for making green smoothies that look pretty and taste great. Some of the complaints/struggles [...]

  • Recent (REALLY GOOD!) Eats + Rethinking Mashed Cauliflower


    I take back all the mean things that I said about mashed cauliflower. I was too quick to judge! Back in December I made mashed cauliflower at home for the first time. The problem was that I gave it a half-hearted effort and tried to puree it in small batches in my tiny food processor. [...]

  • How To Rebound from an Indulgent Holiday


    Yesterday my Instagram and Facebook feeds were full of sweet family photos, beautiful Easter dresses, babies with bunny ears, Easter dinner spreads, mimosas and the like. This morning my feeds are overflowing with posts about Easter indulgences, candy overload and needing to get back on track. I even received a text message from Earth Fare [...]

  • Recent Eats: Creative in the Kitchen


    So glad y'all are loving the Tommie Copper giveaway. Remember, you have until midnight tonight to enter! And be sure to check back later tonight for an Erin McDermott Jewelry giveaway! (WOOHOO!!!) It's been a week since I've shared recent eats so I want to quickly show you some of my favorites. Many of my [...]

  • Adding A New Job Title…


    I'm adding a new job title to my repertoire...personal chef! (This is not an April Fool's joke!) The job title list for me now includes blogger, author, personal trainer, yoga teacher, group exercise instructor, CrossFit coach, marketing and communications manager and personal chef. After all, I am a gemini and we're said to be "jacks [...]

  • 2014 Health Madness + Experiencing upwave


    Happy first day of April and first day of the April Smoothie Challenge! I kicked off the new month with a 4:50 a.m. wake up to train clients, breakfast and teaching yoga. I wanted to get my green smoothie in first thing today so breakfast after training clients was a green smoothie, a peanut butter [...]

  • What I Bought at the Grocery This Week {Restock Trip}


    I went a little crazy at the grocery store this morning restocking on a lot of items that I like to keep on hand. I like to share these kinds of shopping trips with you so that you get an idea of how I stock my pantry and fridge to be able to consistently cook [...]

  • Loving Lately: Food Edition


    This week's posts have been heavy on the food topics and I've got another one for you today. I will try to get a new workout up for you tomorrow. Any requests? I'm thinking lots of squats! :) I always like to get recommendations from others on new food products to try. I have discovered [...]

  • Learning the ALDI Secrets


    I'm back with one last ALDI post to wrap up this series. I have learned SO much through this short term ambassadorship with ALDI. I've gone from being fairly unfamiliar with the brand and the benefits of being an ALDI shopper to understanding their unique operating procedures and the method behind their customer service experience [...]

  • Recent Eats: Photo Shoot Week Edition


    Welcome to recent eats, photo shoot week edition. Let me sum it up for you...it was NOT EXCITING. Lots of juicing, smoothies, soup, protein and veggies. Not a carb to be seen until we wrapped on Friday (scroll down for the Friday night celebration carb fest). Y'all know I am all about eat all foods [...]

  • An Afternoon in the ALDI Test Kitchen {Giveaway!}


    I've spent the last month serving as a short-term blog ambassador for ALDI to bring awareness to not only their brand and the unique shopping and saving experience they provide but also their new focus on providing customers with nutritious and affordable food. ALDI recently launched a new organics line, Simply Nature, and introduced organic [...]

  • My Vacation Food Philosophy


    How I eat on vacation can be summed up pretty simply...whatever I want! I consider vacations (and girl's weekends and quick getaways) to be sacred me time and I allow myself to let loose a little and eat, drink, sleep as I please. This goes back to my childhood. My family always spent two weeks [...]

  • Packing More Protein Into Breakfast with AllWhites Egg Whites {Recipe & Giveaway}


    Breakfast is an important meal that I never skip. There are so many benefits of eating breakfast including higher energy levels, increased mental focus, better portion control throughout the day, metabolism boost and maintaining body weight. My struggle with breakfast is getting enough protein. I blogged about how important protein is as a part of [...]

  • Salmon, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad {Recipe}


    It's been really fun to explore what it's like shopping at ALDI and sharing the experience with you. I have loved reading your feedback, comments and questions on my first two posts. If you're catching up you can read about my first shopping trip here and everything I purchased with a cost breakdown here. One [...]

  • Protein Takes You Places {Review & Giveaway}


    One of the  most challenging aspects of my all over the place schedule is making sure that I fuel myself properly given often long stretches between meals and late dinners. I always make sure to eat a substantial breakfast, lunch and dinner but I often find myself needing a good snack, especially in the afternoon. [...]

  • ALDI Shopping Haul + Cost Comparison


    This is a follow up from yesterday's post about my first ALDI shopping experience. Yesterday was all about the actual experience of visiting the store and today is a break down of what I bought, what I paid and how much I saved. I went to Harris Teeter and priced out the same items I [...]

  • Shopping (And Saving) At ALDI


    Several weeks ago I shared what a week of food shopping at Trader Joe's looks like for me and received some good feedback and thoughtful discussion. I want to keep that going in the next two posts and share my experience shopping at a different budget store. I grew up in a small town in [...]

  • Easy Baked Tofu Tutorial


    I always keep a package of firm tofu in the fridge for an easy, meatless protein. One serving of tofu averages 10 grams of protein. Let me give you a little comparison here... - 1/2 cup serving of raw firm tofu contains 94 calories - 4 oz ground beef contains 331 calories - 1/2 cup of [...]

  • What A Week of Food Shopping Looks Like for Me


    Good morning. I hope everyone is staying warm and safe. Many of my friends in Atlanta and Birmingham have endured really scary situations with this winter weather...like having to spend the night in offices, 12-hour commutes to go just a few miles, being stranded in gridlock overnight, problems getting to their children and so on. [...]

  • This Week’s Eats + What Can’t You Live Without


    Happy Friday! This week flew by thanks to days packed with training and teaching and evenings packed with social engagements. I usually try not to plan more than one weeknight out per week but this week I was out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Here's a look at this week's eats. Not as many home cooked [...]

  • Video Blog: Managing Stress, Workout Shoes, Bodywork and Finding Your Ideal Weight


    Happy Friday! I have a video blog for you today where I answer questions on the following topics... - Managing stress and anxiety - The right shoes for strength training, running and CrossFit - Post workout carb/protein ratios (and my lack of following them) - Bodywork and massage for athletes - My workout schedule - [...]