All about that mint

I have been completely and utterly obsessed with mint lately!

If you didn’t see it on the weekend – I tried a new mint cocoa smoothie which I have been totally loving and have had it THREE times already since!
Today at the store I saw some peppermint patties and couldn’t resist those either. Yum, are they ever delicious.

And now, I can’t stop drinking peppermint tea!

I used to drink it all the time, but I’m slowly starting to wean myself off of (so much) coffee and have turned to peppermint as a healthy replacement. I forgot how good it was as a mid-day pick-me-up or after dinner.

It’s a great thing to be obsessing with lately as it has so many health benefits:

mint benefits

RUN:

On the running note, this morning I took a day off of running and opted for some cross-training instead. I’m really trying not to push it and make the same mistake I did last year. Too many km’s in too short time = bad news (note the knee brace below)

pink workout

I also did a quick and sweaty little circuit workout after a 40 minute elliptical interval session. It was good. Difficult, but not too much to handle at 6 in the morning.

I’m looking forward to waking up tomorrow and getting a good 9-10 km run in, we will see how it feels and play it by ear!

Simply Organic Products and mint cocoa smoothie

Disclaimer: This post is 100% my opinion and view on the products alone. While I did receive free merchandise on behalf of the company, I am not receiving compensation for having affiliate links posted on my blog.

Simply Organics

I was so thrilled to have the company offer to send me some free merchandise! While I am not the best cook I know by any means, it is certainly something that I enjoy. I am always looking to try out new recipes.

What I received in the mail:

Simply Organic chili powder
cinnamon powder
crushed ginger root powder
peppermint flavouring
vanilla non-alcoholic flavouring

I have utilized Simply Organic’s spices in my recipes before. I have to admit, I’m pretty picky when it comes to my seasonings. I feel the best resource for them are to get them from their most natural state. However, that’s not always a viable option. These products are the next best thing. None of the spices go through any irridation!

The cinnamon in particular was sweeter than what you would normally get from your typical grocery store (which I love!) Everything was so, so fresh and I liked the glass bottles that they came in to ensure freshness for a long time.

Also, one of my favourite things about Simply Organic is the fact that 1% of all sales go to support organic farming 🙂

If you go to their website here, you can purchase any products, as well as look up some great recipes that suit any of your cravings!

When I had opened the box and noticed the peppermint flavour, I was a little confused as to how to utilize it. So, I decided to look up some recipes (HE-LLO Pinterest). One that caught my eye: peppermint cocoa smoothie.

Yes, please!

Ingredients:

1 banana
handful of ice
1 TB cocoa powder (I use natural unsweetened Hershey’s)
1 packet of stevia
1/4 tsp Simply Organic peppermint flavouring
1/4 tsp Simply Organic vanilla flavouring
3/4 cup unsweetened Almond milk

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in your blender, and blend, blend, blend!
Then enjoy.

Kind of reminds me of Junior Mints!

Mint chocolate is one of my top favourite flavours. I am so, so happy I discovered this smoothie because I am almost certain I will be consuming it daily!

Things I’m Loving Friday {19)

Happy first day of Spring!

Words cannot describe how excited I am for this day. I even did my nails with a little Spring inspiration (that’s Robins Egg blue).

spring nails

However, the weather is not the most favourable. It’s a little bit chilly, and the sun is hiding behind the clouds. That’s okay since this weekend is calling for some girl time hang outs and some home DIY projects that I’m hoping don’t kill me!

And time for another Friday of love:

Pi (3.14) Day

What better excuse to gorge on your favourite PIE?! Mine = Strawberry Rhubarb and I did not resist.

The lazy girl’s makeup hacks

Cosmo posted this on their facebook page and I had to immediately ‘click’. If I can save time in the morning on makeup application I am so for it! All the steps are simplified so even the makeup inept have an easier time understanding the whole art behind it 😉

Long drives

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Colt and I have been together since grade 11 in high school. And long drives have always been one of our ‘things’ we do to just take up some time and enjoy some good conversation with some coffee or tea! We realized this weekend we hadn’t went on one of our excursions in a little while, so decided to pack up and head out for a little adventure around the area.

Food of the week – Big salads

Is there anything better than a big salad? Okay, I know we can all probably think of a few things, but lately my craving for salad has been intense. Maybe it’s the thought of summer coming, or the better looking veggies that have been displayed in my grocery store.  My favourite toppers lately have been cheeses (bocconcini), grape tomatoes, olives, radishes, almonds and balsamic dressing.

Purchase of the week – headlamp

How did I wait so long to buy this? It’s helped me so much on my early morning runs. Before this week, I was avoiding a lot of areas of town and opting for the well lit main streets in order to prevent a terrible fall (knock on wood!) But now, I can take all the routes I love and don’t have to worry about doing a lot of guess work in terms of where to step.. If you are an early morning/late night runner, I highly suggest you get one!

Video of the week – yoga essentials video

My love for yoga is no secret. I’m constantly looking for ways to help push my body to accomplish new poses and to get more flexible and strong. This video actually offered some good tips and explanations as to how to ease into some of the more difficult poses. It concentrates on building strength in specified muscle groups. Definitely worth the watch!

Spring into Spring workout playlist

If you’re like me, you need some exciting beats to pump you up and get you through a workout.

Music honestly makes the biggest difference for me – there is nothing worse than having your music cut out half way through a run or gym session!

I’ve compiled a list of some (very) upbeat music favourites of mine right now to keep you motivated!

spring playlist

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!

Liebster Award

Is anyone else a fan of running in the dark? It’s been one of my favourite things as of late. I get to get up and get out on the road before the sun is even awake!

Good thing I purchased this handy dandy head lamp.

I purchased it from Canadian tire. It has a strong LED light and works very well on our dark pathways!

Yes I look like a goof wearing it, but again, I’m in the dark.. So who cares! SAFETY FIRST!

But more importantly…

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Words cannot describe how thankful I am! My dear, fellow blogger Jordyn Ashley at My GOODNESS nominated me for the wonderful Liebster blogging award. Please check out her blog! It’s so well written and is especially motivating (just take a look at her bod, well done girl!) But also motivational in terms of workout tips and reviews!

The purpose of this award is to give some recognition to new blogs.

the rules

1. Link the person who nominated you to your blog post. Thank them and let them know you answered their questions.
2. Answer the 7 questions given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate 5-11 other bloggers with a following of less than 500. 
4. Create 7 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
6. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.

I’ll start off by answering all the questions given to me by Jordyn!

1. what is the 1 piece of makeup you couldn’t live without?
– Easy, MASCARA! If I only have time to put on one single item of makeup, it’s always, always mascara.

2. where is your favorite place to buy your workout clothes?
I usually opt for lululemon. I love the quality of their garments, especially their tights. I live in workout tights and capris at the gym. But I also get pieces from so many other places, including fabletics, montiel, even forever21 and target!

3.  what is one goal you would love to accomplish in the next 3 months?
– I would like to officially obtain my personal training certification. As well as get all my paper work done for volunteering in Costa Rica!

4.  what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
– Does chocolate count? Or wine? Or fries? Do I really have to pick just one? Okay, chocolate…

.5. where do you see yourself in 5 years?
– Doing a job very similar to what I have now. Working in schools with children on health and nutrition. Otherwise I would love to be instructing fitness classes/yoga!

.6. what are you most looking forward to this summer?
– Just w a r m  w e a t h e r. The simplicity of sunshine is all I want. But, ofcourse, so many good things come with summer – camping and hiking and fishing top my list!

7. what keeps you motivated to workout or eat healthy?
– Other than looking over inspirational blogs, I just think about the way I feel when I don’t workout vs. after my workouts. I can’t stand that sluggish feeling you get after a long day without much movement.

The wonderful bloggers that I would like to nominate for the Liebster award are:

1. Running miles with smiles  –> She actually makes me smile with her adorable blog. I enjoy gawking over the food posts and look forward to workout Wednesdays!

2. So what? I run. –> Run, run, run. Need I say more? I can’t get me enough running tips, stories and motivation. She is also a great writer!

3. Thisfitblonde –> This gal has some great posts to do with running (my fave), eating (also my fave) and overall wellness tips. 🙂

4. Live fit Love chocolate –> Alice is a California girl who offers some good nutrition tips and recipes, as well as fitness and FASHION. Which is another love of mine. She has some good style!

5. Fitness meets Frosting –> I didn’t want to specifically post all fitness and health related blogs, but I can’t help it, I’m just gravitated towards them and I couldn’t leave this one out! There’s great posts to get me motivated to ensure I push myself to go for a run on those days I’m feeling ‘blah’. Also, check out her chewy lemon cookies, so, so good.

My 7 questions for you are:

1. What is your best tip for getting motivated?
2. What is the one thing you could not live without?
3. If you could live any place in the world, where would it be?
4. How did you begin your fitness journey?
5. What is your biggest dream?
6. What is your daily go-to outfit?7. Do you have a secret (maybe embarrassing) passion? If so, what is it?!

Can’t wait to read up on your answers!! And great work to every one of you. You are all so very inspirational.

the best banana chocolate chip muffins you will ever have

As an avid runner, we like to run, and ofcourse what comes along with that? Oh yes, EATRunSnoozeRepeat. I love eating. Especially when it comes to thinking up yummy pre- and post- run foods. I was opting for something really sweet and delicious today to have before a good, long run. And looking in the cupboard I spotted brown bananas!

Better put them to use.

My mom used to make the most amazing banana bread and I thought I’d convert it into muffin form. and add some chocolate chips in there…

cookies cookies 2

The product was outstanding! So, so good I could eat 12. And the perfect food to fuel me through my run.

Recipe as follows:

Ingredients:

3 large, ripe bananas mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking poweder
1 1/2 cups flour of choice
CHOCOLATE CHIPS (enough to your sweet tooth)
1/2 cup melted butter
1 large egg

Directions:

– In one bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Then put to the side.
– In separate bowl, mix together the melted butter, egg, mashed bananas, white sugar, brown sugar and egg.
– Fold the dry ingredients into the bowl with bananas and mix it up real good.
– Add in the amount of chocolate chips you desire.
– Pour batter into lined muffin tin and bake at 350 for 25 minutes (ish) Check them at this point, some ovens need a bit longer.

and then eat eat eat them all up!

Snowshoes in the sunshine

Hello world!

The weather has been absolutely unbelievable as of late. The sun has been shining, and therefore I have been BEAMING with positive vibes. My attitude is always seeming to be right in line with the weather patterns!

Yesterday we got the chance to get out and go snowshoeing in this warmth!

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It was pretty cool because although it was 17 degrees celsius and sunny, there was still lots of snow to walk on at the beach. We actually walked right across the frozen waters of Slave Lake! It was so neat and such a fun time.

snow2

Then when we got in from an eventful day, we sat down to a nice, warm bowl of chili and a bun 🙂 Ah nothing beats that!

Later on in the day, Colt and I met up with some friends to watch our friend Conor’s final hockey game of the season! Unfortunately, they lost. But it’s a good thing he isn’t a sore loser because we still had tons of fun together for the night!

RUN:

My run this morning was a steady pace 10 km, or 6.2 miles. I thoroughly enjoyed being outdoors for this one, and am going to actually be heading out for another good, relaxing walk with the pups shortly to take advantage of this.

While doing so I’ll be thinking of good eats to make myself 🙂

Things I’m Loving Friday

So many favourites this Friday!

Nutrition month activities

Since March is nutrition month, school has been filled with healthy eating activities! I find it so fun to be able to teach my little ones all about the importance of ‘eating a rainbow’ and the wonderful effects of it has on your body, mind and soul. I gotta say, nutrition is a passion of mine and if I could spend the rest of my days learning and teaching all about it forever and ever, I’d be one happy gal:)

Microwave mug brownie (recipe of the week)

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In a mug I combined:

2 TB unsweetened coco powder
1 TB stevia sweetener
4 TB flour
2 TB butter
1 TB water
» Then pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds – 1 minute 30 seconds, depending on how gooey you like them !!

Ever had a craving for a good baked dessert but don’t want to take the time to bake up a storm at 8 pm? Yup, that’s me, quite often. Colt was intensely craving one as well and so we decided to try out one of these ‘mug’ desserts that are becoming ever so popular. Great idea and they turned out delish!

Favourite workout of the week

Start with 20 minute cardio, do this core workout, then finish up with 20 more minutes cardio!

to the core workout

House of Cards season 3 on Netflix

Oh baby I’m so excited for this show to be back on Netflix! Love, love, love this show. And it’s odd because you wouldn’t take me for the political type – but this show is soo much more than that. Lots of juicy drama!

Purchase of the week – new pretty accessories from Forever 21

Ain’t nothin’ better than some cute new accessories. I’m an accessory kind of girl – they can easily spruce up any simple outfit and any fashionably challenged individual (often times, me) can rock it no prob! I am especially loving some of their new lip gloss too!

Early morning runs

dark out dark out 2

Well. this one is something that I’ve obviously been doing for a while now! But, with our mornings warming up here in Canada and having more light out, they have become much more enjoyable! Today’s morning run was actually so enjoyable I ended up going for longer than planned, I barely had enough time to get ready for work! It ended up being 8 miles in the DARK! WIN!

If you could have anything you ever wanted, what would it be?

I’ve been philosophically exploring my wants, needs and desires for my life lately. It’s actually even caused me to feel a little anxious thinking about all the ways that my life could possibly play out by just one simple decision. I know I might be getting worked up about it, but for Colt and I, it’s as though we are at a cross roads in our life (especially being in our mid 20s) and are trying to figure out where we see ourselves for the rest of our lives.

 Do we want to travel? Back pack Europe or Asia? See the Australian outback?

Stay where we are? Keep this job, stay comfortable?

Change our jobs? In a new city?

Go back to school? Finish my Masters? Get my yoga certs?

Have children?

Or even keep everything the exact same way that it’s been?

So many questions running through my head. And my question for you..

Have you ever felt this way? What did you do to help yourself to feel better? What do you want for YOU in your life?

Work it out Wednesday

It’s WORK IT OUT WEDNESDAY

Get workin’ hard this hump day! Nothing like a good sweat session to lift your spirits and make the day go by a little faster.

I put together a little workout and gave it a try. As usual, I split up my cardio because I get soooo bored inside the gym on the machines. I’m definitely a more outdoorsy cardio girl. Do the cardio of your choice for 20 minutes in the beginning and 20 minutes to finish up the session.

Complete each move for the recommended number of reps with 5-10 pounds. Once completed, do another round!

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