Strawberry Chia Jam

A fruity jam that gets a superfood boost from chia seeds, this Strawberry Chia Seed Jam will keep your from ever buying store-bought jams again!

Strawberry Chia Jam

There really isn’t anything mind-blowing about this recipe. You can search Pinterest and find a million chia seed jam recipes just like it. This recipe however, was my first try at a chia seed jam, and I’m dang proud of it, so I’m sharing it with you. Plus, I think my version is one of the easiest versions out there!

This recipe was actually brought on by the mass amounts of strawberries in my fridge. Tis the season to hoard all the berries! No but really, when the price tag says $.88, there’s no way I’m walking away without at least 4 containers under my arm. It’s just good common sense to me.

I’ve also been craving jelly in all forms lately: on sandwiches, on toast, in my oatmeal, on top of pancakes….so instead of buying some sugar-filled store-bought version I wanted to make my own, but without the fuss of typical jam making. That stuff can get complicated to make! Enter in chia seeds and their liquid absorbing abilities. Those tiny seeds may be freaky looking, but they sure are powerful!

And since my last dive into chia seeds was successful, I went into this recipe with nothing but positive thoughts. And I got them right….again!

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

Ingredients:

  • 1lb package of strawberries, stems removed and halved
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2-4 tablespoons of honey
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice

    Place sliced strawberries into a pan over medium to high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Once berries have broken down and softened, mash with a potato masher or fork. You can also transfer them into a blender. On medium to low heat, stir in the chia seeds, honey and lemon juice. Allow the strawberry mixture to simmer and thicken for roughly 5 minutes. Once thickened, remove from heat and let cool. Store in a sealed jar or container. Jam will keep for two weeks.

  • Notes:

    • Almost any berry can be used in this recipe! Try blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or even a mixture!
    • Fresh berries are always preferred, but frozen berries can be used in a pinch.

    Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

    I think my favorite part of this jam is how subtly sweet it is. You know how some store-bought jams and jellies are just overly sweet? Like you feel you need an insulin shot after? I hate that about jams. I made my jam with only 2 tablespoons of honey because my berries were pretty ripe, but if you’ve got some less sweet fruit then I’d recommend adding a few more squirts of honey. It really is all up to your taste preference though!

    I’ve been literally putting this jam on everything, but my favorite ways to use it thus far have been well documented. I’m sure you guys remember this….Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

    Heated jam on top of pancakes. This is better than any syrup if you ask me! Ok, so maybe that’s not true, because there are some really delicious syrups out there, but for right now this jam has become my go-to pancake topper. Plus, you get a dose of fruit as well!

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    And then we have the PB&J theme, but with oats! This is my daily bowl of oats right now. Simple rolled oats with cinnamon that are topped with mass amounts of peanut butter and strawberry chia jam.

    So yes, this jam is quite literally….my jam. I just can’t get enough of it.

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    Have you ever made chia seed jam?
    What’s your favorite flavor of jam or jelly?

    Thinking Out Loud #48

    Things are about to get randomly out of control on the blog today people, so bear with me. I promise you will be entertained, regardless of the amount of awkwardness and or weirdness that may arise within the following photos. Just go with me here, alright? But be warned…there’s a lot of Kat in this post!

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    All that to say, let’s get random….the selfie version!

    1. I’m a no frills kind of girl [if you couldn't tell] but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to get dolled up every now and then. Here’s the photographic evidence!

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    All done up in my Sunday best. My church is very low key, in fact my pastor typically wears a Hawaiian shirt every Sunday when he preaches. That’s "dressed up" to him. During soccer season I have games on Sundays, so I have even worn my soccer warm-ups to church.

    Sometimes you just got to get fancy though, you know what I mean?

    2. Ninja and I made a friend last weekend. I named him Geoffrey, obviously, after the Toys R Us giraffe. Because I’m a child.

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    Side note, giraffes have the most nasty looking tongues in the world. I get that they have long tongues so that they can reach food high up in trees, but holy smokes that thing could strangle someone. [try to get that visual out of your head now!]

    3. I made a new goal for myself this week to get in 100 push-ups a day, in whatever variety or form I wanted. I can incorporate them into my workout or simply spread them out through the day, I just want to do 100 push-ups a day.

    So there I was Monday night, watching baseball and cranking out some diamond push-ups when I turned to Ninja and asked…

    Me: Why are they called diamond push-ups if your hands only make a triangle?
    Ninja: Because people with normal sized thumbs can actually make a diamond with their hands.

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    Unofficial leader of the tiny thumbs club

    Shots fired. Needless to say I won’t be performing any more diamond push-ups when that guy is around! Jerk.

    4. Speaking of workouts, boy do I have a gnarly one to share with you guys tomorrow! It whooped.my.butt. When I put it together I was actually thinking that I should probably add more because it looked too easy.

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    But that’s the thing about kettlebells and squats, they own you in the face until you are flat on your back. Literally. I think I laid on my filthy garage floor for 10 minutes just trying to get the feeling back in my legs. I’m actually quite certain that my mailman did a double take as he walked by to make sure I wasn’t dead…

    5. I’m obsessed with these donuts people. Obsessed. Someone stop the madness.

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    I’ve actually got plans for chocolate ones as well, because what’s the donut world without some chocolate on chocolate action? I thought that maybe I would just do a chocolate donut with a light glaze on top, but the frosting on these donuts is too good to ignore. I need chocolate.

    Give me all of the chocolate!

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    Tell me something random about your day!

    [WIAW] 4.15.2015

    Let’s danceeee!

    err, I mean party! Kevin Bacon’s way sounds so much better though. Although there will be no dancing for this girl any time soon. Holy leg doms. I’m fairly sure my quads are going to be sore for the next week [you know, right up until it’s time to squat again!]. WIAWbuttonThis will be the most random WIAW I’ve done in a while. My appetite has just been all over the place lately [I blame it on the lingering effects of Easter candy!] plus I’ve been pretty exhausted this week. No sleep = random, whatever I can grab type of meals. Pair that with the ever changing spring weather and you’ve got one interesting batch of meals for WIAW. You’ve been warned!

    Breakfast – Strawberry Chia Seed Jam [recipe coming!] smothered pancakes

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    It always amazes me how something so simple can be so gosh darn tasty. These were just your average run of the mill oat flour pancakes, but they sure did hit the spot! And they seemed to be extra fluffy for some reason, which only added to my delight. I know this may look like a lame stack of pancakes [only 3?] but I ate two more when I was cooking them up. I know, I have zero willpower. It really is an issue.

    By the way, this jam? It IS the jam. Yikes…that one was bad. Recipe coming soon!

    Lunch – Strawberry smoothie in a bowl

    strawberry smoothie strawberries, 2% cottage cheese, ice, almond milk

    “It’s so fluffy I’m gunna die!”

    It never gets old guys. Never. And I know what you’re thinking right now…”is that really all she ate for lunch?” Yes, yes it was. But as the day progresses my hunger seems to grow [as you’ll soon see] so don’t fret my friends. Kat got her grub on as per usual. In all honesty, those pancakes had me stuffed pretty good, so I wasn’t overly hungry by the time noon rolled around. I was more so hot/craving something cold, so that’s where the smoothie came into play!

    Snack – Popcorn

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    New obsession alert! I could just dump this stuff straight into my mouth. I’m sure that’s not how it was intended to be consumed, but I really don’t care. It’s darn tasty. The best news? They have a zillion more flavors that I am going to be picking up very, very soon. I actually sprinkled some of this on to some veggies last night and Ninja scarfed them down. Score one for the wife ;)

    Dinner – Chicken & broccoli pasta

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    In all honesty, this bowl actually only had like 10 noodles in it. Apparently I misjudged the amount of noodles I needed to cook so I gave most of them to Ninja [since he’s a growing boy and all]. But I still had an entire chicken breast in here as well as all that broccoli, so I was more than content! I find that I am usually carbed out by dinner time anyway, seeing as how many I consume during the day.

    SnackChocolate Glazed Donut

    Chocolate Glzed Donut

    This really doesn’t surprise you, does it? Well it shouldn’t. I know I said I was carbed out, but not when those carbs come coated in chocolate! Due to my lack of carbs at dinner I was feeling a tad snacky later in the evening, so I snagged one of these beauties for a quick fix. It more than did the trick. Seriously if you haven’t checked out the recipe, what are you waiting for! I promise you will love them.

    And now I’m off to torture nurse my legs with some quality foam rolling time. Maybe I can actually get through it without breaking out in a cold sweat. Freaking torture device.

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    What do you put on your popcorn? I’m usually a plain kind of gal, but this stuff is crack!

    [Healthier] Chocolate Glazed Donuts

    A chocolate glazed donut that is whole grain and low-fat, but still light, fluffy and delicious!

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    I hope you guys like pictures, because you are about to get hit with a lot of them.

    If you aren’t into weight lifting, you’re probably not aware of the new “dead lifts and donuts” trend. Who would of ever thought those two things would go together, am I right? Well apparently it’s a thing, so much so that weight lifters are actually eating donuts while dead lifting. That seems a bit over zealous to me, but hey, who am I to judge? I guess the simple sugars and carbs equal straight up fuel for the body [doesn’t take long to digest, immediately gives the body a spike] and lifters are finding amazing success with the pairing.

    Let me just stop your thought process right now: This is one bandwagon I most certainly am letting drive right on by.

    I have done the donut before exercising thing once in my life. I was 14 and the team mom for my soccer team brought donuts for the girls before the game. Who told her that was a good idea, I’m not quite sure. Needless to say, 20 minutes into the game I was up-chucking on the side line.

    Of course things may be different now, but the thought of eating a sugar laden donut before [or while] busting my butt in the gym makes me want to yack.

    All that to say, that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good donut :)

    So yes, I whipped up a batch of healthier donuts this weekend, but no, I have no plans on eating them while in the gym. Or eating them before I go to the gym. I can easily see me eating them after, however. Although that would mean I would have some left after icing them, which seems to be a bit of a problem for me. Apparently recently frosted donuts don’t stand a chance in my house. This was hands down the hardest photo shoot I’ve ever had to do….

    Healthier Chocolate Glazed Donuts
    Makes 6 donuts

    Donut Ingredients:

    • 1 cup oat flour
    • 1/4 cup stevia for baking
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 egg whites
    • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
    • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons almond milk

    Glaze Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 2 tablespoons almond milk

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray or oil your donut pan. In a bowl, mix together the oat flour, stevia, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl whisk together the egg whites, vanilla, coconut oil and almond milk until bubbly. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing until well incorporated. Spoon the batter into the donut pan, filling each to about 3/4 full. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until donuts spring back when touched. Allow to cool 10 minutes then remove from pan. Whisk together glaze ingredients. Dip donuts into glaze, making sure top is completely coated. Sprinkle with whatever toppings you’d like or leave alone to set!

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    So light…so fluffy.

    I opted to top mine with unsweetened coconut shreds, simply because I didn’t have any cute rainbow sprinkles to use. What horrible planning, I know. What’s a donut without rainbow sprinkles? I was pretty sad about that fact, until I took a bite out of one. Then all thoughts of rainbow sprinkles faded away.

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    So there you have it, light, fluffy, healthier donuts that are sure to be a hit with anyone. That is, if you get around to sharing any. I don’t see that happening in my foreseeable future.

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    Donuts before deadlifts anyone?

    [WIAW] Candy binges galore

    Happy Wednesday!

    My internet has been crashing all day every day this week, so fingers crossed that this post actually get’s out when I want it too! If the stupid thing continues like this, I’m going to have to head to a Starbucks or something to get these things out [not to mention to send in my freelance work!]. So I apologize in advance for my lack of commenting this week, I hate doing it on my phone [huge fingers, tiny buttons] and my internet just won’t cooperate!

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    Currently Eating….Oatmeal & Chia Pudding. So this might be an extremely strange combo, but I’ve totally fallen in love with it.

    Oatmeal & Chia Pudding oatmeal mixed with chocolate chia pudding & topped with berries & peanut butter

    I love my oatmeal, I do, but sometimes it can get boring to have the same breakfast every morning. I’ve been feeling uninspired as of late with my oatmeal, but then I came across my almost finished batch of chocolate chia pudding and had an idea [light bulb!]. So I stirred that leftover pudding into my already cooked oats and BAM! a delicious, nutrient rich breakfast that had me doing a little jig in the kitchen. Also, not a bad way to use up some leftovers!

    Currently Eating….Cornbread & Honey. I have no idea where this craving come from guys. It hit me out of the blue last week and I found myself baking before I knew what was happening.

    cornbread and honeywarm cornbread & honey with apple slices

    Maybe it’s my intense love for all things carbs, but this craving hit me hard last week. 100% honesty here, I have no idea why I was craving this, but making this batch of cornbread was one of the best things I’ve done in a while. Honey + warm cornbread = match made in heaven. These foods were literally made for each other. And I know that a lot of people like their cornbread to go with a soup [like a chili] but I love it best when it’s just soaked in honey. Mmmm gimme!

    Currently Eating….Wild Rice. Yet another weird craving that left me shocked and appalled.

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    Let me just clarify something right quick: I hate sausage.

    I don’t buy it and I don’t eat it. I think it’s the whole casing thing that freaks me out? Regardless, my step-dad used to make his wild rice for every holiday and each time he would try to get me to eat it and each time I would shudder. Bleh, sausage. And then apparently I grew up and my taste buds changed, because now I freaking love this dish. Don’t get me wrong you still won’t find me buying sausage any time soon, but now I can actually eat it without throwing up in my mouth a little.

    Currently Eating….Turkey & Avocado Wraps. Oh avocados, I love you and your buttery richness.

    turkey & avocado wrap carrots & greek yogurt dip + turkey, spinach & avocado wrap

    Give me all the wraps. Allll of them. I’ve ordered a wrap twice this past week while out and about and have been making them almost daily for a quick lunch. Of course mine aren’t as luxurious as the restaurant ones, but I’ve still got some solid ingredients in there! I really need to roast up some red bell peppers. Those suckers would send these babies through the roof in terms of taste!

    Side note, when did baby carrots becomes so….baby? I feel totally ripped off by these tiny things! Who put the baby carrots on a diet??

    Currently Eating….Easter Candy. Good Lord, someone please, save me from myself.

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    STOP

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    why yes, that is a 5lb bag of Cadbury eggs [I hate my life….]

    I love my husband, I really do, but if he comes home with one more bag of discounted Easter candy, I may just become a widow. There is so much candy in our house right now that I feel like I gained 5lbs just by looking at it.

    Side note, who knew that swedish fish came in jelly bean form? Ummm new favorite candy! And in case you were wondering [because I know you were] yes, I do eat the black jelly beans. I love me some black licorice! I’ve also found that black licorice breath is Ninja repellant. ;)

    How’s everyone else doing out there with the Easter candy binges? Someone want to come take this candy away before I inhale it all?

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    Are you a black licorice fan?
    How much candy did you get for Easter?

    Chocolate Chia Pudding

    A rich chocolate chia seed pudding overflowing with super food power!

    Chocolate Chia Pudding

    I’m going to be real with you guys here – Chia seeds freak me out.

    Do you realize these seeds are from those annoying cha-cha-cha-chia! plants? And if you zoom in on them and get all up in their business, do you notice that they look like mini-speckled dinosaur eggs?

    Chia-close-up mini dinosaur eggs!

    Am I the only one a bit freaked out by this?

    The super food boost that these tiny seeds give can’t really be ignored however. Stuffed to the brim with the ever essential omega 3 fatty acids, chia seeds are also loaded with fiber, protein and a plethora of vitamins and minerals.

    With all those nutrients involved, I decided it was time to bite the bullet, put my fears aside, and try out some chia seed pudding. Granted, I have used chia seeds before, but mostly in oats and smoothies. The whole gelatinous pudding thing kind of gave me the shivers, but then I thought about the texture and consistency of rice pudding and how much I adore that stuff, so I figured I’d bite the bullet and give chia pudding a shot!

    Chocolate Chia Pudding
    Serves 2

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/4 cups almond milk
    • 1/3 cup chia seeds
    • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
    • 1 tablespoon carob powder
    • 2 tablespoons honey [maple syrup for vegan!]
    • Pinch sea salt

    Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or jar, stirring well until everything is combined and incorporated. Cover and place in the refrigerator to set. Let set for 4 hours or overnight. Enjoy!

    Options:

    • The cacao and carob powder are easily interchanged. Switch to all cacao or all carob powder depending on your taste preference.
    • Choose maple syrup instead of honey for the sweetener.
    • Switch to coconut milk, cashew milk, or regular dairy milk for a different taste and texture
    • Add extracts for a fun new twist, such as peppermint or orange.

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    I topped mine with unsweetened coconut shreds and goji berries because apparently I can’t eat any food without some form of topping these days.

    As for my thoughts on the pudding, while I did think it tasted great and would make for a suitable snack or dessert, it doesn’t even come close to replacing real pudding to me. There’s just nothing that can beat that creamy texture! But I’m wondering if I maybe add some nut butter or coconut butter to the mix, how smooth that would make the pudding. Maybe I will experiment with that next!

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    The flavor of this pudding is great, but if you aren’t using carob then it’s going to have a slightly different taste to it. I love the combination of cacao and carob, but I would assume and all cacao version would just be a nice deep chocolate flavor. I like the subtle hints that carob gives off in terms of flavor, but I am going to try to make an all cacao version of this pudding as well to see how it compares.

    So all in all I would say that this was a successful first dive into the chia pudding world. I loved the flavor, the texture didn’t gross me out like I thought it would, and I was able to enjoy it without thinking of a growing plant head of hair.

    I’d say it was a success indeed.

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    Ever tried a chia seed pudding?
    What’s your favorite way to use chia seeds?

    FitBit: Workout Jams To Get You Pumped

    Music is a pretty important aspect in my life. Though I am not musically talented in any way, I am just attracted to the way it makes me feel. How it can boost my spirits when I’m down, how it tells the perfect love story, how it perfectly breaks your heart and of course, how it can get you pumped for that workout.

    Working out with music is absolutely essential to me. It gets me pumped to get going in those early morning workout sessions and somehow, the right song comes on every time I need an extra push to get me through that last set.

    My taste in music is very eclectic, so I show no bias when it comes to workout tunes. If it’s got a good beat or a funky tune that can keep me moving, then I’m putting it in my "Get Sweaty" play list. So don’t be surprised when you find everything from country to rap on this play list.

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     Here’s my top tunes as of right now!

    • Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars
    • Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna & E.S. Posthumus [super cool remake of the original!]
    • Revolution – Diplo
    • Becoming Who You Are – Mainstay
    • Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    • Collide – Dishwalla
    • Remember the name – Fort Minor
    • Centuries – Fall Out Boy
    • Immortals – Fall Out Boy
    • Criminal – Britney Spears
    • Stranger – X Ambassadors
    • Style – Taylor Swift
    • Chains – Nick Jonas
    • Empire of our own – Raign
    • Reckless – Jeremy Camp

    So as you can see, I’m kind of all over the place in terms of genre! And I always try to finish my workout up with a worship song to remember who gave me this body in the first place [thank you Jesus!], and the song Reckless really embodies everything I want to do right now for Christ. It’s also upbeat and fast paced, so it fits well into the playlist!

    If you are looking for new music, I highly suggest X Ambassadors. I know they are now becoming popular for their song Jungle, but they have so many good songs from older albums! Check out the Love Songs Drug Songs album. It’s got some great stuff!

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    What songs are on your workout playlist?

    Thinking Out Loud #47

    How bout some random fun?

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    1. When the Nuggets were with me this past week they decided that they wanted to work out with me. Instead of putting them through a workout [ a 2 year old and a 7 year old doing push-ups is a funny sight], I opted to use them as the weight for mine! Saturday workouts are typically total body workouts for me with lots of plyo work and other exercises to ramp up my heart rate, but I switched it up a bit so that I could use both of the kids for different moves.

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    I used Big T for heavier exercises and had him get on my back piggy-back style, then I put Linc up on my shoulders or cradled in my arms for lighter weight stuff.

    Let me just tell you, having an unbalanced 70lb child on your back makes squats much more challenging! I could not believe how sore I was the next day. Super setting lower body exercises with 70lbs then 20lbs sure makes for some sore legs!

    Just another note, for those of you who have kids but can never find time to workout, I’m pretty sure this right here is your answer! We had Ratatouille on the TV so they had something to watch when I was resting or getting some water, but for the most part both of them were squealing with impatience waiting for me to pick them up and toss them around in some way!

    2. For those of you who asked about this adorable sport’s bra of mine, I actually picked it up from Forever21! Pretty shocking right? The best part was that it was only $12.99. They have similar styles in plain black as well, which I am most likely going to be purchasing soon. Sport’s bras are the one fitness item that I never buy, so I have some pretty old, ratty ones that really need to be retired!sportsbra

    3. On the subject of interesting backed clothes, I picked up these two new bathing suit tops this weekend. I apparently have the desire to get the weirdest most awkward tan lines ever this summer.IMG_9782

    In all honesty I actually can’t stand normal triangle bikini tops. They never fit me right [small chest, wide back] and I’ve never found one that I really feel comfortable in. I tried these two tops on from Target and loved the fit of both [I could move without worrying about wardrobe malfunctions!]. I stood there for literally 20 minutes trying to decide between the two before I finally just gave in and bought both. Now if only I could find someone to go to the beach with me!

    4. Speaking of summer, the prices on produce during the warmer months really makes my soul [and wallet!] quite happy.

    IMG_9722-001 Check those prices, yo!

    Of course the day after I saw an add that showed this same store advertising strawberries for $.88 instead of the $.98 I paid, but whatever. I still paid less than $3 for strawberries that I normally have to pay around $3.25 for in normal grocery stores! And can I just bow down now to the produce gods for giving me Asian pears at 3 for $1? I grew up with eating Asian pears daily during the summer months since my daddy had a tree, so seeing them this cheap had me flashing back to the good old days!

    5. I am 100% prepped and ready for Easter Sunday! If you guys remember, I have a tradition of eating a chocolate bunny’s ears every Easter in remembrance of my times growing up when my daddy would always sneak mine. I know, what a rough childhood I had. However did I make it through?

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    Of course THIS is what happens when you have your husband bring you home a chocolate bunny. Apparently he didn’t know if I wanted milk chocolate or dark [always dark!] so he just bought both. Sigh…guess I’ll just have to nibble both of these little bunnies ears off this Sunday!

    Whew that was some randomness there wasn’t it? It’s a good thing Amanda has this link-up. Where the heck would I put all these random thoughts in my head without it?

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    Ever worked out with a kid on your back?
    What’s your favorite type of Easter candy? I must admit, I’m a jelly bean fan to the core!

    What I’m Currently Eating #5

    Hello friends! Happy April Fools Day!

    Anyone play any tricks yet? I’m honestly afraid to go to work because of what I might find….hopefully my chair hasn’t had all the screws taken out of it so I don’t fall on my butt as soon as I sit. I’m not the only one with this fear am I? Just saying…I work with some clowns. Anyway, on to some eats!

    Currently Eating….Puffed Wheat Cereal. I’ve been off the cereal train for a bit now, but for some reason I had a craving for puffed wheat cereal this week. I know it doesn’t have much taste to it, but I’m also a rice cake fan, so I just know exactly how to dress it up to make it tasty!

    IMG_9726 puffed wheat cereal, bloobs, berries & almond milk

    The only pitfall with this cereal is how unbelievably soggy it gets in literally no time at all. I’ve rectified this situation by 1) inhaling the bowl as fast as a can or 2) pouring a little cereal and a little almond milk in at a time. The 2nd option is slightly more time consuming, but it probably looks more appealing than me shoveling cereal into my mouth as fast as humanly possible…

    Currently Eating….Goji Berry Granola. Yep, just by the handful. Ok so that’s not entirely true, but for the most part I just grab a handful and toss it in!

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    Guyyyssss this stuff is crack. And I’m becoming a bit obsessed with those little gojis. Which is unfortunate for my wallet, because those suckers aren’t cheap. Even though I prefer some chunks in my granola, I have to say that this flaky like granola is just as good. Sure it’s not as easy to munch on [see above] but it is so much easier to sprinkle on top of smoothies, yogurt, banana soft serve, ect!

    Currently Eating….Brown Rice Cakes with Gojis. Told you I was becoming obsessed, didn’t I?

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    This has pretty much become my go-to before dinner snack or after work snack. I finally found a brand of rice cakes that doesn’t completely fall apart when you bite into them [Mother’s]. I actually went and bought 2 more packages of these suckers yesterday because I love them so much. Now if only I could find some place to buy some cheap gojis….

    Currently Eating….Spirulina. Repeat photo from monday’s post! It was just too pretty not to share again

    smoothieinabowl spirulina protein froyo topped with goji granola, annie’s chocolate bunnies & light reddi whip

    Ever since doing some research on the super food, spirulina has become a staple in my smoothies [or in this case, protein froyo!]. Now I know that all the health benefits of spirulina haven’t been extensively studied, but all those nutrients in this stuff has to give some sort of boost, so I’ve been incorporating it into my diet to see what it can do for me!

    Currently Eating….Carrots & Dip. Ok so this plate has some crackers too, but most of the time it’s just plain carrots and this delicious dip!

    carrotsanddip carrots, Kashi crackers & Garden Greens dip

    I’ve been big on carrots and dip lately, but I was getting a tad bit burnt out on my usual hummus or greek yogurt ranch dip. I saw this stuff in the grocery store this week and was instantly pulled in by the word “artichokes” written across the top. Give me all the artichokes!

    This dip is chunky yet smooth, tangy but just right, and simply downright delicious. It was $3 for this tiny tub which doesn’t make my wallet too happy, but if gets me eating raw veggies then I guess I’ll keep forking over the cash!

    Currently Eating….Zucchini Boats. My favorite squash was on sale this week, so I picked up quite a few of them with every intent on turning them into boats!

    [please excuse the crappy lighting & iphone picture]

    175 zucchini stuffed with seasonings, black beans & feta, topped with marinara

    I don’t get too complex with my zucchini boats if you couldn’t tell. I think one of the things I am most looking forward to this summer is spending time with my grill and my veggies. I adore grilled zucchini, as well as peppers, yellow squash and asparagus. It’s like a switch gets flipped in my body when summer weather rolls around. I go from a non-veggie lover to eating every kind of veggie I can find. Now if only I could get Ninja to jump on board with me!

    So there it is – some recent, tasty eats! I tried to only show you guys the new-ish stuff that I’m eating. I know beheaded bunnies get old after a while ;)

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    What are you currently eating?
    Favorite veggie to grill?

    March In Review

    It’s that time again folks!

    Time for yet another monthly review [although I guess march isn't technically over yet, but whatever]. I had some personal things going on last week as well as a bit of a cold, so if you missed me [which you probably didn't] that’s where I was! Thankfully I had Sissy and my nuggets to keep me company for most of the week, but let’s just say I am beyond glad that week is behind me. Onward and upward as they say, right?

    Food

    Due to my new freelance gig, I’ve been experimenting a lot in the kitchen this month. Of course I haven’t shared them all with you because they took some time to get posted, but they are live and ready to be drooled over, pinned and tried out if you would like to! And I highly advise that you do, especially those coconut fudge truffles and that granola. And no, it’s not a mistake that two out of the three recipes involved no cooking. Helloooo heat wave! Not turning on my oven any time soon [unless of course it’s to make these recipes!]

    Coconut Flour Fudge Brownies

    Coconut Flour Brownies

    Fudgy, dense, milk-worthy brownies [and that’s coming from a non-milk fan!]. I really can’t say enough about these brownies. I made 3 batches of these suckers this month, and I can guarantee you that when my order comes in of coconut flour, they will be one of them 1st things I make.  Those and this next recipe!

    Coconut Fudge Truffles

    Coconut Fudge Truffles 

    This recipe guys….wowza. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is probably my favorite recipe I’ve ever made. The fudginess here is just off the charts…off.the.charts. Sissy agreed with me as well, which meant I had to make two batches while she was here.

    Goji Berry Superfood Granola

    gojigranola2 

    This granola literally screams summer. Berry + coconut = me under an umbrella on a beach somewhere. I haven’t made granola in a really long time, which I realized after making this batch is because I literally can’t keep my hands off it. Straight shots into my mouth, every time I’m in the kitchen.

    Maca Super Bites

    Maca Super Bites

    Yet another recipe created for my freelance gig this month, these little Super Bites are pretty much bites of energy. Packed with superfoods like maca and carob, these suckers will give you just the jolt you need to get you through your day.

    Fitness

    Unfortunately I slacked a bit with the FitBit series this month. Like I said above, the new freelance gig kind of got my blogging schedule off kilter, so it’s been a bit of adjustment finding the time to do all this. That being said, I’ve still be crushing it in the gym!

    sports bra

    On another note, how freaking cute is this new sport’s bra I picked up?

    I’m a sucker for anything rainbow [it is after all, my favorite color!] and the back of this thing is just too awesome. I love unique pieces, especially when it comes to fitness wear. I’m not big on name brands or things like that, but when you wear fitness clothes as much as I do, you’ve gotta throw something different in there now and then! I can only stand so many of the same exact sport’s bras, tank tops and leggings. Which is of course why my legging collection is a bit….odd.

    Current Obsessions

    As always, there’s a few foods I’ve been just beyond obsessed with this month. I was going to throw Annie’s bunnies into this category, but my love affair with those little cotton tailed cookies should be fairly well documented by now. Here’s a few of some others though!

    Protein Froyo

    With the heat picking up, it really should be no surprise that I’ve been turning to my beloved protein froyo for meals, snacks and everything in between. Quick, simple, and packed with nutrients [and super easy to change up!], these suckers are always a win in my book.

    shamrock protein froyo Protein Froyo

    Chocolate Protein Froyo

    I could literally eat one of these every single day for the rest of my life. Although half of the time I’m pretty sure I make it just so that I can go insane with the toppings. And in case you were wondering, these are usually meals or post workout meals. I don’t snack this big. Ok so that may be a partial lie, it really depends on the day. But can you blame me? They’re so pretty I just die!

    TJ’s Yogurt Star Cookies

    Trader Joes yogurt stars
    True story, Sissy actually bought these cookies for the Nuggets, but she left them behind when they headed home. Much to my delight! The serving size is only 8 cookies, which I’m sure would have made this bag last a lot longer than it did for me….

    Look of the month

    Ok so this is a new topic this month, so just go with me on it!

     

    boyfriendsjeans

    I’m not typically one for fashion trends, but I am all about this boyfriend jean trend. You guys have no idea how hard it is to put skinny jeans on these quads and calves of mine, so any pant that gives my legs some wiggle room is a favorite of mine! I also love that tomboy, undone look, which is probably why the baggy jeans with holes look is so appealing to me.  boyfriendsjeans2

    This is probably about as dressed up as I take this trend. I know a lot of women pair their boyfriend jeans with heels [and it looks freaking hot], but I’m just not a heels kind of gal. I have a very low key job and have no reason to dress real professional, so I stick to cute sandals or boots most days. All that to say, I already own 1 pair of these jeans, and am on the lookout for another!

    Quote

    YOU ARE STRONG~

    March really tested my strength. I’m not talking about physical strength [although yes – I certainly tested that!] but my mental and spiritual strength. There were days that I really felt down, on the specifics I can’t really say, but those days I could feel parts of me just getting eaten away by this world. I allowed myself to focus on things that didn’t matter, on things that were out of my control, and I let those things run rampant in my head and in my heart. I found myself doubled over from the pressures of this world, allowing all of it to sit on my shoulders like a boulder and weigh me down.

    But then I remembered that God would never give me anything I couldn’t handle. I remembered that I cannot control the future and instead, need to focus on staying in the present and working with what I have now. I remembered that I am more than I give myself credit for and worth far more than this world says I am.

    And I found my strength again.

    So that was my month in review! I should be back to blogging regularly now, and have high hopes for this upcoming month.

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