Healthy Choices

SAVE YOURSELF FROM YOURSELF - Chilly Cow

This post is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chilly Cow®. The opinions and text are all mine.

I will NEVER turn down the chance to write about dessert...Would YOU? I was thrilled when I recently discovered Chilly Cow® half pints and bars for their new campaign Save Yourself From Yourself. Guess which flavor I went for?!?!? The peanut butter one of course!!! There are plenty of delicious flavors to choose from...Brown Butter Salted Caramel, Chocolate Brownie Batter, and Mint Dark Chocolate Chip, BUT, as soon as I saw the Sweet Cream Peanut Butter...SOLD!

SAVE YOURSELF FROM YOURSELF

Before we dive into my full review of this product, let’s talk about my relationship with sweet treats. I LOVE sweets and I definitely treat myself to them, but not on a regular basis. Why? One: It is not a lifestyle choice that works for me. I have many friends who have something sweet every night. That works for them, which is great. Two: My body does not handle regular sweet treats well. It messes up my sleep pattern and can sometimes upset my stomach, so I am careful with how much I consume. Three: I truly do not crave sweets regularly, so I am not going to force something. There are many times after dinner that Shannon has ice cream or cookies, but I choose not to join in the sweet party, because I honestly just do not want it.

With ALL of that being said, when I do get those sweet cravings, I GO FOR IT! I listen to my body. I give it what wants, when it wants it. I no longer deny it of the foods that it craves, whatever they may be. Sometimes it is all the greens. Sometimes it is all the wine, cheese, and bread. And sometimes it is delicious dessert, because who can say NO to creamy goodness?!?!? Life is about balance. Life is about having fun. Life is about making mistakes and learning from them. In the end, when it comes to food, workouts, and life, do YOU. Do what makes YOU happy…RIGHT? So now that I am done preaching, let us talk about Chilly Cow lower calories Ice Cream!

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What do you need to know about Chilly Cow?

  • These Half Pints are jam-packed with protein! The Sweet Cream Peanut Butter Half Pint has 13g;

  • 55% fewer calories than regular ice cream;

  • 60% less sugar than regular ice cream;

  • 70% less fat than regular ice cream;

  • It is made with ultra-filtered milk…What does that exactly mean anyway? I had no clue either, so I looked it up. Ultra-filtered is milk that is run through a very fine filter for the purpose of removing some sugar and water from the milk and concentrating the remaining protein.

  • Find it in your local Publix store between 2/2/19 and 2/15/19, and you can to save $2 on any variety of Chilly Cow product at your local Publix ! Hurry up and STOCK UP! Click HERE for savings?

  • They are DELICIOUS! Can we talk about the flavors again? Check them all out HERE and then tell me which one you will grab first!

How did I ENJOY my Chilly Cow?

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With ALL the toppings of course! Don’t get me wrong, they are delicious without the toppings, but when it comes to treating myself to sweets, I like to GO BIG sometimes. More peanut butter on top? YES PLEASE! Homemade granola for some extra crunch? YES PLEASE! The beauty of dessert is that you can never really go wrong with any toppings. Since I do not have any candy in my condo, peanut butter and granola are a “better-for-you” option, but also a really delicious one. I am getting all my macros…WINNING!

Overall, I honestly, really enjoyed Chilly Cow! I approve of the ingredients, the flavor, and the message of their campaign - Save Yourself From Yourself! High-fives to a company that FINALLY has nailed it with a lighter-ice cream that actually tastes good.

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What is YOUR favorite ice cream flavor?

What is YOUR favorite ice cream topping?

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

The storm has passed and thankfully we were not hit! We were one of the few who decided to stay and I’m glad that we did, but OMG did I get stir crazy!!! I didn’t mind that I was able to do a ton of work, but it’s only Wednesday and I’m pooped. I did a lot of work, I worked out, and we took drives for whenever I needed a break. YES, I am a workaholic, but it kept me sane during the storm…You know what else helps me stay sane?!?!?! You know the answer…a good sweat session!

As we say goodbye to summer, it is time to welcome in a new season with open arms, a positive outlook, and motivating fitness tips to start or continue your fitness journey through Fall. This is the perfect time of year to change things up...try new things...and challenge yourself to be the best version of you inside and out. Whether you are a veteran fitness junkie or you are wanting to take that first step into becoming more active, this post is all about helping you fall into FALL inspired and ready to GO FOR IT!

Sign Up For A Race - Even though I love the heat and humidity, a lot of people don't, so Fall is the perfect time to sign up for a race and to start training in the cooler temperatures. Watching the sunrise and seeing the leaves change in the early morning hours is the perfect way to start your day. Getting outside each day is a healthy way to get that Vitamin D, move your body, disconnect, and start your morning on the right foot.

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

There is a plethora of 5K's, 10K's, half-marathon, and marathon options for every level in every state. And for each kind of race, there are great training programs to help you get started. Each time I sign up for a half marathon, I like to print my training schedule and put it on my refrigerator so each day I can cross it off. Having a race to train for and look forward to, helps me stay motivated and disciplined. I believe having this kind of structure is good for anyone who wants to stay active through the Fall season.

Try A New Fitness Class - Everywhere you look there are new gyms, yoga, CrossFit, Orange Theory, and spin studios popping up and offering incredible deals to get you to join. So why not take advantage of it and TRY IT OUT! If you don't like it, who cares, you gave it a shot, now go try something else until you find something that works for YOU! And why not bring a friend or your partner to join in the fun too, that way you both can sweat it out together; have some fun; and keep each other accountable.

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

Confession - I have a love/hate relationship with SPIN. I used to honestly dread it, but I wanted and needed to add some more variety to my workouts. I needed to shake things up, so when I found out that there was a new spin studio less than 2 miles away from my condo it was a no-brainer. Method Ride is AWESOME! The studio is spotless, the teachers are kick-ass, they have a decent amount of classes, they offer daycare, and they have a killer selection of apparel. Each class is 45 minutes and they do some weight training with 3-pound weights, which I LOVE! It is a hard, fun, and an intense workout that trains your entire body and leaves me feeling pretty badass. WINNING! I even got the significant other to join too...BOOM! If you live in Mount Pleasant...COME JOIN ME!!!

Tackle This At-Home Workout -

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

If you are on a budget or not ready to do a workout in a gym, then here is a great workout that you can do anywhere. Do it while you watch the morning news...Take it to the park with some of your friends...Do it in your driveway. Not only can you do this anywhere, but you can also do it to fit your needs. Have more time? Keep going as long as you want. Want to challenge yourself? Add dumbbells to some of the moves. Watch the video to see how to do it and then tackle it and let me know how it goes.

What is something NEW you are trying out this Fall season?

What races have you signed up for?

WHAT 5 STAPLES ARE ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE

Oh HEY friends...do you remember me?!?! It's been a month since I have posted a blog post...Life happens and it's been happening!

Instead of freaking out or putting pressure on myself to force something to happen, I am just doing what I can when I can. At this point in my business, it is important that I take care of my clients first and then when I have the time to write and share, I will make it happen, but it will happen naturally. So now I am back and ready to write, share, and just go with the flow. I surprisingly have a ton of ideas that I want to write about, but nowadays, it comes down to time, enjoying life, and making sure I'm present in real time and real relationships. Can I get an AMEN!!! But when I do have time to write, you bet your ass I will be sharing, creating, and inspiring, so let's do it, while I have your attention. And let's talk FOOD, my favorite topic...WOOT WOOT!

I LOVE to go food shopping! I know that a lot of people do not like this chore, but there is something exciting about cleaning out your fridge and then going to the store with a clean slate and stocking it all up again with delicious and healthy eats. Yes, this is how I view food shopping. Is it a little weird that I would rather go food shopping than to a department store? Actually, don’t answer that…

Random Side Note: I am REALLY good at shopping at Lululemon in store and Nordstrom’s online, but when it comes to casually spending an afternoon going store to store, I am the worst. Back to food shopping…I LOVE food. I LOVE to eat. I LOVE to nourish my body. Food fuels my lifestyle and therefore having a fridge that is stocked with the necessary nutritious ingredients is very important to me. I have never proclaimed to be an amazing cook. My meals are easy, require simple ingredients, and are always ready in less than 30 minutes. So my fridge is filled with real, simple, healthy ingredients. These are staples that are ALWAYS in my fridge, no matter how empty the fridge gets, these items are there.

1.NuttZo – If you have been following me for a while, you know my obsession with this nut butter. I may be totally biased since I work for them, but once you go NuttZo, you NEVER go back. Spoonfuls of NuttZo happen every day, as it is my favorite healthy fat. I always have one jar in my fridge, but sometimes there is another one lurking because that one is just for dipping. As of lately, I cannot get enough of the organic crunchy Peanut Pro NuttZo...It’s my JAM! I can honestly say that I go through a jar a week. No shame in my serving sizes...The bigger the better. And we are starting to pop up into a lot more stores nationwide, so make sure that you are following us on Instagram, to find out where you can get all the goods...That's my shameless plug...Thanks for listening...LOL!

Peanut Pro NuttZo

2. Hot Sauce – I put hot sauce on almost every savory meal that I make! I love spicy foods and I am currently crushing on Saucy Lips Foods. Their spicy flavors are DELISH! The Jalapeno & Apple is my favorite and I drizzle it on everything and every night. Saucy Lips Foods sauces are gluten-free, dairy free, soy free, sugar-free, and nut free.

Saucy Lips

3. Eggs – I currently buy the Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs, because they come in a pack of 24 and Shannon and me eat a lot of them. Eggs are versatile, healthy, ready in minutes, inexpensive, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Shannon makes the BEST pancakes, so when I get that craving, there better be a few eggs in the fridge for him to whip up those bad boys!

4. Zucchini – Definitely kind of random food that is always in my fridge, but for the past year, there is always a packet of zucchini in there. I now always add 1 small zucchini to my smoothies (recipe below) to make it extra creamy and thick. I typically dice up the zucchini and throw it into the freezer with whatever fruit I am using that day and let it sit for a few hours.

Organic Bone Broth Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie (sheesh that's a mouthful)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 packet Organic Bone Broth Protein Peanut Butter
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 serving of fruit of choice (I used raspberries for this one)
  • 1 heaping spoonful of nut butter of choice
  • Dash of Simply Organic Foods Cinnamon
Organic Bone Broth Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Dice up zucchini + half of the fruit + throw all ingredients into your blender;
  2. Top with the remaining fruit and maybe some more NuttZo;
  3. ENJOY!

4. Apples – I eat typically 3 – 4 apples a week. I will add them to smoothies; on top of my yogurt bowls; or eat them with a spoonful of NuttZo, almonds, or a Rise Bar. Apples are jam-packed with nutrients, easy to travel with, relatively inexpensive, and I like the crispness of a good old apple. I LOVE Honey Crisp apples…They definitely are not the cheapest, but I will splurge on a few here and there.

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And this is what my fridge looks like.

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I try to keep it clean, but it is no way spotless or perfectly organized, because who the heck has time for that? Nothing too exciting or out of the ordinary, but it holds everything I need. I could tell you about the freezer, but I feel like that is its own post, because I seriously freeze EVERYTHING. Did you know that you can freeze Costco Apple Pie and their COOKIES? YES and PLEASE!

What are your fridge ESSENTIALS?

Do you like to FREEZE everything?  

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

As y’all know, I love to RUN! I love to talk about my running adventures, my running schedule, my running goals, how I fuel for my runs, and how I incorporate yoga and strength training into my runs. I look forward to writing more about these topics and sharing with you tips, videos, and inspiration.

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

But let’s start with something more whimsical, like what exactly goes through my mind while I am hitting the pavement. Is it a random question? Not really, as I get asked it a lot and I find it fascinating what other athletes think about when they are training. We are all different and have different goals and training schedules, but finding what makes people tick and what keeps them motivated is really fascinating.

Random Note #1 – When I do my runs on the treadmill, I do not have these same thoughts, as I am just all about the workout…pushing myself…building strength…and yes just getting it done. Treadmills are not my choice of training, but when the weather is crap and you need to work on sprints, intervals, and hills, I opt for the treadmill. There are ZIP ZERO hills in Charleston!

Random Note #2 – I am a Pisces. I dream BIG. I am emotional, artistic, and intuitive. So when you read about my running thoughts, they are very relatable to my sign and who I truly am. Running is when I let myself DREAM!

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

1. LOVE – MY RELATIONSHIPS – This is probably the topic that I think about the most. I am obviously in a much different place than I was almost two years ago. I am no longer single and I am head over heels for someone. I spend a lot of time with this person and I would not have it any other way. He is very special to me and I am grateful that we met. That he is in my life. The things that he does for me on a daily basis. Oh geez, I could ramble on and on about this, but that story is for another time and post.

Those above thoughts…They go through my mind when I run! I daydream about the first time we met…The first date…The first kiss…The honeymoon stage…All of our trips. They make me smile when I run, so why wouldn’t I think about these things. I also have thoughts about the times we struggle, because as y’all know, no relationship is perfect. We have our moments. We have our disagreements. It’s called life. So YES, these thoughts also go through my mind.

How can I be a better partner?

Am I opening myself up to this person 100%?

Am I holding back with my thoughts, frustrations, opinions?

What am I afraid of?

There is no other place I would rather have these thoughts than on the open road. It’s the perfect place for me to just let it out. To figure it out. And then work through it, when I am ready.

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

2. HOW CAN I BE THE BEST VERSION OF ME – I am all about self-care and taking care of myself. It is important to be selfish when it comes to YOU. When we take care of ourselves emotionally, physically, and nutritionally we are a happier human. When we are a happier human, we give off good energy and attract good people and good opportunities.

Running is ME time. I like to run alone. I like to take that time to disconnect from the world, work, relationships, and focus on my thoughts, my body, my mind, and the good and the not so good. And just like with love and my relationships I think about topics like:

How can I better nourish my body when it comes to training?

How can I be more available to my friends?

How can I practice more self-love?

What holds me back from being 100% FEARLESS?

3. BUSINESS GOALS – I try not to let this topic take up too much of my running time, as it is probably the most stressful. I can be a worrier and I am scared shitless that I won't be successful. But I am beyond grateful to be working with an amazing woman; to have a support system that spreads across this country; to work with brands and influencers who are just BAD ASS!

I do notice that once I do start thinking about work, my running steps can get a little bit heavier and I probably start to scrunch up my face more, and the overall run just doesn’t seem as fun. It becomes more like work...HA! But business goals are part of life. It is my income. It is how I pay the bills and for all that food to fuel this body. So it is a hard topic to avoid.

4. NOTHING – My absolute favorite!!! It is that moment for me when I honestly forget that I was running. It is silent. My thoughts are silent. I am in the moment. I am in the zone. I am flying. It is that runner’s high and then POOF it is gone. For me, thinking about nothing typically lasts no longer than 5 minutes, but it is PURE BLISS and that feeling is why I continue to run. I live for that NOTHING moment.

What do you think about when you run?

What thoughts help you run fearless?

THREE WHOLE30 & PALEO RECIPES BY THYME AND JOY

And just like that, it feels like summer in Charleston! The past week we have hit 80 degrees almost every day and the humidity has already drastically increased. I am not complaining, as I love these kinds of temperatures (Lucy not so much). I love my early morning runs when I come back soaking in sweat. I am happy walking around in tank tops and shorts and being able to soak up the sunshine and longer evenings outside on my deck. I also love how my appetite craves fresh, easy, simple, and nourishing eats as the seasons change. Bring on ALL the salmon, salads, and summer produce. 

Thank goodness my friend Valerie LOVES to cook and create these kinds of recipes! Since we met a couple of months ago, she has become an amazing friend. We Jersey girls are REAL, LOYAL, and won't put up with any bull shit. It's why I love her and lean on her for a lot of things. She's my "go-to" for when the social media world kicks my ass and I want to throw in the towel. She always comes over to help me create my workout videos and to help me edit photos and give me tips on all the new apps and gadgets. When you manage an abundance of accounts, you need to lean on friends and ask for help, and glad that I can do that with her. 

I am also grateful for her support, honesty, and professional advice. I am also grateful for her chef skills. These recipes are PERFECT for summer! They are paleo, Whole30 approved, and great for meal prep, so you can get outside more and enjoy the beautiful weather, wherever you may be. Hurry up and put together a shopping list...go to the store...and start cooking! If you need a taste tester, I will be right over. ENJOY!

Mango Cucumber Salsa

Mango Cucumber Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 Mango, small diced
  • 1 Cucumber, small diced
  • 2 Limes, juiced
  • 1/2 Red Onion, small diced
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss until fully combined.
  2. Flavors will be even better 30 minutes after tossing together
  3. Keeps for up to 3 days in the fridge

Sonoma Chicken Salad

Sonoma Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Shredded Chicken, cooked
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 3 stalks Celery, small dice
  • 1/4 Red Onion, small dice
  • 2 cups Red Seedless Grapes, halved
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Celery Seed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except grapes into a large bowl and stir until fully combined
  2. Toss in grapes
  3. Garnish with extra parsley
  4. Serve over greens

Tangy Mango Salmon

Tangy Mango Salmon

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to broil.
  2. Pat Salmon Dry with a paper towel
  3. Glaze each piece of salmon with 1 tbsp Tangy Mango sauce
  4. Broil on HIGH for 12-15 minutes
  5. Top with Mango Cucumber Salsa

Which recipe are you going to make first?