How to Stay on Track While Working

For many people, it is hard to stay on track at work or while working. I have actually been experiencing the opposite — I stay on track really well during the week and while at work and tend to indulge here and there on the weekends. The absolutely biggest key to staying on track is being prepared. If you are prepared, you are golden. To prepare well, you need to know your body and your habits, then plan accordingly. Knowing myself and planning accordingly, this is how I prepare for the week ahead:

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I’m fortunate enough to not have to do a full food shop right now, but I still try to get to the store so I can buy my own necessities, especially ones for work. This is just a snapshot of a few of my staples:

  • organic oats or granola — I like Nature’s Promise Organic Oats or Organic Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats and Ola Granola (found at Stop and Shop)
  • organic coconut palm sugar — for oatmeal, coffee and other sweetening
  • unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk — I like Silk and So Delicious brands because there is no carrageenan. I use this for coffee at the office.
  • greek yogurt — I’ve been getting Chobani 100 recently because it’s all natural and only has 7 g of sugar; that’s half the sugar of other greek yogurts, unless they are plain. I’m not really a fan of the plain, so I consider this to be pretty good! I have these as a snack or part of my lunch.
  • fruit — for snacking or to pair with lunch
  • organic gluten-free superfood crackers — I am LOVING Mary’s Gone Super Seed Crackers. I usually have a few with lunch.
  • organic bars — Also loving Pure Organic bars (banana coconut and chocolate brownie). I have these on hand for when I need a snack between breakfast and lunch.

Other great staples:

  • organic baby spinach — for salads and smoothies
  • organic dark chocolate — for a delicious treat that’s also nutritious. I LOVE this organic, nonGMO, fair-trade and soy-free THEO dark chocolate made with coconut!

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  • nut butter — this vegan Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter is amazing. It has no sugar and is made with coconut oil. I like to either have some with my Mary’s Gone Crackers or have a little scoop before I head home to workout.

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  • nuts — it’s always good to have these on hand. I usually go with roasted unsalted almonds but am now trying a cashew pistachio almond mix from Back to Nature — made with these 3 nuts and sea salt.

I like to pack a salad for lunch and aim to have some meat with it, like chicken or a turkey burger. But when I eat breakfast at 5 am and eat dinner at 6:30 pm, a simple salad at 11:30 am is just not enough. And that’s okay. So I aim to have a source of protein around 9 am, when I start to get a little hungry (a yogurt, a bar or some nuts), and I have some crackers and fruit or a yogurt with lunch, depending on what I had for a snack. I have a pretty big lunch, but I need that to get me through the rest of my day.

I then try to have a little something before I workout since I don’t get home til about 4:30 pm. This could either be a scoop of peanut butter, a handful of nuts, a banana with peanut butter or simply a piece of fruit if I am doing something light like going for a bike ride or taking a walk. Fueling up before a workout helps your body prepare for the workout ahead and can actually lead to burning more calories during and after your workout. It also helps me from being ravenous by the time I eat dinner.

We cannot be afraid to eat or underestimate the power of our food — our bodies need nourishment from good food.

I dedicate 12 hours a day to work alone between commuting and being at the office. Adding in a workout and anything else that comes up in the evening adds up to a long day! But I’ve adjusted quickly and amazingly. I go to sleep early, eat smart and workout regularly; all of which have helped me tremendously. I could not do this if I did not take the time to plan. Sure, sometimes I don’t want to prepare my lunch the night before, make my breakfast or stop at the store after a full day’s work, but I do it because I know the next day I am going to say to myself, “Thank goodness I went to the store,” when I get hungry at work or “I am so happy my breakfast and lunch are already made,” when I’m getting into my car at 4:50 am.

Planning will make or break you. You either suck it up and do it or wish you had later on. Which would you prefer? And when you get hungry at your desk, it’s nice to know you have this waiting for you in your drawer /in the refrigerator:

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I hope this encourages you to prepare and choose wisely!

Good food, good tips, good moves, good for you

xo Kim, Running on Good

How I Feel About Specific Diets and Weight Loss

(sigh)… Well, every so often something comes along that makes us just say, “Wow. Really?” And this is one of those things. Currently trending on Facebook is a video from Jimmy Kimmel Live! of people who are gluten-free and don’t even know what gluten is. While the video is funny, it is also just plain sad. I mean, c’mon people. If you are going to avoid something — no matter what it is — you should know what it is and why you are avoiding it.

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I feel like there is a specific-diet epidemic going on right now. I personally follow a whole food diet, eating mostly organic whole unprocessed foods. I do try to opt for naturally gluten-free foods when I have the option, and I like to keep my gluten intake to a minimum. The gluten that I do ingest mainly comes from organic whole unprocessed foods like organic sprouted bread and organic oats. My reason for watching my gluten intake is that I have hypothyroidism and there is a ton of research that suggests gluten is not hypothyroid friendly. So I am conscious of my intake and try to keep my it to a minimum. Whether you have a medical reason, want to explore the elimination or simply feel better avoiding something, just know what it is and why! Otherwise, you are just a fool. And the Jimmy Kimmel video proves it.

As a believer, follower and practicer of holistic health and nutrition, I agree that every body is different. I believe that a diet full of organic whole unprocessed food is a great place to start when making a dietary change. Ditch the processed food, abandon the fast-food and start eating fresh food from nature. Another important part of this process is paying attention to your body. Test, explore and figure out what works for you. Nothing says that you have to be a vegan, gluten-free, raw vegan or paleo in order to be healthy. Your body tells what you have to be in order to be healthy. Listen to it. What works for me may not work for you. Some people have serious medical reasons, intolerances and sensitivities that lead them to obtain a specific diet. Their body is telling them, “Hey! Something isn’t right here!”

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There could also be a personal or ethical reason why someone chooses to follow a specific diet. And I firmly stand behind anyone who does just that. Your body is your body. If you want to eat a certain way, then do it. However, I do advise and hope that each person put their health first. I do not recommend following a specific diet for the sole purpose of losing weight. That is not a long-term method to keeping weight off, and you are likely to be miserable during the entire process. Just change your lifestyle. Find something that works for you and something that means something to you. The intrinsic motivation from an inner desire or purpose is a very powerful and lasting tool. I actually think it is necessary for long-term health and success. Most importantly though, follow the diet correctly. Eat the most food you can by eating all the variety of foods open to you. You do not want to create a hormone imbalance or nutrient deficiency from improper nutrition. Like I said, nobody knows what is best for you better than you and your own body. If you need some guidance, you can start by checking out this article and asking yourself these 4 questions.

So if you are following a specific diet or thinking of adopting one, please:

  • Know what the specific diet is: what you eat, what you do not eat and why
  • Have a reason: medical, ethical, personal, or what have you
  • Do not do it for the sole purpose of losing weight
  • Put your health first: get checked for proper hormone levels and vitamin/mineral deficiencies (this is a big one! do not create an imbalance or a deficiency in your body by cutting out foods/nutrients that you need!)
  • Ask yourself these 4 questions

Want to read more about this topic? Here are 3 articles that I really enjoy in relation to specific diets and how following one can be the wrong decision for you:

  1. The Truth About the 80-10-10 Diet
  2. 5 Types of People Who Think They Are Healthy Eaters (But They’re Really Not)
  3. How I Made My Way from Strict Vegetarianism All the Way Back to Chicken

Looking to shed some pounds? I know, I know… summer is around the corner! I’m working on myself right now too, but that doesn’t mean we all need to go to extremes or be miserable. I am working on becoming more mindful and sticking to what I know works best for my body. While I make excellent food choices, I have made some other slip ups. So, I am now regrouping and working hard to stick to what works for me.

Here are my tips for losing weight without going to extremes:

  1. Eat whole foods and cut out processed foods
  2. Eat 3-4 well-portioned balanced meals a day
  3. Be active every single day — even if it means going for a 10-20 minute walk (here’s a great way to fit in some moves every day — the treadmill desk!)
  4. Sit down and eat your meals mindfully; do not eat on the go or standing up while multi-tasking
  5. Stop eating out so much
  6. Do not make yourself miserable — eat food you enjoy and find exercises you enjoy
  7. But challenge yourself — try to broaden your horizons with different foods and challenge yourself in your workouts (if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you)
  8. Get outside — get up and do more things outside, it should lift your mood and force you be more active
  9. Sleep
  10. Enjoy indulgent foods in small portions

Those are my main tips for losing weight. None of them are extreme and none of them should make you miserable. These are all things I try to do when I want to slim down. Want more? Here are two articles related to natural weight loss including foods that could help you slim down:

Those are my thoughts. Specific diets are everywhere these days, and I find that many people resort to them when they want to lose weight without thinking about the impact these diets can have on their health when they aren’t followed or supplemented properly. Not to say that it can’t be done. Certainly, it can be. Just know what you are doing and why. Be smart, be safe, be happy, be healthy. That’s all I want for you.

Good food. Good tips. Good moves. Good for you.

xo Kim, Running on Good

If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy the following posts by my blogging friends from around the web pertaining to specific diets and dietary changes:

  1. Anxiety: What’s in Your Head Can be Related to What’s in Your Gut
  2. Paleo Weight Loss Tips

14 FREE Smoothie and Nutribullet Recipes!

Here we are! A post dedicated to smoothie and Nutribullet nutriblast recipes. The nutribullet does come with its own recipe book, but these are ones that I put together using what I had on hand. I hope this post inspires you to realize that you DON’T need a recipe for everything. Use what you have on hand, but stick to some basic smoothie/nutribullet building guidelines; you’ll figure it out as you go and these recipes will guide you along the way. I think I did enough introduction in the last post, so let’s just get down to it.

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1. The Ultimate Green Smoothie

  • Almond milk, about 2/3 cup (I use unsweetened)
  • Coconut milk, about 2/3 cup (I use unsweetened)
  • Water, about 1 cup
  • Spinach,  1 big handful
  • Frozen Mango chunks, 2 handfuls
  • Golden Ground Flaxseed, 1 heaping tablespoon
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Protein (100% whey or other approved proteins preferred–in previous post)
  • 1/2 Avocado

*Note: I did not measure anything when I made this smoothie, so I gave my best estimate. This was also made in a standard blender. Add more water if you would like it to be less thick.

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2. Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 scoop Chocolate protein (or other approved protein, any flavor)
  • 2 tbsp Golden Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/2 Avocado

*Note: Lots of milk, I know. This was after a 6 mile run, so I wanted more of a protein drink than a typical smoothie. Since there is 2 cups of liquid, you could also throw in a banana if you’d like. Also made in a blender.

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3. Pina Colada Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen Pineapple
  • 6 oz. Mango or Coconut yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened Coconut or Almond Milk

*Note: This smoothie was not post workout, just a snack. Use coconut for best pina colada flavor. Made in a standard blender.

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4. Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Smoothie

  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 c unsweetened Almond Milk (est)
  • 1/8 c Rolled Oats (est)
  • 1 Banana
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice (as much as you like)
  • 1/8 c Pumpkin Puree (est)
  • 1 scoop French Vanilla Whey protein
  • a touch of Grade B Maple Syrup

*Note: I did not measure much for this smoothie, so the measurements for the milk, oats and pumpkin puree are an estimate. Add more or less of whatever you want to get the consistency you are aiming for. Made in a blender.

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5. Wheatgrass Smoothie

  • 1 c unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 handful Baby Spinach
  • 1 packet of Amazing Grass Wheatgrass (or 1 small scoop)
  • 1 c frozen Strawberries (or any other frozen fruit you want)
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Whey protein
  • 1/2 Avocado

*Made in blender.

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6. Vanilla Coconut Smoothie (don’t let the color fool you; this baby is delicious!)

  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 c unsweetened Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
  • 1 handful Baby Spinach
  • 3/4 c Blueberries
  • 2 tsp Golden Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 scoop French Vanilla protein
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil or Coconut Butter

*Made in a blender and absolutely delicious!

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7. Tahitian Vanilla Nutriblast

  • Baby Spinach
  • 2 Celery stalks
  • frozen peaches, 5-7 cubes
  • 1 diced Pear (may not be able to fit it all in, I eat the leftovers)
  • 1 scoop Perfect Fit protein
  • 1/4 Lemon
  • fill half way to the max line with Water
  • fill the rest with unsweetened Almond Milk

*Made in Nutribullet. Fill Nutribullet in this order; liquid always goes last!

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8. Very Berry Nutriblast 2 ways

Option 1:

  • Baby Spinach
  • 2 Celery stalks
  • small handful of Blueberries
  • frozen Peaches, small handful
  • 1 tbsp Goji berries
  • 1 scoop Perfect Fit protein
  • some Water
  • fill to max line with unsweetened Almond Milk

Option 2:

  • Baby Spinach
  • 1 Banana
  • frozen Strawberries, small handful
  • 1 tbsp Goji berries
  • 1 tsp Maca powder
  • 1 scoop Perfect Fit protein
  • Water to max line

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9. Green Citrus Nutriblast

  • Baby Spinach
  • 2 Celery stalks
  • frozen Peach slices, small handful
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1/2 Orange (eat the rest!)
  • 1 scoop Perfect Fit protein
  • Water to max line

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10. Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Nutriblast

  • Baby Spinach
  • 1 tbsp Golden Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp Coconut shreds
  • 1 tbsp organic Peanut Butter
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 scoop Perfect Fit protein
  • fill 3/4 of the way to max line with unsweetened Almond Milk
  • fill the rest with plain Coconut Water

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11. Tootie-Fruity Nutriblast

  • Baby Spinach
  • Celery, 2 stalks
  • 1 Banana
  • frozen Peach slices, small handful
  • frozen Mixed Berries, small handful
  • 1 scoop Perfect Fit protein
  • plain Coconut water / Water to the max line

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12. ‘All You Need’ Green Breakfast Nutriblast

  • Baby spinach
  • 1/4 c Rolled Oats
  • 1 tbs Golden Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 tbs Chia seeds
  • 1 tbs Coconut shreds
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Orange
  • 4-5 Brazil Nuts
  • unsweetened Almond Milk to max line

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13. Raspberry Sorbet Probiotic Nutriblast (not the prettiest picture; on-the-go!)

  • frozen Mixed Berries, 1 big handful
  • 1 tsp Maca powder
  • about 1/4 grass-fed Coffee Kefir (delicious!!)
  • 1 unsweetened Almond Milk to max line

*Note: this was freakin’ AMAZING.

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14. NO JUICER NEEDED ‘JUICE’ SPECIAL: Nutribullet ‘Juice’

  • Baby Spinach, small handful
  • Romaine Lettuce, small handful
  • Baby Carrots, small handful
  • 1 full Orange
  • juice from 1 whole Lemon
  • Water to the max line

Whoa. I just gave you 14 RECIPES! I think I’ll be starting up a collection for an e-book. Get them here for free while you can! 🙂 Enjoy XOXO

The Ultimate Smoothie and Nutribullet Guide

I’ve recently had a few people ask me about juicers/blenders/the nutribullet because they are interested in making juices or smoothies and wanted to know what I recommend. Over anything else, I recommend the nutribullet.

A quick note about juicing: Juicing does have some really great health benefits, like fueling your body with micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and giving your digestive system a break. This is extremely helpful because our bodies expend A LOT of energy breaking down and digesting our food. Think about it. We generally eat 3 meals a day and maybe 1 or 2 snacks. That’s what I typically do, but it depends on the day, my workout, and how early I wake up. Regardless, we give our bodies a lot to digest EVERY single day. [Unless you fast, which is a whole different conversation so I’m going to sidestep that.] Juicing enables your body to receive nutrients, the kings and queens of nutrients, while eliminating a big chunk of the digestion process. You’re still putting something into your body, your stomach, and through your digestive system and it is in the most easily digested and absorbed form. That way, your body spends LESS time and energy digesting and MORE time healing. Those micronutrients–the vitamins and minerals–are passing easily through your system, being absorbed, and enabling your body to heal. THAT is why juicing is beneficial. If you really want to learn more about juicing, I HIGHLY recommend watching the film Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. In this film, Joe Cross went to an extreme, for sure. But he was in a very extreme and unique situation. What I love about this film is that is doesn’t only cover Joe’s journey, but two other people that tried juicing as well. One of those people is Phil. He was a truck driver in a very similar, almost exact in fact, situation as Joe. Phil started out with a 10 day juice fast and decided to extend it as time went on. He took it step by step. Another person was a woman who just did a 7 day juice fast. So if you see the appeal and are interested, you don’t have to go to extremes. You could try a 3 or 4 day juice fast, a 1 day, or just replace 1 meal or snack a day with a juice. Have your juice on an empty stomach and wait til your next meal to eat solid food. HOWEVER, If you are about to start a juice fast, please consult your physician first and make sure you are in good enough health to do so. I do enjoy juices from time to time, but I buy them at local organic cafes/juice bars. If you buy a juice in a store/market/cafe, make sure it is fresh and made on-site or organic and cold-pressed. I drink my juice on an empty stomach and use it in place of a snack. If you DO invest in a juicer and make your own at home, PLEASE save the pulp! Use that good stuff up! You could use the pulp of your greens to make a sauté or add the veggie and fruit pulp to muffins or bread! Just PLEASE do not throw it away! You will be throwing away fiber, nutrients, and food! And that shouldn’t go to waste.

Now onto the smoothies and nutriblasts (aka nutribullet smoothies).

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I used a standard blender from Walmart for years until I got my nutribullet, which was a Christmas gift–the gift that keeps on giving. The nutribullet is very affordable for what you get (It’s on sale a lot for $99 and you get the motor, 2 blades, 3 or 4 cups, tops, and a few books/guides). You really get a lot for your money, and I guarantee you will use it every single day. So, the nutribullet is my number ONE recommendation. However, if you are like me–usually broke or saving your money–a $15 Hamilton Beach blender from Walmart will be perfectly sufficient for your smoothie needs, there will just be some slight limitations but nothing detrimental. What are these limitations? Here’s the difference between a standard blender and a nutribullet (FYI: This does not apply to blenders like a Vitamix and other high performance blenders)

The Nutribullet vs a standard blender:

  • The nutribullet emulsifies EVERYTHING: I mean everything. It is all broken down: skins, nuts, seeds, etc. Meaning, you are left with a smoothie that gives you the benefit of a juice–a completely broken down drink that can be easily absorbed by the body. This includes ALL of the nutrients, including the fiber.
  • The blade design is unique, mixing and emulsifying everything top to bottom.
  • You can add vegetables, nuts, seeds, and superfoods that don’t break down as well in a standard blender: carrots, celery, lettuce, almond, flaxseeds, chia seeds, goji berries, etc.
  • Build your nutriblast: a handful of greens + close to the max line with fruit + top with superfoods and/or 1 scoop of protein + fill to the max line with choice of milk or water

It really breaks down to the break down, for two reasons: health and pleasure. Health–you are ingesting these foods in their most digestible form. Pleasure–you aren’t sipping on pulp and chunks of skin or seed… gross.

So with the nutribullet I would say mix to your heart’s content. But with a blender stick to these smoothie building principals:

  • Start with greens that are easily broken down, like baby spinach
  • Avoid using ice
  • ^ Use frozen fruit instead of ice
  • Avoid seeds like whole flaxseed, chia seed, oats or whole nuts
  • ^ use the ground versions of these foods: chia powder, ground flaxseed meals, nut butters, seed butters, oat flour, goji berry powder, maca root powder, etc.
  • Avoid hard-to-break-down veggies like carrots, broccoli, celery, etc. Anything you see getting stringy, chunky, or mealy
  • Stick to fruits that blend well: bananas, mango, berries, apple, pear, melon, grapes, anything that isn’t too stringy or seedy
  • ^ Avoid the more stringy, mealy, and seedy fruits like oranges, clementines, coconut, pomegranate and lemon (can use the juice for the citrus fruits)
  • Build your smoothie: a handful of spinach + 2 fruits + your choice of milk or water + a teaspoon of grounded superfood and/or a scoop protein powder

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*Note: I am very picky with protein powders. I only recommend using: 100% organic whey, like Tera’s Whey or OrganiGrowthHemp Protein; Perfect Fit Protein by Tone It Up, PlantFusion brand Protein OR Phood (all different links), Vega Protein Smoothie or Soy-Free Veg Protein Booster. Lots to choose from, take your pick! The PlantFusion Phood comes in vanilla and chocolate/caramel… yum. Other than superfoods and quality protein, I do not use supplements. Not even a multivitamin. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” That’s what I live by.

Want to see some of my creations? Check out the smoothie section of my blog for all my smoothie-related posts. Here are some of my favorite smoothie posts:

  1.  14 Smoothie and Nutribullet Recipes
  2. Hemp Protein Smoothies — Chocolate and Pistachio
  3. Green Recovery Smoothies with Vega

Good food. Good tips. Good moves. Good for you.

xo Kim, Running on Good

P.S. If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy this post from my blogging friend, Ribas with Love: Detoxing and Anti-Inflammatory Juice! 

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Egg Muffins Recipe

The other night, I needed a quick and easy dinner. I tacked on a second workout before leaving work, so when I got home I wanted a no-fuss dinner. Lightbulb! Egg Muffins! Protein, vegetables, and a little coconut oil… perfect.

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This really worked out great. I mixed everything, threw it on the oven, took a shower, waited 10 more minutes and was then sitting down to dinner. No fussing, no 20 minutes cooking in the kitchen, and no grazing around while I starved. I got my shower done, into my PJs, dried my hair a little, and ding! dinner was done. Clearly, these are designed for breakfast, but I like to break the rules of being conventional. Food is food. Eat what is good and what works for you, who cares if it’s a “breakfast food” or “dinner food” or anything else.

You can serve these by themselves, with another vegetable, a side of brown rice/quinoa mixed with mushrooms or if you have kids, add some organic shredded mozzarella cheese into the mix and pair this with a fun smoothie like organic milk/peanut butter/frozen banana and you’ve got yourself a pretty cool dinner! These are super healthy and a time saver.

How to make:

  • Whisk 2 whole organic antibiotic free eggs in a large bowl (# of eggs typically yields # of muffins; I did 2 eggs and got 2 muffins)
  • Finely dice any vegetables you want (tomato, cucumber, broccoli, peppers, kale, spinach, onion, etc.) and add to the whisked eggs
  • Add flavor with organic minced garlic, Real Salt, pepper + any seasoning you enjoy (don’t be afraid of adding too much flavor; less is NOT more in this case)
  • Optional: add organic shredded cheese into the mix
  • Whisk and spoon into muffin tins greased with coconut oil (adds amazing flavor, too!)
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for at least 30 minutes (watch for edges to brown and test with a toothpick)

I drizzled a little organic ketchup on mine and enjoyed every bite. Hope you try these out on your busy mornings, afternoons, or nights! They’re great to play around with because you can truly add whatever you want. Explore, play with your food, and enjoy!

Good food. Good tips. Good moves. Good for you.

xo Kim, Running on Good

Is there an organic egg shortage? Read this article by my blogging friend, Lindsay Dahl, to learn more and find out what we can do about it! 

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy this post for a delicious egg souffle by my blogging friend, Ribas with Love.

Snack Attack! Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Who doesn’t love a good snack? A crazy person, that’s who. Snacking doesn’t have to detrimental to your health or weight. It CAN be. But it doesn’t HAVE to be. That’s where you come in. You control what you eat. And when you are well educated, prepared, determined and love what you are eating, you are good to go!

So one day, I decided to oven bake something that I love–chickpeas. I’ve done the homemade sweet potato chips (which I love), have yet to tackle the homemade kale chips (for no particular reason), and wanted to use something that I already had. Most of us always have oil and salt in the house, it’s the last ingredient that stumps us. I happened to have chickpeas in the pantry and gave it a whirl. It was magical. SO crunchy, SO satisfying, SO tasty. A perfect snack.

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How I made these babies:

  • Grease a pan with coconut oil
  • Toss chickpeas in any seasoning you want (I like Real Salt, chili powder, and garlic powder)
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 45-60 minutes (I like them REALLY crunchy; I just tested them after 45 mins)

*You could also experiment at 425 F for 35-40 minutes if you’re impatient.

DONE! They are so easy, the hardest part is waiting for them to do done. Chickpeas are naturally low in fat and filled with protein & fiber. They’re also great for your colon and digestive health. So naturally, they add up to be a much healthier alternative to any packaged snack. I recommend organic chickpeas or ones with no additives. READ those labels, people! Chickpeas are very inexpensive, so getting a good quality can of chickpeas is no wallet burner. Eat ’em at home or pack them up and take them with you in the car or to work, school, and on your other daily travels.

Next time you have a snack attack, try these out! Enjoy xo

My Overnight Chia Oats with Blueberry

Anyone that knows me personally knows one thing about me—I love bananas. My blog really should be called Running on Bananas, but it doesn’t quite have that ring to it. Anyway, I have a banana every single morning. When we have two bunches in the house, I have two a day. I just love them. I remember back in the day many people were afraid of bananas because of the sugar and thought eating them would lead to weight gain. Um, no. Fruit does not make you fat. I’ve also heard the same thing said about carrots. CARROTS! Bananas and carrots made you gain weight? No. No, they didn’t. The sugar in fruits and vegetables is good sugar. Plus, fruits and veggies are so complex with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates that consuming sugar from fruits and vegetables will never, ever yield the negative effect of refined sugar. Never. Fruits and vegetables, especially carrots and bananas, give your body nutrients while refined sugar (the white stuff) robs your body of its nutrients. So, just to clear this up: refined sugar has 0 benefits and takes nutrients from your body, while fruits + veggies hold many nutrients and thus, yield great benefits. Good. Now that we’re all eating our carrots and bananas…

I decided this morning, “I’m going to save my banana and have it as a snack later.” It’s a good thing I did because I ended up having a second one in my smoothie even later on in the day. Two is fine. Three? Now I’m pushing it. And I only say that because I like to eat a variety of food throughout my day, especially when it comes to produce. A variety of food means a variety of nutrients. I’d rather have another type of fruit than stuff my face with bananas all day. Although, I would also love to do that. If I could have an endless supply of 2 things, they would most certainly be bananas and almond butter. Anyway… (sorry I’ve been rambling about bananas like a monkey), this led me to the blueberries! They probably didn’t need such a long introduction, but now you may feel like you know me just a little bit better 🙂 . And here are those beautiful blueberries:

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I made my overnight chia oats slightly different than last time. I used:

  • 1/3 c organic rolled oats
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs organic coconut flakes
  • 1 tbs golden ground flaxseed meal
  • a little unsweetened almond milk
  • a few spoonfuls of grass-fed organic maple yogurt
  • a drop of pure vanilla extract
  • pumpkin pie spice

Gently stirred and popped in the fridge ’til morning. Then threw in some sunflower seeds and fresh blueberries in the morning. And I didn’t even miss my banana. Well, maybe a little. But this was delicious and I was happy to put a different spin on it.

Sometimes that’s all we need. Just one little tweak and bam! You’ve got yourself something new and exciting. In case you missed the first chia oats post, you can also have chia oats as a snack! Just chill and eat whenever it suits you. Hope you enjoy 🙂 And remember, you can see this post and others instantly on Instagram by following me @runningongood. Tag me if you try out any of my foods, I’d love to see! XOXO