Fun and Clean Halloween Recipes

The best part of any holiday is enjoying it with kids!  These recipes are fun, healthy, and really get you in the mood for Halloween!  I feel extra in the spirit this year since my kids and mom decided I was dressing up too!  (My mom and husband made our costumes… and lucky me… I get to wear this at Zoo Boo, Denny’s classroom Halloween Party, our neighborhood parade, and of course trick-or treating)!  HAHA!
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Here are two recipes we tried out this week!  They make clean eating fun… and are kid approved!  These are also so versitile – Add what you like and leave out what you don’t!

Pumpkin Stuffed Peppers:  Combine cooked ground meet, brown rice, black beans, and tomatoes!   IMG_7061Mummy Pizza Bagels:  Top whole wheat bagel with tomato sauce, pepperoni, mushrooms, spinach, and then add mozzarella cheese slices and two pepper eyes!

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Pumpkin Cakes

I really am in the mood for pumpkin!  These aren’t quite the same as pancakes (but once you mix up all of the ingredients… you make them the same way as pancakes) and they aren’t exactly the same as my blueberry oat cakes!  They are very delicious Pumpkin Cakes!

I don’t NEED chocolate chips in the morning so I decided not to add them… but as I’m eating them now as my afternoon snack (love them cold) they would be great with chocolate chips!

For all of you following the 21 Day Fix it is💛1 yellow, 💜1 purple, ❤️1/2 red, 💙1/2 blue for 5 Pumpkin Cakes!

Easy, delicious, and healthy…. my kind of recipe!

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Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

This is one of my new favorites!  I will be making this a lot!  I actually made the kids something different but then they tried this and loved it!  It’s a good one!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1b. Round-Roast (sliced into very thin strips)
  • 1 C Reduced Sodium Beef Broth
  • 2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Ginger Root (grated)
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper (sliced)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Corn Starch
  • 2 C Broccoli Florets (fresh or frozen)

Directions:

  • Combine beef, broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and bell pepper into the slow cooker.  Cook on high for 4-6 hours.
  • Once done, add corn starch and broccoli.  Stir and allow to cook for an additional 30 minutes.

We served ours over lo mein noodles, but you could do rice, pasta, or eat it plain!  Enjoy!

Crunch Bar Shakeology

I love Halloween!   Thinking back to Ellie’s first Halloween (love my little cookie and cookie monster!) I was much more tempted to eat candy, cookies, ice cream…. basically SUGAR!  Now that Jayce is just about the same age as little Ellie in this picture I still love Halloween but enjoy it with SO much less sugar!  This has made a huge difference in my attitude, appearance, energy level, and overall happiness!

P1130976I am able to easily cut the sugar and cravings with the help of Shakeology!  It is so good and I don’t need any other unhealthy treats… I’m full, satisfied, and feeling great!

Try this Crunch Bar Shakeology Recipe I created for a fun, healthy, and delicious treat at Halloween or anytime!  IMG_6807Blend and enjoy:

  • 1 scoop chocolate shakeology
  • 2 TBS chocolate PB2
  • 2 TBS oats
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Buffalo Creek Half Marathon 2015

I LOVE this Half Marathon!  First of all, Fall is the best time to run because it’s cool!  Second, this course is on a trail and the leaves are beautiful!  And lastly, because it is not too far from home (so much easier for a mom to do local races!) and a lot of my family members usually run it too!  The ones who didn’t run it watched my little ones!  So thankful for them and Denny even got to go to his soccer game with Poppy!

It is a point to point race (Oh, I love that about it too!)  So they bus you from your car to the start and then from the finish back to your car.  Love that we got to run this together (that doesn’t happen too often)!

FullSizeRenderEverything runs so smoothly even with 800+ people!  It was a very cold start!  We were so ready to run after our bus ride and after we threw away some clothes!

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IMG_9650The time flew by!  We all ended up having awesome races!  My mom and brother crushed their times! Nate PR’d by almost 5 minutes with a time of 1:24:50!  My time was 1:35:57.  I PR’d by 6 minutes and 46 seconds!!!!  There were 768 finishers this year.   Nate was 13th overall!  I was 14th overall female out of 435.  Most importantly, we all felt great!

IMG_2720I am so thankful I am stronger than ever.  This race came EASY to me.  I used to try just as much as I do now and run a lot slower, plus not feel as good!  I am looking forward to continuing to improve at running and get even stronger!  I plan to continue PIYO and mix in some Body Beast workouts in addition to running.

Uninjured and Unaffected – Runner’s Knee Injuries

Post One – “Runner’s Knee”

I’m going to start posting semi-frequently about dealing with some of my past injury experiences and also some things that I believe will prevent them from happening again.

This might be one of the worst running problems out there.  “Runner’s Knee” is inflammation of the cartilage behind the kneecap.  I have known many runners who were sidelined for a long time by this including my husband, my mother, many of my high school and college teammates, and of course, myself!

During my entire senior year of high school my knee was injured due to overuse. I wanted so badly to run and compete I literally ran until I was limping. As a captain on the team I wanted to finish every workout, and I was so disappointed I wasn’t able to.  I was on the fence about running Cross Country in college, but after missing so much of my senior Cross Country season I really wanted to do it.FullSizeRenderMore recently, both my husband and my mom were struggling with knee pain.  They shared with each other what they thought were the best knee braces, best supplements, and best ways to reduce pain (My mom wore bands under her kneecaps while she ran, and my husband preferred to wrap his knees with Ace bandages after he ran.  They both took Glucosamine tablets to try to strengthen their joints, and they both used icepacks to reduce swelling).

This continued for both of them for at least 2 years.  Some periods of time were worse than others, but they couldn’t seem to get back to 100%.  Then, earlier this year they started to strengthen and cross-train with Beachbody DVDs.  My mom started with the 21 Day Fix and then started to mix in some PIYO workouts.  My husband uses Body Beast, PIYO, T25, and P90X.  They both thought their knees were only going to get worse, but now they are on the mend and feeling great!

It’s simple: Their new workouts not only strengthened their knees, but also their upper legs, core, hips, and more.  Strengthening their bodies takes additional pressure off of their knees!  They’ve only been at this for a few months, which is an incredibly short time for such great results.  I remember my husband complaining not too long ago that he thought he would need surgery soon…now he’s running farther and faster without nearly as much pain!

IMG_5126When I was in high school I feel like I could have recovered from my injury much faster if I had these DVD workouts! I spent a ton of time in physical therapy, which did help strengthen my legs… but I can’t help but think if I was stronger back then that I wouldn’t have even gotten injured at all! It ended up talking me an entire year to fully recover and I missed out on so much during that time.

If you want more information about Runners Knee check out this great article from Runner’s World Magazine:

http://www.runnersworld.com/health/knee-injuries-from-running

Pumpkin Spice Shakeology

I mean when you see this… aren’t you in the mood for pumpkin everything!   IMG_6014-1I guess when you start craving pumpkin it is officially Fall!  I opened up a big can of pumpkin and now I’m going to town experimenting with delicious recipes!  I think I have this Pumpkin Spice Shakeology perfected!  Try it out… I love it!

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