my first foodie penpals

Before I get to today’s post, I didn’t know that the True Life: I Have Orthorexia video from yesterday only played in the U.S. So I’m really sorry to all non-U.S. folks! I tried looking on YouTube for it, but no luck. But when I do find it, I will let you guys know šŸ™‚ But onto today…

Guess what I did for the first time this month? (If you couldn’t tell from the title.) I participated in Foodie Penpals! This monthly event is hosted by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean.

I got some goodies together for Meredith so I hope you like it Meredith (if you’re reading)! On the other end, Lindsay got me some goodies. Yesss the host of this awesome event!

Card, Love Grown coupons, stickers, and magnet

Sneak peak to the goods

Almond Butta

Lentils, wheatberries, chocolate covered almonds

Love Grown granola x2

Sweet Potato Popchips and Back to Nature multigrain flax crackers

So I got this awesome box a couple weeks ago…and know what’s all that remains?
The almond butter, lentils, and wheatberries. I’ve eaten everything else because it was all so awesome and my favorite foods!

Thank you so so SO much Lindsay for a) the amazing box and b) hosting Foodie Penpals!

Now, if you want to get involved in Foodie Penpals, click here and fill out of the form. Super simple! While you’re there, you can check out the full explanation.

Did you participate in Foodie Penpals this month?


I’m glad you all were fans of the 90’s. Man how I miss those times… But anywho, I haven’t shared some awesome recipes that I have been bookmarking lately, so that’s exactly what I will do today! Plus I’m packing up some of my dorm so it’s the perfect post for a day like today šŸ˜‰

Sweet Potato Biscuits from My Vegan Cookbook

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cakies from Multiply Delicious

Vanilla Bean Coconut Butter Cups from Edible Perspective

Aged Pine Nut Cheese with Garlic and Rosemary from This Rawsome Vegan Life

Flatbreads with Honey, Thyme, and Sea Salt from Smitten Kitchen

Smoky Sweet Potato Hummus from Bliss

Vegan Meyer Lemon Bars from Munchin with MunchkinĀ 

Soy-Free, Vegan Quiche from Scandi Foodie

Coconut Flour Power Cookies from Powercakes

Ā Mini Whole Wheat BBQ Chicken Calzones from How Sweet It Is

Beach Bum Lentil Trail Mix from Healthful PursuitĀ 

Any recipes that you’ve been drooling over lately??

can we please go back in time?

When TV shows ended with a lesson and the whole family hugging and happy.Ā 

When your mom had to bribe you with a pack of gum to get your shots.

When the Rugrats were still babies and not all grown up.

When there were boy bands.

“Welcome to good burger, home of the good burger, can I take your order?” Enough said.Ā 

When you begged your parents for Nickelodeon magazine.

When you played soccer just for the snacks.

When the Fresh Prince of Bel Air would come on and you would sing every single word of the intro. (Okay. So I still do that.)

When the hardest decision was what toy you wanted in your Happy Meal.

When Pluto was still a planet.

When you and your friends did M.A.S.H. because it totally predicted your future.

When people weren’t glued to their cell phones, computers, and iPods.

Where there was only one gameboy instead of who knows how many there are now.

When “I wanna really really really wanna zig a zig ahh” made total sense.

When Lisa Frank was the biggest trend, not True Religion, Abercrombie, or Gucci.

When running the mile in PE class was like the biggest deal….ever.

When scrunchies were still cool.

When you were convinced that Furby’s were pure evil.

When Lunchables were the best lunch.

When summers were spent outside playing on the Slip ‘n Slide.

When razor scooters were the best way of transportation.

When you played Heads Up 7 Up during class.

When you collected Pokemon cards but had no idea what to do with them so you just stared at them.

When you had Groovy Girl dolls and had to have every piece of clothing to dress them up.

When you wore stick on earrings.

WIAW: a day in San Francisco (sort of)

It’s that time again…WIAW! I decided to head into San Francisco today, not exactly sure of what I was going to do there. Before I left, I had a smoothie with frozen berries, banana, almond milk, coconut water, protein powder, green powder, and ground flax seeds.

After sitting in lovely traffic for awhile, I made it to the city and headed for Crissy Field. I tied up my running shoes and off I went for a run! I wasn’t sure where I was going but it was beautiful.

I ended up making it up to the bridge and ran across there.

Just under 6 miles which is the furthest run I’ve done in far to long!

By that time, I was ready for something to eat so I headed to Rainbow Market which I’ve heard about before. They had an awesome bulk section! One part had almost every dried fruit imaginable.

I ended up not getting much but I did grab a Vanilla Coconut Almond Milk which I have had my eye out for.

I also got a Botanical No. 3 kombucha and a vegan/gluten-free ginger cookie. The cookie was so good!

But you know what’s not good? When your kombucha decides to go crazy on you and overflow!

I also had an orange and trail mix but no picture. I really didn’t know what to do after that so I went to Berkley. But once again, I had no idea what to do! So I just came back to school. Once getting back to the dorm, I was more than ready for a snack.
Crackers and carrots with hummus.

Oikos Honey Fig Yogurt. I got this bad boy for 50 cents!

After some TV watching and painting my nails, it was time for dinner.
Salad with corn, carrots, kidney beans, olives, hummus, broccoli, and a potato (which was then slathered in BBQ sauce).

Do you ever randomly drive around, without a plan? (i.e. like me today)
Has your kombucha ever spazzed out on you before??

just another super sunday

1. I was really happy to hear about everybody’s “me” time the other day! I took another outing on Friday and went for a walk around a park. Iced green tea from Starbucks and another beautiful day.

Ā 2. I am officially out of walnut butter. I’ve been trying to make it last for as long as possible but it had to come one day. Oh well! I’ll be home in less than 2 weeks…then I can make all the walnut butter my heart desires.

3. So remember that razorback shirt I made the other day? Well I found an even easier way to make them. Blogilates posted a super easy how-to video here. No sewing necessarily. All you need is a pair of scissors and an old shirt. I have already made 3…

4. This week’sĀ Healthy Living Blogger NewsletterĀ is the first one with the team so you really should sign up!

5. I’m currently reading Health Food Junkies by Steven Bratman. I’ll post all about it later but it’s basically about orthorexia and how to deal with it. I am loving it so far and it’s filled with such awesome info.

6. Want to know a non-country song I have been loving lately? Payphone by Maroon 5. This is surprising because a) it’s not country and b) I usually don’t like Maroon 5. (Don’t listen to it if you’re sensitive to bad words.)

7. The other day I saw a video on Pinterest from Don’t Be “That” Guy. Watch it now. And then the rest of their videos. Hilarious!

8. One of the winners from the NuNaturals giveaway never emailed me so I picked a new one:

Congrats Linz! Email me at with your mailing address šŸ™‚

9. I know there are a lot of exams going on right now, so I’ll leave you with these words of wisdom…

Do you have any exams this week?
Or better yet, any exciting plans this week??

Survivor Mud Run Recap

Today I ran my very first mud run! It was hot, it was muddy, but it was oh so fun.

It was about 2 hours away and I ran it with my friend, Jordan. This is us before…

And here we are after…

The worst part was the heat: 90 degrees F. But that made jumping into the mud even better! It felt nice to cool down. I am definitely going to do a mud run again šŸ™‚

Sadly I had to leave my (sister’s) shoes behind. Let’s hope she’s not mad.

And my backpack got a little muddy too even though I left it in the tent…

I was bummed because I’ve had this backpack since freshman year of high school. But Mom to the rescue! She said that I can wash it on the cold delicate cycle, so that’s exactly what I did…

Phew! That was a close one šŸ˜‰

Have you ever done a mud run before?Ā If not, I highly recommend it!

“me” time

Who’s ready for the weekend? ME! Cause Saturday is the mud run and then Sunday is…well…church. And then one actual full week until summer! I can’t believe it.

I don’t know about you guys, but the weather here is b-e-a-utiful. After it being so stormy last week, I am definitely welcoming the sun. I used to always think that I liked the rain and cold but I’ve come to realize that I really don’t. Since I love being outside, whether it’s running or biking, warm weather is perfection to me.

Since I only have a little bit of time left in this area, I’ve been trying to make the best of it. Coupled with the beautiful weather, it’s the best “me” time possible.

I think the reason I always said I liked rain and cold weather was because:

a) it rarely rains in Orange County so it was a nice change. Plus, we never really experience the 4 seasons.
b) it gives me a reason to stay inside and not do anything.

The bad thing about the second part is that it pushes me further into depression. Being inside for long periods of time isn’t good for anyone.

So I have been have been trying to get myself outside more and I am loving it.

I started out Wednesday morning with a 16 mile bike ride. It was gorgeous. (Until I got a flat tire the last mile, but that’s not the point.) Starting my day outside felt amazing.

After class, I had a chiropractor appointment (the back and hamstring have gotten so much better!). The office was near a state park so I decided to take a hike. It was 2 hours of pure beauty.

I started out this morning with a track workout. After that, I headed for the beach!

Or not. Apparently the marine layer didn’t want to leave. So after an hour or so in the cold, I packed up my stuff and left. But I didn’t want to go to the dorm just yet, so I went on a drive. Where did I plan on going? I have no idea. All I knew was that I wanted the windows down and I wanted to blast some Jason Aldean. So that’s exactly what I did.

I made a random turn and ended up driving through giant trees and small towns. One town only had 85 people. That’s my kind of place.

The point of all this is that I need “me” time. I need a time, away from everybody and everything to just be by myself. Sure, I go on runs or bike rides but I look at those differently. Sometimes you just need a walk or time to think outside. Fresh air is the best medicine.

So this summer, I plan on going on a walks and hikes more often. I know there are trails near my house so I am going to take advantage of them and enjoy the beauty. Because, after all, the world is a beautiful place.

How to you spend your “me” time?Ā 

WIAW + giveaway winners!

Happy WIAW! Glad to hear you are all obsessed with Jason Aldean as well. Know who I am also loving lately? Eli Young Band. Listen to this song. You’re welcome.

Is there a better way to start the day than a workout? I think not. I spent 30 minutes working on chest and triceps and then moved onto some cardio and ab work. For the cardio part, I did a tabata workout!

Smoothie with frozen berries, frozen banana, protein powder, TJ’s very green powder, ground flax seed, almond milk, and coconut water topped with Love Grown granola.

After doing some laundry and watching Will ‘n Grace (which is hilarious and will never get old), I headed to a coffee shop.

I really wasn’t too hungry for lunch so I had some tropical green tea, Botanical No. 7 kombucha, and a banana.

Ā Snack
Chicken with BBQ sauce

I also had TJ flattened bananas when I got back to the dorm.

Salad with lettuce, carrots, kidney beans, olives, salsa, hemp seeds, and broccoli.

Ā Dessert
Most likely a protein cake šŸ™‚

First piece of exciting news: I finally made something from Pinterest! I mentioned yesterday how I started on one but didn’t have all the supplies. But I got those supplies today and made the razorback shirt šŸ™‚ Check out the super easy tutorial here.Ā 

Second piece of exciting news: the NuNaturals giveaway winners!

Congrats Tayla, Tonia, Lexi, and Alex! Email me at adidasqueen1000 {at} yahoo {dot} com with your mailing address.

Have you made anything from Pinterest?
Have you tried Tabata?Ā