My first Foodie Penpals!!

Hello everyone! Finals have taken a huge tole on me literally and figuratively. I’m so exhausted and extremely done with reviewing, analyzing and memorizing.

Anyway, I participated in the Foodie Penpals for the month of April and I am so excited I did! Sonia from The Mexigarian sent me some AMAZING things and some things I’ve never had before! She truly made my first experience as a penpal worthwhile and I sent my package over to Alex over at Healthy Life Happy Wife.

I was super excited to receive my package, I ripped it open in less than 3 seconds and was greeted by a lovely note




The letter was super sweet and explained all the things she sent and what she uses it for/why she likes them. Here in Michigan I haven’t been to a TJs so it was sure great to be sent a lot of things from there.


Isn’t that an awesome spread? Btw, those two awesome paintings are Sonia’s! How talented is she? I loved them and it definitely made the package more personally and sweet.


I was baffled when I saw Cookie Butter and Almond Butter! Funny story is that I actually bought some Almond Butter the same day Sonia’s package came in. Needless to say I ripped open these two jars asap and had a sample test. Holy cow you could not pull me apart from the Cookie Butter! I am truly addicted..seriously ask my boyfriend lol. I put that baby on nearly everything! It was sure an amazing treat.


I absolutely love the name of these bars and the taste is fantastic. I can’t believe I use to eat other cereal bars with added sugar and trans fats but these sure hit the spot, were healthy and just tasted so darn good.


Ok so I saw this and squealed! It was like Sonia had read my mind! I’ve always wanted to try Yogi Tea but haven’t found the opportunity aka haven’t found them yet so you know I had to make myself a cup of this tea while I opened more goodies. Let’s just say now I know why this tea is wonderful and everyone raves about it! I’m raving, go buy some!


Sonia wrote that her husband tried these and was disgusted LOL I couldn’t stop laughing at the image of a guy having a healthy drink so I put it up to the test and made my boyfriend try these. I don’t know what it is but he also didn’t like ’em which was weird because I thought it was great! It definitely made pulling all nighters easier and not having to rely on those other sugary options like red bull or monster. I’m glad I have my new FRS healthy energy drinks thanks to Sonia 🙂


Yummy Yummy Yummy. They’re all gone…


So you all know how obsessed I am with LUNA bars and again Sonia did NOT disappoint when she sent me 3 new flavors that I have not had! I loved them but of course LUNA bars are perfect! I also love the Macrobar, before having them sent I’ve never heard of them and now I am ordering them online! They are so healthy and delicious, my favorite one is the Cherries ‘N Berries. It had so much flavor and the great amount of kick as my post Spin class snack.


Again, these paintings are gorgeous and unique I love them. What a great surprise and treat! Once again Sonia thank you very much for making my experience a wonderful one!

And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

If you’re interested in participating for May, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by May 4th as pairings will be emailed on May 5th!

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!


Day 4: Bikini Series

Day 4 already! Why is time going by way too fast? It’s going to be ridiculous once finals start which will be in the next upcoming two weeks. I’m pretty nervous about them especially since I will try to keep up with the series.


For today’s workout I did the HITT It! Wild Engine Revver and it was incredible. I started to sweat after the second rep but unfortunately my ankle got the best of me so I decided to walk until I had to get off.


I wanted something quick and easy for breakfast so of course I had to make oatmeal! I added blueberries, granola, banana, cinnamon, chia seeds and vanilla almond butter. It was great post workout filling breakfast because I paired it with my Meta-D.



I had to study for my Chemistry quiz so I didn’t have time to eat my grapefruit as my M2 but my oatmeal was very satisfying that I didn’t need a snack.

I ended up drinking some of my lemon infused water and eating a apple cinnamon Chobani Greek yogurt for my M3 in class. I’m usually uncomfortable with eating in class because everyone stares but I don’t care anymore I’m eating healthy 🙂


I was satisfied for an two hours and then I had blue diamond’s almond crackers with vanilla almond butter (I love almonds). So delicious and I was in my math class as I was eating and my professor was intrigued so I offered him one and he love it! Yay points for converting him 🙂


For dinner I had a small amount of my leftover pasta and wanted something cold so I made a smoothie. I added:

1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup strawberries
1 banana
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes


Delicious! Delicious! I was so satisfied and full that I will definitely make smoothies more often as a meal. For my evening workout I completed the 8 toning moves from SELF Magazine. I put my new dumbbells to use.


I will be sore tomorrow and that’s a promise. I hope you all have had a great day!

Day 3: Bikini Series

Today we had a Bikini Series Workout which was amazing. It’s ridiculous how much I sweat after it, pretty embarrassing since it only took 20 mins to complete :p


Here’s the video if you want to do it, which I suggest you do 😉

My meals for M1-M4 were the same as yesterday’s. My dinner was amazing! I am really proud of myself and how I was able to whip this up quickly.


I made a very Lean, Clean and Green dinner that was filling, delicious and healthy!


Here’s the recipe:

1 chicken breast steamed

3-4 cups of baby spinach

2 cups of broccoli florets

3-5 tsp of extra virgin olive oil

4-5 cloves of garlic

2 cups of whole wheat penne

3 sprinkles of mozzarella cheese

1-3 grinds of McCormick’s Italian Medley seasoning


My afternoon/evening workout was a treadmill run using Nike+GPS. This was also the first real run I had since my sprained ankle.


I’m not too sure if I accurately trust the app but it’s pretty amazing the way it works.

Enjoy! 🙂

Day 2: Bikini Series

So for today’s challenge we had to create a vision board


which I completed mine on pinterest:

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For today’s workout we had to do the 8 Toning Moves and the ‘Plateau Buster’ from the SELF Magazine Drop 10 workouts.


It felt really good to get back on the treadmill and give my ankle some exercise. I also felt super energized after this workout.

For my first meal I had my Overnight Oats and I added mango, unsweetened coconut flakes and vanilla almond butter.


It was delicious when I paired it with my Meta-D!


For my second meal I had 1/2 a grapefruit with 1 packet of truvia. Nothing like a good fat burning fruit as a snack. For my third meal I had Katrina’s Meadows Kale Salad from the Beach Babe Nutrition Plan.


For my fourth meal I had the Chocolate Dipped Coconut LUNA bar. Delicious and it totally hit the spot.


And lastly for my fifth meal I made a delicious dinner consisting of steamed chicken, sweet potato fries and asparagus squirted with fresh lemon and lime juice.



Have a great day! 🙂

Day 1: Bikini Series

I’m nervous for this challenge since I’ve never done it before but I am up for it! So for the first day of the challenge we were ordered to write out our goals.


I had so many goals and aspirations but decided to keep it short; like the 8 weeks that will fly on by!


We also had to pack our healthy meals for Monday and plan our workout.


Not too shabby for the first day 🙂

2nd annual Bikini Series Challenge!

Hi! I am super excited for this challenge! It started Sunday April 15th and it lasts for 8 weeks. My lovely trainers Karina and Katrina came up with the challenge again this year. Here are some details about it and a super cute video!


I am so excited for this challenge, I will be updating you guys every day every step of the way! 🙂 My official start date is Sunday April 15th and the end date is Sunday June 10th. So join me on this journey!

You can sign up here for the Bikini Challenge and it is also totally free!

Grocery Shopping


I get super excited when I go get groceries! I always end up spending so much because I want the best of the best. Definitely need to stay on track and start couponing a little.


I purchased:

Baby Spinach

Broccoli Florets


Cherry Tomatoes



Red, Orange and Yellow Peppers

Egg Whites

Almond Butter

Cherry Preserves (Jam)

Organic Fat Free Milk

Apple Butter Syrup

Sweet Potato Chips


Plastic Mason Jars








No Bake Energy Balls!

Hello everyone,

I feel horrible for not posting. It’s been two weeks 😦 and so much has happened!


I sprained my ankle after a treadmill run. I was finishing up 2 miles and I didn’t stop until I finished. The pain was excruciating! I felt awful since I knew I couldn’t work out for at least 2 weeks.


In the meantime I had to keep eating Lean, Clean and Green so I made No Bake Energy Balls. They were so tasty and super easy and quick to make.


Here’s the recipe:
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup blue agave nectar (substitute for honey)
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes.
1/2 cup ground flaxseeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup of chocolate granola (substitute for chocolate chips)
1 tsp vanilla
. Combine all ingredients in a bowl
Mix the ingredients thoroughly and let it chill in the fridge for 30mins
Once the mix is chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!

Hope you all have a great day!

Steamed Chicken Whole Wheat Wrap

Happy Hump Day! 🙂

Idk about you guys but I always have salads for my M3s (meal). They’re so simple and easy to make.


But today I wanted to try something different. I love wraps! But I’ve never made one, I’ve always ordered them when I’m out to lunch or my boyfriend makes my wraps.


This was incredibly easy and quick to make. The only thing that took a while was the chicken but you put it in the steamer and continue whatever you are doing!

Here’s the recipe for this delicious wrap:

1 whole wheat tortilla
1 steamed chicken breast (sliced)
1 1/2 cup of baby spinach
1/3 cup of corn
1/3 cup of baby tomatoes
1/3 cup onions
2 squirts of Dijon mustard
3 squeezes of fresh lime juice
Lemon pepper seasoning


My wrap skills are not up to par lol so I did what I could. This was definitely yummy and a great lunch option. I also paired this with Strawberry Serenity Kombucha and it was delish!


Hope everyone tries this and have a great afternoon!

The Color Run

Hello everyone!

I am over-joyous to participate in The Color Run this summer! Now for all of you who do not know what The Color Run is here is a simple, quick video describing the run 😉

What is the Color Run?
The Color Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. Our events, are all about people of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of the Color Run course will be the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a VERY long time.  You will love this Color Dash of fun!

How does it work?
The Color Run pretty much has 2 SIMPLE rules. 1. White shirts (any mostly white T will work great) mandatory at the start line and 2. Color plastered EVERYTHING at the finish!  Runner/walkers begin the 5k at the start line like a brand new pristine coloring book, they end looking like they fell into a Willy Wonka… tie dyed… vat of colored goodness.

What is the Color?
Each kilometer of the event is associated with a designated color.  1k is yellow, 2k is blue, 3k is green, 4k is pink, and the 5k finish is a “Color Extravaganza.”  As the runners/walkers hit the Kilometer COLOR RUNZones, they will be blitzed by our volunteers, sponsors, and staff with COLOR.  The color is a special “elf made” recipe of magical color dust.  All products are 100% natural and safe.  You can eat the stuff if you’d like (we have tried it and don’t suggest it, it is surprisingly high in calories and leaves a chalky aftertaste).  See the diagram below for the COLOR RUN ZONE specifics:


I am really excited for this 5k over the summer! They have a tour in the US you can take a look at The Color Run. I will be participating in the location in Ann Arbor, Michigan on August 5th, 2012. I can’t wait!!

I hope you guys will join also! Happy day! 🙂