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Five foods you can’t live without

Happy Saturday! I started the day on an active note by heading to my gym for a Body Pump class. This was definitely a pre-workout picture – I was a sweaty mess by the time I was done! It was gorgeous outside today, so I drove home after the class, opting to run outside instead of on the treadmill. Too nice out to pass it up!

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I love driving with my sunroof open and windows down after the gym; the wind feels so good after a hard workout. On the way home, I made a detour to pick up some of these guys! I’ve been seeing Quest Nutrition Bars pop up on other blogger’s websites and fitness accounts on Instagram for awhile now, so have wanted to try them out. I obviously couldn’t pick just one flavor Smile

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I have only tried the Cinnamon Roll flavor so far, but I liked it! Quest Bars are high in protein, containing 20 grams in each bar. Lots of other protein bars I look at in the stores are much more high-calorie than these are. A typical Quest Bar has 20 grams of protein, only 1 gram of sugar, and 160 or 170 calories. Not too bad!


We’re back for round 2 of the 10 day challenge today! See my first post explaining it here.


10 day you challenge

Today’s topic? Five foods! This is a broad topic – foods I love, foods I dislike? If I had to choose only five foods to eat for the rest of my life, which ones would I choose? This topic could really go any direction, so I’ll focus on five foods that I couldn’t live without today!



This absolutely has to be counted as one food; otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to narrow it down to 5 things! I love any and all kinds of fruit. I usually eat at least an apple a day, (sometimes two) and a banana. And that’s just on a normal day! In addition to that, I also frequently eat oranges, grapefruit, watermelon, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, cherries… confession time, I’m obsessed! But I guess if I had to pick a food to eat several servings of daily, this is a much better choice than say, three bowls of ice cream or a bag of chips!

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I put fruit in oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, salad, and ice cream! A sliced banana on a bowl of honey nut cheerios is my favorite, or strawberries and blackberries mixed with yogurt and granola. So, so good!

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This is one of my favorite to-go snacks! Almonds are such an easy source of protein, giving me energy to power me through the afternoon or providing pre-workout fuel. I eat both raw or lightly salted ones almost every day, and a bag of almonds can almost always be found in my purse (yes, that’s the teacher in me – have to be prepared!!)



If you’ve been following my blog, it’s no secret oatmeal is one of my favorites. Quick oats, overnight oats, any kind will do! It’s easy to prepare, comforting on a cold or rainy day, and works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Check out two of the oatmeal recipes that I’ve shared in the past: Overnight Oats and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.



I like salad prepared almost any way, but here are some of the ones I’ve enjoyed recently!

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Classic Caesar Salad

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Featuring: spinach leaves, bean sprouts, zucchini, dried cranberries, and vanilla almond granola. Yum!

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Though not what comes to mind when you think of a typical salad, this one was still delicious! Edamame, carrots, peppers, onion and soba noodles combine to form this Empowered Noodle Bowl Salad, topped with sesame seeds and a Thai peanut sauce. You can find the recipe in the new Oh She Glows cookbook, along with many other delicious ones!



pumpkin latte

Every fall, I turn into a crazed, pumpkin obsessed person. It’s true… ask anyone that knows me. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin cake roll … the list goes on and on. I should really have my own parking spot at Starbucks every fall, and the stores can’t keep enough of this in stock when I’m anywhere within a 50-mile radius!


While this picture may be stereotypical, it does describe me pretty well!


Your turn! What are 5 foods you can’t live without??


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