Friday Faves: All Things Pumpkin Spice

 Friday is here!  Fall is here!  The pumpkin spice latte is back!  Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I love that pumpkin makes a reappearance into my meals.  I do love a pumpkin spice latte once or twice during the season, however I recommend that you ask for half the flavoring to cut down on the sugar content.  Go ahead try it!  It tastes just as good.  

Now on to my Friday Faves!  This edition focuses on all my current pumpkin obsessions.  I thought I would share them all with you.  

RX Bar Pumpkin Spice Flavor

RXBARYou guys know I love RX bars and this one is a special seasonal edition.  It is so good!  This bar has 4 ingredients and still has 12 G of protein.  I love it!

 

Pumpkin Spice Mini Wheat’s

I don’t typically eat a lot of cereal but I do have a little obsession with frosted mini wheat’s.  I really like the original version a lot, but this one is super tasty as well.  The great thing about this cereal is that it is a great source of Iron.  I usually have a handful of these on the way to the gym or throw them together with some nuts and dried cranberries as a trail mix snack.  

Pumpkin Spiced Overnight Protein Oats

This is one of my tried and true recipes.  I love to add pumpkin into my oatmeal or smoothies.  So good!  

Pumpkin Muffins 

These muffins are yummy.  I like to add a bit of mini dark chocolate chips to the batter as well.  You can easily freeze these and take them out for a quick breakfast addition or snack.  If they last that long.  Here is the recipe give them a try.  

Pumpkin Muffins

I have so many other pumpkin things I love, but I thought I would share my top 4 that keep making an appearance.  Give them a try.  

If you want a laugh watch this video.  This couple cracks me up.  

What are your pumpkin favorites for fall?  Let me know in the comments.  Have a great weekend!  

 

 

Friday Faves

Happy Friday! As usual, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things I am into right now.

One of my goals this summer was to read a new book (not a teaching, health or self help book).  One of my friends gave me the book Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.  It was sooooo good.  I could not put it down.  I love all of her books but this one was so good and so relevant to what we are going through in our world.  It had such a great message.  I was angry, happy and sad!  You have to read this book.

Small Great Things BookAnother summer goal was to find new podcasts and listen to them on my walks or when I am doing daily chores.  These are my two favorite podcasts right now:

God Centered Mom and One Extraordinary Marriage.  These two podcasts have been life changing.  There are so many topics covered and I feel they are relevant for moms and married couples.  If you haven’t listened to these try one.  You will be hooked!

Sun Basket Meal Delivery

Have you seen all those meal delivery services out there and wanted to try one?  Well I did!  While I was listening to one of my favorite Podcasts I heard them talking about the meals.  So I decided to give it a try.  With school back in session, both of my daughters in sports and a busy schedule I figured it was the best time to try it. I opted to try the family plan where I receive 2 meals per week.  The meals I chose were paleo and gluten free.  All of the meals have been really good except for one that was just ok.  My girls were not too keen on a few of them.  However, they really liked our most recent meals the Turkey Tacos with cucumber-red pepper salsa and the Korean Beef Skewers with bok choy plum slaw.   I really liked how convenient it was and how we got to try a variety of new flavors and meal options.  It is a little expensive so I won’t be doing it weekly but if I have a really busy week or need a little more variety I will definitely be scheduling a delivery.  This is not a sponsored post but if you would like to try Sun Basket you can get $35.00 off your first order here.    Have you guys tried this?  What do you think?  

I hope you guys have some fun plans this weekend!  Enjoy!

Friday I’m In Love:  Friday Faves Drink Edition

This week my Friday faves focuses on my favorite drinks.  I don’t know about you but it is tough to drink straight water all day long.  I thought I would share a few of my go to drinks when I am wanting something different than water or to change up my usual morning coffee.  So here goes:  

Matcha Green Tea

If you don’t know what matcha is, it is a green tea that comes in a powdered form and it contains the whole leaf.  Matcha has many benefits which include improving mood, enhancing weight loss, increased energy,  mental focus and is rich in antioxidants.  I have been using this powder from Jade Leaf Organics and it is amazing.  

I have mostly been drinking it iced, added to smoothies, or as an iced green tea latte.  So good!!!!!  Here is my latest smoothie obsession:

Mango Matcha Green Smoothie
Serves 1
Healthy green smoothie with matcha
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5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 small container of coconut water (approx. 11 oz)
  2. ½ Frozen Banana
  3. 1 Cup Mango Frozen
  4. 1 small handful of kale or spinach
  5. 1 scoop vegan vanilla Shakeology or vanilla protein powder
  6. 1 tsp Match Green Tea Powder
  7. Ice (if desired)
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth and serve immediately.
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Lucky Jack Cold Brew Coffee (or any cold brew coffee) iced coffee  When the weather gets warmer outside sometimes I like to sip an iced coffee.  I purchased a case of this cold brew on a whim while at Costco.   It is awesome.  I pour it over ice, add a splash of coconut milk or almond milk and a bit of agave nectar and I have myself a coffee shop iced latte without the added cost.  

Kombucha

I am still a big fan of kombucha.  My preferred brand is Humm Kombucha because I can fill up growlers with this stuff at our local grocery store.  My whole family is addicted to Kombucha!  My daughters seem to drink it all.  One of these days I would love to try making my own.  Kombucha has some great health benefits too! 

Flavor Infused Water I love to infuse my plain water with fruit and herbs. For some reason I drink a lot more water this way.  Some of my favorite things to ad are mint, lemon, ginger, frozen berries or fresh strawberries.  It’s fun to experiment with new flavor infusions.  The longer you let your water infuse the better it will taste.  

Just remember when the weather gets hot outside hydration is so important.  If you are like me and don’t like just plain water all the time give these a try.  If you are working out in the heat don’t forget your electrolytes.  If you need an alternative to store bought  sports drinks give my homemade sports drink a try.  It is so good!  

What are your favorite drinks?  I would love to hear them.  Comment below!  Have an amazing weekend!  

*this is not a sponsored post, just things I am into lately. 

Friday I’m In Love! Things I’m Into Lately

Happy Friday!  I hope you all have awesome plans for the weekend.  This week went super fast!  Which is great.  I thought I would share another things I am into lately post.  Don’t forget to let me know what you are loving lately in the comments below. 

 Trace Minerals 4,000 Volts Electrolyte Drops

Trace MineralsWhile I was browsing the co-op store a while back looking for an electrolyte drink one of the salespeople saw me looking very confused and asked me if I had tried the Trace Minerals  4,000 Volts.He proceeded to tell me how much he loved it.  He is a triathlete and runner and he had been using them for a while.  This product is awesome!  This electrolyte concentrate can turn any beverage into an electrolyte drink just by adding 1 teaspoon.  You can add it to juice or plain water.  I have been using it in plain water and coconut water but I plan to add it into my homemade sports drink as well.  It does has a slight salt taste in plain water but it doesn’t bother me.  You can get it locally at the co-op for my Boise/Meridian readers or you can order online.  Check their website for more information.

Sourdough Bread

You guys it is so easy to make sourdough bread!  I am not a baker, but I actually produced several loaves of homemade sourdough bread using this recipe and tips from one of my favorite bloggers.  My daughters and hubby are major bread junkies and I want to provide them with a good clean option.  I don’t eat a lot of bread and when I do it has to be the good stuff!  And this is super yummy! I don’t have a picture because we tend to devour it before I can get one!  I have been eating it as avocado toast.  Such a great breakfast option.  

mary-kay-nourishine-plus-lip--gloss-cafe-au-laitThis Lip Gloss

I found a new favorite lip gloss, well I actually borrowed it from my younger daughter and I keep using it.  It is a light color that looks so natural and pretty.  It is by Mary Kay and it is called Cafe Au Lait.  It is also very moisturizing and lasting.  I am not a Mary Kay representative, but my mom is.  You can order any products from her.  Just email me for her information.  I hear they are coming out with a charcoal mask and my daughter and I are dying to try it.  

Thai Coconut Curry Hope Hummus

If you like hummus but get tired of the boring regular stuff you have to tryHope Hummus this Thai Coconut Curry Hummus.  It is so good as a dip with veggies or crackers or mixed in with some tuna and topped on a bed of salad.  I have also had their spicy avocado hummus as well and it is delish.  I am addicted!  

I would love to hear what you are currently into so comment below.  I love to try new things!  Don’t forget to subscribe to get updates right to your inbox.  

I hope you guys have a great Holiday weekend!  

This is not a sponsored post I am just sharing the things I love! 

Friday Faves

Hi guys!  TGIF!  I am so excited for the weekend.  We have a wedding, a race, and we get to celebrate the hubby’s Birthday.  A lot of plans which I love. 

It has been a busy week but I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that I am into lately. 

Friday Faves

Back Country Bars 

First I am totally addicted too these bars for a pre-run Back Country Bars (long run) snack or meal idea.  They offer both regular and gluten free bars that are packed with high quality ingredients.  They are local and I love that.  They taste super yummy too.  Check out there site and where to buy them.  http://backcountrybar.com/index.html

Have you guys tried Halo Top? Halo Top

I am was totally skeptical about trying this but I had heard good things about it from my friends.  So when I had a major ice cream craving last week I bought a carton and the hubby and I shared it.  It was pretty good.  The entire pint has 280 calories and 24 grams of protein.  I bought this at the co-op. 

Vanilla Almond Coconut Smoothie.  This smoothie is soooooo good.  I got the recipe from Anna Renderer from Popsugar Fitness and I have been drinking it all week.  It is super filling and so tasty.  I am addicted!  Sorry I don’t have a picture because it didn’t last long enough . 

Vanilla Coconut Almond Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Serving Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Protein Powder
  2. 8 oz Coconut Water
  3. 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
  4. 1/2 Frozen Banana
  5. Ice
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender and drink!
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Adapted from Anna Renderer
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My final favorite for the week is this book.  I am starting a couples book study on Sunday and I am so excited.  I have already started reading the book and it is really good.  I think it is so important to not only focus on our physical strength but also to strengthen our relationships as well, especially our marriages.  If you have not read this book you need to start! Love and Respect Book

I hope you all have a great weekend.  Do any of you have any exciting plans?