Sunday Morning Special


Happy Easter, everyone! I'm up in the Twin Cities with my parents visiting my sister, Amy, and her husband, Joe, for the weekend. As you can see above, we've enjoyed some fun family time (yes, friends, I'll finally know what you're talking about when you refer to Settlers of Catan) and tasty meals. Bonus: It's starting feeling like spring is here to stay. *Crossing fingers* To celebrate, let's check out some warm-weather-friendly ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special: Health Blog Round-Up


Happy Sunday, everyone! I've had a fun-filled weekend so far—Mom came to town and we enjoyed a nutritious vegan dinner, a traveling Broadway show, a trip to West End Salvage (can I please have one of everything for my apartment?) and a delicious brunch. Today, I'm participating in a fitness fundraiser and joining three others to complete a marathon relay on a treadmill. It should be the perfect, sweaty way to spend the afternoon on this ...continue reading

Spring Training Playlist

Happy first day of Spring! I'm hoping that along with the new season, we'll experience some new weather trends. It's been in the 30°-range all week so far here—how's it feeling in your neck of the woods? Whether you're sweating indoors or out, this hour-long playlist will keep you moving. It's a mix of songs I jammed to on Ragnar (long overdue recap coming soon!), some new discoveries since then and a few older favorites. For ...continue reading

Slow Cooker Vegan Chili + a Giveaway Winner


First of all, Happy St. Patrick's Day and Selection Sunday! Is anyone else counting down the hours to 6/5 p.m. CT for the bracket announcements? Go Cyclones! Congratulations to all teams in the mix for the championship, and congrats to Alex, who was selected by to be the winner of the Applebee's gift card giveaway! Alex, I'll be in touch shortly with your prize. Don't worry, the rest of you won't be going home hungry ...continue reading

Healthy Chain Reaction: Applebee’s Under 550 Calories Menu + Giveaway


Back when I was in grade school, Applebee's was one of THE places to be on a weekend evening. Whether I was with my family or having a dinner-and-a-movie night out with friends, a basket of chicken strips and fries was a given when we finally scored a table. My tastes have changed in the past 15 years and it has been more than a year or two since I'd eaten at Applebee's (I guess I'm not doing a very good job of following their motto: ...continue reading

Welcome to the New Healthful Bites

Thanks to Ryan at WP Site Care for helping to give my blog a fresh look! What does this new Wordpress-hosted look mean for the site? The same topics, but a new tagline and more, more, more. More fitness, more food, more fun and more FitFluential! I appreciate you for bearing with me as I took a hiatus during the transition. I feel like I have so much to share with you since we last spoke. I'm looking forward to catching up! There ...continue reading