Turkey + Hummus Cucumber Sub

Cucumber Sub

Please forgive me for the unannounced posting hiatus and all-around social media silence over the past couple weeks. In addition to my usual job, fitness classes and freelance projects (have you checked out my stories on Recipe.com yet?), I've been preparing to take my AFAA and NASM exams to become a certified group fitness instructor and a certified personal trainer. Yesterday, I spent 8 hours in a group fitness studio ...continue reading

Healthy Single-Serving PB&J Cake

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When I was a kid, "hot lunch" was a steady rotation of rubbery pizza, turkey and gravy over white bread, purple-hued hot dogs and overcooked spaghetti. As a result, my Mom or I packed a brown bag nearly everyday. I can probably count the number of times I bought a hot lunch ticket during my K-8 career on one hand. Since sandwich + fruit or vegetable+ treat (chips, dessert, etc.) was on rotation 180 days per year for nine years, I was ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special: Speed-Boosting Scoop + How to Use Summer Fruit

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Happy Sunday, all! We finally had a fairly dry week in our neck of the woods, so I was able to enjoy the sights on the walk to and from work. Have I told you how much I love living in an apartment within active commuting distance from work? I still drive on days when it's stormy or when time is tight, but when I can swing it, walking to work is such a painless way to sneak in a couple extra thousand steps! By foot, by bike, by car, by ...continue reading

Healthy Chain Reaction: Bruegger’s Skinny Bagel Sandwich

There was a time in my life (junior high) when I would not even think twice about grabbing a Cinnamon Crunch bagel for breakfast. The doughy, sweet bagel topped with a crispy streusel? Mmm…but too bad it also came along with a major sugar crash a couple hours later. I mean, 31 grams of sugar? That’s more than two full tablespoons! While half of a Cinnamon Crunch could still be a fine splurge snack or dessert, it probably ...continue reading

Soup(er) Salad

I’m a big fan of soup as a meal starter. It fills you up and can pack a nice veggie punch if you choose correctly. But some days, a salad is a must instead—due to hot weather or a great deal at a local restaurant (like this meal)! And if you create your salad right, it can be an excellent main course. This August, a deli-like establishment near my office called Cafe Metro has offered $6 build-your-own salads when ordered ...continue reading