I am nuts for these almonds!

Sorry, I had to fill my cheesiness quota for the day.

Today I have a new, healthy snack to share with you guys, and it offers a real flavor punch to satisfy those tastebuds.

image1I am in love…LOVE…with Blue Diamond’s flavored almonds.  I personally really like the blueberry flavor…I know, they sound weird, but don’t knock it ’til you try it.

I didn’t realize just how many flavors they have until recently.  I was filling out a survey for them, and the question was asking if I could create a flavor, what would it be? And I’m like “uhhh, I think you pretty much got ‘em all!”  Seriously, every flavor I thought of was already on their list!  So anyway, they sent me these two flavors: Honey Roasted Cinnamon, and Honey Dijon.  Hello, flavor explosion!


I am currently snacking on the Honey Roasted Cinnamon with a side of green tea as I write this, and I’m finding it difficult to type more than three words without reaching my hand back in the bowl.  Take this as your warning.  They are addictive.

Recipe Idea: Chop these Honey Roasted Cinnamon almonds up into smaller pieces, and top your oatmeal with them.


Do you know those Snyder pretzels that are flavored Honey Mustard & Onion?  I freaking loved those.  However, now I don’t really make pretzels a part of my diet.  Snacking on the Honey Dijon almonds was a total blast from the past moment.  They have an almost identical flavor to those pretzels.  The Honey Dijon almonds are great to have along side a lunch, or when you have a salty and sweet craving.

Recipe Idea:  Chop up the Honey Dijon almonds, crust your salmon with it, and bake.

Be sure to check out all their awesome flavors either online or in your grocery store.  Personally, I think they’re a great way to get some extreme flavor in your diet without ruining your diet.  Happy snacking, friends!

Let’s talk!!

What is your favorite flavor of Blue Diamond almonds?  Leave a comment below.

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

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Manitoba Harvest #HempLove #HempHearts Review and Giveaway!

Hello!  How’s it going?  We are FINALLY getting some milder temps and sunshine up here in the Northeast, and it feels good!  Hello again, outdoor runs!  Today I have an awesome review AND giveaway for you guys, sponsored by Manitoba Harvest.  They were nice enough to send me a bag of their Hemp Hearts to test out.


I know some of you may be asking, “What the heck are hemp hearts?” so here is your answer…

Some consider hemp seeds a superfood.  They offer a healthy dose of protein and healthy fats, similar to flax and chia seeds, except hemp seeds are lower in carbs than flax and chia seeds.  They have a subtle nutty flavor, and there are multiple uses for them!

You can sprinkle them on top of pretty much anything from oatmeal or yogurt to salads!  You can use them in baking, too!  Manitoba Harvest has a ton of recipes using these hemp hearts on their website.  On their website I found this recipe for Banana Hemp Seed Muffins.


IMG_1439Any kind of bakery item with banana in it has my heart.

 Enter the giveaway for your own bag of Hemp Hearts in the Rafflecopter below! :)

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Metabolic Training Bootcamp Workout

Hey friends!  How are you?  Surviving the cold?  I had a nice unexpected day off yesterday due to the snow.  Of course it was filled with working on a never-ending pile of schoolwork. It never ends!!!!

On top of it all, I have taken up teaching a bootcamp every Thursday now at a local business on the employee’s lunch break. Most of the participants are beginners, and I write up the workouts with that in mind.  After last week’s workout I received really positive feedback after the workouts.  You could tell the participants felt proud of themselves, good about working out and doing something good for their bodies, which makes adding one more crazy thing to my schedule all worth the while.bootcampboardWhile making this workout, I tried to keep it quick and fast-paced to avoid boredom by the participants.  It’s easy to get bored during stationary workouts (we only have a hallway as our space for the bootcamp), especially for beginners.  Being in a hallway doing exercises within your very small little bubble for 30-45 minutes can be less than motivating.  I knew I needed to give them something to focus on – so, an interval type workout it is.d

This workout utilizes metabolic training – meaning, it keeps your burning more calories even after you are done working out.  It trains you to push harder and get out of your comfort zone in the work periods, with the idea in mind that you’ll soon get a little rest.

The workout takes a little less than 30 minutes!  Here it is…



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