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Char’s Mission: Hiking!

First off, I would like to thank Cait for allowing me to do a guest post for her! I know you’re going to all miss her post, so I’ll try my best to keep you occupied for today!

Second, I’m Char and I blog over at ‘char on a mission’ (http://charonamission.wordpress.com/) where you can catch me blogging about life for me (ie: living a happy healthy life, and keeping on those missions)! When Cait had asked me what I wanted to talk about, the first thing that came to mind was, hiking. I’ve done my ‘research’ and gathered my ‘evidence’ so without further hesitation here’s what I have to say about it!

Since we’re in the prime of nice weather, long days, and working on those much needed tans, I thought I would talk about hiking. There are so many fun ways to get outside and be active, and this one especially appeals to me.

I enjoy it so much that I’m going to cover the reasons why I love/enjoy hiking and what I do while hiking. Hope you like it!

1. Very peaceful.



I don’t know about you, but something about being amongst the trees just makes everything so calm and peaceful. You feel so far away from civilization, so you can really enjoy it without thinking about anything else.


2. Finding crazy things.



You can find some pretty interesting stuff while you’re out on the trails. Take this tree for example, it should have fallen down, but thanks to a fellow tree, it is now casually leaning on him.

3. Stay hydrated!


Especially if you’re trying out a new trail. You always want to be prepared, incase you get lost! Plus, water is just amazing and should be consumed at all times anyways!

4. Another valid excuse to wear workout clothes.


I don’t know about you, but I live in lululemon. So if I have another excuse to stay in their workout gear, I will take it!


5. Time to bond/gossip with friends!



You can cover so much gossip in one little hiking trip. The animals in nature don’t judge you for judging others and hey, it’s fun to catch up with friends.

6. You understand and appreciate the little things.


You take the time to stop and look at little things that you may not notice on any other day. Maybe it has to do with #1.

7. You get to appreciate natural beauty and see some great views.




It gives you the opportunity to appreciate where you are. Or, you can call it the ‘wow’ factor as in, ‘wow, I didn’t know we had such great views around here.’ …or maybe that’s just me (I obviously need to venture out more in my home area)!


8. You can come home and enjoy a great healthy lunch + a little dessert 😉



A little post-workout food and dessert…that you earned! It honestly tastes waaay better after hiking.

And this is what keeps me coming back for more!

Q: What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?

Easy Snacks from Healthful Sense

Hi There!  I’m Lisa from Healthful Sense!

I’m excited to do this guest post for Cait while she’s outta town.

Today I’m sharing some amazing simple & satisfying snacks or mini meal ideas.  Every day is different for me — some days I eat 5-6 mini meals and other days I eat 3 meals + snacks.  On the 3 meal days, snacks are essential!  With breakfast typically around 6:30, lunch around noon, and dinner around 6, snacks help to keep my energy up during the LONG 6 hour windows between meals.

When choosing a snack, it’s important to choose foods that will satisfy your hunger, keep your energy levels up and your mind alert.  High carbohydrate snacks like plain cereal, crackers, and bread that are not combined with protein and fat have little effect on hunger and you may find yourself back in the kitchen looking for more food.  The most satisfying snacks are ones that combine protein + carbohydrate + healthy fat.

Here are my TOP 5 simple + satisfying snacks:

#1 PB + date krispy treat

These krispy treats contain a hunger zapping combination of carbs (dates) + protein/fat (peanut butter) plus other super healthy ingredients.

#2 Banana chia seed pudding (make a batch in the evening so that it’s ready-to-eat in the AM)

Chia seed pudding is one of my favorite mini meals or snacks.  I always feel satisfied after eating this combination of carbs (banana) + protein/fat (peanut butter & chia seeds).

#3 Banana slices (or date) + peanut butter

PB + bananas (or a date) is definitely my “go2” snack when I need something quick.  It’s the perfect pair of carbs (banana/date) + protein/fat (peanut butter).  I also love to pair a handful of almonds with an orange or an apple.

#4 Corn tortilla + LF shredded cheese + pineapple salsa

Hello!  These are amazing.  If you live near a Trader Joe’s you’re in luck.  Buy some corn tortillas, shredded low-fat cheese, avocados and some pineapple salsa.  Simply heat a corn tortilla with shredded cheese + salsa on a skillet and throw on some avocado slices!  This combo of carbs (corn tortillas) + protein/fat (cheese/avocado) will definitely satisfy your hunger.

#5 Greek yogurt with nuts & fruit

Greek yogurt is one of my favorite foods to have as a snack because it’s super high in protein.  Mix in some nuts + fruit (or make fun designs) and you’ve got yourself a satisfying combo of carbs (yogurt/fruit) + protein/fat (yogurt/nuts).

Do you have certain “go-to” snacks that leave you feeling satisfied and energized? 

Make sure to share them in the comments section so we can all get new snack ideas.

Thank You Cait for having me as a guest blogger!

♥ Lisa @ Healthful Sense

Hope to see ya’ll over at Healthful Sense soon!

Sprinting to Laura’s Table

Hello! My name is Laura and I write a blog called Sprint 2 the Table. Sprint 2 the Table is a collection of recipes, food adventures, races, strength training, and general pontification.

Why the name?

I live my live from meal to meal. Sometimes I think I’m just hustling through my daily activities so I can get to the next occasion for mastication. At bedtime some people count sheep, some people have lull-a-byes… I fall asleep at night thinking about what I’m going to eat for breakfast. It’s a sickness, I know. Oh yeah, I also run.

Part of my “sheep counting” involves of dreaming up new and different recipes. I rarely eat the same thing twice. More often I will have variations of the same thing. (Hello, chia pudding!)

Today I decided to try something new.

I had a dozen local, farm-fresh eggs and a super-size container cottage cheese that needed to be utilized.

To many people this would scream “Omelet!” I’ve seen many a tasty-looking recipe for cottage cheese-stuffed omelets. Sadly, one of my most embarrassing shortcomings is that I suck at making omelets. (Ok, maybe not the most embarrassing… but it is shameful!)

In the interest of playing it safe, I decided to concoct an egg bake using cottage cheese.

This recipe is a great because you can easily change up the fillings to fit your mood. (PMS chocolate bake, anyone? Pleeeeease some one try it. LOL!)

Today I was feeling herb-y. And garlicky.

Have you ever tried garlic scapes?

As you probably know, garlic bulbs grow underground. As it grows, it produces a shoot that become visible. It’s a long, curly thin thing called a scape.

They still taste like garlic, just slightly more mild with a little spice on the end. The texture is more like that of a green bean. Use them any where you would use garlic or a bigger-flavored herb.

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 Cottage Cheese and Egg Scape Bake

  • 1/4 C cottage cheese 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 egg white 
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast (or cheese of your choice) 
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 
  • 1/4 C frozen (or sautéed) kale 
  • 1 T fresh rosemary, chopped 
  • 1-2 garlic scapes, chopped 
  • 2 basil leaves, chiffonade
  •  S+P, to taste 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat the eggs and cottage cheese together until well-combined and beginning to fluff. Add remaining ingredients and beat again to combine.

Pour into a ramekin and bake for 35-40 mins. Note: You may need to broil for 1-2 mins at the end to finish off the top. Be sure to watch closely so it doesn’t get too browned (see my pic for example of borderline too browned. 🙂 ).

** Do you tend to use the same base recipes but change up the mix-ins?