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Healthy Snacking with Somersaults + Meal Planning


This post was sponsored by Somersaults as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

This year, I’ve got big goals that I want to achieve. I will be working harder than I have ever before. Pushing my body to run fast and to stay injury free requires a lot of upkeep.

One thing that I have struggled with recently is my recovery from hard workouts. I know I should eat something within 30 minutes of a hard workout that lasts longer than 60 minutes. But life happens. I’m a mom who has two kids begging for my attention all.the.time. Or I’m so sweaty from my workout that I only have getting cleaned up in the shower on my mind. I’d say 80% of the time, I miss that 30 minute window.

So this year, my nutrition and recovery are getting a shape up.

As a total and complete snacker, I’m always looking for a good snack. When marathon training kicks into high gear, so does the appetite. Food is fuel.

I usually will grab some fruit with some protein like whole milk Greek yogurt or almond butter before the hangries appear. But sometimes, I need something that I can grab and eat on the run.

A few years ago, a friend of mine asked me if I’ve tried Somersaults yet.

Ummmm…yeah, I’ve been doing somersaults since I was 5.


She was actually talking about a new snack that was made from sunflower seeds with simple ingredients. She raved about how delicious they were.

Of course, I had to try it after that. While perusing the aisles of Target (my second home), I found Somersaults. It was love at first bite.

Somersaults come in four flavors – cinnamon, dutch cocoa, sea salt and salt and pepper. Being a chocolate lover, the dutch cocoa is my favorite sweet version. But the salt and pepper? When I want savory, that’s the one for me. It’s got a nice kick from the pepper and tastes like my favorite type of potato chip. But way more nutritional!

I like a good crunch. Each little nugget offers just that. There’s a simple ingredient list that has sunflower seeds as the first ingredient (sounds silly but you’d be surprised how often sugar is the first ingredient in packaged snacks). Sunflower seeds are nutritionally dense food, packed with plant-based protein, fiber, vitamin E, and healthy fats.

somersaults baked goodness

All of the flavors are great on their own but are the perfect topping for Greek yogurt and smoothies (cinnamon and dutch cocoa flavors) or on salads (sea salt and salt and pepper).

I’m sure you are wondering – But are they filling? At 5-6 grams of plant based protein and 1-3 grams of sugar per serving, Somersaults stuck with me. I don’t get the hangries when I snack on an individual portion bag between breakfast and lunch. Adding a handful to my Greek yogurt adds more protein and more staying power. They also make a great healthy post workout snack that’s simple to stash in my bag or in the car.

You can find Somersaults at select Target stores and Whole Foods. Check the store locator for availability near you.They are also available online. FYI – you can 10% off your first order from the Somersault website.


It’s Sunday so it’s Meal Planning day. Here’s what’s for dinner at my house this week:

Sunday: Sockeye Salmon, sprouted brown basmati rice, roasted broccoli and cauliflower

Monday: Slow Cooker Whole Chicken + Roasted Root Veggies

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday!

Wednesday: Butternut Squash Apple Soup + grilled cheese sandwiches

Thursday: Shepard’s Pie

Friday: Pizza night

Saturday: Date night

What’s your favorite on the go snack?

What’s for dinner at your house this week?



Shopping at Kittery Premium Outlets + Meal Planning

A portion of this post is sponsored by Kittery Premium Outlets. All opinions are my own.

Hey there!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. We enjoyed a winter wonderland yesterday as we got dumped with snow. I loved it!

Can you believe that Christmas is next week? I’m in complete shock. How did that happen? My parents and Ron’s mom will be arriving later in the week. When they booked their tickets, it was month’s ago. And now it’s suddenly here!

I’m still working on my Christmas shopping. I always say I’ll get it done early every single year. And every single year I’m scrambling to get it done at the last minute. I carved out some time last week to do a little holiday shopping at the Kittery Premium Outlets. I love that we live so close to the outlets. You really can find the best deals at the top name brand stores located there. Even more so with the holidays!

When I was invited to shop at the Premium Outlets in exchange for sharing some of their great deals right now, it was a no brainer. I go there weekly anyway!

Shopping at the Columbia store at Kittery Premium Outlets. |

Columbia Outlets are always my go-to when shopping for jackets for my kids. Right now everything in the Columbia store is 30-50% off. It just so happens that my kids were in need of new jackets after having a major growth spurt in October. Of course, I picked up a couple things for myself because I can’t resist a half zip fleece for $20.


Did you know that Sunglass Hut has a 90 day return policy? That also includes if you break or damage your sunglasses. I learned about this after I said I can’t get nice sunglasses because I break them. Maybe I can have nice stuff?


I must admit. I’ve never been in the Jockey store. I thought they only sold underwear. Not true! They still do make great sports bras and undies but now include a really cute athletic wear line. From tanks, capris, and base layers for winter sports, they have it all.


At the New Balance store I was surprised to find a Cape. Not a superman or supergirl cape but an actually kind of cute cape for athletic wear. I can’t say I’d run in it but maybe it would be cute for slipping on post workout or yoga class. Would you wear a cape?

If you are in need of getting the final bits of your holiday shopping done, head to the nearest Premium Outlets. There’s sure to be something for everyone on your list. Including you! For more savings, be sure to sign up for the VIP Shopper Club at Guest Services or online.

It’s Sunday so it’s Meal Planning time.

Sunday: Sockeye Salmon + Kale, Pear and Walnut Salad

Monday: Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday!

Wednesday: Crockpot Whole Chicken

Thursday: Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

Friday: Cooking Class with the Moms at Stonewall Kitchen

Saturday: Christmas Eve Dinner

Do you shop at Outlet stores near you?

What’s for dinner at your house this week?


Meal Planning {Week of December 11}

Meal planning this week includes an easy Butternut Squash Apple Soup. |


How’s your weekend going? It seems that winter is most definitely here. Earlier in the week I had posted about my favorite winter running tips. At the time, it had been pretty mild. I mean, I ran in shorts and a t-shirt a week ago! And then Monday it snowed. Wednesday it snowed. Yesterday was a bone chillin’ 15 degrees when I went for my run in the morning. The temps weren’t too bad. The wind is what was the worst. Thankfully, it was at my back or I was protected by trees for the majority of the run.

Welcome back winter running!

It’s Ron’s birthday today so it’s his choice of what we are doing for the day. We may go ice skating at the outdoor rink after looking at some potential kittens/cats for adoption. After many years of asking, it seems my kids (and Ron) have won me over in getting a cat. BUT…it has to be just the right cat that likes dogs and kids. We’ll see what happens!

It’s Meal Planning Sunday yet again. It’s supposed to be super cold all week so I’m craving warm foods to heat us up.

Sunday: Ron’s birthday – his choice of where to go out to dinner!

Monday: Sweet Potato and Lentil Buddha Bowl

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday (black bean + fish)

Wednesday: Veggie Stir-fry + Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls

Thursday: Crockpot Roasted Chicken + Butternut Squash Apple Soup (pictured above)

Friday: Pizza Friday

Saturday: Holiday Party

Has the Polar Vortex reached your house?

What’s for dinner at your house this week?