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Pin It Party

It’s another edition of the Pin It Party today!

Even though I’ve posted 4 days in a row, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of Lindsay’s party again. She’s such a great hostess!

Are you following me on Pinterest? If not, click HERE.

If you’ve never attended before, here’s the details.  The purpose of a Pin It Party is for bloggers to gain Pinterest exposure to some of their best posts and to help drive traffic to their blogs.

Pinning images from blog posts you love is a great way to support your favorite bloggers! It helps more people see the posts and can help the blogs grow. So in addition to my post, check out some of the others that are linked up at Lindsay’s and pin away!

Here’s what I’m bringing to the party.

Let’s workout first –

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So start pinning away! If you are on Pinterest, leave your URL in the comments and I’ll follow you back. I’m always looking for yummy food to make, new workouts and new inspiration.

In case you missed the other Pin It Party’s:

Pin It Party

Pin It Party II

Pin It Party III

Pin It Party IV

Pin It Party V

Happy Pinning!

Pink Pancakes with Greek Yogurt and Warm Berries

Happy High Five Friday!

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1. “A tree with strong roots laughs at storms.” I’m trying to remember this as we prepare for yet another freakin’ snowstorm this weekend with frigid temps. Yay.

BTW – I am LOVING the #taketheleap and #bringingyogaback yoga challenges this month. Don’t forget that you can get 15% off your order from prAna when you shop their spring collection. Just use code psps15HFM at checkout!

2. Perfect way to warm up from the inside out post 17 miler.

3. A recovery run in a snowstorm really wasn’t my brightest idea. I think I worked harder those 5 miles than the previous days 17!

4. Doesn’t everyone wear masks when out to eat?

5. Go to your happy pace. Love this shirt that I received as a Solemate for Girls on the Run. I’m raising money (you can donate HERE) for my local chapter and would love any amount that you can give. After meeting the NH Executive Director and one of my Team Stonyfield teammates last week, I feel like I need to do everything I can to help out this wonderful organization. It’s helping mold the future generation of women all through the power of running. What’s not to love?

So I’m mixing it up today from the usual High Five Friday routine. Rather than sharing 5 links that I love, I’m sharing my love of pancakes. And my love of Stonyfield yogurt.

Why because I love my bloggy family!

And it is Valentine’s Day tomorrow after all!

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I had zero intention of sharing a recipe this week, but I was craving pancakes yesterday after a 10 mile run and this recipe kind of just came together on a whim. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted to makes something festive. It just so happened that I had bought a package of prepared beets from Trader Joe’s earlier in the week. (BTW – best thing ever! No mess.) Beets are a fantastic way to color your food without having to use any nasty food dyes. I knew the kids would be intrigued by pink pancakes.

Everything else just kind of fell into place. With no refined sugar (unless you count the sprinkles on top), it’s the perfect way to start the day. I made a “frosting” with Stonyfield Greek yogurt as a topping for the pancakes. Besides making it look like a decadent dessert, it adds more protein and staying power to keep us all running strong with no crash and burn within a few hours.

The kids and I had an early Valentine’s Day celebration complete with “cupcake” pancakes as my daughter called them. I think I may have to make another batch for Saturday morning.

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Pink Pancakes with Greek Yogurt and Warm Berry Sauce
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 4 baby beets (I used prepared beets from Trader Joe's but you can steam or roast your own)
  • 1¼ cup milk of your choice
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Toppings: Stonyfield Greek Yogurt, Frozen Strawberries (or berries of your choice), Dye Free Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Add beets and 1-2 Tbsp of water to food processor.
  2. Blend till smooth.
  3. Add remaining ingredients for pancakes (through pure maple syrup) to food processor. Blend till combined.
  4. Lightly grease griddle with coconut oil.
  5. Once heated, scoop ¼ cup batter onto griddle.
  6. Cook 2-3 minutes before flipping.
  7. To prepare berries: Place frozen berries in a saucepan over medium heat on stove. Mash berries as needed to make a sauce.
  8. Serve pancakes immediately topped with Stonyfield Greek yogurt, warmed berries and dye free sprinkles (if desired).

 

One more thing – I’m on Carly’s Fit Mama Friday today. Check it out!

As a Stonyfield blogger ambassador, I was compensated for writing this post as part of my partnership with the brand. The thoughts and opinions expressed are, as always, all my own. Go Team Stonyfield!

What would you like to high 5 today?
Who loves pancakes? Favorite pancake topper?

Cranberry Orange Muffins

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Happy Christmas Eve!

One of our family traditions is to always have a big breakfast Christmas morning after all the presents are unwrapped. It’s a way to stay in our PJ’s a little longer, let the kids play with their new toys and just relax. I personally love breakfast. It’s my favorite meal and one that I look forward to every single morning.

This year, I’m planning on baking my Cranberry Orange Muffins as part of the breakfast. We’ve been loving these muffins since before Thanksgiving. I had picked up a fresh bag of cranberries from the grocery store and Miss A. declared that we HAD to make muffins with them. My kids are huge muffin fans. Scratch that – the whole family is a fan. And the combination of tartness of cranberry with a subtle hint of orange is never a bad thing.

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Cranberry Orange Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain Stonyfield Yogurt
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour of your choice (I used white whole wheat)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tin with liners or oil to prevent sticking.
  3. In large mixing bowl, combine yogurt and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
  5. In separate bowl, combine flours, baking powder and salt.
  6. Slowly add flour combination to yogurt mixture.
  7. Stir in chopped cranberries till just combined.
  8. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins.
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes or until done.

 

I always like to use organic products as much as possible especially my yogurt. Choosing certified organic is a simple way to be sure your food was produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), sewage sludge or irradiation. I definitely don’t want any of that!

I just wanted to share a great program that’s happening in January. My friend Laura (and fellow Team Stonyfield teammate) is offering a January Reset – 21 Day Challenge to help you start off the new year on the right foot. It’s designed to help you feel better, regain control of your cravings and practice eating mindfully. It includes:

  • A whole foods challenge to cleanse your body, mind and spirit
  • New, seasonal meal plans to energize and lighten you, while releasing stored toxins
  •   Learn and practice How to Eat Mindfully!
  •   Group support and tips to keep you motivated and committed
  •   Opportunities to share our challenges and work on more positive messages to ourselves

I’m actually doing it too. I feel like I need a little reset to kick off 2015 and Boston Marathon training the right way. Join me!

If you’re interested in signing up, use the code “happyfitmama” for $10 off!

Disclosure: As a Stonyfield ambassador, I am being compensated for this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.