New Must-Try Stonyfield Products + Meal Planning

Disclaimer: As a Stonyfield Yo-Getter, I received free products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Stonyfield has been busy mixing up new delicious recipes. Three new products – OP, Oh My Yog! and Greek Yogurt with Chia are now available at your local grocery store.

OP – Essentially an organic protein smoothie, OP has become my new post long run recovery fuel. I have two problems with refueling after a long run. One – I usually don’t want to eat anything. Two – I need something quick and portable. The OP covers it all. It comes in three flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla. Per usual for everything Stonyfield, there is no artificial flavors or weird gunk that you don’t want in your food. Can you guess what will be packed in my post Boston Marathon bag?

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Oh My Yog! – You guys, this is seriously good. Dare I say, my favorite of the three new products? Fruit, whole milk yogurt, topped with cream – yeah, it’s that good. The Pacific Coast Strawberry was so good. It’s like eating dessert. Another fun added bonus? The inside of the yogurt container has a cool story and picture that encircles the inside.

Stonyfield Love | happyfitmama.comEveryone, including Chloe, the stuffie kitty, wanted in on the picture. And to do a taste test as soon as we got home from the grocery store.

Organic Greek and Chia Yogurt – I know I just said the Oh My Yog! was my fav, but this is a very close second. I love putting Chia seeds in everything. My favorite running fuel even has it!  So it’s just pure genius for Stonyfield to add the seeds for me. Especially when it means that I don’t have to lug a package of Chia seeds with me to work when I have my mid morning snack of Stonyfield yogurt.  And the blood orange flavor? Ah.maz.ing.

If you want to check out any or all of the new Stonyfield must try products, click HERE to find the location nearest you.

It’s Sunday, so it’s meal planning day!

Sunday: Thai Peanut Salad with Salmon

Monday: Egg and avocado sandwiches

Tuesday: Dinner out

Wednesday: Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Green smoothie pancakes

Saturday: Bacon and Asparagus Pasta

What’s your favorite flavor of yogurt?

What’s for dinner this week?

High Five Friday

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High Five Friday is here! I share more pictures on Instagram. Are you following me?

1. A zen frog is a good frog.

2. If you are on Instagram, be sure to enter my giveaway with Natural Delights Medjool Dates. You can win a date with fitness package. Get it? Hahaha!

3. After last Saturday’s Boston preview run, I woke up quite stiff on Sunday. A lovely yoga session cured it all.

4. The Saucony Lodge Pack is back in stock! I missed out when they first came out in January. My size sold out on the first day! They are so cute and comfy!

5. It’s quite amazing to step outside for a run and smell SPRING!

5 Things

1. Move over Barbie – How genius is this? While I grew up with Barbie, it’s nice to see there are alternative dolls out there that aren’t busting out of their clothes and glammed up. I think I need to get this doll for Miss A.

2. Superfood Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites – Get in my belly!

3. Boston Marathon Emotional Healing – Sandra wrote about what a lot of people are going through. Even though it’s 2 years later, the emotions are still deep.

4. The Childless Mother Runner – “We fall into different clans—mother, marathoner, run-walker, masters—but we’re all one big tribe.” So true.

5. Why Running Easy is Hard – Loved this post from Tina. She knows quite a bit about running. After all, she is a bad ass Elite! Take a look at all the reasons why you should have easy running days.

What would you like to High 5 today?

Balancing Tips for the Busy Mother Runner

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

Balance.

Something we all try to strive for, right? I’ve been told I’m unbalanced. Muscularly, that is. But do I think that I have my life in balance?

Absolutely not.

In 2013, I used the word balance as my word of the year – what I would focus on all year long. What did I find? There is no such thing as balance. I think life is a constant state of tipping the scales in whatever direction is most important in that moment. It then readjusts in the other direction as needed.

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Stonyfield wanted to know how I balance it all as I’m training for the Boston Marathon. I don’t, but here’s some tips on how to at least fake it.

1. Support - If Ron did not support my crazy running habits, none of this would work. He knows that running is what I love and what makes me happy (and most importantly, sane). In turn, he never gives me any grief about running a 20 mile race that begins in the middle of the day that practically eats up a whole Sunday of family time. It’s important to me so he makes it work. And he keeps the kids entertained so no one even realizes I’m gone.

Oh, mama just ran a race? I’m too busy digging in the sand to notice.

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2. Schedule workouts – I’m a big fan of routine schedules. I think it stems from when my twins were born. I was all about the schedule. Nothing messed up the schedule. Thankfully, I like to workout in the morning. Ron likes after work. Perfect! When I go to yoga class, it’s in the evening after Ron comes home from the gym. Of course, I would love to go to yoga earlier, but I know his workout is just as important as mine.

3. Prioritize – My daily to-do list is usually a mile long. With my job as a part time Clinical Exercise Physiologist, managing a blog, my coaching clients and picking up more freelance writing projects, I feel like there’s always something to do that I haven’t done or that needs to be done ASAP. Rather than feeling overwhelmed, I prioritize from most important to least on my list. For the most part it works, but I can’t say I never feel overwhelmed.

 4. Simplify – I love to bake and make a lot of things homemade. But marathon training on top of everything else is leaving me exhausted. My meal planning for the week, in addition to food/snack prep, has been rather lackluster lately. We’ve been relying on freezer meals, eggs or a simple stir fry for dinner, Larabars, and more Stonyfield yogurt for snacks lately. We aren’t going hungry but we are still eating healthy.

Stonyfield yogurt | happyfitmama.com

5. Multitask – I stretch while I’m on the floor with my kids playing a game. I foam roll, do my core and PT exercises while watching TV at night. I clean the shower and stretch while taking a shower. What? I know I’m not the only one that does that!

6. Laugh – Seriously. Just laugh. I know I can’t do it all. But what can I do? I can laugh.

How do you find balance in your life?