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Pin to Present: Mojito Fruit Salad and Naked Juice

This past weekend I planned a little surprise get together for my friend who has finally completed all requirements to be a full-fledged doctor all on her own. I invited a few of our friends over and wanted to keep things super simple so I searched for picnic foods on Pinterest. One thing I knew I wanted to make was some sort of fruit salad using the mint growing in my Mom’s garden. Up popped this delicious Mojito fruit salad.

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Despite me forgetting raspberries, the fruit salad was a hit with everyone and even though I put it out as an appetizer while we waited for the guest of honor, she thought it was the dessert for the evening. There’s really not much you can say about fruit salad except that it was super quick, yummy, will be a summer party staple, and a perfect compliment to the next day’s breakfast.

After waking up with a bit of a groggy feeling I had no desire to make any sort of breakfast before tackling the mess in the kitchen (although not a big mess since my friends are awesome and pitched in before leaving). Thankfully I had a few Naked Juice Berry Almond Nutmilk left in the fridge. Naked Juices have always served as a quick, healthy, on-the-go snack that I can grab while out and about (actually, if I show up to the grocery store hungry I’ve been known to grab a Naked Juice to drink while shopping and pay for at the end, of course). Because they have no added sugars or preservatives I always feel good about drinking them!

Naked Juice has a deep tradition of goodness. Since its founding in 1983, they’ve been committed to creating the most nutritious beverages. Using the best ingredients available, they pack as much of Mother Nature’s bounty as possible into every bottle. The newest products – Berry Almond Nutmilk, Bright Beets, Chia Cherry Lime, Chia Sweet Peach, Proteins & Greens, and Kale Blazer – offer a delicious blend of fruits and vegetables and pack a nutritional punch.

I thoroughly enjoyed Berry Almond Nutmilk and they’ve kept me as full as my homemade smoothie does in the mornings! I’ve been incredibly thankful for Naked Juice for sending a few bottles my way as they have served perfectly in a pinch in the morning. They’ve replaced my usual morning smoothly on the days when I just can’t seem to get my act together. I only wish they had some vegetables in there! Here are some fun facts about Berry Almond Nutmilk.

  • Each bottle of Berry Almond Nutmilk contains: 26 blueberries, 8 blackberries, 2 raspberries, 1 strawberry, 24 almonds, 1 3/4 apples and 1/3 banana.
  • Berry Almond Nutmilk is gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free.
  • This delicious, non-dairy smoothie blends together the goodness of fruit, almond milk and soy protein to deliver 11g of plant protein per bottle.

Naked Juice is for the active, on-the-go individual who knows it’s important to incorporate fruits and veggies into their diet, but doesn’t always have the time to chop, slice, cook or blend. It’s not always easy or convenient to fit fruits and vegetables into your morning routine, but Naked Juice provides you the option to make sure you are getting your daily dose of goodness. So, hey, if you can’t eat ‘em, drink ‘em.

Now, lucky for you, Naked Juice sent me coupons for free 15.2 oz bottles just for you and I have 5 to give out! Their new flavors include Berry Almond Nutmilk, Kale Blazer, Bright Beets, Proteins & Greens, Chia Cherry Lime, and Chia Sweet Peach. For a chance to receive a coupon mailed to you (maybe along with some fun goodies thrown in from me!) simply leave a comment below sharing either when you’ve enjoyed Naked Juice or with a simple summer recipe I have to try! For extra entries, like me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest and leave one comment below for each like (a separate entry to each like so a potential for 5 entries!). I’ll select 5 winners on Thursday, June 25. Be sure your comments are linked to your email addresses so I can email you!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

(Mojito Fruit Salad recipe and image from Iowa Girl Eats)

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Healthy Options when you’re on the go!

When I went back to school this spring I had a small idea of how busy I would be, but no idea of how it would affect my eating choices. Mondays I worked from home and went to school at 5:30, Tuesday I worked at the office until 1 and went to school at 4:30, Wednesday I had Derby committee meetings for the Junior League, and one Thursday a month I had a Junior League members’ meeting. Throw in there work, going to the gym, and getting together with friends and my evenings flew by.

Working 45-minutes from where I live doesn’t really bother me except for how it affects my fitness. By the time I get home, or to a gym near my house, I have lost all motivation to work out. Am I the only one that gets really tired from driving and dealing with traffic? I purposely go to a gym that is about 5-minutes from my work so that I have no excuses! I can go during lunch or I can go after work and miss out on all of the lovely rush hour traffic. I also joined a Junior League chapter closer to my work so that I could be sure to get there on time and make friends that work in the same area I do! With doing everything closer to my work than my house, I find myself eating out and grabbing quick foods more than I’d like to. Fortunately for me, and my waist line, I have found a few ways to make healthy choices on the go.

I’ll start with the obvious.

1. Pack your food! This can be as elaborate as packing another meal to take to work or as simple as some almond butter packets, fruit, trail mix, and/or veggies with hummus!

2. Good choices earlier leads to good choices later! I have found that the better I eat throughout the day, the less I cave to cravings later in the day. If I start off right, I’ll typically end the day right.

3. Find healthy options at your current favorites! Sometimes I am strong enough to pick a salad with chicken over a big juicy cheeseburger at a restaurant, but usually with fast food I am only going there because I am craving it. I never would have thought to pick a salad at a fast food restaurant because I am already skeptical of ordering salads in general. Will the veggies be fresh? Was everything washed? I am completely shocked and blown away by Wendy‘s salad options!

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Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s restaurant in 1969 grounded on the premise that “Quality is our Recipe®.” For more than 45 years, Wendy’s has been invested in bringing customers the quality ingredients that differentiate us from others in the industry. In every Wendy’s restaurant, employees freshly chop vegetables every day, starting with full heads of iceberg and romaine lettuces and other veggies like cucumbers and tomatoes.

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You can see the speedy story of a single head of romaine lettuce as it travels from farm to drive-thru.

I’m not much of a barbeque sauce fan but something about the Wendy’s BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad. I suspect it was the word “ranch.” I’m a sucker for ranch. This salad had fire-roasted sweet corn, freshly diced tomatoes, light and lively spring mix combined with Applewood Smoked bacon and grilled chicken drizzled with savory BBQ sauce, topped with creamy Simply Dressed® BBQ Ranch Dressing.

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All of the veggies were really fresh in my salad and the best part was the crispiness of the lettuce. I’m really into crispy lettuce so this just made my day. They come in full size and half size and my big eyes opted for the full. Should’ve gotten the half. I ate that sucker for lunch and dinner!

Have you tried Wendy’s salad? I highly recommend them!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Am I the Only One?

Good Wednesday to you all!  I hope your day is treating you well so far.  Mine was off to a good start and continuing nicely along that trajectory.  Just a few random thoughts today… as if my random thoughts yesterday weren’t enough!  A lot of “anyone else?” questions below!

So this morning I woke up at 7:30.  Not bad except I’d prefer to wake up at 7:15. My dream time is 7.  But no matter what I do, no matter how much I prepare and set myself up for success the night before, I wake up at 7:30.  I think it’s because I know I can still be on time if I wake up at 7:30, even if I wake up at 7:45… or 7:50 as has happened before.  I’m on time, but I’m rushed, and I don’t get to do everything I want to do… like a little eye makeup and play with bling.  Any tips on how to actually wake up?  Let me say that my alarm goes off at 6:40 and I’ve tried a variety of noises.  I do wake up, I just hit snooze-a-looze and go back to sleep.  Who else has this problem?

So far so good on the healthy train.  Yesterday I DID NOT want to run.  It was on my schedule to do a 2 mile run after work and I just wasn’t feeling it.  My head was allergy foggy all day, I had a twinge in my back, I was feeling like I had a little bit of cramps, and most importantly, I just didn’t want to.  As always, I turned to the friend for guidance and butt kicking.  Here is a quick summary of the texts following this one…

Me: my plan today was to run 2 miles.  I’m still so foggy.  Run or no?
Friend: brisk walk if that’ll feel better?
Me: I don’t like to walk lol.  I prefer to run.

Insert lots of complaining here…

Me: [coworker] just told me it’s spitting out.  That means I shouldn’t
Friend: It’s not raining here.  Go home and run.

I did not appreciate that suggestion.

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Does anyone else have a friend like that? (Mags is her dog btw)  Mine is the best.  I didn’t want to do it, was pretty convinced I wasn’t going to run, and I was so, so, so happy I did.  I surprised myself with how much I was able to do and felt so good even though I hurt so bad.  I used my free interval app on my phone and set it for 60 seconds run 10 seconds walk.  Every 5 intervals or so I walked for 10:60:10.  I was able to do it and banged out 2 miles pretty quickly, but I think next time I’ll give myself a 15 second walk and hopefully I won’t have to take the extra long walk.  Do you like running through the woods?  I feel like part wood nymph, part Katniss, and part latin dancer due to my Pitbull songs.

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After running my stomach kind of hurt.  Am I the only one who gets stomach aches after running?  Maybe I ate my banana too soon after.  When I got home the Mumsie had prepared a yummy chicken and veggie meal and I inhaled that.  An hour later I was still hungry so I satisfied my incredibly weird, always present post-run craving: an egg and avocado sammy.

Maybe I’m really just craving protein and fat?  In any case, I fried up two more eggs for lunch today.  I.Can.Not.Wait.  Do you have weird post-run cravings?

Please tell me I’m not the only one!

P.S. I just placed an order with The Honest Company and I CAN NOT WAIT for it to get here!  If you’d like to place an order, click here.  I’ll be honest– I get a $20 credit for each order placed so please use that link if you’re interested :-)  Once you join and place an order, you’ll get your own link to share with friends and family.  All the more reason to click here and order!

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