Posts Tagged ‘FitFluential’
October 28, 2014
Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC.
I have a great afternoon pick-me-up snack for you to guys today!
But first, let’s back up and talk about some interesting facts about Pure Canadian Maple Syrup.
Have you ever thought of using it on more than just pancakes and waffles?
Through a campaign with FitFluential, I was sent a care package from Pure Canadian Maple that included this maple water (I previously mentioned in last week’s Friday Favorites) and a bottle of Canadian maple syrup.
It’s perfectly (naturally) sweetened and extremely low in sugar and calories. You can read more about the benefits of drinking it on their website.
As for the Canadian maple syrup, I would like to take a minute and discuss the benefits of adding it into your healthy and active lifestyle.
I certainly never used to look at it this way…
Did you know?
• Canadian maple syrup is pure and one hundred percent natural.
It’s made directly from the sap of the sugar maple tree.
• Eighty percent of the world’s maple syrup comes from our upstairs neighbors in Canada! The majority of which is made in Quebec.
• Pure Canadian maple syrup is extremely versatile.
Get past using it as a topping and try cooking with it! You can use Canadian maple syrup as an ingredient in glazes, rubs, or barbeque sauces for poultry, meat, seafood, and vegetables.
• Canadian maple syrup is a natural energy and recovery source.
It provides simple carbohydrates that are easily broken down by the body. It’s also great for muscle recovery. A 1/4 cup of Canadian maple syrup meets 100% of your daily needs for manganesse and 18% of the daily recommendation of zinc.
• It’s also a great alternative to sugar!
Canadian maple syrup is unprocessed and contains beneficial vitamins and minerals including manganese, riboflavin, zinc, and potassium.
Pretty great stuff, right?
Keeping all of this in mind, I thought energy balls would be the perfect recipe to test out cooking – or in this case, no-baking – with maple syrup.
These No Bake Canadian Maple Syrup Energy Balls are extremely easy to make and are rich in (natural) sweet flavor!
1 cup raw oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup seed butter (or peanut butter)
1/3 cup pure Canadian Maple Syrup
1 tsp. pure vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
prep time: 20 minutes
servings: 12 energy balls
(Note: the size of your balls can change how many this recipe yields!)
This recipe couldn’t be easier.
Measure out ingredients.
Thoroughly mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Make the balls.
Enjoy and store in the refrigerator!
I have been enjoying these energy balls as a healthy snack, before and after workouts, and even at night when I am craving something sweet.
I love the pure Canadian maple syrup flavor and can’t believe it took me this long to use it on more than my pancakes.
I look forward to mixing up the ingredients and making many different versions down the road. I’ll be sure to share the good ones!
So tell me…
• What is your favorite way to enjoy pure maple syrup?
• What kind of dish would you like to try baking/making using Canadian maple syrup?
October 24, 2014
Hi friends, Happy Friday!
I am really looking forward to this weekend. The only plans on our radar involve a trip to a new-to-us cider mill on Sunday afternoon to pick out pumpkins to bring home and go apple picking.
We then plan to carve (or at least paint) the pumpkins after, so I’m pretty sure our day will be as close to the definition of “Fall activities” as you can get. I’m perfectly okay with that. #noshame
Moving right along to business as usual, let’s get on to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites. As always, I invite you to share some things you have been loving too at the bottom using the comments section and link up tool!
Friday Favorites #60: Week of 10/24
• pumpkin spice coffee
If you have been a longtime reader of the blog, then this probably isn’t the first time you have seen this golden bag of coffee goodness pop up.
Back in Florida, I couldn’t wait for the Pumpkin Spice coffee bags to appear at The Fresh Market.
We don’t have a Fresh Market store anywhere close to us, so my mother has done a great job of getting a bag of their special PS flavored coffee to me every year. She’s planning a visit up for Thanksgiving and is coming with another to replace this one. It’s so, so good!
• Rock City Fitness
I am in the very beginning stages of reviewing a personal training program at a new workout facility in my area, but I can already tell that I am going to love Rock City Fitness.
I had my initial training consultation yesterday and went through a series of movement assessments followed by a short workout.
I have trained in small and intimate gym settings before, and there’s just something about being in that type of environment that is extra motivating.
I have six more (personal and small group personal training) visits awaiting, and look forward to sharing my experience with you!
• maple water
I had never even heard of maple water until a couple of weeks ago.
Maple water is natural, filled with vitamins and nutrients, and sweetened by Quebec’s sugar maples. It’s perfectly flavored and extremely low in sugar and calories. You can read more about the benefits of drinking it on their website.
I absolutely loved the taste… very sweet and refreshing!
• Mitchell’s Fish Market
I had a chance to see my dad and grandmother this week before they flew back home to Florida! It required a drive over to Lansing and back, but it was totally worth it.
I arrived at their hotel just in time for dinner on Wednesday.
I remembered passing a Mitchell’s Fish Market on the way in, and frequented MFM plenty of times close to home in Winter Park, Florida. Both my dad and I wanted to jump at the chance to dine there again.
We had a great time catching up for about two hours. I ordered a Seafood Plate off of the specials menu that came with the House Salad.
I liked that the salad included dates, and my main entree was delicious!
The combo included a jumbo lump crab cake, scallops, shrimp, and autumn veggies.
I ended up taking half of it home to enjoy for lunch yesterday and dove into dessert instead. I didn’t take a picture of it, but the Sharkfish Pie is huge and amazing!
You know what else was amazing?
Time with family. <3
• homemade applesauce
Any visit to see my grandmother also usually involves some homemade goodies. This time my goody bag included a jar of homemade applesauce using the apples from her own tree!
I had heard of the FlipBelt before, but never thought I really needed one until I had to carry my passport with me during my last race.
It’s a lightweight and easy to use belt that allows you to be equipped with things you might need during a workout or long run, completely hands-free.
Simply put it on, flip it over, and put anything like your phone, keys, credit card, earbuds, etc. in the slots, then flip it back over. You can barely even tell my phone is in the one below!
I wore my FlipBelt between my shirt layers and found it very handy!
• Finish Line engagement
Speaking of the race, remember when I mentioned our friends Kelly and Brian passed us at the 11 mile mark?
I wanted to keep up with them because a little birdie told me he was going to propose to her at the finish line!
How wonderfully romantic and awesome is that?
As they were approaching the finish line, both families were waiting for them and were temporarily holding the ring, ready to take pictures. Brian kneeled down and asked for her hand right there!
I’m bummed we didn’t get to keep up to see it, but I was so happy for them when I heard the news!
Congratulations Kelly and Brian!
• bride and groom pretzels
The race was on Sunday, and then our small women’s group met for our weekly bible study the next night. Our friend Jenna made these bride and groom pretzel sticks to help congratulate our newly engaged friend!
Aren’t they cute? She said she got the idea off of Pinterest. I went onto look and there are TONS you can order as wedding favors. Adorable idea!
• favorite HWG posts
and to end with a laugh…
• Friday Fall funnies
Have a great weekend! xo