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October 29, 2014

WIAW #70: I Heart Grits

Good morning! How is the week going for you so far?

Mine is just trucking along over here. Nothing crazy.

Today I will be covering an entire day of eats, which is in no way altered for the sake of this post. I’m also linking up for What I Ate Wednesday!

Everything I eat (usually on the Tuesday before) is listed with an end goal of inspiring you all to take a step back and look at what you are putting into your bodies.

Is what you’re eating helping you grow stronger or holding you back?

To me, food is fuel. Just like all of you, I have my cheat days/weeks, but I always re-check myself and get back into an overall healthy eating style. And, yes, that most certainly includes dessert.

My hopes of featuring these WIAW posts is for you to do the same! Let’s roll.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

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My Tuesday morning started with a good old fashioned breakfast.

eggs apple chicken snausage grits breakfast

Real eggs, Al Fresco sausage links and a side of grits with coffee.

real eggs grits and apple chicken sausage breakfast

I can’t believe how long it had been since I had eaten grits!

Please tell me you like them. Half the people I dine out for breakfast with up here don’t even know what they are. The Southerner in me drops my jaw every time I hear “What are grits?”.

They’re amazing. Plain, buttered, with or without cheese, alone or under something substantial, they’re really good. That’s all you need to know.

My breakfast did a great job of holding me over for hours. I felt hungry around Noon, but wanted to wait until after my workout to eat lunch.

I was in the groove of working on the computer, so I reached into the refrigerator and grabbed two of these No Bake Maple Syrup Energy Balls for a snack to power me through!

pure canadian maple syrup energy balls recipe

I need to make more of them. Like, now.

I had a personal training appointment at 2 p.m. and made the short drive over to Rock City Fitness for my afternoon workout.

Rock City Fitness outside

I briefly mentioned this in last week’s Friday Favorites, but I am currently reviewing their 30 Day training program. I have been loving the sessions and the offer couldn’t have come at a better time.

As I go through the Fitness Assessments, I am also getting to see a lot of the material I learned while studying for my CPT in person.

(By the way, I am hoping to finish my NASM Study Guide to share with you all later this afternoon!)

I completed a strength workout that targeted exercises to compliment my running training. I also went home with a list of exercises to help correct my left winged out scapula. Who knew I had that nonsense going on?

I’ll be sure to share more about that as the program goes on!

Directly after my workout, I went a couple doors down and tried something new at Quizno’s for lunch.

Quiznos Spicy Monterey Sandwich

Spicy Monterey Sandwich (no mayonnaise) with extra veggies on wheat.

I usually go with the Turkey Lite, but I wanted to mix it up. The Spicy Monterey was a great choice!

I got home and took Roadie for a walk before getting back on the computer. The weather has been so gorgeous lately… even though it was raining off and on, I wanted to be outside to enjoy the warmth.

I got back to work around 3:30 p.m. and pummeled through projects and updates on the back end of the blog until about 7:30 p.m.

I realized I was pretty hungry, and without much motivation to get too creative, I turned to an easy dinner for one ready in about ten minutes.

healthy dinner quinoa vegetables quorn chicken nuggets

Quorn Chik’n Nuggets (<- non-GMO!) with bean salad over quinoa.

It did the trick, but I was still wanting something to finish it off a few minutes later. When in doubt, chips and salsa it out, friends.

sweet potato gluten free chips and salsa

Finally feeling satisfied, I turned on the Halloween movie marathon and didn’t look back.

I was home alone at the time, so I distracted myself by turning all of the lights on and working on the computer. That seemed to (kind of) work.

Plus, the Halloween III movie is just weird. It has nothing to do with Michael Meyers and I can’t take it seriously. So I guess that helped.

I might have had a couple of sugary snacks too.

Yates cold apple cider

Yates apple cider over ice

rainbow sherbert dessert

More rainbow sherbert… (same pic as last week)


So there you have another entire day of my unfiltered eats.

This is just one of the many examples you can find exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar if you’re ever curious to see what another full day of meals and snacks looks like for me.

If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!

Have a great Hump Day and I’ll see ya back later!

October 28, 2014

No Bake Maple Syrup Energy Balls

Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC.

I have a great afternoon pick-me-up snack for you to guys today!

no bake all natural energy ball recipe

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.

SEVA Maple Water

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.

#fitmaple canadian maple syrup

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!

No Bake Canadian Maple Syrup Energy Balls Recipe


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.

pure maple syrup energy ball ingredients

Thoroughly mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

pure canadian maple syrup energy balls

Make the balls.

Enjoy and store in the refrigerator!

all natural no bake maple syrup energy balls

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.

pure canadian maple syrup energy balls recipe

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?

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