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A way to give back

Hello friends!

I have read that many of you hope to find ways to “give back” as part of your goals for this new year. Please consider purchasing Musselman’s applesauce in the month of January to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation! Every applesauce purchase sends 10 cents to the NBCF, which “is dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need.”


Last year, I wrote this post about my sweet friend Erica and posted a video featuring Peggy Fleming who spoke about her breast cancer experience and explained how this campaign from Musselman’s is going to help the foundation. According to an email I received, this effort raised $85,000 for the NBCF last year!

All you have to do is buy Musselman’s Natural or Healthy Picks applesauce. The Natural is my favorite but I have tried all of the Healthy Picks line and they are tasty as well! Applesauce is a good way to get in a fruit serving and on a personal note, this makes more sense for me to buy than a bucket of chicken.

For more information, please visit: Musselman’s Supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Thanks!

Everything…almost

I decided today that I wanted to show you all everything I eat and drink in a day. Sometimes I leave things out because I think you are tired of seeing it, but really that is me.

It could be that this is your first time visiting my blog and I would be wrong to assume that you’d be tired of seeing anything. So here we go!

Breakfast this morning was an awesome combination: oats (with almond milk), flax, strawberries, and almond butter.

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I forgot to photograph my boring black coffee, which is why I had to put “almost” in the title, ha ha.

I snacked on some nuts mid-morning.

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And some pomegranate raspberry green tea 🙂

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Lunch was in three parts:

First was a salad with balsamic vinaigrette (vegan).

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I was surprised I didn’t end up using half the dressing. That’s why it pays to just use a little at a time instead of dumping the whole thing on there!

Second was leftover spaghetti from last night.

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And finally, some Musselman’s all natural applesauce with real cinnamon.

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More tea! Rooibos Red this time.

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My afternoon snack was a piece of bread with peanut butter.

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And oops, a Diet Pepsi. I do have one every now and then, like once a week if that. I just haven’t been able to let them go 100%, yet.

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I kept dinner pretty light because I was going to the gym not long afterwards.

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Chickpeas, brown rice and steamed asparagus. Looks simple and boring, but it really hit the spot and gave me good fuel for a workout.

Find out what I did over at River City Fitness!

I also drank this SoBe Lifewater while at the gym.

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I stopped by Whole Foods on the way home (right by the gym, another big selling factor) and then enjoyed my favorite snack ever.

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The best part? I finished the last bite at 8:59.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my whole day. I kind of liked it too 😉

If you are a blogger, do you blog all of your meals, snacks, etc. or are there things you leave out? Why or why not?

Normally, I would’ve left out all the drinks and probably the nuts since I eat them every day.

Dr. McDougall scores again

This morning I snacked on some mixed nuts for a snack 🙂

For lunch, I tried another soup selection from the awesome Dr. McDougall!

This soup has outstanding nutritionals. It is also vegan, gluten free, and very tasty!

This was also the first time I had complete success with the “stir and let it sit” method of thickening up the soup. I was very pleased 🙂

This soup is definitely my favorite out of the group so far. It was thick and everything tasted so fresh for being dried ingredients!

I rounded out my meal with some crackers and applesauce.


The Musselman’s applesauce was part of a gift basket they sent me last month. While I’m still not sure I would purchase these for myself (a little high in sugar and calories), I have been enjoying them as part of my lunch 🙂

I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but I am taking two online classes this semester. I have to say I am finding it quite convenient! Since I don’t have to leave work to go to class, I’m able to use my lunchtime to do homework 🙂

Isn’t my lunch bag cute? I got it at a Thirty-One party. My friend Lauren is a representative. It is the only lunch tote I have found that fits everything I pack to eat at work, which is usually a lot 😉 All three of us who went to the party got one, they have a lot of cute designs!

I just ate a Larabar, surprise surprise…

Soon I’m off for a 4-mile run which I will post about later over at River City Fitness! Then dinner at Sapporo with my friends. Life is good.

Have a lovely day 🙂

Winner, winner, chik’n dinner!

Thanks to everyone who participated in my Musselman’s Giveaway.

Please continue to check out the site and support the cause of the NBCF by purchasing the Musselman’s natural applesauce!

The winner is…

Dana said: “My 38 year old cousin recently got diagnosed with breast cancer so it is definitely hitting close to home right now.”

Congratulations Dana! Check your email, you should have a message from me 🙂

I think I speak for all of us when I say we are very sorry to hear about your cousin. I will pray for her.

Musselman’s to help the NBCF (giveaway!)

During the month of January, Musselman’s is teaming up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, donating ten cents to the cause for every package of Musselman’s Natural Apple Sauce purchased!

We all know how important a cause this is, but it immediately reminds me of two very special people in my own life. My future mother-in-law (at the time) had recently had surgery for Stage III breast cancer when she passed away unexpectedly, just six weeks shy of our wedding.

The second is a very special lady that I “met” through the amazing blogosphere!

Erica‘s story is one of the most amazing and inspiring that I have ever had the privledge to witness. Her story is one of faith, courage and survival. She’s a beautiful lady both inside and out.

Love ya girl!

According to the email I received from the company, “The NBCF is dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need. We have a video featuring Peggy Fleming talking about her experience with breast cancer and sharing details about what Musselman’s is doing to help others in need of support.”

Check out the Musselman’s site for more information!

In order to promote this campaign, I was sent a container of the Natural Apple Sauce (which is the best to me) along with some fun recipe cards and a nice pink breast cancer ribbon magnet that I promptly put on my fridge!

Natural applesauce is a good staple to have on hand for recipes or just as part of your everyday eats. I love using it in recipes, just like I did with my applesauce oats yesterday morning, in most baked goods (in place of oils or eggs) and also in pancakes.

I am also going to make the Good Morning Muffins recipe from the card above (only substituting flax for the egg) and I’m sure I will come up with even more ways to enjoy it soon!

Please tell your friends and go out and buy some Musselman’s natural apple sauce to support this amazing cause!

But wait…there’s more…

Musselman’s has offered to send one of you the same package you see above: the applesauce, recipe cards and pink ribbon magnet.

Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, January 10th. Feel free to leave a memory of a loved one or another personal connection to breast cancer.

You can also receive extra entries by linking this on Twitter or your own blog, just leave another comment here to tell me you did so.

Thanks 🙂

Holiday cheer from Musselman’s!

Well, well, what could this be?

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As you guys know, I am a big fan of Musselman’s applesauce. So much that they sent me a lovely gift basket just in time for the Christmas holiday!

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Check out all these goodies!

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Would you like some applesauce goodies of your very own?

IT’S A HAPPY NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY!

To enter, just leave a comment with one goal that you have for 2010.

You can also post this on your blog (leave another comment here) and Twitter (leave another comment) for extra entries.

The deadline for entering will be 11:59 p.m. December 31st, 2009.

Good luck and happy new year!

Vegan Chocolate Applesauce Cake

The kind folks from Musselman’s sent me some of their applesauce to incorporate into a dish for my family to enjoy during the holidays.

I’m going to try out a few recipes until I find the best one, but I started things off with dessert!

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One of my favorite uses for applesauce, besides eating it right out of the jar, is in cake recipes in place of oil and eggs. Especially now that I eat a vegan diet.

I used this recipe from About.com but made a few substitutions based on the ingredients I had on hand. I also used half the sugar the recipe called for, which I normally do as a rule.

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The recipe called for the mixture to be poured into a Bundt pan but I kind of wish I had used a different one because it did not “rise” as much as I thought it would.

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The end result was pretty good, but I think I over cooked it a bit (going to shoot for 45 minutes next time).

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I also think this would taste a lot better with some icing, going to have to search for recipes on that! But I will say this, peanut butter works too 😉

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Overall though, this was a decent recipe and the applesauce was a good substitute to keep the cake lower in fat and calories. Plus I think my family would enjoy it too (and not even know it was vegan, ha ha).

I can’t wait to try another one 🙂

My first giveaway!

Happy Thursday everyone!

I actually had Wednesday written out before I realized that it has already passed us by…I guess my day off in the middle of the week really threw me for a loop.

Anyway, as the title suggests…I am hosting my first giveaway 🙂

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Thanks to the generous people over at Musselman’s, one lucky reader will win a package of their new Healthy Picks line, which I reviewed here back in June.

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Your prize will include one package of each of the three Musselman’s Healthy Picks flavors:

  • Blueberry Pomegranate

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  • Raspberry Acai

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  • Key Lime Cupuacu

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**Plus a cute little mini tote bag and an information sheet on the many health benefits of this new line of applesauce.

Musselman’s Healthy Picks are…

  • Made with antioxidant rich superfruits
  • Fortified with fiber, calcium and Vitamin C
  • Have NO SUGAR ADDED
  • Contain NO ARTIFICAL COLORS OR FLAVORS

Applesauce is a great snack and also a great way to get in a fruit serving. I especially think this line would be enjoyable for little ones if you have any at home with you, but the big kids will love them too!

To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling me which flavor you are most interested to try. For an additional chance to win, please link this post to your own blog, if you have one, and send me an email at sarahtrains4u@gmail.com to let me know you did. The contest will end at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, Friday August 7th. Thanks and good luck!

A big thanks to Krista from Musselman’s for letting me host this giveaway on my blog.

Have a great day everyone 🙂

Weddings and anniversaries

I had dinner with a friend last night who is getting married in a month! It also made me realize that my 4th wedding anniversary is coming up in a month too, since her wedding date is the day after mine 😉

I can’t believe its been that long but I’m so looking forward to the next 4 and so on with my husband. Butter annoyances aside (ha ha), I really am a lucky lady!

For lunch yesterday, I tried a new Kashi meal: Black Bean Mango

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This frozen meal is vegan and boasts 8 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber. It also has  low amount of sodium compared to Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones and other less-healthy frozen choices.

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This was very good. My only complaint is that it didn’t fill me up as much as I would’ve liked. It did okay but 2 hours later I was hungry again. I think next time I will pack a salad or something else substantial to go with it. Today all I brought was applesauce, but at least it was my fave flavor 🙂

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Around 2:00, I got a mad chocolate craving, what to do? Duh, go find some chocolate. I have found that when cravings strike, its best to just go for it (moderately of course) and not try to fight it or replace it with something else. Unfortunately (?) I also wanted a diet wild cherry Pepsi real bad…

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This chocolate bar was awesome and I ate it in very small pieces so it took me over an hour to completely savor it. It ended up “holding” me off my real afternoon snack for 2.5 hours! Giving the body what it wanted worked. Even though I no longer count, this bar only has 180 calories and is a pretty good size too.

I don’t drink sodas much anymore, maybe 1 per week, sometimes less. My biggest complaint with these is the artificial sweeteners which I try to avoid at all costs. But thankfully, this one won’t do much damage and it will probably be another week or more before I have another one.

My “real” afternoon snack was a big carrot with a triangle of Laughing Cow cheese. This snack did not appeal to me at all at 2:00 but at 4:30 it really hit the spot!

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I had dinner at Texas Roadhouse and I was the first to arrive to the hot bread basket! Luckily I managed to limit myself to just one, but it was so good.

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I also had a few peanuts while waiting for my friends to arrive. I ended up ordering the Country Veg Plate (pick 4 sides) and started off with a caesar salad with dressing on the side (and croutons got picked off):

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A lot of that cheese ended up at the bottom too and when I was done, it looked as if I hadn’t even used that dressing! I love the fork-dipping trick, you save yourself a lot of calories, plus you only get as much dressing on your salad as you want, not how much the restaurant dumps on it!

The rest of my meal was wild rice, green beans and a sweet potato with cinnamon butter (which I scraped some off).

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I ate about half of the rice, every last bit of the sweet potato and I ate most of the green beans, minus the bacon pieces in there, which I didn’t know it would have. It kind of the made the beans too salty, so I probably wouldn’t get those again.

When I got home, I was ready for something sweet, so I took a page from Mari’s book and made a smoothie that I treated like ice cream 🙂

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I just blended 1 cup of frozen berries with 1 cup of plain soymilk, poured myself a small serving and put the rest in the freezer for later. It came out sort of like a sorbet!

I also had a small cup of Honey Nut Cheerios before deciding it was time for bed and I wasn’t really hungry anymore. The old me probably would’ve stayed up and ate at least another cup of cereal or more. So glad I’m more in touch with myself now 🙂

Before bed, I watched “The Onion Movie” with Josh, it was pretty funny because it pokes fun at a lot of the negative aspects of our culture, but at times it was a little silly too.

That was my night, hope yours was good too!

Family gathering

Before I left the house this morning to go to church, I managed to work in a 20-minute Heart Opening Flow yoga routine from Yoga Download. Now that I downloaded them to my laptop, as opposed to the old computer in the stuffy office, its been much easier and fun to do them. It was great, but for some reason my shoulders are sore now! 😉

At church, I snacked on a Nature Valley bar which managed to not get pictured. It was a nice hold-over snack before lunch, since I had eaten breakfast before 7:00!

We went to Red Robin for lunch to celebrate my aunt’s birthday and immediately my family ordered the onion tower!

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I chose not to partake…they were quite tempting looking but I know how my stomach reacts to fried foods like this and that’s enough not to even take one bite.

I ordered the salmon burger with no sauce and it was very good. It came on a whole grain bun with lettuce, tomato and red onion. Also, my other aunt who doesn’t like tomatoes gave me hers 😉

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I ate just a few of the fries because the sandwich filled me up nicely!

We went back to my aunt’s house for dessert, but I chose not to eat any because I was full from lunch and nothing really appealed to me (cake, cupcakes, pie). I was actually craving fruit!

When we got home, I snacked on a few of these before heading to Courtney’s for a workout.

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We walked for almost 40 minutes around her neighborhood…it was great! My legs are really feeling it between that and the yoga. It was nice to have a lightly active weekend instead of being completely lazy, haha. Back to running tomorrow. My last 5K for a while is on Saturday!!

For dinner, I heated up some leftover purple cauliflower soup that was in the freezer and topped it with some sprinkled cheese. I also had a PB&J sandwich…I was going to have grilled cheese but there was only one piece of cheese left and that just wasn’t going to work, haha.

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I took a bite to make sure it was edible before being photographed 😉

I’m having this for dessert while I play some more Guitar Hero:Metallica with Josh. Then its tea and bed time, gotta rest before the work week begins again.

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Good night all, hope you had a great weekend!