Banana walnut muffins {clean eating recipe}

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So, I think these are my new favorite muffin. They might even be better than my normal banana bread. I know they are way healthier with NO sugar, white flour, or butter. Made with healthy, all natural ingredients – almond flour, coconut butter, banana. And with an added crunch of walnuts and chia seeds. You won’t even notice that there is no sugar in these muffins. Skeptical? Yup, I was too when I first saw this recipe from Lauren. I tweaked it a bit based on what I had on hand and whoa, these babies are amazing. I ate one for a snack last night, breakfast the next day and then, another snack. Yup, probably should have made a triple batch. Bonus points for being Advocare (max phase) friendly!

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Banana Walnut Muffins {clean eating!}
Recipe inspiration from Lauren

Makes approximately 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour  (love getting my stash from Nuts.com)
  • 3 tsp coconut flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp coconut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp honey
  • 3 banana mashed
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In one bowl combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, chia seed and salt
  3. In a separate bowl combine egg, coconut butter, honey, and banana – mash and mix well.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and spoon into muffin tin lined with paper or silicone muffin cups.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes

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Being a Jamberry Independent Consultant

Recently I have gotten some request for an update on being a Jamberry Nails independent consultant. . . asked and answered. Smile 

So, I signed up to be a Jamberry Independent consultant in November.

I decided to be a consultant because . . .

1. I LOVE Jamberry’s <—duh.

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2. If you are a consultant, you get your Jamberry’s for a reduced price <—score

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3. I wanted to share the Jamberry love

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4. And maybe make a bit of money to pay for my Jamberry obsession

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The sign-up process was easy. For $50 (Normally $99 but I used part of my party sales earnings to put towards becoming a consultant), I got all of this…

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And I picked my website name and that was it.

I got support from Jamberry and the consultant team I joined – Thanks Tara!

They also get you involved in a few Facebook pages where you can ask questions, get answers, and get advice.

The company is also pretty supportive in encouraging you to become active quickly and gives advice on how to do that.

From the Jamberry Nails website:

If you’ve already been wearing Jamberry Nails, you know they are addictively fun. Joining Jamberry Nails as an Independent Consultant gives you a flexible, social way to earn extra income selling a product that people are actually excited to buy. Our designs are natural conversation-starters, so just wearing Jamberry Nails means you’re marketing your business.

After that, it’s up to you.

With Jamberry, it’s all about what you want to do with it. You could probably spend hours upon hours doing marketing, selling, parties, etc. Or you can do as little as you want, depending on how much time you want to put into it. You can do Facebook parties, catalog parties or in-home parties.

I haven’t done any in-home parties yet, but Facebook parties are a lot of fun – they are basically like catalog parties for other products (like 31 or Pampered Chef).

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I personally have been pretty low key with it. I try not to do too many Jamberry things on Facebook or the blog. I want people to know about how awesome and fun they are. . . but I also don’t want people to get annoyed hearing about them all. the. time. I have had a few Facebook friends who have gone way overboard with marketing and I have gotten pretty annoyed – I don’t want to do that to anyone!

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As for me, I am glad (so far!) that I have become a consultant. I love wearing Jamberry’s and showing them to people. I also like handing out business cards and samples so that others can try them too. BTW – let me know if you want to be hooked up with a free sample to check them out for yourself!

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Want even more Jamberry information? Check out my Jamberry page. Smile 

Also, if you are interested in becoming a consultant, please feel free to email me questions about it! AND I would highly recommend having a Facebook or catalog party to get started. It can help gauge interest in your friends and family and you can use $50 of your party rewards to get your Jamberry nails starter kit.

Do you have a side business? What do you think about it – good/bad/worth the time?

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Earth Day–It’s all about Balance

Happy Earth Day!!

To celebrate Earth Day, the wonderful people from Balance Bar and JR Watkins natural cleaning products company, sent me a wonderful “Spring Cleaning Kit.”- to clean up both diet and home.

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While people traditionally consider Spring Cleaning to mean window washing, shower scrubbing and more, BALANCE BAR is celebrating the change in season by setting the refresh button and “cleaning up” some of our bad eating habits and introducing some healthier habits – including healthy snacking! –> totally what I am doing with my Advocare challenge!

This was perfect for me to go through the pantry/fridge/freezer with these tips before moving! Cleaned out pantry = less stuff to move = happy husband.

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Now, I am not eating the Balance bars while I am doing the challenge because they aren’t challenge friendly (processed and they have dairy).  .. but before (and for sure after),  I love Balance bars for a quick breakfast on my way to work. Best enjoyed with a caramel skim latte (IMHO).  They are gluten free, an excellent source of antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, E), certified kosher dairy and feature 13 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving.

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From Balance Bars –> “As with all Balance Bar products, the new Dark line follows the 40-30-30 nutrition principle – a proven formula developed by scientists to help stabilize blood sugar levels that represents the caloric ratio the body needs to enjoy lasting balanced energy and satisfy hunger for longer; 40% of total calories from carbs, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat.”

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And, of course, with the new house, cleaning supplies are much needed. Have you guys ever tried this stuff? Amazing!

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I love the white tea and bamboo scent. clean and fresh.

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The all purpose cleaner is perfect for the kitchen. .. I love using it on my counters.

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And with all natural ingredients, I don’t have to worry about chemical exposure to Luke. It cleans appliances, fixtures, counter tops, floors, tile, woodwork, sinks and walls. You wouldn’t normally think that you would need a cleaner that is appropriate for walls, but once you have a 2 year old. . . it is a necessity! Winking smile 

And now, are you ready for a great giveaway???

Balance Bar and JR Watkins have offered to give one lucky R4C reader (sorry United States only) the same box of goodies that I was sent – balance bars and cleaning products!

Awesome, right?

There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me what you would be most excited about in the box when it showed up on your doorstep!

2 –> Follow Balance Bar and Running4Cupcakes on Twitter.

3 –> Follow Balance Bar and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win a box of @BalanceBar from @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on April 30th and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. If I don’t hear from the winner within 48 hours, I’ll pick someone new.

Good luck!

**I was provided with Balance Bars and JR Watkins products for free, but the opinions in this post at 100% my own. And always will be!

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Weekend Update: 4/20/14 {Easter}

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend and a great Easter.

Here is some of what we were up to this weekend. . .

trip to the St. Peter Co-op. He loved his little cart!

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bunny-approved

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abby is getting used to the new house.

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finally!

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new haircut. 7 inches gone!

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holding hands is my favorite.

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dying Easter eggs.

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dinner at my parent’s house. how cute are the little tea cups my Mom used for salad ingredients?!

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Easter basket #1.

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breakfast with Scott’s family. and Easter basket #2.

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back at home. Easter basket #3.

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The Easter bunny didn’t forget about Abby.

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5 mile family run!

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Hope yours was great too. What were you up to??

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Friday Favorites: 4/18/14–Luke’s Birthday Day

Happy Friday!!

The house is starting to have less boxes, Abby is getting used to the wood floor, and I am in love with  my kitchen. All is good. AND I took off Wednesday and Thursday off of work – Wednesday for Luke’s birthday and Thursday spend more time with Luke at the new house and to continue going through boxes.

My favorites from this week are the memories we made with Luke for his 2nd birthday. Both, Scott and I took the day off of work so we could hang out with Luke. A trip to the MN Zoo was the only thing on the to-do list.

Sign for Luke at daycare this week. . .

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super cute card from Laura. . .

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the birthday boy (and a puppy nose)

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Peek-a-boo bunny Jamberry accent nail for Easter.

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birthday smoothies from Panera.

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birthday haircut (his 2nd one!)

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MN Zoo. . .

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All tuckered out. . .

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a trip to his favorite store – home depot. . .

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and a necessary trip to IKEA after you move into a new house. . .

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the day finished with teaching BP89.

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Such a great day and all of my favorites from this week!

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What are you favorites from this week? Easter plans? We are headed to the cities to celebrate with my parent’s on Saturday night and Scott’s family on Sunday.

And finally, the winner of the Feetures giveaway –> congratulations to Kate!! Email me at running4cupcakes@gmail.com!!

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3 ingredient pancakes

So, one thing I am really loving about this Advocare 24DC is that I am trying new things that I probably would have never tried before. See, I love pancakes. Perkins has the best pancakes – IMHO – both buttermilk and potato. If I am making them at home, I have to follow this recipe that uses Chobani – YUM!

But on my challenge = no flour, no sugar, no dairy.

But, I want to eat some pancakes!

I found inspiration from this recipe.  . .

And made these.

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Now, don’t be fooled – they don’t taste like regular pancakes. Banana pancakes, maybe, but not fluffy Perkins buttermilk pancakes. But a great clean-eating healthy breakfast that I will be making again. *In fact, after I made them the first time, I made them again the next day – but a double batch so I would have leftovers.

3 ingredient pancakes
1 banana
2 eggs
1/4 t baking powder

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Directions

Mix together –>I think the blender works the best.

Spray a pan with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat. Pour a small circle onto pan. Wait for bubbles to form. Flip. Enjoy.

I think these are amazing with a little bit of nut butter. Whoa. So good.

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And you better believe there is a stash in my fridge ready for a quick breakfast anytime. IMHO – I think they taste awesome cold from the fridge.

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2 years old!

It seems like just yesterday that we were bringing Luke home from the hospital.

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And now my little boy is 2 years old today.

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We are off to the zoo to celebrate. . . and, of course, eat some cupcakes. Smile 

Happy Wednesday!

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Advocare Update

So after my recap for the 1st three days. . . I headed into the last 7 days of the Advocare cleanse phase.

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Days 4-7:

  • Upon Waking: Spark mixed in 20 oz water + Probiotic Restore + 2 Catalyst, wait 30 minutes
  • Breakfast
  • Morning Snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Snack with 2 catalyst
  • Dinner
  • Before Bed: Herbal Cleanse tablets

Days 8-10:

  • Upon Waking: Fiber Drink mixed with 10 oz water + 2-16 oz water, wait 30 minutes
  • Spark mixed in 20 oz water + Probiotic Restore + 2 Catalyst, wait 30 minutes
  • Breakfast
  • Morning Snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Snack
  • Dinner 
  • Before bed: 2 Catalyst

The rest of the cleanse phase went well. I still hate that darn fiber drink. Winking smile And I am glad that it is done (I have heard the peaches and cream is better?).

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I still feel about the same as before. Good. Not great or awesome. I like that my pants still fit well, nothing is too tight. My weight is back to where it was before Hawaii. I feel like I am looking more toned. Hello guns! Smile 

Life is SUPER busy right now. Work was probably the most busiest it has been in forever last week. PLUS trying to do my regular running + BODYPUMP. PLUS trying to coordinate moving and finalizing house details. So, I think that played a role in how I was feeling. I felt fine, mostly good? I’m not sure if I wasn’t doing the 24DC, if I would have felt worse or differently?

It was hard on the weekends with clean eating. We normally get pizza on the weekends and eat desserts on the weekend, so I definitely missed that! And our local Dairy Queen that closes for the winter, opened up, and of course, I have to drive past there on my way to teach at the YMCA! #tough

I have talked with a lot of people about Advocare. People I didn’t know who have done the 24DC or love Spark too or who sell Advocare –> I always think that is SO cool to make connections with people that you might not have had before.

I have continued with clean eating.. .

meaning no:
- coffee (and most caffeine, except the allowed “Spark” drink)
- ALL dairy
- ALL gluten
- white sugar
- processed foods
- salt/sodium

I have been eating:
- fruits
- veggies
- chicken, lean ground beef
- sweet potatoes, quinoa, and brown rice
- nut butters, EVOO
- spices other than salt (curry powder!)

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And now I am onto the last phase of the 24DC = Max Phase!!

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14-Day Max Phase Schedule:

  • Upon Waking: Spark mixed with 20 oz water + 2 Catalyst + “Pre-breakfast” supplement pack, wait 30 minutes
  • Breakfast + 2 “with breakfast” supplement packs
  • Morning Snack
  • 30 minutes before lunch – “pre-lunch” supplement pack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Snack
  • Dinner
  • 2-3 Catalyst with water before bed

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Max phase update coming!!

Linking up with Becky for treat yourself Tuesday because Advocare is definitely treating yourself!!

And don’t forget to enter my Feetures! giveaway!!

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Weekend Update: 4/13/14–Moving!

What a weekend! Good news. About 95% of our stuff is moved to the new house. Bad news. There is so much unpacking to do! But I am having fun putting things away and finding places for everything.

Here are some pics from the weekend. . .

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What were you up to?

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Friday Favorites: 4/11/14 {+Feetures! giveaway}

Yippeeeeeeee! Happy Friday. :)

I am SO excited.

We are moving into the new house this weekend.

I’m trying not to think of all the little things that still need to be done and focusing on the big picture = that on Sunday night, I will be sleeping in the new house! Smile

So, that’s it. That is what is going on in my life this weekend. What are you up to?

Here are my favs from this week. . . (feel free to play along and link up with your blog post too!)

Moving into the new house! <– of course this is favorite #1!!

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Being done with the fiber drink and onto Max Phase. I still think that fiber drink is probably one of the worst things ever. . . so happy to be done with it and onto the next phase. Update coming soon.

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Almond butter.

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I just found out that the local co-op in St. Peter has grind your own almond and peanut butter. I bought a small container on Sunday to check out. Finished it with a spoon on Wednesday and stopped on my way home Wednesday night to buy more! It’s my favorite on a banana or with a spoon. Winking smile

BP89.

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Taught it for the first time on Wednesday night. It’s different than any other BP release, which is awesome for changing it up and continuing to challenge your self (you have to challenge yourself to change yourself!). I always get super nervous when I teach a new release for the first time and feel so good when it is over and when it goes well. Check and check. Looking forward to teaching it again next week!

Feetures! socks –> do you remember when I first talked about Feetures!?

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and how much I loved them?

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Well, I still do. They are my all time favorite sock. (Becky agrees with me too!)

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I literally get sad when I realize that they are all in the laundry. #firstworldsockproblems

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Well, the nice people at Feetures! sent me some more pairs to check out from their spring line. Love the bright colors –> pink is my favorite (of course!). I wear them spinning, running, lounging around the house, painting, moving, yup, basically all the time. . .

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Well, I have an awesome giveaway from Feetures!

–> one lucky R4C reader will receive a pair of Feetures! socks.

Awesome, right?

There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me which Feetures! Brand socks you like would most like to have in your closet.

2 –> Follow Feetures! and Running4Cupcakes on Twitter.

3 –> Follow Feetures! and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win a pair of @Feetures socks from @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on April 17th and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. If I don’t hear from the winner within 48 hours, I’ll pick someone new.

Good luck!

**I was provided with Feetures! socks for free, but the opinions in this post at 100% my own. And always will be!

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Spreading the link love by linking up with Heather and Claire again this week.

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