Fascinating Friday Links #35 + Hunger Monster


(HIGH-ya, not hi-YAH! Although, I am a ninja, so I guess the latter would be appropriate too.)

I really wanted to have Amanda’s oatmeal cookie dough smoothie this morning, but since our AP Calc class is having a celebratory breakfast party today (seriously, that class is just about food from here on out), I decided to have the smoothie for dinner last night. Satisfied the craving. 🙂


Using Amanda’s no-fail recipe with added spinach, ⅓ c. oats instead of ¼ c., and peanut butter instead of almond butter. With Greek yogurt on the side for dipping, of course.

*Adding this at 5:30 in the morning: Apparently, as filling as this smoothie was, I guess it was not calorically sufficient for me, considering I just woke up STARVING at 5 AM. That hasn’t happened in a long time! (Don’t fret—I’m not revisiting any old habits. I just wanted the smoothie last night, and I’m paying the price for such a light dinner.)


The typical snack. Plus another spoonful of peanut butter after I finished this. The hunger monster attacked me.

{Alright, back to sleep…hopefully}*

Oh and here are this week’s moves!

Monday: 5 min. stair master + 3 rounds of: 10 pistol squats each leg, 15 bulgarian split squats each leg, 1 min. wall sit, 25 hamstring ball roll-ins + 8 minute ab tabata

Tuesday: Ballet

Wednesday: 5 min. row + arm workout (that involved TRX tricep extensions➔ soreness!) + 8 minute ab tabata

Thursday: Modern {dance}

Friday: Dance company auditions for next year. Current company members do not have to re-audition, but we still have to go to lead my example! So sad that this is the last one for seniors though… *Tear*

My mom cancelled my gym membership this week, so I have one more month left to attend. It works out well because dance will be ending by the beginning of next month too, so after that, I can truly just focus on REST!

Anyway, onto the link love. Enjoy this week’s Fascinating Friday Links!

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Health and Fitness

[Stress could be the culprit] Is Stress Sabotaging Your Health and Fitness Goals? via Your Trainer Paige

[Because there is nutrition advice EVERYWHERE] Why Registered Dieticians Are The Best Source of Nutrition Advice via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

[I need these] 3 Running Mantras That Work Every Time via Greatist

[But if you don’t want to run…] 5 Metabolic Interval Conditioning Workouts (Without Even Stepping On the Treadmill!) via Your Trainer Paige

[Awesome tips] How to Stick With Your Workouts: Tips From Consistent Exercisers via Carrots n Cake

[Plants don’t get enough credit for their protein content] What’s The Deal With Protein? via The Real Life RD

[Move and groove] HIIT the Hill Workout via Fitnessista + TRX Circuit Workout via Peanut Butter Fingers + 12 Minute Interval Workout with an Equalizer via Purely Twins

Food for Thought

[Ask yourself] 20 Questions That Will Free Your Mind From Negativity via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[Important to remember these things] Building Self-Confidence via My Food N Fitness Diaries

[Interesting] White Privilege via Snack Therapy

[Honest] Truth About Pregnancy Exercise via Tiny Blue Lines

[I’ve been on both sides of this] Now We’re Questioning Encouragement? via Olive to Run

[I don’t have a furry friend, but these are awesome] 8 Lessons I’ve Learned From My Dog via Better with Sprinkles

Mother’s Day

15 Healthy Mother’s Day Recipes via Chocolate Covered Katie

10 Easy Brunch Recipes for Mother’s Day via Greatist

Gift Guide via Peanut Butter Fingers

Food for Belly

[Mhmm] Super Easy Coconut French Toast Bake via Pinch of Yum

[So many flavors!] Roasted Spring Vegetable Cobb Salad with Honey Herb Vinaigrette via Iowa Girl Eats

[I’ll take both pans…] Peanut Butter Butterscotch Skillet Cookies via Bake Your Day

[Clouds of sweet delight] Fluffy Lemon Cupcakes with Whipped Coconut Cream via How Sweet It Is

[Summah] Blueberry Lemonade via Damn Delicious

Miscellaneous Fun

[Is this real life?] Kids Absolute Crush Salsa Routine via Huffington Post

[THIS is real life] 10 Signs You’re An Exceptional Procrastinator via Thought Catalog

Happy Friday, everyone!

So tell me:

Do you ever just want a smoothie for dinner?

What is the strangest thing you’ve had for dinner recently?

Current exercise?

Favorite links?


Fascinating Friday Links #25 + Hockey Drama

Friday already?! And that’s not out of excitement. I’m shocked that my pretty low-key winter break is coming to a close. I guess it’s about time I kick my butt back in gear after all those snow days though.

The weather finally warmed up yesterday, so I took full advantage of it by going for a brisk, hour-long walk around my neighborhood.

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Lots of kids were playing outside, neighbors were walking the dogs, snow was melting, springtime felt near. Then I came home to hear on the news that the temps will drop back below freezing in a week….K.

In other news, my mom turned into a different person during the women’s hockey game yesterday. Honestly, I was a little scared. I guess she has this passionate rivalry with her siblings who live in Canada since she’s the only one of her siblings who lives in the US. So for an hour of our lives, we were die-hard hockey fans. She was literally jumping up and down for Team USA when they made their first two goals, but when Canada scored two goals in the last three minutes, she went c.r.a.z.y. Like, upset crazy. You don’t even know.

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The pressure is too much to handle.

Of course, I had to cry out to the Twitter world for consolation. Thanks, Jo.

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ANYWAY. Link love. As usual, here are some great recipes, workouts, and thoughts from around the web this week!

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Health and Fitness

[That thing: a calorie] What IS a Calorie Exactly? via More Than Just Desserts

[Great tips!] 7 Tips to Get the Most Out of Group Fitness via Busy Bod

[Form first] How to Do the Perfect Deadlift via Greatist

[Awesome ideas to make healthy meals easy] Top 10 Foods for Sunday Food Prep via The Lean Green Bean

[Helpful] 10 Ways to Improve Quality of Sleep via Your Trainer Paige

[Never hibernate] Five Ways Winter Makes You Fitter via Wellness Today

[This could be true in Europe] Eating Pizza Lowers Your Cancer Risk via The Skinny on Health

[Sweat it out] Leg Torture Workout via Purely Twins + Winter Shape-Up Week 4 Workout via Fitnessista

Food for Thought

[Do you need ALL those Facebook friends?] On Unfriending via The Lunchbox Diaries

[She handled this situation so well] Own Your Positive Body Image & Own Your Workouts via Your Trainer Paige

[Reflection on “unplugging”] Making the Most of Time via My Neon Running Shoes

[Why should we have to hold so much back on our own blogs?] The Thing I Hate Most About My Blogging via Fitting It All In

[This girl knows how to handle it] Cyber Bullying via Miles On Oats

[What about those not-so-great workouts?] When Working Out Feels Like Work via Perfection Isn’t Happy

Food for Belly

[So perfect] Broiled Fontina Toasts with Roasted Garlic and Poached Eggs via How Sweet It Is

[What?!] Banana Bread Doughnuts with an Almond Butter Glaze via Flourishing Foodie

[Nugget-style!] BAKED Chicken Fried Tofu via Peas and Crayons

[“Flavor-town” — Guy Fieri] Hawaiian Pulled Pork Skillet Nachos with Pineapple Guacamole via Iowa Girl Eats

[Creamy and dreamy] Thick and Creamy Chocolate Smoothie via Running with Spoons

[Jaw-dropping] Honey Kissed Baklava Muffins via Edible Perspective

[*Angels singing*] Smoked Salmon and Avocado Egg Sandwich via Once Upon a Cutting Board

Miscellaneous Fun

[Score.] 29 Ways to Eat Peanut Butter For Every Meal via BuzzFeed

[Cool stuff!] The Evolution of a Food Photo via Pinch of Yum

[The kid with the hat (Lucas). Just watch him.] Kids React to Frozen — Let It Go (Multi-Language) via Fine Bros. Youtube

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

So tell me:

Did you watch the hockey showdown?

How’s the weather in your area?

Which links did you enjoy?

Tell me that Lucas kid isn’t the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen. 🙂

Fascinating Friday Links #19

I don’t have much to say this morning except thank God it’s Friday. For real. This week actually went very well, but the first week back from break is always a little crazy.

Hopefully you have time to curl up, drink something warm (or cold and refreshing if you’re in the souther hemisphere!), and read some great stuff. Here are some Fascinating Friday links to help you out! Especially if you have a lot of free time, because there are lots I want to share with you this week!

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Health and Fitness

[Love this little shift in mindset] It’s Easier to Add Than Subtract via Kath Eats Real Food

[These look so fun! Now all I need is a beach…] 3 Beach Workouts (You Can Do Anywhere!) via Your Trainer Paige

[So important to remember] Degrees of Lean— How Lean is Too Lean? via Your Trainer Paige

[Check out all these awesome workouts!]

January Sweaty Supersets via Strength and Sunshine

Gymboss Circuit Workout via Best Body Fitness

600 Rep Workout via Nutrition Nut on the Run

1000 Rep Workout via Fit Foodie Finds

Tabata Strength Circuit via The Fitnessista

[Great tips] 5 Habits of Healthy Travelers via Carrots n Cake

[Not so much for the calories, but for the wholesomeness!] Simple 100-Calorie Food Swaps via Cooking Light

[Sometimes you need more fuel than you think] Is Intuitive Eating Always a Good Thing? via Real Life RD

Food for Thought

[It’s the journey, not the destination] A Continuous Journey via Strength and Sunshine

[I have a feeling I’ll need to re-read these later in life] 8 Things to Remember When Everything Goes Wrong via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[Go for it] How to Make the Most of the New Year via Goins Writer

[For parents] 8 Parenting Tips I’ve Picked Up in Therapy via My Neon Running Shoes

Food for Belly

[Hooray for veggies in brownies!] Healthy Whole Wheat Avocado Brownies + Whole Wheat Pumpkin Brownies via Undressed Skeleton

[This looks glorious] Creamy Vegan Broccoli Potato Soup via Edible Perspective

[Holy. moly.] Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread via Pinch of Yum

[Like spanikopita in a chicken] Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken via Skinnytaste

[Genius] Crispy Brussels Sprouts Tacos with Manchego and Caramelized Shallot Salsa via How Sweet It Is

[Oooo!] Raw Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie Jars via Oh, Ladycakes

Miscellaneous Fun

[For over-packers like me] Tips for Packing Everything in a Carry-On Suitcase via Peanut Butter Fingers

[Three cheers for detoxing AND feeling satisfied!] 49 Detox Recipes (That Actually Contain Food) via Greatist

[So hilarious. Move more, people.] The 23 Laziest Things That Ever Happened via BuzzFeed





Fascinating Friday Links #9

Alright so I was mistaken in blaming my dad for setting the thermostat too low, because apparently our heater wasn’t working. Sorry, pa. Now the heater is crankin’ and I no longer have icicle fingers!

I also really wanted to do a Thursday Thoughts post yesterday, but Wednesday involved a long nap and other happenings, so I couldn’t get around to it. At any rate, Friday always means fascinating links! Here is my ninth link love featuring interesting, funny, and awesome articles and posts that I’ve found this week. Enjoy!

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Health and Fitness

[Work those push-ups!] Crazy Push-Up Workout via Purely Twins

[How do you thrive?] 5 To Thrive via The Lean Green Bean and Dietitian Duo

[Every BODY is different] Positive Body Image via Fit Possible

[Another thought on the CrossFit controversy] The Controversy Behind CrossFit via Livestrong.com

[Coffee lovers out there, rejoice!] How Drinking Coffee Could Improve Your Health via Livestrong.com

[Love foam rolling] How I {foam} roll via Fitnessista

Food for Thought

[Nothing worth having comes easily] 7 Shortcuts You Will Regret Taking in Life via Marc and Angel

[Absolutely amazing and epic story. Woman of steel.] Graham’s Birth Story via The Daily Garnish

[Listening is so important] Why Listening Must Come Before Writing via Goins Writer

[A response to Maria Kang’s photo directed toward young women] I’m Not Airbrushed via Perfection Isn’t Happy

[You can make it] To Endure via Enjoy Your Healthy Life

Yum Yum

[I like muffins. I like smoothies. Best of both worlds.] Blueberry Muffin Smoothie via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[I ❤ CHEESE] Cabot Cheese Recipes 

[I’d like to curl up by the fire with a cup o’ this] Apple Cinnamon Tea Latte via Running to the Kitchen

[Work of art! And it’s sushi, so it’s awesome.] Homemade Sushi: Naruto Cucumber Rolls via Peas and Crayons

[Probbbbably making these soon] Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls via Chocolate Covered Katie

[Fall by da bonfire] Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie S’mores Three Ways via Edible Perspective


[Since I’m a wannabe foodie] Tips For Taking Better Instagram Food Photos via Nutritionella

[The CUTENESS] Chow puppy stuck in a bowl via Imgur

[Is this true, runner friends?] 23 Things Non-Runners Don’t Get About Runners via Rather Be Runnin’

Happy Friday!

So tell me: Which links fascinated you?

Fascinating Friday Links #1

I tried to make up a unique alliteration for what is basically a Friday show and tell of interesting links I’ve come across lately that I want to share with all of you. Yeah, there’s Friday Fun Facts and Friday Favorites, but neither of those really fit the purpose of this post. And “link love” is too generic. Thus, I present Fascinating Friday Links!

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Caesar salad lovers? 

[Great for vegetarians] Chickpea Caesar Wrap via I Heart Vegetables

[Awesome, dressed-up version] Roasted Corn Caesar Salads with Parmesan Greek Yogurt Dressing via How Sweet It Is

Fitness and Exercise

[Congrats to Julianna on completing an EPIC race. Would you try it?] Monterey Spartan Beast 2013 via Julianna Bananna

[Informative facts on some misconceptions] Friday Fit Facts via Fit Possible

[Important reminder] Never Compare to Others in the Gym via hungry and fit

[I can definitely relate] How My View of Exercise Has Changed via My Food ‘n’ Fitness Diaries

[Even though I disagree with #1…] 10 Reasons to Run (Even If You Don’t Like Running!) via Livestrong

[Killer running + Crossfit workouts] A Bunch of “Really Hard” Workouts for You via Carrots ‘n’ Cake

[Kick your rear in gear] Fire Up Your Glutes! via Your Trainer Paige

More Culinary Genius

[These would be the perfect vessel for so many things] Vegan Pan Bread Roll-Ups via Edible Perspective

[Brilliant and healthy] Chocolate Avocado Frosting Stuffed Cookie Sandwiches via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Easy, yummy breakfast, dessert, or snack] Peanut Butter Strawberry Banana Quesadillas via Texanerin Baking

[Whoa] Creamy Chocolate Coconut Pie (Grain Free and Dairy Free) via GI 365 on Empowered Sustenance


[So many awesome blogs] 35 Bloggers I Love via The Lean Green Bean

And basically sums up my life:

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[via Unleashed Beauty Instagram]

I hope you enjoy some of these links! Happy Friday!

So tell me: Did any of these fascinate you?