Nut Butter Runner

A Food And Fitness Nut Serving Up A Dose Of Healthy Living

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Remembering Boston

Happy Friday, friends! 

Thank you so much for all of your support as I am nearing the end of my pharmacy schooling! You guys have been there for me from the beginning and I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate it! You rock!

Before I jump into the fitness that I have been in to this week, I have to give a “shout out” to my amazing aunt who will be running Boston Monday!

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She is a huge inspiration to me! I wish I could be there cheering her on in person, but unfortunately I will be sitting in a classroom reviewing for the pharmacy board exam. Text updates and virtual cheering it is!

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Since I no longer post twice a day and give the details of each and every day, I thought Fridays seem appropriate to share with you what I have been up to from the previous week. I certainly love working up a good sweat and sharing with you what I am up to! So, this is my way to keep you guys in the loop!

So here’s a quick rundown of the week!

Friday: 6 mile run + yoga

I started my morning off with a gorgeous run around my neighborhood. I went technology-free, which was incredibly refreshing. Since I know the distance of certain routes, I know I did right around 6 miles. Once I returned from my run I had a message from Kendall saying she was going to a yoga class in the afternoon. I decided to join her, which was the best decision I could have made. I typically do yoga with a DVD, but this was the first time in way too long that I attended a class. Yoga is certainly something I need to incorporate more into my weekly schedule!

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 13.2 mile run

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Even though I started my run relatively early, it was still incredibly hot out. I also was dehydrated from working all day Saturday. I always find it tough to adequately hydrate at work, but it is oh so important!

Monday: Yoga

I did my go-to 25 minute yoga stretching DVD. I really love the stretching aspect, but I need to find a better DVD for the yoga portion. My mind just can’t seem to relax with my current one! If you have any recommendations, send them my way!

Tuesday: 5 mile run

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It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the Boston Marathon bombing. I did 5 miles with Kendall between class and an appointment. It was a great technology-free run to reflect.

Wednesday: 8 mile run

The weather was absolutely gorgeous out (after a brief cold freeze made it’s way through this week) so I took advantage and went to the trails. I kid you not when I tell you every single runner that I passed was wearing blue and yellow. It was evident that Boston was being supported miles away from Nashville, TN. It made me so proud of our running community!

Thursday: 3 mile run + body pump

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I managed to squeeze in 3 miles before body pump. I have been loving 89! My favorite tracks are definitely squats, back, and legs. It’s such a great burn! I need to really find another day in my week where I can go to another body pump class. I’d love to take it twice per week for optimal results. By the way, anytime I hear songs from the tracks on the radio, I instantly think of the routine! Does that happen to anyone else?

I’m off traveling this weekend, but I hope you guys have a great holiday!

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Questions Of The Day

Do you have any yoga DVD/podcast/YouTube suggestions?

What are your plans this weekend?

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Breakfast Highlight + Liebster Love

Good morning, friends!

So yesterday was a big day for me. I gave my last presentation of pharmacy school! The presentation had to be on a “life changing event” over our four years of pharmacy school. I got up and spoke about my time in Guatemala and my support system: family, Matt, and friends. It was an incredibly emotional presentation for me as my focus was on being comfortable with being uncomfortable, my faith, and my love for others.

Yes, I even cried up there. No, I was not embarrassed. I honestly thought I would be embarrassed as I was preparing my speech and teared up as I practiced, but so much has lead me to where I am today. It’s hard not to be in touch with your emotions! Plus, salt water is the cure to anything, right? Tears, sweat, salt-water… they’re all good things!

Speaking of sweat, I plan on going for a run this afternoon. I am heading into work this morning, but only working until lunchtime. That’s my kind of schedule!

Breakfast

To fuel up for my day ahead, I made a nourishing breakfast that I have been loving lately!

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A mix of coconut oil sautéed spinach, kale, onions, and tomatoes with two dunkin' eggs. 

The highlight of the breakfast?

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I took a banana out of the freezer that I had previously peeled and sliced, added frozen wild blueberries, and microwaved for 10 seconds. Then I topped everything with a spoonful of NuttZo! It seriously tasted like dessert. Definitely a combination worth recreating!

Discount code: NBR-15 for 15% off of online NuttZo orders

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Before signing off today, my lovely friend Amy nominated me for a Liebster award while I was away! I always love learning more about others and thought it would be fun to partake in the questionnaire! 

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1. Who/what inspires you in the kitchen? Who/what inspires you in the gym? (or other fitness space)

The first people that ever inspired me to cook were my parents. They’re the ones who always made family dinners, breakfast before I went to the bus stop, and taught me how to cook.
Nowadays, I draw inspiration from a little bit of everywhere. Most of my ideas come when I am running or when I am trying to fall asleep. I also draw inspiration from Pinterest, magazines, the Food Network, and of course fellow bloggers!

2. What is the strangest thing in your gym bag (or purse) right now… and why is it there?!

I couldn’t decide what was the strangest thing, since I have a lot of random things in each bag. So, I just snapped a photo of everything (except my wallet and phone)

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Snacks: apple, NuttZo to go, almonds, Larabar - because you never know when you need a snack
Drinks: nuun tablets, tea bags - because you never know when you need a little jazz in your drink (I also always travel with a water bottle)
Beauty Products: chapstick, lipgloss, and hair ties - because you never know when you need some chapstick or a hair tie!

3. If you were stranded on an island and could only take three foods, what three would you take and why?

First, I would take eggs. They are a great source of protein, incredibly nutritious, and super versatile! Eggs for days!
Second, I would take jars of NuttZo. Give me a spoon and I will be happy. Or I will just dive in without any utensils. Sometimes you just have to get into that jar! Protein + healthy fat for the win!
Third, I would take spinach or some kind of green superfood. It’s packed with nutrients and could be used with my eggs or as a salad.

And of course I would catch my own fish, grow my own sweet potatoes, and find a fruit tree. Naturally. 

4. Savory or sweet – and why?!

Both! I have found that my meals have to compose a little bit of both to be completely satisfied. But if I had to choose, lately I have been on the savory train. Please don’t take away my fruit though! 

5. How have you changed since beginning your blog?

Oh gosh. I think a better question is how have I not changed?
The beginnings of my blog, I was still trying to find my voice. Once I settled in to my main focus, I blogged twice per day every day of the week. Now I can only blog once per day, five to six days a week.
My fitness evolved from only cardio to now incorporating entire days to strength training.
My food has evolved from 40% processed items to practically eliminating those foods and 80% paleo.
I think I will continue to change as I learn more about myself, food, and fitness. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I am!

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Questions Of The Day

If you have a blog, how did you come up with the name?

What is the strangest thing in your purse/gym bag?

Sweet or savory?

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Dinner Edition: WIAW

Hello and happy Wednesday! I have Friday off from work and school so I am only a day away from the weekend! That means today gets a double wahoo! 

If you’re catching up from last week, here’s a quick recap:

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I typically love sharing with you what I eat on a daily basis, but we’re changing things up and keeping things interesting! Going along with my where to begin for food prepping post, I thought it would be fun to feature some meals that I have loved lately. The next few weeks of What I Ate Wednesday will showcase breakfast, lunch, and dinner that I love. Hopefully this will help inspire a “flexible menu" for your household! 

What I Ate Wednesday Have Been Eating: Dinner Edition

Since breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, we’ll save that for last. Plus, dinner can be transformed into leftovers for multiple meals throughout the week, so this seems like a good place to start!

Like I mentioned before, I form meals with the big three: protein, carbohydrate, and vegetable. Then, I may add in a healthy fat or fruit.
So here is the breakdown of some of my recent dinners:

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[stuffed butternut squash (carbohydrate) with shredded chicken (protein), tomatoes, jalapeños and roasted green beans (vegetable)]

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[turkey burger sliders (protein), avocado (healthy fat), sweet potato (carbohydrates), and brussel sprouts (vegetable)]

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[cauliflower rice (vegetable), homemade bolognese (protein), avocado (healthy fat), mashed butternut squash (carbohydrate), peanut-free NuttZo (healthy fat)]

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[ground turkey (protein) cooked with salsa stuffed acorn squash (carbohydrate), tomatoes, avocado (healthy fat), asparagus (vegetable)]

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[scrambled eggs (protein) with parsnip hash [recipe], roasted carrots (carbohydrate), spinach (vegetable), apple (fruit)]

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Remember, creating healthy meals does not have to be complicated! Simple will go a long way!

Check out Jenn's link up for more great meal ideas!

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Questions Of The Day

What is your favorite/go-to dinner?

Do you enjoy themed dinners, such as “taco Tuesday”, breakfast for dinner, etc?

What is your favorite spice to add to dinners?

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Lemon Dill Tuna Cakes

You guys have seen this photo a lot recently.

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Well I promise the recipe is actually going to be revealed today!

The delay in posting was not only due to my crazy life, but also because I have been especially critical of my food blogging. You and this blog are things that I really value and when I am passionate about something then I want to give 110% of myself. This means not cutting corners, only doing and giving the best that I can. 

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I want to deliver nourishing, flavorful recipes for you to enjoy as much as I do! I also want to provide some pretty photographs to showcase the mess of my kitchen food. Just like not being a professional chef, I am also certainly not a professional photographer. I have actually been contemplating taking a photography class, except for the fact that I have no extra time to give. Maybe after graduation! 

Until then, here is my attempt at being a food blogger. It’s certainly not worth bragging about, but at least I am trying my best!

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So back to the recipe, right? As the temperatures were increasing, my tastebuds were screaming for something light and refreshing. Nothing says summertime to me more than fresh citrus! I still wanted a satisfying meal, and of course have been loving making fish cakes a lot recently (like these and these) so a new kitchen experimentation was in order. 

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Lemon Dill Tuna Cakes
Makes 5 Burgers
By: Morganne

Ingredients
2 (7 ounce) cans Solid White Albacore Tuna
1 Lemon 
1 Large Egg
1/4 cup Mashed Avocado
1 Tbsp Coconut Flour
1/2 Tbsp Dill

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone liner.
2. Drain tuna and add to a mixing bowl.
3. Zest one lemon (optional) and slice lemon in half. Squeeze the juice of half of the lemon into the tuna mixture.
4. Add egg, mashed avocado, coconut flour, and dill. Mix well.
5. Form burger patties and place on prepared cookie sheet. (I used a 1/3 cup measuring cup to make five burgers)
6. Bake in oven for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.

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Although I made these using avocado, you can’t taste it with the lemon. I know you will be surprised to hear that these did not last very long in our house! They are the perfect combination of light and satisfying, with a little bit of zest.

Enjoy!

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Food Prep: Where To Begin

I receive a lot of questions on how I food prep and meal plan, so I thought I would share with you what goes into my weekly planning! I will continue this in another post to prevent information overload, but I wanted to start with where I begin. Hopefully this will give you a great place to start, too!

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Obviously each week is different, but I always start with a flexible menu. I make it “flexible” by simply having ideas. When I hit the grocery store if something different is on sale, I go with that (for example, if chicken is on sale, then I’ll get that instead of fish; or if broccoli is on sale versus brussel sprouts, then I pick that up). I also don’t like to plan by day because who knows what I am actually going to want at that time. That’s just personal preference though.

When forming a meal plan, I try to come up with a couple different meal options with the goal of having two different sources of protein, carbohydrates, and vegetables. I form a “meal” with this simple criteria: protein source, carbohydrate source, and a vegetable. I also like to add in a healthy fat or fruit, but I typically do not plan these out. By having a couple different options, then you can use leftovers, transform them into different meals, and prevent going crazy at the grocery store!

Personally, I like to make my menu on Thursday night, do my grocery shopping Friday, then food prep Saturday, Sunday, or both days depending on what is going on that weekend. It takes me about 15 minutes to meal plan, 30 minutes to grocery shop (I go on a mission), and 1-2 hours food prepping. I find breaking it up makes it a lot more manageable for me! If you struggle with meal ideas, social media can be a huge help! Just jump on Pinterest, Instagram,  or rummage through blogs to get inspired. 

This is what my flexible menu looked like last week:

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Breakfasts:

  • ground turkey + parsnip hash
  • eggs + sweet potato
  • individual frittatas [improved recipe coming soon]

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Lunches:

  • lemon tuna cakes + salad 
  • pear & butternut salmon salad [recipe]
  • shredded chicken + (possible additions: salsa, avocado, guacamole, pesto [recipe], homemade BBQ sauce, marinara sauce, etc)

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Dinners:

  • chicken pot pie burgers [recipe] + sweet potato
  • homemade bolognese + spaghetti squash
  • shredded chicken + butternut squash

Snacks:

  • banana/sweet potato + NuttZo [pre-workout]
  • almonds/cashews + dates [pre-workout]
  • hard boiled egg + banana/sweet potato [post-workout]
  • energy bites [recipe]

I look at what I have in my refrigerator, freezer and pantry, then I make my grocery list. I also like to plan a “breakfast for dinner” night or a “use what is in the freezer” night. This helps to keep my grocery bill down and use up food before anything goes bad. I budget about $100 per week for groceries, which typically lasts exactly a week for both Matt and I. [For eating healthy on a budget tips, check out this post.]

Once I have everything I need, I make a list of the things I can prep that will make our lives easier throughout the week.

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  • spaghetti squash [recipe]
  • butternut squash
  • hard boiled eggs [recipe]

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  • shredded chicken [recipe]
  • parsnip hash 
    [3 cups of parsnips finely diced with 1 onion and sautéed in 1 Tbsp coconut oil]
  • individual frittatas [improved recipe coming soon]
  • bolognese sauce
  • lemon tuna cakes [recipe coming this week]
  • chicken pot pie burgers [recipe]
  • energy bites [I swapped the coconut flour for almond flour, cashews for almonds, and added cinnamon this week! So good!]

This week I actually prepped for two weeks because I did my prep on Wednesday. Since I had this in mind, I froze half of the meat sauce, half of the burgers, and half of the energy bites.

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Like I said, each week is different, so my food prep may only include chopping veggies. A little can go a long way, so even that can be a huge time saver. If my time is not limited, then I aim to prepare vegetables, a couple of protein options, a meal in bulk, and if I have time, a homemade snack or something fun (such as a new recipe).

I’ll touch more on tackling the kitchen for food prep in more detail on a post next week! Until then, I hope this helps with a place to start. I’m a huge planner and love when I can make things simpler when life can get crazy. 

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Fitness And Food Of The Week

It’s time to do the happy Friday dance! 

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I feel as though it has been forever since I have talked with you guys. I have seriously missed you so I decided to postpone a few of my posts (recipes, thoughts, question & answers, health tips, etc.). Hey, it’s just something to look forward to next right, though?! 

So let’s kick off this Friday with a little fitness. It’s been awhile since I last posted on what I have been up to, so here’s a quick recap!

Tuesday, April 1: 10 mile run + plank

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Wednesday, April 2: 4 mile run + strength circuit + plank

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Thursday, April 3: walk on the beach

Friday, April 4: 5 mile run

Saturday, April 5: walk on the beach

Sunday, April 6: 8 mile run

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Monday, April 7: rest

Tuesday, April 8: 6 mile run + softball

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Wednesday, April 9: 3 mile run

Thursday, April 10: 20 minutes elliptical + body pump

Since returning from vacation I have actually had a lack of motivation on the running front. My body has been craving more strength work and last night’s body pump class definitely confirmed that! I ended up increasing my weight on both leg and back tracks, which means a new squat PR! 

As for food, if you follow me on Instagram, then you saw this photo of my midweek food prep.

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It’s been a lifesaver since returning home! I plan on doing a post on what I prepped and how I prepped it so you can be on the lookout for that. Until then, here are a few meals that I have enjoyed recently:

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[parsnip hash with ground turkey, pear, and dunkin’ egg]

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[spinach, kale, parsnip hash, tomatoes, lemon tuna cakes (recipe coming next week)]

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[chicken pot pie burgers, mashed avocado, tomatoes, green beans, baked sweet potato + cinnamon]

Although I still ate 80% whole, real foods while on vacation, it’s been nice to be back in my own kitchen. I still enjoy a bowl of oatmeal, but there is something so much more satisfying with a plate full of eggs and a sweet potato to start my day! 

I actually have to work tomorrow, so I am looking forward to having the day off today. I definitely plan on taking advantage of the gorgeous weather we have been blessed with recently! I hope you guys have a great Friday!

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Questions Of The Day

Do you have any plans this weekend?

What kind of posts would you like to see more of?

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Beach Trip {Recap}

Oh how i love the beach, warm weather, and sunshine!

You guys already saw a look at the food we had while at the beach. Today I want to share with you the rest of the trip where lots of sunshine, relaxation, and laughing took place.

We left Thursday morning at 4 a.m. and made our way to Florida!

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Once we arrived, we immediately lathered up in sunscreen, grabbed our towels and hit the beach!

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We definitely maximized our time on the beach, soaking up the sun and having lots of fun!

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[The above picture is a shot of the group of girls that took part in a trip to Guatemala throughout the past year]

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Playing football on the beach is always a fun activity…

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…so is attempting to make a human pyramid…

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…and a wave crashing our posing party!

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We got dressed up and hit a couple local restaurants while we were there. Whenever I travel, I always want to take full advantage of local food and the atmosphere was a major bonus. This restaurant was located right on the bay, with boats parked right outside. Now if I could figure out how to travel by boat, that would be amazing!

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We grabbed some drinks and took lots of photos while we waited to be seated. The sunset was absolutely gorgeous!

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We also had movie and game nights in the condo that were full of laughter and love. We watched Bridesmaids to celebrate the upcoming wedding and Frozen because well, it is an awesome movie with an incredible message about family and friendships.

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Of course we had a night to celebrate the bachelorette, too! 

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Overall, it was a great trip! These girls have certainly become like my family as we have battled through pharmacy school together and now we are moving on to new chapters. Although we are heading our separate ways, I know we will continue our annual beach trip vacation as long as we can!

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Beach Edition: WIAW

Hello there!

I have safely returned from the beautiful beaches of Florida to Nashville, Tennessee. I cannot even begin to thank you enough for all of your support, congratulations, and well wishes as I embark on a new chapter in my life! You guys never cease to amaze me!

Oh and did anyone else watch the men and women’s basketball championship game? Since I was born in Connecticut, I was also raised a UCONN fan so I was incredibly happy with the outcome!

Since you are caught up on my personal life events, let’s recap on the blog-world events this week:

Now on to the What I Ate Wednesday party!

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What I Ate Wednesday At The Beach

I vacationed from Thursday through Monday with friends as we celebrated a bachelorette party, our upcoming graduation, our new jobs, and of course, our friendship.

Although there were lots of celebrations to be had, we still balanced our fun with nourishing eats. We stayed in a condo where we took advantage of our full kitchen. We went grocery shopping so we were stocked for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. We also enjoyed two dinners out at local restaurants. 

Here’s a quick look at some of those eats!

Breakfasts

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[oatmeal + apple + NuttZo + Greek yogurt + coffee]

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[oatmeal + pear + strawberries + NuttZo + greek yogurt]

Lunches

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[spinach + kale + tuna + red peppers + salsa + avocado]

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[spinach + kale + salmon + salsa + avocado + hard boiled egg]

Dinners

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[grilled grouper + broccoli + corn on the cob]

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[grilled paddock + steamed veggies]

And I know you guys were probably wondering what Mr. Nut Butter was up to while I was away. Well, he still does pretty well on his own in the kitchen!

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How adorable is he? 

I’ll be back tomorrow with a full recap of the trip! It was certainly a much needed vacation!

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Questions Of The Day

What is your favorite warm weathered meal/snack?

Did you watch the basketball championship games?

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Big Changes Ahead

Hello my dear friends! I kind of have been hiding something from you for the last few weeks. Although, I am sure you may have noticed something going on in more personal terms for me.

Do you remember how I posted about a stressful day, embracing tough times, and mysteriously disappeared for a day?

Well, I have some explaining to do.

As of May third, I will officially hold my doctorate of pharmacy. This allows me to be a practicing pharmacist. However, in order to be a clinical pharmacist, the next stage is to do a year residency. I applied to six programs in December; I interviewed at two places in February; and found out if I “matched” to any of the programs in March. I opened my email, and there it read in black and white:
"We regret to inform you that you did not match."

No residency. No job.

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It was a setback, not a failure. I was determined to reach my goals, so I did not give up. Giving up is failing. Instead, I embraced the challenge, excited about new opportunities, and applied to more programs with open positions.

I applied to eleven programs all across the United States; interviewed with seven. My odds were already better. I had six phone interviews (also known as the day that I went MIA), and one on-sight interview. 

Ironically, Kendall was in the same position. We had a few interviews at the same hospitals, some with only one position available and one with two positions available. We were open and honest with one another, acknowledging that we were in fact “competing” against one another. We discussed the programs that we preferred, assuring one another that nothing would come between our friendship. We each had an interview on my birthday a couple hours from Nashville so we had a mini road trip. Although an interview was stressful, I was excited to get to spend the day with my best friend. 

As we were driving back to Nashville, we stopped at a rest stop. We looked at our phones and each had missed phone calls from the same program director. The program with two spots available. That is when we learned that we were both offered positions at the same hospital! To say that celebrations took place, would be a huge understatement.

We jumped up and down…screamed…hugged…danced. And asked someone to take our photo.

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The rest of the trip flew by as we chatted about how blessed we are. I am a strong believer in everything happening for a reason. The way things have worked out is 360 degrees better than I could have ever imagined.

So the big change ahead? Matt and I are moving to St. Louis, Missouri!

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Be strong, have faith.
Everything works out okay in the end, and if it’s not okay…it’s not the end.

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It’s All About You: Series 9

I am super excited for today’s post since it is time for another round of my favorite series.

One of my favorite parts about blogging is interacting with you. I get giddily excited when I receive emails, comments, tweets, and Instagram tags from you guys! It is amazing how well you are nourishing your mind, body, and soul and I hope to continue this trend in the blogging world!

Without further ado, here’s what you have been up to this past month!

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Caroline completed the Full Body Blast!

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Case completed the Every Hour On The Hour challenge!

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Brooke made Tuna Cakes during her Whole 30 challenge!

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365fitclub completed the Full Body Blast

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…and Work That Body circuit!

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Kelly made Coconut Cashew Energy Bites!

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Mary made Shredded Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes!

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Elina made Chunky Monkey Fudge!

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Emily completed the Full Body Blast!

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Kaila completed the Body Burnin’ 100 Rep Workout!

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Brittany completed the Upper Body Burner!

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Ashley made Cinnamon Egg White Oats!

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Arman pulled out a one-armed plank for my birthday - Thanks buddy!

If you want to be featured in my “It’s All About You” series:

  • Tag me in your photo on Instagram or twitter @NutButterRunner
  • Send me an email with your name and photo to NutButterRunner(at)mail(dot)com
  • Include any blog you want linked with the photo

I am also thinking about starting my own little hashtag on Instagram so it’s a bit easier to keep up with you guys! Maybe something simple like #NutButterRunner? Any suggestions out there?

Thank you so much for sharing your photos with me, trying these recipes and workouts! I love hearing your feedback and seeing your different variations! 

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