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  • How I became a FitFluential Ambassador...

    Last summer, while we were on vacation, I came across a twitter message indicating a deadline was coming up for the FitFluential Ambassador program.  FitFluential is a nationwide group of people sharing their healthy lifestyle choices through social media.  These "FitFluential Ambassadors" would post motivational messages, exercise routines, goals, and healthy eating tips on Twitter.  Most of them have personal blogs where they expand on their fitness journeys.  I was hooked!

    At the time I was training for my first half marathon so it seemed like a great way to keep myself motivated and most importantly accountable.  Not sure that I would be what they were looking for I went ahead and applied.

     

    Little did I know, about six months later waiting in my inbox was an email welcoming me to the FitFluential Ambassador program!  I can not express how happy that email made me.  The idea of being a FitFluential Ambassador became a reality.  It meant that I now had a system in place to hold me accountable.  A system that would encourage me to continue to eat healthy and set new fitness goals.

    For the past few years, I've always been a "summer" runner.   While most runners were participating in races in January, February, March and April, those were the months I ran the least mileage because of our work schedule.  Now that I'm a FitFluential Ambassador I'm going to attempt to keep a regular exercise program during the months of January, February and March.  Even if it's only two runs a week, that will be my goal.  I'm hoping that if I stay active enough, I could run the Athleta Iron Girl half marathon in April.

     

    FitFluential has always been an encouraging forum.   Check out their FitFluential Enthusiasts program.  If you are passionate about fitness but don't have a blog, this is a great way to get involved.  You will also qualify for special discounts and giveaways that are only available to the FitFluential family.  Also, by following @FitFluential on twitter, you'll get great advice, tips and that extra encouragement you need whether you are starting a new fitness program or you are a pro.

     

    Have you ever heard of FitFluential?

    What are your fitness goals for 2013?

     

     

  • Green Beans or Yellow Wax Beans? You decide...

    If you've been to our market, you know we regularly have the same produce every day.  Tomatoes, Romaine, Avocadoes, Apples and Pears.  Green beans are also another item which is always readily available.  Sometimes we get lucky and we find Pole beans.  But mostly you can always count on us having green beans.

    That's why when these Yellow Wax Beans showed up everyone got excited!  First question is always, how do they taste?

    I can tell you I was curious myself.  I grabbed a couple and started snacking.  Yep, they taste the same as the green ones.  I had to immediately google them for more info.  Did you know that yellow wax beans are high in Vitamin C, Folate, and Vitamin K?  I did not.  They are also high in Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Iron.  Who knew!

    Next question, is always how do you cook them?  These yellow wax beans can be prepared the same way you would prepare green beans: steam, sauteed or boiled.

    Here are some recipes I found:

    I think I'll be grabbing some of those yellow wax beans today and giving the Five Bean Picnic Salad a try.  How about you?  Have you ever had these yellow beauties?

  • Pork Chops and Apples in the Crock Pot

    In my search to have dinner ready when we get home, I continue to find new crock pot recipes.  My latest find, is this Crock Pot Pork and Apples from Eat, Live, Run.  Her recipes are usually easy to follow and don't require a lot of ingredients.  These are two of my requirements when following recipes.  Sometimes less is more.

    The recipe called for Gala apples and luckily that's what I had in my fridge.  Crunchy, sweet and juicy.  That's what I like about them.  Great for snacking and cooking.  The recipe is straight forward: season pork chops with salt and pepper, add sliced apples and onions, add mustard and brown sugar.

    Cook on low for six hours.  Not much to it.  The flavor was pretty good.  I think next time I would cook them for less time.   The gravy/sauce was delicious over jasmine rice.

    And to round off the colors, we had some roasted kale.  Easiest side dish ever!  Wash and tear, dry and put on baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper.  Broil for about 10 minutes.  Crunchy and tasty kale chips to the rescue.

     

    What's your favorite apple?

    Do you cook with apples?

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