2 Vegan Recipes + Nasoya Vegan Nayonaise + a Giveaway!

I was recently given an opportunity to try Nasoya vegan Nayonaise and review it on my blog.  Nayonaise is a vegan alternative to mayonnaise. It is made from expeller pressed oil and is a good source of Vitamin B-12 and Omega-3 ALA.

I was never much of a mayonnaise user. I thought of it as pretty unhealthy, loaded with fat and calories, so it wasn’t something that I really missed when I started following a plant based diet. I do enjoy creamy salad dressings, though, and I like to make potato salad occasionally, so finding a good vegan mayonnaise makes both of those things a possibility.

In my package, I received a jar of the regular Nayonaise, and the new Nayo Whipped. Unfortunately, the new whipped version did not survive the shipping experience.


If you can’t see what is in the above picture, that is because the jar was so thoroughly smashed that all that was left was a glassy, creamy puddle. The original version survived nicely, though. And another jar of the Nayo Whipped is on its way!

Nasoya - Vegan

How did it taste? Well, it tasted like mayonnaise! It was creamy, yet light, and had a nice flavor. Nasoya recently perfected the recipe to make it even smoother, creamier and more delicious. Not only is Nayonaise vegan, it is gluten free and has only 40 calories per serving (regular mayonnaise has 90).

Nasoya has a great resource of recipes by other bloggers, but I decided to create my own. As I mentioned, Alan and I have had a friend staying with us for a few days, and even though he isn’t vegan, I’ve been having fun impressing him with how delicious vegan food can be. To that end, one day I made a seitan Shawarma Bowl, and on another I made spicy “chick’n” wings with Ranch Dressing.

Seitan Shawarma Bowl

I love Shawarma.  Before I was vegan, chicken shawarma was one of my favorite meals. Seitan makes a great vegan alternative though. I decided to use the Nayonaise in the sauce/marinade, and it was delicious combined with the hummus, tahini sauce, and spices.

Nasoya - nayonaise

4.3 from 3 reviews
Seitan Shawarma Bowl. Vegan
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 3
  • ½ cup hummus
  • ¼ cup tahini sauce
  • ¼ cup Nasoya Vegan Nayonaise
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime
  • 1 package or 8 ounces seitan, cut into thin strips
  • ½ cup mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 medium yellow squash, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 cups quinoa, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 large or 2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • Pita Breads (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. In a small bowl, combine the hummus, tahini sauce, Nayonaise, spices, and lime.
  3. In a small casserole dish, combine the seitan, mushrooms and onions.
  4. Toss half of the Nayonaise mixture with the seitan. Reserve the rest.
  5. Allow your seitan mixture to marinate for at least 15 minutes, then cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Combine the tomatoes and cucumber in a small bowl.
  7. Roast the zucchini and squash in a separate pan during the last 10 minutes of cooking time. Cut each slice into several pieces when cooked.
  8. To assemble the bowls: Spoon about a third of the quinoa into 3 bowls. Divide the seitan mixture and spoon on top of the quinoa. Add the vegetables. Spoon a dollop of the reserved marinade on top. Service with the cucumber and tomato mixture, additional hummus and pitas if desired.

Nasoya - Nayonaise

Creamy Ranch Dressing

1/2 cup Nayonaise
1/2 cup vegan creamer (I used soy creamer)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon parsley, chopped finely
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh dill, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Combine all the ingredients until smooth. Add a little extra creamer if the dressing is too thick.

Nasoya - Nayonaise

For the “Chick’n” wings, you can use a prepared version (Gardein makes a good one), or I used Gardein Crispy Tenders, dipped them in a mixture of melted Earth Balance and Sriracha and baked them at for about 25 minutes, turning once.

Nayonaise Giveaway

The nice people at Nasoya would like to give you the opportunity to win your own Nayonaise! One winner (US only please) will receive a jar each of Original Nayonaise and Nayo Whipped! Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

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My opinion of Nayonaise is that is a tasty, healthier, vegan alternative to regular mayonnaise. It worked perfectly in both dishes I prepared and I look forward to using it in other recipes. If you would like more information about Nasoya and all of their vegan products, please check out their website.

Disclosure: I was provided with two jars of Nayonaise plus two jars as a prize. All opinions are my own.

Hüma Gel: Natural Energy. Product Review

I was recently sent a sample pack of Hüma Gel to review. The timing was a little off because I had just started my taper for the Costume Party Run, so I wasn’t really running long enough to use an energy gel. On the other hand, I didn’t want to wait until the half marathon before trying it because that would be, you know, stupid. So on my last longish run of my training, I decided to use a Hüma gel, even though I really didn’t need to.

Huma Gel Product Review

To be honest, I was a little wary. Hüma Gel is 100% all natural, using real fruit, not flavorings to make it taste good. They have no chemicals or preservatives, you can actually pronounce every ingredient. And the gel is based on chia seed, to give it a superfood burst of nutrients. Chia seeds are loaded with Omega 3s, antioxidents, fiber, and complete protein. Chia seeds were even used by the legendary Tarahumara Indians of Mexico, to fuel their epic runs of 50-150 miles. So what on earth was I hesitant about?

I’ve used chia seeds in a few things, like smoothies, to give them a boost of nutrients. No problem there. I also tried a chia seed bottled drink, try being the operative word. I did have a problem with the texture, the mouth-feel, of the chia seeds. So I was concerned that I would have the same issue with the Hüma Gel.

I knew then, that I needed to test the Hüma Gel before the race. I tried the Strawberry, that generally being my favorite. The flavor was good, genuinely tasting like strawberry. And the texture? It was okay! The chia made it a little thicker than some other gels, which is fine with me. It had a bit of a strawberry jam feel, which was also okay with me. I liked it! But how would it perform in my half marathon?

Energy Gel 101

A little info about energy gels in general and Hüma Gel in particular. When your muscles needs energy, the first source they go to is your blood glucose. And while your body can store enough for sitting around watching television, or even light exercise, it is only enough to last for 60-90 minutes. Once it is gone, your body turns to fat for energy. The problem with that is that fat is not a quick energy source, and cannot produce energy quickly enough to sustain you through higher levels of exertion.

Enter energy gels. Energy gels provide a quick source of easily digestible carbohydrate. Hüma Gels use a special blend of carbohydrates that efficiently convert to glucose, contain only natural ingredients, and have no chemicals or preservatives. Each Hüma Gel pouch pack a strategic 100 calories/21 grams of carbohydrates that your body can digest easily to keep you fueled for your workout.

Where Did Hüma Come From?

The idea for Hüma was born in the sands of Iraq. In the summer of 2009 a US Army soldier named 1st Lieutenant McCollum was charged with leading grueling missions throughout Iraq. At the time he was reading a book about the Tarahumara, a tribe of Mexican Indians who regularly compete in epic 100+ mile races as part of their culture. To fuel themselves on these ultramarathons, they use a special chia seed blend. He figured if it worked for them in Mexico, maybe it would work for him in Iraq.

My Experience

I have a mixed experience with fueling during races. I tend to have stomach issues from fueling on the run, so I usually stick to what I know. My stomach problems have occasionally led me to not fueling enough during a race because I am afraid to eat anything during a run, even a gel. I was determined to give Hüma Gel the proper test though, so I packed two for my half marathon, one Strawberry, the other Apples & Cinnamon.

Huma Gel Product Review

I took my first Hüma Gel at about mile 6.5. I took the Strawberry (random, as I just pulled one from my pocket). It went down easily. Now if you’ve read my race report, you know that while I had a few asthma issues, my energy levels (and my stomach) were just fine. Excellent in fact. A few minutes after my first gel, I could feel it working, fueling my body for the rest of the run.

I took my second Hüma Gel at about mile 10.5. This was my first taste of the Apples & Cinnamon. I liked it even better than the Strawberry! There is just a hint of cinnamon flavor, kind of like eating your favorite applesauce. It powered me through the last miles of the race and caused no stomach problems. While I’m not going to give the Hüma Gel all the credit, it did help me push through to my post-50 year old PR! 2:00:11 baby!

Huma Gel Product Review

Would you like an all natural, great tasting energy gel for your long workouts? Have your tried Hüma Gel?

Disclosure: I received a sample pack of Hüma Gel in exchange for my honest review. All opinions (and race times) are my own.

YMX by Yellowman Review plus an Indoor Cardio Workout

As an athlete who, besides running, spends time cycling, hiking, and practicing yoga, I love the idea of fitness wear that can multi-task. Clothing that can go from my run to the yoga studio, and even stop at the store on the way home.

I had the opportunity, through my connection as a Fitfluential Ambassador, to receive and try out an exercise top from YMX by Yellowman. I was sent the Elemental Earth Tri-pocket jersey in purple (my favorite color!). It is designed for cycling, and has three large pockets in the back, ideal for carrying gear and nutrition on a ride.

YMX by Yellowman

Since I am training for the Costume Party Run, my recent focus has been on running, not cycling. Plus, the last few days have been so hot that on Saturday I was forced to bring my workout indoors. I thought it would be a perfect time to see if my YMX top would be a great multi tasker. In the video below, I will show you my favorite way to make an indoor cardio workout interesting, plus give you the lowdown on the YMX  jersey.


YMX by Yellowman - Review

I also had a chance to take my YMX top out for a run. I’m on the tapering end of my half marathon training, so I ran seven miles on Sunday. I thought that I’d take advantage of those big deep pockets, so I put a gel, my earphones and my phone there. Everything was good except the phone. It bounced a little too much, which bothered me, so I switched it out after about two miles.

YMX by Yellowman - Review

YMX by Yellowman - Review

It was a very warm day, but the MadKool fabric did its job and kept me comfortable and dry for seven miles. In case you didn’t watch the video, let me tell you about this (practically) miracle fabric.


Madkool technical fabrics are designed to enhance your athletic performance. Madkool actually moves the sweat away from your body into the outer layers of the fabric, where it can dry quickly.

Madkool is silky soft, but tough; stretchy, but the fabric holds its shape and resists abrasion, and designed to receive prints with clarity and permanence. You can wash your YMX tops over and over and they won’t fade.

MadKool will help you stay warm when the weather is cold and help you cool off when your heart is pumping.  Some of the fabrics (those designed for outdoor wear like running or cycling) come with UV protection.

From my personal experience, I can tell you that my YMX top felt so light and delicate that it was a joy to wear. It seemed to keep me dry and cooler on my run in 85 degree weather.  It actually felt dry to the touch when I finished!

When I first put the top on, it seemed kind of short and I thought that it might ride up, but it did not. It stayed right in place through my whole run. The pattern and colors are beautiful, so pretty in fact that I wore my top home from the gym, made a few stops, and never felt that I was wearing “gym clothes.”

All in all I was really happy with my YMX top. They are a little pricey, but for a top that is beautiful, fits well, does the job, plus lasts through wear after wear, it is worth it.

Have you tried YMX before? What do you look for in your workout wear?

Disclosure: YMX by Yellowman sent me a top to review. I received no other compensation. All opinions are my own.

Eureka! I Found a Great Bread! Plus a Grilled Tempeh Sandwich Recipe

I was recently given the opportunity to sample Eureka! Baking Company Bread. I may talk about this all the time not have mentioned it before, but I love bread.  Toast in the morning, sandwiches for lunch, fresh and hot with dinner, I love it all. So this may just be a match made in heaven.

Eureka Bread

When my package arrived, it was heavier than expected. It was bread after all. When I opened the box, though, I found out why. The kind folks at Eureka! had sent along some fun goodies, including a t-shirt, cloth bags, notepads, and, coolest, orange sunglasses to match the man on the Eureka! logo.

Eureka Bread

Also included were three loaves of bread! I love the names: Seeds the Day (wheat bread, packed with five seeds, then rolled in more seedy goodness); Saaa-Wheat! (chewy with just the right crunch); and Grainiac (packed with 12 grains). All Eureka! Baking Company breads are USDA organic, certified vegan and contain no HFCS, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

Eureka Bread

As much as I love bread, there is no way I could eat my way through three loaves before they went stale, so I popped two in the freezer and started with the Saaa-Wheat. The timing of the arrival of my package was perfect, because I had Tempeh Burgers on the menu for dinner. I simply changed things up, and instead we had Grilled Tempeh Sandwiches on Saaa-Wheat bread (recipe below).

Eureka Bread

In spite of its name, Saaa-Wheat has just a touch of sweetness, which blended perfectly with the nutty flavor of the tempeh. The bread has a nice texture, grilled up beautifully without falling apart, and best of all, it tastes great.

For my breakfast toast, I pulled a couple slices of the Seeds the Day out of the freezer just to try. This may be my favorite. It is a hearty bread, a little crunchy, and very flavorful.

Eureka Bread

I am looking forward to trying the Graniac next. This truly is a match made in bakery heaven.

Grilled Tempeh Sandwich

Eureka - Grilled Tempeh Sandwich

Grilled Tempeh Sandwich
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
  • 4 Slices Eureka! Baking Company Saaa-Wheat bread
  • 1 8 ounce package tempeh
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Bragg's Liquid Aminos
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup yellow or orange peppers, sliced
  • 2 slices Daiya vegan Provolone slices
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • mustard
  1. Cut the tempeh in half, then in half lengthwise to make 4 square patties. The recipe is for two, so you can use both on each sandwich or put two aside for later.
  2. Steam the tempeh in a steaming basket for 15- 20 minutes.
  3. Mix together the oil, Aminos, broth, Sriracha, garlic powder, and Liquid Smoke.
  4. Place the steamed tempeh in a small flat container and pour the marinade on top. Allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes, turning once or twice.
  5. Preheat a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat.
  6. Saute the onions and peppers until soft, about 5 minutes.
  7. Push the vegetables aside and add the tempeh. Cook until lightly browned on both sides, about 5 minutes.
  8. Remove the vegetables and tempeh from the pan.
  9. If needed, heat another tablespoon of oil.
  10. Add the Eureka! Baking Company bread. Heat on one side for about 2 minutes then turn over. Place a slice of the Daiya Provolone on 2 slices of the bread. Top with the vegetables. Place the tempeh on the other 2 slices of bread. Carefully, using a spatula, place the tempeh half of the bread on top of the vegetables. Press down firmly.
  11. Reduce the heat to medium, and grill until the bread is a golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  12. Before serving, add the avocado and mustard.

Overall, I really like the Eureka! Baking Company bread. I appreciate the fact that it is made with whole, organic grains, and of course I am ecstatic whenever a product is clearly marked vegan. It makes my label reading so much easier. If you want more information about Eureka! Baking Company, check out their website or their Facebook page.

Eureka bread

Are you a bread lover? Be honest now! And for those of you who stuck with this post until the end, a reward:

Eureka bread

Putting the Eureka! sunglasses to good use.

Peachy Quinoa Salad with Beyond Meat. Review & Vegan Recipe

As I mentioned yesterday, after reading that Beyond Meat was finally available at Whole Foods from Vegan Miam, I was even more excited that I was heading to Orange County last weekend.

Peachy Quinoa Salad Vegan

Beyond Meat was founded several years ago by Ethan Brown. The company’s goal was to make a completely plant based product that would look and taste like the real thing. There are currently three “chicken” products available, lightly seasoned, grilled, and southwest. They are made from soy and pea protein and are gluten free. They have 18-19 grams of protein per serving and are free of antibiotics, hormones, GMOs, cholesterol, and trans fats. As you can see, they look very “chickeny:”

Peachy Quinoa Salad - Vegan

I used the “Lightly Seasoned” Chicken-Free Strips for this recipe. I used it straight out of the package, no cooking or heating required. I only used half the package, so the next night I heated up the strips with some beans, potatoes and onions.

So, bottom line. How did it taste? Well, I liked it. I dared to eat it straight out of the package and I thought tasted very good. It has a slightly smoky flavor, a meaty texture, and yes, it did taste like chicken. Or like my memory of chicken. Would it fool a meat eater? I’m not sure, possibly prepared inside of a recipe it could pass. Will I try it again? Probably. It isn’t cheap, at $5.29 for a 24 ounce package (though I’m not sure about the price of chicken these days, so maybe that’s a bargain), but I did get two meals for two out of it. I do prefer it to other meat substitutes that I have tried.

While I have reduced my use of faux meat, I think that Beyond Meat is a great alternative to new vegetarians and vegans who are just making the change. It is also perfect for meat eaters who are trying to eat less animal protein, but still like the taste and texture of meat in their meals. And to be honest, I occasionally use meat substitutes both because I like the flavor and the ease of preparation, especially after a long work day.

Peachy Quinoa Salad with Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips. Vegan

Vegan Recipe - Peachy Quinoa Salad

 The other day I was walking through the grocery store produce section. I was drawn to the peaches by the wonderful scent from the fresh fruit. They were kind of small, but they were ripe and they looked and smelled delicious. I’d never made a peach salad dressing, but it sounded good. Of course, I had to throw some of those fresh peaches in the salad itself, too. The result is this Peachy Keen Quinoa Salad.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Peachy Quinoa Salad with Beyond Meat. Vegan Recipe
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Inspired by the fresh produce available now, this peachy keen salad not only has fresh peaches, but is served with a delicious peachy lime vinaigrette.
Recipe type: Main Dish Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2-3
  • 2 small peaches
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper
  • Mixed lettuce greens
  • 1 cup prepared quinoa
  • 2 small peaches, sliced
  • ½ cup edamame
  • ½ cup yellow tomatoes
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ½ package Beyond Meat. Cut the strips into bite-sized pieces.
  1. Combine the peaches, lime juice, vinegar, olive oil, taragon, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Prepare the quinoa. Allow to cool.
  3. In a large salad bowl, toss the lettuce and remaining ingredients together lightly. Add the quinoa and ½ cup of the salad dressing, and toss again.

 Peachy Quinoa - Vegan

Have you ever used peaches in a salad or dressing? Have you ever tried (or heard of) Beyond Meat?

(Running) Things I’m Loving Lately

After several years of kind of lackadaisical running, mixed in with some long distance cycling, this year I decided to push myself and train seriously. I have increased my distance, added some speed training, and generally upped the intensity of my workouts. Now as I plan for my third half marathon of the year, the Costume Party Run, I have quite a selection of new (to me) running gear that has kept me hydrated, comfortable, and injury free. Oh, and cute too!

I’m Loving…In Refresh Electrolytes

I didn’t take a picture of my toes after my last half marathon, but if I had you would have seen them pulled into  pointed, cramped position.  In spite of drinking water and using a supplement during the race, I was pretty dehydrated by the end of the race. So when I was asked to try In Refresh Electrolytes, I was excited to see what the product had to offer. I was really happy to learn that there are no processed sugars, artificial ingredients, GMOs, or preservatives, and that it is clearly marked “vegan” right on the front (really saves the never-ending ingredient search).  There are very few calories, because In Refresh is simply an electrolyte replacement, but it is jam packed with vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidents.


In Refresh

I got to try the Tangerine Passion Fruit flavor and I really liked that it was light, not too sweet, and tasted pretty good. In the desert, it is really important to stay hydrated. A combination of long distance and high temperatures can lead to disaster if you don’t replace the electrolytes that you lose through sweating. I feel confident that In Refresh Electrolytes will do the job, and I’m happy to report that I will definitely re-order.

In Refresh2

Ignite Naturals carries a complete line of nutrition products for both the casual individual and the athlete. I can’t wait to try the Ignite Energy Gel, that is made with fig paste, maquie berry extract, Peak ATP, and other natural ingredients. Just like In Refresh, it contains only natural, whole food ingredients.

Ignite Naturals offers many different products. Check out their website for complete information.

I’m Loving…Mizuno Wave Rider 16

I have been running for over 20 years, and I have been on a search for the perfect shoe for the entire time. I have found some good shoes along the way. I have found shoes that felt really good, until my shins started to hurt. I have run in shoes that were light and flexible, until I developed plantar fasciitis. I have purchases cute, colorful shoes, until I found that my running felt dull and flat when I wore them.

I have spent the last 10 years running in nice, fairly heavy, boring shoes, that at least didn’t cause me any pain. I’d had friends switch over to Mizuno, and they would tell me how amazing they were, but I was afraid to make the switch because at least I wasn’t injured. Finally, though, a few months ago, I decided to give the Mizuno Wave Riders a try. I’ve got to tell you. It was instant love.

I am on my third pair of Mizuno Wave riders. I’ve been running in them long enough to know that my feet and shins (and hips and butt) are in the best shape ever (and that’s saying a lot since I’m a few years older!). The most recent version, #16, is even lighter that before. They just feel so good to run in! And best of all, check out the color:



I ran my last half marathon in my newest Wave Riders, and I felt great for the whole race and recovered quickly afterward. And even though yesterday’s long run was a slog-fest, it was the heat, not the shoes, that were the problem. I also appreciate, as someone with, ahem, larger feet, that Mizuno understands that my feet didn’t stop growing in half sizes once I hit size 10.

I’m Loving…Moving Comfort Sprint Tech Skort

I bought this Moving Comfort skirt at Road Runner Sports the day before my half marathon, which could have been a huge mistake. It wasn’t. Not only is it cute (love the patterned spandex shorts), the shorts stay in place better than any other skirt I own. No chafing, which is a huge plus in a half marathon. There are two pockets, one on the leg of the shorts, one zippered pocket in the back of the skirt, which makes it perfect for long distance running events. Best running skirt I own.

Running Skirt Review


I’m Loving…My Foam Roller

While I have known the benefits of consistent foam rolling for a long time, it was only since I’ve increased my training distance and intensity this year that I have really made an effort to use the foam roller on a regular basis. I think it has made a huge difference. I have a tendency to be plagued with sciatica, plus some IT Band tightness (not to mention my rock hard calf muscles!), and foam rolling has done so much more than simply stretching to reduce my aches and pains.

Running review

I’m Loving…My Polar Heart Rate Monitor

Years ago, when I was running and training at high intensity, I used a heart rate monitor to assist me in my training. Once the battery died though, I stopped using it. At the time, I felt I knew my body and training levels pretty well. Once I started back with my training though, I was about eight years older and not in very good shape. So I was really excited when I got a chance a few months ago, as a Fitfluential Ambassador, to receive and review a Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor for a sponsored post.

Running Review

Since that time, I’ve been using my Polar heart rate monitor consistently during my training, particularly during speed work. It tells me a lot about my training zones, allows me to push myself when I need to by letting me know exactly what is going on with my body. I really feel sure that it has improved my training.

I’m Loving…Balega Socks

I was actually not looking to change my socks. I’ve been running in Nike socks for some time, and the newest version are thin (like I like them), and have some arch support, which I appreciate. But when I won a pair of Balega Socks from Marcia, I certainly wasn’t going to turn them down!

running review

 While these socks were a little thicker than I usually like, they felt very cushioned and comfortable on my long run. There is a bit of arch support as well.  And I liked the cute little runner on the back of my ankle.

Those are just a few of the things that I’m loving lately as I start back on my new cycle of training for the Costume Party Run. I’m sure that you have your favorites too. I’d love to hear all about them!


Disclosure: As I mentioned above, I was sent a free sample of In Refresh Electrolytes in exchange for my honest review. I won the socks in a contest that I participated in at Marcia’s Healthy Slice. And I was originally given a free Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor as part of a compensated campaign for Fitfluential. Everything else was purchased with my own hard-earned dollars. All opinions are my own.