Pumpkin Peach Smoothie #PumpkinWeek

This Pumpkin Peach Smoothie is the perfectly healthy way to get your harvest spice flavors on to start your day!

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Maybe you haven’t noticed, but I haven’t really posted anything pumpkin-y at all. It’s coming towards the end of October and I’m probably the only food blogger that hasn’t posted anything pumpkin. There may possibly be something wrong with that picture. But I have good news for you. I have joined up with some great bloggers to bring you some wonderful pumpkin recipes all week long. Today I’m bringing you something basic, but one of my fall staples to get my mornings started on a healthy note. [Read more...]

Hip Hop Zumba Workout – Fitness Friday #3

Don’t like the Latin style of Zumba? How about Zumba with a hip hop spin?? Try this Hip Hop Zumba Workout for a change!

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Fitness Friday. My favorite blog-day of the week, now that we get to play and discover new fun exercises on Fridays. What are your thoughts on Fitness Friday? Like it? Don’t care for it? Think you’ll use it? I’d love to know your thoughts.

So today, we’re actually playing with one of my absolute favorite ways to workout. ZUMBA! If you’ve never tried Zumba before, you’re probably thinking a couple different things: [Read more...]

Come Run with Your Favorite Bloggers – LocoCoco 5k

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I am so excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers (and your favorites too, I’m sure!) to support an awesome local community event called the Loco Coco 5k & Food Drive!

Loco Coco 5k & Food Drive
November 15th at 8:00am
Farmington, Utah
www.LocoCoco5k.com

It’s going to be an incredibly fun day … [Read more...]

How to Make Quick & Easy Apple Butter in a Blendtec

This Quick & Easy Apple Butter can be made in just a few short steps with the help of a Blendtec blender. In no time at all, you’ll be spreading it over a warm biscuit this fall!

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Ever since I can remember, I have absolutely loved apple butter. I think it all started at Cracker Barrel. That was the first place I ever experienced this deliciousness spread on my toast. And instead of taking home the mini-bottles of syrup, I really just wanted to hoard jars and jars of the apple butter.

Fortunately, I have been able to find a way to create my very own apple butter at home in just a few minutes. [Read more...]

Learning to Love Clothes with Stitch Fix

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Clothes. I have a love/hate relationship with clothes. Finding the right outfit for an occasion. Mixing and matching. Figuring out what works with my body. It’s all just a nightmare for me. Clothes shopping can sometimes be so dreadful for me that I just avoid it all together. Which would explain the fact that I have some clothes from high school in my wardrobe. Not to age myself, but that was over 10 years ago!

Part of my recovery from my eating disorder has involved me learning to love my body. Well, unless I can actually figure out what clothes to put on it so it looks its best, that’s not always the easiest task. I do still struggle with body love at times, but the more I learn how to dress myself (ha! that sounds so elementary), the more I learn to be okay with what’s underneath the clothes. It’s taken me almost 30 years to find my style, but I think I’m getting closer and closer to figuring it out.

I was pretty girly when I was younger, but then I went through a tomboy/athletic stage. And then I think there was a stage around 10 years old where I’d only wear black. Then in my later teens/early 20’s, I was back to super feminine. The time I struggled with clothes the most was when I came out. I started buying only boy’s clothes because I thought I had to LOOK gay in order to be gay. And because of that, I wanted to be smaller so the boy’s clothes would fit me correctly. SO that brought on lots of issues in itself. Anyway, over time, I have become much more comfortable with my sexuality, and as a result, more comfortable with the clothes I wear.

Thank goodness, I found StitchFix ( <Рaffiliate link)! [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast

This Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast will save your busy life and give you more time to spend with your family instead of slaving away in the kitchen.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast - a super comforting meal that is prepared while you're busy taking care of the things you want to. And it'll taste like you've slaved in the kitchen all day. www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach, but thoughts and opinions are completely my own, as always.

Now before we get started here, let’s just address the big ol’ elephants in the room here:

1. This is the most unpleasant looking food ever: Let’s face it. Food that comes from a slow-cooker is not gorgeous. It sometimes looks unappetizing. There’s really no getting around it. So face the music and move on.

2. Vegetarian Pot Roast?? What the??: Yup – vegetarian pot roast it is. I rarely use meat substitutes here, but for heartier slow-cooked meals, sometimes it’s just called for. And these meatless beef tips are seriously ON POINT. My meat-lovin’ spouse craves that stuff!

So there’s those two things. We can now move on to the more important things at hand, such as the fact that I am finding less and less time to actually make dinner these days. Seriously – I am freaking busy!

Psssst! Not to be blunt here, but if you make it to the end of this post, you may get to win an awesome 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker… just sayin’

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You Must Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do – Motivational Monday

You Must Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do. Often all it takes it just TRYING!

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Think of all the goals you have in your life that you kind of put in the back of your mind. Losing weight. Running a marathon. Taking up a new hobby or sport that seems a little far out of your reach. Making a jump toward something that will make you incredibly happy but that is incredibly scary all at the same time. You put these goals and aspirations in the back of your mind because, when it comes down to it, you don’t believe you can do them.

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The Best Workout for Super Sculpted Legs – Fitness Fridays #2

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Welcome to week 2 of Fitness Friday, where I bring you one of my favorite workouts from the internet that you can enjoy in your own home. And it’s not just any old workout. It’s one I’ve tried before, so you know it’s been tested out.

This week, I bring you one of the best leg workouts I’ve ever done in my life. I’ve gone through this routine about 5 times, and no matter how good of shape I’m in, it always leaves me sore for about 3 days. It’s definitely hitting muscles I don’t work on a regular basis. [Read more...]

Nachos with Vegan Cheese and Homemade Chips

These Nachos with Vegan Cheese and Homemade Chips are the perfect way to satisfy your cravings for comfort food without giving in to the “junk.”

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I’ve gotta tell you. I crave nachos all the time. And if it’s not nachos, it’s cheesy fries. And if it’s not cheesy fries, well then it’s probably other appetizers topped with a huge mound of nacho cheese. But I generally say no to such cravings because I know they don’t jive with my desires to be healthy, and then I move on (still thinking about the cheesy deliciousness).

And then I’d day dream about a far-off land that involves all the foods that I crave but full of nutrients and healthy ingredients.

Never did I think there would be a time in my life where I would actually play out my dreams of a healthy version of these ooey gooey nachos just so I could actually indulge in my cravings without feeling guilty. [Read more...]

Whole Wheat Bread Made in a Blendtec

Did you know you could get your Whole Wheat Bread Made in a Blendtec blender?¬†That’s right, it makes more than just smoothies! Watch this video to find out just how easy it is to make Whole Wheat Bread with the help of your Blendtec.

Whole Wheat Bread Made in a Blendtec - that's right; you can make the majority of the bread in your Blendtec blender! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

It’s no secret that I love homemade bread. Fresh. Cozy. Aromatic. and so dang delicious. The problem though? Baking with yeast is intimidating for a lot of people, myself included. And all the kneading, although therapeutic at times, can be tedious and time-consuming. And there’s just that waiting game, wondering if that dough is going to rise. For a lot of people, fresh homemade bread just isn’t something they can fathom achieving in their own kitchen.

I learned something so fascinating though. My Blendtec blender can help me get the bread started! [Read more...]