WIAW 76: Ski Day Saturday


It’s another Wednesday, my friends- the first of February! Today marks exactly one week until I turn 34. How is that even possible!? Wednesday also means two other things: I’m spending the day rocking the slopes at Ski School and about to share a day of eats with all of you wonderful readers. :)

Today’s post shows meals and snacks (and beer…) from last Saturday, which started out with some skiing at Eldora! Though I was excited to get another day of skiing in, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the crowds. On top of being a weekend day, it had snowed the night before which meant total chaos on the slopes! I decided to make the best of whatever I was faced with and just get a few runs in and have a good time. I’ve been so spoiled by only skiing on weekdays when I basically have the slopes to myself!

I made some Swiss oats in a peanut butter jar to take along in the car on the way up to the resort. It usually takes about an hour to get up there, but with the snow and extra traffic I knew it would take a bit longer and I’d have plenty of time to enjoy my breakfast in the car.

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I added some peanuts on top, which made these oats extra awesome.

It ended up taking an hour and a half to get to Eldora and it was already packed when we pulled up. We had to park way over in the north lot, which meant that we had a bit of a hike to get over to the main lodge where we met up with some friends. Hiking in ski boots while carrying skis = crazy workout! After getting a few runs in (which took about twice as long as it would on a weekday) Jenn and I headed back into the main lodge for some beers and to meet up with our husbands. Eldora has a great selection of local beers!

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WIAW 67: Sunday Brunch [+ a HILARIOUS video]


Happy Hump Day, y’all!


Sorry, I had to. :)

This might sound a little silly (well, no sillier than a talking camel…) but I’m a little confused by the concept of “brunch.” I get that it means breakfast + lunch… but does that mean that you’re supposed to skip a meal? Brunch is usually at 11 or 12, so if I wake up at 7 am… and I supposed to wait until brunch to eat? I’m not a fan of skipping meals (especially breakfast) so I never really know what to do. What do you think?

Last Sunday, my friend Heather and her husband Kirk invited Greg and me to come over for brunch. We happily accepted because I wanted to see them (and Laura, who was staying there) and they always cook amazing food! Brunch was at noon and I naturally woke up around 7:30. Greg and I decided to go to the gym for some hardcore functional training (see my workout here) and I made us some smoothies to drink when we got back home.

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Colorado Breweries Doing The KIND Thing

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I work for a pretty great company. I’m a big fan of the taste of the products that we make (which now include granola bars!) and that makes it really easy to promote the business. Our bars and granola are truly delicious, but what I’m an even bigger fan of is the message behind the brand: Do the KIND thing (for your body, your taste buds & the world). The idea behind the KIND movement is to surprise others with (big or small) unexpected acts of kindness to create a KINDer world. It doesn’t have to require a lot of effort- just simply sharing a smile, helping someone in need or planting a tree can have such a positive impact. It feels really good to work for a company that spends so much time and effort promoting these efforts and I’m proud to be a part of that every day!

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As you know, I am also a big fan of craft beer. I was totally in my element at GABF last month where I was surrounded by hundreds of the nation’s best craft breweries and got to practice KINDness by handing out bars and sharing a smile with event goers. Beer in itself is a really great thing- we all know that. But, did you know that there is a large amount of breweries that Do the KIND thing on a regular basis?

After the devastating floods in Colorado in September, I noticed a lot of local breweries stepping up and helping collect money for flood relief. It’s pretty amazing how everyone just came together in such a great time of need to help the communities that were most affected. There are a lot of breweries in Colorado and pretty much every single one of them immediately hopped on board to start raising money. I spoke with representatives from five of my favorite local breweries to gather some information about how they helped with the flood relief efforts and Do the KIND Thing all year long.

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GABF & Fresh Air


Greetings, friends. I hope your week is off to a great start and that you’re coming off of a fantastic weekend. I’m going to keep it short and sweet and sweet today because I am utterly exhausted from this weekend’s events. Most of it’s due to this:

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KIND bars pair beautifully with beer!

I worked at The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) during the Friday and Saturday sessions (which means I was there for about 17 hours over the two days). While it was definitely fun and there was some great people watching, my feet were definitely throbbing from standing up for so long. I’m pretty sure I handed out about a million KIND bars (and met a lot of interesting people!) over the two days- and I think we gained a lot of new fans!

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WIAW 61: It’s All About Balance


I won’t sugar coat it here- I haven’t been doing my best at eating mindfully or super healthy all of the time ever since we moved to Colorado. When it comes to eating for weight loss, I pretty much suck. I’m still trying to figure out how to balance it all and accept the fact that I’m not one of those folks that can work out a bunch and be able to eat whatever they want. Boy, do I envy those people!!

I do pretty much always choose foods that are organic, whole and local whenever possible. That being said, you can still easily overdo the calories by eating grass-fed burgers on whole grain buns and organic fries! My biggest weaknesses still remain to be sugar and beer. I don’t really drink a lot, but what I do drink is definitely not light. I like good beer- bold beers, heavy beers, hoppy beers… none of that 64 calorie sh*t. Unfortunately those good beers often contain 200 calories or more. But hey, every once in a while it’s okay to indulge, right?

Technically I’m supposed to be sharing ideas for healthy snacks here. Let’s just pretend beer fits into that category…

Saturday began early with my favorite breakfast:

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Applegate Organic chicken maple sausage, saurkraut, mushrooms, avocado, tomato and an egg on toast. It looks like a lot of food, but the calorie content here is still fairly low (around 350) and it’s pretty filling! I also had a cup of coffee with almond milk in the car.

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Saturday Road Trip


Hello! Did you have a good weekend? I hope so!

Greg and I had originally planned to go away for a mini-vacation (to either Durango or Crested Butte) this past weekend, but it wasn’t in the cards. That’s okay though. I have to (often) remind myself that we have plenty of time to explore other parts of Colorado in the future- especially since they’re all just a car ride away!

This past Saturday was a stark contrast to the one the weekend before. It was definitely not… healthy. But that’s okay (it’s all about balance, right?)! Instead of spending Saturday hiking and burning a crazy amount of calories we decided to be totally lazy, sit on our butts for most of the day (either in the car or on a bar stool) and drink some delicious Colorado beer.

We hopped in the car early in the morning and hit the road to drive up north to a place I’ve never been: Wyoming!



The Wyoming border is about 80 miles from my house (a straight shot up 25 North where the speed limit is 75 mph!). Since I’ve never set foot in that state, I’ve been dying to go! I’ve heard that there isn’t much going on in Cheyenne (which is the closest city in WY over the border) but I found a good excuse to go. Sierra Trading Post has an outlet store there and Greg and I both really wanted to check it out. I’ve been an REI addict for a long time, but ever since I (re)discovered how wonderful Sierra Trading Post is (and the people that work for them), I can’t stay away!

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…From the Week


Happy Friday, friends! Whew, it’s been a super busy week and I’m pretty sure that I put at least 1.000 miles on my car between all of the driving I’ve done for work (I’m not complaining- it’s good to be working!). Speaking of working- here’s some good news: I finally got a job teaching Bodypump and Spinning! I had an audition to teach both 3 weeks ago and got a call yesterday that I was hired for both! (And if you read my post the other day, you know how much not teaching has been killing me!!)

Besides being super busy this week, there’s also been a lot of fun stuff that’s happened. Here’s a quick run-through:

On Sunday I met up with my long lost sister-from-another-mister Tiffany for an afternoon of fun in Boulder.


We hadn’t seen each other since Blend- which is just nuts (considering we live in the same state now!). It was great to catch up and luckily our guys get along well and could entertain each other while we laughed incessantly at inside jokes.  We visited a few breweries including this new one that I am definitely a fan of!

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WIAW 52: Colorful Fiesta


Happy Wednesday, friends! How’s the week treating you so far? Feel free to answer out loud. ;)

I decided to take my What I ate Wednesday photos this past Saturday because it was a looooong, eventful day that started early. I woke up around 5:00 am to head down to Denver to work for KIND at The Color Run. I knew that I’d be super busy from about 6:30 – noon and may or may not have a chance to eat anything in that time frame. I really hate eating breakfast that early (5:30 am) because usually that would mean that I would be hungry for lunch by 10:00. I made a batch of Swiss oats in my near empty NuttZo jar.

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To attempt to keep my stomach full for as long as possible, I also added in a spoonful of psyllium husk flakes. I may be late to the psyllium husk party- but oh my wow- this stuff is awesome! I don’t know if it was just the breakfast, but I didn’t even think about eating anything again until 11:30 that morning (6 hours after having breakfast!). Otherwise I probably would’ve eaten my way through a few of the KIND bars that my team was passing out. ;)

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WIAW 50: Beer Pairing Dinner with Upslope & Blackbelly Catering

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It’s only fitting that my 50th consecutive What I ate Wednesday post chronicles the best meal I’ve eaten in recent memory.

Or… ever.

Last month, while Greg and I were in Oregon I happened to be reading through my Twitter feed (something I rarely do) in our hotel room after a long day of traveling, hiking and beer drinking. I noticed a (re)Tweet from my favorite Top Chef contestant ever, Hosea Rosenberg:

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I clicked on the link and read all about this incredible sounding event. Chef Hosea’s catering company, Blackbelly Catering, was teaming up with one of my favorite local breweries for a farm to table dinner. Coincidentally, it also was planned to occur the night before mine and Greg’s second wedding anniversary. I knew we had to go. Luckily it wasn’t hard to convince Greg – he’s also a big Hosea fan (and an even bigger fan of Upslope’s beer).

I’ve been a big Top Chef fan since the first season and (like I said above), Chef Hosea has always been my favorite! Greg and I even planned a trip to Jax Fish House in Boulder (where he was formerly the chef at) during our first visit to Colorado in 2009, just so we could taste his food. Unfortunately, he happened to be at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen that week. Just our luck!

Last week I finally got to try Hosea’s food- and met the man himself!

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I’ll admit it. I had a slight crush on him when he was on Top Chef…

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WIAW: Eating and Drinking in Oregon

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As fun as it is to be on vacation and going out to try different restaurants and local favorites, it feels great to be back home in my own kitchen. I had the best intentions to be mostly conscious of what I ate last week while in Oregon, but that quickly gave way to indulgence (in the form of food and beer!). Oh well, you only live once, right?

So, yeah… the WIAW icon is a little ironic this week, because what I ate last week was anything but sensible.


Here’s a little taste (haha) of some of what I ate and drank while I was in Oregon:

We stayed in Hood River on the first night of our trip, which included a little pre-dinner beer tasting at Full Sail Brewery.

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Oh, man. Their beer is good. REALLY good.

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