Cotter Feeding Zone: Oh my Cod! The Nutrition Perks.

Two more races, yes, that’s it. It’s been a slower season but a HEALTHY season for the Kiwi, so we’ll take it. Hoping that these last two races will go well and then the off season will be full of good training, more SLOW DOWN, holiday fun, and proper rest.


But for now, we gotta keep that FALL FOCUS! Nutrient dense foods and lots of it. Gotta feed this kiwi and keep him nourished, and me too of course (sherpa fuel).

Since we now have a TJ’s, I have the luxury of buying endless bags of coconut strips. Lightly sweetened dried coconut is perfect in Love Grown Foods Super Oats (sugar free) with a little chocolate Nuttzo on top.


But good nutrition doesn’t have to be expensive. Taco Tuesday is cheap, easy, and nourishing. We like to use farmers market eggs, peppers and veggies from my parents garden, Costco GF chicken sausage, and gluten free corn tortillas of course.


It also helps that I won Jennifer’s SunRype fruit source giveaway. These all natural fruit leathers have been a God send for my husband’s training. Phew! Winking smile


And last but not least, dinner time nutrients.

You see, the kiwi will eat his Omega rich Salmon if I put some form of goodness on top (BBQ sauce, salsa, etc), but he actually doesn’t prefer it. Although I do! So very now and then I’ve been switching out our Salmon with Cod.

Here’s a look at why Cod is just as nutrient dense as Salmon (well I’d say it’s a runner up).

  • Cod fish is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are needed in the body for proper brain functioning, as well as cardiovascular health.
  • Cod is packed with energy filled vitamins –>B6 and B12  help you have more energy during your workouts and while performing sports. Vitamin B6 also helps regulate hormonal imbalances. VitaminB12 helps to reduce anemia (think fatigue) and can help increase energy levels (vitamin B12 helps produce new hemoglobin).
  • The oils that come from cod fish are used as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Three ounces of cod provides 10 percent of the DV for phosphorus and magnesium. The body uses phosphorus to produce energy, form strong bones and create DNA. Magnesium assists in immune function and helps keep your blood sugar and blood pressure within normal levels.

Source: yahoo sports

Okay, ready to eat some Cod? Dig in!

honey lime cod

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Serves: 1-2


  • 1 large cod fillet or 2 small 5oz fillets
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • honey lime dressing or homemade with lime juice
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • garlic (minced)
  • black pepper
  • Optional- curry powder or chili pepper seasoning on fish.
  • Homemade dressing is 1/4 cup olive oil, 1-2tbsp lime juice, 1-2tbsp honey, black pepper, and maybe a little honey Dijon mustard.


1. Cut your fennel bulb in half with the stem still attached. Then cut bulb into wedges. Take the stem and pull off leaves (seeds). Arrange the bulb pieces in a baking dish and lightly coat with balsamic vinegar and oil. I would say about 1-2 tbsp of each. Then sprinkle your garlic on top along with the rest of your fennel leaves.

2. Roast at 400F for about 12-14 minutes. Broil the last 2 minutes.

3. All you need to do for the Cod is marinate it in homemade dressing or a honey lime dressing for about 10 minutes.  Then roast with the fennel and check it after 10 minutes or before your broil the fennel. I like to top the fish with a little curry or chili pepper seasoning as well, but that’s my preference. [/print_this]

What’s in your feeding zone this week? Or for this Wednesday?

What do you think? Is Cod just as good as Salmon? I know you have preference!




Slowdown encouragement for the week–> another amazing challenge that can go right along with the Slow down challenge. Get Happy!


What I Love About (____) Wednesday & GIVEAWAY

Okay, so this is a twist on the original What I ate Wednesday (WIAW) but trust me, it’s a good twist.


Today I wanted to talk about the companies that I love and what I love about them. I want to talk about the companies that I support because they support us! The companies that have made being gluten free easy and eating HEALTHY even easier. The companies that FUEL us for our jobs/dreams and keep us thriving. The companies that share TREMENDOUS passion for what they do, what they make, and the customers they make it for.

These are the companies that I aspire to be like with Healthy Bites. Some day. Some how. Winking smile

coconut creme

Nuttzo- this woman (Danielle) has a great heart! Her company is more than just a jar of nut butter. They reach out those in need of nourishment and are fueled with such compassion. Check out her story and Project Left Behind for more info. And if you want to order NUTTZO yourself, use COTTER-15 at checkout for 15% off.

creamy nuttzo

Attune Foods: I’ve had hands on experience working with Attune foods at the Gluten Free Expo in Dallas as well as representing them at Blend. They focus on REAL ingredients and teaching their customers about good health/nutrition. Their website is chalk full of recipes, tips, news, and more. Plus they are always putting the customers needs first. They listen!



Larabar: Gosh I love these bars. So wholesome, simple, Gluten free, and good! I am beyond blessed to be an ambassador for them, which means I get to share them others.They are a very giving company and have sponsored many races that I have worked on as well.


Chobani: Oh chobani, need I say more? I love them! I love the people behind the scenes. I love how much passion they have for their company, for their consumers, for GOOD health, for FUN, for Life in general. If you have ever met anyone who works for Chobani, you will know. They care about what they are selling you. They care about YOU.


That being said, Chobani  just revealed their brand new 6 oz flavor cups and a few weeks ago and a lucky bunch of us got to try them out, not knowing the flavors of course. The Kiwi Cotter and I dug into them with great excitement and flavor surprise!



Now that the flavors have been spilled via Facebook, I’ll show you our favorites.




I’ll also tell you that Chobani is letting me giveaway away a box of their new flavors for YOU to try! Just enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

On top of the Chobani giveaway, I’m also giving away another mini package of Larabars and a few Attunefoods FREE Cereal coupons. All you need to do for that giveaway is leave as many comments as you want telling me what you love about these companies. That’s it!

2 giveaways! Can you feel the love? I sure hope so!

Open to US residents only. Winner will be picked on Monday July 29th.

Chobani sent us their new flavors to taste, without compensation. All opinions expressed are my own original thoughts.



p.s. Other companies that I didn’t get to squeeze in but will DEFINITELY post about in future- Udis Glutenfree, Corepower, and Love Grown Foods.

Tis YOUR Season

Welcome to a little Food for thought Wednesday. I could sit here and tell you about all the new food finds and summer meals we’ve been eating lately.

paleo wraps


I could tell you about my new favorite NEW ZEALAND Sauvignon Blanc.


I could tell you about my recent Purely Twins Recipe I made and am obsessed with. Plantain bread with butter on top is awesome by the way!

plaintain bread

I could tell about my strange but good Cotter Creations.  There’s a salad underneath there somewhere.

salad (2)

But I think there is something else to be said here on this Food for Thought Wednesday. Something BIGGER. Something BETTER.

Seasons. But more importantly, YOUR SEASON and MY SEASON.

No, I’m not necessarily talking about summer, although that is the current weather season we are in. I’m talking about your season of LIVING.

I believe we all go through similar seasonal patterns. There is a season of DOING, a season of WAITING, and a season of UNDOING.

The Doing Season is one where we are actively making changes, putting our DREAM BIG plans into action, working hard, and maybe even creating new relationships on the way. I know several men/women who are in that stage now. Embracing it!

See the kiwi in chobani shirt? Top 10 men at Rev3! He’s DOING good!


picture courtesy of slowtwitch

Then there is the WAITING season. The season where we make plans but have to wait to put them into action. The season where we need to practice our patience with others (in relationships), with ourselves, with our lives. It’s a season of thanksgiving. Are you there? Waiting for plans but knowing that your patience will PAY OFF. Being thankful for opportunities TO COME. Trusting God’s plan, keeping HOPE, FAITH, etc. I think this is an important character building season, one that cannot be rushed. Obviously.

way of life

And last but not least there is the UNDOING season. This is where I see many of us are today or NEED to be get there sooner versus later. We’ve worked hard, we’ve gone through many changes after patiently waiting for these changes, we’re physically, mentally, and emotionally DONE. NOT burnt out, just done. Therefore we need to UNDO that build up and REST!


We undo by working less, resting more, and spending time in solitude as well as with friends/family. We laugh, we play, we forget about the TO DO LIST. WE NEED THIS SEASON in order to get through the rest. We need to UNDO our mental tangles and focus on the day to day moments.


I’ve just come off a DOING season and I know I have another one coming in a few weeks or maybe even as soon as next month. Therefore I embracing a season of UNDOING NOW! I’m putting Healthy Bites on hold for a month or so.

cinnamon biscotti

I’m trying to sneak away for a little relaxation time (hopefully that will pan out). And I’m undoing the fast pace life we’ve been charging at the past few months. Still blogging, yes. I don’t blog but 3x a week, so it’s not a big deal. Still teaching classes, yes, but not subbing or do any EXTRA. Like I said, it’s needed in order to keep up with the other seasons. I’m not burnout, but I don’t want to get there. I don’t want to neglect what’s needed. Balance, right?

So here’s to FOOD for Thought Wednesday!  A little WIAW with Mental Nourishment. Winking smile


That’s my SEASON.

Do you know yours? Are you embracing it?



WIAW: Endurance Foodie Recipe and Food Finds

How it is already mid May just baffles me. But it is and just in time for another round of Endurance Foodies. If you missed March and April’s recipes. Just go HERE and HERE.

This Month Jason is focusing on Spring/Summer time grilling recipes. Good thing because it’s already 85F here and turning on my oven is not fun. Grilling is a must! Those of you who still have snow, I’m sorry. Feel free to visit. Winking smile


Grilling is also a must for a man (aka the husband) who is AMPING up his training. His next race is Captex on May 27th. This week’s training has been INSTENSE, and so is his appetite.  We’ve gone through dozens of eggs, bacon, oatmeal, smoothies, pro bars, larabars, nuttzo sandwiches, turkey wraps, etc. Grilling anything and everything allow me to make more meats and veggies in advance, which I can later throw into an omelet, rice, wrap, salad, etc. What can I say, I’m scrappy like that!

Here’s my #endurance Foodie Recipe for the week. It’s A FAVORITE!



Grilled Balsamic Fennel and Trout.

Serves: 1-2


  • 1 fennel bulb
  • honey lime dressing or marinade
  • balsamic vinegar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • olive oil
  • garlic (minced)
  • black pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • Trout Fillets
  • mini bell peppers


  1. Cut your fennel bulb in half with the stem still attached. Then cut bulb into wedges. Take the stem and pull off leaves (seeds). Arrange the bulb pieces in a baking dish and lightly drizzle each of your vinegars and dressings over the wedges. I would say about 1-2 tbsp of each. Then sprinkle your seasoning on top (about 1 tsp of each) along with the rest of your fennel leaves.
  2. Season your trout with a little olive oil, lemon juice, and black pepper, and onion (optional).
  3. Place everything in foil (bell pepper included) and seal up half way. Place on grill for about 15 minutes. The trout may grill faster, so check after 10 minutes.


Now for the food and beverage finds. I guess this could count as Food Finds meets WIAW, because we have consumed all these goodies today already. MEGA COTTER CRUNCH. Winking smile


Honest Fizz- new line of stevia sweetened soda from Honest Tea. LOVE LOVE the Lemon Lime. Tastes like Sprite! I love this company and I love Seth’s story!

honest fizz

Raw Kombucha Soda- need I say more? Best of both words here. Especially on a hot summer day. Another local favorite.


New ALT Larabars. These are similar texture to the original larbars but have 10 grams pea protein in each bar. Same great flavor! I like the Lemon Pound Cake. They are currently at a few Whole Foods and hope to get into more throughout the nation soon.


And lastly, Pistachio Cranberry Chewy bites. These are like little prepackaged fruit and nut bars with only three ingredients; pistachio, agave nectar, and cranberries. 100% all natural, gluten and dairy free, low in sodium, GMO free, and vegan. Great to throw in your purse for on the go snacks. Best place to buy them is on Amazon.


Setton_Chewey_Bites_on plate

Okay, I’m done talking about food. Let’s eat some!

For more #endurance Food recipes, check out the following line up!

May 13th

May 14th

May 15th

May 16th

May 17th

Favorite thing to Grill? Share it!




Winner of the Barlean’s Giveaway is Tiff (YAY TIFF). And Winner of Creamy Nuttzo is Melissa Miller! I’m emailing you both today!


Good Luck to Jason this weekend at Ironman Texas!!! We’re cheering for you!

RECI-PEA Recipe and WIAW

I haven’t done a WIAW post in a while. I’m thinking today might be the day. Well mostly because I have ton of random food pics on my phone, no time to really blog, and recipe to share. Oh, that make for a good Wordless WIAW, minus the recipe of course, that has to have words. Okay and I might explain the pictures. Well heck, a SEMI WORDLESS WIAW.


We’ve been eating what I like to call Peasant meals. Cheap but GOOD food that you can stretch into multiple mini meals or one big meal. I’m thankful my husband likes them and thinks I am talented. Ha, little does he know. Winking smile

Baked GF tortillas with scrambled egg, cabbage slaw, and BBQ sauce

cabbage tostadas

Bottom of the bag GF attunefoods cereal (aka crummies) with tangerines, coconut, and yogurt. Oh and Gluten Free sugar cookies. Okay these aren’t peasant-like, but they were made from a ton of leftover ingredients. I also used part of this mix!


Leftovers on a salad.. and dried CRANBERRIES! Cranberry Turkey Tostada on the left, BBQ Chicken Cranberry on the right.


This was free with a coupon I had, and it was good! Double BONUS!


And last but not least. Garlic GREEN chicken and PEAS!

Green chicken


Recipe Type: Main (Gluten Free)
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 2-4 chicken breasts
  • Chicken Broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsely
  • 1 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp chili pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • turmeric (optional)
  • natural butter
  • green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Chicken breasts or wings (skin on)
  1. Bring 2-3 cups chicken broth and 1/2-1 cup water to a boil, just enough to cover the amount of chicken you are adding in. Add in 1-2 tbsp oil, chicken (skin on), garlic, parsely, turmeric, and pepper. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until chicken is almost done, but not totally done.
  2. Drain juices (keep herbs and a little juice for coating later). Return to the stove and add in peas with 1 tsbp natural butter. Add in your chili pepper and the broth/juice you kept. Cook on low to medium low until peas are cooked and chicken is done.
  3. Feel free to add in a corn/pea/carrot mixture instead.
  4. Serve chicken (skin on or off) on top of peas and add fresh avocado and salsa to top!
  5. Best served with a side of sticky brown rice or white rice. I even added in some chopped nuts and raisins.



Well that ended being more words than I thought! ha.

Cheap but good ingredients, it works, right?

We’re talking more about saving $ on a GF diet over at Udis Glutenfree Community. Come share!

 Disclosure: I am a community leader in the Udi’s Gluten Free Living Community on The BlogFrog. As a community leader I may receive compensation and or product samples for sharing information about the Udi’s Gluten Free Living Community and The Blog Frog. All opinions expressed are my own.




Race Day Fuel: Sherpa & Athlete

Well, it’s back t reality today. Kinda. My body is a bit off due to lack of sleep/jet lag and my brain still wanting to work at 30% capacity, but we’re getting there! Winking smile And yes, it was so worth the 4 1/2 days in Hawaii to see my husband race. No doubt about that!


So be patient with me here. I wanted to share a recap of the race but I think I’ll let my husband go more into that when he returns. Instead, I’m going to talk about the fuel.  Sure,  I fuel my husband with pre and post workout/training/race day eats, the support crew needs to get in fuel as well!

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I most definitely have “race” day food, and actually I often joke to my husband that we Sherpa’s gotta pack like we’re racing, fueling when we can and hydrating when there’ a place to rest. Depending on the race distance, it could be anywhere from 4 to 15 hours out there.

Let me walk you through a shorter race (Olympic to half ironman).

4am: Wake up, make coffee (extra strong) and food for husband


4:30am: While husband preps his bike, bottles, etc. I pack the back pack and bottles for me. I usually throw in food that is going to sit well in my stomach. Sorry, not a lot of veggies or anything messy. Usually a Gluten free sandwich of some sort, a protein shake or premade smoothie, bananas, bars , etc. Simple food.



5 –5:30am: we roll out.

6am: Arrive in transition and Husband takes any remaining calories (gels, pre race drink, etc. ) Sherpa hydrates. I like to bring a drink for the morning like coconut water or kombucha (if the local grocer there have it). But I also try not to drink too much because there are not a lot porta potties available pre-race. Probably a good thing too. Haha!


7am: Race begins. I’m usually off trying to keep track of swim course, photography, tracking swim time, etc..

swim exit

Once they are off on the bike I have a good 1-3 hrs. Like I said, depends on the race distance. This is where a Sherpa should fuel! I usually grab another cup of coffee, eat my banana, bar, or smoothie/protein shake, etc.. I try to get updates from the bike course as well.


As soon as I hear that the pros are on their way back in, I run to T2 and set up shop. Bust out the camera, check my watch, monitor the splits, text updates to family, etc..

Now for the run. If it’s spectator friendly, I’ll run around from point to point trying to snap pictures and track splits. Lots of running myself! Then it’s off to the finish line for the last 10 minutes.

At the finish line you wait… and sometimes wait more. Anticipating. I get nervous, anxious, etc. That’s when my kombucha comes in handy, no joke! Gingerade to the rescue! If no kombucha, I bring a sprite or gingerale.

hawaii Booch

Note: if it’s an ironman race, you’ll have plenty of time to actually find a decent lunch. But always pack a sandwich or wrap, just in case!

Post Race: Once the husband has finished, I usually go hang out with him in the athlete tent. Give him a big hug, kiss, and get him refueled. I always bring extra food in case his stomach is not liking the post race food (which is rare). Once he is done cheering everyone else on in, we sit down and talk about the race or talk to others. This is when I ask him to go steal me some fruit, chips, more drinks/water from the athlete tent (haha) and I eat my oh so tasty sandwich. Yep, no take advantage of that post race athlete food. There’s always plenty! Oh and if it’s a fun post race (like Lavaman) they’ll have beer and a BBQ. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the people and scenery!

tim and jamesjim and zustriathlon

So you see, Sherpa fuel is important too! Dense calories are sometimes needed, especially if it’s a longer race! You gotta be ready to run at any moment and you need food that doesn’t cause any GI distress, especially if you are a nervous wife like me at times.

Now please realize this is just my fun spin on the typical WIAW. You really don’t have to follow my lead with Sherpa eats, but hey, you never know, it might come in handy one day!

Happy back to reality Wednesday!



What I’m (fairly) Certain of Wednesday

Can I do that? Can I do a spin off WIAW? I think so. I know Jen won’t mind. She’s cool like that. Plus I need to release (share) some thoughts and it just so happens that I have a few recent food pics to go along with it.


I am fairly certain, yes I say fairly because there is a 1% chance I might be wrong on a few of these things, but 99% of the time I a right and it feels good. Winking smile

I am fairly certain that I am behind on a lot of life things (work, laundry, emails, etc). But then again, who is ever ahead? Well besides the  the overachievers. We all know I am not one of those. Ha! I am what you call a “just right” achiever. ONE DAY and ONE WAVE AT A TIME! Amen.


I’m fairly certain that frozen lifeway Kefir is even better when it’s cold out and you drizzle warmed molasses over it with a bit of fruit and GF Love Grown Foods Granola.

kefir 2kefir

I’m fairly certain that 35F is not cold to many people. But when there is a windshield of 23F and it’s drizzling, it’s flipping cold. And I am fairly certain I am a badass for running it. Plus I ran here (picture on right), which makes me even COOLER (pun intended)


I’m fairly certain that we could live off homemade breakfast tacos and my new go to snacks (Grain free Cheesecake Protein Poppers). I made these last week and posted it here.


I’m fairly certain, no wait, I am 100% certain that I am blessed. I know such wonderful people who send me goodie packages. Thank you Kalli for the necklace and thank you Amanda for sending me some David’s Tea. I finally get to try it. YAHOO!


I’m fairly certain that I need these leftovers and a glass of red tonight… okay that I am 100% certain. Happy Wine Wednesday. Winking smile

wine-persimmon and sage sausage bread pudding

What are you fairly certain of today?




Just wanted to share that the Livewell360 Bags (the core and the luxx bags) are 10% off this week. I’m going to do a complete VLOG review tomorrow but couldn’t wait to share the discount. Just click here and type in the code AMB10 at checkout.



A life update should be coming soon as well. You know, health, racing, injuries, etc. Oh goodness, yes.

Healing Hands and WIAW Recipe

The past few days I’ve opened up my computer maybe 2-3x. Usually to respond to a few ASAP things and emails. I’ve hit read all in my READER and only read a few things here or there. You see, when tragedy strikes, I think there is a need for a little more disconnect. And since the Sandy Hook tragedy happened so close to Christmas, my heart is just eager to be still pray, pray for those affected and for our nation.

I got in my car this morning and flicked on the radio. I just so happened to hear the last bit of the news and they mentioned Sandy Hook. They mentioned that the school system was trying to move forward and ready to start healing, slowly. The kids were going back to school, in a different building of course, and the town was trying to focus on just loving and supporting one another. I sat there amazed. I sat there in awe of their strength. I sat there prayed for those little hearts, still scared, still sad. I sat there and realized that that is part of the healing process. Still painful, still mourning, but moving forward. That God’s hands are scooping them up right now and holding them tight. And as I prayed, I felt that comfort as well.  Let the Healing begin.

Isaiah 41:10


I don’t have much to say after my little note above, but in light that it is Wednesday and WIAW, let’s move forward. Today I will share a few food pics and a great easy recipe. Maybe you can make these for someone who might need healing, whether it be physically or emotionally. Food can comfort when it’s made with LOVE! Enjoy!


Food Made with Love for my Family. Herb Salmon Steamed with Squash, butter, and cholula sauce. And Hot oats with Chia (Mila), poached egg, cream, and honey on top.


Food that heals the body. 2 juices to keep our immunity up this week. Carrot Cucumber Kiwi Orange on the left and Carrot Grapefruit Tangerine on the right.

more juicejuice

Food made with kindness for others and by others

Custom Healthy Bites for my friend Jill Hanner on the left (Vegan Chocolate PB Caramel Latte) and my neighbors homemade coconut cream pie on the right. My neighbor Abby knows how to spoil us rotten. Love her kind heart.

jills bitespie

And lastly, food I made just to share. I had extra GF pancake batter so I made a pumpkin spice pancake flat bread on the left. You can see my recipe on instagram here. I’ll post it here again soon. Then there is the picture on the right. GF Carrot Apple Pie PB muffins. I made these with the leftover pulp I had from juicing.

pancake breadcarrot apple pie muffins

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  • 2 cups carrot and apple pulp (or finely chopped carrot and apple)
  • 2.5 cups GF flour (if you want grain free, try half almond meal, half coconut flour)
  • 1 egg (or flax egg)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Peanut flour or chunky PB
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 5-8 liquid stevia drops for sweetened version. Can also use honey or maple syrup (1/4 cup)
  • *for extra bulk add in 4 chopped dates or prunes
  1. Place pulp in bowl and mix with hands. then add in your flour, egg, and milk. Mix again. Add in your remaining spices and form into a thick batter (will be chunky). Scoop out batter into oiled muffins tins or a muffin pan. Fill about ¾ full. Bake at 350F for 32-36 minutes.
  2. Note: Since you use a LOT of carrot and apple pulp, they may take longer to cook. Be sure to check the center of your muffin with a tooth pick or knife.

Let the healing begin. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



p.s I forgot to mention the winner of my FREE FRIDAY giveaway. Random Generator selected Melissa from Lift Teach Love Run. This was her response when asked what best thing in life was free. LOVE it Ms. LOVE!


Blank Wednesday

Lately I’ve been filling in the blank. Like a blank thought. A thought that has evolved into a feeling. You know, those thoughts that linger for a while until you have an “ah ha” moment answer? Yes, those thoughts.

So here I am. Taking another twist on What I ate Wednesday (WIAW) and making it more than food, although equally important.


What I (Fill in the Blank) Wednesday.

What I Hope.

Hope? It’s pretty simple. I hope to make the most of each day. I hope to make my husband feel loved. I hope to appreciate this life God blessed me with. I hope to focus on the now, instead of the future. I hope to make at least one person smile or laugh each day. And yes, I can make myself laugh! Winking smile


What I crave.

I crave simplicity. I crave real food. I crave a good workout or a run. I crave a nice glass of wine. I crave change, spur of the moment travel, and I crave (at times) solitude.


What I see.

I see a society of extremes. Hyper focused on what we “should do” instead of we are called to do (love, live, be thankful, repeat). I see a Holiday season focused on a to do list rather than a give list. Giving more time to family, to sharing, to feeding, to well….. just being GIVING.


What I need.

I don’t need much. I need fresh air. I need a hug and kiss from my husband. A few moments before the day begins to pray and read my devotional. A warm bed to sleep in and meal to keep me nourished. Wait, that’s more than what most people have already. So yes, my needs are met. Amen!


What I think.

I think laughter cures a bad day. I think the “tips” in most magazines are either repetitive or make you think too much. I think calories don’t count if you are in good company (focusing more on the people than the food). I think my dog was human in another life. I think peanut butter goes on everything (yes, I’ve put it on tortilla chips before with a dash of cinnamon). I think my niece has the best cereal eating technique (see below).  I think we over-think  in life, and in general. Especially during the Holidays! Maybe we just need to think less and enJOY more. Yes?!


Okay, your turn. What do you…… fill in the ___________?




Want a good way to fill in the blank this Holiday season? Check out Lindsay and Elle’s Elf4Health!

Things to Come & New Finds

Well friends, this is going to be short and sweet. Yup. Good ‘ol Mal (Malware that is). He must like Cotter Crunches cause apparently he has been stealing bites all week. Okay, sarcasm aside… my site has malware and my friends at sitelock are fixing it. Not sure I’ll be able to get into wordpress for a few days while they fix it.

But you know what? I’m kinda okay with it. I needed a break really. I need to tend to other things and play catch up on life happenings, Healthy Bites, appointments, WIFE roles.

But I won’t leave you empty handed. In fact, I’ll leave you with a few new finds and an inside scoop of some things to come.

New Finds:


  • Laxmi’s Lemon Ginger Flaxseed spread- UM YUM! We’ve used it in place of peanut butter.
  • Oikos Frozen Greek Yogurt- Peach Mango tastes like Peaches and Cream ice cream
  • Coconut milk/tea mix. I like it! Creamy ice tea!
  • New Kombucha love. Kosmic Kombucha. Locally made. TRY IT!
  • Udi’s Gluten Free Muffin tops. I’ve been dying to try these since I can’t have the vitamuffins. The blueberry oat is superb!
  • And Love Grown Granola. I know, it’s not new, but they do have a new product coming out!! The big reveal is November 20th on instagram! You must stayed tuned. You’re gonna love it. I’ll give you a few hints.

- It provides long-lasting, sustainable energy

- It is vegan

- It only contains only FIVE or SIX ingredients…all of which you can read and pronounce!

- Each serving has only 3-4.5 grams of fat

Oh then there’s these.


Yup, that would be 4 free Oikos Frozen Yogurt coupons and $25 Whole Foods Market Gift certificate. Yup, gonna give some of that goodness away once this blog is up and running again.

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Just look at what you can do with this Oikos frozen yogurt! Goes perfect with my love grown granola for breakfast! Genius I tell ya!


You know what I’m hoping? I’m hoping that whoever wins the $25 gift card uses it to pay it forward. Like buy and share a meal with someone at the hot bar, send groceries to those affected by Sandy, you know… pay it forward. Just a thought. Ponder that while you sit and wait for the giveaway, ok?. Winking smile


Does this count as WIAW? I’ll say yes, cause I’m feeling a bit crazy right now. Uh… brain hurts.

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Cheers for now,