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7 things you might not know about me

Secretly a hippy at heart.

Secretly a hippy at heart. Photo by Penny Lane Photography.

Last week, I was tagged by the lovely Jill of jillconyers.com to share seven things you might not know about me to help wrap up the #7daystretch challenge with prAna and Sweat Pink.

Since I’m coming off a busy long weekend and have no idea what to post on the blog so far this week, here are 7 things you might not know about me:

  • I am [wildly/strangely/obviously] obsessed with: dark chocolate and peanut butter. But you already knew that, I’m sure.
  • I have a collection of: Beach pebbles and sea glass. I pick something up every time I’m at the beach, and put it in my jacket pocket. Sometimes I forget they’re there and get confused when I stick my hand in my pocket only to pull out a handful of stones. When I remember to take them out, I put them in a meditation bowl or in the glass vase with my bamboo plant.
  • I secretly (not so secretly): Want to be a minimalist hippy living in a tiny house by the sea growing my own food, writing a novel and taking in rescue animals.
  • When I was 7, I wanted to be: Jane Goodall and a children’s book author.
  • If I could do one thing today, it would be: Get on a plane to an exotic country to explore and relax for a bit.
  • I’ve always dreamt of: Hiking Machu Picchu.
  • My favorite way to travel is: By car or train, even thought it takes longer. I love looking out the window and stopping in small towns you wouldn’t normally get to experience.

Your turn! Answer one or more of the seven things listed above in the comments or on your own blog.

1 million minutes challenge: Wrapping it up with Prana!

Hitting the trails upside down during the #1millionminutes challenge!

Hitting the trails upside down during the #1millionminutes challenge!

Happy Monday! This morning I’m filling out a fun mad lib blog prompt for Fit Approach, as it’s the last week of their fun 1 million minutes challenge.

When the 1 million minutes challenge with Fit Approach started, I set out to achieve 3,000 minutes of activity over the two months of the challenge. And according to my Garmin and LEAF activity tracker, I came fairly close to that goal by running, hiking and strength training my way to 2,640 is minutes of activity. Of course, I totally failed to track everyday at Fit Approach, which only racked up my official time to 340 minutes. Despite my lame contribution, us Sweat Pink Ambassadors (SPAs) have racked up 375,839 minutes so far — well done SPAs!

The best part of this challenge for me was seeing how all the SPAs were logging their minutes on Instagram. Sometimes when I would be on the fence about going for a run, I’d open Instagram and see a photo from a fellow SPA that made me want to lace up and get out there. (more…)

Best vegan (and gluten-free) banana hemp heart muffin recipe ever, plus a chance to win your own bag of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts!

Hemp heart banana muffins in the making!

Hemp heart banana muffins in the making!

As someone who doesn’t eat red meat or dairy, and very rarely eats chicken, eggs and fish (I only do if it’s served to me just to make my life easier so I’m not “that picky vegan girl”), I need to get most of my protein and healthy fats from plant sources. Because I can’t eat peanut butter at every meal (even though I kinda want to) and I get sick of tofu and tempeh if I eat it everyday, I like finding ways to sneak the good stuff in to each meal. Not only is it more nutritionally well-rounded to include all macronutrients in each meal, but also it keeps you feeling satiated for longer.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan and haven’t tried hemp hearts yet (though you probably have because we’re all a bunch of hippies at heart), I highly recommend including them in your salads, smoothies and oatmeal as a protein and fat source. Hemp hearts contain 10g of protein and 10g of omega 3 and 6 per 30g serving (about 2 Tbsp). Also, they’re delicious. I add 1 Tbsp to my oatmeal everyday (and have been for the past three years) because it makes it a bit crunchy and extra tasty. I also use them in baking a lot for a boost of protein. I tried this recipe from Manitoba Harvest’s website last night and THEY ARE AMAZING. (more…)

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