I’m a Breakfast Girl: Always Have Been, Always Will Be {Recipe}

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I’ve always been a breakfast girl.

In high school I played 3 seasons of sports – soccer, basketball and lacrosse – for all four years. Basically, I ate as if I was a linebacker. I would literally house a bagel and muffin every morning.

You could say I liked my carbs. 

Once I went to college, even when trying to avoid the freshman 15, I never skipped breakfast. I swapped bagels for fruit and muffins for eggs. Slowly and surely I began to understand how to properly fuel my body in the morning so I could maintain lasting energy throughout my busy college and post-grad days.

It wasn’t until I entered the fitness industry that I began experimenting with breakfast items. My needs had changed. Gone were the days of laid back a.m. meals. Rising bright and early I needed more of a quick protein source.

Enter greek yogurt.

I found that greek yogurt kept me full without weighing me down plus the flavor combinations were endless. The portable cups were easy to bring to work and (while not the healthiest, I realize) I could scarf it down in 5 minutes flat between clients.

Fast forward a few years, a new job and a 3 year old blog (well, almost!) and I feel like I’m the breakfast master. I know what works for my body and most importantly what doesn’t.

i.e. I will never attempt eating a Fiber One bar on an empty stomach. I’ll let you guess on that one. 

So without further adieu, here is my newest concoction …

Sweet Yogurt Parfait with a Strawberry Chocolate Crumble 


Ingredients: 

1 6-ounce container Oikos greek yogurt 0%, vanilla or plain
1/2 C Strawberries, sliced
1 belVita Oats & Chocolate

 

Directions:
1. Begin with 1/2 the container of Oikos yogurt and pour into a bowl. Arrange one layer of strawberries.

2. Open belVita package and crumble 1/2 the soft baked ‘cookie’ over the strawberries.

3. Using a spatula, spoon out the reminder of yogurt and spread over cookie crumble. Layer with remaining strawberries and crumble with left over cookie.

4. If you’re feeling sassy, place a dollop of peanut butter or almond butter on top for an extra protein kick (and also a salty edge to the meal).


What’s been on your breakfast table lately? 
-TTT

A Special Delivery From Blue Diamonds

Welp. It’s been over a week since I’ve seen you.

So much has happened here in Boston. I had a bridal shower, the Boston Marathon, a trip to the Reebok Headquarters to be a part of their focus group and oh yea, prepping myself for the upcoming Advocare 24 Day Challenge!!

While I tend to eat healthy 80% of my life, I do indulge in some splurges once and a while.

I basically drank wine every single night this week and I’m proud of it. 

So when it comes to healthy eating on a day-to-day basis, I veer towards foods that will satisfy my sweet tooth but still give me the added benefits I need to stay on track.

Enter Blue Diamond Almonds.

At HLS 2 years ago I met the lovely Allie, BD rep and lover of all things blogs. She and I instantly hit it off and became close blog friends, i.e blends. When I saw her again this past year in MN, we picked up right where we left off – chatting about everything happening in our lives.

So when I received an email from Allie regarding almonds (and being a taste tester!) there was no way I was going to say no.

Being a lover of the sweeter things in life, I concocted this breakfast recipe that screams spring in my eyes. Not only is it FULL of protein, but it incorporates the crunchy, smooth and soft textures from all the add-ins.

Springtime Strawberry Breakfast Parfait


Ingredients:
1 C 0% Greek yogurt (plain)
1/4 C chopped strawberries
1 package (1/4C) strawberry Blue Diamond almonds

Directions: 
Mix together and enjoy! Pretty simple. 

How are you getting healthy this spring? What are your favorite recipes?
-TTT


Disclaimer: Blue Diamond has provided me with this product to review. As always, all opinions and commentary are my own. 

TTT & Uber Team Up For Free Rides in Boston!


So as y’all know, we are a meer days away from the 118th Boston Marathon. Living in this city and being a runner, this time of year certainly brings to the forefront the fears and anticipation from last Patriots Day. 
It was a scary, terrifying time for this Hub I call home. But most importantly, through living here I’ve noticed a huge amount of growth and strength come from this city. I’ve seen an element of community that was not so present in years past. We’ve come together and proved that just like running, we should keep our focus forward and not look towards the fear of the past. 
In honor of this momentous year of growth, I’ve teamed up with Uber to help provide safe transportation on Marathon Monday and beyond. This year is doing something a bit different. They are showcasing the heroes of Boston. 
Uber Boston is giving you the opportunity to request a ride from one of the many Boston firefighters, nurses, police officers, EMTs, teachers, etc. who partner with Uber as drivers in their spare time. You can toggle between the different car types and, for Saturday only, select “BostonX” to ride with one of these heroes. 
Pretty cool, huh?! Talk about riding around in style. 
And if you’re new to Uber, they want you to ride for free (up to $25 using my promo code, redeemable anytime). 

Use my discount code, “TRENDYTRAINER14” for your free ride or simply click HERE and it will take you directly to the Uber sign up page with the discount code already embedded.


Let me know if you have any questions or run into any issues! 

Happy riding 🙂 

-TTT