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This has been my ride to work for the last week. My husband’s car is in the shop so he has been using mine. So my recreational vehicle has become my main vehicle. I will be the first to admit it, I am a fair weather rider. Well this past week I have ridden in a light sprinkle and 45 degree weather. It was not that bad, but the second I get my car back I am going to rejoice. It’s hard packing all I need for the day in those little side bags. Okay pity part is over.

Oats in a jar or OIAJ, for breakfast.

Added all my favorites, chia seeds, soy milk, nut butter and cinnamon.

Came home to this amazing delight. Popchips sent me a case of there Chili Lime Popchips. I love them, they are such a great company. They were a Blend Retreat sponsor and rewarded any of  the attendees with a 30 day supply for blogging about our experience with popchips. Well that was easy for me, I loved them, I cannot get enough of them.

The chili lime flavor is both spicy hot and sweet, so much flavor, I think  popchips are going to be a staple snack in my house from now on.

Such a satisfying healthy snack. Did I mention that they are all natural flavors and ingredients.

Then I got to dinner. Really excited to try a new recipe for kale.

My little kid, Killian loves him some kale. He loves any green leafy vegetable, well he love all veggies.

Side dish of couscous.

So this recipe for sautéed Kale is easy, it softens it and takes the bitter bite right out.

Cook the onions and garlic with some olive oil, about 5 minutes. Then add the kale and a 1/2 cup of vegetable broth and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes stirring as needed.

Grilled some chicken breasts.

Put it all together and sprinkled with feta cheese, and dig in.

Love eating on the deck, makes the work week fade away.

Here a Greatest Hits Look Back on a series of Kale posts I have done. Sell you on Kale. Accidents Happen.  With a side of Kale.  Pancakes or Eggs. Anticipation. Keeping up with Kale. Also check out a post that my friend Tamara did over at Wild Blue Wonder for Tofu Kale Triangles.

Wishing you a happy weekend!

Question of the Day: How have you used Kale? Or does seeing recipes for Kale make you want to try it?

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SWAG, How Many Of Us Love It!

This is my final post on the Blend Retreat. I’m sure from time to time I will add comments or bring up things that happened at the retreat. I hope you enjoy this post on some good eats and treats.

Today’s post is dedicated to the Swag we received. So to start we all received these great t-shirts and name badges.

This is what made it home with me. I was nervous packing all these liquids in my bag, I was so worried that my drinks would explode in my bag, but it was worth the risk, and I am happy to report that nothing broke open. I had to laugh at how scared I was to open my bag and see if there was a mess. So with caution I unzipped my bag and on top of my cloths there sat a note from a TSA officer stating that they had checked my bag. At first I could not tell my bag had been opened and checked, it looked just how I left it, then I noticed that the decorative plastic bags that the Xagave was in was torn open. I guess when my bag was x-rayed it must have looked to delicious not to investigate it. I was so glad that they were so respectful and only looked at what looked suspicious.

During the closing ceremonies I won the Nature Box, and I am just so excited that I did, I have always wanted to try out one of these monthly foodie boxes. I will post about it when I receive my prize.

I put all the goodies back in the bag so I could get a picture to share, I guess I forgot to do that at the retreat, because I could not find a picture of one on my camera, bad blogger…or hungry snacker…

Had to take pictures of my boys trying to help themselves. They felt the need to protect this bag, food makes them crazy. They were so cute peeking into the bag.

This bag was taller than Stuart but that didn’t stop him from getting a look.

Killian really stood guard over the bag. He’s always on the ready for things that fall.

Oh popchips how I love thee. I tried most of the flavors at the retreat and I love them all, but I think the spicy jalapeno is my ultimate favorite flavor.

Then came the Fitmixer swag. We each received a blender bottle and a full size amino powder. Fitmixer was at the retreat with us and they participated in all the activities. Having them at the retreat worked out really well for me because I start the Fitmixer Boot Camp on May 14th. So I asked lots of questions and got a great preview of the products. I will be doing posts on my progress during the Fitmixer Boot Camp. I’m working on building muscle and strength.

Xagave gave us each a full size container and recipe cards, plus they provided an amazing breakfast on Saturday morning. I look forward to baking with this real soon.

Bob’s Red Mill also sent a full size product for us in our swag bag. I have had pearl couscous before, but never whole wheat so I am excited to try this.

Beanitos were also in our bag and I had never tried them and they did not disappoint, they were a great snack.

Love the flax seeds in the chip, they give it a nutty flavor.

Cheribundi is a cherry juice, it is tangy and tart, and I loved it. I am hooked on the Ginger Cherry flavor, and have already experimented with it in a cocktail. Check out this post for a refreshing Adult Cocktail. There are 50 cherries in each container and they are packed with an abundance of antioxidants and nutrients.

Chobani sponsored our breakfast on Sunday morning, we also had lots of bags of Love Grown granola to add to our yogurt. Love Grown also gifted us a full size bag of granola.

 

Our swag bag had this little gem in it. I love Larabar and here they gave us a 4 pack of their new Uber bars.

 

Bobo’s Oat Bar Amazing. The texture and flavor were out of this world. I really dug into this one. It was like eating a wonderful piece of cake.

The Simply Bar was our Flat Iron Hike sponsor and we also received a few bars in our swag bag. They were a great treat and really tasted good. I love nutrition bars and this one is a new favorite.

Cascadian Farm sent us away with a full size box of cereal and some trail mix bars. Really excited to break into that box of cereal.

Core Power was always available at the retreat, which was great because I think I had one after each of the three workouts. I was excited to try this premixed protein drink, and I am so glad I did. Tons of flavor, lots of protein and I loved the smooth texture.

Twin Cakes Bakery also sent us away with some really taste treats. Loved the flavor of the Chia Brownie Bites they were a rich chewy brownie that will satisfy your chocolate cravings. Perfect balance of sweetness. Perfect for an afternoon treat.

Pure Bliss Eats gave us this cute little packages of their Goji Berry Granola. I am saving this one for a special occasion, it looks so delicious I do not know how long I can hold out.

Lush Gourmet Nuts which happen to be made in Kalamazoo Michigan. They are  handcrafted sweetly coated peanuts. Love the sweet flavor and love that they are a Michigan company. Here at 40 Fit in the Mitt I totally love to support companies in my State. Go Michigan.

Nuts about Granola made a special batch of granola for the Blend Retreat. Here’s what they made for us. Ingredients: Whole oats, honey, almonds, organic chia seeds, dried cherries (Bing cherries, sunflower oil), coconut oil, organic wheat bran, pure cherry extract, cinnamon, natural sea salt. Let me say this, “Amazing” look at the size of those Cherries.

 

NuNaturals gave us bottles of their liquid flavored NuStevia and their NuStevia packets. I am really looking forward to trying this out in some baking I have planned soon.

Colorado Fudge Maker, I did not get to try this, my husband got to it before me, but he said this about it, “I want more”! It was packaged so cute for us, I loved all the detail some companies went to. Classy, very classy.

Hanna’s Herb Shop, scored with this one, I get to try out five different types of supplements, again classy touch with the drawstring bag.

 

Pangea Organics gave us a facial scrub and a mask, I plan on using these next week after I have a massage, it will be like a spa day.

Optimun Nutrition , gave two large samples of their Whey Protein Powder, I will be making some smoothies with those babies soon. They were kind enough to give us a chocolate and a vanilla sample.

Attune Foods gave us a box of Erewhon cereal, which I love to make my version of a healthy crispy treat bar.

Mix1 was in our swag bag also, but I drank it on Saturday night and I forgot to take a picture of it, but let me tell you this, I really like it and enjoyed the vanilla flavor, plus it really filled me up. Protein shakes are such a great way to add protein to your diet.

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Also Dry Soda was in our swag bags and available for us to drink in the Mission Lodge, I tried the cucumber and the vanilla bean. Love them. They were light, sparkling and refreshing, not heavy like a cola.

 

Another fun thing during the retreat was getting other bloggers business cards, some cards were just so darn cute. I might have to think about getting some cards for next years retreat.

So this concludes my Blend Retreat posts. I tried to cover all the events, meals, bloggers and treats from the retreat. I had a great time and feel like I am even more apart of the blogging community, everyone was so nice and I enjoyed the fellowship with all the bloggers. Thank-you Blend for a lifetime of memories.

Check Ya Later.

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So now for the Blend Retreat Part #2.

The hike was my favorite activity. I looked forward to doing it from the moment I signed up for the Retreat. This hike was legit, it very challenging and the terrain was rocky. Then add the altitude and the elevation and there you have the 4 mile Flat Irons Hike.

My heart was pounding out of chest within the first few minutes of the hike, I was feeling really out of breath from the altitude, so I adjusted my pace so I could enjoy the hike and the scenery. But you really had to keep your eyes on the path, it was a very rocky path once you got off the main trail leading up the hill.

Stopping to take a picture with Katie was a great way for me to catch my breath.

It was so cool to see the line of bloggers making their way up the mountain.

Felt like I was on a stair stepper for most of the hike. There were portions of the hike that these short little legs had to really stretch out and up to get up on a rock, but that was the best part of the hike, I love a challenge.

The trail winded up and around and sometimes seemed to get quite narrow.

Again, stopping to take pictures helps one catch their breath.

Along the way we were greeted by this little hiker, Bella. She was so cute, and seemed to hike effortlessly.

On the hike I found myself with different groups of bloggers/hikers along the way. Kim and Meghan were great company.

At the Sentinel Pass I found Tiffany, and from there we hiked the entire way back down the hill together.

The landscape is so amazing in Boulder, it’s picture perfect. I swear it was like looking at a postcard.

Loved all the boulders in Boulder. I love rocks, I love taking pictures of rocks, clearly.

Post hike protein shakes provided by Core Power. I needed fuel after that hike and the vanilla shake hit the spot, it was very taste. It was real milk protein designed for post workout recovery. Recovery is just what I needed.

After the hike we cleaned up and headed out to lunch. We went to lunch at the Mountain Sun Brewery and Restaurant.

Mountain Sun had so many beers to choose from, and I was not sure what to order so I was given a sample, but unfortunately another side effect from the high altitude is alcohol can go straight to your head, and after just the sample glass I realized alcohol was not a good idea for me, so I went back to water. I think I drank gallons of water over the week-end. The shuttle bus driver told me it was a great way to help ease altitude sickness when I first arrived in Boulder, so I took his advice and chugged. I was bummed out that I could not sample a few different beer flavors, I love me a nice cold beer.

Beers, beers and more beers, I did not get to drink.

Lunch was a blackened shrimp and blue cheese wrap with a side salad, it was so good. After lunch I headed back to my cottage and took a nap, I was tired.

When I woke up I wanted a snack so I looked in my swag band and found some popchips. Can I just say this, I am in love with popchips, they have so much flavor. They are all natural popped snacks. I had several different flavors at the retreat, but I think the Jalapeno and the chili lime are my absolute favorites. Spicy, tangy and crispy. Perfection. I love it when I find a really good healthy snack.

Zesty also comes to mind.

Most of the girls went back out for dinner and drinks later in the evening, but I stayed back and relaxed on the back porch and had some more snacks from my swag bag. I called my husband and took a long hot shower. I went to bed early in anticipation of the Boot Camp that we were having bright and early on Sunday morning.

Putting my feet up is all I wanted to do.

Sunday morning Boot Camp was led by Tiffany at Chobani Fit, she kicked our butt’s, plus it’s 7am and it’s cold.

She was very good at motivating us, she really got my pumped up and ready for a great workout.

No excuses here, these girls are tuff and a little cold and an early start time can not stop them.

Learned a new stretch called the Pigeon Pose. Where have I been, this stretch was perfect for my tight hips.

After the workout we all headed to breakfast which was sponsored by Chobani. I had the pineapple yogurt with some simply oats Love Grown granola. Talk about a perfect combination.

Then came the Closing Ceremony and Raffle. Which made me super sad because I knew that this was our last activity and that we would all be going home soon.

I was super excited when I won the Nature Box Raffle. This entitles me to one month’s worth of healthy snacks. So looking forward to getting this package in the mail.

After the raffle took place, all the ladies went outside and we took our group photo. Photo taken from Ashley at Edible Perspective.

After the photo it was time to checkout of our cottage.

A bunch of us meet outside the main lodge and waited for our taxi’s and shuttle bus.

Last minute hugs and goodbyes were everywhere.

I made my way to the airport and had my gopicnic in the laptop/cell phone charging station area.

This lunchbox has all my favorites.

Hummus and crackers always make me happy.

I am really looking forward to Blend 2013. Our hosts were amazing, the swag was stellar and company was outstanding.

Check Ya Later.

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