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Love comes in many shapes and sizes, my new love is in the form of these protein peanut butter balls.

Amaze-Balls is really all I can say about them. Crazy how sometimes the littlest food item packs the most flavor and satisfy my sweet tooth.

I have seen these Protein Balls here and there on other Healthy Living Blogs, but never really saw a flavor that made me stand up and shout, I need those NOW. Yes, I have printed each and every recipe I have seen, but have yet to make them, that was until I saw Calee’s recipe for Chocolate Salty [protein] Balls.

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Adapted from Life + Running. You have to check out Calee’s blog, she is funny, smart, creative, and strong. She also has a mom named Dena, just in case you were wondering. We both completed the Fitmixer Boot Camp together, and we both attended the Blend Retreat. Her electric personality is contagious, go get some.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Protein Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar
  • 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Unsweetened Coco Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions

  1. Pour oats into food processor and pulse until they become a flour.
  2. Add protein powder and coco powder, and pulse to combine thoroughly.
  3. Mix in agave, peanut butter and vanilla — you can do this by hand if your machine can’t handle it. Pulse a few times and watch your machine. If it seems to be too much, pull dough out and mix by hand.
  4. Roll into tablespoon-sized balls.
  5. Refrigerate. Eat and Enjoy.

I Love these little balls so much. Thanks Calee for such a great recipe. Amaze Balls to the rescue.

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When I saw this recipe over at The Lean Green Bean, I knew I had to make it. Plus Chobani just sent me a 12 pack of their Pineapple Yogurt, so I was all over this recipe. I am on a frozen fruit bar kick right now, so it only makes sense to try a frozen yogurt recipe next. I really love Chobani yogurt and I also love the company Chobani, I have so much respect for them after meeting them at the Blend Retreat. They are such a customer based company with healthy living as a priority.  So here’s how the pops came together.

Add your Chobani and Granola together and mix it up.

After mixing up the ingredients, you just spoon into an ice-cube tray.

I placed a toothpick into the center of each cube and placed them into the freezer to set-up. After they set-up it was time to dip them.

Dip them in what?

Chocolate, that’s what…

I tucked away this amazing chocolate disk I received from Alaina, at the Jogging Concierge. She sent me an amazing Foodie Pen Pal Box a few months ago and I have been waiting for the right time to break it out.

Well, the time is now.

So glad I placed in those tooth picks, they really helped me out when it was time to dip them in the chocolate, not so much help getting the pops out of the ice-cube tray, but they kept my fingers out of the chocolate.  Then I pulled out all the tooth picks, those little buggers are sharp.

Perfect treat for a warm day.

Here’s the Adapted Recipe from Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean

Frozen Granola Yogurt Chunks Dipped in Chocolate

Makes 14 Chunks

Ingredients:

  • 12 Ounces of Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Cup of your Favorite Granola
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Dark Chocolate

Instructions:

Mix the yogurt and granola together and spoon into ice-cube tray, place a tooth pick in the center, freeze until set. Remove from ice-cube tray and dip in melted chocolate. Place back into the freezer to let the chocolate set.

Then Snack Away.

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite summer snack or treat? It’s between chips and salsa and frozen fruit bars for me right now.

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I was lucky enough to meet a few of the ladies from Chobani at the Blend Retreat. Chobani was one of our amazing sponsors. Check out their Blend Retreat Blog Post. 

They provided our Sunday breakfast. I could eat Chobani everyday, well I kinda almost do. Someday’s it’s my snack, other days it’s my breakfast.

During the Blend Retreat I had a serious love affair with Pineapple Chobani. I lost count after three bowls.

Mixed with granola or added into oatmeal is my favorite way to enjoy Chobani.

Chobani Rules!

So when I came home to this on my front porch, I was beyond excited. A few week’s back I received an email from Lindsay and Emily telling me that they were sending a case out to me as a thanks for attending the Blend Retreat, and a few days later I received an email from Ashley telling me when to expect my delivery. Even though I knew I was going to get the shipment I was still super excited when I saw the actual box on the porch. Jackpot.

I wondered how they could keep it cold during delivery and couldn’t wait to open it up, and check it out.

So it comes packed in a box that is insulated with a bag.

Once you open the insulated bag, you find that the inner case box that is surrounded by ice packs.

They ensure that the box stays cold and that the yogurt arrives safe and sound and ready to be eaten.

Seeing these 12 beauties smiling back at me made this girl Happy! Very Happy.

Thank-You Chobani for loving your Blend’s so much, we love you right back! Blend’s + Chobani = Healthy Happiness, and on that note, I have a date with a cup right now.

 

Stay tuned for some recipes to follow.

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite yogurt flavor? Clearly mine is Pineapple.

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Today I wanted to share a review I recently did. I first meet The Simply Bar at the Blend Retreat. They were given out to us on our hike as fuel, and wow I was really happy we had it on hand, that hike was no joke. It gave me the fuel to push through the hike.

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So when Jesseny contacted me to do a review of the bar and some of the select flavors, I was super excited. I love the simplicity of the bar, I see where the name came from, no other way to describe it. Real ingredients, real flavor, it’s simply real food.

Flavors included:

  • Lemon Coconut – Amazing flavor and texture and there are real pieces of coconut in the bar. Not only do you smell the coconut and taste it, you also get the lemon flavor and lemon scent loud and clear along with the coconut. Amazing flavor combination.  To be honest I would have never thought that I would like this flavor combination, but I really did.
  • Cinnamon Pecan – Something comforting about this flavor. The smell of cinnamon always gets me. I honestly can taste the ingredients. Truly love it when a product is true to its flavors. The pieces of pecans were fresh and crisp.
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate – If you like chocolate, you will love this flavor, really has a sweet flavor without all the sugar, remember these are real ingredients without unnecessary added sugar.
  • Caramel Peanut – So far there is not a flavor in the bunch that I can even say the slightest negative thing about. I am a huge fan of caramel flavor and loved the added peanuts in the crisps.

The one thing that really draws me to The Simply Bar is the high protein value, 16 grams of protein in each bar. Then the next draw for me is fact that the bar is not all chopped up and processed together into a solid mass and dipped in chocolate. I love the fact that the bar keeps its crispy texture which allows the bar to be savored and chewed. I am a fan of The Simply Bar.

Less sugar than fiber. No artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols. I’m all over that.

My personal favorite after tasting them all was the Lemon Coconut, but I really enjoyed them all.  I had it in my head that the caramel was probably going to be my favorite, because anything caramel is normally a favorite flavor, but for this review I let The Simply Bar speak to my taste buds, and that was the one that stood out.  They taste natural and healthy. So I have to give these bars 4 stars. I’m hooked.

Now Let’s talk about the stats. The Simply Bar­­ is a high protein, low sugar, low-fat, low glycemic bar with only a handful of natural ingredients. The company was Founded by Cathy Richards. She created the Simply Bars after experiencing difficulties finding snacks that didn’t upset her stomach. She has Crohn’s Disease.

Each bar contains 16 g protein, 2-4g of fat, 3 g of sugar, 4 g of fiber, and 160 calories or less. Each bar is based on Non GMO soy crisps along organic brown rice syrup. All the cocoa bars are made with organic cocoa.

Loved by many, The Simple Bar makes a great snack for athletes (pre and post workout), vegans, health conscious individuals and those suffering from Celiac, Crohn’s and  IBS.  In addition to it being a great snack, The Simply Bar is gluten-free, low GI, dairy free, Kosher and easy-to-digest.

Take a look at the comparison chart.

To purchase The Simply Bar and you live in the USA they have their bars on Amazon.

To purchase The Simply Bar from Canada, go here.

Now to the Giveaway:

One lucky reader will receive one of each flavor to enjoy themselves. 

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what flavor appeals to you.

For Extra Entries: Do the following and leave an additional comment stating that you did.

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Contest ends at 12am EST on Friday 6/8/12. I’ll randomly pick and winner and announce the winner in Saturday’s post.

Good luck!!

Please note that this giveaway is open to US Residents Only.

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At the Blend Retreat I won a Nature Box one month shipment of healthy and delicious snacks from the closing ceremonies, and I received it a few weeks ago and thought I better blog about it. Talk about being excited.

I have seen other bloggers opening the monthly box, but nothing compares to actually opening the box. I love getting food in the mail. I participate in the monthly Foodie Pen Pal program and I can tell you that I look forward to the box all month-long, something about getting surprise snacks and food in the mail. Some girls like shoes, this girl likes Food Boxes.

What is NatureBox?

Glad you asked,

NatureBox focuses on sourcing delicious, healthy snacks and sends them to you monthly. Discover what our nutritionists recommend and start enjoying a better snack.

How It Works

NatureBox will send a package full of nutritious snacks to you every month. Pause or cancel anytime, and we’ll refund you 100% if you are not satisfied.

They include a what’s in the box diagram, along with some thoughts on staying active and getting energizing boosts from foods, plus they included a recipe featuring items in the box.

These are full size bags of goodies.

There are five bags included in this box.

Masa Crisps, Tropical Trail Mix, Cinnamon Spices almonds, Agave Citrus Granola and Honey Nut Medley.

This is a great idea for a gift or a nice way to treat yourself. Nature Box will give you 25% off your first months subscription by using this code: REFER25.

Question of the day: Do you send food as gifts?

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Core Power has become a favorite of mine since attending the Blend Retreat. I have never purchased premixed protein shakes before. I remember trying a Slim Fast shake that a co-worker had years and years ago and still remember the tin flavor of the shake. So I guess I formed the option that all premixed protein shakes would all taste like that. Well Core Power changed that for me. The Core Power products are like drinking a milk shake, but with protein. I am really in love with the vanilla flavor, but the honey is right there behind it. It’s like getting a treat after working out, but this treat is beneficial and supports your recovery. They also have a chocolate flavor, but I did not get to try that flavor, but based on the other two I tried, I do not see how you could go wrong.

You get 26 grams of protein in each serving, and it comes with a healthy dose of essential amino acids. Core Power is a natural high protein muscle recovery drink for every type of fitness enthusiast. Created with your active lifestyle in mind, real milk protein serves as the base for this awesome tasting protein shake. Here’s the Nutritional Breakdown:

  • Protein: 26g of naturally concentrated whey and casein proteins
  • Calcium: 700mg of highly absorbable calcium
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D works with calcium to strengthen bones, which may increase athletic performance

Check out their product description, it really sums it up.

Introducing core power high protein recovery drink: Don’t leave your workout unfinished.

Core Power Natural High-Protein Milk Shake, Vanilla, 11.5-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12)

Sometimes we forget we need to fuel our bodies after working out in order to rebuild muscle and gain strength. You can find Core Power at Amazon.com  just follow this link. They are sold by the case and they also offer a Strawberry Banana Slim Version if you are looking to cut back on calories. The slim version offers 20 grams of protein.

Strawberry Banana 20g

Product Features

(Taken directly from the Amazon site.)

  • Pack of 12, 11.5-ounce bottles of Core Power Natural High-Protein Milk Shake
  • Made with fresh, lactose-free milk and real vanilla
  • 700 milligrams of highly absorbable calcium
  • 26 grams of naturally concentrated whey and casein proteins
  • Nutrient rich drink helps you recover faster and build lean muscle
  • 12 – 11.5 ounce HDPE bottles
  • 26 grams of protein; Optimum ratio of carbs
  • Core Power is a registered trademark licensed by Fair Oaks Farms Brands, Inc., and is a DESIGNER milk product
  • Lactose-free
  • Real milk and real honey; Great taste, simple ingredients

Did you catch the bullet that it is lactose free milk? I do not have any food restrictions, but I heard several attendees at the Blend Retreat state how excited they were that Core Power used lactose free milk.

Again Core Power can be found on Amazon.com. They also have a great website that features a Blog with tips and information on health. Core power is also available in some stores, to see if a store is near you Check Out This Link.

Question of the Day: Do you use protein shakes to recover and rebuild after working out?

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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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Okay, I think I am addicted to Boot Camps, first there was Tina’s Best Body Boot Camp, then the Boot Camp at the Blend Retreat and now the Fitmixer Boot Camp.  I love organized workout groups, it keeps me motivated and I really look forward to the daily tasks.

So with the Boot Camp I have been introduced to amino’s, well I am excited about this because I really get sore after workouts and the amino’s are supposed to help repair muscle tissue and recover faster.

The entire Boot Camp package looks like this. This will take me through the entire 12 week program.

These are some of the samples I received from the Blend retreat.

The amino’s taste so good, I love the grape flavor.

Along with the powder supplements they also have a healthy diet plan that is designed specifically for each participant from a registered dietitian. Here is my breakfast and lunch. I love to prep my snacks and meals, it keeps me on task and allows more time to concentrate on the workouts. That’s one thing with Boot Camps some of the workouts and moves I am not familiar with, so they usually have videos showing all the moves and proper execution. So I usually watch the video in full, and then I do the workouts. So that can eat up a lot of time, but worth it when you find a new favorite exercise.

After work I head home and get right on my workout’s.

The first day we had a Fit test to complete. The test gauges us at the start of the program and will be repeated mid Boot Camp and then at the end, this will show us how we progressed through the program. My weak area is and has always been my core. I also see from the test that I need to work on my triceps strength. I like that each evening we get our next days workout, a motivational thought, and a nutrition tip of the day. They also have snack suggestions and recipes. So much support is available. Plus on Thursday evenings we have a group conference call. Looking forward to my first call tonight.

Then it’s off to make dinner. I plan on keeping it clean and simple, a lean protein, a hearty carbohydrate and a vegetable, plus the plan even suggests a dinner roll. Love that.

  

Grilled salmon, roasted broccoli and brown rice.

Hello, my name is Dena and I am addicted to Boot Camp.

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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.

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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.

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