Weekly Menu Plan–5/13/2013

Hope you all had a nice weekend!  We had family over on Saturday to celebrate Mother’s Day and Sunday was spent with my mom and daughter shopping and having lunch.  While I am on the topic of lunch, make sure to read this post about my latest visit to Jason’s Deli.  What a wonderful experience that included purchasing the large slice version of Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain bread.


What’s for dinner?

Monday – Leftover Yohan Pizza from Mother’s Day

Tuesday – Rotisserie chicken stir-fry with coconut baked brown rice, sugar snap peas and salad

Wednesday – Spaghetti with marinutta sauce and salad

Thursday – Breakfast for dinner and fruit salad

Friday – Make your own pizza and salad

Saturday – Take-out

Weekly Recap

Don’t forget to enter to win the new UP from Jawbone in my Health & Fitness Motivation Giveaway.

Recipe: Nutella Nut Butter Muffins

Review: Tate’s Bakeshop Cookies & Brownies

Review: Pamela’s Oatmeal Cookie Mix

Schwan’s gluten-free options and recipes

Pillsbury goes gluten-free

Review: Nature’s Path Trail Mixer Bars

Review: Glutino Muffin Mix

Have a great week!


Heath & Fitness Motivation Giveaway

What is the toughest part for you about sticking to a health & fitness routine?  Is it motivation? Is it finding time? Do you wonder how others have time to fit exercise and healthy eating into their hectic schedules?  I am not going to lie to you and tell you that it will be easy to do, it won’t be.  But, like the quote (from I don’t know who) says, “It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it!

If you schedule your workouts like you do any other appointment, you are much more likely to stick to them.  Get up 30 minutes early, walk during your lunch hour or after work with your dog, split your workout up into 10 minute segments during the day…it all counts!  Struggling with what kind of exercise to do?  Use your smartphone!  My Droid Razr HD has a plethora of apps to choose from – some are free and others cost a minimal amount of money.  There are many run/walk, yoga, Pilates and strength training apps; there is something for everyone.  One of my currents favorites is Jefit.


Containing over 1300+ exercises, the JEFIT Exercise Database provides animations and detailed information about each exercise. Learn how to perform each exercise correctly to attain the results desired when working out.

If you are new to exercising, consider hiring a personal trainer or taking a few fitness classes to help demonstrate proper form.  Start simple and build from there.  Exercise doesn’t have to be difficult to be effective.  Just move!  One way to motivate yourself to move is to track your movement and activity with a pedometer or similar device.  I have been trying out the FitBit One for the past month and love how easy it is to see where I stand for the day in regards to movement.

I am thrilled to share that as part of the Verizon Health & Fitness Voices program, one of my lucky readers will win a really cool device to help motivate them to move more.  The UP by Jawbone sounds very similar to the FitBit One.

UP by Jawbone® - (Small) - Black

Check out the description below from Verizon:

UP is small, flexible and strong to accommodate an active lifestyle and help people reach their goals for a healthy lifestyle. Some of the features of device include:

  • Designed to be worn 24/7; up to 10 days of battery life
  • Tracks sleep and activity using advanced sensor technology
  • Log what you eat and drink, and track nutritional info
  • Get personalized insights that help you set and achieve your goals
  • Set a Smart alarm to help you wake up feeling refreshed
  • Set Idle Alerts to remind you to move and stay active

All you have to do to enter to win the new Up by Jawbone is follow the directions in the Rafflecopter box below.  The device retails for $129.99, but will be free to the winner of my giveaway!  *Open to US residents only. Continue reading

Review: Nature’s Path Trail Mixer Chewy Granola Bars

Man, I sure have missed chewy granola bars since starting the gluten-free diet.  They weren’t something I ate regularly before starting the gluten-free diet, but you know how it goes, when someone tells you that you can have something, you want it even more!  I found Nature’s Path Dark Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bars a few weeks back and then the Trail Mixer version the next trip to the health food store.  These bars are just what I have been looking for!


These bars are easily tossed in my purse or gym bag and hold up well to being sat on, squished, etc. 



Granola* (gluten free rolled oats*, evaporated cane juice*, sunflower oil*, rolled amaranth*, rolled quinoa*), tapioca syrup*, brown rice flour*, brown rice syrup*, sweetened dried cranberries* (cranberries*, evaporated cane juice*, sunflower oil*), invert cane syrup*, roasted almonds*, roasted peanuts*, dried coconut*, flax seeds*, pumpkin seeds* (pumpkin seed kernels*, salt), acacia gum*, sunflower oil*, sea salt, cinnamon*, molasses*.

*Organic. Contains peanuts and tree nuts. Produced in a facility that uses soy and dairy.

I quickly fell in love with these granola bars!  The texture compared to that I remember in my pre-gluten-free granola bars is spot on!  Each bar has 140 calories, 4 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber and is certified gluten-free.  The new Trail Mixer bars are a wonderful addition to the Nature’s Path growing gluten-free product line.  Check out the store locator to see where to find the gluten-free products near you.

Do you have a favorite gluten-free granola bar?  Have you tried the Nature’s Path Gluten-Free Granola Bars?

Cap City Half Marathon 2013 Recap

Saturday, May 4, 2013 marked the third time I have run the Cap City Half Marathon and the 13th Half Marathon I have run over the past 4 years.  This year the Cap City course was a little different than it was in years past.  This change was made before the Boston Bombings, though there were added security measures all around.

Saturday morning started bright and early at the MIT meet-up at the new Hilton in downtown Columbus.  What a gorgeous hotel!  I think it would be pretty cool to stay the night before a race in this hotel and be right there for race day!


Melissa and Lisa preparing for the big race!  I paused to take the above photo in between bites of Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews.  Man, those things are yummy!


Here we are, ready to run, in our MS – Miles for Mylein shirts and tutus!

We packed up our bags and headed to the lobby to walk to the starting line at 7:15 AM.  Check out the amazing group of MIT runners who participated in this race:



Can you find me in that picture?  Nope?  Me either.  LOL!

As we lined up with 14,000 of our closest friends, we observed a moment of silence for those affected by the horrible bombings in Boston.  It was eerie…all of those people and you could hear a pin drop.

The temperature was decent, in the 50s, but the wind was making it feel a heck of a lot colder.  I was sorry that I didn’t bring a trash bag to wear until the race started. I did fashion my tutu into a cape by pulling it up to my shoulders.  Here is a picture where you can see something is not like the others…


Before we knew it, we were off! Once we were about a mile into the race, I was plenty warm.  My goal for this race was to keep my heart rate in zone 2 as much as I could and have my average heart rate in the same zone.  I adjusted the screens on my Garmin 610 to show only my current heart rate and heart rate zone so that I wouldn’t be tempted to ditch my plan.  As each mile passed, the average pace came up.  I was tempted a few times to pick up the pace, but reminded myself of my goal.  It is so hard for me not to be competitive with myself and just run.  It is especially hard when people are passing on all sides in a crowded, energy-filled race.

As the race went on, the wind picked up.  There were several hills on the course, though I don’t typically think of Columbus as a hilly place.  Funny how different an area seems when you run it as opposed to driving it.  The elevation chart says it all…


The wind was so strong at one point (7-8 miles in), that my visor blew off of my head and I had to turn around and go get it!

I really enjoyed this race – running through parts of town that have been redone and taking the time to really look around.  I didn’t run with music, so I was able to hear everything – the chatter around me, the footsteps of thousands and last, but certainly not least, the cheers from all of the friends and family that came out to support their runners!

I finished this half marathon in…


My average heart rate for the race was 143, which is the top of zone 2.  I am happy with that!

After completing the race we were funneled through a very slow moving, but secure area to get water, bananas and other non-gluten-free food.  I spotted an open coffee shop and ducked in to grab a large iced coffee to hopefully get ahead of the headache that was soon to come.  After meeting up with some MIT friends, we grabbed our celebratory glass of champagne, and as my friend Lisa said, “You have all of the food groups!”


Gatorade, coffee, water and champagne!

I can’t wait to run this race again next year! So, what’s next?  My legs asked the same question!  A little down time – as a matter of fact I haven’t run since the race!  I know, right?  Who am I?  I may head out in a bit for a short run.  No half marathons  on the schedule until late August, so a little relaxation is a must before the next round of training begins.

Oh, and for the record, I only had a small headache that was quickly relieved with Tylenol after the race.  I focused on hydrating like crazy 2-3 days before the race with VitaCoco coconut water and SmartWater.  I figured it couldn’t hurt, right?

Review: Glutino Muffin Mix

Want to surprise Mom with breakfast in bed this Sunday for Mother’s Day?  Grab a box of Glutino’s Gluten-Free Pantry Muffin Mix and get ready to “WOW!” Mom!


The best thing about this mix is how simple it is.  I chose to add chocolate chips, but there are endless possibilities.  Think of the mix (muffin) as a blank canvas and create your own masterpiece!



The muffins baked perfectly! 


Look at that chocolate chop…mmm…warm and melty!


These muffins passed the test with both of my kids.  Jon is uber picky when it comes to taste and texture.  He couldn’t get enough of these!  Hannah, not gluten-free, but always willing to share her opinion, fell in love with these muffins.  She is even more picky than Jon, if you can believe that!  She often takes a bite of something, something I expect her to like, and then declares it “eh” and won’t eat the rest.  She didn’t do that with these muffins!  In fact, she was looking for them again yesterday because she like them that much!  Sorry, Hannah, your brother inhaled them!  I was impressed with the moist texture and delicate flavor with just a touch of sweetness. 

Glutino’s Muffin and Scone Mix is non-GMO certified with the Non-GMO Project Verification by the Non-GMO Project.  The mix is dairy-free and can be made with non-dairy milk to keep the muffins that way. To see where to find the mix and other Glutino products close to you, check out the store locator on the Glutino website

What is your favorite muffin mix add-in?  Have you tried this Glutino mix?

*This product was sent to me free of charge for review/sampling purposes.  The thoughts and opinions shared in this post and on this blog are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. 

Weekly Menu Plan–May 6, 2013

How was your weekend?  Mine started out with the Cap City Half Marathon and orange and white tutus! 


More on Cap City later this week.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  Are you ready?  I can’t believe that I am going to say this, but aside from buying a few cards, I am ready to go!  We are having family over on Saturday for our annual Mother’s Day get together, so much of this week will be spent preparing for that. 

The Plan for the Week

Monday – Leftovers (meeting at the school)

Tuesday – Italian grilled chicken Alfredo, brown rice pasta, roasted broccoli and salad

Wednesday – Burgers on the grill, sweet potato puffs and salad

Thursday – Breakfast for dinner

Friday – Make your own pizza and salad

Saturday – Ham, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans/broccoli and carrots, salad <—Sounds a lot like Easter!

Week in Review

Tyson Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets & Tenders

Food Should Taste Good Kettle Corn Tortilla Chips <—Holy Yum!

Kinnikinnick Launches Soft Bagels

Today is the last day to enter to win 2 bags of Glutino pretzels!

Have a great week! 

What are you getting your mother for Mother’s Day?

Rudi’s Happy Camper Contest & Giveaway

Big news today!  Rudi’s Gluten-Free just announced a super cool Gluten-Free “Happy Camper” Facebook contest.  Check this out:

This May, in celebration of National Celiac Awareness Month,  Rudi’s Gluten-Free fans are encouraged to submit a 200-word essay from their child explaining what attending a gluten-free summer camp would mean to them. Based on the essays, 10 lucky kiddos (ages 8-17) will win a week-long gluten-free camp experience, including travel, courtesy of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery.

Enter here.

*Hurry and get your entry in…the first 250 eligible entries receive a BPA-free Gluten-Free Happy Camper water bottle!

Pretty cool, huh?  Did you attend sleepaway camp as a kid?  I didn’t over the summer, but my 6th grade class went on a 3-day camping adventures to Stokes State Park when we lived in New Jersey.  We went in late fall and stayed in cabins, much like I envisioned summer camp being, but much colder!

As if that isn’t cool enough, Rudi’s Gluten-Free has generously offered to give one lucky reader a Summer BBQ Picnic package valued at $100!

Summer BBQ Picnic

Awesome, huh?  The package includes the above items, including the picnic basket and grill!  The grill looks perfect for grilling hot dogs and burgers or pizza on Rudi’s Gluten-Free buns or crust.  If burgers, dogs and grilled pizza aren’t your thing, pack your gluten-free sandwiches made on Rudi’s new “Soft & Fluffy” bread in your brand new picnic basket!  Click here for $1.00 off coupon for Rudi’s Gluten-Free products.

All you have to do to enter to win the Summer BBQ Picnic package is follow the directions in the Rafflecopter box below.  Continue reading

Recipe: Arugula & Tuna Salad

I love arugula!  It is probably my favorite salad green and I could probably sit there and eat it straight from the package. 


When I work through dinner time with clients or have an evening exercise class, I often eat when I get home and look for quick options.  If there aren’t leftovers, I’ll make a large dinner salad complete with protein and lots of yummy add-ins.  This combination is one of my current favorites and it happens to have arugula as its star!

Arugula & Tuna Salad
  • 2-3 cups arugula
  • 1 single serve package of tuna
  • Zucchini, chopped
  • Cucumber, chopped
  • Radish, chopped
  • Grape tomatoes cut in half
  • Craisins
  • Marzetti Simply Dressed Pomegranate Salad Dressing

1.  Combine all ingredients.

2.  Drizzle dressing over top.

3.  Enjoy!

The only thing missing from this salad was a sprinkle of walnuts.  I didn’t have any on hand, but they would be the perfect finishing touch!  I see a lot more large salads for dinner with summer just around the corner. 

What is your favorite dinner salad combination?

Don’t forget to enter to win 2 packages of Glutino gluten-free pretzels!

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