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Wow, what an incredible response to yesterday’s post. I can’t think you enough for sharing so much of yourselves with me and with each other. If you are new to the conversation, I hope that you will take a little time and check out what this incredible community of readers and bloggers had to say with regards to the positives of gaining weight during marathon training! Whether we are needing to gain or lose a few lbs, what is most important is our health. Here is to the relentless pursuit of mental, physical, and emotional wellness!

And speaking offfffffff….. let’s eat!

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You all have already seen some of the yumminess that I have enjoyed recently, but here is a recap of a few of the instagram pics that you might have missed (except that wouldn’t be a problem if you FOLLOWED the_suzlyfe on IG!).

Blaze happened. Happiness ensued.

Blaze happened. Happiness ensued.

Alex and I had an Eggy’s Lunch Date.

This time it was minus the curd, add fries.

This time it was minus the curds, add fries. Their fries are magical.

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I decided to make part 1 of my ice cream this weekend a healthier option, so I partially froze a cup of Siggi’s 2% pumpkin spice yogurt (Sub par–has no taste, really) with extra pumpkin spice (bc there was no taste), sprinkles, Jif Whips Pumpkin Spice, and some of my Chocolate Zucchini Oatmeal Protein Bread! I am so, so glad that I saved a loaf in the freezer–I let it thaw a day in the fridge, and it was good as new, and even better slightly warmed. mmmmmmmmm

Oh, and I realized that you all might wonder why I split up my ice cream. In the past, it was to help me feel like I was getting more. Then it was because I needed double. Now it is so I can make each bowl COMPLETELY different. You all know me. I like to exercise my options!

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I made Alex a Meatloaf wrap for dinner one of the nights. I had picked up a Trader Joe’s Traditional Meatloaf with a Classic Tomato Sauce (I have to say, I am a fan!) and he got home late, so it needed to be something fun but quick. Mission spinach wrap, big schmear of Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus, sauteed onions, tomato slices, slices of meatloaf seared in the pan, wrap it up, good to go!

Fun new sandwich idea! Easy, Healthy Eggplant Parmesan Grilled Cheese.

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Arnold’s Healthy Multigrain Bread + Laughing Cow Garlic and Herb Cheese + Tomato Slices + Basil + Roasted Eggplant Slices + Roasted Garlic (minced, sliced, smushed)

Toast one side of the bread in a pan, then construct the sandwich (toasted sides spread with the cheese and inwards).

Need tips for preparing eggplant? See this post, and then roast in a 375 F oven, flip once, till done (if .5 in thick, about 25-35 minutes, but keep an eye on it!)

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Fun New Product! I mentioned Ocean’s Halo on Monday in my recap of the Green Festival, and I decided to incorporate them into my healthy lunches and snacks this week. That was a good choice. But then again, I am a smarty pants. Butchy’all knew dat.

From the site:

Ocean’s Halo™ Seaweed Chips are the first totally delicious crispy, crunchy chip made from natural, sustainably harvested and nutrient rich seaweed.

Ocean’s Halo was created by four dads—two who grew up snacking on chips and two who were raised on seaweed—on a mission to create a chip nutritious enough for the produce aisle, but delicious enough for the snack aisle. Made from only sustainably grown seaweed and other natural, real ingredients, Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips are baked, taste great, and are packed with vitamins and minerals, with none of the bad stuff like GMOs, trans fats, MSG, or artificial anything. Now USDA-certified organic, Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips are available in Chili Lime, Sea Salt, Korean BBQ, Hot & Spicy and the latest flavor addition, Texas BBQ.

Seaweed is one of the most nutrient-dense plants on the planet. It’s a great source of vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, and it’s also rich in many minerals including iodine, selenium, and iron. It can contain up to 10 times more calcium than milk and eight times as much as beef. Researchers say that the chemical composition of seaweed is so close to human blood plasma that perhaps its greatest benefit might be in regulating and purifying our blood system. Our chips contain 30% of RDA Vitamin A and 140% B12, making them excellent sources of Vitamin A and B12.

Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips are Gluten Free, Non-GMO, packaged in compostable bags, and the sales contribute to the Children’s Education Fund at the Monterray Aquarium as well as the betterment of the ocean environment.

Alright that’s all fine and good, but how is the taste?

Oh. HECK yes. I love them!

They have the airiness and crunch of Mediterranean Food’s Lentil Crisps, if you are familiar, but the nuttiness and full flavor of a corn chip. There is an undertone of seaweed flavor, but not overwhelming at all, and the smell of seaweed is super faint as well.

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Flavors:

Sea Salt–Straightforward, no frills, doesn’t need them. Tastes great and shows off the chip itself!

Chili Lime–LOVE. I am a sucker for limey chip things, and what I like even more about these is that it isn’t the overwhelming lime flavor of some chips that feels fake. Just a little bit of spice, not so much heat.

Hot & Spicy–Has got some heat to it, but not overwhelming at all! Though I wouldn’t breathe on anyone right after, haha. Unless you are playing tricks on them. And then, breathe away.

Korean BBQ–So much flavor, but none of the mess of some bbq chips. Some heat-spice (think a mild go-chujang) and some savory-sweet notes. D-e-a-yum.

And apparently there is a Texas BBQ. MUST FIND.

As you can tell, I am huge fan. I would highly recommend these if you are looking for an alternative, gluten free, non-GMO chip that have excellent stats (6g protein, 4g fiber, 3g sugar, among others) and are relatively low calorie enough to get your munch on but substantial enough to actually make a dent on your appetite.

What fun things have you eaten recently? 

Do you like seaweed snacks?

In other news, Alex had his egg cups and quinoa with sweet potato, onions, and red peppers. 

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