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Ultimate Healthy Pumpkin Recipe Menu #PumpkinWeek2015


It has been a great, but different week this time around! For the second week in a row, I have not had to buy bananas at the grocery store, but as usual I was up early on Saturday for running coach things, if a bit different this time. This weekend will be totally different–Alex and I are off to a wedding, and then back for vacation and a trip to Michigan!

Five Friday Favorites

LAST DAY for my JHill Race Map Giveaway and Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter Giveaway!

And don’t forget that you can use discount code SUSIEXJHILL for 15% off the entire site! **not just for runners!

#PumpkinWeek2015 Wrap up… the Ultimate Healthy Pumpkin Recipe Menu

This week, the blog has gone a bit pumpkin crazy. Along with my fellow lovely cohosts, I believe that we have covered just about everything that you need for the healthy pumpkin recipe menu to end all menus–here are my contributions!

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The Ultimate Healthy Pumpkin Recipe and Menu. If you love pumpkin (and even if you don't!) you need to check out these recipes. All are gluten free or vegan, and all are packed with flavor, nutrients, and will make you want to do a happy dance! Get the recipes for Crusted Pumpkin French Toast with Vanilla Pumpkin Beer Syrup, Vegan Chorizo Pumpkin Quesadillas, Vegan Wine Pumpkin Hummus, and Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Sauce over Zoodles (and more!) at

A few other of my favorite pumpkin recipes to round out your day:

I have loved the creativity of everyone’s recipes, from sweet to savory, meals for one to meals for many, boozy to teetotaler, healthy to indulgent. Even if you are a bit skeptical of your love for pumpkin, I invite you to try one of these recipes and see if you might find a new affinity for this seasonal nutrition and flavor powerhouse!

From morning to night, the ultimate #healthy #pumpkin menu! #healthyrecipe #fitfluential #yum Click To Tweet

Check out the link up (and full details) at the bottom of this post–I can’t wait to see your contributions!

Blogger Meet Ups 

As you all well know by now, I love meeting up with my virtual friends, and this week I got to have lunch with the wonderful disaster that is Gigi from Gigi Eats!

Chicago Fitness and Healthy Living Bloggers Erin's Inside Job and Suzlyfe meeting up with Gigi Eats at Bountiful Eatery in Lakeview Chicago!

Stolen from Gigi’s IG

Erin and I joined Gigi and her friend for lunch at Bountiful Eatery in Lakeview on Wednesday. I got a jalapeno turkey burger which was delicious, if a little light on the portion size.

Turkey Jalapeno Burger Lettuce Wrap at Bountiful Eatery, Lakeview, Chicago

Erin and I made a quick nip inside Windy City Sweets, though, and I made off with a bulk bag of Jelly Belly (you know how I feel about them) and Erin picked up some amazing pumpkin spice fudge that was the dictionary definition of “melt in your mouth.”

Windy City Sweets in Lakeview ChicagoAmazing homemade fudge at Windy City Sweets in Lakeview Chicago.

My New Brick Betty Long Sleeve

Another favorite from that day is my new Brick Betty Long Sleeve top! I love the colors and blocking, the fabric, the THUMB HOLES…. Oh, yes, you will be seeing a lot more of this! Plus, it matches my BB Bra that I wore in the marathon.

The gorgeous, functional, and highly fashionable Brick Betty Long Sleeve tech shirt is one of my favorite new shirts! Get more details at

As always, please let me know if you are curious or interested in Brick Betty products (see my post on the company here)! I am a BB Fit Professional, so my links are not affiliates, but I do make commission if you use me as a referral (so please do, so I can buy more Brick Betty!)

Having Dinner with Alex!!!!!!!!

Yes. That many exclamations! After 2 months of super intense critical care rotations, Alex finally returned to the land of outpatient medicine this week. I hardly know what to do with him, haha. We have been having dinner together, falling asleep on the couch at obnoxiously early times, and just generally being bums. I even made him my Creamy Pumpkin Sauce over Zoodles on Wednesday (I added Andouille Chicken Sausage to his) and got 2 thumbs WAY up. I also once again licked the bowl. Can’t stop. Won’t stop. 

Your Support and Reactions to my Coaching Certification and Plans

I don’t think I was really telling you all anything you didn’t already know–that this summer and my coaching for CES has been transformative and impactful for me in a way that I didn’t quite anticipate. I thought that maybe this would be a cool thing for me to do; I didn’t realize that it would cement my feelings.

Taking the RRCA National Running Coach Certification Course was a transformative moment in my life. Find out how it is going to make me a better coach and runner at

Throughout the summer, time and again, you all have made comments about how much passion and love I had for what I was doing, even being so kind as to tell me that my trainees were “lucky” to have me or that you wanted me to be your coach! I can’t tell you how much that support meant to me. Not in a coying, oh do go on! way, but in a you know what? I think I am discovering something as well way.

Banana Holster in a Flip Belt Runner

My Flipbelt Banana Holster

I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t love the compliments, but what I loved even more? The fact that I knew you weren’t bullsh**ing me. You all have been just as much a part of my transformation as I or my trainees have been. As I embark on this next phase of this transformation and growth, as I grow my business and work to define myself as a coach, I will be taking that with me.

Always be the fierce girl with falcon.

I saw this on @elizabeth_gilbert_writer ig the other day, and how could I not grab it! her caption? be fierce. Yes indeed! #befierce #justdoit

So thank you–thank you for your support, your enthusiasm, and yes. OH DO GO ON. 

So many fantastic recipes! #pumpkinweek2015 wrap up! #foodie #recipe #yum Click To Tweet

And now for the Wrap Up and Link Up for Pumpkin Week 2015.

#pumpkinweek2015 is a celebration of the best of pumpkin on blogs and social media from October 18-23! Tag your creations and link up with us!

#PumpkinWeek2015 October 18-23

Join 6 awesome bloggers as we share pumpkin recipes on our blogs and social media for one pumpkin-y week ending in a giant pumpkin recipe link-up on Friday!  

Lovely co-hosts:

Want to join in the fun?

Simply tag your pumpkin recipes on Instagram with #pumpkinweek2015 and/or join in the link-up on Friday! Please note that participating means we can share your photos—with credit—on our blogs and social media.)

Link Up will be Open Until 10/31

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I am joining up with Friday Favorites (Heather) + Friday Five (Mar, Courtney, Cynthia) + Strange but Good (Laura) + Meatless Monday (Tina and Deborah) + Meatless Monday (Running on Happy & The Fit Foodie Mama) + Foodie Friday (Fit Foodie Mama, Hello to Fit, Fairyburger, and Chocolate Runner Girl).

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