Chocolate Cherry Shake

Anyone else out there without AC this summer? (this is where I wish I could use the little woman raising her hand emoticon). Um because I am! In other words, I like to eat and drink things that are COLD right now. And preferably delicious. Cold and delicious. So I’ve started getting creative with breakfast and snack ideas, especially breakfast since I usually make “breakfast bakes,” which are NOT cold!

I decided today I’d share one of my newest creations, inspired by some Blue Diamond Almond Breeze that I was sent to try out. And yes, all opinions are my own ;).


As my longer-time readers know, I’ve been drinking Blue Diamond Almond Breeze forever, except I always buy unsweetened vanilla. I’d actually never tried chocolate and I was MISSING OUT. For real, this stuff is good! Especially if you’re avoiding dairy and miss your chocolate milk – this stuff is a great to give a try. (p.s. chocolate almond milk + chocolate Shakeology = HEAVEN). Annnyway… on to the recipe!


Chocolate Cherry Shake (serves 1)


1/2 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Chocolate

1/2 cup frozen cherries

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1 scoop chocolate nutrition and/or protein powder (optional)


Combine in blender and blend! Simple and easy snack or breakfast to enjoy at home or on the go!


Now wasn’t that easy? Haha, easy is definitely my style. 4 ingredients, combine, blend and drink up! Granted I added a whole extra step here and poured it into a fancy glass just for you all! One more dish to wash… (haha anyone else without a dishwasher too??). I’m really selling Chicago studio life here, aren’t I?



Do longer recipes intimidate you?

If you could invent any milk flavor, what would you choose? 


This “Easy as Breeze” post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk. For more “Easy As Breeze” recipes made with five ingredients or less, visit Almond Breeze on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Over Your Oats #36

Happy Monday! I had a pretty good weekend, plenty of time with my little buddy Ben! (haha which you saw a lot of if you follow me on Snapchat! kdubjd).


Here are my favorite posts and articles from last week:


Seven Subtle Symptoms of Pride

Wait, The Bible Calls Women ‘Helpers?’ Seriously?

Finding The Confidence To Strip

Top 7 Podcasts To Do My Best in Fitness, Business, and Life

Health & Fitness

The Proper Way To Wash Your Workout Gear

Exercise Is Not Punishment, I repeat, Exercise Is Not Punishment

Bodyweight Only Combination Circuit Workout

What It Takes For An Already Healthy Person To See Weight Loss


Strawberry Shortcake Energy Bites

Chili Lime Corn

Greek Six Layer Dip

BBQ Baked Rutabaga Chips

Adventures Need… #Snacks {& two announcements!}

If you’ve been reading then you know I spent 5 days last week in Nashville, TN for Beachbody’s Coach Summit 2015. When it comes to traveling (especially when I know I’ll be super busy and don’t want to spend too much money) I bring a LOT of snacks. I thought I packed an insane amount of snacks but I ended up eating almost everything by the time I got home!

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Of course I brought Blue Diamond almonds. Haha, you all know I’m obsessed. Blue Diamond sent me two tins and I brought one along with me. I also brought two packets of almonds (1 serving size each) that I found at CVS and also saw at several gas stations. When I’m searching a random store for snacks it’s so nice to see that familiar brand that I know I love.

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Other snacks that brought were:

– Homemade “Shakeology Energy Balls”

– Carrots & Sugar Snap Peas

– Kind Granola Bars

– Beef Jerky

– Quest Bars

– Shakeology (travel packets!)

– Packets of oatmeal

– Peaches (warning – several got smushed…)

Aaaaand I think that’s it! Haha enough to survive the trip – plus we went to a small grocery store where I made two little salads/hot bar mixes to bring as lunches. Definitely saved me a LOT of money since they had offered $18 boxed lunches… No thank you. #budgetlady. We also had free breakfast at our hotel and they fruit, eggs, and sausage (among other gluten-filled options), which was super helpful too!

On the coaching note, I also have TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS that I wanted to share with all of my readers!

1. I’m doing a little “experiment” and running a free 7-day Self-Love, Health, & Fitness Group through Facebook. It starts this Monday and I would LOVE to have anyone and everyone join in (even if you’re a coach!). Leave a comment or email me at and I’ll send you the direct link to request to join!

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2. I posted a horribly embarrassing video of myself doing a dance workout called CIZE on my Facebook page… Check it out, “like” my page ;), and if you want to hear more, my team is running a 4 week DANCE OFF health & fitness group! I am SO EXCITED because I am a horrible dancer but I love it – so now I can workout without feeling like I’m working out, all in the privacy of my apartment. Unless I film a video… oops. If you want to hear more details, again leave a comment or email me at!

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What is your favorite snack to bring when you travel? 

Do you like to dance? 


This “Flavor Your Adventure” post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. For more snack ideas to “Flavor Your Adventure” this summer, visit Blue Diamond Almonds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

When You Feel Discouraged

Beetje bij beetje kom je ergens.
I’ve talked before about my health journey and how, after spending years treating my body poorly by under-eating and over-exercising, I’ve been trying to heal and get back to a place of equilibrium. Often when I have a goal such as this one I want it to happen NOW. I think that if I work hard enough then it will happen quickly and I’ll be where I “should” be.
I’ve learned, however, that life is not that simple and that there’s beauty in the daily struggle. Often, our dreams and our goals take time. Sometimes it’s a given amount, like in marathon training. Other times it’s completely unknown, such as building up a business or changing your health.
It can be easy to get discouraged when you don’t see daily or weekly changes; when it feels like your’e working hard for nothing.
Don’t be discouraged.
Every small step that you take in the right direction is getting you there, no matter how useless it may feel at the time. I read an email from the Brave Girls Club that really hit on this point:

“Think of plants and bulbs and seeds that seem like they are stagnant over the winter, when really they are doing the important work of readying themselves for the oncoming Spring…and while it LOOKS like they just suddenly sprout from nothing…they are just suddenly SHOWING all of the work that has been going on for months and months.”

Keep your big goal ahead of you, but focus on the little things that you’re doing each day. Reward yourself for sticking to what you know is right and good. Stop and look around and enjoy the moment that you’re in right now. I know it’s over-used, but it’s the journey, not the destination. We will always be striving for something more, so praise yourself for the little things that you do every day, even when it seems like nothing is happening.

You are worth the time, the effort and the praise. You are doing great things.


One Word Wednesday

Here’s a little photo dump from my time in Nashville!














Love (Chris Weaver Band)



















If you could describe your weekend in one word, what would it be? 

If you could describe your job in one word, what would it be?