Header (Color)

Lean, Clean, and Brie Header/Navigation Bar/Social Media Icons

Friday, October 31, 2014

{Friday Favorites} 10/31

Happy Friday! Well, more importantly, Happy Halloween! I hope your fright-day has gotten off to a wonderful start. With a great workout under my belt, I am ready to head off to work in a few hours and work until the afternoon. Backing up a second, though, this mornings workout officially completed my 150 miles by Halloween challenge from Tone It Up! I had just a little over a mile to get through this morning and I ended up doing a 30 minute HIIT routine that counted for 3 miles. I am so proud of myself for getting through the 150 miles since the beginning of the Frisky Fall challenge started eight weeks ago and it definitely brought my love for running back. Now I am excited for days that I plan to go out for 6-7 mile runs, because not only did they add a significant amount of mileage to my 150 mile goal, but I felt great running that distance. I am so excited to see where the next challenge will take me!

Onto this week's favorites!
Linking up with HeatherKatieClare, & Jennifer, thanks for hosting ladies!
Remember when my friend introduced me to the Overdrive app? Well Wednesday night I got hooked on it. I had all of my homework done for the evening and still had time to spare (that's a rarity these days) so I decided to see what books were on there. I have been wanting to read another running related book after I fell in love with Born to Run so I searched around and found Ultramarathon Man. I am only a few chapters in, but I am hooked! It is so good and so interesting. I have no intentions to run an ultra, but I think reading about them is so interesting!
I will be the first to admit that I always struggle with evening snacking. I have no problem with enjoying a small snack in the evening, especially if I eat dinner on the earlier side, but I usually end up overdoing it. In an effort to stop doing that, I am bringing back tea drinking in the evening. It curbs my appetite and it usually helps me fall asleep pretty easy. I stick to herbal tea in the evening, but I always love switching up the flavors just to keep it interesting. Tazo, Bigelow, Tiesta, Celestial Seasons, Revolution teas, I love them all!
Running ecards seriously crack me up. It's funny how relatable so many of them are to me! This one reminded me of yesterday's "You know you're a runner when..." post so I couldn't not share it in today's favorites. This ecard makes me feel not so alone in my love for running shoes, even if they are expensive!

The site that makes these running ecards is ilovetorun.org and there are so many to read through. No shame in sitting and reading through all of them for the next 10 minutes, I did it too ;).
Holy yum! Quinoa and mushrooms are two of my favorite foods... why have I not thought of mixing them together in a side dish?? This recipe is definitely being made in the near future!
In the spirit of Halloween, this clip from Jimmy Fallon is perfect. I laughed at all of these #HalloweenFails. I have yet to have a fail like any these! But I actually really like the "life" and lemons idea...

Here's to hoping I can avoid all the Halloween candy for the rest of today... it's such a weakness of mine! Have a happy Halloween friends!

Oh, and my Puritan's Pride Smoothie Pack giveaway ends at midnight! Head on over to the post and enter!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

You know you're a runner when... {Part 2}

After a few months of running just to run, I have been bitten by the running bug these past few days and all I can think about is running. Where will I go on my next run? How far will I go this time? What races should I sign up for? When are the pair of running shoes I want going to go on sale? These are all questions that have been going through my mind these past few days because running is all I have been thinking about. After a really good long run on Sunday and another good one yesterday, I am falling back in love with running and apparently it's all I can think about.

Earlier this year I posted "You know you're a runner when..." where I shared signs that you know you are a runner and I thought that now is the perfect time to add to it. Be sure to share your signs you know you are a runner in the comments below! I always love reading these :)

Ready for part 2? Let's go!
{Linking up with Thinking Out Loud on Running with Spoons- thanks for hosting Amanda!}
You know you're a runner when...
Your laundry pile is filled with more running clothes than regular clothes
Fast food joints aren't just for food, but rather for restrooms
You know how many miles are on your running shoes, but not on your car
Your foam roller is a piece of furniture in your living room
You have no problem waking up early on the weekends, but only for long runs
There just aren't enough weekends in the year for all of the races you want to participate in
You aren't packed for a vacation without a pair of running shoes
Compression socks are part of your daily wear
You're clothes become a kleenex
You can name a dozen active wear companies, but struggle to come up with a handful of dress wear companies
You know the exact distance in any direction from your door
You are the person your friends text when they are proud of their latest run
You are always hungry... always

What signs of being a runner would you add to this list?

P.S.: Don't forget that tomorrow is your last day to enter my Puritan's Pride Smoothie Pack giveaway!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

{WIAW} All About the Chocolate

This post almost did not happen. My camera memory card broke just as I was about to start writing this post and I was worried that all of the pictures I had taken of my meals today weren't going to be accessible. I have had memory card issues in the past and they usually end in losing all of my pictures, so I immediately freaked out that all the pictures I had on my camera were gone. Luckily, I can still access all of the pictures on my computer, I just can't take any pictures until I figure out how to fix my memory card. That's on my to-do list for today. Fingers crossed!

Anyway, in the usual Wednesday fashion, I am sharing yesterday's eats to link up with Jenn over at Peas and Crayons. Another full day of class led to meal prepping before heading out to class for the day and it also seemed to lead to a craving for chocolate all evening. There are worst things right? ;)
Breakfast was made Monday evening as I prepared a batch of Pumpkin Butter Overnight Oats as well as a cup of coffee to refrigerate overnight for iced coffee in the morning. Having breakfast 90% ready made my morning much easier, and delicious! I have been sticking to hot oatmeal the past few weeks, but decided to switch things up and go for overnight oats yesterday. I just can't get enough of this recipe!
I prepped my lunch and packed it all up before heading to class for the day. Doing so allows me to go to the library in between classes and work on my readings and it prevents me from eating out. I need to get more creative with my lunches, but yesterday's lunch was delicious nonetheless! I made a salad with a veggie burger and topped it was a raspberry vinaigrette dressing along with pretzels and an apple on the side.
I also prepped celery and peanut butter to snack on before my last class. I love this combo! I snacked on these while catching up on emails before heading into my final class for the day.

 Once I finished with my classes for the day, I had a few errands to run, then I headed back to my apartment. Waiting for me was a care package from my church back home! I always look forward to these packages since they are filled with so many goodies and it is a nice reminder of home. I just had to snack on a few peanut M&Ms while I went through the box. I haven't had these in so long!
 After unpacking from the day (so much tupperware!), I whipped up a quick dinner of an egg burrito with a side of broccoli. This is such a quick meal to whip up! All I do is scramble two eggs and mix in spinach and mixed vegetables along with basil and oregano and place it in a whole wheat tortilla and top it with salsa. It is more like breakfast, but I love it!

Since my body was apparently all about the chocolate yesterday I enjoyed a chocolate dipped oreo that my mom made me. She sent up a Halloween goodie box for my roommate and I this past weekend and these chocolate dipped oreos are seriously the bomb! I have been limiting myself to one per night, but it is so difficult since they are just that good. And I am not even a big oreo fan usually- ha!
I headed off to my evening meeting with my church group and once I got back I made a bowl of banana "nice cream". I absolutely love this stuff! I either snack on popcorn or I make a bowl of this every night. All it is is one banana blended with chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, and almond milk and once it is blended to the consistency of ice cream, I add in a spoonful of raw cacao nibs. Perfect way to end the evening.

Creative on-the-go lunch ideas? 
Salads and sandwiches are starting to get repetitive for me and I need more ideas!

Favorite way to enjoy chocolate?
A piece of Trader Joe's dark chocolate is always my go-to!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Some days we just need to catch up on life lately, so why not do it instagram style? Although many of my pictures that I post on instagram make their way to the blog and one point in time, many do not, so why not share some of my latest pictures today?

You can always keep up to date with my happenings by following me on instagram @LeanCleanBrie!

Morning friends and happy Friday!! I'm on my way to work right now so this checkin will be a quick one! Started off the day with a slow and difficult 3 mile run, but I made it through. Completed the #BikiniAbs routine and Karena's sleek and slender and routine and followed it up with some foam rolling because I can feel some shin splints coming on. Whipped up a quick bowl of oats with fruit and peanut butter with an apple and coffee on the side. Time to work until the afternoon then it's time to celebrate the weekend!! ��
I don't see my oatmeal for breakfast addiction stopping anytime soon. It has been my go-to for the past month or so. I love getting creative with it- peanut butter, strawberries, blueberries, and almond milk. P.S.: peanut butter mixed into a warm bowl of oatmeal is the bomb.
Perfect fall morning for a run ����☀️6.5 miles to finish out a great weekend
Sunday Runday is becoming my new favorite activity. Karena and Katrina have challenged us Tone It Up girls to complete a 5k every Sunday, but since I do that on an almost daily basis, I have been challenging myself to make Sundays my day for a longer than usual run in the mornings. It usually means getting up quite early so I can get it all in before heading out the door for church, but I absolutely love it. I run on campus down the Red Cedar River and since it is a Sunday morning, campus is empty. Just me and the Red Cedar River for miles. It usually calls for a nap after church, but I have been running further distances and even running at great times too! I definitely have my eyes set on a half marathon in the near future :).
Tis the season for pumpkin pie smoothies! ����
All things pumpkin these days! I whipped up this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie for my walk to class a few weeks ago and I swear I was drinking pumpkin pie. I added in some Puritan's Pride soy protein powder to keep me held over until dinner and it did the trick. It was my first go at adding pumpkin into my smoothie, but definitely not my last!
Can't tackle today's to-do list without some homemade iced coffee! // 1 cup of cold coffee, almond milk, ice cubes, and a packet of stevia // Pure deliciousness
And neither is my iced coffee addiction going away either. Even though the weather is getting cooler out, I am still loving my homemade iced coffee. Now that I finally nailed down my recipe it is becoming a daily staple for me. So, so delicious.
I loved tonight's Tone It Up PM challenge! I added positive affirmations next to my mirror so every morning when I look into it I am surrounded by positive words �� And it helped me decorate my room some more ��
A few weeks ago Karena and Katrina challenged the Tone It Up team to write out some positive affirmations and hang them somewhere we will see them. I absolutely loved the challenge and added them to the side of my mirror. Every time I am getting ready, I look at the positive affirmations and I instantly feel happy with myself and more confident. We all have those days... but having these affirmations to look at first thing in the morning has really helped.

What positive affirmations should I add? I want to fill the sides of my mirror with them!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Powered by Hemp Hearts

Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by Fit Approach on behalf of Manitoba Harvest. While I received free product in exchange for this review, all opinions and thoughts are my own.
I am always on a quest to try out new-to-me superfoods so when I am given the opportunity to do so, I always jump on the chance. I was given the opportunity to try out Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest through my partnership with Fit Approach, and I was instantly in love. Reading through the benefits of hemp hearts, which are raw shelled hemp seeds, I was intrigued at their versatility. These little seeds can be added to so much. Last week I challenged myself to get creative in the kitchen and see just what I could top hemp hearts with. I topped my protein pancakes, salads, and oatmeal with them over the week and I love the crunch taste of the seeds along with the nutty flavor it brings to the dish.
These little seeds pack a nutritional punch for being so small, but don't let the size fool you. Per 30 gram serving, these seeds offer 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas. Plus it is a vegetarian source of protein as well. Whenever I think of it, I add a few sprinklings of hemp seeds to my dish to add in even more nutrition. I also  love these seeds because they offer a good amount of protein, which is something I am always trying to add more into my meals, so I can stay fuller for longer.
Berry and peanut butter oatmeal topped with hemp hearts
 Lunch salad with a hard boiled egg topped with hemp hearts
Protein pancake topped with pumpkin butter and hemp hearts

Finding new dishes to incorporate my bag of hemp hearts into has not only been a fun challenge for myself, but it has been a great way to add in more nutrition to my meals. Since you can't have enough, right?

Ready for your own challenge? Manitoba Harvest is offering a 5 lb bag of Hemp Hearts to one lucky winner of their challenge. Yes, that is a whole lot of hemp hearts! Get creative in the kitchen (it's fun, I promise!) with your own recipe including hemp hearts and tag @manitobaharvest, #hemphearts, & #sweatpink on Twitter and/or Instagram to enter. You have until November 30, 2014 to enter!

Manitoba Harvest is also offering 20% off everything, yes everything, at ManitobaHarvest.com with the code HHSweatPink14. Stock up now on everything hemp!

What would dish would you add Hemp Hearts into?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weekly Workout Recap

Good morning! I hope your Sunday as gotten off to a wonderful start. After a good night of sleep, sleeping in, and starting the day off with my fastest 6.5 mile run to date, I am in a great mood. After a great weekend, I am looking forward to heading into this week on a good foot. Yesterday my Spartans beat out the Michigan Wolverines and I had a great time tailgating with friends all day. I was supposed to go into work for a few hours during the afternoon, but I got sent home after 20 minutes since no one was coming in. I was so happy to have the whole day off and was able to spend it with my friends, especially many that I don't get to see on a regular basis.

Today I have a full afternoon of homework ahead of me, followed by an evening of work. It has been such a wonderful weekend not having to stress about school, so I am going into today's study afternoon on a much more peaceful note than usual. I am also heading into the last week of Tone It Up's Frisky Fall and I cannot believe it is already coming to an end! This challenge has released some of my favorite TIU routines to date and I have been loving the motivation it has given me this fall.

Speaking of workouts, here is a recap of this week's workouts:
Weekly Workout Recap
Monday (10/20) Off
Tuesday (10/21) AM- Insane Cardio routine (3.7 miles), Frisky Fall Arms & Abs routine
Wednesday (10/22) AM- 3.5 mile run, Bikini Yoga
Thursday (10/23) AM- HIIT the Beach 2 (Beach Babe 2 DVD)
Friday (10/24) AM- 3.1 mile run, Bikini Abs routine, Sleek & Slender Abs routine
Saturday (10/25) AM- Beach Barre (Beach Babe 2 DVD), Mind Body Morning Stretch (My Yoga Works)
Sunday (10/26) AM- 6.5 mile run

I have been working on incorporating more yoga into my routine since it seems to have gone to the wayside these past few months. Even just a quick 15 minute routine has been feeling great! My legs have been really sore this week and practicing yoga has really been helping with that.

That's all for now! Enjoy the rest of your weekend friends!

Friday, October 24, 2014

{Friday Favorites} 10/24

Happy Fridayyyy!! I am so excited for this weekend to get underway and even more excited that it will start for me once I get done with work in just a few hours. This weekend is the big Michigan vs. Michigan State game and is taking place at MSU again this year. It is always a fun time when everyone gathers to tailgate and cheer on their favorite team, even if I don't understand football at all. I have to work during the game, but I am happy I have time to tailgate before and still have a full night ahead of me when I get off of work in the afternoon. Since I have a busy weekend upon me, let's get right to this week's favorites with another round up of {Friday Favorites}!

Linking up with HeatherKatieClare, & Jennifer, thanks for hosting ladies!

I just have to start off with these delicious cookies I had last weekend. Whenever my family goes camping, my mom always picks up some type of biscotti cookies to enjoy with coffee in the morning. Since it is not something we do on a daily basis, it is always something I look forward to when we go camping. When I saw these cookies in the camper, I was so excited to try them out. How could you go wrong with a pumpkin biscotti cookie? Well, the verdict is out and they are DELISH! They have the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor along with cinnamon too, which is one of my favorite spices. I definitely enjoyed a couple of these with my coffee last weekend. And now I am wishing I lived near a Trader Joe's here at school so I could buy some more ;).

Fall in Michigan is absolutely beautiful and I have been taking advantage of all the trees every chance I am outside. Taking a hike on Sunday while I was camping with my family was the perfect way to take in all the beauty of fall in Michigan. And the Michigan State campus is absolutely beautiful in the fall. Every time I walk across the Red Cedar River I think about how lucky I am to go to such a beautiful school.
I will be making this healthy Pumpkin Spice Frozen Latte this week. I have a can of pumpkin puree that is waiting to be used and I actually have all of the other ingredients on hand! That is a rarity in a college apartment kitchen. No matter how cold it gets, I always love a cold drink and this is perfection. I am trying to fit in all the pumpkin I can in the next month or so while it is still socially acceptable (hence pumpkin biscottis). Thank you Lee for fueling the pumpkin addiction this season!

Not only do I love jamming out to "Shake It Off," but seeing my favorite mascot (SPARTY) dancing to it totally made my day. I may or may not be biased, but Sparty is definitely the best dancer out there ;). I am so excited for game day tomorrow that watching this video gets me so pumped for our game against UofM. Even if I still know nothing about the game of football.
I have seen this article on The 50 States of Superfoods from The Huffington Post show up a few times in my Facebook newsfeed this week and I think it is awesome. As soon as I opened it up I scrolled all the way down to Michigan to see what our "state superfood" was and completely agree with it being asparagus. After being on the west side of the state for the asparagus festival this year, I can definitely say that Michigan is known for its asparagus! I think cherries could have been a contender too. Cherry season in Michigan is the besssst! But apparently Montana beat us out on that one.

As you can tell, I am pretty excited about this weekend so I am going to push publish and get ready for work before officially calling it the weekend. I worked my butt off last night to get my homework done and am ready to fully enjoy this weekend. GO GREEN!

Oh, and make me happy this weekend and enter my Puritan's Pride giveaway :). You can win protein powder, almond butter, superior greens powder, and carob powder --yes, all for you! Good luck!

Any football games on your schedule this weekend?
Favorite pumpkin recipe?