About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!

5 Traits I Hope Our Son Gets From His Dad

Hi Friends!

Today is hubby’s birthday! He’s the big 3-0! I’ve had this post written for a couple of months now. I thought of it while walking the dogs one day and rushed home to write it…but I decided to save it for a special day, like today!

Over the past few months I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about baby bean (obviously) and the things he’s going to inherit from his dad and me.

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I may be biased, but I think my hubby is pretty much the best, so here are 5 things I hope baby bean gets from his daddy (in no particular order).

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1. Handyman Skills

My husband is quite the handyman. There’s not a project he’s afraid to tackle…in fact it seems he always has a to-do list a mile long of improvements he wants to make around the house! He has a huge tool collection (with more on his wish list) and he’s a regular at Lowe’s and Home Depot. Although he can be a bit of a perfectionist, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been grateful that he knows how to fix a toilet, unclog a drain, paint the walls, remodel the bathroom, etc so that we don’t have to spend the money having someone else do it.  I know he’ll be anxious to teach our son all about tools and DIY skills and I can’t wait to see what sorts of projects they do together.

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2. Musical talent

Hubby grew up playing drums and guitar and he plays them both very well. He knows immediately when things are out of tune, can recognize almost any song pretty much as soon as it starts playing, and has a great appreciation for a wide range of music genres. We’ve spent many a night just hanging out on the couch or the deck listening to music, singing along, discovering new artists, etc. He’s also a huge fan of making up his own songs and loves to serenade me with silly, yet charming, tunes about everything from pooping to how much he loves me. It never fails to make me smile.

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3. Intelligence/Creativity

My husband is, hands down, one of the most intelligent people I know. I mean, he has a college degree in Physics! Who does that?! But beyond being school smart, he’s just smart in general. He keeps up on current events, he’s well-spoken and opinionated and he makes intelligent financial decisions. He’s constantly on a quest for new knowledge- always asking “why?” and figuring out how things work or how to make things work. He’s great at thinking outside the box to come up with creative solutions to problems and always does his research to make sure he makes the best decisions possible. Bottom line, he just KNOWS lots of stuff. I hope our son is the same way.

4. Sense of Humor/Lack of Modesty

Mr. Bean has a great sense of humor and is constantly making people laugh, but he’s also not afraid to laugh at himself. He’s 100% comfortable in his own skin and is not afraid to walk around naked, talk about poop, etc. While this isn’t always desirable (namely the constant bodily function discussion and expressions), it’s part of who he is and I love him for it. He’s constantly coming up with ways to keep me entertained and not a day goes by where I don’t appreciate his wonderful personality and all the smiles he brings to my world. I hope our son inherits that same personality.

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5. Respect for women

The two of us have been together for a long time….like 10+ years. In all those years he’s never once treated me as anything less than his equal. He’s never told he me I couldn’t do something because I was a girl. He respects me, appreciates me, tells me I look beautiful and encourages me to follow my dreams. His parents did a great job raising him and I hope we can instill the same values in our son.


I could go on and on…but i’ll stop there.  Happy birthday hubby. Baby bean is lucky to have you as his dad.

As far as which traits I hope he gets from me?
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But for real- I hope our son inherits my love of reading, my cooking skills and my multi-tasking abilities!

Let’s chat:
What traits from either parent do you see or hope to see in your kids?


10 Minute Sweet Potato and Apple Saute

This post is sponsored by Pompeian. I was compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hi Friends!

Today is the latest in a series of posts as part of my partnership with Pompeian. In case you missed the first few, be sure to check them out:

Broccoli with Olive Oil Cheese Sauce
Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges
Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

Today’s recipe uses one of their new OlivExtra Special Blends-

Their OlivExtra California Select is a blend of Safflower Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It has a super high smokepoint (500 degrees) which makes it great for high-heat cooking.

This recipe came to mind when I was looking for a way to repurpose some leftover pork tenderloin. Hubby and I love to grill pork tenderloin. It’s easy, healthy and makes a lot of leftovers so we can use them throughout the week. I try to get creative with the leftovers so we’re not just eating slices of pork every night.

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This time I decided to make use of some of my Fall produce and make a quick saute that I could use as a topping for the pork. Since apples and pork go really well together, I started there…and then I added some leeks and sweet potato that I had on hand, along with some apple cider!

The benefit of being able to heat the oil to high heat means that this comes together quickly and dinner was ready in no-time!

Here’s the recipe:

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A quick, easy topping to jazz up leftover pork or chicken.
Serves: serves 4

  • 1 Tablespoon Pompeian OlivExtra California Select oil
  • ½ cup leeks, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup sweet potato, finely diced
  • 1 medium apple, diced
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon paprkia

  1. Heat the oil in a saute pan over high heat.
  2. Add the leeks, garlic, sweet potato and apple and saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add remaining ingredients.
  4. Saute another 5 minutes or until sweet potatoes reach desired tenderness.
  5. Serve over sliced pork or chicken.

The key to this recipe is dicing the sweet potatoes fairly small. You want them to cook quickly so little chunks are best!

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This topping would work well on pretty much any protein. It adds some Fall flavor without being super labor intensive. Quick and easy is what it’s all about at 37 weeks pregnant!

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September Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

Hi Friends!

It’s time for another foodie penpals reveal day!

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I took the month off- trying to focus on getting ready for baby, but if you want to participate next month, here are the details:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. 
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans.  

If you’re from the US or Canada and are in participating for October, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 

You must submit your information by October 4th as pairings will be emailed on October 5th!

If you participated this month, link up below and go check out a few other posts to see what they got!




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Hi Friends!

Time for another round of Bean Bytes!

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Love this behind the scenes look!
Food Photography: Behind the Scenes via Handle the Heat

Workout on the cheap:
How To Build A Home Gym for Under $100 via US News

Fitness stuff:
6 Yoga Poses For Runners via Love Life Surf
How To Return To Post-Partum Running Safely via Mommy Run Fast
High Fat Diet for Endurance? via Feminine Muscle

Must Reads:
1 Simple Lesson: On Making Your Dreams Come True via Healthy Aperture
What If You Could Go Back To The Beginning via Scissortail Silk
Our Marriage Isn’t 50/50 via The Shine Project

10 Things Only Your Childhood Best Friend Understands via Huff Post
10 Things I’ve Learned From 4 Years Of Blogging via Fitting It All In

Guide To Dehydrating Herbs via Zen & Spice
Toddler Reading Engagement via Yes I Want Cake

The Instagram on is life-changing:
15 Best Browser Extensions for Social Media via Buffer

These could help you:
Changes I’ve Made To Tame A Bloated Belly via Eat Spin Run Repeat


Good tips:
35 Tips For Flying With A Toddler via The Avid Appetite
10 Tips For A Healthy Fall via Grapefruit & Granola

5 Reasons To Keep A Fitness Journal via Fit Knit Chick
5 Reasons To Use A Treadmill via Reach Your Peak

Love these:
Broken Crayons Still Color via The Wannabe Athlete
What I Learned At Blog Brulee & Why It Matters To You via An Avocado A Day
The Four C’s of a Great Blog via 20-Nothings

Sometimes it’s on them:
What Your Personal Trainer Can’t Fix via Thrive Fit

Get moving:
Strength Training Workout For Runners via Your Trainer Paige

It’s All About Portion Size via Lauren Lives Healthy
IBS & Digestion Reading List via Fitting It All In


Using Google Trends To Create Popular Posts via Katy Widrick
9 Kitchen Items You’re Forgetting To Clean via The Cutting Board
How To Clean Wooden Cutting Boards via Simply Nicole
10 Steps To A Greener Home via Kate Moving Forward

Keeping it real:
It’s Official- Readers Don’t Like Sponsored Posts via Will Write for Food

How Small Substitutions Lead To Big Changes via Katrina Elle

13 Ways To Simplify Your Day via Energy We Bring


Great reminder:
On Being In The Weeds via Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Love this workout:
Duality Workout via Feminine Muscle

Anyone can participate in this virtual race for a great cause:
Cabot Legacy Virtual Race via Fit 2 Flex

Great tips:
How To Grow Your Instagram Following via Sweet Cayenne

Need some new blogs to read?
20 Reasons To Start Reading Food Blogs via The Foodie Dietitian


Good tips for bloggers:
How To Update Your Nav Bar To Increase Pageviews via Blog Clarity
29 Tips To Make Your Blog Posts Better via World of Wanderlust
So You Want To Be A Full-Time Blogger? via London Beauty Queen
9 Tips To Avoid Blogger Burnout via The Deliberate Mom

6 Beliefs Women Need to Unlearn via Huff Post

Quick Guide To Every Spice In The Cupboard via The Kitchn


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Caramel Cookie Dough Oatmeal
Pear Crisps with Pumpkin Dip
Pumpkin & Raisin Peanut Butter Cups
Maple Ancho Carrot Straws
Maple Cinnamon Zucchini Chips
Turkey Kielbasa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Spiralized Cinnamon Apple Chips
Roasted Broccoli Chickpea Burgers
Apple Popcorn Trailmix
Pumpkin Chips
Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Blondies
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles
Pear Ginger Preserves
Heirloom Grain Salad
Banana Marble Muffins
Crockpot Vegetable Lasagna
Salted Caramel PB Apple Dip
Lentil Sloppy Joes
Curried Pork & Quinoa Stew
39 Healthy Muffin Recipes
Lemon Garlic Basil Spaghetti Squash
Beef & Broccoli Teriyaki Noodle Bowls
Tuna Avocado Brown Rice Bowls
Buffalo Chicken Hash
Hard Cider Porkchops with Apples
Oatmeal Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies
Apple Crumb Coffee Cake
Crockpot Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Pumpkin Creme Bars
Cinnamon Roll Blondie Bites
Roasted Red Pepper Soup With Corn & Feta
Rainbow Chopped Salad with Apples
Baked Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
Ravioli Lasagna
Raw Pumpkin Brownies
Snickerdoodle Cashew Butter
Apple Pumpkin Bread
Single Serve Caramel Pecan Breakfast Cookies
Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate
Asian Fish and Chips
Pumpkin Monkey Bread

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Found this cool little guy on our back door.
So excited to go shopping for our Salvation Army family.
It’s my fav shopping trip of the year!
Fun goodies from Cabot (#freebies). Thank you!
We had dinner at my inlaws’ for early bday celebration for hubby.
His actual bday is Wednesday!

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Saturday was our 6th wedding anniversary and I also hit 37 weeks pregnant. We had a great weekend celebrating. We started the day having breakfast with friends, then headed to the Rogue Fitness garage sale where we scored a plyo box, med ball and kettlebell to add to our home gym- saved $125! Afterwards we did a little shopping and I picked up some nursing tanks. We also bought a maple tree to plant to replace the dead one we had to cut down. We enjoyed a late lunch, took a glorious nap, walked the dogs and cooked ourselves a delicious dinner at home.

Sunday we did some major cleaning. Cleaned out all of our junk drawers and cabinets, plus the pantry! It was much needed.

I also tried to spend some time with my feet up. I’m dealing with some pretty bad swelling in my feet and ankles. Drinking lots of water and wearing compression socks, as well as elevating my feet seems to help so I’m doing my best to keep it under control. Tuesday is our 37 week appointment! We finally took some pictures of the nursery so stay tuned for a post soon!

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The Expanding American Waistline
Morning Rituals of Effective Social Media Strategists
61 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Friends
Defrosting Food Safely
Dressing Up Veggie Burgers
Words Of Wisdom For Moms
Why Do We Keep Apologizing For Being Slow
6 Smartest Things You Can Do Every Morning and Night
10 Easy Ways To Sneak In A Workout At The Office
Best Way To Fit In A Workout
Easy Food Art Ideas
Teaching True Beauty
15 Amazing Things We Did As Kids That Will Make Us Better Adults
38 Ways To Simplify Your Life
50 Pictures That Will Take You Straight Back To Childhood
Don’t Skip These Steps When Pitching A Guest Post
10 Ways You Can Actually Help A New Mom
17 Food Bloggers Share Tips For Picky Eaters
What Is Mindful Eating?
Be A Game Changer

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In case you missed it, check out Saturday’s post where I shared our Baby Bean Maternity Photos!

That’s all for today!


PS. The next pin it party is THIS FRIDAY!!! JOIN US!!! Check out the last pin it party post to see how it works. CLICK HERE for details.

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Hi Friends!

Time for another round of Sunday Food Prep. Here’s what I prepped last weekend:

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I kept it pretty simple this week and just prepped some veggies and then I also put my salmon and pork tenderloin in marinades so we could grill them the next night.

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I focused most of my energy on prepping some freezer meals so we will have a nice, stocked freezer when baby arrives. I’m planning to do a whole post on all the stuff I prepped so stay tuned!

And for a little more inspiration, check this out:

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This weekly food prepping plan consists of three meals and two snacks. Egg whites, shrimp, and cod are the protein staples for this  menu. Breakfast includes 4 hard-boiled egg whites and about 1/3 cup of oatmeal topped with cinnamon. Hard-boiled eggs are a great food to prep ahead of time and eat on the run. For lunch, I prepared about 4 oz of cod with sweet potato and green beans. Dinner consists of a salad made from spinach, shrimp, sprouts, red pepper, and carrots. Simple, homemade dressings are the best so stick with 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of vinegar. For snacks, grabbed some non-fat Greek yogurt with berries, as well as a brown rice cake with 1 tbsp of peanut butter. Food prepping definitely saves me time, money, and stress during the work week. And it helps with healthy decision-making! Happy cooking!

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Are you food prepping this weekend? Send me your pic! I’m out of submissions!

Here’s what I need from you:

Email me the following:
1. Your Name
2. Your Blog URL (if you have one)
3. A photo of your food prep
4. A short description of what’s in the photo. Tell me what you prepped and how you’re going to use it during the week!

Every Sunday, I’ll post a roundup of the photos I received that week so that you guys can see what others are preparing and hopefully get some inspiration and ideas! I’ll keep this series going for as long as I receive photos, so send one every week if you want to!

Send to: theleangreenbean <at> gmail <dot> com

Tweet and Instagram your pics as well to inspire others!! Use the hashtag #sundayfoodprep . Remember that in order for a pic to be included in the post, you have to email it to me! If you have more than one pic, please make them into a collage before sending!


Want more inspiration and tips? Read these:

Top 10 Foods for Sunday Food Prep
How to Prep Food on the Weekend

Weekend Prep for Easy Weekday Meals
How to Eat Healthy in College
How to Eat Healthy During the Week

And check out the Food Prep Tab for links to all the previous Sunday food prep posts!


Let’s chat: Are you prepping food today? Whatcha makin’?