Bean Bytes 16

Hi friends!

Time for more Bean Bytes! This is the first edition in about 3 weeks. There’s a reason for that- I was busy. It was the holidays. I haven’t been in the mood to read blogs. Take your pick. But have no fear! We’re back at it!

First things first! Foodie Penpals for Hurricane Sandy is still going on. If you’ve participated in FPP in the past or are planning on it in the future, PLEASE consider donating. We’ve raised $1,755 dollars for NY Cares to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy which is AMAZING! Thank you so much to all who have donated. However, there are over 1,000 of you that have participated in FPP at some point and only 75 have donated…If you’re able, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

Link Love

2 weeks ago

A beautiful post on self love. You’re worth it!
My weight evolution via Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail

Great tips for improving functional fitness:
5 tips for improving your functional fitness via Love Life Surf and FitKnitChick

What do you think?
Are gyms stigmatizing womens fitness? via Fit Mom in Training

Healthy holiday tips:
Healthy Holiday Eating via Don’t White Sugar Coat It

Finding motivation within:
Need motivation to exercise? via FitknitChick

On pinterest contests:
How to run a pin it to win it contest via Shareaholic

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites via Gimme Some Oven

So important.
Live Your Dream, not the dream via EatDrinkBreatheSweat


1 week ago

A great reminder:
life is like a christmas tree via simply be me

A heartfelt post on how running helps:
A little bit sad and a little bit happy via Mommy Run Fast

On consistency:
Aim for Consistency via Gabby’s Gluten-Free


This past week

Couldn’t agree more!
Running slow still makes you a runner via Zero to 26.2

Go sign up! It’s awesome:
round 4 of best body bootcamp is now open via Best Body Fitness

If you have tight hips like me:
Hip Mobility Routine via Your Trainer Paige

Change your tastebuds!
You can modify your tastebuds via The Candid RD

On crossfit:
Do short crossfit workouts work via Fitting it all In

Homemade xmas idea:
5 Bean Soup in a Jar via Back to her Roots

Love this!
What is fit via Delights and Delectables

I heart rest weeks!
5 reasons to take a rest week via Your Trainer Paige

breakfast sushi via Kiss my Broccoli

Better results in less time:
7 ways to get better Fitness results in less time via Mizfit Online

Can’t stop thinking about this one:
Am I cut out for this via Live Love and Run

Shin splints suck. Avoid them!
Prevent Shin Splints: 3 Calf Stretches via Fun and Fit

How bad do you want it?
Success- How bad do i want it via 300 pounds and running

Shameless plug!
Cookie Workout via Anytime Health

An amazing gluten-free e-cookbook from my friends Purely Twins:
Purely Classic Recipe Cookbook via Purely Twins

For those who travel:
Holiday Gift Guide for the Travelista via Nutritionella


Twitter Favorites

the no thank you bite via It’s Not About Nutrition
4 reasons you crave sweets via Organic Authority
Why people share your content via Social Fresh
How to find out who you really are via blog of impossible things
About Page 101: Making them care via Daily Post
Think Bigger via Kelly Olexa

In the News

Medicare picks up tab for obesity counseling
Do older adults need supplements and vitamins
Food triggers and migraine headaches
Weight Watchers 360 plan
Extra fruit may not ward of hunger

For Bloggers

Rita, the creative genius from Blog Genie that helped me redesign my blog a while ago, has put together a blog improvement program that’s starting in January.  It has 12 monthly themes or topics to help you improve your blog, plus printable templates, planners and checklists to go along with each month! PLUS if you sign up before December 19th, you get an added bonus: Rita will either help you transfer your blog to self-hosted wordpress or install a premium wordpress theme if you’re already self-hosted!

You can read more information about the Blog Improvement Program by CLICKING HERE.  I would highly suggest checking it out. I can’t say enough good things about Rita. She is AMAZING to work with and a wealth of knowledge about all things blog related. Everyone could learn something from her…and if you’re looking to improve your blog…this is definitely something you should look into.

Added bonus- She’s offering a discount for my readers. Signups open Wednesday so i’ll post the code then so you can use it!!


In other news, we finally finished our eclectic kitchen wall. I love it.

Oh, and if you missed it over the weekend, check out all my elves ROCKING the makeup-free friday challenge. SO INSPIRED by all of them! CLICK HERE to check it out

Let’s chat! What’s the best post you’ve read lately?!


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom 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!


  1. Thank you SO much for share the blog bootcamp. It fits perfectly with my post today – trying to find the time to keep making forward progress. I’m signing up for sure!
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Pushing Forward

  2. I have some reading to do! So many great links you have given us. I haven’t been super excited over too many posts lately, there are a few bloggers that no matter what they bring us, it’s interesting, but no specific post that stands out. Some of these look really great. Hope you had a great weekend. Hugs to #PlumpOrangeBean

  3. I’ve been behind on my blog reading so thank you for this. I missed MANY of these and can’t wait to catch up. And thanks for sharing Tamara’s post! Such great info.
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted..Memories Captured: Magical Memories

  4. Great list! So many posts I haven’t read yet (because I, like you, have been very busy).

    Thanks for the info on the blog improvement program. I plan to sign up so thanks in advance for the info and discount.
    Debbie @ Live from La Quinta recently posted..Two People, a Community, a Brain Tumor, and a Miracle

  5. Wow, you must have spent a LOT of time creating this list. I checked out a few already. And I love all the posts by fitnknitchick, as she knows her stuff. The COOKIE workout was adorable.
    AlexandraFunFit recently posted..Prevent Shin Splints: 3 Calf Stretches

  6. Where have I been? I missed a lot of these! I might check out the blogging bootcamp – I need to be a little bit better organized! :)
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted..Under Armour Sports Bra Giveaway!

  7. I hope Foodie Penpals 4 Sandy continues to grow this week!! :) :)
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..Harry and David Giveaway

  8. My usual Monday morning procrastination source – can’t wait to read over everything!
    Erica { } recently posted..Record Setting Weekend + Premier Protein Giveaway!

  9. Great links you’ve shared! Love the wall :)
    Kierston recently posted..Little Things Monday!

  10. Great list! I have some reading to do!! Love the kitchen wall!!
    Fancy Nancy recently posted..Monday Motivation

  11. Ooh, I’m excited to check out Rita’s program… I’ve heard such great things about her! And thanks so much for the link love!
    Laura recently posted..TriGirl Half Marathon Recap

  12. Thanks for the link love! I definitely want to check out Rita’s program, looks great!
    Gabby @ Gabby’s Gluten-Free recently posted..PV Body Review

  13. Definitely some great links and reads shared – thanks!! :)
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently posted..Music Monday // This Girl Is On Fire!

  14. another round up with things i missed and am ready to go read!
    Amanda @RunToTheFinish recently posted..Christmas Cookie Fueled

  15. LOOOOVE this list! Thanks for including me!

  16. I definitely want to take that class from Rita! I also need to move my blog to a self hosted platform, so that works out well :)
    Liz @ IHeartVegetables recently posted..Meeting at the Bar[re]

  17. I love your eclectic kitchen wall!! So pretty :)
    Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life recently posted..Embrace the Mess + Other Parenting Words of Wisdom

  18. Love this list! I always find new blogs to enjoy with these kinds of lists. And I love your ecclectic kitchen wall, we have a similar plan with ours once we get rid of our big bird walls 😉
    maria @ lift love life recently posted..Weekend Memories

  19. Looks like a great list, guess I have a lot of reading to do!
    josephine recently posted..Lebert Equalizer

  20. I love all the photos and things on the kitchen wall! I need to do something fun like that in my kitchen :)
    Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete recently posted..A holiday (and life) message

  21. Love the eclectic wall! Very cute:)

    Thank you for including me in this week’s bytes :)

    I’m excited about Rita’s planner! She’s the best.

  22. haha…”Keep Calm and Drink Beer” – must have been a dudes input on that one
    Brad Gouthro Fitness recently posted..The Afterburn Effect – Live Lean Afterburn Circuit Workout #1 #LLTV

  23. I love Blog Genie! I am definitely signing up for the program :)
    Kaylie recently posted..#MIMM Conan, Christmas Trees, and Crazy Workouts

  24. Love your eclectic wall :) especially the green bean and keep calm signs. So cute! xo

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  25. I love your kitchen wall! SO cute!!
    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite recently posted..Holiday Cookie Week: Double Cherry Cordial Kisses

  26. Thanks for the link love girl!! I love these posts!! I always have so much fun reading everything you post!
    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted..MIMM #26 Graduation Style

  27. LOVE bean bytes! :)

    Now I have things to read at work this morning!!
    Karla @ myhighonlife recently posted..Healthy Holidays

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