Bean Bytes 26

Hi Friends!

It’s Monday again! Time for me to fill you in on some of the best reads from around the blogosphere last week! Hint- There were LOTS of good ones!


Link Love


A reminder I definitely need several times a year!
The Pursuit of Superwoman via Mommy Run Fast

Three cheers for weightlifting!
Understanding body composition via Run to the Finish

Great ideas to get moving!
34 ways to get in 30 Minutes of Exercise via Food and Fun on the Run

How to pace someone else:
The Art of Pacing (someone else) via Beyond Distance

yummy eats:
Peanut Butter & Banana Stuffed French Toast Sticks via Steph’s Bite by Bite
Choreos via Little Bitty Bakes


Great tips for eating on a budget:
11 Ways to save money and eat well on a budget via Tales from the Kitch

Important to note:
Yes you can eat too much fruit and dairy via The Candid RD

Great post! VERY similar to what I do:
How to make a quick and healthy weeknight dinner via Fannetastic Food

Have some fun in the kitchen:
How to infuse olive oil via Wannabe A Country Cleaver

Agree one million percent:
There is no perfect body via Perfection Isn’t Happy

Men & Women are different:
Spousal envy: why men lose weight faster via Lifting Revolution

Great ideas for kids!
Indoor Exercise Games for Kids via Momma Young & Friends

NEED this:
Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese with Gingersnap Crust via Vegetarian Ventures


Looooove this:
Better than the Alternative Tuesday: Weight via Run Stronger Every Day

Yikes! Always forget about this:
Facebook’s Other Folder via Katy Widrick

Some great points:
Don’t buy nutrients via A Healthy Slice of Life

Consider this:
Things to consider before becoming a fitness instructor via Fitness Perks

On running & dogs:
6 tips for running with your dog via Food and Fun on the Run


Educate yourselves!
Go Red & Blog Your Heart Out via Nutritious Eats

Yummy recipes:
Greek Egg Stack with kale via The Little Yellow Kitchen
The Ultimate Loaded Veggie Burger via Edible Perspective

25 Things you don’t have to justify to anyone via Thought Catalog

Amen to this post:
The glorification of sugar via Peas and Crayons

Love this:
6 ways to be the best you via The Shine Project

Great info:
The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Media Kit via Shareaholic

So fun and easy!
How to sprout lentils via Back to Her Roots

Learn more about metabolic testing:
Metabolic testing via Coffee Cake and Cardio

Great tutorial on google reader and bloglovin’
Google Reader & Blog Lovin via Peace Love & Oats


Control your inbox:
Taming the inbox monster via A Foodie Stays Fit

A very powerful post about the power of love:
Pregnant at Fourteen via Miles to Run

Twitter Favs

How to get more traffic from pinterest
5 silent warnings that your life is unbalanced
5 reasons why girls type like thisssss
How to make the most of Pinterest
Setting big goals and the benefit of fear
No one thing
Why you need a social resume and how to build one
15 things that happened 15 years ago
My opinions on various blogging trends
The new mom identity crisis
Simple tips for taking self portraits
4 common running problems and fixes
5 food websites you can’t live without
What 200 calories looks like
The yellow dog project
Relax, you’ll be more productive
Falling in love with the barbell
Tantrum training
7 Reasons why you should do the crossfit games open

Mail Call


I think we all know how I feel about getting stuff in the mail. I LOVE IT! Clearly, since I started Foodie Penpals.  This past week I got some AMAZING packages. I’m a lucky girl.

Let’s start with my absolute favorite. My girl Elle over at Nutritionella just passed her RD exam. She knows I’ll be taking mine at the end of April, so she sent me her study materials, a study survival pack and some of her own tips for passing the test. I was literally just thinking on my way home on Friday about how i’d need to order some study materials and voila- when I got home, that package was on my doorstep! I LOVE HER!!!

Shannon over at Badass Fitness sent me a little surprise Valentine’s package that included a fun new toy. Have you guys heard of the Jawbone UP? Some of you might remember how much I liked my Fitbit. Well, it went through the wash about a month ago so i’ve been without it. I’m excited to try this out as a replacement. I kinda like that you can wear it as a bracelet- it’s pretty stylish! I’ll let you know what I think. I got this package to introduce my to the #meetmaxwell iniative. You can learn more about it in Shannon’s post.

My friends at Cascadian Farm sent me a simplicity kit! It included lots of great products that help you live a simple life:

I’ve gotta say I am SO PUMPED about some of these items! I’ve been wanting a Bento Box forever. The multiple containers in one box are perfect for the kind of lunches I pack. I also tried out the water bottle. I like glass bottles but some of them are super heavy. This one is stylish and fairly lightweight! The People Towel is also really cool. We use a lot of paper towels and these are a fun alternative that are great for the environment!

Finally, Chobani sent me some of their newest flavors- banana and pear! I got to try banana at FNCE last year but I’m super pumped to try pear!

Scenes from the Week


My valentine’s flowers are still going strong.


1. I’m addicted to sunrises. So pretty.
2. Quick tip: If you pull the nub off an avocado and it’s still green underneath, then it should be green inside. If it’s brown, it’s probably overripe and brown inside.
3. Puppy snuggles and cat laundry. Hubby took the sheets off the bed and Marcus wasn’t interested in moving.
4. Wild Friday night!


Sometimes I do get out of my workout clothes on the weekend :)


Lap cat!

In the News

 How to workout after sickness, surgery or injury
Nutrition is not just counting calories
Is wheat-free the new Adkins?
Food retailers underestimating calorie content
Healthy Sleep, Healthy Diet
Are only children to blame for the obesity crisis?
Sugar free and diet sodas linked to diabetes 


Did anybody do food prep this weekend?!


Don’t forget to send me a pic next time for my Sunday Meal Prep Inspiration series! Check out yesterday’s post (CLICK HERE) if you missed it- lots of great ideas!

Also take a second to check out Saturday’s post and meet my February Sponsors! CLICK HERE! And let me know if you want to be a March sponsor- It’s a great way to get some exposure for your blog! DETAILS HERE.


Ok, that’s all friends. Have a great week!


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. Phew! That’s a lot of link love:)
    Love the outside of the gym photo! I love that necklace!
    Now, I have a lot to catch up on blog wise!
    Lisa recently posted..Coffee Talk

  2. Love this! I’m always looking forward to Bean Bytes, so when an extra lengthy one comes up, I’m excited! I’ve actually tried out the UP Jawbone before, and loved it! I liked how it really focused on the nutrients instead of calories. My only complaint is how much time it can take to import everything :(
    Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well recently posted..Things Healthy Living Bloggers Say

  3. Hi Lindsay, I just started reading your blog after seeing the meal prep link-up. I love this round-up post, too, as I read a lot of those blogs as well. Anyways, thought I’d say hi since I’m enjoying your blog and hope to keep reading. Have a great day! P.S. I’m curious about the Jawbone Up, too. Let us know what you think! :)
    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance recently posted..Too Cute Not To Share!

  4. As always, definitely some great reads! I had to mark a few to read later when I have more time. Thanks for sharing! :)
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently posted..Sunday Confessions #2

  5. Wow! It was a great week. So many great thought provoking posts too.

    Btw – I can’t get enough of sunrises and sunsets either! 😉
    Angela @ Happy fit mama recently posted..Marathon Monday Week 2

  6. You have a seriously beautiful cat! Thanks for all the link love!
    Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie recently posted..VLOG: My New Favorite Pilates Move

  7. Awesome list of reads lady!
    Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family recently posted..Augusta Half Marathon 2013

  8. you ALWAYS FIND what I (may I say we and drag others into it? :)) miss…
    Miz recently posted..Fitness mission statements.

  9. Some of those recipe links this week sound really great! I love these round ups and hope to get to many of them.
    misszippy recently posted..Daring I am not

  10. i have the jawbone too! just waiting for the android ap to come out. ARGH. Darn android. Keep me posted on how you like it!!
    lindsay recently posted..Sweet Saucony: Virrata Shoe Review

  11. Love all of these reads! That pear chobani is awesome. I moxed mine with cardamom and cinnamon to to a protein pancake. Yum!
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Brown Beer Hummus

  12. Ohh so many links I need to catch up on, haha. Love that avocado tip! I didn’t know that!

    It was so great meeting you yesterday! Good luck on the last few weeks!!

  13. You know I love the bean bytes!

    I like that necklace too :)
    Kierston recently posted..Getting Away!

  14. I love getting stuff in the mail! I cant wait to get my fitness wear from albion fit! I am doing a product review and giveaway for them, so be looking out for it! Those flowers are beautiful too!
    Sara @ fitcupcaker recently posted..True Protein Freak

  15. I look forward to your bean bytes…especially when I’ve been out of touch! 😉 You always have the best recaps.
    Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run recently posted..The missing piece of my life.

  16. I want a Bento box, too! And how sweet of Elle to share all her materials, you are a blessed girl indeed. Thanks also for sharing my post!
    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast recently posted..Heart Rate Monitor Giveaway

  17. Thanks for the love, and for the AWESOME stuff to check out this week :). Foodie pen pals sounds like such a fun thing! Who doesn’t love getting stuff in the mail?

  18. Wow, thanks for all the great links. That’s going to take me all day to check out :-).
    Debbie @ Live from La Quinta recently posted..Weekly Training Recap: La Jolla Half Marathon Week 5

  19. Thanks for the love – such a great compilation of posts this week! Love seeing such amazing content!

  20. I’m dying to try that Jawbone Up! I really want it for after the baby is born. I think having it help me be accountable would be a huge help. can’t wait to see what you think.
    Katie @momslrb recently posted..Saucony Virrata…Find Your Strong!

  21. Great bytes this week! Checking out like 15 links, woop!
    Your cat is just such a cutie.
    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal recently posted..Starting out with Alternate Day Intermittent Fasting

  22. OMG I am totally going to be ALL OVER THIS post later tonight when I have more time to stalk!! WAHOO – thanks for posting it 😀
    GiGi Eats Celebrities recently posted..MA! The Meatloaf… FACK!

  23. I look forward to Bean Bytes every Monday because I’ve been seriously slacking with my blog reading the past few weeks :( I hate feeling like I’m missing out, so a compilation like this is JUST what I need.
    Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete recently posted..Tone It Up Girls Brunch

  24. Great list and thank you for including my post! I can’t believe your exam dates is getting so close. How exciting! I bet you feel much better with those study materials in hand.
    Melanie @ Nutritious Eats recently posted..Tomato Kale Soup and Meal Planning

  25. What a great round-up! Your weekly food plan will be such great help for my busy week!
    Chrissy recently posted..Green Egg Stack {with Kale & Herb Spread}

  26. SO SO SO SO MUCH great info!!!!!! Love all the pics too! Your kitty is so cute! :) I may never get to all in your posts but so comprehensive – how do you read all this! 😉
    Jody – Fit at 55 recently posted..Gratitude Monday & More FUN News

  27. I love your round ups! I’d miss a lot of good posts if it wasn’t for these. :)
    Presley @ Run Pretty recently posted..Weekend Recap: Races and Faces

  28. love your hair, its so cute!

    thanks for sharing all these good read, will have to slowly go through them all!
    Courtney recently posted..Training for 26.2

  29. I just started to read your blog and you have really awesome posts here . I really enjoy the reading. BTW the food looks so delicious!

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