Bean Bytes 68

Hi Friends!

Time for more Bean Bytes!


Link Love


Pay it forward:
Creative Ways to Pay It Forward via Olive to Run
25 Ways to Pay it Forward via Mind Body Green
Blessing Bags for the Homeless via Lauren Conrad

This is AWESOME:
Change our #fitspiration via Healthy Helper

Eat more veggies:
How To Get Excited About Eating More Veggies via Run To The Finish

10 Things I Want My Boys to Know About Girls via FoodTrainers

Take note:
Most Important Things Young Professionals Should Know About Personal Finances via Brazen Careerist

Do you?
Girls, Do You Fuel Properly For Your Sport? via Food & Nonsense

On recovery:
I’m Not Your Hero & Do We Ever Get Past 80%? via The Soulful Spoon

Watch them:
10 Inspirational, Funny & Beautiful TED talks via Oatmeal in my Bowl

Give back:
PBF Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back via Peanut Butter Fingers


Fun crafts:
DIY Glittery White Mason Jars via How Sweet Eats
Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments via Back To Her Roots
Polka Dot Holiday Door Mat via DIY Playbook

Build one!
How To Build A Super Salad via Fit 2 Flex

It’s Not The Fat via The Gypsy Dietitian


Don’t Be Fooled By These 6 Freelance Job Posting Scams via Brazen Careerist
7 Common Misconceptions about SEO via Hubspot

Thought Provoking:
What If Wednesday via Life to the Full

Be kind:
A Holiday Plea: Let’s Be Nicer on Facebook via Real Mom Nutrition


How to Chop Herbs via Sweet Foodie

Bookworm? Read these:
10 Books to Read in 2014 via The Sweet Life

What do you think?
Can You Cheat Clean? via Food Trainers

Must read:
How To Learn From The Blogger Uproar via Katy Widrick


Easy, Inexpensive Gifts!
DIY Homemade Lip Gloss via I Dream of Pretty
DIY Holiday Decor Under $5 via Pomegranate Bandit
28 Gifts to Make When You’re Broke via Buzzfeed

Awesome cookbook for a great cause:
BLD: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner via Inspired RD

Are you doing it?
Leading a Life Filled With Grace & Kindness via It Started With Lipgloss

7 Dynamic Warmup Moves for Runners via Matters of Course

Best advice:
Self Esteem & The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Local. Fresh. Preservative Free. Beware of Labels via A Gutsy Girl

Why I Stopped Drinking Almond Milk via The Kitchen

Supplements Are Not The Cure via The Fueled Athlete
If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say, Skim My Article & Leave a Comment via Thought Catalog
Self – Love: What Your Facebook NewsFeed Won’t Tell You via Striving Onward
Teaching Our Kids Giving Over Greed via Mothering From Scratch

Use Instagram to Plan Your Next Trip via Live Do Grow



Gingerbread Cookie Dough Cups
Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles
Roasted Sweet Potato Soup w/ Grilled Cheese Croutons
Streusel Topped Blueberry Coffee Cake
Maple Syrup Snow Taffy
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bites
Caramel Stuffed Ginger Molasses Cookies
Gluten-Free Blueberry Bundt Cake
Chocolate Gingerbread Brownies
Brussels Sprout Salad with Cranberry Dressing
Healthier Banana Pudding
Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Ice Cream
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds
Cranberry Orange Vodka
Gingerbread Spiced Nuts
Pumpkin Beer Bread
Dark Chocolate Almond & Blueberry Clusters
Healthy Chocolate Cake

Scenes From The Week


1 & 2. Excited to review this automatic canner thanks to Food & Nutrition magazine! Stay tuned!
3. Got my Black Friday pyrex…so in love. Wish I’d bought two sets!
4. Look for a review and giveaway of the Fitbit Force on the blog Friday!


1. Hah.
2. Hubby and I donated 6 bags of clothes to AmVets this weekend!
3. The Little Mermaid was on TV Saturday night. Night made!
4. Handy little chart about produce shelf life. You can find the printable HERE.


1. Love this guy and his two favorite drinking glasses
2. Love him :)
3. Chipotle and hubby showing off the sweet bracelet I got him last xmas. So stylish.
4. Instead of driving, we leashed up the boys on Sunday morning and walked to the post office to mail our xmas cards, dropped off a book to our friend at the gym and deposited checks at the bank!


1. Excited to check out The Flat Belly Cookbook For Dummies. One of the authors is my good friend Kristina!
2. Best Friends!
3. Are you a Nuttzo fan?! Did you know they’re coming out with travel size single serving packs soon?! Stay tuned!!

Twitter Favs

7 Reasons People Unsubscribe From Your Email
Best Gloves For Winter Running
7 Solutions to Flawless Communication
Removing Seasonal Labels
Do Sugar Sweetened Beverages Cause Cancer
10 Things Parents Should Never Do
Barbell Squats vs Leg Press
Unleash Your Creativity At Work
Is Facebook Making Us Forget?
The Best Body Image Advice I Could Possibly Give You
11 Life Lessons From Ellen Degeneres
To Get Kids To Exercise, Schools Are Getting Creative
Best Worst Logo Designs
Why Sitting Is Killing You & 9 Things You Can Do About It
5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Building My Brand
The Biggest Social Media Updates of 2013
38 Reasons Your Life Will Be Better in 2014
Crossfit, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
How to Store Cheese

In the News

Women and Drinking, Time to Talk Risks
Ideas for Healthy Holiday Gifts That Don’t Scream- You’re Fat
3 Food Label Changes That May Change The Way You Shop
Dietary Supplements Linked To BP Changes
Drs & Patients Don’t Talk About Weight Management
BPA Is Still Everywhere & It’s Dangerous
More Helpful Fatty Acids Found in Organic Milk
People Are Eating More Meat Than Ever Before
Keep Guests Safe At Your Holiday Party
12 Tips To Get Healthier By Christmas
Consumers Often Confused About The Type of Sugar in Drinks

Thanks all for today!

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. Where was I last week? I missed a ton! Thanks for catching me up!
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted..One Marvelous Mile

  2. The DIY projects are so interesting! Thank you for sharing these!

    The 38 ways that 2014 will be much better, the zen in your back yard? Perfect for today’s Elf For Health Challenge.
    HollieisFueledByLOLZ recently posted..Base Building (54 miles)

  3. my mind is full, my tummy is wanting to be full (from the recipes), and my heart is full cause it’s bean byte day. xoxo
    lindsay Cotter recently posted..Gluten Free Talk- Health, Wellness, and Fitness.

  4. i’m checking out those gift ideas! and i love nuttzo – totally awesome they come in travel packs now!!
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..Win a $100 Athleta Gift Card by Supporting #MyFitWish

  5. Travel sized Nuttzo may have just changed my life.

    Thanks for including my pumpkin beer bread! I love these round ups. :)
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Touring Atlanta + Sizzlefish Holiday Giveaway

  6. Loving the bytes. Sharing :)
    Kierston @candyfit recently posted..5 Ingredients To Healthy, Happy Holidays!

  7. Gingerbread cookie dough cups? I don’t know what those are, but I’m gonna check them out. Thanks for the amazing round ups each week!
    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast recently posted..Find Joy in the Ordinary

  8. i love my pyrex too, but I so need more!!! Seriously thanks for this awesome round up I don’t know how you do it every week!!
    Amanda – RunToTheFinish recently posted..Understanding the Fitness Self for workout motivation

  9. I don’t always get a chance to comment, but I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your “bytes.” It’s so convenient to scroll though and see which posts I want to read from your faves. :)
    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} recently posted..Healthy no bake gingerbread cookies

  10. THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing my #ChangeOurFitspo project!! I really appreciate it! Can’t wait to go read the 11 life lessons from Ellen! LOVE HER!
    Kaila @healthyhelperblog! recently posted..Holiday Traditions

  11. I did not know that Nuttzo was coming out with a travel pouch. YUM!!

    Great link up as always. Love the funny about the IG filters. So true!
    Carrie Skoll recently posted..Food!

  12. Thanks for linking up my coffee cake!! Love your Bean Bytes :)
    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life recently posted..Weekend Highlights {12/16}

  13. Nuttzo to go? Best news I’ve heard all week!

    Lots of posts in there that are new to me and look intriguing. Glad someone wrote about supplements not being the be all end all. Food people!
    misszippy recently posted..Five things to try in 2014

  14. You bought new Pyrex? I bought some new baking dishes, too. It’s funny how buying new items makes it seem like so much more fun to start baking!
    Tina@GottaRunNow recently posted..5K Race Spectator

  15. EEEHH!! Thank you for the mention Lindsay! I’m so glad you liked my blog post. Those are always the most heart wrenching, yet emotionally healing ones to write. I’m so honored you enjoyed it. This is a great list of finds by the way. I really always enjoy Bean Bytes so much!!
    Heather Williams recently posted..Blender Banana Oatmeal Walnut Muffins- No Added Sugar, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Flour-Free

  16. I always feel so inspired by the blogging community after reading these posts! It makes me want to be better!
    Kate @KateMovingForward recently posted..Healthy Potato Soup

  17. LOLing over that little Instagram pic. The filters always gotcha covered :) Thanks for including the peppermint bites!!
    Alexis @ Hummusapien recently posted..Sweet Potato Gingerbread Smoothie

  18. I got Pyrex on Black Friday, too, and have been LOVING it! In fact, I am eating a buckwheat bake out of one right now! 😉
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted..Gingerbread Obsessed: Gingerbread Almond Cashew Butter + Gingerbread Hot Cocoa (Vegan)

  19. Nutzo to go?!?!? That is exciting news! Another goodie to pack when traveling for sure!
    Jessica recently posted..Happy Humpdaayyyy

  20. Thanks for the awesome recommendations on posts this week!
    Kaylie recently posted..There Will Always Be Difficult

  21. Thank you Lindsay! The TED talks are my favorite to watch!! :)
    Diana recently posted..Eating styles? Do I have one?

  22. I love Bean Bytes! and thanks for linking to my Cranberry Orange Vodka :)
    Meme recently posted..Homemade Christmas Gifts: Cookie Dough

  23. It is a lot of good links… I have to check them immediately!
    Marina @ PBlover and Runner recently posted..#MIMM: Последний Предзачётный

  24. Love Bean Bytes posts!! There are just so many great articles and blog posts published every week.
    Danica @ It’s Progression recently posted..scenes from the weekend 12.16.13

  25. Lol I love that Instagram filters quote, so funny and so true!! I also love all those cheap DIY gift guides, going to check them out now.

    The almond milk one is very interesting too.
    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted..Trial Tuesdays – The one without any new recipes tried.

  26. This is a great compilation, thanks for sharing. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about the flat belly cookbook for dummies. I’m looking for a new cookbook.

  27. so many great links, and your dogs are so cute!! saw that article from Lauren Conrad and thought it was a great idea!
    purelytwins recently posted..12 minute HIIT it Up workout #purelyfitlife #41

  28. My girls and I are doing a 22 day to a happier you on our blog and one day is pay it forward so I will be sharing the link you posted , I look forward to your blog posts every morning in my inbox!!
    Rory Lazear recently posted..Great gift ideas to get those kids moving!

  29. HOLY CRAP – little nutzzos!!!! I did linger at the gingerbread cookies!!! :)
    Jody – Fit at 56 recently posted..Giveaway winner, Bananas & Balls!

  30. Thanks for the link love my dear!!
    Ashley @ The Gypsy Dietitian recently posted..Work It Out Wednesday: Exercise is the Best Medicine – The Exercise Cure

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