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Hi Friends!

Time for another round of Bean Bytes. I hope many of you are enjoying the long holiday weekend and have lots of time to catch up on fun stuff like blog reading!

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How To Wash & Store Kale via Organically Mo
11 Little Ways To Get Through Monday via Joy the Baker

This is amazing:
A Row For The Community via Back To Her Roots

Want to get faster?
8 Tips To Implement Speed Workouts via Run To The Finish

Balance Is A Sparkly Unicorn via Food Fitness and Family

Things to consider:
Do You Really Need To Cut Out Certain Foods via Brittany Lesser
5 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight via The Real Life RD
3 Tricks For Getting Dinner Ready Fast via Eating Made Easy
Why Starbucks Pay It Forward Chain Matters via The Sweet Life


To think about:
Use Your Gifts via Carla Birnberg
What I Wish I’d Known About Money In College via Our Freaking Budget
Would Your Great Grandma Recognize Your Food via The Good Life
Inconvenient Blessings via Delights & Delectables

For the runners:
Finding Balance Between Speed & Distance via Pavement Runner

Try them:
5 Back To School Routines To Make Life Easier via Raising Healthy Eaters
Build Your Own Workout Finisher via Your Trainer Paige
Tips For Eating Gluten Free On The Road via Gabby’s Gluten-Free

Love this:
Learn the 10 Principles of Design From These Posters via Hubspot


The Anatomy of an Optimized Blog Post via Hubspot
Lessons Learned From Injury via Love Life Surf
3 Biggest Health Pitfalls of a Busy Lifestyle via The Valentine RD
10 Things You Should Know About Sending Your Child To Daycare via The Avid Appetite
Hiking Tips For Beginners via Dar You To Blog
Tips For Back To College Budgeting via Live Travel Eat Run

For the pups:
Homemade Dog Treats for Fresher Breath via A Healthy Slice of Life

How To Foster Conversations With Kids via Live Do Grow
Minimalist Gift Giving via Run to the Finish


Good reads:
Why Your Crunches Aren’t Working via Well of Health
Dropping the “Just” via A Healthy Slice of Life
Pregnancy Weight: The Great Debate via Balancing B
5 Hacks To Promote Body Confidence via An Avocado A Day

On working out:
How To Not Skip Your Afternoon Workout via Hungry Hobby
5 Reasons To Workout In The Morning via Musselfit

Good tips:
10 Tips For A Healthy Tailgate via Love and Zest


For the runners:
Top 10 Running Drills for Speed & Efficiency via Matters of Course
9 Comical Running Mistakes & How To Avoid Them via Run to the Finish

Good reads:
7 Ways To Be A Healthy, Happy, Mindful Mama via Mind Body Green
Why I Love My Mom Body via Char Eats Greens
Your Child’s Lunch Makes Me Feel Inferior via Real Mom Nutrition

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Peanut Butter S’mores Parfaits
Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Hidden Veggies 2 Bite Brownies
Peachy Pineapple Kale Smoothie
Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies
Farro with Carrot Top Pesto
Southwest Farro Salad
Black Quinoa Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
100 Easy Chicken Recipes
Kombucha Sangria Smoothie
Curry Vegetable Burgers
Grain Free Nuttzo Waffles
Double Apple Bran Muffins
Veggie Burger Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Peach Green Tea Spritzer
Coconut Oil, Honey & Sea Salt Popcorn
Thai Green Curry Turkey Burgers
Healthy Carrot Cake Cookies
Southwestern Corn & Sweet Potato Bowls
Peach Slump With Maple Caramel Sauce
Wild Blueberry Caramel Galettes
Cucumber Chicken Salad Bites
Strawberry Quinoa Oatmeal Bars
Hatch Chili Chicken Lasagna
PB Banana Bacon Muffins
Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins
Single Serve Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies
Homemade Sprinkles
Waffle Fry Slider Burgers
Vegan Chocolate Chip Zucchini Snack Cake
Sweet Chipotle Grilled Salmon
Glazed Lemon Zucchini Bread

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That cartoon IS Marcus.

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New mower wheels!
All the electronics.
My office mates on Friday

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We had a busy baby week last week. On Tuesday night we went to a breastfeeding class. We were supposed to bring a baby to practice various positions. I brought a stuffed owl – it was cheaper. The class was pretty informative and covered a lot of the basics and questions I had. I’m sure I’ll have more once I actually start doing it myself, but it was a good foundation class. On Friday we had another ultrasound at the specialist to recheck the fluid in his kidneys. It’s still there, but doesn’t seem to have gotten much worse… we’ll go back in a month so they can monitor it one more time. Everything else looked good. He weighs 4 pounds 9 ounces. On Saturday we spent all day at a Labor and Delivery class. It was a LONG day. I got up early to walk the dogs before we headed out and then we were in class from 9-4:30…but I’m so glad we went. The teacher did a great job explaining a lot about the labor and delivery process, what labor signs to watch for, when to come to the hospital, etc. We got a tour of the maternity floor of the hospital, practiced labor comfort techniques and learned about the risks and benefits of various interventions, medications, etc. It answered a lot of our questions and also helped up prepare a list of questions to talk to our OB about at our next appointment. We both left feeling a bit more comfortable with the whole process, which is a good thing!

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How and Why To Do A Life Audit
10 Easy Recipes Kids Can Help Make
Do The Crazy
Does The 80/20 Rule Work For Everyone?
Repurposing & Resharing Older Content
Postpartum Fitness- How I Overcame Being Discouraged
DIY Compost Bin
35 Things You Never Knew About Your Brain
Food Storage Infographic
10 Things To Never Say To Your Kids
An Open Letter To My Post Partum Body
How To Get Conversations With Your Kids Going
Why Blogging About My Marriage Made It Stronger
How To Approach Brands As A Blogger
Orthorexia – An Interview With The Balanced Blonde
Stop Watching The Years Go By
The Advice I Refuse To Give My Children
How To Cue In Group Fitness Classes


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Sunday Food Prep Inspiration 80

Hi Friends!

Time for another round of Sunday Food Prep!

Here’s what I did last weekend.

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Here’s what some of you have been up to:

Nora at A Clean Bake:

This week, we didn’t have time to go grocery shopping so I am prepping and meal planning from what is already in the fridge, freezer and pantry. That means lots of salads and stir fry dishes to use up odds and ends!
So I prepared:
  • Spinach and kale for salads
  • Pearled barley
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Chicken, pork, salmon and tofu (defrosting for dinners)
  • Cole slaw
  • LIghtly steamed brussels sprouts (great as a change-of-pace salad base) and string beans
  • Roasted cauliflower
  • PB&J overnight oats
  • Black bean veggie burgers
  • Frittata for breakfast
  • Chicken sausage
  • Pre-portioned carrots and celery + hummus
  • Sugar-free lemonade

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This week Gus (5 month old yellow lab) wanted to say hi! He typically hangs around in the kitchen while I am prepping food for the week. He absolutely loves carrot sticks:) Here is what I did this week:
 - Washed and prepped organic romaine for salads
 - Washed, peeled and chopped carrots
 - Cut up strawberries (one container for me and one for my fiance for work)
 - Made a batch of peanut butter chocolate chip power bars (recipe on the blog!)
 - Cooked a large batch of orange chicken and broccoli for dinner Sunday and leftovers for lunch
 - Baked gluten free chocolate zucchini mini loaves to freeze in individual baggies and enjoy as an indulgent treat here or there!
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Some tips from Valerie at The Sweet Seed -
In this meal plan, I made egg cups for breakfast, fish + veggies + carbs for lunch, chicken + veggies + carbs for dinner, and fruit and nuts for snacks. 
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I prepped/cooked:
- banana chocolate chip raspberry muffins
- pulled chicken in the crockpot
- all the fixings for Mediterranean salads (chicken, quinoa, red peppers, red onion, grape tomatoes, feta and roasted red pepper hummus)

I had a muffin with fruit each morning. I made salads for lunch eat day with the ingredients in the big photo. We used the pulled chicken to top sweet potatoes with salsa. Also, one night I wanted something different for dinner, so I threw some pulled chicken, quinoa and random veggies into a bowl with salsa. It worked!
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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’?


Wild Blueberry Ice Cream

This post is sponsored by The Wild Blueberry Association of North America. I was compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hi friends!

It’s Friday! Let’s celebrate with ice cream. This is the last in the series of recipes I developed for the Wild Blueberry Association. In case you missed the first three, I also made:

Wild Blueberry Turkey Burgers
Wild Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches
Wild Blueberry Zucchini Bread

And this month, it’s all about ice cream! I actually developed this recipe several weeks ago so it could be included in the ebook they’re giving away to everyone who entered their Taste of Summer Sweepstakes, which ends today! (Go check it out!)

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And now it’s finally time to share the recipe with all of you. So let’s chat about ice cream for a little bit.

For me, there’s something about summer and ice cream that just go hand-in-hand. As a young child, we used to visit a place called Cup & Cone almost weekly. It was a small free-standing shack that served ice cream during the Minnesota summers and it shared its parking lot with a retired train caboose. I can still remember the thrill of ordering and devouring my ice cream cone and then spending endless hours climbing on, running around and wandering through that caboose with the other local kids.

As I got older, I spent my summers working for a landscaping company. We worked long hours in the hot Kansas sun and let me tell you, there was nothing better than getting off work and heading straight to the local ice cream store where we could sit in the air-conditioning and enjoy some ice cream.

As an adult, my husband and I often ride our bikes to our favorite ice cream store to enjoy a summer treat, and with a baby on the way, I can’t wait create our own family ice cream tradition!

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Yet, while going to get ice cream brings back a lot of memories for me, sometimes it’s not the most economical choice. Especially during the summer when I seem to crave it all the time! So, to ease the burden on your wallet, the next best option, in my opinion, is to make your own! With the help of a relatively inexpensive ice cream maker that pretty much does all the work for you, you can spend your summer dreaming up and creating dozens of your own ice cream flavors that are customized just to your liking!

I’ve had a lot of fun with my ice cream maker over the years, both recreating store-bought favorites and coming up with new ones. As I started brainstorming for my newest flavor, I knew I wanted to include Wild Blueberries for several reasons:

  • The color- so vibrant and pretty to look at.
  • The flavor- wild blueberries are smaller and more flavorful than regular blueberries making them ideal to use in recipes like this where you really want their flavor to shine!
  • The health benefits – ice cream is not always the healthiest dessert option but the addition of Wild Blueberries means your ice cream gets a healthy dose of antioxidants. Wild Blueberries have been shown to have positive effects brain and eye health, heart health and more!

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As for the mix-ins, I’m a huge proponent of pairing blueberries and chocolate together, so I added some dark chocolate chips. I also added in some crumbled graham crackers for a touch of added sweetness. To keep the ice cream making simple, I kept it egg-free and instead of all cream, I used some 2% milk to make it a bit healthier without sacrificing flavor or creaminess!

Here’s how you make it!

Wild Blueberry Ice Cream
An easy, homemade ice cream recipe with delicious mix-ins and vibrant color!

  • 2 cups frozen Wild Blueberries
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup crumbled Graham Crackers
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

  1. Combine first four ingredients in a blender and blend until well mixed.
  2. Pour into ice cream maker (do not overfill).
  3. Turn on ice cream maker and let run for approximately 20 minutes. As the ice cream starts to thicken, you may need to scoop out some if your ice cream maker gets too full. Consider it a taste testing opportunity!
  4. About 2 minutes before turning off, pour in grahams and chocolate chips and let run until mixed in.


Pretty simple right? My apologies to those of you who don’t have an ice cream maker. You could try just blending and pouring into a pan and stirring every so often while freezing but I make no guarantees!

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Grab a spoon, friends. It’s time to dig in!

Let’s chat:
Have you ever made homemade ice cream?


August Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

Hi Friends!

Time for another Foodie Penpals Reveal Day!

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This month I was lucky enough to be connected with Erin who blogs over at Erin’s Inside Job! I got to meet her in person a couple months ago at Fitbloggin and she’s a total sweetheart. Here’s what she sent me:

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She’s getting me ready for fall and I couldn’t be happier about it! My package included:

  • Pumpkin Fig granola- haven’t tried it yet but I just know it’s going to be amazing in my fall yogurt bowls
  • Cranberry Almond GFB bar- I hadn’t tried these bars yet and I actually really liked it!
  • Maple & Pecan Kind bar- I don’t eat a lot of bars but when I do, KIND is one of my top choices. Hadn’t tried this flavor yet- it was yummy.
  • Homemade cookies- YES. Amazing. She made Oh She Glows Trail Mix Cookies. They’re GF and vegan and holy cow are they delicious.

Thanks so much Erin for a great package!


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 September, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 

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

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



14 Healthy After School Snacks

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

Hi Friends!

I’m so glad you all are enjoying the My Favorite Things Giveaway! If you missed it, you have until Monday to enter so go check it out. Today’s post is another recipe roundup with my friends at Foodie. This month we’re talking healthy after school snacks. I rounded up 14 snack options from around the web to share with you guys, plus a little collection of my favorite Lean Green Bean snacks! Most are kid-friendly but would be great for adults as well!

Check out 15 Healthy After-School Snacks

by Lindsay L, RD at


I chose these snacks because they cover a wide range of taste preferences. Some have meat, some are vegetarian. Some are no-bake, some can be made ahead of time and most will help you get an extra serving of protein and maybe even some extra fruits and veggies!

What do you think? See any you want to try?

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In case you’re looking for a few more ideas, here are some of my favorite snacks:

Pumpkin Pie Balls
No Bake Protein Bars
Healthy Microwave Popcorn
Sweet Potato Bites
Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins
Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes
Fro Yo Bites
Tuna Quinoa Cakes


Let’s chat:

What’s your favorite afternoon snack?