8.15.2018

#WeeklyWisdom and Top 5 Colorado Nutrition Noshes Part Two

Nosh One. Wisdom.

#WeeklyWisdom: Gratitude is so gangster - Mary Obasi

What is one thing you are grateful for right now?

August is kind of a tough month for me. Just a lot of personal "stuff" bringing up "all the feels," including some shitty ones. I saw this post awhile back and was instantly drawn to it because it snaps me out of an icky mood. I have sooooo much to be grateful for - why in the world would I ever waste one minute feeling any pains of the past?  

At any moment in your day, if you find yourself feeling uneasy, upset, angry, sad, uncomfortable, hateful - ask yourself, what are you grateful for? There should never be a time when you ask yourself this question that there is no answer. If you don't have an answer, I feel very sorry for you. Awesome things are happening to you all the time and have been since the day you were born. 

Be aware, be present and always be gangster. 

Nosh Two. Weekly Conversation. 

Conversations with Anne Elizabeth Podcast featuring Registered Dietitian Dr. Claudia T. Felty

Today’s conversation is with Dr. Claudia, a recovered calorie counter, dessert loving dietitian, educator, and dog mom who dreams big without diets.

A couple of years ago, I met Claudia at FNCE during a networking event. I felt as if I had met her before or knew her in some other professional group. Then I remembered how we connected on social media. She had been doing a series of educational videos on a variety of hot topics in nutrition. While we were talking in person, I learned more about her educational journey to become Dr. Claudia and her passion for intuitive and mindful eating. This woman is my intuitive eating go-to and someone I admire for how she is using her expertise in health communications to educate the world on food freedom.


Connect with Dr. Claudia on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Nosh Three. Week in Review. 

The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado was a treat because we got to spend a lot of time with family and friends whom we haven't seen in a very long time. It was one of those busy vacations but full of so much joy. In between our family time, Mom and I decided to sneak away and do a little exploring ourselves. 

The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO

We spent half the day at The Broadmoor, walking around the beautiful hotel and exploring the calm and peacefulness of the area. There are so many interesting areas of the hotel and I enjoyed looking at the historic memorabilia of the hotel. Like the different china they used, photos of the what the rooms looked like and sitting in the quaint library. Will we were walking around, a bride was with her coordinators scheduling her wedding. Wowza. 

The Hotel Bar at the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO

We enjoyed a few cocktails and snacks at the Hotel Bar, sitting by the lake in the midst of the background of mountains. The sun was shining and it was the perfect day to enjoy the outdoors and non-humid Colorado air. 

Mom and Me

Our next part of the day lead us to Seven Falls, which is managed by The Broadmoor. We were ready for some hiking (and eating). The Broadmoor has it set up perfectly by taking us to a parking lot and then shuttled to the base of the falls. There is were you purchase tickets and start walking. It is very well kept with paved roads and plenty of space for everyone visiting. Dogs are even welcome! The scenery is beautiful. I do recommend wearing your walking shoes. You could throw on your 4 inch wedges but bring some bandaids and pain relief ointment. 

Coors Light, always a Colorado staple

Half way up (before you reach the real climb and trails) is Restaurant 1858, which is named after the Gold Rush Era and the motto "Pikes Peak or Bust" and is settled in the middle of the Cheyenne Canyon. While we were waiting for our table, we had few drinks at the bar. They had a wide selection of craft brews, wines and spirits. In true Colorado fashion, I had to indulge in a Coors Light - I am classy like that and I do enjoy my silver bullet (in which I get A LOT of shit for from my friends). 

Pueblo Green Chili Smothered Pork Shoulder & Avocado Burrito at Restaurant 1858 at Seven Falls Colorado

Restaurant 1858 has amazing art and history throughout the building. We dined outside at the base of one of the falls and it was so relaxing!  It did rain for a few minutes, but the cool breeze and food was just what we needed to get ready for our hike. The lunch menu had many delicious items, including Colorado Rocky Mountain Trout, Wild Boar Green Chili and a Bison burger. There are also vegetarian options for those of you not into the meat. I chose the Pueblo Green Chili Smothered Pork Shoulder & Avocado Burrito because I needed my Green Chili fix and it was absolutely wonderful. The pork shoulder was cooked to perfection and it had the perfect amount of spice. 

Seven Falls, Colorado

We wrapped up lunch and went a walking. There are a few flights of stairs to climb to reach the hiking trails and kind of took our breath away.  We were a little leery at first but then we saw little kids and an expecting mother, so we put our big girl panties on and went for it. It was much easier going up than going down. Once we were up, it was great to go through the easy to navigate trails to see all the waterfalls. There is something for everyone, with a hollowed out side of a mountain to walk through with history on the walls and an elevator at the end, so you can skip the stairs. There is also zip lines tours, which I will be doing next time I go. Cocktails at The Broadmoor, hiking at Seven Falls and lunch on the patio at Restaurant 1858 is a Colorado Springs must. 

We Made It! Seven Falls, Colorado

We did it! I will cherish this day with my Mom forever and am so grateful for the experience. 

Nosh Four. Workout Playlist of the Week. 

All adventures on a vacation or the ones I experience every day at the gym deserve a fun and upbeat playlist. This one makes me super happy!  Find it on Apple Music and Spotify

Adventures Workout Playlist of the Week by AnneElizabeth on Spotify and Apple Music

Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now. 

My favorite products from MOCU Health as a MOCU Motivator.

On our way back home, I made a quick pit stop in Denver because I wanted to meet the owner of one of my favorite companies, MOCU Health.  I actually did a podcast with owner, Toby Reed, a while back (you can find the episode here) because of how his own personal health journey lead to owning this company. These are the kind of companies I appreciate and want to be a part of. I use their products every day and know it helps me along my own health journey. I am grateful to be a part of their MOCU Motivators Program and continue to spread the good word about products I love. If you have not listened to the podcast, please go there now. You will see why Toby is passionate about creating a great product, that is easily accessible to everyone and at an affordable cost.  I look forward to sharing more about how MOCU products are improving my life and health deliciously. 

~AE

*All views and opinions on products, food and businesses in this blog post are my own. I was given free product from MOCU Health for my own personal use and as always, I just love to share great things I use myself. 

8.08.2018

#WeeklyWisdom and Top 5 Adventures in Colorado Nutrition Noshes Part One

Nosh One. Wisdom.

#WeeklyWisdom:  Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown~Gaby Basora


Are a person who plans out your travel or do you wing it?

I used to be a serial planner of my travel. I would do a lot of research, book the travel and create a loose "itinerary" of all the things I wanted to do. It was exhausting and disappointing. I would get frustrated if things did not go as planned or if I did not make one of the planned destinations. Then I would be a brat and be unbearable to be around. Gross. 

The last few adventures have be very loosely planned. Meaning, the destination and mode of transportation has been determined but anything after that is whatever tickles my fancy. It is awesome to feel no pressure, excited for whatever the day brings and no negative vibes. It only took a couple of decades to figure it out. My friend Erin shared a great concept with me she calls "slow travel" where she comes back from vacation refreshed and energized rather than needing another vacation...from vacation. This is will be step 2 of my new found travel experience and really diving into the gorgeousness of teetering in the relaxation of the unknown. 

Nosh Two. Weekly Conversation. 

Conversations with Anne Elizabeth Podcast featuring Registered Dietitian Mary Purdy

Today’s conversation is with Mary Purdy, a registered dietitian, speaker, writer, video star and host of Mary’s Nutrition Show.

Over a year ago, I watched a video of a dietitian in a beautiful red dress dancing in the kitchen with leafy greens and kissing an onion. I knew in that moment I needed to meet this person and was thrilled when I was introduced to Mary through a previous guest, Krista Ulatowski. Mary has the most amazing energy and when I learned more about her unique journey, it is easy to understand how she is marrying all of her professional passions like the star that she is.


Connect with Mary at her website, subscribe to her YouTube Channel and subscribe/listen to her podcast on Itunes, Stitcher and Spotify.  You can also connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Nosh Three. Week in Review.

Last week at this time, I was packing my suitcase for an adventure with my mom to Colorado. We have made this voyage a few times in my life, well more than a few times. This was a frequent summer trip as a family to visit my Aunt Tedde and family. It was a little different this time without our other two travel companions and I know both of us thought of Dad and Kate numerous times throughout the trip. The trip seemed much faster as an adult than it ever did as a kid. I mean 8 hrs in a car when you are 10 is an eternity, as an adult, not so much. Funny how that happens.

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

We got there in the evening and the next day I planned on waking up and just seeing where the day would take me. Mom and Tedde were going to hang out for the day and I was going to explore.  I have been to Colorado Springs so many times and did all the things so many times, it was fun to see it all in a different light as an adult. 

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

I wonder how many times I walked by this sign and never read it?

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

I wonder how many times I went to the Garden of the Gods and complained on all the walking I had to do?  Probably a memory my Mom has blocked out of her mind. This is why I wanted to revisit and re-explore this beautiful park. I spent the entire afternoon there. I went inside the welcome center and read about all the history. I walked every trail in the park and got a lot of steps in to explore the beauty and peace I was surrounded by. There were parts of the trails where I saw no one. I also sat on a rock and was just peaceful, when I realized it was 45 minutes later and I was getting hungry. 

T-Byrd's Tacos & Tequila Downtown Colorado Springs, CO

I decided to drive downtown and explore there a little. I do not ever remember going there when we visited, so this was another fun part of the day. I parked the car and walked around downtown. There is a lovely park in the center of downtown and quite a few cute restaurants and shops. Since I was in Colorado, I knew tequila and tacos were going to be a must for my taste buds. Luckily, I found the perfect place. 
 T-Byrd's Tacos & Tequila Barbacoa Taco and Arta Anejo, Colorado Springs, CO

T-Byrd's Tacos & Tequila was just what I needed after a day of hiking. I am new to the Tequila world and never really consumed much of it after a certain night in college involving shots of Jose (ugh I still remember that hangover). They had a nice variety of tequilas. I have discovered I am a fan of sipping on a little Añejo, so I ordered a shot Arta Anejo because I thought the bottle was cool. My awesome bartender Kristie, informed me Arta is locally made in Denver, so I guessed I picked correctly. They made small batch tequilas made with Blue Weber Agave sustainably grown.  She also taught me that tequila should be served with oranges sprinkled with cinnamon to bring out the delicious flavors of the tequila. Lime and salt masks the taste of not go great tequilas to make it less harsh to consume. From now on, I will be ordering my sipping tequila with oranges and cinnamon. Thanks Kristie! 

Good Vibes Only T-Byrd's Tacos and Tequila Colorado Springs, CO

As I walked back to my car, I couldn't help but let this sign catch my eye. 

Cacao Chemistry Chocolatier and Pastisserie Colorado Springs, CO

Chocolate would sure be lovely after a spicy taco and tequila lunch. I love the name of the business and I had to go in: Cacao Chemistry.


Cacao Chemistry smelled like pure chocolate heaven the minute I walked in. I was greeted by a lovely gal behind the counter who immediately asked me if I wanted a sample. I wanted a sample of everything. I ended up trying a milk chocolate and a dark chocolate, both melted in my mouth like pure bliss. They had a table of macarons in all colors and flavors. 


A wall full of barks from sweet, savory and spicy. I especially liked the ability to choose different sizes of each creation so I could buy a small amount and try a bunch of things. I found out at checkout they also deliver nationwide, so when I need my next fix, I can make it happen. 

Cacao Chemistry Colorado Springs, CO

I decided to go with a 2-pack of double chocolate macarons, 70% dark chocolate discs and milk chocolate roasted hazelnut bark. Just a small amount of each choice was the perfect end to all of my days in Colorado. I almost put one on my pillow every night to be fancy. 

Summer dessert on the patio

I returned back to my Aunt Tedde's just in time to find out we had dinner plans at my cousin Jane and her husband Jim's house. We spent some time in their beautiful backyard that had meticulously manicured landscaping for a recent garden tour their home was featured in. We enjoyed lovely conversation, food and especially a summer treat I have not had in a long time: sliced fresh peaches and vanilla ice cream. This was probably my favorite eat of the day. Such good memories of summers pass...

Nosh Four. Workout Playlist of the Week.

Every road trip needs a playlist. I chose artists who are native to the state of Colorado and songs we couldn't get out of our heads during the trip. Find this weeks playlist on Apple Music and Spotify

Colorado Workout Playlist of the Week on Apple Music and Spotify

Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now. 

A 4-in-1 Tool for Outdoor Cooking with Confidence - Food and Nutrition Magazin

This past week, my review for the Maverick PT-60 Pocket Knife Thermocouple Digital Meat Thermometer was featured in Food and Nutrition Magazine. I am always excited to review products for this magazine and this tool is something even I can use when trying out my grilling AND food safety skills this summer. I have never used an easier thermometer and it makes me feel more confident to get the grill going all by my big girl self. 

~AE

*All views and opinions on products, food and businesses in this blog post are my own and are not sponsored in any way. I just love to share great things!

8.01.2018

#WeeklyWisdom and Top 5 Laughter is the Best Medicine Nutrition Noshes

Nosh One. Wisdom.

#WeeklyWisdom: How wonderful is it that we laugh because our bodies cannot contain the joy ~unknown
How many times a day do you think you laugh?

I wondered this myself and counted a couple days this past week. I average 23 times a day. On the days my laughter numbers were lower, I noticed my day wasn't as positive, it just didn't feel as good as the days I laughed markedly more. Did you know a kid laughs an average of 300 times a day?  I  Laughter does so many good things for our whole being, we should all be experiencing its great benefits as much as possible everyday. I think we have some work to do. 

Laughter can provide you all of these things:  immunity boost, decrease stress hormones, decrease tension in your whole body during stressful situations, adds joy, eases anxiety, improves mood and daily outlook, helps build positive relationships, makes us attractive to others, encourages teamwork and bonding between humans. 

If many of us are searching for the magic pill to make us the healthiest and happiest people, we should be turning to laughter. It truly is the best medicine. 


Nosh Two. Weekly Conversation. 

Conversations with Anne Elizabeth Podcast Top 5 in 5

Each week, I put out my Weekly Wisdom Blog which includes my Top 5 Nutrition Noshes: Wisdom, Weekly Conversations, Week in Review, Workout Playlist of the Week and What I Love Right Now. At the end of each month, I want to get more up close and personal with you all on the other side of the airwaves. I will be recapping my crazy, delicious and random as hell adventures as well as having a conversation with you all on this side of the mic. It’s my Top 5 in 5. Today I am recording from the road and having a little summer vacation and with my Mom, just like old times.
Connect and let me know what you think by emailing me or connecting with me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Nosh Three. Week in Review. 

Outdoor beauty on the farm

This weeks blog is inspired by an evening that actually occurred last year and I never got around to sharing it. Mom and I were invited for a little fiesta at my cousins Denis and Christine's home in beautiful rural Panama, Iowa. It was a gorgeous afternoon out. The perfect temperature for a later summer day, with bright sun during the day and a cool breeze in the evening. They have the coolest custom-made bar on their patio surrounded by quiet and calm scenery. 

Traditional Margarita recipe

We had snacks on the table and it was Margarita time!  Now, I usually do not drink Margaritas because most of the time they are made with a mix that gives me heartburn and is way too sweet but these were the best Margaritas I have ever had. On the rocks of course and no pre-made mix needed. 

THE Best Basic Margarita

3/4 cup tequila
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from 4-6 limes)
1/2 cup of Triple Sec or Cointreau
1 lime sliced
kosher salt (optional)

Place first 3 ingredients into a shaker and blend. Pour over ice in a salt rimmed glass if desired and top with a fresh squeezed lime slice. 

California Avocado love and guacamole

A few margaritas in, we were started to eye up the perfectly ripe avocados I brought with me and I got to work and made guac. There is nothing fancy about my guac because my secret is purchasing some freshly made pico de gallo from my local Hy-Vee and blending it with avocados, sea salt to taste and freshly squeezed lime juice. Do not forgot the salt or the lime juice. In my eyes, these 2 things are the key to the best guac. 

Guacamole, pico de gallo and margaritas

The other key is serving them with a really good tortilla chip. I mean a really good one. Everyone has their preference on what kind of chip they like and I like my homemade or thicker and crunchy. Homemade chips are super simple to make, you can find my recipe here. The brand I like to purchase is Donkey Chips because of the crunch and they offer unsalted and salted options. 

Peacefulness

The best part of our party on the farm was not the food or the cocktails but the conversation we had. We laughed and laughed this evening. I wouldn't be able to count the number of times we laughed that night. It was night I will not forget and I know I felt the health benefits of our evening together. 

Nosh Four. Workout Playlist of the Week.

At the start of each month, I am compiling a little bit of a longer playlist to play for my longer workouts or road trips. Enjoy August with some great music on Apple Music and Spotify.

 August Workout Playlist of the Week on Itunes and Spotify

Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now. 

My Heartbeats

I love this photo of my heartbeats from our laugh fest. I may have even laughed a few times just looking at it. Laugh with the people you love as much as possible. 

~AE

*All views and opinions on products, food and businesses in this blog post are my own and are not sponsored in any way. I just love to share great things!