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my favorite skinny margarita

I may be mistaken to be younger than my 18 year old sister quite often (I swear it’s just the height difference!!) BUT I am of legal drinking age. Lately, I have been sippin on these homemade skinny girl margaritas! I promise you, you will not miss the preservative-filled, high-sugar, 500 calorie per serving (could be a bit of an exaggeration) sweet and sour mix that is used in most margaritas!

Blondie’s Skinny Girl Margarita

makes 1

2 squeezed limes

2 oz. tequila (I like patron, but let’s be real…I’m a college student so that only happens when I go home!)

touch of agave nectar (I get this at trader joes)

Shake up and serve over ice with a slice of lime! So refreshing and perfect with a yummy fajita night dinner!

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Enjoy & let me know if you try them out!

xo,

kara

hi!

I’m alive!!

Keeping up with the blog while in college, working and having an internship has been tough, so my posts may be sporadical but I’m not going to give up on it!

I am now finishing up my last year of college and in the process of figuring out what I’m going to do with the rest of my life! Ahh! It’s scary, but so exciting. Even if I don’t end up doing something in the field of nutrition, it will continue to be one of my biggest passions!

In other news, my sister and I have started a healthy lifestyle Instagram! Follow us at @keepit_klean. We often post recipes, inspirational quotes and workout ideas! Below is a little taste of what will be on the Instagram account.

delicious vegetarian dinner of stuffed portabello mushroom, artichoke & roasted asparagus! with a fresh, low-cal margarita on the side! recipe to come ;)

delicious vegetarian dinner of a stuffed portabello mushroom, artichoke & roasted asparagus! with a fresh, low-cal margarita on the side! recipe to come ;)

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acai bowls! the newest addition to nugget markets smoothie bar! #addicted

favorite salad lately. mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, avocado, cucumber on a bed of spinach and kale. drizzled in a balsamic vinegarette!

favorite salad lately. mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, avocado, cucumber on a bed of baby lettuces. drizzled in a balsamic vinegarette & lots of pepper!

protein zucchini oatmeal aka protein zoats. recipe on the @keepit_klean instagram!

protein zucchini oatmeal aka protein zoats. recipe on the @keepit_klean instagram!

baked pesto chicken with steamed broccoli and cauliflower & a sweet potato with coconut oil and cinnamon. easy and quick college girl dinner!

cheesy baked pesto chicken with steamed broccoli and cauliflower & a sweet potato with coconut oil and cinnamon. easy and quick college girl dinner!

xo,

kara

been playing this on repeat for the last hour…

I can’t help it! It’s so catchy and sassy! ;) Love ya tswift!!!!

Don’t you agree with me?!

xoxo,

kara

life lately via my iphone

hannah came to visit!

healthy breakfast cookies

green lemonade: kale, romaine, lemon, ginger and stevia!

recent fave and easy meal: veggie burgers, sunnyside up eggs with hot sauce & a variety of condiments

i have a newfound love for hermit crabs

amy and i gettin our spin on

ceej feeding lilypad.. is this not the cutest picture ever?!

persian food feast! nomzz

fruit crumble made with green apple, bluebs, plums, strawberries and peaches

hoomygosh please.

cauliflower crust pizza!

watch out world this guy is 21!

i’m gonna miss this soon-to-be italian!!

falafel burger at Village Grill

tahoe with the sista. before we went on a long bike ride!

my birthday dinner with dad & kristin

taking out all my foodie stuff from the kitchen cabinets & getting ready to move …..how did all of this fit?!?! sorry roomies #foodbloggerprobz

best creation ever…sweet potato with almond butter, maple syrup, south african smoke grinder (from tjs) and cayenne pepper. it’s the perfect combo of sweet, salty, nutty, and spicy! don’t knock it till you try it!

lily learns to swim! …this picture is from my sister. i did not witness this momentous moment in time ;)

hiking with flowers in our hair

can’t wait to try the Tone It Up girl’s protein powder, Perfect Fit!!!

weekly gourmet dinner with the boyf: bobby flay chicken fajitas with homemade peach salsa!

i had to…essie nail polishes in jazz, set in stones and bikini so teeny

got bored and chalked my hair! i put turquoise, pink and purple in it (you can’t really see it that well in the picture). but it looked cool and only lasts a day!

getting dressed up & enjoying the last few weeks left of summer!

I hope everyone has been having a wonderful past couple of weeks! I’ve been meaning to blog but I’ve been so busy with summer school (organic chemistry argghhhhhh), job hunting, and moving out of my apartment into a house! More on that later ;)

Also, most of these pictures are from my instagram. Follow me @kelundeen!

What’s the latest with all of you?!

xoxoxo,

Kara

july foodie pen pal reveal!

It’s that time again….Foodie Penpals reveal day! A huge thank you to Lindsay of the Lean Green Bean for organizing and coming up with the super cute and creative Foodie Penpal event!

The Lean Green Bean

This month my penpal was Magen who blogs over at madebymagen! She also sells super cute handmade bracelets that you can find at her etsy shop GoldenSpeck. I love the bow bracelets she makes!! Check em out. She has inspired me to start crafting more!! If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll notice I’ve been pinning DIY projects like it’s my job ;).

Let’s see what the lovely Magen sent me all the way from Florida!!!

the box of goods!

yummness galore!

First up, I had to try the dark chocolate covered goji berries. I literally debate buying these every time I go into Whole Foods and I was stoked to see they were included in my penpal package!

dark chocolate +goji berries = a superfood powerhouse!!

i think they melted during the trip to california! but they were still yummy. i ate the whole bag in one day…whoopsies!

Next up, PB2!!! I know PB2 is all the rage among bloggers but I have surprisingly never tried it. This is probably because I have never found it in grocery stores and would have to order it online to try it. So this was perfect!

PB2!!!!

45 cals for 2 tablespoons?! You’re kidding me!

All mixed up with water, a little bit of stevia and cinnamon. It looks just like peanut butter! And it tastes pretty close to the real deal.

Drizzled over a protein pancake (don’t mind the color of the pancake, I used hemp protein so it looks a little green!!!)

I was also very excited to find Odwalla bars in my box!

I have never tried this flavor! It tasted like the sweet and salty peanut nature valley bars but healthier!

I forgot how much I love these!! Especially this flavor. Yummmo.

My friend Hannah used to bring Clif Bar Bloks (which seem similar) to swim meets for some extra energy and I loved those, so I was interested to see how GU Chomps compared!

pure energy!

I had one before a workout and definitely felt more energized!

Finally, I tried the Organic Strawberry Fruit Strip that was included in my package from Magen. It was the perfect snack and made with apple juice instead of sugar!

like a healthy fruit roll up!

Thank you Magen for an awesome package full of some of my new favorite foodie things!!! I can’t wait to continue reading your blog :)

And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-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. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

If you’re interested in participating for August, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

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

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If you would like to see what I sent my foodie penpal last month click here!

And thanks again to Magen for the gift!!!

xoxo,

Kara

White Chocolate Cinnamon Coconut Peanut Butter

I’ve been craving peanut butter lately.

But let’s be real…when am I not?

At first I was planning on making fresh peanut butter using peanuts as the one and only ingredient.

just peanuts.

But then, my roommates love for white chocolate got me thinking….

Why not make my own version of White Chocolate Wonderful? Without the added sugars and oils so it’s “healthier,” right? ;)

And of course, white chocolate wasn’t enough so I added coconut and cinnamon to add my own little twist.

heaven in a jar.

White Chocolate Cinnamon Coconut Peanut Butter

1 1/2 c peanuts (I used unsalted)

1 tsp vanilla

1/2-1 tsp cinnamon

1/3 c white chocolate chips, melted

1/3 c unsweetened shredded coconut

Add peanuts to a food processor (I used my Vitamix) and blend until a thick nut butter forms. It took me about a minute in the Vitamix but it will probably take longer in the food processor. Turn off the processor, add the vanilla and cinnamon and melted white chocolate.

add the cinnamon and vanilla

mix in the melted white chocolate…ohhmyygawd the best part

Then add 1/3 c coconut and blend until smooth.

in goes the coconut!

Enjoy with sliced apples, bananas, celery, pretzels, in oatmeal, by itself on a spoon….! It will probably taste good on anything.

and don’t blame me when the whole jar is gone in 2 days…

xoxo,

Kara

june foodie pen pal reveal (my first one!)

Wahooo it’s Saturday! Hope everyone had a beautiful day.

This month I participated in the Foodie Penpal event! Lindsay of the Lean Green Bean came up with this awesome idea and when I read about it on her blog I knew I had to be a part of it! And I’m so glad I did because I got to meet and get to know two new ladies from the blogosphere! ;)

The Lean Green Bean

I received my goodies from a wonderful reader who’s name is also Kara!!! Best name ever! She is from Michigan so naturally she sent me some of her favorite snacks that I would not be able to find in California! I loved everything. THANK YOU KARA! :)

And here’s what was inside the box…!

I love getting food in the mail!!

First up I tried the Castachio Nuts!

Pistachios are my favorite nut! And of course who doesn’t love cashews?!

They were lightly salted and oh sooo delicious

Then I tried the Raisin Granola made in Detroit, Michigan!

yummm love me some granola

I had this with greek yogurt and berries…

AND with homemade strawberry jam! Kara, you are da bomb. I loveee homemade jam.

I added it to my greek yogurt with berries and granola!

Next, I tried Kettle Cooked potato chips!

There’s even a picture of the Great Lakes on the package!

yummm these were delish! and accompanied my sandwich perfectlyyy!

I haven’t tried this yet, but I have always had my eye on Justin’s Almond Butter!

I can’t wait to add this to my oatmeal in the morning

A big big thank you to Kara for my delicious box of treats!

For those of you who are new to this and interested in joining, here is what Foodie Penpals is all about.

- On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penapl 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. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

- You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)

- Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.

- Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents. Please note, Canadian residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, Lindsay will keep two separate lists and match US with US and Canada with Canada!

If you’re in Europe, please contact Carol Anne from This is Rock Salt (thisrocksalt.com) at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

If you live in Asia or Australia and want to get involved, email Lindsay at lclivingston@gmail.com and she will see if there is enough interest.

If you’re interested in participating for July, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by July 4th as pairings will be emailed on July 5th! You will receive a confirmation email from Lindsay within 24 hours if you sign up. IF YOU DON’T GET ONE, send Lindsay at lclivingston@gmail.com an email!

Please check out other Foodie Penpal reveals here!

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