5 Things That Inspired Me This Week 11/13/15

Toast with Peanut Butter and Chia Seeds




I have finally switched up my usual oatmeal breakfast and am now resorting to a quick peice of toast with peanut butter and chia seeds. The chia seeds are not very noticeable, and add a healthy dose of fiber and omega 3’s. Pair it with a peice of fruit for a simple breakfast or snack that is filling and satisfying.


BodyFit by Amy 30 Minute Full Body Dumbbell Workout



An efficient, but not incredibly hard strength workout. All you need is a set of dumbbells.


Homemade Granola




This recipe, adapted from Cooking Matters, is very simple and lasts in the fridge for about 3 weeks. I threw in some raisins (be sure to check the label for added sugar) and dark chocolate chips. It’s ready to go on its own or to throw in some almond milk. I’m not a yogurt eater, but I’m sure that would be delicious too! I plan to experiement with other ingredients in the future.



  • 4 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 4 Tablespoons sliced or chopped almonds
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • ½ cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots, dates, or prunes)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, add honey, oil, and cinnamon. Whisk with a fork.
  3. Add oats and almonds. Stir until well-coated with honey mixture.
  4. Coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Spread oat mixture evenly onto sheet.
  5. Bake until lightly browned, about 10–15 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes to cook evenly. Watch closely to be sure granola does not burn. Remove from oven. Let cool completely.
  6. Transfer cooled granola to a medium bowl. Stir in dried fruit.


Additional snack ideas can be found here.


Short Walks Throughout the Day




A special thanks goes to Riley for getting me up and out for multiple 15-20 minute walks throughout the day. Our midday walk is my favorite, when time allows. It helps to get past the mid-afternoon slump and gives my brain a break. I’m not as thankful for the 2am bathroom runs (which I believe is more my paranoia than her need)…


Honey-Dijon Glazed Salmon with a Hint of Lemon


honey dijon salmon


This recipe is a staple in our house, and you guessed it — super simple! All of the ingredients are listed in the title above, and it only takes about 10-15 minutes to broil. More healthy meal ideas can be found here or here.



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