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Featured Foxy Foodie: Danielle!

Today I’m super excited to feature my next Featured Foxy Foodie! If you missed it, I announced this series of posts last month, so check it out and email me if you’d like to participate! 🙂

Today’s Featured Foxy Foodie is Danielle from It’s a Harleyyy Life. She blogs about healthy eating and fitness – and of course her two adorable dogs! I’m such a sucker for dogs and wish I could have one of my own so I love living vicariously through other people 🙂 Danielle also apparently loves Greek yogurt as much as I do, since she gives it a shout-out. And she also had a bad Easy Mac experience, like some past Featured Foxy Foodies which makes me think ‘Easy Mac’ maybe not be quite as easy as the name suggests 😉

Enjoy!

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Name: Danielle
Blog: It’s a Harleyyy Life
Twitter: @itsaharleyylife
Facebook: It’s A Harleyyy Life on FB!
Pinterest: It’s A Harleyyy Life Pinterest Boards
Location: Lancaster, PA
Age: 25

What kind of “foodie” are you (i.e. Paleo, Vegetarian, Flexetarian, or do you just love all food? :-)) and why?:

I love all types of delicious foods. I have played around with Paleo and Gluten Free.

If you had to eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what food would it be?:

Greek Yogurt. I LOVE IT! It is the perfect snack that I could eat 3 times a day, at least!

Are there any foods you don’t like or refuse to try?:

I hate green beans and sauerkraut! Yuck!

When/where did you learn how to cook?:

I started reading blogs about cooking/baking and fell in love with it. I started when I moved out of my mom’s house and learned eating out all of the time just wasn’t going to work.

What is your favorite thing to cook?:

Anything in a crockpot, haha! Is that even cooking then? CrockPot meals are the best!

What is the best (or most memorable) meal you’ve ever had?:

I made chicken wrapped in bacon with apples in the CrockPot once. It was delicious!

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Have you found any new recipes lately that you’re dying to try?:

I’d love to cook more with seafood but I’m scared I won’t cook it the whole way through.

Do you have any embarrassing kitchen stories or recipe disasters to share?:

Well when I was in college I loved easy mac. This one time I came home from a meeting and put one in the microwave and walked away from it. Next thing you knew the whole microwave was on fire and the fire department was on its way. I guess I forgot to add the water. That is an important step!

What is your best tip(s) for eating healthy?:

Meal Prep! Make healthy meals ahead of time that way you are not tempted to eat crap all week.

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Thanks for participating Danielle! I’m definitely hunting down that chicken, bacon and apples recipe because it sounds amazing! 🙂

Interested in being a Featured Foxy Foodie? Email me at foxywholefoodie@gmail.com for details! 🙂

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Featured Foxy Foodie: Sarah!

Today I’m super excited to feature my next Featured Foxy Foodie! If you missed it, I announced this series of posts earlier this month, so check it out and email me if you’d like to sign up! 🙂

Today’s Featured Foxy Foodie is Sarah from The Fit Cookie and Fit Betty. On The Fit Cookie Sarah shares awesome recipes – and seeing as she has to work around dietary restrictions and allergies there is something for everyone! Then, on Fit Betty Sarah shares great workout tips, gear, giveaways and more! I’m seriously in love with both sites, and especially love the blog design (is that a weird thing to fall in love with? Because I have!)

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Name: Sarah Jane Parker
Blog: The Fit Cookie and Fit Betty
Twitter: @Fit_Betty and @TheFitCookie
Facebook: Fit Betty Facebook Page and The Fit Cookie Facebook Page
Pinterest: The Fit Cookie Pinterest Boards
Instagram: The Fit Cookie on Instagram
Tumblr: Tumblr Fit Cookie
Location: Wyoming
Age: 29

What kind of “foodie” are you (i.e. Paleo, Vegetarian, Flexetarian, or do you just love all food? :-)) and why?:

I am an allergy-friendly foodie. I have a dairy and soy allergy and several other food intolerances, and my 2 kids have peanut and tree nut allergies (along with dairy and eggs), so we eat what works for us! Lately I have been eating less grain, but I’m not quite Paleo.

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If you had to eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what food would it be?:

Chocolate!

Are there any foods you don’t like or refuse to try?:

There aren’t any foods that I don’t like or won’t eat based on taste, but I can’t eat foods for health reasons (dairy, eggs, soy, gluten,
etc).

When/where did you learn how to cook?:

I learned to cook at home with my mom and sisters when I was growing up, but I didn’t really start cooking in earnest until I got married and had to cook (my husband doesn’t cook much!).

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What is your favorite thing to cook?:

I love to bake cookies 🙂

What is the best (or most memorable) meal you’ve ever had?:

I cooked shark once – it is memorable in a bad way since I didn’t prepare it correctly and it was horrible!

Have you found any new recipes lately that you’re dying to try?:

Crepe cakes. Making them takes so much time and it’s hard to make good crepes without eggs!

Do you have any embarrassing kitchen stories or recipe disasters to share?:

Aside from the bad shark recipe, there are so many kitchen flops it’s hard to pinpoint just one! I experiment in the kitchen a lot so there are plenty of failures, the latest ones being candies and caramels.

What is your best tip(s) for eating healthy?:

The things I tell my kids: eat the healthy food first and make sure you eat fruits and veggies at each meal. If you are full, you don’t need to clean your plate. 🙂

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Interested in being a Featured Foxy Foodie? Email me at foxywholefoodie@gmail.com for details! 🙂

Featured Foxy Foodie: Ashley!

Today I’m super excited to feature my next Featured Foxy Foodie! If you missed it, I announced this series of posts earlier this month, so check it out and email me if you’d like to sign up! 🙂

Today’s Featured Foxy Foodie is Ashley from Ashley Josephine Yoga! I’m so excited to feature a yoga blogger – and someone who describes herself as a “yoga foodie” – because I absolutely love yoga and could always use a little more of it in my life! Also, it isn’t a subject that gets as much attention as it should on this blog, so I’m thrilled to share it with all of you! 🙂

Ashley put it a great way when she said “Food is a unifying experience – we gather around a kitchen table, we go out to eat, we have entire holidays revolve around consumption of food. It’s amazing to me how food can bring people together.”

I couldn’t agree more! ❤

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Name: Ashley Josephine Herzberger
Blog: Ashley Josephine Yoga
Twitter: @AshleyJoYoga
Facebook: AshleyJoYoga on Facebook!
Pinterest: AshleyJoYoga on Pinterest
Location: Currently in Tucson, AZ
Age: 25

What kind of “foodie” are you (i.e. Paleo, Vegetarian, Flexetarian, or do you just love all food? :-)) and why?:

I’m a yoga foodie because I have found my preference in food be so drastically influenced by my yoga practice. My mindset around health, wellness and food has been transformed through what I’ve learned about myself in yoga. Awareness and listening are the true keys to unlocking the foodie within!

If you had to eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what food would it be?:

That’s hard because I get bored with things easily, but I’ve always said my favorite food is blueberries.

Are there any foods you don’t like or refuse to try?:

Organ foods aren’t on the top of my list of things I want to eat and I have a particularly hard time with slimy textures.

When/where did you learn how to cook?:

Well, I’m still learning, but honestly, signing up for a box of organic vegetables to be delivered to your house each week really forces you out of your comfort zone!

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What is your favorite thing to cook?:

Roasted root veggies in the winter, sweet potato fries with rosemary all year long, cupcakes if I’m baking and smoothies in the Vitamix are a daily fave.

What is the best (or most memorable) meal you’ve ever had?:

I don’t remember the food as much as I remember the company, but I had a really fantastic meal recently at a Marriott Hotel restaurant in Tucson, AZ called Primo – they grow a lot of their food in a garden on the hotel property and their flavors are super fresh. Their homemade ice cream was one of the best I’ve ever had.

Have you found any new recipes lately that you’re dying to try?:

I don’t normally stockpile recipes. I find what I want when I need it and then make it. But I’ve really been looking for a good pie to make with a graham cracker crust – I’ve got one to use up in my pantry.

Do you have any embarrassing kitchen stories or recipe disasters to share?:

The one I get made fun of most for is when I ruined Easy Mac. I couldn’t tell where the line was in the plastic cup so I put way too much water in and then it didn’t turn out. That may have been my cue to cut out the processed foods.

What is your best tip(s) for eating healthy?:

Eat fresh, local foods whenever possible and shift your mindset from one of food as pleasure to food as fuel to enable your body to do the incredible things you want to do and to take the adventures you want to take. Suddenly (and ironically), you’ll find food will taste much better and become a much more pleasurable experience when you’re not longer feeding the mind and your feeding your soul instead.

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Interested in being a Featured Foxy Foodie? Email me at foxywholefoodie@gmail.com for details! 🙂

Featured Foxy Foodie: Charlotte!

Today I’m super excited to feature my next Featured Foxy Foodie! If you missed it, I announced this series of posts earlier this month, so check it out and email me if you’d like to sign up! 🙂

Today’s Featured Foxy Foodie is Charlotte from The Runner Beans! I just discovered Charlotte’s blog and I’m a big fan. She writes a lot about running and other fitness activities, and preaches moderation in eating (which I completely agree with!) Check out her post about Eating in NYC after running the Marathon it features some amazing food photography and great eats in NYC! Also, Charlotte is hosting a 21 Day Yoga challenge starting in January that I’m definitely getting on board for! Check it out!

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Name: Charlie Watson
Blog: The Runner Beans
Twitter: @charliedwatson
Facebook: The Runner Beans Facebook Page
Location: London, England
Age: 25

What kind of “foodie” are you (i.e. Paleo, Vegetarian, Flexetarian, or do you just love all food? :-)) and why?:

I’m an ‘everything in moderation’ sort of girl. Life is too short to deny yourself, it’s just about getting the right balance.

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If you had to eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what food would it be?:

Chocolate, or froyo (can I have froyo topped with chocolate?)

Are there any foods you don’t like or refuse to try?:

I hate pickled things, I always take my gherkin out of my burger and put it on someone else’s plate!

When/where did you learn how to cook?:

I’ve always cooked, for as long as I can remember I’ve helped my Mum out in the kitchen.

What is your favorite thing to cook?:

I love making normal meals with a healthy twist, teaching my friends and family that you can eat healthily without losing out on flavour. I love to eat baked goods but writing recipes for cakes is so hard!

What is the best (or most memorable) meal you’ve ever had?:

I was lucky enough to eat at the Noma pop up restaurant when it came to London a few years ago- we ate live ants in cabbage!

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Have you found any new recipes lately that you’re dying to try?:

I love looking through Pinterest, and make all sorts of indulgent looking desserts, but find mid-week meal ideas there all the time. Everything on Smitten Kitchen!

Do you have any embarrassing kitchen stories or recipe disasters to share?:

I once had such a high temperature that when I put my face next to the oven, I thought it was on. 45 mins later and our quiche was still completely cold!

What is your best tip(s) for eating healthy?:

Make it yourself- that way you can control what’s gone into it, with no nasty chemicals or unnecessary added sugar.
Add extra fruit and veggies to everything to bulk it out.
Wholegrain over white, every time.
Be careful of portion sizes, even with ‘health’ foods.

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Interested in being a Featured Foxy Foodie? Email me at foxywholefoodie@gmail.com for details! 🙂

Featured Foxy Foodie: Courtney!

Today I’m super excited to feature my first Featured Foxy Foodie! If you missed it, I announced this series of posts last week, so check it out and email me if you’d like to sign up! 🙂

Today’s Featured Foxy Foodie is Courtney from Star Systemz. Courtney shares healthy recipes, tips and fitness advice on her blog, which I’ve quickly fallen in love with! Courtney is celebrating two years of blogging and hosting a giveaway so check it out! 🙂 In her words….

Courtney Bentley is not only a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM, but also certified in Youth Fitness, Women’s Fitness, TRX, Pilates and holds a degree in Nutrition. She also participated in personal training courses in college where she took Biomechanics and Human Anatomy. Her love for leading a healthy lifestyle started at an early age when her Mom enrolled her in Ballet classes. With over 15 years training to be a Prima Ballerina, Courtney said enough was enough and went on to become a cheerleader in High School. With over 5 years of trial and error, Courtney has come up with a method that is TRIED, TESTED and WORKS!

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Name: Courtney
Blog: Star Systemz
Twitter: Star Systemz Twitter
Youtube: Star Systemz on Youtube!
Facebook: Star Systemz on Facebook
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Age: 25

What kind of “foodie” are you (i.e. Paleo, Vegetarian, Flexetarian, or do you just love all food? :-)) and why?:

I have experimented with it all, honestly, if it is a common “foodie” label I have been it, lived it and loved all of it. Through all of this experimentation I have found what works for me. Last year has been the year of knowing exactly what works for my body depending on what goals I have at that moment. When I want to shred, no dairy, no fruit, no grains, no beans and lots of chicken, fish, eggs, sweet potatoes, and vegetables. When I want to stay fit I stay away from dairy as I am allergic although I am able to tolerate greek yogurt (I think I just love it to much to let it go) and stick to whole foods nothing processed. I guess I would call my diet “Court-ne-tarian”

If you had to eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what food would it be?:

One food to eat everyday for the rest of my live, simple, I would have to say dried ginger, I could literally live off of dried ginger and add ginger to my salads, smoothies and with snacks, they are my crack.

Are there any foods you don’t like or refuse to try?:

I do not eat dairy so cheese and I are not friends. I sometimes miss cheese, cakes, soggy cereal with milk but honestly after the first year and with so many vegan options available in the world it is quite easy to hit the spot without dairy.

When/where did you learn how to cook?:

I learned how to cook because at 19 years old I went vegan and the only way I could be vegan is if I learned how to cook. I was over smoothies so I just YouTube’d how to cook different legumes and grains and BAM that is how I learned how to cook.

What is your favorite thing to cook?:

My favorite thing to cook is beef brisket, I cook my famous beef brisket every year during the holidays. I am nice enough to give you the recipe so check it out here.

What is the best (or most memorable) meal you’ve ever had?:

The most memorable meal is the feast I made last year for Thanksgiving. Spending a few days creating dishes for my family and watching them enjoy every bite was something I will never forget. We had 13 people and I cooked for each and every one of them. 8 lbs. of Beef Brisket plus a Turkey, side dishes and even dessert, the feeling I had after handling such a task has me confident enough to handle anything!

Have you found any new recipes lately that you’re dying to try?:

Mug Cakes, I constantly “liking” mugcake photos on Instagram and writing down recipes but have yet to try them! It is so odd of me, as I try pretty much every trend, but every morning I wake up I just go with the same thing and miss out, I always eat, 6 egg whites and half a Pomelo.

Do you have any embarrassing kitchen stories or recipe disasters to share?:

When I met my husband I wanted to impress him and cook him cinnamon crisps. I thought it would be easy, it’s a soft tortilla with oil topped with cinnamon and nutmeg baked for around 15 minutes or until crisped. Well I cooked those tortillas for a little longer than 15 minutes and almost burned his apartment down. I have made up for that incident but every so often I get a casual reminder from my husband on how I almost burned his apartment down.

What is your best tip(s) for eating healthy?:

Simple is always best. Not only is simple quick, its EASY and when you go out to eat keep it simple, just aim for veggies and protein. It is great to cook fancy feasts, and to spend hours in the kitchen, but if you don’t have the time it is better to just bake a batch of grilled chicken, have a ton of veggies steamed ready to eat. Whenever you go shopping stick to the outside of the aisles and always have a list with you, it will keep you organized and make you think of what meals you will create for yourself during the week.

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Interested in being a Featured Foxy Foodie? Email me at foxywholefoodie@gmail.com for details! 🙂

Announcing: Featured Foxy Foodie!

So I got this idea from a friend of mine in the blogging world, Jennifer at Wine to Weightlifting. I met her through a post series that she does called the Lady Lifter Spotlight. Through this post I met her, several other bloggers, and got to share my own blog with a new network of readers. It was such a great experience that I decided to adapt the idea to use here on my own site!

Which is how I came up with idea for Featured Foxy Foodie!

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This series of posts (to be put up 1-2 times a month) will feature other bloggers (and non-bloggers!) from around the web. Each blogger will fill out a short questionnaire and provide me with a few photos that I will turn into a post that features their “food perspective” (i.e. paleo, vegan, flexetarian, clean eating) and why they choose to eat that way. I think this is a great opportunity for us all to learn about other people’s experiences with food, and to give other bloggers an opportunity to share their blog! I’m a true foodie at heart (hence the blog title) and I’m truly fascinated with hearing about other people’s perspectives and experiences. That’s my favorite part of the blogging world – learning from each other! 🙂

To be fair, and to give you an idea of what to expect, I thought I’d complete the questionnaire myself to kick us off!

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Name: Jackie
Blog Name: Foxy Whole Foodie
Twitter: Jiffy877
Pinterest: Pinterest Boards!
Facebook: Foxy Whole Foodie
Location: Alexandria, VA
Age: 26

What kind of “foodie” are you (i.e. Paleo, Vegetarian, Flexetarian, or do you just love all food? :-)) and why?:

I think of myself as a “whole foodie” which may or may not be a term I made up. Basically, I try to eat a clean diet – meaning no processed ingredients. I don’t always succeed – I’m not going to pass up food at a restaurant or work event just because of my beliefs – but I do my best to eat homemade food. I try to live by an 80/20 rule. If I eat really well 80% of the time, then the other 20% I don’t have to worry as much, and I can enjoy a night out!

If you had to eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what food would it be?:

I think if we’re going with a main course answer to this question I’d have to go with sushi. I’m absolutely in love with sushi and could easily eat it everyday without getting tired of it. But a more realistic answer would be dark chocolate. I buy very high cocoa content (over 70% dark chocolate) in small squares and I let myself have one every day. Dark chocolate is good for you – in small doses – and I look forward to this treat more than I work look forward to cake, ice cream, or candy.

Are there any foods you don’t like or refuse to try?:

I try every food once but I have a serious grudge against mushrooms. I know, I know – everything I say that people say things like “What?! Mushrooms are great!” I happen to disagree. I’ve never really just taken a bite of a whole mushroom but I know I’ve had them as ingredients in other foods and personally I think they have sort of a muddy taste. I can live without them.

When/where did you learn how to cook?:

I think I really started to learn to cook towards the end of my college years and as I moved out into my first single apartment. Growing up, I wasn’t too interested in cooking except throwing together the occasional Hamburger Helper meal for my family (see my healthier non-processed makeover of my beloved Stroganoff recipe). As I learned more and more about homecooked food and the hazards of processed ingredients, my cooking skills grew! I have Rachel Ray to thank for a lot of it. I would watch her “30 Minutes Meals” show every afternoon after work and her style of cooking (no measuring, going with the ingredients you have) definitely influenced how I cook today.

What is your favorite thing to cook?:

My Homemade “Almost” Tandoori Chicken. It’s so easy to throw together, so delicious – and gives me an excuse to eat other favorites like hummus and Naan bread! 🙂

What is the best (or most memorable) meal you’ve ever had?:

A few years ago I impulse-bought a Groupon for a small bed and breakfast down near Charlottesville, VA called the High Meadows Vineyard Inn. As a part of the Groupon, we got dinner and breakfast and the on-site chef (the owner’s son) was amazing. Everything was local and organic, with some things (like the eggs we had for breakfast!) coming from the inn’s own chickens. It was an amazing experience and the dinner I had was incredible. It was homemade Caesar salad and dressing (to this day the best Caesar dressing I’ve ever had), Salmon with caper berries and potatoes and crème brulee for dessert. Amazing.

Have you found any new recipes lately that you’re dying to try?:

In the Thanksgiving edition of Real Simple (the issue before the current one) there were two great salad recipes that I’m dying to try. I’m going to bring one or both of them to my office potluck. The first is called Crispy Greens with Oranges and Pecans and the second is Wilted Spinach with Raisins and Pistachios. Both just sound so delicious and perfect for Thanksgiving!

Do you have any embarrassing kitchen stories or recipe disasters to share?:

I’ve been pretty fortunate in the kitchen, especially given my habit of not measuring things and just throwing them in a “seeing what happens”. I think part of this luck has been that I barely bake – which is one of the pickiest ways to cook. Most regular cooking is very fluid and you can afford to go with the flow, add things, and taste as you go – that’s how most chefs cook! 🙂

Most of my embarrassing kitchen stories would have to do with the fact that I get injured pretty frequently. I have a clumsy nature, and a high pain tolerance which combines into frequent cuts, scraps, bruises, and burns (thankfully nothing too serious). For example, I recently accidentally let a small pot of water boil over on the stove. In my rush to clean up the mess I made – I cut off the flame, moved the pot and immediately grabbed the metal burner to pick it up and move it to wipe up the spill. Obviously, the metal burner was still extremely hot and I ended up scorching off a few fingerprints “Men In Black” style. Oops! 🙂

What is your best tip(s) for eating healthy?:

Find foods that you truly love that are good for you! When you look forward to those “healthy foods” – it doesn’t feel like you’re depriving yourself. Also, start eating whole, unprocessed foods and let your taste-buds adjust. Once you’ve gotten all those over-sweetened, chemical, junk out of your system you’ll be able to more fully appreciate the range of flavors in real food – the sweetness of corn, the nutty flavor of chickpeas, or the rich tang of roasted tomatoes.

I hope you enjoyed reading through my answers and were inspired to share some of your own! 🙂 If you’d like to be featured as a Foxy Whole Foodie email me at foxywholefoodie@gmail.com for the details! I’m looking forward to hearing from you! 🙂