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Aiming for Balanced

Full-disclosure: I am a SparkPeople-turned-MyFitnessPal addict.

I am well-versed in counting calories, tracking sugar and sodium intake, monitoring daily activities, etc.

Yet, things have changed.

My diet and activity level over the last 7 months has been vastly different from my “normal” habits. The truth is, with the arrival of our little guy only two short months away, it’s time to start rethinking my habits. Yes, I’ve been enjoying my fair-share of indulgences whilst pregnant. Pfffft, why shouldn’t I? However, all along, I’ve kept in mind that I’d like to return to my “normal” eating/fitness habits as soon as possible.

The truth is, it’s been difficult.

I enjoy being active. I enjoy cooking healthy meals. I certainly enjoy seeing the results of hard work.

For example, I had every intention of continuing to run throughout as much of my pregnancy as possible. Instead, I missed out on two half-marathons in the fall because my body wasn’t in a place to train. Hell, the first trimester can be summed up like this: feeling hungover every single morning without the thrill of actually getting drunk the night before.

By the time the second trimester rolled around, I felt great. I actually felt pretty fantastic. I walked some, but I was afraid to run.

I hadn’t run in months.

The fitness aspect of my life fell completely to the wayside because I was terrified to push myself past “uncomfortable”.

I wanted so badly to run, but I didn’t want to injure myself or overdo it and somehow threaten my baby’s life.

You see, it’s too easy to read about the woman who gave birth hours after finishing a marathon in Chicago and wonder why that couldn’t be me. But hey, all pregnancies are different!

The bottom line is, my whole life is about to change. I don’t know what I’m in for. I do know that I’m not aiming for an outrageously perfect lifestyle.

I’m just over here aiming for balanced.

xo Cassie

7 Brilliant Beauty Buys

During the process of organizing underneath my bathroom sink, I was moved to write my first-ever beauty post!

Slash… procrastinate the much-needed organization under the sink.

Moving on, though!

Folks, these are products that I use almost every single day. They are a part of my routine. I wouldn’t share something with you that I didn’t absolutely love.

Best part is: six of these products are under $15 each, yay!

I’ll get to those first.

7 Brilliant Beauty Buys // www.beetandbaguette.com

Almay’s Clear Complexion Makeup with BlemisHeal Technology – $12.79, Target – This liquid foundation has a scant amount of Salicylic Acid, so you don’t have to feel bad about applying makeup, even if you feel a pimple coming on.

Jelly Pong Pong’s Glow Getter Highlighter – $12.75, BirchBox – A lightweight, pearlescent shimmer gel that is great for just under the brows, or to dab on the cheekbones. It’s a tiny bottle, but a little goes a long way!

Maybelline’s Face Studio Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick – $7.99, Target – Stunning, natural, blendable color that won’t dry your skin out like a powder blush. I’m loving the Coral Sheen shade for warm weather days!

Maybelline’s Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner – $4.79, Target – Does this one really need an explanation? If you know me at all, you know I love a good cat eye.

mark.’s Glowdacious Illuminating Powder – $13, Avon – I’ve had the exact product that you see in the photo for years. Literally, years. Still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the compact. This shimmer powder / bronzer includes multiple shades, so you can use a lighter color for the inner eyelids and a darker shade for your cheekbones!

Revlon’s Colorburst Balm Stain – $6.89, Target – Want a lip stain that isn’t sticky or scarily unnatural looking? This creamy balm stick is the answer. Subtle, yet lasting color in a no-mess crayon.

The final product in the photo, my friends, is $22 from BirchBox and still deserves to be on this list, even if it’s just because of the scent.

Yes.

The scent of Beauty Protector’s Protect and Detangle Leave-In Conditioner is utterly tantalizing. I received a good-sized sample of it in my very first BirchBox, and I’m still falling in love with the scent every time I comb it through my fresh-out-of-the-shower hair.

And you guessed it.

I adore BirchBox.

Love samples? Considering signing up. $10/month, that’s like two Starbucks drinks!

Besides, who wouldn’t want the adorable boxes?!

7 Brilliant Beauty Buys // www.beetandbaguette.com

7 Brilliant Beauty Buys // www.beetandbaguette.com

Sigh, can I just be Anna Bond?

xo Cassie

Hiking at Umstead State Park

Whew, Friday certainly snuck up on me yesterday — and I did not have a Friday Feast to share with you!

Richard took the day off, though, so we enjoyed our own little “Friday Frolick” with a tuna salad sandwich picnic and hiking at William B. Umstead State Park.

Here are some photos from our adventure!

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Hiking at Umstead State Park in NC // www.beetandbaguette.com

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Hiking at Umstead State Park in NC // www.beetandbaguette.com

Hiking at Umstead State Park in NC // www.beetandbaguette.com

Hiking at Umstead State Park in NC // www.beetandbaguette.com

Get out there and enjoy your weekend!

xo Cassie

Friday Feast – Zucchini Bread

This bread.

Let me just tell you something about this bread.

When my siblings and I were growing up, our Mom used to make this AMAZING zucchini bread. To-die-for. Meltingly moist. It’s almost as if it just never occurred to us that it was chock full of grated zucchini. That’s a vegetable, by the way.

Healthy and Delicious Zucchini Bread - www.beetandbaguette.com

Healthy and Delicious Zucchini Bread - www.beetandbaguette.com

Looking back, I get this happy nostalgic feeling when I think about that zucchini bread. That’s because my brother and I (Kara was likely too young to remember this) had a very specific way of eating our slices. Mom would cut a generous slice from the zucchini loaf, put it on a plate (or paper towel), and then allow us to slather on some good old-fashioned Country Crock buttery spread. We didn’t stop there, though. We’d then cut our respective slices into 5 or six smaller pieces — think chunky “matchsticks”. Next, we’d throw those buttery matchsticks into the microwave for about 10 seconds. Each bite was heavenly.

As an ADULT (sad, I know), I’m always searching for ways to “healthify” such moist and buttery baked goods. For this bread, I’ve swapped the sugar for Truvia Baking Blend, substituted some of the canola oil for applesauce, and a third of the flour is now whole wheat flour. These simple swaps have worked wonders on the nutritional content of this bread! Check out the health stats following the recipe below.

Healthy and Hearty Zucchini Bread // reinvented family recipe

Yields 2 loaves (16 slices)

1 cup Truvia Baking Blend
3 eggs
2/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (1 storebought 4oz cup works perfectly)
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic)
2 cups grated raw zucchini (about 2 medium zucchini)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 350°F, with a rack in the middle position. Spritz 2 loaf pans with Baker’s Joy (or oil and then dust with flour). In a very large bowl or stand mixer, combine Truvia Baking Blend, eggs, oil, applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

To the egg mixture, add both flour varieties and the grated zucchini. Mix until any flour lumps are incorporated. At this point, you can mix in 1/2 cup of chopped nuts if you so desire. Pour into the prepped loaf pans.

Bake for 1 hour, or until a knife/toothpick comes out clean.

Healthy and Delicious Zucchini Bread - www.beetandbaguette.com

Assuming you end up with a total of 16 servings (8 slices per loaf), I was able to cut the original recipe down by 202 calories per serving! Below you’ll see the stats for average zucchini bread on the left and our literally-just-as-good-revamped-version on the right.

Amazing, right?

And yes, I’m sitting at my desk happily enjoying a slice, matchstick-style.

Healthy and Delicious Zucchini Bread - www.beetandbaguette.com

xo Cassie

Healthy Snacks & Race Day

Thanks to my Mom and sister, I’ve fallen for Graze boxes.

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These snack-filled recycled cardboard boxes are delivered straight to your mailbox each week… or every other week, or as often as you like! Each box contains 4 small, individually-packaged healthy snacks. The snacks range from nuts and seeds, granola bars (or “flapjacks”, as Graze calls them), dried fruits, and even “dippers”, meaning there is a small pocket of sauce or dip to accompany your snack! Yum!

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Some snacks are sweet, while some are savory. I’ve been receiving my Graze boxes for months now, and it’s always a nice treat to open the mailbox each Monday to find a new box!

I throw a few packs in my gym bag, so that I’ve always got something to nibble on post-workout. Shoot, I even keep a few in my purse for those days when errands take much longer than I anticipated! Oh, and each box contains a nutritional information insert with the details of each snack. Super helpful for those of us using MyFitnessPal.

Anyways, race day is coming up (yet again!) this Sunday — the Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon & Half-Marathon!

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This will be my fourth half-marathon, and it will also mark the very special 1-year since my first big race. The 2013 City of Oaks was the first half-marathon for both Richard and myself! It was SUCH a sense of accomplishment (and pain), crossing that 13.1 finish line one year ago.

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I worry that I have not trained on enough hills for this daunting downtown Raleigh road race… but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I beat my personal race time on Sunday, as I have with each race since November of last year.

Anyways, I’ve eaten half of a tasty Summer Berry Flapjack (the rest is for when I get back!), and now I’m out the door for a long run before my final dress fitting this afternoon! Send me some good vibes for Sunday’s big race!

xo Cassie

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