Four things to do when you move to a new city

I have moved four times since graduating from The Ohio State University in May 2014. Each time, I have gone to a new city. Three of the four I never actually visited before moving there! A while back, I blogged about my largest move to Nebraska. Now that I have moved again (this time in Atlanta, Georgia), I’ve done some thinking on the trials and tribulations relocating can create. I think it can often be easier to do than we think.
Below are four things I recommend doing when you move to a new city. BONUS: I discuss one of my favorite healthier alternative ingredients to use when creating baked goods.
  1. Get acclimated with the area
When moving to a new place, especially a large city, it can be very intimidating. The first thing I like to do is pull up Google maps and see what the surround area, towns and roads look like. Then, hit the road. It serves you well to drive around, take in the local businesses and get a feel for your surrounds and directions. I even allow myself to get lost. Usually, that’s how I find new coffee shops, backroads and fun places to explore. When I lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana for my first job territory, I found a neat coffee shop called Firefly Coffeehouse. The more comfortable you can become, the more quickly the “new” factor will wear off and you can normalize your area.

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Recipe: Oatmeal Creme [Protein] Pie

Last weekend, I visited my boyfriend in Atlanta, Georgia. He and I both have a sweet tooth but he isn’t as much of a chocoholic like me. Instead, I decided to try a different kind of protein-packed sweet curbing treat.

Behold, the oatmeal creme protein pie.

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The soft, yet crunchy cookies surround a yogurt-based filling. The recipe is easy to modify with add-in ingredients like chocolate chips, raisins, nut butters and more.

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I chose not to add any additional sugars, because the Greek yogurt and whey protein have some natural-derived sugars in them. But, you can definitely use honey, stevia, monk fruit, agave or maple syrup in the cookies and filling for some added flavor.

Ready for the recipe? Watch below or read further on.

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Recipe: Protein-packed White Chocolate Cranberry Bars

This winter, I am in a bulking phase in preparation for some fall 2017 bodybuilding shows. It’s been about two years of training and learning what my body likes and does not like when it comes to food and nutrition. I’ve learned a lot; a lot to go!

That being said, I was not going to let this Christmas season

1) be extremely structured that I could not enjoy myself with some favorite foods and wine

2) miss the opportunity to try new, protein packed recipes that the whole family can enjoy.

Allow me to present, the White Chocolate Cranberry Bars. I had pinned a recipe a long while ago from the Epicurean Bodybuilder. With a few personal modifications, I’m in love.

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The photographs from the original version made them look dry and thick. With my changes, it turned out quite the opposite.

Soft, chewy, moist bars with a light hint of the white chocolate from melted chips and cut up cranberries within the bars. It reminds me a lot of a cake consistency. Yummy!

These are also “flour free” bars. Can you guess what the base ingredient is?

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Pick your battles and bake protein pumpkin chip donuts

It’s remarkable how close we are to Christmas! Last weekend, I helped my mom decorate and put up the Weihl family tree and I finally made a wreath for my apartment to add some holiday charm.
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Decorations are just one of the ways you can get into the holiday spirit. Maybe you like Christmas tunes? Watching Christmas movies? Donating or volunteering at a local charitable organization?
This time of year is filled with much joy. However, it can also be filled with stress, expectations, overwhelm and heartache. Does your family get tense during before year end? Mine does. It seems like a constant rush to get things done (personally and for business). I might think I know exactly what I need to finish before the year is complete or what my goals are for the new year. Then, like a flip of a switch, plans change. Worries arise and challenge situations surface.
What do you do?

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