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I don’t think I can say it enough, but thank goodness Spring has sprung! With the winter we have had it’s so nice to be able to get outside to run and not have to worry about dodging snow piles or patches of ice. Although I do have to look out for the frost heaves. But that’s a small price to pay when the weather has been as nice as it is.

The forecast is for mostly sunny, some rain, but temperatures in the 50s! This Saturday is my 7th race of the year, in Providence; time to find some tunes to add to my playlist!

The Top 10 Workout Songs for April 2014

Winter’s over, and this month’s top 10 list is full of tracks that’ll propel you into the great outdoors. In the playlist below, you’ll find Foster the People channeling David Bowie, a Miley Cyrus slow jam reinvented as a club banger, and a Wisin track that pairs Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin. Extra kudos are in order for Kylie Minogue whose song “Into the Blue” was voted into last month’s top 10 and returns this month in a ferocious remix. So, don’t waste another moment: get some tunes, get your shoes, and get moving. Spring’s here!

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

Foster the People – Best Friend – 115 BPM
Wisin, Jennifer Lopez & Ricky Martin – Adrenalina – 126 BPM
Miley Cyrus – Adore You (Cedric Gervais Remix) – 128 BPM
Mystery Skulls – Ghost – 120 BPM
Major Lazer & Sean Paul – Come on to Me – 110 BPM
Breathe Carolina & Karmin – Bang It Out – 130 BPM
Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t with It) – 128 BPM
Kylie Minogue – Into the Blue (Patrick Hagenaar Colour Code Remix) – 129 BPM
American Authors – Best Day of My Life (Gazzo Remix) – 125 BPM
Avicii – Addicted to You – 128 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

As always, I have not been compensated for this post; RunHundred.com is always free to use.

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Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt

by Alaina on April 1, 2014 · 1 comment

April is upon us and spring is certainly starting to make its way to Massachusetts. Today is sunny and 50*, and the 10-day forecast shows for much of the same. I am crossing my fingers that winter is on its way out for good.

When the weather starts to warm up, I get such a craving for ice cream or any other ice cream-type refreshing treat. That treat can certainly come with a price, though, as most of them are loaded with sugar and heavy creams. So when the kind folks at Yasso, which is a based right in Boston, sent me a coupon to try our their product, I was definitely on board.

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Not only were they refreshingly sweet and tangy, it made me feel good to know that they are made with only natural ingredients, including real Greek yogurt, rBST-free milk, all natural sweeteners and 6 grams of protein! And at only 80 calories (at least in the strawberry flavor that I tried) they won’t make you feel guilty.

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My local Market Basket didn’t have too many flavors to choose from, but since this product is available at almost all local grocery stores, it shouldn’t be hard to find the wide variety of flavors that they offer.

  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla
  • Raspberry
  • Blueberry
  • Chocolate Fudge*
  • Peanut Butter Cup*
  • Mint Chocolate Chip*
  • Dark Chocolate Raspberry*
  • Sea Salt Caramel*

*New flavors for 2014. The Mint Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt Caramel flavors are certainly enticing, and I hope to purchase more in the near future.

The suggested retail price is $4.99 to $5.49 in packs of four, or in larger packs at certain club stores, for the new flavors. My local Market Basket had the strawberry flavor sold at $3.99 for the four pack.

I was offered a coupon to try their product in return for my review, however all opinions are my own.

What is your favorite treat to beat the heat?

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Cranberry Coconut Cookies

by Alaina on March 31, 2014 · 3 comments

Today was a cold and rainy day, and an activity I love to do while it’s raining outside is drink wine bake. Since I had just purchased a massive bag of Ocean Spray Craisins from BJ’s, I decided to incorporate those into my baked goods. I perused online and stumbled upon a recipe for Cranberry Coconut cookies. And thankfully I had all the ingredients on hand.

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I gathered the ingredients together and got to baking. The afternoon was further enjoyed by watching a few episodes of the Golden Girls. I have seen every single episode but watching them again leaves me in stitches. Seriously, one of the best shows ever.

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For this batch of cookies, I decided to get more artistic with my photographs. Well, more artistic than what I’d been in the past. Regardless of not having any sun, I still used the daylight, our prime southern exposure, and my brand new iPhone to capture some photos that I am certainly proud of. I just had to incorporate the first picture, since I tried to take an aerial shot without looking at the screen. It really is amazing what a little natural light can do for some cookies. Smile

Cranberry Coconut Cookies
Recipe from Food.com

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

Directions
Combine flour, baking powder and cinnamon, set aside.
Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Stir in coconut, nuts and cranberries.
Drop by the tablespoonful 2 inches apart on a greased sheet.
Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes until golden.

Cool 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

The recipe was extremely easy and the end result was a delicious, slightly sweet, tart, and coconutty cookie. I ended up bring a few over to Michelle, while she was doing a demonstration at the William’s Sonoma in Natick. They got the thumbs up from her! And I gave a BIG thumbs up to her Spinach & Chickpea Coconut Curry tarts that she had made for the occasion. I snacked on one (or maybe two?) while I was there and took two more home to enjoy. They were amazing.

Looks like coconut was the theme of the day. Maybe I’m dreaming of warmer days and tropical-style foods? Probably. Winking smile

Are you looking forward to this winter being over? Tomorrow is April!

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