01/28: MIMM

by Meg on January 28, 2013

Did you know cuddling releases oxytocin?

Did you know oxytocin speeds wound healing and is associated with feelings of contentment, relaxation, and calmness?

I didn’t, but after reading this fun fact blog post I did. Along with 59 other random pieces of information that made me smile.
Seriously, how awesome is it that rats giggle when you tickle them, but you need a special piece of equipment to hear it because it is too high pitched?

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Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I had to include the picture, haha.

Anyways, back to oxytocin. A lot must have been released throughout my body this weekend because it was incredibly relaxing!

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Relaxing, but very much deserved after this week of workouts. My past week of workouts was incredible. My personal trainer told me it was my best week yet. I definitely owe it to the increased amount of food I’m taking in.

More food = more strength. More strength = happy Meg! :)

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Another thing that makes me happy is good food!

Between my workouts and puppy cuddling this weekend, I was able to create a new recipe for you to try!

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It’s an easy recipe, but don’t let that fool you because it’s absolutely delicious! I plan on having it multiple times this week…

Warm Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Walnuts and Parmesan

1 cup cooked butternut squash, cubed

1 cup kale, torn

1 tsp walnut oil

salt

pepper

walnuts

parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add squash and kale. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Sauté until squash becomes browned. Transfer to a dish and serve with parmesan cheese and walnuts on top.

An incredibly delicious side dish that you can make in minutes! I hope you give it a try :)

Have a Marvelous Monday, friends! :)

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What is making your Monday marvelous?

I have a date with my person trainer at noon! I’ll be doing a chest and bicep workout and am more than ready for it!

Love always,

Meg xoxo

If you have a submission for this week’s HFF please email me at adashofmeg@gmail.com. For more information read the HFF page

Today’s recipe will also be shared for Kierston’s Recipe Friday! :)

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie Gagliano (@HealthyDiva31) January 28, 2013 at 8:21 AM

That recipe looks delicious Meg!

Your pup is too cute! Dogs are wonderful, we might get one some day down the line, a baby on the way is enough work for right now!

Love you! Happy Monday!

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Linz @ Itz Linz January 28, 2013 at 8:24 AM

YUM!! That does look so yummy!!

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Natasha January 28, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Girl, you are looking amazing, healthy, and strong :)
Seriously, good for you!!!

Besides the fact that it is cold and snowy here in Michigan, today will be a great day cuz I say so hahah. I have to tell myself that because I am seriously NOT a fan of snow…ick lol

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Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Thank you Natasha :)

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Sarah Davis January 28, 2013 at 8:48 AM

It seems like every week, you’re reaching new PR’s and goals :) You look incredible!

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Christina @ The Athletarian January 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Comments are working!! That salad looks amazing. I’m guessing nutritional yeast would make a good substitution for parmesan to make it vegan-friendly?! I think I might try it!

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Meg January 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

you know what!? I actually used VEGAN PARM!!!! :)

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Christina @ The Athletarian January 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

YES!! PS – check your settings again because I never got your reply emailed to me… I came back to check! :)

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Picky Nicky January 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Walnuts on salad are so good!

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Divya @ Eat.Teach.Blog. January 28, 2013 at 9:29 AM

YUM!
I have NEVER tried butternut squash. Crazy, I know!

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Alisha @ Alisha's Appetiet January 28, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I did NOT know that cuddling releases oxytocin! No wonder I love cuddling so much :) Your salad looks delicious! I love the combo of squash and walnuts, yum!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM

gosh that dog is adorable!! That butternut squash and kale sounds and looks delicious! Sound like a lovely weekend

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Sweetly Fit January 28, 2013 at 11:23 AM

mmhmmm. I definitely want to try that salad out! Happy Monday love!!

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Meghan@TheMeghamix January 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Oooh, I love butternut squash! This looks amazing!

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Anjali January 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Um..YUM! that butternut squash recipe looks amazing girl! I just bought cubed butternut squash so I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

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Carley@OptimisticHealth January 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Oxytocin is amazing!! It allows for positive social interaction too! Ooh this recipe is great!! I even have squash in my fridge but its acorn squash. I wonder if that’d work?!

Marvelous in my Monday is the strawberry oats I devoured!! Have a marvelous Monday!!

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Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Of course it would work! :)

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Ellie@Fit for the Soul January 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

awwww I reallllly want your dog!!! haha, your doggie is so adorable and gorgeous…what was the name again? :) And your tank top looks very comfy–is it Lulu or Under Armour?

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Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Her name is Nikita and it’s a Lulu top :)

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 28, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I love easy, yet delicious, recipes. Such great ingredients that I bet taste fabulous together. Happy Monday! It’s marvelous for me because I’m beyond thrilled to have registered for Blend!!! Gah! :)

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Lindsay January 28, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Sounds so good and super easy! Definitely trying this week.

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Alex @ therunwithin January 28, 2013 at 2:34 PM

holy moly that warm salad looks good!

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Annette Perkins (@FitnessPerks) January 28, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Oooooh that recipe looks amazing. Yumm!

Great work, girl. You’re hot <3

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Lauren January 28, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Girl, you are RIPPED. Congrats and I’m glad snuggling release oxytocin because I spend about 3/4 of my day cuddling with my puppy! haha.

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Lisa January 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

I love that magenta colour on you. Beautiful as always! Yum to that recipe!! I love the combo of the butternut with kale, it sounds awesome! I have a few recipes of yours saved, I need to try them asap! Love youuuu!

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Paige @ Your Trainer Paige January 28, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Looking marvelous, Meg!!

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Yellow Haired Girl January 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Sounds like a good reason to keep cuddling ;) love that pink on you, girl!

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Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way January 28, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Look at your ARMS!!! Those might be the sexiest arms I have ever seen on anyone…EVER…And I’ve seen Ryan Reynolds half naked on numerous occasions ;)

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Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

You’re HILARIOUS! Thanks girl

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Purelymichelle January 28, 2013 at 8:06 PM

cute pic of you two ;)

and that is my type of meal, yum!

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IHeartVegetables January 28, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Ohhh THAT’S why I love cuddling ;) hahaha

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lifeasliv January 28, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Butternut squash is the bomb! I’ve recently been adding it to my salads and it adds such an awesome flavor! Lov this recipe. :)

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Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire January 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Did you know I think we both spend a large percentage of our lives cuddling with puppies? I don’t hate it. You look amazing! You’re pretty much a personal trainer’s dream, haha.

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Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Haha! That’s what my PT says!

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Health, Love, and Chocolate January 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Mmm, your recipe looks great as usual. Is the adorable dog that is always popping up in your pictures yours? So cute!

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Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

It’s my boyfriend’s dog :)

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Jen January 29, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Loved these fun facts…and the picture of the giggling rat! :)

Also, congrats to you on all that you have been accomplishing…you are amazing (and look fantastic too)!

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Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Aw, thanks Jen!

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Becki @ Fighting for Wellness February 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Oh wow, two of my favorite foods are squash and kale. I’m all over this!

Do you think Joe would let me get pet mice so I can tickle them?

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Meg February 3, 2013 at 10:05 PM

HAHA! Let me know if he does ;)

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Kierston February 9, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Look fabulous darling xo

Thanks for linking up!

Pinning Doll :)

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