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01/28: MIMM

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 postΒ 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?


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!


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! πŸ™‚


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!


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




parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add squash and kale. Season lightly with salt and pepper. SautΓ© 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 πŸ™‚

Have a Marvelous Monday, friends! πŸ™‚


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.Β 

Today’s recipe will also be shared for Kierston’s Recipe Friday! πŸ™‚


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  1. Reply

    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

    YUM!! That does look so yummy!!

  3. Reply


    January 28, 2013

    Girl, you are looking amazing, healthy, and strong πŸ™‚
    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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      January 29, 2013

      Thank you Natasha πŸ™‚

  4. Reply

    Sarah Davis

    January 28, 2013

    It seems like every week, you’re reaching new PR’s and goals πŸ™‚ You look incredible!

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    Christina @ The Athletarian

    January 28, 2013

    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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      January 28, 2013

      you know what!? I actually used VEGAN PARM!!!! πŸ™‚

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        Christina @ The Athletarian

        January 28, 2013

        YES!! PS – check your settings again because I never got your reply emailed to me… I came back to check! πŸ™‚

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    Picky Nicky

    January 28, 2013

    Walnuts on salad are so good!

  7. Reply

    Divya @ Eat.Teach.Blog.

    January 28, 2013

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

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    Alisha @ Alisha's Appetiet

    January 28, 2013

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

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    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots

    January 28, 2013

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

  10. Reply

    Sweetly Fit

    January 28, 2013

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

  11. Reply


    January 28, 2013

    Oooh, I love butternut squash! This looks amazing!

  12. Reply


    January 28, 2013

    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!

  13. Reply


    January 28, 2013

    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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      January 29, 2013

      Of course it would work! πŸ™‚

  14. Reply

    Ellie@Fit for the Soul

    January 28, 2013

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

    • Reply


      January 29, 2013

      Her name is Nikita and it’s a Lulu top πŸ™‚

  15. Reply

    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    January 28, 2013

    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! πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2013

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

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    Alex @ therunwithin

    January 28, 2013

    holy moly that warm salad looks good!

  18. Reply

    Oooooh that recipe looks amazing. Yumm!

    Great work, girl. You’re hot <3

  19. Reply


    January 28, 2013

    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.

  20. Reply


    January 28, 2013

    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

    Looking marvelous, Meg!!

  22. Reply

    Yellow Haired Girl

    January 28, 2013

    Sounds like a good reason to keep cuddling πŸ˜‰ love that pink on you, girl!

  23. Reply

    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 πŸ˜‰

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      January 29, 2013

      You’re HILARIOUS! Thanks girl

  24. Reply


    January 28, 2013

    cute pic of you two πŸ˜‰

    and that is my type of meal, yum!

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    January 28, 2013

    Ohhh THAT’S why I love cuddling πŸ˜‰ hahaha

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    January 28, 2013

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

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    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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      January 29, 2013

      Haha! That’s what my PT says!

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    Health, Love, and Chocolate

    January 28, 2013

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

    • Reply


      January 29, 2013

      It’s my boyfriend’s dog πŸ™‚

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    January 29, 2013

    Loved these fun facts…and the picture of the giggling rat! πŸ™‚

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

    • Reply


      January 29, 2013

      Aw, thanks Jen!

  30. Reply

    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?

    • Reply


      February 3, 2013

      HAHA! Let me know if he does πŸ˜‰

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    February 9, 2013

    Look fabulous darling xo

    Thanks for linking up!

    Pinning Doll πŸ™‚

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