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?


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! :)


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. 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! :)


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! :)


{ 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!


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

YUM!! That does look so yummy!!


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


Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Thank you Natasha :)


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!


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!


Meg January 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

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


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! :)


Picky Nicky January 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Walnuts on salad are so good!


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

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


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!


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


Sweetly Fit January 28, 2013 at 11:23 AM

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


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

Oooh, I love butternut squash! This looks amazing!


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!


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!!


Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Of course it would work! :)


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?


Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM

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


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! :)


Lindsay January 28, 2013 at 2:26 PM

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


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

holy moly that warm salad looks good!


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

Oooooh that recipe looks amazing. Yumm!

Great work, girl. You’re hot <3


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.


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!


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

Looking marvelous, Meg!!


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

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


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 ;)


Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

You’re HILARIOUS! Thanks girl


Purelymichelle January 28, 2013 at 8:06 PM

cute pic of you two ;)

and that is my type of meal, yum!


IHeartVegetables January 28, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Ohhh THAT’S why I love cuddling ;) hahaha


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. :)


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.


Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Haha! That’s what my PT says!


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!


Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

It’s my boyfriend’s dog :)


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)!


Meg January 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Aw, thanks Jen!


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?


Meg February 3, 2013 at 10:05 PM

HAHA! Let me know if he does ;)


Kierston February 9, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Look fabulous darling xo

Thanks for linking up!

Pinning Doll :)


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: