Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week. I feel like this week went by so quickly!

I had some really great workouts this week. I needed to change up my routine because I was getting bored. Not only was I able to get out of my exercise rut, but I felt some new (and good) soreness this week. I was also able to go on a 4.10 mile run. I haven’t been trying to increase my speed because I want to focus more on my distance. Next Saturday, I will be running in the Annapolis Running Classic 10K. I picked up my bib this afternoon!

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This will be my third 10K race. Even though I’ve done two before, I still get really nervous thinking about those 6.2 miles. My First 10K was an incredible experience, but My Second 10K was a real struggle. I guess it just depends on the day. I’m just glad that I have another week of training runs before the race.

This week also consisted of a much needed trip to Trader Joe’s! I’m a huge sucker for Holiday marketing so needless to say, I left with some tasty treats that will be enjoyed over the next few weeks.

Their bags are even decorated for the holidays:

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These are my #1 favorite (in fact, I bought 3 bags today…I don’t want to run out!)

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These are a runner-up:

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I also bought a lot of healthy food too. Smile 

I had a major breakthrough this week! Year after year, I attempt to roast pumpkin seeds from the leftover Halloween pumpkins. They have never turned out. They are either too chewy or they end up burning. I love roasted pumpkin seeds so I was determined to have them turn out this year. They did!

Here’s what I did differently this time:

I placed the seeds into a bowl of water and rinsed them a couple of times. Then I placed them on a piece of parchment paper and let them dry overnight. In the past, I would pat them dry and then roast them right away (I think this is why they never turned out). Not only did they turn out, but they were delicious! Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy!

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds {Maryland-Style}

Servings: 6 (depending on the size of your pumpkin)
Serving Size: about 1/4 cup
Calories: 189
Fat: 15.8 g
Carbs: 6.2  g
Protein: 9.1 g

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for 4 servings:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw pumpkin seeds (rinsed & dried overnight)
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until the mixture is thickened and stiff peaks form. 

Add Old Bay Seasoning to egg white.  Fold in pumpkin seeds.

Gently pour mixture into a single layer onto sprayed foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, stir, and return to oven for another 10 minutes (or until slightly golden). Enjoy!

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Leave a comment telling me about your favorite holiday treats. Smile

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