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Early Morning Walk, Not Run



Marvelous, Marvelous, Marvelous…

I was out the door early Saturday morning for my run, but with every step my head was pounding, so I decided to walk my miles, it was so nice out, the early morning is my favorite time of the day for running or in this case walking, and I didn’t want to trun back. I focused on engaging my core, turned out to be a pretty good workout. I was glad I didn’t give up on my workout. When I returned home I did some yoga before having a protein smoothie.

Marvelous was I didn’t let a little headache get in the way of my workout.

I tried a new fruit this weekend, Lychees, I have heard of the fruit, but I’d never tried it. I found some at Trader Joe’s, so I got some to give a try.  After googling, I learned that you peel the outer red skin and eat the white flesh, discarding the seed in its center. I am not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t what I thought it would be, it was juicy and sweet and reminded me of a grape.

Lychee fruit has about 66 calories per 100 g., has no saturated fats or cholesterol, has a good amount of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants.  Lychees are high in oligonol, which is thought to have anti-oxidant and anti-fluenza virus actions. It also helps improve blood flow, reduce weight, is an excellent source of vitamin C, B-complex vitamins and minerals.


Marvelous was me trying a new food and liking it.

Lychee Fruit

Marvelous is my trying a new recipe I found on Pinterest for flat bread and it’s a Winner.  You can find the recipe HERE. Great site for foodies.

Flat Bread

My daughter made a tasty pizza.

Flatbread Pizza

I did some recipe testing this weekend using Xylitol as a sugar replacement in these brownie cup cakes, and I found out that my digestive system can not handle Xylitol.  It gave me a major upset stomach. It’s said to be a natural sweetener, but I think I’ll stick to using brown sugar, coconut sugar, agave or maple syrup as a white sugar replacement.

Marvelous that I discovered this on a weekend and not a work day.


The brownies look and taste great, I just can’t eat them. I’ll be testing again using a sweetener that I know I can handle.

Iced Brownie CupCakes

What is Xylitol?

It’s a naturally occurring sugar alcohol derived from corn that doesn’t promote tooth decay. It’s a low glycemic impact carbohydrate that is slow to be absorbed in the digestive tract, making its calorie impact 1/3 lower than other carbohydrates.

Be Marvelous in your Monday and check Katie and all the other MIMM’s over at Healthy Diva Eats.



Have you ever used Xylitol?  If so, do you like it?

How was your weekend? Marvelous I hope!