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karla522

Bettendorf, Iowa
As a soon-to-be college grad in journalism and kinesiology, I love to share my fitness, nutrition and overall wellness tips on my blog. Health is my passion, and I adore finding "fake outs"--shortcuts and products that can improve wellness without too much effort. A healthy life, in my... Full Bio
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Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Bars by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Happy Father’s Day—to my amazing dad and all of the other irreplaceable papas out there! In honor of the holiday, I baked you (and him) a treat. Since I co ... Read on »
Healthified Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Little in life says, “Thank you,” “I appreciate you” or “welcome to the neighborhood,” than freshly baked goodies. Don’t you think (and agree with this quote from B ... Read on »
The Adventurous Girl’s Guide to Iceland: 9 Things to Do, Eat + See by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living First things first, if you haven’t been to Iceland, I have three words for you: “Just do it.” The breathtaking scenery that makes you feel like you’re stepping into ... Read on »
Roasted Banana + Berry Whole-Wheat Bread by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Happy Memorial Day weekend! First of all, I must apologize for my long, unannounced absence. I’m blessed that my spring schedule became packed with neat opportu ... Read on »
Race Recap: 2014 Hy-Vee Road Races 10K by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Public service announcement of the day: Watch what you eat before a race! The threatening storms threw a bit of a question mark in the plans for the Hy-Vee Road ... Read on »
Homemade Vanilla + Vanilla Stevia by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living I may have found a new signature cocktail. You see, I’m very much a red wine girl (if I drink at all), but sometimes the situation isn’t quite right to say, “Pinot, pl ... Read on »
Whole-Wheat Banana Cornbread + The Secret to Perfectly-Baked Bread by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Earth Day is coming up in just two weeks, so I decided to take my Sunday to make the most of what I had in my kitchen, including spotted bananas. The result truly turned ... Read on »
Turkey + Hummus Cucumber Sub by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Please forgive me for the unannounced posting hiatus and all-around social media silence over the past couple weeks. In addition to my usual job, fitness classes and freel ... Read on »
March Madness Playlist + Snacks by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Happy March Madness! For a sports fan like me, this is the most wonderful time of the year besides Christmas. I’m a sap for the fun, family time and gener ... Read on »
Healthy Single-Serving PB&J Cake by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living When I was a kid, “ hot lunch ” was a steady rotation of rubbery pizza, turkey and gravy over white bread, purple-hued hot dogs and overcooked spaghetti. As a resul ... Read on »
Get Lucky Workout + Playlist by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Have you recovered from Daft Punk overload yet? After summer of 2013′s “ Get Lucky ” vs. “ Blurred Lines ” debate, I’m still healing from the ear worm. ... Read on »
Spring Forward Playlist by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Considering the weather around much of the country for the past four months, I think it’s safe to say it’s been a looooong winter (give or take an “o”). True ... Read on »
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living A recent girlfriend outing to Creme Cupcake’s Dessert Lounge left me in dessert ecstasy. A pal and I split an ooey-gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake. ... Read on »
I Wanna Rock Workout Playlist by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Anyone who knows me knows that I love a cheesy pop song. (See exhibit A , exhibit B and exhibit C .) So I guess it wasn’t a big surprise when one of the s ... Read on »
Opening Up About Anorexia by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living A few things that made my week: 1. A new initial necklace to replace the one my parents bought me for Christmas that lasted all of two weeks before I dropped it ... Read on »
What’s Not to Love? Workout Playlist by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Happy Valentine’s week! Any big plans for the holiday? It should be pretty much business as usual around these parts, except for maybe busting out in a li ... Read on »
“Better Than Paula Deen” Doughnut Burgers by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Paula Deen’s had a rough year . I don’t  mean to beat her while she’s down, especially because she does seem like an entertaining, humorous lady, but this recipe is ... Read on »
Reebok Spartan Race Giveaway, a “Like”-able Cause and More! by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Happy Sunday, everyone! How did your week treat you? Mine was jam-packed with fun, from catching a performance of the Beatles tribute Rain to teaching a couple hard ... Read on »
Slow-Cooker Italian Vegetable Soup by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Welp, Punxsutawny Phil has spoken and it looks like this bitterly chilly winter will be six weeks longer (if you believe the folklore). A reasonable anecdote fo ... Read on »
2014 Grammy Nominee Playlist by karla522 Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living With the weather hovering at or around 0° several days during January, I’ve been trying to divert my attention from the chill and keep warm by sweating ... Read on »