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National Blueberry Month CocoaVia Giveaway

Categories: CocoaVia, Giveaways, Nutrition, Recipes, Recovery Smoothie

Did you know July is National Blueberry Month? Since Thing 2 is a July baby (her birthday was yesterday) we’ve always called her our blueberry girl. Truth is we adore all things blueberry around here, even though the season is fleeting.

When CocoaVia invited me to try making a blueberry fruit smoothie using their cocoa extract Fruit Sticks, I was all over it.

What is CocoaVia? It’s a daily cocoa extract supplement. Cocoa flavenols are scientifically proven to help support healthy circulation by helping your arteries stay flexible.


Each serving contains 250mg of cocoa flavenols with no added sugar, artificial flavors or colors. As a distance runner I am well aware of the effects oxidative stress has on the body so I am always looking for ways to counteract that.

So I made the smoothie and I have to say it was delicious. There is no chocolate taste (I used the Cran-Raspberry CocoaVia), just sweet blueberries and the tang from the Greek Yogurt. I’ve also thrown in a scoop of protein powder and swapped the yogurt for plain kefir and used this for post-run recovery. There’s a Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe I am eyeing to try next.

blueberry cocovia

Blueberry Smoothie

3/4C Plain Greek Yogurt

3/4C milk of your choice (I used almond)

1/4C fresh blueberries

1 packet of CocoaVia Cran-Raspberry or Summer Citrus supplement

Blend all ingredients for 30 seconds, serve chilled and enjoy with fresh fruit!

Wanna try CocoaVia for yourself?

WIN IT! One lucky reader will win a 15-packet assortment of CocoaVia, which includes Cran-Raspberry, Summer Citrus, Unsweetened Dark Chocolate and Sweetened Dark Chocolate.

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Race Report: Espirit de She Chicago

Categories: 5k, Marathon Training, Race Reports, Running

On Thursday night I headed down into the city for the Espirit de She 5k/10k. Minus the 2-hours spent sitting in traffic,  I loved everything about being an Ambassador for this race.

montrose harbor


I got there with enough time to snag (free!) street parking, catch my breath and take in the beauty that is the Chicago lakefront.


Some of the Chicago Ambassadors met up briefly before heading to the starting line. L to R: Me, Emily, Erica, Meghan.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to race or run easy. But lining up at the dead back of the 5k pack sealed the deal for me. The narrow path made it virtually impossible to achieve race pace so I relaxed and took it easy. According to my Garmin, the course was significantly longer than 3.1, but who’s counting?

espirit food

The post-race “night market” was fun: Filled with wine, sangria, tapas, massages, manicures and all things chicks love.

We lucked out this year with fabulous weather. Special thanks to Athleta, Lifetime Fitness and Mother Nature for a great evening!

Here’s how my training week shook out:
Miles Run: 22
Miles Biked: 15
Monday: Yoga
Tuesday: 6 miles (6x800m) + swim
Wednesday: 15 miles bike + strength
Thursday: Espirit de She 5k
Friday: HIIT Intervals + strength
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 10 miles

How was your weekend? Have you done an Espirit de She event?

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