Friday Faves



Hello beautiful people! I’ve rounded up a mix of what I’m currently digging. I hope you enjoy!

1. EPIC Bars

So this is jerky but on a whole other level. These meat bars are the perfect paleo, gluten free, healthy snack that travels well and packs a huge protein punch. It keeps you satisfied when you can’t sit down and eat a meal. The reason I like the EPIC brand is because their meats are grassfed and don’t have any fillers. They are as clean as it comes. They have a variety of options-bars, bites, and strips and they come in chicken, turkey, beef, bison, pork, venison, even salmon! You can get them at Whole Foods, on Thrive Market, Amazon, and even Trader Joe’s carries them now! 

2. Everfitte 

I started following Everfitte on Instagram a few years ago and they have not disappointed. I want all their hoodies and shirts! They have the best sayings. It’s always exactly what I’m thinking! I’ve bought multiple shirts for myself and given them as gifts as well. When you find a company that just gets it,  you keep going back to them. They sell through Easy and you can also find some of their stuff on Amazon. 

3. Tone It Up

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE GIRLS! Karena and Katrina started this company and they have taken social media by storm in the fitness industry. They’ve created this amazing online community of women who support each as we all work on getting healthier. One of their big pushes every year is their bikini series challenge in the summer. It’s free to sign up and follow along. They’ll send you the weekly workout schedule and you have this whole community doing it with you. You can follow them on Instagram @toneitup. They are down to earth and super motivating. Definitely check them out!

4. Adidas Gazelle Sneakers

I fell in love with these shoes a couple months ago and finally bought them a few weeks ago since they were finally on sale. Are they not the cutest things ever!? They match every outfit and have this amazingly comfortable insole. I got mine at Macy’s, but you can find them online or at many different stores. Isn’t crazy how Adidas has made a comeback? I love it! I may have bought an Adidas muscle tank too. For less than $60 bucks, you can’t beat it! Lots of colors to choose from too. 

Instant Pot Shredded Beef
Perfectly spiced shredded beef in an hour.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 3 pounds grassfed beef chuck roast, cut into large sections
  2. 1 onion chopped
  3. 6 garlic cloves
  4. 1 4oz can green chiles
  5. 1 TBLS oregano
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 tsp pepper
  8. 1 tsp chili powder
  9. 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  10. 1 TBLS cumin
  11. Juice of two limes
  12. 1/2 cup water
  13. 3 TBLS coconut aminos
  14. 1 can diced tomatoes
  15. 1 tsp garlic powder
  1. Place all ingredients in your Instant Pot.
  2. Push the manual button and set the time for 60 minutes.
  3. Make sure the lid is securely on and the vent is set to closed.
  4. Let the Instant Pot work its magic and in an hour you'll have delicate, shredded beef.
  5. Be careful releasing the steam.
  6. Once done, shred with a fork and use for tacos, burrito bowls, salad or anything else!
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This shredded beef lasts for days! The first night I used it for burrito bowls, then I used it for stuffed peppers, and I also took it for lunch. It’s so convenient to have good, quality meat on hand and ready to go.

Let me know what you think of this recipe and how you used your shredded beef!

Friday Faves- Foodie Edition



This week I’m bringing you some of my fav food finds, and no, nothing contains pumpkin! I like pumpkin, but it gets kinda crazy this time of year. These are just a few random items that I’m really into right now. It was hard to narrow down just four! I’ll have many more to share in the future though!  

  1. Califia Cold Brew

I ordered this off of Thrive just to have on hand. At first it was kinda intense but now I add a little water to it and it’s perfect. I also add half and half to mine. Sorry, but I’m not giving up my cream!  I know it’s dairy, but I’ve yet to find anything as good as straight up half and half…organic of course. 🙂 This cold brew is great because it’s ready to go. No prep work here. I keep mine at the office so I can have a glass in the afternoon. No added sweetener either! You can find it on-line at Thrive or in select stores. 

2. Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo

THIS IS A STAPLE IN MY KITCHEN! I absolutely love this mayo!!!! It hits all the marks: paleo, clean, healthy, and allergy free. It’s sugar-free and made with avocado oil. It’s paleo and Whole30 approved! Just do me a favor and check them out on Thrive Market or directly through their website: Their regular mayo is delightful as well. I use them on my burgers. I dip my sweet potatoes in them. And you can feel good about no weird ingredients. You’ll get your healthy fats in by slathering this goodness on everything! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I can’t say enough good about this stuff. Just tell me you’ll try it…OK? 

3.  Siete Chips

Guilt-free chips? Yes, these are them. Grain free chips that are made with cassava flour. Score! It’s so great to finally have a chip that is actually good for you. They come in three different flavors…lime, sea salt, and nacho. My fav is sea salt. Nachos will never be the same. You can find them on Thrive or at Whole Foods. 

4. Herbamare 

This product was introduced to me by my sis-in-law. It’s a European staple. Herbamare uses salt from the south of France and combines that with organically grown herbs and spices to create this delightful seasoning salt. There’s no MSG. It’s gluten-free and is certified organic. I sprinkle it on my eggs, salad, sweet potato fries and basically anything that I’d usually salt. A little goes  a long way too. You can find it at Whole Foods or on line at Amazon or Thrive Market. 

Well that wraps up this week’s Friday Faves! I hope you enjoyed this special foodie edition. All these products can be found online at Thrive. Just click on the link on the right hand side bar and you’ll be taken directly there. The best part about Thrive is that it’s delivered straight to your door! That means less time spent roaming the grocery store aisles. 

Friday Faves



Hello and welcome to another week of Friday Faves! 

I think everyone is getting into a routine now that it’s September and school has started, but I’m over here like…I don’t have kids. Nothing has changed for this single sister, but I still think Fall is a good time to reset and get in a good routine. 

Without further adieu…”These are a few of my favorite things…” Cue the Sound of Music soundtrack. 🙂 


  1. Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig

Is it too dramatic to say this book has changed my life??? I don’t think so. Really the Whole30 program changed me, but this book dives deeper into food issues. This book helps you navigate how to live your life after the Whole30. As the title says, ” Letting go of bad habits, guilt and anxiety around food.” Yes it covers all of that and it’s magical. I think everyone has some degree of food issues. Some may be more evident or serious, but I think at some point everyone has dealt with this. I would highly recommend this book to everyone! Even if you’ve never done the Whole30, you can still benefit from reading this. I loved it so much I also bought the audiobook!

2. Aviator Flash Sunglasses by Ray Ban $203

I have had these sunglasses for probably four years and they are still in excellent condition. I need another pair in a different color because I’m always wearing them in pics. These sunglasses are definitley worth the money to me. I have the polarized ones which help protect your eyes and give you a clearer lens. I find that in other sunglasses I’m still squinting, but not in these. Aviators are such a classic look too, but the mirrored green lens give it a trendy update. I’ve worn them all around the world and for hours at a time and they don’t leave marks or dig in on my nose. They are light, yet protective. And if you get them from Sunglass Hut, they will fix them for free if something should happen or if you just need them adjusted. They come in many different colors or you can even build a custom pair. 

3. The Health App-FREE!

Did you know that if you have an iPhone then your steps are being counted all the time??? Pretty cool. You don’t have to do anything. Just open up the app and it’ll tell you how far you walked today, how many steps you took, and how many flights of stairs you climbed. No need to download it either. It’s automatically on your phone when you get it. There’s a lot more that you can program the app for, but I use it just for tracking my steps. I’ve been walking at least 10,000 steps a day and it’s been perfect to have my phone track it all. I didn’t have to buy another gadget. Just make sure to put your phone on airplane mode while you walk so you’re not getting  radiation emitting from it. That would be counter productive. 🙂 Give it a go and tell me what you think!

4. Activ Whey Goat Protein Powder $3-$56

Guys, this protein powder is off the hook! It checks all the boxes for me. It’s about the cleanest protein powder you’re going to find out there. Now don’t be scared off by “goat whey”. Everyone has heard of whey, but not many are familiar with goat whey. It’s simple; it’s whey protein from goats. Using goat whey makes this protein powder super easy to digest. Lots of people have issues with the dairy in traditional whey, but using goat eliminates that because it’s one of the most easily digestible foods on the planet. I’ve never felt bloated after drinking this or had gas. Bonus: the goats are only grassfed and graze freely! No antibiotics. Insert score emoji here! This protein powder only has three ingredients: the grassfed goat whey, either unsweetened vanilla or cocoa powder, and stevia. That’s it! The chocolate comes in single serving packets which are super convenient post workout. I hear they are coming out with vanilla ones too! Of course, you can always buy the tub to have at home too. 

I’d love to hear if you have tried any of the Friday Faves suggestions and what you thought! You can find me on Instagram @iamthefitbaker

See you next week!

Friday Faves












TGIF! It’s officially the start of a long weekend! Bring on the Labor Day weekend! The summer heat is still here in Seattle, but it’s starting to feel like the season is changing with school starting and getting back into a routine. I’m already seeing pumpkin everywhere and it’s only September 1st! 

I have another roundup of a few of my favorite things. I hope these posts are helpful to you guys! I love doing them. 🙂 

So here’s what I have for you this week:

  1. Bambu Earth Dry Shampoo $22

These days dry shampoo is essential to life. I can’t even remember what I did before it…wash my hair every day??? What was I thinking! 🙂 I have tried numerous dry shampoos, but this one is my favorite. I have dark brown hair so the normal, white powder ones make my hair look ashy and gray. This one is specifically for dark hair! Hooray! It blends in so well with my color that you can’t even see it. They also have one for lighter colored hair. I find that this dry shampoo is finer too which I think helps it absorb into the hair better. Bonus: It’s all natural without any talc or harmful chemicals! GurlGoneGreen showed me this one and I’ve never looked back since. Give it a try! 

2. Anker Portable Charger $17.99

First world problems….your iPhone battery is almost out of juice and you’re at your favorite concert! Enter the Anker portable charger. This little guy is a powerhouse. My sister-in-law gave it to me for my birthday for an upcoming trip to Israel and Jordan. And boy was I glad she did! I can’t tell you how many times I used it on my trip and my friends were able to use it too. I was able to capture all the pics and videos I wanted because I wasn’t worried about saving my battery. This is a must if you travel very often. I don’t always have access to plug in at an actual outlet and this portable charger gives me the freedom to charged up wherever I am. Also, it’s super compact and fits into your pocket easily. 

3. Fabletics Salar Capri $34.95

I am so digging these capris right now! They are my favorite go-to workout pants at the moment. I bought one gray pair when I first signed up for Fabletics and immediately fell in love. I ended up buying two more pairs in different colors! They stay put even when doing Crossfit, but are also great for walking or even running errands. They are medium compression and have a little inside pocket for a key or card. My favorite thing about these pants is that they are seamless which gives your legs a uniform look. (Just make sure to wear seamless undies!) If you’re not already signed up for Fabletics, you definitely should look into it. Your first purchase is significantly discounted so even if you don’t buy anything else at least you got a great deal! Just remember, once you sign up you will be charged $49.95 every month unless you make sure to “skip” it at the beginning of the month. There’s no limit to how many months you skip. 

4. La Croix- Cherry Lime

I am obsessed with every kind of sparkling water, but Cherry Lime La Croix takes the cake for my favorite. It reminds me of my college days when I would go to Sonic and get a cherry limeade during happy hour -true story. I just love the combination of cherry and lime and if you add a few drops of stevia it’s absolute bliss! You can find this flavor at Whole Foods or Target. 

Well that’s a wrap for this week! Tell me in the comments below what your favorite La Croix flavors is or what brand of capris you’re loving!