• Packing Light & Crockpot Coconut-Curry Beef

    September 6, 2012

    Good morning! Happy Thursday! I’m off to New York City again this morning, which means I finally earned my free ride on the Bolt Bus! After a certain number of ticket purchases, you get one free! Woohoo!

    I’ll be in the Big Apple for less than 24 hours, so I decided to pack light and just take a backpack and a bag full of food (obviously). Any time I go somewhere, I usually have so much crap stuff with me, I’m actually looking forward to traveling with a lighter load today.



    Fall is here, so I broke out the crockpot to make last night’s dinner!

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    On the menu: Coconut-Curry Beef. I found this recipe online a couple of weeks ago, and it sounded so delicious and easy to make, I just had to give it a try. I made a number of changes to the ingredients and instructions, so my recipe is below.

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    The Coconut-Curry Beef turned out great—nice and tender with tons of flavor. I have a feeling it’ll make awesome leftovers, too!


    Coconut-Curry Beef


    • 2 pounds beef chuck roast
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 4 teaspoons of minced garlic
    • 1 tablespoon ginger powder
    • 1 12-ounce can of coconut milk
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 tablespoon curry powder
    • Salt & pepper to taste


    1. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper and then place in crockpot.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together onion, garlic, ginger powder, coconut milk, honey, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Then, pour over beef in crockpot.
    3. Cover and cook on low heat until meat is fork-tender, about 4 hours.
    4. Cut beef into chunks and serve.

    I really wanted some vanilla cake batter coconut butter for dessert, but I refrained since I did such a number on the jar yesterday afternoon. Instead, I had a bowl of cantaloupe and blueberries with almond butter. It was almost as delicious.

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    Well Fed Cookbook Giveaway

    Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway to win a copy of Well Fed! Here are your winners:


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    FitFluential Interview with Chris Froio of Reebok

    And for the CrossFit and Reebok fans…

    At the CrossFit Games back in July, Heather, Kelly, and I had the opportunity to interview Chris Froio of Reebok. It was really neat chatting with him. In our interview, he talks about:

    • How the Reebok-CrossFit relationship developed
    • How long he’s been doing CrossFit and his “Fran” time
    • What he’d say to someone who’s never done CrossFit, but wants to try it
    • How CrossFit has changed the working environment at Reebok HQ
    • How education fits in with Reebok apparel and products

    Question of the Day

    Are you a over-packer, under-packer, or a just right-packer? What are your tips for traveling light?

    If you’re a CrossFit/Reebok fan, what would you have asked Chris Froio?

    I’m off to New York City to see Madonna! AHHHH! So psyched!

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 6, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Have a wonderful time seeing Ms Madge! I’m looking forward to an update!

    Pssht, don’t ask me about traveling light, we’re the people having to weigh our luggage to make sure we’re not over the limit. The Mr is the WORST overpacking offender!


    Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness September 6, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Hmmm trying to think of a good question I’d ask Chris! I love the video though you asked some great questions! Have a great trip to the city!


    Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 6, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I’ve gotten pretty good at packing over the years since I fly everywhere and hate checking bags! And I am loving all your recipes lately!!


    Laura September 6, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I usually pack a TON of things that I don’t need and forget a ton of things I do. I am not a good traveler. I guess it’s good that I don’t get the opportunity very often!


    Meghan @ After the Ivy League September 6, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I do the same thing when I take a bus to NYC just for a day or so, try to squeeze as many pairs of shoes into a backpack as physically possible! haha. Have a great trip!


    Khushboo Thadani September 6, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I am the ultimate over packer, but I find planning out my outfits in advance helps..kinda ;)!


    Lea September 6, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I’m packed right now to leave for a week. I started out with way too much stuff. Trying to fit all that will be needed in a carry-on bag can be challenging.


    Danielle @ A Sense of Balance September 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I think I’m a just right packer, but most people would probably consider it light. I went on a 10 day Caribbean cruise in college with just a backpack and a laptop bag. 🙂


    Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale September 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I’m a weird kind of packer — I’ll fill whatever space I’m allotted. If you say I can only bring a backpack, I’m fine. But if you give me a larger duffel bag for that same trip, I’ll fill it. (I’m the same way about meeting deadlines though … I’ll work to the deadline and pace myself accordingly.) Apparently I work well with boundaries? haha. It’s all about prioritizing the essentials for me for sure. And wearing the bulkier clothes if possible!


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I’m definitely working on my packing skills. But I’m not sure in the right way…Instead I’m now able to make all of my crap fit in smaller spaces (smaller backpacks or suitcases). This seems like a good thing but it’s just as heavy and then leaves no room for anything that has to come back with me! 😉


    Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona September 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I’m definitely an over-packer for the most part, though the last time I traveled I only had one extra outfit. I must be getting better!


    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I use to be an over packer but now I try to pack just what I need. Now I’m fine with re-wearing clothes.


    Roxanne @ Little Madam B September 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I’m very much an over packer. I can’t help but think, “We might need this”. I can, however, force myself to pack light if needed.


    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes September 6, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I am such an overpacker. I’m scared to death of forgetting something or wishing I had brought a certain item, so when in doubt, I pack it! This means I usually have to conduct several “elimination rounds” to determine which items absolutely need to come and which can stay at home. It’s kind of like my own March Madness for clothes, accessories, and food. 😉 Have a great time in NYC!


    Rachel September 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I’m totally an over-packer haha I bring wayyy to much stuff haha


    beth September 6, 2012 at 10:33 am

    It’s not raining in NYC today! Maybe you will finally get a rain free trip!


    Tina September 6, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Haha! I hope so!


    Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot September 6, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I used to be a heavy packer because I wanted to have options. Now I pack MUCH more light. I think it depends on where you are going too.. If I am going to the lake, I pack bathing suits and A few tank tops and I’m set!


    Tina September 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

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    Amy Thoms, RD, CDE September 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I am the worst over packer in the world! I will now have to pack Nikki’s coconut butter too! Thanks so much for sharing!


    Chelsea September 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I always pack too much… way way way too much.


    Amanda @ Eat More Rabbit Food September 6, 2012 at 11:43 am

    For years I traveled constantly with a ministry team. I was so good at packing light and packing tight! Now that I don’t travel as often I have the ‘what-ifs.’ Like ‘what if I need this?’ So now I pack way too much. But I still feel like I could travel light if I tried.


    Amanda September 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    @Amanda @ Eat More Rabbit Food: Same here. I always pack too much because of the “what if’s.” I also pack way too many clothes because it could be cold in the middle of July for no reason or I might want to wear this outfit over this one. It’s sad.


    Liz @ Hobby Lobbyist September 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    After years of mistakes, I am finally a just-right packer. I think the key is to have pieces that you can wear multiple times and that you can easily dress up and dress down.


    Aurielle @ Will2Wellness September 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I do okay with packing clothes, but toiletries are another story! I always want to bring the whole bathroom closet with me!


    Foods For Beauty September 7, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Well until I met my current partner I was always an over packer, better to have more than less. I use to travel at least 2 weeks out of every month alas I needed outfit choices! Now I tend to pack lighter, more room to bring things back, like cool new vitamins, superfoods and skincare! Plus the cost these days when your luggage is overweight is crazy! Nicole <3


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 7, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Your blog is already my favorite, but seriously, with all of these coconut posts I am going to live on CNC. HAHA


    Kayla September 7, 2012 at 5:55 am

    what a fun concert!! enjoy!


    Eileen September 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Vanilla cake batter for sure and maybe chocolate hazelnut! Mmm!


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