Schwinn Cycling Class Profile: Shift to a Higher Gear

In everyone’s life there once comes a time to “shift to a higher gear”. So did it in Corrine’s. Keep reading for Corrine’s inspirational story and her cycling class profile (in Schwinn class format) and playlist she shared with Lean Lena’s readers today.

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Chrispins: It’s All About the Climb

Hey guys! As you know, I am finally and officially on vacation right now visiting my family over in Russia.

So I asked Chris if she could fill in for me and share one of her wonderful class profiles and playlists with you today. She kindly agreed. So here, I give you Chris aka Chrispins. Take it away, Chris!

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Mini Weekend Spring Cleanse – Spring Into Health

It’s finally spring! Rejuvenate and energize your body and soul with this mini weekend spring cleanse.

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Tasty Tuesday: Peanut Butter Banana Blueberry Protein Smoothie

Hello guys, and happy Tasty Tuesday!

I have another guest post in store for you today. Please, welcome Nicole @ Fitful Focus who is here to share one of her most favorite power breakfast recipes with you today!


Nicole is a young professional living in NYC. Back in January 2012, she challenged herself to live a healthier life. Since then, she’s lost 20 pounds, competed in a half marathon, become a vegetarian, a Greatist Ambassador, a Sweat Pink Ambassador, and a Girl Gone Sporty Ambassador. Now, she’s trying to maintain that lifestyle, learn even more about health and fitness, and share her adventures with you.

Don’t forget to take a moment and show Nicole some love on her blog and social media pages:

Instagram: @fitfulfocus
Twitter: @fitfulfocus
I will let Nicole take the floor now.
Stay fit, my friends!
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Hi Lean Lena Fans! Nicole from Fitful Focus here. I’m super excited to be guest posting over here today. Big thanks to Lena for having me and you all for reading. I know Lena loves to share a lot of eats, treats, and recipes with you all, so I’m here to share one of my favorite recipes.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me. Without a good breakfast, I’d be sluggish and hangry, and no one likes a slug, especially not an angry one!  A healthy breakfast refuels me after an AM workout and gives me energy to power through the workday.

I like to switch things up with things like this Perfect Start Cereal or Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats, but my absolute favorite thing to have for breakfast is a smoothie!

I don’t think there is anything better than a good smoothie. I have a ton of smoothie recipes up my sleeve, but since being over here on Lean Lena is a special occasion, I don’t want to share just any smoothie recipe with you all; I want to share my absolute favorite recipe! Oh yea! Get excited, get pumped, and say hello to this Peanut Butter Banana Blueberry Protein Smoothie


This smoothie is so delicious you’ll start loving your morning alarm for waking you up so you can go make it. Ok, ok, you’ll still hate your alarm. But you’ll be overwhelmed with happiness as soon as you take your first sip!

But for reals, it has everything you need to start your day off right. The peanut butter & protein powder give you a nice dose of protein to keep you full until lunch. The potassium in the bananas helps your muscles recover after a workout, and the blueberries give you a nice helping of antioxidants. Oh, and did I mention it’s gluten-free and vegan?!


And I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet.

Are you ready for the best part?

Are you sure you’re ready?

Ok, I’ll tell you.

The best part is it’s a piece of cake to make. Just throw everything in a blender, turn it on, and you’re done! Bazinga!


So go grab your ingredients, whip this up, and get ready for a morning of bliss!

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Thanks for having me, Lean Lena readers! Come swing by Fitful Focus any time you’d like. I’d love to have you!


Tasty Tuesday – Meatloaf Muffins Recipe by Amber

Hey guys! Happy Tasty Tuesday to you!

I have something new and exciting for you today – a guest post! Please, meet Amber Vesey – the face behind Eats and Exercise by Amber.


Today Amber is sharing one of her recipes with us, so I will let her take the floor from now on. I hope you like the recipe and please, take a moment to connect with Amber for more wonderful recipes and exercise routines she shares on her Facebook page, her blog and Instagram.

Growing up, I would groan at my mother’s announcement that we would be having meatloaf for dinner.  Over the course of the last few years, my eating habits have transformed drastically and so have my taste buds.  Now, I look forward to the next time when I’ll be home and can dine on the comfort of my mother’s meatloaf.  While delicious, my mother’s recipe needed some revamping to make it more nutritious.  With my meal prepper mindset, I thought it would be more efficient to make Meatloaf Muffins, so more could be made at once, prepped to eat through out the week or even frozen to eat at a later date!
This recipe was my first attempt ever at making meatloaf, let alone in the shape of muffins but I am VERY happy with how it turned out!  It was super moist and juicy, a worry of mine was that it would be too dry, but that was not the case!  The recipe below is based off of my mother’s original, but there are other ways you could make meatloaf muffins, such as swapping out the BBQ sauce and ketchup for onion and seasoning, and maybe even adding some spinach!  It really depends on what you like best!  Take an original family recipe and make some healthy swapportunities!  Comment below with any switches you made or if you thought of another Meatloaf Muffin idea!

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  • 1 lb. ground turkey (makes five meatloaf muffins)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1-2 slices GF bread* (see below tip)
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ Sauce (plus one squirt, after I mixed it all)
  • 1/4 Cup Ketchup
  • Pepper and Garlic Powder to taste
* You will need to use gluten free bread as part of the recipe, *if you use Udi’s or any other frozen bread normally, it is helpful that at the end of a loaf, you save the ‘butts’ in the crisper of your fridge so you always have defrosted bread on hand.  Don’t already do this?  No worries, you can toast a slice of bread and it works just as well.  Be careful with defrosting a slice of bread in the microwave though, I did it for too long once and the bread was not the right consistency to crumble and I had to throw the slice out which is a sacrilege since it’s so expensive in the first place!
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Add ground turkey, egg, garlic, pepper, garlic powder, ketchup and Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ
  3. Crumble GF bread and add to mixture, mix well with your hands

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   4. Spray/grease muffin tin
   5. Roll meat mixture into balls, place into tin, unlike making cupcakes or muffins, you want the meat mixture coming up out of the tin, since it will not rise

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6. Place aluminum foil or a cookie sheet under your muffin tin in case the meat drips
7. Bake for 10-15 minutes, poke holes or cut in half to check the inside
8. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, to ensure that the meat is fully cooked, take out one of the muffin halves and make sure there is no pink on the inside
Pair these muffins with mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes, putting it on top and creating a meatloaf “cupcake” instead!

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  • This was my first attempt ever, so the recipe time is a bit estimated, since while I was mid cooking my oven decided to shut off, effecting the times
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce brand is gluten free, if using another sauce, please check the ingredients or company website!
  • You can top each muffin with ketchup while cooking, I only tried that with one of the muffins, I am unsure if it made a huge difference
  • Cut muffins in half to ensure they cook fully if you are paranoid like me about undercooking meat
  • Place muffin tin on a cookie sheet or aluminum foil in case the turkey “drips” to prevent the excess from hitting the bottom of the oven and burning!  No one likes the smoke detector to go off while trying to cook a delicious dinner!

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us, Amber! I don’t know about you, guys, but I am definitely making those muffins in the near future 🙂

Stay fit and warm!