Forth of July: Homegrown

Good morning!! I hope everyone had a stellar fourth and you were able to celebrate the true meaning! Here’s to another year America – let’s toast! Although I could go on and on about how thankful I am to bleed red, white, and blue I actually didn’t celebrate. What?! This may sound crazy but Friday night I went upstairs about six to do a few things and ended up falling asleep! Not only did I fall asleep super early but I didn’t get up until about eight the next day (eight = sleeping in late). I guess I needed the sleep!


Anyway, per usual, the Mr. and I went grocery shopping Sunday and picked up a few “must have” groceries. Where we go there is always a sign out front telling us how many types of local grown fruits and veggies are on the shelf that day – awesome! Yesterday there were twenty-seven different varieties! We do tend to lean toward the locally grown whenever possible for a ton of reasons and have had some great experiences.

4. Higher quality! Almost 100% of the time locally grown will be higher quality; there’s less farm to table transport, sometimes it’s even transported by the farmer and he or she always has more pride in the product. Shorter transport and shelf times result in a fresher and therefore more flavorful product!

3. It connects you to your food. You get to know how and where your food is grown, there is nothing better than that. You may even get to pick some yourself. I have seen a lot of strawberry and blueberry picking lately on Instagram – looks like you guys are having a blast!

We all eat

2. It’s healthier! Honey contains healthy helpers to ward off local allergens and with less waiting around (on planes, trains, and in warehouses) you will be getting more of the right off plant nutrients.

1. It gives back. Farms are amazing, farms conserve their land for future, protect water sources, and ensure a healthy and safe environment for everyone.

Farming gives back to the community and is truly an art form so don’t hate on your farmers.

Happy Monday!! How did you celebrate the forth?

5 Tips on Dealing with Confrontation

Good morning you guys! As I was sitting on hold trying to get a shipment issue figured out I was listening to the recording telling me that I’m important and that my emotional state matters. Yes, the world does revolve around me, thank you for verifying that Post Office!!

As wonderful as the PO was to me I was having a bit of a scuffle on social media. First: I hate scuffles on social media. We all have different opinions, all of which should be respected, if you don’t have anything nice to say please just don’t say anything. Yes, it really is that simple.

Before we get too far down the rabbit hole let me say this – I have found the healthy living blogger, all aspects of it, overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. Don’t ever doubt that! As always there will be haters, as the hip kids call them.

This particular scuffle happened to be over food – go figure! Now, if you talk about food (or really anything) you know you may run into a little opposition. It happens, no big deal, and you move on without consequence.

Monday’s post had a few recipes in it that so happened to be vegan and came from a paleo cookbook. After going live on here I hopped on over to Facebook to share in blogger groups and on pages I felt may benefit. I was surprised at how quickly I was having negative comments popping up within a certain group. At first I was bewildered as to how my quaint little post could have fired up so many angry plant powered powerhouses (do I get points for alliteration?!). It wasn’t my post though, it was the very first comment from a member that was snarky. I had to laugh it off at this point; it was beyond my control and, quite frankly, it was amusing.


Guys, I’m just going be real – I don’t really care what you think of how I eat, how I exercise, or how I spend my free time. I’m going to do me and either you’re going to read about it or not. I’m down with that. I love that you’re here and wouldn’t have it any other way but I get you’re not going to love everything I post or be able to relate to it, or XYZ but that’s ok, I do hope you can find something often enough to come back for more. I am awesome, you know. 😉 I digress by a long shot. I know you all handle haters so get ready to relate!

This confrontation of sorts got me thinking if it happens to little ole me then who else deals with it? Probably lots of you guys! As healthy living bloggers we’re pretty darn liberal to let our beliefs and preferences be known. We kind of have to be. I like that about this community, it makes people accountable and usually gives all a soft place to land when we do slip. Keyword being usually!

We all also have naysayers and haters, even if we’re not all bloggers. If you haven’t run into them you will which really is a cool part of life! I once had someone tell me “If you have a few haters you must be doing something right. If you don’t or everyone hates you, try something new.”  As a community we present people with possibly new ideas, certainly different ways to go about things so yes, of course we’re going to get push back. Am I beating a dead horse yet? Oops, that wasn’t very vegan of me.

OMG uh oh

Yeah, I needed a laugh too! What was I saying? Oh yeah, here a few tips to handle all your naysayers:

5. Pick your battles. No, I’m not saying we should always roll the wooden horse to the gate but not everyone is as sweet as sweet tea; trolls, sharks, and overall negative people are sometimes just trying to get you to lash out and be negative too. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

4. Take a break before responding. It’s human instinct to fight fire with fire but personal and brand image need to be saved. I absolutely believe comments and emails (and face-to-face confrontations) should be responded to accordingly. No need to compromise an opportunity of a lifetime for one Negative Nancy.

3. Know when it’s time to leave. I don’t know if you need permission to leave a conversation but I sure don’t. If we’re “discussing” our beliefs and you become overbearing, rude, or malicious I have every reason to leave, be that out of metaphorical room or real room. You are not doing yourself, anyone around us, or me any good. Not to mention you obviously don’t respect me or my stance.

2. Be ready to learn something new. Funny thing about #3 is that it can come back and bite you. Don’t be that guy or girl someone is walking away from, come prepared to have your mind blown, or at least your horizons widened a little. Coming away from the table with some new information is always a good thing!

1. Last and most important: Be kind. I know people can be upsetting but by talking about food, body image, and exercise we can easily be perceived as attacking core values and beliefs. They’re all tricky subjects that could always be handled better but hindsight is 20/20 so do your best!

All of these are actions on your part. Things you can control and handle. Sure, the other person might get mad, might even develop that “come at me Bro” mentality but hey, that’s just when you #3!

What do you guys have to say to the naysayers and haters? Any advice?

Paleo Monday #1

Good morning everyone!! Can you believe it’s nearing the end of June and finally summer?! It’s already felt like summer for a few weeks now but phew! It feels good for it be social media official 😉

Speaking of social media…I recently joined a paleo re-set group on Facebook so I’m going to be dropping paleo recipes on you guys like cute little flour bombs.

Here’s the first! Crazy Good Cauliflower Hummus:

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And the second:

^This makes 24 oz, we found that was plenty to share!


You guys are going to have to tell me what you think!

How many of you guys know how TSP got its name?!
I don’t think but one and she’s in South Asia! Here’s the DL: I hemmed-hawed around about this blog thing a few months before actually starting. I had gone through every name in the book and still came up empty handed. I knew I wanted something cute, memorable, and fairly broad. I knew I liked to exercise, I knew I loved food, and I tend have an obsession for article adjectives (yes, I know it’s weird!) so again, I wanted something to incorporate that! At that time I was doing a lot of yoga and could manipulate this way and that pretty well; ergo ‘pretzel’. I am really, really, really good at sweating. When sweat evaporates it sometimes causes salt lines and other versions – hence ‘salty’. Again, with my article adjective obsession, well ‘the’ only makes sense! The Salty Pretzel came to be.

Now, let’s chat! How are you? What’s your good news to share? I want to hear all about it!

What Happens with Vega…

Gets shared with all!

Fuel Your Better

I am lucky enough to have been one of the bloggers to have been chosen to review a Vega Sport product of choice. Vega Sport started from a plant-based Ironman who was sure there had to be a better way to be a plant-based athlete who was constantly on the go than being tired and hungry all the time. Vega One, an all-in-one nutritional shake, got the ball rolling and inspired a whole line of plant-based nutritional supplements.

The #FUELYOURBETTER campaign is in full force with bloggers reviewing every Vega Sport product. Check it out on Twitter to get all your needs met and to have valuable fitness and nutrition hacks at your finger tips!

Fuel Your Better offers motivation where can subscribe for  training tips, articles, delicious recipes, and more; goes through common fitness hurdles including the Wall and overtraining and how to breakthrough each to become a better, stronger you. 

Fuel Your Better

For me those obstacles come in the form of a lot of things but most relevant to recent events (i.e. Summer) I know I have to watch my electrolyte levels and take what seems like extra electrolytes so I chose the Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator because training down south gets HOT and when I get hot I sweat like a hog.

sweat like a pig

Or like a sinner in church…you get the point 😉

I used to lug heavy bottles of Powerade or Gatorade out with me or have an extra bladder on long runs but bottles are bulky, weighty, and awkward (anyone have an Aunt Marg like this?). When out on the trails there was no place to properly dispose of them

When you sweat you lose electrolytes and no matter how much water you drink you will never, ever regain them unless you replenish. Let me back up though, losing all your electrolytes leads to mild cramping, that horrible runner’s tummy, moderate cramping, full body cramping, and (if not replenished, handled properly) can be fatal in rare situations thanks to IVs and doctors. Happy Wednesday? Back to the happy side of things. Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator “replenishes electrolytes and minerals; enhances metabolism and alkalinity; and provides antioxidant protection.” While doing all of this it ensures your muscles stay receptive to the transfer of energy. All very important to avoid cramps!

#fuelyourbetter IG

Now down to the details!

Taste: It comes in two flavors, berry and lemon lime. I was sent Lemon and true to nature first thing I did was try in a smoothie. It was a little strong the first time, the second time was delicious! I put extra fruit in the there the second time (expert hint haha). Then I followed the directions, what a novel idea, and mixed a packet with 16oz. It was still a little strong so I’m probably going to stick to one pack per 32oz, but that’s just me.

Ease of Use: Super easy! We went to the zoo, I carried the bottle in with me and a pack of Hydrator in the bottle. When I was ready I filled up the bottle with water, dumped the packet in the bottle, shook, and volia – I had my very own awesome plant-based electrolyte replacer!
It was just as easy when running. I tried on the TM and despite being somewhat multi-challenged with coordination on a moving treadmill I was able to successfully execute a Hydration Station! The trail was easier too, I run with a second, smaller bladder so all I had to do was open the second bladder, open a few packets, and close again. Shaking done by the running 😉

Overall: I would absolutely recommend Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator. I love the packaging and how easy it is to stick in my purse, pocket, pack , anywhere really! I’m a huge fan of it being plant-based and everyone friendly. It really works, alleviates cramping and replenishes electrolytes quickly; also keeps those icky things at bay!

So guys – what’s holding you back?

Kiss Me – I’m Organic!

Good morning! What’s up people?!

Kiss Me Organic

I was contacted by KissMe Organics to try out their matcha green tea powder and agreed! Initially I thought what the heck is matcha? The second – I don’t like tea but I knew I liked the citrus green tea from gas stations (long story, related to ag trips – another time, I promise). More importantly though I know you guys love healthy alternatives and FOOD! Y’all are readers after my own heart!

When I looked through the cookbook and saw I could bake, cook, and smoothie with it I was sure I could find another way to love green tea.

PS matcha green tea is “the ancient secret to health, beauty, and longevity”!! I’m a little skeptical about it’s powers but hey, what do I know?!

Kiss Me Organics

It also claims to:

  • All day energy with increased focus
  • Increased metabolism
  • 137 times the antioxidants than brewed green tea
  • Improved skin health

I can say I did notice a little pep in my step when I added it into my smoothies and my skin was a little clearer. I know the energy wasn’t a fluke!!

When it came in the mail I was a little surprised about the quantity but knew that quality tea (and matcha) could have a huge price tag so I wasn’t too concerned. Quick note: Kiss Me Organics sells 4oz bags for $25. Onto the fun stuff!!

I looked through the recipes again and decided to make a smoothie first thing the next morning. My usual smoothie includes fruit, juice, applesauce and ENERGYbits so I just subbed ENERGYbits for matcha, blended, and voila!

Kiss Me Organics

Let’s step back – this is what when in it:

  • Kiss Me Organics match green tea powder
  • frozen friut (mango, strawberries, peaches)
  • Paradise Blend (a little high in sugar but my favorite)
  • Not pictured: applesauce!

NOTE: When I opened the bag I took a whiff of the powder because, you know, that’s what normal people do – don’t do that, I beg you don’t be normal!

Sounds delicious doesn’t it? It had a slight pond scum appearance with 1 tbsp (the recommended daily allowance) and a stronger taste than I prefer so I scaled back the powder to 1 tsp and tried again – much better still with the energy boosting effects.


The recipes had more than just smoothies though, it had everything from sorbet to biscuits and everything in between. True to form here’s a sweet! This recipe was already vegan but, as always, things can be modified fairly easily!

Lime juice -> strawberry hulls -> strawberry perfection

Guys I so wish there was ismell technology (really hope Apple doesn’t sue me over that one -ha)! Oh my goodness did those strawberries smell SO STINKING GOOD!

Here’s the recipe:

Strawberry Matcha Sorbet


  • 4 pints strawberries, sliced & hulled 2 limes, juiced
  • 1⁄2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp. matcha green tea
  • 2 tbsp. pureed ginger


  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce heat and allow mixture to simmer until sugar is fully dissolved. It should take about 3 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat to cool completely.
  3. In a food processor, combine lime juice and strawberries to puree. Strain to remove seeds.
  4. When syrup has cooled, add to strawberry puree along with corn syrup and stir well.
  5. Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions. Place in air tight container and freeze for at least an hour prior to serving.
  6. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, place mixture in air right, freezer safe container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours then place in freezer overnight.

Makes 8 cups of sorbet.

12 hours later…

“Pinterest Fail” minus the Pinterest: I butchered it. On purpose though – I swear!! After work the Mr. and I put it in punch and had a few drinks! Nonalcoholic in our case but this stuff would be killer as a chiller! Ha, I rhymed 😉

I do think it’s a little ridiculous to need a billion different machines to make this but it was really really good! We used out Ninja with the shred attachment to puree, our juicer to juice the limes but that could be done manually, and we don’t have (or need) an ice cream maker. Can you imagine? We’d be fat all day and by fat I mean eating ice cream. All day! Ha! That sounds rad actually! Take note folk – ice cream maker on The List! Regardless! We did not use the food processor but I did over fill the Ninja and made a HUGE mess of the kitchen. Luckily the Mr. was out by this point and I cleaned it all up before he got back! The lesson learned is the 72oz fill line on the Ninja is no joke!!

My last thoughts: I can appreciate the thought behind the product and I like how it’s so readily available on Amazon, I’m a sucker for online shopping, but if I were shopping and stumbled upon it would I buy it? Eh, probably not. The quality was not premier (i.e. drinkability was low) but was still quality enough for baking and additions. And the recipes, are great! Seriously!!

Disclaimer: While I received this item free for review, all opinions expressed within are my own.

What do you guys think?!

How many machines is too many to need for a recipe?

The Hostess with the Mostess



Seriously, Thank God I’m Fabulous It’s Friday!! Eerr, or it was and now it’s Saturday!!# TGIWFANIS? Thank God It Was Friday and Now It’s Saturday? I see a trending hashtag in the future!!

Intermission Confession: I was volunteering yesterday sooo this post was postponed…ha, see what I did there?


Rumors have it I’ll be hosting chats this week! That’s right multiple and I’m here to tell you it’s legit!!


First up I’ll be hosting #VegRunChat tomorrow night (Sunday) 9 PM EST! This community has been so good to me, I have met some pretty awesome people, have turned this “sometimes vegan” thing into a full-time gig, and am continually learning what being a vegan athlete really means! Totally rad

This week’s topic is Recipes, Recipes, RECIPES and we’ll be chatting with you guys about what fuels you, where you get your ideas, and answer any questions you guys might have about this week’s sponsor,  Achiva Native Energy.

Your quick guide to Achiva is right here though: they keep their energy products all natural with 8 or fewer ingredients which means only the things you need are fueling you. They use soluble fiber (fiber that attracts water and turns to gel during digestion which slows the process)  to keep your energy levels up and sustained throughout your workout – au naturale! Sweet!! They sell bake mixes, drink mixes, and energy chews so you have the luxury of getting your energy any way you want it!

Achiva has also supplied us with 3, that’s THREE, prizes to give away! Three Chia Seed & Dehydrated Coconut Water Drink Mixes (flavors may vary) are up for grabs. Check out VegRunChat’s blog to enter!

Follow me, Brandon, and VegRunChat on Twitter to stay up on all the beets!!


I’ll also be hosting the #poweredbybits chat this/next week! Come hangout with me Tuesday 9PM EST to answer Can Health and Convenience Go Together? We’ll be chatting about your favorite health hacks and how to make nutritional decisions in a pinch!

ENERGYbits sponsors this chat every week as ambassadors host to chat all about how to keep our lives fabulous and fit!

It’s also true that if you use thesaltypretzel at checkout you’ll get 30% off any order of any bits!! What, what?! How awesome is that! You can always use thesaltypretzel but between now and February 21, 2014 you’ll also receive a free gift when you purchase when you have a bag of RECOVERYbits in your cart! Whoo hoo!


I hope you all get to join me in at least one these chats and have a fantastic week!!

What’s your favorite health hack?

Marathon Monday: I Work Out

Merry Marathon Monday guys! I hope the holidays have treated you well and you’ve run right through them without an issue!!


Monday: Run 6 miles

Tuesday: Cross Train 40 mins, swim.

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Run 3 miles

Friday: Cross Train 40 mins, bike.

Saturday: Run 8 miles

Sunday: Run 6 miles
I’m not really sure why the milage was so much higher than previous weeks but I enjoyed it. I am ready for

The rest of the week:


  • I won #VegRunChat‘s GladSoles giveaway last night and am so excited to start 2014 off right with a little experimenting with barefoot running! What are GladSoles?! 100% vegan barefoot running sandals.
  • Check out Ranger Relay’s Winter Training Giveaway! They have some awesome prizes!
  • I’m now an official part of the Run This Year team as an ambassador! RTY is “A free running community that challenges and inspires you to run as many miles as you can in one year! Run This Year is for anyone who strives to run all year and maybe even run the year in miles!” How cool is that? If you’re interested go ahead and sign up! I’ll be joining and cheering you guys on all along the way!
  • Confession: I have every intention of making these Deep Dish Carmel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies! No they aren’t vegan but that’s a-ok by me. I may not eat them but those around me will certainly enjoy them!

Hope you guys have a great start to your week and keep an eye out on my Instagram for the delightful baked dessert!

Do you have plans on running 2014? Either 2,014 miles, kilometers, or setting your own goal?