Part of a New Group

Alright, so I owe all of you some updates. Let’s start with my tease from this morning…

So I mentioned that I’m going to be testing out some of the quick and easy breakfast ideas featured in this month’s Real Simple. Some of you guessed that I’m working with Real Simple which would certainly be a logical guess…but not quite.

Back in November, I was approached by SOYJOY and asked to be a part of a new group of bloggers they were putting together. I’ve already worked with SOYJOY numerous times in the past and have enjoyed working with them, not only because I enjoy their products, but also because I truly appreciate the effort and dedication they’ve put into forming a relationship with me.

In the coming weeks, SOYJOY is going to be launching a new “Joytester” program, featuring five bloggers (including myself and the hilarious and awesome Janae!) who will focus on certain aspects of healthy living. My role in the group for 2012 will be focused more on the nutrition end of healthy living, whereas others will be focusing on fitness and travel. I’m really excited, not to mention honored, to be a part of such a fun group for the coming year, and I will certainly share more information with you all as it becomes available. I will be working with SOYJOY on various tasks, but my first “Joytest Challenge”  as they call it (I’ll have three during the year), is actually why I’m incorporating those Real Simple breakfast ideas…

The “challenge” is to test out some of the featured breakfast ideas from Real Simple for 5-7 days and then report back my thoughts on whether or not they could (and should) be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. While my review of the challenge will be featured on the SOYJOY website, I will also (of course) be sharing my thoughts with all of you on here, too!

Honestly, you guys probably won’t see much of a change on STSL, unless I’m sharing one of my challenges with you, but it’s something I’m really excited about and looking forward to for 2012. :)


Okay, let’s transition and talk shop food.

Mid-morning, I snacked on some roasted almonds and a golden delicious apple, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite snacks.


Lunch featured a pretty fantabulous salad that I put together last night after dinner.


Lots of fresh veggies, some leftover asparagus from Sunday, and a piece of grilled chicken. Awwwwwesome.


I’ve also got some Wasa crackers and a wedge of The Laughing Cow Light Swiss to snack on later this afternoon.


Dinner is still up in the air, since I’m still unsure on how the rest of my evening is going to go, but we’ll get to that another time. One piece of news per post, folks. 😉

Question for the Afternoon:

Which Real Simple breakfast ideas do you think I should try out next? There’s a couple I already know I probably won’t try but if I get enough requests for some, I’ll give ’em a go!


  1. says

    Immediately I wanted to say the oatmeal with apricots and raisins, but that is too close to the same breakfast you (and I) ate. So if you want to try something new I think the minted cottage cheese looks good – I recently made something similar with yogurt, pom seeds, mint, and satsuma oranges. And Toast With Yogurt and Smoked Salmon looks really good. It would be hard for me to eat something that savory for breakfast but I love the look of it, esp for a snack or appetizer.

  2. says

    The first one – the Apple & Cheddar Tartine – looks amazing!!! I think 1/2 of that could be a good snack too! I’m all about the apples + cheese right now. Yum. Congrats on the new opportunity! :)

  3. says

    This is totally random, but seeing your snack reminded me of a tip I got just recently about soaking raw almonds overnight. I tried it a few days ago and they taste SO good. They’re plumper and the literally “pop” in your mouth…And, soaking supposedly ups the nutritional value by 40% which is pretty freakin awesome!

  4. says

    Congratulations!! I know you’ll have a lot of fun working with SOYJOY again — plus it involves testing yummy recipes. Win win. I’d definitely give the french toast with raspberry syrup a try. I’m all about the sweat breakfasts

  5. says

    what an AWESOME opportunity!! congratulations! i’m sure you’ll have so much fun with it. i honestly haven’t tried many of SOYJOY’s products – i should at least try ’em out! as for the Real Simple breakfasts… i gave them a quick glance, and the toast w/ yogurt & smoked salmon as well as the french toast w/ raspberry syrup both intrigued me!
    Ashley @ My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries recently posted..Trainer Tuesday: Upper Body Pulse Challenge

  6. JN says

    The apple & cheddar tartine, scrambled egg tacos, and french toast with raspberry syrup. I think some of the others are too close to what you already eat in the A.M. and, I don’t know about you, but ugh! on the salmon. :)

  7. says

    I think that the french toast with raspberry syrup looks delicious!! Maybe try giving it a twist and making it on cinnamon bread raising bread, or with english muffin halves instead of sliced bread. Either way, that one looks like a winner to me!
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