Tried It: Seven Sundays Muesli

by Laura on April 2, 2014 · 3 comments

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Today, I wanted to share a product review facilitated by Olallie Milwaukee!

Seven Sundays reached out to have our group sample their “everyday muesli” products. Muesli is popular in Europe, and is generally a healthier choice than granola as it’s less processed and contains less sugar / fat.

The company’s philosophy is that “food in its natural state is healthier and tastier,” which I couldn’t agree with more.

I tried the Vanilla Cherry Pecan muesli, which are three of my favorite flavors . The verdict? I liked it. I liked it a lot.

The texture was excellent with the yogurt, and though I wouldn’t describe any single flavor profile as dominant, together the vanilla, cherry and pecan tastes were delicious on the palate.

Head to the Olallie page for your chance to win a 4-pack of muesli from Seven Sundays!

Disclosure: I received product for review in this program and for writing this post, however all opinions are my own.


Chocolate Milk = Awesome

by Laura on March 23, 2014 · 0 comments

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I am pleased to announce that I have partnered with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board as a blog ambassador for their #WinWithChocolateMilk campaign!

Since I’ve been more tuned in to my training, nutrition has become a larger focus. In particular, recovery nutrition has been a particular concern. After my Saturday long runs with Alice, we’ve enjoyed gigantic breakfasts at a diner near the trailhead. It makes sense to refuel immediately as:

a) we’re hungry from running for hours on end with limited fuel (since even GU freezes in low temps)

b) freezing from being outdoors in winter weather, and it’s nice to warm up inside the restaurant, and

c) looking to indulge a little thanks to long run mileage and calories burned!

From a nutrition standpoint, it’s important to consume a recovery meal within 30-60 minutes post-workout in order to begin the repair process. Ideally, the meal or snack will have a 4:1 macronutrient ratio of carbohydrates to protein to best support glycogen replacement. While Alice and I have the right idea with eating immediately after we finish up our long runs, on weeknights after completing my workouts I am not always so timely. It’s typically late, I want to shower and go to bed, and sometimes my post-workout snack choices are lacking in the nutrition department (ahem, jelly beans).

This is where low fat chocolate milk comes in – it has the ideal 4:1 carb to protein ratio, and there several studies that suggest it’s better than sports drinks or plain water as a recovery beverage. Running Times calls it a runners’ superfood. Chocolate milk is relatively inexpensive and widely available. Added bonus: As a Wisconsinite, there are many local producers to choose from!

I’ve been incorporating low fat chocolate milk as part of my post-workout recovery nutrition plan, and have really been enjoying it.

For more information on low fat chocolate milk and the #WinWithChocolateMilk campaign, visit these sites: &

You do the talking:

Do you refuel from workouts with chocolate milk?

Wisconsin readers - Please consider demonstrating your support for the Wisconsin Dairy Industry by taking the WWMB Dairy Impact Pledge here.

Disclosure: I received compensation for my participation in this program and for writing this post, however all opinions are my own.



November 16, 2013

Friends of the Internets – hope that all is well. I’ve had a couple of great Wisconsin weekends… Last weekend, a fun clothing swap party at Sun’s. Trail running with Alice at Lapham Peak, followed by a visit at Pieper Porch Winery & Vineyard. Badgers football today. Tomorrow, Mom and I are checking out the Wine & [...]

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Hello, friends – hope that your week is off to a nice start. I’m in a great mood because… Saturday at the tBunk Endurance Challenge… I RAN! After being sick for several weeks, I can’t begin to explain how good it felt to get out on the trails and just simply RUN. It was a [...]

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The week ahead: Oct. 27

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Friends – hope that your weekends are going well. I’ve had a good Sunday, am feeling a bit better and got lots done around the house. This week will be a fun one. Here are a few things I’m looking forward to: 1. My Dad’s birthday is Friday! He is turning 62 years young. Amazing! [...]

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Sidelined, but grateful.

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If it’s ok with you guys, I’d like to be real for a moment. I generally consider myself to be an optimist – my attitude is typically positive, I look on the “bright side,” my glass is half full, yada da yadda. But lately, specifically in the past three weeks, I’ve found myself having more [...]

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Fall Race Calendar

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Hello, friends – hope that you are enjoying a great autumn weekend! The weather was gorgeous here in Southeastern Wisconsin, and we spent lots of time outdoors. Saturday, we went boating and hiked at Pike Lake State Park, where the leaves are just beginning to change colors. Autumn marks a transition for races – the [...]

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Summer Updates + PRO Compression Deal

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Happy Summer! Checking in with some updates. – Backstage Balance is now on Twitter! Follow me @BackstageBLNC – Training for the USA Triathlon Milwaukee – Sprint distance race is going well. We’re about three weeks out from race day, and I’m getting more comfortable with biking and swimming. It’s about time! More on that to [...]

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Prepping for Ragnar Chicago 2013

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The time has come for Ragnar Chicago 2013! The overnight relay race begins in Madison, Wisconsin and ends at Montrose Beach in Chicago, Illinois. I tried it out last year, and found it to be a fun adventure. Though I didn’t really know anyone on my team prior to that weekend, we were fast friends [...]

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