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PRE-EXPO WEST DINNER

Expowest is around the corner…I feel like we have been building up to this for months…and now it is finally here and hours away! The other night we had a team dinner at Alex and my house. We rallied the troops and got them all pumped to be stoked for the madness that lies ahead.

Expowest is the largest natural foods expo…bringing everyone who is anyone in the natural foods world. It even draws in celebrities like Jillian Michaels and Martha Stewart. It is a 3 day show full of food, sales, drinking, dinners, fun and business.

Last year Alex went as an attendee, but this year will be our first year exhibiting…so pretty much we are coming out of the woodwork and making a splash..of LOVE!

Our team is piling in Elby the Love Bus and we will be driving from Denver to Anaheim! We will all be sleeping in Alex’s sister’s studio apartment and working long hours to spread the LOVE. It will be full of stories and stellar memories! Be sure to keep checking back for awesome pictures in the next couples of days!

DU Founder’s Day

Jason, Alex and I joined some of our other DU friends and a great deal of DU Alumni and supporters to celebrate the day in which DU was founded! The event was held at the Denver Performing Arts Center. The evening was fabulous!

We honored some incredible alumni who have since graduated and gone on to do amazing things. We spoke with a number of older alumni who were simply awesome and super excited to see the future generations continuing the traditions and keeping the DU flame going.

Happy Birthday, DU!

Friday we had the Business Fraternity (Alpha Kappa Psi) of DU come up for a tour of the LOVE GROWN Facilities (i.e. the LOVE PAD) and to learn a little more about how this whole thing got started!

We began the evening with some ping pong, gave them the grand tour, gave some history and mentioned how the first idea originated in the Penrose Library at DU, and answered awesome questions.

This group was super stellar and really fun! When asked how old we were, we had them first guess..”25..26..” when we told the we are 23 and 24 we all realized how crazy it was to think that we weren’t at DU that long ago.

Huge shout out to everyone in AKP…YOU GUYS ROCK! Come back anytime!

The below was taken directly from the blog: A Dietitian on the Run:

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“I learned a long time ago that the way we choose to fuel will affect all aspects of our lives. Specifically, fueling mindfully before and after a workout will get you results – farther, faster, stronger, healthier. It was a slow process, but I realized what does/doesn’t work for me. I also realized it is definitely not worth it to skimp on the things you love – balance is always there to be had.

One food I love, but rarely “indulged” in at one point: Granola!

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What better way to get back in the groove, than with LOVE GROWN Granola, right?

Typically, you can look the Nutrition Facts of Granola up and down only to see high amounts of sugar, fat, and scientifically named ingredients that couldn’t be found in a kitchen. But, that’s not how Maddy & Alex do things.

Read their story; it’s not only fascinating that such young people have already created such a successful (and tasty) business, but it’s also fun amazing that their site is already full of their products, the LOVE GROWN lifestyle & Upcoming events!

{Sidenote: Clearly I couldn’t even wait for the Granola’s photoshoot to dig in. Nope, those bags up there have already been ripped open and enjoyed}

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Every bag is FREE of all of the above, and FULL of Love; FULL of ingredients you could just as likely have in your kitchen.

But, trust me, it’s worth it to let them do the cooking.

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The Cocoa Goodness? That one is going quickly. It is definitely my favorite. I had no idea dark chocolate could go so well with toasted oats. It makes for a “healthier” dessert choice: combine with plain Greek Yogurt and enjoy.

The Sweet Cranberry Pecan is a very close second! It fueled me through yesterday afternoon, as I worked and waited for RUN CLUB time!

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Our initial group was small, due to some extenuating circumstances that kept a few of my fellow lulus from joining. But, I LOVE this picture and I love that it shoes where we started! A great 3 mile loop, keeping the pace where we could all run together.”

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Read all of Heather‘s AWESOME blog and discover her awesome health tips and recipes!

The below is taken directly from Lindsay‘s blog: Summit Sandwiches:

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“There are just some things in this world that are meant to go together.

Peanut butter and jelly.

Peas and carrots.

Yogurt and granola.

Oatmeal and granola.

My mouth and granola.

Granola and more granola.

Okay, I’ll stop even pretending we’re going to discuss anything but granola goodness. You get where this is headed. We’re on the granola train here, folks. All aboard!

Sweet, crunchy, delicious….granola is basically the life of any food-related happening that may be going down. A fiesta in food form, if you will. I add a couple tablespoons of it to my oatmeal or yogurt every morning, which makes my taste buds muy contento.

So when the lovely folks at Love Grown Foods offered to send me some of their granola to try out, I jumped at the chance.

Love Grown Foods is a local Colorado company (Colorado represent!) that makes healthy, low-calorie granola using high quality, natural ingredients. Whereas most granolas are packed with all sorts of weird sweeteners and preservatives, Love Grown granolas emphasize whole foods like oats, almonds, flax, coconut, dark chocolate, agave, honey, cinnamon, raisins, etc. I think it speaks to the quality of the products that I could pronounce and recognize every single ingredient on the nutritional information panels.

Props to you, Love Grown Foods. Props.

I was sent three flavors to try out: Cocoa Goodness, Sweet Cranberry Pecan, and Raisin Almond Crunch.

Remember when I said that my taste buds become muy contento when they taste granola in the morning? Well, since sampling Love Grown Granola, they’ve gone beyond the realm of muy contento. They don’t just sit there in a state of contento-ness. They’ve started doing salsa and rumba and flamenco dances of happiness (I don’t know why my taste buds have a Latin flair to them, but let’s just go with it. Don’t question my logic).

This granola is honestly the best granola I’ve had in some time, and I can be quite picky about my granola. I don’t like my granola too sweet, but I don’t like it to be flavorless either. My taste buds need a little somethin’ somethin’ to get excited about in the morning, ya know?

All three of the flavors I sampled somehow managed to combine a great flavor with impressive nutritional stats. Mildly sweet and packed with big crunchy clusters of granola goodness, these granolas flavors are winners. If I was FORCED to choose a favorite, I would probably pick the Cocoa Goodness. But that’s only because I’m a recovering chocaholic, and I’ll take any reason I can take to have a little bit of dark chocolate with my breakfast.Each of the flavors I’ve tried is really delicious…and I’m not just saying that because it was sent to me for free. I would recommend this granola to my friends and family.

Oh wait, I already have…

Want to try some of this Colorado-bred granola magic for yourself? Well, that can become a reality since the amazing Love Grown Foods team has kindly offered to sponsor a granola giveaway. You’ll be able to sample three full bags of granola + three sample bags of Love Grown Granola. Your taste buds will be able to do salsa dances of delight too!

You can enter in one of two ways:

1) Visit the Love Grown Foods website and leave me a comment telling me which granola you’d be most eager to try.

AND/OR

2) Leave me a comment telling me what makes your taste buds dance with delight.

You will win my undying love and admiration if you answer both. :) You have until Friday 12PM MST to enter. I’ll announce the winner later that day. Good luck!”

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Check out all of Lindsay‘s blog SUMMIT SANDWICHES and be sure to enter her STELLAR giveaway!