Muncher Cruncher Fitness Favorite Must Haves

It’s Christmas shopping time…which it always SO fun, but can also be a bit stressful. Whether you are looking for things for the people you love, or to put on your own list…here is a list of some of my fitness favorites.

  1. Socks. As you know I’m a HUGE fan of socks these days. There are so many different fun  patterns/styles that can keep your feet warm while you are just kicking around or spice up your workout outfit a bit. My favorites these days are Stance socks, Bombas socks, & Nike elites. Side note: I also love the Nike Roshes pictures below. :) thumb_7FA0E7D8-D4D5-4A36-884F-82A01AA1FDF7_1024
  2. Hydroflask water bottle. My sister gave me one of these for my birthday this year, and I am absolutely in love with it. thumb_IMG_5520_1024
  3. Lulu Lemon Speed Shorts. I LOVE these shorts. The Speed Short 4-way stretch is my favorite. However, they have a ton of different varieties if you don’t love the way those ones fit on you. thumb_IMG_3815_1024
  4. G fast Leggings from Gap Fit.  These are so comfortable. I love the 23″ style because they are the perfect length. I have them in both black & gray & I wear them ALL the time!
  5. Fitness tracker/heart rate monitor. I have tried a LOT of different types of activity trackers & heart rate monitors. My favorite activity tracker is the Jawbone.  My favorite heart rate monitor is the Polar FT4.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset
  6. Lululemon Whatsup Hat. I am a hat lover these days. Probably because I hate doing my hair…My favorite being the Whatsup & Baller styles from Lulu. thumb_IMG_2755_1024
  7. Nike Internationalists. I don’t wear these to work out in, but they are my absolute favorite kick around shoes. I have worn them to Disneyland, on trips where i’m walking all day, and just for everyday life. They are seriously so comfortable, and so cute. They are also great for jumping in front of unicorns. Obviously. thumb_IMG_0735_1024
  8. Joggers. I wear joggers like 10 times per week. They are the perfect mix between comfortable, stylish, & not completely scroungy…or at least that is what I tell myself. Some of my favorites? HERE. HERE. and HERE.
  9. Healthy Snacks: Questbars/Larabars/G2G Bars/Skinny Pop/Nearly Naked Popcornopolis/Boom Chicka Pop/Krave Jerky/nuts/gum/etc.
  10. Patagonia Nano Puff Hooded Jacket. I LOVE this coat. It’s the perfect weight to throw on as a layer because it is so lightweight, but it’s super warm. I wear it ALL. THE. TIME.
  11. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 – These shoes have become some of my favorites. They are so comfy, and so cute. They have some new floral styles that are absolutely to die for. You can find them HEREmunchercrunchergiftlist_pegasus
  12. Giftcards to your favorite healthy restaurant. You just can’t go wrong with gift cards. You can’t. I love to eat. I love to eat out. I especially love to eat out when it’s free. I think everyone feels pretty much the same on that. thumb_IMG_5891_1024 
  13. Zella Live In Leggings. These basic black leggings are perfection. I wear them all the time. If you don’t have some. Get some. You will not regret it.
  14. Subscriptions to Spotify/Netflix/Itunes. It is always easier to work out when you have great music, or some shows to watch. Subscriptions to make this possible make for an awesome gift.
  15. Gap Fit Breathe Heathered Hoodie.  The material on these hoodies is so soft. They are perfect to throw on to run to the gym, or just to be comfortable. They also have some that don’t have the hood that are equally as awesome.
  16. Muscle Tanks. I have been loving working out in muscle tanks these days. Some of my favorites are HERE and HEREmunchercrunchergift_tank
  17. Fitness Equipment: Kettlebell, hand weights, jump rope, Bosu Ball Medicine ball. This is an endless category really. I feel like there are always a million things I want. The above mentioned items are some great basic pieces to enable some great at home workouts. thumb_IMG_9001_1024
  18. Gym Membership/personal training sessions/a session of Fit Camp :) …  This is a simple way to give the gift of health!
  19. Headphones. I love THESE Skull Candy headphones and THESE Dre Beats.
  20. Backpack or Gym Bag. I think a gym bag is an AWESOME gift because it is something that people use all the time , but don’t necessarily think to buy one for themselves. THIS is one of my favorites. I also love this Fjallraven Kanken backpack for hiking. It’s super lightweight, & can actually hold quite a bit.   FullSizeRender 3

Happy Shopping!! xoxoxo Megs


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Muncher Cruncher Turkey Trot Tunes

I know a lot of you are gearing up to run your Turkey Trot’s next week, so I figured it was about time to get a new playlist up and going! Here are some of the jams I am loving these days. muncher_cruncher_musicMUNCHER CRUNCHER TURKEY TROT TUNES:

  • Sorry – Justin Bieber
  • My House – Flo Rida
  • Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
  • She’s Kinda Hot – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Seventeen – Alessia Cara
  • Runin’ (Lose It All) – Naughty Boy, Beyonce
  • Hands to Myself – Selena Gomez
  • Dessert – Dawin, Silento
  • Focus – Ariana Grande
  • Hollow – Tori Kelly, Big Sean
  • End of the Day – One Direction
  • Painkiller – Jason Derulo feat. Meghan Trainor
  • Turn The Muisc Louder – KDA Tinie Tempah, Katy B
  • I’m Yours – Alessia Cara
  • WTF – Where They From (Missy Elliot, Pharrell Williams
  • Higher – Classified, B.o.B
  • Ready or Not – Britt Nicole, Lecrae
  • Temporary Fix – One Direction
  • Wild Things – Alessia Cara
  • Been You – Justin Bieber

Hopefully these tunes give you something to mix up your workouts! Happy Sweating! xoxoxo

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Bombas $50 Gift Card Giveaway!!

Remember how I posted a while back about how much I LOVE my Bombas socks?

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These awesome socks have a performance footbed that offers extreme comfort, a blister tab at the back of the heel that keeps the socks in place while preventing rubbing & chafing, a honeycomb support system that allows even pressure distribution, a hand linked toe seam that eliminates that annoying/uncomfortable bump that runs across the toes in a lot of socks, they are EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE, and the best part…they have so many awesome styles & colors. On top of that, for every pair of socks purchased, a pair is donated to someone in need. AWESOME.
Well, the fantastic people over at Bombas want everyone else to get a chance to love these socks just as much as I do…so they are giving a $50 gift card to one lucky winner! Awesome, right?

Enter below for a chance to win! You have until 8 PM MST on Sunday November 15th to enter! Best of luck!! xoxoxo


THIS GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.  Winner: Jennifer McCarty

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Muncher Cruncher Chocolate Cinnamon Protein Balls

Whenever I’m really trying to be good with my eating, the hardest thing for me is always the snacky moments, those times in-between meals when all I want to do is walk in the pantry & eat all the things I see. These protein balls are a great way to help with those “I need a snack,” moments. Clean, full of good stuff, & delicious.

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Muncher Cruncher Protein Balls: (makes 20 servings)

  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats (can use gluten free if needed)
  •  1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 TBS chia seeds
  • 2 TBS sugar free maple syrup (could use agave/honey/real maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup carob chips

Mix all ingredients together until combined completely. Use 1 TBS to scoop up balls. Place in fridge if you plan on eating them right away, or in freezer if you want them to last a bit longer.

Nutrition Facts: (per 1 ball) 82 cals, 4.7 g fat, 7.7 g carb, 1.5 g fiber, 2.1 g sugar, 3.2 g protein

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Start your Week off right w/this Full Body Fat burning circuit

The weekend is coming to a close which means it’s Monday soon, ya’ll! One thing that helps make for a successful week is going into the upcoming week with a plan! This simple circuit is a full body fat burning workout that will surely have you sweating! Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 6.34.20 PMTo increase the difficulty on this workout, up your speed with your sprints & increase your reps to 20 instead of 15. Happy Sweating!! xoxoxo Megs

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Product Review: Beets Blu

As you know I’m always on the look out for  new fitness gear, so when the awesome people over at Beets Blu contacted me to review their new bluetooth technology, I was more than willing. They sent me a wireless bluetooth heart rate monitor as well as a wireless bluetooth pagertag.

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I really enjoy working out with a heart rate monitor for a few reasons. 1) It helps to to know how hard I am really pushing myself. My heart rate is proof of that. 2) It is awesome for my interval workouts, allowing me to target my heart where I want it to be. 3) It allow me to accurately indicate what my caloric burn is with my workouts. Basically, heart rate monitors allow for accuracy. It makes my workouts more of a science.

That being said…I’ve tried a lot of heart rate monitors. I’m a big proponent of monitors that require a chest strap. I feel like pulse monitors on the wrist just aren’t as accurate. Sometimes I feel bogged down with gear…I always have my phone & headphones for my music. If I have a heart rate monitor on I have a chest strap as well as a wrist watch…It just starts to feel like I’ve got more equipment on me than a science experiment…which is why I instantly became a fan of the Beets Blu wireless monitor. It connects directly to my phone, taking out the need for my watch.

This monitor connects to a variety of different apps that I already use, there is a list of compatible apps on their website HERE. I liked using the “Runkeeper” app as well as the “Mapmyfitness” app. The wireless monitor syncs directly with my phone, and then works right in the app i’m using.

PROS: I felt like this monitor was extremely accurate, and sensitive, no lag-time response here. I love that it syncs with my phone, no extra equipment required…in fact eliminating equipment (no need for a watch). I also loved how easy it was to use. After I synced this monitor to my phone, it was always there. Easy. This was awesome for my outdoor interval runs. I also felt like the sizing was easy to adjust, and the band was comfortable. It stayed right in place.

CONS: Using the bluetooth monitor with my fitness apps and my music all at the same time drained my battery on my phone pretty quickly. I still haven’t found an app that I LOVED for my gym workouts where i’m not running. I was able to monitor my heart rate with the BeetsBlu Utility App. However, it doesn’t track my caloric burn, time working out, or total increase & decrease in heart rate. I still have some playing around to do there to find an app that I feel is the most beneficial for an indoor workout.

I would totally recommend this product. It’s accurate, easy to use, comfortable, and beneficial.

Along with the heart rate monitor, I tried out the Beets Blu papertag. It is such a brilliant idea.

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This awesome little device is fantastic for people like me who lose everything…All you do is attach this little device to your keys (dog, purse, child, valuables…what have you…) and sync the device with your phone. With the help of this device, you can find your lost valuables within 33 feet, wirelessly. SO simple, and so awesome! Thank you for saving me from searching for my keys in the dark at 5 am when i’m supposed to be out to door and on my way to to work!

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The “You Don’t Need a Gym” Workout

I always love when people’s excuse for not working out is because they couldn’t make it to a gym. I can promise you, you don’t need a gym. You actually don’t need anything. munchercruncherworkout This workout can be done just about anywhere…inside, outside, in a gym, on the beach, in your family room, in your hotel room…you get it. No more excuses.

The “You don’t need a gym” Workout :) 

  • 3-5 min warm up (walking/jogging/jump roping)
  • 25 squats in place
  • 25 pushups
  • 25 squat jacks
  • 25 jumping jacks
  • 25 plyometric lunges (R+L=1)
  • 25 burpees
  • 25 tricep dips (on ground/bench/chair)
  • 25 tuck jumps
  • REPEAT 4-6 times through
  • Cool down 3-5 mins

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Product Review: Bombas Socks…I’m a fan

I LOVE socks…Good socks that is. The ones that slide down, give you blisters, feel paper-thin…yeah I want nothing to do with those ones. However, the good socks, I’ll take all of them. In fact, if you give me a good pair of socks in a stellar print, I’m quite the happy camper.

When the great peeps over at Bombas Socks asked if i’d try some of their socks on for size I was more than willing. Being as how I wear 2-3 pairs of athletic socks I day I am always in the market.

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As soon as I tried these guys out, I was instantly sold. So comfortable, and way cute. Here is what I like about them…

  • They style – I love the heigh of the tall socks, and the low profile of the shorter athletic socks. The different color options are all darling. I tend to be a fan of the black always, but that is just me being me.
  • Honeycomb Support System – As you can see, around the toe box, there is a honeycomb pattern where the design is created to help distribute pressure evenly, AKA – they are more comfortable.
  • Performance footbed – The bottom of the sock is also created for comfort, which you can feel instantly when you put them on. They are awesome.
  • Blister Tab – I LOVE this about the ankle socks. There is a tab in the back that prevents the socks from slipping, making your heels blister free. #awesomeProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  • PURCHASE A PAIR – DONATE A PAIR – And lastly, something I think is super awesome, for every pair of Bombas Socks purchased, a pair is donated to someone in need. I love this.

Cute, comfortable, & compassionate…does it get much better than that? I don’t think so. Try them out. They rock. munchercruncherbombas3

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Make Your San Francisco Trip an Active & Healthy One!

When we ventured to San Francisco last weekend, I had NO idea how much I would fall in Love with this city. It is so incredible. We started out with a “to do” list, and I didn’t really know what we would actually get to see. However, we crushed our list..and then some. I have had several people ask me for the details of my trip, so I wanted to share what we did for those who are interested!

I really, really, really wanted to go to Alcatraz, and unfortunately, because we were going to be in San Francisco over Labor Day weekend, the tour tickets that were just to Alcatraz were sold out. HOWEVER, upon doing some research we figured out how to get tickets to Alcatraz when it’s sold out. There are quite a few 2nd party tours that will offer a tour of San Francisco, including Alcatraz in their entire package. We were hesitant to do one of these tours because…let’s get real…tours of any kind are usually a little bit cheesy. Let me just tell you I’ve completely changed my tune here. If you are looking to see a lot of the “touristy” San Francisco sites, DO THE TOUR, and do it the first day…and I’ll tell you why.

Parking in SF is nearly impossible, and it’s expensive. Our tour hit SO many awesome places that we wanted to see, and we didn’t have to find parking EVER. It was simply a matter of being dropped off and picked up. It was awesome. The tour we did is THIS ONE if you are interested in our exact plan, but there are quite a few. Here is how our itinerary went down for the weekend…

DAY 1:

  • San Francisco Day tour – We got to walk down Lombard Street, Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetvisit the cable car museum, FullSizeRenderwalk through China Town,
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    visit the Fortune Cookie Factory, Visit the Painted Ladies (Full House home), FullSizeRender 6Drive past the Mrs. Doubtfire house, Stop at the Grace Cathedral,FullSizeRender 2 drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, Stop on the other side for a picturesque view of the bridge, FullSizeRender 3stopped in Sausalito for lunch (We ate at a Mexican place called Copita that I would HIGHLY recommend.)  I ordered the Chicken Tinga. I’d eat it all over again right now if I could.FullSizeRender 2 copy

  • At this point our tour took a ferry ride back across the bay, which was so fun.FullSizeRender 5
  • We stopped at a frozen yogurt place in the Ferry Building called Humphry Slocombe which was BOMB.IMG_2906
  • We then walked to another Ferry to head to Alcatraz. GO TO ALCATRAZ. It was so fascinating. I absolutely loved it. We were there for a few hours. FullSizeRender 4You have the option of doing the audio tour that is included. Do it. It is so cool to hear all of the facts. We then took a ferry back.
  • We walked down to Fisherman’s wharf & saw the sea lions, which was super fun. We walked all around the shops, & had dinner at Boudin. We then walked back to catch our BART back to where we were staying. All in all we walked about 10 miles day 1.

DAY 2:

  • I woke up and ran along Ocean Beach. There is an AMAZING trail that runs right along the ocean.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIf you are a runner, or if you have any interest in an awesome view while you’re running, this is an AWESOME place to go. It’s a straight trail w/very few lights.
  • We then went and rented bikes to ride around the Bay.Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetTHIS IS A MUST. We got off our BART at Embarcadero, right by the ferry building and there was a bike rental place right there. Their info is HERE. They were super nice & easy to work with.
  • We biked from right by the ferry building all the way to Chrissy Field,Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetwhere we stopped and bought some waters & took some pictures. It is an AWESOME view of the bridge. We then continued across the bridge. At this point you can actually go down into Sausalito, & then take the ferry back if you’d like. However, since we’d already done that, we decided to turn around and bike back & have lunch in San Francisco. I’ll be honest there are some HILLS along this little adventure. It was a pretty good workout. We ended up biking around 16 miles. I loved it! :)
  • We ate lunch at a little cafe right by Ghirardelli Square called The Black Point Cafe. I really liked it!Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI got their “seasonal” salad w/chicken. We then biked back to the Embarcadero station, & returned our bikes.
  • Next we headed to Oakland to go to an A’s game which was so fun!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe weather was perfect, and they had a fireworks show after the game, so everyone was able to go down on the field to watch it. Worth it.

DAY 3:

  • We trekked out to Muir Woods to start the day off. It was awesome. The parking here is a little crazy, but it’s worth it!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIt is a great stop because you could go for 20/30 minutes and walk around and be done if you’d like, or you can take your time, enjoy some of the hikes, and make a day of it. We were there for a few hours because we chose to go on some of the hiking trails. There are trails for those who want a flat, less strenuous adventure, as well as the hiking trails that are more hilly.
  • We headed back toward San Fran after our adventure in the Muir Woods & Stopped in Sausalito at Cafe Tutti’s for lunch. I’ll be honest, this place wasn’t my favorite. Their ice cream actually looked decent, but  I would have rather gone back to Copita’s, or across the street to Lapperts, and just had some ice cream for lunch. :)
  • I knew what was coming next though, so I just waited until we got to the Bi-Rite Creamery. YES PLEASE. We waited about 30 minutes in line here for our ice cream, and it was SO worth it. It was seriously delicious. IMG_3207I went with a scoop of mint chocolate chip, and a scoop of cookies & cream. The cookies & cream was by far my favorite. I LOVED it! Everyone was really happy with this stop.
  • Next we went to another hot spot we had been told was a must stop, Bob’s Donuts. I am not much of a donut lover, but everyone that got some said they were delicious. They are open 24 hours, so this is an easy one to fit into your itinerary at any time. :)
  • I had a friend send me a post on the Seward Street Slides, and I was bound and determined to find them. These long cement slides are so much fun!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

    We found out after that people bring card board to slide down on to make them go faster, which is brilliant. These slides have weird hours, and close at sunset. I think they are also closed on Sunday & Monday if I remember correctly, but well worth a quick stop!

  • We went to find an incredible view of the bridge above Baker Beach next. This is another spot that is worth the stop if you are looking for a great view. There is a parking lot you can pull right into & go explore. IMG_3249It was gorgeous. Totally worth it.
  • We ended our last night watching the sun set on Baker Beach. IMG_3274It was the perfect end to a perfect trip. I LOVE San Francisco. I can’t wait to go back!

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Muncher Cruncher September 2015 Workout Playlist

I’ve been needing a mix up with my workout tunes, and this weekend I revamped the playlist a bit. I think some of these jams might be here to stay for a bit. Muncher Cruncher Playlist Sept 2015September 2015 Workout Playlist:

  • Roots – Imagine Dragos
  • Downtown – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  •  What do you Mean? – Justin Bieber
  • Whip It! – Lunchmoney Lewis
  • Age of Consent – New Order
  • The Emotion – BORNS
  • Gimme Love – Carly Rae Jepson
  • NoLo – Grace Mitchell
  • Eyes Shut – Years & Years
  • Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King
  • Falling – HAIM
  • Locked Away – R City
  • Cheyenne – Jason Derulo
  • Good for You – Selena Gomez
  • Welcome – Fort Minor
  • Hide Away – Daya
  • Crazy Youngsters – Ester Dean
  • Lovin’ So Hard – Becky G
  • Smile – Mikki Ekko
  • Snake Eyes – Mumford & Sons
  • Peaches – In the Valley Below
  • Guts Over Fear – Eminem
  • How Deep is Your Love – Calvin Harris

Happy Sweating!! xoxoxo

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