Blaze New Trails

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There are too many winter haters out there. Granted, I am spoiled by winters filled with snow & sunshine here in Colorado, but I’m convinced winter doesn’t get all the love it deserves. We use winters as an excuse to stay in, eat carbs, and (essentially) hibernate. While there is nothing wrong with this (I’m a huge fan of cuddling up by the fire,) sometimes we make it a burden – complaining about how we are trapped inside & there is no healthy food in site. Then in April when summer is on the horizon, we panic and try to get ready for summer and swimsuit season – “alas, the season for active and eating fresh has arrived!” we cry out. If we get trapped in this pattern, we miss out on experiencing all the seasons and maintaining a healthy lifestyle year round. We just kind of swing the pendulum back and forth – Happy, Not Happy. Healthy, Not Healthy. Active, Hibernating.

Now before you think I am “holier than thou” know that I do not live or expect everyone to live the same in winter as they do in summer (and know I eat Oreos & sour gummy worms during Super Bowls 😉 ). Here in Colorado most (if not all) the farmers markets close up and the produce selection at the grocery store isn’t as bountiful. The truth is that summers were meant for all things fresh and winters were meant for anything baked (because having the oven on wont make out house overheat.) I also shamelessly sleep in on snow days and run from my car to the house when bitter winter winds blow. Of course things look different in each season but they don’t need to always be opposites.

I’m passionate about getting outside, finding adventure, and blazing new trails year round – that’s why we started the Instagram hashtag #wildernesslore to encourage us to look for the stories outside year round! I’m also passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle year round. That involves eating healthy & staying active. I love having a stock pile of Naked Juice in the refrigerate to help fill in all those gaps that we miss during the winter. It is perfect for last minute breakfasts or winter adventures (because hiking in snow is hard and you need snacks for that!)

Or for those new trails that you want to blaze. Bring Kale Blazer on those ones. It’s only fitting. Plus it is packed with Kale, Spinach, & Cucumbers. #allgoodthings,allgoodthings

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Thank you Naked Juice for sponsoring this post. 

What are your thoughts on winter? Are you a lover or a disliker of the season? What are your favorite ways to stay healthy & active year round?

xoxo, elizabeth

Author: Oak & Oats

  • I am loving getting out this winter! There are so many fun trails in my new city!!

    • Oak & Oats

      I love that! Winter trails are great (and sometimes muddy 😉 )

  • I used to live in New England and always loved the snowfall in the winter. It was refreshing to get out and enjoy the snow! We barely (and I mean never) get snow here in London. I miss it so much but London’s rain has also taught me that you can’t allow yourself to be weather dependent. You just have to do what makes you happy no matter what! If I stayed in every day it rained…I’d probably be inside 80% of the year. Now thats a sad thought!

    Love this post! XoXo

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! I so agree. I love that!! And London has a lot of other pretty things to make up for it’s lack of snow! haha!

  • We have been all about getting outside this winter! We even found a great place for winter hikes! It’s the best!

    • Oak & Oats

      I love that Sam! We love winter hikes too!

  • I’m SUCH a fan of winter (I’m with you, it’s probably because CO winters are lovely), but I definitely start itching for Spring come late February/early March.

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! I really think we have some of the best winters around!!

  • I just moved to Oklahoma (last week) from Michigan. Michigan’s winters are bitter. The cold feels like it’s slicing your skin, and the sky is ALWAYS dreary. I love fluffy flakes that fall and make me feel like I am inside of a snow globe. I used to love winter, and after living in Michigan for so long, I have grown to loathe it. I am excited to experience winter in a new place and hopefully get back to at least being friends with it.

    • Oak & Oats

      hahah! Yes! I am hoping for a new winter friendship in your new state!

  • amy

    #1 i love naked products – so delicious
    #2 i am so jealous of all of your snow – and easy hiking trails. we have to drive at least 3 1/2 hours for hiking any sort of mountain 🙁 🙁
    #3 i will make y’all hike the crap out my trip 😉

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! Me too! And yes, snow is beautiful!

      #allthehikes!