Workout Playlist: Disney Style

This post will do one of two things to you:

  • Make you roll your eyes at me and think I’m 5-years-old
  • Make you feel so happy inside that you want to sing Disney songs aloud for the rest of the day

Let’s hope most of you fall into the second category. 😉

Last night I was updating my iPod with new music (hello, Dynamite!), and inevitably found myself searching iTunes for upbeat songs that always make me happy and make my workouts feel like a positive experience.

Enter Walt Disney. 😀


Disney music always makes me happy. I think it’s the nostalgia I feel when I hear one of my favorite songs from my childhood. I instantly feel care-free and all warm inside.

Plus, Sadie loves singing to Disney songs.

La, La, La

Last night I created this Disney-inspired playlist to enjoy during my next cardio workout. I think it might be a little too heavy on the Disney music (I typically like to throw in a song or two among my normal music), but, then again, how bad can a Disney music overload really be?

  • I Just Can’t Wait to Be King – The Lion King
  • I’ll Make a Man Out of You – Mulan
  • Friend Like Me – Aladdin
  • Circle of Life – The Lion King
  • I Wanna Be Like You – The Jungle Book
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Mary Poppins
  • Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah – Song of the South
  • Be Our Guest- Beauty and the Beast
  • Under the Sea – The Little Mermaid
  • Just Around the Riverbend – Pocahontas
  • One Jump Ahead – Aladdin
  • True to Your Heart- Mulan
  • Why Should I Worry – Oliver & Company
  • Be Prepared – The Lion King


Breakfast this morning was rather exotic.

Kool Kiwi

Okay, not really, but the addition of kiwi to my yogurt bowl sure did feel a little tropical.

Along with a cup of Greek yogurt and two sliced kiwis, my breakfast bowl included half of a sliced apple and pearled barley for some whole grain goodness.

Look Haaaaarder (Rafiki, anyone?)



Today was my first day back at BodyPump after a week away from the class.

It’s amazing what only seven days away from something can do to your body. This class felt HARD, but in a good way. BodyPump, you’re the best! 😀

Question of the Morning

Do you like Disney songs? What is your favorite Disney song? Any songs I just have to add to my playlist?

A Cooking Demo for Free? Fine by Me.

This evening Ryan and I headed to Whole Foods for a free cooking demonstration conducted by two chefs from Disney World’s annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival, an event showcasing cuisine and wines from around the world.

Cooking Demonstration

Cooking Demonstration

We’ve been to one other demonstration at Whole Foods hosted by Season’s 52, my faaaavorite restaurant in the whole-wide-world, so my hopes for this evening were quite high.

As we entered the Lifestyle Center where the demonstration was held, the fresh produce, herbs and spices adorning the countertops immediately sparked my interest and made my tummy grumble.

Ryan and I took our seats and were handed two different recipes to be covered in the demonstration.

We Love Food!

We Love Food!

First up was spicy chicken sausage with sweet corn polenta.

Recipe One

Recipe One

The chefs took us through the recipe, and any steps that were hard to see from our seats were showcased on two flat screen televisions. Whole Foods is high tech!



Once the recipe was complete we were more than ready to give it a little taste test!

Chicken Sausage and Sweet Polenta

Chicken Sausage and Sweet Polenta

While the chicken sausage was a little too spicy for my sensitive tongue, the addition of pure maple syrup to the polenta made the corn mixture deliciously sweet. Ryan and I agreed it was the highlight of the evening.  

The next recipe featured was a mushroom soup.

Recipe Two

Recipe Two

The soup was made using lots of fresh vegetables and sour cream, which I never would have known was in the soup had I not seen the chefs add it myself.

Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup

One More Time

One More Time

The soup was topped with truffle oil, which I had never tried before. WOW, was that delicious!!! We gobbled our bowls right up!

The cooking events at our local Whole Foods are wonderful and are typically under $10 a person, if not completely free, like tonight’s event. Ryan and I love learning new tricks of the cookin’ trade and sampling delicious eats prepared by expert chefs is just the icing on the cake (or the truffle oil on the mushroom soup 😉 )!

Question: Have you ever attended a cooking demonstration or a cooking class?