Good morning and happy WIAW!
If you are new to this delicious food party, go check out all the details at Peas and Crayons. Thanks Jenn for hosting, enjoy! Now, let’s being the day with a pre-gym selfie, shall we? Check out my new pullover from Wal-Mart. I am absolutely in love. Oh and in case you didn’t notice from any of my previous pictures with workout clothes, my favorite color is grey. I also have a grey-white pullover too that I wore to the AAAI/ISMA conferece, but I’m really loving this one more. Plus it has thumbholes, well they both do. It’s just a bonus that needs to be addressed.Sunday afternoon, I went to the gym to knock out a cardio session before work. I made sure to prep and three of my meals.
I also picked up a Vega chocolate protein smoothie packet for post-workout fuel. I have been doing much better with keeping up with meal prepping. And cooking up delicious meals for lunch/dinner. Here is some ground chicken with broccoli and grape tomatoes seasoned with Mrs. Dash original. I ordered a Quest bar sampler from Quest Nutrition last week. They had a special for $3.98 and free shipping for two. So I got my current favs; Double Chocolate Chunk and Banana Nut Muffin.I like to have the banana nut muffin for breakfast or my usual oats, chia seeds and not-berries. I have plenty of apples from apple picking to enjoy. Coffee on the side, of course. As for other snacks [that are not Quest bars, apples, thinkThin bars or Chobani] berries, PB2 and a glass of light soy milk are some go to’s as well.For the rest of the evening I am going to relax and prepare for work but before I go, check out this moon from the other night. So beautiful! Question: Are you on top of your meal prepping game? Or do you like to just play it by ear?
Good morning everyone.
Yesterday the manfriend and I enjoyed a lovely day of apple picking, pumpkin carving and relaxation. We went to Brooksby Farm to go apple picking. This was my first time apple picking and I had a blast. Peach picking was my first picking of any. Before our adventure we ate some of their own apple cider dounts. My, oh my! My current favorite apples are golden delicious and I only found one good one. I just ate it for breakfast this morning and it was just right.We even found some apples growing oddly close together. As we kept wandering the farm (maybe a bit too far), we found a pumpkin patch and snagged one these bad boys for carving later. Before we left the farm, we hung out with this guy for a bit. Our stash.I looked for parks in the area because truthfully, I never explored Danvers for a park. I had been to parks in Salem, Rockport and Gloucester. We found Endicott Park, which was only five whole minutes from my house and it’s beautiful. We took our pumpkin and began the carve prep. Look familiar? None other then Jack Skellington himself as a tribute to Fall approach. We put a candle inside, lit it up and relaxed for the rest of the evening. Question: What’s your favorite thing about Fall? I love the pumpkins, the pumpkin EVERYTHING, temperature and the changing of the leaves.
“CPC” aka My THREE Staples; Chocolate, peanut butter and coffee :)
Who says you can’t start you day with a quick dark chocolate mousse topped with blueberries and peanut butter? Whoever is crazy for sure. I also had some almond amaretto Teeccino caffeine-free herbal coffee to pair along. I tried their vanilla nut before but this flavor was delicious. Definitely a new favorite.After, I picked up a few snacks for work and for the manfriend. He loves the thinkThin lean protein and fiber line. I just love anything peanut butter related.I may have had some more Teeccino during my overnight shift.And might have picked up a Starbucks soy latte with toffee nut (1 pump) and sugar-free vanilla (2 pumps). Best combo ever. I also redeemed my free food item and got a spinach and feta wrap for the post overnight munchies.Like I mentioned before, I am trying to limit my caffeine intake and Teeccino is perfect for that. Yesterday the only caffeine source was the latte which contains about 75mg. It wasn’t easy the first week but now that it’s been about two weeks, I don’t really have any withdrawal symptoms like I did in the beginning.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good cup of coffee, just happens to be decaf now. On a side note, decaf is more acidic so be careful if you have acid/ bile reflux like I do. Taking a daily macrobiotic helps tremendously.
Happy Sunday everyone :)
Happy Wednesday everyone!
It’s time for another WIAW post. If you are new to the WIAW party, don’t forget to head on over to Peas and Crayons for the delicious details. Enjoy!In case you missed it, last week I did a post on my currently fitness routine and eating. Let’s take you through today’s eats.
Breakfast starts with a little bit of protein and carbs.
We have chocolate “proatmeal;” chocolate protein powder, oats, chia seeds, almond milk, blueberries and a little bit of that peanut butter goodness.Mid-morning fruit; raspberries!After work, I came home and munched on most of this 2% Fage. For lunch, I had a second helping of “proatmeal.” This time with blackberries and the rest of the 2% Fage Greek yogurt added to the mix. Normally I have chicken, veggies and quinoa but today I was feeling oatmeal-y.Pre-dinner snackage? Banana nut muffin Questie!For dinner I had [leftover] grilled chicken, black beans and broccoli. It’s been quite some time that I had black beans and they were delicious as I remembered.The leftovers came from the manfriend’s family. They made dinner and invited me over this week and it was such a nice evening with them.And for dessert? This baby that I found at the supermarket. Best tasting thing! I swear to you it tasted like pumpkin pie filling. #PumpkinEVERYTHING! Question: Have you spotted the pumpkin spice Chobani Greek Yogurt?
It’s no secret that I LOVE Vermont.
The last time I went to visit the Green Mountain state was in April for my mom’s birthday. This time around, I went with the manfriend to celebrate our one month!You may think that’s a bit crazy. But truth be told, we’ve been really good friends for over a year and met at our former job. Just wasn’t the right time and now everything is just as perfect as it can be and I am happy. For this WIAW, I am going to show you some of our eats from our trip and beyond, enjoy!Before I get into the eats, I have to share with you the beautiful herbs and tomatoes that the manfriend’s dad gathered from their garden.
Yes, I met the parents and I was nervous. It was the first time I really had met any manfriend’s parents, formally. But he said they loved me, so I think I am in the clear, phew!Back to the goods; I started out my morning with some Green Mountain coffee, obviously.Some sliced up frozen strawberries with organic peanut butter mixed with a bit of vanilla Myofusion for breakfast.Now most of y’all know I’m a snacker; I packed some goodies for our trip. A few thinkThin and Quest bars, trail mix, fruit, Greek yogurt, pretzels and of course some H2-OH!Our first adventure when we got to Burlington was American Flatbread. We had a cheese and herb, buffalo chicken and Vermont maple sausage flatbread. This is my absolute favorite restaurant ever!After dinner, we took a stroll along Lake Champlain.After the lake, we went to bed we were exhausted from a long trip. We woke up the next day to a delicious brunch at Henry’s diner.Also stopped at the Apple Mountain store on Church Street for some local trinkets.Visited the alma matar, University of Vermont.Our last stop? A bit of dessert iced wine from Shelburne Vineyard.Although Burlington was amazing, it’s nice to just sit back and relax at home. Only three more days til the AAAI/ISMA conference!
When life hands you lemons…
Take them and throw them back in life’s face!
Or you can forget the lemons and just make LOTS of cake.
Like this dark chocolate flourless cake with homemade peanut butter fluff, hemp seeds, chocolate and wafer cookies.Or this flourless two-layer peanut butter dark chocolate cake with a dark chocolate glaze topped with hemp seeds.How about some vanilla, cashew and hemp seed protein truffles?And I did not forget about the giveaway!Coffee, truffles and cake has been the only thing keeping me sane (and the only thing in my diet; #guilty). It has been a crazy couple of weeks for me personal life wise, so I decided to just email the winner directly last week and sent them their goodies.
Thank you to those that entered and stay tuned as always for more giveaways. Thanks Jenn for hosing this awesome food party! I hope everyone has a great week and don’t forget to check out the YouTube channel for weekly vlogs!