Aug
12

01-IMG_1979 Hey there! It’s been a while since we’ve just chatted. You know about life, fitness, and non-recipes.

Sometimes we have to do that. To just catch up. I hope this doesn’t bore you.

First let me start out by saying that I LOVE salad bars. All of the healthy quinoa salads, kale galore, and every veggie you could imagine is a dream.

Usually I tend to go vegetarian at the salad bars but if I’m extra hungry I’ll get a little chicken. Then there’s always spinach, kale, and romaine for a bit of crunch. I top my salad with chickpeas, grape tomatoes, olives, red peppers, peas and mushrooms. Oh and red onion! I adore red onions. Lastly I drizzle a bit of red wine vinegar and sometimes a dash of sesame oil. TOTAL NOMS.

Few things are better than salad bars.

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Except for chocolate.

My favorite is the Intense Dark Cabernet Matinee. It has a hint of wine and blackberry flavor.

SO SO GOOD. What’s your fav?

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I”m very fond of Greek Yogurt. Actually no, I would say obsessed.

Here’s a fun twist on it I found. YUMMY.

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 I get to do cool things for work. Like hang out with this guy!

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My family is incredibly special to me.

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Do you know what this is?

A s’mores CRONUT.

I know. Can’t even talk about it.

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This is my favorite healthy treat.

So, what is it?

1 container of nonfat greek yogurt + 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder + a few drops of liquid stevia.

Top with bananas, cereal, nuts, or mini chocolate chips. You’ll thank me later!

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I will have to report back on this.

Have you tried any fun nut butters lately?

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I wish fruit was in season year round.

That way I wouldn’t feel the need to buy insane amounts of it during the Summer.

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Remember these?

Delish.

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This garden is GMO free.

Ha. But seriously.

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Avocado + Black Beans = ???

You will find out soon.

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Now onto the fitness!

Here’s a typical breakfast when I’m watching what I eat.

I usually eliminate wheat and focus on consuming healthy natural carbs for energy.

Apples + Cottage Cheese + Peanut Butter = Clean eating.

Carrots because I felt like a veggie would do me good.

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Yoga sculpt is one of my favorite workouts.

It’s cardio-based yoga in a heated room with weights. Typically I burn at least 500 calories per session.

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Also, I baked you bread.

Okay, back to the fitness.

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Awesome sweat session.

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Here’s what happens when I pack my food for the day:

Breakfast: Chicken sausage + egg whites

Snack: Protein Oat bran Banana muffin

Lunch: Grilled Chicken + Quinoa Spinach Salad

Snack: Cottage Cheese + Apple slices + Almonds

Dinner: Who knows — I didn’t pack it.

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These quotes have been motivating me to get to my classes.

Another motivator? Following fitness junkies on Instagram or pinning motivating quotes throughout the day.

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Sometimes I don’t make it to the gym because there’s horrible traffic.

THE WORST.

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But then I remember this.

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And I continue to try to do my best every single day.

I know that I’ll make mistakes, have bad eating days, miss workouts, etc.

But every day is a new day. At least I can try!

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And the next time I’m at the gym, I feel even more powerful, strong, and motivated.

So my fitness journey continues…

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But I have to remember that 80% of it is what I eat.

So these days I’m all about clean eating. It’s amazing the changes you see.

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God Bless whoever left these at work though. Animal crackers are a dream.

A little treat to keep me sane!

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Hmmm what else?

I chopped off my hair. It may look long to you, but it’s short for me.

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I’m digging it.

The guy I’m dating digs it, too.

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Serious question: how many oils are there? TOO MANY.

What’s your favorite kind of oil to use? I want to start experimenting with different kinds.

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 I made a pepper stir-fry in coconut oil.

Then I added garlic cloves, a pinch of cumin, sea salt, and chopped basil.

Stir that into quiona and you’ve got yourself a fabulous meal.

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I’ve also been cooking a lot more chicken lately.

It’s so much fun to marinate it in different spices and herbs.

What’s your favorite chicken recipe?

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This is my editor’s desk.

She’s inspires me to put up more photos around mine.

I haven’t decided if I’ll just put up Bon Appetit cover photos or if that’s taking it too far.

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After Remy tasted these muffins, he fell over and said, “These are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!”

Completely adorable.

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Told you I was obsessed with Greek Yogurt.

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No seriously!

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Peanut butter + Chocolate Chip = Love.

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We have too much fun.

They picked out the Chef theme on the picture, I swear.

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Trader Joe’s shopping trip.

MAJOR SAVINGS when you are a food blogger.

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Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancakes!

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For two!

I top mine with peanut butter and sugar free maple syrup.

They keep me full FOREVER!

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Sometimes there’s no place like home.

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And always remember this!

More recipes coming soon!

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