good morning! 🙂
before I share with you the Peanut Butter Banana Protein Soft Serve I had last night (woof thats a mouthful of a title right?!), lets look at some eats from yesterday!
PUMPKIN SPICE IS BACK-in case you didn’t know..which you probably did. I’m more a fan of the hot pumpkin spice lattes then the iced but it was 90 degrees and humid yesterday (wtf?) so I couldn’t stand the thought of drinking a hot latte
during the school year i try REALLY hard to not buy coffee and make my own at home but when pumpkin spice season comes around its a little harder to resist!
yesterday’s lunch was a salad with avocado, tomato, scallions, goat cheese, a trader joes salmon burger, and a fried egg on top
i set off the fire alarm trying to cook my salmon burger..that is the 3rd time since I’ve been at school that I’ve set off the alarm. ooopsie
last night for dinner I tried another new recipe! my friend Amy from Mac and Cheese and Peas (best blog name ever right?!) posted a recipe for israeli couscous with roasted eggplant which I bookmarked last week and made last night for dinner! SO delicious..there is cinnamon in the dressing which makes it a little sweet and savory at the same time
i had one of the leftover spinach feta turkey burgers alongside
after dinner last night I digested and went to Zumba! I have rekindled my love for Zumba since I’ve been back at school..its such an amazing work out and so much fun to do!
lindsay and I meant to take a sweaty selfie afterwards but we forget..ugh. next week we will!
after Zumba I came home hungry and decided there was only one thing I wanted
Peanut butter Banana Protein Soft Serve
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 packet sweetner of choice (I use truvia)
- splash of almond milk (if needed)
- place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until everything is incorporated.
note: I used a mini food processor so I had to add a splash of almond milk to get things all blended together (maybe because the blade on my food processor isan’t as sharp?) but a blender would work just as well!
I’ve seen so many versions for banana soft serve around the blog world and I can’t believe it took me so long to make a version of my own
now i have the urge to go out to the store and buy about 20 bananas just for freezer purposes..
time to go get some school work done!
I hope everyone has a great day!
and for all the college students reading (TGIT-thank god its thursday!!!)
Questions for ya!: Have you ever tried making banana soft serve?
Are you a fan of Zumba?
its finally September (and pumpkin spice is back at starbucks EEK) so time for a new WIAW theme!
this month’s theme is about setting goals to try and establish healthy habits for the month (and hopefully continued on throughout the winter!)
I’m not normally one for setting goals, but in the spirit of WIAW i guess i’ll go ahead and list a few!
- not skipping my Friday 9am class (failed at this one last week but I’m going to hold myself accountable from now on..damn you thirsty thursdays lol
- Plan work outs for the week and stick to them! I know this summer I neglected my work out log but at school it works best for me to plan ahead for the week so I hold myself accountable! So click here if you want to see my work out’s for the week!
- Try new recipes! (the amount of recipes I have bookmarked is insaneee) already doing well at this one! (see below)
- try to only eat out once a week..this doesn’t include my bagel a week on the weekends 🙂
I’ll post these same goals every week and keep you updated on how well I’m doing!
now onto yesterday’s eats!
hot oats and coffee are making a come back!
starbucks blonde roast with almond milk and truvia
1/3 cup rolled oats cooked in 2/3 cup almond milk and one sliced banana..topped with maple almond butter and cinnamon sugar grinder from Trader Joes!!
I got busy reading for class and then realized I had about 10 minutes to get dressed, make lunch, eat lunch, and leave for class..
so the fastest thing I could think of was a turkey wrap
in the wrap went turkey, hummus, honey mustard, lettuce, and avocado..all of which I inhaled in approximately 3 minutes but it was tasty!
I always come back at 3:30 on tuesday’s and thursdays starving because I have class from 12:30-1:45 and then another class from 2:00-3:15
my second class is actually Jazz Dance so its not a bad work out!..and maybe that’s why I come home so hungry!
I had 1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese with red grapes and some trader joes crackers on the side
after this i also had a small piece of leftover vegetable frittata
1 hour of kickboxing that KICKED my booty. (thank you Lindsay..) I actually looked like I had just taken a shower after the class was over..tmi? maybe.
One of my goals is to try new recipes so tonight for dinner I made Eat, live, Run’s spinach and feta turkey burgers
with some roasted veggies on the side and I topped my burger with avocado and sriracha
the burgers were SO delicious..I will definitely be making them again! my mouth was also on fire but I do it to myself with my sriracha addition so its all good
and I also have to mention Jenna’s book White Jacket Required..I pre-ordered it off amazon and read it in 2 days. it is definitely a MUST read and filled with a bunch of delicious recipes!
apple microwaved and topped with cinnamon sugar and maple almond butter. I will be repeating this for the next several nights in a row.
part 2 was a rice cake with peanut butter which I failed to take a picture of..clearly I have a nut butter addition!
time to go to my first class of the day!
I hope everyone has a wonderful day!
Question for ya!: Do you normally set goals for yourself? If so, what are some goals you have for the upcoming month?
so sorry I have been the WORST blogger ever since I’ve been back at school..i guess I’ve just been too busy
some recent eats from the week
shrimp stir fry..i was going to share the recipe but it didn’t turn out that great..mehh
chicken wrap with carrots and hummus
quesadilla and salad for dinner
in the quesadilla went sauteed zucchini, spinach, and garbanzo beans and LOTS of goat cheese
a surprisingly good combo!
and simple eggs and an english muffin for breafkast..eggs topped with sriracha sauce OBVS. this time I actually added 1/4 cup cottage cheese to my eggs for an extra protein boost!
so classes FINALLy start tomorrow..what have I been doing all week you ask? good question..
well I’ve been taking lots of selfies.
#selfieaday..i’m going to get the trend started
and another selfie after our work out on the tennis court! #fitfluential
so today HAS to be a productive day because I have lots to do!
on the To-Do list for today!
- Grocery Shop
- get school supplies
- GET NEW COFFEE MAKER..for some reason ours doesn’t work (?!!) so ya..major issue
- clean the apartment
- do laundry
- work out..I’m thinking of this circuit for later today
and Yup thats the plan for the day!
I hope everyone has a great Monday!
Questions for ya!: Something fun you did this past weekend?
Are you a fan of making To-do lists?
so I’m finally all moved into my new apartment at school which is pretty exciting! But I should warn you ahead of time that this will not be a traditional WIAW post because i had no idea it was Tuesday yesterday until about..uhh..6pm? so those spoonfuls of almond butter and such were not pictured
but anywho..so my mom and i drove down to Delaware Monday morning
we left my house at 9am
8 HOURS LATER WE ARRIVED. yes it took us 8 hours when it’s suppose to take 5-6.
wanna know why?
our first spot of traffic was by the GW bridge where we were delayed about 45 minutes..then we drove another 35 minutes with no problem until we came to a stand still. cars were literally parked on the highway for an hour due to a terrible accident that involved 2 trucks
kids were playing street hockey..on the new jersey turn pike!! insane
we got out of our car, met some friends, stretched, soaked in some rays..for about an hour until the traffic started moving..quite the adventure to say the least
when we finally got to Delaware we unpacked and then had a MUCH NEEDED glass of wine
a nice glass of pinot gri for me!
we went out to dinner Monday night to Iron Hill Brewery with my roommate molly and her mom
we started with an order of sweet potato fries which went un-pictured because they were inhaled in about 5 seconds
Molly and I decided to spilt an entree and order an appetizer for our meal
we split the red chile shrimp (which was off their 600 calories or less menu which I think is nice that they have!) which came with a corn and a black bean cake with a lime crema..delish!
we also split the buffalo chicken eggrolls..um not good for you whatsoever but SO BOMB. i love anything that involves buffalo chicken
Tuesday morning we all went to Breakfast at my favorite spot Sinclairs
I got an egg white omelet with mushrooms, spinach, and pepper-jack cheese..hit the spot! they also have free refills on ice coffee..yup its pretty much amazing. so along with my omelet i had 2 glasses of ice coffee
yesterday was a busy day of errands! which included Target, Costco, and the Grocery store! we are fully stalked on groceries now that’s for sure!
for lunch (which didn’t happen until around 3:30 yesterday) I whipped up some chicken salad
i love putting grapes in my chicken salad yum! I had some on top of mixed greens with sirracha hot sauce as my dressing ..obviously. my mouth was on fire but it was so worth it
for our first meal in our new apartment we decided to have a potluck dinner with two of my good friends who live right across the way!
molly set in the table in true college fashion..paper plates and bowls that don’t match and silverware..oh and hi to molly in the background!
Molly made the salad which had scallions, cucumber, and grapes, and a bowl of goat cheese on the side!, i made grilled chicken with a mango avocado salsa, my friend becca made pasta salad, and my friend kristen brought fruit for dessert!
everything was so delicious! except a few pieces of the chicken weren’t cooked all the way cause I’m not use to an electric stove! (oh and I also set off the fire alarm..just welcoming myself to the neighborhood!)
so not a traditional WIAW but I still managed to remember to snap pictures of most of my eats!
it is so crazy being all moved into my new apartment but I LOVE where I’m living this year and I can tell it is going to be a great year!
but I still don’t understand how i’m already a junior in college..college goes by at WARP speed..i’m going to make sure this year goes by slowly..wish me luck on that one!
i hope everyone has a great day!
Questions for ya!: What’s one yummy thing you’ve eaten recently?
Are you a fan of potluck dinners?
so let’s see where we left off
if you missed part 1 here it is!
Saturday morning I woke up around 7am (SO early for me I’m such a baby with sleep lol) and drove over to the hotel for breakfast!
the breakfast was sponsored by Wild Harvest and everything was delicious..they had banana nut muffins and fresh fruit
mini yogurt parfaits with pomegrante granola..so good!
COFFEE i loved how the milk and sugar station was set up! they also had stevia as a sweetner option which was pretty exciting!
i had some potato pepper hash, a maple turkey sausage, and a greek inspired egg bake..everything was delicious!
the crossfit trainers were very attractive which is always a plus 🙂 ..I tried taking a picture without being too sketchy so that’s why the picture is so blurry
the trainers taught us the proper way to do a squat and then we did a mini 5 minute AMRAP work out of 7 squats and 15 jumps (AMRAP just means as many reps as possible) ..it was only 5 minutes but it definitely got my heart rate up! and my quads are sore today from all those squats!
Brittany and I after the Crossfit work out!
after the work out we got a mini break and then began sessions!
the first session I went to was hosted by Gretchen
I learned a lot from this session on how to improve my photos! it was such a helpful session for me
I went to 3 other sessions throughout the day that were all really helpful and taught me a lot about blogging!
we broke for lunch around 12 which was a delicious buffet spread!
I loaded up my plate!
a delicious salad with goat cheese!! (they must of known I was coming..:) ), a tomato and avocado salad which was SO good, chicken, and a lentil chili which reminded me of an indian dish I’ve had that was so delicious!
i went back for some more lentils
with a piece of pita bread for dipping
Kelly also gave me a fitfluential tank top which I was SO excited about since I’m a fitfluential ambassador!
i want to wear it every single day
in the afternoon there was a keynote speaker from Wild Harvest who gave us great tips on improving recipes to make them more reader friendly and accessible
overall I took so much more from HLS than I ever could of imagined. I really hope I get to go next year as well because its such an amazing group of women and I left feeling so inspired and motivated to keep blogging
One important thing I took away from all the sessions I attended was to embrace the blogging community and to reach out to other bloggers as much as possible..it is such a supportive community and it is not about competition between blogs its about supporting everyone and meeting great friends along the way..or as they call them “blends” aka blogger friends 🙂
I don’t think blogging will be my life long passion although I admire those bloggers who are so passionate about it..but its something that I love to do and has really become a hobby for me
I’m such a people person and i loved finally being able to meet all the bloggers in real life who I felt like I already knew so much about from reading their blogs (sounds really creepy I know, but its so true!)
alright I wanted to take a break from packing to do the last part of my recap but I better get back to it
I still can’t believe i go back to school tomorrow..crazy how fast time goes by
I’ll report back when I’m in Delaware…eeek!
happy WIAW! thank’s again to Jenn for hosting!
side note..I leave for school in 5 DAYS. SAY WHATTT
i should probably start packing?
since I came back from Newport yesterday morning I stopped at my favorite coffee shop Annie D’s to get breakfast and coffee
of course I forgot to snap a picture but I got a delicious ham, egg and cheese on an english muffin..i normally get my beloved carrot raisin muffin but I resisted the temptation
took the Duke mister (which would be my golden retriever in case your confused lol) for another 2.7 mile run around Wellesley College
meet my new obsession.
yes this jar mayyy be $9.99 but it could be the best 10 dollars ever spent..i just can’t get over how good it is!! (my pre-work out fuel this morning was 3 spoonfuls of this..i felt a wee bit nautious but it was worth it)
so instead of just shoveling straight spoonfuls of this..I put it to good use yesterday and came up with a delicious smoothie!
Coconut Vanilla Almond Butter Smoothie
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1 tbsp vanilla almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp coconut extract (or coconut flour or butter could add in extra coconut flavor!)
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 drop stevia (optional for added sweetness)
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Instructions: place all ingredients in a blender and blend!
slurrrrped out of a guinness glass (cause who even likes guinness?! bleh)
topped with some leftover toasted coconut
we had a few people over from our gym for dinner so we had a nice small barbecue!
i made some of my grilled pineapple guac which was a hit!
my trainer Cheryl (who now reads my blog hi Cheryl! ) brought two delicious salads!
a pasta salad with spinach, tomatoes, olives, and thinly sliced squash
and a delicious arugula salad with watermelon and feta!
my mom and I made chicken kebobs with a homemade peach barbecue sauce
I loaded up my plate with a bit of everything
my mom also made really delicious watermelon sangria that i had a glass of
earlier in the day I cut up a bunch of fresh peaches, plums, and strawberries and drizzled them with agave nectar and about a tbsp of granulated sugar
I let the fruit sit covered in the fridge all day and then we served the fruit salad with some frozen yogurt
best summer dessert ever.
Late Night Snack
a couple handfuls of reduced fat white cheddar cheese its which I failed to take a picture of
not healthy whatsoever but i would have to say that cheese its and gold fish are my two “junkie food” obsessions..do NOT put one of those big boxes of goldfish in front of me..it will be bad news bears
this is why I don’t babysit children because i would probably just eat their goldfish all day long
and just another side note..not that i ever remember to snap a picture of everything i eat every day but I did a really bad job of taking a picture of everything I ate yesterday..woopsies..maybe next time!
i hope everyone has a great day!
Question for ya!: What is your favorite “junkie food” snack?
hands down cheese its and goldfish..this is why I try not to ever buy these at schools! but everything is okay in moderation i think!
first off..how is it already August?! is it just me or did the month of July FLY by?
this month’s WIAW theme is all about summer staples which for me means lots of fresh produce, big salads, cold smoothies, and grilled food!
summer is my favorite season because of the food! there is nothing better than a tomato from my grandparents garden, or a large ice cream cone in the summer heat
pre-work out yesterday morning was a banana and ice coffee
it’s really sad how i literally can’t function without coffee in the morning
after an hour weights mixed with high intensity cardio at my gym it was breakfast time!
a loaded egg white no-so omelet since it all broke apart in the pan
in the mix
- sauteed mushrooms
- leftover roasted sweet potatoes
- pesto (LOVE pesto in the summertime)
- american cheese (yes i’m weird and LOVE american cheese with my eggs)..goat cheese is still number one though don’t get it twisted
eaten alongside a bowl of fresh berries
my mom jokes that when i go away to school she saves so much money on groceries because she isan’t buying as many berries! I have always been known as the berry queen i can down them like there’s no tomorrow
even though I like salads all year round, summer salad combos are always the best
especially my salad for lunch yesterday!
this was AMAZING:
in the mix
- grilled chicken
- mixed greens
- the juiciest peach EVER
- goat cheese
- balsamic vinagrette
- a few pistachio nuts
i could eat this for lunch EVERY SINGLE DAY.
another amazing salad combo I had recently was my dinner the other night before work
in the mix
- mixed greens
- leftover corn
- roasted sweet potatoes
- pesto green beans
- goat cheese
- a piece of crumbled bacon
lets get a close up pic shall we?
SO FREAKING GOOD AHHHH.
great salad combos are da bomb
the other day at the store I bought laughing cow veggie cream cheese and tested it out today on a rice cake for snack
i really liked it! paired with some cherries it was a great little snack!
part one of dinner was a protein smoothie on my way to work last night
i came downstairs and realized there were no bananas left..no bananas for my smoothie?! it was devastating.
so i settled for some blueberries instead..but it was NOT the same
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 heaping tbsp peanut butter
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- pinch of cinnamon
drank in my tumbler on the way to work
part 2 of dinner was a cliff bar eaten at work
I was reallllly hungry when I go home from work around 11 so I made myself a hefty bowl of cereal. just trader joes oatmeal flakes with blueberries, raspberries, banana and almond milk
GO TEAM USA FOR WINNING COLD IN TEAM ALL AROUND
i hope everyone has a great day!