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May 172017
 

Hi friends! How is your week going? Mine is another busy one, and I don’t see things slowing down until after the wedding. Oh well, I’m just trying to enjoy this “fun” time while it lasts!

I have a bunch of random thoughts floating around in my head today, so I thought I’d share them with you now, as well as talk about some of the food I’ve been eating lately (in sort of a WIAW style). Ready? Here we go!

Breakfasts during the week have been one of two things: cottage cheese with fruit…

…or some type of protein bar. Lately, I’ve really been enjoying RXBars and Think Thin bars. They’re easy to grab on the go and taste good too!

Lunches have mostly been salads made with Dole salad kits! I know I talked about these a little while ago, but what I’ve been doing is buying a Dole salad kit (I like the Asian sesame or the poppyseed ones) and then, since each kit has three servings, I’ve been dividing up the dressing, toppings, and veggies into thirds. I put the salad dressing into little tupperware containers and the crunchy toppings into little Ziploc baggies, which makes everything easy to grab when I’m making my lunch. This salad below (which was huge!) had mixed greens, veggies and toppings from the Dole salad kit, feta cheese, and two hardboiled eggs. It was delicious!

When I’m not packing a salad I’ll usually have leftovers from dinner or a salad from SweetGreen, my favorite!

Speaking of dinners, we’re still using our grill a ton!

We’re using it for everything from burgers to chicken to veggies, and it has been so wonderful. Especially with all the wedding planning that’s been happening in the evenings, it’s been nice to have a quick and easy (and delicious!) way to get dinner on the plate.

While we’re talking about food, I wanted to quickly tell you guys about the snack box I received from SnackNation, a website that allows you to order a box of snacks based on a specific food profile.

So, for example, if I wanted snacks that are high protein and low carb, I could use the search filter and order a box of snacks that fit those exact needs! The company was kind enough to send me a box, and I can’t wait to dig into all the goodies.

Thank you, SnackNation! You can also get your own snack box for 20% off with the code SNACKBOX20 at checkout. Enjoy!

And since we’re talking about random deliveries I’ve received lately, check out this awesome map art of Washington, D.C. I got from the kind people at Modern Map Art!

This beautiful map includes areas of Virginia, D.C., and Maryland, and Fabio and I had fun pointing out all of the places where we’ve lived.

I can’t wait to get this one framed! I definitely recommend Modern Map Art for anyone who’s looking for a custom piece of art to represent your city. They have a ton of other cities too! Thank you, Modern Map Art!

Ok, and now, what I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for – the best trick you could ever teach your dog. 😉 I know I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but we have an issue in our house with spider crickets. There’s not a lot of them, but every once in a while I will stumble upon one and it totally catches me off guard/grosses me out.

Then a while back, Fabio trained Jack to kill spider crickets, and it has pretty much solved our problem! Yes, some mornings I will come downstairs and see something on the carpet, only to realize it’s a dead one (I guess we need to train him to put them somewhere after he kills them?) but I’d much rather have that than a live one.

Earlier this week I turned on the light in the kitchen to do some dishes, and a spider cricket/spider/some kind of bug crawled quickly across the counter and jumped onto the floor. I screamed (naturally), and Jack came running into the kitchen to see what was wrong. He instantly saw the bug on the floor, killed it for me, and then waited for his treat. YES! This dog is the best. Haha!

Question of the day: If you have a pet, what’s their coolest trick? If you don’t, what would you want to train a pet to do?

 Posted by on May 17, 2017
Apr 262017
 

Hi friends! It’s been ages since I’ve posted  What I Ate Wednesday post – essentially a post where I talk about all the things I ate in a day – and I recently decided I miss posting about the random food I’m eating. So today I’m bringing it back! Here’s a look at everything I ate (and my workout) from Tuesday.

My morning started bright and early (dark and early? It was rainy and gross out) with a 7:00 a.m. class at FlyWheel in Dupont. Fabio joined me, which is always a welcome treat. We had a new-to-us instructor named Laura, and we both agreed we loved her music! It was a great class, as usual. Here’s a post-class, sweaty, car selfie for ya. 🙂

Here’s a post-class, sweaty, car selfie for ya. 🙂

When I made it into work around 9:00 a.m., I dug into breakfast! This consisted of fat-free cottage cheese, strawberries, and blueberries. I’ve been loving this breakfast lately! Question: where do you all land on the fat-free vs. full-fat debate? I go back and forth.

For lunch, I had a salad – which I’m sure surprises no one since I eat one almost every day. Lately though, I’ve been buying the Dole chopped salad kits (I especially like the sunflower seed one and the sesame Asian one) and mixing them in with my regular mixed greens throughout the week. It makes my salads a little more interesting! I’ve also been eating my salads with hardboiled eggs for protein lately instead of chicken. Yum!

At around 4:00 p.m., it was time for a snack: a Chobani flip with banana yogurt, slivered almonds, and chocolate chips. I’ve been eating a ton of yogurt lately (trying to get more protein in my diet), but this was my first time in a while buying the flips. This flavor was pretty good, but not as amazing as some of the peanut butter varieties I’ve tried. Those things are like candy!

Ever since Fabio and I made room for our small grill in our front yard, we’ve been grilling everything. For dinner, we enjoyed grilled flank steak and asparagus plus roasted sweet potatoes with a spicy curry rub.

This meal was a little savory, a little spicy, and a little sweet. Delicious!

Right before sitting down to write this post, I treated myself to a bowl of the low sugar ice cream I mentioned the other day, which again is just meh. I’m obviously still going to eat it though. I mean, there are cookie dough chunks in there! 😉

And that’s a wrap for my Tuesday! Overall, it was quite a delicious day of eating!

Question of the day: How often do you eat dessert?

I always want something sweet after dinner, but lately I have been pretty good about resisting temptation and only eating a dessert when it’s more of a special occasion. Not today though!

 Posted by on April 26, 2017
Aug 122015
 

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I wrote a What I Ate Wednesday post, but that’s partly because I’m such a creature of habit and really haven’t been switching up my meals that much. While I do like to vary my dinners (thank you, meal planning!) my breakfasts and lunches are pretty much the same every day. That being said, I still take a lot of pictures of my food, and as I was scrolling through pictures on my phone the other day I realized there are a bunch of food photos that never made it onto the blog. I thought today would be a good time to share them with you, since it is Wednesday and all!

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Today I’m linking up with Meghan from Clean Eats, Fast Feets who is subbing in for Jenn. Thanks for hosting the link up, Meghan!

Ok, let’s take a look at some of my recent eats!

Juice

Oh juice! Fabio and I actually stopped using our juicer for about two weeks due to too much travelling and not enough grocery shopping, and you know what happened? I got sick. Get this – ever since we started juicing back in January neither one of us got sick. I feel like I usually get some kind of cold in the winter or at least a stuffy nose, but this year I didn’t (at least not that I can remember…). I stayed healthy all winter and I really think having fresh juice with micro-nutrients to take care of my cells really made a difference. I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that a couple weeks after we stopped having fresh juice every morning I got really tired and wound up having a sore throat. Clearly I need to keep juice in my diet!

Now we are back on our juicing train and I am going to make it a priority to make juice from now on, even when life gets busy. I <3 fresh juice!

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This batch (which was almost gone by the time I remembered to take a picture – oops) had spinach, kale, a green apple, carrots, ginger, zucchini and half an orange. Yum!

Breakfasts

Most days my breakfast looks like this: a bowl of Life cereal with a little bit of Kashi Go Lean Crisp thrown in, plus 1% milk, slivered almonds, and a banana. Recently it’s been eaten while catching up on Women’s Health magazine. 😉

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It’s such a good breakfast and although I enjoy eating it every day, I’ve been eating some other stuff too! One day a couple of weeks ago I enjoyed a piece of toast with Laughing Cow cheese and a fried egg on top. I can’t remember why it came out looking like this – maybe I was trying to make it partially scrambled? Who knows. I remember it was delicious though!

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Speaking of eggs, I’ve had some hard-boiled ones lately too! Although I take most of my fitness classes at 6:00 am and have time to eat breakfast at home, some mornings I take a 7:00 am class and then wind up eating breakfast at work. For these days, I usually throw a banana into my bag (we almost always have bananas) and then pick up two hard-boiled eggs from a little cafe/deli down the street from my office. The eggs are really cheap – usually about $1 for both – and I like that they’re still warm! I usually throw a little salt and pepper on top and apologize to my coworkers about the smell before digging in. 🙂 Another great breakfast!

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Ok so this one is not a typical breakfast for me at all, but it was delicious so I had to share. I think I mentioned that during CC and Steve’s wedding my stepdad and uncle David tag-teamed making breakfast for the group, and this is what they came up with on the second day (all made from scratch!): home fries, poached eggs, bacon, and cinnamon raisin French toast. SO good! What a fun breakfast.

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Lunch

Like my breakfasts, my lunch doesn’t change a whole lot. Usually I have a huge salad with lots of greens plus some mix of quinoa or rice/chicken/carrots/other veggies/feta/Craisins/avocado or nuts with a homemade dressing (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and sometimes some hummus if we have it).

While it’s delicious and nutritious, I try to mix things up a bit too! I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but there’s a little cafe across the street from my office (not the one where I buy the eggs, but it’s similar) where they sell the most delicious chicken Caesar salad wrap. The chicken is warm, the croutons are crunchy, and there is always just enough dressing to make every bite taste great without the wrap being drenched in sauce. So good! The guy there knows my name and puts my order in before I even get to the front of the line because I get the same thing every time I go there. Haha! I’d say I get one of these wraps about once every two weeks, and I try to enjoy them outside in my office’s courtyard whenever I can. 🙂

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When I’m not eating salads or those wraps for lunch, I’m usually having leftovers from dinner (I’d say that happens about once or twice a week too). Nothin’ wrong with a little leftovers!

Dinner

Woohoo! My favorite meal of the day – dinner. The other day I came home from work, changed into PJs, turned on some tunes, poured a glass of wine, and started making dinner. I guess I had a ridiculously big smile on my face because Fabio commented on how happy I get when I’m in the kitchen making dinner. What can I say? I like being in the kitchen! I know some people don’t like spending time in the kitchen but I just get so much joy out of experimenting with a new recipe and making something healthy and delicious for us to eat.

The other day I made this pork tenderloin with Thai peanut sauce and cilantro and served it on a bed of sauteed kale and cauliflower “fried rice” and it was SO good.

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The sauce was really flavorful and I loved how it paired with the cauliflower and kale. The cilantro on top gave everything a really fresh taste, and Fabio and I both gobbled this meal right up! We will definitely be having this again.

As much as I enjoy being in the kitchen, there’s something to be said for quick meals too. I made these chicken salad lettuce wraps a while back, only I used half an avocado in place of the mayo and used grilled corn instead of Craisins. They were delicious! Next time I would add a little something crunchy to the mix because it was just a little too mushy for me (you know I’m a texture freak) but everything else was spot on!

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Fabio and I are also pretty good at tag-teaming dinner, and last night he cooked up some delicious steaks while I made guacamole and turned some corn tortillas into crispy tostadas. We topped our tostadas with the steak, guacamole, cheddar cheese, and sweet and spicy mango salsa, and we both raved about how delicious everything was. I wound up having another one and was very full after. Oof.

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And there you have it – just a peek at some of my meals lately. Although I’m definitely still sticking to my usual favorites, I’m happy that we are adding some new options to the rotation!

Question of the day: What was the last meal you cooked?

 Posted by on August 12, 2015
Jul 082015
 

Hello there, and happy hump day! Is it the weekend yet? No? Oh well, then I guess we might as well talk about what I’ve been eating in a What I Ate Wednesday post. Not as exciting as the weekend, but still pretty fun in its own way. I for one always like seeing what other people are eating, so hopefully you do too!

Today I’m linking up with Laura from Sprint 2 the Table. Thanks for hosting, Laura!

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Let’s take a look at my Monday, shall we?

Workout

My Monday began bright an early with a 6:00 am class at Wired Cycling. I know I’ve been talking about this place a lot lately, but that’s because I love it so much!

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Monday’s class was a small group, but Jay, our instructor, did a great job of pushing us out of our comfort zone and pumping us up anyway. As usual, seeing my name ranked on the screen pushed me to pedal faster and faster, and I love that my competitive nature allows me to get a killer workout. I left dripping in sweat, once again!

I also like that Wired emails you your stats after class. I was surprised to see I biked 10.16 miles!

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Great workout.

Breakfast #1

As soon as I got home, I drank a glass of fresh juice for my first “breakfast” of the day. This batch included tons of mixed greens (spinach and some kale mix Fabio picked up at the store), parsley (we had some that was wilting in the fridge), lemon, ginger, cucumber, green apples, celery, orange beets (so pretty!), and carrots. It wasn’t my favorite batch ever, but I still drank it all up.

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Gotta’ get those nutrients in! (Jack is clearly NOT interested haha!)

Breakfast #2

Once I had showered, I dug into a bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crisp cereal with slivered almonds, blueberries, and 1% milk. The blueberries were a nice summery addition to this breakfast that I’ve been enjoying nearly every day.

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Quick tangent: Although I know some people prefer to eat breakfast at work (um, almost all of my coworkers) I absolutely love eating breakfast at home. I wear a big fluffy bathrobe while I eat since I have almost always just gotten out of the shower, and I let my hair air dry a bit while I eat my breakfast and watch the Today Show. Jack is usually hovering around waiting to drink the rest of the milk from my bowl. It’s definitely a happy moment in my day, and I wouldn’t trade it for a couple more minutes of sleep or a hasty breakfast at my desk. 🙂 How about you?

Lunch

Like every day, I started getting hungry for lunch around 12:00, and by 12:15 I was digging into a delicious salad made with the same mixed greens as my juice (kale and spinach plus some other type of greens), carrots, feta cheese, Craisins, grilled corn, and curried chicken salad. My aunt CC actually sent the chicken salad home with us after our fun weekend in Otis, and it was such a delicious addition to my salad. I didn’t even need any dressing since the chicken salad was so creamy. Yum!
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After eating my salad, I enjoyed a couple of tart cherries. Summer produce is just the best!

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Snack

Like clockwork, I was ready for my afternoon snack at 3:30 pm (seriously, I am SUCH a creature of habit). I dug into a delicious and incredibly juicy nectarine, that was also courtesy of CC.

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It was really delicious and really messy. I wound up using about three paper towels and still had to wash my hands and forearms after eating it. Sheesh! So good though.

Dinner

For dinner I made a new-to-us recipe, Zucchini Corn and Quinoa Bowls with Grilled Chicken and Lemon from Cooking Classy.

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This meal turned out SO well and I am definitely going to add this into my regular rotation! I loved the sweetness from the corn combined with the salty feta and tangy lemon. I wound up cutting the recipe in half, and we still had a ton of leftovers which I’ve been adding to my salads all week. We wound up using rotisserie chicken to save time, so it was really easy too! Two big thumbs up for that recipe.

Fabio and I enjoyed our dinner while watching the season finale of Orange is the New Black. I thought the last episode was so well done, and now I’m sad that I have to wait a year to find out what happens next. Boo.

Questions of the day: Did you watch Orange is the New Black? What did you think? Do you eat breakfast at home or at work?

 Posted by on July 8, 2015
Jun 242015
 

Hey, hey, it’s hump day! Thankfully my week is going pretty quickly because this girl is already counting down to the weekend. Anyone else?

Today I thought I’d get back into the What I Ate Wednesday action, especially after such an extravagant weekend filled with too much booze and fried foods. I think getting right back on track after too much indulging is really important, so here’s how I did it.

Thanks to Jenn for hosting the linkup! (Is she still hosting these by the way? I’ve been having trouble finding it…)

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Here’s a look at what I ate (and how I exercised) yesterday!

Workout

My Tuesday began with a 6:00 am CrossFit class with Anne at CrossFit Key Bridge. (Psst…read my full review of CrossFit Key Bridge here.) This was my third time at CrossFit Key Bridge, and after mentioning it to Anne a couple of weeks ago we decided to check it out together. We always have fun exploring new classes together, so this was a great way to start the day! This CrossFit box is also on ClassPass, so it was pretty much a win-win.

After completing a quick but challenging warm-up and a few mobility/technique exercises, it was time for our workout of the day (WOD): as many rounds of possible of 8 squat cleans, 200 meter run, 12 burpees, and 2 mins of rest. The timer was set for 26 minutes (if I’m remembering correctly…) and then we were off!

This was my first time doing cleans, and I had a really hard time getting my elbows to point up. Also my shoulders feel a little bruised today from trying to rest the bar on them. To the regular CrossFitters out there: is this normal?

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The 200 meter run at this CrossFit box is especially nice because, as I mentioned before, the route they have you run is right along the canal in Georgetown. Running along the water first thing in the morning just makes me so happy!

Then it was burpee time, followed by two minutes of rest.

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Mid-burpee! This is a cute angle, no? 😉

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Overall I finished 4.5 rounds, and left feeling nice and sweaty. Phew!

Breakfast #1

As soon as I got home from CrossFit, I drank a glass of green juice made with cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger, baby kale (from Whole Foods), power greens (from Costco), green apples, and strawberries. It was delicious! (This is actually a recycled photo, but you get the idea.)

Breakfast #2

After showering and getting ready for the day I dug into a bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crunch with 1% milk, slivered almonds, and a banana. I’m still loving this combo!

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Lunch

For lunch I had the most delicious salad made with more power greens and baby kale, plus grilled chicken, feta cheese, sliced carrots, strawberries, slivered almonds and avocado. Plus a homemade dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Yum!
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I’ve found that strawberries just taste so delicious right now, and I’ve been enjoying them multiple times a day. Plus with the avocado and feta? So good!

Dinner

For dinner I whipped out one of my favorite go-to recipes, peanut crusted orange salmon. This salmon is quickly marinaded in the juice of a fresh orange before it’s dredged in a mixture of roasted peanuts, panko bread crumbs, fresh parsley, garlic, and orange zest. It’s a great recipe! I served it on a bed of quinoa that was similarly flavored with parsley and orange zest, and it was pretty darn delicious if I do say so myself.

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Even Fabio gobbled it up and he “hates” fish!

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After dinner I snacked on a few more strawberries, because I can’t get enough right now. Yum!

Giveaway winners

And now before I hop off, I wanted to announce the winners of the Clean Bottle Giveaway I held last week! The winners are:

  • vangiek17
  • Kelly
  • Maggie
  • Amy

I emailed all of the winners this morning to let them know they were selected. Thank you to everyone who entered!

Question of the day: What’s your favorite summer produce?

 Posted by on June 24, 2015
Jun 172015
 

Hey there! Happy hump day! It’s been a while since I’ve written a What I ate Wednesday post, and since I always enjoy seeing what other people are eating I thought today would be a good day to bring it back. Thanks to Jenn for hosting the linkup as always!

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Here’s a look at what I ate yesterday.

Breakfast #1

Yesterday’s workout took place during my lunch break (more details on that further down in the post!) so that meant I got to sleep in until almost 7:00. It was amazing! After taking Jack for a nice walk, I came inside to enjoy my first breakfast of the day: a glass of fresh juice made with beets, carrots, power greens (from Costco), cucumber, celery, green apples, and ginger.

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It was another delicious batch! While we’re on the subject of juicing, I’m planning to write a follow up post about our juicing process since it’s been a while since I’ve talked about it. If you have any questions about juicing please let me know in the comments section below so I can address them in my upcoming post!

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Once I was showered and was ready for the day, I dug into breakfast number two: a bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crisp cereal with 1% milk and a banana.

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I picked up this cereal last time I was at Costco and I am loving it! The 9g of protein and 8g of fiber do a great job of keeping me full, and I like that it’s not as tooth-breakingly crunchy as Kashi Go Lean Crunch, which I’ve tried in the past and wound up using more as a granola than cereal.

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I’ve also made the switch from skim milk to 1% after lots of encouragement from you guys! I tried switching to 2% a couple of weeks ago, but I’m just not ready for it yet (it was a little too thick for my taste, which is crazy since I used to love whole milk as a kid! It’s amazing how your tastes and preferences change over time.) Anyway, I’m trying to embrace the fuller fats, and it’s going pretty well so far.

Lunch

Yesterday’s lunch was another delicious salad! I’ve been packing these salads for my lunch for quite a while now, and I’ve noticed that as long as I switch up the mix-ins every now and again I really don’t get tired of them. Yesterday’s salad included more power greens, spinach, shredded carrots, quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, chicken, Craisins, slivered almonds, and feta cheese. Lots of feta cheese. 😀 Plus a homemade dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper.

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Workout

My office building recently opened a gym for tenants, and yesterday I joined a few of my coworkers for a lunchtime workout! We headed down to the gym around 1:00 pm and spent a little less than an hour getting our sweat on. It was great!

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My workout began with 10 minutes on the elliptical with a pretty high resistance (man, it’s been years since I’ve been on an elliptical!) and then I completed a workout from the Nike Training Club app. The Nike workout was 15 minutes and had me completing a good variety of moves from alternating jump lunges to plank jacks to staggered push ups. Phew. It was tough!

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I finished up my workout with some tricep, shoulder, and bicep lifts with the free weights, and then changed back into my work clothes and got back to work.

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For those of you who workout during your office lunch breaks, do you usually shower after? I’m lucky that this gym does have a shower, and I’m thinking about bringing some shower supplies to keep in a drawer at my desk to rinse off after workouts. Then again I’ve heard pretty good things about these “On the Go Towels” athletic cleansing wipes, so maybe I’ll invest in those instead? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Snack

As usual, I got hungry around 3:30 pm and enjoyed a sliced apple with a mug of green tea. In addition to my everyday snack, I ate a dark chocolate chunk Kind bar since the lunchtime workout made me a little extra hungry.

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It was delicious!

Dinner

After work I was really craving a margarita, but when I got home I dove right into unpacking the last few boxes leftover from our move instead. I wound up getting pretty distracted by this task (I think we only have one small box of random stuff left to unpack now!) and by the time I was done I was ready to skip the marg and move right to dinner. I’ve found that sometimes when I’m craving something it’s actually just boredom, and I can kill the craving by distracting myself with another task. Does that happen to anyone else?

On the menu for dinner was a perfectly cooked steak (courtesy of chef Fabio) and some sauteed spinach and sweet potato fries (courtesy of yours truly).

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So funny story about those sweet potatoes: I accidentally bought Japanese sweet potatoes from the store last week thinking they were the same as regular sweet potatoes. It turns out they are a bizarre mix of a regular potato and a sweet potato; they’re not really sweet but not really savory, and while the outside looks just like a sweet potato they are white on the inside like a regular potato. So strange! While they tasted ok, I don’t think we’ll wind up buying them again. Lesson learned.

Dessert

Before bed I was craving a little somethin’ somethin’ (just bored? maybe?) so I headed to the kitchen for a heaping spoonful of peanut butter with chocolate chips. It did the trick!

IMG_2740I love Jack’s face in this picture, since he is clearly begging for a bite. While I didn’t let him have any chocolate, I may or may not have let him lick the last dregs of peanut butter off my spoon. 😉 Who can say no to that face?!

Question of the day: What’s the weirdest produce you ever bought? Did you like it?

One time I was sent a pattypan squash in a community produce share, and I wound up making some awesome chocolate bread with it! (<– super old post, btw.)

 Posted by on June 17, 2015
May 202015
 

Hi friends! Happy hump day. 🙂 It’s been a while since I’ve checked in with a What I Ate Wednesday post, and I also want to tell you about a fun baseball game I went to last night, so let’s get to it! I’m linking up with Jenn and Arman for WIAW. Thanks for hosting guys!

Here’s a look at my Monday!

Workout

As usual, my Monday morning began with a workout! I can’t remember if I mentioned this or not, but Fabio has decided to join ClassPass! He’s not sure how long he’s going to stick with it, but after seeing how much I love it he decided to sign up to get in better shape before our trip to Jamaica next week. It’s been so fun having him come with me to various classes like spin and Urban Athletic Club, and on Monday I dragged him to his first yoga class!

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We wound up going to CorePower Yoga’s Sculpt class, which has definitely become one of my favorites in the last couple of months. The class is hot (but not as hot as bikram) and incorporates weights and a bit of cardio to really get your heart rate up. At the end of class Fabio and I were both sweaty messes, and he said, “So this is what you feel like every morning?” Haha. Yep! 😀

Breakfast #1

When we got home we both enjoyed a glass of fresh juice made with beets, carrots, celery, an apple, kale, cucumber and ginger.

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It was another great batch – sweet but not too sweet!

Breakfast #2

Once I showered, I dug into my second breakfast: a bowl of Kellogg’s Crispix cereal (not my favorite but we have a big box to use up) with 1% milk, a banana, and slivered almonds.

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A while back I posted about how I was thinking of switching from skim milk to a more full-fat version of milk, and a bunch of you agreed that I should. Thanks for your input! I also talked with my favorite registered dietician friend, Anne, who told me that in addition to ditching the skim milk I should also add some healthy fats to my breakfast, like slivered almonds. I wound up picking up a bunch from the bulk bins at Whole Foods, and so far I’ve been loving this addition to my cereal! Yum! Thanks, Anne!

Lunch

A few hours later I dug into my lunch which included a gigantic salad made with mixed greens, carrots, Craisins, feta, quinoa, and turkey. I actually forgot to bring dressing on Monday, so I wound up using some fat free/calorie free chipotle ranch that I found in the fridge at work (my office is mostly women, and we have a bunch of communal salad dressings in our fridge). I’m sure there were a bunch of preservatives/weird chemicals in this dressing, but it was pretty tasty and it worked in a pinch!

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Snack

To be honest these salads really keep me full (I think it’s the quinoa) but at around 4:00 I was craving a little something sweet so I dug into an apple I brought. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: having an apple slicer in my desk drawer is the best thing ever!

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Dinner

Fabio and I wound up running a bunch of errands on Monday to get ready for our upcoming trip (including getting his groomsman’s suit and my bridesmaid’s dress tailored for the wedding – eek!) so by the time we returned home at around 7:30 we were more than ready to eat! I wound up making this peanut crusted salmon from Better Homes & Gardens, and it was a winner!

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The recipe was really easy to pull together, and along with the salmon I cooked up some plain quinoa and steamed broccoli.

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It was delicious!

Dessert

After dinner Fabio and I each had a cake pop from Sunday’s Lamb Jam DC (I know – I sill owe you guys details!).

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How cute it is this?! While we munched on our delicious cake pops, we watched Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones that we had missed. Delicious cake pop + Game of Thrones = awesome Monday night!

Yankees vs. Nationals

While we are catching up, I also want to tell you about the fun baseball game I went to last night! We wound up joining our friends Lauren and Alex for the Yankees vs. Nationals baseball game!

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We started off the evening at the Bullpen, a really fun outdoor bar where we all like to hang out before the game. (Did they rename it to Fairgrounds?) It was packed, but it was a gorgeous evening for a baseball game so we didn’t mind.

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Of course we had to stop by the pitching booth where you pitch a baseball at a giant mat and they tell you how fast you threw it (Fabio makes us stop here every time, haha).

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He wound up throwing around 72 miles per hour, which is pretty fast! Go Fabio! 🙂

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Then it was game time! We had pretty good seats and it was a beautiful night to be outside, so I was quite the happy camper.

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Truthfully I had a hard time deciding who to cheer for! The Nationals are a relatively new team, so growing up in this area I didn’t have a home team to root for (except the Orioles, but Baltimore teams are not my thing). Then in college I met Fabio, who had season tickets to the Yankees and took me to a ton of games in New York (I actually knew the 2009 Yankee lineup pretty well!). Now that we’re in DC, he obviously doesn’t have season tickets to Yankee games anymore, and we now attend a lot more Nationals games. The Nationals are my home team, but I liked the Yankees first! What to do?! I wound up clapping/cheering for both teams which I’m pretty sure annoyed just about everyone else around me, but I didn’t mind. Whatever works, right? I also wore a blue and white dress (with no red), so show my support for both teams. 🙂

The Nationals wound up winning with a home run in the 11th inning, which I was happy about because at that point is was way past my bedtime. Phew!

What a fun night though!

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Question of the day:  Do you like baseball? If so, what team do you root for?

 Posted by on May 20, 2015
Apr 292015
 

Hi friends! Today I’m coming at you with a fun What I Ate Wednesday post featuring a menu tasting at La Sandia!

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Before we get to that though, let’s back up to my morning workout and breakfast. Here’s a look at my Monday!

Linking up with Jenn for the WIAW party!

Workout

My Monday morning kicked off with a 6:00 am barre class at Barre3 in Georgetown. Since I was recovering from a fun wedding weekend I seriously considered skipping the class in favor of getting some more sleep, but I knew once I got moving I would feel better.

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I was right! I’m so glad I went. This was another great class with Alex, and she had us doing all sorts of challenging moves that had my legs shaking and quaking. Phew! It was tough!

Breakfast #1

Once I got home, I drank a glass of fresh juice made with pineapple, cucumber, celery, ginger, lemon, and mixed greens.

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It hit the spot!

Breakfast #2

After my shower, I dug into a bowl of Kellogg’s Crispix cereal with some raisins tossed in. After my post last week about skim milk, a few of you agreed that it’s better to switch to milk that has more fat, so as soon as this gallon is finished I’m planning to make the switch to 1% (then 2%, and maybe whole milk, but I feel like it will take a while for me to get used to that!).

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Snack

Unfortunately the Crispix cereal is really not doing it for me these days; there’s just enough protein or fiber in it to keep me full! I probably won’t be buying it again. 🙁

At about 10:30 my stomach started grumbling and I knew I was a long way off from lunch, so I munched on a small bag of pretzels leftover from my flight on Southwest over the weekend.

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This was just enough to take the edge off my hunger.

Lunch

Soon enough it was time for lunch, and I dug into a gigantic salad full of mixed greens, broccoli slaw, curried quinoa, chicken, feta, and craisins. I topped it off with a homemade dressing made from olive oil, balsamic vinegar, spicy mustard, salt and pepper. Yum!

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I just love how good I feel after eating a salad like this – full but not uncomfortable! Plus knowing I got a lot of good nutrients in makes me happy. 🙂

Dinner

After work, Fabio and I headed over to Tyson’s Corner for a fun menu tasting at La Sandia!

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La Sandia is a Mexican restaurant located right inside the mall at Tyson’s Corner. La Sandia is owned by the same people who run Zengo, El Centro, and Masa 14 (among others in the US) so we knew it was going to be delicious. La Sandia is launching a few new menu items for spring, and they invited me to bring a guest and come try out the dishes. So fun!

The event was described as being a “patio party,” and although I was expecting the patio at La Sandia to be outside, I wasn’t too disappointed to see that it was actually a patio inside the mall since it was drizzly and cold on Monday.

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The space was very bright and open, and it had a pretty fun vibe considering we were still in the mall.

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Each party guest was given one free drink coupon, one voting card, and one coupon to come back and try the winning dish for free.

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We redeemed our drink coupons right away, and were treated to two delicious cucumber margaritas with a spicy salt rim. These were amazing! I’m going to ask bartender Fabio to try to recreate these (especially the spicy salt rim) at home!

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So good!

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Then we munched on some tasty chips and salsa while we waited for the dishes to come out.

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Each dish was passed around to the guests to try in small portions, which seemed to work well.

First up was a shrimp quesadilla topped with chipotle aioli. This was really tasty, and I especially liked the little bites of sweet corn and onion throughout the quesadilla.

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Next we tried a sweet plantain empanada topped with a black bean puree, queso fesco, and slivered almonds. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know I’m a huge fan of plantains, so I loved this dish! It was sweet from the plantain but still ultimately a savory dish. Apparently the empanada dough was also made with plantains, which I thought was really cool.

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After that we tried the braised beef flautas which were served in a crispy tortilla with some delicious sauce on top. These were amazing, and the beef was cooked perfectly. I couldn’t get enough of these!

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Then we had the three bean salad, which was made with cannellini, garbanzo and red beans, plus roasted tomatoes and a Mexican ricotta-style cheese. I liked this dish, but I thought the others had a lot more flavor.

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By this point we had finished our drinks (who am I kidding, I downed that thing in five minutes!) and the manager brought us over one of their signature blood orange cocktails to try. This was another delicious one!

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Finally the last dish of the evening came out, which was the churros with a caramel chocolate sauce.

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I took one bite of these and practically swooned on the patio. They were hot and crispy on the outside, and soft and doughy on the inside. The dipping sauce was fantastic too! I wound up eating two of these, but easily could have polished off a third.

After the churros were demolished, it was time to vote!

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I wound up ranking the beef flautas first and the churros second, but I added a note saying it was a tie because it was really hard to compare and entree and a dessert. Then I ranked the empanadas third, the quesadilla fourth, and the bean salad fifth. Really I loved everything that we ate, and had a very hard time choosing!

Overall it was such a fun evening, and I am so thankful to the folks at La Sandia for inviting me to take part in this fun event. I can’t wait to go back and redeem my coupon for the winning dish!

Question of the day: What’s your favorite Mexican dish?

 Posted by on April 29, 2015
Apr 222015
 

Hi friends! Happy hump day!

It’s been forever since I’ve written a day in the life post, and I always enjoy reading them on other people’s blogs, so let’s take a look at my Monday day-in-the-life style, shall we?

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Linking up with Jenn and Meghan for What I Ate Wednesday too. 🙂 Thanks for hosting, ladies!

5:05 am – First alarm goes off. Snooze!

5:10 am – Second alarm goes off. Snooze one more time.

5:15 am – Ok, time to get up. Jack knows when I’m done snoozing, and instantly comes into the bedroom to tell me good morning. I use the bathroom, brush my teeth, and put on my workout gear I laid out the night before.

5:30 am – Take Jack for a walk. It’s raining, so I get wet and he gets muddy. I listen to a “How Stuff Works” podcast on the Paleo diet (read my podcast recommendations here) and learn that skim milk is very processed and not that good for you. Interesting, but not very helpful as I have a huge jug of skim milk in my fridge from Costco that needs to be used up. Womp womp. Maybe I’ll stop buying skim milk? What about all those extra calories in whole milk – worth it or not? I ponder all this while we walk.

5:42 am – Quickly towel off and feed Jack, pour water into my water bottle, and hit the road. It’s time for yoga!

5:56 am – Arrive at CorePower yoga in Georgetown, and have a terrible time parallel parking. (This is why I always make Fabio drive.) Run inside and check in, grab my weights, and roll out my mat. Once my mat is rolled out it’s 5:59 and the instructor gets started right away. Phew. Perfect timing.

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7:01 am – Come out of savasana feeling great. This Sculpt class was really tough, and our instructor had us doing burpees, jumping jacks, and tuck jumps in the midst of our yoga practice (not that I could fully do all the high impact moves since I’m still recovering from foot surgery, but I did as much as I could). Head home looking sweaty and red. Awesome workout.

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7:15 am – Arrive home (later than I would have liked – now I’ll have to rush) and chug a glass of fresh juice made with beets, pineapple, celery, cucumber, lemon, apple, and ginger. Yum. Quickly hop in the shower.

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7:35 am – Eat a quick breakfast of Crispix cereal, Special K cereal, and a banana in skim milk while I let my hair air dry. Remember the podcast about the skim milk. Ugh.

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7:50 am – Time to leave for work! Didn’t have time to try my hair – whoops! Say goodbye to Fabio (who is still sleeping) and Jack (who is looking for squirrels out the window) and walk over to the metro. Say good morning to the woman handing out the newspapers. Wonder where Vladamir, the trash guy that I usually say hi to, is today. Get on the train like I do every morning. Get excited when there’s a seat. Read my kindle and think about how much better my commute is going to be when we move to DC.

8:50 am – Arrive at work! It’s my turn to work on our organization’s weekly newsletter (my manager and I switch off weeks) so I work on that all morning. I send it off to my manager for review at 12:30, and then catch up on emails and other assignments.

1:45 pm – My manager and I have a working lunch date, so we take our notebooks and papers outside to the little deli across the street (it’s stopped raining, thank goodness). We both order the chicken Caesar salad wrap because it’s DELICIOUS. I love that the chicken is hot, the lettuce is cold, and the crutons in the wrap are crunchy. Perfection!
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Old, recycled photo, but you get the idea.

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Yum!
3:00 pm – Finally make it back into the office (we wound up covering a lot of ground during our lunch meeting) and spend the rest of the afternoon preparing to ship materials to an upcoming conference. The materials include BMI wheels and posters about the importance of treating obesity, and will be given away for free to doctors at the conference. Even though getting them ready to go out is not my favorite task, I love what we’re doing. Being able to help doctors treat obesity is great! No snack today because I’m too busy.

4:45 pm – Time to go home! When I get outside I call Fabio, and we decide to meet at the dog park since it’s a nice afternoon. I spend another hour reading my kindle on the metro, and then get out at the Clarendon stop and walk over to the park. Jack runs right over to me when I get there, making me feel like a proud mom. 🙂

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6:45 pm – Arrive home and get dinner started. While the chicken is in the oven, I spend some time working on the blog and getting posts ready for the week. I take a little longer than usual, and Fabio whines that he’s hungry. Oops. Better get on with the cooking.

7:45 pm – Sit down to eat! Tonight’s dinner is oven “fried” chicken with curried quinoa and broccoli.

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It’s delicious and Fabio and I both have no problem clearing our plates. While we eat, we watch the Game of Thrones episode that we missed on Sunday. So freakin’ good.

It’s thunder-storming out, which makes everything super cozy.

9:00 pm – Fabio turns on a baseball game and I read my kindle a bit. I dig into the chocolate frog my family brought me back from Disney World, and am sad to see I got a Salazar Slytherin card inside. Seriously? Come on, no wants him!

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Bummer. Couldn’t I have gotten Nicholas Flamel or Viktor Krum or something??

10:15 pm – Head to the bedroom and lay out my workout gear for tomorrow (I’m taking another spin class at Revolve) and figure out what time I need to get up. Try to stay awake while reading. It doesn’t really work.

10:25 pm – Turn off my light and say goodnight to Fabio and Jack. Asleep in seconds.

Question of the day: What was the highlight of your Monday?

I’d have to say it was either my morning workout or my time at the dog park!

 Posted by on April 22, 2015
Apr 152015
 

Well, would you look at that. We made it to 100 What I Ate Wednesdays! Hooray! (It’s the little things.) 🙂

For today’s post, I thought we would take a look at my eats from yesterday! Since Fabio and I were in NYC all weekend, we didn’t have time for meal planning or grocery shopping on Sunday which, as you probably know, is one of my main tips for eating healthy and saving money during the week.

Today I’m going to show you that my life isn’t always perfect! I don’t always have a fully stocked kitchen with plenty of produce, and sometimes I have to spend a little more or eat a little less fresh. Today’s lunch for example, is a good old PB&J. Yep – at least we have bread!

Anyway, here’s a look at my eats from yesterday!

Breakfast

We are currently out of both milk and bananas (tragic) which means breakfasts this week have been a little lackluster. Luckily we still have some Greek yogurt, so yesterday’s meal featured a container of blueberry Chobani with some walnuts thrown in for healthy fat and crunch.
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Not the worst breakfast in the world considering the state of our refrigerator!

Lunch

Yesterday was dreary and wet outside, so I was dreading having to head across the street to pick up lunch. Luckily some of my coworkers were feeling the same way, so we ordered lunch from a delicious Greek place that delivers.

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I wound up ordering the “Big Greek” salad with succulent grilled shrimp, and I had no problem gobbling up every bite. The warm pita bread was especially delicious dunked in some of the garlicky salad dressing. Yum! Although my wallet hated this $12 lunch splurge, my tummy was happy!

Workout

After work, I met up with Anne for a class at our favorite yoga studio, Edge yoga.
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The class was really good, and I felt challenged in the best possible way. It felt so good to stretch!

I was even able to get into a headstand with some help from our awesome instructor, Mark. He helped me get into the position and then let go of me for a few seconds so I could practice holding myself up on my own. I think with a few more classes I should be able to get it down! I love how easy it is to measure your progression in yoga, compared to other classes. I definitely think I’m improving!

Dinner

After our yoga class, Anne and I popped over to SweetLeaf for a little dinner date. Apparently I was pretty hungry, because I totally forgot to snap a photo of my salad. Don’t worry though, I snagged this one about an hour later when I dug into the second half. 😉

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This salad was a make-your-own, to which I added mixed greens, chicken, black beans, corn, carrots, green beans, sundried tomatoes, salsa, and cheddar cheese. There may have been a few other items in there I’m forgetting; it was totally random but really good.  I chose the balsamic dressing and a squeezed lemon per Anne’s suggestion, and it was delicious!

I also ate a piece of bread on the side, and finished my evening with a small handful of chocolate chips. 😉

Overall I’m happy that I wound up getting so many veggies into my diet yesterday considering we have almost none in our kitchen right now (even though it wound up costing me more than I like to spend on weekday meals – gulp). I have a feeling today will be a little less successful, but also a lot cheaper. I’m thinking I might make some soup for dinner since that uses mostly canned veggies, but we shall see!

At this point we are just going to continue winging it until we can get back to the store on Sunday, so it will be interesting to see what crazy meals we come up with!

Question of the day: What are your go-to foods when you haven’t been to the grocery store?

 Posted by on April 15, 2015