Happy Monday all! With the official kick-off to summer happening last week, I began thinking about a summer bucket list. Almost every season, I brainstorm fun (usually seasonal) activities I’d like to partake in.
Happy Monday all! With the official kick-off to summer happening last week, I began thinking about a summer bucket list. Almost every season, I brainstorm fun (usually seasonal) activities I’d like to partake in.
Hey friends! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Friday seems like ages ago, and yet, the weekend passed by super fast thanks to a fun mix of outings, relaxing, and teaching. We didn’t go into the weekend with many plans, but it ended up being an absolute blast…lots of quality time with my favorite human in the world (Matt would roll his eyes big time at this statement, but it’s true)!…
Hey, hey! Happy Wednesday! Today, I am sharing a few ways I’ve incorporated more veggies into my daily meals. This is a struggle with a capital S for me…I’ve never really liked veggies. When I was a kid, I remember staring at my salad bowl in disgust, willing it to disappear. I also distinctly recall trying to feed my poor dog veggies under the table, and when she sniffed them, but took a pass on eating them, I understood. They’re just not everyone’s thing.
When carrots and peppers are nice n’ crisp, perfectly sliced and accompanied with a good dip, I’ll go for it now, because I know it’s good for me. But, on a whole, my vegetable consumption is not ideal. The last few months, I’ve come up with some tricks to increase the amount of vegetables I eat daily and I thought I’d share them with you today!
Add vegetables to smoothies
I am starting off with my favorite way to consume veggies, that’s right, the way where I can’t even taste them. For years, I’ve added spinach and/or kale to my smoothies, so that’s nothing new for me, but if you don’t already, there’s an opportunity for those greens! A few months ago, I began adding riced cauliflower into my smoothies and/or post workout protein shakes and was pleased to find out if you add just a bit, the cauliflower doesn’t alter or ruin the smoothie’s taste.
You most definitely can go overboard, so tread lightly here. I usually add about 1/4 C (maybe a little more) and find that cauliflower rice is best accompanied with a banana in any smoothie concoction. After a surprisingly pleasant experience with cauliflower, I started thinking about other veggies I could blend in, and butternut squash popped into my head (it was fall and all things butternut squash/pumpkin were happening).
Butternut squash is a HELL YEAH in smoothies. It is SO tasty with banana, almond milk, almond butter, cinnamon, maybe a little vanilla protein powder, or collagen peptides for a protein boost.
You can get riced cauliflower at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Whole Foods also carries frozen riced cauliflower which I think would be even better in smoothies. Same goes for butternut squash- I buy frozen bags at Whole Foods and add the pieces into my smoothie at least once or twice a week.
One last idea, add in some carrots. I’ll throw shredded carrots in smoothies (think carrot cake smoothie: banana, carrot, cinnamon, vanilla protein powder OR vanilla yogurt, etc.) before the carrots go bad. Just make sure you have the proper blender to add in carrots.
Let’s review: Add spinach, kale (or other greens), butternut squash, riced cauliflower, and carrots into your smoothies (rotating them obviously) to pack in those nutrients. One final smoothie add-in option…avocado!
(Recipe for a butternut squash smoothie: here)
Dip it. Dip it real good.
I am not suggesting you flood your salads or veggies with Ranch dressing like we all did when we were kids… what I am suggesting, to eat more RAW veggies, is find yourself a damn good, high-quality dip that will help you enjoy the vegetables a bit more. My current favorite way to eat raw veggies is either with Kite Hill Chive Cream-Cheese Style Spread or hummus. Keep the spreads/hummus to a minimum, but if a little dip helps you eat a shiz ton more veggies, it’s worth it!
Be freaking sneaky
Anytime I’m making dinner or planning out dinners for the week, I try to think about how I can sneak more veggies in. Making meatballs? Cool, throw a little riced cauliflower in there. Making pasta? Nice, add some chopped up peppers, onions, and zucchini to the sauce. Tacos? You get the picture…chop up vegetables and add it into the meat. The point is, when you mix vegetables into something with a strong flavor (like taco seasoning), you can’t even really taste them.
Grill baby, grill
Okay, I think asparagus is just yuck. And that’s childish, I know. But if it’s seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper, and grilled, I can dig it. I also LOVE grilled onions,peppers, and eggplant. However, I really try to reserve grill time for those vegetables I despise the most…so sorry asparagus.
I am starting to love oven roasted broccoli. I drizzle the pieces in olive oil, add in garlic, salt, pepper, maybe a little paprika…let them crisp up in the oven, then sometimes sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese. Super tasty, and I think oven roasting is a great way to enjoy a wide variety of veggies.
Ease into the groove of veggies
One of the reason I struggle with veggies, is sadly, the preparation. Some weeks, I just don’t want to chop up broccoli, so I buy the pre-cut broccoli at Whole Foods. Pick and choose your battles with this, but certainly don’t be afraid to grab some pre-prepared veggies if that will help you get into the groove of eating them. Going along with that tip, try out veggie noodles! More and more grocery stores are offering prepared veggie noddles- an awesome opportunity to test out some fun pasta recipes, sans actual pasta.
Add it to a frittata
I find it incredibly easy to add veggies to a frittata, omelette, or eggs. Finely chopped onion, peppers, spinach, asparagus, mushrooms…all fabulous additions to an egg creation.
Soup it up
If you’re feeling ambitious, make your own veggie soup- I find vegetables super satisfying when they’re in a homemade soup. A fun soup swap out? Use zucchini noodles in place of regular noodles in chicken noodle soup. Now, let’s say you love the boxed tomato soup from Trader Joe’s (as I do), spice it up by adding in some vegetables- my faves in tomato soup are onion and zucchini.
Give your salads some love
I used to make the most boring salads ever. Every day: feta, avocado, carrots, cucumber, not much else. And I tired of salads, quickly. It is a MUST to switch your salads up! Bring in seasonal elements: fresh strawberries in summer (with goat cheese or feta, cucumber, grilled chicken, red onion, slivered almonds). In fall, incorporate beets, pumpkin seeds, and butternut squash into salads. Make salads fun…use hummus in place of dressing some days, add in sliced turkey, grilled chicken, or smoked salmon for protein. When you spice things up in the salad department, you’re less likely to skip the greens completely.
If you end up not getting pre-cut veggies, or if you still have some that will need slicing, do it ahead of time. Designate time on Sunday to cut everything up so it’s all ready to go when you need a quick snack throughout the week. You’ll be more likely to reach for veggies if they’re all nicely sliced and ready to DIP (or not, whatever, your choice).
There you have it. 10 tips to get more veggies into your diet. Bottom line, you’ve got to rip the band aid. With veggies, with anything that’s a struggle. Stop avoiding it…have fun with it. Don’t let it become a chore, let it be a puzzle you have to figure out. I actually chuckle to myself when I add cauliflower into my smoothies, like, “damn…she doesn’t even notice!”
Vegetables aren’t my strong point. But, instead of being hard on myself, I take it one day a time. I’m far from perfect, but these tips are certainly helping me get closer to my veggie-intake goals!
I wanted to hop on today and talk about staying balanced in your life, in fitness, and with healthy eating. Recently, I sort of feel like balance is my life motto for just about everything. Not to be super cliché, but I think I’ve grown a lot in the last few years when it comes to leading a well-balanced life, which is why I want to address this topic. First of all, how do I even know I am more balanced than ever before? Well, I feel it. I sleep better, I’m less anxious/nervous about things that would’ve sent me down a vortex of worry in the past, and in general, I just feel a sense of calm.
Now, I’m not saying all day, errrr day, I’m a flower child humming tunes without a care in the world. I still worry about stuff (er, finances, cough, cough), but I think my perspective is better, as is how I respond to these normal life obstacles. For me, letting go of comparison, washing away the idea of “timelines,” and focusing on the present moment are all things I do to live that bad-ass, balanced life.
Let’s start with comparison…DON’T FREAKING DO IT. EVER. We clear? Good. Your life is your life. Everyone has a different outlook on life, different goals, different views on what makes a fulfilling life. If I allowed the comparison game to seep it my blood, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
You see, I felt that something needed to change a few years back…I didn’t love my job and I really believed I could find a way to make a career out of what I enjoy most (so…ya know, eating and fitness). Easily, at the ripe ol’ age of 29, I could have said “too late, kiddo. It’s time to stay stable, start having kids, and really settle down.” Because you know what, that’s what was starting to happen around me…right as I’m starting to have all these epiphanies about who I could be and how amazing it would be if I took a chance and left familiarity behind, others around me were diving into a way different life story- babies, buying homes, PhD’s,… It can be confusing when you feel you’re at an age at which you should be hitting that next life milestone, but instead of looking at my life as a timeline, I listened to that little voice inside of me that said, “do it.”
And I’m better for it. I’m not saying life wouldn’t be incredible if I had chosen another path, but I feel stronger, more balanced having gone down this one. The fact that I don’t dread Mondays, suffer from sleepless nights, and I feel excited to inspire others daily, are all testaments that I’m becoming who I was meant to be. I don’t want you to have this impression that everything is perfect in my life (it’s all tulips, overnight oats, and Pinot o’er here!) Everyone struggles with something, no doubt, but it’s about truly loving who you are and what you do that allows you to live observing your struggles, rather than letting your struggles be your life.
So I guess what I am saying is, if you don’t feel balanced, gut check. What’s your inner-voice telling you? I think when we tune into ourselves (via meditation, prayer, writing in a journal, etc.) we can discover those answers we need. Maybe not right away, but eventually, we do find that path we’re meant to be on. And hey, you might have to go on several paths simultaneously to get where you’re going, and that’s cool too. The one thing you can’t do? Look at someone else’s life and judge your own. You’ll never feel balanced living a life that is not authentically yours.
Okay, so now for a little health and fitness specific talk with regards to balance. I think it’s pretty common for many people to take on that “all or nothing” mentality when getting started on a workout or healthy eating kick. Here’s the thing- it doesn’t work. You are not going to have perfect workouts every week, and you sure as heck are not going to eat perfect 100% of the time. Here’s how I look at it… first, with regards to food, the question I ask myself most throughout the week is “what is this food giving my body?” Maybe it’s Vitamins A, C, B, or protein, healthy fats, complex carbs…but, by asking that question, I’ve acknowledged the true purpose of food: nourishment and strength for the body. But, I’m also human, and I love ice-cream and I believe sometimes our souls just need it. So I buy ice-cream that has real, natural ingredients (please don’t get artificial crap). I don’t have it every, single night, but I do have it when I truly crave it, and you know what it gives me? Balance 😉
The meals I make at home are pretty darn healthy, so when we have a date night out at a restaurant, I know it’s cool to indulge a little. When the majority of what you eat is clean, natural ingredients, then those occasional indulgences are good. And in a way, they are necessary (at least for me, I know they are). It’s all about listening to your body and being honest with yourself. You know if you haven’t had a single vegetable in a day. So work on that. You know if you’re being too hard on yourself and never allowing yourself treats. Work on that. Above all, love your body.
The same goes for exercise. We’re meant to move, but we’re not meant to move so much that we’re always tired, sore, or sick. Listen to your body. Mix up your workouts. I am a Pure Barre fanatic, but I still take myself through my own circuit workouts. I do yoga when I need an extra long stretch. I take rest days and I have weeks where I barely workout at all. It happens. Honor your body week to week, take walks, dance, stay active, but don’t pressure yourself to do a certain number of days, or a certain number of hours in the gym. Just focus on moving, having fun, keep your body guessing, and make sure you feel good. If you’re feeling good, likely you’ve got a good routine.
So why all the balance talk? Well, I hadn’t blogged in awhile, and I realized it was because I had spent some time focusing on other areas. I didn’t dive into every aspect of balance here today, but sometimes in order to keep our lives balanced we have to set certain priorities, and as a result, some things take the back burner for awhile. With work, with relationships…there’s always a fine line to maintaining balance. But, I’m back and ready to share and, hopefully do lots of inspiring here.
My idea of balance may not be yours. That’s okay. My point is, with everything in life, take time to listen; listen to that inner voice, listen to your body, listen to your heart. I think no matter what our definition of a “balanced” life is, no one can go wrong if we just listen.
Hey guys! Hope your week is off to a great start! After a busy, but fun weekend, my Monday was an awesome one and definitely started the week off on a positive note..lots of Pure Barre (just how I like it)…a combo of teaching + taking made for an active day for sure. Matt was out of town for the weekend through late Monday night, so I didn’t do my usual dinner menu planning on Sunday.
Monday night’s dinner for me was a mess of greatness: 2 Hilary’s Adzuki Black Bean Burgers + greens + avocado + a sunny side up egg + roasted cauliflower and broccoli. I love when random items come together to make a super satisfying and easy meal! But alas, now I’ve got to get more organized with my dinners for the rest of the week. Here’s the thing. I can tell I am just not in a cooking mood. You know how sometimes you just know yourself? Well, I know there will be no complicated or experimental recipes for us the next few days.
Instead of fighting it, I’m embracing it. So, what does one do when one does not want to cook? Two words: Trader Joe’s. I found myself there today in an attempt to simplify the cooking process this week. I figured I would show you what I bought and how it translates into 3 easy breezy dinners. Shall we?
For organization’s sake, I’ll break this down a bit:
For all these items, I spent under $70. I had previously bought chicken from Whole Foods this weekend (fabulous sale), so I knew I already had that to work with. Here’s the plan…
Tuesday’s dinner: chicken breasts from Whole Foods marinated in coconut aminos, ground ginger, garlic, salt, and pepper. I made this chicken the other night and it was SO good. I’ll slice up the chicken and add it in with the stir fry veggies, which I will season the same as the chicken. Served over brown rice (which is microwavable and done in 3 minutes).
Wednesday: Taco bowls. I’ll make my own taco seasoning with spices I have on hand, add the cooked and seasoned ground beef to a bowl of romaine lettuce. Top with tomatoes, re-fried beans, avocado, and chopped onion and pepper that we already have in the fridge. (Additional option: add in brown rice).
Thursday: Sun-dried tomato chicken sausage with brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. We slice up the sausages then heat them on our grill pan to give them a little crispiness- they’re ready in under 10 minutes. You can start the sweet potatoes ahead of time, as well as the brussels sprouts so they’re ready to go once the sausage is done.
As per usual, we leave Friday open for possibilities, so these 3 dinners cover us for the week! The turkey will be used in salads and wraps for our lunches, and the remaining items are really just snacks and lunch sides. Eggs we hard boil to use in salads or sometimes I’ll make omelettes as my lunch if I’m home.
And that’s that. Not a super expensive grocery haul considering it will cover 3 dinners, most lunches, and plenty of snacks for the week!
Question of the day: What’s your go-to dinner when you don’t feel like cooking?
Good morning everyone! Hope you had a fantastic weekend! We had a fun weekend over here, but I’m feeling nice n’ ready for the week ahead.
Since I teach Friday evenings, they are usually pretty low-key. Matt ordered pizza for us via Amazon restaurants (it was our first time trying it). We actually loved the arugula pizza we ordered from Pranzi, but the delivery was a little longer than predicted.
Since we had a first-timer’s coupon from Amazon, we did get a discount, and immediately after our semi-late delivery, we received an email from Amazon, giving us a $10 credit for our next order. Overall, not a bad a experience! And since we are creatures of habit and order pizza from the same place every single time, this was a fun, little change! (We did get a gluten free crust since I’m still not loving my reactions to gluten these days).
Currently, Matt and I are watching the Path on Hulu (does anyone else watch the Path?), so we knocked out a few episodes over our pizza and cocktails. (No photos to share since I basically inhaled my food…)
Saturday morning was glorious…we slept in until almost 9:00. (I initially shot up at 6 am, but laid back down and boom…out). After chocolate oatmeal and coffee, I headed out in the nasty rain to get to Pure Barre for a late morning class. I am almost done with this March Challenge, 5 days to go, and 5 more classes for me. I will get this done! After Pure Barre, I popped into Trader Joe’s for a few items to keep us tied over for a few days.
Saturday evening, we celebrated one of my best friend’s 30th birthdays! Her mom put together the most thoughtful surprise party ever (layers of surprises throughout the night)! The surprise began on a party bus and ended at Bottled Blondes, where we danced the night away. I cannot lie, I feel like I can’t handle late nights like I used to, but we had a blast pretending we could still hang with the best of em’ …ohh, 30!
The highlight of Sunday was a family get together at my aunt’s house. My cousin and her husband were in town, so we had a lovely afternoon gathering filled with incredible food, some live Irish music (we have some talented musicians in our fam), and lots of catching up.
I documented the food portion of the get-together…My aunt had the most amazing spread of Mexican food: tamales, homemade guacamole and salsas, fajitas, rice…ah! It was all SO good.
And of course, with all this incredible food…we had sangria 🙂
The rest of Sunday evening was as lazy as they come! But, I think I needed that…lots of couch time and relaxin’ with my guy! Alright, here’s what’s planned for the week ahead in terms of dinners:
Have an awesome start to your week!
Question of the day: Have you ever tried Amazon Restaurants or another food delivery service? If so, what did you think?
Good morning, friends! I hope your day is off to a wonderful start. Well, once, again my deep appreciation for Whole Foods is reaffirmed after attending a sneak peek at their new location in Lakeview, where they featured their Allegro Coffee Roasters bar. I have been a long time customer and fan of Whole Foods Market and what they stand for…(even when others have claimed it’s takes my “whole” wallet.) Listen here, I’m going to be perfectly transparent- food is my priority, it is where I choose to invest- I want to fuel my body with the best quality food possible, food that has been grown on sustainable farms, food free of pesticides…I want organic choices, I want to hear about the people behind the companies who create the products I love. I am not saying you can’t get that at other stores, but that is why I choose Whole Foods. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s pretty darn incredible to sit down in the morning with a cup of coffee, smelling that comforting aroma, and know about the farmer who grew the beans to make your cup possible. That is what I learned last night…before my beloved coffee is poured into my own cup, 17 humans have poured their passion and love into creating the best coffee possible.
A bit about the evening…
The entire first floor of the new Whole Foods Lakeview is devoted to Allegro Coffee…a gorgeous coffee bar space, tons of seating with bright lighting…a perfect spot to study, read, day-dream, all while sipping the coffee concoction of your choice.
Our evening started with a couple glasses of wine and treats from West Town Bakery, which were absolutely delicious. My treat of choice twice was the gluten-free chocolate chip cookie, but I also had a small taste of the snicker-doodle cookie as well, so tasty!
After some mingling, it was time for a presentation of how Allegro Coffee is made.
After a slideshow and video presentation that informed of us everything from where exactly Allegro Coffee is grown, to their commitment to sustainability, to coffee tasting terminology…it was time to go into the roasting quarters. Huge bags of coffee beans were lined throughout. Even their method of roasting is done in an environmentally sound way.
We did a quick taste test of 3 different types of coffee: Ethiopia Duromina (washed), Myanmar Susu Lilypad (natural and my favorite), and Java Sunda Hejo (washed/body). All of them were delicious, and I even think would be totally drinkable sans creamer (which for me…is sayin’ something!)
The difference between the coffee beans below is only 11 minutes of roasting. Sam, who is the guru of Allegro Coffee, shared this with us after a cupping demonstration.
After the presentations, we knew we had to try a latte…Justin at the coffee bar made us a gorgeous, perfectly frothy almond milk latte… I know I’ll be back for more!
A big thanks to Whole Foods Chicago for inviting me out to such an awesome event. I know I’ll be swinging into the Lakeview store often, especially to enjoy the cup full of passion, that is, Allegro Coffee.
Question of the day: What is your coffee drink of choice?
Happy Monday to you! I hope you are starting the week feeling refreshed from the last few days, or at least, healing from your wounded bracket?!?! 😉 March Madness pretty much dictated plans over here for the weekend. Friday night, after teaching at Pure Barre, Matt and I headed out for a fish fry dinner and a few beers and cocktails to watch the Marquette game.
What a disappointing game…I’m always bummed when I team I love gets booted early on. While I usually prefer wine as my drink of choice, there is something about a nice cold beer while watching a sports game… My beer of choice is always Two Brothers Prairie Path. It is a certified gluten free beer, but I actually just love it for the taste.
Saturday went by in a blur…We were both up early thanks to Matt’s convenient early morning dentist appointment. I spent the day tackling 2 grocery stores and Target, hitting up a pop-up Pure Barre class (barre crazed), and doing chores around the house. I knew I had to be up early Sunday morning to teach, so no crazy plans for Saturday evening.
Sunday I taught two, fun and full classes, then headed home for lunch and blogging! In the afternoon, our group of girlfriends all met together to celebrate our friend’s engagement! Then, it was home for dinner and getting ready for the week ahead. I’m telling you…weekends go by way too fast!
On to the weekly dinner menu! I feel excited for this week in terms of meals, I have no clue why, but I just have a feeling it’s going to be a satisfying dinner week!
Badda bing badda boom.
Question of the day: Was your bracket busted this weekend or are you still going strong?
Hello and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you! I hope this week has been a good one for you and that you’re excited for the weekend ahead! Not too much on our agenda for the next few days…I’ll be teaching classes tonight and Sunday morning, so most likely, we’ll be taking it easy this weekend. We’re hoping to get to a fish fry tonight, but we’ll see where the night takes us! On a total side note…I REALLY want to see Beauty and the Beast this weekend. Dean from WGN (my-go to for movie reviews) gave it an A which is pretty rare! I loved the original Disney Beauty and the Beast…and that’s saying something because as a little girl, I wasn’t really into animated films. Anyone else itching to see this??! Okay, with that, here are a few faves from the week!
Simple Mills Cookies:
It’s no secret I am a dessert person- maybe it’s not my greatest habit, but I love having something sweet after dinner! I am a big fan of Simple Mills- their Rosemary crackers are incredible, as is their selection of muffin/cake mixes. The ingredients are real and simple and their products are allergy friendly (as far as I can tell, always gluten free). I saw these new cookies at Whole Foods and knew I had to give them a try. I really, really like them! Crunchy, bite sized cinnamon flavored cookies. A perfect little treat with a big glass of almond milk. I was incredibly impressed with how little sugar per serving these have as well (just 4 g). For a cookie that really satisfies my need for something sweet, these really don’t break the sugar bank, if you will! I’m looking forward to trying some of the other flavors next!
Kiss My Face Tropical Coconut Lotion
Recently, I’ve been trying to green up my beauty routine: transitioning to products that have natural ingredients, free from chemicals. Now, I am nowhere near perfect with this, but it is a conscious effort. I know not everyone thinks using products with natural ingredients is a huge deal, so if you’re wondering why I care to make this transition, here’s why…There are many things in life out of my control (for example, I can’t control the air quality I breathe in everywhere)…what I can control is what I choose to put in and on my body. I appreciate companies who use high quality, chemical free ingredients and I believe I am doing what is best for me and my body. I love Kiss My Face and what they stand for. They recently sent me a bottle of their new Tropical Coconut body lotion and I must say, I’m obsessed (now, I love a good coconut scent, so if you’re not a fan of coconut, you might not love this as much as I do). They carry other lotions as well, and if you’re interested in trying these out, be sure to enter this promo code with your online offer: “32OZKISS.” (You can find these lotions and use the promo at http://kissmyface.com/. Promo is valid until the 24th).
Pacifica Serum Foundation
Along the same lines, there was recently a huge sale on Pacifica makeup at Whole Foods. I waited to share this find with you because I really try to use products for awhile to determine whether or not I love it. In terms of natural “foundations,” this is the best I’ve found so far. I snagged this at an awesome sale price (nearly half-off). A little bit of this serum foundation goes a long way. I will say, I first put my regular lotion on my face first before applying this and I think that helps the foundation go on nice and smooth. I may still test out a few others before committing to this for the long haul, but for now it’s a great find and even better when you can grab it on sale!
Mint Chocolate RX Bar
Yum, yum, yum! Ugh, guys, I have a bar addiction and right now RX Bars are my JAM. I am loving this mint chocolate option. Here’s the thing though, I know I can make something pretty close to this (I shared a recipe for minty dessert bites awhile back) so I need to get out of the habit of buying these so much. I think I gravitate toward a good bar because it’s such an easy thing to throw into my bag as I run out the door to teach. It’s also just a quick, mess-less snack to have between classes when I don’t have a lot of time. (Realistically, I am not going to whip out hard boiled eggs between teaching). So for now, I’m embracing the obsession, knowing that soon enough, I’ll have to ease up since these aren’t a cheap option. Wondering, what kind of bars are your favorite??
Pure Barre March Madness Challenge
Okay, both as a teacher and as a client, I am LOVING the PB challenge craze right now. For those not familiar with this challenge, anyone participating aims to complete 20 classes in 31 days. It’s been so fun watching clients get into this challenge and show up day after day ready to give it everything they’ve got! I’m not doing too shabby myself- it can be tricky taking and teaching in the same day, but I am coasting along and hoping I finish this strong!
Alright! There you have it! Be sure to let me know what you’re loving this week- or if you found any new products/foods you want to share!
*Disclaimer: I received lotion from Kiss my Face to try and honestly review. All opinions are my own. None of the other products are sponsored. Thank you for your support.
Happy Tuesday everyone! Today, I’m coming atcha on this snowy afternoon with the weekly dinner plan (I know it’s Tuesday…just “simmmma down now!” Come on, anyone remember Nadeen from SNL?? If not, you best look it up so you understand)
Anyway, I haven’t been totally on point with my dinner menus, so it’s my goal to get back on track! I just have a quick thought to share with you first because I think it’s important to tap into how our bodies our feeling regularly…about 2 weeks ago, my sleep starting feeling really “off.” Now, I’ve been down that path before…I struggled for a few years with some pretty major sleep issues, but recently that hasn’t been a problem at all, so I was feeling frustrated to say the least. I was waking up with headaches, my eyes felt heavy, just not my usual self. I thought maybe I’m just getting a little cold…well, after mini experiments here and there, it dawned me I was having more gluten than usual. I used to steer of gluten more so, but started incorporating it back in. Lo and behold…mid-week last week and into this week, I cut out gluten once again, and big shocker, I feel way better. Now, I’m no doctor, but I know ME. I know when something feels “off” or when I have less energy than normal, and I’m not afraid dig deep and figure out why. I’m also not saying that is the ONLY factor here, but I do know I’m feeling more myself…why do I share this little side story? Because I’m a firm believer in stepping back, listening to your body, evaluating your energy levels, and figuring out what helps your body function optimally.
Okay, and with that, here is the weekly dinner menu (and you’ll notice it’s g-free this week):
Okay, I’ll see you back here later in the week! Stay safe out there if you’re also working with snowy conditions!
Question of the day: What’s on your weekly dinner menu?