Link Love #32

Have you entered my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway yet?

Well, I’m happy to report that last night was fun! I’m so glad I was able to find a seder to go to and this was definitely a family that reminded me of my own. The random breaks for song, a Rabbi rap, lots of laughter, and an extremely full belly. Other than being home with my own family, I couldn’t have asked for more and I’m so thankful to have found such a welcoming group of people. There were quite a few empty wine bottles at the end of the night too ;)

Health

Stressing Over Stress is What Makes Stress So Stressful Cotter Crunch

“Stressing Over Stress is What Makes Stress So Stressful” – Cotter Crunch

“Stressing Over Stress is What Makes Stress So Stressful” – Cotter Crunch
Don’t compare you to…YOU. – Carla Birnberg
Is Being Really Lean Really Worth It? – Molly Galbraith
Looking “Fit” Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Being Healthy – Jen Comas Keck
Ask a Yogini: Why Practice Yoga Inversions? – Love Life Surf

Fitness

Extra Dirty Thirty Full Body Workout Lifting Revolution

The Extra Dirty Thirty Full Body Workout – Lifting Revolution

The Extra Dirty Thirty Full Body Workout – Lifting Revolution
Challenge Yourself at the Gym – Slim Sanity
Greatist Workout of the Day: Furious 10 – Greatist
How to Complete a Chin Up: 9 Tips to Pull Yourself Over the Bar – Your Trainer Paige
Post Workout Nutrition: What Do We Need and Why? – The Little Honey Bee

Food

Torched Salmon Green Juice Sauce Lady and Pups

Torched Salmon in Green Juice Sauce – Lady and Pups

Torched Salmon in Green Juice Sauce – Lady and Pups
Red Wine Fig Jam – Food Babbles
Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs – Eating Bird Food
Coconut Banana Oats Bowl with Crunchy Black Sesame Quinoa Cereal + Mango – Half Baked Harvest
Gruyere and Asparagus Potato Noodle Casserole – Inspiralized

Food for Thought

Have you ever spent a holiday with a family you’d never met before?
What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Mexican, Beer, and Baseball

Have you entered my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway yet?

Hi friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend; we took advantage of the weather and spent a lot of time outside.

Friday night we hit up a Mexican joint for dinner called Cancun. They, as with many restaurants in the area, pride themselves on their local, organic ingredients. I got a humungo salad that puts Chipotle to shame!

Chicken Taco Salad Black Beans Grilled Veggies Guacamole

They also have a ridiculous salsa bar.

Cancun Salsa Bar

Photo Credit: Yelp

Saturday we played in wine country. Though we didn’t go for any tastings, we just spent the day walking around Healdsburg and Santa Rosa; they’re such cute little towns. We stopped at SHED for lunch which was such a fun place! Not only do they have a small cafe and take out food, they also sell kitchen, gardening, and other home goods plus they have their own fermentation bar. You know I got their home brewed black tea ginger kombucha.

SHED Healdsburg

I loved how colorful the salads were! My favorite was on the left; golden beets, watermelon radish, asparagus, and lima beans in a light vinaigrette. It was a bit pricey there for what it was, but everything tasted great.

On our way back home, we hit a ton of traffic. Luckily it was as we approached Petaluma, so we took a detour a grabbed some beer while we waited for the traffic to die down.

Lagunitas Beer Sampler 1

Lagunitas Beer Sampler 2

Not a bad way to pass the time ;)

Yesterday was for baseball. We opted for the Giants’ opening weekend instead of opening day and the weather was amazing!

AT&T Park San Francisco Giants

The game started off pretty slow but the Giants’ ended up pulling out a big win in the bottom of the 10th with a walk off home run! Funny story.. I was at an Orioles game with my dad and Nathan 8 years ago. My dad and I almost never left games early but Nathan had to get up real early so we made an exception. We ended up missing a walk off home run which, at that point, my dad had never seen. To this day, he still won’t let Nathan live it down, even though he’s seen quite a few! It’s been a running joke ever since.

Nathan Giants Baseball

At least he’s happy ;) Seeing the walk off definitely made me miss my dad. I wish that he was there with us! With that, I leave you some Orioles lovin’.

Baltimore Orioles

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Leftovers
Monday – Passover Seder [we found one to go to! Yay!]
TuesdayMediterranean smothered chicken over zucchini noodles
WednesdayBalsamic grilled flank steak with roasted carrots
ThursdayMargarita chicken with lime cauli rice  and guacamole
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

What did you do over the weekend?

Foodie Friday: Banana Bread Granola & a Giveaway!

Best part of being home during the day?

Jilly Bean

Skyping with Jilly bean when Bubby is babysitting :) Love her little giggles!

Anywho, the other day catastrophe struck and I found myself without granola [it's a good thing I'm not dramatic or anything]. Having recently received a package from Bob’s Red Mill, I knew I could remedy the situation.

Bobs Red Mill

I also happened to have a couple bananas that were pretty much banana bread-perfect. I reached for the oats and pecans and went to work.

Banana Bread Granola

Makes 5 cups
Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker

Banana Bread Granola

Ingredients
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cups raw pecans; chopped
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup coconut oil; melted
- 1/4 cup honey [Substitute agave or maple syrup if vegan]
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 medium bananas; mashed

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, mix the oats, pecans, flax seed, sea salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a medium bowl, mix melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, and mashed bananas. When the wet ingredients have come together, mix them into the dry ingredients until everything is evenly coated.

Spread the mixture onto two parchment- or silpat-lined baking sheets. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until golden brown. I didn’t toss my granola until the very end and was able to get nice big clusters. If you’d like smaller pieces, feel free to toss throughout the baking process.

Nutritional Information
Per 1/3 cup serving

212 Calories  /  14g Fat  /  20g Carbs  /  3g Fiber  /  6g Sugar  /  4g Protein

Giveaway Time!

Bob’s Red Mill has graciously offered one reader a package of the same 4 ingredients I received above. Click here to enter!

Looking for other recipes to make using these ingredients?
Here are a few I have on my list:

Sprint 2 the Table

Food for Thought

What would you make with these ingredients?
What is your favorite kind of granola?

Sangria To Go

Glass of sangria? I wouldn’t turn it down! When Beso Del Sol contacted me about trying out their sangria-in-a-box, the answer was pretty obvious. Like I said, I don’t turn down some wine.

Beso Del Sol Sangria

Beso Del Sol Sangria is made with a Spanish Tempranillo wine blended with fruits. I love Tempranillo so that was another selling point for me. Not to mention the fun box.. it would be great to take to a party, cookout, or even to the beach.

I was psyched when I got the package in the mail last week and promptly put the box in the fridge. A couple hours later, I decided it was time for a little break.. I mean, I had to do the appropriate research for my review, right? I couldn’t put off tasting time.

Beso Del Sol Sangria Glass

Mine didn’t look this pretty.

It was a pretty solid sangrialike the description said, light and fruityperfect for a hot summer day. It was a bit sweet for me so at first I added a splash of sparkling water. I love adding sparkling water to everything to make it a little bubbly, but to really kick it up a notch, I decided to add a splash of bourbon! Everything is better with bourbon, right? ;)

If you can pace yourself, this sangria can last up to 6 weeks in the fridge after opening. It’s also a great deala 3 liter box, which is the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine, will run you just $20! Like I mentioned before, it would be great to take to a party and I would definitely do just that.

Check out Beso Del Sol on Facebook and Twitter to find out where you can get a box of your own!

Disclaimer: I was provided one complimentary box of Beso Del Sol Sangria for review, but the opinions expressed are honest and all my own.

Food for Thought

Are you a sangria fan?

What I Ate Wednesday #81: Sake to Me!

I lied. We didn’t actually have any sake [because the happy hour beers did us in before dinner] but that was a much more clever title than anything I could come up with using yakitori.. thoughts? Anywho, Friday night Nathan and I had dinner at Ippuku, a traditional Japanese Yakitori restaurant. We wandered in there after dinner a couple weeks ago and knew we had to check it out.

We were seated in our own little nook.

Ippuku Berkeley California

And they immediately brought out a cabbage wedge with Japanese mayo. Nothing crazy but I always love a good crunch. And as Nathan noted, much healthier than the fried wontons that typically come out a Chinese restaurant.

Cabbage Mayo Ippuku

And we noticed this little sign..

Warning

Note the “…poultry (including chicken)…” in that warning. They serve chicken tartare. We were not that adventurous.

We did, however, ask the waitress for recommendations when we were ordering. She happened to be from Japan and told us that this was the most authentic yakitori she’s had since coming to the states. That’s always what we want to hear!

Shiitake Mushrooms Ippuku

We started the meal with shiitake mushroom skewers. I’ve been really digging the meatiness of mushrooms lately and the light grill flavor offset the earthy flavor of the mushrooms well.

Chicken Thigh Leek Ippuku

Next up, we shared the chicken thigh and leek yakitori. There was a light teriyaki-style glaze on them which gave them good flavor but not too heavy.

Beef Tongue Ippuku

Beef tongue. Ever had it? It might have been my favorite dish of the night. It was grilled nice and tender, not too chewy. And I don’t think it could taste me [ha!]

Squab Ippuku

The squab was by far Nathan’s favorite. It was absolutely delicious and the skin definitely made it. Grilling really does make everything better.

Chicken Ramen Ippuku

We finished up with chicken ramen, traditionally served at the end of the meal. It was salty but very light and tasty. I grabbed a couple pieces of chicken and put them on my plate to soak up some of the grill flavor from the other dishes. It was a good idea!

This was a really fun meal. I love being able to share a bunch of dishes with Nathan so we can taste and discuss together. We’re planning on going back and trying more soon; Nathan’s got his sights set on the squab again and I’m definitely going to try the whole grilled squid! And maybe next time we’ll save ourselves for some sake.

Food for Thought

Have you had traditional yakitori?
Do you like small plates that you can share or do you prefer a full entree?

Link Love #31

I have a random request for all of you, specifically those of you in the bay area: I’m looking for a Passover seder to go to next week. If you know of any places to go or have friends in the bay area that might know of anything, help a girl out! I’ll definitely be drooling over the recipes below next week.. ;)

Health

9 Traits Naturally Thin Women Have Towards Food Lifting Revolution

9 Traits Naturally Thin Women Have Towards Food – Lifting Revolution

9 Traits Naturally Thin Women Have Towards Food – Lifting Revolution
Why You Need More than One REST DAY – Cotter Crunch
6 Essential Truths I Learned From Winter Exercise Hibernation – The Sweet Life with Ericka
Effortless Eating: Nutrition Made Simple – Eat, Lift, & Be Happy
Transitions – Love Life Surf

Fitness

18 Ways to Change Up Your Running Routine Greatist

18 Ways to Change Up Your Running Routine – Greatist

18 Ways to Change Up Your Running Routine – Greatist
No Equipment Required Conditioning Interval Workout – Your Trainer Paige
Factoring Fitness At Work – Mom’s Little Running Buddies
Crank It Up {Workout} and Principle of Overload/Progression – Fit ‘N’ Cookies
60 Minute Boot Camp Workout – Peanut Butter Fingers

Food

Avocado Citrus Crunch Salad with Oat Croutons and a Buttermilk Drizzle How Sweet It Is

Avocado Citrus Crunch Salad with Oat Croutons and a Buttermilk Drizzle – How Sweet It Is

Avocado Citrus Crunch Salad with Oat Croutons and a Buttermilk Drizzle – How Sweet It Is
Goat Cheese and Brussels Sprouts Skillet Pizza – Love & Olive Oil
Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean Burritos – Bev Cooks
Carrot Cake Banana Bread with Thick Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting – Ambitious Kitchen
Brussels Bacon and Leek Fritters – Bell’alimento

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Winning Weather

Hi friends, happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. We were out and about quite a bit and we had great weather for it!

Friday night we went out for some brewskies [maybe some truffle parmesan fries] and an awesome yakitori dinner at Ippuku. The place was so unique; we had our own little table with a bamboo shade. The other, larger tables were more traditional and you have to take your shoes off to sit there.

Ippuku Berkeley California

Our own little nook.

I plan on recapping the meal on Wednesday but we definitely plan on going back again to try more.

On Saturday, we went to Tender Greens for lunch. It was awesome!

Roasted Monterey Squid Salad Tender Greens

Roasted Monterey Squid Salad

I love getting seafood when we go out because I rarely cook it at home and this squid was cooked perfectly. Nice and tender, not at all chewy. I also got a side of roasted veggies. Another place we need to hit up again! After lunch we made our way over to The Trappist for Spontanfest. We can’t pass up a good beer event ;)

Yesterday was extra fun; we went to our first baseball game of the season! The weather couldn’t have been better and it was so great to spend hours in the sunshine.

Oakland Coliseum

Not a bad view!

Oakland Athletics

This isn’t so bad either ;)

It was a good game. We saw 3 home runs and an A’s win. Jim Johnson also closed the game for the A’s so it was nice to have a touch of home [he was an Orioles closer for years if you didn't know.] I also brought a nice big salad for lunch and I’m so glad I did. The food options there were pretty.. not great. And we only shared 1 beer because holy crap they were $11! You live and learn.. and pregame in the parking lot before the next game. Ha!

After a fun weekend, it was nice to come home and have a delicious, light dinner.

Joy the Baker Baked Turkey Meatballs Spiralized Zucchini Carrot Noodles

Baked turkey meatballs are a fave in our house.

Weekly Meal Plan

SundayBaked turkey meatballs over spiralized zucchini and carrot noodles
MondayVietnamese pork bowl
Tuesday – Cajun chicken with plantain “rice” and beans
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Roast duck sausage with roasted brussels and smashed potatoes
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

If you’re looking for any help creating a meal plan, shoot me an email!

Food for Thought

What did you do over the weekend?

Five Things Friday: Family Edition

For my list of things that are important in life, family ranks #1. And maybe I’m biased but I’m pretty sure mine takes the cake.

  1. Waking up to pictures like this one make my day.
    Jilly

    She really is the cutest.

    Don’t you just want to squeeze her?!

  2. I have the best husband. Honestly, I know everyone feels that way but anyone that will drop anything to come be with youwithout you askingis someone worth holding onto. I’m a lucky gal.

    Sunset San Francisco

    He’s cute too.

  3. I’m missing my family right now. I wish it were easier to go home but the reality is that it’s pretty darn pricey. Skype is the best and I love that I can see my parents so often.

    Mom Dad Golden Gate Bridge

    This was nice too though.

  4. I can’t wait till we go home in August. I’m already planning so many fun things.. my parents don’t even know! Labor day cookout? Orioles game? Let’s get to planning :)

    Baltimore Orioles

    O-R-I-O-L-E-S!

  5. Speaking of baseball, Nathan and I are headed to the A’s game on Sunday. We got some new gear to sport and it’s definitely going to be a good time. Definitely looking forward to the weekend with my best friend.

    Stinson Beach Brittany Nathan

    Hopefully it’ll be a little warmer ;)

Food for Thought

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

What I Ate Wednesday #80: How Bizarre

You’re welcome.

Apparently Nathan sent me this video last week and that’s why I’ve had it stuck in my head. And it totally applies to my food for the past few days too. You’re in for a real treat today! Haha I realized that I’ve been doing a lot of “roast and throw into a bowl” recently and while I often make it a point to make my plates look nice, it’s been pretty comical lately.

Day drinking on Sunday called for a random throw together dinner. Neither of us felt like cooking..

Kabocha Carrots Garlic Avocado Egg

Roasted kabocha with nutritional yeast, microwaved egg,
baby carrots, roasted garlic avocado spread.

Frozen bananas and leftover fresh mint made a delicious, but not so pretty dessert.

Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Ice Cream

Mint chocolate chip protein banana “ice cream”.

And a busy day running around with only time to throw more leftovers into the microwave for lunch looks a little something like this..

Spaghetti Squash Casserole Frittata

Spaghetti squash casserole, leftover frittata, peas, and sriracha.

And finally, last night’s dinner. Another crazy day and working late turned into buffalo kabocha and brussels.

Buffalo Kabocha Squash Brussels Sprouts Nutritional Yeast

Roasted kabocha and brussels with buffalo sauce and nutritional yeast.

I was going to make a joke about how nutritional yeast “really does taste like cheese!” It kind of drives me nuts when people substitute so many ingredients and say it tastes the same as the real deal [note the "ice cream" in quotes above] and then I realized that it honestly is a darn good substitute to make mac and cheese. Good deal for vegans ;)

Also, I’m wondering if it’s possible to roast a kabocha squash and not eat the entire thing in one day. Has anyone had such luck? I have not, but I’m kind of ok with it.

Food for Thought

What’s your favorite bizarre meal?
Any interest in the mint chocolate chip protein ice cream recipe?

Link Love #30

The Orioles won yesterday! And that’s not an April Fools joke ;) Excuse me while I bask in the glow of of a perfect record right now. I’m also super excited because Nathan decided to surprise me with tickets to the A’s game this Sunday. I think watching the Orioles game yesterday really got us extra pumped for baseball season. We have a couple fun things planned for the weekend so I’m already psyched for the next few days to fly by. In the meantime, let’s play a little catch up.

Health

Benefits of Strength Training Slim Sanity

Benefits of Strength Training – Slim Sanity

Benefits of Strength Training – Slim Sanity
8 Tips to Have a Positive Body Image and Stop Obsessive Eating Habits – Trainer Paige
My Addiction to Exercise Permanently Damaged My Body. But It Also Taught Me How to Love Myself – Tara Fuller via Greatist
Antioxidants 101 – Nutritious Eats
How Rigid Diets Threaten True Digestive Healing – Mind Body Green

Fitness

Core Workout for Runners Crazy Running Girl

A Core Workout for Runners – Crazy Running Girl

A Core Workout for Runners – Crazy Running Girl
30-Minute Bodyweight AMRAP Workout – Pumps & Iron
10 Advanced Ab Exercises for the Summer – Lifting Revolution
7 Boredom Busting Treadmill Workouts – Run to the Finish
Leg Burnout Workout – Blonde Ponytail

Food

Sushi Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing The Healthy Maven

Sushi Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing – The Healthy Maven

Sushi Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing – The Healthy Maven
3 Gluten-Free Recovery Snacks for Coffee Lovers – Cotter Crunch
Lemon Vanilla Brown Rice Pudding with Berries – Edible Perspective
Microwave Breakfast Berry Crumble – 24 Carrot Life
Black Pepper Rub Chicken Fingers with Greek Yogurt Ranch – Half Baked Harvest

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?