Resting Up and Lobster Red

What a great weekend. Nathan and I were so looking forward to a weekend of exploring new things but also getting some serious R&R and  that’s exactly what we did.

I kicked off Friday with a killer workout that did me in for the rest of the weekend! Between all of the jumping lunges, jump squats, and weighted wall sits, my legs were done-zo. I spent the rest of the weekend waddling around.

Weighted Wall Sits

…and this was the easy part.

Friday night, we went to Westbrae Biergarten. It just opened up a few months ago and with the weather being so beautiful lately, we were psyched to find such a great outdoor spot.

Happy Hour Westbrae Beer Garden Berkeley

Who gets wine at a beer garden?!

We grabbed a bite to eat there and then headed around the corner for some ice cream. The flavor choice after tasting a few was overwhelmingly unanimous.. thai coconut sorbet it is!

Chocolatier Blue Patisserie Thai Coconut Sorbet

This was the longest I was allowed to hold the cone.

Saturday we drove down to Carmel. We picked up some lunch at Bruno’s for a little beach picnic and then completely chillaxed.

Carmel Beach Picnic Blue Diamond

Salads galore!

Carmel Beach Savasana

I call this active rest day.. savasana is my favorite post, after all.

A lesson we’ve yet to learn is that sunscreen is always your friend, even when it’s a little cool and foggy. I’m legitimately as red as a lobster and my skin hurtsss! But sunburn means you deserve In N Out on the way home, right?

In N Out Burger

Just gimme all your fries.

I don’t even like burgers.. this was Nathan’s, but I definitely helped out on those fries!

Sunday, between my sore legs and my crazy sunburn, I opted for another rest day. I made some delicious plantain protein bread

Lifting Revolution

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Plantain Protein Bread

I have a feeling these will all be slathered with nut butters.

..we took a nice walk to the grocery store, and had an amazing dinner at Haven. We bought a Travelzoo deal months ago for dinner and never got around to using it. Until it was just about expired! I don’t know why we waited so long!

Haven Oakland Melon Soup

Chilled melon soup with coconut milk, lemon verbena ice, and frozen melon chunks.

Haven Oakland Tomato Salad

Tomato salad with smoked goat cheese, basil, and bagel crumb.

Haven Oakland Salmon Spaetzle Cabbage

My salmon with cabbage, turnips, spaetzel, and hot mustard.

Haven Oakland Flat Iron Steak Black Garlic Crushed Potatoes

Nathan’s flat iron steak with crushed potato, broccoli, and black garlic puree.

Haven Oakland Yellow Corn Budino Toasted Husk Ice Cream

Yellow corn budino with cornbread, blackberry jam, and toasted husk ice cream.

Everything was so well executed and very flavorful but the chilled melon soup stole the meal. The combination of the melon and coconut was unlike anything we’ve had before. The smoked goat cheese with the tomatoes and bagel crumbs mimicked the taste of smoked salmon which was unexpected and delicious. My salmon was perfectly cooked and cabbage, spaetzle, and radish added some great textures to the dish. My one comment is I felt like the mustard overpowered the salmon. I ended up scraping most of it off so I still got some of the flavor and I loved every bite.

The crushed potatoes and black garlic in Nathan’s dish were to die for. So chock full of flavor and the potatoes were creamy, but still had great texture, unlike regular mashed potatoes. And finally, the corn budino was again, unlike anything we’ve had before. It was corn 4 ways and the toasted husk ice cream was the winning component of the dish. Overall, I’d go back in a heartbeat.. if we got another deal. It’s a bit on the pricey side but the freshness, flavors, and execution were wonderful.

Like I said, a wonderful weekend. And glad to get back into meal routine again ;)

Weekly Meal Plan

SundayHaven
MondayPiri-piri chicken with blood orange and roasted brussels sprouts
TuesdayLomo saltado
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Roasted salmon, sweet potato, and side salad
Friday – Leftovers
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

What were your fun plans over the weekend?

Five Things Friday {7/25}

Happy Friday! Today starts my weekend, Nathan is working from home, and the weather has been gorgeous here so we’re hoping to sneak out mid-day for some sunshine. We’re both ready for some relaxation.

  1. Tomorrow we’re headed out on another road trip down to Carmel. It’s one of the places we’ve been talking about exploring but just haven’t made the trip yet. Like I said, the weather’s been beautiful so we’re planning on leaving early, grabbing some lunch when we get there, and laying out on a blanket on the beach. Relaxation at its finest. [Maybe a bottle o' wine, too?] If you have any suggestions for restaurants or other places to go in Carmel, we’re all ears!
  2. I recently received a pair of PRO Compression socks to review as part of the #KeepItTight Campaign with Fit Approach. To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure how much I really expected them to help. But after a bunch of shifts at work this week where I’m on my feet for hours at a time, as well as my workouts, slipping these bad boys on at the end of the day has really made a difference.
    PRO Compression Socks Fit Approach KeepItTight

    With a little O’s action in the background!

    The idea that compression socks increase blood flow to your legs has been proven and dare I say my calves and feet have felt less tired and sore by the next morning. If you want to give them a try for yourself, use code PINK at checkout for 40% off your entire order!

  3. I killed the salted caramel brownie brittle. Which, of course, means there was brittle dust at the bottom of the bag just begging to be sprinkled on some PB&J yogurt. Obviously. Best idea ever.
    PB&J Greek Yogurt Kefir Blueberries Figs Sheila Gs Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle

    Bloobs, figs, & brittle dust.

    PB&J Greek Yogurt Kefir Cherries Sheila Gs Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle

    Cherries & brittle dust.

  4. My Swanson 45th Anniversary giveaway ends Sunday night. Don’t miss out on your chance to win a $45 gift card to get some awesome products!
    Swanson Vitamins 45 Anniversary
  5. Baby girl. [And her mama.] That is all.

    Jilly Bean

    1 month till squeezes!

Food for Thought
What are your plans for this weekend?

Link Love #45

Don’t forget to enter my Swanson Vitamins giveaway!

This week is crazy nuts! I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot these days but damn if it’s not true. Busy is good though and it definitely makes me appreciate my weekends even more. Because I had my Recipe Redux post on Tuesday, I wanted to make sure I got in a good link love post this week. So it might be a couple days late, but still packed with goodies!

Health

Diet Review The Alkaline Diet Food Nonsense

Diet Review: The Alkaline Diet – Food & Nonsense

Diet Review: The Alkaline Diet – Food & Nonsense
It’s Not Okay To Do Things Like A Girl – Lifting Revolution
Make Exercise Fun, Eat Less Afterwards – HealthDay News
For Transforming Your Body or Changing Your Life, Perspective is Your Greatest ToolJillFit via Nia Shanks
Why Exploring New Trails Helps me to be UNBUSY, Trail Workouts, Plus Mizuno Kazan Shoe Review – Cotter Crunch

Fitness

30 Dumbbell Exercises Missing From Your Routine Greatist

30 Dumbbell Exercises Missing From Your Routine – Greatist

30 Dumbbell Exercises Missing From Your Routine – Greatist
Benefits of HIIT – Lower Blood Sugar – Slim Sanity
Quick Bodyweight Ab Workout – Pumps & Iron
Hop On, Hop Off Treadmill Workout – Peanut Butter Fingers
Bootcamp WOD – Fit Foodie Finds

Food

Thai Steak Salad Sweet Spicy Tahini Dressing and Sesame Chili-Lime Cashews Half Baked Harvest

Thai Steak Salad with Sweet Spicy Tahini Dressing and Sesame Chili-Lime Cashews – Half Baked Harvest

Thai Steak Salad w/Sweet + Spicy Tahini Dressing and Sesame Chili-Lime Cashews – Half Baked Harvest
Pear and Dark Chocolate Baked Oatmeal – An Avocado a Day
No Bake S’mores Bars – Treats with a Twist
Sweet Corn, Peach, and Cherry Salad with Goat Cheese and a Lime Dressing – Flourishing Foodie
Pistachio Kale Pesto with Zucchini Noodles + Cherries – Edible Perspective

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from last week?

What I Ate Wednesday #95: Killer Sweet Tooth

Don’t forget to enter my Swanson Vitamins giveaway!

It’s all in the title. I’m telling you, my sweet tooth has been out of control lately. Especially at night!

Breakfast
Protein Egg Oatmeal Peanut Almond Butter Coffee
The usual. Oatmeal, egg whites, banana, nut butters, coffee. It’s pretty much heaven.

Lunch
Tuna Carrots Sugar Snap Peas Apricot BBQ Rice Cake
My lunch spread. On the floor of the break room at work haha. I mixed up some tuna with apricot bbq sauce and kefir to spread on a rice cake and had some leftover bbq mix for veggie dipping. It was delish.

Afternoon Snack
Cookies Cream Quest Bar

Cookies Cream Quest Bar Baked
I came home to a box of Cookies & Cream Quest Bars [from my Swanson order.. don't forget to enter the giveaway!] so obviously I popped one in the oven right away. Holy moly I forgot how good these things are!

Dinner
Baked Turkey Italian Meatballs No Cook Tomato Sauce Zucchini Noodles
Another new take on the baked turkey meatballs with zucchini noodles, no-cook tomato sauce, and freshly shredded parm. It was SO good! I used half turkey italian sausage and half regular ground turkey for extra flavor. This version is a keeper, for sure!

Let the dessert games begin!
Fresh Figs Almond Butter
Up first, a fig with almond butter. Because everything is better with nut butter!

Peaches Plums
Followed by a bunch of peaches and plums.

And finished off with salted caramel brownie brittle with peanut butter. No time for pictures of this.. just eating. It’s too delicious! But who am I to turn down chocolate, peanut butter, and salted caramel? I mean, really! I’m actually glad that the bag of brownie brittle is almost gone so I can control myself again! Ha!

Food for Thought

What food is your biggest weakness?

Cucumber Basil Sparkler {Recipe Redux}

Guys, I’m pretty excited. This is my very first Recipe Redux and I think it’s a perfect fit for me.

From plain Jane vanilla extract to fancy-pants elderflower liqueur, we like to keep a little liquor in the kitchen. Show us how you like to cook, bake or mix-it-up with spirits, extracts and other alcohols. A splash of vodka makes summer sauces shine – and liqueurs brighten desserts: What’s your healthy recipe with spirit?

Ok, that made me sound a little too excited about alcohol. But for real, Nathan and I have been getting more into cocktails lately and this was the perfect excuse to experiment. So I give you the tasty outcome:

Cucumber Basil Sparkler

Serves 2

Cucumber Basil Sparkler

Ingredients
- 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil
- 1 tsp raw sugar
- 4 oz cucumber vodka
- 1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- ~11 oz sparkling water
- Ice

Directions
Using a mortar and pestle, crush the basil with the raw sugar. In a large glass or a cocktail shaker, add the crushed basil and sugar to the cucumber vodka and St. Germain. Mix and pour evenly into 2 glasses. Add your ice and top off with sparkling water.

Put your feet up and enjoy!

Cucumber Vodka St Germain Basil Sparkler

And in case you missed my other dabblings in spirit-filled recipes, check em out!

Check out the rest of the Recipe Redux!

Don’t forget to enter my Swanson Vitamins giveaway!

Sprint 2 the Table

Food for Thought

What is your favorite type of liquor?
Not a liquor fan? What’s your favorite drink?print

Scenes From the Weekend and Swanson 45th Anniversary Giveaway

The weekend was a good one. The Orioles were in town so we mixed in a little relaxing with a lot of baseball fun.

Pyramid Breweries Hefeweizen

He got the glass. I got the pitcher ;) Ha! Ready for some O’s action!

Pyramid Breweries Dinner

Part of our Orioles-watching spread!

Ambitious Kitchen Chocolate Chip Coconut Banana Bread

My very first banana bread! [say whaaaaattttt?!] Awesome recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

Ambitious Kitchen Chocolate Chip Coconut Banana Bread Sliced

With peanut butter chips and coconut!

The Laughing Cow Salami Pedroni Balsamic Jelly Lundberg

A new favorite snack –> brown rice cake + white cheddar Laughing Cow wedge +
balsamic jelly + salami.

Berkeley California

Gloomy but nice morning on a 5 mile run. Whoop whoop!

Baltimore Orioles

Bringing Birdland to us!

Baltimore Orioles Oakland Athletics

We played nice. After some words.

Baltimore Orioles Rally Glasses

Rally glasses since I didn’t have a hat.. and how I felt by the end of that game.
Had nothing to do with the beer…..

After a fun weekend like this, I’m always happy to get back to my normal routine and healthy eats. A bunch of my favorite ingredients that I use everyday, I actually get online, so when Swanson Vitamins reached out to me to help celebrate their 45th Anniversary, I was psyched!

Swanson Vitamins 45 Anniversary

Not only were they were generous enough to give me $45 to spend on some of my favorite items, they’re also giving one of you the chance to win a $45 gift card too!

Enter here for your chance to win!

Need some new fancy nut butters? Protein powder? Coffee? Vitamins? BOOM! It’s a one-stop shop! And don’t forget to check out their 45 Healthy Food Sweepstakes.

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Out!
Monday – Baked turkey Italian meatballs with fresh papparaelle pasta for him/zoodles for me & no-cook tomato sauce
TuesdayQuick Honey Ginger Pineapple and Summer Veggie Chicken Stir Fry with Caramelized Cashews
WednesdayMustard balsamic chicken with potato wedges and roasted asparagus
Thursday – Leftovers
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

What fun things did you do over the weekend?

Foodie Friday: Dark Chocolate Berry Protein Bites

It’s always bittersweet when I finish something, whether it’s a nut butter, protein bites, obviously anything else snacky. I hate to have the last of something, but that just means I get to experiment with new flavors! So when I finished my apple pie protein bites, rather than making more of the same, I decided to see what else was in the pantry. I noticed I have quite a bit of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. And you just can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter, am I right? That’s a good place to start..

Dark Chocolate Berry Protein Bites

Makes 38 bites Dark Chocolate Berry Protein Bites Ingredients – 2/3 cup chocolate protein powder [I used PlantFusion] – 1/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder – 1/2 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter [You can sub another nut butter.. but why? ;)] – 1/2 cup canned lite coconut milk – 75 drops NuNaturals Cherry Vanilla liquid stevia – 1/4 cup dried goji berries [Dried cherries would be great too!] Directions In a large bowl, add all ingredients except the goji berries. Mix until everything is almost fully incorporated and then add the goji berries. Continue mixing until the granola is evenly distributed throughout. Depending on the protein powder and nut butter you use, you may want to add a little more coconut milk as you’re mixing. Using a 1/2 tbsp measuring spoon, measure out your bites and roll into balls. Place in an airtight container in the freezer. Dark Chocolate Berry Protein Bites Goji Nutritional Information Per 1/2 tbsp bite 32 Calories / 2g Fat / 2g Carbs / 0g Fiber / 1g Sugar / 2g Protein The stats are pretty darn close to my apple pie bites and they just happen to be the perfect pop-able snack before the gym or when your sweet tooth hits! My Bob’s Red Mill giveaway winner has been randomly chosen. Congrats to Cassandra P! Please email me at Brittany@BarrAndTable.com with your shipping information so you can get your prize!

Sprint 2 the Table

Food for Thought

What flavor combo do you want to see next?

What I Ate Wednesday #94: Can’t Stop Me Now

Because if you’re hungry, eat! Ironically enough, I wasn’t all that hungry throughout the day but when the sun set, it was all I could do to keep my hands off of more food!

Breakfast
Protein Oatmeal Peanut Almond Butter Orioles Cold Brewed Coffee
A normal start to the day. The best protein-packed oatmeal and nut butters. Also, homemade cold-brewed coffee is too easy. Do it.

Lunch
Tuna Salad Beets Avocado
Use your imagination.. this was really my salad from yesterday but Monday’s salad was pretty close. Tuna has been my bff lately, it’s just so easy to throw on a salad when I’m running around like a nut. Which is most days right now! I also had a few Rosemary Black Pepper almonds. Because they’re amazing.

Afternoon Snack
Fage Kefir Bobs Red Mill Granola Bluberries Peanut Flour
I’m usually starving by the time I get off of work, but Monday I was just feeling something light. I just bought some kefir to try out and while I’m not a huge fan of it on its own, I do like going half and half with some greek yogurt. Of course I added some peanut flour to make a little PB&J parfait.

Dinner
That Skinny Chick Can Bake Feta Chicken Roasted Brussels Sprouts Red Pepper
Love love love this feta chicken recipe! I’d highly recommend it but definitely go for the fresh rosemary over dried; I’ve done both and fresh really makes it pop.

Evening Snack[s]
Let the games begin! I started with a couple little pieces of pineapple and an apple. And then…..
Cinnamon Toast Rice Cake Peanut Butter

Cinnamon Toast Rice Cake Peanut Butter Bite
..a cinnamon toast rice cake with peanut butter. Eaten just like this.. standing in the kitchen, broken into pieces. Because that’s normal.

And because 2 snacks just didn’t suffice..
Larabar Renola Cocoa Coconut Grain Free Granola
..this stuff is delicious! And it finally filled me up. Success!

I always try to practice what I preach. Even though I wasn’t very hungry throughout the day, my body was clearly telling me I didn’t eat enough and it caught up to me by the end of the night. So just because it was after 10 pm [GASP!], I continued to eat healthy snacks until I was comfortably full. Going to bed hungry is the worst!

Don’t forget to enter my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway?

Food for Thought

Do you have a cut-off time for when you stop eating each night?

Link Love #44

Have you entered my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway?

It’s only Tuesday but I’m already glad we had such a low key weekend. I can tell this week is going to be crazy nuts so I’m trying to make the most of every free second I have. I’m not usually one for making lunches the night before but I’m so glad I have been this week.. helloooooo extra sleep! Even if it is only 30 minutes extra.. Take what you can get, right? Now if I had a post below about how imperative sleep is, that would be a perfect transition. But I don’t. So here ya go ;)

Health

Should You Count Calories to Lose Weight Trainer Paige

Should You Count Calories to Lose Weight? – Trainer Paige

Should You Count Calories to Lose Weight? – Trainer Paige
Orthorexia: The Fine Line Between Eating Clean & Eating Disorder – To Live & Diet in L.A.
4 Tips for Taking Citicism Without Falling Apart – Carla Birnberg
4 Reasons to Eat Fermented Food – Mommy Run Faster
Tips for Overcoming Excuses & Getting the Best Out of Exercise – Zen and Spice

Fitness

Hydration Race Day Tactics Cotter Crunch

Hydration and Race Day Tactics – Cotter Crunch

Hydration and Race Day Tactics – Cotter Crunch
The Women’s Guide To Increasing Strength Without Increasing Bulk – Lifting Revolution
Secrets to Success: Arm Strengthening – Tina Muir
High Intensity Workout in 12 Minutes – Fit2Flex
Fit Friday: Top 4 Back Exercises for WomenMonica Nelson via Eating Bird Food

Food

Roasted Vegetable Tacos with Cumin Cashew Crema Hummusapien Roasted Root

Roasted Vegetable Tacos with Cumin Cashew Crema – The Roasted Root via Hummusapien

Roasted Vegetable Tacos with Cumin Cashew CremaThe Roasted Root via The Hummusapien
Grilled Cherry Milkshakes – Edible Perspective
Salmon Fig Pesto Pizza {Gluten Free} – Health, Love, & Chocolate
100-Calorie Peanut Butter Swirl Buckwheat Brownies – Fit Foodie Finds
Toasted Walnut Pesto and Caramelized Nectarine Pizza w/ Spicy Balsamic Drizzle – Half Baked Harvest

Food for Thought

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

Quiet Around These Parts

Have you entered my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway?

It was a pretty quiet one this past weekend although it did kick off with a rather amazing picture message from my brother that made my day.

Jilly Bean Beach

Please, no pictures. I’m sunning.

If only we could all be so fabulous..

With all of the going out we’ve done over the past few, we decided to lay low a bit. Saturday I was working in the morning and when I got home we hit the road to check out Grocery Outlet [think Aldi but with name-brands]. We really had our bargain-hunting pants on this weekend! It ended up being a pretty successful trip knowing that we’d still be going to Berkeley Bowl on Sunday. But all in all, I’d say we got some good deals!

Yesterday I got up early for a quick run before Nathan and I went for a hike. There are still so many place we haven’t seen yet and Joaquin Miller Park is right around the corner from us.

Joaquin Miller Park

Such a pretty view right from the start.

Joaquin Miller Park Eucalyptus Trees

How cool are these trees?

Joaquin Miller Park Nathan

We hike with coffee. And pastries.

Joaquin Miller Park Oakland Eucalyptus Trees

Crazy fog made for some fun pictures.

The fog was pretty heavy when we first got there but it really burned off within about an hour. We tried to stop at a lookout point on our way up the mountain but you couldn’t see 5 feet in front of you! We were able stop on the way back down and could actually see the fog moving out. Pretty cool! It was a really nice area and a great place to check out.

Later in the day we lucked out and got to watch our Orioles since the game was on ESPN.

Baltimore Orioles ESPN

Orioles Magic!

I don’t mind the game being rained out at all.. an O’s win after 5 innings? I’ll take it! We’re in first and it feels so good!

And while the game was going, this baby was roasting for an awesome Sunday dinner.

Southwest Roast Chicken

Nathan roasts a mean chicken!

Southwest Roast Chicken Sweet Potato

Sweet potato for me..

Southwest Roast Chicken Hasselback Potato

..and Nathan’s fancy hasselback potato!

Such a great way to end the weekend.

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Roast chicken, sweet/hasselback potatoes, and side salad
MondayFeta chicken kabobs with roasted brussels sprouts [this one didn't happen last week so I'm making up for it now!]
TuesdayBlack rice salad bowls with chipotle orange chicken, cashews, & feta
Wednesday – Leftovers
ThursdayGreen chile turkey burgers and side salad
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

What fun things did you do over the weekend?