Gimme Some Routine!

First things first, I totally forgot to choose a winner for my Pure Via giveaway on Friday. Congrats to Emily D! Shoot me an email at Brittany@BarrAndTable.com with your shipping in and I’ll make sure it gets sent out right away!

Yesterday the SIL headed back home and Nathan and I relaxed at home by ourselves for the first time in over a week. Heading back to Baltimore and then coming back with a guest was fun but we were really ready for some quiet time. Not to mention we couldn’t wait for some light, healthy, home-cooked meals! That said, we did Saturday right for my SIL’s last day with us.

For lunch we stopped at a little restaurant called Southie where we sat up at the bar watching the cooks and drooling over all the food. They were really friendly and happy to answer all of our questions about what they were making when it looked like something that wasn’t on the menu. It all looked so good but I think next time we’ll have to get a steak sandwich!

Southie Steak Sandwich

Making the Steak Giardiniera sandwich.

Southie Spicy Hog Pulled Pork Sandwich

Making Nathan’s spicy hog pulled pork sandwich.

Southie Ahi Tuna Salad

Ahi tuna sandwich made into a salad!

I need to remember that so many restaurants like this are so accommodating and more than happy to make a sandwich into a salad. The ahi tuna was delicious and this might have been my favorite tapenade ever. I’m not a huge olive fan and these olives had such a light flavor and weren’t salty at all. Fabulous!

Of course we couldn’t go out for a stroll without grabbing a couple of drinks. After some beer, we made our way over to Smitten for a little liquid nitrogen ice cream.

Smitten Ice Cream Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cookie

Brown Sugar with Cinnamon Shortbread liquid nitrogen ice cream

Everything is made-to-order and you can choose a flavor plus add-ins. I stuck to a regular [homemade] cone with no add-ins and it was great! They have some really interesting flavors and I think we’ll have to head back for Nathan to try the flavor-of-the-month, Nectarine.

We finished off the SIL’s trip with our favorite Indian food.

Viks Chaat Tandoori Chicken Naan

The best tandoori chicken and naan.

I love the tandoori chicken; it’s the first spicy tandoori we’ve ever had! She had the curry chicken and it was equally as delicious and flavorful. With all of the food we had throughout the day, we ended up splitting 2 meals between the 3 of us and it was plenty of food!

So you can imagine I was glad to keep it light yesterday.

Salmon Sushi Safeway

Salmon sushi.

Coconut Basil Grilled Chicken Asparagus Sweet Potato

Coconut basil grilled chicken, grilled asparagus, and roasted sweet potato.

My body will be thrilled after a few more days of being back to normal eating! Looking forward to this week’s plan.

Weekly Meal Plan

SundayCoconut basil grilled chicken, grilled asparagus, and roasted yukon and sweet potatoes
MondayChopped chicken and couscous salad with sweet basil dressing
Tuesday – Chicken and dry-braised green beans and baby bok choy
Wednesday – Leftovers
ThursdayApricot barbecue chicken with roasted brussels sprouts
FridayFeta chicken kabobs with roasted broccoli
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

How was your 4th of July weekend?
What’s on your meal plan this week?

Pure Via Recipe Round Up and Giveaway!

Growing up, my mom always had a big pitcher of sweet tea in the fridge. A nice cold glass of tea, sans ice, was one of my favorite things after being outside in the summer heat all day. It was so refreshing and I always looked forward to it.

With June being National Iced Tea Month, Pure Via, as part of a FitFluential campaign, sent me a Summer Fit Kit packed with goodies:

  • Box of Pure Via® non-GMO packets
  • Bottle of Pure Via® stevia liquid
  • Bottle of Pure Via® vanilla stevia liquid
  • Container of instant iced tea
  • Pure Via mason jar & straw
  • Pure Via pedometer
  • Pure Via SPF 15 lip balm

Pure Via Stevia Giveaway Lipton Iced Tea

Summer sweet tea, here I come! With a little less sugar, yes? 😉 I’ve been loving the vanilla liquid Pure Via in my coffee and PB&J yogurt parfaits. On top of that, there are tons of recipes on the Pure Via website that I can’t wait to try!

Drinks

Treats

Eats

Now the best part is that Pure Via is also giving away one of their Summer Fit Kits to you!

Click here to enter the giveaway today!

Food for Thought

What was your favorite part of summer growing up?

*Disclosure: I received a Pure Via Summer Fit Kit as part of a FitFluential campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

What I Ate Wednesday #92: Breaking the Plan

We’re usually pretty good about sticking to our weekly meal plan even if we do swap a few days every now and then. I’m kind of a stickler for eating at home during the week, but when Nathan walked in after work yesterday asking if I wanted to grab a cocktail, I couldn’t say no. It had already been a long week and it was only Tuesday! It was an impromptu date night and it was just so nice.

[Breakfast]
Coco-Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes
I’ve been loving a new protein pancake recipe this week—I’m calling them coco-peanut butter pancakes. I’m still adjusting ratios a bit for the perfect texture but I will definitely be sharing the recipe soon.

[Morning Snack]
Peanut Butter Jelly PB&J Yogurt Bobs Red Mill Granola Blue Diamond Blueberry Almonds
And because I haven’t had enough peanut butter, this PB&J yogurt “parfait” is hitting the spot!

Ingredients
– 1/2 cup greek yogurt [I use 2% Fage]
– 2 tbsp peanut flour
– 1 squeeze Pure Via [the vanilla is my favorite!]
– Splash of coconut almond milk
– A couple of your favorite berries [strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are my fave!]
– A few Toasted Coconut and Blueberry Almond Breeze almonds
– 1 tbsp granola [I use Bob’s Red Mill Honey Almond]

Directions
Mix your greek yogurt, peanut flour, stevia, and coconut almond milk together until smooth. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

[Lunch]
Kale Spinach Salad Sweet Potato Avocado Turkey Meatballs
I was loving the smoothies at work for lunch but recently I’ve been in more of a salad mood. Especially with the delicious leftover brussels and sweet potato we’ve had!

[Afternoon Snack]
Forte High Protein Gelato Espresso
I pretty much could have eaten a horse yesterday. This was snack #2 after a lemon vanilla Luna protein bar. The gelato is pretty amazing and I’ll be posting a real review soon!

[Happy Hour]
Prizefighter Mezcal Rye Cocktails

Prizefighter Happy Hour
Prizefighter is known for their cocktails. I’ve only been there once before but Nathan never had before and it was such a gorgeous night; perfect for a drink outside! My drink was the Tennessee Rye – rye, orange bitters, lemon, and soda. His was the Reconquista – mezcal, punt e mes, and aperol. They were both perfectly balanced and hit the spot. We’ll be back for sure!

[Dinner]
Jasmine Thai Fresh Roll Peanut Sauce

Jasmine Thai Ginger Chicken Salad

Jasmine Thai Drunken Noodles
Dinner was an early one at Jasmine Blossom. They have an awesome happy hour—$3 drinks and $5-7 appetizers.

I got the fresh roll filled with beets, carrots, vermicelli noodles, mint, and lettuce and served with the most delicious peanut sauce I’ve ever tasted! Because clearly there’s never enough peanut butter in my life. I might have been nice enough to share the roll with Nathan too. I also got the ginger chicken salad which I love—it’s light and super flavorful. Nathan ordered the chicken pad kee mao which is essentially drunken noodles and again, delicious.

[Midnight Snack]
Dinner actually kept me full longer than I expected but my stomach was grumbling before bed so I grabbed a spoon, a jar of PB, and a little granola. Mmmmmmm.

And now it’s just a few more days till we’re headed home 🙂

Food for Thought

Do you stick to eating at home during the week or do you go out?

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary shipment of Toasted Coconut and Blueberry Almonds from BlueDiamondTasteMakers.com. All thoughts and opinions of the product are my own.