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

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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?