From Blonde to Brunette

My mantra this week has been… “you can do this”.  I’ve just been repeating that over and over.  It has been a sleepy week thus far no thanks to the premiere of The Voice.  Who else is watching?  It’s one of the few shows I actually watch as new episodes come out (instead binging on Netflix).  Josh, sadly, is not a fan of the show so I find myself staying up super late to watch that night’s episode after he’s gone to bed.  In the moment, it’s totally worth it, but the next morning is always rough.  As for last night, I have no excuse.  I simply stayed up later than I needed to.  Tonight will be different!

Let’s talk about some food from the day.  I actually only had two meals today (this has been fairly normal for me in the last two weeks).  I had leftover pizza for lunch and I even spent the time to heat it up in the oven so it was super delicious.

Pizza

For dinner I had cheesy chicken, broccoli and rice casserole.  I had the bowl you see below plus another good helping and I enjoyed a Gaelic Ale (one of my favorite Asheville beers) as well.

Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

As you can see, although I’ve been eating less often, the meals I’ve been eating have been heavier.  It all evens out, my friends!  On a completely different note, I got my hair did today 😉

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I’ve been wanting to dye my hair brown for YEARS and (about a month ago) finally made the appointment to do so.  I have NEVER dyed my hair before.  I’ve done very subtle highlights, but besides that I’ve always been a “darker blonde”.  I was super nervous as to how Josh would react and, although I do think he loves it, the conversation was…

Me: What do you think?

Josh: Oh, it’s so different.  Do you like it?

Me: Yes, I love it!

Josh: Are you sure?

He knew I was getting it done but considering I’ve had the same hair color for the 7+ years we’ve known each other, I think he was just in pure shock. 😂 He has since assured me really does like it!

From Blonde to Brunette

That’s all for this evening 🙂  Cheers to tomorrow being Friday!!

 

 

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Friday Favorites #3

Happy Friday!  This week was full of up’s an down’s at work so I am REALLY looking forward to my weekend.  I’m kicking it off by typing up this post as I sip on a Gaelic Ale while watching old episodes of The Pioneer Woman with Cooper cuddled up by my feet.  Perfection!

Let’s start the weekend off with some Friday Favorites 🙂 .

Sweater weather!

We had some fabulous fall weather this week so I pulled out my sweaters and boots.

Navy/Green Sweater with Brown Cole Haan Boots

Also, last weekend I pulled out all of my fall/winter clothes and was excited to find that many sweaters I had set aside to sell/donate last year fit again!  Even more importantly, my boots (pictured above) fit again.  Last year I couldn’t zip them up of my calves.  Fall is already off to a great start… and it’s not even Fall yet 😉 .

Professional cleaners!

Our house was feeling messier and messier with each passing weekend.  About two weeks ago Josh and I decided it was time… (at least for the time being) we would invest in a cleaning company.  They are coming every other week for the next month or so and then we’ll re-evaluate.  It was such an amazing feeling coming home on Wednesday knowing the house was clean.  They did the tedious work I hate like cleaning/dusting off our open shelving in the kitchen.

Open Shelving in Kitchen

They also got our bathtub spotless!  There had been a ring around the tub about 1/4 of the way up ever since we purchased our house back in January.  I had scrubbed and scrubbed but couldn’t get it off.  I don’t know what they used but it looks amazing!

Clean Bathtub

Meatballs!

I made turkey meatballs last weekend and used some to make an open face meatball sandwich on Wednesday night after teaching yoga.  A ciabatta roll with marinara sauce, slices of turkey meatball, shredded mozzarella cheese and red pepper flakes.  YUM!

Meatball Open Faced Sandwich

New Bedding!

I had been wanting to get new bedding/pillows for our master bedroom for a while and I finally splurged a few weeks ago.  I kept things SUPER simple with whites and grays but I love it.  I also love our pillows!  I went with two big white pillows, two gray smaller square pillows, and then one “seasonal” rectangular pillow.  For the Fall season I got one that says “thankful” and I plan to switch this out by the season.

Bedding with Cooper

Of course, Cooper likes to push them around until he finds just the right place to take a knap

There you have it!  What are you loving?

Full Day of Eating {pumpkin is back}

Happy Tuesday!  Man, this has been on a long week and it’s only Tuesday 😂 .  I have a feeling the rest of the week will fly by though.  Today’s post will be a Full Day of Eating.  Let’s get to it!

I made homemade peanut butter oat bars over the weekend.  I pretty much used whatever I had in my pantry (oats, creamy peanut butter, honey, chia seeds, raisins, chopped walnuts, mini chocolate chips… I think that was it).  They turned out super yummy and I grabbed one this morning for breakfast as I ran out the door.

Peanut Butter Oat Bar

For lunch I headed home to heat up a bowl of voodles (veggie noodles) and turkey meatballs with a sprinkling of grated parmesan and plenty of pasta sauce.

Zoodles and Turkey Meatballs

When I got back from lunch I had a very special box outside my office door.

Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

Yasss!!! 🙌 I had been searching for the Pumpkin Spice Cheerios and mentioned to a co-worker I couldn’t find them.  She saw them at Target over her lunch break and bought them for me ❤ .  The best!  A few hours later I snacked on a handful alongside some Chobani Apple Cinnamon Blended Greek Yogurt.  It was the perfect afternoon snack!

Chobani Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt and Pumpkin Cheerios

Switching gears a bit… for those of you who don’t know, I dislocated my left knee cap last Monday.  I took an entire week off from exercising and felt ready after work today to ease back into things.  I went for an easy (and slow) 30 minute walk and it was simply perfection.

When I got back from my walk, Josh starting cooking dinner.  On the menu – chicken caesar salads!  Of course, along with my salad I had a pumpkin beer.

Chicken Caesar Salad and Blue Moon Pumpkin Beer

I’ll be rounding out my night with a few bites of halo top and then it will be time for bed.

Question… Which side are you on?  Pumpkin or no pumpkin?

Blueberry Maple Greek Yogurt Smoothie (Recipe)

How many times can I say “it’s been too long”?  I’m (clearly) not a consistent blogger.  Sometimes life gets busy.  Sometimes life gets hard.  I definitely get caught up in an all or nothing mindset, but here’s to trying to blog more without going crazy 🙂

I’m stopping in today to share this morning’s breakfast.  It was SO easy to make and tasted delicious.  Here is goes!

Blueberry Maple Greek Yogurt Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients
1 5.3 oz container Chobani Maple Blended Greek Yogurt

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup (140g) frozen blueberries
3 ice cubes

Instructions
Just throw everything in the blender and blend until smooth. 

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I recommend enjoying this smoothie with a hot cup of coffee.  Something about the cold and hot combo is just so satisfying.

PS… I bet this smoothie would taste just as yummy with the Chobani Pumpkin Spice Blended Greek Yogurt.

Enjoy 🙂

Saturday Errands and Down 10 lbs

I have a very important announcement… Cooper is finally back at doggy daycare!!! I took Cooper to the vet this morning after teaching warm gentle yoga and working my shoulders, chest and tri’s at the gym. They give him the thumbs up and removed his staples. They also said as long as doggy daycare was comfortable monitoring him he was okay to go play. We went straight there!

With Cooper taken care of I was determined to get some pesky items off my to-do list that had been hanging over me for months. First on the list was washing the car cover that stays on my backseat. Poor Cooper has been sitting on it unwashed for months meaning he was just sitting in his own dirt. (And as a vizsla, Cooper does not appreciate being dirty.) Next up I took my wedding dress to the the dry cleaners (7 months after my wedding). And, the last pesky item to check off my list was stopping by a wedding consignment store to get an idea as to what they think my original (unworn… it’s a long story) wedding dress could sell for. I’m thinking I’ll have better luck selling it online but at least I’ve started doing my research.

After those errands, I picked myself up some lunch from Panera. I needed it! I got a You Pick Two with Broccoli Cheddar Soup, a Modern Greek Salad, and a Sprouted Whole Grain Roll.

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With my belly full I decided to spend some time outside in the sun. The clouds came out after about 30 minutes but it was nice to at least get some sunshine in! Next up was a shower and then actually drying my hair (*gasp*). I honestly can’t remember the last time I took the time to dry my hair but it always looks so much better when I do (both the day of and the day [or two] after).

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I truly despise showering… I find it to be such a hassle… but I always feel so much better when I’m fresh and clean. One other thing I want to share before wrapping up this post is where I am in my fitness journey. I started A Girl and Her Vizsla (and stopped blogging over at Treats and Sneaks) because I wanted to write about whatever I wanted. Treats and Sneaks felt too health focused and I just wasn’t interested in health anymore. Of course, a handful of months later I’m back on the health train but this time things are VERY different. I’m paying attention to my body and what works for me, and I’ve thrown all “best practices” out the window. I drink Diet Coke and Crystal Light regularly. I count calories. I don’t focus on making sure I’m getting “superfoods” into my diet. I stay up late and stare at screens before bed. But here’s the thing… this is working for me. I’m officially down 10 lbs and I’ve never felt like I’m starving myself.

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As you can see, it’s been a rocky road of ups and downs… but mostly downs (aka losing weight so I mean that in a good way). I’ve been doing what’s manageable and what feels good for me. I really wish I had stopped trying to do what worked for everyone else a long time ago because I feel amazing.

Moving on, I’m going to run two more errands. It looks like it might rain but I’m going to see if I can find a car wash that’s open. I also need to run to a Target or Walmart to pick up a new shower curtain, some Scrubbing Bubbles and some wet Swiffer pads. Tomorrow will be a workout and cleaning day. I hope you’re having an awesome Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by 🙂 .

What Happened to Cooper?

I feel like I always say this but… it’s been too long!  It has been an exhausting couple of days.  If you follow me over at @agirlandhervizsla on Instagram you might have seen that Cooper got himself into some trouble this weekend.  It all started on Sunday morning.  Things started out good.  I had protein pancakes and coffee in my belly…

Protein Pancakes and Coffee

…but then I looked over at Cooper who was obsessively licking his paws and saw this…

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…and this.

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Ugh!!  He was very shaky and just overall not acting himself.  When I leaned down to get a closer look he kept trying to climb on me (same thing he does when he’s scared before bath time).  Off to the emergency vet we went!  After an initial look the vet tech told me it looked like road rash or like he had gotten his paws stuck in something (like a fence) while digging.  Digging didn’t really make sense.  I hadn’t seen any suspicious looking ares in the yard and Cooper isn’t much of a digger.  We don’t really take him on walks since we have the yard so he definitely didn’t drag his feet on asphalt.  Only later did I realize he probably fell or slid along the brick planters in the backyard.

Brick Planters in Backyard

(This is an old picture.)  These brick planters go far over to the right side of our yard and are about 3-4 feet tall on the back and right sides.  He loves to jump on and off of them.  My guess is that he wiped out at some point while playing.  Cooper is a trustworthy pup so we leave him outside for 5-10 minute intervals all the time so we just didn’t see it happen.  A few hours later Cooper had the cone of shame, shaved paws, and two staples in his right foot.

Cooper in Cone of Shame

Oh, and he was drugged out of his mind.

Cooper drugged out of his mind

We tried to make him as comfy as we could…

Cooper in Cone of Shame

…but that damn cone of shame was making it pretty difficult.

Cooper cone of shame

Cooper always starts the evening in his own bed, and then hops in bed with Josh and myself in the middle of the night.  He wasn’t allowed to jump up on the bed (nor could he sleep with us with the cone of shame) so he cried ALL night long.  Nonstop.  Just a continuous string of whining.  All that crying meant no sleeping and resulted in a breakfast of overnight oats (healthy) and a monster (not so healthy) on Monday morning.

Overnight Oats and Monster

I wound up back at home for an extended lunch on Monday and Cooper would not leave my side.

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Yes, vizslas are velcro dogs, but he was being particularly velco-y.

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Do you see his poor little chin?  That got knocked, too 😦 .  He’s doing a little better but there’s no doggy daycare and no sleeping with mom and dad until the staples come out and the cone of shame can be thrown out.  The vet told us on Sunday it would be 12-14 days… but Cooper has always been a quick healer so we’re hoping it will be even sooner than that.  Plus, he got himself into some extra trouble last night by (for the first time in his life) being mischievous.  He not only kicked all of my shoes out of the closet…

Cooper Looking Guilty

…(yes, he did all this with the cone of shame ON and was looking VERY guilty when I got home).  He also peed in the closet right onto my white bra.

Cooper Peed on my Bra

To his defense, I think he had kicked out all the shoes because he was trying to pee in the corner (where the bra happened to be), and there was also a terrible thunderstorm right before we got home.  Restless + thunder = PEE ON THINGS.  Cooper gets all the excuses and sympathies I have in me while there are office supplies in his paw.  I’ll be sure to share when he’s back to his regularly scheduled activities (aka bird hunting, doggy daycare attending, and bedtime cuddling).

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

 

Icon Meals Review – What I Liked, What I Didn’t, and What I’d Do Again

I was lazy and did not capture all my meals from yesterday so we’re skipping the usual What I Ate Wednesday/Full Day of Eating.  Instead, we’re going to talk Icon Meals.  I know they cater towards athletes and bodybuilders… and I’m just a Joe Shmoe (Jane Schmane?)… but have I mentioned I’m lazy?  I was getting tired of all the brain power it took to meal prep AND count macros.  How much oil did I put in that?  How many ounces of bell pepper went in my omelet?  Blah!  I wanted cooked foods I could plug and play with.

Icon Meals Arrived

I looked at two primary companies in my search for food delivery – Icon Meals and Bite Meals.  (Spoiler alert, I ordered Bite Meals for next week so I’ll be doing a review on that company, too.)  I decided to give Icon Meals a try first simply because they made it easy to order meats/veggies/grains by the pound which was a bit cheaper than buying the meals already put together.  I ordered broccoli, green beans, mashed sweet potato, cilantro brown rice, ground bison, roasted turkey breast, a breakfast meal, and a carrot cake cheesecake.  I was able to get it delivered on Saturday (instead of waiting for a delivery on Monday) for an extra $12.

Cooper checking out the Icon Meals

Icon Meals chooses to ship with dry ice so even though the food is shipped “fresh never frozen”… it comes in frozen (whomp whomp).

Icon Meals - how they're shipped

With that being said, everything thawed pretty nicely sitting in the refrigerator (no issues with freezer burn or ice fuzz).  The only big downside I saw to things having been frozen previously was that the veggies were a bit watery.

Icon Meals Sweet Potato

But, I just worked around it and the food still tasted great.  The mashed sweet potatoes (what you’re seeing above) were my absolute favorite along with the roasted turkey breast. Both were seasoned wonderfully and when combined with green beans and ketchup tasted just like Thanksgiving dinner as a child.  (Yes, I used ketchup on my Thanksgiving turkey as a child… it’s basically doing the same thing as your stupid cranberry sauce so back off.)  Anywho… delicious!

Icon Meals Thanksgiving Bowl Green Beans, Sweet Potato, Turkey, Ketchup

Moving on to the ground bison.  It smelled like dog food and looked weird but tasted surprisingly good.  I paired it with the cilantro brown rice and broccoli with a big ole’ pile of guac.  (Note, I did add Mrs. Dash seasonings to add extra flavor.)

Icon Meals Bison Burrito Bowl

Moving on to breakfast… meh.  The pancakes were good but the turkey bacon was chewy (I personally only like crispy bacon) and the eggs had been cooked, frozen, thawed, and then microwaved… they would’ve needed a miracle to taste delicious.  It was fine, but I don’t think I’d order any breakfast meals moving forward.

Icon Meals Breakfast

As for dessert, I decided to order a Carrot Cake Cheesecake off that week’s menu.  I’m not sure why I ordered this.  I don’t like cheesecake!!  But I do love carrot cake.  As I could’ve predicted, it was too rich for me… but it did taste like legit cheesecake.  I’m guessing if you like cheesecake, you’d like it!

Icon Meals Carrot Cake Cheesecake

(Not a great picture but I wanted to include it anyway!)  Okay, so let’s round up my thoughts… the ground bison, roasted turkey breast and mashed sweet potato were extremely delicious and totally worth the purchase!!  The vegetables (broccoli and green beans) were kind of flavorless and watery.  They reminded me of what you get out of steamable microwave bags from the freezer section… so you might as well reduce costs and buy that.  The brown rice was good but nothing special.  Again, there’s lots of supermarket quick fixes for brown rice that are more cost effective.  The breakfast… skip it (unless you’re just ordering the pancakes because those were delicious!).  As for dessert, I think it changes weekly but from my one expeirence their desserts are pretty tasty (just don’t order cheesecake if you don’t like cheesecake 😉 ).

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room… the cost of overnight shipping.  So the cost of shipping was somewhere between $30 and $35 (plus the extra $12 for Saturday deliver).  If I lived near a pick up location I might be ordering the sweet potatoes, roasted turkey breast, ground bison and pancakes on a weekly basis… but Icon Meals just isn’t feasible for me because I can’t bring myself to justify the cost.  I would absolutely use it again though for a one-off situation… like if I’m coming back from vacation and want cooked food ready for me when I arrive home and won’t have time to meal prep before diving into the workweek.  But other than that, it’s definitely not a longterm and consistent purchase for me.

Feel free to leave comments below regarding Icon Meals below 🙂  I hope this post was helpful for anyone looking for some info on the company!

 

What I Ate Wednesday: Weird Combinations

Back to back blog posts?!  Don’t get use to it 😉 , but I wanted to pop in with a quick What I Ate Wednesday post.  I was trying out some new things today and they didn’t quite work in my favor.  Let’s get into it.

I started my day with Trader Joe’s frozen oatmeal.

Trader Joe's Frozen Oatmeal

This on its own was delicious but, in an effort to make it a high protein meal, I decided to add a scoop of Quest Peanut Butter protein powder and… blech.  It didn’t taste bad… but it made the oatmeal have a super weird and goopy texture… and I’m picky about texture.

Trader Joe's Frozen Oatmeal and Quest PB Protein Powder

I forced myself to eat it but was gagging towards the end so I threw out the last few bites.  I also had some iced coffee with 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Macros (including coffee add-ins):  305 calories | 15g carbs | 4g fat | 29g protein

As a snack mid-morning I had some fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Mixed Berries 2

Macros: 61 calories | 13g carbs | 0g fat | 1g protein

On the menu for lunch was brussels sprouts with ground turkey and marinara sauce.  I had already prepped the meal and weighed everything out.  It was simply waiting for me in the refrigerator at home.  Now, I’m not a lover of brussels sprouts but I’ll eat them on occasion because they’re green and they’re good for you.  These, however, were the grossest brussels sprouts I’ve ever tasted.  I’m thinking they were extra terrible because I sautéed them and didn’t roast them.  Either way, they were completely inedible so I opened up the MyFitnessPal app on my phone and started plugging away.  I knew I wanted to use something I had in the fridge/freezer at home that required minimal prep work and would be around the same macros.  And here’s the super weird combo I came  up with…

Protein Waffles and Turkey Meatballs

Yes, you’re seeing that correctly.  That is a picture of protein waffles alongside two meatballs with red sauce.  Both were (separately) delicious.  I made the waffles with 1 packet Quest Banana Cream Protein Powder, 1 egg, 1 tsp baking powder and some water.  I then topped them with 2 Tbsp sugar free maple syrup.  The meatballs were Trader Joe’s Frozen Turkey Meatballs topped with 1/2 cup Prego Light Smart Pasta Sauce.

Macros: 313 calories | 20g carbs | 9g fat | 40g protein

This weird combo kept me full for a few more hours.  Around 3:00pm I snacked on an apple (100 grams).  (I cut it earlier in the day so try not to be too grossed out by the brown tinge.)

Sliced Apples

Macros: 71 calories | 19g carbs | 0g fat | 0g protein

And closer to 5:00pm I had some Trader Joe’s Nonfat Strawberry Greek Yogurt.

Trader Joe's Strawberry Nonfat Greek Yogurt

Macros: 120 calories | 17g carbs | 0 g fat | 12g protein

After work I picked up Cooper from doggy daycare and got gas on my way home.  Then it was gym time.  Today was a full body workout along with 15 minutes of cardio.  The stairmaster felt like death for the 15 minutes I was on it but I felt great afterwards,

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I headed home and walked into a house that smelled amazing!!  (By amazing, I’m talking about the good food that was in progress, not that it was clean lemony fresh 😉 .)  Josh made us lamb patties with roasted veggies.  Also on my plate I had some tzatziki sauce, some siracha and a piece of Ezekiel toast.

Ground Lamb and Mixed Roasted Veggies

Macros: 605 calories | 28g carbs | 39g fat | 36g protein

To round out this post and my evening, I had 1/2 container of Halo Top Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Halo Top

Macros: 180 calories | 32g carbs | 6g fat | 10g protein

TOTAL MACROS: 1655 calores | 170g carbs | 58g fat | 128g protein.

I was within 5g of all my macro goals 🙂 .  I hope your having a great Wednesday so far!

Memorial Day Weekend Recap

I hope everyone had a chance to relax and recharge this weekend.  Before we get into today’s post (a weekend recap), let me first say “thank you” to everyone who has served our country.  We honor you today and always.

Let’s start with Saturday!  I woke up and taught an 8:00am warm gentle yoga class.  We were out of coffee filters so I had to go coffee-less for the first part of the morning, but I made a stop at Starbucks after class.

Starbucks

And with coffee in hand, I was ready to go to Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe's Flowers

I got a bunch of new stuff but I haven’t had a chance to try it all.  I’ll post a grocery haul in the next week or two once I’ve gotten through everything 🙂 .

I don’t have anything else to share from Saturday because, for the first time in three weeks, I didn’t track macros… and I really didn’t want to document it.  I drank, I ate, and then I ate and drank some more.  It was a wonderful, fabulous “cheat” day.

I woke up on Sunday morning, naturally, not feeling my best, but I had to get up and moving as I was teaching another 8:00am warm gentle yoga class.  I didn’t have a workout scheduled but had energy to burn and post-cheat-day-motivation so I headed to the gym after class.  I did 45 sweaty minutes of cardio and tacked on some weightlifting at the end.

Seriously Sweaty Workout

It felt amazing to be moving and I burned a whopping 645 active calories (according to my AppleWatch).  I stayed on track with food throughout the day even with hotdogs and pasta salad on the menu.

Memorial Day Weekend Hotdogs

Moving on to Monday morning, I woke up wanting one thing,  a big bowl of fruit!  So I enjoyed watermelon, strawberries and blueberries.

Fruit and Coffee (and Cooper)

(Oh heyyyyy Coop Coop.)  My red and blue fruit bowl felt appropriate for Memorial Day 🙂 .  With my fruit I enjoyed an iced coffee.  I fit in some meal prep and laundry, as well as a round of golf with Josh throughout the afternoon.

And that’s where we’ll end this post.  But first… here is an adorable picture of Cooper because the title of this blog is a “a girl and her VIZSLA” after all.

Cooper on the couch

Until next time 🙂 .

Friday Favorites #2 Protein Waffles, Ice Cream, The Voice, and More!

Happy Friday!  And Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  My “big plans” for the weekend include teaching yoga, some gym time, some yoga related study time and definitely plenty of relaxation.  I’ve made the decision that I’m not going to be obsessive about my macros and might even take a whole day off from tracking.  We’ll just see how it goes!  Moving on to today’s post… today I’m checking in for a Friday Favorites.  Here it goes!

Protein Waffles!

All this time I’ve been trying to make protein waffles complicated.  WHY!?  I’ve been missing out on these beauties for too long!

Chocolate Protein Waffles

I was watching random videos on Amanda Bucci’s YouTube channel and she kept talking about how good these protein waffles were.  I didn’t quite believe something so simple could be so delicious but I decided to give it a try.  The ingredients are: a scoop of protein powder (30 grams, whey/casein blend), 1 egg, 1 tsp baking powder, and a little bit of water (somewhere between 2-4 Tbsp in my experience).

Protein Waffle Ingredients

Turn your waffle iron on high, be sure to spray with cooking spray, and then use the batter to make two delicious, fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the outside waffles.  I’ve been cooking mine for about a minute to a minute and a half.

Peanut Butter Protein Waffles with Banana

I can’t recommend them enough!

IIFYM Friendly Desserts

I am loving being on an “If It Fits Your Macros” (IIFYM)/Flexible Diet plan.  I’ve been super consistent on this plan without being miserable.  One of the best parts of my IIFYM plan is that I can eat dessert.  WOOP WOOP!  A definite favorite are Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars

So far I’ve tried the mint chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie dough flavors and both really, truly taste like real deal ice cream (and I’m an ice cream snob).  Another current favorite is Halo Top ice cream.  I know everyone has been talking about Halo Top for a while but I was extremely hesitant.  For the high price tag I was afraid I was going to wind up with something like Arctic Zero (which doesn’t taste like ice cream at all in my opinion).  My sister finally convinced me and I picked up three different flavors during a 10:30pm grocery store visit last week.

Halo Top, Monster and Yasso Grocery Cart

As you can see it was a super healthy haul of zero calorie Monster, Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars and Halo Top ice cream 😛 .  So far I’ve had the Peanut Butter Cup, Birthday Cake, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavors and all three were delicious.  I am amazed at how close it is to real ice cream for the amazing macros.  Another item I would definitely recommend!!

Trader Joe’s Red Lentil Pasta

If you remember from my Trader Joe’s Grocery Haul I had picked up some red lentil pasta to try.  Yet another item I would recommend!  If you eat it plain it taste just like lentils, but it adapts really well when combined with other ingredients.  I’ve tried it mixed with cauliflower, butter and mozzarella cheese; as well as with spinach, red sauce and colby jack cheese (pictured below).  I love that’s it’s not as decimating to my carb macros as other pastas and the texture is great (so long as you don’t overcook of course)!

Red Lentil Pasta, Red Sauce, Chicken and Cheese

Chris Blue Won The Vocie (and Miley Cyrus is coming back!)

I am a big fan of The Voice and was rooting for Chris Blue so I was so happy when he won this season.  To “celebrate”, I figured I’d share my favorite clip of him from this season.

So freaking good!!!  Also, Miley Cyrus is coming back next season!  I’m not a huge Miley Cyrus fan but she’s totally fun to watch as a coach.  Oh, and she killed it singing her newest single.

The Sun Has Come Out!

I feel like it’s been raining ALL week… because it pretty much has been.  The sun finally came out today and, man, does that feel good!  I took advantage of it during lunch and sat outside with the Coop Man while I ate my tacos from Chipotle (corn tortillas, chicken, black beans, pico de gallo, hot salsa and lettuce).

Chipotle Tacos and Cooper

I wrapped up at work early, headed to the gym for leg day, and then came home to get this post finalized and published.

Thanks for stopping by today!  What are some of your current favorites?