Favorite Owensboro Eats

Y’all. I love to eat. So it was so much fun eating my way through my hometown for this post. While I’m partial to OBKY, I really do think we have some of the best food in the country (lookin’ at you BBQ).

Old Hickory Bar-B-Q (& Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn and Ole South Bar-B-Q)
Owensboro is known for its barbecue. Like anytime someone important comes to visit our town, they go to Moonlite. BBQ is a big deal here and I love it. We even have a BBQ festival (and 5k!) in May to celebrate all of the BBQ goodness. I could eat BBQ all year round, but since it is finally starting to get cooler, I have been craving burgoo. Such a staple in Kentucky!

The Famous Bistro
Y’all. While Owensboro is known for comfort food and barbecue, The Famous Bistro has some pretty great Greek-inspired dishes. Their gyros are the best and I love their cozy dining room or the option to eat on the sidewalk patio. They also have Greek favorites like spanakopita and moussakas. It’s one of my favorite downtown Owensboro restaurants and when the weather is warm, I love to go there and eat lunch outside.

Great Harvest Bread Co.
So while this isn’t a local place, I always think it is. It’s locally-owned, but part of a franchise. They have the best salads, soups, loaves of bread and treats. My best friend and I eat breakfast there every Friday and I love all of their free bread samples. The banana chocolate chip will always be one of my favorites.

Honorable Mentions
Colby’s Fine Food & Spirits — I love their sweet potato fries.* I really want to try The Lure Seafood and Grille — it’s a cute little place tucked inside one of our downtown hotels. Since my husband is allergic to fish, that eliminates this place for date night, but I am needing to round up my girls and visit!

* We have entirely way too many fast food and pizza places in our town.

Hit me up if you ever come to western Kentucky! I have so many great recommendations for places to eat, stay and visit.


Chick-fil-A kind of day – WIAW

Well guys. I had Chick-fil-A for TWO meals today. Oops.

I didn’t even mean for it to happen this way. I had to take Murphy to my parent’s house this morning and on the way over there I realized I hadn’t eaten breakfast. Chicken biscuits are my favorite breakfast to splurge on and sweet tea is like my coffee. I love it and I need it every day.

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Lunch was pretty normal/healthy (thankfully! CFA twice a day cannot be great for me) Turkey sandwich and strawberries with lots and lots of water.

After work, I had about 15 minutes to get some food before I needed to head to campus to teach. Chick-fil-A is super close to the college, so that’s where I went + I could eat chicken all day, every day. #noshame


What did you eat today? I love reading other WIAW posts. Feel free to share with me in the comments!

This post is NOT sponsored by Chick-fil-A. I just really love their food. 

What I Ate Wednesday v.3

Another week, another Wednesday. Since I actually remembered to photograph my food today, I thought I would share another WIAW post. I always love reading these on other people’s blogs — so here we go!

Let me know your favorite thing you ate today in the comments below!


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Lunch. Basically the same every day. Lemon pepper tuna fish, crackers and sweet peppers.

Sometimes if I’m super hungry or know I am going to have a long day, I’ll eat some Greek yogurt for something sweet and to keep me full longer.

Post-run shake. Recipe here!


I actually forgot to take a picture of it, but I had mutton for dinner last night. Real, Kentucky mutton. If you ever come to my neck of the woods, check out Moonlite Bar-B-Q or Old Hickory BBQ. They have the best BBQ and mutton in the entire state.

Sticking to my meal plan

This week I am determined to stick with my “meal plan.” Now, I don’t have everything written in stone, but I have a general idea of what I’m going to have at every meal.

Usually I end up eating way too many potato chips at lunch and then decide I have to a dessert after supper – even if I wasn’t exactly hungry.

So this week I armed myself (and my pantry) with al kinds of fruits, veggies and healthy snacks! We can do this, friends! Eating healthy doesn’t have to be miserable. Find whatever works for YOU.

Then sometimes, no matter how hard you try and plan, this happens:

Stay strong, friends! We got this. Annnnd, I just want to say, there is no such thing as “eating perfect.” Eat intuitively and healthy, but don’t restrict foods from your diet. I usually eat one sweet treat a day. It doesn’t kill me or make me gain 10 pounds. Just don’t over do it.

Find what works for you and keep at it. Results take time.

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Let’s kick butt the rest of this week.

10 tips to help you make the perfect breakfast


1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up.
Seriously cannot stress this enough. One glass of water can jump start your day, hydrate you and get your mind sharp and ready to go first thing in the morning. Plus, you’ve been sleeping for 7-8 hours — your body should be craving water!

2. Keep it simple.

Sometimes I just grab a breakfast bar and a banana. While I make sure my breakfast bar isn’t full of extra sugar or anything fake, it’s simple, fast and easy. While I love breakfast sandwiches, it’s not always realistic for me to make those every day.

3. If you can prep it, do it.

For mornings when I’m on the go, I like to know I have something healthy and filling prepared to help me start my day.

4. Eggs are your friend.
Scrambled or hard boiled, the entire egg or just the egg whites — it’s all good!

5. Peanut and nut butters.
*This is goes for numbers 4 & 5.

  • Protein – breakfasts filled with protein provide you with more staying power than those that are just carbs.
  • Fiber helps keep you full longer than refined carbs will.
  • Fat is important in providing balance and satiety, giving your breakfast much more staying power. Aim for fats found in nuts, seeds and avocados.
6. Smoothies.
Making your own smoothie is a great way to pack in a lot of nutrition without a lot of effort. The key is to make sure that you’re getting that balance of fiber, protein and fats. Try blending fruit, almond milk a big spoonful of nut butter and a scoop of protein powder for a filling smoothie. Spinach is great in smoothies too. It adds a kick of nutrients and on the plus side, you can’t taste it!
7. Greek yogurt and fruit.
Parfaits are such a simple way to get in some fruit, healthy fats and protein.

8. Skip the expensive latte.Novelty coffees like Starbucks and lattes are a special treat for me. While I don’t drink coffee every morning like some of you all, I still like the kick of caffeine every now and then. Make your coffee at home and you will save on calories and cash, while still getting your morning java.

9. Oatmeal.
Now, while I am not a fan of oatmeal, it is a good choice for breakfast, if you like that sort of thing (I can’t get over the texture).

10. Foods to avoid: Bacon, sausage, hash browns, processed cheese, biscuits with gravy, or “fake” granola bars.


What I Ate Wednesday v.2

WHADDUP WEDNESDAY?! Basically after today my week is a breeze. I am so excited to get the holiday started!

But before all the fun and presents, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite subjects — food! Here is another What I Ate Wednesday post. Enjoy!

*Here is my first WIAW post.

Breakfast was a peanut butter granola bar (I forget the name of the brand, but I get them at Aldi) and milk in my cow mug.

I snacked on some Christmas candy while running errands. Reese’s trees are my favorite.

Lunch was a turkey, cheese and pickle wrap with a baked sweet potato. Sorry for the ugly food picture, but hey, #reallife. Lunch is always so random, but I really try to eat somewhat healthy. At least since I have to go home and let Murphy out, I eat better than I would staying at the office/my desk.

Dinner was a big ole salad. Got to get those greens when I can.Pre-Packaged Salad

Dessert was yogurt! If I’m being honest, it’s not my favorite thing to eat for dessert, but I know it’s a lot better for me than chocolate or PopTarts, so I go with it.


I’d love to see your food choices in a day in the life of you! Meals, snacks, drinks, and desserts — all the good (and maybe even not so good) stuff!

If you have a recipe to share or a workout you’d love to include, go for it. As long as a WIAW post accompanies it you’re good to go!

Simply photograph a day of meals any day of the week and create your What I Ate Wednesday post to link up on any Wednesday you choose. Don’t stress over photographing your food on an actual Wednesday. Just pick a day and snap away! Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!