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

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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. 

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Saturday eats

Happy Saturday! Popping in for just a quick post on what I ate today.  It’s fun documenting what all I eat in a day and I always love reading these posts. Enjoy!

Breakfast:

Before lunch I was cleaning out my fridge and ended up eating a few bites of cookie dough. If kale tasted like cookie dough, I’m sure I would be a heck of a lot healthier.
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Lunch: Blueberry and spinach bowl. I have been on a huge smoothie bowl kick lately and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.

Snack: pineapple popsicle!
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Supper: Since today has been kind of crazy, I’m looking forward to something simple, fast and easy for supper tonight. These frozen meals from Aldi are the perfect thing! They are made healthy ingredients and don’t have all the extra sodium that most frozen meals have. img_1710

I hope you all have a great long weekend!

5 Easy BBQ Recipes

With summer winding down, I thought now would be the perfect time to post some easy bbq recipes. For me, one of the best parts of summer is getting to grill out. Since KY is known for our barbecue, I thought I would share some of my favorites with you all.

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BBQ Shrimp Skewers. <– Perfect for your favorite bbq sauce!
Spicy BBQ Chicken Thighs.
Shredded Grilled Tilapia Tacos.
Neely’s Wet BBQ Ribs. STL-style ribs.

And last, but certainly not least, a recipe from my hometown. Owensboro Barbecued Mutton.

So grab your friends and family, a couple beers and a lot of food and fire up the grill. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer. I know I will!

Friday Favorites v.64

For some reason this week, Friday Favorites is mainly about food! Not that I am complaining, at least most of its healthy!

So lets get this party started….

1. This is such a neat little post on perspective. I also love when my home is “party-ready.” It makes me feel proud of the space my little family shares with others.

2. I am in love with these bowls from Aldi! Sadly our Aldi is being renovated for the next month, so until then I am day dreaming of this lunchtime deliciousness.

3. This 45 minute treadmill interval workout is a killer! Give it a try. You’ll definitely work up a sweat.

4. I have been on a huge sandwich/wrap kick lately and Anne’s post from last Friday made my mouth water at my desk! Not only are her pictures gorgeous, but all of her ideas are great! Can’t wait to mix up my lunches this week.

5. Since Aldi is closed, I am having to get all my groceries at Kroger. I picked up this bread since I was looking for something healthier than regular bread and I think I found a winner! *Kroger Clicklist is still going strong as well.*

6. I taught my first college class Wednesday night and it was a success. I am so proud of myself for advancing in my career and branching out to try new things. Here’s a fun semester of teaching AND learning.

7. It is sorta/kinda starting to feel like fall. The early mornings are when I notice it the most. No more humidity before 8 a.m.! I love it. I can’t wait for the upcoming months!

8. Earlier this week I bought Murphy a bandana from PetSmart that said Fantasy Football Legend. It’s so cute! Since we are about to start Fantasy Football season (my husband and I are very competitive) I thought this would be perfect for Murph.
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Health Benefits of Oranges

We all know the saying “an apple a day keep the doctor away,” but an orange a day could be just as helpful.

There are a ton of reasons why eating an orange a day is a good idea — not only are they low in calories and full of nutrients, they promote clear, healthy skin and can help to lower our risk for many diseases. Plus they are delicious!

Benefits of Oranges

A healthy dose of vitamin C—in which oranges are concentrated—provides antioxidant protection and immune support.

Can reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Good source of fiber.

One orange provides a range of vitamins and minerals and a staggering 130 percent of your vitamin C needs for the day.

Helps reduce your chance of stomach ulcers.

While all fruits and vegetables provide their own greatness, I love eating oranges in the summertime after a long run. Something about the sweet and tartness of an orange gets me every time. They are truly one of my favorites fruits.

I am not a registered dietician. This is all advice and facts I have learned through the years through my interest of food and nutrition.

Some of my favorite snacks

I am a snacker. While some days I am totally fine with three square meals a day, most days I need a snack between lunch and supper. Some days Ryan doesn’t get off work until 7, so we don’t eat supper until 7:30 or 8. On those nights, I am HANGRY and have to grab something after my workout before I go crazy.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite (and mostly healthy!) snacks. Have a snack you think I should try?! Let me know in the comments below!

KIND Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

Smoothies! SO much goodness in a cup. Here, here and here are some my favorites recipes.

Fresh cold pressed juices.

Blue Diamond Almonds.

Cherry Limeade from Sonic!

Fresh fruit! Especially in the summer after a long, hot run.

Spinach and blueberry smoothie bowl

Lately, I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to get more greens into my diet. So I’ve been trying to add more spinach to smoothies (rather than just a small handful, I’ve been adding like close to cups). I’ve also been adding Suja’s green drinking vinegar to my smoothie for an extra kick + lots of good vitamins and nutrients.

But the best part of this is they don’t make my smoothie taste gross. So while I’m sneaking in these nutrients, my tastebuds have no idea! Eating healthy can be fun and delicious.

SPINACH AND BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL

2 cups of spinach
A splash of Suja green drinking vinegar
1 large spoonful of plain Greek yogurt
Some frozen fruit and veggies (I just whatever is on hand, usually it’s frozen sweet potatoes, bananas, blueberries, oranges, literally whatever is in the freezer)
Small spoonful of Crazy Richard’s peanut butter
2 tablespoons of chia seeds

Then I top it with a variety of honey, nut butters, seeds or nuts, granola and blueberries ( a great source of antioxidants!) I’m seriously addicted. Some days I eat it for lunch and supper. The great thing about smoothie and smoothie bowls is that they are totally customizable to whatever you crave!

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It gives me fuel for the entire afternoon and doesn’t cause a sugar crash since I’m using all fresh and natural ingredients. I hope you get the chance to try it out. I hope you will love it as much as I do!

The best buttermilk pancakes

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INGREDIENTS
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons white sugarDomino Premium Pure Cane Sugar 2 LB
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon saltMorton Salt, 26 Oz
3 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted

DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together buttermilk, milk, eggs and melted butter. Keep the two mixtures separate until you are ready to cook.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. You can flick water across the surface and if it beads up and sizzles, it’s ready!
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, using a wooden spoon or fork to blend. Stir until it’s just blended together.
Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/2 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

***I also add chocolate chips to my pancakes. I’m still a kid at heart.

But feel free to add in your own toppings!

In the words of Ron and Leslie from Parks and Rec:
Leslie: “Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?”
Ron: “People are idiots, Leslie.”

Latest grocery finds

I love getting ideas on new foods and drinks to try from other bloggers, so today I though I’d share some of my favorite recent grocery finds.

I saw these drinkable vinegars at Kroger this weekend and knew I had to give them a try! I have been trying to be more aware of my gut health, and since I already love Suja juices, I thought these would be perfect to add into my daily routine. I bought four flavors, but I’ve only tried the peach-ginger so far. But it’s a winner in my book!

This was a random find at Aldi. I swear every week their products change! But I love love love pineapple salsa, so I knew I had to give this one a try! I ate half the jar in one sitting (oops), so I give it two thumbs up!

A couple weeks ago I posted about the benefits of honey. Since I don’t have honey from Ryan’s dad at the moment, I bought some local honey to add to my breakfast bowls, smoothie and to keep around for a energy-boosting snack.

This was another random find at Aldi, but now I’m hooked on these wraps. They have less carbs and calories than bread, and it’s easy way to sneak in some veggies. My favorite wraps lately have been pepper jack cheese, turkey, spinach and radishes. I also like to drizzle them with Italian dressing. Such an easy, nutritious and delicious lunch!

What are some of your recent grocery finds? Let me know in the comments below!