This week kicked my butt. Work was hard, my workouts were hard, meal planning didn’t go great and overall it was exhausting. Even though I am wiped, I feel like I am plowing through the thick of things and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (24 days til Christmas!)
But, let’s talk about the good and fun things from this week with my usual Friday Favorites post!
1. I hit my daily goal of 10,000 steps four times this week! Even though I try to run almost every day after work, I sit so much at my desk job during the day that I don’t always hit 10,000 steps a day. I love job, but I do wish I could move around more at least have a stand-up desk. My Fitbit Blaze has been great and reminding me to move more every house. Even the small steps add up!
3. These Nature’s Bakery fig bars are the best! They are dairy-free, made with no bad ingredients and only have 10 grams of sugar (which is still kind of a lot, but way less than others bars I’ve tried) I got them at Kroger and they have been a great mid-day snack.
4. I taught my last class earlier this week and I am so proud of myself for making it through the semester. I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to improve and teach again next semester. Go Panthers!
5. I snagged this cup at TJ Maxx on Black Friday and it’s perfect for me! I work at a newspaper and teach a media writing class. So if you have any newspaper-lovers in your life, grab this cup. It’d make a great stocking stuffer!
6. I finally got my hands on Grace Not Perfection AND A Simplified Life, both by Emily Ley. I’ve about 3/4 of the way through GNP and I can’t wait to finish it this weekend.
7. I roasted sweet potatoes for the first time earlier this week and HOLY YUM they are a new favorite.
8. Murphy loves our Christmas tree! It’s so cute to see him play with the ornaments and lay in his bed and look at the lights. Now I just need to put presents under the tree!
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!
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.
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!
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!
This post is NOT sponsored, I just really loved this service and wanted to share it with you all!
This weekend I decided to try out Kroger Clicklist.
I ordered my groceries online on Friday afternoon, selected the noon – 1 p.m. timeframe for Saturday and then paid online. It was super easy! When I logged into my Kroger it already had a list of my recent purchases, so I just went through and added what I needed to my cart and then proceeded to checkout.
(real life: we love pizza and tacos)
Clicklist uses your current Kroger account, so all of the points are linked with your Kroger card (I use the fuel points every week. I can’t even remember the last time I paid more than $2 for gas!) This also means any of the digital coupons I loaded onto my card were also applied to my items at checkout. My total order was around $60.
On Saturday I got to Kroger around 12:30, gassed up my car then pulled into one of the designated click list spot and called the number on the sign.
The first three uses have no fee, then after that there is a $5 fee. But I am more than willing to pay the $5 if means saving myself 45 minutes or more roaming around the store, fighting the crowds and waiting in the checkout line.
I’ve have several friends use the service (all who are mommas) and they love it! I think if you have a big family or a large grocery haul, this would be super helpful for you.
While I won’t use this every trip or even every week, I can probably see myself using it twice a month when I go for my big grocery haul.
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!
Happy Monday! This weekend was a whirlwind (aren’t they always?!) but I am excited and ready to start the work week. I have lots of career and personal goals brewing, so I determined to make this week count AND make it a good one!
So for today’s post, I am talking about the benefits of honey! The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. Since one of Ryan’s dad’s hobbies is bee keeping, we are lucky enough to get free, raw honey basically year-round. It’s pretty neat to see whole the process behind-the-scenes. It takes a lot more work than you think!
Honey is a great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies. Sometimes before a long run, I will eat a spoonful of raw honey for an extra burst of energy. Lots of natural sugars = good for runners. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy.
Honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes.
Natural honey is also good for allergies! This was something I learned from Ryan’s dad. After moving to Tennessee, I had the WORST allergies. He gave me some natural honey (which was from TN) and after eating it for about a week, I noticed my allergies were a little better!
The bees go from flower to flower collecting pollen that causes you to suffer, but when a you consume local raw honey, you also consume that same offending local pollen. After some time, an allergy sufferer may become less sensitive to this pollen that previously caused problems and experience less seasonal allergy symptoms.
I’ve heard honey can help with sore throats, but I’m not entirely sure if that is true. Anyone out there know if this is a fact? Feel free to send some info!
Any other runners out there eat a spoonful of honey before a long run/race?
The Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie is a great beginner friendly green smoothie. It’s full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore— AND tastes like a tropical treat from all the island fruit.
1 cup spinach fresh
1 cup water
half cup pineapple
half cup mango
1 banana peeled
Place spinach and water in blender (I use a Nutribullet). Puree until smooth.
Add fruit and blend again.
*Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.
NOT A FAN OF BANANAS? Feel free to substitute with another fruit, like extra mangos. You can even freeze the bananas first to reduce the flavor and also add some extra chill to your smoothie.