I Love Food

I got a new planner. It’s like one of my favorite things to do. Plan stuff. So I’m really excited for fresh new pages to write things down. I always plan my weeks, workouts, tasks to do, chores, etc. It keeps me sane. So yeah, I’m pumped.

So, it’s already January 5th. Yipes. That happened fast. This coming week is my first full week back at work and I’m nervous, anxious, and loads of other feelings. Just trying to enjoy every minute of this weekend. I already got in a nice workout I’ll post below and went to Target. I love going to Target at 7 AM because I’m literally the only non-employee there. Everyone is super friendly and I can get in and out without getting stuck behind people who block the aisles with their carts.

I got my planner, some almond milk creamer, chocolate milk, and deli ham so I could make avocado toast. YUM. Oh and dental floss because I’m trying to be better about that.

I also made a pit stop at Starbucks because lately I’ve been obsessed with their cold foam blonde cappuccinos. They are literally everything to me right now as I’m trying to cut back on sugary crap. I think a grande is like 60 cals with little to no sugar so I’m all about that. The foam on top is a tasty little treat. I’m going to try the cappuccino setting on my cafe barista later today to try to re-create this tasty beverage.

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Beauty

Oh, back to avocado toast. I love making this when I’m not rushed because it takes a little bit more time than my typical bowl of oats. I got some fun bread at Aldi (I love this place…they have great healthy finds at the cheapest prices and I’m on a strict budget for 2019).

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Sam will not eat this…he says he doesn’t like birdseed

I toasted the bread, attempted to make some fried eggs, then assembled my toasts. First ya smash the avocado on your toast, then ya sprinkle some garlic powder and a squeeze of lime juice. Then top that with my fresh deli ham and the fried-ish eggs. It’s so good. I could eat this all day.

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Good Morning.

Okay so now for today’s workout…it was a fun one!

4 Rounds for time:

Row 500 meters as fast as possible (this took me a little over 2 min)

20 wall balls

10 heavy cleans

Give it a try, I think the whole thing took around 15-20 minutes to complete. Speedy and sweaty, just the way I like them 🙂

Today it’s pretty much going to be Spring so I plan to spend a lot of time in the fresh air. I also need to do some serious house organization, meal prepping, wine drinking, baby snuggling, laundering stuff as well. Last night I started going through Harry’s clothes to put away the things that don’t fit him anymore and started crying because he is growing so fast. He’s starting to outgrow 6 month clothes already and he’s not even 4 months old. Big boy ❤

For meal prep I’m hoping to make some tuna salad, chicken, rice, and veggies, and chocolate pumpkin muffins. Maybe some homemade coffee creamer as well. OH also, my other new fave thing…carrot cake oats in the instant pot. My mom got me an IP cookbook for Xmas and this recipe caught my eyes because DUH I love carrot cake and oats. You literally take shredded carrots, crushed pineapple, raisins, steel cut oats, and water and add that to the instant pot. Let it cook on high pressure for 10 minutes and naturally release the steam. Jim-any Crickets, fresh oats in 10 minutes. Yes plz.

Yesterday I topped mine with vanilla yogurt and a dollop of cream cheese to pretend it was cream cheese frosting and it was one of my better decisions. Sam said I shouldn’t eat so much dairy. I told him cream cheese is more like butter than dairy…I’m right right?

Okay, enough food talk, I’m getting hungry again. LOL. Gotta fly. Have a fab day.

Toodles!

-Hales

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Protein Packed Saturday

I had a decaf caramel macchiato from Starbucks today and I swear it just puts me in the best mood. Harry and I (we tried to get Ruthie to come but she said she’s on a no caff diet right now) went at 5:30 this morning because the child wakes up at 5 everyday. It was so fun.

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Decaf duh

So, yesterday afternoon I went to a class at Alchemy (haven’t been for a while) and it was a blast. I went to the A10 since I’m just getting back into it and it kicked my bum. The workout had pull ups and I haven’t attempted a pull up since about March. Oofdah. But I gave it a shot and it wasn’t all that terrible. Except today. I def feel it today. I forgot how much I love working out in a class setting!

Today has been a busy day. After coffee, I came home and prepped my fave protein pancake recipe.

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Protein Pancake essentials

It’s really simple and so yummy. You take a cup of egg whites (I always add one whole egg), 1/3 cup of oats, a dash of baking powder and whatever spices you want. Sometimes I add tumeric. Today I went with cinnamon. You can also add protein powder, cocoa powder…the options are endless. Then you pour all that into a hot pan oiled with coconut oil and cook. I suck at flipping the thing because it’s giant so it always turns into a giant blob. But eating blobs is the most fun.

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YUM

The topping options are endless as well. Today I went with a little PB, some jam, a few dark chocolate chips, and some local honey. I might have licked my plate after. Only Harry and Ruth were here to judge me so that’s whatever. Oh, and whipped cream. Ruthie recently discovered her love for whipped cream as well and I always have to give her a little taste.

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Masterpiece

After downing my cake, I wanted to take Ruth for a run. But she was protesting the cold so I went by myself. I don’t know how far I went and I sure as heck didn’t go fast. I just took my time and enjoyed the snowflakes falling on me.

Next on the agenda, muffins! I found a box of Kodiak cakes muffin mix at Target yesterday and decided to try that with my fave easy muffin recipe. All you need is a box of cake mix, a can of pumpkin, and mini chocolate chips. Seriously, so simple.

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Choco-punkin

All you do is mix the cake mix with pumpkin and about 1/2 cup of water…add your chocolate chips and bake at 350-375 for 12 ish minutes.

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I love these muffins because they are so moist. I usually underbake them a tad so they are gooey in the middle. I offered Sam one but he politely declined. The options with these are also endless. Sometime I do a spice cake mix and rasins, or a white cake mix and white chocolate chips. YUM!

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True Beauty

I eat these for breakfast and dessert 🙂

The rest of our Saturday was spent lamp shopping (fail), eating, going for a walk, drinking Coconut La Croix, snuggling, and eating Chipotle.

PS there’s a new Hallmark movie on tonight and we can’t wait to snuggle in with our muffins and a cup of decaf mocha.

Have yourself a merry night!

XO

-Hales