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Catching Up

You guys.  What a whirlwind of a past week or so.  I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks since I last posted.  Instead of diving right in to some topics / recaps I have planned for you all, I thought that 2 weeks is a long time to be away.  So, let’s ease back in slowly and start by catching up.  Shall we?

  
July 4th weekend was crazy fun and crazy relaxing.  It was one of those weekends where I got off the couch a few times, but mostly just relaxed a lot.  The weekend started by catching up with a good friend at the brand new Nine Giant Brewery (good beer and great food).  We shared the spicy peppers and the fried pickles.  So good.  Other exciting eats from July 4th weekend include an old favorite, the Silverton Donut Shop!  It had been ages since I’d been, and I enjoyed every bite.  Not pictured:  the TO DIE FOR apple fritter I wolfed down in the car.  It was that good.  Tried a bite of the other donuts before going into a sugar coma and calling it quits.  Gosh do I love donuts.

 
July 4th I whipped up this super simple and tasty frittata (similar to this recipe), by cleaning out the veggie drawer in my fridge.  Cooked up broccoli, sweet potatoes and bacon in a pan and mixed in the eggs + cheddar and baked until finished.  Easy as pie!  Took the frittata over to my parents house and they had some patriotic berries waiting to serve on the side.  Perfect, light summer meal.  Non traditional for the 4th?  Sure.  But it certainly hit the spot.   

   
July 4th also involved running the Rocket Man 15K in Loveland, Ohio.  To be completely honest, I went into this one to just have extra motivation to run the 9.3 miles.  I wasn’t pushing it at PR pace and I certainly had no goal finish time in mind.  Plus, it was pouring rain (giving me major flashbacks to the Derby Festival Marathon) and the course was looped, so we ran 3 5k distance laps.  Oof.  Overall, glad I got up and at it on a rainy morning.

  
Last week was my third radio show with WRBI.  I did a segment on “Satisfying Your Summer Sweet Tooth.”  If you guys are interested, I can turn that same information into a blog post!

I think the most exciting thing I did over these last 2 weeks was the Indiana Spartan Sprint on Saturday.  It was touch, muddy, and included too many burpees.  I’ll have a full recap coming ‘atcha on Friday!  For now, here’s a before pic and a muddy pic of the group at the finish.

   
 Other notable eats from the last 2 weeks include:

This super tasty meal of BBQ baked panko chicken + salad + fries.

  
Snack night at Braxton with Queen City Running Club.  After 5 sweaty miles, an icy cold beer plus lots of snacking was in order.

   
 Pizza at Cork and Cap Hyde Park.  This was seriously amazing.

  
One of Anne’s banana pancakes topped with candied pecans, peanut butter, plain Greek yogurt, and strawberries.  Almost felt like dessert!  

Some amazing desk lunches at work–leftover pulled pork salad + potatoes and lemon cod + kale salad + tomatoes.  DELISH.

   
  

Tell me, what have you been up to recently? 

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Weekly Food + Fitness + Life in 9 Pictures

  1. Two Blue Apron Meals!  
    This Peruvian chicken recipe with green beans (+ extra spinach from my fridge for good measure.    
    An arepa party!
  2. Volunteering in the community–always wonderful when I can return to my old stomping ground, the Freestore Foodbank 
  3. Blood orange + key lime Yagoot topped with crunch topping (brown sugar + cashew + coconut).  So good, I have another yogurt date planned for tonight!  
  4. Satisfied a breakfast craving.  
  5. Feasted after run club at 50 West Production Works.  Nothing beats an out and back run on the bike trail followed by good food, great beer, and fun people.  Can’t wait to return for the Yelp Elite event tomorrow–I’ll definitely be trying out the sand volleyball ūüôā  
  6. A Blue Ash bootcamp.  This one killed my hamstrings.  
  7. The most random breakfast:  dark chocolate almonds + cherries + grapes + an egg  

Best thing you saw, did or ate this week?  Tell me!

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Thursday Thoughts #4

Happy Thursday guys!  The week is almost over and I feel like I’ve been going non-stop since last Friday.  Thank goodness I’m working a half-day tomorrow.  I could use the rest and relaxation!  Between work and other obligations this week, it’s been a busy one.  For this week’s Thursday Thoughts, here’s what is on my mind.

Got a unique taco dinner at Frida 602 Saturday.  Think brussels sprouts taco with a peanut salsa.  It was tasty but can someone please explain to me when it became socially acceptable to charge $5 for a single taco WITHOUT MEAT?!  I’d go back if it was for drinks and a snack, but I’d have to eat way too many tacos for it to feel like a meal.  PS local readers, their margs were killer.

   
 Hill workouts have been the theme of my running this week.  I did one Saturday and Tuesday.  Pretty proud of Saturday’s though because not only did I run some steep hills, but I also made it a negative split run.  What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right?

  
Donut obsession still going strong.  Last week was National Donut Day.  I enjoyed a sweet treat (or two) and got my donation in to the Salvation Army.  Did you?

  
Attempted to make Anne’s grain free pancake this week.  It’s always a major fail.  I can never get it to cook properly.  Who has advice?!  Either way, it still hit the spot and made for an incredibly filling breakfast.

  
Who is aware of the new nutrition facts panel?  It’s pretty hot news in the world of nutrition.  I’m thinking I’ll share the inside scoop–what you need to know in an upcoming blog post.  I’m glad the label is getting a makeover.  It’s about time that the label pair better with current scientific information.

  
I’ll leave you with a picture of the dogs.  I babysat them all last weekend.  Aren’t they cute?

   
 It’s going to be 95 degrees this weekend in Cincinnati.  Hoping to still squeeze in a run!  How are you planning on staying cool?  

 

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Memorial Day Things

Hi Friends.  Gosh.  I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday.  I have a proposal:  all weekends should be long ones.  It gives you time to do fun things and relax all while making the week fly by.  I feel like zero people would argue with a 4 day workweek.  Let’s make it a thing!  This is going to be one of those posts where I over share details of my long weekend with you.  Are you ready?

My weekend was filled with all the outside activities, starting out Saturday morning with the Clippard YMCA 5K sponsored by my running club.  Because I’m in summer training with Queen City running, my entry for this race was covered.  Since free is my favorite price, I was pretty stoked.  Not going to lie, I was pretty nervous prior to this race.  It’s been what feels like decades since I’ve actually raced a 5K.  I didn’t even know what my PR was.  Anyways, my friend Katie and I showed up bright and early to pick up our packets.  Almost too early.  We didn’t realize how small and casual this race was.  It was a very small field of runners, maybe 200 people tops, so there was no reason to arrive an hour before the race.  Regardless, we took advantage of that extra time to squeeze in a mile warm up jog and some stretching.  Since this race was so casual, they just had everyone line up together at the start in the parking lot, and had all the sub-9 minute milers line up in the front.  Hey!  That’s me!

  
And off we went!  The course was flat for the first mile and then the second 2 miles were very hilly.  This course was very small and very casual like I said, and they forgot to mark one of the turns, so some of the super fast runners missed one of the turns… oops!  Since I had a turn-doc, I didn’t miss the turn, but I could see how easy it would have been to follow the crowds.  Throughout the whole race, I was neck and neck with the second place female.  It was a fun feeling running a smaller race, knowing the entire time it was very likely I would place!  There was no chip timing for this race, it was all done by the gun, the old fashioned way.  I crossed the finish line about 9 seconds after the second place female in 24:09 (7:54 pace).  I’ve never placed outside of my age group category in a race before, so snagging the 3rd place overall female award was pretty exciting, even if my time wouldn’t have held it’s own at a larger 5K.  And shout out to Katie!  She placed first!  Our prizes you ask?  YMCA memberships.  Cool!

 

 
After there race, I rushed home to change as some of my college friends were coming to town for a visit.  First on the agenda?  Checking out the brand new rooftop patio at Rheingeist.  The space is super welcoming and perfect for hanging out.  I’ll be back all summer long.  

Next stop?  Taste of Cincinnati.  This event happens every Memorial Day Weekend in the Queen City and I rarely attend.  Why?  It’s always super hot, sticky and crowded.  But visitors in town meant I had to show them some of Cincy’s best!  After sampling a few small bites (a taco from Red Sesame – DELISH, and Bella Luna’s bread pudding)  it was back to Over the Rhine!

  
 My friend Sarah is just as Holtman’s obssesed as I am, and she had to get her fix while in town.  I will never argue with a donut run followed by window shopping so of course I was down.

 
After a long nap back at my place, a late dinner was in order.  After spending the day in the heat, a light meal sounded tasty so I suggested E + O.  They are normally packed, however we snagged a seat on the patio lounge right away.  Awesome.  I ate here last month for a friend’s birthday and while the service disappointed then, the food did not.  Tonight the food was just as spectacular.  We tried a few things and shared.  The brussels sprout salad is my favorite, but the edamame guac and the sushi rolls were delish as well.  Plus, my margarita was super refreshing.  It had egg white in it which added a thicker mouthfeel to it.  I’m not sure if I loved it or not, but it definitely hit the spot.

   
   
After such a jam packed Saturday, I wanted Sunday to be slow.  Coffee emporium + Farmers Market were on the agenda.  Then lot’s of time spent hanging out on the couch.  Then, my visitors had to head home.  So sad.  Come back soon, Sarah and Molly!

  
Monday was the laziest of days.  After meeting up with Katie in the morning for a hot, sticky, humid, 6 mile run, I showered and headed over to Katie’s pool.  I think laying out poolside for half the day backfired because I got terribly sun burnt.  Oops!  After the pool, I headed over to my parents house to grill out.  On the menu?  An ice cold beer served with BBQ chicken, corn, zucchini and some good ‘ole blue oven bread.  Hit’s the spot every time.

    

What did you do this Memorial Day weekend?  What was the best thing you ate?

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Thursday Thoughts #3

I think this is the third time I’ve written a post entitled “Thursday Thoughts.”  They say it takes at least 3 times for something to become a habit (or 21 days) so I think sharing my Thursday Thoughts is officially a thing now.  Don’t you?

Early morning runs are my favorite.  Loving them even more now that the sun is up around 6 when I finish!

  
It was my Mom’s birthday Monday.  This cake was hands down the highlight of my week.  These cakes are infamous in Cincinnati and make any special occasion extra special.  Mmmmm opera cream ūüôā

  
After seeing a bazillion friends go nuts over the cookbook Cravings, I broke down and bought it.  Hands down worth every penny.  The book is full of “cravable” (see what I did there) recipes that do not require too much hands on effort.  My favorite!

  
I made the spicy tomato skillet eggs + prosciutto (I subbed ham) and it was super tasty.  Served with toast for balance ūüôā  The recipe reminded me a lot of shakshouka, a dish that reminds me of happy memories in Israel from the summer of 2009.  Except the version I ate in Israel wouldn’t have included pork.

   
 Yay speed workouts!  Queen City Running Club focuses on shorter, speedier workouts during the summer. Tuesday was super gross outside, but running buddy Mary and I drove over to Covington, KY to meet the group.  The organized workout began and ended with a slow but steady 1 mile warm up / cool down and the middle chunk was speed intervals by Paul Brown Stadium.  I’m never super pumped about speed work until I actually start moving and this workout was no different.  At the end of it all, I dropped some sub 8 minute miles and felt pretty spectacular about it.  Go me!

  
This new flavor of kind bar I discovered is my new favorite snack.  I want to eat it all the time.

  
Loved squeezing in a Blue Ash Rec Center workout.  Always a good sweat fest.  Sweat fests make me happy.

  
And… I’ll end this post with an awkward photo of my feet.  My right big toe is definitely swollen.  You know how sometimes on walks you stub your toe in the sidewalk crack, but then the painful feeling goes away immediately?  That apparently didn’t happen here.  I’m thinking this will go away soon but who knows.  Maybe I’ll keep you guys updated.

  
Tell me, what are you thinking about on this Thursday?

 

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Missouri Weekend

Hi friends.  Happy Tuesday.  Just popping in here on this dreary Tuesday morning (so sick of the rain…who else is with me?!) to share some snapshots of my quick, weekend trip to Columbia, Missouri.  Myself and some of the fam went to see my younger brother graduate before he moves to Seattle.  Exciting stuff!

The drive from Cincinnati to the Columbia area took almost 9 hours.  I blame rush hour traffic in the St. Louis area.  Is St. Louis rush hour always the worst?!  The drive included plenty of packed road snacks (almonds, fruit + iced lattes) and a Panera stop for lunch.  Upon arrival to Columbia, it was dinner time.  Off to one of our favorites in Columbia, Broadway Brewery!  Broadway Brewery is located in the basement of a building so it’s very dark inside so unfortunately, no photos.  While I was 100% underwhelmed by their pre-selected graduation menu and did not enjoy my meal Friday, from a previous experience, I can report that their burgers are top notch and you can’t beat the beer.  I like their honey wheat.  Instead of food photos, here’s an attractive family photo at the restaurant.

  
The next day was a late wake up call.  After a morning workout and hotel breakfast, it was off to explore Columbia.  Coffee, scones and donuts?  Yes, please.  I was sad sour cream dunkers were the only type of donut Harold’s had left, but just goes to show in a college town, the hangover can motivate students to buy all the donuts at a local donut shop before lunch.

   
 Next up, a very early (like 3:30pm) dinner at Sophia’s before the graduation ceremony.  Sophia’s was good, not great.  In true Kaplan family fashion, we tried a bunch of stuff.  Started with an antipasti plate.  It had pita, cheese, fruit, and meat.  So tasty.

  
The ahi tuna pita flatbread was just okay.  The horseradish mayo was way too overwhelming for my taste buds.

  
My favorite was the pasta carbonara.

  

I was most confused by the grilled romaine.  Why is that a thing?

  
After or dinner (or linner–lunch + dinner, is that a real phrase?) we wandered the Mizzou campus for pre graduation photos.  Then, much needed coffee.  Then, a boring graduation ceremony.

  
The drive home was long so immediately after returning to Cincinnati, a run was in order.  5 miles with my friend Maria in the books.

  
Congrats to the grad!

Who else is traveling to graduation ceremonies this month?  Any healthy traveling tips you swear by?  Does anyone actually like grilled romaine salads?

 

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Recent Eats + Fitness

Hi Guys!  Hope everyone had wonderful weekends celebrating with Mom!  I certainly did.  I went over to my parent’s house yesterday morning and surprised my mom with a simple but tasty brunch–bacon + egg breakfast sandwiches and fruit.  Delish!  I had been craving breakfast tacos, but these still hit the spot.  Mom was surprised too.  I caught her right after she worked out so I couldn’t have timed this meal better.

  
Sunday was pretty rainy, but Saturday, the sun was shining all day.  Running buddy Mary and I made sure to meet up with Queen City Running Club for the kickoff workout of summer training.  Considering Saturday was 1 week post-marathon, we were both very happy with our pace for this quick 3 miler.  Perfect way to start out a weekend.

  
Random thought regarding Saturday morning’s run…  so it was in the upper 60s to low 70s and there was a woman wearing a full blow track outfit (jacket + matching pants).  I was sweating just looking at her outfit.  When people over dress in the heat for runs, I get confused.  Do you guys have a go-to rule of thumb for how you decide what to wear for runs?  Tell me.  I’ve been told I under dress  when it’s cold and over dress when it’s hot!  (Insert thinking emoji here).

  
Earlier in the week, I received my first Blue Apron box!  After seeing so many positive reviews for the service, comparing it to other services, and overall liking their menu options the best, I decided to sign up.  I like the flexibility of being able to cancel my weeks whenever I chose to with Blue Apron.  I live alone so the 6 meals I receive through the service lasts me longer than a week so I don’t need a delivery more than 1-2x per month.  It allows me to mix up my meals from my standard routine, without wasting too much food or over spending.

  
The first recipe from the box I prepared was this Udon Noodle Stir Fry with Shitake Mushrooms.  It took maybe 20 minutes to prepare and was a nice way to mix up my regular dinner routine of chicken or fish with whatever veggies I had in the fridge.  Loved the shitake mushrooms in this recipe too.  I had green beans in the fridge so I added some to the mix to up the veggie volume.  Worked perfectly!  I had leftovers to enjoy all weekend.  I ended up getting 3 meals out of it.  Awesome.

    

Last thought on my mind relates to Kodiak Cakes!  Who else is obsessed?  I remember when they were on Shark Tank and now they’ve become a pantry staple for me.  I picked up their new flavors at Target this weekend and had to try them out.  The peanut butter mix wasn’t my favorite.  It didn’t have as strong a flavor as you’d expect.  I still felt the need to drizzle peanut butter on the cakes themselves.

  
However, the chocolate mix combined with the peanut butter mix was heavenly.  Topped with a banana and more peanut butter?  Perfect way to start a Monday after a drizzly 5am run.

  
Who enjoyed the Sunshine this weekend?  Thoughts on appropriate running attire?  What is your go to garment for running?

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Thursday Thoughts

Why did I just discover that my local Whole Foods has the 7.99 “Meatless Monday” special?  I filled that plate to the max with veggies, tofu and other vegetarian staples and got a Monday dinner + Tuesday lunch out of it.  Such a mega bargain.  I’ll be back.

  
I’m becoming marathon obsessed.  I thought I was hasty signing up for my second marathon 2 weeks after my first, but I broke a new record Monday.  I signed up for marathon #4 just 2 days after my less than desired experience at marathon #3.  Redemption + a new PR?  Yes please!

  
I’m traveling to Redondo Beach, California for a work conference in September.  It ends Friday but I’m not flying back until Sunday.  I need ALL THE SUGGESTIONS for food, fitness and travel activities I should experience.  Should I rent a car?  Where should I go?  What should I do?  Where should I stay?  I’ll be traveling solo.  Help!!!

  
Looking for a good cookie recipe.  I’ve recently made this one about a dozen and a half times (totally exaggerating but still).  Cookie requirements:  must have a chewy center and crisp exterior.

  
I’m pedal wagoning this weekend.  I’ve never done it.  I’m excited.

  
Happy Cinco De Mayo!  To celebrate, I’m going on my first post marathon run.  Hope the ankle holds up.  TBD.  If it doesn’t, there will certainly be a margarita in my future.

  
I take beautiful race photos.  Case and point below.  

  

What are you guys doing to celebrate Cinco De Mayo?

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¬†Creativity With Leftovers + Healthy Packed Breakfast

Hi guys, another week flew by, and this one felt crazy fast!  Last night, I celebrated my birthday with some of my running buddies at our weekly social run.  Each week, we meet at a local craft brewery, run 6 miles, and then enjoy some good beer and conversation.  Couldn’t have picked a better way to spend my birthday.  It was a beautiful night and stretching my legs after a long day at the office felt incredible.  Plus, the post run beer hit the spot.  Normally, I don’t stick around for food, but since it was my birthday, I decided we should all treat ourselves to some Tom + Chee too.  We ran before indulging, so balance, right? ūüôā  Pictured below is my super fancy grilled cheese that had everything on it plus the donut bites we all shared.  Perfect birthday treats!

  
I wanted to talk to you all about leftovers today because I spent almost the entire week enjoying some of mine.  I think when you hear the word “leftovers,” the common reaction these days is typically negative.  I’ve had patients tell me they find leftovers boring and uninteresting.  Well, I’m here to tell you that leftovers can easily be repurposed into new meals to keep up the excitement.  Last weekend, I enjoyed a really delicious and indulgent steak dinner out with my parents.  There were tons of leftovers.  Like 3 boxes worth of leftovers.

  
I had things like steak, mac & cheese, potatoes, roasted carrots and a fries left.  Now you are probably thinking, sure those leftovers sound great, but how do you repurpose them in a satisfying and healthy way?  Let me share some examples with you.  That steak dinner was heavy and there was no reason for me to eat all these leftovers in one sitting. So, Sunday, I made a salad with the leftover glazed carrots and half of the steak + some spinach and cabbage I had on hand.  I dressed it with some red wine vinegar and olive oil.  It hit the spot.  Such a filling and delicious dinner and it reminded me nothing of Saturday nights meal.  Monday, I grilled up some chicken breast I had on hand and enjoyed it with the leftover mac & cheese plus some steamed spinach and broccoli.  Tuesday, I used the leftover mashed potatoes and created my own personal potato bowl.  I mixed in the leftover steak, the rest of my steamed spinach and broccoli from Monday, and some diced grape tomatoes.  At that point, the only thing I had left were the fries.  I decided to crisp those up Wednesday evening and enjoy them as a fun treat with the rest of my grilled chicken.  I was running low on veggies so I had a nice big bowl of berries on the side.  All these meals hit the spot, and none of them were the same.  I saved time, not to mention money on food for the week because I made certain to roll these leftovers from day to day.  Instead of tossing them because I didn’t need another indulgent meal, I used creativity to turn these leftovers into new and exciting healthy dinners throughout the week.  See, leftovers don’t have to be boring! ūüôā

Yesterday, I was running late to work and did not have time to eat before I hit the road.  That doesn’t mean I had an excuse to skip breakfast.  I grabbed a quick, packable breakfast from my fridge and made certain to enjoy while I responded to emails at work.  It’s so simple to grab a container of Greek yogurt (I like the full fat variety) and some fruit / nuts throw in a bag and hit the road.  I enjoyed my yogurt with some granola I had on had in single serving packets and some berries from my fridge.  This meal required almost no effort to pack, but nutritionally, it provided me with everything I needed to jumpstart my day.  Protein from the yogurt, fiber from the berries, and some healthy carbs and fats from the granola.  It hit the spot, and held me over until lunch.  Breakfast does not have to be the drive-thru when you are crunched for time!

  
In other news, guys, I decided to try out Peach Dish.  The idea of grocery shopping and planning meals has been really unappealing to me lately and I’ve been in kind of a creativity rut when it comes to eating.  I’ve been having the same meals over and over again and need some new inspiration.  Peach Dish sends you everything you need to make the recipes you pick, so there’s no food waste either.  I paid for this on my own dime and will share my unsolicited thoughts on the service after I’ve eaten my way through the meals next week.

  
The rest of my Friday involves seeing a few more patients before heading home to a healthy dinner and a good nights sleep before my final, double digit run before the Kentucky Derby Marathon on April 30th.

Who else is doing a long run tomorrow?

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What I Ate Wednesday (#WIAW) Recap

Hi friends. ¬†It’s hard to believe that Thursday has hit us already. ¬†The weeks seem to keep going faster and faster. ¬†Another week almost down means I’m less than a week to starting my new job at Margaret Mary Health. ¬†It’s exciting! ¬†So yesterday on snapchat (@kaplanrm – give me a follow), I decided to share everything I ate. ¬†I was pretty on it and didn’t leave out a thing. ¬†Except water. ¬†Which for me was miraculous that I remembered to drink quite a few glasses of it. ¬†I’m going to try and keep up with sharing my meals and snacks on snapchat every Wednesday, but if you didn’t follow along, here’s the recap!

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6:00am Р7:00am:  Wake up.  Drink black coffee.

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7:00am Р8:00am:  Hit up the gym for a quick workout.  I had to be out the door for some appointments at 8:45.  I squeezed in a quick 15 minute warmup on the stairmaster before making up a circuit that I repeated for 15 minutes.  It involved 12 bosu pushups, 12 bosu situps, 12 bosu burpees, 12 bicep curls, 12 tricep dips, and 12 squat press.  Repeat till time is up.  Workout was quick but efficient.  I definitely got my sweat on.

8:30am:  Quickly shoved breakfast into my stomach.  I was running late so thank goodness I had left my oatmeal in the fridge overnight to soak up some of the milk and let the frozen berries defrost a bit.  I just had to pop it in the microwave and presto!  Breakfast was served.  The hard boiled eggs were a spur of the moment purchase from Trader Joes and they have been saving my life all week.

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11:00am:  Quick coffee stop.  I had to get blood drawn and it was traumatic, so I treated myself to a soy iced coffee.

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12:15pm:  Snack time.  These are becoming my new favorite.  (Sorry Kind bars).

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1:30pm: ¬†My mom called me spur of the moment and asked me to meet her and my sister for lunch at my favorite, Sleepy Bee. ¬†So happy I was free. ¬†I’ve never ordered off the lunch menu (breakfast FTW!) but decided to try the turmeric chicken salad. ¬†It was wonderful; it was loaded with flavor, light on the mayo and had tons of cilantro. ¬†Served with a side of sweet potatoes. ¬†Yum!

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4:00pm: ¬†Snack time (again). ¬†Like I mentioned in my last WIAW post, I tend to snack a lot over the day. ¬†I didn’t want to over indulge because I had dinner plans with a friend later, so I enjoyed some leftover cilantro lime riced cauliflower from dinner the day before, topped with some guac.

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5:30pm: ¬†Snack time (again). ¬†I lied when I shared this on snapchat. ¬†I made this recipe for banana bread and had to taste it. ¬†I like this recipe a lot because it really isn’t very sweet, but it’s moist and hits the spot. ¬†I used canola oil and subbed in some coconut flour.

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7:00pm:  My friend Becca and I had a cooking date.  We made one of my favorite things, taco stuffed sweet potatoes.  We did this version with chicken breast, and stuffed our potatoes with all the fixings (guac, black beans, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and taco seasoning).  HIT. THE. SPOT.

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9:30pm: ¬†Craving a sweet treat. ¬†Saw these at Kroger and decided I had to find out how they tasted. ¬†Spoiler alert, delicious. ¬†I only had a couple. ¬†Treats like oreos are totally fine when eaten in moderation. ¬†Just don’t eat the whole bag in one sitting.

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And just for fun, I thought I’d share this mornings breakfast with you all. ¬†I enjoyed that banana bread I made. ¬†Since it isn’t very sweet, I pumped it up with some awesome toppings and it hit the spot. ¬†I microwaved some frozen berries and drizzled almond butter over the top and fancy banana bread was served.

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Have a great day everyone!

What was the best thing you ate this week?

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