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Happy Monday! Ready to start your week? Who’s starting school back up today? Good luck if you are 🙂

Well – put it in the books – this is the first morning since Spring that I’ve had to wear pants on my morning Mom walk!! It was a nippy 55 degrees this morning…ice cold. We heated up soon enough though and it’s supposed to be in the low 80s today, so all is not lost!

Last night I made an overnight Green Monster with some spinach that I picked up at Costco yesterday (item #1!). This morning I whirred that baby up and devoured!

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I literally have 1 scoop of almond butter left! Ben is heading to Chicago this weekend though, so I have a list of things for him to pick up at Trader Joe’s 🙂

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Is your Green Monster ever too thick? Add a splash of water. Overnight green monsters get suuuuper thick from the oats absorbing the milk, so I add a splash of water in with the ice and banana, which gives me the perfect consistency!

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Today for lunch, I packed a: Spinach Salad, Blueberry Yogurt & an Orange.

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In the salad we’ve got:

  • Spinach
  • Feta Cheese
  • Chopped Celery
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Cherry Tomatoes

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Look at these beauts. Fresh from the vine!

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Sir, I think you could use a haircut…

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Love the salty feta with the tart cranberries.

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While I don’t eat oranges a lot, they are actually a really good snack option. After you peel them, it takes awhile to remove each section and eat!

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Finally, one of my faves – Blueberry Buckle Yogurt. Sweet and creamy!

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Today’s Running Tips

Monday’s running tips are from the “Advanced Running” section of the 101 Greatest Running Tips list. Don’t let the advanced name scare you – again, these are tips that I pulled out of the list of 101, that I thought were applicable for runners & athletes at all levels!

Tip #37. Go with mind over grind: "Any idiot can train himself into the ground; the trick is doing the training that makes you gradually stronger." –Keith Brantly, U.S. Olympic marathoner

I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I think it’s important not to go from 0 to 100 when you first start getting into running, or are getting back into it from a break. If you go too hard too fast, you’ll likely get super sore, which can be discouraging. My advice would be to ease into a running/exercise routine and slowly increase time and miles.

Tip #44. Rest assured: "Back off at the first sign of injury. Three to 5 days off is better than missing a month or two. Take regular rest days." –PattiSue Plumer, two-time U.S. Olympian

We touched on this in Tip #16. It’s really important not to push through an injury – you’ll likely make it worse! Taking rest days is important too – your body needs time to recover from heavy exercise and runs.

Tip #45. Divide and conquer: "Pick one thing each year that you need to improve, and work on that. It might be improving your diet, getting more sleep, or increasing your mileage. You can’t work on everything at once." –Bob Kennedy

– This is my favorite tip of the day. I think getting into a healthy lifestyle is daunting for a lot of people because they think ‘Oh, I have to be perfect. I have to workout, eat right, drink lots of water, sleep 8 hours a day, etc., etc.’ Be easy on yourself – again, you can’t go from 0-100 in one day. Baby steps! It’s ok!

 

Alrighty friends, off to begin another week! Check back tonight for the start of a week-long, end of summer dinner series. Tonight’s going to be a good one!

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What did you have for breakfast today? Do you typically go for a “healthier” breakfast on Monday’s?

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Heeeello, hello!

Lunch at my parent’s house was FAB, as usual! We started out with a Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Salad, drizzled with an olive oil based dressing. SO fresh and summery!

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My stack of salad with some Sweet 100 tomatoes from my Mom’s plants!

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Our main dish was Chicken Parmesan with noodles & extra sauce.

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Mmmm…cheesy, saucy deliciousness…what’s not to love??

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Dessert was a Homemade Peach Tart. This was fresh peaches, spices and a crunchy almond topping, all wrapped in a golden-brown pie crust.

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Go Mom! This had so many wonderful flavors and textures – from the sweet peaches and fragrant nutmeg, to the flaky crust and crunchy almonds. AMAZING!

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After lunch my Mom and made a Costco run where I picked up some additional supplies for meals this week – all to the tune of $10. If you’re debating on joining a Costco or Sam’s Club – I’d definitely suggest joining with a family member or friend. That way you can split the cost of the yearly fee AND split some of the big bulk groceries. My Mom and I picked up two things (to be revealed later this week 😉 ) and split them both. Win-win!

By the time I wrapped everything up, it was dinnertime! I wasn’t super hungry (thanks Costco sample day!) so I made myself a big Mixed Fruit Bowl for dinner.

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We’ve got:

  • 1/2 a banana
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peach
  • Apple

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This filled me up, without weighing me down. Know what I mean?

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Oooo boy, I am not ready to go back to work tomorrow – it was so nice having a three day weekend! Labor day, labor day, labor day… This will be the mantra that I keep repeating to myself for the next two weeks! 😀

Have a good night everyone!

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What’s your favorite pie? Do you prefer cream based, or fruit/berry based pies?

I’ve got a soft spot for Dutch Apple Pie – love that crumbly crust on top!

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS?!

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That’s my neighbor’s tree leaves turning colors! FALL IS COMING! Wow. This sight literally made me come to a screeching halt as I drove up the street today. Unbelievable…the summer has passed in the blink of an eye…

It’s pretty fitting that I saw this Fall sight today, as there is a briskness in the air right now – I even have a hoodie on! Warming comfort food was calling my name, so I hit the proverbial “easy button” and made some Mac & Cheese 🙂

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Have you ever had Annie’s brand macaroni & cheese? It’s made with organic pasta, real cheese and no additives or preservatives – sweet! A bunch of varieties were on super sale at the grocery store last week so I got boxes of classic, white cheddar and Real Aged Cheddar.

I knew I couldn’t very well eat just mac & cheese for dinner, so when the pasta had about 2 minutes left to cook, I threw some broccoli florets into the boiling water to cook.

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8 minutes from the moment I put the shells into the boiling water, dinner was ready!

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Ok, LOVE Annie’s Mac & Cheese! This tasted so real, if you know what I mean. There were no artificial-tasting flavors at all.

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Now I’m going to be honest, Velveeta Shells & Cheese holds a very special place in my heart, but I usually feel pretty icky after eating it. That was definitely not the case tonight. This is super light with just the perfect amount of sauce.

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I will definitely be purchasing more of these mac & cheese varieties. I’ve also tried Annie’s Bunny Graham’s…omg…soooo friggin’ good! What other Annie’s brand foods do you like?

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So maybe you’re wondering what the heck my post title means? Well, TROUBLE is spelled CBBWAB as in: “Chocolate Banana Bread With Almond Butter!” I am not kidding you guys…this combo is like crack!  I can’t stop eating it and had another slice for my after dinner dessert. 8) You should really make this recipe – you know you’ve got some bananas on your countertop right now!!

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Like a delicious peanut butter cup in bread form 🙂

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I savored every sweet bite!

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Well good news, I took tomorrow off of work! I foresee 50% lounging, 20% exercising, 20% errand running and 10% cleaning in the forecast…it’s going to be great! Have a great night – tomorrow’s FRIDAY!

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How often do you eat “boxed” products? Frozen meals, mac & cheese, canned soups, rice mixes, etc.

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Hey guys! How was your Monday? Mine actually went really well. I used tip #3 from this morning and went on a 35 minute walk during lunch today! Not a run, but still movement, which means I’m happy 🙂 Plus, I feel like I’m so much more productive in the afternoons when I get out and about during lunch. I’m refreshed, my head is clear and I have time to prioritize and plan the rest of my day while I’m out walking!

I came home pretty hungry so while I fixed dinner, I snacked on these crunchy loves:

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These chips are hysterical. They are the crispiest chips I’ve ever eaten which makes them SO fun to just chomp on as loud as you can (in the comfort of your own home, of course…nothing worse than a loud chip chomper!) Ben got semi irritated with me last night because I was crunching them so loud, but I couldn’t help it – it was too much fun! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway so you can crunch and laugh your way through your own variety pack. 🙂

Dinner was planned to use up some of the vegetable stock pile I have going on in my fridge. I made my Fresh Vegetable & Thyme Frittata.

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Star of said frittata was this GIANT yellow squash. This is HALF of the squash… Why/how do these things grow so big?! I cut this guy in half, cut each half into quarters and then cut each quarter into thirds…phew! I used 1/3 of a quarter for the frittata. Got that?? 😀

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The frittata was made the exact same way as last time but I didn’t have any leftover pasta, so I boiled 1/3 cup of acini de peppe pasta and when it had  about two minutes left, I tossed in the vegetables and sun-dried tomatoes to cook/hydrate.

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I also topped my frittata with cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella this time around. Mmmm…the smell of this under the broiler was unbelievable!

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Perfectly melted and ready to cut.

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I’m telling you – if you’ve never tried pasta in a frittata – you’ve got to ASAP! It’s so chewy and hearty. Love it!

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The sundried tomatoes are absolutely necessary too. They give such a nice PoP of sweet flavor.

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I had this x2. Love, love, love this meal! No oil, no extra fats – perfect. Period.

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I have some more blog stuff to work on tonight so I’m skidaddling. Don’t forget to enter the Food Should Taste Good Giveaway – you have up to three ways to enter until Wednesday @ 1:00pm Central! Do it!

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What’s your favorite ways to eat your veggies? In pastas, raw, with dip, on salads?

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Hi guys!

My to-do list is…mmm…about half done.

  • Grocery shopping
  • Folding laundry – doing this in a little while
  • A trip to the crafts store – going tomorrow
  • Working on blog stuff – erg, don’t want to talk about it…too stressful
  • Dinner with my parents

For dinner with my parents, I took a Cucumber, Tomato, Basil & Red Onion Salad to share. Super easy, quick and topped with some Italian salad dressing.

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Basil just makes everything taste like summertime in my opinion!

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Dinner was freshly steamed green beans, corn on the cob (un-pictured), broccoli rice and T-bone steaks. Yes, just after I got done talking about eating a New York strip the size of my head, I had another one :/ eek. I actually only ate about 1/4 of the whole thing and shared the rest with Ben.

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The crowning jewel of the meal was dessert. Isn’t it always? My Mom found Sweet and Salty Cluster ice cream at the store today. Let me repeat: SWEET & SALTY CLUSTER ICE CREAM!

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This was whipped cream flavored ice cream with salty chocolate peanuts, peanut butter cone pieces and a caramel swirl. Basically, the best things ever, in a scoop. Served with my Mom’s homemade apple crisp, well, I could barely contain myself!! Let’s just say I’m glad I got that workout in this morning!IMG_7045   

This was another meal hit out of the ballpark – thanks Mom!

Off to finish part of my to-do list – I hope you had a great weekend 😀 See you on the flip side!

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What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

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