Good morning & happy Monday!
I just finished walking the dogs, and now I’m sitting down with my coffee to blog before heading to yoga in a couple of hours. I spent last night watching American Idol and getting all the photos ready for this blog because I love getting my recap posts out on Monday mornings.
I’m so excited for this week. I’m heading out on an annual hiking trip with Becca tomorrow morning, and I’ve been waiting for this day to come since the last time we trotted up the mountain. (trip 1) (trip 2) I have a lot of work to get done after yoga this morning, so let’s get to the recap post! I hope you’ve had breakfast because there are a ton of good eats in this one sure to make you hungry.
The regular Monday morning yoga instructor wasn’t there, so luckily the class was a bit more laid back. Not that I wasn’t up for the challenge, but I was just so tired.
When I got home, I made a delicious smoothie bowl before diving into my workload. My smoothie bowl had frozen blackberries, frozen peaches, cashew milk, protein powder, ice, topped with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and raisins.
Later in the afternoon, I filmed a little dumbbell routine that’ll be out soon!
I spent some time stretching. I ran a couple miles before yoga and I feel like my legs have been so tight. To be completely honest, I think I just need to start drinking more water.
For lunch, I had a tasty garden salad with my current favorite dressing, the Herb Goddess from Organic Girl. It’s so good! My salad had spinach leaves, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, sprouts, apples, cabbage, avocado, and unsweetened dried cranberries.
After my evening three-mile dog walk (the boys could go forever), I made a quick dinner. I had a slice of Udi’s bread with a Gardein chipotle black bean burger, and mixed greens with Herb Goddess dressing. I raved about these black bean burgers in my last recap post, and I’m still just as obsessed with them. I had a side of mango sriracha to mix into my salad and dip my sandwich in.
After dinner, I made a decaf oat milk (oatly) cappuccino and sat outside on the driveway with Grumples. He loves to sit outside and watch people while I read my bible, or talk on the phone. Sometimes after our walks, he’ll sit a the end of the driveway and refuse to come inside because he just loves it out there. But he doesn’t want to be alone, he wants someone to sit with him at all times. He’s a funny dog.
And can we take a second to appreciate my latte art?
On Tuesday morning, I started filming the taste test for the Daily Harvest video. I couldn’t get the whole thing done because I had to pick up my mom from work and take her to a follow-up appointment to get her stitched removed from her surgery. My dad could have taken her, but I really wanted an excuse to have lunch at Living Kitchen!
After her appointment, we headed to Living Kitchen for lunch. This is one of my favorite trendy spots in Charlotte. It’s a raw vegan restaurant with delicious food! I think the last time I had eaten here was when my brother was in town over the summer.
We decided to treat ourselves to a coconut milk latte and a grey hulk smoothie. I love that they split smoothies for you if you ask. The “Grey Hulk” smoothie had mixed berries, banana, spirulina, maca, hemp protein, and hemp milk.
I always bounce back between the arugula harvest salad and the fire and brimstone burger. The fire and brimstone burger is a gluten-free quinoa-millet veggie burger spiced with chipotle sunflower seed hummus, onion, cucumber, guacamole, and fire and brimstone hot sauce. For my side, I always get the broccoli Waldorf salad. It’s so good! If you’re ever in Charlotte, add this place to your list.
We stopped in Anthropologie after lunch, and I picked up a ton of bedroom inspiration. I still haven’t decorated my bedroom since moving into my new home a year and a half ago. The Southend location is the best Anthropologie I’ve ever been in.
After dropping my mom back off at work, I took the backroads home because all of the flowers were blooming in the neighborhoods and I had to snap some photos.
I guess I should have warned you earlier, but there is an abundance of spring flower photos in this post!
On Tuesday afternoon, my dad came over to fix my drywall (from the DIY fail…)
I finished up some of my work, walked the dogs, and then had leftovers for dinner! I had some spinach with herb goddess dressing and roasted sweet potato slices as a side.
On Wednesday morning, I had a smoothie bowl (same ingredients as Monday’s.) I shared the “how-to” on my YouTube video.
I took the boys out for a four-mile walk. This is the best time to catch up on podcasts and clear my head. The time flies by, and my long walks are like therapy sessions. The dogs were out cold the rest of the afternoon!
For dinner, I had a mixed green salad with herb goddess dressing, sweet potatoes, a chipotle black bean burger, mango sriracha hummus, and guacamole.
Around seven, I headed to Kyle’s. We usually don’t hang out on weeknights, but I missed him, and sometimes ending the night with a good movie and our pups are the key to turning around a blah day.
We woke up early to walk the dogs around the Fourth Ward on Thursday morning. It was cold out, but still a pretty stroll. It’s been abnormally chilly here lately. The high today is only 53, and that is cold for the south.
Don’t get too excited, this is not a mason jar full of guacamole! Haha. I had like six messages on Instagram of people thinking this was guacamole. I do LOVE guacamole, but I don’t think I’d like to drink it. My breakfast smoothie had frozen banana, kale, pears, mango, zucchini, wheat grass, matcha powder, cashew milk, pea protein, and topped with sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
I was going to go to yoga on Thursday but to be honest, I wasn’t feeling too well. My endo was in full swing, and I didn’t feel like going anywhere. The first three days of my cycle are the worst. I try to eat a ton of vegetables, healthy fats, and lay off any sugar and limit my caffeine intake during those days.
For lunch, I had a slice of Udi’s toast with homemade guacamole on top. I guess after all the guacamole speculation, I started craving it. 🙂 I also had a glass of Healthade. cayenne cleanse kombucha. Did you know that cayenne is a herbal pain reliever? I swell up like a balloon during my cycle, and I was reading that cayenne can help with the inflammation. I mean, I’ll try anything at this point.
I had a ton of vegetables in my fridge that I needed to do something with before they went bad. I froze half of them and then grilled up the other half. I love grilling batches of vegetables and adding them to omelets, salads, soups, or eating them as sides all week long.
I feel like the grill adds so much flavor that all you need is a little oil. I hardly ever season my grilled veggies.
I placed the carrots on the top rack because they were going to take the longest to cook. I started with the bell peppers and onions on the bottom rack first. I used avocado oil because it has a higher smoke point and can hold up better with the heat of the grill.
And many of you were quick to point out my grill’s face! Lol, shall we name her?
Once the peppers and onions were finished, I wrapped them up in the tin foil and then added the zucchini and summer squash to the bottom rack while the carrots continued to roast. I cooked them for seven minutes on each side.
The asparagus and snow peas cook super fast, so I saved them for last.
I sliced the carrots and added all the vegetables to a large bowl to store in the fridge. Having vegetables already prepared is a great way to help me eat them.
I spent the rest of the afternoon outside working on the patio. It was 60-degrees, and the sunshine felt so good. I have to take advantage of these days because it’ll be 100 degrees and humid by next month.
After my nightly dog walk, I made a chipotle black bean burger and had a side of grilled vegetables for dinner.
My Friday blog post! These lemon chia and blueberry muffins are so good! They’re gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and have no added sugars! (recipe here)
After blogging, cleaning, and getting ready for the evening, I headed uptown to Kyle’s. We had dinner plans with friends. While he got his haircut, I took a walk around the Fourth Ward to take photos of the beautiful flowers in the neighborhood. It was a bit overcast but still gorgeous. I’m sharing some of those photos with you below! If you’re ever in Charlotte, you should make visiting the Fourth Ward neighborhood a must. The beautiful historic homes and character will leave you in awe.
The McNinch House, another one of my favorite Charlotte spots.
It’s crazy that all of this beautiful character is in the city, and a lot of people don’t even know it’s there.
A little stroll before dinner!
We went to another one of our favorite spots in Charlotte, Poplar Street Cafe. It’s located in the Fourth Ward, and not a lot of people know about it. We sat outside on the patio listening to live music and enjoying some food. The performer was super talented. He sounded just like Randy Newman.
We started with their hummus plate. Their homemade hummus is delicious and kind of tastes like grits. Is that weird? It was served with fresh vegetables and pita bread.
For my dinner, I ordered an arugula salad with walnuts and smoked salmon on top. I had balsamic and olive oil for the dressing.
We had a great Friday night!
I did all my grocery shopping on Saturday morning. It rained all day long, so it was the perfect day to do some meal prepping.
I had a bowl of protein yogurt before cooking. My bowl had unsweetened coconut milk yogurt, chocolate protein powder, and chocolate lover superfood blend. I decided to try out a new protein powder this time and went with VegiDay. It’s a raw, vegan, and organic plant-based protein powder made up of peas, brown rice, pumpkin, quinoa, chia, spirulina, and chlorella. It was super inexpensive and I really loved the taste. I bought it in chocolate and vanilla.
I helped Kyle do his meal prep. (his meal prep details are on this post for those of you who were asking me)
I also made another batch of chili to eat throughout the weekend and week. I used my Turkey & Carrot White Bean Chili recipe, but without the zucchini and sweet potatoes instead of carrots. It was delicious!
I had a bowl of it for dinner with Daiya cheese, avocado slices, and a kale salad on the side.
I had dinner around 4 pm, so after finishing up the rest of the meal prep, I had a decaf oat milk(oatly) latte and a little slice of the Daiya strawberry cheesecake. It’s SOOOOOOOOOOOO good! I mentioned how good their key lime was in my last recap post, but this one was just as good! It’s hard to believe that it’s vegan and made without actual cream cheese.
About four hours later, I had a bowl of fresh fruit and dipped it in vanilla protein yogurt (vanilla protein powder and coconut milk yogurt.) This combo tastes just like store-bought fruit dip.
I headed out for a long dog walk on Saturday morning and then did a big power clean (bathrooms, appliances, cabinets, windows, floors.) When I get into cleaning mode, there is no stopping me. Leo hates when the vacuum comes out.
I had a bowl of chili for lunch, and it was delicious! Why is chili always better the next day?
The day was filled with more dog walks, Fixer Upper episodes, and catching up on blog work. I love a calm Sunday.
For dinner, I had a “smorgasbord” plate. It had sweet potato slices, my chili, avocado slices with herb goddess dressing, and my grilled vegetables.
I have a delicious healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe coming soon, so stay tuned! And don’t forget to follow along on my hiking trip tomorrow! Should I do a hiking trip YouTube video?
Ok, I’m off to yoga! Have a great Monday. I can’t wait to sit down with my afternoon cappuccino and chat with you all later!
Questions for you!
- What do you do to turn around a bad day?
- Do you have any annual traditions with friends?
- What is one goal you have for the week?