Good Morning, Everyone! I hope you’re having a fantastic week so far.
I promise I won’t get in the habit of sharing recap posts on Wednesday, but this week has been pretty eventful. Kyle had his good friends visiting, and I wanted to make sure to take a step back from the computer a bit and spend my time in the moment.
With trips to the farmer’s market, playing tennis in scorching temps, walks with friends around the city, and fighting the humidity, it finally felt like summer down here in Charlotte.
Let’s get to the recap so I can show you what I ate, what I did, and where I went last week 🙂
I was all over the place on Monday. I spent the first have of the day walking the dogs, writing my last recap post, and getting other work-related tasks done. Around 10 am, I was ready for breakfast. I decided to make a smoothie so I could take it with me on the go. I wanted to head to Whole Foods and pick up some new cleaning supplies so I could tackle the kitchen. Once in a while, I’ll spend several hours scrubbing every cabinet and cleaning the appliances. And when I’m in the mood to clean, there is no breaking it.
• 1/2 frozen banana
• 8 ounces unsweetened vanilla cashew milk
• 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
• 1 tsp spirulina powder
• 3-4 ice cubes
• 1 scoop vanilla orgain plant protein powder
• shredded toasted coconut chips on top
I spent about an hour and a half on the kitchen, and then an additional two hours tacking laundry and scrubbing the floors in the house. I do love hardwood floors, but goodness they are a lot of upkeep!
For lunch, I had a turkey wrap with carrots and hummus. I was super hungry and didn’t even use a plate, but stopped to eat mid-clean! That’s why it’s not pictured.
I dove into the leftovers for dinner.
Around 5 pm, I had an arugula salad topped with northern beans, honey roasted pecans, and honey mustard vinaigrette. After dinner, I took Leo and Grumples for a two-mile walk.
I decided to spend the rest of the evening shaving some hair off of Grumples. His hair grows so fast, and it’s way too hot to carry a coat like that, so we sat out on the driveway for about two hours while I shaved him. It’s the strangest thing, but he LOVES it. He get’s excited when I bring out the razor. I kept it on a long setting, so I didn’t shave him bald. I’ll take Grumples to the groomers twice a year, but maintain it myself when I need to.
After shaving, I brought out the dog shampoo and gave him a hose bath on the side of the house. He was looking fresh and ready to go to the vet in the morning.
After having a cup of coffee and walking the dogs two miles early in the morning, Grumples and I headed to the vet around 9:30. Last year, he was about fifteen pounds overweight, and guess what? He lost all fifteen pounds over the course of one year! I am SO proud of him. The long walks, sticking to healthy treats (green beans) and reducing his food worked. He has so much energy, and he seems to be in a better mood.
Our walks have been more enjoyable too since putting him in training with Leo.
I was super hungry when we got back. I made breakfast around 10 am, and it was delicious! I made my go-to protein pancakes (recipe coming soon), roasted almonds, two eggs over medium, and mango slices.
For lunch, I had a sweet potato tortilla (BFree foods) with turkey, lettuce, and avocado with a said of cotton candy grapes and harvest snaps. The Harvest snaps and grapes were half eaten by the time I remembered to take a photo. I also tried the Bai antioxidant super tea and it was so delicious!
I always visit my parents during the week so I packed a salad for dinner and headed their way. The dogs LOVE wrestling around in the backyard and chasing bubbles.
My dinner salad was delicious.
It had Applegate turkey, arugula, northern beans, butternut cinnamon squash, avocados, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, and honey mustard vinaigrette.
On Wednesday morning, I headed to my appointment in Charlotte. I had to take a photo to show you guys how light my hair has gotten since getting the balayage! I’m kind of loving it. It’s always fun to change things up.
Smoothies are a must in the summer and my favorite breakfast to cool me off.
Mango-Passion Fruit Smoothie
• 1/2 cup frozen mango
• 1/2 cup frozen passion fruit (i bought a bag at Whole Foods)
• 3-4 ice cubes
• 1 scoop vanilla orgain plant protein powder
• almond butter and almonds on top.
For lunch, I had a BFoods wrap filled with avocado, egg, and grilled chicken. I had some random bites from leftovers on the side! After my nightly dog walks, I decided to make a healthy one pan dinner!
I always start with the carrots first since they take the longest to cook. I season them with a bit of salt, pepper, and sesame oil and cook them for 12 minutes at 400 degrees. Then, I add the salmon and broccoli to the tray with the carrots and cook an additional 13 minutes. The cooking time for the salmon depends on the size of the fillet. I seasoned this salmon with a dry rub (locally made) and sesame oil.
I love healthy dinners that are easy to throw together!
I’ll usually add the leftover salmon to a salad the next day.
Leo forgets how big he is now…
I spent the evening having tea and falling asleep to the NBA playoffs.
I met up with a friend at Not Just Coffee on Thursday morning. We went over some cool blog stuff and made plans to work together this summer to create some awesome content. I’m excited for a new chapter!
While I was there, I had a vanilla almond milk latte and a sesame kale salad.
For dinner, I had fresh watermelon, arugula with leftover salmon, and a two egg omelet.
I headed to the farmers market on Friday morning to pick up some fresh watermelon, pick some strawberries, and grab some delicious peaches.
For breakfast, I had arugula with almonds, a two egg omelet, and strawberries!
My sweet Grumples 🙂
One of my favorite power shots! Whenever I do a week of intermittent fasting 17:7, this is how I break my fasts. I also love the health benefits of apple cider vinegar on any regular day as well.
I know my dinner was completely ugly, but oh well! I had a bowl of rice, ground turkey, guacamole, and kale crackers.
Kyle always meal preps at my house on Saturday, so I offered to do it for him since his friends were coming to town. I had a lot of people asking what goes into the meals, so here is the layout. They have rice, sweet potatoes, ground turkey, and baked chicken. It only takes about an hour and forty-five minutes to prepare. If you guys want, I can do an entire meal prep video!
Becca and I made plans on Friday night to go see Adrift! We were so excited to see it, and it ended up being an awesome movie. I definitely recommend it to everyone! We love our makeup free/comfy clothes movie dates 🙂
I was up super early on Saturday morning to join a tennis clinic. I was a little nervous to join the group since they are pretty advanced, but I’m so glad I faced my fear and went. I had the best time! I can’t wait to go back and play with them again. We played for about three hours. The best way to advance your game is to play with people who are better than you. A year ago, I would have never been able to keep up, but I get better and better the more I put myself out there.
After tennis, I headed home to get cleaned up and made my way uptown to see Kyle and his friends.
We all made our way to the mall because they wanted to look at shoes. I grabbed a latte at Nordstrom Cafe and walked around with them. We stopped at Chopt on the way home to pick up a bite to eat before making our way to the Taste of Charlotte. I downed a huge Chopt salad because I was so hungry! I was running off a banana and RxBar after playing tennis and walking the mall for a couple hours.
My salad had arugula, kale, chicken, edamame, butternut squash, chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, raisins, grilled chicken, quinoa, and hot honey vinaigrette.
We walked around the Taste of Charlotte for a bit and then headed back to the house later in the evening.
While everyone slept in, I met up with Meighan for a three-mile walk and breakfast! We have been wanting to try Lincoln’s Haberdashery for a while now. It was the perfect morning to walk there from Uptown.
But first? Iced coffees with a splash of almond milk.
The food was AMAZING! I ordered two eggs over easy and fresh fruit. Meighan ordered the smoked salmon with cream cheese on the baguette with onion and capers. I loved the menu and the cute spot! Add this to your Charlotte musts 🙂 I’ll have to update my Charlotte section soon.
Later in the afternoon, I tagged along with Kyle and his friends on some fun adventures! Around 6 pm, I walked down the block to B.Good for a power bowl. I’m obsessed with this dish! The guys were grilled jalapeno cheddar burgers, and I had my heart set on this salad.
The power bowl salad had quinoa, eggs, chicken, sesame carrots, chickpeas, brussels sprouts, kale, and a tomato vinaigrette. Now, I want it again!
Around eight, we headed to an event to watch one of their favorite authors speak.
I fell right asleep when we got back.
On Monday morning, I walked down to Queen City Grounds to try out their new coffee shop. I’ve been slacking on all of these new places popping up in Charlotte, so I made up for it this weekend. After walking the dogs, I walked back down that way to grab some black drip coffees to go. And yes, they were both for me. I also picked up some pure bliss bars that were extremely delicious!
Coffee verdict? DELICIOUS.
After I spent Monday morning blogging, I headed out for a three-mile dog walk with Grumples and Leo. Kyle went to the gym, and I had no desire to join. Walking the dogs is my favorite way to stay active. Other than tennis of course.
Once everyone was up and back from the gym, we decided to go get breakfast and play some tennis.
We actually went to Lincoln’s Haberdashery! I’d be OK with eating here every day.
I ordered two eggs with fruit and a side of oatmeal that I knew everyone would share with me. The oatmeal was SO GOOD! You have to order this if you go. It comes with steel cut oats cooked with almond milk, bananas, flax seed, and brown sugar.
We played tennis for about an hour, but couldn’t handle the 95-degree heat any longer.
I decided to run to Whole Foods to pick up some things to make dinner. I went with Kyle’s favorite…salmon!
While I was at Whole Foods, I picked up these Smart Sweets! I can’t believe this whole bag of gummy bears is 90 calories with only 3 grams of sugar. I only ate a few at a time because the fiber content scared me.
Salmon is one of my favorite meals to make and Whole Foods always has the freshest fillets. I roasted the salmon at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. I seasoned it with lime, sesame oil, gluten-free soy sauce, sesame seeds, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, chili flakes, and brown sugar.
I also made my favorite green bean recipes!
Salmon, green beans, roasted carrots, sushi rice, and guacamole! I had a glass of kombucha too. I could seriously eat this every day. We had such a fun time with Kyle’s friends, and it was sad to see them leave.
I’m excited to get back on track and start my week (even though it’s Wednesday.)
I hope you all have a great rest of your week!
Questions for you.
- What are you currently trying to improve?
- Do you ever get into cleaning moods?
- Do you like to go to the movies in your comfy clothes?