Good morning, and happy Monday! I hope your day is off to a great start.
I always regret not splitting these recap posts up after I finish them, but it’s fun to reflect on the week. I hope these long posts can give you a break from your busy day, and inspire you to go out and enjoy the small things. It always makes me happy when people tell me that they pour a cup of coffee and spend their Monday afternoon’s reading my recaps. That’s what motivates me to keep putting these things together! So thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by and read.
This week was so much fun. I finished a lot of work projects and had fun while doing them. I made way too many muffins, played so much tennis, walked the dogs a lot, ate delicious and nutritious food, and spent time scooting around Charlotte like a teenager! If I could replay the week over, I’d totally do it.
Let’s get this recap started!
All my Monday’s start the same. I spend Sunday night putting all my recap photos in order, and then spend the morning drinking coffee and writing about my week, which is exactly what I’m doing right now.
After spending the writing, I made a delicious protein shake before heading out to run some errands.
I called it the “Pineapple Cashew-Colada Protein Smoothie”
It had ice, cashew milk, vanilla plant-protein powder (Orgain), frozen pineapples, and topped with roasted cashews!
For lunch, I had arugula tossed in Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Vinaigrette (haven’t gotten sick of it yet), topped with blueberries, veggie chips (Brad’s plant-based cheddar crackers), and a fried egg on the side. I also ate my weight in carrots and hummus while the egg was frying.
I decided to remake the blender muffins for the blog on Monday, and they turned out heavenly! You can find the recipe here. I’ve made them four times so far, and even made a peanut butter & banana chocolate muffin that’ll be included in this post!
Kyle and I went for a long dog walk on Monday night, and then I spent my evening checking emails and watching The Bachelorette. I do NOT like this season. It’s so boring…It never really gets good until the last four episodes.
I spent Tuesday writing a fun post all about resistance bands that you can read about here! There is also a Fitbit Flex 2 giveaway and more! Don’t forget to check it out!
I also had many of you commenting on the water bottle from that post! It was sent to me by Elemental Bottles! I am completely obsessed. I have the engraved cursive style bottle. I want to order so many of these!
Random dinners are my specialty.
I cooked up some chicken breast, vegetables, and seasoned them with the Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, gluten-free soy sauce, pepper, sesame oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili flakes. Sounds strange, but DELICIOUS!
I had a spinach salad with walnuts, kidney beans, carrots, tomatoes, mandarines, chickpeas, dried cranberries, sesame seeds, and Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Vinaigrette on top!
After dinner, Kyle and I headed to the tennis courts and played a couple of games before the rain started pouring! I was up when we left, but the rain definitely crushed our competitive series.
It was stretching close to 90-degrees by late Wednesday morning! I knew it was going to be a hot one.
I got my long dog walks with the boys in super early. I always feel bad for them this time of year. I never want them out in the heat!
Leo’s morning walk ended at the groomers. We decided to try out a new groomer in uptown, but unfortunately, it turned out to be a disastrous experience.
For breakfast, I failed at a banana-egg pancake because I added WAY TOO many blueberries. Despite the looks of it, it still tasted great! I had four egg whites and one yolk on the side.
Kyle and I LOVED the apple carrot muffins, so I made another batch! This time, I added oats. They were equally as delicious! I didn’t change the recipe at all, just added oats. They were just as moist and just as tasty.
The muffins are so perfect with coffee in the morning or with a scoop of peanut butter on top for dessert.
I walked to get Leo around 2pm from the groomers.
When I picked up Leo, the groomer said she accidentally nicked Leo’s tongue and said it was just so small as a “papercut”, and he stopped bleeding several hours ago. She acted like it was nothing, so I imagined it was nothing as well. After paying, I had to wait almost fifteen minutes for Leo to come back. I thought that was weird since she said he was done almost thirty minutes ago on my voicemail. I heard the blow dryer going again, and thought she maybe was blowing some hair off him.
When we got back to the house, I looked in his water bowl and it was dark red. When I walked over to the couch, there was blood dripping everywhere. Blood all over his legs, his paws, his face, and dripping out of his mouth. If this was a small nick that happened several hours ago, why was he still bleeding like this? It all started to make sense…I was waiting for her to wipe off the blood from Leo’s face and blow dry him off so I wouldn’t notice it until we left (assuming here.)
I immediately walked him down to the vet and they got him in right away. They cleaned him up and noticed a big chunk of his tongue cut…so a little more drastic than a tiny “papercut.” The vet said if it didn’t stop bleeding overnight that she’d have to put him under anesthesia and stitch it up. Luckily, it stopped bleeding the next morning.
I was so disappointed and felt so bad for Leo! I can’t even post the photos on the blog because they are so cringe-worthy.
I don’t want to put this business on blast (which is why I’m not posting the name) because I understand things happen, but I think a little honesty about how severe the cut was would have been appreciated. I would have been understanding and able to walk him to the vet immediately.
For dinner, I had leftover chicken with two eggs! I love using up leftovers, and eggs always make the perfect side.
I spent the night cuddled up with the boys and dabbing Leo’s sore mouth!
The highlight of the night was watching The Handmaids Tale.
Thursday was a much better day. Leo was feeling so much better, and that made me so happy!
For breakfast, I had scrambled eggs with sauteed vegetables. I love to make a big batch of sauteed vegetables to keep in the fridge for salads, omelets, and other random dishes.
I walked down to Queen City Grounds to grab a latte for an entire day of blogging! I’m kind of obsessed with this new coffee shop…if you haven’t noticed. I spent the rest of the day working, walking the dogs, and then played a couple games of tennis with Kyle later in the evening.
I had fun plans on Friday morning!
For breakfast, I had a strawberry & pineapple vanilla protein shake!
It had frozen pineapples, frozen strawberries, cashew milk, plant-protein powder (Orgain), ice, and ground flaxseeds.
On Friday, Arielle and I went out to shoot some fun photos for a brand I’m partnering up with this summer. You guys are going to LOVE what’s in store!
After a long day of shooting photos and running around all over the place in 98-degree weather, we were so ready for a delicious meal.
We decided to stop at Living Kitchen and try out their new menu.
This is one of my FAVORITE spots in Charlotte, and I never get sick of it. I’m fighting the temptation to eat there again this afternoon. We decided to split their new Kale Caesar. This was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time! The salad had kale, green cabbage, cherry tomatoes, kale croutons, brazil nut parmesan, and creamy vegan caesar dressing. I don’t know how they made it taste just like a traditional Caesar salad, but dang they nailed it.
I was realllllllly sad they took my favorite fire & brimstone burger off the menu, but they had the veggie burger with the same sauce so I still got my fix. It wasn’t the same, but close. Very very close! And I’m so glad they kept the best thing on the menu…the Waldorf salad!
Living Kitchen has so many new options on their menu, which is an excuse to go more often so I can try them all out.
I can’t wait to dive into more of their bowl options.
How gorgeous is their Macrobiotic Bowl? It has roasted sweet potatoes, kale, quinoa, adzuki beans, sauerkraut, and lemon tahini sauce.
I’ve always wanted to try dessert at Living Kitchen, and so this time I decided to dive right in. We went with the carrot cake and the lemon berry cheesecake. They were both worthy of ordering again! The lemon berry cheesecake was made with cashews, coconut, lemon & berries on a pecan crust. The carrot cake was made with spiced carrot cake, made with almond flour, Medjool dates, & coconut shreds, and layered between a cashew cream “cheese” icing.
On Friday night, Kyle and I headed to the tennis courts to volley a bit. I was exhausted but toughed it out. He definitely beat me, but it was a close game.
I was so excited for Saturday morning. (mentioned my excitement for Saturday mornings in this post)
Playing hours and hours of tennis brings me so much joy! It’s fun to meet new people and get better and better each week.
After three an half of Saturday morning tennis, I stopped by Whole Foods
to pick up some lunch, and food for the week. I told Kyle I’d help him out with his meal prep. I don’t what it is, but I get them done about two hours faster 😉
I love random smorgasbords for lunch (I’ve been doing that a lot lately!) I only had a muffin before playing tennis because I do not like to do a ton of cardio after eating a heavy breakfast. I feel like it slows me down, so I made sure to eat a big lunch.
I had the leftovers from Living Kitchen, carrots and hummus, Brad’s veggie chips, Brussels sprouts, and guacamole.
While Kyle’s chicken for the week was baking away in the oven, I decided to use up the overripe bananas by making delicious muffins. Delicious is actually an understatement with these! I didn’t want to wait and do a separate post, I needed to share ASAP!
These peanut butter banana chocolate chip muffins are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and have no added sugars! I was pretty blown away by how they turned out.
* 2 ripe bananas
* 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
* 2 teaspoons vanilla
* 1/4 cup cashew milk
* 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
* 1 1/2 cups gluten-free quick oats
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
* 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
* 1/2 cup no sugar added dark chocolate chips (Lily’s)
1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the peanut butter.
3. Mix in the vanilla, apple cider vinegar, and cashew milk.
4. Stir in the oats, baking soda, cinnamon, flaxseeds, sea salt, and dark chocolate chips.
5. Grease a muffin pan and scoop about 1/2 cup of the batter into each slot
6. Bake 22-25 minutes
Nutrition per muffin: Recipe makes 12 muffins
155 Calories, 16g Carbs, 7g Fat, 5g Protein, 5g Fiber, 7g Sugar
We only have one more muffin left, so you better believe I’ll be making these again this afternoon. Kyle and I are also making protein peanut butter cups to keep in the freezer for nighttime cravings. I’ll keep you posted on those!
For dinner, I had ground turkey mixed with a bunch of random things. I’m sure you’re thinking “what the heck…”
I added beans, chickpeas, shrimp (surprisingly didn’t get sick this time), onions, brussels sprouts, and edamame. It was so random and so delicious! I always have to be careful with shrimp because I have a mild shellfish allergy. I find that if it’s wild caught and never frozen, I’m safe to eat it. But if it’s farm-raised, I get sick. I’ve heard it has something to do with the bacteria farm-raised shellfish create. I should probably read more about it.
Kyle and I sat outside on the porch drinking sparkling water and people watching until the sun went down, and then spent the evening wasting our time on an awful movie! Remember when I mentioned Bright Cellars on the blog! Just want to remind you that if you take the quiz, you can get 50% off your first box!!
I was up super early with the dogs for a Sunday morning dog walk. It’s tradition for Grumples andmeI to do two miles uptown on Sunday mornings when the whole city is sleeping.
If you’re ever visiting Charlotte, add “a walk in the fourth ward” to your list.
I spent an hour drinking coffee and watching Fixer Upper before starting the day.
Kyle and I headed to the courts early morning to play before it reached 98-degrees! It was still hot, but we managed to fit several games in.
I left the courts as the winner! I just have to be careful, because he’ll be back to get me next time. It’s his turn to take the win, so I’m hoping to break the pattern.
For lunch/breakfast, I had arugula topped with guacamole, ground turkey, jalapeno Simple Mill crackers, and Trader Joe’s salad toppers!
After lunch, Kyle and I decided to try out the new scooters in uptown! We had been wanting to do it forever, so we found some of the Bird ones, and headed to Southend for some green juice! Guys…..THESE THINGS ARE SO MUCH FUN!!!! You’ll feel like a little kid again. I love how convenient they are to get around, how inexpensive they are, and they are a great way to get past the traffic.
My only complaint would be that they need to get more of them! If people traded in their cars for scooters, we’d be set!
Add “riding scooters around Charlotte” to your travel list! I know they have these in other cities as well.
We rode down to Clean Juice in Southend. I ordered a “The Glow One” and it came with ginger, one apple, cucumber, and kale. I was a little thrown off because he put it in a cup with a ton of ice? Is that a thing now?…
We rode around for a couple hours. Talk about a mood-booster!
Summer in Charlotte never fails. When we got back, we took the boys out for another walk.
We try to fit in three 1-mile walks a day! When it’s hot, we’ll cut their miles down to a half. Since completing training when these boys, it’s much more enjoyable to take them out and about.
We ran some errands the rest of the evening, and then I had dinner before sitting down to put together the Monday recap post 🙂 For dinner, I had brussels sprouts, kale salad, grilled veggies, and Cappello grain-free crust with marinara sauce, and kite-hill chive cream cheese! This dinner was delicious! 🙂
Now, I’m off to work on a blog post with Arielle at a coffee shop, check my mail, and eat some lunch!
Have a great week everyone!!!
Questions for you!
- What was the last thing you did that made you feel like a kid again?
- Are you a recipe follower or a random meal fix type of person?
- Did I make too many muffins this week? (no, never, nope)