Good morning and happy Monday!
I hope you all had a great weekend. I just got back from a long morning dog walk, and we had a change in scenery this morning. There were kids everywhere! My quiet morning walks are no longer because it looks like the school year is in session. I genuinely love this time of year!
I’m getting ready to hop off the computer soon, pack a lunch, and head out the door. Becca and I are headed to Asheville today to check out her wedding venue and make some final notes for the big day! Of course, I wanted to get a post up before leaving. I’m sharing fifteen things from my week 😊, Oh, and if you haven’t checked out my latest California Travel blog, make sure to do so! And don’t forget to enter into the giveaway.
First, I want to start with THIS coffee drink that I’ve had daily.
I’ve been trying out new drinks for a new video I’ve been planning (healthy at home Starbucks drinks), and this is one I haven’t been able to stop drinking. I figured I’d share it with you here!
In a blender, I added 1 1/2 cups of dark roast coffee (sometimes I’ll add two shots of espresso instead), 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, five ice cubes, and 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder. I blend on high until it’s icy!
**If you want it creamier, try freezing your almond milk into the ice tray, or add a frozen banana. A frozen banana and coffee? Trust me, it’s tasty. And if you like your coffee sweet, you can always add honey or a splash of stevia**
I had plenty of smoothies this week.
I mentioned a few posts back that I’ve cut out protein powder for the past month. I felt like I was relying on it too much for a protein source, and now I’m consuming more whole foods. I don’t think there is anything wrong with protein powder, but I was just leaning on it too much.
Sometimes if I have a big lunch and don’t have an appetite for dinner, I’ll usually have a smoothie before bed. This smoothie has unsweetened almond milk, blueberries, one frozen banana, cinnamon, cashews on top, and ice cubes! It took me a while to get used to smoothies without the extra sweetness, but now I love them. Want to know a fun fact? I haven’t had any added sugar (or artificial, monk, stevia, honey…) in 30 days. Crazy, I know.
Another smoothie I’ve loved lately is my spinach ones! I’ve mentioned these before, but I’ll share it again if you missed it. After my dog walks in the afternoon, I love a quick smoothie to cool me down. This smoothie has one cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1/4 cup of water, 1/2 cup of ice, 1/2 cup frozen mango, 1/2 frozen banana, and TEN cups of spinach. Does it taste super green? Yes, but I love it.
The air fryer kick? Yeah, I’m still on it. I’m telling you, if you’re considering an air fryer, do it. Here’s a link to the one I have.
Most of my dinners look like this! I’ll throw in some veggies and potatoes with seasoning and a little avocado oil. They cook within ten minutes! I usually top them with some Tessamae’s creamy ranch or their habanero ranch. Right now, I love asparagus in the air fryer.
This week, I was shocked to learn that Whole Food’s 365 unsweetened almond milk frothed better than the barista-style milks I have. I put the milk in the frother, turned around to unload the dishes, turned back around to make my drink, and stopped in my tracks when I saw the frother filled with fluffy milk. I couldn’t believe the almond milk had risen! You better believe I bought two more cartons of it. I’ve never seen almond milk actually froth without it being barista-style.
The weather was HOT this week, but I still managed to walk 3-miles each day. Usually, around noon, I make a playlist and head out for a walk. I have also been doing slower, but longer circuits in the living room afterward. Keeping my heart rate down is key, but putting in the work to still do circuits without my heart rate going up is something I’m going to work on being better at. I have issues with cortisol, and that’s the only reason I have to keep an eye on the heart rate.
Almond flour cauliflower in the air fryer! Hello, delicious!
This is the same way I make my breaded popcorn chicken, but it’s just as good with cauliflower!
I soak the cauliflower in egg, add onion salt, and black pepper, coat the cauliflower with almond flour, and then cook it in the air fryer on both sides for ten minutes at 400 degrees. If you want to do a buffalo flavor, once the cauliflower breading gets crispy, add the buffalo sauce on top, and then cook it for an additional three minutes.
I can’t get enough of the GTS Kombucha! There isn’t a flavor I don’t like. What I love is that they do not add sugar after the fermentation process. I brought one of these with me to have after my doctor’s appointment. Oh, and I also love the Chicken Sriracha bars from Epic. YUM!
Apparently, I’m soaking up salad season before it’s gone because I had a salad almost every day this week.
This salad had romaine, guacamole, onion, paleo fajita chicken from Whole Foods, Tessamae habanero ranch, and bell peppers.
I finished the guest room this weekend, so I’ll make sure to get all the photos and share the before and afters for a blog post soon!
On Friday night, we headed to Uptown to go to a Panthers game with our friends for Kyle’s birthday. One word: HOT! I’ve never let the heat bother me too much, but for some reason, the heat got to me that night. I felt like I was going to pass out the entire game because of how hot it was.
Luckily, we’ll be able to go to a few games this fall when it’s cooler out.
After the game, Kyle and I walked to Rhino Market to get snacks for the drive home. We used to stop in there all the time when Kyle lived in Uptown. We grabbed the chicken Sriracha Epic bars, a Kombucha (TOLD YOU I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THESE SNACKS!), and an RXBAR.
After showering off, I hopped into bed, watched Dateline, and fell asleep.
Saturday morning tennis was canceled because of a race going on in Uptown, so I took advantage of that and relaxed all morning. I had my go-to breakfast of scrambled eggs with vegetables and fresh fruit on the side. I’ve had this same breakfast for weeks now, and I’m not tired of it yet!
We headed to my parent’s house on Saturday afternoon to hang out at the pool, eat hibachi, play bags, and celebrate Kyle’s birthday!
There’s nothing better than my dad’s hibachi meals. This had chicken, squash, peppers, onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, zucchini, and habanero ranch from Tessamaes on the side!
For dinner last night, I made chicken burgers in the air fryer. HELLO, YUM!! It took ten minutes, and then I added two of the patties to my salad with dressing and fresh strawberries. ♥️
I hope you all enjoyed the “15 things from my week” post. I love leaving something up for Mondays when I don’t have time to sit and write an entire day by day recap post. I know you all understand. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the California blog!
Questions for you!
- Share 3 things from your week!
- Would you all be interested in a “decorate for fall with me” type of video?
- What is one goal you have for this week?