An Anniversary Dinner [Recent Eats + Fitness]

Lately I’ve been trying to get my family to eat a little healthier. Sure, I always encouraged them to, but now that I’m home with some extra time on my hands, I’ve been making dinner for them most nights. Mom and Dad have been on board, which I’m truly thankful for… Adam, not so much. I’m still holding out that I’ll eventually get him to eat more than seven baby carrots with his chicken patties.

I’ve been testing out one or two new-to-them and/or -me recipes per week, filling in the rest of the days will other staples. Breakfasts and lunches are still an individual thing, but hopefully I can start to help my mom meal plan her lunches, too. My parents have pretty much loved everything I’ve made for them so far, and, not surprisingly, I source most of my recipes from blogs I read. Yay blogs!

Recent Eats

I’ve tried this one out prior to this week, but The Hummusapien’s Chickpea, Brown Rice and Broccoli Crockpot Casserole has been and continued to be a big hit. I actually added too much water to this batch, so I soaked up the extra liquid by adding some quinoa, too. It’s not pretty, but it’s SO good.



My mom and I munched on these Southwest Quinoa Burgers from Eat Yourself Skinny last night. They were really tasty! I made the whole recipe, but I found that six patties was more reasonable than the recommended eight. My mom agreed – but she also agreed they were delicious and “tasted like chili on a bun.” We used TJ’s whole wheat buns, for the record. Also very good. I topped mine with tomato and ketchup. #ketchupfreak



On Sunday night, my entire family plus extended family on my dad’s side went out to dinner at Bravo! to celebrate my grandparents’ 55th wedding anniversary (!!!!! congrats! I love you both!). The food was pretty good – I ordered the Light Chicken and Vegetable Pasta – but the company was better.



And check out these cookies my grandma got for dessert! Aren’t they the coolest? And talk about a good looking couple. They were actually married on the 4th of July, so that’s why the cookies are outlined in patriotic colors.



As for breakfast, I rocked some pancakes on both Saturday and Sunday morning. The ones pictured here are made with spinach; the pancakes from Saturday were made with zucchini. They essentially looked the same, except the zuke ones completely broke up. Pancake fail. They still tasted amazing. I’ll credit the blueberries and maple syrup for that.


I don’t remember what day I had this breakfast, but those strawberries were seriously on point. I put two over easy eggs atop some spinach and had a banana with Nuttzo on the side.


And then of course I had to have my good old standby of avocado toast with Vegenaise, eggs, and carrots. And those cherries? PHENOMENAL. I could have eaten the entire bag (I know it looks like the entire bag there, but it was maybe 1/4 of it 😉 ).


I also had this yummy concoction for lunch one day: my Red, White & Blueberry Granola Parfait. Super tasty and healthy!

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Recent Fitness

Last week’s workouts included yoga (of course), ellipticalling, a run, and this deck of cards workout.

I actually only made it to yoga once, but it was a 90 minute class I definitely needed before the weekend. I went the morning of the 4th, and it was incredibly crowded. Like an inch between mats crowded. It was a little more stressful of a class than I wanted, but it turned out to be a great sweaty workout despite the strange woman next to me who was staring right into my eyes during one of our final twists on the floor.

And, yes, that does say I went for a run. On Wednesday, I headed down to a trail with my friend to test out the ‘ol knee. Unfortunately, there was still pain even after basically taking the anti-inflammatories for a month. I went to the specialist yesterday, and I’m scheduled to get an MRI to make sure I don’t have any torn ligaments. The doctor wants to be sure before he gives me a cortisone shot, which is the next step if the MRI shows no out-of-the-ordinary ailments. It’s my first MRI, and I’m kind of nervous! I’ve never had to have anything more than an x-ray, knock on wood.

Questions of the Day:
>> Have you ever had an MRI or anything of the like? I’ve had x-rays for my scoliosis and wisdom teeth, but that’s about it.
>> What is your strangest yoga experience?
>> Three things you ate this week! & go. 

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June Brought Great Food [Recent Eats + Fitness]

Happy July! I really can’t believe it’s already the 7th month of the year. I’m ready to start the second half of 2014 with a fresh outlook (and of course, some yummy food!). But before I jump into July, let’s play catchup on what I’ve been eating and doing for fitness!


Breakfasts have looked very similar around these parts, not surprisingly. The funny thing about me is that I need to make sure I’m satisfied by my breakfast or I’m in a bad mood all day. That’s why I usually stick to similar formulas but just switch out fruits or veggies. My staples lately have been avocado toast, and I’ve switched out carrots with tomatoes or blueberries with watermelon.



Lunches? A ton of salads! I’ve discovered that I really love a crunchy something in my salads. Fruit has also been on my salad radar lately, especially since berries are so abundant right now.

Strawberries, mushrooms, carrots, sunflower seeds, and walnuts with balsamic dressing over a (huge) bed of lettuce.



Not surprisingly my most favorite salad made an appearance, too. This one’s going to be around for a while.


I’ve been trying to make more dinners for my family to get them a little more nutrition. Here are just a few of the meals we’ve had as a family!

My family LOVED, and when I say loved I really mean it, PaleOMG’s Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie.


I made some homemade meatballs with pasta another night. I served mine up with a huge serving of broccoli, too. Have you ever had your broccoli with pasta sauce? It’s a really tasty combo.


I really enjoyed this meal: honey mustard drumsticks with a side of brown rice and yellow squash. It was really simple, but I was so satisfied!


Aaaaaand I’ve had several meals out, too.

Thai Green Curry at Nicky’s Thai Kitchen. SO GOOD.


Salmon with veggies and rice at Joe’s Crab Shack (as a whole it was just okay, but the salmon was cooked really nicely).


And finally a rockin’ breakfast with my brother at Cracker Barrel #notsorry. I had their multigrain pancakes with a side of eggs. I didn’t eat the bacon, but Adam did, so I didn’t feel bad about it going to waste. I couldn’t even finish the pancakes! Also can we talk about that huge hunk of butter?



So, I know I said I was going to do Fitnessista’s Summer Shape Up, but I didn’t follow through. I loved her Winter Shape Up, but I was not feeling these new workouts. By “not feeling,” I mean I was kind of bored while doing them. I also didn’t like that there weren’t plyo cardio sets or videos to accompany, which is what really drew me to her Winter Shape Up. I have trouble making myself do burpees or those kind of moves, and having a video helped me push through.

Instead, I’ve still been doing a lot of yoga, walking and weights. I’ve also been able to do some HIIT workouts on the treadmill. For some reason, those never bother my knee.

Speaking of the knee, I’m testing it out running a straight distance tomorrow, aiming for three miles, because I’m almost through with my medicine. I get it checked again next week. Wish me luck!


I can’t wait to see what awesome eats and fitness the rest of the year will bring. Here’s to July and a great finish to 2014!

Questions of the day: 
>> What has your recent fitness looked like? 
>> Know of any good workouts I should try?
>> What restaurants have you been to lately?

Hiking, Burgers and Knees [Recent Eats + Fitness]

So I think I’m going to start to do more of a large roundup type post to share my eat and workouts with you and fit a What I Ate Wednesday in there every so often. There’s no particular reason I’m doing this other than I want to show you more than one day of eats! A compilation of a bunch of good stuff is way better than one day of  ‘meh’ eats, IMO. And usually my eats are pretty standard. I thought it was time for a little switch up!

Recent Eats

I still can’t get enough of my Copycat Powerhouse Salad. I made it for like three or four of my lunches last week! The salad below was made out of desperation for goat cheese, though – I altered my recipe a bit because we were out of apples and mushrooms, so I used beets and sweet potatoes instead!


Before Kaitlyn left for her killer internship last week, we met up at OTB Bicycle Café. It’s this little dive bar looking restaurant that is actually awesome. I had a salad to start. Tell me those greens aren’t perfect?!


I followed my salad with a peanut butter and bacon burger. Yes, you read that correctly. Peanut butter. Bacon. On a burger. Pure heaven. I tried this burger for the first time last summer, and I needed to share its perfection with Kaitlyn!


My dad and I randomly bought two eggplants last week, so I made Italian eggplant boats with a bunch of random things inside. I believe I added no salt diced tomatoes, kale, a little pasta sauce, ground turkey and mozzarella cheese. I had some for leftovers later in the week!


Saturday evening I went to Hofbräuhaus with some friends from work. I was persuaded by their dinner choices and ordered the same for myself: ham and cheese on a pretzel bun. The sandwich was a little too heavy for my taste, but the pretzel bun was out of this world. We stayed til really late, but I DD’d, so I only had a drink with dinner.


I was really craving my make your own cereal for breakfast yesterday morning, so I whipped up a batch of that. It’s so quick and easy to throw together in the morning, so I was able to eat a good breakfast before my earlier doctor’s appointment (more on that below).



On Sunday, Cassie, Erin and I went hiking in the Laurel Highlands at Ohiopyle. It’s a beautiful park and little town, but since Cassie and I are health freaks we managed to find the one place that had healthy food for lunch. It was a little cafe, and the three of us ordered “burritos” but had them served on a bed of greens. It wasn’t anything to write home about, but it did the trick.



Recent Fitness

Like I said, I went on a day trip to Ohiopyle with Cassie and Erin the other day. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen the picture I posted of the three of us.



In all, we walked about 8 or 9 miles, which I was really happy about. Plus, you can’t beat the views! I want to go back soon to hike to this spot in particular. We had to drive to it because we went on the wrong trail first. #classic #cantreadmaps



In other fitness news, I finally had my appointment about my knee. If you remember, it started hurting me way back in September. I procrastinated going to get it checked out, which might have been a mistake, but I truly thought that I could heal it with rest. Well, 9 months later, it still hurts. I could have had a baby in all the time I haven’t been consistently running. Lol not really.

I wasn’t surprised to learn that I have Runner’s Knee, or more specifically Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS). The physician is having me take anti-inflammatories for about a month since rest didn’t help, and if my running isn’t back to normal after that I will go to physical therapy as well.

In the meantime, I’m still doing my usual: HIIT workouts, weights, treadmill incline walking, and hot yoga. In fact, I’m going to yoga early this morning! Yay.

Questions of the Day:
>> Ever go hiking? What’s your favorite national/state park? I hope to see some parks out west in the next few years!
>> Have any experience with Runner’s Knee? Womp. I feel for you.
>> Tell me something you ate last week!