Good morning! Happy Friday! I’m a day behind on my blogging, so here’s a recap of yesterday’s eats and adventures!
I woke up bright and early yesterday morning to dominate my To Do list, which sort of got out-of-control in recent days. I made myself My Favorite Breakfast Pancake with sliced strawberries and Teddie Peanut Butter and then got right to work. I ended up getting a ridiculous amount of stuff done in the morning, which was awesome. My brain functions so much more efficiently first thing in the day than late at night.
Instead of my usual homemade iced coffee, I tried some Chameleon Cold-Brew that the company sent me to try last week.
Four bottles arrived at our house on Wednesday afternoon, and when I returned from California on Monday night, only one bottle remained. I guess Mal really liked it. He said he would have drank them all, but he saved one for me. What a guy.
Each 16-ounce bottle contains four servings. You just need to mix the cold-brewed stuff with cold water or milk. I opted for almond milk and, holy goodness, it was DELICIOUS. It’s bold, flavorful, and so, so, so smooth (cold brew coffees are typically less acidic than traditional hot-brewed coffees). Of course, if you don’t like super strong coffee, you can water it down even more. But, for me, when it comes to iced coffee, it’s the stronger, the better!
As soon as I had my first sip, I told Mal the last bottle was all mine!
After breakfast, I plowed through work and then took a break for lunch, which was a big salad topped with sliced deli turkey and a scoop of roasted red pepper hummus, which I used as “salad dressing.”
After lunch, I headed to the dog park with Mal and Murphy. It felt great to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.
After our trip to the park, I was hungry again, so I ate an Oikos plain Greek yogurt with sliced cherries and almonds. Mmm!
I worked for a few more hours and then ate a sliced banana with peanut butter before heading to CrossFit. I always need a little something in my stomach before a workout. Otherwise, I feel tired and weak.
Last night’s workout was ridiculous. It was one of the hardest CrossFit WODs I’ve ever done (and one I will never forget).
1 mile Farmers Walk (heaviest)
Basically, you carry the heaviest weight you can handle for one mile. We used kettlebells last night, but you can also do a Farmer’s Walk with dumbbells or any other heavy thing you want to carry. It looks like this:
For the first 800 meters, I used a 35-pound kettlebell in one hand and a 53-pound kettlebell in the other (I switched hands at 400 meters). It was challenging, but on the final 800 meters, I turned into a crazy person and decided to carry two 53-pound kettlebells. Holy crap, it was hard, but I somehow managed to do it. I finished in just over 32 minutes. Longest mile of my life.
After CrossFit, I came home, showered up, and made dinner, which was another salad topped with chicken, roasted red hummus, and Annie’s balsamic dressing.
After dinner, I did a little baking. I was really in the mood for a cookies!
Coconut Almond Cookies
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Prune puree (1/2 cup dried prunes + 1 tbsp water)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 eggs
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350* F.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Using a tablespoon portion batter onto a prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes.
- Allow to cool before serving.
I enjoyed three of these cookies before passing out on the couch. I was exhausted after last night’s workout!
Wellness by the Water Retreat Giveaway
Thanks to everyone who entered the Wellness by the Water Retreat giveaway! Here’s your winner:
I would LOVE to win this retreat sooo much!! I have been meaning to spoil my mom for so long with a day just like this. We’ve both had a tough year and together, this is exactly what we need
Congrats, Katelyn! Please email me at email@example.com to claim your prize.
Question of the Day
The other day, I received an email from a reader asking me what are the food staples in my diet. Here are the foods you can almost always find me eating (or drinking):
- Sweet potatoes
- Nut butter (usually almond & peanut)
- Iced coffee
- Almond milk
- Greek yogurt
- Salad greens
What are the food staples in your diet? What do you buy every week at the grocery store?
P.S. This has nothing to do with anything, but I thought it was hilarious: DJ Cat Scratching Pad. I think my mom’s cats need one of these! Haha!