Fitness, Gluten Free, Lifestyle, Recipes

Fun Eats & Treats

I am PUMPED that I have a four day workweek this week. I feel like I have been non-stop the last few weekends, and I can’t wait to have some extra time off.

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Two weekends ago was my little brother’s wedding. It was so much fun to catch up with family and the weather was perfect.

With the weekends being full, I’ve been trying really hard to eat as healthfully as I can to make up for the extra indulgences. Here are my latest faves as I prep for an upcoming heath challenge (more on that later!):

Healthy Smoothie Add-Ins:

My new obsession is Spirulina powder. I bought mine off of Amazon, but you can find it in most health-food stores. It’s basically pond scum (YUM!), but seriously, this blue-green algae has a ton of health benefits. Spirulina is full of antioxidants, and in studies has been shown to help with heart health and immunity. Plus is makes your smoothies into a gorgeous green or turquoise color! I use just a half-teaspoon.

Bubbles!

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I am beyond obsessed with La Croixbut when I was traveling in San Antonio for work a few weeks ago I tried Topo Chico for the first time. It’s Uhhhamazing. It’s just sparkling mineral water, but I swear it has more bubbles. This is my “treat” in the evenings during the week when I’m trying to not open a bottle of wine/down a Jack and water. It’s even better in a fancy glass =).

Quick bites:

Has anyone else tried the new gluten free sandwich at Starbucks?? I thought it was actually really good! It comes with egg, white cheddar, and Canadian bacon on a GF multi-grain bun. It’s also sealed in its own bag so you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination. As far as nutrition goes, this wasn’t bad: 280 calories, 18 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 13 grams of fat. It’s just nice to have a fast option, especially when traveling at airports.

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The Whole Foods salad bar has been my go-to when I’ve neglected to meal prep lunches or I’m just feeling lazy. This way I know I’m at least getting some greens in. #kalefordays

All things banana:

I found this recipe for banana, oat, and yogurt pancakes from Ambitious Kitchen on Pinterest. I was really craving pancakes Saturday morning, so I decided to try a healthier alternative that doesn’t have flour or added sugar. The flavor in these were great, just don’t expect fluffy pancake texture! The yogurt made them taste like buttermilk pancakes which was super yum.

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Peanut butter banana overnight oats! I make these pretty much every other week. I combine 1/3 cup gluten free oats, 2 tsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 tsp maple syrup, and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter in a bowl. Then I top with 1/2 a sliced banana and let it sit in the fridge overnight. They are SOOO good. I usually double the recipe when I meal prep on Sundays and then I have two days worth ready to go!

More to come soon on the health challenge I’m starting at the end of the month. I’m so pumped!

Hoping your week is off to a good start and is full of yummy healthy eats!

Ashley

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