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Pre-Dawn Grocery Shopping and Kitchen Projects

I woke up at what I thought was the middle of the night. I checked my phone and it was 4:50. My alarm was set for 5:15 and I was wide open so I figured it best to get out of bed while I was half alert rather than sleep for 20 more minutes and wake up groggy. Isn’t it the worst when you wake up and think it’s like 2 a.m. and you can sleep longer but it’s really time to get up? And what is it about waking up in the 4 o’clock hour that just feels wrong? Wah…

So I found myself in Harris Teeter doing some shopping at 5:30 a.m. I normally stop in to get coffee at the Starbucks attached to HT because it opens so early but today I was out of Greek yogurt for my breakfast so I ventured into the actual store since I had some time before my 6 a.m. client. The next thing I knew I was buying Luna bars, Chobani Flips, Vitamin Water and Salt and Vinegar Almonds (<- ADDICTIVE). And I did manage to also leave with my grande bold. It’s been a long day!

Breakfast and lunch were not noteworthy but my afternoon baking and cooking projects were. Since my Thursdays start so early I try to get out of the gym mid-afternoon so I can have some downtime. I love to play in the kitchen and clean up the house during this time. I made my first foray into gluten-free baking this afternoon and made mini carrot cake cupcakes.

I was very hesitant about how they would turn out but they were surprisingly pretty awesome! No gluten, no refined sugar and really tasty.

It was 40 degrees and raining in Charlotte today (I’m not even kidding…it sleeted this morning) so I made a pot of soup this afternoon with farro and veggies. It turned out to be healthy, hearty and the perfect early spring soup.

Dinner after teaching BodyPump (so fun!) and 22 minutes on the elliptical (so boring! I really just wanted to read a magazine and zone out for a bit) was soup and a feta and chive scone that I pulled from the depths of the freezer that reheated beautifully.

Recipes for the cupcakes and soup coming soon! Have a happy Friday!

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  • 1
    Ja @Athlete Within Ja April 5, 2013, 12:19 am

    Love anything salt and vinegar so i will have to try that almonds.

  • 2
    Ja @Ja on the RUN April 5, 2013, 12:21 am

    Hmmm. I love anything salt and vinegar. I will have to try that almonds. 🙂

  • 3
    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes April 5, 2013, 4:58 am

    Happy Friday, Jen! I’m with you–when I wake up anywhere from 30 minutes to one minute before my alarm goes off, I always get out of bed. Like this morning, for example, I woke up about 10 minutes before my alarm. I’m a morning person, though, so no complaints here. 🙂

  • 4
    Kelsey K. April 5, 2013, 6:01 am

    I hadn’t tried farro until a few weeks ago but I’ve been obsessed ever since! I’m studying in Italy right now and you can find it everywhere here. I love its chewy texture! Yummmmm!


  • 5
    Lea @ Greens and Coffee Beans April 5, 2013, 7:48 am

    It was gross in Boone, NC too, 30 degrees and sleeting all day, definitely a good day for soup and a big cup of coffee. I’m ready for spring weather to come to NC! I’m excited for the carrot cake cupcake recipe, they look really delicious!

  • 6
    Jen April 5, 2013, 8:30 am

    I am excited for that cupcake recipe! Those look yummy. Happy Friday!

  • 7
    Erica Ro April 5, 2013, 8:33 am

    You took the salt & vinegar plunge. Flavor City. Can’t wait for that soup recipe!

  • 8
    Cindy April 5, 2013, 8:43 am

    I can’t wait for the recipes! Those carrot cakes look delicious and since I must eat gluten-free I am thrilled that I will be able to enjoy them.

  • 9
    PracticingGrace April 5, 2013, 9:49 am

    Wow you’re so lucky it’s 24 hours! I always want to zip into Whole Foods before work and after the gym. But of course it doesn’t open til 8am!! What kind of Type A people can wait for Kombucha til that hour 🙂

  • 10
    Allie @ Allie's Appetite April 5, 2013, 10:15 am

    On the other hand, waking up in the middle of the night, expecting it to be morning, time to get up, then checking my phone and learning that it’s only 1:00am. YES!

  • 11
    meghan @ struggle muffins April 5, 2013, 10:34 am

    Did you say gluten free mini carrot cake cupcakes?!

    I feel your pain with waking up too close to your alarm to warrant falling back asleep. Definitely got up one morning this week at 4:30 – it’s a bummer when you crash and burn later in the day but it is nice being able to be productive so early in the morning.

  • 12
    Erica April 5, 2013, 10:42 am

    Can’t wait for the soup recipe! Looks delish!

  • 13
    Liz Simpson April 5, 2013, 11:10 am

    I want one of those cupcakes! Yum!

  • 14
    Erin @ The Grass Skirte April 5, 2013, 11:40 am

    I need to try those almonds. They sound so good! And the weather around this place needs to get better ASAP!

  • 15
    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run April 5, 2013, 11:41 am

    Can we have the carrot cake recipe… please? 🙂

    • 16
      ilovefetacheese April 5, 2013, 12:18 pm

      yes, recipe please.

  • 17
    Blaire @ Just Been Running April 5, 2013, 1:13 pm

    The cupcakes and soup look amazing! I cannot believe it was 76* on Monday and then about 40* here yesterday, not ok Charlotte! Have a great weekend!

  • 18
    She Rocks Fitness April 5, 2013, 3:06 pm

    Cannot wait for both of these recipes! The cupcake one I will send to my client, who loves to bake your sweet treats and the soup for myself. It’s been a while since I have made a soup to have randomly throughout the week. Have a beautiful weekend! 🙂

  • 19
    Alisa April 9, 2013, 4:58 pm

    Do you have the scone recipe posted?

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