Good morning! Thanks for two things. First, all of your interest in the KIND bar giveaway. Second, your amazing responses. I know I ask y’all to tell me what you’re grateful for regularly when it comes to giveaways but it’s only because I think it’s such a good “stop, pause, think” activity + I ADORE reading your responses. They make my day!
I had a really, really good Monday. One of the highlights was meeting with the founder of Lumi juices (Lumi stands for “love you mean it”…so sweet), Hillary, at my favorite lunch spot, The Mayobird. For lunch I had a salad, pita chips and a scoop of chicken salad with granny smith apples and goat cheese. It was a delicious chicken salad combo.
Hillary and I talked for over an hour about everything from her organic cold pressed juices to business strategy to relationships to the epidemic of competition among women and much, much more. Look for some fun partnerships coming up soon along with a review of the juices as soon as I make my way through them all!
Did you know that Monday was National Puppy Day? I swear my Instagram feed was straight up dogs all day…which was pretty awesome. Zoey gave me this gift in honor of National Puppy Day. I looked out the bathroom window to see her standing proudly in front of a bag of mulch which she clearly entertained herself with. How could I be mad at that?
I just looked back through old puppy pictures and forgave her in no time. Can you believe how much she’s grown in four months!? This was the first day she came home!
Finally, I did a big shopping trip to Whole Foods on Sunday evening and snapped photos of what I bought. I like sharing what a weekly trip looks like for me every now and then.
Produce always takes up the majority of my cart.
– Sweet potatoes
– Salad greens
– Spaghetti squash
– Purple top turnips
– Baby portobello mushrooms
– Tuscan kale
– Ground chicken breast
– Organic chicken breast
– Lake trout fillets
– Liquid egg whites
– 2% plain greek yogurt (Fage was on sale for $4.99!)
– Kerrygold salted butter (on sale for $3!)
– Goat cheese
– Two bottles of red wine
– Sweet potato and blue corn tortilla chips (on sale 2/$6 + $1 off 2 coupon)
– Sweet potato Pop Chips (if you haven’t tried these…get on it!!!!!)
I used to menu plan for the week and know exactly what recipes I was going to make. I would spend hours on Sundays reading through cookbooks and looking up recipes online. These days, I’m pretty adept at stocking up on various proteins, fruits, veggies and grains and making meals from what I have on hand each night (as well as eating most of my breakfasts and lunches at home too). Between my pantry staples and what I pick up weekly, I can always put something together and I’ve gotten pretty good at not having a lot of food waste at the end of the week.
While I miss trying new recipes sometimes, I also kind of enjoy the challenge of getting creative and coming up with ideas on my own. For example, this week’s meals so far have been…
– Blackened lake trout over truffle oil and parmesan cauliflower puree with roasted asparagus (already had the asparagus from previous week)
– Barbecue, avocado and gouda chicken burgers with a big pan of roasted turnips, brussels sprouts, carrots and parsnips
I’ll post more eats later in the week!
Have a great day!
Did you celebrate National Puppy Day?
Do you menu plan and shop for the week, buy basics and wing it or find yourself making daily shopping trips? Big tip…try to do one big food shopping trip a week. It saves SO MUCH money rather than going to the store every night to get something for dinner.