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Recent Eats: Needing A Salad Break & A Nap

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a great day! As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have a lot going on this week with deadlines and projects on top of doing more personal training. This week has been full of early mornings and today I had to break down and take a 45 minute nap after three back to back training sessions that started at 5:30 a.m. I am a bad napper but I’m trying to embrace them more given that the nature of the industry that I’m in means I train/teach early mornings and evenings.

The 45 minute nap was pretty glorious. Here’s what I’ve been fueling my body with to power through the week!



Surrrrrppppriseee! I just can’t get off the green smoothie kick. It’s the only thing that I want in the morning. I wake up craving it!


One day I did get a little crazy and add a peanut butter and banana waffle on the side.



This week’s favorite salad combo is so springy and delicious! Mixed greens, avocado, strawberries, blueberries, dried cranberries, macadamia nuts and goat cheese topped with a homemade honey balsamic. I got a bag of macadamia nuts from Trader Joe’s last week and they’ve been a great change for salads and snacking.


This was a desperation lunch that turned out to be pretty tasty on a day that the fridge was bare. You’re looking at about how many spinach leaves I had left for a salad so I made a broccoli slaw instead. I heated a Hilary’s Eat Well veggie burger from the freezer and topped it with sriracha aioli, goat cheese and avocado. The broccoli slaw was a mix of dried cranberries, avocado, pecans and some plain greek yogurt.


Another berry and avocado salad.


And Panera “You Pick Two” with Lemon Orzo soup and a Cobb salad. There is a Panera in the same shopping center as the yoga studio so it’s become a more frequent stop for me. They have really enhanced their offerings lately and I’ve been impressed with most of what I’ve tried. I was pleased that the Cobb was full of avocado and chicken. They also do not overdress their salads, which is really nice.



I enjoyed these scallops at the teacher training graduation party. They were served with some type of “cauliflower panzanella” that was not my favorite thing ever. Way too much parsley…but the scallops themselves were delicious.


I also had this gnocchi with goat cheese, basil, ‘njuda, spinach and olives. Oh how I LOVE gnocchi. Almost as much as perfectly seared sea scallops.


I made this dinner at home. Balsamic portobello mushroom with this really awesome honey balsamic chicken and roasted asparagus. This was my first time making the chicken recipe and it was simple and so good. A great way to spice up a plain chicken breast. I’ll share soon!


I have also been working to perfect my homemade pad thai recipe. Cannot wait to share with you very soon. It’s pretty amazing!


Finally, I ate this gigantic spinach, grilled chicken, bacon, tomato, blue cheese and cashew salad while I was out with friends last night…and may I dare to say…no salad for me today. I officially need a salad break. Off to find a sandwich for lunch! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Any foods you’re feeling kind of “over” lately? 

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  • Samantha @ The Faithful Runner May 22, 2014, 12:54 pm

    You food is always so colorful. I love how there’s so much color to your plates. 🙂 I’m really over zucchini right now. :/ Have an awesome rest of your week and great Memorial weekend!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti May 22, 2014, 12:56 pm

    All of your salad combos look so good! Thanks for the inspiration.

    And gnocchi is definitely on my list of top 10 foods. Have you tried the sweet potato and sage one from TJs? Pretty good!

  • Jojo @ RunFastEatLots May 22, 2014, 1:39 pm

    I eat salads basically every day, but I don’t think I will ever get sick of them!

  • Erin May 22, 2014, 2:20 pm

    So much good food inspiration!!! love it!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun May 22, 2014, 2:45 pm

    All of you foods always look SO amazing! Delicious!

  • Molly@ MollysMusingz May 22, 2014, 4:03 pm

    That Pad Thai!! I made plaeomg’s recipe with spaghetti squash and it was divine- looking forward to your recipe!

  • Linda May 22, 2014, 7:41 pm

    Thank you for the parmesan panko chicken recipe Jen. I made it last night for dinner and very happy to report that myself, husband and son LOVED it! I served it with parmesan couscous and asparagus. The couscous was a bit bland but the fresh lemon wedges added nice flavor.

  • She Rocks Fitness May 22, 2014, 8:16 pm

    Embrace those naps woman! I have a hard time making myself take them, but they honestly can do wonders when you have a long day. Sometimes only 20 minutes will do the job! 😉 I have also taken a whole hour nap as well, it just depends on my schedule, but you know all this! XO

  • Caitlin B. May 22, 2014, 9:31 pm

    Long time reader, infrequent commenter from Salt Lake City. I envy your eats, and I’m definitely looking forward to that pad Thai recipe!

  • Miche May 23, 2014, 8:12 am

    I’m almost always “over” salad. Every few months, I will suddenly want to eat it every day for about 3-4 days, and then… I’m done. So I try really hard to find other ways to enjoy veggies, such as the way you roast them up for dinner.

  • Becky@TheSavedRunner May 23, 2014, 9:17 am

    All of that food looks delicious! I can see how you would need a break from salad though 😉 Right now we are getting ready to move, and all of my kitchen stuff is packed, so I have been having oatmeal for breakfast for several days in a row now, and I am seriously craving some eggs for a change!

  • Lindsay B May 23, 2014, 2:55 pm

    Chicken! Thanks for turning me on to Hilary’s veggie burgers. Love them.

  • elizabeth May 25, 2014, 5:00 pm

    Please share the honey balsamic chicken recipe.

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