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Recent Eats + Perfect Imperfection

Good morning and happy Sunday. After days of rain I awoke to a beautiful, cool summer morning here in Charlotte. It’s amazing what a little sunshine can do for the soul.

Today’s recent eats post is…all over the place. You’re going to see the last of my vacation eats + what I’ve had since I got home. I’ve definitely been a little (lot) off of my normal eating habits for the last week but I’m not really worried over it, and what I’ve been eating has still felt intuitive and right for my body at the time. I receive a lot of “you eat so perfectly and clean” comments from friends/students/clients and when I tell them that I DON’T eat like that all the time and that pizza has to be on my weekly rotation their immediate response is something along the lines of “oh thank god.”  It’s no fun (and impossible) to be perfect all the time (and that applies to all areas of life, not just food! :)).


Okay, okay…so smoothies are something you see on the regular around here but I’ve been drinking a ton of them after 5 days without at the beach. This morning’s combo was peanut butter and jelly themed with frozen banana, peach and blueberries with dates, peanut butter, spinach, plain Greek yogurt and almond coconut milk. I’ve started to freeze my bananas lately and it makes my smoothies even thicker and more delicious!


I was delivered this beautiful plate for brunch while I was working at the beach. It was leftover Mexican Quinoa topped with an egg, sour cream and hot sauce with avocado and sauteed veggies on the side. Doesn’t this dish look restaurant-quality? It tasted like it too.


I apologize for the less than stellar iPhone picture here but this was my last dinner at the beach. It started out with pounded, breaded chicken, pesto pasta and caprese salad. Then we got the idea to top the chicken with homemade queso sauce. It was a really good idea. Yum.


When I got home the next day dinner was a salad topped with a salmon burger from Whole Foods. I ate it in front of the computer while I worked furiously to catch up on everything.


On Friday night I went out for Thai food at a restaurant that I’ve been driving by for years and saying “I should try that place” but never had. We started with spring rolls. I love these things so much when I go out. They are so light and summery. I’d like to try making them at home. Does anyone have a good recipe to share?


For dinner we ordered a red and green coconut curry and shared. They were both so good that I kept saying, “the green is definitely my favorite.” Then I’d have some of the red and say “no, the red is my favorite!” This went on for the course of the meal. I’m fun to eat out with. 😉 If you’re in the Charlotte area I highly recommend trying out Monsoon. Best curry I think I’ve ever had.


And last night we had a yogi pizza party. I made a salad to share with arugula, spinach spring mix, avocado, feta, almonds, dried cranberries and tomatoes. I dressed it with an aged balsamic and basil infused olive oil.


The pizza was the main event. I was super excited about it because I had just finished a long run with a friend. (More on that later!)


We two different veggie pizzas. I had a slice of each and then went back for a piece of plain cheese pizza a couple hours (and a couple glasses of wine) later.


And no yoga party would be complete without some crazy yoga poses. I recruited my friends to help me with a brainstorming session on arm balances, inversions and advanced asanas. Many laughs followed.

Off to teach yoga. Have a wonderful day!

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  • Brooke@SWEETNSWEATY August 3, 2014, 9:25 am

    I am loving your smoothies! I have been making the one you posted with figs on repeat for some time now!

    • Jen August 4, 2014, 2:25 pm

      the figs are my favorite! they didn’t have any last time i went to TJs and i’m out!

  • Tarah @ Seeds of Clarity August 3, 2014, 9:42 am

    I need to buy some dates for smoothies, yum! You have amazing arms lady, well deserved! 🙂

    • Jen August 4, 2014, 2:26 pm

      the dates are a game changer!!! and thank you so much! 🙂

  • Emily August 3, 2014, 11:57 am

    Both the website and this recipe are pretty much the best things ever: http://thugkitchen.com/post/54019647908/my-girl-and-i-were-cleaning-out-the-fridge-and

    • Jen August 4, 2014, 2:26 pm

      haha! i’ve seen that website before. hilarious. thanks for the suggestion on the recipe!

  • She Rocks Fitness August 3, 2014, 12:17 pm

    Definitely didn’t have a eat clean weekend here in Houston and it was worth it! 2 dinners out, lots of wine, and lots of laughs…Life is too short to eat “perfect” all the time, plus there is way too much good food to try…Have a beautiful Sunday!

    • Jen August 4, 2014, 2:27 pm

      i think your weekend sounds PERFECT! i was so happy to hear you were able to relax a bit and unwind.

  • Paige August 3, 2014, 1:44 pm

    The reason you are my favorite blogger of all time is because of your intuitive approach to food and fitness..I have learned so much from you…every one of your posts helps to keep my head in the right place. Thank you for your authenticity and keep it up!!

    • Jen August 4, 2014, 2:27 pm

      thank you paige. that means so much. i truly believe it is possible to have this kind of balance!

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles August 3, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Your smoothies always look so good but when it comes down to it, I never want to make one. I always want a bowl and something to chew instead. I might be the only blogger I know who doesn’t do the smoothie. I really should try again lol….I went to Yoga today for the first time in years!

    • Jen August 4, 2014, 2:28 pm

      i used to be the same way but then i started on the smoothies and now i DON’T want to chew in the morning!!! it’s all about putting stuff in them that fills you up. nut butter, protein powder, greek yogurt, dates, etc.

  • Rajul August 3, 2014, 11:03 pm

    I love making spring rolls. Super easy – you can get rice paper or a lower carb option is soy paper. The trick is to julienne or cut the veggies really small. I don’t usually add any spices (sometimes cilantro, lime) so a good sauce is a must for dipping! The Fresh Market also makes trays of these rolls for get togethers.

    • Jen August 4, 2014, 2:30 pm

      thanks for the tips girl! i really appreciate it. i agree that the sauce is key. i will check out fresh market.

  • Samantha @ The Faithful Runner August 4, 2014, 9:35 am

    Loving the food. I agree that your smoothies always look sooooo delicious. I hope you have a good week!

    • Jen August 4, 2014, 2:30 pm

      thanks samantha, and you too!

  • Lindsay August 4, 2014, 10:48 am

    So, my brother is actually half Vietnamese. Sometimes for dinner at his house he makes a big buffet of Vietnamese style food and one of my favorites is the shrimp and pork spring rolls. BUT he actually serves all the ingredients cut up and prepared in front of you, and then we dip the rice paper in the water and roll into them what we would like! Super yummy and super fun! Here is a link that seems to have most the ingredients. Mint and basil are a must!!!

    • Jen August 4, 2014, 2:31 pm

      i think that is the BEST idea for entertaining. thank you so much lindsay!!!!

  • Johanna August 4, 2014, 12:44 pm

    Tracy (aka Shutterbean) posted a fresh spring roll recipe recently.

  • Colleen August 4, 2014, 4:00 pm

    Hey Jen! I do have a recipe for spring rolls! My aunt from the Philippines taught me how to make them a couple of weeks ago and they were delicious! I can email you the recipe if you want!

  • erin August 5, 2014, 10:24 am

    love the summer rolls!! they are so refreshing and light. i’m also a sucker for a good peanut sauce. great idea about freezing the bananas!

  • Anne Marie August 6, 2014, 7:36 pm

    Not sure if anyone gave you a recipe for the spring rolls but they are super easy to make. Let me know where I can email you the recipe!

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