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Mmmmm Noodle Soup.
Day 3 of fighting this cold of mine. Docs put me on antibiotics yesterday so hopefully that will kick it out of me. My nutrition has been soup. On repeat. For 2/3 meals a day. Which has made for a fun topic for today.
Progresso Chicken Noodle
Soup out of a can? Not the biggest fan, but one night that is all we had on hand. I will say this is pretty filling (if you eat the whole can) but it didn’t do much for my taste buds. Next please.
Broccoli Cheddar from Panera Bread
Definitely not the healthiest option, but sometimes you just crave this stuff. I think I would have enjoyed this more in a bread bowl. I used to LOVE this soup growing up, but I found it too bland for my liking.
Mariano’s Cream of Wild Rice
Recommended by the staff at Mariano’s, this soup was pretty delicious. It was veryyyyyyyyyy filling. One cup paired with a hot roll was plenty for a meal. It was very creamy which I enjoyed, perfect for scooping up the last bites with my roll.
Jewel Chicken Noodle
I guess all arrows point to chicken noodle being my favorite soup. I put this one at the top of my list for a few reasons. It was loaded with vegetables, it was filling, and tasted very homemade.
Mariano’s Chicken Noodle Soup
Are you sick of soup yet? Hope not! Cause this one’s the best! Loaded with flavor, veggies, and thick noodles, this soup takes the cake as my favorite. It had thick chunks of chicken too for 10g of protein per cup :)
Hope you try some of my top picks this winter and enjoy them as much as I have this week.
Fight this flu season.
Wash your hands.
Cover your mouth.
And stay hydrated!
What a perfect week for Thanksgiving to fall on.
This past week has been really hectic with work, cramming in workouts, and seeing very little of the people I love in my life. But, like all my days away for the hospital, time off reminds me how lucky I am for the things and people I love.
My Friends (that I miss dearly)
So grateful for the life I live and the people in it.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
To all you that are off the rest of the week, I
hate you am jealous. Just letting you know. Be grateful for it.
Ill be working Wednesday and Thursday night 7pm-7am. Come Friday when I am off, I am sure I will be a
nightmare pleasure for my family that are coming over ;) So, I usually make 1-2 meals that serve 4-6 people per week. This gets me through my work days as well as when I am just plain tired. I decided to go the hearty Thanksgiving route this week with
Maple Bacon Walnut Roasted Butternut Squash
Inspired by PaleOMG, the recipe I made is the exact same minus the pecans. We did not have any so I just subbed in walnuts instead. #delicious The recipe is simple with minimal ingredients and no funky flours or spices.
Check out the recipe here:
You should try this recipe. Even if you
are annoyed with paleo people do not eat paleo, its good. REAL GOOD.
Between my trip to Minnesota and work, I sadly was out of the gym more than I wanted this past week. I HATE rest days. HATE. I get anxious come mid-afternoon when I “schedule” my rest days. But since I was busy with that thing called l i f e, getting to the gym 4/7 days was just gonna have to do. It felt amazing Tuesday knowing that I could spend as much time as I wanted in the gym. We did this little doozy
Very happy to say that I PRed my power clean by 10#s….. 160# #monster #pr
Then, I went on to get my FIRST BAR MUSCLE UP. #bam #killedit It was not the prettiest but I kicked through it ;)
So maybe a few days out of the gym is good every once in a while? Eh, I’m not getting used to that anytime soon.
Before my weekend of working (Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday), Chris and I had a perfect date planned. Dinner. Drinks. Hunger Games.
Skinnygirl Sangria + Cobb salad = #nomnom
The night was perfect! And the movie was AWESOME.
Go see it.
Have a great weekend everybody :)
This past weekend, Chris and I decided to pack out bags and head to Minneapolis to visit one of his good friends from college. Things planned for our trip:
As soon as we arrived, around 6pm, we were all very hungry. Our first stop
Considering I worked 7pm-7am the night before, pizza and glass of wine hit the spot after a long day. Needless-to-say, I passed out at 8pm that night.
In the morning we headed to CrossFit St. Paul to get in a WOD. Chris and I had a great time visiting this box and completed a fun 30 minute AMRAP.
After getting our sweat on, we headed to the Mall of America for a day of shopping. Surprisingly enough, the boys put up a solid five hours at the mall.
Coupon book in hand of course!
We worked up our appetite at the mall because we knew the menu for dinner tonight was JUICY LUCYS!!!!
We ate at a famous hot spot called Matt’s Bar. There were about twelve tables in the entire place and the line is always out the door apparently. There are ten items on the menu but the most ordered item is the Juicy Lucy. This burger consists of a burger centered with gooey, melty cheese in the middle. I am not the biggest cheese fan, but did enjoy every bite of this burger. We shared a large order of fries as well. It was a delicious not-so-nutritious meal!
We went out in downtown Minneapolis that night. We shared drinks, laughs, and quite of bit of dancing. I had a little bit of every kind of alcohol, including another Minneapolis staple…
"Grape Apes" are some weird shot that consists of vodka, grape soda, and who knows what else. It is a shot, but you drink it out of a straw. Weird, right? One of those, a little tequila, and a few angry orchards later I knew I would be on the struggle bus the next day.
The answer to all hangover cures….
PERKINS!!!! Chris and I woke up in the morning and knew we needed a good hearty meal to make us feel better. After visiting Rockford for my friend Allie’s wedding in the summer, we discovered the restaurant Perkins. It is a restaurant that serves a large amount of food, for a cheap price, and has the most delicious buttered pancakes of all time. HIGHLY recommend. I immediately googled Perkins when we woke up, and found one 5ish miles away. Happy kids :)
The rest of our day consisted of lounging, cooking pulled pork for the Bears game, and hitting up a bar for Bloody Mary’s and chicken nachos.
Pulled pork + cole slaw + sweet potato fries = favorite combo ever!
I am so thankful that Chris and I got the chance to take a mini vacation together. It is hard being away from each other, but we always make the most of it! (Thanks Ryan for being a great host!)
Saw this on Instagram and had to repost. Perfect inspiration for the week #monster
After my dry rut of cooking last week, I looked forward to keeping it simple over the weekend. I worked Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 7p-7am which calls for much meal prep on Friday morning.
I went with a simple crockpot recipe that consisted of this
I really liked this sauce…. ALOT. It was a perfect combination of spicy and sweet. The ingredients list was not too shabby either:
Three Little Pigs Kansas City Original
Water, tomato paste, molasses, sugar, distilled vinegar, red cayenne peppers, salt, garlic, spices, mustard flour, onion powder, natural smoke flavor.
45 calories, 8g of sugar per 2 tbsp.
I used half a bottle for 1 lb of pork. So that was 12g of sugar for 1/4lb of pork. Not the cleanest, but it was simple and delicious!
I made a simple sweet potato hash that consisted of:
Done and done.
I am going to experiment with the sweet potato hash more because I thought it was pretty fantastic.
Recipes to come!
These past two weeks have been going pretty well in the kitchen. As I have said, I aim to make two to three meals that have roughly four servings, each week. I usually eat right before I leave for work (5pm) and then have “dinner” at work at midnight.
I have been on a PaleOMG kick lately. Mostly because her meals are simple, yummy, and I have most of the ingredients already. This week, however, my crockpot paleo meal turned out
nasty disgusting awful not so great.
I listed the recipe above. Sounds delicious right?? Maybe it was the spices or maybe it was my choice of meat but I did not care for this at all. Feel free to try it out and let me know if yours is a success.
So after being completely disappointed with this meal, here have been my eats this week…
Chipotle, always a win.
Jewel roasted chicken + a stuffed sweet potato with almond butter and unsweetened coconut #yum
Did I mention how obsessed I am with these bad boys? They are amazing. And the even better part is, they keep me from buying KIND bars & Larabars at the store. I am going to experiment with different flavors more in the coming weeks. So far my favorite is the Dark Chocolate Brownie (dates, natural whey, unsweetened cocoa, walnuts, water).
More recipes to come!
This week I got the chance to do the famous girl WOD “Jackie”. It was the first Girl WOD I ever did when I started CrossFit.
I am so happy that I keep a journal for CrossFit. If you don’t right now, do it. Trust me. It is truly the best feeling to look back on old workouts and see the growth.
The first time I did “Jackie”, a little over a year ago, I had to scale the pull-ups and still was at a whopping 13 minutes. YIKES. This year, I am proud to say I can RX this wod and bash my old time with a new PR of 9:39. <- That’s growth right there!
My biggest advice for new CrossFitters is to just keep doing it. No matter how many things sound better than going into the gym, just put in the time. The skills and strengths will come.
This is the reason I needed a food processor in my life.
Homemade Larabars with protein in them. If you choose. Which you always should. Satiety people.
Heres the recipe:
Cinnamon Raisin Bread Bars (Makes 3 bars)
1 scoop natural whey protein
1/2c nuts (I used walnuts)
dash of salt
dash of cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp water
*If you don’t want to use protein powder, 6 tbsp of almond flour is a great substitute.
Now go make these.
Happy Hump Day!
Stats: Per 1 bar
264cal 25gcarb 14gfat 12gprotein
being a lazy bum snoozing all my alarms this morning, I finally made it to the 9am CrossFit class. Today is day four of my workouts this week, and boy do I need my Thursday rest day. Today’s workout looked like this
I did the cleans at 105# and pull-ups instead of rope climbs. I honestly am not sure if I could have done the rope climbs, but for the sake of my legs and hands, I opted out of trying.
I came home and had a greek yogurt with some honey as my post workout snack. It hit the spot.
Last nights dinner had about one pound of leftover chicken uncooked, so I decided to do a little experimenting this morning. I bring to you
Coconut Almond Crusted Chicken Bites
Hope you try out this recipe. It’s simple and very delicious!