October Favorites

I know, I say it every month but it just seems like I was sharing my September faves. And now we are finishing up another a month and getting closer to Christmas and the end of 2018. So let’s get cozy with my favorite things from October!

Cables and Colorwork

I’ve been working on some Christmas knitting projects and am finding myself falling in love again with cable and colorwork patterns. There’s just something so comforting about these and they definitely make me feel like it’s fall. I’m already planning on asking for a sweater quantity of yarn for a colorwork sweater for Christmas!

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Smoothie Bowls

Even though it’s been chilly, I’m back on the smoothie bowl train! I still love my protein cakes and they are my favorite dessert but I’ve been defaulting to smoothie bowls after my cross training workouts. And our new NutriBullet blender makes them super fast to mix up! My favorite toppings for these have still been peanut butter, chocolate chips and coconut flakes.

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Fall Colors

By now, a lot of the trees have dropped their leaves but we had some gorgeous fall colors this fall. I was so glad that I was able to get out to Afton State Park for a run before most of the leaves dropped because it was magical. So many shades and yellow, red and orange and it occasionally looked like it was raining leaves as I ran..

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Don’t forget to share your favorite things from this month in the comments!


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What I Eat In A Day: Intuitive Eating And Cross Training

Since giving you a look at how I eat when I’m working from home, I wanted to give you a look at how I intuitively eat on a cross training day. The day I chose was this past Monday, and Mondays happen to be the more intense of my cross training days because I do 90 minutes of exercising. About 30 minutes of strength training and an hour long spin class.

According to my Garmin, between the exercise I get and the amount walking I get in on a typical Monday, I burn as many calories as my long run day! Of course, I get a lot more non-exercise steps in on Monday (between walking Vinnie, being at work and taking a lunchtime walk, I have at least 9,000 steps before working out) and I’m pretty low-key on Sundays besides my long run. So keep in mind that I’m eating more because I’m pretty active. Let’s get into the day!

Breakfast

I’m working on a couple of seasonal oatmeal recipes so I’ve been experimenting lately. This morning, I made a couple of final tweaks to my apple pie oatmeal (recipe coming this weekend) and it was delicious! I also had my usual giant cup of coffee (with peanut butter cup creamer) with my oatmeal and two glasses of water while making breakfast and packing my food for the day.

Lunch

I had made stuffed bell peppers for Saturday night’s dinner and brought one in along with a salad for my lunch. These stuffed peppers are so delicious and have a good amount of vegetables since there’s cauliflower in there instead of rice.

I’m not counting calories of course but I have a rough estimate of my calorie intake throughout the day just from years of calorie counting. Which is how i knew I probably had enough wiggle room for some baked treats at work. And that I would need them based on the food I had packed for the day...I need to do a better job of thinking through what I bring to eat on Mondays since I constantly feel like I’m not bringing enough). So I had two zucchini brownies a co-worker had brought in (they were amazing!)

Pre-Workout

It was a good thing i had those zucchini brownie because the only thing I brought in to eat before my workouts was a Larabar! Which is my usual pre-workout snack but I like to add in an apple too for Mondays since I don’t get home from spin class until almost 7 p.m. But with the brownies after lunch, the Larabar worked perfectly to keep me fueled during weights and spin class.

And during my workouts, I was of course drinking Nuun. Today’s flavor was Lemon Lime and after drinking plain water all day long at work it was so nice to have some flavored water. By the time I got done with spin class, I had finsihed off the Nuun. There were some really tough climbing sections in today’s class that got my heart rate up fast and staying there!

Dinner

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I always combine my post-workout and dinner into one meal on Mondays. I don’t get home from spin class until almost 7 p.m. so I’m pretty hungry by the time I get home and done shower. So the easiest way for me to get in a good ratio of carbs, protein and fats is a nice big smoothie bowl. I had mixed frozen fruit, spinach and protein powder blended together for this one and then topped with mini chocolate chips and sweetened coconut flakes.

After dinner, it was getting close to 8 p.m. So I settled in with Vinnie and my tea on the couch while Mike got in his workout at the apartment gym. Having a full day of work followed by some intense exercise really wears me out so I got my meditation in and was ready for bed by a little bit after 9 p.m.


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Berry Chia Seed Smoothie

I’ve been experimenting with chia seeds in my smoothies lately and have been loving the extra texture they add in! I was first introduced to chia seeds when I did a Whole30 over two years and I haven’t used them much since then. But while shopping at Aldi, I saw them on the shelf and thought they’d been an interesting addition to my smoothies.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite combination: chia seeds and berries. It’s an easy, two step smoothie. It takes a little bit more time than just blending everything up so I like to start it when I get back from run and let the chia seeds soak while I’m stretching or in the shower.

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Berry Chia Seed Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup frozen berries

  • 1 cup frozen spinach

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Directions

  1. Soak chia seeds in water for 10 minutes

  2. Blend together all ingredients and enjoy!





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My Favorite Add-Ins for Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls

Now that we are in summer, I’ve found myself eating more and more smoothies and smoothie bowls. Which means I’m trying find ways to keep them tasting different so I don’t get sick of something that tastes so good when it is hot outside. Today I’m sharing my list of add-ins for smoothies and smoothie bowls to help you mix up your flavors!

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  • Different protein powder flavors (currently stocking vanilla and chocolate)

  • Frozen fruit mixes (I love using tropical fruit and mixed berries)

  • Bananas (either frozen and mixed in or chopped on top of a smoothie bowl)

  • Frozen spinach or kale

  • Coconut flakes

  • Mini chocolate chips

  • Ground flaxseeds

  • Peanut butter powder

If you are looking for some smoothie or smoothie bowl recipes, I have my basic chocolate smoothie bowl recipe and three quick smoothies I have enjoyed. What are your favorite add-ins? Share them in the comments!

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