Taco Tuesday!

I walked into the office this morning and they were making these (Smart Flour Foods Gluten Free Chocolate Ganache Brownies):


I’m not a huge chocolate fan, but these gluten free brownies are AMAZING. I love them warmed up and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce on top. SO GOOD!

Monday was good – busy day at the office and time with the boy after (dinner and a movie). It rained most of the day, which made me sleepy, but the temperature was awesome:


I don’t remember the last time it was below 95 at 5:30 p.m.! I’ll take it.

I’ve gotten a little off track lately with my meal planning, but have every intention of getting back to it next week. It truly makes figuring out what to eat for the week 100 times easier. I also want to get back to meatless Monday (I ate chicken yesterday :-)). I saw these quick fish tacos and they look yummy and a must have for Taco Tuesday (recipe courtesy of http://www.livebetteramerica.com). Best thing is these are gluten free!

Quick Fish TacosQuick Fish Tacos Recipe

Question: What are your favorite kind of tacos?

Monday Monday

Think the Mamas and the Papas

After a relaxing weekend I had a very hard time waking up yesterday. I was ready to start the week though. I’m only in the office three days this week, but working all five. This week my focus is on clean eating and getting in some workouts (even if that means walking). Since I’m only in town for three days I kept things easy on myself and decided to have the same thing each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks. It’s not how I want to do things, but to make sure I didn’t waste any food this was the best way. So what’s on the menu?

Breakfast: egg muffins with cucumber, mushroom & peppers and a side of strawberries & blueberries

Snack 1: Shakeology with almond milk and PB2

Lunch: Salad with cucumbers, peppers, jicama, tomatoes & carrots with creamy garlic dressing. Yesterday I added almonds to the top.

Food part 2

Snack 2: Protein shake with cinnamon, gluten free rolled oats and half an apple.

Dinner: Roasted veggies – burssels sprouts, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and kale chips.

Food part 1

I didn’t get in a workout yesterday; no excuses. Today is a new day and I WILL workout!

Question: What did you eat on Monday?

New adventures and new friends

I want to wish a VERY extra happy and special birthday to my good friend Emily! I hope you have THE best day. Can’t wait to celebrate real soon!!!

Happy Birthday Emily

Another great weekend in this great city! This weekend was all about new adventures, new friends, and getting back on track! Friday night I ended up staying in because I knew the rest of the weekend was going to be jammed packed. So, glad I did.

Saturday I started my day off with a yummy breakfast (Shakeology and gluten free toast with turkey bacon and scrambled eggs) and sending off birthday wishes. For those of you who don’t know me I LOVE sending cards to my friends just because, but even more so on their birthday’s. I never can send just one card because I end up finding so many great ones. (Side note: Never leave me alone in an aisle with cards or Hallmark store; I’ll never leave!) I also love stickers, yet they’re so hard to find these days! My best friend’s dad Papa Hughes (shout out) calls me “the sticker lady.” (Side note: When he got injured last year the sticker lady sent him stickers for his helmet. 🙂 )

Saturday Breakfast

During the day on Saturday I joined some new friends at Wimberley Valley Winery for a wine tasting. We had a great time trying different wines and getting to know each other. Their sweet wines that they produces are delicious! I tried the plum and the blush; they would be good during the summer as sangria.

I’m still amazed how many people are looking to make new friends and branch out; it’s awesome! After the winery we went to Salt Lick BBQ, a staple here in Austin. While I wasn’t super impressed by the bbq, the cole slaw was yummy and the atmosphere was really cool. (Sorry all you Salt Lick BBQ lovers.) I’m glad I went, and would go again to try their spicy bbq sauce. My co-worker said it’s better than their regular bbq sauce. I had so much fun hanging with these ladies.

Wimberley Valley Winery 1Wimberley Valley Winery 2

After a great day exploring more of Austin and making new friends, I went to a birthday party for a new friend that I met through MeetUp. I had a great time celebrating and meeting even more people. Talk about a small world, the girl whose place we were hanging at moved to Austin 8 months ago from Silver Spring, MD, AND she went to college with someone I know from Pittsburgh. Seriously such a small world.

Sunday Funday! The morning was spent planning meals for the week, going to the grocery store, and running other errands. I’m starting Insanity Asylum 1 this week and it is important that I get enough calories and nutrients to fuel my body. Planning what I eat for the week helps stay me on track.

Meal prep 1

The afternoon brought some fun in the sun with a walk around Town Lake. It seriously was a beautiful day. I think next week I’m going to prepare better so I can be outside ALL day! Please note that at 5:30 p.m. yesterday is was 88 degrees. I’ve been told by several people this is normal, and to prepare myself for when it’s 9 p.m. and 100 degrees during the summer. A-W-E-S-O-M-E-!

Sunday Funday

After a long fun weekend I spent a couple of hours prepping food for the week. I have found that it is so much easier to do this so that I can open the fridge, grab what I need and go. It cuts down on cooking and cleaning for the week too. What could be better?

Meal prep 2

Looking forward to this week. More adventures with new friends!

Question: Do you plan your meals out for the week, and do you prep food ahead of time?