Recent Eats

It’s kinda been a crazy month or so in our household and because of that I haven’t been the best at taking pics of a full day of meals. I have on the other hand taken pics here and there of a few meals I’ve made and some we’ve had out.

I wanted to share them since I had them and I thought it would be fun!

We’ve been eating our share of broccoli in this house…whether it’s roasted or steamed. I’ve been having it with a delicious quesadilla.

I’ve been loving a simple slice of bread with some PB for a basic morning breakfast. It’s even better when I have some berries on the side or a banana to top it off 🙂

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Leo and Lily’s brunch one Sunday

Sourdough bread with avocado, turkey bacon and egg (my version of Leo and Lily’s at home)!

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Thai from a cold Saturday night that totally hit the spot..

Protein pancakes that are PB flavored

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And finally a “salad” thrown together with kale and breakfast potatoes with sides of tomatoes and carrots. I did have some hummus on the side that I will be sharing in another post 🙂

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I hope you guys are having a great start to the week! I’ll see you all Thursday!!

Tomato love

You guys know I love eating the rainbow whether that be with vegetables or skittles. Eating in color feeds your eyes and your stomach and I am all about that! Recently, I’ve been on a tomato kick and love having a few with basically every meal.

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It adds a fun juicy texture, some sweetness, and amps up the nutrients in my meals. What more could a girl want?

Did you know that tomatoes are good for your heart health? Lycopene, that is found in tomatoes, can actually decrease the bad cholesterol in your body. There’s never a bad time to start taking care of your heart and if adding in some ketchup or eating a tomato or two can help, why not?

They lycopene in tomatoes also can help in preventing sunburn. I would love to say that I am on top of my skin regimen and wear sun screen every time I go out, but I most definitely do not so if tomatoes will help me out even a little bit with that I will take it!

The fluid in fiber in these delicious guys will also help you out in the digestive department…we all know that a sad gut is a major pain in the butt 😅 We all want to have happy tummies especially with all the cookies that we are consuming so adding in tomatoes can help make sure you stay nice and regular 🙂

I’m not sure if bathing in tomato juice will make skunk smell go bye since I have no experience there, but it does so many other wonderful things!

How do you guys feel about tomatoes? Do you love it or hate it?

An Interesting Read

I found this article, read it, and loved it. It also made me chuckle out loud. For those reasons I wanted to share it with you and I hope you will read it, love it, and let out a chuckle or two yourself 🙂

Check out The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right.

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Afterwards, talk to me in the comments and tell me what you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Do you follow a specific diet-paleo, vegan, dessert-first?

The time we went to Kansas City, Missouri

A few weeks ago hubs had a conference he needed to go to so I tagged along and we made it a little adventure 🙂

We had to be on the plane by 7am so we woke up before the sun was even shining to make it on the plane. This meant I had time for coffee, but no food. Don’t worry friends before I could get hangry our plane landed in Denver and we had enough time to grab some breakfast.

This is where I had my first Einstein Bros bagel. I ordered an everything bagel with lox but got a plain bagel instead. I was a bit devastated, but I will say it was still pretty yummy! Bae had some greek yogurt with berries…

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We got back on the plane and headed to our final destination-Kansas City, Missouri. It was hot and a little humid when we got off the plane, but we decided to check in to our hotel and find some lunch.

We went to this little market close to the hotel and the hub and I shared a couple of sandwiches. We got a spicy turkey of some sort and I think the reuben.

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Both were yummy, but we both liked the turkey the best!

After this it was time for some conference stuff so we split up and I went to the hotel to get us kind of unpacked and organized for the weekend. I also had a chance to chill, hydrate, and freshen up for the night!

We had started asking everybody we saw including our Uber and Lyft drivers what their favorite bbq spot was. We got a few different answers, but a lot of it was between Gates’s, Q39, Joe’s, and Jack Stack. We knew there was no way we were going to be able to eat that much bbq in the 3 short days we were there, but we all decided to give it our all.

In that spirit we made Gate’s our first BBQ stop.

We were hungry and the employees at Gate’s got us super excited and we got the presidential platter which may have been a mistake.

It’s SO. MUCH. FOOD. Definitely, way too much food to split between 5 people-you need at least 10. It came with turkey, chicken, brisket, ribs, sausage and we got beans, coleslaw, and bread too.

I think the beef sausage was our favorite that night…it had a really great spice that I really enjoyed!

It was all delicious and so we ate and ate and I don’t think we even made a dent in that platter. We did we could and packed up the rest and gave it out to whoever was in need of some bbq!

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We ended up at Insomnia Cookie for dessert and it was pretty spectacular. We shared an ice-cream sandwich. We paired a white chocolate macadamia cookie and a chocolate chunk cookie along with birthday cake ice-cream to make a sweet, melty treat!

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We took a short walk around to check out the night life and stayed up well past any of our bedtimes. I think the hubs and I were in bed by 2am and we woke up around 6am the next day to workout, but that’s a story for next time 🙂

See you then!

PSA: Potatoes Do Not Kill

I think the title is pretty self explanatory, but the reason I am bringing up my love for spuds is because I feel like they have such a bad rep.

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Listen, potatoes are not all bad. They are a good source of potassium which can help in regulating BP. If you’re eating them as fries maybe not so much, but a few fries here and there never hurt anybody either.

I preach and try to live moderation the best I can and I don’t believe in good or bad foods. I feel like there’s a cycle for all foods-one day it’s healthy and in 10 years from now it’ll be the worst possible thing for you according to some study.

I love potatoes and they help add some bulk to my breakfasts and help with satiety, but they also just make me happy. I don’t eat a huge pan of them, but having some thrown into a taco makes me smile.

Have a baked potato, eat a few fries…I promise they aren’t out to get ya!

Hole Foods

I thought it would be fun to share snaps from this weekend of eating! If you’re about that clean eating life donut worry because we ate so many colors 😅

Morning coffee in this adorable new Target mug

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Workout and breakfast at the gym! This breakfast burrito had scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, cheddar cheese, and potatoes. So, so good.

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After showers we headed out to Colorado Donuts and indulged in these babies:

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Later on we split some tacos from our favorite vegan joint-Organix. It was so good I 🍩 have the words to 🌮 about it!

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I ended up having some unpictured T-Bell and we shared some macarons and ‘buch for dessert #health

We did some grocery shopping Sunday and found these delicious honey mangos at Sprout’s and bought some. They were so sweet and yummy!

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We ended up going to the Grove and I had my first beignet…

This beautiful, doughy, pillowy glazed creation 😍

And some treats from Dominque Ansel bakery. We got the DKA which is a flaky, caramelized croissant creation. The green and white thing is this matcha and passion fruit mousse thing which was amazing in all it’s flavors and textures. They were passing out madeleines to sample so we had one of those too!

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Donut judge 😂, but we kept the hole food eating going by swinging through California Donuts

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We ended up holding on to the donuts until after dinner…we had Vito’s pizza which was incredible as always!

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If you’ve made it through this many puns than share with me some of your favorite food puns in the comments below! Thanks for sticking it out, you donut know how much it means 😁

Hiking for Bondi Harvest

Okay we didn’t actualllyyy hike for Bondi Harvest, but we did eat at Bondi after a nice long, exhausting hike.

But first, we fueled up at Starbucks with their egg white and spinach wraps-they are so good, but boy do they stay hot like a hot pocket!

 

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We decided to hike the Los Liones Canyon Trailhead and it was so gorgeous. You go uphill the whole hike, but the gorgeous views made all that legwork worth it. Besides that you get rewarded with a nice downhill stroll when you are heading back to the car 😉

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Post-hike we wanted something wholesome and nourishing-Bondi seemed like a good choice. Hubs got the Bondi Breakfast, I got the Whirley’s Bowl, and we shared the Papaya Fruit Bowl.

The Bondi Breakfast-simple, healthy, delicious and that bread was hella’ hardy.

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Whirley’s Bowl-Pretty large piece of tilapia with cauliflower rice, avocado, yogurt tartar, slaw and salsa.

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The Papaya Fruit Bowl though was my absolute favorite part of the meal. This was a sweet papaya filled with coconut vanilla chia seed pudding, a scoop of acai, berries and mint.

It was so sweet and refreshing and light-such a great way to end our meal! Ever since we had this I have been wanting to go back and eat like 3 of them. So, so good!

Do you guys like hiking? What are some of your favorite spots to hike? Talk to me in the comments below!

 

HIIT at Home

I LOVE talking about food…but this blog iiis about finding balance so for me working out is a part of that balance. I don’t know if I talk about it that much but we do consistently workout, but sometimes we (I) get into ruts!

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Donut’s are also included in that balance 😉

That’s when I like to switch it up 🙂 I don’t go to the gym everyday and instead incorporate workouts at home into my regimen. I do tend to stick to more pilates type movements when I am at home, but I decided to add some HIIT to that recently just to make it more interesting.

I have really enjoyed getting my heart rate up and all the jumping around as well to be honest! Jumping jacks, mountain climbers, squat jumps all work up a sweat.

There are a lot of HIIT workout videos, but I’ve kinda been doing my own thing so I can play around with movements that feel the best for me.

I like to throw in a workout blog up every once in a while just to say that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to be the best, fittest you. I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

Let me know what you think about HIIT and what kind of workouts you enjoy doing down in the comments below. Thanks for visiting!

Urban Plates

Urban Plates is a lovely restaurant that serves real food, made fresh. It has a cafeteria style feel with the trays and lines. You’ve got lots of good options with salads, sandwiches, plates. If you go with a plate option you get to walk through and watch while your plate is made (again, like a cafeteria).

It can be as healthy (or not healthy) as you would like! They have some fun and interesting options (glass noodles and shiitake salad) for sides as well as the classics (mashed potatoes). The food is delicious and flavorful and has never disappointed.

I am a huge fan of their salmon-the spicy mustard sauce packs a nice punch! The brussels sprouts with turkey bacon and mashed potatoes were my sides of choice. Both were delicious and well made. You always get a nice slice of grilled bread on the side which is a nice touch!

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The hubs got the steak with chimichurri sauce and it was cooked to a perfect medium rare. He got the mozz and tomato salad plus the sesame broccolini (our fave)! I love broccoli, but I may love broccolini a little (way, way) more 😉

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They also have a display of desserts at the end of the line that look absolutely irresistible! We did manage to resist and got frozen yogurt instead, but I guarantee that we will be trying out dessert next time!

Lamb Tacos

God knew a girl couldn’t live off pizza and burgers alone and that, my friends, is why tacos were made #factsbyjess

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Now that we’ve gotten some history out of the way let’s move on to the food-specifically these lamb tacos by Plated.

 

The lamb/beef mixture was seasoned with vindaloo paste and there was a fresh and crunch onion and cabbage slaw to top it all off. This was a super quick meal to make and honestly not too much actual cooking involved.

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Yogurt and cilantro sauce + cabbage and onion slaw

Besides the meat the only thing that needed to be heated up were the tortillas. This would be a great weeknight meal since even the prep was minimal.

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These tacos were different from typical tacos in that the meat was spiced with Indian flavors and instead of having a naan or pita for the carb it was an actual flour tortilla. Then you have the cabbage slaw, but it all combined pretty nicely to create one (or three) delicious taco(s)!

What are some of your favorite types of tacos? Let me know in the comments!