treat yourself to a workout

~ treat yourself to a workout ~

What do you think of that phrase?  What would you treat yourself to?  A workout?  Can a workout be a treat?  Let me explain my thoughts.  Simply put: YES!

My time is limited.  I work full-time and I have a very active ten month old baby.  When do I have time to workout?  When he sleeps?  In the morning?  In the evening?  What about all of my other obligations?  The house, laundry, cooking, cleaning, the list goes on.  You get my point.  I’m busy.  I’m not trying to toot my own horn; I know a lot of you out there are crazy busy, too.  Even if you’re not slammed every minute of every day, you can still treat yourself to a workout.

I used to workout on an almost daily basis.  I loved it.  I loved everything about it.  I loved challenging myself, getting stronger, improving my flexibility, running faster.  I loved how it made me feel, both during my workout and after.  While working out is not as big of a priority now as it once was, it doesn’t mean that I don’t have the desire.  The desire is there, the time is not.

Most weekends are pretty laid back.  However, if and when I do have someone watch William for just a couple of hours, I treat myself to a workout.

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Most recently, I attended another Bar Method class.  Since it’s a rarity that I actually do have a couple of hours to myself, I choose my activity wisely.  Sure, there are tasks I could get caught up on, and there are some things that I would like to do (get a manicure, pedicure, and massage, specifically).  However, treating myself to a workout provides numerous benefits.

Long term, it’s better for my health.  It makes me happy.  (Exercise gives you endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy.  Name that movie!)  While I do short workouts at home, nothing can compare to a solid sweat session.

Thanks to Class Pass, I am having fun trying new studios and different workout classes.  This weekend, I’m signed up for a yoga class in a heated room.  Recap to follow.

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My workout essentials for the day included my aluminum Class Pass water bottle, which I actually love a lot more than I thought I would.  I normally drink out of plastic water bottles (which I don’t ever love using plastic), but aluminum keeps the water so cold!  The new Detour Simple Salted Caramel Cookie Dough protein bar is fantastic.  With 20 grams of protein, it’s an awesome post-workout snack.  And I’m actually using my MizzFit socks as they’re intended instead of just bumming around the house!

Class Pass has it right with their motto:

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// be active // be happy // be you //

So true.

How do you treat yourself?

Earth’s Best Organic Baby Food

I had all these great plans to exclusively breastfeed and make all of William’s baby food. Breastfeeding is going great (despite the rough beginning), but the making all of his baby food is not going so great.  Actually, I’ve never made his food.  My mom and Stephanie made all of it at the beginning.  And then I resorted to jars.  It’s funny (well, not really) that I feel the need to say I “resorted” to jars.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with jarred food, but for some reason it makes me feel like less of a super-mom. I assume it’s similar to how moms feel if breastfeeding doesn’t work out for them and they supplement with formula.  My motto has always been, “As long as you’re feeding your baby, you’re a good mom.”  I need to listen to my own words because they really are true.

Anyway, since making all of William’s baby food just was not practical for me as I’m an incredibly busy, working full-time mom, I needed to buy jars.  I wanted to feel good about what William was eating, so I made the decision to do all organic.  I, myself, don’t eat all organic, but while William is a baby, I want him eating organically (just my opinion).  When I bought fruits and vegetables for my mom and my sister to make the food, I bought organic fruits and vegetables.  At six months old, I introduced oatmeal mixed with my breast milk for William’s first food, I chose Earth’s Best whole grain oatmeal.


such a cute little guy at six months old!

William did so well and still continues to do well with and enjoy the oatmeal, that I reached out to Earth’s Best to tell them just that.  Especially when he wasn’t tolerating food so great, he always did fine with oatmeal.  Earth’s Best kindly sent me a package to review of various items.

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Puffs!  William loves these organic yogurt puffs!  I’ve bought one other kind of puffs, but he really does prefer these. They are a bit “puffier,” if you will, than other puffs which I’ve found to be on the flatter side. Earth’s Best also sent me Pop Snax Veggie Crisps, but we haven’t tried them yet since they’re a bit harder. The puffs melt in your mouth which make them perfect for little babies!

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When I first introduce a new food, I always mix it with oatmeal since William is familiar with that taste.  He does really enjoy apples and pears.  Even though these are labeled as “first foods,” I still give them to William as he likes the purees.

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Something else I really like about Earth’s Best is that their products are available pretty much everywhere.  Local groceries, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target, and Babies R Us, just to name a few.  And while organic foods can be more expensive, if you buy in bulk, they’re much more reasonable. For example, a twelve-pack of the first apples at Target are just $8.99.  That’s less than a dollar a jar!

Earth’s Best also sent a package of wipes.  Made with a soft, gentle texture that is gentler on babies’ bottoms and the environment and with natural aloe vera and vitamin E formula, the Earth’s Best Chlorine Free Diapers are part of the new #EBSpecialDelivery campaign, where you can win a year’s supply of diapers and wipes! Hypoallergenic, unscented, and alcohol-free. Tushie-approved!

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Does this look like a baby who loves Earth’s Best foods or what?! I couldn’t get the carrots in his mouth fast enough! He was literally coming toward me as I brought the spoon to his mouth!

I’ve already bought several more jars of Earth’s Best food.  Oh, that’s another thing: jars. I love that their food comes in jars versus plastic. I try to minimize my plastic usage, especially with William. The glass jars are perfect to reuse, as well.  All in all, I’m very happy and would highly recommend Earth’s Best products for all babies! They have some a wide array of products that William will be able to eat their food for a long time. I feel confident in feeding him their food, and that’s important for little tummies!

Here is some additional information about the benefits of Earth’s Best foods:

  • Earth’s Best Organic Whole Grain Oatmeal Cereal with Bananas:  With 30% of the daily value of iron, 25% of the daily value of 6 B Vitamins, this infant cereal is perfect for starting babies on solids.  Rich in Iron and Zinc for infants’ healthy growth and development, and free of artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, this cereal is made with whole grains for a great start to the morning.
  • Earth’s Best Organic 1st Pears: Filled with Vitamin C and easy for little babies as they start fruits and vegetables, the 1st Pears jar is USDA organic and free of additives.
  • Earth’s Best Organic 1st Apples: An excellent source of Vitamin C and free of additives, the 1st Apples jar is perfect for babies to explore new flavors. Vegan and kosher certified, this jar is a great way to provide babies with healthy first foods.
  • Earth’s Best Organic 1st Bananas: Kosher, vegan, and filled with Vitamin C, the 1st Bananas jar is a favorite for beginning the little ones on fruits. Free of additives.
  • Earth’s Best Organic Stage 2 Banana Peach Raspberry: With USDA organic bananas, and raspberries, this jar provides Vitamins A & C for babies 6 months and older. Kosher and free of artificial ingredients.
  • Earth’s Best Organic Stage 2 Sweet Potatoes: With 90% of the daily value of Vitamin A, this single-vegetable puree is great for hungry, healthy little eaters.
  • Earth’s Best Organic Peach Yogurt Puffs: A good source of Vitamins A, E, six B vitamins, iron, zinc, and calcium, these snacks have 7g of whole grains per serving with a delicious meltaway texture. USDA organic, these snax are great for toddlers when on-the-go or to pack for daycare.
  • Earth’s Best Organic Veggie Pop Snax: A nutritional on-the-go snack with Vitamins A, E, Zinc, and six B vitamins, the Veggie Pop Snax are rice and potato crisps with carrot, spinach, and potato flavors.

And now, since I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday, how about some of my own food I’ve been eating, because I’ve been eating good stuff, too.


  • Breakfast: Cinnamon banana nut pancake made with Love Grown Foods chia and quinoa super oats topped with coconut oil, bananas, and syrup.
  • Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, and fig balsamic dressing.  Not going to lie… I was hungry right after, so I made a bowl of oatmeal.  At school, I keep those individual oatmeal packages in my closet for emergency hunger situations. As good as my salad was, yesterday was one of those times.
  • Dinner: Salad, roasted asparagus, grilled zucchini and squash, hamburger with mushrooms, french fries, and garlic bread. Thanks, Mom and Dad!
  • Snack: Detour’s new Salted Caramel Cookie Dough whey protein bars! Made with clean ingredients, each bar contains 20 grams protein, 7 grams sugar, 6 grams fiber, and are gluten-free, non-GMO, and have nothing artificial!  And taste great. Win win.

What have you been eating lately?  Moms, did/do you make all your baby’s food?

SMART Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar

Oh hey there.  Before we delve into the food part of this post (hello, Detour’s newest flavor: SMART Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar!), let’s talk baby William for a second.


And his cuteness.  Rather, his “I take an hour to go to bed.”  Seriously.  Almost every night.  We have our bedtime routine.  I change him into a clean diaper and fresh pajamas, we sing songs, I give him a baby massage, we read books, he nurses, and he almost falls asleep.  When he’s still a little bit awake, I put him in his crib (per the doctor’s recommendation), but then he wakes back up and is WIDE AWAKE!  Like, smiling, laughing, kicking, and squealing.  So I think, maybe he wants to play again.  So we play.  Then he gets super cranky and needs to be rocked to sleep.  So I rock.  He’s almost sleeping, I put him down, and the same thing happens!

I’ve tried to just literally rock him to sleep, and that sometimes helps, but sometimes when he’s wide awake, he just won’t go to sleep.  Soooooo…. how do I remedy this?

(This doesn’t happen for naps, just bedtime.)

While you think of your answer, let’s talk food.  Today is WIAW so I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons.  Be sure to check out all the other great food posts for meal inspiration!

Breakfast: I have been on an egg kick, but yesterday morning I was in the mood to switch it up a bit, so I went with overnight oats.


Overnight oats are the best.  Especially because you don’t really have to make them the night before.  Sometimes I do, but other times I make them the morning of and let them soak for thirty minutes, and they’re just as good.  Tomorrow I’ve got a big post coming with tons of overnight oats recipes, so stay tuned!

Lunch: spinach salad with salmon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, parmesan, and a drizzle of balsamic.


So good.

Dinner: Blake’s Old Fashioned Mac & Cheese – can’t ever go wrong with mac & cheese, especially as the weather gets cooler!

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Recycled photo, but looked the same!

Snack: Detour’s SMART Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar

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I’ve raved and raved and raved about Detour countless times before, and they’ve done it again!  Peanut Butter Chocolate is their newest flavor for their SMART bars.  One thing I love about Detour’s SMART bars is that they’re not coated in chocolate as so many other protein bars are. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much out of this bar because I thought it would be covered in chocolate, but I agreed to give it a shot when they emailed asking for a review because, let’s be real, peanut butter chocolate is a pretty stellar combination mostly all the time.  I opened a bar and…

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Itz not coated in chocolate – AWESOME!  I was so happy to see that; there are just little chocolate bits mixed in to the bar, peanut butter flavor throughout, and a Greek style yogurt drizzle on top.  Faaaaantastic!  I’ve posted these stats before, but a quick overview on the highlights of the SMART bar:

  • made with all natural ingredients and whey protein
  • gluten-free
  • 130 calories
  • 3 grams of fiber
  • 11 grams of protein

Well done, Detour.  What do you think, William?

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I was falling asleep two seconds ago…. and now I’m WIDE AWAKE!

Good thing he’s cute! 😉

Do you prefer chocolate covered protein bars or not?

Moms: Bedtime tips?!

raspberry granola yogurt bowl

Itz been a hot minute since I’ve linked up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday!  I thought today would be a good day, mostly because yesterday I actually remembered to snap photos of most of what I ate.  But first, let’s begin with some William cuteness.  He spent the day at my parents’ house (his Yaya and Pops), and clearly had the best time ever.

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Itz a shame he’s not a happy baby, eh? 😉

Ok, now for my tasty food.  Breakfast involved a raspberry granola yogurt bowl.  (And itz the name of this post since itz literally the only thing I actually made to eat all day.)

raspberry yogurt granola bowl

We’ve got some plain Chobani Greek yogurt sweetened with Pure Via vanilla stevia, mixed with Cascadian Farm ancient grains granola, and tons of fresh raspberries. Driscoll’s raspberries were on sale for a dollar at the grocery store; I’ve never seen them that cheap, so I stocked up and put an entire container in my bowl.  So good.

When my dad picked up William for the day, he also brought some chicken salad that my mom made.  I love this chicken salad and will soon make my own batch of it.  But for now, I’ll eat hers for lunch (while I pump).chicken salad

My mom’s chicken salad includes chicken (duh), light mayo, dijon mustard, dried cranberries, almond slivers, celery, and apples.  Itz the perfect combination.

You all know I snack ALL.DAY.LONG. and I captured most of them.


  • Detour SMART bar in blueberry
  • Juicy plum
  • KIND bar in nut delight
  • Dates with peanut butter
  • Turkey slices
  • Banana chocolate chip muffie (made by my mom)

Not pictured snacks included honey wheat pretzels from Trader Joe’s and fruit salad.  So this was the first time I tried the whole date with peanut butter thing.  I had seen it on several other blogs and I love both dates and peanut butter, so I thought why not?  I was at my parents’ when I tried it and my dad immediately said it sounded weird.  To be honest, I didn’t love it.  I felt like the peanut butter overpowered the sweet date flavor and I couldn’t really taste the dates at all.  So after one, I put the peanut butter away and helped myself to a few more plain dates.

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My absolute favorite cup ever.

I hung out at my parents’ when I picked up William, and my dad had made a delicious beef stew in the crockpot for dinner.

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We had steamed cauliflower on the side.

For dessert, I had a bowl of Edy’s slow churned mint cookie crunch ice cream, but instead of showing you that I’m going to show you dessert from the weekend because there is a funny story that goes with it.  It was at the rehearsal dinner of my cousin’s wedding, and the waiters were bringing dessert to the table.  There was cherry pie and a delicious super chocolatey thing (I don’t know what itz called).  Well, they were alternating plates of dessert for the guests at each table, so every two people had one of both.  I noticed our server still had two plates left on his tray after we were served. I don’t like sharing dessert, so I begged and pleaded for him to give me my own set of desserts.  Then my sister chimed in and told this young man that I was breastfeeding. Needless to say, I got both desserts and was pretty happy about it.


I devoured both.  (See, Uncle Ricky? I told you this picture would make the blog!)  Jonny is smiling in the background either because he’s just as happy as me that he didn’t have to share his dessert or because he’s proud of my skills to get extra dessert!

And just for kicks, let’s end with a picture of the world’s cutest baby.

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Bye bye now.

What delicious food have you eaten lately?

Snack SMART With A Detour SMART Bar

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Detour Bar.

Like I mentioned yesterday, I’m trying to find balance in my life these days as a new working momma.  One thing that I’ve got the hang of is healthy snacking, and a big thanks to Detour Bar for that.  I’ve been loving on Detour SMART bars for awhile now, and they’ve come in handy, especially this summer as I’ve gone back to school (work).  They’re the perfect size to fill me up, curb my hunger, and provide the energy I need for a busy day.

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Snacking SMART while pumping at school.

Detour SMART bars really are smart.  (Haha, no, but for real.)  They’re perfect for summer because they’re not chocolate.  Hear me out.  I love chocolate.  However, I feel like heavy, melted chocolate protein bars in the summer just aren’t that awesome, not to mention they make a mess.  SMART bars are everything you want in a healthy snack bar, and they don’t melt.  I keep all my bags stocked: my pumping bag, my diaper bag, and my purse.  That way, when crazy hunger strikes, I have my emergency snack no matter where I am.  Hanger is never a good thing, people.

One bar contains 130 calories, 3 grams fiber, 4 grams sugar, and 10 grams protein.

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A contemporary approach to healthy eating, that’s SMART.

  • Gluten Free: Detour SMART bars are independently certified to confirm they meet strict gluten-free standards.
  • Whey Protein: The right protein to nourish and replenish your body, whey is a SMART way to support a lean body and to satisfy hunger.
  • 4 grams of Sugar: Switching to a low-sugar diet may be one of the best things you can do for your body, your appetite, and even your mind.
  • Good Source of Fiber:  The grains and fruit in SMART bars are a balanced source of fiber and a nutritious foundation for maintaining good health.
  • Organic Whole Grain Oats: Wholesome and delicious, whole grains are an essential part of a complete diet.
  • Naturally Sweetened with Stevia: A zero-calorie, natural sweetener, Stevia is a sensible choice for those looking to reduce sugar intake without sacrificing taste.

No artificial preservatives. No artificial flavors. No artificial colors.

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They look like pie.  They taste like pie.  Well, protein bar pie.  No kidding.  When you open the package, there is a strong aroma of either Apple Cinnamon or Blueberry, and itz just delicious.  SMART bars also come in Cranberry Flax and Peanut Butter Chocolate, but my heart is sold on Apple Cinnamon and Blueberry.  So is William’s.

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Don’t. Even. Think. About. Touching. My. SMART. Bars. Or. I’ll. Scream!

How do you snack SMART in the summer?  Are you team Apple Cinnamon or Blueberry? (Or Cranberry Flax or Peanut Butter Chocolate? So many SMART choices!)

Salad Bar at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

Itz time for another edition of What I Ate Wednesday!  For those of you new around here, What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) is hosted by the lovely Jenn at Peas and Crayons. Over one hundred bloggers participate in sharing their eats from a day. Itz a great place to get meal inspiration, recipe ideas, and droolworthy photos. Check ’em out!

I’ve really been on a smoothie kick lately.  Especially smoothies with peanut butter.  You just can’t go wrong with peanut butter.  Ever.

PB&J smoothie

Itz a recycled photo, but mighty tasty all the same. My PB&J smoothie is amazing.

Lunch is what we would call “there’s no food in the fridge, grab what ya can.”  This particular lunch included cottage cheese (protein!) with cinnamon, sugar snap peas, and an orange.


Random, for sure, but filling and nutrient-loaded.

Today is Wellness Wednesday at school and itz hosted by DETOUR.  Itz especially perfect because on Mondays and Wednesdays a large group of staff members do a quick fifteen minute workout in the morning, so today we get to fuel our bodies with Detour protein bars.  Detour graciously sent us two different kinds of their protein bars.

Lower Sugar Neapolitan Whey Protein Bars

A triple play of delicious ice cream inspired flavors – a rich milk chocolate soft set layer sandwiched between creamy vanilla and sweet strawberry nougat – melt together in a one-of-a-kind taste experience.

  • Rich in branch chain amino acids
  • Recover and rebuild powerful muscle
  • Complete source of protein
SMART bars start with organic whole oats which are certified gluten-free and added wholesome whey, the right protein to replenish your body. The bars are sweetened naturally and ensured each is a good source of fiber. Now that’s SMART.
  • Gluten free
  • 10g whey protein
  • 4g of sugar per 38g serving
  • Good source of fiber
  • Sweetened with Stevia
  • Made with organic oats

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Big thanks to Detour for our healthy, delicious, protein-filled snacks today!

Last night Jonny and I had the opportunity to eat at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes in exchange for this blog review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I’ve eaten there several times, but this was Jonny’s first. In case you don’t know, itz a buffet. Buffets sometimes get a bad rep, but Sweet Tomatoes really can be on the healthier side! First of all, itz a huge salad bar which I find amazing. I love having access to tons of fresh veggies (especially when I’m not the one who has to wash and slice them!).  I put together a nice colorful salad:

souplantation salad

I started with a bed of spinach and romaine, and added carrots, red onion, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, peas, corn, cucumbers, and chickpeas with a light drizzle of ranch. Ehh so ranch is clearly not the healthiest, but it I didn’t overdo it and frankly I like it.  If creating a salad is not your thing, they also have many options of already prepared salads and cold pastas.  In addition, they’ve got a great selection of numerous soups.  I tasted the split pea soup because I’ve never had it before and their loaded baked potato soup (because you know how I feel about potatoes!).  Both winners.  They also had lighter, healthier options including vegetable and bean and barley.  Their vegetable was actually vegan, as well, so there’s really something for everyone there!

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes also has several freshly-made bread options and pastas.  Both of which I had bites of… Hey, had to try it all!  And, like most other buffets, they had a lovely dessert station with soft serve ice cream.  You know I was all over that and put together quite the bowl!

souplantation dessert

Soft serve vanilla with caramel, hot fudge, sprinkles, and the warmest, softest, gooiest chocolate chip cookies.  Oh baby!  I blame Baby Itz. 😉

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes now offers gluten-free goodies!  Between March 20-23, they will be serving gluten-free coconut muffins.  I’ll definitely be going back to check them out because coconut muffins just sound awesome.

Have you ever eaten at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes?

Whole Grain Oatmeal Protein Bars

Thanks so much for all of your kind words on my post yesterday regarding body image and pregnancy.  You’re really wonderful, you know that?  Today let’s talk about something else wonderful: FOOD!  I’ll show ya a day of my eats.  Well, not every little nibble because that happens way too frequently now, but I’ll show ya the big meals of the day.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with banana slices, cinnamon, and peanut butter


Doesn’t that lump of peanut butter look funny?  Someone on Instagram said it looked like a fish coming out of water and one of my coworkers said it looked like a fortune cookie – haha!  I had planned on making eggs for breakfast because it had been awhile, but I was in the mood for something way more carby.  Oatmeal with my favorite toppings it was!

Linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday.

Lunch: Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Macaroni & Cheese and steamed broccoli


I’d never bought the pre-made frozen mac and cheese from Trader Joe’s before, and it was a good impulse buy and last minute lunch!  What I liked most was that it was not just a measly portion as you can tell from the picture.  It was a good size and filled me up.

Snack: Detour Smart Whole Grain Oatmeal Protein Bars

detour smart bars

Big fan here of these bars.  Sometimes I feel like all protein bars are chocolate; does anyone else feel like that?  I’m all for chocolate, but sometimes I don’t want anything quite as sweet.  So when Detour emailed me asking if I’d like to try their new bars, I was all over it.  Some quick facts about the bars:

  • Gluten-free
  • 130 calories
  • 3 grams fiber
  • 4 grams sugar
  • 10 grams protein
  • Topped with a Greek style yogurt drizzle

They make a great snack, especially on the go.  They’re a good size; not enormous, but definitely satisfying.  I was sent a box each of the Blueberry and Apple Cinnamon flavors, and really truly enjoy them both.  And guess what the new flavor is that just came out?  Cranberry Flax!! Sounds so good!  Well done, as always, Detour!

Dinner: Kitchen sink salad, leftover brisket, rice, & green beans


Kitchen sink salad because I threw a bunch of random stuff in I had in the fridge.  It included spinach, tomatoes, roasted mushrooms, avocado, pomegranate seeds, and drizzled balsamic vinegar on top.  We had leftover rice from my in-laws’ dinner on Sunday, a piece of brisket from my friend Diana’s parents, and steamed green beans.  We always go to Diana’s parents for their annual Chanukah party, but this year we were unable to go due to other plans.  Her parents were so sweet and had Diana bring over a tupperware full of brisket!  Jonny and I both snacked on pieces here and there and finished it last night!

Dessert/Snack/Handfuls: Chocolate covered raisins

choc covered raisins

When we had friends over a couple of weeks ago, I bought chocolate covered raisins from Trader Joe’s to set out in a candy dish because itz always nice to have candy out.  Well, pretty much every time I walk past, I grab a few.  A few here, a few there, a handful here, a mouthful there.  Those little suckers won’t last much longer!

Do you prefer chocolate, fruit, or other flavors of protein bars?