Weekend Meals + Workouts (spoiler: healthy isn’t the only qualifier)

One of my goals with this meals and workouts post is to show you how every meal isn’t a salad (even though I really do enjoy them), how my workouts aren’t about the number of calories I burn, and how I am working toward finding balance with both eating and exercise. Without being too strict, I have learned the importance of nourishing my body in order to feel my best. What I realized this past weekend was that after a few days of eating certain foods, my body was craving a loaded salad with all of the veggies possible. I attribute this to Intuitive Eating at its best.

Friday I went to New Holland Brewery with my co-worker, Kayla, and ordered the Earl of Lavender which was a drink on tap. It was a winner, and I would order it again. Later that evening we went to our friends’ house to hang out, and enjoyed pizza from Peppinos. We love their gluten-free crust. Our go-to order is one of two choices: first choice is pepperoni, green olive, and green pepper; the second option is ham and pineapple. On Friday we had pepperoni, green olive, and green pepper. Needless to say, we finished the whole pizza.

Saturday morning we had our usual pancakes. I headed off to the gym for my favorite treadmill workout before getting ready for a few guests. Later that morning, I hosted a brunch for two old friends, Erica and Lindsey, who brought along their two adorable babies. We enjoyed blueberry baked oatmeal, mimosas (thank you, Lindsey!), and coffee. Erica brought baked goods from deBoer bakery that looked awesome. I am still waiting for deBoer to get a few gluten-free options.

I squeezed in a nap on Saturday afternoon, and blamed it on the mimosas at brunch. 🙂 Patrick snuck a picture!

Cheese and crackers were an afternoon snack along with a green juice. Bellavitan cheese has been a staple in our house for the past three or four years. My in-laws got us hooked on it. Merlot and balsamic are our two favorite flavors. Mary’s Gone Crackers are one of my favorite crackers, but can be expensive. I buy them right from their website in bulk when they are having a sale. Last time I purchased them it ended up being a little more than $3 a box. They normally cost nearly $5 at our local stores, so I was happy with this deal. Patrick sticks with his multi-grain wheat thins. Sometimes it takes us a few weeks to finish one package each. These airlock containers are awesome and help keep the crackers fresh.

Isn’t that cutting board so cute? It came in a set of two, was a gift from Kristen, a classroom parent/co-worker/after school workout buddy, and is from The Seasoned Home. I just love it.

Saturday night we had pork chops in the instant pot, sautéed red cabbage, and roasted snap peas (topped with garlic lovers and freshly grated parmesean).

Sunday morning we enjoyed waffles made with Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free pancake mix, Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder, a ripe banana, one egg, and almond milk. This is often the same mix I use for our pancakes. Sometimes I add extra baking powder. The pancakes were topped with pure maple syrup from Pleasant Hill Farm. We had a side of fruit (pears and clementines – from Doorganics) and black coffee.

Patrick and I went for a quick run outside through the neighborhood (first run outside since the fall!) before heading to church and I brought along a glass of kombucha. At this point, my body was craaaaving a loaded salad.

After church, I honored my hunger cues and made a loaded salad (roasted veggies, leftover sautéed red cabbage, & cheese) topped with a mix of Fustini’s cranberry balsamic vinegar and blood orange olive oil with a side of roasted red pepper & tomato soup.

When I don’t have homemade tomato soup on hand, this is our favorite.

We headed to Lemonjello’s to get some work done, and we each got an almond brother’s cookie to enjoy with our coffee. It had been a while since I had that treat, so I decided to go for it, since it is one of Patrick’s favorites. Although it tasted good, I want to try some of my other top choices. I like the biscotti, and next time I want to get the cherry almond cookie.  They have a great selection of gluten-free and non gluten-free food.

When we got back home I realized I had no dinner plan. I started opening my fridge, freezer, and pantry to see what I could come up with. After finding rice noodles in my pantry, I decided to make Kath’s Nutty Noodles (using the rice noodles) adding the veggies I had on hand in my fridge, which included green beans and mini sweet peppers.

I subbed out the peanut butter, because I was all out, and used almond butter instead.

Before dinner, during some meal prep for the week, cheese and crackers made another appearance along with a happy hour drink. My go-to drink is Tito’s vodka, lime juice (I buy this by the 12-bottle case from Country Life Natural Foods, to save money), and soda water from my Soda Stream. Do you see those little ice cubes? Our new fridge makes those and I am obsessed with them.

Dinner was a success and super easy. My plan to have leftovers to start the week didn’t happen because we ate every last bite.

So, there you have it: a true and honest accounting of what I ate. I am a huge advocate of eating real food, loading up on the veggies, and taking time to meal plan. I also think it’s important to find a balance that works for you. Only then can you live life to the fullest.

Cheers my friends!

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