The Friday Five 8.28.15

Oh me oh my, August has come and gone bye bye. HOW?? Oh well, Happy Friday!

1. Reading:

2. Listening: This is pretty different from most songs that I post, but I really like it. I think most of you girls will! At times her voice reminds me of Miley. Anyone agree? Kat Dahlia – Crazy

3. Eating: Remember last summer when I ate like a hundred lobster rolls? I calmed down this year, but still hit up a few of my favorite places to get my fill. The most recent roll I had was from Salty Frank’s in Gloucester. It’s a hot dog joint but they have really good, inexpensive lobster rolls. And they’re so fresh!
salty frank's gloucester lobster roll best

Don’t ask me why my hands look ginormous in that picture. The roll is on the smaller side but still, wtf boy hands??

4. Bookmarking: How gorgeous is this salad? Figs are in season now too, so enjoy them while you can! PS: the brown ones are so much flavorful than the green.

5. GIFs!

well if betty white says so…

how i look at a glass of champagne

when a restaurant has a wait of more than 5 minutes

when the waiter brings out all my food

when someone says we should really get dessert

my eats, monday through thursday

my eats, on the weekend

happy, happy friday!! xoxo

New Favorite Healthy Snack: ZonePerfect Perfectly Simple Nutrition Bar

ZonePerfect Perfectly Simple Nutrition BarEver since I completed the Whole30 challenge, I’ve been much more mindful about what I put into my body. I’ve found that my stomach (and mind!) are much happier when I consumer products that are simple. Simple = good. The fewer ingredients the better, in my opinion. The most challenging aspect of Whole30, or, eating simply, is finding easy, on-the-go snacks that fit my nutritional needs.

As a huge fan of snacks in general, I often lean towards bars. Many on shelves contain creepy, questionable ingredients though. So I look for bars that have wholesome ingredients with a good nutritional profile: a balance of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. The combination of these three elements make for an energizing and satiating snack that will hold me over between meals.ZonePerfect Perfectly Simple Nutrition Bar

ZonePerfect recently launched a new line of Perfectly Simple nutrition bars. Though the ingredients are simple, the flavors are pretty great:

  • Almond Toffee Crunch – the perfect combination of sweet & salty
  • Bing Cherry & Almond – love the tartness mixed with the sweet white chocolate chips
  • Roasted Cashew & Dark Chocolate – reminds me of a rich brownie with nutty crunch

ZonePerfect Perfectly Simple Nutrition BarMy thoughts on each flavor? AWESOME. I mean it when I say I can’t pick a favorite because I like them all so much. My roommate said her fave was the cherry…and I’m kinda leaning towards that answer too! It’s on the sweeter side with a nice, nutty crunch. All of the bars are loaded with protein and are low-calorie, to keep you fuller, longer.ZonePerfect Perfectly Simple Nutrition Bar

If you read this post at all, you’re gonna want to try these bars. And because I love saving money and will never say no to a deal, here’s a coupon for ya. For a $1.00 coupon towards the purchase of the ZonePerfect bars, click here. I found each of the flavors at my local Target, but you can also buy them at Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite-Aid, and many other retailers.

Have you tried these yet? If you do, let me know! Sorry not sorry I’m giving you an excuse to Target. 😉

20 Questions!

Snagged this from my darling Natalie. Here we go!

What is your road trip essential snack?
Hmm, I always bring snack bars, nuts, or fruit. When I’m on the road and need a meal though…Chick-fil-A. ALWAYS. Everything else scares me. 😉
You’ve been handed two free round-trip tickets…who are you taking and where are you going?
Italy, Italy, Italy! Specifically the Amalfi Coast. I’d take my Grammy.
What was your high school jam?
I really loved Jimmy Eat World. But honestly Britney Spears was my girl. I saw her in concert twice.
Would you rather have a perfect bum, or a flawless face?
Flawless face. Not everyone looks at your butt, but everyone has to look at your face right? And that’s what I see most often anyway. Plus, SQUATS. Do ’em people. They’re good for ya tush.
What shows are you ashamed to admit are on your DVR?
I really don’t watch much tv — we don’t even have cable. But if we did I’d be all over some Bravo.

What’s your ringtone?
It’s the “Silk” iphone tone. It’s playful yet peaceful.
What was your first car, and did you name it?
I had a white Honda civic and I named it fluffy sheep. God that’s weird.

Do you have any siblings, and if so, where are you in the birth order?
3 brothers (2 half). I’m the oldest and I can’t imagine it any other way. I also can’t imagine having a sister. I have 4 aunts so I think I got my girly needs filled there.

What would you request for your last supper? 
This question freaks me out but I’d probably ask for my Grammy’s chicken marsala and chocolate chip cookies. And gelato. And maybe toss in some pizza bc why not.
Have you ever been hospitalized, and if so, what for?
When I was 3 I got bit by a dog on my face, but I don’t think I stayed over night. Just for surgery.
How tall are you? Do you wish you were taller, shorter…or are you just right?
5’1.5″. That half inch means something to me. I’d be okay if I were 5’2-5’4 but I like being petite.
Do you prefer to DIY or hire it out?
Eeek, hire it out. I can’t even stand painting walls.
What do you eat for breakfast?
I eat the same thing every day. 2 soft-boiled eggs, avocado, and blueberries/strawberries/blackberries. I’ll switch up the fruit depending on what’s in season.
 
 
What would you do for a living if you didn’t need money?
Oh I’d just read books and cook all day. But I’d also love to be Kelly Ripa…er, a talk show host.
Finish this sentence: Every room needs….
WINDOWS!
How frequently do you wash your hair? Do you have any hair secrets or tricks? 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday. And sometimes Saturday. Not kidding, it’s like I have a schedule. I style it straight the first day. On the second it usually looks okay so I’ll just re-straighten it. If not, or when I stretch it out an extra day, I curl it/make it wavy.
Will you leave the house without makeup?
I would without a care until about 6 months ago. Now I’ll do it, but it doesn’t happen too much. I love having a bare face when I can though. When I’m sunburned or sick, I’m totally fine with it. But one thing I’ll never go without is mascara. MAC Opulash is theeeee best.
You just unloaded your Halloween haul…what candy do you go for first?
M&Ms and Kit Kats!!
And now I want chocolate.

 

Blogger Bestie Love: Teri from A Foodie Stays Fit

Hi guys! It’s Teri from A Foodie Stays Fit! This is me!

11059881_503427459809654_4121399131806915177_n (1) Over on my blog, I write about running, CrossFit, yoga, Pure Barre, eating Paleo(ish), my boxer dog and a little bit of everything else (life, work, travel, fashion, my insanely cute boyfriend, etc.). Christina let me crash her blog with some of my Friday Favorites, but since she is my long-lost twin, you may not even notice it’s not her writing. Christina and I have been internet friends for years, and have never actually met. But we send each other Christmas, birthday and Valentine’s Day presents. This is normal right? Right.

Alright, here are some things I’m loving lately!

1. These chips. I won’t lie – I ate the entire bag in one sitting. You’ve been warned. SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC

2. These gluten-free tortillas. The trick is to warm them in a dry sauté pan. They have an awesome crispy, chewy texture, almost like fresh tortillas you get at the best kind of Mexican restaurants. I found them in the freezer section of Whole Foods. SAMSUNG CSC

3. This Trader Joe’s Muscat Orange Champagne vinegar. Just mix it with olive oil and you have the best salad dressing that feels all fancy, but is stupid easy. (You know Christina will like this because it says Champagne on the bottle.)

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4. Pumpkin. I know, it’s only August, but eating canned or boxed pumpkin before and/or after workouts has become my new favorite thing. My stomach can be finicky around workout time and this is super easy on the gut. I mix it with a little maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. It’s kind of like pumpkin pie. I said kind of. Don’t get that excited. (If you want other pre-workout snack ideas, check out this post I wrote about pre-workout snacks, depending on the type of workout.)

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5. This Fabletics Carlsbad tank. I mean, look at the back. So cute. I am the girliest girl in the gym at CrossFit wearing this, but I don’t care. (If your’e new to Fabletics, here’s my post about how it works.)IMG_5738 (1)IMG_5744 (1)

I totally didn’t mean to make 4 out of 5 of these about food. Apparently I am hungry. If Christina will have me back, I’ll do a post about some of my favorite clothes and beauty finds lately!

What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s item? I did a post about my five favorite TJ items recently and got soooo many recommendations in the comments. I love hearing what others get there! Spill the beans!