This homemade açaí bowl is packed with nutrients from wild blueberries, açaí, and protein. Enjoy one as a cool down post-workout, or as a healthy afternoon snack!
Some days I think I am certifiable.
Side note: Bat-shit crazy is actually the name of the group text between my mom, sisters, and me.
So… we know I tore my ACL. How about 6 days later I decided I’d still participate in a 22 mile bike ride? I mean… I’d already registered and paid the fee…
Vegas was so mad she would barely speak to me.
Sweet or savory breakfasts?
I’m forever caught in the dilemma.
I know several people who eat the same thing every morning – oatmeal, eggs, fruit. I just can’t do it. Breakfast is my favorite time to get strange. Thank god it’s usually good, because I can get HANGRY in the morning.
Today’s Sweet Potato and Spinach Hash may not be terribly strange, other than the fact that it could be a dinner side were it not for the egg. It came together out of my usual end of the week “use all the random leftover things.”
Some things are embarrassingly easy.
And some are embarrassingly hard.
Today I have an easy recipe for you. Making lemonade in the blender.
Here’s the recipe: put a bunch of lemons in a high-speed blender (I’m biased towards my Vitamix) with some water and sweetener. Blend. Strain. Drink. Boom.
I lost Vegas.
Not literally, thank god.
We’ve been doing a little 21 day reset. Vegas said she’d give it a week and then see if she wanted to keep going. She lasted a week like a champion… but then I lost her.
Actually, we both went a little off the reservation Saturday night. I got back on track Sunday, but Vegas was done. She’s still been basically eating whatever I eat… just with a side of caffeine and peanut M&Ms. She had no complaints about the protein pancakes we had for breakfast (more on that below).
I can’t travel like a normal person.
At least I wear shoes…
The creepiest part was that when I said something to the flight attendant she said it happens all the time. Apparently parents even let their kids go to the bathroom barefoot! I have a friend that is a flight attendant and SHE said it happens on every flight. WTF?! End rant.
I’m on the other side of the country this week with Vegas (though not IN Vegas). Being 9 weeks out from my competition, I had to supplement my travel a bit. I brought chicken, turkey burgers, veggies, roasted sweet potatoes, and frozen Greek yogurt (a must – it doubles as an ice pack) with me. Okay, I supplemented my travel a lot.…
Do you realize how much you sit?
It makes my hips hurt!
I’ve gone through a lot of “hacks” to have standing desks. At one job I stacked up Girl Scout cookie boxes to set my laptop on. When I’m at home working, I use the condo gym to build a treadmill desk. I can’t stand to sit still. Standing up while I’m working helps to improve my focus.
Hey! Something shiny!
When my boss suggested I look into a “real” standing desk, I was thrilled. After some research, VertDesk offered to hook me up with one of their adjustable height desks. Talk about not sitting still – I was bounce-off-the-walls elated. The VertDesk even has a push button control to make height adjustment easy. My co-workers can adjust it to their height and use it and, if I ever DO decide to sit, I can simply push a button to lower it.
We’ve all seen the articles about how sitting is killing us… but why exactly is a standing desk beneficial?
Sometimes there’s no shame in staying in bed half the day.
Especially when the last couple of weeks have been chaos!
Last Monday I depicted pre-conference life. This Monday is recovery life. Marvelous recovery. Recovery life started with sleep. Since I couldn’t take pictures of that, we’ll pick up with the wakeful part of the weekend.
This really needs no intro.
Who needs to explain dessert porn?
Many of you have heard of poutine. It basically french fries with gravy. Well… I’ve always found it to be a bit overwhelming. I don’t love white potatoes or gravy. I do love sweet potatoes and
almost anything sweet.
This is going to sound really strange… but I hand-on-the-Bible swear it’s good.
I kept it simple by using sweet potato crinkle fries from the frozen section at Fresh Market.
While they baked, I whipped up a quick peanut butter sauce. If you haven’t had sweet potatoes with nut butter… well, you’re missing out on a truly amazing #strangebutgood combo. Top all that with marshmallows and pop in under the broiler to achieve that crunchy s’more char.
Make this. You’ll be left licking the plate and moaning “I need ‘smore poutine!” 😉 .
Wow. That was corny, even for me.
- 1 serving sweet potato fries (I used the frozen variety)
- Peanut butter gravy (see below)
- Chocolate chips
Peanut Butter Gravy
- 2 T peanut flour (or nut buter)*
- 2 T unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 T pumpkin puree
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 4-5 drops vanilla liquid stevia
Bake the sweet potato fries according to package instructions on a piece of foil or parchment. Meanwhile, mix together Gravy ingredients in a small bowl.
Remove from oven and top with gravy, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.
Return to oven under broil for 1-2 mins. Watch it closely – it will burn! Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a plate.
*Note: I buy my peanut flour on iHerb. You can use discount code USO924 for $5019 off your order. You could also use protein powder or nut butter here. If you use regular nut butter you may want to reduce the amount of milk.
How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.
This is going to make for the perfect Labor Day weekend treat. Bonus points if you have a campfire to toast your ‘mallos over.
Have you ever had poutine?
What’s your favorite sweet potato topping?
Wasting food is one of the 7 deadly sins in my house.
There are starving children in Africa!
Before leaving to go out of town I make it my personal mission to eat everything perishable in my house. If it’s not eaten before I leave, it’s eaten on the road. I’ve done a couple of travel food posts before; while I’m not in competition mode this trip I still would rather have my own food from home than eat nasty airport food. I’d also rather not pay a ton of money for nasty airport food.
That money is better spent on chocolate and wine in Europe!
Often people are surprised by the food I bring through security. You CAN bring food! Just avoid the liquid.
Pro Tip #1: Protein powder will not be mistaken for cocaine.
Pro Tip #2: If you freeze yogurt, it’s a solid!
This WIAW is a crazy mix of leftovers. I’m not even going to try to separate it into meals!
Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!…