What I Ate Today

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breakfast

Breakfast

You guys know I love my smoothies! The smoothie I made this morning was similar to all my other breakfast smoothies I like to make. I add one frozen banana, (TIP : If you have any bananas that go bad before you eat them, pop them in the freezer to enjoy in smoothies. Peeling them and putting them in a Tupperware makes this process easier) assorted fruits, spinach, and a little almond milk for creaminess. I love this smoothie and it’s packed full of fruits and veggies. The fruit does a great job at masking the spinach taste so be sure to sneak in a larger amount of greens.

lunch

Lunch

I have a full time job so I have to pack my lunch every day. I normally like to bring a plethora of healthy food/snacks to tide me over all day. Most days, I’ll get hungry again around 10 am so I’ll either have a banana or apple. For my lunch today, I packed a turkey wrap, broccoli, and the fruits you see here (whichever I didn’t eat for my snack earlier). This normally tides me over until I get home. I’ll leave you a link here for the turkey wrap I made on this day.

dinner

Dinner

The only pasta dish I can get my husband to willingly eat, Chicken Parmesan. This is one of my go-to simple dinners when I don’t want to overthink it. I’ll thaw a couple chicken breasts the night before and can come home and knock out this cooking in less than an hour. It’s simple, easy, and delicious! I’ll leave a link here to a recipe if you’d like to give it a go!

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July Hot Spots

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Summer means getting out to enjoy the weather, friends, and some good drinks. Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite locations to get just that. I’ve been enjoying wandering around and exploring all of the fun things Des Moines has to offer. I love living near such a big city because I find that no matter how much I go exploring, I can always stumble upon something new! So, without further ado, here are a few of my new favorite hot spots for this summer!

The Rooftop in downtown Des Moines is my favorite summer spot. They have a great menu, great location, and everyone says they have the best Moscow Mules in the city! So do you really need to hear any more? It is a smaller location so it tends to get a little packed so if you’re looking to get in and get a seat I’d recommend trying an early lunch. They’re in such a great location that you can make a day of shopping afterwards! Fair warning, there is little to no coverage from the sun so be sure to dress appropriately. Because you’ll be frying in the sun! (Gotta look out for my pale girls out there!)

The Juice Company is such a cute little hole in the wall place in Des Moines that I never would’ve found if it wasn’t for a friend. I’m so glad she opened my eyes cause this is the cutest little smoothie and juice shop I’ve seen! There’s just something about seeing all of the fresh fruits laying out that gives me a better feeling about what I’m putting in my body. (Because you know that cheap smoothie from a fast food chain is just some frozen chemical filled nastiness.) One of their most popular items is a wheat grass shot, they have tons of this grass all around their shop (so cute!). I’m not brave enough yet to try it but be sure to let me know how it is if you are!

Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop has a special place in my heart because if there is anything better than drinking outside, it’s drinking on a rooftop. They have such a big venue with so many different spaces to really suit everyone. Their outdoor patio area on the first floor is beyond adorable and the large awning really helps on days when the sun is pounding down. Their food is amazing and I always tend to lean towards their wraps because they all sound so good! The drink menu is just as extensive and amazing. I feel like they always have WAY too many tempting drink specials going on. (Makes it very difficult to choose!)

Send me your favorite hot spots so I can try something new! And don’t forget to let me know if you try out one of my favorites! 🙂

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Smoothie Recipes – My Top Three

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With summer around the corner, I wanted to take today to talk all about my top three smoothie recipes. I don’t think you can really go wrong with smoothies but there are some recipes that I end up craving way more than others. My cravings definitely depend on the time of day it is as well. For instance, this first recipe is my go to in the morning because it gives me a great caffeine boost.

Morning Pick-Me-Up

1 banana

1 small handful of frozen green grapes

1-2 cups of almond milk (depending on how you like your consistency)

1 tablespoon of flaxseed

½ tablespoon of coffee grounds (feel free to add more if you’re a coffee junky)

1 pinch of cinnamon

*Blend

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Tropical Refresher

1 banana

½ green grape

1 handful of greens

½ cup of pineapple

½ cup of frozen blueberries

1-2 cups of almond milk (depending on how you like your consistency)

1 tablespoon of flaxseed

*Blend

 

 

The OG Strawberry Banana – (great for satisfying that evening sweet tooth)

1 banana

1 cup of frozen strawberries

1-2 cups of almond milk (depending on how you like your consistency)

1 tablespoon of flaxseed

½ tablespoon of vanilla extract

*Blend

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