Happy Friday everyone!
First off, I want to say good luck to everyone running the Chicago Marathon this weekend. The first time I visited Chicago happened to be the same weekend as the marathon last year and it was such a great experience to be around so much energy. I have a couple friends I know here as well as many online friends running this weekend, so if you’re in the area, let me know! Best of luck to everyone!
I’m anticipating another low key weekend since there is nothing major on the agenda. I am training a couple clients on Sunday, but aside from that there’s nothing much happening. I did buy some pumpkin and cranberry scone mix from TJs yesterday that I can’t wait to break out in the morning!
To kick off this Friday, let’s take a look back at some of my favorites this week!
1. Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Powder
Disclaimer: I was compensated by Sunwarrior for this post, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for the support!!
I was contacted by Sunwarrior about reviewing their new Classic Plus powder. I have been using plant based protein powders in my smoothies for a couple years now and Sunwarrior’s Classic powder was one that I have used frequently. I only knew about the Classic and Warrior blends, but haven’t used the Warrior one because it uses hemp protein and I am abnormally paranoid that any drug tests will come back positive if I use it. Once I am off probation (7 months!), I’m going hemp happy.
Anyway, the Classic Plus doesn’t have hemp and I have been using it in my smoothies for a couple weeks. The Classic Plus includes protein from brown rice, chia, amaranth, peas, and quinoa. I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it because they do use stevia as a sweetener and I find myself becoming more sensitive to it lately, but it’s actually been really good! In fact, I didn’t have time to make a whole smoothie the other day and ended up just mixing it in water. Since I was too impatient to wait for it to cool down, the water I used was lukewarm (gross), but it actually made it taste like hot chocolate. I would definitely recommend if you are in the market for some plant protein.
I was introduced to this magical creation over the weekend in North Carolina. If, like me, you are fine just standing and eating a sandwich thrown together in the kitchen while simultaneously scrolling through your phone and dropping crumbs, then you may also not be aware of what this is.
A raclette is a two-leveled grill that holds a number of different individual trays. The top, and slightly cooler, layer is for toasting bread and whatever else you may want to warm up (we used potatoes). On your individual tray, you load up whatever assortment of meats and vegetables that you want and your tray is then placed in the lower, hotter, layer.
The nice thing about it is that it takes somewhere around 5-8 minutes for your food to warm up, so it’s a great time to start a conversation with those people around you. We had some great laughs while waiting for our creations.
Here is a shot of mine. I promise that there are some vegetables under all that cheese. I layered some mustard on the bread and then slid everything off my tray and went to town.
If you’re interested in your own fancy meat/veggies/cheese/bread/conversation starter, here is the model we used (affiliate)
3. New Paint
While we were out of town last weekend, we had our condo painted. The timing worked out perfectly and Monday night we came home to brand new walls. For reference, all of our walls used to be painted this color:
We got a new, whiter shade on all of the walls and added an orange and purple accent wall. Forgive the photos, but I took them as soon as we got home that night.
I love the purple in the bedroom and we also added another bookcase! Before I moved in with Neil I had three full bookcases. I had to pare it down and ended up donating about half of my books. It has always been a “discussion” about why I have so many books, so when he suggested that we get another bookcase in the bedroom I was SO PUMPED. Let the Amazon spending begin!
We still have art to hang on the walls, so maybe we will get around to that this weekend. After scones.
4. Pea Guacamole
Also a product of NC, this guacamole was amazing. It was still made with avocados, but a whole bag of peas were also thrown into the mix. It may sound weird, but I really couldn’t taste them and wound up eating about half a bag of chips while trying to understand what was happening.
5. Cookie Brownies
Oh cookie brownies. I forgot how good you are. I used to make these all the time when we lived in VA as a quick dessert to take to parties or work events. I even have some boxes left from the move and I may have to make these this weekend as well!
I hope you have a great weekend and I look forward to reading everyone’s race recaps. Good luck again!!
- What are you doing this weekend?
- Do you like cookies or brownies more?
- Have you heard of a raclette??