What I Ate Wednesday #15 and a Garlicky Bean and Veggie Naan-Tacos Recipe

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Happy Wednesday! It has been a while since we did a What I Ate Wednesday so I (Phoebe) took some pics of a recent day of food to share with you today! Also I was pretty excited about how my dinner turned out so I’m sharing what it was and how to make it at the end of this post!

Tofu scramble vegan gluten free tofu and veggie scramble

Breakfast today was a tofu scramble! I’m on a scramble kick these days, I’ve been making a big batch on Sunday and portioning them out for breakfasts each morning! I add in as many veggies as I have on hand (most of them frozen but this time I had some fresh zucchini and kale in there)!

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Instant Coffee

Between breakfast and lunch I tried something new: Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee! It is instant coffee with extracts of Lion’s Mane and Chaga mushrooms. The package says it helps increase focus and obviously boosts nutrition from these mushroom superfoods! I’m not a mushroom person so I rarely eat them, but I couldn’t taste them in the coffee! I added a big splash of unsweetened almond milk to it too and it works for me!

Brown Rice Pasta with marinara, kale, and chickpeas

Lunch was leftover brown rice pasta with marinara, kale and chickpeas. Quick and easy!

Thirst Juice Company Green Dream Juice

Later that afternoon I was feeling like I didn’t have enough green so I went to Thirst Juice Co near my work in Boston for a Green Dream juice! The combination of kale, cucumber, pineapple and jalapeño is delicious!

And now the moment you’ve been waiting for (or maybe not but just go with it…): My amazing dinner!

Naan Tacos gluten free vegan

This is a delicious combination of homemade naan, beans and corn in a Chipotle Garlic sauce, topped with shredded zucchini and chopped tomato!

I found this recipe for the naan on the same day I was going to make tacos. So I decided… why not use the naan for the taco shell? Naan-Tacos? Naacos? No? Maybe? Either way, it worked out really well!  The flavor is AMAZING… but it does turn out pretty messy. I’m not sure if I cooked it at the right temp so that may be why it didn’t turn out super naan-like. The naan is a little oily and a bit soft on the inside (but crispy at the edges yummmm) so it was not the best vehicle for the fillings but it was so darn tasty I don’t even care.

So if you’re looking for a unique twist for your next Taco Tuesday that happens to be both gluten free and vegan… this is it!

Garlicky Bean and Veggie Naan-Tacos (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Ingredients: 

One batch of Turmeric + Garlic Naan
One can of beans, drained and rinsed. I used cannellini but choose your fave bean!
1/2 cup frozen corn
One packet of Chipotle Garlic Sauce or your favorite taco sauce
1/2 of a large zucchini
1 tomato

To make:

  1. Combine beans, corn and taco sauce in a small saucepan. Heat until bubbling, then lower heat and keep warm until the rest of the ingredients are ready!
  2. Make the Naan per above recipe.
  3. Shred or julienne the zucchini (I use this julienne peeler)
  4. Chop the tomato (I added a little salt on top once chopped)
  5. Layer the beans and corn, zucchini and tomato on top of a naan, fold and eat! Keep the napkins close-by for easy clean-up.

For dessert I had a couple spoonfuls of So Delicious Chocolate Soymilk ice cream and forgot to take a picture before it was gone.  Such is life.

That concludes my day in food!

How about you? Tell me something you’re eating today!

As always, thanks to Jenn & Co for the WIAW link up!

FYI Friday #2 – Pumpin’ Iron

FYI Friday

Here we are for a second installment of FYI Friday! (Pssst… if you missed the first one, you can check it out here). To recap: the idea for this feature came one day after several health and nutrition related questions and answers were fired back and forth via text message. We realized that if Abigail was wondering these things, other people may be too! So why not document Coach Phoebe‘s answers to these questions for everyone’s benefit?

This week’s question: How can I make sure I’m getting enough iron in my diet without eating tons of meat? 

Phoebe’s Answer:

The basics about Iron: 

Heme iron is best absorbed by the body and is only found in meat and seafood.

Non-heme is the iron found in plant foods. It is less easily used by the body but don’t fret! There are tricks to make it more easily accessible (keep reading below for the tips!).

These foods are higher on the iron-containing spectrum. Make sure to eat a bunch of these foods each day, and mix it up!

  • Breakfast cereals enriched with iron
  • Spirulina (pair with something that contains vitamin C in a smoothie or lemon water)
  • Cooked beans (kidney and chickpeas specifically) and lentils
  • Tofu
  • Pumpkin, sesame, or squash seeds
  • Cooked spinach (SO much more than raw)
  • Baked sweet potatoes
  • Molasses
  • Peas
  • Raisins, dates, figs, prunes, dried apricots
  • Baked potato
  • Broccoli (eat the stalk too!)
  • Cooked enriched egg noodles
  • Wheat germ
  • Quinoa

Tricks to increase non-heme iron absorption:

  1. Cook out of cast iron pans. Especially acidic foods like tomato sauce.
  2. Pair with vitamin C to increase absorption (oatmeal with strawberries, whole wheat toast with almond butter and kiwi slices/other fruit, spinach salad with mandarins… or just drink a glass of OJ with your meal!)

We went ahead and put together this handy dandy infographic on iron sources for you to reference. Because who doesn’t love an infographic?

VEGETARIAN IRON SOURCES

How do you get iron into your diet? 

Our Favorite Recipes for National Chocolate Chip Day – May 15th!

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We love a good food holiday around here! We’ll basically take any excuse to celebrate one of our favorite foods, holiday or not, but having a holiday centered around it just makes life so much easier!

So, with National Chocolate Chip Day coming up on May 15th, we’re more than a little excited to share some of our favorite recipes including chocolate chips and to remake a few at home as the week goes on.

Small secret, Abigail isn’t all that into chocolate but chocolate chips are a-okay with her since it’s just a little bit of chocolate taste in a dish.

Not a secret, Phoebe is a full-on chocoholic.

So, what are our favorite chocolate chip recipes? Check them out below!

Abigail 

Chocolate Covered Katie’s Cookie Dough Dip

This has to be one of my all time favorite treats. I could definitely just eat a whole batch with a spoon and feel pretty happy about life instead of dunking something into it. Not that I’ve ever done that (wink).

One of my favorite things to do with this recipe is fool people. I have brought it to get togethers before advertised as just what it is, Cookie Dough Dip, but never making note of the fact that it’s actually made of chickpeas until after people have demolished it. I love the look of confusion on people’s faces after they figure out that they basically just ate sweet hummus. More often than not they ask for the recipe.

 

Fit Foodie Finds’ Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

Chocolate chips for breakfast? Not argument here.

 

Single Serving Chocolate Chip Mug Cake from Amy’s Healthy Baking

I’m all about single serve snacks sometimes and this recipe is one of those times. It’s quick to put together and just as tasty as you would hope. Don’t have a microwave like me? No worries, Amy includes instructions for oven baking time as well! (This is one of those things that drives me crazy with mug cake recipes since I don’t have a microwave, maybe I’m not the only one!)

 

Phoebe

 

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Stuffed Medjool Dates from Healthy Happy Life

A favorite easy weeknight dessert for me is a date sliced open, spread with peanut butter then topped with chocolate chips.  Kathy’s recipe takes that to the next level, and creates the most drool-worthy little chocolate bites by melting the chocolate chips to coat the caramel-y date stuffed with peanut butter. I’ll take the whole batch, please!

 

Frozen Chocolate Popcorn by Sandra Sampson for Momeo Magazine

Get ready to break out this recipe this summer! I love popcorn, chocolate, and nut butters so the combination of all three into a cool treat is genius!

 

Fudgey Black Bean Zucchini Cookies by Hummusapien

I have a couple zucchinis in the fridge right now, and I usually have a chocolate craving… so these cookies are a dream come true for me! Chocolate and black beans go together so well (you can’t taste the beans!!!) and add so much nutrition to a usually unhealthy dessert! Plus adding veggies to desserts is my favorite so this recipe is calling my name!

 

How will you celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day? Let us know in the comments!

Spring Bucket List

Has it really been Spring for 3 weeks already? I’m pretty sure that we’ve had 3 snow “episodes” in the last 3 weeks. This seems so wrong. Before it was technically spring, I spent a day outside in my flip flops and putting away my hardcore New England winter gear. Then, BAM, I was digging out my snow boots again. I guess that’s New England for you…

Anyhow, I think because it doesn’t really feel like spring, I’ve procrastinated in putting together a Spring Bucket List. I love to put together a fun list each season of things I want to accomplish. It helps me to remember to celebrate the season.

And so, without further ado, here is my belated but finally here Spring Bucket List:

Spring Bucket List

Get Our Vegetable Garden Up And Running

I planted seedlings inside almost a month ago thinking it would be no time before they were outside soaking up the sun. But, thanks to the wacky weather lately, these poor babies are still sitting in their starter pod on the windowsill just waiting to bust out.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this coming weekend I’ll be able to transplant the heartier plants outside at least.

Make Some Trips To The Beach With Our Pooch

Aside from being generally insane, my dog is also insanely active. Few things make her happier than a romp on the beach where she can dig to her heart’s content and splash around in the water.

Sad Pippi
Doesn’t this face just say it all?

Most beaches no longer allow dogs past Memorial Day so I’d love to get some good (legal) beach time in for her before then. Not to mention, I never mind a good walk on the beach either.

It’s been a pretty dull winter for our poor mutt with lots of repetitive neighborhood walks. We moved to a new area in August and by the time we got our heads wrapped around finding good walking spots, everything was covered in ice already. So, I plan to do a whole lot of exploring with her once the weather warms up a little!

Start Counting My Steps Again

Fitbit? What Fitbit?

Phoebe and I used to have some major Fitbit step competitions up until around the start of this school year for me. Since then, I pretty much can’t tell you where my Fitbit has gone. On the bright side, I found the charger the other day, which is usually the missing link for me! So, a little more hunting is in order.

Fitbit Bracelet

I also ordered this oh so cute Fitbit bracelet (inspired by Phoebe’s) to make me feel like less of a dork wearing it around. Should I care? No. Do I care? Kind of.

Anyhow, now that the weather should start shaping up, it’s a great time to start tracking my steps again. I’ve always found wearing my Fitbit to be a huge motivator to keep moving. Not to mention, this ties into spending more time outside with the pooch. She’ll never say no to a walk!

Do Some Deeeeeeep Spring Cleaning

The end of spring / beginning of summer looks like it’s going to be a pretty busy time in our household. For that reason, I’d really like to get things in super serious (yes, that’s right…super serious) order before then. That way, the clutter monster won’t rear it’s ugly head once things pick up.

The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up

I read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and feel oh so inspired to follow through on her suggestions for tidying. I joke that I feel like I joined a cleaning cult…but I’m not sure how much of a joke that really is. I’ve been working on my clothes for the past few weekends and the difference is amazing!

Kondo Drawer

Believe it or not, that drawer used to take up about 2 drawers plus a foot of closet space on hangers. Of course, this is minus quite a few items that I’ve decided to donate or sell through ThredUp. I just have to keep plodding through!

I think that’s pretty much it for my Spring Bucket List. I feel like my cleaning cult duties a few of those items are going to take up the vast majority of my time and I’d much rather accomplish everything I set out to do than feel bad about not hitting the mark!

What are some of the items on your Spring Bucket List?

Healthy Green Recipes for St Patrick’s Day!

Saint Patrick's Day Healthy Recipe Roundup

 

We’re still feeling the effects of Daylight Savings time over here but we’re not too sleepy to forget that today is Saint Patrick’s Day! This is a pretty celebrated holiday in the Boston area, and while we may not be attending the parade, we love an excuse for some themed food! Plus green is a great color for lots of fresh, healthy food! If you’re feeling like you need to balance out a few of those green beers with some healthier (but still green) fare – look no further! We’ve got you covered :)

 

Matcha Pancakes with Kale Powder

Matcha Pancakes from yours truly, Lettuce Be Friends! Start off your day with some higher-protein pancakes in the holiday hue!

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Creamy Green Spinach Soup by Well and Full. So brilliantly green and nutritious too!

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Pea Pesto Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Arugula by Minimalist Baker.  A tasty, filling, and green meal!

 

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Sweet and Savory Green Tea Rice Balls by Coach Phoebe. Cute as a snack or a meal, with a savory Miso Tofu and Veggies option, and a sweet red bean option for dessert!

 

keylimepiesmoothiebowl-ohsheglows

Green Tea Lime Pie Smoothie Bowl by Oh She Glows. Great for breakfast or dessert! I just love key lime pie and this is a great healthy take on it!

 

Will you be celebrating today? What is your favorite green food? 

Five: A Random Blog Survey (Phoebe’s Turn)

 

Hello hello! I really enjoyed reading Abigail’s Five: A Random Blog Survey last week and couldn’t wait to create these lists for myself! It is definitely a fun idea and a great way to get just a little bit more personal! Without further ado, here are my fave Fives!

 

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Five Places I’m Dying To Visit

Machu_Picchu

Machu Picchu, Peru. I studied Hispanic Studies in college and learned a lot about Central and South America, but one place that really stuck out has always been Machu Picchu and someday I’ll visit!

The Pacific Northwest. I’m thinking epic exploration starting in Vancouver, then hitting Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.

Australia – Sun, ocean, great vegan scene! What more do I need?

Europe – I should admit I’ve never been to Europe. A trip to London and Paris may be in the cards soon!

More islands in the Caribbean –  So far we’ve been to Puerto Rico, St John, and Turks and Caicos.

 

Five Foods I Eat Every Day 

Peanut Butter Stuffed date

Nut butter – usually peanut butter. Usually by the spoonful – or inside a date!

Coffee with almond milk

Chocolate – more days than not, even if it is just a handful of chocolate chips

Can I say water? I drink it like it is my job.

Other than these things I don’t eat anything else daily. I’m all about variety and making sure my meals span the spectrum of ingredients and flavors. I’m not a “same thing for breakfast every single day” kinda girl.

 

Five Talents I Wish I Had

I’m changing this to “Five Things I Want to Do/Learn How to Do”

Toby

Foster doggies! Someday when we have a house and a yard! I want to help more Tobies!

Embroidery. I’m not sure I have the time or patience for it but you can do some cool stuff with it!

Play the violin/fiddle. Someday, it is going to happen.

Meditate. Not learn really, but invest the time in.

Garden. My dad is a master-gardener, and I hope to discover if I have inherited the talent someday when I have a yard!

 

 

Five Healthy Food Bloggers I Wish Would Cook For Me Every Day

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Richa of Vegan Richa

Sophia of Veggies Don’t Bite

Rebecca of Strength & Sunshine

Cara of Fork and Beans

Amy of Veggies Save the Day

 

Five Instagram Accounts I Love

@VeganFatKid – I get SO HUNGRY when his photos pop up in my feed!

@EstherTheWonderPig – I love piggies and Esther and her dads are hilarious.

@txtsfromtoby – Yes he’s my dog. That is why I love him so much :)

@joannagaines – I love the HGTV show Fixer Upper, and Joanna’s insta is full of her designs, renovations, and fun snippets from her life on the farm!

@funkyhomesofaustin – Yes I do daydream about moving to Austin, Texas! I love it there, and this instagram highlights some of the awesome architecture and fun homes in the area.

 

Five Things I Wear (Almost) Every Day

 

Wedding fitbit

My fitbit! I only take this thing off to shower, so I probably wear it more than anything else I own! I even got a pretty bracelet-band for it and wore it on my wedding day! (pictured above)

I wear earrings every day. I go through phases where I just wear one pair every day (until I inevitably lose one), and for the last 4ish years it has been pearl studs. If you’ve seen a pic of me in the recent years, you’ve seen them!

My wedding rings. Duh.

During the spring/summer/fall I do tend to wear my Keens every day. Hikes, dog walks, commuting to work, they are pretty much the best rain or shine!

 

Five Songs I Listen To On Repeat

Hmmm this changes often, but here are my top faves currently:

I Bet My Life by Imagine Dragons

Sorry by Justin Bieber

Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons (language warning)

Sunset Jesus by Avicii

Cake by the Ocean by DNCE (because the title basically describes my heaven)

…also anything I do Zumba to :)

 

Five Beauty Products I Use Every Day

Ok I’m sort of at a loss for this one because I don’t tend to use the same stuff all the time and definitely don’t use a lot of products every day. But here are some things I’ve been using:

Kiss My Face Olive & Aloe Deep Moisturizing Lotion for body – every day! Several times!

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Wash with Cucumber and Watercress- Maybe twice a week

Everyday Minerals Matte Base Face Powder – At least every weekday

The Natural Dentist Toothpaste – Twice a day! :)

 

Five Movies I Can Watch On Repeat

Pride and Prejudice (the 2005 one with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen)

The Princess Diaries 2 – I also love the first one, but this one is a little “older”.

Legally Blonde – enough said.

Mulan – My fave Disney movie!

You’ve Got Mail – I love ALL Tom Hanks, but this one is up there on my list of faves.

If you can’t tell, my tastes go toward cheesy romantic comedies, strong female leads, and kid’s movies. Oh and Tom Hanks.

Five Books On My Current Reading List

I’m super impulsive as to what I choose to read, or I just get a quick recommendation from Abigail or another librarian friend! Here are the two that I have requested from the library this week:

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson

 

Five Random Things I Ate Yesterday

Sweet pancake bars and savory veggie pancake bites made by www.coachphoebe.com

Savory Veggie Pancake Bites, Sweet Pancake Bars, Rosemary French Fries, Peanut Butter-stuffed dates, Green tea rice balls. Talk about random! :)

 

And that is it! Hope you enjoyed learning a little something about me!

Now it is your turn… pick a category and share 5 things about yourself! 

FYI Fridays #1 – Cocoa vs. Cacao

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I really believe that there are no “stupid” questions. In fact, stupid is one of my least favorite words and I feel a little stab in my heart each time I use it because I can’t think of a better word choice. But anyway…

While I don’t believe in stupid questions I can admit that sometimes I ask questions that make me feel silly. As in, “How do I not know the answer to this on my own? What a silly ass I am.” kind of a silly. More often than not, these silly questions are health and nutrition related and directed at Phoebe. Seriously, sometimes our text streams are like a weird quiz show about natural ingredients and food substitutions. But, I ask her these questions because she always knows the dang answers! It’s pretty impressive really. Anyone who has her for a health coach is in seriously good hands.

We figured that since I’m always asking these questions, I can’t be the only one wondering these things and so here is Part One of what might be an endless series of questions that I ask Phoebe and their real answers! We’re calling it FYI Fridays and hope you enjoy!


 

Q: Is there a difference between cacao powder and cocoa powder? 

A: The short answer is, when you’re looking at a recipe that calls for one but you only have the other, then go ahead and use it. They can be used interchangeably (although your final result may have a slightly different flavor).

What is the difference between cacao and cocoa?

The longer explanation is that yes they are different in terms of how they are processed. Cacao refers to powder from the raw, dried cacao bean. Because it is processed raw, cacao powder retains many of the antioxidants and enzymes present in the living bean. Cocoa on the other hand is the powder from roasted cacao beans. Due to the high roasting temperatures, the living enzymes and some of the nutritional value from the raw cacao bean is lost. In my opinion, cocoa powder has a more bold, slightly bitter flavor. In my baked goods, it seems to give a darker chocolate flavor than raw cacao powder which is slightly more mild.

If you have both, I would use raw cacao powder for smoothies, puddings, and any recipes where you don’t heat it up that much, to retain the nutritional benefits. If you are going to cook or bake with it, I would use either one!

I hope this answers your cacao questions!

If you have a question for Coach Phoebe, leave it in the comments below and we can address it in a future FYI Friday!

Five: A Random Blog Survey (Abigail’s Turn)

Oh my goodness, spring has sprung here in New England (for now at least). My car told me it was 81 on my ride home today and believe it or not I’m sitting outside as I write this. My back yard is less than pretty after the winter weather but I can see the potential, I swear. I just want to run to the garden store and start buying seeds!

This weather just puts everyone in a better mood. I feel so much more inspired to be productive and less drawn to my couch at the end of the day. Let’s just hope this beautiful weather lasts!

Anyway, Phoebe and I tend to not share a ton of personal information here but we couldn’t resist the blog survey created by Peanut Butter Fingers . What a fun idea and a great way to get just a little bit more personal!

We’re going to take turns filling this bad boy out so that you get to know a little bit more about each of us. And, to start us off, here’s mine:

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Five Places I’m Dying To Visit

Bora Bora

Bora Bora (Staying in one of those huts on the water is my absolute dream!)

Patagonia (Yes, I watched 180 Degrees South…and you should too!)

Yellowstone National Park

Austria (Bring on the desserts.)

Alaska (I must see the northern lights before I die.)

Five Foods I Eat Every Day 

Yogurt (Of some variety..not always the same yogurt)

Decaf Coffee

Some type of nut butter (most likely Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter or Teddie Creamy Peanut Butter)

Kashi Strawberry Granola Bars (I keep a box in desk, I have one every darn day)

Fruit (of some variety…most likely apples or strawberries)

Five Talents I Wish I Had

Green Thumb

Crocheting (I can knit but I’ve never been able to get the hang of crocheting)

A Green Thumb (I try…but there are just some people who are magic with plants)

Swimming (And by that I mean swimming well. I doggie paddle like a champion)

Speed Reading

Dog Whispering

Five Healthy Food Bloggers I Wish Would Cook For Me Every Day

Miss Whisk of A Whisk and Two Wands

Erin of The Almond Eater

Kylie of Yeah…ImmaEatThat

Angela of Oh She Glows

Kathy of Healthy. Happy. Life

Five Instagram Accounts I Love

Goats & Friends @goatsofanarchy

Foster_Kittens @foster_kittens (Leo the kitten…my current obsession)

Phoebe @pheebsfoods

Tone It Up @karenakatrina & @toneitup 

Girls on the Run International @girlsontheruninternational

Five Things I Wear (Almost) Every Day

Frye Boots

Sunglasses (Gotta protect those eyes!)

Smartwool Socks

Ugg Scuff Slippers (Only in the house of course)

Sweatpants (Most likely the first thing I do once I know I’m in for the night)

Five Songs I Listen To On Repeat

Ship to Wreck by Florence & The Machine

Girlfriend is Better by the Talking Heads

Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd (the whole album) by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Ho Hey by The Lumineers

The Chain by Fleetwood Mac

Five Beauty Products I Use Every Day

Badger Lip Balm

NUDE Skincare Advanced Renewal Overnight Mask

Honest Beauty Younger Face Deep Hydration Cream

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

Honest Beauty Refreshing Gel Cleanser

Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

Five Movies I Can Watch On Repeat

Skip…none…my attention span for movies isn’t the best. I’m lucky if I make it all the way through once.

Five Books On My Current Reading List

Why Not Me?

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

Dinner: A Love Story: It All Begins At The Family Table by Jenny Rosenstrach

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

Five Random Things I Ate Yesterday

Girl Scout Cookies (…tis the season)

Annie’s Summer Strawberry Whole Milk Yogurt

Garlicky Collard Greens

Grits (First time I’ve ever tried them. Probably also the last.)

Pistachios

 

And with that my friends, you have a whole lot of useless information about yours truly!

Pick a category and share 5 things about yourself! 

 

The Bookworm’s Corner – February 2016

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So, since I decided to start adding my monthly reads to a new section of LBF called The Bookworm’s Corner, I thought I should share an update each month too!

Now that February is over (ugh thank goodness, I know it isn’t that difficult but spelling out February every time I have to write it, come on…) here’s an update on what I read:

Wonder

5/5 Stars

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Orphan Train

5/5 Stars

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Challenger Deep

4/5 Stars

 

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Okay, so I didn’t do a ton of reading in February. In fact, it is now 9 days into March and I’ve already outread myself. But, I really enjoyed everything I read!

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking out Loud Thursday #13 – Phoebe Lately

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Thursdays are such a nice time to write about whatever is in our brains and link up with Amanda to see what everyone else is thinking today too!

So here you have my thoughts – what I’ve been doing/thinking about lately!

Workouts Lately

Phoebe Zumba outfit

I do Zumba once a week and it is my absolute favorite. But I’ve been feeling like I need to do daily stretching, so I’ve been trying to do 10-15 minutes of yoga/stretching in the morning. I haven’t been as consistent with it as I’d like to, so I’m going to get on that for real now! Plus I’ve been consistently getting over 10,000 steps a day so I feel pretty fine on the movement front!

 

Food Lately

In an effort to save money and eat a little better, I decided to make two big batches of veggie burgers to freeze for future eats. I made these Chipotle Pumpkin Burgers and these BBQ Black Bean Kale Sweet Potato Burgers and they both turned out AMAZING. So excited to have 20 delicious, wholesome veggie burgers in the freezer! (Ok make that 17… may have done some taste testing over the weekend :D). I need to batch-prepare meals for freezing more often! It is so comforting to know that I have an easy dinner ready on nights I work late and it is cheaper (and probably healthier) than buying prepared foods!

 

Toby Lately

Sure why not have a section here for my fave little fluffball? Seeing his fluffy face every day seriously brings me so much joy. Dogs really are little stress relievers (most of the time…) and I think we really lucked out with this dog.

Shih tzu Mix rescue dog Toby in the Snow

Also he’s now pulling his weight in our family… he’s going to be an Ambassador for a local dog treat company! That’s right, this little guy is going to get free treats for a year in exchange for us posting some photos of him with the treats on his Instagram (yes that is right, my dog has his own insta account and he’s WAAAAY more popular than me). I’m sure I’m more excited about it than he is, but hey, he loves the treats so why not!!?

 

Looking Forward To Lately

Japan and Kauai

Our Honeymoon! We had a pretty short engagement last year and didn’t have time to plan the big honeymoon we wanted while we were planning the wedding, so we’re doing a belated honeymoon this April! We are just about finalized on all the plans, we’ll be flying to Japan first and will spend 5 days in Tokyo and 3 days in Kyoto, then we’ll fly to Hawaii and spend 6 days in Kauai! With the jetlag and trying to do ALL THE THINGS in Japan we are going to be exhausted I’m sure, so I’m looking forward to having some warm relaxing days in Kauai (while also doing lots of hiking and swimming and eating!).

I can’t wait!

 

Let us know about your Workouts/Food/Pets/or What you’re Looking Forward to Lately!