egg waffles + pure madness

Hi! Happy March! It’s been a productive little Sunday over here. I took my first Pure Barre class of the #PureMadness challenge, and ohhh man, I’m already sore.

It felt so good to be back at the barre. Love the burn. I fueled up for class beforehand with a protein pancake (1/2 mashed banana, 1/2 scoop Designer Whey vanilla, 1/4 cup egg whites), and today, I added a small smear of coconut oil on top. I don’t know why I hadn’t ever tried this before… so delicious and filling!

How adorable is that coffee mug? I received it as a hostess gift from the baby shower I helped throw last weekend. It’s the perfect size, and I love the monogram.

After Pure Barre, I hobbled my shaky legs over to WhichWich for my favorite Lettucewich!

I have been prepping my food for the week this afternoon and sipping more coffee! I just love Sundays.

Speaking of sausage, I made an awesome breakfast this weekend, thanks to Lindsay! Brent and I had a quiet evening in on Friday watching the Grizzlies game with all the snacks.

Before

After. So fancy, right?

Drinking Saturday Night Red on a FRIDAY. Wild.

I rocked my new Grizzlies shirt that my future brother-in-law gave me for Christmas. Love it.

Ok, sorry, back to the waffles. This recipe was super easy and delicious! Cleaning up the waffle iron was a lot easier than making actual waffles too, which I appreciated.

For 2 waffles, I used:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Trader Joe’s Maple Chicken breakfast sausages (browned on the stove then chopped up)
  • 1/2 diced Roma tomato
  • TJ’s Lite Mexican cheese blend
  • Egg whites – I added this after the mixture was on the waffle iron until the iron was covered enough

I added 1/2 of the mixture to the waffle iron, added some egg whites, spread the ingredients around evenly, and let it cook! Voila!

Fabulous breakfast. Brent enjoyed it too! The maple chicken sausage was a great idea – I had never bought this kind before. I think buying pre-crumbled turkey sausage would be easier for next time, though. AND I think adding some kind of sweet potato hash on the side would be just lovely. :)

Before whipping up the waffles, I got to watch some seriously great Saturday morning television. I watched a couple episodes of The Hills on demand

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So worthless. I love that show. After I caught up with Justin Bobby and company, I flipped over to do some serious infomercial watching. I could watch those fitness infomercials for hours. I’ve seen all of them already, too, but I still rewatch them. I should learn to sleep in on the weekends.

Moving on with Saturday, Brent and I grabbed lunch at Edley’s BBQ. My first time there! I ordered the Southern Salad with turkey, minus the bacon. And I gave Brent my croutons. The smoked gouda cheese on there was on point. Yum.

We tried to go to this cute bar called Green House (it actually is a green house), but it seemed abandoned… I did get a picture to show you how pretty the weather was! Always nice to see some sunshine.

let me in!!

We found a fine second choice though and sat down at the bar at Blvd. The bartender convinced me to try his special champagne concoction as opposed to a regular mimosa (he probably thought it was a safe bet to ask me after I ordered it “light on the orange juice”). He called it a Roosevelt: sparkling rose, grapefruit juice & sloe gin. At first, I said no, since gin and I don’t really agree with each other (mostly because of a certain night in college involving gin and me dressed up as one of the Brokeback Mountain cowboys..yeaaaah, anyway..), but he explained that sloe gin is more of a plum-flavored liqueur similar to Chambord. I’m always on-board with Cham-bord, so I gave it a go! It was super refreshing and PINK. Prettyyy!

I wanted another cocktail when I got home, so I made this drink I’ve been dying to try!

Champagne + kombucha (I used the Guava flavor – incredible). It’s basically a health drink.

New besties.

Dinner was at Mafiaoza’s. It’s one of my favorites and always reminds me of my & Brent’s first date (AWWWWWWWW!). Started with the bruschette (they were huge!).

Then I had a slice of pizza with broccoli and mushrooms. So cheesy and wonderful.

Now that you’ve taken in all of those calories via your eyeballs, I’ll share the workouts I did this week!

Weekly Workouts

Monday

Sculpt routine from Beach Babe DVD

Tuesday

Back workout (lat pulldown, rows, etc)

45-min spin class

Wednesday

Winter Shape Up workout #1

Thursday

Tone It Up treadmill workout

Friday

Tone It Up beach yoga & inner & outer thighs

Saturday

OFF/walked from the car to restaurants & bars

Sunday

Pure Barre

Weekly Prep

Everything white & green!

– Green beans (roasted with minced garlic cloves & salt)

– Roasted kale

– Green juices (1 cucumber, spinach, juice from 1 lemon, 3 kiwis, 1 serving TJ’s cucumber water all blended together and distributed into 3 jars)

– Shredded chicken (cooked in the crockpot with chicken broth, oregano, garlic)

– Hard-boiled eggs – You guys. I went 12 for 12 with successfully peeling my hard-boiled eggs today!! That NEVER HAPPENS. It’s going to be a great week.

– Pureed cauliflower

The pureed cauliflower is new to me! It’s supposed to be like a healthier version of mashed potatoes, and I love it. A lot. First, I boiled one head of cauliflower (I chopped it up into florets) until soft.

Then, into the blender, along with a little unsweetened almond milk, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

I am in serious need of a food processor. My wimpy blender did the trick though!

I’ve got some good eats lined up for the week! But, for dinner tonight, I needed more pizza. I decided to make a less greasy version tonight.

Zucchini pizza boats! I sliced each zucchini in half, scooped out some of the middle and added some TJ’s pizza sauce.

Left to right: add sauce, add sliced tomato, add cheese (TJ’s Lite Mexican blend), top with roasted mushrooms and Italian seasoning. Pop them in the oven at 350* for about 20 minutes or so (I should have left mine in a little longer – the zucchini wasn’t as soft as I’d like it!). EAT.

Probably going to make some more homemade frozen yogurt to go along with The Walking Dead tonight. Anyone else watch it? It’s a little unsettling to watch right before bed, so I usually read blogs during it :) Hope you had a good weekend!!

—> Since it’s March, I updated my 30 before 30 list!

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Have you ever made pureed cauliflower?

What did you do all weekend? Drink any champagne?

Am I the only one that watches infomercials?? What’s your favorite one?

birthday!!

I turn 29 today! It’s a Friday, I’m off work, and we even have some blue skies and sunshine in Nashville finally!! My last year in the 25-29 running age group… Ladies just keep getting faster too in the 30s, geez.IMG_3216.PNGI am so excited about this next year! So many things to look forward to, including my 30 before 30 list.

Last night, a couple of my coworkers hosted a ladies’ night at their home. Give me a party with a “leggings and house shoes” dress code, and I’m there. Oh, and drinks:)

IMG_3207.JPGThe girls were such great hostesses and had champagne (with hibiscus syrup…amazing) ready for me and lots of snacks of the Cheez-It variety. I took them some TJ’s chocolates as a small thank you!

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IMG_3208.JPG(Their house is “cowboy Christmas” themed.. Oh, Nashville). Naturally, I brought my favorite party game, Cards Against Humanity, in hopes of getting to know my coworkers better. It was definitely a hit, and I’m happy that there are some sick-minded people out there besides me.

IMG_3209.JPGIt was such a fun night, and I ended up staying up way past my bedtime. Thank goodness for days off!

birthday day

Woke up to this

IMG_3211.PNGfrom my sister. Well done, Suzi. Got out of bed a little too early for my liking with just six hours of sleep but I was TOO EXCITED for my birthday present to myself: a Barry’s Boot Camp class!

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Yes, I really do get excited for these things. The classes are a little too pricey for me ($22 a class), but I’ve been wanting to try it! My birthday gift to myself made me want to throw up a little, but it was an awesome class with Antonio. He kept yelling, “You’re killing it, Katrina!!”… Close enough. It’s an hour-long class, switching back and forth between treadmill intervals and weights with a bench.

IMG_3218.PNGToday was “Total Body” day, and I’m pretty sure my biceps are going to fall off later. If I can’t lift up my wine glass today, I swear, Antonio… It was a tough class, and the people that go regularly (like my friend Jessica who encouraged me to go!) are definitely super fit! The trainers are scary fit too… And I’m all like

IMG_3132.JPGI would recommend the class for sure; I mean, they DO call it the World’s Best Workout!

IMG_3217.PNGAlso, for you Nashville folks, they are offering classes for $14 the next three days, so stock up here!

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After class, I ran by Starbucks. For the first time ever, they were OUT of spinach feta wraps. ON MY BIRTHDAY.

IMG_3221.PNGThe horror. Instead, I went with the turkey bacon sandwich and went on with my life.

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Now, I’m just hanging out with all my Friends

IMG_3201.JPG Actually, I’m just catching up on some laundry, but Brent and I have some fun things planned for today after he gets back in town.

Here are some great birthday cards I received->

IMG_3203.JPGFrom my parents. And truth… I do love pizza.

IMG_3204.JPGLaughed uncontrollably when I got this card from Suzi. She sent me a package with the card and my gift… A blog box!! So thoughtful!

IMG_3206.JPGAdorable mug, Kate Spade notebooks for ideas (and POPSICLE stickers), and a book that I’m looking forward to reading! Thanks, Suz!

Hope you all are having a wonderful Friday!! Cheers!

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Thoughts on age 29?

Have you tried hibiscus in champagne?? If not, leave work and go try it, now!

Cards Against Humanity fans??

birthday week + WIAW

Good morning! Hope you’re having a good week so far! As this post is going up, I will have just finished up a elliptical cardio + butt workout (which I’ll share with you later). Hump day!

It’s birthday week over here, and it started off with a birthday coupon from Moe’s.. YES. Best email ever.IMG_3155.PNGBrent and I picked up some burrito bowls Monday night served with some quick, homemade guac.

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IMG_3147.JPGSince Brent is out of town for a couple days, I had to rescue his last two avocados, obviously. I mashed them up and simply added salt + a few spoonfuls of TJ’s salsa. Easy… And didn’t have to pay extra for it at Moe’s this time.

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wiaw

My first link-up with Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday! Yay! These are actually my eats from Tuesday, but I’m sharing them with you on Wednesday, so it counts!

breakfast
After a super tough circuit workout at my gym in the morning, I heated up some oatmeal at work (old fashioned oats, 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein, cinnamon, all soaked in vanilla almond milk in the fridge overnight) & sliced a banana on top.

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snack
Apple slices + that awesome PB with flax/chia seeds I bought from TJ’s this weekend.

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lunch
Best. Wrap. Ever. I’m obsessed.

IMG_3146.JPGWhole wheat wrap, laughing cow Swiss cheese wedge, spinach, turkey, Fuji apple slices & 1/4 sliced avocado. I wanted two of them.

IMG_3159.JPG I also had an unpictured clementine… I packed two but one was mushy and poison. After lunch, I helped myself to the community chocolate in my coworker’s desk (must-have during the busy holidays). Dove milk choc + PB!

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IMG_3161.JPGmmhm-kay, Dove

dinner

IMG_3166.JPGSpaghetti squash! Added some roasted kale and a little (ok, a lot) of quinoa pesto on top. I just haven’t stopped thinking about that stuff since Sunday.

more snacks!!!
About an hour after dinner, I popped a mini bag of Skinny Girl Lime+Salt popcorn (<– soooo good).

IMG_3168.JPGYes, this was eaten on my bed, because my bed is next to my space heater which is where all happiness and warmth comes from.

In other Skinny Girl news, my roommate Sara and I watched the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show while sipping some champagne (BIRTHDAY WEEK).

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IMG_3174.JPGHad to cheers by the tree:)

Have a great Wednesday, and I’ll check in later with that workout!

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Did you watch the VS Fashion Show or are you against those kinds of things?? I’m a sucker for sparkly things.

What did you eat on this Wednesday?

Anyone else celebrate birthday week? I think they deserve a whole week:)