Weekend Snapshots {7/28/14}

Hey all, how was your weekend? As I mentioned last week, I road tripped it down to southern California and enjoyed a ton of amazing food and some quality beach time. I got in super late last night, hence why this post is going up and noon today and I’m keeping the captions short but sweet.

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Lunch on the road.

 

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Post 11 hour drive glass of Chardonnay.

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Saturday morning acai bowls and lattes.

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Amazing farmers market.

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Hit up the Rickaroons booth as recommended by Giselle.

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Megaroon and Icy Brunette.

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Artisan chocolate.

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Beach day.

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Dinner at True Food Kitchen.

 

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Flatbread and salad to start.

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Elk burger on a gluten free bun with sweet potato hash and kale salad.

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Fro yo dessert.

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Gluten free cinnamon rolls pancakes.

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Greek yogurt with quinoa crunch and fruit.

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Another acai bowl and iced coffee for the ride home. When in SoCal.

Happy Monday! 

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Summer Fruit Salad

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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As part of the Summer Entertaining campaign with Blue Diamond, I wanted to share a recipe using their whole natural almonds (my favorite). As you all know, I am obsessed with summer produce, specifically summer fruit.

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I wanted to make a summery twist on the traditional fruit salad and jazz it up a bit. So here I give you, coconut almond fruit salad.

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This salad is fabulous for summer picnics, barbecues, and parties, and the leftovers go quite nicely with a glass of sangria. Just sayin.

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Summer Fruit Salad

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Allergy Tree Nuts
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan
Meal type Side Dish

Ingredients

  • 2 cups berries
  • 2 peaches (or other stone fruit)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup almonds (chopped)
  • 1/2 lemon (optional)

Directions

Step 1
Slice peach and add to a large bowl with berries. Squeeze lemon evenly over top.
Step 2
Toss with coconut and almonds. Garnish with additional whole almonds if desired.

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Thinking out Loud #11

Oh hey, is it already Thursday? Thanks to the lovely Amanda , that means I get to ramble a bit and not feel at all sorry about it. Not that I would anyways, you know how I roll.

This is what my Monday morning looked like.
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I slept at my parent’s hours since I had an early physical therapy appointment and it is right by the office. Which meant I got to hang out with my favorite puppy (I guess I really can’t call an nine year old dog a puppy anymore..) in the sun.

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And drink coffee. In the sun. So basically the perfect morning.

Okay, now let’s talk food, as usual.

I used to do this thing called “Lulu lunches” where I would meal prep and pack a nice lunch in a Lululemon bag.

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Now I just get Whole Foods salad bar and throw it in a Lulu. Totally the same thing.

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I was craving breakfast after I already I ate dinner the other day, so naturally I made waffles. And naturally I topped them with marshmallows and rice whip.

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As if that wasn’t enough, I proceeded to make pancakes the next night for dinner. I think I have a breakfast addiction.

I finally bought these paleo wraps to try out and they are so easy to wrap up, unlike the multiple other wheat free versions of a “wrap” I have attempted to use.

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I stuffed this one with turkey bacon, avocado, goat cheese, and greens. The cheese making it totally not paleo. Got to have that cheese.

And that ice cream…

I have a problem. I am obsessed with Halo Top Creamery.

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Okay, so I guess you all already knew that. But after Ryan reached out to me and told me a bit more about the (small) company, I fell even more in love. Seriously, all four flavors are SO good, and they don’t upset my dairy-senstive tummy at all. I have been enjoying them topped with rice whip and chocolate chips, or straight from the pint.

Summer makes me crave all things frozen. So I have also been loving on Arctic Zero’s new flavors.

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Now, these definitely aren’t ice cream, but they are a darn good frozen protein shake. They sent me their new flavors, orange, coconut, and sea salt caramel to try out. I usually am not a fan of anything orange flavored, but the orange is actually my favorite. Oh, and the coconut is fabulous in smoothies, it makes them taste like a tropical vacation. Speaking of tropical vacations‚Ķ

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I am going to visit the boy in San Diego this weekend. He recently moved there for work so I am going to have plenty of fun taking mini weekend vacays to hang out by the beach.

With that, I’m going to go throw some clothes in a bag and call it packing. Did I mention I am also in the process of packing up my entire apartment? Yeah.
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Thank you again to our favorite spoon for hosting.

Favorite ice cream flavor. Go.

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