Five Things

I am loving right now!

1.Synergy Organic Kombucha: Cosmic Cranberry. This is my grocery store treat. When I go to the grocery store, I get a fancy juice! I used to prefer the green or strawberry flavors, but right now I can’t get enough of the cranberry. Exhibit A:

Kombucha

2. Athleta Crux Capris. I got these a couple weeks ago, and nothing beats fresh workout clothes! These are the perfect mix of a basic black capri that go with anything, with some edgier mesh details. Plus they provide that mid thigh ventilation which is key!

athletacrux3. Late Summer/ Early Fall Weather! I definitely like every season, and I love living somewhere that gets a relatively full range of seasons. But after a couple solid months of 90+ degree heat and humidity this summer, I could not be happier for cooler evenings and highs in the low 80’s and even 70’s. Plus, you know my coat game is on point!

4. Wheat germ. I know, my palate is random. I add some to my smoothie in the morning, in no-bake energy balls, or on top of cereal. It adds a really good, nutty flavor. Pro Tip: un-toasted wheat germ is not for the faint of heart!Wheat Germ

5. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser from Target. I’ve been using a few different face washes by St. Ives over the years. They did an ok job, and the price is right. This summer, however, I’ve had more acne than usual, I think because I’m using more sunscreen (if you can believe it). I heard good things about this face wash from Target, and the whole charcoal thing intrigued me. The verdict is that I like it a lot. It smells really good, and I think it’s doing the trick!

face wash

What are you loving right now?

Five Things

I love to eat, but you probably don’t.

1. Cottage Cheese.  I think you either like this or you don’t.  I love it, always have, especially with some berries.  Also it’s a great source of protein, usually a serving (depending on the brand and milk fat percentage) has around 100 calories, and more than 10 grams of protein.  Can you say bang for your buck?  It’s a great alternative to the yogurts that way more sugar and not even half the protein.

2. Wheat Germ.  This is a little random I must say.  Usually it’s an ingredient in healthier baking recipes, and who knows what else.  I love to add some to my cereal, or have a bowl of berries with almond milk and some wheat germ to add a little texture.  It adds a nice nuttiness I think.  Apparently it’s high in some vitamins and minerals too.

3. Bulgar.  Say what?  This is a grain like barley that has a nice nuttiness as well.  I use it in anything that I would use rice or quinoa.  It’s good in soups and with veggies.  You just cook it with some water for a few minutes or soak it hot water for longer.  I’m not sure how I got hooked on it, but I definitely enjoy it.

4. Kombucha.  This is a new one for me.  It’s a type of fermented tea kind of drink that is supposed to have all sorts of magical qualities.  Depending on the flavor or additives there are all kinds of vitamins, and it’s supposed to help detox.  It’s the kind of drink you can only find at Whole Foods or other health food stores.  It totally crunchy granola and not for the faint of heart.  It doesn’t taste bad, but it definitely tastes “healthy.”  You have been warned.

Lucky me, I just made a Whole Foods run!

5. Protein Powder.  So as I’ve mentioned I like to work out, and I’m actually not big on eating meat for fish.  I’m not a vegetarian, but I’ll go days or a week or two without eating meat.  This means I need protein from another source.  This might be strange but apart from protein shakes and just adding water to the powder, I have a new method: cereal.  If I need a solid breakfast I will add the following to my bowl: 1 sliced banana, some cereal (something plain like Life), a half to full scoop or vanilla protein powder, almond milk, and maybe some sliced almonds for texture.  Make sure you give it a good stir to get the powder to incorporate.  It’s quite yummy, and I think adding protein to cereal is kind of genius. Yes it adds about 50-140 calories depending on how much powder you use, but it’s basically a complete and completely satisfying breakfast in one bowl, no side dishes or mid morning snack needed.

I let my freak flag fly, so what unique or unpopular food do you swear by?

PS- I’m headed my friend’s wedding today, recap to follow at a later date.  Here’s a preview of the dress and shoe color combo: