A Change of Scenery

This week has been a bit of a long one and my brain isn’t really working right now so I figured I’d link up with Thinking Out Loud Thursdays to blab about whatever comes to mind.

Themed Yogurt

Last night I went for frozen yogurt and decided to do a black and white theme because I’m fancy.

black and white yogurt

Changes of Scenery

After a few months of awesome progress I’ve been feeling like I’m getting slower the past few months. Last night my legs just needed a shake out so I did three miles but in a completely different direction than my usual route. I always forget that there are some stunning houses in a neighborhood about a half mile from my house so running aimlessly around there was strangely fun.

Sorry I didn’t take any photos of the pretty houses but I figured a picture map to my house on the internet wasn’t the wisest thing.

Wetsuit Shopping

I finally bought a wetsuit for my upcoming tri. It’s going to be weird to wear one but I will definitely freeze without one and I figured it would be a good investment for my big plan to learn to surf this summer.

Cool Kid Life

I’ve watched four seasons of Gossip Girl on netflix this month. I need to get a life but also I forgot that that show is awesome and the soundtrack is killer.

Books, Books, Books

I was going through the photos on my phone and found a ton of book pics. Sometimes during my lunch break I wander around barns and noble and take pictures of books so that I remember later that they looked interesting and I should add them to my list. My list is getting insane.

books

Do you mix your froyo based on a theme?

What’s on your book list?

What’s the last thing you watched on netflix? xoxo…

 

Coconut Honey Almonds

Happpppy Wednesday! This week I had some mild food poisoning (nothing like the torture that’s happened in the past but still pretty blah) so Ive been eating a lot of plain and boring food. One thing that I couldn’t get out of my mind were the delicious almonds that I bought at the Farmers Market two weeks ago. I did my best to re-create them and I can’t stop snackin.

Coconut Honey Almonds

Coconut Honey Almonds Recipe

Ingredients

1 tsp honey

1/2 tsp coconut oil

2 cups almonds

1/4 cup shredded coconut

Directions

Preheat oven to 350

Combine honey and coconut oil in a bowl and microwave for 15-20 seconds (until melted)

Toss mixture with the almonds then stir in the shredded coconut so it sticks to the almonds

Spread out on a pan and bake for 15 minutes shaking it around about half way through

Let cool then eat (WARNING: They’re addicting)

This recipe is linked to What I Ate Wednesday and Real Food Wednesday.

P.S. Don’t forget to enter to win some Nakd Bars!

Whats your favorite nut (not who’s your favorite nut, I know that’s me)

Do you like flavored almonds or do you prefer them plain? Maybe as butter?

 

 

Nakd Bars Review and Giveaway

A few weeks ago, the lovely people at Natural Balanced Foods contacted me about testing out some of their bars. As a lover of snacks I was pretty pumped but I was even more excited when I learned about the product and what these bars are made of.

Nakd Bars

Nakd Bars

They are a brand of natural fruit and nut bars, a type that has come into quite a bit of popularity lately however only a few companies make them taste amazing. Natural Balanced foods has a line of plain fruit and nut bars, a line of oat based bars, and a fruit and nut protein bar along with a few others. They all also come in absolutely ridiculous (in a good way) flavors.

Because I’ve been playing with the whole paleo thing and I’m a fan of the classics, I chose to try the original fruit and nut bars. According to the website:

Just raw fruits and nuts smooshed together. Containing 100% natural ingredients with no added sugars or syrups,  these bars are also wheat, dairy and gluten free, and bursting with yummy goodness.

I gotta be honest, I’m pretty sold on the combo of natural ingredients and yummy goodness.

The Flavors

Nakd Bar Flavors

The original nakd bars that I tested out come in the following flavors:

  • Caffe Mocha
  • Ginger Bread
  • Rhubarb & Custard
  • Cocoa Mint
  • Pecan Pie
  • Cashew Cookie
  • Cocoa Orange
  • Berry Delight
  • Cocoa Delight

I definitely preferred certain flavors over others but there is such an amazing variety and they each have a time and a place. With my afternoon coffee I was a huge fan of a chocolaty flavor, especially as a way to tame my afternoon sweets craving with something healthy. In the morning before a workout the berry or ginger bread flavors reminded me of a nice sweet breakfast cookie or scone.

Other Notes

These bars are a lot smaller than some of their contemporaries which I sort of like. As a (non certified) bar expert, I’ve noticed companies making bigger and bigger bars. I don’t have a lot of self control to break them in half and save some for later and I don’t replace my meals with a bar. Because I eat my bars as a snack, I was a huge fan of the smaller snacky size.

Nakd bars

I also loved the packaging and the incredibly clear ingredient list. Most of the bars contained about 4 ingredients and they tell you on the package how much of the bar (percentage wise) each ingredient is. Pretty cool.

Giveaway

I also have a small variety pack (one of each flavor above) to send to one lucky winner! If you’re interested in getting nakd (bars), enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What is your favorite on the go snack?

Which flavor would you most like to try?

 

 

That Weekend When I Won The Lottery

That’s a wrap on a lovely weekend, I hope you all got some sun in before heading back to the office. I know I’m spoiled by the LA weather but I hear the weather was nice just about everywhere. I’m happy to finally share the love.

Friday

Friday night I went out to dinner for a friend’s birthday and then hit up a brand new cocktail bar by my house. I didn’t snap a pic because it was dark because of that mood lighting thing but I’m beyond thrilled to have a cozy little cocktail bar a block from my house. It’ll be great for drunken debauchery without having to find a ride home! Just kidding I only drink casually as sophisticatedly.

Saturday

I had the best morning on Saturday. I slept in a bit but not so much that I wasted the day. I ate a quick breakfast then headed out for my run. I planned to take the long route to my gym turning 2 miles into 6 but I was in the zone so I decided to make it 8. On my run I discovered this amazing park that had completely slipped my mind. There’s a huge dirt track that I should definitely hit up more often so that I’m not always pounding pavement.

Big Park

Once I got to the gym I was a few minutes late to yoga since I extended my run but I was still able to get an amazing stretch in. I always forget how badly I need to do yoga. Yoga was followed by a two mile walk home enjoying the day and listening to podcasts.

Next, I met up with Chris for lunch at a new-to-me place called Robbie Mac’s. I got an omelet with a fruit salad on the side and I’m used to getting the world’s lamest tiny fruit salad so I was very pleasantly surprised with my fairly large bowl of fruit. It’s the little things in life.

Robbie Mac's

To top off my day, I had my second ever LA club experience. To celebrate the roomie’s birthday we went to a place called Greystone Manor. Clubs aren’t really my thing and heels weren’t my wisest choice but I had fun dancing with my girls.

Clubbin

Sunday

Finally, Sunday we had an early easter lunch with my other roommate’s family. They have a ton of adorable traditions and it’s always a fun time. One of their traditions is putting lottery scratchers under everyone’s plates. I wound up winning eight bucks!! I don’t every buy lottery tickets so it was pretty awesome. I can’t wait to get “free” chipotle this week.

Lottery Ticket

Another tradition is passing around holiday related jokes and taking turns telling them. They are always super corny but I still think they’re hilarious.

Easter Jokes

Finally, I went to the grocery store where I spotted super weird frosting flavors and felt the need to take a photo of it. The end.

Frosting

How was your weekend?

Do you ever buy lottery tickets?

Would you ever buy weird flavored frosting?