Hump Day

Hi kids. Happy Wednesday.

Today was a day for errands… grocery shopping, a quick nutrition appointment, and prepping for the big adventure next week.

I woke up feeling refreshed (for the first time in a long time) and took my time this morning with a cup of coffee. I started my day with scrambled eggs and a huge slice of grilled eggplant. I love my double-burner griddle, it cooks things perfectly.

After breakfast and a shower I made my way out for the day. I didn’t have a huge plan – just needed to make dinner for the family, and possibly buy some new clothes for Dallas. I headed out and ended up going pretty far.

I found an adorable pair of leather boots.

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Then I went to Trader Joe’s. There isn’t one anywhere NEAR close to my house…but as I said, I went far today. I love this store though – fresh, cheap produce, and so many specialty items.

Cheap, super bright berries inspired me to make my own fruit leather. I eat fruit leather as often as I can.. my local grocery store has it, but its full of fruit juice on top of the fruit thats already in it. It can get kind of sweet. Trader Joe’s has natural fruit leather that has no added ingredients and is much better, but I don’t have a local TJ….boo. For my dad’s birthday we bought him a 10-tray dehydrator that is perfect for drying leathers, and that is what Im in the process of doing right now. It takes forever! Here is the beginning:

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I’ll do another post after I figure out if this worked. I still have two more hours of waiting before I know! Lookin’ good so far though.

For dinner I made Peanut-lime chicken curry. My fam loves spicy thai food and I found this simple recipe on Pinterest the other night. It hit the spot for sure.

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This over a little bit of rice was spectacular. I bought a head of cauliflower with the intention to make cauliflower rice tonight, but there were too many things going on. That is a project for a couple days from now!

Here is the link for the chicken curry recipe.
It was delish and I don’t want to take any credit for it!

Has anyone ever made their own fruit leather? Ill be back soon to tell you how it turns out.

My grocery list

For some reason people are really interested in what other people eat. I am one of those people…and I think its totally normal. Food is something that bonds everyone in the entire world. We all need food to survive, but we also use it to socialize and explore. I think we live vicariously through what each other eats…

With that said, I want to share my grocery list. This isn’t enough food for me to survive through the week, (I still live with my parents, so I dont need to shop like that) but these are the foods that get me through the week. Does that make sense? Im a snacker! My mom always jokes with me that I’m always eating. Its true.. I rarely stop, but because of that my metabolism is higher than its ever been in my life, and I weigh less than I did in high school and definitely college. (At 24 most people’s bodies are already slowing down, but mine is starting to speed up!).

Here is a lovely list of what I bought my little snacky self this week.

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-Tostito Natural Blue Corn Chips – my favorite chips in the whole world, thin & crispy.

-Sabra hummus x 2. One with roasted red peppers for work, and one with garlic for home. To pair lovingly with my blue chips.

-Two bins of cherry tomatoes for either salads or to eat alone.

-Two bins of blackberries (mostly because they were on sale for buy one get one free.) So yummy.

-Kalamata olives from the olive bar also for salads or to eat alone. I think I have an olive addiction.

-A bag of sweet mixed lettuces, and butter crunch. I love all kinds of lettuces, and these two caught my eye this day.

-Gluten free bread for those times you just need a slice. Breakfast, lunch, snacktime. An easy fix. :)

-Green apples. My fave crunchy snack while at work. Sometimes eaten with almond butter or natural peanut butter.

-Mushrooms to sautee with eggplant, kale, eggs, I eat them with everything.

-Those pesky egg noodles I couldn’t get when I wanted pad thai! I saw them and snagged them for next time.

-Then theres my sweet side (which isn’t that sweet. Im not a sugar fan..)

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-As I’ve said before I LOVE dark chocolate. But I also love fruit leather. Its sweet, but also kind of tangy.. which is something Im into.

What are some staples that you can’t leave the grocery store without buying?