Good Eats


Another great gym session is in the books!

I did 30 minutes on the elliptical + back stuff and called it a day.

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I’m not usually a huge gym person – I prefer to be outdoors, but let me tell you, in this Carolina heat, it sure is nice to have an air-conditioned gym to go to!

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When I got home I refueled with an apple + tbsp. crunchy TJ’s peanut butter

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And a taste test!

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The kind folks over at CalNaturale Svelte sent me some samples of their all-natural protein shakes to review for all of you!

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Chad and I tried each of the four flavors and were both pleasantly surprised at how good they were!

I’ve often found that protein shakes have a bit of a chalky taste to them but these didn’t at all which was a definite bonus.

The flavors were also great – not only did they come through really well, but they didn’t have that artificial quality to them that a lot of other protein shakes do.

I think the french vanilla came out as the winner for both of us.  I can’t wait to add these to pre and post-workout smoothies!  Chad even said he’d happily drink them straight out of the bottle (and that’s saying something!)

Thanks again to Bailey for sending these over – they were a major hit in our household!

When Chad got home he headed out for a run so Clara and I went out for a walk!

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She’s taken to sprinting home when we reach our turnaround point and I think she’s actually gaining some speed.  I had to work to keep up with her – granted I was in flip flops, but still!

She definitely left it all out on the field, she was pooped when we got home!

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And I was too for that matter!

I started in on dinner while Chad was still running and right as I was pulling the potatoes out of the oven, he walked in the door – talk about good timing 

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Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Chicken Burgers were on the menu for tonight!

(Check out Iowa Girl Eat’s homemade version of these!)

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I loaded mine up with avocado, lettuce, onions and mustard all on a Rudi’s whole wheat bun.

I love the taste of these buns, but they proved to be a little too small for these burgers.  They’re somewhere in between slider and regular hamburger buns.

Ultimately it worked out okay though!

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To have alongside I roasted some sweet potato wedges with cinnamon (SO good) –

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I’m so glad I discovered the sweet potato/cinnamon combo.  I don’t think there’s any going back to roasting them without now!

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A delicious summertime meal.

And now?  It’s Everest time!

  • Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles

    No artificial taste in the protein shakes! Win-Win! :) I’m going to have to look into CalNaturale Svelte– especially since I’m needing more protein with the baby on board! :)

    • Cait


  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    I am very much of a gym person – I can’t work out at home because it’s too hard to focus and outside bothers my asthma. Yay gym! (And yay A/C!)

    • Cait

      Haha – agreed! :)

  • Margarita

    I like gyms for the same exact reason. Running, walking, and biking are fun in the spring and fall but not when it’s 90-100 degrees outside.

    • Cait

      Yeah exactly – the sun can really just suck ALL your energy out!

  • Hillary {Nutrition Nut on the Run}

    mmm, those sweet taters look mighty delicious!

    • Cait

      They were!

  • Lauren

    I’ve always been interested in those burgers. They always sounded so good but you have just made them look fantastic!

    • Cait

      Haha – they definitely taste really good, but are even better a little doctored up :)

  • Jen

    Did you move from NY?

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  • Meg

    I am the same in regards to weather.. except different. I cant do my workouts outside when its less than about 20 degrees. The cool air just chills me to the bone..
    Your pup and my pup should be pals. Your dog looks like she would have fun with my Henry.

    • Cait

      Haha – I bet they would have a blast together!

  • CJ @

    that does look like a great summertime meal! I just started buying Harvestland Chicken burgers, currently I am loving the Cheddar Jalapeno variety, but I have never tried the TJ. I will definitely have to pick some of those up since TJ never dissapoints!
    Have a great friday :-)

    • Cait

      Ooh I’ve never seen those but I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for them!

  • Laura C.

    Have you tried sweet potatoes with a little bit of TJ’s sunflower butter on top? It’s amazing!

    • Cait

      No but that sounds absolutely amazing! I definitely need to do that!