• protein packed pesto caprese pasta

    this post is brought to you in partnership with banza I know, I know, it seems crazy to call this pasta recipe “protein-packed” right? But this is not just any pasta – it’s from a company called Banza which makes their pastas from… Chickpeas! Pretty cool right?  It gives a whole new meaning to lazy night pasta dishes.  I can’t tell… [Continue Reading]

    protein packed pesto caprese pasta
  • chocolate peppermint snack bites

    For those of you that follow along with my Instagram stories, you know that I’m currently obsessed with the chocolate peppermint stick luna bars.  I think there’s just something about this time of year that makes me crave that flavor combination. I’ve been ordering those luna bars by the mega box from amazon lately and finally decided that it was time… [Continue Reading]

    chocolate peppermint snack bites
  • quick and easy veggie-packed meatball soup

    The weather is FINALLY starting to cool down here in Charlotte which made me really happy that I whipped up this ridiculously simple meatball soup yesterday. For those of you that have followed me for a while, you know that I’ve always been a pretty big fan of quick, easy meals (as well as meals that give me everything I… [Continue Reading]

    quick and easy veggie-packed meatball soup
  • super simple veggie-packed ramen with roasted tofu

    If you guys were like me, then you ate a WHOLE lot of instant ramen back in the day.  I remember specifically loving the chicken ramen flavor. Of course, I also didn’t bother to add anything with nutritive value to the bowl either so I was basically eating a whole lot of starch with nothing else (no wonder it never… [Continue Reading]

    super simple veggie-packed ramen with roasted tofu

Slow Start

I was off to a pretty slow start this morning.  I think all the studying is wearing on me as much as a usual workday used to! I woke up without much of an appetite (which is so abnormal for me!) so I sipped on some coffee and did some studying while I waited for my hunger to show up. When…

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One-Pot Wonder

Evening! Clara was my constant buddy by my side all afternoon while I hit the study books. I was really dedicated and actually felt like I understood some of the math section this time which was quite a relief! I never really had a formal lunch, just some snacks in between studying.  Crackers, cheese, apple slices, etc. Dinner was Martha-inspired!…

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Healthy Habits

Happy May! I’m not sure how many of you are aware of Cooking Light’s 12 Healthy Habits program, but it’s essentially a year-round program that sets small goals each month for readers to work towards accomplishing for a happier, healthier life! I love the whole premise of the program because it preaches small, manageable changes adding up big. That said,…

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Pool, Burgers & Lemonade

I got some pool time in! And boy did it feel good. Reading materials for lounging were an old Whole Living: And Pottery Barn Boy do I wish I could just live inside a Pottery Barn magazine… When I came in I was craving water and fruit and more water! The perfect cure! 3 slices later and I was satisfied  When…

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2x+y= frustation

Clara’s life is tough… Don’t you feel bad for her?  I got all ready to head out to the pool and study only to find it was LOCKED! Such a bummer! So I came back in, did a couple pages in my GRE book and snacked on an orange to hold me over til lunch: Yes, I refuse to change…

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HIIT the Gym

Morning! If you follow me on Twitter then you know that my Monday was kicked off with an early morning workout! Note to Self: Fix the timestamp on your Twitter app… I loved my SELF “8 Easy Toning Moves” workout so much yesterday that I decided to try one of the cardio exercises this morning. (SOURCE) I’ve never really done…

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Drop [And Give Me] 10

Another fabulous day in the books! After brunch I leafed through my May issue of SELF Magazine and got inspired to do a quick workout: 8 Easy Toning Moves! I love the SELF Challenge (now called “Drop 10”) workouts because they’re easy, achievable and don’t take tons of time and equipment to accomplish. I think this year’s strength workouts are…

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100% Whole Wheat Strawberry Waffles

100% whole wheat strawberry waffles for brunch! These were so delicious! Especially considering I just kind of made them on a whim. My sister and I couldn’t decide what we felt like for brunch. Or rather, what we felt motivated to actually get up and make. Waffles are my go-to lazy brunch food. All you have to do is mix…

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Clara Says

Clara say “haaaaaaay!” My sister and I had a great day today!  There was fun, sun, pool time and even a walk! It was SUPER hot outside which made it the perfect day for some Yogli Mogli as an afternoon snack! I went with original tart + strawberry topped with pineapple, strawberries and slivered almonds. Even Clara got in on…

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Apple Pie Oatmeal

I woke up wanting pancakes but having no desire whatsoever to actually make them. So, despite the 80 degree weather that’s creeping in, oatmeal it was for breakfast! I had a crispy braeburn apple in the fridge just begging to be turned into apple pie oats! Apple Pie Oatmeal {for one}: 1/2 cup quick cooking oats 1 diced apple 2/3…

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On The Bus

I’m off to my sister’s for the weekend – can’t wait to see this doofus: I made a quick and easy dinner to pack up and take with me on the bus! Tuna (made this way) packed in between 2 slices of Trader Joe’s 100% whole wheat sourdough bread with lettuce and spicy mustard! Not a sandwich for the faint…

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Pike’s

Chad’s dad was passing through town so we all 3 got to sit down to a nice lunch together! We went to Pike’s – an old fashioned soda shop {and finer diner!} in Charlotte – aka – the most adorable place ever. The last time I was here I got the black bean burger which was so good I couldn’t…

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