have your protein and eat it too!

A quick recap of yesterday’s eats for WIAW!

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^eggs, veggies, and coconut oil. the perfect trio.^

Lunch, (not pictured) was a salad topped with chicken, and salsa + chips.

A little bit later, I had a banana and some greek yogurt for some fuel before my workout.

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^Dinner: simple salad topped with grilled chicken. Pretty good for an on-campus dinner. Followed by a Kind bar.^

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 ^a snack to end the night off: chocolate chips & pistachios…don’t mind if I do.^

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Being a college student, trying to fit workouts, class, homework, work, and maybe…friends?! into a busy week is not an easy task. Sometimes I want nothing more than a quick, balanced meal/snack but what’s a girl to do? There are so many protein powders out there filled with harmful ingredients, low quality sources of protein, or added sugars.

I was fortunate enough to have Formulx reach out to me a few weeks ago, with the opportunity to try their Non-GMO, Grass-Fed Protein Powder. What…this is too good to be true! This powder is also gluten, soy, sugar, and artificial sweetener free.

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I was a little wary to try this protein powder. I’ve tried different powders in the past and have never found them to be too delicious. But this protein powder, was so scrumptious! Not the gross aftertaste of your usual protein powders, and on top of that it’s high quality ingredients.

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The lovely people at Formulx were nice enough to send my two sample of the chocolate and the vanilla protein powder. I enjoyed my first taste with a simply mix- actually suggested on the package- chocolate formulx + 8 0unces of almond milk. It was like the healthiest chocolate milk I’ve ever had. Creamy, chocolatey, and full of nutrients!

Another morning, I was running late, so I threw my coffee in with a pack of the chocolate protein powder, and it made the most delicious morning ‘shake’.

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I only have good things to say about Formulx! If you are looking for a protein powder that you can eat and feel good about it, you have to try this! Their vanilla flavor is amazing as well- in pancakes, breads, so many options!

You can check out this page for baking ideas!

I hope you’ll give it a try! 

Formulx provided the samples for me, but all opinions are my own.

Questions of the day:

Do you ever use protein powder?

What are you eating this week?

lately.

This weekend was the perfect mix of homework, work, and fun time with friends. After finishing a big test this morning, I am back to focusing on ‘long term’ projects for the semester, and my applications. First, though, I wanted to stop by and share some recents eats & my new workout schedule with you guys!

Eats:

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^I made some more paleo pumpkin bread, and it’s delicious. with 1 fried egg and some spaghetti squash. And coffee. Always coffee.^

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^my simplest breakfast. 2(+) ingredient pancake. Banana, egg and the optional additions of cinnamon, vanilla, maybe nuts? I usually keep it simple and just top this with almond butter.^

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^lunches during a busy week mean trying to pack a lot of nutrition + energy into one quick meal. this salad was a mountain of veggies, topped with harbored eggs, blue cheese, craisins, and some chips + salsa to finish it off.^

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^leftovers for the weekend. crunchy chopped salad  with some apple cider vinegar and cheddar cheese.^

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^a girl’s dinner date at Everyday Organic. chips and salsa + turkey pesto sandwich (on gf bread) for me.^

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^my roommates and I went on a date to Coffee to a Tea, a local coffee shop that focuses on all natural ingredients. I’ve been there twice now and besides having delicious coffee, their baked goods are spectacular– not to mention the extensive gluten free options they have– basically, heaven. Above^^ is the gluten free pumpkin spice cake that we split. Not only was the cake amazing, but they magically made the icing take so pumpkin-y. If you are local, you HAVE to go there!^

Workout Updates:

In the past ~3 weeks, the boy and I have began semi-training for a half marathon. I say ‘semi’ because we haven’t actually signed up for a race- we are doing about 2 months of building up mileage first before we commit to all the travel/race fees etc. It’s been fun so far, and I can’t wait to see how it goes.

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^5 mile run this weekend, the second ‘long’ run of the weekend^

I’ll share my training plan on here if you guys would like!

Questions of the day:

What’s your most delicious eat as of late?!

What does your training plan look like right now?

WIAW: catching up!

Hey guys! Long time no..talk! It’s been a loooooooong two weeks. Tests, quizzes, papers, and more. But the real reason I haven’t been blogging is…my phone stopped working! And I honestly didn’t realize until then,  just how much easier it makes …everything. First of all, I didn’t take ANY pictures without my phone. I’m a college student, and I’m not going to carry my camera around ALL day, so I basically rely on my phone for food pictures. Second of all, I just felt more stressed/busy- everything took more planning because once I went somewhere I knew I wouldn’t be able to change the plans//contact anyone.

Anyway, long story short, my new phone finally arrived yesterday (after being sent to New York instead of South Carolina..) , and I also finished two tests so I am back to share my recent eats & activities!
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^^Breakfast of the champions? Well, at least it was color coordinated. 1 egg, spaghetti squash, and a delicious slice of paleo pumpkin bread that I definitely need to give you guys the recipe for^^

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^^Furman Fall, I really am blessed to go to such a beautiful school^^

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^^and to go there with my best friend.^^

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^^a treat from the Dining Hall while I was studying for my tests yesterday. gf corn flakes, chocolate chips, a little greek yogurt, and peaches. you just need a treat sometimes, ya know?^^

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^^One of my favorite on-campus dinners: a large salad from the ‘pden’ aka our mini food court. You get lettuce + 7 toppings, and they chop them all up. Mine was cucumber, bell pepper, turkey, parmesan cheese, strawberries, walnuts topped with red wine vinegar and olive oil.^^

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^^after a long day, I was starving when I got back to my apartment. These chips– cooked in avocado oil instead of a harmful seed oil — and they happen to also be extremely delicious^^

check out Peas And Crayons for more WIAW fun!

Questions of the day:

what have you been up to lately?

worst experience you’ve had with a phone?

WIAW: recent eats.

I want to share some delicious meals I’ve been having lately! Also, can we take a moment to notice that 3 out of the 4 pictures with a plate in them have the same plate… what can I say? I’m a simple girl.

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^^a quick breakfast on the go. one fried egg, spinach, banana and Justin’s almond butter squeeze pack.^^

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^^eggs, spinach banana…hmmm I see a theme here.^^

 

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^^eggs cooked with squash. I love this combo, and it is so easy on a busy morning. I just throw everything into the pan and I can get ready while it cooks!//plus apple and almond butter.^^

 

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^^have you made a 2 ingredient banana pancake lately? banana (mashed) + eggs. that’s it. top with almond butter or whipped cream perhaps? simple and scrumptious. Plus some kale for good measure.^^

 

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^^saturday night was homecoming, and as a fun ‘date’ the boy and I cooked dinner together before the dance. rice noodles//grilled chicken//carrots//homemade red pepper pesto. that pesto.. I want to carry it around with me and eat it all day. so delicious!^^

 

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^^and finally. a simple dinner on the go. a salad from Moe’s, on campus. lettuce, pico de gallo, peppers, onions, chicken, and a few chips on top.^^

check out Peas And Crayons for more healthy and yummy eats!

What have you been eating lately?

wedding weekend in LA!

Hey guys! It’s been a while. School has been crazy, and right in the midst of applying to medical schools, submitting a research abstract (hello days and night s spent in the lab) and multiple tests… my cousin got married. It was an amazing trip out to Los Angeles to visit my family and see the wedding. I was exhausted last week, after getting back and having 3 tests the next day, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

The wedding was in a house overlooking the valley of Los Angeles, and the view was spectacular. I thought it was beautiful during the ceremony, but it was even more spectacular when the sun went down. The wedding was very DIY and basically the exact wedding you see on Pinterest and think you want to recreate but never could.

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^The beginning… #ryanandgenie^

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^my date for the night was this stunner. AMT, my big sister!^

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^what a family.^

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^sass runs in our blood.^

The ceremony was about 20 minutes, and their heartfelt vows had at least half (more like 90%) of us in tears. After that, it was drinks and appetizers in the front of the house, then back out to the yard for food, dancing, and great company! I was definitely running on the energy around me- I had only barely been in Los Angeles for 24 hours at this point!

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^the first dance. it was perfect, and completely un-choreographed (much to my surprise!)^

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^a night time view over the valley.^

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^we love each other!!!!^

The next morning, we all re-gathered for a family brunch. I was basically starving at this point between the exhaustion + dancing the night away + the vegetarian wedding (which was delicious, i just didn’t eat much. soy chorizo, not my thing!). The brunch hit the spot, and it was great to see everyone again before we all headed home.

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^old cousins, new cousins^

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^the last picture I snagged with the married couple!^

It was an amazing weekend, and the first cousin to get married. How exciting! I have at least 2 wedding to go to in the next year, and after this wonderful weekend, I can’t wait for the festivities to continue! 

Weekend Updates!

aka OBC 12!

The short version:

Saturday:

work, Fall for Greenville (aka amazing food!), and babysitting.

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Sunday:

lots of homework, and some good eats.

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Monday:

adventures in Asheville with the roomie. It was a wonderful day of food, hiking, and Blue Ridge Parkway views.

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Questions of the day:

Did you get off this Monday?

What was the best thing you did this weekend?

OBC: life lessons.

7: seven lessons you’ve learned so far this year

7. Possessions don’t add value to my life. I’ve definitely been ‘working up’ to this goal over my last three years of college moving ins & outs. But this summer, moving out of my apartment in May, into one apartment in June, and then to another in August… I am so sick of material possessions. I would much rather spend the afternoon surrounded by friends than by my stuff, so I think that says it all.

6. Saving money empowers you. I am a college student, living in a ‘free’ apartment (thanks Mom & Dad) getting half or more of my meals for ‘free’ (again… Mom & Dad you rock), so it can be easy to take this for granted sometimes. I am working hard this year on keeping perspective, and saving money for my future (hello real world in 6 months 27 days) and it feels good. I am in charge of my future, and I feel empowered knowing that I am handling it in a smart way.

5. It’s easy to have a dream, it takes a lot of work to make it happen.

4. Life is all about who you’re surrounded by. I’m more aware of this than ever, with lots of transition coming up for me in the next year.

3. There’s a lot I don’t know. I’m enjoying living into that, and learning more every day.

2. Asking for help is never a bad thing.

1. Rest is more important than I thought. I like to go go go, and it’s easy to do that in our fast-paced world. But this year I have really realized how much I really need to rest. I am working on it every day :)

 

Question of the day:

What are some lessons you’ve learned this year?

don’t run in your jeans.

6: six pet peeves you have

I like to think of myself as a relatively easy going person. But, I’m not going to lie, I still have pet peeves like any other person.

6. Posting your life on instagram/facebook. I probably like you, or we wouldn’t be Facebook friends- but I don’t want to see your morning breakfast, your commute, your office, etc. posted on Facebook…

5. People who ‘can’t even’.

4. Poor grammar/spelling in texts. I understand the need for emojis, they’re awesome, and I love them. But don’t send me a ‘u’, ’4′ etc., I will be doubting your writing and speaking skills. (slight exaggeration, but it does bother me!)

3. Sitting in the back of the classroom talking. I hate hearing that chatter behind me while I’m actually trying to learn!

2. Complaining about how hard your life is, when there really is nothing to complain about and everything to be thankful for. I have been guilty of this one too, but I certainly try not to do it. I know I am blessed and don’t want to take that for granted!

1. People running in normal clothes. I don’t know why, but when I see people running (like actually look like they’re on a run, not just rushing to get somewhere) in normal, everyday clothes– it kills me. Who does that?!?! It sounds odd, but I promise you I notice it everywhere, at least a few times every month!

 

9: Throwback Thursday

#tbt: my life as a high school dancer. once upon a time, I was a ballerina, for a very short time. I loved dancing though, and I definitely miss it sometimes! I think it’s part of why I enjoy fitness classes so much, it reminds me of my dance beginnings!

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My Blog Name & my favorite movies.

4: Explain the story behind your blog name

Eat, Pray, Work It Out: some of the things I love in life. I named my blog after things I love in life.

Eat: I love food! I struggled with an eating disorder for a few years, and that experience made me even more determined that now, in the prime of my life, I will enjoy the food around me in a healthy way (mentally & physically).

Work It Out: working out is a key part of my life. It is my stress relief, my fun, a way to meet new friends, and something I truly enjoy doing almost every day.

Pray: The center of my life, my faith. My faith keeps me grounded, joyful, and living for Christ. Without it, I wouldn’t have any drive to live a healthy life and to inspire others to do the same.

Together these three things represent the parts of my life that I want to share on this blog!

 

5: Top five favorite movies

I am actually not the biggest movie person. I mean, I love them! But my attention span doesn’t always lend itself well to sitting in a movie theater. That being said, these movies aren’t the most original, but they are the movies that on any day, any time, I would watch, no matter what.

5. The Little Mermaid

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4. The Help

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3. My Best Friend’s Wedding

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2. All the Star Wars (Episodes 4-6 obviously higher in my heart, but 1-3 are cool too.)

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1. All the Harry Potter movies. obviously they can’t measure up to the books, but they’re still pretty awesome.SVOD-L-Sky-Movies-Harry-Potter-Promo

WIAW: college dining & busy days.

Morning! It’s already Wednesday and I can’t wait for Friday  This weekend is our ‘fall break’ (just a mini-break with no class Monday&Tuesday) and I have big plans… getting supplemental applications done and finally re-organizing my room! Plus some fun activities thrown in with my roommate. It’s going to be the perfect combination of work + rest.

On to the good stuff… WIAW

*be sure to head over to Peas and Crayons to check out more WIAW posts or add your own!*

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^^a beautiful morning around the lake, as usual^^

 

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^^lettuce, eggs, and some paleo pumpkin bread (I made with coconut flour) topped with Kerrygold grass-fed butter^^

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^^dining hall lunch. on a busy day (Tuesdays are especially busy for me!) I am so thankful for on-campus dining options. Although it can be difficult to find healthy options, you can certainly do it if you don’t mind eating the same thing most of the time. for me, it’s a salad with a little feta, some balsamic vinegar and chips. the chips aren’t the *best* option, but if I go for just a salad, i’ll be hungry an hour later! i also grabbed some grilled chicken to eat on the side.^^

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^after running around campus to class, lab, ‘mock interviews’ (practice for Med School), and a club meeting, i couldn’t wait to grab some dinner.  my boy and I stopped by The Paddock, our campus restaurant. It’s kind of a burger place, with some other options like sandwiches, salads, and wings thrown in. i grabbed the falafel salad but replaced the falafel with chicken. It was simple and delicious, just what I needed after a long day.^

Questions of the day:

Are there healthy options where you work // go to school?

What’s your favorite on-the-go option?