2 ingredient vinaigrette.

The other day I was trying to find a dressing for my salad and didn’t feel like using a plain drizzle of balsamic vinegar like I usually do. I wanted something with a little more pizzazz to jazz up my arugula. I took a quick peek into the condiment cabinet and the apple cider vinegar caught my eye immediately. I love the flavor of vinegar, but it can be quite strong and acidic so I thought I’d pair it with some honey dijon to tone down a bit.

salad

I whisked together 1 Tbsp honey dijon + 2 tsp apple cider vinegar before tossing it with my arugula. The peppery taste of the arugula cut into the tangy dressing and pretty much made the perfect duo (trio?).  For a two ingredient dressing, I’d say it’s definitely a keeper. Bear in mind, I love sour things like pickles, sauerkraut, and olives, so if you find the dressing a wee bit too tart, I’d recommend adding a squeeze of honey or drizzle of olive oil.

honey dijon

This little jar of amazing is also fabulous in sandwiches and wraps, just sayin.

Workouts:

I finally finished that 21 day bootcamp on Monday! It was actually a pretty good program with a nice mix of exercises. I just liked that it was something different from what I normally do so I didn’t ever get bored. And if it felt too short, I’d just do it twice. That barely happened though. 12-15 minutes at their intensity is plenty. Every single workout could be done at home even though I didn’t have any of their fancy equipment. I just used a chair in place of the equalizer (2 chairs sometimes) and dumbbells for everything else.

Yesterday, I did this jump rope circuit - 3 x’s thru. I reduced #2 and #4 to half the reps and added a tuck jump to the end of the burpee in #6. It was a sweaty one. Much more challenging than I had anticipated.

jump rope circuit

And today I’m not quite sure what I’ll do yet. I might do an evening jog because I really want to get out and see all those bluebonnets that have been blooming everywhere right now. They’re looking miighty gorgeous and I’m afraid they’ll disappear once the heat gets here. And that’s most likely very soon.

Ok, time to go cross things off my to-do list! Have a beeautiful day!

PS – If you’re feeling like this week is especially dragging or just stressed out a bit, get in a good sweat – even just 10-15 minutes, and I promise you’ll feel 10 times better after!

weekend // 04. 21.14

Hi!
I hope everyone had a good weekend and a Happy Easter Sunday! Especially if you had a long weekend :)

My weekend started with tasty tacos + fresh squeezed mimosas and ended with a bomb brunch + sparkling sangrias.
{tacos at Salsa Limón & brunch at Sangria}

salsa limon

bike

jamba juice

pizza

wine + cheese

sparkling sangria

sangria brunch

There was biking, pizza/rice crispy treat making, and wine + cheese in between with some of my favorite people :) I got to try out the bike share system in Fort Worth, taking a cruise downtown for some smoothies and sunshine. The weather is so perfect this time of the year, but I can already tell our hot days are looming in the near future. I also took a spin class at flywheel which I haven’t done in nearly a year. My butt I forgot how intense those classes are.

And you know those pesky borders I was annoyed by in my last post? I figured out how to take them off! On wordpress, download the Simple Custom CSS plugin. Then activate it and go to appearance > custom css and paste the following code exactly as it appears below:

#recent-content img, .entry-content img, .entry-thumb img {
border: 0;
}

custom cssThat should take care of it!

Happy Monday!

best b/l/d of the week.

Happy (Good) Friday!
If you’re wondering what b/l/d is, it’s just breakfast/lunch/dinner. I shortened it since it seemed a little long in the title.

I picked up something new this week during my grocery run - Engine 2 Sprouted Ancient Grains Tortillas and while I was in that carb aisle english muffins sounded so good (as did just about everything else on that shelf) so I also grabbed a pack of the Rudi’s spelt. It’s been well over a year since I’ve bought those, but I’m so glad I did. And these two carbs definitely helped highlight the best meals I had this week.

engine 2 & rudis

I’ve been eating those english muffins every morning and loving em. Best (and only) breakfast this week has been a toasted english muffin every morning, slathered with ricotta cheese + four fruits jam. I had half a jar of part-skim ricotta cheese leftover from making lasagna last week that desperately needed to be used up. This is probably the best way to do so.

english muffin breakfastricotta & jam english muffin

If you haven’t tried ricotta + jam, I highly suggest you to. So. good.

And the best lunch was definitely this turkey wrap.  Honey dijon + smashed avocado spread onto an engine 2 tortilla and topped with turkey ham (which is basically just 100% turkey made to look like ham) before wrapping it up and sitting it on a bed of baby arugula. I actually ended up stuffing the arugula into the wrap after taking that photo. On the side I had about 1/3 of this Evolution Super Green juice that I picked up at Starbucks with my free drink or food reward. It tasted like a dessert so it was the perfect way to wrap up lunch.

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I’d rate these tortillas an A-. They’re fairly hard to begin with, but after a 45 second spin in the microwave, they softened up and had a nice chew to them. Very hearty for sure.

Best dinner this week was my veggie box dinner. Out of laziness and hunger pangs (I blame it on those), I popped into Whole Foods on my way home one evening and put together a box with the best looking veggies at their food bar. I lovee their roasted cauliflower and cabbage salads. On the side I also enjoyed a sweet potato I pre-baked in a batch earlier in the week.

sweet potato + salad

I’d like to say I’m better at meal prepping, but baking a few sweet potatoes on Monday is about as good as it gets. And making kale salads.

Have a fantastic weekend! Especially if you get today off!

PS – apologies for the funky looking borders on some of the photos. I updated wordpress and now I can’t seem to figure out how to take them off! Any suggestions/advice would definitely be appreciated :)