Happy Friday Eve all! You all seriously AMAZE me and I am so lucky to have such a great group of friends out there. Thanks to all of you for your super sweet comments and emails based on my post last night. It was really nice to know I am not alone and that others can completely relate. Plus, you all know how to make a girl smile ~ sooooo, thank you a million times over. I will stop with the mushy gushy-ness and get on with my day.
I was up early to get in my 3-4 mile run as much as I didn’t want to crawl out of bed. I pushed through it doing 4:1 intervals and felt amazing after. Seriously, I think that is WHY I exercise ~ for the way I FEEL AFTER 😀 Who needs caffeine?!
Breakfast was a better than Jamba Juice Smoothie!
1/2 c fresh frozen blueberries and strawberries
1 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed
1/2 C TJ’s 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt
Topped with a little Ginger Snap granola that my AWESOME FRIEND sent in my Christmas care package.
I LOVE it when you freeze your fruit ~ it makes it like ice cream and well, I am all about ice cream for breakfast! My smoothie was 4 points of deliciousness!
Mid morning I snacked on my FAVORITE new thing ~ Honest Foods Bars! I had the Cran Lemon Zest ~ crunchy, chewy, fruity – GOOD!
I got it right this time ~ the entire BAR, not PLANK is worth 4 points and worth every one!
Lunch was honestly one of the best made up creations I’ve had in a LONG time. I whipped up a layered up Leftover Turkey Meatloaf Sandwich.
The other half was topped with a Laughing Cow Lite Cheese Wedge and Spinach.
All smooshed together and sliced ~ HOLY YUM!!! This sandwich was loaded with so much flavor and rocked coming in at 6 points!
I REALLY wanted POP Chips, but, I stayed focused on my goal with a big pile of leftover greens for 0 points.
Such a delicious lunch for 6 points ~ I totally want a do-over so I can have it again! 😀
I washed it all down with another flavor of Sobe Life Water ~ Pomegranate Cherry. I LOVE this stuff!
While I was chowing down, I drooled over this new magazine that Better Homes & Garden’s makes that my co-worker brought in….YUP, that would be a VANILLA BEAN filling in those cupcakes topped with a sour cream chocolate frosting *sigh*
After lunch, I headed out to our company offsite meeting that took ALL afternoon. I may or may not have had a couple of Dove Chocolates during the meeting.
I pondered if I was going to have any appetizers after the meeting or not, but, they had a gorgeous spread of veggies, fruit and cheese. I ate all the veggies, just taste tested the dip and had little tastes of the cheeses. I wasn’t IN LOVE with them (weird) so I didn’t think they were worth the points.
This PESTO stuffed Portobello mushroom was SO FLIPPING good. It has HUGE nuts and chunks of garlic in it. I couldn’t only eat about 2/3’s of it though because it was STRONG.
For dessert, I was intrigued by this cracker ~ it was like a wasa bread with raisins, craisins, nuts, rock sugar. It was fun to eat and ironically reminded me of cereal LOL.
Plus a mini Cream thingy x’s 2….Everyone was raving about them so I had to try one, then another….Good thing they are SMALL.
I avoided the FREE open bar and opted for Fizzy Water…I can never get enough bubbles 😀
When I got home, I had the MOST AMAZING PACKAGE EVER waiting for me. Kristina of Nikes & Pony Tails and I decided to do another Trader Joe’s vs Colorado goodie swap. WOW!!! She went crazy and I LOVED all the personal notes of EVERYTHING she bought. How cute is that heart bowl?! Thanks so much Kristina ~you are so incredibly thoughtful. I LOVE it all and cannot wait to dig in :*
She sent a year’s supply of my FAVORITE new Chocolove bars!!!!
Seriously, check out all the chocolate we have going on that…I really think we have enough to last a year 🙂
I managed to put all the chocolate away and work on dinner! Tonight’s dinner was something I have been waiting ALL week to make.
CROCKPOT SPICY BBQ BRISKET WITH HEALTHY SLAW & BUTTERNUT SQUASH FRIES!!!
I prepped the crockpot this morning and when I walked in the house smelled like a total BBQ joint :D This is such an EASY dinner to make and it is loaded with spicy sweet BBQ flavor. It would definitely work with chicken for those who don’t eat beef. I will post the recipes soon (hopefully tomorrow) since some of you may want to make this for SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!
I started off by topping half my bun with some shredded Spicy BBQ Brisket.
Then topping it with a healthy ZERO point Asian Slaw I whipped up!
Put your two buns together…
I have been wanting Butternut Squash Fries ever since I saw Melissa make hers. I followed her tip to cut them 1/4 inch thick, topped with a little olive oil & sea salt then baking at 450 flipping once half way through for 25 minutes. YUM ~ these were just as TASTY as they looked.
All together my Healthy BBQ and FRY dinner was only 7 points (estimated) ~ AWESOME!
My entire day was completely delicious and healthy ~ I LOVE it when that happens.
Did you all see the new US Magazine that came out this week? I HAD to make a special trip to pick this up ~ it’s JUICY!
Have an awesome Friday all! The weekend is almost here – yahoo!!!!!!
Don’t FORGET TO GET YOUR FREE KIND BAR mini samples at Starbucks tomorrow!