Hey hey Happy Wednesday!
I hope you’re all having a fantastic week! It’s been five days since my last post, so it’s time to play catch up!
Buuut, recapping everything in detail would take an entire post, so let’s discuss the highlights.
I spent the weekend running around DC with a 20-year-old Spaniard (in a very non-cougarish way, mind you!)….
I would have posted about these babies days ago, but I think we can all agree that eating pancakes is more fun than writing about them. Am I right?
Click here for the recipe! I modified Chelsa’s version by reducing the almond flour and increasing the egg whites. I also made a version suitable for post-workout refueling, which you’ll read about in a hot minute.
Anyways, it’s the middle of the week, which means it’s time for some What I Ate Wednesday fun! Make sure to check out Jenn’s blog to see how other bloggers are food partying this week.
Egg white puffs, pumpkin protein bars and sauteed spinach.
After digesting my breakfast, I was powered up and ready to hit the gym! I started a new 6-week 5-day lifting split (designed by Tara) this week, so I was excited to try out the new routine! My workout was a variation of sets and reps of the following exercises:
Chest and Triceps Workout
Push ups on toes
Flat Barbell Bench Press
Incline Dumbbell Chest Press
Incline Dumbbell Flyes
Chest Press Machine
Assisted Parallel Dips
Bar Push Downs
Cable Overhead Extensions
I wrapped up my workout with 20 minutes of light cardio on the elliptical. What a doozy!
I was more than ready to devour this baby when I arrived home!
The Protein Banana Cake is just a variation of the aforementioned Banana-Almond Pancakes! I substituted whey protein powder for the almond flour. You can make it ahead and pack it in your gym bag, or eat it hot off the griddle once you get home.
*Post-Workout Protein Banana Pancake*
1 banana, mashed
1/2 scoop protein powder
2-3 egg whites
*Combine everything and cook in a griddle!
About an hour after inhaling my post-workout pancake, I was ready for another meal.
Spinach-Cheese and Turkey-Stuffed Portobellos: tomato sauce, spinach and turkey breast topped with Cabot 1% milk cheddar. Confetti Quinoa: 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, corn, cilantro, chopped red pepper and garbanzo beans.
I cheated and used Alexia sweet potato fries instead of making my own. They’re relatively clean, and taste SO much better than my own homemade version. (I can never get mine crispy enough! Does anyone else have this problem? Tricks and tips would be much appreciated). I did however roast the Brussels sprouts.
Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Microwave sprouts for 1 minute; chop in half, toss in 1 T. olive oil, salt and pepper; bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until very tender.
I spent the entire day looking forward to this meal! At 7:30, I met Alec for dinner at Graffiato–a restaurant I’ve been dying to try since Top Chef winner, Mike Isabella opened its doors last summer.
The menu is crafted around the concept of Italian-inspired tapas.
So many menu items appealed to me; it was hard to choose! The drink menu was even more impressive though; in addition to an extensive cocktail and wine list, Graffiato also serves prosecco on tap! I was tempted to go that route, but couldn’t say no to my favorite canned champagne. 😉
After hmmming and haaaing over the menu we finally decided on four tapas to share:
Broccolini: spicy pepper relish, walnut, feta.
Atlantic Salmon: artichokes, white beans, capers
It was cooked perfectly–crispy on the outside, and slightly rare in the center. Just how I like it.
Roasted Chicken Breast: rapini, dates, pinenuts
Alec also ordered a pasta dish, which he said was excellent.
Sweet Corn Agnolotti: chanterelles, pinenuts
We took a glance at the dessert menu for three seconds and then realized that we were beyond full. Everything was delicious, albeit more rich than I’m used to. I thoroughly enjoyed my treat meal–the food was super fresh and well-prepared–but the chef was a little heavy handed with the salt and oil, which left me feeling bloated afterwards.
Thank goodness I wore a dress–tummy bloat hidden! 😉
I found Mint M&M’s, and because I’d never tried this flavor, a purchase was necessary. 😉
Alec found a bunch of fun kitchen gadgets, including a “food scooper.”
As I’m typing this post, I’m sipping ginger tea–my favorite. I always have a before-bed snack, but I’m not sure it will happen tonight–I’m still so full!
Who am I kidding though? I never say no to this.
Enjoy the rest of your week, loves! We’re over the hump!
HUGS x’s a zillion. <3
Do you designate a “cheat” or “treat” meal each week? What’s your favorite way to treat yourself?
Do you find restaurant food to be overly salty or rich?
If you regularly have a before-bed snack, do you *always* eat it, regardless of how full you are?
Canned champagne: yay or nay?