Happy Marvelous Monday!
I hope you all had a restful and revitalizing weekend! Mine wasn’t very restful; in fact, it was a bit crazy, but it still managed to be marvelous. 😉 I firmly believe that no matter how crazy or busy or relaxing or quiet or manic or—dare I say it, boring—any given day is, it ALWAYS contains something good. ALWAYS.
So let’s turn our attention toward the good. It’s Monday. Chin up! Here are the shenanigans that are making me smile today, in no particular order.
1. NUT BUTTER NIRVANA @ WHOLE FOODS
As if Whole Foods wasn’t temptation-land already.
Guys, I’m weak. The urge to try organic cashew-almond-peanut-hazelnut,-brazil nut-sunflower butter is strong.
And now my bank account is low.
Normal people don’t sacrifice a 1/4 of their grocery budget to buy a $13 jar of Nuttzo.
I’m sure glad I’m not normal though, because PB Crave Razzle Dazzle amazingness is completely worth all 7000 pennies! 😉
2. HOMEMADE HIGH PROTEIN BARS
I love my Luna Bars, I really do.
Nutrition bars that are marketed as “high protein” snacks or mini meals just don’t cut it in the protein department. Most contain 9-10 grams— the amount found in just a few bites of chicken!
I’ve been searching for a good homemade protein bar recipe for years. In 2011, I fell in love with Jamie Eason’s Pumpkin Bars, and the infatuation has remained strong ever since. However, at about 5 grams of protein per bar, they don’t pack much of punch.
Last week I took matters into my own hands and began revamping Jamie’s version. I substituted coconut flour for the oat flour, doubled the protein powder and increased the number of egg whites.
They say the third time’s the charm…and they’re right!
My third batch of High Protein Coconut-Pumpkin Bars was perfect. Almost.
They would have been perfect perfect had they been pretty. And let’s cut to the chase. These babies aren’t pretty.
Mission find a marvelous homemade protein bar accomplished.
Click HERE for the recipe!
3. BOOZY CHOCOLATE
I’m not a beer person.
But a beer-in-chocolate person? Oh yeah.
Vosges bars are still on sale at Whole Foods, but since purchasing my favorite Woolloomoloo bar at a discounted price a few weeks ago, I’ve resisted the urge to buy another. Saturday however, I caved (heck, I was already dropping $30-something on nut butter), but went with something a bit more frisky. 😉
4. FRIZZ-FREE HAIR
I love absolutely everything about summer–yes, even the 100+ degree temps!—except the humidity. My hair goes wild! No product can completely tame the jungle that becomes my head, but this one comes very close.
5. SUPER FRESH TUNA SASHIMI
It’s no secret that I love my tuna sashimi, but the three pieces I enjoyed at Raku Friday night were particularly marvelous.
Up close and personal…
6. MY RELATIONSHIP WITH PINTEREST
Can anyone else relate?
7. CRAB FEST!
Yesterday, my housemates and I had 50 friends over for a crab feast.
Say hello to his brothers and sisters.
Now, make sure to go check out what’s making other bloggers’ Mondays marvelous!
I’m flying home to Boise tomorrow for a four-week vacation, so packing, packing and more packing is on the agenda today. Tonight the girls are coming over to watch The Bachelorette ‘Men Tell All’ episode. I’m eagerly awaiting the man-drama! Who else is watching?! 😉
HUGS to you all! Enjoy the beginning of your week, and catch ya in Idaho!
Questions for you:
What’s your favorite store-bought protein bar? Do you make your own version?
Favorite nut butter? If you’re like me and can’t pick one, which is your favorite brand?
Do you fight frizz in the summer? What’s your favorite frizz-reducing product?
What’s the most unique chocolate bar you’ve tried?