Foodie Favorites + Life Happenings

Hey there, friends! It’s been awhile. Life has gotten pretty darn busy around here! Between work, one of my friend’s bachelorette’s party, planning for my sister’s bridal shower (and now planning her upcoming bachelorette), studying for my personal training cert, and just STUFF – something had to give. If you’re still reading this post today, THANK YOU for sticking with me. Joyfully Jenna is still up and running, and more posts on their way! I’ll have a post on my sister’s bridal shower coming up with lots of fun DIYs and planning tips (a little sneak at one the pictures from the shower below), one of my new go-to lunch recipes, and some more fun stuff. Stay tuned!

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Today I thought I’d stop by with some of my current Foodie Favorites. Fun, right? I always love to read other blogger’s posts like this, so I hope you’ll enjoy this one! I’ve found some products over the past month or so that I really LOVE and I think you will too. Let’s get right into it!

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1. Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning 

This stuff has been EVERYWHERE! I think I’ve seen it show up on about 10 different foodie blogger’s Instagram stories. BUT man, this stuff is good. If you like everything bagels you’re going to love this stuff. My favorite way to use it is on my eggs in the morning for breakfast. So darn GOOD! Definitely grab one (or ten) of these on your next Trader Joe’s run.

2. REBBL's Dark Chocolate Protein Shake

So, I pass Whole Foods on the way home from my gym, which can be very dangerous and quite $$$$. A couple of weeks ago I decided to stop in after taking GRIT and Body Pump (I’ll have another post on these two classes soon – they’re my absolute current favorites!) and I was looking for something high in protein to refuel my muscles after the lengthy workout. I had seen the REBBL brand pop up here and there on different foodie accounts I follow, so I decided to give it a go. I chose the dark chocolate flavor and was more than pleasantly surprised. No chalky taste, just pure chocolatey goodness. With 16 grams of plant protein and the delicious taste…what more could a girl ask for? 

3. Health Ade's Kombucha

Oh, Whole Foods. It’s just so dangerous, guys, I’m tellin’ ya! To be honest, I never really got super into kombucha. I really wanted to like it because of all of its’ health benefits, but I never found a flavor I loved…until I tried Health Ade’s pink lady flavor AND their ginger lemon flavor. Oh. My. GOODNESS. If you’ve tried kombucha before and weren’t a fan, I encourage you to grab one of these the next time you’re at Whole Foods. I could drink these all day long. BONUS: Whole Foods has been running a 2 for $6 deal pretty frequently. Be on the lookout!

4. Califa Farms Coffee Creamer 

Last, but certainly NOT least. This coffee creamer is my new favorite, hands down. They have a few different flavors, and my go-to is the vanilla. I’ve found it at Whole Foods, Target, and my local Giant grocery store. If you’re a coffee lover that likes to add a little bit of creaminess and sweetness, this is for you!

Alright, pals! I’m off to do some studying, but I CAN’T believe I forgot to mention that my sister and future brother-in-law GOT A PUPPY a few weeks ago. So, I’ll leave you with a picture of Mac, my fur nephew. Enjoy!

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Chat soon,

Life Lately & A Delicious Frittata Recipe

Happy Sunday, friends! How's it going? I took last week off from blogging because we had some birthday celebrations going on. My birthday was the 19th of April and we celebrated with my family last weekend so I just wanted to take some time to relax and enjoy. We also celebrated this cutie's 14th birthday...

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Isn't Munchkin the cutest?! #crazydoglady

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The weekend before my birthday I celebrated with a few of my girlfriends at a local winery called Va La. If you live in the Delaware/Philly area I definitely recommend checking this winery out! They're a very small vineyard and only make 4 wines each year, but man, they're GOOD! Their wine tasting is on the pricier side at $20 per person, but their pours are very generous. Each wine you taste they pair with a piece of delicious local cheese, and the tasting ends with a chocolate truffle. I mean, need I say more? My favorite wine was their Silk Red which is a dry rosato. Seriously, go check Va La out! 

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So, that's been life lately - along with work, exercising, and all of the normal good stuff :) Now, onto what I'll be eating this week for breakfast...

This frittata recipe from Pbfingers blog is a delicious, savory, and healthy breakfast that can be made on Sunday and heated up during the week for breakfast. I love my morning oatmeal, but I'm getting a little bored of it so I'm excited to change it up with this frittata. I think you'll love it too! Follow the recipe below and let me know what you think :) 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon EEVO
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 2 large chicken sausage links, chopped 
  • 2 large heaping handfuls of fresh spinach (about 4 cups)
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 egg whites (I used 3/4 cup egg whites from a carton)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

Directions:

  1. Set oven to broil on high.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large, oven-safe skillet. Sautee onion and green pepper until softened (about 3-5 minutes). 
  3. As onion and pepper cook, combine eggs, egg whites, salt and pepper in a medium bowl, stirring to combine.
  4. Add the chicken to peppers and onion and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. 
  5. Add eggs to skillet and lightly stir. Allow eggs to set (do not stir!) until sides are firm and middle still appears slightly wet, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer pan to the oven and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until top of frittata begins to brown slightly. 
  7. Slice and serve! 

I recommend keeping a paper towel on top of your frittata while storing in the fridge to keep moisture from accumulating. Bon appetit! 

 

 

Why It's Important to Treat Yourself (Treat Yoself)

Hey there, friends! How's it going? I hope that this week has treated you well. Yay for tomorrow being Friday! 

Today I met up with one my best galpals from grad school (hi Jill!) down at University of Delaware and we went to Duck's Donuts on Main Street - which is right in the middle of campus. Duck's came to Main Street about a year or so ago (I think) and is a pretty magical place if you like donuts. They make the donuts fresh to your order and you can pretty much top your donut with anything your little heart desires. 

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So, you're probably wondering why a health-based blogger is talking about donuts. Well, as I've briefly talked about before I truly think treating yourself every now and again is important, and donuts falls right into that category! I don't like calling eating a donut (or whatever the not-so-healthy food is) a cheat meal because in my mind that creates a negative feeling around enjoying a food. Instead, I'll call it treating myself to a donut, which sounds much more positive, don't you think?

My point is - don't get so caught up in a diet or certain way of eating that you start to not have fun with food. If you like donuts, treat yourself to one every now and then. If it's pizza you love, go out for pizza every once in awhile! It's all about BALANCE. If you want to lead a healthy lifestyle that includes letting yourself eat your favorite not-so-healthy foods occasionally because if you restrict yourself from those foods, chances are you may end up falling off that diet pretty quickly. Be realistic. Be honest with yourself. I guarantee you'll have more success that way.

What's your favorite not-so-healthy food that you like to treat yourself to?

Treat yoself this weekend!

Friday Favorites #13

Happy Friday! I hope that you all have some great plans lined up for this weekend. My good friend Taylor is in town this weekend with her new puppy so I'm going to meet up with her on Saturday night. I can't wait to catch up with her and also meet her cute puppy named Kona! On Sunday I'll be headed to the JDRF walk that I blogged about a few weeks ago. If you haven't gotten a chance to donate to Marco's team Beat the Beetus and would like to, click HERE. Your donation goes towards research for Type 1 Diabetes and is greatly appreciated. No amount is too small!

As usual, I'm sharing my favorites of the week. I'd love to hear what you've been loving this week, too! Share your favorites in the comments :)

1. The Dog House

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As I mentioned on Wednesday, Lola had some testing to get done at the eye doctor to see if she is a candidate for surgery. The testing takes about an hour, so we were told to drop her off around 11:30AM and then come back to get her. My dad and I decided to grab some lunch during that time, and it just so happens that Lola's eye doctor is right by The Dog House. My mom's dad and his brothers opened up a few restaurants around the local area, one of them being The Dog House. If you live in Delaware and you aren't familiar with The Dog House, I'm sure you know The Charcoal Pit, which my grandfather and his brothers also opened. My grandfather passed before I was born, and his brothers have also passed, so they no longer own the restaurants, but we still love to go now and then. I've been to The Charcoal Pit more times than I can count, but I hadn't been to The Dog House since I was little. It was really cool to be inside the restaurant that my grandfather worked so hard to build! The Dog House is known for their footlong hotdogs so I treated myself to one with everything on it (per my mom's recommendation), and it was really good. Yes, I did eat the whole thing and all of the fries. No regrets.

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2. Pumpkin Pecan Granola

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I posted the recipe for pumpkin pecan granola a few weeks ago, and by now the batch I made is long gone. I love this granola (a little too much probably) because it's a sweet treat that tastes like pumpkin pie, without all of the extra calories. If you haven't tried out this recipe yet and want to, click here. It's perfect to make on a Sunday to have around for breakfast or a snack for the upcoming week!

3. Real Techniques Complexion Sponge

picture via target.com

picture via target.com

Who else uses Beauty Blenders? Yeah, I did too, and then I found Real Techniques Complexion Sponges. You can get TWO of these sponges for about $10. No more spending close to $20 on ONE Beauty Blender sponge. Don't you love finding something just as great as a more expensive product for a fraction of the cost? Me too. 

4. Fall Desktop Background

image via galmeetsglam.com

image via galmeetsglam.com

I don't know if it's just me, but I get really excited to change my computer desktop wallpaper to match the season. Nerdy, right? I think I like it because I spend so much time on my computer. I like being able to sneak a glance at in now and then while I'm working and it makes me get excited about the season and the holidays coming up. I got my current background from one of my favorites bloggers, Gal Meets Glam. She's a fashion blogger and it's safe to say I wish I could steal her closet. Her husband is a photographer and he takes gorgeous photos, including the one above! 

5. My Current Breakfast on Repeat

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Do you guys have a breakfast that just seems to be on repeat these days? As soon as the colder weather hit I wasn't really in the mood for a smoothie in the morning, so I turned to oatmeal. A good tip with oatmeal is to buy plain oatmeal, not the pre-packaged flavored ones (like maple and brown sugar). I'll add cinnamon, a little bit of maple syrup, and banana slices to my plain oatmeal to add just enough sweetness. You'll save yourself a good amount of sugar by starting with plain oatmeal instead of the flavored packets!

That's what I've been loving this week! Don't forget to let me know your favorites of the week in the comments. 

Happy Weekend!

Healthy AND Delicious Waffles!

Hello, hello and happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine included some car shopping for my mom, a housewarming party for a good friend, and some relaxing :) If this is your first time here, thanks for visiting and I hope you'll come back again! You can subscribe so you never miss a blog post - the subscription tool will be on the right side of your screen if you're on your laptop, and on the bottom of your screen if you're own your phone. 

Sometimes on the weekends, or even the weekdays I really crave something other than my usual oatmeal with fruit, yogurt with fruit and granola, or smoothie for breakfast. Growing up, my dad would make my sister and me waffles or pancakes every single Sunday. It was something that Alie and I would look forward to each week, and we had so much fun helping our dad in the kitchen. On Holidays, like Christmas, my dad would even try to make a Santa shaped pancake adorned with red and green sprinkles! So, waffles and pancakes definitely remind me of some great memories. 

I've been looking for a healthier waffle/pancake recipe for awhile now since we would just use the Bisquik mix growing up, which is loaded with sodium! Thanks to Lisa Leake's blog 100 Days of Real Food, I think I've found myself a winner - woohooo!

You'll obviously need a waffle iron for this recipe, so if you don't have one, click HERE to check out one that got good reviews. The other ingredients that you'll need for this recipe are:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups milk (I used 1%, but you can use whatever you'd like, even thick buttermilk for added creaminess)
  • 1/4 cup oil (or melted butter)
  • 1 tablespoon honey 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour (I used Trader Joe's white whole-wheat flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • A splash of vanilla extract 
  • Warmed 100% pure maple syrup for serving (Trader Joes and Target usually have good prices)
  • Fresh fruit for serving (my favorites are blueberries and bananas)

Once you have all of your ingredients, the steps are pretty simple!

  1. Preheat your waffle iron
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, honey, cinnamon, and baking soda until combined. 
  3. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk together just until the large lump disappear. 
  4. When the waffle iron is hot, dab it with a little butter (or cooking spray) and then ladle some batter onto the center of the iron. Follow the instructions that came with your waffle maker to know how long it should be cooked (mine takes about 3-4 minutes). 
  5. Keep the waffles warm under some foil until you finish cooking them all. Top with pure maple syrup and fruit. 

Voila, you have delicious and healthy waffles to enjoy! You could also make a batch of these on Sundays to freeze and eat throughout the week. They make the perfect grab-and-go breakfast with some almond butter or peanut butter spread on top with a sliced banana!

Did you grow up eating waffles and pancakes on the weekends with family? Or do you have a favorite go-to recipe? Let me know in the comments!

Jenna