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Friday, July 3, 2015

{Friday Favorites} 7/3

Good morning and happy Friday from Silver Lake! I am in full on vacation mode enjoying a relaxing weekend away in Silver Lake. My family has been up here since Sunday, but I worked this week and made the drive over to the west side of the state last night to enjoy the long weekend. The weather forecast is looking perfect for spending time on the dunes, at the pool, or around town. After weeks of disappointing weather, I think this is very much deserved.

Do you have any fun plans for tomorrow? I am not sure what we have planned but from what I can already tell, it is going to be crazy over here. I was in Silver Lake last year for the 4th of July and it is a very popular vacation spot in Michigan, so there are people every where!

In the usual Friday fashion I am sharing a round up of my favorite things from the week and linking up with HeatherJill, and Clare. Thanks for hosting ladies!
Ice Mountain Natural Sparkling Water
I can thank my dad for getting me hooked on this one! I love drinking flavored sparkling waters to give my daily hydration some flavor and keep me drinking water and the Ice Mountain Sparkling Waters are always great. I make sure to always check the labels of sparkling waters since a lot of the flavored ones are flavored with splenda or aspartame which I try to avoid at all costs. I made sure it is naturally flavored, which the Ice Mountain one passes the test! And it tastes so great and so bubbly, it is my go-to sip while blogging, working, or just relaxing.
Trader Joe's Black Bean Snack
New favorite snack alert! As soon as I saw these black beans snacks at Trader Joe's I knew I just had to try them! I eat black beans on the regular so I figured I would really like these. I was a little hesitant, though, since I am not a fan of the Snapea Crisps, and these looked similar. I gave them a try and instantly loved the flavor! They are a tasty snack that satisfies my chip craving. I could easily eat the whole bag in one sitting, but I working on that self-restraint not to ;)

Incase
I recently had the opportunity to try out an Incase sports armband and share with you my thoughts on it. Ever since I upgraded from an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 6, I have not had an armband to use for working out. The iPhone 6 is not only larger but also the headphone jack also switched location. I have used my FlipBelt for all of my runs, which has worked out great, but I also like having an armband to hold my phone since it is a lot easier to change the volume or change the song rather than pulling it out of my belt. The great things about the Incase sports armband is that it is adjustable to the size of your arm and stays in place the whole time. I have gone out on multiple runs with this and it has never bothered me. With a larger iPhone, I thought the case might bother me being bigger, but I barely even notice it on. The armband also has reflective details that provide that extra safety and high visibility when running in the dark.

I have been loving having this armband with me on  my runs and easily storing my phone and my keys with me while I run. If you are interested in purchasing one for yourself, here is the link to buy it (affiliate link, thank you for your support!). Incase also offers sports armbands for other iPhones, as well as cases for iPhone 6s as well!
Watermelon
This is a must in a summer Friday Favorites for me! I was finally able to have my first bowl of watermelon this summer and it sure was tasty. The only time I ever eat watermelon is during the summer when it is at its freshest, and since that doesn't always last too long I make sure to take advantage of it as much as I can. Watermelon + summer = <3 <3 <3
Farmer's Markets
Farmer's Markets have become a regular weekend activity for me this summer. I love visiting the farmer's market when I visit home or when I stay at my apartment as they both have a variety of fresh foods that I love to stock up on for the week. It is also great to be able to talk with the local farmers about where the produce is grown and how they are being affected by the weather. I love picking up  my go-tos like lettuce mixes and zucchini and getting adventurous too and trying out new to me foods like dinosaur kale! I just can never get over how fresh and colorful everything looks!

Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Waving goodbye to you from the Silver Lake Sand Dunes! <3

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Love with Food: Picnic Tasting Box

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Love with Food. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for your continued support of this blog!
Remember back in March when I had the opportunity to try out a new-to-me subscription box called Love with Food? Well, of course I was instantly in love with it because how could I not? ... a box of food outside my door when I arrive home from work, yes please!

I was able to try out another box, specifically the Picnic Tasting Box. With summer finally here, I love enjoying as much time as possible outdoors and when I spend more time outdoors, I really don't want to have to carry around all my meals. Remember Tuesday's vacation post when I shared that while on vacation I tend to snack more than eat structured meals? Well, being outdoors I would much rather take portable snacks that are easy to carry rather than lug around multiple meals.

So when I saw that this month's box was one designed for a Saturday in the Park, I was excited to see what was inside!
Inside the Picnic Tasting Box:
>Northwest Trail Mix by Emily's (Vegan, Gluten Free)
>Original Naan Crisps by Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads
>Crazy Hot Popchips by Popchips (Gluten Free)
>Everything Bar by Sheffa (Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan)
>Choo Choo Cherry Flavored Dried Cranberries by Funny Face (Gluten Free, Vegan)
>Brownie Brittle
>Classic Iced Tea Candy by Bali's Best (Vegan)
>Berry Almond Health Bar by KUTOA (Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan)

I haven't snacked my way through the whole box (yet!), but I have made my progress through it and already have some favorites. I want to eat Brownie Brittle every. single. day. now, and I also really enjoyed the  Berry Almond Health Bar. These have been great options to take with me on-the-go and I already have the rest packed for my road trip to the west side of the state this evening.

The best thing about ordering Love With Food boxes, besides the delicious food, is the opportunity to donate meals to food banks. With each box you order, you are donating one meal to a food bank within the United States. It is such a great way to give back while still being able to try out some new snacks. I know that every time I have received a box, I have always ended up discovering new snacks that I love.
And, of course, I just can't leave you all drooling over these tasty snacks without giving you something in return! The kind staff over at Love with Food have graciously offered each Lean, Clean, & Brie reader an exclusive discount to use on their first Tasting box. Simply use this link to receive 40% off your first tasting box! I am such a fan of this monthly subscription and am thrilled to be able to share it with you. Order a tasting box for $9.99 and you will save $4! That's a great deal along with the free shipping and donation to a US food bank.

Are you a monthly subscription box subscriber?

What snack would you love to try most out of this box?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WIAW: With Balance Comes Dessert

Good morning! And Happy July! Today we are diving right into another round of {What I Ate Wednesday}, which is actually What I Ate Monday. It was a pretty balanced day along with a healthy dose of dessert, since a balanced lifestyle calls for a little indulgence every one in a while.

Let's dive right into it!
I kicked off the day with a 3 mile run followed by a Fitness Blender strength training workout. I absolutely love Fitness Blender workouts and have started incorporating them a lot more into my weekly schedule and I am loving it so far. The great thing about their site is if you create an account you can add workouts to your calendar so every day when you open it up, all the videos you have scheduled for that day are there and ready for you to just push play.

Anywayyyyy, once I finished up and got ready for the day I popped two waffles in the toaster and topped them with peanut butter and strawberries for a quick, yet tasty breakfast. Oh, and iced coffee too, but I was probably too busy chugging it as I took the picture.
I made it to work and worked until my break, when I snacked on a hard boiled egg and a pear. I don't know what it is about the fruit + hard boiled egg combo lately, but it has been hitting the spot for my morning snack for weeks now.
Once it was time for my lunch break, I headed outside to enjoy the nice weather and my lunch. I photographed the photo the night before, but I enjoyed this lunch al fresco, which I have been able to do most days now! I assembled these burrito bowls for the week since they are great to meal prep and because I am always craving Chipotle and this is the more budget friendly option ;). The burrito bowl contains brown rice, sauteed black beans, corn, mango salsa, and avocado. All my favorites in one and it is delicious!
 My afternoon snack consisted of sugar snap peas and carrots which powered me through the afternoon and those last few hours of work.
Once I got back to my apartment, I whipped up a tasty dinner of zoodles, tomato sauce, and ground turkey. I bought zucchini at the Farmer's Market this past weekend and the zucchini were HUGE. No joke. Usually for one dinner I'll cook 1+1/2  zucchinis for a serving, but this was one zucchini and it made a huge serving. Gotta love Farmer's Markets!
My roommate turned 21 on Sunday and since I am not 21 (yet!) I couldn't go out to celebrate with her, so I made it up with a fro-yo date on Monday night. I may not be able to take her out to the bars for her birthday so I figured fro-yo would be the next best thing. We took a walk over to get it and enjoyed a walk back talking and enjoying every bite. I can never pass up those cheesecake bites!

Obviously fro-yo is not a regular occurrence around here (but really, I wish it was ;)) so when I do go out with friends to enjoy dessert, I make sure to enjoy it with all my favorite toppings. With my meals being balanced throughout the my day-to-day life, indulging in fro-yo is really no big deal at all. Going in with the mindset that having a special dessert every once in a while is not going to derail your progress is so important, you have to keep balanced and enjoy a healthy dose of dessert too!

What is your favorite fro-yo topping?
Those cheesecake bites :)

What is one resturant you always crave food from?
CHIPOTLE!!