I'm Baaaack!!

Well....it's definitely been awhile, people. I hope all of you had a fabulous summer! Between the busyness at home and my big move I had no time to put together any posts, and now that I'm at my house I found out that I can't get Internet in my area (that should tell you how far in the mountains I'm living!). But, I'm at school with some down time and am making blogging a priority again, mostly because I miss it SO much, and because I miss the people I have made relationships with through this venue :) Here's a little update on my life since June!

This summer I:

Did a ton of DIY for my house!
Developed an addiction to iced coffee
Got to spend time with friends and family that I haven't seen in a long time
Hung out with Rodney
Went out to eat (a lot)
Moved to Asheville!
Went hiking
Started dating someone :)
New boyfriend came to NC to visit this weekend, and we went to the Biltmore Estates
Got flowers
Made homemade pasta with an antique pasta maker
Went to Lake Michigan
Spent a lot of time in Chicago

And I think that's as short of an update as I can give! 

In terms of food and fitness, I have to say this wasn't my best summer, but....I kind of don't care. I had such a wonderful summer and enjoyed every second of being back in Illinois. Now that I'm in my own place and doing my own grocery shopping though I'm back on track. I have also taken a few yoga classes here in Asheville and have gone hiking twice so I'm feeling much more normal! 

So far I LOVE Asheville. The atmosphere is so cool and my school is really amazing. I really miss my boyfriend, friends and family back home but overall I think it's going to be a good year. I am so happy to be back on the blog!!

What was the highlight of your summer?


Snacking on the Road with Pop Chips

Hey guys! Well, I finally got down to Asheville last week! My mom and I took a quick 2 day trip to go to my school, meet my principal, fill out paperwork, and the like. It was so much fun!

When I accepted the job, I had never even been to Asheville before, but from my research online and all of the information my friends gave me, I felt like it would be a good fit for me. I am happy to say that I think this city is literally tailored for me :) Also, all of the yoga opportunities.....you have no idea! I'm so excited to move.

The  drive down was 11 hrs...blech. I have spent a lot of time in the car lately, and one thing that I always make sure to prepare is snacks for the road! I don't want to get stuck halfway down on a road trip and have to stop at McDonalds. I mean, it happens, but if I can prevent it, I will! I'm a big "bar" fan (Balance is my favorite right now, unless I have time to make these delicious homemade ones!) but another favorite of mine is Popchips

Have you guys tried these? I actually have had them quite often....I used to work for an online publisher and edited publications for trade shows, and Popchips was a company that we wrote a segment for and they sent us samples to the office. I was addicted to the barbecue ones! And the seal salt ones, and the sweet potato ones...

Popchips are a great alternative to regular chips. They aren't fried, or baked. The company is committed to making a healthier option and not adding anything fake to their recipe:

"our pledge: no fake colors, no fake flavors, no preservatives, no fluorescent orange fingertips, and no wiping your greasy chip hand on your jeans. no, really. we only use ingredients you can feel good about eating. and we leave out the bad stuff, like hydrogenated oils and msg, that give snacking a bad name. because popchips have no preservatives, make sure to get a good chip clip after opening the bag to keep our popped chips fresh. or better yet, just eat them all at once."**

I am not a big chip fan, and I think that's why I like Popchips so much. I don't miss the greasy, fried part that many people like about chips....there are many unhealthy foods I love to indulge in (BIG MACS ANYONE) but chips aren't one of them. These chips are perfect because they're just so light! 

I try not to snack too often but I don't feel bad when I eat these. The small bags are perfect for stashing in your work drawer, or taking on the road, like I did last week!

What's your favorite on-the-road snack?


***I was given product to try for this post, but all opinions are my own!


What I Ate Wednesday: Illinois Edition

Well. I can't remember the last time I did a WIAW post! I miss those posts a lot...I also miss Marvelous In My Monday. I'm definitely a roundup kind of person, especially when it comes to blogging :)

My vegetarian project is still in full swing here in Illinois/Missouri. I am now almost 4 weeks without meat! I still continue to feel pretty great :) I haven't even really missed it very much. I'm wondering if I'll have a horrible craving at some point or if it will even matter. I feel like there are so many different alternatives and so many good vegan/veg options out there that it's possible I'll be just fine and not miss it that much at all. I've recently become obsessed with Oh She Glows and am planning on making a couple of her recipes next week!

So, here are some eats from my time with my parents/sister. My parents are into eating healthier too and are supportive of it. I don't think they're crazy about me not eating meat but after the initial conversation it hasn't been in discussion at all so that's good too! 

Lots of breakfast foods here! I've been loving this apple omelet lately...it's a change up from my regular veggie omelet. Also, a torn up slice of my mom's homemade wheat bread with almond butter.

Eggs, fruit, and chai tea for a rainy afternoon. My mom bought two watermelons from the grocery store that ended up being probably the best and juiciest watermelon I've ever eaten...can't get enough!

My sister and I made this cauliflower alfredo sauce last night (with peas!) and it was soooo good. The main base ingredient is cauliflower (obvs) so it's got that creamy texture without all of the fat that comes in white sauce. It was delicious.

And this berry smoothie! Pineapple, mango, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, protein powder, almond milk.

Ahhhhh....and dessert.....peanut butter, chocolate, banana quesadillas. Recipe to come soon...well I guess you know all of the ingredients but the technique can be a little tricky. This was my very first attempt and you can see how messy it can get :)

Can I just say I'm glad summer is in full swing again so I can be the smoothie queen??? Smoothies are great all the time but definitely more satisfying and comforting in the summer! I've been eating at least one every day (maybe two sometimes...don't judge me!) They have been my go-to for the last few weeks.

What food can you not get enough of lately?