Chances are that while you’re reading this, I’m sweating.
August and September are, by far, the hottest times of the year here in northeast Florida. Due to the 100 degree heat, my excitement for cooking dinner over a hot stove, cranking the heat up on the oven, or basically eating or doing anything that requires heat wanes considerably. Instead, I focus on quick, easy, minimal-cooking meals:
Homemade Non-dairy, Protein Frappacino: I blend 1/2 cup of cold coffee, 1/2 cup of coconut cream, 1 scoop of SFH Chocolate Protein, 3/4 tablespoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and roughly 2 cups of ice in a blender and drink up. You’ll want to do a little happy dance this is so good. I’ve been drinking this instead of my morning coffee.
Salad, salad, salad, salad: I’ve had a voracious appetite for salad. My body’s appetite for vegetables has to be taken advantage of (as I’d much rather eat fruit instead 0f vegetables any day). So… I always eat the same salad veggie combo and have done so for at least 2 meals per day for the last 4 days: 3-4 cups of mixed spinach and kale, sliced, Roma or grape tomatoes, 1/2 of an organic cucumber, 1/2 of an organic green bell pepper, 2-3 tablespoons of matchstick carrots. Toss in some protein and any berries on hand. Drizzle some dressing on top.
Applegate hotdogs: I know, I know…they’re hotdogs. But they don’t have nearly the junk that normal hotdogs do. Plus, I can heat them, wrap them in a “lettuce” bun, top then with mustard and ketchup and eat them with only about 5 total minutes of oven use.
Snack lunch/dinner: a couple rolls of Applegate deli meat with some guacamole spread over a lettuce wrap with a small bowl of berries on the side, green smoothies, sweet potato chips and salsa (don’t judge, people!), breakfast for dinner (it’s so easy to scramble some eggs and “fry” some bacon in the oven!).
Spoonfuls of almond butter with some chocolate chips: seriously, this is what I crave every day. If I work out, this is what I eat as a post-workout snack. I work reaaaaallly well on a food-based reward system. 😉
Lately, I’ve done roughly the same things that I always do: work, work out, hang out with Mark, talk in weird voices to Otis, and obsessively clean things.
HOWEVER, I’m very, very, very excited to announce I am now adding “Contributing Writer to St. Augustine Social” to my repertoire of places you can find me and my writing!
What is St. Augustine Social?
St. Augustine Social’s editorial will engage young, active families and the cultured reader with stories that encourage engagement in the community, share unique ideas and highlight relevant updates behind every business. Editor-in-Chief, Heather Vreeland says “Residents and visitors can look to St. Augustine Social as the local authority on topics such as retail, beauty, fitness, outdoor, home, dining hot spots, design trends, top tastemakers and personalities. In addition to the print component we’ll keep our pulse on the market through an interactive digital brand updated daily at http://www.staugustinesocial.com and unrivaled events we’ll be bringing to town.