Typical Day in the Life of Me (Bri)!

Everyone’s days are different starting from the moment you wake up.

Personally I wake up revved and ready to go, but I am a morning person.  I usually wake up 5 minutes before my 6:00 alarm goes off.  I jump out of bed and immediately turn off my alarm.  I can tell you something I am not though… I AM NOT A SNOOZER.  People that snooze DRIVE me nuts!!!  My husband is a snoozer.  I have friends that are snoozers and I just don’t get it!

Although my weekends are very different the below is a look at my typical weekday!

6:00-7:00 AM I get up, shower and get myself completely ready for work. Once I am ready I get my daughter dressed and ready and we are out of the door by 7:05 AM.

7:05-7:10 AM I drop my daughter off at daycare and then head to work.

7:30 AM I get my work day started with a cup of coffee that consists of a French vanilla K-cup, 2 truvia packets and some Walden Farms French Vanilla Creamer (non dairy, zero calorie, sugar free)

8:30-9:00 AM I usually eat some kind of healthy protein/granola bar for breakfast.  Today I chose a blueberry Oatmega bar.  I have never had the blueberry flavor and I must say this was delicious!  It tasted like a blueberry muffin! 

9:00-11:30 AM I try to drink about 20-25 ounces of water before lunch.

12:00 PM is finally lunch time!  I am lucky if I make it until noon.  I am usually ready to eat at 11:00. So today I had sweet potatoes, eggs and turkey sausage topped with homemade pico. Yum!  Also drink another 15-20 ounces of water with lunch!

4:30 PM I am out the door and on to some kind of adventure.  Today is a gym day!  

4:45-6:00 PM I will spend this time running and doing some kind of weight training.  It is not a typical workout and I usually do whatever I am in the mood for, but I like it and it gives me the results that I want.  I will try to drink another 20 ounces of water after my workout!

You might already know this about me, but if not here you go…I get bored doing the same things over and over.  It absolutely kills me.  I can’t do rep after rep.  I have to change it up, ALOT!

6:15 PM time to go home and have dinner.  Usually this consists of me drinking a juice and eating another protein bar.  Sometimes I will actually make dinner, but not tonight!  Suja Berry Goodness FTW (For the win). 

6:45-9:00 PM This is my time to get my stuff situated for the next day and plan my work outfit.  I will also clean up, watch a movie, hang with the munchkin, write my blog, etc…Tonight I caught about 2 episodes of Supernatural (Season 3). Again drink another 20 ounces of water!

So as you can see I lead a pretty boring life. Nothing to crazy during the week!  The weekends are a little more adventurous!  

I always talk about how I hate to do the same thing over and over again, but honestly this is basically me monday through friday.  I even eat the same foods!  I am a walking contradiction, who am I kidding!

Have a great night!

Love,

Bri

 

Best Almond Flour Cookies Ever!

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So a while back I was trying to be super healthy and tried my hand at the paleo diet.  I did my research and dove right in.  The diet is basically eating all natural and unprocessed foods (obviously there is a little bit more to it than that, but that is the basic concept).  I have a huge sweet tooth, so when I go into a diet that cuts out a lot of my snack food I have a problem with that.

I immediately started looking for a sweet snack that I could eat, but that was still paleo friendly…  I didn’t want to eat almonds or different veggie chips.  I wanted something that was actually a snack.

I knew instantly that these cookies were for me.  I got the recipe and was off to the store to look for my very specific ingredients.  Now, before attempting this recipe, some of you will be surprised to know that I never cooked with almond flour before (shocking I know)!

Ingredients:

2 Cups almond flour or almond meal

1/4 cup raw/organic honey

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips

Heat your oven to 315 degrees.  Mix all the above ingredients into a bowl except for the chocolate chips.  Make sure to heat the coconut oil and honey a little bit so it is melted and easier to mix into the batter.  

A little hint: when you pour the melted coconut oil and honey into the batter you will want it to cool before you mix the chocolate chips into it otherwise they will melt!  If you have already mixed the chocolate chips into the batter it is not a big deal (once again, I have done this before and I learned).  You will just have chocolate cookies without the chips and your cookies will be a darker brown color! THEY STILL TASTE GREAT…  My suggestion is to stick the batter in the refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes before you add the chocolate chips in!

I have altered my recipe just a little bit from the original, so what you are seeing is my variation.  The original recipe said to put your oven at 350 degrees but since I have a gas stove and mine seems to be a little hotter than normal I had to turn my down to 315 so that the cookies did not burn (because the first couple of times, I completely burned the bottoms)!  

These cookies are a hit with everyone.  My 4 year old loves them, my husband (who is anti chocolate) loves them and all my friends love them.  You will be lucky if you have any left after 1 day!

Happy baking everyone!

Love, 

Bri