Strawberries and goat cheese

Gotta make this quick… it’s past 10 pm already.  Yikes!  To make up for my lack of creativity tonight, here are a few giveaways for you to check out…

Heather and Mark are having a giveaway for almond butter… yum!

And Kelly is having another book giveaway.  I want both!! :D

BEST MEAL OF THE DAY

I give all credit for today’s meal of the day to my sister and her boyfriend, who brought us the best strawberry balsamic vinegar and basil infused olive oil EVER (from Old Town Oil in Chicago)!!  I tried the strawberry balsamic here and raved about it the first time, but today I actually added fresh strawberries to the salad which brought out the amazing balsamic vinegar sweetness and strawberry flavor even further.  The vinegar + oils turned a delicious salad into an extraordinary, lick the plate clean amazing meal (and yes, I did in fact lick the plate after I was done … no joke!).

In today’s salad I used baby spinach, grape tomatoes, fresh strawberries, goat cheese and pecans – all dressed in 1 tsp of the basil EVOO and 1 T of the strawberry balsamic.  OMG, strawberries and goat cheese in a salad… how did I live for over 26 years without ever trying this combo??!!

strawberry/goat cheese salad

Pre-dressing closeup:

salad closeup

On the side I enjoyed 4 crackers with some Trader Joe’s olive bruschetta.  It was a really great lunch!

crackers with TJ's olive bruschetta

OTHER EATS

Banana/barney butter sammie

grapes + 2% cottage cheese

Peach chobani with a clementine and 1/2 kashi chewy trail mix bar

Kashi dark chocolate oatmeal cookie

Chicken/mushroom and broccoli ww pasta in creamy mushroom sauce

For the dish above, I followed this recipe found on Lara’s blog.  I added extra mushrooms because we love mushrooms in this household :D  7.5 oz of dry pasta, 1 lb of raw chicken, a broccoli head and a big handful of fresh mushrooms + sauce made 4 HUGE servings.  In fact, I couldn’t finish this bowl so I had dessert instead…

2 sweet sloops

Total calories for the day: 1678

WORKOUT

I had a great workout today!  I was actually really excited about it which made a very vigorous bootcamp class (recently renamed to “extreme core training” and yes it was extreme) very enjoyable.  I started with a 15 minutes of abs, followed by 40 minutes of a bootcamp class (we alternated between jump rope and crazy exercises for 1 minute each) and finished with 20 minutes of pilates.  I was actually going to do the whole pilates class but my legs were shaking so much after 20 minutes I thought it may do more harm than good so I left in the middle of the class.  The instructor was a little upset, but whatever.  She’ll get over it :)

By the way, I’ve been using my Ab slide 3 times a week (I didn’t do it today… I just figured I’d mention it so you guys know I’ve been complying with the Sexy six pack challenge rules :) ).  I’m up to 60 rolls already! :D

And that’s all I’ve got for you today!  I have a little dinner + movie date with my friend Katie tomorrow so there may be no post tomorrow night… or a really short  one!  I’m just warning you ;)

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