Friday night, I went out with one of my friends (and Savage gal, Ashley) Ashley and I early on realized that we live down the street from each other. I was so exstatic when we realized that we live so darn close!! So anyway, we went out to a fancy schmancy restaurant on Newbury St in downtown Boston to Sonsie, which is a fabulous little trendy spot. I didn't take my camera which I was bummed about but let me tell you that it. was. delicious. We split two dishes between the two of us and one appetizer
1. MESCLUN purple basil vinegar, evoo, cucumber, cherry tomato <--light and delicious!
2. MUSHROOM caramelized onion, mozzarella, brie cheese <--This is pizza and it was incredible
3. SALMON wok seared, wasabi potato spring roll, sesame seaweed brown butter* <--so good too!
The meal was so delicious, spending time and getting to know Ashley even better was so fabulous and after that amazing meal + two glasses of vino--I decided. It was the perfect evening. Being out on a beautiful night in downtown Boston got me so excited for spending even more summer days and nights in the city!
On Saturday I was so happy that the sun finally peaked its head out! Not that I took advantage of the weather all that much--I had some errands and things I needed to get done, but it was just so pleasant to see people being active outdoors--it puts a big smile on my face!
After some shopping, a killer shoulder, arms/stepmill workout and a delicious protein shake.
Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake!
Makes 1 delicious shake.
I threw all of the following ingredients in the blender
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein
- 2 T canned pumpkin
- water/5 ice cubes
- pinch of xanthan + guar gums (for thickening)
- Few shakes of cinnamon/nutmeg
- 1/4 C raw oats after it was blended (if you havent tried throwing some raw oats in your shake-its a must! They soak up some of the liquid and have a great chewy texture to them)
Well I went to my parents house, thinking my mom will make her usual roasted or grilled veggies on teh side of whatever main dish she was making. Well you can imagine my shock/happy smile when I saw this on the stove
Thats right, my mom made kale chips! I didn't even know she knew how to make them but either way, I felt a true mother/daughter moment when its as if she was inside my head knowing exactly what I wanted. I finished cooking up the kale chips topped with some sea salt and some seasonings.
Grilled asparagus and portobella mushrooms. The burger is for my dad. Inside the aluminum foil was for me and my mom!
STEAK! Oh I love steak and haven't had it in so long!! My mom had been marinating it in a sesame, soy sauce, ginger combination
Yum yum. It was so tender and delicious. It could have a used a BIT more marinating time to break down the meat a bit more and release its tenderness, but lets be honest--steak is so darn delicious, I will glady eat it even if its not "exactly perfect"
I also went through some old jewlery of my mom's that she doesn't wear anymore. Some of the pieces were a bit horrifying (as I am sure all of your mom's have lying around as well. They don't necessarily wear the pieces anymore, but just keep them around because they can't stand the sight of getting rid of it--am I right?) Her defense for some of the pieces that I looked at that were a bit *interesting* looking:
"Well, back when I was your age...this necklace was so "In" and everyone had it!" RIGHT...okay mom...
Regardless of the few *interesting* pieces of jewlery I came across, I did find some great pieces! It was like I was shopping in a little boutique at my parents house! I will snap some pics of the goods later, I didn't get a chance to just yet!
I hope you all had a nice weekend!! I will leave you with a killer upper body blast and ab workout for you to take to the gym with you! Repeat each circuit 2-3 times depending on how much time you have and always make sure to WARM UP!!!
--Increased range of motion
--Inreased blood temperature which therefore leads to decreased risk of injury during exercise
--Muscles contract and relax faster
--Delays onset of fatigue and accumulation of lactic acid. Warm up pervents early lactic acid buildup and fatigue that could shorten your workout
--Improves strength by stimulating the motor units of the muscles and prepared for a heavy workload
--Increased cardic output and bloodflow to the muscles to be used during the training session
SUNS OUT GUNS OUT WORKOUT!!!
Circuit 1: ARMS
- Seated shoulder Press--HEAVY 10 reps
- Side leaning lateral raise (10 reps each side)
- Renegade Row (8 reps each side with push up in the middle) Watch the movement of your core, hips and leg. Try to keep your toes on the ground and shoulder width apart
Circuit 2: Back + Chest
- Incline DB chest press (12, 10, 8) Superset with Chest fly machine or standing chest fly (12 reps)
Circuit 3: ARMS 2
- Reverse grip triceps push down (12 reps)
- Incline DB biceps curl (12 reps)
Circuit 3: AB BLAST
- Two point roll out (45 seconds)
- Low plank frog kick (12 each side)
- Sprinter Sit ups (10 each side)
- Plank hold (30 seconds)
ENJOY IT! Let me know what you think of it!My next post, I will be talking about the benefits of SPRINTING and why you should incorporate sprinting into your training!
Question 1: Have you ever gotten a gift from your mom/grandmother, father/grandfather that at first you thought was so 'old fashioned' but you have found a way to use it and make it relevant to today? My grandmother always gives me different jewlery and accessories such as bags/clutches that she used when she was younger, but no longer has use for them. Some of the bags/jewlery at first, I thought I would never wear, but I have recently found that some of these 'old fashioned' finds work beautifully accessorizing up my outfits!
Question 2: Is there a nutrition/fitness topic of information you would like to see on OneFitFoodie?