Life lately

You guys…my eyes are closing as I’m typing this and it’s 6:50pm. It’s been one of those Mondays. Started the morning bright and early on a bike at Beyond Pedaling at 6:45am after a night of not-enough-sleep and a day jam packed with work (and overseeing Operation Wood Flooring Installation on our 3rd floor). I’m nowhere near being done with my work today, but I miss blogging, so here I am. 

Let me just say I realize every post has been sporadic and I say how much I miss blogging and how I’m going to try to blog on a more regular basis once again. I’ve figured out the way that I work: structure + organization. I’m tired of going weeks without blogging and then just throwing up a bunch of photos I feel like sharing with you. Starts to feel a little aimless and I want YOU to get excited and know what’s coming. So I’ve come up with some fun “themes” if you will–so a few things I’ll be blogging about and you can look forward to:

  • Meal Plans + Fitness Plans
  • Product Reviews
  • Recipes
  • Restaurant Reviews
  • What I Ate Wednesday (<– time to bring those back!)
  • Friday Faves
  • Weekend Recaps
  • Foodie Girl Findings (a look into my pantry, new favorite products, thoughts about non-food related topics, links, etc.)

Bam. Now hold me accountable :) 

So now let’s jump to the current week’s meal plan and fitness plan. I usually cook 3-4 meals per week–sometimes less. I try to cook enough food each time so that I have lunch the next day. Helps keep me on track and eating healthy throughout the day. I’ve been following the Transform 30 program (started April 1st) during the week, but allowing myself to indulge a bit on the weekends. Basically it’s a Juice Plus shake in the morning (2 handfuls spinach + frozen fruit + scoop Juice Plus Complete protein powder) and then clean meals after that–mostly vegetables, with a little bit of animal protein. No sugar. No wheat. No alcohol. No refined sugar. I’m ignoring the “cut out caffeine” and allowing myself to have the “no-no’s” on the weekend. I say do whatever works for you! 

Here’s this week’s meal plan:

Monday: simple green salad + 2 egg breakfast taco (gluten free tortilla + 2 eggs + salsa)

Tuesday: zoodles bolognese + salad (zucchini noodles + grass fed beef homemade pasta sauce)

Wednesday: stir fried shrimp + sugar snap peas + soba noodles

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: out

And the fitness plan:

Monday: spin class

Tuesday: run

Wednesday: vinyasa yoga

Thursday: barre class

Friday: turbo kick

Saturday: City Surf

Sunday: rest

…and now I’m going to catch you all up on some of the highlights in the past week or so. Bear with me :) 

IMG_8625{the switch to lighter, but HUGE salads for dinner}IMG_8676{A really fun StudioHop+GritFitness+LornaJane event at Northpark Center}IMG_8729{dinner at HG Sply with some of my BFFS–we were so original and all ordered the kale salad}IMG_8498{my obsession with BIG fresh Texas grapefruit is getting out of hand}IMG_8694{one of my favorite things–homemade brunch}IMG_8479{deliciously fresh dinner al fresco with the husband + bottle of Markham merlot}IMG_8639{soy ginger sriracha glazed salmon with veggies + quinoa}IMG_8735{spontaneous visit by the sister. made Monday way better!}IMG_8722{mid-Katy Trail walk with a friend: margs @ Company Cafe. Perfect Saturday afternoon}

Hope everyone has a great week! What are YOU doing to sweat this week? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Park City, Utah

Hi friends!

Wow, it’s been quite the hiatus! We’ve been traveling to Austin for the weekends and my husband and I recently took a wonderful 4 day vacation to Park City, Utah for a ski getaway. I had skied <–(is that spelled right?) in Deer Valley as a kid, so it had been quite a while since I had been there. This was the first time I got to explore the city, and my husband’s first time, which made for a really fun trip. I hadn’t skied in probably 7 or 8 years, and R hadn’t ever skied before, just snowboarded once as a kid. Oddly enough, there was no snow on the ground. Only on the slopes. Even then it was pretty icy/slushy, so it didn’t make for the best skiing experience, but we managed to have a great time.

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I’ll just touch on some of the highlights–including some of our favorite dishes. We love dining at one spot for dinner and drinks then hopping to a new spot for dessert (and more drinks).

1. Fletchers– right on Main Street, this new hot spot has a fun, party vibe and an incredibly delicious menu.

IMG_8265Loved the cocktail lounge! It had an upscale chill vibe and that cute pup in the painting and on the upholstered chair was a theme throughout the restaurant.

IMG_8269We got a fun table next to the window overlooking Main Street. This was one of my favorite cocktails EVER. A delicious spin on a Moscow Mule–using Grey Goose Melon. SO. good.

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These short rib grilled cheese bites were as dreamy as they look.

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But these guys stole the show! Cauliflower fritters with a smoked paprika yogurt topping and pomegranate seeds. I’ve got to find a way to replicate these!

Our entree didn’t even get a photo. Oops! We shared the beef wellington since R had never tried one before. The small plates definitely won in the flavor competition.

2. High West Distillery–a whiskey distillery and saloon located right off Main Street. Laid back, fun and tasty.

IMG_8317We became regulars in just one weekend. It was definitely the hoppin’ spot for weekend evenings.

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This came after our dinner at Fletcher’s. Doesn’t look like much, but ohhhh baby. Rhubarb, apple and wild berries cobbler with a biscuit topping and whiskey laced vanilla ice cream. Mmmm. Ryan loved their whiskey flight as a way to taste several different kinds, and I opted for their “Dead Man’s Boots” which was a margarita-Moscow Mule hybrid, aka the best.

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Another evening spent at High West out by the fire with a hot apple cider spiked with High West whiskey. This is probably the only way I’ll enjoy whiskey.

3. The Edge– an upscale steakhouse near Canyons at the Westgate Resort & Spa.

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We always like to do at least one night at a nicer place to get the full dining experience. The Edge had some beautiful presentation (hello, giant popovers!) and my scallops were delicious. It was one of those, ohh my gosh I am so full and that  meal was overly decadent-type meals. Only bad thing was R said his king crab wasn’t the freshest. 

4. J& G Grill at St. Regis Deer Valley– gorgeous setting + you get to take a funicular up to the restaurant!

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Brunch was pretty standard (but $$ given the location)–we had mimosas, I had a cheeseburger, R had a pasta dish and dessert was the most memorable: salted caramel ice cream with crunchy caramel popcorn and fudge on the bottom.

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We had such a fun time eating, drinking and skiing our way through Park City just the two of us. I highly recommend it–hopefully you’ll get better snow than we did!

IMG_8354After a late night flight back home to DFW, our fridge was a bit empty on Monday morning. Frozen bananas, chocolate JP+ Complete to the rescue! It was the start of a “detox” week after a food + alcohol overload. Well worth every bite :)

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Who has a vacation planned soon?

 

Evolution Fresh

IMG_8008Ok, it’s no secret that I love to eat and drink my greens on a daily basis. There’s just something about GREEN that makes your body feel so good. Above is a little side salad of Trader Joe’s cruciferous crunch with a little balsamic. So delicious…how am I just now discovering it!?

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Greens in all forms– salads, juices, smoothies, sauteed, whatever! 

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I also just happen to love Evolution Fresh, so you can imagine how excited I was to hear from them that they wanted to partner up with That Foodie Girl! We’ve gotten together in honor of their #3daystogreen campaign (thanks for sponsoring my green juice habit!). A concept I love–try drinking a green juice a day for 3 days and see how you feel. Pair that with 30-60 minutes of physical activity, swap out your sugary, sweet treat for a refreshing green juice and watch your body change. 1 pound of green veggies in every bottle of many of their green juices: Sweet Greens and Lemon, Smooth Greens, Essential Greens with Lime, and Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger. Seriously. 

So I have an Evolution Fresh story. I started drinking their juice when I discovered their sweet greens at the grocery store in La Jolla. I enjoyed my first Evo Fresh on the beach. Love at first sip. The moment I saw Evolution Fresh come to a Texas Whole Foods, I was thrilled. And then the best part came…Starbucks. The funny part was my husband and I were telling the baristas what Evolution Fresh is, what cold pressed means and why they high pressure process their produce and what that means. You can learn all about high pressure processing here. I could now drink fresh cold pressed juice on the go at pretty much any location. Whether I’m really thirsty and need their pineapple coconut water (so good) or need a little nutritional or energy boost, I’ll go with super greens or sweet greens. 

Evolution Fresh juice is almost all non-GMO (their protein juice isn’t), 82% of the produce is grown within 400 miles of their juicery and founder Jimmy Rosenberg is committed to high quality, accessible fruit and vegetable juice–both organic and not.

Another favorite?

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We got a little Instagram love from Evolution Fresh when my husband made us Ruby Roots “Moscow Mules”. The color was a gorgeous bright pink and the flavor was incredible.

And a juice I can’t wait to try?Coconut_Water_Greens_Large_1

Looks pretty perfect!

#3daystogreen wasn’t much of a challenge for me, since I drink green juice almost everyday (I have some local favorites too), but I challenge everyone else to do the same. You don’t need to go on a juice cleanse to feel benefits (but you could also try Juice Plus+ which is an easy way to get all your fruits and vegetables in!). I do both. I love when eating healthy is easy.

If you want to participate in #3daystogreen, head here for more details.

The kind people over at Evolution Fresh have donated a $40 Evolution Fresh gift card that you can redeem at your local Starbucks + a coupon for a free Evolution Fresh juice that you can use at Whole Foods and other retailers where they are sold for one lucky reader.

How to enter?

1. ‘Like’ That Foodie Girl on Facebook here.

2. Comment with your favorite Evolution Fresh juice. If you’ve never tried it, let me know which one you’d like to try!

Winner will be announced on Friday! Good luck! #greenjuicenowchampagnelater

{disclosure: Evolution Fresh sent me free product in exchange for an honest review}

Public School 214

Oh, hey there winter!
IMG_7987Dallas has a funny way of throwing in some major winter weather either late Feb or early March. Every year. This time our winter extravaganza came in the form of lots of ice and sleet. The worst! Or the best…for those kids who have gotten not one, but two days off school. Either way, I’m tired of being trapped at home, sick of my Ugg boots and ready for spring weather. But not so fast! We have snow coming our way tomorrow AND Friday. Dallas or Alaska? You tell me. (sorry northerners…we live in Texas for a reason)

Anywayyy let’s talk about this new awesome California-bred restaurant that made its way to the West Village in Dallas. 

Public School 214

Where: West Village, Dallas

What: locally sourced American comfort

Here in Dallas, we have so many restaurant openings every week, you become somewhat jaded by it all. Or at least I have. And we’re spoiled over here as a result! That being said, I didn’t really have high hopes for Public School 214. I didn’t have many expectations, but one thing I did expect was that it’d be just like every other Dallas “American” restaurant–fried, cheesy, over indulgent, blah blah run-of-the-mill food. Not so at Public School 214!

IMG_7976We went for brunch on a Sunday. Ok, so the husband was really hungry, so I guess you would consider the above pretty indulgent. Their version of mac n cheese with chorizo, sprinkled with salt and vinegar chips…with KALE. They seriously knocked it out of the park with this one. It’s indulgent, rich, AND it has a touch of nutritional value, but it also doesn’t leave you feeling overly full and gross like most Dallas brunches do. Balance. Just let me think it is… also, you could tell the ingredients were top notch. Try this dish.

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He had the “beermosa” which was supposedly “like a mimosa, but with beer, so a little less sweet”. Not so. He had to return this drink and exchange it out for a Bloody Mary because it was overly sweet. Now we know! I had a coffee because it was time to take a break after drinks at Henry’s Majestic the night before. (<– we also ordered their salted caramel crumble dessert and holy moly it’s my new favorite in the entire city of Dallas.)

IMG_7977I had the vegetable and poached egg hash–it was the right idea, but I’m pretty sure they forgot one important ingredient: salt. It was pretty flavorless. What a bummer! Next time I’ll be a little smarter and order the eggs benedict pizza.

IMG_7978He had the bangers and mash. SO flavorful and delicious. Chicken sausage AND they snuck some veggies into the mash. I love these people!

We can’t wait to get back over there for dinner. The menu is amazing–the ambiance is lively and fun. Love all the “school” theme decor and menus. This would be a great spot to go out with friends! 

image1After brunch, we couldn’t avoid making a stop at Bisous Bisous. It’s a dangerous obsession, and unfortunately my husband shares the obsession with me. These are our favorite macarons in Dallas. Hands. down. And they just opened a storefront in West Village!

I hope everyone is surviving the cold and not going too stir crazy! Stay tuned this week for a fun giveaway.