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Oh, Monday…

I woke up this morning to the sun shining – I love that!  Especially since I usually wake up to darkness.  I decided to start my day off with some greens, so I whipped up some Chocolate Milk.

My mix included some kick-ass stuff this morning:

  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxmeal
  • 1.5 tbsps raw cacao powder (I could have just used 1 tbsp – the mix was super chocolatey!)
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
  • 1.5 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach!

Yum.  I love this chocolate milk – trust me, even though it may look a little green, you cannot taste the spinach one bit!

I also munched on a slice of millet toast with earth balance and cinnamon.  I needed something to chew as well.

Lunch included more green.  The only veggies we bought this week were romaine lettuce and baby spinach, so those will be our greens for the week.  We have a fridge, freezer and cabinet full of food to use up before we spend more money at the grocery store.

A salad with romaine, grape tomatoes, cucumber, apricot stilton and pear infused vinaigrette.

Along with some Dr. Krackers Cherry Semolina crackers and Sabra hummus.

I found these individual packs of hummus at BJ’s yesterday.  They are awesome for portion control.  I can eat an entire jar of hummus in one sitting, so these will be perfect to balance that out.  I also got a huge container of Spinach & Artichoke Hummus, which I had never seen before.  It will make a debut for dinner!

And, chocolate yogurt – why not?!

Later on, I snacked on another BJ’s purchase – Coconut Almond Dates.

They contain 3 ingredients – Dates, almonds and unsweetened coconut!  I have bought these before at my local health food store, but found this huge container at BJ’s for so much cheaper.

Consumed with a green granny smith apple.

For dinner, we decided on panini’s and salads.

I made a big salad with greensromaine & spinach, grape tomatoes, cucumbers and Kaia’s garlic & herb sunflower seeds with a drizzle of olive oil and honey.

These sunflower seeds were great!  Really crunchy and flavorful.  Can’t wait to try the other flavors.

And, a fun panini – a whole wheat sandwich thin with spinach & artichoke hummus, roasted red peppers, basil and cheddar cheese.

This was a delicious and satisfying meal, with a side of orzo from Saturday nights apres ski party.

I’m about to eat a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a chocolate vitatop and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.  A perfect ending. 🙂

I got in a lot of greens today, whew!  Time for 24.

fun brews and eats

What an awesome day today!  It was so gorgeous and sunny out, that we knew we needed to spend some time outside.  I skipped a workout so that we could head up to Portsmouth, NH for the day!  It was so much fun to just spend the day exploring with no schedule – I loved it.

Our first stop was the Red Hook Brewery, so I knew I needed a snack on the way to soak up the beer. 🙂

After about an hour drive from Boston, we arrived at the brewery!

It was pretty crowded inside for it being such a nice day out!

We started with a tasting, while we waited for our tour to start.  Their tasting menu consisted of 5 different beers -Long Hammer IPA, Slim Chance Light Beer, ESB Original Ale, Copperhead Ale and Oatmeal Stout.

Long Hammer IPA

This was good.  Normally, I don’t care for IPA’s, but this one was not nearly as hoppy as many others I have tried.  Brant loves IPA’s, so he was in heaven. 🙂

Slim Chance Light Beer

Neither of us really cared for this beer.  It was okay, and definitely better than other light beers I have tried, but if I am going to drink beer I want something better and more flavorful!

ESB Original Brew

Apparently, this is the beer that made Red Hook famous!  I did not love it because of it’s slightly bitter taste.  Brant liked it though…

Copperhead Ale – Spring Seasonal Brew

Loved this one!  We both did.  It was flavorful and not too hoppy.

Oatmeal Stout

Surprisingly, this was my absolute favorite!  I always stay away from heavier, darker beers for no good reason except that I assume I won’t like them.  But, this was awesome!

We definitely did not have a problem drinking everything, even the beer we didn’t like!

Time for the brewery tour!

This was a pretty short tour that walked us through the different stages of the brewing and bottling process, then brought us into a tasting room to try some beer.

First up were the brew tanks, where the hops and malts pass through several different stages.

Once the beer is made, it sits in these enormous tanks for at least 2 weeks to ferment.

The bottom of the tanks.

The beer is then bottled in this huge room.  It takes about 4 minutes for a bottle to go through the whole process (add the beer, label, cap, etc.) and only 2-3 people run the whole process because the machines do everything!

On to the tasting room, where we tried the IPA, Copperhead, ESB and Oatmeal Stout again – yum!

Our tour guide.

And us!

We mailed some postcards to our family’s from the brewery.  They encourage this and actually give out postcards and stamps!

After the tour we headed to downtown Portsmouth for a super late lunch and to walk around in the gorgeous weather!  We decided on The Works Bakery Cafe for some quick and healthy sandwiches.

It was cute inside, and surprisingly pretty busy for 3:30pm!

I decided on the special panini of the day – Provolone Artichoke Panini.

It was delicious!  Not oily, like many panini’s are.  They use homemade pesto and all fresh ingredients.

After lunch, we took a stroll around town and stopped at a chocolate shop for a coffee and some treats!

I decided on a Chocolate Coconut Haystack, and Brant got a turtle!

As expected, I dug right in and they were both awesome!

It was an awesome day!  We made it home and I will be having a super light dinner, if anything at all, due to our very late lunch and my tummy full of beer!