October 23, 2014

Food Should Taste Good

I don't know about you, but my breakfast and lunch on workdays are pretty light. I try my best to get satiating foods in like apples and granola to get me through. Because I stay so busy, I never get too hungry during the day.

After school though is a completely different story. I get pretty snacky and I'm usually in the mood for something salty like chips or pretzels.

A few weeks ago the kind people behind Food Should Taste Good sent me a crispy little sample package and I was excited to try out a new after school snack sans guilt.

Why no guilt? I was instantly drawn to these products because a lot of them are verified non-gmo and use minimal, simple ingredients. I also love seeing that the bags have Box Tops which my school collects.

I've previously had the olive tortilla chip and loved eating them with hummus so I was excited to try some new flavors. I was sent the olive, multigrain, sweet potato, and jalapeno cheddar chips to try.

The olive and multigrain are the perfect vehicle for your favorite salsa or dip, but my favorites have to be the sweet potato and jalapeno cheddar.

The sweet potato chips have the light sweetness of sweet potato mixed with the salty crunch you'd expect in a chip. They are so good! With the help of my family (okay, mostly me) I finished off that bag in a day. The best part is that they so much flavor that I enjoy eating them on their own.

The jalapeno cheddar is my new go to nacho chip. The cheesiness and spicy kick from the jalapeno is the perfect addition to my after school snack routine. A white cheddar dusting over a red chip made them look a little odd, but looks can be deceiving. They tasted delicious. My favorite way to eat them is straight out of the bag with a small scoop of salsa.

So tell me are you a sweet or salty after school snacker?

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October 20, 2014

Weekend Update

I am still recovering from my whirlwind weekend--whew! I'll give you the rundown by days...

Because I had parent/teacher conferences on Thursday night we didn't have school Friday. Woo Hoo! I had the pleasure of spending the day with the team from Dayton Local at the TEDx Dayton event. It was phenomenal and I'll be reviewing it in more depth later. 

I don't make it downtown much, but Friday was certainly a perfect day for it.

Corey and I attended my friends Sean and Heather's wedding which was gorgeous! I think Fall weddings are my favorite by far. 

Once at the reception the hosts wasted no time getting the party started and the live band had everyone to their feet as soon as forks were laid to rest on the tables.

Glad I could celebrate with you two, Sean and Heather, on your special day! Congratulations!!! 

Corey and I left straight from the wedding and drove to Columbus to pick up our half-marathon race packets. I may have been mildly freaking out at this point considering I can count on both hands the number of times I did a distance run to prepare. Oops. 

We met up with Natalie who graciously let us crash at her place for the night and did our best to carb load at The Wine Bistro.

The restaurant had a cozy atmosphere that would have me racing back for hot, steamy soups and chilled wine all winter long if I lived close. I went for the lobster and shrimp fettuccine while the boy went for spaghetti and meatball--yes one giant meatball. Natalie had an incredible french onion soup which had a warm savory flavor.

Race day! Corey and I got up bright and early, said our goodbyes to Natalie, and shivered out the door into the still, dark morning. In all honesty I was dreading this half-marathon because I have not been running or preparing for it at all.

Once we arrived I jumped into the last corral and the energy from the crowd and fellow racers was too contagious to ignore. I pumped myself up, prayed that God would carry my out of shape body across that finish line, and set out to do my best. No PR, (didn't even think it would be an option!) but was very happy that I finished under 3 hours--2:49 to be exact! 

The cause (Nationwide Children's Hospital), the clever signs, and the man upstairs is how I made it across that finish line and it was an amazing feeling. Today my legs might tell you otherwise--owwieee!

I hope your week is off to a great start! 

October 12, 2014

Athens, Greece

And so the day has finally come. My last post of my summer trip to Europe.

For our last day we traveled to Athens which was where everyone flew home from. We said goodbye to our island oasis and took a fast boat then bus straight to the Acropolis.

The sun was at it's hottest and streaming down on us without a cloud in the sky. Our guide was a pretty, young woman who had the best story telling voice. Even though it was hot and hard to pay attention, I loved listening to her as we walked the ancient site.

After dodging in and out of shade spots we made our back down the mount and stopped by the marble olympic stadium before checking in to our final hotel.

Not wanting to waste our only day there, most people headed out around the corner to a lovely restaurant with outdoor seating in the glorious shade.

Megan, Quinn, and I split a huge greek salad, chicken souvlaki, and baklava for dessert. Of course with 2 helpings of tzatziki sauce on the side. If you're traveling and want to eat on a budget Greece is the place to be! It was cheap and easily the best meal I had on the whole trip.

We browsed the many stalls and vendors around the city including the ever rare Starbucks and H&M before giving in to summer's heat and heading back to the hotel for a nap.

For our final evening together I managed no pictures, but we laughed like old friends, drank merrily, and dined on delicious food with traditional greek dancers bobbing and clapping around us. We bid our final goodbyes to each other sipping up our last drinks on the rooftop lit up by the acropolis in the distance.

I opted not to sleep since I had to be up at 3 am to go to the airport. So after our goodbyes I dressed in my flying home attire and sleepily taxied to the airport with Alston and Omid. Their flight left first and then I was left alone to reminisce about my 3 weeks in Europe. I'm so happy to have had the experience and met so many wonderful friends.

You better believe I'm already planning my next trip back, Europe!


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