Healthy Loving Weekend

Boooo, I can’t believe it’s Monday already!?! At least it’s May, right?! Warm weather is here to stay. This weekend was pretty uneventful but I needed it. I have a feeling my life is about to become super hectic so I’m happy with my 80-year-old status weekend.

Friday night I enjoyed dinner with my grandma & aunt at home… We had a SUPER yummy salad that I forgot to take pictures of. It was a “Shrimp Cobb Salad” from the new Cooking Light magazine…. SO amazing.

The dressing was very light and simple to make – You can find the recipe here if you want to have bacon, avocado and shrimp wrapped in one meal. Put any one of those in a recipe and I’m in…all 3? Hellllo perfection. Friday night I was in bed by 10:30, because I’m 80.

Saturday morning I woke up and skipped my normal bodypump/zumba classes because I was extremely sore… Instead I decided to head over to my moms house to use her bike. I rode for a good 45 minutes – It was A LOT  harder than I thought. When I got up I whipped up some healthy muffins. Again, this recipe was adapted from the new Cooking Light magazine. Great investment I’d say.

Whole Wheat Pistachio and Chai Muffins


  • 1 3/4 cups of Whole Wheat flour (or all-purpose OR 1/2 AP 1/2 WW)
  • 1/2 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 chai blend tea bags, opened
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted (i used brummel and brown – yogurt based)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (or 1 whole egg)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup shelled dry-roasted pistachios, chopped
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut open tea bags; add tea to flour mixture, stirring well.
  • Make a well in center of mixture. Combine buttermilk, butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and egg whites in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Add 1/2 of your pistachio mixture to batter.
  • Place 12 muffin-cup liners in muffin cups; coat liners with cooking spray. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.
  • Sprinkle nuts evenly over batter.
  • Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack.
I decided to top half of mine with PB and I actually preferred it without… Shocker, I know – I didn’t want Peanut Butter on something? Weird.
If you want you could add 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon water & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla to make a glaze as a topping as suggested by Cooking Light.

We replaced our old fridge

With a new fridge

Some organization needs to be done but I’m loving it so far!

We seriously couldn’t ask for better weather on Saturday – I get so much more accomplished when Mr. Sun is showing his face. I’ve been loving my workouts outside so much that I’ve decided instead of using my gym membership I’m going to start sporting these…

MMhmmm. I can already picture myself now.

Ha, I hope I’m kidding.

I enjoyed some more time in the sun while watching my little cousin play lacrosse.

He loves having fans on the sidelines.

The "point" as in I see you

3 goals scored by this little munchkin.

Isn’t he cute?

My grandma, aunt and I enjoyed dinner again out at Woodfire Grill. We all had the Woodfire Salad (Spinach, Strawberries, Blackberries, Sunflower Seeds & Goat Cheese) w/ Grilled Salmon. We are quite the seafood and salad eaters lately.

I went to Tasti D-Lite afterwards by myself (fat kid move) for a little treat.

Caramel with mini chocolate chips and strawberries

Seriously, this is a small. I couldn’t finish it and I think that might be the first time that has EVER happened.

Sunday morning I got up for my spin class and my favorite spin instructor wasn’t teaching. Awesome. Instead I did 35 minutes on the Arc Trainer and did an ab routine. I headed to the mall afterwards and picked up some mothers day gifts! Surprisingly, I only purchased one thing for myself and it was necessary 🙂

Yesterday our farmers market opened! I feel like I’ve been waiting on this for MONTHS.

I picked up plenty of fresh fruit to make my new favorite lunch – Smoothie bowls!

Now I know why Julie loves these so much!

The first Smoothie Bowl is Strawberry Banana – In it goes

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 2 pinches xanthan gum

The second one is a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie bowl

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein
  • 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 pinches of xanthan gum
These are SO huge and SO filling… I’ve been topping them with these gerber graduates cereal puffs.
So basically if you learned anything from this post it is – I’m now an 80-year-old grandma who likes baby food… Interesting.
I’m off for a run before work. Let’s cross our fingers this week goes by FAST!
Oh and one last thing… It feels good to be an American today! I didn’t find out til this morning when I woke up, but it gave me chills 🙂
Thank you to all our soldiers for their dedication and hard work!

QUESTIONS: Have you ever had chai in muffins? What was the best thing you did/ate over the weekend?

25 Comments to “Healthy Loving Weekend”

  1. The best thing I ate this weekend was definitely some croissants with brie and jam, i missed my carbs!! boo for monday yay for warm weather!

  2. Wooo America!!! Your muffins look so yummy!! So cute that you went to watch your cousin play lacrosse! Have a great Monday!

  3. “fat kid move” made me lol 🙂 haaalarious. And I am also an 80 year old who likes baby food…weird.

  4. I love puffs too!! Did you ever have those yogurt puffs that babies eat (I babysit too, haha)? Delicious!!

  5. Love the muffins!! I’ve never had chai in muffins before. Best thing I ate over the weekend was turkey meatballs that I made with the bf 😀

  6. Best thing I ate over the weekend was definitely my malted vanilla-peanut brittle-milk chocolate ice cream. Heaven!

  7. ah i was just reading the cooking light magazine this morning and saw that salad on the front cover and want to make it today! it looks absolutely incredible and so full of flavor!

  8. I’ve never had chai muffins but I like chai so I bet I’d like the muffins! Best thing I ate over the weekend… some strawberry cheesecake for Europa, a local restaurant. SO delicious!

  9. I really need to try Tasti D’Lite!!

  10. Best thing I did this weekend was win my championship game and finished my final project of the semester!! 🙂 I love the muffin idea you always have such great posts!

  11. Sounds like an awesome weekend!! That small from tasti d -light is HUGE!! The best thing I did this weekend was rock my dance competition!!!

  12. Oooh, that ice cream looks so good! That is a pretty big size though! I had frozen yogurt yesterday, definitely the best thing I ate yesterday!

  13. Those muffins look greattttt! I love muffins 🙂

  14. I’ve seen that recipe before, and I’ve been meaning to make it!
    My weekend was pretty dull, lotsa AP Psych cramming, haha!

  15. I’ve been contemplating subscribing to cooking light. Looks amazing!

  16. Ha! I’m an 80-year-old, too! No one can knock those Gerber puffs until they try them. Thanks to my baby niece, I always enjoy sneaking a few at snack time.

  17. Your 80-year-old weekend sounds pretty fab to me! First of all, that SALAD! Omg, yum! I love Cooking Light…that magazine basically taught me how to cook. And the muffins–‘Ive never ever seen pistahios in muffins! Love it.

    Rollerblading takes me back to elementary school! Such fun times…I wish I had a pair so that I could join you! And I had no idea that Tasti-D-Lite was in Maryland! Did you know that Pinkberry is coming to DC? I think you should come down sometime for a froyo date!

  18. I LOVE chai! I tried amazing grass chai protein powder in oats, and it was really good. That’s too bad your favorite spin teacher wasn’t there – I get so excited for classes because of great instructors.

  19. I’ve never had chai in muffins before but I have had green tea powder? It was ridiculously delicious.

    The best thing I ate this weekend was….Hmmm…probably either the croissant I devoured with nutella and cherry jam or the kobe beef burger I had for dinner on Friday night. Toss-up!

  20. I’ve never had chai in muffins, but it sounds awesome! 🙂 I’m like an 80 yr old most of the time, so I totally get it. 🙂

  21. I’m on a huge shrimp kick lately and that salad rocks my socks. I’m going to be making that….like soon!

  22. I love pistachios! I’ve never had chai muffins but I have had chai cupcakes. Looks great!


  24. Sorry about the capital letters!

  25. That shrimp salad looks to die for. I’ve been seeing so many shrimp dishes on the blogs lately and I’m having majorrrr cravings.

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