Daily Eats {first Blue Apron experience}

Hello! So sorry to miss a daily eats post last week. The week seriously got away with me. This month is a big one for my Beautycounter business, so I am putting lots of time and energy there. If you want to know how you can get involved and help out, send me an email!

My sister and brother-in-law sent us a free Blue Apron box, so I thought it would be fun to share our experience with you all. I’ve been wanting to try Blue Apron for a while, so when we could try for free, I was all for it (who doesn’t love free food?!). We got two meals in our box and made them both this weekend. I was going to share Saturday’s with you, but Saturday was a rough day. I was sick and my eating was all over the place. Sunday, I woke up feeling normal again, so I’ll be sharing that day with you.

As with all my daily eats posts, I never want them to be about comparison. Rather they are here to provide inspiration for your eats and give you freedom to listen to your body and enjoy good food, as I am learning to do. Every person has different energy and nutrition needs. No diet can tell you how to eat, you can only do that for yourself.

Thank you so much for being here and sharing in my life! Leave a comment when you finish reading!

Sunday morning began with sleeping in a bit (7:30 that is) and then making a smoothie to-go. I don’t normally have smoothies for breakfast because they don’t fill me up, but I had a smoothie for a snack on Saturday and it hit the spot! This morning, I whipped up a smoothie of 1/2 frozen banana, frozen blue berries, frozen spinach, almond milk (needed to use it up), 1 scop Vital Proteins collagen powder, 1 tsp maca powder, and a scoop of cashew butter. Took that on the go, with my favorite reusable metal straw and enjoyed it on the way to church. It was so satisfying and actually kept me satisfied for a couple hours. We ran out of coffee at home, so coffee was enjoyed at church.

After church we headed to Trader Joe’s to pick up groceries for the week. I rarely go to TJ’s because it’s across town and with traffic it takes a while to get there. Whereas Whole Foods is within walking distance. So, Sundays after church is the best time to go, but it’s also super busy (as are most grocery stores in Philly). We were in and out in half an hour and made it home by noon! Before putting away all the groceries, I shared what we got on Instagram stories, which people seemed to enjoy. Would you all be interested in a grocery haul post on the blog?

I wasn’t super hungry when we got home, and I really wanted to move my body, so I did a quick pilates video on YouTube. Movement has been hard recently because so many types of movement aggravate my knee so I’m testing things out to see what exactly I can do without hurting my knee. The video was good, but there were some moves that I probably shouldn’t do.

I threw together a quick salad lunch around 1:30 featuring some random things in the fridge, which are honestly my favorite types of meals. This salad bowl included greens, quinoa, apple, dried cranberries, feta, avocado, pistachios, and TJ’s Almond Butter Turmeric dressing. The dressing was an adventurous buy from TJ’s. Surprisingly, I liked it! It would be great on grain bowls and salads with grains. I plan to use it on quinoa, chicken, and roasted veggie bowls this week.

I’m trying to take Sundays off from work and plans – the rest of my week is so scheduled, it’s refreshing to have a day to be spontaneous and rest. I was craving cupcakes last week, so I decided to do some baking on Sunday. After lunch, I whipped up some chocolate cupcakes, and of course had many licks of batter in the process. During my ED and in recovery I would NEVER lick batter or try a baked good for fear of the calories and being “out of control.” One of the best freedoms of recovery is being able to sample foods without fitting into a diet category.

The rest of the afternoon included online shopping for some athleisure shoes (prepping for our Moscow trip), catching up on some blogs, a planning session with a fellow entrepreneur about a Philly meet-up we’re organizing, and chatting with my sister. Around 4:00 I made myself a snack of apple, cheddar, and tea.

Blake offered to make dinner that night – such a treat – so I was able to take a walk with my sister and niece to the store and pick up a couple other groceries. On the menu Sunday night was steak, roasted potato wedges, and creamy kale. Both Blue Apron meals were excellent! I loved not having to plan a menu or have to shop for the ingredients. The quality of ingredients were amazing, the meals were very flavorful, and the instructions were simple to follow. We would have liked some more veggies in the meals, but you can always add more veggies! We agree that the meals were more expensive than what we usually spend, but it was a nice half-way between going out to eat and cooking at home. Blake and I prefer making a nice dinner at home than going out to eat, so Blue Apron is a great option for a fun meal.

Blake did an excellent job with the whole meal, and we enjoyed it with some merlot. After dinner, Blake cleaned up the dishes while I hopped on a quick team call and then we settled down to watch part of an episode of The Americans while eating cupcakes. I tried a new recipe for the cupcakes, and I wasn’t a huge fan, but they still tasted good. I want to find a good cupcake recipe, so I will probably be making them a lot. Do you have a good recipe?

Have you tried meal subscriptions? What is your favorite?


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