Things I’m Loving Lately

I haven’t shared one of these posts with you in awhile so I thought I would let you in on what I’ve been liking in my kitchen, in my belly, and in fitness!

Yuca RootThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

For our very first Christmas, Adam got me this cookbook called Roots.  It’s all about root vegetables and I was thrilled because 1. I like food 2. I love root vegetables 3. This book had gotten amazing reviews.  I dove in and started learning more about root vegetables and where they come from and traditional ways to prepare them. It’s as much a history book as it is a cookbook.  I love that!  Well, I got to the yuca chapter and kind of skimmed over it but didn’t pay much attention.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I’m grocery shopping.  I see a yuca root at Jewel and on a whim I decide to get one.  I had no clue what to do with it but I knew I had a whole book about it at home.  I made chips with it and they were awesome and I’m obsessed.  I’ve been playing around with it so expect to see some recipes soon….

Maca PowderThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

See? I told you I’m all about the root vegetables.  Maca powder comes from the maca root which is typically grown and consumed in the Peruvian region.  It has this nice malty-caramel-y flavor and I’ve been adding it to baked goods and my smoothie bowl.  It also has a pretty impressive health profile.  I got this brand from Amazon and I’m pretty happy with it.

My Homemade Coconut MilkThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

I’m still amazed at how easy it is to make coconut milk and have been making a batch of it every week for smoothies, coffee, baking, and cooking.  It’s pretty impressive and you don’t need a fancy blender to get a good result!

ParsleyThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

I know this isn’t that exciting but for some reason lately I’ve been obsessed with parsley.  I buy at least 2 or 3 bunches and put it in everything.  I blend it into my scrambled eggs, top all my vegetables with it, gnaw it raw like a rabbit… ok I don’t do that last one but you get the idea.  I think I’m just ready for farmer’s market season and all the fresh herbs.  Once I can get my hands on some fresh basil that isn’t $2 for half an ounce, all the pesto shall be made.

All-Clad Fry PanThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

For Christmas this year, Adam got me a double-handled all-clad saute pan and then this fancy fry pan that claimed to be the non-stick of all non-sticks.  Yeah. It sucked.  I took care of it exactly how the instructions said and everything stuck to this pan.  I’m not a happy camper when half of my dinner is left in the pan.  My all-clad saute pan, on the other hand, was a dream.  So last weekend I got an all-clad fry pan and all is right with the world again.

Strength TrainingThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

I know I’ve talked about Fitness Blender before and told you that we’ve been doing their workout programs but I’m going to say it again.  I seriously love them and these programs.  Their strength training programs, in particular, are awesome and I’ve gotten stronger and am surprising myself with what my body can do.  That’s always a good feeling.  Plus, Kelli and Daniel are motivating, positive, and funny.  All good things when it comes to working out.

Things I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

I think Daniel nailed it…

 

So that’s what I’ve been enjoying lately, how about you?  Any new things that you’ve fallen in love with?  Let me know in the comments and have an awesome Monday friends!

 

Things That Are Making Me Happy Right Now

I don’t know about you, but I had a pretty great weekend.  It was filled with family, laughs, and covered bridges.  Adam and I spent the weekend in Brazil, Indiana and I got to experience the covered bridge festival for the first time.

Yes, there was a covered bridge.  There was also a ton of food, crafty things, and pretty much anything else you could think of.  I had a good time and was glad for the time to relax. Things That Are Making Me Happy Right Now | Life Healthfully Lived

So while covered bridges have made me happy, I thought I would share a few other things that are making me happy right now.

Changing Leaves

It felt like fall would never really come this year.  For most of October, our neighborhood has been surrounded by green leaves and summertime vibes.  Just in the past week or so we have finally had leaves falling and changing color.  I love how pretty this city gets in the fall!

Fall Running PaceThings That Are Making Me Happy Right Now | Life Healthfully Lived

I love the beginning of fall and the cooler temps because it means I run even faster than normal.  I can’t seem to slow down for the first few weeks of fall running and that’s just fine with me.  I love feeling like I’m flying down the Lake Shore Trail.

New Quilted Sheet SetThings That Are Making Me Happy Right Now | Life Healthfully Lived

This is how I know that I’m an adult.  I am super excited about a brand sheet set.  This was a covered bridge find and an early birthday present (12 days and counting).  I have been wanting to change up our bedspread for awhile now to something more bright and cheery.  I love the grey and yellow together and I think that Dot approves as well.

All The BakingThings That Are Making Me Happy Right Now | Life Healthfully Lived

Now that it isn’t torture to turn on the oven, baking all the things can commence.  I am not a strong baker, so I am always trying to improve.  I gave you some carrot cake cookies last week and I’m working on a fall banana bread for you guys this week.  You can also check out my cranberry coffee cake over on Girlish.  Yay baked goods!

Kuri Squash

I am all about fall/winter squash and I’m always excited to try new to me varieties.  I found this one at Whole Foods the other day and figured I would give it a go.  Whelp, now I’m obsessed with it.  I love that you don’t have to peel it, just scoop out the seeds, cut into chunks, and roast it at 425 with a little oil and your favorite seasonings.  It’s creamy and a little sweet like butternut squash.  I bet it would be great in soup or my gnocchi.

The CubsThings That Are Making Me Happy Right Now | Life Healthfully Lived

I was born a Cubs fan and have always hoped that maybe next year would be their year.  It’s looking like 2015 could be it… I will be cautiously optimistic and just keep rooting for my Cubbies.

28

I don’t know why but turning 28 is sounding pretty good to me.  I think there are some good things in store for my 28th year on this big blue marble we call Earth.  Can’t wait to see what they are…