The Weekender

by Lauren on February 12, 2012

Another weekend wrapping up already.  Where does the time go?

I had another busy weekend but tried to balance it out with some fun, relaxing, and of course being a little productive.  Let’s do a quick recap, shall we….


  • Getting dressed up for a girls night.

  • Dinner out with two very good friends.

Me and CJ

Me and Jen

Wild Rice, Wheat berry, Spinach Salad with Roasted Winter Vegetables 

Saturday night, Me, CJ, and Jen planned a long awaited girls night.  I’ve been so excited to to introduce these two and knew we would all have so much in common.  They both had never been to Harvest and were thrilled to try one of my favorite restaurants. We spent over 3 hours chatting away well into the night.  It was so wonderful to spend time with these ladies.
  • A trip to Trader Joe’s!  Toly completely surprised me today and asked if I wanted to go to Trader Joe’s.  Perhaps this was an early V-Day present, but I didn’t question it.


  • Creamy banana spinach avocado smoothie.

This baby was delicious!  I started with 2 cups of spinach, 1/2 of a banana, 1/5 of an avocado, almond milk, and xanthan gum.  The avocado was a first for me and I have to admit, I’m hooked.  This was my idea of pure health in a glass.

  • Roasted brussels sprouts.

Lightly salted and roasted to perfection.  So delicious!

  • Cara Cara oranges, an old favorite brought back!
  • Outstanding salads.

Romaine and Spinach, Cucumber, Avocado, Roasted Butternut Squash, Black Beans, Nutritional Yeast, Grilled Chicken, Balsamic, and Hummus 

Spinach, Radish, Cucumber, Red Quinoa, Edamame, Feta Cheese, Roasted Broccoli, Sliced Almonds, Roasted Salmon 

It was a good weekend, albeit fast, but overall good.  Hope your’s was the same!

If you haven’t done so yet, please head over to the NAG site and enter in my giveaway for a very special V-Day box of “chocolate” granola.  You definitely don’t want to miss this one! :)  

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Clare @ Fitting It All In February 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm

You look gorgeous lady! Catch up soon?

Lauren February 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

YES! Please! :)

CJ @ February 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I love your husband! what a nice valentines surprise!!! thanks for an amazing night girl! like i said, if you are down my way more often, please please please gimme a call for dinner while toly is gone. i am always up to see you!!!

Lauren February 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Haha, I couldn’t believe it myself. We were leaving Hershey today and he suggested we go. Love that man! :) Absolutely girl and same goes for you!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

What a fun weekend! The Husband and I went out on both Friday and Saturday night for dates. It was a blast!

kathleen @ the daily crumb February 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

obsessed with your outfit… and especially those boots!!

glad you enjoyed the weekend :)

Lauren February 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Aw, thanks girl!

Mindy - clueless nut February 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Your salads are always so gorgeous! Avocado in a smoothie is delicious! Yet, it’s delicious in anything.

Lauren February 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Thanks Mindy! And I agree…any dish is transformed with avocado.

Lele February 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I have to start cutting Cara Cara oranges that way. Is it just me or do they have weirdly thick, incredibly hard-to-unpeel peels?!

Emily February 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm

What a perfect weekend! Love your dinner outfit. Those boots are killer!
And all of your recent eats look so delicious. I swear, roasted brussels sprouts will never get old.

Tara February 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm

i still have to email u :(

can i ask u if u know of a good smoothie breakfast to have to stop constipation? i’m lost :(

i must email u…so much on my mind to ask, etc :(

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 13, 2012 at 1:02 am

I think a green smoothie is in my future because that made my mouth water. I LOVE green smoothies! Mmm. :)

glidingcalm February 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

I agree! this weekend FLEW ON BY! :( Kinda sad!

looks like you had a lot of fun, and a lot of good eating!!

Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats February 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

How cute are you?! Love your girl’s night outfit, which reminds me that I am way overdue for both a new outfit, and a night out with the girls. ;)

I love that you put avocado in your smoothie – I’ve been thinking about trying it!

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