Time for another addition of Friday Favorites... Fall edition!
#1 When the trees change colors...
On my drive back to grad school from my parents' house, I saw some trees starting to change color. I love seeing all the different colors. The bright orange-ish red colored trees are my favorite! I apologize for the not so good of pictures, but I am hoping to get some good tree pictures for you all this weekend. Where are all my fall lovers at?
#2 YouFreshNaturals Cookies and Scream Pumpkin Cashew Coconut Butter
Guys.. this stuff is mind blowing! I absolutely love this flavor. It makes eating celery so much more fun! I also purchased the white chocolate cashew coconut butter and the caramel spice cashew coconut butter. The Cookies and Scream is my favorite by far! My second favorite is the White Chocolate.This flavor has more of a creamy coconut texture to it. Also delicious on celery (and waffles and bananas). I was not a huge fan of the Caramel Spice. Personally, I think it has a weird after taste (maybe too much nutmeg?). I am going to use this flavor to make cookies to try to get rid of the after taste. I like to be 100 % honest when I am reviewing products for my readers. Has anyone else tried YouFreshNaturals? What flavor is your favorite?
I've been eating a lot of celery because of my lastest meal plan I created for myself. For more information on that, check out this post: Meal Plan & Grocery List.
When I was in Charlotte, NC (visiting my boyfriend of over 2 years) for a few days, my boyfriend and I went hiking up my favorite mountain: Crowder's Mountain. For more details of our hike, check out this blog post: Charlotte & Crowder's Mountain.
#4 Everything Grilled
For my meal prep this week, I made grilled zucchini and lots of grilled chicken breasts. This weekend I am going back to my parents' house, so you know I am going to take full advantage of having a grill to use.
#5 My Shutterfly mug for tea and coffee:
I made this mug on Shutterfly when they had "make a free mug" and "40% off." I really only had to pay for shipping. Score! How cute is this though? I can't get over it. Especially because it brings back such good memories with Cory. Here is the link to Shutterfly's website: Shutterfly. I follow them on Instagram and they post some of their deals there. My sister gets the deals emailed to her. I love waking up before the sun rises because it is so beautiful and peaceful! Some mornings I like to take some time for myself and just sit outside. It's starting to get a little chilly here in Indiana, but I love cuddling up under blankets. What is your favorite part of fall?
#6 Meal Prep & Planning
I always prep my meals for the week ahead because I am so busy with grad school. Currently, I am trying out an approach to eating with less carbs and more fat and protein. I am seeing how my body responds. If you are wondering where I got all of these macro-nutrient numbers from check out this blog post: How to Lose Weight in a Healthy Way. I switched up my meal plan a little bit from last week. I use an excel sheet and adjust a few things each week. Recently, I have been approaching eating with more of an intuitive style, but I like the challenge of sticking to a meal plan every once in a while.