Girl's Lunch Date with Michelob ULTRA

This post is sponsored by Michelob ULTRA but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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It’s not exactly summer or even close to being warm here in Central California, but it is time for me to get my -ish together in terms of my health, because I can’t stand the post holiday flab, even if it’s on my own in the cold. So I’m making better health choices for sure. My friend Candace is one of the lucky few who can eat burgers and still have abs, fast metabolism problems… I wouldn’t know. To be honest, I love eating healthy. I love, most, feeling healthy. So, it’s not really a sacrifice for me at all to skip the fries and go for a salad instead. When you know better, you do better, right?

So Michelob ULTRA is a really light beer, which is good for me, because I drink one stout and I’m drunk and not really hungry anymore, except for more beer. Do you see the problem? So, lighter beer is the better solution for me, and I love this one. My friend and I both agreed a beer in the afternoon, on a cool day, is a little bit of magic, especially that first sip. I feel like beer gets a bad rap for being “carby” but it’s really not. This one only has 2.5 of them, and 60% less carbs than a glass of wine, so…. there’s that fun fact I didn’t know before. I definitely would’ve guessed the reverse, although I’ve always preferred a beer to a glass of wine anyways. I get the wino sleep headaches. So, that’s no fun.

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… and once again Candace’s food choices are way more photogenic than mine. And a a few ambiance shots below, because you know, I had to. ;)

Roasted Chickpea Salad

I made this salad running out the door. My measurements are probably not exact, but seriously, if I can make this amidst getting ready, you can too. I eat this or some variation of this almost everyday. All of those everyday-salad-Instagram-people have really inspired me. Recently my favorites that I've seen have been Faring Well's everything from the farmer's market salad, and Earthy Andy putting roasted corn in a massive salad she made. My personal eating salads everyday hack is putting enough hearty stuff in there to feel full. The days of me dreading eating a salad were likely due in large part to still being hungry afterwards. Seriously. No one wants to eat something and still feel like they need to eat. My easy, throw it on there ingredients are, chickpeas, obviously, and sunflower seeds. Plenty of calories, protein, nutrition, and you will definitely not feel hungry or weighed down, an important balance that's been hard earned, in my life at least. 

Here's what you'll need: 

1-13oz can of chickpeas

1 - 2 tablespoons of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

3 cups greens, these are spring greens but any will work

1/2 orange bell pepper sliced

1/4 cucumber diced

1/3 fuji apple diced

1-2 Tablespoons dressing of choice - I used Brianna's Balsamic Vinaigrette

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350°

Rinse and drain chickpeas 

In a large bowl mix olive oil, chickpeas, plus salt and pepper

Bake for 15 mins

Mix up all salad ingredients: Greens, bell pepper, cucumber, and apple

Top with chickpeas and dressing 

Morning Thoughts

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Good morning, I'm slowly, very slowly, chewing through Neil DeGrasse Tyson's book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and it's a little over my head. We all need that sometimes, right? A challenge... first thing in the morning. I won't lie, this book is supposed to be for a super basic understanding of astrophysics with a bit of history, etymology, and philosophy, but I'm finding myself reading and re-reading each page. I actually heard about it from this interview with Stephen Colbert and was sold. Super sold. I'm just saying, I wish I loved anything as much as Tyson loves the universe. 

"Maybe you're special because you're the same" - NDT

Same, as in sameness of the universe. There's a guru I like, Nithyananda, who said something equally potent and attention-grabbing in one of his lectures and that was,

"You are not qualitatively different from the universe, but quantitatively."

I loved that. You're littler than all of creation but very much aligned to it, and made of the same stuff, and astrophysics confirms.  

Again, good morning.  My mind rattles before yoga. It really does. 

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I'm trying this superfood coffee from Terra Origin, and I'm pretty into it. It tastes coffee-ish, definitely very superfoody, and just sweet enough. I'm a pretty big coffee person, but I could easily incorporate this in place of my afternoon cup, and probably should. But I really have no regrets about my present coffee consumption, like, at all. The superfood list here is pretty impressive with mangosteen, kelp, collards, and chlorella, I do think this makes a superior breakfast companion for prolonged energy.  

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So this is one of those no recipe, recipes. 

Seriously, almond milk + Terra Origin

Heat it: stove, microwave, wood burning oven, whatever. 

Mix

Drink 

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the stars are in your eyes. 

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ugh