WIAW: Working From Home

December 30, 2015

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and are looking forward to the new year that’s to come. This time of year is so special because everyone seems to be reflecting on what they’ve accomplished in the last year and starting to think about their goals for the next. It’s such a cool feeling of hope and positivity that you just don’t get year round.

Since many people are on vacation for the holidays, I’ve had the luxury of working from home this week. I really enjoy and make the most of the days I get to work from home, because I’m able to get cozy, buckle down, and be productive in my own space.

I slept until around 7:45, which felt like such a treat after waking up at 4:00 the previous morning to catch a 6:15 flight home from Pittsburgh. I quickly brushed my teeth and headed to the kitchen to brew some coffee, boot up my computer, and start making breakfast.

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As the coffee was brewing, I blended a delicious green smoothie featuring Ka’Chava Tribal Superfood. The company was kind enough to send me samples of their vanilla and chocolate flavors, so I was eager to give them a try. Today I used their vanilla whole body meal, which has a pretty mild taste. Into the blender went:

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The smoothie was green and super thick – just what I was craving! I poured it into a bowl and topped it with fresh berries, Purely Elizabeth Blueberry Hemp Granola, and unsweetened coconut flakes.

After breakfast, I dove into productivity mode and worked on a presentation I have been putting together for work. I was really focused and time went by quickly – which is always a great feeling.

Of course I fueled my morning work session with a few snacks…

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First up was a “sugar cookie” made with Wild Friends Sugar Cookie Peanut Butter, rolled oats, sea salt, and ground flaxseed. I have been munching on these as easy snacks the last week or so and they’re delicious.

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Next up were a few carrots with garden vegetable hummus. I snacked on this before a phone meeting at 11:30 because I had plans to sneak out of the apartment for a lunchtime workout at noon. After the call, I ended up doing 35 minutes of intervals on the treadmill and a quick arm workout, leaving me just enough time to whip up some lunch before getting back to work.

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Lunch was a random but awesome combination. I added sundried tomatoes to yesterday’s Kale Detox Salad and paired it with avocado toast on a slice of sprouted 7-grain bread from Angelic Bakery. I topped my toast with 1/4 of an avocado, a fried egg, and red pepper flakes.

I was still a little hungry after this, so I chopped up a gala apple with cinnamon and a spoonful of Trader Joe’s sunflower seed butter. And yes, I rinsed out my salad bowl and reused it for the apples. Less dishes to do = one happy Bailee.

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I spent the rest of the afternoon working away, getting up a few times to do some quick clean-up tasks around the apartment. This was a great way to take mini brain breaks while still feeling productive. I highly suggest it for anyone who works at home!

After work, I met up with Blake to go look at a few new cars. His recently broke down, so he’s been on the hunt for a new whip. We headed out to a dealership about 45 minutes away, so I made sure to pack a few snacks for the road.

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I enjoyed a Coconut Chocolate RXBAR on the way there, which is one of my favorite RXBAR flavors. I cannot express to you how good these bars are – they’re totally worth the price tag for their delicious taste, texture, and minimal ingredient list.

On the way home I was starting to get hangry, so I dug into a small pack of organic mixed nuts I threw into my bag. A photo unfortunately evaded me (probably due to said hanger). It was worth it though, because I think we found a new car winner!

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When I got home, I quickly threw a sweet potato, brussels sprouts, and tempeh in the oven to roast for dinner. I paired everything with some dijon mustard and garden vegetable hummus for a delicious and satisfying meal.

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Afterwards, I was super excited to enjoy a sweet treat that I whipped up on Monday. I paired a sweet potato brownie with a scoop of Halo Top vanilla ice cream for a healthier take on a classic combo. Recipe for the brownies to come – they’re a winner. 🙂

Halo Top kindly sent me a few free coupons to try their ice cream pints and I was so excited to see what the hype was all about. Halo Top rings in at 240 calories and 24 grams of protein per pint, and is made of real natural ingredients. I was very happy with the taste and texture of this ice cream as opposed to other lower calorie/sugar alternatives. It honestly tasted like the “real” stuff!

And that’s a wrap. I hope you have a wonderful Hump Day!

Do you ever work from home, and if so, do you feel like you’re more or less productive than in the office?

Have you ever tried Halo Top?

XO – Bailee

 

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3 Comments

  • Reply Balancing Sum January 5, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Never realized Halo Top was made of natural ingredients! Those are my two favorite words.. besides ice cream. Definitely going to have to give it a try!

  • Reply Balancing Sum January 5, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Never realized Halo Top was made of natural ingredients! Those are my two favorite words.. besides ice cream. Definitely going to have to give it a try!

  • Reply Balancing Sum January 5, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Never realized Halo Top was made of natural ingredients! Those are my two favorite words.. besides ice cream. Definitely going to have to give it a try!

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