Salad Bar Sunday

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Hello, Monday!

I hope you had a wonderful second half of the weekend. My Sunday morning started out with a little of this:

(My Tabata workout and Spinning playlist)

We did a lot of speedwork in class. What can I say, I was inspired by watching all of the running events on the Olympics!

After a little yoga and stretching, I came home and made myself a “PB & J” parfait for breakfast.

I don’t think I’ve ever actually assembled a parfait before (at least not in recent years). It definitely made it more fun to eat! This was layered with plain Greek yogurt mixed with chia and peanut flour, a protein muffin, diced strawberries and banana and topped off with some chopped peanuts. It was delicious- and filling! After breakfast, I started tackling the plans for the rest of the day.

I had invited Jenny and Sam up to hang out for the afternoon and have lunch!

Jenny is one of the marvelous friends that I have met through blogging. She initially started her blog to make herself accountable for losing weight- and has been kicking serious butt! She’s lost over 36 lbs. AND has recently made it a habit to work out 6 times a week! I’m so proud of her!

We first met up (in person) at the wax museum in DC last Spring, and then again for a little DC blogger get-together a short time later. But, I hadn’t seen her since then! We were definitely overdue for some quality hang-out time!

For lunch, I finally did something that I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time- I set up a salad bar! As you probably know (by the 1,000 photos I’ve posted of my salads from Whole Foods) I am a huge salad bar fan. I love having a ton of different veggies, proteins and foods of different textures to throw into a big bowl together. I’ve had the idea in my head to do this when we had people over for the longest time, and just never did. But yesterday was the day.

Our salad bar included Romaine lettuce, mixed greens, grilled chicken breast, wild salmon, roasted chickpeas, Twin Oaks tofu (both baked and raw), goat cheese, hummus, apples, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers, jicama, celery, roasted sweet potato, roasted zucchini, red onion, carrots, homemade breadcrumbs and chopped almonds, pistachios and sunflower seeds.

I’m pretty sure I had a little bit of everything in my bowl. :)

Jenny and Sam also brought some delicious bread and a chocolate pie!

Jenny got the recipe from Chocolate-Covered Katie. It was so good (and didn’t taste “like tofu,” Jenny!).

We spent the rest of the afternoon watching the Olympics and being entertained by the dogs (which is a constant thing in our house). Greg and I even took Sam and Jenny on a little tour of downtown Frederick- which is something I love to do for people that have never been here. It makes me realize that we actually have a lot of cool stuff.

Eventually the party had to come to and end, and Sam and Jenny headed back to DC. It was SO great to see them again!

Have a rockin’ Monday and a great start to the week!

What did you do this weekend? What’s the last thing you cooked/prepared when guests came over for a meal?