Salad Bar Sunday

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?



  1. That’s so fun! This weekend I had dinner with Laura from Sprint2thetable and also had 4 cousins over for 2 days.

    • I’m so jealous of both of you that you can get together! One day we all just need to live in the same city (and it should be Boulder).

  2. That is such an awsome idea! Sounds like a great dau

  3. That salad bar looks fantastic! And will make for some awesome leftovers, I bet.

  4. I LOVE your salad bar!! What a great idea :) And so pretty to see all the different bowls with colors/textures/etc… The last time I had people over, I made my Bourbon Tilapia with baked sweet potatoes and peaches. It was delish and EVERY bite was eaten!!

  5. Amy Quinn says:

    WE do this salad bar lunch at my office 2x a month! If everyone brings 1-2 veggies ready to go, it makes a killer salad bar! We love it!

  6. That is such a fun idea! I love huge salad bars. Did you hear the the new trend is going to be Greek yogurt bars? Pinkberry and some other places are starting it. Ah, the classed-up buffet. :)

    • WHOA! I have not heard of the yogurt bars- buy of course- I would be ALL over that. Unfortunately the closest Pinkberry is in DC!

  7. We had a blast, thanks again for having us over! Now let’s make sure we don’t wait so long to get together next time!

  8. I just started reading Jenny last week …. and I love her. I can’t wait to read more. I wish I could hang out too. :/

    • Jenny is HILARIOUS. I have cried from laughing at some of her posts! She’s just as awesome in real life (duh). We’d have a blast if we all hung out!

  9. I really think that’s a genius idea for a party!! How fun!! I think Kevin would be upset if I tried to use it for his grad party so I’ll think of another excuse. Lol.

  10. That pie looks amazing! I’ll have to try it maybe with ricotta in place of the tofu. The last time we had a guest was when my husband had a buddy of his over to help him in the backyard, and I made chicken enchiladas. Congrats to Jenny on her weight loss! :)

  11. I Loooooovveee that salad bar idea!!! How genius of you?!

    You guys do go far in spin class, I always wonder how far I ride in those classes–good to know!

    • I am a genius! Ha!
      We usually go about 2 miles less than that in a 50 minute class- I just was feelin’ sprints that day!

  12. I love, love, love the salad bar idea. Too cute!

  13. That is a fantastic salad bar!! What a great idea for a healthy lunch party :). I also love your oats in a mason jar.

  14. Loving the salad bar. Lord knows I’m obsessed with the salad bar at WF. Mine usually ends up being like….$14..yikes.

  15. On Sunday I went to the beach, then to yoga, and then whole foods salad bar! Perfect day!!
    Also, I don’t think I have ever had a chocolate pie. I realize after seeing that picture that I need to remedy this asap!

    • That DOES sound like the perfect day- I’d like to do that every day!!
      And yes- you need to make that pie. I also made a chocolate PB one with peanut flour before. It was SO GOOD.

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