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A Jam-Packed July Day

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Typing the title to this post just made me think of strawberry jam.  Which in turn made me think of strawberry and almond butter toast (which I unfortunately have not had in quite some time).  Hungry much?

I’m actually sitting at one of my local Starbucks because we have yet to have our cable and internet set up at our new house.  Even though we moved in more than a week ago, this afternoon was the earliest available appointment.  Thank goodness today is finally the day.  Hooray!

Being without cable and internet hasn’t been nearly as tragic as I thought it might be.  It has actually given me more of an excuse to work on house projects and watch old One Tree Hill and Laguna Beach episodes that I have on DVD.  Oh to be in high school again.  Not.  Totally wouldn’t go back if I had the chance.

Today’s post stems from the fact that I straight up love day in the life posts.  Though this is a predominantly food/recipe-based blog (and I’d like to keep it that way), I thought it might be fun to throw these in every now and then.  After all, you should totally write the kind of blog you want to read.  That’s just common sense, eh?  So about my Saturday…

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comI woke up around 7:15 (this was “sleeping in” for me), showered, picked out a comfy outfit, and put on makeup.  It is rare that I wear more than concealer and blush, so I guess it was a bit of a special day.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comOnce I was ready for the day, I chugged this 16 ounce glass of water while popping probiotics.  I am on a super strong dose right now,  which happens to only be available in powder form.  I have to encapsulate about eight of these babies every day, but it is so much better than drinking it.  It smells/tastes seriously awful.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comJeremy and I ran out of the door with breakfast #1 in hand.  A green smoothie with almond milk, chocolate protein/detox powder (another functional medicine recommendation), frozen zucchini, frozen raspberries, and frozen spinach.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comWe had a date with the farmer’s market…

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.com…and these girls.  It was so great getting to see Joanna, her husband Jeff, and their sweet girls in my neck of the woods.

We sampled, shopped, and popped into a local coffee shop to chit-chat for a while afterwards.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comOn the way back to the car, Jeremy and I fell in love with these stairs.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comIt was nearly 11 by the time I inhaled breakfast #2: soaked oats topped with blueberries and coconut butter.  P.S. Don’t put coconut butter in a lunch box next to an ice pack.  It gets rock hard and is nearly impossible to eat.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comOur next stop was Jazz Fest, which was happening in downtown Iowa City.  The downtown area is right next to the University of Iowa, so we obviously had to take a selfie with Herky.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comAnd Jeremy had to get his obligatory Saturday morning beer.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comAnd then we took selfies to try to distract ourselves from the fact that it was unseasonably chilly for July.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comWhen the beer was gone, we walked to Raygun.  My former self probably would have found this shirt funny, but my three-year Nebraskan self found it a bit offensive.  My how things change!

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comI did, however, find a shirt that I’m pretty sure I need.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comIt was around 1:30 by the time we finished perusing through shops.  I had one thing on my mind: Mosley’s.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comI love anywhere that serves drinks out of mason jars.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comAnd that has a hot pink pig on the wall.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comMy current elimination diet can make eating out challenging, but barbecue joints are usually the easiest to navigate.  I chose the smoked chicken and a jar of pickled vegetables.  I also brought along my own guacamole and plantain chips to round things out.  Not gonna lie, I was majorly eyeing Jeremy’s mashed sweet potatoes the entire time.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comWe headed home after lunch.  I just have to show you my favorite farmer’s market find.  It was a ginormous zucchini that looks a bit different than your usual zucchini.  The farmer told me it would be sweeter, but honestly, I couldn’t tell much of a difference.  Either way, a giant organic zucchini for $1 is my kind of zucchini.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comJeremy and I lounged around the house for about an hour in the afternoon.  I started reading this book and attempted not to fall asleep since I knew it would mean I would sleep horribly that night.  I also pretended like the boxes/mess in the background didn’t exist.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comHunger struck again so I snacked on half of a leftover baked sweet potato topped with sunflower seed butter and cinnamon.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comApparently the tator gave me the energy I needed to get my butt to work.  I photographed my go-to nightshade-free taco seasoning, which I’ll be sharing with you later this week.  I’m still experimenting with my favorite photography spot in the new house.  Apparently at 4:00, the living room is the brightest spot.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comOnce the job was done, we decided to go do some more adulting.  Like heading to Lowe’s and picking out a weed wacker and various other things we needed for the house.  Spending $250 on yard and house projects is not my idea of fun.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comI made dinner as soon as we got home because I was starving.  I hope to share a more detailed post about this later, but the general concept was ground turkey, cauliflower rice, zucchini, frozen veggies, spices, Dijon mustard, and guac.

A Jam-Packed July Day {a day in the life} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comAfterwards we snuggled up on the couch and watched The Choice.  A couple of rice cakes topped with sunflower seed butter definitely happened, too.  I always need a snack before bed.

It was the perfect ending to the perfect Summer day.

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{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Michelle July 5, 2016, 6:33 am
    This sounds like a great weekend day! I also have many food/digestive symptoms and can totally relate to all the probiotics and elimination diets. I'm not sure if you've read it but check out "Natural Solutions for Digestive Health" By Dr. Jillian Teta. This helped me a lot, I also worked with her as my doctor over the phone since she is in N. Carolina. Very helpful. I hope you feel better soon! https://thedogtribe.com/2016/07/05/burpees-and-biking/
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 5, 2016, 8:56 am
      Awesome! Thanks so much for the recommendation. I'll have to check it out. I'm glad you have found some improvements in your health :)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul July 5, 2016, 7:33 am
    What a fun weekend!!! I love BBQ chicken places. And that shirt is perfect! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Marigold and GardeniaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 5, 2016, 8:57 am
      Yes and yes! We definitely need both in our lives :)
  • Ruth July 5, 2016, 10:50 am
    I love these types of posts :) They are tons of fun to read for different meal ideas as well as various ways to have fun. Dates at a farmer's market are the BEST, glad you got to go and get out of the house during a move. Getting out of the house while in the middle of moving is always a good idea even for a few hours. And I totally understand about the internet issues! Thank goodness for coffee shops - that's what I relied on when we moved. Good luck with all of the outside projects! Ruth recently posted...Mathews Farmer’s Market FunMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 5, 2016, 10:56 am
      YES! Not gonna lie, I am so excited to get internet back tonight. I still need to venture to coffee shops more often, though. I feel like I get a lot more accomplished since there aren't other distractions around.
  • Kate July 5, 2016, 4:16 pm
    Wide open Saturdays are the best! We don't have a great farmer's market around here, but I should probably go up to the one in Charlotte soon. Summer produce is the best. Barbecue is a necessity on July 4th weekend for us- yours looks great! Kate recently posted...Whipped cream made by a NinjaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 5, 2016, 4:57 pm
      Farmer's markets are so awesome! I need to get to them MORE often! You definitely should too :)

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