This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea. The opinions and texts are all mine.
My most favorite posts to read from other bloggers are those that involve a peek into their life. I love seeing what they do for fun in their home towns. I love seeing what a day of eats look like for them. And I love getting a behind-the-scenes look at how they blog.
Since I am sure I am not much different from other bloggers and blog readers, I bet you like the same kind of thing! That is exactly why these day in the life-style posts are popping up about once a month here on CEVG. I titled this specific post “My Day as a Food Blogger” since this particular day involved a lot of blog reading, writing, cooking, and photographing. Some days, believe it or not, none of those things happen. On those days I pretend like I am just your everyday, average non-blogger.
Because this post is sponsored by Snapple, you’ll also get a peek into what I’ve been sipping on during my afternoons lately in an effort to recharge. Their new premium tea beverage has a true tea taste that I am loving. Oh, and they’re teaming up with Hy-Vee to hook us all up with a sweet coupon below!
My Day as a Food Blogger
After meditating, breathing, stretching, and foam rolling, I whipped up breakfast. I wasn’t originally planning to eat overnight oats, but I was majorly craving them. So I prepped them knowing that about an hour in the fridge would essentially be the same as if they had sat overnight.
After prepping breakfast, I headed out on a walk. I left around 8:30 and it was seriously SO hot already. If you remember, on this particular weekend the Midwest was experiencing a major heat wave. It was already about 80 degrees and quite humid.
Lately I have been listening to podcasts while on my solo walks. The Paleo Women podcast is a new favorite of mine. On this particular episode, Noelle and Stefani spoke about eating out at restaurants when you have food intolerances (hello, me!), SIBO, adrenal fatigue, and cellulite.
I walked past a playground and my inner kid decided to take a quick swing. I can tell I have gotten older since I used to love swinging and now it sort of gives me motion sickness. Such a serious shame.
I’m not one to sweat, but holy moly was I sweaty when I arrived home. I sat down and propped my feet up while watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, reading blog posts, scheduling social media shares, re-hydrating, and popping probiotics.
After arriving home from an hour and a half of shopping for house supplies, the first thing on my mind was reheating these leftovers. I highly recommend this easy chicken and bean back. It is so darn easy to make and super delicious. I paired it with baby carrots and hummus.
After lunch, I watched more Gilmore Girls episodes and started working on this post, followed by cooking and photographing for my Sausage and Veggie Cauliflower Rice post.
At around 4:00, I hit my usual afternoon slump. I don’t know if it is the mono or what, but my energy just plummets. I am not normally one to take naps because I know it will really mess with my bedtime, so that was out of the question. Luckily, Jeremy and I had grabbed a couple of these new varieties of Snapple Straight Up Tea while grocery shopping at Hy-Vee earlier in the week. Out of the five varieties (Unsweetened, Sorta Sweet, Sweet, Sorta Sweet Honey Green, and Sorta Sweet Rooibos), Jeremy chose the Sorta Sweet Rooibos, while I went with the Unsweetened. I guess Jeremy was feeling a bit more adventurous than I was!
A major positive to this tea is that it is made with simple, all-natural ingredients. I personally appreciate that all of the varieties are gluten-free, and it doesn’t hurt that they taste freshly brewed with zero effort needed.
Now it is time to snatch up that Hy-Vee digital coupon offer for: “Buy ONE Snapple Straight Up Tea at Hy-Vee and get one FREE!” And if you’re feeling in the musical mood, check out the “True Tea Tunes” radio station on Pandora while you’re sipping.
Jeremy and I drove about an hour east to Davenport for dinner at Woodfire Grill with three of our friends.
I ordered a sirloin steak with steamed asparagus and the best sweet potato fries. This meal kind of made me wish that I could eat steak every day of my life.
This was living the life as a food blogger as its finest. Now if only I could repeat something similar every single summer day. I’m thinking my full-time job might get in the way of that…