Fascinating Friday{ish} Links #33

Eep! I’m super duper late again! Punctuality is one of my weaknesses.

I did not foresee the busyness that consumed this week, but it went by in a flash, which is always a good thing (6 more weeks for the high school seniors…almost there…). I actually just came back from my school’s annual Coffee House performance, where my friend Daliza and I performed Strings by the Young the Giant. We were the emcees for the night too, which was fun! And the talent was really legit last night, let me tell ya.


For breakfast yesterday morning, I had a smoothie that looked like it would be a winner when I was throwing the ingredients into the blender, but when I tasted it, it was just meh. I should just stick to Amanda’s cookie dough smoothie forever.

Into the blender went 4 strawberries, 1 small banana, ½ c. milk, ¼ c. oats, 1 huge tbsp. peanut butter, ½ scoop of vanilla protein powder, ½ tsp. chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, a lot o’ spinach, and a little bit of ice.


With a side of Greek yogurt for spoon dippin’

It was actually tasty, but it just wasn’t as thick or peanut buttery as I prefer. Maybe I’ll do less milk next time.

I made up for breakfast’s lack of peanut buttery satisfaction with this classic after school snack:


Moves Thursday: I did end up going outside for a bit because it was just too gorgeous to not do so! In my backyard:

  • 50 jumping jacks
  • super duper quick jog around the cul de sac (<— I had to look up how to spell that. I didn’t know it’s three words!)
  • 10 pushups
  • 10 [unassisted!] pistol squats each leg + 20 split squats each leg + pistols + 20 side lunges each leg + pistols + 20 single leg bridge pulses each leg

And then I had modern dance class later in the evening!

Moves yesterday: Just some random moving and grooving throughout the day. Little jog in gym, a few jumping pull-ups on our door bar thing, some pushups, dancing to Beyonce, and one round of this.

Alright, now I’ll leave you with this week’s Fascinating Friday (ahem, now Saturday) Links! Enjoy 🙂

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Health and Fitness

[Don’t let cardio take over] 3 Reasons to Cute Back and Cardio and What You Should Do Instead via Your Trainer Paige

[Cons of the raw diet] 3 Reasons No One Should Be On a Raw Foods Diet via Mind Body Green

[Diet experimentation can help you] Never Underestimate Diet Experimentation via The Big Man’s World

[Don’t be deceived!] How to Choose a Healthy Granola Bar via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

[If you wanna get guns out for when the sun’s out] Increasing Strength and Arm Definition via Fitnessista

[Sweat it out] Bodyweight Interval Core Workout via PurelyTwins + Dumbbell Chipper via Nutrition Nut on the Run + Fast-Paced Sweaty Leg Workout via Peanut Butter Fingers

Food For Thought

[Hmm…thinking about it] Why You Should Be a Part of the Running Community via Olive to Run

[We do it for eating, so why not for exercise?] Intuitive Exercise via The Real Life RD

[You are beautiful, mamas] My Love-Hate Relationship with My Pregnant Body via The Tiny Blue Lines

[Do what you enjoy] There is No ‘Right’ or ‘Wrong’ Workout via Perfection Isn’t Happy

[Try these things] 6 Easy-to-Steal Rituals of Extremely Successful People via Marc and Angel Hack Life

Food For Belly

[So many colors and flavors!] Stacked Side Salmon via Spoon Fork Bacon + Hippie Bowl via Clementine Daily

[Of course I want this] Oatmeal Cookie Dough Breakfast Bake via Running with Spoons

[So classic, but so good] French Onion Soup with Mini Gruyere Toasties via Top with Cinnamon

[Wait, what?] Crepe Cake with Salted Caramel + Mascarpone + Cinnamon Pear Puree via Kitchy Kitchen

[Ooo!] Avocado Cup Salads Two Ways via Smitten Kitchen

[I can dig the savory oats] Spring Egg and Vegetable Savory Skillet Baked Oatmeal via Oatgasm

[I mean…Yeah] Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Pudding via Chocolate Covered Katie

Miscellaneous Fun

[Make your weekly menu more convenient] Tips for Prep Day via Kath Eats Real Food

[For bloggers] 11 Helpful WordPress Plugins via Running with Spoons

[Now I want to see the movie Frozen just because of this] Navy Baseball Players Lip Synch to Frozen via The Berry

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

So tell me:

Do you prefer to exercise outside if it’s nice out?

What do you love in a smoothie? 

Which links did you find fascinating?

Behind the Scenes #18: Honey Mustard Dill Yogurt Sauce with Smoked Salmon

I’ve missed you!

I apologize for being MIA for the past couple of days, but I want to thank you all for your pep talks and congrats for my commitment to Boston University! I’m glad today’s Thursday because I get to play catch up in a random fashion though Amanda‘s ingenious Thinking Out Loud linkup 🙂


1. Colorful spring fruit is making me so happy. My mom made little containers of fruit salad yesterday— what an adorable woman. The fruit salad includes strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwis, and pineapple. I ♥ the bounty of summer!


2. I am somehow able to almost finish a jar of nut butter right before every early morning AP Calc review session, and it’s absolutely perfect because that means I get to take overnight oats on the go. I no longer give a single dang if anyone judges me for carrying a jar of nut butter to school. Actually, I never cared.

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Overnight oats in a sunflower seed butter jar = bliss. Until I realize I’m eating it in AP Calc. 😉

3. I’ve been a little overzealous in trying to find a roommate for college. I’ve met a few friends through the BU Facebook page already, but I found one girl that I clicked with right away. We excitedly agreed to room together…but then I turned into the #1 A-Hole of the Year. I realized that I’m in a special program that requires me to live in a specific dorm hall, but my newfound roommate wouldn’t be able to live in that dorm hall with me. Yeah, I forgot to mention that minor detail.

I sorta wanted to punch myself in the face because I felt so bad, but we’re gonna try to work something out. Starting off this whole college thing with a BANG, Alison.

4. This dinner last night:


Smoked salmon on a whole wheat English muffin with honey mustard yogurt dill sauce + black grapes + broccoli

When I don’t have ripe avocados or cream cheese on hand, I love having this sauce with my smoked salmon:

Honey Mustard Dill Yogurt Sauce

  • 3 tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. spicy brown mustard
  • 1-2 tsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. dried dill

Mix it all up and dollop it on your toast and smoked salmon! Top it with a generous amount of cracked black pepper if you so fancy. I definitely fancied the black pepper.

4. Today we had a half day of school! I actually just got back from having lunch with my friends Je’lyn, her sister Jade, Jeannine, Veronica, and Sam. We went to a snazzy cafe/bakery/market called Iron Tomato, and I got a loaded monster salad.

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It had mixed greens, chickpea salad, grilled veggies, artichokes, beets, grilled chicken, goat cheese, and honey mustard dressing.

Whenever there’s a salad bar, I go cuh-razy, which can sometimes defeat the purpose of a light meal, but guatever. And then I obviously had to get gelato, because you need to balance out all the veggies. 😉

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Vanilla honey pecan!

5. It’s a beautiful day today, so I think I’m gonna skip the gym and do some exercise outside instead!

6. I started listening to the radio in the car again since Lent ended, and I did not miss any good music. Royals and Team by Lorde are still playing, Kesha and Pitbull are still yelling Timber, and Let Her Go by Passenger still annoys me.

7. You wanna know something ironic? I got a t-shirt or sweater from EVERY one of my top colleges except Boston University. Of course. If they don’t send me one in the mail, I’ll order one online. I wonder if they have anything as fantastic as those Maryland leggings.

8. Speaking of BU again, I have an astonishingly similar college decision story as my brother, Ben, when he was choosing his college three years ago. You see, he was in between Johns Hopkins (in Baltimore, Maryland) and Northeastern (in Boston, Massachusetts). He was 90% sure he was going to Johns Hopkins in MD and only 10% was left for Northeastern, so he initially did not think he had to visit Northeastern. But then our wise mother took him to visit it anyway “just in case.” Sound familiar?? After the visit, his probabilities of going to either JH or Northeastern changed to 50/50, and lo and behold, he ended up at Northeastern in BOSTON.

I promise I didn’t choose BU just to follow his story. God just thought it would be funny if things worked out that way 😉

9. Currently listening to:

Any other Young the Giant fans out there?!

10. I hope you are all having a lovely Thursday so far!

So tell me:

Do you like smoked salmon?

What do you like to get in a salad?

Current favorite song?