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Costco haul... some of my very favorite Costco items are in my stories on Instagram and here are two pics of my newest faves here. As you all know by now, most of my cart always contains produce, but here are a good handful of packaged items we love too. Happy shopping!
1. Autumn's Gold Grain Free Granola. Almonds, honey, pecans, sunflower seeds, coconut, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. That's the ingredients list, folks. So yummy and I love topping my yogurt with this in the mornings or at night when I'm craving something sweet.
2. Chicken breast burrito bowl. I love these and they become the easiest pop-in-the-microwave meal. Have them as is, or pair them with a tortilla or over shredded lettuce... YUM.
3. Sweet mini peppers. As you know, there's a heck of a lot of produce I could've taken pictures of, but these mini peppers paired with the hummus on #4 is one of my favorite go-to snacks.
4. Kirkland hummus. Great ingredients and flavor. Perfect to pop in a lunch bag and to get your kiddos eating their veggies.
5. Jennie's coconut bites. You guys. I'm hooked to these. If you love Almond Joys, you're going to be in love. I put mine in the refrigerator and have one on the daily when I need a treat to top off my lunch. SO. GOOD. At least I think so.
6. Dave's Killer Bread. Always a staple. I always get extra to store in our freezer until we're ready to use it. It defrosts great.
7. Sweet Kale Salad Mix. This one is my absolute fave. I have it multiple times a week for lunch, either paired with something, or on it's own. I love throwing rotisserie chicken over top.
8. Columbus Turkey Breast: herb roasted, no antibiotics you need to worry about. Just yummy deli meat for sandwiches or wrapped around snap peas for a snack.
9. Kirkland Smoked Pulled Pork... holy mama this is good. It makes wayyy more than you'd realize and we always freeze extras to save for later. Tacos, burritos, over a salad or nachos. You name it, it's good.
10. Made Fresh Daily Sushi Rolls. Whenever I'm at Costco and starving, I love grabbing one of these to go. They're best eaten that day, but Bry and I love splitting one.
11. Aidells Chicken and Apple Sausage. Best flavor of chicken sausage out there. I have one of these links weekly, thrown into an omelette, or paired with toast and eggs. I seriously love these so much, and my whole family loves them too.
12. Teton Waters Ranch 100% Grass-Fed Beef. I get just a tad bit nervous around hot dogs haha. But these are ones I love and trust a little bit more than the ones at 7-11. Love these for the summer when we BBQ on the weekly.
13. Basil Pesto. This stuff rocks. I use some and then freeze the rest, either in ice cube trays or small tupperware. Great to have on hand for pasta and paninis.
14. Eggs. We go through so many eggs, this is the most inexpensive option for 24 eggs, and we love them.
15. Stir-Fry Vegetable Blend. Easiest to throw in a pan over the stovetop and saute in a little olive oil or sauce to put over rice, quinoa, noodles, or have by themselves as a side.
16. Wawona Frozen Festival Blend. Our favorite frozen fruit for smoothies and my kids love it too.
17. Nature's Path Pumpkin Seed + Flax Granola. Another amazing granola we all love.
18. Light and Fit Greek Yogurt. Although I'm not entirely in love with the ingredients list and prefer my homemade Greek yogurt over anything, this is a great go-to lower-calorie option when you're running around all day.
19. Boom Chick Pop. I love popcorn like this. It's a treat that isn't too heavy and I love it for movie night on the weekends.
20. Nature's Bakery Fig Bars: my kids love these and so do I. We always have some stashed in my purse in case we have toddler tantrums while we're out and about, and they always seem to do the trick.
21. L.R. Rice Raw and Unfiltered Local Hive Honey. For those with seasonal allergies, you need to try local honey. It helps me in the springtime and I just love Costco's options when it comes to spread and sauces like their Adams Raw Peanut Butter.
22. Terra Real Vegetable Chips - Sea Salt. Do I dare say these make my top five favorite chips list? They totally do. Love them so much.
23. RW Garcia Organic Sweet Potato Crackers. So yummy.
24. Milton's Gluten Free Crispy Sea Salt Baked Crackers. As you already have seen in the past, these paired with cottage cheese is pure heaven. Give it a try!
25. Seeds of Change Quinoa and Brown Rice. Always have these on hand. They take 90 SECONDS to prepare. It's unbeatable!
26. Coconut clusters... ohhhh boy maybe I shouldn't tell you about these. They're highly addictive. But absolutely worth it.
27. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I have collagen with my smoothies. This supplement has no taste, but is great for your nails, hair, joints, and bones.
28. Organic PB Fit. A great option for smoothies to get that peanut buttery taste, without so much fat.
29. Coconut Almonds with Dark Chocolate. Not a healthy item here, but I can't just NOT list them!! They're so freaking amazing. Just be warned.
30. Fruit leathers. Ellie could eat 100 of these a day. And no, I don't let her. But I truly think this would be her #1 snack if she had to pick. And I love carrying them in my diaper bag to always have on hand while we're out and about.
31. Rice Rollers. Okay, I know most of you are probably haters, but I love these things. A light snack to have on hand and my kids love them too. Double bonus.
Okay, before I get into the 40's I think I'm going to stop for now. But I'll continue to add things to my highlights bubble so you can refer to them. WHAT AM I MISSING!? What do I need to try at Costco to add to this list!?
Heyoooo my #lightitupchallenge group, you may be seeing part of this number in your next week's lower body workout... just sayin.' It's SO GOOD. If you haven't joined my Light It Up Challenge, JOIN NOW! We start next week and you have to sign up by this Saturday for the discounted price. New workouts for you each week, a flexible meal plan, + daily motivation through the month of December. At just $1/day for a total of $25. It's a no-brainer! Hit the link in my profile on Instagram (@momstrongutah) to sign up!
Give this one a try. Add it to the end of your workout like I did today and you'll be burning! 1. 10-12 reps, Banded squat knee pull-outs (I was holding a 20# KB here)2. 10-12 reps, Banded single leg front lunge pulses, separate reps EACH SIDE3. 10-12 reps, Banded squat jumps4. 40-50 reps, Banded high knees, keep that quick pace!Repeat through 3-4x. Have an amazing Wednesday!
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THE SPOOKY STEP WORKOUT. All you need is a step! Happy Halloween!
Perform each move for 50 seconds, while resting for 10 in between. Go as many rounds as you want. (You can also adjust the time... 45 seconds work/15 rest, or 30 seconds work/30 rest to ease it up a little.) .
1. Side to side step squats
2. Hop up squats into plank
3. Inclined plank jacks x 2 into mountain climbers x 2
4. Toe taps x 8 into plank
5. Side to side squats with elbow to knee tap
6. Plank cross toe touches
7. Shoot up lunges
8. Hopover squats
A cartwheel if you're feeling like today's going to be another amazing day!
Repeat as you dare. ;)
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Bry's 30th birthday was in August, and if you know me, you know I LOVE surprising him… especially for his birthday. I knew I really wanted to make this year extra special. When we first got married we decided that traveling with just the two of us was something that was always worth saving our extra pennies for. A few months back, I snagged some killer deals on flights to San Fran and a hotel without Bry knowing. Since he's never been there and it's one of my favorite cities in the U.S., I decided I would gladly be his tour guide. ;) So I did my research, looked up the food spots I wanted to try, and we had the best and most romantic 3 1/2 days to ourselves without kids. I'm a big believer in continually doing the things that fuel your marriage... date nights, overnighters, vacations, etc. and this was yet another memorable experience for both of us.
If you haven't been to San Fran yet, it's a must-visit city in the U.S. This is our itinerary, and I'll give my tips and things I would've changed along the way to make your trip absolutely flawless. Out of everything… Bry and I would both agree the FOOD and seeing the city by BIKE were our favorite things. San Fran boasts some of the greatest food in the world, and since both of us are foodies, this was such a highlight. We ate and biked our way through the city, and I hope you enjoy!
San Fransisco Travel Guide by Momstrong - YouTube
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Fly into SFO and catch an Uber or Lyft ride to your hotel. We stayed at Warwick Hotel and LOVED this place- you can't beat the location (right next to Union Square, our favorite Mexican dinner spot Colibri, and San Francisco Rental Bikes around the corner), and it gets bonus points for being so dang cute. Whatever hotel you decide on, get there to unpack, settle in, and then get ready to be a tourist for the day.
Here are some things we did the first day that I’d recommend, if you’ve never been to SF before. They’re touristy, but for good reason.
Take the trolley down to Fisherman’s Wharf. Either you can pay for the old cable car down there ($7/person, and be ready to wait in line), or take an older trolley from Market Street for $2.50/person. Be ready to have cash to pay. Fisherman’s Wharf spans several blocks, and Pier 39 is probably the most visited. Make your first stop for food at Boudin Bakery in Fisherman’s Wharf. Clam chowder in a bread bowl or the grilled brie with fig and apple. YUM. I personally don’t love the tourist shops around that area, but it’s fun to walk the boardwalk, and you may have to stop at Lola Toy Shop when you see it. It has some cute trinkets and things to take home. Make sure to watch the seals at Pier 39 too- they make me laugh so hard.
Bike Golden Gate Bridge. This is a must! We always love to see cities by bike, and this is a fun and scenic ride. We walked through Fisherman’s Wharf, picked up a donut at Krispy Kreme on the way to the bike shop, and picked up our bikes at San Fransisco Bike Rentals. *Tip: go online beforehand to make your bike reservations. You’ll save around 20% this way! We did a full day of bikes and figured we could cover more ground, avoid the trolley and bus fees, and that the price was worth it to us. If you wanted to opt out of the full day reservation and pay hourly, that’s an option too! I do have to say, we loved the bikes so much, we ended up reserving them for two more days… way too much fun! You can bike Golden Gate Bridge to Saulsalito and then take the ferry back. If you do this, make sure to take pictures at Vista Point in Saulsalito. We decided to ride the bikes there and back since we were looking to ride a little further. It was so foggy on one side of the bridge, and complete sunshine on the other. Make sure to get a pic with the bridge in the background and plan on anywhere from 2-4 hours to complete this whole route depending on what stops you take along the way and how fast you bike. TOTALLY WORTH IT!
Next up, Ghirardelli Square. For a bite of chocolate, obviously, but also just to see this fun little square. If you go inside the chocolate shop, make sure to ask for a sample square of their chocolate- you can taste test the ones you want to. My favorite: the dark chocolate sea salt caramel. I also love their regular milk chocolate fudge and chocolate dipped Oreos. There’s this shop in the square called Gigi + Rose (children). This children’s store was the CUTEST ever. I wanted everything in it, but decided to screenshot all the picture books and other things to see if I could find them online for a cheaper price haha.
We were so hungry, and didn’t want to go looking too far for dinner, and so we ended up taking our bikes back, walking the wharf, watching street performers, and eating at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. back at Pier 39 before taking the trolley home. The best part of dinner was for sure the ocean view!
DAY ONE RECAP:
Check in at hotel and unpack
Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 / seals
Bike Golden Gate Bridge to Saulsalito
Dinner on the wharf
I personally love getting in exercise as I travel, and so we got up early-ish and walked up the street to 24-hour Fitness. Did you know they have “Bring-a-friend-for-free Friday?” If you’re ever traveling, and there’s one in your area, you can go workout on Friday for FREE. I also like looking up to see if there’s anything else fun around: Orange Theory Fitness, Soul Cycle, or any other gyms, etc.
After our workout, we walked back to our hotel and hit up Farm Table on Post Street for our post workout breakfast. This is the cutest little place. The kitchen is TINY but you’ll see people there and out on the sidewalk every day. The workers are super personable and I love that this food is all FRESH and using the best ingredients. Follow them on Instagram at @farmtable to see what their special is. I got the House Cereal and Bry settled for the Savory Tart. And their fresh-squeezed juice!? Yum.
After coming back to shower/get ready, we were off to Chinatown. We walked, but you could totally take the cable car too! So many hills, but we made it. We figured that if we were going to eat our way through San Fran, we may as well walk and bike our way through San Fran too haha. In Chinatown, make sure to try the boba smoothies. The boba pearls weren’t our favorite, and next time I’d opt out of getting those, but they have some fun flavors. Also, visit Golden Gate Bakery to get warm Chinese custard egg tarts while you’re there too. It’s fun (and amusing), to walk past these little shops. We didn’t stay too long in Chinatown, because we wanted to get to our next food destination. ;)
Little Italy: If you walk through Chinatown, you’ll eventually get to Little Italy. And once you’re here, there are two places to try. They are both a MUST. First, Tony’s Pizza. And second, Mama’s. Okay let me explain. Tony’s pizza is DIVINE- some of the most authentic Italian pizza in San Fran… think thin crust, fresh ingredients, straight out of the oven… You can either sit down in the restaurant, or go next door to the Slice Shop where they serve single slices to-go. We opted for that since we knew we’d be waiting in line for Mama’s. We called it our “appetizer” for brunch haha. You could even take a couple slices to go and eat at Washington Square across the street and take a gander at Saints Peter and Paul church just down the street.
Mama’s is some of the best brunch we have EVER had. I can’t even believe how good it was and already dying to go back to try more things off their menu. If you go in the morning, you can wait in line for up to 3 hours. The trick is to go right before they close at 3. We made it there by 2 and waited for ~30 minutes before getting our food. I even saw some people almost walk in without a wait around 2:30. Either be there bright and early or late in the afternoon to avoid the lines. I ordered the Eggs Benedict special (you can’t go wrong with the Eggs Benedict!) and Bry ordered the Swedish Cinnamon French Toast. I’ve heard incredible things about everything there.
From Mama’s we did a whole bunch of walking. You could opt to take the buses or bike, but we thought we’d walk and see the city along the way. We stopped at Lombard Street, the crookedest street in the world, and then headed all the way back to Coit Tower. You have to pay to go up the elevators and see the view, but it was such an incredible view. I feel like it’s worth it doing it at least once. Looking back, I probably would’ve just caught the bus to Coit Tower and then done Lombard Street a different day, but you live and you learn! We sure got in our steps the second day. ;)
We ended up shopping in Union Square that night. There are SO many fun shops to visit… from Anthro, to Nordstrom, to a HUGE Nordstrom Rack, to Crate and Barrel, to Madewell, to Uniqlo (which has the my favorite PJs ever and fave undershirts known to man)… they have it all! Make sure to take a peek into Britex fabrics… one of the largest fabric stores. So incredible.
We shopped for a bit and were so hungry that we were looking for anything on our way back to our hotel that looked decent. We came across this place a few doors down from our hotel, and it ended up being the BEST surprise… we ate there two nights in a row! The place is called Colibri. Best. Mexican. Food. Ever. Okay here’s what you need to order when you go. It was about 9 pm when we finally sat down to eat, and by the time Bry finished his last bite he said, “Meg, I’ve just had a spiritual experience.” We were laughing so hard because we realized we hardly had said a word to each other the entire time. We were just scarfing everything down… Literally heaven. You need to order the Tacos de Pescado (fish tacos). I know it’s listed as an appetizer, but trust me… just order it for your entree and get the fresh guac for your appetizer instead. And then came the best part. Drumrolllll……….. the dessert: Churros Rellenos: churros filled with caramel cream served with dulce de leche ice cream on the side. Do I need to say more? I’m not even kidding you, I have craved these every week since. We took the churros “to go” for two nights in a row and ate them in our PJs in bed, and I pretty much died and went to heaven. SO FREAKING GOOD. Please go and order that exact same thing if you visit. You’ll love it.
A Tabata for you to try today! Never tried one of these? They're my jam when I don't have a lot of time. Add this to the end of your workout today. It's only FOUR MINUTES long and you can repeat it through for 8 minutes if you'd like. Everyone has four minutes. So add this into your day sometime today. Either in your workout, at the end as your finisher, or even just by itself! Get after it!
Here are the rules of a Tabata: For this one, there are only four moves. For each move you are working AS HARD AS YOU CAN for 20 seconds, with a 10 second rest in between. Repeat each move each twice through for a total of FOUR minutes. Ready, go!
1. Sprinters high knees. Get those knees upppp!
3. Double curtsy lunge into four sprinters, repeating
4. Mermaids (that's what Ellie and I like to call them)
Repeat and after it's all done, your timer should read four minutes. Nice work, ladies!
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