I Just Kept Walking!


I’m happy to report that we had another gorgeous day here! 8)

This morning I packed a bag to go to the gym during lunch but, when 12:00 rolled around, I decided I was just not feeling it (some days you just can’t bear to step foot in the gym, know what I mean?) Luckily, the sun was shining bright and I had a pair of comfy shoes on (loafers, icyww!) so I bundled up, hit the pavement and went for a lunch time walk around the city!

The weather was even more incredible than I thought, and I ended up blowing right past my turnaround point. I just kept on walking! Past the sculpture garden (looks a little bit different than it did earlier this Fall, huh?)


over the river,


past city hall,


all the way to the state capital building! 3 miles and 45 minutes later, I had worked up QUITE the sweat. 8O I didn’t even care, because it has been months since I’ve been able to walk outside. It was everything I remembered, and more. Spring is close, people! :)


In other news, I’m wrapping up my 3-day cookie making process tonight – decorating those bad boys – which means I didn’t have a ton of time for dinner. Luckily, I planned ahead and made the base of my easy Turkey Taco Salads last night, by browning and seasoning up my turkey!


Tonight I quickly and easily built my salad by combining:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • 99% Fat-free lean ground turkey breast + taco seasoning
  • Tomato
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Avocado
  • Salsa + ranch

Oh yeah! Fresh, light, creamy, crunchy and bursting with flavor!


Can we talk about this cheese?! I don’t love spicy foods, but I have a serious soft spot for pepper jack cheese for some reason. This particular variety had just the right amount of heat and was so creamy. It paired really well with the mellow, cool avocado. Yum!


Can we also talk about how much I love the salsa that I used?


Graddy’s salsa is all natural, fresh and made locally right here in Iowa! It’s my top salsa pick if I’m not making it from scratch.


Tonight, I mixed it with a little bit of ranch for my salad dressing, and plopped a hefty couple of spoonfuls of just the salsa on top. Ahhh… :)


What a great dinner!


In more news, it’s Chia Seed Giveaway winner announcement time! Congrats to…


sassy molassy: I really want some Chia seeds! I got a tiny bit today at the grocery store and it was $2.30. I do agree they will last a while!


Wohoo! Chia seeds galore! :D Email me at IowaGirlEats@hotmail.com and we’ll get those right out to you!

In the meantime, I’m off to go frost and decorate a gazillion cookies. I’ll be sure to show you tomorrow! :D



When it comes to tacos – hard shell, soft shell or salad?

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  1. Lauren 03.03.2010

    Just call yourself Forest! :) Great way to blow off some stress is taking a nice walk over lunch. Can’t wait to do this more often in the spring.

    So, Kristin, I have a question for you. I am throwing my sister a baby shower this spring and was wondering if I could hire you to bake cookies for this occasion? I’m not sure if you ever mentioned if you are open for business with your cookie skills, but I would love to enlist you for this task. It’s not for awhile but I just wanted to see if it would even be an option.

    Have a lovely night love. :)

  2. Melanie 03.03.2010

    It looks like we both may have taken advantage of the ground turkey sale at Hy-Vee last week, because I made soft shell turkey tacos for dinner! :)

  3. Bridget 03.03.2010

    Vegetarian taco salad all the way! I ran outside yesterday with NO gloves and it was heavenly. The sunshine and “mild” temps have me excited for spring too!

  4. Salad… but with tortilla chips underneath because I like the best of both worlds! =)

    Love your pic of the sculpture – contrasts so well against the blue sky! Ahhh Can’t wait for spring in the Midwest, just in time for me to come back to it hah =)

  5. Iowa Mom Life 03.03.2010

    Turkey Taco Salad sounds sooooo good. Our weather was terrific as well. Funny how high 30’s start to feel warm :)

  6. What a beautiful day! Could they sky be any more blue? Sounds like the perfect lunch hour to me :) Dinner looks great, too!

  7. Nothing beats up a good walk..
    Lovely eats!
    Loved that Panini from your last post too, by the way.. Haha!
    Have a great Thursday!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  8. Salad!! Yours looks delicious :-)

  9. Taco salad, all the way, unless there are homemade corn tortillas around :)

    It was SO MUCH NICER out today than it has been in MONTHS! I love it! Gotta say though, your post title reminded me of Forrest Gump: I just kept run-NING! :)

  10. I loooove taco salads!!! And i’m with you on the pepper-jack. I don’t generally like spicy foods but I love pepper-jack cheese. Odd.

    Yay for the weather!!!! Spring is in the air, despite the snow on the ground. I can’t wait!!

  11. Even your meal looks fresh and spring like. Enjoy!

  12. I’ve never had a taco shell! I can imagine a hard one would bug me though, cos I wouldn’t be able to cut it with a knife!? Haha, I think I need to expand my horizons a bit…!!
    Yay for spring – I’ve woken up to sunny weather too!

  13. Good for you! I’m planning on going for a walk at lunch today despite the fact that I already ran AND accomplished a yoga flow this morning. It’s just too beautiful a day to pass up a walk!

    Love your turkey taco salad idea! I think I’ll have to make that on the weekend! For me, I love soft taco shells, but when it comes to taco salad, I like the taco chips for dipping. Yum!


  14. Sounds like you had a fantastic walk! How fun.

    I love taco salads. The one you made is making me crave one!

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