Good morning!

Holy. Cow. It was 62 degrees when my Mom and I left for our morning walk! Those two crazy women walking around with their arms stuffed into their t-shirts so only their hands were visible? Yeah, that was us. It was ch-ch-ch-chilly!

Chilly for walking, but amazing for running. I continued on to run a mile and a half loop after my Mom and I said goodbye and, without the heat and humidity to hold me back, I made it home in record time. Take that, Monday! ;)

I fueled up with a well rounded breakfast.

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Some Cheerios & Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze for whole grains.

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I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, unsweetened vanilla almond breeze is MADE for cereal. It. is. so. good!!! Do you eat a lot of cereal?

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And hearty EarthGrains 100% Whole Wheat toast, slathered in some healthy fat & protein packed almond butter.

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I have this weird thing where I have to swirl my almond butter perfectly on my toast – like icing on a cake. I know.

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Mom would be proud!

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Oh, we can’t forget the freshness. One Pink Lady Apple to go. :D  

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Lunch is a fresh feast as well and stars a massive Vegetable Goat Cheese Salad!

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In the mix:

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Oh, I thought I’d take a picture of my salad pre and post shred. You see, I fill my salad containers up with lettuce and spinach, then take a pizza cutter to it.

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Not only does it let me fit more vitamin-rich greens into my container, but the pizza cutter cuts the lettuce into bite sized pieces, which are much easier to eat. No face whipping pieces allowed.

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See?

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Between the two dressings I have at work, Italian & Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette, I think I’ll go with the Italian today. It’ll compliment the zesty goat cheese and really jazz it up!

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Yummay.

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I also packed a HFCS-free, unsweetened apple sauce cup and a Cashew Cookie Larabar mini for snackies.

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Good lunch day!

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Call for Guest Posts!

There is officially less than three weeks between me and the sweet streets of Rome, Italy!

I will be blogging from Italy, but want to open up the blog to guest posts from all of you sharing your best vacation ever. You do NOT need to have a blog to submit a guest post, all you have to do is email the following information to me at IowaGirlEats@gmail.com by Thursday August 26:

My Best Vacation Ever

Name, Blog (if applicable):

Briefly explain the who, what, where, when and why of your vacation:

My favorite part of the vacation was:

My best travel tip for this location:

The thing you MUST do at this location:

The thing I want to do next time I return:

Attach up to 5 photos, then send that puppy off. Let’s travel the world together! :D

Happy Monday!

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What was your best vacation ever?