Marvelous weekend, coconut water and protein bars!

Marvelous weekend, coconut water and protein bars!

Today’s MIMM is a bunch of random marvelousness some from the weekend, some not but all pretty MARVELOUS!

Thanks as always to the wonderful Katie for hosting!

First, Marvelous wonderful Friday afternoon/evening spent outdoors with this little guy despite a visit to the doctor earlier that day.

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He had a fever off and on through the week which I had assumed was just from his 2 year molars coming in.  However, after he wouldn’t even jump on the trampoline on Friday and was just not acting himself I decided to take him in.  Good thing I did because he had an ear infection.  Poor guy 🙁  Luckily we got him on antibiotics and he is doing much better!

Mavelous was our Saturday morning walk 🙂

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Such a nice way to start the morning 🙂

Marvelous was a birthday party we attended Saturday afternoon for one of The Love Nugget’s little buddies.

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It was a construction party so there were lots of building activities that the boys loved!

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Marvelous was that the weather was warm enough to enjoy some water play!

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Marvelous was an unpictured brunch I enjoyed Sunday morning with a lovely group of ladies from Stroller Strides.  So nice to get out of the house and enjoy some girl time!

Marvelous was getting in a nice 6 mile run Sunday morning without a stroller which hasn’t happened in a long time.  I had forgotten how much I enjoy just getting out and going without a time to be back by, a toddler to stop and check on or a pace to keep.  It didn’t hurt that the weather was amazing!  Finally no wind!

Marvelous was this delicious coconut water I enjoyed after my run!

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Oh my goodness this stuffs good!  If you’ve been reading for awhile you know that coconut water is my go to choice for rehydration after any activity that requires me to replace lost electrolytes.  So when Fitapproach offered up a Zola Coconut water review I jumped on board, excited to try a new coconut beverage.

I was shipped their three main flavors, Coconut water, Coconut water with pulp and their original Acai beverage.

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They also have Acai with blueberry and with pomegranate.

Besides the fact that Zola beverages are delicious, they are also GMO free, all natural, have a ton of essential electrolytes and come in a BPA free can.  Sweet!

I had a little plain right after my run then threw the rest in a smoothie with chocolate protein powder, a banana and some ice.  Delicious!  My favorite by far though is the coconut water with pulp.  The little chunks of fresh coconut are so tasty plus add yummy texture to the water.

Marvelous was getting some good prep done Sunday which included these protein bars that turned out really good!

Nutty Protein Bars

Nutty Protein Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1/3 cup raw or sprouted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6-7 pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup raw organic honey
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, pulse nuts and dates until chopped well.
  3. Add in protein powder, cinnamon, and salt, pulse until mixed in.
  4. In a saucepan, melt coconut oil, almond butter, and honey.
  5. Remove from heat and add in vanilla.
  6. Stir to combine then pour into the nut mixture and pulse until a wet sticky mixture forms. You may have to stop to scrape down sides a few times.
  7. Press into an 2 quart baking dish then bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly brown.
  8. Allow to cool then cut and wrap individually.
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Marvelous was finely getting a sweet juicy watermelon!

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Horrible picture!  After buying quite a few mini watermelons that were all horrible, we were excited to get a nice big one that was overloaded with sweet juice!  So good!

Okay, that’s it for my random Marvelous Monday!  Oh, one more marvelous thing is that I’ve still got that awesome giveaway going on right now for a super cute workout tank of your choice!  Make sure to check that out before it’s too late 🙂

QUESTIONS –

  • What’s one marvelous thing about your weekend?
  • Have you tried Zola coconut water? 
  • Have you purchased watermelon yet this year?  If so, was it good?

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Comments

  1. Love Nugget is such a stylish little boy. I mean just look at those cool shades he’s repping out on your morning walk, Ha Ha!

    Have a Marvelous Monday, Giselle
    xoox

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Thanks Jessie! I’ve been forcing it on him for the past two years so I think he’s finally starting to pick up on it 🙂

  2. I love that the weather is nice enough now for morning walks. I went on a walk at 6 a.m. this morning before work and it was beautiful outside! It was a great way to start my day :).

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I know right!?! I thought about going for a walk after my 5:00am workout but with The Love Nugget still sleeping upstairs I had to settle for sitting outside enjoying my coffee to cool down 🙂

  3. I love the water table! It looks so fun…I want to do that too! Glad the little guy is feeling better, ear infections are no fun.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Thanks Jade! I can’t believe we already have the water table out but it was such a warm weekend and it always saves the day!

  4. Your little man is so cute! I hope he’s feeling better! It sounds like you guys had a fun weekend! 🙂

  5. Oooh that coconut water sounds good! I’ll have to try it out 🙂 And I think the watermelon picture is adorable! You both looks really happy!

    xo

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      It is so good! Pretty sweet compared the some of the others but good! I really like the pulp in this one 🙂

  6. such cute pics!! 🙂 I have only tried coconut water once and I didn’t like it at all.. may have to give it another shot sometime

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Yes! I didn’t like the first one I tried but have tried so many since then and some are good, some not so great. I like Naked a lot but the ones that have coconut pulp in them are my favorite lately!

  7. Very cute pictures!! Looks like a great weekend and the bars look really great too!

  8. These bars look sooooo good! And I have been craving watermelon like crazy lately!! So jealous! I hope it was a sweet one!

  9. Looks like a great weekend! Loved seeing all the pics on instagram too 🙂

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Thanks! Same to you! So jealous of your sushi dinner! I’m craving some lately!

  10. Watermelons scream summer . . . . what fun! Sounds like a marvelous weekend!

  11. havent had chance to enjoy water melons yet but looking forward to it. Seems like a great weekend for you and the family. I need some coconut water in my life. nice to meet with you 🙂

  12. Love the watermelon picture! Your protein bars look so good, too! I haven’t bought watermelon yet, but I definitely need to! Keenan loves it!

  13. What a lovely weekend. Little nugget is so sweet.

    My marvelous weekend was spent having some alone time with my hubby and then of course getting the girls back. 🙂

  14. Those protein bars look amazing!! Yum!!
    BTW, the watermelon pic is wayyyy too cute!! 🙂

  15. I haven’t purchased watermelon yet this year, but now I really really want one!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      We can’t stop eating it! The hubby and I ate so much last night that I had to get up a few times to pee in the middle of the night!

  16. Omg, I love that the birthday party theme was construction – how cute?! Hehe. The protein bars look great. I’m almost out of a batch of bars I won from Whey Protein, so I’ll have to try these out!

  17. Wow! This recipe is perfect! I have been searching for one to use some sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. I’m in shock that this is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for and I just randomly came over from another blog. How Cool. Hope you have a fabulous day!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      So glad you stopped by! Hope you enjoy the recipe! It’s really good!

  18. I’ve only tried coconut water once and unfortunately wasn’t a fan… Maybe it was the brand or the fruity flavor? Those bars look delic! I recently tried sunflower seeds and they are so good, don’t know why it’s taken me so long!

  19. I finally made these bars! I loved the flavor, but I ended up with more of a granola because they didn’t stick together 🙁 Any tips for next time? Thanks!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Hmmm… Try adding a little more honey next time and make sure they are packed down pretty good. Sorry they didn’t turn out like a bar but I bet the granola was good!