Happy Birthday, Jesse!

First and foremost today, I want to wish a big


to my beyond-wonderful, handsome husband!!

Twins game - Jesse & Danica

I love you!  And I hope our day is great!


I love birthdays…especially birthday desserts (who doesn’t).  And when I asked Jesse about what he’d like for his birthday dessert he mentioned froyo…  I chose well, ladies ;)


Thanks so much for all of your encouraging comments on yesterday’s race recap post, too.  I really do appreciate it.

As much as I want this blog to be positive, I just had to be honest.  It wasn’t a great race, but I’m determined to be stronger because of it!
As soon as these migraine symptoms go away, I’ll be much more motivated, too.  Yes, I’m still dealing with the after-effects 4 days later.  No bueno.  Hopefully celebrating a birthday (of my best friend nonetheless) will help :)

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And moving on….here’s a look at my food journal from yesterday!

7:15 a.m.

breakfast smoothie pb&s

A “PB&J Smoothie” of sorts – very similar to this one:

avocado + banana + frozen raspberries and strawberries + pure vanilla extract + cinnamon + ACV + chia seeds + chunky peanut butter + unsweetened vanilla almond milk
topped with homemade granola

11:15 a.m.

larabar peanut butter chocolate chip

I snacked on a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar

1:30 p.m.

leftovers for lunch

3 squares of leftover homemade pizza + sweet potato fries with ketchup + green peas

5:30 p.m.

mexi-bowls dinner


quinoa + black beans + mozzarella cheese + grilled corn + seasonings (sea salt, cumin, garlic powder, cilantro) + avocado + salsa
and blue corn tortilla chips on the side

8:30 p.m.

dessert nectarine dark chocolate organic

a nectarine + dark chocolate squares


If today was your birthday, what dessert would you choose?!

This is always a tough question…some sort of fruit (apple/rhubarb/berry) crisp sounds really good right now though.

Favorite Larabar flavor?

Apple Pie is mine, but I honestly haven’t had a flavor that I didn’t like.


  1. Happy Birthday, Jesse! Hope you two have a wonderful day together.. hopefully neither one of you work?!

    Favorite Larabar: PB chocolate chip – actually had one last night :)

    • J does have to work today, but then he has the rest of the week to work at home or take the day off – yay! :)
      Hope your week is going well, love!

  2. Happy Birthday to Jesse! Hope you guys have a great day!

    That Larabar flavor is my favorite! The leftover pizza looks fabulous!
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  3. aww! Happy Birthday Jesse!! You two are super cute.
    I would probably pick froyo. Or chocolate creme pie. or a cupcake from my favorite cupcake store (not just any cupcake!). So hard to choose.
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  4. I haven’t tried many Larabars, so I’d have to go with the cookie dough! If it was my birthday today, I would probably choose my mom’s chocolate cake. I just love it and it sounds really good right now!

  5. Happy Birthday to your hubby!!!

    My birthday dessert is usually pumpkin pie- Growing up my mom always made my sister and I each home made pies for the first day of school, my birthday always fell right around first day of school so I usually had pie for it (which I am A-ok with!). But I am good with just about any dessert :)

    Apple pie lara bars are my favorite, along with the chocolate chip cookie dough!
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    • Last year Jesse’s birthday dessert request for pumpkin pie. I made the whole thing entirely from scratch (a first for me) – it was delicious and actually really fun to make. It was sad how proud I was of the thing haha :)

  6. I would choose ice cream or strawberry shortcake. I love strawberry shortcake :) I’ve never had a lara bar, but I like the chocolate coconut Luna Bar!

    If I ever did a WIAW post, my post would be crazy long because I snack so frequently throughout the day. I need to try one of your smoothie recipes to see if that’ll curb my hunger for longer than 2 hours!
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    • There’s a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar – I bet you’d love it!

      As far as eating goes…I would suggest experimenting with your food – you put in a lot of mileage but eating every 2 hours is very frequently. Maybe experiment for one week with more protein in your meals – see if that curbs your hunger more. Then for another week experiment with more whole grains and pay attention to your results that way. The fiber from fruits and veggies should help keep you full too so smoothie may be a great choice as well!
      Keep me posted!

  7. Happy birthday to your hubby and enjoy your fro yo tonight!
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  8. happy birthday jesse! my birthday is in a few days and despite it being my own party, I plan on making one of my new favorite desserts: s’mores truffles! they’re so easy to make and super delicious. check out the post I wrote about them
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  9. Happy Birthday to your hubby!! And favorite Larabar flavor??..definitely PB & J!
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  10. Happy Birthday, Jesse!

    If I could only pick one thing, vanilla cake with vanilla frosting (or maybe a coconut cake/frosting). See? I can’t decide!

    I’ve never tried a Larabar, but I like the coconut chocolate chip Clif bars.
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    • Coconut cake? yum!!

      You should definitely try a Larabar sometime…the ingredients are awesome and they even have a Chocolate Coconut Chew flavor I bet you’d love!

  11. Aw! Happy Birthday to your cute Hubby!!! :D

    If I had to choose dessert today for my birthday… It’s probably be SALMON! lol!!
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  12. I love sweet potato fries! It’s been ages since I’ve made any though.
    Dessert on my birthday has gotta be cake every time yum!
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