November 19, 2013 § 1 Comment
So my friend Anna has a wonderful health and fitness blog called The Blondissima: Fit and Fabulous with Anna and I helped her film a video one night where she made a pumpkin pie smoothie with vanilla Shakeology (you can check out the post here). Well, after filming I asked her if I could try it and wow–it was just so amazing! This week I decided that I would be having smaller dinners and supplementing them with protein shakes in preparation for the big Thanksgiving feast so I thought I definitely had to make my own version of this!
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (150 calories)
1 cup of skim milk (83 calories)
1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (40 calories)
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
6 ice cubes
Put all ingredients in blender, blend and enjoy! Tip: I like to make it really frothy by using the ice crusher setting–it seems to aerate it more and makes it seem fuller.
Total Calories: 273
This really is one of the most delicious shakes I have ever had! BTW I have considered this all one serving as far as calories go but it really makes almost two full glasses. I didn’t share mine–I drank it all–but if you want to have a snack and save the rest for later or share this is also an option!
I just started a Pinterest board where I will be keeping all of my protein shake recipes so if you are on there come on over and say hello–you can find me @afreshcoat. I have some really tasty recipes in the works for the rest of the week! I’m so excited about this and I hope you will come check it out.
As always, thanks for stopping by to read A Fresh Coat! XOXO Jen
November 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s here! I’m so excited to go through this tonight! Today was a super long day at the 9-5 but I am very happy to be enjoying my new favorite tea (it’s like a zero calorie cookie-amazing!) snuggled up with my heated blanket and the CB 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. I’ll be posting some of my favorite finds tomorrow! I hope you all had a great day and thanks for stopping by XO Jen
November 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
I am always cold and as soon as the temp went below 60 I started pulling out my sweaters! Well, upon watching the news this evening I heard that DC is about to get some weather that is considered normal for mid-January, so I’m not too happy you know, because it’s still November! Luckily, I’ve already pulled out my warm winter blankets for my bed and washed my throws for the couch but I’m really feeling like I need a faux fur throw to add to the mix. Nothing sounds better to me right now than a faux fur throw, a nice, warm fire and a cup of hot tea.
Here are some of my fav finds:
1. Jennifer Lopez Snow Leopard faux fur throw, on sale for $29.99 at Kohls (btw, if you don’t know the magic of a Kohl’s sale, they have the best! Currently if you use your store credit card you can get up to 30% off and to top it off, even if you don’t have a cc, you get $10 Kohl’s cash for every $50 you spend!)
4. Ludlow faux fur throw in winter white, $69.95 at one of my favorite places Z Gallerie. It just so happens they are having their friends and family event which means you can get this beauty for 20% off with code FF20.
What are some things you are adding to your home to make it more cozy now that the chilly weather is heading our way? As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out A Fresh Coat! XOXO Jen
November 9, 2013 § 1 Comment
Happy Saturday everyone! One thing I love about the weekend is that I usually eat a slightly fancier breakfast than I do on the weekdays (cooking in the morning is simply out of the question–I’m a yogurt kind of girl!). Today I decided to use up some apples that were starting to look a bit sad in my fridge and cut them up to add to some oats and it came out so delicious. I tried to make it a little healthier by adding chia seeds and using agave nectar and a dash of honey to sweeten the favor a bit. I know you might be thinking “This isn’t really cooking” but I say if the stove has to be used, it’s cooking! This really is a simple, delicious and healthy meal to start your day with. Here’s what I did in case you’d like to try this our for yourself (I made enough for two people as 1/2 cup of dry oats is considered a single serving):
2 cups water
3 apples, cut in small pieces
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Boil the water in a pot and add the cinnamon. Add apples and let cook for about 5 minutes. Add oats, honey, agave nectar and chia seeds and stir. Let cook for 5-7 minutes until desired thickness, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!
As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat! XOXO Jen
November 7, 2013 § Leave a comment
OK, so I came across this image online (which eventually led me to the Dwell article) and I couldn’t even believe that someone would put their bed on a pulley system on their ceiling–creative, but I would be afraid it would fall on my head if I were sitting below it! When I looked at the image more closely I realized it was Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser! Really?!? The first thing that came to mind was why would this man who has made it big on a hit TV show live in such a tiny place? His entire LA cabin is 580 square feet, which is about the size of my little place in DC…but I’m a writer lol. Alas, his small space is designed so beautifully by Funn Roberts that the square footage doesn’t even matter because everything is functional and gorgeous! The bed is counterbalanced by a 300lb weight, pictured below, and he and his fiancee just pull it down every night and put it back up every morning (although what do you want to bet that bed stays on the ground during the week! I would be too lazy to pull it up every morning for sure!).
Another really cool thing about the design is that the desk (in the first image in the background) flips up to act as a headboard when the bed is down!
I thought this was a really cool way to save space that I had to share with you guys! For more images of his awesome home, check out the full article over at Dwell. As always, thanks for reading and have a great day! XOXO Jen