Tone It Up Meals: Week 5

I’m just over halfway through the Tone It Up challenge and I’m feeling great! Yesterday morning I woke up bright and early for the daily workout.

Tone it up workout

It only took about 30 minutes but I was pretty exhausted by the end! I really like that their workouts are quick but effective. Once I was done with my workout, I hopped in the shower and then headed downstairs for my breakfast.

chia smoothie bowl

I’m still on a smoothie bowl kick and I just can’t get enough! This one was frozen mango, pineapple, almond milk, and vanilla protein powder, topped with chia seeds and a strawberry. Just in case you missed it, here are my tips for a super thick smoothie bowl.

elli quark pineapple

After breakfast, I had quite a few cups of coffee along an Elli Quark. These are technically a cheese but they taste like Greek yogurt. I like that they’re sweetened with stevia so they don’t have a lot of added sugar. The pineapple flavor was awesome!

kale salad and crackers

Once lunch rolled around, I grabbed my lunch bag and headed down to meet a few friends in the cafeteria. We have awesome food options at work but I had some extra kale in the fridge that needed to be eaten, so I made my strawberry kale salad and a few Mary’s Gone Crackers with a bit of hummus. I know, I know, I’m in a salad rut but I can’t stop eating this!

mixed nuts

I had meetings most of the afternoon but I munched on a few nuts while I worked. This was the Planter’s Pistachio Blend. It was a little heavy on the peanuts and light on the actual pistachios but it was a nice snack.

After work, I headed over to Citizen Burger Bar which just opened in Carytown. (They have a location in Charlottesville and one in Clarendon too!) I’ve been to their Charlottesville location and I fell in love with their veggie burger so I was pretty excited when I found out they were coming to Carytown! We had a pretty big group of bloggers so it was fun to get to catch up with friends and meet a few new faces. The food was absolutely incredible and the service was awesome!

citizen burger bar

I love that they focus on lots of local ingredients, local farms, and local beers. (The meat is locally sourced and ethically raised, so Alex is pretty pumped to have this burger option nearby!) I’m also thrilled that the veggie burger isn’t just an afterthought. This housemade burger was amazing. I got mine with a side salad but that’s only because I had piles of the truffle fries with the appetizers! You can see a few snapshots of those on the Virginia Bloggers Instagram. YUM! My dinner was a bit of a splurge but it was worth every single bite! I can’t wait to go back there!

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  1. It looks really good and like a lot of fun. I’m glad you had a good time!

  2. Ahh that veggie burger looks amazing! Plus, truffle fries are basically heaven. Totally worth the splurge! I didn’t really have a “real” dinner last night, just apps and drinks with friends. Also a splurge, but still worth it 😉

  3. Mmmm that smoothie bowl looks fabulous! And that burger – I made homemade veggie burgers the other day and have been loving them though I must admit, they aren’t the same without a bun. I need to find a worthy gluten-free option!

  4. you just put me in the mood for a smoothie. and a veggie burger! it’s finally warm enough here for me to drink a smoothie without freezing afterwards!

  5. That burger looks amazing! I love the local, organic burger places like Bareburger and B. Good. Definitely up my alley 🙂

  6. Pineapple Quark sounds delicious. You’re actually right in considering it a kind of Greek yoghurt because Quark is a German classic and nobody over here would label it as cheese. It’s always found where the yogurt is located in stores :).
    The burger bar has to be a really awesome spot. Places that source their ingredients locally, maybe also organic, are my favourites, too. I’m a little jealous of your blogger meet-up but happy you had fun there.

    • I didn’t even realize until recently that “Quark” was a thing! I thought that’s just what Elli Quark was called 😉

  7. That burger looks so good!your pictures are always so pretty – I wish I had your skill!!

  8. yummm this all looks so delicious! and that strawberry on your smoothie bowl is so high class restaurant-esque; very impressive. Lately i’ve been taking my smoothies and dumping them into a bowl and pouring granola on top. and chocolate chips. because why not.

  9. That salad looks simple & Delicious. I love strawberries and never think to use them in a kale salad… I think I may need to try it this week!

  10. I love local restaurants that source locally. It just keeps that sweet relational element in food, which is a huge part of what food and fellowship is for me. I really really want to get on the smoothie bowl kick. I’m not very good at making things look pretty, but all you gals who are doing it are motivating me to try it out.

  11. I definitely need to read your tips to make a thicker smoothie bowl! That’s always the struggle for me. That veggie burger looks so good!


  12. Wow ive never seen such a delicious hearty veggie burger!! Yum! 🙂

  13. I remember my German teacher taught us how to make quark once. You strain the liquid out of yogurt with cheesecloth overnight, which, as far as I know, is pretty much the same thing you do when you make Greek yogurt.
    Fun fact: Germans use the word “Quark” as a metaphor for “nonsense,” like we say “bologna.” “So ein Quark!” they’ll say. Sorry if you already knew that. It just think it’s cute and fun.

  14. Will you be posting week 6 and after too?

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