Friday faves

Hey friends – happy Friday! I have a fun weekend ahead: my high school best friend Jenny and I are having a girl’s weekend as part of a travel blogging opportunity I received. You can see what I’m up to on Instagram and Twitter. :) I spent some time earlier this week planning our trip and I’m really excited for what’s in store – lots of great food and some fitness fun, too!

And now – for some Friday faves!


1) Bananas!

Apparently tomorrow is National Banana Lover’s Day, and since I love bananas, I thought I’d share some of my favorite banana recipes from the blog if you’d like to celebrate tomorrow. ;) Love all the random food holidays – too funny! Who decides those?!

whole wheat PB banana bread

2) The weather!

The temperatures are creeping back up again now (so humid today) but the first part of this week in particular was GORGEOUS in DC! A bit cooler and the humidity was way down. Felt SO nice!

arlington va sunflowers

I was working downtown on Tuesday and met up with some friends for an al fresco lunch. The whole city was out and about enjoying the weather! Also: it’s so cool that I can just casually walk by the White House on a normal weekday. I feel lucky to live here!

summer weather white house park

summer white house

3) Dining al fresco!

Along the same lines of the previous one – it’s been amazing to a) have our windows open this week, and b) eat dinner outdoors without sweating to death! Here’s a delicious dinner Matt and I had recently (from Blue Apron, as per usual) – so nice to enjoy our deck!


Zara has been loving the open windows – she likes sitting in them and watching the squirrels. Or, sitting in them and stalking my food. ;) She was particularly intrigued by my lunch salad earlier this week! (Quinoa + greens + cucumber + tomato + lentils + feta cheese + balsamic vinaigrette.)

lunch salad with cat

4) Cookbooks from fellow dietitians.

I’ve had the opportunity to check out two cookbooks recently from fellow Registered Dietitians. Both are excellent – highly recommend checking them out!

First is Rise and Shine: Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings: 75 quick and easy family-friendly recipes, many of which can be knocked out in the time it takes for your coffee to drip into the pot. The book covers everything from eggs to smoothies, baked goods to breakfast sandwiches, and there is a an entire chapter devoted to toast and one just for lazy weekend mornings, too! It’s written by dietitian and mom Katie Morford, who writes the blog Mom’s Kitchen Handbook – and who is also the author of the book Best Lunchbox Ever: Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love.


Second is Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation: 100 flavorful vegetarian recipes that show how you can enjoy pasta and bread in a healthful, balanced way with lots of veggies involved, too! Long live carbs. :) It’s written by my friend and fellow Joyful Eating Program dietitian Alex Caspero, who writes the beautiful blog Delish Knowledge.


Speaking of our program – don’t forget to sign up for the email list for our Joyful Eating Program if you are interested in joining us in October for the next 6 week intuitive and mindful eating virtual group program! We’re sending out a special deal on Monday to our email list subscribers who sign up for the program early.

Time to wrap up work and head off to the airport in a bit. Have a fabulous weekend, my friends!

Faves from around the web:


  1. 1

    {sigh} I remember that bridge heading into the Lincoln. When I lived there I would park at the Pentagon and ride my bike over the bridge to the Mall with a backpack and my lunch. I’d spend all day at the museums. It was a beautiful, FREE day of entertainment!

  2. 3

    this morning was so humid. I felt i couldn’t catch up with my breath while running and my heart was pumping hard. The funny thing was I thought I was running 1 min slower than normal pace, but I was wrong… my legs were strong and I was running a bit faster than normal, but my heart rate was higher.
    happy weekend.

  3. 5

    Too hot and humid to be outside. Hit the gym. Bananas are awesome., so versatile and the perfect sweetener to bake goods and smoothies.

  4. 6

    I LOVE dining outside; that’s going to be something I really miss when winter comes around, but winter also brings the entrance of hot cocoa, hot soups, and such, which are all wonderful. I hope you have a lovely girls weekend Anne!

  5. 8

    Im in PA and have been experiencing the same type of weather–its been beautiful! Enjoy your weekend fun–i love a weekend getaway!

  6. 9

    Enjoy your weekend in Columbus! Thanks for the cookbook love. xo

  7. 10
    Roadrunner says

    Hope the weekend in Cbus is going well! Weather decent?

  8. 12

    Next weekend is peanut butter banana bread time! Great post.

  9. 14

    Dining alfresco – yes, yes, yes!!!!!!! Love it.

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