Two full weeks in my new place have passed, and I’m still so incredibly happy to be here. We’re nearly settled in and have already sent out an evite for our housewarming party! Good times!
First of all, I’d like to wish a very happy Friday to all of you. I hope your week has been great. Do you have a three-day weekend? Even if not, it’s still a bit of a special weekend seeing as Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Whether you’re attached or not, it’s always fun to show a little appreciation for the ones you love on this day, so I hope you get the chance to do that tomorrow.
Now it’s time to dig into a few things that have been making me extra happy this week, in true “Friday Favorites” fashion.
My favorite new healthy sweet
It’s no secret that I have a huge sweet tooth. I try to contain my dessert nights to the weekends, because when I do dessert, I like to go big. But I really have no reason to avoid this next favorite, because it’s healthy and won’t leave you in a sugar coma. Last week, the lovely folks at Arctic Zero sent me a big freezer pack of six pints of their healthy frozen treat, featuring flavors like Vanilla Maple, Salted Caramel, Cookie Shake, Toasted Coconut, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Orange Dream.
It’s not ice cream, but it sure seems like it. The best part? There are only 150 calories per pint and 35 calories per serving. That’s basically unheard of in the frozen dessert/ice cream world, in which other more decadent pints top out at well over 1,000 calories each.
Some other neat things to note about Arctic Zero and its quality:
- Fat free
- Low glycemic index
- Certified gluten-free
- Lactose free
- GMO free
- Made with high-quality whey protein and sweetened with monk fruit
- Each pint sells for $4 to $5
- The flavors are light, yet satisfying
I’ve tried a few of the varieties, and Chocolate Peanut Butter is my favorite so far (no surprise there!). The texture is creamy, and the taste is refreshing and mild, but sweet. You can just tell that what you’re consuming isn’t too bad for you, which is what I like most about it.
The pints came with a handy little recipe book with ideas on ways to enjoy Arctic Zero featuring less-healthy add-ons, and I may try some of those out so I can get a little extra crunch in each bite. One thing is for sure: I look forward to digging in to the rest of the pints and will certainly be satisfying my sweet tooth with this new “fit frozen dessert” tonight. If you’re interested too, you can find out where to buy Arctic Zero by checking out this store locator.
My favorite new cooking device
From the cold to the hot. That’s right, we got a grill! Last weekend, Dave and I went to Lowe’s with one thing in mind. Dave knew which grill he wanted and after about 45 minutes, it was in the back of my car ready to go home with us. He had to put the whole thing together on Sunday, which took a surprisingly long time. Do you know how many pieces grills come in inside their huge boxes? I certainly didn’t. Nonetheless, the assembling was well worth it. We’ve had several grilled meals this week, and we both love this new addition.
After living in apartments with no outdoor space for so long, a grill was high on our list. It’s great to have this new tool for cooking up quick and healthy meals, like grilled chicken and veggies, turkey burgers and steaks. Dave’s been the grill-master so far, but I just may learn to use it myself. Here’s a look at one of our first grilled meals this week …
We ate this dinner on Wednesday night. It was the perfect recovery meal for me after teaching BODYATTACK and getting home late, complete with grilled chicken, grilled asparagus and some brown rice. I mixed this all together and enjoyed every last bite.
My favorite cleansing cheat
Changing subjects entirely, as I tend to do on Fridays, I’d like to tell you that face wipes are my jam. Now hear me out. I go to bed at a reasonable hour, freshly showered after teaching evening group fitness classes most nights of the week. However, on Saturday night, I tend to stay out and up a bit later. Whether Dave and I are hanging out with friends or are out to a dinner, no matter what, I’m always super tired when we get home. For some reason or another, I cannot possibly bring myself to wash my face with water and a towel when I’m tired on a weekend night. That’s where facial wipes come into play …
These little lovelies, Simple Facial Wipes, are a life-saver. In fact, I bought a double-pack.
I’ve been using some form of facial wipes as my “stand-in” form of washing my face for years on later nights. And I picked up a batch of these greenies at Ulta last week and they’ve quickly become a favorite (I bought the same brand of face-wash too, but that’s not a favorite because it requires me to wash my face). These wipes have a nice mild sent and a soft texture for getting rid of all of your make-up from the day. Thank you face wipes, for helping me to clear off my done-up face before climbing into my white-sheeted bed at night.
My favorite new beverage
This one is an easy choice as a favorite. I knew cashew milk was a thing, but wasn’t able to find it in the grocery store for a few months. And it had been irking me that others were getting to try this and I wasn’t. That was until last week …
I was very excited to bring home a carton of Silk Cashew Milk from Safeway. The verdict? It’s got a nuttier taste than almond milk and seems to be a bit creamier. I’m definitely a big fan and could see myself buying this instead of almond milk from here on out. I’ve been drinking it plain and haven’t added it into anything yet, but I’d imagine it would bring that little bit of nuttiness to oats, cereal, smoothies, etc. The nutritional content seems to be about the same as almond milk, so it’s an even swap as far as I can tell. Totally tasty!
My favorite new blog developments
Here on A Lady Goes West there have been a few changes lately. You may have noticed a new header. Well I also have a new email delivery service, which you can sign up to and get my new posts emailed directly to you. The great thing about these emails is that they also have a link to previous posts from the week, in case you miss them. You can unsubscribe at any time (please don’t!), and you’ll be the first to get other updates that I may send out one day outside of blog posts. Haven’t had a chance to sign up? You can sign up on the right-hand side of the blog under my picture.
And now, in honor of Valentine’s Day and showing affection for others … I so appreciate each and every one of you who visits and supports A Lady Goes West. Thank you! And I’d love to connect with you in other places too. If you’re not already, please check me out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin’ and follow along there. It’s really fun to share my life with you guys, and as long as you keep stopping by, I’ll keep writing.
My favorite links of the week
Even though “Friday Favorites” seem to be the most fun, I’ve also shared some other great content this week. Check out the following …
- Workouts and a new company — The weekend, my workouts and the new VINT app
- Les Mills group fitness information — Les Mills BODYATTACK 87 review
- Some positivity for your day — Five wins I celebrate every single morning
- This is the best post ever (well, according to me at least!) — Do you make these common grammar mistakes?
That’s it, guys. Another round of “Friday Favorites” is complete.
The weekend is finally here
This morning, I’m teaching an early BODYATTACK class (that’s three this week, so I’m officially back up to my old routine, and I love it), doing some work and looking forward to a couple days of relaxing. Although we don’t really go all out for Valentine’s Day, Dave has something up his sleeve for us tomorrow, so I think we’ll be doing something festive. Hope you have a great day and weekend! Now go give someone a hug and tell them what they mean to you!
Read more Friday Favorites
- A snack, a purse and a ritual
- A delivery, a bra and a guy
- A sweet, a wine and a read
- A drink, a gadget and a plan
- A time, a bottle and a powder
- San Francisco edition
- Beauty edition
- Beach vacation edition
- Hidden meanings
- Kicks, a book and a bowl
- The very best sweatshirts
- Party hosting and froyo
- Fourth of July daytime activity
- Beauty basics edition
- Workplace edition
- Shopping, sales and a show
- The foods I always buy
- Sushi, a game and pants
- Fitness apps
- Delicious and healthy products
- Comfort, fitness and function
- Beauty, buddha and blog events
- Dining, the city and gift ideas
- POPSUGAR, sweets and such
- A bunch of fun stuff
- e-book, food, picnic and tunes
- A link, a superfood and a mask
- Pants, shoes, food and links
- Dining, protein and goodies
- Shopping, events and a book
- A gym bag, pumpkin and juices
- Workout gear, a top and a massage
- prAna, a watch, tea and more
- Tasty stuff and gift sales
- Decor, bars, boots and a drink
- Flowers, music and more
- Coqueta, a brush and food
- My people and the holidays
- Beauty, bling and entertainment
- A hodge-podge of goodies
- Just a few special things
- Tasty food, drinks and moving
- A bunch of feel-good stuff
- Home, car and fitness finds
Questions of the day
Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day? What are you up to this weekend? What’s your favorite thing from the week? Tell me something good!