Hello there and Happy Happy Friday to you!  I’m so glad it’s the end of the week but can you believe it’s already March?  Pretty much the usual plans for the weekend here, good workouts and yummy food.  Be sure to follow along on Instagram.  In case you’re new to reading the blog every Friday I try to round-up all the things I’ve been loving lately in food, fitness, and life for Friday Favorites, so here we go…..

Foodsitrs GIVEAWAY

I’ve teamed up with Foodstirs to give one lucky reader three of their boxed baking mixes such as these Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Brownies, Snickerdoodle Blondies, and Pancake Mix.  I shared these in last week’s Friday Favorites as I had just made the brownies and they were so tasty.  All their mixes are made with organic and quality ingredients, unlike most boxed baking mixes.  And if you don’t consider yourself a baker, no worries.  These mixes only require a few more ingredients and you simple mix them all up in a single bowl, add to a baking dish, and bake in the oven.

Foodstirs Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Brownies

Now for the GIVEAWAY:

To enter simply visit this Instagram post and follow the instructions.  I’ll be choosing a winner at the end of the day today so Good Luck!

Foodstirs Baking Mixes

Date Night

Tom and I decided to celebrate Valentines Day a little late with a night out in Old Town Alexandria.  I was craving pizza so we ended up heading to one of our favorite brick oven pizza places, Red Rocks.  We started with wine and the meatball appetizer.  Then each ordered individual pizzas, the Red Rocks sausage pizza for Tom and pepperoni and mushrooms for me.  Both were delicious and totally hit the spot.

Red Rocks Old Town Alexandria

Red Rocks Brick Oven Pizza Old Town Alexandria

And date night just isn’t complete without dessert.  Since we were in Old Town we drove over to Sugar Shack,  I love that they make fresh donuts throughout the day and are open late, for people like me who have an after dinner sweet tooth.  A donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles is always my go to.

Sugar Shack Donuts

Latest Read

I’ve been on a huge mystery kick with my books lately and am currently reading Final Girls by Riley Sager.  I’m only about a quarter of the way through and it’s been hard to put down each night.  The story is about girls who were the survivors of different horror movie type massacres and I have a feeling it’s going to have quite a few twists.  If you liked Gone Girl or The Couple Next Door I highly suggest it.

Final Girls by Riley Sager Sweet and Strong Friday Favorites

Vital Proteins To Go Packets

The last two months I’ve done a bit of traveling between the holidays, our trip to San Antonio, and my visit in Cleveland with my parents.  Every trip I’ve taken some Vital Proteins to-go collagen packets with me to add to my morning coffee.  Why collagen?  I add it to either my coffee or smoothie everyday because collagen has natural protein and it helps supports healthy skin, hair, nails, joints, and gut health.  And when traveling we all know we need some extra help in the gut health department, if ya know what I mean.  Using either the plain collagen or collagen creamer kept me regular every day while traveling.

Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen

Vital Proteins recently released their Matcha Green Tea in stick to-go packets.  While I’m usually a coffee drinker I do enjoy an afternoon tea every so often.  And love the antioxidants in matcha green tea.  The packets are easy to use because you just add them to 8 ounces of warm water or milk, and I add a little honey or stevia to sweeten it.

Nature Box

Nature Box is a company committed to delivering snacks with quality ingredients to your doorstep.  All their snacks are free of artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavors and they have a wide variety of products to meet any dietary needs.  From cookies & bars, chips, jerky, popcorn, nuts & trail mixes there is a snack for everyone.

Nature Box had me to pick some of their items to try for myself.  I did a combination of sweet and savory snacks with some mocha almonds, energy trail mix, and dried fruit just to name a few.

Nature Box Snacks

Paying a membership fee gets you the reduced price on all snacks, up to 40% off. To save even more, compare the different banks car loan offers using Sambla. But, if you’re keen on just snack savings, you could also subscribe to a subscription box with a certain number of snacks delivered each week or month.  Overall Nature Box has many different snacks to choose from and different options to always keep your pantry full of healthy choices.

Be on the lookout next week as I will also have a fun Nature Box Giveaway on Instagram.

Make Your Own Protein Bars

In case you missed it here on Sweet and Strong this week I posted a recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars.  I get sick of paying almost $2 a bar for store-bought bars and they usually have ingredients I’m not a big fan of which is why I love making my own.  The recipe is easy and they taste delicious.  I hope you’ll give them a try.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

That’s it for me today, I hope you have a great weekend!

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Linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five.  And Heather for Friday Favorites.  Enjoy your weekend and be sure to read previous Friday Favorites posts here.

Questions of the Day:

What do you usually do on Date Night?

What are you currently reading?

Tell me something you’re loving lately.

12 Comments on Foodstirs GIVEAWAY, Date Night, and other Friday Favorites

  1. Rachel
    March 2, 2018 at 11:36 am (5 years ago)

    I was just thinking the other day that I neeed to start making my own Larabars. It’s just crazy how much they are and how fast we go through them. PB chocolate sounds right up my alley so I’m heading to check out that recipe NOW!

    • sweetandstrong
      March 3, 2018 at 11:54 am (5 years ago)

      Yes I totally agree we went through packaged bars so fast and I feel like I was wasting money, plus it’s so easy to make your own! Let me know what you think 🙂 Have a great weekend Rachel.

  2. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness
    March 2, 2018 at 12:48 pm (5 years ago)

    I really liked gone girl but never heard of the couple next door. That sounds like a good book. The book I was currently reading was due back to the library so I had to return it. It did not keep my interest enough for me to continue to read it. So maybe I will look into one of these books you suggested.

    • sweetandstrong
      March 3, 2018 at 11:55 am (5 years ago)

      Yes if you like mysteries I highly suggest The Couple Next Door, Final Girls, oh and All the Missing Girls was SOOO good.

  3. Kim G
    March 2, 2018 at 4:04 pm (5 years ago)

    The foodstirs products look really cool! I’ll head over to your IG page to enter the giveaway 🙂

    I just started using Vital Proteins collagen this week and I really like it!

    • sweetandstrong
      March 3, 2018 at 11:57 am (5 years ago)

      Love that Foodstirs offers better for you baking mixes for when you need a quick dessert. And yay for Vital Proteins, I’m definitely a huge fan 🙂 Have a great weekend Kim.

  4. fairytales and fitness
    March 2, 2018 at 8:09 pm (5 years ago)

    All your food pics are making me hungry! Thanks for linking up!

    • sweetandstrong
      March 3, 2018 at 11:57 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks 🙂 Food photography is my fav.

  5. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups
    March 2, 2018 at 9:57 pm (5 years ago)

    That book sounds like quite the thriller, I will have to look for it! Brick fired pizza is always a good date night choice.

    • sweetandstrong
      March 3, 2018 at 11:59 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Emily! We’re pretty simple and date night usually always means we want pizza, lol. Can’t beat it right. Hope you have a great weekend.

  6. Zenaida Arroyo
    March 4, 2018 at 3:45 pm (5 years ago)

    I also use Vital Proteins in my coffee and smoothies. My hair grows fast!

    Date night for me is beer or wine and watching TV with my cat. 🙂

    • sweetandstrong
      March 4, 2018 at 4:23 pm (5 years ago)

      A drink and TV is usually how we spend our weekends and I love it 🙂 And yes to Vital Proteins and hair growth, I’ve also noticed a huge difference in my hair.