Hello and Happy Happy Friday to you!  Busy weekend over here as tonight Tom has an away Football game and then early Saturday morning I’m off to Columbus, OH to visit my college girlfriends for the Buckeye game.  It’ll be a fast but fun weekend, follow along on Instagram.

I figured it’s been awhile since I’ve shared all the things in food and fitness I’ve been loving lately, today’s Friday Favorites include Protein Bars and Mac and Cheese, YUM!  Let’s get right to it!

Banza Pasta Mac and Cheese

Banza Pasta is my absolute favorite Chickpea Pasta.  It’s gluten-free and made with chickpeas (obviously) so it’s packed with more protein and fewer carbs than traditional pasta.  And just this week Banza Pasta released four different kinds of Mac and Cheese.  I’ve only had a chance to try the cheddar that were delicious.  We had it for dinner last night with some steamed broccoli and crushed red pepper, one of my favorite combos!  And I can’t wait to try the other flavors.

Eat Banza Mac and Cheese

The Mac and Cheese is made with a traditional cheese packet and you add milk and butter, so it’s not vegan or dairy-free.  The ingredients are so-so, but in my opinion, a much healthier choice than most boxed Mac and Cheese’s out there.  I’ve seen Banza sold in most health food stores and Target, you can also order it on Amazon. 

Eat Banza Mac and Cheese

RX Bars

I know I’ve shared my love of RX Bars in previous Friday Favorites but lately they have been savinggggg me on Friday nights when I go to Tom’s football games.  Right before I snack on one bar and add a little extra almond butter.  And it helps keep me full until I can come home and reheat some leftovers for dinner around 9:00 p.m. after the game.

RX Blueberry Bar

I love RX Bars for the protein and clean ingredients.  Blueberry has been my favorite flavor lately, but they make quite a variety now.  And have also just released new Nut Butters (which I haven’t tried yet).  I’ve seen RX Bars in my local grocery store, Target, and of course health food stores, they can also be purchased on Amazon.

Lunch Dates

90% of the time I’d totally rather go on a lunch date than dinner date.  I’ve gotten to dine out with my sister and the hubs a few times over the last few weeks.  And since these meals don’t make it into my Food and Fitness Week in Review’s I thought I’d share them with you today 🙂

We don’t have a ton of healthier dining options in our area unless I venture into the city, so Tom and I usually eat lunch at Panera so I can get a giant salad.  I’ve been obsessed with their Green Goddess Chicken Salad with avocado, bacon, eggs, chicken, tomato, and green goddess dressing, perfect combo!

Panera Bread Green Goddess Chicken Salad

A local diner by us, Marie’s had to close to go through some renovations after a car veered off the road and ran into it, crazy right.  So one morning we stopped in for breakfast/brunch to help support them.  I had a veggie omelet with potatoes and wheat toast.

Marie's Diner Veggie Omelete

One weekend I did venture into DC to meet my sister for lunch and we walked to Navy Yard and made our own mediterranean bowls at Roti.  So many options I think I put just about everything in my chicken, salad, and rice bowl.

Roti Chicken Rice and Salad Bowl

Fall Fashion

It is a very rare occasion that I get all dressed up, but this past weekend we had a Fall wedding and I had to share this dress with you because I want it in EVERY color!  It comes in long sleeve and sleeveless.  I own the sleeveless in black.  It’s just a comfy t-shirt material but can easily be dressed up and styled several different ways.  ALSO obsessed with Suz’s dress from the wedding 🙂

Leith Ruched Long Sleeve Dress

On Sweet and Strong

In case you missed it I have been posting our weekly dinner menu and my workouts in my Food and Fitness Week in Reviews.  I highly suggest looking through them if you want some meal or workout inspiration.

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls

That’ll do it for me today.  I hope you have a great weekend!

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:

Have you tried Banza Pasta?

What’s your favorite lunch date spot?

Tell me something you’re loving lately.

8 Comments on Protein Bars, Mac and Cheese, and Other Friday Favorites

    • sweetandstrong
      October 12, 2018 at 5:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Kelli! So perfect for any occasion. Have a great weekend.

  1. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness
    October 12, 2018 at 7:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Cute dresses! I have never tried the Banza pasta. I love man n cheese though.

    • sweetandstrong
      October 15, 2018 at 11:17 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lacey! And yes you gotta try their Mac and Cheese and regular chickpea pasta, it’s my fav! 🙂

  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run
    October 12, 2018 at 10:27 pm (4 years ago)

    I like your fall dresses! I am very ready for fall fashion! Last weekend I rotated my spring/summer clothes from my closet and put in my fall/winter clothes. I definitely have cuter fall/winter stuff. All my summer clothes are way more casual.

    • sweetandstrong
      October 15, 2018 at 11:18 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Megan! Yes to Fall Fashion, I definitely own a lot more for this season than summer as well. I think I just live in workout clothes during the summer, ha. Hope you had a great weekend!

  3. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy
    October 16, 2018 at 12:09 am (4 years ago)

    That dress looks awesome on you! And I love Banza, it’s one of my favorite pastas!

    • sweetandstrong
      October 17, 2018 at 10:56 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Sarah! And Banza has been on the weekly dinner menu for the past few months, so good!