First of all, it’s cold Starbuck’s drink weather in Sioux Falls.

Iced green tea

Iced green tea

It’s also sunroof season. For now at least.

Let’s back up. I wasn’t feeling so hot this morning after a fun night out last night. I would have loved to go for a run in the 60 degree weather with no wind, but I knew it wouldn’t end pretty if I did too much moving today.


This morning I wanted one thing and one thing only; oats.


Oats with flax, vanilla protein powder, PB2, banana, craisins, and Kashi cereal.

Then I fell asleep for another two hours…yikes.


After moping around my apartment and drinking about half my body weight in water, I still wasn’t feeling the best. Perhaps a nice cold smoothie would do the trick?



Scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1/2 frozen banana, frozen strawberries, cocoa powder, spinach, 1 TBS peanut butter, greek yogurt, water and ice cubes.

By this point I knew a run wasn’t in the cards today. But I felt like I could muster enough strength to get a little shopping done. I headed to the grocery store to pick up my weekly essentials and some more shopping fuel.



Old standby.

Shopping was a hit. TJ Maxx just got a bunch of new stuff in and Express had 30% off clearance. Today I learned short people like me really can pull off maxi dresses! Now if it would just stay warm enough to wear one.

While browsing the racks, I had a weird craving for a mexican style burger. Weird? I decided that’s what I would be making for dinner, and sweet potato fries sounded like a fitting side. So, I bring you a homemade sweet potato fries recipe!

Sweet Potato Fries:



  • Slice sweet potato into about 1/4 inch strips
  • Spread evenly on baking sheet
  • Drizzle with 1-2 TBS olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, cayenne, or any other spices
  • Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping half way through

And that’s it!



Alongside my mexican burger topped with jack cheese, guac, plain greek yogurt, salsa, peppers and onion.


I’m so happy I had this craving. It really hit the spot. Brought me back to my sophomore year of college when I worked at a diner and ate “mexican burgers” at least twice a week.

I’m still feeling pretty sluggish and am bummed I wasn’t able to get a workout in today. Tomorrow I have a timed  5k on the agenda and a lower body workout as well. I’m hoping to get the 5k done in less than 24 minutes, but we shall see!