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summer = grilled vegetables

Well, I haven’t had the best of days today, but a couple good things did happen:

1. Brant and I started our day with a bike ride around Southie.

2. I ordered a Vita-Mix!!!  Yahoo for me. 🙂

I didn’t realize that it was misting a bit when I woke up this morning, so we got ready and headed out on our bikes.  The mist didn’t bother us too much, but it was annoying at points.  I remembered why I dislike riding my bike around the city – there are a lot of stop lights and a lot of cars (and we all remember my run in with the car, right?!).  But, we survived and completed about 10 miles in 45 minutes.

Once I was ready for work, I made up a smoothie.  This smoothie was the reason I ordered a Vita-Mix right away!  I was already having a not-so-great morning, and my blender would not chop up my frozen fruit!

I ended up with frozen pineapple and cherry chunks throughout.  Oh well, there could be worse things!!

It was still very tasty!

  • 2 tbsp chocolate hemp protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk


Once lunch rolled around, I realized that I didn’t pack lunch?!  Where was my head this morning?!

Luckily, a Panera Bread just opened right up the street from work today.

This was a lifesaver!

I ordered my most favorite sandwich – the Meditteranean Veggie sans onions with an apple.

Mmmm…just as delicious as I remember.

No lunch, meant no snacks.  But, I found a container of dried kiwi in my desk.  Score!

Once dinner time came around, I wanted something very simple, so we grilled veggies on the grill.

We grilled up some eggplant, pepper, zucchini and onion.

While the veggies were grilling, I sauteed up some beet greens and sprinkled them with sesame seeds.  Then, heated up some leftover lentils.

This was a great summer dinner!  Simple and tasty!  And, nothing tastes more like summer than grilled veggies!

So, even though my dad started out not-so-great, it ended a-ok. 🙂

Thank goodness for Friday!


north fork – fun on the water

My father-in-law raced in a triathlon on Sunday morning, which was our main reason for heading down to the North Fork.  We were up bright and early to watch him race, which allowed us to have a full and relaxing rest of the day.

The beach was gorgeous this morning!

While waiting for the race to start, I headed out on a 4.5 mile run of my own.  I ran the course route and loved how peaceful it was.  I was feeling good and finished the 4.5 miles in 40 minutes.  My run was complete on a Sunday morning by 6:30am!  I had the whole rest of the day to relax. 🙂

I snacked on an Empower Glo Bar and a coconut water while watching the race.

A few of you asked me to let you know how the Glo Bars were.  Well, this is the only flavor that I have tried so far, but it was unbelievebly delicious!  I don’t know how Angela does it, but the bar was soft yet stuck together so well.  The flavor was awesome – I love the coffee and chocolate combination.  I can’t wait to try some more!

After the race, we ate breakfast – yogurt, hemp granola and a banana for me.

And, a veggie juice (I have no idea what was in it, since the shop was out of a lot, but it tasted mostly like carrots).

Then, we headed out on the boat!

We ended up on Shelter Island’s shore.  The houses are gorgeous!

It was a phenomenal day – sunny and hot, but cooler on the water.

Everyone had fun swimming in the ocean and enjoying the day.

It was the perfect summer day.

We ate a late lunch, then headed to the ferry for our journey home.  I hate that weekends have to come to an end!!