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winter park farmer’s market

On Saturday mornings, Winter Park, FL has a great little farmer’s market that is held all year round.

Brant and I took a trip there to check it out and pick up some goodies!  Apparently, it is the best farmer’s market in Central Florida.

They had great stuff.

A lot of produce.

The fruit looked amazing – so much different than are in our stores in the Northeast right now!

Everyone at the market was walking around with bags of this kettlecorn, so we had to get some.

Delicious!  Perfect amount of sweet and salty.

Wonderful spreads that can be shipped throughout the US from Sunchowder.

I tried a bunch, but brought home the very unique spreads – Pineapple Starfruit and Butternut Squash, Coconut & Ginger.  They were out of this world!!!

Homemade Vanilla and vanilla powder made with organically grown vanilla beans.

And, the much talked about Raspberry Lemonade – made using fresh squeezed lemons, crushed raspberries, a touch of sugar and water.

YUM!

Organic tea leaves!

After the market, we made a trip to Infusion Tea for lunch.

It is even cuter than I thought it would be!  The tea/food shop is connected to a local co-op where locally made products are sold.  They had cute baby clothes, clothes, jewelry, etc.

I ordered a hummus, avocado, spinach, tomato and sunflower seed wrap.

The sunflower seeds were a great addition.  They added a bit of crunch and saltiness to a few bites.

The wrap was served with a bean salad – edamame, black beans, chickpeas and raisins.

Perfect. 🙂

happy thanksgiving (from florida!)

Happy (late) Thanksgiving!

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Our morning started with a Turkey Trot in downtown Orlando!

It was warm and sunny, weather that we are definitely not used to running in at this point in the Northeast!

Before leaving for the race, I snacked on a yogurt and banana for some fuel.

The race was packed!  So many people came out to the Thanksgiving Day Run.

Some people were dressed in full turkey gear, while others just wore hats.  I don’t know how anyone wore costumes because it was hot out in the sun!

After making our way into the crowd, the race started and we were off!

The course weaved through the neighborhood surrounding Lake Eola.  Many of the streets were brick, so I was a little worried about falling!  But, we kept up our pace and finished the 5K in 32 minutes!  I have been running a few days each week and very slow, so I was happy with our time.

After the race, we headed to iHop for breakfast!  I had a garden veggie omelet with wheat toast.

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Then, it was time to get ready for Thanksgiving Dinner at the Peabody Hotel.

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It was an all day brunch, that we attended around 4pm for dinner.  They had everything from eggs to salads to a raw bar to the traditional turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

My first trip up the the buffet included some salad, fruit, cheese, yams, beets and pumpkin ravioli (which were awesome!).

Then, I headed back for a little bit of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce and dessert (unpictured).

Happy Thanksgiving!

welcome to sunny florida!

We started off our trip to Florida with breakfast at the airport…

A giant Strawberry Banana Smoothie from Fresh City an Almond Butter and Cranberry Jelly sandwich on Millet toast that I brought from home.

Airport food options are always a bit limited, so I try to pack something from home if I can.  It makes it easier than searching out a healthy option.

It was an uneventful plane ride down to Orlando, and we landed in sunny and warm Florida that afternoon!

We sat by the pool and enjoyed our view. 🙂

And, enjoyed a chocolate smoothie that I whipped up once we arrived – 8 oz oz of chocolate milk, 1 banana, 1 packet of Amazing Grass Superfoods, handful of ice – all blended up and brought to the pool.

Then went for a walk around the resort before heading to a family dinner of baked ziti, salad, meatballs and italian bread.

The weather has been gorgeous!  Stay tuned for more Florida adventures. 🙂

stuffed peppers, butterfingers & travelling tips

Over the weekend, my husband made me a delicious dinner!  He has been doing a lot of the cooking lately, so it’s about time I give him some credit. 🙂

Stuffed peppers with a side of asparagus…yum!

The peppers were stuffed with a mix of brown rice, spinach and spices and topped with cheese.  Baked in the oven at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, the peppers came out perfect.  The cheese was bubbling and the peppers were soft.

The asparagus was sprinkled with olive oil, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese and cooked at 400 for 15 minutes.

So delicious and filling that I could barely finish both halfs.

Another delicious treat over the weekend was a Butterfinger Smoothie ala The Fitnessista!

She wasn’t kidding when she said that it really tastes like Butterfingers…it really does!  I skipped the mesquite and added chocolate almond butter as my nut butter of choice, but I bet that you could make it with any type of nut butter.  I also added 1 cup of greek yogurt for more protein.

I first tried the smoothie on Saturday…then made it again on Sunday, Monday and Today!  Delicious!

We are headed to Florida for Thanksgiving, so I am made sure to pack my magic bullet in my suitcase for smoothies while away.

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You might think I’m crazy for packing a blender in my suitcase, but it makes eating healthy on vacation even easier!  A smoothie is a perfect meal or snack…and is extremely quick and healthy if you have the right ingredients.

I am bringing my magic bullet cup, which twists right into the blender fo easy belnding.  Then, flip it over and enjoy!  No need to find another glass in a hotel room. 🙂

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Along with the bullet, I also packed some goodies in my suitcase:

  • nut butter packets
  • protein powder packets
  • chocolate milk
  • and I will pick up bananas once we get there
  • ice from the ice machine

Perfect ingredients for a smoothie on the go. 🙂

See you from Florida!

sweet & spicy quinoa

I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I normally do.  Life is just simply getting in the way.  But, you can rest assured that I am still eating like I normally do – just more!

Breakfasts have been smoothies, as usual. 🙂

My favorite Chocolate Cherry Bomb Smoothie.  This smoothie is thick, delicious and packed with protein and nutrients which is perfect for my growing belly!

And, I love that it is pink. 🙂

Check out the banana that I used today!

Along with my smoothie, I snacked on a piece of homemade apple raisin walnut bread made by Lauren.  It is super delicious!

Lunch included some leftovers from dinner.  I decided to try out Angela’s Mandarin & Maple Spiced Quinoa with Cranberries, Apricots, and Almonds.

This was absolutely delicious!

It was sweet from the maple and dried fruit and spicy from the cinnamon and nutmeg.  We all really loved it.  I will definitely be making it again!

Served on a bed of spinach for some greens with dinner.

Definitely go try it out!  It will be a crowd pleaser.

I am so excited for the weekend…lot’s of stuff to do. 🙂  Have a great one!