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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!

holiday brussels sprouts

Despite daylight savings and it being lighter earlier in the mornings, I seem to be having more trouble waking up!  Maybe it’s my body telling me I need more sleep?  Maybe it’s because I’m not sleeping well at night?  Who knows!

What I did know yesterday morning, was that I wanted a smoothie for breakfast.  Are you surprised?! 🙂

Mango Smoothie

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 scoop Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp pepitas
  • 3/4 cup milk

Mix it all up and enjoy!

Mid-morning, I was hungry for a snack, so I opened up a new bar I found at Trader Joe’s:

A Pure Bar

It was a bit chunkier than a Larabar, but had a similar texture.  And, a great ingredient list!

For lunch, I heated up an Amy’s Burrito.  There were slim pickings in our fridge yesterday, luckily Brant headed to the grocery store last night!

I ran out to do a few errands, and PinkBerry just happened to be there!

A small tart with mango, raspberries and brownie bites…mmmm….

For dinner, I was half creative and half boring!

A veggie burger on an english muffin with a side of Brussels Sprouts.

For the delicious brussels sprouts, I tried something a little bit new.  They would be perfect for a holiday dinner!

Brussels Sprouts with Cherries & Cheese

  • 1 pound Brussels Sprouts
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • drizzle of agave or honey
  • pinch of salt
  • grind of pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheese (i used stilton)

First, wash, rise and chop your brussels sprouts.  Then add them to a heated skillet with 1-2 tbsp of olive oil.

Turn your heat up to medium-high and make sure that they are all face down so that they brown and caramelize a bit.

After 7-10 minutes of cooking, check your sprouts to see if they have browned a bit.  They should look like this…be patient!!

Once browned, turn the heat down to medium and add your mustard, agave (or honey), salt and pepper and mix.

Then, add your cranberries and crumbled cheese.

Mix until combined.

These came out great!  They were cooked perfectly and the spiciness of the mustard really balances out the sweetness of the cranberries and cheese.  YUM!

Homemade veggies to balance out my boxed veggie burger. 🙂

pregnancy tips: nutrients you need!

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor.  Everything that I write about has been researched by me for my own pregnancy.  Please consult a doctor for health advice.

We all know how important vitamins and nutrients are to our health, right?!  You should always try to consume a variety and balance of foods and nutrients to keep your body healthy and thriving.  However, when you are pregnant, it is even more important to eat those nutrients because your baby needs them to grow!

At first, I was worried that I was not getting enough nutrients for my growing baby because all I was eating were saltines, cheerios and white bread, but I was told that they baby will take all of the nutrients first, then they get distributed into your system!  Plus, at the beginning of any pregnancy, the baby is so small, that it barely needs anything at all.  I have done a lot of research to make sure that I am consuming the nutrients that my baby needs, so I wanted to share my knowledge with all of you. 🙂

Some of the most important categories to think about are listed below:

Healthy Fats

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Despite what many woman think, fat is good for you!  And, is necessary for energy production and to stay healthy.  There are different types of fat, so try to stick with the good fats, especially while pregnant.  About 20 to 35 % of your daily calories should come from healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados, organic nut butters, etc.

Omega-3’s

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DHA is essential for your baby’s brain development.  It is recommended to eat fish, such as salmon or shrimp, once a week to get the necessary DHA requirement.  You can also get omega-3’s from eating flaxseed and other nuts.

Fiber

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Fiber does not contribute any calories to your diet, but it does do 2 wonderful things!  It helps you to feel fuller longer and it aids in digestion (which is definitely important while pregnant, since your digestive system works much slower than normal…).  Women need about 25 grams per day, Pregnant women need about 28 grams.

Protein

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Protein is very important!  It helps to keep your baby growing and developing, and it also helps you to produce new cells and regulate your hormones.  Protein is important for anyone and everyone.  Athletes need protein to repair muscles, as well.  On average, a 150-pound woman needs 50-60 grams of protein, but while pregnant you need at least 25 grams more per day.

Fluids

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Our bodies are made up of mostly water.  It regulates your body temperature (and your baby’s, since they cannot sweat), and helps to transport nutrients throughout your body.  Everyone should drink a lot of water everyday, but pregnant women are told to consume about 80-100 oz daily!

Vitamins – Vitamins basically help your body function.  They all perform different tasks, therefore, including a variety in your diet will help you get everything that you need.

Minerals – Minerals help to support life!  Iron is extremely important while pregnant, as well as, Calcium!  Your baby will be born with enough iron stores for about 4-6 months.  Calcium builds strong and healthy bones.  While pregnant, your baby will continue to take your calcium supply.  Therefore, it is important to get ample amounts of calcium for your baby, and to replenish your own calcium supply.

Another important topic is calories!  Many women are constantly counting calories, something that I have never done.  But, today, I decided to count them up just for fun.  An average weight woman who moderately works out most days of the week, should consume roughly 2,000 – 2,400 calories per day (much more than many women think they should eat…).  I put myself into that category.  In your second trimester (which I am in now), you should consume on average, 350 calories more per day.

I decided to calculate some of the nutrients in all of my meals today, just to see how I was doing.  I seem to be doing very well!

Breakfast

2 scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese and toast

Calories ~400, Protein ~ 23g, Fat ~ 20g, Fiber ~ 4g

Mid-morning Snack

Blueberry Banana Smoothie (1 cup greek yogurt, 1 cup water, 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 banana, 2 tbsp flaxseeds, 1 scoop protein powder)

Calories ~415, Protein ~ 35g, Fat ~ 9g, Fiber ~ 8g

Lunch

Orchard Chicken Salad from Panera Bread (info taken from website) + whole wheat baguette + 8 oz. Chocolate Milk

Calories ~ 580, Protein ~ 41g, Fat ~ 10g, Fiber ~ 6g

Afternoon Snack

Homemade Trail Mix (coconut, apricots, almonds)

Calories ~330, Protein ~ 2g, Fat ~ 6g, Fiber ~ 3g

Dinner

Mung Bean Pasta with tomatoes, peppers and nutritional yeast (mixed with 1/2 tbsp butter, 1/8 cup tomato sauce, salt, pepper and pepper) + veggie burger

Calories ~430, Protein ~ 30g, Fat ~ 9g, Fiber ~ 12g

Dessert

Gingerbread muffin with 8 oz. milk

Calories ~330, Protein ~ 8g, Fat ~ 17g, Fiber ~ 2g

Workout

45 minutes on the elliptical

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Total Calories ~2485

Total Protein ~ 139 grams

Total Fat ~ 71 grams

Total Fiber ~ 35 grams

I have also been drinking a lot of water, especially before, during and after I work out.

All in all, it was a great day!  I definitely do feel like I eat a little more now, especially on days that I work out (which is most days of the week).  That baby must be growing!  I try to make every meal and snack well balanced, but treat myself as well. 🙂