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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!!

everyone loves kale chips

Brant and I headed out for a run first thing this morning.  We had a great 3 mile run, then I went on to complete another 2 miles totaling 5 miles for the day.  It was a great run and I love having a running buddy, but boy was it humid!  You could have cut the air with a knife…I don’t think that I have ever sweat so much!  Ha!

After my run, all I was craving was a smoothie.  I mixed up my favorite Chocolate Cherry Bomb.

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 4 oz vanilla yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla SunWarrior protein powder
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

This was perfect after a hot and sweaty run.  I slurped it up and it kept me very full until lunch.

For lunch, I made up a bowl of leftover Cabbage Stirfry from last night and leftover Breaded Eggplant from Friday night’s dinner.

I really really liked this stirfry!  The flavors were awesome and the eggplant held up really well.

I also had an apple with cinnamon peanut butter as part of my lunch.

A good and filling lunch.  I always like when lunch has different parts to it.  It keeps it interesting.

Mid-afternoon on my way to pick up our CSA, I snacked on a Mango Maca Prana Bar.  This flavor was awesome!  The mango was not overpowering and I could taste coconut, which I love. 🙂

I hit up the Natural Foods Store on my way home to buy a few things and I picked up this Kombucha Drink as well.

Mmmm…so good!  It basically tasted like a sparkling lemonade.  I loved it.  It was $1.29 a pop at my local health foods store, but I have heard that they are more at Whole Foods.  Each drink is 60 calories and contains Kombucha, green tea, lemon and natural cane sugar.

Once I unpacked all of our CSA items (post with everything to come later this week), I got started on dinner.  We kept it simple tonight because we were both hungry!

A Sunshine veggie burger on a whole wheat burger bun topped with lemon hummus, homemade pesto and ketchup.  I’m not going to lie, this tasted great!

And, kale chips with a ketchup dipper.

After washing and drying the kale, I sprayed the leaves with a little olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper.  Then baked for 15 minutes at 350F.

Kale chips are such a good way to get your family (and friends!) to eat their greens!  They may not taste like potato chips, but they are pretty darn good, especially if you sprinkle them with salt and dip them in ketchup.  Even kids would like them!

Dinner was very satisfying, but I have gotten into this bad habit of having at least a bite of something sweet after dinner…off to find a bite of chocolate! 🙂

Good night.

keep your healthy habits on vacation

…or over a long weekend away!

When on vacation with a group it is sometimes hard to always eat what you want.  Not everyone has the same tastes, you don’t want to spend a lot, etc.

In order to keep from stressing too much about that, I just make sure to bring my own snacks and healthy additions to meals and desserts.  It is much easier to bring food along when you are going on a road trip, but it is definitely still possible to throw some simple things into your suitcase on a plane.

Before the weekend, I made a trip to Trader Joe’s to pick up some simple and healthy snacks.

I picked up bananas, almond milk, and a few packets of protein powder to make quick, simple, satisfying and healthy smoothies.  These can be made for a quick meal or for a mid-day snack.

I packed my small Magic Bullet, too!  I just got this blender, but I plan to take it with me regularly on trips now, including on a plane.  It does not take up a lot of room and you could pack protein powders in the cup itself to save room.

Yogurt, bananas and granola can always be eaten for a meal or snack.

Hummus, avocados and crackers (and I will be sure to pick up some veggies when we get down there) for me to bring out to snack on when the bags of chips and other snacks come out.  Hummus and avocados can also be added to salad or veggies to make a meal!

Another simple and easy thing to bring is pre-cooked rice and beans!  Trader Joe’s has a great variety, my favorite being the Black Beluga Lentils and the Brown Rice.  These pre-cooked packets can be heated on the stove or microwave in a couple of minutes and make the perfect addition to any meal.

Other snack items include dried fruit, trail mix, granola bars and peanut butter packets that you can pack and bring anywhere with you.

I also made sure to make some healthier homemade muffins and cookies.

Carrot Banana Muffins (see recipe here)

Blueberry Muffins (see recipe here)

Super Charge Me Cookies (see recipe here)

By bringing my own snacks, I can piece together simple meals if need be.  I feel better about myself and my body feels better when I continue to eat as I normally do.  I want to feel good while on vacation, so a little planning beforehand is well worth the effort.  Plus, once you get into this routine, it takes no extra time to prepare at all!

Yes, this may seem like a lot, and it is because we are taking our car, which means a cooler is available.  If you are flying somewhere, pack some granola bars, dried fruit and protein powder packs in your suitcase for snacks and hit up a grocery store for fruits and veggies once you arrive at your destination.

I also always pack my resistance bands and exercise clothes.

The bands are easy to use for 10-20 minutes each morning for a quick workout along with pushups and situps.  While walking and/or running is a perfect way to explore a new area and a great way to squeeze in some exercise!

Working out and eating well while traveling can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be!  All you need is a little prep and your vacation can be all that you want it to be. 🙂

Happy traveling!

donut peaches & apple sandwiches

Lunch was packed in about 2 seconds today.

I pulled out the last container of the Sprouted Quinoa salad leftovers, a yogurt and some peaches.

The salad was just ok today.  The avocado, apricots and strawberries were a little mushy, but nothing I coulnd’t handle.  The flavors had really absorbed as well.  I am not a waster, so I picked my way through and ate mostly the fruit and quinoa and dumped the rest.

This yogurt is full fat and tastes amazing. 🙂  Full of apricot and mango chunks!

It has more sugar than I would like, but I normally eat plain yogurt, so a little sugar isn’t going to kill me!

(ps…try freezing this yogurt for an hour or so and enjoy a rich, creamy frozen yogurt in place of dessert!)

Have you ever seen a peach look like this before?

That, my friends, is a donut peach!  Otherwise known as a saturn peach or saucer peach due to it’s resemblance.

It may look like a donut, but it sure doesn’t taste like a donut!

These donut peaches are actually delicious.  They have very very fine fuzz on the skin and are extremely sweet and juicy.  They remind me more of the look of a nectarine or white peach because the skin and flesh is mostly white.

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And, you get the faintest hint of almond flavor at the end.

I love trying new fruits and veggies.  It keeps it interesting. 🙂

I scarfed down this granola bar before my quick 3 mile run tonight (in 27 minutes).

They are the best granola bars!

Then, made a super quick dinner before heading out.

An Apple & Goat Cheddar Sandwich on Chipotle Black Bean Bread.

I sliced up the apple really thin, cut small strips of goat cheddar cheese, spread some dijon mustard onto the bread and drizzled everything with honey!  Then, grilled the sandwich until the cheese was melted.

Served along with another salad.  A mix of red leaf CSA lettuce, radishes, jicama, a few pumpkin seeds, rosemary marcona almonds and raisins.  Once again, the greens were mixed with balsamic honey and olive oil.

I learned a new trick yesterday from Emily at The Front Burner.  Chop up your raisins so that you can spread them around your salad more without all of the added calories.  You get a raisin in every bite!

The sandwich combination was awesome!  Sweet and spicy.  I loved it.  With a few tiny pickles.

YUM!

farmers market finds

Yesterday, my mom and I headed to the South End Open Market (SOWA), which is a mix of a farmer’s market and an artist’s market.  There are multiple farms that set up stands and numerous artists as well.

Below are just a few fun finds from the market!

Radishes

Garlic Scrapes

Workout

After taking ALL of last week off of exercising, I started to really miss it.  I spent the first half of my week panicking about my test, and the second half having trouble getting motivated!  All of a sudden I didn’t have to study anymore and I was completely exhausted.  I figured that catching up on sleep was the most important thing for me to do.

But, it’s a new week and I’m back at it!

After work today, I hit the road for a much needed workout.  I ran 5.25 miles in 51 minutes, then walked for another 9 minutes to give me 60 minutes of cardio.  Once home, I spent a good 20 minutes on strength, balance and stretching exercises.

After taking a break from weight training, I am trying to focus on my stability and balance before jumping right back into it.  That last thing I need to do is get hurt!  Tonight, I focused on a circuit session with squats, lunges, pushups and plank, then stretching.  It felt good to stretch so much!  So many people jump right into weight training and forget how important it is to stabilize your core before hitting up a tough routine.

Breakfast

For breakfast, I had some Steel Cut Oats that I had previously prepared.  Yesterday, I made up a big batch of oats for the week.  I used 1 cup of steel cut oats and 4 tbsp of freshly ground flax seed.

This morning, I took out a serving and mixed in a little bit of milk, 1/2 of a mashed banana and 1 tsp cinnamon, then heat it up in the microwave.  It surprisingly came out just like normal!  I am trying to find ways to make my breakfasts easier in the morning to be able to enjoy then instead of eating on the go all the time.  This worked wonders…and I have enough to last me all week.

I added 1 tbsp vanilla almond butter, raw granola and a few chopped strawberries for toppings and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast!

Native strawberries might be my favorite summertime fruit!

Lunch

For lunch, I packed my leftover Cabbage Pizza from Saturday with some hummus and salsa for dippers.

And, the last of my Saratoga yogurt with a few strawberries and Kaia Raisin Cinnamon granola.

Before my run, I snacked on a Pear Ginger Prana Bar, then came home to make an easy summertime dinner.

Dinner

The Clean Food cookbook is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  Terry Walters, the author, has so many wonderful and simple recipes in the book (and, I cannot wait for her new cookbook to come out soon)!  It is definitely worth purchasing.  Over the weekend, I sprouted some grains to have for the week (more on how to sprout later this week!), so dinner was easy to put together.

Sprouted Quinoa with Strawberries and Lime (recipe from Clean Food)

I chopped up the following:

  • 1 heaping cup strawberries
  • 1/2 jicama
  • 2 tomatillos
  • 1 daikon radish
  • bunch of radishes from farmers market
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 apricots

And, mixed up a dressing which I changed around a bit since we didn’t have all of the ingredients the recipe called for.  We mixed up 1/8 cup olive oil, 4 tbsp lime juice, 1/8 cup lemonade, 1 chopped jalapeno.

I added the dressing to the sprouted quinoa and fruits.  I kept the avocado separate and gently mixed that in afterward to keep it from getting mushy (this technique worked well!).

This was such a refreshing meal served on a bed of lettuce.

I enjoyed it with a few small slices of black bean bread and a glass of my Mint Mojito Iced tea.

I love summer!