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glouchester boat ride

We spent the day in Glouchester, MA on Sunday with some friends.  We chatted, ate and sailed on a boat!

I started the day with some Overnight Oats as fuel for the day, since I am never sure while out and about what type of food I will want to eat.  I mean, there is always food to eat, but I like healthy, good-for-you-food, and sometimes in a group that is hard to come by!

Overnight oats with 1/3 cup oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut, 1/2 banana, 1/3 cup banana mango yogurt, 1/3 cup almond milk.  Stir and let sit in the fridge overnight.

Topped with a champagne mango and granola.

Once in Glouchester, we stopped at an adorable tea shop for a treat!

I ordered the veggie juice, which was full of veggies – and delicious!!

After strolling around for awhile, it was lunch time.

We sat on the patio since it was such a gorgeous day.

I ordered the Sweet & Spicy Shrimp Salad, which was awesome!  (But, unpictured)

Then, it was time for our boat ride!

We all purchased Groupons for this ride and we are so glad we did!  It was so much fun to be out on the water with friends on a nice day!  The Captain and Crew of the ship were hilarious and did a great job of keeping everyone happy and well accommodated with snacks and beer.

Such a fun way to spend a low-key Sunday!

simply roasted fennel

Yesterday morning I tried something new – my Magic Bullet!!!

I found one at Target after hearing rave reviews at the Bridal Shower I attended on Saturday afternoon.  I have so many problems with my blender that I knew this would be perfect for my morning smoothies, and for travelling since it is very compact!

This morning, I made an old favorite to see how the Bullet compared to my Cuisinart blender.

It was awesome!  I whipped up a Chocolate Cherry Bomb Smoothie is no time.  Well, it took a good minute to mix it up (the bullet advertises that it will make smoothies in 10 seconds), but my smoothie contained frozen banana and frozen cherries and it cut those down in no time!

Perfectly smooth and delicious.

Along with my smoothie, I tried something else new…

Yes, you read right – Chocolate Almond Butter & Chocolate Hazelnut Butter!

I had to try them out, so I spread them each on 1/2 of a whole wheat pita.

This was a great breakfast.

And, for lunch – another Black Bean Burger (these are really, really good!) over lettuce with Roasted Fennel!

How to Roast Fennel

1.  Cut the long stalks off of the fennel so that you are left with the bulb, then slice the bulb into sections.

2.  Place the chopped fennel bulbs onto a baking sheet and brush with olive oil, just until coated.  Then, drizzle with balsamic.

3.  Bake in the oven at 400°F for 20-25 minutes or until slightly caramelized.

It comes out great!  Slightly sweet and caramelized with a hint of licorice.

For a late afternoon snack, I had Honey Greek Yogurt with Sliced Strawberries.

I met Emily after work for some tea at my favorite TeaLuxe!  The iced flavor of the day was Chai, so of course we both go that!

I was home late for dinner, so I didn’t feel like much.  I just mixed up another smoothie – Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana and defrosted a Non-Dairy Amy’s Bean Burrito.

Hit the spot.

mint mojito iced tea

This stuff is good!

Awhile back I was in New York City and tried a Mojito Iced Tea.  It was so good, that I wanted to recreate it at home.  So, this morning I did just that.

I boiled some water in my kettle and added it to my mint tea (I used a peppermint/spearmint mix that I purchased from a tea shop, but mint leaves would work as well!).

I wanted the tea to be really minty, so I added 3 tsp of tea leaves for every 1 cup of water.  When making iced tea, you want to brew your tea twice as strong as you would hot tea.  I added 9 tsp of tea leaves to my container and 3 cups of almost boiling water for brewing.

I also added 4 tsp of honey for sweetness.  I just wanted to add a hint of sweetness to the tea.  More sweetener can always be added later, but you don’t want to much!

I let this sit for 7 minutes to allow enough steeping time.

While my tea was steeping, I cut up 4 limes.  I juiced 2 and left the other 2 in tact.

After 7 minutes, I strained the tea into another container.

Add the limes and lime juice and fill the container to the top with freshly filtered water.

Then, serve immediately over ice, or place the container in the fridge to cool.

There you have it!  Freshly brewed mint mojito tea for a summery day.

saratoga, day 2 – tea & crepes

Day 2 in Saratoga we chilled and relaxed…it was perfect!

Since we are staying at a Bed & Breakfast, we started our morning with breakfast in the dining room buffet style.  Our host had a whole spread of fruit, yogurt, granola, eggs, bacon, grits and banana nut muffins.

I helped myself to a big plate of fruit, a mini muffin and some yogurt, granola and banana – with tea.

After a trip to the Farmer’s Market, we headed to Ballston Spa to hit up a Tea ShopThe Whistling Kettle.

There really wasn’t much else in Ballston Spa, except for this tea shop that the whole town seems to love!

They had so many different varieties of tea – I was in heaven!!

Brant went with the Arctic Raspberry iced tea.

And, I went with the Angel’s Dream.

And, we split the Cream Tea which consisted of a Lemon Blueberry and an Orange Cranberry scone.  Complete with clotted cream and raspberry preserves.

It was a great way to relax!

Yay for a fun tea shop!

I obviously had to buy some tea for the road, so I hit up their sampling station to choose.

After tea, we spent the rest of the day relaxing on the porch of our B and B.

Then, headed into town for dinner and DMB #2!

Since our lunch consisted of scones and tea, we wanted something substantial and filled with veggies for dinner.  We decided to try Ravenousa crepe shop!

We started with a small order of their famous Pommes Frites just so we could try them.

They were pretty good, but not out of this world.  Each and every fry was crispy though…with honey mustard dipping sauce.

Brant started with a beer, and I sipped on their homemade Mint Iced Tea made with green tea, mint leaves and honey.  YUM!

And I ordered the La Sorbonne crepe filled with goat cheese, asparagus and sun dried tomatoes.  Served with a side salad.

Oh my goodness, this crepe was amazing!  The crepe itself was thin and the perfect texture.  It had to have been seasoned with spices of something.  Their was plenty of goat cheese, asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes in every bite.

We both loved these.  We gobbled them up and headed out for out 2.5 mile walk into SPAC again.

The walk is gorgeous through the woods.

It was another great show!

greek food

After giving Benny a bath so that he was clean for his parents return…

It was time for lunch!

I made up another Peanut Butter & Banana Quesadilla because it was so delicious yesterday.  A spread of PB, a sliced up banana and a shake of cinnamon all grilled to perfection.

I felt like I needed something green on my plate, but all I had was frozen veggies.  So, I sauteed up some frozen brussels sprouts with salt, pepper and maple syrup.

I decided that even though I ate these, I will never buy frozen brussels sprouts again.  They defrost and get super mushy!!  Totally not worth it.  They did satisfy my ‘green’ craving though.

I also cut up some watermelon!

Mmmmm…I love spring and summer fruits!  I also love eating colorful meals.  Color means more variety which leads to more nutrients for your body!

Dinner was GREEK!  I love how simple Greek/Mediterranean food is.  We dined at Steve’s, an upscale Greek diner on Newbury St.  They have a huge variety of all of the typical Greek food, along with other things to please everyone, including burgers and fries.  We went to Greece for our honeymoon and ever since then it has been my absolute favorite.

House Red and Mythos Red.  I find that they house red at most greek places is surprisingly good!

I was craving veggies for dinner, which is why we went with Greek!  We started with the spanikopita and the village salad (which is what you will be served in Greece if you order a greek salad).  Big chunks of tomatoes, cucumbers, green pepper, red onion, kalamata olives and feta sprinkled with oregano and olive oil!  Best salad ever.  Seriously.  I ate a small piece of spinach pie and about 1/2 the salad.

For my entree, I ordered the Sampler Plate.  My favorite meal ever!  So fresh and so simple.  Hummus, Tabbouleh, Greek salad (American style), 2 veggie dolmadas (grape leaves) and a falafel.  Served with warm pita.  I could barely finish half of this!  Luckily, I took the leftovers home.

After dinner, we strolled down Newbury and popped into Tealuxe for a Royal Coconut Iced Tea (coconut pouchong green tea).

Delicious!