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weekend trip to philly

A few weekends ago, Brant and I took a trip down to Philadelphia, PA to visit some friends for the weekend!  We had tons of fun visiting the Reading Terminal Market, eating good food and just hanging out.

The Reading Terminal Market was huge!  It is filled with vegetables, crafts, places to eat, etc.  I loved all of the fresh produce.

Baby Apples!

Cactus fruit?!

Peppers

Honey!!

After checking everything out, we stopped for lunch – I had a falafel wrap and a fresh squeezed juice!

Yum!

Then, we stumbled on this Magic House which took 15+ years for the designer to complete.

It was all made of tiles, stone, bottles, etc.

And, then hit up Max Brenner’s Chocolate Restaurant for dinner and dessert. 🙂  The best part of the meal was the Spicy Hot Chocolate I had fordessert…served in a Hug Mug to keep you toasty. 🙂

Delicious!

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the best damn granola

It was a juice day today!

I woke up and remembered that I had a fridge full of celery, carrots, beets and apples…what better thing to make with those ingredients than a healthy, thirst-quenching juice.

I washed and chopped the ingredients, so that they would fit into my juicer.

Then, juiced away.

I love the color when I add beets.  Beets and celery are a great combination!

I also had some toast with almond butter and jam for breakfast.

A few hours later, I was hungry!  So, I made a few peanut butter crackers to hold me over until lunch.

For lunch, I bought again!  This weekend, it is a priority to hit up the grocery store.  Over the past 2 weeks, I have bought lunch more times than I ever have in the past – oopps! 🙂

A Meditteranean Wrap from Au Bon Pain – lettuce, rpasted red pepper hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, kalmata olives, sun-dried tomato spread and feta.

It is one of my favorites!  I just love feta!

Along with some watermelon that I packed from home.

My mid-afternoon snack included a new granola!

Cyndi from The Best Damn Granola Co. was gracious enough to give me a bag of her delicious granola to try!

I chose the Fig ‘n Nuts because it is her signature and is so good with the hints of cinnamon and spice.  I could eat this by the handful – and I have!

The ingredients are pretty good and everything is made by Cyndi and her family.  Check out their website for more info!

And, the best part is the chunks of fruit and nuts in each bag.  Mmmmmm……

And, it is super flavorful, but not too sweet.  In fact, it is much more spicey than sweet.

My snack consisted of plain yogurt with the granola.

Delicious!

We are off to the Patriot’s Pre-season game tonight!  Have a good one.

chopped veggie salad

It was so hard to wake up this morning!!  My eyes felt like they were glued shut!

Luckily, I had another juice to enjoy from Organic Avenue.

Veggie Vibe!

The cucumber, lemon and parsley flavors really stood out.  It definitely was not my favorite juice, but it was good.  And, made me feel energized!

Along with my juice, I snacked on 2 slices of Carrot Raisin Manna Bread.

Look at those raisins!!

With a think spread of peanut butter and Crofter’s cherry jam.

I loved this breakfast!

Lunch was interesting because we were down to minimal fresh food in the fridge!  We pick up our CSA tonight, so we were completely out of fruits and vegetables except for 2 small pickling cucumbers.

I sliced them up and ate them with lemon hummus and a mix of raw flax and rice crackers.

I also had a honey greek yogurt with raw granola and freeze dried strawberries and blueberries.

How’s that for getting fruit into my lunch?! 🙂

On the way to pick up our CSA, I found something I had been searching for – the new Larabar flavors!!!

I dug right into the Chocolate Chip Brownie.

YUMMMMMMMMMMY!!!!!!!!!

It definitely tastes like a brownie and has chunks of chocolate in every bite.  It was so good!

Dinner was thrown together pretty quickly, but at least we had fresh veggies!

While Brant was getting my veggie burger and his eggs together, I made up a chopped salad similar to the one we had at Emily’s last night.

Green pepper, cucumber, spring onion, heirloom cherry tomatoes and carrots chopped up and mixed with honey balsamic, olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh thyme.  It came out great.

And, a veggie burger on a whole wheat bun with ketchup and a pickle.

I really like making salad’s out of fresh chopped veggies.  You don’t need any lettuce because everything is so fresh.  This would be great to bring to a BBQ or the beach because you don’t have to worry about lettuce wilting.  Make it the night before to let the flavors marinate throughout.

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!!

carrot tops

Have you ever tried Carrot Tops?

Carrot Tops are the greens (tops) of the carrots that grow out of the ground.  When I picked them up in our CSA box for the first time a few weeks ago, I wasn’t really sure what to do with them.  The first few weeks I added them to salads and stirfy’s.  They taste more like an herb than a leafy green veggie, but they taste good, especially mixed with fresh lettuce.

If you get the carrots with attached green tops, the tops should be cut off before storing them in the refrigerator because they will pull moisture from the carrot and cause them to wilt more quickly. The tops should be used fairly soon because they will begin to wilt very quickly.

[Did you know? Carrots should we stored away from certain fruits, such as apples and potatoes because they produce a gas that will cause the fruits to become bitter.]

Today, I decided to do something different with the carrot tops- I juiced them!

Along with my carrot tops, I added the following to my juice:

  • 1 beet
  • 1 apple
  • handful of carrot tops
  • 3 carrots
  • 5ish celery stalks

This juice tasted great!  I couldn’t really taste the carrot tops, but hopefully I got some nutrients from them.  I juiced them first too see what kind of juice I would get.  I did, in fact, get juice from them!

The combination of beets and celery might be one of my favorites in juice.

Along with my juice, I had 2 slices of Carrot Raisin Manna Bread spread with Pepita Sun Butter.

Good breakfast!

Backing up a bit…

I woke up this morning, down a glass of Amazing Grass Lemon Lime and 2 Organic Medjool dates, and was off to swim.

When I got to the pool, it was packed, but luckily a few minutes later most people had left.

I swam 2200 yards.  I decided to change it up a bit today so after my 100 yd warm-up, I sprinted every 5th lap.

  • 100 yd warm-up
  • 2000 yd swim (sprinting every 5th lap)
  • 100 yd cool-down

It felt good to pick it up every so often.  I was tired by the end, but felt great!

This week, I have remembered why I love morning workouts!  For one, it gets my workout out of the way.  But, what I really love about them is that they leave me feeling great for the remainder of the day!  I love it.

Moving on to lunch…

I forgot to pack up my lunch last night, and the veggie all needed to be washed, so I opted for an easy grab-an-go lunch today.

Yogurt with banana and Uncle Sam’s cereal, museli and raw granola bites.  This definitely hit the spot and kept me full.

For my afternoon snack, I had some sprouted chocolate nuts and dried mango slices.

These nuts are awesome.  Trust me.  Sprouted nuts+raisins+raw chocolate=so good!!

Dinner was also fantastic and very easy.

Emily came over to chat for a bit, so by the time she left, I didn’t feel like making a big dinner.  Instead, I popped a can of soup on the stove.

When it was almost done heating up, I added some lentils that I had cooked last night to the pot to bulk it up.  I like Amy’s soups when I am in a pinch, but the minestrone did not have much bulk to it.

And, served the soup with some chips for dipping.

Last night, while we were eating dinner, I threw 1 cup of green lentils into my rice cooker with 2 cloves of chopped garlic, 1 tbsp of olive oil and 2 cups of water.  I closed the lid and set it to the white rice/mixed setting.  An hour later, my lentils were done!  I knew I would want a quick dinner tonight, and this was perfect. 🙂