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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!!

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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. 🙂

egg sandwiches & bamboo utensils

Hello!  TGIF!

I have a lot to show you today, so let’s get started.

I finally woke up to my workout alarm today and hit up the gym for a swim.  I like swimming on Friday’s.  The pool is quiet and it is a way for me to just zone out and gear up for the weekend.  I still try very hard while swimming, but Friday’s are always a bit more lowkey in the workout department for me.

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I swam for 40 minutes and completed 50 laps (100 lengths or 2000 yds).  It felt great!

Before my swim, I needed a pick me up, so I ate 2 of these cold medjool dates (I love them straight from the fridge).

Dates are great workout fuel.  I often eat them before a run/workout and while training for my marathons, I ate them (or raisins) during my long runs.  Dates and raisins both provide easily-digested simple carbs.

Along with my dates, I also tried out this new energy drink from Amazing Grass.

It is a new Lemon Lime energy drink powder that they sell.  I have read a few things about it, so I wanted to give it a try.  All you do is mix 1 scoop with water and shake, then chug!  I say chug because it still has a grassy taste, but the lemon lime flavor comes through nicely.  I actually liked it, but it is definitely an acquired taste.

The powder contains matcha green tea and yerba mate to give you that kick of energy you sometimes need at 5am!  Plus, 1 scoop contains 7 servings of fruits and veggies!  As I always say, I believe that it is important to get your fruits and veggies from actual whole food, but when in a pinch (such as travelling), this could work.

Do I think it worked?

Actually, yes I do!  Between the energy drink and the 2 dates I felt awake and very strong in the water.

After my swim, I wanted carbs, carbs, carbs!

I got the sprouted wheat bagels out of the freezer and begged my husband to make me an egg before he left for work.  (I can do it myself, but don’t they always taste better when someone else makes them?!)  He agreed…and made himself one in the process.

Egg Sandwich on a Sprouted Wheat Bagel with Cheese

On the side, fresh blueberries!

Mmmm…this breakfast made it feel like the weekend…

…but, soon I was off to work.

Good thing I packed lunch!!

Salad with green leaf lettuce, beat greens, a whole small avocado, dried edamame, raisins, raw tomato basil crackers and goddess dressing.

Delicious!

Do you like my fork?

I have been trying to remember to bring my own silverware everyday to work so that I can reduce the amount of plastic that I use.  But, sometimes I forget.  So, I had been looking to purchase a random set of silverware to have at work, and to bring with me on road trips, etc when I find myself using plastic a lot.

Enter, the To-Go Ware bamboo utensil set!

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I found it yesterday at Whole Foods and I jumped for joy…literally!  People were staring. 🙂

The bamboo is very sturdy and the case is made from recyled plastic bottles.  How cool is that?!  I mean, we know how much I like buying products that are made from yogurt containers.  Plastic bottles are just as good!

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I have to admit, I was a little nervous as to how the fork would work.  Well, it worked just like a normal fork!  It worked so well, that I went out at my lunch break and bought another set for my husband.  Are you excited, Brant?!

Moving on…

Along with my salad, I had a yogurt (eaten with a bamboo spoon).

And, my mid-afternoon snack consisted of hummus and rice crackers.

I am planning on making something fun, delicious (I hope!) and healthy for dinner, so be sure to check back for the recipe tomorrow morning!

Enjoy your Friday!

i am a bottomless pit

I have been a bottomless pit today!  I wanted snack after snack after snack…maybe I was lacking some protein in my meals?  Kind of weird considering I took another rest day today from my workouts (maybe next week I will finally get back on track!).

Anyways, on to today’s eats…

For breakfast, I mixed up a yogurt bowl to-go.

In the bowl:

  • 1 container Stonyfield French Vanilla Low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxmeal
  • 3/4 sliced banana
  • cinnamon crispies (One Lucky Duck)
  • raw granola (One Lucky Duck)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp mango butter
  • fresh blueberries
  • sprinkle of unsweetened coconut

This was delicious!  And, easy to bring with me in my to-go container.

Mid-morning, I snacked on some dried pineapple (unsweetened) dipped in peanut butter.  Why not?!

Then, came lunch.

I feasted on leftover pasta with romanesco from last night.

Served over a bed of lettuce, this was great cold.  This pasta dish is really good – give it a try!!

And, a yogurt and apple.

Yes, that is a YoBaby yogurt from Stonyfield…I heard some good things from a few bloggers about the YoBaby yogurt and wanted to give it a try.  Plus, the banana flavor is made with milk and real banana puree!  It was yummy.

Each container of YoBaby banana contains 110 calories (for 4 oz due to the whole milk used), 4 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.

Mid-afternoon, I snacked on medjool dates with peanut butter.  I love peanut butter!

But, I wasn’t done there.  I also dipped some pretzels in the peanut butter and had a granola bar…bottomless pit!

Of course, due to all of my snacks, I was not very hungry for dinner, but I knew that I needed some veggies, so I made up a salad and heated up some soup.

Salad with green leaf lettuce, beet greens (so good!), beets, toasted pecans, goat gouda and goddess dressing.

I rarely buy dressing at the store, but so many people have talked about Annie’s Goddess dressing, that when I spotted it in the store I needed to buy it.  I couldn’t put it down!  Ha.  Luckily, it has very minimal ingredients and tastes great!

Annie’s Goddess Dressing

Ingredients: *Canola Oil, Water, *Tahini, *Apple Cider Vinegar, *Soy Sauce (water, *soybeans, sea salt *wheat), *Lemon Juice, Sea Salt, *Garlic, *Sesame Seeds, *Parsley, *Chives, Xanthan Gum.  *organic

I also had a bowl of Amy’s Lentil Vegetable Soup.

It was just okay.  The flavors were good, but the lentils and vegetables were super mushy.  I ate about half before feeling full!

All in all, a good quick dinner.

I received my order of GloBars today from Angela and I can’t wait to try them out.  I ordered the variety pack and raw bars.  They look awesome.  Thanks, Angela!!

I think some ice cream is in store for tonight.  I picked up Stonyfield’s Java at the store today – my favorite!!

Good night. 🙂

do you recycle your #5’s?

Just a few more hours until the start of a 3 day weekend!  Does anyone have fun plans for the long weekend?

I was craving something cool for breakfast, but didn’t want to clean the blender, so I opted for a yogurt bowl.

Filled with:

  • Trader Joe’s Organic Honey Greek Yogurt (I did not really like this…)
  • ground flaxseeds stirred into the yogurt
  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • 1 small champagne mango
  • raw granola from One Lucky Duck
  • small blob of chocolate peanut butter from Whole Foods

This was great!  (Besides not loving the yogurt. :))

I was running a bit late this morning, so I decided to take my breakfast to-go and eat it at work.  Much better than stuffing it in my face to get out the door quickly!

I packed up my yogurt bowl in my new preserve bowl.

Do you know what this bowl is made of?

Recycled yogurt containers!

Stonyfield partnered with Preserve to make sure that their yogurt containers were being reused.  They created the Gimme 5 program (with Brita) to create a recycling solution for yogurt cups and other #5 plastic containers that many cities and towns will not recycle.  The plastic containers are given a second life and come back as something just as fun – toothbrushes, razors, cutting boards and storage bowls!

To participate in the program, save all of your #5 plastics (the number will be on the bottom of the container) and pitch them in a Gimme 5 bin while at your local grocery store (I have seen them at Whole Foods).

The containers will be collected and made into other materials that you can purchase.  They take the plastic, sort it, clean it, test it, recycle it, and turn it into new Preserve products!  Check out more about their process here.

I received a few of the Stonyfield containers in New York when I stumbled upon a Green Festival and I use them all the time.

After that, I researched more about the program because it was so intriguing to me!  Another great thing for me, they are produced in the USA reducing the carbon footprint and their office is right outside of Boston. 🙂

All of their kitchen ware is BPA free and dishwasher safe!

I am embarrassed about the number of yogurt containers that I have saved over the past 2 months, but at least when I drop them in that bin at Whole Foods, I know that they are being used for something good!  Recently, I have started buying the larger containers to reduce the amount I buy.

(Disclaimer: I am not being paid or endorsed by this program, I just want to let everyone know about it because I love the idea so much!)

Anyways, on to lunch!

I packed up some leftover Honey Bean Salad and wrapped it in a whole wheat wrap with lettuce.

It tasted great this way!

We are in the home stretch…Have a great weekend!

yogurt bowls & colored veggies

This morning I was feeling pretty tired, so I took it as a rest day for working out.  It is so important to listen to your body and it’s wants and needs.  Sometimes it feels great to get up and have a good workout even though I feel tired, but other times sleep and a lazy morning is in order!  Today was one of those days.

I wanted something refreshing for breakfast with a lot of fruit.

So, I made up a yogurt bowl.

Banana Mango yogurt, Kaia Raisin Cinnamon granola, a champagne mango and fresh raspberries from the farm.

It was delicious and not too filling.  Just what I wanted.

Once lunchtime rolled around, I pulled our my packed lunch and assembled it in our kitchen at work.

A whole wheat wrap filled with lettuce, leftover veggie sloppy joes and a few slices of cheese.

Layer on the ingredients…

…then wrap it up!

With some fruit on the side.

The makings of a delicious lunch. 🙂

Tonight, I had two of my favorite girls over for dinner for girls night!  We had a lot of veggies to eat from our CSA, so we whipped up a quick dinner of Honey Balsamic Bean Salad to which I added extra almonds and raisins and Roasted Broccoli and Yellow Cauliflower.  I tossed the veggies in a little olive oil, salt and pepper then roasted them at 300°F for 25 minutes.  I like to keep the temperature on the lower side and bake for longer because it keeps more of the nutrients in tact!

And, I was having such a great time, that I forgot to take photos!

Why is the cauliflower yellow?


Apparently, the yellow (orange) tint is caused by the seed that is planted.  The seed is a hybrid which was originally produced in Canada for fun!  There are purple varieties as well!  Yellow cauliflower is loaded with beta carotene and has 25% more vitamin A than the white variety.  The colored cauliflower was good!  It didn’t seem to crumble as much as normal cauliflower does and it seemed to have a bit of a milder, sweeter flavor.  Overall, I liked it!

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.