Beef Stew

The perfect cozy, cold weather dish.

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What you will need.

  • 2 lbs. Lean Stew Beef
  • 1/4 cup flour of choice (or omit)
  • 3 potatoes, cubed
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 1.5 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1.5 cups Low Sodium, Fat Free Beef Broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 cloves of garlic (or 3 teaspoons minced garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Directions

1. Toss beef, salt, pepper, and flour in a zip lock freezer bag. Once coated, dump floured beef into your crockpot.

2. Add your chopped vegetables

3. Combine paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and beef broth and pour over your ingredients.  Place bay leaf on top.

4. Cover and Cook on high for 5-6 hours, or on low for 10 hours.

Real Food Fast

Working in the Fitness field, I am always bombarded with constant complaints about how hard it is to eat healthy on the go.

While I understand that it takes time to make a bunch of chicken breasts, cook up some Quinoa, roast sweet potatoes and chop veggies for the week, some things are just worth taking the time to do. And if you truly want to see results, this is one of those tasks that you must be willing to take on for the sake of your health, and all of your hard work in the gym.

However, for clients of mine who just can’t seem to find the motivation to do this (shame on you) I offer some helpful alternatives that make eating healthy seem a bit easier.

Wherever your day may lead, these are all great choices to take on the go. So grab a lunch box, shopping bag or purse, and pack it with these nutritious and filling foods that will keep your diet clean, lean, and on the right track.

Fruit: Bananas, Apples, Kiwi, and Citrus fruits..anything with Skin. You can also pack a small Tupperware container with Berries, Pineapple, Watermelon, etc.

Veggies: Celery sticks, Carrot Sticks, Sliced Bell Peppers, Grape Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Snap Peas, Asparagus Spears, Ziploc bags of Baby Spinach as a base for a salad, or Collard Greens used as a wrap.

Complex Carbs: Individual cups of Brown Rice. Rolled Oats. Whole Grain Wraps for a sandwich, Brown Rice Cakes, Microwave ready Sweet Potatoes

Protein: Can or Packet of Tuna/Salmon. Low Sodium Sliced Turkey Breast, Beans, Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Hard boiled eggs, Whey/Brown Rice Protein Powder.

Healthy Fats and Energy Boosting Snacks: Natural Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Hemp/Flax/Chia/Sunflower seeds, Nut Butters, Hummus, Avocado, Coconut Oil/Flakes.

Combine a few to make a delicious Trail Mix that wards off afternoon hunger!

Bars: Lara Bar, Kind Bar, Think Thin Bar, Luna Bar

Hydration: Water, Green Tea, Seltzer Water.

Add Lemon, Lime, Mint, Cucumber, or frozen fruit for a natural sweetener throughout the day.

Instead of filling your fridge, pantry, and body with empty calories, choose nutrient packed foods that will keep you feeling fuller, longer!

“Grab and Go” does not have to mean fast food. It can mean healthy food…fast!

A Quick Trip North

York Beach, Maine. My home away from home.

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 Daily Grind Cafe for our morning coffee.

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Breakfast in my beach chair

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Greek yogurt with blueberries, sliced banana and almonds

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cooler full of fruit, baby carrots,cukes, almonds, low salt turkey, provolone cheese, organic blue corn chips and water

INN on the Blues for dinner

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Sauvignon Blanc, seared tuna steak with steamed veggies

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Fun-O-Rama for games

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Salt Water Taffy getting stretched in the window of The Goldenrod

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moose tracks frozen yogurt AND black raspberry chocolate chip frozen yogurt.

I couldn’t decide between the two flavors, so the only way to solve the problem was to order bothSmile.

Robert’s Maine Grill and Market.

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grilled pesto salmon with grilled vegetables and mango salsa.

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A Taste of Maine, all beers that were available on draft.

So cool!

Sweet Josie’s Candy Store, stalking up on chocolate covered EVERYTHING.

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pretzels, various nuts, malt balls, and my favorite…gummy bears!

Chocolate covered gummy bears = amazing.

If you have yet to try them, please do!

The Goldenrod for breakfast, a must when in York

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scrambled egg whites, dry wheat toast with peanut butter on the side, and a bowl of fresh blueberries.

Pit stop on the way home, The Kittery Outlets!

Yankee Candle <3

My obsession was at an all time high as soon as we walked in

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I’d say 50 new sampler votives should last me a while Smile

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A fresh scented end to a relaxing weekend away.

Beach. Wine. Food. Fireworks

There is nothing like a sunny Sunday morning at the beach.

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I love this room, but whenever I don’t sleep in my own bed, I always wake up feeling tight and in need a good stretch.

I completed a couple sets of push ups, squats, arm circles and abs to warm up my muscles before stretching, and after about 20 minutes, I felt so much better.

Last week, I made sure to get ahead in my Insanity workouts by skipping the Fit Test and a jumping right into the next days workout. That allowed me to have two days rest while we’re away, and I could focus on light cardio and body weight exercises when I found the time.

Planning ahead pays off :)

We had a great day yesterday, and weather wise, we only suffered  through a 1/2 hour shower around 6pm. Much less than what they got at home, but still a crazy sight to see.

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Other than that, it was a perfectly sunny day, and a clear, comfortable evening

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There was a HUGE kite collage on the beach, which made for a colorful backdrop overlooking to ocean.

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We took several walks up and down the strip, snacking on Purple Cow frozen yogurt, my favorite, and Matt had his usual chocolate in a cone with jimmies.

Around 4:30, we started to get hungry, so we stopped by our favorite lunch spot South Beach Seafood. They have some of the best clam strips I’ve every had; very fresh, and not overly fried.

Their salads are really good too.

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Whatever they use to season the chicken with is delicious.

If you are ever in the Hampton Beach area, try out this small beachside eatery. It’s one of the best on the strip for a quick lunch or snack.

We headed back to the house for our own “Happy Hour” before storm, and to get ready  for a night out on the town.

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Live band in the half shell.

Then it was off to the Sea Ketch for dinner; A 3 floor restaurant with delicious food, live music and two bars with a great view

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It’s another must try if you’re in the area.

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Seafood stuffed mushrooms

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Caribbean jerk chicken with tropical fruit salsa and mixed veggies

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And complimentary fireworks which take place every weekend at 9:30pm.

Beach. Wine. Food and Fireworks.

A winning combination.

It’s our last day here before heading home to Sunday dinner at my parents, so until then, you can find me in my beach chair doing absolutely nothing Smile.

Have a great Sunday! xoxo

Satur-Date {The Painted Burro}

Today is my day off from Insanity, so I decided to go for a light walk around the lake before heading over to my parents for a Father’s Day barbecue.

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My dad and my beautiful niece eating ice cream in Aruba.

My dad has definitely played a role in my passion for health and fitness. He has always been into working out and eating healthy, and as you can see, it’s paid off!

Just goes to show that exercising and eating right will have it’s perks as we age.

Keep your body strong, fueled and stretched so it can carry you through life with ease.

There are no excuses.

Last night, Matt and I, along with some friends, headed to a Mexican restaurant/Tequila bar called The Painted Burro, in Davis Square.

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I like to dress the part, so I wore the most festive shirt I could find Smile

The Painted Burro is not your typical Americanized Mexican restaurant, so don’t expect an “On the Border”  experience.

The eclectic dinner and drink menu is written in Mexican, and the atmosphere loud, hip and unique.

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We had to ask the waitress to explain a few of the dishes, and she was very helpful and knowledgeable about how each meal was created.

To start, we ordered some drinks and nibbled on a bucket of perfectly baked corn chips with tangy, thick salsa.

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Vodka, Soda Water, Lime Juice and Lemon

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FROZEN BURRO COLADA: Goslings Black Rum, cayenne pineapple juice, cream of coconut

For appetizers, we ordered the “Pork Chicharron”, which is small pork wedges in a spicy-sweet tamarind glaze, along with the “Fundido” cheese dip and soft corn tortillas.

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Amaaaazing! The combination of melty cheese, warm tortillas, and sweet pork tidbits made for the an intense burst of flavor and texture.

Not the most healthy, but delicious none the less Smile

I also ordered the Romaine Salad, basically because of the dressing alone.

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The smooth, creamy avocado was divine, and the spicy pepitas were the perfect addition the cool greens. It also came with anchovy’s, which I did not eat, and a tomatillo and agave vinaigrette.

As for our entrée’s, my dish won “Most Boring” at the table.

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Spicy tomato Grilled Mahi Mahi with a string bean and jicama salad.

I must admit that I wouldn’t order it again. The “Veracruzana” sauce was a bit overpowering, and I found that it amplified the usual subtle taste of the white fish.

Matt ordered the DUCK LEG CAZUELA, which was out of this world. My fork spent more time in his dish than in my own.

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Long Island duck, braised root vegetable & chile tamale, olives,
spring garlic, and oregano

It resembled a beef stew consistency, and all of the flavors complimented each other nicely.

The most unique entree at our table was the Yucatan Meatloaf, which is a ridiculous combination of spicy ground sirloin, chorizo, ham, chicharron, green olives and toasted almonds, topped with two fried eggs and guava ketchup.

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So many ingredients that somehow worked to create this flavorful, mouth-watering dish.

From the décor, to the food, to the authentic and strong drinks, I’d recommend The Painted Burro to anyone looking for a fun night out with a spicy splash of Mexican flare. The fresh ingredients and love put into each and every dish, truly introduce eaters to the taste of a culture so full of life.

Well, I’m off! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

xoxo

A Sunday FULL of Food

Matt and I always find ourselves awake by 6:30am no matter what.

Even on Sunday’s when sleeping in is almost an essential, our internal alarm clocks go off and we are ready to start the day.

Since the weather was beyond gorgeous, we decided to head to a local reservation to walk around and enjoy the sunshine with other Sunday runner’s and walkers.

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It was the perfect start to a day filled with an abundance of family, food and desserts.

Dinner was served at 3pm, and would continued well into the evening.

For starters;

Pizza Chena, Antipasto, Tomatoes with Mozzarella, Basil and EVOO drizzle

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Second Course;

Raviolis,Ziti, Meatballs and Sausages. With Bread for Dipping

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Third Course;

Roast Beef, Ham, Crowned Lamb, Roasted Chicken Breast and Roasted Potatoes.

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I am not a fan of Ham or Crowned Lamb, so I opted for a small taste of roast beef and a moist Chicken breast. I also picked out most of the sweet potatoes and onions from the pan Smile.

Think we had enough meat?

Dessert;

Along with Nana’s anise and lemon cookies

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Some other options included pastries, pies, fruit and candies.

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My Favorite Chocolates!!

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If you’re like me and love rich, creamy, chocolaty decadence, this is the perfect cake for you. My brother and Stef brought it from a local bakery, and I was in heaven after one bite.

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Luckily Matt is not a lover of frosting, so I was more than happy to help him out with eating his :).

What?

I am a firm believer that as long as you exercise regularly and eat well 80% of the time, indulgence days are perfectly normal and acceptable. I prefer to not use the phrase “Cheat days”, because that represents something bad which leads to negative feelings and guilt. You should never feel guilty when it comes to food. It is called a “treat” for a reason, and allowing yourself to eat foods that are not a part of your everyday menu is not only okay, but healthy as well. 

The key is to pay attention to your hunger cues, eat slowly, and give yourself a chance to digest before reaching for seconds.

Ask yourself, “Am I still hungry, or am I eating because it’s there? Go for walk after dinner, and take breaks in-between courses. Make sure to sip water throughout your meal to help fill you up, and not confuse your thirst for hunger. 

A bloated, distressed belly is not worth that extra piece of ham, serving of pasta, or in my case, chocolate cake.

Burp.

Bonus: Leftover’s= I don’t have to cook tonight Smile