{What} on Wednesday

What’s for breakfast?

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Egg white oats with cinnamon, chia seeds, and blueberries

What’s to drink?

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Water and Coffee….

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Decaf Tea…

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Greenberry Shakology

What’s crushing my cravings?

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Chimes Ginger Chews

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Juicy grapefruits…

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Greek yogurt, almond butter and blueberries

What I’m thankful for.

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Seaweed Snacks sent to me by the awesome people at Annie Chun’s!

(The wasabi flavor is awesome)

What’s a staple in my diet?

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colorful, veggie packed salads

What I’m building?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upper body strength and total body flexibility.

What I’m looking forward to

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Spring!

I can feel it in the air.

What’s on tomorrow morning’s playlist for Spinning?

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Ending with some Dropkick Murphy’s before St. Patty’s day weekend

So…What’s up with you?

 

Swap the Salt

Salt, or sodium, is everywhere.

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It’s in our bread, sauces, cheese, processed foods such as deli meat and frozen dinners, canned soups, and condiments such as soy sauce, Tabasco and ketchup.

Ingesting too much salt can lead to hypertension, stroke, and every woman’s enemy..bloating

It’s important to keep our sodium intake to a healthy minimum, about 1500 mg a day. Here are some easy ways to swap the salt in your diet.

Read the labels

When purchasing items at the grocery store, read the ingredients on EVERYTHING

  • What is in your food?
  • How much sodium per serving?
  • Is there a better option?

Use Spices and Herbs in cooking

  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cumin
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Mr. Dash Seasonings

etc…

combine spices to make taco, ranch, Cajun and onion flavors

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Make your own…

Salad dressings

  • Oil and Vinegar
  • Lime juice and cilantro
  • Fresh lemon with thyme basil and oregano
  • Fresh salsa

etc…

Soups

Pasta sauces

  • All pasta sauces are not created equal. Look for organic canned sauces like Walnut Acres, or make your own using Hunt’s and other Low Sodium options.

Frozen Meats

Chicken, and other frozen meats, have added salt to extend freshness and flavor. Read the ingredients and compare your options. Look for  lean cut, low sodium, and organic if possible. And no skin!

Bread

All bread has salt, but certain brands such as Ezekiel Low Sodium, is a great option.

Oatmeal

Purchase plain oats and add your own flavoring, such as unsalted nuts, fruit and honey.

Beans

If you cannot find low sodium options, rinse regular beans under cold water to rid access salt. Or, purchase bagged beans and cook yourself.

Tuna

Choose low sodium, packed in water, not oil.

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Add On’s

Watch your marinades, sauces and toppings such as pickles, vinegar peppers and olives.

Out to dinner.

  • Ask for no salt or lightly salted.
  • Steer clear of pasta dishes which are loaded with salty sauces. No greasy sides such as onion rings or French Onion soup.
  • Watch for high amounts of cheese and bacon on salads, and ask for dressing on the side.
  • Choose Water over Soda and watch your cocktail consumption.

Pass on the Margarita mixes, dirty martinis and scorpion bowls. Choose clear alcohol such as vodka, gin or tequila, and mix with Soda water, lemon, lime, or splash of fresh juice.

All of these small choices make a huge difference overall.

The important thing is to read labels, choose real, whole foods, go organic when possible,  and of course, exercise Smile 

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“Ice” Fishing 2013

Due to the blizzard this past weekend, our Ice Fishing trip consisted of watching our trap from the balcony window, snuggling up by the fire, swimming in our heated pool, and eating loads of comfort food with drinks by the gallon.

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You knew I would find the gymSmile

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The candy store…

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Diesel and our bate

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Sunday morning, post blizzard

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My car when I arrived home…

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It was glorious.

Battles

When life hands you Lemons…

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Cleanse Smile.

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And when Chobani sends you free samples of their new flavors to try…

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Battle them against each other.

Battle of the ‘Bani’s!

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Banana 2% vs. Pear 0%

Both delicious. Both satisfying. Both filled with real bites of fruit.

But there can only be one winner, and in my opinion, Pear 0% takes the prize.

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It’s refreshing, not overly sweet, and actually TASTES like pear…Which for a yogurt flavor, could get a little tricky.

Thank you to Chobani for helping make snacking healthy an easy part to our day.

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And for inspiring a new workout that pins our opposing muscles against each other for a quick and effective total body burn!

Body Part Battle

Make sure to use proper form and take breaks when you need to.

Enjoy!

Seafood Festival 2012

Matt and I are back earlier then expected, but we had an awesome time at Hampton Beach’s Annual Seafood Festival.

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And it. was. packed!

On our drive up to New Hampshire, knowing that I may not find any stomach friendly foods, I made sure to have a protein rich snack to hold me over for a while.

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And it’s a that good thing that I did.

Of course I expected the usual fried clams, lobster rolls and seafood chowder, but it being a festival celebrating Seafood, I thought I would see more fish options such as salmon, haddock, and scallop plates.

All of the stands pretty much had the same fried foods available, but I still searched long and hard for something I could eat that wouldn’t cause me to hobble back to the beach house with cramps and indigestion.

Enter Sesame encrusted Ahi Tuna skewers

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And Grilled Shrimp and Swordfish

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I also split a shrimp cocktail and corn on the cobb with Matt, while he enjoyed his fried clam strips and baked lobster mac and cheese

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It was the perfect amount of picky foods before heading down to the beach for live music and drinks

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The band reggae band, Hot Like Fire, brought one last taste of Summer as the cool Autumn breeze filled the beach front tent.

Everyone was having a great time dancing, drinking, and singing along to the familiar songs that the band performed.

As the evening rolled in, so did the down pouring rain clouds. This cancelled our plans of walking to the Sea Ketch for dinner, and instead, we took a drive to North Hampton to a lively Italian Restaurant, Ron Jillian’s.

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We ordered one the best antipasto plates that I’ve ever had, followed by Herb encrusted Cod with a side of steamed broccoli, which I swapped in place of lobster cream risotto,

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Matt also ordered Pasta Bolognese, a favorite of his whenever we eat out at an Italian restaurant.

It was a perfect “rained out dinner”, and we spent the rest of the night back at the beach house watching TV in our adorable loft bedroom

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It feels like Fall today, and now it’s time for the Pat’s game and Sunday dinner at my parents.

Enjoy the rest of your day! xoxo

Country Fest and Camping

I had the BEST time at Country Fest, and camping for the weekend with Matt and some friends.

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I made time for fitness…

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And fun

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morning coffee, night time Vodka

On our way to Gillette!

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The tour bus

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Let the fun begin!

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Tim McGraw!!

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Kenny Chesney!

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Kenny rockin’ his Boston Red Sox hat

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“drunk eyes”

Most amazing concert ever!!

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Hangover helper…

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Poolside Saturday afternoon…

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followed by a quick workout in the gym, and hanging by the fire for the rest of the night

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Caribbean and buffalo marinated steak tips, Caribbean sausage, lemon pepper chicken, corn and sweet potatoes

And of course…S’mores!

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It was perfect and I can’t wait till next year!

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The Weekender

Farmer’s market

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BBQ’s (I always bring the healthy snacks Smile)

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Bargain Shopping

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New try. Sweetened with Stevia instead of Aspartame, and taste better than crystal light!

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Oreo Vanilla bean Coolata from Dunkin Donuts. It’s not even right how good this is. I stole multiple sips from Matt’s cup..It was too much for him anyway Winking smile

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Sunday dinner/ laying poolside at my parents

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And a delicious strawberry shortcake made with fat free angel food cake, lite cool whip, strawberries and peaches

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Of course, some workouts were thrown into the mix as well. Find the time and get it done.

By the way!!

Have you all heard about the Frozen decathlon sponsored by Stonyfield Organic, which will begin on July 26th? It will consist of two flavors, Peach Mango and Superfruits, competing against each other through 10 events which require YOUR votes!

Each event has a team leader, and I have been chosen to represent team Peach Mango for the 11th event against my opponent, “The Healthy Runner”, of team SuperFruits.

On the day of my event, which I will keep you informed on (I’m guessing around mid-late August), head on over to the decathlon page and vote for my team, Peach Mango.

When you do vote, you will receive a $1.00 off coupon towards a pint of Frozen Oikos, and each additional time you vote, you increase your chances at winning the Grand Prize! 

Which is a good one

Each event lasts for three days and if you love Greek yogurt as much as I do, then vote, vote, vote during my event!

Keep a lookout for my cue, and also visit their Facebook page for more information.

xoxo

 

Easter Dinner 4/8/2012

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Pizzagaina, Antipasto

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Ravioli, Sausage and Meatball, Eggplant Parm

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Crown Lamb, Ham, and Chicken Breast for my sister-n-law and I Smile

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Roasted Potatoes, Garlic & Oil Roasted Asparagus

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Dessert!!

Struffoli’s, Pizzelle’s, Cookies, Pie’s, Gelato, Truffles, Cake Batter Brownies, Fennuccio..ETC

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Another successful and delicious Easter…That I’m still digesting.

Home Away From Home

Returning to work after a vacation is the ultimate struggle.

I have a tendency to dwell for the first few days, reflecting back on what I would have been during the week prior.

For Instance…(Cue Violins)

“Last Monday at this time I was getting ready to go out to dinner with my family and best friend at the Union Bluff Hotel” 

or

“Last week at this time I was at the beach taking a nap”

(Would you like some cheese with that wine?)

Fortunately, my wallowing usually ends after a couple of days and I adjust back into my day-to-day routine.

Before leaving for Maine on Saturday, I promised myself that I would take the time to reflect, relax, and enjoy each day as it comes. A simple vacation was what I had intended on taking, and that is exactly the kind of vacation I had.

My family has been spending their summers at York Beach, Maine for decades. This quaint seashore town holds a special place in my heart, and a warm feeling immediately overcomes me whenever I see the Ferris Wheel approaching as I pull into town.

Every year growing up, I would spend 1-3 weeks in July crammed into a cottage with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Food was always being prepared, clothes were hung out on the line to dry in the warm air, and loud voices filled each of the tiny oak rooms.

I would walk downstairs to the sight of my grandmother making breakfast, card games being played at the kitchen table, and everyone gathered around the living room TV. We made our own fun, and had plenty of laughs along the way. 

I wouldn’t trade the memories of my summers here for anything in the world, and seeing my niece experience all of the activities that my cousins and I enjoyed as children was such a blessing.

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We arrived at our cottage Saturday afternoon, and immediately made it our own .

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Every morning I awoke to the scent of coffee brewing in the kitchen, and Mickey Mouse Club House playing on the TV in the living room.

I sipped my coffee for an hour or so before heading out for a 4 mile walk down to a local beach. It felt good to get outside before the heat got too intense, and to clear my head in quiet morning air.

Our days were spent back on Short Sands, where we lounged in the water, snacked out of our cooler and strolled up and down the boardwalk.

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We set up shop in the same spot everyday.

The Family Smile

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My cousin was the only one who found a Sand dollar that week, and my niece was in awe when we presented it to her.

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It was a proud moment.

I read “Something Borrowed” by Emily Giffin, which was the only novel that caught my eye in the ONE bookstore in town.

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I actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Giffin has an easy writing style that kept me engaged from page to page.

The first few nights were spent bbqing chicken and steaks with corn on the cobb, baked beans, and brown rice. 

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Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio was also enjoyed with fresh blueberries and splash of Sprite Zero

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My mother also brought along some fresh tomato sauce because …”You have to eat Pasta on Sunday’s no matter what.” Even while on vacation in the 90 degree heat, meatballs, sausages and ziti were prepared in the hot kitchen and served at the usual 3:00 hour.

Mangia!

Our other dinner destinations included:

The Union Grill @ The Union Bluff Hotel

Blues Burger, where I ordered a Veggie Burger made with Barley, Oats, Lentils and Walnuts. It was not what I expected, but tasted delicious nonetheless.

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Inn on the Blues, which also has a great lounge on the second floor

Blue Sky @ the Atlantic House Hotel.

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Woody’s Brick Oven Pizza

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And of course, the vacation would not be complete without breakfast at the Goldenrod.

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Salt Water Taffy = the BEST smell in the world

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I was a bit lazy with snapping pictures of my meals. (Bad Blogger!) However, I enjoyed many delicious dishes including, Salmon, Mahi Mahi, Veggie Burgers and cool summer salads.

As far as dessert goes, it was mandatory following our early dinners. Every night I dug into BOTH Moose Tracks and Purple Cow Frozen Yogurt.

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A cake was also brought by my father for my mother’s birthday.

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Happy Birthday Mama!

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Plenty of walking took place on this vacation, which helped me work off the massive amounts of food I consumed.

We walked to Nubble Light, strolled through Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, and shopped around the stores in town

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My favorite place in Perkins Cove is Perkins Cove Candies.

This candy store is full of homemade chocolates, along with every type of gummy, sour, and sugar-free candy you can imagine. 

You are given a bucket to fill to the brim with the candies of your choice, and it is very easy to go overboard. As a matter of fact, we collected almost $70 worth of deliciousness. Smile

Since the town closes by 10, besides one of the restaurant lounges, the rest of our nights were spent sitting around the dining room table, drinking,talking and playing card games.

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Taking a break from everyday life was just what we needed

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Sometimes, all it takes is a few nights of laughs, calming waves and a short time away to recharge your batteries.