What’s My Healthy?

Meditating before the hectic day begins

Begin each day with a grateful heart

Waking up my body with warm lemon water, a cup of tea, and a cleansing green juice.

Allow for at least 30 minutes a day to MOVE.

This may include cardio, yoga, or resistance training. Get that heart rate up!

Fueling with color

Super Simple Ground Chicken Gumbo!

1 lb. Lean ground chicken
1 package of frozen stir fry veggies
1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
Cook and place on top of spaghetti squash or brown rice!

Green Smoothies!

Spinach, kale, frozen berries, maca powder, spirulina, ground flaxseed, brown rice protein, cinnamon, water and ice.

Greens massaged with avocado, ground pepper and fresh lemon juice

Reading instead of watching.

My current book of choice…

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Family time

Getting enough sleep!

Having a new puppy has definitely led to many interrupted nights, but Madi’s bladder has gotten stronger with every passing week Smile

Thank God

Getting out of my own way.

#quollectiveyou paint the picture that is your life. - May Cause Miracles

xoxo

What is YOUR healthy?

Homemade Chewy Protein Bars

Carbs. Healthy fats. Protein.= Energy

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw oats
  • 4 scoops chocolate protein powder (Sunwarrior)
  • 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (more if needed)

Directions

Mix oats and protein powder in a large bowl. *Depending on the type of protein you use and how big you want your serving size, adjust the number of scoops accordingly.

Melt nut butter in the microwave until it becomes soft and easier to mix. Add into bowl.

Add Agave & milk, folding the mixture into each other *If extra scoops of protein were added, add more milk.

Plop mixture onto a non stick backing pan, or glass baking dish, and spread to desired width and thickness with a spoon. Consistency will be very sticky, ooey and gooey…but delicious!

Place in fridge for 1 hour, then cut to desired serving size.

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A healthy and energizing snack on the go!

You can use any type of nut butter you like, as well as additional dried fruit, nuts and seeds. Get creative!

Enjoy! xoxo

Playlists and Pine Trees

Does anyone else feel like the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a lot closer than it really is?

Not that one month is a long time, but I always end Thanksgiving break with the notion that Christmas is like..two weeks away; One long weekend, quickly followed by another.

I guess we are all ready for a break once the end of the year rolls around, and though I have not started my Christmas shopping yet, I did get a head start on the decorating process!

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Matt and I are still debating on cutting down a real tree vs. buying a fake one this year. We both agree that a real tree makes Christmas feel like Christmas, however carrying it in and out of our apartment and picking pine needles out of the carpet for weeks can become a rather strenuous task.

(plus I really want a white tree this year, and I’ll do whatever it takes to get it)

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So along with decorating for the holidays, I also created a new workout and playlist for some Post Thanksgiving/Pre Christmas Fat Burning Fun!

Circuit workout

  • Beautiful People: Chris Brown
  • Shooting Star: David Rush (LMFAO)
  • I Can Only Imagine: David Guetta (Christ Brown)
  • Fire: Scooter
  • Dance in the Dark: Lady Gaga
  • Don’t Wake Me Up: Chris Brown
  • Bad Influence: Pink
  • Teeth: Lady Gaga
  • Seek Bromance: Tim Berg (Avicii)
  • Numb: Usher
  • Burn It To The Ground: NickelBack
  • Memories: Weezer

Enjoy!!

OH! One more thing…

I have been loving the addition of 1-2 Tbsp. of ground flaxseeds in my oatmeal.

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Allowing the oats and flax to settle in water for 10 minutes before heating in the microwave creates a fluffy, creamy texture, and it’s the perfect way to add some healthy fats to breakfast.

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  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1.5 tbsp. ground flax
  • 1 scoop Sunwarrior Protein
  • 1/4 chopped apple
  • pumpkin pie spice & cinnamon

Deeelicious

side note: to create a vegan egg, mix 3 tbsp. water with 1 tbsp. ground flax, allowing to settle for 15 minutes. Best results are when placed in the fridge during that time.

So If you’re not a fan of Egg White Oats…

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Or if you just don’t eat eggs for that matter, try this version next time Smile.

What I’m Loving Wednesday (Plant Protein)

Shape Magazine’s recognition of heart healthy seeds has made me so happy.

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We should all be aware of the benefits behind these seeds, and start adding them into our diets daily.

Speaking of incredible super foods, Kasey and Heather have put together an amazing challenge for the month of October called #plantPOWER, which is based around the benefits of eating a plant based diet.

follow both their blogs and instagrams for inspiration and ideas on how to create a meal using plant proteins, healthy fats and energizing carbs.

While I don’t plan on going 100% plant based, I am making an effort to eat at least one meal a day that does not contain any animal proteins,(meat, eggs, dairy). It’s just another way to incorporate a variety of nutrients into my diet, and I’m loving it so far.

Hemp seeds and Nutritional yeast in my salads and soup

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Peanut Flour mixed with Sunwarrior (plant based protein), as a dip for fruit, or spread onto a rice cake

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toasted pumpkin seeds, tofu teriyaki, avocado spread onto Ezekiel bread with tomato, and sweet potato topped with coconut oil…

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The options are endless, colorful, flavorful, and filling. Not to mention packed with energy, vitamins and minerals.

Chia and Flaxseeds have been part of my diet for quite a while now, and they have no plans of leaving any time soon.

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What is leaving however, is Kashi GOLEAN cereal.

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As you can see, it’s my favorite crunchy topping to add to my smoothies, yogurt and cottage cheese, but I just don’t need it anymore.

Remember this news?

It’s an unnecessary and processed staple in my diet that I can definitely do without.

Plus, nothing a crunchy honey crisp apple can’t fix Smile

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or a refreshing bag of berries

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Follow my instagram to see how I am incorporating more plant based proteins into my diet, and join me in the #plantPOWER challenge to add a plethora of benefits to your plate.

Peas and Crayons

Beachin’

Matt and I arrived at the beach house around 9:30 pm, after stopping for dinner at Chili’s.

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I ordered the Grilled Garlic and Herb Salmon with steamed broccoli, and swapped the loaded mashed potatoes for a side house salad.

Our adorable Beach House

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The attic has been transformed into a loft bedroom, making it a cozy, unique and intimate space.

Breakfast this morning was a bowl of protein pudding with a chopped granny smith apple and a handful of blueberries.

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1 scoop chocolate Sunwarrior with water added slowly to thicken mixture, and 1/2 T raw almond butter

We then took a walk along the beach to grab an organic coffee at McDonald’s (so strange), and to view the Master Sand Sculpting Competition. 

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These artists have some major talent, and it’s so inspiring to watch them at work

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I am amazed at how detailed and stable these sculptures are. It takes a steady hand and a ton of patience to build such a masterpiece.

Give me a sand pail and shovel and that’s about as good as it gets with me.

Well, the sun is starting to show it’s face around here, so I’m off to enjoy the day!

Have a good one! xoxo

Satur-Date {Legal Harborside}

If you live in, or are visiting the Boston area, and looking for a place with great food, gorgeous views, and a lounge for after dinner drinks, then Legal Harborside is the place to go.

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Located along Liberty Wharf, this 3 story venue has it all.

You’ll find a nod to our heritage on the first floor hull, with a casual menu of seafood favorites with a twist, an oyster bar and an old-fashioned fish market. The second floor dining room offers cuisine prepared with sensible creativity for celebratory eating and private dining events. And those that visit the third floor promenade deck will enjoy a four-season rooftop lounge with a retractable glass roof and walls for cocktails and bites.”

Last night, Matt and I, along with two of our friends, dined at the bar on the first floor before heading upstairs to the rooftop lounge

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Sauvignon Blanc, and my friend Beth’s Sangria, which is one of Legal’s best drinks.

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Ready to eat Shrimp Cocktail in an adorable mason jar.

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Seasonal salad: Romaine, Goat cheese, sliced strawberries and almonds in a light vinaigrette.

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wood grilled salmon, sautéed spinach with pine nuts, jasmine rice

We also ordered Bon Bon’s for dessert, but ate them too quickly to snap a picture.

You’ve seen these chocolate covered ice cream balls before on my table during the holidays.

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SO good!

After dinner, we headed upstairs for a few more drinks. I switched to my usual Vodka soda, and enjoyed the scenic view of the harbor and city lights.

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It was too crowded to get a good picture, so here is one from their website.

Definitely visit Legal Harborside if you are looking for a fun night out.

This morning was off to a slow start, but I managed to get myself to the gym and fit in a workout.

Arc Trainer: 40 minutes

  • 1-5: Level 8, incline 10
  • 5-10: Level 10, incline 20
  • 10-15: Level 12, incline 30
  • 15-20: Level 15, incline 50
  • 20-25: Level 12, incline 30
  • 25-30: Level 10, incline 20
  • 30-35: Level 8, incline 10
  • 35-40: Level 6, incline 5

3 sets, 12 reps.

  • Push ups
  • Chest Flies
  • V-Flies

3 sets, 12 reps

  • Lat pull down
  • Row
  • Superman

Stretch.

I came home craving a protein smoothie, so I whipped out my Magic Bullet and got blending!

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  • 1 scoop chocolate Sunwarrior Protein
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 T ground flax
  • Water and Ice

Well, I’m off to spend the day with my favorite, beautiful moms

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Have a great rest of your weekend!

Happy Mother’s Day! xoxo

Satur-Date {Legal Seafoods}

I’ll make this post short and sweet because it’s too beautiful out to be sitting inside on the computer.

And I’d rather be sitting on the back of Matt’s Harley with the wind blowing in my face Smile

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Last night, Matt and I spent our “Satur-Date” at Legal Seafoods in Boston’s Long Wharf, and the weather was perfect for a stroll through the city.

Per usual, we headed straight to the bar and ordered a Citron Vodka Soda and a Bud Light bottle.

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After chatting with the Bartender and some other eaters, we both knew exactly what we wanted to order for our appetizer.

The Legal Experience

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Blackened raw tuna sashimi with seaweed and ginger, Jumbo shrimp cocktail, Crab cakes, and Steamed seafood wontons.

Though this dish was almost $30, it was definitely money well spent.

Along with another round of drinks, we each ordered the Grilled Cajun salmon from the “make your own entrée” menu. As sides, I opted for brown rice and green beans, while Matt chose a baked potato and jalapeno cheddar polenta, which tasted just like Queso dip.

Delicious!

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But the best part of the entire meal was dessert.

If you are a chocoholic like me, you would fall off your chair after one bite of this rich and decadent “Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake”, served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and a subtle coconut cookie.

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The combination of warm chocolate, cool and creamy ice cream, and a crumbly coconut cookie was out of this world.

Matt and I didn’t speak the entire time we shared this heavenly dessert. We even considered ordering another, but then realized that our tropical vacation is less than a week away, so it was best to stop after one plate.

BUT PLEASE ORDER THIS THE NEXT TIME YOU GO!

There is nothing wrong with bonding over a delicious a dessert every once in awhile :)

While Matt was at work this morning, I tackled this workout and followed it up with an ice cold green smoothie.

  • 1 scoop chocolate Sunwarrior
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 frozen strawberries,
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • water and ice

Tastes so good on a warm day Smile

Now get outside and enjoy yourselves! xoxo