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Quinoa for Breakfast

I hear Fall is in the air in other parts of the country. Florida, let me add, is not in this category. It’s still in the 90’s here with no cool breeze in sight. Just a hot, muggy, steamy, stick your face in an oven day. But… I wanted to eat a warm breakfast this morning so I chose Cinnamon & Blackberry Quinoa.


My diet is far from perfect, but I’m learning that if you surround yourself with delicious, healthy, whole ingredients you’ll discover and create amazing ways to use them.

I used red quinoa today but you can use whatever kind you prefer. Blueberries can replace the blackberries as well. I also chose coconut milk but almond, soy, or regular will work too…and so on.


1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup organic quinoa

/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 teaspoons organic agave nectar

1 cup blackberries

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Pour the milk, water and quinoa in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and then cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat and let sit covered 5 minutes. Stir in blackberries and cinnamon. This recipe makes about 2 servings. Drizzle 1 teaspoon agave nectar over each serving and enjoy!


“Health Starts Here” – Whole Foods

Last night was very informative and fun.


The Specialist at Whole Foods gave a tour and discussed tricks to knowing what you get when you buy a product. He explained that there are 4 pillars of healthy eating…Whole food, plant strong, healthy fats, and nutrient dense. Whole food is food at its purest state. No preservatives, colorings, additives, sweeteners, and colors allowed. Plant strong means that you should have an abundance of raw and cooked vegetables, fruits, legumes, beans, seeds, nuts, and whole grains on your plate. Healthy fats are fats from whole plant sources like nuts, seeds, and avocados. And finally, nutrient dense are foods rich in micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals.


Although Whole Foods Market sells a lot of healthy products, they aren’t all healthy as one might think. Throughout the store tour, he showed us labels to look for that say “Health Starts Here” so you know you are making a healthy choice.

I snapped a picture of Todd purchasing some produce.


These apples are picture worthy. So shiny!


We left with a lot of good information and had a taste of some Raw Fudge that the instructor made prior to the tour. It was made with walnuts, cocoa, and dates. Pretty tasty.

I just love Whole Foods Market. I wish they were a tad closer though.

Tonight I made a wholesome meal for Todd and I. Lemon chicken with red quinoa and sautéed snap peas and mushrooms. Healthy and delicious! HOMERUN!


Time to go get some rest. I’m totally beat. Tyler’s asleep so now’s my chance. See you soon!!

Wednesday Weigh In

Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday today…I have a quick post for now.

I’m going to start keeping a tab on my weight loss once a week. It will be called…you guessed it… Wednesday Weigh In.

Like I’ve said in other posts, I used to be quite thin but then gained weight during my pregnancy. I’ve watched what I eat for 2 months now and lost a total of 13.5 lbs since I started in July. My goal is to lose 1 lb a week. I’ve changed the way I eat by not eating processed foods, limiting sugar and salt, eating 4 times a day, and making sure I eat all the food groups in each meal.


The fats include plant-based fats like olive oil,  chocolate, coconut oil, avocados, olives, almond butter, sunflower butter, chia seeds, almonds, and other nuts. The lean proteins I eat are Greek yogurt, low-fat milk, turkey, chicken, fish,  eggs, cheese, and beans. I eat any whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oats, corn tortillas, whole wheat bread, pitas, crackers, and pasta. And of course I eat produce…a lot of it. I’ve always loved eating all types of vegetables and fruits.

Today’s Weekly Weigh In —–

– 0.5 lb since last week

Tonight I’m going to Whole Foods Market for the Health Starts Here Store Tour. There is a cooking demo and a tasting. And it even includes a tour of the store’s Health Starts Here options. I’ll be sure to take pictures.

Check out their “Budget-Friendly Meals: Take the $5 Challenge” blog here

“On September 17th, Slow Food USA launches a Day of Action and encourages everyone to take their $5 Challenge and take back the value meal.”

See you later!

Fountain of Youth

While I was at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe, I was browsing their drink menu and a few words caught my eye. Basil, agave nectar, and coconut water. Basil in a drink? I have to try this. The drink is called The Fountain of Youth. It has basil, lime, agave nectar, coconut water, and Absolut Berri Acai. I ordered this deliciousness of a cocktail. It looked almost like a Mojito…you know…a salad in a glass. Pieces of basil, coconut pulp, and basil all floating and blending together in the berry vodka.

It was love at first sip. So refreshing and sweet. It was so smooth that I didn’t even notice how quick it disappeared. I just couldn’t wait to get home and make it myself.

So here we go.

Start out with some fresh cut lime and a few pieces of basil. Put in a cocktail glass of your choice. If you have one, use a muddler to crush the basil and lime to release the basil oils and lime juice. I use the back of a spoon to smoosh it all up.


Then add 2 tsp of Agave Nectar.


A shot (more or less) of Absolut Berri Acai Vodka.


And then 4 oz of coconut water. I usually drink the unsweetened version but I needed pulp and some added sugar for the drink so I went with this brand.


Stir it all up and add some ice. I used this glass to make a nice picture but I recommend using a bigger glass that you can put a straw in. This drink deserves to be sipped gently through a straw.


If there is a real Fountain of Youth, I sure hope it tastes like this. Enjoy!


“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

–Sophia Loren

Drunk Taters

In creating this blog, one of my goals was to find ways to save money.

I visit other sites daily looking for deals and coupons that my family can use. So far, the amount of time I spend on the computer has been beneficial. A few weeks ago I found out that Outback was giving away free dinners (for a limited time) if I just signed up on their website. Check it out…I got the free meal card in the mail yesterday.


I also find products that my family uses and I email the companies how I feel about their products. I recently emailed Marantha letting them know how much I enjoy their almond butter. They sent me a very nice letter back along with two $1.00 off coupons.


Being on a budget can be difficult so I’m always on the lookout on ways to save my family money. I hope some of my ideas can help your family too.

—–On to Beer Soaked Sweet Potato Fries—–

When I found the Pumpkinhead Ale in the store, it made me think of Sweet Potatoes. Then the idea of sweet potato fries turned on a light bulb in my head but my mind didn’t stop there. What about pumpkin infused sweet potato fries? I already had the beer in my cart so I figured that I’d try to not be ordinary by just drinking the beer and eating the fries. I decided on soaking the cut up potatoes in my beer.

Let the soaking begin!

I started by slicing the potatoes lengthwise.


Then I opened up a beer, took a few swigs, and poured the beer over the potatoes.


I let them soak for an half an hour. While my potato friends were getting drunk, I opened another beer for myself. Have I told you yet how much I love the flavor of this stuff?


After the soaking, I drained the taters and then added olive oil, salt, and pepper and coated them till they were coverd. I spread them on a baking sheet…


and baked them at 425 for about an hour.

The cooked drunk taters came out looking like this.


I could taste the beer flavor coming through in each bite.
Even Tyler wanted to try one!


It’s actually not the only thing he wanted to try…


Not yet kid! You’ve got a long way to go. 🙂

Tomorrow… I remake the drink I had at Hard Rock Cafe called The Fountain of Youth. See you then!

Whole Foods Market Deal Today!

Just wanted to post this real quick…


Today on Livingsocial they are offering a GREAT deal. Buy a $20 gift card for Whole Foods Market for $10 !!  Click here for the deal – livingsocial

I was also at Publix doing my grocery shopping and found this…


Woohoo! They carry Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale at Publix!!! True…$8.99 isn’t cheap…but dang it…it’s good!

And one more thing… Make sure you use your Einstein Bros Bagels coupon for a free Pumpkin Muffin today or tomorrow before it expires.                I got mine! See!


I’m saving the muffin as my snack for today. I can’t wait!!


I’m making beer soaked sweet potato fries tonight. I’ll let you know later if they turn out.

See you in a bit!

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