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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.

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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.

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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!

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“Health Starts Here” – Whole Foods

Last night was very informative and fun.

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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.

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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.

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These apples are picture worthy. So shiny!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Then add 2 tsp of Agave Nectar.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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?

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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…

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and baked them at 425 for about an hour.

The cooked drunk taters came out looking like this.

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

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

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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…

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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!

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

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

See you in a bit!

Finger Snappin and Lickin Good Time

My iPhone died on Saturday…Completely died. Goodbye, Sayonara, Asta LaVista!
I lost all of my pictures from it. Me…sad.

I had taken some really cool pictures of my night out on Friday. But…pictures…Gone. Waaaahhh!

My Mom and I went out for dinner at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. We had a coupon for 2 free appetizers, 2 free entrees, and 2 free deserts.
Luckily as we were eating, I texted my Dad a few pictures of our meals but I’m still bummed that I can’t share all the ones I lost with you.

Anyhoo…we had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. The service was fabulously friendly.
I started off by ordering the Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

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Marinated cucumber and red pepper salad, sweet matchstick carrots, bean sprouts and crisp fried wonton noodles. Served with diced roast chicken breast, sautéed mushrooms, garlic, ginger, and toasted sesame seeds and crisp iceberg lettuce for wrapping. Served on the side was Asian peanut and sweet & sour sauces for dipping. This was so delicious. I’d order it as a meal next time.

My Mom ordered the Jumbo Combo.

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An array of their popular appetizers like Santa Fé Spring Rolls, Hickory-Smoked Chicken Wings, Onion Rings, Potato Skins and Tupelo Chicken Tenders.
I had a few nibbles and they all tasted fantastic.

For my entree, I ordered the Grilled Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon.
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The filet was topped with a Merlot garlic butter sauce. It was served with sautéed vegetables and confetti rice on the side. Wow! The sauce was fabulous! I was not disappointed by any means in my choice.

For desert, (no picture…hhhmmmppphh) we ordered crème brûlée and a chocolate peanut butter pie. Both were served in little parfait glasses. My brûlée was full of sugar and almost too sweet but my mom disagreed. She really liked it. Her chocolate peanut butter pie was sweet and salty. I enjoyed her choice better.
There was way too much food so we got doggy bags to take home. It was a lovely night out and I’m happy to say that the Hard Rock Cafe in Tampa is now a favorite of mine.

“Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ‘em all together, I guess.”  – Elvis Presley

Thanksgiving In A Bottle

Todd and I finally got a night to ourselves while my Mom watched Tyler. Pumpkin Beer! Here we come!

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We went to a local bar called Brass Tap which is right down the road from us. Brass Tap is a beer bar that has over 300 different beers along with cigars and wine. Their selection includes bottled and draft beers.

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I was delighted when the bartender said that they carried Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead Ale.

 

The first sip was sheer pumpkin pie heaven. The sublte spices left my mouth feeling like a Thanksgiving desert. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin caressed my throat while the aroma filled my whiffer. This beer went down fast.

 

 

 

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Once I finished the Pumpkinhead, I decided to try another pumpkin flavored beer. I went with Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale. This ale did not fancy my taste buds. It was a darker, sweeter, caramelly beer. The after taste was not pleasant and it kind of tasted soapy. I was disapointed that the 8% ABV ale wasn’t as pleasurable as the Shipyard. But you win some and then you lose some.

At least the pumpkin flavored beer gave me a taste of Fall which is quickly on its way. Good bye hot, smeltering, humid weather. Bring on the cool brisk air! Fill my tastebuds with the spices of the season!

Move Your Body

Hi, how’s your Friday going? Fabulous I hope!

I found this little gem growing on our Persian Lime tree.

I’d love to have a bunch of fruit trees growing in my back yard. Not only would it provide fun and food for my family but it would create a luscious landscape. I am also trying to grow an avocado tree. It’s growing slowly but hopefully in due time it will give me fruit.                                           

 Do you grow any of your own vegetables or fruits at home?

I finished my 3 day detox. I lost 3 lbs and I’m happy about it. It’s definitely hard just eating spinach, raspberries, yogurt, eggs, and almonds. My taste buds really got tired of the tart raspberries and the spinach. I can tell a difference in my stomach. It’s not bloated anymore. So this brings me to the decision of how I want to get in cardio to help with my weight loss. I started off walking Tyler in his stroller after he was born but the Summer/Fall Florida weather doesn’t always allow for a dry walk. It rains almost everyday. Not to mention it being hot and very humid.  I don’t have any time to go to a gym yet. Being a full-time stay at home Mom doesn’t really allow for that. So I’ve tried to research different workout dvds for the home.  

I have a few workout dvds already. I tried the Tracy Anderson Method Post Pregnancy Workout but the workouts were extremely hard. I really don’t think it was made for anyone who wasn’t ripped before pregnancy. You had to have abs of steel to keep up and finish her workout. I wasn’t impressed with the classical music choice either. The music was slow so I got bored with it.

I have the P90x dvds. I used to workout to them in 2010. Hoping it would motivate me, I put on my tennis shoes and popped in the dvds.  Unfortunately, I just wasn’t in the mood for Tony Horton and his jumping. Again…the music bored me.

I also have some Pilates dvds but I don’t feel like doing any floor exercises.

I want an upbeat, move your body, shake your butt workout!!

One of my favorite bloggers has posted about Chalene Johnson’s Turbofire dvds. She even posted a home video on her blog of her working out to one of the dvds. It looks really fun. The dvds include high intensity interval training meaning, you work hard for 1 minute and then rest, work hard, and rest… But, I’m not ready to spend $150 for the set. I found the Greatest HIITS DVD Remix on Amazon for $22.39. I’m hoping that if I try the Remix dvd that it will give me a better idea if it’s worth the big investment to get the complete set.

 Do you have an exercise routine? If so, what is it and how often do you exercise?

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