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WIAW Blueberry Edition

12 Jun

Happy Wednesday! We are pretty happy it’s already Wednesday considering we have fun plans for today! We both have off so we filled our day full of fun activities including 5:50 am Muscle Pump, cleaning the house (okay not so fun but much needed), a mother-daughter-grandma lunch date at one of our favorite local restaurants, and an afternoon poolside.

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Thanks to Jenn for hosting another fabulous WIAW Wednesday. This month’s theme is sensible snacking and lately we’ve been snacking on tons of fresh fruit, vegetables with hummus, smoothies, Berry Blast Simply Real Pro Bars, cottage cheese, and cashew energy bites (recipe coming soon!).

On Sunday we picked up a huge carton of blueberries at Cosco so we’ve been adding them to everything lately!

Yesterday Eats

Breakfast
Breakfast cookie topped with plain greek yogurt and blueberries with blueberry coffee on the side.

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Close up shot

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Lunch
Whole wheat tortilla topped with 2 scrambled eggs, avocado, tomato slices, mixed greens, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Paired with a big bowl of strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and mango.

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Close up shot #2

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Naked Green Machine juice on the side.

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Afternoon Snacking
Devon snacked on a Roasted Nut Roll Uber Lara Bar and grapes while at work.

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Kayla snacked on a piece of whole grain bread topped with peanut butter.

We both enjoyed lots of grapes too!

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Dinner
Baked chicken, asparagus, and a side of Blueberry Bulgur Wheat Salad we were just dying to make from yesterday’s post.

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Late night snack

Homemade Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding (2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of PB2, 1 cup of vanilla almond milk, 1/2 sliced banana) topped with homemade Coconut Whip Cream, blueberries, and extra banana slices.

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We are loving summer and all the fresh produce that comes along with it! What’s your favorite summer produce item?

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A Lame Weekend

10 Jun

As evident by the title, this weekend has definitely been an uneventful one.

The majority of our weekend was spent working.

But between all those shifts we did have some marvelous eats and marvelous workout sessions.

Saturday morning started with a 10 minute HIT workout followed by a dumbbell weights session, abs, and a short run.

Sunday’s workout was a series of 3 POPSUGAR workout videos (2 arm, 1 abs) followed by another short run.

Now for the food…

Saturday Eats

Breakfast: Overnight oats topped with almond butter, strawberries, and Kaia Foods cinnamon buckwheat and chocolate (for devon) granola.
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Lunch: Sandwich with 1 scrambled egg, Trader Joe’s peanut butter and power greens. Paired with baby carrots and a soy yogurt topped with apple slices and Bare Naked Fit triple berry granola.

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Afternoon Snacking:
1 light string cheese, 1/2 cup of grapes and 2 of our coconut date energy bites.
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Dinner: Power greens topped with roasted sweet potatoes, Kashi whole grain rice pilaf, maple sesame almonds, black eyed peas, and balsamic vinaigrette.

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Late night snack: Arrowhead Mills sprouted multigrain flakes and puffed rice cereal mixed together and topped with banana slices and vanilla almond milk.

Sunday Eats

Breakfast: 3/4 cup of cottage cheese topped with 1/2 mango, Ezekiel almond cereal, toasted unsweetened coconut, and almond butter with coffee on the side.

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Lunch: Power greens topped with italian seasoned tofu, roasted sweet potatoes, baby carrots, Castello blue cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette with an orange on the side.
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Afternoon Snacking: Whole Berry Blast Simply Real Pro Bar (random grocery store find)

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Devon was lucky enough to have the day off so she had a much needed mother daughter day with our mom. Their day involved a much needed stop at Cosco to stock up on some basics including greek yogurt, eggs, truvia, a huge jar of almond butter, blueberries, and multigrain bread!

Dinner: Kath Eats Mole Coconut Burgers on whole wheat buns paired with a side of asparagus and a small glass of Barefoot Sweet Red.
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Late Night Snack: Snack plate with a fuji apple,
strawberries, cherries and Trader Joe’s peanut butter.

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Pretty uneventful weekend but still a weekend indeed. Check out Healthy Diva Eats to see all the other marvelous weekends our fellow bloggers had.

MiMM

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Lately + WIAW

5 Jun

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting another fabulous week of WIAW. We hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far. Our favorite thing about this week is definitely being able to enjoy breakfast and dinner outside. Here’s an update on what’s been happening with us in the past few days. FYI, theres are lots of yummy food pictures below. We take no responsibility if these pictures make you a little hungry…. 😉

Weekend

Overnight oats topped with freshly picked strawberries, Trader Joe’s peanut butter, and buckwheat groats!
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Cilantro pesto mixed with tofu, baby spinach, asparagus, penne pasta, and roasted eggplant.

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An evening dinner date featuring black bean burgers, sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, kale chips, and Trader Joe’s blueberry and pomegranate green tea!
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We enjoyed some fresh pears as afternoon snacks.
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Look at our grape tomato plant! We can’t wait till they are ripe enough to eat.
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Sunday

Breakfast

Plain soy yogurt topped with 1/2 mango, freshly picked strawberries, and Trader Joe’s peanut butter and gluten free cranberry maple nut granola.

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Lunch

Tempeh, roasted sweet potatoes, bread croutons, baby spinach, and fresh cherries on the side.

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Dinner

Pacific Natural Foods vegetable lentil and roasted red pepper soup. Whenever we buy boxed or canned soup we always make sure to read the ingredients label first. This one is pretty rocking and we topped it with buckwheat groats for an extra crunch.

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Monday

Breakfast

Strawberry banana dough boy smoothie with buckwheat granola, coconut butter, Trader Joe’s peanut butter, and toasted coconut.

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Lunch

A baby spinach salad in an almost empty greens container topped with cottage cheese/tuna mixture, carrots, Trader Joe’s chipotle pepper hummus, and paired with a side of Blue Diamond artisan multi-seed gluten free crackers and topped with Annie’s Naturals roasted red pepper salad dressing.
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Snacks

More pears for afternoon snacks, this time drizzled with some Whole Foods peanut butter

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Late night snack of strawberry greek yogurt topped with strawberries, granola, and mint leaves from our garden.
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Tuesday

Breakfast
Overnight oats in an almost empty nut butter jar may just be the best way to start the morning, ever.
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Lunch
Yesterday we tried making Oh She Glows Super Power Chia Bread and it turned out awesome! We topped the bread with apricot preserves, mixed greens from our garden, and homemade beet burgers we threw together. We paired this combo with carrots and an orange.
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Yesterday we also accidentally discovered that a Sweet Frog is coming soon near our house! That definitely made our day 100 times better! Whooooo.
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Afternoon snacking. This months WIAW theme is sensible snacking. We were out and about and decided to pick up this snack from a nearby grocery store. Whenever you’re in a rut and need a quick healthy snack think about checking out a nearby grocery store. Usually grocery stores are a lot cheaper than gas stations with a lot more healthy options.
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Check out this ingredients list! We may have just found our new favorite bottled juice.
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Dinner

Fava beans, mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon and cayenne, and fresh sugar snap peas tossed with coconut butter.
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Late night snacking.

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We love Wednesdays simply because we get to eat, drink, take pictures of our food, and blog about our most recent eats. What’s your favorite day of the week?

 

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Strawberry Picking

3 Jun

MiMM

Happy Monday! We seriously cannot believe it is already June 3rd! It definitely feels like summer though because this weekend was a hot one. Unfortunately, we suffered our first sun burn of the season. Only applying SPF 15 on a 90 degree day is definitely not the smartest thing we have ever done.

Besides the painful sun burn our weekend was marvelous. We started off Saturday morning bright and early with a barre3 workout online. Have you ever heard or tried a barre3 workout before? Barre3 is a mix between Pilates and yoga and we are loving it so far! It is definitely a nice addition to add into our work out rotation. If you are not familiar with barre3 you should definitely check out there website! A online monthly subscription is very reasonable and convenient for those of you who do not have tons of time to go to a local gym. We love the whole connivence of doing online classes because we can just roll out of bed at 7 am in workout in our PJ’s looking a little rough because no one will see us anyway!

After our barre3 workout we showered quick, whipped up a spinach, banana, and expresso smoothie, and headed on over to a local orchard with our mom to pick strawberries!
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Have you ever checked out the local orchards in your area? Last year we found out about this orchard from a friend and we just had to check it out. At our local orchard you get to pick your own strawberries right off the plants and you can pick as many as you want. Once you’ve picked enough you simply pay by the quart or pound. Last year we got there late in the season but still managed to get a few quarts worth of strawberries!
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This year we got there a few weeks earlier and the strawberry crop was much better. We got there around 8:30 and 1 hour later we left with 8 quarts of strawberries for only $13!
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We got home and whipped up a big bowl of oatmeal topped with cottage cheese, lots of fresh strawberries, granola, and peanut butter. These were amazing but it’s getting a little too warm outside for hot oats now. Good thing we love overnight oats just as much (if not more)! If your not familiar with our overnight oats recipe, check back later this week for a post on our most recent overnight oats!

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Thanks to Katie over at Healthy Diva Eats for hosting this fabulous link up on Mondays. Make sure to head on over to her blog to check out how marvelous weekends everyone else had.

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What was the most marvelous thing about your weekend? Have you ever picked your own fruit before?

Mid-Week Visit

22 May

Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday we were delighted to have our cousin Marissa visit us on one of her days off! She is a flight attendant and when she isn’t spending her days working on a plane she is usually a passenger flying somewhere gorgeous. She has basically been everywhere…India, Japan, St. Thomas, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Scotland, Andaman Islands, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hawaii, Panama, Peru, Argentina, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Israel…you get the picture. We’re slightly jealous but glad she found time to come visit us with her crazy schedule.

She loves to cook just like us so we had tons of fun! We spent the first half of the day grocery shopping and cooking and spent the afternoon at the matinee showing of The Great Gatsby! It is such a good movie and even better that it only cost $6.50 to see it! The price of movie theater tickets kind of disgusts us, but matinee showings are usually much more reasonable! If you haven’t seen it yet…go right now.

Here’s yesterdays eats in picture form!

Breakfast started off with coffee made with our French Press for the first time! The french press is cool but we definitely love our coffee pot more. It may be nice if you only need to make a single cup of coffee but it probably will not become a everyday kinda thing. We’re too hooked on the perfect 10 cups of coffee our pot brews.

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We had a delicious breakfast of hot oats one last time before the summer heat makes eating hot oats impossible. These were made with banana + cottage cheese and topped with buckwheat + coconut + almond butter

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Lunch was a salad topped with Trader Joe’s Multigrain bread + avocado + corn + peppers + carrots + cucumber + and leftover grilled chicken with cherries and pineapple on the side

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We just had to share with you all how perfect our avocado was! Does anyone else get anxiety before cutting an avocado? We are alway soooooo nervous it won’t be a good one…good thing we got lucky this time! Our avocado picking skills are getting much better thanks to this Pinterest find here.

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This was our cousins lunch plate: cherries + spinach + avocado + indian chickpeas + a sliced pear

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The Great Gatsby was a pretty long movie so we snuck in some snacks to hold us over! A fruit smoothie + some extra pineapple and cherries to snack on held us over until dinner

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Dinner was a delicious crock pot creation inspired by Kath’s recipe here! We love cooking but sometimes it is just awesome when the crock pot does all the work for you. This was made with chickpeas + sweet potato chunks + cauliflower + tons of indian spices.

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We served this amazing creation over bulgar wheat with yogurt + chopped cashews + shredded coconut was added after this picture was taken!

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The rest of the evening was spent doing a one hour intense yoga session, relaxing, and enjoying each others company! After an hour of sweaty yoga our late night snack was a yogurt parfait with buckwheat granola + blueberry preserves + banana slices

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Along with yesterdays eats, here are a few pictures of things we are loving lately!

Snack: sugar snap peas + Trader Joe’s cilantro hummus

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Smoothie: frozen banana + blueberries + grapefruit juice

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Now head on over to Peas and Crayons to join the party and see what everyone else is munchin’ on today.

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What We Ate Week 19 and the Official Start to our Summer

8 May

Happy Wednesday!

Although our blogging pattern may change this summer, we wouldn’t dare miss a what we ate Wednesday post! We have a little too much fun making and photographing our meals for an entire day.

Breakfasts in the summer are just sooooo much more fun because we usually are not in a time crunch. Our
favorite part of summer vacation by far is being able to wake up and enjoy our coffee and breakfast while hanging on our back patio. It is so nice to be able to start our day on such a relaxing note.

Yesterday’s breakfast wasn’t too fancy, but still amazing nevertheless. We made a big greek yogurt parfait to
start off our day. We took plain Greek yogurt and mixed it with almond milk. Then we topped it with Nature’s Path Pumpkin Raisin Crunch, Banana slices, extra raisins, and peanut butter frosting (1 tablespoon of peanut butter mixed with 1 tablespoon of almond milk). Paired with some Folger’s coffee and peppermint creamer (so typical, we know).

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Lunch was a slice of our homemade sweet potato crust quiche (recipe coming later this week) on top of a bed of spinach with extra slices of sweet potato, grape tomatoes, and yellow peppers. Of course we took advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoyed lunch outside on the patio.

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A close up of this banging salad.

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An Fuji apple was enjoyed on the side.

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Look at how awesome this quiche looks cooking away in the oven. We cannot wait to share this recipe with you all!

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It was a rainy afternoon yesterday so we stayed indoors and opted for an afternoon snack of mango green tea and life changing bread with sugar free apricot preserves spread on top. This bread is seriously LIFE CHANGING and we will have another post later this week to show you what exactly what makes it just so life changing 😉

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Being officially done with spring semester means only one thing….celebration time in the form of yummy food and drinks. Yummy drinks include Barefoot Sweet Red.

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Yummy dinner was enjoyed in the form of oat crust pizzas! We topped these with fresh chunks of pineapple, grape tomatoes, onion, zucchini, and spinach. Once cooked we crumbled grilled Boca burgers on top and drizzled them with a balsamic reduction.

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Paired with a side of steamed asparagus!

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The rest of our evening was spent watching a TV series we recently picked up on. It is called Downton Abbey! We came across it thanks to our cousin, Kate! She recommended it to us. It’s starting to get pretty juicy as the drama unfolds! We find ourselves watching episodes late into the night.

Before we went to bed we managed to find some time to whip up some homemade frozen yogurt. We simply mixed together strawberry yogurt, almond milk, and cinnamon and poured it into our frozen yogurt maker and 20 minutes later it was ready! We topped it with fresh strawberry and banana slices and granola. It is officially frozen yogurt season and we are not complaining 🙂

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Now that you’ve seen our #WIAW don’t forget to head on over to Peas and Crayons to check out what Jenn and all the other bloggers are noming on this week. Is noming a word? If not…we just created it.

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What are your favorite frozen yogurt toppings? Our favorites are fresh fruit and granola!

Cranberry Sauce

31 Jan

Fresh cranberries are easy to find throughout the winter months. With fresh produce being so hard (and expensive) to find in the winter, it’s a great alternative to dishing out a lot of cash on overpriced produce. The only problem with fresh cranberries is they can be a little tart and bitter sometimes. But, after seeing a lot of different cranberry sauce recipes we thought to ourselves, “I soooo bet cranberry sauce would be good on oatmeal”. So you know what we did? We bought a bag of fresh cranberries, followed a simple recipe, and made some of the best cranberry sauce known to man. The added natural sweetener is just enough to take the tart out of the fresh cranberries, resulting in the perfect topping to pretty much anything.

Ingredients
1 16oz bag of fresh cranberries
1.5 cups of water
4 packets of Truvia (or sweetener of choice)
A little pinch of the following: cinnamon, vanilla extract, nutmeg

Directions:
1. Combine cranberries, water, and truvia in a medium pot and bring to a boil
2. When boiling point is reached reduce heat to a light boil and cover pot without completely placing the lid on (TO AVOID SPLATTERING)
3. Set a timer for 20 minutes and stir occasionally to make sure cranberries do not stick to the bottom of the pan
4. When desired thickness is reached, remove from heat and stir in spices
5. As compote cools it will thicken even more

Makes about 2 1/2 cups of sauce. Store in the refrigerator.

Ways we have used ours so far: on top of oatmeal, on a bed of spinach, with greek yogurt (so versatile)

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The finished result!