Eat Well

Get a Taste of ADVENTURE

*Although this post is sponsored by Nature’s Touch™ , all opinions are my own*

 Adventure…Fun…Health…Wellness…Nourish…LOVE! These are definitely words that I try to focus on and also words that make my mind and body happy. I try to keep things simple when it comes to life, work, training, and even my food. Life gets too messy when there is too much STUFF!

I am excited to have teamed up with Nature’s Touch to talk about their frozen fruit and vegetables; share a fun recipe that is loaded with nutrients that will help you on your next adventure. I encourage you to enter their #FlavorAdventure GIVEAWAY!

As of lately, I have been doing more exploring and adventuring on the hilly trails for lots of outdoor FRESH AIR! Hiking is fun, challenging, and a great way get outside. Lucy, of course, is a big fan of it too, as she LOVES being able to run free. We pack lots of water, warm clothing, and meet up with my good friend to tackle up to 5 miles through the woods. Before our hikes, I always make sure to fuel up with a nutritious, healthy, delicious, and simple breakfast. It’s a good way for me to “Get a Taste of Adventure” before our hike.

Nature’s Touch Blueberry Overnight Oats

Recipe:

  • 1 cup Nature’s Touch Organic Blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk  
  • ½ cup plain yogurt  
  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • Dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice
  • A heaping spoonful of nut butter - (You could also use granola, coconut flakes, or nuts)!

Directions:

  1. Mix ½ cup Nature’s Touch Organic Blueberries + chia seeds + Greek yogurt + oatmeal + unsweetened almond milk + spices in a jar;
  2. Cover and place in the fridge overnight;
  3. Top with the remaining ½ cup Nature’s Touch Organic Blueberries a spoonful of nut butter or other toppings of choice!

So why should you buy Nature’s Touch to start creating adventurous, healthy, and simple recipes?

  • Frozen fruits and vegetables are convenient, available year round, and taste great;
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked and packed at its peak and have great nutritional value;
  • They offer Pesticide-Free and Organic options!

What products does Nature’s Touch offer?

  • Organic Mangos Pesticide-Free Mangos
  • Organic Blueberries Pesticide-Free Wild Blueberries
  • Organic Broccoli
  • Organic Kale Pesticide-Free 3 Berry Mix

And where can you find Nature’s Touch? I got mine at my local ShopRite in Chatham, NJ.

And now about that GIVEAWAY

Nature’s Touch is having a FUN Instagram contest, for your chance to win a FOODIE ADVENTURE, plus other great prizes, that I know you all will love! All the details are below and make sure to click on the graphic to get more information on the contest and get other inspirational recipes. The entry dates of the contest are 3/20/17 – 5/31/17, so mark your calendars and start cooking, creating, and nourishing your body with these delicious frozen fruits and veggies! Make sure to click on the photo below to learn more about the GIVEAWAY!

 Do you purchase a lot of frozen fruit and vegetables?

What is your favorite frozen food?

 

Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie

You are putting WHAT into your smoothie? YES friends I jumped on the bandwagon and have started adding this vegetable to my post workout smoothie and I like it a lot. I am getting the extra nutrients, it adds great texture, and it is a cheap ingredient. All positives, when it comes to creating a healthy, nourishing, and delicious smoothie. I started seeing this cauliflower smoothie craze mentioned by Instagram rock star Shut The Kale Up and an article written on Mind Body Green. I eat a lot of cauliflower in general because I like that it is one of those versatile vegetables that you can pretty much pair with anything and dress it up with anything. 

Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie

Let us talk about this smoothie! Nutiva recently sent me some packets of their Plant Protein Superfood 30 in chocolate and vanilla to sample. It is jam packed with:

  • 20g of protein
  • 4g of fiber
  • Rich in Vitamins C and A to support your body immune function
  • Vegan - Gluten Free - Non-GMO
  • 120 calories per packet

I am picky about my protein powders as so many brands now have a lot of added junk in it, that upsets my stomach, so I make sure to always check the ingredients. My symptoms to those junky ingredients are instant bloating, which we all know is annoyingly uncomfortable. I have already made a handful of smoothies and I have experienced no bloating. I feel great. Please note that these packets are definitely not on the sweeter side, so if you like your smoothies to be sweet, I recommend adding banana, mango, dates, etc. It all depends on what your taste buds like, but for me, I am okay with not so sweet. 

Ingredients

Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie

Directions

Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie
  1. Throw all ingredients into your blender. I use this Ninja Kitchen version;
  2. Blend away until smooth;
  3. Top with whatever your heart desires! ENJOY! 
Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie

Would you every try adding cauliflower into your smoothie?

What is the weirdest vegetable you have added to a smoothie?

A Week In Review

HELLO Beautiful Friday! How are you doing friends? How was your week? No small talk needed, so let us jump right into today's post before I kick off the weekend and disconnect. After working a little too much last weekend, it is time to step away from the devices. Happy Friday friends! XO

My Weekly Reminder...I love this quote! Thanks Leslie for posting this on Tuesday! I have spent this week worrying too much about my social media numbers and it ends up being annoying and exhausting. There is so much more to life and happiness! So YES, I am looking forward to time away from my devices this weekend. To enjoy the tangible things in life that bring me joy! 

Week Of Workouts...There has been lots of running involved over the past couple of weeks, which has me thinking about signing up for a race. It has been way too long and I am itching for something to help me stay motivated with a goal in site. I am even thinking about triathlons again too...HA! I am not sure what has gotten into me, but I am kind of excited about it! 

The weather on the east coast has been cold and snowy, so any sort of running outside is not safe. I do not mind the treadmill as long as I have some good shows to watch. It is usually my time to either catch up on the news of watch the Food Network. And to beat the boredom on the step mill, I always bring my book. 

  • Sunday - 45-minute run + Strength Training (Legs + Triceps)
  • Monday - 45-minute on the Step Mill + Strength Training (Chest + Shoulders + Core)
  • Tuesday - 6-mile treadmill run + 25-minute outdoor walk with Lucy (the sun was out WAHOO!)
  • Wednesday - 45-minute on the Step Mill + Strength Training (Back + Core)
  • Thursday - 90-minute walk with Lucy
  • Friday - TBD
  • Saturday - OFF

Favorite Eats Of The Week...I forgot how good and easy preparing spaghetti squash is and I finally roasted it on Sunday when I was stuck inside ALL day because of ice. It is a great substitute to pasta. I can do without pasta, but bread...heck no! Crispy Italian bread slathered in butter and dipped in sauce...DELICIOUS! I had that meal 2 nights in a row and it just hits the spot on cold winter nights and leaves me feeling satisfied without the bloat. 

How did I prepare my spaghetti squash:

  • Cut in half + take out the seeds + drizzle in olive oil and salt;
  • Place flat side down on a baking shee;
  • Roast for 50-60 minutes at 400 degrees! Shred out the insides or eat straight out of the half!

Sweet Breakfast Bowl - Eggs + Fruit + Nut Butter

More BIG Beautiful Salads (except this time it's not in Tupperware)

Spaghetti Squash Bowls - Mom's Meat Sauce and Crispy Bread

Recent Reads...I LOVE to read and it is the best way for me to SLOW DOWN at the end of the day! I start working every morning between 6:45 AM - 7:15 AM, so I am pretty tired at night. Disconnecting earlier from all of my devices and reading instead of watching TV in bed, has definitely made a huge difference. Since I have made this change into my nightly ritual, I have been flying through books! These 2 are great reads to help you unwind at the end of busy day!

  • A Dog's Purpose - Funny, sad, heart-warming, and so TRUE, this book is for dog lovers!
  • Eligible - The modern day version of "Jane Austen" this book was so much fun to read! 

I am ready for the weekend and hoping the sun will stay out and grace us with her presence! Enjoy friends and see you next week!

What is the best thing you ate this week?

What was the last good book you read?

    Building A Beautiful SALAD

    Snow days make for the perfect days to tackle the "To Do List" that you have been ignoring for long periods of time. It is good to hunker down with lots of coffee and get it done. Even though my taxes are staring straight at me as I work away, I am still going to ignore that task and instead talk about FOOD! Food is fun...Food is good...And food fuels this lifestyle! This weeks obsession is SALADS. Instead of consuming all the sweet potatoes, I have been eating lots of BIG, flavorful, and nourishing salads for lunch and with dinner. It is all about that crunch and using whatever leftovers are around to make these beautiful meals. 

    A couple of things you should know about my salad creations:

    Building A Beautiful Salad
    • I always eat my lunch salads out of a Tupperware container...Why? Because I like to mix all the ingredients together...Shake it up...And then let it marinade for a little bit before I devour it!
    • I always add leftovers from the night before! Whatever is leftover from dinner or hanging out in the fridge goes into my salads. I hate wasting food!
    • LOTS of CRUNCH! I love texture and when it comes to my salads, the more crunch the better. It is just like my obession with crunchy nut butters!
    Building A Beautiful Salad

    Here is how I build my SALADS:

    Building A Beautiful Salad
    • Protein: Chicken, tuna fish, salmon, fried eggs, or roasted chickpeas are my usual go tos! Adding a protein is a MUST when making a beautiful salad. Make sure that you are getting all the great benefits of proteins, because they are so important for our bodies, especially if you live a active lifestyle!
    • Fats: Diced avocado, leftover guacamole, goat cheese, or a heaping handful of mixed nuts are my favorites to add to a salad. Adding fats to your salads are key to helping you stay satiated. 
    • Fruit: Pick one of your favorites and add it for some natural sweetness! As of lately, I like to dice up an opal apple for added crunch. Minneola and moro oranges are really good additions right now for that much-needed Vitamin C. 
    • LOTS of Vegetables: Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumber, Peppers, Red Onion, and a mix of greens are always in my salads. Sometimes I like to add roasted broccoli and cauliflower. You can never go wrong with adding any vegetable to a salad...so load it UP friends!
    • Dressing: Typically I do a balsamic and olive oil combo, but thanks to my friend PAM, she introduced me to Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressings and they are FABULOUS! A nice way to switch things up and try something new. 

    That is it my friends! Now go have fun and be creative with your salad creations and remember you can always keep it simple, healthy, nourishing, and FUN. Salads can be a side dish or a meal and are always a good decision. You just need to know how to build the right one to keep your belly happy and satisfied. Let me know how it goes! XOXO

    Do you eat your salads out of Tupperware?

    What do you put in your salad for that extra CRUNCH?

    Nutty For NuttZo - Recipes by Marissa

    I am truly grateful for a lot of things, but as of lately I am grateful and appreciative of friends who LOVE to bake and are able to write guest posts for me when my life is too hectic and crazy to even think straight! I need to slow down and I am hoping that Thanksgiving week will allow me to do just that. My goals for next week are to breathe deeply + practice lots of yoga + move a little bit slower + enjoy time with family and friends + press the RESTART button! Sounds like a good plan to me...Now I just need to follow through with that! DOH! 

    In the meantime, I suggest you check out these NuttZo recipes by my fabulous friend Marissa! Yes, this young woman is a ROCK STAR with a heart of gold. And like me, she is a #NuttZoFANATIC. If you do not have NuttZo on hand, you can use another nut butter of choice. These recipes are perfect for the holidays or honestly anytime of year because anything with nut butter is the BEST! Try them out and let me know how they turn out for you. And make sure to follow Marissa's journey and give her a BIG high-five for recently completing the Rock n' Roll Savannah Marathon. She's unstoppable...THANKS again Marissa! XOXO

    NuttZo Pumpkin Spice Cookies

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 c Power Fuel NuttZo
    • 1/2 c pumpkin puree
    • 1/4 c coconut flour
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
    • Optional: 1-3 T sweetener of choice
    • Optional Add - Ins: chopped nuts, shredded coconut, dried fruit, or cocoa nibs

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
    2. In a small bowl, mix together the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and apple cider vinegar. Stir the mixture well and set to the side.
    3. In a bowl, mix the NuttZo, pumpkin puree, egg, coconut flour, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and/or sweetener of choice.
    4. Spoon cookies onto a cookie sheet.
    5. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown! ENJOY!

    Gingerbread NuttZo Banana Bread

    Ingredients

    • 5 ounces of banana mashed
    • 3 T Power Fuel NuttZo
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 flax eggs (for every T of ground flax meal, mix with 3 T of water)
    • 2 egg whites
    • 2 T psyllium husk powder
    • 1/4 c coconut flour
    • 1/4 c of water
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • Spices: 2 tsp cinnamon + 1 tsp ginger + 1 tsp nutmeg + 1 tsp cloves
    • 1/4 c chopped pecans
    • Optional: 1 T coconut palm sugar or 1 chopped date

    Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix until blended together.
    3. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes or until cooked all the way through. Let it cool and then ENJOY!

    What is your favorite nut butter holiday recipe?

    Are you a baker or do you just wait for your friends to bring you baked goodies?