Jun 29, 2015

Weekend Recap: Pensacola!

This weekend is another summer weekend for the books!  Even though it didn't go quite as planned, we ended up having an awesome weekend and spending time with wonderful people! Rob was off on Friday so we woke up early to work out, shower, and hop right in the car, already wearing our swimsuits.  After three hours in the car, we were ready to head straight to the beach!  We grabbed fresh juices from Evermans (the carrot, pineapple, ginger is so refreshing!) and soaked up some sun on Pensacola Beach.  The weather was perfect and it was so nice to just relax all day.
Things to do in Pensacola
We grabbed dinner at Wild Roots before leaving the beach and, as always, it left me wondering why there aren't restaurants like this everywhere?!?  I had a gluten/grain/soy free pizzetta topped with baked apples, dates, bacon, and goat cheese and followed that off with a banana based soft serve with almond butter and raw cacao nibs!  Everything was so delicious and left you feeling satisfied without feeling sick.  If only they would open a Wild Roots style cafe in Meridian!
Healthy food options in Pensacola
Saturday honestly felt like we were back living in Pensacola.  We stuck to our usual Saturday morning routine of Bodacious and the farmer's market and it was comforting to see that not much had changed.  Pensacola really is such a charming little town!  I just love it!  We spent the rest of the afternoon on Barrancas Beach on base and even got in a quick yoga workout on our own private section of the beach.  We had sushi for dinner at Nom and then headed to Flounder's for the wetting down party.
Beach on NAS Pensacola
In the whole time we lived in Pensacola, I never went to Flounder's at night (only during the day or for dinner) but I had heard that it gets crazy.  It definitely did not disappoint -- the place was packed, the throwback band was awesome, and we had a blast.  We ended up spending the entire night hanging out with a bunch of our friends from Meridian, who were all in town for the week.  Typical, right?  ;)  We kept joking that we could have had the exact same night back in Mississippi...but it just wouldn't have been the same!
Wetting Down Party in Pensacola
Wetting Down Party in Pensacola
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Sunday morning we slept in late (thank goodness for hotels that allow late check out) and spent the day shopping.  It's funny how small I used to think that mall was and now I'm convinced it has everything ;)  Our last stop was Joe Patti's to grab some fresh seafood to take home for the week.  Good seafood seems just about impossible to find in Meridian so when you are that close to the most fabulous, Gulf Coast seafood, you have to take advantage.  Joe Patti's will pack your cooler full of ice so that your food safely survives the trip home.  I can't wait for some delicious, fresh dinners this week!
joe pattis pensacola
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Hope your weekend was equally as wonderful!

21 Day Fix Days 20 and 21

When people ask me what I love about Shakeology, I'm usually quick to respond with how much it has helped my snacking by getting my sweet tooth under control (It's true!  The difference is crazy!)  But this weekend reminded me of another reason why I absolutely love Shakeology -- when your nutrition isn't 100%, you can rest easy knowing that your body is still getting all the vitamins/nutrients/probiotics/etc that it needs and craves just by making sure to drink your shake.
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Days Twenty and Twenty One
Workout: Dirty 30 and Yoga Fix (Seriously, does it get better than doing yoga on the beach?!)
Breakfasts: Egg scrambles, whole wheat toast, and almond milk lattes from Bodacious Brew
Snack: Fresh fruit, Shakeology
Lunch: Slice of pizza and salad from Ozone
Dinner: Sushi from Nom
(Over) Indulgent Treat: Diesel Fuel at Flounder's
Feeling:  My last days were not my best days (although I really didn't get too far off track!  Just too few green containers!) but I'm not sweating it.  Why?  Because this isn't a 21 days and then back to binging program.  In these 21 days, you learn a lot about nutrition: about what foods make your body feel great and what foods make you feel sluggish.  You learn how great you really can feel when you fuel your body with real, healthy foods and move a little each day.  So on day 22 (or day 52), there is no reason why you wouldn't want to continue that.

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Jun 26, 2015

21 Day Fix Day Nineteen

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Day Nineteen
Workout: Cardio Fix
Breakfast: Shakeology
Lunch: Lettuce wrapped burger
Snack: Carrot ginger pineapple juice 
Dinner: Organic gluten/grain/soy free pizzetta from Wild Roots 
Snack: Banana soft serve with almond butter and raw cacao nibs
Feeling: travel tip:  If you are ever in a bind while traveling, look for a Hardee's.  They will lettuce wrap anything on the menu, no problem!  Also, the key to staying on track while traveling (and summer in general!) is to get your workout done first thing, no exceptions.  Working out each day automatically puts you in the right mindset and limits just how far off track you will go.  

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Jun 25, 2015

21 Day Fix Day Eighteen

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Day Eighteen
Workout: Pilates Fix
Breakfast: Lemon blueberry bread
Snack: Greek yogurt and blueberries
Lunch: Bison nachos
Dinner: Steak, salad, and grilled veggies
Snack: Chocolate Shakeology
Feeling:  Eighteen days of working out in a row reminds me that it's all about habit.  When you are out of the habit of working out, it is so difficult to start but when you are in the habit of getting it done each day, the easiest thing is to just keep going!

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What I'm Reading And Eating: Bowl + Spoon

Sometimes a hearty bowl of delicious, seasonal flavors is exactly what I crave.  A trip to the farmer's market always lends the perfect ingredients.  Ripe tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella in the summer; savory butternut squash, kale, and smoked sausage in the fall.  The thing I love about bowls is that no recipe is needed.  A little of this, a little of that...the more colors and flavors, the better!  Bowls are the perfect way to make a "pantry clean out" meal feel indulgent.
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It's no secret that bowls are a favorite in our house.  This power bowl was a staple for us all fall and Shakeology/Acai bowls (similar to this books's tropical smoothie bowl!) are a summer morning favorite.  When I saw The Sprouted Kitchen's new cookbook, Bowl + Spoon, I knew that I had to check it out.  First of all, the cookbook is gorgeous.  I am a sucker for beautiful food photography and this book does not disappoint.  While some of the recipes were a little different than our tastes, I loved the emphasis on using excellent ingredients to make uncomplicated, delicious food.  There are so many recipes that I cannot wait to adjust and cater to our tastes.
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The book is broken up into sections : morning bowls, side bowls, sweet bowls and the recipe I am going to share can probably fit into both the morning and sweet bowl category (although it is listed as a morning recipe!)
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Flourless Stone Fruit Breakfast Crumble
Serves 6

I’m tucking this into the breakfast chapter because it’s a pretty virtuous crumble that could also pass as dessert with the right crowd. It’s loads of lightly maple-sweetened fresh fruit and the crumble is gluten- and dairy-free, keeping your whole bowl tasting rather light. As dessert, I top it with coconut sorbet; but for a morning bowl, a hearty dollop of goat’s milk yogurt is a repeat favorite. You can find quinoa flakes online or at health food stores near the oats or whole grains. They are a great wheat-free, high-protein product that can be cooked into a breakfast cereal or adapted into some baked good recipes. If you cannot find them, give quick rolled oats a blitz in the food processor to get a very coarse-ground oat flour that works here as well. I spice this with vanilla, but if you are partial to cardamom, I really like a pinch of that in with the filling as well.

2½ pounds assorted stone fruit
(nectarines, peaches, plums, cherries)
2 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons coconut sugar or natural cane sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 vanilla bean, or ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon sea salt

1 cup quinoa flakes or coarse oat flour
1 cup almond meal
½ cup slivered almonds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon sea salt
⅓ cup maple syrup
⅓ cup coconut oil, just warmed to a liquid
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Wash, pit, and slice the stone fruit  into 1-inch wedges. Put them in a large mixing bowl, add the orange juice, coconut sugar, cornstarch, vanilla bean seeds, and salt and toss everything to mix.

For the crumble, in a large bowl, combine the quinoa, almond meal, almonds, cinnamon, and salt. Add the maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla and mix again.

Pour the fruit mixture into a 2½ quart baking dish or an 8-inch square pan and spread the crumble evenly on top, tucking some into the pockets. Shake the pan a little just to help everything settle. Bake on the middle rack for 30 minutes until the top is crisp and browned. Set aside to cool for at least 15 minutes and enjoy with yogurt or ice cream, as you wish.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review but all opinions are my own!
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