Red, White & Blue Pancakes [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Does anyone else feel like the month of June just flew by?!

I can’t believe that the 4th of July is already coming up at the end of this week! To celebrate Independence Day and get into a festive spirit, I came up with a red, white & blue recipe of one of my favorite meals… pancakes!

July 4th pancakes

I haven’t posted a pancake recipe in awhile, and trust me when I tell you that this one is deeeelicious. I’ve seen red, white & blue pancake commercials around for chain restaurants lately, and had the itch to come up with my own homemade version that’s gluten free, vegan, healthy and light.

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Easy, Creamy Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie

“Candy is basically fake fruit that wishes it was fruit and is doing its best to smell and taste like it.” – Cameron Diaz, The Body Book

Happy, happy Friday!

Speaking of the word ‘happy,’ I’m usually a pretty happy woman, and it typically doesn’t take much to put me in a good mood. Let me play with puppies? I’m happy. Bring me to a winery and let me hang out (and drink wine) all day? I’m happy. Take me to watch the sunset on the beach? I’m happy. Find me a farm stand with sweet, super ripe strawberries just before their season ends? I’m a happpppy girl. 

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Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

….I hope that I just got that song stuck in your head, like it’s now stuck in mind! I’m posing for a happy selfie in the above photo that I shared on Instagram because I was talking about my secret to fast growing hair. HINT: It’s good nutrition!

Oh right, I digress. So a few weekends ago, my hubby and I were out running errands, and I mentioned that I’d love to get some local berries. I would have made finding a farm stand my mission, but coincidentally we stumbled upon a strawberry stand on the side of the road just a few minutes later (Got to love San Diego!).

local strawberries
I feasted my eyes on the above bright and beautiful strawberries, and I was sold. It didn’t even matter that the guy was overpriced and the fact that the strawberries had maybe 3 days before they were way too ripe, because the strawberry season ends right about now and I wanted the good stuff before it’s too late…. oh, and because I’m perfectly capable of eating a huge carton of strawberries in just a few days (which I did – mission accomplished!). 

Besides eating them in all their fruity glory at 10 pm while winding down for the day, I had a few recipe ideas in mind to use up these strawberries, one of which was a strawberry vanilla smoothie.

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ProYo Giveaway + My Favorite Summer Things {Weekend Recap}

Hi friends!

First thing’s first: I have a giveaway for you lovely people! Remember when I posted a review last week about ProYo’s high protein frozen yogurt (Check it out here if you missed it!)? Well, the lovely folks at ProYo offered to give away a box of each of their flavors to one lucky reader!

ProYo Giveaway

Anyone in the Continental U.S. can enter to win a box of Dutch chocolate, banana vanilla, vanilla bean, and blueberry pomegranate ProYo treats (4 boxes total) by doing any of the following:

  • Leave a comment below telling me which ProYo flavor you most want to try
  • Repost my Instagram photo announcing this giveaway
  • Retweet any tweets I shoot out regarding this giveaway
  • Follow @ProYoTreats on Instagram OR Twitter (Do both for 2 entries!)
  • Follow @foodiemtfitness on Twitter
  • Follow @foodielovesfitness on Instagram

Be sure to leave a comment below to let me know each way that you enter. I’ll randomly select a winner next Wednesday, July 1st. 

Next up: a recap of my very summery weekend! We’re 4 days into summer, and I hope that your season is off to a great start. I’m a few days late in doing a recap of my last weekend, but it was such a fun weekend full of summery activities and the weather was gorgeous, so I can’t help myself from sharing the highlights.

Elfin Forest view-6.19.15

{HIKING} On Friday evening I took my pup for a hike at Elfin Forest, and all of a sudden, it felt like summer had began. It was a sunny, 75 degree day at my house, but 30 minutes away at Elfin, it was in the low 90s and hot. This is the start of me having to check how hot it is inland before going for hikes, because Harley does not do that well hiking in the heat.

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Tropical Avocado Fruit Salsa + BUBBA’s NEW Veggie Burgers

This post brought to you by BUBBA Burger. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Foodie Loves Fitness.

One of the many things that I love about summertime is how it’s the prime season for grilling. I find it so relaxing to throw some delicious food on my grill, sprawl out on a recliner in my backyard and sip on a glass of wine while it’s cooking, then enjoy a leisurely meal on my patio.

chardonnay on the patio

Sipping a glass of chardonnay on my patio, with a puppy photobomb as per usual

Lately I’ve been a grilling fool – throwing everything from corn and asparagus to peaches and zucchini on my grill. One of my favorite things to grill is veggie burgers.

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Of all the types of veggie burgers out there, black bean burgers are definitely my favorite kind. What I love about black beans is that they’re hearty and filling. They’re rich in fiber, protein, folic acid, and a slew of vitamins and minerals, making black bean burgers a great vegetarian alternative to regular burgers. I’ve been known to bring black bean burgers to friends’ BBQs to ensure that I have a healthy,  veg-friendly meal option available.

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One new black bean burger on the market this season is from BUBBA Burgers.  I love that the BUBBA Veggie Burger is only made with ingredients that I immediately know, like diced green pepper, broccoli, corn, edamame, brown flax seed – and of course, the first ingredient is good old black beans. Here are some stats about BUBBA’s new meat-free burgers:

  • No GMO’s
  • All natural
  • Excellent source of Vitamin A & C
  • Gluten freeundefined
  • Vegan friendly
  • Low fat
  • Cholesterol free
  • No Saturated Fat
  • Multigrain
  • Good Source of dietary fiber
  • 2.5 grams of fat
  • Four 3 oz. burgers per box
  • Frozen, with no thawing necessary

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10 Ways to Live Your Healthiest Summer Yet

Hi and Happy Friday!

Any fun plans for the weekend? Speaking of the weekend, Sunday marks the first official day of summer in the northern hemisphere! While San Diego has been getting a lot of June gloom weather – where it’s overcast for large parts of the day anywhere close to the ocean – I’m expecting it to officially feel like summer here pretty soon.

In honor of the summer and its official start, I came up with a list of ways to make summer 2015 your healthiest one yet. Let’s get to it!

local nectarines

1.) Eat lots of in-season produce. This is the time of year when tomatoes are at their sweetest and juiciest and when watermelon is abundant. Take advantage of it! Bonus: Watermelon is mostly made of water, which will keep you hydrated in the hot weather.

The view at the park nearby that I frequent

The view at the park nearby that I frequent

2.) Get outside and connect with nature as much as you can. While some days may be too sweltering to exercise outdoors depending on where you live, summer is the time to appreciate Mother Nature! Connect with the outside world and soak up the sun as often as you’re able to. After all, there’s nothing like the feeling of satisfaction when you go for a sweaty bike ride with your family or spend the morning hiking with your dog!

3.) Apply sunscreen daily. Don’t forget the SPF! Sunburns are no fun and increase your risk for skin cancer. The sun feels stronger than ever to me, and I make sure to lather up in sunscreen every day that I’m outside so that I get some color but don’t burn.

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ProYo High Protein Frozen Yogurt Review

Pretty much everyone that knows me know that I have a sweet tooth. I have an extensive array of chocolate treats in my kitchen pantry at any given time, and it’s nearly impossible for me to walk past a bakery full of yummy looking sweets without letting out an, “Ooooh! Look at those ______ (cupcakes/caramel apples/cookies/brownies/etc).” 

While I definitely indulge in sweets here and there, I also have plenty of recipes and go-to eats that satisfy my sweet tooth while still packing a nutritious punch. I’m always on the lookout for new products that can pass for dessert, but are also healthy enough to be a pre-workout snack or remedy for midday munchies. That’s why when the folks at ProYo reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try their high protein frozen yogurt tubes, I was immediately on board.
ProYo Review

So what’s ProYo? 

ProYo is a high protein frozen yogurt that comes in 4 oz tubes and is offered in 4 flavors: vanilla bean, banana vanilla, Dutch chocolate and blueberry pomegranate.

What’s in ProYo fro yo?

ProYo’s frozen yogurt tubes each contain about 140 calories, 2 grams of fat, 16 g of carbs, 13 g of sugar, and the best part? 20 grams of protein! They contain rBST-free & rBGH-free whey protein, probiotics, and are sweetened with pure sugar and stevia.

ProYo dutch chocolate

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Sweet & Spicy 4-Ingredient Trail Mix

Hi there!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. My weekend was filled with things like experimenting in the kitchen, gardening & house stuff, a beach date with friends on what turned out to be a cloudy day, playing tennis, eating dinner at one of my favorite healthy cafes and watching movies.

5.13.15 Weekend Collage

It was the first time in three weeks that I got to hang out with my Marine without either of us having work or being away, and it was not too shabby of a weekend!

Any who, onto today’s topic: trail mix. It’s one of those grab and go snacks that can be a healthy bite to give you lots of energy, but it can also be not all that nutritious if it’s loaded with stuff like M&Ms. I generally like my trail mixes pretty simple: some type of fruit, some type of nut, usually a little something with healthy chocolate, as well as something else crunchy and salty, like pretzels or granola clusters.

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Today’s trail mix is a simple combo of sweet + spicy flavors, thanks in part to the sriracha almonds that my friends at Blue Diamond recently sent me to try. In all honesty, I wasn’t sure I’d like them, as I’m not someone who craves spiciness or digs sriracha, but I figured I’d give it a try. My thoughts? They are so good and kind of addicting! There’s something about the combo of crunchy almonds with the cayenne + paprika spiciness of sriracha that I’m seriously digging.

Blue Diamond bold sriracha almonds

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Bachelorette Partying in Miami [Travel Recap]

In college, I was never part of a sorority. I always had female roommates, but I don’t think I had ever stayed in a place with a double digit number of friends….until my trip to Miami two weekends ago, when I got a mini taste of what it’d be like to live in a sorority house!

The group at Wet Willys

Eleven other women and myself traveled to Miami to celebrate my best friend Meaghan’s upcoming nuptials. She’s getting married in August to her college sweetheart, who I got to know well when I lived with Meg my senior year of college.

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I thought it’d be fun to do a recap of the trip and tell you about the places we spent our time and the bachelorette festivities we partook in… and me being my food loving self, to also share my best eats. Let’s get to it!

Where We Stayed

All of the other girls were traveling from my home state of Jersey, and I met up with them in Miami via a flight from LA. We rented out this penthouse suite on Ocean Drive via Airbnb. It was located in the heart of the hustle & bustle of South Beach, situated above a busy restaurant right across from the beach.

The view from our balcony

The view from our balcony

The condo had three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with two pullout couches in the living room. It was a cozy setup and everyone had a bedmate: mine was another friend of mine from college, Maria.

College Girlfriends in Miami

With my college girlfriends Maria and Meaghan

Getting ready to go out was a funny process. There were a dozen girls walking around half naked figuring out their outfit for the night. Everywhere you turned there was makeup being done, hair being curled, and someone jumping in the shower, and while we were at max capacity and there was a lot going on, the condo setup didn’t feel too cramped.

The place had some things that needed to be repaired, like our broken bedroom door, but the patio views were awesome and the location was great. The owner was nice enough to let us keep our bags in a nearby condo after our check-out time so that we could enjoy another afternoon at the beach before we left, which was appreciated.

The view from our condo

If you’re ever traveling with a big group of people for an occasion like a bachelorette party, I’d definitely recommend renting a house or condo. It worked out really well, and financially it made sense.

Where We Partied  

As you probably know, Miami has a huge nightlife scene. While clubs are not really my thing, I embraced my inner clubby-girl that dances to techno music for a night out at the very trendy LIV, where we got all fancy with a private table full of booze and mixers.

Ladies at LIV

LIV is located inside the Fontainebleau Hotel, which is definitely the most lavish of places that I’ve been to in Miami. We arrived around midnight, which is apparently the earliest that people really go to the club, but it quickly filled up. We all had a ridiculously fun time dancing together, and it was nice to have our own space to chill at, instead of having to be all crowded on the dance floor.

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Apple Blueberry Oatmeal Ramekin Crisps

Like any good foodie, at any given time, I have a couple of foods, meals, grocery spots, and kitchen tools that I’m particularly loving.

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with a grocery store near me called Frazier Farms Market. They look like your typical big food store, but they carry a lot of specialty items that I can’t find elsewhere, and are actually reasonably priced. My favorite part about Frazier Farms? They’re not a chain store! I love supporting small business. They have 2 locations, both of which are nearby, and they carry a ton of locally made products, like cheese from farms in my county and honey from bee keepers located in the town next to me. Frazier Farms-Vista Honey

Naturally, I’ve been obsessed with the above pictured honey. I love honey in general, but locally made unfiltered honey is even better.

I said it in my last recipe post (which also included blueberries!), but I’ve also been obsessed with all the fruit lately. I usually am a fruit junkie, but lately it’s been in overdrive with all of the great fruit in season. I was telling my mother this yesterday, and to further prove my point I said, “No seriously, I just ate 2 kiwis, an apricot, blueberries, a mango and strawberries!” My love for fruit is no joke my friends.

apples & bluesToday’s recipe centers around two of my go-to fruits: apples and blueberries. I’m a year-round apple eater, and lately the farmer down the street keeps putting out apples the size of my head that I simply can’t refuse. But, for all intensive purposes, I used normal sized apples for this recipe… and I made these crisps in my current favorite dishware: ramekins!

ramekins

Ramekins are just so cute and little, and when you bake/cook meals or snacks in them, it’s built-in portion control. I’ve been using them every chance I get – like for these gluten free, naturally sweetened (with my local honey of course!) fruit crumbles.

Apple Blueberry Ramekin Crisps

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20 Interesting Health Magazine Stats

Hello, hello!

Hiking at Elfin Forest-June 15

Scene’s from last weekend’s hike

Hope that you had a great weekend. Mine was a nice & low-key few workless days in SoCal, which was just what I needed. My hubby had Marine Corps training, so I had a lot of “me” time: hiking with Harley, recipe testing, running errands and cleaning, and hanging by my pool enjoying yesterday’s perfect weather.

pooltime June 2015

yesterday’s relaxing afternoon scene

First thing’s first: I’m sending out my first health coaching newsletter tomorrow, so if you haven’t subscribed yet and you’d like to receive my monthly e-blast, sign up below! It’s going to include workout and recipe ideas, healthy living tidbits, health coaching discounts and more.



Onto today’s topic, since I’ve been traveling a lot lately, I’ve been doing a lot of magazine reading. I used to be a member with a readership company that sent me tons and tons of magazines, some of which I still haven’t read, and when I travel, it’s my chance to catch up on some health & fitness media reading.

Since I find a lot of interesting tidbits in magazines like Fitness, Islands, Self & Women’s Health, I thought it’d be fun to share some of the stats I’ve read lately. Without further adieu, here are 20 intriguing health facts!

#1 - British researchers have found that people who did yoga just once a week for six weeks reported significantly more energy – as well we clear-mindedness, composure and confidence – than non posers. One theory is that by decreasing levels of the stress hormone cortisol, yoga helps reduce fatigue and elevate mood. (Fitness, January ’15)

Just more reason to get your Om on!

#2 – 

Metabolizing a Meal-stat

 #3 - There are 2,780 CALORIES in the Cheesecake Factory’s Bruleed French Toast, one of the nine unhealthiest menu items in America. (Fitness, January ’15)

Can you say GROSS?!!

#4 – According to research by Jamba Juice, 28% of people are scared of green juice. (Fitness, June ’14)

I totally get it, green juice can be intimidating. I used to be scared of them too, but now I’m a regular green juice drinker! I dare you to try out my pear, apple & cinnamon cleansing green juice or pineapple sunrise green monster:)

#5 – 

obese women exercise stat

#6 – Once thought to lessen soreness and prevent injury, research now shows that static stretching before exercise can actually decreases performance and make your muscles feel sluggish. (Self, October ’14)

Instead of doing static stretching pre-workout, aim for an active warmup, then do static stretches for your post-workout cool down.

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