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Recovering from a Tough Mountain Biking Adventure

Hi friends!

How was your weekend? Mine was full of time outdoors – just how I like it! The weather was in the low 70s and glorious. We also got a teeny bit of welcomed rain yesterday afternoon. My time spent in nature over the weekend included an early Friday evening hike with my pup at Elfin Forest

Hand to Big Toe pose

Harley’s butt photobombing my yoga picture of the day

…a long Sunday morning walk with my little family on an otherwise pretty lazy rest day…

Splits at Calavera Lake

…and my outdoorsy highlight: a super challenging mountain biking workout with my hubby on Saturday afternoon. We decided to venture southeast to a park we’d never been to before called Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve. We hadn’t gone mountain biking in at least a few months, and whew, it was a killer one!

The park was set in a pretty rural area, and we even got a taste of  autumn with the park’s abundance of yellow-leaved trees. Besides seeing a couple of other bikers along the way, the park was empty.

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On our way out, we were cruising! The cool breeze hitting your face as you race around on a bike is such a great feeling, and I think my face hurt from smiling. The trail we were biking along was more downhill than up going out, which is sometimes trouble because that means that it’ll be tough on the way back when I’m already getting tired – which is exactly what happened.

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Zoodles with Basil Cherry Tomato Sauce, Pine Nuts & Lemon Zest

Hi there!

Happy 4th of July weekend to all of my fellow Americans! I am certainly looking forward to a 3-day holiday weekend. Whose got fun plans for the 4th? I’ve got a beach yoga class and hanging out at a friend’s house on the agenda, and I’m hoping to catch some fireworks on Saturday night.

Today I’m sharing a new recipe that will probably become a go-to dinner in my kitchen. Packed with veggies and flavor, it’s a healthy meal that revolves around my recent favorite kitchen gadget: my spiralizer!
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I’ve seriously been a spiralizing maniac. My hubby and I have eaten zoodles so often in the last few months, he’s started joking around and putting the letter ‘z’ in words where it shouldn’t be.

For instance, we started saying ‘zauce’ instead of tomato sauce.

He told me I created a ‘zess’ after I made quite a mess making this meal. Get it, a zoodle mess?!

We also said I should start calling it a ‘zoodlizer’ instead of spiralizer because I have only been putting zucchini in my new favorite gadget lately. Note to self: Branch out and get more creative with my spiralizing ASAP. 

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But for right now, zoodles are my love. Speaking of things I love, a flavorful tomato sauce is on my list of things I’m forever obsessed with. I like to make my tomato sauce zoodle dishes really saucy so that I can dip pieces of fresh bread in, but you can conserve some of the tomato sauce for another occasion if you aren’t quite as obsessed with it as I am (no hard feelings).

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Tropical Avocado Fruit Salsa + BUBBA’s NEW Veggie Burgers

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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.


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.

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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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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Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Cake for 1

Every time I get anything new for my kitchen, I get seriously excited. Some people may not understand my enthusiasm in the least bit, but kitchen gear to a foodie is like candy to a kid… Okay, I get excited in candy stores too, but you get what I’m trying to say.

So you can only imagine how great it was when I walked into Bed Bath & Beyond after my bridal shower a bunch of years back with thousands of dollars in gift cards. My bridal shower was on the east coast, and since I live on the west coast, most people gave me a gift card instead of shipping tons of presents.

bridal shower

My mom and me at my bridal shower…opening a Bed Bath & Beyond gift card

I wish I had a photo of the awesome madness of that shopping excursion…though I did just find this lovely photo of my face when I walked into my grandma’s house for what I thought was a lunch date, only to find 50 people in her kitchen for my surprise bridal shower:

bridal shower surprise

Um yeah, I think my eyeballs bugging out of my head say it all… I was surprised!

Oh and did I mention that my husband was deployed at the time? So I went on a shopping spree at Bed Bath & Beyond alone. With a lot of money. And no supervision. Can you say troubleee? I walked out with 2 entire carts worth of kitchen home items and could barely contain my excitement.

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(Super Bowl Recipe Idea Alert!) Chickpea Sliders with Vegan Garlic Aioli

Hi friends!

Hope you had a nice weekend! My weekend was pretty low-key, and the highlights were a Friday evening light hike with my little family, a pedi/lunch date with a girlfriend on Saturday and a trip to the dog beach on Sunday afternoon.

Del Mar Dog Beach

Del Mar Dog Beach

Do you know what my weekend did not include? Football. Well, technically that’s not true, since I did watch a bit of the Pro Bowl when Serena Williams’ match at the Australian Open last night went to commercial, but that’s only kinda sorta a real NFL game.

This is the time of the year when the NFL season ends, and on one hand, it’s nice because I have extra time to do other things on Sundays; but on the other hand, I get a little sad because I love watching football and all of a sudden there’s this empty hole in my sports viewing life. BUT, before this officially happens, next Sunday the Super Bowl is taking place. Besides what will hopefully be an entertaining game, what’s something I always look forward to during the big NFL showdown? Food of course! chickpea sliders-2

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WIAW: My Favorite Eats of the Week

Happy Hump Day!

Harley Christmas bow

Being that it has been quite awhile since I linked up to the What I Ate Wednesday blogger party, I decided to join in on this fun this week. Today’s WIAW post features my favorite eats from the past week – because as any normal food blogger, whenever I eat something tasty, I snap a photo or two!


So what goodies has this vegetarian been munching on?

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Dinner in 10: Black Bean Burger, Cheddar & Ranch Salad

From time to time, people I know will bring up my blog and say things like, “All of your recipes look great, but I think they’re too complicated for me.” While the word “complicated” when referring to cooking is very subjective, and I feel like most of my recipes are not all that difficult or time consuming, I do understand that some people don’t enjoy preparing a meal or care to be savvy in the kitchen, and simply want to be able to eat something they can feel good about that took 15 minutes or less to make.

Guess what? Healthy eating does not have to be time consuming. Sure, it may take more work than, say, pulling through a drive-thru, but it doesn’t need to be a huge, intricate task to make a nutritious dinner. In fact, a lot of my dinners are thrown together really easily. I have a rotation of meals that are on my go-to list when I’m lacking creativity and feel my belly grumbling with hunger, which is how I feel half the time after I workout in the evening. One meal heavily in rotation in my household these days is this salad….

black bean burger salad

I thought of making the black bean burger and ranch dressing from scratch when I shared this with you guys, but then I thought, let’s just keep it simple. Since I’ve been using a frozen black bean burger and store-bought dressing, I’m keeping it real and sharing exactly how I’ve been throwing this salad together with you today. If you’re looking for a healthy, delicious dinner that can be ready fast – 10 minutes tops – this is a meal idea for you.

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Veggie Tofu Stir Fry with Brown Rice

Happy, happy Friday!

Hope that you all have some fabulous plans for the weekend. I’ve had a great week in Jersey hanging out with family and girlfriends, and have some fun plans that I’m looking forward to for the weekend. My week has been full of good food, and there are definitely certain eateries that I simply must hit up when I’m in town. One of those places is Veggie Heaven (my post on the restaurant can be viewed here), which I just chowed down on for dinner:

Veggie Heaven

(I’m digging my fortune!)

And speaking of yummy, healthy Asian food, I have a new recipe to share today! 

Asian Stir Fry-3

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Awesome Ways to Eat Apples this Autumn

Happy, happy Friday!


So in case I haven’t told you before, I’m obsessed with fruit. Every type of berry, banana, melon, kiwi, peaches… and the list of fruit that I can’t get enough of goes on and on! Fruit is sweet, it’s a natural whole food, and it can easily be incorporated into a diet in endless ways.

apple slices

Topping the list of my favorite fruits is the illustrious apple. In my household apples disappear quickly. I buy probably a dozen of them every time I make a food store trip, which you think would last for at least a bit with only two people in my house, but they don’t. In fact, I’d love to be eating an apple at this very moment, but we unfortunately ran out yesterday. Each of us eats at least an apple a day. But hey, I’m not complaining, because you know what they say… An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Just why do we say that? Because apples contain lots of goodness, including:

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