Posts Tagged ‘Fruit’

Brunch Guests

This weekend we had company for breakfast both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday morning our good friend from college came over for breakfast. It was great to catch up! We hadn’t seen each other since she got engaged and I got pregnant.

I clearly did not dress up for the occasion – but I did go workout after breakfast, so I had an excuse!


I decided to do something crazy for breakfast and whipped up a veggie frittata and Brady made a turkey bacon (from Honeysuckle, Thanks!) and egg scramble.

Not the best photos, sorry!IMG_6374.JPG

The frittata included:

  • egg whites
  • mushrooms
  • broccoli
  • onions
  • low fat cottage cheese
  • feta


Our second breakfast party of the weekend included my cousin Emily and Bill. I took a cute picture of them, but it didn’t come up on my camera. Bummer!

Anyways, we had a good time chatting with them over french toast, fruit and hash browns.





I also made a more healthy french toast but didn’t take a picture of it. It included egg whites, flax, vanilla and organic milk on 100% wheat bread.

Both breakfasts were great because it was so nice to catch up! Can’t wait for the two day work week ahead then lots of time with family and good food!

🙂 Happy Thanksgiving week!

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Fruit Dip to Die For


1 pack of sugar free vanilla pudding mix

1 tub of fat free cool whip

1 container reduced sour cream – or fat free if you would like!

Mix and enjoy!

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Snow Day Baking

I got my snow day!! I debated on whether or not to workout at home or at the gym. I decided to head to the gym for a 9:00am spinning because we are supposed to get more snow tonight and I may not want to venture tomorrow if there is no school! After spinning, I stopped a Trader Joe’s to pick up a few essentials and I found some whole wheat Naan, Trader Joe’s brand!! I am really enjoying experimenting with the Indian food- so far our favorite is the Madres Lentils (sp?) I then stopped at the regular grocery store to pick some things TJ’s doesn’t carry, like kale and my favorite face lotion. Then I came home and made some protein oatmeal bars for us and Brady’s brother! I just kind of threw things together and gave it a whirl. Overall, they turned out great!!

Oatmeal Protein Bars

  • 1 1/2 c. oats
  • 1/4 c. wheat bran
  • 1/4 c. ground flax
  • 1/2 c. Bob’s Red Mill Museli
  • 1/3 c. Natrually More PB
  • 1/2 c. applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 c. light vanilla soy milk
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. dried berry mix

Mix all together and bake at 350 for 20 min.


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A Christmas Dehydrator!

For Christmas this year, I got Brady (actually I got it for both of us) a dehydrator!  He wanted one to make beef jerky and I wanted one to make dried fruit and other treats like Gina!

To start, we made dried apples, oranges, kiwis, and bananas.  Brady also tried putting in some fillet, but we cooked it too long!  Then we made fruit roll up with 1 bag of berry medley from TJ’s.  Here is the overview…

img_2465img_2467Brady hard at work…after the CAVS game last night (notice the LeBron shirt!)



Berry Medley Fruit Leather!!

img_2476A piece!!

Does anyone have any good ideas and recipes for the dehydrator?!  I am so excited to use it!!


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Super salads

Lunch today consisted of a leftover concoction:

Main Dish:

  • romaine lettuce
  • spring mix greens
  • sweet peppers
  • tomatoes
  • black beans
  • salt and pepper
  • cumin
  • cottage cheese with tons of pepper

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Sunday Mornings…

This morning we all woke up early and decided to go run/walking.  We headed to a park near my parents.  Brady and I ran the 1.5 miles to the park and met everyone else there.  The 8 of us took off walking the 3.6 mile loop through the metroparks.  It was a great walk to wake me up and get rid of my wine head.  🙂

When we got home, it was close to 11 am.  My mom made brunch which was wonderful!  We ate outside on the patio.

The table:

Fresh Peaches

Breakfast Burrito condiments: fresh salsa, sausage and onions/peppers

Toaster on the flower bed….classic. 🙂

We also had tons of fresh fruit!  It was a great mid-day meal.  Who doesn’t love going home??

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Breakfast of Buckeyes

It’s game day!  In Columbus, Ohio that means the world is stopping from noon until the last touchdown is scored by our Ohio State Buckeyes.  It is the first game of the season and it is beautiful outside.  We are heading to campus to watch the game with thousands of other excited fans.  In preparation for what lies ahead, I decided we needed a filling and healthy breakfast.

We decided French toast sounded good and so I got to work making it my own way.

Fit French Toast

This made 8 pieces of toast, John and Ash were here with us!

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp. Splenda

Mix all of the wet ingredients together and dip TJ’s Sprouted Wheat bread in the mix.  Cook in a fry pan, coated with Pam.

Once the toast was done, I went to the fridge to get the syrup and realized we were out!  Bummer.  So I raided the fridge and took out anything that would make a good topping:  peanut butter, almond butter, spray butter, ff coolwhip, jam, banana, strawberries, and blueberries.

The toppings ended up being really good, but after you have one thing in your mind, it’s hard to get over it.  Luckily, we managed!

We are off to go to the game!  I am hoping for Subway for lunch, we will see!

Happy Long Weekend!

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What lies beneath…

The fruit that is!  Under a huge bowl of fruit there is some crunchy, fiberific cereal.  I started my bowl this morning with 1c. of TJ Fiber Twigs and then added 1/2 Kashi Go Lean.  I woke up in the night with a HUGE charlie-horse in my calf (maybe from the new workout class) but I think I am dehydrated.  It’s hard to drink so much water all day when you can’t leave your class, so I cut way back on water.  I need to figure out a new way of getting it in after school.  Anyways, I knew I also needed some potassium to make sure the cramp would not come back so I added a banana to my cereal and then some peaches and then strawberries and of course blueberries!

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I love having dinner parties, especially in the summer when we can eat on the deck and enjoy the fresh air!  There are a few obstacles to having an outdoor dinner party and the biggest one is: BUGS!!  They like to eat your guests and land on the food.  In an effort to lessen that problem, we set out the food on the dining room table and loaded up on OFF.  It seemed to work pretty well.

Our company from last night included three of my friends from school and their husbands.  We began to mentally prepare for school over Sangria and fresh guacamole.  🙂

On to the menu:  It was an easy meal to prepare with guests here because there are a lot of things I did ahead of time!

Warm Almond Crusted Goat Cheese and Berry Salad

Berry Salad:

  • 1/2c. wheat berries
  • 1/2 strawberries
  • 1 nectarine grilled
  • romaine lettuce
  • sliced almonds
  • TJ’s raspberry dressing

Warm Almond Crusted Goat Cheese:

  • 8 pieces of goat cheese – 1/2in. thick slice
  • 1 egg + 1 tbsp. water
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • crushed almonds and breadcrumbs

Roll the slice of goat cheese in flour and then the egg+water mixture.  Then roll it in either almonds or breadcrumbs and place in a glass baking dish.  Before serving, place in the oven at 350 for about 10 min, so the inside warms.  Place the goat cheese on the salad and serve!

Warm Summer Vegetable Quinoa

( Recipe Soon)

Mojo Pork Tenderloin

Mojo Pork Tenderloin

  • 3 c. orange juice
  • 1 c. lime juice
  • 1/2 c. fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 T. fresh chopped garlic
  • 1 T. chopped oregano

Rub the pork with garlic and salt and pepper.  Marinate the pork for at least a few hours.  I marinated it for almost 24 hours because I wanted it to be very tender.  I made sure Brady continued to add marinade to the pork while it was on the grill.  When it was done, we sliced oranges and limes and squeezed the juice on the pork.  It turned out very tender and flavorful!

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

  • watermelon
  • pineapple
  • strawberries
  • honeydew

Served in a watermelon!

We also had corn on the cob – (boring picture) and dessert!

Light Lemon Fruit Pizza

(Recipe Soon) 🙂

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    I don’t know what is wrong with whatever goes wrong with blogs…but my pictures will not upload.  I emailed “the internet”  and told them about my problem so I am just waiting for them to magically fix this HUGE crisis!  While we wait, I will have to describe (which is much less interesting and more time consuming) to you what I had for lunch.

    My open faced veggie sandwich was made with two pieces of sprouted wheat bread from TJ’s, hummus, laughing cow light cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes and arugula.  I just topped toasted bread with hummus and laughing cow light.  Then I added slices cucs, tomatoes, and a few pieces of arugula.  In the picture (if it ever works) you will see that I cut each piece of bread into 4 pieces so I ended up with 8 bite size sandwiches!  I also chopped up 3 hard boiled egg whites and 1 yolk and mixed them with a little light miracle whip and some dijon mustard for egg salad.  I ended up putting a spoonful of egg salad onto eat sandwich bite.  It was great!

    For dessert…I mixed 1 tbsp. of Fage 0% with 1 tbsp. fat free Cool-whip and put that on top of a bowl of fresh fruit: honeydew, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.  It was actually a very good looking, as well as good tasting, lunch!  Sorry for the issues, I will let you know how this situation is handled! 🙂

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