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Weird is Good: Blueberry Zucchini Oatmeal

I have a friend who calls August The Deep End of Summer. It’s not over yet, though! When it comes to summer produce, especially, there are still lots of delicious fruits and veggies in season. I’ve especially been loving making the most of summer blueberries and zucchini.

This recipe was sparked by sheer curiosity.  I wondered what would happen if I cooked blueberries and zucchini together. Turned out to be awesome. I topped my bowl with peanut butter the first time I made it, but it’s also great with tahini! You could also add some chopped nuts or hemp seeds on top if the nut butter thing just isn’t for you.

blueberry zucchini oatmeal

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RD-Approved: Eggs for Dinner

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? If you’re going to spend some time planning the coming week’s meals, here are some great #RDapproved takes on eggs for dinner I rounded up for Fitness this week. Enjoy!

A few of my current favorites I’ve been making at home: My summer veggie scramble and beans & greens with a poached or fried egg and miso-tahini sauce.beans and greens with egg

Have a great weekend!

Do you like to make eggs for dinner? 

Thinking Out Loud

Happy Thursday! How’s your week going? Lots of stuff going on over here, so I’m just going to jump right into the weekly randomness-themed (is that an oxymoron?) link-up. Some stuff from the past week:

*Anyone else dealing with pre-fall allergies or is this maybe a sneaky late-summer cold thing? Either way, I woke up Tuesday morning barely able to talk. A cold smoothie for breakfast was nice and soothing. At least my energy has been pretty good. Fingers crossed my immune system gets back on track ASAP.

blender smoothie

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What I Ate Wednesday #281: Beach Time

Happy What I Ate Wednesday. How’s your week going?

I was lucky enough to spend last weekend at the beach with my mom. The funny thing about when I say “going to the beach” is that I actually don’t go on the actual beach very much. Being super-pale and susceptible to passing out in the sun makes me just tons of fun in the sand. I love the beach at night or on an overcast day, but you’d have to pay me (or bribe me with lobster) to put on a swimsuit and, like, frolick at high noon. Sun worship is not my religion.

That said, I love the salty ocean air and am always amazed at how deeply I sleep when I’m near the water. Unless, of course, I’m staying somewhere that’s wicked haunted, as was the case when I spent a weekend on Bald Head Island in 2010. I barely slept a wink because I was up trying to peace-think away whatever the heck was out in the blackness on the other side of the screen door.

Anyway, my family has been going the Jersey Shore since I was a little kid. My mom’s family has actually had their house there since the 1970’s, so even though I only get down there a few days a year, it’s always such a nice treat. The three nights my mom and I spent there over last weekend was incredibly restorative.

When it comes to food, I generally encourage clients to enjoy one treat per day when on vacation. For me, that’s usually an extra drink. Or bacon.

wine al fresco

Since we’re talking food and drink, let’s get to the “what I ate” part of this post. Here’s what Saturday looked like.

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Health Benefits of Watermelon

It may be late August (somehow, some way), but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy summer produce. Watermelon is one of my favorites, whether eaten as is, in a salad, or blended into a drink. I recently wrote a post for Azumio on the health benefits of this hydrating summer fruit. Enjoy!

Watermelon salad

What’s your favorite summer fruit? 

Vacation-Inspired Summer Veggie Scramble

Greetings from the Jersey Shore! My mom and I are enjoying a little getaway, and it seemed like the perfect time to share another Recipe Redux post with you guys because of this month’s theme: Travel-inspired recipes.

I didn’t really get the travel bug until my late 20’s. I blame grad school and playing housecat to a boyfriend who claimed he’d already been everywhere he wanted to go. If I sound bitter, it’s because sometimes thinking about all the trips I want to go on makes me wish I’d taken more advantage of being underemployed and capable of getting by on less sleep.

Ah, well. No time like the present to plot how to make up for lost time. Or, you know, seize the day and not look back.

Anyway. Travel! I’d always wondered if I’d fall in love that way, and I sure did. My first sip of Italy in 2010 was a major game-changer. I just loved everything about their approach to food, and daily espresso for 3 weeks finally cured me of my diet soda addiction (really!).  You’d better believe I got my fill when I returned to Italy last fall—this time by myself. cafe campanille Milan

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Black Garlic Benefits

Good morning and happy Friday! I’m off on an actual weekend getaway with my mom and maybe this little dude.

Eli doorway

Before I go, I thought I’d leave you with some weekend reading. Have I talked about how obsessed I am with black garlic? I can’t get enough, especially lately. This week I even wrote a piece for Fitness about why you should add it to your “must try” list—and what the heck to do with it. Enjoy!

Heading to the movies this weekend? I was interviewed by Self for this story about how Blake Lively gave up all the things to get in shape for The Shallows.

Also, I know it’s still summer, but if you’re doing any back-to-school shopping or planning this weekend, here’s a piece I was quoted in on Health Line about some healthy habits that can benefit your whole family this fall.

Have you tried black garlic? 

Thinking Out Loud: Girl Stuff

Happy Thursday! Hope you’re having a great week. Mine’s been busy, and I’ve got lots of random stuff to share for this week’s link-up.

*First off, I want to say a big thank you to Athleta Flatiron for hosting my Self-Care for Entrepreneurs workshop the other night. I had a great time and also loved Whitney Tucker’s yoga class. It was great to learn about how spacing inhales and exhales can help you power down or energize.

self care august 2016 event

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What I Ate Wednesday #280

Happy What I Ate Wednesday. Hope you’re having a great week! Lots going on over in my little corner of the internet, so I’m gonna side-step the chit-chat and get right into the weekly “what I ate” link-up stuff.

I spend last weekend working at the hospital. I was more than okay being in the cool AC than making ambitious face-melting “I’m going to get out and enjoy the city because it’s summer, damnit” plans. Here’s what I enjoyed on Saturday.  Read More »

PMS Avenger Trail Mix

Yep, I went there. Apologies to my gentleman readers—today’s post centers around a topic I get a lot of questions about from female clients: PMS symptoms—Bloating, mood swings, fatigue, cramps, cravings (especially for sweet and salty food) and other awesomeness. The good news is that eating the foods your body needs throughout different phases of your cycle can make a huge difference. Demystifying cravings and getting a handle on how to respond can help you feel more stable rather than feeling like you’re at the mercy of your hormones.

Though everyone is a little bit different in terms of what they need and how much, some specific nutrients I like to focus on to manage PMS symptoms and keep my clients feeling stable during their period are:

  • Potassium: To ease bloating and cramping
  • Magnesium: To help manage cramps, headache, and irritability and support regular digestion
  • Calcium: To soothe cramps and headaches
  • Protein: To promote satiety and help stabilize blood sugar
  • Fiber: To promote satiety and good digestion

PMS trail mix recipe

In honor of National Trail Mix Day (August 31st), is teaming up with Brittany from Eating Bird Food and hosting a trail mix recipe contest. You can join the party by posting your own trail mix recipe by August 29th. 

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