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Vacation Time

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Sorry everyone for not being around for awhile, life has been super busy as we all know it can be at times and I just came home from vacation. We had such a wonderful time in Huntington Beach. The weather was never over 80 and the sweet ocean air is just to die for!!! I ran on the beach, cruised on bikes for hours, ran on the beach some more and just relaxed and had a good time with good friends. Before we went on vacation I had a goal to 1. wear a dress to our friends wedding and feel comfortable and confident and 2. run two miles on the beach. I was able to do both YAAAY Me!!! Running felt so good on the beach, normally it is such a struggle for me. I ran without music and just took in the sounds of the waves, enjoyed the nice cool water crashing into my legs making me do high knees at some points because it got deep, and breathed in the crisp clean air, it felt SOOO Good!!! I ran to the pier and took a couple of great shots…..

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I loved me dress and I felt so beautiful in it.

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One of my favorite times was riding around Huntington Beach at 1 in the morning and then getting lost, what should have been a 5 mile ride turned into like a 12 mile ride it was so much fun and a good workout!!! Waking up to the sound of waves every morning was such a treat, I already miss it, coming home to 113 degree weather is not my idea of a good time but it does feel good to be home with my boys and my friends, they are a big part of my life and I missed them…..

Now back to reality, paying bills and working. I feel grateful for the time that Robert and I got to spend at the beach together we had so much fun. One day we will make living by the beach a reality for us!!!

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Shine On Award

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I would like to send a HUGE Thank You out to Vegetarian In Vegas for honoring me with this Shine On Award.. What is this award you ask, It is for Inspiring Blogs that stand out and “Shine” above the others. We all have an inspiring story to tell and motivation to spread to so many people. We all have something to offer to help one another so I like to think of it as we all Shine and spread Love and Light together not above one another, that being said, I was so surprised since I just started the blog a few days ago. I thought to myself that this couldn’t be real…. But it Is!!!! YaaaY!!! I have so many ideas and so much to share with everyone, this really made me feel such joy and so confident to have support behind me every step of the way. Health, Wellness and Fitness IS my passion. This award really is a sign that I am moving forward and in the right direction…. Thanks Again!!!

Ok, so here are the rules of receiving this award:

1  Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2  Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
3  Share 7 random interesting things about yourself.
4  Nominate up to 15 bloggers for Shine On Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5  Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.

~Seven random facts about Me~

1. I am a farmers market snob. I love doing all my food shopping at the farmers markets instead of the grocery stores. Everything is of so much higher quality, FRESH, better tasting, in season, and local. I LOVE IT!!!!

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2. I love cooking and photography. I enjoy taking healthy, and nourishing ingredients and creating beautiful and delicious meals.

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3. I LOVE dark chocolate, almond & peanut butter, berries, greek yogurt, and coffee. These are just a couple of my favorite things.

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4. I have three dogs, Codey, Arley, and Abe….. they are so sweet and hold a very special place in our hearts.

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5. Two things I love being by the water it is very soothing and really relaxes and calms my mind. I know this sounds weird but I can here it calling me sometimes. Also, I absolutely love hunting for beach agates, I can spend hours upon hours hunting for these beautiful gems. Here in Southern Arizona there is not much water but there are some great places up North to visit.

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6. I have a wonderful man in my life his name is Robert but mostley I call him babe, he would give me the world if he could. I love him so so much

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7. I love growing my own vegetables, fruits, and flowers and of course taking photos of all of them and posting them on FB and Instagram ;o)

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This picture is a little blurry but it is just so cute how the boys are so curious of everything. Not so cute when they rip my plants out of the ground to make themselves a nice cool spot under the trees grrr!!!!

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I would like to share the Love with…..

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Apple Fritter Quinoa “Oatmeal”

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Hey everyone, for the past week I have been gathering all of my recipes together, making them, and taking photos to share with you. I hope you enjoy them. This recipe was inspired by one of my ultimate favorite things DONUTS!!! I love everything about them especially the dun dun dun Apple Fritter but unfortunately they do not love me back and they are an unhealthy choice, I have weight loss goals that I want to meet, these are an absolute trigger food for me and one is not enough.
The other morning I was feeling a little down and that darn Apple Fritter was the first thing I thought of with a nice cup of coffee mmm. So I came up with a healthier option. This recipe is very satisfying and can be used with any nutrition plan that you choose.

This recipe is four servings, very simple and with only a few ingredients, even better! I find when I prep my meals in advance it helps me stay on track.

4 Apples of your choice cubed
1 TBS of Coconut Oil
4 tsp Coconut Sugar
Pumpkin or Apple Pie Spice
1 1/2 Cups Quinoa
Water
Homemade Almond Milk optional

*First get your quinoa started according to the package instructions, I cook mine just like I would rice.

*Cut, Core and Cube your favorite type of apples. Mine are Organic Fuji or Gala. I left the skin on mine but you are more than welcome to peel it off.

*In a small skillet heat 1 TBS of coconut oil or the oil of your choice. The coconut oil gives you a nice buttery taste and is a much healthier fat option than butter.

*Place the apples in the skillet. I cooked the apples until they were a bit browned, kinda like a fried apple YUM!!!

*Then I add the coconut sugar and the spices, and I like a lot of spice, you can add the spices to your liking. Also the coconut sugar makes a nice little syrup that also can be drizzled over the top of your bowl.

*When the quinoa was done I made 4 one cup portions so I could have it for a quick easy breakfast on the go. Then I portioned the apple the same way it ends up being about a half an apple on each portion.

*I also added a little Homemade Almond Milk about 2 TBS for a little creamy texture. I will blog about this later.

This really was SO delicious, not an Apple Fritter but it did the job and was equally as good. Full of healthy plant based protein to keep me satisfied and energized for a few hours vs. eating a donut and being hungry again in 20 minutes or even possibly going into a whirlwind of eating what ever is in sight and then feeling bad about my food choice…. I am happy I made this!!!

Thanks for stopping by everyone

HAPPY EAtING!!!!

Chia Seeds

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Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are all the rage right now. They are so amazing!! Check out Why on the Photo….
Have a Great Day!!!

Roasted Beet Salad

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Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beet Salad

This is a Wonderful Salad even on a Cold Evening, Lovely Warm Roasted Beets on top of Crisp Greens, a note of Sweet Tartness from the Citrus, and Delicious Tangy Balsamic… All I can say is YUM!!!

Ingredients

4 or 5 Beets Peeled and Quartered

2 TBS of your favorite Oil (I use Grapeseed, Olive or Cocnut Oil)

Salt and Pepper

You may add other Herbs if you Like…..

Peel and Quarter all the Beets, put in a Baking dish and coat with the Oil of your choice, Season with Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper and Herbs if you choose, put in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. When the Beets are finished baking let them cool for just a couple of minutes, scoop up a nice Heaping Spoonful and place on top of your Salad.

For the Salad I actually never measure out my Veggies I just use a HUGE Bowl and filler up…..

Baby Kale Mix

Spinach

Sprouts (a mixture of Arugula, Beet, and Sunflower Sprouts)

Cucumbers

Cherry Tomatoes

Fresh Mandarins or Ruby Red Grapefruit

Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss with the Dressing of your choice… My favorite go to light dressing is listed below.

Sweet Balsamic Dressing

1 TBS Sweet Balsamic Vinegar and a little Olive Oil, I also like to use a bit of juice from the Mandarins or Grapefruit, Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper and you have a Simple but Delicious Dressing!!!

ENJOY!!!

And check out on the photo some great reasons to incorporate beets into your diet!!

Baby Bok Choy Soup

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Baby Bok Choy Soup

This is one of my absolute favorite soups, so easy and fresh!! The recipe is on the Picture ENJOY!!!!

Trailmix Protein Bites

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Trailmix Protein Bites

Yummy Trailmix Bites full of ingredients that are good for you. I got the recipe from Eat. Live. Run. a wonderful blog with lots of really great ideas… Get the recipe here

http://www.eatliverun.com/chocolate-chip-quinoa-trail-mix-balls/

In addition to the recipe I also added Chia seeds and Pumpkin Seeds

I am having some right now with a little coffee, the perfect little snack before my run! ENJOY!!

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