WIAW – Funfetti “Ice Cream”

Happy Hump Day! The fact that it is already Wednesday is really making this week more enjoyable… even with the 50 degree weather + rain. I give up on Mother Nature and I’m reallllly over you, May. Since it’s WIAW I’ve linked up with Jenn. Here are my Wednesday eats!

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Breakfast: Protein Waffles with Peanut Sauce — This is my new favorite breakfast! 34 grams of protein, 230 calories and 19 carbs. Delicious.

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Morning Snack: Apple & Almond Butter

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Lunch: Dirty Rice & Beans with homemade Guacamole

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Snack: Coconut Yogurt with Homemade Granola & Strawberries

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Dinner: Zucchini Noodles with an Avocado Pesto Sauce

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Dessert: Funfetti “Ice Cream”

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So as you may or may not notice from the above pictures… I went vegan! I’m testing it out for health reasons right now and see if it helps with some of my issues. I’m only on day 10 today but it seems doable as long as I am prepared with foods for the week (or I convince my husband to go to a Vegan restaurant in NYC – review tomorrow). My toughest part of this journey will be NO FRO YO. I might cave in once in a while but for now, I’m holding out strong. When my friend Ashley sent me a picture of her frozen yogurt last night – I instantly craved a bowl. I whipped up this mock funfetti ice cream for Adam and I and we both agreed that it tasted exactly like cake batter. Vegans can have fun too 🙂

Funfetti “Ice Cream”

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, frozen and broken into chunks
  • 1/3 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 tbsp Sugar Free Jello Pudding Mix – Cheesecake Flavored
  • Sprinkles

Directions

  • Blend bananas and almond milk until creamy
  • Add vanilla extract and sugar free cheesecake pudding mix
  • Blend until smooth
  • Pour into bowls (or cups) and sprinkle away ( Don’t add sprinkles to the blender – They will bleed and turn your ice cream colors)

Enjoy!

 

 

3 Day Weekend Stuff

This is how I started my Memorial Day. With over 20 test tubes of blood taken and 11 holes in my elbows, wrists and hand. Not cool.

This is how I started my Memorial Day Weekend. With over 20 test tubes of blood taken and 11 holes in my elbows, wrists and hand. Not cool. (NOT pregnant 🙂 – already had 3 people ask, whoops.)

Double Date night with the in-laws. Yes, it was FREEZING on Saturday.

Double Date night with the in-laws. Yes, it was FREEZING on Saturday.

Park Ave.

Park Ave.

Standard Weekend Breakfast - Whole Wheat Pancakes with Peanut Flour Sauce & Thawed Frozen Blueberries (200 calories total !!)

Standard Weekend Breakfast – Whole Wheat Pancakes with Peanut Flour Sauce & Thawed Frozen Blueberries (200 calories total !!)

Organizing closet

Organizing closet

and shoes

and shoes

Finally headed back to church (we've been gone every weekend!)

Finally headed back to church (we’ve been gone every weekend!)

Date Night in NYC - Vegan Restaurant

Date Night in NYC – Vegan Restaurant

Awoke to a Memorial Day Parade outside of our apartment

Awoke to a Memorial Day Parade outside of our apartment

Spirit Colors

Spirit Colors

Peonies from our garden

Peonies from our garden

Afternoon runs

Afternoon runs

and bike rides

and bike rides

#nycskyline

#nycskyline

Trying to eat healthy on a holiday weekend

Trying to eat healthy on a holiday weekend

How was your long weekend?

Standard Grandma Foods

This past weekend I set out to Maryland for a bachelorette party, Mother’s Day & hopes of meeting my new baby cousin. All 3 were a success! Sleeping, was not…but hey I can sleep when I’m 90.

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When we go to Maryland, we usually stay with my Grandma since she has plenty of extra space and I can’t help but taste test everything she has out for “snacks”. Since Adam and I don’t keep these items in our house (we can’t be trusted), I know I can indulge when I’m at Grandma’s. There are a few things I can always count on being in her house.

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Ice Cream: That is literally her freezer. Nothing else.

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Pretzel M&M’s: Yes, I did finish off the bowl.

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King Size Candy Bars: I don’t know how she can have these in her fridge and not touch them!?

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Snapple Peach Tea: This one is for the boys — They drink 3 in a sitting. #animals

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Kettle Cooked Chips: This is always served with Helluva Good French Onion Dip

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Sugary Cereals: Bring me back to my childhood days ❤

What foods can you guarantee being at your Grandma’s house?

 

Friday Fifteen

I planned on doing a fashion post today but Montezuma’s Revenge has gotten the best of me. Thought I’d share 15 of my favorite images from tumblr this week. Happy Weekend!

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Mexico Eating

If we’re being completely honest, the food at the resort in Mexico wasn’t spectacular… I felt like we were always picking through things we thought were acceptable to eat. A lot of people got sick and we weren’t exactly sure what was causing it so we were extra careful! Nobody wants to be sick on vacation…

Breakfast: Breakfast was probably my favorite meal — It’s really hard to mess that up!

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My meals looked similar to this every morning — Egg whites with veggies, fruit, cottage cheese, and a pancake with jelly and granola on top.

Lunch: Lunch was my least favorite… Most of the times I just wanted a huge salad so it was hard to find something I was interested in.

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The salmon burger…wasn’t salmon. The pizza was OK. The wedding cake was DELICIOUS! My favorite was probably the crab stuffed avocado — I absolutely love avocados. If you’re wondering, yes — I ate ice cream after every meal just like in St. Lucia.

Dinner: We failed at making reservations at the nicer restaurants so choosing from the buffet some nights was just meh. But when we did make it to one of the restaurants we were highly impressed.

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The restaurant had wonderful service, great views and the tiramisu tasted like a boston creme doughnut – YUM.

I’ve been home for 24 hours now and my meals have consisted of fruit smoothies, lots of protein and even more vegetables!

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I have another fun-filled weekend ahead of me so it’s time to get my butt to the gym!

Happy Thursday 🙂

Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! We have our shopping done (I’m so prepared!), but here are some ideas for you last-minute slackers… Which is me, every other year.

Mother's Day Ideas

Cinco De Mayo Healthy Choices

Happy Cinco De Mayo!! I’m in Mexico right now enjoying all things unhealthy but if you’re not on vacation and looking for healthy options, I thought I’d share some tips from Shape Magazine for choosing the healthier meal.

Quesadillas or Nachos?

Quesadilla! Both choices are full of fatty cheese, but the nachos pack a second whammy: a mountain of deep fried chips. Quesadillas are no grease-free zone, but they’re mas bueno because they’re made on the griddle with less oil than the chips. Cut down on the cheese by asking yours to be stuffed with vegetables!

Margarita or Beer?

Beer! Thanks to sugary mixes, a margarita can set you back 500 PLUS calories (NOT WORTH IT!!) The exception: versions made from scratch with only tequila, triple sec and lime juice. One on the rocks is about 150 calories – same as a Regular Beer.

Burrito or Fajitas?

Fajitas! At 888 calories, a chicken burrito is a belly-buster, not a meal. Fajitas let you customize your feast. Opt for corn tortillas (50 calories apiece vs 300 for a ginormous flour wrap) and pile on the meat and veg. Love guac or sour cream? Pick one, but skip the high calorie beans and rice.

Beef Tacos or Taco Salad?

Beef Tacos! A fried taco bowl with meat, cheese, sour cream and guac is a salad in name only. Ditch the shell and you’re still OD’ing on fat. But two soft tacos, with 346 calories and 17 grams of fat, leave you room for the chips and salsa.

Chiles Rellenos or Enchiladas?

Chicken Enchiladas: Yes, peppers are healthy–before you add cheese and fry them. The chicken enchiladas have about the same amount of protein as the melty dairy in the chiles but without artery-clogging fat. Let’s toast to that!

Dips are deceptively caloric. Try these slim-dunk strategies.

Salsa (15 calories per tbsp) Feel free to pile it on as high as a Mayan temple. Salsa is low-cal, fat free and full of veggies

Guacamole (50 calories per 2 tbsp) Avocado deserves its healthy rep, but think of it as green butter. Each fruit has 322 calories and 30 g fat. Take two spoonfuls and pass the bowl

Chile con Queso (62 calories per tbsp) A single bowl of this dip supplies twice the amount of saturated fat you need per day. Scoop up only if you’re livin la vida loca.

If you’re staying in here are some awesome recipes to make:

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Nina’s Mexican Rice

Black Bean Quesadillas

Fish Tacos with Cabbage and Tangerine Slaw

Rosemary-Skewered Shrimp Marinated in Chipotle

Mexican Lasagna

and buy some of this – 100 calories for a 4 oz drink (it already has alcohol inside). It uses agave nectar as a sweetener, no dyes and is all natural!

Cinco De Mayo isn’t all about pouring yourself a margarita though.. Here are some fun facts about the history.

Cinco de Mayo Fun Facts:

  • Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on a much larger scale in the United States than in Mexico.
  • Chicanos celebrate this day in appreciation of Mexico’s culture.
  • General Ignacio Zaragosa was born in Texas when it was still part of Mexico and is considered to be a Chicano hero.
  • Cinco de Mayo is often confused with the Mexican Independence Day, which occurred on September 16, 1810, about 50 years earlier.
  • Cinco de Mayo is one of more than 365 festivals celebrated by people of Mexican descent.
  • The holiday was popularized in the U.S. in part by Chicano activists in the 1960’s and 1970’s who identified with the Mexican Indian and mestizo soldiers’ triumph over European conquest attempts.
  • Cities such as Los AngelesChicago and Houston host annual Cinco de Mayo celebrations that draw hundreds of thousands of celebrants.
  • The Festival de Fiesta Broadway in Los Angeles is the world’s largest Cinco de Mayo event. More than 600,000 gather to celebrate with food and music each year.
  • Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.
  • Guadalajara is Mexico’s second largest city and where the Mexican Hat Dance, sombreros and mariachi music originated.
  • Mexico’s capital, Mexico City (one of the world’s largest cities) is sinking. Some of its buildings are sinking by as much as 4 to 12 inches a year. The city was once an Aztec capital on an island surrounded by a shallow lake. When the Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes captured the city, he drained the lake. So Mexico City rests on soft land that continues to sink.

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone =) Be safe!

Mexican Colored Triple Layered Cake

Hello from the plane to Mexico 🙂

This is a throwback post from my old blog. I had no recipe to share because I won’t be in town but this cake was DELICIOUS and if I was in town I’d be making it right now.

No party is complete without cake.

This festive cake was REALLY easy to make and super delicious. Check it out.

Mexican Colored Triple Layered Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Funfetti Cake Mix
  • 1/3 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 8 oz fat free vanilla yogurt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Food Coloring or Decorating Paste (red and green)

Directions

  •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • With an electric mixer, mix the cake mix, oil, water, yogurt, eggs and pudding mix until well combined; about 1 1/2 minutes.
  • Divide batter evenly into 3 bowls.
  • Add red and green to two of those bowls.
  • Once mixed, pour each colored batter into well greased 9 inch cake pans (3 total).
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes or until cakes are cooked through.  Cakes will be thin.
  •  Once cooled completely, remove from pans and place first layer of cake onto a cake stand.  Spread frosting over top layer then place second layer of cake on top and continue this pattern until all layers are frosted.  Frost top and sides once layers are frosted.
  • Add decorations as you see fit. I’ve added pepper toothpicks to the side and a sombrero in the middle.
Ok so maybe it’s not the easiest cake ever… But it’s pretty darn simple. I like to serve this with ice cream.

But I like everything with ice cream.

Enjoy!

What to Wear on an Airplane

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m not on an airplane as much as I’d like to be (who will hire me as a professional vacationer?), but when I am I notice people are basically wearing their pajamas. I used to think wearing a Juicy Couture sweat suit on an airplane was acceptable, but really – why not dress to impress? Yes, I get it…You’re up at 5am and you’re tired – but you’re most likely not going to arrive until noon somewhere else so why not be ready for the day? Here are my tips for “What to wear on an airplane?”

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  • I usually start with a maxi-skirt. I can tie it up at my next location if it’s extremely hot, but for now it covers my entire lower body.
  • I wear a tank with my skirt and a jacket or long sweater over top. This makes it easy to keep warm on the plane and easy to remove at your destination.
  • I always bring a pashmina. You can use it as a scarf if your airplane is extra cold, a blanket, a wrap and even a headband scarf if it’s a fun light print!
  • Flip flops are my go to shoe — Even if I’m leaving New Jersey and it’s 24 degrees outside. They’re easy to remove at the airport and comfortable for walking.
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Tips

  • Wear compression socks on an airplane! (See above photo on right) My feet/legs ALWAYS swell up on an airplane and this helps them from staying normal size. Good thing you’re wearing a long skirt so people don’t see you in this unflattering accessory!
  • Moisturize your skin two times the amount you would normally. The recycled air on a plane really dries you out!
  • Skip the heavy make-up and go with a tinted moisturizing cream with a little mascara. Let your skin breathe.
  • Avoid salty foods and carbonated drinks. I know, you’re thinking but the stewardess only offered me soda & peanuts. Skip it. These salty/carbonated items will leave you puffy and bloated. Who wants to start a vacation looking like that?
  • Skip the alcohol — Drink Green Tea! Alcohol causes dehydration — Save those drinks for vacation.
  • Bring a perfume sample with you. Airport security will allow you a 1 oz perfume bottle so freshen up at your destination!
  • Pack healthy snacks — I always bring an apple, organic fruit strip and a kids clif-z bar with me on an airplane. Not only are the food options unhealthy on a plane…They’re expensive!!

See ya next week — I’m flying pretty to Mexico!!

Questions: What do you usually wear on an airplane?

Wedding Recap: The Honeymoon Part 2

If you missed Part One, click here to see some amazing views and the nightlife that St. Lucia / Sandals offered.

Sandals is an all-inclusive resort which means unlimited food & drinks. I felt like every time we sat down to eat, it was for a 3 course meal. Not good for the bikini!

We started everyday off with a quick workout in the gym or a run on the beach. We had to do something so we didn’t come back 10 lbs heavier! Some days we had breakfast delivered to our room.

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But most days we visited the breakfast buffet. They offered make your own omelet stations, french toast, oatmeal with plenty of toppings, fresh fruit, smoothies, cereal, pastries and more. My plate usually looked like this: Lots of fresh fruit, egg whites with salsa and a piece of french toast with whipped cream and blueberries.

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There are plenty of things to do during the day when staying at the resort. My favorite was definitely laying out! Be sure to claim your chair first thing in the morning or you probably will miss out on a good seat.

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and send your husband to the bar, of course.

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Adam and I played tennis a couple of times — but as you can see from below, I’m not the best person to play with.

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I am however, a fantastic golf cart driver.

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The views in St. Lucia are absolutely stunning — If you ever visit, make sure you go hiking!

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We tried two excursions. The first one was the Simon Says tour (we booked everything through our hotel). I go back and forth about this tour — In one way I felt like it was torturous, in another way I felt like it’s necessary to see everything.  We started off with a boat ride tour and when we first got on the boat it was raining. Wind + rain whipping into your face on a boat ride = not so much fun. Our first stop was the Piton’s. They are truly gorgeous and I wish the sun would have been out so we could have stayed a bit longer.

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Once we arrived to the snorkeling spot, the sun had finally arrived.

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I chose to stay on the boat because I was already feeling sick and didn’t want the fumes of the boat or waves to make me any sicker (yes, I’m a baby). After 45 minutes of snorkeling the rest of the crew joined me back on the boat and we went to the sulfur volcano.

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I have never smelled anything worse than this place! It certainly didn’t help with the nauseous feeling but you get used to it after a few minutes. We headed to the hot tub and it was no joke probably 110 degrees. Against our sunburn it was VERY painful so if you do this, go on your first day!

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(faking the smiles) — They ask that you get your face wet too but we snuck out as quickly as possible. Next you rub sulfur, which felt like rough mud, all over your body. OUCH.

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Then you get back in the boiling water to wash it off. This is supposed to help your skin look ten years younger… Do we look 18 yet?? Once you wash the sulfur off it’s time to head back for a St. Lucian local lunch at the tour guides house.

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Fish, rice, mac & cheese, veggies & potatoes were served. Adam and I loaded up our plates and felt guilty when other people were just take a tiny bit — We had worked up an appetite!

Once we finished lunch, we headed to the natural spring waterfall. This water was FREEZING. So we opted to not torture ourselves with insane temperatures for the second time in a row.

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I know it sounds like it was a horrible tour…but I would probably do it again. It’s the best way to see everything in one day!

Our 2nd excursion was ziplining. It wasn’t a rainy day, but it was in the rain forest so it was damp. We brought a change of clothes to ensure we would be comfy for the ride home.

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There were 18 lines and we hiked through the rain forest to each one. I got yelled at a few times for stopping too short. I didn’t want to kick the guy and would get nervous!

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Rainy day activities included pool, board games and food, of course.

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The pub:

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The pizza place:

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The crepes & ice cream:

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More ice cream – I swear, St. Lucia has the best ice cream EVER.

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Oh…and more ice cream in the form of milkshakes.

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We made dinner reservations every night rather than just go to the walk-up restaurants. There was a restaurant we visited twice, which was Adam’s favorite – Italian!

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The lamb chops were his choice and he ordered double portions.

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I had some type of shrimp pasta — I wouldn’t have even remembered what I had if it weren’t for this picture since it was so long ago!

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Our least favorite was the hibachi restaurant. I am a big fan of these in the US so I guess their different way of doing things didn’t compare for me.

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The view was gorgeous though! Another favorite was the French restaurant ( I can’t remember the names, sorry!)

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Adam tried frog legs which weirded me out!

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Dessert after every meal.

There were a couple of restaurants on the beach and the first one we visited we caused a HUGE scene.

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Picture every man in a restaurant crawling on their hands and knees with flashlights & metal detectors looking for my husband’s wedding ring that flew off in the sand. Yep, we are that annoying couple!

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There was one restaurant you had to pay extra for that we went to – Gordon’s.

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Another couple told us they had gone 3 times because it was THAT good. We didn’t think it was greater than any of the other “free” restaurants but it was a nice switch.

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All in all St. Lucia was a great time — I think for a vacation that long we would like to stay at two different resorts so we have a change of scenery/eats. If you are choosing which resort to stay in between the 3 Sandals locations in St. Lucia – I think you can’t go wrong with La Toc or Grande… Halcyon was kind of a bore (probably why it’s the cheapest!).

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