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Coffee Talk Wednesday August Edition

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Each month I make an effort to catch up with my girlfriends.  We usually chat the evening away over dinner and I love hearing about their life updates, their highs and lows and sharing all that’s happening in my life too.  We may not chat everyday but our monthly catch ups fill in the gaps.  I like doing the same here, especially given that my life is so much more than morning runs, yoga sessions and barre workouts!

So how’ s life been?  In a word, busy. But it’s all good stuff so I really can’t complain. Between new jobs,  summer time, weekends away and our wedding in 3 months we’ve been go, go, go.

I’m just over a month into my new job and so far I’m really liking it.  It’s a big change and culturally very different from my last job.   I don’t have set hours so I can start my day between 8 and 9am and wrap up between 4 and 5pm depending on if I worked through lunch or took a lunch. It’s really nice to have flexibility with my schedule.  My last two jobs both had very rigid schedules so it’s nice to be able to set my hours.  It’s also amazing to have weekends and evenings free!  Another huge change has been the length of my commute.  My last two jobs both had commutes that were an hour or longer so 30 minutes feels like a breeze!  The added free time in my life certainly helps me to feel less rushed and more relaxed.  I have more time to focus on relationships, wedding plan and time to myself.  I also love what I do at work so all around it’s a welcome change!

You may have seen on Instagram that we were in Saratoga a few weekends ago.  We went for the weekend and had a blast.  I was able to celebrate my birthday with my parents and spend time at the race track with Michael and his family.  I love going to the backstretch in the morning to see the horses working out and getting baths!  It’s a relaxing weekend all around.  We also spent time at the beach for my birthday, and hosted a barbecue for our friends.  This weekend is my bachelorette!  I’m so looking forward to celebrating my upcoming nuptials with my girlfriends and family.  We’re keeping it low-key at my request with a beach day followed by dinner at my house. I’m looking forward to hanging out, chatting and having some fun!   We’ll wrap up the summer with one final trip to Saratoga over Labor Day weekend.

Saratoga Mornings!

Saratoga Mornings!

September will be filled with wedding planning, my bridal shower,dress fittings and vendor appointments!  Now that we are at the 3 month mark there are lots of details to work out, favors to be assembled, and much more.  We’ve been loving the process and having a blast together as we create our day.   I’ll definitely be sharing details after the wedding but for now I’m really just trying to enjoy the moment and share the experience with Michael. I do post little snippets of the planning on Instagram and will definitely be posting more as we approach the big day.  So if you are curious you can follow me there!

Tablecloths and Place Settings!  Such fun setting our tables!

Tablecloths and Place Settings! Such fun setting our tables!

I will say though, that I am feeling some pressure to feel and look my best for our big day.  I know I’m putting the pressure on myself but who doesn’t want to look and feel their best on their wedding day?  I’m trying to lose a couple of pounds just to tone up a bit but I must say it is a challenge!  We definitely eat out and indulge more in the summer plus with weekends away, my bachelorette and other fun festivities it’s harder to cut down on portions and stick to healthy choices.  It’s a good learning experience for sure as I don’t usually watch my diet as closely.  I’ve been using My Fitness Pal to track my meals and calories and love how aware it makes me of my portions and the foods I choose.  Mindful eating is the way to go.  I haven’t changed my workouts much as I am really happy with the balance I have right now and the way I feel.  I’m in a happy place with my runs, yoga and barre and really look forward to each workout.  It doesn’t feel like something I should do, or have to do.  I am planning to try to increase my barre workouts from once a week to twice a week after Labor Day.  I love the results I see from those workouts and find them to be really fun and a great stress reliever.  Ultimately I know I’ll look amazing on my wedding day as I’ve yet to see a bride who isn’t glowing and beautiful.  It’s just my own personal goal to look and more importantly feel like my best self.

Barre N9ne!

Barre N9ne!

Ok friends, I’m off to get my Wednesday started!

Tell me, how has your summer been? What has helped you to feel and look your best?

Dole Power Up Greens

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Early on a recent Thursday morning our door bell rang.   Lucky for us they were delivering a package of Dole Power Up Greens!  Dole had reached out to me to see if I would try out their new line of salads.  Obviously I said yes but seriously who can resist baby kale, spinach and mixed greens?!

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The Power Up Greens line of nutrient-dense lettuces combine health and nutrition benefits.   Many of the green blends feature kale which is high in Vitamin A, C and K, plus folate, calcium and phytonutrients.   All good stuff for your body!

So how did I enjoy my greens?

Green Smoothies!

photo 2-1 Green smoothies are one of my favorite ways to get my greens in.  Typically I go for spinach in my smoothies but the baby kale from Dole was really, really good.   It’s on my grocery list this week to pick up more.  It’s milder than regular kale and blends smooth like spinach does.   In other words it’s just as good as spinach in my smoothies.

Salads!

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We eat a LOT of salads so this is where most of our greens went and go each week.   I really liked the greens topped with carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, buffalo grilled chicken and a homemade greek yogurt blue cheese dressing.  The kale, chard and spinach added a good variety to the salad!  It was also really good as a caesar salad with pizza!

Dole sent me a bunch of recipes to try with their greens.  While I used all my greens in my salads and smoothies I do plan to head to the grocery store to pick up more greens to make this veggie frittata.  Frittatas are one of my favorite foods for breakfast so I can’t wait to try this out!  Hopefully you will too!

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Vivacious Veggie Frittata

Prep: 10 min.Bake: 25 min. Makes: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:

1 medium red potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 cup DOLE® Red Onion, chopped

 2 cloves garlic, minced

4 oz. DOLE Baby Portobello Mushrooms, sliced

1 pkg. (4.5 oz.) DOLE Baby Kale and Greens, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup roasted red pepper, chopped

6 large eggs

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Salsa for garnish (optional)

Directions:    

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Heat 10-inch nonstick oven proof skillet over medium heat; coat generously with cooking spray. Add potato, onion and garlic; sauté until onions are translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, cook an additional 4 minutes. Add baby greens; cook until just wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in roasted red pepper; season with salt and pepper. Remove pan from heat.
  • Whisk together eggs in medium bowl. Pour over vegetable mixture. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until frittata is puffed and lightly browned. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with salsa, if desired.

Optional: Replace 6 large eggs with 12 large egg whites and 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt.

 What is your favorite way to get eat your Power Up Greens?

Dole provided me with complimentary samples of their Power Up Greens.  All opinions are my own.