Health Benefits of Oranges

We all know the saying “an apple a day keep the doctor away,” but an orange a day could be just as helpful.

There are a ton of reasons why eating an orange a day is a good idea — not only are they low in calories and full of nutrients, they promote clear, healthy skin and can help to lower our risk for many diseases. Plus they are delicious!

Benefits of Oranges

A healthy dose of vitamin C—in which oranges are concentrated—provides antioxidant protection and immune support.

Can reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Good source of fiber.

One orange provides a range of vitamins and minerals and a staggering 130 percent of your vitamin C needs for the day.

Helps reduce your chance of stomach ulcers.

While all fruits and vegetables provide their own greatness, I love eating oranges in the summertime after a long run. Something about the sweet and tartness of an orange gets me every time. They are truly one of my favorites fruits.

I am not a registered dietician. This is all advice and facts I have learned through the years through my interest of food and nutrition.

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Some of my favorite snacks

I am a snacker. While some days I am totally fine with three square meals a day, most days I need a snack between lunch and supper. Some days Ryan doesn’t get off work until 7, so we don’t eat supper until 7:30 or 8. On those nights, I am HANGRY and have to grab something after my workout before I go crazy.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite (and mostly healthy!) snacks. Have a snack you think I should try?! Let me know in the comments below!

KIND Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

Smoothies! SO much goodness in a cup. Here, here and here are some my favorites recipes.

Fresh cold pressed juices.

Blue Diamond Almonds.

Cherry Limeade from Sonic!

Fresh fruit! Especially in the summer after a long, hot run.

Spinach and blueberry smoothie bowl

Lately, I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to get more greens into my diet. So I’ve been trying to add more spinach to smoothies (rather than just a small handful, I’ve been adding like close to cups). I’ve also been adding Suja’s green drinking vinegar to my smoothie for an extra kick + lots of good vitamins and nutrients.

But the best part of this is they don’t make my smoothie taste gross. So while I’m sneaking in these nutrients, my tastebuds have no idea! Eating healthy can be fun and delicious.

SPINACH AND BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL

2 cups of spinach
A splash of Suja green drinking vinegar
1 large spoonful of plain Greek yogurt
Some frozen fruit and veggies (I just whatever is on hand, usually it’s frozen sweet potatoes, bananas, blueberries, oranges, literally whatever is in the freezer)
Small spoonful of Crazy Richard’s peanut butter
2 tablespoons of chia seeds

Then I top it with a variety of honey, nut butters, seeds or nuts, granola and blueberries ( a great source of antioxidants!) I’m seriously addicted. Some days I eat it for lunch and supper. The great thing about smoothie and smoothie bowls is that they are totally customizable to whatever you crave!

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It gives me fuel for the entire afternoon and doesn’t cause a sugar crash since I’m using all fresh and natural ingredients. I hope you get the chance to try it out. I hope you will love it as much as I do!

Friday Favorites v.60

Another week has come and gone AND we are almost to August. It is crazy to be how fast time seems to fly sometimes.

With another hot weekend on the horizon, my plans are to play with Murphy in his “puppy pool” ($10 plastic kiddie pool), try to get a couple good runs/workouts in and stay inside out of the heat and humidity.

Before I retreat indoors for the majority of the weekend, I want to share some of my favorite things from this week.

1. Blackberries! I randomly picked up a small carton of blackberries and they were all gone in two days. I forgot how much I love this sweet and tart snack. I definitely plan on buying more when I go to the grocery tomorrow. 

2. This is a two-for-one. While playing around on Twitter earlier this week, I came across both of these article from MotivRunning. Enjoy!

14 Signs are you are a runner.
It’s never too late to start running.

3. Well if this isn’t the most accurate thing. #DogMom

4. I love a good podcast and earlier this week Anne from Fannetastic Food rounded up a pretty good list of podcasts — a mix of everything. Check it out if you need some inspiration on what to listen to next.

5. This verse and background from She Reads Truth.

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6. I have still been on a smoothie kick this week, so I have been buying all kinds of frozen fruit mixes from Aldi and Kroger. I love the mixed berries and ones with frozen greens in them! Sneaking spinach into my smoothies has been the best way for me to get some extra nutrients lately. Not only do they taste great, but they make me feel engerized and not sluggish.

7. I got this candle earlier this week when browsing through the clearance aisles at TJMaxx. I love the smell. Reminds me of growing up out in the country 🙂

8. Afternoon naps with Murph.

The best buttermilk pancakes

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INGREDIENTS
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons white sugarDomino Premium Pure Cane Sugar 2 LB
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon saltMorton Salt, 26 Oz
3 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted

DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together buttermilk, milk, eggs and melted butter. Keep the two mixtures separate until you are ready to cook.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. You can flick water across the surface and if it beads up and sizzles, it’s ready!
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, using a wooden spoon or fork to blend. Stir until it’s just blended together.
Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/2 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

***I also add chocolate chips to my pancakes. I’m still a kid at heart.

But feel free to add in your own toppings!

In the words of Ron and Leslie from Parks and Rec:
Leslie: “Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?”
Ron: “People are idiots, Leslie.”

Healthy eating should not be a diet plan

Welcome to back the work week, friends! I hope you all had a great Father’s Day weekend. I got to spend time with both my dad and my father-in-law, so I am one happy girl today!

Now. Onto more serious matters.

I hate when I’m out to eat with people and they think because I’m getting “just a salad” that it means I am dieting. No! I don’t want the foods I eat to be considered a diet! I want to become a way of life. I want to eat healthy and nourishing foods that sustain my daily activities!

Eat good to feel good, right? I want to feel good. I want to feel great. Lots of processed foods and fake sugars are not going to get me there.

Cucumbers and tuna fish (my latest lunch obsession) is healthy, but you know what, it also tastes good! And I don’t feel bloated and nasty after eating it like I would if I ate a burger and fries from McDonald’s. Eating healthy should not be a diet plan.


I want to learn to live a balanced life. To me, eating well is a way I can respect my body AND help it live out its full potential. I like to run. Therefore, I need foods that can fuel my body so I can be my best self and perform well. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate chip cookies and pizza is one of my top three favorite foods, but I think a life filled with moderation is a good thing.


Below, I’ve linked some of my favorite recipes that are delicious and good for you!

BREAKFAST
Hard boiled egg and cheddar muffin.
Cherry Banana Smoothie.
My new favorite smoothie.
Avocado toast FIVE ways.

LUNCH
Sweet & spicy summertime guac.
White bean and mozzarella sandwich.

SUPPER
Easy baked ginger chicken.
Skinny beef and broccoli noodles.
BBQ salmon. (While I don’t get to cook fish at home due my husband’s, but I love to eat it! I haven’t tried this recipe, but it looks delish!)

EXTRAS
Chocolate chip banana bread cookies.
Summer fruit salad.

Summer Fruit Salad

So I know it’s not officially summer yet, but the temps in the 80s for most of the week, it sure feels like it.

In the summer I am ALL about fruit. Obviously that’s when most things are in season, but there is nothing more refreshing after a hot and sweaty run than some cold and juicy fruit.

This summer fruit salad hits the spot and will be something I plan on enjoying all summer long.

We used to have a plum tree in my backyard growing up and I used to grab them off the tree in handfuls and eat them between playing tag with my brother and jumping on the trampoline. So I am so happy to see plums in this delicious fruit salad.

Enjoy!

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Tips for healthy grocery shopping

Guys. I love a good planner. My day feels so much more structured when I put pen to paper and map out my day.

The same goes for grocery shopping. Because let’s be honest. If I don’t go to the store armed with my shopping list, this happens: 

So. To keep this from happening, as the week progresses I keep a running grocery list. Things that pop up while I’m cooking, toiletries I run out of and the staples we buy every week.

I also break the list up into what I buy at Aldi and what I buy at Kroger. If I have time, I try to buy produce from our local farmers market, but let’s be real, I don’t always have time for that at 7 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

No matter where I shop though, I always try to look at the ingredient list on the products I buy. The more real food, the better! Shopping the perimeter of the store really helps me make smart choices when shopping.

Now let’s take a look at some of what I buy weekly/monthly.

Aldi = chips, breakfast bars, lunch meat, cooking + baking essentials like sugar, flour, oils, etc, produce, milk, eggs, spaghetti, yogurt, protein powder and sometimes random pickups since their inventory changes from month to month.


Kroger = Suja, golden delicious apples, meat, pizza and toiletries. We have a few items that we prefer the name brand vs. Aldi brand.

I feel like I might be in the minority here, but Ryan and I eat the same five meals every week. Every Monday is taco night, every Tuesday is porkchops + veggies and so on. While sometimes it gets a little routine, it saves us so much money and hassle when trying to decide on what we are having for supper that night — we already know! We never go out to eat through the week and we save money and calories because of it!

This system works for us. But it not work for you and your family. Find what works for you and stick with it. Trust me, it took months and months of shopping at different grocers, meal planning and budgeting to get where we wanted to be.

Food should be fun! Even though we eat a lot of the same meals, we still enjoy them. Sitting with each other and eating a meal together is always one of my most treasured parts of the day. I hope it is for you too.

Friday Favorites v.46

Happy happy Friday, friends! I am only working a half day today because our new bedroom furniture is getting delivered! I am so excited for our new king sized bed! Now there will be more than enough my, Ryan and Murphy (if you’re new here, that’s our sweet pup!)

But before the fun begins, let’s go over some of my favorites from the week.

1. I tried a sample of these coconut energy balls earlier this week when I went to our local juice bar and oh my gosh they are delicious! I’m really thinking about ordering some to keep in my desk at work.

2. Speaking of our local juice bar, on Wednesday I was feeling super sluggish and tired, so I decided to stop into Wheatgrass Juice Bar and get one of their cold-pressed juices. I ordered Turn Up The Beet and it hit the spot! It had beet, apple, carrot, cucumber and ginger and it was delicious. You could really taste the ginger — it had a little kick to it.

3. In case you missed my post on Tuesday about some of the highlights from Monday’s Boston Marathon, this post sums it up pretty well too.

4. While this is a lot more than I would spend on a top, this Draper James top is adorable! So if you have some extra cash to spend – this would be a great buy for this spring and summer!

5. Add these beauties to my running shoe collection, please.
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6. I won free lunch for me + my coworkers on Thursday from Penn Station. It was a nice surprise treat to end my work week.


7. I have been loving my foam roller this week after getting in some pretty good tempo runs and speed workouts. While I don’t think this one needs replacing any time soon, I am thinking about looking into a more aggressive roller (maybe something like this one?)

8. Look at this cutie hanging out in his crate. 😍😍😍