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Monday, March 10, 2014

Weekend Fun & Anna Banana's

This was the first weekend in awhile that the weather was actually beautiful and everyone at the Jersey Shore was out and about.  We decided to take our dog to the Reservoir since she's been cooped up too and she was very excited.  She loves driving in the car!
 
 
The walk at the Reservoir was wonderful.  It felt so good to be outside and to spend time together as a family.  The walk is about 1.4 miles and we love to run up and down the large hills on the side of the reservoir to boost the metabolism.  Well, I do it for that reason, my son does it because it's fun and he loves to try to beat me.  The best way to get your kids to exercise is to make it fun.  It was awesome to see how half of the reservoir was frozen and the other half was not.  Definitely a sign that Spring is coming!  It was in the 60's, sunny and absolutely beautiful.
 

 
 
After the Reservoir we decided to stop at Anna Bananas to get a smoothie.   I had spinach, strawberries, pineapple and almond milk and my husband had strawberries and bananas.  Both shakes were not very sweet at all.  While it was ok, I would have preferred it a little sweeter, but I will definitely try it again and ask for extra fruit.  They have a lot of other items that looked good, so I will stop by another time for lunch.  The girl I spoke with was wonderful and very pleasant.  I suggested they add banana ice cream and she seemed to like that idea!  If you are in the area, give it a try and let me know what you think!  The are located at 204 Union Avenue, Brielle, NJ.
 
 
 
 
The rest of the day we stayed at home relaxing and Sunday we were off to visit my dad and sister who both live in Northern NJ.  It was still nice out, but a little colder.  We went to the diner and then went back to his house to hang out for awhile.  Unfortunately, most diners do not have gluten free menu's, so I usually stay with either salads with oil and vinegar, broiled fish with nothing on it or poached eggs in a cup with sliced tomatoes.  If I get an egg white omelet, I have to make sure they know not to use any butter or cooking sprays with flour in it, and usually they don't seem to understand, so I just stick with what is easiest to order.  If anyone has any good suggestions when it comes to NJ Diners, please let me know.  I have such a hard time knowing what to order. 
 
It's always fun visiting with my dad and at 82 years old, he still amazes me.  My dad was a police officer in Montclair, NJ for over 30 years and was also in the Navy during the Korean War.  He's in great shape at 82 years old and drinks a shake every morning filled with greens, fruits and isotonic.  He swears that is why he is staying so young.  He may just be right since he plays softball, has written 2 books, is on a bowling league, swims and is in the Senior Olympics every year.  He never ceases to amaze me. 
 
The one thing I miss so much living at the shore is there are no mountains here, everything is flat.  I miss the mountains so much.  I just find there is something so peaceful about having such beautiful scenery in the background everywhere around you. 
 
 
 
 
After a fun visit, we were back on the Garden State Parkway and headed back to the Jersey Shore.  Of course, I had to stop at Starbucks on the way home for my soy cappuccino!  I keep waiting for almond milk, some day!  At least Starbucks uses organic soy milk.  My son loves his Annie's Pretzels too, so after a quick stop at the GSPW Rest Stop, it was back in the car.   It was fun visiting with my dad, but the drive always tires us out. 
 
I hope everyone had as wonderful a weekend as we did. Here's a cute picture video of our weekend. 
 
Have the BEST week ever!! 
 
 


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Paleo Lemon Goji Berry Muffins

 
 

 

 
 




These muffins are delicious and are a perfect accompaniment to our Green Monster Smoothie or for a mid-afternoon snack.  They are basically sugar free and are sweetened with a combination of dried fruits, stevia and coconut nectar.  The combination of the goji berry flavor with lemon gives our muffins a unique taste that is sure to please even the finicky eater.  They are super moist and do not need anything else.  Simply combine, bake and enjoy!
 
 

 
 
 





Green monster smoothie

 
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This smoothie is one of my favorite combinations!  It's super sweet and is packed full of nutrients.  You can customize it any way you like by adding chia seeds, hemp seeds, almond milk, etc.  I love the taste of combining the grapes with the pineapple.  This is definitely a great smoothie to try if you are new to smoothies because the sweetness of the fruit hides the green taste of the kale.   You can also substitute kale with spinach too!  Combine with a handful of pumpkin seeds or 1 of my favorite new Goji lemon muffins  or goji lemon truffles or a spoon of your favorite protein powder.  My favorite is sun-warrior raw vanilla flavored protein powder. 
 
Kale is packed full of nutrients including carotenoids and flavonoids which are 2 powerful antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals.  It's low in calories, has no fat and rich in vitamin K, iron and fiber. Pineapple and grapes are also packed full of vitamin C and minerals and the combination of all 3 will keep you energized all morning!  Adding a little protein slows down the absorption of sugar and helps to provide a steady energy all morning long.

NOTE: 
My dad reminded me to make sure your grapes are seeded!  There are a lot of nutrients in the seeds of grapes - and while I don't like to eat the seeds - I can easily blend them up and get the benefits that way!   I think my dad knows what he is talking about!  He's in his 80's and you would never know it!! 
 




This recipe is gluten free, vegan, dairy free, nut free, paleo friendly and
Dr. Furhman's Eat To Live friendly.
 
Enjoy ...