Summer Recipe Round Up

Why re-event the wheel right? That’s what I always say. That is exactly what I have tried to do this summer during my meal prep and planning. I have asked friends for recipes, flipped through magazines, and as always I spent some relaxing evening hours on dear ol Pinterest. Be sure to follow along with me here. I post everything from recipes to my latest gym looks. There are so many great resources out there focusing strictly on healthy nutrition, summer eating, and recipe creation. I have compiled some of my favorite recipes and concoctions below. Click link for sources. Spend your time laid back in the sunshine or sweating the summer away. Eat well and feel great this sunshine season!

Chick Pea, Barley, and Kale Salad


My friend made this for a girls night in and we couldn’t get enough! Her husband happened to love it too.

Petite Treat, Gelato and Graham Cracker Sandwich


Shrimp, Kale, and Sweet Potato


This was a great 1 pan meal to eat off of for the week.

Watermelon Ice Cubes



I keep these in my freezer all summer. Great to add to water or blend for a quick cocktail with a shot of ice cold vodka and a pinch of basil!

 Cauliflower Rice

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I made my version with simply garlic, salt, and pepper and served with chicken.

Summer Squash with Walnuts


1 pan meal of sautéed summer squash and zucchini. Topped with chilled chopped tomatoes and crushed walnuts.

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Virginia Beach and Beyond: Farmers Market Guide

SUMMER!!! It is the time of year for backyard bbq’s with friends and family. This leads to opportunities for new recipes and enjoying seasonal summer vegetables. In my local city, Virginia Beach we are already known for being one of the fittest cities in America. With fitness fanatics usually comes a very health minded population, is serving up some healthy options for local produce as well. From farm land to sand, we seem to have things covered. Saturday mornings for me are usually spent enjoying a little bit of both.

Hitting my neighborhood farmers markets for local produce is one of my favorite summertime rituals on the weekend. I am fortunate enough to have the Old Beach Farmer’s Market  open weekly in my neighborhood. The round up of local vendors is housed out of the Croc’s 19th Street Bistro parking lot and is whiten biking distance.  Croc’s continues to be an advocate for buying local and farm to table eating, they  have their own amazing garden on premises.  During my Saturday morning market trips, I am able to admire anything from soft shell crabs, tomatoes, and even homemade granola. My regular weekly purchases include farm fresh eggs, squash, sweet potatoes, greens, fresh cut flowers, and always a cup of coffee to sip while I shop. I recommend the Lavender coffee from Croc’s or a nice Hot Brew from Three’s Ships Coffee Roasters. If you desire fresh, local goodies then hitting a farmers market is for you.  Below are the links and details for some of the markets and produce stands in Virginia Beach and beyond.


$20 bought me all this and a cup of coffee!

Virginia Beach

Old Beach Farmer’s Market - Saturday through October 31. 8am – Noon, Oceanfront

Shore Drive Farmarket - Saturday’s, Shore Drive

Virginia Beach Farmers Market - Open year round

Stoney’s Produce – Great Neck


Farmers Fare Market at East Beach - May 2 and every Saturday through October 24, East Beach

North Carolina

Morris Farm Market - Daily, Barco NC

Powells Roadside Market – Daily, Moyock

Have fun, shop local, and eat well this summer!


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Save The Date: Healthy Events for the week of June 22, 2015

Here is a list of some of the healthy events coming up this week in the 757. I challenge you to pick at least 1 event to attend and start living the healthy life you deserve. Links with more details included below.




The Green Cat Happy Hour + North End bag Co + First Landing Woodworks, more HERE


Sunrise 6k, November Project

J&A Racing, Hoppy Hour Run from Baker’s Crust

Whole Foods kicks off Ready For Action Week

At Whole Foods Market they want you to be ready for an action-packed summer of fun in the sun. Join them this week to learn about and sample products to make this summer the best ever.

Wed 6/24, 1-3 pm: Smoothie Samples with Cara featuring Spectrum Blends

Thurs 6/25, 4-7 pm: Goddess Garden Sunsreen demo

Fri 6/26 – Sun, 6/28: 3-day Protein Powder Sale, 25% off all protein powders

Fri, 6/26, 11 am-2 pm Vega Protein Powder samples
4-7 pm Amazing Meal samples

Sat 6/27, 10 am: Ready for Action bags available for sale for $12 ($50 retail value)
10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm; Kids Hula Hoop Contest (4 winners receive an Amazing Grass Prize pack)

I have a sneak peek at the bag and am loving mine!

11 am – 5 pm Protein Powder Samples in Whole Body
2-4 pm: Ready for Action food samples storewide

Sun 6/28, 11 am – 6 pm: Protein Powder Variety Samples in Whole Body




Saturday Sweat Boot Camp lululemon Virginia Beach


National Sunglasses Day

Old Beach Farmer’s Market


Visit The Fitness Calendar for a complete list of local fitness events by clicking HERE

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Protein Pancakes

Father's Day Protein Pancake

This Father’s Day protein pancake recipe is sure to excite dad and even the entire family. Made with Premier Protein’s vanilla shake, these cakes are packed with 30g of protein and is low in sugar and calories. Filled with good energy and great taste, the Father’s Day Pancake will keep dad fueled throughout the day, so he has the energy he needs to do the things he loves.

Father’s Day Recipe


1 Premier Protein® Vanilla Shake
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup skim milk
1 egg
2 Tbsp melted butter


In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the shake, milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter into the griddle, using approximately ¼ cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
Put batter in Ziploc bag, cut a small piece of the corner with kitchen scissors, create tie shape on lightly greased hot griddle

Spread a thin layer of honey on the pancake

Decorate tie design with blueberries and raspberries

Serve with coffee and a Father’s Day card!

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Get the Skinny on this Frozen Banana

Heres is a sweet Saturday treat for ya!

I’m going crazy over these frozen bananas that keep you feeling #petite inside and out!

1. Slice banana
2. Grease the pan w foil and a smudge of coconut oil
3. Place slices on tray and freeze for 10 minutes
4. In a bowl mix together 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 tbsp honey, sprinkle of cinnamon, cap of vanilla extract
5. Drizzle mixture over frozen banana slices
Freeze for an upcoming weeknight treat!


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