Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries. And a meal for your week!

Photo & Recipe from JamieOliver.com

Any time I cook, I try to be efficient AF. If we’re baking something in the oven, we’re also going to bake a side dish… because that’s less work. Since sweet potatoes were on sale for $.79 (holla!) at the grocery this week, I decided to try Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Sweet Potato Fries. [Read more…]

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New Recipes in The Rotation (Kid Approved Too)

I’ve been experimenting with new recipes on Sundays (because it’s the most chill day of the week) to try new stuff and take my time. Here are few that I’ve tried lately that have made it into the regular rotation, with approval from Tristen and Robin. My bonus sons, ages 8 and 6, even gave this first one another two thumbs up the next day for lunch. Total score.

{Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Bowls}

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Want to Feel/Look Better? Eat Like A Grown Up.

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My past nutrition advice: Eat real food. Drink water more than you drink other things.

My new advice: Eat like a fucking grown up.

I’m tired of getting asked nutrition questions that are really just people wishing I would tell them it’s ok to eat crap. Stop. That’s like asking a rich person for financial advice and hoping they tell you buy shit all the time and don’t save or invest in anything. We all know better. We know deep down that at some point… we need to get our shit together. I also know that once we get into certain habits, we don’t always remember some of the basics. So, unless you’re really broke, are in college, or are 12 yeras old and in charge of buying your meals, here’s a quick reminder of how to eat like an adult: [Read more…]

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Healthy Living Blog Tour of Cleveland: Part 2

If you want to get caught up on this story, check out Part 1 of our Tour here. The short story: Positively Cleveland brought me up to the city to cruise around with fellow healthy blogger, Alicia, from Poise in Parma, to check out all the healthy things you can do as a tourist (or resident) in Cleveland. Since fitness, travel, and blogging are all 3 of my main jams, this seemed like the perfect weekend getaway!

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On Saturday morning, day 2 of our Cleveland tour, Alicia and I met up for brunch in Ohio City, at Town Hall. From the moment I stepped out of my Uber car, I knew this was going to be a great spot to eat. Even though it was raining a little, the huge garage door style walls were up and open to let in the fresh air. TownHall, named Cleveland’s Best New Restaurant and Best Place for Brunch sports a really incredible menu, designed with something for everybody. They’ve got gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options, as well as a juice bar, espresso bar, and regular bar. Their food is also organically driven, sustainable, and locally sourced. Top that, every other brunch place around! I ordered the Green Thumb juice (kale, celery, lemon, ginger, and apple) and my usual eggs, bacon, and potatoes. Everything we had was delicious and I was thinking it’s a good I don’t live here or I’d be spending every morning (and dollar) at this place. With wifi, electrical outlets all over, and a dog-friendly patio, this restaurant was definitely my jam. (I’m definitely coming back the next time I’m in town.)

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We were supposed to grab our rental bikes and cruise out immediately afterwards, but the weather was hampering our plans, so we delayed them a bit and walked around the corner to the famous West Side Market. As you step inside this building, built specifically for this marketplace in 1912, you’re presented with row upon row of fresh food, waiting to be purchased and turned into a delicious meal. You’ve got the meat section, the fish section, the pastry section, the produce section and it’s absolutely slammed with customers ready to purchase any and everything. This market has been rockin’ since the 1840s and it doesn’t look like it’s slowed since.

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And not only was this booth sporting locally raised meat, but also supported Equality and the Human Rights Campaign! #doublewhammy #equality

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I could have sat up in the balcony area and people watched all morning long, but the weather was clearing so we were on our way to bike around Cuyahoga National Park! Thank goodness for car chargers because we were out of juice from all our photo-taking and social media-ing.

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We had rented bikes from Cleveland Bike Tours and had planned on biking the Tow Path that Alicia frequents, but the rain made the dirt path too muddy for us, so we had to make due with the paved walkway.

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Positively Cleveland had us team up with Cinecraft Productions to film parts of our bike ride, so were donned with GoPros, put on our best “just-riding-normally-while-being-filmed-by-a-camera-crew” faces and had a blast cruising around. #nothingtoseehere

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Post-ride we had to hurry home for quick showers so we could get to our evening plans: Dinner and Baseball!We met up at the raved-about Greenhouse Tavern, Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s flagship store (he has 4 other restaurants around his native city.) It’s quite close to the ballpark and on bustling E. 4th Street you can catch a table outside, where no cars are allowed. Because it was completely packed though, we dined inside. With a huge collection of old, all Ohio-made, vintage bikes on the walls and VHS tapes lining the shelves, you can tell the owner appreciates art and entertainment.

Our very passionate waiter, who wouldn’t allow me to order two of the drinks/entrees I wanted and instead made other recommendations, was my second favorite part. I was initially surprised by his show of force, but he was amazing. I can definitely appreciate the thought behind his suggestions, as they turned out to be spot on. My Crunchy Kale salad was wonderful, very lemon-y, and I was kind of kicking myself for not also ordering the Red Basket Farm Tomato that Alicia ordered. Thankfully, she let me have a bite of hers. Y’all. Those tomatoes! And my strip steak was so good I wanted to order another… but since we’d stuffed ourselves silly of all the amazing, locally sourced veggies and meat, we couldn’t fit another thing in our bellies. (There are absolutely no photos of mine from this part of the evening because I was busy devouring everything they put in front of me. Nothing beats fresh food prepared by an amazing chef, and perfect wine.)

IMG_0822Guess which is healthier: 8,000 calorie nachos or Stadium Peanuts?  ; )

We sauntered over to Progressive Field and up to our seats we’d managed to score in the team’s Social Suite. The view was amazing, the weather cool, but enjoyable, and a foul ball actually flew up into our box! Thank goodness the guy in front of us caught it, because my baseball nightmare has always been getting knocked out cold by a stray foul ball… High five, buddy.

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The night couldn’t have been any better, (well, if my numerous attempts at getting on the jumbo tron’s “Dance Cam” had been successful, it would have been perfect) AND the Tribe won!

As Alicia drove me back to my hotel for the night, we talked about what an amazing weekend we had, how grateful we were that we had so much in common and got along so well, and how we couldn’t wait to meet back up again. Since my work takes me to northern Ohio quite often, I’ll be looking quite forward to my next trip to Cleveland, and to hang with my new bud. Thanks so much to Positively Cleveland for the amazing weekend, and to my host, Alicia for showing me all the wonderfully healthy activities and restaurants the city has to offer. It’s great to be able to travel without having to sacrifice your healthy living habits.

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And a last shout-out to all the places we visited on our whirlwind, two-day Healthy Living Tour: Evo Yoga, Paladar, Lululemon, TownHall, Westside Market, Cleveland Bike ToursThe Greenhouse Tavern, The Cleveland Indians (Go Tribe!).

This trip and both posts were sponsored by Positively Cleveland. All thoughts/opinions are my own. You can read Alicia’s posts 1 & 2 here and here.

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