Breakfast Savvy.


Preppin’ for a scramble

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Breakfast Potatoes

Cheers to an almost 4 day weekend! If you’re like me you are required to work a half day today you make the best of your time and blog it up. The upside of this morning is that there was no traffic at all, and if you live in the Bay Area or anywhere where traffic can be a pain in the butt you appreciate this for every minute you sailed right through. So tomorrow, we have three options: Get up early and run Turkey Trot, Lay in bed until duty calls, or make the most of your morning while remaining breakfast savvy and make a delicious breakfast for those beloveds of yours! I probably wont be sleeping in because I never do…so I will most likely go with option number 3!

What you’ll need:

  • organic eggs
  • veggies [your choice- I like zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes]
  • rustic or red potatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt/pepper/garlic powder

Breakfast is soooo easy. I know most people love their eggs over easy, sunny side up etc. but I am a scramble only kind of girl. Yes, plain eggs can be boring after a while therefore I like to mix it up. I add my favorite veggies, usually grated zucchini, mushrooms and diced tomato. For the potatoes you can use either rustic or red [diced], with a yellow onion and green bell pepper. I use extra virgin olive oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Start them on a med-high heat so they can brown and reduce to a low heat so they can cook after browning. If you’re thinking about a post Thanksgiving breakfast you can always toss some of that ham in the scramble for some extra flavor!

I hope you guys have a great holiday! Eat lots but remember we must BURN TO EARN!! :)

Countdown to Thanksgiving.

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{Last Year’s Stuffed Mushrooms}


{Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Mushrooms}


{Parmesan Roasted Cauilflower}

Happy Almost Thanksgiving! Crazy to believe #1 that it is already the end of November, and #2 that the holiday season has begun! Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday considering I have a slight obsession with all things food: grocery stores, prepping, cooking…and well the vino of course! I have been browsing Pinterest the last couple of days trying to find some vegetarian side dishes that I am usually responsible for. Last year I made stuffed mushrooms, beet salad, brussels sprouts and I think if my memory serves me right I did a pumpkin cheesecake as well. YUM! I am salivating just thinking about it. This year I am leaning towards a slow cooker recipe for the mushrooms and roasted cauliflower with parmesan cheese (pictured above).

Since I don’t have a lot of time off on a regular basis (2 jobs, gym, traveling etc.) it will be nice to soak up 2 full days of rest and relaxation. Catching up with the fam bam will of course be an added bonus! Do you guys have any fun plans for Thanksgiving?? What are you making? I want to hear! Maybe we can feature some of your recipe

Thanks Pinterest for helping me search for the perfect Thanksgiving recipes!




All about Dat Bacon.

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Note to Self: When going to the Beer & Bacon Festival BYOS (Bring your own snacks!) Obviously as a vegetarian I wasn’t in my element, but nonetheless it was a great time! The B&B Classic was held at San Jose Municipal Stadium in downtown San Jose. Local food and beer venders from around the Bay Area were where there with bacon treats….bacon scallops, bacon candy and heck there was probably bacon beer too! I will say, that churro was the bomb dot com and worth every calorie! The 20 or so local participating restaurants included Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub, Las Cazuelas, Habana Cuba, Psycho Donuts, Stanley’s Sports Bar, 7 Stars Bar & Grill, East Coast Alice and more. The 40 breweries and cider companies included, among others, Strike Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch, Wildcide Hard Cider, Golden State Brewery, San Francisco Mead Company, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and Mavericks Brewing. There was also full access to the field with this event! It my first time to the stadium, and probably won’t be my last. Next time I’ll stick to the baseball events and leave more bacon for everyone else! Sunday was a beach day. Let’s just say I can never get enough sunset views. New week, new goals…Let’s do this!

Short & Sweet.


Friday thoughts:

Short & Sweet. I’ve learned in order for good things to come your way, you need to believe you deserve them. Don’t get upset with people or situations. Both are powerless without your reaction.

Ask. Believe. Receive. 

Have a great weekend!

photocredit: @kentavenuephotography

Soul Sundayzzz.

soul cycle{Soul Sunday @ Soul Cycle in Palo Alto}tomatoes {Abundance}flowers {Favorite part about Farmers Market}sarah and jillene

{Always Blogging}

Friends! It’s been a minute. Most of you all know that me and Jillene  have been working our butts off in the gym as well as out. In this time of accountability you are sort of forced to recognize things that can alwaaaays be improved. I see people in my life all the time (including myself) that have so much room for growth if they just change their perspective. We all have the option every single day to change at any time. We can create new habits, make new choices, say yes instead of no, or no instead of yes, be happier, healthier, stronger, whatever we want to be.

Since working out with this chick, we have made it a point to do at least 4 FNS(circuit training) workouts a week. Some weeks are harder than others, depending on the weekend events, work load and energy level in general. We do allow days off because lets face it, we are human and sometimes we need a break. Nevertheless, we are dedicated and don’t make catching breaks the center of focus! We have started to take Soul Cycle on Sundays as an amazing wake me up and weekend accountability…and well, one of our favorite gals Casey is the instructor when we go. All the more reason.  I am fairly new to Soul Cycle but I will say it’s a great 45 minutes to just decompress. The candles are lit, music is on point, the lights are off and you ride with the intention of moving forward, not worried about anyone else and letting go of all your “things” we collect in our minds throughout the week! Oh, and all the while your revelation takes place it’s an amazing workout. Your pace, your resistance. It’s all up to you.

It’s easy to fall of track, but even easier to stay on if you set yourself up for success! If I am ever feeling tired I just tell myself, “It’s only an hour and you will feel SO much better after.” Believe that!  After Soul Cycle this weekend we went to the Menlo Park  farmers market for flowers and weekly veggies. I am a firm believer that when you set aside time to do things for you, you are a lot more productive throughout your week. Work, Gym, Cooking, Friends, Family…it all takes time, but with the right planning you can learn to balance it all!

Happy Tuesday…make it a great week!

Just Beet It.

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It’s Wednesday my friends! Two days closer to the weekend. If your summer has been anything like mine, it’s been full of events left and right which sometimes leads to lack of planning and eating 100% on point. I have been in and out of town, going to concerts and just basically enjoying myself….so this week I hit up Whole Foods to get back on track. Let’s just clarify that back on track for me is not as dramatic as most. I am vegetarian, I don’t eat like crap- sometimes I just eat out more than I should.  I have been working out like crazy but don’t always have time to cook as much as I would like. Bummer, but it’s the reality. Time is so much more valuable when you don’t have enough, right? Anyhow, usually when I feel like juicing I just go to my local farmers market and do it myself. Sometimes those store bought juices don’t really compare to my yummy juice – but this one hits the spot. I like to stock up on items that are “grab and go” type- for work. My mornings are always rushed, and the last thing I have time to do it juice away lol. Heck, I don’t even have time to get coffee sometimes!  If you want a little health boost I highly recommend “Just Beet It.” It’s a combination of beets, carrots, and oranges. This is great for digestion and simply to get your day going. For $4.99 this is a healthy Starbucks alternative. Every day counts, don’t forget it!

Watermelon + Feta Goodness.

watermelon salad

Ever wonder what to do with all of the extra watermelon?? Here’s your solution. Watermelon + Feta + Mint Salad. This is so refreshing!!

What you’ll need:

  • Watermelon
  • Feta
  • Mint (chopped or sliced)
  • Olive oil/Red Wine Vinegar
  • Salt (just a dash)
  • Red Onion (Optional)

Prepare watermelon and mint. I usually cut my watermelon in half, and then half of the half to make 4 pieces. This makes it easier to slice up. Add feta, olive oil, red wine vinegar {or balsamic} and just a touch of salt.  This salad doesn’t need to sit for long as the watermelon is really great at absorbing flavor fast. Hope you enjoy!

Go Vegan for a Night!

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It’s summer and It’s hot so let’s  lighten things up a bit. Sometimes we tend to load up on the refined carbs when its not really needed, so with this recipe I say,  ditch the carbs! I do think the right carbs are okay to consume but if you can eat a healthy meal that tastes great and fills you up without them- then Let’s do it!  Vegan tacos {pictured above} are a great dinner, and if you have leftovers a great lunch as well. I used Smart Ground original crumbles for my protein source. If you don’t want to go vegan you can cook up some ground beef/turkey (organic of course) and substitute for the real thing. I threw in some veggies, made a Pico de Gallo, added avocado and called it a day. These were great!

What you’ll need:

  • tomato (diced)
  • avocado
  • red onion (chopped)
  • cilantro (chopped)
  • asparagus (cut into small pieces)
  • zucchini (cut into small pieces)
  • butter cup lettuce
  • smart ground (or your choice of protein)
  • olive oil
  • cumin/chili powder/salt/pepper (to taste)
  • juice of 2 limes


Prepare all veggies and place olive oil, asparagus and zucchini in a pan. Cook on med heat just to get crunch out of the veggies. Add the smart ground, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin to taste. The crumbles don’t really need to cook, they just need the heat to loosen up the meat. In a separate bowl add red onion, cilantro, tomato, lime juice, and light salt/pepper. Place the meatless  mixture on top of the buttercup lettuce. Add Pico de Gallo & avocado and top with hot sauce If desired. The whole prep from start to finish took 15 min.


Mexican Quinoa.

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Hey friends! After my crazy hard workout last night I jumped on Pinterest and found this recipe. Mexican quinoa is EASY ( I am all about easy) and damn good at the same time! Nothing like a recipe that kills it in the taste department. Score! I have made different variations of this salad, but adding the cumin was a hit).  I have vowed to myself for the next 6 weeks there will be nothing but clean eating. (Well, majority- let’s be realistic). I am all about moderation including moderation, but I know for a fact that the daily habits we do add up  so with a few changes here and there between food and working out I should be seeing some results coming my way! Here is another easy recipe sent from me to you. I try to make/look up different dishes and use the ingredients I already have on hand. This alleviates any time constraints or any additional trips to the grocery store than necessary. Baby steps like replacing pasta and rice with quinoa can really add up when it comes to minimizing refined carbohydrates. Think you don’t eat a lot of a certain food? Start by jotting down and the truth finally comes out. All is fun and games until your jeans don’t fit! What are you doing to replace your habits with healthy ones?

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapenos, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in avocado, lime juice and cilantro.
  • Serve immediately.

This recipe was found here. Thanks, Pinterest!

Vegetarian Pasta Salad.

Pasta Salad

What you’ll Need:

  • 1 Medium Summer Squash
  • 1 Medium Zucchini
  • 1 Medium Broccoli Crown
  • 1/2 Medium Red Onion
  • 2/3 jar roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 Bunch Parsley
  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • 1 Cup Pasta (I used penne)


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • to taste fresh cracked black pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta- boil for 5-7 minutes. Drain in colander.

2. Prepare veggies (squash, zucchini, broccoli, tomato, onion, parsley and red pepper) Give veggies a good wash and cut into small pieces. (NOTE: I blanched the broccoli, and gave the squash and zucchini a quick sauté before adding).

3. While pasta is cooling down, start combining ingredients for vinaigrette. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, oregano, minced garlic, lemon, salt and pepper.

4. Combine the cooked pasta, chopped vegetables, and vinaigrette. Stir until everything is well mixed and coated with vinaigrette. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.