4 Day Weekend…Yes Please!

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Happy Belated 4th of July! I don’t know about all of you but that was a relaxing and much needed 4 day weekend. It was a bit weird that 4th of July landed on a Tuesday but hey, i’ll take the extra day off! Last Thursday Soul Cycle finally opened it’s long awaited doors to the public. The anticipation has been for some months now with the original target date being in May. Of course if you are familiar with anything in Los Gatos, it usually takes light years for everything to be approved by the Chamber of Commerce so it’s not surprising that there was some sort of delay. Never the less, with the delay came a whole day of community riding on behalf of Soul Cycle! What does this mean? FREE classes all day. You don’t have to tell me this twice, anything FREE with Soul Cycle is an extra bonus to my day! With that said, since I usually travel to Palo Alto to take the class I rounded up a couple of my favorites to join in on the fun. There was no room for any excuses!!!! Los Gatos is CLOSE & the class was FREE so what more can you possibly want! I sent out a text to some friends and even called and signed them up so they could get the full experience without having to pay the usually $32/class. (I know, it seems expensive) When you actually put it into perspective that is the price of 2 glasses of wine, so you make the choice! For me, the money will be spent either way so why not spend it in a way that benefits my health!

Friday morning I headed down to Newport Beach with some girlfriends to hang for the weekend. The weather was a perfect 75 degrees. Sunday we rented bikes and rode from Newport to Hunnington….that was fun! We ate a few great restaurants: ARC being one of them [pictured above] and True Food Kitchen. If you have never been there it’s a MUST! For my local Bay Area friends they have one at Stanford Mall and it’s definitely work the trek. Check it out- it’s real food that actually tastes good. What a concept! I spent 4th of July with family BBQ-ing & cooking some favorites. It couldn’t have been a better end to the long weekend! I hope you all had a great time even if you didn’t venture out of town!

xo Sarah

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Weekend Goals.

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Crazy for Acai…How good does this look!

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Can’t forget to put in the work.

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T.G.I.F. I think this is my favorite day of the week. Everyone is winding down usually from a hard week at work and looking forward to their weekend activities. My Weekend Goals?Eat, Sleep, Repeat. Who am I kidding? I am an on the go freak! Most people like to do nothing on the weekends while I on the other hand am an early riser and go- go – go type of person. It’s just who I am! Not a bad habit I might add. I have absolutely no plans this weekend but to workout Saturday (curcuit training) and Sunday (Soul Cycle) which means extra time in the kitchen to try a new recipe or two. This is so random but while I always search on Pinterest for recipes – sweet potatoes are not in my usual rotation of grocery finds but I am determined to get them to be an,” I more than like you kind of thing.” Speaking of plans this weekend, I have also been on and off reading Rising Strong by Brene Brown for some weeks now (One of my favorite authors) and I am determined to finish it this weekend. Do you guys have anything exciting going on?  I will be traveling to Miami for a good friends wedding in a few weeks so I will definitely enjoy a little R&R this weekend! I am wishing you all a great Friday and weekend ahead!

Breakfast Game on Point!

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Get your breakfast game on! Man, this was amazing. I am usually more often than not on my game when it comes to breakfast (steel cut oats, yogurt, toast, fruit etc.) but this one was so damn good! Toasted ciabatta bread, avocado, baby arugula, fried egg, sliced tomato, and a spicy pimento cheese spread I picked up from Whole Foods. Don’t be a afraid to tackle the kitchen for your own amazing weekend breakfast. You don’t always have to go out to eat to get what you want!

My kind of Football Sunday.

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Happy Monday! This weekend was pretty low key. I didn’t really do much besides get a great workout in on Saturday/Sunday morning  and of course enjoying football Sunday! What a game with the Broncos VS. Patriots. It’s even more exciting that we will be hosting Superbowl 50 in our very own backyard in just a few weeks. Although the Niners didn’t quite make it to the championship, it is still something to look forward to! I have given up drinking for the month of January which concludes week 3 of 52! Most of you will be either hosting or going to a Superbowl party or maybe even hitting up your local joint for the festivities. I know this is sometimes and excuse to splurge on not so healthy food- but if you want to keep it on the healthy side (while remembering your new year resolutions) I think I can help. This weekend I made a 7 layer bean dip as well as a garbanzo bean salad. Guess what? My friends LOVED it! There were also chicken wings and pizza but adding a little healthy snacks to the mix never hurt anyone.

7 layer Bean Dip:

  1. Mashed Black Beans
  2. Sour Cream
  3. Shredded Cheese ( I use jack/cheddar combo)
  4. Mashed Avocado (I made guac/lemon/salt/pepper/tomato)
  5. Black Olives
  6. Red Onion (Diced)
  7. Tomato (Diced)
  8. Jalapeno (Sliced/Optional)

This is a simple recipe. All the ingredients are listed in order starting from the bottom of the pan to the top layer. Beans are always first and remember to heat them before putting them in the pan. I used corn tortillas/cut them in 4 for the chips. I bake them on a cookie sheet for about 10 minutes (flipping half way in between). Cut them before, drizzle with olive oil and cook on 450 degrees. When you remove them from the oven you can dash some sea salt on for extra flavor.  Good Luck!

 

 

 

Soul Cycle Sundayz.

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Happy Monday! I had such a great weekend! It’s not often that I am able to relax and have some down time, but this weekend I managed it quite well. I usually workout both Saturday and Sunday because #1 I love it and #2 I want to be efficient with at least 4-5 workouts per week. Sundays are for something different away from the usual circuit training. Soul Cycle has been on the rotation for quite some time. I set the alarm for 7:30- leave by 8 and hit the class at 8:30. Every week I always ask my friends if they are interested in going and the typical response is,”you are crazy- we want sleep!” I get it but for some reason this week they wanted to join. Would I ever say no to that?? NEVER! I signed them up on Monday when the classes were released and so from 12pm on was a 6 day countown. They made it! Got their butts up, hustled in the class and let’s get real they actually enjoyed it! It might not be something they wake up early for every Sunday but at least they incorporated something new in their weekly routine. After class we headed to Local Union 271 in downtown Palo Alto. The food was great…local and organic. What more can you want? The rest of the weekend was spent at the farmers market, cooking and lounging watching football.

While I hope you all have a great week, remember this:

“You create your thoughts, your thoughts create your intentions and your intentions create you reality.”-Wayne Dyer

Holidayz.

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Burrito’s & Bloody Mary’s

 

 

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Veggie Burrito

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Life lessons w/ this guy!

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So many birthdays this weekend! The Los Gatos Christmas parade was a success! Let’s just say it was packed with people as the whole downtown area shuts down for the festivities. We had a front line view at Oak and Rye and got to stuff our faces with breakfast burritos, breakfast pizza (that wasn’t mine) & a bloody mary! Those pics pretty much sum up my eventful last two days. The holidays and parties can sometimes get us distracted buuutttt I am happy to be the back to the  [ absolutely m u c h- n e e d e d] gym today. Happy Monday!

Thanksgiving Recap.

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Beet Salad

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Cousins but really Sisters

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Green Bean Casserole

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Cauliflower

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Parmesan Crusted

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Slow cooker mushrooms

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These were delish!

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Here is peak at my Thanksgiving day! Being vegetarian usually leads to me cooking up a storm. This year I made a beet salad, green bean casserole, the parmesan crusted cauliflower that I posted about last wek and those slow cooker mushrooms. Lastly, I whipped out the kitchen aid for some chocolate chip cookies! Everything turned out to be a success. If you’re looking for a fast easy side dish that cauliflower was on point. Now to burn off all the calories consumed over the weekend! Happy Tuesday!

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!

Soul Sundayzzz.

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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!

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)

Vinaigrette:

  • 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.