Ricotta Pancake Bliss.

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Hey friends…Happy Tuesday! I feel like the weekend always flies by…oh wait! IT DOES! I had a great weekend combined with both work and a little bit of play time. Although it was a three day weekend for many- in the restaurant business that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a vacation for you (I mean me)! I worked both nights (on the hustle for NYC) but found a couple of hours Sat + Sunday to soak up the sun and enjoy the weekend. Saturday I grabbed coffee at Barefoot Coffee Roasting Company in Campbell. This place has been my hangout as of late. It’s a smaller shop, non corporate and I am all for supporting local businesses that are of quality! When I find time to blog, this is my spot. Sunday I brunched it with a girlfriend at The Table in Willow Glen. This place is one of a kind and reminds me of a restaurant you would more than likely find in San Francisco or NYC. It’s small, the decor is modern and the drinks are beyond fab. We sat at the bar (I prefer) and enjoyed the best Ricotta Pancakes I have ever had. They were filled with a fresh lemon flavor and every bite melted in your mouth. Can we say A-MA-ZING! I am happy to report that I have been working out and eating fab food all week. The pancake might not have helped my Mexico Physique but needless to say the hard work every day allows for a little treat here and there.  I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend….despite that niner loss and have a great four days ahead. Positive thoughts!

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My Life This Week.

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It has been such a great second week of this new year. Sunday I met a girlfriend at Barefoot coffee and ended up sitting for 3 hours talking about life, goals and my upcoming half marathon that I have commited to run February 3 (she was kind enough to write up a training plan). Holy Cow is right….I can’t believe I am actually doing it. This has been something that has been on my radar for a while, but I sprained my ankle before the last one I signed up for so that was a no go. As of Tuesday my 4 week impromptu training has oficially begun. I bought some new shoes- any excuse to buy new workout clothes/shoes sounds like a good one to me. As we know this week I have been doing a juicing series that is hopefully encouraging people to make this habit a part of their weekly routine to staying healthy. Don’t even try to give me an excuse because the benefits outway the time 15 minutes it might take to juice and clean up. Let’s face it, you would probably on Facebook or some social network if you weren’t juicing (truth).

Yesterday I headed up to the city to meet an old classmate of mine for some coffee, and a hike up to Twin Peaks. Coinsidentally, along with the coffe there was a bowl full of fresh juice packed in mason jars on the counter. She said it was her friends company- SoW – they juice in the morning and then drop off at various locations throughout the city! Could this have been any more perfect?? I chose the beet juice which consisted of

  • Red beet
  • Carrot
  • Orange
  • Apple
  • Turmeric

Once again, to my surprise….it was delicious! 

Juice and cofee were followed by a great hike (it was a great active rest day…those hills are no joke) that allowed for probably the BEST view of San Francisco. If you haven’t been there, it’s a must! Back to 6 miles today and a great workout at FNS! Hope you all have a great Thursday.

That which you focus your attention on becomes your reality so choose wisely!

A Glimpse Of Christmas

Food and family is the perfect way to spend Christmas. By the looks of it we only ate sugar with a little more sugar but I promise there was other things to snack on. I made delicious crostini’s (pictured above) with goat cheese, avocado, balsamic vinegar and arugula. It was a day of grazing and spending some much needed quality time with cousins, aunts and uncles. Talks of prospective trips are in the near future like Portland (to see my cousin) and Mexico for my other cousins birthday and much needed R & R. Can’t wait to start planning the vacations! I also can’t wait for NYE! Any big plans for the holiday?? Share, I would love to hear!

Strawberry Santa’s…I Want!

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Who can believe the it’s the Friday before Christmas and the world DIDN’T end!??? No way! We are all still alive, which means the holiday is right around the corner. I haven’t finished all of my Christmas shopping yet….that would be too smart! Have you guys figured out what you are making to eat on Christmas? I am in the process – will let you know Monday. I want to mention this week has been nothing short of F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! The energy as well as the team work  at the gym has been through the roof. The gym is closed this next week so everyone is committed to getting their last workouts of the year in at FNS. Work has been great, another example that when you are kind to people they reward you in return and last but not least Whole Foods tweeted me this week! Call me a nerd but I was quite excited to see they asked me what my favorite Whole Foods item is? I have to go with the make your own peanut butter and the WF brand jalapeno hummus. So good! On that note, good luck with the last minute tackling the malls, crowds and have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

 

How Healthy Are You?

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Answer Yes or No to the following questions:

  1. Do you eat at least one piece of raw fruit each day? yes
  2. Do you eat at least five servings of vegetables each day? yes
  3. Do you eat rice, quinoa, millet, oats or other grains at least three times a week? yes
  4. Do you eat a serving of raw vegetables each day? no
  5. Do you eat raw seeds at least three times a week? no
  6. Do you use seaweed in your cooking? no
  7. Do you include fish in your diet at least twice a week? no
  8. Do you chew your food thoroughly until it’s liquefied? yes
  9. Do you go out of your way to avoid foods containing preservatives, additives, colorings or E numbers? YES
  10. Do you avoid foods that contain sugar or added sugar? yes
  11. If you are stressed do you wait until the feeling has passed before eating? no
  12. Were you breast-fed as a child? yes
  13. Do you always make sure that you take time to eat properly, even if you feel tired or busy? try to
  14. Do you eat breakfast every day? no- working on this
  15. Do you drink bottled spring water every day? yes
  16. Do you drink at least eight glasses of filtered, spring or mineral water every day? yes
  17. Do you avoid beer/alcohol/soda when eating? yes
  18. Do you drink water approximately 25 minutes before eating your main meals, instead of drinking water with meals? no
  19. Do you eat a varied diet instead of eating the same foods every day? working on this
  20. Do you make raw vegetable juices at least once a week? yes

Add up the number of Yes answers.

17-20: Excellent- Top of the Class
12-16 Not Bad- Could Try Harder
11 or Less: You’re Flunking Out!

How healthy are you?

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