Market Monday @ Trader Joe’s

Happy Monday! I am so excited to share a new post with you! The sun has been shining in Pittsburgh and I have been happy and more motivated to take care of myself! I also just got over the dreaded flu. I also have seasonal depression and it isn’t pretty. The sun makes me crave good for you food. It makes me want to take walks. It also makes me want to redecorate! More about that later….

For now, let’s check out what I bought today at Trader Joe’s. I love it there. I had several things on my list that I stuck to but also just got inspired and added more to the cart as I wandered around. I saw this bag of riced broccoli for example and thought about making some kind of tot, patty or nugget out of them one night for a Max dinner. I would like to say that I cook the same way regardless of who else is home but the fact is I cook three different ways. Myself, Max & I or the three of us. Tim travels, Max is at his dad’s house 50% of the time and then well there is always me. I am the only constant. So, when it’s just me I get more experimental. When it is the three of us I play it a little more safe. As in no quinoa-learned my lesson on that one recently! And when it is just Max and I we have a little more fun like waffles and smoothies or since I know he likes broccoli I can try things like I want to here. I will keep you all posted if anything good comes out of the riced broccoli experiment.

I also got the flatbread for me as something new to try for wraps with the lettuce, feta cheese & chicken. The top picture shows the chicken and dairy that I bought which includes some different Greek yogurts and something new I am going to try in my smoothies: kefir milk with 9 grams of protein per cup and it is packed with probiotics. I would say that beats almond milk. I am also going to add hemp seed as a protein source with 10 grams per 3 tablespoons. So from time to time, I will mix things up and hopefully start to slim back down to my recognizable self. Some other goodies include hummus and mini zucchinis, mushrooms for the chicken and quinoa bake I want to make tonight for myself.

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Recipe for the Baked Mushroom Chicken & Quinoa for One:

Pre-heat oven to 350 and place 1/2 cup quinoa with 1 cup liquid into a baking dish-I am using vegetable broth since I happen to have some

Add  1 cup sliced mushrooms and a tsp of butter and give it a stir

Place one chicken breast on top of quinoa mixture and top with some sliced onions, salt and pepper.

Cover with foil and bake for 35 min

Remove from oven and keep covered for 5 to 10 more min so the quinoa can do its thing (absorb the liquid)

Update after making it>>>I added a sprinkle of parsley & goat cheese for more flavor and color. I also used a printed plate as it makes it look more appealing! This made enough for me for dinner and a leftover lunch portion. Ok, you caught me, I also had a frozen garlic knot with it too-shhh! It’s fine. It is really easy to make and in a one pan dish so easy clean up as well. I hope you will try it soon.

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I will share a new smoothie recipe soon with the new ingredients that I purchased today for it including the kefir milk, hemp seeds and almond butter. I am thinking banana, frozen peaches, kefir, hemp, flax, almond butter, ice for one. For another, I will try spinach, banana, berries, hemp seeds, kefir, ice and almond butter.

Now about that decorating urge that I had now that the sun is actually shining through my windows…I already had the plant on the far right and have decorative rocks in that one that say “breathe” and “gratitude”. I purchased this one succulent and these tulips today at Trader Joe’s and yesterday I took out an old cubby shelf and replaced it with this amazingness that a friend gave me over the weekend. I also purchased a few new items yesterday to spruce things up like the Bless our Home and Welcome sign. A good reminder that we must surround ourselves with things that we love & inspire us. I know there are Legos on the bottom but my son loves Legos and I love him so I make it work. 😉

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That’s it from me today! I hope this post gave you some good ideas to go out and buy some fresh groceries. Take the time to cook for yourself or whoever you have at your house. If you are like me, depending on the day…a table for 1, 2 or 3, it doesn’t matter. You are enough and you are worth the effort. Enjoy! xo, Adrienne

 

 

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Market fresh ideas from me to you

 

Doesn’t that salad look fresh & satisfying? This post is for those of us that are running out of ideas and inspiration to answer the question, what should I eat this week? It’s fall here in Pittsburgh and I am pretty much pumpkined out except I did buy a batch of pumpkin bagels and I am not sorry about that because I also bought a bunch of really nutritious items as well. It’s about balance and I think this picture shows balance. Yes, bagels. Yes, pie. But look at all of those colors in the produce….

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I am going to share a few ideas I have to use up all of these goodies in this post. First, to get this out of the way. Carbs, we need them and I do not feel guilty about those bagels and the honey butter I bought along with it. In fact, I had one as soon as I got home from shopping. It was super satisfying and delicious of course. I plan on eating one each morning because I need food in the morning, lots of it if I am going to make it through the day without turning into a mommy monster or the hangriest lady at Target. I know you know what I mean. It will give me energy to work, mother, wife, think, exercise and function for the day.

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I really wanted to make salad this week so I stocked up and made this huge chopped salad which I will share and bring some for dinner to my parents tonight (along with that pie) and I also made 4 small containers to store and grab. I made the dressing ahead of time too but kept it separate. I may add tuna, salmon or hard boiled eggs to these as well. Because I already have them on hand. Plus protein is important!

Dressing:

  • sunflower oil, olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, water, honey, mustard, garlic, ginger, salt & pepper

Salad:

  • Dice everything as small as you can-honey crisp apple, cucumber, bell pepper, celery, carrots, red onion, walnuts, dried cranberries, arugula, romaine & napa cabbage

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I will attempt this week a recipe that I saw on The Chew for apple stuffed acorn squash so that’s happening. I also want to make a mashed root veg out of the yams, baby reds (that I already have) and the parsnips. I will add some of that honey butter to both of these dishes. I also plan on having smoothies in the afternoon with the Greek yogurt that I have and those bananas once they ripen. Wednesday for dinner, Max and I are going to make mac n cheese and I still need to decide what I am going to do with that artichoke! Sometimes it’s fun to buy things without a plan. I was inspired by it at the store so I threw it in the basket. Suggestions welcome. The cottage cheese is a favorite pre-bed snack of mine. I add cinnamon and eat it out of the container. I also prepped some celery and carrots to dip in that hummus.  I will share the mashed root veg, the acorn squash and artichoke on Facebook when I make them this week. I hope this gave you some inspiring ideas to have fun with your food & change up your variety a little!

I am excited to eat these yummy foods this week that are healthy but also extremely tasty. Balance is the key so I encourage you to cook, I encourage you to move your body and I encourage you to be positive and happy. Life is hard, complicated, unfair and crazy unless you step back and realize it actually can be very simple! xoxoAdrienne

 

Market Mondays Week 4

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Had a great shopping trip yesterday at the market!

I spent my usual $30 and got lots of goodies to use in smoothies, snacks and salads for the week.

Apples-with nut butters, alone, in smoothies

Peaches-salads, smoothies and in Greek yogurt, alone

Tiny black raspberries-salads, smoothies and in Greek yogurt

Celery-salads and to put nut butters on

onions-potato salad

Potatoes-baby reds for roasting or potato salad

Spicy honey brown mustard-in potato salad with Greek yogurt, dip for pretzels, on turkey sandwiches

red leaf lettuce-salad and smoothies

Orange pepper-on salads and for dip

Beet chips-alone or with dip or Greek yogurt

Spinach dip-on grilled chicken or with veggies or chips

and…some red, white and blue candy corn for Max (don’t ask…)

Anyway, I have made a delicious chicken salad, a banana and avocado smoothie and a potato salad so far! Above I listed different things you can make to eat with the different ingredients, I hope you can use some of the ideas I listed 🙂

Here is the Chicken Salad recipe:

Lettuce, Grilled chicken, half of a peach cubed, a handful of raspberries, 2 tsp crumbled feta cheese, 1/4 cup cucumber toss with 2 tsp. dressing or olive oil and vinegar.

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Potato Salad recipe:

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15 small baby red potatoes boiled for 15 minutes and cubed into halves or quarters

2 celery sticks chopped

1 small Spanish onion chopped

3 tsp spicy honey mustard

2 heaping tbsp plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp oil of your choice

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Season with salt, pepper, basil & oregano

Mix all together and chill for several hours

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Banana & Avocado protein smoothie:

1 ripe banana

1/2 ripe avocado

1/2 c milk of your choice

2 tsp ground flaxseeds, hemp seeds or chia seeds

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

3 to 4 ice cubes-blend

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Enjoy!! I hope from reading my blog you realize that it isn’t hard and it isn’t expensive to eat healthy and make balanced meals for you and your family! xoxo

Adrienne

Market Mondays Week 3

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I just LOVE the market by my house! I love just being around fresh whole natural ingredients! Usually I go on Mondays but I skipped this week and went today so I didn’t get my 10% off for my reusable Harvest Valley bag but none the less I still left happy 🙂 

Let’s start with last week where I got Chocolate tomatoes and radishes, spring mix, eggs, bananas, green beans, fingerling potatoes…etc.!  (bottom picture) and then move to this week where I will still use some of those ingredients along with what I bought today…lemons, avocados, mushrooms, cookies, more bananas, spinach, basil and mint…etc! (top picture)

Last week I made pork tenderloin that I ate pretty much all week…..

pork tenderloin and roasted veggies

I used the red onion, radishes, tomatoes and potatoes to roast along side this and it was delish!!

I also made this salad and topped a pork sandwich with it and ate it as a side dish….

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All ingredients from the market including the cucumbers that week!

I always have spinach and bananas on hand and usually have a smoothie everyday including both of those ingredients!

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One day I had this for breakfast with a little bit of left over pork….

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Isn’t it pretty!!?? (And that reminds me I didn’t take my supplements today or yesterday!)

Okay now this week I went for some pears as I sometimes use them in my smoothies over bananas and eat with nut butter for snack, avocados to make a cucumber (one left over from last week) pineapple (had some frozen), avocado salad, bananas for smoothies, spinach for Max’s turkey sandwiches and my salads and smoothies, mushrooms and tomatoes for salad and pasta sauce, fresh herbs to plant in pots outside and use as garnish for meals, salad and flavored waters. Oh, also a delicious spinach dip and black bean tortilla chips because I love them and we will eat them over this Memorial Day weekend!! And lastly cookies for the kids and the mommies after school today 🙂 Remember it is all about balance! Move your body, eat fresh and love yourself >>>>recipe for a life full of muscles, love and good energy!

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Avocado, cucumber & pineapple salad pictured above:

1/2 avocado chopped

1 cup pineapple

1/2 cup scliced seedless cucumber

Sprinkle with sea salt and dress with 1 tsp grape seed oil or oil of your choice and garnish with fresh mint if you wish!

Tonight I plan on making meatballs and pasta for Max and myself and a colorful salad with carrots, green beans, spring mix, spinach, mushrooms, red onion and tomatoes!

Remember one thing when everything feels wrong, not going the way you wanted to with life or your weight loss, etc.., whole fresh foods heal your body and your mind and most importantly: GRATITUDE HEALS EVERYTHING!!

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xoxo, A

Market Mondays Week 2

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I had a fabulous time at the market as I usually do on Monday afternoons!

Here is what I got and what I plan on doing with it:

pumpkins-3 of them to decorate the front porch…bring on fall!!

yellow and green beans-to eat raw with other veggies with or without humus or Greek yogurt dip

celery-eat raw with other veggies, trying to get Max excited about them

carrots-Max loves carrots and we were out!! yikes!

cucumber-salads, raw with other veggies, trying to get Max excited about them

chicken-almost 2 lbs/2 pcs-dinner and leftovers for one night/day this week

brown eggs-hard boil and scramble, add to salad for protein

lettuce-salads

butter-needed it for various things

3 sweet potatoes-eat with eggs for breakfast and with chicken for dinner one night this week

2 honey crisp apples-they are delicious!! snack for all with almonds (the three of us usually share one big apple which I think is adorable!)

green grapes-snacks for all! pre and post workout too

bananas-smoothies, pre and post workout, add to overnight oats, snack for Max

avocado-add to salads, eat with eggs

huge yellow tomato-make a tuna stuffed tomato with Greek yogurt

and finally…..2 mini homemade peanut butter cups 🙂

Total spent: $41.18

Total saved: $4.62 because I brought my reusable Harvest Valley bag!

So, you can see that I was very well behaved at the market I think because I truly wasn’t craving anything or hungry. I ate some leftover Butternut squash and lentils soup for lunch before I went. It was very filling and satisfying! I had a list and added a few things as I saw them there. Remember what you buy in those moments at the store is what you will eat for the week so behave and make smart choices! I have trained myself to want and enjoy things that grow from the ground or fall off trees! This is why most of my purchases were produce! That is what makes me happy 🙂

Here is what I plan on eating the rest of the week:

Tues-overnight oats, left over soup, raw veggies and humus, grapes and protein shake before and after my workout then a tuna salad with eggs and tomatoes

Wed-eggs with salsa and avocado, cinnamon toast with pumpkin butter bread, banana before my run and protein shake and granola after my run, salad for lunch and chicken, green beans and sweet potatoes for dinner

Thurs-oatmeal, raw veggies and humus for snack, tuna stuffed tomato for lunch, apple and almonds for snack and fish, rice and small salad for dinner

Fri-eggs with salsa and avocados, apples and nuts for snack after my workout, smoothie for snack in afternoon and homemade mini pizza boats and then most likely some ice cream 🙂 🙂

Sat morning I am doing a fun 5k and obstacle course and will prob eat eggs and toast for breakfast before hand 🙂 🙂

Of course I will drink tons of water and tea all day too!

Yay!! planning is fun and now…I don’t even have to think about it. Just stick to the plan and get the results. For me the result is a happy & healthy balanced life! Wishing the same for you!

xo~A

Market Monday Week 1

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Happy Monday and welcome to my newest post category featuring my food purchases from the local Market. I go to this market every Monday. It is 5 min from my house and the their farm is 10 min from my house. Harvest Valley Farms has fresh, delicious real food and it makes me real happy to live so close. 

I am encouraging you to go to your own local market and shop weekly for what you need. When you shop at massive sized big box stores you tend to stock up as if the world may end on foods that can withstand a bomb. Trust me, take your chances and just get what you need as you need it. I stock up on some essentials but mostly I go to Aldi’s or Giant Eagle two times per month and my market every Monday.  At my market if you bring one of their reusable bags you receive 10% off of your order. I love eating and I love saving money so I go on Mondays! 

I love food shopping and often wish I could go with my friends, family and clients to share my knowledge of what I have learned over the past 4 years on what to buy and what to stay away from. If you know me then you know I am real and I want my sweets/treats too but I truly do love eating healthy real food. 

My hope with these weekly posts is that a little bit of me will go with you to the market or grocery store and help you make better/smarter food choices! 

Today I bought/what I plan to do with it/why:

BECAUSE YOU SHOULD ALWAYS THINK BEFORE YOU PICK-No mindless shopping!!

And no going to the store HUNGRY 🙂

Grapes-Max snack, add to cottage cheese or Greek yogurt

Apples-using to stuff a pork tenderloin and eat as snack with pnb

Lettuce-salads

Tomatoes-add to salads, make tuna salad and add to Greek yogurt

Potatoes-side dish with pork at dinner and eggs at breakfast or lunch

Bananas-smoothies, add to granola, Max snack

Cheese-provolone and feta-salads and roll ups for Max’s lunch with turkey

Salsa-add to eggs

Pumpkin butter-because I have been waiting all year, add to c&s bread at breakfast with eggs

Cinnamon and sugar swirl bread-my sweet morning or night treat with pumpkin butter

Almond milk-smoothies, add to granola

Vanilla ice cream-Max for dessert

& Crumble topping-to make berry cobblers in ramekins this weekend!

Total spent: $34.92

Total saved b/c of my bag: $3.88

I hope this helps you with ideas and to stop and think about what you need. It’s not all about what you want. Self-control goes a long way for the minutes you are at the store are the minutes that determine what you will eat all week! Chose carefully and nutritiously~ A