Market Mondays Week 3

market mondays in may

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….

tomato salad

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!

green smoothie

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

breakfast

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!

avocado cucumber pineapple salad

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!!

gratitude

xoxo, A

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Money $aving food $hopping tip$

money saving shopping tips

I tried to put together a short list that will help guide you when you are in the grocery store. I want to help you save money and make healthier choices as much as I can!

1. Check your current on hand foods in the fridge/pantry and build your meals off of that. Have a plan and a list-do not just go in there and hope for the best. I repeat-do not just go in there unprepared!! Disaster waiting to happen.

2. Stick to the outer aisles-that is where the healthiest foods are found. When buying ground meats also think what veggies you can chop and cook with them to make them bulkier and healthier. You will need less meat that way and get more nutrition. (think mushrooms/onions/tomatoes/peppers with ground beef or ground turkey) p.s did you know meat is more of an accent in meals, not the main dish, in almost all other countries!? Something to consider! Bulk up in the produce section 😉

3. You must avoid as much processed foods as you can….cookies, crackers, instant oatmeal’s, sauces and canned soups,  etc….all processed and loaded with the stuff we don’t want. All located in the center of the store usually.

4. Only buy what you really need-have a list and stick to it. You Need way less than what you Want. Do not go to the store hungry you will want everything you see and it won’t be pretty at the checkout.

5. Use coupons when you can and try to gravitate to the brands that are on sale that week. Careful with coupons though as a lot of processed foods get shown in the weekly ads but remember we don’t want those even if we can save $ on them.

6. This one is a tough one. You must start to lay down the law with the rest of your family members as hard as that is. They will ask I am sure for the bad stuff but if you don’t buy it they won’t eat it. Think of and find healthier options that will appeal to them. The less crap you buy the healthier everyone will be and there will in turn be more money in your wallet.

I hope this helps as a general guide or at least gets you started saving some $$$ and eating a bit healthier.

xo, A

Market Mondays Week 2

market mondays week 2

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

market mondays 1

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