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

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