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SUPer Date!

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It’s Friday! That means time to start planning out your weekend and date nights. As part of my Local Jersey Shore Date Nights series, today I’m giving a shout out to a date that adds some physical fitness. You know, before your date night leads to some physical fitness…

This week’s Date Night goes out to my favorite activity, Stand Up Paddle, more commonly known as SUP or paddleboading. Many of you know that my spirit animal is a mermaid because I spend so much time on the water teaching SUP by way of paddle lessons, SUP Yoga, and SUP Fitness (check out my teaching schedule). With summer officially here, it’s time you and your significant other took your dates to new territory – the water! Continue reading “SUPer Date!”

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Recipe: Very Berry Tiny Trifles

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When we go out to dinner, Mr E makes it known ahead of time if dessert will be happening. I like this because I can plan my meal accordingly (Split an appetizer? Skip the appetizer? Salad-tizer? Lighter entree?). We very rarely have dessert at home when it’s just the two of us. But having company over is a different story. Rather than making a huge cake or pie that everyone is too full to eat (and stuck with a TON of leftovers!), I’ve been totally jamming on making mini desserts. So when The Recipe Redux announced this month’s theme would be mini morsel desserts, I was thrilled to share one of my small treats.  Continue reading “Recipe: Very Berry Tiny Trifles”

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Naughty & Nice Cream

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This is the first in a new series of posts called Jersey Shore Date Nights. Stay tuned for posts about date night happenings right here at the Jersey Shore. Hope it provides some Date Night-spiration even if you don’t live locally. 
I grew up nearby and now permanently live at the Jersey Shore. I often have to remind myself I live somewhere where people vacation. Teaching SUP yoga and lessons often reminds me of this fact when I meet people who live near no body of water. We have beaches, restaurants, festivals, and music that causes this already active community to come alive even more once Memorial Day Weekend hits. And what summertime date would be complete without ice cream???

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Back to Basics Nutrition Nuptials

Nutrition Nuptials: Back to Basics

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Mid year always is a time for me to reflect on where my year is going, checking if I’m on track with my goals, and resetting those goals and expectations accordingly. One of the biggest areas for me is this blog, which started as a passion project for me over two years. My intention for starting Nutrition Nuptials was always with the focus of helping couples learn to live healthy lifestyles together. And that remains my intention. However, over the year I’ve noticed that I’ve unintentionally strayed from that concept. Here’s what’s gone down and how I intend to get back on track.  Continue reading “Nutrition Nuptials: Back to Basics”

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Scan It! 2017 Registry Recommendations

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Wedding season is officially upon us. And anyone who is part of it knows that it’s never just about the wedding. There’s the events leading up to the wedding, including bridal showers If you’re one of the thousands of couples getting married this summer, then I’m sure at least one of you have spent hours stressing over items to put on your registry. Researching which pepper grinder is right for you. Making sure you both agree on that china pattern – or maybe china isn’t even on your radar.  When you’re a shower guest, you want to make sure the gift you’re giving will not only make a splash with “oohs and ahhhs” as the bride holds up each item, but want to make sure it’s something that actually gets used. Or at least put prominently on display. That’s where my annual Nutrition Nuptials Registry Recommendation comes into play!

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Practice Safe BBQ – Outdoor Food Safety Tips

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Happy Memorial Day – the unofficial kick-off to summer!  Unfortunately today’s rainy weather makes it feel more like a gloomy spring day than a summer celebration, but Mr E and I know better days are around the corner. Being a resident of the Jersey Shore, we get more excited for this time of year than the holidays.  Sitting on the beach, dining al fresco, and food safetywaterfront happy hours listening to some guy play a guitar are just a few of our favorite things.  And if you’re like me and Mr. E, there’s probably a BBQ or 3 you’ll be hitting up over the next week.  Read on for some food safety tips for keeping your BBQ (and guests!) safe this MDW.

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100 Ways to Paint Your Plate Pink

100 Ways to Paint Your Plate Pink (Recipe Roundup)

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May in Monmouth County, NJ has created a special breast cancer awareness initiative called Paint the Town Pink.  Storefronts feature pink displays.  Street medians are painted pink instead of yellow.  Pink bows hang from trees.  And each town adapts a cute little pink name.  For the next month, I will be a resident of Pinktune City, NJ (see you in June, Neptune!).  Which got me thinking how more pink foods can be incorporated into your home this month to help raise awareness towards the role of nutrition in cancer prevention.  So it’s time to Paint Your Plate Pink! Continue reading “100 Ways to Paint Your Plate Pink (Recipe Roundup)”

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Humpanadas (Hummus Empanadas)

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I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Happy National Hummus Day! You’re just in time to celebrate.  If you’ve noticed your social media flooded with #NationalHummusDay tags, that’s because today, May 13, 2017, is the big day. And what better way to celebrate then with these Hummus Empanadas, which I am calling “Humpanadas”.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes with Peanut Butter Ricotta

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Happy Earth Day! If you had a chance to read my last post, then you may notice I’m on a bit of a food waste reduction kick lately.  I’ve recently started meal planning by the month. Mr E and I been saving a ton of money and time having a plan in place when it comes to mealtimes. I’ve also noticed how much less I’ve been throwing away items that spoil before they can be used. However, I’m still guilty of having to party with items before they get used.  The two biggest offenders in my home of spoiling too soon are fresh herbs and bananas. This month’s Recipe Redux contest of only using foods available at home (and going south) certainly helps to alleviate my guilt about one of the two.  Continue reading “Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes with Peanut Butter Ricotta”

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Food Waste: Accidental or Intentional?

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April means Earth Day is upon us. While a lot of attention this week is put on ways to save the planet through recycling and clean water, there is a larger issue coming into play right in your own home: food waste.  According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), over one-third of food gets lost either during the production process or after purchase. In the US alone, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per MONTH. Organic waste is the second highest component of landfills here in America, which are the largest source of methane emissions (and NOT, contrary to belief, cow farts).  Stop being part of the cause. Time to BE the solution against food waste. Continue reading “Food Waste: Accidental or Intentional?”