Sexy Beast Salad

I call this my Sexy Beast Salad because…well…I guess if you wanna get slim and look sexy, salads are the way to go. But salads can get boring after after a while so I like to make mine fun and a little sassy – like me 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Hydroponic butter lettuce
  • Sliced Red Onions
  • Cranberries
  • Pine Nuts
  • Sliced Ham & Swiss cheese
  • Grape Tomatoes

You can add cucumbers, bell peppers, strawberries and your choice of salad dressing. For my salad dressing, I chose my favorite Vanilla Vinaigrette which is shown below:

Beet & Berry Smoothie

After hearing about all of the health benefits of beets, Oscar and I decided to pick some up on our next shopping trip and start incorporating them into our smoothies. Boy was that a good choice. Not only did we enjoy a sweet new flavor in our breakfast smoothie but it also kept us hydrated and energized throughout the day. Plus its nice to mix things up a bit every now and then.

I’ve never prepared fresh beets but thank goodness for this wonderful tool that’s out there called – YouTube. I watched a 10 minute video presentation to help get me started and then I was on my way. After some online recipe research and a little experimentation, I came up with my own delicious creation:

Pretty intense color, eh?

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of carrot orange juice or regular OJ  (see photo below)
1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
1/4 cup of beets
handful of chopped mango & strawberries
1 banana (optional)
tbsp of honey

Combine ingredients, hit blend or pulse on your blender and voila! Your supercharged, healthy breakfast is here!

   Now for some fun facts about our friend the Beet:

  • Powerful anti-oxidant and cancer-fighting agent
  • Controls blood pressure
  • Strengthens bones
  • Protects your heart
  • Aids in weight loss – Yayy!!

For more information on the health benefits of beets and recipes, visit this website:
http://whfoods.org/genpage.phptname=foodspice&dbid=49&utm_source=bulletin_click&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=bulletin_email

Operation Freedom 5K

I am proud to say that on Sunday, September 9th, Ms. Nicegirl completed her very first 5k!! Its funny, I’ve got myself signed up for a Triathlon at the end of the month and I’ve also completed a 10K (which is 6.2 miles) but have never officially ran in a 5K so I signed myself up for the Operation Homefront Florida Freedom 5K Walk/Run to support the troops. All proceeds go to veterans, wounded warriors and the families of service members, a cause I was more than happy to support. The run took place in downtown WPB right along the waterfront. I finished in just under 35 minutes! Not bad for my first 5K…but I figure I can only get better.

Afterwards, I went home and rewarded myself with some delicious, homemade, protein-packed Greek vanilla yogurt pancakes with bacon! To make the pancakes, I used 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt, mixed it with 2 egg whites and a tsp of vanilla extract. Then, in a separate bowl, I mixed a 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour and a tsp of baking soda, combined all of the ingredients and voila! you have your pancake batter.

Greek Yogurt Pancake batter

To get the perfect size scoop, I used an ice cream scooper. Don’t they look good?

Greek Yogurt Pancakes

You can make them with bananas, strawberries or blueberries. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any fruit and needed to go shopping but I did have bacon! So I cooked up the bacon in a frying pan first and used a little bit of the grease from the bacon to make the pancakes so they were extra bacony…(a trick my boyfriend showed me ; )

I took this recipe from Recipe Girl and tweaked it just a bit. If you’d like to get the recipe for her delectable blueberry Greek yogurt pancakes, you can check out her website: http://www.recipegirl.com/2012/08/15/greek-yogurt-pancakes/.

Happy Sunday!!

Southern Hospitality

Southern Hospitality Couples Dinner
As I explained in a previous blog, Oscar and I and our group of friends host a couples dinner once a month. One couple volunteers to host the dinner at their house, we pick a country or theme and everyone brings a dish from that country. This month’s theme was Southern Hospitality which was moi’s idea ; ) Our friends hosted the dinner and we had it on Labor Day.

silly couples

Work-Out
Since I knew we would be doing some good eating, I had to have my morning workout which was a Chillengthen class at Move Fitness Studio in downtown West Palm Beach with my favorite instructor Amy.  The Chillenghten class is a type of fusion workout that utilizes slower work out moves in order to focus on strength, balance, and core exercises. We use Steps, free weights and body weight exercises to help promote a strong, lean and balanced body. Don’t let the word chill confuse you – it totally kicked my ass!!

Now it’s time to enjoy some good southern eatin!!

Here was the menu for our Southern Hospitality Couples Dinner:

  • Smoked Mac n Cheese with Ham
  • Chicken & Waffles
  • Biscuits
  • Collard Greens and corn bread
  • Corn pudding
  • Sweet Potato Pie (made by yours truly)
  • Pecan Pie
  • Southern Iced Tea

Brunch at Dune Deck Cafe

Today I’ll be meeting up with my Dad for brunch at the Dune Deck Cafe which is right on the beach. But before I do that, I’m off to my Ride Class at Move Fitness!

Move Fitness:
Saturday morning started off with my usual Core Ride spin class with my favorite fitness instructor Amy at Move Fitness Studio. Unfortunately, I didn’t eat before going into her class and really regretted it because I felt very light headed and dizzy towards the beginning of class. I usually eat at least a banana or some toast but since I knew I had brunch plans I skipped it and boy was that a mistake. But I made it through and I felt great. I really like her classes and I love working out on Saturday morning. It’s such a great way to start your weekend.

Indoor Cycling

Brunch with Dad:
I had to bolt to my Dad’s right after class so we could have our fabulous brunch at Dune Deck Café which is right on the beach. It was a gorgeous day and I had a nice time catching up with my Dad. I even told him about my Miss Nice Girl blog!!!!

I hope you all have a safe and great Labor Day weekend!

Swamp Girl

I hope everyone is having a safe and awesome Labor Day weekend!

Sunday – Tri-Training and first visit to Gander Mountain
Sunday morning, Oscar and I got up early and met up with our friends to train for the Tropical Triathlon which is at the end of this month!! (I can’t believe we’re in September already!!!) We rode our bikes 8 miles to the park in Lake Worth to meet up with our group, then rode over the bridge and to the beach for a ¼ mile swim. It was pretty rough in the ocean that day but I made it through my swim using the side-stroke technique. After the swim we transitioned back to our bikes to get ready to ride another 8 miles back home but poor Oscar got a flat. So we had to walk our bikes over the bridge and to the nearest gas station so he could pump some air into it and buy some fix a flat.

Luckily, Oscar was able to fix the tire and we made it back home. We were pretty tired and winded from our swim and the long bike ride but we felt really good about completing it and I am very proud of my guy for doing it with me. After we showered and had lunch, we decided to go run some errands and go grocery shopping. On our way to the store we passed by a Gander Mountain and I mentioned to Oscar that I had never been there before and apparently he hadn’t either. So since Oscar needed some water shoes for his  upcoming White Water River rafting/Bachelor Party trip we figured we would go in there and check it out.

We thought Gander Mountain was a pretty cool place. They have everything you need for all outdoor activities. We found everything from grills, to smokers, to camping accessories and even weird hunting stuff (which I know nothing about) like deer lick and those weird swamp suits which I thought were hilarious! Oscar found his water shoes and I found a new winter jacket. Don’t I look fabulous?

Swamp girl

Due South Brewery

Well so far, my Labor Day weekend is off to a great start! First on the list is a visit to the Due South Brewery on Friday Night.

The Due South Brewery is located in Boynton Beach in the back of a warehouse just west of I-95 on High Ridge Road. I had been anticipating going to this brewery for a while and was very excited about our visit…I mean who wouldn’t be really? Plus I heard there were going to be food trucks so I knew this was the place to be on a Friday night.  I went there with my boyfriend and our friend Mikey.

As we were driving down the winding road by all of the warehouses, we followed these little signs that pointed to the brewery. It kind of reminded me of going to a keg party and we discovered, it kind of almost is. As soon as we pulled up, there was music pumping and folks chillin outside chatting and having a smoke.  It was a pretty chill scene. Once we got inside we saw the set-up – a huge open warehouse with tables and chairs set up on one side and corn hole games. On the other side they have a bar, a tap room with an AC, TV’s and high tops and a view of the distillery.

Once we got settled in, we went back outside, ordered some hotdogs from PS561 Hot Dogs food truck (home of the Doug E. Fresh and Principal Ron), claimed a table, enjoyed our dinner and washed it down with some tasty craft beer.

A few months later, we went back for a tour and a tasting which I would highly recommend. The tours are given on Saturdays and Sundays for $10 which includes a tasting and a cool pint glass to take home. My favorite was the seasonal Pumpkin Ale and the Cafe Ole which is a stout chocolate-y, malty beer that goes well with breakfast or after dinner 🙂