Summer Squash Pasta Toss

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When I was growing up, my favorite restaurant order was chicken nuggets and fries. Brown and brown, with a side of red (ketchup). True story: I'd eat this nearly every day. Thankfully, my tastes have expanded a bit as I've grown. This is especially good news now during the summer since I live very close to one unbelievable farmers market. I took full advantage of that fact this weekend and was inspired by all the bright colors to ...continue reading

Healthy 4th of July Dessert: Americones

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I was a pretty weird kid. Each year when the Independence Day parade rolled around, I had a major case of mixed feelings. I loved seeing the floats, bands and dancers, but secretly found the whole affair to be quite uncomfortable. While the other kids saw the candy tossed out by the float-riders as the main draw, I'd rather let all the others have it than fight them for it. Yup, my aversion to confrontation started early. Very early. ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special: Skinny Summer Recipes and Home Workouts for HOT Days

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Can I have a pause button, please? Tomorrow marks the start of July. That also means that my Million Dollar Marathon leg is coming up in just three short weeks! Un. Real. Speaking of MDM, if you want some fascinating, inspiring reading, follow the progress of the team here. As you can see above, I've been soaking up some summer fun these past seven days. A couple highlights: one VERY sweaty and very scenic run in my new Mizuno Wave ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special: Summer Produce Edition

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As you might have been able to tell from my last two recipes, I'm on a bit of a produce kick. When it's so fresh and flavorful (not to mention right in my backyard each Saturday), how could I not? So today, I rounded up 6 dishes to add to a summer fruit and vegetable recipe bucket list. I must try these before the ingredients go out of season! Join me? Just genius. Serve your favorite berries in an ice cream cone for an edible ...continue reading

Protein-Packed Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

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Fun fact: Strawberries are actually not berries. My all-time favorite fruit, since the edible portion is not produced by the ovary of the plant's flower, is an "accessory fruit" and part of the rose family. You know what are botanical berries, according to the official definition? Bananas, avocados, watermelons and pumpkins. Break that fun fact out at cocktail parties. :) Regardless of the classification, it's prime ...continue reading

My New Backyard: Garden-Free But Packed With Fresh Produce

There are plenty of awesome things about my new apartment. The tall ceilings that make the place feel spacious, the fact that it’s within walking distance of the office, how close it is to scenic open spaces for outdoor workouts…and the Saturday Farmers Market that is about one block away! (Sidenote: As of the most recent grammar rules, there’s no need for an apostrophe anywhere in Farmers Market. Good to know!) True, I ...continue reading