Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Cookout Items

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

It is my favorite time of the week because it is Top Ten Tuesday. This week we are talking about items you can bring to a cook out. Next Monday is Labor Day, this weekend is officially the last weekend of summer and here are some of my favorite side dishes and items to bring.

1. BYOB hehe. Bringing beer is always welcome. I love to bring my own, that way I don't drink my hosts favorite but I can bring my own favorite, like Bud Lite Lime.

2. Potato Salad

3. Macaroni Salad

4. I love bring a fruit salad. Fresh fruit always tastes so much better at a cook out. The sweet fruit is that balance with all the hamburgers and hot dogs.

5. Tri-Colored Pasta salad with Italian Dressing

6. Corn on the Cob, a cook out would not be complete with grilled or regular corn on the cob

7. My mom used to always make these 3 ingredient apps or little finger foods to munch on and they are my favorite; a cut piece of sharp cheddar cheese, then a little cube of pineapple and top off with a cherry and put all together on a toothpick. Eat all at once, the cheese and sweetness of the pineapple and cherry are just the best.

8. Buffalo Chicken Dip- Just cream cheese, with some shredded chicken and buffalo sauce, all mixed together and then topped with cheese and baked.

9. Ice, I know it sounds crazy but bring ICE with the best because it always the first thing to always go first, so being prepared.

10. Bringing or setting up a game is always key. It gets everyone interactive and fun.

Have a safe and Happy Last weekend and holiday of the Summer.

Now bring on the fall!!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Eating on the Run with McDonald's Food Changes

We all live in a fast paced world, right? We try to slow down but most of the time we are running out the door and our feet are following right behind us. There are times I forget to bring my coffee, breakfast and lunch to work because I am so busy trying to make it out on time.

I have a healthy commute for work, 30 miles round trip and roughly 30-45 minutes worth of travel, with traffic or accidents etc. And the same for the way home and then sometimes I travel for work to other locations, being in my car for a nice 8 hours. On those days I am so busy making my way out the door, I forget I need to eat. While I don't always stop for fast food, I know am happy to say I wont mind searching for those Golden Arches with the changes McDonald's has made to some of their menu items and lucky for me there is one on my way to and from work.

Here are some of the changes I am happy to see...

1. Committing to 100% cage-free eggs by 2025. I can enjoy my McMuffin a little bit brighter now.

2. Speaking of McMuffins, which holy yum, they are moving the margarine to 100% real butter

3. No more high corn fructose syrup in their buns for their famous Big Mac, Quarter Pounders, Filet-O-Fish, cheeseburger and hamburgers and McChicken sandwiches.

4. A big change is the removal of artificial preservatives in several items, such as the best chicken nuggets ever, the Chicken McNuggets, the pork sausage patties and omelette style eggs served on McGriddles and Bagel and Biscuit sandwiches.

5. They have replaced iceberg lettuce with romaine lettuce, baby kale and baby spinanch in the salads also.

I am McLoving the changes to the McDonald's menu.

The eggs and salad changes make me one happy girl. I have always enjoyed a egg sandwich with my fresh coffee and then for lunch or dinner, I know I can choose a good meal on the way home and not feel so guilty about it. And with the changes to these menu items, I can have a balance and enjoy a small order of fries, which we know are the best or a McFlurry for those hot days, Lord knows we have them here.

Also for some of those who live in different cities or areas of the world, McDonald's has been introducing other options for food too, to spice things up and make some changes such as in New England you can order a Lobster or Lobstah (my NE friends know ;0) Roll made with 100% North Atlantic Lobster or in San Fransico Bay Area you can order Gilroy Garlic Fries. Yum.

It is fun to see the changes McDonald's has been making. Fast food gets a bad wrap and can be eaten in moderation but it is awesome to see that NOW I can make some really good choices and not worry about all those added factors.

I might just forget my lunch or breakfast just so I can swing on by :0)

Check out what other changes McDonald's has made here.... McFoodChanges

Comment below with which food changes you are most excited to try and you can win some free Be Our Guest coupons for Free Food with McDonalds ( Tampa Bay Area Readers only)

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Slow Cooker Meal

Well Hello Again :0)

This Tuesday's Top Ten is all about my favorite appliance in my kitchen, my Slow Cooker or Crock Pot however you may call it. I absolutely LOVE my crock pot. I use it at least once a week. James and I both work nights some time, so to come home and have food waiting, hot and ready to go makes our lives so much easier. It also keeps us from eating crap or spending money on food when we have plenty right here.

A lot of my favorites are ones done with little ingredients. The easier the better in my life!

10. Buffalo Chicken
In your crock pot add some chicken breast, either thawed or frozen, add a bottle of Buffalo Wing Sauce or a Bottle of Hot Sauce and one packet of Ranch Dressing, the one made famous by Hidden Valley. Cook on low for 7-8 hours, then shred the chicken while in the crock pot. It is juicy and spicy and so delicious. We eat it on sandwiches or just as a meal.

9. Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
Same as above but with a can of crushed pineapples and a bottle of honey or Hawaiian BBQ sauce, shred it and serve over rice.

8. BBQ Drumsticks
Crockpot Root Beer BBQ Drumsticks Recipe! ~ from TheFrugalGirls.com ~ go grab your Slow Cooker and give your classic chicken drumsticks a delicious twist! #slowcooker #recipes #thefrugalgirls:

I have made these twice and used Diet Soda instead of regular. The soda gives the chicken a nice crunchy thick coating on the outside and the meat practically falls right off of the bone. Drizzle some BBQ sauce on top when serving.

7. Cranberry Chicken
Use one can of whole cranberry sauce with Catalina Dressing, fat free or regular. You can either shred or keep the chicken breast whole. I served this with rice and some vegetables. This chicken had really great flavor.

6. Beef Stew
This is one of my favorite crock pot recipes ever. My Poppy makes one that he uses in the winter and when I come home it is a must. It is pretty simple with meat and potatoes and veggies. I use the beef stew packet from the store and simmer and cook all day long. Of course you have to pair it with some bread and butter, crispy bread is always the best.

5. Taco Chicken
Guess what this one is simple too. Chicken breast with a can of sweet corn or frozen package, a jar of salsa and a packet of taco seasoning. Shred the chicken and is perfect for taco night. Or made into a salad, or just as a main course.

4. Thanksgiving Turkey
Hear me out on this one. It is beyond easy and the left overs last forever. James and I make this every Thanksgiving because our lives are crazy. We get a turkey breast, the one without all the gizzards and and all that nasty stuff. You put the turkey breast in your crock pot with seasonings and chicken broth, the broth makes it soooo tender and juicy. It is amazing! Believe me. Let it cook all day long. It makes the house smell so yummy and we have turkey for the whole weekend practically.

3. Chili 
We have chili probably at least 3 times a month, despite how hot it may be right now. I make chili using either Lean Ground Beef or Extra Lean Ground Beef or using Ground Turkey. I just add the meat, chili seasoning, a can of chili beans, can of reduced sodium black beans and another form of bean, and one can of diced tomatoes sometimes. Simmer all day and top with your favorite chili toppings.

2. Soups
I have only made some soups in my crock pot. Soups make for a great meal. I love soup anytime of the year, even when it is hot.

1. Breakfast
Okay with this one, I am still new to the process but I have pinned a lot of breakfast items. Oatmeal and french toast are high on my list. I will be making them soon because of the quantity that they provide would make life so much easier.

Make sure you head over to Nanci's blog, she is sharing her Top Ten this week too.

I love my crock pot so much I have a whole pin board to it. Check it out here... Crock Pot Love

What is your favorite meal in your slow cooker??

Monday, August 22, 2016

Memorable Moments

I often get super nostalgic about running races because I love them so much. I love the routine that running races create for me. I love days leading up to a race, especially a half marathon. I love the training that comes along with the races. The time, energy and dedication I put int succeeding is something I had never experienced before. When I trained for my first ever Half marathon, back in 2012, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. I didn't know about long runs or what to eat or what to wear. I didn't know how long I should train for or what training even meant. It was so new to me and I had only completed my first EVER 5k only a couple of months before that.

But a co-worker of mine suggested we sign up and I said why the heck not. She agreed we would do it together. She had previous experience running a half marathon and assured me it would be tons of fun. I was up for a challenge and said sure why not.

And I hit the pavement running. She showed me ropes on all things half marathon training. We stuck to a plan of running at least 3 times a week, with one of those days being a long run. We tried to do our long runs on the weekends and I made it work around my crazy schedule. She trained me on how to eat properly for long runs, such as peanut butter and waffles before hand with water, eating a carbtastic dinner the night before. Which man did I love diving into some spaghetti and meatballs. She introduced me to GU and how that crazy texture was going to give me energy to keep on going.

We used her Gymboss and ran doing intervals. Running for 5 minutes and walking a 1 minute. I literally heard the beeping in my sleep and still 4 years later use that same method with all my training. I started buying clothes that were moisture wicking and special socks. I got fitted for GOOD running shoes and understand I am a neutral runner. I surrendered to wearing a fanny pack that held water bottles so I could stay hydrated on my runs. I was 100% dedicated to my training.

I loved the structure and the purpose it gave me. The first time I ran 8 miles, I knew, I KNEW I would be able to take on 13.1. We chatted on our runs about what our post meal would be. We laughed when I tripped over a bucket of fish because I am just that clumsy. I was thrilled when our running days came up and couldn't wait to feel that runners high before, during and after. I felt amazing.

Race Day came and I was nervous, anxious but ready to go. The atmosphere was crazy. So many people all over the place, so many walks of life, ready to take on those miles. I had ran the course, well most of it, it in training but I knew running it this time would always feel different. I peed probably five times before, from nerves and the amount of water I consumed. I texted my BF and told him I would see him at the finish. We got to our spots and off we went.

The miles kept going and going and once hit 10 miles, where typically the wall comes up, I knew I only had a few miles to go and I was going to be a half marathoner! I was tired and hungry, but I wanted that finish line and do something I NEVER thought I could do.

My first half marathon was probably my most memorable race moment because it was the first. I remember hitting that 13 mile mark and running that .10 with everything I had in me. I was crying happy tears and I looked over to my left and there was my Boyfriend, smiling ear to ear, waving at me and videoing this monumental moment. I was so overcome with emotion, nothing I have ever felt before.

I could have kissed the ground or did a high jump over that finish line. Neither of which I did because I was tired and sore but when they put that medal around my next, that moment, that feeling, no one could ever recreate that feeling again...

That was until I completed my fist ever MARATHON.

I remember when we did that first half marathon, as we were sitting down to eat for lunch, my friend and I said, we can not imagine running a full marathon. The idea of basically turning around and doing that again was madness. Well a few more half marathons under my belt and that feeling changed and I knew I wanted to take on a marathon. Something inside of me changed...

I trained just like I did for my first half marathon like I did for my Full with lots of dedication and time. I trained for 6 months in the summer heat and spent every weekend running long miles, carb loading and resting. All the feelings I felt when running my first half, I felt for my full and well 10x more. Running a full marathon is hard. Hard in the all the places, on your body, mind and spirit. It chews you up and spits you right out, over and over again.

It seems crazy that running 26.2 miles is a life changing experience but it is. It is BEYOND life changing. It makes you stronger and weaker, it makes you love running and hate running. It makes you laugh and cry and feel every single emotion is what seems like forever, in only a short amount of time. And like the half my favorite moment was coming that stretch and hearing the crowds and looking over and seeing my family screaming my name. And as I crossed that finish line the announcer saying Angelina you ARE A MARATHONER.

2% of the world start and complete a marathon, and I am one of them...

Now this moment right here is my all time favorite. I could barely walk, I was caked in salt and sweat and sunshine, I was hungry and probably could have eaten each of my family members, because they all looked like burgers waiting for me, but I felt amazing. I started something and finished and became a better person in the process.

The most common themes in each of these races were they were something I set out to do and never thought I could. See that is what running races does for me and for others.

Running a race pushes you out of your comfort zone. Watching a race, lets you see the drive and dedication, inspiration and motivation of the human spirit and how we can push our bodies in ways we never knew possible.

Now race season is starting right back up again. The weather will start to cool down and running weather will emerge. Races start popping up all over, from fun runs, to half marathons, the marathons, 10ks, 15ks, beer miles, color runs, hot chocolate runs and races here and there. The time of year to get moving and get outside and take yourself out of your comfort zone is coming up.

Maybe you can sign up for a local race that supports a charity in your area or maybe you can create your own. Maybe you can sign up for a race you have never done before or you have inspired a friend to come along with you. Maybe you can set a challenge for your workplace and as a team building experience do one all together. I recommend using EventBrite to search for local events going on in your area, so you can create a memorable race moment this year.

 BUT you can also use Eventbrite to create your own race, using their service to promote and sell tickets. What an awesome feature.

I have a race in mind that I am hoping to do some day in the new year. My best friend lost her husband to lung cancer and I would love set up a race to run in memory of him. A race dedicated to the loving, funny and caring man he is and donating the money to charity and hospice. The race would be about celebrating the man that is no longer here with us but carrying on his love for helping others. You can either walk or run, all that matter was you were moving and breathing fresh air into your lungs and helping others. Songs being played at each half mile that were is favorite as picked by my best friend with motivational quotes through out pushing you to the end. And of course at the end, celebrating with a big party, with free beer and tons of food.

If you are looking to start a race or create one or look for one in your area, check out Eventbrite and get out of your comfort zone now.

What was your most memorable race moment?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Virtual Running

If you a runner I want you to think back to the first race you ever completed....

Where you anxious? Nervous? Were you worried what others would think about you as you ran on by? Were you nervous about crossing the finish line? Worried about tripping over that line rather than running over it? Were you nervous about even completing it in a timely fashion?

Did you feel any of these like I did???

I, of course, eventually got over it and moved on and I have completed tons of runs. I love the race, in general and the atmosphere it brings. I love the finish lines and the crowds and the people running beside me.

But sometimes I cant make it to certain races or like here in Florida the weather is so crazy, so during June-September there are not a lot of races going on because it is so hot. And I love to earn Bling. I love the medals.

Here is where my new love comes in....

Virtual Races/Runs!!!

Virtual Races/Runs are done on your own time at your own pace, with your own finish line in sight. They send you a bib, or sometimes you have to download it, they will send you a medal and sometimes even something a little extra. The cost can be almost half the cost of a regular race. There is a time frame to complete the race in BUT you don't always have to complete it in that time. The medals are awesome and then when the time is right you do your own course and complete the mileage you signed up for.

There are ones for 1 mile, 5k's, 10k's, Half marathons, and even a full marathon.

I have only signed up for 5k's and 10k's, which are 3.1 miles and 6.2 miles.

I seriously started doing virtual races because I mean I am already going out for a run anyway, why not earn some bling and swag along with it. The company you get your virtual race from might even ask you to load a picture or use a hashtag along with it, but honestly it is all done on an honor system.

You either actually do the run or you don't.

I signed up for this race because of the name of course. That is my motto in life and as you may know everything I said during my full marathon. The medal is also a compact mirror. The medals are a typical medal size and sometimes even bigger than ones from actual races.

This was a 10k race also I did. Runder the Sea. I usually complete the longer ones in downtown St. Pete against the water. It makes for a cooler run. I set out with the mileage and away I go.

This was a Marathon virtual race to support Jess on her journey to the Boston Marathon. This race you had to complete 26.2 miles over the the dates of April 1-18. This was a lot of fun because she had a Facebook Page set up with it and you can upload your mileage or picture each run or walk or bike you did to get to the 26.2. I typically run my virtual races, but this one I did a mixture of everything.

Holiday runs are always a good time too...especially if you cant get to an actually one.

And a Valentine's Day run. This one came with a shirt and runner candy hearts.

All of my races have come with a shirt and bib besides the local one with Jess but she sent a great swag bag along with hers.

The shirts are cotton shirts which are just fun to wear around anytime. I have a She Believed She Could So She Did, Runder the Sea, Kiss Me I am a Runner and Love To Run.

I sign up for my Virtual races through Gone For A Run they have a new one practically every month.

And now a lot of races are also giving you the virtual option too if you cant make the actually day. I have done one a Half Marathon Best Damn Race Jacksonville one too, a couple of years ago.

Virtual Races are so much fun. You do it however you want. Create your own race, get friends to sign up too. Celebrate the accomplishment, hang your medal proudly. Branch and sign up for a mileage you wouldn't normally sign up for. Use it in training or mainly motivation.

However you choose, just enjoy the run!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday- Appetizers

Hey Hey it is Tuesday!!!!

Which by now you know it is Top Ten Tuesday time and I am linking up with Nanci and Jackie. Make sure to check out their posts too.

I am a huge fan of appetizers, mainly because I love small portions that I can pick and eat a lot of haha. I don't make a lot of appetizers because we don't entertain as much, but with football season coming right around the corner, we will starting too.

So for this post, I will be posting my top 10 for my pinterest board I am wanting to make this upcoming season, enjoy!! You can also get the full recipes from my Pinterst board at https://www.pinterest.com/angelinaa718/  and the board I have all my apps and starters on is Dips and Apps Done Light & Football Season Fun



I love dips for starters because you can pair them with anything, veggies, pretzels and bread.


Buffalo Chicken Dip

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip:

I have made this lots of times and it is always a hit. This also makes a great lunch option.


Skinny Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Skinny Baked Jalapeño Poppers | Skinnytaste:


Skinny Caramel Apple Dip. SO easy and loved by both kids and adults! Perfect for back to school #easyrecipe #easy #skinny #healthy #kidfriendly - The Cookie Rookie:
I mean this just screams delicious and I can not wait to make this, well once it gets a little cooler. I love the taste of fall.

Fire Crackerz {Football Friday} | Plain Chicken A favorite at my house...:
These I made for the super bowl and a HUGE hit. Box of reduced fat cheez It's, Mix with some olive oil and crushed red pepper and a packet of ranch dressing. Mix all together and put on a cookie sheet and bake until crispy. Believe me you will eat the whole the batch! They are addicting.

These Cheesy Party Burgers are so fun! Great to serve to a crowd or just to make dinner fun. Perfect for parties because you can make them the night before and cook the next day. If you want to start the party, make these Cheesy Party Burgers!!:

I first saw these on Facebook and with hungry football fans this was another big hit. I used lean ground beef and fat free cheese to take away from the calories and still turned out amazing.


*Crescent Pepperoni Roll-Ups would be perfect for appetizers while watching football or for a girls movie night in. Yummy, if you want to try go here: http://dinnerrecipeideas.info/crescent-pepperoni-roll-ups-would-be-perfect-for-appetizers-while-watching-football-or-for-a-girls-movie-night-in/ #recipes #food #dinnerrecipes:

Simple and easy and low in calories. I am obsessed with these!!


These Buffalo Wing Pretzel Sticks are the perfect snack to enjoy while watching the game!:

Another hit and super addicting too. A little twist like the Cheeze It's!


My simple favorite is plain old cheese and crackers with mustard. That is a favorite in my house growing up and something I always share with my Poppy. Growing up the brick sharp cheddar cheese, Poppy always called this cheese Strong cheese. I never knew it was just sharp cheese in a brick. So when I moved out on my own and bought my own groceries by myself, I stood in the cheese aisle looking up and down to find "strong cheese" I stood there for a good 5 minutes until I called my Dad and Poppy asking them where I found this cheese. They both laughed and told me there was no such thing, it was always just sharp cheddar haha.

And...My old time favorite is Pigs In A Blanket. But Pigs in A blanket can be different kinds, the kinds I love the most is mini hot dogs wrap in a crescent roll. The best ever. I remember eating those on New Years eve, watching the ball drop.

What is your favorite appetizer??

Saturday, August 13, 2016

100 Days & Where I Go From Here

Wow what a week it  has been....

On Thursday the 4th I received some really horrible news about my Best Friends Husband and then 12 hours later on 5th, everything came crashing down. My BFF of over 25 years, Lea Ann lost her husband to lung cancer, he fought so hard and for so long and on Friday in the early morning he took his final breath.

My heart ached for the pain my BFF was going through, she lost the love of her life, one minute he was there and the next gone....

I, of course, instantly was looking online for flights to get back home to PA to be with her. I didn't care about the cost or the time off of work, I just knew I had to be there for her. I finally got a flight out of Tampa to Scranton on Sunday night.

In the midst of all of this my run streak was still going strong. I had resulted in only going for a mile a day at that point. My body was hurting, my mind even though running helped clear it was all over the place. But I took the time out to get the runs done.

On Sunday morning, I got up early, before the rain and got my Day 99, and I felt pretty good. I knew the next day for the 100 was going to be different. I had originally planned longer mileage for both of those days, but with life you had to adjust BUT NEVER GIVE UP.

When all of this happened, I actually was going to call it quits. I felt I had no time and I wasn't into it. I was on Day 97 and I said oh the hell with it, I am giving up. I was on the phone with my Boss, whom is also my friend and my mentor in running and in life, Jen. She is currently doing a run streak also and she is going for the full year, pretty amazing. When I told her I was throwing in the towel, she said NO YOU ARE NOT. She said this is the time you need it the most. A mile out of your life is nothing, you need to take this time and just go and do you.

That was all I needed to hear and out the door I went.

Monday was going to be a really hard day for Lea Ann. And as much as I was hurting for her, I knew I had to be there for her all day and try my hardest to be strong. I was a mess BUT God I have never seen someone more stronger than her. She was amazing.

I set my alarm for early so I could get my 100th day mile in before the day even begun. I love running in other areas, there is always something new and exciting to see. I would have loved to ran so much more that time and wished it was a vacation but I did okay. Where Lea lives is actually the same place that I ran my full marathon, it was like coming home and I couldn't have loved a better place to celebrate 100 days.

Lea lives on a main road but the road her house is on, was a perfect mile spot, set right around the mountains. She told me to back and forth and I should get my mile in. I did just that. The weather was so perfect, way more cooler than Florida, like 20 degrees cooler and no humidity. The fresh air was just what I needed and wanted. Even though I was tired and sore from a full day of flying and other things the day before, that mile was just what I needed.

And just as quickly as it began, 100 days later I accomplished the goal for doing that. For 100 days straight I ran at least one mile a day. 100 days!!!! A little over 3 months. I could not have been more proud of myself with that. I did it all through the hardest times of my work schedule. I did it on days I was super tired and this damn heat. Some days I stuck to just the mile because it was easy and other days I ventured out and did more mileage. Some times I got my mile in and just walked to stretch out my legs after, some I did cross training with it.

Some runs I did super early in the morning and other times I did it after work, even though I really did not want too.

I, honestly thought when I took on this run streak, I was only going to go for 30 days, just the month of May and then until my Birthday, the number 100 seemed like the perfect part. I could probably go on for much longer, but yes I made an excuse, but the idea was never to do this to do it. It was to do it to take myself out of my comfort zone and really get back into running. The way I loved running when I started 5 years ago and I had fulfilled that.

So where do I go from here. I didn't run 101 because I wanted to spend some time just reflecting and to be quite honest not have to worry about running. So that is what I have done for the last few days. I have just relaxed and enjoyed sleeping in a bit, being lazy, and for once not thinking about running and I just sad no to the run.

But lets be honest, I cant say no. So I am back on it tomorrow. But not every day. I really need to get my toning back up. Running 100 days has built a lot of muscle in my legs for sure and gave it some pain. But I need to tone up my stomach, arms and legs a bit more. So I am focusing on 2-3 days of running a week and then the some cross training the 2-3 days and one to two rest days. I feel like that would be a really good happy medium for me.

Will I do a run streak again. ABSOLUTELY!!! It got me through some really hard times and busy times. It really kept me focused and I felt amazing doing it. I will do one again 100%!

If you are in a rut and need to switch things up, I recommend a streak, maybe a run streak or a walk streak or a work out streak, or maybe a streak of tracking food or water, a streak is a best way to get your mind set straight. Track it too, follow your progress, I promise you, it will be worth all the time and dedication.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

PSA: Zoodles are NOT Noodles

Alright lets talk about something real quick....

I love to find alternatives to some of my favorite foods, so I can enjoy them with fewer calories...etc..

I have been doing this on my journey for awhile now...

Such as Powder peanut butter for real peanut butter...

Cauliflower crumbles as crust on pizza or a great substitute for hash-browns...

Reduced fat for real fat, low sugar or sugar free, I mean the list can go on and on...I have adapted and half the time I don't even miss the real thing..but one thing I get but in reality I have to say ummmm come on....

Well is ZOODLES...

If you are unaware of Zoodles, here it is, it is Zucchini spiraled into looking like noodles, such as a substitute for spaghetti or anything involving noodles.

Okay, I get pasta can be high in carbs for sure BUT nothing can compare to noodles at all, NOTHING. PASTA is pasta, it is al dente and it is delicious and for an Italian girl like myself, well nothing compares to it. I use Pasta for my long runs. Those carbs get my sugar going and hold me over on those longer miles, seriously it is all I ate before my long runs marathon training. It is my go too.

This is funny because my sister is diabetic and eating too many carbs is bad for her, but I'm still like this:

Yes I have found an alternative in the sense I use whole wheat pasta instead and I measure and weigh out my portion, but zoodles are not noodles.

I will repeat zoodles are not noodles. Lets not kid ourselves people.

I bought a Vegetable spiraled the other day for the reason to make zoodles and other fun ways to get my Veggie game on. I Love the spiraled. I really do.

Last night I made zoodles and made James spaghetti. We paired it with sauce and Lean Turkey meatballs. It was the perfect Italian meal...

His was anyway...

This was mine...

Looks good right.

I mean it really, really does.

 And it tasted good. I made the noodles, oops, ZOODLES, with my high class As Seen On TV device and then boiled them, like real noodles. Added a little salt and seasoning. Added some pasta sauce, added the turkey meatballs and some reduced fat parm cheese and some crushed red pepper.

But here is the thing....These were not pasta. No way no how. I longed for the pasta James was enjoying and I sat there with my veggie side dish, lets me honest.

It was a bit filling but I would added so much more protein and even more zucchini. I used 3 small ones that were organic and I basically paid my whole paycheck getting. And once boiled I swear they all disappeared and this was what I was left with.

It was a great side dish but for a full meal, well I would rather eat whole wheat pasta and fill up a bit more.

Awesome carbless option and perfect for a small lunch.

I like Zoodles and they are fun to make and I will add more and more to them, but lets be real...

It is not NOODLES and lets give NOODLES the respect they deserve!!!

“Absolutely not ink” tober Day 18-27: Pasta and pasta accessories (These are parts 28 - 30 of a 30 piece puzzle! Come back on the 31st for a spooktacular reveal!)

If you are making Zoodles what is your favorite way to make them??!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Give Me A P...

Give Me a P!!!!

Give Me a M!!!

Give Me a S!!!!

Time to have some #realtalk and Honesty

Yup. this has been my life this week...

Seriously I have been a cross between crying at everything and anything. 


To hating life, looking in the mirror and seeing roll after roll after roll.

And then debating between eating a candy store and then washing it down with salt.

It has been rough. Let's get real ladies, PMS sucks!


I wanna say poor James, but the minute I told him I had my period, THEN no matter what I said or did was because of that. Not because he was lazy and a bum and didn't put the toilet paper back on the roll or take out the garbage OR God forbid he actually puts his dirty laundry in the hamper and not just by it. THAT IS TOTALLY PMS Related haha.

But seriously PMS can make you feel broken. It did for me Sunday morning. To the point where I was down in the dumps. I am typically a really upbeat person, I maybe suffer from a little anxiety, maybe, I don't know, I don't know what it feels like really. BUT Sunday I felt like I was going to have a panic attack with my mood and emotions.

One minute I am happy and the next I am standing in the kitchen crying. I was beating myself up over everything and anything. It was something I had not experienced before. I knew I Had to do something to fix it.

It was 11:00 in the morning, so I looked at my running shoes sitting in the corner and I just went. I went out for a 3 mile run and the minute my feet hit the pavement and was moving down the road, I felt better.

One that sweat dripped down my face and I was catching my breathe, all those emotions were put on the back burner and I was concentrating on the music in my ears and the road ahead. It was amazing. Sure I was going slower than I wanted and the cramps were intense, but god that run felt great.

I have to say I am happy that I made the choice to just go for the run. Just get out there and hit the road and not care how hot it was, because believe it was hot or how tired I was or how I felt. I had to run away from the emotions I was having and I did just that.

Now not all PMS days are like that for me, but Sunday lets be real, it was tough. After the run I felt great and of course PMS was still there, haunting me but the endorphins from that run was a high that lasted all day.

My advice, when the world and life and everything in general is going out of wack, sweat it out. Walk, bike, run, do something, face those emotions, get lost in something else and come out on the other side and when this happens....

When ever someone says: "you must be on your period"  I Just say: "I started my day in a puddle of my own blood, is that how you would like me to end yours?":

Have a great day!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday-Desserts

Happy Tuesday!!!

Its a fun Tuesday today, its the 2nd of the Month, yup we are now into August, where seriously I blinked and July was over.

And its Tuesday, which means Top Ten Tuesday and today I am posting around with Nanci and Jackie, make sure to check out all of our Top Ten Desserts.

Okay so these Desserts are a mixture of Desserts I love to enjoy and ones I would love to enjoy from my Pinterest, and a mixture of Guilt free and not so guilt free.

I have a wicked sweet tooth so ten was definitely hard to pick haha.


Arctic Zero ice cream is described as a fit frozen dessert. They have a variety of different flavors, some chunky and creamy. The beauty of these ice cream pints is you can have the whole thing for 300 calories are a 1/2 is 75 calories. It is a fit lovers dreamer. The chunky flavors...

Which I am on the look out for these flavors. The cookie dough is my favorite and the Snickerdoodle, as in both are CHUNKS of cookie pieces. The only issue with these ice cream pints are they can be hard to find, not all places carry them. I have had good success at Walmart and Whole Foods.

Another Fit Lovers Ice Cream

Halo Top Ice Cream

Very similar to the effect of the ones above in the fact they have Protein in them. I have found these at Whole Foods and a local natural food store, Earth Origins. I have only had the Lemon Cake and the Birthday Cake and both won be over, especially the Birthday cake, it has sprinkles in them!

Sugar Free Jello Pudding Cups

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These are small and so low in calories and hit the spot. Perfect for dessert or even a snack. I top them with some fat free cool whip or Reddi Whip to give it that extra fancy flair.

Soda Cakes
All the cakes you can make with just a bottle of soda and cake mix!:

These are so easy to make and taste even better. Rather than using eggs, milk or butter. All you use is the cake mix and soda, to make it even Lower in calories is use the Diet Soda. James even likes these cakes and you cant really taste the difference. You bake the cake according to the package. Seriously the combinations are endless.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

strawberry pretzel salad:

I haven't made this before but it is one of my favorite desserts, it reminds me of my Grandma. James's grandma has this at her nursing home lol, it is so light and tasty.

Pumpkin Pie

BEST homemade pumpkin pie recipe! With fresh or canned pumpkin purée, cream, brown and white sugar, eggs, and pumpkin spice. Favorite pie for Thanksgiving! On SimplyRecipes.com:

Pumpkin season is right around the corner and I can not wait!11 I love myself everything and anything Pumpkin. Pumpkin pie is my favorite pie of all time!!! And I love finding it healthy, you know using canned natural pumpkin, but sometimes especially Thanksgiving I have the real deal.

Root Beer Float

A traditional Root Beer Float is the best combination of flavors and desserts out there. The thing I love most about Root Beer Floats is you can diet soda and low fat ice cream and it still tastes jus as great. Root Beer Floats are the perfect summer treat but can be enjoyed all the time. And always with root beer, nothing else tastes as great.

Key Lime Pie

I mean I live in Florida, it is all the right thing to have haha. My goal is to hit a slice in Key West! The tart and the sweet, and the crust, YUM!!

Italian Cookies

My mom's side of the family is Italian and from Brooklyn and live in New York still so this was at every family function, especially at Christmas! The tri colored ones are my all time favorite!! They just remind me of home and my mom makes them and sends to them with me in my Xmas package. They go perfect with a lot of love, coffee and laughter.

3-2-1 Cake

IT'S 0 POINTS PLUS!! Genius! 1-2-3 Cake. You need two boxes of cake mix. One can be any flavor you prefer, but the other MUST be Angel Food cake mix. Mix them together (shake them in a big ziploc bag or stir them together in a big bowl). Then simply store the mixture in an airtight container until you get the urge for dessert. Then just put three tablespoons of the dry mixture in a big coffee mug and stir in two tablespoons of water. Microwave it for one minute and you will have a single...:

These cakes are amazing. Low in calories and points. You take a box of each shown, mix the powder together in a Tupperware container. Then take 3 tablespoons of the mixture, use a mug, a big own, spray with non stick spray, add the mixture with 2 tablespoons of water and microwave for 1 minute. That is it, a little personal cake. I LOVE THESE and you can use any form of cake mix mixed with the Angel Food!