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To market, to market…

Though I’m more inclined to buy a fat fig than a fat pig, I love me some farmer’s market!

This week’s bounty:

An abundance of GREEN.

Florets and Leaves.

The only kind of eggs I'll eat: eggs from happy chickens.

My next Blendtec experiment: Nut Butters.

I’d say that it was a fairly successful market day.  I picked up:

  • kale
  • boston lettuce
  • a huge head of romaine
  • an avocado
  • a bag of spinach
  • two bunches of green onions
  • a huge bunch of dill…just because it smelled so good
  • two heads of cauliflower
  • two heads of broccoli
  • a dozen organic eggs

This morning’s load (produce and eggs only) cost me just over $40.  Given that it is all local, organic and picked about an hour before I bought it…I think this was a good deal, especially compared to the prices of organic produce in our local grocery stores.  I love the market.  I wish it was open year-round (it’s only open from November until June).

Afterwards, we went to a little coffee shop for a pick-me-up, since we were at the market at the crack of dawn.  By that I mean 8:00 a.m.  I had a bowl of cottage cheese with fresh fruit on top and a drizzle of honey…mmmm.  A quick stop at the local health store for nuts, earth balance, tempeh and a few other odds and ends and our morning errands were done.

We used to laze around our apartment on Saturday mornings, often not even getting dressed until after 12:00 p.m.  I’m finding that getting up earlier and getting out – to the market, or wherever – really makes the weekend seem longer.  I love it!  Why not make the most of precious time off?

How do you like to make the most of your weekends?

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Monday, Monday.

I took a few days away from the computer because my man and I celebrated our six year anniversary this past weekend!  Six whole years from our very first date, back in snowy Ottawa.  Hard to believe…the years have flown by.  But then other times I think that it feels like we’ve been together forever.  Anyways, we celebrated with a little trip.  We stayed on the Rock…a “staycation”, if you will, and spent a lovely evening at a resort.  It was awesome.  No computers, no cell phones, just us and the ocean (and a five-course dinner).  Good times!

View from the Rock.

It is just so ugly here. I don't know how we can stand it.

And then we came back to reality.

Before our little getaway, I snuck in a trip to the farmers’ market on Saturday morning to stock up on this week’s goods:

kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, broccoli and an avocado!

I know that it doesn’t look like a lot for a “week’s worth of goods” but we still have the bunch of beets and a bunch of carrots from last week, so we’re fully vegged out over here.  One of those sweet potatoes was roasted with some cauliflower last night and served alongside garlic shrimp and steamed broccoli. 

Roasted sweet potato and cauliflower. Mmmmmm.

I’ve been craving roasted veggies a lot lately.  I’m not sure what it is – the time of year, or just the fact that for once I actually have been able to get my hands on organic roast-ables that are staring at me from various bowls and the depths of my fridge.  Who cares?  I just love them.  LOVE.

In other news, my entire department is getting struck down, one by one, with a nasty cold.  Mind you, I am one of only two members of the department without kidlets at home, and those kids, collectively, seem to be a gigantic germ machine.  I am fighting back, however, with this:

My Savior: Effervescent Vitamin C.

Effervescent vitamin C.  Taken this way, it is more easily absorbed by the body (compared to large pills that may not dissolve completely).  I’ve been taking one of these each night in an effort to ward off the germies.  So far…knock on wood…I’m healthy.

Hmmm.  We’ll see.

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Oops.

Well…our casual vegging out on the couch accidentally turned into a 2.5 hour nap, meaning that we missed our grocery shopping window (stores on the Rock are only open until 5:00 p.m. on Sundays…if they open at all).  The obvious solution?  Take out from our favorite Indian restaurant.  Cheap and delicious.  Here is my appetizer-sized plate, loaded up with my favorites:

Clockwise from the top: aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower curry), baingan bharta (eggplant curry), chicken tikka masala.

There are enough leftovers for us to each take some for lunch tomorrow, and then we’ll hit up the supermarket after work for our groceries.

I’m feeling pretty good tonight.  I love that “I had an awesome workout today” feeling – it’s one of the reasons I would almost always rather work out in the morning than in the afternoon or evening.  Getting it over with first thing not only sets me up with a healthier mindset for the day, but it gives me a great feeling that I’ve already done something great for myself and my body.  Go, me.

Tomorrow’s workout plan involves a yoga DVD in the morning and, weather-permitting, a walk after dinner.  Have a good night!

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Sundayness.

We’ve been trying to come up with things to do on the weekends.  The Rock can be a bit blah over the winter months, so it’s easy to fall into the routine of spending weekends cozied up inside, on the couch.  Yes, it does get cold and miserable in the winter on tropical islands…at least, this one.  And by cold, I mean cloudy, with a chance of rain.

Anyways, I came up with the brilliant idea of spending Sunday mornings working out together outside.  I originally thought we’d hit up the stadium and run around the track, but as we were looking for parking I noticed some trails running through a park across the street.  It didn’t take much to convince Carlos, so we ended up spending 45 minutes running up and down hills, under the palm trees.  According to my heart rate monitor, I torched just over 400 calories, which is pretty good for my first workout since…er, November.  Yes, I have not done any real cardio since the end of November, but that was only because I spent the first few weeks of December infected with the Swine, which wasn’t exactly conducive to doing anything more with my lungs than attempting to breathe without hacking.  So, I was pretty happy with how I did this morning. 

Afterwards, we were supposed to go grocery shopping, but decided to stop by the homestead to have a shower and make some much-needed (and late) breakfast.  Enter…green smoothie:

This bad boy had:

  • 1 small banana
  • 1 orange
  • frozen raspberries
  • Berry AmazingGrass SuperFood
  • 1 TB ground flax seed
  • 1 TB unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. hemp seeds
  • a lot of kale
  • filtered water

Delicious.  I shared this with Carlos, who liked the flavour but found it a bit “seedy” for him.

Then, I was feeling kind of snacky, so I had a little bowl of Stacey’s Pita Chips.  I LOVE these things. 

Now we’re spending some (deserved) time on the couch, watching Friends re-runs and trying to find the motivation to go shopping for the ingredients we need for the soup I’m making this afternoon…

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