Zak had to leave earlier than usual this morning so I had to hit the gym first thing. Out the door just after 6, I split up my time on the cardio equipment between the elliptical, stair climber and wrapping it up with interval sprints on the treadmill, 15 minutes on each. The time just flies by when I do it this way!

After 15 minutes of weights I was on my way home so Zak could get out the door. I had juice on the brain this morning and I realized I had enough produce to make my very own V8 this morning.

Orange You Glad It’s Sunday?

October 11th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (18 Comments)

Pineapple, I have someone I’d like you meet. This is my new friend, Breville.

Pineapple, Meet Juicer

Now that my mom has gotten into juicing she’s become my juice muse. She’s turning me on to all sorts of juice books and has inspired me to think outside the romaine bag.

I bought a pineapple a few days ago with intent to ring it out in the juicer. Today was the day my conifer seed shaped fruit had a juice date with some carrots, an apple and ginger.

In the Pineapple Bush

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

October 10th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (11 Comments)

This juice sure looks innocent, doesn’t it? Today was the first day I made juice for both Zak and myself with the Breville. Zak likes a lot of ginger and the new juicer handles ginger like a real champ. These two facts are a dangerous combination, as I was a little too eager and generous with the ginger this morning.

Holy Ginger

I’m fairly certain that this juice tunneled new pathways in my sinuses. I think I shook my head and bugged out my eyes after every sip. But I still drank it all! No worries. I think I’m fully protected from any sort of flu that might try to invade my immune system from now until 2011, Swine or otherwise.

Farewell to the Acme Juicer

October 8th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (13 Comments)

Oh Acme Juicer – you’ve done right by me.


The green just flows so easily from your spout.

Juicer Action

You’ve made me countless glasses of green juice.

Juice Poll

And some red juice too.

Green to Purple

We’ve had a lot of fun together.

Sneaky Juice

You’ve made me smile.

Green Juice

You’ve made me cry.

Liquid Bronze

But now it’s time to say farewell. I’m sure you’ll enjoy your new home with Mallory, wherever it is that Mallory lives. I’m sure she’ll take good care of you will appreciate you as much as I did.

I’m feeling a lot of pressure from this juicer giveaway – this isn’t going to be easy. I want to give a juicer to everyone! If you still want a chance to win my old juicer, you’ve got until tonight to leave a comment on yesterday’s post.

I’m still squealing with delight over foam-less juice. Foam didn’t really bother me before, but I think it looks much more appetizing with out it.

No Foam!  Again!

Today’s vegetable juice contained a large beet, a carrot, a cucumber, 1/2 head of romaine lettuce, an apple and a lemon. The apple gives it the perfect amount of sweetness.

A Second Hand Juicer Giveaway

October 7th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Fitness - (36 Comments)

It is wet and miserable out this morning. I had planned to go to the gym but I got wrapped up in something I was working on and before I knew it my time to exercise was fading fast. I knew it would be quicker to just run outside here, but the cold and wind and rain made it less than appealing. I sucked it up, put on my running tights and my rain coat and headed out for a 4 mile run.

Chia Pudding and a Story

October 6th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (20 Comments)

What’s this?

Chia Pudding

No, not a new kind of tile for your bathroom floor. Guess again.


Nope, not fish eggs. Last chance.

Side View

YES! Chia pudding! You got it!

How did I make chia pudding?  OK I won’t make you guess, I’ll just tell you:

2 Tbsp of chia seeds
1/2 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp agave

Stirred and popped into the fridge for about 4 hours. I’ve seen chia pudding around and it’s been on my list of things to try ever since I won a 3 lb bag of chia seeds from Averie’s giveaway a few weeks ago. Averie posted four chia seed recipes this morning and that was it. Today was chia seed pudding day.

Feeling ReFRESHed

October 5th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Vegetable Lovin' - (20 Comments)

Home Sweet Home from our little mother-daughter weekend away, I’m feeling unexpectedly reFreshed after just a little time off from my motherly responsibilities. Happy to return home and find everyone in one piece and no mismatched socks were used inappropriately while I was away.

The blogger meet up at Fresh yesterday with Angela and the Oh She Glows readers (that sounds like the name of a band) was so much fun!


Group Shot

The menu was filled with so many fabulous choices it took forever for the 10 of us to decide on what to order.

A Foodie Day

October 3rd, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (12 Comments)

It’s been a foodie day in photos to say the least.

My mom and I stopped about midway during our 2 1/2 hour drive for lunch at a Greek restaurant.

Greek Food For Lunch

Quite possibly the best tasting Vegetable Souvlaki ever. I’m sure part of the reason it why was so delicious was due to the fact that I was positively starving by the time we sat down to eat!

Veggie Souvlaki

We got to our hotel at about 3:00 – thrilled with our view of the city from our room!

View From Hotel

I started today with a big glass of green lemonade and an article from the Nature’s Market newsletter from Wegmans. This sure put a spring in my juicy step this morning.

Green Juice with Organic Article

Check it out: Younger Buyers Opting for Organic

Be Young! Buy Organic!

That’s right! Be young! Buy organic! To think I pierced my nose on my 30th birthday to prove to myself and the world that I’m still young. Well then let me just pull this sucker out and head to the organic section. Anyone want a used nose screw?