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Rustic Tomato Basil soup, 1/2 mozzarella tomato pesto sandwich- my Italian lunch in San Diego!

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This incredible italian style lunch began with and INCREDIBLE tomato pesto I found at the farmers market last weekend.

A precious little old Italian man had his own booth set up, and I spent a good 20 mins talking to him about all the natural ingredients in his various flavors of pestos.

After trying 2 (more like 7) differeny flavors on his sample french bread slices, I fell passionately in love with his fresh tomato basil pesto. I couldn’t wait to get home to slap some of it on a sandwich!

Thus, the creation of this Italian style San Diego lunch 🙂

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I loved it cold, with a bowl of my delicious tomato-basil soup. (See my tomato basil soup post for the recipe)

Perfect lunch to perk up a gloomy day!

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Apple Pecan Summer-Berry Salad!

This salad is perfect for any summer gathering, party or lunch!

The combination of fruit, nuts and dark leafy greens makes this salad not only delicious, but high up on a healthy scale.

It also only took me 5 minutes to put it together. Easy and delicious, my favorite combination 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • Apple Pecan Dressing
  • Green Apple Slices
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Dark Leafy Spring Lettuce
  • Spinach Leaves

I found that this salad is better shaken. When you just pour the dressing over the lettuce, it tends to clump up on various ingredients and doesn’t reach to others. Trust me, this incredible dressing is so tasty, you’ll want it to reach every piece!

Make sure not to over-dress your salad. The delicate sweetness of the Apple Pecan dressing is delicious, but it’s easy to over do it. Start small, and add as needed.

Enjoy!

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Brittany and Locket time!!

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It’s another beautiful day in Sunny San Diego and I just spent 2 hours of it with my wittle yorkie Locket!

I must have burnt like 938377383 calories running around with her my back yard.

We both agree the lake is looking extra pretty today.
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Locket and I are going to finish off this beautiful day with the second half of this smoothie from this morning, and some all-natural doggie treats 🙂

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Calorie count for Fruits and Veggies- what are you eating?

Besides being low in calories, fruits and vegetables are rich in different types of vitamins, fibre and antioxidants.

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Instead of filling yourself with over-processed foods that only makes your body THINK it’s full, fill yourself with low-calorie fruits and vegetables. You can eat WAY more, and they will keep your body full much longer.

Think before you eat!

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Quick smoothie tip- switch up your fruits and veggies!

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Put some variety in your morning smoothies!

If you switch up your fruits and veggies every morning, your body will get a great weekly variation of nutrients.

Your hair, nails and skin will thank you for it 🙂

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OK… one of us is going to have to change!

OK CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN GET A PAIR OF THESE LITTLE RUNNING SHOES FOR MY YORKIE LOCKET, BUT IN PINK?!?!!?

I might just die happy if 4 mini XXS pink running shoes showed up at my doorstep for Locket.

I love health & fitness almost as much as I love my yorkie… almost!

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If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.

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“Eating ONE hamburger every day can increase the death rate by 1/3” – Graham Hill

Throughout my many awesome years of health blogging, not to mention my entire 24 years of lifelong vegetarianism; one of the most common questions I get asked is, “Brittany, why would you possibly bother being vegetarian?”

Here are my 3 answers to that question-

Animal Cruelty

Did you know we raise 10 BILLION animals each year for meat? Out of those 10 billion- a majority of them are raised in factory farm conditions that we wouldn’t even consider for our own cats, dogs etc. If you’d like to learn more about this- Google these 3 words: “animal factory cruelty”. Spend ONE minute on Google images, and I guarantee you’ll give vegetarianism another thought.

Environmental

Meat causes more emissions than all transportation combined. Cars, trains, planes, boats- you name it.

Beef production uses 100 times more water then most vegetables do.

Increase in Meat Consumption

We as a society are eating TWICE as much meat as we did in the 50’s. What used to be a small side dish, is now the main course.
With the traditional Western diet, the average American consumes about double the protein her or his body needs.

Additionally, the main source of protein comes from animal products which are high in fat and saturated fat.

 

Stand against animal cruelty, help the environment, allow your body to be healthier, and live a longer life; being vegetarian is AWESOME.

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Take your dog for a long walk- a great way to add exercise to your day!

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I just got home from teaching Sunday school at church, and then took my little yorkie Locket for a long walk!

Taking your dog for a long walk is a great way to fit in some extra exercise in your day.

We went about 2 miles around the lake by my house which she really enjoyed. That extra 2 miles put me in such a great mood!

Finishing our walk off with some healthy doggie cookies and a fresh fruit smoothie.

If you have a precious puppy of your own, use her as a fabulous excuse to get your butt off the computer and explore nature for a while.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

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I love spotting clever Fitspirational T-shirts!!

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Once you begin your Fitspirational life, you’ll start to notice that there is Fitspiration EVERYWHERE you look!

I’m at the grocery store right now, buying all the fruit I need for the rest of this week’s morning fruit smoothies- and I spotted this clever shirt.

She must be a health blogger I thought 🙂

After I saw it, I just had to stop her and ask if I could snap a picture for my health blog. She was flattered, and even asked me for a link!

If you’re having a hard time finding Fitspiration, open your eyes- it’s all around you.

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Baby-Gourmet Grilled Cheese Panini’s

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These baby gourmet grilled cheese panini’s will take your breath away. Using your pink panini maker (or which ever color panini maker you own, even though pink is the best color of course) eliminates the time it would normally take to bake them in the oven.

Also, using a panini maker eliminates the need to fry them in a pan. This makes these cute little babies much healthier too.

This took a total of 10 minutes, and was worth every second!

Ingredients:
Sauted Portabella Mushrooms
Pesto
Mozerella Cheese
Mini-Chibatta Slices
Caramelized Onions
Oregeno Spices
Avocado Feta Spread

How to:
Caramalize your onions
Saute the portabella mushrooms in all natural honey (which is a sweet delicous substitute for oil)
Spread the bottom half of the chibatta bread with pesto, and the top half with avocado feta spread. You can use what ever spread or dip you like, i just happened to find the Avocado-pesto spread at the farmers market and fell in love with it.
Layer your cheese, sauted portabella mushrooms and caramalized onlions on the chibatta slices
Toss them in your panini maker, and vuala- you have delicious baby gourmet grilled cheese paninis that will impress all your guests!

I paired my mini panini’s with my 2 minute side italian salad, and a home-made fruit smoothie.

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Ps, you can get the recipe for this sensational pineapple strawberry carrot smoothie in the smoothie section of TheFitspirationalBlonde.com 🙂 I guarantee you it will take your tastebuds to wonderland!