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Afternoon Health Blogging- What a wonderful life!

It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Sunny San Diego today, and I’m so blessed to be able to take a few hours by this classy fountain and blog my little Fitspirational Heart out!

Afternoon Blogging

I just finished a bowl of fresh hearty tomato basil soup at the quaint cafe next door, and it was just enough to fill my tummy for the next few fabulous hours. I’m lucky to have snagged this awesome spot next to the fountain, the sound of the water falling is perfect blogging music.

Not going to lie, this fountain next to me is looking pretty cold and tempting… if there wasn’t a group of seventy-something year old golden girls sitting at the table next to me, I’d dive right in!

On that note- I’ve decided that I’m going to use the rest of my college free summer to pour my heart and soul into my cyber baby TheFitspirationalBlonde.com! Get excited guys, I have spectacular God-sized dreams for this fabulous blog.

Many more fountain-side days of blogging to come this summer 🙂 20130713_144845

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Pear White Balsamic-Vinegarette

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This delicious Pear White Balsamic Vinegarette was recommended to me by my friend Melissa! She made a kick-butt summer pear salad for our church potluck.

My mouth is still watering just thinking about it! It was so delicious, that everyone ate it before I could get my phone out to snap a picture!

Anyway, Melissa found this fruity-gem at Sprouts (which is a local San Diego food store.)
I definitely recommend picking some up!

Thanks Melissa!

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Baked Seasoned Sweet Corn- a sweet summer favorite

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Corn is one of my favorite summer vegetables, because it’s easy to prepare (especially for a summer picnics), and tastes great on a hot summer day!

You can really play with the spices you use on your corn and customize it for your tastes buds. I kept it simple using pepper and oregeno, which really made my tongue happy. Sometimes I like to get a little spicy, so I’ll add a bit of cayenne pepper too.
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Ingredients:

  • Sweet white corn
  • Pepper
  • Oregeno
  • Butter
  • Tin foil

What to do:

  1. Apply a thin layer of butter to your corn
  2. Add spices
  3. Wrap in tin foil
  4. Bake for 15 mins
  5. Enjoy!

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Wrapped in tin foil^

Pre-preparing tip:
Since I have a crazy busy schedule, I like to pre-prepare a few pieces of corn and bake them all at once. Then, the corns that I don’t eat, I kwwp them wrapped in the tin foil and put it in the fridge. When I’m ready to eat them, I pop one in the oven for only 5 mins, and it turns into a quick and easy snack!

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Strawberry white balsamic vinegarette salad

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I created this light and easy strawberry white balsamic vinegarette salad with only 5 ingredients!

Strawberries
Avocado slices
Crumbled blue cheese
Candied walnuts
Dark leafy green
White Balsamic Vinegarette Dressing

Perfect satisfying lunch for a hot summer day 🙂

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Summer Challenge: 2 new Recipes a week! **New Recipe Submission**

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Healthy Soup

Extra Vegetable Soup!

This is a DELICIOUS adaptation of regular vegetable soup submitted to me by another one of my fabulous followers! Her step-by-step instructions and beautiful pictures make this recipe one I won’t be able to pass up. To top it off, it’s vegetarian! Great Job girly 🙂 Can’t wait to see your second recipe you make this week!

Click here to learn more about my Summer Challenge: 2 Recipes a week! Add your name to the growing list of awesome challengers, and have a blast making 2 new recipes a week through the end of summer 🙂

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Summer Challenge: 2 Recipes a week! **New Recipe Submitted**

Healthy Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

This is by far one of my favorite recipes submitted to me from one of my awesome followers for my Summer Challenge!! Check this easy recipe out guys, a fabulous healthy alternative to that sugar packed dessert on ice cream trucks.

Beautiful food pics too!

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Click here to learn more about my fabulous Summer Challenge: 2 Recipes a week!

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All natural honey-mint tea

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One of my best friends gave me this deliciously simple tea recipe the last time I drove up to see her in San Bernadino.

I’m NOT a big fan of tea, however I had a tickle in my throat that weekend- so she gave me this tea. She made it with leave from her freshly grown mint plant. I surprisingly enjoyed this delicate combination and had to blog about my first positive tea experience.

Tea-sperience (I’m officially making this a word.)

Unfortunately, I failed miserably at growing my own mint plant at home (my thumbs are obviously not green… they’re hot pink.) Thank our beautiful Lord that Trader Joes is just a few minutes away, and carries pre-packaged mint leaves.

Ingredients:
4-6 Mint leaves
1 cup of water
1-2 tsp of honey
1 cute cup
A warm blanket and your favorite movie!

Recipe:
Heat water, combine ingredients, wait 2 minutes for flavors to dissolve, then drink and relax!

Honey tip:
This honey-mint tea tastes the absolute best with real honey. However, I am currently out of all natural/organic honey; which I purchased from the farmers market last month (yay support your local farmers.) Until  next week’s farmers market, this artificial bear stuff will have to suffice. I recommend going out of your way to your local farmers market and getting your own real honey as well.

Try it out!
Easy, healthy and will warm your heart/mind/soul.