Foodie Friday

Happy Valentine’s Weekend Lovers!

I ho12002928_10207658248477136_945958856807416547_npe everyone is excited for a romantic weekend, haha!! Of course, I am kicking things off with a lovely evening of FREE yoga and exclusive shopping! That’s right, tonight is the night I teach at HAVEN collective yoga’s trunk show hosted by the beautiful & talented Jacqueline Palmer. I am so excited to slip into their amazing contour leggings and share my offering with the Bay Area beauties in attendance.ย But enough about that, today’s Foodie Friday is sort of a Valentine’s themed because I made this recipe specially for my handsome husband. He asked me to pick up some zucchini bread ingredients earlier this week and they sort of just sat there. So I took the hit, haha, and got to work concocting a healthy but still delicious zucchini muffin for us both to enjoy this weekend & coming week.IMG_0651Just like everything I make, this still needs some tweaking, but certainly good enough to share as is…I present:

Zucchini Muffins w/PecansIMG_0648

  • 2 scant cups whole wheat flour (sifted twice)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 2 eggs (or egg substitute)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey (heavy measure)
  • 1/2 cup 2% plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 zucchini grated and squeezed of excess moisture
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Heat oven to 325. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in large bowl. In separate bowl, combine eggs, yogurt, honey, oil, sugar, vanilla, and zucchini and whisk until well mixed. Add wet to dry and fold all the ingredients together until uniform. Then add the pecans, spoon into cupcake tin (lined, sprayed, and filled 1/2 – 3/4), and bake on center rack for 14 minutes.IMG_0650I was definitely skeptical at first but I must admit, I could become addicted to these moist, delicious, little wonders!! I hope you and yours find yourselves inspired to get creative with some of your favorite treats this weekend!!


’til next time, keep smiling! ๐Ÿ™‚



Valentine’s Weekend Fun

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Today is the first day since I’ve been in SF that the sun isn’t shining. It’s still going to creep into the 60s this afternoon & given the exceptional weather this weekend, I really should be counting my blessings! Phil had off for President’s day so we had a long weekend to explore the city, hang out with friends, and of course, celebrate Valentine’s Day!photo 2(1)The ever romantic Phil bought me those beautiful flowers, a bottle of my favorite champagne, a pair of shoes, an adorable romper & the sweetest card…he spoils me! I lined up an entire day of delicious eats and treats to indulge his inner ‘fat kid’ and shower him with love! photo 1(1)We went on a sunrise walk, enjoyed mimosas and eggs on our deck overlooking the water, lounged with an Italian charcuterie lunch, indulged in stuffed mushrooms and arancini hours devour es for cocktail hour and savored spicy cioppino for a true San Francisco dinner. Of course no meal is complete without dessert so I made sure to have choices: banana’s foster bread pudding, chocolate covered strawberries & bananas, and coconut macaroons…ya know, to keep it healthy! ๐Ÿ˜‰photo 3(1)Its a good thing there are so many hills around us because I could really pack the pounds on with all this yummy food!!! I hope everyone else enjoyed their long weekend as much as we did!

’til next time, keep smiling! ๐Ÿ™‚

sO mUcH sNoW!!

Howdy word press world! Remember me? The end of diving season is days away and with all this snow, the chaos of the season, and work, I feel like I have been spinning in circles! Summer doesn’t seem to mind though…20140219-132735.jpg

I know they’re about a week or so late, but in keeping with my New Years goal, here are photos from week 6. I have not been able to ride nearly at all with the past few weeks of snow, but I have been doing my best to work out a few times a week.20140219-132906.jpg

My Brother-in-law’s Birthday, Phil’s promotion celebration and Valentine’s day definitely took me a little off track but every day is another shot at being your healthiest self! Plus, all those stellar meals were well worth it, especially Valentine’s day!tinto

I may not be setting the world on fire with my weight loss goals but I am enjoying every bite! I am feeling stronger each day (minus the stiff neck I woke up to the other day!), and as soon as this snow melts a bitย  more, I will be able to ride again – CAN’T WAIT!!!!

Happy Hump Day!