Summer Salad

the perfect steak salad for summer

Warm weather calls for a crisp salad. Am I right or am I right?

While Dean tends to be the chef of the house, creative salads and sandwiches are more my sport. I like to find fun ways to take fresh & delicious items straight out of the fridge and into my belly. This salad is a definite go-to all throughout spring and summer: A simple steak salad!

Steak Salad


  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Half an Avocado
  • Hard-Boiled Egg
  • Steak, cut into small chunks
  • Shredded Parmesan
  • Croutons


  1. Hard-boil your egg (Cover your egg in cool water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover your pot and remove from heat. Let it sit for 12 minutes before taking out the eggs and letting them sit in cold water until cool.)
  2. Cook your steak (We buy top London broil or sirloin steak. Trim fat and cut into 1 inch cubes, season to taste. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and add your cubed steak. Cook for ~5 minutes, stir occasionally to insure an even cook.)
  3. Cube half of an avocado and a quarter of a tomato
  4. Throw everything in a large bowl and mix
  5. Top with shredded parmesan, croutons, and your dressing of choice (oil & vinegar always works!)


Other great options? -Switch our your steak and cheese for baked chicken and turkey bacon. I promise you won't be disappointed! -To make it even healthier, swap out the dressing for lemon juice and leave out the croutons.

steak salad

Also- Should you decide that you have too much steak in front of you, just call Allegra! Apparently she ate more than half the steak we made last night. Three years old and still surprising us every day ::insert eye roll here::

What’s your favorite recipe for warm weather?


PS- This strawberry shortcake recipe is your perfect dessert option!

Getting Healthy

3 easy ways to be healthy

Somewhere between March and October I’ve gained weight. Like, 4 pounds above my high weight, gained weight. Usually this would bother me, but because it’s fall it wouldn’t have been so bad. You throw on a few extra layers or a jacket of some kind, and you tend to forget the extra weight. However, living in Florida doesn’t allow for the same fall pleasures.

The good news is that the southern heat really pushes me to be more active. I’ve been running more, taking Allegra on longer walks and I even purchased a groupon to try a local hot yoga place! Operation: Get Fit (aka Operation: Fit Back In My Clothes) is officially in action!

Just in case you want to get involved with me, here are 3 simple ways to make healthy choices throughout your day.

  1. Utilize commercial breaks. As I confessed last week, I’ve been obsessed with TV lately (will it gross you out if I tell you that I’ve been watching even more shows than I listed there?) But I feel a little better about my obsession when I use them to workout. Sometimes I do sit ups, other times it’s push-ups or squats, but either way I do my best to set myself up to get some movement in during commercials.
  2. Park in the back of the lot. No more searching for front-row parking. Utilize your able body by taking a parking spot in the back and walk your butt past all those lazy spots to the front door.
  3. Bring your own lunch (and your own coffee). Going out to eat may be fun, but the negatives tend to add up quickly. Between the extra cash you’re spending and the extra calories you’re ingesting, going out for lunch is better left as a fun treat, not an every day occurrence. Oh, and the same rings true for buying coffee out. Forget about those starbucks and DD runs. Bring your own coffee in the morning and grab an extra one for later if necessary.

What do you like to do to get into a healthy groove?


PS- Drink more water!

Taking care.

slow down and take care of yourself

Thanks for the break, friends. I used my time to sleep in and play with Allegra. I went up to Syracuse for Ryan & Emily’s wonderful wedding. I napped, ate one too many Toasterstreudels, and saw some of Dean’ family for LDW.

I also ended the holiday weekend with a promise to get myself back to a good place. I drank a ton of water, did a little cleaning, and (drumroll please) joined my favorite hot yoga place for another month. It’s time to get myself back into good habits! What have you done for yourself lately?



Thirsty Thursday: Matthew Berry Smoothie -a healthy breakfast smoothie

a healthy mixed berry smoothie

Is it just me or does today feel like a Friday? I hate Thursday’s that feel like a Friday! It’s just mean. Anyway, if you’re looking to make your Thursday just a little bit better, I have a nice smoothie recipe for you.  Every so often Dean will make me a smoothie to take to work and things just seem 10x better. This recipe in particular is a go to for us.

a healthy mixed berry smoothie

Frozen Matthew Berry– a mixed berry breakfast smoothie

  • 8-10 oz water
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup mixed berries (we used a frozen bag of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries & raspberries)
  • 1 scoop protein powder (Dean the Trainer recommends vanilla whey protein from Optimum Nutrition)
  • Optional: 1 tbsp peanut butter


a healthy mixed berry smoothie


This smoothie would also be healthy post-workout option. Other healthy options? The Blind Melon of course!

Thirsty Thursday: Blind Melon

blind melon- a watermelon  and lime cooler

Getting back into working out is hard. Getting to enjoy extra shakes & snacks afterward? Yep- I’m okay with that! Typically I drink some chocolate milk, have a little bowl of a healthy cereal/granola or steal a spoonful of peanut butter…. but sometimes I want something different. Enter: watermelon.

Dean the trainer said that watermelon is a great post-workout snack because it is hydrating, replenishes your electrolytes and glycogen, and it can help prevent muscle soreness . Some studies even show that watermelon can help your future workout performance! Yes and yes.

To save myself from having to do too much work after yesterday’s run, I cut and froze all of the watermelon ahead of time.  All I had to do was throw everything in the blender when I got home. Easy enough for me!

watermelon cooler


Blind Melon: a watermelon & lime cooler


  • 2.5 cups frozen watermelon chunks (seedless)
  • 3 tbsp yogurt (I used vanilla but I think strawberry would have been great, too!)
  • 1/4 lime, squeezed
  • ~5 mint leaves


  1. crush mint leaves
  2. Add crushed mint, watermelon, yogurt and lime juice into blender and pulse until smooth
  3. garnish with an extra lime wedge and/or mint leaves

blind melon- a watermelon and lime cooler   - perfect for after a workout!



PS-Still thirsty? Find other drink recipes here


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