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Our Healthy Lifestyle Transformation Family Progress

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We are just about two months into this healthy lifestyle transformation. Boy is it a process, but anything good takes a little work right?! You can read about the full story of why we started this journey here, but in a nutshell, it was just flat out needed. I felt blah, I turned to fast food more often than I care to admit and was just overwhelmed with not taking better of myself. This of course overflowed onto my family and something had to be done. I didn’t want to start a fad diet just to revert or go half in, so I went ALL in. We are talking food, beauty, clothing and home products. I know you’re probably thinking that’s overkill, but initially I started with food and thought, “what’s the point of eating better if other things I use are yuck?!” So, here’s a little update of where we are at and a few favorites I’ve found so far along the way.

*I am not a doctor. Any life changes you feel in your heart after reading this should be discussed with your physician first or researched further on your own to ensure a best fit to your lifestyle. I am a nurse by trade and do have a general understanding of body mechanics and nutrition with heavy research done before notating anything additional I write.

Healthy Life Transformation Progress Black Beans Sweet Potato

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The Perks of Taking Kids To Your Local Farmer’s Market

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Something big on our list right now is fruits and veggies. We’ve been on this journey to better health for over a month now and besides seeing myself feel better, the best part is seeing my kids enjoy it all too. This week we ventured to two local farmer’s markets in Tampa and they were like kids in a candy store, minus the candy of course. I’m finding that visiting a farmer’s market with kids has it’s perks besides the obvious nutrition side!

Farmer's Market With Kids Hand Holding Red Pepper Helping Pick Fruit and Veggies

perks of going to a local farmers market with kids:

kids love food.

It seems like they can never get enough to eat so you can’t go wrong taking them to a place solely full of food. I can’t promise there won’t be a bite in an apple before you make it to the check out counter, but given the nature of the relaxed environment, I’m sure the cashier will understand. continue reading

Savoring Risotto At Brio Tuscan Grille

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I just took a trip to Tuscany and didn’t even need my passport, can you believe it? Brio Tuscan Grille is certainly bringing Italy to you with their flavor packed seasonal Risotto menu. They invited the hubby and myself to come taste their drool worthy offerings and we couldn’t have been more impressed. We were stuffed to the brim and I might be counting down the minutes to lunch so I can eat my leftovers.

Brio Tuscan Grille Risotto Lobster Chicken Sweet Potato Beef Carpaccio Chocolate Lave Cake Bisque Tampa Food International Mall

Now through March 25th, you can savor the creamy taste of Sea Scallop Risotto, Sweet Potato & Chicken Risotto, Shrimp & Lobster Tail Risotto and Salmon Risotto. Sharing our menu below, but you may want to go ahead and dial their number to make a reservation, because it was THAT good! continue reading

Best Chunky Guacamole Recipe

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If ever there were something that I could eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner AND it would be deemed acceptable, it’s this recipe right here–chunky guacamole. It breaks the mold of a traditional guacamole to add a little oomph in it’s appearance and taste. Because it is so light and refreshing, I wasn’t joking about the eating all day part–you’ll see why when you make it. My kids love it, it disappears at parties and makes your tummy thank you.

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Making Gourmet Grilled Cheese

It’s officially soup season, which also means it’s oh-so-cheesy gourmet grilled cheese season. It would be completely easy to unwrap a single slice of cheese and place it between two slices of bread and call it a day, but no, no, no…once you try this gourmet grilled cheese recipe, you’ll never go back. This is a favorite around our house for us and friends alike due to our choice of specialty cheeses and the Parmesan crust secret weapon. This recipe’s gourmet aspect courtesy of the beautifully aged Stella Cheeses. Their Fontinella, Shaved Parmesan and Italian 3 Cheese Blend were ooey gooey melty and full of good-for-the-soul flavor.

Gourmet Grilled With Parmesan Crust

Fontinella Parmesan Asiago Cheese Recipe

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