May 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
A lot has happened in my life in the past 6 months. Most importantly, I graduated about a week and a half ago with my Master’s degree in Nutrition Science, got matched to a dietetic internship program (!), and made the decision to take a trip to Italy!
In 5 days, I will be on a plane to Italy where I will spend 10 days exploring Italian food and culture. During my last semester, I registered for a Mediterranean diet class where we studied Mediterranean food and culture, the history of these regions, Italian culture, eating practices, and more. As a class, we travel to Italy to live on an agriturismo in Tuscany for half of our time and in the city of Florence for the remainder of the trip.
I will be spending my time learning how to make cheese and honey, attend several wine tastings, visit a pasta factory, learn to cook a variety of Italian dishes, take day trips to different regions, listen to lectures on the importance of organic and sustainable growing practices, and of course, eat lots of delicious food!
I will be taking many photos and notes during my trip and hope to share my journey with you through when I return!
Photo source: Troy Hoover, 2011. Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy.
September 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
Hey everyone! Long time no blog, I know. My second year of grad school began at the end of August and I’ve been on the go non-stop ever since! One thing I have been keeping up with is my daily exercise classes (and healthy eating habits of course ).
A new schedule at my gym in Syracuse came out a few weeks ago and I was very happy to see a 6am Yogalates class. When I looked back at my exercise log, I saw that I haven’t taken a Yogalates class in over a year! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Yogalates, it’s a mix of yoga and pilates (hence the name!). We usually start off with light stretching, then move into sun salutations and other yoga poses, then finish off with deep pilates abdominal work along with other pilates exercises.
I look forward to this class every single week! I love starting off my day feeling both strong and stretched out. Sometimes I think a lot of us get caught up in how much cardio we are doing or how much weight we are lifting, and completely neglect the benefits that stretching and balance have on our bodies. Stretching is an important component of any fitness regimen and this class has reminded me of that!
If you haven’t tried a Yogalates class before, I highly recommend it. Off to enjoy my Friday night!
Have you ever taken a Yogalates class? Do you like to mix yoga and pilates or prefer to practice them separately?
August 6, 2011 § 3 Comments
Happy Saturday everybody! Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend so far.
Let’s rewind to last nights dinner. We decided to make dinner quick and easy so we went for a simple salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, onions, sliced hardboiled egg, deviled eggs, and tuna.
Dinner may look a bit light to you, but I assure you I ate my fair share of frozen yogurt at Plum Dandy shortly after dinner. I got their signature Euro tart flavor and a little bit of watermelon fro yo and topped it all with a few Sour Patch Kids – I was feeling the fruity flavors and gummy candy last night!
This morning I woke up bright and early (for a Saturday morning) at 6am. I was taking the 8am Body Pump class at my gym and needed to get some energy before I went!
- 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Mighty Tasty hot cereal
- Blob of Jif
I also had a huge glass water (needed hydration!) and a mug of coffee to drink on the way to the gym.
After BP, I went grocery shopping, did a few things around the house, and spent the afternoon with Troy watching a movie. We watched The Darjeeling Limited from Troy’s large collection of movies, we liked it! Once dinner time rolled around, I headed back home to a delicious meal of petite filet mignons, corn on the cob, and roasted red potatoes.
I don’t eat red meat very often, but I do love a great piece of perfectly cooked filet mignon every now and then! The corn on the cob also tasted very fresh and delicious. The summer produce season comes and goes so quickly! Which brings me to my next thought…
How is it August 6th already?!?!?!?!
Seriously though, where did the summer go?? I was filling out my calendar for the upcoming weeks and realized that I only have a little over 2 weeks left of summer and being at home. It is hard to believe but school starts again August 29th. I will be heading out there a week early since I have meetings and training sessions to attend. I feel like I just got home! The way I look at it, the sooner I start the semester, the closer I will be to graduating – I graduate in May! Does anybody else feel like this summer flew by?
Well, I am off to enjoy my Saturday night. Tomorrow, Troy and I are attending a 30th birthday party for his friends that are twins – how fun! See ya
August 4, 2011 § 4 Comments
This week has surely flown by and I’ve got some good eats to share with you. A few nights ago, we enjoyed rotini with homemade pesto, tomato sauce, and zucchini.
We also had homemade pizza crust topped with onions, pepperoni, and basil (always a crowd pleaser!)
Photo courtesy of Courtney
We dined at Creo restaurant located in Albany, NY and the food was delicious! I ordered the small plate of pesto risotto topped with big chunks of tender crab meat, asparagus, and shaved parmesan. Alicia, Courtney, and I all ordered the same dish since it sounded so delicious! I’m still thinking about how great it was.
We also got dessert, but since I was way too excited to eat my chocolate cake, I didn’t snap any photos of it. If you want to see our dessert selections, head on over to Courtney’s blog since she got some great photos of that part of the meal. It’s always a fun time meeting up with these girls!
July 31, 2011 § Leave a comment
For the past few days, I’ve been vacationing with my family in the Hamptons. We had a really great time relaxing, going to the beach, eating at nice restaurants, and doing some shopping! Even though shopping in the Hamptons is extremely pricey, I still bought one item I’ve been wanting for awhile. Here are a few pictures from our trip
Driving onto the ferry in Bridgeport, CT.
Ferry ride pictures.
My mom and I on the ferry!
Getting off the ferry in Long Island.
Kitchen in the house we were staying at in the Hamptons.
Cool art gallery fudgesicles – they looked good enough to eat!
I found Saratoga umbrellas in the Hamptons!
This is a picture of mine and Troy’s new house – just kidding! This was a huge house located right on the beach in South Hampton.
Amazing dinner in Montauk, NY.
Yachts in Sag Harbor.
Heading back home to Saratoga.
Stuck in traffic.
What a fun mini-vacation! Hope everybody is enjoying the rest of their weekend!
Have you been on any vacations or long weekend trips this summer? Where did you go?