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What to do in Naples… well we decided to take a kayak down the river. It was a beautifully hot day in Naples, Florida Saturday morning. Dressing in barely nothing was the key this Memorial Day weekend.

Breakfast was 1tsp of Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water.

No Mid Morning 8oz Juice…

After our Kayaking… I was hot, hungry and thirsty!!! So we ended up finding a Whole Foods Grocery Store, where they actually Juiced Vegetables. For my Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice Carrot, Celery, Cucumber.

Then we went through the buffet line at WholeFoods where I ate a Spinach Salad with Red Onions, Lentils, Chick Peas, and Oil and Vinegar Dressing. Then I tested some of the Guacamole and Salsa and some Orzo. It was really filling. I think I may have eaten too much!!!!

Back at the hotel, we showered and relaxed watching T.V. and snacking on Pistachio Nuts,. Not really interested in dressing up for dinner, we hit the Complimentary Bar on the 4th floor. I ended up snacking on some Carrots, Broccoli and crackers. I had a glass of White Wine. 

Unfortunately, during the night I got viciously sick and spent most of the night in the restroom. 😦 Not a good thing for our early morning Dolphin Experience Sunday.!

Mike and I think the Pistachios might have been the culprit here… because he got sick too!!!

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I hit the Pilates Studio Wednesday morning…. feeling the pain from the morning before. Boy, Cyndi our instructor really gave us(me) a leg workout Tuesday. I think it was a combination of not doing Pilates from Friday to Monday and also putting a little more attention on the legs Tuesday. It really made climbing the stairs this week a bit more difficult.

But anyway, I got home from the Jump Board 45minute workout and started fixing my Breakfast  of 1Tsp of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz of Distilled Water.

Then I mixed my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Spinach. I’ve become partial to this mix of vegetables.. and when I have the fresh Parsley I will add it too!!

30 minutes before Lunch I mixed 1Tsp of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz of Distilled Water.

And prepared something I picked up from my girlfriend on my trip to New York. She made me a sandwich with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Red Onions one afternoon and it tasted so good, I recreated the meal.

Vegetable Sandwich on Whole Wheat:

Ingredients:

1Cucumber

1Tomato

1/2Red Onion

2-4 Slices of Whole Grain Wheat Bread

Directions: Wash and slice cucumbers, red onions and tomatoes. Slice Bread and layer ingredients and top with slice of bread.

I was feeling  a little rushed and knew I picked up a Bolthouse Farms Juice at the market the other day and decided to implement that in my day. So, for my Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice I used the Bolthouse Farms Vedge Juice which is 10 different vegetables mixed together. It kinda tastes like a V8 cocktail mix.

30minutes before dinner I mixed 1Tsp of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz of Distilled Water. And afterwards I started on my meal. I decided to keep it light for dinner with a Loaded Cucumber & Tomato Salad:

Ingredients:

3Cucumbers

1/2Red Onion

1Yellow Bell Pepper

1Tomato

Corriander

Parsley

Paprika

Dried Onion Flakes

Garlic Powder

2Tbps Olive Oil

Directions: Wash, peel  and chop vegetables. Mix into bowl and add olive oil and season to taste.

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I can’t even remember the meals I had since Monday afternoon of last week. So, I’m going to just come clean and admit I didn’t do a very good job of logging or even watching what I ate.

As the week progressed, I did make it to my morning Pilates Classes and generally followed the menu of Barley Max for Breakfast, Mid Morning and Mid Afternoon Juices, and then a very sensible, raw lunch and dinner with a Tsp. of Barley Max 30 minutes before each.  

Until Thursday, when I decided to take a flight to Buffalo, New York for a weekend visit. I did pack my Barley Max and made sure I took my Tsp.  before each meal. But I was not able to get my juicing in for the weekend… and my eating habits veered from the raw beat and path occasionally.

There was Chocolate Cake one day, Pizza and Frozen Yogurt another day, and it seemed a continuous amount of alcohol throughout.

Monday night I returned home and thus started getting back up on the wagon. 

I resumed my Pilates Tuesday morning, and boy am I feeling like I missed several days of classes.

For Breakfast I mixed 1Tsp. of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz Distilled Water and proceeded to make my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Spinach.

I pre-mixed 1Tsp. of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz Distilled Water so I can drink it 30 minutes before lunch. Where we stopped at Wegmans Grocery Store to eat from the buffet there. Amazingly enough the buffet was really packed with some Vegan, Vegetarian options. I loaded up on a Green Salad: 

Wegmans Green Salad Tuesday Menu

Wegmans Green Salad Tuesday Menu

Ingredients:

Leafy Greens

Spinach

3 Cherry Tomatoes

Sliced Cucumber

Red Onions

Blanched Broccoli

Mushrooms

Shredded Carrots 

Then I had a mix of a delicious Lentil Mix, Lima Bean Salad, Vegetable Egg Roll and Stir Fry Vegetables. I washed this great food down with a Fresh Tangerine Juice.

Wegmans  Lentils, Lima Beans & Roll Tuesday Menu

Wegmans Lentils, Lima Beans & Roll Tuesday Menu

Wegmans Fresh Tangerine Juice Tuesday Menu

Wegmans Fresh Tangerine Juice Tuesday Menu

We came home just in time to make my Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice of Carrots, Celery, and Spinach.

Then 30 minutes before dinner, I mixed 1Tsp. of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz Distilled Water.

Dinner turned out to be a Garden Salad w / a Tomato Basil Dressing:

Garden Salad w/Tomato Basil Dressing Tuesday Menu

Garden Salad w/Tomato Basil Dressing Tuesday Menu

Ingredients:

Spinach

3Radishes Sliced

Small Bunch of Broccoli

1 Diced Celery Stalk

1Chopped Green Onion

Tomato Basil Dressing:

2Cups Tomato

2Tbls. Lemon Juice

2Garlic Cloves

2Tsp Dried Basil

Herb Seasoning

Directions: Chop, mince ingredients and add into blender until desired consistency.

Then I turned on the oven and made a bunch of Roasted Asparagus:

Roasted Asparagus Tuesday Menu

Roasted Asparagus Tuesday Menu

Ingredients:

10 Sticks of Asparagus

2Tbls. Olive Oil

Paprika

Dried Onion Flakes

Cumin

Sea Salt

Directions: Heat oven to 450 degrees, wash and cut ends of asparagus and place into roasting pan. Add the Olive Oil and remaining seasonings and roast for 15 minutes. 

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I woke up and went for a brisk walk around the neighborhood. It usually takes me about an hour or 45 minutes… depending on how fast I go. And I think length wise it’s about a 2 mile walk.

THEN…. Mike and I were set to go to the Farmers Market down in Flagler Beach. It’s about a 15 minute drive from the house to the Beach Market… and on our way down I decided to detour over to the Starbucks.

I know! I know!.. I had a craving that came over me and I indulged it. I had a Tall Iced Mocha with Soy Milk… boy did it taste good.!

Farmers Market Veggies

Farmers Market Veggies

Then we headed over to the beach and picked up some vegetables. I love coming home after the farmers market, because I fill up the basket in front of the kitchen sink on the counter with all the goodies and there are so many rich, bright colors to look at. I love that!!!!

This afternoon, Mike prepared a mid day feast for us. He made his famous Grilled Potatoes & Onions dish and then he tried a new recipe he got from his friend in California.

Saturday Lunch on LakeIt’s a Tomato, Cucumber & Onion Salad. And then we set the table on the patio and sat outside with a beautiful view of the lake behind the house. I sat across from Mike facing the ocean and saw a light blue calm ocean through the houses on beachside.  

 

Tomato, Cucumber & Onion Salad:

Tomato, Cucumber & Onion

Tomato, Cucumber & Onion

Ingredients:

2 Tomatoes

8 Little Cucumbers

1/2Red Onion

4 Mint Leaves

2Tbls. Olive Oil

1 Lime Juiced

1/2 Lemon Juiced

Directions:  Wash and chop Tomatoes and Cucumbers and mix into bowl. Add the Olive Oil and chopped Mint Leaves and squeeze lemon and lime juices into salad and mix well.

Grilled Potatoes & Onions

Grilled Potatoes & Onions

Grilled Potatoes & Onions:

Ingredients:

4 Potatoes

2 Sweet Potatoes

1 Onion

Olive Oil

Paprika

Directions: Peel and cut potatoes and onions. Mix into pan and add Olive Oil and Paprika and girll on high heat for 20 minutes or until onions are translucent and potatoes are soft.

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While we were in Daytona running some errands we came across a new restaurant called Vince Carter. It’s a very spacious piano bar, sports bar and steak restaurant all in one. The food was great too.!!!

 

 

Riesling Wine

Riesling Wine

I had a glass of Riesling Wine, which I didn’t finish; it was just a bit too soon to be drinking after Saturday’s binge. Then we ordered this great appetizer of Roasted Vegetables (Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Squash and Mushrooms) with a homemade Hummus and Bread.

Roasted Vegetable & Hummus

Roasted Vegetable & Hummus

But when I took the picture, I had already eaten all the Vegetables and bread.

 

 

For dinner I had a wonderful Central Salad, which consisted of

Romaine Lettuce, Artichoke Hearts, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Tomato and Almond Slices with a very tart Vinegarette. 

Vince Carter Center Salad

Vince Carter Center Salad

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First thing Saturday morning, I got up to hit the Pilates Studio for an hour of core strength training. Plus I needed to work off the Blizzard I had the day before while we were on the road. But that Blizzard is nothing compared to what I managed to whip up later today.

We managed to bring all the vegetables, lettuce, and fruits from Florida to Maryland so nothing spoiled.  And from there, for lunch I made a great Vegetable Salad with an Oil and Vinegar Dressing.

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Orange Bell Pepper

1/2Can of Chick Peas

5Small Cucumbers

2Tomatoes

1/4Red Onion

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

1/4Tsp Coriander, Paprika, Crushed Pepper, Sea Salt

Directions: 

Wash, Peel and Chop up Peppers, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Red Onions in a bowl. Open can of Chick Peas, drain and add half of can to the bowl. Add Oil, Vinegar and Seasonings and mix.

I noticed some of the food I packed to bring to Maryland, there was a bag of Pearled Barley. So I cracked open my cookbook and looked up a recipe to make with Barley. I found the Barley Vegetable Soup and decided to make it, because again we hit Maryland just in time for it to snow on our parade. But I didn’t have all the ingredients it called for, so I improvised and mixed up something better!!!

Barley Vegetable Soup

Barley Vegetable Soup-Improvised

Barley Vegetable Soup:

Ingredients:

8Cups Vegetable Soup Stock or Water

2Stalks Celery

1Cup Green Beans or Mushrooms

1CupBarley, Uncooked

2Tbps. Parsley

1/2 Tsp. Marjoram or Coriander

1Cup Onions

2Parsnips or Turnips

1Cup Whole Peas

1Cup Carrots or Extra Celery

1Tsp. Sea Salt

1/2Tsp. Thyme

1/2Tsp. Cumin

1/2Tsp.  Garlic

Directions:

Chop Onions, dice carrots, celery, parsnips or turnips, slice mushrooms. Place in pot with small amount of water or soup stock and steam for about 10 minutes. Add the remainder of the water or soup stock and bring to a boil, add barley and allow coming back to a boil. Cover and turn down to low for about 45 minutes.  Add peas and mushrooms and all seasonings except parsley and continue cooking another 40 minutes. Mix in parsley just prior to serving.

Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Frosting

While I was making that, Mike’s son wanted to make a cake. So I found a Betty Crocker Chocolate Cake Mix box and started adding the ingredients together: 3 Eggs, 1Cup Oil, and 1/2Cup Water. I had Mike’s son mix it together while I prepared the pan and 12 Ice Cream Cones to put the Cake batter into. We had some fun putting the batter into the Cones (we made a bit of a mess) but then got everything into the 350 degree preheated oven to bake for 25 minutes.   

Chocolate Cones w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cones w/Peanut Butter Frosting

We didn’t have any frosting, so Mike’s son looked up on U-Tube how to make a frosting. He settled on a Peanut Butter Glaze Frosting. He added 1Cup Peanut Butter, 1Stick Butter, 1/4Cup Milk and mixed it together for the Glaze. We poured it on the Chocolate Cake, the Chocolate Cake Cones, and I did a little decorating on them, because he just had a birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

So for dinner, we had the left over Vegetable SaladBarley Vegetable Soup and I managed to polish off 2 of the Chocolate Cake Cones.

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Since my girlfriend left on Sunday afternoon, it’s been a leftover eating frenzy. I was eating the Better Than Tuna with a slice of Whole Wheat bread and a side of the Almond Cheese for my meals.

Almond Cheese

Almond Cheese Spread

Better Than Tuna

Better Than Tuna Bread Slice

PLUS…. as a gift my girlfriend brought some chocolates with her. And guess who’s been eating them!!!

Tuesday we hit the road at 7:30am and got to FLA. At 7:30pm. I think I did really well at the beginning. I poured the remaining Carrot Juice into a travel tumbler and drank that and didn’t even want a Starbuck’s. YEAH! I also packed a zip lock bag full of Almonds and a couple of flat bread pieces made with White Flour.  

Then for lunch we stopped at an Arby’s in South Carolina. We just crossed the state line and we were hungry, so I got a Turkey Sandwich with no Cheese and ate some Curly Fries. To go along with the Turkey eating, I had Mike stop at McDonald’s about 80 miles later to get an Oreo McFlurry. As soon as I ate it, I knew there would be serious backlash.!!!! When we finally got home, unloaded, unpacked and relaxed, I made myself a plate of Better Than Tuna, Almond Cheese and a couple of pieces of Whole Wheat Bread. Just enough to fill me up and not too much to lie in my stomach.Wednesday, I Juiced some Carrots and Apples because that’s all we had, and rushed out of the house for an appointment and then to meet a girlfriend for lunch. She took me to a small little sandwich shop in Daytona Beach. A place we’ve eaten before, so I knew there would be a lot of meat sandwiches available. I didn’t really trust the Salad making skills of the place, so I ordered a Turkey Sandwich with no Cheese, Mayonnaise on Wheat Bread. I did get an order of Sweet Potato Fries and an Orange Soda Pop!

Dinner was at the Outback Steakhouse, where I seriously indulged with a Margarita and since it was happy hour, I got one & the Second One was Free. We ordered for an appetizer Shrimp on the Barbie of which I had 2 pieces and a couple pinches of the Dark Rye Bread.  And here’s the worst part… once we got home from the restaurant I started eating the Cherry Filled Chocolates my girlfriend gifted us in Washington.

Knowing I ate more Chocolates than I should have, Thursday morning I woke up early and took to the streets for a brisk 45 minute walk around the neighborhood. After I got back, Mike poked his head into the Chocolate box and shouted who ate all the Chocolates? Apparently it was obvious I had a few. And he said the box is almost empty?? I fessed up and said I ate more than I should have last night!

I was able to properly Juice Carrots, Celery I bought from the store yesterday and some Apples. I finished the first 8oz Juice this mid morning and am rushing up to drink my second one now.

Potato & Carrots

Potato & Carrots

 

Green Salad

Green Salad w/ Kidney Beans

But before that we stopped at Golden Coral for lunch. It’s a place I hate to go to, but Mike likes it! So I said what the heck. I ate a great Green Salad with Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, Red Onions, and an Oil & Vinegar Dressing. I also added a Baked Potato, some Boiled Carrots and Salsa to put on my Baked Potato.

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