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It’s been a long time coming, so I’m excited for it! Fingers crossed everything gets transferred over smoothly, but there will likely be bumps in the road. So pardon the blog’s appearance as I shuffle things around!


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Sweet Sips

As a Tastemaker for Daily Buzz Food I get to opt-in for different products and cross my fingers I get chosen. So, when we were offered the chance to sample some Sweet’N Low, I signed right up. I’m not one to use “fake” ingredients which is probably your immediate thoughts when thinking about sweeteners, but I grew up with the pink (Sweet’N Low) and blue (Equal) packets littered in my parent’s coffee cabinet. Due to my dad’s health, he can’t have caffeine and also has to lay low on sugar, so I grew up knowing all about the boy and girl colored packets.

Typically, I abide by the “all in moderation” mantra, believing that if you use real ingredients (no matter how ‘bad’ they are for you), as long as you don’t gorge yourself, it’s okay. While this holds true for the most part, there are those instances where you either don’t want the real stuff or you can’t have it. That being said, I think it’s important to have options like Sweet’N Low available. The sugar substitute is made with saccharin, which they describe on their website is “the oldest of the approved low-calorie sweeteners available in the U.S. today.”

In their quest to make the world a little sweeter (something I can absolutely get behind), they have a slew of recipes where Sweet’N Low can be substituted in for regular sugar. So, I figured the logical place to start would be with drinks. While I don’t usually add sugar to my regular morning coffee (I drink it as-is because I’m hardcore, obviously), I’m more than okay with other sweet treats in liquid form. I’ve been all about tart cherry juice lately (thanks to winning a Cheribundi giveaway), so I wanted to somehow incorporate the juice into my concoction. Couple that with a bunch of mint laying around from my CSA box and we have ourselves a Cherry Mojito!

Now I’m far from a cocktail connoisseur, but this combination had just the right amount of sweet, tart, and of course alcohol flavors. It may rub some mojito purists the wrong way (do those exist?), but I think it’s a light and refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for the summer.

Cherry Mojito
– Serves 2 –

4 oz. rum (I used Bacardi Superior)
6 oz. tart cherry juice (I used Cheribundi “skinny cherry”)
3 Sweet’N Low packets
10-15 mint leaves
Splash of seltzer water

1. In martini or margarita glasses, place half of the mint in each glass.
2. In a shaker, combine the cherry juice, rum, and Sweet’N Low with some ice, and shake until mixed.
3. Pour the liquid over the mint, and top with a splash of seltzer. 

Disclaimer: The Sweet’N Low packets were sent to me as a member of the Daily Buzz Food Tastemaker Program. All opinions are my own. 


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Delicious Sticks

It’s no secret that I really like Pinterest. Anyone that follows me knows that there are only a few things I’m ever really interested in: food, clothes, and workouts. I suppose you could say my boards are a pretty good reflection of my personal interests. Hmm, I see some type of interesting psychological study here… But I’ll leave that to the professionals.

There are always recipes for ‘healthified’ versions of things that most of us love, but refuse to indulge in. I kept seeing recipes for baked avocado fries, baked eggplant fries, and baked zucchini fries, and eventually decided to try some myself. Last Friday’s fresh box came with two very large zucchinis, so I decided to try them first in my quest for baked-not-fried-sticks-of-deliciousness.

Plain and simple, I don’t know why I waited so long to try this. It wasn’t because there is required effort (because there really isn’t), or because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it (I knew I would), I really have no explanation as to why I neglected said sticks of deliciousness for so long. But, now that I’ve gotten my feet wet with the zucchini, you better believe I’m making the eggplant and avocado versions in the very near future.

So don’t wait as long as I did, and go make these – I promise you won’t regret it.

Spicy Baked Zucchini Sticks
– serves 2 for an appetizer –

1 large zucchini
1 egg
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes (these are SPICY, so adjust accordingly!)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Cut the zucchini in half, and then slice it into about 1-2 inch thick strips. Be sure to leave the skin on for a little crunch.
3. In a shallow bowl whisk the egg, set aside.
4. In a second shallow bowl combine the panko and spices.
5. Dip the zucchini first in the egg, followed by the panko mixture, and lay it on a greased baking sheet. Repeat for all of the zucchini sticks.
6. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Serve with marinara or your favorite dipping sauce (or eat them as is!)


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A few days ago, I got a sweet little note in the comments section of my “About Me” page. It was to let me know that Chronicles of Bad Times nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger award! I am well aware that I am far from a popular blogger, but it’s nice to know the people that are reading enjoy the content!

So based on what I’ve read in fellow nominee’s posts, I need to do the following:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Since I’ve already done number 1 & 2, I suppose that means I need to tell you 7 things about myself. Let’s see…
1. I started swimming when I was 11, and swam in both high school and college – I actually know one of the Olympic swimmers competing this year (we swam on the same club team)!
2. My favorite color is green.
3. I am obsessed with iced coffee.
4. I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.
5. Summer is my favorite season.
6. I played field hockey my freshman year of high school and hated it because it took me away from swimming.
7. I am extremely competitive (though I keep it all internal).

I realize it says to nominate 15 blogs, but I didn’t want to just pick a whole bunch to meet the criteria. So instead, I made it 10, and picked my 10 favorite!
1. Krissy @ Shiawase Life – she is a super sweet, speedy marathoner who loves Disney just as much as I do, and I can’t wait to meet her after the marathon this January!
2. Taryn @ Sweetly Serendipity – she makes some of the most delicious looking treats, and I am always near-drooling when I read her posts! If only my baked goods could look so pretty.
3. Bess @ Bess Be Fit – she lives in my hometown and is also training for the Chicago marathon! And she can do lunges for a mile – homegirl is STRONG!
4. Katie @ She Rocks Fitness – another fellow New Jerseyian who has serious workouts, and is always motivating others to do the same!
5. Katy @ The Singing Runner – I’ve been interacting with Katy since the 2011 Disney 1/2 Marathon, and I’ve loved following her training. We’ve both had our share of injuries, but I love that she never gives up!
6. Caitlin @ Cait Plus Ate – not only does she have a witty blog title, even though I’ve never met her I can tell she is SO sweet. Plus, her fashion rocks!
7. Liz @ Little Bitty Bakes – a fellow swimmer turned runner, Liz makes drool-worthy treats, and who doesn’t share her Chobani love?!
8. Diana@ Veggie Next Door – Diana is always making yummy vegetarian dishes, and as someone that is on a quest to eat a more vegetarian diet, I love having her blog as a reference!
9. Jen @ This Runner’s Trials – also a (former) Jersey girl, Jen is a super speedy momma who has an adorable baby.
10. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean – while in school and always coming up with fun workouts and yummy recipes, Lindsay is the organizer of Foodie Pen Pals, which is an absolutely amazing program that I’m so glad to be a part of!

So there you have it! Thanks again to Chronicles of Bad Times for the nomination, and hopefully you’ll check out the awesome (at least I think so) blogs above.

And in the meantime, why don’t you tell me who inspires you? I know all these Olympic athletes certainly inspire me!


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Peachy Keen

There’s no other way to say it: I made peach salsa on Sunday and it was awesome. Using ingredients from my fresh box, I threw together a flavorful peach salsa that took a total of 10 minutes to prepare. The great thing about salsas like this, is that the longer they sit around, the better they taste.

While this is the case for salsa, the same principle cannot be said for my running. On Sunday I had 12 miles scheduled. The temperature was deceptively cool; I figured it would be easy to get through and I’d be ready to really up my mileage this week. I’ve been struggling trying to slow myself down on my long runs, so my goal was to stay within the 9 minute mile pace – I didn’t care if it was 9:01 or 9:59, I just wanted to be slower than 8, but faster than 10. Because it rained so much the day before, the tow path alongside the Raritan River was super muggy which made the run much harder than it seemed at the time. By the time I finished 7 miles and was back in the park, I was dripping with sweat and had to stop at a water fountain (I mean soaked to the point where the brim of my hat was dripping!). The next three miles were not so fun.

I got through another 3.5 miles, but called it quits at 10.5. I knew I needed to get my 12 for the day, so 5 hours later after preparing the oh-so-delicious salsa, I set back out for another light jog. It was misting and looked like it could downpour at any moment, but I managed to get through 2.5 miles with an 8:05 average to round myself out to 13 miles for the day. It’s nice to know that only a few hours after a run I struggled through, I was able to not only run again, but do it in a somewhat fast manner. And, I saw two rainbows on the run!

But back to the salsa. I decided to use the salsa as a topping for some simple grilled salmon. I didn’t season the salmon at all – I threw it on the grill for about 10 minutes on medium-high heat (about 5 minutes on each side) and the salsa provided the rest of the flavor. Paired with some grilled corn on the cob and mashed potatoes, this meal was a serious winner.

The recipe is really easy and straight forward, and it’ll last you a few days. As long as it’s stored in an air-tight container, you can keep it refrigerated for about a week… if it lasts you that long!

Spicy Peach Salsa
Makes about 3-4 cups – 

3 large tomatoes
2 large peaches
1 jalapeño (deseed it if you don’t want it spicy)
1/2 medium white onion
1/4 cup cilantro
Juice from one lemon

1. Dice tomatoes, peaches, jalapeño, onion, and cilantro and combine in a medium sized bowl. 
2. Squeeze the lemon juice and mix to combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes – but the longer, the better!  


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