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May flew right by. We call April, May, and June our ‘hell months’ because we have something every weekend- birthdays, weddings, graduations, and Mother’s and Father’s Days. It makes it very hard to stay on track and stay healthy. My office hosted a 100-person conference that took up the first half of the month in planning and thought. The day after the conference, I left for vacation. We drove to Virginia. First, we stayed in a cabin in the woods without wifi or cell reception. It was pretty awesome. Then, we stayed in Williamsburg. Many of the points on this list are from our trip.

Bob’s Red Mill Protein

I’ve been following the ToneItUp Challenge (the best I could in this crazy time) for the past 7 weeks. They are big on protein smoothies, which also make for an easy breakfast. I was thrilled to find out that one of my favorite brands, Bob’s Red Mill, makes protein powder. The company actually makes a variety of different kinds: chai, soy, hemp, pea, and whey, the one I am using now. Two great things are the resealable bag and no taste or aftertaste in this whey protein. My doctor also suggested this week that added protein may help with weight loss later in life. Let’s hope that happens, too.

Farmers Markets

On the way to the cabin in the woods, I found two farmers markets on the map. We decided to stop at both. One was just a stand. The other, however, was a full working farm with a great shop and pick-your-own options. It was in such a beautiful location- rolling hills and orchards all around us. And it was mobbed! Hundreds of families were picking or buying or eating. Clearly, it was the place to be. The shop had produce from the farm, local honey, pickled veggies, gifts, snacks, dairy, apothecary and bakery goods. We picked up some fruit, veggies, pickled asparagus, pickles, olives, cheese, sausage, snack mixes, bread, granola, and local honey (see below). This all lasted us the few days we were in the cabin. For a few nights, our dinner looked like this:

Almond Monastery Honey

At the farmers market, I picked up some almond creamed honey made by Trappist monks in Virginia. This stuff is like a homemade melted caramel. I had it in tea, on toast, on bread with sausage, in oatmeal, and with yogurt, granola, and strawberries.

Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal

At one of the farmers markets, I found these cool oatmeals that Bob’s Red Mill is making now. They are super simple- pour in hot water and wait a minute for the oatmeal to soak. There are different flavors, all gluten free. We opted for strawberry and blueberry. These flavors both had flax and chia, for a little extra crunch. You can tell there is no added sugar crap in them- just good, wholesome ingredients.

Apple Port

One of the restaurants we went to was serving apple port. Holy moly. This stuff was silky and delicious. It was definitely a port but tasted like apple. I am a big fan of digestifs after dinner. Eat light and aid your digestion.

Lemongrass Tea

 

I picked up this lemongrass tea from Teatulia a few months back and have been loving it recently. Lemongrass is a great addition to anyone’s diet. It helps with digestion, it is full of antioxidants, it can help with high blood pressure, it boosts the metabolism to help burn fat, it is a must during a cold or flu, and it improves skin and hair. I’ve been so inspired by it, I bought a lemongrass plant for my garden and I’m looking forward to making more lemongrass tea, hot and cold.