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Newport Dunes Getaway

This last week, the hubby and I took advantage of the kids being with Gramie and Papa for camp and headed off to Newport Dunes!


Newport Dunes is this awesome resort where you can rent bungalows or hook up your trailer for a relaxing and fun vacation by the bay. It is absolutely beautiful and it is truly one of our favorite places to go for Vacation. It also has one of the best 4th of July Fireworks shows I have ever seen, so it is definitely a place you want to visit!

You can paddleboard, swim, kayak, visit local beaches (Newport Beach is literally 5 minutes) and also check out some amazing local eateries.

Fashion Island is a spot we love to visit as well when we are in a shopping mood. Well, honestly I am always in a shopping mood. Dan….not so much! There are a ton of amazing stores and restaurants in this mall. More high end than most malls, but we love it! And they have an Anthropologie. Yaaaassss! 


Dan and I have spent most of our time simply relaxing, eating, and laying out at the Beach. I did want to share a couple of eateries that we discovered that we loved and thought you would too!


Dory Deli in Newport Beach. We just happened upon this spot because we were really hungry, but we wanted something different than just burgers and fries, or tacos. Dan suggested it because he thought the name was funny. So glad we ate here! I got the Kale Caesar and Dan got the Ruben Sandwich. We also split a bowl of their Clam Chowder and OH MY GOSH. So good! I don’t know how old they are, but I did see that they will have a full bar soon. They had quite a bit of selection when it comes to salads, sandwiches, sides, even coffee and they have brunch on the weekends. I loved my salad. I think next time I will be daring and try their Seared Ahi Salad. Because it sounds so good! 

R+D Kitchen at Fashion Island. Dan had eaten here before with a friend quite a few years ago and he said all he could remember was the burger. He said it was that good. So I wanted to eat there.

Y’all, the menu is not very big. And it is a bit pricey. But worth it! He got the Cheeseburger and a side of fries for us to split (because always say yes to fries) and I grabbed the Chicken Thai Noodle salad (I think that is what it was called.) Huge winner. 

I mean, what? Doesn’t that look amazing? It was so good you guys! There were noodles, bits of Mango, carrots, chicken, cilantro, jicama, sesame….and the dressing was this light dressing that tasted peanutty, but it wasn’t heavy. It was amazing. Our waiter recommended it and I jumped all over it. So delicious! 

I am serious. If I could get a job where they could send me to restaurants to eat and share my thoughts, yaaassss. Sign me up.

Dan and I basically kept it chill. It was Shaun Week for my workouts this week, so I made use of Newport Dunes fitness room. Side note to Newport Dunes: you need more weights folks. Eight pounds and ten pounds are not gonna cut it. I know you have mostly runners visiting, but yeah….let’s do better for the fitness room. 


And a whole lot of beach time.


We leave tomorrow and I am sad to go, but overall, it has been amazing and much needed. So grateful. 

Be a Size You,

Tiffany 

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

I am a buffalo Chicken wing kind of girl.  I have been known in the past to scarf down an entire plate of them all by myself.  I love the spicy kick they give. They are a perfect game day food.  They are so easy to make.  I discovered this dish from Pinterest and the recipe is adapted from Damn Delicious.

Here you go!

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

1 pound ground chicken

3/4 cup Panko (if you are paleo, you can try almond flour or even coconut flour to bind the meat)

1 large egg

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

2 green onions, thinly sliced

salt and pepper to taste

3/4 cup buffalo sauce (or a little less if you don’t like your wings as spicy. Or if you hate spicy, try teriyaki or sweet chili glaze!!!)

1/4 cup ranch or blue cheese dressing

 

Instructions:

Preheat the over to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, panko, egg, garlic and onion powder and green onions. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Using a wooden spoon (or your hands!), stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch meatballs.

Place meatballs on baking sheet and then bake for 4-5 minutes or until all sides are browned.

Place meatballs into a slow cooker. Add buffalo sauce or choice of sauce over meatballs and gently toss to combine.  Cover and cook on low heat for about 2 hours.

Add preferred dressing to the side or drizzled over your meatballs.  I added them over spinach with a little avocado and cheese to make a spicy salad.  Greens and spicy meatballs. A total win over here!

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

 

 

 

Nourish Your Mornings

A lot of people, myself included, believe that we don’t have time to eat breakfast. I had been known to go several hours without eating anything in the morning, and say that I was so busy I forgot to eat!

What?

It was definitely not good for me, and it is not good for you either. But, the reality is a lot of us are busy in the mornings. We have families to take care of. We have jobs to rush off to. How can we possibly think of making anything for breakfast.

And if we do think about breakfast, we usually just grab the nearest granola bar, or toast, or drive thru.  We can do better than that.  Yes, it takes a little bit of initiative and planning, but you are worth it. Let’s stop allowing the busy schedules to take control of our health.  We are more important than what that calendar says.  You matter and it is time to act like it!

Here are a few of my favorite breakfast ideas!

Greek yogurt topped with blueberries, strawberries, granola, and cinnamon. (1 Red, 1 Purple, 1/2 orange)
Greek yogurt topped with blueberries, strawberries, granola, and cinnamon. (1 Red, 1 Purple, 1/2 orange)

 

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Green Smoothie (our family Drinks Shakeology). Simple, nutritious, and fast! 1 Red, 1 purple, 1 yellow
Green Smoothie (our family Drinks Shakeology). Simple, nutritious, and fast! 1 Red, 1 purple, 1 yellow

Some other awesome ideas:

*Overnight oats: The flavor combinations are ENDLESS! All you need to do is check pinterest. There are a ton of options

*Protein Pancakes or waffles: My favorite. Plus, you could make a big batch and freeze or refrigerate so you can have during the week.  No cooking involved in the AM ;).

*Omelettes: If your place of employment has a kitchen, you can choose to make a healthy omelette and fill it with your favorite veggies.  You can even add a little cheese if you want! (My personal favorite is adding feta, spinach, mushrooms, and hot sauce. Everthing is better with hot sauce!)

What are some of your favorite quick and easy breakfasts?  Do you tend to skip it? Or do you plan for it?

Note: The measurements included in the food posts are from the 21 Day Fix program.  It is a fitness program and portion control/nutrition program all in one.  For more information, about this program or about my upcoming online bootcamps, shoot me an email or schedule a time to chat so I can hear more about your goals and if my bootcamps are right for you.

 

Be a Size You,

Tiffany