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08.11.11

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07.16.15

TOAST THREE WAYS

toast has come a long way since i was a kid and enjoyed mine with peanut-butter and jelly. now, there are more options than ever to fancy up your snack or even a light meal. these three toasts were inspired by blue diamond almonds and we paired them for added taste and if you like that extra crunch.

for the fig and gorgonzola toast, we wanted something sweet and savory. we used a french loaf for its versatility and buttery taste but it can be substituted for whole wheat or gluten free according to your taste or dietary needs.

FIG & GORGONZOLA TOAST
makes 3 servings 

Ingredients:
3 slices french loaf
• 1 container figs
• 3 ounces Gorgonzola cheese
• 6 ounces blue diamond honey roasted vanilla almonds
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1 large sprig of thyme as garnish
• 1 tablespoon olive oil

• Brush olive oil onto each side of your sliced toast. Heat on a skillet on medium to high heat for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Spread the Gorgonzola cheese evenly and layer freshly sliced figs. Sprinkle in a light amount of honey roasted almonds and a drizzle of honey. Garnish with thyme.

For a more traditional taste, this tomato and ricotta toast will hit the spot, especially on these hot summer nights.

TOMATO & RICOTTA TOAST
makes 3 servings

Ingredients: 
• 3 slices french loaf
• 3 ounces ricotta cheese
• 1 container cherry tomatoes
• 2 large sprigs basil
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 6 ounces blue diamond salt and vinegar almonds
• salt and pepper to taste
• chili flakes as garnish (optional)

Once the bread slices are toasted spread the ricotta cheese in a nice even layer. Slice in half the cherry tomatoes and place on top. Sprinkle in the salt and vinegar flavored almonds (we made one version with whole almonds and one where we crushed the almond and sprinkled them on top). Drizzle lightly with olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste. garnish with basil.

and for our third toast we have a sophisticated blend of flavors. love this combination!

PROSCIUTTO & MELON TOAST
makes 3 servings

ingredients:
• 3 slices french loaf
• 1 small cantaloupe sliced
• 4 ounces prosciutto
• 8 ounces burrata cheese
• 6 ounces blue diamond honey dijon almonds
• 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze ( usually found by the olive oils in the grocery store)
• 2 ounces micro kale as garnish 

Repeat the same process to toast the french loaf slices. Spread the buratta cheese in a nice even layer (this cheese will have a much richer taste similar to mozzarella, so a little goes a long way).

Wrap the slices of cantaloupe with the prosciutto and place about 2 of these on top of each toast. Sprinkle in the honey Dijon flavored almonds (or goes great served on the side!)  and with a spoon drizzle the balsamic glaze. garnish with micro kale.

photos and styling by: ivan solis
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this post is in partnership with blue diamond almonds. all opinions are my own.

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07.14.15

MY HEALTH CHALLENGE / 08

this week, see my 7.5 week body before and after. can’t believe i am putting this out there. but hey, it’s motivation to keep going! you’re going to laugh when you see it.

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06.30.15

MY HEALTH CHALLENGE / 06

i’ve got about three and a half weeks until a girl’s beach vacation to nicaragua, so i want to really try to stay on track this month and feel good in a swimsuit on my trip. it’s a good goal for me! this weekend will mark my 6 weeks on the challenge. a lot of people have asked how long we are going to run this column, and the answer is, we aren’t really sure. we feel really motivated by your feedback and comments and love the interactive quality to this new column, so we are just going to take it week by week. if you all still like seeing it, we will try to just keep writing it and coming up with new content based on living a healthier lifestyle. and remember, i’m new to this journey too, so i’m not claiming to be an expert here, just someone who wants to feel better about their body and health!

and don’t forget to add to the #dlfgetfit hashtag on instagram, as we often feature our faves like this one above! now, see how this past week went for us…

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joanie: i’ve been focusing on shorter, more intense workouts. i realize if i give myself a limited amount of time to workout that i’m more likely to push myself harder since i know i need to get a lot of bang for my buck (time). when i have a wide open window of when i can workout i just keep putting it off and end up skipping. so i’ve been giving myself a 35 minute time frame and trying to do high intensity intervals. running as fast as i can for 90 seconds, walking for 30, running up hill for 1 minute, jogging for 45 seconds, basically focusing on getting my heart rate up really high, letting it come back down and doing it again.

bri: last weekend i went to vegas with my family and was determined not to lose the momentum i had with working out. before i left, i made sure to do three workout days in a row, so that i could have a day of rest once we arrived. on saturday, i dragged my sister and dad to the hotel gym (which i never thought i would say!) and we all ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes, and then did some weights and leg exercises. it was fun to work out all together and was a first for us! the other two days i just made sure i was really active. we walked a few miles a day, when i was in the pool i was looking kinda crazy by doing some of these moves, and i also did 150 crunches and leg lifts in the room (it doesn’t take that long and made me feel better to be doing something)

i’m always really motivated to get back on my normal schedule after traveling. i made sure to sign up for a few classes for the week in advance and work my social schedule around them. i’m still doing classpass, yoga, bar method, and at-home workouts. i also went to a meditation workshop on sunday night, which focuses on your breathing. it was so relaxing and felt very much like self love. to take some time to clear your mind and just be still feels very important. at first, my body and mind resist, but if you breath long enough you can fully let the anxiety move through you. during my breathing my mind wanders to healthier places…feeling proud of myself, feeling love for myself, wanting to help others and give back. it’s a good thing.

my sister told me about daily burn and that she’s been really enjoying it. so i just signed up for my free 30 day trial, and joanie and i ran a 30 minute boxing class in my living room on our lunch break. maybe i’m just used to the stimulation of the 20 person classes, but i was pretty bored and could barely finish it. (eek, sorry daily burn) but i will give it a couple more tries and maybe it will stick. it would be nice to have some videos i like on days that i can’t make it to a class. do you have any favorites?

and no, that’s not a real move we’re doing above. who knows. haha

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06.24.15

MY PATIO MAKEOVER!

one of my FAVORITE things to do is entertain. there’s not much that makes me happier than a night with friends laughing and eating good food together. we have been gathering quite a bit now that the summer weather is perfect in the evenings, rotating who’s house we’re eating at. jesse’s roof, victoria’s backyard, jen’s patio…it’s been so nice to eat outside! i’ve been wanting to make my awkward long hallway in the back of my place into something that felt cozy and almost like an extension of my home. considering it’s mostly covered it almost does feel like an extra room now!

here’s the before and after and the little party we threw with williams-sonoma and visa checkout to celebrate. visa created an easy way to safely navigate checkout from any devices with just a few clicks so that you can spend less time online and more time hanging out on your patio drinking margaritas (which is always a win in my book)!

first off, my washer and dryer and a whole bunch of junk i never use lives back there, so the first step was to declutter. because the hallway is so long, i wanted to focus on only half of it for now (and maybe put a table on that other side eventually and build a cabinet for my washer and dryer) we hung a compression rod and a few of my favorite white linen curtains to create a separation, but also make it easy to access the other side. now it’s not a huge space, but plenty big to have 4-6 friends over. we scrubbed the floors the best we could, and laid down a bunch of vintage rugs that overlap each other and create a beautiful array of color.

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