Foodie Fun!

So, my Eat To Be Awesome group took a “field trip” to a little place called Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Tap Room. My parents are really huge fans of dipping breading into oil and seasonings, so I’ve heard of this place before…but I never experienced it first hand. Erin (the nutritionist) prepared three dishes for us to try using the different flavored oils or vinegars available in the shop. We had an arugula salad with pomegranate quince vinaigrette, shrimp and avocado salad with coconut balsamic, and Asian black bean pasta salad. Um…AMAZING!!!!! It would be really hard to pick my favorite…I thought all three recipes were fantastic. The shrimp and avocado salad had a little leg up, because it incorporated some of my very favorite things. Plus, it was super easy…which is why I feel comfortable sharing the recipe!

SHRIMP AND AVOCADO SALAD WITH COCONUT BALSAMIC

2 avocadoes diced
1 lb. cooked & chopped jumbo shrimp
1 Tsp. diced red onion
3 Tsp. Coconut White Balsamic
2 Tsp. extra virgin olive oil
zest from 1/2 a lime
1 tsp. chopped cilantro

Place avocadoes, shrimp, and onion in a medium bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, then drizzle over avocadoes and shrimp. Toss, and enjoy alone or over mixed greens.

OH. MY. GOSH. If you have the opportunity, make a trip to Seasons! They used a lot of organic and locally grown ingredients…and also have a little cheese and meat section for snacking! Yum!!

A fun, pretty bag with the bottle carefully wrapped...
A fun, pretty bag with the bottle carefully wrapped…
Ooo...game changer! The coconut white balsamic. Oh. My. Gosh. A coconut lover's dream!
Ooo…game changer! The coconut white balsamic. Oh. My. Gosh. A coconut lover’s dream!
What's this? Dried Asian pears for the arugula salad? So delicious!
What’s this? Dried Asian pears for the arugula salad? So delicious!
And...had to include this because I got a lot of compliments on the pretty bow in the back of this shirt. From the
And…had to include this because I got a lot of compliments on the pretty bow in the back of this shirt. From the “Sweet Pea” line at New York and Company!

In other news…I have begun teaching “Pedal Power” – a 45 minute spin class – at the gym. This morning marked my third class! I’ve been getting good feedback, and my music selection, and the way I incorporate the music into the workouts is well-received. One of those love-to-hate songs is “Love Is Gone” by David Guetta…we start out at a low resistance and turn a 1/4 each time he says “love is gone” in the song. The intensity gets very high after the first chorus, so when it begins the second verse, we drop back to a lower intensity (not as low as the beginning), and do it all again until the end of the song. It’s been so fun doing this workout, and I like that my classes can’t be huge (we only have 11 bikes). That gives me the ability to get to know the women in my class and learn their styles a little more so I can mix things up!

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