Foodie Paradise: Reading Terminal Market

First, thank you all for your supportive messages on yesterday’s post.  It’s a bummer that so many of y’all have also had frustrating moving experiences, but it’s encouraging to read about how you’ve made the best of the situation.  I’m really looking forward to painting this weekend – a few friends have offered to help so it’ll be one big painting party :)

We spent last night at my momma’s house again, but brought Charlie home with us this morning.  He’s very curious and seems a little nervous, but he is thoroughly enjoying sliding around the hardwood floors/stairs.

Last week I recapped our trip to Philly, but I left out the {delicious} pictures from Reading Terminal Market.  Reading Terminal Market is an enclosed public market on the bottom level of the Philadelphia Convention Center in Downtown Philly.

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The market is open daily and there are about 100 merchants that sell baked goods {the donuts are to.die.for}, unique cheeses, farm fresh produce, local meats and seafood, ethnic and specialty groceries, overstuffed hoagies and various platters, homemade ice cream, fresh flowers, kitchen ware, and an assortment of knickknacks.

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P.S.  Do yourself a favor, don’t skip the Pennsylvania Dutch merchants – all of their products look, smell, and taste amazing!  But FYI, apparently they’re not at the market Sunday through Tuesday so double check before you go.

Question:  Have you visited Reading Terminal Market?  Who’s your favorite merchant?

Question:  What’s your favorite donut flavor?  Is it donut or doughnut?  My favorites are classic vanilla frosted with sprinkles, cinnamon cake, and jelly filled with a little powdered sugar on top.  And I use donut and doughnut interchangeably.

— Allison

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WIAW: Fish Stick Tacos with Creamy Cocktail Slaw

Have y’all seen the show on E! called Botched?  Oh.ma.lawd.  Yesterday it poured until about 4PM so Charlie and I spent a majority of the afternoon icing my foot – I did something to my left heel while walking around Philly – and catching up on the DVR.  Bravo and E! are two of my guilty pleasures.

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Botched features people who have had plastic surgery and for whatever reason it got botched.  One lady {after a recommendation from her mom!} went to Tijuana for a tummy tuck…  The surgeon didn’t use anesthesia, but rather two nurses placed a large block of ice on each hip to freeze the local area.  Gah, I can’t even imagine!  As another woman said, she’s “a walking mistake.”

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

I’ve mentioned in my bumpdate posts {24 weeks, 25 weeks, 26 weeks} that I haven’t been fond of sweets.  Savory and salty eats though, I can’t get enough of them.  In an attempt to use up a few pantry odds and ends before we move this weekend, I made my first stack of pancakes in months.  Sadly, they weren’t as delicious as I remember.  But the bacon, oh the bacon.  I could have eaten the whole package.

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cantaloupe, turkey bacon, & homemade pancakes topped with cottage cheese + peanut butter

After tutoring I stopped by Starbucks because I forgot to restock my bag with snacks.  During my first trimester Ryan had to remind me to pack extra snacks because when pregnancy hunger strikes, it comes in roaring and nobody’s got time for a hangry pregnant lady.

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  a banana & decaf coffee light frappuccino

By the time I got home from the gym it was past 1PM and I was more than ready for lunch.  While the fish sticks browned on the stove, I munched on roasted veggies leftover from Monday’s dinner and fresh grapefruit slices.  On Sunday I picked up a box of Trader Joe’s Frozen Fish Sticks which make a tasty taco filling…  Especially when topped with a creamy cocktail slaw.

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fish stick tacos with creamy cocktail slaw & Trader Joe’s White Cheddar Puffed Corn

Creamy Cocktail Slaw

Ingredients {for 2 tacos}:

  • approximately 1/2 c broccoli slaw
  • 1/4 c Greek or European yogurt *adds a nice tang*
  • 2 – 3 tsp cocktail sauce

Directions:

In a small bowl, cut broccoli slaw into fine pieces.  Add the yogurt and cocktail sauce.  Mix until broccoli slaw is evenly coated.

Mid-afternoon I took Charlie for a walk around the block since the rain finally let up and then fixed a little snack plate.  I like cheese and crackers, but we’re out of crackers so I improvised with Cheerios.  Apple slices with cheese is one of my favorite current snacks.

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apple slices, Swiss cheese, & Cheerios

I’ve had brick oven pizza on my mind since we walked by an Italian restaurant in Philly last week, so for dinner I made a thin crust pizza and served it with roasted artichokes, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts.  If you love a good pizza crust, I highly recommend investing in a pizza stone.  We use it for both homemade and store-bought frozen pizzas.

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Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough + marinara sauce + goat cheese + sliced baby bella mushrooms

And just before going to bed, I ate a couple of peanut butter and banana graham cracker sandwiches…  I shouldn’t have been surprised, peanut butter and banana sandwiches are a classic, but the touch of cinnamon made these sandwiches even more delicious!

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cinnamon graham crackers + peanut butter + banana slices

Question:  What’s your favorite guilty TV channel/show?

Question:  What are your favorite pizza toppings?

— Allison

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Lorna Jane {NOURISH} Cookbook Review

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador I recently had the opportunity to review Lorna Jane Clarkson’s new cookbook – NOURISH: The Fit Woman’s Cookbook - and was given a $50 gift card to shop Lorna Jane active wear in exchange for my honest opinions and thoughts.

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I’ve talked about it numerous times, but because of my health hiccups, I try to eat a mostly all-natural and preservative free diet.  After years of going to doctor’s appointments, completing countless scans and tests, and plenty of personal trial and error, I think that I’m close to finally figuring it all out.  Or at least, I’ve learned what foods make my body feel good and what foods I’ll regret eating.

Sure, decadent treats and indulgences are enjoyed and I don’t always have control of the ingredients in the foods that I eat {if we go out to eat or a family/friend cooks}, but life is all about balance.  I like living a little.

So who is Lorna Jane?  Y’all have probably heard about her because of her {super cute} active wear clothing line, but she’s more than that…

Lorna Jane Active Wear

She’s an optimistic woman, a lover of health, has a passion for fitness, and a desire to share her personal philosophy “MOVE, NOURISH, BELIEVE.” with the world…  She sounds like a woman who I’d wanna be friends with.  Wouldn’t you?  Not to mention, she’s Australian so I bet she’s got a wicked cute accent.

NOURISH is much, much more than a cookbook.  In the beginning, readers are introduced to Lorna Jane and her life rituals, can read about healthy eating habits, why diets don’t work, the importance of hydration, how to improve digestion, how to keep the body in an alkaline state, and the importance of enjoying food.

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As for the food, the NOURISH cookbook includes a list of seasonal fruits and veggies, 120 nourishing recipes {elixirs, breakfast, smoothies, lunch, snacks, dinner, desserts, basic recipes} with mouth-watering photographs, and multiple different eating plans.  By the end, you’ll see how beautiful food can be, the importance of eating real foods such as fruits and veggies, and that active living is a lifestyle worth embracing.

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One of the things that I liked the most about the NOURISH cookbook is that it offers “cook’s notes” – tips and tricks about storing foods for lasting freshness, pairing suggestions, and preparation tips.  Additionally, a handful of the recipes offer variations that allow you to make changes based upon your preferences and what you may have on hand in your kitchen.

This past spring {read: my first trimester of pregnancy} I got stuck in a rut and relied heavily on packaged foods.  In the morning, eating felt more like a chore because of morning sickness and by the time I got home from work, all I wanted to do was sleep.  Thankfully, over the past few months I’ve enjoyed getting back in the kitchen and making meals for Ryan and myself {when we’re not traveling!}.  There’s something so empowering about making your own meals, knowing exactly what ingredients are going into your food, and understanding that food not only can improve your mood, but also has a big impact on your overall health.

This week we’re trying to clean out the fridge/freezer in preparation for our move on Saturday so our meals are a bit random, but once we’re settled into our new place I’m looking forward to trying some of Lorna Jane’s recipes.  Check back soon for some recipes from NOURISH – I’ll be sure to include pictures and the recipe so you can try making them yourself!

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Wanna try her recipes, too?!  Order your Nourish cookbook here.

Question:  What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?  I tend to eat my fruits and veggies whole, rather than as a smoothie, but I’m eager to put our {never been used} blender to work!

Question:  How would YOU define “active living”?

— Allison

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