Must Go Places in Newport, RI

Due to Newport, RI being a huge tourist attraction the island has endless different restaurants to try. With that being said, some are definitely more mouthwatering than others, so I have created a list of (in my opinion) the best places in Newport and Middletown to dine at.

Breakfast and Lunch spots:

Lunch and Dinner:

Old School Workouts and Spring Smoothies

My sister has a theory; buy lots of summer clothes and summer will magically appear. Though I am a summer baby and love summer myself I don’t want summer to magically appear. Why? Because I do not want to rush past spring!  Not only do you get to wear the cutest clothes and brightest colors throughout spring, but in my option, spring is when the best seasonal produce is available, not to mention, the weather is a perfect blend of a light breeze and warm sun. However when I woke this morning to find it was only 32° outside I decided my new theory is if I drink a lot of fresh fruit smoothies, spring will magically appear. No more frozen fruit! Spring produce offers the best seasonal berries and I am demanding Mother Nature to start allowing the sun to come out and grow them.

I shared in my early introduction to this blog how I have a love of working out.  Spring is a great transition time that affords you some time before summer to get in shape as the dreaded bikini season approaches. College is stressful, there is no arguing that, with school, work, friends, finances and much more, making time to exercise is a great way to relieve some of that end of the semester stress!

P.S. the best part about working out, is that it’s free! Most colleges have a gym or athletic complex for their students, but for those of you who aren’t so fortunate or dread the college gym scene, there are many ways to stay active and never step foot in a gym. Personally I like running or long walks on the beach (hopefully the weather will start to warm soon though so I can be lying on the beach instead of running on it), and once I’m outside or on the beach I like to add a little old school workout routine to the mix, similar to the one I’ve included below:

25 Jumping jacks

1 minute High knee’s

25 lunges

25 squats

1 minute bicycle crunches

1 minutes oblique twists

15 toe touch crunches

(Repeat all 3 times)

 

Now, after a nice long workout I reward myself with a yummy springtime berry filled smoothie:

This recipe can be found at http://www.acedarspoon.com/pomegranate-blueberry-banana-smoothie/

This recipe can be found at http://www.acedarspoon.com

1 cup of almond milk

1 serving of vanilla protein powder

1 banana

Handful of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries (However many you like just make sure if it gets to think to add more Almond milk)

1tbs of Hemp (wheat germ, chia or flax seeds are yummy add-ins as well)

Disaster Meal

The problem with food blogging for me is it that it always makes me hungry! Perfect example, last night I was trying to pick something to write about, and instead I ended up looking up recipes on other Word Press blogs! My first mistake was choosing to pick a new delicious topic right at dinnertime, and after pouring over the endless mouthwatering blog posts several hours later, I came across a recipe that looked both delicious and affordable!  The Winner you ask? Portobello Avocado and Spinach Burritos from Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

Portobello Avocado and Spinach Burritos

  • 2 portobello mushrooms cut into 1/4″ thick slices
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6 oz frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 cayenne peppers minced
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 avocados sliced thinly
  • feta cheese
  • burrito sauce
  • cheddar cheese
  • flour tortillas

Melt butter in a frying pan and saute onion over medium heat until golden. Add mushrooms and saute until browned. Add peppers and spinach and cook until heated through. Season with cilantro and set aside. In a tortilla spoon a tablespoon burrito sauce, two large spoonfuls spinach mixture and enough avocados to cover the filling. Crumble on some feta and roll up tightly. Place each burrito in a greased baking dish. When out of filling, cover tops of burritos with more sauce and grated cheddar. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is bubbly, about 10 minutes. Do not overbake or the avocado will get too warm and mushy.

“Looks easy enough” I thought and set out on yet another culinary adventure. The thing about culinary adventures however, is that you never know how it’s going to turn out, but I guess that’s half the fun. Unfortunately for me it did not go so well. The main feature that attracted me to this recipe is it appeared quick, easy and most importantly, inexpensive.  I think the problem first arose when I veered away from the recipe right from the get-go, when I got to the store and remembered I am not a huge fan of Portobello mushrooms (a main ingredient), so instead I went with baby bella mushrooms (a more regular purchase for me).

Second mistake arose at the next main ingredient, tortillas. I personally am extremely picky when it comes to store bought flour tortillas and instead found really good corn tortillas as an alternative, but I knew when I purchased them that they were small my burrito adventure were going to end up more taco-like then burrito. The third dilemma arose after going to two different stores with the sole purpose of finding burrito sauce, which just so you are aware, cannot be found anywhere! After staring at the verity of salsa substitutions at the local organic market I saw Fajita sauce; cilantro and lime-spicy it read, “Perfect” I thought. Sadly, it was anything but a perfect addition to my meal, a realization that didn’t occur until after I cooked up all my veggies taken my first bite.  The only thing I won’t be using again from this recipe is the Fajita sauce, but as for the rest of the ingredients they will be used in my next adventure somehow.

Unfortunately, as a college student I do not have the luxury of trying out as many recipes as I would like, because if they all turned out the way this one had, I’d spend endless time in the kitchen with little reward and ultimately very hungry.  So I implemented a new rule in my culinary adventure handbook, always, always look at the ingredients first, and if the majority of things required are ingredients…

1. I have never heard of or tried myself

2. That can only be used in this one recipe

3. I cannot pronounce

…Then choose to skip the recipe and find another!  Though my adventure did not go as planned I had to laugh at the hilarity of the whole process.

Looks easy enough I thought and set out on yet another adventure. The thing about culinary adventures is you never know how it’s going to turn out, it’s half the fun. Unfortunately for me it did not go so well. The main attraction to the recipe is it looked quick, easy and most important inexpensive. As a collage studphoto

The thing about culinary adventures is you never know how it’s going to turn out, it’s half the fun. Unfortunately for me it did not go so well. The main attraction to the recipe is it looked quick, easy and most important inexpensive. As a college student I do not have the luxury of trying out as many recipes as I would like. That is why when I set out on an adventure I looked at the ingredients. If the majority of things required are ingredients…

  1. I have never heard of or tried myself
  2. That can only be used in this one recipe
  3. I cannot pronounce

 

 

Eat Colorfully

I recently read an article from Health magazine by Melissa Roberts on ways to enhance and improve your diet. Her suggestion? To go for color! “Fruits and veggies of all shades contain phytonutrients—plant compounds that work together to protect your health.” Phytonutrients are what give produce its vibrate color and are full of antioxidants such as carotenoids and anthocyanins which studies have shown to be a huge help in fighting off age-related diseases that includes cancer and heart disease. The associate professor at Tufts University explains in the article why eating more color such as, green, orange, and red can be extremely beneficial for your health.

My Sweet Potato Pie

My Sweet Potato Pie

In winter it is important to keep your immune system strong, especially if you are college student running around and being in constant contact with others. One way to power up and boost your immune system is with vitamin A, commonly found in orange and yellow foods. Lucky for us most orange and yellow foods are seasonally winter vegetables such as squash, sweet potatoes and carrots.

Starting with green the article points out that almost all green fruits and vegetables are filled with lutein and zeaxanthin, classified as, “carotenoids that protect against eye diseases and may lower your risk of heart disease and skin cancer.” My favorites are the leafy greens such as kale, spinach, chard, arugula and so on. They are an excellent source of folic acid and foliate which are considered to be natural energy boosters. They are also inexpensive and have unlimited recipe possibilities.

Lastly the article suggests turning to red for long-term strength. Red vegetables and fruits are rich in cancer-fighting lycopene and anthocyanins, which studies have found may be linked to helping lower the risk of heart disease and strokes, says Roberts . My nominee for a red veggie goes to beets. Beets are not only in season, cancer-fighting but they also help detoxify the liver. Canned beets are very inexpensive and so are fresh beets. They are also super easy to make. I boil mine and let them cool. Sometimes I eat them by themselves, and other times I make a beet salad.

Beets

Overall just remember, go for color, live strong and be healthy.

Why the Cost of Being a Vegetarian is Worth it

              Heart disease is said to be the leading killer of women. Red meats and processed animal products are typically high sat fat that cause a raise in bad cholesterol levels. The result of bad cholesterol levels is a higher risk of being diagnosed with coronary heart disease. The same meats have also recently been linked with an increased risk of breast cancer. The Veggie community is buzzing about new research concerning their health benefits. An article posted by Fox News was just one of many reports on a recent study done by the University of Oxford where researchers discovered people who eat vegetarian diet are significantly less likely to suffer from serious heart disease than our meat-eating friends.

 Most of the recent research accounted for the fact that the vegetarian diet has lover cholesterol and lower blood pressure. BBC News posted an article on the topic as well, adding in spite of the 32% cut in heart risk to remember, “…choosing the veggie option on the menu is not a shortcut to a healthy heart. After all, there are still plenty of foods suitable for vegetarians that are high in saturated fat and salt.” I could eat donuts for breakfast, chips for a snack and Ramen Noodles for dinner. Certainly not choices that would lower anyone’s risk of heart disease. However, technically that could be considered eating a vegetarian diet. A package of 36 Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup is $19.52 ($0.54 a package). Cheap, yes, but also a heart attack in a package.

Processed foods are your archenemies; they are least healthy option and surprisingly not as budget friendly as you would think-not every processed food is as inexpensive as Ramen. The same is true for vegetarian processed foods, like the commonly bought pre-packaged veggie burgers for example is not the best route to take. Going out and buying ingredients to make your own burger recipe is not only better for you but also your wallet as well. There are so many different options and recipes to choose from online and if you are the only vegetarian, like me, then making your own “burgers” and freezing the ones you don’t eat. This way you have your own, preservative free, veggie burger! To help you out below I have included a couple great veggie burger recipes from some of my favorite blogs as a tasty and affordable option.

The study briefly touched on how a individual’s general heath is a key factor as well. Researchers took into account the person’s age, a smoker or non-smoker, how much alcohol they consumed and their level of physical activity. Being a college student, I myself am all for having a good time, we are in our twenties and this is the time to let loose. However, it is important to keep in mind everything is better in moderation. Remember, what you do now will affect your overall health latter.

Be active. Eat green. Stay healthy.

Yummy Veggie-Burger Recipes: