“Old Bay” Beach Fries

"Old Bay" Beach Fries

Every year, the first week of August, we travel down to Avalon for a good old Jersey Shore beach vacation. Technically I've only gone for three years... but my husband Lou, his family and their neighborhood friends have been going every summer since he was five. There's something about being on vacation that makes you think that calories don't count. Want pizza and fries and then a massive ice cream cone? Why the hell not, I'm on vacation! And since this blog is all about a realistic balance, ...

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KORE New York Review

KORE NYC

"Male or female, straight or gay, a nice ass goes a long way" -Joe Buffa This is the most memorable quote I've taken from my instructor at NYC's Kore studio. And the guy's got a point... KORE is a boutique High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) studio located in the Meatpacking District. KORE classes include a combination of TRX, kettlebells, and pretty much anything else that involves burning calories, building muscle and working your ass off. The studio is super clean but ...

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Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

Living in NYC has opened my eyes and my palate to a wide variety of different foods. We're talking bone marrow, green curry,  and some type of creepy sea urchin that i'll never eat again.  Being from an Italian family and growing up on spaghetti and meatballs, I branched out and started eating other cuisines like Middle Eastern and Mediterranean. Lou and I used to live by an awesome restaurant called Taboon that serves this amazing trio platter with homemade hummus, tzaziki and baba ganoush. ...

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Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Muffins

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Muffins

We just reached 12K followers on instragram! So like, does that make us "instafamous"? ;) Maria and I have been working hard to grow our Spinach for Breakfast social media this past year. We've come a long way, and have learned a great deal about the social world during our journey. We like to keep things simple on our Instagram page, just like our recipes. You may have noticed our wood board theme. It's little tricks like these that make our page flow nicely. We also love to hear all of ...

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

We understand that for some, baking is an art. There are delicious recipes out there that involve sifting, chilling and the use at least 5 different KitchenAid attachments. I'm more of a one bowl and one spoon kind of girl. A couple of measuring cups won't kill me. Although I have a food blog, I really like to keep things as simple as possible. So let's talk cookies. These Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies don't get much easier. They are made from four ingredients mixed together in one ...

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Gluten Free Eggplant Pesto Sandwich

Gluten Free Eggplant Pesto Sandwich

A common question we often get is "how do you keep the balance in a realistic balance?" This is a great question because it also took us a long time to figure it out. I think the key is discovering what it feels like to be truly "healthy, " whatever that may mean for you. For me, I've done the Clean Program's 21-day cleanse three times now, and by the end of each one I am like skipping down the streets of NYC. I feel amazing. But that also means I've cut out gluten, dairy, refined sugar, wine ...

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Green Coconut Smoothie

Peachy Pineapple Green Smoothie

Most mornings I have some form of "green smoothie" for breakfast. Lately I've been obsessed with Vega's chocolate protein; so my smoothie looks like a milkshake... but I swear there's spinach in there. :) I know people say they don't have time to make a smoothie in the morning, and I get it. However, once you're in the routine it only takes a few minutes to throw everything into a blender!  The nice thing about a liquid breakfast is that it's really easy on your digestive system. Because your ...

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Strawberry Mango Salsa

Strawberry Mango Salsa with Lime Juice and Honey

When snacking on chips and salsa, the salsa is usually never the unhealthy problem; it's the chips. And I love chips... :) Maria and I usually stick to gluten free brown rice chips whenever we can. We have a great simple recipe for homemade chips made out of brown rice tortillas. However, if we don't have time to make them I usually grab organic, gluten free brown rice chips by Luke's! Then if we are going to talk salsa, this Strawberry Mango Salsa is a great summer app to bring to a party or ...

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Gluten Free Greek Pasta Salad

Gluten Free Greek Pasta Salad

For those of you new to reading Spinach for Breakfast, I wanted to share a little bit about why I turned to clean eating.   I've always had stomach problems. So has my grandma, my mom and my cousins. When I went away to UConn (Go Huskies!) I began to notice things taking a turn for the worse. It also didn't help that my friends and I had some pretty bad eating habits. We would get a “light” lunch at the Grab-and-Go, which consisted of a “Sir Ceasar Wrap” stuffed with chicken tenders and a ...

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Honey Lemon Quinoa Fruit Salad

Quinoa Fruit Salad

This summer marks two years for Spinach for Breakfast! The first version of Spinach for Breakfast was bad. Like, real bad. Our mom thought it was great, but she's our mom so she's kind of obligated to love anything we do. :) Over the past two years we've lived and we've learned. Instead of holding up my table lamp without the shade for lighting, we bought some actual photography lighting. We also decided to read our camera manual. Minds. Blown. Despite the physical "mishaps," we've ...

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