Coastal Kitchen

Separated by circumstance but still sharing a love for a healthy lifestyle …

Friday Favorites

1. Trudeau Pot Clip Spoon Rest I just love this little $6.00 item! I cook daily for our dogs and am totally conscious of where the spoon rests with regards to bacteria and germs as I am often dealing with raw meats. I have a dish that I rest the spoon on in between and […]

Friday Favorites – Summer Edition

Since today is the first day of summer… 1. Frosty Freeze – Only 8 This little dilapidated shack right on East Main Road in Middletown is a dream for children and adults alike. It’s not unusual to find a line overflowing into the parking lot at around quarter to seven every night. Their “Only 8” […]

Friday Favorites

1. Kebabs: I always keep kebab skewers in my kitchen because they inspire quick and simple dinner ideas. Chop up whatever vegetables you have and add some marinated chicken, shrimp, beef or any other protein, throw them on the grill and your done! The fun part is you can mix and match! 2. Farmer’s Markets: […]

Friday Favorites

1. Cooks Illustrated I absolutely LOVE this magazine. It’s filled with incredible tips and illustrations, my favorite section being the “Kitchen Notes” in the back. It’s certainly worth the investment of $19.95 for a subscription (6 issues) rather than buying it at 5.95 an issue. It’s a pretty exciting day when this baby shows up […]

Friday Favorites

1. Box Wine Box wine has had a stigma around it for years, which I’m determined to break. Being 25 and on a serious budget, I’ve found that there are many out there that taste incredible and at $15 to $20 for a three liter box (four bottles each) that lasts for a month…how can […]

Friday Favorites

1. Summer 2014… I know, I know I can’t wait for summer 2013 too, but Kirsten and Chris’s wedding is slated to be held late next summer. Wedding magazines and websites have been great but there really isn’t anything quite like Pinterest to get you inspired. Check out Kirsten’s newest board Summer 2014…   2. […]

Friday Favorites

1. Gibson’s Golden Honey Honey is definitely my choice of sweetener and honestly, I have never tasted honey this good! I have been sampling the different honey available out here in CA and was seriously blown away by the taste of Gibson’s Golden “Wildflower Honey” which also happens to come from Santa Rosa where we recently […]

Friday Favorites

1. Channeling Contessa My friend opened my eyes to this blog a few months ago when she arrived at one of our weekly potlucks with the most delicious kale salad in tow. Ever since, I’ve been following Clara who started her blog back in 2011. Her posts on food, books, fashion and overall lifestyle come […]

Friday Favorites

1. NuttZo This stuff is amazing and a great alternative to traditional almond butter! NuttZo is an organic blend of Cashews, Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Hazelnuts, Chia Seeds, Flaxseeds, and Pumpkin Seeds. Unfortunately, this brand is pretty expensive so make sure you savor it! I like to add a small spoonful into my gluten-free oatmeal in […]

Friday Favorites

1. Tower Garden This is where most of our “green drink” ingredients will be coming from soon! Over the years I have had so many gardens and am always enthusiastic with the seed planting in the spring and the initial process of setting up the garden but come mid summer, life gets busy and the […]

Friday Favorites

1. Real Simple: No Time to Cook App A few months ago a friend of mine referred me to Real Simple for recipe ideas, because they were always easy to make, delicious and foolproof. Because I’m not subscribed to the magazine I decided to download their iPhone app and have not been disappointed yet. It […]

Friday Favorites

1. My Transportation – Café 24 Deluxe Women Felt Bike I commute to and from work on my bike. It’s fast, it’s free, and it gives you a burst of energy, which is great for those early mornings! The best part about biking is that it brings back memories of riding my bike all over […]

Friday Favorites

  1. Scott’s go-to energy meal This is sure to be in Scott’s bag as he races out the door for a day of sailing his Laser or ACat. When Scott is looking to lean out but feel strong and fueled this is what he eats: a can of tuna and in his words, “none […]

Friday Favorites

1. Indoor Herb Garden (with my not-so-camera-shy dog Olive) One thing I can’t stand is when a recipe calls for a few tablespoons of fresh herbs and I am forced to run to the grocery store and buy a bushel for $4 to $5 only to realize that after I’ve cooked the meal only one […]

Friday Favorites

1. Almond Butter Almond Butter is a favorite of mine, but freshly ground almond butter is even better! The smaller ingredient list, the better, which is why Whole Food’s Freshly Ground Almond Butter is my go-to. They use a “soft serve” like machine to grind pure almonds into a butter and that means only one […]

Friday Favorites

1. Le Creuset Cookware Le Creuset 3.5 qt French oven is one my most treasured kitchen items and certainly one to be passed down to my girls – guess I will need to get another!  This cookware is expensive but I look at it as an investment in health as other surfaces can chip and […]

Friday Favorites

1. Fruit Infused Water Also known as “Spa Water” because it is often found at fancy health clubs, this is a easy way to spice up your water therefore making it easier to get your eight glasses in a day. There are many different combinations to make, my favorite being cucumbers, lemon and a sprig of […]

Friday Favorites

1. Spirulina Powder: Spirulina is a plant-based super food. It is 65% protein and packs a ton of nutrients. I like to add it to my morning “green drink” for some added benefits! 2. Chia Shots: I love chia seeds for a number of reasons. Not only are they a nutritional super food, high in […]

Friday Favorites

1. Trudeau Stressless Garlic Press I cannot tell you how many garlic presses I have gone through over the years. I don’t like the tedious task of mincing garlic and prefer to work with it pressed. Despite the divide in opinions on whether “to press or not”, I actually prefer the taste of pressed. So, […]

Friday Favorites

1. Avocados When I was living in Rhode Island, avocados were always a treat as they were not local to the area. In South Florida avocados are cheap, at every supermarket and extremely tasty, therefore I find a way to use them in everything! With my mom doing the 21 day sugar detox (no I’m […]

Friday Favorites – Superbowl Edition

With Superbowl Sunday looming, we decided to mix up the “Friday Favorites” post to cater to what we will be indulging in this weekend. 1. Yogurt Vegetable Dip In general, veggie dishes are considered the healthy option, but so many of the dips that accompany them are loaded with fat and sugar and completely cancel […]

Friday Favorites

1. Benefit’s Erase Paste This stuff is my savior! When I don’t get enough sleep—and let’s be honest we all have this problem sometimes — this under-eye-concealer is just the thing to brighten up my eyes! For a flawless application, I would recommend a concealer brush to go with it (Sephora has a great one). […]

Friday Favorites

1. Practical Paleo Although I don’t practice the Paleo diet 100%, I do hold this book to be an incredible resource as far as the chapters on diet & nutrition. Diane Sanfillippo describes in simple terms the concept of “inflammation” and how certain foods can either enrich or wreak havoc on our health. Her book […]

Friday Favorites

Bikram Yoga I’m not a huge fan of stretching and sometimes get bored with slower pace yoga classes, but as a runner it is super important to stretch. With my first half marathon coming up in two weeks, I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to hit up Bikram Brickell. I started taking Bikram […]

Friday Favorites

1.Garmin Heart Rate Monitor with a road bike speed and cadence sensor I was totally psyched to get this gift from my dad this year as we all road bike a bunch and the individual heart rate monitor allows you to track your heart rate so that you are exercising at an intensity that is appropriate […]

Friday Favorites

1. Local Honey Thank you to the Jamestown Community Farm for this amazing honey! There is nothing better than local honey for your tea. It has been said that the closer the source of honey to where you live can actually help you to build an immunity to seasonal allergies. A little bit about The […]

Friday Favorites

1. Tofu Shirataki Noodles In my opinion, what makes a good pasta dish are the sauces and seasonings and the actual noodles just need to have the right consistency. Tofu Shirataki Noodles are incredible because they don’t pack the calories and carbs that normal noodles do. Instead an entire bag (8 oz.) has only 40 calories […]

Friday Favorites

1. My Fitness Pal App This is a must have app that not only tracks calories in and calories out but it shows you where you are as far as sugar intake, cholesterol, protein, vitamins and fats. It can be pretty shocking to see how easy it is to go way overboard on sugar in […]