Inspired by #SandOrCity travel: Opening my eyes, exploring new things.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney


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This week, in a mix of curiosity and travel fever, two of my friends grabbed me to go check out our nearby(ish) H Mart just outside Boston, MA. H Mart is an Asian grocery store/superstore/food court where you can get your hands on authentic Asian foods and dry goods. Eye-opening cultural experiences is a passion of mine and walking into the HMart felt like I stepped off a plane into a Asian food playground.  I’m ready more than ever to visit Asia firsthand.

This was perfect timing – I’m currently gathering info for Marriott’s #SandOrCity trip giveaway contest. My Bangkok inspiration board on Pinterest has made my dream of visiting Bangkok even stronger. Traveling to Bangkok is a dream experience for me and my husband.

One component of Thai lifestyle that I’ve always found interesting is their food. Authentic, can’t-get-it-in-the-USA Thai food. One in particular is Durian, the notorious Asian fruit and major Thai export. Needless to say I was PSYCHED that they sold Durian at the HMart. Although ours was previously frozen it was still the real deal and quite the experience getting our family to try it out. Now, we want to try a fresh, STINKY one! From a fresh fruit stand… In Bangkok.

Check out our first Durian experience here:

Bringing Healthy Back…

The days are long and gray. I’m tired.winter, new england, snow, storm, winter storm, white, gray, maine, happy, cold, comfort food

As I struggle to find sunshine and energy during our winter snow fest here in New England, I decided that perhaps starting my day on a healthier note is essential. Sounds like common sense to most people, but being a creature of morning routine, I usually wake up, make my way to the coffee pot, hook up my IV and kick-start my day with a jolt of caffeine on an empty stomach. Food usually doesn’t debut until 10:30. Which in and of itself is totally unhealthy.

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Not my home coffee but my coffee fav, Lil’s Cafe in Kittery, ME. They make a beautiful latte!

Now I will say, I do eat well overall. At least I try to for the most part. But I have always struggled with breakfast and I’m starting to realize that my kids are noticing which is why I know I must change my ways.

So, not being a breakfast person I knew I had to start small. I also knew I had 3 big limitations to work around:

  • No gluten, sugar or dairy. We recently cut these out of our diets. Surprisingly, this limitation actually made my options easier because I had less to choose from.
  • No time. It’s the morning rush and as much as I’d like to, I know I won’t getting up earlier to cook eggs and bacon. Bad mom.
  • No desire. Keeping in mind I am content with a cup of coffee and I don’t like food first thing in the morning.

Here’s what I came up with for my new breakfast favorite:

Ta-daaaa! Homemade Coconut Yogurt With Fruit, Nuts, Shredded Coconut and Chia Seed!strawberry, banana, chia, coconut, yogurt, paleo, diet, healthy, walnuts, crate and barrel, food porn, foodie

I read a super easy recipe from on how to make coconut yogurt at home. Love it! Mine never sets up like the article says it will, but it tastes great and works perfectly. I am however looking into purchasing a yogurt maker now that I know how much I love the stuff! Trader Joe’s has Chia seeds and Organic Shredded Coconut. I used walnuts, but I bet pecans and slivered almonds would be great. Add your favorite fruit and voila! Yum! A healthy, FAST breakfast.

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 Hope you try this quick, healthy little breakfast alternative! Be sure to get the recipe for the coconut yogurt HERE from the XOJane site! If you try it, be sure to post comments or suggestions below. Happy eating!