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August 20, 2010

A SkyTop Hike

Remember 2 weekends ago when I stepped back from technology and didn’t turn my computer on for 4 glorious days? Well here is a little Friday afternoon post to let you know what I was up to!

Fiancé and I spent the weekend in the Pocono area of Pennsylvania. I had never been to this area before, other than possibly driving through it, and I was really surprised by how far away from reality it truly felt. 

Aside from the fact that there wasn’t internet where I was staying , which could be a good thing if you want to step back from technology for a day, or a bad thing if you are addicted to your computer, like I am, but I embraced my time away from the world wide web and explored some new territory!

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Part of the weekend we spent at SkyTop Lodge which is a truly amazing place in the summer (and apparently the winter too!). This place has lakes and trails and all sorts of outdoor activities!

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This area had a calming nature about it, all I wanted to do was spend the weekend outside!

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Lake SkyTop is pretty beautiful if you ask me!

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Umm…can I move here and spend the rest of my life sitting on this little pier.

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I love the red chairs. Seriously, how cute is this little space?

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Fiancé and I, and his high school friend Joe (Hi Joe!) decided to hike around the Lake and check out some waterfalls a few miles down.

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Random trees had little quotes on them. I enjoyed this one:

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I know my training plan has been a little insane lately, so it was nice to step back and take this day to have a 5 mile hike as my cardio for the day. Walking with friends in the mountains is so fun!

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It was a beautiful day for a stroll.

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After a while we reached our destination! We were a little disappointed by the lack of falls, which was due to lack of rain, but it was still fun to get to and these pictures make it look a little smaller than it actually was!

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Since there wasn’t much to look at when we got there we decided to hike up the falls. The entire time we were climbing up the rocks, I kept thinking to myself, don’t hurt yourself, you have a marathon to run soon! Haha!

Ahhh…the mentality of a crazy runner!

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We also hiked up to the top of the rocks above our heads in this picture and then decided to hang out in the water for a bit. We each had our bathing suits on so we took a nice little dip.

The water was pretty cold, but we got used to it after a while. It would have been perfect to jump into after a long training run!

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I need to make the most of this hot weather and find some fun trails to frolick on in Philadelphia. The trees were a great form of shade and it was nice to hike on a trail with friends!

Anything that gets your heart pumping and blood flowing is a ok workout in my book!

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Are you a hiker? Where do you hike? Who do you hike with?

Does anyone know any good hiking areas in the Philadelphia area? I will travel for a good hike!

A SkyTop Hike

Remember 2 weekends ago when I stepped back from technology and didn’t turn my computer on for 4 glorious days? Well here is a little Friday afternoon post to let you know what I was up to!

Fiancé and I spent the weekend in the Pocono area of Pennsylvania. I had never been to this area before, other than possibly driving through it, and I was really surprised by how far away from reality it truly felt. 

Aside from the fact that there wasn’t internet where I was staying , which could be a good thing if you want to step back from technology for a day, or a bad thing if you are addicted to your computer, like I am, but I embraced my time away from the world wide web and explored some new territory!

DSC_0692

Part of the weekend we spent at SkyTop Lodge which is a truly amazing place in the summer (and apparently the winter too!). This place has lakes and trails and all sorts of outdoor activities!

DSC_0693

This area had a calming nature about it, all I wanted to do was spend the weekend outside!

DSC_0694 DSC_0695

Lake SkyTop is pretty beautiful if you ask me!

DSC_0696 DSC_0697   DSC_0700

Umm…can I move here and spend the rest of my life sitting on this little pier.

DSC_0702

I love the red chairs. Seriously, how cute is this little space?

DSC_0704

Fiancé and I, and his high school friend Joe (Hi Joe!) decided to hike around the Lake and check out some waterfalls a few miles down.

DSC_0701

Random trees had little quotes on them. I enjoyed this one:

 DSC_0705

I know my training plan has been a little insane lately, so it was nice to step back and take this day to have a 5 mile hike as my cardio for the day. Walking with friends in the mountains is so fun!

  DSC_0707

It was a beautiful day for a stroll.

DSC_0708 DSC_0709 DSC_0710

After a while we reached our destination! We were a little disappointed by the lack of falls, which was due to lack of rain, but it was still fun to get to and these pictures make it look a little smaller than it actually was!

DSC_0711DSC_0712

Since there wasn’t much to look at when we got there we decided to hike up the falls. The entire time we were climbing up the rocks, I kept thinking to myself, don’t hurt yourself, you have a marathon to run soon! Haha!

Ahhh…the mentality of a crazy runner!

DSC_0713

We also hiked up to the top of the rocks above our heads in this picture and then decided to hang out in the water for a bit. We each had our bathing suits on so we took a nice little dip.

The water was pretty cold, but we got used to it after a while. It would have been perfect to jump into after a long training run!

DSC_0714DSC_0715

I need to make the most of this hot weather and find some fun trails to frolick on in Philadelphia. The trees were a great form of shade and it was nice to hike on a trail with friends!

Anything that gets your heart pumping and blood flowing is a ok workout in my book!

DSC_0716

Are you a hiker? Where do you hike? Who do you hike with?

Does anyone know any good hiking areas in the Philadelphia area? I will travel for a good hike!

Embrace the Green (Monster)

Ok, ok, the green monster never really left my little world, I just haven’t posted about it in a long time!

The other day I received a reader request to explain how I make my green monsters, so I figured I would start this Friday morning off with a little green monster post!

Green monsters are one of my all time favorite breakfast meals. I love the fact that I can get a massive bunch of spinach in my system bright and early in the morning! Spinach is so good for you! I swear since I had my first green monster (which was almost a year and a half ago!) I have seen improvement in my skin, my hair has been growing a lot and my nails are stronger! Woohoo!

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My classic green monster smoothie includes:

  • 2-4 cups of spinach (depends on how big of a monster you want!)
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • sprinkling of flax seeds/wheat berries/chia seeds

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I always wash my spinach before it goes in the blender. I know some people don’t wash their fruits/veggies before eating, but I am not one of those people. I always give everything a little rinse.

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Do you wash your fruits/veggies before eating?

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Then it’s time for everything to go into the blender! The spinach goes in first, followed by the banana.

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To this monster, I added some Amazing Grass powder that I got in my HLS Swag bag this past weekend. I usually like to throw in some sort of powder to my monsters these days for a little bit of an extra kick. One of my favorite flavors to add is chocolate protein powder!

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I love adding seeds to my monsters. I also really love not fully blending them in the smoothie. Flax seeds and wheat berries are the two most popular seeds in my monsters.

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I like the little crunch that comes from them!

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Next up is a very essential ingredient – Almond Milk! And this particular almond milk expires the day after my wedding day!

When it expires, I will be married! Haha!

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For me personally, the almond milk combined with the banana overpowers any taste the spinach has, which makes it super easy to drink, and tasty too!

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I put about a cup of almond milk in my monsters.

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Last, but not least is the ice, which tops off the monster. This makes the monster cold and is very important to add!

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Blend for a few minutes until your monster looks like this – pretty green and very bubbly! Yum!

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I enjoyed my green monster in my Oddyssey Half Marathon finishers pint glass! This monster was a little different because of the Amazing Grass powder which had a lemon lime flavor to it, which I really enjoyed. I didn’t think I would like it in my monster, but I did!

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Using my favorite glass dharma glass straw!

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If you need more information on how I make my Green Monsters, check out my Green Monster 101 post, which gives some more step by step information.

I also have a whole section devoted to Green Monsters and my Juicing Creations here. If you have any other questions for me about my monsters, please ask!

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My greatest piece of advice in terms of these smoothies is don’t be afraid to try something new because I guarantee that with these drinks you will be pleasantly surprised how tasty they are!

Don’t fear the green!

Have you ever tried a green monster before? What do you do differently to your favorite monster smoothies?

Embrace the Green (Monster)

Ok, ok, the green monster never really left my little world, I just haven’t posted about it in a long time!

The other day I received a reader request to explain how I make my green monsters, so I figured I would start this Friday morning off with a little green monster post!

Green monsters are one of my all time favorite breakfast meals. I love the fact that I can get a massive bunch of spinach in my system bright and early in the morning! Spinach is so good for you! I swear since I had my first green monster (which was almost a year and a half ago!) I have seen improvement in my skin, my hair has been growing a lot and my nails are stronger! Woohoo!

jacksons 4 122 

My classic green monster smoothie includes:

  • 2-4 cups of spinach (depends on how big of a monster you want!)
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • sprinkling of flax seeds/wheat berries/chia seeds

 jacksons 4 137

I always wash my spinach before it goes in the blender. I know some people don’t wash their fruits/veggies before eating, but I am not one of those people. I always give everything a little rinse.

jacksons 4 089

Do you wash your fruits/veggies before eating?

jacksons 4 138

Then it’s time for everything to go into the blender! The spinach goes in first, followed by the banana.

jacksons 4 140

To this monster, I added some Amazing Grass powder that I got in my HLS Swag bag this past weekend. I usually like to throw in some sort of powder to my monsters these days for a little bit of an extra kick. One of my favorite flavors to add is chocolate protein powder!

jacksons 4 141

I love adding seeds to my monsters. I also really love not fully blending them in the smoothie. Flax seeds and wheat berries are the two most popular seeds in my monsters.

jacksons 4 120

I like the little crunch that comes from them!

jacksons 4 142 jacksons 4 143

Next up is a very essential ingredient – Almond Milk! And this particular almond milk expires the day after my wedding day!

When it expires, I will be married! Haha!

jacksons 4 144

For me personally, the almond milk combined with the banana overpowers any taste the spinach has, which makes it super easy to drink, and tasty too!

jacksons 4 145

I put about a cup of almond milk in my monsters.

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Last, but not least is the ice, which tops off the monster. This makes the monster cold and is very important to add!

jacksons 4 148

Blend for a few minutes until your monster looks like this – pretty green and very bubbly! Yum!

 jacksons 4 091

I enjoyed my green monster in my Oddyssey Half Marathon finishers pint glass! This monster was a little different because of the Amazing Grass powder which had a lemon lime flavor to it, which I really enjoyed. I didn’t think I would like it in my monster, but I did!

jacksons 4 092 

Using my favorite glass dharma glass straw!

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If you need more information on how I make my Green Monsters, check out my Green Monster 101 post, which gives some more step by step information.

I also have a whole section devoted to Green Monsters and my Juicing Creations here. If you have any other questions for me about my monsters, please ask!

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My greatest piece of advice in terms of these smoothies is don’t be afraid to try something new because I guarantee that with these drinks you will be pleasantly surprised how tasty they are!

Don’t fear the green!

Have you ever tried a green monster before? What do you do differently to your favorite monster smoothies?

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