October: In-Season Produce

by Danica on October 1, 2014

Happy October 1st!

Let’s take a look at what’s in season this time of year….

When you eat fruits and veggies that are currently in-season, you consume produce that contains an even higher nutritional value.  The produce is also more flavorful, fresh, and cost-effective!

September produce from the farmer's market

Be on the lookout for the following fruits and vegetables at your local farmer’s market, food co-op, and grocery store this month!


  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Lemons
  • Melons (particularly Honeydew)
  • Navel Oranges
  • Pears
  • Pomegranates
  • Tangerines


  • Artichokes
  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Green/Snap Beans
  • Beets
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce (many varieties)
  • Mushrooms (especially wild varieties)
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Peppers (several varieties)
  • Persimmons
  • Potatoes (many varieties, including sweet potatoes)
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips

**if you’re searching for a farmer’s market in your area, check HERE – this is also a great site for learning about local produce since this list can’t be completely accurate for every geographical region**

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scenes from the weekend 9.29.14

by Danica on September 29, 2014

Hoping you all enjoyed your weekend!  Here are some snapshots from mine…

Our furniture/boxes/belongings arrived on Friday!  Our apartment is still a disaster because we spent a lot of the weekend out and about, but it feels so good to have our things back.  We’ll get it all unpacked and organized this week.

moving boxes

scenes from my run on Friday afternoon:

sf bay - run

sf bay - berkeley - run

sf bay

sf bay - run

Jesse, Zida, and I walked to the nearest farmer’s market on Saturday to check it out…

berkeley park

farmer's market - berkeley


Lunch (these salads were both awesome) and then a grocery run…

asian salad - berkeley bowl


In the afternoon we went in to San Francisco…

san francisco - delores street

We hung out at Dolores Park for a while…

delores park  san francisco

and then we got dinner at La Taqueria – they won the best burrito title from fivethirtyeight.com - Jesse was insistent on trying it out :)

la taqueria san francisco

inside la taqueria san francisco


jesse & danica - la taqueria burritos san francisco

Sunday morning devotions from Jesus Calling
(also, we tried out a church later in the morning (thanks for the recommendation, Dallas!)…we liked it and I think we’ll go back next week, too…”church hunting” is not something I enjoy so it’d be awesome to get connected right off the bat)

morning devotion notes

We got Zida a new toy…the poor duck didn’t stand half a chance.

zida and toy

Over the course of a few hours, she pulled all the stuffing out and ate its head, like actually consumed it.  She’s a monster.
(and she’s certainly not getting another stuffed animal anytime soon)


new curtains for the bedroom…

bedroom curtains

Sunday was a smoothies-for-dinner kind of a night.

smoothie for dinner


Tell me about your weekend!



Five things Friday 9.26.14

September 26, 2014

Happy Friday! 1.  Our furniture and boxes arrive today!!  I’m really looking forward to sleeping on our a bed, sitting on something besides the floor, having dishes and pans in the kitchen, and choosing from more clothes than what’s been in my suitcase.  I do, however, feel a little bad about the walk up to our apartment […]

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Treats While Traveling – Healthy? I think so.

September 25, 2014

While on a call with one of my clients earlier this week, he told me about a fun trip he took recently and talked about the treats he enjoyed while on that trip.  I could hear in his voice that he felt a little guilty maybe for having those treats, even though he started eating really […]

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We made it!

September 23, 2014

We’re heeeeere!! As it turns out, moving across the country didn’t leave me much time for blogging (I wasn’t surprised either) – it feels like life has now made a complete 360.  We’re starting to settle in a bit at our new place, or at least at much as we can without any furniture, which arrives this coming […]

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Our Last Few Days in Minnesota

September 16, 2014

Let’s back up a bit to Friday night… Jesse and I went out to the Four Daughters Winery with our friends Matt & Jenna.  We had a great time and the vineyard was beautiful - I’d highly recommend it if you live in southeast MN.  The best part of the night was easily telling stories and laughing with […]

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workout log: 9/1 – 9/14

September 14, 2014

  Monday, September 1st morning: 3.5 miles of walking/jogging with Jesse (I think we probably ran close to 2 miles of it) evening: 40-minute Bike Ride Tuesday, September 2nd upper body strength workout core workout 45-minute Walk Wednesday, September 3rd 55-minute jog/walk, 5.25 miles total  (I figure I ran just over 3 of those miles) […]

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5 Things Friday

September 12, 2014

1.  My parents came to our house on Monday night and loaded up a big trailer full of furniture and miscellaneous things they’re storing for us when we move.  I can’t even explain how grateful Jesse and I are for this! 2.  Zida was at my parents’ house since before Labor Day weekend, and they […]

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One of My Favorite Healthy Living Quotes

September 11, 2014

What’s one thing you’re doing to take care of your body today? I’m taking Zida for a nice long walk this afternoon, which is good for me both physically and mentally. *****

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Ask A Health Coach

September 10, 2014

I love love love talking about health, especially food and nutrition.  It’s continually interesting to me, I’m always learning new things, and I’ll gladly share with anyone who will listen.  This “healthy living journey” of mine is ever changing.  That was one of the reasons I started this blog – back when I just barely started to […]

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