Hi. I'm Sara!

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I am a born and bred New Yorker, mom of two little girls who loves
all things New York and is passionate about healthy living.

Vacation Show and Tell Part One

It is rare for me to find a restaurant or a hotel where I feel confident ordering directly off the menu. I usually have a million modifications to make to every dish. I do not mind asking questions and making special requests if it means I am going to get a meal I love. But sometime it is nice to have a break and simply order.

While we were at Parrot Cay I was fully confident ordering directly from the menu with ease. Every dish was loaded with vegetables and greens. It was truly paradise. That is not to say I didn't come up with a few custom creations for them!

Waiting for us in our room were water bottles that we could use during our stay. All around the resort were water stations so I had no trouble filling my bottle constantly. It's so important to stay hydrated in the sun!

I started everyday with two "Kryptonite" green juices. On the menu this juice includes apple but I asked them to leave it out as I do not like fruit in my green juice.  What made this juice truly delicious and special was the addition of fennel and spirulina. Such a different taste! I have to remember to try adding fennel the next time I make my own juice at home. Ok, let's be honest. I need to find a pressed green juice that includes fennel. My poor juicer gets no attention!

At home I usually have a smoothie for lunch. This is a practice I tend to give up on vacation as a good green smoothie can be hard to find. However, while browsing the menu at the pool the first day I noticed that they had all of my favorite green smoothie ingredients (including fresh raw coconut water!). I tried my luck and asked the waiter for a smoothie with coconut water, spinach, avocado, cucumber and pineapple. At first he looked at me like I was nut. Then I said, " trust me, just ask the chef to throw all those things in the blender." Again he looked at me like I was crazy but off he went to place my order. I received a delicious smoothie that was exactly the light  lunch I was looking for. I proceeded to order one every day! Funny side note: they didn't know how to charge me for this concoction so the bill simply said "Healthy Drink." Our first night at dinner I decided to go all raw. It is so rare that I get to eat raw food on vacation! I started with a raw corn taco with guacamole and cashew sour cream. It was truly delicious and reminded me of the raw tacos at One Lucky Duck that I adore.

Next I had the "Big Salad." What can I say about the Big Salad? It is perfection in a bowl. Simply the Best. Salad. Ever. Shredded red and white cabbage, spiralized beets and carrots, sprouts, broccoli, mushrooms, avocado, and tomatoes in an apple cider vinaigrette. I became so obsessed with this salad that I ordered it at every diner. I have already begun to plot making my own version at home!

Next time I will share some of the delicious desserts I enjoyed as well I what I took to eat on the plane home. Yum!

Vacation Show and Tell Part 2

Vacation Show and Tell Part 2

Well Traveled

Well Traveled