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Magnificent May

  • May 1, 2014
  • By Brittany
Magnificent May

Hello and welcome to the month of May!  May means flowers, warm weather, outdoor workouts and the first long weekend of summer!  Yipee!  Here’s how to make May magnificent!
1.      Spend some time at a local farmer’s market.  Fresh food and flowers are everywhere at local markets.  I visited the one in Union Square recently and was so excited by my bounty!  Gorgeous red and yellow tomatoes plus some of the most magnificent flowers I have ever seen.

usq farmer's market 1

usq farmer's market 2

usq farmer's market 3

usq farmers market 4

2.      Try some new veggies.  I am not a huge fan of the traditional springtime vegetables like peas and asparagus, but this year I vowed I would try a fresh artichoke.  Man, am I glad I did.  It was delicious and not at all as difficult to prepare as I thought.  It takes a bit of muscle and some time but the end result is pretty amazing!  Deeeeeelicious!


3.      Take your workout outside. It is finally warming up enough to workout al fresco.  Try my spring outdoor workouts or just go for a walk or run and take in all of the beautiful nature around you.

outdoor workout

4.      Celebrate Cinco De Mayo!  Who doesn’t love a good Mexican fiesta?  It’s one of my favorite cuisines, so I’ll take any excuse to celebrate.  Check out some of my favorite healthy Mexican recipes:

Healthy and Delicious Fish Tacos

Tilapia with Pico De Gallo


Tropical Tacos

Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos

Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa



5.      Wear white.  I am not a strict follower of the no white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.  Instead, I let the weather guide me.  I love my white capris.  Plus I just bought a new pair of white pants!  Woo hoo!


6.      Ride a bike. May is National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day will be occurring in cities nationwide.  So dust yours off or go rent one if you don’t own and start pedaling.  You’ll torch a ton of calories and I promise you’ll have fun.  Just don’t fall off. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fall Bike

7.      Have a picnic.  It’s picnic weather time and I’m counting down the seconds until I can get out and enjoy my first al fresco dining experience.  Need ideas of a healthy picnic?  Check out this menu!

Healthy Picnic 2

Readers, how are you planning to make May magnificent?  Do you like spring veggies?  Are you celebrating the Kentucky Derby or Cinco de Mayo this weekend?

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  • Holly
    May 1, 2014

    You are so right about the farmers’ market and the spring appeal of the colors and fragrances — thanks for the reminder of days to come on this very rainy day in New England . . . and, thanks for the recipes.

  • Shannon
    May 1, 2014

    I love farmer’s markets!! What a great idea for May. I go to the Madison, WI one with my grandparents at least once a month in the summer!

    I totally love wearing white. I have a white skirt on today actually! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And definitely bike-riding. One of my faaaavorite ways to relax and see the city. Great suggestions!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    May 1, 2014

    I miss the union square greenmarket!!!! Must find the closest farmer’s market to our new place in T.O! Speaking of which, I think you and Pete should come to Toronto this summer and we can explore together ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kimberly (Manifest Yourself)
    May 1, 2014

    Oooo, I cannot wait to wear white pants… even though I normally end up ruining them after a few wears.

    And fresh flowers always make me feel better at home. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    May 1, 2014

    I want to try an artichoke so bad — I saw a how-to over on Gina’s blog, but I haven’t worked up the courage! This post makes me so happy, I’m more than ready for all those things. I will definitely be hitting up our farmers market, eating mexican food and wearing white!!!

  • Tara
    May 1, 2014

    Artichokes take a little bit of finnesse but are so worth it at the end! And don’t worry, I wore white pants almost all of last week. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is in the high 70s-80s so screw the old fashion rules!

  • Kim
    May 1, 2014

    Love your white capris! I just got some new white pants and plan to wear them tomorrow night to meet friends for some music and drinks – I love spring!
    I don’t care for peas and asparagus either – but I do love salads in the spring!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    May 1, 2014

    I love farmers markets. I need to take the time and really figure out the best ones in NYC…maybe a post idea for you?? ๐Ÿ™‚ I am celebrating cinco de mayo by running a 5k ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    May 1, 2014

    Your pictures are all beautiful and that Farmer’s Market looks amazing! I can’t believe those beautiful flowers and the eggs too! LOVE! I’ve also been wanting to try cooking an artichoke too. They’ve always intimated me, but I love them so much!

  • Lisa @ Lulu's Big Adventure
    May 2, 2014

    I wish our May weather was as nice as yours!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • catherine gacad
    May 7, 2014

    such wonderful colorful pictures!

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