Aksarben Village Farmers Market

Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone had a great holiday! This morning I made my way over to the Aksarben Village Farmers Market over by the new Wohlner’s neighborhood grocery on 60th and Center. Despite the fact that it was pouring, the market was rather crowded! Among an assortment of free samples, I came home with some zucchini (both round and oblong in shape), carrots, eggs, lettuce, grape tomatoes, corn, and coffee from Caffeine Dreams, a local coffee shop here in Omaha. I got English Toffee, Sumatra, and Pumpkin Spice; all of which smell absolutely amazing!

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After the farmers market I was ready to go somewhere indoors to dry off, so I headed to the bookstore (one of few places open on holidays). I was only looking for one book in particular, but naturally came home with three books instead!

1. The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook by Amy Riolo: I saw this book advertised in the May edition of Today’s Dietitian and had to have it. The Mediterranean diet is known to be one of the healthiest in the world due to the use of lean meats and fish, healthy oils, and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables providing fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. These recipes can help lower blood pressure, control blood glucose levels, and lower your risk for heart disease; regardless of whether or not you have diabetes anyone can benefit from the Mediterranean diet. The recipes in this book sound so tasty I can’t wait to cook some Mediterranean cuisine!

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2. What to Eat by Marion Nestle: The book is about uncovering the true meaning of product labels, marketing jargon, and how big food companies try to influence our choices. In this guide to sensible food shopping and healthy eating Nestle offers advice about which food trends to embrace and which to trash.

3. Local Flavors by Deborah Madison: Ever since I read Animal Vegetable Miracle where Barbara Kingsolver constantly references this book, I have been wanting to get it. This book is all about cooking and eating seasonally and locally from your neighborhood farmers market. It offers one-of-a-kind ideas and recipes for those unique farmers market finds; not to mention all of the gorgeous pictures that fill the book cover to cover.

(All of these books remind me that I need to do some updating on the Read Chic pageÔǪI’ll work on that tomorrow, sorry for being so behind on things lately!)

The rain finally let up around 6pm and I was finally able to go for my 8 mile long run. I took a nice long stroll through a couple parks around my neighborhood and returned home to a backyard barbeque where turkey sausages were being grilled for dinner. I also listened to Women & Money by Suze Orman on my ipod while I ran, nothing like a little financial advice while you sweat!

There are not too many fireworks going on tonight due to the rain earlier today, but I was still able to enjoy a festive 4th of July dinner while watching fireworks on tv! I just finished putting together a couple Quick Breakfast Stratas using my farmers market produce! I will pop those in the oven tomorrow morning for the family for breakfast!

Happy 4th everyone!

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