Summer Time Fun and Vegetable Omelet

I had the worlds best omelet over the 4th of July weekend in a little town called Kanab, right on the boarder of Arizona and Utah. Who would have thought?! After a weekend of camping in Zion National Park (one of the most beautiful places on earth!), my husband and our good friends stopped here for lunch.
A few pictures from Zion National Park, Utah.
Little did we know we were stopping right in the middle of the annual 4th of July town parade. This was a parade right out of an Andy Griffith show. The local’s were dressed up in their red, white and blue as they cheered the passing basketball team, cheerleaders, the fire department, and children pulling wagons full of candy and waterballons. There was even a miniature pony! (Li’l Sebastian!!!….Parks and Recreation anyone?!)
We finally found a small western themed diner to eat at where we could watch the parade from the window. Here we ordered breakfast for lunch (one of my favorite things to do!) When our orders arrived I was surprised to find that my Veggie Omelet was actually filled with veggies! (I find that most veggie omelets come with a couple of tomatoes and 2 lbs of cheese loaded on top). With each bite I took I found a new vegetable. First a carrot! (“a carrot with eggs! This is great!”), then a broccoli (“wow a broccoli!”), celery! zucchini! squash! With each bite I became more and more excited! Luckily, my dear friends know me well enough that they were not too surprised by my ecstatic reaction to finding vegetables in my omlete.
At that moment I knew that this dish was something I had to re-create at home. So here it is! Feel free to try other vegetables in your omelet and let me know how it turns out! Enjoy!

Summer Vegetable Omelet
(Feeds 4)

6 eggs, scrambled
1/4 cup, medium cheddar cheese (no dye)
1 carrot, chopped
1/2 cup of broccoli florets
1/2 cup of cauliflower florets
1/2 cup zuchinni, chopped, bite size
1/2 cup yellow squash, chopped, bit size
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
8 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup, green bell pepper, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Heat large skillet over med-high heat with a bit of olive oil. Place all the vegetables in skillet for about ten minuets, or till they are tender, but not soft. Remove vegetables from pan. Scrape and remove any remaining veggies parts from pan. Add a bit more olive oil to pan, so eggs don’t stick. Add the scrambled eggs to the pan. Cook for 1 to 2 mins, until eggs are slightly cooked but still runny. Add the veggies to the eggs and carefully mix together. Lay the cheese on top of the omelet and place lid on pan for 2 mins, till cheese is melted. Remove omelet from pan and enjoy with a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice!

5 Ways to Stay Active During Vacation

Vacation is a time to relax, we all know that! However, it does NOT mean that you have to be lazy! We all tend to eat more than usual and exercise less on vacation, don’t let those creeping lbs gain on you durring your next vacation. Here are 5 tips to help you stay active and have fun during your vacation.

1. Book your hotel a few blocks away from attractions
Enjoy sight seeing as you walk to and from your hotel. This will allow you to get extra steps in your route and save you money by booking a hotel a little further away from main attractions.

2. Walk to your Food
Traveling can be a great time to experience the local culture. What better way to do it than walk? Instead of calling a cab to take you dinner, walk. Light exercise after eating also helps with digestion and helps keep blood sugar levels down.

3. Plan Movement Into Everyday
If you know you will be sitting or standing (think museum tours?) then plan the second part of your day with more activity. Take a long walk along the beach or  find bike tours or walking tours of the city to get in some movement and cover more ground.

Bike tour in Krakow, Poland

4. Book for Fitness
When booking hotels, choose only those with fitness centers and/or guest passes to a near by gym. This makes it easier to roll out of bed right into the gym. This also allows you to maintain and track your daily activity.

5. Explore!
The gym is great but also remember to take the opportunity to embrace the local outdoor activities. Hiking, canoeing, scuba/snorkeling are just a few of the options that you shouldn’t pass up!

Do you have other tips to stay active and healthy during vacation? I would love to hear more about them. Post your advice below.