I always say that I love New York but my heart belongs to Nebraska (cheesy, but true).
Well, I’m home again for a Nebraska football game (more on that later), and now I remember another large reason why I like it here so much: Home is where the HEALTH is.
Whenever I’m home, except for the occasional glass of vino (ok maybe 2-3) here and there, it almost feels like a sort of cleanse. I WANT to be healthy, because it’s so EASY to be healthy.
In New York, healthy food is expensive, and sometimes it’s not as accessible as I’d like it to be. Even getting to the gym is a bit of a time-investment. But, believe it or not, here in the middle of America, it’s extremely cost-efficient and convenient to be healthy.
For starters, there are giant grocery stores everywhere you turn with large produce aisles and cheap products.
Oh, and large baking sections too…that’s the Sometimes Healthy part ;-).
They also have Cinnamon Bun Marshmallows.
Hey, everyone needs a treat every now and then. That’s HEALTHY. So much variety here in Omaha.
Then, there’s my mother and her gigantic, orderly refrigerator full of healthy goodies.
Bless that woman and her healthy, organized ways.
I’m not quite sure how she didn’t pass along the organized part to me. But, look at the fridge. It has everything a girl needs to stay healthy and happy. PS – there are two cans of Reddi Whip because I went to the store this morning after I got my morning coffee and purchased one along with some baking items for tonight. I didn’t know my mother was one step ahead of me!
Additional, healthy food is so much more fun when you have a big, clean kitchen to play in.
I told my mother it’s my duty to rough up the kitchen while I’m home because a kitchen should never be this clean.
This morning, the first thing I did (after going to the grocery store and getting my morning coffee) was make myself a healthy omelette with egg beaters, cheese and turkey.
I never make these healthy breakfasts in NYC, because my kitchen is tiny and I’m aways on the go. I love having the opportunity to slow down and start my day the right way when I’m back in Nebraska.
Then, there’s the scenery.
It’s not like the sweeping skyline views of New York City or even the tree-filled beauty of Central Park. It’s simple, comforting, relaxing and just right.
It’s a different kind of beautiful here in Omaha, but it’s a nice change, and I soak up every opportunity to run around this little lake that I grew up by. I’m sure it’s partially because I’m always on vacation when I come home (therefore not working), but almost the moment I step off the plane, I feel a sort of calm take over me and any stress waiting for me back in NYC just goes away.
And of course, there’s the gym a mere 5 minute drive from my house.
I’ve been going to this gym ever since I was a skimpy high school freshman who realized that muscle was “in” and wimpy was “out.” They’ve added more cutting-edge machines over the years, but largely, it’s the same gym I went to over 10 years ago. Usually, when I’m home on vacation, I’m the youngest person at the gym by at least 20 years, but I love it. All my parents’ friends go here too, so I always look forward to catching up with them.
Finally, there’s that reassuring “feeling” one gets from spending time in the house they grew up and letting her parents take care of her for a few days.
Living in NYC has made me even more grateful for my wonderful parents and for my upbringing in Nebraska. It’s definitely helped me to stay grounded and remember what’s truly important in life. It’s very easy to get caught up in the “glitz and glamour” of the Big Apple, but because of “back where I come from,” I know that will never happen to me.
However, in the end, you can take the girl out of the Apple…
But, she’ll still keep baking.
As mentioned, today I’ll be going to a Nebraska football game.
But, it’s not just any football game. Since Nebraska, just joined the Big Ten, they’re playing my alma mater, Northwestern, for the first time. I just had to use this special occasion as an opportunity to come home.
So, of course, we baked some healthified treats for the tailgate this morning.
Luckily, Becca wanted to get in some bonding time last night, so she let me use her kitchen (She pretty much followed me around and cleaned up each mess as it happened. She stated, “Jamie, I pick up after a 2-year-old all day – this is about the same thing.)
You’re welcome for sparing your kitchen, Mom.
We baked Go Big Red Velvet Donuts (Nebraska) and Blueberry Purple Power Donuts (Northwestern).
Recipe to come.
I’m feeling a bit torn on
what to wear to the game who to cheer for in today’s football game.
On the one hand, I spent 4 glorious years at Northwestern, and I always root for the underdog.
But, on the other hand, I’m not quite sure I’m capable of rooting against my hometown heroes.
What’s a girl to do?
I guess she bakes EQUALLY delicious healthified treats and decides to make a gametime decision.
Stay tuned for recipes and a tailgate recap!
GO BIG RED!!! (sorry Wildcats – just can’t root against Nebraska…EVER).
Catch ya after the big game! (I will definitely recap the delicious tailgate food…oh, and the game ;-))
If you live in a big football state, do you root for the hometown heroes OR your college team?
Who are you rooting for today?
Fave tailgating food?