Vacations Filled With Hiking Are The Best Kind

 

Hills and forests are a hikers best friend. Living in South Florida has been vastly different from my Midwest roots and while I enjoy the wetlands and (flat) boardwalks, I was more than excited to jet up north last weekend to find some trails. North FL is hilly, full of trees and reminds me of home.

Devil’s Millhopper State park has several different trails, sink holes and sights to see. Hills make up a large part of this park that also offers trees and shrubbery of all kinds. IMG_20160814_103439

This park houses all 45 species of birds native to Florida’s hardwood forests and, as such, they are the only forest in FL that can claim this distinction.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are bright orange and white mushrooms that grow from the side of fallen stumps.

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These bright berries, along with some of a purple variety, liter the ground floor with color.

 

 

 

With a mile loop trail and an extension (to create about 3 miles of trail) loop trail, these walking paths are for everyone. This sign reminds us to take care of these beautiful parks by not disturbing them.

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This hike provided a beautiful and calming start to our Sunday. With temperatures climbing into the 90’s, it was quite the hot and sweaty trek. However, I cannot wait to get back and experience more of what North Florida has to offer!

You May Never Guess My Secret Ingredient

Cooking is my jam, but for quick, easy and healthy eats- protein shakes are my go to.  The flavor options are endless and create a nutritious start to your day or refueling for your workout.

My lemon berry blend is so refreshing and my husband says, “It tastes like really good ice cream!” The addition of lemon juice and Greek yogurt fill this drink with antioxidants and probiotics, making it even more beneficial.

 

Lemon Berry Ice Cream Shake

  • 1 cup frozen fruit (pineapple/mango/peach/strawberry)
  • 1/2 cup 100% juice (banana/strawberry/orange)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon (I actually used 2 drops lemon essential oil but whatever you have on hand is works!)
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt

 

Blend ingredients together and enjoy!

 

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