Melinda Gale

Fitness & Lifestyle

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A Girls Night Out at The Bistro at Topsail

Topsail Island -- 26 miles of quiet sandy beaches, pirate lore, WWII history, sea turtle rehabilitation, and... James Beard Award Winning, farm to table food? You heard right. After having a vacation home on Topsail Island for over 20 years, I've loved watching this tiny little island transform. While I hadn't visited in nearly 10 years (college and my move to LA are to blame), I have made it a priority to get to know this almost new to me island top to bottom. That's where The Bistro at Topsail comes into play. 

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Jazz Up Your Shakes with Blender Bombs!

With an insane work schedule and workout plan, I heavily rely on shakes to make sure that I get in all of the nutrients I need when I don't have time for a full meal. I've spent years trying to change up my "bro-shake" game which means a lot of trial and error. Honestly, I had pretty much written off shakes until I discovered the glory that is Blender Bombs.

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Celebrate NC Beer Month with Fayetteville's "Hometown Hops" Program

In honor of NC Beer Month, I couldn't think of any better way to celebrate than participate in the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's Hometown Hops Passport program! Home to five distinguished breweries, Cumberland County is ready to welcome brewery enthusiasts to America’s Hometown with a perfect pour of a memorable craft brew. 

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Stick To Your New Years Resolutions with Explore Cuisine!

 With delicious spaghetti's made from chickpeas, lentils, black beans, edamame and more, Explore Cuisine offers an easy way for everyone to celebrate this foodie holiday while still sticking to those healthy New Year's resolutions.

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Melinda's Ultimate (And Lazy) Guide to Juicing

I jumped on the juicing train about 5 years ago when my former boss gave me a juicer for my birthday. My loyalty, however, comes in waves. This week while on basic house arrest due to my kidney procedure, I found 4 different juicing documentaries on Netflix and convinced myself I would die by the age of 32 if I didn't start juicing again.

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Recipe: Roasted Acorn Squash + Burrata Mozzarella + Garlic Brown Butter Pecans + Salsa Verde

Fall is here and that means it's time to break out that hearty recipes! Miami’s own Chef Adrianne Calvo, owner of the highly acclaimed Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, and author of four cookbooks, including Maximum Flavor Social – shares a vibrant recipe for a fall favorite: Acorn Squash.

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The Carolina Inn’s Halloween Potions to Try!

The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is getting into the Halloween spirit this season with two must-try cocktail recipes for only $12 each. The charming hotel’s signature restaurant, Crossroads Chapel Hill, which recently announced its new Executive Chef, Brandon Sharp, is offering a classic Pumpkin Martini with a twist, as well as a very literal and unique Dragon Eye Martini .

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Raleigh's Got The Right Stuff, Baby...for Wahlburgers!

During my brief funemployment stint, I discovered the glory that is Wahlburgers, a TV show that follows the Wahlberg family's restaurant adventures. I quickly became obsessed with Mark, Donnie and Paul, as well as the rest of the family. I obsessively tweeted gifs of Mark in his younger days. I obsessively posted Facebook status's saying I needed to attend a Wahlburgers. 

You will understand my excitement when I got an email telling me that WAHLBURGERS IS COMING TO RALEIGH!!!!! 

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Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Cider

When I first started drinking at the ripe age of 21, I knew nothing about alcohol. Beer, liquor and most wines were gross to me. So like any 21 year old college female, I chose to just stick with sweeter alcoholic drinks. Through this, I discovered the beauty of hard ciders. Rekorderlig thought I should step up my cider game so they sent over their Strawberry-Lime flavor for me to sample! 

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month With These No Salt Recipes

There's more to healthy nutrition than meets the eye – proper nutrition comes down to the right serving size, eating foods naturally rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, the right amount of protein and keeping your sugar and sodium in-take in check. In honor of March's National Nutrition Month, arm yourself with the right knowledge and recipes for life (not just the month).

Executive Chef at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa, Anthony Stewart created a few recipes that contain zero salt and passed them along to me to share with my readers.

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