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    The 5 Best Places to Explore in Orlando

    The 5 Best Places to Explore in Orlando

    Written By: Sam Tetrault

    Hey guys, I’m Sam! An Orlando-based writer who blogs at Samanthability.com and TheWanderingFloridian.com! I’m partnering with ToYouSnacks to share some of my favorite places to PURSUIT ADVENTURE in Orlando!

    I actually just moved to Orlando a few months ago, and I’ve made it my mission to seek out new and exciting areas of the city. Before moving, I lived in St. Augustine on the Northeast Coast of Florida. St. Augustine, the oldest city in the country, had a much different feel than Orlando.

    St. Augustine is cobblestone streets and 400-year-old Spanish forts. Orlando is International Drive and theme parks. Despite my misconceptions, Orlando has quickly proved itself to be a hip, invigorating place to live, and I’m excited to share some of my favorite spots with you today!

     

    1. CELEBRATION

    Best places to visit in orlando. Simple Snacks. Celebration Florida

    Located just south of Orlando, Celebration, FL was planned by the Walt Disney Company in the early 1990s, but today stands alone as a small village. Though small, Celebration packs a big punch. At times, this quaint district feels a little too perfect. It’s Orlando’s very own Stars Hollow, and it's become one of my favorite exploring spots.

    Best places to visit in orlando. Simple Snacks. Celebration Florida

    Downtown Celebration is only a few short blocks, but the parks, local businesses, and lake make it look like something out of a movie. Hidden in a retro cinema is the Columbia Restaurant, which serves unbeatable Cuban sandwiches and black bean soup (maybe I’m biased since I used to work at their St. Augustine location). The Sweet Escape bakery also has excellent coffee and doughnuts. Basically, you can’t go wrong with any of the stops around their central hub.

    Best places to visit in orlando. Simple Snacks. Celebration Florida

    The athletic center is open only to residents, but anyone can enjoy the tree covered lake walking trail that loops around the water and to the other side of downtown. I like to cool down after in one of the umbrella-covered rocking chairs on the lakefront and recharge with a ToYouSnack bar.

    2. MILLS 50

    Best places to visit in orlando. Simple Snacks. Mills 50 Florida

    Mills 50 is an unusual melting pot of fluorescent street art, holistic living centers, and tattoo studios. In other words, it’s everything I need in life. Walking the main streets of Mills 50 is like visiting a modern art museum, with huge murals taking over almost every wall.

    Best places to visit in orlando. Simple Snacks. Mills 50 Florida=

    Mills 50 is an Instagram wonderland, with the art deco architecture and street art. With Orlando classics like the Black Bean Deli and Tako Cheena, there’s a lot to see and even more to eat in Mills 50. This unpolished main street has a surprisingly large Asian influence that adds another element of exploration. With acupuncture facilities and Vietnamese markets, Mills 50 is a constantly evolving surprise.

    3. AUDUBON PARK

    Best places to visit in orlando. Simple Snacks. Audobon Park Florida

    Audubon Park Garden District is essentially the opposite of what you’d expect Orlando to be. It’s dominated by local businesses, quaint shops, and farm to table eateries. It’s a far cry from the corporate theme park wonderland I expected when I moved to Orlando, that’s for sure.

    Best places to visit in orlando. Simple Snacks. Audobon Park Florida

    Audubon Park is my favorite place to spend an afternoon window shopping. There’s Park Ave CD’s, a surprisingly prosperous CD and record store that’s called Audubon Park home for 30 years. Also you can find a variety of boutique-like shops including Dear Prudence and The Owl’s Attic.

    Best places to visit in orlando. Simple Snacks. Audobon Park Florida

    Before I leave, I always grab a craft beer at Redlight, Redlight. With over 250+ beers to select from, this bar is much more than it appears on the outside. I didn’t expect much from Corrine Ave’s high traffic, grungy feel, but it’s my quite possibly my favorite neighborhood in Orlando.

    4. DANDELION COMMUNITEA CAFE

    Best places to visit in orlando. Simple Snacks. Dandelion Cafe Florida

    I love tea. Like, a lot. There’s no better place to get my fix than the Dandelion Communitea Cafe. Though Dandelion Cafe is technically located in Mills 50, I felt it deserved it’s own place on my list. As a herbivore, I’m always looking for more vegetarian places to get food beyond the typical salad. Dandelion Cafe has an organic all-vegan menu that satisfies both meat-eaters and plant-eaters, which is pretty impressive!

    Best places to visit in orlando. Simple Snacks. Dandelion Cafe Florida

    Though I like a good vegan lunch as much as the best plant-eater, I’m mostly infatuated with the humongous tea selection. We aren’t talking tea bags either, this place is legit. I always opt for their tea of the day because it comes with free refills which you bet I take advantage of!

    5. EAST END MARKET

    Best places to visit in orlando. Simple Snacks. East End Market Florida

    The East End market describes itself as Orlando’s neighborhood food market, open only to local farmers and food vendors. The East End Market even has its own garden outside on property, and you can purchase ripe, ready to eat food from inside. There are bakeries, breweries, and excellent restaurants represented inside, and this spot offers more than the average farmers market.

    Best places to visit in orlando. Simple Snacks. East End Market Florida

    The East-End Market has ample patio seating amidsts succulents and palm trees, the perfect place to read a book or chat with friends. I always make a point of visiting Lineage Coffee, and I’m excited to keep trying more as this local destination grows.

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    Orlando was named the second fastest growing metropolitan area in the country by Forbes this year, and it’s clear why. With picture perfect main streets like downtown Celebration and up-and-coming neighborhoods like Audubon Park, there’s something for everyone here!

    I still miss St. Augustine, but I’m surprised to find the small-town feel I appreciated so much is alive and well here. I’m still exploring this city every chance I get, and there’s so much more to see and do! What are your favorite spots in Orlando?

    Share your Orlando Adventures with us using #PursuitAdventure and don't forget to bring your local On-The-Go snack bar with you! #ToYouSnacks

    Kickstart Your Morning with these ToYou Topped Treats!

    Kickstart Your Morning with these ToYou Topped Treats!

    Four Healthy and Easy Breakfast Swaps
    Hi everyone! This is Allie from the blog and Instagram account @midwestmunch. I teamed up with ToYou for an Instagram giveaway a few weeks ago, and now I want to share some delicious recipes I’ve made with my favorite ToYou bars.
    Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why it’s so important to kickstart your day with a healthy breakfast. Sugary breakfast cereals and processed carbohydrates cause a spike in blood sugar levels, which is responsible for the resulting “crash” in energy. Here are some healthy (and easy!) swaps that will leave you feeling energized and ready to take on the day ahead.
    1. Blueberry Mango Chia Pudding Topped with a Mango Yogurt ToYou Bar: This chia pudding is the perfect swap if you find yourself getting tired of your regular bowl of oatmeal. It’s quick and can be made with a fruit of your choice, simmered on the stovetop with water (or your favorite non-dairy milk) and chia seeds. On the go? Toss it in a mason jar for a portable breakfast.
    2. Strawberry Goji Smoothie Bowl topped with a Raspberry Lemon ToYou Bar:  Smoothie bowls are probably my favorite thing to make--I never get tired of them! Although most people associate smoothie bowls with tons of fruit, I mix it up and add a bunch of veggies to my smoothies and smoothie bowls. My favorite veggies to add are zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it--if you steam and freeze the vegetables, they add so much creaminess without adding a “veggie” taste!
    3. Blueberry Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Toast topped with a Coconut Mocha ToYou Bar : Tired of multigrain toast and nut butter in the morning? Look no further! This sweet potato toast gives you your daily dose of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6--the list goes on and on. This toast is so incredibly easy; just chop a sweet potato in ¼ inch slices and pop them in the toaster. Top with whatever toppings you want, whether it’s bananas, peanut butter, chocolate chips, coconut, or all of the above!
    4. Banana Peanut Butter Rice Cakes Topped with a Banana Foster ToYou Bar: Rice cakes and peanut butter are another one of my favorite snacks. They’re light enough to snack on, but there’s a perfect amount of protein to fill you up for a little while. The Bananas Foster Bar I topped these rice cakes with is one of my favorite bars in the entire ToYou box!

    Enjoy! If you try any of these recipes, make sure to post your masterpieces and tag @midwestmunch and @toyousnacks! And if you want to find more recipes like this, we've got plenty on the feed-- happy snacking! 


    XO, Allie

     

     

    Congrats TO YOU, our 2017 Nautique Masters Champions!

    Congrats TO YOU, our 2017 Nautique Masters Champions!

     

    While many of you know ToYou is all about snacking healthy, pursuing adventure and getting involved in communities.. but we're also activists for getting active! That's why many of our Ambassadors are World Traveling Athletes who fuel up on ToYou Snacks.

     

    Last month, a handful of ToYou Ambassadors we're invited to compete in the 2017 Nautique Masters Waterski Tournament, including the son of our Founder, Patricio Font! We couldn't be more proud of each and every one of our competitors and with much joy, send an ENORMOUS congratulations to you, our Champions! It is evident that you're dedication and hard work has paid off and we can't wait to see what's in store for you this Summer and the years to come!

     

    Neilly Ross, First Place in Masters Womens Tricks with a score of 10,350 points.

     

    Ali Zharnasek, First Place in Masters Mens Tricks with a score of 12,020 points. 

     

    Patrico Font, First Place in Juniors Mens Tricks with a score of 9,510 points.

     

    Anna Gay, Third Place in Masters Womens Tricks with a score of 9,980 points

     

    Valentina Gonzalez, Third Place in Juniors Womens Tricks with a score of 7,130 points and Second Place in Junior Womens Overall with a score of 2,612.7

    Just in Time for Summer | Blueberry Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl

    Just in Time for Summer | Blueberry Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl

    Hello everyone!
    This is Meredith from @a.classic.confidence again :)
    This time, I'm sharing a Blueberry Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl just in time for summer. It's already getting hot where I live, so I definitely will be eating this all the time.
    I used the Pina Colada ToYou Bar for this recipe because I love the tropical taste of the tangy pineapple paired with the sweet blueberries in the smoothie (try saying that five times fast)!
    Let's get started, shall we,
    Recipe
    • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1/4 cup frozen or fresh pineapple
    • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
    • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened coconut milk from the carton)
    • ToYouSnacks Pina Colada Bar
    Instructions
    • Place all ingredients except the ToYou Bar into a blender.
    • Blend!
    • If the mixture gets stuck or isn't blending correctly, simply add more milk.
    • Top with the ToYou bar, and don't forget to take a pic and tag me and @toyousnacks on Instagram!

    How To Prepare for The Appalachian Trail

    How To Prepare for The Appalachian Trail

    Prioritizing What Your Soul Needs

    Hi everyone! My name is Kelby and I like to think that my unusual name destined me for an unusual path in life.


    In less than two weeks I will begin the journey of a lifetime. I am going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail! For those who do not know, the Appalachian Trail (AT) is a hiking trail extending from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia and is 2,189 miles long.


    As an ultra marathoner, I am familiar with pushing my body and mind to uncomfortable limits, but never in my life have I prepared for an adventure like this. I have been building muscle by hiking with a fully loaded pack and lifting weights and I love to refuel with ToYou’s Post Workout bar. To prepare my mind for the journey ahead, I have read countless books and hiking blogs. One of the books I read suggests making three lists before embarking on the AT. The first list should answer “Why am I hiking the Appalachian Trail?” Well, fair question and I am sure all of you are wondering what would possess someone to put their life on hold for 5-6 months to hike 2,000+ miles.


    I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail because…


    I want to need to recharge before I dedicate myself to a meaningful career in public health. These past two years of my life have been absolutely hectic. There were times where I was holding down three jobs while going to school full time. My passions and relationships with loved ones were put on the backburner. I need to fill myself up with the things I love in order to pour myself out into work focused on eliminating health disparities and achieving social justice.  


    I want to show women, young and old, that we can all be a #ForceOfNature. Women’s bodies are often judged by the way they look, not by the amazing things they can do. I want my adventure to interrupt the endless social media feeds of selfies and filtered photos. Just think of the ripple effect that could happen if one woman thought “Well if she can do that, what’s stopping me?”


    Life is about pursuing adventure. This one is plain and simple. I never want to look back on my life and think “I should have done x, y, or z.”



    And that is a little about me ToYou!


    I will be teaming up with ToYou to share my story on the blog and social media so stay tuned.

     

    Use hashtags #toyousnacks and #healthyandfit to share your journey with us!