Food is good. And it is everywhere. And Its ALWAYS someone’s birthday at work. I habitually walk by the ‘break room’ and cast a reflexive glance as I pass, to see what offering there in lies. And most days of the week, there are homemade cookies, synthetic neon-iced cakes, chips, cheese dips, donuts by the dozen–often brought in by the cheerful 94 pound co-worker, who “just can’t seem to gain weight” because “it … Continue reading RANT: Food Is EVERYWHERE

RULE: Keep Healthy Foods in Stock (part 1)

This is a list provided by my foodie, naturally talented in the kitchen, chef extraodinaire cousin, Megan: Always keep go-to meal staples on hand. 1.Frozen chicken: buy on sale, in bulk, from your local farm and freeze in the individual sizes you need for quick thaw and prep (ie enough for 1 serving, that would be me; enough for 2, for a family of 4 … Continue reading RULE: Keep Healthy Foods in Stock (part 1)

RECIPE: Dessert Smoothie

Delicious Nutritious Chocolate Dessert (or anytime) Smoothie Help curb chocolate cravings with this tasty, quick, healthy chocolate fix. In a blender combine: 1 cup ice 1 1/2 cups almond milk 1 banana 1/4 cup all natural cocoa powder (or hot chocolate mix or chocolate protein powder) 2 tbsp all natural peanut butter (or almond butter is even healthier) Grind it up and drink it down! Continue reading RECIPE: Dessert Smoothie

RANT: Cheese and Chocolate

CHEESE AND CHOCOLATE Maybe not together. But I want both, daily. I never want chocolate for breakfast. I always want it after lunch. And Dinner. And Dessert. But cheese I could have anytime, anywhere. I once read how a talented, less-than-perfect-appearing actress lost weight by “breaking up with cheese”.  Poor thing. For me, Chocolate is like a lover and Cheese is my friend. To My … Continue reading RANT: Cheese and Chocolate

RANT: Happy Plates

Are we taught from an early age not to waste food? My husband was told clean his plate as a child because of the “starving Armenians”.  My mother actually used to tell us: “It’s just as wasted if you don’t want it”. Isn’t it? But I do want it. Don’t I? I remember when my fantabulous step-mother came aboard, the dinner menu changed, and for the … Continue reading RANT: Happy Plates

RECIPE: Walnut and Goat Cheese Pasta

This dish is easy to make and the ingredients all keep for weeks (except for spinach, but you could sub broccoli, zucchini or asparagus, whatever green veggie you have): whole wheat organic Penne pasta ~1/3 box Goat cheese about 1/2 of 1 small packet Dried basil ~2 Tbsp Olive oil ~3 Tbsp Walnuts ~1/2 cup, toasted Spinach (or green vegetable of your choice) ~ 1-2 … Continue reading RECIPE: Walnut and Goat Cheese Pasta

RECIPE: Summer Corn Salad

  Summer is not quite over and and neither is your quest for healthy eating and living! This recipe has way more steps than I usually like, but I still think it’s still fairly simple: Buy some corn* (~4 ears), 1 zucchini, 1 onion (red or white), 1 garlic clove and 1 carton cherry tomatoes at your local farmer’s Market, you’ll also need salt, pepper, … Continue reading RECIPE: Summer Corn Salad

RANT: Ballerina Arms

I never wear tank-tops. Ok, in a hot yoga class, where it’s 104 degrees, I’ll wear a tank top out of dire necessity.  But I’ve always hid my upper arms. I named them my “Tharms” because I think they are like thighs, they’re so disproportionately large.  We all have “trouble zones” right? Saddles bags, pot-belly-pooches, cankles, gobblers, man-boobs, back fat, muffin tops, tharms…the list goes … Continue reading RANT: Ballerina Arms

RECIPE: Snack: Sweet Potato Discs

FAVORITE SNACK ALERT: SWEET POTATO DISCS For warm and Salty Snack, or even lunch Preheat oven to 375º Slice sweet potatoes (from your local farmers market, of course) into discs and put on thin baking pan or pizza pan. I put them on foil to avoid cleaning the pan, but I’m efficient like that. Sometimes I slice one tater, sometimes four if I’m feeling frisky. You can … Continue reading RECIPE: Snack: Sweet Potato Discs

RULE: Order Smart

Did you know that restaurants actually hire food psychologists to help craft menus?  The appetizers a menu offers are carefully selected items that actually trigger increased food consumption. These little traps are always high fat, high sodium items that have been scientifically proven to make people order more food, which in turn make the restaurants more money.  You frequently see nachos, chicken wings, spring rolls, … Continue reading RULE: Order Smart

RECIPE: Healthy Easy Yummy Salad Dressing

This delicious dressing can be mixed by shaking it up in a cruet (I had to ask what the glass thing you mix salad dressing in was called, apparently its a ‘cruet’) or an old water bottle; just store it in the fridge.  Some mustards may clump, so work that triceps by shake, shake,  shaking it up. Use it on any salad you like. Its … Continue reading RECIPE: Healthy Easy Yummy Salad Dressing

RULE: Bring it with You

I recently passed a car on the highway, beach bound, with 13 bikes, 44 suit cases and 2 grandparents strapped to the roof. We, as Americans like to bring loads of stuff with us, to whatever the event. My little brothers have a ridiculous tailgating set up. Somehow they’ve embedded a full-sized kegerator and tap into the bed of their pick-up truck, which pulls a … Continue reading RULE: Bring it with You

RANT: Kids and Vegetables

I’m so tired of hearing “My kids don’t like vegetables”. Your kids didn’t slide out of the birth canal chanting your alumni fight song either, but you taught it to them! So teach them to like vegetables. If you don’t eat vegetables, your kids won’t eat vegetables. If you say ‘you HAVE to eat your vegetables to GET dessert’ you are teaching your kids that … Continue reading RANT: Kids and Vegetables

RECIPE: Easy healthy Snacks

snack : a portion of food oftentimes smaller than that of a regular meal, that is generally eaten between meals. Historically, my snacks consisted of a McFlurry and left over pizza, or a bagel with cream cheese and a piece of cake. And while, yes, these represented portions of food smaller than my regularly enormous meals and were eaten between my more massive meals, some might actually … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy healthy Snacks