I wanted to come back to blog world with something fun...AND healthy! ...and super easy, btw. Perfect for tricking your children into eating some healthy stuff, without them even realizing the massive micronutrient content in these, rather than artificial food dyes. #suckerrrrrs
This week, while resting between squats one day, I came across a spinach-based muffin to inspire some festive St.Patrick's Day health.
Be prepared to read this and feel completely equipped to own this upcoming year we’re facing (Trump and all) #stillwithher
We are our own toughest critics. But why? Yes, nobody's going to light a fire under our asses the way we will ourselves. Particularly for us Type A's...that intrinsic motivation is firing on all cylinders, but can sometimes startlingly creep into our psyche as negative self-talk. But we're supposed to be those global citizens that everyone admires, because of our relentless energy and dedication to succeeding at everything we choose to commit ourselves to....right?
A few weeks ago, I was enjoying a late-summer walk with a close client of mine. She had been experiencing a plethora of stressful situations in her life, and managed to turn what one would anticipate to be a total shit show of a nutritional approach --- into an enlightening, nourishing experience. Her ability to articulate the thought processes she experienced was quite impressive to me, and inspired me to dive a little deeper in to the idea of "comfort food."
Let's keep full transparency here, alright? This is a "healthy," galette. Why? Because there's a bit of whole wheat flour and some ground flaxseeds. That's about it. There's still a cup of butter in this recipe...so let's keep it real and not mistake this recipe for something to feed your friend that doesn't enjoy buttery goodness. Deal?
It's been a while. I know. Life happens, right?! So, I was finally able to get a little creative in the kitchen....mostly because there were some old bananas staring me in the face at a friend's house. Time to make something happen! If we're keeping it real, these could've been tastier, had they been sweeter (#sweettoothrighthere!)...so, if you're like me and need your banana muffins to also satisfy a sweet tooth, toss a little honey in them like a #boss.
The art of listening is a huge part of what I do. Fortunately, I've had the opportunity to catch various perspectives of what fitness or wellness "should" look like over the years...and I'm finally able to start formulating my opinion on what's actually happening when people "fail" at "getting in shape."
Maybe you're prepping for beach season, or you're 5 months in to your New Year's Resolution (high five for sticking with it!), or your wedding is coming up and you gotta look good for those wedding photos. You decide to invest in a personal trainer, nutritionist, wellness coach, or any other type of support system to get you to your goals. It's not cheap, right? You likely dropped a pretty penny on these services, are hoping you can hit your goals, and hoping you made the right decision. How do you maximize your investment in yourself? Here's a few tips to make sure you're achieving your goals as efficiently as possible...
Whole30 week 3 is upon us! It's been fine, really. I'm super proud of my girl Megan (and her fiancé Nando!) for not only inspiring me to experience Whole30, but for leading by example and completely embracing the experience. The two of them have impressed me countless times with their creativity, eagerness to experiment, and excitement to achieve a successful lifestyle change. As for me...I've challenged myself to post something weekly, to keep things fresh for me, and to share some recipes with you! :)
One week down....3+ to go! In all honesty, Whole30 aint easy. I've learned just how habitual I can be....because I can no longer enjoy my "triple ginger thin" cookies with my morning coffee, or have my random Trader Joe's snack mid afternoon or before bed. SO...frozen grapes are my JAM! But...when noshing on some mini peppers, I realized I could be dipping it into some baba ghanoush! Most variations of the recipe are Whole30 compliant....so I thought I'd whip some up, and share it with you!
So, in all honesty, I've always sort of poo-poo'd on the Whole30 bandwagoners. In my opinion, it's just this thing called "hey let's eat healthy foods that aren't from packages." #notrocketscience. But...after taking a minute to remove my judgmental pants, I'm seeing it from a slightly less "isn't this just common sense?" perspective. Let's keep it real. We can all gain some valuable knowledge and experience from doing anything for 30 days. So why not try it out, right? Starting Monday, my better half and I will be participating in the Whole30, thanks to the inspiration of my awesome client Megan, who is doing this to bond with her (new) fiancé, Nando. :) Let's gooooooo!
Why do we all continue to pay $4 for a small tub of hummus? Sabra, Engine 4, Hummmm, or my personal favorite, Perfect Pita (local DC! woot!) It's just another one of those things that we can soooooo easily make ourselves, exactly to our personal preferences, and for easily half the cost of what you shell out to Whole Foods when you're having a snack attack. Check out this insanely easy Garlic and Lime Black Bean hummus recipe that'll knock your socks off!
So....my next powerlifting competition is less than 2 weeks away. What does that mean for me? #cutting. I usually walk around at about 135-136 pounds. But, I'd much rather get rid of a couple of those and compete in the 132 lb. weight class (60kg) rather than bulk up a bit and compete with girls that are 148 lbs. Cutting is never easy. Cutting while trying to maintain strength is even more difficult. But somebody's gotta do it, right?!
Bone broth started buzzing amongst the masses of general population America last winter. You and I both know that all the housewives get pumped about something as soon as Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek start talking about it. Then there was Shailene Woodley who shared her beloved recipe on David Letterman, catching the mainstream late night crowd. New Yorkers even have the opportunity to check out Brodo - a walk-up window dedicated solely to serving high quality broth to the East Villagers.
I’m sure you’re wondering where this blog post is going to take you. Drink a glass of cold water before each meal? Green tea extract? Raspberry ketones? Rub your belly and tap your head, simultaneously?! NO! Instead, let’s take a more simple - easy to manage and integrate into your life - route. No amazon prime purchases necessary!
No, really. What will you gain from losing those 5 pounds, 50 pounds, 100 pounds? Confidence? Acceptance? Courage? You don’t have to tell me the answer to that (obvi)…but take the time to think about that and tell yourself exactly what will happen, what will be different, when you drop that weight.
The oh so familiar question that you likely either dished out or received multiple times over the holiday family gatherings. How many times have you heard that and actually felt relatively insulted?
Ha. Yes, a punny pho joke. Who doesn't still get at least a mini chuckle out of it though, #amiright?! So...we got a spiralizer for Christmas. Like, one that has suction cups to attach it the table. The real deal. Sunday afternoon rolls around, with no ical events happening. Time to break out the spiralizer and make some magic happen! I'd been plagued with all sorts of congestion for a few days, so I was craving something warm and salty, with a kick. So...after perusing a few recipes....I decided to go after a spicy shrimp and shiitake daikon pho. Here we go....
What happens after I start brewing my own kombucha? I, of course, must learn more. What else can I ferment? Are there other weird probiotics I can make myself? Of course there are! Kefir! My good friend Angela was gracious enough to gift me my first kefir grains to get started. And for the last 6 weeks, my evenings have been definitely more interesting, straining and drinking this stuff.
I love taste tests. Period. I think my fascination with them began back in my Frankfurt days, when I thought it'd be fun to have all of my roommates participate in a "chocolate hazelnut spread" taste test, since there were a solid 5 that I could easily choose from. Since then, I've done various fruit comparisons (aka which of these million types of apples from the farmers market tastes best?), a white fish taste test, and even cool whip (yes, the frozen hydrogenated unknown substance. Don't judge!).