Friday, September 4, 2015

TRANSFORM YOUR BODY+REVITALIZE YOUR LIFE IN JUST 5 WEEKS!

BIG NEWS!! I have partnered with a wonderful company called Revita5! A 5 week lifestyle challenge created and designed just for women like us! The brain child of two awesome women, who for 5 weeks coach you through a mind + body transformation using real food, smart exercise & No Dieting! The new FALL CHALLENGE starts on September 13!  If you want to join the Rivita5 Tribe and transform your mind and body with us make sure to use my promo code HUNGRY10 for 10% off!!



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Monday, August 31, 2015

Homemade Hummus Recipe!

For the longest time I have believed I didn't like hummus, as it turns out I don't like store bought hummus!  After I tasted my stepmother's hummus one day I couldn't get enough.  Ever since then I have been experimenting with crafting the best hummus recipe.  Here is my delicious recipe for  hummus that's flavorful with a tang!



Here is what you need:
2 13.5oz cans of Organic Garbanzo Beans (liquid from one)
1-1.5 Fresh Squeezed Lemons
1 Tbsp Tahini
1 Tbsp Liquid Aminos (you can substitute Tamari or Soy Sauce)
4 Garlic Cloves
1 Tbsp Fresh Oregano or 1 tsp dried
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Fresh Cracked Pepper
(for a less zesty flavor you can use regular black pepper)


Place all of your ingredients including the liquid from one can of Garbanzo beans into a food processor or blander until smooth.  You can enjoy the hummus right away or refrigerate for a few hours for a richer flavor.

Enjoy!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Why your girlfriends can be your best ally in health!

August is a great month! Aside from my birthday being in August, we also get to celebrate National Girlfriends Day!  There is nothing like a strong female bond.  Every woman has that one special friend or group of friends that she can confide in, share with, grow from, celebrate with, learn from, mourn with and have fun with! 

“Friendship between women is different than friendship between men. We talk about different things. We delve deep. We go under, even if we haven’t seen each other for years." — Jane Fonda
Why your girlfriends can be your best ally in health!

Girlfriends can offer great support:
Whatever the issue, your girlfriends are always there to support you.  It's no different when it comes to your health.  We have all experienced going out or going to a gathering when trying to eat healthy, where everyone is indulging and you try your best to satisfy yourself off that one tray of veggies and dip, order a salad and watch everyone else eat a mouth-watering meal in front of you - or avoid the situation entirely and stay home because you feel uncomfortable.  Great friends should support your efforts and encourage you.  What better way then to all support one another in bettering your health!  
We all know we need to take care of our bodies and a big way is by what we put into it.
  Instead of making get-togethers about going out and indulging, instead use it as a time to enjoy a nice healthy meal and catch up with one another.  It is always easier to stay focused and on track when you have another's support, or you do something together. Encouraging each other to eat healthier will make it easier to avoid temptation and motivate you to take care of yourself.  
 Another great way to do that is to shop together. When you shop alone, it's easier to load the cart with items you know you shouldn't.  Making a point to stock up on healthier food with friends helps you stick to getting what it is you really want and not being tempted. Besides, she can always put that platter of cheesecake back on the display when you are not looking.  Another reason I love shopping with friends is that you learn new things.  There are many things I know about food that my friends don't and vice-versa.  While I can help my friend understand the difference between cooking oils, she can inform me on an ingredient in one of my packaged foods I didn't know about.  It's also a great way to learn about new foods, products or meals. I love finding new things or ways to prepare different foods from my friends.

Girlfriends can motivate you:We all know how hard it is to maintain an active lifestyle.  You join a gym, you go for a few months, never to be heard from again.  You buy that workout DVD and use it once.  For many reasons, it's hard for women to stay motivated, find the time, or have the energy to work out.  Making it a priority to be active together will make it easier and more fun.  It's a lot more enjoyable to go for a walk and talk with friends than trying to force yourself off the couch to take a walk.  Make dates to do fun activities.  You don't have to join a gym together to "work-out".  Doing a dance workout in front of the TV becomes more of a party and less of a work out when you can laugh and have fun with your friend. This will also help hold you accountable, since it's easier to break plans with yourself. Even if you can't get together all the time to work out, encouraging one another is great as well.  My best friend lives three states away right now, so we don't have the option to take a bike ride together or go on a hike, but we encourage each other to keep up with our efforts.  We also participate in fun activities when we can - getting together to tackle 5k's with obstacles is one of our favorites.  
Taking on something like that is a lot less of a workout and more fun when you do it with friends.  Though I couldn't be with her a few years ago as she trained for a physical exam, I sent weekly encouragement cards to help keep her motivated. I love that she still displays them on her fridge today!

My cousin Nikki is a great inspiration and a wonderful example.  She is a teacher, wife and mother to two young girls (three and one), yet still finds time to be active and stay in shape.  
She is always posting photos of her activities with her friends.  They get together to work out, run, train and support one another.  What's even more amazing is that they do it with their children!   



Girlfriends can endure with you: 
We all know that there are certain things you only tell your best girlfriends!  We are sometimes most comfortable talking about 
 personal health issues with them.  I know I'm more likely to talk to my friend about female issues rather than my husband.  Every year that passes, it becomes more and more important to be on top of your health and preventative care.  Unfortunately, many woman don't pay enough attention to their own health until it's too late.  Whether you can't find the time or would just rather avoid a trip to the doctor, this is a great opportunity to do something together that could potentially save your life.  Going together can take the stress out of it and make it more relaxing.  Especially as it comes time for things like the dreaded mammogram, turn it into a yearly routine and go with your best friend.  I have gone and supported my friend at the dentist because she is particularly not fond of going there. Your friends are usually the ones you can rely on to be brutally honest with you as well! They can be great at calling your attention to matters you may be ignoring. 


It's always nice to not go it alone, especially when you are trying to break bad habits.  Quitting smoking can be a rather hard experience, but doing it alongside a friend can make the process much easier.  Maybe you want to cut down one your drinking? Having that support and ally can help you more easily make lifestyle changes that affect your health. 


When you come together and support one another you can accomplish great things! I am lucky and grateful to have wonderful friends in my life! Check out the infographic below from Oscar Health Insurance Company. They're a new insurance company looking to help their members be proactive of their health. I hope their checklist will help inspire you to make healthy choices with your girlfriends! If you're in their area, check out their health insurance plans in New York and New Jersey.



How can you be an ally to your friends?


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

How To Naturally Dye Easter Eggs!

It's that time of year again and why not try some natural methods for dying Easter eggs this year. Forget using harsh synthetic colors and dyes, natural coloring derived from food can produce sweet, subtle hues that are sure to please anyone.


There are three easy methods to dye eggs naturally.

1) Hot Dying Method (use uncooked eggs)
Using a saucepan, add 1 quart water, 2 Tablespoons of vinegar and dye material. Using cold (uncooked) eggs, make sure the liquid covers the eggs. Simmer slowly for 15 minutes before removing eggs to cool.

2) Cold Dying Method (Use cooked eggs)
In a saucepan add 1 quart of water, 2 Tablespoons of vinegar and dye ingredient.  Bring the contents of your sauce pan to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes.  Strain out your dye ingredient and cool.  Submerge hard boiled eggs into the cooled dye until the color strength you want is achieved.  Turn eggs occasionally to ensure even coverage.  Remove from dye and dry.

3) Silk-tie method: (Use uncooked eggs)
Textile fabrics like silk will release their dye when vinegar is added to the cooking water.
  • Cut silk (like from a tie) into a square large enough to wrap around a raw egg.
  • Place the printed side facing the egg, wrap the the silk around your egg and secure using twist ties.
  • Cut a piece of white fabric larger than the silk piece to go around your egg, then lay the silk-covered egg on the white fabric, bring up the sides and secure again using a twist tie.
  • Place eggs in a glass or enamel pan, cover with water and add 1/4 cup of white vinegar.
  • Bring water to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove eggs from water using tongs and allow to cool.
  • Remove fabrics from eggs and let them continue to cool on a rack.
For each color, use one of the suggested dye materials per 1 quart of water.  For amounts not provided below, use enough dye material to create the desired color.  Keep in mind that color of the egg will be lighter than the color of the dye bath.

Yellow:
  • Orange or lemon peels, boiled
  • 2 Tbsp ground tumeric
  • Chamomile tea or Green tea
  • 4 cups yellow onion skin (makes a yellow/orange color)
Orange:
  • 4 Tbsp paprika
  • Grated carrots
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder (makes a red/orange color)
Pink:
  • 1 cup chopped fresh beets
  • Cranberries or cranberry juice
  • 4 cups red onion skin
  • Red grape juice or Red wine
Lavender:
  • Purple grape juice
  • Red tea
Violet Blue:
  • Red wine
  • Violet blossoms
  • Red onion skins
Blue:
  • 1&1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or canned
  • 4 cups red shredded cabbage
Green:
  • 1 cup blueberries (add grape juice for more intensity)
Gold/Brown:
  • Dill seeds
Mocha:
  • 1 quart strongly brewed coffee or strong black tea
TIPS:

You can make a drying rack by cutting up a paper towel tube into rings and allowing your eggs stand on rings to dry.

Give your eggs a glossy finish by rubbing a little vegetable oil on them using a paper towel once they are dry.


* Refrigerate your cooked eggs! You do not want to keep your eggs out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours.  Throw away eggs that have been out too long, better safe than sorry!

What do you think?  Have you ever colored your Easter eggs naturally? Would you ever consider using natural ingredients to make dyes verse synthetic dyes you buy in stores?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Simple Paleo Pesto!

It's no secret I love pesto! As I try to avoid dairy these days I needed to re configure my pesto recipe to make it dairy free! Going into this I wasn't sure how it would taste or if I would even like pesto without my beloved fresh romano or parmesan cheese!!  I was delighted to realize I don't even miss it!! I absolutely love this new take on my pesto recipe, not only is it Paleo, it's also Vegan and Vegetarian as well, plus it tastes amazing!


1 cup fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
2-4 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons EVOO

As always I like recipes that are simple, quick and easy! 

 

To make the pesto you want to toast the pine nuts over low to medium heat for a few minutes to bring out their flavor. 

 

 

Put everything (except oil) in your food processor.

 

 

As it begins to mix slowly add in the oil 

 

 

Thats it! Now enjoy!

 

 

There are so many great uses for Pesto, for example, pesto linguini and shrimp, but tonight I used it to top off my dinner of organic red quinoa and chicken. Yum!

 

 

What is your favorite way to eat Pesto?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Delicious Husband Approved Paleo Banana Bread!

My husband loves banana bread, and I try to avoid wheat and processed sugar!  So when it came to creating something out of a batch of bananas that had gone bad I decided to try something we both could enjoy.  That is how we ended up with a delicious grain free, sugar free, super moist banana bread. 
Bonus, it's totally easy to make!



3 brown bananas
⅓ cup palm shortening (can use coconut oil)
½ cup coconut flour
4 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
¼ teaspoon sea salt

(Feel free to add some of your favorite nuts or even some dark chocolate chips)

To make, mix all your ingredients in a bowl and transfer the batter in to your bread pan. (you can grease your pan with coconut oil but I didn't)  Then just bake in an oven that has been preheated to 350' for about an hour.  You want your bread to be set in the center and have a warm golden color!

Would you try this recipe?



Monday, March 2, 2015

This is a great inspirational video! Happy Monday everyone!



Thursday, January 1, 2015

10 Things To Do In The New Year!

Every year we feel pressured to make a resolution for the upcoming year. We tend to vow to be better at something, to stop doing something or to achieve a goal we are not prepared to accomplish, and every year we give up and vow to do better next year. Why do we wait until December 31st to try and be better? Why not spend every day being the best possible version of ourselves? Life is ever changing, we are constantly growing and learning from our experiences, be it successes or failures.  As the new year begins, I do not choose to make a resolution, I choose to do these 10 things today and every day.


Be Happy
Happiness is thrown around more often than not when people are asked what they are looking for in life. Why are we "looking" for happiness? Who would choose to go through life unhappy? Well, surprisingly, a lot of people! In this day and age of "never enough", many people are left unhappy.  We constantly compare ourselves to others and want what they have, a better job, a bigger house, a smaller waist etc etc etc! Enough! Stop scrolling through your news feed being envious of people you haven't talked to in years. Happiness doesn't come from another person, monetary things or success, it is a choice from within. You could have everything you possibly ever wanted, but at the end of the day you aren't what you have but rather who you are, so make a conscious choice every day to choose to be happy and you will be happy. 


Be You
As I have gone through life I have become aware of the many sides of ME. The happy side, the funny side, the sarcastic, stubborn and OCD sides. I also realized that there were many times in my life when I wasn't being ME. I was the girl I thought the boy would like better then me, the girl
I thought would have more friends then the regular me or the employee that didn't speak up about her opinions and became that "yes" girl! They say with age comes wisdom, I envy the people that seemed to know who they were early on, but I also value the journey that brought me to this
realization. Too often, we conform to be what we think others want us to be. I think this goes along with being happy, I don't know anyone who is truly happy not being themselves or anyone who is unhappy being their true self. So let the freak flag fly!


Be Spontaneous
Life can get boring! Relationships can become stale, work gets tedious and "bagel Thursday" becomes redundant. It's like listening to your favorite new song on repeat, it eventually gets old. So, throw a wrench in it! Liven things up, shake it up a bit. Whether it be something big or small, break free of the routine. Say yes to something you normally wouldn't, do something that scares you, make immediate plans you can't cancel, or do whatever it is you just thought about while reading this! 


Be Loyal
Whether it be a friendship or any type of relationship you want to know the other person is loyal to you. Being loyal means always being there for the other, being faithful, honest and having the other persons back. I think it's safe to say that no one can claim they have never talked about someone behind their back. For whatever reason, as a society, we seem to have different rules when it comes to ourselves verses others. Don't believe me? Watch 10 minutes of any reality show! The same person who complains to their friends about so-and-so talking about them behind their back is trashing that same person to his or her friends. Granted it's TV, but it pretty much mirrors real life. Being a loyal friend, spouse, or relative doesn't mean you are always perfect at it. There have been times in my life growing up when the people around me have made a comment or observations of one of my friends and I just kind of let it go, or went along with. I by no means meant ill will by it, nor did I usually feel the same way, but I think at times I felt pressure to agree with that person for whatever reason or just not say anything and hope the topic changed. As I got older I developed more of my own voice, I also considered how I would feel it the situation was the other way around. I learned that I don't always have to agree with the choices my friends make to be loyal.

Be Confident 
Be confident in your choices, your voice and your decisions. Stand up for yourself, take risks, be courageous in your opinions and ideas. You are unlike anyone else and you should embrace that.  Don't try to conform but rather stand out. Too often, we don't achieve our full potential or we give up. Don't let others dictate what you do and don't let "NO" deter you. If no one thought outside the box we wouldn't have things like electricity, telephones or even computers. The greatest success comes from big ideas and even bigger failures. The key is to be confident in yourself. This is something that I have become better at over time.  
 
Be Nice
I don't think people generally choose to be mean! Think about this, you're running late for work, your dog is taking much too long to do it's business (longer then any normal day when you have time to spare), you hit yourself in the nose with the mascara wand while rushing to do your make-up (costing you another 5 minutes to fix), your gas tank is empty so you have to stop on your way, you  spill coffee on yourself as you try to merge on the highway and then you get stuck behind a slower then slow vehicle! Wow, you are having a rough morning! You know that, your bff who you just texted knows that, but you know who doesn't? That lady crossing the street who caused you to slam on the breaks in order to avoid hitting her as you made a right turn, prompting you blast your horn
and yell some very not nice things, because even though you have a green light the cross walk says WALK! As far as shes concerned you are a very unhappy person who may well benefit from an anger management course. Now granted, that's not an everyday situation, lets hope. We have all found ourselves in situations where the stresses of everyday life end up being directed at someone else.  Obviously no one is in a good mood 100% of the time, but don't pass that negativity you are feeling on to others. I truly believe in the idea of "paying it forward" Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor. Likewise, I think you can help spread negativity through interactions with others. Humans have chameleon-like tendencies, if you surround yourself with unhappy people you will be more likely to be unhappy and pass that feeling along. Surrounding yourself with happy, optimistic people leads you to be happy and spread positive energy to others.


Be Excited 
Who wants to hang out with a Debbie downer? Just because you came in second and not first doesn't mean there is no reason to be happy. Celebrate the little things, acknowledge small victories and achievements. Don't dread the future or change, be excited about things to come. Be excited for others! Just because your friend got married first, or your younger sister got pregnant before you, you shouldn't take it as a personal setback. Share in their joy and enjoy the special moments for others as well as yourself.


Be Healthy  
Every new year we resolve to lose weight. That's why commercials for weight loss pills, weight loss programs and fat free foods seem to play every five seconds starting January 1st. It's also why every gym in your area is offering crazy membership deals and seem to be crowded 24 hours a day. Well, until about February or March, then everything pretty much goes back to normal. We set ourselves up for disappointment by trying to go from 0 to 100. Being healthy is not necessarily about losing weight, but rather about taking the best possible care of your body. Like the old saying goes, you are what you eat! Our country has overtime shifted from "real food" to artificial ingredients and processed chemicals as forms of nourishment. Food companies are more concerned about the bottom line than their consumers. Your body is your temple, and such you should treat it that way. What we do today affects our future. We tend to not think about the long term consequences of our actions and instead focus on the now. From what you eat, how much you drink, if you smoke, your activity level, to your emotional well-being, the choices we make today play a role in our future health.


Be Adventurous
Life is short, so enjoy it! I like to think of life as a ride at an amusement park. You can play it safe and ride the classic old wooden coaster, it's fun, it's exciting at times, but its also predictable. Or, you can strap yourself into that new, scary looking, adrenaline pumping roller coaster, even though it intimidates you. You can feel excited and free as it twists and turns, never knowing what will come next, even throwing you threw a loop at times. We can't grow or learn if we never break out of our  comfort zone. Explore new things, follow your dreams, throw caution to the wind and take risks even if you know you are likely to fail. I believe that everyday on this earth is a gift and tomorrow is not guaranteed. I don't want to play it safe, wait until I'm 65 to start enjoying what life has to offer or travel the world. There is no right way to live your life, but I truly believe the journey of your life should be an adventure.



Be Honest 
We all have a tendency to lie about the little things. We grow up being told to tell grandma how much we love that awful sweater we wouldn't be caught dead wearing. It starts by trying to avoid hurting others, it then becomes a way to protect ourselves "I did the report but my dog ate it". Over time it becomes easier and easier to lie without trying "Sorry I'm late, there was traffic," "I can't come, I already have plans," "I won't be at work today, I think I'm coming down with something". We allow ourselves to "fib" for our own convenience but don't allow others to do the same to us. Even the smallest lie leads one to feel betrayed. We can not expect others to be honest with us if we continue to blur the lines of truth. No relationship or friendship can survive without trust, and once someone looses their trust in you, it can sometimes be impossible to get back. We have all heard that honesty is the best policy, even though we might not always like the truth. Honesty towards yourself is just as important. We need to be honest with ourselves, about our goals, our short comings and the choices we make. What good does it do to lie to ourselves? Deep down we know the truth anyway! Embrace your truth, learn from it and grow from it.

 Strive to be the best person you can be, surround yourself with positive people, start each day trying to be better then the last, learn from your mistakes while growing from your experiences, and of course, HAVE FUN! If you take life too seriously, you'll never get out alive.

xoxo