Thursday, May 3, 2012

Looks Weird, Tastes Great!

Tweak this recipe below to make a tasty green vanilla mousse!

-omit cocoa
-add 1 extra teaspoon vanilla
-add 1 extra tablespoon red wine
-add 1/4 teaspoon more tamari
- add some kiwi or other fruit to your liking

P.S. I decided to tweak this previous Fit Foodie recipe because I just found out I'm allergic to chocolate, ughhh!! This recipe made me happy though =)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bare Your Back with Confidence!

Graziella Baratta, personal trainer and professional dancer demonstrates a quick toning routine to get a strong, beautiful back, sans- back fat! 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sunflower Seeds and Strawberries

As I ponder upon what my next meal will be, I also wonder how many people know that snacking is essential to maintaining a healthy weight.   I can't tell you how many times I've heard people talking about snacking as if it's such a vice!  Snacking helps to keep metabolism at a steady pace, prevents you from gorging at other meals, and keeps your energy up throughout the day.. that is, if you choose the right snacks.  I chose sunflower seeds and strawberries as my third mini- meal today because the sunflower seeds are a good source of protein, good fats and B-Complex vitamins while the strawberries are a hydrating source of vitamin C and other antioxidants.  They're the perfect energy- boosting combo!  Create other winning snack combos by swapping the sunflower seeds for other kinds of seeds or nuts like pumpkin, walnuts or almonds, and the strawberries for blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, or other fruits.   Enjoy!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Yoga Comes With Maturity

I was always a very energetic kid, doing any kind of upbeat activity, especially dancing!  Never could I ever imagine I could "withstand" yoga, even for 5 minutes.  It was just too boring for me.  Little did I know..I started doing yoga long before I knew it was yoga when I was about 15.  In dance class we did a series of yoga poses (or what we just called stretches) to warm up the body and prepare for choreography.  It was routine.  As many of you already know, I was a competitive dancer from a very young age, and went on to get my BA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College.   I had no idea how yoga would sneak up on me and play such a large part in my training.  I later realized that most of the warm up exercises done in my dance classes were yoga.  Since yoga was already a part of my routine training, I dismissed it as that, and never pursued it any further for more than merely dance warm up purposes.  I even tried a number of outside yoga classes when I was still in college, only to find that I was antsy, and that the poses didn't "do much" for me since I already had the flexibility of Gumby (remember him?).  It wasn't until just a few years ago that I really started to discover more of yoga, and it's true aim.

I now use yoga to revitalize my tired body and mind, to strengthen, to relax, to focus, to energize, to inspire and more.  There are countless benefits to yoga aside from the obvious from alleviation from common physical ailments to mental and emotional.  It's not only about the practice of yoga, but about the lifestyle too.. Yoga promotes healthy eating and lifestyle habits, which really interested me when I was promoting my platform Healthy Habits for Life as Ms. United States 2008.  Yoga is all about mind- body- spirit balance, and that is what I love the most.  I guess I had to mature a bit to understand that yoga is way more than just stretching...and to gain the patience to learn that.  ;)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Slimming Vanilla Mate Latte

Try this delicious vanilla mate latte instead of your regular coffee latte for some afternoon energy and reap slimming benefits without the jitters of coffee!

Steep some lose yerba mate leaves in a teapot (the kind made for loose tea leaves w/ strainer)
Combine the following:
1) 1 cup yerba mate
2) 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
3) Stevia (an all- natural 0 calorie sweetener) to taste.
4) 1 teaspoon of organic cream.

5) ENJOY!!

FYI: Cream is not "bad" for you, contrary to the "fat free theories" of the 1980's.  Do your research, and you'll find that organic unhomogenized dairy actually has health benefits, not pitfalls.  I recommend Kat James' book "The Truth About Beauty" for some fascinating insight into nutrition and beauty.