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Looking For A Healthy Snack?

We are so grateful to LARABAR for sharing with us her amazing product. Simple, Pure, and Delicious. LARABAR believes the foundation of a sound mind, body and spirit is derived by what we eat. They are passionate about creating delicious, convenient snacks that are made from just a few, simple ingredients.

Lara’s products come Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, and Vegan. The Original Fruit & Nut Bars are made entirely from plant-based foods.

Created in May, 2000 by Lara Merriken, LARABAR was born. Starting with five original flavors: Cherry Pie, Apple Pie, Cashew Cookie, Banana Cookie, and Chocolate Coconut Chew, (featured here in front of The Bowery Mission) Lara launched the business. The first 500 bars sealed by hand. Today, millions of LARABAR bars are produced every year.

Lara says, “A passion for healthy living soon followed, and continues to be a driving force behind everything I do professionally and personally. I really appreciate the opportunity I have to make a positive difference in the world we live in. Health is our greatest wealth.”



Photos courtesy of: 1) thefitclubnetwork.com 2)thehonoursystem.com 3) blog.generalmills.com 4) godairyfree.org




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A Day At Disneyland

Eleanor turned four this month, and Disneyland was what her heart desired. Seeing the expressions on her face when she met Mickey Mouse, and her favorites characters were priceless. Join us for a fun filled day at the “happiest place on earth.”

Our first stop was Toontown, where Pluto greeted us. Pluto, also called Pluto the Pup, is a cartoon dog created in 1930 at Walt Disney Productions. Walt was inspired to create Disney’s top dog by remembering the personable pooches he met while living on the farm in his childhood home of Marceline, Missouri. Ever since Pluto has, as Walt put it, been “working hard and trying, but usually not succeeding, in staying out of trouble.” Pluto is Mickey’s pet.

Meeting Alice was Eleanor’s favorite experience. Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Alice books by Lewis Carroll. The 13th of Disney’s animated features, the film premiered in New York City and London on July 26, 1951. The Mad Hatter wished Eleanor the happiest of birthdays.

A day at the Magic Kingdom is not enough time to see all Disneyland has to offer, but we made the most of it. “It’s a Small World,” walking with the “Beast,” meeting “Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Minnie Mouse,” riding in the tea cups, pictures, popcorn and souvenirs made this the best day ever!

If you have a Disneyland experience to share feel free to share in the comments.






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We are HUGE advocates of drinking the purest, cleanest water.  We firmly believe in equal amounts of filtered Real Water, and coconut water. Our favorite company for coconut water is, C2O coconut water. I love incorporating the coconut water in all of my smoothies. Coconut water is filled with so many potent vitamins and minerals, and is a wonderful way to stay hydrated.

Some people I have mentioned coconut water to, don’t care for it. And, to be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan at first. So, if you have trouble drinking it, add it to your smoothies. It really is such a healthy additive, that you do want to try to incorporate it somehow into your daily routine.

Go grab a can of C2O,and mix it into your smoothies, or drink it after a workout, it will make your body feel extremely hydrated!




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Raw Protein Balls

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Happy Monday!

We are continuing the healthy eating around here.  Our bodies feel amazing, and our hearts are full.  I’ve mentioned before, this is a huge change for me.  Not so much for my husband, he’s one of those disciplined ones.  I’ve always been the type that just does “whatever”! Eat, drink, have fun! Ha! My life has very much changed in the last 5 years, and even more so, in the last month.  I hope to continue this journey forever.  I’m not tempted by refined sugar any more, I’m not wanting the processed food, and most importantly, I’m enjoying my life to the fullest!

If I do ever have a sweet tooth craving, these protein balls are my go-to treat.  We have them in our refrigerator at all times.  Seriously! Even our babysitter loves them!

Raw Protein Balls

1 cup gluten free oats (we use the ones from Trader Joe’s)

1 big scoop of egg white protein powder (we buy Jay Robbs, from Whole Foods)

2 T flax seed

2 T chia seeds

2 T hemp seeds

5-6 drops of liquid stevia

2 T cacao powder

1 T cocoa powder unsweetened

Almond butter (I never measure, but you want to add enough to bind all of the ingredients together)

Mix all of the ingredients together, roll in to bite size balls.  Store them in a glass container, in the refrigerator.

They are a great source of energy right before you go to the gym too!

The original recipe is from here, this is my girlfriend who has been coaching me along. I did modify a bit.

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Figs happen to be my new favorite thing lately.  I was pretty sure when a girlfriend of mine handed me one, I wasn’t going to like it.  I remember my parents eating them when I was little (Italians are big on figs), and yuck, I did not like them. But, she insisted, and I have to be honest, she’s my Persian friend, who happens to make me try lots of strange foods, which I usually end up liking, so I tried the fig, and loved it!

Figs are one of the healthiest fruit you can eat.  They have lots of fiber, potassium, manganese and vitamin b6.  The health benefits are; lowers blood pressure, helps protect against breast cancer, insulin lowering leaf in diabetes, bone density promoter, and much more.

I found good, organic figs at Trader Joe’s.  You should try them, I think you may like them.  They’re so sweet and juicy.  I’m off to go find some yummy fig recipes.  Share some if you have any, please!








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I’ve said it before and I’ll say again, it’s salad season for us.  We are trying to eat healthier.  After having the Habit, the most delicious hamburger joint in Santa Barbara, and California Pizza Kitchen, my face is breaking out like I’m fifteen again.  Our eating is slowly, but surely improving.  Over the weekend I made lots of cold, delicious salads.  I was a little naughty and added some delicious bleu cheese croutons, from Trader Joe’s.  Oops!

I’m off to the east coast for one day.  Yup you heard me right, ONE day!  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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summer salad

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The other day while surfing the net, I came across a yummy, healthy looking salad.  Considering we REALLY enjoy salads around here, I thought I’d give it a try.  I love nothing more than an ice cold, summer salad.  I found this one on this lovely blog.  I made it pretty much the same, but you may want to go straight to the source.  Here is what I used:

2 zucchini

2 yellow squash

1 large shallot

sea salt

fresh lemon juice

white wine vinegar

olive oil

Italian seasonings

fresh Italian parsley




First, I sliced the zucchini and squash VERY thin.  I put them in a colander and sprinkled them with coarse sea salt, and let them sit for a half hour.  While those were sitting, I sliced up the shallots, very thin.  I put the shallots in a bowl and covered them with vinegar, to soak.  I let them soak for about 10 minutes, then added the olive oil to the shallots. (I used a good amount of olive oil).  Then, I toasted the walnuts over the stove, on low heat and set them aside to cool.  Then, I rinsed the zucchini and squash off, and patted dry.  I put them in a large bowl and mixed in the shallot mixture and tossed in the roasted walnuts.  At the very end, slice up your avocado and I chopped up my arugula (you can just throw it in), mix everything and add a bit more sea salt and fresh squeezed lemon.  That’s it!


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Healthy is where it’s at these days.  I’m loving all of the fruit, starting to be “in season”.  I went on a bit of a naughty snacking phase, but I’m back to the healthy eating.  I feel so much better when I eat the stuff my body really wants in it.  I love honeydew and watermelon, I could eat them all day long, everyday.  Both seem to satisfy that sweet tooth that I tend to get at night.  If I cut the fruit up and put it in a container in the refrigerator, I’m more likely to go grab that instead of running to the local (around the corner), snack shack for ice cream.  So here is to a healthy summer!

PS: I found this on one of my favorite blogs, and yes I’m going to treat myself to it this weekend.

Happy Weekend!

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After being on a complete junk food binge, I’m back to being somewhat healthy.  I remember back in the day, when I had a flat tummy, I would wake up in the morning and start my day with a bowl of Fage 0% greek yogurt.  I have tried lots of different greek yogurts, but this is, by far, the best one in my book.  It’s gluten-free, vegetarian, diabetic-friendly, protein-rich, pregnancy-friendly, and has no added sweeteners or preservative’s.  The way that I eat Fage yogurt, is by adding strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries, then I add hemp seeds, we like this brand and use almost all of their products.  Sometimes I will add Chia seeds, and almost always I will add maca powder.  It’s such a healthy breakfast, or even a mid afternoon snack that won’t make you feel guilty.  You can also find lots of different recipes on the Fage website, that are easy to make.  So do yourself, or better yet, your body a favor, and go grab some healthy deliciousness and indulge!

Happy Weekend!

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This week, last week, the week before, this is all we have been eating, because it is so scrumptious.  Us Italians call it just “sauce”, Americans call it “spaghetti sauce”.  Yes there is a difference.  I have always made homemade sauce, usually the type with short ribs, cooking on the stove top all day long, ya know.  A good friend of mine gave me this recipe, and we really are liking it, a lot, lately.  Here is the recipe, along with how we serve it;

First, in a separate pan, cook your turkey burger, that is if you want a meat sauce, otherwise omit it.  Cook with a little ghee and add whatever spices you’d like.  Set aside.  Then, dice up onion and garlic and saute in a pan with grape-seed oil or olive oil.  Make sure you do this in the pan that you are going to put all of your other ingredients into.  Grab a couple cans of tomatoes from TJ’s or wherever (FYI, if you ever go to World Market/Cost Plus, grab a brand of sauce called Pomi, it’s the best).  You can also take the time, if you have it, and dice up fresh tomatoes, then put the tomatoes in with the garlic and onion, and at this point add the turkey burger.  As those ingredients are simmering, dice up the kalamata olives, mushrooms, and whatever else you want to add.  You can also leave out anything you’d like.  After you are finished dicing, throw ingredients into sauce mixture, season with oregano, parsley, garlic powder, pepper, sea salt, cayenne pepper, and simmer for 45 minutes.  Again, you can add or omit any of these things.  When you feel the sauce has absorbed all of the yummy flavors and you are ready to serve it, instead of cooking up the carb-loaded pasta, grab some organic spinach (cold), put it in a bowl, and serve the sauce over it.  The heat from the sauce wilts the spinach a bit and makes it so delicious that you won’t even miss the pasta.

I know it sounds a bit strange, but try it, you won’t be disappointed!


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