From Scratch / Kale Pesto Vol. 1

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Why hello there sexy, vibrant greens! Smooth and creamy, rich and light, this pesto gets around. It’s delicious versatility is matched only by it’s abundance of nutrients. The trick is to add in (some might say, sneak in) greens like creamy steamed broccoli and earthy, bold kale. Approach is key, by steaming the broccoli and kale you can create a rich and fluffy texture that eliminates the need for excess amounts of high- fat and calorie-dense oil and cheese.

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Rich in calcium as well as fiber and protein (that’s right there is protein in vegetables!)  kale and broccoli add something special to the classic pesto. Health-hero Walnuts add protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc to the mix.  Let’s not forget the foundation of flavor, Basil. High in vitamin K ( your bones best friend), Basil is much more than a garnish.

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LEAN GREEN KALE PESTO

Ingredients / what you’ll need

1 cup Raw Walnuts

1 cup Basil packed, destemmed

1 cup Broccoli florets

1 cup Kale, destemmed

2 medium Garlic Cloves

1/2 Lemon, juiced

2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt

Black Pepper, to taste

1/4 cup cold pressed Olive Oil

Directions / fresh and easy

1. Chop broccoli and kale. Bring water to boil and steam until veggies become vibrant green, about 3 minutes with lid on.

2. Chop walnuts and garlic. Pulse in a food processor with olive oil.

3. Add steamed kale and broccoli, chopped basil leaves, and lemon juice to food processor. Pulse until smooth.

4. Add water incrementally until desired consistency is reached.

5. Add salt, pepper and honey to taste.

This recipe is simple enough to whip up for quick Quinoa Pasta & Veggie dinner and tasty enough to impress your guests with a pesto Socca Flatbread. It’s delicious as a spread, a dip or a dressing.  Enjoy!

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High Five / Ways to Get back to your Workout

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(My niece helps keep me motivated during a tough kickboxing workout)

Busy, sick, tired, injured? There are so many reasons we fall off the workout band wagon, but so many more reasons to get back on! The good news is there are plenty of enjoyable ways to get back into the habit. Try one of these tips today and you’ll be back on track before you know it.

1. Fitness date. It’s my number one recommendation for a reason. Nothing gets me to show up for a class more than knowing my girlfriend will be there with me. Working out with a friend is a fun way to push yourself harder. My roommate and I make kickboxing dates and often get in a little trouble because we are laughing so hard. Busy schedule? Having a fitness date lets you see your friends, commit to showing up, and work off a little stress with a lot of fun. Bonus: it’s often cheaper than a dinner date.

2. Revamp your gear .  Are you a  neon warrior in vibrant colors or sleek ninja in all black? When was the last  time you gave your workout  wardrobe a makeover? You don’t have to spend a ton of money, I recently bought some awesome neon socks and it made putting my sneakers on a little more fun. Old Navy has great, affordable workout gear. OR maybe it’s time you splurged on that Lululemon outfit you’ve been lusting after. When I feel good about the way I look while I’m working out, I feel better about my workout.

4. Commit to doing it everyday, even it’s just 20 minutes. Seriously, just go to the gym, press play on a video, get down on the mat for a minute plank….once you start, you’ll find it harder to quit. When I really don’t have time, I search online for 10 minute workout videos.

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(My kicks wait for me by the door)

4. Strategically place your sneakers. Put them out before bed, bring them in your bag, get a second pair for your boyfriend’s house. You can’t do that run if you don’t have a sports bra. I like to put out my gym clothes the night before and put them on first thing in the morning. It’s a pretty  effective practice – dress for success.

5. Do it in your bedroom. Or living room, garage and hallway. Exercising at home is the #1 excuse buster. Don’t have time? Save yourself the 30minute commute to the gym. Don’t know how to structure an effective workout? Try a video series like those offered by Jillian Michaels or Beach Body. Intimidated by your first yoga class? Sample the wide variety of yoga videos on sites like http://www.yogaglo.com or http://www.myyogaonline.com. Gym membership not in your budget this month? Try FREE workout videos online through YouTube (check out this one by Tracy Anderson), FitSugar (i’ve been squeezing this one in between appointment), or Pilates on Fifth.

Bonus Tip! Take a day off. That’s right, schedule some time to not work out. If you know you have a day of rest coming up, it will make it easier to push yourself to get to the gym today. Use that time to treat yourself to muscle recovery. Take a bath, utilize your gym’s sauna, or  get a massage (I often opt for a quickie 20 minute massage to save time and money). When you schedule in a  relaxation session after a couple days of working out, you’ll work even harder knowing next week you get to do it all over again.

Remember, start small  and don’t burn yourself out too quickly. I know, I know, you want to get to the finish line as quickly as possible, but if you don’t allow yourself to ease back into working out…you’ll be limping there on strained, weak muscles.

So go ahead, start now! Pick one of these tips to try today and enjoy your workout!

Take the Meditation Challenge

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Starting March 11th, I’ll be accepting a challenge to meditate for 21 days in a row. Oprah and Deepak Chopra will also be there guiding me through the 3 weeks of reflection and mindful moments. A friend of mine made me aware of this awesome opportunity to get myself back into the meditation habit. The thing is, her brother told her about. Then a colleague from school brought it up. Then another friend said she was participating. And then another, and another, and another. At this point, it’s become clear to me that you should participate as well!

Meditation is a technique used to reduce stress, anxiety, manage depression and find motivation. Studies have shown that with regular meditation practice we can decrease our blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, use oxygen more efficiently and increase the anti-aging hormone DHEA. Personally, I have benefited from meditation with more restful sleep, increased energy, and ability to manage stressful situations. Perfect Health is the theme of this aptly named introduction to meditation.

Beginning to meditate can seem like a difficult task. Most people don’t know where to start or how to stop and be still. Guided meditations are a great introduction to this transformational practice.


It will be even easier to commit knowing my friends (including Oprah) will be right there with me.

Click here to sign up! 

Live your hustle, find your glow.

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with nutrition. Growing up in a vegetarian household gave me the platform to explore different nutrition theories. I’m curious by nature so I ate information up faster than a bag of kale chips. In the past couple years, I’ve taken it a step further and become a health counselor. Health counseling has given me the knowledge and experience to help YOU take the guess work out of living a nourished life.

Nutrition and healthy living are my passion. Today, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with our busy lifestyle, the day-to-day hustle. I’m not only a health counselor, I’m a photographer, a writer, a comedienne, a fitness-lover, a traveler, a friend, a laundry-doer, you get the gist! My schedule is full and I like it that way. Unfortunately, a full schedule can make it tough at times to make the best choices for my health…or so I thought.

What I hope to accomplish with this blog is to share the very best information on how to live a clean, energized, glowing life with YOU.   Soon, you will discover how easy it is to eat well, use natural products, and find the time to nourish yourself.

So, follow me for email updates or stop by when you’re feeling hungry for healthy inspiration.