Posts tagged ‘fit fashionista’

May 22, 2014

Zoku Pop Maker – Your Best Summer Kitchen Gadget for Kids

 

Parents, I have to share my favorite summer kitchen find that is a must if you have children! Its the Zoku, Quick Pop Maker.  Forget about store bought sugar laden or sugar free chemicals and ingredients. Now you can have beautiful, gourmet, healthy frozen treats. The Zoku allows you to use your own ingredients from fresh juice, fruit, greek yogurt, milk and kefir, so you know exactly what you are eating.  

Follow these simple steps to create your Zoku frozen pop:

  • As soon as you get home put the pop maker in the freezer for 24 hours so its ready to go when you get the urge to make your healthy treat.
  • Remove from freezer and insert the pop sticks into the three mold areas. If you’re using fruit, place the fruit in before inserting the sticks.
  • Pour the filling of your choice into each mold and wait 7-9 minutes for the pops to freeze. If you want to create a layered pop wait until each layer of juice freezes before adding another.
  • To release your pop, turn the orange super tool clockwise and enjoy!

Finally, the Zoku is not new but as of last summer it was new to me.  So if you already know about this cool gadget wonderful! And if not, seriously pick one up! They retail for $49.95 and have lots of cool accessories to make a great activity with the kids and snack for you and your family.

My Favorite Zoku Recipe

Frozen Mimosa Pops

For the orange juice/champagne layers:
2 ounces champagne
8 ounces orange juice

For the strawberry layer:
½ cup fresh strawberries
3 tablespoons orange juice

Pour in strawberries and OJ – freeze

Combine the champagne and orange juice – freeze and enjoy!

Check out Pinterest for lots of great Zoku recipes – http://www.pinterest.com/sharna11/we-zoku-do-you/

Zoku.com

http://www.zokuhome.com/pages/products-quickpop-maker

Zoku Facebook 

https://www.facebook.com/ZokuHQ

 

 

 

 

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May 15, 2014

Quinoa Berry Summer Salad with Tangy Coconut Dressing

 

Hi! Hope everyone is having a fabulous week! Finally rain, rain go away! Its a beautiful sunny day here in Dallas and summer is finally upon us.  I have a great summer salad recipe that looks good, tastes good and more importantly is good for you! Not only does it look impressive but it’s super fast to through together! Antioxidant rich kale, berries and quinoa add texture and color to this cool summer salad.

 

 

Quinoa Berry Summer Salad with Tangy Coconut Dressing

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 cup mint, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 1/4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 (6 oz) package  Blackberries or Blueberries
  • 1 (6 oz) package Raspberries
  • 1 bunch Lacinato kale
  • Top with slivered almonds

Dressing

  • 1 (8 oz) can cream of coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 (2/3 oz) package Simply Organic dried Italian salad dressing mix

Preparation

Salad

  1. Rinse ingredients.  Roll the kale leaves into a cigar and slice into fine ¼ inch shreds. Gently toss kale, loosely packed mint, quinoa, blackberries and raspberries together, and then add just enough dressing to coat the salad. Serve immediately.

Dressing

  1. Whisk apple cider vinegar and coconut milk with Italian salad dressing seasoning mix. 

Serve with Ice tea and Enjoy!

 

Kathy

March 27, 2014

My New Kitchen Gadget – A Coffee Frother!

 

 

This week, I have a review on a product I have been wanting to try for a long time. I love drinking lattes and cappuccinos on occasion but hate the limited milk options (I don’t drink dairy milk) and the expensive price for a cup of coffee. So recently I researched electric milk frothers and bought the Secura milk frother/warmer.

The Secura milk frother is so easy to use. Basically plug in, pour milk, and hit a button and within a couple of minute I have light frothy almond milk for my latte or cappuccino! Its so simple to use and only 1 part to clean up! I highly recommend it! I bought mine here. 

http://www.amazon.com/Secura-Automatic-Electric-Frother-Warmer/dp/B0094KTKOO/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1395931626&sr=1-1&keywords=secura+milk+frother

Now, next on my list mastering some fun coffee art designs for an extra treat!

http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/cool-cappuccino-foam-art-70416

 

 

 

Kathy

March 20, 2014

Why I Love Pilates <3

Every week, I want to write my bog on Pilates and why I love it so much. But I get bogged down because there is so much I want to say and haven’t been able to articulate without writing a book.  

So it finally came to me, why don’t I just share the top three reasons I love Pilates and go from there! Keep it simple!

Kathy

 

“The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.” Joseph Pilates

 

1. Pilates is “A thoughtful way of movement”

Pilates or Contrology is a system of choreographed, flowing, and precise movements developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, (born 1880). Pilates works by developing and bringing awareness of our body’s, posture, core strength, deliberate movement, stamina and flexibility. This system enables us to achieve a functional fitness which can be carried through everyday movement, other forms of exercise, injury, any physical limitations and age is never a factor..

2. Pilates develops long, lean muscles and strengthens the Powerhouse

Pilates builds strength from the inside of the body outward.  Its a restorative system that heals the body from the inside, out.  An additional benefit of Pilates is the physical transformation which occurs. Muscles develop long, lean and balanced throughout the body.  Posture is restored and an incredible core or Powerhouse develops which holds the organs in proper place and protect the spine.

3. Pilates is for Every “Body”: Every day

Pilates is a great practice to develop at any age.  You can practice at home, in the gym, in a studio, privates or classes.  Pilates also teaches proper breathing and how to take in the most breath possible while maintaining an engaged core.  This aspect alone enriches the body and brings longevity to life!

“The art of contrology proves that the only real guide to your true age lies not in years or how you THINK you feel but as you ACTUALLY are as infallibly indicated by the degree of natural and normal flexibility enjoyed by your spine throughout life.” Joseph Pilates

Check me out! Teaching some of the HH girls!

 

 

 

March 13, 2014

Sweet & Spicy Cinnamon Kale Chips

Hi Everyone! Kathy here! I’m so geared up for spring! I’ve kicked up my workout routine and intensity  and cleaned up my diet.  Lots of salads, juice and fruit.  The only problem is that I still have a major sweet tooth to fight.

I tried the chocolate kale chips I found at Whole Foods to satisfy my sweet tooth and I was not impressed! I started thinking – what if I replaced the salt and olive oil in my regular recipe with cinnamon, sugar, and coconut oil.  Delish!!! A total success!

Now the only problem I have is eating too many!

Sweet Cinnamon Kale Chips

  • 1 head of kale (your preference)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Optional – I love spice so I added a couple of shakes of cayenne! The sweet, spicy and crunch of the kale is sooo good!

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Wash and dry the kale and tear into pieces.

3. Toss all the ingredients in a bowl until coated. Spread the kale pieces onto the baking sheet.

4. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, tossing the kale periodically, until crisp. Remove from oven and let cool 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Enjoy!

March 6, 2014

Gratitude is My Attitude

 

Sometimes we take life, health, family, friends, work and just about everything else under the sun (including the sun!) for granted. In the last year I have made a practice of being (more) grateful for everything and everyone who touches my life (good and bad).  This practice has transformed so many of my relationships for the better and my life is so much sweeter for it! My family ties are stronger than ever, friendships have flourished and my new business is growing day by day, I feel so blessed!!

This past weekend I traveled to Cabo with my family and we had the best time sharing new experiences in a beautiful ocean side setting.  I watched my daughter’s eyes light up as we watched baby whales jumping out of the ocean from the beach. A moment we will never forget.  

My point is, had I not been adhering to my new life practice of being grateful for what I have, and at times its been very challenging -those moments and experiences would have never happened. Trust me, it is a practice.  Its not something most of us are born with but it can be easily be learned and you will see your life so much richer and satisfying than ever before! 

I want to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude for my life, my family, my health, my friends, my business and you for reading my blog.  I hope you can take away something positive from this.

Tips for Creating a Life of Gratitude

  • Make a list of 10 things everyday you are grateful for: include family, friends, job, etc.
  • Read your whole list everyday and continue to add to it.
  • If some one has hurt you, thank them (mentally) for the experience it brought you and release them and yourself.
  • If you are unhappy with something or someone, someone hurts you, or you let your ego get in the way of circumstances, those are the most important times to find a way to be grateful and change your thinking.

I hope those tips are helpful and if not, there are many books out there, that can help you find your way. I especially love anything by Louise Hay.

Here’s what I’m most grateful for.

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Kathy

February 27, 2014

Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus

My go to juice bar in Dallas prepares and sells the most delicious fresh salads, soups and dips.  My favorite dish/dip is a trio of hummus.  Two of the dips are tasty but one in particular is out of this world.  

One evening at home, I was really craving this hummus and so I decided to play around and see if I could duplicate it.  Well guess what?! This recipe is spot on!!!!  Spicy, delicious and healthy too!!!

Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus

Ingredients:

2 (15 oz) cans organic garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

2 large jalapeños, chopped and seeded
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 cups roughly chopped cilantro

1/4 cup EVOO
1/4 cup of fresh lemon or lime juice

Sea salt to taste

 

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a food processor.  Blend until smooth and serve with veggies and your favorite healthy cracker.

Side Notes:  

This recipe will keep in the fridge for up to a week but you will probably eat it before then because its sooo good! And of course the recipe tastes better after storing overnight!

Enjoy!! 

Kathy

 

January 30, 2014

New App I Love! Popsugar Active

 Hey everyone! Kathy here! Just wanted to share a quick fitness app that I found and love. 

Its the Popsugar Active App which makes working out convenient and fun.  There are tons and tons of workout videos that are continuously updated.  I love the Victoria’s Secret Booty Burn Model Workout and the yoga workout for back fat.  

You can create and customize your own fitness routines with all of the videos which range from strength training, running yoga and more.

Below are some screen shots from the app.  

 

 

Wish I had more to share this week but I am completely and creatively drained! The days leading up to the photo shoot can be stressful and now I’m straight into completely my final weekend for Gyrotonic training.  That’s a wrap!

Kathy

 

 

December 5, 2013

Winter Warm Me-Up Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew

Hey Everyone! Its a cold day here in Dallas and we have a big winter storm coming our way.  I have a slow day at the studio because one by one almost all of my clients have canceled on me for today.  Hmmm….

Well, honestly I don’t mind today because I’m going home to light a fire, finish putting the lights on my tree (yes I’m behind) and put on a pot of yummy, warm, delicious beef stew.  I bought all my ingredients yesterday because I hate going to the grocery store when its cold out! I also like to take shortcuts whenever possible i.e. little or no chopping!

So here it is! Enjoy and stay warm!

Winter Warm Me-Up Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 Large bag frozen organic stew vegetables
  • 1 Large bag frozen organic pearl onions (I use in place of potatoes)
  • 1 Small bag frozen organic green peas
  • 1 Bag snack carrots from produce section (already cut & peeled)
  • 1-1/2 lbs Grass-Fed Beef Stew Meat, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Gluten free flour
  • 1 can organic cream of mushroom soup (I use Whole Foods brand)
  • 1 can of water
  • 1 packet Simply Organic French Onion Dip Mix
  • 1 Large can Organic crushed tomatos
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • ⅛ tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Dash parsley
  • Light olive oil or organic canola oil best for high heat to brown the meat

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, dredge the beef in gluten free flour (salt & pepper the flour first).
  2. Brown the stew meat in a skillet over medium-high heat. Don’t cook it all the way through, just brown it on the outsides and don’t crowd your meat in the pan.
  3. Place stew meat and all other ingredients (except peas) in the crock pot, mixing to combine.  Add peas about an hour before serving.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours. Stir every now and then and add water or beef broth for desired consistency.

This recipe is so delicious, easy and truly a comfort meal. Feel free to sub any of the vegetables for whatever you have on hand.  Serve with a tossed salad, crusty bread and Irish butter. Just a little! 😉

Kathy

Happy Holidays!

October 31, 2013

Tricks and Treats for a Healthier Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Here are a few last minute ideas to keep all the candy your child will collect today out of  his or her tummy!

Tricks or Treats

Buy equal amounts candy (hopefully organic) and Halloween party favors (glow sticks, tattoos and rings).  I bought my favors at the dollar store.  Mix all together and pass out.

Trade Treats for Treasures

I saw the idea of trading in treats for toys on Facebook and I love it.  My daughter and I discussed this and she is very excited to turn in candy for treasures.  Candy can be exchanged for a gift or money.  The more candy, the bigger the gift or a penny per piece.  Remember its not about the gift more about you being able to lose the candy and keeping your child happy.

Treats as Tools

Use your leftover Halloween for learning and kids craft.  Here are some ideas:

  • Have your child count the pieces, alphabetize and sort.
  • Elmers school glue and construction – let your child use their imagination
  • Science experiments – go to candyexperiments.com for a list of ideas
  • Reuse during the Holiday to decorate a Gingerbread house – Think Nightmare Before Christmas theme

Hope these last minute ideas are helpful!

Happy & Safe Halloween

Kathy