Posts tagged ‘healthy dish’

March 24, 2014

Lunchtime, Simplified

healthy pasta salad

Is meal planning a challenge for you when it comes to lunchtime? Do all your best intentions go out the window when you get to work and your coworkers decide to go out (again!)? How do you follow your healthy eating plan when others make it so much fun to follow another path?

road less traveled

If you are committed to making real changes in your life, you’re going to have to do things that other people won’t do. You will have to make friends with “the road less traveled,” at least by most people’s standards. But let me ask you this: do you really want to live by most other people’s standards? NO WAY! Be a leader, not a follower! It’s up to you to create an abundantly healthy life for yourself. You may have to say “no, thank you” when you’d rather say “yes”—especially when French fries or queso is involved. But other people’s decisions are not your decisions, because their goals are not your goals.

good choice bad choice

Here are a few tips to help you stay the course when surrounded by well-meaning but hungry friends at work:

Get Your Mind Right: No, those half-hearted “I guess I should eat something healthy” lines will not do! If you think that you should try to see if T.G.I.Friday’s has something green and nourishing on its menu, your resolve will crumble the moment your hunger becomes more ravenous than your willpower. Read that last sentence again—see those words “should,” “try,” and “if”? There’s no power there! Commit to feeding yourself well—you’re the only one who’s gonna do it.

Bring Your Lunch: This option is the best one for ensuring that your meal is exactly what you mean it to be. So, what’s on the menu? Lean protein, whole-grain carb or beans, fresh veggies and fruit, healthy fat, and lots of water. Downside: You need to plan ahead to prepare your lunch. So, the next time you get groceries, start thinking about your lunch options for the next few days. If you need to cook your healthy carbs (oatmeal, quinoa, rice, potatoes), give yourself a little bit of time on Sunday night to get ready for the week. I promise you will feel much more in control of things when you bring your fuel wherever you go.

Go Home for Lunch: This may not always be possible for everyone. But if you can do this, you will save so much money and be far better off. If you cannot make it home to eat, see above and bring your cooler! Lately, running home at lunchtime has been a nice break in the day. As long as I’ve prepared my food ahead of time, I can swing home, squeeze in an episode of Sex and the City while I eat, and return to work refreshed. It works for me J Downside: Allowing that I have lunch items ready in my house, the other danger here is home inertia. Once I’m home, I LOVE staying home. It’s tough to go back to work.

Pick Up a Healthy Lunch: This option is an essential for you worker bees out there trying to blaze a happy, healthy trail. Do you know how easy it is to zip into any number of fast food places because you only have 30 minutes to go, eat, and then get back? It’s such a temptation when you’re pressed for time—and let’s not forget the budget aspect here. Almost everyone can find a few spare dollars to throw at the closest drive-thru window, but is this truly serving you? Do your best to find a quick, nutritious restaurant or a convenient grocery store. Whole Foods sits right between my workplace and my home, so I’m kinda spoiled getting to stop off for good and yummy things. Downside: True, a healthier lunch will cost you more than anything on the $1 menu at Mickey D’s, but think about it this way—you can pay for it now, or you can pay for it later (with your health and your hard-earned money). I’m ponying up the dough right now!

Make Healthy Choices at a Restaurant: Sometimes, the lunch bunch cannot be avoided, and you will find yourself at the local lunch spot. Here’s where your knowledge of nourishing foods will be tested:

  • Depending on where you find yourself, you can search for heart-healthy or even vegetarian options on the lunch menu.
  • If you are craving something hearty and warm, choose broth-based soup rather than creamy soup.
  • A big green salad loaded with fresh veggies and a vinaigrette dressing is a great choice, but don’t stop there. A salad is a solid base, but it may not last you the rest of the afternoon.
  • Almost any restaurant will offer vegetable sides, and if you strive to order 2-3 green veggies or a salad and some green veggies, you’ll be doing great.
  • What’s your go-to carb? Instead of loading up on the bread basket, try adding redskin potatoes, a baked potato (unloaded!), or some rice.
  • Don’t forget your protein. Add a side of beans or eggs, or ask for baked fish, grilled chicken, or turkey.

No matter what lunchtime situation you find yourself in, you always have choices. Take care of yourself, one meal at a time, one day at a time. Pretty soon, you’re going to look around and love the life you are living.

To health and happiness!


I make good choices

February 17, 2014

Refresh Your Winter Skin



During the winter, our skin puts up with A LOT! From the freezing air outside, to the toasty but skin-parching heat inside, winter means that my skin is usually dehydrated and oft-ignored until it completely rebels. Some of its favorite ways to get my attention: 1) my fingertips split in agony at every opportunity, 2) my legs itch so badly I think I’m molting into a second skin, 3) my face flakes in random places (the middle of my cheeks and in my eyebrows—gross!), and 4) most distressingly, my scalp gets so itchy and flaky that I take to apologizing to my hair stylist before I even creep into her chair.


When dry, winter skin flares up, don’t despair! Fight back with super-easy beauty potions you can make right in your kitchen! Don’t get me wrong—I love a good retail beauty product just as much as the next girl. But when the basics of bliss are already tucked away in your pantry, you’d be crazy not to give them a try. Here are a few DIY recipes to repair your “lizard” skin and leave your skin radiant, soft, and bright—just in time for spring!

For a Radiant Face

pumpkin honey

Pumpkin, Milk, and Honey Facial Mask


  • 3 tsp. canned organic pumpkin
  • ½ tsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. milk

Mix the ingredients together thoroughly, and brush onto freshly cleansed skin. Let dry 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water to reveal soft, glowing skin.

(Recipe created by Jessica Kernochan, founder of LaLicious; from


For a Beautiful Body

oats milk soak

Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Bath Soak


  • ½  c. uncooked oatmeal
  • ½ c. honey
  • 2 c. whole milk or raw milk, or ½ c. whole-milk powder
  • ¼ c. Epsom salts


If you have a muslin bag, place all ingredients in the bag and place under the running water. Then you can use the bag as a washcloth to massage the skin. Relax and enjoy!

If you don’t have a muslin bag (like most people), then use a coffee filter to wrap the oatmeal in. Secure with a string or rubber band. Pour the honey and milk powder (and Epsom salts) directly into the bath water and stir until dissolved.

Note: Use whole milk, raw milk, or whole-milk powder instead of nonfat milk powder. You need all the fat you can get—it will leave your skin soft and hydrated.

(Recipe adapted from


honey scrub

Rosemary Honey Mint Body Polish

(Makes 1 full-size 8oz. jar)

This aromatic gourmet blend of rosemary, peppermint and honey will leave your skin and your senses invigorated and oh so soft!


  • 2 c. salt or sugar
  • 1 c. of olive oil, almond oil, or carrier oil of your choice
  • 1-2 Tbsp. honey, depending on how moist you like your scrub
  • 8 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil

Farm Couture Tip: For additional benefits, you can grind or sprinkle dried rosemary on the top of the polish for additional fragrance and texture.


1. Using a spoon, stir together salt or sugar with oil in a Mason jar or glass container.

2. Mix in the honey and stir sugar and or salt together until desired consistency.

3. Drop in essential oils, stir until thoroughly mixed.

4. To use, take a warm shower to wet your skin. Massage the body polish into your skin using gentle circular motions until your skin is rosy from the increased circulation.

5. Rinse off under the shower, towel dry, and moisturize.

(Recipe from Catherine Ianelli from Farm Couture Living; from


For Kissable Lips

kiss me

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub


  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. oil from coconut oil jar


  1. Combine coconut oil and honey in a small bowl, and blend them together until they form a thick, clump-free paste.
  2. Fold the brown sugar into the coconut oil/honey paste. Make sure that all the brown sugar is coated and mixed in.
  3. Add the liquid oil from the jar of coconut oil to the mixture. This will smooth out the scrub and give your lips extra moisture. If your coconut oil is oil-free in the jar, just get a little bit out and gently warm until it melts into a liquid.
  4. Transfer the scrub into a small jar or container with a lid. Before using the scrub, you may need to set it out on the counter (at room temp) to soften. When ready, apply a small amount in circles over your lips for a minute or two. Then rinse with a warm washcloth. Kissable lips!!

(Recipe adapted from Sarah Howard of Beauty Banter; from


When the skin you’re in doesn’t love you back, give it some TLC straight from your kitchen and watch what happens!

In love and beauty, Brooke

February 10, 2014

Treats for Your Sweets–Homemade Love

dog with heartsAre some of your favorite valentines of the furred or feathered persuasion? Mine too! Because I’m a cat mama, I’ve often wondered what tasty treats I could fix that are also gentle on our cats’ sensitive stomachs. I know our fur children are spoiled rotten, but I can’t help myself! In rooting around for pet-friendly recipes, I found all kinds of cute ideas. Here are a few recipes to get you started treating the treasured beasties in your life. Note: Before you strap on your apron, it’s always a good idea to first check with your vet about foods your pet cannot or should not consume.

Furry Felines

black and white vcat heart

Baked Tuna Hearts: Take canned tuna, shape into little hearts, and then bake in the oven until warm. For a little extra craziness, you can add a bit of catnip to the hearts. Remember, all cat treats should be shared in small doses—too much unaccustomed food, fat, sugar, or anything can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and indigestion for your kitty.

Heart-Shaped Melons: You can use fresh watermelon or cantaloupe and cut the melon into heart shapes, if you like. But if you don’t have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, a sharp knife will do—and as we all know, cats couldn’t give a flip what shape their fruit is in. They want the sweet treats, pronto!

Mashed Frozen Banana: Sounds good enough for us people to eat, right?  Just slice a banana, freeze it, then when you are ready, blend the frozen banana into a creamy, icy treat. Or you can thaw the banana a bit and mash with a spoon.

More Ideas: The Pet Café (part of the Cockatiel Cottage site I mention later in this post) has lots of ideas not only for your feline friends but also for dogs and, of course, birds. Love it!


Doggie Love

dog with treats

Warning: There are a few foods that you do NOT want to use. Dogs can become very ill if they consume chocolate or cocoa (use carob as a substitute), grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, alcohol, onions, coffee grounds, and potato leaves/stems/sprouts.

Sweet Dog Treats


  • 1 c. whole-wheat flour
  • ½ Tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ c. natural peanut butter
  • ½ c. low-fat milk
  • Heart-shaped or bone-shaped cookie cutter


Start by preheating your oven to 475 degrees. next, combine flour and baking powder in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix the peanut butter with the milk. Add the wet mixture into the large bowl and mix thoroughly until it creates a dough.

Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface until it is about ¼-in. thick. Use your cookie cutter to cut out treats. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cook for 12-14 minutes. Make sure to let them cool before giving them to your pup friend! Recipe courtesy of Aromatic Delights and the Austin Humane Society.


More Ideas: Scampering Paws is packed with great information on all kinds of dog-related issues, and they have a fabulous amount of dog-friendly recipes. Check them out at

Another great site is the pet-centric division of PopSugar, aptly named PetSugar. Here’s the link to 8 pet-friendly recipes, including 1 for cats and another for birds. Super cute!


Feathered Friends

blue love birds

We don’t want to forget the bird owners out there, do we? Alyson Burgess, from About.Com, came up with this wonderful recipe:

Honey Banana Birdie Bites
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


* 2 Whole Bananas
* 1 Egg
* 1/4 cup Honey
* 3 tbsp. Banana (or other fruit) Baby Food
* 1/4 cup Millet, Oats, or Chopped Almonds
* 1 tsp. Vegetable Oil

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Grease a large cookie sheet with 1 tsp. of vegetable oil and set aside. Peel both bananas and slice them into discs with a sharp knife. In a medium sized bowl, combine the egg (shells optional), honey, and baby food. Dip banana discs into the mixture and place on the cookie sheet. Once you have all the discs in place, top them with millet, oats, or chopped almonds. Bake in oven for 10 minutes, and then let cool to room temperature.


More Ideas: The Cockatiel Cottage is another charming site I discovered. It is simply bursting with anything you could possibly imagine about caring for your cockatiel. What I really loved was the massive recipe index for cockatiels or other birds in your life. This whole site was a delight!

As you can see, there are so many great ideas out there for delighting your animal companions this Valentine’s Day. I’ll bet you find something really scrumptious!

Purrs & kisses, Brooke

My Tiki

My Tiki–he looks thrilled, doesn’t he? Ha!

November 25, 2013


Healthy Housewives support the Margarita Ball Dallas!

Healthy Housewives support the Margarita Ball Dallas!

I wanted to share some deets and pics with you guys about our fun filled week last week. 🙂

A couple months ago Brittany Madrid from Barre Be Fit asked me if I wanted to pair up with her and Dish to throw a Healthy dinner party. I thought that was an AMAZING way to spread the health and fitness love to people who were interested in getting together. We love meeting new people and sharing our health and fitness tips with others, plus we get to learn a few things along the way too.

Healthy Housewives and Barre Be Fit

Healthy Housewives and Barre Be Fit

So last Thursday we threw our very first Healthy Dish dinner party at Dish Restaurant. We started the menu of with a lean green salad, the main course offered a vegan and a meateater choice, and for the sweet ending was fresh cut strawberries paired with champagne sorbet. It was light, refreshing, and perfect for the occasion.

Our HH approved menu

Our HH approved menu

Due to the wicked weather that night (and we Texans freak out if we hear severe thunderstorm), our turnout wasn’t as big as the RSVP list. But that was ok; we had a great time getting to know the people that came out for this. I met some new faces and ran into old friends. It was a pleasure running into Marqui Williams, she is a distributor for SunWarrior, a vegan protein powder supplement company. I met her at my women’s entrepreneur group. You guys should check her out. She ROCKS!

Marqui and I at the Healthy Dish event

Marqui and I at the Healthy Dish event

It was a fun event even though the weather was extremely chili. I don’t know about you but I am already looking forward to spring. I only like cold weather if I am skiing! Not much fun to be cold otherwise.

Then on Saturday, we went to a charity event called the Margarita Ball (a charity event for children). We had a HUGE group of good friends and some new faces ready to get down and dance. The event is held every November that collect toys and donations for children. Last year they collected 10,000 toys! That is so awesome that they do that. Their silent auctions is also one of the largest in Texas, they had over 600 items valued at $800,000! They also had a band on one floor, a DJ on another floor, and a casino. There were lots to do for sure that night. We had danced, socialized, and of course, LOTS OF PICTURES!

Dinner with friends before the ball.

Dinner with friends before the ball.

This is my one day a year where I get dressed up in a GORGEOUS gown. I went with a gold Nicole Miller dress. It was very old Hollywood. I was inspired to do my makeup and hair like Veronica Lake. I have to say that I did a very good job on myself. I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off because my hair/make up people were super busy that day. My advice for when you are in a pinch, look at youtube videos. That is what I did for my make up/hair.

My old Hollywood glam look the night of the ball

My old Hollywood glam look the night of the ball

The night was a hit! Can’t go wrong with meeting new friends, hanging with good friends, and donating to charity.

Then last night my client Madison Plott competed in the Miss Teen Oklahoma pageant. She placed 4th runner up! So proud of how hard she worked for this. Can’t wait for her next pageant! She is one determined little lady!

So proud of my client Madison! GORGEOUS!!

So proud of my client Madison! GORGEOUS!!

So what is next for us? A smell a healthy holiday party!

Thanks for reading and I hope you guys have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!