Posts tagged ‘Lift Pilates Experience’

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

 

 

 

 

Advertisements
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

May 8, 2014

Spicy Oven Roasted Chickpeas

Hi Everyone!! Kathy here! I apologize I’ve been away for some time! Recently, I was able to travel to Europe with my daughter and that was an incredible trip! I’ll post some pics and write a blog about that very soon! And even more recently I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago and study under some true Pilates Masters.  That was an amazing experience and reinforces my decision to become a Pilates instructor. I know I will always be practicing, learning and growing, and sharing the knowledge with those around me! It makes me giddy and happy knowing I chose the perfect career!!!

So on to this weeks blog, I love salty spicy crunchy snacks and they have to be healthy! I eat chick peas everyday as a source of protein and fiber. Usually a sprinkle or two on my salads. Ive been looking for baked chick peas at my grocery and have yet to find any so off to the web I went, and after combing a few different recipes and a little trial and error, I really love the recipe below.  If you don’t love spice like a do, just scale back on those ingredients a little bit! Also try sprinkling these on your salad or in soup! Delicious!

Enjoy!!!

Spicy Oven-Roasted Chickpeas
about 2 cups

Ingredients

1 15 ounce can organic chickpeas
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried onion
1 dash paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400 ° F.
  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas in colander. Remove skins from peas and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. In a bowl, stir chickpeas and ingredients until well blended.
  4. Place chickpeas on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and toss peas on cookie sheet every 5 minutes for the next 20 minutes!
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 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!

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

 

 

January 23, 2014

Black Bean and Salsa Lettuce Wraps from Kathy

Happy Thursday Everyone! I wanted to share my recipe for black bean lettuce wraps with you.  I usually live on salad and love eating greens and veggies but sometimes during the winter, salad just doesn’t cut it.  I feel I need something warm and hearty. This recipe satisfies my love for salad with something warm, tasty and healthy!

 Enjoy!

Kathy

 

Ingredients

For the Bean Filling Mixture:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 14 oz can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 packet Simply Organic taco seasoning
  • 6 leaves of organic bibb or iceberg lettuce

 For the Salsa:

  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1/2 small fresh squeezed lime
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

 Instructions

  1. Prepare the salsa and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix well and add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat, add onion and garlic.
  3. Saute onion until soft.
  4. In a bowl combine the rinsed black beans and taco seasoning. 
  5. Add the beans sauté pan and simmer until well heated
  6. Layer beans and the salsa over lettuce and wrap tight. You can use a toothpick to secure until ready to eat.

Thought this was cute! Hopefully made you smile!

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!

September 19, 2013

Koa Water. Drink your Fruits and Vegetables!

Hey! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Well I’m always on the look out for nutritious and delicious beverages which for me consists of water (preferably Essentia), organic brewed teas, kombucha, coconut water and fresh pressed juices.  I quit drinking sodas and bottled juice long ago when I realized it was basically gmo sugars, food coloring, preservatives and lots of other chemicals.

If you live in or around Dallas you may have seen Koa Organic Water in the cooler of your favorite juice bar or studio.  I saw it too and was skeptical about something labeled “organic water” and wondered if it was just another marketing ploy devised by some big company not very concerned with my health.

Whats inside Koa?

 

 

Well, I’m happy to say I was way off. Today I met with Jonathan Rosenberg, Co-Founder of Koa Organic Water and asked him what exactly is Koa Organic Water? Well its not actually a water but water squeezed from 100% organic fresh fruits and vegetables.  There are no added dyes, sugars or chemicals. The organic fruits and vegetables are squeezed in a way that maintains all the natural vitamins, minerals and polyphenols. Sounds good to me and I have to say Koa Water is very refreshing and has an almost has a silky texture.  Also Koa Water is not run by another big company but by two Dallas entrepreneurs with a big dream of becoming the world’s healthiest beverage company.  I can get behind that.  Their bottle including the cap is 100% bio-degradable.  For more information check out the links below and their Kickstarter video.

http://www.koawater.com

https://www.facebook.com/koawater

Here are a few other food and beverage related links and videos I feel compelled to share!

Food Babe’s take on Coco Cola’s new ad campaign

http://foodbabe.com/2013/01/25/coca-colas-low-calorie-beverages-will-kill-you-before-they-solve-obesity/?sb

Article on Coco Cola Beverages

http://www.alternet.org/food/why-coca-colas-new-ad-campaign-may-be-dangerous-your-health

New Chipotle Commercial – So worth a view, please check this out!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/business/media/chipotle-returns-to-animation-to-support-sustainable-farming.html

Kathy, Fit Fashionista