Thursday, December 27, 2012

How to Stay Fit When Stuck Inside

Stuck inside in the winter but still want to get back on track with fitness in the new year? Besides every single gym in the world having HUGE sales this time of year, you can definitely start or restart a fitness habit at home or if you're a road warrior.  Youtube and iPhone apps are about to become your new best friend. My favorites?

Pump up Pandora, Soundcloud or iTunes and get your workout on! Snow you can't stop us!
I've never been a fan of New Years Resolutions, but I do like setting goals and deadlines. And i can definitely get behind these 10 resolutions to make 2013 the best year ever. So here's a few things 2013 is going to hold for me: I'm going to be an adult and stick to a budget (how boring/exciting!) I'm going to get back to racing, for sure doing half marathons again (see you in August Seawheeze). I'm going to get to Chicago and San Francisco, and i'm going to spend most weekends skiing. it's going to be great. Perhaps i'll even start reading for pleasure again.

 But first, there is home to enjoy, champagne to pop and 2012 to reflect on. Happy holidays to you and yours!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Recipe Redux: Last Minute Kitchen Gifts

Finishing your holiday shopping list? Still need one or two gifts for someone's kitchen? Here are some of my favorites:

1. Coffee/Spice Grinder     2. Vitamix   3. Food Processor  4. A good knife set  5. Adorable measuring cups. Like these little hedgehogs from Anthro.   6. DIY flavored salts  7. Let them eat kale farmers market tote  8. Cutting boards devoted to specific foods. Food safety 101. 9. Gold Salad Bowls. Who doesn't want to eat salad when you serve it like that?

Need more gift ideas? Check these out:

Monday, December 10, 2012

Thrive. Forward

Here's hoping you're starting your holiday season healthy and happy. But in our every "whats next??" brains, I'm sure the thought of the new year, and the resolutions that go along with it, are every present in your mind. I've never been a huge fan of New Years Resolutions. I've seen mine, my loved ones and my clients start with the best intentions, only to lose track come January 15th. Often the goals are too lofty, don't have measurable steps to success, aren't SMART, and frankly, often don't lead to positive change.

But there is something coming January 1st that I'm very excited about.

Brendan Brazier, vegan professional Ironman triathlete and formulator of Vega products, and overall great guy, is launching Thrive Forward-a free personalized online program to help you start the New Year on the right foot, and transform your health for life.

Know Better. Eating Better. Feel Better. Amen! There will be delicious recipes, simple tips, grocery store lists, gorgeous infographics and attainable action steps to improve sleep, mood, energy levels, maybe even libido!

You can pre-register now at , get a great complimentary e-book and then the program will start January 2013. I'll be doing the program and blogging every step of the way-who's with me?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Elizabeth Cooks: Pasta Sauce

Pasta sauce. Such a benign, simple, delicious food. Makes noodles and brocooli taste infinitely better, and what would a pizza be without marinara? Before I started really thinking about what I was eating, it also seemed like such a simple ingredient that didn't require any nutrition label reading. Little did I know that trans fats, lots of sugar, and lots of oil was hidding in most conventional tomato sauces. Tear. While there are some great products out there that don't use any, when Tuttorosso offered to send me some tomatoes, i thought I might as well finally tackle making my own pasta sauce.
Tuttorosso is a midwestern tomato company that produces canned tomatos that are preservative free. Do i wish they were in tetra pack containers instead of aluminum. yes. Next time!

On to the pasta sauce! 100% plant-based, with some great healthy oil and nutritional yeast + smoked sea salt to get that "meaty" taste.
Pasta Sauce

Add all ingredients to a sauce pan. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer with the lid off for 30 minutes.
Serve over some whole wheat or gluten-free pasta with plenty of veggies. Of course, you can freeze the leftovers!

In the Holiday spirit T uttorosso isgiving away some great daily prizes on Facebook. Check these ones out:
Dec 5: Herb Mill by Microplane
Dec 6: Tuttorosso Variety Gift Box
Dec 7: 3 pc Cutting Board Set
Dec 8: Olive Oil Cruet 8 oz by Chef's Plane

Good luck!

Full disclosure: Yes I did receive a 3 jars of tomato sauce to try. I was in no way shape or form coerced to write a positive review. heck i didn't even have to say pip! I fully stand behind the foods I like. Questions? Ask away.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Got Mylk?

Reporting from Vancouver and having a total blast! Want constant updates? You best be following me on twitter and instagram! It's been a wonderful week full of inspiration.

The team of Vega Educators had Andrea Potter of Rooted Nutrition into HQ kitchen for a great class on sprouting, and creating your own homemade milk-made from nuts! got MYLK?

Sprouting takes nuts, seeds and grains, and turns them from dorment ingredients into LIVING nutrient dense foods. It neutralizes enzume inhinitors, increases vitamin content (especially vitamin B). and makes the protein, carbohydrates and fats much easier to digest. Forget RAW think-ALIVE!

 I was so excited to finally make my own non-dairy mylk! Andrea showed us how to soak and sprout nuts, seed and grains and then we made a delicious raw hazelnut mylk to put on sprouted buckwheat granola.
Emma and Megan mylking hazelnuts
  • 2 cups raw hazelnuts soaked overnight
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 dates-soaked in water
Drain the nuts and rinse them. Puree them in a blender until smooth. Using cheesecake or a fine mesh bag, strain and press the mylk away from the hazelnut meal. Enjoy on cereal, in coffee or in a smoothie!

 nom! Thanks Andrea for sharing your fantastic knowledge with us!

a few more tidbits:
  • Ready to start today, and everyday with a new zest for life? Can't wait for the launch of Thrive Forward. Know Better. Eat Better. Feel Better. Pre-register today for an exclusive e-book! 
  • Want to have better sex? Eat chilies, maca, chocolate, and garlic. You're welcome.