Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Craft Cocktails at Home: Giveaway

"The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best." -Epictectus
This quote sits on my desk as a constant reminder to me. It's something that has been fundamental in shaping my life-hanging out with those that push me, inspire me, teach me. There is a particular group of food science and molecular gastronomy men in Boston (and now throughut the US as we've migrated) who constantly inspire me in the kitchen and bar with their creations. And one of them-Kevin Liu just published a pretty amazing handbook- Craft Cocktails at Home. He kindly offered to giveaway one of the the paperback version to one of my readers.

This book is a MUST if you are working to curate your own home bar, want to experiement with simple cocktails and progress to more complex varieties, or you just want to spice up your liquor knowledge. I had a chance to review it before it was published and the recipes and techniques are quite jaw-dropping!

Since another one of my "words to live by" is-if you're going to drink, drink well-enter away!
Fine Print:
  • This contest will run until Sunday March 3rd when I will announce a winner here.
  • This contest is open to US residents only-age 21 and above.
  • Enter to win by leaving a comment below on what your favorite drink is
  • Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!
Because everyone deserves to have this knowledge, the Kindle Version will be free as a promotion from 12AM Thursday, 2/28 through Saturday March 2nd. Also check out his website to learn much much more!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Thrive Mondays: Stress Busters

Stress sucks.
Plain and simple.
Sometimes it feels like stress is firing at us from all directions-work deadlines, highly addictive junk food that depletes energy instead of fueling our bodies, air pollution, lack of sleep, family/friend drama and sedentary desk jobs all contribute to our stress levels. Food cravings, fatigue, weight gain, loss of sex drive, impaired digestion and lackluster skin and hair are all symptoms of too much stress. Let's not forget that you're much more productive when you're relaxed.

I mean really-who doesn't want less stress??

Your Stress Less To-Do List:
  • Cut out any foods that you may have a senstivity or allergy too
  • Boost up your fruits, veggies, whole grains and healthy fats-these nutrient-dense superfoods will help to fit the negative effects of stress on your body
  • Don't stress about calories, or obsess about your food. Food should energize and heal you-not bring you more stress!
  • Make a list of things that destress you-long baths, massages, going for walks, working out, cooking, playing with an animal...go crazy with ideas! Aim to incorporate 1 stress-relieveing activity in your day.
  • Is the constant checking of your email, text messages and voicemails causing you stress? Let your smartphone cut down some of your stress. I love these two apps for stress reduction: GPS for the Soul App and Daily affirmation
  • Make a space a stress free zone. Maybe it's your car. Maybe it's a chair in your living room. Maybe it's your bedroom. Put things that relax you in this space and retreat there when neccesary.  
I've always admired Brendan Brazier's focus on reducing stress through nutrition and lifestyle. Thrive Forward has fantastic tips for cutting out stress in your life. Check out his lesson on stress and find great tips, including this Yoga for Stress Release Flow by the amazing Sadie Nardini.

May your Monday be as stress-free as possible!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

National Almond Day Winner

Ya'll are nuts for almonds! With over entries this giveaway was a smash!
 So Happy National Almond Day. Wish I could bestow almonds upon all of you, but there can only be 1 winner today. and it is...... Melissa-who loves "keeping raw almonds in my purse for hunger emergencies." I hear ya girl! Enjoy!

Have a lovely weekend

Monday, February 11, 2013

Almond Giveaway

Yup, i'm nuts about nuts and so happy to annouce another nutty giveaway for you!

I'm teaming up with California Almonds for this king-daddy of giveaways. The sweetest bag you've ever seen by a nut company. Almond flour, sliced almonds, raw almonds, almond butter, and perfect size tins.
I was very intrigued by this guy:
What exactly is almond flour and what the heck do you do with it? I had a lot of learning to do on this topic, and got most of my information from this gal. Want more almond flour recipes? Love this list from blogger Elena's Pantry  I played around with making super-duper protein power balls with the almond flour. So versitle!

Serving size? Am for a handful, or a small shotglass sized. These tins, or an altoid tin are great to have in a person, at your desk and in your car for snack emergencies. These sweet little nuts are the highest protein, fiber, calcium, and vitamin E out of all the tree nuts.

 Sliced almonds + almond butter are a fantastic addition to a smoothie. Did you know that US is the world's leading producer of Almonds? With 80% coming from California? Get me to Cali!
So you know you want this sweet bag, filled with almond goodness to arrive at your door. right?
How to enter:
  1. This contest is open to US and Canadian Residents only
  2. It is open from now until I pick a winner on NATIONAL ALMOND DAY-February 16th 2013
  3. Enter by leaving a comment below on your favorite way to use almonds
  4. Gain a second entry by tweeting something like: National @Almond day is February 16th Celebrate by wining @Elizabetheats #giveaway
Good luck!!

Full Disclosure: Almond Board of California sent me this sweet giveaway package as well. I received no compensation for this post. I just love almonds.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Thrive Monday: What about PROTEIN?

If you are now or have ever considered becoming more plant-based (Read vegetarian or vegan) than you've definitely gotten this question

But where do you get your protein? 

Think vegans are scrawny hippies?
Tell that to this guy

(Montell Owens-plant based running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars)

or this 2-time Olympian

Kristi Richards

or this all natural body builder

the one, the only, Robert Cheeke

Yes you can get enough protein on a vegan diet!

Rule of thumb- for average joe- 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight.

Take your weight in lbs, divide it by 2.2 and then multiply that by 0.8. Example 150#=68kg x 0.8= 54g protein per day. If you are strength training you can go up to 1.8g protein per kg of body weight. Endurance athletes should get 1.2-1.8g protein per kg of body weight.

But it isn't complete!

You're right-you need to mix and match vegetarian proteins to make sure you get enough of all of the amino acids. (Amino acids are like the building blocks of muscle). But variety is the spice of life and even if you aren't vegan you should be mixing up your protein sources (all chicken all day does a boring life make). Here are some examples of vegan protein: (for a complete list + menu ideas click here)

1 cup lentils=18g protein
1 cup black beans=15g protein
1 cup kidney beans=13 g protein
4 oz tofu=11g protein
1 cup quinoa=9g protein
2 TBS PB=8 g protein
1/4 c almonds=8g protein
1 cup cooked broccoli=4g protein

These super yummy mix-and match protein bars are an easy way to get some more protein in your life-and can be made at home! Check out for the recipe!

Questions? Ask in the comments section below!