Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Follow!

The concert last night was sooo good! I have to say that I absolutely LOVED every minute of it. Good friends, good food and great music. I love both Billy Joel and Elton John, but together they are just fantastic! The concert started off with the pianos rising up from the stage, then Billy and Elton came out and sang songs together ( hence the concert name Face to Face!) Then Elton John took over and played for almost 2 hours. I couldn't believe it. He was like the Energizer bunny. Billy Joel came out and played for a little over an hour and then they came together and finished up with songs together again. My favorites for the night were Crocodile Rock (today's workout song of the day, just try and listen without dancing!!), Piano Man, Uptown Girl and Saturday Night! All of them were good, but those were my favorites. I highly recommend that if you can get to one of their concerts, DO IT!!!!!!

As you know, yesterday I called the Ford Center and they said no photography would be allowed. So, I didn't take my camera. I was sooooo mad when I got there, cameras were everywhere, they didn't check my purse. I could've had so many great photos. I'm so unhappy with the little lady I spoke with. This is the photo I took with my cell phone.


It's another Friday and another Friday Follow! This is actually week 7, but week 2 for me! If you want to participate in all the fun, please just follow the instructions below and jump on the bandwagon!
Friday Follow

MckLinky Blog Hop




Link up and spread the word! I'll be posting on twitter and facebook as well. Be sure to follow me there if you'd like!!!

For those of you that are new to my blog, sit back, relax and stay a while.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Elton and Billy.....


I am in OK City today to see Billy Joel and Elton John in concert. I can't wait. It's going to be a blast! We are staying in a beautiful hotel and I've taken photos to prove it.


I have heard that there are no cameras allowed in the Ford Center. WHAT???? How else am I going to show you the wonderful photos of me and the boys backstage? I'm sure they will even call me up on stage to sing to me...... I won't even be able to record it for you all to see. You'll just have to take my word on what happens.....


I'll be back tomorrow with a great post all about my travels. Had a fantatic lunch today at 105 degrees. Was hoping to go back for a little breaky in the morning, but they don't open until 11. We have to get back since my father-in-law is having surgery. Please keep Bill in your prayers.


I'll chat with you all tomorrow - don't forget to push play today!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Shakelogy 2 day fast


This last weekend, I decide before I begin this crazy workout routine (Insanity/P90X) I would do a 2 day Shakeology fast. I wanted to just get a jump start on weight loss and toning. The goal was to have Shakeology for breakfast and lunch and then have a good, whole food dinner. Not sure what I was thinking of starting this the weekend of Brian's birthday, but I had started it and was determined to finish it. Brian decided he would join me, so I thought we could be strong together. Boy, was I ever wrong!!!


Saturday AM: We get up bright and early and have our first Shakeology - tasty and feeling just great!


Saturday 11:00 AM: in a hurry, but we made our shakes, Brian had thin mint, I had greenberry lemonana. Still feeling good, but had a busy afternoon. We showed property to family and were running around like crazy. A little hungry, but not bad.


Saturday 2 PM - the family wants to eat something (they hadn't had lunch yet) so off we go to Panera Bread. I decided I would just have something to drink and Brian wasn't going to have anything. We walked in and I could smell the bagels. Oh hell no..... this isn't good, my stomach immediately starts growling. I decide I'll have a bowl of veggie soup and a roll and then a light dinner. Brian jumps right off the deep end and has coffee and a BROWNIE!!!


We run into the hardware store and as we come out - Girl Scouts from hell. Lookin' so cute with their little signs: Please support your local Girl Scouts. As we walk out, I put my head down, there will be no eye contact. They look right at Brian - bad sign - "would you like to buy some girl scout cookies, mister?" All innocent and angelic. Brian goes right over to them and buys THREE BOXES!!! I refuse to look at him. How can you do this to me? We get out to the car and Brian won't look at me. He KNOWS!!!!!! Needless to say, I ate 3 of the little buggars ( not the girl scouts!)


We go on to show property and Brian decides we need to go to the casino for a while. We lose all our money, I mean putter around for a few hours (it sure seemed that long.....) and we leave the casino a little lighter - not in lbs mind you. Brian decides he is hungry. It's now 8 PM and we didn't eat any dinner, but had that wonderful snack at 2. Somehow, Brian drives the car through Wendy's drive thru and orders a grilled chicken sandwich AND FRIES...... I order water. I'm going to be strong and do the right thing. As the car smells heavenly, I wolf down a few handfuls of fries, Brian devours his chicken sandwich and the last of the fries. What the heck happened anyway to our great intentions?????


Sunday AM: This is going to be much better. Oh, and by the way - Happy Birthday Brian!!!! Chocolate Shakeology for Brian, Greenberry lemonana for me. The kids are all coming over for dinner and I am cooking/cleaning like a mad woman.


Sunday 12:00 PM - lunch time and I'm starving. Chocolate Shakeology for both of us. Everything is under control. Cleaning is done, cooking is started. I start on the chocolate mousse. It's a healthy version made with tofu and maple syrup. I think that I am hungry, so I eat a cup of red grapes. No problems there.


Sunday 4:00 PM- Nick and Jake come in and start raiding the pantry. I'm still cooking ( making the meat loaf) and leave the open bag of popchips on the counter right in front of me. I eat 2 handfuls before I even realize it. I put them away and tell myself I'm back on track. Brian has been at an open house all afternoon, I have no idea how he is doing, but assure myself that he is busy and not thinking about food.


Sunday 6:00 PM - Dinner with the family. I did eat pretty good. Roasted veggies, salad, veggie burger, mashed potatoes and a corn muffin. Not too bad, didn't really feel stuffed. I did have some chocolate mousse, a smallish portion. Brian had a huge bowl of mousse and was miserable. He ate 2 helpings of meat loaf, a few corn muffins......


So, I get up on Monday morning thinking that the weeked was a complete bust. I jump on the scale and I lost 3 lbs. I was pretty happy with this. I really did feel lighter and my pants fit a litle looser. Brian did not get on the scale, said he just wanted to believe that it was a good experience. Go ahead and live in your fantasy world honey.....


Overall, I was very happy with my results. I would've like to not have eaten the cookies and fries, but life is just that way. I will do this again and I will do better next time. It will have to be after this crazy rotation, I need more calories to get through these workouts.


Shakeology Recipes:

Funky Monkey:
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
8 oz almond milk
1/2 banana
1 tbsp peanut butter
ice
Blend in a blender and enjoy!


Thin Mint:
1 scoop Chocolat Shakeology
8 oz almond milk
a FEW drops of peppermint extract
ice
Blend and enjoy!


Lemonana
1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
6 oz organic lemonade
2 oz rice milk
1/2 banana
ice
Blend all ingredients in blender and enjoy!


German Chocolate
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
2 tsp almond butter
1 tsp coconut oil
8 oz almond milk
ice
Blend and enjoy!


If you are interested in learning more about Shakeology, please visit: Shakeitforyourhealth.com Purchase Shakeology now! As a Beachbody coach, I can help you achieve your health goals!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Beautify yourself and the Planet!


I have done several reviews for Paris Presents line of Eco-Tools. I truly love these products and can not say enough good things about them. Today I shot a quick video showcasing some of the newest make-up brushes.

The Bronzer Brush ($9.99) Super soft and supple and designed fo easy and proper application of bronzer on the face and neck.

The 6 Piece Eye Brush set ($7.99) contains some great travel size brushes in a natural hemp and cotton case, perfect for travel or in your handbag for on-the-go touch ups!

Be sure to check out my vlog review ( had to tape myself, sorry for all the shakiness!!) I'll get the hang of this soon!

Check out Eco-Tools on facebook! You find these great products at Walgreens or Target.


video

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fit Club Monday!

Another weekend has come and gone. If you over-indulged this weekend, just get back on track today. Don't continue down the steep slope, climb back up! You'll be glad you did!

Fit Club today is Insanity. This workout is not for the faint of heart. It is hard, but it is do-able. You may have to modify some of the moves and that is okay. But, if you are a beginner, I recommend you choose a different workout to start with! I can give you some suggestions if you want.

Here is a clip of Insanity! Don't let it skeer you away :)


Purchase Insanity now

I am starting a round of P90X weight workouts mixed with Insanity cardio and one day a week for yoga. I am taking Sundays as a rest/stretch day. I'm sure that I will need it. This is a 12 week rotation.

Tonight's workout is Plyo Cardio Circuit. I like this one, it's challenging, yet I can keep up for the most part. Of course I have already completed one round of Insanity.

Today's recipe:


White Beans and Fusilli - The Healthy Kitchen by Andrew Weil, MD and Rosie Daley

This makes a great lunch as well as an entree for dinner. I make this pasta dish with beans because they provide a bit of portein. Serve with a green salad and a sliced French baguette brushed with olive oil and toasted!

White Beans

1 cup Great Northern or cannellini benas, soaked overnight in 3 cups of water to cover and 1/2 tsp baking soda.
1 bay leaf
3 cups vegetable stock or broth
Pesto

1/2 cup walnuts
5 cups fresh basil
5 large cloves garlic, peeled or smashed
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ( or Parma! - a non-dairy alternative)
2 tbsp olive oil

Pasta

1 lb fusilli or pasta shells
1/2 tsp salt
1 small onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bunch escarole, chopped
1/3 tsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste

Garnish

1 lemon sliced

Drop the bay leaf into the pot of water that the beans have soaking in overnight. Bring the water to a boil, pour in the vegetable stock and cook for 45 mins or longer. The beans should be able to be easily pierced with a fork.

Make the pesto: Put all thepsto ingredients except the oil in a food processor and blend. slowly add theoil and continue to process until it becomes a smooth paste. Set aside.

Bring a loarge pot of water with the salt to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until it is al dente.

Meanwhile, saute the onions, garlice, escarole and rosemary in 1 tbsp of olive oil until limp. Add salt to taste and mix in with the beans.
Drain the pasta in a colander and pour it into a large bowl. Add about 1/3 cup of the pesto or more to taste and toss well until it is distributed evenly and the strands of pasta are coated.

Serve the pasta in 6 individual pasta bowls and ladle white beans on top. Garnish each with a slice of lemon.

If you want to be added to my mailing list, I send out an email per week that goes into more detail about the featured workout of the week, send me an email and I'll get you added. dana@missourifitclub.com

You can always get a free account at Missouri Fit Club and I will help to coach you to the results you want!

Today's workout song of the day will make you move. It's so fun! Don't blame me if you don't get up and dance :)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Brian's Birthday!


It's a birthday feast at our house! Our tradition is that the birthday boy or girl gets to choose their favorite meal and it is prepared for them. We all get together and enjoy the company and meal and the birthday recipient gets to open gifts! I love this tradition. It's much better than going out to eat and more laid back. No fancy parties, just family coming together to celebrate!!!

So, it's Brian's birthday and he has chosen his meal - meat loaf, broccoli, mashed potatoes and a big salad. (Big salads always make me think of the Seinfeld show) and for dessert - no it's not a chocolate cake with chocolate icing and cherry pie filling ( this is what all the boys request every year!!!), but chocolate mousse with fresh berries and a yummy vegan cream.

I'm going to take a lot of photos and then I'll be back to show you all the fun!

Brian has already got his birthday present, we are going to see Billy Joel and Elton John on Thursday!! I can not wait for this. It's a gift for me too!!!

I can post some recipes if you want them. I plan on Fit Club post tomorrow and on Tues I will have new vlog product review :) How's that for a little teaser.

Also, be sure to check back daily for the workout song of the day. I love 33 Miles and today's song just makes me happy. Also this week I'll be posting my results from my 2 day Shakeology fast. Oh, so much to do..... I love it!

Updating with photos of tonight's festivities!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Can you be too busy?

I am just now getting some time to post on here today. I hit the ground running this morning and haven't stopped until now! Tomorrow is going to be another busy day as well. It's Brian's birthday. There will be food to cook, mousse to make (YUM!!!) and a house to clean up. We are also going to work on one of the rental properties and Brian has an open house (he's a realtor!). I'm hosting a workout as well. Whew, I think I better go to bed now :)

I was the lucky recipient of a blog award!! I love that Smart Cents Mom thought of me! Thank you so very much!

The Happy 101 Blog Award!


The rules for this award are-
1. Copy and paste the award on your blog
2. List who gave you the award and their link
3. List 10 things that make you happy
4. Pass the award on to other bloggers and let them know

I had to choose 10 things that make me happy a few days ago with another award and you can read it here! It's not cheating, just out of time :)
So, I will be passing this along to some of my newest followers!


Be sure to stop by and check out their great blogs!!! Thanks again to Smart Cents Mom!!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday Follow!




Today is the first day that I am participating in the Friday Follow blog hop! I think this is so much fun and a great way to find new blogs! Be sure to check them out and also, follow and leave a comment. We love nothing better than lots of comments and followers! This is a great celebration sponsored by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapes!

If you are new to my blog, you may like to know that we always have a Fit Club Monday. I highlight a workout of the week and include a healthy recipe (usually vegetarian). I also host giveaways from time to time. I don't have any going on right now, but be sure to check back often, some great things coming up! I do reviews of products. I try to focus on healthy, eco-friendly items. I love to cook and workout. I have been known to brag about my family from time to time as well!

Below you will find a list of blogs participating this week! Grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage (coffee, tea or that great hot cocoa) and check out these wonderful blogs.



MckLinky Blog Hop


Thursday, February 18, 2010

workout song of the day!


I don't know about you, but music always makes me happy. Music makes me want to get up and move. Today I am focusing on movement. I want to move more and that means, not as much time on the computer (GASP!!!), watching TV (OH NO!!) or just being lazy (I'M IN BIG TROUBLE!). I've even decided that I will walk on the treadmill when I read. I can accomplish movement with one of my favorite things to do!


I decided to add a music player to the blog and I'll be posting a song of the day! I was going to do one per week, but I love music so much that I know I'll be able to pick a favorite song every day. These will be songs that make me move. My wish is that you will listen to the song and get up and dance around! Call in the kids, the neighbors, the pets, let's all get moving today! Just let go and have fun. You will burn a few calories, lift your spirit and probably laugh a lot! I hope it just inspires you to move!


I know that this is what Brian and I look like dancing, now don't laugh too hard.....






I hope this isn't the type of dancing you do??????!!!!!! Ok, more power to you if you do!


If you have a favorite song that you would like featured, just drop me a note here or send me an email. I'll put it on!


What is YOUR favorite type of music to get you moving?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

tropical traditions




Just the name makes me happy! Tropical Traditions recently sent me their coconut oil. I love using coconut oil in many different ways, so I was so glad to get to try this brand!

I use coconut oil in many different recipes as well as cook with it. Brian likes his eggs cooked in coconut oil and I love it in my smoothies.

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Standard Virgin Coconut Oil is so tasty! It actually smells and tastes like coconut. It is organic, hand-made, no refining and is made from fresh coconuts. The ingredients are 100% Organic Virgin Coconut oil. That is it! It is from the Philippines.

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil is solid at room temperature, you don't need to refrigerate it. When you cook with it, it will liquify. Not only can you use it in cooking, you can also use it on your body, it is great as a moisturizer. One of my friends has been using it this way and he told me his age spots are disappearing. How is that for a testimony!

Tropical Traditions says on the website that if you refrigerate or freeze the coconut oil, the taste will change and some people call it candy or white chocolate. I'm definitely going to have to try that one! I'll let you know how it comes out.

Since it has been so cold outside for most of us, I am including the recipe from Tropical Traditions for Hot Cocoa!

Hot Cocoa

1 tablespoon Virgin Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
pinch Himalayan salt
1/4 teaspoon organic whole sugar (minimum)

Pour boiling water into a mug and let sit for about 20 seconds. Empty the water and put one tablespoon full of the virgin coconut oil in it. It melts quickly as you stir in one tablespoonful of cocoa powder and a pinch of Himalayan salt. Use a minimum of 1/4 tsp. of whole organic sugar to cut the bitterness of the cocoa and then add stevia drops to taste. Usually about 12 drops. Pour boiling water in the cup, stir, and add cream or milk to taste. This makes a great treat very quickly. Other sweeteners can be used.



Tropical Traditions carries a wide variety of other products. Be sure to stop by and check out all the great products!



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I wanted to include this video for you all to see the great benefits of coconut oil!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Fit club Monday!

Good Morning! It's Monday again and that means it's another Fit Club Monday! I will be traveling today and unable to hold class tonight. I'll be getting my workout done first thing this morning and out of the way - over and done. I like that best. Getting it done first thing means I don't try to come up with some excuse or life just gets in the way. I highly recommend you do the same. You will feel better, have more energy throughout the day and knowing that it is done is a great feeling!!

Take a moment to watch this video and if you see something you'd like more info on, just let me know.



Today's recipe comes from The Eat Clean Diet Recharged by Tosca Reno. I love this cookbook. It is full of info as well as great recipes. The Recharged version is better in my opinion, more vegetarian recipes!! I love that, it even has a vegan meal plan for a week. If you want to try this way of eating, this is a GREAT plan. Go ahead and try it, you will love it! The cookbook also includes: gluten free meal plan, family meal plan, and Cooler 1 and 2 plans. It even gives you the grocery list. So easy.


Sweet Potato Oat Bars
The Eat Clean Diet Recharged! by Tosca Reno

1 tbsp olive oil
5 sweet potatoes, washed an dtrimmed of fibers (potatoes should be the same size)
4 cups oats ( the 3-5 minute kind)
3/4 cup skim milk (or soy, rice or almond) soured with 1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup finely ground flaxseed
1/2 cup maple syrup (use the 100% maple syrup, not Aunt Jemima)
2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
2 Tbsp coconut butter ( also known as coconut oil)
1/2 cup dried fruits (raisins, dates, cherries and/or blueberries) chopped
1/2 cup raw unsalted nuts (almonds, walnuts and/or pecans) chopped
pinch sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9"x13" (1"deep) baking dish by coating lightly with olive oil.
2. Prick sweet potatoes all over. Place in oven and bake until tender. Remove from oven and let cool. When cool enought to handle, remove potatoe peels and place flesh in large mixing bowl. Leave oven on and set heat to 400 degrees F.
3. Add all remaining ingredients to sweet potato mixture. Mix well.
4. Press into prepared baking pan. Bake for 30-35 mins or until golden on top.
5. Remove from heat and let cool. Cut into squares.

Nutritional Value Per Serving: Calories 189, Calories from Fat 43, Protein 6g, Carbs 31g, Total Fat 5.5g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0g, Fiber 4g, Sodium 20 mg, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sugar 8g

Saturday, February 13, 2010

jamie Oliver's TED Prize wish

Please take a moment to watch this. We need to educate our children and ourselves. Diet plays such an important role in our health. I won't go into any rant or rave, but feel free to share your comments with me! I couldn't believe that the kids didn't know the vegetables and fruits. So sad.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tribest Personal Blender

I was so very lucky to have Tribest send me a personal blender. This little blender is pretty cool! I've been using it about 2 weeks now and I'm sold. It makes smoothies so easy and I love that I don't have to dirty up another glass to drink them!

The Tribest PB-250 is a blender and grinder combo! You can take this with you anywhere, it is lightweight and portable. The 200 watt motor is strong enough to grind up the ice and it has 2 mode operations: pulse blending/grinding and continuous blending/grinding.

The grinder is great for flax seeds, nuts and coffee beans and herbs.


The cups are BPA free and easy to clean. Just hand wash and go. You don't want to put them into the dishwasher. I find that if I just rinse my cup after drinking/eating, then it is a breeze to clean up. BPA is Bisphenol-A. This is a hormone-disrupting chemical that can be harmful to our health and/or the environment. It is also thought that if your plastic bottles or containers are scratched or worn the BPA may leach into our foods. I find that it is best to avoid it when possible. I love the commuter lid. It is great to take in the car!

The only drawback I have found is that at times it is hard to get the blending attachment on correctly. A couple of times, I had to work with it for quite some time before I got it on properly so that it would work.

I have been very happy with the way the Tribest PB250 has worked for me and I am so happy that Tribest has been kind enough to host a giveaway to one lucky reader! This is so much better than the Magic Bullet. Jake was trying to gain weight during wrestling season (not the norm, I know...) and was drinking protein shakes twice a day. He burnt up the motor in the Magic Bullet. The Tribest PB 250 has a much stronger motor and will last, even through Jake :)

To enter the contest:

Head over to Tribest and check out all the cool products they offer. Come back here and tell me which product you would be most excited to try and why!

Bonus Entries:
1) Become a follower of Feeling Fit with Dana (if you already are, just say so!)

2) Become a fan of Feeling Fit with Dana on facebook ( same thing goes as above!)

3) Tweet about this giveaway: @Danamoritz, I hope I win the Tribest Personal Blender from Feeling Fit With Dana

4) Follow Tribest on Twitter ( be sure to let me know you are a followerer)

5) Sign up for a free Beachbody account at Missouri Fit Club (same as above!)
You have to do the main entry to get the bonus entries! Winner will be chosen by random.org on Feb. 18th. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email. Otherwise a second chance drawing will be held! Good luck and happy blending! Winner must live in the USA and sorry, but must exclude Hawaii and Alaska.


Here's my fave smoothie recipe (for right now)



Lemonana:
6 oz. organic lemonade
2 oz. rice milk
1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
1/2 banana
ice

Blend in the PB 250 for a perfect smoothie!
Don't know about Shakeology? Check it out at shakeitforyourhealth.com Email me with any questions or to request a sample! (dana@missourifitclub.com)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

an award!


Lady V over at A Little Bit of This was kind enough to pass this award on to me! I'm so flattered. Thank you very much Lady V!!!! Be sure to check out her blog, she's really cute and funny!


10 Things that Make Me Happy!

1. Being married to the man I love and being able to call him my best friend.

2. My kids - they are just the best and always keep me on my toes

3. Miss Madelyn. She can just brighten up even the worst day!

4. Good friends that like to read what I have to say! Thank you to each and every one of you!

5. Warm weather - I don't like to be cold!

6. Working out - I know it's weird, but that is how I roll!

7. My job - I love being able to help other people get healthy and fit!

8. The beach - I can't wait until I can move to the beach and be there all the time.

9. A great meal with all the family around. - Nothing better!!!

10. a good book, right now I am reading several - finishing up Eat That Frog (time management), The Heretic Queen ( for pleasure), Grooming the Next Generation (great for sharing with my kids), and last but not least The Kind Diet (cookbook)



In the spirit of the over the top blog award, I need to pass this along to 5 people that I think are deserving!








Thank you so much for this great award!!! Hope I can live up to the name!


Tomorrow I'll have a cool giveaway and review of a personal blender, be sure to check back!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Fit Club Monday!

Good Morning! I love Mondays! It's a clean slate, a fresh start and a new week! I have such high hopes on Monday for how my week will go!

With Monday's comes Fit Club! this is a chance for you to get information about the workout I will be doing today. I change it up every Monday and showcase a different Beachbody workout! I offer a free workout in my home and if you are ever in the area on Mondays and want to come sweat and have fun, stop by!

Today's featured workout is P90X! I have done the X 4 times. I LOVE it! In fact, I am getting ready to start a new round of the X and Insanity together! I think this will be so fun, a combo of Tony and Shaun T. It's a girl's dream come true :)

If you haven't had the pleasure of viewing the P90X infomercial, here's a little teaser for you!



Purchase P90X now
I love to eat salads. Any kind, with TONS of veggies and some seeds and nuts thrown in for good measure. We all know that salads are healthy, but when we get to salad dressing, what to put on them can be tricky. This is a great dressing to use and is a bit healthier! I plan to go to the Chicago Diner next time I am in Chicago!!!

Creamy Garlic Dressing:
The Chicago Diner cookboo by chef Jo A. Kaucher

To creat this creamy dressing, make certain that you do not blend the mayonnaise, for it will turn into liquid.

1 cup soymilk
2 tsp. lemon juice
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup mayonnaise (vegannaise is a great egg-free mayo, look for it at your local health food store)
2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
pinch salt

Place the soymilk, lemon juice and garlic in a blender and process until the mixture is smooth like milk and the garlic is not chunky. Pour inot a bowl and add the rest of the ignredients. Stir well and season to taste.

*****A great tip to save calories at the salad bar - get your dressing on the side. Dip your fork into the dressing first, then get your salad on the fork. Still gets the dressing on the salad, but you don't use as much and get all the flavor! We had so much fun at our Super Bowl party yesterday. Good food, good friends and a pretty good game! Can't ask for much more than that huh?

Some of our good eats! Corn muffins, spinach dip, Guaca Salsa, Spinach Dip, Upside Down Caramel Apple Pie, Chocolate Coffe Brownies. Somehow I didn't get any photos of the wonderful chili and you can get a glimpse of the amazing veggie tray in the background. Yes, that is purple cauliflower. So pretty!


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Wholly Guacamole!


It's Super Bowl Sunday. This is usually a day for parties and fun. I think it will be a great day and hopefully a good game too! I try to control my eating at parties and I am sticking with healthier choices today.



Veggie chili, spinach dip and Wholly Guacamole!! Wholly Guacamole sent me some great treats to try out and they are GREAT! Guacamole, salsa and the cutest apron!
Wholly Guacamole has the BEST guacamole and salsa! I am loving the snack packs of guac. They are 100 calories each packet and this helps to control the portion sizes. The Guaca Salsa is a combo of guacamole and green salsa and is sooo tasty. I could live on this stuff at every meal. I tried the medium salsa first and I like my salsa to be a bit spicy. This was SPICY! My mouth was on fiyah! So good. Love the Garden Fresca salsa too! So fresh! All of Wholly Guacamole products are preservative free and ripe and ready to go!

The Corazona's chips are really good! REALLY good! The lime taste was very mild and the two bags didn't last long. Jake joined me in trying them and he gave them 2 thumbs up!


Become a fan of Wholly Guacamole on facebook and twitter. Find Wholly Guacamole Products near you

Friday, February 5, 2010

Kenzoil


Oh my goodness, this stuff is delicious! I made a big salad for dinner yesterday. No photos, sorry, I couldn't find my camera and was hungry.....


I started with a bed of mixed greens, added in some black olives, grape tomatoes, and some red onion. I added a generous sprinkle of nutritional yeast ( this is not the yeast used to make bread), and then the Kenzoil on the top. This was so good, I think I'll have it again today:) I'll take a photo this time.






Kenzoil is olive oil blended with fresh basil and fresh garlic and spices. Sooo tasty! I think it is a good thing I didn't have any good bread made or in the house. I would've eaten the whole bottle!





Because Kenzoil is fresh and has no preservatives, you need to keep it in the fridge. This can cause it to solidify. So, just take it out of the fridge while you are preparing your food and then it will be ready to use when you are.


Kenzoil is in stores, store locator. Or you can order online directly. You will be glad you ordered it!!


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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The perfect Valentine's Day Gift


Ok guys - it's that time of year again. Time to show your loved one how you feel. Valentine's day is upon us once again!

Gentlemen - don't give candy this year, we are all trying to get in shape and the candy is just too tempting to have in the house and no, you don't need it either. Love ya honey!!!! Flowers are pretty, but they just wilt and die within days. Let's go for a gift that will be useful this year!


Wear Your Heart on Your High Heels

Treat her to something trendy - and then take care of her toes afterwards!
A'GACI's Ruffled Suede Peep Toe Booties ($28.50) are a perfect (and
inexpensive) indulgence for any fab fashionista. After she tests out her
new heels, give her the gift of comfort with socks from KN Karen Neuburger.
Certain to "knock her socks off", the KN Karen Neuburger Pink Ribbon Socks
($6.00) offer light pink detailing and super soft fine-gage micro velour.

A'GACI Ruffled Suede Peep Toe Bootie ($28.50) KN Karen Neuburger Pink
Ribbon Socks ($6.00) www.agacistore.com http://www.karenneuburger.com/

These socks are so soft and they don't slide down into your shoes. This is so important when you are working out or walking. The pink fluffy socks are great to wear around the house instead of slippers and are great on these cold mornings!


















Take Her on a Trip

Since Valentine's Day falls on Sunday this year, take time to travel over
the weekend. Treat her to a trip by placing the itinerary inside the
EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone Overnight Bag ($19.99). The large and sturdy
bag features easy-to-grip handles that make it an ideal piece for a getaway.
Two interior compartments are removable and versatile to help keep contents
clean and tidy. You could even pre-fill the bag with her makeup and
cosmetics so she's packed and ready to go! And what's a Valentine's Day
without some flowers? The pretty floral design is a perfect fit.

EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone Overnight Bag ($19.99), http://www.eco-tools.com/


These bags are a work of art! So pretty that she will want to take them everywhere! Nice size, holds a lot and easy to pack!



Make No Mistakes with Ms. Manicure


Show her you care with a soothing spa treatment and then give her the tools
she needs to fix her chips at home with Ms. Manicure. The Handy Dandy Mani
kit ($9.99) features a nail brush, wood cuticle sticks, a cuticle clipper,
tweezers, a salon board, nail clippers and nail scissors. Stick a gift
certificate or her favorite kind of nail polish inside one of the pouches
for an added touch. For the man wanting to go the extra mile...treat her to
an at-home manicure using the kit!


Ms. Manicure Handy Dandy Mani ($9.99) Ms. Manicure Call Your Buff ($2.99)
Everyone can use a great mani/pedi kit! You won't go wrong with this one!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Yoga Paws



I love yoga. It really calms and centers me. I haven't been doing a lot of yoga lately and I miss it!

I have had the good fortune of coming across Yoga Paws. I like my yoga to be sweaty. I want to know that I have done my downward dogs. But, sweaty yoga means slippery hands and feet. Yoga Paws stops those slipping dogs.

These are really great! They are not bulky and hard to use. These are so good to take with you when you travel and you won't have to take a mat if you don't want. They work great on carpet.

Yoga Paws are made from eco-friendly yoga mat material. They also contain an absorbent cloth lining and provide support within the "paws" and provide a hygenic value by absorbing dirt, oils and perspiration.


Yoga Paws are easy to cary for., hand wash inside-out using cool water and gentle soap. Air dry. Don't use them in the washing machine or dryer though.

Wherever life takes you, take your practice with you! No more excuses for not working out.

My favorite yoga is Tony Horton's One on One Fountain of Youth. Yoga Paws are a great addition to this workout!
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Monday, February 1, 2010

Fit Club Monday!

Today is Fit Club! I love Mondays. I get to get together with a good group of people, sometimes it is many, other times it is a one on one session. We workout, talk about healthy eating, motivation and anything else that comes up! (how hot is Shaun T????) If you'd like to be added to my email list (1 per week), please email me at dana@missourifitclub.com!

This week's recipe is:

Southwest Bean and Corn Cakes
from Venturesome Vegetarian Cooking by J.M. Hirsch and Michelle Hirsch

Top these hearty, spicy patties with a fiery salsa.

1- 1/2 cups corn kernals
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour ( should be able to find this at a health food store)
1- 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp lime juice
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp paprika
15 oz can of black beans
1 med yellow onion, diced
1 med carrot, finely grated
1 -3/4 cups plain rice milk
2 tsp cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet.

in a large bowl, combine the corn kernals,cornmeal, flour, baking powder, cumin, slat, red pepper flakes, lime juice, cayeen pepper, black pepper and paprika. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, use a potato masher to coarsely mash the beans. Add the onion and carrot and mix to form a thick mixture.

Add the rice milk and vinegar to the beans and mix to combine. Add the bean and rice milk mix to the corn mix and mix together.

Use your hands to scoopsome of the dough to make burger-size patties. Arrange patties on the baking sheet and bake 15 mins. Flip the patties and bake another 15 mins or until crisp around the edges.


This week's workout is Slim in 6! This is a great workout for women, one of the most effective. If you want results, this is the one! My friend Tina lost 90 lbs with Slim in 6!!! Purchase Slim in 6.




As always, you can get a free account at Missouri Fit Club. I will coach you to the results your want!

What helps to keep you on track with your fitness goals? For me, it's journaling, working out consistantly, and eating clean.