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I love making this meal when I’m in a meatless mood and am low are supplies in the cupboard. And there are very few occasions when I’m not in the mood for Brussels sprouts. This dish is simple to make and tastes a lot richer than it actually is. Ingredients 2-3 cups cooked pasta (Preferably penne or orecchiette)...
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Is ‘snack’ a four five letter word in your vocabulary? I am a big fan of snacking throughout the day as a means of managing my weight and controlling an otherwise ravenous appetite. Working from home greatly simplifies the snacking process, as I can walk over to the cupboard or fridge and grab a variety...
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Luke saw a TV commercial for Carl’s Junior and said, “Look Mom, Carl’s Junior is now offering healthy foods.” Though he didn’t ask to try out one of their menu selections, he demonstrates the incredible power in advertising to youngsters. After all, the ad convinced my perceptive (then 11-year-old) son of a fast food cynic...
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Variety is the spice of life, and mixing up your exercise routine can go a long way in making fitness more fun, habit-forming and effective. In addition to the psychological benefits, there are physical ones as well. For example, if you run five miles, five days a week for a year, your body adjusts and...
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Not only will friends and family help hold you accountable to your fitness schedule, but they’ll make exercise more fun, too. With conversation and laughter as part of the experience, the workout becomes less work. Likewise, if you join a soccer or tennis team, your teammates will make sure you show up while also providing...
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Many medical experts will tell you that 30 minutes is where the exercise threshold begins. In fact, the Department of Health and Human Services suggests that at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity is required to reduce the risk of chronic diseases in adulthood. But don’t sweat it if you only have 10 or 20 minutes...
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Though it’s easy to set a fitness goal, it’s harder to stick to it. Signing up for an event or race  is a great motivator to help achieve your fitness goals. With a stake in the ground, you’ll gain clarity and focus on what you’re trying to achieve. There are a variety of ways you...
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Do you schedule meetings at work, doctor’s appointments and/or your kids’ soccer game? Do you prefer a wall calendar, day-planner, Outlook or Smartphone app (or, like me, are you so disorganized that you use all of the above in hopes of keeping things straight)? If you use a method of systematizing work and family life, why not...
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All too often, a fitness program gets stuck in a rut because of boredom, lack of motivation or complete disinterest. Who wants to work diligently at an activity we dislike doing in the first place? If at first you don’t succeed in finding something you truly love, then try again! If you can’t think of...
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A lot of us think of fitness as synonymous to cardiovascular fitness. If we’re not running or cycling or going strong on the elliptical, then we’re not really working out. If we’re not drenched in sweat by the end of an exercise program, we’re not really going to reap any long-term benefit.  After all –...
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