A Little Squeeze

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In an effort to snack a little less and drink and little more water I have been squeezing a little fresh lemon into my water or seltzer.

I have found that this little squeeze diminishes my appetite a little, and makes for a very satisfying drink.

Here are a few tips I found on how to enjoy lemon water and it’s many benefits:

1. Take the juice of 1 organic lemon and mix it with 4 ounces of room temperature water. Drink it first thing in the morning. You can add a dash of cayenne pepper for a calorie-burning boost. Many people report a noticeable increase in energy afterwards.

2. Add freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice to your water. If you want to make it sweet then add a few drops of the natural sweetener Stevia. This healthy “Lemonade” helps lower stress hormone levels (cortisol) in the body.

Enjoy!
Xo
Lena

What’s For Dinner?…

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Zucchini “Noodles” Stracciatella

My mother and I started making these zucchini “noodles” a few weeks ago and we are totally addicted!! Don’t get turned off by the small amount of work that goes into making these “noodles” it is WELL worth the effort!!

There are many ways to enjoy these noodles…with grilled chicken, turkey sausage, shrimp…I chose this one with “egg ribbons” to share since this is they way I had it tonight!!

What You’ll Need:

2-3 medium zucchini
1-2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 egg
Grated cheese
Red pepper, salt and pepper to taste

Large pan or wok
Vegetable peeler (see photo at bottom for the type of peeler you should use- it makes ALL the difference when forming your noodles)

What You’ll Do
-Clean and cut ends off zucchini
-Lay zucchini flat on a cutting board and hold firmly
-Use vegetable peeler to scrape zucchini from one end to the other forming the “noodles”.
-separate all “noodles” and set aside
-Heat oil and add garlic, red pepper (optional)
-Add zucchini to oil and garlic. Toss to coat and cook for approx 4 minutes
-Add chicken broth and cook on medium high for approx 5 more minutes
-Meanwhile in a separate bowl, beat an egg
-Once zucchini and broth is boiling, add egg stirring the whole time, breaking up the egg and cooking it at the same time. Cook for one more minute
-place zucchini and the broth in a bowl and top with as much grated cheese as you like!

Enjoy!!
Xo
Lena

This is the vegetable peeler for making he best “noodles”

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Spring WILL Spring Again…

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I’ve been stressed…cold and stressed….stressed about my never ending bathroom renovations, leaky drain pipes on my roof, frozen pipes causing leaks, potholes, low tire pressure, the idea of yet another round of snow….and the list goes on and on and on and on. My dear husband arrives home after a 12 hour day to find me in a hassled, quiet and non jovial mood. He must be sick of my mood – I’m sick of my mood.

So here’s my good news – I learned today that I’m not alone. Talking to a friend during school pick up I found out that she too feels annoyed, anxious and stressed. “It’s the weather” we both agreed , “It’s enough already!” we both complained, “Time for Spring!” we both declared! And this is where the really good news comes in…Spring will arrive in a few short weeks!

So until we hear the birds chirping in the morning and feel the warmer air on our skin, grab a good friend, commiserate, share your anxiety, laugh together, and look to the not so distant future filled with pedicures, flip flops, t-shirts and sunglasses

You will feel better instantly as I did today!!

Xo
Lena

Friday’s Favorite

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My littlest son is always suffering from a stuffy nose these days…he ALSO has such a dry little nose that he get’s very uncomfortable at night … boogie mist works great for him! I love this product because it’s none medicated and safe to use everyday!!

Boogie Wipes® Launches Saline Nasal Spray with Scented Schnozzle
Boogie Mist puts a fun twist on relieving stuffed up sinuses for kids who resist the mist

CINCINNATI, OH – Trying to wipe children’s runny noses when they are tired of having a rough tissue scratch at their faces is nearly impossible. Little Busy Bodies solved this problem with the invention of Boogie Wipes®, the first saline nose wipe for kids. Its fun scents like grape and menthol made nose wiping a game for kids while the saline soothed their tender skin. Now the company is solving another booger-filled problem with the introduction of Boogie Mist, a gentle saline nasal mist with a twist. Instead of a boring spray nozzle, Boogie Mist has a Schnozzle (a scented nozzle) designed to make the nasal spray much more appealing to kids.

Boogie Mist gentle saline nasal mist helps soothe and clear nasal passages with nothing more than the power of non-medicated, all natural saline. Sterile saline helps flush blockage from the nose while moisturizing tender skin. Available in grape and fresh scent Schnozzles, Boogie Mist will have parents and children alike breathing a collective sigh of relief.

Whether inflicted by a cold, flu or simple allergies, Boogie Mist can help cure the sniffles, stuffiness, painful dry nose and general congestion. It can be used as often as needed for relief throughout the day and night.

Boogie Mist is available at retailers nationwide including: Target, Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Walgreens, Kroger and Buy Buy Baby. Boogie Mist has an MSRP of $6.29 per bottle. For more information, visit: http://www.boogiewipes.com.

About Little Busy Bodies
The first-ever saline nose wipe, Boogie Wipes®, was invented by two moms as a solution for their kids’ sore, red, stuffy noses. Little Busy Bodies Inc. was founded in May 2007. Sales of Boogie Wipes® reached $1 million in the company’s first year of business and by 2009; Little Busy Bodies tripled its revenue to $3.4 Million. Boogie Wipes® are now sold in 50,000 retail stores across the U.S. and Canada including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and Toys ‘R’ Us.

Avoid the Drama!!! Here’s how, according to Teal

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This is a very thoughtful and interesting perspective on how we deal with the “Drama” in our lives by Teal…and I love new perspective!

Xo
Lena

To view Teal’s “Key Teachings” please view the link at the bottom of this article!

How to Avoid Drama and Drama Queens
By Teal

Drama is a word that originally meant, “to act”. This is why the word made its debut in the world of performance art or theatre. As it relates to emotional life, drama is a state, situation, or series of events involving intense conflict. Put these two things together and you have the definition of a person who is dramatic. A person who is dramatic is a person who acts as if they are in a state of intense conflict.

So, lets get this out of the way right off the bat… When it applies to the human emotional experience, there is no such thing as drama. And when you make the judgment that someone is creating drama or is a drama queen or is being dramatic, you minimize and shame them for their feelings, which I assure you are very real.

No one overreacts. There has never been a person on earth who has overreacted to anything. The reason is that we are always acting in perfect accordance in to the reality that we are perceiving and no one perceives reality the same.

To ask someone to get a reality check is to ask them to conform to your perspective. It’s true that offering someone your perspective can help someone. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your perspective is true. Truth is a subjective experience.

When someone is acting that a situation is worse than what you see it to be as, that means that the situation they are imagine is worse than the situation you are imagining. Everyone acts perfectly in accordance with the reality they are perceiving.
Some people say “I don’t want to be surrounded by anymore dramatic people in my life and feel as if they are causing me to go out of balance and lose inner peace.” But, the issue is this: you live in a universe that’s based on of the law of attraction. If you are sick of being around dramatic people, you are unwilling to admit to the fact that the drama is within you. The question is “What is within in me that is being mirrored though other people?”

Cutting dramatic people out of your life will be pointless as other dramatic people will soon fill the void as you are failing to recognize that the drama within you is what attracts “dramatic people.” You need to go within yourself and ask yourself questions like these:

Am I a chronic worrier?
Do I tend to think of the worst case scenario?
Do I secretly love drama situations?
Do I secretly love dramatic people?
Did I grow up around emotional people?
Removing the drama from within will remove the drama you encounter externally.

Drama is not a bad thing.

About Teal
Spiritual Luminary Teal is known to many as ‘The Spiritual Catalyst’ (www.thespiritualcatalyst.com ) and a powerful new voice in metaphysics. At the age of 29 her book “The Sculptor in the Sky” has earned high praise from both readers & critics and is being called the 101 College Textbook on the Universe and Spirituality. Teal is known to explain incredibly complex spiritual concepts in a concise and easy to understand way. Teal’s YouTube Channels has attracted nearly 6 million views and averages 650,000 views per month. Teal uses her abilities to remind people of the united, energetic nature of this universe and to teach them how to find bliss in the midst of the most difficult challenges. Teal founded a positive world change company and travels the world teaching and hosting Intentional Community Expo’s.

Teal Scott’s Key Teachings
http://www.thespiritualcatalyst.com/downloads/Teal_Fact_Sheet_Key_Teachings.pdf

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Trying a new diet

I try to eat healthfully most days. I will admit, weekends are tough for me…my husband and I like to have a drink, or two, together on the weekend nights, which is usually accompanied by nuts, chips, anything salty! This does not make for healthful eating! I’m actually almost ALWAYS feeling terrible after these salty binges, so when my friend told me about a new diet she was trying, I thought I’d try it with her for 2 weeks. If nothing else it would offer some guidelines and maybe just MAYBE help me refrain from my weekend sabotage of salty goodness!

So yesterday, I embarked on the Fast Diet. the concept is pretty simple 5 days a week you eat as you normally would. That for me means low carb, lots of salad and leafy greens and lean protein, a small handful of nuts here and there and ALWAYS my after dinner square of dark chocolate. The other 2 days of the week you eat extremely light, 500 calories for women and 600 for men; you are NOT to do this on consecutive days.

So…how am I doing so far you wonder?

Well- Monday I embarked on a “fast” day. I might have went a little over the 500 calories for the day, but immediately decided that was okay since I had run 3 miles on the treadmill that morning! I drank a TON of water with lemon, went to bed a little hungry, and woke up today feeling AWESOME! Today was an “eat as you would day” which I happily did!

Now- my next fast day is in my mind going to be Thursday- unless there is a snow day of course when I will HAVE to drink wine and eat something comforting!

All in all, so far so good – I feel great, paying attention to what I’m eating, drinking a little less…but then again it’s only Tuesday- let’s see what snacks make their way to my table this weekend! I will keep you all posted!

If you’d like to try this diet with me, you can message me and we can motivate each other!

Xo
Lena

Thursday’s Thought

Being honest and true to yourself isn’t always easy
BE BRAVE! Ask for what you want and you shall receive! Maybe not in the way you wanted or expected…but honesty with yourself and others can ONLY bring good things.
Remember – we have one life. Live it happily and truthfully!

Xo
Lena

Fun Cocktails Featuring a Healthy Favorite!

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February is National Grapefruit Month. Did you know that half a medium sized grapefruit has only 60 calories and contains 100% of your daily Vitamin A and C? These vitamins help boost the immune system during the winter months when colds and flu are at their peak. Pink and Red grapefruit also contain Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, which may help prevent certain types of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Below are some delicious and easy cocktail recipes featuring Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE; a zero calorie naturally flavored sparkling water with vitamins and healthy antioxidants.

Pink Grapefruit Sparkler

Ingredients:
2 oz. Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE
3 oz. white wine, preferably Moscato
Mint leaves for garnish

Directions:
Pour white wine over ice.
Top with Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE. Garnish with mint leaves.

Jalapeno Grapefruit Martini

Ingredients:
3 oz. Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE
1 ½ oz. Vodka
1 oz. lime juice
Lime wedge
Sliced fresh jalapeño
Chili salt for rim of glass (Kosher salt mixed with chili powder)

Directions:
Use a lime wedge to rub the entire rim of a chilled martini glass, and dip into chili salt mixture.
Combine vodka and jalapeno slices with ice in a shaker.
Strain and pour into the chilled martini glass.
Top with Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE.
Garnish with a few Jalapeno

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Tips to beat the winter blues

Winter is in full force, and this winter is definitely colder and snowy than most. I don’t know about all of you, but I know I’m feeling the effects of this unsavory weather. For one thing, I’m cold- ALL THE TIME! Another problem, I’m always looking for something to eat, the heartier the better, the more carb the better! And don’t get me started on the wine….I will say this, red wine surely warms you up!!

We all know that we can’t sit around all day eating bagels and drinking wine so….what can we do to beat the winter blues? What can get us moving and grooving during these cold months and passing the time healthfully and happily?

GET MOVING!
I for one, make it a habit to get to the gym or pop in a workout video 5-6 days a week. Getting a great workout in and starting my day with a good sweat really warms me up, lifts my mood, and sets a faster pace for the rest of the day. I found a great app that plans my workouts and keeps me motivated. You can find a variety of exercise apps! Choose one that looks interesting to you and get moving!!

SOUP, SOUP, SOUP!
I plan healthy WARM meals for the weekdays to drive me away from my cravings for pizza and pasta everyday! I find when I plan it, I make it, and when I make it, I enjoy it!!! Try planning great soupy dinners like the homemade chicken soup or mini meatballs and escarole I’ve shared on the page.

RELAX AND ENJOY
Sometimes with unexpected snow days and freezing temps keeping you inside, it’s easy to feel anxious and bored. I know I have felt that way recently! But…ultimately, these days at home are precious. Great excuses to relax in our comfy clothes and indulge in some fun games (and even video games) with our kids.

So…get your sweat on, pour that wine, warm up with a great bowl of soup, enjoy your down time and dream of summer! it will be here before we know it!!

Xo
Lena

What’s For Dinner?…

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Once again the cold and snow have blanketed the North East (I feel like I write this every other Monday!)

I have another warm, hearty and very healthy meal to share with you all… Mini meatballs and escarole soup! delish!

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What You’ll Need:

1 pound of ground meat (I like veal for this dish but any ground meat will work and if you want to go extra light try ground turkey or chicken!)

2 eggs

1 cup breadcrumb

1-2 large bunches of escarole

1 box or large can of low sodium chicken broth

Olive oil

Cooking spray

1-2 cloves of garlic

Grated cheese, salt, pepper, and red pepper for taste

What You’ll Do:

For the Meatballs:

Pre- heat oven to 425

Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and drizzle a small amount of olive oil on pan

Beat two eggs in a large bowl, add meat and breadcrumb and mix together with a fork. If mixture seems dry, add a splash or two of water

Form meatballs and place in oiled pan

Bake for 15 minutes, turn and bake about 5 minutes more

When meatballs are done, remove from pan and place on a paper towel to drain

Meanwhile-

Separate leaves of escarole and soak in cold water to wash

Dry escarole, and rip into 2 inch pieces

In a medium to large pot heat olive oil and garlic

Add escarole cook until a dark green color and soft to touch; season with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper

Add meatballs and broth to pot and bring broth to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 5 more minutes

Garnish with grated cheese, pepper and or red pepper to taste

Serve with crunchy whole wheat bread or eat it alone!

Enjoy!
Xo
Lena

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