Thursday, December 23, 2010

Go For A Walk In The Snow!

Today's Health Tip!

Go for a walk in the snow - Exercise improves sleep!  Studies from the University of Arizona show that women who even walked short distances at a normal pace during the day found their sleep significantly improved. Exercise reduces the time it takes to get to sleep by 12 minutes, and it increases total sleep time by 42 minutes.

Getting enough sleep has so many benefits!  To list a few...
Sleep Keeps Your Heart Healthy,  Sleep Reduces Stress, Sleep Reduces Inflammation, Sleep Makes You More Alert, Sleep Bolsters Your Memory, Sleep Helps You Lose Weight, Naps are known to make you smarter, and Sleep Helps the Body Make Repairs!

Wow!  Who is with me today!  Lets all go for a walk in the snow! Make a snowman or just have fun with the kids!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mustard Crusted Potatoes (Potato Review)

I am in love with these little potatoes!  They are not only tasty but so good for you too!  These potatoes are already pre-washed and ready to cook.  No peeling or prep, just season and cook!  So nice for busy moms!

Tasteful Selections has eight varieties to choose from.

  1. Ruby Sensation: A light fresh flavor with creamy flesh & tender skin
  2. White Delights: Mellow with hints of sweet flavor and a firm, yet fine texture
  3. Golden Temptation: A hint of butter flavor with a soft & creamy flesh and soft skin
  4. Purple Passion: Slightly sweet, yet nutty with a plump texture and firm skin
  5. Honey Gold: Buttery sweet flavor with velvety golden flesh and delicate skin
  6. Sunrise Medley: A mix of sweet, nutty and fresh flavors with consistently soft texture
  7. Gold Fingerlings: Golden flesh with a firm texture and rich buttery flavor
  8. Ruby Fingerlings: Light red flesh with a creamy, moist flavor
  9. Sunset Fingerlings: A bouquet of flavors and textures from buttery to nutty

With The holiday season here.  These would be a perfect potluck dish to bring to parties.  They will definitely be the dish everyone wants to try! I particularly like Sunrise Melody, looks so festive with three colors.  I would throw in an extra bag of Purple Passion as everyone wants to try a purple potato!  Yes the inside is purple!  Very fun and cool.

I tried this recipe from Tasteful Selections Website!  It was so yummy,  the kids gobbled them up and asked when I was going to make more!

Mustard Crusted Potatoes

  • 1 package Tasteful Selections Sunrise Melody Potatoes
  • 3 tbls Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tbls Olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

Mix all ingredients together, Throw in potatoes to coat.  bake in preheated oven for 35-40 mins
And Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product exchange for my honest review. The opinions & thoughts expressed are my own. I received no other compensation for my review nor was I under any obligation to give a positive review.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

WMWW - A Guest Post

Winter Workout: 6 Tips on Staying Active During the Holiday Season

Edward Stern is a guest blogger for An Apple a Day and a writer on becoming a phlebotomist for the Guide to Health Education.

During the season of eggnog, gingerbread cookies, and family feasts, it's hard not to overindulge. And why not indulge? After working so hard all year, you’ve earned the right to kick back and treat yourself.
At the same time, the end of the year brings new opportunities. Don't just make a New Year’s resolution to “exercise more” and “live healthier;” instead, kickstart new habits by beginning them right away. Here are six ways you can stay active during the holiday season:

1.    Sign up for indoor fitness classes. If you're already a member of a gym or YMCA, these classes are often free for members. Try something you've always wanted to learn, like yoga, or push yourself hard with a spin class or boot-camp. Sign up with friends to push each other to do your best, or meet some new people. For many, it's easier to stay motivated when you have others to hold you accountable.

2.    Go shopping. You'll need to do some holiday shopping anyway, so plan one or two days of mega shopping at large indoor malls to get some walking time in. Walking burns calories, and depending on the size of your gift list, you can log more than two or three miles in no time. If you're looking for a serious workout, wear light ankle weights or muscle-building shoes to give your lower body a better challenge.

3.    Try out winter sports. Go snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, or all of the above, especially if you never have before. Not only is this a great outing with family or friends, but it also gives you a tremendous workout--believe me, the next day muscles will be aching that you didn't know you even had before. Downhill skiing or snowboarding is great for your lower body and your core, and cross country is one of the ultimate total body workouts.

4.    Play in the snow. If your town is blanketed in a layer of fluffy white snow, get outside and enjoy it. Make a snowman, have a snowball fight, play tackle football while it won't hurt to go down. Bundle up to store heat and burn more calories. If you're the working type, shovel your drive and walkways for a terrific upper body workout.

5.    Check out holiday lights in your neighborhood. But don't drive—walk. Again, extra layers = extra calories burned, so bundle up well. Grab a significant other, friend, or relative in town for the holidays and go for a long walk around the neighborhood to admire the holiday decorations and yard displays. Sometimes, exercise is at its best when it's disguised as something else.

6.    Decorate the house. Housework burns calories too, even just everyday chores like vacuuming and dusting. For the holidays, ramp it up a little bit by going all out on the decorations. Spending lots of time on a ladder hanging up holiday lights or hauling out big, light-up reindeer from storage can be a good workout. So is cutting your own holiday tree, especially for upper body and core. 


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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Quick Quesadilla's

Quick Quesadilla's

Sometimes during the holiday you will find you are to busy to make a whole healthy meal.  That is why I always relies on this quick and healthy recipe!  It one of our family favorites!

I always use what ever I have in the fridge!  
  • tomato diced
  • green onion sliced
  • soft cooked black beans(can substitute w/chickpea's, or leftover chicken or beef)
  • frozen corn
  • jalapeno pepper, diced real small, no seeds.(this gives it some kick...just enough that kids will still like it)
  • shredded marble cheddar cheese
Arrange ingredients in separate bowl and let you family members load up there own tortilla's!  When they are done, fold in half, and bake till cheese is melted and tortilla crisp!
So simple! So yummy!  No extra seasoning required!
Eat it with a side of salad and Enjoy!

I hope you have fun with creating your own quesadilla!  

Let me know, what do you like in yours!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Watch My Weight Wednesday

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Five Question Friday!

It has been awhile since I participated in 5 Question Friday, I have been so busy trying to get ready for Christmas.  I still have many things to do and buy.  But I have a free moment to participate even though it is going to be Saturday in a few short minutes  :)

1. What's on the top of your holiday wish list and why?!
My wish list is full of wishes!  My #1 would be a 10cup food processor!  My little one just can't handle a family of 4.  But my real "wish" is for a food dehydrator!

2. What is your favorite Christmas gift from the past?
Diamond earrings from my husband...the year we agreed not to buy gift for each other!  It was such a beautiful surprise...He is very romantic like that.

3. If you had life to do over, what would you be when you grow up?
I wouldn't want to do it all over...I like the person I am today and wouldn't change anything.  I don't think I am fully grown up I still have time to figure out what I ultimately want to be  :)

4. When do you put up your tree?
Soon!  We buy a real tree, so we can't put it up to early.  But I am so excited to get all the decorations out and decorate!!!!

5. What is your favorite Holiday?
Christmas.  I like it cause it lasts for the whole month!  It is the best time of the year!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Watch My Weight Wednesday!

The holidays are here!  The cold weather has arrived.  And I just want to hibernate!   So I can't tell you how happy I am that I have a treadmill in my home!  It is so easy to turn it on and start going!  Between the treadmill and RevAbs I have lost 5lbs!  So that is a huge motivator for me to stay away from holiday treats!  I am trying to work out 5 days a week.  I still find it hard to do workouts on the weekend.  I am so pleased with my results so far, I can feel the difference on how my clothes fit!

So my question to you is...
What do you do to keep motivated during the holidays?  
Do you have a plan?

I have changed WMWW into a monthly link up party!  Now you can link up as many times as you like through out the month!  I will still post on Wednesdays.  You still can post  all your recipes, tips, and your weight loss stories! 


This is a blog hop!   Add your old or new post below with Linky! I can't wait to see all the helpful tips/recipes/stories you have!
Please link directly to your post and not your blog URL. If you could please link back here, so that everyone can join in the fun!