Life is full of big changes, some monumental, others, expected. Sometimes I think we need a road map or guide to get us from A to B on any given day. So when a friend recently told me about Nancy Sherr, I stopped and took notice. She’s one firecracker of a gal who really helps you find joy and understanding in so many aspects of life. I connected with Nancy to get some 411 on her new e-book,The Bravehearts Guide to Navigating Big. Life. Changes, and to snag a copy of one of her favorite recipes.First some scoop on how you can connect with this super coach, speaker and creator of A Zestful Life. Her book is an illuminating, at home guide with a dozen interactive worksheets and a full audio download to shepherd you through the journey of navigating big life changes. Diving into the book you will reclaim, recreate and rejuvenate, by applying Nancy’s philosophies and practical and tactical tools and techniques to jump start the positive life transitions.
The guide sets the road map of personal reinvention based on the following: (Read More Here …)
I really Do care about what’s in the food that my family eats and so should you. There is so much information to wade through, that, at times it can be pretty confusing. I always say a picture or graphic is worth a thousand words. Let’s start with Eggs…
Today, let’s vow to take greater ownership over our choices when it comes to feeding our families and embrace bringing cage-free eggs into our own kitchens. This info graphic below is easy to follow, a little cheeky, and definitely effective at conveying the importance of choosing cage-free eggs.
With more and more of us consumers paying attention to how our food is produced, I believe this graphic will make it clear.
Recently I sat down with super cute Real Mom, Michele Bernstein, ballerina-turned-chef and owner of several Miami-area restaurants, including Michy’s, (once dubbed the “Best New Restaurant” by Food and Wine Magazine), who shares some interesting things about herself and working in the kitchen.
How many of you love Jamie Oliver? He is so darn cute, frank, honest and REALLY trying to help us out. He’s desperately trying to educate us about how obesity is a preventable disease! Portion sizes, labeling and lack of cooking at home is a huge problem. As Real Moms who love to eat (healthy foods), we all have to help Jamie get the word out. 10% of what we spend on healthcare is on obesity. We have to start teaching our kids in schools and at home–P-E-R-I-O-D.
Watch this beautiful TED Talk featuring Jamie and see what we can do to help. Be sure to grab your tissue box, because this will break your heart. Tweet me your thoughts! Facebook your concerns!
Now that the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to turn up the flavor in the kitchen—not the heat! It’s been a long winter and chilly spring with plenty of cooked comfort foods to go around, but now is the time to eat a little lighter, cooler and more flavorful with some easy-to-make recipes that will have you drooling from the get-go.
The book features 101 fast and fun oven-free meals (and over 80 photos!), for easy breakfasts, mouth-watering entrees and delectable desserts, including Breakfast Prosciutto Pear Sandwiches, Salmon Mango Ceviche, Tex-Mex Chipotle Beans, Very Berry Parfait Pudding, and Raspberry Mint Frozen Yogurt.
Who says you need to turn on the oven to cook a delicious meal?
The author, Matthew Kadey is a registered dietitian, freelance nutrition writer and recipe developer. His recipes, as well as his nutrition and travel articles, have appeared in dozens of publications including Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Shape, Men’s Journal, Vegetarian Times, Runner’s World, Bicycling and Fit Pregnancy. He is the author of the cookbook Muffin Tin Chef.
Here’s one of his favorite recipes from the book, which has “easy and delicious” written all over it.
After reading Ivy and Andrew’s book, I’ve been on the hunt for high quality plant-based proteins; and chickpeas have been on my radar a lot lately. Also known as garbanzo beans, these little beige babies have loads of fiber, protein and “good” carbs, giving me the energy I need to keep up with my three busy sons, all day long. Cardio boxing class? No problem. Four loads of laundry and dog walks? No problem. 8-hour work days, in between teacher meetings and doctor’s appointments? No problem, because I have my chickpea recipes in tow, giving me what I need to be the super Real Mom I know I am.
Recently, I caught up with Ivy and she shared this tasty chickpea recipe with me for my blog. It’s delicious and I know it’ll hit the spot. To get a copy of this fabulous chickpea recipe and two others featuring chickpeas, simply click here.
You usually know the minute you meet someone if you like them, or not. What they’re made of, what’s inside and where they come from matters. Well, today I met Kate. “She” is petit, somewhat sweet, makes me feel great, and she’s a vegan. I first met her through a friend, via an email, then she came to my house today (in a box). Okay, okay, so Kate isn’t a person, she’s a new vegan ultimate “komplete” drink made with 21 superfoods and over half of them are allocated to make you look and feel younger, BTW. Meet Kate Farms Komplete.
Ever since I started having some issues and food sensitivity with dairy, I’ve been on a hunt for an aseptic carton containing a tasty protein breakfast boost ever since. With 19 grams of high quality plant based protein in every serving, Real Moms like us can maintain our muscle tone and have that superfood glow.
Being the first dairy, gluten and soy-free ready-to-drink meal replacement shake, this drink is something you HAVE to experience; and you won’t feel guilty. It brings you everything your body needs without unwanted ingredients (that you can’t pronounce) straight from the farm. Choose from three deliciously tasting flavors including Cocoa Fudge, Vanilla Bliss and Jav’a Latte
If you want to meet my new friend, Kate, just hop on over to KateFarms.com and tell her her buddy, Beth, sent you.
I love my mom! She’s funny, thoughtful and creative; and I’d like to think I take after her, or least I try. We talk every morning, bridging the gap between her house in Phoenix and mine in Chicago, sharing stories, updates and day-to-day happenings. I cherish every minute spent with her.
In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share an amazing event with you that’s taking place next month.
Saren Loosli, the founder of the website and organization, The Power of Moms, will present a premium retreat on June 3, 2012 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm with a yoga session afterward. The event is located in a beautiful mansion in Beverly, Il (just outside Chicago), and will focus on mothers bringing more peace, purpose, order and joy into their lives. Click here for more information.
Like members of any other profession, mothers need opportunities to network with other moms and learn and share “best practices” in their field.
This weekend when you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, if you’re not going out for brunch, I encourage you to try one of my favorite family recipes, Grandma Pancakes, which is featured in my book, Real Moms Love to Eat. We call them Grandma Pancakes because my father’s Norwegian grandmother would always make these for the kids and they’d go bonkers over them, then his mother made them for me and I went bonkers, too. They are very similar to Swedish pancakes or crepes, but different in their own special way. I used to stuff mine (ok, still do) with Nutella or sliced strawberries and whipped cream, but rolling them up and eating them “straight” is perfect, too.
I recently wrote a blog post about a fabulous new book that was coming out and now it’s finally here. Foodist, by Darya Pina Rose, Ph. D.: a.k.a. the Summer Tomato, is the perfect book to UN-Diet your life. Learn more about her here, then scroll down and enjoy this clever food chart to help you find real food at the supermarket, THEN, zip over to Amazon and purchase a copy of her book and remember to write a review. As an author, I can tell you, your reviews really mean a lot.