Singing at the top of your lungs

The songbirds woke me up this morning.  Oh, what a sweet sound. Having a funky day? Feeling blue, down and depressed? Singing can change your emotional state.  For some people it is easier to break into song than it is to create positive self talk.   Even if you don’t like your voice or are […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Strawberry Chocolate Freeze

Mother's Day is quickly approaching, and this recipe is a fine way to treat a Mom to something low-fat yet decadent tasting.  With the texture of soft-serve ice cream and a gentle chocolate flavor, Mom will know that eating healthy can be downright delicious.  Plus, this recipe is easy enough for kids (or culinarily-challenged Dads) to make themselves.  Strawberry Chocolate […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – You Eat With Your Eyes First, Part Two

(This is a continuation of last Thursday's post on increasing the satiety qualities of a healthy meal.) If you are careful about pasta, you know that the portion of 2 ounces of cooked spaghetti can be downright depressing, it looks so small. Use hollow pasta shapes such as penne and ziti instead. The same 2 […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – You Eat With Your Eyes First

Here at our healthy weight loss spa, we talk a lot about satiety. Satiety is more than just satisfaction, it refers to that feeling of being gratified from what you’ve experienced. And eating a nutritionally appropriate meal just might not be enough to cause that feeling. For example, consider a perfectly healthy meal of baked […]

Dusting off the Exercise Equipment

This weekend called for some Spring cleaning at my house.  One room I tackled was our home exercise room.  I must admit it didn't get much use this Winter since once I started exercising outdoors last year, I can no longer bring myself to use my treadmill.  Previously I adored it, but once you get a […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Stir Fry as Meditation

Few things get my head straight like doing detailed knife work.  So when I'm having an off day, I will often turn to the vegetables in my fridge for clarity.  Executing brunoise (dicing things really small), chiffonade (cutting leafy things into thin ribbons), or even a simple julienne (slicing into strips) can force me to get my head out […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Goat Cheese Snacks

Glorious Chevre, I love you so.  Goat cheese is an ingredient some people are frightened to try; maybe it’s too “exotic” or they fear the “gamey” flavor expected from a product of a goat.  I have converted dozens of people to chevre lovers, often by being sneaky about it and putting it on a nice cracker with something […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Super Green Smoothie

Happy St. Patty’s Day!  While this holiday has inspired drinkables such as green beer and, ahem, Shamrock Shakes, here at Green Mountain, I can’t think of any way better to celebrate than one of Robyn’s liquid salads. It may sound odd, but I love these!  To be honest, sometimes even I don’t feel like eating my vegetables.  […]

It Happened This Week-Women’s Day, George Michael’s Un-Marijuana Diet, Lily Allen’s Bulimia Struggle

The 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day occurred this week, and many organizations seized the opportunity to highlight women’s continuing struggles across the globe, including in regards to health. In the U.S., 61.2% of women are “overweight” and 35.5% are “obese.” While weight is hardly the only indicator of health, those percentages are a bit […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – My Top Ten Healthy Kitchen Tools

It can be difficult to wade through the myriad kitchen supply stores in an attempt to build an arsenal of tools for your kitchen, especially when so much of the equipment out there is so specialized. Do you really need a quesadilla maker, a strawberry huller, or a garlic press? In my 15 years of […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Salmon Fillet with Pineapple Salsa

Our Healthy Salmon Recipe Features A Delicious Pineapple Salsa Cabin fever is running rampant in the Green Mountains.  While many of our friends to the south are experiencing Spring’s first signs, we have nary a robin nor blade of grass visible, unless the plow trucks have dug up our yards in their attempts to eradicate […]

It Happened This Week – Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow Criticized During NEDA Week

In honor of this being National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, today the focus is on women’s body image in the public eye. And there has been plenty of talk on this topic recently… On his radio show on Monday, Rush Limbaugh criticized Michelle Obama’s dinner. The First Lady, whose wellness initiatives hope to teach children about fitness […]

It Happened This Week – Title X Funding, Aretha Franklin, and Simple Changes for Weight Loss

Many critics this week were decrying the effect proposed legislation might have on women’s health care. Several bills have been proposed recently that would decrease funding or even eradicate the Title X Family Planning program, which Nixon signed into law in 1970 to fund health clinics. One bill would stop all funding to any clinic […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – How Do I Make These Grains Delicious?

Recently, Robyn (as well as the US government) suggested reducing refined grains for numerous healthy reasons.  But there’s a reason that many folks avoid barley, quinoa, millet, amaranth, oats, brown rice, and all their whole grain buddies; many people find them hard to make delicious, aside from adding tons of fat and sodium to them.  Here […]

It Happened This Week – Love Yourself First

“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” ~ Veronica A. Shoffstall A very happy Valentine’s Day weekend to our readers.  Be your own Valentine this year; change negative body image and realize your own beauty.  As Aimee Mullins said, “Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Winter Produce Choices

At this time of year, with the snow piled high and the temperatures just barely starting to rise into the thirties again (balmy!), it can be hard foraging in your grocery store's produce section.  Eating seasonally becomes tricky mid-winter if you are focused on healthy eating and trying to get all your fruits and veggies in.  Luckily, […]

It Happened This Week – New Dietary Guidelines, Lousy Labeling, and Wearing Red

New dietary guidelines were released by the US Government on Monday, encouraging Americans to eat more fruits and veggies, mind their portion sizes, drink more water, and consume less salt. Also stressed are increased exercise, switching to low or fat free milk based products, consuming more whole grains, and choosing seafood over meat. Sounds like […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Crock Pot Barbeque

You're busy.  I get it. At our ladies' healthy lifestyle resort, one of the most common recipe requests I hear is ideas for crock pot cooking.  The problem is, I never use a crock pot when I'm cooking at work, and when I'm at home, it's a rare thing for me to write down a new recipe, […]

It Happened This Week – Anorexia’s Collateral Damage, Taco Bell’s “Meat”, and a Blueberry Scandal

Marie Caro, mother of model Isabelle Caro, took her own life last week, reportedly due to the guilt she felt over Isabelle's death last November from complications due to anorexia.  In an article for The Observer, Barbara Ellen discusses a mother's guilt over her daughter's disease and whether parents of children with eating disorders should […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Curried Lentil Soup

Let's set aside deliciousness for a moment and consider why it might be a great idea to have more curry in your life.  First of all, curries are a great way to utilize vegetarian protein sources, perfect for a celebration of Meatless Mondays.  Secondly, many curries involve coconut milk, and it seems that everywhere you turn these days, nutritionists are talking […]