Harvest Time: A Simple, Healthy Summer Recipe


So now that we have all returned from our holiday weekends, we can begin to focus on eating mindfully again.  If you want to look and feel fabulous, then you need to eat fabulously…after all, you literally are what you eat!  In the past I’ve talked a lot about the desire to prepare healthy, fresh food and the challenge of finding the time to do it in.  Today we are going to talk about a quick and simple summer sauce which is also good for you…Pesto!  Here comes the best part…remember my post, Be AMAZING (With Minimal Effort)…Grow Your Own Herb Garden!?  Well…it is less than one month later and tonight I was already able to easily harvest enough fresh basil for my pesto sauce!  Yay!  Whether you have a herb garden or not you can easily prepare this delicious recipe in under 10 minutes!
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Simple Lifestyle Changes to Help You Get Fit!


Of course most of us want to be more active and to lead healthier lives.  For many of us, myself included, the issue lies in finding the time to add more activity into our days.  Whether we are working 24/7, taking care of children or parents, or desperately treading water by trying to do it all, finding the time to take care of ourselves and to exercise can be a challenge.  I work a lot and, frankly, by the time that I get home (which is often close to 10pm) my idea of a workout is lifting my snack from its bowl to my mouth while simultaneously changing the channel!  Theoretically, I suppose that I could get up at 4:30 in the morning and go to the gym but, quite honestly, I don’t see it happening.  Driving home from work earlier this evening it was all that I could do to keep my eyes open; I don’t feel that I can give up a precious hour of my sleep.
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Weekend Getaways: Summer Fun!


Perhaps it is leftover from childhood, but in my mind summer is all about lazy days stretching out in front of me.  I have visions of going to the pool, taking long walks, and sitting outside enjoying the warm weather and the extended daylight hours. Unfortunately the reality of my summers look absolutely nothing like the fantasy.  My summers are filled with long work days (12+ hours) which allow for very little relaxation, time in the sun, or often even time to stop to eat lunch!  Although I am very happy to have a successful business, at the end of each summer I find myself feeling dissapointed because I feel as if I have not had an opportunity to enjoy it.  And trust me, if you live in the northeast then you are fully aware of just how fleeting the summer months are.  I am certain that I am not alone in how I feel; such is the reality for many adults.  Unless you are a schoolteacher (or have a similar schedule wherin your year is deliniated by summer vacations) the months and ultimately the years just roll together and seem to slip by.  Frankly, it can be depressing.

This summer I have decided that I need to make a change.  Although I may not have anything in the way of large blocks of time to take off, I will carve out what little free time I have and use it to re-balance myself.  I believe that making a committment to take better care of ourselves is one that we should all make.
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Vitamins: Healthier Living (on a Budget)!


With so many vitamins to choose from in the aisle of the pharmacy, selecting the correct ones can feel overwhelming at the least.  We all know people who take tons of different vitamins every single day.  In my opinion, if a doctor or a health professional has prescribed a specific course of vitamins for you then you should follow their advice; however, I do not believe that most of us are 100% positive as to each of the specific supplements that our particular body requires.  Therefore, I am not a huge fan of just randomly selecting a multitude of supplements and incorporating them into your daily diet.  Still, it is probably safe to say that most of us are not getting 100% of the vitamins and minerals which our bodies require each day through our diets.  I personally choose to take a daily multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplement.  This provides me with a general supplementation designed to fill-in any nutritional gaps.  Many of the major brands do special pricing promotions periodically…I always wait for these.  I just purchased the vitamins above on a buy one, get one free special.  At roughly $24.00/bottle, it is worth waiting for a sale!

***If you are interested in learning what specific vitamin/mineral supplementation your body requires, then you should speak with your doctor or healthcare professional.

Be AMAZING (With Minimal Effort)…Grow Your Own Herb Garden!

My Herb Garden

One of My Herb Gardens

You really can’t eat any more locally than home-grown.  If you are looking for a way to improve the health of you and your family then gardening is a must.  Even if you think that you have a “black thumb” there is nothing easier to grow than herbs!  When considering growing any type of vegetable or herb garden, choosing a container garden is always a snap.  “Container Gardens” are just that…gardens grown in containers (you can easily acquire these in any nursery); they are compact and low maintenance.  You may also choose to tuck herbs away into flower gardens.  Herbs can be purchased as small plants and deposited into soil specifically intended for growing vegetables. 
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A Nutritious Meal: On the Go (…and On the Cheap)!

cream of wheat

I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel like I am always rushing around and eating on the go.  I really do attempt to be mindful of what I eat and I pay close attention to my portion size.  Unfortunately, I find that I just do not have the kind of time to do a lot of cooking.  So, here is a quick idea (which I have been eating constantly lately) which you can do quickly and inexpensively.
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