Coconut Chicken Soup by Elana's Pantry

This recipe was inspired by Jaden’s Lemongrass Chicken and Coconut Soup from her fabulous book, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook. I received it in the mail on Friday and played with it all weekend long. It is a captivating book, full of gorgeous pictures (which she styled and shot herself) and easy recipes. I’m in love. Last night, I made this Coconut Chicken Soup, Jaden’s Grilled Fish with Kabayaki Sauce (also fromThe Steamy Kitchen Cookbook) and some stir fried broccoli. The food was so good that there was not enough to go around. Never have I seen my boys gobble up fish so quickly. This is a very family friendly cookbook and frankly, I cannot say enough good things about it. Stay tuned

More is Better?

I have often been asked by clients how many days a week I work out. It's true, I'm a lover of exercise. It makes me feel better inside and out. When I miss it I notice- and not in a good way. Exercise has been a staple in my life for many years. But that's me, and let's face it folk, I'm a little cray cray about my exercise! I do know this. More is not always better. There is such a thing as too much. Much like anything else, you need to find balance so that you reap the benefits of your hard work. A 69 year old client asked me why he always feels sore, why he always feels tired. We looked at his habits and found this: he was pushing his body 6 days a week without adequate recovery time. He

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato & Apple Stuffed Cornish Hens with Pomegranate Glaze

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato & Apple Stuffed Cornish Hens with Pomegranate Glaze Prep time 10 mins Cook time 1 hour 15 mins Total time 1 hour 25 mins Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1½ pound breakfast sausage (I used Apple Fennel Breakfast from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook) 2 medium white sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 2 apples, cored and diced 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, minced and divided 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced and divided 2 tablespoons fresh sage, minced and divided 2 cornish hens, giblets removed 4-5 tablespoons butter, at room temperature 1 teaspoon fine sea salt + extra throughout For the pomegranate glaze 2 cups pomegranate juice ¼ cup coconut aminos Instructions Preheat oven to 42

What's This Cholesterol Biz??

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that has a lot of important roles in the body. In other words, we need it. But when you have too much cholesterol, the lipoproteins carrying it can get caught in the artery walls, combining with calcium, fat, cellular waste, and fibrin (a material involved in blood clotting) to form the plaques that cause clogs. It’s important to know that high cholesterol isn’t just one thing: You could have high total cholesterol, high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and/or high triglycerides (another measure of fat in the blood). So, why’s it high? Well, sometimes high cholesterol is genetic. Other times it’s from eating too much saturated fat (from animal foods) and not enoug

That fit person who’s ‘got it all together’… doesn’t. Take it from us: Everyone else is struggling,

Seem like everyone else is better, fitter and healthier than you? Like you’ll never be that ‘fit person’? If so, we’ve got some surprising news for you. Plus 7 steps to feeling more “OK” with you. Fifteen years ago, thousands of male clients came to trainers with one burning wish: Make me look like Brad Pitt in Fight Club. Who could forget Pitt’s lean, sinewy, anti-establishment Tyler Durden, all abs and dirt and knuckles and free spirit? For those male clients, Tyler Durden was That Guy. That Guy gets romance and adventure, kicks life in the ass, and rides off into the sunset. That Guy doesn’t have to clean out eavestroughs, or slog through freeway traffic. He doesn’t have bad knees or get

Consistency Period.

Often we are asked, "If I sign up for personal training, will I lose weight"? "Will I be strong?" "Will I be flexible?" "Will my blood pressure drop?" These, my friends, are not black or white questions. My answer usually sounds a little something like this... How have you planned for success? What other changes are you willing to make? What are the biggest obstacles you have (perceived or legit)? How do you plan to make health and fitness a long-term priority? Did you know that most fitness centers make the bulk of their money in January and February? They know that gazillions (yes that's a real number) of people will flood their doors in honor of their New Year's Resolutions. They

Do You Need a Personal Trainer?

A personal trainer can provide creative, effective workouts, prevent injuries, ensure you hit your goals, and provide consistent, non-judgmental fitness support. Working out with a personal trainer increases your fitness-goal success rate by over 30 percent, according to a study published in the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine. The study found that the influence of direct supervision during workouts had a huge effect on the outcome of training. But one-on-one sessions aren't the best fit for everyone, and the individual attention is expensive — anywhere from $75 to upward of $400 an hour. We spoke with celebrity trainer Jay Cardiello, whose clients include 50 Cent and Jennifer Lopez, an

The War on Sitting

The War On Sitting You’ve already heard that sitting is the new smoking. Now, scientists reveal exactly how it hurts the body—and novel ways to undo the damage (without clocking hours at the gym). You might want to stand up for this. We like to think we’re a stand-up species. After all, that’s what drove our evolutionary march away from many of our four-legged ancestors. But everywhere we go are invitations to sit down. Hop into your car and what’s there? If you’re lucky, a plush bucket seat designed with just the right tilt for your back. On the subway to work? A less comfortable seat, to be sure, but you’ll grab one if you can. Once at work, an office chair. At home, your favorite fauteuil

Rationalizing Quality

For all of you out there who, like me, are always trying to balance the cost of living and eating clean with the realities of living within your budget, this post is for you... Think about the costs you often rationalize- your $100/month cable bill, eating out costs, costs for things that work against your goals i.e. deserts, alcohol, calorically high drinks at Starbucks, etc. These are items that we pay for regularly that are quite arguably not necessary for survival. Why is it that we have such a hard time rationalizing the costs of excellent food vs food with little to no nutritional value? Why is it that our cable bill makes sense but we balk at a fitness membership? Why do we buy from S

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