Monday, October 17, 2011

Last Year

About a year ago I made a phone call that would transform my family forever. I called my friend about this health program she kept posting about on facebook, blogging about, shouting about from the rooftops. I thought it would be a good fit for my mom. Well, it was a great fit, and I learned all I could about what made it different.

Not long after, I signed on as a health coach for the same program. My family, immediate and extended, weighs less, which is awesome, but more than that, we are HEALTHIER and HAPPIER. I remember taking a health assessment when I started my journey to optimal health. My results were...not exactly what I expected. After all, I've always been thin. Doesn't that equate health?

Not exactly. And that's why I'm so glad I found this program when I did. I have a healthier, brighter future ahead of me, and so does my family.

Curious what your score would be? Check out this health quiz. And visit my website, to learn how you can find optimal health in your life!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

That one thing

What is your food vice? The one food you just can't seem to give up? Post your answers and we'll all brainstorm for healthy alternatives!

Mine is pizza. I LOVE pizza, and so does Daddy Badger. We can eat an entire extra large Papa John's pizza between us. Not that I would know that or anything...anyway, we obviously know that Papa John's isn't exactly heart-healthy. So we've found a replacement that we've come to love even more!

First off, use THIS pizza dough recipe, but use whole grain flour. Since this crust is meant to be crispy, it won't affect the texture to use all-purpose whole grain. Plus it's super easy and takes like 10 minutes to make. Note: I like a flavorful crust, so I add garlic and Italian spice mix to the dough, which means you'll need a tiny bit extra water.

Then cut up some zucchini, summer squash, yellow bell pepper, onions, and/or your favorite veggies of choice. Toss them with 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar and then grill them up--we use our George Foreman and just grill them until they have light grill marks on both sides. Add some sliced tomatoes and LIGHTLY sprinkle with some shredded mozzarella and bake for about 14 minutes or until cheese is melted and the crust is lightly browned.

I've yet to meet an adult who didn't enjoy this pizza. I have run across some petulant teenagers who wouldn't even try it. But that's a story for another day.

Monday, October 3, 2011

News and a recipe

First off, I have to brag about my client who had an amazing doctor's visit! L started the program pre-diabetic, and she knew she needed to do something. Her most recent visit to the doctor had him astounded with how well she's doing with her health! She had amazing #s to show for her time on the program. He wanted to know what she was doing and told her to keep it up! I love helping people get healthy!

Ok, and the recipe. Can I say YUM and what an amazing, healthy snack? We eat them like potato chips, but with no guilt. They are low fat, low glycemic, and pack a boatload of nutrients. We had them with dinner tonight, and Baby Badger was chomping down, saying "yum, yum, yum" between bites. I love when he loves his veggies :)

Baked Kale Chips

1 bunch kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.

With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with salt (I like to throw it all in a mixing bowl that has a lid and just shake it all up).

Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.