Workout Wednesday Exercise Ball Pushups

Workout Wednesday Exercise Ball Push-Ups

Do you have one of those exercise balls, but don’t know how to use it? Follow this Workout Wednesday for tips and tricks with how to use your exercise ball to maximize your push ups!

June 20 - exercise ball push ups

Meatless Monday Easy Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Meatless Monday Easy Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Why incorporate Meatless Monday’s to your weekly menu? Limiting the amount of meat you eat per week can reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke, lower your risk for developing certain cancers, prevent diabetes, and could prevent obesity. When you increase your vegetable, legume and fruit intake you are helping your body fight heart disease and stroke. When the amount of red meat you eat decreases, your risk for developing cancers caused by meat decreases. Additionally, adding more greens into your diet will incorporate more fiber and also help with weight management. Try this easy Spinach Tomato Tortellini to start your Meatless Monday’s today.


What you’ll need:

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 onion, diced

4 cups vegetable broth

1 can petite diced tomatoes

1 package refrigerated 3 cheese tortellini

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 bay leaf

3 cups baby spinach, chopped

2 tablespoons grated parmeesan


1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.

2. Whisk in chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tortellini, basil, oregano, bay leaf and 1 cup water; season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until tortellini is cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Stir in spinach until it begins to wilt.

4. Serve and enjoy!


Workout from Home Wednesday

Workout from Home Wednesday

If you lose motivation to go to the gym because you don’t want to drive or it is too expensive, you are not alone. But there there is an alternative and it’s right in the comfort of your own home! Follow this link for tips about working out at home.

June 13 - Home workout tips

Meatless Monday Tomato Cobbler

Meatless Monday Tomato Cobbler

With the abundance of tomatoes you gardens may be producing or if you have noticed big juicy tomatoes at the grocery store and just couldn’t resist getting a bunch, this is the recipe for you! Tomato goodness! Not only can tomatoes be both sweet and savory, they are a great source of fiber, they have many vitamins & minerals like vitamin K, vitamin K and folate. All of which are important for normal tissue growth and antioxidants. And one final thought, the lycopene in tomatoes has been known to help protect against sunburn (sunscreen still recommended).


What you’ll need:


3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 large tomatoes, cut into chunks

1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar

sea salt

2 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved

3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour

Biscuit topping

1 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

sea salt and freshly ground pepper

6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

2/3 cups whole milk, plus more for brushing

2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard

1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. To make the tomato filling melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat in a large oven-proof skillet. Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and light brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir for 1 more minute then add the chopped tomatoes, brown sugar and 1 1/4 teaspoons salt.

3. Bring to a simmer and cook just until the tomatoes start to soften, 4-5 minutes. Do not overcook. Remove the skillet from the heat and gently stir in the flour and cherry tomatoes. Dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon […]

Meatless Monday Creamy Beet Soup

Meatless Monday Creamy Beet Soup

Meatless Monday just got a whole prettier with this Creamy Beet Soup. Did you know back in the Victorian Era, women used to dye their hair with beet juice for a natural looking red tint. Beets have many uses and benefits, but the beet root is especially dense in a lot of detoxifying nutrients. The red color is caused by the levels of betalin in them. Betalin helps to capture toxins and flush them out of your body. Beets also have one of the highest contents of antioxidants such as nitrates which help improve blood flow throughout the body. If you’re convinced what this beet soup can do for you, check out the recipe below.

beat soup

What you’ll need:

2 pounds of beets, peeled

1 1/2 cups carrots

1 cup celery, stringed

1 medium red onion

1 to 2 garlic cloves

1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger

6 cups vegetable stock, or enough to cover

1 radish

Vegan creme fraiche

1 8-ounce container of tofutti

Soy milk

1 teaspoon lemon juice

thyme, chopped


1. Coarsely chop all the soup ingredients (beets, carrots, celery, onion, garlic and ginger). Bring the vegetable stock to a boil, add all of the soup ingredients, and continue cooking at a simmer until all of the vegetables are very tender. Depending on the size of the beets, this could take 35 to 70 minutes.


2. When the vegetables are tender, spoon portions of the soup into a blender, and blend until smooth.

3. For the creme fraiche, blend the tofutti, soy milk and lemon juice together in a bowl until the mixture is smooth and has the consistency of sour cream.

4. Spoon the blended soup into bowls, and garnish each serving with a drizzle of creme fraiche, a […]