July Book Club

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Dan Brown’s Inferno was screaming my name for July book club! It’s a mystery that begins in Florence, so how could I resist after the trip we just took!

Side note…has anyone ever read a book in sync with anyone? The hub & I typically do this when traveling, during the summer months or when we find a killer book that we both want to read.

Inferno here we come! Click here to buy Inferno & read with us!

Get Your Yoga On

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Running around & not able to get to the gym? I get it, everyone is busy & with summer approaching there is only more traveling & less gym time. So here are some basic yoga poses that you can do anytime, anywhere – if traveling or even if you are just to lazy to get to the gym these simple poses can get you by.

These are 26 basic yoga poses that will get your blood flowing, get your heart rate up a bit & rest your mind. If you are feeling adventurous, try for 3 sets of this! Trust me, you will be glad you squeezed this routine in!

…and really, Sunday is the perfect day to restore yourself & your body, so try this out!

Gazpacho with Yellow Tomatoes

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Talk about a quick soup – slice, dice & blend! This was a refreshing soup for any time of the day or year.

  1. Chop up: 1/2 yellow bell pepper, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1/2 an english cucumber & 1/2 a sweet onion – set aside
  2. In a Vitamix (or blender) add: 1/2t minced garlic, 1/4t salt, 10 leaves fresh basil, 3T fresh squeezed lemon juice & chopped veggies from above (cucumber,  onion, red & yellow bell pepper)
  3. Turn on mixer & pulse til finely chopped – transfer to a large bowl
  4. Now dice up 3 large yellow tomatoes, add them to the empty Vitamix (or blender) – pulse til almost smooth
  5. Stir tomatoes into the veggie mixture
  6. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Add fresh basil as garnish or even spice up the gazpacho with grilled shrimp skewers, enjoy!

Nutritional Info Per Serving (Serves 4): 55 calories – <1 gram of fat – 13 carbs – 2 grams of protein
 

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Holy Mole-y!

imagesWe take care of ourselves by going to the gym, eating healthy & steering clear of bad habits such as smoking or drinking. So why don’t we take the time to care for our largest organ? Yep, you guessed it – our skin! It is the largest organ on our body!

I know I know…why am I being that girl who acts like your mom? Well, it has come to my attention that some people do not go to a dermatologist regularly for an annual screening of moles & skin cancer! Not going to name names but a few of my friends & family members just told me they have never gotten one before, like EVER!*

It is a quick scan of your body by a dermatologist. Typically painless, however if the doc does find a suspicious mole or skin patch they might want to investigate. Scary I know, but guess what? It is for you own good! This not only helps you live longer, but helps you detect anything out of the ordinary at hopefully the early stages!

If you don’t have time to make an appointment or head to your dermatologist please try doing the scan yourself & follow the ABCDE rules of thumb. If a mole displays any of the signs listed below, I would suggest to call your derm & schedule an appointment!

  • Asymmetry – One half of the mole does not match the other half
  • Border –  The border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred, or irregular
  • Color –  The mole has different colors or it has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red
  • Diameter – The diameter of the mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil
  • Evolving – The mole appears different from others and/or changing in size, color, shape

Summer is coming quicker than ever & we are all going to be basking in the sun. So please be at least aware of your skin. I want each & every one of you to live a long sparkly life!

P.S. For those of you that don’t get the picture – It is Kristen Wiig portraying “tan mom” on SNL. A freaking classic! Watch here.

* To my family member & friend – you know who you are & you better be making those derm appointments!

Gwyneth’s Banana Ice Cream with Sweet & Salty Almonds

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Holy Crud…yesterday almost tipped to 70 degrees in NYC & today the same, hallelujah!! I will be spending my day on our roof top enjoying the rays, writing, reading & eating some banana ice cream!

With that said, I am a huge fan of Gwyneth Paltrow & her banana ice cream recipe! Just in case you haven’t heard, my girl Gwennie is not only an actor & singer – but a straight up author! She just came out with her second book,  It’s All Good and I happened to pick up a copy this weekend. Thank goodness because I ventured into making her OH SO AMAZING banana ice cream today! This will be a summer staple!

  1. Dice up 4 peeled bananas, place in a single layer on a plate with parchment paper – stick in freezer for at least an hour
  2. Add 1/4C of raw almonds to a plastic sandwich bag – mash up with a can
  3. In a small bowl mix: almond chunks, 2t maple syrup & 1/2t salt (I used pink himalayan salt) – set aside
  4. Put the following in a Vitamix (blender or food processor will work): frozen bananas, 1/2C unsweetened almond milk, 2T maple syrup & 1t vanilla extract
  5. Blend & scrape sides down if necessary – the mixture should slowly become the consistency of soft serve ice cream

You can scoop right on out of the mixer or save for later & store in a tupperware container in the freezer. If you want to indulge immediately make sure you don’t forget the kick – the yumtastic salty almond maple glaze!

Nutritional Info Per Serving (Serves 4, 2 Scoops Each): 165 calories – 4 grams of fat – 32 carbs – 3 grams of protein

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