Why You Should Be Like Biggie and Eat Sardines for Dinner

In his song Juicy, Notorious B.I.G reminisces about when he used to eat sardines for dinner. He’s pretty much saying that now that he’s a super famous rapper he doesn’t have to eat cheap, simple fish from a tin anymore. Well Mr. B.I.G., you don’t know how you good you had it with those inexpensive, super nutrient-dense little fishies.

Sardines are little nutrition powerhouses that everyone, kids and adults, should be eating. You eat them whole so you are getting nutrients from the skin, bones, and muscles. Don’t be a weeny and get grossed out. First let’s talk about their benefits; then we’ll talk about how to eat them.

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Sweat Sesh: Spring Circuit

Hello!

Did you know that today is the 1st day of Spring? A time of renewal, light past 5pm (hallelujah), twitterpated animals and blossoming trees. Here’s a few from our yard:

The top left is Meyer lemon blossoms. Bottom left is a Valencia orange blossom.

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Apples are apples and cows are cows…right? A guide to food quality.

Apples are apples and cows are cows…right? Well…

You’ve heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” This is 100% true. The vitamins, minerals and nutrients from the foods you eat end up making up your body, cell by cell.

This saying is accurate and well known but is really in need of an addendum – you are what you eat AND you are what your food eats.

Back to the apples and cows.

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Sweat Sesh: Booty Building Gym Workout

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Monday definitely calls for sassy pants!

I’ve got a great booty building workout for you that will help you fill out those sassy pants a little more 😉

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Food Log Friday & Cilantro Pesto Recipe

Oh cilantro! It seems like people either love it or hate it. Interestingly, this may be due to a genetic trait.

I’ll admit it. I’m a cilantro lover. You other cilantro lovers out there probably adore it for it’s fresh, citrusy flavor but there are lots of other reasons to heart cilantro.

Cilantro:

  • is a great source of antioxidants (2)
  • is rich in vitamins A, K & C as well as potassium and manganese (2)
  • helps cleanse the liver thanks to the compound linalool (1)
  • helps cleanse the body of toxic metals (2)
  • supports the digestive system (2)
  • promotes a calm feeling (2)
  • can improve sleep quality (3)
  • helps balance blood sugar (3)
  • has natural anti-histamine properties that calm skin irritations (3)

Cilantro pesto is a tasty way to add more cilantro to your diet. It’s versatile and super easy to make. It boosts the flavor of chicken, beef, white fish, shrimp, eggs, roasted veggies, steamed veggies, and makes for a delicious salad dressing. My recipe is barely a recipe; just a few ingredients blended together in a food processor.

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Sweat Sesh: Valentine’s Day Full-Body Circuit

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Gotta love a good Bitmoji!

I know there’s a wide range of feelings about Valentine’s Day. Some people are all hearts and kisses and candy and flowers and others can’t stand the consumerism of it. But hey, it’s a day that serves as a reminder to really celebrate the people we love. Be a hater if you want but its a lot more fun to spend time with your favorite person or people while maybe sipping a little champagne or nibbling on chocolates.

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Food Log Friday & A Request for Podcast Recommendations

Hey, hey!

Do you listen to podcasts?

I first learned about podcasts through a trainer I was working out with during my NPC bikini days in 2011-2012. She told me that she listened to them while she cleaned the house. She didn’t dread cleaning so much if she was looking forward to listening to a podcast. Genius!

Since then, I have been listening to podcast when I clean the house, do yard work, cook, walk the dog, and any time I’m in the car. Over the years, I have mostly stuck with health and fitness related podcasts but I’m ready to branch out. I’ll never abandon the health related stuff but I’m in need of a little variety. Help me, please!

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