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Get HEART healthy with the Mediterranean Diet!

Mediterranean DIET FOODSSo when I was a kid, I’d go to school with my brown paper bag lunch and I’d open it up praying for a nice PB&J sandwich only to find something that represented a pita “torpedo” sandwich that usually had something like Lebni, (think thick yogurt) crushed mint and few slices of a Persian cucumber in it…. dessert was not a Hostess cup cake… oh no, no friends, it was dried apricots. Yeah, try trading that with your school buddy.  Fat chance! 

At the time, I was absolutely mortified and wished that my Armenian roots were more like my nice American friend Suzy…who’s mom so graciously even thought to put a fruit roll up in her lunch.

In actuality, looking back my mom had it all right though.  Drawing from my Middle Eastern roots led me to grow up eating something very similar to the Mediterranean Diet.  Yes, that very same Mediterranean Diet that according to a recent study published by The New England Journal of Medicine’s Web site this past Monday, proved that about 30% of heart attacks, strokes & deaths from heart disease can be prevented if people switch to a diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish fruits & veggies… AKA The Mediterranean Diet.

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And The Academy Award Goes To… Oscar Cocktails!

If you’re having an Oscar party this weekend… do it up big!  Just like in Hollywood!

Here are 9 cocktail recipes inspired from all of  the films nominated for Best Motion Picture Oscar 2013…. along with a little description, and my own personal critique about them.  There’s a drink here for everyone!  Enjoy your Sunday night & may the best film win!

Amour:

Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz, Producers

“In the final months of her life, a retired music teacher and her husband of sixty years struggle with the debilitating effects of two strokes on both her health and her quality of life.  As Georges cares for the increasingly unhappy Anne, the pair finds the nature of their life together irrevocably changed.”

Amour Cocktail

1 Part Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 Dash Lemon Juice
1 Dash Cherry Brandy
1 Dash Grenadine
6 Mint Leaves

Fill a shaker with ice cubes.  Add all ingredients. Shake & strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a mint leaf. Read more »

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Celebrate!!! Today Is National Chocolate Mint Day!

Today is National Chocolate Mint Day!  Who knew?? Right?

While we aren’t saying dig into a big tub of Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie… which would be OH SO YUM!  We are saying that this holiday Is onto something OH SO SWEET!

One of my favorite almost guilt free swaps is VitaTops!  They come in a zillion flavors and one of my favorites is Chocolate Mint!  If you’ve never had a VitaTop… think of it as just the top of a super delicious muffin and the best part is they are: 

 

 

 

 

So happy National Chocolate Mint Day!  Don’t feel like you can’t be part of the fun.  See…. Didn’t that make you feel better?

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Sexy! Hot! Desirable! Edible Aphrodisiacs!

aph·ro·dis·i·ac  

/ˌafrəˈdizēˌak/

Noun

  1. A food, drink or drug that stimulates sexual desire.

  2. A thing that causes excitement.

It’s hot. It’s arousing. It’s intensifying sex. Food can have that effect.  Don’t believe us? Try some of these foods to spice things up… not only for Valentine’s Day… but any day of the week.

 

I’m not talking about edible candy underwear, although those are fun too… I’m talking about real foods that’ll have you levels rising… HOT!

 

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HEATING up Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Heart Cocktail

Drink… to your HAPPY HEART COCKTAIL!

Here’s to heart healthy drinking! Yes, there is such a thing.  As most of us know, cranberries have many healing properties.  One of those happens to be a key part to helping alleviate cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association.

Cranberries are filled with flavonoids.  No, you’re not going to hallucinate… but they do help with urinary tract infections, gastric ulcers, decrease gum disease and lower LDL cholesterol levels “bad”

So… drink to your health! Drink to your heart! A cranberry cocktail that’ll have you head over heels in LOVE!

HAPPY HEART COCKTAIL

Combine Cranberry Vodka, Cranberry Juice & Ice in a shaker.
Pour into a low ball glass.
Finish with a splash of club soda & a squeeze of lime. 

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Reduce Stress Levels Through Food

You’re exhausted… wiped out… You’re absolutely not getting enough sleep at night. You’re overwhelmed and the kids aren’t making it any easier on you. Your brain is on overload. Let’s face it, you’re stressed out.
Most mornings before your feet even hit the ground you’re already thinking about packing lunches, who has their backpack? and did I throw that wet load of laundry into the dryer last night?!
Reading this will probably even cause your heart to start beating a little faster because you know it’s true.
So here’s the thing, most of us when we are stressed will most likely go for that tempting high carbohydrate & fatty comfort food. You know which ones I’m talking about… don’t make me go there. But while you might feel that you’re solving your stress and anxiety, it’s actually only a farce. That momentary feeling of relief is essentially doing more harm than good. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing more than I love than to dig into a chocolate cake! But sometimes you just need to listen to what your body needs and give it some help when it comes to de-stressing!

Take two deep breaths… come on, do it… breath in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out… and read on as your stress levels are about to fall into oblivion!

Research shows that what you eat can have a direct correlation to your stress levels. These are some of the foods you’re gonna wanna go for that will help reduce some of those levels. Read more »

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Kahlua & Tully’s Hawaiian Blend Coffee Cocktail


Bright Wrinkle Free Gorgeous Skin Through Food!

I’m all about prevention when it comes to aging, wrinkles and keeping that youthful glow!  I have never tried Botox, Juvederm, Restalyne or anything like that… but I’m certainly not opposed to it!  Good God! Anything that’ll shave a few years off this face or make me look younger, by all means… BRING IT ON!!! Slather it on my face!  Inject it between my frown lines!!!

But, what if I told you that in addition to some of those fixes, there are a few natural secrets & remedies as well as avoiding a few things that might give you similar results! It’s worth shot, right?

WRINKLE FIGHTERS:

Believe it or not, Vitamin C is not only super effective when it comes to helping your body fight off colds, but it’s great for the fight against wrinkles!  Try boosting your diet with oranges, grapefruit, limes & lemons!  Any sort of citrus!  Vitamin C: “It helps keep collagen — the supportive protein fibers that stop skin from sagging — strong and resilient. (Flimsy collagen means lines and wrinkles.) Since collagen breakdown really picks up in your mid-30s, eat citrus early and often to head off aging” according to realage.com.

Next time you’re making a salad or grilling some fish, try this Cilantro-Lime dressing! Read more »

Moms Gone Zen Natural Energy Drink Recipe

 

Come two thirty, three o’clock when the kids get home from school I feel it coming on… you know, the WALL that you hit when you’re just like blaaaaahhhhhhh!  It’s about mid-way through 3rd grade homework and starting to make dinner.  Rather than go for that afternoon latte that’s probably going to keep me awake way longer at night than I wanna be  and prevent me from getting a good night’s sleep,  I’ve come up with my own fatigue fighting concoction that’s actually healthy, full of essential vitamins, protein and minerals…  tastes amazing and will give me a natural boost of energy with out feeling like I’m on crack.

So come afternoon time today, go for this drink instead!


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