Archive | August, 2010

Weekly Tips for August 30, 2010

Posted on 30. Aug, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:

School days, school days, it is the most wonderful time of the year?  Or is it a new first for you, such as a new school?  What did you do to “prepare” your child for the first day of school?  (more…)

Mexican Chicken in the Crock Pot

Posted on 30. Aug, 2010 in Food

Ingredients

2-3 chicken breasts

1 can diced tomatoes — low sodium

1 can black beans

1 can mexican chili beans

(Do not drain tomatoes or beans)

1 Package Taco Seasoning

1 can black olives

1 can chopped green chiles

Directions

Layer chicken in bottom of crock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients in the order written. Do not stir. Cook on low 7-8 hours. Take out chicken and shred. Return chicken to crock pot and stir well. Serve with tortilla chips or on a flour tortilla. Serve with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheese if desired.

Try it and let us know what you think??

Weekend Fun for August 28 & 29, 2010

Posted on 26. Aug, 2010 in For Kids, Uncategorized

Hey locals, lots to do on this unofficial last weekend of summer. Get out there and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. 

Try heading to the infamous Leucadia Art Walk. It is Sunday, Aug. 29, from 10-5 pm on Highway 101.  The Event Features: Art Demonstrations ~ (more…)

Tips Teachers Wish Parents Knew…

Posted on 25. Aug, 2010 in For Kids

With Back to School either in swing or about to start, this looked like a good article to ease back into the routine.

9 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew

by Good Housekeeping (more…)

20 Ways to Torch 200 Calories

Posted on 23. Aug, 2010 in Exercises

Staying slim doesn’t have to be a major undertaking. Here are 20 easy ways to burn calories that don’t require a trip to fitness boot camp. Not that there is anything WRONG with Bootcamp.  Try it sometime or Zumba or Body Pump, just get out there and MOVE IT!

Cut a rug- 37-minute dance party with the kids.  Play some Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Usher, Thin Lizzy or Train. They will get everyone moving.

Work out, then make out – speaks for itself.

Move things around – Change up the furniture for 30 minutes of lifting.

Hit the bull’s-eye – 75 minutes of darts, without the ales, should do it.

Make over your casa – Rolling on a new coat of paint burns 204 calories an hour.

Scrub-a-dub – Throw a barbecue, but first vacuum, sweep the patio, and straighten up.

Hit the market – Buy groceries for your BBQ (45 minutes of cart-pushing burns 117 calories), carry them inside (5 minutes of schlepping them up stairs burns 43), and put them away (40 calories in 14 minutes).

Bat a birdie around – A game of badminton and burn about 200 calories in 40 minutes.

Act out – Lead a game of charades for about an hour.

 Sing, laugh, repeat – Watch Glee or even Grease and participate by belting out those lyrics; you’ll burn more if you do it standing, chorus style. When it’s your turn to rest your chops, laugh. Singing zaps 136 calories an hour, and 20 minutes of giggling torches another 67.

Bypass the boob tube – 2-hour game of Scrabble will make you smarter and 200 calories thinner.

Hit the mini links – Play Putt-Putt for an hour and you may win a hole in one and burning those extra cals.

Weed and seed – Uprooting those pesky weeds for 25 minutes (127 calories) and planting some new seedlings (77 calories for 15 minutes).

Relive recess days – 20-minute game of hopscotch (113 calories) followed by 22 minutes on the trampoline (87 calories).

Strike out – Head to the local bowling alley for an hour’s worth of friendly competition. Give extra style points to the person whose outfit clashes most with the rental shoes or go on Disco night and Burn baby burn!

Shop it off – Hit the end-of-summer sales—you’ll torch 11 calories for every outfit you try on. Or Back-to-school shopping with your little fashionista will burn more because she has to drag you to every single store in the mall.

Get your om on – Unwind with some yoga. Flowing from Sun Salutations to standing poses will burn 200 calories in about 25 minutes

Clean your machine – Wash and wax your ride, and you’ll burn 204 calories in 40 minutes. Even more if you dig out all the food, shoes and stuff inside.

Tap your toes – Fidget throughout the day and you could burn an extra 200 calories before dinnertime. Researchers say people who fidget burn 350 calories a day more than non-fidgeters. Yeah for us with ADHD!!

Say ahh – Give your honey an end-of-the-day massage for 42 minutes and you’ll burn around 200 calories. Make sure the favor is returned.

For details head over to Health.com 

Weekly Tips for August 23, 2010

Posted on 23. Aug, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:

Where have all the tips been this summer? Where are the fun easy healthy recipes? I know, I have taken full advantage of summer and the sun (finally) and enjoying my family and the site has been low on the totem pole of life.  Which is my point, do things for yourself and don’t feel “obligated” or “must-do”. Remember to enjoy your family and yourself.   Just got back from a fabulous beach vacation – consisting of surfing, boogieboarding and eating like crazy EVERY DAY! Time to get back on the health train.  (more…)

Black Bean Cupcakes .. Yes, you read it right.

Posted on 23. Aug, 2010 in Food

Black Bean Chocolate Cupcakes (Makes 12 cupcakes)

1/3 cup butter, melted (suggestion: yogurt butter)

1 1/4 cups sugar (suggestion: Splenda/Truvia)

2 large eggs

2 tsps vanilla extract

2 tbsp grated orange zest (optional)

1 15.5 oz can black beans, drained, rinsed and pureed

1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa powder

1 cup all-purpose (or wheat) flour

2 tsp baking powder

Frosting

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened (suggestion: yogurt butter)

2 cups powdered sugar

4 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

12 chocolate kisses (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°.  Line cupcake tin with paper liners.  Mix butter, sugar and eggs for 3 minutes on high with an electric mixer until thick and creamy.  Fold vanilla extract and orange zest (if using) into pureed beans.  In a small bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, flour and baking powder.

Fold egg mixture into beans then fold flour mixture into beans by thirds.  Fill cupcake tins 2/3 full.  Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool in pan 5 minutes.  Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

While cupcakes are baking, beat butter with electric mixer until smooth.  Beat in powdered sugar then juice concentrate until you get a nice thick, smooth, spreadable frosting.  If too stiff, add water 1 tsp at a time until you get the desired consistency.  If you’d like, add food coloring to tint the frosting.  Once cupcakes are completely cool, frost cupcakes and top each one with a kiss (if using).

This is one of my favorite recipes from Vegetarian Times.  My kids love these and they have no idea that they are eating beans!

Mexican Summer Squash Soup

Posted on 01. Aug, 2010 in Food

Ingredients:

½ cup grated Jack cheese

6-8 small squash chopped (Mexican, zucchini, yellow)

6 roma tomatoes chopped

1 med. Spanish or brown onion chopped

1 chicken bouillon square or 1 cup of chicken broth

Extra virgin Olive oil

2 cooked skinless boneless chicken breasts (optional)

Avocado (optional)

Crushed tortilla chips (optional)

In large deep skillet drizzle olive oil to lightly cover. When hot, add squash turning repeatedly. Continue cooking covered and add onions. Once onions become clear, add tomatoes and chicken bouillon. (Add chicken) Cook covered 20 minutes or until squash is completely cooked. Remove from stove and cover with Jack cheese. Cover until ready.

** This is a family recipe from a friend, so you have to eyeball if you have enough broth. There have been times I have had to add a whole can of broth or a can of chopped tomatoes with green chilies. This is the base recipe; add to it what you like.

Weekly Tips for August 1, 2010

Posted on 01. Aug, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:

Well, just as we finally get some true summer weather, we roll into August! For some school starts in less than 2 weeks for others at the end of the month.  Let’s make the most of whatever time we have left and ENJOY–ENJOY–ENJOY!!  Go Dawn Patrol and have breakfast at the beach, hike that trail you have been wanting to do ALL summer, make that new recipe, eat outside EVERY night.  What are you doing to make the most of your summer break? 

GREEN - SWITCH TO SOLAR NIGHT LIGHTS (more…)