Archive | January, 2011

Why Women Need to Exercise…..

Posted on 30. Jan, 2011 in Fitness

Bottom line is we will all enjoy living a longer life if we believe in a lifestyle of activity. You be the judge. I’m just the messenger.

Women who exercise show fewer signs of menopause and actually improve the side effects of menopause.

Women who workout feel much more in control of their jobs. Stress levels are lower and motivation is higher

It is believed that exercise will improve your sex life. Hubba! Hubba!

After all that extra intimacy you may find yourself pregnant! Hopefully it was planned! Regardless, studies have shown that exercising will make labor easier

Exercise helps slow the aging process. It has been shown that people who exercise have younger looking cells than those who don’t. Plus it reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.

So quick, get out and exercise and help yourself!

Birthday Party for 5-10 year olds

Posted on 30. Jan, 2011 in Friends

Tired of Chuck E. Cheese, bowling, Build-A-Bear and Princess parties? Here is a new idea, Cooking Classes and/or Cooking themed parties.  I was referred to this site by a friend, I have not personally used this company, but they look like they have a great idea. It is painful to try to get 8-9 yrs. olds to read a complete recipe and understand 3/4 of a teaspoon is very different than a 3/4 cup.  Give it a try and let us know your thoughts.

My Cool Kid Cooks.

They have group or private and numerous locations or at your home. http://www.mycoolkidcooks.com/

Scrumptious Meatloaf

Posted on 30. Jan, 2011 in Food

Heart Healthy Recipe from Tri-City Medical Center.

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef, extra lean or ground turkey

1/2 cup (40z) tomato paste

1/4 onion, chopped

1/4 cup green peppers

1/4 cup red peppers

1 cup tomatoes fresh, blanched chopped

1/2 teaspoon mustard – low sodium

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon hot pepper, chopped (optional if making for family with small kids)

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 stalks scallion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon orange rind, grated

1/2 teaspoon thyme, crushed

1/4 cup bread crumbs, finely grated.

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together. Place in 1 lb loaf pan (preferably with drip rack) and back covered at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Uncover pan, continue baking 12 minutes.

Weekly Tips for January 31, 2011

Posted on 30. Jan, 2011 in Uncategorized

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions, other than health, fitness or nutrition? How about trying to be a gentler and kinder person? To stop yelling at other drivers? Stop shopping when frustrated?  Or making yourself genuinely happy? 

In the process of cleaning out aka Forced Spring Cleaning, 10 year old boxes were found and organized.  In such boxes a lot of self-help books, guess I was looking for something in the late 90′s? Found – 52 nice things to do to make someone happy by Jeri-Lynn Johnson.  In reviewing this book, I thought I would add these sharing ideas to our weekly tips. (more…)

5 Recipes Every Woman Should Know How to Make

Posted on 25. Jan, 2011 in Food

This article is from Women’s Health, Five Easy Meals.   I think it is pertinent to any RockIt Mom’s household and arsenal of recipes. 

Check it out, you will be surprised how “easy” they are.

Turkey Jambalaya

Posted on 25. Jan, 2011 in Food

Andouille sausage adds a kick to the Cajun classic from Louisiana. Rice and shredded turkey absorb a flavorful mixture of tomatoes and spices until they’re bursting with flavor. Be prepared this is a SPICY recipe.  Not all tastebuds will enjoy it.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic

1 cup chopped green bell pepper

1 cup chopped red bell pepper

2 1/2 teaspoons paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup uncooked long-grain rice

2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

2 cups shredded cooked turkey

6 ounces andouille sausage, chopped

2 tablespoons sliced green onions

Preparation

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 6 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in bell peppers and next 5 ingredients (bell peppers through black pepper); sauté 1 minute. Add rice; sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Add turkey and sausage; cover and cook 5 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions.

Nutritional Information – Serving size 1 cup

Calories:249 (27% from fat)

Fat:7.6g (sat 2.4g,mono 3.4g,poly 1.3g)

Protein:17.3g

Carbohydrate:27.4g

Fiber:2.7g

Cholesterol:42mg

Iron:2.7mg

Sodium:523mg

Calcium:37mg

Weekly Tips for January 24, 2011

Posted on 25. Jan, 2011 in Uncategorized

I apologize for the tardiness of the tips this week, however there is a valid excuse. Four fabulous days on the Central California Coast with just my husband, exploring places we have never seen before.  If you get the opportunity to travel to the Central Coast (Santa Barbara, Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo, Seashell Scape, Chumash Lake, etc.), just start packing and go-go-go. (more…)

Weekend of January 22, 2011

Posted on 21. Jan, 2011 in For Kids, Uncategorized

Here are some fun and free activities for you and the family this weekend:

The 2nd Annual Big Bay Whale Days Festival

2nd Annual Big Bay Whale Festival January 23, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. At the waterfront event you can pick up coupons, information and giveaways from participating exhibitors. Kids will love the music, face painting and giant inflated gray whale to walk through. (more…)

Weekly Tips for Jan. 17, 2011

Posted on 17. Jan, 2011 in Uncategorized

It’s mid-Jan. Time to evaluate how your New Year’s resolution are going. Are you sticking with it? Are you struggling? If so try a little self exploration. Look at the inner & outer circumstances that are causing your resolve to ebb. Then evaluate what changes you can make in your life so you’re better geared to be constructive instead of destructive.

Getting back on track and motivated: Ask a buddy to go with you, keep a journal of your intake and exercise. Cut out one “non-healthy” item from your diet.  Cut down on “non-healthy” items such as chips, dips, ice cream, desserts, processed foods, sodium laden foods. You get the idea. Post your thoughts here so myself & others might be helpful.   Now on to the weekly tips.

GREEN: Save Money and Fuel! What could be better?  (more…)

Aromatic Beef Stew With Butternut Squash

Posted on 16. Jan, 2011 in Uncategorized

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound stew beef or bison, cut into cubes

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger

1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 1/2 cups)

1 can (14.5 oz) no-salt-added diced tomatoes

1 can (8 oz) no-salt-added tomato sauce

1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

3 cups cooked whole-wheat couscous

1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted in a dry skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown, 2 minutes

4 teaspoons minced fresh parsley

PREPARATION

Heat oil in a 4-qt saucepan over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer meat to a plate, leaving juices in saucepan. Add onion; cook, stirring, until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Return beef to pot; stir in squash, tomatoes, sauce, broth, cumin, cinnamon and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer until beef is tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Divide couscous and stew among 4 bowls. Sprinkle with almonds and parsley.

The skinny

480 calories per bowl, 13 g fat (3 g saturated), 56 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 34 g protein