Cooking Tips from Food Network Star Claire Robinson and more @JustAddOJ #JustAddOJ ST 4

TV CHEF CLAIRE ROBINSON’S TIPS FOR COOKING WITH OJ!

Food Network Star Shows How to Naturally Add More Sweetness to Your Meals

Plus: An Excellent Recipe for Balsamic Orange Citrunette Dressing from Florida Orange Juice

Claire Robinson Host of "5 Ingredient Fix"

Claire Robinson Host of “5 Ingredient Fix”

 Hey all!

Months ago I gave the Paleo lifestyle a whirl and was surprised to find out how much I enjoyed cooking with orange juice—they give my recipes a natural sweetness that is actually good for me. (I was a big of sugar-holic before.)

Well the good folks at the Florida Department of Citrus asked me to be an ambassador to help promote the “Just Add OJ” program and it has been a total hoot so far!.  It’s been interesting checking out their official web site and try out the cool recipes such as this one for a crazy, delicious Balsamic Orange Citrunette.

Balsamic Orange Citrunette

Ingredients

1/2 cup Florida orange juice

1/4 cup vinegar

2 ounces balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

 

Preparation

Briefly mix the orange juice, vinegars, salt, mustard and garlic with an immersion blender, food processor or blender, or with a fork or wire whisk. Slowly add the oil in stream (drop by drop if whisking) until an emulsion forms; or just whisk everything together briefly. Add the remaining oil faster, but still in a stream.

Taste to adjust salt and add more oil, vinegar or freshly ground black pepper if needed.

Makes 1-1/4 cup

But wait—there’s more to this post!

Today I also have Food Network celebrity chef Claire Robinson (who also created recipes for the web site) on how you can add a little OJ to your daily meals and make them sweeter and sunnier than ever. (Couldn’t we all use some more sun?!)

Now, without further ado…

Culinary Tips from TV Chef Claire Robinson

                       

  1. Grilling or Roasting: When grilling or roasting meat or vegetables, brush with Florida orange juice to keep moist and give your food an added layer of flavor.
  2. Poultry: Add Florida orange juice to the bottom of a pan to help steam and moisten poultry as it roasts. You can also reduce the drippings for a lovely orange-scented gravy.
  3. Fish: Poach fish, shrimp or salmon in Florida orange juice and water for a gourmet-tasting meal with little effort.
  4. Sauce: Make a quick sauce for almost any dish by pouring Florida orange juice into a pot, bringing it to simmer, and allowing it to naturally thicken as it reduces. Garlic, ginger, jalapeños, sugar, honey or fresh herbs are all nice additions to infuse flavor to a sauce as it reduces to the desired consistency.
  5. Dessert Glaze: Spruce up a plain cookie or cake with a quick, sweet glaze by adding a splash of Florida orange juice to powdered sugar. It can jazz up last-minute dessert preparations into something spectacular.
  6. Fruitful Marinades:  Simmer honey and Florida orange juice with any desired accompaniments, such as vanilla bean, mint or cinnamon, until the sugar dissolves. Toss seasonal fruit into the flavorful infusion for a delicious meal enhancer.

So check out the web site today and let me know what you think. (This is a sponsored post but do know I love OJ and cooking with it has been a boon to my daily meal plans.)

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What Did We Learn This Month? @OxygenMagazine @Amandalatona on the Cover!! #fitbloggin 4

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Oxygen: May 2013

Amanda Latona photographed by Paul Buceta

Amanda Latona photographed by Paul Buceta

What Do We Learn This Month in Oxygen?

“Fresh Starts”

The May cover star IIFBB Bikini Pro Amanda Latona) has come a looong way from her “pop princess” roots (she used to sing with Britney Spears!) The booty-blessed fitness star trains hard for every single competition and has won seven titles since 2010.

Included in this issue of Oxygen is Amanda’s own glutes workout that will get your high and tight y’all!

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“Your Secret Weapon”

How much do I love my foam roller? Well—I certainly don’t LOVE it but damn it is a lifesaver. In case you are wondering how to use them—check out this spread.

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“Master Your Breath”

I have a deviated septum which inhibits my breathing power at times so I am always looking to find ways to increase my lung power. This article is a big help!

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“One Dumbbell, No Waiting!”

You can a mighty great workout in with just one heavy weight. Check out some of these moves!

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“Get OMG Abs!”

I plan in stealing some of these ideas for my core class this week…

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“Celebrate Your Sweet Life”

If you are looking for a healthy, sweet treat to enjoy try this recipe for Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes—yum!

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And now the rest of this issue of Oxygen:

  • “Growing Stronger” My personal hero, Tosca Reno, talks about the early days of Oxygen and how her column got started. (You must follow Tosca on Instagram! Her handle is @toscareno.)
  • “Shred & Shed” Excellent workout here from trainer Tommy Europe (how much do you love that name?) and model Vanessa Pipoli.

Overall Grade:

A- There are so many great workouts in this magazine and women who have MUSCLES and look STRONG! Love this magazine!

You can follow Oxygen magazine at www.Oxygenmag.com

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Giveaway & Vlog “The Paleo Coach” @JasonSeib @VictoryBeltInc 9

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 33

 Featuring: Asking for What You Want, Teaching Fusion Classes, Danny J & Bex Life “Social Academy”

 Plus my Super Groovy “The Paleo Coach” by Jason Seib Giveaway

 

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Today the sun is shining and I am getting in the mood for spring. What better time than to reach out to y’all and say “hey” and offer my next giveaway? No better time, say I so let’s jump right in shall we?

Featured on my Vlog this week:

  • The importance of wearing a helmet every single time you take your bike out. (EVERY DAMN TIME!)
  • I ruminate on learning how to ask for what you want in life.
  • The most excellent social media class you can take is the “Social Academy” headed up by two powerful women—Danny J of The Sweaty Betties and Bex of Bex Life. If you sign up through my very own link you can get $50 off the price. (So what are you people waiting for?)

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post!

More information about The Paleo Coach by Jason Seib:

“You’re ready. You want greater health, more vitality, and a stronger, better looking body.

You’re convinced that Paleo is the way to go. And you’re smart enough to know that a major lifestyle change doesn’t come easily. You need intelligent, ongoing support.

That’s where The Paleo Coach comes in. Author Jason Seib, a bona fide lifestyle, fitness, and nutrition expert, has helped thousands of people successfully make the same transition. He knows what works and what doesn’t—in the gym, in the kitchen, and, especially, in your mind. Few people understand the mechanics of self-change as thoroughly as Seib does. And he brings that wisdom to every page of The Paleo Coach, guaranteeing that you’ll have the motivation you need to keep progressing despite the inevitable obstacles that arise when you try to replace ingrained habits and resist cultural norms. Seib is not content to just tell you what to do—he also makes sure you understand why, so you can make his hard-earned wisdom your own. With the right perspective, it’s easier to turn new, good habits into permanent ones.

If you’re looking for a practical, holistic, science-based approach that brings together all the aspects of the Paleo lifestyle, this is the book for you. The Paleo Coach is indispensable if you’re serious about “going Paleo” and sustaining the momentum until your strong, beautiful body is functioning as nature intended it to and you can’t imagine living any other way.”

 

If you are interested in a copy of this book (Continental U.S. Only!) Please do the following:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below (very important!)
  • Plus–Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to: @BrooklynFitChik, @JasonSeib and @VictoryBeltInc

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, April 29th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine with Gwyneth Paltrow on the Cover! #fitbloggin 13

What Did We Learn This Month? 

 SELF: April 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow photographed by Matt Jones

Gwyneth Paltrow photographed by Matt Jones

SELF Cover Star for April:

Gwyneth Paltrow

The blonde goddess herself graces the cover and gets right into the discussion the media seems obsessed with—her strict diet. Gwyneth started her health journey a few years ago when she was starting to feel run down while singing on various awards shows to promote the film Country Strong.

Fueling herself on Guinness and beta blockers to get through each performance made the actress feel tired and out of sorts so she sought advice from her doctor on how to feel better. His advice? To get rid of all processed foods from her diet plus gluten, dairy and sugar.

The result of this mandate is her second cookbook It’s All Good which features recipes that are super healthy and Gwyneth approved.

I personally follow a pretty strict meal plan in order to be as healthy and energetic as possible (Paleo) so I am withholding the right to make any kind of a judgment. But I won’t stop you from commenting below! Let me know what you think…

So What Else is in the April SELF?

“Drop 10 Workout”

Trainers Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson of Tone it Up designed this HIIT workout to help get your workout in no matter where you are. They also offer tear-away indoor and outdoor cardio workouts.

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“Dying to Try it—Ropes”

SELF asked Gregg Cook (he teaches “Whipped” at Equinox in NYC) the proper technique for using ropes in class. (Need to start using this is my boot camp classes.)

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Tracey Anderson

Gwyneth’s favorite trainer in the whole wide world shows off some interesting moves which you can try out with a broomstick or the pole connected to your mop. (Look at those abs!)

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“Beauty Mixologist”

SELF got the beauty benefits of some common ingredients from Adina Grigore of S.W. Basics in Brooklyn (shout out!)

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The Rest of the Best of the March SELF:

  • “A Stylin’ Bra” Are you in the market for a new sports bra that looks fabulous? (Yes? Me too!)
  • “Lump In Your Throat” The rise of thyroid cancer is discussed here.
  • “What I Gave Up Because I Felt Fat” Really enjoyed this essay from Taffy Brodesser-Akner (I want to be her friend just so I can say “This is my friend, Taffy.”)

Overall Grade:

A- Looking good SELF!!

Have you read the April SELF yet?

You can check out SELF online at: www.Self.com
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Brooklyn Fit Chick Workout Playlist: The “Change” Climb with Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Alex Clare, P!nk & more 0

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S WORKOUT PLAYLIST

“Change” Playlist (The 4-Hills Ride)

 

Gil Hodges Bridge

Gil Hodges Bridge

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Lately I have been in the mood to get on my bike and ride out to Far Rockaway—just to see how everyone is doing there (FU Hurricane Sandy!) and also to feel the climb the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Bridge. It’s a scary as hell climb for a person with height issues (like me) but it is also beyond exhilarating to ride over the narrow walkway and feel the wind in my face as I go.

Anyhoo—whenever I take on that bridge I like to put on a “climbing song” to get in the mood. So today I bring you some of my favorite tunes to get my feet peddling up an incline.

Enjoy…

  • Change: Churchill

I know absolutely nothing about this group except I really like this song. Are you familiar with them?

  • Man Like That: Gin Wigmore

This is a new song that I have been playing the last few weeks and it really seems to get people into a great mood.

  • Spiderwebs: No Doubt

My inner “90s Chick” gets super-happy every single time I hear this song. (Go Gwen!)

  • Little Lion Man: Mumford & Sons

My students are always surprised how much cursing exists in the “real” version of this song. (I think it makes it so much better.)

  • Get Higher: Black Grape

Our first official “climb song” comes from an English group that really likes their recreational drug use. (If I do not judge reggae musicians for it I can’t attack the Brits for the same thing!) Get Higher is SO subversive and no one ever seems to catch on to the theme. Love that!

  • Rope: Foo Fighters

Honestly you can play just about any Foo songs in a spin class and people will totally dig it.

  • Undone (The Sweater Song): Weezer

Lately I have been going through a total Weezer faze… (Second climb by the way.)

  • Telephone: Lady Gaga & Beyoncé

OMG—I freaking LOVE this song so much I want to marry it.

  • Too Close: Alex Clare

Our third climb features a song that could have been recorded in the 80s for all I can tell. That’s a compliment by the way.

  • The Pit: Silversun Pickups

This is one of my new favorite bands and this tune always makes me want to peddle faster.

  • Hallelujah: Happy Mondays

This is from the soundtrack of a movie I absolutely adore–24 Hour Party People. (Last climb!)

  • The Middle: Jimmy Eat World

A fun, fast song to end the ride. Everyone likes this song.

  • Try: P!nk

I just discovered P!nk a few months ago and cannot explain why it took me so long to get on the bandwagon.

So what do you think of my list? Remember to send me your favorite tunes in the comments below.

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 32: Classroom “text-ers,” oil pulling, Mika Brzezinski’s new book plus my @NobleWorksCards giveaway! 12

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 32

 

Featuring: People Who Text in Class, Coconut Oil Instead of Toothpaste and My Groovy Greeting Card Giveaway!

(Please ignore my cruddy-looking coffee table. I plan to replace it soon!)

(Please ignore my cruddy-looking coffee table. I plan to replace it soon!)

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are we today? I am doing fine and dandy thankyouverymmuch and am ready, willing and able to present my newest Vlog and introduce my latest giveaway so let’s get to it, shall we?

Featured on my Vlog this week:

  • I really want your feedback about my first topic—people who their cell phones in class. It makes me CRAZY when I see people texting during my class but sometimes I get push back from members who say there should be a sign that gives a series of “don’ts” so everyone is on the same page. What say you?
  • Have you heard about the latest trend of “oil pulling” instead of using tooth paste? Is it nonsense and woo or is there something really to this stuff?
  • My newest giveaway features greeting cards with a “diet” theme from Noble Works Cards that are funny and irreverent. If you check out their site you will know what I mean—some of their more “blue” cards are completely hilarious and I am going to order some soon for myself. These cards (that have a weight loss theme to them) are printed on recycled paper and will be printed to order just for you. This week’s giveaway is open to the Continental U.S. and Canada—whoo hoo!

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post!

Want to learn more about Noble Works Cards? Then be sure to check them out at the following social media hot spots:

If you are interested in winning a six-pack of greeting cards (I am picking two winners this time!) you need to do the following:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below (very important!)
  • Plus–Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to: @BrooklynFitChik and @NobleWorksCards

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, April 22nd at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag Katharine McPhee Cover April Issue #fitbloggin 10

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health: April 2013

Katharine McPhee photograohed by Jeff Lipsky

Katharine McPhee photograohed by Jeff Lipsky

 

Women’s Health Cover Star for April 2013: 

Katharine McPhee of my used-to-be favorite show Smash is on the cover of the April issue as well as the cover of the flips side special “beauty issue.” The interview with Katharine is pretty sparse but the expanded beauty pages are fantastic! If you like articles about lotions and potions (and by golly I sure do) it is worth it just for that.

 

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So what else is in the April issue of Women’s Health

 

Women’s Health Shoe Guide”

Women’s Health offers a handy takeaway pamphlet inside filled with the editor’s favorite sneakers. (Must exhibit strength and NOT buy more sneakers…)

 

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15-Minute Workout”  

It looks like the weather is finally getting warmer in my neck of the woods (thank GAWD!) so these moves to get my arms ready for tank tops will be helpful. Personal trainer Natalie Rado created them (New York City shout out!)

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“Fire Up Your Greens”

The cure for “salad fatigue” is in these yummy recipe ideas. Below you will see a chard breakfast skillet with egg, onion and tomato—yum!

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“The Body You Want in the Time You Have”

Yes, we are ALL busy but Women’s Health has some ideas on how to get the most out of your puny workout time. So no more excuses, people!

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“Jeans & High Tops”

I might be showing my age here but some of these looks made me go “huh?”

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“Yoga, You Way”

If you want to try yoga and are not sure which style will fit your personality—try this article and get some Zen going.

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And now the rest of the best of this issue of Women’s Health:

  • “Detox Your Life” Women’s Health offers ideas to get the toxins out of your life.
  • “App Hazard” Be careful of all of those apps for smart phones that promise health benefits—some of them can be dangerous. Watch your downloading, people!
  • “Thigh Candy” I am more of a salty than sweet gal but if you need a sugary fix—ideas on lower calorie sweets.
  • “I Survived a Brutal Knife Attack” Holy sh*t! This essay is the true, personal tale of survival by Melissa Meline. Plus, we get advice from self-defense expert Kathy Olevsky on how to fight back effectively.

 

Overall Grade:

A-! Great workouts, good information and lovely beauty pages—thank you Women’s Health!

You can check out Women’s Health online as well: www.WomensHealthMag.com

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Review: @NASM “Weight Loss Specialist” Certification 19

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK REVIEW!!

THE NASM WEIGHT LOSS SPECIALIST PROGRAM

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 Hi Gang!

Two years ago I passed the NASM Personal Training Certification (National Academy of Sports Medicine) which is one of the biggest personal achievements of my life. Trust me—this is NOT hyperbole. I studied for weeks for that notoriously difficult exam and it is a source of pride for me to say “NASM? Oh yeah—I passed it on my first attempt.” Yay me!

Getting certified was tough enough but staying certified is an almost bigger challenge as it requires I take a certain number of continuing education courses in order to stay current which is, quite frankly, a huge pain in my butt schedule-wise. NASM offers several day-long workshops throughout the year to earn much-needed points but they are mostly held on weekends and generally running from 8 am to 4 pm ALL DAY. The whole day. My poor old brain can’t handle any learning past a couple of hours at a time these days so I find these day-long seminars very trying. Plus they occur on the days I teach and earn most of my money. So what’s a girl to do?

Luckily I was contacted by NASM to try out their new online Weight Loss Specialist course to help me earn 1.9 (out of 2) points—score! (Note—they did pay for my course but the opinions are my own.)

Here is some of the information about the Weight Loss Specialist course that is not based on opinion but rather from their press release:

“The Weight Loss Specialist (WLS) program is a 15-hour, online course earning the fitness professional 1.9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of the exam. Never before have so many weight-loss resources been available in one concentrated credential, providing health and fitness professionals applicable programs that turn into life-changing results for their clients.

At the core of the new Weight Loss Specialist course is an advanced curriculum backed by years of research and proven scientific analysis. A few key areas of study include:

  • The psychology and physiology of weight management
  • How to avoid weight-loss plateaus
  • Dispelling well-known weight-loss myths
  • Methods for lifetime weight-loss success

We are cutting through the diet and weight-loss noise, providing Certified Personal Trainers and top-level fitness professionals with a new approach to weight loss. The Weight Loss Specialist is a revolutionary course that combines proven methodologies and techniques with ways to incorporate our proprietary Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) model for continued career success,” said President of the National Academy of Sports Medicine Andrew Wyant.”

Once you register online to take the course you will see that there are 12 “modules” for each section which includes downloadable (and printable) information. This is what they look like altogether:

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Plus each module has a video to watch and explain its subject.

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Are you curious? Well then, here are some of my takeaways after participating in this program…

Pros and cons of NASM Weight Loss Specialist Certification:

Pros:

  • The test can be done completely online and on your own time. This is a 15-hour (!) exam with TONS of material to get through so I found it very convenient to go through it in two-three hour chunks at a time.
  • The material is top notch. NASM prides itself on being a science-based organization and they make sure to differentiate what is provable in terms of weight loss theories and what is merely speculation.
  • You have three chances to pass their online exam (100 questions in 90 minutes!) which means if test taking makes you anxious (as it does in my case) you have a few chances to get it right.
  • The videos for all of the chapters in the course explain each topic clearly and concisely.
  • Working online means working at home for me so I don’t have to travel to a location to take a seminar which would add to an already long day.

Cons:

  • 15 Hours is still 15 hours and it took me a few weeks to get through all of the material.
  • Some of the subjects were hard for me to grasp right away and I would have appreciated an in-person instructor to guide me on them.
  • The total cost is $499 which is prohibitive for some budgets though you can pay in installments and the certification is good for a lifetime.

Anyhoo—I was very happy with my only NASM experience and recommend to anyone who has issues with getting to continuing education classes and seminars.

Have you done any online courses? What has been your experience with them?

Talk soon!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 31: Body Image, @NASM, Cavegirl Confections & @kristinekidd Giveaway @CG_confections 12

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 31

 

Featuring: NASM Weight Loss Specialist Test, Cavegirl Confections and Kristine Kidd Cookbook Giveaway

 

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

So is it spring yet? I don’t mean to sound like a cry baby but I am getting pretty damn sick and tired of this cold weather. Can we please get some warm rays on the East Coast? Honestly, I have been wearing the same damn parka every day since Thanksgiving and cannot take it anymore! Okay—done complaining.

Now—on to my Vlog post this week. Just a word of warning–I start with kind of a bummer message but it gets much better as I get into it. You will see for yourself..

Featured on my Vlog this week:

  • I (finally) took the NASM Weight Loss Specialist exam and will give you a preview of my review of the program (is that a decent sentence or should I have started over?)
  • My friend Claudette’s new company Cavegirl Confections which features the yummiest gluten-free Paleo treats on the market. In particular I recommend the Cherry Pie Bites, the chocolate hazelnut granola, and the yummiest almond butter I have ever eaten in my life (which is truly saying something.) Claudette is a pastry trained chef who makes every order by hand and all of her products are gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free. You can read more about her brand on my friend Shanna’s Blog Pineapple and Coconut.
  • My Kristine Kidd cookbook giveaway Weeknight Gluten Free and Weeknight Fresh & Fast which is a part of her partnership with Williams Sonoma. Kidd was the food editor for Bon Appétit magazine for over 20 years and she certainly knows a thing or two about creating delicious recipes. You can follow her Blog here.

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post!

 

Here is more information the Kristine Kidd cookbooks: 

Williams-Sonoma

WEEKNIGHT FRESH & FAST

Simple, Healthy Meals for Every Night of the Week

By Kristine Kidd

If you’re as busy as author Kristine Kidd, the daily “What’s for dinner tonight?” question can be daunting.  In Weeknight Fresh & Fast, the former Bon Appétit editor’s latest book, Kidd shows readers how effortless it is to make flavorful and nutritious meals from scratch – even with a busy schedule.  Weeknight Fresh & Fast features more than 100 delicious and beautifully photographed dinner ideas, inspired and organized by seasonal offerings.

Using fresh produce as the foundation, Kidd transforms just picked ingredients into delicious dishes:  A lemony sauté of chicken cutlets, asparagus, and sugar snaps is perfect in the springtime; quickly grilled lamb chops with chunky peach salsa make the most of summer’s abundance; a comforting risotto with earthy vegetables and creamy blue cheese is a creative way to highlight fall’s bounty; juicy roasted salmon topped with tangy grapefruit and avocado relish makes the most of winter’s citrus.

Chapters open with advice about the fresh ingredients and cooking methods best suited to the time of year.  Also included are ideas for quick vegetable sides and fruit desserts, as well as advice on stocking the pantry.  Clever tips throughout Weeknight Fresh & Fast offer enticing ways to round out meals, customize recipes to personal tastes, menu-planning strategies, and helpful ideas for turning leftovers into new suppers later in the week.

Weeknight Fresh & Fast illustrates that there is enough time in the day to prepare food that is healthy, does not take a lot of time, nor require a lot of preparation or clean-up.  It offers far better choices than eating takeout or hitting the drive-thru and helps readers put a delicious, wholesome meal on the table night after night.  With this solution-packed title on the book shelf, busy people will have a reliable road map for eating well every night, no matter what the day brings.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: As the food editor of Bon Appétit magazine for more than 20 years, Kristine Kidd was responsible for filling its pages with delicious recipes and keeping her devoted readership up to date with evolving food trends.  Based in Los Angeles, Kidd has written five cookbooks and is regularly sought out as an expert on home cooking.

And:

Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Gluten Free

Simple, Healthy Meals for Every Night of the Week

By Kristine Kidd

Latest surveys show that one third of adults are interested in avoiding or cutting back on gluten in their diets. Major publications such as The New York Times and The Huffington Post are responding with articles and recipes aimed at embracing the gluten-free lifestyle. Even superstar chefs like Thomas Keller are customizing their menus with a nod towards the benefits of cooking without gluten. Leading the trend, bestselling food writer and editor Kristine Kidd and Williams-Sonoma have teamed up to bring you gluten-free recipes that add to your health without sacrificing the flavors you love.

Emphasizing quick, flavor-packed meals, Kristine transforms easy-to-find fresh ingredients into dishes like grilled wild salmon fillets atop satisfying chickpeas enhanced with Moroccan spices; seared steak and peppers simmered in a creamy sauce and then folded into warm corn tortillas for family-friendly tacos; seared scallops and orange-avocado salsa spooned over herbed quinoa; elbow pasta baked with cheese, chard, and crisp breadcrumbs for a tempting take on macaroni and cheese—that no one will guess is gluten free.

Like other special diets, gluten-free cooking is for people making healthy choices about what they want to eat. However, it does take some planning and education to pull off a gluten-free menu that doesn’t feel like it’s “missing something.” Weeknight Gluten Free solves these common issues for the frustrated home cook, taking the guesswork out of cooking gluten-free food that retains all of its original character.

Don’t miss this sequel to bestselling companion Weeknight Fresh & Fast, and get Weeknight Gluten Free for a straightforward approach to gluten-free cooking that you’ve been waiting for.

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What Did We Learn This Month? @OxygenMagazine April Issue! #fitblog Jessica Plaxson 10

What Did We Learn This Month?

 

 Oxygen: April 2013

Jessica Paxson photographed by Paul Buceta

Jessica Paxson photographed by Paul Buceta

What Do We Learn This Month in Oxygen?

“Fresh Starts”

IFBB Bikini star Jessica Paxson talks to Oxygen about her struggle with depression over the last few years and how she found her way to the happy space she is now. (The 30 year-old is engaged to fellow health advocate Blair Mone who looks as if he can crush a Buick with his biceps!)

Jessica counts on her faith in God to keeping her spirits up and keeping her fridge full of clean foods to stay in such great competitive shape.

One regret she does have is not eating enough and over exercising as a teen cared in order to be “as skinny as possible.” Jessica now appreciates a lean and muscular form and most of all—works at being healthy!

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“Get Strong, Lean & Mean”

This is a home “Plyo” workout that was created by J&M strength coach Molly Galbraith and looks like a real butt kicker!

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“Freshen Up!”

Spring might finally be arriving which is a perfect time to consider planting your own kitchen herb garden. Oxygen offers green thumb-type advice plus yummy recipe ideas for oregano, tarragon, basil and dill.

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“Slip On Your Short Shorts”

If you are looking to up your leg workouts here are some fanatic ideas to get your gams “shorts-ready.”

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“Perfection—So Boring!”

A new essay from my hero Tosca Reno on the joys of owning your own quirks and getting rid of those “I have to perfect” pictures from your head. (I really need to heed her advice!)

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And now the rest of this issue of Oxygen:

  • “Play, Explore, Connect!” As soon as the warmer weather arrives (it is coming, right?) I am going to take their advice here and run outside with the joy of a child.
  • “Healthy Back Tighter Tummy” Learning to properly exercise your core (back & abs) can help with preventing injury and pain there later on. So try out some of these moves to work your middle area plus, advice on moves to avoid.
  • “Tighten Up Anywhere” Rita Catolino (Tosca Reno’s trainer) shows some moves you can do at your local park/playground to get into shape.
  • “Is Your Kitchen Safe” Oxygen offers advice on how to keep your kitchen (and everything in it clean & safe.

Overall Grade:

A- Lots of inspiring ideas here for spring and I love how they use strong women with muscles as models in every issue. (Thank you Oxygen!)

You can follow Oxygen magazine at www.Oxygenmag.com

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