Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog & Giveaway: @getjackblack Jack Black Dry Down #fitbloggin 12

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 36

Featuring: The “Dry Down” Jack Black Giveaway



 Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Today, as I am typing this post, it is Mother’s Day so first want to wish all of you Moms out there a “Happy Day” and thank you for your service to mankind. I am a mother of two furry babies and could not imagine all of the work involved in raising a real-live human being so kudos to all of you who date to try. (Except for that mother in Park Slope who asked me to explain to her 4 year-old son he was not allowed to join in the adult fitness classes because “he doesn’t really listen to me.”) You Madam, needn’t have bothered.

Today I am aiming for a super, quick Vlog cast and announcing my latest giveaway. So let’s get to gettin’, shall we?

Featured on my Vlog this week:

  • The Fitness magazine “Meet & Tweet” event set for this week in New York City.
  • The second most important book in my life right now: VJ: The Unplugged Avdentures of MTV’s First Wave I bought this for my kindle two days ago and cannot stop myself from reading and rereading it. If you have any affection for 80s MTV—you will love this book. By the way—for those of you who do read it, a woman names Liz Nealon is mentioned fondly several times as a well-respected colleague of the former VJs. She happens to be a friend of mine with some of the best stories in the world. Really!
  • I forgot to mention (dammit!) that the author of the VJ book is Gavin Edwards in the Vlog post. (Sorry Gavin Edwards!) Here is a link to all of his fun, pop culture and music-based books. Gavin Edwards. He is a great writer—you should check out his work.
  • The most important book to come out in the last week or so is the third from my very best friend Deborah Rae Cota The Traveler (available in paperback and on Kindle & Nook!)  Deborah and I have been friends for over 20 years and she loves to write about fantastical beings with incredible powers and her story telling is top notch. So after you get the MTV book go out and support and independent author who kicks serious ass!
  • My giveaway of Jack’s Dry Down Friction-Free Powder which I know some of you runners and cyclists would LOVE to get your hands on.

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

Here is the official information about Jack’s Dry Down Friction-Free Powder:

Jack’s Dry Down™ Friction-Free Powder

Introducing Jack’s Dry Down™, a friction-free powder that prevents chafing and enhances comfort during workouts. Ultra fine and talc-free, the formula quickly absorbs moisture, to offer exceptional protection from friction and irritation. Containing Lavender, Pure Corn Starch and Organic Green Tea to soothe and refresh skin, Jack’s Dry Down™ provides refreshing comfort in the most demanding environments. Perfect for today’s active lifestyles, Jack’s Dry Down™ provides southern comfort when it’s needed most.

The PureScience® formula locks in nature’s best – using healing botanicals, vitamins and certified organic ingredients and formulated without parabens, sulfates, fragrance or colorants. Products are cruelty-free, vegan and dermatologist-tested.

Key Ingredients:

–       Pure Cornstarch: Starch from the corn grain; offers exceptional moisture absorption.  The silky, refined texture helps prevent friction for maximum comfort

–       Organic Green Tea: Derived from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant; a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties

–       Organic Cucumber:  A nourishing fruit with natural moisture-binding, moisture-regulating and anti-itching and refreshing properties

–       Lavender: A botanical with anti-bacterial and soothing properties

Pre/Post Workout:

–       Use prior to workout or sports to enhance comfort and protect body’s sensitive areas from chaffing and irritation

–       Use anytime for superior natural protection from moisture, all day-dryness and long-lasting freshness

Price:  $18.00 (6 oz shaker canister)

Availability: Jack’s Dry Down™ Friction-Free Powder is available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s,, Saks Fifth Avenue and at


If you are interested in winning Jack’s Dry Down (Continental U.S. Only!) Please do the following:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below (very important!)
  • Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to me at my Twitter handle @BrooklynFitChik (note the spelling!)
  • Also Tweet out to their twitter account @getjackblack

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, May 20th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Giveaway…@Wendys Gift Card for Apple Pecan Chicken Salad @SELFmagazine Workout in the Park! 18



Hi Gang!

This weekend Wendy’s will be sponsoring SELF magazine’s Workout in the Park in New York’s Central Park. If you are interested in winning a $7 gift card to Wendy’s to try this salad for yourself (There aren’t any near me or I would try them myself!) Please post a comment below and I will be giving away 3 Wendy’s Gift Cards to 3 lucky winners.

I will pick the three winners next Friday, May 17th at NOON eastern time. US only please!

Good luck and here is more information about the event and Wendy’s new salad option.


Discover Wendy’s Best-Kept Secrets in Salads on its Online Discovery Hub

and at Central Park in New York City

Saturday, May 11

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Rumsey Playfield, Central Park

Enter at 69th Street & 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10021


Just in time for salad season, Wendy’s is sponsoring SELF Magazine’s Workout in the Park events in Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago. Wendy’s is the first national restaurant chain to sponsor the event, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

At the event, Wendy’s will be sharing its best-kept secrets in salads, such as hand-leafing and chopping whole heads of fresh romaine every day rather than using bagged romaine lettuce, and serving warm chicken breast, grilled and hand-chopped right in Wendy’s kitchens – unlike other café-like places that serve it cold and pre-bagged at a factory.

On Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wendy’s will “bring the fresh” to SELF Magazine’s Workout in the Park event at Central Park in New York City to delight consumers with:

  • On-Site Salad Preparation and Sampling: Consumers’ cravings for fresh ingredients will be satisfied with FREE samples of half-sized portions of the popular Apple Pecan Chicken Salad and FREE $5 gift cards to sample any of Wendy’s Garden Sensations® Salads in its restaurants.
  • Interactive Q&A with a Registered Dietitian: Tara Gidus, registered dietitian and nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition, fitness, and health, will be available to educate visitors on Wendy’s and provide her own secrets for creating and choosing the perfect summer salad.
  • Instaprint Snapshots: Consumers who upload pictures on Instagram® using the hashtag #NowThatsFresh will be able to instantly print and pick up their captured moment at the Wendy’s tent, giving attendees a modern day photo booth!



Visit for more information on Wendy’s best-kept secrets in salads for a chance to win a $25 gift card*. Follow Wendy’s on and on Twitter @Wendys #NowThatsFresh for latest updates from the events.


Wendy’s Garden Sensations salads are freshly prepared every day and topped with a variety of premium ingredients not usually experienced at fast food restaurants. The Apple Pecan Chicken Salad includes a blend of 11 salad greens, including Iceberg Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce and a Spring Mix, topped with real blue cheese crumbles, U.S. grown, hand-picked Granny Smith and sweet red apple pieces, seasoned roasted pecans, sweet dried cranberries and warm grilled chicken. This salad comes with preservative-free Pomegranate Vinaigrette dressing.

What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with @AliSweeney on the Cover! #fitbloggin 3

What Did We Learn This Month? 

 Shape: May 2013

Alison Sweeney photographed by Nino Munoz for Shape.

Alison Sweeney photographed by Nino Munoz for Shape.

Shape Cover Star for May:

Alison Sweeney graces the cover in a cute bikini showing off her tone frame. “Ali” has become something of a fitness fanatic since becoming host of The Biggest Loser adding triathlons to her workout schedule after conquering her first marathon.

Ali was a bit of a carb/sugar addict when she was younger but after her dentist discovered a large number of cavities while getting a check-up in her 20s she began her transformation into adapting a more healthy lifestyle.

Here are Ali’s “Success Strategies” from the Shape Interview:

  • Readjust Your Food Attitude
  • Step Up Your Game
  • Open Your Mind
  • Be a Little Lazy

If that doesn’t offer you enough “Ali” how about a peek at some of her favorite moves she learned from trainer Steve Lee.

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So what else is inside the May Shape?


“Summer SHAPE Up Workout”

If you are looking for a workout created by Jillian Michaels to up your game—try this one (below) the famous badass created for Shape.

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“Give Your Gym Bag a Checkup”

Spring cleaning should apply to your gym bag as well as your home and here are tips to keep yours ship shape. (Gaw—I can’t even think about my gym bag right now…)

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“Lean Machine”

If you have any interest in learning about Pilates reformer techniques—check out this feature! You can get “insider tips” from trainer Chris Ann Reuter of JK Zen Fitness in Los Angeles.

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“Field Day”

Here we get an awesome workout should you have the ability to get out onto an open field and play created by trainer David Siik who is based in Los Angeles.

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“2013 Shape Sun Awards”

Summer is the time to take your badass bod outside but please remember to protect your skin with some of the excellent products featured here. Please!

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“The Yin/Yang Workout”

Trainer Jessica Smith and her husband Guillermo Gomez (fourth-degree black belt) offer us this 30-minute routine that combines graceful moves with kickboxing.

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And now the rest of the best of this issue of Shape:

  • “Hot Wheels” Shape features really cool bikes on page 76.
  • “Bosom Buddies” This is the title for one of my favorite shows of all time and an article about workouts bar tops in the May issue.
  • “Skin Cancer by the Numbers” Once again—if you are going to play outside PLEASE use sunscreen. Shopping in open markets counts as play as far as I am concerned.

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Overall Grade:

A  Excellent workouts and smart features makes me a happy fit chick!

Have you read the May Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine With Kelly Osbourne on the Cover! #fitblog 9


What Did We Learn This Month? 

 SELF: May 2013

Kelly Osbourne photographed by Dewey Nicks in the cutest bathing suit by Betsey Johnson

Kelly Osbourne photographed by Dewey Nicks in the cutest bathing suit by Betsey Johnson

SELF Cover Star: Kelly Osbourne

I think Kelly looks fantastic and am very happy that she is seeking to be a healthy role model to young girls rather than being just another skinny famous person. But I don’t know—there is something a little strange to me that as a teen she felt harassed by the media for talking how her looks and then she gets a talk show where she makes fun of people for the way they dress. (E’s Fashion Police)

Anyone else feel this way?

Or am I over analyzing this one? (It wouldn’t be the first time!)

Really love Kelly’s bathing suit on the cover by the way. (OMG it is from Betsey Johnson—no wonder I love it so much!)

So What Else is in the May SELF?

“Drop 10 Workout”

Trainers Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson of Tone it Up are back at it with a whole new workout this month that you can tear out and take to the gym.

Drop 10 001


“Dying to Try it—Pull-Ups”

Trainer Kiley Schoenfelder ( shows women how to do a real pull-up. (It’s not that scary, people!)

By the way, Kiley is a Type 1 Diabetes athlete! How incredible is that? Go Kiley! (SELF editors—you must do a story about her!)

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“5 Minute Abs”

SELF asked exercise physiologist Michelle Olson her favorite quick abs moves. They ask and ye shall receive.

Abs 001

“How Did I Ever Bike Without This?”

SELF knows how to make this Fit Chick happy—put in some bike gear! (So who is going to get me the Stella Mccartney-designed Adidas jacket?)

Bike 001

“SELF: 2013 Healthy Beauty Awards”

I love beauty stories and here we get the best of the best in lotions and potions as decided by SELF readers.

Healthy Beauty Awards 001

The Rest of the Best of the March SELF:

  • “How Bad Is It to Have a Drink Before You Work Out?” I was ready to make fun of this article when two (count ‘em two) of my friends told me they have worked out “tipsy” before. So apparently this is a real thing that happens. (Gawd—I am so out of it!)
  • “Why Didn’t I Step In?” Here we get a very interesting and thought-provoking essay from Sushma Subramanian whose friend died of liver failure at 26. Holy sh*t!!

Overall Grade:

B+ It was a great issue but I wish they not make the copy so young sounding. It comes off a little teenager-ish at times.

Have you read the June SELF yet? What do you think of Kelly Osbourne? One a scale of 1-10, how cute  is her bathing suit?

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 35 with The Super Duper Mika Brzezinski Book Giveaway “Obsessed” 9

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 35 

Featuring: Maintaining Healthy Boundaries, the Recharge Bars Free Samples and

Mika Brzezinski’s “Obsessed” Book Giveaway


Courtesy of Weinstein Books

Courtesy of Weinstein Books


 Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Spring has sprung in New York and the world is looking so bright and lovely right now—I just want to tear through Prospect Park on my bike and yell “Look everyone! I can see the sun!” at the top of my lungs.

But before I can do that—I must get to today’s Vlog post. (My 35th—can you believe that?!) So in the words of Marty DeBergi (Rob Reiner) of This is Spinal Tap “enough of my yakkin’—let’s boogie!”

Featured on my Vlog this week:

  • I talk about the difficulty of setting boundaries as an instructor.
  • My giveaway of Mika Brzezinski’s book “OBSESSED: America’s Food Addiction–And My Own” which a fast, interesting read. On TV she is cool and always in control co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe but in real life it turns out Mika has spent most of her life “obsessed” with food and exercise. She would put herself on a strict diet and exercise plan (even lecturing friends and family on what they should and shouldn’t eat) and then in private consume large quantities of food (like an entire box of Cap’n Crunch) in a quick amount of time.
  • If you want to read an in-depth “behind the scenes” view of the book—check out this excellent feature of Mika and collaborator Diane Smith (a fellow journalist who has also struggled with food issues) in this interview from More magazine.

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post! (Please ignore the screen grab. My eyes are not behaving today.)

Here is the official information about Mika’s Book:

America’s Food Addiction–and My Own
By Mika Brzezinski
Published by Weinstein Books

The New York Times bestselling author and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe shares the story of her own struggle with food, hoping to inspire us all to begin the journey toward healthy eating.

Mika Brzezinski is at war against obesity. On Morning Joe, she is often so adamant about improving America’s eating habits that some people have dubbed her “the food Nazi.” What they don’t know is that Mika wages a personal fight against unhealthy eating habits every day, and in this book, she describes her history of food obsession and distorted body image, and her lifelong struggle to be thin. She believes it’s time we all learned to stop blaming ourselves, and each other, and look at the real culprits — the food we eat and our addiction to it.

Mika feels the only way to do this is to break through the walls of silence and shame we’ve built around obesity and food obsessions. She believes we need to talk openly about how our country became overweight, and what we can do to turn the corner and step firmly onto the path of health.

So Mika made a deal with her very close friend Diane: they would work together on this book and on their personal goals, to help Diane drop 75 pounds and to break Mika’s obsession with staying superthin. As she did in her bestseller Knowing Your Value, Mika has packed each chapter with insights from notable people in medicine, health, business, the arts, and politics. Singer Jennifer Hudson, the late writer and director Nora Ephron, TV host Gayle King, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and many others open up to Mika about their own challenges and what works for them when it comes to food and diet. It’s time we stopped whispering the F-word (“fat”) the way we used to shun the C-word (“cancer”). This book — with its trademark Brzezinski smarts, honesty, and courage — launches us into a no-holds-barred conversation with family and friends, in schools and kitchens, in Congress and the food industry, to help us all find ways to tackle one of the biggest problems standing between us and a healthier America.

Author Bio
Mika Brzezinski
, author of Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction — and My Own, is co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and the author of the New York Timesbestsellers All Things at Once and Knowing Your Value. She is the mother of two daughters, Emilie and Cariie, and is married to investigative journalist Jim Hoffer.

For more information please visit and and follow Mika on Facebook and Twitter

Diane Smith is an Emmy award-winning TV journalist, radio talk show host, and author. For more information visit

If you are interested in winning a copy of “Obsessed” (Continental U.S. Only!) Please do the following:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below (very important!)
  • Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to me at my Twitter handle @BrooklynFitChik (note the spelling!)

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, May 13th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist Time! Featuring Phillip Phillips, Metric, Bush, Jessie J. and Lynrd Skynrd #fitbloggin 5


“Gone, Gone, Gone” Playlist (The “Intervals” Ride)


"Be sure to tell my folks I am studying in my room!"

“Be sure to tell my folks I am studying in my room!”

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am a huge fan of 90s music and whenever I need to give a playlist some extra “oomph”  it’s time  for the old favorites that USED to be played on stations with a “Modern Rock” format. (Most of the music I love is relegated to “classic rock” stations which makes me feel like I should be retired, living in Florida and bitching about the heat.)

Anyhoo—I recently came across a photo of yours truly enjoying a cheap beer in a mobile home back in the time that Kurt Cobain was alive and we had NO idea how horny Bill Clinton could get. It made me giggle (mainly because I can’t figure out why I am also holding a bowling ball) so thought I would pass along with today’s playlist—you’re welcome!

This is a 50-minute interval ride with several quick segments versus the longer hills I have been featuring lately.


  • Gone, Gone Gone: Phillip Phillips

Apparently he was on American Idol (not a watcher of them) but this video was my introduction to this cute fella. Great song to start the class as it builds with positive vibes.

  • Wait a Minute: The Pussycat Dolls

This song is so silly and fun—just love it.

  • Stadium Love: Metric

This is my third favorite Canadian band (after Rush and The Tragically Hip) and I am DYING to see them live.

  • Teen Angst: Cracker

“What the world needs now is true words of wisdom like la, la, la, la, la laaaaaaaaaa.’

  • Price Tag: Jessie J.

One of my clients had this on her playlist and I had to Shazam it right away. It’s just so poppy and sweet!

  • Safe & Sound: Capital Cities

I do not know much about these guys but this song is a big hit with my students.

  • Flagpole Sitta:  Harvey Danger

Is there anything more 90s than Harvey Danger? I think not.

  • Stars: Moby

I like to start this one out of the saddle with moderate resistance and keep adding before we get back in our seats and it’s heavy on the peddle. That’s the good stuff! (Check out the video for the celebrity cameos…)

  • Machinehead: Bush

Machinehead makes everyone want to work harder and pump their fists in the air.

  • My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It”: En Vogue

What on earth ever happed to En Vogue? This stuff is the sh*t!

  • Level: The Raconteurs

Jack White rules my world and this live version makes my butt want to wiggle like a stripper!

  • Hash Pipe: Weezer

Lately Weezer has been cropping up all over my iPod shuffle so I have had to let them out and into my world more often.

  • Natural One: The Folk Implosion

I love, love, love this damn tune.

  • I Feel Love (Blue Man Group Radio Edit): Blue Man Group

If you want to end on a super-fast note—try this version of the Donna Summer classic. Awesomeness!

  • Simple Man: Lynrd Skynrd

The best damn song from the best damn redneck band of all time.

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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What Did We Learn This Month? @FitnessMagazine with Isla Fisher on the May Cover! #fitbloggin 4

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness: May 2013

Isla Fisher photographed by Gavin Bond

Isla Fisher photographed by Gavin Bond

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

Isla Fisher

The hilarious and adorable Isla Fisher is the mother of two young girls and very concerned about their self-image and the hype machine of Hollywood. As such, she works to promote good health (rather than thinness) to her daughters and refuses to let them see her step on a scale.

Isla enjoys hiking around the mountains of Southern California plus her five-days per week yoga sessions to keep herself sane and was nice enough to share her favorite yoga poses from her instructor Kirschen Hagenlocher.

(How cute is she in outfit by the way?!)

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“Get a Hot Yoga Body”

Hilaria Baldwin (who is married to actor and noted hot head Alec Baldwin) is a top level yoga instructor and she offers this 20-minute routine to get your “om” on.

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“Spin Tricks”

Fitness loves Soul Cycle (I have taken classes with the editors at the NYC studio don’t ya know) and this workout comes via master instructor Rique Urseti.

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Are you looking to do your first triathlon this year? Well try this handy guide which promises to get you ready in 10 weeks. (Go for it!)

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“Bikini Boot Camp”

Cari Shoemate, cocreator of Bombshell Bootcamp in Houston, offers this workout to get you in the mood for heading to the beach soon.

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And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Bring Sexy Back” Try out some of these beauty tricks to get your backside ready for showing off!
  • “Secrets of the Stars” Curious as to what the biggest stars do to keep healthy and sane? Well look no further than this article. (Check out Cameron Diaz’ fab abs on page 92!)
  • “Off-Target Diagnosis?” Oof—as if I am not paranoid enough Fitness talked with doctors who say that there are several condition that are misdiagnosed in active women including UTI’s and Bronchitis. Be careful ladies!
  • “Eat at Your Own Risk” Food allergies are a BIG word this days in the healthy eating world. Learn the facts (and the hype) here.

Overall Grade:

A- Good workouts and good information in the May issue abound!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: Recharge Bars Giveaway and Bob Harper’s “Skinny” Controversy 15

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 34

Featuring: Bob Harper’s “Skinny” Controversy and the Dynamic Nutrition Recharge Bars Giveaway


You can win one of the two items featured in this photo!

You can win one of the two items featured in this photo!


Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s a new week and I have a brand-new giveaway just for you—my gorgeous readers. So let us jump right in and see how it goes…

Featured on my Vlog this week:

  • I had some action on Twitter this week when I posted a stern “tsk tsk” to Bob Harper for his new book “Jump Star to Skinny: The Simple Three-Week Plan for Supercharged Weight Loss” which promotes an 800 calorie per day diet for women (1200 for men) in order to lose up to 20 pounds in three weeks for a special occasion. Bob went on the Today show to talk about it (check out the clip here) and, of course, his feet were not exactly held to the fire here.
    • Even though this is supposed to be a news program (hardy har har!) Bob is a big star for NBC and they are not going to embarrass him by letting him know that 800 calories per day is considered by many health experts to be not only dangerous but at an eating disorder level. (Shaking my head…)
  • I show my next magazine reviews including Fitness, Health, Shape, SELF and Muscle and Fitness Hers.

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post (Please ignore the screen shot–oy!)

If you are interested in winning the three different flavors of the Recharge bars (Continental U.S. Only!) Please do the following:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below (very important!)

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, May 6th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

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


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


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



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!

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