The Best Salad Recipes

The best salad recipes to give your health a kickstart and help fuel your day!

A salad a day keeps the doctor away.  What you’ve never heard this?  Ok, well it’s because I just made it up.  BUT, I do think it is true.  Salads can be full of healthy, nutrient-dense goodies that can do things like lower your risk for certain cancers, aid your digestions, help your skin and so much more.  I try to eat a salad for lunch at least once, if not more, per week.

I know that having a salad can sound really boring, but I’m here to tell you that it is not!  There are plenty of delicious recipes that will provide you with the variety you are seeking.  Here is a round-up of the BEST salad recipes!


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Benefits of Meditation

Meditating sounds so zen but does sitting silent for a few minutes really do anything for you? Yes! Find out the benefits of meditation and tips to do it!

Hi all!  I apologize for the lack of posting last week.  I was feeling a little uninspired and instead of forcing some posts, I decided to just take a mini break. 

Today I want to talk meditation.  I know, I know, meditation is often seen as a hippy, dippy thing that only yogis and people with no commitments have time for.  In fact, I’m guilty of spending shivasana during yoga class thinking about my dinner rather than attempting to meditate.  I’m your typical type-A person that is always going, going, going and even when it looks like I’m sitting, reading or resting, I’m actually planning, thinking and preparing.


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Fazendinha Estacao Natureza

One thing that always amazes me is the ability of big metropolises to be so urban and then all of a sudden open up to something quaint and rural and unexpected.  That is exactly what we experienced this past weekend when we drove about 20 minutes from our house to a small kids farm in the middle of Sao Paulo.

We actually missed the entrance the first time because it was so unexpected driving around the city and you couldn’t see any farm-type place from the road.  But when we found it the second time around, we were surprised by how great the set up was for kids!  

After entering the park and being shown around.  We embarked on a fun excursion to get down to the level with the animals.  We walked across wooden bridges suspended over the animal pens, checking out everything below us from the bird’s eye view.  It ended with a slide that was fun for Cooper and a little awkward for the adults!  We later figured out that there is actually a very large, straightforward and stroller-accessible ramp down to the animals but we wanted to enter with a bang! 🙂


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Friday’s Food & Fitness: Ten Minutes is All it Takes

Hello and happy Friday!  I hope you had a great week.  The little guy and I went swimming a few times in the pool this week.  He is so hilarious!  He loves jumping in and having me catch him but he acts really casual about it like he is trying to fake me out and then all of a sudden jumps.  So so funny.

Friday's Food and Fitness

Welcome to Friday’s Food & Fitness.  Short on time today?  No problem!  All you need is 10 minutes!

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Do You Need 10,000 Steps a Day?

Well I would walk 10,000 {steps} and I would walk 10,000 more.  But would you really? We have all heard the recommendation to reach 10,000 steps a day to maintain your health and avoid the negative impacts of sitting.  But, have you ever tried to actually reach this goal?  Or do you just assume that you get about there everyday?  Recently a friend told me that her plan (and she is definitely not alone!) is to do her toning classes focused on strengthening her body and reach 10,000 steps a day to burn calories and keep the fat at bay.  This intrigued me and I set out to find out if this was a viable fitness plan.  How difficult is it to reach 10,000 steps a day and how does it impact my health?

Well, let me tell you, it is not easy!  I started using my Apple Watch to track my steps everyday.  The nice thing is that it also tells me my total active calories and the distance I have covered for the day.  I don’t know about you but I really enjoy looking at my stats and I feel a bit lost when I work out without a heart rate monitor on.  I like to check in on the numbers even if I don’t have any specific goal in mind.

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