Pomegranate and Raspberry Kale Salad

Hello!  I’m super excited to share with you this amazing recipe today.  This Pomegranate and Raspberry Kale Salad is simple and totally delicious.  Make it for lunch today!  The recipe comes from my 30 Day Clean Eating Guide, available at hiitthebarre.com.  It is part of my HIIT the Barre program and I absolutely love how good it tastes as well as how good it is for you!

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Tips for Getting in Shape This Year (No Diet Required!)

It’s the New Year which means everyone is collectively feeling the remnants from the holidays on their waistline, wallet and will.  So what to do?  Well, every year thousands of people recommit to their health by joining a gym, starting a new exercise plan or going on a diet.  I’m here to tell you that while these are all good pursuits, you also need to make changes that will help you in your lifestyle.  So here are a few Tips for Getting in Shape this Year.

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Friday’s Food & Fitness: 30 Day Clean Eating Plan

Hello hello!  This has been such a whirlwind week!  I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the sneak peek into my new e-book, HIIT the Barre™!  I’ll be giving you a bit more today!

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Tropical Thanksgiving

I mentioned Monday that this was a big party weekend around here and I wasn’t kidding!  After Cooper’s Transportation Birthday Party on Saturday, we kicked off Sunday with Tropical Thanksgiving!  My parents and my in-laws were both visiting and overlapping for just this one weekend so I knew I had to fit in Thanksgiving.  This year I knew I would have a hard time finding some of the more traditional Thanksgiving foods like butternut squash, pumpkin and more so I decided to take matters into my own hands and enter: Tropical Thanksgiving!

I have to say that I’m actually obsessed with this now and want to do it every year.  The star flavor was pineapple and it blended old and new tradition so well!

The day started at 4:30am when I popped my 30 lb turkey in the oven!  I don’t think I got a photo of the thing whole but it was HUGE!  Don’t worry, I went back to bed after putting in the oven but with an estimated 9 hours of cooking time, I knew I needed to get it in so we wouldn’t be eating at midnight (especially because my parents’ flight was at 11pm!).  Plus, our entire street was to be without power from 9:30-3:30 (it was actually about 9:45-6!!!) so I had to get things going.  Luckily I have a gas oven.

We started out with a cocktail hour featuring Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Pineapple Dipping Sauce and Pineapple Lime Rickeys.  I carved out the inside of mini pineapples and then froze the pineapples to act as our cocktail glasses.  I then took the pineapple innards and blended them up in the blender to make a juice and added lime juice, agave and vodka.  Aloooooha!

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Friday’s Food & Fitness: Understanding MyPlate

Hello and happy Friday to all!  We celebrated Cooper’s second birthday yesterday, although technically his party is tomorrow.  I made him some spaghetti bolognese for dinner and treated him to some chocolate cake after.  He was a happy fellow.  Plus, while I took five minutes to go to the bathroom he found his birthday present.  

I bought him this amazing car racing track from Little People that I knew he was going to love.  My Dad put it together and then we covered it with a bed sheet and I hid it in my closet.  Well, I opened the door after using the restroom to have Cooper run up to the door and start pointing and saying “Wow!” (ok already so cute!).  He had managed to go into my closet, find the present wrapped in a sheet, take the sheet off and drag the present out into the bedroom.  I’m not even kidding.  It was perhaps the funniest and sweetest thing ever!

I had been saving the present for today because the Hubs had to be away for work and I wanted us to both give it to him.  But Cooper had other plans.  Apparently he didn’t understand it was his birthday but definitely understood he was due a present!  Haha!  Oh well, at least he was so excited to talk to Dada on FaceTime that he grabbed my phone and ran into the living room (where he dragged it to next) to show Dada on the phone his new toy.  He showed him how to race the car while pointing, laughing, clapping his hand over his mouth and shouting “wow”!  #priceless

Friday's Food and Fitness

Anywho, welcome to Friday’s Food & Fitness!

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