Lavender Lemon Bunny Cakes

You want to know what my favorite holiday is? Easter! While I don’t ever talk about religion on here, in the Catholic Church this holiday has more meaning than Christmas. I’ve also just always loved how it makes me feel with spring in the air. Without a major focus on presents as we see at Christmas (though I do love a good Easter basket), the holiday becomes more of a time to spend with family… and eat delicious food!

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Festive St. Patrick’s Day Fitness Recipes

I wrote this post for original publication on March 15, 2017 on the Newtown Athletic Club blog.

While many of you may have started celebrating this past weekend, St. Patrick’s Day is officially two days away and you can keep your celebrations lean, green and delicious without the fake food dyes, extra saturated fat, and sugar-filled boozy beverages. Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Colcannon

With just one week until St. Patrick’s day I am tapping in to the other side of my heritage – the Irish side! I grew up with a great sense of Irish pride in March thanks to my maternal Grandmother. Once she passed, my Mom carried on her traditions getting us white carnations with a green tint each St. Patrick’s day and having Irish baking or crafts to do, too. Past the soda bread and baked potatoes, I never ate quite as much Irish food as Italian though.

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Dairy Free Jalapeno Poppers

While my original recipe was delicious, and I have a newer protein packed stuffed hot pepper recipe too, this past weekend I made a fabulous upgrade to these poppers with a little roasted red pepper. In recent years, I would be SO over football right now since I am a New York Jets fan and Tim is a Jacksonville Jaguar fan (if you aren’t into football, they aren’t good and are never still playing at this point in the playoffs). We were extra into the final play-off games this year though and as such, threw ourselves a little football party with our favorite spicy foods. This included these poppers, some ginger almond flour crusted tofu (similar recipe here), and buffalo roasted cauliflower. Continue reading

Lentil Veggie Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Crust

This month’s Recipe Redux challenge began with quite a fun little game! In honor of closing out 2016, we were instructed to grab the nearest cookbook and turn to page 16, 21, 216 or a combo of 2-0-1-6 and redux that recipe.


Being in my kitchen when I read this, I reached for the Throwdown with Bobby Flay cookbook that my mother-in-law had gotten me years ago. While I absolutely loved that show and watch my fair share of Beat Bobby Flay these days, the cookbook has been more like decoration since we moved into our house 2 years ago! Time to dust it off and get creative! Continue reading

Protein Packed Vegan Lasagna

Guess what? This lasagna is not only protein packed. It is also gluten-free, vegan, and has an extra serving of veggies via the all-mighty kale.


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Turkey Trot Trade Up

I’ve done my fair share of turkey trots and was even planning on one this year in Jacksonville, FL. However, after an epic asthma attack a mile into the Rothman 8k in Philly last weekend, I decided to forgo the race and get a good couples circuit in with Tim instead.

I’ve had asthma as long as I can remember and while it is often exercise induced, it’s always worst late November – early December. Using weights for a moderate to high intensity circuit puts slightly less pressure on my cardio-respiratory system while still torching calories and boosting strength. Plus, some of these turkey trots somehow don’t even donate proceeds to a charity so put that money directly towards a charity that means something to you (I’ll be sharing all of my favorites for Giving Tuesday).

Many other people don’t enjoy running or due to injury cannot run and feel there are no other options without their local gym when traveling for the holidays. Some, my clients included, feel bad taking time to exercise when staying with loved ones who aren’t as active. No matter the reason, I have some suggestions for keeping activity up no matter who you’re spending the holiday with. For those that who need to keep it up and use exercise for stress and anxiety-management like me, or who are working towards health goals, I have a circuit you can do anywhere with some basic equipment!

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