Whole-Wheat Banana Cornbread + The Secret to Perfectly-Baked Bread

Whole-Wheat Banana Cornbread

Earth Day is coming up in just two weeks, so I decided to take my Sunday to make the most of what I had in my kitchen, including spotted bananas. The result truly turned (almost) trash into treasure! I'll let you in on the big bread secret first, then get on with the recipe. Have you ever had a loaf of bread stick to your loaf pan stronger than Kimye sticks to the Hollywood spotlight? This is especially common in low-fat recipes, ...continue reading

Turkey + Hummus Cucumber Sub

Cucumber Sub

Please forgive me for the unannounced posting hiatus and all-around social media silence over the past couple weeks. In addition to my usual job, fitness classes and freelance projects (have you checked out my stories on Recipe.com yet?), I've been preparing to take my AFAA and NASM exams to become a certified group fitness instructor and a certified personal trainer. Yesterday, I spent 8 hours in a group fitness studio ...continue reading

March Madness Playlist + Snacks

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Happy March Madness! For a sports fan like me, this is the most wonderful time of the year besides Christmas. I'm a sap for the fun, family time and general good cheer! Back to the point at hand: The 64 teams are now set and hit the courts beginning today! In honor of their athletic prowess and the bass-pumping music that gets the crowds even more into the action, I designed a playlist so we can all sweat right alongside the tournament ...continue reading

Healthy Single-Serving PB&J Cake

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When I was a kid, "hot lunch" was a steady rotation of rubbery pizza, turkey and gravy over white bread, purple-hued hot dogs and overcooked spaghetti. As a result, my Mom or I packed a brown bag nearly everyday. I can probably count the number of times I bought a hot lunch ticket during my K-8 career on one hand. Since sandwich + fruit or vegetable+ treat (chips, dessert, etc.) was on rotation 180 days per year for nine years, I was ...continue reading

Get Lucky Workout + Playlist

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Have you recovered from Daft Punk overload yet? After summer of 2013's "Get Lucky" vs. "Blurred Lines" debate, I'm still healing from the ear worm. :) It was awesome inspiration, though, while building my latest workout class playlist for St. Patrick's Day fun! From luck to money to magic, all of the tracks on the mix below will have you seeing green while you're training mean. Scroll down and flip on the 20-song mix, then crank out ...continue reading

Spring Forward Playlist

Spring

Considering the weather around much of the country for the past four months, I think it's safe to say it's been a looooong winter (give or take an "o"). True, there have been colder and snowier winters, but with bone chilling temperatures for weeks at a time, the polar vortex and loads of snow, a hint of spring this weekend is very welcome. Oh yes, and more daylight starting Sunday! In honor of springing forward and the predicted 60° ...continue reading