Google docs rocks and my first giveaway!

WAHOO!!!!
It’s almost Friday and I’ve been so excited about this post all day long during work, as my thighs quivered during Physique, and while perusing the produce section at Whole Foods in preparation for tonight’s dinner. The blog world has been so helpful in my transition to New York City as it has allowed to meet amazing women who I not only have health and fitness in common with but also enjoy their company and friendship. Lately we’ve spent our afternoons sending emails or gchats back and forth trying to figure out which class or gym the other is going to that evening. I missed out on hanging with Missy and Dori last week because I forgot they were going to Physique and then yesterday I missed out on the awesome opportunity to get in some stretching and grooving with them at Yoga. I realized that a simple Google Document, if used properly, could be the answer to all of this. Therefore, i’ve created the following NYC Workout Schedule. I’ve updated this document with my workout and race schedule and hope each and every NY/NJ reader will do the same! Hopefully each NYC reader will click on the above link and put their information in there and then update it. This way we can have random meetings at races, classes, or even regular gym workouts! Every magazine talks about finding alternative ways to hang out with friends beyond drinks and dinner. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Melissa, Dori, and others through working out and hope you will too! Maybe some of the Charlotte, Orlando, and Boston folks can do something similar.
Okay, no more suspense! For my first giveaway I will be mailing one lucky reader some awesome loot that Bo and I have been loving lately!
2 jars of Peanut Butter and Company (White Chocolate Wonderful and Smooth Operator)
Wildwood Organics Gift Pack (an awesome koozie, highlighter, pens, magnet, and 6 awesome coupons for their probiotic humms)
and The Ginger People Ginger Chews

To enter:

  1. Leave me a comment giving us a suggestion for the blog.
  2. Link back to this post on your blog and let me know below. If you do not have a blog, leave me a comment letting me know.
  3. Add me to your blogroll and follower and let me know below.

I will choose the winner Monday, May 4th and will therefore cut off the contest at 12:01 Monday morning. Good Luck!!

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For added spice, rub breasts thoroughly

Okay, I new that title would get you!

Bo and I are learning to balance a dual career lifestyle with healthy eating and working out. The working out part deserves a post of it’s own but tonight I thought i’d let you in on a secret that has been helping us out the last few weeks. Three weeks ago, while roaming through our Tribeca Whole Foods we discovered Rub with Love spices. The online store features 13 different flavors ranging from the 3 we found at Whole Foods (pork, chicken, and salmon) to Exotic Mushroom and Spicy Tokyo. Each one is 3.5 oz and while it says there are 33 servings i’d say each one will last at least five dinners if you average 4-5 pieces per dinner. Each one is fragrant and filled with a deep flavor that goes far beyond Mrs. Dash or your old standby friends, S&P. The chicken rub, which I used tonight on our boneless, skinless chicken breasts includes star anise, coriander, cinnamon, and ancho chili which allows a once blah chicken breast to reach new heights! These rubs have been a blessing because they are fast and much easier than sauces or full recipes but still leave our pallette satiated.

WEEKNIGHT MEAL TIP

A little prep can go a long way for one’s love life and relationship. While we’ve taken turns each night, we’ve settled into a Rub with Love routine. Whoever gets home first rubs the meat/fish thoroughly ensuring that every nook and cranny is filled with flavor and then puts the meat/fish back in the rubbermaid to marinate in the fridge. After that the lucky one chops our two vegetables of the evening, mixes them with olive oil spray and seasons before putting them back in their Rubbermaid and in the fridge. This process allows us to enjoy each other’s company in the kitchen and catch up in a relaxed atmosphere while we put the two pans in the oven (vegetables and main course) and make our salads together.
What is your favorite weeknight recipe? Send me your favorite weeknight recipe or meal idea along with a link to your blog (if you have one) and i’ll feature them all in an upcoming post.

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GUEST POST: Fresh Ideas for Spring Veggies from A-S

I am so excited to turn over this post to one of my favorite New York ladies, Aimee of Healthy Apple!

Good afternoon everyone, I’m Amie from The Healthy Apple blog, and I am delighted to be guest-posting today on Ashley’s blog. I am a Nutritionist who believes in the philosophy ‘Everything in Moderation’. I feel it is important for each of us to enjoy life as well as try new foods and experiences. We need to take time for ourselves and make sure we are providing our bodies with Primary Foods and Secondary Foods each and every day. Today I am going to be sharing with you some of my favorite springtime veggies as well as a tasty recipe.

Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year, not only because it is the arrival of warmer weather and beautiful, blossoming flowers, but because I start looking forward to serving my favorite Spring veggies such as artichokes, sweet corn, fresh spinach, crisp green beans, Swiss chard, asparagus and broccoli. These spring veggies are delicious and each one packs a serious nutritious punch with each bite!

Asparagus: One cup of these hearty stalks packs in 3 grams of fiber and supplies us with a plethora of antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin C, folate and vitamin A.

Artichokes: One gorgeous artichoke has 10 grams of fiber along with scores of folate and vitamin C.

Broccoli: One cup of these little green trees provides us 2 grams of fiber alongside a nice dose of vitamin A, folate and vitamin C.

Green Beans: Each cup of crispy green beans fills us up with 4 grams of fiber, a nice dose of omega 3’s, vitamin A, folate and calcium.

Spinach: These dark leafy greens are my favorite; they are loaded with antioxidants such as folate, vitamin C, beta carotene, omega 3 fatty acids and a fabulous dose of calcium.

Sweet Corn: Corn on the cob is one of the most delicious ways to enjoy sweet corn; each ear awards us 2 grams of fiber, a load of antioxidant phytochemicals and folate.

Swiss Chard: This dark leafy green comes in two fabulous colors: deep green as well as vibrant red. My favorite choice, however, is the rainbow chard, which makes each dish look incredibly colorful! These tasty leaves pack in 4 grams of fiber, a load of vitamin A and beta carotene, as well as vitamin C, calcium and folate.

Here is a delicious spring veggie recipe that will satisfy your palate and get you ready for the warmer weather.

Sautéed Spring Veggies and Goat Cheese

Ingredients

• 1 Bunch Swiss Chard

• 1 Bunch Asparagus

• ¼ cup Dried Cherries

• 1 cup No-Salt added Vegetable broth

• 2 Tsp. Olive Oil

• ¼ cup Crumbled Goat Cheese

• ¼ cup Walnuts (Toast by lightly browning in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat, stir frequently)

• 1 Tsp. Minced Garlic

Directions

• Slice Swiss chard into thin strips. Cut ends off of both asparagus and Swiss chard. Rinse and drain well. Add to a skillet with 1 cup of vegetable broth. Cook for 5 minutes. Drain well.

• Add olive oil to the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir. Add asparagus and Swiss chard; sauté for 3 minutes.

• Transfer asparagus and Swiss chard to a serving dish. Top with toasted walnuts, dried cherries and crumbled goat cheese.

• Enjoy!

So, as this beautiful spring weather starts to arrive, be sure to check out your local farmer’s market and pick up some of these luscious spring vegetables. I hope each of you enjoys my Sautéed Spring Vegetable and Goat Cheese recipe above. Send me a comment and let me know your thoughts! I would love to hear from you.

As I mentioned previously, I am a Nutritionist with a passion for cooking, baking and healthy living in the Big Apple of NYC. My Nutrition Counseling is a unique, exciting innovation in health and nutrition. While most dietitians dwell on calories, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, restrictions and lists of good and bad foods, I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline. No one diet works for everyone, therefore I will guide you to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support you. I will also help you make gradual, lifelong changes that enable you to reach your current and future health goals.

Contact me today at thehealthyapple@gmail.com for a free health consultation. We will discuss your unique situation in depth and determine how I can help you reach your personal goals. Aside from Nutrition Counseling, I also provide Menu Planning, Personal Shopping/Food Store Tours/ Cooking Parties and In-Home Demonstrations.

Thank you Ashley for asking me to guest post on your blog today. Have a wonderful day everyone- I hope the sun is shining wherever you are!

All the Best,

The Healthy Apple

http://thehealthyapple.wordpress.com/

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