WINNERS UPDATE: Get out your legwarmers and your handweights, Ladies, because you are the winners: Sue Rogers; Martha C and Marge!
Can we combine Mother’s Day with health, fitness and food? I say yes! I’ve been testing, reading, cooking and rocking my my core over the last few months to assemble this Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Though, looking at the list, these are all products I believe we should just be able to buy ourselves, moms or not, because they’ll add to our energy to our lives. So whether you gift or get, please enjoy the following:
Acacia Fitness DVDs : I love when the people at Acacia send me a new batch of their great fitness videos because I really like variety in my workouts. And, I recently broke up with my gym after an incident at yoga class, so I’m unattached at the moment. Who better to workout with than Kristi Yamaguchi or Kathy Smith? No one– because these women are no pushovers. I lent my friend Ryan the Kathy Smith video and she whined to me that next day, “That was hard!” Yes, have you seen Kathy Smith? She didn’t get that way doing it easy! New videos out by Acacia Fitness include yoga asanas from Shiva Rae, the Sparkpeople Boot Camp and the Canyon Ranch. (I love the Shiva Rae More Daily Energy dvd with 7 different 20 minute practices.) Want to win a set of Acacia Fitness videos? Leave a comment and 3 winners will be drawn at random on Mother’s Day at noon PST. Each winner will receive 2 videos, including a copy of Sparkpeople 28 – day Boot Camp. Thanks, Acacia Fitness for providing the videos.
5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking : 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness by Camilla Saulsbury I love, love, love this cookbook. For those of you who’ve been following long with my weekly organic produce delivery on Facebook, you’ll know I’ve been trying to incorporate more greens and veggies into my cooking. But sometimes, the veggies arrive and I have no idea what to do with two bunches of rainbow chard or purple baby artichokes. Enter this compendium of healthy recipes from famed Canadian cookbook publisher Robert Rose. And I mean compendium! 5 Steps to Healthy Cooking may not be the snappiest of titles and you don’t get a lot of fancy photos, but you get a LOT of recipes for almost anything you can think of in your farmer’s market basket. Some of my faves so far: Quinoa Kale Breakfast Casserole, Warm Cauliflower and Parsley Salad and Shrimp, Grapefruit and Watercress Salad. Good nutritional information included with every recipe. Lots of non-meat options. Click here to find the author’s great food blog Enlightened Cooking and the recipe for my new family standard sidedish: Lemony Quinoa Salad
Mom Energy by Ashley Koff and Kathy Keahler Yes, another book, but this one is all about eating, nutrition and exercise without the tempting dessert recipes. The authors are heavy weights in their respective fields of nutrition (Koff) and fitness ( Kaehler) . If you really want to dig deep into how you can make your body perform the everyday functions of being a mom at the highest levels– and you’re a bit of a nutrition-geek– then Mom Energy is right up your alley. Here’s a hint: it’s not coffee and energy bars! Ashley Koff describes her approach as “qualitarian”– eating good quality foods with high nutritional impact. I saw Ashley Koff last year at a presentation and she blew me away with her own momenergy! And Kathy Kaehler has always been one of my favorite fitness personalities with her great attitude and commonsense approach. This is a book that will get you thinking. I learned a tremendous amount from reading Momenergy. To learn more about Momenergy, including how to get a free download of a sample chapter, click here for AshleyKoff.com
Sambazon Smoothies Sambazon professes to be the Amazon Superfood company and those are catch words that I fall for every time. Why just eat food when you can eat a superfood? And if that food comes with the approval of the Fair Trade Partnership to protect the rainforest? Win-win. My sons and I tried these as a free sample and we were hooked. I’m a little suspicious of the promise of smoothies, but the Sambazon delivers in taste and nutrients. The boys ( and their many friends who eat my food) love the chocolate/almond/coconut milk variety. (So much so that one of the friends actually asked if I could buy some more!) I go for the greens. To read more about Sambazon Smoothies, click here
Don’t forget to comment to win a set of Acacia Fitness DVD’s . Tell me what’s on your list to get healthy this spring.
Embracing my Chaos, Lian
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