From the Archives: Blerg. Plus Holiday Eating Tips.

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(c)naturalbox –

This is my most popular post from the 2014 holiday season, so I thought I’d share it again! Let me know what you think in the comments!

Next week is finals.  This is my first semester taking a full load of classes since 2008, and…well…
Blerg. That’s pretty much all my brain is capable of of at this point.

In the meantime, I’m still trying to keep up with nutrition news, which means one thing:

Holiday Eating Tips.

Apparently, this is all dietitians want to talk about at this time of year.  There are a few articles out there with good-but-healthy recipe ideas, but the majority are about How To Keep Off Weight Gain During This Oh-So-Disastrous Season. Continue reading

Review: Coloring Easter Eggs Naturally

File Mar 24, 12 15 26 AMMy friend C texted me earlier this week and said she wanted to try coloring eggs with natural dyes this year. Normally, I hate coloring Easter eggs. I’m the kind of clutzy that gets food coloring all over my hands and arms (and, yes, sometimes my face if I scratch my chin or something), and then it stays indelibly for about a week, and I look like a moron.

But, I thought, maybe natural dyes will be different! C is my crafting buddy – we’re always having knit-nights, shopping for yarn, making homemade Christmas cards, etc, so I knew I would have fun even if I did end up with green streaks all over me. Continue reading

Recipe Round-up: A Gluten Free Saint Patrick’s Day

(c) Alexas_Fotos, [2]

(c) Alexas_Fotos,

While I do love turning any food green and calling it a “Saint Patrick’s Day special,” this year I thought I would focus on actual, real, traditional Irish food (you know, instead of being an uncultured swine). And of course, having celiac disease as I do, all the recipes I make have to be gluten free. So, for your reading and cooking pleasure, I present the Irish recipes I want to try this week! Continue reading

A Dinner on Theme: “It’s All Green!”

Saint Patrick’s Day Yumminess

I have Scottish blood, not Irish. Ask anyone who is one or the other, and they will emphatically tell you that they’re Not. The. Same.

And yet, this doesn’t stop the annual Irish Festival from selling Scottish merchandise, and vice versa. Wrong on so many levels. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Workout: A Routine to Make You Feel Strong and Sexy

(c) geralt, [6], text added by HealthyEmilyIf you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I love themed stuff. Whether it be a Pinterest board, a super festive holiday outfit, or a punny menu planned around an event, I am all for it.

While I know some people who hate Valentine’s Day, I am not one of them. Even if I’m single, I’m all about dressing in pink and red and binging my favorite romantic comedies all day (or, alternatively, every single Valentine’s Day episode of The Office). It’s just fun.

I thought I’d share my favorite Valentine’s Day workout videos with you. There are three of them, and all together, they make up a 40 minute long routine that covers all the bases (cardio, strength, and mobility). And they’ll get you in the red, pink, and sparkly heart covered mood.Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend, a girls’ weekend, or hanging out and watching Netflix by your lonesome this weekend, you can still feel strong and sexy. Because we are!

So here we go:

We’re going to start out with a little Zumba. This is a beginner’s routine, but it’s easy to modify the movements to more advanced versions if you’re a Zumba pro. Either way, few workouts will make you feel as sexy as a booty-shaking Zumba fest. This video is about 14 minutes long.

Next up is a little cardio kickboxing. The video is led by Denise Austin – I like her a lot as a teacher. Her moves are easy to follow, and she isn’t as annoying as many teachers are.  Channel your inner (or outer) superhero for about 22 minutes.

Last, we’ll end things with a little of my favorite type of workout: yoga. This brief routine is only 4 minutes long, and is focused on moves that open up your heart (yeah, it’s cheesy, and yeah, I love it). It’s perfect to stretch out and cool down.

So, this workout is dancing, fighting, and opening your heart – pretty much a standard Valentine’s Day by any measure 🙂

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If you’re looking for some fun partner workouts -also very Valentine’s Day-ish, and you can do them with your S.O. or your BFF – check out these plans:

Buddy Up: The Partner Workout

Six Challenging Partner Exercises (all body weight movements!)

And if you’re looking for some great themed workout music, this post has 10 awesome playlists that are themed-within-the theme (i.e. for single ladies on V-Day, soul music, “crooner classics,” 80’s music, etc).

What are you up to this weekend? Are you on the pro-Valentine’s bandwagon, or are you of the anti- persuasion?

P.S. You can also find these, as well as my other favorite YouTube workouts, on my channel.

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving, (c) johnhain,

(c) johnhain,

I realized today that it has been 23 days since I last wrote a blog post. And yet, I couldn’t muster up my usual horror at such a realization.

November has not been a very good month. Forget April – it’s November that has traditionally whooped my butt. Living? Is exhausting. Continue reading