Minute to Win it

Yesterday I got up at 5am (straightened my hair, tried on 4 different outfits & walked the dogs) & drove to Studio City for my 11am audition for “Minute to Win It” Game Show.  I was excited, nervous, sticky with perspiration, felt jittery but pumped & my brain was like a washing machine of ideas [...]

Monster Pancakes!

Regular pancakes are getting boring.  So the kids & I got creative this morning! My healthy start was 1 cup “Heart Smart” Bisquick (adorned with a Box Top for my school), 1/2 cup wheat flour, 1/4 ground flax seed, 1 grated apple with skin, 1 egg + 3 egg whites, 1/4 cu 1% milk, 1 [...]

Beets, Soup and Ice cream oh my!

After an hour ‘strength training workout’ in my living room, (while watching my favorite shows “Modern Family” & then “Minute to Win it”) I headed out for some fresh groceries.  As I loaded the conveyor belt to the cashier, I smiled at my selections!  Raw beets, cucumbers, carrots, sweet potatoes, organic mixed greens, peppers, tomatoes, [...]

Chocolate Fiber Crunch

Okay, I am on a roll with this healthy chocolate thing & have just melted semi sweet chocolate chips with fiber one cereal to satisfy my sweet tooth & get some vitamins, minerals & fiber!  I remember seeing The Chocolate Bar in Texas sell blobs of Lucky Charms tossed with chocolate, but I’m upping the [...]

Chocolate Cereal with a bit of health!

One of my daily missions is to find sugar, chocolate & health intertwined & here they are!  Good fiber, whole grain, no high fructose corn syrup & real chocolate!  Special K Chocolaty delight & Chocolate Mini Wheats are good dessert or anytime snacking material!

Dark Chocolate RULES!!!

I forget that chocolate is derived from a plant (the cacao plant).  It contains cell-protective phytochemicals, more commonly referred to as “antioxidants.” Researchers have discovered that a standard dark chocolate candy bar contains about twice as much antioxidants as a glass of red wine. This is great news!!! Chocolate contains a surprisingly big quantity of [...]

Swim when ya can!

Driving home from L.A. I passed a public pool at 6:15pm.  I pulled in and asked when lap swim times were & got LUCKY, 5-7pm! Moral of the story: ALWAYS carry your swim suit & goggles in the car.  Even though I only swam for 35 minutes it was rewarding & breathtaking to see the [...]

Vegas Buffets Rock!

12 friends met in Vegas for 2 days to celebrate my college roommate’s 40th Birthday!   On the flight there I customized my cell phone settings, changed it’s display & finally read all the “tips” in its manual!  I’d been stuck in my 2007 habits & now I’m in the 2010 decade of shortcuts. While [...]


Dieting was the topic on the Today Show this morning.  The Cookie Diet, currently popular, spurred me to go get an apple fritter at Starbucks.  I liked the diet strategy of “portion size” & Starbucks’ “Nutrition by the Plate” brochure confirmed my doughnut was NOT even the worst food there.   WHO KNEW that a [...]


My small town, although abundant with road & mountain bikers, is not swimmer friendly. There is no lap pool.  So, twice a month I drive 40 minutes & pay to swim in the next big town’s lap pool.    Feeling confident, I joined in a “workout lane.” I hit my anaerobic threshold pace just to [...]