I’m so excited to have Meghan Rosko back with one of her amazing cookie recipes and design tutorials! She always makes me feel like I could make something beautiful, and no matter how my batch turns out I always have a blast trying!
Besides, even if your icing skills aren’t going to win awards anytime soon, the cookies are still insanely delicious.
Fall is one of the best seasons for flavor combinations, and what better way to celebrate the leaves falling and cooler temperatures than with a Warm Apple Spiced Sugar Cookie recipe.
To add an extra layer of fall fun, I decided to decorate these cookies into festive little pumpkins!
Here’s the recipe:
Recipe for the Cookie Dough (yields about 2 dozen cookies):
• 1 cup of butter (room temperature)
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 egg
• 5 tsp. apple cider
• 1 tsp salt
• 3 cups flour
• 1 tsp cinnamon
For this week’s Ask Jules, I’m going to share a question I actually had for one of my favorite people, David Zint! David is a senior instructor and training officer at SoulCycle, as well as a personal trainer and life and motivational coach. He’s pretty much the coolest person all around. I’m so happy to have David sharing his advice today, but remember — always do what feels right for you and your body!
I am wondering what the absolute best breakfast would be before taking one of your morning classes or getting into an early intense cardio session? If I were taking a super early the-sun-just-came-up class, do I have to eat breakfast beforehand or can I wait until after?
On most days around mid-afternoon I begin to deflate, feeling like a sinking balloon days after a party. Caffeine always crosses my mind but I know one cup of coffee too late in the day usually translates to tossing and turning late at night.
Luckily I discovered a healthy (and delicious!) way to energize that won’t result in a late night buzz or early crash.
My Pretty Powder Super Smoothie has become my must have for many reasons. Besides giving me a great energy boost, Hum Nutrition’s superfood powder also keeps my metabolism in check. I call it pretty powder because in addition to keeping me out of cranky status, it also improves my skin tone. Plus, there’s no feeling less attractive than being tired and hungry. From there, things can get ugly.
• 1 scoop Hum Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder
• 1 cup almond milk
• ½ banana
• ½ cup strawberries
• ½ cup ice
Blend until smooth and enjoy your day!
By the way, if I don’t have time to make this smoothie, or when traveling on the go, I’ll skip the ingredients and mix one scoop of Raw Beauty from Hum Nutrition into a serving of water or almond milk. This would be an easy way to perk up while you’re at work or school and sans blender.
It’s officially September, so that means one thing in the world of wonderful snacks: pumpkin flavored everything! Every year I look forward to a toasty, spicy latte. It feels awesomely nostalgic and sends my taste buds into a fall frenzy. When I learned how unhealthy those pumpkin lattes can be when purchased at most coffee chains, I sought out a solution. Many cafes use a ton of sugar, artificial colors, flavors, and to my shock — zero actual pumpkin!
This recipe uses real pumpkin and sweetens with honey, but you could use agave or other sweetener you prefer. Even 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar, if that’s your jam! It also works whether you’re a coffee or a tea person. Either way you sip it, it’s sooo good.
I feel like the luckiest girl ever now having shot four covers for SHAPE Magazine! Every issue has made me increasingly more proud to have the chance to work with the talented SHAPE team. The magazine is a great opportunity for me to connect with you about what I believe it takes to feel good from the inside out.
Many of you have written in to the magazine with questions for me regarding my fitness routine. Below, I’ve answered 10 questions from SHAPE readers. I hope they inspire you to live, love and move to your fullest!
1. What do you find to be the most effective ab exercise? — Rachel M. on Facebook
I love them all! I find that mixing up my moves is what’s most effective. I like to lay on a box during leg raises, so I can really use my lower abs with each movement. I also love standing exercises for abs where I can really isolate my torso. I sometimes add hand weights to these moves in order to work my obliques too. Both are effective!
2. What’s your go to food when refueling after a workout? — Jude J. on Facebook
I have a protein shake right after my workoust. Otherwise I’ll get hungry an hour after and binge on something I probably shouldn’t!
3. What do you feel like was your biggest achievement? — Caren S. on Facebook
I feel really lucky because I view all my little achievements as one big achievement. I feel most accomplished when I’m living a balanced lifestyle with diet and exercise, in my relationships with friends, family, and my fiance. All these little things add up 🙂
5. How do you stay on track with eating healthy on the weekends? — @pattilli7 on Instagram
Everything in moderation! I also like to say I’m committing to having a healthy lifestyle rather than using the phrase “dieting.”
6. How do you stay motivated? What do you binge on? — @michele_stuurman on Instagram
I stay motivated because I find that I actually FEEL better when I’m putting healthy, yummy food into my body. When I binge, I definitely go straight for the pizza and pasta!
Like almost everyone else I know, I was pretty glued to the Olympics last week. There’s nothing more inspiring than witnessing others who have worked and trained so hard going after their dreams. I was especially surprised how excited I was while watching the rowing competitions. I love the aspect of teamwork, the graceful movements of the oars and how beautiful the boats look gliding across the water.
Watching these athletes perform inspired me to mix things up when it came to my own performance. I asked my trainer Erica Hood from Body By Simone if she would come up with a workout inspired by rowing for our next training session. Erica delivered an short and simple move that I’m so excited to share with you!
This exercise works your upper body, back, lats and core, and all you need is a good set of Resistance Bands and you’re ready to go!
Olympics-Inspired Rowing Workout: The Seated Upright Row
For more fitness inspiration follow Erica on Instagram @errrrrrrka.
In a sea of protein bar options, only one promises and delivers “goodness on all levels.” GoMacro is my go-to not only because their bars are made of all-natural plant based ingredients, but also because their mission (besides providing healthy deliciousness) is to have positive effects on the planet and beyond.
GoMacro truly pays it forward in many directions. In years past, part of proceeds from the vegan harvest goes directly to the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, a home to neglected and abandoned farm animals. They also support macrobiotic education and health recovery programs at the Kushi Institute in Massachusetts.
There are many moving components when it comes to getting in a good workout. Staying hydrated, eating the right foods to fuel your energy, and knowing what you’re doing in order to avoid injury are the most important elements to consider. Wearing clothes that allow you to move freely and choosing the best shoes for your foot and type of exercise are major ones, too.
I’ve found when it comes to working out it’s the minor details that often provide even more support, allowing me to have a more effective workout. And when I have all these things prepared and at the ready, I can hit the gym before I have time to make any excuses. 🙂
Here are the 7 things I have to have to get my sweat on!
Pizza is definitely one of my favorite food groups. What’s that? You don’t think pizza is a food group? Well, let’s just agree to disagree.
Whether I go with a classic cheese or pile my pie high with yummy toppings, it’s always good to me. When I heard people taking about replacing the dough with a cauliflower crust, I was skeptical. How could it possibly taste the same? Then I gave it a go and surprisingly, I liked it! Is it chewy, doughy bread? No. Is it totally the same as my usual bite of pizza? Nope. But it is delicious, just in a different way.
I try not to ever feel guilty for what I eat, but sometimes I can’t help but think, whoa — I just cleared my plate. My second plate. With cauliflower-crusted pizza, you can consume your heart out because you’re grubbing on good for you foods that closely resemble a splurge.
Definitely try this one at home and let me know what you think!
This recipe had me at chocolate. And then again at avocado. Is it possible to put two of the greatest things ever together and still taste amazing, or will all that goodness cancel the other out? The answer: YUM.
Leave it to Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is to whip up a sweet treat that is not only good for your health (hello, antioxidants), but for your skin and hair, too! The best benefit of them all is the one that happens on your tastebuds. Enjoy!