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Lemon Garlic Shrimp Salad

I love everything about the way Lori Zanini approaches health and wellness — especially in the kitchen. Her recipes are so fabulous your whole family will be impressed, and so beautiful you’ll feel like a professional chef.

As a registered dietitian, Lori really knows her stuff. She loves helping people discover that eating healthy food doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste! Seriously my kind of girl.

I’m excited to share this recipe with you guys, and please let me know if you try it.

This recipe originally appeared in Lori’s cookbook, Eat What You Love Diabetes Cookbook

Serves 4 (2 cups salad + 1 shrimp skewer each)

Prep Time: 15 minutes + 10 minutes to marinate
Cook Time: 10 minutes

FOR THE CROUTONS
• 4 slices high-fiber whole-grain bread
• 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 large garlic clove, peeled and halved

FOR THE SHRIMP
• 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
• 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE SALAD
• ¼ cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
• ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled
• 8 cups bite-size pieces romaine lettuce
• 1 large cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
• ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

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Starshine Smoothie Bowl

Certified nutritionist and all-around awesome person Kara Stout sent in her recipe for this gorgeous Starshine Smoothie Bowl. Just look at it! Without even knowing what was in it I knew immediately that I wanted to make and eat it.

Kara says, “Smoothie bowls can add a ton of health, flavor and fun to your morning routine! This Starshine Smoothie Bowl is sure to get your day started on the bright side. It’s delicious and full of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats. It’s also dairy-free and sweetened with the natural sugar found in the banana. The fresh lime juice, greens and cilantro help to detoxify the body, and the flaxseed provides omega-3s, protein and lignans (polyphenols). Also, the superfood maca boosts the immune system, increases energy, improves focus and can balance hormones.

“Another benefit of smoothie bowls is getting creative with different toppings! This adds to the enjoyment of your breakfast in the mornings and hopefully gets you excited to start your day on a healthy note and continue making healthy choices throughout the day.”

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Marabeth’s Pizza and Pajama Party

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my sister Marabeth knows how to throw a party! A few weeks ago, she and her girlfriends got together for a Pizza and Pajama Party — but because we’re talking about Marabeth, you know they took things to the next level.

Rather than ordering delivery or popping some frozen pre-made pies in the oven, the ladies created a pizza bar complete with all the fixings to make their own personal slices of yum.

Not only is their pizza bar concept way more fun, it is a much healthier route to stuffing your face with pizza since you control the portion size by rolling out as little or as much crust and cheese as you prefer before piling on fresh veggies.

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Pomegranate Vanilla Skillet Cobbler

When I came across this recipe from Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is I practically fell out of my chair. Can we talk about this for a second?? Warm and fluffy cobbler with juicy berries and plump pomegranate seeds, topped with ice cream? Sign. Me. Up.

The splashes of ruby red makes this pretty dish almost too good to eat — but let’s not be ridiculous. If your crew is anything like mine, it might not even make it to the plates. Somebody hand me a spoon!

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It’s A Sugar Cookie Soirée

My sister Marabeth and her girlfriends are always getting together to do fun and creative activities. I’m having serious FOMO from their latest get-together, where they did a sweet twist on an ordinary potluck. The hostess had sugar cookie dough on hand and asked everyone to bring their favorite cookie ingredients. Together they made combinations of cookies to enjoy warm out of the oven and package-up for friends and family. What ingredient would you bring to this party? I’m partial to the holiday M&Ms…

I’ll let Marabeth tell you how they made their delicious “Christmas Bars.” Let me know if you try them at home!

My girlfriends and I had so much fun making these simple Christmas Bars! We had everyone bring their favorite cookie ingredients to make a fun new creation together and share! It was a blast!! I bought my sugar cookie mix already packaged, but if you want to make yours from scratch I’ve included a recipe below. We added white chocolate chips and M&M’s. It was so super easy — and even more fun!

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Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe:
• 1 1/2 cups of softened butter
• 2 cups of white sugar
• 4 eggs
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 5 cups all-purpose flour
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Recipe: Spicy Cool Roasted Squash

How can the same dish be both spicy and cool, you ask? Executive Chef Yousef Ghalaini of Fig at the Fairmont Hotel here in Santa Monica explains that it’s all about the spices — Vadouvan and Calabrian chili, paired against the cool sauce — cucumber yogurt with mint. This recipe is great as a side dish or entrée for a vegetarian night. This can even be made vegan if you omit the yogurt.

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This Tea Can Cure What Ails You

I look forward to the festive holiday season all year long. While traveling, gift giving, and perfecting passed down recipes can be so much fun, it can also be kind of stressful. Stressful situations make our immune system weaken while they’re working overtime. There’s nothing sadder than being sick over the holidays, so I like the idea of warming up and chilling out with this delicious tea that will keep you healthy throughout the season.

Ayurveda Practitioner Lois Leonhardi explains that Tulsi tea (also called “Holy Basil”) has been used by ancient cultures for its healing and rejuvenating qualities. Rich in antioxidants, it supports your immune system and digestive system. It’s naturally caffeine free so sipping the tea daily can help you feel — and even look — better. Continue Reading

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Ask Jules: On Injury and Inspiration

Hi Jules,

I am a 17-year-old dancer from Spokane, Washington. Last year, I sprained my ankle pretty badly and had to miss my classes and sit out of a recital. I thought that was the worst of it but then I just found out I also have to rehab my hip next year. I want to be the best I can but it seems like everything is holding me back from that. Your practice seems so perfect and effortless, have you ever had an injury that held you back or anything else in the way of your dancing?

McKenna

McKenna,

I am sorry you’re feeling so down! Hopefully my story will lift your spirits and show you that no, nothing will ever hold me back from dancing! A lot of people don’t know I injured my neck severely just four days before we left for the MOVE Live Tour in 2014. A previous injury that happened on the set of Rock of Ages came back with a vengeance. My C2, C3, C4, C5 vertebrae were out of place. Because of this injury, I had five ribs out of place, my hips were rotated forward on the right hand side, and I had a tingling sensation running down my left arm all the way to my ring finger.

For the entire MOVE Tour we had to find a physical therapist in every city who could work on me before each show. I’d use a stem machine throughout the day to loosen the muscles in the area and keep a rotation of heating pads on throughout the show in between dances. I even had to wear a neck brace (as you can see). Continue Reading

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Leftover Cranberry Dip

Can you believe Thanksgiving has already come and gone?! Not to be cheesy, but time really does fly when you’re having fun! And speaking of cheese (mmmmm… cheese), I discovered this great cranberry dip recipe that is phenomenal slathered on a bagel, on top of crackers, or even just spread over a piece toast.

I don’t know about you guys, but we always seem to have a leftover bag of fresh cranberries every year that just sits there begging to be whipped up into something — but I never know what. Now I do! Continue Reading

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Stand Up For Your Health!

Chances are you’re reading this from a laptop or maybe even a smart phone. Let me guess, your chin is pulled down toward your chest allowing you to look down at the screen, turning your posture into a slouch. Am I close?

Now sit up straight, square your shoulders back and lift your chin high — even if it means looking at the wall instead of this post. Doesn’t that feel better? That’s because it should! Humans were designed to stand this way, we weren’t ever actually built to be sitting for long periods of time. Think about this: when we stand in conversation we are eye to eye. It’s the most natural position for our bodies to be in.

This whole conversation was inspired by a colleague of mine. She was experiencing some pretty serious neck and back pain, and was finding the relief from a good massage was only temporary. Since there’s only so much time a girl can spend on a heating pad, she decided to look into what might be causing these aches. It turns out that years of sitting hunched over her laptop actually changed her posture and was causing all kinds of problems.

Remember when the kid in Jerry Maguire claimed the human head weighs eight pounds? Well, he was right! When my girl had her alignment checked, they discovered even though her head weighs eight pounds, the position she’d become accustomed to created 18 pounds of pressure coming down on her neck and shoulders! She was given three options: visit a doctor regularly to constantly correct her body, take prescription medicine to alleviate the discomfort, or create a better working environment and train her body to self-correct. You can bet she went with number three — and never looked back!

Below you’ll find some of the best ways you can create a workspace that benefits your body. In addition to these products, simple adjustments in your daily life can make a major difference in your posture. For example, when you’re scrolling through your newsfeed on your smart phone, hold the phone at eye level rather than holding it down toward your lap. Your neck will thank you! Continue Reading

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