My Top Five Healthy Favorites for Spring

Well, here we are again. It’s spring and we basically skipped winter. Although I’m feeling a little jipped that we didn’t have a blowout, hunker-down snow storm this year and we only got a few days of skiing in, I’ve finally accepted that spring is here.

The season is young and I’m feverishly trying to get in shape for an excellent mountain biking season. With all of this extra sunlight and warm weather, however, I’ve found some new springtime favorites.

1. Bon Appetit’s parsley, kale and berry smoothie

This is the perfect way to eat your greens without tasting them. Parsley is a natural anti-inflammatory and can help improve all sorts of ailments.

2. CXWORX core workout

This is a new 30-minute core training class from Les Mills. This class is super-intense and will have you ready for a bathing suit in no time. I’m loving the 30 minute format too. I catch my classes at Lynne Brick’s Belvedere.

3. Neti pot

Hello, allergies. They’re here if you haven’t noticed. To prevent those pesky morning sinus headaches, I use my neti pot every night with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp baking soda (this prevents the salt from burning). I know it’s gross, but it works.

4. Goldfish crouton salad

This one is really for the kids, but I like them too. I am one of those moms that doesn’t usually buy the “real” version of certain snack foods to avoid some of those pesky, unhealthy ingredients. After much negotiating from my kids I broke down and bought “real” goldfish, not the bunnies masquerading as goldfish, because I realized they weren’t that bad.

Put the goldfish on top of a salad with ranch dressing and you might be surprised how many salads your kids eat.

5. The perfect water bottle

I have found the Holy Grail of water bottles. This bottle is glass, which is the absolute safest material for preventing unnecessary leaching into your drink. You can use it for hot and cold beverages and it’s dishwasher safe. Just don’t break it; it’s not cheap!

Happy spring.

Pinterest Has My Interest

Since Facebook, Twitter and my assortment of websites and blogs don’t take up enough of my time, I decided it was time to dive into the wonderful world of pinning on Pinterest. This new website defines itself as “an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you” and it will happily fill any narcissistic gaps you’re feeling with Facebook and Twitter.

I think the next best thing would be another site called Pinbook. This would be a combination of Pinterest and Facebook that would allow people to pin pictures or words on virtual voodoo dolls of friends or foes. Just remember, you heard it here first.

Actually, a recent study indicates that Pinterest “drives more traffic than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn combined.” I’m not surprised. It will surely be blocked by most company internet systems due to its ability to suck in the user with captivating, inspirational pictures. You will have no problem squandering away a few hours a day on the internet finding the perfect subjects for your virtual bulletin boards.

Some businesses have done an excellent job creating an image for themselves through Pinterest. “Pin etiquette” states that it’s not encouraged for businesses to self-promote, but rather curate and share things that represent the company’s brand personality visually. I like this. No direct selling, just pretty, thought-provoking pictures with links. Several companies, such as Whole Foods, West Elm and Real Simple have done an excellent job branding themselves this way.

Personally, I have found a lot of clever and inspirational things to pin on my boards. One of my favorites, is salad in a mason jar. This clever idea was originally posted in the blog, Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body. I love the idea of a pretty salad to go. I made mine with my staple vinaigrette that I learned to make while studying in France a thousand years ago. Make sure to give your dressing a pulse in the blender so it won’t separate and pour it in the jar layering with your favorite salad goodies. Just shake when you’re ready to eat.

Happy pinning and eating and crafting and dreaming.