Red Wine vs White Wine

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is in full swing. Have you found yourself with a calendar full of social gatherings, family dinners and holiday parties? You are not alone – that is the season. Unfortunately at this season, all the extra calorie...

Listen More, Talk Less

In the fitness industry, there is always so much focus on which muscles to exercise and how to exercise them. Today, I want to talk about a group of muscles that get neglected when it comes to focus on exercising them: the ear muscles. Yep, I am exploring why we all...

The Daniel Plan Simulcast

As some of you may know, for some time now I have been involved in a project with Saddleback Church called The Daniel Plan, as one of their fitness experts. The Daniel Plan is a lifestyle program that centers around five aspects of life: faith, fitness, food, friends...

Exercise And Pregnancy

When it comes to what to expect when you are expecting, exercise and pregnancy is one topic that is more commonly inquired about than others. Join me as I take you through some of the facts and best practices to having a safe yet active pregnancy. While it may not...

The Importance of Gratitude

The Importance of Gratitude As we approach the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, gratitude is a strong theme. However, the importance of gratitude is not just a seasonal consideration. The Bible urges us in countless places to give thanks to God. But sometimes this...

Low Calorie Snack Foods

Have you ever been sitting at your desk and were suddenly struck with the urge to snack? Or what about watching the game on a Sunday, when having something to munch on just seemed appropriate? Sometimes we are in situations where hunger and nutrition are not our...

Benefits of Rowing Machines

As boutique fitness studios and classes strive to innovate and compete with one another, one recent trend has been group rowing classes. Many claim that rowing is the new spin. Because of this, the benefits of rowing machines are being focused on more than ever. Could...

Transformation Tuesday

One trend that is particular to the fitness industry is “Transformation Tuesday.” Each Tuesday, you can be sure social media feeds will be full of examples of those who have gone through personal transformations. Strides made in weight loss and muscle gain...

How Exercise Can Prevent The Flu

Nothing is worse than coming down with the flu. There is the obvious the discomfort of the symptoms. Going to work or running usual errands seems impossible, yet is sometimes necessary. Sickness can temporarily remove us from our social and active lifestyles. This...

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

The fall season ushers in a tempting array of pumpkin products. There is something about this squash vegetable that is seasonally great. Yet so often, it is found in the form of pumpkin pies, pumpkin cupcakes or other high-sugar treats that do not always fit in with...

5 Benefits of Taking A Dance Class For Fun

Since today is Friday, it only seems appropriate to focus on a new idea for how you can incorporate a little more fun into your life. I am all about being active in ways that are enjoyable. It is important not to take yourself or life too seriously. Mission...

Motivation For Working Out

We all have those days. Maybe you just cannot drag yourself out of bed in the morning. Or maybe you do not have the energy after a long day at work. Whatever the scenario is, we are probably all guilty of losing motivation for working out and saying, “I do not...

The Fruit Of The Spirit

Whether you are a relative newbie to your faith journey or you have been around the church all your life, you have no doubt heard the whole notion of the fruit of the Spirit. The most common association is Galatians 5:22-23, which reads But the fruit of the Spirit is...

The Benefits of Swimming

Looking to change it up from your typical weight routine or standard cardio? Learn about the benefits of swimming as exercise, and consider hopping in the pool. Whether you are looking to get started with working out, or you simply want to change it up, I am sure you...

Tony Horton Kitchen At 7-Eleven

We can no doubt all relate to making a poor nutrition choice at 7-Eleven. Whether it’s on a road trip, in a late night moment of weakness or just because it’s the easiest stop you can find, 7-Eleven can be a go-to destination for a quick snack. Convenience...

Beef and Barley with Edamame

Great healthy meal for the day or family. If you are looking for more of a kick add some chili pepper!
What you will need:
½ c. onions, chopped
8 oz. organic, grass-fed beef tenderloin
1 c. edamame
4 c. low-sodium stock
2 tsp fresh thyme

Cheese Cookies

Yay for cookies and yay for cheese! Now this is not a sweet cookie, but more like appetizer with a kick!
What you will need:
½ lb butter (very soft)
½ lb sharp grated cheddar cheese (2 c.)
2 c. flour (do not add all at once)
1 tsp Cayenne (red pepper)
2 c. Rice Krispies

Chinese Casserole

When was the last time you used your casserole dish? It’s time to bust it out for this Chinese inspired dish!
What you will need:
1 lb bulk sausage
1 lg onion, chopped
½ green bell pepper, chopped
½ c. celery, chopped
½ c. uncooked rice

Quick Southwestern Chili

What screams louder than a summer barbecue or a cold winter night? Chili. Cook this up for the neighborhood party or cozy up next to the fireplace with a loved one!
What you will need:
1 lb. organic, grass fed beef combined with 1 lb. organic ground turkey
1 onion, chopped

Avocado Hummus

Quick and easy! Once you have the ingredients, mix them, and done! Grab some fresh cut vegetables or whole wheat pita bread get the munching.
What you will need:
1 c. garbanzo beans (pre-cooked or canned, drained and rinsed)
1 T. red onions, minces
1 avocado (skin and pit removed)

Black Bean Sweet Potato Salad

Very refreshing salad that can be put together in a pinch! Enjoy this for lunch or dinner!
What you will need:
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1-15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
½ c. chopped yellow bell pepper
1/3 c. chopped toasted pecans

Crab Puff Breakfast

This is a tasty snack or appetizer for the whole family! This one takes a little bit of time to cook, but worth it!
What you will need:
1 – 6 oz. package snow crab (I use Dungeness if available)
½ c. sliced mushrooms
¼ c. finely sliced celery
¼ c. finely sliced green onions and tops

Yummy Waldorf Salad

Apples, greek yogurt, walnuts and honey… What could be better! This makes a delicious healthy side and can also be a great snack.
What you will need:
½ c. walnut halves
½ c. non-fat yogurt
2 T. light mayonnaise
2 T. minces fresh flat-leaf parsley

Cheesy Vegetable Egg Dish

This is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Very easy to make and will hold a day or two for future meals! This recipe serves 8-10.
What you will need:
1 med. zucchini, diced
1 med. onion, chopped
1 can (4 oz) mushroom stems and pieces, drained (or can use fresh)