Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Nutritious Noshing Part 2

Best Olympic/Bowl Options -Crowd Viewing Eats 

Top Pick:
THE fastest disappearing act won't be the defensive line of the team you're NOT rooting for...

Crowd pleasing-and IMO- ideal hostess gifts-right along with that six-pack or bottle of booze (better even)...WONDERFUL Pistachio  (aka Get Crackin™) nuts-are addictive nutritious goodness,,, (for about half cup serving-6grams protein, 3 grams dietary fiber+ meaningful amounts of Thiamin, vitamin B6, Iron, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Maganese, Copper-only 160 calories). Widely available in game size 14oz-16oz bags...in fav flavors like Roasted +Salted, lightly or no salted-plu a tangy spiced up option - Sweet Chile.
Hint-keep an empty bowl handy for the shells...AND keep a few shelf stable extra bags of pistachios around...for OT. 

...it' ll be a big bowl full of Wonderful Pistachio nuts -starting off the coin toss...and then long (and) gone before the 2 minute warning.
Of the first half.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Nutritious Noshing

Tips for feeding (and filling) a crowd-without time away from the big screen.

Part One:

The Main Event=Nachos Inspired.
Swamp usual not so great for you tortilla chips...(despite catchy ads)...opting for just as equally crunchy tasty -and widely availablebaked lentil bean chips (protein/high fiber) loaded versions- by Saffron Foods to pair with fav dips. Flavor options sea salt or cracked pepper-in particular...go great with any home made or store bought salsa, guacamole, or hummus. 

Better + only a tad more effort-use the contents of a 4oz bag-as a bottom layer for melt-in-your mouth nachos- underneath a layer(s) of shredded cheese-topped off with thinly sliced up fresh veggies (peppers, onions, eggplant)...or drained (patted/dried) corn, black beans, jalapeno-pimento slices ...place in pre-heated grill/oven (around 400º) ---till cheese gooey melted. 
EASY+FASTER than waiting for pizza delivery+FILLING.

FYI-also from this Halah certified "world cuisine" food company-and FINALLY found at food retailers-coast to coast- are innovative/gourmet entreés -stocked in the frozen foods section. We say-pick up a few and heat/serve on a platter...def. easier and potentially way better than anything anyone can conjure up!

Further Fan Fare:
The tasty-real ingredient -entreé sized (10oz sized)- south of the border inspired Saffron Food Enchiladas Al Chipotle-smoky cheese/fire roasted corn-black bean goodness-loaded into hearty yellow corn tortillas-with flavorful hints of lime, garlic, onions and cumin.  
Heat in the oven (3-4 =shareable 5-6)...and serve up-the flavor and texture of the tortillas even manages to be the 'proper' chewy crisp texture.

Other Saffron Food entreé flavors-include crowd pleasing  Chicken Enchiladas Poblano and Indian favs like Palek Paneer-leafy spinach, spices cheese and basmati rice. (12 in all).

Bonus points: Saffron Foods products are all antibiotic -free-made be a company dedicated to healthy -sustainably sourced ingredients.  

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Less Ingredients: Food+Health Trends

Trends sometimes become a way of life beyond the initial  marketing campaign. A prime example=the footwear/fashion designs/products for "athleisure" lifestyles-an established moda operandi for years now.

AND worldwide consumers want to eat and consume-products with fewer, simpler ingredients -and where they're sourced, too.
Top Picks for snackin'packing protein options...and chewy bars.

Monday, January 22, 2018


Hosting a Olympic brunch bunch...or a betting crowd (of 1+) for the Super Bowl-sweet + spicy eats/treats can get February family and friend gatherings just a little louder than the usual holiday reveries.
Tried and true snack favs -and new options treats/eats will satiate the nervous nibblers AND those needing more sustenance ---just in case it goes into OT. 


Kids eyeballs might just pop-out- WHY? 
Tip: fill up a lazy susan serving tray with sweet options- guaranteed winners for small hands (and large).

Another bet to make besides who wins the title ha ha ha-how long this'll last??? Mount Franklin Sunrise Confections' creamy yummy vegan Softer Than Brittle (in pecan, almond peanut or cashew-NO dairy, gluten, preservatives or hydrogenated oils) or Sunrise Gummy Bears (no artificial ingredients) and practically iconic-Peppermint Starlights- our favs in this tantalizing set-up. Widely available.
Indulgent Fair Trade Certified TRU dark chocolate less the sugar...72% CHOCOLATE IN FACT- is, trust us- rich decadence mouthfuls encapsulating crunchy pretzels (gluten free), fresh protein/fiber rich almonds, solid dark chocolate bites, and chewy raisins. THE BIG deal-  all the treats get sweetened up with non-irritating-natural-Canadian sourced xylitol...an ingredient we know that is typically used in sugar free gum and toothpaste -and made from birch tree extracts-using a non chemical process. (FYI-unlike blood spiker sugar-xylitol is absorbed in body as complex carb. Interesting).
Bonus: NO dairy, no preservatives, or gluten, NON-GMO and sugar free.Vegan+Kosher-and diabetic friendly. Available Shop Rites and online.
Factoid-we finished our sample on the subway ride home. Smaller snack size is in the works...
Addictive alert officially issued, accordingly.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

New Year's How to 'Lose' 5-7 Years Guide

Part 3


Gut health...has been trending for the past few years-with the benefits of  good intestinal bacteria-credited with immunity strength, vital digestive functions,  clearer skin and maybe even a cancer slayer.
All anti-aging attributes-making one feel younger as in 'you are what you eat.'

Probiotics live/active micro-organisms- and the prebiotics that feed the probiotics,  are bio-available in real deal eats/drinks-like kombucha tea,  kefir (we written about Lifeway's selections), sauerkraut, miso and the popular Korean seasoning kimchi.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Year's Goal-"Lose" 5-7 Years:Brighter Smile

Part 2

TV worthy-mega- wattage teeth...and a bright smile-can erase years off one's visage.
 In the past -those pearly whites could only really be achieved with pricey veneers or in-office visits-but now, easy to use at home solutions are helpful-maybe making teeth 1-3 shades lighter... IMO-credible alternatives.

Oralgen NuPearlAdvanced Teeth Whitening kits-are truly a groundbreaking at-home 'beauty' tool...as this system reduces stains+discolorations-without some of the toxic ingredients of other methods.

Available in 2 formulas-the one we <3 ...the="" a="" href="https://oralgen.com/products/oralgen-nupearl®32x-products">NuPearl 32X
is 99.5% natural ingredients and 100% vegan in fact..but both versions (the other is NuPearl12x with Ultra Pure 12% Hydrogen Peroxide...are free from latex (that would be the LED light mouthpiece), parabens, sulfates, sodium fluoride, Triclosan (you'd be surprised how many whitening toothpastes still have this in them), PEG/PPG, salicylates, gluten, artificial color and flavorings.
Oralgen kit---easy to use, just uncap syringe-line the mouthpiece with thin coat...using tip to cover the front of the piece. LED lit mouthpiece-akin to the kind used by professional salons/dentist offices-can almost double as a Halloween item. Refill kits-(4 syringes) and LED Bright replacement kits -available also. 

FYI: Spokeswoman for the brand, Angie Everhart -model/actress is passionate about healthy living and wellness...and super nice too.

Bottom Line on Time: Requires 25 minutes a day commitment-each kit has a 28 day/4 week supply...and a handy whitening pen to use post java inhalation when on the go.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Year's Goal-'Lose' 5-7 Years

Better Aging...or staying the same if you're where you want to be...

Today's modern lifestyle-in a positive way- have loads of companies ready to serve up products and treatments that 'erase' a few years, superficially, topically, internally...

Part One:

Top Pick:

Non-Invasive, fast treatment that firm-tighten skin, smooth out wrinkles...
BTL Aesthetic' EXILIS ULTRA® is the latest version of a skin tightening device -that is able to noticeably firm up (increased collagen production+skin thickness))-via  two sized different handpieces- body sagging parts (like thighs, tummy, back of arms...larger piece)

....and the neck-jowls-up (smaller piece).

Practically pain free-if not relaxing- with customized heat (power) levels available -it works using a combo of ultrasound energy (like Ultherapy but not as deep or hurtful without a pain killer)...and monopoly radio frequency (same tech as Thermage). Simultaneously.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Quick SNOW Winter Getaways

No time LIKE NOW to plan short, snowy jaunts-away from home, the big vacay crowds of recent holidays, and to take advantage of longer daylight hours, the best conditions of the season,  AND meaningful resort values.

L.L Bean pillow

Be an Olympian...or act like one.
Lake Placid N.Y, in the scenic Adirondacks -offers top notch, powder loaded- on the mountain fun via Whiteface -site of the 1984 Olympics...but even better (maybe)...unique off the 'hill activities-that will make one feel like a champion. THINK luge/bobsled lessons -rides for true speed demons, skating on the rink where the the USA's hockey Dream Team-clinched gold, cross country trails galore plus lessons for acing biathlons, opportunities to figure out just what is curling (ha ha), and good old fashion tubing opps with meaningful verticals from top to bottom.
INFO: http://www.lakeplacid.com  https://www.whiteface.com

BRING a friend...all ages of snow bunnies/moguls, welcome!
Ski Vermont's discounted learn-to-turn programs serve up beginner lessons at a discount-for ski/snowboard activities in the beautiful Green Mountains. 
PLUS January is national Learn To Ski and Snowboard month with beginner packages starting at $49!!!

Deals included...
Ski Vermont’s Learn-to-Turn Programs:
Take 3 Beginner Package
The Take 3 Beginner Package encourages new skiers and snowboarders to get out on Vermont’s mountains for three days of lessons for only $129. Each day includes ski and snowboard rentals, a beginner lesson with a professional instructor and a beginner lift ticket. Purchasers can choose to redeem the three days at three separate resorts or all at the same resort. Participants of the Take 3 program will also have a chance to win one of ten beginner packages from Rossignol or Burton Snowboards at the end of the season. To learn more about the Take 3 Beginner Package visit SkiVermont.com/take-3.
Vermont children can save even more. Each winter the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports works with Ski Vermont to provide Vermont youth with affordable opportunities to get them out on the slopes of their home mountains. Thanks to this partnership, 125 Vermont children will get to experience three full days on the mountain with lessons, rentals and lift tickets for just $49 this season. To learn more about the council and this year’s subsidized Take 3 Beginner Package visit VermontFitness.org.
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
January is national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and in Vermont that means $49 beginner packages at participating resorts. Packages include ski or snowboard rentals, professional beginner lessons and lift tickets accessing Vermont’s beginner terrain. To learn more about participating resorts and purchase packages, visit. SkiVermont.com.
Fifth Grade Passport
In its 18th year, Ski Vermont’s Fifth Grade Passport program allows fifth graders to ski and snowboard up to 88 times a season for just $10. The passport helps children to develop healthy active habits and introduces them to sports that can span their lifetime. For the second year now, proceeds from the passport will go to the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative. To learn more about the Fifth Grade Passport and the rules and regulations go to SkiVermont.com/FGP.
Bring a friend or family member to the mountains this season and get rewarded. Simply introduce a friend or family member to the sport of skiing or snowboarding by purchasing a Take 3 Beginner Package for them. Purchasers could be rewarded with two lift tickets to a Vermont resort or win a 2-night ski & stay package for the 2018-19 season.

Get that ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH ...without suffering the I-70 traffic.
No driver's license needed (a millennial trend in anticipation of self driving vehicles, perhaps)...with added direct flights and even Amtrak train service from/to 14 major US  and Colorado's 8 regional airports...  and Denver's Union Station, respectively. 

Chris Frey

The 411:
The Amtrak Winter Park Express, coming off a highly successful inaugural season, will offer expanded service for the 2017-18 ski season. The Winter Park Express will depart from Union Station in downtown Denver each Saturday and Sunday from January 5 through March 25, plus three new “First Friday” round-trips, with a reduced fare of $29 each way on some departures. With more than 27 round-trip options and over 500 seats on each train, the Winter Park Express allows visiting skiers and riders to travel to Winter Park Resort without renting or setting foot in a car.

Colorado’s eight regional airports will offer new and expanded flights NOW. 
For  Steamboat-there's new nonstop flights from Austin (AUS) and Kansas City (MCI) on ViaAir into Steamboat/Hayden (HDN)  These additional flights will bring Steamboat’s total direct air service to 14 major U.S. airports.

Aspen Snowmass will have new daily nonstop flights through American Airlines from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) starting this winter along with expanded service from both Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) and Chicago O’ Hare (ORD). 

Fav spot Telluride will offer increased access this winter through new American Airlines direct flights into Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport (MTJ) from Charlotte Douglas International (CLT), Saturdays. 

Skiers and riders hoping to make it to ski areas in the southwest part of the state: Telluride, Silverton, Purgatory and Wolf Creek, will have another option from Denver (DEN) on a new Boutique Air flight servicing Alamosa San Luis Valley (ALS) with three daily non-stop flights with a round-trip as low as $100.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Cold Weather Essentials!!!!


Arctic dips in temps call for a focused list of must haves...

BOIRON's homeopathic flu fighter Oscillococcinum-is fairly ubiquitous in the States now including mass market outlets and reigning retailer-Amazon. Just place sweetish dissolvable  pellets-comes in handy individual sized portions... under the tongue as soon as symptoms first appear-this truly natural way to heal-has been a household go-to -for decades, really, After the first dose (3 recommended, hours apart)-we find we need a nap..then wake up practically all healed. Really.

 Hardcore insulated mittens- Eddie Bauer's hard core W's Powder Search Touchscreen Mittens (on sale now $34.99)-are waterproof, breathable -with tipped thumb that has conductive material for tapping smartphones. Big cold weather plus-outside zip- for hand warmer inserts. 100 grams of ThermaFill™ insulation, tricot lining, adjustable cuffs- keeps cold out, and polyurethane palms are rugged -for grasping handles or poles,

ThermaCELL® makes rechargeable, heat adjustable battery fueled hand warmer $79.99 and pocket warmer pack $59.99 ( and remote controlled foot insoles too).Part of our daily outfits...we keep them in our pockets or slide into an oversized pair of mittens. The foot insoles priced from $134.99-$184.99--are stiff (battery in there) but surprisingly thin-and  therefore work in easy accessed hiking boots-to slide in replacement of the usual insoles. The on/off is a tiny tiny control in the Pro model that we have-which fyi can be slightly trim to fit.
Both last about 5 hours-cranked up high. The latest versions of some ThermaCELLproducts-can be controlled via Bluetooth tech...very handy! 
BERNARDO's shearling trimmed ZAIN rubber Chelsea Boots-on sale now $99-does double time as city chic and mountain stomper foot protectors. Water/weather tough, with treaded grippy outsoles...in urban navy or black. Keepers. ..never go out of style.
Insulated POOCHIEBOOTS™-for that four legged member of the family! ultimate paw protection with multiple styles-in multiple sizes with sized appropriate velcro straps and thin flexible outsoles. $48.