Sunday, December 11, 2011

Nike Pro Combat DRI-FIT

This seasons must have Nike Pro Combat DRI-FIT training shirt!  The weather can turn in a split second, as it did here in New York!  November was almost spring like here, I was still wearing tees, but now it's starting to get pretty cold. 

If you want to outshine the elements you should try out this Nike Pro Combat DRI-FIT, black, half zip training shirt.  I love it so much I purchased two. 

 This training shirt is warm without the extra bulk.  It's fitted and really hugs your curves. The half zip is great and it's also is long enough to cover your bottom.  I love them for my workouts and also for when I am training clients.  

I also purchased a few cold weather headbands to keep my head warm and my hair in place.  I love this orange color headband and it works well as an accent color to my black training wardrobe.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Berry Benefits

Perhaps you only use cranberries around the holidays, but you'd be wise to keep them on the menu all year long.  Research shows that they may increase your level of HDL cholesterol, the good kind that prevents plaque from building up in your arteries.  They're also packed with flavonoids-antioxidants thought to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.  Give your ticker a treat by adding dried cranberries to everything from salad and cereal to trail mix and rice dishes.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti

These 95 calorie biscotti are bejeweled with dried apricots, cranberries, and pistachios adding to their beauty, sweet-tart flavor and chewy texture too.


2cwhite whole- wheat flour
1⁄2calmond flour (available at specialty stores)
1tbaking powder
1tground cinnamon
2large eggs, 1 separated
1⁄4clight olive oil
1⁄2cplus 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
2tfinely grated orange zest
1⁄2ccoarsely chopped dried apricots
1⁄2ccoarsely chopped dried cranberries
1⁄2ccoarsely chopped unsalted pistachios

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, beat together 1 whole egg, 1 yolk (reserve egg white), olive oil, and 1⁄2 cup sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth. Gradually add the flour mixture while mixing until just combined. Stir in orange zest, apricots,cranberries, and pistachios.
4. On a floured work surface, form dough into 2 logs approximately 10 inches long. Place on the baking sheet and flatten each log until about 1 inch high and 2 inches wide. Brush each log with reserved egg white and sprinkle with reservedtablespoon of sugar.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned and surfaces begin to crack. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes, then place logs onto a cutting board using a large spatula.
6. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. When logs are cool enough to handle, cut into 1⁄2-inch-thick slices on the diagonal using a serrated knife. Return slices to baking sheet and bake for 10 to15 minutes more, depending on the crispness desired. Cool completely on a wire rack.

(1 biscotti): 95 calories
4g fat (1g saturated)
13g carbs
2g protein
2g fiber
13mg calcium
0mg iron
33mg sodium