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Inspiration From My Pretty Notepad

A quick snapshot of the pretty little notepad that lays on my desk on a daily basis, where I write down inspirational quotes I learn or come up with on my own.  This one was written with the intention of  becoming Ms. United States 2008.  ;-)

"I believe... Therefore I am."
~Graziella Baratta

Creamy Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw

Creamy Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw
The best bang for your nutrition buck?  Red Cabbage is the winner!  Check out this recipe for a yummy recipe featuring red cabbage, which is great for a side dish or as an entree sized salad on its own paired with your favorite protein.  
The slaw:
1/3 head red cabbage shredded
1/3 package of broccoli sprouts
1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped 
1 handful fresh cilantro chopped  
1/4 red onion thinly sliced
1 endive, leaves separated gently.

2.5 tablespoons Veganese (grape seed oil kind)
1.5 tablespoons white wine vinegar 
1.5 tablespoons coconut nectar
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Salt to taste 

In a large bowl mix all the dressing ingredients together and whisk until blended well.  Add all the slaw ingredients except the endive and toss. Assemble the endive leaves into a flower shape on a flat dish and fill the leaves with the slaw.  Or, if you're feeling lazy, just toss them right into the slaw. Enjoy!

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The Spring Fling List 2014

I LOVE Spring!  It's the gateway to a freer, lighter, sun- kissed season we're all craving, especially after a particularly harsh winter.  I'm always on the look-out for the latest and greatest food, fashion, fitness, beauty, and of course wellness finds, so here is my official Spring Fling List:
Food- EATrageous Chips:  The cool folks at EATrageous sent me a sample pack of these awesome crunchy little penne pasta- looking chips, and they've officially made my spring fling list.  Here's why I like them: they're non- gmo, neither fried nor baked, 100 calories per snack bag, 80% less fat than your typical fried chips, and they're super crunchy and tasty!

Fashion- Florals!  They're so feminine and timeless.  Florals go a long way, and today's florals are more elegant than ever.  Pair florals with some structure like a belt or blazer for an updated look.  Add a vintage piece of jewelry, and you're all set for the Springtime runway!

Techie Fitness- Forget the gym and DVD player!  One of the new techie fitness options I've been offering- my POWHOW studio.  It's a platform I started using just a few months ago that has allowed me to extend my LIVE fitness and dance classes to anyone around the country, or the world for that matter.  I'll tell you why it works so well for my clients, and for me: it's SO convenient,  not to mention you can get the exact same workout you would in a "physical" studio but in the comfort of your home or office.  Busy bodies are able to fit in a live workout session during the day without leaving their office or home, cutting out wasted travel time.  Another great techie fitness option that works for those with erratic daily schedules, is the YouFitClub.com.  It features a wide variety of full- length workout videos that are available 24-hours a day from your computer, mobile device or smart TV, includes meal plans, recipes, a personal fit journal and coaching from your personal trainer, yours truly ;). I love offering these different options to clients, because it's something that I would want for myself.  I'm a time cruncher, an entrepreneur, an artist, a wife and the one who tries to get it ALL done in 24 hours (not that I ever do, but that's besides the point).  I know that there are many of you out there just like me who will benefit from the smart, convenient new wave of techie fitness.

Natural Beauty Products-  I'm a beauty- product fiend.  Not gonna lie.  It's the one thing I choose to splurge on, ehhhem, regularly.  Don't get me wrong, I adore clothes, bags, shoes, jewelry, food, but there's just something about beauty products that I will just not decline.  I've always had an obsession from a young age too.  I used to make "anti-aging creams" for my mom and grandmother, combining their basic face cream and kitchen items like olive oil and vitamin E capsules.  One thing I've learned over the years is not to trust a product by it's label.. that's a big mistake.  You've got to read labels on those as you would food labels.  As you may already know, there are tons of toxic chemicals not only in our food supply, but also in our skincare and makeup.  Check out EWG's article on tips for safer skincare in cosmetics and learn which chemicals are the worst.. it may surprise you how many of your favorite go- to beauty brands use these toxins that can cause everything from birth defects to cancer.

Mineral Fusion is a natural beauty brand that I've been replacing my old toxic standbys with, and I really like their formulations.  They're made with minerals, are highly pigmented, and have beneficial ingredients that are actually good for your skin.  I'm really picky about good, pigmented makeup.  This natural brand holds its own!

Wellness- New Chapter: Being the health freak that I am, I get asked a lot about what vitamins I take, and frankly I've never had a favorite brand until now.  I've been using New Chapter for about a year and a half, and they are by far the best vitamin brand I've used.  Here are my reasons: They're NOT synthetic vitamins (most vitamins are manufactured in a lab and are not taken from actual food sources, which means they're not readily available to the human body, who then flushes them out).  These are organic, whole- food supplements, making them bio- available to the human body in the most natural, recognizable form, and they're easily digested even without food.  I've always had issues with vitamins bothering my stomach, but because these are whole- food based, they're nice and easy :).  They contain probiotics and antioxidant blends just for women's and men's specific needs. I feel the difference with these vitamins.  I have super energy and feel balanced overall.  Thanks New Chapter!

I hope you've enjoyed my Spring Fling List for 2014, and try some of these items for yourself.  Happy Spring!! =)



by fitness pro Graziella Baratta, Ms United States 2008

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