Favorite tip to get your workout in

Everyone knows they need to exercise and move their bodies. Ideally we would lead naturally active lives. Walking to the stores, riding a bike to work, having a job that requires you to get up and walk around (aka not a desk job), and doing active things for fun instead of watching tv or reading the computer. It is better for your health and mind to be moderately active throughout the day than doing rigorous activity for just 30 – 60 minutes 5 days/week. However, unfortunately this may not be an option for everyone and many of us do have desk jobs.   The Centers for Disease Control recommends that adults get at least 150 minute of moderate exercise/week which is equivalent to 30 minutes 5 days/week.

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Flat Romano Beans in Tomato Stew

I love this season!  Farm to Table, Garden to Table…LIFE to Table!! There is nothing more gratifying than plucking fresh veggies and fruits straight from your garden.  If you do not have a garden, then go to your local farm stand, because your local farmers have been hard at work all year round to provide you the best, freshest ingredients.

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Yesterday, Amanda shared her very own recipe of Green beans, corn and tomato salad– both green beans and tomatoes picked fresh from her garden.  This girl really knows her stuff about farm to table.

So I guess we are on a green bean kick lately.  My online farmer’s market over at Farmigo, offered Flat Romano Beans, from Satur Farm, which is right here on Long Island! I was so excited at the opportunity to support a local farm, and also have a hand and some beans I have never cooked with before.  I really wanted to stew them in tomatoes, as I have had them that way before, over rice, and it was delicious! I asked for some advice from mom, an awesome cook, and I was on my stewing way to cooking these babies!

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I hope this inspires you to try something different with green beans.  I’ve read some gardeners have experienced an abundance of green beans growing in their gardens.  If that’s you, feel free to try this recipe.  Or, give a bunch to a neighbor/friend with this recipe attached.  Its super easy and SO tasty!

If your pet bird is happy to have them as a treat, you its good!

If your pet bird is happy to have them as a treat, you its good!

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Tip:  add some butter beans for protein!  It will make this meal hearty and nourishing

Flat Romano Beans in Tomato Stew

  • 1 lb of Flat Romano Beans
  • 5 large tomatoes, cut in 1/4
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 TBSP of sea salt
  • 2 tsp of pepper
  • dash of cumin powder
  • 3 TBSP of olive oil
  1. In a large pan, add olive oil, tomatoes and onions.  Add salt, pepper and cumin.  Simmer on a low-medium heat for about 20 minutes until onions are soft and tomatoes can be crushed into a stew-like mixture.
  2. Wash and cut the flat beans into 1 inch pieces.  Add to the tomato mixture, and allow to simmer for ~ 40 minutes on a low heat until cooked through but just a little firm/crunchy to the bite.  Adjust seasonings to your taste.
  3. If adding canned butter beans (or any other beans you prefer), drain, rinse and throw them in about 10 minutes before serving, over rice or pasta would delicious!

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Green Bean, Corn and Tomato Salad

Green beans are in da’ house!!!!

I was never good at cooking green beans. Actually whose lying, I am still not that good. Maybe I don’t really like them?! I’ve tried them so many ways and they always come out OK. One way that you can never fail with veggies is eating them raw with a delicious dressing. So that’s what I did.

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Staying Healthy While Being Social

I read this article the other day “Could that before-dinner drink make you eat more?”,  that talked about how having a drink before dinner may actually lead to you eating more calories.  Um…what’s up with that?! Can’t a gal just enjoy a night in the town with out having yet another thing to sabatoge your hard work?

Truth is, I have a lot of clients who have struggled in this very department.  They love to have drinks with dinner.  Even more so, they love to socialize over drinks and food.  The evening can stretch over hours and before you know it, you may have consumed one too many drinks and/or appetizers a.k.a. calories.

This does not mean your social life needs to be halted or over, however it’s a great opportunity to figure out how you can enjoy a few hours of social life a few times per week without having to worry about additional calories.

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