Baked Acorn Squash with Pistachios, Pears and Fresh Herbs – Recipe


Reaffirm your healthy eating, with the New Year well under way, many of us have abandoned our healthy eating resolutions for the year. With this simple recipe, it will be easy to reaffirm your wellness goals for 2017. Packed with pistachios, this comfort food will fill you up without weighing you down. Not only is this a great dinner idea, it’s also a healthy lunch option for the next day!

Baked Acorn Squash with Pistachios, Pears and Fresh Herbs
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
2 acorn squash
2 teaspoons neutral tasting oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

Filling Ingredients:
2/3 cup Setton Farms Dry Roasted and Salted Pistachio Kernels, roughly chopped, plus more finely chopped for topping
1 fresh red D’Anjou pear
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
8-10 leaves fresh mint, finely chopped
3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 400°.

Slice acorn squash in half vertically, and hollow out seeds. Rub with oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Place cut side down on walled baking sheet. Roast about 30-35 minutes, or until soft.

To create filling, finely dice pears and add to mixing bowl. Add roughly chopped Setton Farms Dry Roasted and Salted Pistachio Kernels, olive oil, maple syrup, vinegar, rosemary, mint, thyme, sea salt and pepper. Fold to incorporate.

Scoop filling mixture into each squash half, creating mound of filling in center. Sprinkle with additional finely chopped pistachios.

Place under broiler for about 3 minutes, until golden. Serve warm.

About Spork Foods
L.A.-based sisters and celebrity chefs, Heather Bell and Jenny Engel of Spork Foods are vegan chefs that own a Los Angeles-based gourmet cooking school. The culinary duo are also cookbook authors and work with some of Hollywood’s elite including Emily and Zooey Deschanel, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Kristin Bauer van Straten, and Alicia Silverstone.

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February 15, 2017 – 11:57 AM - | Posted in recipes | No Comments »

Nina The Neighborhood Ninja


Finding good stories and role models for our little girls isn’t always the easiest things to do in today’s world, that’s why when books like Nina, The Neighborhood Ninja are brought to my attention, I like to highlight them.

This picture book for ages 3+ written by Sonia Panigrahy and Illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla provides an empowering message for both young girls and boys alike. Nina is a girl who likes to complete rescue missions and uses both her brains and brawn to do so. She climbs trees and gets dirty just like the little boys and pretends to be an everyday superhero. Nina protects her neighborhood and those in need within it, with her sidekick a cute, dependable firefly. She shows readers how to be smart, strong and speedy. Nina allows girls to recognize they have this within themselves and can be superheroes too!

The illustrations are bright and cute, and each one tells the story perfectly along with language that makes this book easily accepted by those children 3+. You can find Nina The Neighborhood Ninja on Amazon.com in Hardcover, Softcover and Kindle.

About Author Sonia Panigrahy….

Author Sonia Panigrahy is a public health professional, world traveler, adventure seeker, and fitness enthusiast. She believes that life is too short to be bored! Nina the Neighborhood Ninja was created out of Sonia’s lifelong love of reading. As her family and friends begin to have children, she looked forward to sharing this love with them. She believes that books are a powerful way to empower impressionable young minds. Sonia was surprised that she could not find books for girls ages 3-6 years that realistically identified females as intelligent, physically tough, brave, and adventurous. She was disappointed that girls continue to be excluded from the heart of the superhero story. After unsuccessful attempts to find a young girl superhero protagonist on the pages of a book, especially one of color, she gave up. Then she created her own.

Follow Sonia on this Facebook Author Page and on Instagram.

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February 15, 2017 – 11:15 AM - | Posted in books, Reviews | No Comments »

2017 Arnolds Sports Festival March 2-5, 2017 Columbus Ohio *Giveaway*


Every year, thousands of fitness minded people flock to Columbus Ohio for The Arnold Sports Festival, the largest multi-sport event in the world! This year (2017) they are expecting a record of over 20,000 athletes from 80 nations who will compete in 70 different sports events.

March 2-5 in Columbus Ohio at the Columbus Convention Center, Ohio Expo Center will be host to amazing events.

The Arnold Sports Festival isn’t just about professional bodybuilding and strongman competitions but there’s also a lot of different competitions going on from Pole Fitness, archery, baton twirling, boxing, cheerleading & dance, gymnastics, lacrosse, table tennis, taekwondo and more.

There’s also fun for the kids as well. The Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO features competitions in basketball, volleyball, as well as a talent show and teen fitness pageant. Attendees can also try out more than 20 sports with hands-on clinics lead by area sports teams and have fun trying the Spartan obstacle course and several zip lines. The Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO is Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5.

The 2017 Arnold Fitness EXPO will feature more than 1,000 booths of the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition. There will also be stages that host unique, non-stop competitions and entertainment that combine to make the Arnold Fitness EXPO the heart of the Arnold Sports Festival.

Admission to the Arnold Fitness EXPO and most events at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and the Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO and all events at the Ohio Expo Center are included in the Daily EXPO Ticket ($15 each or 3 for $40 in advance, $20 at the door). Children 14 and under are FREE.

Parking at the Ohio Expo Center will be $7. FREE shuttles will run from the Ohio Expo Center to the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Friday, March 3-Sunday, March 5.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer have co-produced the Arnold Sports Festival since 1989, when it debuted as a one-day bodybuilding competition known as the Arnold Classic. The Arnold Sports Festival has grown over the years and is now a four-day festival that features more than 70 sports and events.

“A Daily EXPO ticket affords a huge entertainment value for attendees to experience a great variety of sports and events,” co-promoter Jim Lorimer said. “We are very proud to provide the opportunity for athletes, a majority of them youth, to compete at the largest multi-sport festival in the world.”

Separate tickets are required for the following events:

Arnold Amateur Classic Bodybuilding Prejudging & Finals, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Prejudging Noon Thursday, March 2, Battelle Grand $25.

Meet & Greet with IFBB Pros, 8pm Thursday, March 2, Hilton Columbus Downtown $25.

Amateur Bodybuilding Prejudging, Physique & Figure Masters Prejudging & Finals, 9am Friday, March 3, Battelle Grand $25.

Finals for Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, Figure International & Arnold Women’s Physique and PCS Pole Fitness National Championships, 7pm Friday, March 3, Battelle Grand $50-75.

Amateur MMA Festival, 7pm Friday, March 3, Express LIVE! $30-$75 (not included in VIP package).

Prejudging for Arnold Classic, Bikini International & Arnold Men’s Physique and Arnold Pro Wheelchair Prejudging & Finals, 1pm Saturday, March 4, Battelle Grand $50.

Finals for Arnold Classic, Bikini International, Arnold Men’s Physique and Strongman Classic, 7pm Saturday, March 4, Battelle Grand $50-$100.

Arnold Party With The Pros, 9pm Saturday, March 4, location TBD $25.

Arnold Pro Boxing, 7pm Saturday, March 4, Express LIVE, $30-$75 (not included in VIP package).

Arnold Sunday Showcase with Arnold Schwarzenegger, 11am Sunday, March 5, location TBD $25.

VIP Ticket Packages and individual event tickets are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com/arnold or 800-745- 3000. For more information, including schedules, locations and hours, visit www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.

ENTER TO WIN!!!

How would you like to win a pair of tickets to your day of choice at the 3 day EXPO? Simply use the giveaway widget below to enter and be sure to do the mandatory entry and leave a comment on this post for all of your entries to be valid!

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February 6, 2017 – 10:46 AM - | Posted in Giveaways, promotions | 7 Comments »

Blue Ribbons Reviews – Sign Up For Great Deals!



If you’re familiar with Blueribbonsreview.com, you might know that the website has undergone some changes recently – one thing that hasn’t changed is our goal, to save you money!

Blue Ribbons began as a review site, where we connected consumers with online retailers and facilitated an exchange of discounted products for honest reviews. Last year, Amazon changed their policy on reviewing. Since most of the retailers we worked with sold their products through Amazon, we were left asking ourselves this question: How can we still save our users the most money, and give them the most for their dollar?

Blue Ribbons has now become a one-stop-shop for the best deals from many of the most popular online retailers! (Think Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, etc.) What we do is scour the internet for the best deals, of 70% off or more, on a wide range of products for any and everyone in the family! No hassle of discount codes, reviews to deal with, or hoops to jump through – just great deals! New products are added daily and the existing products are updated to reflect the most current discount.

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Blue Ribbons Review is a website dedicated to saving people money! What began as a Facebook page, Blue Ribbons is on its way to becoming one of the internet’s favorite deals websites! We’ll do the work, so you can do the fun part – shop! For the best deals online, visit Blueribbonsreview.com. Happy shopping!

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February 6, 2017 – 10:09 AM - | Posted in Reviews | No Comments »

Book: Finding Your Fit Eliminates the Fad from Fitness *Giveaway*


Fitness and nutrition expert Kathleen Trotter has a revolutionary new book that goes beyond the standard “get fit” message and will guide you through the process of staying fit.

The health and fitness industry is full of quick-fix, radical change, total transformation books and videos attempting to motivate people who are looking for the latest trend to help them lose weight and get healthy. FINDING YOUR FIT is for people who want to embrace incremental changes that will help them stay fit on their terms. Kathleen has developed a myriad of strategies to incorporate fitness into daily routines and Finding Your Fit is full of tips, tricks and tactics to move beyond the fads.

Kathleen Trotter has been inspiring Canadians for 15 years on television, through her work as spokesperson for Quesada restaurants, and with her columns in The Globe and Mail and The Huffington Post. Her mission is to move people to the “fitness is an integral part of my daily life” category with her no-nonsense approach to diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

With FINDING YOUR FIT Trotter answers the question, “How do we get off the sofa and out the front door?” The book is a practical guide to actually getting (and then staying) on track, which provides readers with practical tools that will allow them to connect the dots between wanting to make a health and fitness change, and actually making it.

“The key to staying active is to frame daily movement as a non negotiable. Don’t ask yourself if you will move. Instead ask yourself when you will move.” – Kathleen Trotter

As a lifelong fitness expert, Kathleen is able to speak on a variety of health and fitness topics that tie together her training, her experience, and her mission, including:

– How to get your 10,000 steps: Building exercise into your daily routine
– From treadmill to pavement: How to stay injury free as a runner
– Quick and easy lunchtime workouts / Exercises you can do at your desk
– Understanding the basics: “unhealthy healthy” foods / common workout and diet mistakes / common fitness “traps”
– Motivation, stretching and posture 101
– What is a health entourage, how do I get it and why do I need it?

FINDING YOUR FIT will help you find the inner motivation to go from thinking about a healthier lifestyle to actually adopting one. FINDING YOUR FIT can be purchase on Amazon.com as well as other book retailers.

ENTER TO WIN!!!

How would you like to win a copy of FINDING YOUR FIT? Two winner’s will be selected, just enter via the giveaway widget below, and be sure to complete the mandatory entry for all entries to be valid. Giveaway is open to those in the US/CAN.

Good Luck!

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January 24, 2017 – 1:47 PM - | Posted in Giveaways, Reviews | 21 Comments »
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