20 5 / 2012

01 4 / 2012

Homemade Basil Pesto
2 cups basil leaves, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves crushed
1/4 cup pine nuts
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup olive oil
Add basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan to a food processor. Run processor on low and add olive oil a little at a time. Mix until well combined. Store in an airtight jar top with a little olive oil to stop pesto from going black.  Enjoy!

Homemade Basil Pesto

2 cups basil leaves, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves crushed

1/4 cup pine nuts

3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1/4 cup olive oil

Add basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan to a food processor. Run processor on low and add olive oil a little at a time. Mix until well combined. Store in an airtight jar top with a little olive oil to stop pesto from going black.  Enjoy!

02 3 / 2012

Knock out your fiber needs with cholesterol-lowering oatmeal! Just one serving of oatmeal (1/2 cup dry) has 2 grams of soluble fiber. According to the Mayo Clinic, 10 grams or more of soluble fiber daily decreases your total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. We’ve got tasty ways to get your day started right by enjoying high-fiber oatmeal. For each bowl, start with 1/2 cup of instant or dry oatmeal. Cook according to package directions, then add our delicious themed toppings.

  • Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

You’ll definitely love the pumpkin flavor in this sweet bowl of oatmeal.

Ingredients:
* 2 tablespoons fat-free vanilla yogurt
* 1 tablespoon pumpkin butter
* 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Nutrition: 137 cal., 2 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 44 mg sodium, 27 g carb., 2 g fiber, 4 g pro.

  • Cheesy Hash Brown Oatmeal

This recipe is a staff favorite! The oats blend right in with the hash browns for a south-of-the-border taste.

Ingredients:
* 1/4 cup cooked hash brown potatoes
* 2 tablespoons shredded Monterey Jack cheese
* 1 tablespoon salsa

Nutrition: 244 cal., 11 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 13 mg chol., 310 mg sodium, 29 g carb., 3 g fiber, 8 g pro.

  • Tropical Coconut Oatmeal 

Get whisked away to the tropics with a bet-you-never-tried-it combo of flavors in this oatmeal.

Ingredients:
* 1 tablespoon macadamia nuts, chopped
* 2 tablespoons toasted, shredded coconut
* 2 tablespoons dried pineapple

Nutrition: 262 cal., 13 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 54 mg sodium, 34 g carb., 4 g fiber, 5 g pro.

  • Hot Cocoa Oatmeal 

Think hot cocoa mix only goes a mug? We’ve re-envisioned it as an oatmeal topper.

Ingredients:
* 1 tablespoon instant hot cocoa mix
* 2 tablespoons mini marshmallows

Nutrition: 221 cal., 3 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 156 mg sodium, 44 g carb., 3 g fiber, 5 g pro.

  • Bacon & Salsa Oatmeal

This oatmeal recipe proves that you can still enjoy bacon on a heart-healthy diet if you eat it in moderation.

Ingredients:
* 1 strip chopped, cooked bacon
* 2 tablespoons reduced-fat cheddar cheese
* 2 tablespoons diced tomato
* 1 tablespoon sliced green onion

Nutrition: 172 cal., 8 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 17 mg chol., 295 mg sodium, 16 g carb., 2 g fiber, 10 g pro.

  • Blueberry Nut Oatmeal 

No pancakes here! Transition traditional flapjacktoppers into oatmeal flavor-boosters.
Ingredients:
* 1/4 cup blueberries
* 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
* 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Nutrition: 204 cal., 7 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 7 mg sodium, 34 g carb., 3 g fiber, 4 g pro.

  • Apple Crisp Oatmeal 

Crisp apples, granola, and almonds put bite in your oatmeal bowl.

Ingredients:
* 1/2 cup chopped apple
* 2 tablespoons low-fat granola
* 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
* 1/8 teaspoon apple pie spice

Nutrition: 200 cal., 6 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 40 mg sodium, 34 g carb., 5 g fiber, 6 g pro.

  • Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal

A dab of peanut butter and a sprinkle of chocolate chips are all you need to jazz up your oatmeal.

Ingredients:
* 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
* 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips

Nutrition: 257 cal., 14 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 78 mg sodium, 27 g carb., 3 g fiber, 8 g pro.

  • Turtle Sundae Oatmeal 

Pure indulgence, this sweet treat hardly seems like another boring oatmeal breakfast.

Ingredients:
* 1/4 cup fat-free whipped dessert topping
* 2 tablespoons pecans
* 1 tablespoon sugar-free caramel dessert topping

Nutrition: 252 cal., 12 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 45 mg sodium, 34 g carb., 3 g fiber, 4 g pro.

  • Trail Mix Oatmeal

Bring trail mix to your breakfast table by tossing the grab-and-go bits on your oatmeal.

Ingredients:
* 2 tablespoons mix dried fruit bits
* 2 tablespoons dry-roasted mixed nuts
* 1 tablespoon flaxseed

Nutrition: 276 cal., 14 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 18 mg sodium, 33 g carb., 6 g fiber, 8 g pro. Can’t get enough oats? Read on for even morerecipes that use this heart-smart whole grain.

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27 1 / 2012

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21 1 / 2012

scissorsandthread:

Lemon Scrub | Momtastic
These lemon sugar scrub containers look so delicious that I would have to make sure that it was swiftly moved to the bathroom so that it doesn’t accidentally get spread on toast. Though if you didn’t add the liquid soap you probably could put it on soap… wait, no, don’t do that! I love to use body scrub - it makes your skin so clean and fresh, just make sure you moisturise afterwards!

scissorsandthread:

Lemon Scrub | Momtastic

These lemon sugar scrub containers look so delicious that I would have to make sure that it was swiftly moved to the bathroom so that it doesn’t accidentally get spread on toast. Though if you didn’t add the liquid soap you probably could put it on soap… wait, no, don’t do that! I love to use body scrub - it makes your skin so clean and fresh, just make sure you moisturise afterwards!

21 1 / 2012

scissorsandthread:

Simple Cotton Top | A Beautiful Mess

Here’s another simple to sew top for all my beginner sewers (that includes me!) This is a pretty and easy (pretty easy, hah!) pattern, and bonus: no patterns! Ugh, patterns are the bane of my existence. I’m also digging this fabric! Plus, if you don’t want to do straps in the same fabric as the shirt body, the possibiltes are endless - you could use lace, ribbon, any kind of trim (pom pom!?) or even leather thonging or chain!

21 1 / 2012

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21 1 / 2012

Dynamic Stretch - 6 Stretches you should be doing.

Dynamic Stretch - 6 Stretches you should be doing.

19 1 / 2012

surfnrunnr:

Hi Everyone! 
This is all you need to workout at home:
Weights
Mat 
Swiss ball
Jump rope 
There are lots of workout routines using just these or nothing at all!  
Seventeen’s February Trim & Tone workout  (The full workout is in this month’s issue) 
Fitness Magazine’s Ultimate Lunch-Hour Workout
Women’s Health Work-out-at-Home
Women’s Health Better Butt
Have fun! 

surfnrunnr:

Hi Everyone! 

This is all you need to workout at home:

  • Weights
  • Mat 
  • Swiss ball
  • Jump rope 

There are lots of workout routines using just these or nothing at all!  

Have fun! 

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17 1 / 2012