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Pick Your Pocket- No Noodle Spaghetti Pockets

Hearty Italian goodness loaded with low fat protein!

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Pick Your Pocket- Baby Fajita Piñatas

Prepare to lick your fingers when these smoky fajitas burst out the seams!

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Pick Your Pocket- Chick’n Salad Pita Toppers

Tune in every day this week and pick your favorite pocket and eat it too!

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The Evolving Swimmer: Drill It

Drills get a bad wrap but they actually bring focus and break up the monotony of a swim workout.

Welcome to Part III of “The Evolving Swimmer” series. Missed Part I & II? Click here.

Rarely do I complete a swim workout that doesn’t include a few drills. Drills address specific components of your stroke. Designed to improve your swim mechanics by breaking down the freestyle into elements. Drills help improve weaknesses and achieve better balance. They train your body to feel the water.

The goal, of course, is to perfect individual elements of your stroke so you can put them all together into a fast and efficient freestyle. Read more

Burgers & Beer: Crunchy Pita Burger

Experiment with bun-less burgers so the patty is the stand out.

This Crunchy Veggie Burger’s Gone Nuts!

Many veggie burger recipes require a considerable amount of prep time and this one is no exception. The only difference is this one’s worth it! The patties are more beautiful than the average and full of flavor and crunch.

This garden burger recipe was originally created by Beverly Lynn Bennett, vegan chef, and contributor to VegNews magazine. There’s plenty of room for tweaking this recipe but I stayed true to the original so I could offer an honest review.

I recommend serving this burger in a pita pocket. It reminded me of a falafel sandwich due to the amazing crunch. These patties would be great crumbled and served over rice or beans.

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The Evolving Swimmer: Smooth Strokes

It's much easier to master basic stroke technique in the beginning than try to correct bad habits later on.

Welcome to Part II of “The Evolving Swimmer” series. Missed Part I? Click here.

I learned to swim as a toddler. The younger you are when you first venture into water, the more comfortable you’ll be swimming as an adult. If you swam as a child but haven’t been in the water in years, have no fear as you’ll be at ease again quickly. Remember getting comfortable comes first!

Today I will reveal the number one best instructional swim site. It won’t replace one-on-one swim coaching but it comes close. Seeing is believing and this site is very visual!

I originally learned American Red Cross swimming techniques, methods I think are outdated now. I engaged in a 6 hour one-on-one private lesson with a top British swim coach of the Total Immersion school of swimming (in one day) which I will review later in this series. My stroke has been evaluated by 7 different swim coaches. Let’s just say I’ve been around the pool a few times and am here to share a few universal habits of good freestyle technique.
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WAKE UP AMERICA! Why Ignorance is Bliss

Ignorance is an easier path than enlightenment when it comes to our nation's animals.

My dog, Shayla

A pig I’ll call Petunia

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The Evolving Swimmer: Beautiful Bubbles

Swimming is for all ages and deserves to be a part of everyone's fitness regimen for life long health.

Welcome to “The Evolving Swimmer” 6 part series!

Designed for any swimmer who isn’t totally comfortable in the water absent the security of a flotation device, a wall within arm’s reach, or a floor touching their tippy toes. Or maybe you want to add swimming to your fitness repertoire but have reservations.

In this series, you’ll learn how to be comfortable in the water, basic technique for fitness swimming (including a critique of a popular swim method), my favorite drills, my favorite swim workouts that will challenge your cardiovascular system, and land training to improve your swim strength.

I will share the number one on-line most awesome swim instructional site! A swim coach at your fingertips with endless resources to help you become a great swimmer!

I’ll touch on open water swimming and techniques I’ve used in triathlons as a mid-pack swimmer (the most challenging place to be!). If a triathlon is on your bucket list OR if you’ve panicked in open water, this series is for you. Read more

WAKE UP AMERICA! Raj Patel

Political change is mandatory if we are to transform our global food system.

Who is Raj Patel?

Raj Patel is a scholar, award winning writer and food activist. Having earned prestigious degrees from Oxford and Cornell, he serves as a research fellow at the School of Development Studies in Africa and the Institute for Food and Development Policy.

Patel is author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System as well as his New York Times bestseller, The Value of Nothing.

I chose to highlight Raj Patel in my WAKE UP AMERICA! series because he sheds light on the root problems within our food system that few people care to acknowledge. The system is corrupt and causes tremendous human suffering.  How can we have 1.5 billion people who are overweight while we have a billion who are hungry? More importantly, what can be done to fix it? Read more

Burgers & Beer: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers

Mashed sweet potatoes add creamy texture and help bind ingredients together.

High Protein and Fiber Make this Burger a Stand Out

Vegan foodies love to be creative. One of my favorite vegan food blogs is The Edible Perspective. Author and photographer, Ashley McLaughlin, inspires through her creativity and photography. I’m mesmerized by her food photos that feed my eyes before her food nourishes my body.

Food blogs entertain our senses. I might print out a recipe to try like this one Ashley calls Sweet Tater Black Bean Burger. Most of the time I enjoy browsing. Food blogs inspire me to experiment in my own kitchen.

In my search for great veggie burgers, this one definitely caught my eye.  I’m always looking for high protein versions of common staples like burgers. More proof that meat-free doesn’t require a sacrifice in protein.

Grill a sweet potato and black bean burger, grab a Leffe beer, pull up a chair, and enjoy watching the leaves fall off the trees. Autumn doesn’t get any better.

This key ingredient is rich in complex carbs, fiber and beta carotene.

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