Superfood of the Month: Ground Cherries

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Available all over the United States, ground cherries are from the Solanaceae or nightshade family sometimes found growing along roadsides. You may spy these cherry tomato-like fruits at farmer’s markets or as part of your CSA haul in the month of September.

Also known as: Gooseberries, husk cherries, Physalis peruviana

Storage and Prep: For best results, keep ground cherries in their husks until you are ready to eat them. Husked fruits can be stored in the refrigerator for five to seven days. Rinse with water before eating.

How to Use Them: You can pop them in your mouth and enjoy like cherry tomatoes, or try a new recipe. These are a little sweeter to the taste than cherry tomatoes (almost more of a tropical flavor). I love using them in homemade salsas and salads. You can also throw these in with fruits to make a delicious pie or tart.

Superfood properties: Ground cherries are loaded with fiber, as well as immune-boosting vitamin C. They are also a good source of vitamin A — a vitamin that plays a important role in bone growth. Vitamin A is also essential in maintaining healthy vision and slows down declining retinal function in people with an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa.

Have you tried ground cherries? What is your favorite way to eat them?

Things I love to help keep my fruits and veggies fresh longer:


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Silk Soymilk Tropical Yogurt Parfait


The first dairy alternative I ever tried was Silk soy milk. It was my go-to milk replacement for my morning cereal and in my coffee.


Then suddenly, the dairy case at the grocery stores were flooded with milk alternatives — almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, hemp milk, etc. — and I tried almost ALL of them. I found myself coming back to Silk soy milk for both the smooth delicious taste and the 8 grams of protein per cup. Having given up meat several years ago, I was hard-pressed to meet my daily protein requirements. Falling back in love with soy was a great plant-based way to get the protein I needed in the mornings to fuel my workout and keep me satisfied until my next meal. Silk is also low in saturated fat and has no cholesterol, two more wins!


A boost of protein in the morning provides your body with what it needs to burn fat instead of muscle during a workout. Try this Tropical Yogurt Parfait using creamy vanilla Silk Soymilk for breakfast to wake up your taste buds and get your day started off right.


Silk Soymilk Tropical Yogurt Parfait
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  1. 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  2. 1/3 cup Vanilla Silk Soymilk
  3. 1/4 cup diced mango
  4. 1/4 cup diced banana chunks
  5. 1 tablespoon shredded coconut flakes
  6. 1/4 cup all-natural granola
  7. 2 tsp. chopped or crushed walnuts
  8. 1 tsp. honey
  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, blend together Greek yogurt and Vanilla Silk Soymilk until creamy and most lumps have disappeared.
  2. In a glass or mason jar, add the diced mango.
  3. Add half of the yogurt/soymilk blend to the glass directly on top of the mango.
  4. Add the diced banana and shredded coconut.
  5. Add the remainder of the yogurt/soymilk blend.
  6. Top with honey, granola, and chopped walnuts.
  7. When ready to eat, stir together & enjoy!
  1. If you are not planning to eat right away, store the granola & nuts separately. Pour on just before stirring, add honey, and stir.
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This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.



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Spring Superfoods You Need To Eat

Spring is in the air, and it is time to go green — literally!

Take a walk through the produce section, and you’ll see green everywhere. Seasonal eats available in spring go a long way to helping you detox from the cold winter months, provide you with many a nutritional boost, and lean you down in no time. Here are three greens to pile on your plate this spring.





You can find asparagus almost all year-round thanks to the lengths grocers go to in order to keep these greens in stock, but nothing beats the flavor-rich freshness of locally-grown asparagus during the spring. A cup of asparagus boasts a healthy dose of vitamin K (essential for your bones to absorb calcium) and immune-boosting vitamin A.

Asparagus is also know to de-bloat your tummy, so eat up before you hit the beach for a lean & defined physique!


Artichoke |

Artichokes contain a compound called cynarin, which are not to stimulate your taste buds & make bland food taste better. They are also rich in inulin, which promotes growth of good bacteria in your gut.

Also a good source of antioxidants, fiber, and folate, these tasty veggies are a nutritional powerhouse that are hard to beat!



Ramps, also known as wild leeks are a spring delicacy available only for a few weeks in spring, beginning mid-April. If you haven’t tried ramps, hit the supermarket or farmer’s market for this delightful veg you can use in any recipe that calls for leeks.

In addition to vitamins A and C, you’ll get a dose of iron as well as immune-boosting selenium.




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Five Foods You Need to Try This February


If you are interested in getting the most nutritional bang for your buck, look no further than superfoods. What’s so super about them, you ask? Basicially, superfoods are simply those that are plentiful in multiple nutrients and have been shown through scientific research to offer health benefits.

You are no doubt already eating a superfood-rich diet — broccoli and blueberries to name a couple — but there are lots that you probably aren’t eating. Here are 5 healthy superfoods to get your hands on this February.


Types of Lettuce |

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I grew up in Louisiana, and I was a huge fan of the local Community brand coffee with chicory. I couldn’t imagine that the same chicory I used to drink in my coffee was the same chicory I now see offered as a seasonal green in fancy restaurant salads — but it was (one was the root and the other was the leafy greens, but still the same plant!)

Chicory root is known to detoxify the liver, as well as to aid digestion — both of which would come in handy after a weekend in the Big Easy :-) 

The greens, on the other hand, pack a punch of vitamin A, vitamin K, and choline to name a few.  Cruise by your favorite farmer’s markets in February and pick up a head of chicory to serve up in your salads or to saute and serve under your favorite protein.


Kumquats |

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This was not intended to be a post about Louisiana, but again I am struck by a memory of numerous kumquat trees that lined the neighboring fence of my elementary school’s playground. We had no idea what these little orange globes were until a teacher told us, but burned countless hours picking these sweet little beauties as kids.

The peak of the growing season is in the winter lasting until about March, so now is an ideal time to try this citrus fruit that is high in potassium, as well as vitamins C and A.

To eat, rinse & toss the whole thing in your mouth – be careful with the seeds!


Superfood Smoothie |

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Maca is a root originating in South America which has been shown in clinical studies to boost libido. Maca is also known to improve stamina in athletes, regulate hormonal imbalances, and even help with fatigue.

Maca is available in powder form, which is great for adding to smoothies and protein shakes. Don’t go overboard, though … the powder can be quite bitter in large doses.

There are a variety of teas, energy bars, and even chocolates that contain maca — a super convenient way to taste test this superfood.


Parsnips |

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I love parsnips and include them in one of my favorite winter comfort dishes, Winter Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie, a recipe I found in Food & Wine magazine. 

Parsnips are high in fiber, which we need to aid in the prevention of heart disease, and some types of cancer. They also contain a healthy dose of folate, a nutrient necessary in energy metabolism and essential for women planning to become pregnant.

When you go on a hunt for parsnips, they look like a big white carrot. They’ll probably be hiding next to the radishes and other root veggies in almost any produce section of a any supermarket during the winter months.

Passion fruit

Passion Fruit |

Last but not least … passion fruit … you can’t leave this seasonal fruit off the list in February because of its name alone!

Passion fruit is a great source of vitamins A and C, and don’t be afraid to eat the seeds for an extra dose of fiber.

These exotic beauties are also a good source of plant-based iron, a perfect healthy snack for vegetarians who may need an iron boost.

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Cleansing Juice Recipe: Asian Green Tea Smoothie

Asian Green Tea Smoothie Recipe |


I don’t know about you, but I ate a lot of tasty food over the past couple of weeks. Seriously. A lot.

I did a 1-day juice cleanse the week before Thanksgiving week, and it was a nice and quick reset for my body & a chance to load up on tons of nutrient-rich veggies!

As I get ready to make December count & work super hard to include exercise every day and eat as clean as possible, I see many cleansing juices in my near future! Since I got my Vitamix a few weeks ago, it has been fun to create and taste new juice recipes. I’m surprised that everything I’ve concocted as actually been palatable!

This Asian Green Tea Smoothie packs a serious superfood punch. Try this vegan, non-dairy juice recipe for a ton of vitamins and antioxidants, as well as a spicy energy boost to get you through your busy day!


  • 1 1/2 cups Green tea (freshly brewed, then chilled)
  • Juice from 1/2 small lemon
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup organic spinach
  • 1 Kaffir lime leaf
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (peeled & chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Madagascar vanilla extract


  1. Coarsely chop romaine, lettuce, and Kaffir lime leaf. 
  2. Place all ingredients in the order listed into a high-speed blender (such as Vitamix) and secure lid.
  3. Select Variable 1.
  4. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  5. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. 
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Instagram Challenge: Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of October! This is my favorite month of the year. I love it for many reasons … those first few crisp days when you realize need a sweater or a blanket, noticing the leaves changing colors, but mostly because it’s my BIRTHDAY MONTH!!!

Starting today and continuing through Thanksgiving, I’m setting a goal for myself each day to find one thing I’m thankful for. Scientists who study happiness have found that people who keep gratitude journals (daily or even several times per week) consider themselves happier than those who did not.

Think about it … Don’t you always feel good when you focus on something positive? What is more positive than recognizing something that you consider a blessing?

Attitude of Gratitude Instagram Challenge |

I’ll be posting my daily “Thank You’s” on my Instagram page & using the hashtag #attitudeofgratitude.

Join me and discover if this boosts your happiness quotient for the next month!!



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Active Nation Day is September 28th!!

Active Nation Day is a movement created by the amazing Lorna Jane Clarkson to help women live an active lifestyle. You may recall my post about Lorna Jane’s new book, NOURISH. If you haven’t checked out this gorgeous lifestyle guide, I suggest that you do!!

Today is Active Nation Day, my friends! It’s a day to get up, throw away your old excuses, and get moving!

Want to get involved? Here’s how!!

  1. Join the movement by signing up to the Active Nation Day event in your closest city. Find a city near you by clicking here.
  2. Download the Lorna Jane app so you can track your Running, Walking, Cycling, and other active moves during and after Active Nation Day.  (App store download click here.)
  3. Learn the LJ Move for a chance to win $1000 Lorna Jane active wardrobe!! (Details below)
  4. Attend Active Nation Day by tracking your movement with the Lorna Jan app 

Here are a few screenshots from the Lorna Jane app. It is full of GREAT inspirational & motivational quotes!

Active Nation Day |

Now, about that $1000 Lorna Jane wardrobe!!! Here are the deets:

1. DO THE #LJMOVE  – take a photo or video
2. UPLOAD your video or photo to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
4. INSPIRE others – tag one or more of your #fitfam sisters to do the #LJMOVE too!

Watch the video below to learn how to do the LJMOVE: 

HAVE FUN!!! And Tag me on Instagram and/or Twitter (@WellnessScience) when you post your #LJMOVE! I want to see & LIKE all of my #sweatpink and other fit sisters doing their thing!!

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Motivation Monday: To New Beginnings!

Life Starts All Over Again |



Happy Monday, peeps! The fall is my favorite time of the year, and while I am sad to see the summer go I am embracing this new season and the new beginnings that fall will bring.

Fitzgerald was always one of my favorite authors, and this quote from The Great Gatsby: “Life Starts All Over Again When It Gets Crisp in the Fall” has a whole new meaning for me this year. I am truly motivated to be the happiest that I have ever been!

I am grateful for all of the good things and amazing people in my life, and I know and appreciate that any negativity I am experiencing is going to make me stronger.

Question: Do you love the Fall weather? Are you experiencing any EXCITING new beginnings? Please share!!

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#LiveLoveNourish – A Review of Lorna Jane Clarkson’s NOURISH

The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a struggle. While I have been super-focused on my health and nutrition for as long as I can remember, life threw me a curveball that pushed those priorities to the bottom of the list.

I was given an opportunity to review Lorna Jane’s new book — NOURISH: The Fit Woman’s Cookbook — through the SweatPink ambassador community. This new book is  a collection of all things Lorna Jane has learned & loves about nourishing her body. 

While super excited to receive this beautiful book from Lorna Jane, there was so many things occupying my thoughts that I didn’t have the energy or desire even open the package for days.

Once I did, I was WOW’d!!! This is way more than just a cookbook. Lorna Jane has penned a gorgeously-photographed healthy living guide with recipes from breakfast thru dinner & in-between. She gives wonderful practical advice about healthy eating, such as “Eat Less, More Often” and “Eat According to What You Feel Your Body Needs.”  

However, what stood out to me the most were the inspiring messages peppered throughout the pages. Perhaps I noticed these messages because it was inspiration I was seeking? 

Nonetheless, as you read other reviews of this book you will likely see loads of her lovely & healthy recipe creations. In fact, I can’t wait to try a whole bunch of them myself (Wonder Woman Smoothie – you are first on the list!!!)

In my review, I wish to share some of the words from Lorna Jane that gave me inspiration and made me feel BLESSED when I needed it most. I hope you will find inspiration in them as well!

1) Don’t Let The Seeds Stop You From Enjoying The Watermelon

Don't Let The Seeds Stop You |

I think this message is saying not to let your fears stop you from doing something. I’ve said this before … change is SCARY. This inspires me to live life in the present & not worry about what may or may not happen. What do you think??

2) I Believe the Start to a Better Future is Simply Our Belief That it is Possible


The Start to a Better Future |

Love this one! To me, this is simply a message of hope. When you feel hopeless, you can’t imagine anything else is possible. But it really is a choice. You can let something destroy you, or you can choose to forgive, to love, and to grow. If you believe in something enough, it IS possible.

And last but not least …

3) Expect The Most Wonderful Things to Happen Not in the Future, But Right Now

Expect Wonderful Things |

This message reminds me to live in the present and to count my blessings. I think many of us tend to dwell or worry about things that have happened in the past or might happen in the future (I know I do sometimes!) But what about today? I’m looking for the wonderful things in my life today and trying very hard to give up the urge to control tomorrow.

Have you read Lorna Jane’s NOURISH? I’d love to hear some of your favorite quotes & your interpretation!

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Meatless Monday Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad

In my opinion, an Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad is SUMMER ON A PLATE!  It’s a simple little salad to put together, but the key is to find the freshest ingredients you can to make it taste amazing!

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad |

Organic tomatoes, freshly-picked basil leaves, high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar, buffalo mozzarella, as well as sea salt & freshly ground pepper all make a difference.

We planted tomatoes a little late in the season this year, so the ones I used today are beautiful fresh local heirloom tomatoes from our local market. I’m SUPER excited that I HAVE BASIL in my garden this year!! We didn’t plant any basil last  year, but this year we have 3-4 plants that are doing well. I LOVE going out & picking out a few big, fragrant leaves to include in my summer salads. Ahhhh, summer on a plate for sure!

For the past several years, I have enjoyed going out to my garden and picking beautiful heirloom tomatoes and basil to make this salad. I have experimented with different cheeses over the years, but this is my favorite version.


  • 3-4 large heirloom tomatoes (I used yellow & red ones above)
  • 8-10 basil leaves, chopped
  • Buffalo mozzarella, sliced thinly
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (best quality you can afford — you only need a couple of capfuls)
  • Aged Balsamic Vinegar (again, good quality makes all the difference)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt


  1. Slice tomatoes and arrange on a plate. I find that a big serrated knife does the best job slicing tomatoes.
  2. Add a thin slice of mozzarella in between each tomato slice. Sprinkle the chopped basil leaves over the salad, then add a little sea salt & freshly ground pepper.
  3. Using the cap from your bottle of olive oil, add a capful to each row of the tomato combo on your plate.
  4. Finally, drizzle a small amount of balsamic down the center of each row & you are ready to feast!

This salad serves 3-4 people. I always serve with a sweet French baguette. Enjoy!! :-)

Caprese Salad |


What are your favorite summer salads? Do you grow lettuce, tomatoes, and other herbs/veggies in your yard? 


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