Thursday, September 8, 2016

Should Vegan Parents be Jailed?

Upcoming Event: Cycle & Sweat Event at Derby Street Shoppes

This fall, Derby Street Shoppes will host Cycle & Sweat Fitness Block Party, a family-fitness event with all sorts of vendors and retailers joining in on the fun!

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The Cycle & Sweat Fitness Block Party will feature three hours of exercise classes with all proceeds benefiting ALS One, a Massachusetts-based organization dedicated to fighting ALS and providing high-level care for those who are diagnosed.

Cycle & Sweat Fitness Block Party for ALS One

Sunday, September 18, 2016

9:00am to 12:00pm

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This family-fitness block party will feature spin classes from Rev’d Cycling in Dedham, a teen Pound Class from ivivva, yoga from Lululemon, and cardio bootcamp from Mobile Fitness. Each class costs $15 (two for $25) and all proceeds benefit ALS One. The first 100 people to register via Eventbrite will receive Cycle & Sweat tanks and swag bags!

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I’m really looking forward to this event and hope to see you there! 🙂



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7 Back-to-School Dishes That Kids Can Help Make

In the throes of back-to-school chaos, assembling even the most-basic dishes can feel like a chore. The best way to beat the clock while keeping mealtime healthy? Share your food prep responsibilities with the whole family — even the youngest members. The chefs in Food Network Kitchen have been busy dreaming up light, wholesome alternatives to the prepackaged meals we tend to fall back on during the busy transition from summer to fall. Most importantly, they’re easy enough for kids to help prepare — and enticing enough for them to want to eat.

You’ll have breakfast on the table in 20 minutes with Food Network Kitchen’s wholesome take on classic eggs-in-the-hole, which calls for a modest dose of Parmesan cheese and crumbled bacon, adding flavor and texture for few extra calories. Make the morning even easier on yourself by allowing the kids to butter the bread, cut out the center holes and crack the eggs.

While your little ones help with breakfast, you’ll be free to start packing up healthy lunches. Go with something high in fiber and protein but low in sugar — that way the kids will stay full and avoid the midday slump. These Mini Whole-Wheat Chicken Pot Pies contain just 1 gram of sugar and are stuffed with shredded chicken, carrots and peas. Turn the recipe into a family baking project over the weekend, then pop the pies in the freezer and pull them out as necessary for a handy solution to humdrum deli meat sandwiches throughout the week.

When it comes to after-school snacking, packaged cookies and chips are a quick fix . But then again, so are Food Network Kitchen’s Healthy Peanut-Butter Balls, which consist of whole-grain cereal and smooth peanut butter, so they’re high in protein and fiber and likely to tide the kids over until dinner. Use maple syrup as a sweetening agent instead of refined white sugar, then toss the balls in a light dusting of cocoa powder. Since they don’t need to be refrigerated, they make a lunchbox-friendly dessert.

You can’t beat this 3-Ingredient Banana Pudding for efficiency — or taste. Prepare the pudding the night before, to allow the chia seeds to plump up overnight. You can serve it in the morning as a satisfying breakfast that falls somewhere between a smoothie bowl and cereal.

High in protein but low in sugar and carbohydrates, these Oven-Baked Almond Fish Sticks provide you with everything you should expect from a healthy weeknight dinner. Crushed almonds and bran-flake cereal add a wonderfully crunchy coating that simply can’t be achieved with basic breadcrumbs —not to mention providing an extra dose of fiber.

This self-serve meal lets kids load up open-face quesadillas with their choice of vegetables. The little kids can help you assemble the quesadillas before baking, and the big kids can add the seasonings to the beef and help cut up the tomatoes and bell peppers for the toppings bar.

There’s no harm in enjoying something sweet after dinner, and these portion-controlled snack cakes made with whole-wheat pastry flour, rolled oats and applesauce are a wise substitute for the packaged grocery-store treats that inspired them. Best of all, the recipe is straightforward enough for kids to follow: Ask the kids to dump the measured ingredients into the mixing bowls, stir in the chocolate chips, spray the baking pan with cooking spray and help spread the batter.

For more kid-friendly meal and snack ideas, check out these recipes from our friends:

Devour: Embrace Your Inner Kid with 5 Fun Flips on Pizza
The Lemon Bowl: Skillet Mexican Street Corn
Homemade Delish: Healthy Back-to-School Lunches
Creative Culinary: Peanut Butter and Apple Oatmeal Cookies
The Fed Up Foodie: Spiced Pumpkin Donuts
A Mind “Full” Mom: 2-Ingredient Homemade Gogurts
The Mom 100: Tomato-Orzo Dill Soup
Taste with the Eyes: Black Bean Spaghetti Caterpillar For Kids
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Kale Sushi Rice Bowls
Swing Eats: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies (Gluten-Free & Flourless)
FN Dish: Our Favorite A+ Afterschool Snacks



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High-Intensity Partner Running & Kettlebell Workout

Hey, hey! If you haven’t entered already, pop over to my giveaway for a chance to win a sports bra of your choice from the Moving Comfort Collection at Brooks!

My friends at Brooks recently offered to send the special guy in my life a full new running outfit since he’s a huge part of my “support system” when it comes to my running. (Mal is also training for a half marathon right now, so new running apparel and sneakers couldn’t have come at a better time!) And since Mal and I are big fans of exercising together, I thought a partner workout would be the perfect way to showcase his new gear.

Partner Running & Kettlebell Workout

This workout is super “easy” in the sense that it’s made up of only two movements (running + kettlebell swings), requires just one piece of equipment (a kettlebell), and you can do it just about anywhere. The main goal (for both you and your partner) is to acquire 100 kettlebell swings EACH.

Here’s how it works: Partner A runs 200 meters while Partner B performs as many kettlebell swings as possible (either American or Russian style – whichever you prefer). When Partner A returns from their run, Partner B takes off running 200 meters while Partner A immediately starts their kettlebell swings. When Partner B returns, Partner A runs again and Partner B continues on with their kettlebell swings. (Note: Each partner keeps a running tally of how many kettlebell swing reps they’ve completed.) Both partners continue to alternate running and kettlebell swings until one of them is the first person to perform 100 swings. Strategy tip: The faster you run, the fewer kettlebells swings your partner will get! 🙂

Happy sweating!!

Gear details (Mal):

  • Men’s Distance Tank: Mal especially likes how this tank wicks away moisture and keeps him dry. He also likes the relaxed fit that gives him plenty of room to move freely in his workouts. He wears it for running as well as other workouts.
  • Men’s Sherpa 5″ 2-in-1 Shorts: Mal loves these lightweight shorts and wears them all the time! There’s an internal mesh boxer brief to keep him moving comfortably as well as an elastic waistband with stretch drawcord to keep his shorts in place. He also likes the storage pockets for holding his keys, cell phone, ID, GU, etc. when he runs. They’re definitely cool shorts. Be sure to check out the additional photos of them online!
  • Men’s Ravenna 7: Mal has run in Ravennas for as long as I can remember (even before I worked with Brooks). They’re a nice combo of cushion + stability, and they just fit well and help him run fast! 🙂 They’re definitely his go-to shoe.

Gear details (Tina):

  • Women’s Pick-Up Tank: I own a few of these tanks now and wear them all the time. They’re so soft and comfy, and the four-way stretch fabric feels great against my skin while moving with me during my workouts. These tanks are pretty much a staple in my workout wardrobe nowadays!
  • Women’s Chaser 3″ Shorts: I’ve professed my love for these shorts a number of times on CNC in the past, and they’re still one of my favorites. They’re comfy, lightweight, and stay put, so I never have to worry about them riding up during a workout. They’re basically no-nonsense shorts!
  • Women’s Glycerin 14: My go-to running sneakers! I’ve tried a number of different pairs of Brooks shoes over the years, but I always come back to the Glycerins for long-distance running. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! They’re a neutral, cushion shoe, so they provide some support, but not too much. They’re the perfect balance in my opinion!


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Back To Fall Shopping

This post is sponsored by thredUP

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When I was younger my mom would always take us back-to-school shopping. We usually had a budget but we could pick the store where we wanted to shop. For me that was the Limited Too (until the whole store turned into glitter!), followed by Abercrombie & Fitch (until the shorts were so short I couldn’t wear them), then onto LOFT, Gap, and J. Crew in later years. If we are lucky, sometimes mom sends us a check in the mail to put towards a new outfit for fall! (Crossing fingers for 2016!)

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I always get excited about the changing seasons because I uncover either my warm or cold weather wardrobe. Often I have bought things on sale at the end of the previous season that I don’t remember and find them by surprise. I also try to clean out my current season clothes and consign or giveaway anything I didn’t wear that year. And managing a growing child’s clothes?! That’s a huge challenge in itself.

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thredUP is the perfect solution for buying or selling seasonal clothes for grown-ups and kids alike. As a well-curated online consignment shop they have tons and tons of options, from high-end designer wear to sporty kids clothes.

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You’ll find tons of brands you know, and most of the clothing and accessories are 90% off the retail price. Since thredUP is a consignment shop, the items are like new or brand new with tags on. And if you’re looking for a sparkly gold dress in size 6 for an upcoming party you can search, and easily narrow down the huge selection.

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As you’re cleaning out your closet each season (which you do do, right?!) simply request and fill up a free thredUP Clean Out Bag and sell back items you gently wore or never loved. Buying secondhand is a great way for us all to share the fashion love, and at the end of 2015 thredUP had upcycled over 14 million items, saving water, energy, and landfill space. (Of course thrift stores appreciate well-loved clothing so much, so donate the rest!) 

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Click HERE and use code KATH40 to get 40% off your entire order! Valid through 11/30 for first time shoppers up to $50. 

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This fall I needed dresses, and Mazen needed jackets, button-down shirts, and soccer shorts. I found everything we needed and more! I loved that they all came with thredUP tags on them – it made them feel brand new (although the blue and white J. Crew dress was new with tags and only $39!)

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Some of the other pieces in my order included: two pairs of sport shorts for Mazen ($5 a piece), two Baby Gap button downs for Mazen ($7 each), jacket for Mazen ($10), raincoat for Mazen ($15), Gap dress ($19), Jessica Simpson dress ($19), LOFT dress ($19), Express dress ($18), Gap cross body purse ($16).

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Thanks to thredUP for helping me with my fall wardrobe! 



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Clean Eating Thursday Recipe Linkup – Warm Autumn Inspired Drink Recipes

Clean Eating Thursday Recipe Linkup - Warm Autumn Inspired Drink Recipes

Few things scream AUTUMN the way a nice, warm cuppa does. Doesn’t matter if it’s coffee, hot chocolate or even a pumpkin steamer. If it’s chilly out and I’m wearing boots and sweaters, I darn well… Read more →



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