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Happy Birthday Mom

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Happy birthday Mom - My mother would have turned 83 today.

I have been slowly getting better since my parents died. But today I am sad.

This would have been my mother's 83rd birthday. She spent the last 20 years institutionalized, first due to untreatable bipolar disorder compounded by dementia, and then spent her final 3 years in the nursing home in hospice acre for her failing physical body.

The last time I saw my mother, she was dying. She passed less than 24 hours from our visit.

Happy birthday Mom. I know you are in a better place.

A Nathan's Hot Dog for Dad

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Nathan's Hot Dog at Surf and Stillwell, Coney Island

For the past year,  my Dad has always mentioned one food item with longing - a Nathan's hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut.

Nathan's original Coney Island location.

You see, he grew up in Bensonhurst, right next to Coney Island, so those hot dogs had been a part of his life for 87 years, and a part of my life for 47.

Yesterday, the day after Dad's burial, hubby and I made the trek out to Coney Island on the N train. We went to the original Nathan's which is right across the street from the subway hub. (That's right, the Nathan's on the boardwalk is not the first one.)

Along with our hot dogs and fries, we bought a hot dog for Dad. I dressed it he way he liked it, with lots of sauerkraut and the mustard placed next to the dog, so it was neater to eat.

Coney Island SkyWe sat outside and ate, and remembered my Dad. I wasn't as sad, because now he is where he wanted to be, lying next to Mom forever.

Then we walked on the boardwalk, looking at the ocean, the kites, and the rides. And the sky!

And then we took the Q back home.

I hope you enjoyed that hot dog, Dad!

My Breakfast Power Smoothie

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My breakfast power smoothie gives me energy to train clients for 3-5 hours straight! And it tastes great.

I never used to be a huge smoothie fan.

Seriously, I thought smoothies were a poor substitute for actual food. That they were what you ate when you were forced to, like when you had your wisdom teeth removed and couldn't chew for a week.

But then I became less tolerant of big breakfasts. I just cannot eat tons of food in the morning without feeling kinda sick.

And then hubby bought the awesome Oster Smoothie blender, which is pretty, easy to clean, and pulverizes leafy greens.Breakfast Power Smoothie

So here is the basic recipe. Just dump everything in the blender and go!

1/2 cup plain yogurt (I use lactose-free; also works with soy and almond if you cannot tolerate dairy.) 1 T. ground flax seed or chia seed 1.5 T. unsweetened egg protein powder 1 t. raw cocoa powder 2 T. chocolate almond milk 2 T. water 1 T. peanut or almond butter .5 t. vanilla 1-2 t. honey 1 cup fruit (I usually do either a banana with a few berries, or all mixed berries. Also works with mango and stone fruit). handful of greens (spinach, kale, swiss chard, or a mix) 4 ice cubes

Lots of lean protein, good fats with Omega 3s, fiber and anti-oxidants from the fruits and veggies - this smoothie is full of everything your body needs to start out running! Plus it tastes great.

Try it and let me know how it works for you.

And feel free to share your favorite smoothie recipes with me!

Book Review: The Longevity Kitchen Cookbook

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Finally, a cookbook that offers gorgeous, tasty, easy to follow recipes featuring all the anti-aging power foods we love.

5/5 Stars

While I was working in the Caribbean, I met a lovely woman named Caroline Nation. The former publisher of W Magazine, Caroline had left the fashion publishing world and entered into the world of nutrition with her fabulous nutrition site, My Food My Health (use code "Lynda" to receive 15% off your first order).

We remained in contact, and a few weeks ago we met for tea and she handed me a copy of The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods [120 Recipes for Vitality and Optimal Health] cookbook, which is written by My Food My Health consulting chef Rebecca Katz, along with Mat Edelson (the pair behind The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen).

With a forward from health guru Dr. Andrew Weil, this beautiful book offers recipes for all occasions and times of day. There are great soups, appetizers, breakfasts, and even desserts. The recipes feature different combinations of power foods like asparagus, basil, blueberries, dark chocolate, kale, olive oil, sweet potato, thyme, and yogurt.

While The Longevity Kitchen is organized like most cookbooks, by meals, there is also an index that categorizes the recipes by health benefits.

Need some immune boosting? Try Chicken Tortilla Soup and Carrot Apple Slaw with Cranberries.

Under too much stress (like most of us)? Here come Sweet Potato and Zucchini Pancakes and Sweet Potato Bars to the rescue.

Enhance your memory and brain power with Golden Roasted Cauliflower aside some lovely Wild, Wild Salmon Burgers.

Blood sugar out of control? Even things out with Smoked Salmon Nori Rolls and Sicilian Green Beans.

You will also find Flexibility Promoters, Liver Boosters, Heart Strengtheners, Skin Enrichers, and LDL Cholesterol Reducers.

A well written and presented cookbook full of great information, beautiful photos, and easy to follow recipes that turn out well. Just a well done book!

The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods [120 Recipes for Vitality and Optimal Health]