Finds and faves: my picks for making perfect green tea

By Claudia Zapata | February 10th, 2016 | 0 Comments
After giving up Diet Coke for good - it's been over two years and counting (yay!), I needed an alternative that was both refreshing and um, caffeinated. I've never been a coffee fan, and energy drinks weren't an option, so that pretty much left me with tea. While I've always enjoyed a nice cup of freshly brewed tea, it had never been part of my daily routine until it displaced the shameful soda habit. Today, I am proud to say I have developed a healthy green tea addiction and enjoy about three cups a day. Antioxidant-rich green tea has been associated with an array of long-term health benefits, including a decreased risk of developing certain cancers and improved brain functi Read More...

Veggie Burgers: The Next Generation

By Andy Bellatti MS, RD | July 20th, 2015 | 0 Comments
I said goodbye to hamburgers (well, meat in general) in 1998. Times were different then. No one knew what an “emoji” or a “tweet” was, chia seeds were sprinkled on animal-shaped terracotta figurines rather than smoothies, MTV still played music videos, and the “veggie burger” market was in its infancy. Back then, the main commercial veggie burger options consisted of either rice and vegetable-based Gardenburgers (some varieties also contained cheese), soy-based Boca Burgers, or Morningstar Farms patties, which offered vegetable-based and soy-based varieties. While they certainly came in handy for vegetarians and vegans, they weren't the most mouthwatering or crea Read More...

Finds & Faves: Must B Nutty almond flour tortillas

By Claudia Zapata | February 10th, 2015 | 0 Comments
Update: Must B Nutty has changed its name to Siete Family Foods. These delicious, vegan and gluten-free tortillas are still available online but also at all Whole Foods locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. While they were a breakfast staple while growing up along the border, flour tortillas lost their luster long ago. There's something to be said about starting your day with refined flour and lard, and that something isn't good or healthy. I was happily enjoying sprouted grain toast and nut butter for breakfast until my sister recently sent me a package of Must B Nutty almond flour tortillas she'd purchased at G7 Athletics, a gym in our Read More...

Happy May giveaway: Nada Moo!

By Claudia Zapata | May 1st, 2014 | 12 Comments
  You can scream if you want to! It is a Nada Moo ice cream giveaway, after all! That's right: we've teamed up with our favorite ice cream company, Austin-based Nada Moo!, to bring delicious coconut-milk ice cream right to your doorstep. If you haven't tried Nada Moo!, you'll fall in love at first frozen bite. Vegan, certified gluten-free, certified organic, fair trade certified and sweetened with agave nectar, Nada Moo! ice cream contains fewer calories per serving than regular ice cream, but mostly, it's just amazing. It's been a staple in our freezer since last summer, when I featured Nada Moo! in my first Finds and Faves post. We can't get enough of all of th Read More...

Finds & Faves: Suja

By Claudia Zapata | April 22nd, 2014 | 0 Comments
I don't know about you, but after a long weekend filled with houseguests, our epic Easter egg hunt, and plenty of wine and chocolate bunnies, I'm ready to press the reset button and get back on track. When I hit reset, and it's usually on Sundays, I always do three things: Step 1: draft a fresh to-do list. I write down (old school, with pen and paper) everything I should or need to do for work, home, Sean, or the kids. Even when the list is long, it's a very freeing practice. Because once written down, the to-do's can't turn into middle-of-the-night worries. Step 2: Plan a week's worth of workouts and healthy meals and snacks. I never leave my workouts to chance and by Sunday, I know ho Read More...