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Buen Sabor Wednesday- Lentil Soup

Submitted by on April 15, 2010 - 6:30 am

  • Lately, I have been on a soup kick. I just love soup! One of my favorites, (and one of the ones that my son has no allergy to), is lentil soup. I had a great bowl today, at a Greek restaurant. I particularly loved how much tomato it had in it, (which not something that I usually find in lentil soup). So I tracked down this recipe to share with you all today.
  • The ingredients are:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups dry lentils
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup spinach, rinsed and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

For cooking instructions Click Here.

What’s your favorite soup?

Terrífico Tuesday- Tips and Tricks to Getting & Staying Trim

Submitted by on April 13, 2010 - 10:30 am

Yesterday I was thinking about the tips and tricks that I used to stay fit and I thought that I’d share some of them with you.

  • Burn more calories than you ingest. (In other words, workout! Cardio is the best way to burn your fat reserves. So kick up the cardio!)
  • As a general rule, stick to eating lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Avoid processed and packaged foods.
  • Drink lots of water. (You should drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day, more so if you are doing a lot of exercise. For example: a 150 pound person should drink 75 ounces of water daily = about 9 glasses of water).
  • Limit your alcohol intake. Cocktails are usually loaded with calories and have no nutritional value.
  • Limit the snack food in your house. Fresh fruit, sliced veggies & salsa (not fatty dip), nuts, reduced fat cheese and things like this are better choices than packaged items that: #1 could live on a shelf for longer than you would like to know, #2 contain ingredients that your body cannot digest.
  • Plan your meals and snacks for the week and make a weekly trip to the supermarket. (Don’t forget to do this! If you do, you’ll end up grabbing things, “on the go”. These are usually the items that are packed with sodium, sugar and fat).
  • Before you eat anything ask yourself this question, “Will this food build me up or tear me down?”
  • Your body is your temple. Treat it accordingly.

Maravilloso Monday- Parenthood

Submitted by on April 12, 2010 - 10:30 am

I’ve found a new show to watch (when the day is done and there are no more diapers to change, sippy cups to wash, nor my 19 month old boy to run after). It’s Parenthood, on NBC (Tuesdays at 10:00PM). This video gives you a glimpse of what parenthood is and why a show about parenthood could be so much fun to watch, after a long day of playing a parent in real life.
I know that some of you out there are parents. Why don’t you finish the phrase, Parenthood is…

Fabuloso Friday- I am now a Spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation!

Submitted by on April 9, 2010 - 10:30 am

26 Million American adults have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and millions of others are at increased risk. The kidneys are vital organs, responsible not only for the removal of waste and fluid from our bodies but also so many other things such as: regulating blood and water levels in the body, removing drugs and toxins and releasing hormones into the body, which help with making red blood cells, promoting strong bones and regulating blood pressure. All that said, I am very excited to announce that I am now a Spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation. I am looking forward to doing what I can to increase awareness and prevention of CKD and to stress the need for organ donations.

On Saturday, June 19th I will participate in the Orange County Kidney Walk at University of California, Irvine. Join me for the Kidney Walk “Warm Up” and then walk with hundreds of others, each doing their part to raise funds and attention to the prevention of kidney disease.

To learn more about the National Kidney Foundation
Click Here. To Join (or support) MY TEAM at the Irvine, CA Walk Click Here.

Tentación Thursday- The Secret

Submitted by on April 8, 2010 - 10:30 am

Last week a friend reminded me of the movie The Secret. I guess that I just really needed to be reminded of my own power. I saw this movie for the first time, several years ago, when I was going through a tough period of my life. Three friends, over the course of three consecutive days suggested that I watch this film. I did. I loved it! I recommended it to anyone that would listen to me. I bought a copy for myself, (which I have watched numerous times). And then I put it away, (for a long time). This week The Secret was just what the doctor ordered. That’s why I’ve decided that my gift to one of you lucky La Buena Life members this week is the DVD of the movie The Secret.

For your chance to win The Secret please leave a comment in the box below. (Please submit comments by Thursday, April15th, 2010 at 7:00AM PDT).

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Italian Meatloaf with Carrot

Submitted by on April 7, 2010 - 10:30 am

My poor son has all of the food allergies that you would never want to wish on a toddler. He’s allergic to dairy, soy, wheat, egg whites and nuts. What can he eat, you ask? Well, for a long time I resorted to grilling a piece of meat or fish and steaming some vegetables. Boring! It got to the point that even I was tired of making the same thing everyday. I was sure that Vincent was sick of seeing the same thing todos los días. So I broke down and bought a couple of cookbooks (para ninos) on One was an “allergy” cookbook, however the other one wasn’t. It was Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious. (Yes, she’ Jerry Seinfeld’s wife). Since Vincent is allergic to wheat I had to find an alternative to traditional bread crumbs. Well, I did. I got them at Whole Foods and they are made from rice bread. I also used rice milk and I skipped the parmesan all together. (Although I am sure that I could have found rice parmesan, too). My point is that I was able to make a dinner that was something other than a piece of meat and some veggies and it was really good, good enough for my husband and I to enjoy, too!

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs (seasoned)
  • 1/2 cup nonfat skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion , finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery , finely chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup carrot puree
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup bottled tomato sauce
  • 4 slices turkey bacon

For Cooking Instructions Click Here

Buen Provecho!

Does anyone else out there suffer from food allergies? How do you cope?

Terrífico Tuesday- Gratitude

Submitted by on April 6, 2010 - 2:30 pm

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

William Arthur Ward

Over that past couple of weeks I have had a lot on my mind, both personal and professional. By last Friday I felt completely overwhelmed. You see, like many of you, there are things in my life that are out of my control. Lately, however I had been feeling like most everything was out of my control. (I am a planner, so not knowing if or how something was going to pan out would normally drive me nuts. Well, it was driving me nuts last week). The other day a friend of mine reminded me of the movie The Secret, which not only have I seen, but I own. She mentioned the story of the man with the gratitude rock. This man kept a simple little stone in his pocket and each time he felt it he would think of something that he was grateful for. I’ve been carrying that notion with me for the past few days and I feel so much better. I am continually reminding myself what I am grateful for, (people and things like my beautiful home, my safe, reliable car, my loving pet…). In doing so I am much calmer about the things over which I have no control and I am feeling a sense of abundance, not lack or uncertainty. Today I am going to purchase a little stone to keep in my pocket. In addition to being reminded to feel gratitude, I am going to express it. People need to know that they are appreciated. It’s silly that we think highly of someone and don’t share it with them. So let me start by thanking you all, once again, for joining me on this endeavor. I am grateful for each and every one of you.

Please share your gratitude for your friends, family and loved ones today, and everyday.

Fabuloso Friday- Will You Have Dinner With Me?

Submitted by on April 2, 2010 - 10:30 am


The evening before the race MORE/Fitness Magazines will be having a Pre-Race Pasta Dinner at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square. I am looking forward to attending and getting psyched for the race, the following morning. I’d like to invite ONE of you* to join me for the pre-race pasta dinner. If you’d like to have dinner with me on Saturday, April 24th, at the Hard Rock Café please leave a comment, with the reason why, below. ¡Buena Suerte!

*Please note: This contest is for residents of the Greater NYC area. (You must live within 25 miles from Manhattan to participate). The winner will be chosen on Saturday, April 17th, 2010.

Tentacion Thursday- ADD MORE ing TO YOUR LIFE: A Hip Guide to Happiness

Submitted by on April 1, 2010 - 10:30 am

I was just turned on to this book by La Buena Life Member, (and blogger), Carrie Writes. She actually blogged about positivity and this book yesterday. According to one review I read on, this book really is amazing and we should ALL read it. ADDING MORE ~ing TO YOUR LIFE has received 5 star review by almost all reviewers. Here’s what one woman had to say about it:

5.0 out of 5 stars
Exactly what I needed…,
By (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I am so grateful that I was guided to this book. “Add More ing” is unlike any other self help book I have read and I have read my fair share! Gabby presents the material in a way that is easy to understand and lovingly guides you on this amazing, life changing journey. I read the book straight through and now I am revisiting each chapter for about 30 days. I have already noticed positive changes in my life since starting my “ing journey”. If you commit to the work, you to can change your life and find that happiness and a sense of peace that you desire. Stop listening to the nasty stories your ego is telling you and “Add More ing to your Life”!
Thanks for writing this book

I’m going to trust Carrie Writes and and offer this book as my Tentacion Giveaway this week.

For your chance to win ADDING MORE ~ing TO YOUR LIFE: A Hip Guide to Happiness please leave a comment in the box below. (Please submit comment by Thursday, April 8th, 2010).

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Gourmet Vegetarian Meals

Submitted by on March 30, 2010 - 3:00 pm

As you all know, I usually feature a healthy, (and yummy), recipe on Wednesdays. This week, La Buena Life Member, CJ Arabia, sent me some information on this gourmet vegetarian food line, Life Foods. So I thought that I’d let you all know about it, too. These frozen meals are made with soy and wheat protein and have no cholesterol, trans fats, preservatives or msg. They are currently available at 9 Whole Foods Markets and all Famima Markets.

Here’s what CJ Has to say about Life Foods, (taken from one of her blogs),

“Since I wrote that article about being a vegetarian a few month’s ago a few things have changed. I have not gone vegetarian sadly enough… BUT I have been eating less meat. A lot less meat. I get vegetarian breakfast sausages, Morning Star Farms rocks. They make NOT eating meat really easy. I still eat meat but not every day. I get lots of protein too. One delicious thing I’ve discovered is these Life Foods gourmet vegetarian entrees. My sister brought me a couple to try because she knows the woman who created them and she loves them and she wanted to try them. She knows I’m trying to lose weight. These vegetarian frozen meals have been a life saver. They taste like meat and feel like meat in your mouth. The flavors are really good too. That Sauteed Sirloin is sweet and spicy and delicious. At about $5 a pop they are great to take to work and heat up in the microwave. You’re saving an animal’s life every time you eat one so even if you don’t want to go completely vegetarian but like me, try to eat less meat you’ll enjoy these healthy low calorie meals. I’ve been eating them as part of my diet and I’ve lost 10 lbs so I know they work…”

Check them out on FaceBook!

Maravilloso Monday- Half Way There!

Submitted by on March 29, 2010 - 10:30 am

I can’t believe that there are only 4 more weeks until the MORE Magazine/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon that I am training for. I am feeling confident that I won’t totally collapse at the finish line, (and more importantly, that I will MAKE it to the finish line). Training for this race I have been more inspired to exercise than ever before. Each week I schedule my workouts right into my iPhone and in the past month I have only missed one workout, (last Monday when I was feeling run down). In general, I feel great, am getting in rock star shape and more importantly, I see that I have inspired some of you to kick your exercise up a notch. That’s fantastic!!!

If I’ve inspired you to workout please share, below.

Fabuloso Friday- Earth Hour

Submitted by on March 26, 2010 - 10:30 am

I can’t believe that Earth Hour is already here. That means that I’ve had my La Buena Life blog up for over a year now! (Last year I blogged to you from my vacation in Miami Beach). Thank you all for supporting me in my efforts to inspire people to feel good, look good, do good. Participating in Earth Hour is a great, (and easy), way to Do Good. So please join me this Saturday night as I turn out the lights for one hour.

Thank you,

Tentación Thursday- Agua with a Twist

Submitted by on March 25, 2010 - 10:30 am

This week I had the pleasure of tasting Talking Rain Twist natural, certified organic juice water. A natural blend with a twist of juice. I love the combination of flavors in this non-carbonated, lightly sweetened water, made from artesian well water.* I just finished a bottle of the Pomegranate Blueberry flavor, which was delicious! It only had a hint of natural sweetness, produced by agave nectar. It’s the perfect drink for the person that thinks water is boring. I like that it’s refreshing but not overly sweet, as most flavored waters tend to be. And the best part is that it has only 9 calories per serving. So drink up! Organic flavors include: Mango Açaí, West Indies Lime, Mandarin White Tea, Pomegranate Blueberry, Wild Strawberry and Lemon. As I type I am enjoying the Mango Açaí flavor. (I think that I like this one even more than the Pomegranate Blueberry. The best part? A portion of the proceeds go to find a cure for breast cancer). 🙂

ONE Lucky La Buena Life Member will win samples of Twist Naturals Certified Organic Juice Water. For your chance to win visit to check out all of the flavors and more. Report back to and tell us which flavor speaks most to you and why, in the comment box below. If you’re lucky I’ll choose YOU as the lucky winner. (Please submit comments by Thursday, 4/1/10 at 7:00AM PDT).

*Artesian well water comes from a confined “artesian” aquifier whose water is pressurized and therefore flows out of the well, without pumping.

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Breakfast de Campeones!

Submitted by on March 24, 2010 - 10:30 am

Aside from my dad’s homemade waffles, covered with fresh strawberry pureé (yes, I eat waffles), my favorite breakfast is huevos rancheros-healthy style. I eat eggs almost every day, but my favorite way is Mexican style. The ingredients are:

2 eggs
1/4 cup salsa (as spicy as you please)
1/4-1/2 avocado, sliced (depending on size)
jalapeño peppers (optional)
corn tortilla (optional)
shredded cheese (optional)
The above ingredients are ones that I usually have on hand. (Living in southern California my pantry better have salsa and avocados, at least). This is the easiest recipe ever! You can either fry the eggs or do as I do and poach them. (I have a great egg poacher that I got at Williams Sonoma years ago, never realizing how much use I would get out of it). So basically all you have to do is heat a little salsa in the microwave. Meanwhile, cook your eggs, (sunny side up or poached). If you have a corn tortilla you can warm it up slightly and lay it on the plate, (otherwise, do as I do and skip to…), place eggs on plate, (on top of tortilla-if used), layer on salsa and top with avocado slices. Voila! That’s it. (If you enjoy jalapeños and cheese, go ahead an sprinkle them on top). It’s super quick, easy and full of protein!
¡Buen Provecho! Try it out and let me know what you think!

Terrífico Tuesday- What I Love About Running

Submitted by on March 23, 2010 - 10:30 am

As most of you know, running is new for me. (I shouldn’t even call it running, it’s jogging, really). Anyway, the idea of jogging for long periods of time is not really my idea of a good time. But I have committed to participating in the MORE Magazine/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon on April 25th, so I’d better get used to jogging.

The training has been tough. I was supposed to jog 6 miles on Sunday, but only completed 5. (I’m hoping that I’ll do better this week). But there have definitely been some perks to all of this cardiovascular exercise. Here are the things that I am loving:
  • Having a goal and a workout routine. (I have NEVER been so diligent about my training routine as I have been over the past 3 weeks).
  • Skin Glowing (no breakouts since I started training for the half marathon)
  • Favorite Jeans Fitting Better
  • Endorphin-induced good mood
  • Sexy, Shapely Legs
So if you need a little motivation to get moving, just know that (if nothing else) you may have clearer skin, like me.

Fabuloso Friday- Help a Child Through World Vision

Submitted by on March 19, 2010 - 10:30 am

A friend of mine returned from Haiti, two nights ago, where he was providing his medical assistance (he’s an E.R. doctor in NYC). Next week my best friend (also an E.R. doctor) will head to Haiti for the same purpose. So as you can imagine, doing my part, (to help those less fortunate), has been heavy on my mind this week. Although, we are not all trained to assist at that level, nor able to travel to Haiti, for most of us donating something (albeit $10) to relief efforts of the Haitian disaster, or any other great disaster is quite manageable.

The World Vision organization has a staff of 800 in Haiti, doing tremendous work. But that’s not all that this organization does. World Vision helps children worldwide, everyday. And you can also. For about $1 a day you can sponsor a child most any where. (Why, most people spend more than that on a coffee each day). And I love that you can even choose to the child you sponsor by country, gender and/or their birth date.

If you are interested in learning more about World Vision please Click Here.

Tentación Thursday- Love American Idol?

Submitted by on March 18, 2010 - 10:30 am

Do you love American Idol? Well now you can download music performed by the top 12 contestants on iTunes. Heck, you can download whatever you want, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, The Beatles, Dizzy Gillespie or even TV and movies! Gotta love shopping at your fingertips. That being said, this week I thought that I’d give away something that everyone would enjoy, a $15 iTunes gift card.

ONE (1) Lucky La Buena Life Member will win this gift card. For your chance to jam to your favorite tunes or watch your favorite TV show or movie leave your comment below. (Please submit comment by 7:00AM PDT Thursday, 3/25/10.

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Quinoa Vegetable Salad

Submitted by on March 17, 2010 - 3:30 pm

Quinoa is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, with some of the biggest nutritional bang for caloric buck. Did you know that a half a cup of cooked quinoa has 5 grams of protein, (more than any other grain), plus iron, riboflavin and magnesium. So let’s get cooking with quinoa!

I found the recipe for a Quinoa Vegetable Salad. It’s easy to make and very nutritious. The ingredients are:

4 cups vegetable broth

1 1/2 cups raw whole grain quinoa

1 cucumber, sliced

1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup lightly steamed broccoli florets

2 tomatoes, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

1/3 cup lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

dash salt and pepper, to taste (sea salt tastes best)

For Cooking Instructions

Click Here.

Buen Provecho!

Terrífico Tuesday- Join My Mailing List and Get FREE GIFTS!

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Maravilloso Monday- Oh What A Beautiful Morning!

Submitted by on March 15, 2010 - 6:34 pm

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