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Buen Sabor Wednesday- Grilled Hawaiian Chicken

Submitted by on January 27, 2010 - 11:30 am


Chicken Breast
Low Fat Swiss Cheese
Low Fat/Low Sodium Baked Ham
Pineapple Slices
No Sodium Lemon Pepper Marinade

Want to the taste of Hawaii, healthy-style? Here is a video to make grilled pineapple chicken. I’m going to make it tonight. Buen Provecho!

Terrífico Tuesday – Meet Grammy Nominees

Submitted by on January 26, 2010 - 11:30 am

I had the pleasure of meeting Grammy Nominee Amy Hanaiali`i last weekend at a special reception for the musician’s of the Southern California Slack Key Festival at Trader Vic’s L.A. Amy’s latest album, Friends & Family Of Hawai`i, has been nominated this year for the Grammy Best Hawaiian Music Album. She is also the cousin of my friend John Cruz (who sings the George Harrison duet “What Is Life” on her Grammy Nominated album).

This Friday The Grammy Museum will host a special concert to showcase all of the Grammy Nominees from Hawaii. Amy & John will perform “What is Life”.

Join me there, to see them perform.

Friday, January 29th at 7:30PM
The Grammy Museum at LA Live
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Maravilloso Monday-Juice It Up!

Submitted by on January 25, 2010 - 11:30 am

So, I decided that it was time to ingest more fruits and vegetables. And then I remembered that I have this AMAZING juicer, in my cupboard. Today I whipped out my Breville Juice Fountain Plus and threw in a concoction of carrots, granny smith apples, spinach and ginger. It was delicious! (My son loved it, too). The Breville Juice Fountain Plus is a great juicer because it can juice almost anything, (including whole apples), and it’s really easy to clean.

Want to try out a Breville Juice Fountain Plus? Click Here

Happy Juicing!

Fabuloso Friday-Tune in to “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief”-TONIGHT!

Submitted by on January 22, 2010 - 11:30 am

Please tune in tonight for Hope For Haiti Now: A Global benefit for Earthquake Relief, where the music world will come together for a massive global telethon to raise fund’s for the victims of the Haitian natural disaster. Concerts will take place in New York City, Los Angeles, London and Haiti. Haiti native Wyclef Jean will host the New York City proceedings, actor George Clooney host in Los Angeles & CNN’s Anderson Cooper will report from Haiti.

Viacom’s MTV Networks will produce the two-hour broadcast, which will be the most widely distributed telethon in history, both internationally and across media platforms. “Hope for Haiti Now” will air live and commercial free at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, COMEDY CENTRAL, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, CENTRIC, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, and Canadian networks including CBC Television, CTV, Global Television, and MuchMusic. Even better, the event will be live streamed online globally across sites including YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL,, Yahoo,,,,,, and Rhapsody and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and FloTV. SO THERE’S NO REASON NOT TO TUNE IN! Get ready for performances by Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting Wyclef Jean, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, Jay-Z, Rihanna and more.

Proceeds from the telethon will be split evenly among seven relief organizations currently operating in Haiti: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, United Nations World Food Programme and yele Haiti Foundation. The best part is that you can show your support by purchasing the night’s performances for 99 cents each through iTunes starting Saturday.

Tentación Thursday – My Super Smile

Submitted by on January 21, 2010 - 11:30 am

Finally, I have found a tooth whitening system that will remove stains from not only natural tooth enamel, but artificial ones like bondings, veneers, caps, crowns and dentures. Due to a childhood accident I have a crown on one of my front teeth. Until now, I had never found a tooth whitening system that was safe enough for me to use on all of my teeth. (Most tooth whitening systems would remove stains from my real teeth and leave the crown a bit on the stained side. Not any more.) Now I can use supersmile and clean ALL of my teeth.

Created by DR. IRWIN SMIGEL, world renowned “Father of Aesthetic Dentistry. Supersmile isn’t made up of harsh abrasives, which can cause sensitivity to my teeth. It is a clinically proven collecion of premium whitening, breath freshening and cavity-fighting ingredients. These ingerdietns deliver the most comprehensive, safe and effective at-home oral care, available. Get ready for beautiful and healthy teeth and gums!

For more information on supersmile Click Here.
Remember that ONE lucky La Buena Life Member will win their own supersmile Professional Whitening System.
For your chance to win please leave a comment in the box, below. (Please submit comment by 7:00AM PST Thursday, January 28th, 2010).

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Happy Birthday to Me!

Submitted by on January 20, 2010 - 11:30 am

Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday, Dear Ana, Happy birthday to me!

Yes, it’s my birthday. And what I want for my birthday are fish tacos. Yum! Here is a recipe for healthy fish tacos.

The ingredients are:
1 cup nonfat sour cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped tomato
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 lb tilapia fillet
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
4 fat free tortillas, wrapped in foil and heated in oven

To learn how to make them Click Here.

Terrifico Tuesday – Meet Me Half Way

Submitted by on January 19, 2010 - 11:30 am

The Grammy Awards
are right around the corner, (literally and figuratively). So I thought I’d feature the Black Eyed Peas, who are nominated for the Grammy for Record of the Year-Meet Me Half Way.
Disfrútala! (Enjoy!)

Maravilloso Monday-The Results are In!

Submitted by on January 18, 2010 - 11:30 am

Extra, Extra! The La Buena Life Survey results are in. (Thank you to those who participated). Your responses will help me make La Buena Life even better in 2010. It seems that you want to see more of me. Well, your wish is my command. Get ready for more interaction with me, the latest in fitness trends, cool products, recipes, music, and more. And make sure that you’re on my mailing list, so that you’ll never miss out on my latest adventures, including behind the scenes footage of my Roarin’ 20’s FORTIETH birthday party. (Yes, I am really FORTY, well actually, I will be on Wednesday, January 20th). Not on the list? It’s not too late! Just sign up on the Main Page.

Have a tremenda semana! (A tremendous week!)

Ana Cabán

Fabuloso Friday-Ana’s Favorite Things!

Submitted by on January 15, 2010 - 7:30 pm

You all know that I love healthy (and yummy) food, cool products, clothes and organizations. Well, I’ve decided to share my favorites, each month.

My “fave” things this January are:

1. Disney’s Give a Day. Get a Disney Day! Disney Parks is celebrating the spirit of giving, this year. When you donate your time to one of their participating organizations they will give you a one-day park admission. Click Here
2. Baby Cakes NYC, now in Los Angeles, and making my birthday cake! (More on that next Monday). Click Here
3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. The original edition may have been written in 1937, however its contents are still relevant. Inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s formula for success, this book will teach you those secrets and more. Click Here
4. Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer. I don’t leave home without it on! Click Here
5. Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJ). They tuck in the tummy and slim the thighs. Click Here

Tentación Thursday -Sweet Dreams

Submitted by on January 14, 2010 - 11:30 am

Lot’s going on? Can’t fall asleep? Too much on your mind? (Oh, wait, that’s me.) You might want to try Dream Water. I did. And it works. Dream water was created by guys that “stayed up all night…so you don’t have to.” They wanted to create an all-natural formula for a revolutionary sleep & relaxation water. This water not only tastes great (with a light fruit flavor) but it also has zero calories. The magic formula? Dream Water has 3 key (natural) ingredients, to transport you to la la land They are GABA, Melatonin and 5-htp (Tryptophan) to help you relax, fall asleep and improve your quality of sleep. You no longer have to eat a heavy turkey dinner, to induce a state of sleepiness. Just drink you Dream Water and off you go. Dream Water comes in the flavors “I Dream of Kiwi… and Plum” and “Lullaby Lemon w/hints of tea”. It also comes in a shot size (great for long flights) in “Lullaby Lemon w/hints of tea” and “Snooze Berry” (blueberry and pomegranate flavors).

To learn more about Dream Water Click Here.
Remember that ONE lucky La Buena Life Member will win 2 bottles and a shot of Dream Water. For your chance to win let me know why you need the help of Dream Water. Please leave your comment, below, by Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 7:00AM PST.

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Baby Cakes NYC is here, in L.A.!

Submitted by on January 13, 2010 - 11:30 am

I just wanted to share some wise words from Erin McKenna, founder of Baby Cakes NYC (and now L.A. and La Crescenta, California) and author of the book Baby Cakes, (which I featured on LBL’s Tentación Thursday, a few months back.) I am so psyched because I can finally have my Baby Cakes cake! I am celebrating my 40th birthday (yes, you read that right-FORTY!) this Sunday. Baby Cakes is making me a vegan chocolate cake with vanilla icing. I can’t wait to share it with my friends and family.

Here’s to having your cake and eating it, too!

Stay tuned for more on my birthday party, including my yummy (and healthy) cake!

Terrifico Tuesday – No One

Submitted by on January 12, 2010 - 11:30 am

I love this song. Every thing’s gonna be alright. Enjoy and have a great day!

Maravilloso Monday- My New Year’s “Metas” (Goals)

Submitted by on January 11, 2010 - 11:30 am

It’s not like me to wait until the second week of January to write my New Year’s Resolutions. I am usually more organized. Normally, I would have thougth about this a month ago and carefully decided which resolutions I wanted to choose (and share with you, my La Buena Life friends.) But this year I have avoided this task, like the plague. (Ask anyone on my team and they will agree.) You see, I don’t really like “New Year’s Resolutions” I find that more often than not, I (and most people) abandon them within the first couple of months of the year. I think, more than anything, that we forget about them. We start the year with such excitement and high hopes and then we get back into our crazy lives and forget about the promises that we made to ourselves. So, this year I have decided on a few “goals” instead of resolutions. Here they are:

1. Get more organized!
I am sure that I could blame my disorganization on “mommy brain”, oh who am I kidding? I do. Enough of that! No more excuses! I am getting organized. (You should have seen what I did all day yesterday. I organized my home office, which happens to be my dining room, since my son has taken over what used to be my home office, as his play room.) I figure that if I get more organized, including managing my time better I will be able to…

2. Spend more time with my friends.
I spent most of my time with my son and my computer. (My husband is busy working at his restaurant.) So in 2010 my second goal is to spend more time with my friends. I feel as though I am living my Post-Baby life, right now. I love my son, but miss hanging out with my friends, as in my Pre-Baby life. This year I will get more organized & manage my time better, so that I can spend more time with my friends. Yeah! 🙂

3. Give more!
This year my goal is to maintain a “giving mindset”. Inspired by The 29 Day Giving Challenge, my goal is to give away 1 thing each day. Gifts might include, time, food, clothing, money, well-wishes. It feels so good to give, why wouldn’t I want to do that all year?

4. Do all that I can to get my TV show, La Buena Life, on the air.
This goal is a biggie for me and I can’t do it alone. This is where all of you come in. Please help me make this happen. How? By getting your friends to join La Buena Life and my mailing list. I have listened to your requests and I promise to deliver even better content on this year. So share the love, please! Send your friends our way and then when La Buena Life, the TV show, gets picked up you can watch it knowing that you had a part in making it come to life.

So, those are my goals for 2010. Maybe you can help me stay accountable for them. What are yours? We’d love to hear. Share them with us, in the box below.

Happy New Year!

Ana Cabán

Fabuloso Friday-Giving Big in 2010

Submitted by on January 8, 2010 - 11:30 am

It’s a new year and a great time to think about how you’d like to give back, to others, this year. As we transition from one year to the next I always find myself reflecting on the relationships that I had that year and where I would like to see them go in the next. Likewise, I take stock in what I have done for others. Reflecting on it, I am always surprised how much I really did do for others over the course of the year. That being said, I can always do more. So as this new year begins I am getting ready to give, even bigger than before.
Want to give more in 2010? The gestures don’t have to be grand. Here are some tips to help you give better this year.

Give Time As you know I am a big supporter of East L.A. Classic Theatre. However, over the years I have donated my time to all kinds of organizations, including the Wonder of Reading (where I read to a particular child every week) and KJZZ public radio (where I answered phones for their fund drives). (Can’t find the right charity for you? Browse back a bit in the Fabuloso Friday posts. I am sure that something will strike a chord with you). More importantly, I have given time to many a friend in need. Sometimes that is the most appreciated gift. I might watch a friend’s child so that they can have some time special time for themself. I’ve also helped friends organize rooms, files, do envelope stuffing, gift bags, etc. Lately, it seems that everyone is lacking time in their lives. Maybe giving a little bit of yours to someone else is the way to go. Try it and see!.

Give Skills Use your experiences and skills as a way to barter for services or products. Consider a skill that you have that would be helpful to a charitable organization, or even a friend (like web design, writing, fundraising, recruiting, etc.). I often teach a fitness warm-up at conferences and lectures. This way, I am sharing my skill and motivating the group, at the same time. Everybody wins.

Give Items I love the holidays because it is really easy to give things away. There are all kinds of toy collections going on and there are always those that could use a good meal. You can really give away anything (i.e. food, gently worn clothes, household items, wrapped gifts, etc). A great way to give away items that you no longer need is to contact local shelters, Goodwill and The Salvation Army.

Give Money You can give the jingling spare change in your pocket or a hefty donation to an organization you really believe in . If you do decide to give to an organization make sure it is trustworthy, and not something that George Castanza (of Seinfeld) made up. Contact the organization to ask how donated money is allocated and what their short and long term goals are. Depending on the size of the donation, it could be tax deductible.

I’d love to know what ideas YOU have for giving big in 2010. Please comment in the box below.

Here’s to a very BIG Year!

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Anti-Aging Salad

Submitted by on January 6, 2010 - 11:30 am

This salad is not only yummy but may help you stay young, as it contains 3 of the Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods, avocado, arugula and tomatoes. Other Top Anti-Aging Foods include: Acai, Beans, Blueberries, other Dark Leafy Greens, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Sweet Potatoes and Walnuts. Luckily I love and eat all of these foods, regularly. I guess that I will be forever young. 🙂

Enjoy this recipe and your youth!

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces arugula leaves
1 avocado, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 hearts of palm, chopped
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

For instructions on how to prepare this Anti-Aging Avocado and Arugula salad Click Here.

Terrifico Tuesday – Ukulele Boy

Submitted by on January 5, 2010 - 11:30 am

Is this not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? I just love this kid. I hope that you enjoy this performance as much as I did.

Have you seen any other great kid music videos lately? If so, please let us know about them, below.

Maravilloso Monday- Cheers!

Submitted by on January 4, 2010 - 11:30 am

“Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.”
Oprah Winfrey

Since Oprah is one of my inspirations, (my dream is that my La Buena Life TV show will live on her new TV network OWN), it seemed appropriate to start off the New Year with some of her wisdom.

What words of wisdom, for the new year, do YOU have to share with our La Buena Life members? Please share them, below.

Here’s to a TREMENDO 2010!

La Buena Life 1 Day Retreat FREE Preview call with Ana Cabán & Caroline Donahue

Submitted by on January 1, 2010 - 11:30 pm

Thank you for your interest in Ana Cabán’s La Buena Life 1 Day Retreat. Ana & Certified Productivity Coach Caroline Donahue look forward to helping you make time for yourself & “seeing you” on the call.

Title: La Buena Life 1 Day Retreat FREE preview call…Making Time
Time: Tuesday, June 22nd at 4:00pm Pacific
Listening method: Phone
Dial-in number: (218) 862-7200
Conference ID: 861526

Fabuloso Friday-Próspero Año Nuevo

Submitted by on - 9:07 pm

Happy New Year! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Tentación Thursday – Slippers Fit for a Princess

Submitted by on December 31, 2009 - 11:30 am

This week I am featuring Prancing Leopard Organics’ Artisan Hand Knit Princess Slippers. They are not only beautiful, but sewn with love and care and are made of Prancing Leopards’ 100% Organic Turkish Long-fiber Cotton Yarn. What I love about these slippers is that they are hand-crafted by underserved women working in artisan groups, using traditional mid-eastern knitting and patterns handed down through generations. I just love these slippers! They are soft and delicate. They do make me feel like a princess.

For more information on Prancing Leopard Organics Click Here.
ONE Lucky La Buena Life Member will win their own pair of Prancing Leopard Organics’ Princess Slippers. For your chance to win leave a comment, below, (by Thursday, January 7th, 2010 at 7:00AM PST).

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