Ready For a Career Change?

This got me thinking…

Someone once asked me a question that was so simple, yet so profound it took me back. Here it is…

“What do you really, and I mean REALLY, want?”

Nothing particularly unusual about the question…unless you take it seriously. There are things we know we kind of want, even things we definitely don’t want. But how often do we allow ourselves the deep reflection it takes to truly answer that question? I know I hid from that real answer for years.

Then one day I realized life isn’t a dress rehearsal, and I found the answer for myself. My life changed when I decided to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).

As a student (and now a graduate and Ambassador) my time at IIN brought me:

  • Strategies to transition from my old job to a satisfying career as a health coach
  • Much more revenue and freedom to my life
  • A thorough education to make better food and life choices
  • Painless ways to improve my health
  • Easy-to-understand knowledge that explained nutrition on many levels
  • An opportunity to make a significant difference on global scale

If any of this resonates with you then you definitely want to explore IIN a little further. In fact, they created a Career Starter Kit that you should definitely check out.  Simply fill out the form and write my name, Amie Valpone as your referral and you will receive your free Career Starter Kit.

This complimentary toolkit includes:

  • An up-to-date analysis of the health coaching profession in a downloadable mp3 format. It’s called, “Why Do Health Coaching,” and features founder of IIN, Joshua Rosenthal. You’ll learn about the emerging field of health coaching and how you could be an important player in the future of nutrition and health. This lecture will give you a well-rounded view of health coaching as a career (as well as the beneficial results you might just get with your own health.)
  • An informative excerpt from the book Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness. It’s titled, “Primary Food,” and clearly explains how to find the work you love and love the work you find. (After reading this, you might find more peace and clarity in what you want to do with the rest of their lives.)
  • Detailed Case Histories and stories of IIN graduates. Hear their intimate experiences about the impact they’re making in their families and communities. You may even hear a story that resonates deeply with you.
  • Options of how to work this exciting training into your life without sacrificing any of your activities (even if you already have a job). One of the most popular aspects of studying at IIN is the distance learning option so you can learn at your own pace no matter where you live. (AND you’ll discover how much ongoing support is built into the program.)
  • A complimentary one-on-one career coaching session with one of our trained Admissions Advisors. As a team you will design your potential, personalized career in the health and wellness field. (By the way, there is zero pressure or expectation in this session. It’s simply an objective appointment to show you the possibilities and answer your questions.)

The program at IIN is backed by sound scientific research and tons of happy, healthy success stories – one of them is MINE!

To download your F-R-E-E Career Starter Kit, please visit this link.

Whether you’re looking for a new, significant career, want to reclaim your own health back, or simply coach others on how to make better nutritional choices, I believe IIN can do for you what it did for me.

P.S. If you have any questions you’d like to ask me personally by all means email me. I’d love to help you get answers.

As many of you already know, I am a proud graduate of IIN, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I’d love to refer all of you to this amazing program.

What’s the best part about IIN?

Their Distance Learning Program allows you to enroll and become a student and receive your certification from anywhere in the world!

And now for…In The News This Week…

Cooking Light Introduces New Rules for Healthy Eating

Nutrition on the Cheap; You Can Eat Healthy on a Tight Grocery Budget

Chefs Whip Up Commodity-Food Wonders

’10 Things You Need To Eat’ Book Review

Eat to a Better Nights Sleep

King Arthur Flour Launches Gluten-Free Line

New Jersey School Teaches Yoga and Healthy Eating

Many Colleges Are Adapting to Food Allergies

A Sampling of New Gluten-Free Mixes in Food Stores


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Zesty Macadamia Bison Balls

Earlier this week, I met with one of my clients and I decided to introduce her to bison…we purchased freshly ground bison from Whole Foods Market and went back to her apartment to create some tasty bison balls! After scouring her fridge, I came across freshly ground nut butter and opted to add that to the ingredient listneedless to say, I was yearning for a bison ball and decided to whip them up in my little kitchen last night! I used freshly ground macadamia nut butter and a few other fabulous ingredients that I had in my fridge…the result: Amazing.

Moving forward, I will always make a note to add nut butter to my bison balls, hehe…it added the perfect texture and taste…it was beyond delish!  Just be sure the nut butter is softened before you create these balls as the softness of the nut butter combines perfectly with the other ingredients.

Now I can’t wait to try this recipe with other nut butters…almond, peanut, cashew…O My! I’ve got some exciting ideas for other nut butter balls…coming soon!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. ground bison
  • 2 Tbsp. natural macadamia nut butter (softened)
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Optional Toppings: Nutritional yeast, salsa, Greek plain yogurt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  Using hands, mix well until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Spoon bison mixture into balls (or patties) and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes; flipping the tray after 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.  Sprinkle with nutritional yeast.
  • Serve warm with salsa and Greek plain yogurt for dipping.
  • Enjoy!

In The News This Week…

Bloom is off organic grains; Prices down, but growers optimistic

SONY boss asks theater owners for healthier snacks

Celiac Disease: What Foods Are Allowed, How To Shop, Dine Out

Food To Fuel Your Workouts

Not All Power Bars Provide Good Nutrition

Seaweed Fights Obesity

10 Secret Stressors

6 Natural Remedies That Really Work

And, the best news of the week: Congrats to my Mother for earning the Teacher of The Year award at her school!  I love you, Mom…Happy early birthday!



Squash Blossom Guacamole and Giveaway…

Last night, I had a bit of time on my hands and decided to once again get creative in my kitchen.  I recently purchased a few beautiful squash blossoms and I was yearning for a guacamole to have in my fridge for the weekend, therefore I decided to make the best of my blossoms and whip up a tasty guac with a pinch of saffron and chili powder to add a nice kick. The end result: Delishhhy.   Let’s just say there isn’t much left as I was tasting it all night long…

Ingredients

  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 4 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 3 squash blossoms
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Dash of pepper

Directions

  • Toast saffron threads in a frying pan.
  • Mash in a mortar and pestle.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mash avocados with saffron and squash blossoms.
  • Fold in remaining ingredients.
  • Serve chilled.
  • Enjoy!

Wildwood Organics Coupon Give-Away


I have 4 Complimentary Wildwood Organics Coupons to giveaway as well as many discounted coupons, therefore I will be picking 4 winners on Monday, March the 15th.

4 Lucky Winners will each win 1 complimentary coupon along with many discounted coupons!

To enter this Wildwood Organics Coupon Giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me what Wildwood Organics product you’d like to try.

Good Luck.


In The News This Week…

Avoiding Processed Foods is a Good First Step Toward a More Healthful Diet

Improving Your Diet Doesn’t Mean You Have to Break the Bank

How Healthy is Going Gluten Free?

Salty, Sweet: A Study Says Fat is the 6th ‘Taste’

Green Fish Catches On

Gluten Problems for Babies

Monday is the last day to enter the Progresso Souper You Contest at www.Progresso.com/SouperYou.

Don’t forget to set your clocks for Daylight Savings this weekend…

Spring Ahead one hour!

Sweet Potato Almond Soup


Last night, I created a deliciously simple sweet potato and almond soup that warmed me up after my chilly walk home.  Let’s just say that it hit the spot and paired perfectly with a side of grilled vegetables and tofu smothered with organic tomato sauce and sprinkled with nutritional yeast…delicious is an understatement.

Dig in, this is a tasty protein-packed soup with a nice dose of beta carotene that is sure to fill you up (and warm you up) on a chilly March evening.

Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups Greek plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1 tsp. all spice
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ cup Krema Almond Butter
  • Pinch of sea salt and pepper
  • Topping: fresh cilantro

Directions

  • Prick sweet potatoes with a fork to create air pockets. Place into the microwave for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, heat oil.  Add onion and cook until they begin to brown, approximately 3 minutes. Add garlic; stir for 2 minutes.  Add lime juice, all spice, chili powder, and sea salt and pepper.  Cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • Peel sweet potatoes and chop into small chunks.  Place into a food processor along with the vegetable broth, Greek yogurt and Krema Almond Butter; puree until smooth.  Add the puree to the pot and mix well.
  • Transfer to serving dishes and garnish with cilantro.
  • Enjoy!

In The News This Week

March is National Nutrition Month

Blood Test Might Sort Out Milk Allergies

First Lady Talks Obesity With School Nutritionists

Are In Season Foods a Better Match for Nutrition Needs?

Super Bowl Savers: Touchdown Worthy Snacks Without the Padding

Americans consume over 30 million pounds of food on Super Bowl Sunday, twice the normal amount. In a girth-growing world, Doctor Kracker offers some simple solutions to cut the fat.


According to recent studies, the average American consumes over 1,200 calories during the Super Bowl- a full day’s worth. It’s not surprising however, when looking at consumer shopping habits. Leading up to the big day, Americans buy over 11 million pounds of chips and sales of flavored snack crackers increase by a whopping 68%, most of which are laden with hydrogenated oils (which increase the chances of developing heart disease), corn syrup, sugar and empty calories.

But never fear, the Doctor is here. Doctor Kracker, a brand of artisan baked nutritious, satisfying and organic flatbreads and crackers, offers a few simple solutions that will make your Super Bowl snacking taste indulgent while cutting the fat.

First, take inventory of your Super Bowl standbys: chili, chips, wings, cheese and buttery crackers, to name a few.  While the #1 cracker in America might only set you back 80 calories per serving, most consumers eat double that. By substituting one serving size of Ritz crackers (16 grams, or 5 crackers) with the same serving size of Doctor Kracker (15 grams, 4 crackers), you can save 20 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and 4 grams of carbohydrates. Additionally, that same serving of Doctor Kracker provides a healthy 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, flax and omega-3s, leaving the processed, butter-filled crackers in the dust.

Available in a variety of flavors and sizes, Doctor Kracker makes the perfect vessel for dips and hummus, as well as a deliciously healthy key ingredient in burgers, sandwiches and even lasagna. The result? More flavor, better nutrients, less fat.

I love serving Dr. Kracker flatbreads and crackers at my Super Bowl party; they’re always a hit and you can create a beautiful spread of hummus, guacamole, salsa and bean dips.  Your guests will be pleased with your healthy Super Bowl offerings…but be sure to save some for yourself as these tasty nibbles will surely go fast!  Dr. Kracker is my favorite  cracker brand and their flavor varieties are sure to please your taste buds on any occasion….

I know you’ll love them too.

For healthy recipes sure to be a touch down at your Super Bowl party, visit www.drkracker.com.

In The News This Week…

Whole Foods launches nutrition-education program

Fresh and Easy Launches Gluten-Free Line

And

Be Sure To Check Out My Latest Article, ‘Navigating the Menu When Dining Out’ at Style Caster

Cauliflower Cakes


Well, let’s just say I’m on another kick…and this time it’s with cauliflower.  Yes, I had a fabulous date last night with a head of cauliflower…are you jealous?  Yummy; this sweet, milky, almost nutty cruciferous vegetable is at its prime right now (from December thru March) when its in season and most plentiful at local farmers markets and food stores. Cauliflower tops the charts for vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin K, folate and dietary fiber…perfect for this time of the year when you need to keep your immune system strong and healthy.

Last night, I created a fabulous gluten-free dinner for myself using a beautiful head of cauliflower that I recently purchased at Whole Foods Market.  The combination of fresh cauliflower, avocado and basil added the perfect touch of sweetness with a sharp twist from the onion and crushed red pepper.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cauliflower florets, broken
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • 4 Fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. soy flour
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Optional Toppings

  • Greek yogurt
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Organic tomato sauce

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender; blend until consistency resembles a batter.
  • Mold dough into cakes measuring about 5 inches wide.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat; spray with cooking spray.
  • Cook for 3 minutes or until brown; flip and cook other side.
  • Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt, tomato sauce and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.
  • Enjoy!

In The News This Week…

Food allergy suffers find socializing tricky

Gluten-free sourdoughs might benefit from egg-white foam

Pomegranates seen as breast cancer blockers

Virginia commuters to get Farm Fresh discounts

Kids like veggie choices, but may not eat them

Don’t forget about my 10% off Open Sky discount when you enter the code: REDESIGN

Good throughout all of January.

Happy Shopping!

Get Smart n’ Get Snackin’…

Are You a Smart Snacker?  Here are a few of my tips to help you navigate through the snack drawer.  Be aware of those processed, store-bought ‘treats’ and opt for your own homemade, nutritious snack packed with vitamins and nutrients to keep you happy and healthy all day long.

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Traveling for the New Year? Pack some of my portable snacks to keep your tummy satisfied whether you’re in the car, on the plane or train…these healthy nibbles are sure to keep your taste buds happy and your belly trim…just in time for the New Year.

Happy New Years Eve!

Be Mindful of Why You are Eating.

Are you stressed? Thirsty? Not eating enough? Ask yourself these questions before you dig in.  Be sure to keep healthy snack options in your office for a quick go-to when you’re in need of a quick fix.  When eating your meals, plate it,  sit down and savor your food…chew each bite and relax.  Plating your food and sitting down will give you visual of how much you have consumed. Many of my clients eat breakfast standing up, lunch at their desks and dinner in front of the television, this will not only disrupt your digestion, but leaves you unsatisfied and yearning for more!

Portion Control.

Know your weaknesses and your triggers.  If you’re known to eat a box of cereal or cookies in one sitting-reach for your Ziploc bags as soon as you purchase these foods and make yourself portion controlled snacks.  This way, when you are in the mood for cereal or cookies, you can easily reach for one bag, sit down, put it on a plate or in a bowl and enjoy your snack without mindlessly over-doing it.

Don’t Skip Meals.

We all know the most important meal of the day is a hearty breakfast.  Be sure to follow up with a mid-morning snack, a filling lunch, an afternoon nibble and a nutritious dinner.  Do not skip meals; this will only set you up for failure.  Keep your blood sugar steady and your body and brain fueled by eating a 3 balanced meals with 2 snacks each day.  This may not work for everyone, many of my clients prefer to have 3 meals and a dessert or they have learned that eating mini-meals throughout the day works for them.  Whatever works for you is what you should stick to-we’re all different people with different needs, therefore the is no cookie cutter way of how many meals and snacks you should be eating each day.  Just be sure that you feel energized and satisfied; if you are hungry, reach for a smart, healthy option.


Decipher Between Snacks and Treats.

Those ‘100 calorie’ packs that you see in the food store are not snacks–they’re treats! Take a looksy at the nutrition facts and ingredients- you’ll be surprised by the amount of sugar and additives in each little pouch.  Instead of reaching for processed treats, opt for a more nutritious whole food option such as a whole grain cracker with cheese, a small Greek yogurt with apple slices or a banana with nut butter.


Don’t Wait Until Your Tummy is Rumblin’.

I encourage my clients to eat every 3 to 5 hours.  If you let yourself go any longer, you can damage your day and set yourself up for an overeating fest.


Reach for Lean Protein, Good Fats, Fruits and Veggies.

When you eat a snack of protein, healthy fat and produce you can achieve a satisfied feeling rather than reaching for a sugar-laden treat.  Try pairing a nut butter atop celery, a few slices of cheese with an apple or a handful of pistachios and grapes.


Cook in Bulk for Easy Prep.

Purchase store bought rotisserie chicken and you can easily toss it into your morning omelet, afternoon chicken salad sandwich and evening pasta  dish.  On a Sunday evening, try to cook up a batch of inexpensive pantry staples such as potatoes, rice, pasta and beans.  Store leftovers in the fridge for the week in Tupperware containers, therefore when you are ready to eat, you can simply reach for these precooked foods and whip up a nutritious snack meal in no time.


Have Fun, Get Creative
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Eating should not be a chore; take a look at my On-the-go-Snacks and More Snacks for healthy ideas between meals.  Don’t be afraid to try new things, instead of a peanut butter and jelly white bread sandwich, opt for a whole grain bread with all natural nut butter and jelly without added sugars.

Take a look at Cooking Light Magazine’s ’10 Healthy Habits in 2010′ for some great ways to kick off your New Year on the right foot.

In The News…

A&P Features Printable Coupons

Safety of Food Spotty at Airports

Gluten-Free Menus Make Their Way to Small Towns

USDA Program Aims To Simplify Foods’ Nutritional Values

Have a safe and enjoyable New Years Eve!