I completed my Fresh Start 10-Day Cleanse at the beginning of this year with a group of clients and it was the perfect timing for me – after a non-stop party and holiday season with definitely too much sugar, carbs and alcohol. I love working with clients to do a gentle seasonal detox at the beginning of the year as it can shake up your diet, hit the reset button and help you lose a few pounds and feel more energetic and ready to tackle anything at the beginning of a New Year.
It’s that time of the year and pumpkins are everywhere. I have really grown to love pumpkins since I’ve been living in the USA and now proudly make pumpkin soups, smoothies and my famous pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving every year.
For a healthy snack, these pumpkin protein powerballs are a big hit in my house. They have been with me everywhere recently from the playground to coffee dates with my friends. They aren’t too sweet and have just the right amount of pumpkin flavor in them. Plus they have added protein making them a great snack after a run or workout when you need an energy boost. These powerballs are dairy free and gluten free and are perfect if you are trying to eat clean or detox. My kids love them for an after school snack when they get a bit grumpy and “hangry.”
The ingredients are simple: pumpkin puree, protein powder, chia seeds, oats and spices. They are simple to make and you can have a batch stored in your fridge all week for impromptu nibbling.
Tip: you can even make these into a tasty breakfast too by mashing everything into a small container. Try half for a delicious filling breakfast which is a super start to your day!
1 cup organic pumpkin puree
1 cup organic rolled oats
4 scoops chocolate or vanilla protein powder (I love Shaklee’s protein powder)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Mix everything together in a large bowl.
- Form into small balls and place onto a plate.
- Chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
This week, I was delighted to interview my friend Chana Balk, a personal trainer and founder of Move It Momma. I met Chana many years ago through a baby group in Brooklyn when our sons were tiny babies. Chana is a true tour de force and anyone who lives in the Prospect Heights or Park Slope neighborhoods of Brooklyn is sure to know her and her family. She has tons of energy, a huge smile, beautiful kids and seems to be everywhere you go!
Chana is an extremely knowledgable personal trainer and makes every class great fun. This former corporate lawyer and mom of three knows how to help every mom in the neighborhood – whether you are a brand new sleep deprived mom or ready to pack your teenager off to college – to get fit and healthy and enjoy yourself.
There’s a lot of talk and publicity at the start of each New Year about resolutions, goals, detoxes, liquid cleanses, fad diets and so on. I work closely with my clients on a number of food based cleanses and smoothie reset challenges and when they finish the question I get asked the most is: I love the way I feel, how can I keep eating this way to stay healthy of the rest of the year?
I was asked this week to develop a very simple, quick and easy recipe for a corporate talk about health. This recipe is just that: something that you can make out of ingredients already in your cupboard that takes just minutes to make and is a portable snack that everyone will enjoy and will give you a healthy burst of energy at snack time! These are really great for busy moms on the go, after school snacks for kids or people at work who want a healthy treat during the day. Much more nutritious than grabbing a chocolate bar or donut and totally detox friendly.
I was faced with a glut of pears in my CSA box this week. I love eating pears and so do my kids – in fact, it was their first ever solid food when they were babies and they both love eating pear slices for breakfast or after school snack. Pears remind me of growing up in the English countryside and my Granny and colder weather and the pear tree in our garden that always seemed to produce hard pear bullets year after year that we didn’t quite know what to do with.