Ripe Fruit Facts.

Have you ever bitten into an unripe banana?

It’s hard, has no taste, and leaves us bloated, constipated, and hunched over from stomach cramps due to it’s inability to be digested properly. 

When we eat fruit that is not at it’s peak of perfection, we are not experiencing the unique taste and energizing results that makes each one so special.

Here are some tips that can help you choose the best fruit for your dollar.

Is This Ripe? How to Pick the Best Produce

Apples: Vibrant color and firm to the touch

Avocados: I always suggest purchasing an unripe avocado, and allowing it ripen in your home at room temperature. This allows it to ripen properly, without people at the grocery store bruising it by squeeze testing. Once ripe, it will give to gentle pressure.

Banana: Yellow and speckled is the way to go! You can also purchase green bananas, as seen above, and allow for at home ripening.

Citrus Fruits: Firm and heavy with vibrant, even skin. Some may have a slight green tone, which is ok!

Cherries and Berries Firm, vibrant, plump and clean. Also check the container for any leakage.

Grapes: Firm, smooth, plump, and attached to the stem.

Kiwi: Gives to slight pressure. Do not buy hard or too mushy

Mango: Slightly soft to touch, plump skin, and the stem should smell fruity!

 Pears and Stone fruits: Buy slightly firm without dark spots, and allow them to ripen for a few days at home at room temperature. They will give to gentle pressure.

Pineapples: Heavy and sweet smelling with a yellow hue. The stem leaves should also easily pull out.

Tomatoes: Slightly firm but yield to gentle pressure. Ripen at home at room temperature.

Watermelons and Melons: Firm, heavy, and even shaped with a smooth skin. The underneath should have a yellow spot from where it resting in the patch. The flesh should also be vibrant and firm instead of mushy and watery. 

Tip: never freeze unripe fruit. Once ripe, any fruit can be frozen and then used in smoothies or other healthy recipes.

There is no reason to bite into hard, tasteless fruit. What fun is that?

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Fruit is immediate energy. Fruit is FUEL.

Enjoy every last bite, and truly get a taste of natures candy.

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FIVE, not so healthy snacks, SWAPS!

1. Smoothies

Fruit is extremely good for you and should be eaten everyday. However, smoothies are the #1 (in my opinion) misunderstood snack when someone is trying to lose/maintain their weight.

Just because there is fruit IN your drink, does not mean that it is a healthy option.

A typical strawberry banana smoothie almost always includes whole milk or cream, processed fruit juice, yogurt with added sugar,or, frozen yogurt.

Rhubarb Cheesecake Smoothies.  For a warm evening this is the most delicious dessert you could have, and the most important is that you can prepare it with every kind of ingredient you like, and spent realy good time!

What you thought was the perfect afternoon energizer, is really just a fattening, sugar loaded, energy crashing dessert in disguise. We’re talking 600 plus calories in a 16oz cup.

Replace it with: Smoothies

Yes, you can still have your smoothie and lose weight too! It’s all about KNOWING what goes into your cup before drinking it.

Instead of all those unnecessary additives from your local coffee shop or smoothie kiosk, try making your own smoothie at home using:

  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries,
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1-2 handfuls of leafy greens.
  • Optional: 1 scoop of protein powder, 1 tbsp. chia or flaxseeds, 1 tsp cinnamon, 6oz plain Greek yogurt.

Simply Strawberry Green Smoothie - my new favorite meal replacement! Ingredients:  2 cups frozen strawberries   1/2 frozen banana   2 tablespoons flaxseeds   3 cups fresh organic baby spinach    1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2. Yogurt Parfaits

Same thing applies for these sneaky, sugary cups. Most pre-made parfaits consist of flavored yogurts, granola, and honey. This can have 30 plus grams of processed sugar, which is about the same as a Snickers Bar.

Replace it with: Chia Pudding

Very Berry Chia Pudding: pretty tasty little sucker (raw, vegan).!/OneDoterraCommunity

Chia seeds are high in omega-3’s, protein, fiber, and keep us feeling full for longer due to their ability to absorb liquid within the body.


  • 1/3 cup Chia Seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, skim milk, or water
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla or almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon.
  1. place all ingredients inside of a mason jar, or glass lidded bowl, and shake well to combine.
  2. Allow at least 30 minutes for chia seeds to gel and pudding to form. Best results would be to sit overnight.
  3. Add berries and enjoy

3. “But they’re baked”- Wheat Thins, Pita Chips, Pretzels.

Homemade Wheat Thins.  You'll never go back to the store bought version!

Salt, processed carbs, high in calories and do not satisfy cravings! These snacks are also usually accompanied by a fattening dip such as spinach and artichoke , French onion, or sliced meat and cheese.

Replace it with: Raw Vegetables and Pistachios

Slice up some bell peppers, carrots, celery and cucumbers to satisfy your craving for a crunch, along with 24 pistachios for a dose of healthy fats, fiber, potassium and protein.

You can also dip your veggies into 1 tbsp. of raw almond butter or hummus, in place of pistachio’s.

How to make Homemade Hummus |

4. Diet Soda, Bottled Lemonade/ Iced Tea

Please, step away from the toxic cans of chemicals and artificially flavored sugar water

This is almost like a long-term low-dose poison-  Correct. Aspertame in this stuff is linked to alzheimer's!!Minute Maid Lemonade $1 at Walmart

I know that the taste of these beverages on a hot summer day is unlike any other, but that mere 5 minutes of pleasure wreaks havoc on our systems.

Read Here.

Replace it with: Fresh Lemon or Lime Water, Sparkling Water, or Fruit Infused Water.

I often like to create a mixture of all three

I use frozen fruit as my ice cubes, which makes for a perfect treat at the end of my drink.

Slice up a bunch of lemons and infuse your water overnight to create lemonade. Or, use fresh herbs such as mint with cucumber or basil with watermelon to make drinking water much more tasty.

 Strawberry Lime Water

5. “Bars”

I cringe when a client of mine tells me that they brought a Nutragrain, Fiber One, Speicial K or Nature Valley granola bar to work as a snack. Their ingredients list alone are frightening, packed with artificial additives, processed oils, and way too many words that I wont even try to pronounce.

Replace it: Homemade Protein Pancakes


  • 1/4 cup organic, liquid egg whites
  • 1 scoop (2Tbsp) protein powder (I use Sunwarrior)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon.
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 ripe, mashed banana
  1. Mix all ingredients together, leaving out the banana
  2. Once well combined, add in your mashed banana and mix again
  3. Pour batter onto a nonstick pan over medium heat.
  4. Cook as you would a regular pancake, flipping when little bubbles start to form in the middle.

Let cool and store in a Tupperware container to eat as a snack later in the day.



Don’t get caught in the advertising traps of “100% whole grain, Fat Free, All Natural or 1/2 the fat”

Know what is in your food, because that is your body’s fuel.

healthy body + healthy mind = happy life

5 Green Smoothie Recipes. 5 Simple Ingredients

It’s no secret that I love green smoothies, and I often get asked about what to put in them without gagging or breaking a budget.

I cant help but laugh at my client’s faces when I suggest adding green smoothies to their day,and I love their surprised faces even more once they realize that they do not taste anything like the once thought.

Many skeptics feel that you have to spend a ton of money in order to get a ton of nutrients, or sacrifice taste, which is not truly not the case.

Here are my five favorite green smoothie recipes made with five simple ingredients.

All you need is a blender and a little enthusiasm! Time to energize!

The Banana Split

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

The Cleanser

  • 2 handfuls of kale
  • 1 green apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 inch of sliced ginger root, peeled
  • 2 cups water or unsweetened coconut water

Almond Butter and Jelly

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp. raw almond butter (or a small handful of almonds)
  • 2 cups water

The Antioxidant Powerhouse

  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 green apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cups unsweetened ICED green tea

The Refueler

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder ( I use vegan protein, but use what you have and KNOW the ingredients) You can also use 6 ounces of plain Greek Yogurt. (I suggest Fage or Oikos)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • a dash of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup water

Simple and affordable!

Try adding one of these smoothies into your diet everyday over the next five days, and feel your energy skyrocket while providing your body with a ton of nutrients.


  • Make sure that your bananas are RIPE and peeled before freezing.
  • Feel free to add ice to any smoothie, and add more water as needed.
  • Mix and match your favorite fruits of the season, or even prepackaged frozen fruits work great! Just make sure they are unsweetened, and not a “smoothie blend”, which often have other additives besides fruit.
  • Adding Spirulina, Hemp seeds, or Chia seeds is also a beneficial option, but not as budget friendly.

Cheers to a healthier YOU!

Watermelon Summer.

I am on a SERIOUS watermelon kick this summer.

Breakfast, snack, lunch, in my salads, in a cocktail, or simply blended into a deliciously hydrating juice, watermelon has been my go-to fruit since the hot temps have arrived here in Boston.

As for Matt, he has always been a watermelon lover, and last week while battling a case strep throat, he enjoyed endless amounts to stay energized and hydrated.

his cutting skills are off the charts..look at those perfect pieces.

SO, why is watermelon such a beneficial fruit? Let me break down for you.

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Watermelon is high in Lycopene, which aids in cardiovascular health and bone health. It is the perfect pre or post workout meal because of its anti-inflammatory elements, high doses of antioxidants and electrolytes, as well as it’s ability to improve blood flow due to the amino acid “citrulline”, which is found mostly in the rind, the WHITE SECTION of the melon. 

In our body, L-Citrulline is changed into another amino acid called L-Arginine. Arginine improves the balance of nitrogen (nitric oxide), which causes our blood vessels to relax, expand, and improve blood flow.  This aids in the prevention of muscle fatigue, which then allows us to exercise longer and recover more quickly!

Watermelon is extremely high in vitamins and minerals, while low in calories due to its water content. It also helps reduce high blood pressure and blood sugar levels, which makes it the perfect diabetic friendly snack.

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As a natural diuretic and cleanser, watermelon is our kidney’s best friend. It helps increases the flow of urine, while helping the liver process anomia, which is a waste product from digesting protein. This gives the kidneys a nice break by easily flushing excess fluids without any strain from high amounts of caffeine and alcohol, something that our society struggles with daily.

Me everyday of the week

Along with many other fruits and vegetables (citrus, leafy greens ,avocados,cucumbers) watermelon is also very alkalizing when RIPE. This is crucial for keeping diseases from forming in our body, especially if you are used to eating HIGH ACID foods such as eggs, dairy, and meats. These foods can lead to excess body fat, calcium deficiency (due to draining calcium from our bones, which causes us to shrink as we age), tooth decay, and a breeding ground for diseases to grow.


When it comes to eye health, carrots aren’t the only food that help protect us. Watermelon is high in beta-carotene, which gives it that beautifully rich color that can brighten any kitchen or mood. It will help also your skin stay plush and glowing.

One of the main reasons I overdosed Matt on watermelon while he battled strep throat was not only due to hydration, but because of it’s high content of Vitamin C, which helps improves the immune system and prevents cell damage.

Not to mention it’s a cold, refreshing snack that would feel great to any sore throat sufferer.


When choosing a watermelon, you want to make sure that it is ripe.

There are FOUR cues to look for when picking out a watermelon

1. Think HEAVY. Whether big or small, the watermelon should feel heavy when lifted.This also applies to all produce. It means that it is full of water, which is what you want.

2. Find the YELLOW spot. Lift your melon up and look underneath to where it was resting. If that spot is yellow, your good to go! In this case, your looking for a duller hue, rather than a bright green.

3. HOLLOW headed. Along with feeling heavy, the melon should also have a hollow sound. If it feels soft when you knock on it, that means it is under ripe. The watermelon should have a hollowness to it when knocked on.

4. What’s it’s SHAPE? The watermelon should have an even shape to it, which means that is got accurate amounts of sunlight and water

So the next time you have a bbq to go to, bring a watermelon as the perfect appetizer for all guests. It is best eaten alone, before consuming other foods, as it is quick digesting and will be easier on the stomach.

No matter how you slice it, you can guarantee it will be a hit.

Cut watermelon slices with a cookie cutter, then use for desserts or infused water.  Add blueberries for some blue and you've got the perfect edible 4th of July accessory...


Life Updates!

A lot has happened since my last blog post on April 28th, and to be honest, it felt good to take a little break from the blogging world and focus on my life and the exciting changes that were taking place.

I married Matt on May 17th at the State Room in Boston.


It was a picture perfect day, and a spectacular night to remember.

My dress is by Monique Lhuillier, and I knew that it was the one from the moment I slipped it on.

We honeymooned in Grand Cayman, where we stayed at the WESTIN on Seven Mile Beach.

To call this island is “gorgeous” would be an understatement.

The food was delicious, the island was safe, clean and everything that we had expected.

Besides Matt’s luggage coming late, his inner infection and a few other minor bumps along the way, we have an amazing time and couldn’t wait to come home and see Madi; who is growing bigger by the day!

this is her “What?”, face.

On the work front, I am at a new studio very close to my home and I am in love with it.

We are an Organic and Green Fitness Studio and Spa, offering everything from P90X and Piloxing, to Hot Yoga and Aveda massages, facials and waxing.

Our concept is “Your body is your machine” and you can check us out HERE

Speaking of Piloxing, I am now a certified Piloxing Instructor!

Gotta keep adding to the list of certifications to keep myself, and my clients from getting bored!

Other than that, I am enjoying my time as a newlywed and settling to the summer with plenty of green smoothies, colorful fruits, new workouts and fun nights on the town.

It’s GOOD to be back! 


The Bunny Hop Workout and Garden Green Smoothie

Bunny Hop Workout

1. SKLZ Hopz Vertical Jump Trainer



3.Jump Squat: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, toes forward; lightly touch your fingers behind your ears and extend your elbows to the sides. Bend your knees, then explosively jump as high as you can. Land softly on the balls of your feet and immediately lower into your next squat.





   Refuel with your Garden Green Smoothie!!


10 oz liquid

Vegan Vanilla protein powder

2 cups Power UP Greens

1 small granny smith apple

1/2 large cucumber

dash of cinnamon



10 foods that Cleanse and Detoxify

Our body has a natural way of cleansing itself, and all we need to do is feed it the right nutrients to help it do its job.

My mom did this and it totally worked. I just wasn't a big fan of the soup. 7 day cleanse with real food. Lose 10-17lbs. It really works!

Cleansing ( NOT FASTING ) supports our liver, kidneys, and metabolism, while reducing inflammation and ridding our body of toxins.

10 best cleansing and detoxifying foods.

Lemons have many uses in the home. Here are a few: To freshen the air in your home, simmer a few sliced lemons in water for a few hours, adding more water when necessary. To whiten your whites: add ½ c. to your small load of laundry & let soak for a few minutes before letting it agitate. The acidic component of lemon helps to kill molds, bacteria & germs from cutting boards & counter tops, soap scum in your bathroom tub or shower stall. Soap is alkaline & acidic lemon will cut through it all.

1.  Lemons: balances alkaline and acid levels / cleanses intestines. 

add fresh lemon juice to your water in the morning to flush out any toxins.

Bitter Herbs of the Bible    Chicory  Coriander  Dandelion  Endive  Horehound  Mint  Sorrel  Sow-thistle  Wild lettuce  Wormwood

2. Dandelion Leaves: Supports our liver and kidney functions to filter out toxins

-drink daily in tea form, or purchase actual dandelion leaves and throw them into your morning smoothie, juice, or salad 2x a week.

Habenero Peppers! Nuff said! Lol!

3 Habanero Peppers: support metabolism (fat burner), increase circulation, cleanse our senses.

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4. Filtered Water: SAFE, and flushes toxins from our body.Tap water is known to have antidepressants,antibiotics, shampoo, and plenty of other chemicals in it, so I don;t recommend drinking from your sink.

Ginger Tea: Boil 4 cups water in a saucepan, then add a 2-inch piece of fresh sliced ginger root. Cover and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey and lemon to taste.

5. Ginger Root: aids in digestion and reduces inflammation

-add to salad, smoothies, chew on its own, or chop up and steep in a cup of warm water.

5 cups of GREEN TEA a day could help you lose twice as much weight, most of it around your belly.

6. Green Tea: mild source of caffeine, non acidic, good for skin

How to cook with coconut other uses (in the comments) including a great lotion for dry skin!

7. Coconut oil: keeps blood thin, unlike other oils which cause blood to become “sticky”.

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8. Raw Vegetables (esp. greens): detoxifies the body with vitamins,minerals, and enzymes.

Psyllium Husks THE NIMBER ONE BEST start, finish, inbetweener for any cleanse. And great for every day

9. Psyllium Husk: natural source of Fiber, cleanses intestines, aids in waste removal.

– add to protein shakes, pancakes, or smoothies with frozen fruit.

sweet potato, kale and black bean hash + tips on squeezing cooking/healthy eating into a busy life by @Sarah Yates / A House in The Hills #vegan

10. Be your own chef: wean out the bad and  add the good.

-cook your own meals to ensure you are ingesting the best foods possible. Most restaurants use preservatives, vegetable oils, high amounts of sodium and other artery blocking additives that have no place in our body.

Start adding in these foods and cutting out the excess sugars and garbage from your day. Eat what benefits your body.

Last November I completely cut out coffee and dairy from my diet. I have also not had whey protein for almost a year due to feeling bloated and uncomfortable every time I had it.

I am not saying that everyone should do this, but after much trial and error, this is what I had found worked for me, and for many of my clients as well. 

I have switched from coffee to green tea, coconut and almond milk, yogurt or ice cream in place of dairy, and Vegan protein has been my “go-to” for protein shakes.

In all honesty, my mind has never felt less cluttered, my focus has been ON, and my digestion has improved tremendously 

One shake for breakfast every morning. Over 20 grams of vegan protein, essential vitamins and so yummy! Especially with almond or coconut milk. No need for a blender there is actually a shaker cup that has a whisk ball in it, so great for on the go! I also like to add in a scoop of the fiber powder-just because.

I love the vanilla protein powder from Arbonne Essentials, and I recommend it to anyone looking to clean up their diet.

I use it as a replacement for a quick, but healthy meal on the go, or as the perfect post workout shake to keep me satisfied until dinner.  

Not only is this powder packed with plant based proteins, vitamins and minerals, but it is low glycemic index, free of gluten, animal products or bi-products, artificial flavors, sweeteners or coloring,  and is very easy on my stomach. 

Basically everything  that I look for in a protein powder.

Want to try it for yourself?

Leave a comment below to try a bag of delicious vanilla, or chocolate shake mix for a limited time special rate! You will feel satisfied, energized, and have better digestion, or your money back!  (45 day money back/exchange) 

 And while we’re at it, why not cleanse other parts of your life as well?

toxic people



lack of sleep

All of these negative stressors increase our cortisol and adrenaline levels, which cause extra weight gain, especially in our midsection. They also cause us to feel overwhelmed, unhappy, fatigued and extremely irritable.

Who has time for any of that?

A clean life is a happy life. Look better, feel better, be better. Period.

Really, really good info...Foods that cleanse and detox the and read later if you must, at least read.