Monthly Archives: June 2013

10 Easy Ways to Add More Veggies To Your Diet

I was trying to find veggie-heavy recipes and came across this great blog. It lists 10 great ways to add more vegetables into your every day diet. Very helpful!!

http://www.thekitchn.com/10-easy-ways-to-eat-more-vegetables-every-day-reader-intelligence-report-164945

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Healthy Sugar Substitutes

Do you crave sugar as much as I do? You need to check out Little Blonde Meathead’s blog!

http://littleblondemeathead.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/healthy-sugar-substitutes

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Fresh and Easy Summertime Meal

I love summertime because I can get all kinds of wonderful goodies that are normally hard to find and/or very expensive. If you read my blog regularly, you know that I am not a huge fan of cooking and anything I make has to be simple (not a lot of ingredients and easy to cook), fast and delicious but also HEALTHY!

Perhaps my favorite summertime treat aside from all the wonderful fruits (cherries, peaches, pluots, oh my!) is squash blossoms. Squash blossoms are so easy to prepare. It’s a bit gross but make sure you look inside them for dead bees. They really love squash blossoms! Then you can simply saute them in a pan with oil and some garlic and voila, in just a few minutes you have a delightful, buttery-tasting vegetable side dish.

Today I cooked up some fresh squash blossoms I bought over the weekend at the farmer’s market. I also bought some portabella mushrooms, so I decided to cut off the stems and fill the caps with fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs and vegan mozzarella.

In about 10 minutes I had a very fresh, tasty and healthy lunch!

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Maddie’s Fund: Good People Doing Good Things

It is no secret that I am an avid animal lover and by far the most satisfying part of my life right now is volunteering with the local animal shelter and a local cat rescue group. My day job is rather unfulfilling but I love helping animals feel loved and finding their forever homes.

This past weekend, I had the privilege of being involved in a nationwide adoptathon hosted by the good folks at Maddie’s Fund, a foundation named after a sweet little schnauzer named Maddie who passed away in 1997. The foundation was started by Dave Duffield, a former software company CEO, and his wife Cheryl to honor Maddie by helping homeless pets and supporting the no-kill movement. Participating shelters across the country were awarded donations ranging from $500-$2000 by Maddie’s Fund for each animal adopted on June 1st and 2nd. All adoption fees were waived to those adopting the animals.

It brought me great joy to be involved in the adoptathon. It felt so amazing to see so many animals go home with their new families. The shelter I volunteer at adopted out 65 dogs and 45 cats and raised nearly $70,000 thanks to the great people at Maddie’s. The cat rescue I volunteer for adopted out 17 cats. Across the country, over 6,500 animals were adopted in just 2 days. Amazing!

The second best part of all of this (the first was seeing so many wonderful furry friends go to their new homes!!) was that this restored my faith that good people still exist. Not just the people who came into adopt, or the good people who volunteered alongside me to help these great animals find homes. But also the 2 people who made this all possible – Dave and Cheryl. Two billionaires who could just as easily spend the summer on their yacht and only concern themselves with buying fancy stuff and counting their own money. But they don’t. They put their money where their mouths are and actually make a difference in the world. These amazing people instead choose to use their money and power for good, which is something I admire so much that it made me tear up just thinking about it. They even stopped in the shelter…both beaming from ear to ear… and thanked us all volunteers for our hard work. They singlehandedly helped me believe that the world can be a better place if everyone chips in and does their part. You don’t have to be a billionaire to make a difference. You just have to want to…and do something, no matter how small, to make the world a better place.

Check out Maddie’s Fund¬†for more info!

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