Favorite Recipes and Healthy Blog Posts of 2011

Happy New Year everyone! It has been a blast to work on my blog this past year, and I appreciate everyone’s continued support. Breakfast Almond and Raspberry Quinoa (pictured above) was one of my top recipes of the year, and here are some other favorite blog posts of 2011 from my site:

Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins

Panko Fish Sticks with Edamame Salsa

No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Saucepan Popcorn and Healthy Back to School Snacks

3 Ingredient Peppermint Milkshakes

10 Health Benefits of Blackberries

Best Foods for Runners

Health Benefits of Cherries

How To Get Lean

10 Reasons Why to Love Yoga

Top 10 Ways to Find Balance in Your Life

Top 10 Ways to Find Balance in Your Life

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

 

This past year has been a whirlwind for me working on a 400 recipe cookbook (and now promoting it), 3 very, very busy kids, the decline of my parents’ health and more. I have been so filled with multitasking that I spend the majority of the time not living in the “now”, but thinking (or worrying) about what is to come next. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about balance. How do you achieve it? How do you find that happy medium when you’re living in a very stressful time? I thought writing this post might help me get closer to the answers and, maybe, assist some others at the same time.

Ways to find Balance

1. Learn to say no-I say yes a lot, but have learned in business as well as with my kids, I need to learn to say “no” more often.

2. Focus on key tasks-I find myself having more distractions than ever with email, social media, my blog and large projects. I have learned that focusing on key tasks daily simplifies things for me.

3. Be positive-We’ve all have heard it time and time again: “Attitude is everything”. My yoga instructor once said to look at your day as you would look forward to a vacation. It’s all in our control to keep positive and to have a good attitude even in rough times.

4. Take care of your body-Try to eat healthy, drink a lot of water, and exercise regularly to achieve and enhance balance.

5. Get enough sleep-I find being sleep deprived is my worst enemy in feeling balanced. Getting more sleep helps me be better at everything in my life and in a better mood.

6. Find and make more “me” time-(I need to do this more without a doubt.) Whether it’s reading a book, getting a facial or massage or taking a nap, taking time for yourself is a key to finding balance.

7. Meditation-Studies show that meditating can help with stress, help you concentrate more and help you achieve balance in your life.

6. Laugh more-Laughing is a huge stress reliever and a great way to achieve balance when times are tough.

7. Go for a run-Running keeps me grounded, helps me relieve stress and helps me be more creative. A good run always makes me feel better.

8. Take up yoga-Yoga has been one of the top saving graces for me. It clears the mind, helps with concentration and works on the body and mind at the same time.

9. Hang out with friends-Whether it’s a lunch with friends or dinner out, stepping out of your everyday busy routine pays off in spades.

10. Vacation-I need more of these (and not to work on vacation), but a vacation is one of the best ways to get centered and recharge.