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RECIPE: St. Louis Style Peanuts and Jellybeans

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Food | 3 comments

Hello Beautiful People!

I have another recipe from my childhood in St. Louis. When I was a little child, my mother would would take me to Rinderers’ (a drug store that was formally in the Lou) or Woolworth’s (a five-and-dime store) for carmel popcorn or peanuts and jellybeans.  At Rinderers’, my mother would order a half a pound of Spanish peanuts and jellybeans (I remember taking the hulls off). The man behind the counter would scoop the delicious combination in a paper bag.  Mirrors were everywhere in that place, I felt I had to behave, however seeing those Spanish peanuts and jellybeans was worth it.
My mother never made peanuts and jellybeans. However when I was having lunch with my hubby, he told me that he never had the combination of the two. I started thinking of a recipe where I could share with him one of my favorite foodie experience as a child.

Peanuts and Jellybeans

Peanuts and Jellybeans

First, my hubby placed two cups of roasted peanuts (please check ingredients for msg and artificial preservatives) on a small baking sheet in our convection for ten minutes.
We didn’t have any Spanish nuts, so we used a roasted peanut instead. The smell reminded me of being a little child smell those delectable smells in the store, gosh the good memories.

Warming roasted peanuts

Warming roasted peanuts

After the peanuts are warmed, my hubby removed the peanuts from the oven and placed them in a brown paper bag.

Warm roasted peanuts

Warm roasted peanuts

While the peanuts are still warm, we added a 9 oz. bag of jelly beans to the bag and gently shook them together, mixing them together.



I asked my hubby to be the first to try it and he thought it was very tasty. He said that the combination of the peanuts warmed the jellybeans and the two melded together to form a sweet but salty, warm and gooey but crunchy treat. He couldn’t stop at just a couple. He kept reaching in the bag for more.

My hubby and I count calories, so we had only seven jellybeans with a handful of peanuts; and then put the rest in an air-tight container.
Always remember you can have a treat and maintain your fitness goals, the key is balance.

When talking with my hubby about the treat, he said that he had never had tried the combo before. Since he didn’t grow up in Saint Louis, it made me wonder if it was only a local treat? Do I have some foodies out there who shared in this experience?

Please let me know if you have tried this confectionary treat or if you tried my recipe.
Leave me a comment below, sharing your experience.


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RECIPE: Homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Food | 0 comments

Hi Beautiful People,

Today, I am honoring all the soldiers who fought and died for our country. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and a time to reflect.

My hubby and I did not have to work today, so we relaxed had some good barbecue and a healthier version of the Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake is great choice to accompany your summer BBQ’s, picnics, family reunions or just when you want a tasty treat.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

As a child, my mother would make the cake with a yellow cake box mix. In preparing to make our cake, we bought a cake mix without looking at the ingredients. To my surprise the mix had propylene glycol in it. I had recently decided to get rid of this ingredient from my cosmetics and skincare, and I surely didn’t want to digest. I decided to not use the cake mix with its artificial indigents and food coloring. Instead, I decided to do what I should of done in the first place, make it from scratch.

Here is the recipe:

Prepare the pan
1) Butter and flour a glass dish (9 1/2 x 13 1/2)

2) Line canned pineapple slices and maraschino cherries in the dish (design how you like). It is important to use canned pineapples because fresh pineapples will not work and the cake will turn out bad.

Pineapple slices and marachino cherries

Pineapple slices and marachino cherries

3) Spread a coating of brown sugar over the pineapples and cherries.

4)  Add melted (vegan) butter on the pineapple so they stay moist.

Light coating of brown sugar

Light coating of brown sugar

Thin coating of brown sugar looks like this below.

Thin covering of brown sugar

Thin covering of brown sugar

5) The Cake Batter

Cake Batter

Cake Batter

1 Cup of Canola oil
1 1/4 Cup of Buttermilk
2 eggs
2 Cups of Sugar
1  1/2 Flour
1/2 Cup Coconut flour
1/2 Cup of Almond flour
1 Tsp. of Baking soda
Splash of pineapple juice from the Dole Pineapple slices
Pecans and Walnuts (optional, add a few or a lot, it’s up to you)

6) Pour the batter in the pan over the pineapples and brown sugar. The batter is not a bread batter consistency, but like a pancake batter consistency. We used a mixture of flours to create this mix (white, almond and coconut). If you do not have almond or coconut flour, you can use all white flour, or even wheat flour, if you want.

Pouring on the cake batter

Pouring on the cake batter

7) Cake batter has completely covered pineapple slices and ready to go into a 350 degree oven.

Cake batter in pan

Cake batter in pan

8) The cake takes about 50 minutes to an hour (depends on your stove). The cake should look a golden brown.

Golden Brown

Golden Brown

 9) Let cool for 30 minutes. Turn over and remove from glass dish by placing on cookie sheet.

10) Cut the cake and serve warm. We cut our cake into twelve servings and placed most of in the freezer. That way when we get the crazing, it just needs to be pulled out, thawed it and heated it up. Yields 12 servings. If you eat half a piece like we do serving size is 24 slices.


If you try this recipe, let me know what you thought about it.


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My Best Advice For Your Pre-Wedding Beauty Routine

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Fitness | 0 comments

I’m happily married and loved the whole experience. Your wedding day is a precious moment in your life, and naturally you’ll want to look your best. I’ve come up with some beauty tips and have some suggestions for your pre-wedding routine.

Start Early
My first tip for a good pre-wedding beauty routine is to start as early as possible. If you’ve been slacking on skin care and healthy eating, start now! Start making changes at least three months in advance and you’ll feel great for your wedding.

Work On Your Skin
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have beautiful makeup for your wedding. But to ensure that your makeup looks great, you need to take care of your skin. Make sure that you are following a skin care routine suited for your skin type. Your routine should include moisturizers, cleansing and exfoliating when needed. If you have skin issues that are not clearing up, you might want to try a treatment at a medical spa. Healthy skin makes makeup much easier to apply!

Eat Better
One of the best ways to improve your skin is to eat a healthier diet. Increase your intake of fruits and veggies and drink plenty of water. All these things will help to promote healthier skin and a better physique. Try not to binge on fatty foods but don’t cut them out completely. Allow yourself the occasional treat and make healthy snacks. If you’re not good at sticking to a diet, go and visit a dietician or nutritionist. They can help create a plan that is personal to you, so it fits your lifestyle.

Hit The Gym

JT exercising with the Kettlebell

JT exercising with the Kettlebell

Start working out as early as possible. If you want to lose weight before the wedding, don’t leave it until last minute. You’ll just end up feeling stressed and not putting as much effort into your workouts. If you need some help, get together with some girlfriends and train together. You could even join a boot camp for some serious exercise!

Relaxation should take on a large part of your beauty routine. Wedding stress will only make your skin feel worse if you let it build up. Spend a day relaxing at home or go to get a massage to feel renewed. You could even rope your hubby-to-be into treating you to a day of relaxation!

Get A Facial
A facial is a great way to treat your skin before the big day. A decent facial combined with the proper massage technique can help to reduce any fine lines. Facial give you a deep cleanse so if you wear makeup regularly you’ll want to consider having at least one before the wedding.

Wear The Right Makeup

JT applying mascara

It’s essential you wear the right makeup for your skin, especially when it comes to foundation. Make sure that your foundation suits your skin type for the best results. You also want to check that all your beauty products aren’t leaving you with any breakouts. If anything starts to affect your skin, stop wearing it! You might want to spend some time with a beauty expert and make sure all your products are right for you. Good makeup will make sure your skin looks it’s best at your wedding.

What would you include in your pre-wedding beauty routine? Let me know!

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These Five Foods Are Making You Fat. Stop Eating Them!

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Fitness | 0 comments

I could not get a six pack until I cut these five foods out of my diet. Trust me, I worked really hard to get lean. I have been exercising since I was 13. When I was in my early 20’s, I competed in full contact kickboxing. I trained and worked out so much that I needed 6000 calories/day or I would lose weight, and I still didn’t have much of a six pack. Then I stopped eating these five foods, and I got shredded in a few months.

#1 Food That Make Us Fat: Processed (Refined) Sugar
Before buying anything in a box, bag, or bottle, read the label. If sugar is listed in the first 3 ingredients, don’t touch it, it will make you fat guaranteed. Sugar digests almost instantly and goes directly into your bloodstream. Your pancreas responds by secreting massive amounts of insulin into your blood stream. Insulin makes your body to convert the sugar into fat.

Sugar makes you fat kracked

Sugar makes you fat kracked

The Bottom Line: Eating refined sugar forces your body to store fat. Stop eating it!

Like most super villains, sugar goes by many aliases. Don’t be fooled. All of these will make you fat:

— Sugar
— Brown Sugar
— High Fructose Corn Syrup or Corn Syrup
— Dextrose (if it ends in “ose” it’s bad)
— Artificial Sweeteners – They don’t contain any calories, but they still trick your pancreas into dumping insulin in your bloodstream which will make you fat.


The sugar that occurs naturally in fruit digests much more slowly and won’t make you fat. I Personally love honey; it’s fantastically sweet and has a low glycemic index.  Another one of my favorites, ripe Mangos have a low glycemic index and taste absolutely decadent.


The glycemic index measures how quickly carbohydrates digest to sugar. Besides a few exceptions, foods with a high glycemic index will cause a large insulin response and make you fat.

Look up the glycemic index of a food here.

#2 Food That Make Us Fat: White Flour

This includes white bread, crackers, pasta, and cereals. Read the label.  If “unbleached flour,” “bleached four,” “enriched flour,” or any other type of “flour” is listed in the first 3 ingredients, don’t touch it unless you want to get fat. White flour digests to sugar just as fast as table sugar and produces a similar insulin response.

Flour makes us fat

Flour makes us fat

The Bottom Line: Eating white flour forces your body to store fat. Stop eating it!

But I love bread & pasta! What can I eat instead?

Best Option: Eat whole rolled oats and brown rice – they are super foods. They are loaded with nutrients and digest slowly giving you a steady supply of nutrition and energy for hours. Bread an is best avoided all together as even 100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain bread still have a relatively high glycemic index, but if you must have bread, crackers, or pasta definitely get the 100% whole grain version.


When ordering or cooking Mexican food, always go with the soft corn tortillas.  They are made from coarsely ground corn and have a low glycemic index.  Don’t touch the flour tortillas unless you‘re trying to get fat.

#3 Food That Makes Us Fat: “White” Potatoes

Is the potato white on the inside?  Don’t eat it.  Potatoes have an ultra high glycemic index meaning they digest to sugar very quickly and cause an insulin spike. You guessed it:

potatoes make us fat

Eating “white” potatoes forces your body to store fat. Stop eating them!

No Potatoes? What can I eat instead?

Sweet potatoes and yams are delicious and are another super food. They are bursting with vitamins and minerals and are a very slow digesting carbohydrate. Please don’t put sugar on them, it insults one of nature’s most awesome foods (and it will make you fat).

#4 Food That Makes Us Fat: Anything Deep Fried

Most deep fried foods are breaded with white flour, or they are potatoes (french fries). White flour and potatoes quickly digest to sugar which causes your pancreas to dump insulin in your blood turning your body into a fat storing machine. If that weren’t bad enough, the food is also dripping in high calorie saturated fats.

Deep fried food makes you fat

Deep fried food makes you fat

Eating Deep Fried Food turns your body into a fat storing machine while supplying it with gobs of calories to turn into fat.

Eating deep friend food is probably the most effective way to get fat as quickly as possible. Unless you’re trying to get fat in record time, stay away from it.

But I love French Fries! What can I eat instead?

Don’t deep fry; bake or grill instead. For a french fry substitute, slice sweet potatoes into fries and bake or grill them. Brush on some olive oil, sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese, and bon appetite. These fries are both good for you and delicious.

#5 Food That Makes Us Fat: White Rice

Just like white bread, white rice is another refined grain that digests to sugar very quickly. Eat too much, and you will get fat.

No White Rice? What do I eat instead?

Why brown rice of course! It’s one of our super foods; it’s delicious, and it’s inexpensive. I buy my brown rice at Costco, 25 pounds at a time, and I’m single. That whole bag is for me. Brown rice is that awesome.

So That’s Why Americans Are So Fat…

By now you’ve probably realized that most Americans eat A LOT of these 5 foods, and this is precisely why 74% of Americans are overweight or obese!  74 percent – that’s insane!  If you are part of the 74%, you now know exactly what you are eating that is making you fat and exactly what you need to stop eating to get your normal, healthy body back.

When you stop eating these foods, you will notice that you start losing fat like crazy (it’s almost scary).  You will also notice that you can eat A LOT of good unprocessed food (as much as you want, anytime you want), and you will still be losing weight.

Maybe you know these foods are bad for you, but they taste too good, and it’s hard to stop eating them.  It’s hard to change. You need an action plan to change your habits.  You need to start small and change progressively because changing everything all at once is extremely difficult.  ​


This article was written by Kurt Boyd, fitness fanatic, and director of Strength Stack 52.  We have recently developed Weight Loss Stack 52, a game that helps you break bad eating habits and replace them with healthy ones.

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Review: EVERLAST VP PRO Vegan Protein Mix

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Fitness, Review | 2 comments

Hi Beautiful People,

Everlast Nutrition recently supplied with a complimentary packet of its VP PRO Vegan Protein mix to review. My hubby and I are always looking for healthy meal options, so we thought it would be great to try. Protein shakes are not just for fitness-minded people or for people looking to lose weight. They are also great in the summer time if you want something cool to drink or if you want a quick and easy, but a nutritious and light meal.

My hubby making a smoothie with Everlast VP Vegan Protein Mix

My hubby making a fruit smoothie with Everlast VP PRO Vegan Protein Mix

When selecting a protein shake mix, my hubby and I consider four main factors:

1. Does the mix contain fillers or artificial sweeteners?
If we see that the mix contain ingredients that we can not pronounce or that we have to look up to find out what it is, or has artificial sugars, we will not purchase it. We want only natural ingredients that provide health benefits.

2. How does it taste?
In the past, we have tried some shake mixes that were so sweet (with natural and artificial sugars), that was all we could taste. Or, in some instances, the flavored mixes did not taste natural. We have steered away from those mixes because we want the smoothie to taste great and not sweet. We recommend taking a look at the ingredient list on the package. If the first or second ingredient is sugar, or a sugar alternative; look for another product.

3. Does it provide a long-lasting energy boost?
When the smoothie or protein mix contains so much sugar, the energy boost is short-lived because it really is a sugar-high instead. We prefer mixes that are protein-based because proteins are known to keep you feeling full longer and give you an natural boost.

4. How easy is it digested and does it cause any issues on your stomach?
I have a sensitivity to some lactose products. So, unfortunately, some of the smoothie mixes did not agree with my stomach and I had challenges digesting the smoothie. I make sure to check out the ingredient list for any milk or lactose products. If the mix has these ingredients, I have to carefully sample the product before I can use it regularly.

I went to the Everlast Nutrition website and the nutritional values are listed below:

EVERLAST Nutrition facts

EVERLAST Nutrition facts

The directions from the package states that you can mix contents in eight to twelve ounces of water or your favorite cold beverage or smoothie. My hubby loves to add frozen fruit, flax or chia seeds, and peanut butter to add to the nutritious goodness.

Everlast VP Protein Mix with Strawberries, Mangoes,  Bananas and Peanut Butter.

Everlast VP Pro Vegan Protein Mix with Strawberries, Mangoes, Bananas and Peanut Butter.

For this sample, he used coconut water, frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, frozen mangoes, peanut butter. He mixed the ingredients together in our Ninja and I have to say that I enjoyed it. The vanilla flavor was very tasty without any odd or strange aftertaste. I would recommend the Everlast VP Vegan Protein Mix for anyone wants a great tasting  shake. The mix is naturally sweetened with Stevia,instead of sugar or sucralose. One serving of the mix contains 22 grams of protein from three plant proteins (pea, rice and hemp) and it contains only 110 calories and no cholesterol, gluten, lactose, soy, hormones or GMOs. It is a winner in my book. You can purchase the protein mix  by clicking HERE!

JT  doing Kettlebell workout

JT doing Kettlebell workout

When working out, with my kettle bell or doing one of my other routines, adding protein into my diet is needed. It is great to have a Everlast protein mix to give me the necessary energy and fuel to be swinging my kettle bell. Gio (my beagle) is making sure I am using correct form. Gio is my coach but he’s looking a little sleepy there. Ha Ha!


Everlast provided me with a free sample of the protein mix and I was compensated for this review. However, all statements about the protein mix are truly my own opinion. Please check with your doctor to determine if this protein mix is the right one for you.

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