Rockstar Health & Fitness – Episode 7 ft. Kim Glass

December 28, 2011 by  
Filed under VIDEO

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Skee.TV presents Rockstar Health & Fitness, a new original Web series hosted by music industry executive & KIIS-FM yoga instructor Lori Rischer. Rockstar H&F features celebrities sharing their health, diet, and fitness tips. In this episode Kim Glass shares some tips on how she’s preparing for the 2012 Olympics and shows us her recipe for her favorite “on the go” snack. The 9-episode Rockstar season’s all-star line up includes Kim Glass, Lala Romero, OneRepublic, Patrick Stump, Austin Brown among, others. Check out next week’s episode featuring OneRebublic’s Zach Filkins Created by Lori Rischer and Sera Roadnight. Produced By Skee.TV.

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A Recipe For Life

May 15, 2008 by  
Filed under ALZHEIMER'S

Well, it’s that time again. Time for A Recipe For Life. My goal, as always, is to provide you with delicious recipes that are healthy, inexpensive and simple. It used to be that the healthy part was the challenge, but today, it’s definitely challenging to find recipes that are healthy, simple, delicious AND inexpensive. Today’s recipe definitely meets the criteria. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

Battling Alzheimer’s disease is difficult enough, so I hope that these recipes help to lighten your load a little.

I found this recipe in a book called The Hallelujah Diet by George Malkmus. However, it is attributed to a cook book called Everyday Wholesome Eating by Kim Wilson.

Recipe For Life



2 Tbsp. Olive oil
3-4 small to medium onions
1 bell pepper (color of your choice), diced
2 cups corn (frozen or canned works)
6 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. oregano
5 cans (7 cups) beans, lightly drained: Kidney, cannellini or black beans will work well
2 tsp. cumin
pinch cayenne
1-1/2 tsp. sea salt
28 ounce can tomatoes


Saute’ onions and garlic in olive oil, add seasonings, then tomatoes and beans. Bring to a boil, then simmer for at least 20 minutes (I simmer for about 40 minutes or a little longer to allow the flavors to meld together). Stir occasionally.

Serving suggestion:

Delicious with tortilla chips (we use Trader Joe’s flax seed chips. I know, sounds crazy, but they are really good and packed with fiber). Also works great with rice.

Also delicious with cornbread (see recipe below) and a salad

Recipe for Life

Kickin’ Sweet Cornbread

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup whole kernel corn
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
3/4 cup milk (I use soy)
1/4 cup oil (light olive oil, corn or canola oils all work fine)
1/2 cup PURE maple syrup (You can substitute 1/4 cup sugar if you don’t have pure maple syrup available)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees Farenheit (232 Celcius)

Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish (I use a spray like Pam or equivalent)

Mix all ingredients well and pour into prepared baking dish

Bake at 450 degrees Farenheit for 25-30 minutes

Enjoy with the chili above and a salad!

The beauty of these recipes is that they really are EASY. Using canned beans eliminates the soaking and long cooking time.

In addition beans are packed with fiber and protein. According to the Idaho Bean Commission:

  • Each half-cup serving of dry beans provides six to seven grams of protein, meets at least 10% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein, yet costs about 20 cents per serving.
  • A single half-cup serving of cooked dry beans counts as one, one-ounce serving of lean meat in the USDA Food Pyramid Meat and Beans group, and as a full serving of vegetables in the Vegetables group.
  • The quality and digestibility of beans can be improved by consuming them with cereal grains. Beans are a rich source in lysine, but a poor source of methionine. Cereal grains are a poor source of lysine, but high in methionine and other sulfur amino acids. When beans and grains are served together in dishes like beans and rice, or tortillas and refried beans, they provide a complimentary protein profile.

Here’s a list of the Recipes for Life so far. Try one today!


Blueberry Muffins

Lentils and Rice

Three Potato Crock Pot Soup

A Recipe For Life

April 17, 2008 by  
Filed under ALZHEIMER'S

Recipe for Life–  “Recipe” will focus on various aspects of nutrition and health that will be helpful to caregivers, those affected with Alzheimer’s disease and everyone in between.  A well balanced diet, high in complex carbohydrates, with several servings of fruits and vegetables each day is essential to good physical and mental health.

During my 7 years as a caregiver for my mom, who had Alzheimer’s disease, I moved twice, had two horrible pregnancies (but two great sons!), traveled domestically and internationally and worked as a freelance writer.

I was always tired.  It seemed as if I literally woke up, even on the rare occasions that I got enough rest, still feeling tired.  I eventually became ill, as many caregivers do and the road to recovery has taught me many lessons.

The first is that I don’t need to be a martyr.  Martyrs are people who believe in a cause, person, or movement so much they were willing to give their lives.  While it sounds nice, the truth is that my mother needed me rested and healthy so that I could take care of her.  As nobel as it was that I was willing to “give my life” as it were, she needed me awake, alert and ALIVE.  I was of much less use to her (and my sons) when I was worn down, irritable and stressed.

Time is always of the essence.  I found then and still find today that smoothies are a wonderful (and quick) way to get in some fruits and vegetables, get a great pick me up and have an enjoyable drink all at the same time.

If you are exceptionally tired, consider these tips from Pat Crocker in her popular book, The Smoothies Bible.

Eat lots of:

Fresh fruits and vegetables

  • Whole grains
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Eat just a little:
  • Fat found in meat and dairy products
  • Fried foods

Remove from your diet:

  • Caffeine and processed sugar
  • Refined (translate white) flours as they depletes the body’s nutrients
  • Processed foods
  • Margarine and salad oils (except olive)
  • Alcohol

Today’s Recipe(s) for life

To make smoothies, you will need a blender.  I use a vitamix, which is a very high powered blender, but the recipes here can be made with a standard, household blender.

Apple Fresh Smoothie


¾ cup apple juice

2 apples peeled, cored and chopped

1 cup seedless grapes

Half a lemon peeled, seeded chopped


Put all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth

B-Vitamin Smoothie

B vitamins are important for brain function, nerve function, for converting protein, fat and carbs into energy and for healthy hair and skin.


½ cup pineapple juice

¼ cup plain soy milk

1 cup chopped peeled pineapple

¼ cup fresh chopped pitted peeled apricots (okay to use dried)

1 ripe banana, peeled and chopped

1 TBS *wheat germ

2 tsp flax seed

1 tsp cod liver or hemp oil


Place all ingredients into blender (liquid first) and blend till smooth

Note: I find that stocking up on flax seed and wheat germ makes it easy to add them to almost any smoothie.  Both are reasonably priced and keep will in the fridge or freezer.

*Wheat germ is a super food of sorts, it contains potassium, vitamin E, several B vitamins, zinc and magnesium.  You can find the raw version (my personal favorite) at health food stores and the toasted version in your local grocery store.

*Flax comes in seed and oil form.  I generally use the seeds. Sometimes I grind them first in my coffee grinder and sometimes I put them directly into the blender. Flax provides fiber (seed) and essential fatty acids.

Well, there you have it! Your Recipe for LIFE

Please try out the smoothies and let me know what you think.  Bottoms Up!

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