Nov 18

Peer Pressure Doesn’t Die

Peer pressure and social norms are powerful influences on behavior and they are classic excuses. -Andrew Lansley I love to cook and Stanley loves to eat. Well, we both do. If he brings home a sweet treat, you can bet it calls my name in the cupboards until I cave in. We don’t buy many treats…after all, we’re trainers with a passion for what we do.… read more
Nov 11

Recipe Makeover: Green Bean Casserole

Here’s the YouTube video of this recipe! Thanksgiving is mere weeks away and the recipes keep piling in for my Recipe Makeover Project! Keep ’em coming! As a reminder, if you have a caloric holiday recipe that you’d like modified, email it to me and we’ll tweak it! Green bean casserole is a classic holiday calorie bomb. I’ve modified… read more
Nov 07

Cupboard Staples

Most New Yorkers have abbreviated kitchens. It seems like architects all but forgot about them and, at the last minute, quickly installed a counter, 2-burner stove, half a fridge and called it thus. Could this could be why New Yorkers LOVE their takeout? We lucked out: ours is well-equipped and we take full advantage of it on a daily basis. I stock my kitchen… read more
Nov 05

Recipe Makeover: Apple Pear Oatmeal Crisp

When I think of fall, I think of apples, spice, and family. This recipe definitely includes ALL three. Most people have a traditional apple pie at their Thanksgiving table, laden with calories and unwanted saturated fats that ultimately end up on our midsections (or in my case, directly on my backside) shortly after the holiday. I don’t know about you,… read more
Oct 30

Halloween Survival Guide

One of the most fun but least waistline-friendly holidays is upon us: Halloween. No matter how good you’ve been with your diet this fall, I know firsthand how difficult it can be saying ‘no’ to bite-sized Butterfingers, candy corn and Pixie Stix. After all, I worked in the corporate world with colleagues who had children for EIGHT YEARS and… read more
Oct 29

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins!

Today I decided to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty in the kitchen! I made a batch of my favorite pumpkin muffins. You might ask: Well, aren’t you on a low carb diet, Jenny? Yes. Yes, I am! I should preface this post: I despise conventional muffins (ie Starbucks) because traditional muffin recipes call for ungodly amounts of flour and enough sugar to keep… read more
Oct 23

Recipe Makeover!

Thanksgiving is literally 5 weeks away! If you’re doing some cooking, chances are your traditional recipe is calorie-packed, which does not bode well for the waistline! For those of you hosting, why not begin planning now for a healthier holiday season? Cooking is my passion, and modifying recipes is my specialty. Join my recipe makeover event by emailing… read more
Oct 14

Veggie Stir-Fry w/ Chicken Breast

Whenever I’m having a “what should I make for dinner” crisis, this is my go-to. Since I always have organic, farm-fresh vegetables from my CSA, I literally toss everything in. If you’re making this, please deviate and get creative, too. Don’t be discriminatory with your veggies: treat stir-fry as a catch-all! Skoog’sread more
Oct 09

6 Healthy Snacks for the 3 o’clock Schlump

Some years ago, when I was chained to a desk making other people rich, I’d get to the office, wolf down my coffee, bagel and cream cheese, work, and was ravenous by lunchtime. I’d scarf down some type of convenient lunch (always an afterthought) and hurry back to sit and look busy. But, never fail, EVERY SINGLE DAY at 3pm, I’d be falling asleep… read more
Sep 19

Never too busy.

September is one of the busiest months of the year for most of us. With school, new work deadlines and recommitment to obligations, it’s easy to put fitness and nutrition on the back burner. So it’s no wonder that I hear excuses like, “I just don’t have time these days – it’s a miracle I’m getting to my training sessions!”… read more