Do you have "Good Chemistry?"

We normally hear about having good chemistry on a date, with friends or colleagues, but did you know good chemistry exists with your food? It's called nutritional synergy. 

"The interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements."

In regards to synergy and nutrition it is all about having “good chemistry”.  Every whole food naturally contains a variety of nutrients both macro (fats, carbs and proteins) and micro (vitamin, minerals, antioxidants) that define the nutritional capacity of a food. Of course, the nutritional values can be diminished once the food is subjected to any form of processing, or during storage and shipment to supermarkets.

Proper nourishment and antioxidant protection can help to address factors that contribute to the majority of disease, and this is where leveraging synergy in our diets comes in! By combining different nourishing foods – the nutritional benefits become amplified!

Here are some combs to try: 

1. Broccoli and Tomatoes

2. Spinach and Lemon

3. Oatmeal and OJ

4. Rosemary and Grilled Meat

5. Tomatoes and Avocado

6. Turmeric and Black Pepper


Heirloom Tomato Avocado Toast

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 slices hearty, whole grain bread
  • olive oil
  • 2 small heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • sea salt
  • black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Make the balsamic reduction by adding the balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the balsamic to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until balsamic has reduced by half and is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Make sure you keep an eye on it -- it burns quickly.

  • Drizzle each slice of bread with olive oil and toast.
  • Evenly divide the avocado between the pieces of toast and use the back of a fork to smash the avocado. Layer the sliced tomatoes on top, sprinkle with fresh basil, and drizzle with the balsamic reduction.
  • Garnish with sea salt and black pepper.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Start the day off right!

Blueberry Coconut Steel Cut Oatmeal

It's no surprise that steel cut oats are considered a "power food" because they are an excellent source of protein, soluble and insoluble fiber and select vitamins and minerals. The benefits of steel cut oats exceed the benefits of rolled oats because of the way they are processed. Steel cut oats are dense and chewy as a result of being passed through sharp, steel blades that cut them into thin slices that helps retain more fiber and protein. Steel cut oats, just as any whole oats, make a healthy addition to your regular diet.

Consider steel cut oats your healthy "base" for the start to a healthy morning. Now try this excellent and nutritious dish! Blueberry Coconut Steel Cut Oatmeal! It's great to prepare the night before and have it ready for the week. 

"Fall in Love with Taking Care of Yourself." Confidence radiates from the inside out, and it all starts with what we put into our bodies. Start your morning off right with the nutritious and delicious recipe!

Ingredients

- 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats

- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

- 1 teaspoon baking powder

- 4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

- 2 cups light unsweetened coconut milk

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

- 1/4 cups dried blueberries

- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flake

- 2 cups fresh blueberries for sauce

Directions

Pre-heat oven o 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients, except the blueberries for the sauce into a large bowl adding the blueberries and coconut last. Bake fore about one hour. The oatmeal will appear not done, but remove it from the oven and let it cool to room temperature. Refrigerate overnight for best results. It will thicken nice and become a perfect consistency. 

For the sauce, heat the blueberries with a splash of water over medium/high heat. Once they begin sizzling, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 5 minutes until saucy. Mash the blueberries for a soupy consistency. Drizzle the blueberry sauce over the oatmeal before serving. 

 

Must try products!

I love discovering new products and brands. Self-care and loving yourself starts with our positive thoughts and establishing a daily routine that makes us feel our best. When I found out I was pregnant I immediately took inventory of all the products I was using and researched the best products to use for mommies to be.

I came across Noodle & Boo, a luxury skincare line for mothers, babies and children. All products are toxin-free, biodegradable and never tested on animals. I must admit, the packing is what caught my eye in the store, and it's 100% recyclable. The first product I tried was the perfecting creme, because all mothers to be are worried about stretch marks. It's an ultra rich coca butter and avocado oil that leaves your skin delightfully soft and smooth. It's nothing short of perfect!

As my little baby started to grow, so did my baby bump and itchy belly. I used the elasticity oil and within a couple of minutes after massaging it onto my belly my itchiness was eliminated. A dream come true! If you've been there, you know exactly what I mean.
 


After having two wonderful experiences with these products I was anxious to try more! The lovely body lotion is like pure silk on your skin. Lovely is the perfect word to describe it. It's a nourishing milk protein, almond oil and clover honey formula that is light and silky on the skin. Some lotions leave a greasy remnant on the skin that you quickly want to wash off, but the lovely body lotion is soothing and leaves your skin as soft as silk! This is a must to try!

After reading this, I'm sure you're wondering "where can I buy it?" All products are available online and at these fine retailers. 

"Fall in Love with Taking Care of Yourself!"

The Art of the Mason Jar

Convenience plays a large role in my daily routine. I joke sometimes that my purse is a suitcase, because it is large and in charge! I just like to feel prepared. Every morning I "get ready for the day." This means regardless of the day, rain or shine, plans or no plans, I always make an effort to get myself together, because it makes me feel good. Do something everyday that makes you feel good. Maybe it's an early morning spin class or a meditation yoga class. By starting your day off right, you're setting the tone for your day, and I promise you, it will be a good day if you make it a good day! 

Being prepared makes all the difference when it comes to healthy food choices. Between our busy daily routines and juggling X, Y and Z throughout the day, sometimes running to the nearest fast casual restaurant or deli to pick up a bite to eat is easier and more convenient than prepping ahead. Being prepared with sometime to eat before you become starving and want to eat everything in sight makes all the difference to your health and nutrition. 

I've found that using mason jars to prep food ahead and organize for a couple of days makes a really easy "grab and go" in your own home. Not to mention, people will comment because it actually looks pretty cool too! 

If your mornings are busy prep a greek yogurt berry bowl in a mason jar and take it to go. For lunch or a snack, layer power veggies in a mason jar with a little dressing on the side. Simple Easy and nutritious!

#1. Morning Glory Bowl

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup strawberries

1/2 cup 0% Greek Yogurt

1/4 cup all natural (gluten-free optional) granola

1 teaspoon pure honey

Directions - Layer ingredients in a mason jar, drizzle honey on top and enjoy. 

#2. You're a Peach

1 small peach diced

1/2 cup 0% Greek Yogurt

1/4 cup pistachios

1 teaspoon all natural honey

Directions - Layer all ingredients in mason jar and enjoy. 

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Veggie Jars

Create your bowl 1/4 cup each.

Corn

Carrots

Quinoa

Black Beans

Kidney Beans

Celery

Tomatoes

Lima Beans

Mushrooms

Kale

Arugula

Lettuce

Dressing: 

2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

Directions - Layer selected veggies in a mason jar and mix in dressing when you're ready to eat and enjoy!

 

"Fall in Love with Taking Care of Yourself"

Kid's Eat Free: Arte Cafe UWS Celebrates 25 Years!

As an expecting UWS mommy to be, I want to welcome all moms and kids for a very special "Kids Eat Free" promotion my husband and I are launching at Arte Cafe on the UWS - 106 W 73rd St. This offer is available Monday - Thursday, just show the below special offer! 

It's a wonderful way to mingle with other moms and get to know each other more, not to mention great food and a cozy environment is an additional plus! 

When I moved to NY from CA nine years ago, I quickly discovered that it's a big, little city. Arte Cafe is a warm and welcoming neighborhood spot that became my "go-to." Years later, my husband renovated the restaurant for our beautiful wedding day. Arte Cafe is now celebrating 25 years and still remains a neighborhood favorite! It's a special place on the UWS, with two private rooms and families have celebrated the most meaningful special occasions with us.

We all have to eat, so why not dine with us? We're so neighborhood friendly we even have a stroller valet! Come enjoy a great afternoon with us! I look forward to seeing you there. 

"Fall in Love with Taking Care of Yourself"

Breakfast, Afternoon Snack and Dessert!

I love when I come across an ingredient with multiple applications, especially one that is considered among the healthiest foods on the planet. They're a whole grain food, non-GMO and naturally gluten free. Don't be fooled by their small size, they're loaded with antioxidants and a high quality protein choice. Talk about a powerhouse, chia seeds have more calcium than milk, more antioxidants than blueberries and more omega-3 than salmon. Isn't that enough reasons to add it to your grocery list?!

Probably one of the best things about chia seeds, is that they are easy to incorporate into your diet. Here are two of my favorite recipes, perfect for anytime of day whether it's breakfast, an afternoon snack or after dinner dessert! 

"Fall in Love with Taking Care of Yourself; Mind, Body & Soul"
 

 Strawberry Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Strawberry Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Strawberry Banana Chia Seed Pudding
Ingredients
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 2 cups coconut milk (or almond milk) 
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 banana

Blend all ingredients except chia seeds. Gently whisk in chia seeds and refrigerate for at least four hours, or overnight. Add fresh berries as a garnish.

 Almond Butter & Jelly Chia Seed Pudding

Almond Butter & Jelly Chia Seed Pudding

AB&J - Almond Butter & Jam Chia Seed Pudding
Ingredients
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 2 cups coconut milk (or almond milk) 
- 3 Tablespoons almond butter
- 3 Tablespoons raspberry jam
- 1 banana

Blend all ingredients except chia seeds. Gently whisk in chia seeds and refrigerate for at least four hours, or overnight. 

The Alkaline Magic

We know that we should be drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day, but how many of you can say that you actually accomplish that? More than 50% of our bodies are made up of water, and staying properly hydrated is essential to every bodily function. 

If you think about it, regular old water is practically a miracle drink. It keeps our bodies hydrated, and it's calorie-free! Several clients have asked me if I believe Alkaline water is worth the extra investment or a hoax. 

Let's look at the numbers...Some of you may recall from high chemistry (or not, so I'll offer a refresher course) that the pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of any substance or solution. The pH (potential hydrogen) scale runs from 0-14, with 7 as the neutral mid-point. Liquids with a pH of 1 are very acidic, and liquids with a pH of 13 are very alkaline.

Pure water is right in the middle of the spectrum, with a pH that is close to 7. Alkaline water, also called ionized water, has a higher pH than regular water, generally between 7 and 9.5. 

Drinking Alkaline water during pregnancy has proven to have some very strong benefits for the mama and the baby. Here are a few to note: 

  • Alkaline water helps your body balance its natural pH level during pregnancy. As the pregnant body tends to be more acidic than non-pregnant body.
  • It helps to reduce morning sickness and nausea during pregnancy. During the first few months of pregnancy, the body gives alkaline minerals to placenta in order to neutralize the acidic discharges from fetus. It is known that acidity alleviates morning sickness in pregnant women. So, while drinking alkaline water, we can immediately find the difference, as the morning sickness reduces.
  • It is found that drinking alkaline water also helps in smoother deliveries.
  • With the use of alkaline water, the likelihood of jaundice in baby as well as the mother can be reduced.
  • Alkaline water also helps increase lactation in mothers.
  • Alkaline water has natural calcium in it which helps the pregnant women have healthy bones and also reduces calcium loss while also helping the baby have healthy teeth and bones.
  • Drinking alkaline water helps the new moms recover fast after delivery.
  • It helps to rehydrate your body as does the normal water. Hydrated body can fight against headaches, nausea, vomiting and many other pregnancy effects.

Try it for yourself! You'll really feel the difference. For the maximum results buy Alkaline water with a 9 or 9.5pH. Essentia is a great brand and you can find it on Amazon! 

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! 

"Fall in Love with Taking Care of Yourself"

Beauty products for glowing GlamaMama's

Finding out that I was pregnant, was one of the biggest joys of my life. And, If you're like me, from the moment I found out we were expecting all I wanted to do was research and read up on the best products to use. I wanted to make sure I was doing everything right to protect this beautiful baby growing inside of me. I've tried several products and have fallen in love with them and wanted to share them with you...Enjoy! 

Fall in love with taking care of yourself - Kristin Sollenne

 Bamboo Haircare Products

Bamboo Haircare Products

I've tried many hair products over the years, but I was on a mission to find an organic, paraben-free and sulfate-free line that didn't leave my hair dull and flat. I use the abundant volume collection and love it! Organic Bamboo extracts and macs root act like a morning cup of coffee for your locks, waking them up with energizing volume! 

 Soy Nail Polish Remover 

Soy Nail Polish Remover 

I'm religious with my manicures. I just like to always have my nails done and looking fresh. Before getting pregnant I would do a Shellac manicure, but now I try to stay out of nail salons and handle my nail care at home. Non-acetone nail polish remover is fine to use, but you'll notice the fumes are still pretty pungent. I use Priti NYC, a soy nail polish remover in a lemongrass scent. It will take a little longer to work your nail polish off, but it's completely worth it. You won't have that awful smell either that lingers on your hands and nails. 

Ella + Mila is a great 5 chemical free nail polish line to use and they have a beautiful assortment of colors in all shades. Their newest collection is 7 chemical free! They're a wonderful brand doing good for the environment and for you! 

 New Chapter Prenatal Vitamins

New Chapter Prenatal Vitamins

I was searching for the best prenatal vitamin that didn't make me feel sick or nauseous after taking it. New Chapter is plant based, which means you can take it on an empty stomach and still feel fine! They recommend to take one in the morning, afternoon and at night. I highly recommend this vitamin. I've noticed a big change in my nails getting stronger and hair thicker...that could also be the lovely pregnancy hormones, but I think the vitamin has something to do with it also. I also pair the New Chapter Whole Mega DHA with this vitamin and take four capsules in the morning. 

I love the Noodle & Boo collection. I have been using the Elasticity Oil and perfecting Creme for the past six months and I'm happy to report no stretch marks! The products feel and smell great. Their products are made of the finest ingredients and you can definitely feel the superb quality. They are pricier than typical cocoa butter lotion you would find in the grocery store, but well worth it! Your skin will thank you!

These are a few of my top beauty picks that I've found essential in my quest for all natural, organic products. Enjoy!   

Winter Veggie Quinoa Salad

Winter in a bowl! Quinoa has been around forever, but in the last couple of years it's really become a show stopper! I absolutely love quinoa. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods you can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. It is also a great source of Iron, and energy. Take the benefits of quinoa paired with pure vitamins and antioxidants found in winters prime produce and you have a heart healthy delicious meal! 

Try this winter veggie quinoa salad with butternut squash, cranberries and pumpkin seeds. 

Fall in love with taking care of yourself - Kristin Sollenne 

4 Servings | 30 Minutes

  • 3 cups butternut squash, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cooked cannellini beans 
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • 3 Tbsp. toasted pumpkin seeds
  • salt and black pepper

Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. parsley, chopped
  • salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400F. In a large bowl, toss the butternut squash with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange coated squash on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until squash is tender and lightly browned. While the squash is roasting, rinse quinoa under cold water until water runs clear. Place quinoa and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook partially covered until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.

To assemble the salad, combine the cooked quinoa, roasted squash, cranberries, toasted pumpkin seeds in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and mix until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 

For the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

GlamaMama Morning Glow Bowl!

Mornings can be tough, we get it. But with this simple recipe, we're packing your morning with the fuel you need to get through the day and feel your absolute best! That's right, we're turning your average morning smoothie into an antioxidant enriched smoothie bowl! 

We're here to inspire, create and motivate you to become the best version of yourself. We make a choice every morning to make it a great day! Having a conscious positive attitude will translate into your every day actions and leave you feeling happier and healthier.

The flavors are just as explosive as the beautiful bright colors! 

Start your morning with the GlamaMama Morning Glow Bowl:

1 serving | 5 minutes

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup spinach

Bowl Toppers (Optional - use all or just a few!)

  • 1/2 fresh banana, sliced
  • fresh raspberries
  • fresh blackberries
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
  • strawberries

Combine all ingredients into a blender and mix until completely smooth. Pour into a bowl and add your desired toppings. 

SAMPLE SALE!

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We are overjoyed at how many people are embracing the THINLY effect! Since we want everyone to be able to try our amazing flavors and feel their best, we're offering a sample sale!

For only $9.95 you'll receive a 3 day supply of all seven flavors, so you can try them all and tell us your favorites! Order HERE.

Five benefits of choosing THINLY loose leaf tea

1. Greater Health Benefits - Loose tea consists of larger leaves so more of its powerful catechin antioxidants and plentiful plant polyphenols are in your cup! Simply put - you get more of the goodies that tea is noted for, health benefits! Tea can help prevent certain cancers, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, aid in weight loss, and boost the immune system. Tea brewed by the bag contains fewer of these properties.

2. Better Aroma & Flavor - Loose tea has more surface area than the "tea dust" (fannings) that go into bags. The larger the leaves, the more natural oils you get to steep out of them, and this of course means great flavor, along with a pleasant scent! Loose leaf will have a nice fresh and clean taste, and depending on the variety may taste sweet, floral, vegetal, malty, or earthy along with many other distinct nuances. Bagged tea will almost always taste bitter, old, stale, fuzzy, and muddy, and will leave you with a funny aroma that doesn't promise much. Bags will add a color to your cup, but not much after that! Clear enough? 

3. Freshness! - A big advantage loose leaf has over bagged tea is the age factor. In order for tea to have a good quality, it must be young and fresh. Did you ever wonder how old those bags are? It is recommended that all tea is enjoyed within the first 6 to 8 months of the flush. THINLY'S formulated blends are straight from the premium high elevation tea farms in Japan. We offer a premium fresh product with maximized health and youth boosting effects. 

4.  Variety - Tea in general is broken into four main types, white, green, oolong, and black. Each main classification yields hundreds of varieties since many cultures around the world cultivate and process them. Our formulated blends are unique to target unwanted fat cells, stress, bloating and toxins. Our three-step approach maximizes results and will leave you feeling and looking your absolute best!   

5. Gifts for everyone! - Give a gift that will enhance someone's life. It is no doubt that everyone welcomes gourmet food as a present! Loose tea will always impress guests when served, or make a friend or family member feel special when received as a gift. Including some sample varieties along with some steeping equipment, like our THINLY glass tea vessel, is a perfect way to introduce someone to a new habit that is actually good for them!
 

Sip your way to THINLY and share your story! 

Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's Dr. Bass!

Have you ever woke up one morning and felt like you were in rut? Ready for a change? Spring has finally sprung and it's the perfect time to reinvent yourself! A healthy mind, body and soul are the best foundation. I strongly believe that confidence radiates from the inside out, which is why it's so important to understand what a huge impact health and nutrition have on our everyday lives. When I eat poorly I feel crappy the next day. Sluggish, bloated and tired. As important as it is to eat healthy (and I do 99% of the time), I'm guilty of some indulgences here and there, which is why I developed THINLY. I didn't want to wake up feeling depressed about what I ate, so I created an alternative that gets my body right back on track. THINLY teas are designed to target unwanted fat cells, bloating, aging and toxins. 

However, sometimes a healthy diet and exercise isn't enough and you've done everything possible but can't seem to get rid of that last bulge! Trust me, I know! I turned to Dr. Bass, who was the lead investigator on the Sculpture device to treat unwanted fat. I was amazed at the results! He has made it possible for me to sculpt my body with no downtime! With my hectic schedule this was exactly what I needed. I was in and out within an hour and his friendly staff talked to me the entire time. 

Within 6 weeks you'll really start to feel the difference. Get ready for summer now with Dr. Bass and Sculpture and keep it off with THINLY! 

You have nothing to lose except unwanted fat! 

Dr. Bass of Bass Plastic Surgery | 568 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065 | 212.593.2600


Order a complete starter kit today for as low as $19.95! 

Why Choose THINLY?

Loose Leaf vs. Tea Bags, that is the question! I'm sure the majority of you are used to drinking tea from steeping a tea bag in hot water. Well that is about to change! Did you know that the leaves used in most tea bags are actually the "dust and fanning" from broken tea leaves? Need I say more?

This is obviously a huge compromise in quality from full leaf tea. Not to mention the fact that broken tea leaves have lost most of their essential oils and aromas, so when steeped, they release more tannins than whole leaf tea, resulting in bitter astringent brews. 

Now onto the good stuff! THINLY'S whole leaf teas provide you with more flavor, aroma, and antioxidants. Our premium teas are carefully hand-selected by tea masters and then packaged for ultimate freshness.

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For best brewing results we recommend our custom glass tea vessel. Whole tea leaves need room to expand to their full flavor and aroma potential. Our dual wall glass tea tumbler comes with a fine mesh steel strainer that screws right onto the tumbler to strain out the tea leaves. Makes it easy to brew at home or on the go! 

Did you know that next to water, tea is the world's second most popular beverage? It's the healthy choice and important to understand the role antioxidants play in weight loss as well as the prevention of many other diseases. 

Fresh brewed tea is 100% natural, fat-free, calorie-free, gluten-free, sugar-free and preservative-free - tea is the healthy choice. 

There's only one last question...Are you ready to live THINLY? 

Give it one week! You'll feel and see a difference. Embrace the THINLY Effect! 

The THINLY Effect

I've been overwhelmed with excitement by the response I've received about THINLY. I'm so excited to share this with everyone, and I'm happy you're interested in trying it to! I wanted to share with you a little more about the products and THINLY'S targeted three-step approach. 

The difference is the product! Our premium quality tea leaves are grown at high elevation to maximize natural nutritional benefits. Each tea is specially designed to target a particular "problem" area. The sunrise collection helps to kick-start your metabolism and fuel your body with energy for the day. The midday collection is designed to refresh and beautify your mind body and soul. The nightfall collection sets us at ease while the detoxifying elements cleanse the body to awaken for a new day.

THINLY is not a harsh quick fix, like some on the market, but rather intended for long use. The results deepen each time you use it. For best results, the program is designed around drinking three teas a day. 

Our THINLY Ambassador, Jessica, follows the targeted three step approach and along with a healthy diet and workout regimen has maximized her results. Wow! This hot mama looks incredible! 

I bet you're saying, "I'll have what she's having!" For a limited time we are introducing a sample kit with all of our fan favorites!

For $19.95 you'll get a one week supply of the Organic Slim Down Elixir, Sweet & Flirty and Dream. BUY NOW! 

We're so excited to welcome you to the THINLY family! Share your pictures and progress with us @LiveTHINLY. 

Ciao Bella!

Kristin 

Get the SKINNY on THINLY

With the launch of THINLY, I felt it necessary to share with you my personal THINLY story and how the company was born. As a chef and nutritionist I established my career with a farm-to-table culinary philosophy, letting the season guide my palate and centering most dishes around lean proteins, fresh produce and heart healthy olive oil. As 2015 came to an end, let's just say I was enjoying the holiday season a little "too" much. After the new year I felt bloated, tired, sluggish and ready to shed the holiday weight. What ended up happening was the creation of a completely new lifestyle...the THINLY Effect!

After the third day I was already down 5 pounds and felt incredible! I noticed I wasn't bloated anymore and my clothes were fitting better. Finally! I became addicted to feeling and looking better. Everyone wanted to know what I was doing because they were seeing a difference and wanted to try it for themselves.I knew at this point I wanted to be able to share my method with the world! After 40 days, I had lost a total of 25 pounds!! 

THINLY is a collection of all-natural herbal teas specifically formulated to combat against unwanted fat cells, stress, toxins and aging. The day to night slim down program consists of a selection of sunrise, midday and nightfall teas. I love the targeted three step approach because it is designed to slim down, energize, rejuvenate and beautify. What more can you ask for? 

So here's the skinny - There is a total of seven teas, each specifically designed to target certain "problem" areas. I start every day with the Organic Slim Down Elixir. An Oolong and Green Tea blend to kick start your metabolism and set your body in a fat burning state. A fan favorite is our strawberry green tea - Sweet & Flirty because it's great hot and cold! Flirt the day away ;) I love ending my day with the Rejuvenating blend, a thai lemon ginger rooibos relaxes my mind body and soul. Whichever selection you choose you'll see and feel the difference! I'll warn you, the THINLY lifestyle is addicting! 

Learn more about the products here and start your THINLY story. I can't wait to hear it about it! Every loss is a success! 

Check out our THINLY woman, Jessica. Isn't she just amazing? We think so too! Check back with us for fitness tips, healthy recipes and daily motivation to keep you on track and looking and feeling your best. 

March Madness Recipes

My theme for the month of March has been healthy "Green Machine" recipes, loaded with fresh vegetables. The below two recipes are simple, easy and delicious! Portion control and moderation are key components in healthy living, so these recipes have pre-determined portions, which make it really easy for you! I'm excited for you to try these out, they're two of my favorites! Post your pics and tag @KristinSollenne for a chance to win a signed copy of my cookbook. Happy Cooking!

 Avocado, Smoked Salmon & Egg Boat

Avocado, Smoked Salmon & Egg Boat

Ingredients

2 Avocados

Juice of 1 lemon

2 oz Smoked Salmon

4 eggs

Fresh Dill

Red Pepper Flakes

Salt & Pepper

Directions

Halve the avocados and remove the pit. Drizzle fresh lemon juice over the avocado and season with salt and pepper to liking. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line the avocados with a strip of smoked salmon. Crack the eggs, and scoop out the yolk and some egg white to fill the avocado hole. Keep in mind that you can increase the avocado hole after you remove the pit if you'd like it to hold more egg! Season with red pepper flakes, dill, salt and pepper. Bake on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes, or until egg is to desired doneness. Serve warm and enjoy! 


 Mini Egg-White Vegetable Frittata

Mini Egg-White Vegetable Frittata

Ingredients

7 egg whites 

1/4 cup bell peppers (red, yellow or green - try a mixture!)

1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, stems removed and roughly chopped

2/3 cup water

1/3 cup goat feta

salt & pepper

Red Pepper Flakes* (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl whisk together egg whites, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes for an added spice. Measure the egg whites and add water until you have 2 cups. Discard any extra water. Spray the muffin tin with cooking spray and arrange vegetables inside each tin. Pour egg white mixture to fill each tin until 2/3 full. Bake for 15 minutes and then sprinkle with goat feta on top. Continue baking for another 8-10 minutes until frittata is browned and fluffy. Remove from tin and serve warm. Enjoy! 

 

 

Champagne Punch

Aren't "holidays" the perfect excuse to have a cocktail? 

Apparently today is World Bartender Day, which sounds like a great reason to be your own bartender and mix up some cocktails at home! Whether you're having friends over for dinner or just getting cozy with some Netflix, I recommend a champagne cocktail to add some sparkle to your evening. Today I'm sharing a recipe for my favorite Champagne Punch, which is just as beautiful as it is delicious and refreshing! This recipe is also perfect if you're hosting an Oscars party this weekend and need a glamorous drink to share. Top with fresh raspberries and enjoy! 

Champagne Punch

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces grenadine
  • 3 ounces Cointreau
  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 2 3/4 cups Champagne
  • Raspberries

Directions:

Combine grenadine, Cointreau, brandy and Champagne over ice. Stir gently. Ladle punch into glasses. Garnish punch with raspberries. Makes four servings.

 

Random Acts of Kindness

Did you know that today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day? All over the nation, people are surprising strangers and friends alike with kind actions both large or small. I love the idea of putting a smile on someone's face for no reason except just that!

If you're looking for a way to show kindness to someone today, I'm sharing a few ways to spread joy throughout your day below - and why not keep it going throughout the year? How are you adding some kindness to the world today?

1. Pay it backward: Whether you're in line at the coffee shop drive through or at your favorite restaurant, surprise the stranger behind you by paying for their order! Chances are, they'll be so happy that they'll continue the kindness on by paying for another's order - the gift that keeps on giving!

2. Share the gift of food: I have so much fun cooking for people I love as well as new friends and strangers! Pull out your favorite recipe and spend some time preparing a dish to surprise someone with. You can make your family smile by serving their favorite dinner, bring in fresh baked cookies for your co-workers, or prepare a hot meal to share at your local homeless shelter. Food is a great way to instantly bond people!

3. Dig in to help the environment: Plant a tree, do a neighborhood clean up, help a neighbor weed their vegetable garden, or any other small act to help beautify our earth. 

4. Think small: Even the smallest actions can brighten someone else's day! Give a stranger a compliment, hold the door open behind you, let someone cut in line at the grocery store, smile at everyone you pass, send a "just because" card to an old friend, or simply let your friends and family know you appreciate them. You'll never know what your small act can do for someone's attitude!

5. Be kind to yourself: You can only help others when you are taking care of yourself. Take some time today to do something that fulfills you and helps you recharge! What does that mean for you? Read that book you've been saving for a rainy day or sip a latte with an old friend, and remember to always be kind to yourself!

Are you participating in Random Acts of Kindness Day? What are you doing to spread happiness today? Let me know in the comments! 

For Your Valentine

 Valentine's Day printable via  We Heart Parties

Valentine's Day printable via We Heart Parties

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? This holiday can get a bad rep sometimes, but any day that is all about romance, wine, and dessert is just fine with me! I can't help but make one of my favorite desserts, Cannoli Siciliana, when Valentine's Day comes around - if you're staying in this year, check out my recipe below for a beautiful & sweet way to finish your romantic dinner. Heading out for dinner? All Bocca di Bacco locations will be serving beautiful prix fixe dinners, so book now before it's too late! And if you're looking for a unique and thoughtful gift for your Valentine (or best Galentine!), I guarantee a great reaction when you surprise them with a Cellini couture apron - I know I'll be wearing mine as I cook this weekend. 

What are your Valentine's Weekend plans? 


Cannoli Siciliana:

Ingredients:

12 shells (Can be purchased in any Italian bakery)

For the Filling: 

3 cups ricotta cheese

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup cinnamon

1/2 tablespoon vanilla

3 tablespoons citron peel, chopped 

3 tablespoons orange peel, chopped

6 glazed cherries, chopped

Directions:

Mix ricotta thoroughly with sifted dry ingredients. Add vanilla and fruit peel. Mix and blend well. (A little grated pistachio may be added if desired.) Chill in refrigerator before filling shells. Decorate each end with a piece of glazed cherry and sprinkle shells with powdered sugar. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Football Mania: Cha Cha Chili

Last but certainly not least in my Football Mania Menu series, my Cha Cha Chili! A dish that is both comforting and easy, the trick is here to give it plenty of time to simmer so that all of the flavors have the chance to mingle and meet. It's easy enough that you can get it going the morning of the big game and let it simmer away while you get the rest of the party ready, or you can make it the night before and warm it right before guest arrive. I recommend arranging a do-it-yourself topping bar for guests to customize their own personal chili toppings with the suggested toppings below! 

Need a few more ideas? Try my Mixed Stuffed Peppers and Hot Swiss and Almond Dip to complete your Game Day Menu. What else are you serving this Sunday? 

Cha Cha Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean, ground beef (or substitute ground turkey)
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 16 ounces fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste + 1 can (6 oz) water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can pinto beans

Toppings:

  • Sour cream (reduced fat)
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Sharp Cheddar, grated
  • Chives

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat, and sauté garlic and onions until translucent. Add meat and thoroughly cook through. Add green pepper and continue to cook until softened. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste and remaining seasonings. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Mix in kidney and pinto beans and juice. Continue to cook for another 30 minutes. Toppings are to be used as desired.