Living the WELL Life
“The motto of the world's largest youth organization is “To Make the Best Better.” This is honored by Monsanto as we are proud to share and support the motto of 6.8 million youth, aged 5-21, who are involved in 4-H programs annually.” Read more
The parties, the shopping, the decorating, the wrapping, the family, the friends…even the healthy feasts pale in comparison to the true meaning of the season…whatever that is for you. If it’s a spiritual time to reflect, a time to reconnect with family and friends or just a fun chill-out time, we at Christina Cooks wish you a healthy and joyful holiday season. Read more
Chill ...and Reflect
It’s finally here…Christmas Eve. Time to end the season as it began…chillin.’ Read more
A Holiday Feast Menu
These special times of the year give us a much-needed respite from our hectic daily lives and routines, creating a space for us to relax and rejoice. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of any celebration that doesn’t, in some way, revolve around food and nourishing each other. This is one of my favorite holiday feasts! Sure, it’s some work but it’s a feast so have fun preparing and enjoying this lovely holiday menu! Read more
And Did I Mention?
Cook dinner. I don’t think I could emphasize this enough. Want to be healthy, happy, balanced, serene, enthusiastic about life? Cook dinner!
Here’s one of my favorite weeknight dinners!
Create an Elegant End to a Holiday Feast
Holiday feasts are oh, so delicious, but they can weigh us down, leaving us lethargic and heavy. Feast away and end on a bit of a high note. This rich, elegant mousse-like pudding will satisfy the chocolate lovers around your table and land lighter on the hips than most holiday desserts. Read more
Walking, running, taking the stairs, cleaning house, walking to work, getting off the bus a few stops early so you’re moving more. Any small activity you can add to your daily routine helps you feel energized and your metabolism stoked.
Organize a skating party or pick-up football in place of meeting for cocktails and ensure you have a fit holiday season…and spend quality time with the people you love most.
I love this snack to keep everyone’s energy high and their stamina strong. Read more
Stocking Stuffer Ideas
As the season kicks into high gear, there seems to always be a need for a ‘little gift,’ a little something you might want to bring to a party for the host; something small for that special someone; and the ever-growing need for unique stocking stuffers.
I will proudly tell you that my marketplace boasts a lovely assortment of just what you might need. Check it out at christinacooks.com. Here are a couple of my favorite things.
Jonathan’s Spoons are made in the U.S. from sustainable cherry wood. They are gorgeous and functional and every cook would love to see one of these beauties peeking out of their stocking. Shop Now!
Vita Bella Skincare is made in Italy from organic extra virgin olive oil; is vegan; is pure with no icky chemicals to mess with your skin and is an absolutely decadent treat for your skin. Put the gift of beauty in someone’s stocking this year. Shop Now!
Christina Cooking DVD’s are a great little gift for the healthy cook in your life. Step-by-step recipe guidance takes the viewer from start to finished dish with me right there with you. Shop Now!
Head over to the Marketplace and find so many more things to make the holidays brighter. Read more
Don't Break the Bank
Commercials and advertising encourage us to buy, buy, buy for the holidays. What they don't tell us is that the bills can carry far into the New Year! Set a budget and stick to it for your holiday spending. And be creative with gifts. Make someone a jar of applesauce (see yesterday's tip) or bake them an assortment of cookies before you buy them a cheap sweater from a mall. It's the thought that counts, not the label. Read more
Special Gifts From Your Kitchen
My mother was incredibly creative when it came to holiday gifts. From home baked treats to fruit preserves, people would pray they made it onto my mother's gift list. Forget about Santa. Read more