Download Your Free Avocado e-Recipe Book!

If you’ve read our blog, you know that we’re girls who love our avocados!  We’ve whipped them up from everything from chocolate mousse to smoothies– and of course everything in between.  We’re obsessed with the creamy, deliciousness of avocados, and of course as registered dietitians, we love that avocados are superstars when it comes to good-for-your-heart monounsaturated fat and disease-fighting antioxidants.  Plus, avocados are what we like to call nutrient-boosters– and they boost nutrients in a major way.  The fat in the avocado helps you to absorb fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. So if you’re eating a salad, add a little avocado and suddenly you’re better able to absorb the beta carotene from the bell peppers and tomatoes.  Yep, it’s that easy!

If you love avocados as much as we do, you’ll be so excited about this free recipe book from Avocados from Mexico, who we partnered with for this awesome giveaway!  Simply follow this link for your free recipe book!

 

You’ll get recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner– and everything green in between! 🙂

 

 

We’ve proudly partnered with Avocados from Mexico for this giveaway!

 

Book Giveaway– Giving the Gift of Fitness with Jessica Matthews’ “Stretching to Stay Young”

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While you probably are well aware that we are veggie loving twin sisters who are registered dietitians and personal trainers with quite the sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check, you may not realize that we’re also girls who thrive on endorphin rush of a good workout and rely on it daily to energize us and to keep us happy.  We’ve played sports ever since we were knee-high to a cockroach, as our Dad used to lovingly describe us 🙂 but it wasn’t until we were in college that we really began to realize how important stretching is when it comes to health, fitness & physical well-being.  After a handful of injuries, we try to take every opportunity to stretch!  So when our fab friend and highly-respected colleague, Jessica Matthews wrote this awesome book Stretching to Stay Young, we knew we had to share it with you!  And let us tell you, we’ve been following Jessica’s stretching guidelines, tips and routines, and this book is a game changer! And Jessica, is incredibly generous in offering a book giveaway!

Below, Jessica gives more details about the book and philosophy:

My intention in writing this book was to create a simple, easy-to-follow guide to flexibility training that was rooted in science, yet made practical so it could easily be put into practice. To me the idea of “staying young” has nothing to do with age or appearance. Rather, staying young refers to the feeling of liberation in your mind and in your body— it’s the ability to move with ease and  to enjoy and appreciate the experience.

Flexibility, as one of the five health-related components of fitness, plays a vital role in creating this sense of liberation in the physical body, yet sadly it is one of the most overlooked aspects of physical fitness. My hope is that this book will serve as a guide to help people, no matter what their fitness experience or ability level, to navigate what can often be the muddy waters of stretching, filled with misinformation that can confuse even the fitness professionals (and for my fellow health and fitness pros, I hope this book will serve as a great reference for their students and clients for use outside of the time they spend training together).

The book is divided up into three sections for easy reading and also logical progression. Part I focuses on the science of stretching— how it works, why it works, and what the research says, all written in a way that you don’t need a Ph.D. to understand. This section also addresses common myths and misconceptions about stretching and provides practical tips and strategies for structuring your flexibility training routine using several different approaches to stretching and improving mobility.

Part II provides easy-to-follow instructions on how to perform dozens of different static stretches, dynamic stretches for the entire body (including yoga-inspired moves because what else would people expect from me), and also some self-myofascial release exercises using a foam roller. For each stretch or movement, options are provided for how to tailor the move to make it more accessible or to add more sensation, depending on what serves you best on that particular day, as well as general tips to get the most out of the stretch.

Finally, Part III provides complete workouts using the various stretches featured in Part II of the book. From everyday activities like working at a desk or watching TV, to leisure activities like running and hiking, each time-efficient routine is designed to be completed in about 10 minutes.

Leave a comment below telling us your favorite stretch and you’ll be entered in the raffle to win a copy of Stretching to Stay Young!

25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin– Book Giveaway!

By now you know that we’re girls who love a delicious smoothie!  There’s just something so satisfying about tossing some healthy ingredients in a blender and walking away with what feels like a delicious and refreshing treat! And the registered dietitians and moms in us simply love having an easy and healthy way to help our clients, friends and family, to feel amazing and to keep ’em looking great, too.  So when our all-around awesome friend and savvy colleague, Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN sent us her incredible newly released book 25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin, we couldn’t keep it to ourselves! And Sarah has so generously offered to give her amazing book to 5 of YOU!!Anti_Aging_Book_Cover_Photo_Koszyk_smSo if tax season is causing wrinkles from extra stress– this book is for you! (Yep, it’s for us for sure! Tax season has us by the jugular and amen to Sarah’s smoothies as they are helping us!)

 

It’s time to reverse the aging process by eating foods that are chock-full of nourishing nutrients which support radiating skin. This book breaks it down for you and provides a detailed list of foods and smoothie recipes which contain these age-defying nutrients!

Every smoothie recipe has less than 300 calories for your sexy waistline, heart-healthy fats to keep you satisfied, high amounts of fiber for fabulous digestion, and a good source of protein for a complete, well-balanced meal in one drink. The smoothies are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan. In addition, the recipes are divided into five different anti-aging categories including vitamin E, vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Omega-3s, and Polyphenols which all optimize your skin’s health. Whether your goal is to improve your skin or find an easy-to-make recipe to stay nourished and satiated, this book is for you. We hope you enjoy 25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin as much as we do! It’s a delicious way to maintain a youthful lifestyle while enjoying a plethora of health benefits.

Check out one of the tasty smoothie recipes below.

AND – yes, because we love this book so much, we’re giving away 5 FREE Books to 5 LUCKY Readers– thanks to Sarah’s generosity!  All you have to do is leave a comment here or on our Facebook page telling us your favorite smoothie ingredient and you’ll be entered to win!  As you know, Lyssie is obsessed with kale and ginger and those are her fave smoothie ingredients.  Tammy isn’t so picky– as long as it’s a fruit or veggie she’s game.  But since we’re making you pick, Lyssie’s forcing Tammy to pick too– and she’s choosing… strawberries!

Good luck our friends!

Recipe:

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This is a delectable sweet treat with no added sugar. The dates are natures’ sugary fruit – perfect for a sweet-tooth craving.

Ingredients:
5 dates (pitted) (Polyphenols)

4 halves walnuts (Omega-3)

1 Tablespoon cacao powder (Polyphenols)

¼ teaspoon vanilla

½ cup unsweetened almond milk (Vitamin E)

Pinch of cinnamon

*Get even more protein by adding 1 scoop of your favorite non-flavored protein powder

Directions:
Put everything in a blender. Blend and pour.

Nutrient Facts: 232 calories; 38 grams of carbohydrates; 8 grams of fat; 8 grams of protein; 7 grams of fiber

 

 

25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin Book Giveaway!
 
Nutrient Facts: 232 calories; 38 grams of carbohydrates; 8 grams of fat; 8 grams of protein; 7 grams of fiber
Author:
Ingredients
  • 5 dates (pitted) (Polyphenols)
  • 4 halves walnuts (Omega-3)
  • 1 Tablespoon cacao powder (Polyphenols)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (Vitamin E)
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • *Get even more protein by adding 1 scoop of your favorite non-flavored protein powder
Instructions
  1. Put everything in a blender. Blend and pour.

MealEnders Giveaway!

Do you often find yourself craving more and overeating even after you’ve finished a meal?  If so, you’re not alone!  We too, at times have felt this way.  We were sent MealEnders to try to put the kibosh on this feeling, and now we can’t wait for you to try them too!  Today may be your lucky day!  That’s because you could win a 3 month supply of MealEnders!

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MealEnders are great-tasting, low-calorie, stimulant-free Signaling Lozenges, made to help keep you from overeating. MealEnders stops cravings from your appetite and mind by utilizing physical and psychological cues.

 

Here’s how they work:

MealEnders help you to Eat Less and Cut Calories in 3 Easy Steps

Step1
When you’re craving more, but know you shouldn’t, reach for a MealEnders Signaling Lozenge.

Step2
Savor your MealEnder, allowing it to completely dissolve in your mouth.

Step3
Feel Meal Enders’ active taste sensations go to work instantly, clearing cravings from your mouth and mind.

 

Two Layers

MealEnders are made of two layers, the first, Reward Layer, which is sweet, gives you a sweet tasteThis is like the dessert at the end of the meal.  The second layer, Inner Core’s Active-Taste Layer, gives a “gentle, cool tingling sensation” which contracts the trigeminal nerve. This nerve helps to distract your mind from wanting to overeat.

 

Wondering how it Works?

MealEnders targets the mind’s attention. The triggering of engaging the trigeminal nerve, the body and mind are occupied for around twenty minutes. This is the amount of time which people tend to overeat, known as the Overeating Zone. Giving your body twenty minutes after a meal allows your satiety process to kick in which triggers your mind to tell you that you are full.

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MealEnders come in four different flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Chocolate Mint, and Mocha. (Our fave is the Chocolate Mint!) Each Signaling Lozenge is a little smaller than a peppermint, with only 15 calories each.

Want to be entered into the raffle to win the giveaway?  Simply tell us what flavor you’d like to try in our comments below or on our Facebook page or tweet it to @NutritionTwins and  use #MealEnders Before June 10th.

Good luck!

 

Cabot Creamery Cookbook and $25 Cabot Cheese Gift Box Giveaway!

Our generous friends at Cabot are giving away a Cabot Creamery Cookbook and $25 Cabot Cheese Gift Box to one of our awesome followers!  The winner could be YOU! 🙂

 

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Yep, the Cabot Creamery Cookbook is out–and you can WIN IT and FREE CHEESE!  Yahooo!

The gorgeous cookbook shares some truly wonderful recipes and stories from the farm families who own Cabot in their first-ever printed cookbook!  You’ll find loads of ooey gooey delicious recipes  like Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip and Cheddar Corn Chowder.

Enter the raffle to win the cookbook and a $25 Cabot Gift Box Giveaway by simply leaving a comment below telling us your favorite way to eat cheese–whether it’s in your mother’s lasagna, on a veggie burger or just with crackers.

Then you can whip up our Apple, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar Grilled Cheese in honor of Grilled Cheese Month!

Good luck and enjoy!

x & x,

L & T

 

Thank you to Cabot who has been sending us generously delicious samples for months!  Umm, yum! 🙂

 

Whole Body Reboot Book Giveaway

Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energize, and Supercharge Fat Loss Book Giveaway, written by Manuel Villacorta

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Is your goal this year to get healthier? Lose weight? Fight disease? Defy aging?  Then we have just the book for you to help you to do it!

 

Written by our our awesome friend and fellow registered dietitian, Manuel Villacorta, Whole Body Reboot will help to get you what you are after!  Manuel’s gorgeous book is full of delicious, mouth-watering recipes with beautiful and enticing photos to match, specific meal plans geared towards both men and women looking to lose weight and lead a healthier life. He has also created custom 7-day meal plans for vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, and gluten-free diet preferences. By using the core principles from his first book, Eating Free, Manuel proves to his readers that they can successfully follow a super-health weight-loss plan, easily gain the skill in cooking from scratch, dine with elegance, and reduce every-day stress.

Adding a special twist, Manuel helps you to take advantage of superfoods from the Incan diet, and provides recipes including them for long-lasting health.  The benefits of consuming Peruvian superfoods are astonishing: from fighting cancer and reducing inflammation to boosting energy and enhancing memory— these foods have it all.  And Manuel provides the menu plans to help you  to get them.

To get the chance to win Whole Body Reboot simply leave a comment here or on our facebook page telling us what your New Year’s resolution is.

 

Psst… here’s a sneak peek at one of the many delicious and healthy recipes from Manuel’s book…

Purple Potato Frittata

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This traditional Italian-inspired frittata is infused with scrumptious Peruvian powerfoods to enhance your breakfast and optimize your energy.

Servings: 6

Serving size: 1 wedge

Ingredients:

Oil spray

3 medium purple potatoes, cut into ½-inch-thick rounds

½ medium yellow onion, sliced into ½-inch-thick rounds

3 cups sliced mushrooms

2 cups spinach

2 tablespoons ají amarillo paste (or mild chili paste)

¼ cup chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray a sheet pan with oil.
Place the potato and onion slices on the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake vegetables until tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.
While the potatoes and onions are roasting, lightly spray a medium sauté pan with oil and place it over medium heat.

When the pan is hot, add the mushrooms and the spinach. Cook until the vegetables are lightly wilted. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
Put the eggs, ají, and cilantro in a small bowland whisk to combine. Set aside.
When the potatoes and onions are done, remove them from the oven (leaving the oven on) and arrange half of them in the bottom of a well-oiled 8-inch cast-iron pan. Top with the spinach mixture and the remaining potatoes and onions.
Place the cast-iron pan over medium heat. When you hear cracking, pour the egg mixture over the top. Continue cooking the frittata on the stove top until the sides set and become slightly puffy, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Immediately transfer the frittata to the preheated oven to bake the top, about 5 to 7 minutes longer. Frittata should be slightly puffy and golden on top. Let the frittata cool slightly before serving.
Note: The frittata will keep in the refrigerator for three to five days.