What’s For Dinner?

What’s For Dinner?

I’ve been back on the East Coast this past week visiting family and friends, which means lots of meals on top of two special family occasions. Come on… I’m Jewish and everyone knows we love to eat!

There is a part of me that says, “I keep a very healthy and clean diet in LA, so I can enjoy myself and indulge this week.” Thank goodness for the bigger voice in my head that says, “you know how to stay on track with your healthy clean eating even when you’re traveling and cooking. Stay focused, as you know what it feels like when you get off track. It is ok to indulge in a treat here and there…just don’t go overboard.”

Have you said above to yourself time and time again? I bet the answer is YES! I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t need to be hard to live a healthy lifestyle no matter where you are or what you are doing.

The key to health and wellness is keeping it simple. It’s important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day and have balanced meals to ensure you’re getting needed carbohydrates, proteins and fat to maintain your energy level throughout the day.

I love to cook, but unfortunately my on-the-go lifestyle in LA leaves me very little time. Being home in Jersey this past week has given me the opportunity to really enjoy spending time with my mom in the kitchen. Trust me…this woman CAN cook! Holy moly WOW!

We prepared one of my favorite meals this week and Mama B makes the BEST: chicken, sautéed vegetables, and salad.

The chicken is marinated with a touch of BBQ sauce for a nice, tangy flavor. We threw asparagus, one of my favorite vegetables, in the sautéed mix and added snap peas, onions, zucchini, red peppers, and sweet potatoes. I’m known as the girl who loves to throw in a lot of fun stuff and have lots of fun putting things together in my salads however this salad was quite simple: romaine lettuce, cucumbers, carrots (of course), yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, and avocado.
Cooking with my mom is always a highlight of my trip home. She has fancy tricks with spices and marinades, but loves learning some of my healthy secrets.

Do you have any fun cooking stories or tricks to share? I want to hear them! Please comment below. Remember – always bring it back to the basics – simple is key! No need to reinvent the wheel.

#YoullThankMELater

xoxo,
Ilyse

It’s Broadway dance time on the Hallmark Channel!

Last Wednesday, November 7, 2012, I had the opportunity to dance into the Home and Family household wearing my Reebok apparel and sneakers.  The TV show airs weekdays at 9AM on the Hallmark Channel.   It was a day full of excitement and a lot of laughs.

Weeks prior to the show, I was working closely with my friends from Reebok and the Producers of Home and Family to create my segment.  Reebok’s mission of being “Fit for Life” keeps people motivated and excited to experience fitness each day.  My students and I together embrace that everyday dancing many different styles as well as supporting one another throughout the entire experience.  I knew that I wanted to share that with Mark Steines and Paige Davis during our time together on the show.  We chose Broadway dance as it is an incredible workout, a great way to express yourself, and very entertaining.  I decided to share some of the most popular Broadway dance moves like the “sugar step”, “Fosse hips”, and so on with the Hallmark viewers and Mark and Paige.  They went perfectly to my favorite tunes from YES! Fitness Music.  The entire experience was incredible!

Thank you to my ROCK STAR students, Sheri Levy and Danielle Jolie Thouin who danced their hearts out with me on the show.  It is all about losing yourself in the movement and enjoying every second of it.  That is exactly what we did with Mark and Paige.  It was a hit!  If you missed the episode, have no fear…just click below and enjoy!  Please share with all of your friends and comment below to let me know what you think.  Thanks everyone!

xoxo,

ILYSE