Park Slope Stoop Interview!

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this but I love my neighborhood in Brooklyn.  Park Slope is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in all of New York City and I am totally privileged to live here.  There’s a unique sense of community in Park Slope that you don’t get in other areas of NYC.  The beauty of Prospect Park (which is just like the famed Central Park in Manhattan but larger and fewer tourists) just up the street, all of the small privately owned restaurants and boutiques as well as the beautiful brownstone architecture makes Park Slope a wonderful place to live.  I have been living here for four years and I still think “I can’t believe I live here!” when I walk down the charming tree-lined streets.  Yes, trees do grow in Brooklyn.  Many, as a matter of fact.

Today, I consider myself even more fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community, being able to voice my passion to the local residents through Park Slope Stoop, a fantastic local website.  Recently I was interviewed by the editor, Arianna, on overall wellness and tips to get through this upcoming flu season (it’s supposed to be a doozy!).  Check out the post here!! 🙂  I’m so excited about this interview, I had to share it with you all right away!  It includes my recipe for homemade chicken soup, which is proven helpful in fighting off colds and flu, and other helpful tips for feeling good and energized.  I hope you enjoy!!

Love to you all and stay healthy!!

Prospect Park Panorama

On a winter’s day, just me and my shadow, alone in Prospect Park

Memorial Day Smoothie

Hi everyone!  Thank you all for your cold remedies last week!  They definitely helped with staving off the worst of it, but I’m pretty sure that I contracted some bad throat yuck (from Phillip even though he refuses to admit it ;-)).  As luck would have it, I couldn’t find a doctor who could see me at the last minute last week and today (Monday) is a holiday so I’ll have to wait until tomorrow.  Because of this I have been taking it as easy as possible, despite fun times with family for my sister-in-law’s wedding this weekend.  The wedding was beautiful and perfect.  My new brother-in-law and sister-in-law are a perfect match and I wish them the best that life has to offer.

Today is Memorial Day.  It is a day for us to remember and honor those who have bravely served our country.  My grandfather, Harold David Collins, served as a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific.  He would dive underneath his ship and repair damage the hull encountered during battle.  Here’s a picture I recently found, taken in 1944 of my grandfather (the man on the right) with some buddies at a restaurant in San Francisco before they shipped out.  I love this photo because they all look so happy and youthful and unaware (or at least pretending to be) of what was ahead of them.

Because I’m in a patriotic mood (I also wore my white shorts, red tank-top and blue flip flops today :-)) and excited to celebrate the unofficial kick-off to summer, I concocted this patriotic fruit smoothie: a cool treat on a hot summer day.

You will need:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • 1-2 tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • Fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or whichever kind of milk you prefer)
  • Ice

In the blender, blend all ingredients sans ice until smooth.  Add the ice and blend/crush ice until desired consistency is reached.  Pour the smoothie into your favorite glass and enjoy.

Thank you to everyone who nobly and heroically served the United States of America.  Happy summer everyone!  Cheers!

Green Almond Chill Smoothie

Hi everyone!  This has been such a great week of writing and support from all of you.  I am so excited to see the overwhelming amount of support and appreciation for my writing.  It’s great that there is such a huge community of supporters in the health and wellness movement.  It makes me hopeful that one day diet related diseases will be reversed.

Today’s post was inspired by Angela Liddon at Oh She Glows and her Green Monster Movement.  She developed the Green Monster Movement to compile all of her recipes and her readers recipes for green smoothies that she calls “Green Monsters”, with the hope to inspire others to try them.  They’re nutrient packed and provide tons of energy so naturally, I had to try it.

This morning, following the basis of the “Virgin Green Monster” recipe, I decided to try my own version.  The original recipe calls for spinach.  Of course, after all that grocery shopping earlier this week, I realized I totally forgot to buy spinach!  Go figure.  But I did buy kale.  Also, upon opening my freezer, I realized I didn’t have ice.  What the???  I still haven’t figured out how that was possible.  So here are the ingredients I used and in turn created my own “green monster”:

  • About 4 leaves of kale (I packed it up to the 1/2 cup line on the blender)
  • 1 whole banana
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 bag of frozen peaches

I put in the kale, banana and almond milk first and blended it on high for a minute.  Then I added the peaches and used the ice crush option for about 15 seconds.


I poured this beautiful green-colored smoothie into a (pilsner) glass (if you haven’t noticed, I use this glass a lot because I think juices and smoothies look nice in the pilsner shape :-)) and enjoyed!  It was super yummy, light and fresh tasting.  The taste reminded me of a summer morning.  Sounds kind of weird, but yeah, it’s true.  It was a great way to start the day!

Try it out sometime and let me know what you think.  I hope you all have a great day and happy Friday!! 🙂