Recipe Friday – Quinoa Cakes

Today, I’m blogging from my hometown, which after weeks of final projects and exams, is an incredible comfort.  The sun is shining and I can smell the grass, trees, and first spring flowers in the soft breeze.  As someone who is always looking for new ways to enjoy healthy foods, I get increasingly excited as … Continue reading

Leg Exercise – Lunges

One of the best exercises you can do for your quads and glutes, and secondarily the hamstrings, is the lunge exercise.  Lunges are something that you can do anywhere.  This is one exercise that no matter how many times I do it, I end up a little sore.  That’s a good thing because it means … Continue reading

Vitamin B12 – What Is It?

Vitamin B12 is also known as cyanocobalamin, which is the free vitamin.  It is the largest and most complex of the vitamins.  There are also two coenzymes forms.  The common element in these three compounds is cobalt, hence the “cobal-“ part of the word. Vitamin B12 is absorbed at the very end of the small … Continue reading

Core Exercise – Supermans

Last week, I gave you an abdominal exercise, so this week, we’re going to finish off one whole round of body exercises by working on our lower back muscles.  So, let’s get to it! Lower Back Muscles When you look at the lower back, what you probably see first is the latissimus dorsi (lats).  However, … Continue reading

Vitamin B9 – Folate – What Is It?

Vitamin B9 is also known as folate or folic acid.  The word “folate” is derived from the Latin word “folium,” meaning “leaf,” because folate is found in dark green, leafy vegetables.  Folate is a water-soluble vitamin that is absorbed in the small intestine.  Between 10-30 mg of folate is stored in the body in the … Continue reading

Recipe Friday – Homemade Granola Bars

In the past few weeks, my schedule has (not so) gently reminded me that I am, in fact, in graduate school. You know those stretches of time where you are sometimes too busy to do little things that you otherwise take for granted – cook a well-rounded dinner, run that extra mile on the treadmill, … Continue reading

Core Exercise – Abdominal Crunch

When I first started working out, I absolutely hated doing abdominal exercises.  In truth, I didn’t like them because I had a difficult time performing them.  I just didn’t have the muscle.  I ended up sore all the time.  Once I got a little muscle on me, ab work became a challenge and not a … Continue reading

Vitamin B7 – Biotin – What Is It?

Vitamin B7 is also known as biotin, vitamin H or coenzyme R.  Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that takes part in reactions that add carbon dioxide to compounds.  This vitamin is absorbed in the small intestine and what little is stored in the body is stored in the muscles, liver, and brain.  It is believed that … Continue reading

Recipe Friday – Portuguese Kale Soup

Greetings from the east coast! This past week was my spring break, and I made a last-minute decision to travel back home to see some friends and family and help one of my best friends get ready for her upcoming wedding.  When I started thinking about recipes for this week, I immediately contacted my cousin … Continue reading