Ban-Cina-Vanilla Protein Shake

Looking for a tasty and super healthy protein shake? Here’s the a recipe for those of you who like cinnamon, banana and/or vanilla!

1 Cup of Almond Milk

1 Banana

1 tsp Flax Oil

1 Scoop of Raw Vanilla Protein Powder

1 tsp Cinnamon


Birthday Freebies in Orange County, CA!

It’s your birthday and people want to celebrate it – even businesses! Here is a list of freebies that you can get on your birthday for the Orange County area:

Catalina: You can get a free round-trip boat ride to Catalina on your birthday (valid now to April 2012).  No taxes or fees. Sign up for the birthday club by clicking here. You’ll receive an email with a promotion code. This is a special promotion to celebrate their 30th anniversary! Approx $70 value.

Medieval Times: Free admission on your birthday by signing up here.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs: Free admission on your birthday until the end of the year. Starting January 2012, you will only receive free admission on your birthday if you book a spa appointment. To redeem this offer, simply go to Glen Ivy Hot Springs on your actual birthday and show your ID. $46-$59 value.

Acapulco: Free Entree on your birthday. Sign up by clicking here.

Baskin Robbins:Free scoop of ice cream on your birthday. Sign up by clicking here.

Red Robbin: Free burger on your  birthday. Sign up by clicking here.

El Torito: Free Entree on your birthday if you sign up here.

Rubio’s: Free meal of your choice on your birthday (up to $7 value) and free taco when you sign up by clicking here.

Black Angus: Free dessert when you sign up and free steak dinner on your birthday when 2nd entree of equal or greater value is purchased. Sign up here.

Benihana: $30 Benihana Birthday Certificate to be used Sunday – Thursday. Sign up here.

Healthy Southwestern Black Bean Salad

Looking for a healthy snack or a healthy side for a meal? I just made this Healthy Southwestern Black Bean Salad and its quite yummy.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • 16oz can Black Beans (rinse and drain)
  • 16oz can Red Kidney Beans (rise and drain)
  •  8oz can Sweet Yellow Corn (drain)
  • 1/4 Bunch of Cilantro
  • 1/4 cut Red Onion
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 3 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 cut Roma Tomato
  • Dash of Salt & Pepper
  • DIRECTIONS: Take the beans, corn, cilantro, onion and tomato and put it in a mixing bowl. Squeeze the lime into the bowl and add olive oil, salt and pepper Mix Everything together and that’s it! You can eat it right away or chill it in the fridge. You can also add some avocado.

The Healthy Way: Change for Variety

Sometimes all you need is a little change. I’ve been struggling with eating healthy lately- not because I don’t want to eat healthy but because I get tired of eating the same healthy foods day after day. So its time to change things up!

I’ve probably typed words “healthy recipes” in my google search bar a million times. The results are always lacking to say the least. The “healthy recipes” I’ve found are usually boring or they are recipes that are not really healthy.

I’m not a cook.  I can be a disaster in the kitchen. But its time for me to take some chances and to be creative in the kitchen. After all, the worst that can happen is that I’ll make something disgusting and have to resort to eating a sandwhich. I’ll hope for the best and share the recipes if they work!