July 4th/Holiday Fitness: 3 Ways to Stay Active This Summer


Traveling this 4th of July weekend? Don’t forget to put physical activity on the itinerary! While vacation is great for your spirit, it can be hard on your fitness routine. I used these tips to fit in a workout every day last week while traveling abroad with students: Natalie’s Travel Fitness Tips Build activity into your vacation plans: Skip the tourist bus and […]

The High Heeled Kitchen Video: Fourth of July Mojito Recipe


Fourth of July: the grill is fired up, watermelon slices are chilled, and the kiddos are excited about ohhing and ahhing during the PM’s fireworks show. How about adding a Mojito to your Independence Day tradition? I’ll be sipping this authentic and refreshing drink recipe courtesy of Mixology Mad Scientist Mcgarrit Franco of Washington, DC’s Cuba Libre. This is a […]

Fourth of July Veggie Burgers


Grilled burgers and Fourth of July belong together like Captain and Tennille, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, or Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony (oh, they divorced? They still belongz). How about asserting your independence from the food groupthink and go meatless? ¿Qué qué? ¿A burger without meat? Going vegetarian is a healthy nutrition decision that helps you trim calories. But it doesn’t mean giving up your favorite foods. You just […]

Meatless Monday: Costa Rican Potato Empanadas


One thing I love about traveling is trying new foods and learning new recipes. Last week in Costa Rica, I learned to make delicious potato empanadas. I have always loved these savory pastries but assumed the process to make them must be difícil and require fancy kitchen tools. ¡Pero no! Costa Rican native Rosa Elena taught my middle […]

Immigration Bill: My Story, Their Story, Our Story


The U.S. Senate returned to work left unfinished in 2007, passing an immigration bill that heads to the House where opposition is formidable. Looking past his colleagues to potential 2016 voters, Senator Marco Rubio pulled on heartstrings when he stated that “their” story–that of the immigrants in this country illegally–is his–and our–story. Yes and no. His parents immigrated […]

What Paula Deen and Eva Longoria’s Devious Maids Taught Me About DOMA, the Voting Rights Act, and Affirmative Action or What I Said on NPR


Yeesh. Who would think that Paula Deen who butters even her Melba Toast and Hollywood star Eva Longoria, the Executive Producer of Lifetime‘s Devious Maids could teach me a thing or two about this week’s historic Supreme Court decisions? SCOTUS deemed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, allowing for same-sex couples to marry and enjoy the […]

Immigration Bill and Paul Abdul circa 1989: 2 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back. On MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show


MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts has now asked me several times about the likelihood of the immigration overhaul bill passing. Indeed, the Senate has green lighted putting border security on steroids to please conservatives in exchange for their support it. I *SIGH*… Why? Because every time a breakthrough appears to move what could be the most significant piece […]

Meatless Monday: My Suegra’s Homemade Summer Salsa


A fresh, spicy salsa is a flavorful, healthy addition to your plate. This Meatless Monday, I’m sharing my mother-in-law’s homemade salsa secrets. After regularly savoring in San Diego my Mexican suegra‘s fresh salsa, most options on the average D.C. grocery store aisle taste blah. Solution: I now make my own salsa, following simple steps inspired by my mother-in-law. My Suegra’s Simple […]