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

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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 […]

Fourth of July Veggie Burgers

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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

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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 […]

Fitness: Obesity a Recognized Disease, Prevention is Key! Stay Active All Summer With a Pool Workout

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Summer is officially here–grab your sunscreen and shades, head to the pool. The American Medical Association announced this week that obesity is now recognized as a “chronic disease” and not simply a “major public health problem.” Prevent obesity by staying active all year round and in the warm weather, jump in for a refreshing pool workout.  Summer heat is […]

Meatless Monday: Day After Father’s Day (Veggie) Burgers

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Keep celebrating Father’s Day on Meatless Monday, by treating your papi to a burger. ¿Qué? ¿A burger without meat? ¡Sí! Going vegetarian doesn’t mean giving up your favorite foods, you just need to adapt them. I still love a good burger and fries, but I choose a veggie burger option. Wondering what exactly is in a veggie burger? Most […]

Father’s Day Fitness: 5 Family-Friendly Fitness Activities

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Instead of getting your papi a tie this Father’s Day, invest in the health of the entire familia by staying active while spending quality time together. Share the love, get fit, and create memories with one of my family-friendly options: Natalie’s 5 Family-Friendly Fitness Activities Team sports: Instead of watching Dad‘s favorite sport, play it! Level the playing field so that everyone can […]

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month Meatless Monday: 4 Tips to Eat More Fruits and Veggies Every Day

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¿Did you know June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month? Celebrate by piling more of these delicious foods onto your plate! Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy, yet most people do not eat enough. ¿How much should you be eating? The average person needs at least 2 […]

Fitness: 4 Reasons to Try Canoeing this Summer

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An Oklahoma native, I am no stranger to hot summer days. When temperatures rise, I stay motivated to move by choosing fun new activities that don’t feel like a workout. Last week when the thermostat hit 90, I moved my classroom to the canal where my students and I stayed cool and active canoeing. ¿Canoeing? ¿As […]