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 […]

The High Heeled Kitchen Video: Fourth of July Mojito Recipe

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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

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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 […]

Immigration Bill: My Story, Their Story, Our Story

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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

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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 […]

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 […]