Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Argula Cheese & Tomato Quesadillas


2 c Washed and roughly chopped arugula
2 c Shredded cheese
1 c Chopped tomatoes
½ c Chopped scallions
1 can Green chilies, chopped
1 teaspoon Chili powder
1 teaspoon Cumin
12 Tortillas
Olive oil
Combine first 8 ingredients in large bowl. Place ½ cup between two tortillas.
In large frying pan heat 1 teaspoon oil over high heat. Cook quesadilla until cheese is melted and both sides are crisp. Repeat. Keep cooked quesadillas in warm oven until all quesadillas are cooked. Slice each into six wedges and serve immediately.
Note: Instead of frying, you can bake quesadillas in oven at 350 degrees until crisp, allowing you to cook more than one at a time.

Recipe from the cookbook Greens Glorious by Joshua Rosenthal

Keeping Your Hot Bod When You Have Children

Last year, I used to babysit my two year old neice, Destiny. She is always full of love, laughter and energy. Destiny was a joy to watch, but she ran me ragged and by the end of the day, I was too exhausted to practice yoga.

So, I decided to try and work out when she was here, hoping that she would be interested in learning some poses. I never expected the response I got from her. She was so receptive to trying some easy moves with me.

When her two year old attention span kicked in, she would run circles around my mat while I worked out. She loved helping me stretch, when I was doing leg stretches, she would push my leg up further, aiding me in a better stretch.

Every morning as soon as she woke up she would ask for "yoda" (her cute way of saying yoga). It was a blessing for me to have the opportunity to watch her during the day. Even when I didn't feel like practicing yoga, she would run, grab my matt and and do the poses I taught her. Destiny was my little motivator.

If you have small children at home and feel too tired by the end of the day to work out, try incorporating your kids into your workout routine. I'm not promising the results I recieved, but give it a try. Remember, don't push them..turn it into a game for them...and have fun.

Elle Gallatin is a Health & Wellness Coach, inspiring women to noruish their mind, body and soul. Encouraging women to shine. Visit Elle's website to schedule your free Health History Consultation.

Friday, March 15, 2013

DIY Make Your Own Bath Salts

After a long hetic day, what is one of your favorite things to do? For me, I love running a nice, steamy salt bath, complete with candles and maybe even some relaxing music to enhance the mood.

Why buy expensive bath salts at the store, when it is so easy to make at home? One of the benefits of making your own bath salts is that you know exactly what you're soaking in (no nasty ingredients here).

Soaking in bath salts also:

 * stimulates circulation
* reduces skin inflammation
* relieves muscle tension (great if you sit at a computer all day!)
* polishes skin
* opens pores and draws out toxins
* nourishes the body with calcium, magnesium and potassium


4 c Sea Salt
15-20 drops of Essential Oil (your favorite)
Dried fragrant plants, (rose, lavender, etc) optional


In a mixing bowl, add drops of the essential oil to the bath salt and mix well, add dried plants and mix in.  Store in a  pretty glass jar. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the scented salts to a bath for a soothing, luxurious experience!

To keep the plants from floating, spoon some salts into a sachet bag and place the sachet bag in your tub.


Elle Gallatin is a Health & Wellness Coach, inspiring women to noruish their mind, body and soul. Encouraging women to shine. Visit Elle's website to schedule your free Health History Consultation.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


I Love this idea,  fresh herbs are expensive and I never use them all up before they go bad: chop up your herbs and stick them into an ice cube tray, then cover with olive oil and freeze.

Toss a cube or two into your pan whenever you’re in need, and presto: fresh herbs, all winter long.

This tip and pic is from Yogi Clothing

Sweet Zen Life

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Vegan Quinoa Cakes

I found a very delicious recipe from Green Food Green Thumb and I just thought I'd share it with everyone. (The picture is also from Green Food Green Thumb)

  • 2 c. cooked quinoa

  • 1/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour for gluten free, use garbanzo bean flour

  • 2 tbs. ground flax seeds

  • 1/4 c. water

  • 1 large carrot, grated

  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped fine

  • 2 tbs. chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1/4 tsp. paprika

  • 1/4 tsp. cumin

  • 1 tsp. lemon zest.

  • 1/2 tsp. lime zest

  • juice from 1 lemon

  • pinch of red pepper flakes

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • fresh salsa to garnish

  • 1 1/2 tbs. canola oil

  • Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  • Cook quinoa according to directions. Fluff with a fork and set aside.

  • Combine 2 c. cooked quinoa with flour, ground flax seeds and water.

  • Add grated carrots, spices, lemon and lime zest, and lemon juice. Stir to combine.

  • Wet hands with water, and form 6-1" thick quinoa patties. Pat edges of patties to firm up--rewetting hands with water if needed.

  • Place canola oil in stovetop pan and brown patties for 4 minutes on each side.

  • Transfer to baking sheet and bake for additional 15-18 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

  • Remove from oven and serve. Garnish with salsa, vegan sour cream, and fresh avocado slices.

  • **Optional: for a lower fat version, skip the pan sear and put the patties straight into the oven. Bake for an additional 10 minutes until cooked through.

  • Namaste,
    Sweet Zen Life