Sunday, February 27, 2011

Cure the Winter Blues

I don't know about you, but I am sick of winter.  I am tired of the cold, the wind, the rain, and the snow.  Don't get me wrong, I love when it snows.  It's beautiful.  It's peaceful. Everything looks as if it is covered with a blanket of pure white when it snows and the world is clean for awhile.  A major snow storm once or twice a week, the shoveling, the ice, and the train delays are another story.  I can't take anymore. This has been the most brutal winter I can remember.

Last week the temperature climbed up into the high 50's! It was wonderful. No chattering teeth and knocking knees while waiting on the train platform.  No gloves or extra long scarf wrapped around my face and neck to prevent frostbite or wind burn were needed. The next day, however, we were back to a chilling 19degrees. We must have pissed off Mother Nature in a big way. What a tease!

I stumbled across this great blog site today by fellow nutritional consultant.  She is lives in Canada.  She really knows a thing or two about rough weather and winter blues.  She also posted a delicious recipe for Coconut Dal that I have to share.  I love dal.  It is an indian soup, made from beans and loaded with exotic, warming spices.  The perfect meal after a day of playing out in the snow or a long, painful commute back and forth to work.  It's fairly simple to make, very nutritious, completely vegan and oh so healing.
Here's her lovely blog and the recipe.....

Coconut Dal and a Cure for Winter Blues

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Red and Black Rice with Peas Tendrils

I am drooling over this recipe right now. And if you can't find the pea tendrils, you can use baby spinach leaves.  It will taste just as good!
Here's the recipe:

This sounds so Cynfully Good.............

Friday, February 25, 2011

Need something to dress up your outfit? How about this?

I LOVE scarves! I wear them all the time and not just because they keep me nice and warm while I am outside waiting for my morning train!  Wrapping something colorful around my neck just makes me feel so much better. A scarf adds pizzaz to the most boring, ordinary outfit. 

Here is a gorgeous one! Hand crocheted--in beautiful colors! It will go with everything!  Even jeans. And it will make you look and feel like a million bucks!!

Check it out.....

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Eat Your Veggies

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Crispy Green Beans Recipe

Who needs chips when you can have THIS???
Crispy Garlicky Green Beans Recipe

So Cynfully Good.....

Happy Hour with "Green" Friends

Just because you are into health and wellness doesn't mean you can't enjoy the occasional cocktail or go to Happy Hour. If you are looking to sip a fine wine, a cocktail or organic lemonade and socialize and network with like-minded folks who are interested in a "greener" world-- you  can do that, too!

Visit Green to find a group in your city or town!!

Cocktails and Health Conscious, Earth Conscious Friends? Cynfully Good.....

OMG! This thing REALLY works for dark undereye circles!

I saw this on TV and thought it was a hoax! No more dark circles or puffy eyes? Come on!!! But.....I bought it on sale yesterday and gave it a try! It is AMAZING!!

If you have dark circles under your eyes, or they are a bit puffy from too many late nights, you MUST give this is a try. I even used it on my dad, who is in the middle of radiation and chemotherapy treatments.  It made him look so much better!!!

No more tired, worn out eyes? This is Cynfully Good!!!

Never Feed Your Baby Food from a Jar Again!!

The Baby Bullet - just like the original Magic Bullet (blender/food processor) but wth all kinds of extras. Years ago, when my son was a baby, I cooked and prepared ALL his food myself. I put it in a food processor, then froze it all in icecube trays. I always had fresh, homemade food on hand--all I had to do was pop a few cubes out of the trays, defrost and heat-- fruit, veggies, sweet potatoes, even chicken! He NEVER ate food from a jar!

The food processor I had back then was expensive and huge-- it took up almost all my kitchen counter space. THIS product is perfect! It's so easy to use and this is the perfect start to a lifetime of healthy eating for your precious baby!
The Baby Bullet Video and Ordering Info

Healthy food you make at home for your baby? Cynfully Good...........

Monday, February 21, 2011

A New Kind of Happy Hour

A Fat Free, Calorie Free, Guilt Free, Totally Free Happy Hour!!
Settle Down After A Long Stressful Day

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Southern Fare With Care- Smoky Beans and Collards

Here's another delicious recipe in my continuing series of Southern Fare with Care.....

Every good Southerner knows what a collard is.  Its a delicious, nutrient-dense, leafy green vegetable.  Collard greens can be overwhelming if you have never tried cooking them before .

A few things about Collards:

Make sure you wash the your collards very well.  I take each individual leaf and wash it.  This can be a bit time-comsuming but trust me, you don't want to be spitting out grit and dirt with every bite.  You might be able to find washed, chopped collards at your market, depending on where you live. Here in NY, I have no choice but to buy them whole and wash and chop them up myself.

Collard stems are super tough and should be thrown out. Even the portion of the stem that runs into the leaf should be trimmed (kitchen shears make this task a snap!) Work with one stalk at a time and hold the stalk by the end of the stem with the leafy portion pointing down. Use a sharp chef’s knife to slice down one side of the stem (the knife is being used like a machete) to strip the leafy green portion away from the stem. Repeat the process on the other side of the stem to strip away the remaining leafy portion. When done, discard the bare stems. The leaves will then be ready to be washed and chopped.

The dish is competely vegan (no animal products at all) and trust me, you won't need the meat or miss it at all! This is perfect to serve for your Meatless Monday Supper. Just add some freshly baked hot corn bread and you are good to go!

Smoky Beans and Collards

• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
• 4 cloves garlic, crushed
• 2 teaspoons Spanish smoked sweet paprika (pimento dulce)
• 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
• 2 carrots, finely chopped
• 2 cups collards, washed well and cut into bite-sized pieces
• Himalayan sea salt, to taste
• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• 2 cups organic vegetable broth (such as Pacific Natural Foods)
• Juice from 1 whole lemon
• 2 cans (15 ounces each) great northern beans (note: look for BPA-free cans such as Organic Eden brand)
If you want this extra smoky, add a few drops of liquid smoke. A good one to try is Wright's All Natural Mesquite Seasoning.

1. Put the oil in a large heavy saucepan set over medium heat. Add the onion and cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic and paprika and stir-fry 2 minutes. Add the celery and carrots; cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly to coat the vegetables in the oil. Add the collards and cook, stirring constantly, until just wilted, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Add the stock, lemon juice and beans to the pot and bring liquid to a boil. Reduce heat and partially cover the pan with a lid. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes minutes, stirring often, until all vegetables are cooked and collards are soft. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm. 

Healthy, Homemade, Southern Cooking!!
A Cynfully Good Thing......

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Yes!! You Can Have Chocolate!!

Chocolate Lovers, UNITE! You can get your chocolate fix!  

 Here is a delicious, nutritious, easy and guilt-free way to have your chocolate fix-- in a smoothie!!! This recipe yields 4 cups so there is plenty to share with someone you really, really love. Or not! :)

The Sweetie
2 c orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)
1 banana
1/2 c raspberries
1/2 c blueberries
1/2 c guava slices
1/2 c mango slices
1 Tbsp dark cocoa powder

Place all fruit and the cocoa in a blender and mix on high for one minute.  Pour into clear glasses and serve!

Source: Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresistible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights by Gabriel Constans

A Cynfully Good Thing........

Who am I? I am Cynthia- Nutritional Consultant and owner of Metamorphosis Consulting-- helping you to help yourself to a happy, healthy life.  If you want to learn more, visit:

Tomato Lycopene Extract For Cancer Prevention

Will tomato lycopene extract reduce your risk of cancer? Read this article and find out........

does tomato lycopene extract reduce cancer-risk?

Tomatoes.....a Cynfully Good Thing.....

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Crazy Tofu Making at Hodo Soy Beanery

as a vegan, I eat tofu often as a source of protein. Here is how it is actually made... Interesting

Natural Ways to Boost your Booty

Forget surgery and schemes. Here are ways to boost your booty naturally.
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natural ways to boost your booty

A ggreat Blog....Put Your Money Where Your Lipstick Is....

Great blog by a friend of mine......
Put your Money Where Your Lipstick is......

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Is it too expensive to eat well??

One of the constant complaints I hear is that it is too expensive to eat healthy. I disagree. If you eliminating all that processed, pre-packaged food you usually buy, you will actually be saving ALOT of money!  If you are still discouraged and think you can't afford to eat well, buying most of your foods in bulk is a great way to save even more money! Here is a great article on how and what to buy in bulk.

Buying in Bulk-- a Cynfully Good Thing...............

Fly... Like a butterfly!

An inspirational video- gorgeous photos and soul stirring music.
A Cynfully Good Thing............

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Josie Maran Cosmetics and Skin Care

So loving Josie Maran skin care right now! What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it!
Josie Maran Cosmetics

A Cynfully Good Thing........

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love Letters from Great Men and Women

Looking for a little inspiration? How about a book of love letters from great men and women from the eighteenth century to the present day? Talk about fanning the flame of love and desire. *sigh*

Definitely a Cynfully Good Thing............

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Shoe Sale

 Now ....20% off gorgeous shoes and FREE Shipping..... shop til you drop by the clicking the shoe icon below or just go to through this site!

What does this have to do with Health and Healing? Well... the shoe always fits and a great pair of shoes can make you feel amazing the minute you slip them on. It's temporary, yes, but feeling amazing about yourself is the first step toward healing!

Happy Valentine's Day...from me to you.
Definitely, a Cynfully Good Thing...........

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Jane Eyre.....the Movie

Think your life is tragic? Watch Jane Eyre- The greatest story of forgiveness, the resilience of the human spirit, and unrequited love! Perfect for Valentine's Day! Order today and you can have it by the weekend!

I think this movie is the best version..... with Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles....
A Cynfully Good Thing.............

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentines Day Aphrodisiacs

Looking to punp up the romance this Valentine's Day? Here's an article to help you do that....

Valentines Day Aphrodisiacs

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Brilliant Earth

Brilliant Earth believes that high quality, fine jewelry need not come at a great human or environmental cost.

Thinking of surprising her with an engagement ring for Valentine's Day?

Brilliant Earth Diamond Rings

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7 Reasons Why You Should Start Composting

Want to help the enivironment, cut down on waste and have a healthy garden? Start composting! Read the following article below and get going!

7 Reasons Why You Should Start Composting

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98% Vegan 2% Chocolate Tee-Shirt!

I am 98% Vegan and 2% chocolate! Adorable tee-shirt from

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Organic Almonds

Buy in bulk and roast them yourself..... so delicious and....
a Cynfully Good Thing........

The Best Workout DVD

 One of the best at home yoga DVDs I have ever tried!

Definitely a Cynfully Good Thing.........

Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Please take time to read this article and recommend the resources to any one you know who suffers from this disorder..
This is a Cynfully Good Thing........

Monday, February 7, 2011

Gardein Meatless Products

Looking for meatless alternatives that don't taste like cardboard? I served these at Super Bowl yesterday! They were delicious and no one could tell they were completely meatless! If you are looking for the occasional "fast food" fast, try Gardein products. Vegetarian, Vegan and of course non-GMO!!!  You will love them.  Find them at your supermarket or click the link below to find out where you can buy them or order on line. They have a whole line of awesome, healthy products.
Delicious Meatless Alternatives

 Definitely a Cynfully Good Thing............