Today and Every Day.
Monday April 30, 2012
Strengthen your abdominal and lower back muscles. And your hamstrings and quadriceps. And glutes and thighs. All in less than a minute a day.
Slower Sunday: My iris is your iris
April 29, 2012
You could watch this for a while. It's a little like bird-watching, only better. You don't need binoculars. You don't feel like a stalker. If you don't have one of your own, go take a walk and find one. Or Press Play.
Way To Go. Leather. Fruit Leather.
Saturday April 28, 2012
Two all-day hike's worth of fruit leather for two serious hikers who care about what they eat on the trail. 12 cents per serving. A half-apple and its Vitamin C per serving. A snack that tastes exactly like the fruit, but more intense.
Free Half Dome. The whole thing.
Friday April 27, 2012
Want to burn through 6,000 calories in a day? This is the day hike for you. And during National Parks Week, April 21 - 29, it's been free. All of Half Dome. All of Yosemite. And all the other 396 Parks. Free this weekend. The rest of the year: $20 for a whole week.
Thursday April 26, 2012
A perfect example of Better being Cheaper. A great pizza for less than $2.50! For the whole pizza. Not just a great $2 pizza. A great pizza, period. Soft, gooey, crisp, chewy. If you're not already making your own pizza, this should be the one that launches you into pizza space.
Something for almost everything
Wednesday April 25, 2012
Mushroom-Olive-Shallot Pate. Deeply aromatic, intensely flavorful. Scramble it with eggs. Spread it on toast. Sauce your pasta with it. Top your pizza with it. Dip vegetables in it. Dress sandwiches with it. 12 cents for a tablespoon that goes a long Way.
Savory & Sweet: Farro-Rhubarb Salad
Tuesday April 24, 2012
The light and lemony dressing is great with the nutty and kinda rich, high-protein whole grain. And that's all terrific with the tart Spring rhubarb and sweet red grapes. The whole's made even Better by the slightly sharp Spring leeks.
Keep it up. At any age.
Monday April 23, 2012
All you need is frequent exercise - if you want to maintain muscle strength and mass. At any age. Strengthen your upper back, your shoulders and your biceps with this simple exercise: the 1-arm row. Do it with small hand weight. Or a heavy book.
Slower Sunday: April Showers
April 22, 2012
I used to think they were only good for May flowers. But when you stop to look at them, and you should, they're pretty good looking. The raindrops are mesmerizing if you just let yourself go. Press Play to practice for a minute.
When humans walked the Earth Every Day
Saturday April 21, 2012
We started doing this upright walking thing a few million years ago. It's how we got places. And got food. Looks like your highly evolved body still expects you to be walking everywhere. Tomorrow's Earth Day. Get back to where you once belonged. On your feet.
Free Old Faithful
Friday April 20, 2012
Admission to all the U.S. National Parks is free April 21 - 29. All 397 of them. Even the first and still the most amazing one: Yellowstone. Old Faithful and the majority of the planet's geysers are here. Free for a week. Really cheap every other week.
Rhubarb-Pear Tart. But not too tart.
Thursday April 19, 2012
Less than 50 cents per slice. For a light, intensely flavorful but not too sweet dessert. Pretty terrific for breakfast, too. Amazing how easily you can make this Better and Cheaper than you can buy it.
Mushroom Tart. Always fresh and local.
Wednesday April 18, 2012
Less than $2 per serving for a rich but light lunch, brunch or dinner. Earthy and herbaceous. Aromatic and delicious. A great reward for 15 minutes of preparation. Impress yourself and anybody you share with.
Low, slow & fresh: Spring Omelet
Tuesday April 17, 2012
Another great reason to grow your own herbs, even if you only have a window sill. Transform a few great just-laid eggs from the Farmers Market with the vibrant flavors of everything fresh and just-picked. Doesn't matter which flavors. The more the merrier.
One Big Stretch aka "The Triangle Pose"
Monday April 16, 2012
Stretches everything. Your hips. Your hamstrings and calves. Your shoulders and chest. This one'll improve your flexibility everywhere. And your ability to do everyday things with greater ease and comfort.
Slower Sunday: I inhaled
April 15, 2012
You can't help it. It smells so great you just have to get more. You're like one of those bees that just can't stay away from that pollen. You should take a walk to find some of this stuff. The deep breathing is so relaxing. Might even work without the wisteria.
Chocolate. Because it's good for you.
Saturday April 14, 2012
That's not why I eat chocolate. But I sure am glad to see all the studies that make chocolate sound like the new miracle health food. Read all about it. Then dip some fruit into some molten dark chocolate.
Acadia National Park. It's free.
Friday April 13, 2012
They're all free during National Parks Week, April 21 - 29. All 397 of them. Dozens of oceanside and mountainside trails are yours for the walking. Like the one to the summit of Sargent Mountain. Seven scenic miles up and back down.
Grilled Cheese & Soffrito
Thursday April 12, 2012
Yes, another totally delicious meal-in-a-sandwich to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month. You really should make this. It'll make you happy.
Veal Milanese: ¼-pounder with salad
Wednesday April 11, 2012
Three things to know about this classic Italian dish. It's incredibly easy to make. A little goes a long way. It's a perfect example of eat-more-vegetables-and-less meat. A Wow of a meal for less than $10 and less than 10 minutes of preparation.
Sunny Side Up: Vitamin D, Sun and Food
Tuesday April 10, 2012
This isn't about the egg. It's about you. And the egg's Vitamin D. One of the few things you can't get enough of from a healthy diet. But it's something your skin synthesizes when it's exposed to sunlight. Ten minutes a day during Spring and Summer may do the trick for the whole year.
Core Strength: Lean, Don't Crunch
Monday April 09, 2012
Here's a quick, easy way to strengthen your abdominal and lower back muscles without doing crunches or sit-ups. Do it ten times if you can. Takes less than a minute.
Slower Sunday: Easter Eggs
April 08, 2012
Take a minute to contemplate a perfect thing. Six of them. You can use mine. Just Press Play. To tell you the truth, I was contemplating an omelet this morning.
Saturday April 07, 2012
Your own prepared horseradish. So much Better Cheaper and Stronger than the bottled kind you might be moved to tears. I just made my first batch. It's another revelation about the superiority of stuff you make fresh.
Free and Easy: On the trail
Friday April 06, 2012
This is your 2-week notice: free admission to all 397 U.S. National Parks during National Park Week, April 21 - 29. This is the deal of the year. Press Play for spectacular views from the happy trails. Seeing is believing.
Passover: Ribs, no brisket
Thursday April 05, 2012
These ribs melt in your mouth. Rich and juicy. Never stringy. Always aromatic. And you don't have to slice them before serving. This meal-in-a-single-pan, feast-on-a-single-platter is something to celebrate.
Sardinian Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Wednesday April 04, 2012
$1 for a great, great sandwich. Sheep's milk cheese and toasted pasta "pearls" from Sardinia. And a few slices of orange that could have been grown there. All melted between two slices of crusty bread.
Shrimp on a tomato-fennel sofa
Tuesday April 03, 2012
A big, satisfying and intensely flavorful meal for less than $2.50. Just 150 calories in a luscious dish with a near-zero glycemic load. A perfect example of "eat more vegetables, olive oil and fish". Walk off the whole meal in 30 minutes.
Sleep more, weigh less
Monday April 02, 2012
The exercise double-whammy. Exercise burns calories in real-time. And reduces your caloric intake later by contributing to a good night's sleep. Way Better and Cheaper than sleep medication. Click to see how this works.
April 01, 2012
Last week I told you about the surprising metabolic and weight-loss benefits of a satisfying 300-calorie dessert after breakfast. So here's an after-breakfast dessert that really takes the cake. Without cake. Press Play and lick your lips.
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