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“Wear It or Eat It” from 2 Health Nuts & a Mom



from our friends, 2 Health Nuts:

Phew, the Holiday hustle has started to settle down…we hope all of you had a fabulous, festive season with family, friends, and loved ones. The “2 Health Nuts & a Mom” wish all of our followers, near and far, a very Happy, Healthy New Year.

This post is one we have been waiting (patiently) to blog about. We thought it would be fun to share once everyone returned to their “normal” schedules and routine. Side note: what defines “normal” anymore? 🙂

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend



Get Up & Go! How Will You Start Your Year?

We’re not going to push the New Year’s Resolutions too hard, because really, it’s going to take more than a day to shake off the last month and fully commit to being our new gym-going, bliss-following, money-saving, only-local-shopping selves. So this weekend, why not ease into the new year with a little bit of discipline and resolve, but also with some self care and a sense of relaxation. You made it through the holidays, and that’s plenty to celebrate in itself.

For those looking to tone up, get fit, or simply relax, Charm City Yoga is of course the place to go for simple, fool-proof yoga classes that are offered so often (and at so many locations) that you can’t fail. Their New Year’s beginner yoga series starts this Tuesday.

Alternately, CrossFit Federal Hill offers a free trial class to new potential members, so if you’re looking for a 2015 fitness regimen that’s a bit more (okay, a lot more) intense, you may want to give them a try.

If your idea of a New Year’s workout has more to do with lifting glasses than lifting weights, Linganore Winecellars in Mt. Airy is offering a barrel tasting and cellar preview today, along with fine international cheese pairings all month long.

Though January isn’t exactly what most of us think of as prime zoo-going time, it actually kind of is. Over the winter, the Maryland Zoo is open Friday-Monday, with admission set at only $10 per guest. And now that their fabulous new penguin exhibit is open, you can go and feel the chill right along with them.

And if the kids are starting to get itchy, you can still bring them down to Port Discovery for their special Winter Break Fun programming all weekend long.





New Year Evolution Camp from INLINE Fitness



catch of the day fish (2)Already feeling the winter weight left behind by the marathon of meals stretching from Thanksgiving until now? Well, tonight you get one last grab at the endless wine glasses and mini quiches before it’s New Years Resolution time. But if you want to go out this evening feeling fully resolved and guilt free, why not sign up now to fulfill your resolution later? Make the commitment today that your more hungover self tomorrow may not be in the mood for. It’s time for INLINE Fitness’ New Years Evolution Camp– an amazing (and fun) way to get fit and toned in the new year, all with plenty of encouragement and guidance from fitness pros.

A Christmas Eve Workout, Brussel Sprout News Flash & Couple of Tasty Recipes From the 2 Health Nuts

Since today is 12/24/2014, this inspired our creation: 12 exercises, 24 seconds to recover between each round, 20 minutes 14 seconds
Since today is 12/24/2014, this inspired our creation:
12 exercises, 24 seconds to recover between each round, 20 minutes 14 seconds

Our friends, 2 Health Nuts, were up and going at the nutty 5am hour with a kick start Christmas Even workout.  Their goal was to post every couple of hours with a motivational push to get up, out and moving. The good news is, this doesn’t have to be done at 5am.  You can do it now, or after your cup o’ Joe.  Make sure you read all the way through to be rewarded with a tasty treat!

2 Health Nuts Offer a Healthier ‘Milk & Cookie’ Treat to Leave for Santa



a note from the 2 Health Nuts:

The countdown begins…1 week until Santa Claus comes to town! In keeping with our “Thursday Treat” mantra, we wanted to provide you with a healthier alternative to the usual cookies and milk left for the “big guy” on Christmas Eve. Once again, we give credit to the fabulous Diane Sanfilippo for the fabulous recipe!

“Fig Brownies”

3/4 cup unsalted butter, ghee, or coconut oil, melted, plus additional for greasing dish
1 tsp. organic, all-natural vanilla extract
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup honey
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1 1/2 cups organic cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup chopped dried figs

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch-square glass or ceramic baking dish.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted fat, vanilla, eggs, honey, and lemon juice until well combined.
3. In a small bowl, mix the almond flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir until well combined. Stir in the figs and pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool in the baking dish for 30 minutes.
5. Cut into squares before serving.

Serves 18 small, or 9 large, brownies; perfect to share with family, friends, Santa, and his elves!



Exclusive Sneak Peek at Hummtastic Hummus from 2 Health Nuts



The “2 Health Nuts” are “nutty” for hummus! Looking for the perfect hostess or teacher gift? Maybe you simply want to treat yourself? Take a peek at the newest addition to the 2 Health Nuts family…coming 2015! Let’s just say, its HUMMTASTIC! Check out their Facebook page for more details!


Thursday Treats from 2 Health Nuts – Healthier Holiday Goodies




A Note from our 2 Health Nuts Janine Serio & Daria Shaw:

It’s that time of year for cookie baking, fruit cake making, and egg nog partaking. Sure, it only happens once a year, and it can be a built in “treat,” but too much of your “once a year” vice is never a good thing, right? We have all been there…”I will only sample” or “just one glass.” Before we know it, we are a few cookies shy of our record consumption and the few glasses of “nog” have left us with a tummy ache (and a major head ache).

While the 2 Health Nuts are not as fond of the fruit cake or creamy Christmas concoction, this does not mean we have not indulged during past Holiday’s (hello Christmas Brunch Monkey Bread). In the month of December, we bring you our “Thursday Treats.” While still needing to be mindful, these delectable recipes will please your palate and waistline.

Married to a former teacher, one Health Nut can recall many years where, no joke, the baked goods & treats would be overflowing on the kitchen table (see picture below). Sure, the hubby would never deny himself a few chocolate chip or sugar cookies now and then but even this was extreme. Send in the other family members!

Check out these “Apple Almond Squares.” Loaded with tasty fruit and nuts, these gluten free squares are a revamped version of a fruit bar & a fabulous alternative to the traditional buttery and sugar laden cookies. These even make a wonderful mid-morning snack!

Apple Almond Squares

1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
2 tbsp. stabilized rice bran, optional
2 tbsp. organic, evaporated cane juice
2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt
Pinch ground nutmeg
1 egg plus 1 egg white
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp. sunflower oil
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 McIntosh apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened raisins
1/4 cup sliced, raw, unsalted almonds

1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. Sucanat
1/8 tsp. arrowroot powder

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving 1-2 inches of overhang on opposite sides.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk flours, bran (if using), cane juice, flaxseeds, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.

3. In a large bowl, mix egg, egg white, applesauce. oil, and vanilla. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in apple, raisins, and almonds. Spread evenly in dish. Bake for 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center. Lift edges of parchment paper to remove bars from dish. Cut into 12 squares (serving size = 1 square).

4. Prepare topping: In a spice grinder, pulse Sucanut and arrowroot into a fine powder. Sprinkle over bars. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Thank you CE!


Mid-Day Mindset Motivator from 2 Health Nuts – “7 Ways to Feel Less Stressed”


15855_1505988986318419_3438454476722406977_nMid-Day Mindset Motivator

‘Tis the season for jingling, mingling, and “making lists and checking them twice…” And we thought those “to-do” lists could not get any longer!

Salsa Dancing Party at the MAC

Salsa Night
catch of the day fish (2)Down at the MAC they’ve been spicing up Wednesdays ever since October 15th. The middle of the week is now the day to get your groove on with their Salsa Dance Party led by Cedric Teamer. Salsa is one of the coolest (and hottest) dance forms, and has surged in popularity here in the U.S. recently. While it can sometimes look intimidating to learn, most of the moves are remarkably simple. All it takes is a little practice, determination, and a willingness to get sucked into the rhythm and energy of the music. Oh yeah, and it’s an amazing workout, too.

Lululemon Introduces Baltimore-centric Collection from Michael Owen



catch of the day fish (2)You probably already know and love lululemon–the geniuses behind some of the hippest and most functional exercise apparel out there. But now Baltimore has a new reason to flock to the Harbor East shop this holiday season: The Baltimore Love Project Capsule Collection. That’s the name for the 52 unique garments being designed by local artist Michael Owen with Baltimore-specific imagery that will be available exclusively at the Harbor East location for a limited time. The collection gets released this Thursday, and is likely to fly off the shelves. So we recommend you fly down to the harbor yourself to make sure you don’t miss out.