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How to go from Type A to the Mediterranean Way

Ah that could be me. Right there. On the right. Oh yes! If I wasn’t sitting at my desk freaking out over that stupid deadline. But in my mind’s eye: that’s totally me.

We women are just natural go-getters, aren’t we? Many of us are inertly driven: at work, at home, in the community, and at the gym. The list goes on. It can be exhausting juggling the many balls in our lives. We all think it’s normal, this fast-paced, hectic lifestyle we lead: 9-to-5 job (who am I kidding? It’s more like 8:30-to-6:30. Can someone please tell me how Corporate America managed to log an extra couple of our hours?!). When we come home, we take our children to a myriad of sports, music or arts lessons. We crawl towards the finish line: the weekend, where many of us spend hours cleaning, prepping and shopping for the next week.

When did life become so boring and rigid?

Here’s a dirty, little secret: there IS a society in which women still live a more balanced, natural lifestyle. It’s called the Mediterranean. It’s way more than just a diet. It’s a lifestyle that we can copy here in the West.

I moved to Cyprus, the island of Aphrodite, 10 years ago. I watched, listened and learned the ways of the local women. With their glowing skin, perfectly piqued eyebrows, and harmonious lifestyles, they seemed to manage life’s precarious situations a bit more elegantly. Aphrodite swims through the veins of the women in Cyprus and throughout the Mediterranean. Here’s what I learned:

  1. They let go more easily

Before the Med: Like the proverbial square peg in a round hole, I used to force life’s hand. I was a control freak. A total Type A who liked to get things D-O-N-E (preferably yesterday). But boy, when things didn’t work out, did I get tired/angry/frustrated. I usually ended up in tears of frustration.

After the Med: Breathe. Life ebbs and flows in the Mediterranean. Actually, it ebbs and flows, everywhere. But there are less distractions in Cyprus. We can’t control everything, and what fun would it be if we could?

  1. They pray

Before the Med: Stellar careers are matched with stellar husband and stellar children. Weekend warriors are businessmen and women, racing to the airports on Sunday evenings or early Monday mornings. Weekend warriors also include the travel-sports family (insert soccer mom joke here). Clinics, tournaments, practices and theater rehearsals have replaced incense, sermons and devotionals.

After the Med: Reclaim your Sabbath. Whatever that means to you: Friday, Saturday or Sunday (or all 3!) and spend time rejuvenating. In the Med, women pray as a family before meals, and when things get tough at work/home/illness, they rush to church, light a candle or seek advice from their local rabbi/priest/imam. Spirituality is still central. 

Ommmm. Inhale. Hold 2, 3, 4. Exhale slowly. Repeat.

  1. They know work is not as important as family

Before the Med: Deadlines, reports, presentations and budgets. Meetings upon meetings to discuss our next meeting. Must find new clients or the best new marketing scheme, else we lose existing clients. Expand or die. Make your targets; meet with the press. Promote ourselves, our branches, our business on social media or else be considered a dinosaur.

After the Med: Despite the siesta jokes, Mediterraneans are busy, too. But they know that the presentation can wait until the morning to send out. Bosses understand that a working mom (or dad) needs to get back to feed children supper. Family comes first, the rest follows. Guess what? The world does not fall apart.

  1. They rely on their Village

Before the Med: We Western Superwomen are another breed: we work, workout, have children, volunteer, clean our own homes, wash our own laundry, cook elaborate meals (and Instagram them), make unique, homemade costumes for Halloween (thank you Pinterest!), still look sexy/hot/desirable/ over 40 or 50, try Orange Theory, Mud Runs, Triathlons, pop vitamins, do a cleanse, detox and more. We do it all ourselves, and then watch Netflix to relax, while skimming FaceBook feeds by night. What a life.

After the Med: Superwoman was a fictional character (who rocked briefs, Linda Carter!). Women rely on a vast and intricate village, including, but not limited to, parents, siblings and friends to help with the child-rearing, cooking, and laundry. If no one lives nearby, they buy help when they can afford it. They pitch in to help one another (I have personally helped clean another woman’s house and on multiple occasions helped cook for a party, and clean up after many-a party). If someone looks tired, frail, we don’t daintily ask “is there anything you need?” We get in there, roll up our sleeves and help with the dirty work. Because we know one day soon, we will need their help soon.

  1. They worry less

Before the Med: those furrowed brows and lines do not need Botox. We need a change in our mental attitude. Let go, forgive those who hurt you, pray more and focus less on work and more on relationships.

After the Med: if it won’t matter to me in 1 year, then I try to not worry about it. There’s something intoxicating about shrugging my shoulders and saying “ah screw it!”

This really IS me. I really don’t care that much anymore. And I feel great going from Type A to the Mediterranean Way

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Bob Harper goes Mediterranean

You guys remember Bob Harper, right? The personal trainer to Oprah Winfrey-turned-celebrity? He hosted Biggest Loser for 17 seasons and was the epitome of health. Tattooed, tough arms sprung from a chiseled chest. Lean legs and cut calves. But surprisingly, Bob was only 51 when he suffered a heart attack in February 2017. He acknowledges he is lucky; Bob thankfully survived the heart attack. His number one change was not walking more or pumping more iron. His first change was a return to the roots: a return to the Mediterranean Diet. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/14/health/biggest-loser-bob-harper-heart-attack-recovery/index.html

Bob’s cardiologists (and hundreds of doctors, nutritionists alike agree) recommend a Mediterranean Diet. My fellow goddesses, we are all in the right spot. Link up to my recipes site for authentic Mediterranean meals that are easy to prepare. http://www.livelikeagoddess.com/category/cooking/

If you have a question, drop me a comment below or an email. I love hearing from you!

A true Mediterranean diet is prepared simply with fresh ingredients. The primary focus is on vegetables, not protein or carbohydrates. We Mediterranean goddesses know a diet rich in vegetables and fruit are naturally filled with high volumes of water, that keeps eyes, skin and blood vessels clear from impurities. Use only the freshest ingredients, and when possible, locally sourced and produced food items. It helps promote your local community, and the produce is typically fresher, more nutrient-rich, as they are not slowly withering away being shipped.

Mediterranean sauces are simple. Repeat after me: olive oil & lemon & garlic or olive oil & tomatoes & garlic. Your choice. Stick with this combo for dressing your salads, your meats, your vegetables. Don’t be shy to experiment. Make vegetables your staple.

If you need to count how many vegetables you have eaten, then you haven’t eaten enough

Don’t believe me? Check out Web MD’s reason to switch over to a Mediterranean Diet http://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-12-reasons-to-love-the-mediterranean-diet

In 2017, I hope you are continuing to live in the moment, to live healthy and clean, and to live like a goddess.

Unleash your Inner Aphrodite . . .

Claudia

Blog, Cooking

Are Probiotics the New/Old Anti-Depressant?

 

Researchers at the University of Virginia (wahoo-wah!) School of Medicine have discovered a fascinating link between increased probiotics and reducing the symptoms of depression in mice. It’s all very new and quite exciting. Specifically, the probiotic  strain Lactobacillus, found in the live cultures of good quality yogurt, have shown to improve gut health, relieve anxiety behaviors in laboratory mice. What’s really cool? Is there is NO REASON to believe that this won’t translate into the same benefits in human beings, according to lead researcher Dr. Alban Gaultier.

And here I was all this time thinking the reason that the reason people seem happier in the Mediterranean was a function of sunshine (think Vitamin D intake), spending more time in meaningful relationships (cultivating family & friend ties), a deeper sense of purpose through Faith & Spirituality,  and a better work/life balance! I consider these my 5 Pillars of Goddess living. Read all about them here: http://www.livelikeagoddess.com/five-pillars/

Changing your diet may not only be beneficial for your waistline, but also for your mood!

I absolutely love this, because it makes sense, doesn’t it? When you are in pain, are you not agitated? I certainly am. It makes sense that if your belly is agitated internally, then it manifests into anxiety and pain externally. Our extremely sophisticated bodies are linked between body, mind and soul.

Before you go buy your next tub of Dannon, be certain to read those labels! I have seen “yogurt” being sold on the shelf that is nothing more than thick milk, strained of water, preservatives and sugar, with absolutely no live cultures! Don’t be a fool and read those labels! My favorite yogurt brands are the following:

  • Fage
  • Chobani
  • Brown Cow (love the cream on top)
  • Green Mountain

For a great list of the best/worst yogurts on the market check out Eat This/Not That’s site: http://www.eatthis.com/greek-yogurt

A word of caution: Please do NOT pick up the flavored yogurts! It may be tempting, but it is full of sugar and not at all what a goddess such as yourself deserves! Pick up a yogurt with as many live strains as possible, and do not pass the expiration date

In the Old Country, we eat our yogurt nearly daily, and it is always on the table. Thick, creamy – no one would even consider getting a low fat, zero fat yogurt. We also prefer to eat our yogurt sans the sugar, and with a savory twist. Check out my recipe for Authentic Goddess-Style Tzatziki that can be whipped up in under 5 minutes: http://www.livelikeagoddess.com/tzatziki-cacik-jajeeka-its-good-no-matter-how-you-call-it/

To read the entire medical report that has this Mediterranean Goddess super excited to know she’s on the right track for both belly and mental well-being, follow along here: https://makingofmedicine.virginia.edu/2017/03/07/probiotics-in-yogurt-can-reverse-depression-symptoms/

Here’s to your Health! Live well, fellow goddesses!

Discover your Inner Aphrodite. . .

Claudia

Blog, Lifestyle

Are Probiotics the New, Natural Anti-Depressant?

Researchers at the University of Virginia (wahoo-wah!) School of Medicine have discovered a fascinating link between increased probiotics and reducing the symptoms of depression in mice. It’s all very new and quite exciting. Specifically, the probiotic  strain Lactobacillus, found in the live cultures of good quality yogurt, have shown to improve gut health, relieve anxiety behaviors in laboratory mice. What’s really cool? Is there is NO REASON to believe that this won’t translate into the same benefits in human beings, according to lead researcher Dr. Alban Gaultier.

And here I was all this time thinking the reason that the reason people seem happier in the Mediterranean was a function of sunshine (think Vitamin D intake), spending more time in meaningful relationships (cultivating family & friend ties), a deeper sense of purpose through Faith & Spirituality,  and a better work/life balance! I consider these my 5 Pillars of Goddess living. Read all about them here: http://www.livelikeagoddess.com/five-pillars/

Changing your diet may not only be beneficial for your waistline, but also for your mood!

I absolutely love this, because it makes sense, doesn’t it? When you are in pain, are you not agitated? I certainly am. It makes sense that if your belly is agitated internally, then it manifests into anxiety and pain externally. Our extremely sophisticated bodies are linked between body, mind and soul.

Before you go buy your next tub of Dannon, be certain to read those labels! I have seen “yogurt” being sold on the shelf that is nothing more than thick milk, strained of water, preservatives and sugar, with absolutely no live cultures! Don’t be a fool and read those labels! My favorite yogurt brands are the following:

  • Fage
  • Chobani
  • Brown Cow (love the cream on top)
  • Green Mountain

For a great list of the best/worst yogurts on the market check out Eat This/Not That’s site: http://www.eatthis.com/greek-yogurt

A word of caution: Please do NOT pick up the flavored yogurts! It may be tempting, but it is full of sugar and not at all what a goddess such as yourself deserves! Pick up a yogurt with as many live strains as possible, and do not pass the expiration date

In the Old Country, we eat our yogurt nearly daily, and it is always on the table. Thick, creamy – no one would even consider getting a low fat, zero fat yogurt. We also prefer to eat our yogurt sans the sugar, and with a savory twist. Check out my recipe for Authentic Goddess-Style Tzatziki that can be whipped up in under 5 minutes: http://www.livelikeagoddess.com/tzatziki-cacik-jajeeka-its-good-no-matter-how-you-call-it/

To read the entire medical report that has this Mediterranean Goddess super excited to know she’s on the right track for both belly and mental well-being, follow along here: https://makingofmedicine.virginia.edu/2017/03/07/probiotics-in-yogurt-can-reverse-depression-symptoms/

Here’s to your Health! Live well, fellow goddesses!

Discover your Inner Aphrodite. . .

Claudia

Blog, In The News

Media Release: Taste of the Valley on WHSV

http://www.whsv.com/content/news/Taste-of-the-Valley-Taking-on-the-Mediterranean-lifestyle-415352443.html

Thanks to the awesome crew at WHSV-TV 3 for producing and airing this segment on Tabbouli/Tabbouleh

I have been long espousing this all-in-one salad that combines protein, fiber, and slow-release carbohydrates in the form of whole wheat couscous as its base. But this typical Middle Eastern (roots are Lebanese/Syrian) salad offers more than just carbs; it’s loaded with fresh Italian parsley, chopped tomatoes, scallions, cucumbers, feta, lemon and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (of course). I like to make mine slightly spicy using a red pepper paste. To get the exact recipe, check it out here: http://www.livelikeagoddess.com/tabbouli-salad-with-a-kick/

This Taste of the Valley segment on Tabbouleh aired last Tuesday (Tabbouleh Tuesday!). One thing I forgot to mention in the recipe above: you can turn this simple, delicious and fresh salad gluten-free, simply by replacing the whole wheat couscous with quinoa. While I love quinoa’s protein and nutty flavor, it is definitely part of the New World foods (South American roots), and therefore a twist on the original Middle Eastern Tabbouleh salad. Prepare the quinoa according to its own package, and replace in this simple recipe. Enjoy! Please share as I love to see all of us eating healthier in the New Year!

Try it for your next BBQ in replace of pasta or potato salad!

Got another recipe that you love to share? Another version on this Tabbouleh classic? I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a line below.

 

 

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Omelette with a Turkish Twist

One of my favorite, quick, dirty meals is an omelette. What I found most interesting living in the Mediterranean, was the use of eggs. Sure, an occasional boiled one was found on my breakfast plate. But for the most part, eggs are considered lunch or dinner fare. And even better, was the play of eggs loaded with tomatoes, veggies, seasonings to make that egg-taste disappear. Now, full disclosure here: I used to *hate* eggs. I mean it was up there with cream cheese (yes, I’m weird). I couldn’t get myself near an egg unless it was scrambled with a load of butter and salt.

But that was before I learned about menemen! Man this stuff is awesome! It’s quick, light, and loaded with vegetables that take the egg-smell right out of your omelette. It’s super quick, and doesn’t need elaborate changes, so I’ll share with you the recipe right as I learned it: authentic, clean Mediterranean eating.

Menemen Recipe – Servings for 3

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, crushed (or 1/2 can of whole ripened tomatoes, crushed)
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly diced
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced – OR – 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Halloumi cheese, shredded (if you don’t have -or even know about – halloumi, it is a Cypriot staple. It’s an awesome cheese great for grilling. In the absence of halloumi, use Mozzarella).
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, paprika

Method

  1. In a heavy saucepan, coat the bottom with olive oil
  2. Toss the onions and peppers in the olive oil and cook over medium heat until translucent
  3. Add the tomatoes and continue to stir frequently, until the color turns deep burnt orange and red
  4. Toss in the eggs and Halloumi, stirring frequently. The halloumi will melt right in. Remove from heat and add your spices: salt, pepper and paprika to taste.

Your meal is done! Here’s another crazy twist: in the Med, if we drink fruit juice, it is ONLY freshly-squeezed (no Tropicana for us). And we drink these freshly-squeezed juices ONLY in the afternoon, never for morning. Enjoy your Menemen with a glass of freshly-squeezed OJ and a fresh green salad!

About Cyprus, Blog, In The News

A Tale of Two Laundry: A Poem

Originally published on Women Who Live on Rocks on 2/16/17. 

http://womenwholiveonrocks.com/a-tale-of-two-laundry-a-poem/

 

Let’s take a moment, and tell you a tale of a girl
who has lived and grown up on either sides of this world.
She hails from the States,
where doing laundry is a piece of cake.
She buys large tubs of Persil and Tide,
never worries that colors will fade and hide.
The smooth gel dissipates and flees,
and the clothes smell like heavenly Spring Breeze.

Every two days with her family of four,
a new load goes in and it’s not a chore.
She sorts the colors from the whites,
then pops them in her Kenmore Delight.
She turns the cycle to scour and scrub,
and leaves the Kenmore to do its job.
In 45 minutes her clothes are gleaming,
wrung dry, but still wet and steaming.

She feigns a moan as she leans down to take the wet pile
and plops them into the other Kenmore beside-her.
Her pressed hardwood floors are cozy under her feet,
while she sniffs a whiff of the laundry softener sheet.
With a turn of a knob, the heat is set.
She may leave her house without a fret.

In an hour or so, it’s time to do some manual labor,
but she has a better idea: and calls in a favor.
“Hey kids! You broke my wine glasses,” she scolds.
“As repayment, it’s time for you to fold.”
Because her TV program is on, she casts an eye to her tweens,
as they bemoan the hard work to fold and clean.
She rolls her eyes and her hands begin to work,
as her kids complain of their toils they must shirk.

Across the wide ocean, another tale unfolds.
Of the same young mother, and it is her story that is told.
She lives on a rock, in the middle of the ocean;
it was her husband’s idea to live here – his notion.
She is surrounded by God’s beauty and might,
and she has not a care in the world – or so she delights.
Except that she has the same family of four,
and this time the high heat makes their clothes smell more.

So she does laundry every two days
except on this rock, this little job seems like a maze.
She climbs her stone steps to the room with the old machine
that cracks, crinkles, and bubbles up when she must clean.
She sorts through the colors of school uniforms and swimsuits,
then she smiles to herself and thinks, “at least it’s not a business suit.”
In go the colors with the cheap local soap,
The powder stings her hands and she mopes.
But she knows that the soap isn’t the worst –
Oh no! The following few hours are the beginning of her curse.

After an hour or two, the machine has stopped its dizzy spin,
and it will be my turn to work, she thinks to her chagrin.
She pulls out the jumbled mess,
unraveling the twisted knot, it is such a stress.
She drags the wet laundry to the top terrace,
where the sun beating down is relentless.
On the Rock there are no need for dryers;
the sun does the trick better than any fryer.
Clothespins shoved in her mouth, her eyes squint in the sun,
her expert fingers hang the clothes – this is no fun!
Oh how her toes long for the cool, hardwood floor!
Instead blisters bead and form as she swore.
She manages to tie the laundry quite loose
and hang down as they form a little noose.
She leaves them to drip-dry on the sweltering stones,
and grabs a lemonade and fans herself as she moans.
“Oh the horror of living on this little rock!”
She flutters her lids and there’s azure blue. Her eyes are in shock.

How can I complain in God’s own land?
I look down at my arms, legs – strong and tanned.
I drift off to sleep as the soft wind blows,
and awaken shortly because this I know:
It’s time to lift the iron to my sun-stiffed clothes.

Blog, In The News, Lifestyle

Aphrodite Inspirations for a more Goddess-Worthy 2017

Originally published on @mindbodygreen on Februrary 8, 2017 (Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Love yourself better)

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-28654/aphrodite-inspo-how-im-living-more-like-a-goddess-this-year.html

At a time of year when the majority of resolutions have gone by the wayside, I’d like to offer a new one—one that doesn’t look at numbers on a scale or in your bank account.

Let’s look at following in Aphrodite’s footsteps. The goddess of love and beauty probably never spent a minute thinking of her curves. Instead, she focused on giving love and making the world fall at her feet.

Here are some secrets from sirens of the Mediterranean on how to live more like a goddess:

1. Adopt a healthier palate.

Naturally, as a Mediterranean lifestyle coach, I teach Mediterranean cooking.

My family is big on olives, olive oil, tomatoes, yogurt, feta cheese, and pretty much all things Mediterranean. It’s pretty easy for us to adopt a healthier diet when our palate is already accustomed to these tastes.

But if you prefer the taste of butter, meat, and takeout, then it may be more difficult to make that change. Below are a couple of quick ways to help you adjust your palate.

Eat at least seven servings of fruit and/or vegetables per day. Pack tangerines in your bag, chomp on dried figs for dessert, eat a salad every single day. I promise if you do this, you won’t have room in your stomach for a full cheeseburger and fries.

Eat beans/legumes at least twice a week. Packed full of fiber, protein, and folate, legumes are a great, inexpensive food that is extremely versatile (black-eyed peas are awesome on top of brown rice; edamame are wonderful on a salad; cranberry beans are great as a stew with coarsely chopped root vegetables—think carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips).

Still unsure where to begin? Take a cooking class! Cooking classes are a great gift to yourself—it’s the ultimate gift that keeps giving. Look them up at your local university, community college, local food cooperative, or local restaurants.

2. Gather your personal army.

Goddesses recognize that life can be tough, and to combat the stresses of simply existing, we need an army of supporters. In this new year, consider building your support village.

Join a success circle that will keep you on target with your professional and personal goals (think of a writers’ group). Reach out to new (and old) friends on social media. Then follow it up with a much-needed but often overlooked girls’ weekend or trip.

Plan a trip that has you swinging from vines, pushing your adrenaline by day, but relaxing in the evening and creating those precious moments that last a lifetime.

And call your mom weekly! She was the founder of your first personal army.

3. Get “om” with your spiritual side.

This is always the hardest one for me. I was born Orthodox Christian and raised Roman Catholic (I grew up in small towns in Virginia). I love the church and its ancient traditions. I love the fact that my five senses are tantalized once I enter a cathedral. It’s an overall experience that leaves me feeling relaxed, happy, and even chatty with my fellow churchgoers.

But then I don’t go for weeks, months, and at one point, even years. I get completely busy with life—workout classes, my children’s sports, traveling over the weekend, work, etc. Life takes over.

This does not happen in the Old World, where religion is still revered and it’s still considered family time to go to temple, church, or mosque. And I have to admit it: The families seem so contented and connected once they spend a couple of hours together on a given Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

So this year, I’ll make religion a priority again. And I’m not talking about the in-your-face, fire-and-brimstone religion.

I think most of us seek peace, love, and serenity on a daily, weekly basis. Give yourself the gift of peace this year. Give yourself the time to meditate, pray, and postulate before a higher being. Make a commitment to chant. Do it in the car or in the shower. Explore Buddhism and Hinduism if the monotheistic ones that you may have grown up with no longer fit.

Find the right religion for you; find one that resonates deep within you and say yes to peace.

4. Become an asset to your company.

One of the things I learned quickly in business school was how to build a balance sheet or snapshot of a company’s financial health. Once I graduated and moved to the corporate world, I began to think of myself and my peers as line items in a spreadsheet. I know, it’s totally unsexy and demoralizing to think of humans in this fashion. But it’s true: We are either a cost to the company or a source of revenue. We are either an asset or a liability.

Take a good look at yourself in the business setting. Are you actually adding value in your role? Could you learn a new skill set that would benefit your company and you? And as always, be certain to promote yourself loudly so others take notice of this new you.

5. Get your glam on.

Women in the Mediterranean know how to be flirty, fun, and sexy—in short, they ooze confidence. In the new year, take a dance class (tango or salsa, perhaps?), become regimented about skin care, eat healthfully, and choose sequins every now and then for a little sparkle in your life.

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7 Things to do with Tahini that AREN’T Hummus

Hello fellow goddesses!

This article of mine just got published on the fabulous Mind Body Green over the weekend. I’ve done some research about tahini. For those of you who aren’t familiar with tahini (or as the Israeli’s and Arabs call it: tahina), it is ground and crushed sesame seeds. Similar to almond or peanut butter in its consistency, tahini is now being considered a super food (I still cringe as I write that word. It’s all about eating sensibly and back to the basics – without fillers and without being stripped of natural minerals. But I digress). Nourishing, high in copper, calcium, iron fiber, and more, these tiny little golden and black seeds may help lower cholesterol. And they taste good. Tahini is an extremely versatile paste that can be made savory or sweet, depending on the recipe. Tahini is the staple ingredient behind your favorite hummus recipe. But if you are bored with hummus, check out these other tasty, iron and copper-rich foods that will have you as nutty over sesame seeds.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-28325/7-things-to-do-with-leftover-tahini-that-arent-hummus.html

Blog, In The News

Cooking Videos with My Two Mediterranean Moms

Hello fellow goddesses!

I have finally gotten into my hands my cooking videos with my two Mediterranean moms (my actual mom and my mother-in-law)! A HUGE thank you to the Friendly City Food Co-Op (http://friendlycity.coop/) and to WVPT (http://www.wvpt.net/)for filming!

Golden Beetroot Salad over a bed of Organic Arugula

With my mom, we are giving an instructional video on how to make a roasted beetroot (using both traditional beets and these fantastic golden beets that I have recently been introduced to!) over top of organic, baby arugula, fresh, thinly sliced basil leaves, grated fresh garlic. The salad is then tossed in a light, fresh mixture of extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, dried mint and salt. So simple, yet delicious, and definitely a staple on our Mediterranean tables.

To get the full recipe, check out the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5styDot0joQ&feature=youtu.be

Roasted Eggplant Salad

My mother-in-law shared this awesome eggplant recipe with me years ago. The roasted eggplant has a smoky, intense flavor that is packed full of fiber, B Vitamins, manganese, folate and more. To add colors, more flavor to the salad, I like to add chopped tomatoes, thinly sliced Italian parsley, freshly grated garlic, marinated artichokes and/or black olives, and topped with crumbled feta cheese. It is a wow salad packed full of flavor, yet very low in calories.

To get the full recipe, please click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdimRiGSBHw&feature=youtu.be

Be on the lookout for a new Live Like a Goddess YouTube channel Coming Soon!

Unleash your Inner Aphrodite. . .

Claudia