Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa

Monthly Archives: October 2011

Fig & Olive Spread that’s Fabulous + Easy

Olive Fig on Bread

I like easy.  In life and in the kitchen. And this recipe can help make both happen.

That’s because this spread is earthy and nourishes your body, it contains olives, a great brain-food, so supports your mind, and it marries sweet and salty to stimulate your senses.  Doesn’t life feel better already?

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Foods that Make You Hungrier!

Too often we blame ourselves for a weak will power when it comes to food.  But that may not always be the case.  Certain foods are addictive so no matter how much your will power attempts to hold strong, you just can’t stop.  In fact, no matter how much you fill up on them, you never seem to feel satiated.

Foods that make you HungrierThat’s because of a simple but powerful truth: whole foods fill you up while processed or junk food can bring on the pangs of hunger as if you didn’t eat anything at all.  Why? 

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Upset about the State of the World?

These are challenging times.  With the Arab spring uprising in Tunisia and Egypt, the summer uprising in Europe and the fall uprising in the United States, the state of the world is changing.

And change for many of us is messy, uncertain and scary.  For others it is exciting, a time to confront our beliefs and a time to overcome our fears.

And for most of us, a little of both.

We are all affected by the energies around us.  And if we allow the negativity of the outer environment or the inner mental chatter, it can really wear our body down.

So, here’s a powerful meditation

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Takeout Workout

Are you frequently busy? Or a frequent flyer?  Take Your Workout with You!  A great workout is one that can travel with you, no matter where you’re going, no matter how Takeouttight your schedule.

Even if you have a good exercise routine at your local gym or yoga studio, relying solely on their schedule to practice can backfire.

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Green Pizza

We Americans love pizza.   So why not have your pizza in a way that it can “love” you back?  Meaning, it’s actually good for you.  It’s easier than you may think since pizza, with Green Pizzaa few changes to the ingredients, can be a fabulous source of nutrients instead of just a poor source of fat and empty calories.

Just try some simple, tasty topping combinations, or if you prefer, mix and match them to create your own.

  1. Sauteed Broccoli and Arugula with Pesto and shredded part-skim Mozzarella Cheese: the arugula adds a slightly bitter, peppery taste; for a milder flavor, use spinach instead.
  2. Sauteed Wild Mushrooms with baby Spinach, fresh Oregano and shredded soy Mozzarella Cheese.
  3. Sauteed sweet Corn, Mint, Lemon Zest, and Pine Nuts: if the pine nuts are costly, substitute walnuts for the same crunch and added protein
  4. Thinly sliced Potatoes with Roasted Chilies, Sage and Gorgonzola: people are surprised at how great this is.
  5. Sliced Squash with crumbled Goat Cheese and Walnuts: another great surprise
  6. Pears, Walnuts and Blue Cheese over Onion, Vinegar and Sage- awesome
  7. Caramelized Onion and White Bean with Plum Tomatoes and Smoked Gouda- speechless
  8. Pesto, Plum Tomatoes, Feta Cheese and fresh Basil: for a dazzling twist to the classic Margherita Pizza

1. Just start with either a whole wheat crust of bread or tortilla wrap.  Or buy prepared pizza dough and follow the baking directions.
2. Gently sauté the vegetable toppings on top of the stove using olive oil, or if you prefer, lightly steam them; some recipes use fresh vegetables, gently warmed.
3. In most cases, to assemble your pizza, place the cheese on your bread or pizza dough, add vegetable toppings, and sprinkle spices on top!

If you would like more specific information or recipe, just email me at

Remember: By eating what you love AND making small substitutions like these, you’re on your way to creating your own long-lasting style to staying fit, feeling great and having fun doing it.  And that’s what we do at Gourmet Fitness.

“Enjoy Healthy” in every aspect of your life
Michele Risa
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