Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa


Spicy Sweet ‘N Juicy Summer Salad Recipe

Spicy Sweet 'N Juicy Salad

Nuts, fruit, cheese, and dressing: I think you will agree that at any one of these ingredients is bound to be your favorite part of a salad. So why not combine all of these into one miraculous creation? You’ll rethink all future salads once you try this one.

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Happy 4th of Kabob!

July 4 Kabob

The 4th of July reminds us of our freedom as Americans AND that we’re in the midst of shish-kabob season!

At your Independence Day cookout this year, the possibilities of kabobs are endless.  Here are a few general tips:

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Eat THIS not That

Today, eat oatmeal not a bagel.

OatmealOatmeal is just as delicious but far MORE nutritious.

Diets we hate but doing this feels GREAT!

So give yourself a love pat, ‘cause you won’t gain the extra fat.

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Heavenly Recipe from the Mediterranean

This is such a satisfying meal with its warm comforting ingredients, beautiful colors and textures, and Mediterranean flair- squash, chard, beans, olives, tomato sauce, squashparmesan cheese, and rice (one of my substitutions.)  Serve with mixed green salad with radicchio and red onion and crisp white wine. Heavenly.

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15 Superfoods for Under $20 (+ Easy Recipes)

People often say it costs too much to eat healthily. When you’re trying to feed a family of four on little to no budget, it seems impossible to choose high nutrient foods like fruits, vegetables and whole foods without draining your wallet.

But that’s not always the case.  In fact, some of the healthiest foods in the world are Superfoodscheap.  Really cheap.  Don’t believe me?  Check out Sara Novak’s “15 Superfoods for under $20.”  And if preparation is an obstacle, I’ve included the link to very easy, delicious recipes.

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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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What People Are Saying. . .
I just completed Michele’s 90-day MORE program. As Michele will remind you, if you decide to study with her, things don’t happen to us; they happen for us. Michele happened for me just when I needed what she is committed to teaching. Commitment is the key word because she is always thinking of what she can do to help others live happy, successful lives filled with joy. She takes care to really understand what each of her students needs and instinctively suggests just the right message, yoga exercise, meditation, food, experience, etc., that will resonate with them to help them courageously live the life they want. Michele is a gift you deserve to give yourself when you’re finally ready to live your best, authentic life.
- Sheri Robbins, New York

...I have suffered from emotional eating for 6 years, during which I have juggled and switched through different therapists and treatment options. I continued to feel "stuck" as the approaches focused on the past and why I acquired my disease. ...Michele's plan of remaining present- right here, right now- in addition to helping me choose love for myself, has allowed me to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually... Michele is a true gift from God.
- Michele Messina, New Jersey

The benefits have been significant. My reason for doing this yoga is to improve and maintain good health. Each morning class provides me with the motivation to get up and improve my physical and mental strength. I also think one of the greatest things about Michele’s 365 Yoga Course is I can join a class any day of the week, drop in at any time during the class and leave at a time that works for me and my schedule, from anywhere I am.
- Philip Swanton, New York