Super Foods for the Superbowl!

January 26, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloomin in the Kitchen, What's New, snacks

Snacky-crunchy pumpkin seeds

Sweet & savory pumpkin seeds

Oh so fresh salsa and snacky crunchy pumpkin seeds!

In the peak of summer when ingredients were coming off the vine, I taped a Bloom with Barb test pilot with Mary Ann Wasil Nilan, Founder of The Get in Touch Foundation.

What does this have to do with the Superbowl? Well, we went “bloomin’ in the kitchen” with healthy and yum snacks that are fresh, easy and delicious (and in the summer many ingredients can be found locally). PERFECT to please a crowd any time of year and for your Superbowl night of snacking!

Video: See these recipes prepared below in my Bloomin in the Kitchen segment.

7 Spice Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Seeds

2 cups raw unsalted pumpkin seeds (peppitas)
2 tablespoons agave nectar, maple syrup or honey
1/2 teaspoon each: allspice, chili powder, cinnamon, ground corriander, cumin, nutmeg and sea salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup raisins, or dried and juice-sweetened cranberries or cherries

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix agave, syrup or honey and spices in a bowl and set aside. Spread 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in oven for 20 minutes. Add seeds to the bowl and stir spices to coat. Return pumpkin seeds to the oven on the cookie sheet and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Break into clusters and toss with raisins, cranberries or cherries and remainder of the raw pumpkin seeds.

Oh so fresh salsa!

Oh so fresh salsa!

Garden Fresh Salsa

2 cups grape or plum tomatoes, chopped
1 tomatillo, chopped
1 jalepeno pepper, minced
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
2 - 3 cloves garlic, minced
juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon chill powder or more to taste
sea salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl, toss all ingredients and serve with a variety of chips (blue tortilla, multi-grain and rice chips). Best if ingredients marinate before serving.

Spring Cleaning for Your Body

January 26, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

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It’s a change of seasons. Find out about changing your routine to cleanse & detoxify.

Guest: Susan Smith Jones PhD author of  over 25 books on health and wellness including The Joy Factor: 10 Sacred Practices to Radiant Health (forward written by Dr. Wayne Dyer)

Note: Please consult with your doctor or any qualified health professional before using any product, diet or program discussed within these podcasts.

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LISTEN on Bloom Talk
PART 1 - Podcast: Recorded March 31, 2011 (24 min)

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LISTEN on Bloom Talk
PART 2 - Podcast: Recorded March 31, 2011 (22 min)

Anyone who knows me, knows that once a week I go vegan. I eat lighter, a variety of veggies and fruit and lots of water. No sugar, meats or dairy. I feel great after this once a week ritual which tends to keep me on track with my healthy lifestyle. But, I wanted to know more about cleansing and detoxifying, so I asked Dr. Susan Smith Jones if she could fill us in.

“When you look in the mirror are you looking and feeling your best? If not, maybe it’s a time to embark on a detox and rejuvenation program.”

Dr. Susan claims that a detox and rejuvenation cleanse helps prevent the onset of disease. She should know because she also claims not to have had a cold or taken medications in over 25 years!

With her holistic approach to keeping your body in balance, Dr. Susan answers our questions about body cleansing in this two part series. What is a cleanse and detox program?  What to eat and avoid when you are cleansing? Are there other ways to detox? How to start? And don’t miss Part 2 with Susan’s 10 steps to an easy body detox and cleanse program.

Guest Website: www.susansmithjones.com

Super Natural Your Life!

January 19, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

screen-shot-2011-01-19-at-103824-am It’s time to live a greener, more sustainable life.

Guest: Robin Feltner, founder and CEO of Supernatural Botanicals bath and body skincare.
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Podcast: Recorded Jan 18, 2011 (21 min)

Looks like it’s here ….and it’s here to stay. Living greener, more sustainable, more natural.

Meet Robin Feltner, who not only is CEO of an eco-chic line of bath and skincare, but also someone who embraces a green lifestyle. She walks the talk and has made her products as pure as she can, forgoing fillers and synthetic ingredients to create soaps and lotions that feel and smell amazing and are highly beneficial to the skin. Find out why filler ingredients are used in our products, how to avoid them and how to simply live more “greener.”

“I believe in living a green sustainable lifestyle and I could not come out with products that didn’t abide by that theory.”

Robin Feltner

Robin Feltner

The debate will continue about synthetic ingredients in our products, our foods and the environment, but Robin believes that if there is a more natural alternative, why not make that choice? “Open your eyes and investigate and be more cognizant of the natural choices.”

According to Feltner,  ”It’s harder to do the right thing - living greener, more natural -but the planet will be so much better off and you’ll be teaching a valuable lesson to your kids and everyone around you.”

www.SupernaturalBotanicals.com

Time for a Healthy Boomer Body

January 12, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

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Guest: Kathi Casey, renowned health and wellness coach, author and owner of the Healthy Boomer Body Center.

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Podcast: Recorded Jan 4, 2011

If you’re a baby boomer and are wondering if you can get in shape this year,  just ask Kathi Casey and she’ll tell you, “Of course you can!”

At 40, Kathi was an out of shape, overweight accountant with high blood pressure and a host of other health issues.  Now at 58, she’s in the best shape of her life.

Find out how she did it and how you can too, even when you don’t have time in your schedule…or don’t think you have time.  We’ll also talk about Kathi’s other secrets to balancing family, career, health and wellness and how to lose pounds - permanently!

www.HealthyBoomerBody.com

Bloom Party!

January 12, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

Turn a regular day into one bursting with inspiration, ideas, goals, visions and dreams!

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Already blooming!

Last Sunday, a group of wonderful women gathered at my home for tea. The invitation read,  “Let’s plant your seeds for success and make a Bloom Plan for the New Year and beyond!” And that’s just what we did.

img_2810I was ready for creative juices to flow! With markers, scissors, hole punchers, scrapbooking paper, glue sticks, crayons and more, we started to create our visions for 2011. In no time at all, posters were filled with exciting ideas and visions. Some were bursting with healthy lifestyle choices, business ideas and personal projects, while others had question marks about which path to follow and what direction to take.

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Shhh! Bloom Plans in the works.

All good stuff. The first step is to get your ideas in visual or written form and then you can work on shaping or molding them so they can grow. When what’s up in your head is down on paper, you may realize that your idea is really fabulous or even find out that it won’t work after all. Does it need to be more flexible, is it realistic, does it need to go back to the drawing board or be completely tossed?

It’s about taking the initial step and courage to get your vision out into the world to find out if you can make it happen. Is it a pipe dream? Or can you start moving forward to see where you can go with it?

One more thing. While we were cutting, pasting, laughing and dreaming, worries began to surface. “What will everyone think?” ” What if I’m not smart enough?” “How can I make this dream grow?” “Do I really have what it takes to make changes in my life.”

The "weed" board

The "weed" board

Ahhhh yes. Our weeds.  Those self-sabotagers and even excuses which suffocates our growth. So, I asked everyone to take a moment to tune into their internal dialogue and voluntarily post their negative self talk on a board. One by one, volunteers came up to list their inner fears. Soon the “weed” board was filled. “That’s what we really want to work on. Not many people are void of ideas. It’s our weeds that get in the way … and when we let them take over, our goals, visions and dreams are often put on hold, changed to someone else’s vision or completely abandoned. ”

Tea sandies - gluten free!

Tea sandies - gluten free!

So, how do you grow your Bloom Plan this year? Start by recording your plan on paper and then work on weeding fears, sabotagers and worries.  Continually plant the five Seeds for Success into your daily life and always fertilize by getting the support and resources to help you keep going.

I wish you all a blooming 2011!!

I would love to meet you and your friends and get everyone blooming! Contact me if you would like to host a Bloom Party.

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TV: Barb on CT Style making a Bloom Plan

The Joy of Natural Living

January 2, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

Live healthy, young and joyful ~ naturally.

Guest: Dr. Susan Smith Jones, author of her new book The Joy Factor

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Podcast: Recorded Dec 21, 2010

Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of The Joy Factor

Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of The Joy Factor

“I haven’t had a cold or taken medications in almost 25 years,” claims Dr. Susan Smith Jones, author of her new book The Joy Factor ~ 10 Sacred Practices for Radiant Health. Just looking at her — it’s easy to believe. Dr. Susan looks strikingly young as her health and joy seems to radiate from every pore.

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She is the author of over 26 books and 1,500 magazine articles, selected as one of 10 Healthy American Fitness Leaders by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. With 30 years at the University of California Los Angeles

(UCLA) teaching students, staff, and faculty how to be healthy and fit, Susan teaches that the body is designed to be self-repairing, self-renewing, and self-sustaining and that the power to live a radiantly healthy life is within everyone’s grasp.

“Great health comes from the farm and not the pharmacy,” is Susan’s motto for joyful, natural health as she believes in fresh, raw foods every day. On Bloom Talk, Susan reveals her secrets on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle by living more naturally - listing her top 5 foods for vibrant health -  and why joy is so important to nourish both body and soul.

Recipe:
Dried Plum & Apple Green Smoothie

Guest Website:
www.susansmithjones.com

Healthy & Yum on Vacation

November 8, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

img_2599Who says you can’t eat good-for-you foods on vacation?

Walking through Central Park NYC this past weekend on my way to Wollman Rink for some ice skating, I stumbled upon this organic food cart. Boy, was that grass-fed burger great and just the protein needed to spend the next a couple of hours dodging other skaters and working on my spins (only kidding).

Many places are sprouting up offering fresh, local and organic foods on the go. With just a quick tour on the web, anyone can find healthy, affordable  joints in the town or city of your next get-away. Also, scout out restaurants that offer healthy and delicious cuisine for when you’re not on the fly and crave a nicer meal. I pulled up several menus before traveling and made reservations at cafes and bistros serving organic salads, free-range chicken and wild fish.img_2603

So, after a weekend of organic baby greens, wild salmon terrine and a few special requests - olive oil instead of butter and egg-white omelettes - I enjoyed a fun and healthy weekend.

Now if I can only get my triple toe loop perfected. Yup, kidding again!

Off the Air Withdrawals

September 16, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

CB062571It’s Thursday at 3:30pm. Usually at this time I’d be right in the middle of  interviewing a guest on my radio show Bloom Talk or tossing a topic around about sprouting ideas, cultivating a healthy lifestyle or growing goals, ambitions, dreams! But, alas, the show is “on hold” due to changes with the web radio hosting network. And I miss it!

I miss doing all the prep work it takes to get up to speed on the subject matter and sift through all the wonderful people who I can talk to. From booking guests to introducing them to my audience, I miss the silence right before I go on the air and my adrenaline rush once I start the show.

I think I’m actually having withdrawals from the “high” I feel when I’m inspired by people’s stories and learning something new. But most of all, I miss connecting with my Bloom community and sending updates on who’s blooming, a new healthy & yum recipe and what’s coming up.

In the last week, I have talked with so many women about blooming and received your kind emails on how you’ve enjoyed the show and want it to continue. You loved listening to how-to’s like:

  • Organize Your Life
  • Women Talking Money
  • From Idea to Author

…and you enjoyed my conversations with famous guests:

  • Deborah Santana
  • Supermodel Emme
  • Lee Woodruff

Other shows you enjoyed are:

  • Work with Passion
  • Are Your Ready to be Cherished?
  • Lessons from Pretty Smart Women

So, thanks for all your support as I’m working on my next steps. In the meantime, I want to hear from you and post stories in the Who’s Blooming section on www.bloomwithbarb.com.  Send your ideas, your thoughts and stories about people who are blooming to me at barb@bloomwithbarb.com.

And remember to keep sprinkling your Seeds for Success: Be positive, Love what you do, Organize and Own your life and Make it happen!

Girl Power!

June 10, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Press Room

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Are women short-changing themselves by not understanding their unique feminine power?

Barb talks to Andie Hight host of Native Wisdom Radio about helping women learn how to use our wisdom, charm and sensibility to feel successful and fulfilled. Let’s tap into our true power centers!

LISTEN on Native Wisdom Radio

Pre-recorded / Aired: June 9, 2010

Women in the Workplace: Salary Negotiation (WTNH CT Style)

June 9, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Press Room, What's New

picture-1381Effective negotiating to lessen the pay gap between the genders.

Aired: June 8, 2010

It’s a roundtable discussion with Desiree Fontaine, the host of the popular midday tv show CT Style (WTNH), and some savvy women including Bloom’s Barb Scala, Eileen Breslin, Deputy General Counsel for NBTY, Inc. and Lisa Wexler host of The Lisa Wexler Show.

Why are women still paid considerably less than men in the workforce? And, how can we negotiate for better salaries and raises?

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