Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Healthy Pregnancy Lecture

Wellness in the First Year
Wednesday July 6 at 6:00 p.m.

Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner, Dr. Eric Schaid, speaks about creating a sustainable quality of life for you and your baby. With less than 1% of hospitals having chiropractors on staff, new moms need to learn about the benefits of chiropractic care for their children. Dr. Eric will also apply the concepts of eating well, moving well, and thinking well during the first year of life.  

Dr. Eric Bio
With a background in personal training and bodybuilding, Dr. Eric Schaid has always had a passion for health and fitness.  After graduating Valedictorian from Palmer College of Chiropractic with a Doctorate in Chiropractic, Dr. Eric pursued courses in pediatric care, wellness, and lifestyle management.  Dr. Eric has a passion for educating and empowering families to create healthier lives through the Chiropractic Lifestyle which includes eating well, moving well, and thinking well.  The most distinguishing factor about Vitality is that we utilize state of the art technology, certified by the Space Foundation and used by NASA, for evaluating our communities’ health.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Growing up one of my fav restaurants served the best broccoli cheese soup. Every year, when I return to Houston,  I eat there...Until now - because the recipe below BLOWS my hometown's soup out of the kettle!

I added cauliflower because I am trying to eat more non-diary forms of calcium. I swear even the most suspicious children will not be able to taste it if you puree it finely enough.

Hope you enjoy and let me know your thoughts!

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Serves 5

* 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
* 1 cup yellow onions
* ½ teaspoon salt
* ½ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
* ½ teaspoon minced garlic
* ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
* 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 4 cups veggie broth
* 1 cup pureed cauliflower (steam, puree until fine/smooth)
* 1 head of fresh broccoli (finely diced)
* ¼ cup heavy cream
* ½ cup reduced fat milk
* 1 ¼ cups shredded sharp Cheddar
* Croutons, for garnish

In a medium pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, thyme, onions, salt and pepper, stirring, until soft, 3 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring until the mixture is well blended and smells fragrant, 2 minutes.

Slowly add the veggie stock, whisking constantly, and bring to a boil.

Add pureed cauliflower

Reduce the heat and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Add the broccoli and cook, stirring, until tender, for 10 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat and puree with a hand-held immersion blender. (Alternatively, in batches, puree in a blender or food processor and return to the pot.)

Add the milk and cream. Bring to bare simmer to heat through. Add the cheese and cook over low heat, stirring, until melted.

Remove from the heat and ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle croutons over the top of the soup and serve immediately.


* 1 cup 1/2 to 3/4-inch cubed olive bagette
* 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 tablespoons finely diced parsely and basil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the bread in a medium bowl and toss with oil, garlic, and herbs. Spread evenly on a small baking sheet and bake, stirring twice, until light golden brown on top, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before serving.

Yield: 2 cups

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mililani Bootcamp!

Hi Ladies,

For those of you who've attended Radical Homemakers or visited the store during events, Amy Forsyth is a wonderful personal trainer who I have worked with personally. She's not just in wicked good shape and super motivating, she thinks locally and sustainably, which you know I love. Since many of you live in Central Oahu, I wanted to give you the heads up on the new classes her company is putting on. Even better - I've asked Amy to give all my Baby A mamas a discount. Hope you'll consider attending.


Outdoor workout programs are no longer for townies only. Honolulu Personal Trainer has brought lady boot camp to Mililani! Each four week session of this women-only program combines strength training, cardio, balance, core work, flexibility exercises, and plyometrcis to deliver dramatic fat loss, energy gains, and chronic pain reduction. All ages and physical abilities are welcome; exercises can be ramped up or down so that classes can accommodate everyone from the marathoner to the new exerciser. Class will run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30am to 9:30am in Mililani. There are also morning class options available in Manoa Valley and Aina Haina. Please contact Amy Forsyth at or 808-783-2558 for more information or check out the summer schedules at

Mention Baby Awearness to receive $10 the retail price of $180 for 12 classes. Prorated options are available for sessions already in progress.