GIVEAWAY: Get Healthy & Lean in 2014 with Keri Glassman

Renowned nutritionist Keri Glassman is helping make one winner’s New Year’s Resolution to get healthy easier than ever!

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How many times have you made the New Year’s Resolution to start eating healthier? For most of us, we’ve committed (and failed) at this so many times that we’ve lost count. Without the proper tools and sources of motivation, making the required lifestyle change is way more challenging than it initially seems. 2014, however, is going to be all about health and wellness that’s accessible to everyone. In our quest to help you on the path, we’ve teamed up with famed nutritionist Keri Glassman to give tips to all of our consumers! Plus, one extra lucky winner’s journey to better eating will be made much simpler with the help of Keri herself.

In order to enter the Healthy & Lean in 2014 giveaway, first take our Wellness & Nutrition Quiz on SpaWeek.com. Just for filling this out, each entrant will receive via email an Exclusive Healthy and Lean Tip Sheet from Keri Glassman—filled with inspiration, healthy recipes, and easy to follow tips for the New Year to help keep you on track.

At the end of the month, one person will receive the Grand Prize of Four Nutrition Counseling Sessions with Keri herself, valued at $2,500! The Grand Prize includes:

  • Customized Nutrition Plan – a healthy eating roadmap designed exclusively for the winner.
  • Weekly Food Journal Review – stay accountable on progress and keep motivation up.
  • Full Pantry and Fridge Makeover – learn what to keep, what to throw away and what to stock up on
  • Restaurant Menu Assessment – discover the smart way to dine out at your favorite eateries.
  • $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week – choose from over 8,000 spas and wellness locations across North America to relax and indulge without the calories.

Go here to take the quiz and be entered to win! Good luck!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Keri Glassman’s Stay Summer Slim Tips: How to Rev Up Your Health, Diet and Life

Nationally known nutritionist Keri Glassman’s healthy diet and nutrition tips are easy to follow and delish!

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Spa Week’s teamed up with nationally recognized nutritionist, Keri Glassman to help you stay summer slim. Enter the Stay Summer Slim Giveaway and you can win an exclusive trip toNew York City, meet Keri and sit down for a private nutrition counseling session and more.

Every weekday during July, Keri gave us healthy diet, recipes and eating tips. We’ve gone back through this past month and collected all the tips into one article. You can use these tips all year long.

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Tip number 20
Some of our fave slimming veggies and fruits (tomatoes, spinach, kale, watermelon, grapefruit) help protect your skin from sun damage thanks to vitamin A!

Tip number 19
Mix blueberries with low fat Greek and make frozen yogurt pops! The protein and calcium makes this refreshing summer snack uber nutritious!

Very Berry Push Pops
Ingredients:
1 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
2 cups frozen blueberries
Popsicle molds
Directions:
Mix yogurt, honey and frozen blueberries in a blender and blend until smooth.Pour into molds and freeze until solid.
Serves 4
Tip number 18
No need to forego the BBQ this summer, just opt for lean meat, pay attention to portions, load up on veggies, and watch the condiments!
Spicy Marinade (for chicken, fish or tofu)
Ingredients:
3 cups dry white wine
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ cup low sodium soy sauce
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Directions
Mix all ingredients together until combined.
Serves: 3 cups of marinade

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Tip number 17
Embrace chilled summer soups like watermelon, gazpacho or summer squash soup. They will help cut your hunger and are hydrating!
Here’s the Strawberry Rhubarb Soup that Keri created:
Ingredients:
2 bags of frozen strawberries
2 bags of frozen rhubarb
¼ cup of orange juice
1 tablespoon agave
Low fat plain Greek yogurt
Mint leaves
Directions:
Pour water into a small stock pot, just enough to cover the bottom.  Add frozen strawberries and rhubarb. Cook on a low flame until fruit softens, around 30-40 minutes. Add orange juice and agave. Mash fruit with spoon and mix together. Use an immersion blender to puree the fruit.
Serve cold with a spoonful of yogurt and sprinkle mint leaves on top.
Serves  4
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Tip number 16
Sick of plain H2O? Make a big pitcher of iced tea instead. My favorite is Blueberry Green Tea with fresh mint leaves. Now, I am thirsty! Here’s how you can make it at home:
Blueberry Green Tea
Ingredients:
2 blueberry tea bags
Slices of lime
8 ounces boiling water
4 ounces cold water
Ice cubes
Directions:
Steep blueberry tea bags in boiling water for 1 to 3 minutes with lime slices.Add to cold water and ice cubes.
Serves 1
Tip number 15
Eat peaches while in season. Not only delish, but they’re loaded with antioxidants and fiber that will keep you full and healthy all summer long!
Tip number 14
Roast strawberries and add a juicy sweet punch to any salad!
Tip number 13
Ditch the ketchup and mustard this summer and try topping your burgers with mango salsa. You can also add it to grilled chicken or fish. Yum and refreshing! This recipe only takes 5 minutes to make.
Here’s the recipe:
Mango Avocado Salsa
Recipe courtesy of Nutritious Life
Ingredients:
¼ cup chopped mango
2 tablespoons cubed avocado
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1 tablespoon diced red bell pepper
1 teaspoon finely chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño chile pepper (optional)
2 teaspoons lime juice
Directions:
Combine the mango, avocado, onion, bell pepper, cilantro, and jalapeño pepper (if using) in a small bowl. Add the lime juice and toss well to coat.
Serves 4

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Tip number 12
Throw cherries in a glass of club soda for a bubbly treat the next time you are craving a cherry soda, or any soda for that matter. You can get fancy and use a martini glass, margarita glass or whatever you feel like to give the drink a little extra oomph.

Tip number 11
Don’t miss out on the summer fun…ditch the bun but keep your burger utensil-free with a cabbage, endive, or lettuce “bun” instead!

Tip number 10
Hydrating and slimming, tomatoes are rich in an antioxidant known as lycopene; which helps protect against sunburns!

Tip number 9
Can’t take the heat? Mint, cucumbers and watermelon will help hydrate and slim you down. Eat up or even just add to H2O!

Tip number 8
A collection of Keri’s tasty and low calorie recipes. Click here to get them all.

Tip number 7
If you have used barbecue sauce too many nights in a row, try marinating your chicken in low fat Greek yogurt and spices. Here’s Keri’s recipe.
Ingredients:
2 pounds chicken breasts
1 cup low fat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Whisk the yogurt, olive oil, chili powder, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl. Place chicken in a container and pour marinade over the breasts. Cover, let sit in the fridge overnight. Pre-heat grill. Remove chicken from marinade and season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Brush hot grates lightly with oil and grill over medium heat until chicken is cooked through.
Tip number 6
Mixing mint into your tea or water will help aid your digestion and keep your belly flat!
Tip number 5
Need to lose bloat fast? Celery and fennel act as natural diuretics to rid your body of excess water.

 

Tip number 4
Get patriotic today on the 4th of July with a red (strawberries) white (apples) n’ blue (blueberries) fruit salad! Add Red (raspberries or strawberries) White (apples) Blue (blueberries). I like to add a splash of fresh lemon to really bring out the flavors and keep it fresh.

Tip number 3
Stuck indoors? Take a tropical break. Add mango to your salad. This treat may just help keep your hands out of the candy bowl at 3 PM!

Tip number 2
Try ginger to de-bloat! Grate it into your fave marinade or add some zing to your afternoon yogurt.
Tip number 1
Looking for a healthy and yummy BBQ dessert? Throw some grapefruit, peaches, and pineapple on the grill for a taste of nature’s candy!

Don’t forget to enter the Stay Summer Slim Giveaway. You can keep up with Keri on Instagram, @Keriglassman.

PJ Gach is Managing Editor, Spa Week Daily.

July Giveaways—Last Chance to Enter!

Don’t forget to enter SpaWeek.com’s awesome July promotions!

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SpaWeek.com hosted some amazing giveaways and promotions during the month of July!  There are only three days left, but you can still take advantage of them all. Here’s the rundown…

Summer Gift Card Sale

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Until July 31st, purchase a $50 Spa & Wellness Gift Card for just $39.99—or get 15% off all other denominations. Use the code GETSUN to redeem. This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on gifts or treat yourself to a relaxing summer spa day!

Stay Summer Slim

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Maintaining your beach bod can be extra tough come summertime…what with all of the added temptations at barbecues, refreshing frozen cocktails and of course the ice-cream truck! That’s why we’ve teamed up with famed nutritionist Keri Glassman to give one consumer all the tools they need to stay summer slim. How does a weekend getaway to NYC with accommodations at INK48, a healthy picnic, a private session with fitness curator, one-on-one nutrition counseling with Keri and a Whole Foods Market tour sound? Enter to win here.

Get Ready for the Runway

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Are you a fashion fanatic? Ever dreamed of admiring the New York Fashion Week runways not from the glossy pages of ELLE but up close and in person? This is your chance! We’re giving away two seats to Son Jung Wan’s show at NYFW this fall. Plus, we’ll get you glammed up for your runway moment with Spa & Wellness Gift Cards and two blowouts at Drybar. Enter to win here.

MyWellness Rewards

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Are you a member of Spa Week’s loyalty program, MyWellness Rewards yet?  Help us spread the word about the program on SpaWeek.com and you could win $800 in summer skin saviors AND 1000 Wellness Rewards points, deposited straight into your account! More details here.

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Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor at Spa Week Daily.

 

Keri Glassman’s Stay Summer Slim Tip No.20 Veggies + Fruit Can Prevent Sun Damage to Your Skin

Nationally known nutritionist Keri Glassman’s giving us a healthy tip of the day, every day through July.

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Spa Week’s teamed up with nationally recognized nutritionist, Keri Glassman to help you stay summer slim. Enter the Stay Summer Slim Giveaway and you can win an exclusive trip toNew York City, meet Keri and sit down for a private nutrition counseling session and more.

Every weekday this month, Keri will also be passing on healthy tips for us to stay summer slim.

Read Keri Glassman’s Stay Summer Slim Tip No.19 Make Your Own Ice Pops (Recipe Included)!

Here’s today’s healthy tip from Keri:

Some of our fave slimming veggies and fruits (tomatoes, spinach, kale, watermelon, grapefruit) help protect your skin from sun damage thanks to vitamin A!

Check back every weekday here at Spa Week Daily for another healthy, stay summer slim tip. Don’t forget to enter the Stay Summer Slim Giveaway. You can keep up with Keri on Instagram, @Keriglassman.

PJ Gach is Managing Editor, Spa Week Daily.

 

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5 Healthy Summer Activities to do in NYC

In honor of the Stay Summer Slim Giveaway, here are healthy activities to enjoy this summer in NYC.

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Called the “concrete jungle,” New York City isn’t always known for its outdoor activity scene. But there is plenty of outdoor fun to be had here all summer long, and the park isn’t the only place to enjoy fresh air in Manhattan!

One lucky Spa Weeker and friend will win a healthy getaway to NYC this summer, thanks to our Stay Summer Slim Giveaway. In honor of this amazing opportunity, we’ve rounded up five healthy summer activities to do whilst in NYC during the summertime! Here are our suggestions:

Kayaking at the Downtown Boathouse

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There may not be any sandy beaches in Manhattan-proper, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get near the water! Kayaking the Hudson is the perfect way to enjoy the riverfront without getting too close (the kayaks are of the sit-on-top kind). With four locations to choose from, we can’t think of a better way to see the city skyline and get your heart-pumping at the same time. Bonus: it’s free!

For more information, check out the website here.

Rooftop Fitness Classes

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Rooftop bars are always a must-see in NYC. But what about a healthier version of this trend? CLAY Health Club + Spa in Chelsea puts a unique spin on summer fitness. Until the end of September, you can take a high barre, yoga or H.E.A.T. (high energy active training) class on the facility’s roof! Classes are free for members and run from $25-32 for non-members.

For more information, check out the website here.

Take a Walk on the High Line

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The High Line is a must-see NYC park, built on a rail line above the streets of Manhattan.  Stroll along the scenic west side, high above the streets of The Big Apple. The High Line is the perfect opportunity to forego an expensive cab and take a nice walk in nature. You won’t forget the view!

For more information, check out the website here.

Rent a Citi Bike

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The Citi Bike program is new to NYC, debuting just a few months ago. It seems like within weeks, massive bike racks popped up on every corner. Citi Bikes are the perfect way for tourists and Manhattanites alike to travel the city. Purchase a 24 hour pass for $9.95, or get seven days of biking bliss for just $25!

For more information, check out the website here.

Tai Chi in Bryant Park

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Beat the heat and check out an early morning Tai Chi class, right in Bryant Park! They’re free and held Tuesday and Thursday mornings all summer long. The combination of the serene, gentle movements of Tai Chi and the beauty of the park will start your day off on a calming and positive note.

For more information, check out the website here.

Don’t forget to enter the Stay Summer Slim Giveaway for a chance to meet Keri Glassman in NYC!

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Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor at Spa Week Daily.