Category Archives: Recommended Products

10 Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund on Health and Fitness

Here are 10 gift suggestions, on how to invest your tax refund, into health and fitness, for yourself, a family member, or a friend.

  1. PORTABLE JUICER:  Buy a juicer and start drinking fresh juice instead of store bought juice, or soda pop.  Click on the link to read more about this fruit juicer, and smoothie maker. This one is priced around $23.00 on Amazon.
  2. RICE COOKER: Buy a rice cooker to prepare brown rice, instead of that white yucky rice that gets stuck to the bottom of the pan.  Click on the link to read about an Oster brand for around $20.00 at Amazon.
  3. VEGETABLE STEAMER: This link will take you to Amazon where you can read about simple, inexpensive stainless steel steamers, and more complex digital models.  Cooking vegetables in a steamer retains the vitamins, minerals, taste, color, and texture of food.
  4. OLIVE OIL MISTER-SPRAYER: Fill the mister with oil and herbs and mist your food instead of dumping excess oil over your meals.  This device allows you to control your portion, and helps to cut back on calories.  This mister sells for around $20.00 on Amazon.
  5. QUICK VEGETABLE SPIRAL SLICER: Instantly turns zucchini into spaghetti.  Cut back on grains, and add more veggies to your diet with this easy-to-use, hand-held, kitchen gadget..
  6. EXERCISE MAT: Treat yourself to a thick exercise mat instead of that old worn out excuse-for-a-mat that you’ve had for longer than you remember.  MatsMatsMats.com sells a wide selection of exercise mats.
  7. SUBSCRIPTIONS: There’s a magazine for every type of  recreational activity.  Magazines educate, inform, and keep you up-to-date on your sport.  If you’re planning an adventure recreational adventure magazines will help you plan your trip. Here are ideas: Cycling, Backpacking, Downhill or Cross Country Skiing, Yoga, Pilates, Bowling, Running, Kayaking, Climbing, Canoeing. Search either of these websites for fitness and health magazine subscriptions: Magazine.com , Amazon.com.
  8. TRAVEL YOGA MAT: Travel mats fit into packs, bags and suitcases.  Get yourself a light weight, foldable Yoga mat at MatsMatsMats.com
  9. TRX HOME GYM: Get an anywhere workout with this device. Adaptable to out or indoor envirnments.  Take it to the beach, park, hotel, or your home.  Sets up fast.  Order it from TRXTraining.com.
  10. HIKING BACKPACK: Visit L.L. Bean if you’re looking for a backpack.  They’ve been around since 1912, and specialize in outdoor fitness gear, and clothing.  REI.com is another very good source.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core.com

 

Health Food for Dogs and Cats

As an animal-lover, I’m always on the lookout for high-end food to keep our companion animals in the best of health.

Primal Freeze-Dried Nuggets are rectangular-shaped, raw food that can be fed dry, or moist.

The nuggets fit in the palm of your hand, and break up very easily into feeding bowls.

The nuggets contain fresh ground meat, collard greens, squash, sunflower seeds, quinoa, kelp, celery and lots of other healthy ingredients, most of which are organic.

The nuggets are made by PrimalPetFoods.com.  They’re sold in sturdy, zip-lock bags.  You can buy them in most pet food shops, and online sellers like Chewy.com.

Bone Appetit!

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core.com

Recommended Product: Textured Vegetable Protein

A Heart-Healthy Meat Alternative

Thinking of going vegetarian, or vegan? Want to cut down on your food budget? Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), will help you do both.

I use Bob’s Red Mill TVP in the 10 oz. bag, to make chile, burgers, pasta toppings, vegan tuna sandwich spread, and Asian dishes. Without added seasoning, TVP is bland, and has the texture of chop meat.

Healthier Than Chop Meat

TVP is as versatile as chop meat, but more economical, contains no trans or saturated fat, is very low in calories, and is high in potassium and protein.

Versatile And Easy To Prepare

TVP is very easy to prepare.  Just measure one cup, put it in a mixing bowl, add one cup hot water, and let the mixture set until all the water is absorbed.  Next, add your ingredients, like sautéed onions, cayenne, or sautéed garlic, to achieve the taste you’re looking for.  TVP can be flavored to taste like Mexican, Italian, or Asian dishes.

Combine rice, toasted sesame oil, sea vegetables, tofu, and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, to TVP, for a quick Japanese style lunch, or dinner.

Where To Buy Bob’s Red Mill TVP

I buy TVP at Whole Foods Market – Bowery, in New York City. Visit Bob’s Red Mill website to find a store near you.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core.com

Recommended Products: Whole Organic Spelt Tortillas

An Organic Tortilla For Spelt-Lovers

Looking for an alternative to conventional wheat tortillas?  Then try a bag of Rudi’s Organic Southwestern Style, Whole Spelt Tortillas.  One tortilla contains 150 calories, and 4 grams of protein.

Warm them in a skillet and eat them plain, or add your favorite filling.

Does Spelt Contain Gluten?

Spelt is a form of ancient wheat. While spelt contains gluten, it is easier to digest than modern wheat.  When baking with spelt, I notice that cakes, cookies and breads have a much lighter consistency, than those made with modern wheat.

Where Can You Buy Rudi’s Organic Spelt Tortillas?

I found them in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods Market -Bowery in New York City.  Go to Rudi’s website to find store locations in your area.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core.com

 

Recommended Product: Gluten Free Pizza Crust

If you’re in a hurry for a healthy meal, try this frozen pizza crust, madeSmart Flour Pizza Crust with teff flour, amaranth flour, and flaxseed.

The brand is Smart Flour Foods. One package contains two pizza crusts.

Add your favorite toppings, and place in a convection or conventional oven.  In 10 to 15 minutes your pizza is ready to eat.

Suggested Quick Pizza Toppings

Roasted Red Peppers

Tomato Sauce: Marinara or your favorite tomato sauce

Grated Hard Cheese: Pecorino Romano,  Parmesan

Soft Cheese: Mozzarella, Soy Mozzarella

Mushrooms: Shiitake, Cremini, or White Button

Herbs & Spices: Oregano, Basil, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Cayenne, Onion Granules, Garlic Granules

IRENE PORTRAIT picassa blue borderIrene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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