4 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Teresa Giudice’s Healthy Italian Cuisine

The Real Housewives of New Jersey Star Teresa Giudice was recently released  from the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut after serving a 12 month prison sentence.  Both Teresa and her husband, “Juicy” Joe Giudice, pled guilty in early 2014 to federal fraud charges–including lying to bankruptcy creditors, mail fraud, and embezzlement.

Prior to her incarceration, you may have known Giudice for her presence on Bravo’s hit reality television show and for her heartfelt advocacy of healthy Italian cuisine.  She is author of four bestselling cookbooks including:

51RbhjBc-eL._SX394_BO1,204,203,200_Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It – Live La Bella Vita and Look Great, Too!



51YKRt+CQFL._SX399_BO1,204,203,200_Fabulicious!: Teresa’s Italian Family Cookbook


51ggWaOT8IL._SX390_BO1,204,203,200_Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit: Teresa’s Low-Fat, Super-Easy Italian Recipes



515qIAArtJL._SX408_BO1,204,203,200_Fabulicious!: On the Grill: Teresa’s Smoking Hot Backyard Recipes



HTN Magazine has compiled a list of 4 facts you may not have known about Teresa Giudice’s Italian eating recommendations so you can begin eating healthier today!

4.  Her favorite Chicken Bruschetta recipe, was created by accident.

Teresa believes that you do not need to be fancy, an excellent chef, or have a lot of ingredients to cook healthy Italian food.  In an excerpt from her cookbook, Fabulicious Fast & Fit, she writes:

“Like my children, I love them all, but this one just has a special place in my heart (and like one of my children, it happened by accident-kidding!) I’m always mixing and matching ingredients in the kitchen; one day, I mixed up a bruschetta topping but ran out of bread, so I pulled some chicken breasts from the freezer and ecco!”


Click here to see an online version of her Chicken Bruschetta recipe…

3.  Giudice learned most of her cooking from her mother & grew up in a strict household

In Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It, she writes:

Both of my parents were born and raised in Italy. I was actually conceived there right before my parents moved to America in 1971. (My ma didn’t even know she was pregnant. She just wondered why her clothes kept getting tighter.) My brother and I grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, but inside our house, it might as well have been Salerno. We ate real Italian food—not the bastardized fast-food version of it—every single day. My ma shopped at the farmer’s market and the local Italian grocery to make sure she could get the same little envelopes of spices and secret ingredients from home. Real Italian food uses olive oil, not heavy cream. We grill and sauté; we don’t bread, dunk, and deep-fry. And we use fresh ingredients, not stuff floating in formaldehyde (I know canned foods don’t really have formaldehyde in them, but all those preservatives and artificial flavorings are still like poison to your body).

2.  “The Olive Garden does not serve Italian food”

In all of her cooking books, Giudice clearly states that she is against the high amounts of sugar, sodium and processed ingredients in contemporary Italian-American cuisine.

In Skinny Italian, she writes:

I’m sorry if this dashes your dreams, but you gotta know this: the Olive Garden does not serve Italian food. They serve American-Italian food; and there’s a big, big difference—a difference you will see in your big, big butt if you only eat that kind of food.

Every one of our families came to America from another country at some point in time, and brought with us our cultures, traditions, languages, and, of course, food. But when it’s all thrown into that great big “melting pot,” sometimes the ingredients get more than a little muddled.

I love-love-love my country, but we’re not known for having the healthiest national foods. (God love us, but what other country serves deep-fried butter-on-a-stick?) The Americanization of Italian food has unfortunately given a lot of Italian food a bad rap for being unhealthy.

Giudice goes on to give a checklist of how to spot healthy & authentic Italian dishes…

Cheap Imitation Food Real Italian Food
Vegetable Oil Olive Oil
Heavy Cream Butter
Deep-fried Sauteed
Pasta is the entire plate Pasta is a part of the dish
Creamy sauce Vegetable-based sauce
Starch, cheese, and meat Lots of vegetables
Processed cheese Fresh Italian cheese
Non-dessert recipes that call for sugar Sugar in dessert only
Solid salad dressing Clear salad dressing
Flat, doughy white bread Thin, crispy bread


1.  All of Giudice’s recipes are calorie-counted.

Teresa is a big proponent of exercise and believes a combination of diet and exercise should be a fundamental part of any weight loss regimen.  She makes sure all of her meals includes a list of ingredient calories for effective diet planning.


For more information on Teresa Giudice’s healthy Italian cooking feel free to visit her website at: http://teresagiudice.com/food/

2nd Annual Lace ’em up on the Levee 5K/10K

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Get ready to run in the Everglades!  The second annual Lace ’em up on the Levee 5K/10K will be underway this Sunday December 20, 2015.  Two races would be conducted, including a 10k which begins at 7:00am and the 5k which begins at 7:40.

Race Day Packet Pick up and Registration:
Sunday Dec 20th, 2015

Markham Park
6:00am Race Day
Prices: 10K $40.00 5K $30.00

For more information, visit: http://www.itzevents.com/#!lace-em-up-on-the-levee/cbtw

Top Holiday Gift: Health Tracking Devices


Health tracking devices are on the “it list” this season for holiday gifts, but despite double digit growth in consumer usage, many Americans say devices aren’t helping them manage their health. According to an October 2015HealthMine survey of 502 consumers, 38% are confused about what their lifestyle/behavioral health data means, and only 42% know what actions they need to take after looking at this data.

The information collected by fitness trackers, nutrition logs, blood pressure sensors and other emerging behavioral and lifestyle health technologies can offer vital insight into a consumer’s health status. But according to HealthMine’s survey, this health data remains siloed; 39% of consumers are unable to access all of their clinical and behavioral health data from a single source.

Connecting this information to clinical data—medical records, labs, claims, pharmacy history—can inform a more complete picture of an individual’s health. It can also facilitate more personalized healthcare. However, 45% of consumers have never tried to share their self-collected data with their providers. In fact, 37% are not even sure that they own their behavioral/lifestyle data:

Who owns your behavioral/lifestyle data?



My doctor


The vendor that made the application/device



Bryce Williams, CEO and President of HealthMine said, “Millions of people are now collecting terabytes of continuous health data. It has the potential to illuminate health, yet consumers remain in the dark.” He continued: “When lifestyle and behavioral information remains disconnected from clinical data, consumers, plan sponsors and providers are all left with missing pieces. But if we can unify this data, help people understand what it means and what they should do about it, then technology can deliver on its promise–to empower people to take charge of their own health.”

About the Survey
The HealthMine survey queried 502 consumers planning to enroll in a 2016 health plan and was fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) in October 2015. Data were collected via an opt-in panel. The margin of error is 4%. Survey Sampling International (SSI) has been the Worldwide Leader in Survey Sampling and Data Collection Solutions, across every mode, for 37 Years.

About HealthMine
HealthMine, a leading consumer health engagement company, has developed the wellness industry’s first and only Personal Clinical Engagement technology platform. HealthMine empowers individuals to make meaning of their health information by automatically collecting clinical data, identifying risk for chronic disease, and setting health goals. Making it easy for consumers to manage their own health, HealthMine provides a personalized health portal available on any device, and delivers tailored recommendations, resources and incentives.  HealthMine has more than one million users, and has saved employers and payers more than $100 million in healthcare costs. The company, founded in 2008, is based in Dallas, Texas with offices in San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis.

Most Pregnant Mothers Are Missing Critical Vitamins


Pregnant women are recommended to intake 1,000 mg of calcium daily in their diets to help support the development of baby’s bones, nerves and muscles however, roughly 68% of women are calcium deficient1.  Prenatal vitamins, which supply important nutrients to pregnant women such as folic acid, often come up short on calcium.  In fact, many multivitamins, prenatal vitamins, and mineral supplements provide only 20-30% of the recommended amount of calcium for women who are pregnant. As a result, a new survey2 of 1,000 OB/GYN’s nationwide found that these doctors report discussing calcium needs almost twice as much to pregnant women as they do to menopausal women. The majority of OB/GYN’s surveyed (68%) suggest pregnant women take an additional calcium supplement and of those, 87% recommend Viactiv® the #1 doctor-recommended calcium chew.

“Pregnant women are urged to meet their daily calcium requirements – 1000 mg — in order to preserve their own bone mass while baby is developing,” says Heidi Diller, registered dietician-nutritionist (RDN) and expert for Viactiv. “Unborn babies need calcium for bone development, and if not enough is present in mom’s daily diet, this calcium is pulled directly from calcium stores in her own bones, putting her at risk for osteoporosis as she gets older.”

In addition, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) also recommends 600 IU per day of Vitamin D for pregnant women3. Ongoing research suggests this need may be even higher for improving maternal and infant Vitamin D status.

To help supplement the necessary dietary nutrition expecting mothers require, Viactiv is currently distributing more than 200,000 samples to OB/GYN locations nationwide. Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews (500 mg of calcium and 500 IU of Vitamin D) taken twice daily provides 100% of the daily value of calcium for most pregnant women plus vitamins D and K.

For more information about Viactiv, visit www.Viactiv.com.  To print a Viactiv coupon, visit Viactiv on Facebook or click here.

About Viactiv
Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews, available in milk chocolate and caramel, make fulfilling the calcium needs of women of all ages easy and enjoyable. Just two chews daily provide most women with 100% of their calcium needs. Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are sold at major retailers nationwide, including CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as online at http://www.drugstore.com./. To learn more about daily calcium needs and the role of calcium, visit Viactiv.com.


1 http://pjmhsonline.com/JulySept2012/frequency_of_low_calcium_intake.htm

2 Survey results were gathered July 2015 from a sample group of over 1,000 OB/GYN’s across the country with the organization Scriptbags featuring Viactiv product information

3 https://iom.nationalacademies.org/~/media/Files/Report%20Files/2010/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-for-Calcium-and-Vitamin-D/Vitamin%20D%20and%20Calcium%202010%20Report%20Brief.pdf

SOURCE Viactiv

Celebrate the Coral Springs Holiday Mile & Parade

Celebrate the holidays but coming out to the Coral Springs Holiday Mile and Parade this evening at 6:15pm on Sample Rd between Coral Springs Dr and University Dr.  The holiday parade will feature music & festive holiday floats from organizations, schools, and groups across Coral Springs.

Darth Vader and members of the 501st Legion Everglades Squad (a local Star Wars fan group) are set to lead the processions.



A special mile-long race will be open to participants who wish to join.  The parade is free to watch and the race registration fee is $20.

Holiday Parade 2014/ Pictures by Julian Restrepo for the City of Coral Springs


For more information, please visit: http://coralsprings.org/living/events/more-events/holiday-parade  or email kelleinthezone@yahoo.com.




Not Too Late for Fort Lauderdale Turkey Triathlon

If you are feeling bad about eating too much over Thanksgiving, have no fear!  There is still time to register for the 2015 Fort Lauderdale Turkey Triathlon at  Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek.  Accept the challenge and recieve the experience of a rewarding sense of victory.

The race begins at 7:00am (sharp) and  includes a quarter-mile swim, a 10 mile bike run, and a 3 mile run.  There is also the option to participate in the Duathlon which includes a 3/4 mile run, a 10 mile bike ride, and a 3 mile finishing run.

Individual registration costs $109.00.

For more information and to register, please visit:  http://www.multirace.us/events/30#

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Local Residents Participate in Tamarac Turkey Trot

The 35th Annual Tamarac Turkey Trot was successfully held on Thanksgiving Day (November 26th, 2015). Over 2000 runners participated in the 5k run which started at Tamarac City Hall and looped around the Woodmont community.

The Turkey Trot began first began on Thanksgiving Day in 1980–with 200 runners. Tamarac Parks and Recreation Director Greg Warner says that event aims to promote health and wellness and “brings the community together”.

The winners of the event are as follows…

Top Three Finishers Overall:

Overall Place First Name Last Name Age Time
1 Nicholas Palermo 22 16:00
2 Mason Elliot 37 16:18
3 Ronnie Holassie 44 16:20

Top Three Women:

Overall Place First Name Last Name Age Time
19 Sara Gomez 34 19:03
27 Valerie Mebane 36 19:43
29 Shelby Speno 46 20:02


Top Boys (12 & Under):

Overall Place First Name Last Name Age Time
56 Adrian Gandara 8 21:11
92 Brandon Diaz 12 23:14
202 Fabian Gonzalez 11 25:26

Top Girls (12 & Under):

Overall Place First Name Last Name Age Time
105 Denise Potenzano 10 23:56
176 Alivia Vanderbrook 12 24:53
227 Lily Sines 12 27:41
240 Scotland Wallace 11 25:42


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Walmart Neighborhood Market (just up the street from City Hall) was a major sponsor and race registration fees went towards financing the event.

For more information about the Tamarac Turkey Trot or Tamarac Park events, contact City Parks Director Greg Warner.

My Optimal Wellness: Family Cooking Night

My Optimal Wellness: Family Cooking Night

Event Description:

Join Baptist Health South Florida and Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY) in a night of cooking everyone will enjoy. This interactive chef-led demonstration with food facts from a Baptist Health registered dietitian will inspire you to make tasty, healthy meals fun for the whole family.

Health screenings start at 5:30 p.m. and lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.
Open to YMCA members and non-members

Enter to win a one month free membership to the Weston YMCA Family Center

Date: December 2, 2015

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST


Parkland Native & Chicago Cubs Baseman Anthony Rizzo to Hold Fourth Annual Walk-Off


Join Mlb All-star, Chicago Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo  For His Fourth Annual Walk-off For Cancer Hosted By The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation In Parkland, Florida On November 15, 2015 at 8:30am.

The event will consist of a 5K walk, entertainment and refreshments from local merchants, exciting raffle prizes and special guest appearances from local dignitaries and celebrities. Anthony will be in attendance during the entire event. This event is family friendly and is appropriate for all ages to attend.  Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Family Reach and families battling cancer.
Pine Trails Park
10555 Trails End,
Parkland, FL 33076