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Kale Chips With The Asset Queen

 

One bag of kale yields two trays of chips containing less than 250 calories for both trays and is yummy for your tummy!

Step into The Asset Queen’s kitchen please. I am not the greatest cook on the planet, I don’t really enjoy cooking, but I do enjoy eating healthy…uh well at least 85% of the time. This way I can have my vino and my (Banana Dream) cake and drink and eat it too! I am not one to throw shrubs and twigs in a blender and call it a meal and neither should you.

If you crave crunchy and salty like me, always have healthy nutrient dense, low calorie foods prepared ahead of time so you don’t come home famished and scarf down an entire bag of chips. The amazing thing is that even if you eat these two full trays of kale chips you will consume less calories than eating 18 potato chips…no kidding. Plus you will be filling up on heart healthy nutrient dense vitamins and minerals. Even more amazing is that one giant bag of kale (triple washed) is $3 and fills two trays whilst a large bag of crap, uh I mean potato chips, cost lots more! And many peops think it’s costly to eat healthy…I guess many peops are wrong! So here’s the simple recipe:

You need:

One large bag of kale, pull off stems and discard. Spray with 100% Bertolli pure olive oil spray without additives such as silicone ( please read why HERE), add garlic salt, mixed peppercorns, and roasted sesame seeds (all pictured above.) Bake at 350 for 10 – 15 minutes till crispy on edges. Absolutely delicious and nutritious and definitely satisfies that salty tooth whilst saving hundreds of calories from added fats.

I have lotza life-changing tricks up my sleeveless tank top to help you cut down on the consumption of crap. Recipes like my my famous brussel sprouts, cauliflower latkes will keep you svelt and happy. And for a real verbal poch in your tuchus (aka a slap upside your assets) read  Eat like The AQ and never diet again. And if you are ready to rid of the diet potions, pills and concoctions for good, give moi’ ACE Certified Fitness and Nutrition Pro a call and I’ll help you cut the crap for good! Bethanne Weiss 407.491.8107

 

“My mission is NOT to make you an Olympic athlete;  it is to PREVENT you from being the star of the ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up commercial!’ Stick with me so there will be no slow-moving motorized scooters, no grab bars installed by your toilette’, and no deprivation diets ever again… in YOUR future!”—Luv, The Asset Queen

Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com

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Cauliflower Latkes Recipe

I know “healthy latkes” may sound like an oxymoron, especially if you grew up on those delicious, fat-laden treats that Grandma Sylvia deep fried in a gazillion quarts of oil, slapped on your plate only to smother them in equally fat-laden sour cream…YUMMY! And every Hanukkah we couldn’t wait to devour another dozen, or three! Actually, my Grandma Sylvia (aka Shayndel) made them every holiday from scratch and hand grated the potatoes and onions herself. I think she grated some of her skin in there too because her leather-like hands were always bleeding. She was so tough that she never felt a thing, true story. I know, Eeewww!…but I had to throw that in for a little drama.

Yummy oil-drenched potato latkes

I continued the tradition of the oil-laden, hand-grated potato latke recipe for many years, and many extra pounds later of course. But because I’ve become the Asset Queen and I believe that the 11th Commandment should be:

Thou shalt move (thy fine young) assets more and eat less (crap),

I have come up with simple, delicious nutrient-dense alternatives to drastically cut down on crap consumption. I choose not to partake in empty calorie fat and sugar-laden treats most of the time and I also refuse to throw twigs and sticks in a blender and call it a meal, and so should you! And by the way, I am SO not a carbophobe and I eat lotza baked potatoes unsmothered in added fats. I eat healthy nutrient-dense foods 85%ish of the time so I can have my (cheap) red wine and occasional (Banana Dream) cake and eat it too 15%ish of the time.

Yummy healthy baked cauliflower latkes

Last year I made these Baked Cauliflower Latkes and they were a real hit at my Move Your Assets Retreat, with Jews and non Jews! They have 1/4 the calories of traditional latkes and a fraction of the fat. Check out the recipe here. I made a few of my own little Bethy tweaks: I sauteed the onions with shredded carrots in a little olive oil and garlic before I mixed them in. I also swapped out the white flour for a mixture of whole wheat flour and ground flax seed to add some heart and brain-healthy grains to the mix.  They taste SO good that you may no longer be singin’, “Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing baby!” when you try them. And if you don’t believe that eating healthy can taste SO good, you’ll want to check out my raspberry brussel sprouts and roasted cauliflower too! Let me know what you think and Enjoy!—Luv, The Asset Queen

 

“My mission is NOT to make you an Olympic athlete;  it is to PREVENT you from being the star of the ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up commercial!’ Stick with me so there will be no slow-moving motorized scooters, no grab bars installed by your toilette’, and no deprivation diets ever again… in YOUR future!”—Luv, The Asset Queen

Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com

Love my AQ wisdom? You can read lots more in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank! 

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Move Your Assets Ladies Retreat

Assets were moved; lives were changed

20ish lovely ladies dancing our assets off

Twentyish lovely ladies gathered at the humble abode, and FUNIQ™ home studio, of moi’ The Asset Queen last Friday, April 21st for four hours of FUN, asset-moving, eating, learning and shmoozing! Most of the ladies were new to my asset-moving shtik and probably had no clue what to expect. Fiveish ladies are regular student of mine, a few had read my book, and some were attendees of the Spark Ladies Retreat where I was one of the presenters. I am happy to report that there were no casualties (LOL), eyes and girls were front at at all times (yes, those girls), and smiles were plastered from ear-to-ear throughout the day. Best of all, there were very few kvetches about ailments, aches, and pains in the assets…well except, of course, for the ones we are married to! Just kidding, we all love our better, uh, other halves. 🙂 In fact, some of the ladies left feeling better than they had in years. 60ish-year-young Irma Cohen, began her day with back pain and reported to be 95% better even days later…no kidding!

There was a lot thrown at these ladies in four hours.  I even threw large med balls at them…JOKING! My goal was to teach a few simple moving and eating tweaks that can easily be applied to walks, meals, and life in general. With 30 years experience moving assets from chairs and teaching peops like you and me to be fit and healthy, it is blatantly apparent that “tiny tweaks” will yield “big benefits” and create lotza joy whilst dramatically reducing kvetching about aches, ailments, and jiggly areas for good!

Here is a recap of the “Top Ten Tiny Tweaks” that I shared with the lovely group asset queens in training:

  • Make this your asset-moving mantra: Stand when you can sit, walk when you can stand, and run (or walk very briskly) when you can walk.
  • When walking, add movements in all directions: sideways, backwards, upside down (uh, just kidding with the latter). Pump your arms backwards, overhead, sideways, punch, and even simply hold your arms over head. Wake up those dozing muscles that have been plotzed on cinder blocks for umpteen years. Pick five of your favs for your walk and do at least 20 reps of each. Repeat.

    20ish ladies moving their fine assets and other body parts, with me, on the Seminole Wekiva Trail

  • Find creative ways to do 10 minute bouts of asset moving throughout the day. Put your shopping cart away (I’m watching), skip the drive-thru, park further, your idea here_______. Absolutely move at least 10 minutes after EVERY meal. This will not only help with digestion but can prevent type 2 diabetes. I elaborate about this in my book and you can read more here.
  • Avoid sitting as much as possible and get up every 30 minutes to move those fine young assets of yours for five. If you must sit, avoid using the back of chair and instead use your trunk muscles to support you. This will transform your beautiful bod and strengthen your lovely core better than any crunch will. See next bullet point.
  • Eyes and girls front at all times (yes, those girls) and imagine that you have a beanstalk running through your body and out the top of your head where your fav glass of California cab is plotzing. Details here.
  • HALF of everything you eat MUST come from nutrient dense fruits and veggies. Check out Bethy’s plate here
  • Your meal must fit on one plate and resemble this plate here
  • Make sure sugar is not one of the first five ingredients on the label list. Lotza your fav protein bars are the equivalent of a candy bar with extra calories from protein :0
  • Make sure you recognize most of the ingredients on the label list and they are as close to G-d’s form as possible. The less ingredients on the list, the better. For example, if the only ingredient on that package of Old Fashioned Oatmeal is “whole grain rolled oats” you are in great shape! Pun intended.

I can go on and on but even I’m getting a little verclempt with all the info! Feel free to search my blog here for some great tips to move your (fine young) assets and eat less (crap)! Stay tuned for upcoming  MYA Ladies Retreats and the first annual MYA Ladies Cruise from Port Canaveral coming this Fall.

 

“My mission is NOT to make you an Olympic athlete;  it is to PREVENT you from being the star of the ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up commercial!’ Stick with me so there will be no slow-moving motorized scooters, no grab bars installed by your toilette’, and no deprivation diets ever again… in YOUR future!”—Luv, The Asset Queen

Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com

Love my AQ wisdom? You can read lots more in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank! 

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A heavenly tale from the trail

Step aside Gretta Garbo, check out my hubba hubba mommy!

Step aside Sophia Loren, check out my hubba hubba mommy!

I’ve taken a little leave of absence from blogging, till today, and for a darn good reason. My beautiful, kind, loving mommy Elaine Rosenthal passed away two weeks ago today, and I am greatly mourning her loss. “Technically” I lost her quite a few years ago, because the combination of mental illness and dementia slowly took her away. But the finality of knowing “she ain’t ever comin’ back” may be what’s making it so tough. That coupled with the fact that I still have to visit my dad in the same nursing home that she died in.:( You can learn more about my Oys and Joys of parent caregiving if you watch this fantastic video here.

If you recently lost a loved one, are one of 44 million of my fellow Americans caring for a loved one, or you just need a motivational kick in the assets, I’m always here to help you deal with the curveballs that life will throw. Most of the time I write and share fun and simple asset-moving tips, crap-cutting quips, healthy, quick and inexpensive recipes, and light-hearted stories from fellow asset queens and kings that I meet on a daily basis. In my blog series “Tales From the Trail” I share some incredible stories about the “dazzling creatures” that I’ve embarked upon whilst trysting on the Seminole Wekiva Trail, like Gloria, Dexter, and Betty.

Unlike the gazillions of my previous posts, this one is going to be a bit more thought provoking, a lot more personal, and you probably won’t be laughing your assets off as usual :0. It is my latest “Tale from the Trail” and the inspiration came from an extremely rare encounter with a different type of “dazzling creature” that my 13 year-young NY nephew Adin and I met on March 27, the day mommy was laid to rest at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.

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This “dazzling creature” was a little different than most of my trail-dwelling comrades; though there have been quite a few encounters with snakes and bats and rats, OH MY!  Adin and I were innocently trysting on the trail, skipping and whistling Dixie…well, actually we were discussing life and family. At the very instant that the two words “Grandma Elaine” came out of one of our mouths, we were interrupted by the sound of three or four obnoxiously screeching falcons circling above us. Were they planning to eat Adin and me, or simply poop on us? Apparently, neither because they were busy harassing and teasing some “thing” of much greater importance…it was way up high, undaunted, and unintimidated, proudly perched in an old oak tree! OH MY STARS!…A bald eagle! I ain’t neva seen anything so bold, beautiful, and courageous in my entire 51ish years on this planet.

Adin and I were completely blown away because as I went to fetch my phone and snap a pic of this awesome sight, my phone opened itself to the camera roll, and even more randomly, to that gorgeous black and white picture of mommy that you see up above…I kid you not! Pause, pace, and absorb the profundity of this. Take a moment to discuss amongst yourselves and then regroup with me. You know me, lot’s of drama ensued but I was able to pull myself together enough to snap this remarkable picture. Meet, our new trail buddy, The Bald Eagle:

Bald eagle eyeing Adi and me...in a good way!

Bald eagle eyeing Adin and me…in a good way!

As sad and tough as it’s been to witness my mom become  frailer, fragiler, weaker, and slowly wither away on a daily basis for years without the ability to care for herself, Adin and I have no doubt that she was sending us a profoundly powerful message. She was literally kicking ass(ets) with her bright, yellow beak and simply brushing off those pesky falcons, announcing, “I am in control, protecting myself and guarding my family and I’m in a place where no one can mess with me!” Her message was loud and clear, and incidentally this was a female eagle! My sister-in-law Mackenzie loved my trail tale and suggested that I google what it means when an eagle appears, with the passing of a loved one. So I did! Check this out:

“When an eagle appears, you are on notice to be courageous and stretch your limits. Do not accept the status quo, but rather reach higher and become more than you believe you are capable of. Look at things from a new, higher perspective. Be patient with the present; know that the future holds possibilities that you may not yet be able to see. You are about to take flight. If an individual has been going through a hard time, eagle not only signals a new beginning, but provides that person with the stamina and resilience to endure the difficulties. If eagle has appeared, it bestows freedom and courage to look ahead.” You can read a lot more HERE

When a loved one passes, we all long for proof that he/she is in a more peaceful place, especially when there has been a long period of suffering preceding death. Maybe you think this is a load of crap and you don’t buy into the “it’s a sign from the divine” thing. And maybe you think I’m a little meshuga because I choose to believe that my deceased mom is trying to encourage my family and me to move on, be strong, and enjoy life to it’s fullest and discourage us from wallowing in guilt and sadness. Caring for my parents and watching them deteriorate for five years has evoked some horrendous emotions and reasonable questions, such as, “Why me?” and “Why do people have to suffer like this?” But, no more asking why because now I’m ready for a new beginning…

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The lesson I want to share is:

Cry when you must and push forward. Let your tears water the seeds of your future growth and happiness. There will always be challenges and obstacles and it does not matter which path you embark on; what matters is that you embark. And with each step you will become stronger, more skilled, more confident, more successful and more joyful. We are all capable of greatness and most of us don’t give ourselves the credit we deserve. Sometimes we all need a visit from our “Eagle Mommy” to remind us how freakin’ amazing we truly are and that the best is yet to come!

Oh, and by the way, my mommy always said that she’d rather move her assets than sit on them! HMM, ya think we might be related? Hopefully she’s found a fitness instructor as good as Gerri and me in heaven!

 

 

“My mission is NOT to make you an Olympic athlete;  it is to PREVENT you from being the star of the ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up commercial!’ Stick with me so there will be no slow-moving motorized scooters, no grab bars installed by your toilette’, and no deprivation diets ever again… in YOUR future!”—Luv, The Asset Queen

Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com

Love my AQ wisdom? You can read lots more in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank! 

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Tales from the nursing home

When I am not motivating myself, my clients, and the world to move its assets, I’m out gallivanting at Island Lake Center. ILC is the nursing home where both of my parents, Elaine 86 and Manny (aka The Man-ee-ac) 90, now dwell. After moving my parents to separate facilities almost 30 times over the last five years, they are finally at Island Lake. No one knows better than me how important it is to put the O2 on YOURSELF so you CAN assist others. In fact, being thrust into the parent caregiver world is so common to us clueless Generation Xers and Baby Boomers nowadays, that Growing Bolder decided to do a story about me called Confessions of a Caregiver.  Martie Salt of WFTV 9 ABC won an Emmy award for her outstanding, must-see series Blindsided: The Reality of Caring for Aging Parents, which featured some candid stories including hers and mine.

I am usually pretty private with what goes on behind closed doors at the nursing home. The whole experience brings on more emotions in a two-minute time frame than anything in my 51 years on this planet has ever brought about. A while ago, my husband shot this candid video of my interaction with Elaine and Manny and for a plethora of reasons, I felt I had to share it now. So…

It’s time to meet the parents

Obviously there is not much more I need to say (for a change)! So I will let you pause, pace, and absorb this interaction on your own. And yes, my mom has advanced dementia and barely speaks; this was a miracle day. Please share this with everyone you know who is caring for their parent(s) or other loved one and let them know that I (The Asset Queen) truly gets it! In fact, I get it SO much now, that I will be starting a blog caregivingdivas.com as well as a FB page to lend a (much needed) ear and an empathetic voice. Stay tuned!

“My mission is NOT to make you an Olympic athlete;  it is to PREVENT you from being the star of the ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up commercial!’ Stick with me so there will be no slow-moving motorized scooters, no grab bars installed by your toilette’, and no deprivation diets ever again… in YOUR future!”—Luv, The Asset Queen

Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com

Love my AQ wisdom? You can read lots more in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank! 

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Brussel Sprouts-Tastier Than French Fries?

Would you believe me if I told you that you can get your kids to eat, and actually enjoy, brussel sprouts? I know our hubbies are not great fans either; they have memories of mama force feeding them with the horrendously smelling green balls…Eeww!…Not a pleasant memory. So imagine my hubby’s surprise when I whipped up a batch of these absolutely delicious yet nutrient dense little balls of joy!

Yummy sweet & salty little balls of joy

Jeffrey took one bite of the green delight and said, “If people knew that eating healthy could taste this good, there would be no need to eat French Fries!” Pause, pace, and absorb the profundity of my husband’s statement, and with NO solicited compliment fishing from me whatsoever…I pinky swear! And if that’s not enough to inspire you to stink up your kitchen with Eau de brussel sprouts, 54 year young Miriam Argov (one of my clients and fav asset queens) had this to say about the yummy little love balls: “So  good. You don’t need any candy or cake and it’s so much better for you.”  And her 15 year old daughter Sappir is in full agreement, right Sappir?

Don’t take our word for it, try this simple easy recipe for yourself and make as much as you can in one batch. It’s SO low calorie, you can really pig-out and never have to worry about accumulating excess trunk junk. I don’t measure, I just mix stuff to taste and I go light on the oil and balsamic:

  • Cut brussel sprouts in half and microwave for 4-5 minutes in microwave-safe bag or dish to soften (I do this in 2 shifts cuz I make a giant BJs bag).
  • Mix in big bowl w/raspberry balsamic, minced garlic, a little bit of sea salt, mixed peppercorns, and brush with a little bit of olive oil.
  • Roast for 25ish minutes at 450; more or less depending upon how crispy you want them.

The sweetness of the raspberry juice adds some flavor, but very few calories.  Hopefully, this will keep the kiddies, the hubbies, (and us) from grabbing empty calorie cakes, cookies, and French Fries…even some of the time. Oh, and make sure to keep the kitchen vent on full blast, and light some deliciously scented candles whilst embarking on your brussel sprout cooking endeavor. Enjoy, share with everyone you know who wants to (finally) eat healthier, and let me know if they stink, I mean, let me know what you think! —Luv, The Asset Queen

“My mission is NOT to make you an Olympic athlete;  it is to PREVENT you from being the star of the ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up commercial!’ Stick with me so there will be no slow-moving motorized scooters, no grab bars installed by your toilette’, and no deprivation diets ever again… in YOUR future!”—Luv, The Asset Queen

Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com

Love my AQ wisdom? You can read lots more in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank! 

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“I’d rather watch paint dry than walk on that treadmill!”

Me too sista! That is why I never "workout" or "exercise." I simply move my (fine ole) assets (and other body parts) the way G-d intended me to…backwards, sideways, up and down, and round and round. Find passion in YOUR movement of choice!

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Wednesday Wisdom from The AQ

“Move Your Assets NOW so YOU too can be a studly youngster at 81, just like my amazing client,
Dick A”…

Dick will get up

“My mission is NOT to make you an Olympic athlete; it is to PREVENT you from being the star of the ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up commercial!’ Stick with me so there will be no slow-moving motorized scooters, no grab bars installed by your toilette’, and no deprivation diets ever again… in YOUR future!”—Luv, The Asset Queen

Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com

Love my AQ wisdom? You can read lots more in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank! 

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This is NOT a miracle!

This could be you too. I don't care how old and out of shape you THINK you are. I don't care how many aches, ailments, and kvetches you have. I will say it over and over till I'm blue in the face, similar to the cover of my book,…it's NEVER too late to move those fine, young assets of yours!

Trust in, believe in, and respect your body. It truly wants to heal and not make kvetch.

–Luv, The Asset Queen
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