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Mint Julep Green Juice

by Kathy Smith

Ingredients:

1 stalk celery
1 handful mint leaves
2-3 handfuls spinach
1 apple

Juice all ingredients and enjoy!

Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs - landing her in the Video Hall of Fame - and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. With her revolutionary approach to fitness, Smith has touched millions of people, inspiring them to move, live, and love.

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Green Queen Juice

by Kathy Smith

Green smoothie with heart of seeds

Ingredients

  • 1 crown broccoli
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 bunch green grapes
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 2 large leaves of collard greens

Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs - landing her in the Video Hall of Fame - and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. With her revolutionary approach to fitness, Smith has touched millions of people, inspiring them to move, live, and love.

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HOW THEY LIVED TO 100 (IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK)!

by Kathy Smith

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While you’d think most centenarians — people who’ve lived 100 years or longer — would offer up lots of do’s and don’ts or diet and exercise regimens, their longevity secrets, it turns out, have little to do with most of the usual healthy-living recommendations. In fact, many spent a lifetime ignoring the advice of health experts. They didn’t avoid smoking or lose weight, yet most centenarians say they feel on average 20 years younger than their chronological age.

Centenarians, it seems, age more slowly than the rest of the population. Sardinia, a region of Italy, has the most centenarians per capita – 6 centenarians for every 3,000 people – 10 times more than in the US where the ratio is 1 per 5,000.

But, the statistics for 100+ year olds may surprise you. For example:

  • 37% were smokers for an average of 31 years
  • 37% were overweight; 8% were obese
  • 20% never exercised at all; 44% only moderately

Yet, these centenarians have lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Psychiatric illnesses, such as depression, are almost nonexistent.

But Why?

According to research and interviews with centenarians themselves, the primary difference between them and the rest of us comes down to six key ingredients…

  • Zest for life
  • Strong family and social ties
  • Optimism
  • Sense of humor
  • Eating real food
  • Hard work

Centenarians tend to be exceptionally good at expressing love, nurturing others, working hard, being involved in their communities, and flat-out refusing to stress about the small stuff—or most anything for that matter.

Happiness, say centenarians, is the key to a long life, and research backs them up. In fact, happy people tend to live about 35 percent longer. Positive thoughts and attitudes seem to somehow strengthen the immune system, boost positive emotions, and decrease pain and inflammation.

Sadly, though, life expectancy worldwide is now on the decline. At least half the US population is struggling with chronic illness. Many centenarians think the 21st century lifestyle is to blame. Modern conveniences and technologies have left us stressed-out, unhappy, unhealthy, chronically tired, and disconnected from each other.

They say that if you want to live to 100 and enjoy the happy, healthy lifestyle they had, you must be proactive every day and that managing stress is vital. Most importantly, they all agree that the keys to living to 100 are available to everyone, everywhere. And, as you can see, they’re not complicated.

Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs - landing her in the Video Hall of Fame - and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. With her revolutionary approach to fitness, Smith has touched millions of people, inspiring them to move, live, and love.

Tropical Dream Protein Shake Recipe

by Kathy Smith

Ingredients:
  • 8 oz unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 Cup frozen pineapple or mango
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 handful dark, leafy greens

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy 

Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs - landing her in the Video Hall of Fame - and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. With her revolutionary approach to fitness, Smith has touched millions of people, inspiring them to move, live, and love.

Tomato and Pomegranate Salad Recipe

by Kathy Smith

Here is a dish featured in the New York Times that melds the best flavors of summer into a robust salad. Serve it alongside grilled chicken, preferably in the back yard, summer nipping at the heels.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pints mixed small or cherry tomatoes, of varying colors
  • 2 teaspoons za’atar
  • 3 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, seeds removed and very thinly sliced
  • ½ small red onion, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
  • ⅓ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, torn into pieces
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Flaky sea salt
  • 3 ½ ounces manouri or feta cheese, broken into small chunks

PREPARATION

  1. Halve or quarter the tomatoes so that they are all roughly the same size, and place them in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the za’atar with 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil, and set aside.
  3. To the bowl with tomatoes, add the pomegranate seeds, sliced pepper and onion, the herbs, lemon juice, the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  4. Gently mix the salad, then transfer it to a large shallow bowl or serving platter, and dot it with the cheese.
  5. Drizzle the za’atar mixture over the salad and serve.

Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs - landing her in the Video Hall of Fame - and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. With her revolutionary approach to fitness, Smith has touched millions of people, inspiring them to move, live, and love.

Berry Delight Protein Shake Popsicle

by Kathy Smith

Three homemade popsicles on white plate with ice

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 C mixed berries – fresh or frozen
  • 1 C unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 handful kale
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 serving vanilla or chocolate protein shake

Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs - landing her in the Video Hall of Fame - and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. With her revolutionary approach to fitness, Smith has touched millions of people, inspiring them to move, live, and love.

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Golden Smoothie Bowl

by Kathy Smith

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INGREDIENTS

  • ½ avocado
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • raspberries, coconut, chia seeds to garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a blender add the ice cubes, coconut milk, avocado, vanilla, and all the spices and blend on high.
  2. Add to a bowl and top with any fruits, nuts, seeds or coconut. I used raspberries, coconut and chia seeds.

Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs - landing her in the Video Hall of Fame - and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. With her revolutionary approach to fitness, Smith has touched millions of people, inspiring them to move, live, and love.

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Mediterranean Frittata

by Kathy Smith

 
Ingredients:
  • Nonstick olive oil or coconut oil spray
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • ¼ cup jarred roasted red peppers, drained and diced
  • ¼ cup artichoke hearts, diced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

Directions: 
Spray a small, microwave-safe pan with cooking spray. Whisk eggs. Add in all other ingredients. Microwave 30 seconds, or until mostly set on the bottom. Add more time in 10-sec intervals if needed. Flip eggs and microwave until set.

Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs - landing her in the Video Hall of Fame - and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. With her revolutionary approach to fitness, Smith has touched millions of people, inspiring them to move, live, and love.

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Body Boomers 4-Min Video Clip

by Kathy Smith

In 1985, I had just began a national advertising campaign with Tickets, which landed a photo of me on a billboard on Sunset Blvd. It was later taken down, because police officers said it was causing too many traffic accidents (true story!!).

For the same campaign, I had the honor of shooting a photo with Mitch Gaylord… who led the ’84 gold-medal-winning U.S. men’s gymnastics team, becoming the first American gymnast to score a perfect 10.00 in the Olympics. He also won the silver medal in vault, the bronze in parallel bars and the bronze in the rings. In addition to his individual accolades, Gaylord led the US men’s gymnastics team to a gold medal in the team competition for the first and only time in Olympics history.

At the time, low-impact aerobics were all the craze, which led me to create the Body Basics workout. This routine was pure fun…from the leg warmers to the shoulder shimmies. Now, it’s a classic.

I smiled from ear to ear this morning as I saw these comments on my Facebook page about the workout…

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“Body Basics took me from a size 12 to a size 6 after my second child! I’ve maintained the size 6 for 25 years!!!!!” – Amy

“Best workout ever!” – Trina

“OMG! I wore out this VHS tape! It was my favorite!” – Rita

Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs - landing her in the Video Hall of Fame - and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. With her revolutionary approach to fitness, Smith has touched millions of people, inspiring them to move, live, and love.

5 Essential Tips To Reboot Your Bones

by Kathy Smith

1 – Remember the number 1,200

Although many of us are aware of the need for calcium, we still don’t get enough. Women need between 1,000 and 1,200 milligrams per day, depending on their age and degree of risk for bone loss. The National Academy of Sciences recommends the following daily intake:

Ages 19-50: 1,000 mg/day
Age 51+: 1200 mg/day

Calcium is best absorbed if you take it in doses of 500 mg or less, between meals. Avoid taking calcium with iron.

2 – Magnesium Is A Must

A variety of other vitamins and minerals get into the bone-building act. Magnesium is especially important, and must be present in at least a 1:2 ratio to calcium. Whole grains, nuts, and beans are good sources of magnesium; if you’re supplementing higher doses of calcium (to meet the 1,200-milligram recommendation), however, you’ll probably need to take a magnesium supplement as well. Many calcium pills contain magnesium in the correct ratio.

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3 – The Sun Loves Your Bones!

Vitamin D, too, is a must-have for calcium absorption. Our bodies naturally manufacture vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Unfortunately, prolonged sun exposure ages the skin and increases the risk of skin cancer. That’s why it’s important to supplement your sun exposure by consuming milk and other vitamin-D-enriched products, and taking 400 to 800 IU of vitamin D in pill form.

4 – Go For The Super 7

Here are 7 of the best foods to implement calcium into your diet:

Unsweetened almond milk – 450 mg per 1 cup
Yogurt (plain, nonfat) – 452 mg per 8 oz
Protein shake – 300 mg per shake with the Kathy Smith Protein Shake
Nonfat milk – 299 mg per 1 cup
Salmon – 232 mg per 1/2 can (with bones)
White beans – 191 mg per 1 C. cooked
Dried figs – 107 mg per 8 figs

Other good sources of calcium include some green vegetables (such as kale, turnip greens, Chinese cabbage), some legumes, canned sardines, seeds, nuts, and certain fortified food products. Realistically, however, you’re not likely to get all the calcium you need in your food.

If you feel like you’re not receiving enough calcium from your diet, I find that most women feel more comfortable when they supplement it. Calcium carbonate is the most popular kind, although calcium citrate is more easily digested and is a better choice as we age.

5 – Accelerate Your Muscle

As we get older we all experience a scary little process I call “The Great Decline.” Every decade we lose muscle mass, and as we age, the percentage of loss just keeps accelerating. By age 60, the average person will have forfeited one-third of his/her muscle mass. The good news:  you can reverse it with strength training. There’s no age limit on our ability to add muscle and stop “The Great Decline.”

Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs - landing her in the Video Hall of Fame - and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. With her revolutionary approach to fitness, Smith has touched millions of people, inspiring them to move, live, and love.

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