Have a Healthy Snack!

I used to wrinkle my nose at yogurt, unless it had lots of fruits in it. But when I went to Greece, I was introduced to something so simple and elegant, and so yogurt-y, I haven't stopped making it. You may be aware of it, and you might have been making this snack for ages. In any case, I am posting it here.

A typical yogurt, honey, and nut mix, from GlutenFreeKathy

As many roasted/toasted nuts as you want, preferably almonds or pecans
As much honey as you like
Unsweetened yogurt, preferably low fat

Mix and enjoy

Of course, if you have problems with honey or nuts, then you shouldn't be following these instructions. For the rest of you who want to stay sane, think about it: isn't it crazy that we all go for a burger or a bag of chips when we want a snack? Let's be crazier than the rest: let's get a bit healthier. Have some low fat yogurt with honey and nuts. With no cream, and with some nuts, you have yourself a dessert and a snack - even breakfast - that you don't have to worry too much over.

Unless you eat too much of it, that is...


I Am...

You might think that adding a word to the blank after "I am" - but once you get started, you'll find that putting your name in isn't enough. You'll start talking about your favorites: I am a soccer fan, I am a food fanatic, I am a sucker for sappy love stories. Then you'll start writing your autobiography: I am a city girl, and I have been so since childhood; I am a Sesame Street-raised child, I am the daughter of two very crazy parents. Then you'll start rambling on about your feelings: I am happy now, I am uncertain about the future, I am a stranger even to myself.

Here's what you should do for your journal entry today: make a list of the things that you believe yourself to be. Start every single sentence with "I am." The list can be as long (or as short) as you want it to be. For extra difficulty, try making all your lines rhyme.

If you can, do this "I am..." exercise every day. It can be refreshing to find out that you're still yourself, stress and all.

Hopscotch it!

Here's something that you and your friends can do together. The next time you think of hanging out and straining the couch while watching TV, think again! Grab some chalk, get some nice pebbles, and play hopscotch!

Some hopscotch grids, courtesy of

Hopscotch has long been played in many different countries, and children all over the world should re-learn it instead of gluing their fingers to their PlayStation consoles. Adults are no exception to hopscotch fun: you can get good exercise, re-test your balance, and even team up to get the most points.

Here's a good site for you to start honing your hopscotch skills:

Rachel Everdene will not be held responsible for injuries sustained due to hopscotch and over-excitement or frustration related to said game.



Clay Can Make Everything Controllable

Did you ever get the feeling that you wanted to squish something to a thousandth of its size - but had nothing remotely squishable in sight? True, you can crumple paper and choke some trees, or invest in stress balls and choke your wallet. But when those crumpled sheets have gone and your stress balls are stressed out, you still have an option that will last far longer: clay.

Whether it's an expensive can of Play-Doh or your neighborhood store-made clay, you can squish, mold, squeeze, and in general, divest all your energy on your favorite mound of clay. That's it: let your anger out! Take a big ball of clay out, pound on it, roll it, squish it, squeeze it, throw it against the wall (or somewhere harmless), shape it so that it resembles your boss - do what you want with clay!

Set aside about an hour of your time each day for your clay adventures. You don't have to create a masterpiece or shape the next great decoration for the Louvre. You simply have to use the clay to your advantage and take the stress out - who knows, you might get ideas for the next great sculpture by simply idly playing with clay!

Get colorful clay like this through Amazon - and squish your way to sanity!

And when you're ready for the big leagues, look for ways to hone your clay creativity!