February 2016 Newsletter

Back To Business

Life has a way of throwing you curve balls, doesn’t it? My life has been quite a ride for the past year or so. Last year, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and enter the Mrs. Plus America pageant. Anyone that knows me understands how difficult that decision was for me, but friends and family encouraged me to step up and I did! And I won! I even got to participate in the national pageant. It was a great time and of course, I was fabulous! I am hoping that my efforts will encourage other agoraphobics to fight through their fear and take back their lives.

Now that I am running the world in a Tiara, it’s time to get back to business. In the last year, as part of my journey I decided to explore who I wanted to be when I grew up. I decided that I wanted to help others find and foster their inner and outer beauty! I am working as a makeup artist and have had some great success with local models.

I am also ready to take back the mantel of sharing great healthy information, full of food and lifestyle tips, recipes and products to help you take back your life! I have recently relaunched my website at TheWonderDiva.com, so check it out soon!

Looking forward to touching base each month and would love to hear from you!


In This Issue

• Mediterranean Shrimp and Pasta
• Valentines Day

Jen’s Gems

Good food and good friends are what life is about. Try one of our Valentine’s Day alternative experiences and check out my new site TheWonderDiva.com

Mediterranean Shrimp and Pasta

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 C chopped plum tomato
1/4 C thinly sliced fresh basil
1/3 C chopped pitted kalamata olives
2 Tbsp capers, drained
1/8 Tsp freshly ground red pepper
4 C hot cooked spaghetti squash
1/4 C (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

Cook the spaghetti squash just like any other winter squash: scoop out the seeds and rub the inside with salt and olive oil, then roast in a 400° oven until the flesh is completely tender. Check it every 15 minutes or so, and it’s usually done after about 45 minutes. Use a fork to gently lift out the tender flesh in long delicious strands.

Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add garlic; saute 30 seconds. Add shrimp; saute 1 minute. Add tomato and basil; reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until tomato is tender. Stir in kalamata olives, capers, and red pepper.

Combine shrimp mixture and pasta in a large bowl; toss well. Top with cheese.


Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups pasta mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese)
Calories per serving: 424

Valentine’s Day

On the day where couples share their love by giving decadent chocolate treats, it’s possible to be healthy and even more romantic at the same time!

Instead of spending money on things we shouldn’t be eating anyway, why not write a romantic poem or a letter of expression that let’s your significant other know exactly how you feel! Not only is it less fattening, it is something they can treasure forever (and not on their hips).

Or if you aren’t quite in that place, how about a long, romantic walk around your neighborhood, or even a lake or a nearby park. It gives you time to explore each other’s thoughts and feelings while working off some calories. Pull off some weight instead of putting some on this Valentines Day!

Whatever you do, be awesome! Straighten up your tiara and walk tall and proud!

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