With Thanksgiving around the corner, are you concerned how to continue eating healthy in November? Traditional Thanksgiving dinner is not the healthiest holiday of the year. I recently worked on the Thanksgiving feast photoshoot and was shocked to see absolutely no good healthy food on the photo scene. I hope that your holiday dinners have plenty of healthy items for the whole family, but to give you some great cooking ideas, we are bringing an expert.

The upcoming Mamavation TV show is dedicated to healthy food options for the Thanksgiving dinner and our guest Johanna Cook is a real pro of making meals that are fast, delicious, and nutritious.

Special Guest:  Johanna Cook of Momma Cuisine (@mommacuisine)

Johanna M. Cook is the creator of MommaCuisine.com and host of the #MCShowLIVE; a cooking & talk show premiering on October 9, every Tuesday at 11 am CST on MommaCuisine.com. Her mission as Momma Cuisine is to show busy families that “Great Everyday Meals” can be made with simple ingredients and basic cooking techniques. What does Johanna know about being busy? A mom of 3 and a former restaurant industry professional of about 10 years, she is always on the go. I honestly can’t believe how much she has been able to accomplish just this year alone. She loves, loves, loves to cook and throw get-togethers for family and friends, and it’s importnat for Johanna to make food from scratch as much as she can and as often as she can. Johanna loves coffee – all day and every day, and maybe (just guessing) that’s what keeps her energized and happy.

“I enjoy showing busy moms and families just like myself that great cooking can be done with simple ingredients and basic cooking techniques.. It is equally important to me to make everyday meals simple, fresh, and delicious because we all know how hectic it is to get dinner on the table during the week.” Johanna Cook

MAMAVATION TV: Join us Monday night at 7pm PST/10pm EST on Mingle Media TV.

BLOGGING CARNIVAL: This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Hoopnotica. Two blogging carnival participants will each receive Dole Gift baskets. To be eligible inlcude the following disclmber and link back to Mamavation website. “This post is sponsored by Hoopnotica and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway” at the bottom of your post. Link up your post here.

Hoopnotica is a state of being; training your body to control the hoop as it revolves around your body.  In learning these movements, you create a space in the world that is uniquely yours; a vortex spinning energy created and maintained by your core strength. The stress of the day begins to melt away as you lose the ability to focus on anything other than keeping the hoop up! In doing so, you are strengthening your core and burning up to 600 calories per hour! Would you believe that hooping can burn as much as running a marathon? We didn’t, and you probably won’t be thinking about anything of the sort as you spin and laugh and wonder why you didn’t think of this sooner.

SISTAHOOD: If you are interested in pledging to the Mamavation Sistahood, Monday is the time to do it. Please go here for instructions. Invitations are done on Wednesdays over Twitter. (Or later if I get swamped)

GIVEAWAYS (You must attend Mamavation TV show to win):

  1. Hoopnotica travel hoop (2 winners)

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Leah Segedie is the Founder of Mamavation and Bookieboo, a blogger network. After losing over 100 lbs, she started a career mentoring women in health and since then has assisted in over 3,500 lbs lost via the Mamavation community. Leah and her work has been mentioned in Ladies Home Journal, Reader's Digest, Fitness, Women's Day, CNN, ABC, CBS, the O'Reilly Factor, AOL, Entrepreneur, and Yahoo to name a few. She works from home in her fuzzy slippers.

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