I am sure many of you have a New Year’s Resolution to LOSE WEIGHT. Well I am taking that journey with you. I am a busy woman and I cook most of my meals during the week. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard about Smart Soup. I can stick to my resolution but have a quick easy meal. This soup tastes like I made it myself. I have never been so impressed with some ready made soup that you can pop in the microwave and serve. Smart Soup is made of REAL INGREDIENTS… let me elaborate on that. The first soup I tried was Santa Fe Corn Chowder and the ingredient list is as follows: Vegetable Stock (water, onions, celery, carrots, sea salt, garlic, spices), corn potatoes, onions, tomato paste, (tomatoes, salt) black beans, diced tomatoes (tomatoes, tomato juice, sea salt), red peppers, green chile, celery, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, olive oil, chill powder, (spices, salt), spices, sea salt. Did you realize that you knew all of those ingredients without looking them up online? This is why the soup tastes homemade. The nutritional value is amazing also because it is all natural NO PRESERVATIVES. As a doctor you know it is my concern that food is nutritious, if I am going to endorse it as well as delicious. The American Heart Association certified Smart Soup, which means that it is recommended for a heart healthy diet. The soups are gluten free, cholesterol free, and vegan.
Anne Chong Hill was diagnosed with hypertension and she decided to take her health into her own hands. She wanted the soups to be delicious and nutritious. She then decided to launch Smart Soup so that she could share her soups with everyone. Smart Soup has the same philosophy that I have, you do not have to sacrifice taste for nutritional benefit.
Smart Soup can be prepared on stovetop or in the microwave. The soups come in a box and the soup is in a plastic bag you defrost and then cut it open and warm it up. It is found in the freezer section at Whole Foods, Costco and Kroger in the United States. There are several varieties: Greek Minestrone, Santa Fe Corn Chowder, Indian Bean Masala, Thai Coconut Curry, French Lentil, Vietnamese Carrot Lemongrass, Moroccan Chick Pea.
To help address the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s post-holiday need, for every box sold in Chicago, Smart Soup will donate the funds to feed a meal to a hungry Chicagoan. Smart Soups are available at Chicago area Costco stores. The “buy one, give one” initiative will be launching January 1 and will continue until February 28, 2015.
For More information about Smart Soup visit http://thesmartsoup.com http://twitter.com/EatSmartSoup http://facebook.com/EatSmartSoup
On the next episode of The Ask Dr. Renee Show I will talk to Valeisha Butterfield Jones about everything, WEEN, The Butterfield Group, The Girlprint and how she became successful.
Valeisha Butterfield – Jones is an award-winning political strategist, women’s activist, author and lifestyle expert. Butterfield-Jones is the Co-founder and Chair of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) and the Chief Executive Officer of Heirlight Productions.
Butterfield-Jones began her career as an unpaid intern for music mogul Russell Simmons and worked her way up the ranks to becoming the Vice President of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, a non-profit coalition of hip hop artists and entertainment industry leaders united in the belief that hip-hop is an agent for positive social change.
Butterfield-Jones volunteered for then Senator Barack Obama and worked her way through the ranks to land her dream job as the National Youth Vote Director for President Obama’s
Butterfield-Jones has been recognized by ESSENCE Magazine, EBONY Magazine, JET Magazine, The Business Insider and TheRoot.com as a leading executive in the United States and
profiled by Glamour Magazine, USA Today, ABC News, NBC News, BET Networks, Black Enterprise and more.
Valeisha released her first book titled “The Girlprint” on July 15, 2014.
Butterfield–Jones was born in Wilson, NC and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University.
Butterfield-Jones is married to NBA veteran Dahntay Jones and gave birth to the couple’s first child in 2012.
Last night I had the pleasure to interview Cupid. Cupid is the writer of the “Cupid Shuffle” which was released on Atlantic Records in 2007. In 2015 “Cupid Shuffle” is downloaded 4000-7000 times per week across the world. Cupid and I discussed how he got his start as a blues singer touring with the Lakeside, S.O.S. Band and many other soul acts of the 70’s. His travels to the midwest introduced him to line dancing. He created “Cupid Shuffle” and started performing it at his shows. The major record labels came calling after it started to take off all over the country. Cupid also has a fitness DVD, Curobiks which consists of line dancing for fitness. This is one of many things that Cupid shared with me on the show. I hope you will watch our interview and be motivated and inspired to be the best you can be.
The next episode of The Ask Dr. Renee Show I will talk to Cupid about his highly successful career and how he created one of the most popular dance tracks in the world.
In 2007, Bryson “Cupid” Bernard shuffled his way into the hearts of millions with the up-tempo party song “Cupid Shuffle,” which also inspired the popular dance craze of the same name. From appearances on nationally syndicated TV and radio talk shows such as Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner to breaking the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 for the largest line dance assembled with over 17k people, Cupid has virtually reshaped dance music and created an entirely new genre.
When the Lafayette, LA native composed “Cupid Shuffle” he had no idea that the song or he would turn into a global entertainment phenomenon taking his talents to distant lands like Dubai and Germany. “It still amazes me that my music has resonated with so many different kinds of people,” says Cupid. “Music is truly a universal language because it unites individuals of different ages, cultures, backgrounds and beliefs with a single purpose of having a good time, at least that’s my goal. I want to lifts spirits and change the way people feel when they hear a Cupid record.” Given the culturally rich melting pot environment Cupid was raised in, his sound is Blues-influenced, Rock-influenced, Soul-influenced, Gospel-influenced and Hip-Hop-influenced. It’s no wonder his brand is able to effortlessly transcend racial and generational boundaries.
Realizing with success comes responsibility; Cupid has proven to be a powerful force through his foundation Positopia (Poz-itopia), a land where negativity doesn’t exist. Through his organization, he mentors youth in schools and churches, organizes a yearly toy drive and participates in breast cancer awareness campaigns. Cupid hopes the world continues to fall in love with his movement but more importantly he aims to captivate the heart.
Our next episode airs LIVE on Sunday January 4, 2015 at 6pm PST/ 8pm CST/9pm EST. Our guest will be Shanti Das, The Hip Hop Professional, Press Rest Entertainment . Dr. Renee will chat with Shanti for the first 30 minutes and the last 30 minutes will be a Q&A with our audience, click the squares on the upper right hand corner and then click Q&A.
For more than 20 years, Shanti Das has been a staple, a familiar face, a recognizable name, a landmark in the music industry.
But it didn’t happen overnight. Since graduating from Syracuse University in 1993, Shanti has worked tirelessly to learn the ins and outs of the music game and to make her mark on the industry, starting with her stint as a promotions assistant for Capitol Records and making a major leap into the role of National Promotions Director for LaFace Records followed by posts as Senior Director of Urban Marketing at Arista, VP/Sr VP at Columbia Records/Sony Music and Executive Vice President of Marketing at Universal Motown.
From those early days to now, this soft spoken giant has broken many an artist, blazed many a trail and paved many a road for fellow and future music executives.
Her moniker, “The Hip-Hop Professional,” only partially defines her career — one characterized by a wealth of expertise in an array of music genres, including hip hop, R&B, and pop.
With experience culled from years of working with the likes of Outkast, Usher, TLC, and countless others, Shanti has devoted her life to sharing what she’s learned and applying her skills in multiple ways.
From her critically acclaimed book, “The Hip-Hop Professional 2.0,” to her college tour, The College Chat Room, to the highly successful ATL Live on the Park (through her company Press Reset Entertainment), Shanti has become a household name to a whole new generation of artists, admirers and aspiring music execs.
And although she still gets to flex her marketing muscle by consulting clients and staging live events, Shanti is most proud of her current work as a mentor and role model for those with dreams of succeeding in their respective careers – especially college students. The 5 For 5 Student Spotlight is displayed prominently on her website, www.thehiphopprofessional.com, and she has established scholarships and other means of financial assistance for students in need.
She’s also begun a series of Google Mentoring Chats and Lunches where she dispenses invaluable advice to those who participate.
Professing a deep love for business as well as hip-hop music and culture, Shanti says her goal is to ignite that same kind of passion in those that she mentors. She notes, “My mission is to become a global thought leader, inspiring the professional development of young adults.”
Among the many notable honors, awards and acknowledgements Shanti has received are:
Throughout her career, Shanti Das has been all about information, education and enlightenment — not just receiving it but giving it back in return. She says, “Ignorance doesn’t lie in not knowing. It lies in not attempting to learn!”