After the continuous days of rain, finally Sunday ended up being beautiful. I couldn’t let myself stay coupled up inside so I took advantage of the day. This afternoon I took Mr. Grumples to the trails and hiked 10 miles. He loved it so much and it is now my new favorite work out.
Tonight I begged Jeremy to have a picnic with me after his March madness final four game was over. After the trails I went grocery shopping and made a yummy healthy meal to pack. Jeremy and I headed to the park and of course Grumples tagged along. I found a perfect spot by the creek under a willow tree, how cheesy right? I’m one of those hopeless romantics.
I promise I wasn’t trying to get anymore cheesy by putting our food in the heart box, but I had no other container and it was left over from Valentines day so what the heck right?
My Plate and His Plate <3
I went into Whole Foods having no idea what too cook, but I wanted to incorporate the pretzel buns because everyone here raves about them. They are sorta high in calories so that’s why cutting them in half was the way to go.
Here is a picture of my Pretzel Pizza.
After my first bite hoping that it tasted okay. It ended up being one of the best pizza creations I have ever had! Jeremy thought so too!
We had Caesar salads with our meal. Whole Foods Garlic Croutons and our Parmesan crisp.
Here is a picture of Jeremys with lean sirloin.
The Pizza Pretzel ended up being so thick it was incredibly filling and I could barely finish it all. I also had tons of salad….. Caesar is my favorite!
Lately I have been curious to if my over fruit indulgence is unhealthy for my body because of all of the natural sugars. Some days I eat more fruit than a normal person would eat in a week. I found a article written by Dr. Bin Kim that was very interesting. He said even though we are eating tons and tons of fruit it doesn’t mean we are eating natural sugars, because nowadays grocery stores offer fruit that has been played with through hybridization which makes the fruit grow sweeter, larger and higher in calories. Now that I think about it the fruits and vegetables my parents have grown in our home garden taste sweet on their own but they are never as powerful as the fruits from the grocery stores.
Yesterday I decided to a little experiment of my own. I bought a honey-crisp from the local grocery store and a honey-crisp from The Whole Foods Market. I took a bite of the apple from the grocery store and it was strongly sweet and delicious. I took a bite of the Whole Foods apple and it was still sweet and delicious but not as quite up to the grocery apple’s level. If the size of the grocery apple didn’t tell you that it was played with through hybridization the taste definitely did. I also tested the strawberries as well. The store bought strawberries were large and sweet and the organic strawberries were small but still tasty! I love fruit and I wont stop eating as much of it as I like but I will definitely start buying more organic fruits to make sure my body is getting natural sugars and the full nutrients rather than played with fruit.
When I think of Spring I think of fresh fruits, pretty flowers, and warmer weather! The warmer weather lately has had me craving my favorite snack, smoothies! Sure, I could just drive into town and buy a smoothie, but what’s the fun in that? I also like having control over what I add into my smoothie. Most places add gobs of sugar and fruit juice, I like mine more natural. It’s also a great way to get kids involved with cooking and creating healthy snacks, they love the excitement of the blender!
Yesterday we made three different kinds of smoothie. We all have different taste preferences and it’s such a blast seeing who’s creation tasted the best! Kids are more focused on the color of course.
The kids really like to get involved in cutting and pealing the fruit. It teaches them that eating healthy can taste delicious and still be fun.
The first smoothie up consisted of
1/2 Cup Skim Fat Free Milk
1 Cup Ice
3 Large Strawberries
1/2 Medium Pear
1/2 Honey Crisp Apple
1/3 Cup Mixed Frozen Berries
We blended up all the ingredients and this one came out perfect!
We cup up some extra fruit for garnishes and added a bendy straw! First Smoothie down, two more to go!
The next smoothie consisted of:
1 Cup Fresh Spinach
1 Frozen Banana
1/4 Cup Red Grapes
1/3 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries
1/2 Cup Ice
1/2 Cup Skim Milk
I found it to be incredible that usually I could put all this fruit in front of the kids and they wouldnt care to eat it, but if you blend it all up it’s like magic!
And another perfect smoothie!!
For my smoothie I just took a little bit of the both of theirs that was left over and added 4 Cups Fresh Spinach!
This was the first time trying a spinach smoothie and I was totally shocked by the outcome. I loved it. If eating spinach is hard for you I’d definitely consider trying it in a smoothie. The fruit over powers the flavor, and because it is still fresh all the nutrients are still left.
Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables. I love broccoli in the summer because it is so fresh and crunchy. The levels of antioxidants are incredibly high. Broccoli is a cancer fighting food, which I’m sure you’ve heard from your parents plenty of times. For more health benefits of broccoli you can click here.
Broccoli can be hard to eat for some people, whether its the taste or the consistency. It used to be both for me, but I learned that baking and adding a little seasoning helps me out tremendously to enjoy it.
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 pound broccoli florets
1 Packet Truvia
1 Tsp Fresh Squeezed Lemon
1/2 Tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 Tsp garlic powder
1/2 Tsp dried oregano
1/2 Tsp dried thyme
1 pink salt
1 egg white
1 pinch ground pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large mixing bowl add all ingredients and combine
Taralynn’s Purse in Gray is available here!My job can get really busy, and sometimes making smart choices with food is very difficult if I am not prepared. On my way home from work it would be so easy to just stop and pick up fast food without even getting out of my car. There are tons of healthier options at the fast food chains, but if you are anything like me after work I feel like I can eat a whole buffet and looking at the menu may be too tempting. Before I blow all my energy at work I pack my purse with snacks. I put a bag of lettuce with seasoning to munch on when I get the urge to eat just “because” I put a granola bar and apple to have on my way home to keep me content before dinner allowing me to cook something healthy. Before work I eat a healthy breakfast and at work I have a healthy lunch. Going all day without food will end up in a filling disaster later in the evening.
All Natural Vegetable Soup
Now that spring is here and summer is getting closer farmers are producing the freshest vegetables and they taste amazing this time of year. I like to take advantage of the fresh produce and cook with it as much as possible. Here is my recipe for healthy vegetable soup!
1 Large Sweet Potato Skinned and Boiled
1 Large Onion Chopped
1 1/2 Garlic Clove, Minced
4 Cups Water
1 Bunch Kale (Tear into little pieces)
1 Tsp Garlic Salt
1 Tsp Cumin
1 Bag Mixed Beans Hydrated
3 Large Celery Stalks Chopped
3 Large Carrots Chopped
1/2 Cup Canned Bamboo Drained
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
After all the vegetables are sliced add to a skillet with olive oil. Cook on medium low for 10 minutes.
Add vegetables, beans, and water to a stove pot on medium.
Add all seasoning until your taste preference is reached.
Let simmer for 20 minutes.
Add more salt and pepper for taste.
Recipe makes 7 Cups.
64 Calories, 14g Carbs, 7g Protein, 3g Fat Per Cup.
This St. Patrick’s Day weekend my friends and I spent the whole day out on the town. We stopped on the bridge on our way to see the river dyed green and I couldn’t believe how vibrant the green was. The city was crazy and the St. Patrick’s Day spirit everyone had was so fun and such a joy to be apart of.
I had diet seven up and energy Mio to make my drink green for St. Patty’s Day! It was 80 degrees and WAY too hot for coffee!!
We started to get very hungry and every restaurant was crazy busy with about 2 hour waits! We walked 4 miles to the Big Bowl to have lunch. For our starters we had Vetetable pot stickers which were so delicious. I only had one which was around 48 calories.
I ordered the Teriyaki salmon with fresh vegetables. My meal came with rice but I asked for it on the side because one serving was 400 calories which was a little high for lunch. I had a little portion and shared the rest. I ordered a small house salad that way i could sprinkle salmon over the top and keep my meal light. I saved the rest of the salmon for dinner.
On top of the salmon they added sauteed onions and peppers with a Teriyaki glaze. It was very sweet and I can honestly say the best salmon I have ever eaten in my entire life. The salmon came to about 400 calories but I only ate half for lunch and the other half on top of salad for dinner.
The green beans were so fresh and crunchy. They cooked them in olive oil and sesame seeds. I dipped them into my Teriyaki sauce for extra flavor.
After we walk 4 miles back to our place, we walked another 2 miles to the stadium to watch the bulls play. This was when our night got a little rocky! We had friends visiting that were huge Bulls fans so our first goal was to get them in first. We weren’t planning on going to the game until about an hour before. We got them into the game and then Jeremy and I went to find some tickets. We bought 2 very expensive tickets off of a guy that a cop recommended us to and that ended up being a huge mistake. The cop was a complete scammer and we purchased already used tickets. I guess the best thing we got out of the situation was a lesson. We ended up walking 2 miles back to our place to wait for our friends to leave the game so we could go out. We were bummed but it was St. Patrick’s Day night so we had to make the best of it.
Jeremy and I put the couch out on our balcony and watched the hilarious drunk people live up St. Patrick’s Day. Grumples joined us on our fun too. (BTW he is feeling much better :) A couple hours later around 11pm our friends made it back. We were all going to go out but the boys pasted out and it was only Niki and I. We went to a little pub to watch a blues band play and had a blast. We ended up making about 20 new friends off the street and shared our St. Patrick’s Day with them. We met Frank, who was an aspiring rapper, Ryan, who was an aspiring artist who had just got his heart broken, Brett, a guy from England who was lost in Chicago experiencing the Hangover part III, George, who only needed 15 dollars to sleep inside, Rob, a Long Island bus driver, Frank, the Greek bouncer who doesn’t kid around, and what’s his face, the guy that needed to get on our level! We even saw a man fly off his motorcycle, but he was okay in the end! A guy from England handed me a pot of tulips on my way home which definitely made my night because I love souvenirs!
This morning Niki and I woke up and went to get breakfast. I ordered the egg white omelet with spinach, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and sugar free syrup. I had a little side of hash browns as well. We reminisced over our night and agreed to make it a St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Our bodies are so sore from all the walking and our feet are going to be iced for the next couple days but we lived it up and had a great time, Chicago is a great place to find adventure.
Annie’s bunny fruit may have been intended for kids but I love them. Whenever I have that gummy bear craving these hit the spot. I like how they are made in personal packets at the store that way I don’t eat the whole box. These are perfect to bring to the movies when you are trying to avoid the candy counter.
I love pistachio almond ice scream it’s definitely my weakness. I saw that Kraft made pistachio almond pudding and had to give it a try. I loved the way it tasted. I decided to freeze it to give me the same ice cream taste and it worked. I used Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk instead of Skim.
I am a mom in a family of 4. We have a limited income (I'm a stay at home, so only one of us works) and I find it really difficult to eat as healthy as I'd like to on a budget. We go shopping twice monthly - around the 5th and the 20th - and rarely buy/eat meat because it's so expensive. I would love to be eating more fruits/veggies and other healthy snacks, as well as more poultry and fish. Any advice on how I might be able to make that work?
I understand how hard it is to eat on a budget, especially because I have a car payment, insurance, school, pets, rent, etc. I couldn’t imagine having to to feed a family of four. Eating healthy on a budget requires organization, planning, and research.
1. Know which two days out of the month you are going to the grocery store. Search for coupons that apply to those days. There are lots of free coupon websites online. Budget yourself and make an estimate cost of all your groceries.
2. Create a 2 week menu before going to the grocery store, try to make all your meals collaborate with one another, so you are not buying extra ingredients. For example If you are going to have oatmeal for breakfast , try to find another recipe that requires oatmeal as an ingredient.
3. Avoid eating out, most people believe it’s cheaper, but it’s much cheaper to buy groceries. A package of shrimp seems expensive at 10 dollars, but at most restaurants they would charge $10 for one shrimp dish that may only include 4 pieces of shrimp.
4. Don’t waste food. Kids are very light eaters and most of the time never finish what they have. Save everything. You can incorporate their left overs into your next meal. If you gave your kid an apple for a snack and they only ate half, save the other half to top your salad or flavor your oatmeal. Also serve proportional food, if the servings are too large you will find yourself going back to the store more often.
5. Do not go into a grocery store without a list. If you see an item that is on a shelf and not on your list than you don’t need it because it wont fit into your two week menu. Every time I go into a grocery store for one thing I end up coming out of there with ten things.
6. You are already on the right path by purchasing less meat. If you want healthy meat you’d have to go the organic way which is extremely expensive. Try getting healthy protein through cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, seafood, and eggs. Limit your meat dishes to about twice a week.
7. You can still find healthy options in a can or box. Brown rice can be used for dinner time and can serve a family of 10 from one box. Canned vegetables and soups are cheap but you should pay attention to the labels. Sometimes they are high in sodium or sugar. Lentils are a good source of protein and can be incorporated into many meals. I like to make a huge pot of lentil soup and reheat it for my lunches through out the week.
8. Since you are buying for more than one and trying to make it last for a period of time buying in bulk will really help your savings. Bulk allows you to save on the quantity by the lack of packaging.
9. If you buy foods locally you will save money because the producer doesn’t have to charge extra expenses for importing. Also buying locally helps your community.
10.In the summer try to work as a family in starting your own back yard garden. There is nothing better than free fruits and veggies.
11. The cheapest thing you can do as a family to stay healthy is exercise together. It’s a great way to bond as well. Take light walks, hike, bike ride, or join a family sport.
For some people daylights savings time doesn’t affect them whatsoever! If you are on a tight schedule all the time this could affect you.
There are a couple things you can do to make sure this doesn’t ruin your healthy lifestyle.
Plan your 7-8 hours of sleep.
Going to bed early doesn’t always seem exciting but your body will definitely be thanking you for it in the morning. Working out on 8 hours of sleep also makes it much easier on your body. If you have a hard time falling asleep try to cut back on the caffeine during the day and eat light meals. Don’t plan to sleep 5 hours during the night and 2 hours during the day. Naps are good and all but try to limit them to 20 minutes a day. Naps can make you restless at night.
Keep your exercises light and fun, that way you don’t become over exhausted from the cut back on sleep. I remember reading an article that said exercise is perfect when you are going through an adjustment period because your brain releases serotonin that helps your body regulate and adjust better. This is the time of year I start reconsidering my morning work outs. In the winter I am too tired to work out at night and seeing the dark skies makes me want to dive into bed. Now that the day light is longer I wouldn’t mind a later work out. I plan on doing light jogs/walks after work this week.
Your body may be hungry at different hours of the day than normal. Snack lightly and make sure to give your body enough time to digest before going to bed or working out. It’s best to have a filling breakfast, light lunch and dinner with a couple of snacks to get you by. Avoid greasy foods, they will make you extra tired and crummy.
Example Day Menu :
Breakfast: Grapefruit, Oatmeal, 2 Hard Boiled Eggs.
Mid Morning Snack: Apple W/Peanut Butter
Lunch: Fresh Salad W/Cottage Cheese
Afternoon Snack: Applesauce and Carrot Sticks
Dinner: Side Salad, Bowl of Soup, and Whole Grain Toast
Bedtime Snack: Greek Yogurt W/Half of a Banana
Foods That Help You Sleep
It’s important to fuel your body with foods that help you adjust to daylights saving time. Foods that help you fall asleep should be eaten later in the evening.
Almonds can help you with your relaxation at night because they contain magnesium, which helps your muscles relax.Almonds also help your body maintain a stable blood sugar level because of the protein, helping your body rest and digest.
Tea can be exactly what you need to get your body to sleep. Green tea and Chamomile tea are very helpful in putting your body in a sleep mode because of the theanine. Make sure you avoid all caffeinated teas.
Miso soup contains amino acids that put the production of melatonin in full action. Melatonin causes you to yawn and cause your body to demand sleep. Minestrone soup and tomato soup are also sleep demanding helpers.
High potassium and magnesium fruits like bananas help your body relax by healing overstressed muscles. The tryptophan in bananas turn into serotonin and melatonin which are the brains calming hormones.
Milk, yogurt, and cheese also contain tryptophan. Calcium helps with stress reduction and stabilizes the nerve fibers. Dairy products relax your brain preventing your mind from wandering and over-thinking.
Oatmeal/Cerealis rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and potassium which are all the necessary nutrients to support sleep. You need to make sure your oatmeal is low sugar, otherwise you will experience the opposite of sleep mode.
Hard boiled eggs help your body maintain it’s blood sugar levels while you are sleeping, this is definitely helpful if you ate unhealthy throughout the day. Eating high protein snacks that are low in sugar and carbohydrates will help you fall and stay asleep.
The amount of light definitely helps your body understand what time it is. In the morning open up the curtains and let the light shine inside. Go outside as much as possible. At night dim the lights to let your body know it’s time to settle down.
Health Whole Grain Blueberry Biscotti
My mom and I always have coffee at the table with a danish every time I come visit. My mom had a surprise for me last weekend! She made these wonderful Whole Grain Blueberry Biscotti! They were to die for. I dipped them in my french vanilla coffee. The perfect thing about these is that you can set them in a closed container and they will last a long time, because they are supposed to be hard. I can’t wait to have a coffee get together with the girls, they will love these!
2 Cups Whole-Wheat Flour
3 Tbsp Flaxseed
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Baking Stevia
1 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
2 Large Egg Whites
1 Large Egg
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Fresh Blueberries
Preheat oven to 350
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, flaxseed, baking soda, and salt.
In a mixer combine sugar, egg whites, egg, stevia, and vanilla.
Slowly add dry ingredients to mixer.
Stir in fresh blueberries with a fork.
Divide dough into three equal portions
Roll each portion into a 6-inch long roll.
Arrange rolls 3 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Make sure it is at a 1 inch thickness
Bake 25-29 minutes or until firm
Remove rolls from baking sheet and let them cool for 10 minutes.
Cut rolls diagonally into 30 slices about 1 inch slices.
Cook cut slices at 300 on each side for five minutes.
Place biscotti in a jar and let them harden for 24 hours
Serve with tea or coffee!
Per BiscottiCalories:60, Fat : 2g, Protein:2g, Carbohydrate: 10g Fiber: 3g
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10 Diet Foods That Make You Fat (Fitness Magazine)
The Backpack Bad Guy: Trail Mix
Store-bought versions of this hiking staple should take a hike. A 1-ounce handful of banana chips packs 10 grams of fat (they’re usually deep-fried), and yogurt-covered raisins are coated with partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, which contains saturated and trans fats.
Slim Strategy Toss your own trail mix with nuts, dried fruit (raisins or chopped apricots), whole-grain cereal, mini pretzels, and a few chocolate chips. Limit your portion to one cup.
Taralynn’s Take: I have always dove for the trail mix rather than eating something unhealthy for breakfast or dessert. I don’t think there is anything wrong with eating a healthy trail mix as long as you are working out. It gives you a boost of energy and can provide nutrients. I do agree that there are some trail mix brands loaded in fats and sugar. I am going to start making my own trail mix with fiber one cereal, raw almonds and drying out my own fruits. Trail Mix is very high in calories and should be eaten in moderation.
The Sugar-Packed Snack: Yogurt
Brace yourself for culture shock. Plain yogurt naturally contains about 16 grams of sugar per cup. But if you eat flavored yogurt, you could be downing 15 or more additional grams of sugar, which is like shoveling in four extra teaspoonfuls.
Slim Strategy Choose plain, low-fat yogurt and stir in a teaspoon of honey, maple syrup, or all-fruit spread for a hint of sweetness. Or opt for fat-free Greek yogurt, which is lower in sugar than even regular plain yogurt but often has double the protein to keep you satisfied longer.
Taralynn’s Take: I eat yogurt just about everyday. I love fat free Chobani Greek yogurt and I always add sugar free jello, mio,or crystal light, to give it flavor. It is very low in sugar and extremely high in protein. You can use the plain fat free yogurt for sour cream, salad dressing, dips etc.
The Tricky Treat: Sugar-Free Cookies and Candy
Don’t fall for the no-sugar scam: When manufacturers remove the sweet stuff, they often add fat. One popular brand offers chocolate-chip cookies that each contain 160 calories and 9 grams of fat, so why not eat the real thing? You might save calories with sugar-free candy, but many contain sorbitol, which can cause bloating and diarrhea.
Slim Strategy Get your cookie fix with graham crackers, which have almost a teaspoon less sugar per serving than many other packaged cookies. Or find a 100-calorie snack pack of your favorite (try Keebler Fudge Shoppe Mini Fudge Stripes). Taking a trip to candy land? Grab a 60-calorie Tootsie Pop or a York Peppermint Pattie (140 calories and 2.5 grams of fat).
Taralynn’s Take: This is why I bake my own sugar free desserts, that way I know exactly what I am putting into them. I also think having a box of sugar free cookies laying around makes it more tempting to go for them. I like to freeze my batter or dough and cook only what I’ll be eating.
The Mediocre Munchie: Veggie Chips
The rainbow-hued chips are no better than their potato counterparts. While both may boast a little vitamin A or C, your hips won’t know the difference: The salty snacks have about 150 calories and 9 or 10 grams of fat per handful. And that bag may contain plain old chips in disguise; sometimes manufacturers simply add food coloring to potato flour.
Slim Strategy Be sure your chips list a vegetable, not potato flour or corn flour, as the first ingredient (we like Terra Chips) and stick with just one portion. Or skip them in favor of baked tortilla chips: Pair a serving (about 12 chips) with 1/2 cup of salsa; you’ll quell your crunch craving and get a full serving of veggies with only 153 nearly fat-free calories.
Taralynn’s Take: The best veggie chips I have had were the Terra chips from whole foods. I do have those in moderation now and then. The best way to go is to make your own veggie chips with the oven or dehydrator. Just because you are eating “Veggie Chips” doesn’t mean you are getting your veggie fix for the day so don’t neglect those veggies!
The Cereal Saboteur: Granola
Pancakes drowned in syrup, eggs swimming in hollandaise sauce — is there a healthy option on the brunch menu? Granola seems harmless, but it’s no breakfast of champions. One cup contains up to 560 calories and 28 grams of fat before you add milk.
Slim Strategy Reluctant to give up that sweet, nutty taste? Skip granola at restaurants, where you can’t control your portion. Enjoy it at home by mixing a quarter cup into a cup of low-cal, whole-grain cereal, such as All-Bran Complete Wheat Flakes, or sprinkle a tablespoon on oatmeal.
Taralynn’s Take: I love granola but sometimes it’s hard to put down. I use it to flavor my yogurt or salads as a topping and never a main dish. If you want granola for breakfast don’t eat it and top it with fruit, top your fruit with it. Buying low sugar granola is the smarter choice.
The Fishy Take-Out: Sushi
Say sayonara to the trendy American-style sushi rolls. They’re stuffed with high-cal ingredients like cream cheese, mayo, and shredded cheese. And remember that tempura is simply another way of saying “‘battered and fried.”’ One shrimp tempura roll (just six pieces of sushi) contains about 500 calories and 20 grams of fat.
Slim Strategy Look for the basics — fish, rice, seaweed, vegetables — and skip creamy sauces. Sashimi (sliced raw fish, no rice) and nigiri (raw fish with rice) are safe, as are cucumber rolls. Order a side of protein-rich edamame to fill you up.
Taralynn’s Take: The best way to get your sushi fix is to have a bowl of brown rice, freshly cooked fish and seaweed chips. Sushi is not very filling and can be very unhealthy with all of it’s sauces.
The Liquid Lunch: Smoothies
Sure, you’ll get your fruit servings. You’ll also fit in a meal’s worth of calories, and in some cases, way more fat than you think (17 grams in one popular chain’s 16-ounce chunky strawberry smoothie). Even if you substitute one for breakfast, you’re pushing your calorie limit: Some smoothies weigh in at 500 calories.
Slim Strategy Pick the smallest size available, and avoid high-cal mixers like frozen yogurt, sherbet, sorbet, and especially peanut butter and granola. One good bet at Jamba Juice: the Berry Fulfilling (150 calories). Pair it with a low-fat cheese stick or a hard-boiled egg for an on-the-go breakfast or midafternoon snack.
Taralynn’s Take: I never buy a smoothie at a food stop, I always make fresh smoothies from home with unsweetened almond milk and greek yogurt! Yum!
The Sneaky Sip: Diet Drinks
That can of zero-calorie soda glued to your palm may be your waistline’s worst enemy: Research from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found that people who drink artificially sweetened beverages gained more weight than those who didn’t, possibly because the sweet flavor may trigger cravings for the real thing. In another study, soda sippers were more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure and ab fat that raises heart-disease risk.
Slim Strategy Reserve diet soda for an occasional treat. Get your fizz fix from seltzer or sparkling mineral water, such as San Pellegrino.
Taralynn’s Take: I have never been one to believe this theory, but I’m willing to give the no pop a shot. I am always drinking diet pop but starting right now (not tomorrow) i’m giving up pop. Luckily I haven’t had my pop fix today so I am already on the right track. I’ll keep you updated….even though I failed at no coffee.
The Villainous Vinaigrette: Fat-Free Salad Dressing
Without fat, your salad is dressed for diet success, right? Wrong. Your body needs fat to absorb certain nutrients in veggies. In a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who used fat-free dressings didn’t absorb any lycopene or beta-carotene, two health-boosting antioxidants.
Slim Strategy Get an oil-based, reduced-fat dressing (usually 2 to 4 grams of fat per 2 tablespoons) that contains heart-healthy oils like olive and canola. Or make your own by whisking together 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 1 1/2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and a pinch of minced garlic.
Taralynn’s Take: Yikes, I always go for FF dressing…hmmm. I don’t use much dressing so maybe this hasn’t been a huge affect on me. I’m going to switch to olive oils or fruity balsamic.
The Foul Fowl: Ground Turkey
It seems like a no-brainer for burgers and lasagna, but ground turkey often includes fat and skin. A 3-ounce serving can contain 13 grams of fat — almost triple the amount in lean ground beef. With 40-plus percent of your day’s worth of cholesterol, regular ground chicken is no better.
Slim Strategy Look closely at labels. Extra-lean turkey is your best bet, with 1 gram of fat and no saturated fat per serving. Can’t find it? Buy at least 92 percent lean ground beef.
Taralynn’s Take: I agree with the slim strategy looking for the highest percentage of lean is your best bet!
You don’t have to be a good at tennis ,you don’t even have to own a tennis racket! One of my favorite workouts with friends is at the tennis court. Each of us lay our racket on the serving line. (You could use a bucket) We throw about 20 tennis balls all around the court. After the ready, set, go we dart for a tennis ball. You can only pick up one ball at a time and take it back to your racket. It’s basically mini sprints with a fun competition. Whoever has the most tennis balls out of the 20 wins, and losers have to do one lap around the court and 20 sit-ups. It’s a fun way to get outside and away from the typical gym work outs.
Heat 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and potassium salt.
In an electric mixer combine butter and stevia until fluffy, add egg, lemon zest and vanilla, beat at low speed until combined, add flour mixture and continue at low speed.
Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes
Roll into 1 inch balls
Place them on baking sheet 2 1/2 inches apart
Bake 9-11 minutes
90 CALORIE PER COOKIE, 2G FAT, 16G CARB, 1G PROTEIN,
Spring has almost sprung! I don’t know about you but this time of the year I spend a little extra time shedding off those extra winter pounds to get ready for summer! I hate passing up my favorite treats though, so here is a recipe for my low calorie lemon cookies!
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Breakfast is very important. I hear a lot of people always saying “I’m never hungry in the morning so I don’t eat breakfast to save calories”. You may be saving calories but you are more likely to over indulge later in the day. Breakfast is usually burned off by the end of the day anyways. Breakfast gives you energy to get up and stay focused. If you don’t have time to make breakfast try making one the night before or simply wake up earlier. If you are not hungry in the morning try eating a lighter breakfast with a higher calorie amount ,that still holds nutrients such as trail mix or yogurt and granola. I always keep hard boiled eggs and cut fruit in the fridge for my rush days.
Eating and Exercise really rely on one another for success. If you want to drive a car a long ways you must fill it up with fuel. If you want to feel great and have a successful work out you must also fill your body up with fuel. Foods with protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats are all great nutrients to fuel your body before a work out. My favorite pre workout meal is a 2 egg omelet filled with vegetables , ½ cup of oatmeal and a grapefruit. If I’m in a hurry I usually grab a handful of trail mix and a banana. The most important part of fueling your body is water, always have water with you. Energy drinks will just make your body crash.